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  • Actor Shipping: This movie is the reason why people started shipping Will Arnett with Tiffany Haddish. Bonus points: They also like shipping their characters together, especially Haddish, with her even joking about Batman and Queen Watevra expecting.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • In the final fight against Sweet Mayhem, Lucy manages to knock her down a pit with her clinging onto dear life. Wait a minute... she has wings, can't she just fly out? Did her wings malfunction at that moment (maybe because they are emotionally connected) or did she just pretend to fall, just to see if Lucy would bother to save her?
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    • Rex Dangervest invites a lot of different interpretations:
      • Did he genuinely care about Emmet as he claimed or was he lying to get him on his side?
      • How much is Rex his own being? He describes events that would be impossible for Finn to know, yet Finn was working on a narrative about time travel.
      • Tying into the above one, Emmet suspects that Rex is more or less just a figment of his imagination. What if it's true? Emmet was capable of foreseeing real events in the first movie, perhaps Rex is little more than a manifestation of his reluctance to grow up. That may also explain why other characters get to see him. Then again, the only other character seen interacting with him was Lucy, and she had an experience just like Emmet in the first movie not long before the final confrontation.
    • Batman being in Apocalypseburg; Did something bad happen to make him alone all again, or did he leave Gotham in the hands of Robin and Batgirl in order to help everyone here?
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    • While Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi is undeniably completely sincere with everything she says in "Not Evil", there is one line, heard only on the soundtrack, that caused some people to question her sincerity: "I never cry when I'm alone at night". Could that be the only time where she's actually lying? Maybe she had other reasons to marry Batman besides uniting the two worlds... By extension, a believer of this interpretation would also have to question the queen's assurance (also heard only on the soundtrack) that she never lies, not even when she has to assure people that she never lies.note 
  • Anvilicious: The movie really hammers hard its message near the end: even though the world isn't always sunshine and roses, that doesn't mean the world is also 100% cynical, and people shouldn't be cynical all the time either.
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  • Applicability: The anti-bullying, pro-kindness moral is often seen as a take on toxic masculinity, even though that's not what the writers meant. We'll leave that to debate whether or not it does tackle this subject.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The first movie received some backlash for only having a few major female characters, and for amounting Wyldstyle/Lucy's character development to letting a man fulfill her dreams of saving the world. The Daily Mail reported afterwards that animation supervisor Chris McKay admitted feeling unsure if the final movie passed The Bechdel Testnote , and that he promised a stronger female presence in the second movie, which he wound up executive-producing. Indeed, The Second Part does add some more female major characters, gives them and Lucy some motives and arcs that don't revolve entirely around the men, and allows them to converse at length on topics other than guys.
    • Related to the above, previous LEGO movies caught some flack for subjecting their women to "The Trinity Syndrome", relegating them to essentially sidekicks of men who seem too incompetent for most of the story. The Second Part breaks Lucy out of this by giving her the most fleshed-out arc among the main characters, and by centering the climax around her saving Emmet, then destroying Rex.
    • The LEGO Ninjago Movie's realistic outdoor environments faced a bit of criticism for being too much of a departure from the Built With LEGO aesthetic. The trailer shows that while the film still uses some of the particle effects from the spinoffs, it's dialed back the more realistic elements in favor of the toy aesthetic, and any non-LEGO elements in the final film can still be found in a child's bedroom.
    • Lord and Miller admitted that a lot of people misunderstood the point of "Everything Is Awesome" and didn't realize it wasn't meant to be taken literally, and part of this film's reprise "Everything's Not Awesome" is about clarifying the song's actual message:
    Everything's not awesome
    Things can't be awesome all of the time
    It's an unrealistic expectation, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try
    To make everything awesome in a less idealistic kind of way
    We should maybe aim for not bad, 'cause not bad, that would be real great
  • Awesome Ego: Rex Dangervest. He is so cocky and overly confident about how cool he is that he could give Batman (who is himself an example) run for his money, but considering that he is a badass galaxy-defending archaelogist, cowboy and raptor trainer who pulls of a Magnificent Bastard-level plan to cause Armamageddon that almost succeeds can anyone really blame him?
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The intermission scene. It only lasts a few seconds and takes place in the middle of another scene.
  • "Common Knowledge": Some people call Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi the "Queen of Duplos" or even imply that she herself is made from DUPLO, despite the fact that the DUPLO Aliens are long gone when she's introduced and that she's made from regular LEGO pieces since she's the heart that Emmet built as a peace offering.
  • Contested Sequel: People can't decide whether or not the film is a worthy successor to the original, or just a cheap cash grab on the franchise. Most agree, however, that it pales to the original. Out of all the LEGO movies, TLM2 has had the second-lowest turnout for ticket sales; only The LEGO Ninjago Movie has smaller worldwide and domestic grosses. However, some TLM2 fans lay blame not just on its weaker critical reception compared to TLM, but also on such factors as the release occurring in the midst of a rough winter, and the spin-offs making the LEGO Movie franchise feel oversaturated.
  • Crack Pairing: There are people out there that ship Emmet/Rex. That is all.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Gandalf being one of the first falling into the abyss during Emmet's dream of (and then later the actual) Armamageddon is undoubtedly framed to look like his Heroic Sacrifice from Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film. Though this ends up being less funny once it actually happens, but this also brings the reference full circle.
    • When Abraham Lincoln falls, his dialogue comically references his assassination.
      "I had theater tickets tonight!"
  • Ear Worm:
    • "Catchy Song" isn't just one in-universe; its lyrics are pretty much truth in advertising.
    • "Not Evil", Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's song about how she's Most Definitely Not a Villain — and she really isn't!
    • The Outro song, "Unbelievably, Super Cool, Fantastic, and Amazing!" also qualifies.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Benny's Space Squad got love since its pre-movie set reveal for bringing more 80-something Spacemen into the franchise.
    • Balthazar, for being a rare Affectionate Parody of Edward Cullen. His chemistry with Unikitty also helps.
    • Wonder Woman and Duplo!Wonder Woman and Minidoll!Wonder Woman. They only appear in a few scenes, but it's always hilarious.
    • Susan, since her appearance caused a lot of Epileptic Trees to pop up. She retained her popularity, due to her cuteness.
    • An almost literal example is Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's horse form, which she only appears as three times and yet gets more fan-art than her other forms.
    • Rex's raptors are adorable and provide good comedy.
  • Evil Is Cool:
  • Evil Is Sexy: Rex Dangervest has a few fangirls despite being a LEGO figure.
  • Fanfic Fuel: How would Finn's time travel story have gone if General Mayhem didn't kidnap Emmet's friends that day?
  • Foe Yay:
    • Sweet Mayhem prefers Lucy over Emmet, praising her as the supreme leader. This hasn't gone unnoticed, with shippy fanart of the two being made before the movie came out.
    • There are also a lot of people who ship Rex and Emmet despite being alternate reality versions of each other.
    • The creators of the film were already savvy of this beforehand. During the credits, the figures representing Emmet and Rex join hands, and then the figures of Lucy and Mayhem do the same.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • What happens right after Larry says 'Purgatory'? All the babies get sucked into the portal.
    • A particularly layered one comes from Rex, who references C. S. Lewis when he tells Emmet "It's time to put away childish things." The catch comes with the fact that Lewis' quote is how a mature adult is able to appreciate "childish" things without reservation; Rex very much wants to appear very grown up and shows his immaturity - as well as his desire to get all of the toys put away, or in other words to cause Armamageddon.
  • He Really Can Act:
    • The performance of Tiffany Haddish as Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi was widely praised, but who knew she could sing an awesome Villain Song like "Not Evil" so well?
    • Chris Pratt as Rex Dangervest, especially when he talks about his backstory. He's mostly known for playing heroic characters, and yet he does a pretty darn good job at playing the evil Rex; further evidenced when he tries to break Emmet.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Balthazar happily dancing to "Gotham City Guys", a song referencing every live-action, big-screen Batman from Adam West to Ben Affleck, provides a sweet contrast to the backlash that Balthazar's inspiration would preemptively receive after WB cast him as the next Batman.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Back when speculations about a sequel were made, some people jokingly said that a Lego Friends character would be the villain. Turns out they were correct. Or so they would have us believe...
    • In the CinemaSins video on The LEGO Batman Movie, the opening of the movie is so similar to the average opening of a CS video that Jeremy theorized the filmmakers are fans of the series. Later, in the Coco video, Jeremy yells, "(Miguel's) finger is Back-to-the-Futuring!", a verb that Rex Dangervest apparently borrows near the end of The Second Part.
    • This isn't the first space-faring sequel where the main character turns his house into a spaceship. Or even (in the movie) has a major character unknowingly team up with an older, tougher, and jerkish version of himself. It helps that both movies are basically about two siblings who are constantly at odds with each other.
    • A video by How It Should Have Ended titled "Lego Batman is Jelly" made fun of Chris Pratt switching from a comedy-focused actor to an action-focused actor by having Emmet become a parody of Star Lord five years before this movie premiered.
    • This doesn't mark the last time in 2019 that Chris Pratt and Cobie Smulders would appear in a sequel/crossover predominantly taking place after a five-year time skip from the previous film, involving a group of superheroes traveling to another planet to stop an alien menace; a character with an enraged form; a villain from another timeline arriving to destroy the universe; two major characters fighting over which one of them should perform a heroic sacrifice; and a character played by Pratt being knocked down by his girlfriend from a different timeline.
    • Batman meets an Edward Cullen pastiche three months before WB announced that the next series of live-action Batman movies would star Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming:
  • Jerkass Woobie: Rex Dangervest. He's Emmet from a timeline where he crashed on the way to save his friends. After witnessing them move on and forgetting about him for years, he becomes a bitter and hardened version of himself, to which tries to get revenge on the whole LEGO universe by kickstarting Armamageddon.
  • Les Yay: Sweet Mayhem's admiration for Lucy can come off as this in-universe. The fact that she was the one to get through Lucy's cold facade only adds to it.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: The movie ending on a Cliffhanger is this for some, considering how a potential third movie wouldn't have much to work with. It's especially noticable watching the movie as a video, since there are still good 20 minutes left before the credits roll.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Rex Dangervest is the evil, time-traveling Emmet Brickowski from the future who seeks to break the LEGO world. Desiring revenge upon his former friends for not saving him from under the dryer, Rex constructs a Time Machine spaceship to travel back in time, pick up a crew of raptors, and rescue his past self from the accident that got him stuck there in the first place. Presenting himself as the cool brotherly mentor and exploiting the poor communication on everyone's part, Rex successfully manipulates Emmet to ignore his kind heart and use his anger to break the wedding of Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and Batman, thus bringing forth Armamageddon upon the LEGO world. When Emmet realizes the truth and rejects Rex's teachings, Rex throws him under the dryer and tries to break his child-like spirit to ensure that he'll become just like Rex himself. After being thwarted by Lucy, who saves Emmet and destroys Rex's time machine, Rex calmly admits defeat and wishes Emmet to be a better man than him as he fades from existence.
  • Memetic Mutation:
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  • Moral Event Horizon: Rex crosses it when he tries to trap Emmet under the dryer for years, to prove that his friends won't come to his rescue. Luckily, he's proven wrong.
  • Narm: The reaction of nearly everyone in the area when Emmett destroys the wedding altar is to bawl loudly with Ocular Gushers like little children. However, this can become Narm Charm if you see all those characters representing Bianca's reaction to Finn destroying what she built with her playset.
  • Older Than They Think: "Catchy Song" is not the first song with the lyrics of "It's so catchy!"; Honest Trailers titled their "Under the Sea" parody after the phrase.
  • One True Threesome: Since people enjoy Emmet/Lucy but still don't want to bury Lucy's chemistry with Sweet Mayhem, the fanbase just resorted to shipping Emmet/Lucy/Mayhem, instead of creating a Ship-to-Ship Combat.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Rex Dangervest is capable of moving on his own and going against the wishes of his masters. Think about that for a few seconds...
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  • The Problem with Licensed Games: The video game blends LEGO Worlds mechanics with an incomplete retelling of the movie, to off-putting results.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The LEGO Friends "Minidolls" are generally disliked due to their much less complex designs compared to the Minifigures. Sweet Mayhem, however, managed to garner significant interest due to being surprisingly cool in spite of being a Minidoll, along with being an interesting character.
  • Self-Fanservice:
  • Ship Mates: Besides the obvious Emmett/Lucy, there is the also-canon Batman/Queen Watevra, Benny/Sweet Mayhem and Unikitty/Balthazar to consider.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Sacrificing all of your childhood interests and optimism for the sake of being "mature" is, ironically, a very childish thing to do. These things define you, and it's what people like about you. Illustrated beautifully with Rex Dangervest, who's pretty much just Emmett with all of his likable qualities replaced with a horribly cruel "tough guy" persona. This is also shown with Finn, who went from a cheerful, creative little boy to a bitter and reclused preteen, and smashed his sister's buildings because she stole from him. Ironically, this made Bianca the more mature one in that situation.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Batman & Queen Watevra could be seen as this. The only reason Watevra wanted to marry him is to unite their kingdoms and make peace. Meanwhile, Batman wasn't interested in her until she said she really wanted Superman. They fall for each other when they both recognize that they're lonely and only had their servants for company most of their lives. Afterwards, they become smitten with each other-much to Ice Cream Cone's annoyance. Possibly justified, as this relationship is being acted out by a young girl who most likely doesn't know how to develop romantic relationships properly yet.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • While Finn is portrayed as a Big Brother Bully for destroying Bianca's Lego set, the fact remains that she took several of his figures and pieces without asking and modified some of them with glitter and other craft supplies. While he could've responded in a more mature manner, who wouldn't be upset about their property being stolen and defaced? This is also coming after five years of having to deal with Bianca constantly destroying his Lego creations.
    • General Mayhem questions why Emmett, the "hapless male", is the leader when Wyldstyle was the one who did all the work. The previous movie points out that a leader isn't determined by who's the best fighter, but rather who's the best at coming up with plans and keeping the team together - which, apparently, doesn't count as 'work' according to Mayhem. However, this is rather justified given that Sweet Mayhem is the in-universe Author Avatar of Bianca, who, being only 8 or 9 years old, is likely unaware of the finer points of leadership. Also, in a place like Apocalypseburg, it would be expected that the toughest and most skilled fighter would be the leader; the fact that that wasn't true probably caught Sweet Mayhem off guard.
    • Having had to deal with Duplo invasions for years that left Bricksburg in a permanent state of post-apocalyptic disrepair, is it any wonder why the inhabitants of Apocalypseburg are distrustful of anything from the Systar System?
  • Tastes Like Diabetes:
    • The heart- and star-shaped projectiles launched from Sweet Mayhem's ship are deliberately this.
    • Once you get over her uncanniness, the Wonder Woman DUPLO is adorable.
    • The actual residents of the Systar System appear to be this when Emmett and Rex encounter them, in a Stepford Wives-esque neighborhood populated by the Lego Friends as well as several of their captured friends and allies.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Got hit by this big time. While the original was an unexpected hit that made back its budget on its opening weekend alone, the sequel struggled to break even, barely doubling its $90 million budget. This lackluster performance has been attributed to the fact that two previous LEGO movies had already been released in the space of two years, causing fatigue among audiences.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • It's a bit disappointing that, for a movie that focuses on figures that are usually ignored by LEGO's Periphery Demographic, there is only one non-minifigure or brick-built character in the main cast: Sweet Mayhem. All the other Minidolls get pushed to the side, no Duplo characters are named (except for Duplo Wonder Woman) and the Fabuland figures get a 5-second cameo, despite having a decent-sized role in the plot.
    • Lord Business immediately leaving once the Duplo Aliens show up, prevented an interesting plot about him dealing with his city being wrecked and him adjusting to the apocalypse. There is also the fact that, if he was also kidnapped, it's likely that he would've been married off to Queen Watevra instead of Batman, since he is the leader of Octan corporation and the world. To be fair, in the movie, Lord Business staying out of the plot mirrors Finn and Bianca's father being absent save for a flashback and an occasional line of dialogue off-camera.
    • While all of the new introduced characters get some sort of recognition, Susan is by far the character that many would call wasted, since the movie actively subverts Princesses Rule and even gives her some Hidden Depths. However, she doesn't have much dialogue and her relationship with the Queen or other Systarians isn't explored at all.
  • Uncanny Valley: No matter how everyone feels about Duplo, the Wonder Woman is creepy. And ALL the Mini-Dolls encountered in Harmony Town also come off this way.
  • Unexpected Character:
    • Puppycorn and Unikitty’s castle from the spinoff animated series has a cameo.
    • Lord Business's inclusion in the minifigure series was a surprise since many thought he died off-screen. He doesn’t have much screen time though, bailing at the Duplos’ first sign of aggression to golf.
      • Likewise, Bad Cop's return was even more unexpected, since he didn't appear in any promotional material.
    • Harley Quinn's appearance isn't too surprising. However, the Suicide Squad version of Harley being in the movie instead of her The LEGO Batman Movie counterpart is.
    • Pretty much nobody expected the four main characters of The Wizard of Oznote  to make an appearance let alone be made into official minifigures, since Lego only used that license for one world in LEGO Dimensions and a cameo of the Wicked Witch in The LEGO Batman Movie.
    • It's safe to say that no one on the planet (aside from the creators of the movie) expected United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be making a cameo, albeit not voiced by herself.
    • Who else was expecting Adam from Hot Tub Time Machine to cameo?
    • And finally, Bruce Willis makes a surprise cameo as himself! Twice! note 
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Queen. Watevra. Wa'Nabi. The sheer creativity her shapeshifting involves and her smooth animation are eye candy in its purest form.
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