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[[caption-width-right:340:Who will rise to become the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Green Ninja?]][[note]]Answer: [[SixthRanger None of the above.]][[/note]]]]

''LEGO Ninjago'' is a theme of {{LEGO}} products introduced in 2011. The premise seems founded almost entirely on RuleOfCool: A group of {{ninja}} with ElementalPowers are at war with an army of similarly elementally themed [[DemBones undead skeletons]]. Both fight using the martial art called "[[SpinAttack Spinjitzu]]", which involves spinning at high velocity to channel elemental powers. To support their effort, the Ninja tame powerful dragons matching their elements, while the skeletons command high-tech vehicles like tanks and motorcycles. Later on they battle against the BigBad's son who unleashes five ancient races of snake people who were the original rulers of Ninjago.

A made-for-TV movie, split into [[FiveEpisodePilot four pilot episodes]], was shown on Creator/CartoonNetwork to promote this theme, and it was apparently successful enough that a full 13-episode TV series was greenlit, with a second season released and a third one planned for late 2013. From the information released, it seems to focus around [[spoiler:robots]]. In the meantime, ''LEGO Battles: Ninjago'' has been released for the NintendoDS, and an iPhone game called "Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt" and its MissionPackSequel "Rise of the Snakes" are available from iTunes.

Now has a [[Characters/{{Ninjago}} Character Page]] and [[Recap/{{Ninjago}} Recap Page]].
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!!Some LEGO Ninjago tropes:
* {{Adorkable}}: Jay, especially around Nya.
** Jay gets it from his parents!
** Zane is this too.
* AcidTripDimension: Spit from Venomari will make you see some strange things.
* ActionGirl: Nya, most noticeably in one short where she single-handedly defeats Chopov, Wyplash, Krazi, and Bonezai before Jay can realize something is wrong. Adding to that, [[spoiler:she has a samurai alter ego with a MiniMecha]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Nya's excited responses to Bizarro Jay's behavior.
* AmbiguousDisorder: ZigZagged. Zane showed almost every possible hint of having UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome, including LiteralMinded-ness, difficulty understanding the humor of others, [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm no ability to detect sarcasm]], a tendency to get over-focused when training, a general lack of the understanding of social norms, SpockSpeak and SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, among others. [[spoiler: Turns out he's actually a RidiculouslyHumanRobot]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Jay catching up Sensei Wu in the episode The Green Ninja
-->'''Jay''': Zane [[spoiler:[[RidiculouslyHumanRobot is a Nindroid]]]], Nya [[spoiler:[[SamusIsAGirl is the Samurai]]]], and Cole's a dancer.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Serpentine Tribes decide their leadership in this fashion.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: A giant robot attacks Zane; in order to 'disable' it, it required attacking the robot from behind. Specifically in the upper part of its back.
** [[spoiler:The Great Devourer has one on its forehead. Garmadon ultimately destroys it by attacking this point with the four Golden Weapons.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Sensei Wu:
--> '"Iron sharpens iron, perhaps-' *licks cotton candy* '-this Samurai will encourage you to find your true potentia... *GASP* FERRIS WHEEL!' *runs towards ferris wheel*"
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[spoiler:Garmadon leads the Skeleton Army against the Serpentine near the end of "All of Nothing".]]
** [[spoiler:Garmadon again during "Day of the Great Devourer" when he uses the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu to destroy the Devourer.]]
* BadWithTheBone: Skeleton weapons include golden bones, axes with bones for handles, golden axes with golden bones for handles, and plain old bones.
* BandOfBrothers: The ninjas.
* BerserkButton: In "Double Trouble", when Jay found out his evil double kissed Nya.
** Anything to do with Nya in trouble for both Jay and Kai.
** A threat to cake or somewhat his father for Cole.
** His friends being in danger for Zane.
--> "You will not hurt my friends!"
* BigBad: Lord Garmadon.
** BigBadEnsemble: The leaders of each of the Serpentine Tribes.
** BiggerBad: The Great Devourer.
*** The Overlord looks to be an Even Bigger Bad.
* BigDamnHeroes: Samurai X gets one on "Pirates vs. Ninja".
* BigGood: Sensei Wu.
* BigNo: Zane in "Tick Tock" [[spoiler:after he discovers he's a robot]].
** Skales in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still" when [[spoiler:the Serpentine are sealed underground. Again]].
** Kai when the Ovelord's portal bridging the Island of Darkness to Ninjago closes.
** The Overlord when he's defeated.
* BluffTheImpostor: Sensei Wu tells the Bizarro-Ninja about how Lloyd must be having a good time at an amusement park, when Lloyd is at the boarding school.
* BodyHorror: A flashback of Sensei Wu's reveals that Garmadon looks like he does because, just before falling into the underworld, he got struck by lightning, which pretty much fried his skin and exposed his bones. Even in LEGO form, it's quite disturbing to see.
** [[spoiler:Garmadon being possessed by the Overlord and the resulting transformation.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The victims of the Hypnobrai's gaze and the Overlord's dark matter.
* BrattyHalfPint: Lloyd Garmadon, up until "Never Trust a Snake".
* BroughtDownToNormal: After losing their Golden Weapons, the Ninja, while they still have Spinjitzu, have lost the majority of their elemental powers along with them.
* BuiltWithLego: Played straight, being a LEGO toy line-- all the characters are LEGO minifigures. However, in some media it's subtler than in others. For instance, most of the scenery in the TV episodes is stylized heavily so there are no obvious LEGO elements.
** ''LEGO Battles: Ninjago'' plays this straight as a tack.
* TheCakeIsALie: Cole laments this in "Double Trouble" after being lured to Darkling School.
* ChekhovsClassroom: At the beginning of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" Nya is giving a lecture theorizing that Fangpyre venom in a person's body can be counteracted by the victim increasing their heart rate, which is how Jay cures himself later on.
* ChekhovsGun: "Ninjaball Run" has two: first Nya puts a feature in the Ultra Sonic Raider that allows the cockpit to detach and become an airborne vehicle, which the ninja use to catch up to Lord Garmadon after he creates a fissure to stop them. The second is Jay's lucky piston which he attached to the front of the Raider and allowed them to technically pass the finish line before Garmadon.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Samurai X after episode 15.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Zane comes off as a bit spacy to the other ninjas.
** Sensei Wu might count as this. For example, he asks a Serpentine to pour him some tea. In the middle of a high speed chase.
* ColourCodedArmies: Hypnobrai are blue and gold, Fangpyre are red and white, Venomari are lime and dark green, Constrictai are black/grey and orange, and Anacondrai are violet.
** ColourCodedElements: The clothes of the ninjas and skeletons: red is fire, blue is lightning, white is ice, and black (or dark grey) is earth.
* CoolBike: Kai's sword can transform into an awesome motorcycle.
* CoolCar: In the 2012 sets, Cole gets what amount to a ninja-Batmobile. Most of the skeleton rides count as well, especially the monster truck.
* CoveredInGunge: After the Great Devourer is destroyed Ninjago City get covered in green slime.
* CainAndAbel: Garmadon and Sensei Wu are brothers, and the sons of the first Master of Spinjitzu. Garmadon is the older brother; Wu is the younger brother.
* CuteLittleFangs: When a victim is bitten by a Fangpyre, the first sign of change is a pair of tiny fangs.
* DemBones: The skeletons.
* [[spoiler:DeathIsCheap: Zane's father is revealed to be alive in episode 22.]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:In episode 25, the Overlord reincarnates himself in Garmadon's body.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Nuckal and Kruncha appear as extras in several episodes before [[spoiler:fighting the Serpentine alongside the other skeletons in "All of Nothing"]].
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Zane. Justified in that [[spoiler:he's a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robot]], and his humor switch is usually set to "off"]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[Manga/SailorMoon Four elemental warriors who have been training for sometime to protect another warrior who has the abilities to take down a major villain. Also they have no clue who that warrior is.]]
** A MerchandiseDriven show that turns out to be surprisingly good and attracts a large PeripheryDemographic that is both older and a different gender than the target audience...[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic hmmm]]...
* DivingSave: Cole saves his father in episode "The Royal Blacksmiths", and also gains his true potential.
* TheDragon: Samukai, King of the Underworld, to Lord Garmadon, Skales to Pythor, and [[DemotedToDragon Lord Garmadon]] to the Overlord.
** DragonAscendant: After the death of Pythor and the Great Devourer Skales tried to become this and lead the Serpentine, but Lord Garmadon won them over before he did, leaving Skales with only the other generals.
** DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler:The Overlord taking Garmadon's body in episode 25.]]
* [[DragonRider Dragon Riders]]: The Ninja.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:After the final battle Garmadon is made good again.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Great Devourer worshipped by the Serpentine Tribes. Its said that if unleashed, it'll consume the world in TheNightThatNeverEnds.
* ElementalPowers: The ninjas, skeletons and dragons each have one of four elemental powers: FireIceLightning and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Earth]]. Each element also has its own magical golden weapon.
** PlayingWithFire: The ninja Kai, the skeleton Frakjaw, the skeleton king Samukai, the Fangpyre Serpentine, and the Sword of Fire.
** ShockAndAwe: The ninja Jay, the skeleton Krazi, the skeleton general Nuckal, the Venomari Serpentine, and the Nunchucks of Lightning.
** AnIcePerson: The ninja Zane, the skeleton Bonezai, the skeleton general Wyplash, the Hypnobrai Serpentine, and the Shurikens of Ice.
** DishingOutDirt: The ninja Cole, the skeleton Chopov, the skeleton general Kruncha, the Constrictai Serpentine, and the Scythe of Quakes.
** LightEmUp: Sensei Wu.
** CastingAShadow: Lord Garmadon.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Lloyd becoming the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master, turning his uniform gold and allowing him to form a dragon out of light to annihilate the Overlord.]]
* EnemyMine: Wu and Garmadon have one when the former needs the latter's help to save Lloyd.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Lord Garmadon genuinely loves his son Lloyd.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: In the episode "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" after the ninja realize they were successful in [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong.]]
** Really, you'd have an easier time listing the episodes that don't end with everybody laughing.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning
* EvilTastesGood: During the montage of Garmadon's stay with the ninjas in "The Green Ninja" he is shown eating "condensed evil".
* EvilVersusEvil: Garmadon against the Serpentine.
** EvilVersusOblivion: Garmadon against the Great Devourer.
* ExactWords: When his students ask if one of them will become the Green Ninja if they prove themself better than all the others, Wu replies "If that's what it takes to get you motivated to train..."
* {{Expy}}: Samukai is similar looking to [[Franchise/StarWars General Grievous]]. He even has similar fighting moves and four arms.
** [[spoiler:Zane]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot shares]] [[DoAnythingRobot quite]] [[NoSenseOfHumor a]] [[SpockSpeak few]] traits with [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: The monster starfish in "The Last Voyage".
* {{Fangirl}}: In the episode "The Last Voyage", before sailing off Sensei Wu points out that Zane has fangirls as well as [[{{Fanboy}} fanboys]].
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: The "Book of Ninjago" on the official website lists exotic flora and fauna for most of Ninjago's key locations. Their exotic qualities are often wildly unrealistic and PlayedForLaughs.
* FantasyKitchenSink: What the 2012 sets amount to.
* FantasyWorldMap: It's in the shape of a dragon's head.
** PatchworkMap: Ninjago has a lot of adjacent locations with stark, unexplained contrasts.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: In "Home", when everyone's upset by [[spoiler:their home being destroyed]], Jay is fixated on the fact he's lost all his high scores.
* FightingAShadow: While he was sealed in the Underworld, Lord Garmadon could project his shadow to the real world. The only way to fight it is with your own shadow, other wise it can hit you but not the other way around.
* FiveBadBand: The Serpentine generals can be organized as one.
** BigBad: Pythor
** TheDragon: Skales
** TheBrute: Skalidor
** TheDarkChick[=/=]EvilGenius: Fangtom
** EvilGenius: Acidicus
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader[[note]]Type 2[[/note]]: '''[[color:black:Cole]]'''.
** TheLancer: '''[[color:red:Kai]]'''.
** TheSmartGuy: '''[[color:silver:Zane]]'''.
** TheBigGuy: '''[[color:blue:Jay]]'''
** SixthRanger[=/=]TagalongKid : [[spoiler:'''Lloyd, the Green Ninja''']]
* {{Flashback}}: [[spoiler:After activating his Memory switch, Zane remembers his past and his ''father''.]]
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: The Ninja don't use their True Potential (NRG) forms at all between "Darkness Shall Rise" and "The Last Hope".
** For most of these episodes this makes sense, as they have lost their Golden Weapons, and with them most of their elemental powers, but even after [[spoiler:they have regained their elemental powers from the four Elemental Blades]], they don't think to enter these forms. And there are a lot of instances in "The Last Hope" when magic levitation would have ''really'' come in handy...
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Kai is choleric, Jay is sanguine, Cole is phlegmatic, and Zane is melancholic.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Near the end of "The Green Ninja" when the Fire Temple is flooding with lava and about to erupt Kai is forced to decide between saving Lloyd and saving the third Silver Fang Blade. Take a wild guess which one he picks.
* GarnishingTheStory: The episode "Pirates Vs. Ninja" of the second season.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the episode "Snakebit", there's a brightly-lit sign reading "Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk." [[SignsOfDisrepair The S in "Scrap" flickers out.]] Literally getting "crap" past the radar.
** In a FreezeFrameBonus in the episode The Royal Blacksmiths, you can catch a brief glimpse of the [[http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/Genjo_Sanzo/test.png Announcer's notes]] in the talent competition. They're very... ''interesting'', to say the least.
--> TONIGHT NOTES
--> - OPEN W. JOKE ABOUT
--> CONDUCTOR'S BOW TIE
--> - PRESENT JUDGES
--> - ALT. TREBLE MAKERS
--> - DON'T SOUND LIKE AN
--> AS S HOLE THIS EVENING
--> REMEMBER!
--> CHARM !
--> CONFIDENCE !
--> DELICIOUS HAIR!
* GlowingEyes: When a ninja's true potential is unlocked.
* GodzillaThreshold: The fight with the Great Devourer is so great a threat that [[spoiler:giving Garmadon the Golden Weapons becomes the only option to destroy it.]]
* GrandFinale: "The Rise of the Spinjitzu Master"
* HeelFaceTurn: Lloyd Garmadon.
** HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Lord Garmadon. Though its not actually his fault, considering he ''literally'' has evil in his blood thanks to being bitten by the Great Devourer.
* HellYesMoment: [[spoiler:The Ninja getting their upgraded Elemental Powers, meaning the Stone Army's [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]] status just expired.]]
* HenshinHero
* HeroicBSOD: Zane. See BigNo above.
* HighlyVisibleNinja
** In particular when Zane's attire turned pink due to being washed, yet it actually [[WallpaperCamouflage worked to his advantage]] later on.
* HistoryRepeats: The Serpentine were SealedEvilInACan when the series started, [[spoiler:then became sealed ''again'' in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still" when they released the Stone Army into Ninjago]].
* HollywoodToneDeaf: The Serpentine during The Royal Blacksmiths.
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler:Nya has her Samurai X mech, and Lloyd also has a Golden Mech that belonged to the First Spinjitzu Master.]]
* IdiotBall: Sensei Wu sending the four ninja away so he can face Pythor alone, because "it's his destiny". Yeah, letting yourself be killed in front of your students and friends is kinda stupid.
** Not to mention that all of them together against Pythor alone would've been a CurbStompBattle, all but guaranteeing that the Great Devourer wouldn't be revived. Of course, his students then proceed to pick up the IdiotBall themselves, by forgetting that they've got their own vehicles and a HumongousMecha which can ''fly'', instead waiting for Lloyd to show up with the airship several minutes later before chasing after Pythor and Wu.
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Men]]: The Stone Army.
* InformedAbility: According to the product description for her spinner set, Nya has psychic powers. This is never even hinted at elsewhere-- the closest suggestion is the official website's statement that her specialty is "intuition."
** This was later shown, but ''only when she had turned evil''. Just for fun, note that this is also the first time she ever uses Spinjitzu.
* InstantSedation: The Samurai's KnockoutGas.
* IKnowKarate: In the episode "Snakebit", the lights turn off in the junkyard, leaving Jay's parents Ed and Edna in darkness. Feeling danger about, Ed musters up the courage to yell to the darkness: "Whoever you are, my son knows Spinjitzu!"
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Lloyd has one with Lord Garmadon when his body is stolen by the Overlord. He fails.]]
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The Green Ninja, supposedly the being destined to defeat Lord Garmadon.
* LethalJokeItem: In the "Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt" iPhone game, the outfit with the second highest defense rating is a set of pajamas. The second strongest weapon is ''Kai's toothbrush''.
** It may be worth noting that, in the pilot episodes, Kai defeats three fully-prepared, well-armed, and stereotypically-clad ninja while wearing his pajamas and wielding his electric toothbrush.
* LogicBomb: In "Child's Play", Zane begins to fritz when presented with a question with no obvious, logical answer.
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Played with in "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" when Kai poses as his past self's reflection [[ItMakesSenseInContext to distract him while the other ninja kidnap Nya]].
* MeaningfulName: The theme name itself. The meaning of "Ninja GO!" is obvious, but it's also a portmanteau of Ninja and LEGO. The skeleton names also have fairly obvious meanings.
** The Serpentine tribes all have names referencing their racial traits; Hypnobrai can hypnotize people, Fangpyre (portmanteau of "fang" and "vampire") can use their fangs to upgrade vehicles and transform people, Venomari can spit venom into people's eyes to make them hallucinate, Constrictai are, [[ShapedLikeItself well, constrictors]] (though their main talent seems to be burrowing and Skalidor is the only one with a tail to constrict, so they may be the odd one out), and Anacondrai are the largest tribe just as anacondas are the largest species of snake in real life.
** The Green Ninja, Lloyd, is also the least experienced of the ninjas - literally making him a 'green' ninja.
** Cole. Sounds like "coal", which is both of his element (earth), and his color.
* MerchandiseDriven: Being that this ''is'' a Lego series...yeah.
* MidSeasonTwist: [[WhamEpisode Tick Tock]] reveals that [[spoiler:Zane is in fact a RidiculouslyHumanRobot.]]
* MoralityPet: Garmadon's [[PapaWolf protectiveness]] and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes love]] for his son Lloyd is generally the only thing that can make his original, good personality apparent.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Samukai.
** Later on Garmadon grows a second pair of arms so he can hold all four Golden Weapons at once. Unlike Samukai, he isn't destroyed by attempting to do so.
* MundaneUtility: The first episode of the series has Kai using the Sword of Fire as a makeshift oven.
* MushroomSamba: Happens to victims of Venomari venom. When the combined forces of the Venomari and Constrictai are attacking the ninjas Kai sees them as angry elves and gingerbread men, and also becomes convinced there's a rope they can use to get to safety. [[spoiler:Then an actual rope appears.]] Later on when they get back on the ship he sees Wu's beard moving.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Happened is the climax of the episode [[TimeTravelEpisode "Wrong Place, Wrong Time".]] Even though they tried NeverTheSelvesShallMeet, it didn't work.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: What exactly does the P stand for in Pythor P. Chumsworth?
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:So Lord Garmadon, because Lloyd is your son, rather than kill him, you wanted to prevent him from reaching his full potential by killing his ninja bodyguards, and in trying to do so, you bring about a monster who only gets defeated by a method that...ends up having Lloyd reach his full potential ''fast''. And he does so in an unwelcome method no less. You idiot, you better hope EarnYourHappyEnding happens.]]
* {{Ninja}}
* NoPronunciationGuide: Is it pronounced Ninja Go or [=NinJAHgo=]? The designer videos tend to use the latter pronunciation, while every significant TitleDrop uses the former. The animations, however, use both: Ninja Go before spinning, and [=NinJAHgo=] when referring to the location.
* NotNowKiddo: When the ninjas were turned into children this constantly happened when trying to warn people about the beast on the loose.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Kai escaping a volcano and saving Lloyd, gaining his true potential in "The Green Ninja".
* OneWingedAngel: Becoming the leader of one of the Serpentine Tribes results in taking on a more [[ScaledUp snake-like]] form.
** In the last episode [[spoiler:the Overlord]] becomes an enormous dragon.
* OnlyOneName: Almost all of the main characters and villains [[OddNameOut except for]] [[TheChosenOne Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon]] and [[BigBad Pythor P. Chumsworth.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Element dragons which guard the weapons of Ninjago, each of them can utilize a different element based on the weapon they guard. [[spoiler: later, they perform a fusion dance (off-screen) and become one four-headed dragon]]
** [[spoiler: The golden dragon Llyod summons]]
** [[spoiler: The Overlord's true form.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: In "The Snake King" Lloyd disguises himself as a Hypnobrai with a cap (which happens to look like the one on the Rattla figure), pair of glasses, fangs, and two maracas. Surprisingly it fools Skales, who was shown to be quite competent before, and his disguise isn't blown until he drops his maracas watching the Slither Pit match in Ouroboros.
** The Serpentine during the talent show in "The Royal Blacksmiths".
* ParentalFavoritism: As Garmadon points out to Wu before he leaves the Underworld "You were always [their father's] favorite".
* PetTheDog: Lloyd can generally make Garmadon's original, non-evil self shine through for a while.
* PlotCoupon: The four Silver Fang Blades.
* [[spoiler:PlotRelevantAgeUp: Lloyd is aged to adulthood by a magical tea in "Child's Play".]]
* PutOnABus: The ninjas' dragons leave for an indeterminate amount of time for what's basically dragon puberty.
** TheBusCameBack: The dragons return for the first season finale, having [[FusionDance merged together into the Ultra Dragon]].
* ThePsychoRangers: Lord Garmadon creates a team of evil ninja in the second season using the Mega Weapon, but they're destroyed at the end of the episode.
* PsychoSerum: The dark matter on the Island of Darkness.
* RealityEnsues: During the beginning of the second season when the ninja lose both their weapons and home to Garmadon, they have to live in a run down apartment, get part time jobs (that they quickly lose) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ride the bus.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: All the skeletons as well as Lord Garmadon have glowing red eyes, rather than the BlackBeadEyes typical of LEGO minifigures. The Hypnobrai tribe also have these.
** Frighteningly, Garmadon was shown in a flashback and a photo to have these ''[[UncannyValley when he was still human.'']]
* RelegatedMentor: While he remains on hand to dispense advice, by the end of the first season Master Wu feels there's nothing more he can teach the boys about fighting. The focus shifts from Master Wu training the boys to the boys training Lloyd to become the green ninja.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The 2012 wave.
* RetGone: Almost happened to Lloyd in the TimeTravelEpisode.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: [[spoiler:Zane]] Nindroid
* RoboticReveal: See above.
* RuleOfThree: Kai, Zane, and Cole consecutively losing their jobs in "Darkness Shall Rise".
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:"Samurai X has come to help the ninjas fight off the evil snakes, but won’t reveal his identity."]] Of course, the official images of the set don't exactly do a good job hiding the character's identity. [[http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Samurai-Mech-9448 Here there be spoilers]]
* SceneryPorn: The land of Ninjago has plenty of amazing scenery, particularly the areas where the golden weapons are hidden.
* SealedEvilInACan: Lord Garmadon was sealed in the Underworld, but manages to escape at the end of the film.
** The Serpentine, who as pointed out were sealed away in rebellion against their rule of Ninjago.
** The Great Devourer.
* SecretIdentity: Cole kept his secret of being a ninja from his father.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: The ninjas are typically wrapped up head to toe, with Nya being the only protagonist with an even marginally revealing outfit (her arms are exposed). The skeletons usually have body armor, but other than that tend to wear nothing but a colored loincloth and maybe a hat (granted, they ARE skeletons). Garmadon, the BigBad, seemingly has no clothing but a purple belt.
** The Serpentine being snakes have little to nothing unless you count their weapons.
* ShipTease: When Jay learns that his team will be rescuing Nya, Kai's sister, his interest piques...
-->'''Jay''': You never said anything about a girl! Is she hot?
-->'''Kai''': She's my ''sister''.
-->'''Jay''': Hey, just wanted to know what we're getting ourselves into. Does she like blue?
** It turns out that blue ''is'' her favorite color, and the website confirms that Jay is her favorite ninja. Whether this leads to anything remains to be seen, although being a toyline aimed at young boys anything beyond flirtation may be too much to hope for.
** "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" ends up taking this a step futher by having the two go on a date, and also has Nya kissing Jay, with the two bordering on OfficialCouple by the end of the episode.
* ShoutOut: The uniforms worn by the students in Lloyd's boarding school appear to be heavily based on the Hogwarts uniforms in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' franchise. Namely, they look like the uniforms in the LEGO ''Harry Potter'' line recolored with a skull emblem printed on.
** In "The Royal Blacksmiths" Cole mentions Clutch Powers, the main protagonist of a previously released LEGO film. This seems to imply that a lot of LEGO franchises are set in the same universe.
** Instead of her regular outfit Nya has in the victory party scene at the end of "All of Nothing" the torso/leg design of the Willie Scott figure from LEGO's ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' line.
** When Lord Garmadon assembles the Mega-Weapon at the Golden Peaks in "Darkness Shall Rise", the camera zooms to Sensei Wu, who says [[Franchise/StarWars "I feel a disturbance in the force."]]
** In "The Last Hope", when the Ninja are trying out elemental one-liners (mostly {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s), Zane tries "Ice to meet you!" on for size. One of the other ninja replies that [[Film/BatmanAndRobin he thinks he's heard that one before.]]
** The team get a MidSeasonUpgrade called "ZX". Ninja themed super hero called ZX? [[Film/KamenRiderZX Sounds familiar]]
** Cole moonwalks and dances just like the [[Music/MichaelJackson King of Pop]] in "Island of Darkness."
* SixthRanger: Well, fifth in this case; in the 2012 storyline they introduce a ninja clad in green and the other ninjas assume that one of them will become him, when in actuality it's a whole new team member. And it's Lloyd. The Anacondrai count as the EvilCounterpart of this for the team.
* SnakePeople: Lots of them.
* SssssnakeTalk: the Serpentine.
* TheStarscream: Samukai to Garmadon.
** Skales acts as a Starscream to ''three'' people; Slithraa (challenges him for control of the Hypnobrai and wins), Pythor (stands by as he screws himself over), and Garmadon (throws him into the ocean and becomes leader of all of the Serpentine).
* StealthPun: The blue ninja is named Jay. (Blue jay, geddit?) And the 2012 line adds XtremeKoolLetterz to the characters' names, so Jay becomes... [[JayZ Jay ZX.]]
** The black earth ninja is named Cole, guess what else is black and come from the earth? [[DontExplainTheJoke Coal, geddit?]]
** The red ninja is named Kai. It's a short form of Akai, the japanese word for Red.
** Zane is...well, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} zany]].
** Lloyd is the green ninja. He's also the newest and least experienced ninja.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: In episode "The Last Voyage" Cole begins to hum the background music heard throughout season 2 and gets stared at by Kai to which Cole replies "What? It's catchy!"
* SticksToTheBack: LEGO ninja headwraps include a clip on the back for swords, so this was inevitable in the toyline.
* TheStoic: Zane, despite being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, very rarely inflects or raises his voice.
** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: After he discovers he's a robot]].
* TechnicolorNinjas
* TemporalParadox: [[spoiler:Garmadon uses his Mega Weapon to try and change time so that Lloyd doesn't become the Green Ninja. The Ninjas undo the changes brought about, both by his involvement and theirs, by sacrificing the Golden Weapons of that time period to destroy the Mega-Weapon. Now everything involving the Golden Weapons, including the Devourer's death, somehow still happened...]]
** [[spoiler:The episode strongly implies that by destroying the Mega-Weapon, the Ninja were able to stop the time-travel adventure from ever happening, and thus prevent the alternate timeline from even being created. It's still a paradox, but if you accept that this consequence is possible, it makes sense that the actions up until the time travel adventure (or as seen at the end of the episode, up until the morning before) would still have taken place.]]
* TheNightThatNeverEnds: A mural in the Constrictai's tomb predicts that if the four Serpentine Tribes unite and find several [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts Of Doom]], they'll be able to summon the Great Devourer to trigger this.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: The second season has the Ninjas unlocking this. Kai and Jay become {{Elemental Embodiment}}s, Cole becomes [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]], and Zane gains the ability to fire a powerful FreezeRay.
* TitleScream: The theme song ''The Weekend Whip'' uses the lyrics "Ninja GO!" in a song that otherwise has no obvious connection with ninjas. The Spinjitzu gameplay instructions included in the toys also instruct players to shout this as they spin their characters.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Kai's father, the First Spinjitzu Master, Misako, Dareth, and both Jay's and Cole's parents.
* TragicVillain: Garmadon revealed to be this over the course of the series. The Great Devourer corrupting him was his start to evil and he literally can't fight that side of him. Despite this, he does want to be a good father to Lloyd, which makes it all the more sadder that his own fate has been decided despite feelings towards his family, who he must fight in future.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The teaser for episode 26 clearly depicts [[spoiler:the Overlord]] having become a giant dragon and Lloyd's uniform having turned gold.
* UnableToCry: Surprisingly averted by Zane. Despite being [[spoiler:a robot, he still shed a SingleTear when all his memory came back to him]].
* TheUnderworld: The base of operations for Lord Garmadon and the skeletons.
* VagueAge: It's hard to place whether the ninjas are young adults or teenagers.
** Zane's real age is even harder to figure out, due to the fact that he [[spoiler:outlived his father and should be several decades old, judging by his creator's own age in the flashback.]]
** It gets more difficult when you look at [[spoiler:Lloyd. He starts out as a vague-aged kid, then gets aged up via AppliedPhlebotinum to a vague-aged teenager.]]
* VillainDecay: The Serpentine get hit with this hard after episode 14, partially justified since season 2 does not focus on them like season 1 did.
* VillainOverride: [[spoiler:The Overlord takes control of Lord Garmadon's body near the climax of episode 25.]]
* TheVirus: The Fangpyre tribe have the power to bite ''vehicles'' and turn them into animate snake-themed vehicles which they can then use for their own goals, and can also corrupt people, though with the former it's instantaneous and with the latter it's extremely slow acting. They do this in episode 3 to Jay's parents and some of the vehicles and piles of junk his dad made, out of which is a wrecking ball (which also appears in one of the levels of Rise of the Snakes) and a giant ninja robot (which Ed claims he made in Jay's honor).
** Later in "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" Jay becomes afflicted after getting his hand pricked on a fossilized Fangpyre skull. It's suggested that the time it takes for it to affect organic lifeforms depends on their complexity since shortly after Jay leaves a fly drinks the venom from the skull and instantly mutates.
* VisualPun: Zane getting butterflies in his stomach... literally.
* WhamEpisode: "Tick Tock". Luckily, in this case it's an awesome wham.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Your father is gone."]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Like almost all Lego properties, the good guys are humans and the badguys are inhuman.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler:Lloyd lets one loose when he destroys the Overlord.]]
* XMeetsY: A DistaffCounterpart ''Manga/SailorMoon'' meets ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' meets ''SuperSentai'' with ninjas!

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''LEGO Ninjago'' is a theme of {{LEGO}} products introduced in 2011. The premise seems founded almost entirely on RuleOfCool: A group of {{ninja}} with ElementalPowers are at war with an army of similarly elementally themed [[DemBones undead skeletons]]. Both fight using the martial art called "[[SpinAttack Spinjitzu]]", which involves spinning at high velocity to channel elemental powers. To support their effort, the Ninja tame powerful dragons matching their elements, while the skeletons command high-tech vehicles like tanks and motorcycles. Later on they battle against the BigBad's son who unleashes five ancient races of snake people who were the original rulers of Ninjago.

A made-for-TV movie, split into [[FiveEpisodePilot four pilot episodes]], was shown on Creator/CartoonNetwork to promote this theme, and it was apparently successful enough that a full 13-episode TV series was greenlit, with a second season released and a third one planned for late 2013. From the information released, it seems to focus around [[spoiler:robots]]. In the meantime, ''LEGO Battles: Ninjago'' has been released for the NintendoDS, and an iPhone game called "Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt" and its MissionPackSequel "Rise of the Snakes" are available from iTunes.

Now has a [[Characters/{{Ninjago}} Character Page]] and [[Recap/{{Ninjago}} Recap Page]].
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!!Some LEGO Ninjago tropes:
* {{Adorkable}}: Jay, especially around Nya.
** Jay gets it from his parents!
** Zane is this too.
* AcidTripDimension: Spit from Venomari will make you see some strange things.
* ActionGirl: Nya, most noticeably in one short where she single-handedly defeats Chopov, Wyplash, Krazi, and Bonezai before Jay can realize something is wrong. Adding to that, [[spoiler:she has a samurai alter ego with a MiniMecha]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Nya's excited responses to Bizarro Jay's behavior.
* AmbiguousDisorder: ZigZagged. Zane showed almost every possible hint of having UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome, including LiteralMinded-ness, difficulty understanding the humor of others, [[DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm no ability to detect sarcasm]], a tendency to get over-focused when training, a general lack of the understanding of social norms, SpockSpeak and SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, among others. [[spoiler: Turns out he's actually a RidiculouslyHumanRobot]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Jay catching up Sensei Wu in the episode The Green Ninja
-->'''Jay''': Zane [[spoiler:[[RidiculouslyHumanRobot is a Nindroid]]]], Nya [[spoiler:[[SamusIsAGirl is the Samurai]]]], and Cole's a dancer.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Serpentine Tribes decide their leadership in this fashion.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: A giant robot attacks Zane; in order to 'disable' it, it required attacking the robot from behind. Specifically in the upper part of its back.
** [[spoiler:The Great Devourer has one on its forehead. Garmadon ultimately destroys it by attacking this point with the four Golden Weapons.]]
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Sensei Wu:
--> '"Iron sharpens iron, perhaps-' *licks cotton candy* '-this Samurai will encourage you to find your true potentia... *GASP* FERRIS WHEEL!' *runs towards ferris wheel*"
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: [[spoiler:Garmadon leads the Skeleton Army against the Serpentine near the end of "All of Nothing".]]
** [[spoiler:Garmadon again during "Day of the Great Devourer" when he uses the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu to destroy the Devourer.]]
* BadWithTheBone: Skeleton weapons include golden bones, axes with bones for handles, golden axes with golden bones for handles, and plain old bones.
* BandOfBrothers: The ninjas.
* BerserkButton: In "Double Trouble", when Jay found out his evil double kissed Nya.
** Anything to do with Nya in trouble for both Jay and Kai.
** A threat to cake or somewhat his father for Cole.
** His friends being in danger for Zane.
--> "You will not hurt my friends!"
* BigBad: Lord Garmadon.
** BigBadEnsemble: The leaders of each of the Serpentine Tribes.
** BiggerBad: The Great Devourer.
*** The Overlord looks to be an Even Bigger Bad.
* BigDamnHeroes: Samurai X gets one on "Pirates vs. Ninja".
* BigGood: Sensei Wu.
* BigNo: Zane in "Tick Tock" [[spoiler:after he discovers he's a robot]].
** Skales in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still" when [[spoiler:the Serpentine are sealed underground. Again]].
** Kai when the Ovelord's portal bridging the Island of Darkness to Ninjago closes.
** The Overlord when he's defeated.
* BluffTheImpostor: Sensei Wu tells the Bizarro-Ninja about how Lloyd must be having a good time at an amusement park, when Lloyd is at the boarding school.
* BodyHorror: A flashback of Sensei Wu's reveals that Garmadon looks like he does because, just before falling into the underworld, he got struck by lightning, which pretty much fried his skin and exposed his bones. Even in LEGO form, it's quite disturbing to see.
** [[spoiler:Garmadon being possessed by the Overlord and the resulting transformation.]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The victims of the Hypnobrai's gaze and the Overlord's dark matter.
* BrattyHalfPint: Lloyd Garmadon, up until "Never Trust a Snake".
* BroughtDownToNormal: After losing their Golden Weapons, the Ninja, while they still have Spinjitzu, have lost the majority of their elemental powers along with them.
* BuiltWithLego: Played straight, being a LEGO toy line-- all the characters are LEGO minifigures. However, in some media it's subtler than in others. For instance, most of the scenery in the TV episodes is stylized heavily so there are no obvious LEGO elements.
** ''LEGO Battles: Ninjago'' plays this straight as a tack.
* TheCakeIsALie: Cole laments this in "Double Trouble" after being lured to Darkling School.
* ChekhovsClassroom: At the beginning of "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" Nya is giving a lecture theorizing that Fangpyre venom in a person's body can be counteracted by the victim increasing their heart rate, which is how Jay cures himself later on.
* ChekhovsGun: "Ninjaball Run" has two: first Nya puts a feature in the Ultra Sonic Raider that allows the cockpit to detach and become an airborne vehicle, which the ninja use to catch up to Lord Garmadon after he creates a fissure to stop them. The second is Jay's lucky piston which he attached to the front of the Raider and allowed them to technically pass the finish line before Garmadon.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Samurai X after episode 15.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Zane comes off as a bit spacy to the other ninjas.
** Sensei Wu might count as this. For example, he asks a Serpentine to pour him some tea. In the middle of a high speed chase.
* ColourCodedArmies: Hypnobrai are blue and gold, Fangpyre are red and white, Venomari are lime and dark green, Constrictai are black/grey and orange, and Anacondrai are violet.
** ColourCodedElements: The clothes of the ninjas and skeletons: red is fire, blue is lightning, white is ice, and black (or dark grey) is earth.
* CoolBike: Kai's sword can transform into an awesome motorcycle.
* CoolCar: In the 2012 sets, Cole gets what amount to a ninja-Batmobile. Most of the skeleton rides count as well, especially the monster truck.
* CoveredInGunge: After the Great Devourer is destroyed Ninjago City get covered in green slime.
* CainAndAbel: Garmadon and Sensei Wu are brothers, and the sons of the first Master of Spinjitzu. Garmadon is the older brother; Wu is the younger brother.
* CuteLittleFangs: When a victim is bitten by a Fangpyre, the first sign of change is a pair of tiny fangs.
* DemBones: The skeletons.
* [[spoiler:DeathIsCheap: Zane's father is revealed to be alive in episode 22.]]
* DemonicPossession: [[spoiler:In episode 25, the Overlord reincarnates himself in Garmadon's body.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Nuckal and Kruncha appear as extras in several episodes before [[spoiler:fighting the Serpentine alongside the other skeletons in "All of Nothing"]].
* DoesNotUnderstandSarcasm: Zane. Justified in that [[spoiler:he's a [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots robot]], and his humor switch is usually set to "off"]].
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: [[Manga/SailorMoon Four elemental warriors who have been training for sometime to protect another warrior who has the abilities to take down a major villain. Also they have no clue who that warrior is.]]
** A MerchandiseDriven show that turns out to be surprisingly good and attracts a large PeripheryDemographic that is both older and a different gender than the target audience...[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic hmmm]]...
* DivingSave: Cole saves his father in episode "The Royal Blacksmiths", and also gains his true potential.
* TheDragon: Samukai, King of the Underworld, to Lord Garmadon, Skales to Pythor, and [[DemotedToDragon Lord Garmadon]] to the Overlord.
** DragonAscendant: After the death of Pythor and the Great Devourer Skales tried to become this and lead the Serpentine, but Lord Garmadon won them over before he did, leaving Skales with only the other generals.
** DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler:The Overlord taking Garmadon's body in episode 25.]]
* [[DragonRider Dragon Riders]]: The Ninja.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler:After the final battle Garmadon is made good again.]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Great Devourer worshipped by the Serpentine Tribes. Its said that if unleashed, it'll consume the world in TheNightThatNeverEnds.
* ElementalPowers: The ninjas, skeletons and dragons each have one of four elemental powers: FireIceLightning and [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers Earth]]. Each element also has its own magical golden weapon.
** PlayingWithFire: The ninja Kai, the skeleton Frakjaw, the skeleton king Samukai, the Fangpyre Serpentine, and the Sword of Fire.
** ShockAndAwe: The ninja Jay, the skeleton Krazi, the skeleton general Nuckal, the Venomari Serpentine, and the Nunchucks of Lightning.
** AnIcePerson: The ninja Zane, the skeleton Bonezai, the skeleton general Wyplash, the Hypnobrai Serpentine, and the Shurikens of Ice.
** DishingOutDirt: The ninja Cole, the skeleton Chopov, the skeleton general Kruncha, the Constrictai Serpentine, and the Scythe of Quakes.
** LightEmUp: Sensei Wu.
** CastingAShadow: Lord Garmadon.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: [[spoiler:Lloyd becoming the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master, turning his uniform gold and allowing him to form a dragon out of light to annihilate the Overlord.]]
* EnemyMine: Wu and Garmadon have one when the former needs the latter's help to save Lloyd.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Lord Garmadon genuinely loves his son Lloyd.
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: In the episode "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" after the ninja realize they were successful in [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong.]]
** Really, you'd have an easier time listing the episodes that don't end with everybody laughing.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning
* EvilTastesGood: During the montage of Garmadon's stay with the ninjas in "The Green Ninja" he is shown eating "condensed evil".
* EvilVersusEvil: Garmadon against the Serpentine.
** EvilVersusOblivion: Garmadon against the Great Devourer.
* ExactWords: When his students ask if one of them will become the Green Ninja if they prove themself better than all the others, Wu replies "If that's what it takes to get you motivated to train..."
* {{Expy}}: Samukai is similar looking to [[Franchise/StarWars General Grievous]]. He even has similar fighting moves and four arms.
** [[spoiler:Zane]] [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot shares]] [[DoAnythingRobot quite]] [[NoSenseOfHumor a]] [[SpockSpeak few]] traits with [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Data.]]
* ExtremeOmnivore: The monster starfish in "The Last Voyage".
* {{Fangirl}}: In the episode "The Last Voyage", before sailing off Sensei Wu points out that Zane has fangirls as well as [[{{Fanboy}} fanboys]].
* FantasticFruitsAndVegetables: The "Book of Ninjago" on the official website lists exotic flora and fauna for most of Ninjago's key locations. Their exotic qualities are often wildly unrealistic and PlayedForLaughs.
* FantasyKitchenSink: What the 2012 sets amount to.
* FantasyWorldMap: It's in the shape of a dragon's head.
** PatchworkMap: Ninjago has a lot of adjacent locations with stark, unexplained contrasts.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: In "Home", when everyone's upset by [[spoiler:their home being destroyed]], Jay is fixated on the fact he's lost all his high scores.
* FightingAShadow: While he was sealed in the Underworld, Lord Garmadon could project his shadow to the real world. The only way to fight it is with your own shadow, other wise it can hit you but not the other way around.
* FiveBadBand: The Serpentine generals can be organized as one.
** BigBad: Pythor
** TheDragon: Skales
** TheBrute: Skalidor
** TheDarkChick[=/=]EvilGenius: Fangtom
** EvilGenius: Acidicus
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader[[note]]Type 2[[/note]]: '''[[color:black:Cole]]'''.
** TheLancer: '''[[color:red:Kai]]'''.
** TheSmartGuy: '''[[color:silver:Zane]]'''.
** TheBigGuy: '''[[color:blue:Jay]]'''
** SixthRanger[=/=]TagalongKid : [[spoiler:'''Lloyd, the Green Ninja''']]
* {{Flashback}}: [[spoiler:After activating his Memory switch, Zane remembers his past and his ''father''.]]
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: The Ninja don't use their True Potential (NRG) forms at all between "Darkness Shall Rise" and "The Last Hope".
** For most of these episodes this makes sense, as they have lost their Golden Weapons, and with them most of their elemental powers, but even after [[spoiler:they have regained their elemental powers from the four Elemental Blades]], they don't think to enter these forms. And there are a lot of instances in "The Last Hope" when magic levitation would have ''really'' come in handy...
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Kai is choleric, Jay is sanguine, Cole is phlegmatic, and Zane is melancholic.
* FriendOrIdolDecision: Near the end of "The Green Ninja" when the Fire Temple is flooding with lava and about to erupt Kai is forced to decide between saving Lloyd and saving the third Silver Fang Blade. Take a wild guess which one he picks.
* GarnishingTheStory: The episode "Pirates Vs. Ninja" of the second season.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the episode "Snakebit", there's a brightly-lit sign reading "Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk." [[SignsOfDisrepair The S in "Scrap" flickers out.]] Literally getting "crap" past the radar.
** In a FreezeFrameBonus in the episode The Royal Blacksmiths, you can catch a brief glimpse of the [[http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y292/Genjo_Sanzo/test.png Announcer's notes]] in the talent competition. They're very... ''interesting'', to say the least.
--> TONIGHT NOTES
--> - OPEN W. JOKE ABOUT
--> CONDUCTOR'S BOW TIE
--> - PRESENT JUDGES
--> - ALT. TREBLE MAKERS
--> - DON'T SOUND LIKE AN
--> AS S HOLE THIS EVENING
--> REMEMBER!
--> CHARM !
--> CONFIDENCE !
--> DELICIOUS HAIR!
* GlowingEyes: When a ninja's true potential is unlocked.
* GodzillaThreshold: The fight with the Great Devourer is so great a threat that [[spoiler:giving Garmadon the Golden Weapons becomes the only option to destroy it.]]
* GrandFinale: "The Rise of the Spinjitzu Master"
* HeelFaceTurn: Lloyd Garmadon.
** HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Lord Garmadon. Though its not actually his fault, considering he ''literally'' has evil in his blood thanks to being bitten by the Great Devourer.
* HellYesMoment: [[spoiler:The Ninja getting their upgraded Elemental Powers, meaning the Stone Army's [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]] status just expired.]]
* HenshinHero
* HeroicBSOD: Zane. See BigNo above.
* HighlyVisibleNinja
** In particular when Zane's attire turned pink due to being washed, yet it actually [[WallpaperCamouflage worked to his advantage]] later on.
* HistoryRepeats: The Serpentine were SealedEvilInACan when the series started, [[spoiler:then became sealed ''again'' in "The Day Ninjago Stood Still" when they released the Stone Army into Ninjago]].
* HollywoodToneDeaf: The Serpentine during The Royal Blacksmiths.
* HumongousMecha: [[spoiler:Nya has her Samurai X mech, and Lloyd also has a Golden Mech that belonged to the First Spinjitzu Master.]]
* IdiotBall: Sensei Wu sending the four ninja away so he can face Pythor alone, because "it's his destiny". Yeah, letting yourself be killed in front of your students and friends is kinda stupid.
** Not to mention that all of them together against Pythor alone would've been a CurbStompBattle, all but guaranteeing that the Great Devourer wouldn't be revived. Of course, his students then proceed to pick up the IdiotBall themselves, by forgetting that they've got their own vehicles and a HumongousMecha which can ''fly'', instead waiting for Lloyd to show up with the airship several minutes later before chasing after Pythor and Wu.
* [[ImplacableMan Implacable Men]]: The Stone Army.
* InformedAbility: According to the product description for her spinner set, Nya has psychic powers. This is never even hinted at elsewhere-- the closest suggestion is the official website's statement that her specialty is "intuition."
** This was later shown, but ''only when she had turned evil''. Just for fun, note that this is also the first time she ever uses Spinjitzu.
* InstantSedation: The Samurai's KnockoutGas.
* IKnowKarate: In the episode "Snakebit", the lights turn off in the junkyard, leaving Jay's parents Ed and Edna in darkness. Feeling danger about, Ed musters up the courage to yell to the darkness: "Whoever you are, my son knows Spinjitzu!"
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:Lloyd has one with Lord Garmadon when his body is stolen by the Overlord. He fails.]]
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: The Green Ninja, supposedly the being destined to defeat Lord Garmadon.
* LethalJokeItem: In the "Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt" iPhone game, the outfit with the second highest defense rating is a set of pajamas. The second strongest weapon is ''Kai's toothbrush''.
** It may be worth noting that, in the pilot episodes, Kai defeats three fully-prepared, well-armed, and stereotypically-clad ninja while wearing his pajamas and wielding his electric toothbrush.
* LogicBomb: In "Child's Play", Zane begins to fritz when presented with a question with no obvious, logical answer.
* TheManInTheMirrorTalksBack: Played with in "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" when Kai poses as his past self's reflection [[ItMakesSenseInContext to distract him while the other ninja kidnap Nya]].
* MeaningfulName: The theme name itself. The meaning of "Ninja GO!" is obvious, but it's also a portmanteau of Ninja and LEGO. The skeleton names also have fairly obvious meanings.
** The Serpentine tribes all have names referencing their racial traits; Hypnobrai can hypnotize people, Fangpyre (portmanteau of "fang" and "vampire") can use their fangs to upgrade vehicles and transform people, Venomari can spit venom into people's eyes to make them hallucinate, Constrictai are, [[ShapedLikeItself well, constrictors]] (though their main talent seems to be burrowing and Skalidor is the only one with a tail to constrict, so they may be the odd one out), and Anacondrai are the largest tribe just as anacondas are the largest species of snake in real life.
** The Green Ninja, Lloyd, is also the least experienced of the ninjas - literally making him a 'green' ninja.
** Cole. Sounds like "coal", which is both of his element (earth), and his color.
* MerchandiseDriven: Being that this ''is'' a Lego series...yeah.
* MidSeasonTwist: [[WhamEpisode Tick Tock]] reveals that [[spoiler:Zane is in fact a RidiculouslyHumanRobot.]]
* MoralityPet: Garmadon's [[PapaWolf protectiveness]] and [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes love]] for his son Lloyd is generally the only thing that can make his original, good personality apparent.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: Samukai.
** Later on Garmadon grows a second pair of arms so he can hold all four Golden Weapons at once. Unlike Samukai, he isn't destroyed by attempting to do so.
* MundaneUtility: The first episode of the series has Kai using the Sword of Fire as a makeshift oven.
* MushroomSamba: Happens to victims of Venomari venom. When the combined forces of the Venomari and Constrictai are attacking the ninjas Kai sees them as angry elves and gingerbread men, and also becomes convinced there's a rope they can use to get to safety. [[spoiler:Then an actual rope appears.]] Later on when they get back on the ship he sees Wu's beard moving.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: Happened is the climax of the episode [[TimeTravelEpisode "Wrong Place, Wrong Time".]] Even though they tried NeverTheSelvesShallMeet, it didn't work.
* MysteriousMiddleInitial: What exactly does the P stand for in Pythor P. Chumsworth?
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler:So Lord Garmadon, because Lloyd is your son, rather than kill him, you wanted to prevent him from reaching his full potential by killing his ninja bodyguards, and in trying to do so, you bring about a monster who only gets defeated by a method that...ends up having Lloyd reach his full potential ''fast''. And he does so in an unwelcome method no less. You idiot, you better hope EarnYourHappyEnding happens.]]
* {{Ninja}}
* NoPronunciationGuide: Is it pronounced Ninja Go or [=NinJAHgo=]? The designer videos tend to use the latter pronunciation, while every significant TitleDrop uses the former. The animations, however, use both: Ninja Go before spinning, and [=NinJAHgo=] when referring to the location.
* NotNowKiddo: When the ninjas were turned into children this constantly happened when trying to warn people about the beast on the loose.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Kai escaping a volcano and saving Lloyd, gaining his true potential in "The Green Ninja".
* OneWingedAngel: Becoming the leader of one of the Serpentine Tribes results in taking on a more [[ScaledUp snake-like]] form.
** In the last episode [[spoiler:the Overlord]] becomes an enormous dragon.
* OnlyOneName: Almost all of the main characters and villains [[OddNameOut except for]] [[TheChosenOne Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon]] and [[BigBad Pythor P. Chumsworth.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Element dragons which guard the weapons of Ninjago, each of them can utilize a different element based on the weapon they guard. [[spoiler: later, they perform a fusion dance (off-screen) and become one four-headed dragon]]
** [[spoiler: The golden dragon Llyod summons]]
** [[spoiler: The Overlord's true form.]]
* PaperThinDisguise: In "The Snake King" Lloyd disguises himself as a Hypnobrai with a cap (which happens to look like the one on the Rattla figure), pair of glasses, fangs, and two maracas. Surprisingly it fools Skales, who was shown to be quite competent before, and his disguise isn't blown until he drops his maracas watching the Slither Pit match in Ouroboros.
** The Serpentine during the talent show in "The Royal Blacksmiths".
* ParentalFavoritism: As Garmadon points out to Wu before he leaves the Underworld "You were always [their father's] favorite".
* PetTheDog: Lloyd can generally make Garmadon's original, non-evil self shine through for a while.
* PlotCoupon: The four Silver Fang Blades.
* [[spoiler:PlotRelevantAgeUp: Lloyd is aged to adulthood by a magical tea in "Child's Play".]]
* PutOnABus: The ninjas' dragons leave for an indeterminate amount of time for what's basically dragon puberty.
** TheBusCameBack: The dragons return for the first season finale, having [[FusionDance merged together into the Ultra Dragon]].
* ThePsychoRangers: Lord Garmadon creates a team of evil ninja in the second season using the Mega Weapon, but they're destroyed at the end of the episode.
* PsychoSerum: The dark matter on the Island of Darkness.
* RealityEnsues: During the beginning of the second season when the ninja lose both their weapons and home to Garmadon, they have to live in a run down apartment, get part time jobs (that they quickly lose) and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking ride the bus.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: All the skeletons as well as Lord Garmadon have glowing red eyes, rather than the BlackBeadEyes typical of LEGO minifigures. The Hypnobrai tribe also have these.
** Frighteningly, Garmadon was shown in a flashback and a photo to have these ''[[UncannyValley when he was still human.'']]
* RelegatedMentor: While he remains on hand to dispense advice, by the end of the first season Master Wu feels there's nothing more he can teach the boys about fighting. The focus shifts from Master Wu training the boys to the boys training Lloyd to become the green ninja.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The 2012 wave.
* RetGone: Almost happened to Lloyd in the TimeTravelEpisode.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: [[spoiler:Zane]] Nindroid
* RoboticReveal: See above.
* RuleOfThree: Kai, Zane, and Cole consecutively losing their jobs in "Darkness Shall Rise".
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:"Samurai X has come to help the ninjas fight off the evil snakes, but won’t reveal his identity."]] Of course, the official images of the set don't exactly do a good job hiding the character's identity. [[http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Samurai-Mech-9448 Here there be spoilers]]
* SceneryPorn: The land of Ninjago has plenty of amazing scenery, particularly the areas where the golden weapons are hidden.
* SealedEvilInACan: Lord Garmadon was sealed in the Underworld, but manages to escape at the end of the film.
** The Serpentine, who as pointed out were sealed away in rebellion against their rule of Ninjago.
** The Great Devourer.
* SecretIdentity: Cole kept his secret of being a ninja from his father.
* SensibleHeroesSkimpyVillains: The ninjas are typically wrapped up head to toe, with Nya being the only protagonist with an even marginally revealing outfit (her arms are exposed). The skeletons usually have body armor, but other than that tend to wear nothing but a colored loincloth and maybe a hat (granted, they ARE skeletons). Garmadon, the BigBad, seemingly has no clothing but a purple belt.
** The Serpentine being snakes have little to nothing unless you count their weapons.
* ShipTease: When Jay learns that his team will be rescuing Nya, Kai's sister, his interest piques...
-->'''Jay''': You never said anything about a girl! Is she hot?
-->'''Kai''': She's my ''sister''.
-->'''Jay''': Hey, just wanted to know what we're getting ourselves into. Does she like blue?
** It turns out that blue ''is'' her favorite color, and the website confirms that Jay is her favorite ninja. Whether this leads to anything remains to be seen, although being a toyline aimed at young boys anything beyond flirtation may be too much to hope for.
** "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" ends up taking this a step futher by having the two go on a date, and also has Nya kissing Jay, with the two bordering on OfficialCouple by the end of the episode.
* ShoutOut: The uniforms worn by the students in Lloyd's boarding school appear to be heavily based on the Hogwarts uniforms in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' franchise. Namely, they look like the uniforms in the LEGO ''Harry Potter'' line recolored with a skull emblem printed on.
** In "The Royal Blacksmiths" Cole mentions Clutch Powers, the main protagonist of a previously released LEGO film. This seems to imply that a lot of LEGO franchises are set in the same universe.
** Instead of her regular outfit Nya has in the victory party scene at the end of "All of Nothing" the torso/leg design of the Willie Scott figure from LEGO's ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheTempleOfDoom'' line.
** When Lord Garmadon assembles the Mega-Weapon at the Golden Peaks in "Darkness Shall Rise", the camera zooms to Sensei Wu, who says [[Franchise/StarWars "I feel a disturbance in the force."]]
** In "The Last Hope", when the Ninja are trying out elemental one-liners (mostly {{Incredibly Lame Pun}}s), Zane tries "Ice to meet you!" on for size. One of the other ninja replies that [[Film/BatmanAndRobin he thinks he's heard that one before.]]
** The team get a MidSeasonUpgrade called "ZX". Ninja themed super hero called ZX? [[Film/KamenRiderZX Sounds familiar]]
** Cole moonwalks and dances just like the [[Music/MichaelJackson King of Pop]] in "Island of Darkness."
* SixthRanger: Well, fifth in this case; in the 2012 storyline they introduce a ninja clad in green and the other ninjas assume that one of them will become him, when in actuality it's a whole new team member. And it's Lloyd. The Anacondrai count as the EvilCounterpart of this for the team.
* SnakePeople: Lots of them.
* SssssnakeTalk: the Serpentine.
* TheStarscream: Samukai to Garmadon.
** Skales acts as a Starscream to ''three'' people; Slithraa (challenges him for control of the Hypnobrai and wins), Pythor (stands by as he screws himself over), and Garmadon (throws him into the ocean and becomes leader of all of the Serpentine).
* StealthPun: The blue ninja is named Jay. (Blue jay, geddit?) And the 2012 line adds XtremeKoolLetterz to the characters' names, so Jay becomes... [[JayZ Jay ZX.]]
** The black earth ninja is named Cole, guess what else is black and come from the earth? [[DontExplainTheJoke Coal, geddit?]]
** The red ninja is named Kai. It's a short form of Akai, the japanese word for Red.
** Zane is...well, [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} zany]].
** Lloyd is the green ninja. He's also the newest and least experienced ninja.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: In episode "The Last Voyage" Cole begins to hum the background music heard throughout season 2 and gets stared at by Kai to which Cole replies "What? It's catchy!"
* SticksToTheBack: LEGO ninja headwraps include a clip on the back for swords, so this was inevitable in the toyline.
* TheStoic: Zane, despite being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, very rarely inflects or raises his voice.
** NotSoStoic: [[spoiler: After he discovers he's a robot]].
* TechnicolorNinjas
* TemporalParadox: [[spoiler:Garmadon uses his Mega Weapon to try and change time so that Lloyd doesn't become the Green Ninja. The Ninjas undo the changes brought about, both by his involvement and theirs, by sacrificing the Golden Weapons of that time period to destroy the Mega-Weapon. Now everything involving the Golden Weapons, including the Devourer's death, somehow still happened...]]
** [[spoiler:The episode strongly implies that by destroying the Mega-Weapon, the Ninja were able to stop the time-travel adventure from ever happening, and thus prevent the alternate timeline from even being created. It's still a paradox, but if you accept that this consequence is possible, it makes sense that the actions up until the time travel adventure (or as seen at the end of the episode, up until the morning before) would still have taken place.]]
* TheNightThatNeverEnds: A mural in the Constrictai's tomb predicts that if the four Serpentine Tribes unite and find several [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts Of Doom]], they'll be able to summon the Great Devourer to trigger this.
* TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential: The second season has the Ninjas unlocking this. Kai and Jay become {{Elemental Embodiment}}s, Cole becomes [[NighInvulnerability Nigh Invulnerable]], and Zane gains the ability to fire a powerful FreezeRay.
* TitleScream: The theme song ''The Weekend Whip'' uses the lyrics "Ninja GO!" in a song that otherwise has no obvious connection with ninjas. The Spinjitzu gameplay instructions included in the toys also instruct players to shout this as they spin their characters.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: Kai's father, the First Spinjitzu Master, Misako, Dareth, and both Jay's and Cole's parents.
* TragicVillain: Garmadon revealed to be this over the course of the series. The Great Devourer corrupting him was his start to evil and he literally can't fight that side of him. Despite this, he does want to be a good father to Lloyd, which makes it all the more sadder that his own fate has been decided despite feelings towards his family, who he must fight in future.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The teaser for episode 26 clearly depicts [[spoiler:the Overlord]] having become a giant dragon and Lloyd's uniform having turned gold.
* UnableToCry: Surprisingly averted by Zane. Despite being [[spoiler:a robot, he still shed a SingleTear when all his memory came back to him]].
* TheUnderworld: The base of operations for Lord Garmadon and the skeletons.
* VagueAge: It's hard to place whether the ninjas are young adults or teenagers.
** Zane's real age is even harder to figure out, due to the fact that he [[spoiler:outlived his father and should be several decades old, judging by his creator's own age in the flashback.]]
** It gets more difficult when you look at [[spoiler:Lloyd. He starts out as a vague-aged kid, then gets aged up via AppliedPhlebotinum to a vague-aged teenager.]]
* VillainDecay: The Serpentine get hit with this hard after episode 14, partially justified since season 2 does not focus on them like season 1 did.
* VillainOverride: [[spoiler:The Overlord takes control of Lord Garmadon's body near the climax of episode 25.]]
* TheVirus: The Fangpyre tribe have the power to bite ''vehicles'' and turn them into animate snake-themed vehicles which they can then use for their own goals, and can also corrupt people, though with the former it's instantaneous and with the latter it's extremely slow acting. They do this in episode 3 to Jay's parents and some of the vehicles and piles of junk his dad made, out of which is a wrecking ball (which also appears in one of the levels of Rise of the Snakes) and a giant ninja robot (which Ed claims he made in Jay's honor).
** Later in "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" Jay becomes afflicted after getting his hand pricked on a fossilized Fangpyre skull. It's suggested that the time it takes for it to affect organic lifeforms depends on their complexity since shortly after Jay leaves a fly drinks the venom from the skull and instantly mutates.
* VisualPun: Zane getting butterflies in his stomach... literally.
* WhamEpisode: "Tick Tock". Luckily, in this case it's an awesome wham.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"Your father is gone."]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Like almost all Lego properties, the good guys are humans and the badguys are inhuman.
* WorldHealingWave: [[spoiler:Lloyd lets one loose when he destroys the Overlord.]]
* XMeetsY: A DistaffCounterpart ''Manga/SailorMoon'' meets ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' meets ''SuperSentai'' with ninjas!

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* CoolBike: Kai's sword can transform into an awesome motorcycle.


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* [[DragonRider Dragon Riders]]: The Ninja.


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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Element dragons which guard the weapons of Ninjago, each of them can utilize a different element based on the weapon they guard. [[spoiler: later, they perform a fusion dance (off-screen) and become one four-headed dragon]]
** [[spoiler: The golden dragon Llyod summons]]
** [[spoiler: The Overlord's true form.]]
30th Sep '13 12:50:46 PM Ionz
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A made-for-TV movie, split into [[FiveEpisodePilot four pilot episodes]], was shown on Creator/CartoonNetwork to promote this theme, and it was apparently successful enough that a full 13-episode TV series was greenlit, with a second season released and a third one planned for late 2013. In the meantime, ''LEGO Battles: Ninjago'' has been released for the NintendoDS, and an iPhone game called "Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt" and its MissionPackSequel "Rise of the Snakes" are available from iTunes.

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A made-for-TV movie, split into [[FiveEpisodePilot four pilot episodes]], was shown on Creator/CartoonNetwork to promote this theme, and it was apparently successful enough that a full 13-episode TV series was greenlit, with a second season released and a third one planned for late 2013. From the information released, it seems to focus around [[spoiler:robots]]. In the meantime, ''LEGO Battles: Ninjago'' has been released for the NintendoDS, and an iPhone game called "Spinjitzu Scavenger Hunt" and its MissionPackSequel "Rise of the Snakes" are available from iTunes.


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** This was later shown, but ''only when she had turned evil''. Just for fun, note that this is also the first time she ever uses Spinjitzu.
19th Sep '13 10:05:07 PM Moko-tan
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* HeyItsThatVoice: The Japanese dub reunites many known voices for the voice cast:
** Kai is [[TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes Opera Kobayashi]]
** Cole is [[AngelBeats Shiina. Yes. That stoic ninja girl who loves cute things.]]
** Nya is [[VividredOperation Himawari Shinomiya]]
** Sensei Wu is [[ToHeart Hiroyuki Fujita]]
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* HeyItsThatVoice: The Japanese dub reunites many known voices for the voice cast:
**Kai is [[TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes Opera Kobayashi]]
**Cole is [[AngelBeats Shiina. Yes. That stoic ninja girl who loves cute things.]]
**Nya is [[VividredOperation Himawari Shinomiya]]
**Sensei Wu is [[ToHeart Hiroyuki Fujita]]
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* SssssnakeTalk: the Serpentine.
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[[caption-width-right:340:Who will rise to become the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Green Ninja?]][[note]]Answer: [[SixthRanger None of the above.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:340:Who will rise to become the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Green Ninja?]][[hottip:*:Answer: [[SixthRanger None of the above.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:340:Who will rise to become the [[LawOfChromaticSuperiority Green Ninja?]][[hottip:*:Answer: Ninja?]][[note]]Answer: [[SixthRanger None of the above.]]]]
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** The team get a MidSeasonUpgrade called "ZX". Ninja themed super hero called ZX? [[KamenRiderZX Sounds familiar]]

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** The team get a MidSeasonUpgrade called "ZX". Ninja themed super hero called ZX? [[KamenRiderZX [[Film/KamenRiderZX Sounds familiar]]
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* SeventhEpisodeTwist: [[WhamEpisode Tick Tock]] reveals that [[spoiler:Zane is in fact a RidiculouslyHumanRobot.]]


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* MidSeasonTwist: [[WhamEpisode Tick Tock]] reveals that [[spoiler:Zane is in fact a RidiculouslyHumanRobot.]]
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