|Cole||Cole (Shadow of Ronin)||Cole (The LEGO Ninjago Movie)|
|“The rock and foundation of the team.”|
|— Harumi to Cole|
|Weapon of choice||Hammer|
|First Appearance||Way of the Ninja|
|Voiced by||Kirby Morrow|
Cole is the current Elemental Master of Earth and a Ninja. Cole was recruited by Wu to become a Ninja alongside Jay, Zane, Kai, Lloyd, and soon Nya. Over time, they became close friends and fought in many battles against the Serpentine and Stone Army. After the final battle, peace resumed until the Overlord returned and corrupted the Nindroid army. During this time, a love triangle formed between Nya, Jay and Cole. The conflict ended when Zane sacrificed himself to vanquish the Overlord.
Saddened by Zane's death, the Ninja parted ways, but reunited after learning of Zane's survival and set out to rescue Zane on a mysterious island. There, Jay and Cole made amends over Nya, while the Ninja allied with the Elemental Masters to defeat Chen's army, who caused the Second Serpentine War. Shortly after, the Ninja faced new problem as they battled Morro and spirits from the Cursed Realm. Yearning to learn Airjitzu, the Ninja went to Yang's Temple, where Cole was turned into a ghost. He eventually came to terms with his new condition and use his new abilities.
Shortly after the Battle of Stiix, the Ninja were tormented by Nadakhan, who captured Cole in the Sword of Souls. Though Cole and the others were freed, Nya died, but Jay used his last wish to undo recent events. On the Day of the Departed, Cole confronted Yang, who tricked Cole into reviving the Ninjas' old enemies. As his allies fought the villains, Cole fought Yang, but eventually made amends with him, and Cole became a human once more via the Rift of Return. Cole later joined his allies in battling the Time Twins and their Vermillion army, as well as seeking the powerful Time Blades.
As a child, Cole's father sent him to the Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts, hoping 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, occasionally writing to his father to claim that he was still following the dancer's path.
Cole began drifting from place to place, always seeking new challenges to test his strength and skill. Soon after his mother died, he attempted to climb the tallest mountain in Ninjago. Upon reaching the top, he found Master Wu sitting there, drinking tea. After telling Wu about his anger towards his father for ignoring him and ignoring the loss of his mother, he is told by Wu that grief is dealt with in many forms, sometimes with singing and dancing, and sometimes by climbing mountains. Cole proceeded to ask Wu why he climbed the mountain, after which he learned that Wu was there to meet him. Learning that he had great potential, he followed the old master to the Monastery of Spinjitzu and began training to become a Ninja.
Seeking the Golden Weapons
Eventually, Cole was joined in his training by two others, Jay and Zane. After they had trained together for a time, Master Wu assigned them to attack his newest student, Kai, as part of the latter's final test. While Kai was preparing for bed, the three snuck into the monastery and surrounded him.
Their fight against Kai eventually took them out into the training yard only for Wu to break up the fight. Like the others, Cole was reluctant when their master revealed Kai would be the fourth member of the team, stating that the three were already solid together. Wu quickly quieted the matter and provided the Ninja with new gis using Spinjitzu. Cole's suit, however, remained black, as Wu pronounced him the black Ninja of Earth. After Wu explained their purpose, he announced that they would now leave to claim the first Golden Weapon.
As a team-building exercise, Wu had the Ninja pull him in the carriage to the Caves of Despair. On the way, the four Ninja told the circumstances of how they met Master Wu and agreed that if it hadn't been for their master, they would never be seen together.
Upon arriving at the Caves of Despair, Cole created a plan on how to infiltrate the Skulkin camp, but was unable to execute it as Kai ran off on his own. The three other Ninja followed and after stealing the map to Golden Weapons from Samukai, managed to locate the Scythe of Quakes. The Ninja hoped to sneak out while the Skulkin were busy, but Jay unintentionally alerted the skeletons to their presence and thus were waiting when the Ninja emerged from the caves. The Ninja faced their foes and in the process managed to unlock Spinjitzu. The Skeletons quickly retreated, as the Ninja unfortunately had awoken the Earth Dragon. After Kai attempted to use the Scythe to ward off the beast, Cole advised the others to use Spinjitzu to escape.
After getting the Scythe, the Ninja set out to find the next three Golden Weapons. Traveling by boat with Cole as pilot, the Ninja sought the next weapon, the Shurikens of Ice. While on the boat, Master Wu informed the four about the Tornado of Creation and what it is capable of doing. After they claimed the golden weapon, the Ninja then ascended to the Floating Ruins for the Nunchucks of Lightning. Using one of Jay's inventions, they escaped to the Forest of Tranquility.
That night the Ninja celebrated their success thus far and Cole played a pair of drums for the others to dance to. Later that night, the Black Ninja was awoken by the Skulkins who captured him, Zane, and Jay, and reclaimed the three Golden Weapons. After they left to unite the weapons in the Underworld, Jay managed to free the two and they gave chase, quickly catching up to the Skull Truck. Cole managed to slow the truck down long enough for the three Ninja to board, though while he was fighting Kruncha and Nuckal, Cole accidentally hit Jay in the throat with his scythe, causing the Blue Ninja to lose his voice. Eventually, Samukai took control of the Skull Truck and accelerated into the Underworld just after the three Ninja fell off.
Cole, Jay, and Zane journeyed to the Fire Temple in search of Kai and Master Wu, but they found no sign of their friend or mentor. However, the Fire Temple quickly split in half, revealing Kai and Nya on top of the Fire Dragon—Cole, for his part, immediately hid in fear of the massive beast. Kai explained what had happened and revealed that dragons can cross into the Underworld, allowing them to follow Master Wu and the Skulkin, but Cole—in an attempt to avoid flying on a dragon's back—claimed that they will not all fit on the Fire Dragon's back. However, this inspired Kai to recruit the other three elemental Dragons, and Cole ended up nervously clinging to the poles on the Earth Dragon's back as the beasts crossed over to the Underworld.
Upon arriving in the Underworld, the Ninja attempted to sneak past the skeletons by using stalactites, but they dropped right outside Garmadon's fortress after they mistakenly grabbed Spykor legs instead. Surrounded by hordes of spiders and skeletons, Jay suggested using the Tornado of Creation. Despite Cole's concerns about the potential "disastrous consequences" Master Wu had spoken of, he led the Ninja in performing the technique, allowing them to defeat their foes.
With the path clear, Cole and the other Ninja entered Garmadon's fortress to find Master Wu battling Samukai with the Golden Weapons. He watched as his mentor was beaten by Samukai, who took up all four weapons and threatened to usurp Garmadon. However, the power overwhelmed Samukai, transforming him into a portal that he escaped into. With their enemy gone for the moment, the Ninja rushed to help Master Wu, taking the Golden Weapons for their own use.
Cole and the other Ninja then journeyed to Four Weapons Blacksmith where they reunited with Nya and vowed to be ready when Garmadon returned.
Ninjago at Peace
Against Master Wu's orders to train, the Ninja spent much of their time racing with their dragons. After Jay won a race, he began trying to convince the others of his superiority. To silence his bragging teammate, Cole challenged his comrades to another race, saying that the winner would be "Dragon Master" for a month.
During the race, Cole and Jay sped through the forest, dodging around the trees. Cole's dragon failed to dodge one tree, but neither rider nor steed was harmed. The Ninja regrouped as they approached the "finish line," prompting Cole to reveal his secret weapon: a roasted chicken on a pole that he dangled in front of his dragon's nose. With "the turbo" engaged, Cole quickly sped back to the Monastery, claiming victory. To his dismay, Kai claimed that they would beat him tomorrow. Cole protested that they agreed the winner would be "Dragon Master" for a month, but the others insisted that they had never agreed to the bet.
At some point, Cole went to see Master Wu, curious how Garmadon took control of the Underworld from Samukai. Master Wu thought about it for a time and replied that he expected that the villains had discussed the matter over tea and came to an agreement.
Rise of the Snakes
- Main article: History of Cole (Rise of the Snakes)
Legacy of the Green Ninja
Following the battle with the Overlord, the Ninja now teach at Master Wu's Academy—which has replaced Darkley's School for Bad Boys—training a new generation of Ninja. Later they are invited by Cyrus Borg for a field trip to Borg Industries' Borg Tower.
As the Ninja arrive in the office of Cyrus Borg, the Ninja were all very happy to meet him. Cyrus shows them to a gift he wanted to give them: an automated statue of himself. It looked like a regular statue, but Cyrus tells Kai that he should protect "them" with his life and to not let anyone know he had them. Walking into the elevator with their gift, they accidentally drop the statue, yet they discover it is hollow and is filled with new suits as well as the Techno Blades. Suddenly a robotic security voice in the elevator says that they should drop the blades. The Ninja refuse, and the elevator drops toward the ground at high speed. The Ninja luckily escape into an elevator going up right next to it, and manage to get their new outfits on for battle in their escape from Borg Tower.
When they get down of the tower, Master Wu takes the Techno Blades and says that he wants Jay and Cole on the ground. Then Cole manages to defeat the Security Mech and hacks it with his Techno Blade, making it the Earth Mech. In the moment they almost get destructed, Lloyd comes on the Golden Dragon, defeating the robots. As the Ninjas get back into the vehicles and get on the road outside of the city, Overlord spots that Wu is getting away with the Techno Blades so he sends two copters which capture him on the building roof. However before that happened, Wu quickly dropped Techno Blades into Kai's Fighter so the Ninjas could safely get them out of the city, while Wu gets captured by Overlord's forces.
After scaping from New Ninjago City, the Ninjas are hides their vehicles. Misako then greets them and shows them to the Monastery, but Zane offers stay behind with the Techno Blades, as Garmadon (whom is now "Master Garmadon,") forbids any weapons in his monastery. As night falls, Garmadon arrives and teaches the Ninja and his students about "the art of the silent fist." While everyone inside is practicing the technique, Zane catches P.I.X.A.L. and tie her up, then returns to the Monastery as the Ninja come out to see what is going on. Zane then uses his Techno Blade to hack P.I.X.A.L.'s systems, freeing her from the Overlord's control. Grateful to Zane for saving her, P.I.X.A.L. tells the Ninja of Master Wu.
Suddenly, P.I.X.A.L. realizes she did not come alone and Nindroids surround the place. Ninjas successfully defeat the Nindroids by trapping them into mill wheel which then roll out. However, General Cryptor destroys Ninja's vehicles. After that, the Ninjas decides to split. Jay, Zane, Cole, Kai, and Nya gets an idea to shut down the power in the city to stop virus controlling machines in the land. As night falls, they arrive to the station, but with high guard of Nindroids. They manage to get inside but can't find the way to break the power charge. When Cryptor sends Nindroids inside, Kai remembers Garmadon's lesson of fighting without fighting so they decide to lure Nindroids to destroy the charge which then explodes and all the power disappears, including P.I.X.A.L. who gets shut down.
The Ninja have gone to Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk to look for parts that would enable Zane's hover-copter to run on solar power. While Ed, Jay, Cole, and Kai search through the junk piles, Nya transfers half of Zane's power source to P.I.X.A.L.. The operation is a success and the android is re-activated. However the moment quickly goes sour when P.I.X.A.L. claims that Nya and Cole are a better couple then Nya and Jay. Jay overhears this as he comes in and he attacks Cole.
Unbeknownst to the Ninja, Techno Wu arrives via hover-copter and powers General Cryptor, along with a few Nindroid Warriors, using electrocobrai. After activating a few Nindroids, Min-Droid sneaks and gets access to Ed & Edna's crane. The Ninja are still trying to break the battle against the two Ninja, but are failing. The tiny droid uses the crane and launches the truck at a garbage pile. Kai realizes and quickly informs his friends; the Ninja perform Spinjitzu and get out of the fallen vehicle, while Ed and Edna escape using bubble jet-packs. Then, Cryptor attacks him and P.I.X.A.L., but Zane uses his Techno Blade as a shield. Jay and Cole sees that their friend is in a difficult problem, and decide to help. Just as they run to Zane, their former master, Wu, traps the two in a pit. Nya managed to get by the controls of the pit, but she has a new problem to face: there are two wires, colored black and blue, and Nya has to cut one. If she destroys the wrong one, Jay and Cole will be crushed. Nya frees Jay and Cole and they assists Kai. However, Wu traps the Ninja in a corner, but Zane and P.I.X.A.L. come with a magnified vehicle and pick up Wu since he is now part metal. The Ninja are excited, but quickly ends when the Stranger frees Wu and flies away with their via hover-copter. However, the Stranger leaves a scale behind. Nya decides to give Lloyd and Garmadon a message.
The Hover-copter was eventually converted to solar power, the Ninja returned to New Ninjago City with Nya and P.I.X.A.L. There, they reunited with Borg and explained their suspicions as to who stole the hard-drive containing the Overlord.
They eventually came across the Stone Army Tomb, only to find the seal had been opened. Upon confronting Skales, they learned that the Serpentine had reformed and the Snake King even had a son. The Ninja and Nya were lead to a campfire where Acidicus told them of the Curse of the Golden Master, and how they believed it was referring to Lloyd. While the Ninja discussed the curse, Nya expressed her confusion that if the Serpentine didn't take the hard-drive, who was the culprit.
Both questions had to be put on hold though, as Nindroids suddenly attacked the place, and Kai ordered the other Ninja and Nya to protect the Serpentine. The Ninja find out that the Electrocobrai are their power source. Skales tells them at the Curse of the Golden Master is upon them, and says that they would not be able to assist the Ninja because they're choosing to stay out of the conflict. The Ninja then return to the surface.
In the top of the Borg Tower, Borg prepares the device that will lead the ninjas to the Digiverse, a digital world where they will be able to gain access to the Tower's central computer and fight the Overlord directly. Borg explains the device will "download" the ninja themselves, along with the Techno-Blades, into the computer where the Overlord dwells. He also explains that this is the only method to succeed, as it will be a matter of time before the digital Overlord fully drains Lloyd's power. Although apprehensive, the ninjas are "downloaded" successfully, and they wake up in the Digiverse. In no time, they begin mastering the advantages of the digital world. the ninjas begin their trek down toward the Tower's central computer--ironically below the Tower, where the Overlord had been defeated years before. When the Overlord realizes they are close to him, he attempts to immobilize them, but fails due to P.I.X.A.L. electronically interfering from outside. He then turns the digitized New Ninjago City upside down, but the ninja keep moving with their digitized vehicles. Together they get to the top—that is, the bottom—of the tower and insert the Techno-Blades . . . only to find the Overlord severed the circuit to the motherboard.
The Ninja are severely beaten by the Overlord as he consumes more of Lloyd's golden power, proclaiming his becoming a true "golden master" of the real world and the digital world. Strengthened by Lloyd's proclamations that the Ninja always have each other's strengths to fight together, the Ninja fights off the Overlord's influence and turns gold and, using Lloyd's shared power, reroute the circuit to the motherboard and completely destroy the Overlord virus from the system, initiating a reboot.
At The Temple of Light, Lloyd gives up his Golden Power to restore the Ninjas' elemental powers. Meanwhile, at Borg Tower, Master Wu spots General Cryptor aboard a train heading for Ouroborus. He tries to send Jay and Cole to investigate, but they are fighting over Nya once more at the movie theater. As night falls, Nya, Jay and Cole get out of the cinema and then Jay and Cole ask her did she decide which of them she will pick. She said that she will pick Jole, a robot created by her that is mixture of Jay and Cole—a decision that is rendered moot when it freaks out and runs away. When they see light coming from Borg Tower, they get up to Borg's office where they find Garmadon, Wu, Lloyd and Zane who tell them that the Overlord is alive and is holding Kai hostage. They realize how the name Arcturus is actually a clue about the Overlord's new plan, although P.I.X.A.L. is unable to find anything related, since she has every point in time of Ninjago's history in her database. Zane and Garmadon remember how they and the others went back in time and destroyed Garmadon's Mega Weapon—an event that P.I.X.A.L., Lloyd, and everyone else never knew about because the past and present had been altered.
By the time Zane, Cole, Jay, and Lloyd get to Ouroborus, they don't find anything new around until a huge door below them opens and they fall into an underground base where they find a huge rocket called "Arcturus." They realize that the rocket will lead Pythor and his Nindroid minions to space and reach the Golden Weapons from the star where the Megaweapon was destroyed. Lloyd tries to stop him from lifting the rocket but Overborg stops him. With help from a freed Kai, the other ninjas hold off the Nindroids with their new elemental powers. Pythor initiates the countdown for the rocket to launch into space, so Lloyd leads the Ninja into it just in time.
The Ninjas are in the Arcturus rocket as it flies through space. They make contact with Borg Tower and voice their concerns about their current predicament to Master Wu, Garmadon, Nya, and P.I.X.A.L.
The Ninja put the space suits just as the rocket disengages its unneeded engines. However when they climb up toward the door leading to the cockpit they are attacked by Nindroids, who fire on them with laser guns. Following Jay's initiative of going commando and learning that their Spinjitzu does not work in zero-gravity, the others take the laser guns too so they successfully repel the attack. Soon the Arcturus enters an incoming comet's tail and is battered by massive ice meteorites.
The Arcturus rocket crashes on the comet's surface where the melted and fused forms of the Golden Weapons are located. The Nindroids and the hidden Ninja discover them as Jay excitedly finds an extraterrestrial beetle. Unfortunately, said bugs eat anything metal—a fact that reaches them from Nya too late. While the Nindroids get away with the golden mass aboard their ROV, the Ninja follow pursuit in their own while using the pursuing bugs against their robotic adversaries. The Ninjas eventually succeed in taking Cryptor's ignition key to the rocket, so that they cannot leave the comet with the Golden Weapons and take them to the Overlord.
However, their victory is short-lived when they find another bug swarm among the rocket—chewed up in pieces. Seeing this as well, Cryptor and the other surviving Nindroids use their built-in boosters to fly off the comet with their golden prize. Stranded on the surface with the insects, the Ninja report to the others that they had failed and are not coming back home.
In space, the Ninja despair after repeated failed attempts to escape. However, Lloyd refuses to give up, suggesting that they use their elemental powers and everything around them to restart the ship. Heartened by Lloyd's words, the Ninja repair the ship and use Zane as a power source. Though Zane gets overheated by the strain, they manage to fly back to the Earth—to land safely, the Ninja use a new technique: Elemental shields.
P.I.X.A.L. uses a motorcycle to catch up with her friends, using her power to land them on their vehicles. As the Ninja reunite with their allies, Cyrus tells them that they should head for the Temple of Fortitude, a place where the Overlord and the First Spinjitzu Master battled long ago. He claims there's a shield at the place, so the Nindroids won't harm them, and there is something he wants to give them that may help them save the world.
The Ninja begin travelling to the temple, but pause when they see the Golden Master's path of destruction. Lloyd reminds his friends that the only way to save Ninjago is to reach the Temple of Fortitude, but the Overlord sees them and uses a massive Spinjitzu tornado against them. The Ninja swiftly run back, rendezvousing with Cyrus, Wu, and Garmadon. There Cyrus gives them the ultimate weapon—a pill. Borg then explains that it was no ordinary pill, it could make anyone shrink. Garmadon and Wu decides to would hit the pill straight into the Overlord's mouth. Borg gives the Ninja armor which protects them from some attacks from the Overlord.
The Ninja go into Ninjago City, when an item hurls at them but are protected since they have on the armor. Wu hits the pill, which heads straight to the Overlord's mouth, but Pythor sacrifices himself and swallows the pill instead. As a result, Pythor shrinks down to the size of a worm. The Golden Master is outraged that the Ninja try to shrink him. He obtains the Ninja with his Golden Power only to miss Zane. The Ninja of Ice tells his friends to support him one last time, and the Ninja bounce him. Although, during the process, he landed and touched the Golden Master's gold. He refused to let go, admitting the fact that Ninja never quit, which frees his friends. He remembers his past, and freezes the Overlord which also killed him and the Golden Master. The Ninja are disappointed that Zane has passed, and proceed to his funeral.
Borg makes a speech on how he thought technology was the best way to destroy problems, but instead cost more. He now names Zane the Titanium Ninja. He later passed the microphone to Kai. The Red Ninja claims no one knew what powered Zane, and he thought it was brotherhood, because that's how Zane powered him. When he finished the speech, snow began to appear.
Tournament of Elements
After Zane's sacrifice, the team has broken up. Cole is shown to have become a lumberjack. Out of nowhere, the Green Ninja appears again. Lloyd tries to convince Cole to get on the team, but Cole refuses, being sick of fighting, Serpentine, Nindroids, and Jay. Meanwhile, a huge chunk of wood rolls towards the people of Ninjago, so Cole makes rocks to stop it. Lloyd leaves, also telling Cole to visit him if he changes his mind. He later reunites with Kai, Jay, and Lloyd. Lloyd informs the Ninja his new plan: hiring a new Ninja. The others completely dislike the idea, saying Zane is not replaceable. They quickly get interrupted by Eyezor and his gang. The Ninja go to the back of the shop after they've stopped Eyezor's gang and see a drawn picture of Zane attached to a shrine with an invitation stating Zane is alive and to find him they must enter a Tournament of Elements. They decide to accept and are walking onto the ship when Garmadon comes and tries to stop them, warning them that Master Chen, who invited them, is a dangerous man. Lloyd retorts by saying that they have to find Zane. Against the better judgement of Clouse, Chen's second-in-command, Garmadon accompanies the Ninja on board, where they meet the other Elemental Masters. Clouse announces that they reach Chen's island, and while the Ninja wonder where they will find Zane.
The Elemental Masters arrive on Chen's island where they learn some information about him from Garmadon. Each Ninja questions Garmadon, with Cole wondering how the famous noodle industry owner can build such a thing. The Elemental Masters soon meet the man himself and he explains the rules, which is to remain in the Tournament by obtaining a Jadeblade. He then sends them to their rooms for the tournament. Cole complains about his room until he sees it is fitted with his favorite snacks which he proceeds to devour.
Very soon, the Elemental Masters begin the contest with Cole suffering from stomach aches due to eating too much junk food. After facing a series of thefts of Jadeblades, Cole manages to obtain one and stays in the game. Later at night, Cole meets up with his friends in Kai's room and expresses jealously at Kai's room being better than his before partaking in the chocolate in his room. While dining, Cole unknowingly activates a button that leads to a secret chamber which he soon tell his friends about. They soon use this to find Zane they needed to travel underground.
The Ninja transverse the underground caverns with Cole unintentionally leaving a trail behind with his fallen food. They spotted a squad of guards which they attack to steal their clothing. The disguised Ninja follow another squad of Chen's followers where they gather at certain location. They witness the Cultists bring in Karlof and watch in horror, as Chen steals the latter's elemental power and realize that Chen's goal is to steal all the contestants' power. Cole even noticed that Chen used Ice while stripping Karlof of his power, which means he already stole Zane's power as well.
Their cover is soon blown and they are forced to escape being pursued by the Cultists. They successfully evaded them but faced another problem in the form of a giant Serpent. After barely managing to elude the creature, they regroup in Kai's room where they make a plan to follow the rules in order to find their lost friend. Unbeknownst to the Ninja, in their time of escape the serpent took a piece of Jay's disguise and return to its master Clouse, who realize the Ninja were the intruders.
The Ninja turned to Neuro for help and while he is against helping competition, he is persuaded after reading Lloyd's mind and seeing Chen's plans. Cole and Jay fight with both letting out their pent up aggression on each other.
However, Cole realizes this is just Chen's way of trying to turn them against each other but they make amends between each other. The two Ninja attempt to stall so they can both win but the annoyed Chen realizes their strategy and tries to eliminate both of them. They realize that for one to be safe the other would have to lose and after obtaining a Jadeblade, Cole gives it to Jay and is eliminated as a result of his sacrifice.
Cole is stripped of his powers and is forced to work on the noodle assembly line which he is initially excited until he is told he can't eat the food which he causes him to be bitter. He works the line with Karlof who tells him that he should just work on the line so he doesn't have problems.
Cole later watches Jacob attempt to escape and tries to join him but Karlof stops him and he witnesses Jacob being caught and overhears the Clouse tell the guard to feed him to his serpent. Cole moves to help him but Karlof stops him by pouring a bag of flour on him to get him back to work. Cole is later chained with the rest of the defeated Elemental Masters to be taken back to his cell.
While moving, he overhears Zane and stops to speak with him as Karlof causes a distraction to avoid the guards. Elated at seeing his friend alive and well in a new form, Cole tells Zane that the other Ninja were on the island and he will break him out to meet with them. Cole makes it back in line to tell the approaching guards he was present when they were looking for him. Karlof asks Cole what he was doing and he tells him that while Chen may separate the Ninja they would always find their way back to each other.
Having found Zane, Cole is elated at this news which Karlof comments on and he tells him that now he has found his friend he is planning to break out with him. While making fortune cookies, Cole writes a note to tell his friends that he has found Zane and they are going to escape. He soon puts it in one of the cookies that are to be distributed to the competing Elemental Masters. He then hurriedly promises to release Karlof if he gets out with Zane. They watch as the cookie until after a close call it makes it past the guards and ships out.
Cole puts his plan in action by causing a ruckus to have him sent back to his cell, but not before stealing the guard's keys. He sneaks out of his cell and awakes Zane; the two proceed to escape into the tunnel but hears the howling of a creature. When Zane expresses his unfamiliarity with the sound, a terrified Cole states he knows and they should move immediately. The two then come face to face with Clouse's pet Serpent which causes the powerless duo to run as the serpent pursues them through the caverns.
The two realize its strategy is to surround them until they are cornered. Cole is then surprised to hear that Zane has placed P.I.X.A.L.'s programming into his system and with her guiding Zane, the Titanium Ninja uses exploding shurikens to create a hole beneath them, allowing them to escape the serpent. Cole commented he liked the new Zane before the latter tells him they should move quickly as the serpent will come after them again, with Cole telling him to lead the way.
Cole and Zane hide as the guards approach them. While hidden, Cole overhears one of them state the captive fighters will pay for the two Ninjas' escape. Recalling his promise to Karlof, Cole decides to go back and rescue the others while telling Zane to go on ahead and states Ninja never leave those who can't protect themselves. To his surprise, Zane says he is joining him, claiming that Ninja never leave each other behind and Cole tells him they will find a way off the island.
Cole and Zane managed to sneak back into the factory and hide inside barrels. After Karlof alerted them that the guards had left, the two emerged from their hiding place with Cole covered in flour again. Cole and Zane then revealed their plan of using the sewer pipes to escape Chen's grasp. Before the plan could be executed however, Dareth was thrown into the factory having been captured. Dareth greets the two Ninja, who realize how unstable the pipes were and the added weight of the Brown Ninja would not make it possible and they returned to the drawing board.
The Elemental Masters threw around several ideas, including to roll themselves into giant eggrolls but all seemed flawed until Karlof mentioned that he used to build Roto Jets back in Metalonia. Cole initially dismissed the idea due to them being underground and not having a Roto Jet in the first place, but Zane suggested that they use the factory's machine parts to build one.
Everyone sets out to work on gathering parts, while dismissing the Master of Earth's protests.
Cole and the others put their plan into action, when more defeated Elemental Masters arrive among them being Jay, who Cole and Zane greet. The two tell the shouting Jay to keep quiet, as the guards still think they've escape and states they returned to break out the other defeated Masters.
They construct a Roto Jet which Cole is still against but after its completion, pilots it to break pass the guards to freedom. Cole blasts their way into the lair of Clouse's pet Serpent, just in time to save Nya and Garmadon from being eaten by blasting at the serpent and until rocks fall from the ceiling and crushes the beast. Cole then asks Karlof to repair the ship from the damages so they can use it again. The Elemental Masters then arrive in Anacondrai Temple where they disrupt the ceremony and Kai destroys the Staff of Elements with everyone regaining their respective elements.
With the Ninja as a whole again, they do Spinjitzu and manage to defeat a majority of Chen's forces while he, Clouse and select few of his henchmen quickly escape with Skylor as their hostage. Cole and his friends then celebrate the return of Zane with their new allies and take control of the island while awaiting their enemy's next move.
Cole and his friends search the island but find no sign of Chen and Skylor but reassure Kai that they will find her. Garmadon tells them they have done a good job of sticking together but tells them to stay alert as once they lower their guard they will falter. The Ninja return to their camp but learn from Griffin Turner that Chen has decided to use Skylor's power to complete the spell and rush off to find her.
Garmadon has the Ninja scatter the island while telling Cole to come with him in the Roto Jet. The two soon find Chen and Clouse in his own jet pursuing Skylor and attack him but Chen has Clouse attack them. Garmadon deals with Clouse but Cole loses track of Chen. He soon finds some of Chen's defeated henchmen, Eyezor and Zugu, before capturing them and returning to his friends where he states he lost Chen and asks Karlof if Zane returned but is told he has not. Garmadon arrives but soon turns into an Anacondrai stating the spell was complete causing Cole and the others to realize Chen's followers have turned into Anacondrai.
The Elemental Masters rushed to fight them but as they do Cole realizes they are too strong as the other masters are easily overwhelmed and forced retreat into the palace where they attempt to hold off their enemies. Eventually, the Cultists leave and the Masters bear witness to Chen and his followers leaving the island to take Ninjago.
Cole sadly states to Lloyd that Garmadon was right about lowering their guard as it allowed Chen to get away. He and the others spot Zane and Kai on Elemental Dragons, which they state was because they faced their fears. Inspired, Cole summons the Elemental Earth Dragon as the others summon their own dragon and they head off to stop Chen's army.
The Elemental Masters arrive in in Ninjago only to find that Chen has not attacked yet for some reason. The Ninja have their allies scour the city while they go off to deduce Chen's next move. They visit Kryptarium Prison, where they meet with Pythor for advice on defeating the Anacondrai Cultist, but he refuses at first until he sees Garmadon as Anacondrai. As they converse with him, an announcement is heard saying the prison is being invaded by Anacondrai, who proceed to do battle with the Ninja.
As the fight goes on, Cole is annoyed the Cultists have weapons but they don't and launches earth attacks, which do damage to the cells as Jay tells him not to allow the inmates out. Eventually, one of the inmates grab hold of a Cultist's spear and releases the inmates, resulting in the Ninja having to battle them. They then decide to escape since they have bigger matters to attend to and with the prison on lockdown, Cole uses his strength to break the prison walls.
The Ninja make their way into the courtyard just as the Cultists make their escape with Pythor, in which Cole says can't happen. Wu says they can't let the inmates escape and tells Cole not to smash anymore walls, to which Zane makes an ice ramp for them to cross over the wall and Kai destroys it to stop the inmates from following. The inmates are taken back to their cells by the warden and his guards.
The Ninja make their way to the Samurai X Cave, where Misako tells them that several of Chen's Noodle trucks are heading out which Cole notes they aren't hauling noodles. Nya reveals that she had the Elemental Masters on standby to hold off Chen's army until the Ninja can arrive. She gave them communication devices to contact them, who see the trucks scatter and think that Chen is planning multiple attacks at once to divide the team. Cole uses his dragon to head after a truck, determined to not allow it to make "its delivery" and manages to stop it and defeat the driver. It turns out the truck was empty, being a ploy by Chen to separate the Ninja and their allies to prevent them from interfering in his invasion plans. Realizing this strategy, the Ninja try to unlock their dragons, but the fear of putting so many in danger causes them to lose control of their dragons.
The scattered Elemental Masters are given a mental message by Lloyd (through Neuro) telling them to reconvene at Samurai X Cave. Once there, they ponder on how to fight against Chen. Cole visits Kryptarium Prison to enlist the aid of the prisoners to fight against Chen's army while the other Ninja do the same in other areas.
At the Corridor of Elders, Cole and his friends fight against Chen's army and manage to stop them from proceeding, but Chen uses his machines to make it possible for his army to proceed as the people of Ninjago attempt to stop them to no avail. Fortunately, Pythor arrives and manages to convince Garmadon to banish himself to the Cursed Realm to take the place of the Anacondrai that were put there. With the Anacondrai Generals free, they proceed to curse the fake Anacondrai army and banish them to the Cursed Realm, earning victory for the people of Ninjago.
The Ninja and their new allies celebrated their victory and promised to help each other out in future battles.
They then burn Clouse's spell book and promise to protect the city from any future threats that heads to Ninjago.
- Main article: History of Cole (Possession)
Upon arriving at Kryptarium Prison, Cole and the other Ninja were personally escorted to their cells by Warden Noble. On the way, Cole attempted to break free of his chains, but due to them being made of Vengestone, he was unable to use his powers or ghostly abilities.
At one point, a cake was delivered to the Ninjas' cell but Cole ate it, unaware that Dareth had hidden tools to use to escape inside it. This was later revealed while the Ninja spoke to the Brown Ninja, prompting outrage from the other Ninja towards Cole.
While in the cafeteria, Cole incorrectly quoted Fritz Donnagon believing the line to be "fair isn't a word from where I come from" instead of "fear," prompting Jay to correct him. The Black Ninja later questioned the quality of the food, enraging one of the chefs that was a fan of Jay.
Cole was present when Soto revealed how he had trapped the Djinn, Nadakhan, and when The Mechanic interrupted, Cole tried to get him to go away, announcing him as a fourth tire bad-guy at the most. This sparked a foodfight among the inmates. As a result, the Ninja were locked away in "The Hole." Lloyd however managed to escaped his shackles and as part of his grand escape plan, Cole used his ghostly abilities to unlock the door for the others to escape.
The Ninja test out their new machines before going to the museum where they see an exhibition of old enemies. Cole is depressed about being a ghost and is suddenly forgotten by his friends. He soon notices the Yin Blade and decides to go to the Temple of Airjitzu to get revenge on Yang for turning him into a ghost.
Once there he attempts to attack Yang but the latter tricks Cole into using the Yin Blade to open a rift to the Departed Realm during the Yin-Yang Eclipse. Yang then has his students detain Cole while he reveals his plan of returning to Ninjago during the eclipse. Yang taunts Cole by stating he has doomed his friends revealing that by opening the rift, he unknowingly released the souls of the Ninjas' defeated enemies, who were to attack his friends.
Guilty over his actions, Cole breaks free and goes after Yang fighting through the swarms of enemies before confronting Yang. They fight but Cole is overwhelmed as he attempts to demoralize him by mentioning he is alone and while he would return to Ninjago, Cole will take his place as the master. As Cole starts to lament his fate, he hears his friends call out to him and realize that he is not alone and with a rush of energy, he rises to face Yang again telling him he was alone.
Yang states he has his family but Cole says they are his captives. Yang charges at him again but Cole overpowers him, releasing Yang's students from his spell after destroying the Yin Blade with his newly acquired Earth Punch. Cole inspires the students to go through the rift to be free of Yang, which they do and become human once more. Yang states he has failed before he reveals he cursed himself in order not to be forgotten as Cole relates to this. Cole states Yang would of been forever remembered because he created Airjitzu. He then tries to get him to come through the rift with him, however, Yang states that only one of them can go through since the curse on the temple requires it and throws Cole through the closing rift to "settle his debts."
The Ninja arrive on the Temple of Airjitzu and worry over Cole with Jay even stating he'd give anything to bring him back. Cole overhears this asking if this included the Ultra Stealth Raider jet before emerging from behind a rock as human once more. The Ninja celebrate his return before looking upon the restored Temple of Airjitzu which Cole suggests to make into their new base which is readily accepted.
Later that night, Cole tells the story and Jay asks him if he would tell the story each time the holiday come, in which he states he will until Jay admits his fear of it. Jay does so and states there are no more ghosts in the Temple. Cole confirms this while winking at Master Yang, whose presence only he can sense. The ghostly master winks back at Cole as the team celebrate with their friends and family around the campfire.
Hands of Time
- Main article: History of Cole (Hands of Time)
Cole has a muscular body (hence his past as a rock climber, being the strongest of the Ninja even without his elemental power, though it does give him his super strength) with the basic yellow flesh of a LEGO character. He has long, shaggy black hair and bushy eyebrows. Before Season 8, his hair was shorter, and swept to the right. His eyebrows were thinner and woollier.
As a ghost, Cole's body was no longer tangible. His face was a pale green and the rest of his body was transparent. He was outlined by a pale green and appeared to glow like other ghosts do. During Day of the Departed, Cole was thrown into the rift to the Departed Realm by Yang, reverting him to a human once again. However, since Cole barely made it, he received a ghostly green scar going down the left side of his face. A year later, his scar was no longer visible normally, but instead glows orange when he uses the Earth Punch.
He generally prefers black or dark clothing. Since "The Royal Blacksmiths," Cole's civilian outfit is mainly a dark gray hoodie and black pants with a brown belt. As seen in Season 6, he still wore this outfit while off-duty but due to becoming a ghost, it was tinted pale green and transparent. For more images on Cole's appearance in his different ninja suits, click here.
Like the majority of his fellow Ninja, Cole is currently in his late teens.However, the Ninja do not officially have specific ages, as they are meant to be perpetually in their teenage years for the duration of the show.
Potential Estimations: During the events of the pilot and Season 1, he was at least 16 years of age. As the most recent events take place three to four years after the events of Season 2, he is most likely around 19.
- Main article: Cole (Relationships)
Cole is the calm and intelligent former leader of the Ninja. Before meeting Wu, Cole lacked direction and purpose, being unable to put his skill to good use. Becoming a Ninja seemed to be the Earth Ninja's calling, since he was more than happy to accept Master Wu's offer. Cole thoroughly enjoys helping others in need and feels accomplished with a job well done. His passion for success in missions causes him to carefully plan out tactics late in the night, often resulting in lack of sleep.
At first, Cole insisted he was without fear, though Zane quickly saw through his facade and pointed out his fear of dragons. Shortly after, when the Ninja had to recruit their elemental dragons, Cole wanted no part in the event and awkwardly stood on top of the Earth Dragon instead of properly mounting it. Despite his initial hesitance, he grew to accept the Earth Dragon, even learning to care for it more than the other Ninja cared for their dragons.
He and Zane are the most serious and focused of the six Ninja, but that does not stop him from occasionally allowing his one-track mind to get the best of him. Once he really sets his mind to something, he will remain interested in it until it is fulfilled (for instance, when he was itching for a fight in "Island of Darkness").
Cole is one to put himself at risk before his friends, and prefers to hold a strong front to ensure he can stay reliable and keep his team in order. However, he has shown sympathy toward Zane and Lloyd when they were both melancholic. When trying to comfort his allies, he seems to have difficulty finding the correct words to do so, only able to accomplish the task with the example of his teammates.
Cole can also be a bit selfish at times, but this is very rare. Probably the only time this happened was in Day of the Departed when he was bitter about being turned into a ghost (he was thinking about himself at most times) and went to face off against Yang. He realized the depths of his actions and the effect they had on his friends and felt guilty that he put his friends in danger though he managed to get past his inner turmoil and defeat Yang. He showed understanding to Yang's plight and was able to get him to overcome his pain and attempted to get him to go through the rift with him.
Weapons and Abilities
Cole commands the element of Earth, giving him great physical strength and durability. He can stand his ground to a supernatural degree—enemies frequently act as though they have hit a person-shaped brick wall when they bump into him. At full power, he can manipulate the earth below his feet, causing earthquakes, creating fissures, throwing rocks and dust at enemies, or even burying things in rapidly-rising mounds of dirt. Like his fellow Ninja, he can also perform Spinjitzu and Airjitzu.
After coming to terms with his dancing heritage, Cole gains a surprising amount of grace and flexibility, allowing him to wriggle out of tight spaces when he relaxes himself. His new agility also enables him to perform the Triple Tiger Sashay, which is effective against multiple opponents or for getting himself out of trouble.
In battle, Cole favors scythes, especially the Scythe of Quakes. He later wields an Elemental Blade with the power of Earth, allowing him to use his elemental powers to great effect once more, he has also wielded a green techno blade attached to a flail allowing him to hack machines, an orange aero blade with the ability to destroy ghosts, he briefly used the yin blade to try to defeat Yang, and in Hands of Time he uses a longer scythe with two blades. In Season 8, Cole will use a Hammer.
After becoming a ghost, Cole obtains ghost powers such as possessing materials (like snow), objects (like a key hole), and mechanisms (like Zane's mech). He also has the ability to phase through solid objects, but become solid himself if he concentrates. This state does, however make him weak to water. He can also levitate, and turn invisible. However, upon becoming a mortal again, he has lost these abilities.
After defeating Yang, Cole obtains superhuman strength, even more so then before. This is seen in use when his arms glow orange. Cole himself doesn't even know the extent of this new ability, nor is he an expert at controlling its power. At times, his hands appear to have a mind of their own when the power is activated.
Cole is the ninja of Earth.
He is disciplined, responsible, strong and a good planner.
In the past, he has had a big job to do keeping his more emotional teammates under control.
But now he is more relaxed and willing to let others take the lead sometimes.
Cole always tries to keep his feet on the ground, even when he is doing Spinjitzu.
Kai jokes that Cole is the only ninja he’s ever heard of who brings a book to battles, so he won’t get bored.
- Cole was a student at the Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts as a dancer … for two days.
- Cole likes all kinds of climbing: Rock climbing, cave climbing, tree climbing and dragon climbing … whatever that is!
- Cole's favorite color is actually orange … but don't tell anyone.
- When Cole was a child his friends jokingly called him Cole Bucket.
Pilot (2017 Museum gallery)
Wielding the elemental power of earth, Cole possesses immense physical strength that comes in handy in difficult situations. Cole may have quit the family trade of singing and dancing because he never felt that he could make his father proud, but he still has the moves. He may ooze confidence, but the Ninja of Earth is suitably grounded. He loves the simple life – the outdoors, rock-climbing, old-school tech and most importantly: cake. Cole is the calm center of the team. However, there is one thing that he’s afraid of – dragons! He has to overcome his fears to ride his Earth Dragon, learning that they’re not that scary and a great way to enter the Underworld.
Season 1 (2017 Museum gallery)
Cole’s dad thinks that his son needs to forget all this ninja business and follow him into the family trade…show business! But the feuding father and son discover that even though they’re very different people, they have more in common than they think. Meanwhile the Ninja of Earth finds that embracing his softer side makes him a better ninja, rather than just a better dancer.
Season 2 (2017 Museum gallery)
Cole’s confidence in his own raw power is put to the test when he discovers that their new adversaries are made of an indestructible substance. Faced with impossible odds, Cole will prove that the greatest strength comes from the inside.
Season 3 (2017 Museum gallery)
When a matchmaking console reveals to Nya that Cole is her perfect match, it jeopardizes her relationship with Jay. Cole is frustrated over this whole thing, because he has never thought of Nya in a romantic way. The strain on his friendship with her and the new rivalry with Jay are distractions at a time when the whole team needs to be focused on the threat of the Digital Overlord.
Season 4 (2017 Museum gallery)
Jay and Cole’s feud over Nya is still simmering as this adventure begins. When Chen pits them against each other in combat, the other ninja have reason to fear the worst. But the two put aside their differences and ally against Chen, which leads to Cole losing his power. In a desperate circumstance, Cole embraces the fact that a hero has a responsibility to more than just himself or his teammates, and leads a rebellion of Chen’s slave laborers.
Season 5 (2017 Museum gallery)
The threat posed by Morro is particularly hard on Cole. Not only must he battle his greatest fear, ghosts, but he spends a moment too long in the Temple of Airjitzu and becomes one himself! He will learn that change, no matter how frightening, can be an opportunity as well.
Season 6 (2017 Museum gallery)
Their battle with Morro may have been won, but Cole paid a heavy price … he’s still a ghost! Although he came close to despair, Cole has adapted. He has learned to touch physical objects, yet still “ghosts” through walls and he can now access all his elemental powers. Cole’s new skills serve the ninja well, until he makes a wish too many and is trapped in Nadakhan’s Djinn Blade.
Season 7 (2017 Museum gallery)
When he returned to his solid human form on the Day of the Departed, Cole unlocked a new Elemental ability: the Earth Punch – a glowing, double-fisted battering ram of a martial arts move. But like a kid learning to ride a bike without training wheels, Cole is still figuring out how to deliver an Earth Punch without accidentally pummeling his friends (or himself)!
Wielding the elemental power of earth, Cole possesses immense physical strength that comes in handy in difficult situations. Cole may have quit the family trade of singing and dancing because he never felt that he could make his father proud, but he still has the moves. He may ooze confidence, but the Master of Earth is suitably grounded. He loves the simple life – the outdoors, rock-climbing, old-school tech and most importantly: cake.
- Cole's name is a pun on coal, a black fossil fuel found deep underground.
- Cole was the third Ninja to unlock his True Potential.
- Cole used to be afraid of Dragons until he met Rocky. He seems to care for Rocky more than the other Ninja care for their own Dragons, as Cole was the most upset when the Dragons had to leave in "Snakebit." He was also the happiest to see that Rocky had returned as the Ultra Dragon.
- His hobbies include rock climbing, drawing, cooking, and sometimes, dancing.
- He is extremely determined in culinary arts, but according to the other Ninja, he is a terrible chef. However, his Snogfruit Punch (made in "All of Nothing") was apparently fairly decent, as the Ninja were all seen drinking some at the end of the episode.
- His real favorite color is orange, although he doesn't want anybody to know. This is hinted at in two of his suits, one being his Airjitzu suit (with orange highlights and arms), and his suit from "Day of the Departed," which also featured orange arms and highlights.
- His suit in Season 8 also has small orange highlights.
- Cole used to have feelings for Nya, just as she used to have for him.
- When Nya chose Jay, Cole had no problems and accepted their union.
- Cole has a slight motion sickness, as shown in "The Rise of the Great Devourer" and "The Last Hope."
- Cole ultimately stopped fearing all of the phobias he displayed in the show, having lost his fear of dragons when becoming Rocky's friend, making peace with the Serpentine, and embracing his transformation into a Ghost.
- Cole and the other Ninja (except Nya) can only harness their elemental powers by being dependent on Lloyd. This may due because Lloyd shares his Golden Power with them.
- There are several occasions where Cole hinted he really likes cake:
- He asks if there's going to be cake at Lloyd's "ceremony" in "Double Trouble."
- He questioned if Cyrus Borg's surprise was cake in "The Surge," only to be disappointed it was a statue.
- Out of all the food his suite offered, he quickly went for the cake he found in "Only One Can Remain."
- He asked if there's any cake after devouring the factory's products in "Spy for a Spy."
- He ate the cake that was suppose to hide supplies to help the Ninja escape the jail in "Enkrypted."
- Cole was the first Ninja to be the focus on a TV Special ("Day of the Departed").
- This is also the only time he was the main focus of the show.
- It is revealed that he will have a big role but he is not the focus character of Season 8.
- He is the only Ninja not to have his mother shown (except Zane, who is a Nindroid).
- She was mentioned to be dead in Season 8.
- In Season 8 Cole is taking care of a baby that he found. It can be seen on the first Season 8 trailer, wrapped in blue swaddling clothes. Cole apparently has affection for this child, though some people suggest it is his newborn brother.
- Despite their contrasting personalities and previous rivalry, Cole's best friend is Jay.
- Despite Cole losing his ghostly scar as a result of Krux and Acronix's meddling in the past, he receives an "earth scar" whenever he uses his Earth Punch, as seen during "The Jade Princess." This goes away whenever his Earth Punch is not in use.
In LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
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