“You're an explorer. All you do is adventure!”
“No. All I did was adventure. Now all I'm gonna do is cash big checks for writing books about those adventures.”
Lloyd and Clutch in "Under Siege"

Professor Clutch Powers, also known as Doctor Powers, is a famous adventurer and member of the Explorers Club. He most likely is the one who created the Blade Cup after finding and retrieving a Fangblade from the pyramid. He helped the ninja enter the pyramid and accidentally release Aspheera. He was blasted away by the hands of Aspheera and survived despite several injuries, including a broken leg.

Not long after that, Clutch became part of Misako's team to explore the Island of the Keepers where they were captured by the Keepers of the Storm Amulet, which he stole.

Eventually, Clutch revealed the amulet to the other members of the Explorer's Club, where he proceeds to show them a false slideshow of his expedition. When Wu and the others arrive to reclaim the artifact, Clutch poorly tries to claim his innocence before Kalmaar arrives. Clutch again acts out of cowardice for his selfish behavior and gives the amulet to Wu before running off. The other members of the club then revoke him from the title of Explorer of the year.

History

Background

Clutch was a member of the Explorers Club and collecting priceless artifacts on his adventures, including an Amulet of Protection and a Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu.[1] He dreamed about winning the Explorer of the year reward every single day of his adult life.[2]

Clutch wrote a few books about his adventures, such as Boobytraps and How to Survive Them[3] and Famous Places That I Will Find Before Anyone Else, the latter of which mentioned the Heart of the Mountain in Shintaro.[4]

Clutch had a competitor named Hageman, who he held in high regard.[3] At one point, Clutch went to a pyramid and found one of the four Fangblades, which he turned into the Blade Cup.[5] Eventually, Clutch stopped exploring for ten years.[3]

Questing for Quests

He discovered the pyramid in the Desert of Doom and was interviewed by Gayle Gossip who asked him about what was in the pyramid and he replied stating that he is not going inside because there are booby traps only a ninja could survive.

Boobytraps and How to Survive Them

The ninja came to him and asked him to help them enter the pyramid and he refused. At that moment, his assistant, Dwayne, alerted him to a call from Cecil Putnam, saying that his membership had expired because he had not explored in over ten years. Clutch then decided to help the ninja enter the pyramid, he helped the ninja get past a simple suspension bridge. He then told the ninja not to touch a cobweb because it was a trick wire, However, Jay kicked it, causing Clutch and the ninja to fall down a ramp into a room full of spikes. Kai used his fire to destroy several spikes allowing them all to survive before coming across the skeleton of one of Powers' competitors who never came across the chapter of spikes in his book. Cole then used his super strength to let them get through a closing door and into the tomb of Aspheera. They found a wall with a puzzle of the Snake Sorceress and Jay and Nya finished the puzzle releasing her. While the ninja fought Aspheera, Clutch Powers escaped and went outside the Pyramid where he was confronted by Aspheera, he taunted her with the Ancient Amulet of Protection. The Snake Sorceress used magic to cause the Pyramid to erupt. Clutch then jumped off the ledge of the pyramid and slid down the side. He was then launched toward Ninjago City on a rock.

The News Never Sleeps!

Clutch landed in Ninjago City and was found by Nelson and Antonia who asked him what happened and he weakly told them that the ninja were in trouble. He was injured in the accident and was carried off in an ambulance. Knowing this Lil' Nelson and Antonia went to the Monastery of Spinjitzu and warned Wu.

Under Siege

At the hospital, it is shown that Clutch has a concussion and a broken leg before asking a nurse to raise his bed. Later, while writing a memoir, Lloyd, Nya, and Zane visit him, requesting his help on finding the second Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, but after telling them that it was with the Explorers Club, he refuses to help them further, going as far as claiming he was feeling lightheaded, causing the nurse and some orderlies to kick the three ninja out, clicking his tongue at the angered Lloyd.

Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?

While walking on the streets in Ninjago City, Clutch Powers discovers the Teapot of Tyrahn. As he walks off-screen, he rubs the teapot. A flash of light is seen, but it is unknown what followed.

Game Over

Clutch Powers is seen watching Jay in his Blue Dragon.

Prior to The Island

Shortly after the return of the ninja and Wu from Shintaro, Misako decided to go and confirm her theory about the Island of the Keepers and navigate the Storm Belt, so she traveled to the Storm Belt with Wu and Clutch Powers with his interns. However, when they went to the island, they were hit by storms and were wrecked on the island. Later, they set up a tent and made a large HELP sign out of stones in case someone went after them. Shortly afterwards, they went to the jungle to explore the island.

Uncharted

Clutch, Misako, Wu, Dwayne and two of his interns move along the jungle before he reprimands his interns for nearly damaging his tanning bed, since it costed him a lot of money he made from selling books, much to the annoyance of Wu and Misako. Later, he complains about having chopped vines all day and gives Dwayne his machete before continuing onward, until they come across a Stone Golem, which scared off his interns, and his tanning bed. When it comes to life, they all attempt to escape, but the golem soon surrounds them.

The Gift of Jay

When the ninja are sent to a cell, they meet up with Wu, Misako, Clutch Powers, and the interns. After Lloyd freed the group, Clutch Powers and Dwayne attempted to steal the Storm Amulet, but are caught and later tied to a wooden pole.

The Tooth of Wojira

Dwayne cuts Clutch free before he uses the Ninja's diversion to steal the amulet and attempted to take one of the Ninja catamarans, only to be caught and electrocuted by Nya, and tries to feign innocence, claiming he didn't know the amulet was in his bag.

Prior to Seabound

Although Nya stopped him in a robbery, he managed to steal the Storm Amulet and replace it with a fake. Clutch then proceeded to take it to the Explorers Club, where he was accepted back as a member.

Riddle of the Sphinx

He is shown at the Explorers Club lying about his deeds during his quest to find the fabled Storm Amulet and is nominated for explorer of the year. He was confronted by Cole, Kai, Wu, Misako, and Ray who demanded that Clutch gives them back the Storm Amulet. Clutch once again tries to feign innocence when Kalmaar barged into the explorers club and demanded the artifact. Clutch immediately hands Wu the Storm Amulet and runs away terror. His peers decide to revoke his nomination due to his cowardly behavior.

Papergirl

The Turn of the Tide

Clutch was present at Nya's memorial.

Sweatin' to the Goldies

Personality

While in earlier seasons it is implied that he was a hard working explorer, Clutch now acts differently from the man he used to be. He is shown to be lazy, as he didn't want to explore the pyramid in the Desert of Doom until he realized that his Explorer's membership would expire. Clutch is also very self-centered and occasionally abusive, like when he made one of his interns act as a seat. His narcissism can be seen in "Riddle of the Sphinx", where he claims that he led an expedition to the Island of the Keepers, saved the ninja and fought off a serpent. As seen with his drawings, he also made it so that Mammatus gave him his crown and the ninja would bow down to him, which also shows a rather childish side to him.

Clutch can be unreasonable at times and even cowardly and selfish. When Aspheera attacked the ninja, Clutch escaped, claiming he was going to get help. His selfishness is shown in "Under Siege" when Lloyd, Nya and Zane came for his help to retrieve the other Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu at the Explorer's Club, Clutch refused to get out of bed since his leg was broken, although he claimed that he wouldn't go with them anyway, showing that he was fine with the destruction of New Ninjago City. His cowardice is further shown when Kalmaar attacked the Explorer's Club and demanded the Storm Amulet, which Clutch handed over to Wu without a second of thought and ran away screaming as the Ninja and the other members of the club fought off Kalmaar's minions.

He can also be incredibly ignorant and impulsive, as he continuously attempted to steal the Storm Amulet all for the stake of his status as an explorer, even though the results would end in disaster for him and his "allies".

Despite his many flaws as an explorer and overall as a person, Clutch does seem to contain vast knowledge about exploring and is surprisingly cautious at times. Most notably when he was exploring the pyramid with the ninja, he knew if there were traps in the area and told the ninja to stay aware. He was also considerate enough to attend Nya's memorial, appearing sad at her disappearance.

Appearances

Sets

Ninjago

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Season 12: Prime Empire

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

The Island

Season 14: Seabound

Ninjago: Reimagined

Behind the scenes

  • He was an adventurer in LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers. His appearance in the series is a reference to that movie, although it is not canon to Ninjago. This Clutch is a different take on the character.[6]
    • The Czech version of Season 11 is the only one where Clutch is voiced by the same voice actor as in the movie.
  • Cecil Putnam's comments in "Boobytraps and How to Survive Them" that Clutch has "not explored in over 10 years" is a nod to his film, which was released in 2010. However, the statement is not technically true in terms of real-life dates, as only nine years had passed between the film's release and the television premiere of this episode.
  • His name is a pun on "clutch power", the force that keeps LEGO bricks together.
  • Despite predating Ninjago, 40342 LEGO NINJAGO 2019 Minifigure Set is the first time that Clutch has ever appeared as a Minifigure, and so far he has only appeared in Ninjago sets.
  • He is the second Ninjago minifigure to have the utility belt piece (originating from Batman from The LEGO Batman Movie), the first being Skylor from the Hunted set 70651 Throne Room Showdown.
    • However, his belt piece is recolored and printed on in the series, unlike Skylor, whose belt was a separate piece in the series.
  • Like Misako before the fifth season, Clutch's LEGO minifigure lacks the pocket prints on his trousers in comparison to his appearance in the show.
  • While Clutch's hair and torso are near identical to his 2010 counterpart in the movie LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers, his legs are now dark tan, while in the film they were blue.
    • Clutch's current appearance also has facial hair, having some stubble and sideburns.
  • Clutch is similar to Johnny Thunder from LEGO's Adventurers theme, in that they are both classic LEGO adventurer characters who have later been released in other LEGO themes with more modern, updated designs.
  • His hairpiece is Lloyd's and Garmadon's old hair piece, just with different coloring.
  • When asked why Clutch was brought into the series and given the personality he was, Tommy Andreasen stated, "He’s been part of Ninjago since episode 9. And entertainent. Sometimes that’s all the reason you need."[7]

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Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Season 12: Prime Empire

The Island

Season 14: Seabound

Ninjago: Reimagined

References

Characters

Ninja

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

Skulkin

Generals: Samukai · Kruncha · Nuckal · Wyplash
Warriors: Frakjaw · Chopov · Krazi · Bonezai
Other: Skeleton figurehead

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · Anacondrai generals (Arcturus)
Hypnobrai: Skales · Slithraa · Mezmo · Rattla · Selma · Skales Jr.
Fangpyre: Fangtom · Fangdam · Fang-Suei · Snappa
Constrictai: Skalidor · Bytar · Chokun · Snike
Venomari: Acidicus · Lizaru · Spitta · Lasha · Zoltar · Snake villain
Mini-snakes: Golden Vipers · Sly Vipers · Red Vipers · Hypno Vipers · Toxic Vipers · Translucent Blue Viper · Translucent Purple Vipers · Translucent Orange Viper
Other: Great Devourer · Anacondrai serpent

NGTV News

Dan Vaapit · Fred Finely · Gayle Gossip · Vinny Folson

Pirates

Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

Evil ninja

Bizarro Cole · Bizarro Jay · Bizarro Kai · Bizarro Zane

Wu's Academy students

Brad Tudabone · Finn · Gene · Marla · Sally · Tommy

Stone Army

Creator: The Overlord
Leader: General Kozu
Giant Stone Warrior · Stone Warriors · Stone Swordsmen · Stone Scouts

Nindroids

Leader: General Cryptor
Nindroid Warriors · Nindroid Drones · Min-Droid

Anacondrai warriors

Leader: Master Chen
Clouse · Zugu · Eyezor · Kapau · Chope · Sleven · Krait
Former Members: Skylor

Elemental Masters

Current Elemental Masters: Ash · Bolobo · Chamille · Gravis · Griffin Turner · Jacob Pevsner · Karlof · Neuro · Mr. Pale · Shade · Skylor · Tox
Previous Elemental Masters: Cole's grandfather · Griffin Turner's grandparent · Jay's mother · Lilly · Master of Gravity · Master of Ice · Unknown Elemental Master · Master of Shadow · Master of Sound · Maya · Ray · Skylor's mother

Ghost Warriors

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

Yang's students

Leader: Master Yang
Chris · Martin · "Chuck"

Sky Pirates

Leader: Nadakhan
Flintlocke · Delara · Dogshank · Doubloon · Monkey Wretch · Clancee · Bucko · Cyren · Skeleton figurehead
Former Members: Sqiffy

Ninjago City Police

Police Commissioner · Tommy · Simon · Noonan · O'Doyle · Jimmy · Police Officer · Night Watchman

Djinns

Khanjikhan · Nadakhan · Nadakhan's mother

Shadow Army

Leader: Clouse

Vermillion

Leaders: Acronix · Krux
Supreme Commander Machia · Commander Raggmunk · Commander Blunck · Slackjaw · Rivett · Tannin · Vermin · Buffmillion

Sons of Garmadon

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

Royal Family

Emperor of Ninjago · Empress of Ninjago · Princess Harumi · Hutchins · Royal Guards

Dragon Hunters

Leader: Heavy Metal
Jet Jack · Daddy No Legs · Muzzle · Chew Toy · Arkade · Skullbreaker · Stalwart Dangerbuff · Otto Pilot · Talon · Nitro · "Rocky Dangerbuff" · "Dangerbuff Junior"
Former Members: Iron Baron

Oni

Mystake · The Omega

Pyro Vipers

Leader: Aspheera
Char · Pyro Destroyers · Pyro Slayers · Pyro Whippers
Former Members: Mambo V · Mambo's advisor

Ninjago City Council

Andrea Thomson · May Robsen

Blizzard Samurai

Leader: Ice Emperor
General Vex
Blizzard Warriors: Grimfax
Blizzard Sword Masters · Blizzard Archers

Explorers Club

Leader: Cecil Putnam
Clutch Powers · Percy Shippelton · Security guards · Smythe · Underhill

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Nelson · Antonia · Leroy

Formlings

Formling Leader · Akita · Kataru · Vex

Ice Fishers

Leader: Sorla
Uthaug · Boma

Avatars/NPCs

Creator: Milton Dyer
Ballistic Missiles: Anthony Brutinelli
Chrome Domes: Hyper-Sonic
Admin Droid · Adventure-Ready Woman · Avatar Pink Zane · Okino · Racer Seven · Scott · Shifty · Successful Samurai
League of Jay: Beta Jay 137 · Dee-Jay 81 · Jaybird 64 · Jaywalkin 238

Unagami's army

Leader: Unagami
Red Visors: Red 27 · Red 29
Avatar Harumi · Sushimi · Hostess · Sushimi's sushi chefs
Allies:The Mechanic · Henchmen · Ultra Violet · Captain Soto · Richie · Ritchie

Whack Rats

Leader: Atta the Ratta
Richie · Ritchie

Re-Awakened

Leader: Skull Sorcerer
Skull of Hazza D'ur

Sky Folk

Vangelis · Queen Vania · Engelbert
Army of Shintaro: Hailmar

Munce

Queen Murtessa · Murt · Moe · Munce Sentries

Geckles

Chancellor Gulch · Gleck · Gliff · Groko · Garpo · Ginkle · Mr. Wise

Upply

Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

Keepers

Chief Mammatus · PoulErik · Rumble Keepers · Thunder Keepers

Merlopians

King Trimaar · King Kalmaar · Glutinous · Nyad
Maaray Guards: Gripe

Other classifications

Ghosts · Humans · Nindroids (ninja faction)

Other groups/sub-groups

Elemental Alliance · Fast Chickens · Kryptarium inmates · Ninja Replacements · The Resistance · The Resistance (Never-Realm) · The Royal Blacksmiths · Sons of the First Spinjitzu Master · Spin Harmony · Stranded ninja · Time Twins · Treble Makers

Families

Cole's family · Jay's family · Kai and Nya's family · Lloyd's family · Skylor's family · Zane's family

Non-canon

Barracudox · Bob Rattlebottom · Cardinsto · Carridi · Cece · Christina · Chuck · Claire · Diaman · Eileen · Flerry McFloyster · Gahrann the Dreamer · Genn · Golden Ninja · Green Screen Gary · Hai · Hibiki · Ivy Walker · Jeremiah Bobblestein · Jesper · Kaito · Kirchonn the Invincible · Lar · Larry · Lloyd Garmadon (The LEGO Movie) · Mask of Malice · Mei · Moe · Neido · Phantom Ninja · Quartet of Villains · Rachel Sparrow · Robot Manager · Mr. Righty Tighty · Samurai warrior · Six-Armed Warriors · Snake villain · Spinjago Citizen · Suzie Wheeler · Time Ninja · Tito · Zoltar
Ninjago Magazine: Buffer · Nitro · Sawyer · Scooter · Talon · Master Whoosh · Mr. Wise

Creatures

Adam · Colossus · Craglings · Elemental Cobras · Fire Fang · Fluffy · Geotomic Rock Monsters · Guide Parrot · Ice Behemoth · Ice bird · Ice Serpent · The Leviathan · Monster sushi · Mud monsters · Nimbus · Pebbles · Rodrigo · Ross · Sir Chomps-A-Lot · Snickers · Stone Hawk · Treehorn queen · Wojira · Wu's chicken · Wu's dog · Yeti (Krag) · Zane's Mino
Dragons: Blue Dragon · Boreal · Chompy · Dragon keeper · Empire Dragon · Fire Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Flame · Firstbourne · Ghost Dragons · Grief-Bringer · Ice Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Pet dragon · Rocky · Shard · Slab · Stormbringer · Stormbringer's baby · Ultra Dragon · Wind Dragon · Wisp · YinYang Dragon (Light Dragon · Shadow Dragon)

Other

Announcer · Auto · Bank Boss · Barry · Beavers · Benny · Benthomaar · Dr. Berkman · Bob the Intern · Cathy · Circus Clown · Cliff Gordon · Construction workers · Cook · Cragger · Dr. Julien · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · The Fold · Fugi-Dove · Fugi-Dove's brother · Grimfax's advisor · Grumbmiller · Hageman · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's father · Harumi's mother · Jake · Jamanakai villagers · Jay Vincent · Johnny · Juggernaut · Korgran's father · Laval · Lou · Lumberjacks · Magician · Mascots · Michael Kramer · Milton Dyer's father · Miss Demeanor · Monks · Motorcycle Mechanic · Mrs. Dyer · Museum Curator · News Reporter · Nindroid Sentries · Ninjago City's mayor · Ninjago soldiers · Nobu · Patty Keys · Postman · Prison guards · Reflectra · Repo Man · Restaurant Owner · Rice farmers · Robo Usher 3000 · Roise · Rufus McCallister · Santa Claus · Security guards (Borg Industries) · Security guards (Ninjago City) Seliel · Seliel's father · Sentry General · Ship Captain · Skeleton · Stone Guardians · Sybex Tribe · Tai-D · Tour Guide · Twitchy Tim · Vlad Tutu · Warden Noble · Dr. Yost

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