Lloyd Montgomery Garmadon, the Green Ninja and Master of Energy
The son of Garmadon and Misako, nephew of Sensei Wu, and grandson of the First Spinjitzu Master. Once a bratty kid who sought to follow in his father's villainous footsteps, Lloyd changed his ways, helping the Ninja and realizing his destiny was to become the Green Ninja. As the Ninja trained Lloyd, he reunited with Misako and faced Garmadon and the Overlord. During his long, difficult journey, Lloyd has grown from a young, childish prankster to a strong, wise, and capable leader.
- Adorably Precocious Child: And still pretty cute when he gets older, too, albeit in a different way.
- Adorkable: More noticeable in Season 8.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Lloyd mentions that he hates the time he spent at Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys, heavily implying that he was frequently bullied there. The Lloyd Garmadon's Blog at LEGOClub.com confirms that he was indeed the Chew Toy of the school.
- All Your Powers Combined: As the Green Ninja, he can use the four main elements - earth, fire, ice and lightning. He later loses this ability when the Overlord steals most of his Golden Power and he shares the rest of it with the other four ninja, leaving him with just the element of Energy.
- The Atoner: He shows genuine remorse for releasing the Serpentine after his HeelFace Turn.
- Badass Adorable: He is adorable in every way. But dont forget, he is the most skilled Ninja who is capable of holding his own against all evil threats.
- Badass Baritone: His voice gets deeper between Seasons 7 and 8, showcasing the fact that he's growing up.
- Badass Normal: He is this after Season 8 thanks to Garmadon beating the crap out of him. Despite loosing his powers, he becomes the leader of La Résistance and manages to hold his own in fights. He doesn't get his powers back until the Season 9 finale and by the time that happens, he has already tired out Garmadon and won.
- Big Bad Wannabe: In the first season. It didn't go so well as he learned all snake tribes couldn't be trusted and gets betrayed by every one of them. At one point, when Fangtom and Skales are discussing what to do with him, Fangtom suggests turning him into one of them, but Skales says "Nah, the little tyke's pretty useless."
- Birds of a Feather: With Princess Harumi. Both are/were orphans at one point in their lives, both were pushed into roles they didn't ask for and both had a tough childhood and difficult family situations, although she deliberately tries to manipulate him by playing off of this.
- Bratty Half-Pint: As a child, he had a mischievous streak that led him to frequently pull pranks on others. Obviously, he gets better.
- Break the Cutie:
- After Harumi's true colors are revealed, Lloyd initially keeps himself together, but then begins to blame himself for not seeing through her sooner. When Misako tries to comfort him by saying that all he did was see the best in others, Lloyd turns away and darkly replies, "not anymore".
- Although he seems to get better after Misako warns him not to let the pain consume him as it did with Harumi, Lloyd absolutely snaps when he sees his father return in the flesh and attempts to reason with him. As Harumi deliberately made Garmadon come back wrong, it doesn't work out well for him, and he is left utterly broken and humiliated even further.
- The Chosen One: He is the Green Ninja destined to defeat the "ultimate evil" (in this case the Overlord, not Lord Garmadon, as it was previously thought) and become the savior of Ninjago. He succeeds in the climatic battle against the Overlord, reducing him to almost nothing.
- Chrome Champion: His suit turns golden after becoming the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was abandoned by both of his parents (not that they had any other choice) and left at a boarding school for kid villains. He was heavily bullied at said boarding school, and got expelled for not having the drive to commit actual evil. He tried to prove his worth as a villain after that, only to fall into Humiliation Conga over and over again courtesy of the ninja and his own general lack of evil-ness. Fortunately, he was taken in by his uncle, Master Wu, and the ninja, and was made to see the error of his ways.
- Demonic Possession: Morro pulls this on him for most of Season 5, using his body to carry out his plans. He tries to break free from the possession a couple of times, albeit briefly.
- He refuses to quit during the Final Battle, which is ultimately what unlocks his true power as the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master..
- Even more so in the season 8 finale, when Harumi and Garmadon seemingly kill his friends save for Nya, Misako and P.I.X.A.L. Even with Harumi talking him down he refuses to surrender and swears to defeat her and Garmadon one day. Sure enough, he makes a resistance against Garmadon with the help of his remaining friends and the elemental masters.
- Distressed Dude: The Serpentine kidnap him when they find out that he infiltrated the City of Ouroboros.
Lloyd: Why do I always get tied up?
- Lampshaded in "Double Trouble".
- Again in Season 5 when Morro takes over his body.
- Evil Is Petty: All of his evil deeds revolved around stealing candy and pulling pranks. He was also kicked out of boarding school for not having the drive to commit actual evil.
- His shirt has a green number five on it, pointing towards him becoming the Sixth Ranger.
- He was kicked out of the Boarding School for Bad Boys because he didn't have the drive to commit any actual evil. Turns out, he became the strongest hero in Ninjago. Go figure.
- Freudian Excuse: The bullying he suffered back at his boarding school spurred him to become a villain like his father.
- Friendless Background: During his time at Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys. Brad was his Only Friend who taught him the art of revenge, though only in secret.
- Golden Super Mode: When he realizes his true power during his battle with the Overlord.
- Half-Human Hybrid: As Season 8 reveals. The First Spinjitzu Master wasn't human, so by extension Garmadon, Wu and Lloyd aren't 100% human either. Apparently, the First Spinjitzu Master was actually half-oni and half-dragon with a human form; and as such Lloyd, Garmadon and Wu all have human, Oni and Dragon genes.
- He-Man Woman Hater: As a Bratty Half-Pint kid. Obviously, he gets better as he matures, and by Season 8 he even gets a Love Interest. Too bad said love interest was just using him and is the Big Bad of the season. At the very least, Lloyd develops a deep respect for Nya, PIXAL, Misako, and the other women in his life through Character Development.
- The Hero: An unusual version of this trope. He turns out to be the Green Ninja, and after his HeelFace Turn, he uses this status to protect Ninjago from evil threats.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices his childhood to defeat the Grundel, being aged up to adulthood with no turning back.
- Knight of Cerebus: While he isn't technically a villain, the series gets less funny and more dramatic once he grows up.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: The only people who don't know he's the Green Ninja either have no interest in Ninjago or have been living under a rock.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: He rises above the others and becomes the Green - later Golden - Ninja who successfully defeats the ultimate evil in all of Ninjago. Even after being depowered, he remains the most powerful member of the team.
- The Leader: Takes over Cole's role after he Took a Level in Badass as a result of a Plot-Relevant Age-Up in the last episodes of the second season. By the fifth season, it is even lampshaded by many characters, including Cole himself, that he is the leader of the ninja.
- Love at First Sight: Implied, with Harumi. At the very least, he seems to be intrigued at first sight. Of course, this doesn't go well for him ...
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Lloyd's powers are pretty inconsistent, although more often than not Lloyd loses powers as the plot demands rather than acquire new ones. Initially, Lloyd had an All Your Powers Combined stint going on, but this was replaced with Energy (his official power) after the first few arcs where he was The Chosen One. Chen refers to his Element as "Power" during the tournament of elements, and the way Lloyd's powers work is even more confusing. Best not to look into it too far.
- Overlord Jr.: He wanted to follow in the footsteps of his Evil Overlord father, to the point of modeling his attire after him. He wore a cape, had an evil laugh, and sided with the most despicable creatures in Ninjago.
- Plot-Relevant Age-Up:
- He was left with no choice but to use the Tomorrow's Tea and discard his childhood in order to save the child-ified Ninja from the Grundle.
- Happens again in "Wishmasters", when Lloyd wishes to be wise like Sensei Wu. Not only does he gain increased agility and intelligence, he also "becomes like him", rapidly aging him to an old man. He returns to being a teenager in "The Way Back", when Jay's wish erases everything that happened in the entirety of Season 6.
- Prophecy Twist: Lloyd is the Green Ninja destined to defeat the Dark Lord. The "Dark Lord" isn't Garmadon, as was originally believed; rather, it's actually the Overlord, and Lloyd must save his father from his clutches. Once the Overlord is defeated, the evil in Garmadon's blood is destroyed along with him, and Lloyd and his father are able to reconcile.
- As the Golden Ninja, he's also the subject of a Serpentine prophecy regarding the 'Golden Master' who will begin a rein of terror over Ninjago. It's actually the Overlord again, who becomes the Golden Master by stealing Lloyd's Golden Power and forging armor from the remains of the golden weapons.
- Punny Name: Lloyd Garmadon, son of Lord Garmadon. This initially confuses the ninja, who mistook him for Lord Garmadon when they learned that he was terrorizing Jamanakai Village.
- Rookie Red Ranger: While he definitely isn't the main character, he is the most inexperienced of the ninja at the time of joining them. He later becomes the Green Ninja.
- Ship Tease: With Princess Harumi before The Reveal.
- Sixth Ranger: While he first joins the team following his HeelFace Turn, he officially becomes the fifth ninja once he learns of his destiny as the Green Ninja.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's the spitting image of his father in both childhood and youth, with the exception of him having blond hair instead of Garmadon's brown.
- Sweet Tooth: He really liked candy as a kid. Heck, his first appearance involves him threatening to unleash the Serpentine on a village if they didn't give him all their candy. When he does succeed in raiding said village, he gets a sugar high from eating too much candy.
- Tagalong Kid: Post HeelFace Turn, except he isn't really The Load. The kid part soon becomes subverted.
- Took a Level in Badass: He slowly becomes more and more skilled as the series goes on, especially in season two when he undergoes intensive training to control his powers and prepare him for the final battle against his father, and later, the Overlord.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He becomes nicer and more open towards his uncle and fellow ninja post-HeelFace Turn.
- Unwitting Pawn: All throughout Season 8. His stint with Pythor in Season 1 counts too.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: He always seemed reluctant to fight Harumi and preferred to dodge her attacks and twist her arms behind her back instead.
Kai, the Red Ninja and Master of Fire
Kai was once a blacksmith who owned the Four Weapons shop along with his younger sister Nya. Ever since the disappearance of his parents, he had taken it upon himself to keep the family business going, and vowed to surpass his father's smithing skills. With the Skulkin Army invading his village and taking Nya hostage, Kai is motivated to accept Master Wu's offer to learn Spinjitzu. He eventually teams up with the other Ninja to seek the four fabled weapons of Spinjitzu to stop Lord Garmadon.
- Acquired Situational Narcissism: As a result of the Ninja achieving celebrity status by Season 6, the fame goes to Kai's head and causes him to develop a bigger ego. He indulges his fangirls by constantly flirting with them, enjoys merchandise styled after his image, and is addicted to using Chirp (the in-universe version of Twitter).
- Badass Biker: He owns a pretty mean bike that he loans to Nya during his ninja training.
- Big Brother Instinct: For Nya. He's been taking care of her ever since the disappearance of their parents when he was five years old. His immediate thought of action when she gets kidnapped in the pilot is to save her, which motivates him into becoming a ninja.
- Also has this for Lloyd after settling into Big Brother Mentor mode with it getting more pronounced as the seasons go on.
- Big Brother Mentor: He acts as one towards Lloyd due to having sworn to help him train. This comes to a head by the time Season 5 rolls around, since he acts more brotherly towards the green ninja after the latter lost his father and is heartbroken when he learns that Morro took over Lloyd's body.
- Berserk Button: Do not harm his comrades and especially don't harm Nya.
- Brother-Sister Team: He works best alongside his sister Nya, best shown in "Day Of The Departed" when they fight together to successfully defeat the resurrected Master Chen and his cronies. Season 7 also has both of them as the main focus, working together to retrieve the last Time Blade and using their elemental powers to create the Fusion Dragon.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: In the pilot, he dons armor and fights like one, and Sensei Wu mentions that his shop sells weapons well suited for them. He also has the moral/honor code of one and his sister is the first Samurai X.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric. Kai is arrogant and stubborn with a Hair-Trigger Temper, and tends to overestimate his abilities and dive into action headfirst without thinking things through. He's also very confident, Hot-Blooded, and loyal to his friends and family.
- Friend or Idol Decision: This is what triggers his True Potential. After obsessing over the idea of being the Green Ninja for most of the first season, when faced with the decision to either save the last Fangblade or Lloyd from volcanic lava, he chooses the latter - finally understanding that he was meant to protect the Green Ninja instead.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar running through his left eye and brow on his mini figures in the sets, and is clearly heroic. Curiously, he does not have said scar in the show but retains the split eyebrow as part of his character design. Starting with The LEGO Ninjago Movie, his scar is moved to go over his left eye.
- Generation Xerox: His future self looks remarkably like his father (sans the facial hair), from whom he also inherited his fire elemental powers.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: His temper is equally as hot as his element of fire.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Falls in love with Skylor.
- Katanas Are Just Better: A Flaming Sword is even better!
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's arrogant, hotheaded, and has repeatedly overestimated his abilities, but he genuinely cares for Nya and the other Ninja.
- Leeroy Jenkins: He has an alarming tendency to dive into action headfirst without much thinking, which can endanger the success of the team.
- Love at First Sight: With Skylor. He develops a massive crush on her when he first sees her and openly admits to having fallen for her after her betrayal is revealed.
- Meaningful Name: Kai means "strong," "victorious," and "recovery," in three Asian cultures, all of which fit his hotshot attitude. His name may also be derived from the Japanese word akai, meaning "red."
- My Sister Is Off-Limits!: He shows hints of this concerning Jay's crush on Nya in the pilot, although he ultimately accepts it when they start dating.
- Official Couple: With Skylor as of Season 9.
- Playing with Fire: As the Ninja of Fire, he possesses pyrokinesis (ie. being able to create fireballs, propel himself upwards using fire, create a shield out of fire, etc).
- Personality Powers: Kai is hot-headed, impulsive, and quick to anger - which matches his element, fire.
- Shonen Hair: Incredibly improbable spiky hair that no one else has? Check. Reckless and stubborn? Check. The main character? Well...
- Supporting Protagonist: He is neither the hero, nor is he the Green Ninja. He's still the main character, but only for the first season and the pilot episodes.
- Subverted and then deconstructed in Season 4. His story gets the most focus here, making the point that he can be self-centered and is overall disappointed in the fact that he wasn't the Green Ninja. The Big Bad himself tries to exploit this in order to try and draw Kai to his side, though it fails due to his loyalty to his friends.
- The Quisling: He appears to have been swayed to Master Chen's side in the Tournament of Elements. It was a ruse to get the Staff of Elements away and he destroys it in order to give everyone their elemental powers back. Though he is briefly swayed by its power.
- Undying Loyalty: Kai is consistently dedicated to the people he cares about - once someone earns his friendship, he will stop at nothing to protect them. Much of his stubbornness and recklessness stem from his desire to help his loved ones, either directly or by becoming strong enough to defeat anyone who might threaten them with their plans. In turn, they balance out Kai's more extreme traits, causing him to become a levelheaded mentor for Lloyd.
Jay Walker/Gordon, the Blue Ninja and Master of Lightning
Jay was raised in a junkyard with his parents, Ed and Edna, from whom he gained his inventing skills. He eventually abandoned them and went to Ninjago City at some point to test out a flying contraption. He ended up crashing into a billboard and met Master Wu, who offered to train him as a ninja. He took up residence at the Monastery of Spinjitzu and began his training, meeting Cole and Zane in the process. He is the first to learn Spinjitzu at the Caves of Despair, and helps the others learn it as well.
- Adorkable: His geeky ways, sweet personality, his tendencies to joke around and chat up a storm (pun intended), and reluctance to fight enemies directly make him quite lovable.
- Battle Couple: With Nya. They combined their elemental powers to create the first Fusion Dragon seen in the show, and figured out how to fight the Vermillion together.
- Berserk Button: Hey, Cole, next time Nya gets captured, try unintentionally making a joke. Go on, try it!
- Cowardly Lion: He's usually reluctant to fight enemies directly, frequently makes up excuses not to do so and is typically the first to panic in stressful situations. That doesn't stop him from being a hero, however.
- A Day in the Limelight: As the focus character of Season 6, his tendency to hide his true feelings is highlighted, and more emphasis is put on his insecurities regarding his relationship with Nya's relationship. He also undergoes a Trauma Conga Line in order to learn that actions have consequences.
- Fire-Forged Friends: With Cole. They spend a lot of time being mad at each other over the Love Triangle with Nya, but reconcile during the tournament of Elements and come to see one another as best friends.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine. Jay is cheerful, talkative, and just plain fun to have around and be around. He's also weak-willed, covers up his problems and insecurities with a smile, and can be emotionally unstable at times.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Given that he grew up in a junkyard with access to spare materials, it's no surprise that he picked up a knack for creating inventions and gadgets from the eccentric Ed and Edna.
- Genius Bruiser: His lightning powers can be quite versatile especially it comes to technology, of which he is the most knowledgeable about (aside from Nya and maybe Zane).
- Happily Adopted: Ed and Edna aren't Jay's biological parents. He's actually the son of the famous actor Cliff Gordon, who played the role of his favorite character Fritz Donnegan, and the Elemental Master of Lightning. Despite this, Jay still loves and cares for them especially after the reveal, as shown by him spending time with them on the Day of the Departed.
- Kid-Appeal Character: He's the most childish of the ninja, retains a love of video games, provides comedy in the most serious of moments, and can be very mouthy.
- Large Ham: Natch. Jay is loud, cheerful, humorous, and mouthy to a fault.
- The Leader: While he normally isn't one to take up this role, he briefly does so out of necessity in Season 6 when he puts together a team of backup Ninja involving Skylor, Ronin, Dareth, Echo Zane and Captain Soto in order to crash Nadakhan's plans to marry Nya and free his friends from the Sword of Souls.
- Meaningful Name: The name Jay means 'to rejoice' in English tradition, fitting well with his jovial personality.
- Motor Mouth: He's by far the chattiest of the ninja, and once he starts ranting, it's difficult to get him to stop. Lampshaded in the very first episode, "Way of the Ninja".Cole: More like mouth of lightning.
- Official Couple: After spending three seasons being uncertain about their relationship, he finally gets together with Nya at the end of Season 6, as confirmed by their Big Damn Kiss.
- Only Sane Man: He frequently points out problems that the other ninja tend to overlook - especially in Season 6, when he's the only one who realizes the ninja shouldn't be trying to defeat Nadakhan with his own wishes.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: At the start of Season 9 he has become disturbingly calm and accepting of the teams' bad circumstances and it's implied that seeing how bad things got in the last season finale drove him to this point. However, it only takes a couple days in the realm of the dragon and oni for him to revert back to his usual complaining and wisecracking.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His main role in the team. He's the most light-hearted character who is always telling jokes, even when no one else finds them funny or while he's in danger. His presence never fails to lighten up tense or dramatic situations.
- Punny Name: His name is an obvious pun on "Jaywalker", since his name literally is "Jay Walker".
- Sad Clown: As noted by Nadakhan, his wisecracking tendencies are usually a cover for his fears or anxiety. This is especially obvious in season 6, where it's shown that he's increasingly being pushed to his limits but still keeps up a silly and cheerful facade.
- Shock and Awe: He can shoot lightning from his hands and/or weapons, and is able to manipulate electricity in order to reprogram technology.
- Stepford Smiler: Overlaps with Sad Clown above.
- Unusual Eyebrows: He's missing a chunk of his right eyebrow for unknown reasons.
Cole, the Black Ninja and Master of Earth
Cole was originally sent to the Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts by his father, who hoped that he would follow in his footsteps and become a dancer. Unwilling to do so but reluctant to displease his father, Cole secretly ran away from the school. He first met Master Wu while climbing the highest mountain in Ninjago as a test of strength. Learning that he had great potential, he followed the old master to the Monastery and began training to become a ninja alongside Jay and Zane. With the addition of Kai to the team, Master Wu sent the Four ninja on a quest to defeat the plans of his evil brother and to find the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: His main defining facial feature, amplified by his tough personality and physical strength. It appears that it runs in the family since his father has them as well.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Very temporarily by one of the Hypnobrai, until Master Wu breaks him out of it.
- Calling Your Attacks: Whenever he performs the titular Triple Tiger Sashay move. He follows it up with a tiger growl at the end.
- A Day In The Lime Light: The TV special Day of the Departed focuses rather heavily on Cole.
- Dueling Scar: Cole earns a ghostly scar after the Day of the Departed incident, obtained from his battle against Yang and escaping through the Rift.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His elemental power is Earth, which allows him to create earthquakes and fissures, throw rocks and dust at his enemies, and even bury things in rapidly-rising mounds of dirt. Super Strength is also part of the package deal.
- Disney Death: Cole was thought to have not made it through the rift in Day of the Departed and was assumed to have died / faded away as a ghost, but it was revealed it was not the case, thankfully.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic. Cole is steadfast, patient, and very dependable, as he is the former leader of the ninja until Lloyd took over. He's also stubborn when he puts his mind on something, and is shown to have a fear of ghosts, which leads him to be timid and scared at times.
- The Leader: While he was never officially considered the leader of the Ninja, he has displayed traits associated with leadership in seasons 1-3, particularly of the levelheaded variety. He often develops the Ninja's plan of attack against their foes, remains calm during missions for the most part, and reminds the others to stay focused on their task.
- Lethal Chef: He seems to be the one who does most of the cooking for the group, though he apparently isn't very good at it.
- Lovable Jock: While he's physically the strongest and most athletic of the team, he clearly also cares for them and can be quite sentimental at times.
- Magma Man: He gets a lava arm.
- Meaningful Name: The name Cole, aside from being a play on the word coal, means warrior in Irish tradition.
- Missing Mom: His mother is never mentioned by him or his father anywhere in the show. It's possible that she may be deceased since his father is shown waiting for him to light a lantern together in the Day of the Departed.
- Seemingly confirmed in Season 8, which shows that he lost his mom as a young teen and as a result he developed a serious personality and became distant from his father.
- The Nicknamer: Frosty and Pinky for Zane, Slickster and Greaseball for Kai, Mr. Fancy for Jay... At some point or another, he's referred to nearly everyone by a nickname of some sort.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- Took the disappearance of Master Wu particularly hard and has become very serious and responsible, in contrast to his lighter personality in the past seasons. We find out later that he has trouble coping with the loss of loved ones.
- He rejects a piece of cake offered to him by Jay even though previous seasons established that he has a very strong sweet tooth.
- One-Note Cook: Can only cook very basic meals, but is very ecstatic to try new ones.
- Papa Wolf: He is really protective of baby!Wu even before he finds out who the kid really is.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He seems to like cooking and dancing (after he got over his resentment towards it due to his father.)
- Super Strength: Cole gains this as part of his Earth elemental powers after unlocking his True Potential. It gets an upgrade in the form of his RX powers, which allows him to turn his arms completely rock solid. However, it's later shown that he can't necessarily control it.
- Trademark Favorite Food: He really loves cake, which has become a Running Gag at this point. Apparently he can't even resist eating it while on the run, and the trail of crumbs left behind leads to Ronin discovering his location in "Public Enemy Number One".
- The Undead: He becomes a ghost in Season 5 as a result of dropping the scroll needed to learn Airjitzu on the way out of Yang's haunted temple, causing him to not get out in time for the curse to be lifted. Reversed as of "Day of the Departed", in which he recovers his human form with a new scar for his troubles.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He feels great shame over lying to his father for not following in his footsteps to become a dancer. This is worsened when his father learns of the truth in addition to the fact that he's a ninja. Essentially, his father's approval had been holding Cole back from unlocking his true potential. After being saved from potential death, Cole's father accepts his son's life choices and the two go on to repair their relationship.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Initially, he's afraid of dragons, but getting one of his own helps him overcome that. In Season 5, he is shown to be afraid of ghosts.
Zane, the White/Titanium Ninja and Master of Ice
Zane had no memory of his past or his parents, believing that he was a homeless orphan all his life. Sensei Wu found him "testing" himself underwater, and brought him to the Monastery to train with the others. Gifted with a sixth sense, Zane appears to have the wisdom to tell the future, and is the wisest of the Ninja. But then, something very stunning reveals the truth behind his past and personality: he discovers a workshop that holds blueprints of himself, proving he's actually an android. Afterwards, he remembers he had a father: Dr. Julien. He had unfortunately outlived him, but his father switched off all of his memory right before collapsing on his deathbed to spare him the pain of heartbreak. This leads to him being the first Ninja to unlock his True Potential.
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 3 focuses a lot more on him than the other Ninja as he learns about the limits of his technology and grows closer with P.I.X.A.L, a fellow robot.
- The Ageless: He is unable to physically age due to being a robot, which causes him to out live his creator. He's implied to be the oldest out of the ninja (around 40 years old at most) but still looks like a vaguely-aged teenager.
- An Ice Person: His element is Ice, which allows him to spontaneously create ice and freeze water to his advantage.
- Badass Bookworm: He reads the most out of the four main ninja.
- Battle Couple: He gets to be one with P.I.X.A.L. in the third season. She becomes a Voice with an Internet Connection from then onward after Zane uploads her consciousness into his body, after her original body is destroyed.
- Brain Uploading: When his original body is destroyed to defeat the Overlord, P.I.X.A.L. builds him a new one. It takes him a while to get adjusted and he suffers from temporary amnesia as a result, but ultimately gets better and re-fashions himself as the Titanium Ninja because his newer body is more high-end due to being built by Borg technologies.
- Brought Down to Badass: After giving P.I.X.A.L. half of his power core, he is unable to use Spinjitsu by himself like he used to. However, he can use Spinjitsu with P.I.X.A.L. because she gained some of his power and fighting ability from his core.
- Broken Ace: When Pixal was destroyed after the fall of the Nindroids, but quickly recovered when he found her in Chen's prison.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: In the first season, he is unaccustomed with societal manners and appears to be in his own world.
- Cool Bike: His snowmobile.
- Cool Plane: His Ninjacopter in Season 3.
- Do-Anything Robot: He's been used as a battering ram and a lamp - in the very same episode!
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic. He's the team's Smart Guy, who is also devout to Master Wu's teachings, very polite, and organized in his battle plans. He's also shown to be emotionally distant, stoic, and disheartened at losing his father, Dr. Julien, who built him as a defense droid.
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- Heroic Sacrifice: In the third season finale, he single-handedly destroys the Overlord at the cost of blowing up with him. His mind, however, lives on, and he's found out to be alive in another robot body.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: Chances are you've already seen the commercials heavily featuring Zane with part of his face torn off, showing off his robotic body underneath.
- Meaningful Name: The name Zane means beloved in Arabic tradition; and he certainly is by his father, P.I.X.A.L., his fellow ninja, and his hoard of fangirls.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: He gets a few over the course of the series; such as his Shurikens of Ice (which can be put atop a staff to make a sort of Mace) and his Techno Blade.
- Nice Guy: He's typically the nicest of all the ninjas and never bears anyone ill will. Interestingly, later seasons also make him a bit of a Deadpan Snarker.
- No Sense of Humor: Zane typically doesn't understand when his teammates are joking around, and even has to be prompted when to laugh at times. He actually has a sense of humor, but his humor switch is normally switched off.
- Although it should be noted that he can be humorous and amused by things, even with his switch turned off. His sense of humor is just on a different page than everyone else's most of the time.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Seeing his own blueprints served as the catalyst for his Robotic Reveal. This came across as a huge surprise because up until that point, he behaved mostly like a regular human (albeit without a sense of humor) that could eat and sleep, and even had a prophetic dream involving the Green Ninja. There was some subtle foreshadowing prior to this, however - Zane was capable of holding his breath underwater for amounts of time that wouldn't be possible unless he didn't need to breathe, for starters.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: After he is regressed into a child during a sequence in Season 2. Don't ask how a ''robot'' can be reverted "back" into something he never was - it's magic, OK?
- Ship Tease: So, so much with P.I.X.A.L.
- Team Chef: Zane is usually in charge of the cooking. And he's pretty good at it!
- The Smart Guy: His intellectual knowledge bypasses the rest of the ninja (helped by the fact that he's a robot), allowing him to make the most logical choices for the team. According to Master Wu, he is also the wisest and most spiritual ninja, thus allowing him to keep his cool in a rough situation.
- We Can Rebuild Him: Zane's consciousness survives the blast that destroyed his original body and is reuploaded into the Borg computers. With the knowledge that Zane is still alive, P.I.X.A.L. quickly builds a new nindroid body made of titanium for him. However, it takes a while for Zane to fully adjust to and accept his new form.
Nya, Formerly Samurai X and the Master of Water
Nya is the younger sister of Kai and the former owner of the Four Weapons Blacksmith. She was initially held captive by Samukai on Lord Garmadon's orders, who saw her as a potential pawn in his conquest for power. She was rescued by her brother at the Fire Temple and eventually moved in at the Monastery with the four Ninja. She grew tired of being excluded from the team and was determined to prove that she was on equal footing with them. Hence she adopts the mysterious persona of Samurai X, a high-tech crime-fighting samurai clad in red armor and capable of piloting a huge mech. It's later revealed that she possesses the elemental power of Water, which pushes her to train as one of the Ninja.
- A Day in the Limelight: While she has yet to receive her own season, season 5 focuses on the struggles of her learning to use her element.
- Action Girl: She displays a willingness to fight as early as the pilot episode, in which she fights alongside Kai to ward off the Skullkin.
- Badass Adorable: She may be a ninja, but appearance and ESPECIALLY her voice is pure cuteness.
- Badass Normal: Even before she learnt about her powers, she makes up for lack of combat experience with awesome skill and gadget making.
- Badass Driver: Her performance with the drill car thing in "The Last Hope". Oh my God, yes.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In episode 25 she's exposed to the Overlord's Psycho Serum. The results aren't pretty.
- Fatal Flaw: Nya's greatest weakness is feeling weak. Since she's so good at so much, when she encounters something she can't instantly master she gives up without trying. She needed to learn to accept failure before she could unlock her true potential.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In "The Way Back", the Ninja weaken Nadakhan with a Tiger Widow Venom dart, only for some of it to land on her. Since Tiger Widow Venom slows down a djinn and kills a normal human, she ends up dying in Jay's arms. Luckily, Jay's last wish ends up reversing everything that happened in Season 6, saving Nya.
- Divergent Character Evolution: While all the ninja got this, Nya's outfit change is the most noticeable; her ninja uniform was a darker red version of the other Ninja's outfits, particularly her brother's, just with light blue highlights. The movie and Season 8 replace the outfit with a metallic hue, but keeping the blue highlights, along with her uniform having a skirt, giving her a more distinct look.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Her mecha-suit is shaped like a samurai.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Not only did she build her Samurai Mech and armor by herself in the spare time she had while the Ninja were on missions, she modifies the Ultra Sonic Raider to incorporate a detachable flight module, and later builds Kai his own Fire Mech.
- Gave Up Too Soon: As pointed out by Sensei Wu, Nya had a very rocky time trying to do any other mundane task in her life because she always couldn't stand failing once and forcing herself to do something else, only to repeat the cycle. This comes up really hard on her when she tries to become the Water Ninja.
- Generation Xerox: While her brother inherited their father's fire element, Nya inherited the water element from her mother.
- Giant Wall of Watery Doom: She's able to create one to defeat Preeminent once and for all.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": While never referenced in-series, her name is pronounced Nya (NE-a) as opposed to the more Japanese-esque way (NI-a).
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: There are not one, but two of these associated with her; not only is she Samurai X, she's also the Ninja of Water. Anyone who's seen trailers more recent than 2015 or the Movie would know this.
- Making a Splash: She currently holds the element of Water, which allows her to spontaneously shoot jets of water and make it rain.
- Official Couple: She gives Jay a Big Damn Kiss in "The Way Back", signalling that she has finally recognized her feelings for him without a shadow of a doubt.
- Mini-Mecha: As Samurai X.
- Samus Is a Girl: She reveals to Kai and later the whole team that she is the Samurai X that has been upstaging the ninja and getting them out of trouble.
- The Sixth Ranger: While she had always been part of the team from the very beginning, she officially becomes a ninja with the discovery of her water powers.
- The Smurfette Principle: Before the addition of Misako, she was the only girl on the team. She's still the only female Ninja in the show.
- Tomboy: In her desire to prove that she's tougher than the boys, she disguised herself as Samurai X to fight alongside them. She's also a major Action Girl and Wrench Wench.
- Trailers Always Spoil: She is shown wearing her custom ninja gi in trailers for season 5, with later seasons showcasing her water elemental powers.
- Triang Relations: In Season 3, a love fortune machine tells her that her true love is not Jay but Cole. She tries to deny this at first, but she then starts to have feelings towards Cole.
- Took a Level in Badass: Once she upgrades to being an official ninja in season 5.
- Wrench Wench: She was always the Ninja's go-to gal for technology, fixing up machines and new vehicles for them to use.
Wu is the second-born son of the First Spinjitzu Master and younger brother to Garmadon. A childhood incident led to the latter being bitten by the Great Devourer and slowly infected with evil. When Garmadon left to train with Master Chen, Wu came across the orphan Morro and took him on as a student - which would later turn into his biggest regret. He and his brother were then involved in the first Serpentine War on the side of the Elemental Masters as well as the conflict against the Time Twins. Eventually, Garmadon succumbed to the evil flowing in his veins and tried to take the Golden Weapons, leading to a battle that resulted in Wu banishing him to the Underworld.
Having accumulated much experience and wisdom over the last forty years, he would later seek out the Ninja and become their mentor in order to help them against their foes.
After slowly aging to death, the Ninja were forced to use the time reversal blade on him to save his life. Although they succeeded, Wu was accidentally turned into a toddler because of this, and the Sons of Garmadon kidnap him and Misako in order to use him to get the last Oni Mask. Over time, he gradually ages back to normal, reclaims his father's armor and confronts Garmadon alongside Lloyd.
- Badass Teacher: He is the one who trained the ninjas to be strong.
- Bash Brothers: With Garmadon from Season 3 onward.
- Big Good: He is a wise old man who is also mentor and master to the six Ninja (Lloyd, Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane, and Nya), as he trained them to be capable of protecting Ninjago from evil forces.
- Cain and Abel: With Lord Garmadon. This was briefly inverted during Season 3 after Wu is subject to an Unwilling Roboticisation. Afterwards, this is subverted because Garmadon never wanted to be evil in the first place... and then it's finally played straight again when Garmadon is revived and Wu becomes the only one who can stop him.
- The Chosen One: After being turned into a baby, he becomes the key to the last Oni mask and the true main target of the Quiet One. This is because only someone with Oni blood can remove the last Oni mask. Although The Quiet One ends up improvising and using Lloyd as the key instead.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: He is briefly subject to an Unwilling Roboticisation in Season 3, but gets better.
- Fountain of Youth: As a side effect of the Ninja using the Reversal Blade on him to save his life, he reverts back into a toddler. It takes him 2 whole Seasons to age back to normal.
- Light 'em Up: His element is Creation, represented by light.
- Man in White: He has white robes and a white beard.
- Not So Above It All: Many times, he joins in with the ninja and their joking, even occasionally making a few at his students expense.
- Old Master: Along with Garmadon, they're some of the oldest living people in Ninjago. This is thanks in part to their Oni blood, which extended their lifespans.
- Parental Substitute: To the Ninja and Lloyd. He also used to be Morro's Parental Substitute.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: During his tenure as Evil Wu thanks to the Overlord.
- Simple Staff: His primary weapon is a bamboo staff. He looses this staff come Season 5.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: Subject to one in Season 3, but he gets better.
Garmadon is the first-born son of the First Spinjitzu Master and older brother to Wu. He was infected with evil by the Great Devourer as a child, and its influence grew on him throughout his life until he became a full-fledged villain. Before he succumbed fully to the evil in his blood, he fell in love with a woman called Misako and married her, at some point conceiving their son Lloyd. He was eventually banished to the Underworld as a mutated figure, and assumed leadership of the Skullkin Army. He plotted to return and collect the Golden Weapons and reshape Ninjago in his own evil image. After facing the Ninja for the first time, Garmadon escaped and became more powerful.
His villainy culminated in him being unwillingly possessed by the Overlord. In a final fight with Lloyd, the Overlord was defeated and exorcised from Garmadon along with all the evil in his blood, leaving him a normal human being again. Garmadon then takes up mentorship as penance for his evil, trying to and eventually failing to take a pacifist path. Catching his son trying to sneak off to a tournament with the Ninja, Garmadon joined them, knowing their host only too well as his evil former sensei, Master Chen. Garmadon did his best to protect Lloyd during the tournament, and finally sacrificed himself to stop a second Serpentine War.
Season 8 has him brought back from the Cursed Realm by his worshipers, The Sons Of Garmadon. Unlike before, Garmadon was brought back with only the worst traits of himself, making him completely different from even his former evil self.
- The Atoner: From Season 3 onward. Not anymore come Season 8, after being resurrected by the Oni Masks.
- Back from the Dead: The Sons of Garmadon seek to bring him back from the dead as Lord Garmadon and succeed.
- Bad Boss: Is this to both the Serpentine (though this was more of a case of Surrounded by Idiots) and to the Sons of Garmadon (this being a You Have Failed Me case).
- Badass Pacifist: Has sworn to never fight after pulling his HeelFace Turn. This doesnt stick past season 3.
- The Bad Guy Wins: So far he's the only villain that has ended a season victorious more than once.
- The pilot episode. He knows Samukai will betray him, so when Sensei Wu takes the Sword of Fire into the Underworld, he has Samukai take the other weapons there. This is because when Samukai does betray him, they will create a singularity which will allow Garmadon to escape the Underworld.
- In Season 1 he ends up getting the 4 golden weapons, killing the Great Devourer and achieving his revenge, allowing him to put his plans into motion.
- Happens again when the Sons of Garmadon bring him back at the end of Season 8, as he successfully defeats the Ninja and conquers Ninjago with none to oppose him.
- Being Evil Sucks: Due to being evil due to it literally running through his veins, so he'll always be forced to be evil, but he's aware of this and doesn't truly want to be, particularly where his son is concerned. Gets worse when Lloyd is revealed to be The Chosen One. After Garmadon is resurrected by the three Oni masks, being evil doesn't suck for him because he no longer has a conscience. Even then, however, he still shows signs of regret and remorse when he is fighting Lloyd one-on-one, suggesting that he is unhappy with being revived as a destroyer but has essentially given in to his fate.
- Big Bad: He's the driving threat behind the four part pilot, given how he sent the Skulkin to retrieve the Golden Weapons. After forming an Enemy Mine with the Ninja in Season 1, he returns to this spot in Season 2, at least for the first half.
- Big Bad Ensemble: In Season 9 he antagonizes Ninjago as Emperor Garmadon, with his opposition being the Elemental Masters, Nya, Misako, PIXAL, Dareth and Lloyd. Meanwhile the original 4 Ninja and a de-aged Wu are up against a new villain, The Iron Baron, due to the fact that the Ninja are stuck in another realm.
- Body Horror: Multiple times: glowing eyes, charred skin, four arms, the draconian form the Overlord forced him into, and finally an Anacondrai body, courtesy of Master Chen.
- Jay lampshades this by eventually telling him to pick a body and stick to it!
- Brought Down to Normal: The Overlord's defeat caused all of the evil to vanish from his body.
- Came Back Strong: When he is resurrected in Season 8, he is able to wield the power of Destruction. After unlocking his True Potential by defeating his son Lloyd he is able to use Creation as well.
- Came Back Wrong: The Sons of Garmadon sought to invoke this by reviving him using the three Oni Masks. They were successful.
- Card-Carrying Villain: In Season 1, he literally eats evil for breakfast. It's low on carbs.
- Dark Is Evil: He has a black color scheme and is, of course, evil. When the Devourer's venom is purified from his body, he appears as an ordinary elderly man wearing a green gi.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite his compulsion to be evil thanks to the Devourer's venom corrupting him, he is more of a Tragic Villain because he doesn't WANT to be evil, he just can't help himself. His black and purple color scheme comes from his time condemned to the Underworld by Wu.
- Darth Vader Clone: Badass Baritone? Black color scheme? Wears a helmet? The father of the Messianic Archetype? The Heavy who's actually The Dragon to the actual primary antagonist? ... Definitely qualifies. His redesign in The LEGO Ninjago Movie and by proxy, Season 8, gives his armor and helmet a greater resemblance to Vader.
- Death Glare: He wants Traveler's Tea. The tea shopkeeper tells him that only fools ask for that. Cue the Death Glare.Mistake: (nervous laugh) But you're no fool.
- Demonic Possession: Becomes the Overlord's unwitting vessel.
- Demoted to Dragon: To The Overlord in the (original) final story arc.
- Enemy Mine: In Season 1 he teams up with the Ninja to oppose the Serpentine, and save Lloyd.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Never stops putting his own life on the line to save Lloyd.
- Evil Is Petty: In season 1, even when he's working with the ninja, he's still a colossal jerk.
- Evil Old Folks: Albeit an tragic variant. Before his HeelFace Turn, he intended to reshape Ninjago in his own evil image.
- Evil Parents Want Good Kids: "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" reveals that he didn't want Lloyd to follow in his footsteps.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Played straight when he's trapped in the Underworld, averted after he escapes where his voice is actually quite high.
- Foil: Seems to be set up as one to his brother in season 4. Whereas Wu acts more the part of the enigmatic, weird, slightly aloof mentor towards the Ninja, Garmadon is the actual father of one of them and is much more hands-on, direct, and pragmatic as the Ninjas sensei. He also knows quite a lot more about the criminal underworld than his brother does, naturally.
- Good Is Not Nice: As one of the good guys, Garmadon is quite pragmatic, although hes not above pushing the Ninja towards amending their behavior towards fellow Elemental Masters, even if they are on opposing sides.
- Good Parents: Never stops trying to be as good a father for Lloyd as he can be. He remains this post HeelFace Turn.
- Grumpy Old Man: Towards the Ninja in season 3, and with good reason.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: As Lord Garmadon, he typically switches to face only when Lloyd is in trouble. It helps he's not evil of his own accord.
- HeelFace Turn: Turns back into a (good) human upon the defeat of the Overlord.
- Heroic Sacrifice: At the climax of the season 4 finale, he trades places with the Anacondrai generals to allow them to deal with Chens army. As such, Garmadon ends up trapped in the Cursed Realm with no way home; and is ultimately killed one season later when the entire Cursed Realm is destroyed (along with all its inhabitants).
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He is defeated by Lloyd in season 9, who uses the very same Martial Art that he had beaten him with back in Season 3 (The Art of the Silent Fist) to exhaust him into defeat.
- I Have No Son!: Said verbatim to Lloyd after he comes back wrong thanks to Harumi. It's what solidifies that the revived Garmadon is nothing like the man Lloyd knew when he was alive, not even when he was Lord Garmadon before.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: A couple of times, with Lloyd. The first time, it's when Garmadon is possessed by the Overlord and Lloyd is trying to reach him, and the second time it's when he's brought back by Harumi without any of his positive qualities. Lloyd is able to reach him the first time, but it doesn't work so well when he tries it again, because the Lord Garmadon Harumi brought back is nothing like the man who he knew in life.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler: He becomes a good guy for two whole seasons before dying. Also, since the entire premise of Season 8 is that the villains want to resurrect him back as Lord Garmadon, the fact that he dies is pretty much announced to newcomers on a megaphone if they watch the trailers or keep up with the show at all. Likewise the fact that he has returned to life as Lord Garmadon and taken over Ninjago is announced in the Season 9 trailers.
- Made of Evil: Thanks to the Great Devourer biting him in his youth, it's literally in Garmadon's blood to be evil. In the Season 2 finale, he is finally cured of this after Lloyd beats the Overlord.
- Morality Pet: Even once Lloyd joins the Ninja's side and becomes the one destined to defeat him, he refuses to target him, instead targeting the rest of the Ninja. The fact that the resurrected Garmadon is able to harm Lloyd, physically and emotionally, without any semblance of remorse shows that his revived form really is devoid of his good qualities, just as Harumi predicted.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: His dark form caused him to grow a second pair of arms, each for holding the remaining two golden weapons.
- Nominal Hero: The citizens of Ninjago City didn't hesitate to give Lord Garmadon credit for destroying the Great Devourer, never mind that he did it for revenge and kept the Four Weapons of Spinjitzu for his own purposes. He becomes a real hero eventually, though. The fact that he killed the Devourer as Lord Garmadon is Harumi's motivation for wanting him to come back in such a state, so the creators did get around to lampshading this eventually.
- Obviously Evil: As Lord Garmadon, he's pitch-black, with glowing red eyes, visible ribs, and a face like a demon or monster from traditional Japanese artwork. This gets worse when he gets a second pair of arms.
- Only Sane Man: Once hes human again, his down-to-earth personality contrasts with his brothers Cloud Cuckoo Lander antics of previous seasons.
- Papa Wolf:
- Very much so, he brought an entire army to protect his son. Even after he becomes the Big Bad again, he refuses to let any harm befall Lloyd.
- After Pythor and the Overlord kidnap Lloyd, he goes against his vow of peace to fight them.
- In season 4, he joins the Ninja on a quest just to protect Lloyd — and how.
- No longer a Papa Wolf in Season 8, in which his revived and corrupted form is able to harm Lloyd with no semblance of remorse.
- The Power of Creation: The Mega Weapon he obtains at the beginning of Season 2 has this ability. However, he can only use it once a day and it drains his energy severely with each use.
- Really Dead Montage: Occurs for Lloyd after Garmadon plans to be traded for the Anacondrai generals in the Cursed Realm. Various memories of father and son play along with pretty background music while Lloyd fights Chens army in a flurry of fury.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: As a dark lord, he was this in the pilot and in the first season.
- Silver Fox: Garmadon as a middle-aged sensei is basically what his attractive-for-a-Lego-minifigure son will look like in a few decades.
- Stern Teacher:
- Is this to Lloyd in Season 3. He's tough on him to get him to reach his full potential, but it's made 100% clear he's only doing it out of concern for his son. Hes much more accessible as a sensei in Season 4.
- Team Dad: In Season 4, he becomes the Ninjas hands-on sensei while his brother and his wife repair the Bounty back home.
- Tragic Villain: Unlike some villains, Garmadon does not want to be evil. Luckily, he breaks out of it only to be dragged back into it from beyond the grave by the Sons of Garmadon.
- Unwitting Pawn: Was manipulated by the Overlord into destroying the balance, all so the Overlord could take his body.
- Villainous Breakdown: At the end of the Ninjaball Run, when the Ninja just won't quit and finally win the race, foiling his latest plot.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's hard to deny that he's this. He was forcibly made evil thanks to being bitten by the Great Devourer and now has to fight his own son.
- Yin-Yang Bomb: Combines his own dark power with the Golden Weapons to destroy the Great Devourer. After he is revived in Season 8 and unlocks his True Potential, he is able to wield Destruction and Creation in tandem.
Dareth the "Brown Ninja"
A cocky kung-fu "Sensei" who allows the Ninja to train Lloyd at his Dojo, entitled "Dareth's Mojo Dojo." He is revealed to have lied about his kung-fu claims.
- Dumbass Has a Point: Jay tries to use the fact that the Ninja saved the city from the Great Devourer as leverage to train at the Dojo, only for Dareth to point out that Garmadon's the one who actually defeated the Devourer.
- Epic Fail: After seeing Lloyd easily destroy ten boards with an elemental chop, he attempts to do it himself with FIFTY boards. He barely has to hit it without screaming in pain.
- The Load:
- His attempt at stopping the pirates only causes more problems for the Ninja and Lloyd is forced to save him.
- In the Season 2 finale he averts this by accidentally putting on the Helmet of Darkness, giving him control of the Stone Army.
- He averts this again by saving the students from a shark attack.
- And once more in the "Hunted" finale, where he successfully fights off a group of Garmadon cultists
- Small Name, Big Ego
- Speaks Fluent Animal: Manages to get two sharks to back off.
- Sixth Ranger: He tries hard to make himself part of the ninja by calling himself the Brown Ninja.
Ed and Edna Walker
Jay's very eccentric, yet loving parents.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: At first, including commenting on Nya right in front of Jay, or telling all his friends about Jay's potty training.
- Badass Driver: They prove to be this in "Ninjaball Run."
- Body Horror: Get bitten by the Fangpires and not only affects them, but their creations.
- Good Parents
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: This is invoked during Season 3, where they casually leave the ninjas behind using jetpacks while nindroids ambush the scrapyard, though they did believe they could handle it. Jay asked for a jetpack, but they don't have one for him because he hardly visits them.
Zane's father, or rather, his creator.
- All There in the Manual: His name has never been revealed in the show, but is mentioned in the LEGO Ninjago Character Encyclopedia.
- Back for the Dead: Averted - he passed away in the Time Skip between seasons 2 and 3.
- Back from the Dead: In "The Last Voyage", the Ninja find him on a prison tower in the middle of the ocean and learn that on his deathbed, he was revived by Samukai so he could design vehicles for the Skeleton Army. It only kept him alive for a little while longer, as he was still frail and weak.
- Gadgeteer Genius: His achievements include Zane, the Falcon, and a guardian robot, all of which he built from a small workshop in the Birchwood Forest. Later, after being brought back from the dead, he helps design the vehicles for the Skeleton Army. After he is rescued he builds a Power Driller for Cole.
- Reality Ensues: Eventually, his age catches up to him and he dies of natural causes, he may have been revived with a magical potion but he had already died once of old age and the potion didn't restore his youth.
Lloyd Garmadon's mother and Garmadon's wife.
- Action Mom: She can fight as well as she can teach.
- Lady of War: Finds herself dragged into the midst of the battle between ninja and the Overlord.
- Love Triangle: With Lord Garmadon and Sensei Wu.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You
- Never Mess with Granny: Vague Age notwithstanding, she has graying hair and looked about the same age as Lord Garmadon and Sensei Wu in Wu's photograph. And yet she is amazingly agile, knows Spinjitzu, and has more expertise on the prophecy of the Green Ninja than Sensei Wu himself.
- Wrong Guy First: When looking at a picture of herself and Lord Garmadon when they were young, she tells Sensei Wu that "I should have chosen you".
P.I.X.A.L./The 2nd Samurai X
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Doesn't have any breasts to speak of whatsoever, which is good, because she typically has a lot of chest exposed.
- Battle Couple: With Zane after he :gives her half of his power core. Together, they can use Spinjitsu.
- Fun with Acronyms: Her name stands for Primary Interactive X-Ternal Assistant Life-form.
- Grappling-Hook Gun: Has a built in one in her arm.
- Heroic Sacrifice: She helps the ninjas use the EMP to deactivate the nindroids, but it deactivates her as well. Fortunately Zane revives her by giving her half his power core. Her body eventually gets scrapped permanently, but luckily Zane is able to save her by downloading her processor into himself, turning her into a Voice with an Internet Connection. Presumably, Borg could build her another body if given the chance, but he hasn't got around to it. Sometime in season seven she gains a new body as Samurai X.
- Love Interest: She shows interest in Zane and they have some tender moments with each other.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: When she was under the Overlord's Control. Normally, they're green.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Though she's a downgraded version of the robot you've seen already.
- Took a Level in Badass: When she's reactivated after her Heroic Sacrifice, she becomes a better fighter thanks to having part of Zane's power core in her. She takes another as the new Samurai X.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: Becomes this after Chen's henchmen scrap her body. Zane installs her processor into his upgraded body to save her.
The head of Borg Industries and the creator of P.I.X.A.L. He is brilliant scientist who helped rebuild Ninjago City into the technologically advanced New Ninjago City.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: The Overlord takes control of him after he gives the Ninja the Techno-Blades.
- Cool Chair: He was disabled from birth, so he built his moving chair.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: What the Overlord did to him.
- Electronic Eye: Gains a few after his Unwilling Roboticization.
- HeelFace Turn: Once he's freed of the Overlord's control, he becomes a true ally to the ninjas.
- Prophetic Name: He jokes that when his parents named him, his career choice was set.
- Tragic Villain: Converted to a cyborg against his will by the Digital Overlord.
- Unwilling Roboticisation: The Digital Overlord forcibly converts him into a cyborg.
Ronin is a selfish yet skilled thief and bounty hunter, whose deal with the Soul Archer caused him to become involved in the Ninja's conflict with Morro and the Ghost Army. Initially siding with whoever he thought would save his skin, Ronin eventually returned, fully committed, to help fight the Ghost Army alongside the Ninja at the Battle of Stiix. Ronin returned later on, as more of a neutral party.
- Anti-Hero: At first glance, Ronin is a selfish yet skilled thief and bounty hunter. He often took terrible actions, making deals with the evil Soul Archer and selling Zane to Master Chen. However, looking to change his ways, Ronin sided with the Ninja, and oversaw Nya as she tried to master her water element. This proves that he has an sympathetic backstory, as his motivation for in the game was actually to save his cursed soul. Eventually, his more sincere personality comes through in the episode, "Curse World: Part 1," when he arrives in his airship R.E.X. and promptly dumps every amount of money he ever made on the building Morro had lifted with his elemental wind power, giving Lloyd the chance to defeat Morro. From that point on he is the Ninjas' friend and ally.
- Badass Normal: Despite lacking the elemental or magical powers that most of the other characters have, he's still very capable and intelligent, and frequently proves to be a formidable opponent for the main characters when the moment presents itself.
- Captain Ersatz: Without his hat and mask, he is visually similar to Snake Plissken.
- Cool Ship: R.E.X.
- HeelFace Turn: He becomes an ally of the Ninja in Season 5.
- Only in It for the Money: He isn't interested in power, just money. It is eventually revealed that he needs so much money due to a debt he has towards Soul Archer.
- Wild Card: Though he considers himself to be a friend of sorts towards the Ninja, he will oppose them if offered a high amount of money.
The prototype of Zane found in the basement of Dr. Julien's lab.
Ray and Maya
Kai and Nya's parents, and the original Elemental Masters of Fire and Water.
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: They were forced to forge armor for the Vermillion Warriors under the threat that Krux would harm Kai and Nya if they refused. This left them absent from their children's lives for many years.
- Making a Splash: Maya had this power before passing it on to her daughter.
- Older Than They Look: They looked like they haven't aged a day since the Serpentine War.
- Playing with Fire: This was Ray's element before it became Kai's.
An elderly lady that owns a tea shop in Ninjago. She has knowledge of all sorts of brews, including the dimension hopping Traveler's Tea. In Season 9, it is revealed she is an Oni.
- Cool Old Lady: Knowledgeable about all sorts of teas and history, and not afraid to talk smack to her customers.
- Humanity Is Infectious: Was originally sent by her fellow Oni to bring back the First Spinjitzu Master, but instead grew to love the world of Ninjago.
- Killed Offscreen: The last we see of her, she attempts to fight Garmadon so that Skylar can escape. When we cut to Skylar again, she overhears Killow say that "they don't need to worry about the old lady anymore" implying Garmadon killed her.
- Last of Her Kind: Is the only confirmed living Oni so far.
- Really 700 Years Old: As an Oni, she has lived far longer than many of the characters in the series, being centuries old.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Is able to change her appearance thanks to being an Oni.
The descendants of the original elemental masters who fought alongside the First Spinjitzu Master and are currently apart of Master Chen's Tournament of Elements.
The Elemental Masters in General
- The Bus Came Back: After a long absence they are all back for Season 9, joining Lloyd's La Résistance against Emperor Garmadon
The descendant of the Elemental Master of Metal. Originating from Metalonia, Karlof is a brutish, arrogant man, yet a surprisingly skilled engineer. He joined Master Chen's Tournament of Elements because he thought it would be entertaining.
- The Bus Came Back: After a long absence he returns for Season 7, held captive by the Time Twins.
- Extra-ore-dinary: Use his elemental power to turn his skin to metal.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Originally starts off as a rival to the Ninja (particularly Kai); by the end of the season, he's become a good friend, and is overjoyed when they meet again later on.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: May seem rude and arrogant, but has a kind side.
- Power Fist: Wields a pair of metal fists for battle.
- Husky Russkie: Seems to be from there (assuming Metalonia is the the Ninjago equivalent of there).
- Third-Person Person: Does this quite a bit.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In his first two appearances he acted like a jerkass, but is seen trying to help the others survive their situation, and even made a diversion so Cole could talk to Zane. From then on, he becomes closer with Cole during their time in imprisonment, and by extension, the ninja later on.
Descendant of The Elemental Master of Mind.
She is the Elemental Master of Amber.
- Chekhov's Skill: Turns out her powers make it so she herself can be used in Chen's spell when the staff is destroyed.
- Daddy's Little Villain: Lord Chen is her father.
- Fiery Redhead: More subdued, but she isn't one to mince words.
- Foreshadowing: She is dressed in a ninja outfit. She foreshadows the sixth Ninja being female.
- High-HeelFace Turn: Begins to legitimately fall for Kai, and after her father shows little concern for her life, she joins Kai in his plan to trick Chen. Somewhat Justified, however, because she was already reluctant to obey her father to begin with.
- Irony: Her power is the same as what her father is trying to achieve with the staff, except the person she gets her powers from keeps theirs.
- The Mole: Gets close to the ninja on orders from her father, Master Chen.
- Power Copying: As noted above, she is the Elemental Master of Amber which allows her to copy the elements of other Elemental Masters. It also allows her to combine the elements.
- Technicolor Ninja: Wears a ninja outfit which is bright yellow.
The Elemental Master of Gravity
- Gravity Master: His power allows him to move things like telekinesis.
The Elemental Master of Sound.
- Afro Asskicker
- Handicapped Badass: He appears to be blind and rely on his ability with sound to create echolocation to fight.
The Elemental Master of Shadow
- Dark Is Not Evil: Considering shadow is a dark element and he became an ally to the Ninja.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not the nicest guy, but becomes a good ally to the ninja...eventually.
Also goes by Mr. Pale. He is the Elemental Master of Light. Like Toxikita, he originally came from Ultra Agents, where he was called Invizable.
- Adaptational Heroism: In Ultra Agents, he was one of the super-villains. Here when told the truth about Master Chen, Not only did he join in Lloyd defense. He was the first to say he will drop out of the tournament if Lloyd gets kicked out.
The Elemental Master of Speed.
Elemental Master of Smoke.
Elemental Master of Nature.
She is the Elemental Master of Poison. Like Paleman she originally came from Ultra Agents.
- Hollywood Acid: One of her powers.
- Those Two Girls: Frequently seen with Camille, in fact when Camille is eliminated Toxikita is eliminated off screen in the beginning of the next episode.
Elemental Master of Form.
- Jerkass: Definitely qualifies. She may have gone bad after the Sons of Garmadon took over Ninjago City.
- Punny Name: A play on the word "chameleon" as a reference to her Form powers.
- Out of Focus: While none of the masters get a lot of focus, she is an unusual example as her powers get more focus after Skylor copies them.
- Those Two Girls: Often seen with Toxikita, who was the sole person to side with her towards the end of her and Loyd's fight.
- Token Evil Teammate: Is more antagonistic than the other Elemental Masters.
The four-armed King of the Underworld. He was defeated by Lord Garmadon when he was banished to the Underworld, causing him to step down and allow Garmadon to control the legions of the Underworld. Samukai leads the Skulkin Army in the Surface World of Ninjago, carrying out Garmadon's orders and seeking the Golden Weapons of Spinjtizu. Once they were all in his possession, Samukai briefly attempted to overthrow Garmadon, only to be vaporized by the combined power of the weapons, and sent to the Cursed Realm. A few years later, his soul would briefly come to inhabit a museum replica of himself, as part of Sensei Yang's plan to resurrect himself on the Day of the Departed.
- The Dragon: Leads the Skulkin and reports directly to Garmadon.
- Expy He looks similar to General Grievous. He even has similar fighting moves and four arms.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- The Starscream: Desires to overthrow Garmadon and reclaim his spot as King of The Underworld. And it fails horribly, ending with him being vaporized.
Nuckal and Kruncha
A duo of dull-witted Skullkins who served under Samukai as the Lightning and Earth Skeleton Generals respectively. Following Samukai's demise, Kruncha, who was previously second-in-command, became the new King of the Underworld. Eventually the two skeletons would leave the Underworld together, looking to adapt to life in Ninjago.
- Guttural Growler: Kruncha has a harsh and gravelly voice to contrast with Nuckal's high-pitched voice.
- How Do I Shot Web?: Suffers this while trying to use the Golden Weapons.
- Psycho Electro: Normally Nuckal's more stupid than insane/sadistic, but has a habit of mad cackling and enjoys nothing more than smashing things. Bonus points for Nuckal's primary element in the Spinjitzu spinner game being Shock and Awe.
- Recurring Extra: He and Kruncha become this in the 2012 episodes.
- Too Dumb to Live:
- Nuckal bites into a donut-shaped rock to see if it tastes like a donut. Good thing he's already dead.
- Moreover, in the short story "The Choice", Zane manages to convince Nuckal that he was never there by telling him that Nuckal was just remembering a funny joke Samukai told him earlier. The fact that he actually thought Zane's joke was funny highlights his gullibility.
GeneralThe first antagonists of the show, the Serpentine are Snake People who initially plotted to unite the five tribes and release the Great Devourer in order to get revenge on the humans that locked them underground.
- Arc Villain: For Season 1.
- Breakout Character: Out of all the series' groups, the Serpentine have been the longest lasting out of all of them due to their popularity, getting a lot of expansion in the lore, and being rare among the groups to have some of its ranks show up long after their major role in the toyline ended.
- HeelRace Turn: After Season 3, they're no longer intent on harming Ninjago, and even help its civilians in times of need. After the defeat of the Golden Master, they've integrated into Ninjago's society.
- Snakes Are Sinister: They are villainous snake people. Subverted after their HeelRace Turn.
HypnobraiThe Hypnobrai are a blue-colored faction of the Serpentine. As their name implies, they use hypnosis. They are the first tribe to be released.
Snake General of Ice and commander of the Hypnobrai Tribe. Formerly Slithraa's second-in-command, He took his place as General after defeating him in the Slither Pit.
- Big Bad Wannabe: After becoming the Snake King, he leads the other Serpentine in an attempt to bury Ninjago City underground. However, he ends up releasing the Stone Army and his forces are easily defeated by them.
- The Dragon: To both Slithraa and Pythor.
- Dragon Ascendant: He planned on becoming the new leader of the Serpentine after Pythor was eaten by the Great Devourer, but Lord Garmadon wins their trust before he does and leaves him with only the other Generals.
- HeelFace Turn: In the later episodes, after getting a wife and a kid.
- Monster Is a Mommy: Has a son in the time between the Overlord's defeat and his return in digital form.
- The Starscream: He wanted to dethrone Pythor, Garmadon, and the ninja in one fell swoop, but failed. He was certainly this to Slithraa and managed to pull it off.
- Sour Supporter: Formerly one of Lord Garmadon's, but with heavy emphasis on the sour part.
- Sssssnake Talk: More so than all the other Serpentine.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Often, with the other Serpentine.
Snake of Ice and Warrior for the Hypnobrai Tribe. When Lloyd stumbled upon the Hypnobrai, Slithraa attempted to mind control him but ended up controlling himself, thus allowing Lloyd to take over the Hypnobrai tribe, much to the dismay of the others. He was formerly general of the tribe, before Skales took his place after defeating him in the Slither Pit.
- Brought Down to Normal: His fate after losing the Slither Pit duel with Skales.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Lloyd when he had control of the Hypnobrai, as the only reason he had any authority among them was because Slithraa was the General. When Skales defeats him and takes his place as leader, Slithraa loses all authority over the Hypnobrai and Lloyd is banished.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Lloyd gets him to obey when Slithraa tries to hypnotize him and it bounces off an ice wall, hypnotizing himself.Lloyd: No. I will control you from now on.
- Put on a Bus: After Skales takes his place as leader, Slithraa begins appearing less frequently. "The Snake King" is the last episode he appears in before disappearing entirely, and that was only a cameo appearance on (appropriately enough) the Snake Bus.
The Fangpyre are a red-colored faction of the Serpentine. Their poisonous fangs can convert machines into living biomechanical snake-themed vehicles or mutate organic lifeforms into snakes. They are the second tribe to be released.
- Evil vs. Evil: Lloyd releases them in the hopes this will happen. Unfortunately, it turns out Fangpyres and the Hypnobrai actually get along.
AnacondraiThe Anacondrai are a purple-colored faction of the Serpentine. They have the power to turn invisible. When they were locked away their was a lack of food so they turned cannibal until only Pythor was left. According to Skales they are the most feared tribe. They were the third tribe to be released.
Pythor P. Chumsworth
The last of the Anacondrai Tribe. Sensai Wu reveals Pythor is their most dangerous enemy yet. He plans to unite the five Serpentine tribes to find the four Silver Fang Blades and unleash the Great Devourer. He's ultimately eaten by the Great Devourer, later returns to free the Overlord from his digital prison, then gets shrunk and stuck in an alliance with the ninja to fight Master Chen.
- The Bad Guy Wins: An interesting case. He succeeds in unsealing the Great Devourer, but gets eaten by it soon after. He still technically succeeded in his goal.
- Big Bad: While the five tribe leaders were on even footing at first, he eventually manipulated his way into this role in season 1.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be Lloyd's friend while in truth he only used him so he can get the map.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Slightly, he doesn't exactly say he is evil but its obvious he knows what he is doing to other people and seems proud of what he does to the ninjas.
- Colonel Badass: Until The Great Devourer shows up.
- The Chessmaster: He played Lloyd like a fiddle, stole three of the fangs easily, and waited for the Ninja to arrive with the fourth.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's the Big Bad for most of Season 1, only to get overshadowed in the final episode.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Becomes this to the Digital Overlord, given how it was trapped on a hard drive. Subverted when the Overlord sucks out Lloyd's energy and becomes the Golden Master.
- Enemy Mine: Forms one with the heroes to battle Master Chen.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Dislikes Chen's plan of creating fake Anacondrai, saying that it dishonors his kind.
- Evil Albino: Being eaten sucks away his skin pigmentation.
- Evil Brit: Has a semi-British accent, for whatever reason.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Finds out too late that the Great Devourer will eat the Serpentine along with everything else, and becomes its first victim.
- Faux Affably Evil: Speaks politely, but is ultimately a
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When he awakens the Great Devourer he's one of its first victims.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: Helps the ninja in season 4, mainly because he hates Chen more than the ninja and can't stand Chen's plan to make Fake Androcandai. He goes back to his evil ways in "Day of the Departed".
- I Am A Humanitarian: Ate one of the judges at a dancing so he could replace him as part of a plan to get one of the Fangblades.
- Kneel Before Zod: His first act after taking over the other tribes in a Slither Pit is order all the Serpentine to bow before him.
- Last of His Kind: Is the last of the Anacondrai. He's implied to have ate the others!
- Light Is Not Good: His skin bleached into white after being freed from Great Devourer and wears white clothes, but is still on the side of evil.
- Long Neck: Being an Anacondrai, he has a rather long neck.
- Manipulative Bastard: Pretended to be Lloyd's friend so he could steal his map leading to the other Serpentine tombs.
- No Party Like a Donner Party: It's implied he ate the rest of his kind to survive while locked in the tomb.
- Not Quite Dead: He survived being eaten, but not without becoming an Evil Albino.
- One-Man Army: Defeated all the serpentine generals at once, and by himself.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He has a lot of respect for his species, and Chen's treatment of their memory pisses him off to the point that he willingly sides with the ninja.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Is very polite in his speech, but it's rather clear he's a monster who relishes the suffering he inflicts.
- Villainous Breakdown: He freaks out when he discovers that the Great Devourer isn't under his control.
- Villain Has a Point: Makes a good point on the humans of Ninjago turning against the Serpentine over rumors, and how horrible it was to be sealed underground for years
- Villain Team-Up: Steals the Overlord's hard drive and allies with him.
- Averted with Chen's cult in Season 4, they may be anacondrai cultists but at the end of the day, Chen was the one person responsible for the extinction of the Anacondrai and the Human/Serpentine war, the latter's cult's transformations into Anacondrai knockoffs didn't help any matters.
- And in "Day Of the Departed" he sides with the revived villains and Yang.
The Constrictai are a black and orange-colored fraction of the Serpentine. They can dig underground to ambush their enemies, and have a fierce grip. They are the fourth tribe to be released.
VenomariThe Venomari are a green-colored cobra/viper-themed faction of the Serpentine. Their toxic venom can make anyone hallucinate. They are the fifth and final tribe to be released.
- Extra Eyes: Most of the Venomari have four eyes, with the exception of Lasha, who appears to have lost a few.
The Great Devourer
According to a legend, once all five Serpentine tribes unite, they will be able to find the four Silver Fang Blades and unleash the "Great Devourer". The Fang Blades are said to enhance the Devourer's abilities and make it unstoppable, releasing a terrible evil that will turn day into night. According to Sensei Wu, she will keep growing as long as she consumes. Garmadon was nice until he got bit by the Devourer as a child, turning him into the villain he is today.
The Devourer slept under the Lost City of Ouroboros until Pythor put the Fang Blades into the statue of her and she rose out from underneath the city. She was destroyed by Lord Garmadon with the power of the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu.
- Attack Its Weak Point: Has one on the top of her head. Garmadon kills her by diving off the top of a building with all four Golden Weapons and attacking this weak point.
- The Corruption: The Devourer's venom causes anyone bitten by her to gradually become corrupted over time.
- The Dreaded: Even her worshipers are terrified of her.
- Eldritch Abomination
- Extreme Omnivore: She's not a picky nor discriminate eater.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Although the Devourer is killed at the end of the first season, its influence remains in Ninjago for many story arcs to come.
- Pythors goal in Season 1 was to release it from its prison in order to wreak havoc onto Ninjago.
- The Devourer was responsible for biting Garmadon and triggering his Start of Darkness, making it the Greater-Scope Villain of the 4 part pilot as well. Its venom then revived the Stone Army, giving Lord Garmadon and the Overlord an army.
- It is responsible for the creation of the Vermillion, which are a special race of Serpentine hatched from its eggs.
- It's rampage in Ninjago City caused it to kill Harumi's biological parents, thus driving her to become the Quiet One.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: It bit Garmadon and turned him evil in the first place. It's ultimately Garmadon who destroys it.
- It gets better: if Lord Garmadon hadn't become evil, he never would have sought the power to wield all four golden weapons. The only way to kill the Devourer? Strike its weak spot with all four golden weapons at once.
- Knight of Cerebus: Nothing about her is remotely funny and she was always treated as a serious threat by everyone during her time alive. Long after her death she still manages to be this with the reveal that people died in her rampage, horrifyingly averting No Endor Holocaust, as well as being indirectly responsible for Harumi's Start of Darkness.
- Make My Monster Grow: The more she eats the bigger she gets.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Her goal is basically to eat everything, even her Serpentine worshipers.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Was sleeping under the lost city of Ouroboros until Pythor placed the Fang Blades back in their proper place, releasing her.
- Start of Darkness:
"Once, when the world of Ninjago was new, all things were bright and peaceful. Farmers toiled in their fields, in harmony with all the creatures of land, sea, and air. But in all things, there must be a balance. And so darkness crept upon the land, and came upon a lone snake in the grass."
- Described in the fourth graphic novel:
- Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: In Season 7 it's revealed that the Great Devourer is female, because Krux uses her eggs to make the Vermillion army.
The Overlord/Golden Master
An ancient evil from Ninjago's past that fought with the first Spinjitzu master in the past. He helps Lord Garmadon turn Ninjago into his own image, but later betrayed him and took over his body. His body was ultimately destroyed by Lloyd in their Final Battle, but he survived as an evil AI, and, alongside Pythor, was the instigator of the Nindroid Conflict.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: He becomes an AI in Season 3.
- As Long as There is Evil: During the final battle, he gives a speech, saying 'as long as there is light, there must always be shadow,' implying he's this trope. Considering having a massive explosion go off INSIDE HIM and destroy his physical form wasn't enough to kill him (though it probably would've put him out of commission for a good while had Cyrus not accidentally resurrected him), he probably has a point.
- Big Bad: Looks to be the Biggest Bad in all of Ninjago. Specifically though, it's the primary threat for the second half of Season 2 and for all of Season 3.
- Big "NO!": Gives a series of them upon realizing Lloyd is about to destroy him.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: When the ninja botch his attempt to regain his physical form by siphoning Lloyd's golden power, he returns in the form of a purple blob. Once he's stable enough, however...
- The Corrupter: His dark matter has the ability to turn whatever it touches evil. He also makes Garmadon worse and worse through his manipulations. He's also the being responsible for creating the Great Devourer and thus turning Garmadon evil in the first place.
- Devour the Dragon: The Overlord eventually betrays Lord Garmadon and possesses his body.
- Eldritch Abomination: Has many qualities of one.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Lord Garmadon when it hijacks his body.
- Evil Sounds Deep: After taking over Garmadon's body it gains a deeper voice.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Of the whole series.
- Knight of Cerebus: Is about the only villain in the entire series (at least the only one with a mind of its own) with absolutely no comical traits at all, and the leader of an army of Nigh Invulnerable soldiers at his command.
- Idiot Ball: Seems to have grasp this during Season 3. Except not really. After being defeated by Lloyd and he became a computer virus, he could potentially have whatever body or even bodies he wants yet insists on reclaiming his original, it appears to be this trope. But there are three reasons why reclaiming his original body is the smarter thing to do: 1) Since he requires electricity to function in his digital state, and the ninja have the Technoblades, which are capable of stopping, and perhaps even destroying, him while he remains in the system, he has a very valid point for regaining corporeal form. 2) He wants to skip finding a host so that they won't fight him from the inside this time. And 3) The process would also have the benefit of making him even more powerful.
- Immortality: As per Word of God, he's flat-out unkillable as he is a primordial being that balances Ninjago's light, all you can try to do is seal him and/or destroy his physical forms.
- Light Is Not Good: His Golden Master incarnation, both times.
- Literally Shattered Lives: Zane defeats him the second time by absorbing his power and freezing him until this happens.
- Manipulative Bastard: Manipulated Garmadon into think he was the Big Bad, so he'd complete his ultimate weapon and disrupt the balance between good and evil, freeing the Overlord from his prison.
- One-Winged Angel: After taking over Garmadon's body, he takes the form of a gigantic black dragon.
- When the Ninja confront him in the digital world, he becomes a giant vaguely humanoid...thing made of darkness with numerous tentacles.
- Once he returns to full power as the Golden Master, his power takes on the level that he had in the digital world... in reality.
- Our Dragons Are Different: His true form is a giant black dragon.
- Pyrrhic Victory: He manages to escape the digital realm, but is unable to drain all of Lloyd's power and can barely keep his new body together.
- Satan: Pretty much the Ninjago version anyway. Is it any wonder he turns into a dragon for the final battle?
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Overlord and the evil side of Ninjago which he inhabited were supposed to remain disappeared for as long as the balance between good and evil remained in check. However, Lord Garmadon's ambition to remake Ninjago in his image upsets that balance.
- Due to losing his body in the final battle with Lloyd, his soul is stuck in machines, and while that gives him a lot of stuff to control he still wants a new body instead of being stuck in a computer. He eventually gets it.
- This Cannot Be!:
- Is left in disbelief when Lloyd begins to fight back against him, unable to believe a mere human could manage to match him.
- Happens again when Zane pulls off his Heroic Sacrifice, absorbing the Golden Master power to ultimately defeat him.
- Ultimate Evil: Spends most of his screen time a disembodied voice considered to be the most evil entity in the entire series. When he finally appears in person, he's as frightening and powerful as he was made out to be. Both times.
- Worf Had the Flu: The only reason Lloyd managed to stand any chance at all in their first fight was because Garmadon was Fighting from the Inside, and even then, the Overlord beat him and left him with an injured leg. Even after Lloyd obtains his Golden Super Mode, the Overlord is able to fight him fairly evenly.
The General of the Stone Army created by the Overlord, and Lord Garmadon's personal translator.
- Back from the Dead: Temporarily in "Day of the Departed".
- The Dragon: To Garmadon and the Overlord.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- Translator Buddy: Acts as this for Lord Garmadon, being the only member of the Stone Army that can speak the Ninjago language.
- Uncertain Doom: Until "Day of the Departed", his actual fate was unknown.
- Verbal Tic: "GLUTAVU?"
The Stone Army
- Badass Army: An army of Nigh Invulnerable soldiers.
- Doom Troops: Nearly invulnerable and incredibly formidable, they stand out as being some of the fiercest Mooks in the series.
- Implacable Man: Nothing the Ninja hit them with can do more than slow them down until the Ninja get their upgraded elemental powers.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Aren't called the 'indestructible Stone Army' for nothing. Turns out they have one weakness; the Ninja's pure elemental powers obtained at the temple of light.
- And going by most of them being dead by the time of "Day of the Departed" they are clearly vulnerable to the Light powers of the Spinjitzu Masters
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Were sealed underground with the defeat of the Overlord, but unleashed by the Serpentine accidentally unearthing them.
- Bad Boss: General Cryptor towards the other Nindroids, specially towards Min-Droid.
- The Dragon: Cryptor leads them and reports directly to the Overlord, until Pythor enters the picture.
- Evil Knockoff: All of the Nindroids are essentially this to Zane, their schematics having been based on his.
- Eye Beams: They can fire lasers from their eyes.
- Eyepatch of Power: All of them have one eye covered up.
- Invisibility Cloak: Have a built-in one that allows them to move around hidden.
- Literally Shattered Lives: General Cryptor, Min-Droid and most of them after Zane's Heroic Sacrifice.
- Mecha-Mooks: They are all robots and the Overlord's new set of minions.
- Mini Mook: One Nindroid is much smaller than the rest (apparently due to a lack of material). He is appropriately nicknamed Min-Droid.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: In "The Titanium Ninja" Min-Droid gets fed up of General Cryptor's belittling and fights him.
- Replacement Mooks: Replace the Stone Army as the Overlord's foot soldiers.
An old master who organizes a tournament for the descendants of the elemental masters. He convinces the Ninja to participate as he knows the whereabouts of the supposedly deceased Zane.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He brings a lot of funny moments to the series, but he's still evil.
- Big Bad: Of Season 4. His goal is to steal the powers of the Elemental Masters so he could perform a spell that would turn him and his followers into Anacondrai so he could invade and conquer Ninjago.
- Elemental Absorption: His staff does a form of this, stealing the elemental powers of those who lose in his tournament.
- Evil Is Hammy: He is definitely this.
- Evil Is Petty: Part of his motivation for stealing the Elemental Masters' powers is because he wasn't born with any.
- Evil Mentor: To Garmadon, decades ago.
- Expy: To Shang Tsung from the first Mortal Kombat game, as an old sorcerer who brings warriors in a sailboat to his island, to fight in a tournament for his own evil goals.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Jealous of those born with powers, which is why he set up the tournament.
- Psychopathic Manchild: "Maturity" is not a word in Chen's dictionary, as he frequently insults his guests and cultists and throws a tantrum when his attempts to cheat are exposed.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: He and his men have a snake motif or, more specifically, an Anacondrai motif. Which is fitting as he sided with the Serpentine during the war against them.
- Averted later when it's revealed he played both sides hoping they will destroy one another, and lies to make sure peace could never happen. His desire to become an Anacondrai is purely physical, as he scoffs at their more noble traits and culture.
Chen's former second-in-command, rival of Garmadon, and a user of dark magic. Following his banishment to, and subsequent escape from, the Cursed Realm, Clouse attempted a number of various revenge schemes toward the Ninja, but was ultimately banished to the Underworld. His current status is unknown.
- The Dragon: He is Chen's right-hand man. He is one of the masterminds of the plan to lure the Elemental Masters to their demise.
- Evil Sorcerer: Has shown the ability to cast spells.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: When Garmadon and him fight, he opens up a portal to the Cursed Realm in the hopes of trapping Garmadon there. Garmadon not only ends up escaping, but also pushes him in instead. He also ends up imprisoned in the Teapot of Tyrahn by the very Djinn he freed from it.
- The Rival: He was Chen's disciple alongside Garmadon, and clearly resents Garmadon.
- The Undead: He becomes a ghost after his escape from the Cursed Realm's destruction.
A former "general" of the Anacondrai Cultists, and slave-master in Chen's Noodle Factory.
- Bad Boss: He is pretty mean to Chop and Kapow, though admittedly they were talking bad about him first.
- Elite Mook: Leads the other mooks and seems to be third in command
Chope and Kapau
A pair of guards with dreams of greatness.
Morro, the Master of Wind
The leader of the army. A former student of Sensei Wu banished to the Cursed Realm. He gets free when Garmadon sacrifices himself and possesses Lloyd during "Winds of Change", spending most of the season in his body.
- A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: He was Wu's first student, until he became arrogant and power hungry when he believed he could be the Green Ninja. When the Gold Weapons didn't respond to him like they would for Lloyd, Morro became furious with Wu and set out on his own to prove him and destiny wrong.
- Barred from the Afterlife
- Blow You Away: The Elemental Master of Wind.
- Darth Vader Clone: Like Garmadon, he has many similarities to the character (primarily the black clothing and eventual redemption), but has a few more differences than how Garmadon was presented; Morro is much more obviously the second-in-command to the real villain (whereas Garmadon was initially much more independent before serving the Overlord), and was trained by Wu, the Mentor Archetype.
- Demonic Possession: Spends most of the arc in Lloyd's body.
- Expy: Of Tai Lung
- Dragon-in-Chief: Is the servant of the Preeminent, but she's still sealed away and thus her influence is limited.
- The Heavy: He does all the work throughout Season 5. To start, he possesses Lloyd Garmadon, as only a Spinjitzu Master could locate the tomb. He then embarked on a quest, during which he used the Allied Armor of Azure to conjure allies from the Cursed Realm at will. After a long journey, Morro obtains the Crystal, and summons his master, the Preeminent, in an effort to curse the Sixteen Realms.
- Karmic Death: Dragged to his death by the very evil he unleashed.
- Phosphor-Essence: Glows an eerie green, traces of which even show through when he's possessing Lloyd.
- Redemption Equals Death: Although it's closer to "Redemption equals being un-barred from the Afterlife", since he was already dead. When the Preeminent is performing a Taking You with Me on Morro, Wu tells Morro to take his hand. Morro, realizing the error of his ways, refuses, and instead gives Wu the Realm Crystal, so Wu may bring back Lloyd.
- Token Good Teammate: During the special "Day of the Departed", he's the only resuscitated villain who doesn't attack his target and instead helps the ninja. He did go through his redemption already, so this isn't surprising.
The first ghost that Morro summons. He turns a normal motorcycle into his huge personal cycle and uses a chain in combat.
- Badass Biker: Good for him that Morro summoned him at a biker bar, since it allowed him to quickly find a ride.
- Back for the Finale: After getting killed in his debuting episode, he's later resurrected by Morro in the two-part season finale to help guard the Realm Crystal.
- Back from the Dead: As stated above.
- Chain Pain: Bears the title of Chain Master and wields one with a staff grip and ghost blade.
- Cool Bike: His Chain Cycle.
- Expy: Of Ghost Rider.
A ghost armed with a cursed bow, able to turn whatever it hits into ghosts. Having made a bet with Ronin before being sent to the Cursed Realm, he now seeks payment.
- Archer Archetype: A variation of the trope, since his arrows become creatures named Skreemers.
- Family-Friendly Firearms: His arrows don't kill people, they just transform whatever or whoever they hit into ghosts.
- Rhymes on a Dime: "Run, run, run away! My arrow will find you anyway!"
- Big Eater: Many of the ghosts are this, but Ghoultar is a stand out example.
- Dumb Muscle
- Sinister Scythe
- Make Me Wanna Shout: She can emit a sonic scream, even with her mask on.
- Master Swordsman: Called the Blade Master and wields swords.
- Big Bad: The leader of the Ghost Army. While she's imprisoned, they're still acting on her plan.
- Dimension Lord: Of the Cursed Realm, thus her title 'The Queen of the Cursed.'
- According to Garmadon, she is the Cursed Realm. Destroying her will destroy the realm as well.
- Eldritch Abomination: Even more so of one than the Overlord.
- Genius Loci: A living, sentient dimension.
- He Who Must Not Be Heard: Is stated multiple times to be sentient and a cool-headed planner, and clearly communicates with Morro, but never speaks at all in the show, presumably to make her an even more foreign and mysterious presence.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: Is the only female Arc Villain.
- Meaningful Name: Her name generally means 'above others' or 'the supreme'. She's the ruler of the Cursed Realm, and one of the single largest threats in the series thus far.
- Multiversal Conqueror: She wants to conquer all 16 realms.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Is notably much less LEGO-like than the rest of the setting in her true form, making her Eldritch Abomination nature all the more noticeable.
- Respawn Point: Acts as this for her minions, being the Cursed Realm.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Is imprisoned in another dimension.
- Silent Antagonist: Never speaks a word (though deep, alien grunts can be heard from time to time).
- Super Drowning Skills: How she meets her demise.
- Toyless Toyline Character: She's one of the very few Ninjago villains to not actually have a set devoted to her, constructable or otherwise. An ancient Eldritch Abomination with Non-Standard Character Design would be pretty hard to build.
- The Voiceless
- Your Soul Is Mine: Implied. Morro mentions that she absorbs souls and it is said that she grows stronger and bigger with the more she has, but it's unknown if there are conditions to be met before she can suck them out of a person.
A formally imprisoned Djinn Prince from Djinjago, and captain of the Sky Pirates. Following the destruction of his realm, Nadakhan wishes to tear apart Ninjago, to rebuild Djinjago.
- Big Bad: Of Season 6. He sets off to claim the Realm Crystal and reunite his crew. Likewise, he plans to marry Nya so he can grant himself unlimited wishes.
- A Father to His Men: Subverted in the final episode of Season 6, "The Way Back".
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He genuinely seemed to love his father and is distraught when he and his kingdom disappear. Also, Dilara.
- Hook Hand: Fitting for the captain of the Sky Pirates.
- It's All About Me: In "The Way Back", when he acquires infinite wishes after marrying Nya.
- Jackass Genie: Besides the typical twisting of wishes into something harmful for the wisher, Nadakhan also hurries the wishers into having the third wish and then traps them inside the lamp, and later the sword.
- Last of His Kind: Presumably after Djinjago falls with the Cursed Realm. Making him the last Djinn.
- The Lost Lenore: Dilara is this to him.
- Manipulative Bastard: Exploits the fears of the wishers in order to panic them into making a third wish so he can trap them.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has four arms, but only three have hands at the end, the other having a hook.
- No Sense of Personal Space: He frequently gets up in his victim's faces when taunting them, or pressuring them to make a wish. It's particularly evident with Jay and Nya.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: He was trapped inside the Teapot of Tyrahn by Soto and was freed by Clouse. After Jay's wish cause the events of Skybound to be undone, he is once again trapped inside the Teapot of Tyrahn.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Implied. Just like with Pythor before, he seemed to have trouble fitting in with his fellow serpentine and decided to live a life of piracy.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He finds himself on the receiving end of this, when gets banished to another dimension for simply mouthing off Nadakhan.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Downplayed. While he does stand up when he realizes his boss, Nadakhan, is ultimately out for himself and calls him out on it, he never gets beyond it since he's banished to another realm by Nadakhan along with Monkey Wrench and Doubloon.
- Token Good Teammate: While he does engages in pirate activities and actively antagonizes the ninja, he never shows the maliciousness of most of his crewmates. It's somewhat downplayed in the Season 6 finale, when Dogshank and Flintlocke pull a HeelFace Turn after they realize how far off the deep end their boss has gone.
- Ambiguously Human: He has two faces that look like Kabuki masks, and never speaks.
- I Know Kung-Fu: Turns out he can do Spinjitzu.
- Misplaced Retribution: Nadakhan banishes him to an unknown realm, simply because he was in the same room as Clancee when the latter bad-mouthed Nadakhan.
- Motor Mouth: Was once this before Nadakhan got his hands on him.
- Was Once a Man: He was once this and even had a regular face, then he decided to rob Misfortune keep.
- The Ace: Her strength, speed, endurance and skills granted by Nadakhan made her the best at her school (at least according to the skeleton narrating her backstory).
- HeelFace Turn: When Nadakhan banishes Clancee, Doubloon, and Monkey Wrench, she decides to defect to the ninja side with Flintlocke. Sadly she doesn't does it a second time in the Dark Island trilogy and ends up in jail for her troubles.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Inverted with Flintlocke.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: She's no different from male bigfigs from other Lego themes, but she is a female.
- Ship Tease: With Flintlocke of all people.
- Was Once a Man: She use to look much more human but when Nadakhan offer his assistance she decided to get a new more stronger form to become the "best".
- The Dragon: Nadakhan's first mate. At least until the Season 6 finale, where he joins the ninja to defeat Nadakhan. He later becomes Clouse's dragon, and this time there's no HeelFace Turn.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: With antiquated weaponry, no less.Nadakhan:Is your powder dry?(Flintlocke whips around and fires 4 shots into a flock of gulls; none of them are hit).Nadakhan: You missed.Flintlocke: Did I?(The top promptly falls off of the palm tree behind the gulls)
- Ship Tease: With Dogshank of all people, he calls her "buttercup", "lady", among other names; confides in her and when Clancee, Monkey Wrench and Doubloon are banished by Nadakhan both of them hold on to each other for comfort before joining the ninja.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys
- Fusion Dance: A forced one between the human named Monkey Wrench and an actual monkey, courtesy of Nadakhan.
- Was Once a Man: The website says he was the ship's mechanic, before he made the mistake of wishing to his boss to have more hands and be faster.
Squiffy and Bucko
- Adorkable: Despite his being evil, he is absolutely fascinated by modern technology, and sometimes slips into this over it.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Of Season 7 along with his brother.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Having been lost in the time vortex for 40 years, he's a bit behind on modern technology. However, he is absolutely fascinated by it.
- Pet the Dog: Despite his cruelty he genuinely loves his twin brother and never once does he tries to betray or sabotage him
- Sealed Evil in a Can: After he escaped from the Elemental Masters along with his brother, he was deposited further into the future than his brother was. When he finally arrives at the monastery as predicted, Krux reveals he had been waiting for him all those years so they could enact their plan together.
- Ship Tease: Mentions that he finds General Machia cute. Nevermind the fact that she's literally a pile of snakes.
- Lampshaded by Krux, of course, who is as confused as we all are over the fact.
- Time Master: Has power over time, just like his brother.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what became of him after getting lost in time in the finale, but given how Wu survived and returned, it's possible they also returned, but in parts unknown.
Krux/Dr. Sander Saunders
- Big Bad Duumvirate: Of Season 7 along with his brother.
- Evil All Along: He is introduced as an ally to the ninja in "Day of the Departed", but turns out to be Evil From The Past in Season 7.
- Evil Luddite
- Evil Old Folks: He waited for forty years for his brother to catch up with him in time so that they could enact their evil plan together.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Responsible to Acronix's Foolish. While Acronix is busy fiddling with his BorgWatch, Krux is the one formulating plans.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: He poses as the meek and eccentric Dr. Saunders, but he's actually a cunning warrior and strategist.
- Time Master: Along with his brother, he has the ability to control time.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It's unknown what became of him after getting lost in time in the finale, but given how Wu survived and returned, it's possible they also returned, but in parts unknown.
- What the Hell Is That Accent?: His Dr. Saunders voice is...odd, to say the least.
- The Dragon: Since she's the most competent out of the three commanders, she's essentially this to Krux and Acronix.
- Hive Mind: Like the other Vermillion commanders, she can control the other warriors with this.
- More Deadly Than the Male: She is one of three Vermillion commanders specially bred for aggressive fighting style and strategic thinking. It's what gets her promoted to Supreme Commander.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Acronix and Krux pull this on her so they can use the snakes she's made up of as part of the Iron Doom.
Commander Raggmunk and Commander Blunck
- Hive Mind: Can control the other Vermillion Warriors in this way.
- Number Two for Brains: Holds the position of commander, but isn't exactly the sharpest tool in the shed.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Acronix and Krux eventually get tired of their idiocy and take away their armor, using the masses of snakes which form them as part of the Iron Doom.
The Vermillion Warriors
As a whole:
Princess Harumi/The Quiet One
The leader of the Sons of Garmadon who's identity remains a mystery for most of Season 8.
She wants Garmadon to be revived as a destroyer because she overheard the paramedics tending to her talk about how he had saved the city, leading her to idolize him and believe that his love for Lloyd was a weakness. She hates the Ninja and especially Lloyd for not only failing to stop the Great Devourer from killing her parents but for failing to save Ninjago themselves.
- Big Bad: Of Season 8.
- Big "NO!": When the Ninja thwart her ritual and her portal to the Departed Realm closes.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: At first appears to be a major new supporting character and a potential Love Interest for Lloyd. She's actually the mastermind behind the events of the season, and actually hates Lloyd for setting free the snakes that resurrected the Great Devourer, which killed her parents.
- Create Your Own Villain: Lloyd was the one who freed Pythor, who freed the Great Devourer, which killed her parents, that lead to Harumi becoming the Quiet One.
- Death Equals Redemption: Dies after preventing a family from meeting the same fate as her birth family.
- Demoted to Dragon: By Emperor Garmadon in season 9, becoming his second in command.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She honestly loves her birth parents very much, and it's implied that her feelings for Lloyd may be real after all after she spared his life twice, kept the location of his hideout a secret for as much as she could, and the way she looked at him, almost begging for forgiveness, before her apparent death.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Subverted, as she's actually a bad guy, the Big Bad of season 8.
- Evil All Along: She was the one behind the bombing at her temple and manipulates Lloyd and the rest of the Ninja into playing into her hands.
- Evil Costume Switch: When her true colors are revealed, she switches from her normal civilian outfit to a goth appearance that more closely fits the aesthetic of the Sons of Garmadon.
- Evil Counterpart: To Lloyd.
- Evil Orphan: The loss of her birth parents and being let down by her heroes caused her to become this. Hutchins knew about her problems and tried to help her but the Emperor and Empress turned a blind eye to it as they believed she would get over her it after becoming a princess.
- Evil Sounds Deep: While using the Oni Mask of Hatred.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As the princess, Harumi has her hair up in a ponytail, but as the Quiet One she has her hair undone and bangs round her face.
- Femme Fatale: An interesting example. She doesn't try to outright seduce Lloyd like other Femme Fatales; rather, she pretends to be his friend and love interest to manipulate him into taking the Oni Masks for her and resurrecting Lord Garmadon. After Lloyd starts to catch on, though, she does begin breaking out the sex appeal in subtle, G-rated ways (such as kissing him to make him stop asking questions and stroking his chest when he begins to suspect her true identity), but at this point it's too late and it doesn't work.
- Freudian Excuse: During the Great Devourer's attack (indirectly caused by Lloyd) Harumi's parents were brutally killed when their apartment complex collapsed, leaving her homeless, orphaned and traumatized. She overheard the paramedics who were tending to her talking about how Garmadon was the real hero who killed the Devourer and the Ninja's failure to stop the creature. This lead her to idolize Garmadon and hate the Ninja for the damage they caused (and still cause) to the city during their battles. After that, she was adopted into the Royal Family and had to endure a strict education to become the perfect princess of Ninjago, as well as having to stay in the palace most of the time. This combined with the grief and trauma from the loss of her birth parents filled her with hatred and vengeance.
- Gilded Cage: She lived in luxury but it is implied that she was rarely allowed to travel outside the estate.
- Happily Adopted: Averted. Harumi hated her adoptive parents and being the Princess of Ninjago.
- Heel Face Doorslam: Apparently dies after saving a family from Garmadon's Colossus.
- Heel Realization: Harumi starts to realize what her actions have done to all of Ninjago after seeing a family about to suffer a fate similar to her birth family, even attempting to save them from the destruction caused by Garmadon's Colossus.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: In-Universe, she turns "Spider in your Mouth" into this.
- Irony: The creature that killed her parents is the same creature responsible for turning Garmadon into the Evil Overlord she idolizes.
- Lonely at the Top: After becoming a princess Harumi became lonely and miserable.
- Loony Fan: Hero-worships Lord Garmadon for killing the Great Devourer and believes that he will be the leader Ninjago deserves. She wants to resurrect him without any of his positive qualities because she views his love for Lloyd as his one weakness, and believes that, without it, he'll be invincible.
- Love Interest: Appears to be one for Lloyd, but subverted when it's revealed she was just using him.
- Manipulative Bitch: Plays Lloyd like a fiddle until the very end, and gets the other Ninja to trust her for a good long while.
- Pauper Patches: As a child Harumi and her parents all had those.
- Rags to Royalty: She was born a peasant and ended up becoming the princess of Ninjago.
- Red Baron: Was temporarily rendered mute after the traumatic death of her parents, and when rescue officers came to save her they referred to her as a "Quiet One", which is where she took her moniker from later. This is also a Wham Line in the show proper.
- Redemption Equals Death: She apparently dies after saving a family from a situation similar to how she lost her own parents.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not when it happened the first time, but she does kill her adoptive parents just to try and maintain her cover.
- Shadow Archetype: To Lloyd. While Lloyd started off hero-worshiping his father and later switched over to the Ninja, Harumi used to hero-worship the Ninja before switching to Lord Garmadon. The same series of events triggered their respective HeelFace Turn/FaceHeel Turn, too - Lloyd setting the snakes free made him have his Heel Realization which led to him becoming the Green Ninja, while this same act prompted Harumi down the path of her Roaring Rampage of Revenge and caused her to become the Quiet One. Both of their character arcs center around Lord Garmadon, but Lloyd's revolves around trying to make him back into the man he was, while Harumi's revolves around trying to bring him back as the monster he became.
- Ship Tease: A lot with Lloyd before the horrifying Reveal. This was intentional on Harumi's part to manipulate him.
- The Sociopath: Downplayed because she did love her birth parents (true Sociopaths aren't capable of feeling love for anyone), but fits the criteria to a T other than that. She has no qualms about killing her adoptive parents just to help reinforce her cover as an ally to the Ninja, and she's able to successfully make Lloyd believe she loves him while plotting to make his own father kill him with his own two hands.
- The Quiet One: No Kidding At least she was this while in shock as a child from the rampage of the Great Devourer. She'd later use this name for her revenge-seeking persona as a reference to her trauma.
- Tragic Keepsake: She carries an old family photo of herself with her birth parents, and later one with the Emperor and Empress with her wherever she goes.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Despite the fact that the royal family took her in after her parents died, she kills them in cold blood without any remorse when she feels that they're in the way of her grand master plan. She also backstabs the Ninja despite the kindness they show her afterwards, too.
- Uptown Girl: When she was adopted by the Emperor and Empress.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Before the death of her parents set her on course for her Start of Darkness.
- Villain Has a Point: While she's wrong for thinking of Lord Garmadon as a hero, she's not wrong in saying that Ninjago has nearly fallen numerous times under the Ninja's watch.
- Walking Spoiler: Gee, it's almost as if this character's entire section is a spoiler. Wonder why?
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Finds himself in the receiving end of it courtesy of a VERY pissed off Emperor Garmadon, this also results in his death after getting torn apart (quite literally).
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Gets slowly torn apart (literally) by Garmadon until he's reduced to nothing but a pile of limbs, wires and bolts, all while being conscious but unable to stop Garmadon from killing him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: He is abruptly killed by Emperor Garmadon two episodes into Season 9, after failing to find and capture Lloyd, by means of getting torn apart slowly piece by piece.
- Five-Second Foreshadowing: Take a good guess as to why he's missing from the Season 9 intro in "Iron and Stone" (hint: It's not because he's taking a vacation).
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: He has two arms, but when he wears the Oni Mask of Vengeance, he gains two extra arms.
- Punny Name: Mr. E's true identity beyond being a Nindroid is a mystery.
- The Quiet One: Actually a better example of this trope than his master.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has glowing red eyes.
- Robotic Reveal: He is, in fact, a Nindroid.
- The Voiceless: Seems to be the case. The only possible exception is when he informs the Quiet One about the bug he planted in Zane.
- Ax-Crazy: Ultra Violet loves creating mayhem and violence.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": Ultra Violet does not appreciate being called "Ms. Violet" by some lower-ranking henchmen.
- Et Tu, Brute?: She seems quite angry at Harumi after Garmadon kills Mr. E.
- Evil Sounds Deep: While using the Oni Mask of Hatred.
- Expy: Of Harley Quinn, specifically her incarnation from Suicide Squad.
- Punny Name
- The Big Guy: It's his nickname, and it shows. He's easily the physically largest human character.
- Genius Bruiser: Is physically the strongest member, but is also their chief tactician.
- Mind over Matter: Ironically, he mainly uses the Oni Mask of Deception, which allows the user to move objects with their mind. As The Big Guy, you'd expect him to use the Mask of Vengeance (boosts reflexes and gives the user four arms) or the Mask of Hatred (which gives the user Nigh-Invulnerability). Perhaps that's the point - after all, Killow isn't merely just Dumb Muscle, he's a decent strategist and a high-ranking Sons of Garmadon member.
As a whole:
- The Apunkalypse: Imagine what Mad Max would look like in a LEGO world, mix in a little Dieselpunk, and you'll have the Dragon Hunters.
- Fantastic Racism: They hate Oni and enslave Dragons (who have proven to be sentient).
- HeelFace Turn: After the Iron Baron's lies are exposed, they turn on him and help the Ninja.
- No-Sell: Thanks to the Dragonbone Blade they can absorb elemental powers in case of a fight, they also use special vengestone weapons and chains to de-power dragons, allowing the Hunters to trap them.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: As confirmed by Tommy Andersen's twitters the throne the Iron Baron sits in was made of the now deceased Ultra Dragon's Corpse, which means that they either killed it themselves or retrieved it's corpse.
- An Arm and a Leg: Firstbourne took his left arm and right leg.
- Big Bad: Of Season 9 in the First Realm.
- Big Bad Ensemble: While the original Ninja are fighting him in the First Realm, Nya, Lloyd, and the Resistance are fighting Emperor Garmadon back in Ninjago.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: He is burned alive by Firstbourne. Even after it's done, he can still be heard yelling from inside the molten magma that has encased him, which means getting burned alive didn't kill him straight away, instead he was trapped inside with no food or water, meaning his death will be a slow one.
- Fantastic Racism: Hates Oni and doesn't show much appreciation nor respect to the Dragons either, as he enslaves them and forces them to fight in an arena.
- Karmic Death: He gets burned to death by Firstborne, the very dragon he sought to control.
- Miles Gloriosus: He made up a story about how he single-handedly helped the Hunters survive against the Oni, Heavy Metal/Faith eventually realized he was telling nothing but lies after finding the abandoned Oni ruins, which makes her realize that the Oni were long-gone from the realm when the first hunters arrived.
- Broken Pedestal: She was once loyal to the Iron Baron and sought to gain his complete trust, but once she finds out that he lied about the Oni, she completely loses any respect for him, especially since he also forced her to keep her gender hidden.
- The Dragon: The second-in-command of the Dragon Hunters until she defects from Iron Baron.
- Rage Breaking Point: Seeing the abandoned Oni ruins and realizing everything Iron Baron told the hunters was a lie causes her to flip out. It only gets worse when Wu finally tells her that he doesn't know where the Dragon Armor is or if it even exists, reducing her to Angrish.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has a glowing red cybernetic eye.
- Samus Is a Girl: It's revealed she was actually a woman the whole time.
- Token Good Teammate: She is the first hunter to side with the Ninja after overhearing that Wu is the son of the First Spinjitzu Master, leading her to want to find the Dragon Armor with them.
Daddy No Legs
- The Dark Chick
- The Dragon: After Heavy Metal/Faith turns against Iron Baron, Jet Jack becomes the new second in command of the Dragon Hunters.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude
- The Smurfette Principle: The only female Dragon Hunter who is obviously a woman, as it is later revealed that Heavy Metal was also a woman the whole time.
- Acting for Two: He's voiced by Brent Miller and apparently the voice used for him is a spoiler.
- The Chew Toy: It's in his name. The Dragon in the pit has presumably used him as one many times.
Shapeshifting MonstersAn evil species of shapeshifters from the Underworld that serve as the antagonists of the second graphic novel (Mask of the Sensei).
- Bluff the Impostor: One of the shapeshifters impersonates Sensei Wu, but Zane, Jay, and Cole realize their Sensei is a fake when Cole asks if he wants a cup of tea. The real Sensei Wu would of course agree; the shapeshifter who took his place claims to hate tea.
- Master of Disguise: The shapeshifters can mimic anyone from the memories of those they encounter.
- No Name Given: The species is so old that its name has been lost to history.
- Rage Against the Reflection: No mirror-smashing here, but seeing their own reflections is the shapeshifters' one weakness.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: One of the important functions of the Skeleton Army was to keep these monsters from escaping the Underworld and entering Ninjago. Then Lord Garmadon sent the Skeleton Army to attack Ninjago instead. Oops.
- Super Smoke: The shapeshifters' true form.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Similar to The Oni introduced in Season 9, they can change into anyone.
- Arch-Enemy: His is rival pirate Nadakhan the Djinn.
- Back from the Dead: Brought back by Garmadon using the Megaweapon.
- Cool Ship: His pirate ship the Destiny's Bounty.
- Hook Hand: Fitting for the captain of the Pirates.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: He and his crew were able to seal Nadakhan in the Teapot of Tyrahn, and exile the rest of the Sky Pirates across the sixteen realms.
- Eye Twitch: Happens when he gets angry.