|“You can't lay a hand on me! I’m faster than fast, swifter than swift!”|
|— Griffin Turner|
|Weapon of choice||Nin-Jô (sets only)|
|First Appearance||The Invitation|
70756 Dojo Showdown
|Voiced by||Doron Bell Jr.|
Griffin Turner is the current Elemental Master of Speed. Turner was invited to participate in Master Chen's mysterious Tournament of Elements, alongside the other Elemental Masters of his generation. As the event progressed, Turner proved to be a worthy competitor, eventually becoming an ally of the Ninja as Chen revealed his true intentions and stole everyone's elements via his staff.
After reclaiming their powers, the Elemental Masters united against Chen, who completed a spell that transformed him and his followers into fake Anacondrai. Consequently, an ancient conflict was renewed, giving rise to a new alliance of Elemental Masters that fought against Chen's army at the Corridor of Elders. There, Turner and his new companions battled the fake Anacondrai, before Garmadon sacrificed himself in a bid to banish their adversaries to the Cursed Realm.
Months after the war's ultimate end, Clouse released the deceptive djinn Nadakhan from the Teapot of Tyrahn. Infuriated over the destruction of his home realm, Nadakhan began trapping his enemies in the Sword of Souls. At one point, Turner was captured by Nadakhan and imprisoned in the weapon, but after Jay made his final wish, recent events were erased and Turner was freed.
Griffin Turner was born as a descendant of the original Elemental Master of Speed. At one point he managed to unlock his True Potential, and shortly after the defeat of the Overlord was invited by Master Chen to participate in the Tournament of Elements.
Tournament of Elements
Turner arrived at the New Ninjago City docks, accompanied by the rest of the Elemental Masters, including the Ninja, as they boarded Chen's Ferry. During the voyage, he proudly showed off his element of Speed, racing around the boat as Garmadon explained his bloodline relation to the original Elemental Master of Speed, bragging about his powers. He later bore witness to Kai's battle with Karlof.
Arriving on Chen's Island, he was acknowledged by Master Chen alongside the other competitors, where he was told the rules and prize of the Tournament of Elements. After being dismissed, he headed to his room, only for the Tournament to unexpectedly ensue. Heading outside to claim a Jadeblade, he fought with the Paleman and Gravis, only to notice Cole heading for one of the Jadeblades. Sensing an opportunity, he managed to evade his opponents and claim the Jadeblade, taunting Cole for his slowness before inserting the blade into the statue and securing his role in the Tournament. Afterwards, he cheered for Kai when the former defeated Karlof, only to be silenced after witnessing the Master of Metal fall into a trapdoor, becoming concerned for his own fate.
Later that day, Griffin Turner decided to start training out in the courtyard alongside the other Elemental Masters, entertained by kabuki performers. During his training, the ninja managed to sneak past him so he couldn't expose their wandering and get them eliminated.
The next morning, Turner ate breakfast in the cafeteria, only to be interrupted by Chen over the speakers, who summoned him alongside Neuro, Bolobo, Kai, Ash, and Gravis to fight, prompting Turner to grin in anticipation. Arriving an arena, with the nearby peach tree holding the Jadeblade, he clashed with the Master of Gravity, initially taunting him, only for Gravis to retaliate by burying him in several rose blossoms. Even as Gravis attempted to summon the Jadeblade to his grasp, however, Turner managed to snatch it from him in time, securing his victory. Upon seeing Gravis being forced down a trapdoor with a sandbag, Griffin questioned how many buttons Chen's throne had in shock. Following his victory, he watched Kai's battle with Ash, and was part of the audience for Cole and Jay's battle.
The next day, Turner witnessed Skylor's battle and ensuing victory over Jacob. When Chen declared the Masters would be rewarded with jewels, he was initially excited, only to be angered at the ninja when Chen destroyed them, declaring Cole and Jay's insubordination to be his reason, and declaring that the Masters would have to sleep in the cafeteria that night. Later that night, following asleep, Turner was awoken by Clouse and several Cultists, who strapped roller skates on his feet and directed him to the Thunder Blade Arena. Being told the rules of the match between Chamille and Lloyd, Turner promptly sided with the Master of Form, still disgruntled by the ninjas' actions punishing him. Racing along the track, he battled the ninja, taking his time to single out Jay and use his speed to send him flying through the arena, eventually throwing him into Lloyd. When Jay told him about Chen's intentions to take their elements for a spell, Turner was initially skeptical, but had his trust cemented upon Neuro's agreement, working to help the ninja win, and cheering for Lloyd's victory.
As the Tournament of Elements progressed, Turner attempted to enlist Shade into their alliance, but failed.
Turner participated in the victory dinner to celebrate the final eight Elemental Masters making it to the final round of the Tournament. Chen, addressing the Masters, confirmed that he was stealing their elements, only to claim that he planned to give the Staff of Elements to the winner. Excited by the prospect of having the elements under his control, Turner was quick to turn on the ninja, pointing out that they might be lying to the others to win themselves. Later, he and the rest of the competitors met up in Kai's room to figure out who was the spy amongst their alliance, looking at Skylor suspiciously, and vice-versa. When asked to show his back to prove the lack of a Cultist tattoo and his innocence, Turner enthusiastically complied. When Shade attempted to escape, Turner spotted him, and later helped an injured Jay remove the painting that had fallen on him.
For the next event in the tournament, Turner and the other fighters boarded a blimp and were taken high above the island. Now suspicious of the Ninja, he declared that Jay would be the next one out of the tournament because of his broken leg.
To his horror, he was shortly afterwards told that he would be dropped out of the blimp alongside the other Masters, but succeeded in grabbing one of the parachutes, landing on the island safely and beginning his search for Nya, as part of the goal of the round. During his search, he was quickly captured by the Cultists and imprisoned aboard the D.B. Express alongside the other competitors, save Lloyd, while Skylor revealed her status as the spy.
As he was being brought before Chen, Turner noted to Shade that the Ninja were right about Chen as he was taunted by the villain and had his element taken from him alongside the other imprisoned Masters, demoted to working in the Noodle Factory. Meeting up with those who had lost before them, Turner helped Karlof construct a Roto Jet, and with the rest of the masters helped push it around, navigating it through the factory as Cole blasted their way to freedom.
With the other Masters, Turner rescued Garmadon and Nya from the Anacondrai Serpent, killing it, before coming to Lloyd, Kai, and Skylor's rescue, interrupting the spell's ceremony. Upon the destruction of the Staff of Elements, Turner regained his powers and helped defeat the Cultists, later escorting their prisoners alongside Gravis and the Paleman.
Turner continued to keep guard over the imprisoned Cultists alongside Neuro, bragging about how he could easily win the Most Ultimate Extreme Ninja Challenge Ever; however, when Neuro sensed a message from Skylor, Turner rushed to warn the Ninja. He was amazed by Lloyd creating an Elemental Dragon as Karlof told him he wished he could do that. Later, he welcomed the rest of the Ninja, save Zane, Kai and Skylor, back to the camp.
However, the spell activated, and Turner watched as Garmadon and the imprisoned Cultists were transformed into Anacondrai. Challenging a Cultist, he was quickly defeated, remarking on their enhanced speed before retreating into Chen's Palace with the other Masters, only to realize that the Cultists had left, stranding them on the island. He noted that Chen's conquest of Ninjago would put their families in danger. However, when Zane arrived with the Titanium Dragon, Turner was amazed by him summoning a dragon as well before Kai and Skylor arrived on Elemental Fire Dragon. The two Ninja stated all of them had the power to do so as they needed to put their fear aside and awaken it. With that Turner managed to conquer his fear and summon the Elemental Speed Dragon, flying back to Ninjago with his fellow allies to stop Chen.
Flying on his Dragon, Turner arrived at New Ninjago City first, scouting the area for any Cultists, only to find none. Lloyd tells them to keep watch on the city before he and the Ninja take refuge in the Samurai X Cave. Later, he gathered on the highway with the other Elemental Masters to intercept several Noodle Trucks carrying Cultists, only for the trucks to split up, heading to other villages and forcing Turner to chase after one of them by himself.
However, to his horror, he discovered that the trucks were completely empty, realizing it was all a ruse so Chen could conquer Jamanakai Village, unchallenged. The fear that his actions put so many people in danger, causes Turner to lose control of his dragon and leaves him stranded.
Regrouping with the others back in the Samurai X Cave, Turner impatiently suggested fighting the Cultists head on, only to be calmed down by Master Wu and told they would make their stand in the Corridor of Elders.
Later, alongside the rest of the Elemental Alliance, Serpentine, and other allies, Turner fought the Cultists at the Corridor of Elders. After the Cultists were banished to the Cursed Realm, he celebrated alongside everyone else, and afterwards offered future help to the Ninja before going on to help clean up the wreckage left behind from the battle.
Following Jay's final wish, Turner was freed from the Djinn Blade, presumably with no memory of the events of the season.
In Shadow of Ronin (non-canon)
Turner is a playable character in LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin. He can be purchased for 500,000 studs after collecting his character token in Level 3: Spinjago Chase. He uses melee attacks and possesses no special abilities, though is able to run faster than other characters.
- He is one of the only new Elemental Masters to appear physically in a LEGO Ninjago set, with the others being Karlof and Skylor, although Tox and Paleman do appear in the Ultra Agents sets.
- Turner seems to be famous, as Garmadon was able to recognize him, but not any other elemental descendants.
- Turner is the only Elemental Master, besides the Ninja, to appear and speak in every episode of Season Four.
- His hair is different in the Tournament of Elements book.
- During Season 4, he does not take off his sunglasses, although his expression without them is on his second face of his minifigure.
- In LEGO Dimensions, Chen refers to Griffin as the "Master of Speed and Time." Although this goes against the TV series, it could be a relevant factor due to the light-speed theory in that "time slows down while approaching the speed of light."
- He is seen inside the Djinn Blade in "Operation Land Ho!," although it is unclear how or when he was trapped in there.
- He is one of three Elemental Masters that wear shades.