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"The Man Upstairs"
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Theme:

The LEGO Movie

Years:

2014

Appearances
“That's a suggestion. They have to put that on there.”
―The Man Upstairs explaining the age restrictions on LEGO sets to Finn.

"The Man Upstairs" is the true main antagonist of The LEGO Movie. He is Finn's inspiration for Lord Business, and is played by Will Ferrell (who also voices Lord Business).

Biography

“Wh-what did you do down there? Did you take the top of the tower?!”
―The Man Upstairs, questioning Finn about the roof of the Octan tower

"The Man Upstairs" is Finn's father and a LEGO collector who is the creator of Bricksburg and the other realms in The LEGO Movie.

Since the events in the film are being created and controlled by Finn, he based Lord Business off of his father. When Emmet falls into the Hole of Infinity, he finds himself as an inanimate minifigure in the real world where he witnesses the father chastising Finn for "ruining" his father's LEGO model displays by mixing characters with the wrong playsets, and making hodgepodge creations such as MetalBeard. When he is angry at Finn, he argues that LEGO is for children, but his father prefers to violently Krazy Glue his perceived perfect creations together permanently, as he states that this is how adults play with LEGO. As he is doing this after getting out a bunch of Krazy Glue, he reverts the Trash Chomper back into a garbage truck, regresses the Fire Mech back into a fire truck, glues Mrs. Scratchen-Post and her cats in place, glues pants on the "Where are my Pants?" Guy, and disassembles Benny's Spaceship (all of this was mirrored in the LEGO universe as being done by the Micro Managers). The man then notices the Emmet figure and attempts to get the glue off of his back. When the man is distracted, Emmet manages to move himself and fall from the table to the floor where Finn takes notice of him and puts him through a tube that takes him back to Bricksburg. When Emmet attempts to redeem Business in his world, these events are mirrored by Finn trying to tell his father about creativity.

“If...if the construction guy...said something to President Business, what would he say?”
―The Man Upstairs, questioning Finn

After listening to Finn's words, his father looks at his son's creations again and finds himself impressed. Realizing his son based the evil Lord Business on him, the father has a change of heart and allows his son to play with the LEGO however he sees fit, mirroring Lord Business' redemption. Finn's mother called him and Finn "It is time for dinner!" to eat tacos for dinner, and the father says that they will be up in a second and even allows Finn's younger sister to play with them as well, which in the LEGO world is mirrored by alien DUPLO beings beaming down, announcing their intentions to invade.

Notes

  • Finn appears in a cutscene in The LEGO Movie Video Game, however, his father is absent. In fact, the Man Upstairs is never even mentioned or shown in the cutscenes.

Gallery

view · talk · edit The LEGO Movie characters
Fellowship of Strangers: Batman | Benny | Emmet | MetalBeard | Unikitty | Vitruvius | Wyldstyle
Super Secret Police: Bad Cop/Good Cop | Calamity Drone | Deputron | Lord Business | Micro Manager | Radio DJ Robot | Robo Crocodile | Robo SWAT | Robo Fed | Robo Pilot | Sheriff Not-a-robot | Skeletron | Velma Staplebot | Wiley Fusebot
Others: Alfie the Apprentice | Blacktron Fan | Dr. McScrubs | Executive Ellen | Fabu-Fan | Frank the Foreman | Gail the Construction Worker | Garbage Man Dan | Giant Snail | Ice Cream Mike | Larry the Barista | Ma Cop | Mrs. Scratchen-Post | Native Warrior | Pa Cop | Sharon Shoehorn | Surfer Dave | "Where are my Pants?" Guy
Master Builders: DC Universe: Aquaman | The Flash | Green Lantern | Superman | Wonder Woman
Master Builders (cont.): Minifigures: Artist | Caveman | Circus Clown | Cyclops | Deep Sea Diver | Disco Dude | Demolition Dummy | Egyptian Queen | Forestman | Gangster | Hazmat Guy | Island Warrior | Lady Liberty | Lady Robot | Lizard Man | Magician | Medusa | Mime | Pirate Captain | Policeman | Punk Rocker | Rapper | Ringmaster | Sleepyhead | Surgeon | Tribal Chief | Vampire | Witch | Yeti | Zookeeper
Master Builders (cont.)2: Original Characters: Abraham Lincoln | Blaze Firefighter | Cardio Carrie | El Macho Wrestler | Gallant Guard | Garbage Man Grant | Gordon Zola | Hank Haystack | Ice Cream Jo | Kebab Bob | Marsha Queen of the Mermaids | Panda Guy | Plumber Joe | Rootbeer Belle | Sir Stackabrick | Sudds Backwash | Taco Tuesday Guy | William Shakespeare
mater builders (cont.)3: characters from other themes Conductor Charlie | Gandalf (The Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit) | Ghost | Green Ninja (Ninjago) | Johnny Thunder (Adventurers) | Lady Pirate | Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) | Milhouse (The Simpsons) | NBA Player 1 (Basketball) | NBA Player 2 (Basketball) | Professor Dumbledore (Harry Potter) | Red Classic Spaceman | Shaquille O'Neal (Basketball) | Speed Racer (Speed Racer) | The Swamp Creature (Monster Fighters) | White Classic Spaceman
Star Wars: C-3PO | Chewbacca | Han Solo | Lando Calrissian
Humans: "The Man Upstairs" | Finn
Non-physical: Bandito | Barry | Cavalry Guard | Chris McKay | Cowboy Harry | DUPLO Aliens | Fred the Demolition Guy | Michelangelo Buonarroti | Newspaper Boy | Odd Ollie | Phil Lord | Prospector | Randy | Risky Business | Robo Cowboy | Robo Demolitionist | Robo Foreman | Robo Maid | Robo Marshall | Robo Worker | Saloon Waitress | Tomahawk | Traffic Enforcer | Trucker | TV Presenter | Unknown Cowboy | Wally | White Statue | Wild Will

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