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President Business was a master builder himself (or rather, a beginner)
  • Just take a look at how the master builders looked down upon and derided Emmet when they realized that he wasn't a master builder, or that he was only a beginner. Nobody liked Emmet's ideas. President Business could have easily been in the same position years ago. That would explain the backstory behind "nobody telling him that he was special". He wasn't abused by his parents. He was bullied by the master builders he so desperately wanted to be like, simply because none of them liked his ideas. So, he decided to capture the master builders, lock them up in his think tank, steal their ideas, and lock down everything so that the remaining master builders couldn't enjoy what they derided President Business for trying to enjoy: the freedom to create whatever came into their heads. His quest for order was only a cover for his real motive: Revenge.
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  • Why else would he make a hasty Heel–Face Turn when Emmet gave him his speech? He finally encountered a bona fide master builder, one who understood what he went through, one who saw him for what he really was: someone who was underappreciated, someone who needed encouragement, someone who was all too used to having their ideas shot down by popular ridicule.

Good Cop/Bad Cop will eventually remain a Good Cop
  • Assuming they have him do a Heel–Face Turn
  • Alternatively, based upon his alternate face in the LEGO Minifigures series, his fate might be far more disturbing...
  • Don't worry, he's fine. Based on the novelization, he does do a Heel–Face Turn, and as for his alternate face, he simply turned around his Bad Cop face and scribbled a crude smiley face on with a marker.

Harry Potter will make an appearance
His movie rights are owned by Warner Bros. and he already exists in LEGO form. It'd be a shame not to include him.
  • Partially jossed. Harry doesn't appear, but Dumbledore does, and hangs out with Gandalf.

Emmet will temporarily or permanently ascend to a higher plane of existence to save the world or fix it afterward.
When this happens, he will discover a LEGO instruction sheet in his pocket. In place of the usual product number, it will simply read SPECIAL. The image on the sheet will simply be Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man (for reasons of political correctness and humor, there may also be a Vitruvian Woman image with the caption 'Available Separately'). He is the Special, the one piece on which all other LEGO pieces depend: a human being.
  • Mostly wrong, but sort of on the right track. Emmet does ascend to a higher plane of existence, but only in the sense of being able to see the "real world", including Finn and The Man Upstairs, outside the play-world he inhabits. And he isn't truly a human being, but he is in some respects a stand-in for Finn in the story Finn created.

Likewise, this will lead to the climax involving Emmett building the only character in the film resembling a gigantic human being, and who moves realistically, and acts like an omnipotent god who helps Emmett save the day!
This needs to happen, as it would be too awesome not to include!
  • Nope. There are no human-like characters built from LEGO, unless you count the model Emmet conjures in his mind of The Man Upstairs, inspired by the real humans the LEGO characters can't normally see.

Emmet won't actually be the one directly responsible for saving the world.
Instead, he'll be responsible for keeping the attention of Lord Business and his minions so that they're blinded to the people who actually end up saving the day, making Emmet indirectly responsible for the heroes ultimate victory.
  • Yes and no. His death and Wyldstyle's speech encourages the world to all band together and fight Lord Business' army, but Emmet is the one who actually defeats Lord Business himsef.

Lloyd/Green Ninja is a double agent
Some sites casting him as a villain, as he is the son of the villain Lord Garmodon in Ninjago. But actually, he'll play the series straight and be a spy for the Master builders - as he is one of them- and uses his villain cred to sneak into Lord Business' group to spy.
  • According to the novelization, he isn't one. He IS a Master Builder though.

Chase McCain will make an appearance.
Who knows? There's a possibility he could be in the movie, somewhere.

Clutch Powers will make an appearance.
Assuming they don't have Indiana Jones.
  • Not too sure about Clutch, but Johnny Thunder, who himself is an Indy expy, makes an appearance as a Master Builder.

This movie was made to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the LEGO franchise.

The movie takes place in the same world as Toy Story.
  • The way Finn plays with the LEGOs is very akin to the opening of "Toy Story 3" in the sense that Emmet and all the other Minifigures feel like Finn's imaginative playing with them is actually happening. But like Buzz in the first "Toy Story", they don't know that they are only toys. The reason Emmet couldn't move in front of the Man Upstairs is because moving in front of humans is more than just a rule: it's hard to do, at least for him.

The LEGO Movie is actually a sequel to Stranger Than Fiction.
  • One of the more subtle effects is the important link. The Master Builder ability to look around and see what parts are, based on their Lego group part number, is just like Harold Crick's ability to measure out his whole world just by looking at it. Moreover, Lord Business' desires are the Man Upstairs' desires for order and control, both of which Harold Crick regularly demonstrated. It makes sense - the "Man Upstairs" is Harold Crick, and his son, a Master Builder himself, combines Harold's ability to calculate out and build precisely with Ana Pascal's free spirit and creativity.

Emmet is the most creative minifigure in the movie...
  • Even before he becomes a Master Builder. The instructions that Emmet loves to follow are created by the Master Builders that Lord Business has captured meaning the non-creative instructions are created by the most creative people, therefore by being non-creative and following the instructions, Emmet is using all the creativity. All of it.

Finn is a fan of Frozen (2013)...
...and Elsa was his inspiration for Uni-Kitty. This parallel is shown during the climax. Uni-Kitty saying "Stay positive!" is similar to Elsa's "conceal, don't feel" mantra. But ultimately, they both decide to "let it go" and unleash their full power.
  • Additionally, the line "No right, no wrong, no rules for me." from the song Let It Go sounds like a pretty apt description of Cloudcuckooland, not to mention that both Elsa and Uni-Kitty are shown to be very creative and talented when it comes to building things on the fly.

Alternatively, he could be a fan of The Powerpuff Girls ...
And Bubbles was the inspiration. Both of them are into really cute things and they hate getting out of order, but they are also very feared whenever they are "broken" ... also both of them did a No Hold Barred Beatdown. He probably watched the TV show on Boomerang.

Deadpool will be in the sequel!
And he and Batman become Those Two Guys...and it will be HILARIOUS
  • Seeing as DC and Marvel are rival companies, this seems unlikely. BUT, they both have a license with Lego, but taken even further, Marvel is owned by Disney but this movie is Warner Bros, "another" set of rivals. Yet Star Wars is also owned by Disney Though it seemed more like a Take That! if anything, seeing as the Star Wars characters died in a very undignified way Regardless, two rival companies teaming up at once solely for fanservice. We can only hope. Yet even in Who Framed Roger Rabbit both companies were very very touchy about how much equal screentime their characters get. Though DC and Marvel DID do a crossover before. So... it could happen.
  • Sadly jossed.

Emmet is a time lord
His double-decker couch fitting all of them is time lord technology. Lucy will be his companion after the events of the movie.

"The Man Upstairs" works for Lego.
What's a more reasonable way for him to have that much Lego?
  • If he worked for them, there'd be no reason to try to justify his hobby, and he'd know better than to glue them.
    • Actually, Lego does glue their figures down- But only for public displays so wind, rain, and the public doesn't take them down.
    • Public displays in the parks perhaps but in the LEGO stores the display sets are not glued and are sold at the end of their shelf life.
  • Lord Business is a custom minifig of the Man Upstairs, given as a reward for his work.
  • This actually makes sense, seeing as Lego Sets are massively expensive. The regular size sets are around $50 while the huge sets are around $150, if he was able to afford all of those sets, he either is a very rich man, or he gets good company discounts. If he works for the company and designed most of the sets in his basement, he may see them as "trophies" which is one reason why he didn't want his son "messing with them"
"The Man Upstairs" built his LEGO sets because he felt inadequate in his real life.
Given that he's wearing a business suit and tie, Finn's father very likely works in a corporation, or has a high-powered job where he is seen as a cog, or works hard but isn't appreciated. Or at least he was working, until he lost his job - thank you, theme song lyrics - so in between interviews for a new job, all he felt he had left was his own time to kill. And what better way to feel in control of his life and feel like he is someone who wasn't just tossed out on the street because he wasn't worth it to the real world than to basically create his own universe? Albeit LEGO-style, but even so...
  • Some of the villains in the film are called "Micromanagers". Where does a kid like Finn learn that word? Probably while overhearing his dad vent about "micromanagers" to his mom.
  • Finn likely already realizes that his father feels inadequate, hence Lord Business' characterization and the emphasis on him being special near the end. He seems like a pretty perceptive kid.

"The Man Upstairs" doesn't work for LEGO. He works for the oil company that supplies LEGO its material.
I don't really know how oil/abs/plastic works, economically, but it does make more sense to me that he works for the oil company responsible for LEGO's continued existence than LEGO itself as stated in an above guess. Finn portrays "President Business" as the president of Lego's primary oil company because he literally is an executive of Lego's primary oil company. Years ago Lego, in this movie's universe, provided the employees of its benefactor company with custom minifigures, explaining both how Finn had this figure made of elements that were not included in any set, and why a figure based on a real person would use standard minifigure skin instead of the flesh-tones typical of figures based on real people made after 2002. It also explains how The Man Upstairs instantly recognized his figure even though Business only vaguely resembles Will Ferrell (and it only magnifies how much it would have hurt - imagine something made to represent you, something based on how other people see you, deliberately being used by your son as a villain). Actually, Business being a pre-2002 celebrity figure would also explain why he only bears a vague resemblance to his human counterpart.

Good Cop/Bad Cop has some Master Builder potential.
His police car transforms into a jet. Who knows what else he's capable of if he learned to accept the Master Builders' ideology?

The sequel will go Full Meta with "The Man Upstairs" and his family...
...not only discovering the life they've given to their toys, but realizing that THEY are toys to which life has been given. The name of their cosmic toy line is inscribed upon every quark, lepton and boson (the building blocks of the universe), just as LEGO is visible on every LEGO stud. It won't just be the same movie one level up with the addition of friends from below - it'll look at the greater scheme of things, and it may even be 'construction toys all the way up'.
  • Imagine the resulting LEGO Adaptation Game. LEGO characters would remain, but new playable sequences featuring the human characters would be brief and involve doing normal human things to advance the plot... until the curtain is lifted and they start building things, collecting coins and trying to achieve True Human status in every level...
    • Wait... imagine being a human MasterBuilder and reassembling the building blocks of the universe...
  • The movie's big reveal explained a lot about the nature of the LEGO world and the things that happened in it. Imagine discovering explanations like that for things in YOUR world.
  • To keep the movie LEGO-ey enough, they could, after enough of the unfathomable higher world has been shown to drive the point home, have a 'failsafe' kick in, 'filtering' the movie and portraying the higher world as a human or alien world, the human world as LEGO, and the LEGO world as some kind of simple 'LEGO's LEGO', or perhaps Duplo for laughs. The reason given would be to prevent the audience from going insane. Can't have that. Imagine the lawsuits.
    • For added mindblow and undergrad term paper potential, make the transition from human to LEGO and hyper-human to human completely unexplained, while still taking place after some in-universe statement that the higher world is difficult to fathom. Perhaps it IS a 'filter', or perhaps the higher world IS the human world, the human world was always LEGO and the LEGO world was always sub-LEGO. And, of course, it should be possible that all levels under the top level are entirely imaginary. The 'construction toys all the way up' reveal could still happen, meaning that EVERYTHING could 'not be real' and thus 'not count', which would drive home the moral below: nothing should be taken too seriously. Everything is just pieces put together in some configuration. Nothing is special, so everything is special. And everything... is awesome. ...Woah.
  • What would such a movie's moral even be? Simple. Nothing should be taken too seriously, not just LEGO, because everything is finite and ephemeral compared to the bigger scheme of things.
  • And that world happens to be the one you're in.
  • Somewhat jossed. None of the characters go through this, but Rex Dangervest seems to know all about the metaphysical stuff going on in the franchise.

"The Man Upstairs" is Zack the Lego Maniac.

The Last Line of the Film is a Bluff.
The dad saying that it's time for Finn's little sister to join in on the Lego fun was just a way of teasing his son, or encouraging his son to share playtime with his sister. Because Finn has proven himself careful, conscientious, and creative with the Lego toys enough to justify letting him play with them, but even a relaxed Dad isn't going to let a toddler come in and start wreaking havoc. The last scene of the film was an Imagine Spot that Finn had, which (of course) shaped what happened next in the Lego world.
  • Completely jossed, as the entire second film is about Finn and Bianca having to learn to share.

Emmet didn't move himself off the table, and can't move independently of Finn
The scene in which Emmet willed himself to move off the table takes place entirely out of the view of Finn. What actually happened was the dad inadvertently knocked Emmet off the table (or something), and Finn imagined that it was Emmet making a last, desperate attempt, and since everything else we see is from the perspective of Finn's imagination, we see this version of events. This would explain the fact that the dad didn't see Emmet flailing around on the table, and the oddness of this being the only action Emmet did that wasn't just acting out Finn's story.

Minifigures in our world can move by themselves simply by concentrating, but only when our backs are turned.
  • Think about it a little. When Emmet concentrates while in the basement, he moves of his own accord- but only while The Man Upstairs isn't looking at him.. So maybe the minifigs we play with can do the same thing too. This literally just happened to me while I was building a LEGO Movie set. I set Emmet upright, turned to get something, and then I heard a clacking sound. The minifigure had fallen over without any outside force. And I wasn't looking at him.
  • Don't blink, don't even blink, blink and you're dead

Johnny Thunder is the real star of the film.
With film credentials such as Dino Head of Doom, Journey to the Upper Right Hand Corner of the Earth, The Johnny Thunder Movie, Dino Cop, Jewel Quest, and so much more, it seems odd that the famed Johnny Thunder only makes a few cameo appearances throughout the film. The truth is that he's actually the main character and The LEGO Movie is an avant-garde production experimenting in expressing the story of a character without acknowledging him at all. Surely, this must be what Phil Lord was talking about when he said that his "dream is to have terrible undergraduate term papers written about the movie"... those papers will be analyzing the importance of Johnny Thunder's character arc in a film that he only appears through cameos!

Lord Business is Emmet's father.
Just because no one else has said it yet.

Emmet is named after Finn's dad, and he represents both of them
. Emmet doesn't actually only represent Finn - Finn is more like the Master Builders: he can come up with crazy ideas, but they don't always work right. Emmet's power is a combination of the Master Builders/Finn and President Business/dad's styles of building/playing. Emmet went from a corporate drone who did everything he was told to someone who understood how to combine order and chaos. Finn saw his dad as a corporate drone who did everything he was told, but he also believed that his dad could be special and awesome if he tapped into his creativity. President Business is the serious adult who is dad was, Emmet is the "kid" inside and what his dad could be.
  • Expanding on the above, Finn's actual counterpart, or the one who more accurately represents his own personal feelings, is Wyldstyle. (No, not because he wants to be a girl, (not that there's anything wrong with that).) It's stated in the movie that she was mentored by Vitruvius in the ways of building and she presumably heard about the prophecy from him, so it's possible she is a Well Done Student Gal who wanted to be The Special partially make her father figure proud, which could reflect Finn wanting to be acknowledged by his dad as "special". And at the end of the movie she leaves Batman, who represents parental abandonment, for Emmet, who represents Finn and his dad working together. It's symbolic of Finn leaving behind his feelings of abandonment and being left out and accepting his reconciliation with his dad, finally feeling like he's special to him.
    • Wyldstyle could also be represented as Finn's mother, whom might've been a rebellious punk girl "The Man Upstairs" had a crush on but was constantly shot down due to awkwardness and being seemingly completely bland. However, she eventually warmed up to him after she found out about his hobby and was probably the first person to truly appreciate his potential for creativity, and soon had a loving relationship that ended with marriage and a family. Wyldestyle's real name, Lucy, might be the real name of Flynn's mother, and her initial interactions with Emmett in the movie were stories Flynn heard from his own parents about how they first met that he managed to integrate into his own story.
  • If we go with the (first) above theory, Vitruvius could also represent Finn's dad, an "older" past version of his dad who taught him how to build and create with LEGOs in the first place. Lord Business defeating Vitruvius at the beginning represents the control-freak side of his dad "overpowering" the creative side of him in an odd That Man Is Dead kind of way and Vitruvius' death is Finn losing faith that his dad will ever be like that again, but from then on the torch is passed to Emmit who represents Finn/Finn's dad's repressed "special-ness" and his redeeming of Lord Business is the rebirth of his dad's creative self.
  • And continuing with the "main characters representing stuff" theme, Uni-Kitty represents Finn's unfettered imagination and his suppressed sadness and anger at not being able to play together with his dad. She could also be partially inspired by his little sister - a combination unicorn and kitty that's pink and full of smiles and rainbows sounds exactly like something a little girl would come up with. It's possible he made her while playing with his sister, even. And although she's too young to understand how to play with them properly yet, Finn would probably want to teach her how to build cool things with them when she's mature enough to get that she shouldn't go around destroying everything.
  • Batman is Finn's feelings of abandonment, and also him being "manly" and annoyed at his sister's/Uni-Kitty's pink "girly-girl" stuff. And his conception that "mature" stuff has to be "serious" and "hardcore" and "black (and sometimes very dark grey)".
    • (And I seem to be accidentally coming up with a lot of ideas that could point to Finn being or wanting to be a girl/crossdresser/gay, if I wanted to buy into those stereotypes. Maybe negative feelings about wanting to play with LEGO sets that are supposed to be for girls (those pink ones had to come from somewhere) or just for playing with "nerdy/kid's stuff" in general as opposed to the rigid structures of masculinity our society imposes on young boys oh for goodness sake how did I get on this tangent this is not My Little Pony or anything sheesh. But yeah. Other people telling him he should be out playing football not inside playing with pink unicorn kitty LEG Os.
  • Lord Business is obviously Finn's dad's Control Freak side. But it's suggested he acts out because nobody ever told him he was "special". Maybe Dad's parents never appreciated him or his creativity, and Finn saw that and thought/figured out that his dad was upset that nobody else understood his hobby and why he liked to build things; and maybe all his dad needed was for someone to tell him he was creative and important and good and to see that somebody liked what he built and understood him for him to change.
    • I think this is Undergrad English paper material.
    • So where do Benny and Metalbeard fit in?
    • Benny is pure excitement over being able to build your favorite things and still being important and useful even though you're only really good at doing one specific thing. Metalbeard is Finn's doubts about being able to change his father's mind since he's maybe tried and failed in the past. And also the representation of how you can combine different LEGO things and make awesome random stuff, so more creativity - like the more manly counterpart to Uni-Kitty.

'Legos' is a swear word in the LEGO world.
Finn's dad always corrects him when he says it (because the plural of LEGO is LEGO).
  • Strictly speaking, the singular of LEGO is "individual LEGO brick". The word LEGO is treated as a substance: stuff can be made of LEGO, but there's no such thing as "a LEGO" any more than there is "an air" or "an aluminum" or "a granite".

The Double Decker couch wasn't Finn's idea.
  • Instead the Man Upstairs proposed the idea at work, and was yelled at about it by his boss. That's part of the reason Finn thinks his dad needs somebody to tell him he's special.

The Boy Upstairs...
is a Troper. How else would he know what Cloud Cuckoo Land is?

8 and a half years ago
  • The movie opens with Lord Business getting the Kragle followed after by an eight and a half year time skip. Eight and a half years ago was the first time Finn messed with his dad's Lego sets, leading to him starting to glue his pieces together and becoming far more authoritative with his things.
    • He probably wouldn't have waited for his son to touch his LEGO. He would have locked it away when he was born, if not a little earlier. As noted above, Finn is probably eight and a half years old.
      • Child-proofing the house, especially once Finn was able to walk, would have required keeping easy-to-swallow Lego pieces out of reach, which might also be why Finn's father was so strict: Any kind of workshop, especially one with large structures and tools (craft knives, glue, etc) is dangerous for a young child. Part of the conflict might be that Finn's dad still sees him as too young to play responsibly, something that Finn's seemingly haphazard playstyle would have encouraged.

Vitruvius did not actually die.
  • Minifigures losing body parts seems to be the norm in the LEGO universe and doesn't seem to cause any physical harm. It seems the only way to truly kill one would be to physically damage them permanently. (Like when Bad Cop attempted to destroy Emmet by melting him.) All that happened to Vitruvius was his head coming off and when he returned as a ghost he didn't have any ghostly attributes other than having a sheet over him. He couldn't phase though anything or fly on his own without a string. He is only pretending to be a ghost.
  • I imagine that it normally wouldn't have killed him, he only "died" because Finn decided that that's how the story went. And he's still around, because it's not like the figure got lost or destroyed or anything, he's just a "ghost" now.

Steve? is a Master Builder or soon to be a Master Builder.
Because it'd perfect, plus LEGO is actually making Minecraft minifigures instead of Micromobs.

This is in the same setting as LEGO Universe, just at an earlier point
In fact there's only one true LEGO Universe, but it's had an immense and varied history that real-world people tap into different parts of, and both the film and every video game adaptation (and all the other works based on LEGOs) have been taken as snapshots from that setting. Minifigs can't visibly (gradually, at least) age, but they can undergo Character Development, as can their environment. So further along:
  • Eventually characters like Batman will mature into their still-LEGO-slapstick-but-closer-to-original versions, and the realms will separate more to give them the space to do so. Just as eventually children develop more empathy towards and insight into that source material and start compartmentalizing their own lives more.
  • Later on the universe goes through its adolescent and most potentially self-destructive period, where it can simply cease to exist in relation to its audience or change into an entirely unrecognizable form, and where the forces of personal creativity start becoming existentially organized (categorizing how and why you create) rather than by the surface motifs of the older era's Master Builders.
  • ...And hopefully eventually emerges into adulthood (or as an adult hobby) where it's still a City of Adventure but hopefully more disaster-proofed, worlds fuse together again and new ones spring up (and start self-propagating backwards through time, I suppose), and once again Everything is Awesome one level higher on the helix.

The Man Upstairs works at the SCP Foundation: the LEGO world is actually made of SCP-387 bricks.
Think about it: SCP-387 is LEGO bricks that become animated after being assembled by a human hand. Since the bricks are also self-replicating as long as some remain in their special container and, being practically harmless, its Special Containment Procedures are among the laxest and allow all personnel to access it at leisure, Finn's dad took advantage of it to sneak out some unnoticed in order to conduct his own experimentations at home, eventually expanding his set with normal LEGO bricks that became converted into SCP-387 as well. Understandably, he doesn't take kindly to his son messing with his testing, and his attempt to glue the pieces together was either the result of boredom or spite at his lack of conclusive results — remember that the bricks become inanimate in case of hostile behavior toward them — or his latest twisted experiment. It would also explain why Emmet, being the Special, was able to move by himself on the table when he wasn't looking.
  • Moreover, Lord Business (who Finn based off his own father) is the head of a powerful organization who monitors citizen activity and controls medias, has his own response force at his disposal, hunts down and detains people with abnormal powers and collects artifacts of a mysterious and dangerous nature, which he uses for his own purposes. Does This Remind You of Anything?

"What I'm about to tell you will change the course of history"
I think Vitruvius was about to tell Emmet the identity of Finn and the Man Upstairs before he died.

Bad Cop/Good Cop is a Master Builder
He became Necessarily Evil after being caught by Lord Business, and only got to keep his job and a little of his life because 1) he's a police officer and 2) he's competent. Plus, having a Master Builder on the bad side gives them an advantage, because he'd know how they think. The incentive? His parents. He was promised they'd be kept safe and out of Bricksburg and they'd never have to know he was a Master Builder as long as he did anything Lord Business told him to. Of course it was a huge lie and he wound up essentially selling his soul to Business after getting backed into a corner.
  • This actually does make sense, seeing as he is able to rebuild his own car into a jet (that's some creative stuff here), and there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment after Vitruvius's death where he actually looks like he's going to tear up and even puts his hand on Emmet's shoulder (the guy he was hunting down the whole movie), as if to comfort him. Maybe his "Bad Cop" persona felt remorse for betraying his allies and that was the other thing that made him do a Heel–Face Turn. Or, whoever wrote this, you're brilliant! Too bad they never thought of exploring this idea...

After the film's events, Unikitty went to find her fellow Cloud inhabitants and rebuild the city.
  • It seems like something she would do. And, as the troper above pointed out, it's unlikely the city's destruction would have killed them- they're Lego figures.
    • When the "Orb of Tee-tileest" crashes through the Dog, just before Superman says his line, you can explicitly see that it hit someone and killed them. They were reduced to a small pile of 1x1 plates.

Batman and Wyldstyle weren't really dating
It was just a ruse between them to keep Wyldstyle from being bothered by guys she wasn't interested in. That's why Batman was so cool about letting Wyldstyle leave him for Emmet. They didn't actually break up, he just knew the ruse wasn't needed anymore. Even with the Millennium Falcon gag, it still fits, because no one likes being ditched by a friend, especially one who owed you a solid.
  • Alternatively, it wasn't a serious relationship, at least to Batman. This fits with the whole Billionaire Playboy image. Naturally, Wyldside would make it out to be more than Batman would.
  • Some of the expanded material mentions Batman writing about his "lost love" Wyldstyle, so I don't think this quite works.
    • It might still be applicable if he's exaggerating it for angst fodder, like in his "dark" music.

The Man Upstairs is aware of the Lego Universe's existence
A possible reason why the Man Upstairs would not let Finn play with his large Lego set is because he is aware of the Lego universe's existence, and was afraid of how Finn would manipulate it.
  • In this case, Cloud Cuckoo Land is Finn's "trial run," so his dad can see how he'd interact with the Lego universe; to his dad's orderly mind, Finn's mixing up of minifigs shows that he's not ready to responsibly use their influence. The Man Upstairs, knowing that bricks being disassembled or lost will affect the Lego world, is trying to keep it as orderly as possible to preserve the Lego reality, not realizing that the Lego universe is far more flexible than he gives it credit for.

There was a Lego Movie in-universe.
It explains the existence of figurines only created for this movie. Granted, it would need to have a different plot and may be from a different form of media, but the Lego Movie still exists in a way.
  • This makes sense The movie was likely exactly the same, except Emmet didn't go to the real world, his plan worked, instead of being distracted he actually did plug the KRAGLE saving everybody, And Finn being a huge fan of the movie, was acting it out but adding his own things, which in turn took on a life of it's own.
  • Alternatively, he did enter the real world in the in-universe movie, explaining how Finn knew just what to do.

Batman is based off of Finn's older brother.
Batman is cool and a Master Builder, but he's also a wangsty jerk who looks down on "silly" stuff. It's not just a flanderization, but Finn's view of an older brother who used to play with him and taught him how to build all those awesome vehicles, which seems to be Batman's specialty. Said older brother is now a teenager who spends all his time wearing black, playing loud music, hanging out with his friends, and being too cool for 'kiddie toys,' hence why Batman's kind of a jerk, especially to Emmet. Finn still looks up to him, though, which is why Batman's still a hero, and basically a good guy.
  • Related: Wyldstyle might be based off the older brother's girlfriend, who's nice to her boyfriend's little brother and might have shown interest in/been impressed by Finn's creativity and storytelling, which is why Wyldstyle is portrayed in such a positive light.
  • The older brother could've been turned off of LEGO by The Man Upstair's insistence on following the instructions. Certainly paints this line in a different light:
    Batman: Don't worry, Dad, I read your dumb instructions. Stop yelling at me!

Finn was a player of Disney's Toontown Online.
And the story he played out in the movie was inspired by it. After all, it's about a bunch of whimsical, colorful characters who want to have fun and express themselves until a bunch of business-themed robots threaten to stop it, which forces them to come together and fight back.
  • There was also a Cog in Toontown called a Micromanager, which isn't a term kids would hear often otherwise.
  • Lord Business' robots and Toontown's Cogs both consist of ones resembling people and skeletal versions.
  • Both settings consist of different-themed areas connected by tunnels.
    • Don't you think that's a bit ironic for a Warner Bros Film?

Finn lives in the same universe as Carrie and it really is a Cosmic Horror Story.
The reason that Emmett could move in the real world is because Finn moved him with telekinesis.Further, the LEGO universe is all in Finn's head, but all the minifig people are actually sentient thanks to Finn's powers... and they would all die and cease to exist if Finn ever stopped imagining them.

Lego people are able to enter the real world if they are not on any Lego surfaces
After Emmet falls into the portal, we see him in the real world. This could have happened because while Finn was playing, he must have taken Emmet out of his dad's large Lego set and dropped him on the floor. This being said, Lego people may actually have access to the real world if whoever is in possession of a minifigure takes them out of a Lego surface.

Batman in this movie was based off of Batman from How It Should Have Ended
They are both silly exaggerated parodies of themselves and both are extremely vain, like throwing Bat-Prefixes on everything note , are self-delusional, and incompetent (Compared to the serious Batmans), and also unlike the serious Batmans, both of these versions are Batman solely "Because it's cool and attracts women" In fact the How It Should Have Ended "The Lego Movie" actually feels canon, despite that defeats the entire point of the show.

Bad Cop's/Good Cop's parents being the first victims of the Kragle was also a metaphor
After The Reveal is put in place, the various hidden themes about parental issues makes sense. Expanding upon this, Finn might have made Bad Cop's/Good Cop's parents the first victims of the Kragle because he feels angered and upset by his own parents, especially his father. Them unfreezing at the end is also part of it, as that happens after Finn and his father make amends.

The reason Green Lantern is the movie's Butt-Monkey...
He's based on the Green Lantern movie. Not the DC Comics Green Lantern.
  • It's been kind of thrown around, that his bumbling is one massive Take That! to his movie bombing.

Where Are My Pants was canceled after the events of the movie.
While everything was fixed, Blake (the actor from the show) found his pants permanently glued to his legs. Since the joke of the show is pretty much ruined, it wasn't long before people stopped watching the show, resulting in it being canceled.

Dad reconsidered allowing Finn's sister to play in the basement.
She's young enough that she's still playing with Duplo blocks. Playing with the smaller Lego bricks would've been a choking hazard.

There is more to "Where are my pants" than that one line
That's simply the character's annoying catchphrase, which in turn is an in-universe meme. The rest of the show is a regular sitcom.
  • The video game includes an extended scene (that you have to play a small little minigame to help film). Basically, the man came home with a new dog, and told his wife that an old lady saw him, ran away, and left her dog behind. The wife told him to look downwards, and the man realised he wasn't wearing any pants. He does say 'Where are my pants?', but not in the same way the movie does it (and he also doesn't start with 'honey'). You doing the sound effects adds the 'Where Are My Pants?'(TM), a laugh track, and fast-talking legalese.

Finn cracked Benny's space helmet.
If you look closely at Benny's space helmet, you'll notice that not only is it cracked, but there's teeth marks on it. Maybe when he was a baby, Finn chewed on Benny while he was wearing his space helmet and cracked it.

The Man Upstairs has Asperger's syndrome.
Normally I'd attribute the glue thing to OCD, or just plain being a Control Freak, but he seems to have a real fixation for LEGO bricks, beyond just liking to collect them. Having a particular attachment to one hobby, insisting that they follow the instructions exactly, being prone to what others may perceive as meanness but genuinely meaning well, having trouble seeing a different point of view, and being very defensive that LEGO bricks are not toys? Not exclusive Asperger's traits, but together they come off as very Aspie-ish.

Mindstorms and/or Bionicle will appear in the sequel.
They will initially be mistaken for more evil aliens wanting to conquer LEGO world, but it will turn out that they were really trying to warn the LEGO people of a greater evil, one that feeds off of their features like vampires for their marketability...MEGA BLOKS!
  • With Bionicle getting a revival this seems more likely. Maybe skirt around the licencing issues with other companies and have some of the Toa Mata fill the action hero roles!
  • There is no mention of Bionicles in the second movie sadly. However, if the LEGO Movie continues with it's commercial success and spawns a series of sequels and spin-offs, Bionicle will surely appear as official characters.

Emmet's interest in mermaids is a Chekhov's Gun.
One of the bonus features detailing how The LEGO Movie was produced is partly narrated by Emmet. According to it, Emmet was fascinated by the mermaids and wanted a LOT more to appear in the movie, enough that it supposedly threatened the budget. This may actually be Foreshadowing that Marsha and/or her followers will play a larger role in the sequel.

Benny is why Finn's Dad is such a control freak.
More specifically, it's Benny's cracked helmet. Most likely, Finn's Dad got the helmet on just fine the first time (Knowing how easy they break), but a younger sibling or cousin got a hold of Benny and broke his helmet (either they were just the chew marks and it cracked when he put the helmet back on, or it cracked when the younger sibling/cousin pulled off the helmet with his/her teeth). Benny's helmet breaking marked when Finn's Dad decided that nobody would ever play with his LEG Os again because they get broken.

The movie is actually in Finn's DAD's head.
Some things Finn came up with were too complicated for his age. The story is what Finn's Dad came up with after finding Finn playing with the Legos.
  • Alternatively, after discovering Finn playing with his Lego, and the scenes that followed, Finn's dad suggested that they sit down together and try to make a "proper" story out of the whole thing. The result was the plot of the movie.

Mixels will appear in the sequel.
Considering the fact the series was created the same year of the original movie and has a rising popularity that's planning to make it last for a couple years, it makes sense.
  • Sadly jossed.

One of the main characters in the sequel will be built with the CCBS and another will be a Minidoll
The first movie only featured one non-humanoid main character (built with System), possibly to not confuse the viewers into asking "is that even Lego?" with a CCBS or Minidoll character, but now that the first movie was a success, Bionicle has been rebooted and Elves is being introduced this year, those two themes (or rather their more unique aspects) will be represented as main characters in the sequel. Older Bionicle sets might appear as cameos, like a Bohrok. There will also be a gag where, if there's a Bionicle character from the original series, it will be completely oblivious to romance.
  • Latter is confirmed, as there are minidoll characters in the sequel, most notably General Mayhem.

The In-Universe LEGO Company made additional themes over the years, which contain the main characters who who first appeared in this movie
  • Wyldstyle comes from a sort of "Graffiti Warriors" series, with her and similar characters fighting some sort of tyrannical overlord in the city. Lord Business' robots, Bad Cop/Good Cop, and the micro managers probably also come from this line. It may have also had a space-themed reboot, which would explain why Wyldstyle has a space suit.
  • Vitruvius is from an in-universe movie adaptation. He probably suffered in a similar way in this movie as he did in his "own" movie, given the presence of his young, blind, and ghost minifigures.
  • Metalbeard's from a series of brick-based constraction figures, containing Humongous Mecha style ninjas, pirates, knights, etc. As he appears in a smaller size in the real world, they likely had multiple sizes so they could included in a standard set.
  • Unikitty is from a toyline of brick-built animals that had an animated series, sort of like a mixture of the Mixels and My Little Pony. As with the "Graffiti Warriors" idea mentioned above, it may have had episodes taking place in space.
    • This is possibly confirmed with the Unikitty! cartoon.
  • As mentioned in an earlier WMG, the President Business minifigure was based on The Man Upstairs, who works with the company supplying LEGO its materials, and given to him pre-2002 as a gift.
    • ...Wow. Now I'd like to see some of these become actual themes (especially "Graffiti Warriors").

The sequel will be renamed "The Lego Movie: Part Duplo".
Considering "The Lego Movie Sequel" is an incredibly dull title and I don't think Lord and Miller would be able to resist the sequel having a Pun-Based Title. Especially if the "Duplon" aliens have some role in the film. If the current title sticks though, the film will be called "The Lego Movie: Part Duplo" in France simply because of the pun.
  • Probably jossed. The Duplons were just a joke and not actually intended to be a Sequel Hook. They might show up, but I doubt they'll play any roles.
  • Jossed, it was called “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” though the Duplon aliens (well the sister’s legos in general) did play a big role.

Vitruvius comes from an Old Western set.
His scene in the credits that accompanies Morgan Freeman's name is set in the Old West, and after all, it would help make it less suspicious what he's doing in The Wild West while he's in hiding. Though what exactly a half-wizard, half-hippie comes from is harder to explain.
  • Vitruvius may also be part Native American, His skin is noticeably darker than most of the characters in-universe, not to mention nature and dream catchers are two items commonly associated with Native Americans.

Wyldstyle is from The Old West.
Lucy was a popular name in the west.It would also explain why she Headed to the Old West after she rescued Emmet, aside from Vitrvius already residing there. This would also explain why Vitruvius already knows her as a former student of his.

Unikitty is based on Finn's sister.
If Emmet was a representation of Finn himself and Lord Business was based on The Man Upstairs, then perhaps inspiration for Unikitty was taken from The Girl Upstairs, AKA: Finn's sister. The final level of the videogame tie-in has Emmet and Unikitty fighting Business together, which can be seen as Finn joining forces with his sister to fight back against their father.

"The Man Upstairs" is Buddy.
Think about it... Will Ferrell building giant skyscrapers of LEGO. Does that sound familiar to you? My guess is that after Buddy fell in love and became a father, he focused on the real world more and never went back to what he was before, similar to Peter Pan in Hook. He became more like his father: resentful and grumpy. Until his son redeemed him in the end.

The Unikitty! cartoon exists in The LEGO Movie canon.
It is a Show Within a Show in that universe, similar in effect to Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, explaining why Unikitty has different friends, a different home, and a slightly different personality in the show compared to the movie. The Unikitty from the movie is simply a Buzz Lightyear case, where she is a Unikitty figure, just not the Unikitty.

Vitruvius isn't actually blind.
Or at least, he's not as blind as the movie wants us to believe. In the levels "Flatbush Rooftops" and "Infiltrate the Octan Tower" from The LEGO Movie Videogame, Vitruvius sarcastically comments that the ledges he's sidling on don't have anything dangerous going on at all, which makes both Emmet and Batman question his blindness.