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Alas, at the moment, yes. But it was not always. You were cast out of your proper home by warriors, who took it for themselves. But now that you are awake, perhaps we can reclaim it.
Vex to Zane
Season 11, Episode 27
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Air date October 21, 2019 (Australia)
November 8, 2019 (Canada)
January 18, 2020 (US)
Written by Bragi Schut
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
"The Kaiju Protocol"
"A Fragile Hope"

Corruption is the twenty-seventh episode of the eleventh season of Ninjago and the 125th episode overall. It aired on October 21, 2019, in Australia, and aired on November 8, 2019, in Canada. It aired in the US on January 18, 2020, paired up with "The Kaiju Protocol." However, in most other countries, this episode was paired up with "A Fragile Hope."


The story of Zane's arrival in the Never-Realm and how he fell under the sway of the villainous Vex.[1]

Extended: Following the events of his expulsion, Vex wanders the forests alone, foraging for food, growing gradually more and more unhinged. He eventually wanders into the mountains, where he discovers a castle. He is brought before the castle's King, Grimfax, whom Vex attempts to manipulate. But Grimfax is not so easily duped and denies Vex. In anger, Vex runs from the castle, vowing to return with an army of his own and force Grimfax to serve him! Wandering the wilderness again, Vex sees a strange flicker of light and witnesses several objects tumbling out of the sky. It's Zane having been blasted by Aspheera's Scroll. Vex conceals himself and watches Zane use his elemental power to form an ice-sled with which he transports the mech to a nearby cave. Vex sees an opportunity to gain control over Zane, when Zane connects himself to the mech in order to run a diagnostic program. Vex runs into the cave and yanks out the cord, causing a catastrophic failure which forces Zane's Nindroid operating system to ""reboot."" He awakens with no memory of his past. Vex lies, and introduces himself to Zane as his trusted General, calling Zane the Ice Emperor. Believing Vex, Zane regains the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, which was in his possession when he arrived from Ninjago, and follows Vex back to the Ice Castle. Here Zane uses his augmented elemental abilities to depose Grimfax and assume his role as the dreaded Ice Emperor![2]


After years of wandering the wilderness, Vex finds a castle. He observes the warriors coming out of the castle in formation, but not for long because he gets captured by them. They take him to their ruler and report him. Vex tries to trick Grimfax into replacing his advisor and helping him destroy the Formlings. When Grimfax hears this, he realizes this is Vex and lets him know that he knows his lies. Grimfax then turns him away and Vex swears that he will have his revenge on them all.

Vex travels through the forest, looking for food. He tries to steal fish from the Ice Fishers, catch a chicken, and pick berries, but fails, running into many obstacles. Eventually, he sleeps uncomfortably on a ledge but wakes up when he hears a portal opening up in the sky. It opens up several times, dropping out one of the Monastery's defense systems, the Titan Mech, Zane, and the staff holding the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. When Zane falls out of the portal, he drops the staff and lays unconscious while Vex chooses to hide and watch him closely, rather than helping him, even when Zane calls out.

Vex manipulates an amnesiac Zane.

Vex watches Zane fix the mech and is amazed when he sees Zane's power. He laughs evilly and follows the latter throughout the realm. He soon watches in amazement when Zane uses the scroll to fight against the Ice bird and sends it fleeing. After Zane creates the Ice Cave, he fixes up what he can with the mech, until he records himself for someone to find one day. Zane then starts up the mech diagnostic, while Vex tries to steal the scroll and use it to destroy Zane with the scroll first. Unfortunately, Vex can't use it (as he lacks powers) but having overheard the results of a failed diagnostic, he rips out the cable from Zane's head. Zane immediately reboots and all of his memories are wiped out.

The Ice Emperor is born.

Subsequently, Zane awakes and Vex tricks Zane into thinking he lives in the Never-Realm, his identity is the Ice Emperor, and that Vex is his advisor. He states Zane was cast out his castle and persuades Zane into taking his scepter and to take back what is "rightfully his." They crash into Grimfax's castle and after a quick battle, Zane converts Grimfax's warriors into Blizzard Warriors. Grimfax questions who Zane is and Vex introduces him as the Ice Emperor and pressures the scared Grimfax to ally with them or face the consequences. Taking the throne and new armor, Zane establishes himself as the Ice Emperor, while turning the castle into the Castle of Ice. He sends a wave of Ice throughout the realm to let the inhabitants of the Never-Realm suffer from the eternal winter. Vex then takes his place by Zane's side, as his advisor.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured



  • This marks the second time Vex reads the title of an episode.
  • Zane is revealed to have been the one who made the Ice Cave.
  • The reason why Zane became the Ice Emperor was that Vex erased his memories and manipulated him into overthrowing the previous ruler of the Never-Realm, who is revealed to be Grimfax.
    • This marks the second time Zane has had his memories erased. The first was shown during the flashback in "Tick Tock."
  • This is the first episode to take place in a flashback for its entirety.
  • The shot of Zane having his helmet put on in a close up before opening his eyes is reminiscent of when the intro character is in a close up before opening their eyes at the beginning of the episode before the events of the previous episode are shown from Rise of the Snakes to March of the Oni.
  • Despite Zane having a role in the episode, this is the second episode to focus on a villain rather than the ninja, the first episode being "The Absolute Worst."
  • This episode shares some similarities with "Never Trust a Human":
    • Vex spying on the palace is similar to how Wu and Garmadon were spying on Mambo V's palace in that both spied on palaces and both were caught.
    • Both episodes feature a flashback that explains the background of the main villain of the chapter.


  • When the Titan Mech was first banished to the Never-Realm, the left arm was banished first then later the rest of the mech. But in this episode, the right arm gets banished first.
    • The arm was also brought with Zane when it started to storm. But at the end of "Vengeance is Mine!," the arm was actually left behind when Zane left.
  • The message Zane recorded in this episode is different from the one in "The Message."
  • In the Cartoon Network captions, it was said that one of the Ice Fishers who caught Vex stealing fish was Uthaug. However, this is false, since Uthaug would have a different appearance in "The Never-Realm."
  • The Netflix subtitles incorrectly name Grimfax as 'Brimfax'.



For the gallery of the episode, click here.


Ninjago episodes
Pilot episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen mini-movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas mini-movies (non-canon) Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Season 14: Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. Sweatin' to the Goldies · 5. Golden Hour
Season 15 TBA