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"Are you ready to risk your life... for Ninjago?"
Lloyd: You ruined my life!
Garmadon: Pfft, that's not true. I haven't even been a part of your life, how could I ruin it? I wasn't even there.
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The LEGO Ninjago Movie is a 2017 spin-off of Ninjago and The LEGO Movie.

Its story follows Lloyd Garmadon, an Ordinary High-School Student and secret Highly Visible Ninja who protects the land of Ninjago from the forces of darkness. Unfortunately for Lloyd, his father, Garmadon, is the Evil Overlord of said forces of darkness, and an all around clueless Jerkass, much to Lloyd's constant annoyance. Now Lloyd must attempt to pull his team of secret Ninja allies together to put a stop to Garmadon's constant invasions, and hopefully repair his relationship with his father along the way.

The movie stars Dave Franco as Lloyd / the Green Ninja, Justin Theroux as Garmadon, Michael Peña as Kai / the Red Ninja, Abbi Jacobson as Nya / Samurai X, Zach Woods as Zane / the White Ninja, Kumail Nanjiani as Jay / the Blue Ninja, Fred Armisen as Cole / the Black Ninja and Jackie Chan as Master Wu.

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The film was released on September 22, 2017. Prior to the premiere, Master Wu starred in the short The Master, which preceded Storks (and re-appeared on home video releases of The LEGO Batman Movie).

Should be noted that while it shares the title with the TV series. The movie follows it's own continuity. Likely so both newcomers and those unfamiliar with the series won't have to worry about continuity.

Previews: Trailer 1, Trailer 2.


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Tropes for this movie include:

  • Ac CENT Upon The Wrong Syl LA Ble: Garmadon calls Lloyd L-loyd at times.
  • Action Girl: Nya looks to fall into this again, and Garmadon employs some females in his army as soldiers and even a general. Koko was also this in her youth.
  • Actor Allusion: Cole is now a music enthusiast with sound attacks, most likely a reference to his VA Fred Armisen being a musician on the side (specifically a drummer).
  • Adaptation Distillation: The film is based upon the first three years of the toyline, but with numerous liberties taken to streamline it for a feature length:
    • Garmadon wasn't sealed away, meaning there's no need to necessitate him being released from a prison created for him.
    • Lloyd and Nya are already ninja in the movie, having taken the second and fifth seasons, respectively, to become part of the main team. Lloyd is also a teenager in this film, which removes the need for a plot point requiring him to be magically aged-up.
    • As the main arc is about Lloyd and Garmadon's strained relationship, Lloyd is the central protagonist of the movie, as opposed to Kai, the Supporting Protagonist of the team in the overall franchise.
  • All Asians Wear Conical Straw Hats: The wise master Wu retains his hat as part of his design. Several other civilians also wear them, including a new, more shaped variety introduced here, due to the Asian-inspired setting.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Lloyd is a social outcast at school due to being the son of the infamous Garmadon.
  • Alternate Continuity: Despite featuring the same characters, the film has no relation to the Ninjago TV series, instead being set in the universe of The LEGO Movie. The movie vaguely implies through the shopkeeper's old Wu minifigure that Ninjago is a very old story in-universe, and that the storyteller is mostly making up the story for the boy who comes in.
  • Alpha Strike: Lloyd's dragon mech can fire missiles from its claws, its eyes, its tail, launch its tail and both feet, and the spines on its back, and even its head, which can be rebuilt just to launch again. And there's butt torpedoes.
  • Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version features an exclusive theme song performed by the band Johnny's West, "Mou 1% (Another 1%)".
  • Animal Motifs: Garmadon's army is sea life themed, with Garmadon himself piloting a large shark mech.
  • Art Evolution: In The LEGO Movie, everything was LEGO. In The LEGO Batman Movie, things such as bodies of water and smoke began to be more natural. Here, there's real fire, real sand, and even real bamboo. And it is gorgeous.
    • In terms of the characters, all of the ninja now have unique hairpieces—the main four's are all drawn from the generic ones they had used before, and Nya has an entirely new hairstyle, being a messy ponytail instead of a neat bob. With their faces, Kai's scar is moved to cross the opposite eye, Zane's face has a unique style now to reflect his robotic nature, Lloyd has green eyes, Nya has a beauty mark, and Jay has freckles. All of these changes carry over to the next series of the Ninjago TV show and sets.
    • Garmadon has a completely new helmet and upper torso, along with a slightly more detailed face. Also, his accent color has now changed from purple to dark blue. His face also has a larger mouth, and the details on his face and torso are done in grey instead of silver.
  • Ascended Extra: Lloyd is the main hero of this movie, having been an on/off cameo in The LEGO Movie who didn't really even speak.
  • Ascended Meme: The Comic-Con trailer prompted some viewers to make fake announcements for a Meowthra LEGO set, showing either a live cat or a LEGO cat Photoshopped onto a box evoking those of actual TLNM sets. A Meowthra set is the first one shown in the movie's instructions-based end credits, listed with a piece count of 1.
  • As Himself: Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts.
  • Badass and Baby: At one point, Lloyd is seen fighting off some mooks while holding a giggling baby in one arm.
  • Big Stupid Doo Doo Head: The message Garmadon delivers to Wu via his army reads "You're a big, stupid dumb-dumb with a dumb face and a big butt and your butt stinks and you smell like a butt."
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: Over the years, the backbone of the Lego Ninjago line slowly became the increasingly Humongous Mecha driven by the ninjas rather than the Spinjitzu (and later Airjitzu) gimmick representing their martial arts. The problems in the movie come from these machines not being enough, and the solution is ditching the mecha altogether in favor of the martial arts.
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Lloyd suffers from this in many ways, from being despised by almost everyone just because he's Garmadon's son to being forced to watch as his evil father gleefully uses the "Ultimate Weapon" (a laser pointer) to lure a cat named Meowthra into decimating his Ninja friends' vehicles. Seriously, this guy needs a hug.
  • Brick Joke: At the start of the movie, during the live action bits, the shopkeeper points out his cat whom he cites as "A real monster". In the movie proper, said cat, called "Meowthra, is accidentally summoned by Lloyd in trying stop Garmadon.
  • Broad Strokes: Certain events from the TV Series appear to have happened prior to the movie, some of which are covered in flashback, but don't have very much effect on the film itself.
  • Built with LEGO: Duh. Although, like the movie before it, water and smoke are no longer made of LEGO pieces.
  • Canon Foreigner: The Shark Army, Garmadon's fish-themed henchmen, were created exclusively for the film.
  • Character Exaggeration: It's one of the LEGO Movies- what did you expect? For example, Jay's underlying insecurity from the television show is played up here to make him completely Adorkable. Zane's inability to behave naturally is also exaggerated to Cloudcuckoolander levels.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Garmadon's tears are combustible. This comes into play in the climax. Lloyd's words to his father reach Garmadon, who cries over them. Garmadon was in Meowthra's mouth at the time, but the tears upset her tongue, so she spits him back out.
  • Chew Bubblegum: Wu references this, with boba replacing the gum in the quote.
  • Continuity Nod: Naturally, the movie and the toy line has references to the other movies in the LEGO Film Universe.
    • The N-Pop Girl wears a Unikitty shirt in her costume.
    • One of the characters in the minifigure series wears a Batman T-shirt, likely referencing the preceding movie.
    • A "Back to School" promo has Nya show off photos of the leading ladies from the previous theatrical LEGO Movies, plus Wonder Woman, taped inside her locker.
    • The ninjas' hideout has a double decker couch in it.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Unlike Emmet or Batman, who are both adults with jobs with varying degrees of respect, Lloyd is a high school teenager ostracized by his peers due to his father being a supervillain (who he doesn't have a good relationship with either), and seems pretty eager to start his career as a superhero. Also unlike Emmet, who struggled with being noticed due to how unremarkable he was, Lloyd is well-known, but only in the capacity of being the son of a supervillain.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits are animated like a flipbook of typical LEGO building instructions, lack of shading, yellow page borders and all!
  • Cuteness Proximity: The citizens of Ninjago City have this reaction when Meowthra first shows up, cooing at how adorable she is. It's not until she starts knocking over buildings that mass panic ensues.
  • Dead Hat Shot: Subverted with Master Wu, twice, but he still gets taken out of the movie for a while the second time.
  • Demoted to Extra: The Skullkin and Serpentine appear briefly in a flashback of Garmadon's past minions, but they have since been replaced by the Shark Army.
    • ALL the ninja besides Lloyd get this treatment, due to the story being streamlined to focus on his relationship with his father, but Kai gets it worst of all. Whereas in the series, he serves as the Deuteragonist to Lloyd, in the movie he gets the least amount of focus and characterization out of the entire main cast. In fact, there are times where it can be easy to forget he's even there at all.
  • Disappeared Dad: Lloyd and Lord Garmadon have major issues because, as shown in the scene providing the page quote, Lord G was a lousy father.
  • Easter Egg: The Ninjago language of characters corresponds to English letters, revealing certain tidbits in the signs- one in the Ninjago City set, for example, says "Visit Bricksburg", the setting of the first LEGO Movie.
  • Evil Is Petty: The Shark Army's conquest of Ninjago includes very minor acts of aggression ordered by Garmadon (like popping a random kid's balloon) as well as major destruction.
  • Fluffy Tamer: Lloyd calms Meowthra down by petting her nose. Afterward, the citizens of Ninjago make her a mascot.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • When Garmadon finally does take over Ninjago City, Koko manages to march right into his base and nobody, least of all Garmadon, seems to be able to do anything about it. Maybe that's because Garmadon and his whole army already know that she was once the Lady Iron Dragon.
    • Listen to all of the location names that Master Wu mentions when discussing the location of the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon. They reek so heavily of foreshadowing that it's practically Lampshade Hanging.
  • Framing Device: The bulk of the plot comes from a story told from antique store owner Mr. Liu (also played by Jackie Chan) to a bullied boy wandering in.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: While serving as their prisoner, Garmadon spends a lot of his time joking around with the ninjas. They all end up taking a liking to him, much to Lloyd's chagrin.
  • Heart Is an Awesome Power: When Master Wu reveals each ninja's element, Lloyd gets stuck with "green", which Lloyd points out isn't a real element. When Lloyd asks for another element, he suggests "the element of surprise" as one, only to learn that the Fuchsia Ninja already possesses it, and to such a degree that he is never heard from before or after his appearance. Later in the movie, it turns out there's a reason Lloyd doesn't have a real element: green is the color of life, connecting everything; Lloyd's role in the team is to connect all his teammates together.
  • "The Hero Sucks" Song: Played with. A "Boo Lloyd" chant is performed by some cheerleaders at Lloyd's school to mock him, and it becomes a popular song.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: When Wu tells his students that they need to practice hiding in the bamboo, none of them are particularly adept at hiding, even disregarding their colored outfits. For that matter, they're never seen practicing stealth when defending the city, either.
  • High Turnover Rate: Exaggerated with the position of the Shark Army's General #1. Garmadon fires so many that this comes back to bite him in the ass, as the ex-General #1s have banded together with the goal of destroying him as revenge.
  • Hilarious Outtakes: The movie starts off with a live-action sequence with Jackie Chan's character impressively catching an entire set of teacups. The credits feature several of the takes where Jackie wasn't quite as successful. Other material available includes bloopers from the voice cast, animated as if the film is an in-universe LEGO production, like before.
  • Humongous Mecha: Used by the ninja, with Kai and Cole having traditional humanoid machines.
  • Insult Backfire: Deconstructed; Garmadon thinks emphasis of his deplorable nature is a compliment, but in a very literal case of Evil Cannot Comprehend Good, he's so resigned to his villainy that he's become incredibly out of touch with his and other's emotions. When Lloyd says "I wish you were never my father," Garmadon struggles with how to take it and finds himself wondering what he meant by it.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Lord Garmadon pronounces Lloyd's name as "L-loyd".
    Lord Garmadon: L-loyd?
    Lloyd: That's right! And it's LLOYD!
    Lord Garmadon: No. L-L-O-Y-D. I named you.
  • It Was with You All Along: The heroes suddenly gain their powers when they face their greatest danger.
  • KPop: Parodied. Judging by one of the minifigures, Ninjago is its own Asian culture with N-Pop music.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: While the outside universe isn't at all hidden in this film, there are still subtler touches in the LEGO world that remind us, like usual, with imperfections in the plastic and printing on the minifigures, and real-world human items coming into play.
  • Literal Metaphor: When Garmadon is displeased with the generals in his army, they are fired...out of a volcano.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Green Ninja Dragon Mech has a lot of missiles and parts to fire off as missiles, including a backup head.
  • Mega Neko: The most dangerous creature in Ninjago is Meowthra, a giant cat which manages to wreak a lot of havoc. However, this trope is played with in the fact that Meowthra is a normal-sized cat that only appears Kaiju-sized to the LEGO-built city and its citizens.
  • Mega Twintails: The N-Pop Girl has them, in fitting with her sweet-lolita theming, reusing the LEGO Batman Movie Harley Quinn's hair mold.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Look, when you specifically have to cross The Bridge of Fallen Mentors, you have to know what's coming. It's subverted, however. Master Wu fakes his death to attempt to invoke the trope in the hopes that it will lead his students to important realizations about ninjutsu.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Garamdon makes a very bad habit of launching his subordinates out of the "Fire" room in his volcano lair, either from failure or just receiving answers he doesn't like. This comes back to bite him later when he comes across his previous employees in the Canyon of General Unhappiness, lead by his most recent #1, who are itching to "fire" him as revenge...but they want to fire him into a volcano.
  • Mondegreen: When Garmadon spies on Wu discussing the Ultimate Ultimate Weapon, he misreads Wu's lips as saying "Omelette Omelette Weapon".
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Garmadon, who has four arms, is the villain. The arms themselves are achieved by a mini-torso piece that goes over the minifigure neck.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Garmadon enjoyed a run with four arms for a time in the original series- now, they're a constant feature.
    • A minifigure in Ninjago City has a Galidor shirt, which is the source of what is widely believed to be the worst LEGO theme of all time. In addition, a Galidor pinball machine can be seen in the ninjas' hideout in the film proper.
    • Zane's sweater features the Alien Clingers/Pluuvian Brain Beasts from the Alien Conquest theme.
    • Though she's not Samurai X this time around, Nya still retains a samurai influence in her gear, like an armored skirt. This is also derived from her idol, Lady Iron Dragon... who, like Samurai X, is a significant female's heroic persona, as she was pre-parent Misako.
    • Garmadon's new helmet, rather than featuring the bone as it does in the series, looks much more like an evil kabuto. The result looks similar the Helmet of Shadows from the TV series. The Helmet of Shadows itself appears in flashback.
    • Lloyd asks if he can swap his element from green to gold, which his TV show counterpart did have in the form of Golden Power during the second and third seasons. He also asks if he can claim the element of wind (a nod to when his TV show counterpart became possessed by Morro, Master of Wind, in season five) or even "The Element of Surprise" (a joke taken from the end of Season 4, although it was Kai who said the line and not Lloyd).
    • Two of Lloyd's classmates have shirts referencing popular LEGO Space themes - one wears a series 2 Blacktron logo shirt (previously seen in The LEGO Movie), and another wears an M-Tron logo shirt.
    • Cole is officially the Earth ninja but his mech is capable of sonic attacks, referencing the corresponding black hero of Hero Factory.
    • Similar to how Garmadon attempted to gain the golden weapons in the first season of the show and use all four at the same time in his four arms, he tries wielding the Ultimate Ultimate Weapons of Kai, Jay, Cole, and Zane against Meowthra. But because this time they're just LEGO elements that are merely representative of the ninjas' elemental powers, they do nothing and Meowthra swallows Garmadon whole.
    • The theme song to the TV show (namely the first season) is heard as Lloyd's ringtone.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • Trailers suggested that Garmadon used to be a normal guy, albeit one with black skin, red eyes, sharp teeth, and an extra pair of arms, who later turned to world domination, and Misako was simply the wife he left behind. These scenes are an Imagine Spot by Garmadon. He was a warlord in the midst of conquering a village when he met Misako, who was an Action Girl fighting against him. She gave up the fighting life to raise Lloyd, but Garmadon remained a warlord.
    • Trailers also indicated that Garmadon intended to summon Meowthra as part of his plan. As it turns out, Lloyd is the one who (accidentally) summons the cat by firing the Ultimate Weapon without either him or Garmadon knowing what it would do. Once Garmadon finds out, though, he's more than happy to take advantage of Meowthra in order to decimate the ninjas.
  • Newscaster Cameo: Michael Strahan and Robin Roberts of Good Morning America play LEGO versions of themselves as hosts of Good Morning Ninjagoin the American release of the film, and provide exposition about their world and the fight between Garmadon and the ninjas.
  • New Technology Is Evil: Wu teaches his ninja that the less they fight with mechs, the more they can learn to master their elemental powers. This is a bit of a poke at the source theme/show's increasing focus on vehicles and technology rather than the ninjas' powers and skills.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Lloyd tries to fire the Ultimate Weapon at Garmadon, but accidentally ends up wrecking Ninjago City instead since said "weapon" is actually a laser pointer and ends up summoning a real-life cat into Ninjago City.
  • Oddball in the Series: Unlike LEGO's two previous theatrical movies, this one doesn't present a crossover between various themes.
  • One-Wheeled Wonder: Cole's mech has one giant motorcycle wheel for a lower body, instead of normal legs, and its long humanoid arms help propel and steer it.
  • Overly Long Gag: The multitude of missiles and parts that Lloyd fires from his dragon mech, with every one of them recited out loud. Twice.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Lloyd tries to use the Ultimate Weapon on Garmadon, but doesn't really know how it works. He ends up summoning Meowthra into the city due to it, which causes the ninjas to lose and helps Garamdon take over the city.
    • Our heroes are chased by a rock sliding down a hill. Kai blasts it with fire...and our heroes end up chased by a now-burning rock sliding down a hill.
    • Turns out firing your subordinates out of a volcano will not be taken kindly by them. As Garmadon finds out the hard way when the ninjas and he end up coming across them in the forest.
    • In the climax, Garmadon takes the elemental pieces for himself so he can chase off Mewothra and reclaim Ninjago city. However, like Lloyd before, he doesn't really know how to use them when the time comes to do so. Nor could he really, as they were symbols rather than weapons.
  • Retcanon: The new mask molds, hairstyles,unique design elements (such as Lloyd and Zane's distinctive eyes) of the core five ninja, as well as Garmadon's armor and helmet, are all carried over into Season 8 of the series and toyline.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: inverted by Meowthra, a real-life cat superimposed into a world populated by LEGO toys.
  • Role Reprisal:
    • In the Latin American dub, Humberto Solórzano (Lord Garmadon), Carlos Hernández (Kai), Jaime Alberto Carrillo (Jay), Enzo Fortuny (Cole) and Roberto Mendiola (Zane) reprised their roles from the TV series.
    • In the Italian dub, everyone but Lloyd haves the same voice actor as in the TV series.
  • Secret Identity: Unlike the TV show, no one in Ninjago City knows the ninjas' real names. Until the end.
  • Schmuck Bait: The path to the Ultimate, Ultimate Weapon splits into a fork; one road is "The Right Path", which is "long, arduous, and enlightening", and the other is a "Short Cut", which leads through a "possible evil skeleton graveyard". Guess which one the ninjas take. Go on. Guess.
  • Short Cuts Make Long Delays: When the ninjas have to choose between paths literally marked "The Right Path" and "Short Cut" (see Schmuck Bait, Above), they naturally choose the short cut, which leads to Garmadon and Lloyd getting captured by an angry mob of Garmadon's ex-Number-Ones.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Minifigure-series Cole wears a shirt, which in Ninjagoese, reveals that it's for AC/DC.
    • Nya demonstrates her Biker Babe credentials by pulling off THE Kaneda bike slide.
    • Lloyd's ringtone is the theme song of the original Ninjago TV series.
  • Slurpasaur: Kinda. Very much in the manner of this trope, the giant monster Meowthra that attacks the city is played by a common housecat superimposed into the action to make it look huge. The twist is that this is because Meowthra actually is a housecat, who looks huge because, compared to the LEGO cast, she is.
  • Stealth Pun: The list of dangerous locations Wu visits all have ominous titles, like the Bridge of Fallen Mentors. One place, the Canyon of General Unhappiness, is foreshadowed to be a place where the dead come alive to attack, but when the ninja reach it, they find that the skeleton graveyard is only a guess as to its contents. But it truly is a canyon of General unhappiness...because it's where all of Garmadon's fired and furious ex-General #1s have convened to take revenge.
  • Summoning Artifact: Whoever wields the Ultimate Weapon can control Meowthra. It's actually a laser pointer.
  • Tagline: "Find the ninja within ya."
  • There Was a Door: Instead of using a door to get into the warehouse the Ninjas use for training, Wu just kicks straight through a wall.
  • Threatening Shark: Lord Garmadon's army is called the Shark Army and encompasses many deep-sea creatures, with Garmadon himself piloting a massive bipedal megalodon Animal Mecha.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The second trailer, and some TV spots that aired after its unveiling, reveal that Garmadon will, in some capacity, work with the heroes. Other TV spots and merchandise also showed off Lady Iron Dragon, and uses her real name, Misako.
  • Uniqueness Value: The Shark Army General #1 with the longest tenure has a unique design separating her from the standard soldiers, and she receives the most characterization.
  • Villain Song: "It's Garmadon"
  • Volcano Lair: Garmadon has one, and he even uses it to fire out generals that fail to live up to his expectations. It's apparently a fondness of his; his pajamas have a volcano print on them. When he takes over Ninjago City, he even makes a point to transport said base to the city.
  • Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The synopsis says the heroes are ninjas by night, students by day.
  • Weapon of Choice: Each of the ninja has their own signature weapon that reflects their character:
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Looks to be Lloyd's motivation, complicated slightly by his father being a supervillain and him a heroic ninja.
  • Wind Is Green: Lloyd initially thinks the "power of green" means he has control over air.
  • Wingdinglish: The land of Ninjago has its own written language, which is composed of a cipher of Asian-style characters that correspond to English letters.

Tropes for The Master include:

  • Artistic Title: Several Ninjago elements, such as leaves, sand, and LEGO bricks, form the opening credits.
  • Clucking Funny: A chicken tries to steal Wu's spotlight by constantly messing with the title card.
  • Creative Closing Credits: The end credits appear over pseudo-Chinese paintings of the chicken, depicted more realistically than a LEGO animal.
  • Logo Joke: As in The LEGO Movie, the Warner shield appears made out of LEGO bricks. This time, the shield also has a LEGO "Presents" sign underneath, and vertical slit in the center, through which the viewer can see Wu's temple. At one point, the chicken flings Wu through the shield!
  • Negated Moment of Awesome: Whatever Wu had originally planned to do after the opening credits, the end credits appear before he can actually do it.
  • No Fourth Wall: Wu and the chicken interact with the main titles, and Wu talks to the narrator (Justin Theroux) at the end.
  • Slow "NO!": Wu does this when the chicken tries to replace him as the short's star.
  • Title Drop: Subverted whenever the narrator tries to read the title card, only to find it either incomplete, or not bearing the short's actual name.
  • Trash the Set: The fight between Wu and the chicken does heavy damage to the temple, and the Warner shield.
  • Worthy Opponent: Wu eventually has to declare the chicken such, but he only does so as part of a trick to literally kick her out of the short.

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