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“Who's gonna save Ninjago's hide? Who's gonna make a dad swell with pride? Cole is! Cole does! Cole, Cole, Cole!”
— Lou singing to Cole, The Last Voyage

Lou is Cole's father and a notable member of the Royal Blacksmiths, a famous song and dance troupe. He won the Blade Cup several times with his group and wished for Cole to follow in his footsteps.

On the Day of the Departed, Lou and the other Royal Blacksmiths performed in front of a large crowd in Ninjago City.

Biography

Rise of the Snakes

The Royal Blacksmiths

When the Ninja discovered out that the Constrictai Fangblade was now the Blade Cup, Cole decided to visit his father for the first time in years. Lou welcomed the Ninja, being under the impression that Cole had formed a quartet to replace the Royal Blacksmiths in the annual Ninjago Talent Show, as he had suffered a sprained ankle that prevented him from performing. When the Ninja were asked to display their dancing skills, Lou was less than impressed, correcting several flaws in their routine and warning them that the competition would be extremely stiff.

Later, Lou overheard Cole and his friends backstage, talking about stealing the Blade Cup. He angrily confronted his son about the deception, learning that Cole had run away from the Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts at the age of seven, before storming off in a fury. The argument had a profound impact on Cole, who decided that his team would win the prize fairly, but with their own act.

Unbeknownst to Cole, Lou remained in the audience, hidden from the view of the stage. He watched the Ninja perform their Spinjitzu and fend off the Serpentine's attempts to thwart their act, even witnessing Cole performing the Triple Tiger Sashay against a trio of Fangpyre. Amazed and impressed, Lou snuck backstage to meet Cole and the others after they won the Blade Cup, informing his son that he now realized the destiny laid out for them was not the destiny he had tried to force on him. In turn, Cole apologized for deceiving his father for so long, and the two reconciled.

Unfortunately, the happy moment was broken by Pythor, who ordered Bytar to drop stage supplies on Lou as a distraction to steal the Fangblade. Cole jumped over his father to shield him from the falling debris, unlocking his True Potential in the process. With his new powers, the Black Ninja lifted the fallen equipment off of himself and his father, although the Serpentine escaped with the Blade Cup.

Back at his house, Lou thanked Cole and his friends for their hard work, showing them a photo he took of them with the Blade Cup. He declared that all of them could consider themselves part of his family, and joined the Ninja in a group hug.

Day of the Great Devourer

Lou was briefly seen at the "Take Back Ninjago!" rally, singing on stage with his fellow Royal Blacksmiths. He fled when the Great Devourer arrived in the city.

Legacy of the Green Ninja

Ninjaball Run

Lou and his quartet entered the Ninjaball Run competition on their stage bus, singing show tunes throughout the race. However, they crashed into a fallen tree shortly after entering Birchwood Forest, causing their truck to flip over and drop them into a snowbank.

The Last Voyage

While the Ninja were saying their farewells at the harbor before setting off in search of the Island of Darkness, Cole spoke with Lou, who tried to express his pride in his son. Unable to find the right words, Lou decided to sing a song with his quartet instead—upon hearing it, Cole hugged his father and said that it was the sweetest thing he had ever heard. Lou joined the rest of the citizens in waving goodbye to the Ninja as they left the harbor in the Destiny's Bounty.

Rise of the Spinjitzu Master

Lou came by Dareth's dojo while the "Brown Ninja" and his students were beating up General Kozu. After the Stone General was hurled into the street, Lou noticed a gathering mass of dark clouds and wondered if it meant that the Ninja had won. Unfortunately, it was just the opposite; the Overlord appeared in the middle of Ninjago City, behind the controls of the Garmatron and with the entire Stone Army behind him. Lou was caught in the barrage of Dark Matter fired from the Garmatron, corrupting him along with the rest of Ninjago City (save Dareth).

He was wandering the streets in a gloomy daze when the Ninja returned to Ninjago City. After Lloyd defeated the Overlord once and for all, Lou was presumably purified with the rest of the darkness-infected citizens.

The Tournament of Elements

Corridor of Elders

Lou was asked by the Ninja to aid in the battle against Chen and his forces. He helps in fighting off the fake Anacondrai long enough for Garmadon to banish himself to the Cursed Realm which releases the deceased Anacondrai Generals who curse Chen and his army defeating them and sending to the realm.

Day of the Departed

On the Day of the Departed, Lou planned to meet with Cole to light a lantern together prior to the Royal Blacksmith's performance. However Cole never showed up, prompting Lou to lead the Blacksmiths in a song expressing his sorrow. Yet before they could finish Lou and the others were quickly ushered onto the stage by Dareth, their new manager.

Later, Lou joined his son, the other Ninja, and their families at the Temple of Airjitzu to tell stories before lighting a floating lantern to celebrate the holiday.

The Hands of Time

Pause and Effect

At an unknown point, Lou and his troupe were captured by the Vermillion Warriors due to them mistaking their name "Royal Blacksmiths" for actual blacksmiths. While held hostage, he met up with his son, who had snuck in to save the captives. Cole inquired as to why his father was captured before realizing the Vermillion needed armor and clothing forged with his father's troupe's name being mistaken as actual blacksmiths. With the efforts of Jay and Cole, Lou and the other prisoners manage to sneak out of their imprisonment.

Description

Lou is a dark gray-haired man still in the prime of his life, with well-defined cheeks and small wrinkles near his eyes. He has bushy eyebrows like Cole, and also boasts a small mustache. He is usually seen wearing a brown suit, a white shirt, and a red bowtie, but he also owns a Royal Blacksmiths uniform, consisting a tuxedo and a red bow.

Appearances

Notes

Gallery

Characters

Ninja

Master Wu · Lloyd · Kai · Nya · Jay · Cole · Zane
Allies: Misako · Falcon · Cyrus Borg · P.I.X.A.L. · Ronin · Dareth
Former Members: Master Garmadon

Skulkin

Samukai · Wyplash · Kruncha · Frakjaw · Chopov · Nuckal · Krazi · Bonezai

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Arcturus · Pythor P. Chumsworth
Fangpyre: Fangtom · Fangdam · Fang-Suei · Snappa
Venomari: Acidicus · Lizaru · Spitta · Lasha · Zoltar
Constrictai: Skalidor · Bytar · Chokun · Snike
Hypnobrai: Skales · Slithraa · Mezmo · Rattla
Other: The Great Devourer

Pirates

Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

Stone Army

Creator: The Overlord
General Kozu · Giant Stone Warrior · Stone Warrior · Stone Swordsman · Stone Scout

Nindroids

General Cryptor · Nindroid Drone · Nindroid Warrior · Min-Droid

Anacondrai Cultists

Chen · Clouse · Zugu · Eyezor · Kapau · Chope · Krait · Sleven

Elemental Masters

Ash · Bolobo · Chamille · Master of Shadow · Paleman · Karlof · Tox · Shade · Neuro · Master of Gravity · Master of Earth · Master of Ice · Master of Light · Master of Sound · Skylor's Mother · Master of Lightning · Gravis · Griffin Turner · Maya · Ray · Skylor · Jacob Pevsner · Lar

Ghost Warriors

Leader: The Preeminent
Morro · Chain Master Wrayth · Blade Master Bansha · Scythe Master Ghoultar · Bow Master Soul Archer
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Howla · Ming · Spyder · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Pitch · Pyrrhus · Wail · Yokai

Sky Pirates

Leader: Nadakhan
Flintlocke · Dogshank · Doubloon · Monkey Wretch · Clancee · Bucko · Squiffy · Cyren · Skeleton Figurehead

Vermillion

Creators: Acronix · Krux
Machia · Raggmunk · Blunck · Vermin · Rivett · Slackjaw · Tannin · Buffmillion

Sons of Garmadon

Leaders: Harumi · Lord Garmadon
Killow · Ultra Violet · Mr. E · Luke Cunningham · Chopper Maroon · Mohawk · Sawyer · Scooter · Buffer · "Snake Jaguar" · Colossus

Dragon Hunters

Leader: Heavy Metal
Jet Jack · Skullbreaker · Arkade · Muzzle · Daddy No Legs · Chew Toy · Talon
Former Members: Iron Baron

Non-Canon Enemies

Quartet of Villains · Evil Bees · Gahrann the Dreamer · Hibiki · Ice Serpent · Kirchonn the Invincible · Mask of Malice · Time Ninja

Creatures

Grundle · Spykor · Starteeth · The Leviathan · Treehorn · Craglings · Mud Monsters · Geoatomic Rock Monsters · Ice Serpent · Walliper · Colossus
Dragons: Firstbourne · Fire Dragon · Lightning Dragon · Earth Dragon · Ice Dragon · Slab · Stormbringer · Stormbringer's Baby · Wind Dragon
Elemental Dragons: Golden Dragon · Elemental Earth Dragon · Elemental Fire Dragon · Elemental Form Dragon · Elemental Gravity Dragon · Elemental Lightning Dragon · Elemental Metal Dragon · Elemental Mind Dragon · Elemental Nature Dragon · Elemental Poison Dragon · Elemental Shadow Dragon · Elemental Smoke Dragon · Elemental Speed Dragon · Titanium Dragon · Elemental Water Dragon · Morro Dragon · Elemental Creation Dragon
Fusion Dragons: Ultra Dragon · Hydro Electric Dragon · Fusion Dragon

Other

Brad Tudabone · Carridi · Cathy · Claire · Cliff Gordon · Clutch Powers · Cole's Mother · Cragger · Dr. Berkman · Dr. Julien · Ed · Edna · Emperor of Ninjago · Empress of Ninjago · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · Finn · Fred Finley · Gayle Gossip · Gene · Genn · Echo Zane · Harumi's Mother · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's Father · Hibiki · Hutchins · Jesper · Juggernaut · Laval · Lou · Mistaké · Mrs. Grumbmiller · Night Watchman · Nobu · Noonan · O'Doyle · Oni · Patty Keys · Postman · Restaurant Owner · Rodrigo · Royal Guards · Rufus MacAllister · Warden Noble · Sally · Simon · Tai-D · Tommy · Tour Bus Driver · Phantom Ninja · Rachel Sparrow · Sally · Sparring Robot · Suzie Wheeler · The Mechanic · Wohira · Master Whoosh · Master Yang · Yost
Bizarro Ninja: Bizarro Cole · Bizarro Jay · Bizarro Zane · Bizarro Kai