Ninjago (TV series)
|Also known as||Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu (2011–2019)|
|Created by||Michael Hegner|
|Based on||Lego Ninjago|
|Opening theme||The Weekend Whip by The Fold (seasons 1–7 and 11-13)|
"Ninjago Overture" by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer (seasons 8–10 and 14-present)
|Ending theme||"The Weekend Whip" by The Fold (Pilots-Episode 41)|
Various music by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer (Episode 42–present)
|Country of origin||Denmark|
|No. of seasons||15|
|No. of episodes||164+ (+2 pilot episodes, 1 special and several shorts) (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes (Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu)|
11 minutes (Ninjago)
|Distributor||The Lego Group|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 14, 2011 –|
|Related shows||Legends of Chima|
Ninjago (previously known as Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu until 2019) is a Danish-Canadian computer-animated television series produced by The Lego Group. It was created to coincide with the Lego Ninjago line of construction toys, which is based on the characters and events of the series. It centers on the fictional world of Ninjago, telling the story of a group of six teenage ninjas and their battles against the forces of evil and darkness. The series was created by Michael Hegner and Tommy Andreasen, two Danish film producers.
Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu began with two pilot episodes in January 2011, which were followed by two 13-episode seasons that aired from December 2011 to November 2012. Both the Lego theme and the series had an intended shelf life of three years with the second season planned as the original ending. However, the success of the series and its product line led to the show continuing production, with fifteen seasons and a Halloween special being released as of April 2021.
Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu was animated in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Wil Film ApS for its first ten seasons. Animation was relocated to WildBrain Studios in Canada with the release of Season 11 onward. The English-language voice cast has been recorded in Canada for its entire run.
In Denmark, where the series' original production companies are located, Ninjago premiered on Nickelodeon. It airs on various Nickelodeon networks internationally and on Cartoon Network in the United States, United Kingdom and Poland. In Canada, the series is broadcast on Teletoon and YTV.
The show is largely set in the fictional realm of Ninjago, a place loosely inspired by East Asian myths and culture. While featuring several historically designed buildings and traditional clothing, Ninjago is in a modern setting, incorporating large metropolises with skyscrapers, current-age (and futuristic) vehicles, modern electronics, semi-robotic exo-suits, and other futuristic technology. The plot focuses on a group of six teenage ninja fighting against the forces of evil, who are also defined as "Elemental Masters", several characters who have elemental powers.
Pilot Episodes (2011)
"Long before time had a name", the First Spinjitzu Master created the realm of Ninjago using the four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu: the Scythe of Quakes, the Shurikens of Ice, the Nunchucks of Lightning and the Sword of Fire. Before he passed, his two sons swore to protect the weapons from evil, but the older brother, Garmadon, was consumed by darkness and aimed to wield all four weapons so that he could recreate Ninjago in his own image. In the ensuing battle between brothers, the younger brother Wu cast Garmadon down to the Underworld and hid the weapons across Ninjago, placing a dragon to guard each hiding spot.[N 1]
In anticipation of Garmadon's return, Sensei Wu seeks out four talented young teenagers to master the art of Spinjitzu and find the Golden Weapons before Garmadon and his Skulkin Army can claim them. Wu recruits Kai, a young blacksmith and trains him to become a ninja at the Monastery of Spinjitzu. There he meets three other ninja: Cole, Jay, and Zane.[N 2] The Ninja team up to find the four Golden Weapons and save Kai's sister, Nya, who has been kidnapped by the Skulkin. They find the Scythe of Quakes at the Caves of Despair, learning spinjitzu along the way. They then find the Shurikens of Ice in the and the Nunchucks of Lightning, confronting each dragon in the process. That night Kai retrieves the Sword of Fire from the Fire Temple, and frees his sister, but is confronted by the shadow of Garmadon. Although Wu arrives at the temple and fights off his brother's shadow, the skulkin ambush Cole, Jay and Zane and steal the other three Golden Weapons.
Sensei Wu decides to enter the Underworld with the Sword of Fire, believing that this is the only way to stop Garmadon.[N 3] The Ninja follow him by crossing between realms on the backs of the dragons, who agree to help them. In the Underworld, Samukai, the Skulkin Leader attacks Wu, but the Ninja use Spinjitzu to create a Tornado of Creation, which defeats the Skulkin. Samukai picks up the four Golden Weapons, but they are too powerful to be held together and they destroy him. This creates a portal for Garmadon to use to escape from the Underworld. Back in Ninjago, the Ninja celebrate their temporary victory, with the expectation that Garmadon will soon return.[N 4]
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes (2011–12)
When Garmadon is spotted in Jamanakai Village, the Ninja instead find his son, Lloyd Garmadon, trying to terrorise the villagers. Kai discovers a scroll that foretells the Prophecy of the Green Ninja, who will rise above the others to defeat a dark lord, and wonder which of them will be the chosen one. Lloyd uncovers a tomb containing the Hypnobrai, one of the five Serpentine tribes. The tribe's general Slithraa attempts to hypnotize him, but accidentally gives Lloyd control of the tribe.[N 5] Lloyd and the Hypnobrai build a treehouse fortress with the aim of conquering Ninjago, but it is destroyed by the Ninja. When they return to the Monastery of Spinjitzu, they discover that it has been burned down and find a new home on board Destiny's Bounty.[N 6] At the Hypnobrai Tomb, Skales takes control of the tribe and banishes Lloyd from the tomb. Seeking revenge, Lloyd uncovers the Fangpyre Tomb and makes a deal with the general Fangtom. Lloyd and the Fangpyre plan to attack the Hypnobrai, but when the two Serpentine generals meet, they become allies and Lloyd escapes. Lloyd opens the Anacondrai Tomb and finds Pythor inside, who pretends to befriend him. Lloyd is eventually taken into the care of Master Wu onboard Destiny's Bounty.[N 7]
Pythor travels to the two remaining Serpentine tombs in an attempt to unite the five tribes, with the Ninja in pursuit. When they reach the Venomari Tomb, they are surrounded by Serpentine and saved by the mysterious Samurai X.[N 8] Pythor declares himself the new Snake King and begins to search for the lost city of Ouroborous, which is the prison of a legendary snake named the Great Devourer. When Lloyd gets captured, the Ninja try to save him from the Serpentine. One by one, Zane, Jay and Cole unlock their True Potential by overcoming personal obstacles and Nya reveals that she is Samurai X.[N 9][N 10][N 11] Meanwhile, Master Wu travels to the Realm of Madness and returns with Lord Garmadon, and they become temporary allies to save Lloyd. Kai becomes obsessed with unlocking his True Potential and becoming the Green Ninja.
Pythor begins his search for four silver Fangblades, which will awaken the Great Devourer. After finding the first two, the Serpentine attempt to retrieve the third Fangblade at the Fire Temple, but are forced to fight the Ninja. Lloyd becomes trapped on a rock in the lava, so Kai decides to save him and consequently unlocks his True Potential.[N 12] On board Destiny's Bounty, the four Golden Weapons reveal that Lloyd is destined to be the Green Ninja. The Ninja take all four Fangblades from the Serpentine base, but Pythor sneaks onboard Destiny's Bounty and steals them. When Pythor releases the Great Devourer, it devours everything in its path, including Pythor. The Ninja attempt to stop the snake in Ninjago City and, with no other choice, give the four Golden Weapons to Garmadon, who launches an attack on its weak spot. The Great Devourer explodes into slime and Garmadon disappears with the Golden Weapons.[N 13]
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja (2012)
The Ninja begin training Lloyd so that he can face his father in battle. Meanwhile, Garmadon recruits the Serpentine, rebuilds the Destiny's Bounty as the Black Bounty and merges the Golden Weapons into the powerful Mega Weapon.[N 14] Garmadon resurrects the original crew of the Destiny's Bounty, led by Captain Soto. They pilot the ship to Ninjago City, but the Ninja engage them in battle. Eventually, Garmadon escapes with the Bounty.[N 15] Garmadon creates clones of the Ninja as a way to defeat them. When the Ninja visit Darkley's School, they are locked in a room by the students and forced to defeat the clones.[N 16] They decide to enter a road race named the Ninjaball Run to earn the grand prize so that they can save Dareth's Mojo Dojo. Garmadon decides to participate to stop the Ninja from winning. After fighting for lead position, the Ninja narrowly win the race and Lloyd takes possession of the Bounty.[N 17]
At Ninjago Museum of History, Garmadon uses the Mega Weapon to resurrect the extinct Grundal to destroy the Ninja. When the Ninja burst in, they are struck by the weapon and transformed into children. They are later forced to defend themselves from the Grundal in the comic book store, but Master Wu and Nya arrive and Lloyd uses Tomorrow's Tea to turn the Grundal back into bones. The Ninja are transformed back to their present ages, but Lloyd is rapidly aged up to an adolescent.[N 18] Garmadon attempts to change the past by stopping the Ninja team from forming, so the original four Ninja follow him into a time portal to the temporal point when Wu first recruited Kai. They manage to restore the timeline by using the Golden Weapons of the past to blast the Mega Weapon into space.[N 19] At Ninjago Museum, Lloyd is reunited with his mother, Misako.[N 20]
After being betrayed by Skales, Garmadon finds himself on the Dark Island with the disembodied voice of the Overlord. The venom of the Great Devourer seeps into catacombs beneath Ninjago and animates a Stone Army, which wreaks havoc on Ninjago City. Garmadon takes control of the Stone Army using the Helmet of Shadows.[N 21] The Ninja travel to the Dark Island to stop Garmadon and reach the Temple of Light to harness their elemental powers and bestow Golden Power on Lloyd.[N 22] They fail to stop the Celestial Clock from counting down to the final battle. Garmadon's super weapon, Garmatron, is used to fire dark matter into Ninjago.[N 23] The Overlord is revealed to be the dark lord from the prophecy. He possesses Garmadon and heads to Ninjago with his army.[N 24] The Ninja return to Ninjago on Ultra Dragon and are forced to defend Lloyd while being hit by dark matter, leaving Lloyd to confront the Overlord alone. The Overlord transforms into a massive dragon, but Lloyd uses his Golden Power to destroy the Overlord in an explosion of light, which purges Garmadon of evil and transforms Lloyd into the Golden Ninja.[N 25]
Season 3: Rebooted (2014)
Since the defeat of the Overlord, Ninjago has been rebuilt into a futuristic metropolis, and renamed New Ninjago City. Cyrus Borg, founder and CEO of Borg Industries, has rebuilt the city with technological advancements. Without an enemy to fight, the Ninja become teachers at Master Wu's Academy. One day, they receive clearance for a field trip to Borg Industries. Upon arrival, they meet a female android named P.I.X.A.L. Cyrus Borg gives the Ninja a golden statue as a gift, with the Techno Blades hidden inside. They ultimately learn that the Overlord has survived the final battle and is trapped inside the Digiverse as a computer virus. The Overlord takes control of Cyrus Borg and P.I.X.A.L. to create an army of Nindroids using Zane's blueprints.[N 26] The Digital Overlord plans to capture Lloyd and use his Golden Power to escape the Digiverse, but the Ninja are able to free P.I.X.A.L. from the Overlord's control. Meanwhile, Lloyd is trained by his father, Lord Garmadon. The Ninja travel to the power station with the aim of using the Techno Blades to shut down the power, but are forced to fight an army of Nindroids, led by General Cryptor. [N 27]
After the power station is destroyed, a stranger steals the hard drive containing the Digital Overlord and uses Electrocobrai to reactivate him. Wu is captured, transformed into a corrupted cyborg and attacks the Ninja.[N 28] They decide to go underground to find the Serpentine, who are now led by Skales, but the Serpentine are not able to help them defeat the Nindroids. Lloyd and Garmadon are attacked by corrupted Wu and Lloyd is captured. The Digital Overlord drains Lloyd of most of his Golden Power. The stranger is revealed to be Pythor, who survived the Great Devourer.[N 29] Borg tells the Ninja they can reboot the system and destroy the Digital Overlord by going into the Digiverse. They reboot the station by using the Golden Power and Lloyd escapes, but the Overlord manages to escape the digital realm half-formed.[N 30] Lloyd then gives up his remaining Golden Power at the Temple of Light by restoring the elemental powers of the original four Ninja. After Kai is captured by Pythor and the Nindroids, the Ninja discover a rocket named Arcturus that the Digital Overlord intends to use to retrieve the Golden Weapons from space.[N 31] After freeing Kai, they stow away on board the rocket and battle the Nindroids for the Golden Weapons but fail to obtain them when the Nindroids return to Ninjago.[N 32]
The Ninja return from space using elemental shields and prepare to confront the Digital Overlord, who has become the Golden Master, fulfilling an ancient Serpentine prophecy, and is now wreaking havoc on New Ninjago City. They try to shrink him with a shrinking pill, but this is thwarted by Pythor. With no other option, Zane sacrifices himself to destroy the Golden Master. However, Zane ultimately survives, trapped in Borg's systems, and rebuilds himself with the help of P.I.X.A.L.[N 33]
Season 4: Tournament of Elements (2015)
Following the loss of Zane, the team splits apart, but Lloyd seeks to rebuild it. The Ninja are reunited at Chen's Noodle House, where they discover that Zane is alive and are invited to compete in a tournament by Master Chen. Garmadon and the Ninja join a group of Elemental Masters and Chen's second-in-command, Clouse, on board a ferry. On Chen's island, Zane is being held prisoner and is now the Titanium Ninja.[N 34] Upon arrival, Kai falls in love with Skylor, the Elemental Master of Amber, and tries to impress her. The competitors compete to obtain Jade Blades to remain in the contest, while the losers are dropped into trap doors. The Ninja discover a secret tunnel which reveals Chen's Cultist Warriors.[N 35] When Jay and Cole are forced to compete against each other, Cole allows Jay to win.[N 36] He is put to work in Chen's Noodle Factory, but plans to escape.
The Ninja gain the trust of the Elemental Masters during a race between Lloyd and Chamille, the Elemental Master of Form. When Lloyd wins the race, Chen tries to change the results, but the Ninja are supported by the Elemental Masters.[N 37] Chen attempts to weaken the alliance by claiming that the winner will obtain the Staff of Elements, which he is secretly using to absorb their elemental powers. Dareth and Nya infiltrate the tournament, with Nya disguised as a kabuki, while Cole finds Zane and releases him. The Ninja realise that one of the Elemental Masters is a spy for Chen. It is later revealed that Skylor is not only the spy, but Chen's daughter.[N 38]
In the next contest, Chen sends the contestants to a jungle island to capture Nya. In the jungle, Kai and Skylor team up, but Skylor reveals herself as Chen's daughter and everyone aside from Garmadon, Lloyd, and Nya are captured.[N 39] Chen offers Kai greater power if he betrays the Ninja and Kai pretends to switch sides. When Lloyd is captured, Kai uses an opportune moment to take the Staff of Elements, which begins to corrupt him, but he manages to destroy it, which restores all the elemental powers.[N 40] In the jungle, Clouse and Garmadon fight, resulting in Garmadon throwing Clouse into a portal to the Cursed Realm. Chen and his army escape from the island but are pursued by the Ninja and Elemental Masters riding on their elemental dragons.[N 41]
When Chen performs a spell to transform his army into Anacondrai Warriors, he realises that to make the spell permanent, he needs the essence of a true Anacondrai. As Pythor is the last remaining Anacondrai, he is captured by Chen, who uses his sweat to complete the spell. Chen and his army then wage war against Ninjago.[N 42] A battle takes place at the Corridor of Elders, between the Ninja alliance and Chen's army. Pythor reveals to Garmadon that the only way to defeat Chen's army is for Garmadon to banish himself to the Cursed Realm to bring back the original Anacondrai generals. Garmadon accepts, resulting in the spirits of the Anacondrai generals banishing Chen and his army to the Cursed Realm. A single spirit flies out of the portal to the Cursed Realm, uttering the name "Morro".[N 43]
Season 5: Possession (2015)
When Lloyd is possessed by the spirit of Morro, the Ninja realise that they have lost their elemental powers. Morro attacks Wu and the Ninja to obtain Wu's staff, which has three symbols engraved upon it.[N 44] Morro successfully takes the staff, but Wu has made an imprint of the symbols. Wu explains that Morro was his first pupil and the Elemental Master of Wind. Morro believed that he would become the Green Ninja and was enraged to find out that he was not. He had set out to find the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master but never returned. Morro and his three ghost warriors begin their search for the Realm Crystal, which will allow Morro to release the Preeminent, the physical embodiment of the Cursed Realm, into Ninjago.
The first symbol on Wu's staff is a technique known as Airjitzu, which allows the user to levitate off the ground. To learn this technique, the Ninja travel to the city of Stiix to find Ronin, who stole the Scroll of Airjitzu from Domu Library. On the way, they encounter Chain Master Wrayth and learn that ghosts can be defeated with water.[N 45] In Stiix, they search for the scroll but are outwitted by Morro, who takes the scroll, learns Airjitzu and escapes.[N 46] The Ninja discover they can learn Airjitzu by visiting the Temple of Airjitzu. Meanwhile, Nya receives intensive training from Wu and begins to control the element of water. The Ninja visit the Temple of Airjitzu, which is haunted by the ghost of Master Yang, and they earn the Scroll of Airjitzu. Yang tries to trap them inside the temple, revealing that anyone who remains inside at dawn will become a ghost. The Ninja escape with the scroll, except for Cole, who doesn't get out in time and is transformed into a ghost. He remains in this form throughout Season 5 and Season 6.[N 47]
After learning Airjitzu, the Ninja race to obtain the second symbol, the Sword of Sanctuary. They ascend the Wailing Alps and use Airjitzu to pass through the Blind Man's Eye into a parallel realm called Cloud Kingdom.[N 48] Morro again outwits them, takes the sword and returns to Ninjago with the Ninja in pursuit. On the mountainside, Kai takes the sword from Morro and the Ninja use it to pinpoint the location of the third symbol, the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master.[N 49] When they arrive, they face three deadly tests before finding the Realm Crystal. There they encounter Morro, who releases Lloyd and escapes with the crystal. Lloyd is weak, but the Ninja find their elemental powers are returning. [N 50] Morro uses the Realm Crystal to release an army of ghosts and the Preeminent. The Ninja are forced to battle the army of ghosts but realise that they are being overwhelmed and retreat on a paddle steamer. Nya unlocks her True Potential and destroys the enemies with a huge wave. Wu tries to pull Morro from the grasp of the Preeminent but he dies as he hits the water. [N 51]
Season 6: Skybound (2016)
Clouse (who is now a ghost escaped from the Cursed Realm) finds the Teapot of Tyrahn and frees the evil Djinn, Nadakhan. He grants Clouse three wishes, trapping him inside the teapot and then searches for the Realm Crystal to reunite his crew of Sky Pirates. When he discovers that the Ninja are protecting it, he frames them, which results in them becoming wanted criminals. The Ninja split up to escape but Nadakhan imprisons Wu and Misako in the teapot.[N 52] Nadakhan finds the Realm Crystal in the Hiroshi Labyrinth Stronghold. In Kryptarium Prison, the Ninja meet Captain Soto, who explains that they must use a drop of Tiger Widow venom to weaken Nadakhan, so they head for the location of the last Tiger Widow spider. Nadakhan frees his crew from across the Sixteen Realms and they repair Misfortune's Keep. They visit his home realm, Djinjago and discover that it is deteriorating, caused by the Ninja destroying the Cursed Realm. Khanjkhan gives Nadakhan the Djinn Blade, which Nadakhan uses to slash the Teapot of Tyrahn, causing the souls of Clouse, Wu, and Misako to transfer into the sword. He returns to Ninjago and swears revenge on the Ninja.[N 53]
Nadakhan tricks Jay into making his first wish. To impress Nya, Jay wishes he was rich and was never born in a junkyard and, as a result, discovers that he was adopted and that his real father is a famous actor. Nadakhan then traps Kai and Zane in his sword. He begins his plan to create New Djinjago by raising pieces of Ninjago into the sky.[N 54] The Ninja reach Tiger Widow Island and Jay extracts the venom. He is imprisoned on Misfortune's Keep.[N 55] Nadakhan reveals his plan to wed Nya (who resembles his lost love Delara), which will give him the power of infinite wishes. Lloyd, Jay, Cole and Nya are captured by the Sky Pirates and they waste their remaining wishes in combat, aside from Jay, who still has one wish remaining. Nadakhan traps Lloyd and Cole inside the sword, leaving only Jay and Nya still free. They escape by creating a fusion dragon of water and lightning.[N 56] In their last stand against the Sky Pirates, Nya pushes Jay into a portal and is captured.[N 57]
Jay gathers allies and they reach New Djinjago on a rising piece of land. He obtains the Djinn Blade and is struck with it to be transported into the blade to release the Ninja, Wu and Misako.[N 58] The wedding ceremony is completed and Nadakhan becomes all powerful with the ability of infinite wishes. In the ensuing battle, Flintlocke shoots Nadakhan with the venom, but Nya is also hit and dies in Jay's arms. Jay makes a final wish that the Teapot of Tyrahn had never been found. As a result, Nadakhan is forced to grant Jay his final wish, which causes the entire season's events to be reversed. Only Jay and Nya remember these events and they embrace. Clouse finds the teapot, but is chased away by locals, ensuring that Nadakhan is never released again.[N 59]
Special: Day of the Departed (2016)
Day of the Departed was a Halloween TV special that takes place after the events of Season 6 and prior to Season 7. The Day of the Departed is a sacred holiday that is celebrated by the people of Ninjago to commemorate their fallen ancestors and friends. On this day, the Ninja split up to remember their ancestors and spend time with family members. During a visit to Ninjago History Museum, Cole (who is still a ghost) realizes that he is starting to fade away and, after discovering the Yin Blade, decides to visit the floating Temple of Airjitzu to confront the ghost of Master Yang.
At the temple, Cole accidentally uses the Yin Blade to open a portal to the Departed Realm, thereby releasing the spirits of the Ninjas’ old enemies, which include Samukai, Kozu, Cryptor, Chen and Morro, whom are also joined by Pythor. The spirits possess their mannequins in Ninjago History Museum, which brings them to life. Cole is detained at the temple by Yang's ghost students. Yang then tells the villains that they can stay in Ninjago if they defeat each of the Ninja that defeated them. Yang seizes the Yin Blade from Cole and explains that he intends to use the blade to tear open the Rift of Return, so that he can be revived. The Ninja are under attack from their old revived enemies, but successfully defeat them one by one. In the meantime, Cole is forced to fight Yang's students as he follows Yang up to the temple roof. Yang uses Airjitzu in an attempt to reach the Rift, but Cole stops him and they fight.
When the Ninja are reunited, they realize that they had almost forgotten about Cole. They return to the Temple of Airjitzu as Cole is battling Yang. Cole's spirit is bolstered at the sight of his friends and he shatters the Yin Blade. This frees Yang's students, who are able to cross through the Rift and become human again. Yang tells Cole that he wanted to be remembered, but Cole replies that he will be remembered as the creator of Airjitzu. They agree to cross through the Rift together, but during the ascent, Yang decides to stay at the temple to settle his debts and launches Cole into the Rift. The Ninja soon discover that Cole has returned, now in human form once more. The Ninja celebrate the return of their friend and decide to use the Temple of Airjitzu as their new base.
Season 7: The Hands of Time (2017)
Acronix emerges from the time vortex, after being trapped for 40 years, and Master Wu challenges him in combat. During the fight, the Forward Time Blade arrives through the vortex and Acronix uses it to hit Wu with a time punch that accelerates his aging. Acronix reunites with his brother Krux. Wu relates the history of the Hands of Time, twin brothers, who were once allied with the Elemental Masters, but betrayed them. Ray and Maya had forged four Time Blades, which Wu and Garmadon used to absorb the twins' elemental powers, before banishing them into the vortex. Krux had emerged from the vortex years ago and disguised himself as Dr. Sander Saunders, curator of the Ninjago History Museum.[N 60]
The Hands of Time proceed with their master plan. Krux has bred an army of Vermillion Warriors formed from snakes. The twins abduct Cyrus Borg and various workers from Ninjago City to build the Iron Doom, a time travelling mech. The Ninja attempt to fight the Vermillion but discover that they can immediately reform upon defeat.[N 61] Kai visits Ninjago History Museum and fights the Time Twins with Nya. Krux tells Kai that his parents were traitors and helped the Hands of Time forge the Vermillion armour.[N 62] The Vermillion recover the Slow-Mo Time Blade from the desert, but the Ninja take it from them.[N 63] The Vermillion then launch an attack on the Temple of Airjitzu and during the battle, the Hands of Time escape with both Time Blades and Wu as their captive.[N 64] They retrieve the Pause Time Blade from the top of a mountain.
The Ninja split up to rescue Cyrus, the workers and Wu. Kai visits the Blacksmith Shop and confronts his father, calling him a traitor. His parents explain that they were forced to work for Krux and that 40 years ago they hid the Reversal Time Blade in a secret location. The Hands of Time force Kai and Nya to retrieve the Reversal Blade from the Boiling Sea.[N 65] They travel to its location by creating a Fusion Dragon, but on their return are attacked by Krux and Acronix, resulting in Ray being hit by the Forward Time Blade, which rapidly advances his age.[N 66]
The Hands of Time travel back 40 years to the same temporal point when they battled the Elemental Masters. The Vermillion Warriors attack the Monastery, but Kai, Nya and Wu, who have followed them into the vortex, join the fight and the Elemental Masters get the upper hand. During the battle, the Time Twins alter history by forcing Wu to yield and this reverts present-day Ninjago to its pre-technology age. Kai and Nya ride the Fusion Dragon to battle the Iron Doom. The Hands of Time open another time vortex to escape, but Kai, Nya and Wu confront them. During the fight, Wu rips out the Reversal Blade, sabotaging the Iron Doom in the process. Kai and Nya are thrown off the mech with the Reversal Blade and return to the present day. Ninjago is restored to its technological glory and Kai uses the Reversal Time Blade to cure his father's rapid aging. Krux, Acronix and Wu are lost in time aboard the Iron Doom.[N 67]
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon (2018)
The Sons of Garmadon, a criminal biker gang, steals the Oni Mask of Vengeance. The Ninja are summoned by the Royal Family, who ask them to protect the Oni Mask of Deception. There they meet Princess Harumi.[N 68] At night, Lloyd follows a figure out of the palace and discovers that it is Harumi. They hand out food to children and Lloyd develops feelings for the princess. The Sons of Garmadon attack the Royal Palace and Lloyd escapes with Harumi.[N 69] Lloyd, Jay, Zane and Cole visit Mistaké's Tea Shop. She relates the "Tale of the Oni and the Dragon", while Cole and Zane head to the police station. Mistaké tells Lloyd that the Sons of Garmadon want to use the three Oni Masks to resurrect Lord Garmadon in a purely evil form. At the police station, Zane and Cole trick Luke Cunningham into revealing the hangout of the biker gang. They go to Laughy's in disguise, and when Cole's cover is blown he is taken prisoner, but Zane is recruited as "Snake Jaguar".[N 70] They force Zane to take part in a motorbike race, but a phone call from "The Quiet One", the gang's leader, reveals that Zane is a spy. Zane is forced to fight Mr. E, who knocks him off a cliff and nearly destroys him. Cole escapes from his cell at the gang's base and finds a baby, who he takes with him.[N 71]
The Ninja find Zane and reboot his systems, unaware that Mr. E has planted a mechanical spider on him that sabotages the Bounty and P.I.X.A.L. While caring for the baby, the Ninja discover the location of the Mask of Hatred. When the Samurai Mech captures Harumi, Lloyd jumps onto it and they plummet to the ground. Nya uses rain to slow the descent of the Bounty and they crash into the jungle.[N 72] The Ninja notice that the baby is now a toddler and realise that he is Wu. P.I.X.A.L. discovers that the signal from The Quiet One came from the Bounty, proving that the leader is Harumi.[N 73] The Ninja are captured by the Sons of Garmadon, while Lloyd and Harumi locate the Oni Temple. Lloyd realises that Harumi is The Quiet One and they fight over the mask, but Harumi escapes. The Sons of Garmadon leave with the three Oni Masks and Destiny's Bounty.[N 74]
The Sons of Garmadon take Lloyd and Misako to the Temple of Resurrection and lock them in cells. Harumi performs the ritual that resurrects Lord Garmadon.The Ninja manage to stop the ritual and the police arrest the gang. Back at the temple, it is revealed that the ritual worked and Garmadon is resurrected.[N 75] He frees Harumi and they go to Kryptarium Prison to release the prisoners. Lloyd confronts his father alone and they engage in a brutal fight in which Lloyd is badly beaten.[N 76] Garmadon conquers Ninjago by creating a stone Colossus. Lloyd wakes up and discovers that his elemental powers have gone. He takes Wu and flees with Harumi in pursuit. Lloyd throws Wu to the Ninja on Destiny's Bounty. The Colossus grabs the Bounty and crushes it, but before it is destroyed, the Ninja use Traveller's Tea to escape. Lloyd mourns their loss and goes into hiding, unaware that they have survived.[N 77]
Season 9: Hunted (2018)
With Emperor Garmadon ruling Ninjago City, Lloyd, Nya and their allies are forced into hiding. Lloyd feels helpless, but finds hope when Mistaké tells him that the Ninja have survived.[N 78] Lloyd, Nya, and several Elemental Masters form a resistance against Lord Garmadon. The resistance infiltrates Borg Tower and Lloyd broadcasts a message of hope to the people of Ninjago.[N 79] The Sons of Garmadon ambush their secret base, but Lloyd, Nya, Skylor and Dareth escape.
Meanwhile, the other four Ninja and Wu (who has been rapidly aged up to a child and later to a teenager), are surviving in the Realm of Oni and Dragons. Kai, Jay and Zane are captured by Iron Baron and his band of Dragon Hunters and forced to compete in the Dragon Pit, a gladiator-style arena. Cole and Wu plot the Ninja's escape and succeed when Firstbourne, the Mother of all Dragons, attacks the camp. During the chaos, Kai sets free the dragons that are held in captivity.[N 80] In the wilderness, the Ninja meet a rogue Dragon Hunter named Faith. She tells the story of how the First Spinjitzu Master shared a connection with Firstbourne by wearing his Dragon Armour.[N 81] Wu, Faith and the Ninja set off to find Firstbourne's nest. On the journey, Faith trains the Ninja to use chain rifles to take down large dragons.
In Ninjago City, Lloyd discovers that Mistaké can shapeshift because she is an Oni. They plan to take down the Sons of Garmadon and eventually capture Harumi.[N 82] Mistaké takes the form of Harumi to get Skylor close to Garmadon so that she can absorb his power. Unfortunately, Harumi arrives at Borg Tower at the same moment that Mistaké is impersonating her.[N 83] Mistaké reveals her true Oni form and battles with Garmadon. During the fight, Skylor absorbs Garmadon's power and escapes, but Mistaké is killed. Skylor attempts to control Garmadon's Colossus using his power, but it poisons her. The Colossus falls onto a building, which collapses and kills Harumi, while Lloyd and Nya flee the city.
In the First Realm, the Ninja are hunted down once again and captured, so Wu promises to lead Iron Baron to the Dragon Armour.[N 84] When they arrive at Firstbourne's nest, Iron Baron seizes the armour, but Wu reveals that it was not the armour that caused Firstbourne to trust his father, but the goodness in his heart. Firstbourne encases Iron Baron inside molten rock, allowing Wu to take the armour. With the help of Firstbourne, the Ninja and Wu are able to return to Ninjago on the dragons.[N 85]
Lloyd and the Ninja are reunited in Ninjago City and plan a final battle with Garmadon. Wu and Lloyd fly to Borg Tower on Firstbourne to confront Garmadon. Meanwhile, the Ninja attempt to bring down the Colossus using their chain rifles and are able to defeat it with the help of Ninjago citizens. Lloyd battles with his father at the top of Borg Tower, but realises that the fight fuels his father's powers and learns to resist him rather than fight back. As a result, Garmadon's powers are diminished and Lloyd's elemental power returns. Ninjago is finally free from Garmadon's reign, but before Garmadon is arrested, he warns Lloyd that a new threat is coming.[N 86]
Season 10: March of the Oni (2019)
Since Lord Garmadon's defeat, Ninjago City has been rebuilt. However, when Lloyd visits his father in Kryptarium Prison, Garmadon warns him that the "Bringers of Doom" are coming, but Lloyd refuses to listen. Meanwhile, the Ninja are presented with a newly rebuilt Destiny's Bounty. Garmadon's warnings soon prove to be justified when the Oni invade Ninjago by entering through the Realm Crystal. A darkness spreads across Ninjago City and petrifies anyone who touches it. On board Destiny's Bounty, the Ninja race to Ninjago City to rescue the citizens from the darkness. However, when the Ninja use their elemental powers against the dark cloud, they discover that they have no impact. Lloyd visits his father in Kryptarium Prison for advice. With no other choice, the Ninja release Garmadon from prison and form an uneasy alliance with him in an attempt to defeat the Oni and save Ninjago from the darkness.[N 87]
Back on the Bounty, Garmadon tells the Ninja that the only way to save Ninjago is to destroy the Realm Crystal, which is located at Borg Tower. Lloyd and Garmadon agree that they alone can safely venture into the darkness and not be petrified because of their Oni blood. While Lloyd and Garmadon enter the darkness, the Ninja receive a distress signal from the NGTV building. They decide to go and help the people trapped there, while P.I.X.A.L. stays behind to help Lloyd and Garmadon. When Lloyd and Garmadon reach the Realm Crystal, Garmadon tries to destroy it, but they are confronted by the Omega, the Oni leader.[N 88] While fighting the Omega and the Oni, Lloyd destroys the Realm Crystal with the Sword of Sanctuary, but it fails to stop them. Lloyd and Garmadon then find the Armour of the Golden Master and realise that it causes the Oni to recoil. They escape from Borg Tower, taking the armour with them and are picked up by P.I.X.A.L. As the Ninja are helping people escape at the NGTV building, Nya accidentally pushes the thrust lever the wrong way and Cole, who is hanging from a ladder, falls from the Destiny's Bounty into the darkness, seemingly killing him.[N 89]
After Lloyd and Garmadon return, the Ninja fly to the Monastery of Spinjitzu so that Kai can reforge the Golden Weapons, believing that this can stop the Oni. When the Oni attack the Monastery, a battle takes place outside the walls. During the battle, the Ninja are slowly overwhelmed by the growing Oni horde, but Cole arrives in the Earth Driller and the Ninja realise that he has survived. When all hope seems lost, the Ninja, Wu and Garmadon join forces and Jay asks Nya to be his Yang. They use Spinjitzu to make the Tornado of Creation, which results in the Oni's destruction. After the battle, Lloyd experiences a vision where he meets the First Spinjitzu Master, who thanks him for saving Ninjago. Garmadon leaves for parts unknown as the Ninja celebrate their victory and shared history by placing their handprints on the wall mural of the Monastery of Spinjitzu.[N 90]
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu (2019–20)
The Fire Chapter
After defeating the Oni, the Ninja have become lazy and out of shape. They decide to search for a new threat to face, but Ninjago is at peace.[N 91] They find their next quest when Clutch Powers discovers an ancient pyramid.[N 92] The tomb is a prison for a snake queen named Aspheera, who is unwittingly released by the Ninja. She steals Kai's powers and uses them to revive her army of Pyro Vipers, with the aim of conquering Ninjago and exacting revenge on the "Treacherous Deceiver".[N 93] The Ninja are trapped in the pyramid, but rescued by P.I.X.A.L.[N 94] They learn about the Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu, which grant the user great powers, but can also corrupt them.[N 95] Wu eventually admits that he is the "Treacherous Deceiver", and explains that he befriended Aspheera and taught her Spinjitzu, but she used it for evil by taking over the Serpentine.[N 96] As a result, Wu and Garmadon were forced to defeat Aspheera using Forbidden Spinjitzu and imprisoned her inside the pyramid.[N 97] After Aspheera steals one of the scrolls from the museum, the Ninja go after the other at the Explorers Club, while Aspheera attacks the Monastery of Spinjitzu.[N 98] The Ninja defeat Aspheera, but Zane is hit with the scroll's power and is transported to the Never-Realm.[N 99] Wu volunteers to rescue Zane, but the Ninja overpower him and go instead, before Wu can warn them that there is no way to return.[N 100]
The Ice Chapter
The Ninja reach the Never-Realm and arrive at a village, where they meet the elder, Sorla and help the locals fend off the Blizzard Samurai, led by the Ice Emperor and his advisor, Vex.[N 101] The Ninja believe that Zane was captured by the Ice Emperor and decide to stay at the village, where Kai attempts to regain his powers.[N 102] Cole leaves to find the Traveller's Tree to collect some leaves for the Traveller's Tea so that they can return home. He befriends Krag, the last surviving Yeti, and Lloyd leaves to find Zane's mech.[N 103] Along the way, Lloyd befriends a Formling named Akita, who can transform into a wolf and wishes to exact revenge on the Ice Emperor for freezing her people.[N 104] Meanwhile, the village is attacked by the Ice Emperor's dragon Boreal, forcing the remaining Ninja to flee and continue their journey. Lloyd and Akita are later attacked by Boreal, who kidnaps Lloyd and carries him to the Ice Emperor, who is revealed to be Zane.[N 105] After being transported to the Never-Realm decades into the past, he lost his memory and was manipulated by Vex, a Formling who wished to exact revenge on his people. Zane was led to believe he was the Ice Emperor and the two then dethroned the ruler of the realm, Grimfax. Zane used the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu to corrupt Grimfax's warriors, turning them into the Blizzard Warriors.[N 106] Lloyd is locked in a cell and meets Akita's brother, Kataru. They form an alliance with Grimfax to dethrone Zane and liberate the Never-Realm.[N 107] Kai recovers his powers, destroying Boreal, and Zane recovers his memories after Vex attempts to kill Lloyd. Zane destroys his sceptre, which restores peace to the Never-Realm. Grimfax regains his throne, Vex is banished for his crimes, and the Ninja return to Ninjago.[N 108]
Season 12: Prime Empire (2020)
When the old, legendary video game Prime Empire resurfaces, players begin to disappear into the game, including Jay (who loves playing video games).[N 109] The Ninja discover that the game's creator, Milton Dyer, has also disappeared and nobody has seen him for years.[N 110] With the suspicion that Dyer is a villain named Unagami, Lloyd, Cole, Kai and Nya enter the virtual world of Prime Empire to stop Dyer's avatar, while Zane and P.I.X.A.L. remain outside to find Dyer in the real world.[N 111] They meet "The League of Jay", a group of Jay fans who lead them to a player named Scott. He explains that players only get four lives in the game and after losing their last life, they are turned into digital cubes and disappear.[N 112] Once reunited with Jay, the Ninja travel across three game zones to obtain three Key-Tanas, which unlock the final challenge at the Temple of Madness. On the journey, they are hunted by Unagami's digital troops, the Red Visors. In the first game zone, Terra Karana, the Ninja meet a non-player character (NPC) called Okino, who helps them through many deadly challenges. In the boss battle, the Ninja win the fight against the Red Dragon to obtain the purple Key-Tana.[N 113] The yellow Key-Tana is obtained by winning the Speedway Five-Billion, a dangerous race in the second game zone, Terra Technica. Lloyd recruits Racer Seven, another NPC, but she is followed by the Red Visors.[N 114] Scott sacrifices himself to help the Ninja escape and is transformed into a digital cube. The Ninja manage to win the Speedway Five-Billion, but Kai and Cole are both cubed during the race.[N 115] Lloyd, Jay and Nya continue their journey to obtain the final Key-tana in the third game zone, Terra Domina. There Lloyd is forced to battle an avatar of Harumi. He defeats her and obtains the orange Key-Tana, but is cubed in the process.[N 116]
In the real world, Zane discovers the location of Dyer, only to get captured by the Mechanic.[N 117] When P.I.X.A.L. finds Dyer, he reveals that Scott was a test player who became trapped inside the game (which was named Unagami), when Dyer requested that Scott receive an intense gaming experience. Dyer shut the game down, but Unagami survived. Zane is forced to give the Prime Empire motherboard to the Mechanic, who uses it to create a portal from the game into the real world.[N 118]
In Prime Empire, Jay and Nya reach a digital sushi restaurant in the Temple of Madness, but Nya is cubed after being defeated by an NPC called Sushimi. After reaching the final level, Jay confronts Unagami, who transforms himself into the Empire Dragon. Jay follows him through the portal into the real world by riding on his Cyber Dragon.[N 119] Back in the real world, Jay lures Unagami to the top of Borg Tower. Dyer apologises to Unagami, who forgives him. He agrees to release all the players and NPCs who are trapped inside the game. Unagami, who is now a child, and Dyer are finally reunited.[N 120]
Season 13: Master of the Mountain (2020)
The Ninja and Master Wu are invited to the Kingdom of Shintaro.[N 121] They meet King Vangelis and his daughter Vania, who takes an interest in Cole. That night, a Geckle enters Cole's room, who discovers that the creature has his mother's necklace. Vania takes Cole to a secret entrance that leads into the Dungeons of Shintaro. They discover the Geckles and the Munce, two tribes forced to work in the mines by an evil Skull Sorcerer, but Cole is taken prisoner.[N 122]
Vania leads the Ninja to the dungeons, but they are captured by the Awakened Warriors, who can be revived by the sorcerer's Skull of Hazza D'ur.[N 123] One of the Geckles tells Cole about the Blades of Deliverance, which were wielded by a warrior named "Gilly" who freed the tribes from a dragon called Grief-Bringer. The theft of the blades caused a rift between the two tribes. The Ninja escape and free the tribes. They split up, with Kai and Zane taking a tunnel with the Geckles, and Lloyd, Jay and Nya taking another tunnel with the Munce. Cole is forced to take a different tunnel by the Skull Sorcerer.[N 124]
Nya, Jay, and Lloyd meet the Queen of the Munce, Murtessa, who takes a liking to Jay. Murtessa challenges Nya to a duel, who wins and becomes Queen of the Munce.[N 125] Meanwhile, Kai and Zane are accused by Geckle Chancellor Gulch of working for the Skull Sorcerer and are forced to undergo a "Trial by Mino". After winning the trial, Kai and Zane notice Gleck is wearing Cole's necklace. They realise that "Gilly" was Cole's mother Lilly. Gulch resigns as Chancellor and gives the position to Kai.[N 126]
Vania decides to go after Cole and saves him from giant spiders. They return to the surface and inform Wu about the Ninjas' predicament. They consult King Vangelis, but he reveals that he is the Skull Sorcerer. Vangelis presses a button that opens a trap door and Cole, Wu and Vania fall into the abyss.[N 127] After a safe landing at Rock-Bottom, Wu, Cole, and Vania are met by Fungus, Korgran and Plundar who call themselves "The Lowly".[N 128] They reveal that they were sent to retrieve the skull but Vangelis banished them to Rock-Bottom. Cole decides to change the team name to "The Upply".[N 129] The Upply, Cole, Wu and Vania discover the Heart of the Mountain, a legendary temple of the Masters of Earth. Wu explains to Cole the teaching of the Spinjitzu Burst, who then finds and operates a mech to return the group to the surface.
Nya and Kai lead the tribes to a peace meeting, but are ambushed by the undead dragon, Grief-Bringer, who forces the tribes to flee into a Strong-Cave. The Skull Sorcerer tricks Lloyd into believing that the Munce and Geckles can go free, but he enslaves them and the Ninja are captured.[N 130] Cole and his crew venture underground to fight the Skull Sorcerer. Cole confronts him with the Blades of Deliverance, but discovers that they are powerless. He has a flashback of his mother Lilly, which unlocks the Spinjitzu Burst and destroys the Skull, Awakened Warriors and Grief-Bringer. Vania arrives with Wu and the Winged Guards of Shintaro, who arrest Vangelis and crown Vania as Queen of Shintaro.[N 131]
Season 14: The Island (2021)
An expedition led by Misako, Master Wu, Clutch Powers and his assistants goes missing while exploring an uncharted island in the storm belt. The ninja must pick up their trail with the help of Timothy “Twitchy Tim” Batterson. Having journeyed to the island years ago, Tim is still scared to go due to being struck by lightning twelve times at the island. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. After surviving their journey, the ninja venture to the island, where they unexpectedly befriend a friendly dragon and name it Zippy, and are ambushed by living statues. While trying to escape the stone guardians, Nya, Zane, Kai and Cole are captured by the Keepers and encounter Misako, Master Wu and Clutch Powers in captivity. Luckily, Lloyd and Tim manage to escape. Meanwhile, Jay is taken to an unknown location by the chief. The Ninja have to watch Jay being given away by the Keepers to appease the reawakened storm spirit Wojira. However, when Lloyd finds a fake wooden tooth, they find out that Ronin was behind this scheme in order to trick the Keepers into giving him their gold. While the ninja are battling Ronin’s henchmen, he tries to escape but is stopped by Tim, who conquers his fear and crashes a ship onto Ronin’s fake Wojira bot. During the aftermath of the battle, Clutch Powers tries to steal the amulet, but Nya stops him and the ninja continue on their next adventure. In the final scene, the real Wojira is sleeping under the island in the bottom of the ocean with another amulet on its forehead.
Season 15: Seabound (2021)
While trying to stop a criminal named Mrs Demeanor from smuggling vengestone, Nya begins losing control of her powers when she tried to stop one of the truck carrying vengestone. When the ninja deliver the news to Master Wu, he tells them how his father once controlled all the elements but never wind and water because they belonged to Wojira, a storm spirit that fell into a deep slumber when a Merlopian warrior and pride one of her amulets on her forehead.
Cast and characters
- Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon (voiced by Jillian Michaels in Seasons 1–7 and Sam Vincent in Seasons 8-present) is the Green Ninja and Elemental Master of Energy, which grants him the ability to manipulate energy. He is the current leader of the Ninja, son of Garmadon and Misako, nephew of Master Wu and the grandson of the First Spinjitzu Master. He frequently wields either a katana or a pair of dual katanas. Lloyd made his debut in Season 1 as a mischievous child wanting to be an evil warlord like his father. This resulted in childish schemes that were foiled by the original four Ninja. Lloyd was reformed by the Ninja and Master Wu, Lloyd's paternal uncle, and eventually discovered his destiny as the Green Ninja. While initially mischievous and naive, Lloyd has been tempered by experience into a mature, wise and skilled ninja. Though still the youngest member of the team, he has emerged as the natural leader of the Ninja.
- Kai (voiced by Vincent Tong) is the red ninja and Elemental Master of Fire. Like Lloyd, he frequently wields either a katana or dual katanas. His elemental power grants him limited pyrokinesis and heat resistance. Kai is fiercely loyal to his friends and family, often willing to do anything to ensure their safety. He often acts on emotion instead of reason, causing him to be hotheaded, cocky, and rash. He also has a strong sense of responsibility towards his friends. Kai is the elder brother of Nya and son of Ray and Maya. His love interest is Skylor Chen.
- Jay Walker (born Jay Gordon) (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is the blue ninja and Elemental Master of Lightning. He frequently wields nunchucks and more recently, a kusarigama. His elemental power grants him limited electricity manipulation. He is also a skilled mechanic and is technologically savvy. Jay is inventive and quick-witted, often using comedy to alleviate stressful situations. He is easily excitable and prone to freaking out when in crises but like the other Ninja is intensely loyal to his friends, especially his girlfriend Nya. He is the son of Cliff Gordon and the previous Elemental Master of Lightning, but was adopted and raised by Ed and Edna Walker.
- Zane (voiced by Brent Miller) is the white/titanium ninja and Elemental Master of Ice. He frequently wields three-pointed shuriken and, more recently, a bow and arrow. His elemental power grants him limited cryokinesis. Zane is intelligent and calculating, often providing intel to the Ninja when required. Initially, he lacks normal social skills, such as a sense of humour, but it is later revealed that Zane is secretly an android (or "nindroid"), a fact unknown to both the Ninja and Zane himself. Though he is still logical and matter-of-fact by nature, his brotherhood with the other Ninja has enabled him to develop more human characteristics. He is the son/creation of Dr. Julien.
- Cole (voiced by Kirby Morrow from Season 1 to Ninjago: Season 3) is the grounded and solid black ninja and Elemental Master of Earth. He frequently wields a scythe and, in recent seasons, a war hammer. His elemental power grants him limited earth manipulation and super strength. The original leader of the Ninja, he is loyal to his friends and family and has a special love for food, especially cake. He is the son of Lou, a member of a barbershop quartet, and Lilly, the previous Elemental Master of Earth.
- Nya (voiced by Kelly Metzger) is the grey/blue ninja, Elemental Master of Water and the original Samurai X. She frequently wields a sword and, more recently, a trident. In early seasons she wore red as Samurai X and later, dark red. Since the release of The Lego Ninjago Movie, she has primarily been depicted in gunmetal grey. Her elemental power grants her limited hydrokinesis. Originally not a part of the Ninja team, Nya joins when her skills as the Elemental Master of Water are needed to defeat the ghosts and the Preeminent in Season 5. Tough and determined, she refuses to let anyone tell her what to do. Though she can sometimes be stubborn, Nya cares about her friends and family, often making the most mature decisions of the group and serving as emotional support. A skilled mechanic, she often constructs vehicles for the other Ninja. Nya is Kai's younger sister and the daughter of Ray and Maya.
- P.I.X.A.L. (Primary Interactive X-ternal Assistant Life-form) (voiced by Jennifer Hayward) is a female nindroid who was originally an assistant to her creator/father Cyrus Borg. She joins the Ninja team after being influenced by her fellow nindroid Zane. She is disassembled in Season 4, but is then uploaded into Zane's system as an artificial intelligence. In Season 7, she secretly rebuilds herself and becomes the new Samurai X. She often provides technical support to the Ninja while serving as Zane's love interest.
- Sensei/Master Wu (voiced by Paul Dobson, Caleb Skeris as a baby, Madyx Whiteway as a child) is the wise, ancient master of the Ninja who frequently wields his father's staff. He is Lloyd's uncle, younger son of the First Spinjitzu Master and brother to Garmadon. Because of his Oni heritage, Wu has lived for over a thousand years.
- Lord Garmadon (voiced by Mark Oliver, Kai Emmett as a child) is Lloyd's father, Wu's older brother, Misako's estranged husband, and older son of the First Spinjitzu Master. Garmadon is the main antagonist for the first two seasons but is later cleansed of evil and becomes a sensei to the Ninja. In Season 4 he is sacrificed to the Cursed Realm and resurrected in Season 8 as a being of pure evil. He proceeds to conquer Ninjago, proclaiming himself as the realm's new emperor. He serves as one of two main antagonists of Season 9. However at the end of the season, Garmadon's reign of terror is finally brought to an end and he is imprisoned in Kryptarium Prison. In Season 10, he is released to help the Ninja defeat the Oni, after which he walks free. His whereabouts are currently unknown. Because of his Oni heritage, Garmadon has lived for over a thousand years.
- First Spinjitzu Master (voiced by Jim Conrad) is the legendary inventor of Spinjitzu, father of Wu and Garmadon, and grandfather of Lloyd. Originally from the Realm of Oni and Dragons, he created the realm of Ninjago and fought the Overlord, trapping him on the Dark Island. He died long before the start of the series.
- Misako (voiced by Kathleen Barr) is Garmadon's estranged wife and Lloyd's mother who works as an archaeologist.
- Dr. Julien (voiced by Mark Oliver) is an inventor and the creator/father of Zane. He is presumed dead until Season 2 when Dr. Julien reveals that Samukai had revived and imprisoned him. He briefly travels with the Ninja after they find him at the Lighthouse Prison, but dies sometime between Seasons 2 and 3.
- Ed Walker (voiced by Colin Murdock) is the adoptive father of Jay and the husband of Edna Walker, as well as the co-owner of Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk.
- Edna Walker (voiced by Jillian Michaels) is the adoptive mother of Jay and the wife of Ed Walker, as well as the co-owner of Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk.
- Lou (voiced by Kirby Morrow) is Cole's father, Lilly's husband, and notable member of the Royal Blacksmiths, a famous song and dance troupe.
- Lilly (voiced by Erin Mathews) is Cole's mother and the former Elemental Master of Earth. She passed away before the start of the series, but in Season 13 is revealed to have been a great warrior who freed Shintaro Mountain from evil by defeating Grief-Bringer. In doing so, she became a legend to the Geckles and Munce, who call her Gilly and Milly respectively.
- Ray (voiced by Vincent Tong) is Kai and Nya's father, Maya's husband and the former Elemental Master of Fire. He previously fought alongside his wife with Masters Wu and Garmadon as part of the First Elemental Alliance during the First Serpentine War. He is a skilled blacksmith.
- Maya (voiced by Jillian Michaels) is Kai and Nya's mother, Ray's wife and the former Elemental Master of Water. She previously fought alongside her husband with Masters Wu and Garmadon as part of the First Elemental Alliance during the First Serpentine War.
- Dareth (voiced by Alan Marriott) is the bumbling self-proclaimed "Brown Ninja" and Grand Sensei of Dareth's Mojo Dojo. He is a frequent ally of the Ninja both by choice and coincidence.
- Mistaké (voiced by Mackenzie Gray Seasons 1–2, Mark Oliver Season 4–5, Tabitha St. Germain Seasons 8–9) is a grouchy but wise old lady who owns a tea shop that sells rare tea with magical properties. In Season 9, she is revealed to be a shapeshifter and an Oni in disguise. In the same season, it is implied that she was killed by Garmadon.
- Cyrus Borg (voiced by Lee Tockar) is a tech genius, inventor and head of Borg Industries. He is the creator/father of P.I.X.A.L. and has invented many cutting-edge electronic tools and gadgets. He first sought out the Ninja in Season 3 after the Digital Overlord overtook his computer systems. Throughout the series he has built a variety of tools, security systems, machines, and vehicles to assist the Ninja.
- Ronin (voiced by Brian Dobson) is a thief, mercenary and bounty hunter, motivated by self-interest who will sometimes assist the Ninja if it suits his needs. However, he will easily double cross them if he is paid well. He makes his first appearance in the show in Season 5. In Season 14, he serves as the true main antagonist, using a fake Wojira bot to trick the Keeper into giving them their gold. He and his henchmen (who are the criminals that he has captured over the years) are defeated by the Ninja and sentenced to imprisonment on the Keepers' island.
- Police Commissioner (voiced by Michael Donovan) is the head of the Ninjago Police. He was originally introduced in Season 6 as an antagonist who pursued the Ninja when they were framed for committing various crimes by Nadakhan. Since then, he has assisted them both personally and with the full backing of the police force.
- Nelson (voiced by David Reynolds) is the honorary "Purple Ninja". In Season 6, he is confined to a wheelchair due to breaking his legs and is made a ninja for a day for the Grant-a-Wish Foundation. In Season 11 onwards, he becomes a paperboy.
- Clutch Powers (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is an adventurer and a suspended member of the Explorers Club. In Season 11, he helps the Ninja to explore the pyramid that entombs Aspheera. He appears again in Season 14. The character originally appeared in Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers.
- Skylor Chen (voiced by Heather Doerksen) is the Elemental Master of Amber and Master Chen's daughter. She has the ability to temporarily absorb and use other elemental powers. In Season 4 she operates as a spy for her father in the Tournament of Elements and is tasked with disrupting the Ninja and their alliance. Though she initially helps her father to steal the elemental powers of the other masters, Kai convinces her to switch sides and she ultimately betrays Chen and helps to return the stolen elemental powers. It is revealed by Chen that Skylor inherited the power of Amber from her mother. She has reappeared as an ally of the Ninja in subsequent seasons and is the romantic interest of Kai.
- Karlof (voiced by Scott McNeil) is the Elemental Master of Metal and engineer from Metalonia. He has the ability to turn his entire body into metal and grow slightly in size.
- Griffin Turner (voiced by Doron Bell) is the Elemental Master of Speed. He has the ability to move at super speed.
- Shade (voiced by Andrew Francis) is the Elemental Master of Shadow. He has the ability to disappear and move in shadows.
- Neuro (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the Elemental Master of Mind. He has the ability to read minds and manipulate thoughts.
- Paleman (voiced by Kirby Morrow) (also known as Mr. Pale) is the Elemental Master of Light. He has the ability to generate light and turn invisible.
- Tox (voiced by Ian James Corlett in Season 4, Maggie Blue O'Hara in Season 9) is the Elemental Master of Poison who is capable of producing toxic clouds.
- Jacob Pevsner (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the blind Elemental Master of Sound, who wields a guitar in combat and has the ability to manipulate sounds.
- Bolobo (voiced by Michael Adamthwaite) is the Elemental Master of Nature. He has the ability to control plants.
- Chamille (voiced by Maryke Hendrikse) is the Elemental Master of Form. She has the ability to shapeshift.
- Ash (voiced by Brent Miller) is the Elemental Master of Smoke. He has the ability to create smokescreens and transform into smoke.
- Gravis (voiced by Kirby Morrow in episode 37, Mark Oliver in all other appearances) is the Elemental Master of Gravity. He has the ability to levitate and alter gravity.
- Samukai (voiced by Michael Kopsa) is a secondary antagonist of the Pilot Episodes and the four-armed Skulkin ruler of the Underworld until Lord Garmadon defeats him in single combat and takes command. He leads the attacks on Ninjago to retrieve the four Golden Weapons but attempts to betray Lord Garmadon by keeping the weapons for himself and is destroyed. He makes recurring appearances in later seasons.
- The Great Devourer is a giant snake and major antagonist in Season 1. It has the ability to increase its size by consuming anything in its path and was responsible for turning Garmadon evil when he was bitten as a child and corrupted by its venom. The snake is released by Pythor in Season 1 to exact revenge on the people of Ninjago, but is destroyed by Garmadon using the Golden Weapons.
- Pythor P. Chumsworth (voiced by Michael Dobson) is a recurring antagonist who first appears in Season 1 as the main antagonist and is the general and last remaining member of the Anacondrai Tribe. He pretends to befriend Lloyd in Season 1 and eventually becomes the Snake King and releases the Great Devourer. He reappears in Season 3 as an ally of the Overlord and in Day of the Departed.
- Skales (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is a recurring antagonist, leader of the Hypnobrai Tribe and current Snake King of the Serpentine who first appeared in Season 1. After being repeatedly defeated by the Ninja, he and the Serpentine find themselves trapped underground by the Stone Army in Season 2 but then take an oath of pacifism and began to live peacefully alongside the other inhabitants of Ninjago.
- The Overlord (voiced by Scott McNeil) is the main antagonist of Seasons 2 and 3 and the manifestation of darkness in Ninjago. In the lore of the series, he fought the First Spinjitzu Master, but was defeated and trapped on the Dark Island. Thousands of years later he possesses Garmadon in Season 2 and transforms into a huge dragon but is defeated by Lloyd in the season finale. The Overlord returns in Season 3 as the Digital Overlord, a computer virus that takes over the technology of New Ninjago City. He steals Lloyd's Golden Power and attacks New Ninjago City, but is defeated by Zane in the season finale.
- Captain Soto (voiced by Alan Marriott) is a secondary recurring antagonist, leader of a band of pirates and the original captain of the Destiny's Bounty. He made his first appearance when he was resurrected by Lord Garmadon in Season 2 and has served as both a minor antagonist and an ally to the Ninja in subsequent seasons.
- General Kozu (voiced by Paul Dobson) is a secondary antagonist of Season 2 and the four-armed general of the Overlord's Stone Army. He reappears in Day of the Departed.
- General Cryptor (voiced by Richard Newman) is a secondary antagonist of Season 3 and the general of the Overlord's Nindroid Army who aims to stop the Ninja from defeating the Overlord. He reappears in Day of the Departed.
- Master Chen (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is the main antagonist of Season 4, leader of the Anacondrai Cultists and the father of Skylor. Before the series, he was exiled to an island after allying himself with the Serpentine and betraying humanity during the first Serpentine War. He attempts to steal the powers of the Elemental Masters to transform him and his followers into Anacondrai warriors to conquer Ninjago but is defeated and banished to the Cursed Realm. He reappears in Day of the Departed.
- Clouse (voiced by Scott McNeil) is a recurring secondary antagonist who appears in Seasons 4, 5 and 6. He is a dark sorcerer and Chen's second-in-command. In the lore of the show, he trained with Lord Garmadon under Master Chen before the First Serpentine War. He is sent to the Cursed Realm after being defeated by Garmadon in Season 4, but escapes the Preeminent before its destruction in Season 5. After the reversal of Jay's wish in the finale of Season 6, he fails to release Nadakhan, ensuring that the events never take place.
- The Preeminent is the main antagonist of Season 5 and the embodiment of the Cursed Realm who resembles a massive eyeball with tentacles. She is the master of Morro and his ghost warriors. In Season 5, she successfully crosses into Ninjago but is defeated when Nya unlocks her True Potential and drowns her with a huge wave. In Season 11, she reappears from the Departed Realm after Wu tries to open a portal to the Never-Realm, but is defeated by P.I.X.A.L and sent back.
- Morro (voiced by Michael Dobson in episode 44, Andrew Francis from 45 onward) is a major antagonist of Season 5, the Elemental Master of Wind and leader of the Ghost Army. In the lore of the series, he was a former student of Master Wu who was led to believe that he would become the legendary Green Ninja. When the Golden Weapons proved otherwise, he left in a rage. He was eventually banished to the Cursed Realm and returned as a ghost. In Season 5, Morro possesses Lloyd and plans to release the Preeminent but is killed in the season finale while being dragged into water by the Preeminent. He reappears in Day of the Departed and helps the Ninja by informing them of Master Yang's plan before returning to the Departed Realm.
- Sensei/Master Kodokuna Yang (voiced by Michael Donovan) is a recurring antagonist of Season 5 and the main antagonist of Day of the Departed. He is the creator of Airjitzu and the guardian of the Temple of Airjitzu. Before the series, he accidentally turned himself and his students into ghosts after arrogantly attempting to use the Yin Blade to gain immortality. In Season 5 he attempts to trap the Ninja inside the Temple of Airjitzu and on the Day of the Departed he fights Cole to reach the Rift of Return in order to become human again.
- Nadakhan (voiced by Scott McNeil) is the main antagonist of Season 6, the Djinn leader of the Sky Pirates and captain of Misfortune's Keep. He has the ability to grant three wishes to anyone within earshot and is the prince of the Kingdom of Djinjago and son of Khanjikhan. In Season 6, he plots to marry Nya in order to become all powerful with the ability of infinite wishes, but is defeated when Jay makes his final wish which reverses all of the events.
- Krux (voiced by Michael Daingerfield) is one of the two main antagonists of Season 7 and one of the Elemental Masters of Time along with his twin brother Acronix. He originally disguised himself as the museum curator Dr. Sander Saunders until his true identity was revealed in Season 7. He once had the ability to pause and reverse time.
- Acronix (voiced by Ian Hanlin) is one of the two main antagonists of Season 7 and one of the Elemental Masters of Time along with his twin brother Krux. He was trapped in a time vortex for 40 years until Season 7. He once had the ability to speed up and slow down time.
- Princess Harumi (voiced by Britt McKillip) (also known as the Jade Princess, "The Quiet One" and her nickname Rumi) is the main antagonist of Season 8 and a secondary antagonist of Season 9. She is the adopted daughter of the Emperor and Empress of Ninjago, after her parents died during the destruction of the Great Devourer in Season 1. This tragic event results in her swearing revenge on the Ninja and idolising Lord Garmadon for defeating the Great Devourer. In Season 8, she leads the Sons of Garmadon to resurrect Lord Garmadon, but is eventually revealed to be "The Quiet One". After Lord Garmadon conquers Ninjago in the finale, she reappears in Season 9 as his second-in-command. She is eventually killed by a collapsing building after helping a family to escape. She reappears as an avatar pitted against Lloyd in Season 12.
- Killow (voiced by Garry Chalk) is a secondary antagonist of Seasons 8 and 9 and the hulking first general of the Sons of Garmadon (also known as "The Big Man"). He frequently wears the Oni Mask of Deception, which grants him the power of levitation.
- Ultra Violet (voiced by Maggie Blue O'Hara in Seasons 8-9 and Sharon Alexander from Season 11-present) is a recurring secondary antagonist of Seasons 8 and 9 and the unhinged second general of the Sons of Garmadon. She frequently wears the Oni Mask of Hatred, sharing it with Harumi, which makes them both indestructible. She reappears in Season 11, where it is revealed that she despises Zane the most out of all of the Ninja.
- Mr. E (voiced by Brent Miller) is a secondary antagonist of Seasons 8 and 9 and the silent and robotic third general of the Sons of Garmadon. He is revealed to be a nindroid like Zane and frequently wears the Oni Mask of Vengeance which grants him four arms. He is later destroyed by Emperor Garmadon for failing to capture Lloyd.
- Iron Baron (voiced by Brian Drummond) is one of the two main antagonists of Season 9 and the authoritarian leader of the Dragon Hunters in the Realm of Oni and Dragons. He seeks revenge on Firstbourne but is ultimately killed by her after attempting to wear the Dragon Armor.
- The Omega (voiced by Zach LeBlanc) is the main antagonist of Season 10 and the leader of the Oni. He aims to engulf Ninjago in darkness, so that the power of creation is forever destroyed. The Omega and the Oni are presumably killed when the Ninja combine their powers to perform the Tornado of Creation in the season finale.
- Aspheera (voiced by Pauline Newstone) is the main antagonist of Season 11: The Fire Chapter and a sorceress of the Serpentine who desired to learn Spinjitzu when Wu and Garmadon were children. In exchange for learning the art, she released young Garmadon and Wu from the dungeons after they trespassed on Serpentine land. Wu taught her the art of Spinjitzu but she betrayed her promise to never use Spinjitzu for evil and overthrew King Mambo V. She was eventually defeated and sentenced to magical entombment. In Season 11, she is unwittingly freed by the Ninja while exploring a pyramid in the Desert of Doom. She steals Kai's fire power and attempts to conquer Ninjago City and seeks revenge on Wu but is defeated by Zane and locked in Kryptarium Prison.
- The Ice Emperor (voiced by Brent Miller under the pseudonym Graeme Pailsade) is the secondary antagonist of Season 11: The Ice Chapter and rules the Never-Realm with his army of Blizzard Samurai. He is eventually revealed to be Zane, who arrived in the Never-Realm long before the Ninja and had his memory erased by Vex, who pulled the plug while attempting a system diagnostic. Vex manipulated Zane into conquering the Never-Realm and becoming the Ice Emperor. In the finale Zane regains his memories and transforms the Never-Realm back to its normal state by destroying his sceptre.
- General Vex (voiced by Michael Kopsa) is the main antagonist of Season 11: The Ice Chapter and the Ice Emperor's general of the Blizzard Samurai. He was originally a Formling but was excluded and mocked for being unable to find his animal form. He manipulates Zane into becoming the Ice Emperor but is banished in the Never-Realm when Zane regains his memory.
- Unagami (voiced by Dean Redman (AI) and Zion Simpson (child form)) is the main antagonist of Season 12 and an artificial intelligence (AI) that develops into the video game Prime Empire (created with the working title of Unfinished Adventure Game I). With the help of the Mechanic, he constructs a portal from Prime Empire into Ninjago, but agrees to undo his evil deeds after reuniting with his creator, Milton Dyer in the season finale.
- The Mechanic (voiced by Michael Antonakos (Season 6, Season 11-onwards), Alan Marriott (Season 8) is a recurring secondary antagonist and former noodle truck repairman. In Season 6, he intimidated the Ninja while in prison, hoping to steal robotic parts from Zane. He reappears in Season 8 as a minor character, fighting Kai and Zane. In Season 11, he reappears and reveals that he despises Nya the most of all the Ninja. In Season 12, he allies himself with Unagami and assists with opening the portal from Prime Empire into the real world.
- King Vangelis/The Skull Sorcerer (voiced by Deven Mack under the pseudonym Ervin M. Jordan) is the main antagonist of Season 13, the ruler of the Kingdom of Shintaro and father of Princess Vania. Vangelis reveals himself to be the Skull Sorcerer, who uses the Skull of Hazza D'ur to enslave the Munce and Geckles to mine vengestone to sell to an unknown buyer. He is eventually defeated by Cole by using the Spinjitzu Burst and is later arrested and overthrown by Princess Vania.
- Chief Mammatus (voiced by Paul Dobson) is the false main antagonist of Season 14 and the leader of the Keepers, a native tribe who worship Wojira. He instructs the Keepers to capture the Ninja when they arrive on the island. When he finds out about Ronin's trickery, he helps and apologizes to the Ninja for his acts, and they forgive him. 
- PoulErik (voiced by Brian Drummond and Vincent Tong) is a Keeper that serves as Mammatus' second-in-command.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Masters of Spinjitzu||4||January 14, 2011|
|Rise of the Snakes||13||December 2, 2011||April 11, 2012|
|Legacy of the Green Ninja||13||July 18, 2012||November 21, 2012|
|Rebooted||8||January 29, 2014||November 26, 2014|
|Tournament of Elements||10||February 23, 2015||April 3, 2015|
|Possession||10||June 29, 2015||July 10, 2015|
|Skybound||10||March 24, 2016||July 15, 2016|
|Day of the Departed||October 29, 2016|
|The Hands of Time||10||May 15, 2017||May 26, 2017|
|Sons of Garmadon||10||April 16, 2018||May 25, 2018|
|Hunted||10||August 11, 2018||August 25, 2018|
|March of the Oni||4||April 19, 2019||April 19, 2019|
|Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu||30||June 22, 2019||February 1, 2020|
|Prime Empire||16||July 19, 2020||August 30, 2020|
|Master of the Mountain||16||September 13, 2020||October 25, 2020|
|The Island||4||March 7, 2021||March 14, 2021|
|Seabound||16||April 4, 2021||2021|
Production and development
In 2009, The Lego Group proposed to make a series about ninja, deciding that there would be four ninja with elemental powers. The Lego Ninjago theme concept originated in the Lego Ninja theme, which was released by The Lego Group in 1998. This was then replaced by Lego Knights in 2000. During the early development of the concept, The Lego Group conducted ethnographic research with children to determine their interests. Cerim Manovi, Senior Design Manager for the theme recalled, "Ninjas crystallised themselves because we were, like: 'What’s the greatest hero entry point?' We showed them superheroes, everything – but ninjas just grabbed kids right there. In 2011, Lego Ninjago was launched and included some of the concepts from the Lego Ninja theme, such as dragons and fortresses, but also combined this with a modern setting. The Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu television series was created by Michael Hegner and Tommy Andreasen, two Danish film producers.
The first concept drawing was created by Tommy Andreasen in late 2009, which depicted several elemental ninjas and included the word "Spinjago". This was later updated to become the fictional martial art of "Spinjitzu", a combination of the words 'spin' and 'ninjitsu'. The sketch was then sent to Craig Sellars, who then painted an internal concept image of the characters. The Ninjago name combined the words 'ninja' and 'go', which was split from the end of the company name. The series title was also used as the main ninja battle cry. Skeletons were chosen as the main antagonists in the storyline, following research conducted with six-year-old boys.
Dan and Kevin Hageman were the screenwriters for the Ninjago television series from the beginning. They took their inspiration from movies and television shows of the time. Dan Hageman recalled, "We're looking at Star Wars. We're creating a land and there's magic in this land, there's weapons in this land, there's vehicles in this land...we wanted to make something not necessarily that would appeal to children, but that would appeal to us". Kevin Hageman noted that there was a lot of disposable entertainment for children at that time. He explained that, "We wanted something that treats the kids intelligently, also emotionally intelligently. They understand drama. Let's give them a story that's going to continue because it's serialised...we thought of it more as one giant movie or a miniseries. I think that really added a lot of depth, a lot of heart, to Ninjago that you don't see on other shows".
The Hageman brothers also came up with the character of Nya, the main female character in the story. Kevin Hageman explained, "We wanted this to be a show that boys and girls like, and I wanted strong, young female characters in it - so we created Nya". Tommy Andreasen explained that the character of Nya was also employed as an emotional reason for Kai to get involved because, "he didn't want to be a ninja, but his sister was kidnapped by this evil Lord from the underworld".
The character of Lloyd Garmadon was conceived by Dan and Kevin Hageman following the Pilot Season. Andreasen has stated, "The Hagemans came up with the idea of Lloyd, the son of Garmadon. As soon as they introduced that idea, we knew Lloyd was going to be the Green Ninja and we were going to build that mystery up over 10 episodes".
The Hageman brothers eventually left the show after nine seasons when Bragi Schut took over as writer.
Suspension and continuation
The Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu series and accompanying product line had originally been planned as a three year project. The conclusion of the second season emphasised the end of the show in its season finale, with the character of Lloyd becoming the "Golden Ninja" and defeating the main antagonist, the Overlord, in an epic battle of light and darkness. However, due to the incredible sales performance of the Lego Ninjago product line, the series was continued. Senior Creative Director Simon Lucas recalled the company's decision to extend the series, stating, "we had six weeks to say what we would do with Ninjago. How do you bring it back? We had the final battle in the story. Immediately I connected with Kevin and Dan Hageman, and we just agreed that this world we'd created, the characters and the story had so much more to give. We actually struggled to filter ideas, because we had so many". The continuation of the series allowed the writers to open up their ideas about what the theme could be. It also pushed them to change the Ninjago series each year, which contributed to the success of the show. Kevin Hageman has opined, "If we just kept doing the original theme and just had different adventures... Ninjago would not still be here today. I think it's truly here because the restrictions forced us and Lego to keep redesigning and rethinking Ninjago and it kept becoming this beautiful big universe where anything is possible".
Animation and format
The Ninjago:Masters of Spinjitzu series was animated in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Wil Film ApS for its ten season run. Animation was relocated to WildBrain Studios in Canada with the production that followed, Ninjago. This marked the use of new animation styles, including anime-style 2D animation, as a way to experiment with the storyline and add new creativity to the show. With the release of the first Ninjago season, the run-time for the show was revised from 22 minutes to 11 minutes. This was a particular cause of concern with fans of the show. Tommy Andreasen commented on the 11 minute format by stating, "it was a way for the broadcasters to make it easier to programme". He has also remarked on the positive nature of the new runtime, stating, "Once you're working with 11 minutes it's not just the same idea stretched over two 11s. Now it's a new idea in every episode, and it really makes you risky and fresh - and able to tell stories very efficiently...If there's something I would like Ninjago TV show to be, it's this creative playground, where you should never know exactly what you can expect".
Following the initial concept sketch created by Tommy Andreasen in late 2009, concept artwork depicting the main Ninja characters was created in 2010, with a character drawing of Lloyd and sketches to summarise the first two Ninjago seasons. In addition, sketches of Nya were first produced by Tim Ainley, depicting the character as a samurai, followed by character, model and part designs.
In the eighth season, the appearances of Lloyd and the Ninja were noticeably different from their appearances in previous seasons. Season 8 implemented a new phase for the Ninjas’ designs, which were now based on the designs of their movie counterparts in The Lego Ninjago Movie. The design change aimed to help new fans of the movie transition to the television series. The start of the season marked updated appearances for each of the main characters, including changes to their hair and faces, and these new appearances have continued to be used throughout subsequent seasons. Although Lloyd looks almost identical to his movie design, he was given a new voice actor Sam Vincent, who took over the role from Jillian Michaels, while the other Ninja retained their original voice actors. Design Manager, Michael Svane Knap explained that these changes were inspired by the movie in terms of the detail level. He commented, "We pulled in some of the character designs from the movie into the TV show afterwards. That was born of wanting to get more uniqueness to the characters. Something that added a lot of character to these ninja that we didn't have before were the hairstyles for them, so we managed to create something that was completely unique for Ninjago with how the characters looked.
The title sequences for Ninjago:Masters of Spinjitzu seasons 1-7 and Ninjago feature The Weekend Whip, a song performed by The Fold, which is the show's official theme song. The Weekend Whip is remixed each season to reflect the theme. Seasons 8-10 feature music by Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent, with Ninjago Overture as the main theme.
Michael Kramer has scored the music for the series from the beginning. The music plays a significant role in the storytelling, particularly in terms of helping viewers to distinguish between the heroes and villains. Kramer has explained that there are ground rules that have been established since the beginning of the show, stating, "One thing that we try to stick to, not always but generally speaking, is that bad guys usually have more bowed instruments and good guys usually have more wind instruments. The idea of friction being more bowed or struck instruments". The music is also used to underpin the drama in the show. Kramer has remarked on this stating, "These characters are real for us. That allows us as composers to really dive deep into that drama. And I mean, it gets really heavy - especially in Season 10 with the Oni - it got really dark, really dramatic".
In January 2021, The Lego Group released a soundtrack video on YouTube titled Ninjago: A Musical Journey, which celebrated the music of the show in four parts.
Themes and analysis
One of the most dominant aspects of the Ninjago series is the theme of duality, or darkness and light (with reference to the yin and yang). In the fictional realm of Ninjago, the two main elements are creation and destruction, which are the definition of good and evil, and are shown to either create life or destroy it. The main characters to have been depicted wielding this power are Master Wu, who represents creation and Lord Garmadon who represents destruction, being the direct descendants of the First Spinjitzu Master, the legendary fictional creator of Ninjago. Many villains throughout the series have been defined by darkness and destruction, most prominently the Oni, while the main character Lloyd Garmadon has been associated with light, particularly when he was shown to have achieved his "Golden Power" in the second season.
Broadcast and release
In the United States, the two pilot episodes of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, later split into four episodes total, were shown on Cartoon Network on January 14, 2011. They were released in Europe on January 24, 2011. The pilot episodes follow the four original Ninja as Sensei Wu brings them together to defeat the evil Lord Garmadon. 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". 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 kr 37 million (approximately £4.6 million or US$6.7 million).
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Season 1, Rise of the Snakes follows the four original ninja as they battle the Serpentine, unlock their true potentials, and attempt to discover the identity of the fabled Green Ninja. The first five episodes of season 1 aired in Canada on November 25 and the first two in the United States on December 2. The season once again aired in Canada and the United States from January 11, 2012, to April 11, 2012.
Season 2, Legacy of the Green Ninja premiered on July 18, 2012, to an audience of 2.8 million. Season 2 focuses on Lloyd, as he trains to become the Green Ninja in preparation for the final battle, where he will have to face and defeat his father.
Season 3, Rebooted premiered on January 29, 2014. Season 3 focuses on Zane as he and the other Ninja fight to defeat an ancient evil reborn as a new, technological threat. In the United Kingdom, the series premiered on 21 July 2014 on Cartoon Network.
Season 4, Tournament of Elements premiered on February 23, 2015 in North America and Great Britain on Cartoon Network. Season 4 follows the Ninja as they travel to a mysterious island to fight in the Tournament of Elements and search for a missing Zane.
On June 8, 2015 LEGO released the trailer for the fifth season, Possession. It premiered on June 27 in the United States. Season 5 focuses on Nya training to become the Master of Water while the other Ninja battle Wu's first student, a vengeful ghost who has possessed Lloyd.
Season 6, Skybound was released on June 8, 2016. It focuses on Jay as he and the Ninja try to prevent Nadakhan the Djinn and his sky pirates from terraforming Ninjago into a new Kingdom of Djinjago.
A Halloween special titled Day of the Departed was released on October 29, 2016, featuring the return of many of the series' past villains. The special focuses on Cole, who is slowing fading from existence.
Season 7, The Hands of Time was released in May 2017. The plot focuses on Kai, Nya and their parents, with the main villains being the Elemental Masters of Time (Acronix and Krux) and their army of Vermillion Warriors, who are trying to rewrite history.
Season 8, Sons of Garmadon was released April 16, 2018 in the US. It follows the Ninja as they try to prevent a criminal organization, the Sons of Garmadon (SoG) from resurrecting Garmadon using the three Oni Masks. The season introduced character redesigns to make the main cast more closely resemble their The Lego Ninjago Movie counterparts.
Season 9, Hunted premiered on June 30, 2018 in Australia. The season follows Lloyd and the Resistance fighting to take back New Ninjago City, while the other Ninja try to escape from the First Realm.
Season 10, March of the Oni premiered on April 19, 2019. It follows Garmadon and the Ninja as they try to stop a demonic force of darkness called the Oni from destroying Ninjago and the sixteen realms. It featured only 4 episodes, making it tied with The Island for being the shortest season to date.
Season 11, Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu, premiered on June 22, 2019. It follows the Ninja as they come face to face with an enemy from Wu's past. This season saw the introduction of an 11-minute episode format and a new, more stylized animation style. It was split into two fifteen episodes parts, The Fire Chapter and The Ice Chapter. It is notably the largest season of Ninjago, containing 30 episodes overall.
Season 12, Prime Empire premiered on June 19, 2020 in the United States. It focuses on Jay as he and the Ninja enter the video game Prime Empire to face the evil Unagami.
Season 13, Master of the Mountain premiered on September 16, 2020 in the United States. It focuses on Cole as he and the Ninja journey to the distant mountains of Shintaro, unaware of the sinister secrets that lie in the cavernous dungeons below.
|Name||Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Release Date|
|Pilot||27 March 2012||2 June 2014|
|Season 1||26 June 2012||23 June 2015||16 February 2015||2 November 2015|
|Season 2||5 March 2013||31 August 2015|
|Season 3||5 August 2014||15 August 2016|
|Season 4||21 July 2015||7 November 2016|
|Season 5||16 February 2016||27 March 2017|
|Season 6||14 March 2017||17 July 2017|
|Day of the Departed||7 February 2017||22 January 2018|
|Season 7||3 October 2017||2 October 2017|
|Season 8||8 January 2019||1 January 2019|
Ninjago has received largely favourable reviews from critics. Reviewer Lien Murakami for Common Sense Media gave the show a three-star rating, describing it as "exciting and funny" and noting that "the ninja characters learn lessons of patience and teamwork from their wise sensei". However, the review also opined that the show "is essentially an extended advertisement for the LEGO Ninjago toy line". Dave Trumbore for Collider commented on the sixth season, giving the show a four star rating and stating that it is "a fun romp through the mythology in the modern era that emphasizes teamwork, cooperation, and loyalty throughout, all while providing a highly entertaining and action-packed series". TVGuide.co.uk gave the show 8.7/10 rating.
The Ninjago series has achieved strong ratings from its initial launch. The first season of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, which was released on Cartoon Network, achieved the top position on Wednesday nights from 7 to 9 pm with children aged 2-11 and 9-14. The Season 2 premiere scored the top telecast of the day with children aged 2-11, boys aged 2-11, boys aged 6-11 and boys aged 9-14 and ranked the highest in its time period among children aged 6-11 and children aged 9-14. It also increased average ratings from between 124% and 184% compared to the same time period for the first season premiere in the previous year. The total number of viewers increased by 30%. The third season averaged a triple digit viewer increase with children and boys, with the January 2014 release ranking as the top telecast of the year with boys aged 2-11 and boys aged 6-11. In 2015, the show maintained its popularity by achieving the top position for telecast of the day among boys aged 2-11 and aged 6-11, and the top position in its time period among children aged 2-11, children aged 6-11 and all boys. With the release of Season 5: Possession, the show achieved rank 22 in the top 100 Monday cable originals on 29 June 2015 with 2.05 million viewers. The release of Season 6: Skybound achieved the rank of 28 in the top 150 original cable telecast for 24 March 2016 with 0.98 million viewers. The release of Season 7: The Hands of Time achieved the rank of 77 in the top 150 Monday cable originals on 15 May 2017 with 0.73 million viewers. The release of Season 8: Sons of Garmadon achieved the rank of 109 in the top 150 Monday cable originals on 16 April 2018 with 0.50 million viewers. On 11 August 2018, Season 9: Hunted Part 1 was ranked at 84 in the top 150 original cable telecasts with 0.45 million viewers. Season 9: Hunted Part 2 achieved a rank of 67 on 18 August 2018 with 0.50 million viewers. On 19 April 2019, Season 10: March of the Oni ranked at position 86 with 0.44 million viewers. Ninjago:Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu ranked at position 81 on 22 June 2019 with 0.31 million viewers. Prime Empire ranked at 83 on 19 July 2020 with 0.28 million viewers. On 13 September 2020, the release of Master of the Mountain achieved a rank of 89 in the top 150 original cable telecasts with 0.18 million viewers.
Awards and nominations
The Ninjago series has been nominated for several awards. In 2012, the director Peter Hausner was nominated in the category of "Directing in a Television Production" at the Annie Awards. The show was also nominated at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in 2012 in the category of "Branded Entertainment, Best Fictional Program, series or film". In 2012, the composers Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent were nominated at the BMI Film & TV Music Awards, which they won. They were also winners at the 2016 BMI Film & TV Music Awards. In 2015, Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent were nominated at the Annie Awards for "Outstanding Achievement in Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production". In 2016, the show was nominated for a Kids' Choice Awards in the category of "Favorite Cartoon". In 2018, it received a nomination for "Best Sound Design: Television Programme" at the Music + Sound Awards. In 2020, Michael Kramer and Jay Vincent were nominated for "Outstanding Music Direction and Composition" at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
Influence and legacy
Since its launch in 2011, the Ninjago series has seen continued popularity amongst its target audience, who are mainly primary aged children and teenagers, but it has also gained a dedicated fan community. The Ninjago writers have ensured that children are able to relate to the main characters by making them teenage heroes, and this has made them consistently popular characters. In 2017, Christopher Stamp, Senior Designer at Lego, noted that Lloyd and the Ninja are relatable to children due to their inherent flaws.
What is the main thing that has caught kids’ attention? Why is it so relatable? I have thought about it a lot. For me personally, it has got to be the characters. None of the characters are perfect, they are all flawed and I think that is something everyone can relate to. The characters are flawed and individually they are not complete, but as a team they complete each other. You follow the characters’ development, it allows a form of natural evolution as you go through the stories. The example I always come back to is when Cole questions if he is really important to the team, would the team still exist if he wasn’t there? That led us to introduce ghosts to the world of Ninjago, what if he’s a ghost? Then we realise when he actually becomes invisible, the team doesn’t function the same way without him.
Since 2011, the Ninjago series has included storylines that have aimed to teach about the importance of friendship, inclusivity and confidence. In 2017, Lego design manager, Michael Svane Knap commented that, "It’s always important to develop good characters that engage with the kids and encourage them to watch. The story that we have been telling from the beginning has been focused on family, collaboration and emotions and these are the keystone for telling a good Ninjago story". The Ninjago series has been in continuous production for a decade, resulting in many children having grown up following the series and developing into adult fans. Knapp remarked that, "Some have grown up with Lego Ninjago and are now expressing their gratitude and telling us how they have learned lifelong skills".
On 5 February 2019, Ernie Estrella for Syfy Wire remarked that, "Ninjago is one of Lego's long running, home-grown franchises, and is arguably its most successful one."
Ten year anniversary
On 14 January 2021, the Ninjago series celebrated its ten year anniversary, as it has been in continuous production since the release of the first Pilot Episode in 2011. This milestone reflects the continued popularity of the show amongst its audience. Tommy Andreasen, Senior Manager and co-creator explained that, "Originally, the Ninjago theme was supposed to end after season 2 in 2012. It just shows an incredible commitment from our fans that we are still going strong 10 years later".
The Ninjago TV series was launched to coincide with the release of its product line, Lego Ninjago in January 2011. In its first year, 17 Lego construction toy sets from the product line were released. Since then, Ninjago themed playsets have been released each year to correspond with each season from the TV series.
Several mini-movies have been produced alongside the Ninjago television series, which provide additional information about the characters.
Pilot Episode Mini-movies - six short films that take place immediately after the Pilot Season, released in 2011
Chen Mini-movies - five mini-movies that focus on Master Chen and his chair from Season 4, released in 2015
Tall Tales - six mini-movies that focus on the Sky Pirates of Season 6, released in 2016
Wu's Teas - a collection of 20 Ninjago shorts that focus on Master Wu's tea shop, released in 2017
Happy Birthday To You! - a one-minute Ninjago short, released on Netflix on 14 September 2017
Ninjago: Decoded - a mini-series of ten episodes which takes place between Season 7 and Season 8, released on 27 November 2017
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu - six Ninjago: Legacy films from the Lego website that take place between Season 9 and Season 10, released 19 December 2018
Prime Empire shorts - six Ninjago shorts that provide additional background information about Season 12, released in 2020
Ninjago: Reimagined - Five upcoming shorts in different animations styles that will be released in 2021, alongside the series' 10th anniversary
The Ninja have appeared in a movie, magazines, video games, colouring books, graphic novels, children's books and a theme park ride.
Lloyd and the Ninja are the protagonists of The Lego Ninjago Movie, released in 2017. Although the plot is not directly related to the Ninjago television series, Lloyd retains his role as the Green Ninja and leader of the secret ninja force.
The Ninja and Master Wu appear in an interactive theme park ride called Lego Ninjago The Ride at Legoland.
Lloyd, the Ninja and Master Wu appear in a 4D short animated film entitled Lego Ninjago: Master of the 4th Dimension, released in Legoland on 18 January 2018. The film can be experienced by visitors in all Legoland theme parks. The plot focuses on Master Wu teaching the Ninja a lesson about the Scroll of the 4th Dimension, which affects gravity and organised matter.
Since the beginning of 2012, a 36-page Lego Ninjago Magazine has been released in the UK and the Netherlands every month. It contains a comic strip as well as various facts, puzzles, posters, competitions and other activities. Each edition also includes a free Lego gift which is often a minifigure of Lloyd, one of the Ninja, or a villain from the series.
The Ninja appear as playable characters in a wide variety of video games and mobile games, including Lego Battles: Ninjago (2011), Lego Ninjago: Nindroids (2014), Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (2015), Lego Ninjago: Tournament (2015), Lego Dimensions (2015), Lego Worlds (2017), The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game (2017), Lego Brawls (2019) and Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed (2020).
- Lloyd Garmadon
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- List of Ninjago episodes
- The Lego Ninjago Movie
- The Lego Ninjago Movie (Lego theme)
- The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game
- Lego Dimensions
- Lego Worlds
- Lego Brawls
- Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed
- The Fold
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "Way of the Ninja"
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "The Golden Weapon"
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "King of Shadows"
- Ninjago, Pilot Season "Weapons of Destiny"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 1 "Rise of the Snakes"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 2 "Home"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 4 "Never Trust a Snake"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 5 "Can of Worms"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 7 “Tick Tock"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 8 “Once Bitten, Twice Shy"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 9 "The Royal Blacksmiths"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 10 "The Green Ninja"
- Ninjago, Season 1, Episode 13 “Day of the Great Devourer"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 1 "Darkness Shall Rise"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 2 "Pirates vs. Ninja"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 3 "Double Trouble"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 4 "Ninjaball Run"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 5 "Child's Play"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 6 "Wrong Place, Wrong Time"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 7 "The Stone Army"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 8 "The Day Ninjago Stood Still"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 10 "Island of Darkness"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 11 "The Last Hope"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 12 "Return of the Overlord"
- Ninjago, Season 2, Episode 13 Rise of the Spinjitzu Master"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 1 "The Surge"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 2 "The Art of the Silent Fist"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 3 "Blackout"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 4 "The Curse of the Golden Master"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 5 "Enter the Digiverse"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 6 "Codename Arcturus"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 7 "The Void"
- Ninjago, Season 3, Episode 8 "The Titanium Ninja"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 1 "The Invitation"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 2 "Only One Can Remain"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 3 "Versus"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 4 "Ninja Roll"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 5 "Spy for a Spy"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 6 "Spellbound"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 7 "The Forgotten Element"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 8 "The Day of the Dragon"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 9 "The Greatest Fear of All"
- Ninjago, Season 4, Episode 10 "The Corridor of Elders"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 1 " Winds of Change"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 2 "Ghost Story"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 3 "Stiix and Stones"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 4 "The Temple on Haunted Hill"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 5 "Peak-a-Boo"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 6 "Kingdom Come"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 8 "Grave Danger"
- Ninjago, Season 5, Episode 10 "Curseworld, Part II"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 1 "Infamous"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 3 "Enkrypted"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 4 "Misfortune Rising"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 5 "On a Wish and a Prayer"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 7 "Wishmasters"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 8 "The Last Resort"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 9 "Operation Land Ho!"
- Ninjago, Season 6, Episode 10 "The Way Back"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 1 "The Hands of Time"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 2 "The Hatching"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 3 "A Time of Traitors"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 5 "A Line in the Sand"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 6 "The Attack"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 8 "Pause and Effect"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 9 "Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea"
- Ninjago, Season 7, Episode 10 "Lost in Time"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 1 "The Mask of Deception"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 2 "The Jade Princess"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 3 "The Oni and the Dragon"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 4 "Snake Jaguar"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 5 "Dead Man's Squall"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 6 "The Quiet One"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 7 "Game of Masks"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 8 "Dread on Arrival"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 9 "True Potential"
- Ninjago, Season 8, Episode 10 "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 1 "Firstbourne"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 3 "Radio Free Ninjago"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 4 "How to build a Dragon"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 5 "The Guilded Path"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 6 "Two Lies, One Truth"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 7 "The Weakest Link"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 8 "Saving Faith"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 9 "Lessons for a Master"
- Ninjago, Season 9, Episode 10 "Green Destiny"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 1 "The Darkness Comes"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 2 "Into the Breach"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 3 "The Fall"
- Ninjago, Season 10, Episode 4 "Endings"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 1 "Wasted True Potential"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 2 "Questing for Quests"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 5 "Booby Traps and How to Survive Them"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 7 "Ninja vs Lava"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 9 "Powerless"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 10 "Ancient History"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 11 "Never Trust a Human"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 13 "The Explorers Club"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 14 "Vengeance is Mine!"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 15 "A Cold Goodbye"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 16 "The Never-Realm"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 17 "Fire Maker"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 18 "An Unlikely Ally"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 23 "Secret of the Wolf"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 25 My Enemy, My Friend"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 27 "Corruption"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 28 "A Fragile Hope"
- Ninjago, Season 11, Episode 30 "Awakenings"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 1 "Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 2 "Dyer Island"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 3 "Level Thirteen"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 4 "Superstar Rockin' Jay"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 8 "The Maze of the Red Dragon"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 10 "Racer Seven"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 11 "The Speedway Five-Billion"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 12 "Stop, Drop and Side Scroll"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 13 "Ninjago Confidential"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 14 "The Prodigal Father"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 15 "The Temple of Madness"
- Ninjago, Season 12, Episode 16 "Game Over"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 1 "Shintaro"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 2 "Into the Dark"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 3 "The Worst Rescue Ever"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 4 "The Two Blades"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 5 "Queen of the Munce"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 6 "Trial By Mino"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 7 "The Skull Sorcerer"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 8 "The Real Fall"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 9 "Dungeon Party!"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 13 "The Darkest Hour"
- Ninjago, Season 13, Episode 16 "The Son of Lilly"
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