YMMV / Ninjago

  • Angst? What Angst?: No one seems very torn up over Garmadon's banishment, including his own family. Lloyd might be in a bit of denial, considering his initial reaction to the plan, but Wu and Misako seem completely unaffected. Even the Ninja had gotten close to Garmadon during the Tournament, and... nope, no real emotion there.
    • Being fair, their emotions did show a bit more during Shadow of Ronin. Lloyd and Misako both left the group for a while.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: In Volume 9 of the comic, was it always Zane's plan to stay loyal to the ninja? Or was Nya bursting in at the last second just a back-up plan he made in case the Overlord could not deliver what he promised, giving him the opportunity to both remain loyal and betray the ninja to potentially become human with no consequences?
  • Broken Base:
    • Over Lloyd being the Green Ninja. Many were expecting Kai or Zane to be the one awarded the title.
    • Also over the increased amount of sci-fi elements in the series, particularly the Ninja getting their vehicles in Snakebit and Zane turning out to be a Nindroid in Tick Tock.
    • Say, a Broken Base in a LEGO series featuring heroes with Elemental Powers because it's getting too sci-fi? Where have we seen that before...?
    • The Serpentine getting locked back underground by the Stone Army has resulted in this for some fans, especially due to their Ensemble Darkhorse status.
  • Cliché Storm: Albeit one done right. Less so as the series went on as the plots began to become more complicated.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: A lot of the music is incredible (listen to some of it here), but some music stands out in particular.
    • The theme song, 'The Weekend Whip' deserves a special mention. Done by The Fold, it's stylistically mid-late 2000s Pop Punk at its best, mixing the sounds of We The Kings' song 'Check Yes Juliet' and All Time Low's 'Dear Maria, Count Me In' and is catchy as all hell.
    • "Falcon Chase", the music as the Ninja pursue the falcon in "Tick Tock", makes the falcon's strings-based Leitmotif incredibly dramatic.
    • Also the track "Zane's True Potential" from the same episode.
    • A Leitmotif, first heard in "The Fire Temple", which appears to be a theme for Lord and Lloyd Garmadon as it plays in scenes where they are together. Quite fittingly, it's a tragic-sounding melody due to the destined battle between father and son. It also receives an espeically epic arrangement heard in "Fall of the Green Ninja" when Lloyd pleads to his father to help him fight back against the Overlord.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: When Nya attempts to flee from the Serpentine, her robot suffers a thruster malfunction.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • The Serpentine, especially Skales and Pythor, receive extensive treatment of this by the fandom. Somehow, these bloodthirsty and treacherous villains are interpreted as innocent Woobies who only want a hug. Season 3 makes this canon (Pythor excluded).
    • Lord Garmadon suffers from this to a degree as well, though it's more justified given how he is depicted as a Tragic Villain from Season 2 onward.
  • Ear Worm: The opening song — "Nin-jah-go, Nin-jah-go!"...
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: The Serpentine — especially Skales.
    • Jole, who doubles as a One-Scene Wonder, has become quite popular.
    • Neuro is also very popular.
    • Ronin is well-liked in the fandom.
    • Flintlocke is currently getting the most votes in "Who is the best Sky Pirate" poll on the Ninjago's Wikia front page.
    • Despite only appearing in one of the comics, Seliel is loved by the fandom, and many want her to have an appearance in the show.
    • Echo Zane. His adorable mannerisms immediately won over many fans.
  • Evil Is Sexy
    • Morro.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Jay and Nya.
      • Another popular option is Cole and Jay.
    • Greenflame (Kai and Lloyd).
  • Ho Yay: Although it doesn't happen often thanks to the show's Target Audience, it still occurs on occasion.
    • In "Can of Worms", Zane rode on Cole's back the entire way up a mountain, despite the fact that he was more than capable of doing it on his own. Then, there was this particularly lovely exchange upon facing one of the Serpentine Generals.
    Skalidor (to Zane): Look who's calling who pathetic... Pinky.
    Cole: Only I call him Pinky!
    • Not to mention in "Darkness Shall Rise", there was this:
    Cole: Nindroids first!
    Zane: Oh, you are such a gentleman!
    • And then after the stressful Final Battle, the two clearly hug. Complete with Cole referring to Zane by an Affectionate Nickname!
    • Lloyd and Kai are also getting some tension, especially in the fifth season.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The Titanium Ninja. Zane, a main character no less, dies onscreen, and the scene is immediately followed by a funeral that seems to imply he is Killed Off for Real. Then, he is shown to be alive at the very end of the episode.
  • Idiosyncratic Ship Naming: Interestingly, only same-sex pairings use this:
    • Kai and Lloyd: Greenflame
    • Zane and Cole: Glaciershipping
    • Kai and Cole: Lavashipping
    • Zane and Jay: Technoshipping
    • Kai and Zane: Steamshipping or Oppositeshipping
    • Cole and Jay: Bruiseshipping
  • It Was His Sled: People love spoiling that Zane is a robot and that Lloyd is the Green Ninja. The toyline also makes no effort to hide this, turning them into Late Arrival Spoilers. Also that in season 5, Cole turned into a ghost.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Lord Garmaddon when he's still an antagonist, who's a textbook example of Being Evil Sucks.
    • Nadakhan is a selfish Jackass Genie. However, on the other hand, in the course of the story, he lost his loved one, his father and his whole kingdom.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Pythor P. Chumsworth.
  • Memetic Mutation: GOLDEN CHAINSAW STAFFS!!!
    Lloyd: I'm a ninja. And you are wearing make-up.
    Jay: Hey hey hey, it's concealer!
    • "I have to scratch my face."
    • THAT'S... MY... MOM
    • From the season 5 trailer, we've got this exchange:
    Cole: How are we supposed to fight a friend?
    Possessed!Lloyd (with a much deeper voice): Let me show you!
    Jay: Whoa, Lloyd's gone through puberty!
    A HOARD OF SKULKINS run past the foreground and plot their sneak attack on Zane— but they get surprised when the Black Ninja GHOST through a solid wall!
    • From the end of the Day of the Departed trailer released in late September 2016, which was overall very dramatic and serious, we have this exchange (made funnier by the moderate lack of context):
    Wu: Is this good, or bad?
    Morro: Bad. Very bad.
  • Narm/Narm Charm: It's a little hard to take the plot twists seriously when the characters are still cute-as-a-button minifigures. This doesn't take away awesome moments however and the characters usually act normal and not like they live in some toy chest.
    • The scene where Skales tries to capture Lloyd...by slowly descending down on a window-washing lift... outside. His knock on the window during the same scene only adds to the Narm factor.
    • It's just possible that if you've watched Ninjago for the past four years, you're no longer quite seeing them as mini-figures, particularly since the stories keep getting better and better.
    • When they use Over Crank:
    Garmadon: "And this time I will recreate Ninjago...[slows down] in moy oowwn immmaaaggggeee..."
  • Periphery Demographic: Not just older, but a surprising amount of the older fandom is female as well.
  • Portmanteau Couple Name:
    • Jay and Nya: Jaya
    • Cole and Nya: Nycole
    • Zane and Pixal: Pixane
    • Kai and Skylor: Kailor
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Lloyd wasn't very well-liked in the first half of season two, being an annoying idiotic brat as a villain and The Load as a hero. Having Took a Level in Badass and generally becoming a more responsible character in later episodes may have changed that.
  • The Scrappy: Grand Sensei Darreth for being The Load. He was always creating problems that the ninjas had to solve, such as getting kidnapped by pirates in a Too Dumb to Live move, and failing to pay his rent so the ninjas have to enter a racing competition just to pay it off for him.
  • Ugly Cute: Some of the Serpentine fall under this on certain occasions, when they're serving as a comic relief rather than serious villains.
  • Uncanny Valley:
    • Lord Garmadon having glowing red eyes in human form!
    • When Lord Garmadon is possessed by the Overlord, something about his face looks... off. Given that this series gave us cool reptilian faces such as the Great Devourer and, eventually, the Overlord's final form, there's something not quite right about the design of this face.
  • Unfortunate Implications: If this thread is anything to go by, Ninjago's westernization of Japanese culture does not go over so well with some fans.
  • Villain Decay: Lord Garmadon, starting in the second season. In the first season, his personal greed caused him to betray his father and turn him against his brother Wu, and even in death, he became an evil mastermind who overthrew the lord of the underworld and spent years plotting and playing everyone involved to escape the underworld and have his revenge. In the second season, he is recast as a Tragic Villain who did not choose to be evil but was forcibly turned evil by the venom of the Great Devourer. When he isn't lamenting how Being Evil Sucks, he acts as a goofy Card-Carrying Villain who brushes his teeth with knives, laughs at sad movies, and literally eats evil, a far cry from the Knight of Cerebus he was in the first season. It's odd to see Lord Garmadon change from the dark and sinister plotter from the shadows in season one to crying and whining and accusing the ninjas of cheating in a racing competition. In the third season, Lord Garmadon is even usurped as the Big Bad by the Overlord, the real evil mastermind plotting and playing everyone involved.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome:
    • The rise of the dark half of Ninjago is an awesome blend of style and 3D animation.
    • The entire final battle is made of this. Lloyd's Golden Dragon is particularly impressive.
  • The Woobie:
    • Zane's No Social Skills, background as orphan unlike all the rest, and frustration others have because of his different ways can make him this at times.
      • If the new season continues the way it is, they might as well change the season name from Ninjago: Rebooted to Ninjago: How To Torture Zane.
    • Lloyd is also becoming a woobie. First he was tricked and kidnapped by Pythor. Then he is thrown into his prophecy of defeating his father and devoting most of his life to training. Finally he has quite literally has had his entire childhood taken away from him.
      • In episode thirty, shortly after Pythor captures him, Lloyd is forced to watch as his father is shoved into the ocean. Yikes.
      • Aaaannndd now he is the victim of Demonic Possesion thanks to Morro. Seriously, the universe seems to have it out for him.
    • Iron Woobie: Lord Garmadon is sort of becoming this as season 2 goes on.
      • As well as in the second half of season 4. From being painfully transformed against his will (once again!) into an Anacondrai to Chen taunting him about his past deception in front of Wu and Misako to having to make a Heroic Sacrifice, the last three episodes are basically a Trauma Conga Line for Garmadon.