In the movie, there are some secret agent type villains that all appear to be identical to one another. They also repeat everything one of them says, like an echo. They remind me of Agents from The Matrix, but LEGO has no prior relationship with that property so I'm not certain. As noted in comments, The Matrix is a WB property, so it could be them. However, most of the other villains we see have already had appearances in other LEGO media, namely The LEGO Dimensions video game and related sets.

All the articles I've found (so far) only speculate that they're Agents, but I've not seen any confirmation. Unfortunately, I didn't get to check the end credits to see if they were named there.

Who are these bad guys, and what property are they from?

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    Anything owned by WB is fair game I think.
    – ibid
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 21:10
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    I'd assumed they were agents since The Matrix is also a WB property. Similarly, Harry Potter, King Kong: Skull Island, and Wizard of Oz are also movies owned by WB. Though at the same time there are still other franchises featured that are not owned by WB, like Doctor Who and Lord of the Rings (there are already licensing deals for LoTR with WB though), so I could be wrong in my assumption.
    – Kai
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 21:18
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    @kai - Warner Bros. already have a licensing agreement in place with the BBC over the use of the Daleks; warner-bros-characters.wikia.com/wiki/The_Daleks, and with LOTR (wbshop.com/category/wbshop_brands/the+lord+of+the+rings+lotr.do)
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 22:26
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    @Peter - You're thinking of "The bus that couldn't slow down"
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 22:35
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    @valorum Also youtube.com/watch?v=4uOX_hbkAMc :D
    – Peter
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 6:09

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Those were Agents Smith(s) from the Matrix franchise.

Lego Agents Smith above Matrix Agents Smith below

Q. You even included the Gremlins.

Yeah, Gremlins and Agent Smith. And Warner Bros. bought the MGM library, so they’ve got the Wicked Witch. But also, the one reason why I can’t do Kathy Bates or Moriarty is less about the rights holders and more about the fact that it would be hard to sell who that character is easily. I’d already crammed it with a bunch of Rogues Galleries and we’ve got a lot of main characters and a lot of characters that we want to hear more from, so at a certain point it became like, okay, how many obscure characters can we fit in and people understand who they are. At one point I had HAL from 2001 in there.

Director Chris McKay Shares The Secrets Behind ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’


I just wanted to throw as many in there that I possibly could. There was ones that I wanted to do, like maybe put Moriarty in there from Sherlock Holmes, but it's just a hard read. Some of them are just so visual that you immediately get who they are or at the very least that they're a bad guy. The Agent Smith is probably the closest thing to Moriarty, but it's just such a distinct performance thing and a visual look to it. We could do sort of the thing with one guy turning into three of them that even if you don't know those movies, you just sort of get it.

The LRM Interview with LEGO Batman Movie Director Chris McKay

  • Do I want to know how you got that screengrab?
    – user31178
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 23:01
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    Is it Agents or Smiths? Because they're identical in the movie (and that picture), that interview says only Smith, and they also repeated one another.
    – user31178
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 23:06
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    @CreationEdge - You do not.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 12, 2017 at 23:08
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    I also assumed they were multiple Smiths rather than multiple Agents because they kept repeating/echoing each other.
    – Ixrec
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 0:01
  • @Ixrec - Further research leads me to that conclusion as well.
    – Valorum
    Commented Feb 13, 2017 at 0:06

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