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I liked Emmet before it was cool.

–-Vitruvius as a ghost

Vitruvius (also known as Vitruvius Ghost) was one of the two tritagonists (alongside Batman) of The LEGO Movie. He is voiced by Morgan Freeman. In the film, he taught Emmet how to be a Master Builder and fought against Lord Business.


The LEGO Movie

In the beginning of the film, he guards "the Kragle" from Lord Business, but failed and was blinded by Lord Business' laser. He warns Lord Business of "the Special". Later, he was hiding in The Old West as a piano player, and soon guided Emmet, Wyldstyle and Batman to Cloud Cuckoo Land, where they met Unikitty and Benny. After the place was destroyed by Bad Cop and his forces, the gang was rescued by MetalBeard and soon operated a plan to infiltrate the Octan Tower.

Later on, Vitruvius was decapitated by Lord Business with a penny. In his last dying words, he tells Emmet the prophecy is made up and dies before he can finish talking. Vitruvius returns as a ghost to tell Emmet, while strapped on a battery, that anything is possible as long as he believes.

Later on, after Emmet saves the universe, the Master Builders, including Ghost Vitruvius, celebrate Emmet's victory. Vitruvius then says, "I liked Emmet before it was cool."

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Vitruvius (as a ghost) made a short appearance at the Prologue of the movie. He was accidentally knocked away by MetalBeard as the DUPLO Invaders arrived to "destroy" them. He also appeared banging on the door when General Sweet Mayhem attacked Apocalypseburg.


Vitruvius has white eyes and dark skin. He has white, long hair and a beard that is braided near the end. His white robe is open to reveal a tye-dye shirt and blue jeans. He also sports an orange headband. He is notably taller than the other minifigures as his legs are a brick. His magic staff is a chewed-up lollipop stick with a large green chunk still on it.


Very positive about the future. He can even see the future. He never holds doubts, and even belives in the lowest ( such as when Emmet was not a master builder yet).


"He is coming. cover your butt."

-When Lord Business enters his stronghold.

"One day a talented lass or fellow, a Special one with face of yellow, will make the Piece of Resistance found from its hiding refuge underground. And with a noble army at the helm, this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm, and become the greatest, most interesting, most extraordinary figure of all times. All this is true because it rhymes."

-Vitruvius referring to Emmet

(Gandalf: Have the young man step forward.) As you wish, Dubbledore. (Gandalf: I'm Gandalf!) (Dumbledore: It's pronounced 'Dumbledore'.) Dubbledore? (Dumbledore: No, Dumbledore!) I thought you said 'Dubbledore'. (Gandalf: Vitruvius!) Alright you gotta write all that down 'cause I'm not going to remember any of it, but here we go.

-Vitruvius, Gandalf, and Dumbledore before Emmet gives his speech in the Dog.



  • He is one of the only few characters to perish.
  • His voice actor Morgan Freeman played Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.
  • Vitruvius' design resembles Saruman the White.
  • He frequently confuses Gandalf's name with Dumbledore, and pronounces the latter as 'Dubbledore',
  • He is voiced by Josh Robert Thompson in The LEGO Movie Video Game.
  • His staff is a chewed lollipop.