Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
|Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu|
|Genre||Animation, Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Martial arts|
|Written by||The Hageman Brothers|
|Directed by||Michael Hegner
|Voices of||Jillian Michaels
Ian James Corlett
|Composer(s)||Jay Vincent & Mike Kramer|
|Country of origin||US/UK/CAN|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||34 (List of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Erik Wilstrup & WILFilm|
|Running time||22-3 minutes|
|Original channel||Cartoon Network|
|Original run||January 14, 2011– present|
|Related shows||Legends of Chima|
Lego Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is an action comedy family animated TV series that centers on the adventures of four ninjas. The series is based on the Lego toy series of the same name. Two pilot episodes were shown on Cartoon Network on January 14, 2011, sometimes split into four episodes. The series airs in the UK on Cartoon Network. A video-game called Lego Battles: Ninjago was based on the show. Due to the popularity of the pilot episodes, the first season was launched from December 2011 – April 2012 alongside a new line of sets marketed as "Rise of the Snakes". In the later half of 2012, a second season began transmission, with a month-long gap between episodes six and seven. The pilot episodes were released on DVD in March 2011, and the first season became available on DVD in Region 1 on June 26, 2012. The series as a whole has an estimated budget of 37,000,000 krone (£4,600,000 or $6,710,801).
The show is set in the fictional world of Ninjago, a place inspired by Chinese and Japanese myths and culture. The land is divided between Ninjago proper and the Dark Island, where the Overlord resides. It has an underworld, where beings of evil like Lord Garmadon and the Skeleton Army dwell, together with sacred places where many things are hidden or forgotten (like the Serpentine tombs or the Golden Weapons). Similar to Lego's past product line Bionicle, the main characters are in tune with certain elemental properties (the elements in this case being Fire, Ice, Lightning and Earth.) While featuring several historically designed buildings and traditional clothing, Ninjago is a modern setting incorporating large metropolises with skyscrapers, current-age (and futuristic) vehicles, modern electronics and semi-robotic exo-suits; among other temporal displacements.
The pilot episodes feature Sensei Wu struggling to train four young Ninja in the ways of an ancient battle art called Spinjitzu (which manifests as a spinning movement faster than any normal fighting style) to defeat Lord Garmadon, now new ruler of the Underworld, and stop him from gaining The Four Golden Weapons, which would make his power limitless. Traveling across Ninjago, Sensei Wu and his four elementally-attuned students, Kai (Fire), Jay (Lightning), Zane (Ice) and Cole (Earth) recover the Golden Weapons, together with trying to find and rescue Kai's sister, Nya. Kai is tricked and runs off alone and finds the Sword of Fire, but is confronted by Garmadon in shadow-form. Kai rescues Nya and makes peace with the Dragon guardians, but, in order to keep the Sword of Fire from Garmadon, Wu sacrifices himself and travels to the Underworld. The four Ninja follow him down on their dragons, who are magical and can exist in both worlds. After defeating the Skeleton Army with the ultimate Spinjitzu move, the Tornado of Creation, they come upon Sensei fighting the general of the Skeleton Army, Samukai, who is in possession of three of the Golden Weapons (stolen from the Ninja earlier while they rested in the forests near the Fire Temple). Wu is defeated and Samukai tries to take the weapons for his own, but their combined power, too much for any normal being to control, destroys him and creates a portal into another realm between space and time, allowing Garmadon to escape, but one day return with enough power to wield the Four Golden Weapons. With Garmadon gone, the balance is temporarily restored, and the Ninja will prepare to train themselves for the day the Darkness returns once more.
Season One focuses on the Ninja trying to determine which one of them will be destined to become the Green Ninja, a warrior who will to face the Dark Lord for the fate of Ninjago. It also focuses on Garmadon's young son Lloyd Garmadon, who has released an ancient evil: an army of five snake tribes known in legends as the Serpentine. The four Ninja must stop them from uniting to unleash The Great Devourer, a massive black, green and purple snake with the power to consume all of Ninjago and a bite that can turn people evil, which is what made Lord Garmadon into what he is now. However, Lloyd was betrayed by three of the five tribes before Sensei Wu convinced him to join their side, taking pity on him because of being left alone. Eventually, the Serpentine held Lloyd as a hostage, and Lord Garmadon, who returned with the help of Sensei Wu, had agreed to aid the Ninja in rescuing Lloyd and stopping the Serpentine, considering the fact that Garmadon himself wants to be the one to threaten Ninjago and wanting revenge on the beast responsible for his fall into evil. To this end, he even gets the Skeleton Army to help fight against the Serpentine, despite the fact he planned their former leader's death. However, despite the combined efforts of the Ninja, Garmadon, and the Skeletons, the Snake King Pythor, the last of the much-feared tribe known as the Anacondrai, manages to release the Great Devourer in a mad attempt to gain his revenge on the people of Ninjago, although he realized too late that The Great Devourer consumes even its own kind. He and Wu are eaten by the Devourer, leaving only the Ninja, Nya (who became a secret fighter known as Samurai X) and Lloyd (revealed to be the Green Ninja) to fight against the monster. Eventually, Lord Garmadon comes to the rescue and destroys the creature by using the combined might of the Four Golden Weapons given by the Ninja. After the Serpent's destruction, Wu is found to have survived and Garmadon vanishes with the weapons. Despite losing the weapons, the Ninja prepare to train Lloyd so that he can face his father one day for the sake of Ninjago, something which he was afraid to for the sake of their bond.
The first half of the series charts the Ninja's efforts to train Lloyd and Garmadon's efforts to thwart it. To do this, he recreates the Destiny's Bounty (a flying and sailing ship that used to be the Ninja's home in Season 1 before being destroyed by the Devourer), unites the Serpentine under his control, and merges the four Golden Weapons into the powerful Mega Weapon, but he soon discovers from experience that the weapon cannot destroy, but only create, much to his chagrin. He tries a number of schemes, with one being to create dark doubles of the Ninja. Lord Garmadon tries more attacks, but each time he fails and strengthens Lloyd in the process, with one scheme leading to Lloyd being aged. Garmadon then tries traveling back in time to make sure the ninja team are never formed, thus ensuring Lloyd would never fulfill his destiny. He almost succeeds, but the Ninja from the present, who follow him through, manage to destroy the Mega Weapon with the Golden Weapons from the past, changing everything back to the way it was, with the exception that no-one but the Ninja and Garmadon remembers that the Mega Weapon existed. The second half of the season focuses on the rise of the Overlord. Betrayed by the Serpentine, Garmadon ends up on his island and releases him: at the same time, the vanom of the Great Devourer seeps into catacombs beneath Ninjago, waking the Overlord's Stone Army. Along with Misako, Lloyd's mother, the group travel to the Dark Island, where Garmadon has taken command of the Stone Army and started the Celestial Clock, which counts down to the final battle. The ninja fail to stop the clock, and it triggers the creation of Garmatron, a machine for altering the balance between light and darkness. Once this is done, the Overlord possessed Garmadon and travels to Ninjago. The Ninja follow, and Lloyd uses his power to defeat the Overlord. In the process, Garmadon's dark transformation is reversed.
In the Third Season, as the city is rebuilt as a technological utopia, the Overlord's spirit who survived his battle with Lloyd possesses the network and uses the new robotic creations to take control: his aim is to steal Lloyd's power and become the Golden Master. The ninja, who lost their elemental powers, end up on the run, gaining help from Garmadon and a android called P.I.X.A.L.. Wu is captured and turned evil by the Overlord. A disguised Pythor, who survived the events of the first season, aids the Overlord in restoring control and gaining Lloyd's power. The ninja delay the Overlord's transformation and Lloyd divides his energy between them, restoring their powers. However, the Overlord uses the Golden Weapons to complete the transformation, triggering a great battle in Ninjago City. It ends when Zane sacrifices himself to destroy the weapons and their master. Though inicially thought dead, Zane is revealed to have survived in digital form.
In Season Four, the ninja travel to the jungle and face a new enemy...The Anacondrai! They also meet a new ninja named Skylar, who is the new Orange Ninja of Air. Zane is revealed to have survived from the destruction of the Overlord, and appears in his new Titanium varient, along with his new Titanium Dragon. Most of the anacondrai are humans with paint and old anacondrai skulls on their heads but, there are two generals... One is a female snake and the other is a human. The ninja have two varients, one robed with a traditional mask over their heads, and the other one is sleeveless. Skylar only has one varient.
- Kai Smith/Red Ninja (voiced by Vincent Tong) - Kai is the Red Ninja of Fire and newest member of the group, whose late father was a friend of Sensei Wu. Hot (in three ways)-tempered and stubborn, he initially insulted Sensei Wu, but accepted his offer of training after his sister Nya was kidnapped by the Skulkin. He subsequently obtained the Sword of Fire and became the rider of the Fire Dragon Flame. Like the other Ninja, Kai believed that he would become the Green Ninja, but his drive to do so kept him from discovering his full potential until the other Ninja had already succeeded in doing so. Upon realizing that his training was meant to prepare him to protect the true Green Ninja, he unlocked his potential and joined the others in training Lloyd. Kai has previously wielded the Sword of Fire, an ordinary katana, the Elemental Blade of Fire, and the red Technoblade, and his Spinjitzu Tornado is red in color. Also he thinks he's the best ninja. He beat Jay in a match, yet the question of who is best remains a mystery.
- Jay Walker/Blue Ninja (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) - Jay is the Blue Ninja of Lightning, the most lighthearted of the group and Nya's boyfriend. An inventor, Jay was found by Sensei Wu testing a pair of artificial wings and recruited to join the Ninja; he subsequently obtained the Nunchuks of Lightning and became the rider of the Lightning Dragon Wisp. For some time he was afraid to admit his true feelings to Nya, but upon doing so unlocked his true potential as a Ninja. Jay is somewhat embarrassed by his parents Ed and Edna, and avoided telling the other Ninja bout them for some time. He later became insanely jealous after learning that Nya might have feelings for Cole. Jay has previously wielded the Nunchuks of Lightning, an ordinary pair of nunchuks, the Elemental Blade of Lightning, and the blue Technoblade, and his Spinjitzu Tornado is blue in color.
- Zane Julien/White Ninja/Titanium Ninja (voiced by Brent Miller) - Zane is the White Ninja of Ice, and the smartest of the group. He is a nindroid, an artificial being created to be a ninja by Dr. Julien. When Dr. Julien fell ill, he turned off Zane's memory switch, leaving Zane with no memory of his father or being an artificial lifeform. After this he found himself wandering on a road. He then found a village where he spent time with the villagers. One day Sensei Wu found him meditating at the bottom of a frozen lake and took him on as a student, leading to his obtaining the Shurikens of Ice and the Ice Dragon, whom he named Shard. The other Ninja found Zane hard to understand, as he often didn't comprehend their sense of humor or customs. However, they did appreciate his cooking ability, which curiously was an ability not programmed into him by his father. Not only did they find him strange, but they even became enraged with him once. He left after they all scolded him for something that was not his fault, yet he returned, un-offended, and they accepted him. Onwards Zane's relationship with the other ninja grew strong. After learning the truth about himself and regaining his memories, Zane unlocked his true potential. During the battle with the Overlord's Stone Army, Zane learned that his father had been revived by Samukai after finding him trapped on an island. The two remained together throughout this conflict, but Dr. Julien passed away prior to the battles with the Digital Overlord and his Nindroids. Upon meeting P.I.X.A.L., Zane was immediately intrigued by her, and came to feel a connection with her that moved him to give her a piece of his power supply after she was shut down. This cut his fighting ability in half, inhibiting his Spinjitzu, but also gave him the ability to fight in tandem with P.I.X.A.L. Of all the Ninja, Zane was the most comfortable in the Digiverse due to his artificial nature, and was the first to learn how the Ninja might defeat the Digital Overlord in that realm. Zane has previously wielded the Shurikens of Ice, an ordinary pair of Shurikens, the Elemental Blade of Ice, and the white Technoblade, and his Spinjitzu Tornado is white in color. The Overlord found the disposed of golden weapons and shaped them into armor pieces. On the final episode, The Titanium Ninja, Zane defeated the Overlord by holding onto the weapons, knowing neither would survive. Doing so, he sacrificed himself and was blown to pieces, along with the villain. After a funeral was conducted and a statue of him was put in place, P.I.X.A.L. was mourning for him in he Borg Tower. The computers suddenly came to life and showed the first time she met Zane. Their first conversation was as follows: "You are Zane, a droid like me. What does 'Zane' stand for?" P.I.X.A.L. asked. "I stand for peace, freedom, and courage in the face of all who threaten Ninjago," Zane responded. Zane was alive, his ashes currently in the Digiverse, awaiting to be restored. The final words he said in the very end of season three was, "Are we compatible now?" Zane protected his family, putting them before himself. He will be revived in a form of The Titanium Ninja.
- Cole Brookestone/Black Ninja (voiced by Kirby Morrow) - Cole is the Black Ninja of Earth, leader of the ninja. The son of a famous dancer, Cole resented his father's pushing him into the family legacy, particularly his efforts to teach him a nigh-impossible move known as the Triple Tiger Sashay. Sensei Wu found him climbing one of the highest mountains in Ninjago, but upon signing on for Ninja training Cole told his family that he was attending a dancing school. He eventually became the owner of the Scythe of Quakes and the Earth Dragon, whom he named Rocky. Cole eventually earned his father's approval with his own style, and after mastering the Sashay unlocked his true potential. Later, Cole would discover that Nya may have feelings for him, leading to an antagonism between him and Jay. Cole really doesn't like her all that much. Cole has previously wielded the Scythe of Quakes, an ordinary scythe, the Elemental Blade of Earth, and the black Technoblade, and his Spinjitzu Tornado is brown in color. He is in love with Skylar and leaves Nya because of her.
- Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon/Green Ninja/Golden Ninja (voiced by Jillian Michaels) - The main protagonist of the series, the son of Misako and Garmadon, the nephew of Sensei Wu and both the Green Ninja and Golden Ninja of legend. Lloyd was left at Darkley's Boarding School by his mother due to his father taking the path of evil, with Misako setting out to find a way of preventing the prophecied final battle between father and son. A mischievous boy, Lloyd tried to follow in his father's footsteps, only to foolishly release the Serpentine from their tombs. He was eventually taken in by his uncle, and was captured by the Serpentine while trying to find out their plans. Upon being rescued by his father and the Ninja, it was made known that he was the Green Ninja destined to face the Dark Lord in the final battle-leading everyone to believe that he was to fight his own father. The four senior Ninja took Lloyd under their wing, and his training and powers were enhanced when his age was accelerated by the act of saving the others from his father's Grundle monster. Lloyd became the master of the Ultra-Dragon, the fused form of the four elemental Dragons, and though he lacked a Golden Weapon possessed the power of all four elements. After unlocking the power of the Golden Dragon, a fighting style practiced by his paternal grandfather, the First Spinjitzu Master, Lloyd learned that his destiny was not to fight his father, but rather the evil Overlord previously faced by his predecessor. Despite losing their first encounter, he managed to call upon the powers of the Golden Dragon-manifesting an actual Dragon as a result-and defeated the Overlord's Dragon form. When the Digital Overlord attempted to steal Lloyd's Golden Power in order to create a new body for himself, he and his redeemed father fled Ninjago, only to be captured by the Overlord's Mech-Dragon, their old foe Pythor, and a cyborg version of Sensei Wu. The Overlord almost succeeded in draining Lloyd's Golden Power, but Lloyd managed to escape thanks to the other Ninja. Feeling that the power was too great a responsibility for him to bear alone, he split it between himself and the other four Ninja. Unlike the other Ninja, Lloyd typically doesn't carry any weapons, but relies solely on elemental powers and Spinjitzu; his tornado appears either green or gold, depending on the color of his outfit at the time. He briefly piloted his grandfather's Golden Mech in battle, but it was destroyed in the final battle against the Stone Army.
- Nya Smith (voiced by Kelly Metzger) - Kai's younger sister, whose kidnapping by Garmadon and the Skeletons leads Kai to become a Ninja. She also fights under by her alter ego "Samurai X," initially concealing her identity from the Ninja and their enemies. Jay develops a crush on her when they first meet, and throughout the first two seasons she reciprocates his feelings. They become official boyfriend and girlfriend. However, during the Digital Overlord/Golden Master arc, she starts questioning whether or not she may be more drawn to Cole because of a machine that claimed he was her perfect match. Though not a Ninja, Nya apparently has some skill in Spinjitzu; while briefly under the influence of dark matter, her technique produced a dark red tornado. Of all the protagonists she has the greatest assortment of weaponry, including various gadgets, a large battlesuit, and a weighted chain. She caused this whole love triangle. Despite the difficult decision, she flirted behind Jay's back and that distracted everyone from the real issues, bringing about childish bickering among the two rivals.
- Sensei Wu Garmadon (voiced by Paul Dobson) - A main protagonist, being the teacher and leader of the ninja. He and his brother Lord Garmadon are the sons of the First Spinjitzu Master, who created Ninjago through the power of Spinjitzu. Their father tasked them with protecting his Golden Weapons, but when Garmadon took the path of evil Wu was forced to fight him and banish him to the Underworld. He then hid the Golden Weapons and began seeking out pupils worthy to carry on the legacy of Spinjitzu, and eventually found Cole, Zane, Jay, and Kai. Though his students succeeded in recovering the Golden Weapons, he found them to be childish upon learning of the prophecy of the Green Ninja. He also faced the challenge of dealing with his nephew Lloyd, who attempted to follow in his father's footsteps by unleashing the evil Serpentine. Recognizing the danger, he sought out his estranged brother, and the two briefly joined forces in order to rescue Lloyd. When it was learned that Lloyd was in fact the destined Green Ninja, Wu participated in his training but allowed his four pupils to take the lead. Sensei Wu confronted Pythor in an attempt to prevent the rise of the Great Devourer, and was swallowed by the Devourer along with his foe, but emerged unharmed thanks to the unlikely cooperation between his brother and students. Wu remained with the Ninja as they continued to face the threat of Lord Garmadon and the Serpentine, and later when the Overlord returned. During this time he was reunited with his old friend-and former crush-Misako, Lloyd's mother, and for a time it seemed like they might pick up their old relationship; however, Lloyd's defeat of the Overlord saw Garmadon returned to the side of good. Wu took over Darkley's Boarding School and became headmaster of a new academy with Nya and the Ninja as students, but the threat of the Digital Overlord forced them back into action. Wu was captured and his memories scanned so that the Overlord could hunt down Lloyd, and later fitted with cyborg implants that put him under the Overlord's control. However, after the Ninja succeeded in deleting the Overlord Virus, Wu was returned to normal; unfortunately, the conflict didn't end there. Wu wields a bamboo staff in battle, and his Spinjitzu tornado is gold in color.
- Sensei Garmadon (voiced by Mark Oliver) - The secondary antagonist of the first two seasons and a main protagonist of Season Three. He is the father of Lloyd Garmadon and the husband of Misako, and the son of the First Spinjitzu Master. In his and Wu's youth, an unfortunate encounter with the snake that became the monstrous Great Devourer led to Garmadon being infected with its evil venom, which affected his appearance and personality. It would not be until years later-after he married Misako and they had Lloyd-that the growing evil in his heart would lead him to try and take his father's Golden Weapons for himself. The resulting confrontation with Wu resulted in him taking on a black, skeletal appearance prior to being banished to the Underworld, where he overthrew Samukai and took control of the Skulkin. He then orchestrated a plan to escape by having the Skulkin kidnap Nya, Kai's sister, and seek out the Golden Weapons, which led Sensei Wu and the Ninja to seek them out as well. Eventually, Samukai obtained them all and announced his intent to betray Garmadon, but played right into Garmadon's hands-no being could possess all four weapons ordinarily, and Samukai's attempt to do so led to his destruction and the creation of a portal that allowed Garmadon to escape. The villainous Ninja traveled to a dark dimension where he obtained the power to wield all four weapons at once, and an additional set of arms in the process. When Wu came in search of him, he attempted to destroy him but was then informed that Lloyd was in danger, which led him to briefly join forces with the Ninja. During this time, it became known that Lloyd was the Green Ninja of legend, meaning that father and son would have to face each other in battle. However, it would later be revealed that the prophecy of the Green Ninja facing the Dark Lord referred not to Garmadon, but the Overlord, an ancient enemy of Garmadon's father. The Overlord tricked Garmadon into upsetting the balance of Ninjago, allowing him to return and possess Garmadon's body. However, Lloyd managed to defeat the Overlord, which purified Garmadon of all his evil and returned him to normal human form. Abandoning the title of Lord, he became Sensei Garmadon and swore a vow of nonviolence, instead teaching pupils the Art of the Silent Fist-to fight without fighting. When the Overlord returned, Garmadon and Lloyd went into hiding, but were eventually tracked down. When Lloyd was captured, Garmadon renounced his oath in order to face Pythor and the Overlord's minions. He continued to advise the Ninja afterwards, albeit in a rather stern, pessimistic fashion. He is the best character for wise decisions and strictness, both required for well trained ninja.
- Misako Garmadon (voiced by Kathleen Barr) - Lloyd's mother and Garmadon's wife. She knew Wu and Garmadon in their youth, and enjoyed a close bond with both brothers-after Garmadon turned evil, she once remarked that she should have chosen to marry Wu. Misako somehow recognized that her son was the Green Ninja of Legend, and left him at a boarding school in order to pursue a means of preventing the prophecied battle between her husband and son from coming to pass. She eventually returned to Ninjago after the defeat of the Great Devourer, having learned of the evil Overlord and his Stone Army. Lloyd was initially unhappy to see her, having felt abandoned, but reconciled with her after learning her true motivation for leaving him at the school. She and Wu renewed their friendship, and for a time it seemed that they might become a couple. However, Misako never ceased to love Garmadon, and was overjoyed when he was purified of the evil that had poisoned him for so long. The pair later took up residence at a monastery, where Misako remained while her husband and son went into hiding and the Ninja opposed the Digital Overlord.
- P.I.X.A.L. (voiced by Jennifer Hayward) - A secondary antagonist, then secondary protagonist from Season Three, who provides a love interest for Zane. According to her Lego.com bio, she is the sixteenth robot of her kind, with her predecessors failing due to errors in their thermo-coils and emotion-suppressing A.I. chips; while the former flaw has been corrected in P.I.X.A.L., the latter is still present. P.I.X.A.L. appeared to guide the Ninja and their students on a tour of Borg Industries, at which point she scanned Zane. Unfortunately, like Borg's other creations, she fell under the control of the Overlord, and used Zane's schematics to create an army of evil Nindroids. She later joined them in attempting to retrieve the Technoblades, but the Ninja were able to free her from the Overlord's programming. Despite not being built for combat, she came to Zane's aid when the Ninja tried to knock out Ninjago's power, and came to have feelings for him despite her initial insistence that she was an emotionless machine. Zane later gave her half of his power core, enabling her to function without a connection to Ninjago's power grid and giving her a portion of his Spinjitzu abilities; as a result, she and Zane must fight together in order to utilize Spinjitzu. Now that Zane is gone and in the Digiverse, she is the only one who knows, and must bring him back.
- The First Spinjitzu Master - An unseen character who is pivotal to the lore of Ninjago. He is Wu and Garmadon's father, Misako's father-in-law and Lloyd's grandfather. In ancient times, the Master used the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu to shape Ninjago, only to be faced by the evil of the Overlord. The two fought to a standstill, at which point the Overlord created and animated an army of Stone Warriors made of an indestructible material. Unable to overcome this force, the First Spinjitzu Master used his power to break Ninjago into two continents, with one becoming the fabled Dark Island. He charged his sons with guarding the Golden Weapons, and hid his Golden Mech in the Temple of Light on the Dark Island in preparation for the Green Ninja who would face the Overlord upon his return. That Green Ninja, the heir to the Master's power, would prove to be none other than his own grandson Lloyd.
- Ed and Edna Walker (voiced by Colin Murdock and Jillian Michaels) - Jay's father and mother, respectively. Both are inventors and live at a junkyard. At first, Jay was resisting them due to them repeatedly embarrassing him, until the Fangpyre attack, forcing Jay to come to their aid. The whole matter drew them ever closer to each other.
- Dareth (voiced by Alan Marriott) - A vain young man calling himself as "Grand Sensei", though he is nothing of the kind. He is the keeper of "Mojo Dojo" (a small training building in Ninjago) and wishes to become "the Brown Ninja". By his own confession, he is hopeless at the martial arts where even all of his trophies are fake. He later tries to defend the city from the Stone Army, but he is no match for them. In the end however, he plays a pivotal role in the Ninja's victory, using the Helmet of Shadows to take control of the Stone Army and using them against the Overlord. In season 3, he takes charge of the students at Sensei Wu's academy while their teachers, Nya, and the Ninjas set out to defeat the Digital Overlord.
- Dr. Julien/The Tinker (voiced by Mark Oliver) - An inventor who created Zane, and is, to all intents and purposes, his father. After he wiped Zane's memory (so the poor boy would not have the pain of losing him) and died, he was revived by Samukai through a special elixir and forced to create their advanced machines. Imprisoned on an island and guarded by a Leviathan, he was only freed when the Ninja drifted and ran aground. He helped repair their ship and escaped with them. He is seen in "Tick Tock" as a flashback and in person in "The Last Voyage". In his first appearance in "Tick Tock", he was credited as "Zane's father"; though in the credits to The Last Voyage, they listed him by the title of The Tinkerer. Julien provided support to the ninja during their final battles with the Overlord and his stone army, creating new vehicles for them and even flying the Bounty solo to save Lloyd from the Overlord. In season 3, he apparently passed away again, as Cyrus Borg offered Zane his condolences. No one mentioned what happened to him or even directly stated he died, only implied it.
- Lou (voiced by Kirby Morrow) - Cole's father and a member of the former singing group called the Royal Blacksmiths. Cole ran away from the family legacy of dance. Cole's reunion with his father and settling family problems awarded the ninja of earth with his true potential.
- The Overlord/The Golden Master (voiced by Scott McNeil) - The central antagonist of the series. The source of all evil, he battled the First Spinjitzu Master in the ancient war before being banished to the nasty half of Ninjago, called the Dark Island, trapped there for a long time until Lord Garmadon washed up on the island's shores and broke the seal. The Overlord "guided" Garmadon in his efforts to conquer Ninjago and corrupt it into his own image; in reality he sought to upset the Balance of the world enough to allow him to return. Upon succeeding, he possessed Garmadon, whose body mutated until it took on a dragon-like form after the Overlord's Stone Army conquered Ninjago City. However, he was defeated by Lloyd using the Golden Power, which purified Garmadon of his spirit and seemingly destroyed him. When Cyrus Borg built Borg Industries on the site of this battle, the Overlord managed to return in the form of a computer virus that seized control of Borg's company. Borg created powerful weapons known as the Technoblades to delete the Overlord, and managed to pass them on to the ninja. In response, the Overlord copied Zane's schematics to create an army of Nindroids, only to lose them and all power when the Ninja shut down Ninjago's power supply. However, another old enemy of the ninja, Pythor of the Anacondrai, returned and restored the Overlord to functionality using the rare electrocobrai eels. The pair then succeeded-with the aid of the Nindroids and an enslaved Sensei Wu-in capturing Lloyd, whose Golden Power the Overlord required to form a new body for himself. He almost succeeded, but the Ninja managed to delete his virus form before he could complete the process, leaving him an amorphous blob with no real power. However, he and Pythor soon determined a means by which he could become the prophecied Golden Master: traveling into space and recovering the Ninjas' Golden Weapons.
- The Great Devourer - A giant snake worshiped as a god by the Serpentine, known to be very dangerous and deadly with the ability to increase its size by consuming anything in its path, including its own kind. The Great Devourer is the main cause of the events in the series as it was responsible for turning Garmadon evil through its venom, and it was the creature Pythor intended to release to exact revenge on the people of Ninjago. But the Great Devourer proved to be beyond anyone's control, swallowing Pythor and Sensei Wu alive, the former suffering side effects from exposure to the serpent's stomach acid, and running rampant on Ninjago with the Ninja unable to subdue it. However, in the end, the Ninja manage to lure the Devourer into a trap during its siege of Ninjago City, allowing Lord Garmadon to destroy the Great Devourer with the power of the Golden Weapons in revenge for the grief and madness it caused to him. Despite its death, the monster's venom still seeps into Ninjago City's sewage system, eventually reawakening the Stone Army. It might be implied that the Devourer may have turned evil due to the corruption of the Overlord, who is known to be the true source of darkness.
The Skeletons are living skeletons. They serve as primary villains of the series. They were once ruled by a creature called Samukai, banished there himself by Wu and Garmadon. After becoming their leader, Garmadon sent the Skeletons to Ninjago to find the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu, to which they do so. The Skeleton army is defeated by the Ninja, though Samukai tries to use the Weapons himself. The power of the weapons destroys him, allowing Garmadon to escape his imprisonment and leaving the Skeletons leaderless. However, Garmadon rebands the Skeletons and leads them to rescue the Ninja and help them steal the Fang Blades from the Serpentines, as part of the temporary alliance Garmadon made with the ninja to stop the Serpentines's leader Pythor from unleashing the Great Devourer, the very same giant snake who turned Garmadon evil. The Skeletons are willing to help along with this because, as Kruncha comments 'Everybody hates snakes'.
- Samukai (voiced by Michael Kopsa) - The four-armed Skeleton Fire General of the Underworld. Formally a creature of the living world banished to the Underworld by the sons of the First Spinjitzu Master, he was the King of the Underworld until he was defeated by Lord Garmadon when he was banished to the Underworld, causing him to step down and allow Garmadon to become the new King and control the legions of the Underworld. Samukai leads the Skeleton Army in the Surface World of Ninjago, carrying out Garmadon's orders and seeking the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu. Soon, Samukai possessed the four weapons and betrayed Garmadon, only to be vaporized by the power of the weapons combined. Samukai is the first character in Ninjago to have four arms as well as the first to hold all four Golden Weapons, the second being Lord Garmadon.
- Kruncha and Nuckal (both voiced by Brian Drummond) - Skeleton Generals of Earth and Lightning respectively, who serve Samukai. They led the raid on Kai and Nya’s shop, helped (and hindered through their clumsiness) Samukai and Lord Garmadon in their quests for the weapons and led the army against the Ninja. They were two of the few skeletons stranded in Ninjago during the Serpentine Crisis in the first season, teaching at the Darkly’s School for Bad Boys, though they later quit. They lead the Skeleton Army into battle with Garmadon against the Serpentine to rescue the Ninja, and are also seen celebrating after the destruction of the Great Devourer. In the second season, they are seen participating in the Ninjaball Run Race in the Skeleton Truck. They drag Lloyd on the Ultra Dragon down, but crash their own vehicle in the process.
- Wyplash (voiced by Michael Dobson) - Skeleton General of Ice. He is presumed to be the new King of the Underworld following Samukai's demise and Garmadon's disappearance.
- Frakjaw (voiced by Trevor Devall) - Skeleton of Fire.
- Krazi (voiced by Trevor Devall) - The crazy Skeleton of Lightning. He is the most violent skuling.
- Chopov (voiced by Trevor Devall) - Skeleton of Earth. He is said to be the creator of the skulkin vehicles, but Dr. Julien was the one who was forced to build them. Dr. Julien refused so the skulkin trapped him with a chained Leviathon.
- Bonezai (voiced by Trevor Devall) - Skeleton of Ice.
The Serpentine (pronounced 'Serpenteen') are a race of snakes that serves as the primary villains for the first and second seasons. Originally a race created by the first Spinjitzu master, they held a prophecy that foretold the coming of the Golden Master. Their attempts to warn the humans resultedin them being driven underground
- Pythor P. Chumsworth (voiced by Michael Dobson) - The general and last remaining member of the Anacondrai, a purple-colored race with elongated necks that were most feared and the strongest of the Serpentine tribes due to their ability to turn invisible and swallow people larger than themselves. He was known to be cowardly in the first season, but he gained a stronger personality while he was rotting in the Devourer during season two. While his tribe were sealed away, the Anacondrai Tribe had no food source and ultimately fell to starvation and cannibalism with Pythor the sole survivor. Upon being released, Pythor pretended to be Lloyd's ally to steal the map to the Serpentine tombs to release the Constrictai and the Venomari Tribes. Soon after finding the lost city of Ouroborus, through deceit and an alliance with Skales, Pythor becomes the first Snake King of all Serpentine. It becomes clear soon that Pythor had been driven insane by his imprisonment and his hatred of the surface dwellers, using the allegiance of the tribes to unleash the Great Devourer to exact revenge on people of Ninjago for locking up the Serpentine underground. As the series progressed, Pythor has finally managed to collect all four Silver Fang Blades, despite the oppression from the Ninja, Lord Garmadon, and the Skeleton Army, realizing too late that the Great Devourer would consume everything in its path, including himself alongside Sensei Wu. In Season 3, Pythor is revealed to had survive his ordeal within the Great Devourer's stomach with his scales bleached white as he went into hiding. Still adamant on revenge against the humans, Pythor aids the Overlord by converting Sensei Wu into Tech Wu and then tricking the ninja in giving him a beacon leading him to Lloyd. He swallows the shrinking pill that was meant for the Overlord in "The Titanium Ninja" and is chased by the Falcon.
- Hypnobrai Tribe - The Hypnobrai Tribe are a tribe of cobra-type Serpentines that specialize in mind-control. They were locked in a frozen tomb in a tundra. All of them have red eyes they use to hypnotize victims (which explains that their name is a pun on "Hypnotize"). The symbol of the staff and the Hypnobrai has a hypnotizing shape like a swirl. Their color is blue and are the Serpentines of Ice. Among its members are:
- Skales (voiced by Ian James Corlett) - The current general of the Hypnobrai tribe, usurping Slithraa though his mastery of 'Fang-Quan-do'. He serves as a main antagonist in the first season as Pythor's second in command in return of faking his defeat by the Anacondrai general. After the Devourer's defeat, in the second season, Skales attempts to claim leadership even when he stated that he warned them that waking the Great Devourer wasn't a good idea. Lord Garmadon arrives to challenge Skales and wins the Serpentine over with the recreated Destiny's Bounty as their new home. Eventually fed-up with Garmadon's repeated failures, he and the others ousts Garmadon and claims leadership. As the Snake King, his first order was to dig under Ninjago City and imprison them underground just as they did to the Serpentine. While doing so, Skales discovers the Stone Army tomb and opens it, but the Devourer's venom seeps into the Stone Warriors and easily overpower the Serpentine, leaving them imprisoned once again, much to Skales' distress. However, the Serpentine survived, reshaping the former army's cavern into their new home. In the process, Skales married Selma, a pink female Hypnobrai, and the two had a son whom they named Skales Jr.
- Selma (voiced by Jillian Michaels) - Selma is a pink Hypnobrai who resembles Mezmo and the wife of general Skales. During the time of imprisonment, Skales and Selma had a son named Skales Jr. Selma is known to be protective of her son.
- Skales Jr. (voiced by Alyssya Swales) - Skales's son by Selma, he is a legged Serpentine that resembles Rattla, who wears blue human clothes. As part of the newest generation of Serpentine, he seems to lack the malevolence previously exhibited by his father. Like the other young Serpentine, he was raised to fear the coming of the "Golden Master", a being with the power of the First Spinjitzu Master who would subjugate the world.
- Slithraa (voiced by John Novak) - The previous general of the Hypnobrai, he accidentally hypnotized himself after he attacked Lloyd when the boy fell into their tomb. Eventually, he is defeated by Skales and is forced to hand over their tribe's leadership to him. His last appearance is in "The Titanium Ninja" when he helps put people in the sewers, I don't think he was meant to be put in that episode!
- Mezmo (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) - He is a soldier of the Hypnobrai tribe. He is mostly seen eating rather than fighting, like eating cotton candy while the others chase Samurai X's Mech which stole the Hypnobrai Fangblade. The designs on him are like Slithraa's except white, with his head flaps a bit shorter. His hands and arms are gray. He is also the judge of the Slither Pit, where he has absolute authority, even over his superiors.
- Rattla (voiced by Paul Dobson) - He is the scout of the Hypnobrai tribe. He has a normal dark blue minifigure head with a gray piece with markings on top that he shares with Snappa. He is seen in most of the season one and season two episodes, with two appearances in season three.
- Fangpyre Tribe - The Fangpyre Tribe are a tribe of pit viper-type Serpentines with vampire traits. Anyone or anything that ends up bitten by a Fangpyre transforms into a Serpentine (depending on their element). When a vehicle or person is bitten by a Fangpyre, the victim develops snake-like traits. Strangely if a Fangpyre bites a vehicle, it transforms instantly. But if they bite a person, it takes a long time for them to transform (probably because the person's immune system fights the transformation). Their anti-venom, as with the other Serpentine Tribes, is located inside the staff of their tribe. If a Fangpyre bites another Fangpyre, the Fangpyre grows another head, resulting in the slightly comedic quirk that each head speaks halves or thirds of a sentence if it is long enough. The sign of the staff and the Fangpyre are fangs with a snake tongue sticking out. They are the Serpentine of Fire. Among its members are:
- Fangtom (voiced by Mackenzie Gray) - The two-headed General of the Fangpyre tribe and an old friend of Skales, his condition the result of accidentally biting himself. When Lord Garmadon buys the Serpentines' loyalty, Fangtom loses his standing with the Fangpyre.
- Fangdam (voiced by John Novak) - The two-headed warrior of the Fangpyre tribe. He is exactly alike to Fangtom but he doesn't have a tail.
- Fang-Suei (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) - He is a soldier for the Fangprye tribe and was responsible for Fangdam's two-headed appearance. He has Fangdam's design but he's white colored instead of red. He wears a necklace with five fangs on it and has red arms and white hands.
- Snappa (voiced by Paul Dobson) - He is the scout of the Fangpyre tribe. He has a red head with black make-up on. He has a white hood piece that her shares with Rattla. He has the same designs as Fang-Suei. He wears a necklace with two fangs on it. Snappa's arms and hands are white.
- Constrictai Tribe - The Constrictai Tribe are a tribe of boa constrictor-type Serpentines. They can constrict anyone and can burrow underground at a fast speed. They're also the shortest and the dumbest of all Serpentine tribes, but they are second strongest after the Anacondrai. The sign of the staff and the Constrictai is orange and has three rings connectings to each other representing constricting. The anti-venom in the staff awakens those knocked out when being chocked. They were sealed within the Mountain of a Million Steps until released by Pythor. They are the Serpentines of Earth. Among its members are:
- Skalidor (voiced by John Novak) - The General of the Constrictai tribe, using his tail to constrict his victims instead of his hands. He has silver spikes on his head. He has yellow eyes. He is the shortest general but is a dim-witted brute. When Lord Garmadon buys the Serpentines' loyalty, Skalidor loses his standing with the Constrictai. He has an orange rock-like design on his body and a silver stone tied to the right of his chest. Most of his body is black and he has gray arms and black hands.
- Bytar (voiced by Kirby Morrow) - He is the strong (second to Skalidor) Constrictai warrior, seen with others doing Pythor's dirty jobs such as digging, and harming the ninjas. He has the same design as Skalidor but doesn't have a silver stone on his chest. He has orange spikes on his head and his left eye is shut all the time. His right eye is yellow. He has gray arms and black hands.
- Chokun (voiced by Vincent Tong) - He is the soldier of the Constrictai Tribe. He has the same head form as Fang-Suei. His head his gray and the top of it is silver. Most of his body is orange. He has two gray, cracked stones on his body with white line-like designs surrounding the stones. He has gray arms and blacks hands.
- Snike (voiced by Brent Miller) - He is the scout of the Constrictai tribe. He has a gray head and the top of it is orange with a gray design. He has two black, cracked stones with a smaller one under it. There is also a white line-like design reaching only halfway across the body. He has orange arms with black hands.
- Venomari Tribe - The Venomari Tribe are a tribe of spitting cobra-type Serpentine that have odd tusks and multiple eyes. They are known to spit hallucination inducing venom. They were sealed in a tomb within poisonous swamps until Pythor released them. The symbol of the staff and the venomari is green with drops of venom coming out of the symbol. They are the Serpentines of Lightning. Among its members are:
- Acidicus (voiced by Paul Dobson) - He is the General of the Venomari tribe, creator of the venom vials his tribe carries in case they run dry during combat. He has six white spikes on his head and two more on the sides of his mouth. It's known that Skalidor and Acidicus' relationship resembles Kruncha and Nuckal's. Most of his body is green. Acidicus has green arms with black hands. He has a wide, light green PAC-MAN design with small red triangles on each side. When Lord Garmadon buys the Serpentines' loyalty, Acidicus loses his standing with the Venomari. Later on during season 3, he tells the ninja about the Curse of the Golden Master.
- Lizaru (voiced by Vincent Tong) - Lizaru is the warrior of the Venomari tribe. He has the same kind of head as Acidicus but the six spikes on his head are green. Most of his body is light green. He has two black scars on his body. Lizaru has two vine-like designs and two red spots on the sides of his body. He has green arms and black hands.
- Spitta (voiced by Kirby Morrow) - He is the soldier of the Venomari Tribe. Spitta has no spikes on his head or on the sides of his mouth either. He has two black scars on his body and, like Lizaru, he has two vine-like designs that hold red bottles of venom. He has green arms and black hands. Spitta's fangs are so large and produce so much venom that it leaks.
- Lasha (voiced by Brent Miller) - He is the scout of the Venomari tribe. His most notable feature is the fact that he is missing an eye. He, like most Venomari, carries bottles of venom.
The Rise of Pythor (Season 4)
- Skylar- Female Orange Ninja of Air.
- Alpha- Ninja's new helper and Mobile base driver.
- Arcturus- Legendary snake king revived by Pythor.
- Kanlan- Famous samurai warrior and Nya's rival. He has two iron devastating fists.
- Griffin Turner- Dojo sensei and guardian of Serpent Blades.
- Slaven- One of Anacondrai humans. Strong one.
- Krate- One of Anacondrai humans. Crazy one.
- Kapau- One of Anacondrai humans. Dumb one.
- Arcton- Anacondrai humans's leader and wizard.
|Seasons||Episodes||Season premiere||Season finale||DVD Release|
|Pilots||2||January 14, 2011||March 27, 2012|
|1: Rise of the Snakes||13||December 2, 2011||April 11, 2012||June 26, 2012|
|2: Rise of the Spinjitzu Master||13||July 18, 2012||November 21, 2012||March 5, 2013|
|3: Rebooted||8||January 29, 2014||November 26, 2014||March 5, 2015|
Release and reception
All episodes feature a theme song called "The Weekend Whip" performed by The Fold.
Due to the positive reception of the pilot, a full series was commissioned and began broadcast in December 2011. The first five episodes of season 1 aired in Canada on November 25. The season once again aired in Canada from January 11, 2012, to April 11, 2012. The first two episodes of season 1 aired in the United States on December 2. The season once again aired in the United States from January 11, 2012, to April 11, 2012.
Lego Ninjago was recommissioned for a second season, which premiered on July 18, 2012, to an audience of 2.8 million. On the whole, the series has been very well received by fans. In late September, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment announced that it would be releasing the first part of the second season ("Darkness Shall Rise" to "The Stone Army") under the title Rise of the Green Ninja in November 27, 2012 (though this was later pushed forward to December 11), while the complete second season and the complete series has been released on March 5, 2013. And a 3rd season was made and premiered on January 29, 2014. In June 2013, Warner Bros. announced that a movie based on the toyline would be made, though it would take a different approach to the TV series. It will be written by the Hageman Brothers, who also wrote the story for The Lego Movie.There are Ninjago halloween costumes.
The series has been nominated twice for awards: Peter Hausner was nominated at the 39th Annie Awards for his direction, but lost to Simpsons director Matthew Nastuk. The composers Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent, were nominated for the BMI TV Music Award, which they won.
A video game named Lego Battles: Ninjago was released in spring 2011 and was based on the first two episodes of the series. It features the some of the characters that appear in the original episodes (Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, etc.).
A follow-up titled Lego Ninjago: Nindroids was released in July 2014.
The Hageman brothers, who wrote the animated series and as well The Lego Movie (which Lloyd Garmadon appeared in as a Master Builder) will be penning the film adaptation and the film will feature a new take that diverges from the TV series. The brothers will reteam with The Lego Movie team of Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord, and Chris Miller will produced the film and Charlie Bean to direct the film.
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- Official website
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