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Once I was you, I crashed into that asteroid that I saved you from. Than I fell out of the LEGO world, and no one came to save me. I escaped after some years, I built a time-machine spaceship, I saved all the raptors from the volcano explosion, after I came back to the past to cause the Armamageddon, I knew the only person I'd protect.. me.
~ Rex Dangervest telling Emmet his backstory.
Only the toughest can get out of there alive!
~ Rex's most famous line.

Rex Dangervest is the hidden 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 actually a resentful version of Emmet Brickowski from a future timeline.

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

History

Beginning

While he was still Emmet Brickowski in a mission of saving his friends, Rex crashed his spaceship into an asteroid field and wound up behind a clothes dryer in the real world. After seeing all his friends continue to go on after his supposed death, Rex became 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.

Rex Meets 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 raptors buddies, Emmet begins to take on several of Rex's mannerism, 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".

Outside, 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. Once they escape for the Duplo Brickyard, 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 it's her real hair and that she was not brainwashed. Despite Rex's warnings, Emmet believes is the real Lucy because he trusts her, and she helps them to the plan.

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... she came back for ya. You're never going to turn out like me, which means I'm never going to exist.
~ Rex refusing to join for his existence, and accepts his fate
The two begin to fight and Rex knocks Emmet under the dryer so that he will continue to exist. However, determined to not become like Rex, 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. 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 him, erasing his timeline and causing the deluded time-traveler to begin disappearing limb by limb. As he fades away, Rex realizes that Emmet being saved by Lucy means he didn't ended up becoming him. Accepting his fate, Rex tells Emmet to always be upbeat, 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, regrets!" 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 minifigure 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
I invented the quote "No Regrets". I do have one regret, for not trademarking it.
~ Rex’s Only regret
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
Emmet... I’m You.
~ Rex tells the truth 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 "stair gate". There was no handsome older version of myself to save me.
~ Rex talking about how Emmet had landed and been abandoned in the dryer.
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?
I was alone, with nothing, but anger. But anger was the key to my freedom.
It was time, for me, to take a stand.
~ Rex talking about Emmet's planned transformation.
I was real. I was no longer the naive Emmet I used to be. I got myself a new vest, a new head uh hair, and a petulant attitude towards everything that's lame. I gave myself a makeover and became, Rex! Radical Emmet Xtreme!
~ Rex talking about Emmet becoming him
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. And then i saw a way to undo all the unbearable pain i'd experienced it 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 build a time-travelling spaceship and blast it into the past!
~ Rex talking about how he made a time-travelling spaceship.
I picked up a crew.
~ Rex talking about how he used raptors as his crew.
Then I traveled to the moment right before I was thrown... into the cold dark truth of the world.
I’m so disappointed in my self.
~ Rex as he kicks Emmet under the Dryer
Guess your "so—called" friends didn’t save you after all! Hahahaha!
~ Rex’s torturing Emmet
I tried to break your spirit. But now I’m going to have to break you!
~ Rex revealing his true colors to Emmet
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
No regrets!
~ Rex Dangervest’s invented quote
I’m a master breaker!
~ Rex Dangervest

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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. The twist reveal that Rex would be the true main antagonist was 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.
  • 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).

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