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The protagonist of The Lego Movie (2014) is named Emmet Brickowski. Like most of the other characters in the film, Emmet is a Lego figure but seems to be able to move independently, or so we are led to think.

Emmet/Emmett is of course a real-world name but in many versions of the story of the golem (including the Polish one) "emet" or "emeth" (אמת, "truth" in Hebrew) is also the word written in or on a clay figure to animate it. I always assumed this was an in-joke, especially given that Brickowski, while a fictional surname and obviously a Lego joke, has a Polish structure.

Is there any evidence that this was an intentional reference to the golem myth on behalf of the creators?

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    I've taken the liberty of editing the question to make it (a little) clearer what you're asking. Also, I know you (really) love brackets, but they're not (always) necessary. – Valorum Jul 10 '16 at 11:46
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    Not a very original question – Mat Cauthon Jul 10 '16 at 16:35
  • @mat-cauthon Not completely original from the look of it (and as I noted in an earlier edit, I spotted after posting that someone on TV Tropes also made the Emmet/Emet connection), but I notice nobody actually answered my question adequately in your link either. – tardigrade Jul 10 '16 at 17:05
  • As did I. Just wanted to point out there are such discussions already. Doesn't seem fruitful. – Mat Cauthon Jul 10 '16 at 17:07
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    @mat-cauthon this isn't meant to disparage the factfinding ability of the Lego forums crowd in any way, but I've seen the community here manage some pretty astonishing things. I'm happy to give it a shot. – tardigrade Jul 10 '16 at 18:48
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IMDB has a trivia note that says:

"Emmet" is an archaic word for "ant", an insect well known for being a construction worker that works in a team. - imdb

To me, that explanation sounds more plausible than Emmet is a golem. Emmet the worker ant means he is just one cog in the very large wheel of Bricksburg.

  • It's an archaic word for ant in Old-Cornish. Unless you can connect one of the writers with the speaking an ancient dialect of an obscure British sub-language, I see no reason why this should be the more likely option. – Valorum Jan 18 '17 at 22:00
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    @Valorum: no, it's also dialectal English, as the link says. "Ant" is in fact a contraction of the same word as "emmet". – sumelic Jan 18 '17 at 22:19
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    Emmet is slang for tourist in Cornish. – Jack B Nimble Jan 18 '17 at 22:20
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    Either way, is there any reason that they'd choose this word? Emmet also means "sausage" in Slovenian and "Puppet" in Cantonese. – Valorum Jan 18 '17 at 23:54
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    Emmet[t] was a very common german first name that was pervasive in upstate NY into the Midwest (see "Northern Cities Vowel Shift" for the region) from late 19th century through early 20th century. (regionally more common than national graphs might suggest). I have several relatives with this name going back generations. – Yorik Jan 19 '17 at 16:59

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