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“All I did was adventure. Now all I'm gonna do is cash big checks for writing books about those adventures!”
— Clutch, "Under Siege"

Professor Clutch Powers, also known as Dr. Powers, is a famous adventurer and member of the Explorer's Club. He supposedly created the Blade Cup after finding and retrieving a Fangblade from a pyramid in the Sea of Sand. He helped the ninja enter the pyramid in the Desert of Doom 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 Explorer's Club and collecting priceless artifacts on his adventures, including one of the Scrolls 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 Mountain.[4]

Clutch had a competitor named Hageman, who he held in high regard.[3] At one point, Clutch supposedly went to a pyramid, found one of the four Fangblades, and turned it into the Blade Cup.[5] Clutch later on obtained an Amulet of Protection and was told from someone that it could protect him from danger, even though Clutch wasn't sure to believe him or not.[3] Eventually, Clutch stopped exploring for ten years.[3]

Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

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 intern, 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 an ancient Minkan 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 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.

Prime Empire

Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?

While walking on the streets in Ninjago City, Clutch Powers discovers the Teapot of Tyrahn.

Game Over

Clutch Powers watched Jay while he was on the Blue Dragon.

The Island

Shortly after the return of the ninja and Wu from Shintaro Mountain, 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's 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.

Seabound

Riddle of the Sphinx

At the Explorer's Club, Clutch Powers lied about his deeds during his quest to find the fabled Storm Amulet and was nominated for Explorer of the Year. He was soon confronted by Cole, Kai, Wu, Misako, and Ray who demanded Clutch to 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 handed Wu the Storm Amulet and runs away terror. His peers decided to revoke his nomination due to his cowardly behavior.

Papergirl

Clutch was running away from the Explorer's Club right before Kalmaar and the Maaray Guards left with the Storm Amulet.

The Turn of the Tide

Clutch was present at Nya's memorial.

Sweatin' to the Goldies

Clutch attended to the premiere of his movie, Clutch Powers: A Musical Life. While being interviewed by Gayle Gossip, he uses the Teapot of Tyrahn to wish for everyone in Ninjago City to see his movie.

Crystalized

Public Enemies 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5!

Clutch was running across the street ending at Ninjago City Hall with the Teapot of Tyrahn.

The Council of the Crystal King

Clutch was with the Teapot of Tyrahn, running out of the way from the Noodle Truck of Crime.

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 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 and the Maaray Guards.

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.

Bibliography

Relationships

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Sets

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Season 12: Prime Empire

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

The Island

Season 14: Seabound

Ninjago: Reimagined

Season 15: Crystalized

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]
  • Bragi Schut stated he loves Clutch Powers and that "he’s a very fun character to write."[8]

Trivia

  • He was mentioned by Cole in the episode "The Royal Blacksmiths," which aired seven years before his first physical appearance in "Questing for Quests."
  • It's possible he was the one to bring the Giant Stone Warrior back up from the bottomless pit between "The Stone Army" and "The Greatest Fear of All."[9]
  • He wears an eye patch despite not needing it, and he often switches it from left to right.
  • Vania appears to be a fan of Clutch Powers, as she mentioned his books in "The Real Fall" and "Masters Never Quit."
    • She often quotes some of the lines from his books.[11]
  • In "Sweatin' to the Goldies," Clutch wears a slightly altered version of the white tuxedo design of Indiana Jones from the LEGO theme of the same name.
    • This is the second time a version of Clutch Powers has used a torso from Indiana Jones, as Clutch in his original movie used the main brown jacket design of the character.
  • In the Polish dub, Clutch Powers is named Max Powers, a play on the phrase "max power".

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Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Season 12: Prime Empire

The Island

Season 14: Seabound

Ninjago: Reimagined

Season 15: Crystalized

References

Characters

Ninja

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

Skulkin

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

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · Anacondrai generals (Arcturus) · Pythor's mother
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
Vipers: 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 · News Reporter · Vinny Folson
Former members: Benny

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

Nindroid Army

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

Anacondrai Cultists

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: Master of Amber · 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
General: Morro
Ghost Masters: Soul Archer · Bansha · Ghoultar · Wrayth
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Ming · Spyder · Howla · Yokai · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Karenn · 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
Other: Skeleton figurehead
Former members: Sqiffy

Ninjago City Police

Leader: Police Commissioner
Butchie · Coast Guard · Hounddog McBrag · Jimmy · Joe · Night Watchman · Noonan · O'Doyle · Police Officer · Prison guards · Simon · Tommy

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
Other: 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"
Other: Colossus

Royal Family of Ninjago

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

Dragon Hunters

Leader: Faith
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

Leader: Ulysses Trustable
Dwayne · Andrea Thomson · May Robsen
Former members: Ninjago City's former mayor

Blizzard Samurai

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

Explorer's Club

Leader: Cecil Putnam
Clutch Powers · Percy Shippelton · Security guards · Smythe · Underhill
Former members: Dwayne · Misako

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Antonia · Jonesy · Leroy · Nelson · Spokes · Ten-Speed
Former members: Knuckles

Formlings

Leader: 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 · Gamer Geek · Newbie Gamer · 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
Hazza D'ur

Sky Folk

Leaders: King Vangelis (formerly) · Queen Vania
Engelbert
Army of Shintaro: Hailmar

Munce

Leader: Queen Murtessa
Manko · Meeha · Mid · Moe · Mood · Mudd · Murt · Murt Snr · Munce Sentries

Geckles

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

Upply

Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

Keepers

Leader: Chief Mammatus
PoulErik · Rumble Keepers · Thunder Keepers

Mary Louise's crew

Leader: Captain
Collins · Kwon · Mariano

Merlopians

Leader: King Benthomaar
Glutinous · Nyad
Maaray Guards: Gripe
Former leaders: King Trimaar · King Kalmaar

Warriors of Felis

Leader: Nineko

Order of Felis

Leader: Komala
Dillon · Adara

Puppets

Leader: Tanabrax
Bunch · Moody

Villagers

Hana · Obachan · Shin · Kenji · Uchida · Mrs. Uchida · Old Man Jiro

Snake warriors (non-canon)

Boa Destructor · Cobra Mechanic · Python Dynamite · Viper Flyer · Sneaky Snake

Red Crows

Leader: Mogra
Killow · Ultra Violet · Francis

Two Moon Village

Kenzo · Renzo · Saeko · Min

Vengestone army

Leader: Crystal King
Council of the Crystal King: Kabuki Mask · Mister F · Aspheera · Vangelis · Pythor · The Mechanic
Vengestone Warriors · Vengestone Brutes · Vengestone Guards

New Ninja

Leader: Teal Ninja
Fuchsia Ninja · Orange Ninja · Pink Ninja · Yellow Ninja

Other classifications

Ghosts · Humans · Nindroids

Other groups/sub-groups

Elemental Alliance · Fast Chickens · Kryptarium inmates (The Needles) · Ninja Replacements · The Resistance · The Resistance (Crystalized) · 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 · Royal Family of Djinjago · Royal Family of Merlopia · Royal Family of Ninjago · Royal Family of Shintaro · Skales' family · Skylor's family · Zane's family

In-universe fictional characters

Britts Subskian · Commander Kiflin · Jack the Rabbit · Imperial Sludge · Master Whoosh (non-canon)

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 · Insect Master · Ivy Walker · Jeremiah Bobblestein · Jesper · Kaito · Kirchonn the Invincible · Lar · Larry · Lloyd Garmadon (The LEGO Movie) · Mask of Malice · Mei · Moe · Mr. Righty Tighty · Neido · Nobu · Phantom Ninja · Quartet of Villains · Rachel Sparrow · Robot Manager · Ronin's daughter · Ronin's wife · Samurai warrior · Scott Digato · Seliel · Seliel's father · Six-Armed Warriors · Snake villain · Spinjago Citizen · Suzie Wheeler · Time Ninja · Tito · Wishmaster · Zoltar
Ninjago Magazine: Buffer · Nitro · Sawyer · Scooter · Talon · Mr. Wise

Creatures

Adam · Balee · Bears (Kuma) · Beavers · Colossus · Craglings · Elemental Cobras · Fire Fang · Fluffy · Geotomic Rock Monsters · Guide Parrot · Ice Behemoth · Ice bird · Ice Serpent · Leviathans · Monster sushi · Mud monsters · Nimbus · Pebbles · Rodrigo · Ross · Sir Chomps-A-Lot · Snickers · Stone Hawk · The Chroma · Treehorn queen · Wojira · Wu's chicken · Wu's dog · Yeti (Krag) · Zane's Mino
Dragons: Blue Dragon · Boreal · Chompy · Crystal beasts · Dragon keeper · Empire Dragon · Fire Dragon (Core) · 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 · Thunder Dragon · Ultra Dragon · Wind Dragon · Wisp · YinYang Dragon (Light Dragon · Shadow Dragon)

Unseen characters

Dr. Berkman · Grumbmiller · Milton Dyer's father · Sybex Tribe · Quanish the Elder · Trylle · Dr. Yost

Ninjago City residents

Barry · Benny · Brayden Nelson · The Fold · Fugi-Dove's brother · Hayley Wolfe · Jake · Jay Vincent · Jeffy · Joshua Deck · Lachlan Jansen · Michael Kramer · Mrs. Dyer · Patty Keys · Phil · Postman · Roise · Rufus McCallister · Vlad Tutu ·

Other

Announcer · Ayla · Bank Boss · Bob the Intern · Cathy · Circus Clown · Clancee's mother · Cliff Gordon · Construction workers · Cook · Cragger · Dr. Julien · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · Egon the Extraordinary · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · Fugi-Dove · Grimfax's advisor · Hageman · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's father · Harumi's mother · Jamanakai Villagers · Johnny · Korgran's father · Laval · Lou · Lumberjacks · Magician · Mascots · Mina · Miss Demeanor · Monks · Motorcycle Mechanic · Museum Curator · Nindroid Sentries · Ninjago soldiers · Nobu · Reflectra · Repo Man · Restaurant Owner · Rice farmers · Ronin · Sage · Santa Claus · Sally's parents · Security guards (Borg Industries) · Security guards (Ninjago City) · Sentry General · Shezada · Ship Captain · Skeleton · Stone Guardians · Tour Guide · Twitchy Tim · Warden Noble
Robots: Auto · Juggernaut · Robo Usher 3000 ·Tai-D

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