Ninja AD 1460-1650, Stephen Turnbull, Osprey, 2003, 64 pages. A fascinating book from Osprey 64 pages long and full of interesting stuff on the real ninja, Japan's medieval Special Forces. Great colour plates in the middle of the book illustrate ninja in action, in training and equipment. [see more]
A Book of Five Rings, Miyamoto Musashi. Translated by Victor Harris. An excellent and fascinating short book and a must have for any serious student of Samurai history. The book has an excellent historical introduction and the section on the life of the author is as good as the book itself. The focus of book is the way of the warrior, especially the swordsman and has much thought provoking text for the careful and diligent reader. Detailed footnotes add to the translation and the text is very interesting for any interested in Kendo or the martial arts, mixing philosophy with strategy, giving a real insight into the life and beliefs of a samurai.
Ninjas may seem mysterious, but the origin of their name is not. The word ninja derives from the Japanese characters "nin" and "ja." "Nin" initially meant "persevere," but over time it developed the extended meanings "conceal" and "move stealthily." In Japanese, "ja" is the combining form of sha, meaning "person." Ninjas originated in the mountains of Japan over 800 years ago as practitioners of ninjutsu, a martial art sometimes called "the art of stealth" or "the art of invisibility." They often served as military spies and were trained in disguise, concealment, geography, meteorology, medicine, and also other martial arts. Popular legends still associate them with espionage and assassinations, but modern ninjas are most likely to study ninjutsu to improve their physical fitness and self-defense skills.
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Ninja were professional spies during the age of the samurai . Their origins go back to the twelfth century, when the samurai class began to gain power. When the scale of fighting increased in the fourteenth century, it became necessary to conduct espionage activities against enemy forces, and ninja became even more active.
Ninja were called upon by their feudal lords to gather information, plunder the enemy's food and weapon supplies, and lead the way in nighttime attacks. They received specialized training and were given special duties. Ninja remained active until the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1867), when social order was restored by the government in Edo (now Tokyo).
It was from the latter half of the eighteenth century that ninja became popular subjects of books and dramas. In the twentieth century ninja have been depicted in films using special effects and comics as imaginary characters with superhuman powers.
Recently ninja have become popular in the United States and other countries through comics and films, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ninja are also popular as cartoon characters among Japanese children.
History Of The Ninja
The history of Japan describes the ninjas as the best combatants who used to be perfectly trained in martial art that involves strange but effective techniques. Few of the unconventional methods, which were used by the Ninjas were stealth, surveillance and disguise.
They had some special weapons and tricks up their sleeves that were simply inescapable. The actual origin of the Ninja is not clear. Yet it seemed they evolved as an opposing force to the samurai.
Where the samurai had the code of bushido (aka honour and loyalty), the ninja followed Ninjutsu. Bushido was noble. The samurai would state their challenge against a single opponent and announce his clan name. But this wasn’t effective. The ninjutsu code, on the other hand, prized the accomplishment of a mission by any means necessary above honour.
Ninja, therefore, were the olden day’s spies and assasins. It was the ninja who promoted the “Guerilla” technique of war, influenced by Sun Tzu and his Art of War manual.
The method of “Stealth” originated in Japan approximately at 522 AD. This was linked with the religion and the priests were the ones to practice this. There was no violence involved and the priests used to practice this in order to support the ruling power of that time. At around 645 A.D these priests mastered the art and realized the need to use it for their self-defense.
Later during the 1192 A.D. many of the wealthy and established clans emerged. They fought and killed for reasons that included survival and power. Gradually there was need of using techniques like stealth, surveillance and disguise. Who better to seek help from than those who had already mastered the art. This was how ninja slowly evolved.
According to the historical facts the ninja groups were developed in small villages or around the elite families. They were into protecting the residents of the villages and communities from external enemies. Women had the privilege to become the Ninjas, like men. While male ninja were called shinobi, female ninja were called kunoichi. It was said that female ninja were used to seduce enemies while accomplishing the task of spying on others.
There were various rules decided solely for the ninja and they were often kept as secrets. The facts that have been retrieved about the origin and purposes of the Ninjas are mostly the records kept by the outsiders who observed and scripted the history. But if you are looking for assured historical proofs for this, then they are not discovered to date.
Ninja (or shinobi) were a mystery in the History of Japan. The correct Japanese word for these warriors was shinobi-no-mono, which literally means "people who survive/endure". Ninja is easier to say this is why it is more widely used. Shinobi-no-mono is the native Japanese word for ninja, while ninja is the Sino-Japanese word. Ninja warriors created secret associations and took part in many political killings. Their mystery comes from two ideas: 1) they always participated in secret spy operations and political killings 2) ninja were hired by heads of armies as paid warriors (mercenaries). The art of fighting which was used by ninja was called ninjitsu, which was a combination of shinobi-no-jitsu and shinobi-jitsu.
Many people though ninja were not normal people. People thought they could fly and had supernatural skills. Ninja existed during the entire history of Japan, but ninja only became specially trained people at the beginning of the 15th century. They mainly trained in the regions of Iga and Koga.
Ninja were involved in samurai wars and were hired by samurai for different missions, but at the same time samurai did not accept them as noble warriors because most of the ninja came from lower social classes. They were dangerous and could not be controlled. Their methods of fighting did not fit the samurai code. The samurai code was a code of honor. For example, the samurai warrior would show his rank and would only fight a samurai of equal or higher rank. Japanese land lords (daimyo) widely used the services of the Iga and Koga ninja in the period of 1485-1581. But in 1581, one of the three daimyo who united Japan – Oda Nobunaga attacked ninja from Iga province. The ninja remained alive and ran to the provinces Kii and Mikawa, where Tokugawa Ieyasu protected them. Later, Oda Nobunaga was killed by a samurai named Akechi Mitsuhide, who later became an enemy to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
The art of ninja fighting was passed down from father to son, or from master (sensei) to their best students. But in the middle of 17th century, Nakagawa Sosuntzin created a ninja school in the Mutsu Province. It was called Nakagawa-ryu and taught the ninjitsu method of fighting. Nakagawa Sosuntzin himself trained a group of 10 men, which he called Hayamiti-no-mono (men of the short hit). Ninja were taught many more things than a samurai. They had to be skilled at handling swords, spears, bows and many other weapons but also they had to know about explosive and poisonous substances, to be a good path finder and to survive in different situations. Usually they were trained from young age and had to keep a very specific physical shape. Ninja were not allowed to be too light or too heavy. A ninja who could read and write was very appreciated.
It tends to be thought that a ninja usually wore black clothes which helped him to hide in the dark, however, they wore dark blue, red, or brown clothes, which are more quiet than black at night.  In usual days, a ninja never wore showy dress and pretended to be another job, for example, a merchant, a traveling monk, a monkey showman and so on. If they had to fight on the battlefield, they put on a light armor, which protected them, but also allowed easy movement. On their feet they wore Japanese socks which separated the big toe (the socks were called tabi). The ninja outfit had many pockets for helpful gear.  Chain armor was normally beneath their cloak in-case danger came their way like an ambush. 
The diversity of ninja weapons and attributes is much wider than that of the samurai. The main weapon of ninja was the sword. Ninja swords were usually shorter than samurai katana and had a straight blade. When they climbed, the sword was put on the left shoulder, putting the handle of the sword was close to the left ear. Ninja also used different types of throwing knives, and a weapon for their fists called tagaki. They used metallic claws on their feet which helped them to climb and made their kicks more dangerous.
They are also very close to the other form of Japanese killer, a samurai.
As with Robin Hood or King Arthur, the ongoing presence of ninja in pop culture movies and manga often differs widely from their true origins. 
7 Fujibayashi Nagato
According to legend, Fujibayashi Nagato was one of the three greatest jonin of the Iga, along with Momochi Sandayu and Hattori Hanzo. He was also the co-head of the Iga ninjas, along with Momochi Sandayu. Other than that, not much is known about him. In 1581, Oda Nobunaga launched a vicious invasion of the Iga province known as the Tensho Iga War, which decimated the Iga and Koga ninja clans. Survivors went into the service of Tokugawa Ieyasu, and Nagato was killed in the invasion.
Despite how little we know about his life, however, Nagato did in fact leave behind an important legacy: His descendants would eventually compile the ninjutsu knowledge he left behind to create the Bansenshukai. The Bansenshukai is a multi-volume compilation of the &ldquosecrets&rdquo and techniques of the ninja as written by the Fujibayashi clan&mdasha lot of the information we have about ninjas today come from this compilation.
The Development of Bugei
As you see, Japan went through an intense time of war which gave rise to bugei. Bugei (arts “gei” of war “bu”), was the mastery of weapons used in war, while bujutsu (techniques “jutsu” of war “bu”) included all aspects of war including horsemanship. The mastery over these weapons and techniques during this time began to be classified as the samurais of the Kamakura period came to power. These “bugei juhappan” were the 18 warrior disciplines the gave birth to combat schools called ryu-h or ryu taught taught to an elite class. For Japan this was the beginning of a martial arts system taught for profit whereby the practitioner would receive a certificate proving his master over levels (kiri-gami), certificates of complete license from the school (inka), and an index of the school’s techniques (mokuroku).
Keep in mind that the warrior arts up to a certain period were very inflexible and linear. Just imagine wearing the armor used in battle, it was heavy and probably limited movement, although the bujutsu at that time included techniques with and without armor. As times changed and armor wasn’t used as much, the need for techniques and movement for unarmed combat became crucial. With the introduction of the firearm by the Portugese in 1540, and an impending Western threat, times had changed culturally and traditional Japanese knowledge and warrior tradition gave way to Western techniques in industry.
Around this period (1860 – 1930), Kano Jigoro founded Judo (the way of flexibility) from a mx of ancient Japanese warrior traditions and Western thought. In the 1920s Karate came in from neighboring Okinawan islands from Funakoshi Gishin (1868 – 1957). Ueshiba Morihei (1883 – 1969), the founder of aikido, made great strides combining traditional bujutsu with a deep spiritual connection. Jujutsu had been around since the Sengoku period of the Muromachi period in 1532 and was founded by Takenouchi Hisamor.
The initial step to understand is that the term ninja is a term for a position and is not representative of a social status nor does it have connotations of social placement. A ninja is a man undertaking a job and who is trained in a particular set of skills, his social rank does not come into play and applicants of ninjutsu can be taken from any level. This being said, one has to remember that the majority of the Japanese population were not samurai and large sections of armies were in fact taken from the peasant class to form Ashigaru, or foot soldiers. This means that social status was not a factor in training the ninja and that any man could be taken from any social class and trained, dependent on circumstance and requirements. Therefore, the primary unknown factor in the search for the ninja is that an unknown number came from both Ashigaru and samurai class – and all that can be said is that ninja came from both classes. Remembering that social movement was considerably easier in the Sengoku Period (15th and 16th centuries) it was not too difficult for a peasant to achieve status as a mercenary and we must not become trapped in the modern connotations that arise with the term "peasant". Vast swaths of armies and fighters were based in the peasant class and come under the banner of foot soldiers however, some of these men were promoted and did in fact help shape Japanese history. Further to this, some ninjutsu lines were contained within families and passed down through the bloodline or to a relevant candidate in the family, but family connection was not a requirement for shinobi training as is commonly believed.
To put this in context, samurai martial arts and skills were passed down through the clan and to those attached to the family who would also be trained in these arts, but what is needed to be understood is that ninjutsu is one of those samurai arts and was transmitted through a family but not always to those connected by blood. This is more so with ninjutsu, as ninjutsu requires a special type of person and therefore recruitment was mainly based on ability. It is not uncommon for manuals or documents to tell that certain shinobi would take people of worth in an army and proceed to train them in the arts of the ninja, sometimes with the help of Iga no mono (specialised ninja from the region of Iga, famous for their ninja).
Ninja documentation and historical evidence for the fact that there was no divide between the ninja and the samurai comes in many forms and establishes without doubt that during the Sengoku and Edo Periods, the ninja were considered as fundamental sections of an army and were indeed not only required elements of medieval life but were also government employees. Remembering that the administration of Japan was undertaken by the samurai class we see how samurai trained in the arts of the ninja or those who understand their use would command and govern their official but hidden ninja agents and that not only is the myth of the ninja versus the samurai, just that, a myth, but that it is also evident that initially, the term of ninja was not wholly a position of negativity.
Ihara Yori Fumi was a samurai and was active in the early part of the 1700’s and was retained by the Fukui domain to teach the Gunpo arts or the military arts to the clan. Further to this, his job consisted of the position shinobi no mono shihai or ‘ninja commander’ and his job was to orchestrate the shinobi of that domain and ensure that their system of spies was working correctly. His position as a shinobi and ninja commander illuminates the respect given to the ninja arts from a military perspective and the need for individual provinces to undertake espionage on a serious level. In his manual he states that raiding groups should consist of ten shinobi and twenty five "fighting samurai" and that there are difficulties in leading and taking charge of "fighting samurai" when leading them on night raids. These difficulties are highlighted in Yoshimori's ninja poems and show that shinobi are needed to lead squads of men at night as they are trained in this matter, even that the Shoninki ninja manual states that ninja used to be known as Yato, or leaders in the night as they took command of samurai teams. This displays that not only did samurai of the time bow to the command of a shinobi but that shinobi were considered to be required for this job and that shinobi were from the samurai class as part of a samurai attack squad. The ninja commander mentioned above, Ihara Yori Fumi continues to display the shinobi as the leader figure in the following quote from his manual:
“In peace times when you go to other provinces on missions you should take those of a lower [social] position and carry alternative rain coats, spare clothes and so on. You should reach for the appropriate contact and proper person. This is how you will be able to see and hear [what you need to]. Before you go to a place of importance you should leave your swords somewhere and you, as the master should exchange places with those below you (ge-nin). Or you may take on the form of a merchant, pilgrim or yamabushi mountain monk.”
Alongside obvious references to social class, his writings also contain more subtle clues to the position of a ninja as here he advises to ‘drop the employment of servants to aid in your disguise as a lower level traveller’, showing his higher status and the basic fact of the ownership of servants by shinobi agents (making them samurai).
Ninjas' Roots Come From ChinaPhoto : 663highland / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 3.0
After the Tang dynasty collapsed in 907, some of the generals fled to Japan. Later, in the 1020s, Chinese monks followed, carrying their own new ideas along with them.
The resulting blend of tactics and philosophies had a huge influence on Japan.
Ninja the brand vs. Ninja the person
Blevins has been a professional gamer since 2009, when he first competed in a "Halo 3" tournament and has quickly become one of the most highly-recognized gamers in the world. He started streaming in 2011, becoming highly-successful in shooters like "H1Z1" and "PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds." In late 2017, he started streaming Fortnite and his popularity took off at the same time as the game.
With Fortnite's success, Blevins, who has 16.7 million Twitch followers, became the poster child for gamers to non-obsessives. He's appeared on Ellen, danced in Times Square on television on New Year's Eve, and drove the Fortnite's Battle Bus with Will Smith during YouTube Rewind 2018. He has his own line of Adidas sneakers, underwear, and an "official gameplay headband." For awhile, he wasn't just another Twitch streamer — he was the face of the culture.
This consumer-friendly version of the Ninja brand was in direct contrast to how Blevins can sometimes act on stream. Clips of Ninja berating or taunting other players in a video game are not hard to find. In February 2017, while playing the shooter H1Z1 and taking down another player who says a few slurs at him, Blevins yells "what did you say to me you little sh--. How are you not in f--- school, do you kiss your mother with that mouth?" This clip has become one of his most infamous and wide-spread, becoming a popular meme in the gaming community.
In August 2018, Blevins told Polygon that he disliked streaming with women, saying "the only way to avoid [the rumors] is to not play with them at all." He's expressed that playing with a woman can spark rumors among his fans and it's not something he wants to see. This became a massive story and Blevins' reiterated his point in the Times interview, causing criticism to flow once again.
In April 2020 Blevins sparked controversy again when talking about players who mock him being on Mixer, saying "I can literally purchase the bank that your house is being loaned out to you and f--- foreclose."
While playing "Valorant" with his esports team of T1 players in July 2020 Blevins said, "you're seriously the stupidest person on the planet," as one of his teammates played a baby crying sound in the background. Sonii, The player deemed "stupid" was then subsequently removed from the team.
- Master Wu finds Cole climbing a mountain, Jay testing an invention, and Zane meditating under a frozen pond.
- The three train together for a short time as a team of ninja. and Nya work in the Four Weapons Blacksmith when Master Wu comes in search of a ninja to train: Kai. However, the hardworking blacksmith declines Wu's offer. Soon after, Samukai and his army (ordered by Lord Garmadon) attack the blacksmith in search of the Map of the Golden Weapons, and in the process manages to get both the map and kidnap Nya. Encouraged by compassion for his sister, Kai agrees to train in the art of Spinjitzu under Wu's teaching to become a ninja. begins training as the FireNinja, and in the same instance meets his new teammates: Cole (the Earth Ninja), Jay (the Lightning Ninja), and Zane (the Ice Ninja).
- The ninja team begin their hunt for the Golden Weapons.
- They find the Scythe of Quakes in the Caves of Despair.
- They find the Shurikens of Ice in the Ice Fortress.
- They find the Nunchucks of Lightning in the Floating Ruins.
- Kai, Jay, Cole, Zane and Garmadon travel to the past thanks to Garmadon wanting to alter Lloyd's future with the Mega Weapon. ⏔]
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes
- Having been kicked out of Darkley's Boarding School for not being evil enough after spending around half of his life there, Lloyd makes his journey to Jamanakai Village in an effort to be more like his father and to get revenge on his school for expelling him.
- The ninja are at the monastery, playing video games rather than training. Wu removes the plug and tells them to train, but Cole plugs it back in and continues to keep on playing. However, Nya tells them that Lord Garmadon returned from the Underworld to invade Ninjago again.
- The ninja walked into the village, and they see "Lord Garmadon's shadow". But they soon realised that it was a "false alarm" and it was just his son, Lloyd Garmadon. He terrorizes the village and steals their candy but is soon suppressed by the ninja, and he gets pantsed. The villagers celebrate and all was brought back to normal.
- Seeking revenge on the ninja for humiliating him, Lloyd releases the Hypnobrai from their tomb. Lloyd accidentally tricks the Hypnobrai General, Slithraa, into hypnotizing himself and gains leverage over the tribe. returns to Jamanakai Village with the entire Hypnobrai tribe. The tribe uses hypnotism to take control over the citizens. The ninja arrive to stop him and defeat the Hypnobrai, freeing the people and taking the tribe's staff. However, Skales (the Hypnobrai second-in-command) manages to post-hypnotize Cole.
- The mailman comes after the ninja were training. However, Zane finds out that he got no mail from his parents.
- When the Ninja, Wu, and Nya were eating, everyone starts commenting on Zane's pink apron and Cole starts a food fight. However, Zane is not amused. unintentionally finds his long-lost friend the Falcon. After another evening of feeling left out from the ninjas' antics, and he follows the Falcon to find a treehouse being constructed by Lloyd and the Serpentine. He informs the ninja of his discovery, and they begin their mission to destroy it. Just before they finish the destruction, Skales uses the previous post-hypnotic command on Cole to attack the ninja. As the ninja struggle to fight Cole, Master Wu and Nya arrive on Kai's dragon, using a flute (later to be described as one of the flutes of the First Spinjitzu Master used to banish the Serpentine in tombs) to snap Cole out of his trance. The group hurry back to the unguarded monastery, only to find that the Hypnobrai had burned it down in search for their staff. Cole, Jay, and Kai blame Zane for the loss of their home, and in the ruckus, no one notices Zane flying off on his dragon.
- Slithraa and Skales get into a fight for the staff and for the title of General. The other snakes wanted a Slither Pit battle, and it happened. Unfortunately for Lloyd, Slithraa lost due to Skales using Fang-Kwon-Do. He was not able to command the Hypnobrai since then.
- Later on, the ninja try to make the best of their situation, but immediately regret what they had said to Zane. When they eat toads for dinner, Wu tells them to be grateful, while Nya finds Zane walking towards them. They were shocked that Zane had returned, and he conveyed to them that he had not been hurt by what they had said, but merely had seen and followed the Falcon again. He then leads them to where he had followed the falcon: an abandoned ship in the middle of the Sea of Sand. This would become their new home, known as the Destiny's Bounty. It would survive for a very, very long time.
- After being betrayed by the Hypnobrai, Lloyd uses a map of other tombs to find the Fangpyre Tomb and reawakens the Fangpyre Tribe.
- Master Wu informs the ninja that their Dragons have reached the age when they need to fly off in order to go through a stage of metamorphosis. This leaves the ninja without transportation. and the ninja go to Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk to visit Jay's parents, Ed and Edna, only to find out the Fangpyre have injected venom into them, and Lloyd has taken over the Junkyard.
- To fight off the Fangpyre (who's venom turns people and objects into snakes), the ninja find out they can transform their weapons into elemental vehicles (Jay's Storm Fighter, Kai's Blade Cycle, Zane's Ice Glider, and Cole's Tread Assault). They manage to get the Fangpyre Staff, which Nya extracts the anti-venom from to reverse the effects on Ed and Edna. With a bit of help from Jay's father, Jay activates the Bounty's new flying function that allows them to escape the approaching Fangpyre, but the staff falls over board in the process.
- Zane has a dream about the Green Ninja rescuing him while fighting Lord Garmadon, and the 4 ninja get into an argument about who would be the Green Ninja. Wu punishes them by having to find the answer to the question, "What is the best way to defeat your enemy?"
- Lloyd finds the Anacondrai Tomb and releases Pythor, who tricks Lloyd by pretending to be his friend. He soon betrays Lloyd while the two are raiding Darkley's Boarding School for revenge, but Pythor betrays Lloyd in the middle of the raid. Wu then takes Lloyd as part of the team and even reads Lloyd a bedtime story so he will never trust a snake again. Wu finds his students right outside the cabin door, angry at him for not punishing his young nephew. He then gives the answer to the same question he asked his students in the morning.
- Master Wu travels to a dark dimension and finds Lord Garmadon, who was revealed to have gotten two extra arms. After informing him of Lloyd releasing the Serpentine and his imprisonment at Pythor's hands, Garmadon agrees to return to Ninjago to rescue his son.
- After following the Falcon into Birchwood Forest, Zane finds out that he and the Falcon are robots. He then fights a robot that was meant to protect intruders from any harm. Prior to this event, Zane was in shock for a while. Zane discovered a memory switch in his robotic body which leads to him remembering his creator. He protects his friends from the Treehorns and discovers his True Potential after accepting the fact that he is a robot while fighting the strong Queen Treehorn. and Nya are at the Mega Monster Amusement Park but Jay becomes a snake after pricking his finger on a skeleton from a Fangpyre. Meanwhile, Pythor and the other Serpentine find the first Fangblade. They tie Nya to a rollercoaster and Nya reveals to Jay that she is Samurai X. After that, Jay discovers his True Potential by knowing he is the best version of himself. He then saved Nya in the nick of time by stopping the rollercoaster. After that, Jay tells the other 2 ninja that Nya is actually Samurai X.
- The ninja are searching for the second Fangblade and Cole says he has seen the Fangblade on the Blade Cup, a trophy which his father had won many times. The ninja go to Cole's father, Lou, and train to be dancers to get the Cup but the Serpentine sees it too. The ninja go to the Concert Hall of Ninjago City and win the Cup because of Cole doing the Triple Tiger Sashay, a move that was never been successfully been done by anyone, and because of their great performance. Cole was very sad after, because he was always up because his dad watches him dance. Lou comes and genuinely comforts his son by telling him that the Serpentine are evil and that he saw him dance. But Pythor steals the second Fangblade and crushes Cole and his father, leading Cole to discover his True Potential after realizing that he was born to be a ninja, not a dancer. Then, when Pythor knocked over the set of lights and cameras and stole the Blade Cup, he saved himself and his father from the set of lights and cameras.
- After all his hard training and rescuing Lloyd, Kai unlocks his True Potential in the Fire Temple upon realizing he wasn't destined to become the Green Ninja but to protect him: everyone soon realizes Lloyd is the Green Ninja and that he must face his father. Meanwhile, the Serpentine obtain the Fangpyre Fangblade from the lava and are just one away from releasing the Great Devourer.
- Shortly before Kai rescues Lloyd, Future Wu and the Time Twins are briefly transported into the temple before warping away again. ⎥]
- Future Wu and the Time Twins are briefly transported to the Ninjago Park before warping away again. ⎥]
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja
- The ninja fix up the city and train Lloyd to face Garmadon one day.
- Lord Garmadon uses the four Golden Weapons to recreate the Destiny's Bounty into the Black Bounty for his own transportation.
- Garmadon shows off his powers, getting the Serpentine to abandon their generals in favor of him. tries to kidnap Lloyd as revenge but fails and is arrested.
- Garmadon takes the Weapons to the Golden Peaks, and forges them into the Mega Weapon.
- Lord Garmadon accidentally uses his Mega Weapon to resurrect Captain Soto and his crew of pirates, but Soto takes advantage of his exhaustion and reassumes command of his ship, before attacking Ninjago City.
- The ninja meet Dareth and train at his dojo.
- Lloyd unlocks Earth and his own element, Energy, and helps the ninja fight Soto and his pirates.
- Lloyd learns Spinjitzu but is too young to use it on enemies.
- Soto wins but is defeated by Nya in her Samurai Mech.
- Soto and the pirates are captured, and Garmadon resumes command of the Black Bounty and escapes.
- Lord Garmadon uses the Mega Weapon to create evil versions of the ninja.
- The ninja and Lloyd are invited to Darkley's to celebrate their reforms, only for the students to reveal it as a trap and attempt to lure Lloyd back into the side of evil.
- The evil ninja track their counterparts to Darkley's, forcing the students and ninja to team up together to defeat them, and Lloyd unlocks his control over Lightning.
- Garmadon uses Darnagom Enterprises to threaten Dareth's dojo into ruin.
- The ninja join the Ninjaball Run to save Dareth's dojo. Skales escapes the prison and the ninja win the race, getting back their ship, and Skales rescues Garmadon from the police.
- Lord Garmadon uses the Mega Weapon to turn the ninja into children, and awakens the remains of an extinct Grundle. In the process of turning the ninja older (and killing the Grundal), Lloyd becomes a teenager. Rufus McAllister offers Lloyd the latest edition of Starfarer, but Lloyd refuses, saying that he already knew how the ending went.
- Garmadon doesn't want Lloyd to become the Green Ninja, so he calls on his Mega Weapon to change the past and enter a portal. The original 4 ninja and Wu follow, but Wu tells Lloyd that he is too valuable to risk. They all try to stop Garmadon from changing the future to his own desires, destroying the Mega Weapon and sending it to space in the process.
- , Cole, Jay, Nya, Zane, Garmadon, Wu, and the Serpentine remember the Mega Weapon, while Lloyd does not. Ζ]⏕]
- Future Wu and the Time Twins are briefly transported into the museum before warping away again. ⎥]
- Unbeknownst to the ninja, before Lloyd strikes the Instrument of Peace, Future Wu and the Time Twins are briefly transported near the entrance to the temple before warping away again. ⎥]
- turns Ninjago City into a futuristic metropolis with new technologies, becoming New Ninjago City. ⏖]
- The Overlord's spirit survives his battle with Lloyd and infiltrates Borg Industries' computers, transforming himself into a virus in the process. ⏖]
- The Emperor of Ninjago pardons Garmadon for the crimes he committed while evil. ⏗]
- Harumi abandons her fanaticism of Garmadon, viewing his current state as a shadow of his former self for giving up on his goals. ⏗]
Season 3: Rebooted
- The ninja and the others visit Borg Tower in the recently new and renovated city. takes the perfect match compatibility and finds out Cole is designated as her perfect match, thus straining the friendship between Cole and Jay. gives the ninja the Techno Blades and all of New Ninjago City's tech becomes hacked by the Digital Overlord.
- The Digital Overlord virus begins to take over New Ninjago City.
- The Overlord converts Cyrus into a cyborg, possesses him, and creates the Nindroids. develops feelings for Nya. is freed from the Overlord's control and becomes the ninjas' ally.
- The ninja destroy Ninjago's main power station, knocking out the power and deactivating most of the tech in Ninjago. P.I.X.A.L. is deactivated as a result, but Zane sacrifices half of his power source to save her.
- Cyrus is rescued in his tower, but Pythor rescues the Overlord's hard drive and moves it to his underground lair. becomes Techno Wu.
- With Ed and Edna's help, P.I.X.A.L. is reactivated However, Pythor and Techno Wu use Electro Cobrai to reactivate the Nindroids, though eventually, they escape.
- To investigate Pythor's white scale, the ninja find the Serpentine in the Stone Army Vault. Acidicus tells them about the Curse of the Golden Master, only for Nindroids to attack. attacks Garmadon and Lloyd at Hiroshi's Labryinth, revealing himself and leaving Garmadon to die in the Endless Sea.
- The Overlord begins draining Lloyd's Golden Power.
- The ninja go to the Digiverse and defeated the Digital Overlord, with Pythor and the Nindroids, along with a captured Cyrus Borg, escaping. The Mech Dragon crashes, but Lloyd escapes in time. Wu is freed from the Overlord's control.
- When the ninja are in the Digiverse, Future Wu and the Time Twins are briefly transported there before warping away again. ⎥]
- The ninja are divided, and Lloyd is the only ninja remaining after Zane's sacrifice, knowing that "Ninja never quit.".
- Cyrus Borg locks up the Golden Armor in a hidden location. hosts Slither Pit matches underneath Ninjago, which Kai regularly attends. becomes a gameshow host. becomes a lumberjack.
- All the future tech from the past season is removed and Ninjago City reverts back to its modern self after the events of the Digital Virus. rebuilds himself as the Titanium Ninja. He and P.I.X.A.L. are captured by Ronin and sold to Master Chen, ⏜] who steals Zane's ice powers with his staff and scraps P.I.X.A.L..
Season 4: Tournament of Elements
- The ninja meet at Chen's Noodle House, meet their new foes, and find out that Zane is still alive.
- The ninja join the tournament. meets Skylor and develops a crush for her. is eliminated from the tournament. , Gravis, and Ash are eliminated from the tournament. gets eliminated from the tournament, though his friendship with Jay is restored.
- Zane decides to place P.I.X.A.L.'s data chip into his own database.
- Zane is knocked unconscious by Clouse and Chen's assistants.
- Cole finds and frees Zane. is eliminated from the tournament. is eliminated from the tournament. is eliminated from the tournament.
- The ninja are able to ally themselves with the Elemental Masters.
- Kai finds out that Skylor is Chen's daughter, which strains their friendship.
- The remaining Elemental Masters, except Lloyd, are captured.
- Chen tries to ally with Kai, who leads Lloyd into a trap.
- Lloyd is captured and loses his power.
- The Elemental Masters escape and kill the Anacondrai serpent.
- The ninja re-unite and capture several of the Anacondrai warriors except for Chen, Clouse, Zugu, Eyezor, Kapau, and Chope the escaped villains having also captured Skylor.
- Skylor escapes but is recaptured alongside Kai so her powers can be used to power the spell. Clouse and Garmadon clash, and the former opens a portal to the Cursed Realm, only to be thrown inside.
- The spell activates and Skylor, Garmadon, Chen, and the Anacondrai warriors become Anacondrai. The warriors escape and flee the island, heading to Ninjago.
- The Elemental Masters overcome their fears and summon Elemental Dragons, arriving back at Ninjago.
- The spell's effects begin to wear off, and to render it permanent, Chen seeks out Pythor's essence likewise, hoping to find a weakness of the Anacondrai, the ninja confront a shrunken Pythor within Kryptarium prison.
- Kapau'rai and Chop'rai break in, allowing the rest of the warriors to come in and kidnap Pythor, who reveals the truth of Chen's involvement in the Serpentine Wars.
- Pythor's sweat is used to render the transformation permanent, and Chen declares the Second Serpentine War and takes over most of Ninjago.
- The ninja rally several allies and fight the warriors at the Corridor of Elders.
- Pythor brings the Book of Spells and Garmadon is sent to the Cursed Realm to free the Anacondrai Generals, defeating Chen and rest of the warriors, and restoring Skylor back into human form. However, Wu's former pupil, Morro, escapes.
Post-Second Serpentine War
- A memorial of Garmadon's face is built in the Corridor of Elders, which technically means he fulfilled his dream of creating the world in his own image.
- The Falcon is updated with a metallic exterior.
- Ronin loots Chen's Hall of Fame and sets up a pawn shop at the City of Stiix and later steals the Scroll of Airjitzu at the Library of Domu. is rebuilt into Steep Wisdom. ⏝]
Season 5: Possession
- An exhibit about the ninja is opened at the Ninjago Museum of History. attempts to retire from being a master and opens his own tea shop alongside Misako.
- Lloyd goes to the museum and Morro possesses him.
- Kai faces Morro to try and get to Lloyd. Kai hears Lloyd trying to fight Morro's possession. and Wu fight for the staff. Kai gets close to stopping Morro, but fails, and Morro gets the Staff of the First Spinjitzu Master, but not before Wu learns of the symbols engraved in its side.
- The ninja go to Stiix.
- The Ninja and Morro try to get the Scroll of Airjitzu from Ronin.
- Morro gets the Scroll and learns Airjitzu, and Ronin becomes an ally of the ninja.
- The ninja enter Master Yang's Temple looking for another scroll, and in the process, Cole doesn't escape in time and becomes a ghost.
- The ninja learn Airjitzu.
- The ninja enter the Cloud Kingdom, only to be ambushed by the Ghosts. gets the Sword of Sanctuary, only for Kai to steal it back.
- Ronin steals the Sword and brings it to Morro to free his cursed soul from Soul Archer's debt, only to be swindled.
- The Caves of Despair is destroyed due to a chain reaction.
- The ninja and Morro look for the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master.
- The ninja see their future, while Cole simply sees nothing.
- The ninja and Morro find the Tomb, and Morro gets the Realm Crystal.
- Morro opens the Cursed Realm to free The Preeminent.
- The Preeminent drags Lloyd into the Cursed Realm.
- Lloyd finds his father in the Cursed Realm, and with his encouragement escapes and fights with Morro over the Realm Crystal, traveling through multiple realms in the process.
- Nya unlocks her True Potential and defeats the Preeminent. This results in the deaths of the Anacondrai warriors, the Ghost Warriors, and Garmadon, though Clouse maganes to escape. ⏞] The Preeminent attempts to drag Morro to his death, and Morro and Wu reconcile their pasts before Morro hands him the Realm Crystal and dissipates in the Endless Sea.
- The ninja bring back Lloyd from the realm Morro left him in, with Lloyd ready to train to become a master.
- The Cursed Realm's destruction causes the collapse of its sister realm, Djinjago. ΐ]
Season 6: Skybound
- The ninja deal with their newfound fame and hide on a rooftop while attempting to escape news helicopters.
- Cliff Gordon dies. ⏟]
The following events occur in an alternate timeline, due to Jay's final wish erasing the timeline.