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" That is just 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

Spoiler warning: Plot or ending details follow.

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

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

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. Finn argues that LEGO is for children, but his father prefers to Krazy Glue his perceived perfect creations together permanently, as he states that this is how adults play with LEGO, which in the LEGO reality is the Micro Managers defeating the Master Builders. 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. The father 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.

Spoilers end here.

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 | Bruce Wayne | Emmet | MetalBeard | Unikitty | Vitruvius | Wyldstyle
Super Secret Police: Bad Cop | Calamity Drone | Deputron | Micro Manager | President Business | Radio DJ Robot | Robo Crocodile | Robo Fed | Robo Pilot | Robo SWAT | Sheriff Not-A-Robot | Skeletron | Velma Staplebot | Wiley Fusebot
Others: Alfie the Apprentice | Betelgeuse | Blacktron Fan | Dr. McScrubs | Executive Ellen | Fabu-Fan | Frank the Foreman | Fuse | Gail the Construction Worker | Garbage Man Dan | Garbage Man Grant | Ice Cream Jo | Ice Cream Mike | Jenny | Kebab Bob | Kenny | Larry the Barista | Lenny | Ma Cop | Maddox | Mo-Hawk | Mrs. Scratchen-Post | Native Warrior | Pa Cop | Plantimals | Raptors | Rex Dangervest | Roxxi | Scarfield | Sewer Baby | Sharkira | Sharon Shoehorn | Surfer Dave | "Where are my Pants?" Guy |
Master Builders: DC Universe: Alfred Pennyworth | Aquaman | Cyborg | The Flash | Green Lantern | Harley Quinn | Lex Luthor | Superman | Wonder Woman
Master Builders (cont.): Minifigures: Artist | Caveman | Chicken Suit Guy | Circus Clown | Cyclops | Deep Sea Diver | Demolition Dummy | Disco Dude | Egyptian Queen | Forestman | Gangster | Hazmat Guy | Hot Dog Man | 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 | Candy Rapper | Cardio Carrie | Crayon Girl | El Macho Wrestler | Gallant Guard | Giraffe Guy | Gordon Zola | Hank Haystack | Hula Lula | Kitty Pop | Marsha Queen of the Mermaids | Panda Guy | Plumber Joe | Puppycorn | Rootbeer Belle | Sir Stackabrick | Sudds Backwash | Taco Tuesday Man | Watermelon Dude | William Shakespeare
Master Builders (cont.)3: Characters from other themes Betelgeuse (Beetlejuice) | Catherine Cat (Fabuland) | Conductor Charlie (World City) | Cowardly Lion (The Wizard of Oz) | Doc Brown (Back to the Future) | Dorothy Gale (The Wizard of Oz) | Dr. Dog (Fabuland) | Fabuland Figure Bulldog 6 (Fabuland) | Gandalf (The Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit) | Gary Payton (Basketball) | Ghost | Green Ninja (Ninjago) | Johnny Thunder (Adventurers) | Lady Pirate (Pirates) | Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) | Milhouse (The Simpsons) | NBA Player 1 (Basketball) | NBA Player 2 (Basketball) | Professor Dumbledore (Harry Potter) | Red Classic Spaceman | Scarecrow (The Wizard of Oz) | Shaquille O'Neal (Basketball)
Master Builders (cont.)4: Characters from other themes Speed Racer (Speed Racer) | The Swamp Creature (Monster Fighters) | Tin Woodman (The Wizard of Oz) | Toto (The Wizard of Oz) | Velma Dinkley (Scooby-Doo) | White Classic Spaceman
Star Wars: C-3PO | Chewbacca | Han Solo | Lando Calrissian
Systar System Inhabitants: Archimedes | Balthazar | Banarnar | Celeste | Chocolate Bar | DUPLO Aliens | Eight | Flaminga | Heart | Ice Cream Cone | Melody | Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi | Royal Guard | Star | Susan | Sweet Mayhem | Tempo | Zebe
Humans: Bianca | Finn | "The Man Upstairs" | Mom
Non-physical: Adam West | Bandito | Barry | Bill S. Preston | Bruce Willis | Bunny Masseuse | Cavalry Guard | Chris McKay | Cowboy Harry | Fox Girl | Fred the Demolition Guy | Larry Poppins | Marie Curie | Michelangelo Buonarroti | Newspaper Boy | Odd Ollie | Phil Lord | Prospector | Randy | Risky Business | Robo Cowboy | Robo Demolitionist | Robo Foreman | Robo Hazmat | Robo Maid | Robo Marshall | Robo Worker | Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Saloon Waitress | Sheryl Swoopes | Ted Logan | Texas Cowboy | Tomahawk | Traffic Enforcer | Trucker Guy | TV Presenter | Unknown Cowboy | Wally | White Statue | Wild Will

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