|“Hear me, citizens of Ninjago! Among you somewhere lurks the Treacherous Deceiver, the traitor! The one who imprisoned me for thousands of years, and during all that time, one single thought sustained me: Revenge. . . revenge! And I will have it, I swear it! I will find you! I will find you or watch all Ninjago burn! Burn!”|
|— Aspheera, to the citizens of Ninjago on NGTV News in "Snaketastrophy"|
Aspheera is the leader of the Pyro Vipers and a Serpentine sorceress. In her youth, she forged a friendship with a young Wu in a bid to learn Spinjitzu and secretly overthrow Mambo V. After Wu used Forbidden Spinjitzu to defeat her, Aspheera was imprisoned in the pyramid for a millennium, after which she was accidentally freed by the ninja. She promptly stole Kai's element of fire, allowing her to reignite her forces.
Immediately, Aspheera swore revenge on Wu and sieged Ninjago City with a legion of Pyro Vipers and Elemental Cobras. Eventually, her rampage reached the Hangar Bay, where she attacked Wu and the ninja. Using the second Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, the ninja were able to incapacitate Aspheera - but not before she banished Zane to the Never-Realm. Aspheera is currently incarcerated in Kryptarium Prison.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Early life
- 1.2 Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu
- 1.3 Psychological impact on the ninja
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Appearance
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
Thousands of years ago, Aspheera encountered the young Wu and Garmadon after they trespassed into the Serpentine's territory and were imprisoned. Aspheera told them of how she was training to be a sorceress, and she offered to free the brothers in exchange for them helping her in the future, to which they agreed. Aspheera freed them and told them to keep their promise in due time.
While Garmadon did not keep his promise, Wu returned to uphold his end of the deal, and she and Wu became friends. He taught her Spinjitzu, though he made her promise not to use it for evil.
However, Aspheera ignored this promise, and using her Spinjitzu and sorcery to usurp the previous Serpentine ruler, Mambo V. Aspheera used her sorcery and knowledge of Spinjitzu to invade Ninjago, which she intended to take over. She was confronted by Wu and his brother. They fought, Wu using the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu to have an edge against her and his brother similarly using it to defeat her minions. Aspheera was angered that Wu had betrayed her by not showing her this art and by standing against her. Aspheera was subsequently imprisoned after Mambo took back power.
Wu visited her in her cell, where he tells her that she is to be imprisoned in the pyramid. She pleaded to Wu to free her as she had him and his brother. Her pleas fell on deaf ears and she swore revenge on the "Deceiver." At some point, her punishment was carried out and she was left to rot in the long-abandoned pyramid.
At some point after this, Aspheera had been commemorated on a stone tablet outside of the pyramid.
Wasted True Potential (dream)
The Belly of the Beast (dream)
In the second vision, Aspheera was fighting Zane in a cave beneath the Monastery of Spinjitzu.
When the ninja solved the puzzle, Aspheera is released from the tomb and begins fighting the ninja, exclaiming that she wants revenge on the person who trapped her there. At first, she appears de-powered and has blue skin. She then begins to extract power from Kai, and she powers up, becoming golden. She also uses Spinjitzu to combat the ninja. After powering up, Aspheera quickly chains the ninja. She then causes the pyramid to erupt and climbs onto Fire Fang's throne.
Aspheera arrives in Ninjago City and begins to communicate with the other Pyro Vipers. She notices a sign advertising an exhibit for the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu at the Ninjago Museum of History. She declares that she will use it to exact revenge on the "traitor" who locked her away. She soon notices Gayle Gossip and Vinny nearby and interrogates them on the location of the museum. Gayle refuses to tell her, instead of telling her that the ninja will stop her. However, Aspheera tells her that they are trapped in the pyramid and demands the location of the museum. Gayle refuses, as Aspheera became angry but Vinny promptly tells her its three blocks ahead.
Aspheera has them captured and their cameras continue broadcasting her actions.
Now that Aspheera has Gayle and Vinny hostage she makes them take her to the Ninjago Museum of History to find the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. When they arrive Aspheera doesn't see the Scroll and starts to destroy artifacts. She then revives Char, who then leads her to the Scroll. When they arrive at the room with the scroll, Aspheera is angrily surprised to see that the ninja have escaped the erupting pyramid. The rest of the ninja (except Kai) fight off the Pyro Vipers as Aspheera and Lloyd fight for the Scroll. In the end, Aspheera manages to get the Scroll and then traps the ninja under rubble as she tells three Elemental Cobras to finish them.
Aspheera leaves the Museum mounted on Fire Fang, unknowing that the ninja have successfully survived the battle. She tells Fire Fang to lead her to the Treacherous Deceiver upon which it heads to the monastery. Nya distracts Aspheera long enough for Lloyd to try to get the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. They then fight but she successfully defeats Lloyd continuing on her way to the Monastery.
Aspheera was on top of Fire Fang, spewing fireballs and Elemental Cobras approaching the monastery. After reaching the Monastery, Aspheera told the Fire Fang to destroy the temple's doors. P.I.X.A.L. then activated Water guns and rubber Shurikens to stop the Elemental Cobras from burning down the doors. Aspheera uses her staff to get rid of defense weapons. When Fire Fang destroys the doors, the ninja are forced to retreat to the Hangar Bay. Once the Pyro Vipers go inside, Aspheera tells them to find Wu. Having no luck in finding him, Char complains that they can't find him and suggests that they should give up. Aspheera ejected fire at Char but misses, hitting the dartboard that opens to the Underground Base instead. Once Aspheera saw the elevator, Char presses the button and they both wait for the elevator to open, but it couldn't due to Aspheera accidentally eradicating the button.
After getting inside the elevator of the Monastery, Aspheera and the Pyro Vipers try to break down the doors by slamming Elemental Cobras into it. While they were trying to break down the doors, she uses her magic to lift Char up and slam him to the door.
Alerted by Jay's sneeze, she finds Wu and the ninja hiding under the vents. She remarks on how she dreamed of this moment before P.I.X.A.L. knocks her away in the Titan Mech. She overcame P.I.X.A.L. and held the ninja and Wu hostage. Aspheera gloated on her imminent success before the other ninja arrives with the other Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu.
Aspheera was shocked that they found the other scroll and duels the empowered Lloyd before knocking the scroll away from him. Every time a ninja was defeated, another ninja grabs the Scroll and fights her. She overpowered them each until Zane dueled her and froze her. Not one to be denied vengeance, Aspheera took her free arm with her staff to aim one last shot at Wu. Zane intercepts it and is seemingly destroyed.
After the battle, Aspheera was arrested and held in cell one at Kryptarium Prison, drained of her stolen powers. She is visited by Wu, remarking on how he visited her like last time. An infuriated Wu criticized her, as her vendetta cost him one of his pupils and asks if she is satisfied with her deed. The confused Aspheera reveals that she never wanted to destroy Wu but trap him as he did her. Aspheera states Zane was not destroyed but banished to the Never-Realm, a place that Wu would never be able to save him from. The old master is horrified to learn this and runs out as she taunts him while laughing.
Psychological impact on the ninja
After her imprisonment, Aspheera appeared in P.I.X.A.L.'s nightmare about mistakenly banishing Zane to the Never-Realm. The sorceress' theft of Kai's power remained a weight on the former Fire Ninja until he was able to regain his powers with the help of Sorla.
Seeing Zane as the Ice Emperor, Lloyd brought up the time when Aspheera blasted him, and while Zane didn't recall this due to his loss of memory, it made Lloyd realize Zane's scepter had corrupted him. Later, Zane remembered Aspheera blasting him when he regained his memory.
The memory of Aspheera's conflict with the ninja contributed to Wu's feeling that he was no longer needed by the team, as he had not accompanied them on their last few adventures.
Originally, in her youth, Aspheera is charming yet very manipulative, cunning, and arrogant. She is also power-hungry as she overthrew Mambo V for the sake of creating her empire and conquering lands.
Having spent millennia imprisoned, Aspheera desires revenge on Wu for trapping her and sought to make him pay.
She is hot-headed and very impatient. As shown when she knocks the artifacts down while looking for the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu and when she snaps at Char for asking her on who the "Treacherous Deceiver" is.
Unlike most villains, she didn't seek to rule Ninjago, as she did before when she disregarded conquering what she thought were weak.
After her defeat, she was composed at meeting Wu again and only remarked on the circumstances. She showed herself willing to settle for defeat since she was aware that her actions distressed Wu at not getting Zane back from the Never-Realm, where she intended to trap Wu.
- Main article: Aspheera's relationships
Aspheera is a female Serpentine who has red eyes with orange irises and looks sort of like an Indian cobra similar to King Mambo. Her body is covered in dark teal scales and she once had a regal gold and black marking of a bee on her forehead. Her bottom half is a tail while she has arms and hands. She wears a unique tan and gold robe with golden shoulder armor that is shaped like an Indian Cobra head on each shoulder. After consuming Kai's Elemental powers, she now has yellow eyes with red irises, golden scales, flaming neck scales, and a fiery golden tail.
- According to the Concept Art, she is probably Hypnobrai.
- Aspheera is the fifth villain that knows how to do Spinjitzu: the first being Garmadon, the second being the Overlord, the third being Wu, and the fourth being Doubloon.
- Aspheera is the first Serpentine who has been seen using Spinjitzu.
- This is due to Wu teaching her when they were young as a promise to release him.
- Aspheera is the fourth known female Serpentine, the first three being Selma, Rivett, and Machia.
- She is the only known female Serpentine who has a tail (Machia is shown having one only in the LEGO sets).
- According to a Ninjago magazine, she is an old friend of Master Wu.
- This is proven to be true in "Never Trust a Human," where Wu agreed to befriend Aspheera in return for freedom.
- She is the third main female villain after the Preeminent and Harumi.
- Her name may come from the Latin root Aspis, which means "viper".
- It also means "shield", possibly hinting at her soldiers' equipment.
- She is the third villain to make Kai powerless, the first was Chen, and the second was Morro.
- She is the second Serpentine main antagonist, the first being Pythor.
- The only reason she succeeded Mambo V as leader of the Pyro Vipers is due to her using Kai's stolen powers to resurrect the Pyro Vipers and use them to attack Ninjago City and find "the Treacherous Deceiver".
- Her name during development was "Venom Le Drip."
- She is the third villain introduced to have a vendetta against both Wu and his brother, the first were the Time Twins. However, chronologically, she is the first, as she swore revenge 1000 years prior to Season 11, while the Time Twins swore revenge 40 years prior to Season 7.
- She is one of the twelve Serpentine whose name is mentioned in the show. The others being, Skales, Pythor, Skales Jr., Arcturus, Clancee, Blunck, Raggmunk, Machia, Char, Acidicus, and Mambo V.
- She is the third main antagonist to announce the title card at the beginning of an episode, with her announcing "Vengeance is Mine!."
- She is the first villain with no intention of killing Wu or the ninja. She just wanted her revenge on Wu by attempting to trap him in the Never-Realm, but instead banished Zane by accident. This was also shown after the ninja accidentally released her and she drained Kai’s power she spared them, albeit her claim that it was because Kai "shared" the gift of Fire with her (she temporarily stole all of his power for several episodes). She also knew that the pyramid that she left them imprisoned in was about to be destroyed by her lava spell.
- It is unknown why she was wearing shoulder armor and with yellow glowing eyes while trapped in the pyramid, as she had neither traits before she was imprisoned.
- She is also the only female main antagonist to still be alive.
- Pauline Newstone, her voice actress, already voiced a golden-colored talking snake before—Heka, Scarab's staff and familiar, in the 1997 cartoon Mummies Alive!
- She and Vex are responsible for Zane becoming the Ice Emperor and wreaking havoc upon the Never-Realm, with her banishing Zane to the Never-Realm and Vex erasing his memories.
- However, she had no intention of this as she meant to strike Wu with her staff but Zane took the hit for him, leaving him banished to the Never-Realm and later be found by Vex.
- She is the second main villain that doesn't physically appear in a season finale, the first is Iron Baron.
- She also doesn't make a physical appearance in "A Cold Goodbye," which is the final episode of the Fire Chapter.
- Aspheera shares similarities with Morro. Both were in close relations with Master Wu and somehow "betrayed" by him, which resulted in them being high ranked leaders of their teams.
- The only difference between them is that Morro redeemed himself. Aspheera still maintains her evil ways, as shown when she taunts Wu when revealing Zane was sent to the Never-Realm.
- Her eyes and those of the Stone Golems are the same type.
- Main article: Aspheera/Gallery