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Everything is awesome...IN SPACE!

"Hang on to your fronds, Planty. We're going to save Lucy! And... all of the other people who were captured."
Emmet Brickowski
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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part is a 2019 CGI animated space action comedy. It is the sequel to 2014's The LEGO Movie, with director Mike Mitchell stepping in for previous directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller.

Five years after the events of the DUPLO invasion, the town of Bricksburg has fallen into ruins, becoming known as Apocalypseburg. The people who live there have hardened their hearts and toughened up... except The Special himself, Emmet Brickowski, who continues to be hopeful that one day everything will be awesome again. Tragedy strikes when a new threat from a far-off world abducts Emmet's five best friends, prompting him to spring into action to rescue them. Transforming his house into a spaceship, he gives chase and follows the invaders to parts unknown, crossing paths with Rex Dangervest, an intergalactic raptor trainer who may be able to teach him how to be the tough, fierce warrior he needs to be to get his friends back.

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Meanwhile, Lucy and the others are taken to the mysterious Systar System, where they meet the many colorful creatures there, including talking candy, an attractive non-threatening teenage vampire and a shapeshifting queen who's totally not at all evil. Nope, definitely not. Not buying it for a second, Lucy takes it upon herself to find out the secrets of this place before it's too late.

Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Charlie Day return to reprise their roles from the first movie, with newcomers Tiffany Haddish and Stephanie Beatriz added to the cast.

Previews: Teaser, Trailer.


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The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part provides examples of:

  • Action Bomb: The talking hearts fired by Sweet Mayhem's ship.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Rex Dangervest is a Composite Character of Star-Lord, Owen Grady and Josh Faraday. With Emmet being similar to Andy Dwyer, Chris Pratt is essentially reprising all four of his most well-known live-action roles.
      • Another of Rex's title cards boasts about his "chiseled features previously hidden under baby fat" (reflecting Chris Pratt going from tubby to ripped for Guardians of the Galaxy).
      • Emmet has a similar experience to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, in which he visits another planet, then gets betrayed by his new mentor.
    • When Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi shows off her shapeshifting abilities, Batman says he prefers the horse.
    • This is also most likely a reference to Haddish repeatedly referring to herself as "The Last Black Unicorn", which was the basis for a sketch she was in on SNL and the title of her first memoir.
    • When Sweet Mayhem has her helmet on, she talks in a deeper voice, closer to the one that Stephanie Beatriz uses for Rosa Diaz. After she takes the helmet off, Beatriz uses her normal speaking voice for the rest of the film.
  • Adrenaline Makeover: After spending years stranded in Undar of the Dryar system, Alternate Emmet/Rex Dangervest wields his anger at being forgotten to will himself to move in the real world. His first act upon escaping is to remodel himself to look like a '90s Anti-Hero, complete with a new edgier vest, a messier hairstyle and drawing new features such as sharp cheekbones and Perma-Stubble on his face.
  • An Aesop: There're four:
    • 1: Being tough can't solve all your problems.
    • 2: Accept your friends and family for who they are.
    • 3: Talk to your loved ones if you feel like they've forgotten you.
    • 4: Sharing is caring.
  • Affectionate Parody: Post-DUPLO invasion, Bricksburg is almost shamelessly similar to the Citadel in Mad Max: Fury Road.
  • After the End: Bricksburg, post-DUPLO invasion. It's Played for Laughs considering that we see it from the perspective of Emmet, who retains his jarringly upbeat and cheerful attitude despite the fact that the world has been more-or-less destroyed.
  • Agony of the Feet: The breaking point for Finn and Bianca's mom is, of course, when she steps on a LEGO brick barefoot. Twice. It's apparently a close second to the pain of childbirth.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Emmet delights a raptor with a tummy rub.
  • All There in the Manual: Sweet Mayhem's first name is never actually spoken in the film, only being used in the credits and promotional material.
  • Almighty Mom: Whenever Finn and Bianca argue, the dad is nowhere to be found, leaving the mom to be the peacemaker.
  • Almost Kiss: Seems to be played with in regards to Batman and Watevra. They gush at each other on three separate occasions while bringing their faces within inches of each other, causing Ice Cream Cone to step between them every time in disgust.
  • Alternate Self:
    • At two points in the movie, there are three Wonder Woman (Wonder Women?) on screen: LEGO, LEGO Friends, and DUPLO.
    • While DCEU Aquaman went on an adventure with the Justice League, Original Aquaman (who was in the first LEGO Movie) stayed in Apocalypseburg.
    • Rex Dangervest is the Evil Twin of Emmet Brickowski from an alternate future.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Is Rex Dangervest really from an alternate future and legitimately travelled back in time to change his past, or is he just another part of Finn's imagination along with his growing-up brought to life in the LEGO Universe? You be the judge.
  • And I Must Scream: After Ourmamageddon happens and everyone is sucked into the Bin of Storage, they're fully conscious but completely unable to move, doomed to be locked away in nothing but darkness, forever. At least until Lucy's refusal to accept their fate and Queen Watevra's revival spurs everyone into moving again.
    • Rex's backstory also counts. He was stranded under a dryer for years, unable to move or get help.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Queen Whatevra's Evil Plan is to have Batman marry her. What makes this interesting is that she makes sure that Batman wants to marry her. After "Gotham City Guys," Batman proposes to her, she asks him if he is sure, and Batman is shown to be completely on board with the wedding. The whole thing was even intended to unite their two worlds in peace, so it wasn't even an Evil Plan at all!
  • And the Rest: Among Rex's raptors are Ripley, Connor... and "the other one".
  • Angst? What Angst?: invoked Played for Laughs. Even though Emmet is living in a post-apocalyptic world, he's still his same, chipper self, and Wyldstyle tries to tell him to stop pretending everything is awesome. After Emmet says he'll try to do so, he excitedly thinks he sees a shooting star.
  • Answer Cut: After realizing the truth behind the Queen's intentions, Wyldstyle asks who the bad guy is. Cut to Rex, inside his ship, as he's ordering Emmet to destroy the temple.
  • The Anti-Nihilist: Emmet keeps up a chipper attitude in spite of everything becoming a Crapsack World.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The people of Apocalypseburg chide Emmet for letting the gang be captured but will do nothing to help him rescue them.
  • The Apunkalypse: Bricksburg After the End, now renamed "Apocalypseburg".
  • Art Evolution: Zig-Zagged. Like with The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie, the film utilizes a few more particle effects (such as the sandstorms) that are less LEGO-like, but unlike the latter film, appears to have largely gone back to the "stop-motion" feel from the first film. The characters also have even greater range of movement than they did in the first film, similar to the aforementioned Ninjago movie.
  • Artificial Limbs:
  • Artistic License – Astronomy: Rather blatantly, there is gravity in space when characters are travelling in spaceships between star systems. Justified though since they were never actually in space.
  • Asteroid Thicket: Emmet's ship gets caught in a Glassteroid thicket.
  • Badass in Distress: Lucy, Batman, Unikitty, Benny and Metal Beard, who are all badasses in their own way, get kidnapped by General Mayhem and Emmet ends up being the one who has to save them.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The characters are first introduced to Queen Watevra. A crown-wearing minidoll arrives on a horse, with the camera focusing on the minidoll. Then the Queen is revealed to be the horse and takes the crown, with the minidoll being a servant of hers. If audiences invokedalready know the horse is Watevra, the scene's whole set-up becomes redundant.
  • Batman Can Breathe in Space: Spacesuits exist in this movie, but nobody seems to really need one.
    • When Rex and Emmet jump out of Harmony Town into another Planet, they don't even bother to put on spacesuits as they fall through empty space (Emmet does hold his breath, but it turns out he didn't need to).
    • The Party Buses taking all the Systarians to the Queen's Wedding deploy into party-mode in the middle of travel, which is in space. Everyone is probably too busy partying to care.
    • In the final battle, Lucy ejects herself into space without a suit in order to reach Under the Dryer.
  • Battle Couple: The film has two of them. The first is Emmet and Lucy, who work perfectly together to get out of danger & defeat enemies. There's also Batman and Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, who prove to be such in the final climax of the film when she transforms into a battleship that Batman pilots.
  • The Battlestar: The Rexcelsior can launch dinosaur-piloted Space Fighters.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Lucy and the residents of Apocalypseburg have grown so tired of Emmet's endless optimism and naivety that they wish for him to grow up and be tough like them. Emmet tries to follow his friends' advice but not only does it make things worse, it turns out that Rex Dangervest is the end result of Emmet trying to be the grown-up and tough person they wanted him to be, who in turn brings forth Ourmamageddon.
  • Big Bad: Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, ruler of the Systar System. Subverted when it turns out all she wants is for the worlds to live in peace. The real Big Bad is Rex Dangervest, who turns out to be an embittered future version of Emmet.
  • Bigger on the Inside:
    • The house Emmet builds has several rooms that are bigger than its exterior.
    • General Mayhem's ship carries more weapons than are possible for its size.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: It turns out that the residents of Bricksburg/Apocalypseburg are this to the Sistarians, who don't really understand the tough and gritty facade the former have been putting up and therefore have no idea how to effectively communicate their desire for peace.
  • Book-Ends: After the prologue, the movie follows Emmet on a morning coffee run through Apocalypseburg. At the end of the movie, Lucy joins Emmet on a morning coffee run through the new world of Syspocalypstar. On a meta level, this ending is also one for Emmet's routine from the first movie.
  • Bouquet Toss: Discussed. Batman suggests that he throw a Batarang instead of a bouquet at his wedding, and whoever it gets lodged into is the next to get married.
  • Breaking Old Trends: "Master Breaking" pun unintended, this marks LEGO's first theatrical movie to lack a father/son conflict, or a redemption arc for the main villain.
  • Brick Joke: Technically, every joke in the film qualifies, but special note goes to:
    • President Business leaving to go play golf instead of actually helping deal with the alien threat, and his subsequent return at the end of the film.
    • The Man Upstairs asking where his pants are.
  • Broad Strokes: As LEGO Batman Movie is fully in continuity with LEGO Movie 1 and 2,note  best guess is that Batman's film occurs in-between the second or third of the DUPLO's many attacks on Bricksburg. And as his film's plot was still going on when the Justice League departed without him to find the DUPLO, then they would have left soon after Batman had turned up uninvited at their 57th anniversary party. And as the DCEU Aquaman wasn't at the party, then he must have only just become a League member either right after Batman left, or right before the League were about to board their ship.
  • Buffy Speak:
    • "The Second Part" surely qualifies.
    • Queen Watevra tells Sweet Mayhem to do the "bloopity-bloop-bloop". Mayhem repeats the phrase as she enters a passcode to unlock the nearby door.
  • Butt-Monkey: The Systar System's court jester Banarnar, who's constantly humiliated when he keeps slipping on his peel. The worst possible time for him to do so was during the wedding itself, in front of the entire Systar system.
    Banarnar: This is my nightmare! I had a dream about this! Don't look at me!
  • Call-Back:
    • Sweet Mayhem's assessment of Emmet is similar to how "The Man Upstairs" described him.
    • Emmet still has "Planty" as a Companion Cube.
    • Emmet happily continues his morning routine from last film; he even orders coffee and greets a line going to do their daily tasks.
    • Greeting (former) Surfer Dave, and Sherrie and her many cats, is still part of Emmet's morning routine.
    • There's an embroidered pillow on the double-decker couch referencing Emmet and Lucy's status as an Official Couple.
    • Not to the first film but from his own spinoff, Batman is still served lobster thermidor, does a guitar riff, and Alfred is still with him. He also mentions some events from that movie, and has the glowing eye lenses and one-sided rivalry with Superman he had there.
    • A few scenes use the "pew, pew, pew" from Batman's film. Even the Raptors get in on it!
    • Finn's dad calls out, "Honey! Where are my pants?"
    • The residents of the former-Brickburg still speak of human 'artifacts' they fear with emphasis on the wrong syllable - The Bin of StoRAJ/Storage.
    • An artifact from the real world is again an object of power in the LEGO world.
    • Now, Lucy briefly falls into and observes the real world.
    • The Final Battle involves Lucy inspiring and rallying the citizens to take on the Big Bad, complete with everyone building hodgepodge fighting machines.
    • Near the end of the first movie President Business got caught in an explosion he caused. This happens to him again at the ending here.
  • Came Back Strong: Just like Emmet's brief time in the real world made him a Master Builder, Lucy's real-world moment is implied to have also affected her; particularly in how when she enters under the dryer, the layout changes and she has full movement there, which neither Rex nor Emmet had until she came.
  • The Cameo:
  • Canon Immigrant: Unikitty's castle and her brother, Puppycorn, elements that were otherwise exclusive to her own TV series (which was a spinoff that likely isn't in continuity with the movies), show up in this one.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Some of the Systarians are living foods like the walking chocolate bar that looks at a chocolate fountain and laments how fragile life is. At one point Batman asks for ice cream to soothe his depression and Wa'Nabi's ice cream butler responds that he's not a thing to be used to fill emotional voids. Trope also taken to a hilarious extreme in the "intermission" pause.
  • Casting Gag: In addition to Emmet, Chris Pratt plays Rex Dangervest, a galaxy-saving raptor trainer.
  • Central Theme: The differences between how boys and girls play, and once again how we should let others into our fun rather than giving up on our own imagination altogether. Like Lord Business for the dad in the first film, Rex represents Finn's desire to give up on his imagination altogether when Bianca wanting to make a world where they can play together gets in the way of him telling his own complex time travel story. In the finale, the parts of him represented by Wyldstyle make him realize he can enjoy building and playing with her too, and he makes peace with Bianca by recreating the heart/Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi that had inspired her interest in LEGOs in the first place, ending with the two playing together at last. Rex similarly fades from existence, happy that Finn won't give up on the part of his imagination that believes anything and anyone can be special that Emmet had represented for him, after all.
  • Character Development: Thanks to Rex's teachings, Emmet gradually learns anger and becomes "tougher" over the course of the movie...and then subverted when Emmet's character development actually makes everything worse, because he ends up ruining everything. In order to make things right, Emmet has to develop his character in a different direction—yes, he has to realize that everything is not awesome, but he also has to "open his heart" enough to be willing to try to make things awesome, and therefore not become Rex.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The heart Emmet gave as a peace-offering to the DUPLO aliens became Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi.
    • The eject seat button on Rex's ship seems to be playing off the EXTREME nature of Rex Dangervest, but it later comes back as a means to launch Emmet under the dryer in order to complete his transformation into Rex himself.
    • The heart bomb Lucy steals while inside General Mayhem's ship is used to destroy Rex's Flux Capacitor when he attempts to escape.
  • Civilized Animal: Rex's raptors... now put-upon workers.
    Raptor: [subtitle translation] I hate Mondays.
  • The Comically Serious: In one of the first scenes of the movie, Lucy watches over a destroyed Bricksburg and delivers an ominous monologue about the alien invasion... only to be interrupted by Emmet, who's still as cheerful as ever.
  • Coming-of-Age Story: In a way. "Growing up" is a recurring theme in the narrative, with a lot of Emmet's personal conflict having to do with still being upbeat in a world where everyone is telling him to change his tune and 'get with the times'. As Emmet, Wyldstyle and the rest are arguably Finn's Author Avatars, it reflects his own struggles with 'growing up' now he's a teenager. There's also a point to be made that the film deals with how to grow up, with Rex representing the easy, 'angsty', and cynical method that helps no one but yourself — not let anyone else play with you, even if that means breaking everything, putting all your toys into storage, and giving up on your imagination — as opposed to the much harder route of being aware life has letdowns and compromises with others, but rolling with the punches and persevering through it to find the fun you can have by including people other than just yourself, as detailed in the Everything's Not Awesome song.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: Rare male example. Near the end of the movie, it turns out that the reason why Rex was trying to make Emmet more tough and hardened was because he was trying to turn Emmet into him. When it turns out that simply mentoring Emmet doesn't work, he puts him under the dryer in a desperate attempt to emotionally break him. In fact, Rex himself is an example - he used to be Emmet, but after being forgotten under the dryer for a really long time, he eventually decided to completely change his image from the nice and cheerful Emmet to the tough and cynical Rex.
  • Crapsack World: What Bricksburg has become after the DUPLO alien invasion.
  • Crowd Song: When an entire neighborhood starts breaking into "Catchy Song" in complete unison, Emmet and Rex make a break for it.
  • Darker and Edgier: Parodied. Bricksburg has become a Mad Max-like wasteland where almost everyone has a grungy, battle-tired aesthetic... Except Emmet, who looks and acts almost exactly the same as in the last film, bar some new scratches on his uniform's shiny stripes. And the town's citizens deliberately chose the wasteland look in order to fend off the Duplo aliens. The reason for this of course is that Finn is now a teenager and is trying to create a more "mature" narrative with his LEGO sets based off of the movies meant for older audiences he's become familiar with in the years since the first film.
  • Dark Reprise: "Everything's Not Awesome". It starts off as being completely opposite to the last film's "Everything Is Awesome" but ultimately is Subverted thanks to Wyldstyle/Lucy finding a happy medium between the two, stating the Central Theme that even if in reality things aren't always awesome, we can still make them better, together.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Emmet actually spends this movie playing The Dragon to the real Big Bad, Rex Dangervest, with Lucy/Wyldstyle being the one who brings about Finn's own Heel–Face Turn and finally overcomes the negative Opinion Myopia elements of his imagination that Rex represents In-Universe.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • Despite being the Breakout Character of the first film, Unikitty sadly does not have as many lines this time around.
    • President Business only appears at the beginning and end of the film due to leaving Bricksburg to go golfing during the DUPLO Invasion. In the human world, The Man Upstairs is only heard offscreen while leaving it to his wife to sort out their children's situation.
    • Good Cop/Bad Cop (now referred to by Emmet as "Scribble Cop") only appears when Emmet walks home from getting coffee, and Vitruvius is thrown aside by Metalbeard during the invasion and is not seen again.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The Lego Movie 2's subtitle is "The Second Part".
  • Despair Event Horizon: Rex Dangervest in his backstory crossed it when he was marooned Under the Dryer, when he waited for a rescue that never came, and he realized that he couldn't count on anyone else. The experience changed him from the happy, kind Emmet into the gritty tough Rex, and after initiating Ourmamageddon, he fully intends to subject Emmet to the same fate to ensure that he turns into Rex. Emmet teeters on the brink before Lucy rescues him.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: Both of Queen Watevra's musical numbers qualify as this, in a way that pays homage to this trope.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Rex, as past-Emmet, was abandoned under the dryer by his friends in an alternate timeline. So his response is to hatch a convoluted plan to trick his past self into causing Ourmamageddon, which would put the entire LEGO universe into storage despite only a few characters being responsible for his abandonment.
    • Emmet destroying the temple is a representation of Finn in the real world responding to his sister taking his toys without asking by wrecking Bianca's Systar System, even though he could have just stolen his toys back or just asked Bianca to give them back or just explained to her why taking his stuff without asking is wrong. This is likely the point of the movie as showing why this sort of "tough" acting is wrong, especially since it causes everyone to be banished to the Bin of Storage because Finn and Bianca's mom has had enough of their fighting.
  • Distant Reaction Shot: After Rex is baited into punching a Heart Bomb, the moment his fist makes contact we cut to a distant shot, where all we get is a flash of light and a muffled thump.
  • Disturbed Doves: Discussed. Queen Watevra suggests releasing bats instead of doves at her wedding.
  • Divine Conflict: For all intents and purposes, the entire film is one, as the conflict between the Apocalypseburgers and the Systarians is caused by the gods of their respective worlds (Finn and Bianca respectively) being unable to get along and getting into fights.
  • Downer Beginning: The DUPLO aliens trashed the LEGO world and turned it into a wasteland.
  • Downer Ending: Emmet causes Ourmamageddon by destroying Queen Watevra and Batman's wedding, the Apocalypseburgers and Systarians are sucked up into the Bin of Storage and Rex Dangervest-revealed as an evil Emmet from an alternate future-banishes present Emmet to Undar of the Dryar so he'll become like Rex. The End. Parodied when Lucy speaks up and refuses to let it end that way, ultimately defying this trope.
  • Dramatic Gasp: Emmet does a hilariously long one when he discovers that Lucy was one of the singers in "Everything is Awesome".
  • Ear Worm: In-Universe. The not-so-subtly titled "Catchy Song", which largely consists of the phrase "This song's gonna get stuck inside your head," is this movie's answer to "Everything Is Awesome". The title really says it all. As Unikitty's listening to it, an actual cartoon worm appears singing in her brain.
    Cause it's so catchy, catchy, it's such a catchy song
    Gonna make you happy, happy, don't try to fight it, sing along!
  • Enclosed Extraterrestrials: Sweet Mayhem, who's always wearing a spacesuit.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Ourmamageddon. Finn and Bianca's mother, tired of their constant fighting, orders them to put away their toys. This is represented as an apocalypse greater than anything Apocalypseburg has seen, with everyone from both there and the Systar System being sucked up into dark voids (Finn and Bianca's toy boxes), never to be seen again. Until Finn and Bianca make up and finish the story together.
  • Evil All Along: Rex Dangervest is revealed to be the true Big Bad of the film.
  • Evil Laugh: Queen Watevra starts one just after boasting that her plans for the Apocalypseburgers is succeeding, then instantly Averted as she's actually laughing at Banarnar's repeated pratfalls.
  • Fake-Out Fade-Out: The movie seems to end in tragedy, with Emmet having caused Ourmamageddon and his hard and embittered future self Rex stranding him on Undar of the Dryar, while everyone else is trapped inside the Bin of Storage and starts singing a depressing song of giving up. We even get a "The End" title card, so all is lost—but Lucy still manages to find a way to inspire everyone, and the movie continues from there. Some theaters aided in this fake out by turning on the lights while it happens, usually the signal that the movie is over. When it's revealed to be a fake-out, though, the lights go back down as the movie continues to play.
  • Five-Second Foreshadowing:
    • Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi offers Batman half of everything. Soon after, she reveals that the wedding she invited everyone to is between her and Batman.
    • After going over the plan with Emmet and Lucy to crash the wedding between Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and Batman, Rex Dangervest takes the invisible jet from Wonder Woman, who realizes that she left her Lasso of Truth in the seat. A few scenes later, it's revealed that Systar System is not evil at all and that Rex Dangervest is the true Big Bad who intends to make Ourmamageddon into a reality. It is then that Rex reveals himself to be an embittered Emmet from the future.
  • Flanderization: Lampshaded with Benny, who asks Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi how she knew he loved spaceships when they meet for the first time, only to immediately follow it up by proudly boasting "Loving spaceships is my one defining trait!"
  • Fluffy Dry Cat: A brief gag at the Sparkle Spa has Unikitty's "fur" poof up under one of the hairdryers.
  • Foil: Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and Rex are this to one another: both are largely driven by loneliness, Watevra finds genuine love and companionship with Batman while Rex tries to destroy the universe out of revenge for his. Watevra is Obviously Evil, but actually a sweetheart who is completely genuine with what she's telling the heroes, while Rex appears to be a heroic action hero on the surface but is actually a hateful, vengeful Omnicidal Maniac. Watevra's true form is a heart while Rex is dark and gritty '90s Anti-Hero. Both are charismatic, Watevra uses hers to convey her sincere intent to help while Rex uses his to manipulate everyone. Watevra is incredibly generous and only wants peace, while Rex's ultimate goal is incredibly selfish revenge and he intentionally strokes conflict between the kids controlling their world. Many of the things that Watevra states (sincerely) don't apply to her in her Villain Song describe Rex perfectly. On top of everything, Rex is the personification of the conflict between Finn and his sister, while Watevra personifies the love they have for each other and their ability to reconcile.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • During a short glimpse into the real world early on, Finn is arguing with his sister and specifically mentions creating a "storyline [involving] time travel..."
    • When the DUPLOs invade Apocalypseburg, a lot of their dialogue is strangely complimentary to the citizens; one heart DUPLO even compliments Batman, "You're so handsome!" This seems out of place, but it hints that the DUPLOs actually just wanted to play with and be friends with the citizens of Apocalypseburg.
    • Rex has the same matte Black Bead Eyes as Emmet. Because he is Emmet.
    • When Emmet is explaining to Rex that his mission is to save his friends, look very closely at Rex's face when he throws away a coffee cup; he looks angry. This foreshadows that Rex doesn't think much of the concept of friends.
    • Rex says that Emmet is the reason he started wearing vests. While we're led to believe this means Rex was inspired by Emmet's adventures in the first movie, the literal meaning is that Rex traveled back in time specifically to find Emmet, his idealistic past self—right after changing his vest to match his hardcore new personality.
    • Some of the advice Rex gives to Emmet seems irresponsible, such as when Rex advises Emmet to just pick a random planet as a destination and then act like he's sure it's the right one, because that's "leadership". This foreshadows that Rex has a very warped idea of what being a grown-up actually means.
    • Although Emmet's "Piece" Offering is eaten by the DUPLO aliens, the pieces are then beamed into one of the ships, but never actually destroyed.
    • Queen Watevra misunderstands the Apocalypseburg residents' reaction to her horse form and changes into something they'd be more comfortable with... which has the complete opposite effect she's going for, as the new form has three eyes and lots of tentacles. It's a subtle hint that she and the other Systarians have seriously misunderstood how to communicate effectively with the Apocalypseburgers and believe that acting tough and intimidating is the right way to get through to them.
    • When Emmet first sees Rex's ship he calls it an enemy ship, hinting that Rex is the enemy.
    • The Rexcelsior spaceship is shaped like a human fist, which hints at Rex's endgame for the Systar System and what Finn in the real world is going to do to his sister's playsets.
    • The first time Rex explains his backstory to Emmet, he describes it as a galactic mission that was more than he bargained for. This was the same situation Emmet was in on the way to save his friends from the Systar System, right before Rex showed up to save him, which in turn subliminally foreshadows the revelation that Rex is Emmet from the future.
    • Emmet and Rex are both voiced by Chris Pratt. It turns out that Rex is Emmet
    • While Rex tells his backstory to Emmet the first time, his voice briefly drifts into sounding like Emmet's, because that's who Rex actually is.
    • Rex wears a dark outfit, sports stubble, and pilots a black clenched fist-shaped ship manned by a crew of velociraptors. Many clues hinting he's actually a villain.
    • Even though Rex asks for Emmet's last name, it's worth noting that Emmet never told him his first name, and yet Rex somehow already knew it...
    • When Emmet and Rex meet up with Lucy, Rex appears to be angry and distrustful of her. Considering that the version of Lucy from his timeline kept partying in the Systar System instead of trying to look for him after he got stranded under the dryer, it makes sense that he would be angry at her.
    • Rex has raptors as members of his crew. This is because Rex can time travel.
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Queen Watevra offers to change her form to something the Apocalypseburg citizens find more comfortable after first introducing herself to them as a horse. The multi-eyed tentacled monstrosity she changes into, however, doesn't really have the desired effect.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: During the tour of the Rexcelsior's interior, a weather forecast can be seen on one of the screens behind a raptor. However, since they're currently in space, the only temperature for the entire week is -270 degrees.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Implied to be part of what turned Rex Dangervest to villainy, after fully realizing and internalizing the truth of their existence as metaphors for Finn's feelings.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Lucy tells Emmet that times have changed, that being soft and silly isn't cool anymore, and he must be "tough and battle ready." Emmet decides to do so. Lucy trying to convince Emmet that it's okay and she prefers him to be the soft, silly, gentle guy she cares about only reinforces the idea that she's been brainwashed, since Emmet can't believe that Lucy would ever willingly say such a thing. It also turned out that a gritty, tough, and hardened Emmet would turn out to be Rex Dangervest, who doesn't care about his friends or the rest of the universe.
  • Good All Along: Sweet Mayhem and Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi. They just want peace between the Systar System and Apocalypseburg.
  • Gosh Dang It to Heck!:
    • Lucy describes Apocalypseburg as "a heck-ish place to live".
    • Emmet comments on his interruption of Lucy's brooding with an "Oh my goshness."
    • "Welcome to heck." Said by Rex once he and Emmet arrive in Harmony Town.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: The central conflict turns out to be this, because Poor Communication Kills. The citizens of the Systar System spent years attacking Bricksburg and re-destroying everything they tried to rebuild, and only just now have they shown interest in peaceful co-existence, so the Bricksburg/Apocalypseburg residents have perfect reason to be suspicious. As for Rex, he went through a brutal Break the Cutie and is trying to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, and before he goes off the Moral Event Horizon he could be classified as a Well-Intentioned Extremist. In terms of the human storyline, Bianca regularly wrecked Finn's playsets as a kid, so he has good reason to have pushed her away and refuse to play with her, but now Bianca has grown up and really does want to play peacefully with Finn if he would just give her a chance.
  • Growing Up Sucks: The theme of this movie is exploring what it really means to mature as a person, and deconstructing how True Art Is Angsty is a narrow-minded view to hold. In its own way, going Darker and Edgier just for the sake of it is just as childish as being Lighter and Softer, if not moreso — true maturity and growth is more complicated than that.
  • HA HA HA— No:
    Emmet: You destroyed my ship!
    Rex: Kid, you can build anything, but there ain't nothing you can't break! [starts laughing]
    Emmet: [laughs along, then stops] I don't get it.
  • Happy Ending Override:
    • Any chance The LEGO Movie set up of Emmet befriending President Business gets dashed when the president ditches Bricksburg during the Duplo Aliens' invasion.
    • Whatever happened with Batman at the end of his solo adventure, he's back to only having Alfred around, with his tearful dialogue suggesting his Ship Tease with Barbara Gordon sunk.
  • Heads-Up Display: The inside of Sweet Mayhem's helmet displays various informations, including a quick personality assessment of any character she is scanning.
  • Heartbreak and Ice Cream: Discussed in "Everything's Not Awesome".
    Batman: Love's not real, I just wanna eat carbs, pass the ice cream.
    Ice Cream Cone: I am not a thing you can just use to fill emotional voids with.
  • Heel Realization: Finn finds the broken remains of Queen Watevra/the heart he built Bianca in the storage bin, and the look on his face all but says My God, What Have I Done?
  • Hyperspace Is a Scary Place: Passage through the Stairgate is a harrowing experience. First things are warped dramatically, then, if one can make it through the glassteroid field, there is further warping that makes things a shifting coloring book scribble interspersed with psychedelic visions of the real world.
  • I Come in Peace: Tagline notwithstanding, they really do. Their approach just... needs work.
  • I Know You Know I Know: The fight between Sweet Mayhem and Lucy has them talking about how they expected each other's expectations. This eventually confuses Lucy.
    Lucy: Wait, now I'm lost.
  • Imagine Spot: When Emmet's plan to destroy the temple hits a snag, Rex reassures Emmet by telling him to "visualize your success", which will give him the confidence to pull it off. So Emmet imagines himself destroying the temple, spontaneously snapping his brainwashed friends out of their trance and causing his friends to praise him for his success. He does succeed in destroying the temple with a single ground pound—but unlike his fantasy, his friends don't praise him, first because they weren't actually brainwashed, and second because destroying the temple causes Ourmamageddon.
  • I'm Cold... So Cold...: One of the star projectiles apparently invokes this to get Emmet to free it from the fortified gate and let Sweet Mayhem in.
  • Immediate Sequel: Zigzagged. The opening scene starts off by recreating and continuing the Sequel Hook from the first movie where the DUPLO aliens arrive in Bricksburg. Then we get a five-year Time Skip into the events of the movie proper, much like last time.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Emmet comments on Lucy's obvious displeasure about his choice in music.
    Emmet: Heh heh, that song really seems to upset you.
    [Lucy crushes her coffee cup in her grip]
    Lucy: No it doesn't!
  • Ironic Echo:
    • Lucy tries teaching Emmet to be tough and brooding by repeatedly saying, "War hardens the heart," which Emmet can't really pull off. Near the end, when he becomes trapped and helpless Undar the Dryar by Rex, Emmet says it to himself in exactly the way Lucy wanted him to.
    • "You started it." Used at first in a way that seems to mean "You started this fight" by the Systar inhabitants to the inhabitants of Apocalypseburg. Later revealed that since the Queen of the Systar System is the heart that Emmet gave the DUPLO aliens on the first day of the invasion (the one Finn gave his younger sister on the first day they played together), the Apocalypseburg members (and by extension Finn) started the Systar System.
      General Mayhem: You started it. You started everything.
    • Rex's true backstory reveals that during the years when he, Emmet, was trapped and helpless with no hope of rescue, all the criticism and mockery that everyone in Apocalypseburg had heaped on him, echoed endlessly in his thoughts and added fuel to his anger. So he made himself into what they all said he should be, and used it to inflict retribution on all the LEGO world.
  • Landfill Beyond the Stars: The planet DUPLO is covered in piles of LEGO bricks stolen from Bricksburg that the DUPLO aliens sort and bring to Watevra Wa'Nabi's temple.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Wyldstyle's real name is Lucy, the LEGO world is a kid's imagination of his family's playspace, and there was an alien invasion by aliens based on the DUPLO.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Finn and Bianca's mom comments "I'm not the bad guy in this story, I'm just an amusing side character." which serves as both a cute way to say she's just trying to make her kids stop fighting, and a direct reference to her being an amusing Maya Rudolph cameo rather than the film's Big Bad.
  • The Little Detecto: Rex has a couple of pretty specifically-named devices for use during adventures. One is an Unusual Activity Meter that has a readout that says "RUN!", and another is a Convenient Plot Device that can detect planets underneath him.
  • Long Song, Short Scene: Except for "Gotham City Guys" and the credits songs, every song sounds longer on the soundtrack than in the movie. Some notable trims made for the film include all of "Welcome to the Systar System" aside from the Title Drop, the endings of "5:15" and "Everything's Not Awesome" (to flow into the dialogue), and another chorus and bridge of "Not Evil".note 
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Maintained from the first film, albeit now more ambiguous.
    • The climax is triggered by Finn hearing the muffled "This song's gonna get stuck inside your head" refrain from the Everything's Not Awesome song. Whether he's actually hearing the characters singing, or it's just Bianca's music player in the storage bin, is never made clear though.
    • Rex's backstory involves him becoming animate in the real world, changing his appearance, building his ship and time-traveling into the past to save Emmet, which includes a shot of the Rexcelsor model appearing out of thin air for Finn to find it, but in Emmet's visions of the real world, Finn mentions setting up a time-travel plotline with the toys already and seems to have prepared Rex's ship himself. Rex mentioning Rex and Emmet's fight with limited movement in the real world being nothing but a metaphor for the death of Finn's imagination, and the area becoming a brick-built part of the LEGO world when Lucy intervenes after, makes things even less clear.
    • Like with Emmet in the last film, Lucy becomes conscious but inanimate in the real world after the temple is destroyed, but unlike the last movie, she isn’t able to signal her living nature to Bianca before she disposes of the minifigure in her bin.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Sweet Mayhem is an alien invader who hails from the Systar System... as in, Finn's sister is invading his LEGO play with Mini-Dolls and DUPLO.
    • Watevra Wa'Nabi, which sounds remarkably similar to Whatever I Wanna Be, which is fitting for a Voluntary Shapeshifter.
    • Rex Dangervest is a reckless, thrill-seeking adventurer who's the Foil to Emmet, who always wears a safety vest. Doubles as a Meaningful Rename, as he's Emmet's tough, embittered future self.
    • The Dryar System is a place to be forgotten. Under the dryer in the basement.
  • Mock Hollywood Sign: The Bricksburg sign (styled as the Hollywood sign) has been ripped apart during the apocalypse. It now says "Icksburg", though the city is now "Apocalypseburg".
  • Most Definitely Not a Villain: Parodied. Watevra Wa'Nabi blatantly sings an entire song (with one of the lyrics even being "I'm so not a villain!") about how she's not evil and not tricking everyone into trusting her... Also Subverted when it turns out she was telling the truth the entire time!
    General Mayhem: The Queen sang a whole song about how not-evil she was!
    Lucy: That was the truth?!
  • Mugged for Disguise: Lucy knocks out one of the Queen's Royal Guards and (somehow) dons the Guard's armor. The Guard is almost twice her size, so the result is Lucy waddling along in a brick-built suit with her face completely exposed.
  • Musical Episode: While the previous LEGO theatrical films had a few original songs, this film features several full-blown musical numbers involving most of the cast. In the Systar System, where most of the film takes place, bursting into song is apparently the norm.
  • Musical Nod: Batman's verse in "Gotham City Guys" samples the theme from the 1989 movie.
  • Musical World Hypotheses: The Systar System operates under the Alternate World hypothesis. Lucy is annoyed when she realizes this, though eventually she and everyone else joins in with the singing.
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: Inverted, when Emmet plans to rescue Lucy and everyone else from Sweet Mayhem.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Adding to the fan's dislike for DUPLO placing DUPLO aliens as antagonists, it also turns out that the controversial girl-oriented Mini-Doll figures from the LEGO Friends series are also part of the enemy. Except they're not the enemy, just really bad at communicating.
    • In the Imagine Spot showing the team of spaceship builders that Queen Watevra promises to Benny, their planet is show to be yellow with an asteroid leaving a red trail before it for a split-second, making it looks exactly like the logo seen everywhere on the vintage LEGO Spacemen.
    • When Rex, and later Emmet, become animate in the real world, their movements (and also Rex's interactions with real-world objects) are like primitive, stop-motion animation found on LEGO videos created by fans of the feature films.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Rex Dangervest nearly succeeds with his plan to destroy Batman and Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi’s wedding and get the entire LEGO universe put into storage.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: A couple of cases:
    • Lucy points out that Sweet Mayhem appears to know all their moves as she attacks them during a chase, but it's because Emmet is using turn signals.
    • Ourmamageddon coming about does this on several levels. On the surface it literally has Emmet break the temple, causing Ourmamageddon. However he ended up in that position as he was trying to get tougher, because all his friends and neighbors had been telling him he needed to, and it was because of Lucy's normal hardened persona that Rex was able to convince Emmet that she was brainwashed; as a result, when she realizes the truth, Emmet doesn't believe her, or the others who Lucy had previously told him were brainwashed themselves.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If Rex never went back to taunt Emmet, Emmet would turn into him and he would be able to cause Ourmomageddeon by doing something else. Also, by acting like a complete Jerk Ass to Emmet, he just gave Emmet a reason not to turn into him.
  • No Fourth Wall: Both in and out of universe.
    • Pretty much all the LEGO figures are aware they are in a movie. In the beginning, they mention that Batman was off doing a "standalone feature", in reference to his spinoff film. One character says that "Marvel won't return our calls" in reference to the fact that only DC characters appear, since Marvel was owned by rival studio Disney. Also, when the To Be Continued ... Right Now screen comes up, Lucy interrupts saying that the film should not end on a cliffhanger.
    • In the finale Rex / jaded future-Emmet also notes in-universe that a fight between them and Emmet isn't even really happening, and instead is just a metaphorical representation of the death of imagination in an adolescent boy's mind.
  • Non-Standard Character Design:
    • Sweet Mayhem is a LEGO Friends Mini-Doll, and has noticeably less articulation than the other main cast members.
    • This also applies to brick-built characters like Ice Cream Cone, Banarnar, and the shape-shifting Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi. In general, the Systar System's inhabitants represent a much wider variety of character types than the characters in the first movie, most of whom were ordinary minifigures.
  • Not Brainwashed: Initially, the treatment of the Master Builders of exposing them to pop music, giving them massages, etc is built up as the Systar System brainwashing them. Same goes for those who lived in the Stepford Suburbia. But nope. Turns out they were genuinely enjoying themselves. The Systarians just suck at articulating their intentions.
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: As far as subtitles go, "The Second Part" is... out there.
  • Oh, Crap!: Emmet imagines that when he stops the wedding, everyone will snap out of brainwashing and thank him as seen in his Imagine Spot. Instead the moment after he has used his Breaker Punch on the wedding cake altar there is a horrified second of silence and then most everyone in the vicinity starts bawling loudly with Ocular Gushers and Emmet has this reaction as he gets the feeling something's not right...
  • Once More, with Clarity!: When Emmet describes his nightmare at the beginning of the movie, Wyldstyle is screaming Emmet's name, apparently in distress and crying out for Emmet to save her. Then when the nightmare becomes true, we realize that the Wyldstyle from Emmet's dream was actually screaming Emmet's name in horror, because it was Emmet himself who caused Ourmamageddon.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Bruce Willis as a parody of John McClane from Die Hard, and Emmet Brickowski and Emmett Brown, whose flux capacitor Rex steals to be able to go back in time.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Emmet realizes something's not right when he sees Superman being friendly with both Green Lantern (whom he previously couldn't stand to be around) and Lex Luthor.
  • Open Secret: Even Queen Watevra, who lives past the Stairgate in the Systar System, knows Batman's secret identity.
    Watevra: Listen, Bruce...
    Batman: Who's Bruce?
  • Our Vampires Are Different: They're nonthreatening, attractive teenage vampires who talk about being in love but also how they can't be in a relationship, with pale blue skin and hair so sparkly it's crystalline.
  • Out of Focus: Metalbeard, Benny and Unikitty have a lot less to do this time around, as they are captured and willingly join in the fun with the Systar aliens rather quickly, leaving a greater focus on Emmet, Lucy, and Rex.
  • Outside-Context Problem: The DUPLO aliens to the Bricksburgians. None of the heroes' attacks seem to have any effect on the invaders, and they even have the ability to eat lasers, which Metalbeard comments isn't possible.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • The aesthetic of Bricksburg (now apparently renamed "Apocalypseburg") post-invasion is an obvious reference to the look of post-apocalyptic films like Mad Max: Fury Road and Planet of the Apes (1968) that kids won't recognize.
    • It's rather doubtful there are that many kids in the audience who will know who Ruth Bader Ginsburg is going in.
    • Rex Dangervest references both The Matrix and Back to the Future by name. When a confused Emmet asks what those are, Rex replies that they're "classic movies that older kids get to watch."
    • There are references abound to classic action movies, with Rex's raptors all being named after action heroes and Bruce Willis making a cameo that parodies Die Hard.
    • A double during the fake "intermission" that abruptly interrupts during the middle of a climatic scene: Monty Python did similar in one of their movies, and the intermission itself is a direct reference to a commonly-heard jingle played in theaters decades ago.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: For Batman and Watevra, who both had non-altruistic reasons for wanting to marry. Watevra wanted to merge their worlds, and Batman just wanted to outdo Superman. They genuinely fall for each other while planning the wedding, to the point of becoming sickening to Ice Cream Cone.
  • Plant Aliens: Emmet and Rex explore a planet teeming with Plantimals, which they then have to run from.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: Though the "please" isn't said, Batman begs Watevra not to leave him as she's shattered into pieces & sucked into the Bin of Storage. He even goes so far as to try gathering up her shattered pieces before he's sucked in as well.
  • Poor Communication Kills: This ends up driving most of the plot. The Systarians really just wanted peace with the people of Bricksburg/Apocalypseburg, but thanks to a poor understanding of the latter's attitudes and even worse communication skills, they come across as sinister aggressors instead. In parallel, Bianca just wants to play with her older brother and be a part of his games, but the age gap between her and Finn made it difficult for her to understand how to join in, and Finn in turn didn't exactly verbalize his feelings on the situation well either.
  • The Power of Hate:
    • As part of the alternate Emmet's turn into Rex Dangervest, he became so empowered by his rage that he was actually able to move with nearly full articulation in the real world and build himself a timeship.
    • Emmet (the one who isn't Rex) too starts to harness anger as a power for his 'breaking' skills, and even manages a decent amount of articulation in the real world when Rex comes to Undar of the Dryar to try and finish him off - not enough to be a match for Rex but impressive none the less.
  • Present-Day Past: The ship containing members of the Justice League that leaves Bricksburg has Jason Momoa's version of Aquaman from the DC Extended Universe, even though that scene is set shortly after the events of the first film.
  • Profile View Gag: When Sweet Mayhem's spaceship approaches the Systar System, at first we only see a lone, ordinary round planet. But then we get a side view, and the system is revealed to be composed of many planets with fantastic shapes, which were previously aligned perfectly.
  • Prophetic Dream: Emmet's nightmare from the beginning of the movie turns out to be this: he dreams that a dolphin clock reads 5:15PM, and then Gandalf shouts "It's Ourmamageddon!" while black holes suck everyone into the Bin of Storage. This dream comes true, because of Emmet himself destroying the wedding that would otherwise have ensured peace.
  • Pun-Based Title: "The Second Part" isn't just reflecting this movie's status as a sequel. "Part" is often used as another word for LEGO bricks, pieces, elements, etc.
  • Reality Ensues: A recurring theme in the movie is that even the seemingly smallest things and misunderstandings can lead to big consequences.
    • The Systarians' poor communication skills lead to suspicion and distrust from Lucy, who sees them as the bad guys, especially after Queen Whatevra sings a song claiming she is not evil, a rare subversion of Most Definitely Not a Villain.
    • Lucy wanting Emmet to toughen up causes Emmet to not believe her when she says she's not brainwashed. He ends up sticking with Rex, who was Evil All Along, and ends up causing Ourmamageddon.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Emmet actually gets mocked and chided for this, since being warm and peppy and building an adorable cottage clashes with the general feel of Apocalpyseburg. He then decides to try to shed this part of his personality and become tougher and grittier. As things go on, this turns out to be a big mistake.
  • Retcon: A very small one. Emmet had a poster of A POPular Band in his apartment back in the first movie. Now, Lucy presents Emmet with an original edition of the band's top hit album, "Everything Is Awesome". Except... one of the singers on the cover image now looks different from the poster image in the previous movie. But, she looks very familiar... to Emmet, and to us.
  • Ret Gone: Rex Dangerfist, as a Bad Future version of Emmet, disappears from existence, piece by piece, when Lucy destroys a crucial piece of technology that Rex used to time-travel during the final confrontation at the Dryar system.
  • The Reveal: Quite a few.
    • The Systarians aren't evil, they just want peace.
    • Queen Watevra's true form is the heart that Emmet gave to the DUPLO aliens five years ago.
    • Rex Dangervest is the true villain of the movie, and he is also Emmet from the future after hardening his image due to feeling that he was abandoned and forgotten.
    • Lucy used to be a Girly Girl and is one of the original artists to sing “Everything is Awesome”.
  • Reverse Psychology: How Queen Watevra convinces Batman to marry her in her song "Gotham City Guys". She claims not to want to because of his brooding loner persona and fear of commitment, and claims to be interested in his rival Superman instead. For bonus points, she claims that she's only pretending to be interested in Batman so that Superman will get jealous.
  • Rewatch Bonus: After you've seen the movie once, the pre-timeskip scene with the DUPLO attacking Bricksburg takes on a new meaning as it becomes clear that the DUPLO legitimately seem unaware that their behavior is destructive (or that a Batarang bouncing off a DUPLO does not mean the Batarang "missed"). This is because a then-very-young Bianca was only trying to play with her big brother Finn, so she wasn't even aware how badly a "we are here to destroy you" would come across, as she thought that's just how playing with her big brother would work.
  • Rule of Symbolism:
    • The Lasso of Truth being left in the invisible jet when Rex Dangervest steals it from Wonder Woman marks the moment where the truths about the Systar System, Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi, Ourmamageddon, and Rex himself are revealed.
    • The final heart bomb used by Lucy, that destroys Rex's Flux Capacitor and ends Rex, gives a soft "Goodbye" instead of a "Hello!"
  • Running Gag:
    • The Systar heart bombs cheerily going "Hello!" right before exploding.
    • Sweet Mayhem analyzing people through her helmet, and getting a list of unflattering assessments on her Heads-Up Display.
    • Each time one of the Master Builders try to object against doing something or going somewhere, Mayhem uses her sticker gun or tractor field on them.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: In the beginning, President Business just ups and leaves the others to go golfing.
  • Sequel Non-Entity: Outside of a brief cameo during the beginning scene that represents the end of the first film, Vitruvius is never seen nor mentioned for the whole movie.
  • Serial Escalation:
    • The sequel brings the adventure into space past a Stairgate to the Systar System.
    • Emmett builds a triple-decker couch, following on his double-decker furniture. And this one turns into a Mini-Mecha!
  • Shout-Out:
  • Signs of Disrepair: During Lucy's post-Time Skip monologue, the first two letters are seen falling off the "BRICKSBURG" sign, leaving it reading "ICKSBURG".
  • Something We Forgot: It's revealed that in the original timeline, Rex was the result of this. He was originally Emmett who was forgotten by his friends after spending years stranded under the dryer, while the former were having too much fun partying with the Systarians.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: General Mayhem does the HI on Emmet and the Apocalypseburgers. After Emmet had opened the gate a crack to release the talking star and instantly shut it closed again, he's startled finding her standing right before him.
  • Stepford Suburbia: Harmony Town. A land of endless and identical suburban housing, full of glitterized minifigures who try to brainwash Emmett and Rex by blasting "Catchy Song". Except not really, as they're not actually brainwashed and are just trying to get more people to enjoy "Catchy Song."
  • Stylistic Suck: The movie retains the "props-attached-to-strings" details for In-Universe spaceflight.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's song "Not Evil" is largely a string of these, as is lampshaded repeatedly by Lucy. It's so blatant it comes off as a series of threats. She's actually being completely honest, she just sucks at communicating.
      Watevra Wa'Nabi: ♫ And there's no reason at all to be suspicious of me. ♫
      Lucy: I'm not going to lie, it's actually very suspicious you're leading with this.
    • Lucy rants that she did not sit in the mirror invokedyears ago in shame and take a permanent marker and recolor her hair.
    • Bruce Willis insists he definitely doesn't live in the air vents.
  • Table Space: Batman and Watevra sit at opposite ends of a long table.
  • Tagline: They come in pieces.
  • Take Me to Your Leader: "Bring me your fiercest leader."
  • Take That!:
    • Classic Aquaman being left behind in Apocalypseburg while his DCEU counterpart leaves with the Justice League to stop the alien invasion is no doubt a jab to his perceived uselessness popularized by his Super Friends incarnation.
    • Prior to Batman and Watevera Wa'Nabi's marriage, there's a line about how Batman being married would be unfaithful to his character; this might be a slight one against DC Comics, who were teasing Batman and Catwoman getting married for over a year before Selina decided that Bruce being happy would make Batman weaker.
    • After giving the Star Wars franchise a memorable surprise appearance in the first movie, this time it's not given a cameo or offhand mention. No doubt due to Phil Lord & Chris Miller getting fired from directing Solo.
    • All previous LEGO movies give zero direct references to Disney, though Marvel and Star Wars are exceptions. This time, Disney gets one: a parody named "Larry Poppins".
  • Teach Him Anger: Rex Dangervest does this for Emmet to teach him how to be a "Master Breaker" who can destroy enemy builds. However, his real reason for doing so is to bring about Ourmamageddon.
  • Temporal Paradox: Rex's raptors Ripley, Connor, and The Other One are still around even after Rex's timeline and existence were erased.
  • Tempting Fate:
  • Testosterone Poisoning: Rex Dangervest has a ship shaped like a fist, makes a Dynamic Entry by demolishing a meteor with his bare hands, has Perma-Stubble, his occupation is saving the galaxy, trains raptors, is a cowboy and does archaeology on the side. The point of the movie might be to avert this.
  • Theme Naming: The names of Rex's raptors are all nods to badass movies and characters therein, such as Rocky, Connor, Ripley and Quaid. Yet another facet of his exaggerated "tough guy" image.
  • This Is a Song:
    • "Catchy Song" is an aptly named tune about how it is a, well, catchy song.
    • The rap verses of "Super Cool" make mention of how it is a credits song.
  • Time Skip: Five years after the events of the first film, which correlates to the amount of time passed in Finn and Bianca's life, and roughly the meta-years between films.
  • To Be Continued ... Right Now: After Lucy and the rest of the characters get put away in storage, a "THE END" sign comes up, but Lucy says this shouldn't be the ending.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: "Scribble Cop", the reborn good half of Bad Cop, is just as sour as everyone else after the Time Skip, responding to Emmet's friendly greeting with a growl.
  • Triumphant Reprise: "Everything's Not Awesome" begins as a Dark Reprise to the first film's "Everything Is Awesome" after Ourmamageddon comes around and they're thrown into the storage bin until Wyldstyle realizes that everything can be awesome, but only if we work together to make it that way. In a way, it's a Triumphant Reprise to both "Everything Is/Is-Not Awesome" as it takes the creepily optimistic theme of the first and combines it with the cynicism of the second to create something realistic yet hopeful. It also doubles (triples?) as a Triumphant Reprise to "Catchy Song", as some of the citizens of the Systar System begin singing lines from it as well. invokedWell, just the one line, really.
  • Tyke-Bomb: Emmet says hello to a group of babies brandishing weapons emerging from the sewers.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Emmet is completely unbothered by the post-apocalyptic state of Bricksburg, to the extent that he might not even notice what's going on.
  • Ungrateful Townsfolk: The residents of Apocalypseburg show Emmet little respect, in spite of the fact that he saved them from Lord Business in the previous movie. Being hit by an alien invasion only a minute afterward that turned Bricksburg into a wasteland obviously explains their attitude.
  • Up to Eleven:
    • When Emmet and Rex start their search in the Systar System, the latter sets his ship's systems to eleven, and then doubles it.
      Raptor: 22!
    • Emmet fights General Mayhem with a triple-decker couch, which converts into a Mini-Mecha.
  • Villain Song: Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi gets two songs, both of which have all the hallmarks of this trope; "Not Evil" is about her trying to convince the Apocalypseburgers that she's Most Definitely Not a Villain and just wants to help them make all their dreams come true, while "Gotham City Guys" is about her using Reverse Psychology to convince Batman to marry her. Watevra turns out to actually not be a villain, just a really bad communicator.
  • Voice of the Legion: Sweet Mayhem. The helmet deepens her voice. She speaks like a normal girl without it.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi is not a minifigure, but a collection of bricks that can reshape herself in any form.
  • Wedding Smashers: Having been manipulated by Rex, Emmet literally smashes Batman and Queen Watevra's wedding by shattering their wedding cake altar.
  • Welcome to Hell:
    • Or "Welcome to heck," as Rex puts it when he and Emmet arrive in Harmony Town.
    • And Lucy narrates, "We call it Apocalypseburg, and it is a heckish place."
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Inverted. Everyone keeps chiding Emmet for retaining his innocent, optimistic sunniness in the face of the apocalypse and wants him to grow up and take things seriously. Then, not only does his attempt to do so cause Ourmamageddon, but it turns out that Rex is a future version of him who became a hard-hearted villain because everyone abandoned him. Everyone quickly realizes that they actually want their nice, happy, sunny-natured friend to not become a grim and gritty jerk after all.
  • Wham Line:
    Emmet: What are you talking about? Who are you?
    Rex Look a little closer. We're Not So Different.
    Emmet: You and I? Huh?
    Rex: Emmet, I'm you.
    Emmet: But I'm me.
    Rex: I'm you. From the future. All grown up.
  • Wham Shot:
    • One that cements the big reveal: As Batman and Watevra's wedding commences and Mayhem is trying to convince Wyldstyle that she and her friends are actually Good All Along, Ice Cream Cone announces that Watevra will change into her original form... the brick-built heart that Emmet offered as a peace offering five years ago.
    • At the very end of the movie, Lucy leaves a remix album of "Everything is Awesome" for Emmet as a token of her gratitude. Then we get a close up of the cover image of A POPular Band. One of the singers looks very familiar...
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The ending shows Connor, Ripley, and The Other One living happily alongside the rest of the cast, but nothing is shown about all the other raptors, nor of the Rexcelsior.
  • Widowed at the Wedding: Batman, when Emmet causes Ourmamageddon. He shatters their wedding cake altar and Queen Watevra is shattered into pieces as well. Batman tries to hold on to the last piece of her face but loses her and frantically tries to gather up her pieces before he's sucked into the Bin of Storage.
  • Wingding Eyes: Benny gets hearts in his eyes during Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's song "Not Evil", when she promises him his own planet and astronaut team to build spaceships. Later, during the spaceship fleet attack against Rex, Benny's eyes turn into spirals when he yells, "Don't touch me while I'm SPACESHIPING!"
  • The Worf Effect: Emmet's friends proved to be a Badass Crew in the first movie, but are quickly neutralized and captured by General Mayhem at the beginning of this one.
  • Wrong Side All Along: Rex Dangervest turns out to be the real Big Bad manipulating Emmet while the Most Definitely Not a Villain Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and company really not villains, just very bad at conveying it.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Happens to Banarnar during Ourmamageddon. Just when he manages to for once avoid slipping on his peel by managing to grab hold of a pole, his peel flies off shortly before he's sucked into the bin of storage.
    • Green Lantern lampshades this during the same scene.
      Green Lantern: Noooo!! I was finally valued! Noooo!!
  • You Are Not Alone: Emmet comes to this realization in his verbal spar with Rex.
    Emmet:...because everything's not awesome, but we can make it a little more awesome if we remember we're not alone in this world. We're in it together.


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