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Only the toughest can get out of there alive!
~ Rex Dangervest.

Rex Dangervest (formerly known as Emmet Brickowski) is the main antagonist of the 2019 animated film The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

He is a galaxy-defending archaeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer, who appears to be a benevolent ally, but is later revealed to actually be a futuristic twin counterpart of Emmet Brickowski from a future timeline. His true intention is to bring the "Armamageddon" upon all of his kind, as revenge for being abandoned and forgotten.

Much like Emmet Brickowski, he was voiced by Chris Pratt, who also played Fletcher Flemson in Bride Wars, and will portray Grant Cutler in The Kid.

Appearance

Rex Dangervest has stubble dots on his face and has similar construction worker vests and patterns compared to Emmet Brickowski, but in different colors. Emmet's vest is bright orange and very light gray, while Rex’s is earth blue and dark stone grey and has a light green R on his vest. They both have blue undershirts and (Emmet’s is brighter and Rex’s is darker) share the same quiff in their hair. Rex wears dark blue gloves and wristbands. They both also have brown hair, but Rex’s is less combed and darker than Emmet’s. He has a chiseled jawline. He is also seen in a blue/green spacesuit with a grey Jet-pack on his back when he saved Emmet from a huge asteroid.

History

Beginning

While he was still Emmet Brickowski on a mission of saving his friends, Rex crashed his spaceship into an asteroid field and wound up under a clothes dryer (or Undar of the Dryar System) in the real world. After seeing all his friends continue to go on after his supposed death, Emmet became filled with hate and grew resentful towards them by trusting in only himself, changed his clothes and name, and built a time machine so he could travel back in time and ensure the "Armamageddon" occurred.

Meeting Emmet

Rex saved Emmet as he was about to crash into an asteroid field and teamed up with his past self to venture to the Systar System and save his friends from the DUPLO Aliens. As they continue on to the Systar System with some of his raptor buddies, Emmet begins to take on several of Rex's mannerisms, hoping to impress Lucy. When they arrive, they evade capture by Wa'Nabi's forces by swamp creatures and "brainwashed" of most of the people by singing "Catchy Song".

Once they escape for the DUPLO Brickyard, Emmet is reunited with Lucy and they embrace, but not so much when she meets Rex. Rex tells Emmet that he has managed to have his own abilities and force by making him tough. Despite Emmet's joy of this by impressing her, Lucy is sort of disappointed by this. They make up a plan which involves switching off the pop music that is brainwashing the others, while Emmet will destroy the reception cake encased in a temple to stop the wedding between Batman and Wa'Nabi. However, Rex and Emmet are shocked when Lucy reveals her original hair to them, and she affirms she is not brainwashed. Despite Rex's warnings, Emmet believes she is the real Lucy because he trusts her, and she helps them to the plan.

Armamageddon

(Emmet: You tricked me into hurting my friends) I didn't trick you. I taught you to harden your heart, just like you asked me to.
~ Rex explains what he did
The Armamageddon

Armamageddon

Before Emmet could follow the plan, Rex gives him his own vest, and Emmet thanks him for helping him, without knowing yet his true intentions. Despite Lucy's warning after she knows the real intentions of the DUPLO people, Emmet destroys the reception cake at the wedding between Batman and the Queen of the DUPLO Aliens, Watevra Wa'Nabi. Emmet soon realizes after learning that the DUPLO Aliens only wanted peace between themselves and Bricksburg and seeing a hole in the universe appear in wake of the cake's destruction. The cake being destroyed is mirrored in the real world by Finn angrily destroying Bianca's LEGO creations, causing their mother to scold them and tell them to put their toys away. Meanwhile in the LEGO universe, the world falls apart and all of the LEGO characters, including Batman, Wa'Nabi, and several known others are being sucked into the huge black square-shaped bottomless hole, with the exceptions of Emmet and Rex.

After Finn and Bianca put away their LEGOs in a storage bin, Emmet tries to stop them but is prevented by Rex revealing his true colors as Emmet's future self and reveals that he traveled back in time to ensure the "Armamageddon" would happen.

Final Battle

I can't… (Emmet: What do you mean?) She came back for ya. You're never going to turn out like me, which means I'm never going to exist.
~ Rex refuses to join for his existence, and accepts his fate.
Emmet and his embittered future self begin to fight and Rex banishes Emmet to the clothes dryer with his ship's big slingshot so that he will continue to exist. However, determined to not become like Rex did, Emmet is returned into the LEGO world when Lucy, having rallied the other LEGO characters into successfully escaping from the storage bin, arrives in front of Rex and they both embrace. Despite being amazed for the fact that Lucy came back for Emmet, Rex thinks they are too late and attempts to go back in time, but Lucy manages to trick Rex into punching a cute sentient heart, triggering an explosion, destroying the piece that is part of his time machine and Rex topples in defeat.

Lucy then tells Rex that Emmet will not become like Rex did, but Rex can be like Emmet as they ask him to join them, but Rex denies since he realizes that Emmet being saved by Lucy means he didn't end up becoming what Rex did, erasing his timeline and causing the deluded time-traveler to begin disappearing limb by limb. Accepting his fate, Rex tells Emmet to always be upbeat and thanks Lucy for saving both of them, saying his last words: "Besides, this is a pretty righteous way to go out, no regrets! Except again not trademarking "No regrets", that was a mistake, one love!" before fading completely from existence.

Rex's ultimate fate is unknown. Although he may have "died" in the narrative of the LEGO universe, it must be taken into account that Rex's motivations were all just a figment of Finn's imagination, which mirrored his real-life altercations with his sister. His existence as a physical LEGO mini-figure is likely still intact in the human world, as the rate of decay when he died in the LEGO universe was greatly over exaggerated.

Quotes

You mind if I save your life?
~ Rex's first words.
The name's Rex. Rex Dangervest! Galaxy defending archaeologist, cowboy and raptor trainer! Who likes building furniture, busting heads and having chiseled features previously hidden under baby fat!
~ Rex Dangervest as he reveals himself.
There I was, on a galactic mission. Ended up being more than I'd bargained for. I landed in the desolate plains of the dust planet Undar of the Dryar System. The winds were ferocious. The isolation, intense. I waited for my friends. Seemed to last forever. That's when I learned... There was no one I could trust but me.
~ Rex’s backstory.
You don't wanna go anywhere near the Systar System, trust me. It's ruled by an alien queen, and she'll try to brainwash your friends, so she could use them in a matrimonial ceremony to bring forth (Emmet interrupts Rex) (Emmet Brickowski: Armamageddon) Bingo
~ Rex Dangervest's warning.
I invented the quote, ‘No regrets.’ I do have one regret, for not trademarking it.
~ Rex’s only regret.
No regrets!
~ Rex Dangervest's invented quote.
I'm a master breaker!
~ Rex Dangervest.
We'll find some answers this way! (A raptor is taken) Where's Cobra? (Another one is taken) Rocky? (Another one is taken) Clyde! (Another one is taken) Ripley! (Another one is taken) Connor! (Another one is taken) The other one!
~ Rex seeing his raptors disappear.
You better believe it, sister.
~ Rex meeting Lucy.
I'm Rex Dangervest. Social Media Influencer, First Baseman, Man of the Soil, Script Doctor! And my middle name's Machete Ninjastar, so I know tough. And Emmet's one tough cookie. He's a cookie so tough and hard, you can't even chew it, 'cause it turns out it's not a cookie, it's a chainsaw.
~ Rex's introduction to Lucy.
She's lying.
~ Rex after seeing Lucy's real hair.
You sure we can trust her?
~ Rex asking Emmet.
Stubble Trouble, this is Alpha Wolf-Bro Dog. I'm almost in Rextraction position. What's the color on the ground? (Emmet: Fuchsia. Rex, I see Lucy. But she isn't taking down the shields.) You don't need Lucy. You don't need anyone. If you focus, you can make a punch so powerful, you'll take it down, shields and all. You've got the power inside you.
~ Rex Dangervest
Hurry up kid, we're running out of time!
~ Rex persuading Emmet to destroy the cake.
Emmet… I'm you.
~ Rex tells the truth about his identity to Emmet.
It’s called growing up. Isn’t that what you wanted?
~ Rex to Emmet.
There I was! You, in that little house ship trying to make it through the "Stairgate". (Emmet: This is the end! Ahhh!) (The houseship crashes sending Emmet outside under the dryer) There was no handsome older version of myself to save me. (Finn: Where's Emmet?) (The Man Upstairs: Honey, I'm on my way out, but the kids are fighting. Bye) (Mom: Guys, please. Find a way to play together, or I'm gonna have to ask you to put it all into storage) (Bianca: But Mom) (Mom: No buts. This is the last time) (Emmet: Help, anyone! Help!). No one heard me… No one came for me. I was left behind, forgotten, while the rest of my so-called friends danced and sang at the hands of a "monster". What could I have done to avoid such a fate? (Quotes of others are heard in his mind) (Lucy: We also have to grow up sometimes./Abraham Lincoln: Wyldstyle said you're not tough enough to do this!/Sweet Mayhem/General Mayhem: This guy was a fierce warrior?/Surfer Dave/Chainsaw Dave/Purgatory Dave: Yeah, Dude. You're a total hufflepuff! (repeat 3 times). I was alone, with nothing, but… anger! But anger was the key to my freedom. It was time for me to take a stand. I was real. I was no longer the naive Emmet I used to be. I got myself a new vest, a new head of hair, and a petulant attitude towards everything that's lame. I gave myself a makeover and became Rex! Radical Emmet Xtreme! I was all grown up… but I still wasn't free. I knew the only way to move past it was to make sure it never happened in the first place. (Bianca: It's a dance party) And then I saw a way to undo all the unbearable pain i experienced in one convoluted move. They call it "time travel"! Sorry Doc, I'm gonna need your DeLorean. And Bill, Ted, your phone booth. Doctor Who's TARDIS, H.G. Wells' bicycle thing, whatever Skynet's been using, and this hot tub! I built a time-travelling spaceship and blasted it into the past! (Rex goes 65 billions years ago, as he gets raptors inside of his ship by a tennis ball.) I picked up a crew. Then I traveled to the moment right before I was thrown… into the cold dark truth of the world. And I found the one person I wanted to protect… me.
~ Rex Dangervest explaining his backstory.
(Emmet: I was following everything you said, except for everything after the part when you said ‘I'm you.’)…The first-no, literally the first thing I said.
~ Rex confused.
I'm so disappointed in myself.
~ Rex as he kicks Emmet under the Dryer.
That's a really cute speech Emmet, but action speaks louder than words.
~ Rex's answer after hearing Emmet's speech.
Ain't something a couple of years in Undar of the Dryar System won't fix.
~ Rex as he betrays Emmet.
Guess your "so-called" friends didn’t save you after all! Hahahaha!
~ Rex as he tortures Emmet.
I tried to break your spirit, but now, I'm going to have to break you!
~ Rex reveals his true colors to Emmet.
This isn't even happening. It's all just the expression of the death of imagination in the subconscious of an adolescent.
~ Rex when he heard that Emmet's friends are coming.
You came back for him?… Well, you're too late! I'm just going to keep going back in time until I get this thing right!
~ Rex amazed for Lucy came back for Emmet.
Haha look, I told you I knew it! Look! I'm back to the futuring!
~ Rex’s reference.
(Emmet: Come on! Take my hand while you still have a hand to take!) Now you know how it works, Kid. (Emmet: Rex…) It's ok. I'm proud of you, you're gonna grow up to be better than me… but kinda thanks to me, so, I'm also great. And Lucy, thanks for coming back for us. Besides, this is a pretty righteous way to go out, no regrets! Except again not trademarking "No regrets", that was a mistake, one love!
~ Rex's last words before he fades away.

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Trivia

  • Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and General Sweet Mayhem were marketed as the main antagonists of The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. However, it was revealed that Rex would be the main antagonist, even though he appeared as a supporting character and ally, but his true intentions were hidden in all promotional and marketing material.
  • Rex's occupations are references to past roles that his voice actor Chris Pratt has played in his acting career.
    • Archaeologist; a reference to a rumor that Chris Pratt would portray Indiana Jones in a reboot.
    • Cowboy; a reference to Joshua Faraday in The Magnificent Seven.
    • Galaxy Defender; a reference to Peter Quill/Star-Lord in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
      • Additionally, Rex makes a reference to how he has a chiseled jawline hidden under baby fat. This is more likely than not a reference to Chris Pratt's career prior to his breakthrough in 2014, where he was significantly overweight. He lost this weight while undergoing intense training for his role as Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy.
    • Raptor Trainer; a reference to Owen Grady in the Jurassic World duology.
      • While explaining his motivations, he claims that he rescued his raptors from a volcano explosion. This is a reference to the first act of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
    • Additionally, he also is partially influenced by Pratt's other roles, as Andy Dwyer in Parks and Recreation, and Scott Hatteberg in Moneyball.
    • According to Rex himself, his occupations also include: Social Media Influencer,First Baseman,Man of the Soil and Script Doctor, these were mentioned when he meets Wyldstyle.
  • He is the first (and so far the only) villain in The LEGO Movie franchise to ever die, as far as the LEGO universe narrative is concerned (taking in mind that the film's events in regard to Rex's time-travel twist were all in Finn's head). Given what his goals are, Rex is also the darkest villain in the franchise, yet he has redeemable traits, unlike Risky Business.
  • Rex is one of the few characters who breaks the fourth wall and mentions movies like Matrix and Back to the Future before he dies.
  • His name stands for Radical Emmet Xtreme.
  • Emmet and Rex share similar vest patterns, but in different colors (Emmet's in bright orange and very light grey, and Rex's in earth blue and dark stone grey). They both don a bright blue undershirt, and share the same quiff in their hair.
  • When Rex and Emmet are being "attacked" by Plantimals in the forest, Rex shouts "Pew!" each time he fires, likely a reference to The LEGO Batman Movie.
  • The name of one of Rex's velociraptors (The Other One) may be a reference to "The Big One" from the first Jurassic Park movie, seeing as how they are both velociraptors and their names both start with the words 'The' and end with 'One'.
    • All the other raptors have names that reference science-fiction movies. Ripley is named after Ellen Ripley, the heroine in the Alien series, and Connor is named after John Connor, the Resistance leader in the Terminator franchise.
  • Rex's surname, "Dangervest", is a reference to the fact that Emmet, who is a complete opposite of him, wears a safety vest.
  • He stated that his middle name is "Machete Ninja Star".
  • One of his quotes "It's time to put away childish things" is possibly a reference to 1 Corinthians 13:11. "When I was a child, I talked like a child; I thought like a child; I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me".
  • Besides his occupations, he also likes building furniture, busting heads, and having chiseled features previously hidden under baby fat. Ironically, he is a Master Breaker, despite claiming that he builds furniture, where Emmet is a Master Builder.
  • His ship the Rexcelsior is shaped like a bunched fist.
  • Had he ACTUALLY ripped Emmet's body apart, Rex would have also been destroyed.
  • Rex made a cameo appearance in a Turkish Airlines Safety Video promoting the film.
  • A possible piece of foreshadowing that Rex was actually Emmet from the future is fact that the same voice talent.

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