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|Ninja (Team)||Secret Ninja Force|
|— The Ninja shouting their battle cry|
The Ninja (also known as the Masters of Spinjitzu or the Wu-Cru) are a group of young warriors formed by Master Wu to protect the land of Ninjago from evil. They are the main protagonists of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu.
Since their formation, they have fought a large amount of foes, such as Lord Garmadon and his Skeleton Army in the Pilot Episodes, the Serpentine and the Great Devourer in Season 1, the Overlord and his Stone Army in Season 2, the Overlord and the Nindroids built by Cyrus Borg and P.I.X.A.L. (controlled by the Overlord) in Season 3, Master Chen and his Anacondrai Cultists in Season 4, the Preeminent, Morro, and the Ghost Warriors who escaped the Cursed Realm in Season 5, Nadakhan and his Sky Pirate Crew in Season 6, Clouse and his Shadow Army, Yang and his Students in Day of the Departed, Acronix, Krux, and the Vermillion Warriors in Season 7, and Harumi and the Sons of Garmadon in Season 8. They will face the Dragon Hunters in Season 9.
Return of Lord Garmadon
Dreading his evil brother's return, the team was formed by Master Wu to fight against the Skulkin and Lord Garmadon's undying thirst to conquer the world of Ninjago.
Rise of the Snakes
After the disappearance of Lord Garmadon, the Ninja face the Serpentine, who, thanks to Lloyd, were able to leave their tombs and free the Great Devourer.
The Overlord and the Stone Army
After the defeat of the Great Devourer, the Ninja, along with the Green Ninja, fought against Garmadon, the Overlord, and his indestructible Stone Army.
Attack of the Nindroids
Ninjago was at peace, thanks to Lloyd, who defeated the Overlord, but he had not died but had infiltrated Borg's technology. The Ninja had to fight again with the Overlord, only now with an old enemy, Pythor, and the Nindroids.
However, the Ninja emerged victorious, but at the cost of Zane, who sacrificed himself though secretly created a new body for himself.
Master Chen and Anacondrai Cultists
After the sacrifice of Zane, the Ninja are divided, but everything changed when they discovered that he was still alive. To rescue him they had to go to the Tournament of Elements. During this time, they discovered the truth of their powers after they met and befriended the Elemental Masters. The Ninja were also able to unlock the ability to use Elemental Dragons.
Morro and Ghost Warriors
When opening the portal of the Cursed Realm, a ghost named Morro, who was the first student of Master Wu, possessed Lloyd and shortly after takes the Realm Crystal and liberates the Preeminent. The ninja were faced with problems, as their power depended on Lloyd and Cole was turned into a ghost. However, things shifted for the better as they learned a new technique Airjitzu (Martial Art) and Cole learned some new ghost moves.
Nadakhan and Sky Pirates
When Clouse, who escaped the Cursed Realm, released Nadakhan, the Ninja will have to stop him before he marries Nya and gains infinite wishes. Unfortunately, he stole the Realm Crystal and released the rest of his crew, who helped him build New Djinjago. Jay's last wished caused everyone to forget the majority of the season.
Day of the Departed
Following the Sky Pirate conflict, Ninjago celebrated the holiday once again, with the Ninja spreading out across the land of Ninjago to remember their ancestors.Zane remembers Dr. Julien at Birchwood Forest, Kai and Nya remember Ray and Maya at their blacksmith shop, Lloyd and Misako remember Garmadon at the Corridor of Elders, and Wu remembers his father at the Monastery of Spinjitzu, while Jay spends time with his parents at their junkyard.
In the meantime, Cole goes to Master Yang's Haunted Temple to settle his debt with the ghostly master. However, a sinister plot by Yang leads Cole to free the spirits of the Ninjas' old enemies from the Departed Realm, including Samukai, Kozu, Cryptor, Chen, and Morro, all of whom possess statues at the Ninjago Museum of History. Seeking revenge, the revived villains spread throughout Ninjago to confront their adversaries.
With the Yin Blade in hand, Yang proceeded to go to the roof of his temple and activates the artifact, using its reality-warping powers to open the Rift of Return. However, Cole, confronting him, attacked Yang, forcing the latter to defend himself with the Yin Blade with success, slicing apart Cole's blade in the process. However, when Cole's support by his friends powered him up, Cole used his charged fists to attack Yang, who attempted to shield himself with the Yin Blade. Unable to withstand the assault, the Yin Blade was shattered by Cole's attack, and with its destruction and the ending Yin-Yang Eclipse, the Rift of Return started to close as a result. However, a reformed Yang threw Cole through the rift changing him back to a human and the Ninja gained a new base in Yang's Temple.
The Hands of Time and Vermillion
After the Day of the Departed, the Ninjas returned to Ninjago Museum of History and discovered that Master Wu and Garmadon confronted two Elemental Masters, after which the Ninja decided to stop the Time Twins, but it was too late as they had recollected the Time Blades. Finally they together with Kai, Nya, and Wu traveling to the past, 40 years before, after the defeat of Acronix and Krux. Master Wu sacrificed himself to stop them and Kai and Nya returned to the present. Realizing that they lost their master, the Ninja name Lloyd their new master.
Sons of Garmadon
One year later, the Ninja discovered that a group called Sons of Garmadon are trying to revive Lloyd's father, but in his evil form. They are also reunited with their master who is revealed to have been de-aged into an infant after his journey through time. The Ninja also had to protect the Oni Masks, but what they did not have in mind was that Princess Harumi was really the leader of the Sons of Garmadon.
The Sons of Garmadon finally revived Garmadon, who was able to defeat Lloyd with ease and take control of Ninjago. Kai, Jay, Zane, and Cole, along with Baby Wu, end up in the Realm of Oni and Dragons when they escaped Garmadon's creation, Colossi, leading the others to think they were killed.
Emperor Garmadon and The Dragon Hunters
After being defeated, the Ninja have been separated. Lloyd and Nya, along with Skylor, P.I.X.A.L., and Misako, must defeat Lord Garmadon, Harumi, and the Sons of Garmadon. The four original Ninja (Kai, Cole, Jay, and Zane) along with Wu must face the Dragon Hunters, free the dragons, and find a way back home to Ninjago.
- Master Wu (Master of Creation; de-aged)
- Master Garmadon (Lloyd's Father/Master of Destruction; turned evil again)
- Lloyd (Green Ninja/Golden Ninja/Master of Energy/Former Master of Golden Power/Leader)
- Kai (Red Ninja/Master of Fire)
- Cole (Black Ninja/Master of Earth)
- Zane (White Ninja/Titanium Ninja/Master of Ice)
- Jay (Blue Ninja/Master of Lightning)
- Nya (Gray Ninja/Master of Water)
- Dareth (Honorary Brown Ninja)
- Skylor (Orange Ninja/Master of Amber)
- Seliel (Phantom Ninja; non-canon)
- Nelson (Honorary Purple Ninja)
- Ed (Jay's Adoptive Father)
- Edna (Jay's Adoptive Mother)
- Lou (Cole's Father)
- Ray (Kai and Nya's Father)
- Maya (Kai and Nya's Mother)
- Cyrus Borg (Helps make vehicles and weapons for the Ninja)
- Falcon (Zane's Companion/Communication for the Ninja)
- Ronin (Business Partner)
- Elemental Masters (Helped defeat Chen and his army)
- Skulkin ("All of Nothing")
- Serpentine ("The Titanium Ninja" and "The Corridor of Elders")
- Nindroids (Became Borg's security drones as shown in "The Invitation")
- Captain Soto (Aided the Ninja in "Enkrypted" and became part of Jay's team in "Operation Land Ho!")
- Echo Zane (Found by and aided Jay and Nya in "The Last Resort" and joined Jay's team in "Operation Land Ho!")
- Police Commissioner (Became part of Jay's team in "Operation Land Ho!" and aided the Ninja in Season 8)
- Elemental Dragons
- Elemental Fire Dragon (Kai)
- Elemental Lightning Dragon (Jay)
- Elemental Earth Dragon (Cole)
- Elemental Ice Dragon (Zane)
- Elemental Water Dragon (Nya)
- Master Wu Dragon (Wu)
- Golden Dragon (Lloyd/First Spinjitzu Master)
- Elemental Energy Dragon (Lloyd)
- Fusion Dragon (Kai and Nya)
- Hydro Electric Dragon (Jay and Nya)
- Ultra Dragon (Combination of the Four Dragons)
- Elemental Dragons
- Stone Army (Controlled by Dareth in "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master," now destroyed)
- Sky Pirates (those that turned on Nadakhan, memory erased; formerly)
- Pythor (fought on their side against Chen and his Anacondrai Cultists, now their enemy again after his attack on Lloyd in "Day of the Departed")
- Harumi (Princess of Ninjago; revealed to be an enemy)
- Dr. Julien (Zane's Father/Creator)
- Morro (Officially reformed in "Day of the Departed")
- Emperor of Ninjago
- Empress of Ninjago
- Hutchins (Master-at-Arms of the Royal Family)
The Ninja have six Elemental Powers (one element for each Ninja) that give them amazing abilities of their Elements, which includes summoning their respective Elemental Dragons and performing Spinjitzu and Airjitzu.
- Energy (Lloyd; inactive)
- Golden Power (Lloyd; formerly)
- Fire (Kai)
- Earth (Cole)
- Ice (Zane)
- Lightning (Jay)
- Water (Nya)
- Lloyd (Energy; green)
- Lloyd (Golden Power; gold)
- Kai (Fire; red)
- Jay (Lightning; blue)
- Cole (Earth; brown)
- Zane (Ice; white/light blue)
- Nya (Water; light blue/sliver)
- Wu (Creation; gold)
- Garmadon (Destruction; purple)
- Misako (Element-less; silver)
- Lloyd (Energy; green)
- Kai (Fire; red)
- Jay (Lightning; blue)
- Cole (Earth; orange)
- Zane (Ice; white)
- Nya (Water; light blue)
- Morro (Wind; ghostly green)
- Wu (Creation; gold; "The Dark Island Trilogy" only)
- Kai (Fire; Red/Orange)
- Jay (Lightning; Blue/Yellow)
- Zane (Ice; Gray/White)
- Cole (Earth; Green/Purple)
- Kai (Large Sword; Red)
- Jay (Chainsaw Blade; Yellow)
- Zane (Staff; Blue)
- Cole (Flail; Green)
- Kai (Red)
- Jay (Yellow)
- Zane (Light Blue)
- Cole (Orange)
- The Ninja bear a resemblance to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Both teams are all Ninjas, are teenagers, and have a mentor that train them (the turtles have Master Splinter while the Ninja have Master Wu).
- The Ninja also bear a resemblance to the Powers (due to their powers and color scheme).
- All of the Ninja (and Master Wu) have changed their physical appearances in the show.
- Jay, Kai, Zane, and Cole turned into kids in "Child's Play," but turned back to teenagers.
- Lloyd was a child until he was hit by Tomorrow's Tea in "Child's Play" and aged into an old man in "Wishmasters." He reverted back to a teen due to Jay's last wish.
- Zane was originally a Nindroid in human form until "The Titanium Ninja" and debuted in his titanium form in "The Invitation."
- Cole was a human being until "The Temple on Haunted Hill," where he was turned into a ghost by Yang but turned human again in "Day of the Departed." He now has a scar from the transformation.
- Nya's lips are no longer red following Season 6 onward.
- In Season 8, all the Ninja have different appearances similar to their movie counterparts.
- After being hit with the Reversal Blade, Wu has become a baby.
- Zane and Nya are the only Ninja to have died in the series but were both resurrected.
- Jay is the only Ninja to appear in every Ninjago episode, as of 2017, with Nya following behind him.
- Excluding their allies, Nya is the only female on the team.
- After Cole's physical reformation in "Day of the Departed," Zane becomes the only non-human on the team.
- Kai, Jay, and Cole are the only three Ninja to have every different suit shown in the show. This is due to Lloyd and Nya joining the team later on, and Zane lacking a tournament robe, as he did not compete in the Tournament of Elements.
- Technically, all of the Ninja have the title "Master," as they are all Masters of an element.
- At some point, all members of the team (and some allies) have turned against their team and later revert back:
- Garmadon was turned evil in his childhood by the Great Devourer and was the main antagonist of the Pilot Episodes and the Mega Weapon arc of the second season. He was revived in Season 8 and became evil again.
- Lloyd was a minor antagonist in Season 1 and he was possessed by Morro in Season 5.
- Cole was hypnotized by Skales.
- Nya, Cole, Jay, and Zane were corrupted by Dark Matter (although the last three were only briefly corrupted before Lloyd undid the effects).
- P.I.X.A.L., Cyrus Borg, and Master Wu were controlled by the Overlord.
- The Elemental Masters were competing in Master Chen's Tournament of Elements.
- Skylor was working for Chen.
- Kai was briefly corrupted by the Staff of Elements and nearly attacked Lloyd and Skylor.
- Morro was the main antagonist of Season 5.
- Ronin was forced by Morro to betray the Ninja in "The Crooked Path" and hired by the police to capture the Ninja "Public Enemy Number One."He also sold Zane to Master Chen, leaving Zane on the island.
- Misako was controlled by Bansha in "Grave Danger."
- Nya was possessed by Dilara.
- Ray and Maya were forced to work for the Time Twins during their enslavement.
- P.I.X.A.L., as Samurai X, was controlled by the Quiet One during Season 8 before Zane killed the spider thus freeing her.
- Although Lloyd is the leader of the team, every Ninja has taken on the role of the leader.
- Cole was the main former leader of the team in the earlier seasons, Kai was likely 2nd In Command, but he usually stepped up to help Cole lead.
- The Ninja (except Nya) can only harness their elemental powers by being dependent on their leader Lloyd. This may due because Lloyd shares his Golden Power with them.
- Excluding Nya, the Ninja are the only Elemental Masters that have the main elements in Ninjago (Water is a secondary element).
- Three of the Ninja have had their main color changed.
- Lloyd was green, then gold, but is now green again.
- Zane was white, then silver, but now can alternate between white and silver.
- Nya was red, then azure, then maroon, and is now gray.
- All six of the Ninja have seasons or TV Special that focus on them.
- Kai was the focus of the Pilot Episodes, Season 1, Season 4, and Season 7.
- Jay was the focus of Season 1 and Season 6.
- Zane was the focus of Season 1 and Season 3.
- Cole was the focus of Season 1 and "Day of the Departed."
- Lloyd was the focus of Season 2 and Season 8.
- Nya was the focus of Season 5 and Season 7.
- All the Ninja but Lloyd have traveled to the past. Kai is the only one who traveled to the past thrice.
- Lloyd is the only Ninja who went to the Cursed Realm. He is also the Ninja who has visited the most realms due to his fight with Morro.
- Nya and Jay are the only Ninja to remember what happened in Season 6, although Lloyd showed signs of experiencing déjà vu while the rest may have gained some recollection.
- Lloyd is the first and only one of Wu's students to gain the rank of master.
- Each of the Ninja have their own signature color.
- Kai's signature color is red.
- Jay's signature color is blue.
- Zane's signature color is white.
- Cole's signature color is black.
- Nya's signature color was azure, but is now gray.
- Lloyd's signature color is green.
- Each of the six Ninja have individual animal symbols that correspond to their characteristics (as of Season 6, depicted on their suits with matching colors and elemental resemblance).
- Kai's is shown as an orange (with red outline) Lion—resembling his aggression.
- Jay's is shown as a dark blue (with purple outline) Octopus—resembling his active nature.
- Zane's is shown as a blue (with white outline) Tiger—resembling his intelligence.
- Cole's is shown as a yellow (with orange outline) Gorilla—resembling his strength.
- Nya's is shown as a white (with light blue outline) Phoenix—resembling her determination.
- Lloyd's is shown as a yellow/gold (with green outline) Dragon—resembling his power.
- Each of the six Ninja have their own signature weapon that they are most known for and later changed their signature weapons to match their movie counterparts (except for Jay).
- Kai's signature weapon was a single Katana, but is now a pair.
- Jay's signature weapon was a pair of Nunchucks.
- Zane's signature weapon was a pair of Shurikens, but is now a Bow and Arrow.
- Cole's signature weapon was a Scythe, but is now a Hammer.
- Nya's signature weapon was a pair of daggers, but is now a Spear.
- Lloyd's signature weapon was a pair of katanas, but is now a Sword.
- Zane is the oldest Ninja of the team, although in Season 6, when Lloyd aged into a old man, he was temporarily the oldest Ninja of the team before reverting back to a teen.
- All of the Ninja have had a love interest which was another focus in a season.
- Jay and Nya had an attraction to each other in the first two seasons and following a break-up in Season 3, they got back together in Season 6 and remain a couple.
- Kai had a interest in Skylor, the daughter of Chen, in Season 4: The Tournament of Elements.
- Zane had an interest in P.I.X.A.L. in season 3 and they have remained together.
- Cole had an interest in Nya during Season 3 which caused a rivalry between him and Jay until she chose Jay. Cole also had an interest in Seliel but this was considered non-canon as it's unknown if she actually exists in the series.
- Lloyd had an interest in Harumi in Season 8, until it was revealed she was evil.
- As of Season 8, the Ninja now have their names and signature colors on their weapons.
- As of "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago," Nya is the only Ninja who has never lost her powers.
- Lloyd is the only Ninja who has lost his powers three times; the first was because the Overlord stole his Golden Power, the second was by Master Chen, and the third by Lord Garmadon.
- Although, Lloyd is the Green Ninja, Cole is physically the strongest of the team, due to his super strength. This is proven when Cole pulls the bars of a cage wide open in "Dread on Arrival."
- Lloyd and Cole are the only Ninja without a current love interest.
- Before Season 8 Kai, Jay, and Nya were the only three Ninja whose appearances stayed the same throughout the most of the show ever since their debut.
- Cole, Zane, and Lloyd have had the most change in appearances throughout the show.