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The world of Ninjago and its inhabitants have a culture similar to real-life human culture but with a number of differences as well.

Time system

The days of the week exist in Ninjago, Lloyd asks "Is it Wednesday already?" in "The Stone Army," Krux says the Ninjago Museum of History is open seven days a week and late on Thursdays in "A Time of Traitors," and Dareth said Tuesdays at Laughy's are half-off in "Snaketastrophy."

At one point, Tommy Andreasen referred to years as "season cycles," meaning there are seasons.[1] It would appear the geography determining Ninjago's time system is similar to that of Earth in real-life, as Ninjago is a planet in outer space and has a moon. In "The Jade Princess," the Postman tells Kai that he will see him next season and clarifies that he means the seasons of winter, spring, summer, and fall.

Though Zane mentioned the year 1818 in "Scavengers," this is not a year in Ninjago,[2] though based on the New Year Festival it would appear years are still counted.

Society

It was revealed in Season 8 that Ninjago had a Royal Family. However, they did not have a role in politics. It is unknown what its status is after the deaths of all its members.

After Garmadon took over Ninjago, he ruled it in a fascist manner, before the ninja dethroned him, turning Ninjago into a free empire.

In "The Explorers Club," Cecil Putnam exclaims, "For the empire!", implying Ninjago is an empire, as it has (or had) a royal family.[3]

Slavery or feudalism exists, as shown by the rice farmers who were being forced into labor before Nya rescued them in "The Mask of Deception." Unbeknownst to the general public of Shintaro, the Munce and Geckles were used for enslaved labor for mining Vengestone in dungeons when Vangelis was king.

Ninjago does not have a flag.[4]

Most of Ninjago is the technological level of Feudal Japan, lacking electricity.[5]

Laws

Ninjago does have law, which is shown in several episodes.

Currency

In Ninjago, the dollar is used as currency, although in Season 2, a symbol resembling N with two lines from the center is displayed on money bags. However, the coins do not look like dollars, as they have a circular hole in the middle. Such coins are commonly used in the Asian countries on which Ninjago is based. However, this was changed in the WildBrain animation, where the coins are without holes.

Holidays and traditions

When asked if Ninjago has holidays from real life, Tommy Andreasen stated, "Not quite in the same way. Their holidays are more Ninjago unique."[6]

New Year Festival

The New Year Festival is an annual tradition in Ninjago, celebrated in both Stiix and Ninjago City. During the festival, there are lanterns hung throughout the city.

Dragon Day

The Dragon Day is a holiday celebrated by the citizens of Ninjago. The celebration include a parade and decoration with lanterns similar to those used on the Day of the Departed. The citizens wear masks, as well as carry a giant dragon costume.

Day of the Departed

The Day of the Departed is "a unique Ninjago holiday. A bit of everything"[7] and is "inspired by holidays all over the World."[8]

Other

An event called "Ninjago Con" where citizens dress up in costumes was mentioned in "A Time of Traitors." This is most likely a reference to the real-life event called ComicCon.

Tommy Andreasen once mentioned the idea of a "National Noodle Day."[9]

Ninjago does not have Christmas,[10] even though Santa Claus is mentioned by a venom-entranced Kai in "Can of Worms" and by a Police Officer in "Child's Play". However, there may be a holiday similar to Christmas.[11] The Hageman Brothers once jokingly said, "There is no Christmas in Ninjago. Only the Holiday of Pain."[12]

Both marriage and the Yin-Yang promise exist in Ninjago, though are unrelated.[13][14] "Papergirl" has a rainbow crosswalk, suggesting the legality of gay marriage (in the background of the episode, two men can briefly be seen kissing) and possibly the existence of a Pride celebration.[15]

Different languages and cultures

Although Ninjargon is shown to be the main language, different real world languages are spoken. In "Boobytraps and How to Survive Them", Clutch Powers says, "Nein danke," which means "No thanks" in German, and in "Snaketastrophy," Smith Daryll says "caliente", the Spanish for "hot". This may indicate that there are different and cultures in Ninjago, such as the Egyptian culture of the Pyro Vipers.

Gate of the Temple of Wojira

Ancient languages exist such as Old Tongue, Pyro Viper Hierogliphics and the very primitive dialect that predates the First Spinjitzu Master written on a gate of the Temple of Wojira.

Living languages are spoken such as Serpentine.

Swear words exist in Ninjago, as Jay told Garmadon in "The Invitation," "you should never swear. It's a sign of weak verbal skills."

Other sub-cultures of Ninjago include bikers (Biker Tavern), fight clubs (Yang Tavern), and monks.

Different cultures have different mythology, the most notable example being the Keepers with Wohira/Wojira, a legend first mentioned by Nya in "Dead Man's Squall." One of the legends of Wohira is mentioned in Chapter 9 of the non-canon Way of the Departed: when Cole was six, a history teacher told him that Wohira created the moon by crystallizing a bolt of lightning and placing it far above Ninjago.

There seem to be the vampire legends in Ninjago, as they appear in the Mega Monster Amusement Park. Rufus McCallister also mentioned them when he compared them to the Grundles in "Child's Play."

Gravis' turban may also suggest the existence of religion within Ninjago, though Christianity does not exist.[10]

Cultures of other groups and species in Ninjago and other Realms

Skulkin

Generally dimwitted beings, the Skulkin highlighted obedience, anger, ruthlessness, and, bizarrely, stupidity as their main virtues. Described as mostly being made up of those who longed to conquer Ninjago and warriors unable to come to terms with their death, the Skulkin were rather chaotic, though not without some morals, as they opposed the mass destruction that would be caused by the Great Devourer. The Skulkin seemed to also take a great amount of interest in engineering, having created several vehicles and employing the positions of a Chief Mechanic and inventor.

As a result of their inability to come to terms with their own demise and likewise being barred from the Departed Realm, most Skulkin became highly resentful and jealous of the living, longing for their old lives, and likewise became incredibly wild and uncontrollable in their excitement upon returning to Ninjago for the first time in countless years, with their more serious commanders having to reel them in to keep them on track. Additionally, as a result of their undead status granting them a type of longevity, they had a strange perception of time, conceiving five thousand years to be a little experience.

Despite their grudge against Lord Garmadon, the Skulkin still had some honor, as they willingly swallowed their pride and anger over his betrayal in order to save countless lives by preventing the awakening of the Great Devourer. Likewise, following their alliance with the Ninja, their members became notably laxer and more mischievous instead of outright villainous, with most of their crimes stemming from petty mistakes rather than cruel intent.

Serpentine

The Serpentine are vicious and warlike creatures, and their society appears to measure all things in terms of power. They solve disputes and seek entertainment in the Slither Pit, effectively gladiatorial combat where they determine superiority by one participant being more powerful and cunning than the other. Many Serpentine look down on other species, out of arrogance or anger at being sealed away by the other inhabitants of Ninjago. They are predisposed to combat and violence to achieve their goals and are not averse to using dirty tricks or superior numbers to overwhelm their enemies.

The Slither Pit

This aggressive mindset often hinders the Serpentine more than it benefits them, as fighting is prevalent among Serpentine tribes, and even among different ranks within each tribe. On the other hand, Serpentine are unwaveringly loyal to those who can conclusively demonstrate their superiority, readily following every command of such individuals—at least until their leaders show signs of weakness or incompetence.

Skales and Fangtom showing their greeting as a sign of their friendship

However, some positive traits have been observed among the Serpentine. They are capable of camaraderie and friendship, as seen when Skales and Fangtom greet each other as old friends despite their tribal alignments. Additionally, Pythor sought to awaken the Great Devourer specifically to avenge his race on the surface-dwellers who sealed them away, implying that he genuinely wants to see Serpentine dominance for their own sakes. Likewise, despite having been the one to devour his tribe, Pythor was ultimately against the idea of tarnishing their name in death, getting past his own grudges to avenge the mockery that had been done to his people.

The Serpentine also seemed to have a righteous sense of justice, being quick to act in preparation for the arrival of the Golden Master, though some of their methods were questionable. Ultimately, while meaning well, their paranoia and recklessness in trying to stop their war with the humans only helped start it, and feeling wronged and unknowing of the true situation, felt they deserved vengeance on the humans for what had happened.

Serpentine children learning decent behavior

Following their imprisonment in the Stone Army Vault, the Serpentine sought more pacifistic reforms, seeking to atone for their ways. As a result, nearly all of them became much more peaceful, promoting politeness and courtesy. Despite this, as a result of the past, they nevertheless remained somewhat wary of humans, but ultimately came over this in order to help them upon the attack of the Golden Master, finally bridging the gap that had separated the two species for so long. As a result, the Serpentine began to venture out onto the surface, regularly interacting with the humans as generic citizens.

Despite these pacifistic reforms, however, some Serpentine, though no longer criminals, nevertheless preferred their old ways of combat and fighting. Multiple members, most notably Mezmo, continued the tradition of the Slither Pit at Yang Tavern and even invited non-serpentine, such as humans and Skulkin, to participate.

The Serpentine have a written language.

Pirates

Pirates live by the code of piracy and steal what doesn’t belong to them. Most pirates seem to have a song to sing. The Sky Pirates also have a game they play called ‘Scrap N Tap’. They use flags to represent to their crew, mostly use cannons and swords as weaponry and travel by ship on sea.

Anacondrai cult

They worship the Anacondrai. Going as far to transform to look like them and even wearing their skulls as hats. The cultists believe that the Anacondrai are the most powerful beings to exist and they live by their creed that ‘only one can remain’.

Monks

Monks are a group of peaceful religious people who wear robes live and work at the Library of Domu, take vows of silence, and are the writers of destiny in the Cloud Kingdom. The monks lived in the Monastery of Spinjitzu prior to the invasion of the Oni.

Djinns

Djinns are a group of beings from Djinjago. If they are asked for wishes, the Djinns grant them. But there are 3 rules. You can’t wish for death, love or more wishes. It is tradition that once a Djinn prince marries he becomes a King and is all powerful with infinite wishes, but the Djinn still must grant wishes for others. The Djinn Blade is passed down by royalty with the abilities to take souls from others.

Sons of Garmadon

The Sons of Garmadon are a militant biker street gang who are based in Ninjago City. They worship Garmadon in his Oni form as their savior, looking to him like a father. They were led by 'The Quiet One' who was the founder of the gang and based all of the gang's beliefs off of her childhood experience if her parents death, believing that Garmadon is her savior and the Ninja are her enemy. The gang follows her beliefs and work in a militant hierarchy. A high ranking member of the gang named Killow is the one who decides who is in the gang and who is out. New recruits do an event called ‘The Teeth’ to determine if they are fit. Ultra Violet was a general who managed many of the team's decisions. Mr. E was a nindroid general who led many attacks for the gang.

The gang used Laughy's Karaoke Bar as their original base before gaining control of Kryptarium Prison and Ninjago City. The gang frequently enjoy drinking boba, biking and karaoke.

Dragon Hunters

Dragon hunters are a group located in The Realm of Oni and Dragon. Their whole culture was built around the hunting of Dragons and using their powers to survive whether it be for food, fuel, craftsmanship or entertainment. They were led by Iron Baron who put fear of Oni into the heads of other dragon hunters. They are currently being led by Faith. They enjoy arena fighting and have an suspected Oni vs Dragon fight in The Pit. They use flying vehicles and chains to hunt dragons and pillage for scrap metal to make vehicles. They are aware of the legend of the First Spinjitzu Master.

Dragon Hunters exist in clans, such as the Dangerbuff clan. They also make lots of joke and are very rude people.

Ice Fishers

The Ice Fishers lived in a peaceful society led by Sorla. They live in a small fishing village on the Great Lake. When the Ice Emperor ruled the Never-Realm. They created the Hearth Fire to survive and stay warm with the belief that if the fire dies then so will they. If they hear of any danger, the elders and children are removed to keep people safe. The legend of Krag is also popular in the village and they fear him as Uthaug and Boma try to tell Cole not to go to into Krag’s territory.

They speak speak Old Tongue with words such as "Mala-Wojira".

Formlings

The Formlings live in a village in the Never Realm led by the Formling Leader. They have a tradition called The Choosing where the young ones leave the village to find their animal forms. When they do, they return to show their forms. It also appears after they do find their forms, they get a hat resembling the animal they turned into. They also have great peace with the Ice Fishers and the King of their realm their realm.

Metalonians

Korgran's father counting his coins

The Metalonians are a barbaric tribe of people with both humans and lizards living and working together. They live in Metalonia, a rocky landscape located somewhere in Ninjago. Metalonians speak in a Russian accent and seem to have metal being an important part of Metalonian culture. Despite being barbaric people, Metalonians are presumably hospitable based on Korgran telling Cole that a bowl of soup is waiting for him in Metalonia.

Metalonians have a culture of organized pillaging and plundering. Korgran and his father are known pillagers and Ross is the Division Manager of Plundering in the Western Region. Engineering is also a common job in Metalonia (due to the metals found in the region). Karlof is an aeronautical engineer in Metalonia and builds roto jets that can take out entire armies.

Korgran brings a beaten Ross to his father

Metalonia has a currency and an economic system of pillaging and plundering and the currency of Metalonia is gold coins. Korgran's father says "One thousand seven hundred and eighty-six gold coins. That's a six percent quarterly growth rate in Pillaging."

There are no known laws in Metalonia but it is impolite to scare a weak man.

Most known Metalonians speak in 3rd person, but according to Korgran's father, it just shows that someone is uneducated and that people only speak like that to sound barbaric. Karlof's intelligence was threatened by Kai so it can be assumed that mocking one's intelligence is a big insult in Metalonia.

Sky Folk

The Sky Folk are a generally peaceful and secluded group of people, living high up in Shintaro Mountain, located in Northern Ninjago. They are known to reside in the Ivory City of Shintaro, often referred to as a mythical place that has built a reputation for it's beauty. Due to the mountain's foreign location and the dangers posed by the surrounding fauna, humans had presumably not been able to travel to the kingdom until recently, causing the kingdom and it's inhabitants to fade into legend.

However, despite their secluded nature, the Sky folk are shown to be relatively welcoming towards outsiders and change, allowing the Geckles and the Munce to integrate into their culture on short notice, and often speaking in a polite and eloquent manner even towards foreign visitors. Despite this politeness, it seems as if certain individuals do somewhat look down upon other species in a way, presumably due to seeing them as being less advanced.

They seem to prefer peaceful lives, and do not like endangering others, preferring to avoid human contact entirely should they be harmed in an attempt to reach the kingdom, and often only invite hand selected individuals so that they may guarantee their safety.

A noteworthy part of Sky Folk culture is their wings, which seems to often be mentioned in stories related to Shintaro. The wings themselves are a detachable contraption that is placed on the back and allows for flight through what seems to be a form of magic or enchantment, and is commonly used for traversal by the Sky Folk. Besides the wings, they are known to use other forms of magic-infused objects, such as seemingly enchanted cards. Although not seen, it is implied that they also have access to technology, as Zane states that their communicators do not have the range to contact Shintaro.

Due to the nature of the Ivory City, it can be assumed that the Sky Folk are a fairly rich people. Although the currency they use is unknown, they are known to obtain it through the mines under the city, trading the precious minerals within for the amount needed to make sure the city continues to flourish. Previously, this was done through subjugation, however after Vania's coronation it is now done through a collaborative effort among the mountains inhabitants.[16]

Stories about a wizard by the name of Hazza D'ur and about the history of the mines below the city are commonly told by candlelight, with there presumably being multiple variations to them, with some noteworthy ones recounting tales of how he was defeated, and that his bones still lied below.[17]

The Sky Folk's government seemingly consists of their royal family, who presumably watch over much of the city. The city's military force, the Army of Shintaro, takes orders directly from the royal family. However, not much else is known about it.

Not much about their traditions is known, but they do celebrate birthdays.[18]

Munce

Geckles

Keepers

The Keepers' Village

The Keepers culture seems relatively simple, as they have lived on a hidden island in the Endless Sea since the beginning of time, where almost no humans have ever arrived. As a result, their culture did not develop much and remained at a very outdated level. Nevertheless, they were able to build their village on trees and create a zipline system that was able to transport them there from the docks.

A servant giving a footstool to his Chief

The main representative of their tribe is the Chief, who as king rules over them. This rank is hereditary which means that since the Battle of Nine Days, one family line of chiefs has ruled. As a chief, Mammatus also has a personal servant who carries things for him, such as a footstool or his staff. As they were commissioned by the First Spinjitzu Master to protect the Storm Amulet of Wojira, they did so for ages and did not let anyone on their island.

Their gold coins and other valuables

Although mostly depicted as dangerous islanders, they also harvested and had a lot of fruit to eat. Most Keepers aren't much fun either, as PoulErik pointed out in "The Storm Amulet." They are also capable of laborious manual work, such as carving sculptures out of stone. Rumble Keepers are also largely gardeners who take care of the vegetation of their island. There were also gold coins in their village, which they probably used as currency and sacrificed to a fake Wojira when she appeared.

Although they were actually afraid of Wojira, they showed their fear with immense respect and many sacrifices to get rid of the serpent.

They have some traditions, such as the tradition that no one who sees the Storm Amulet can ever leave their island.

Their other tradition is that the Rumble Keepers can participate in a ritual challenge and become Thunder Keepers if they prove themselves worthy in the challenge.[19]

Merlopians

Like the Keepers, the Merlopians also protected an Amulet of Wojira. They also have peace with the humans apparently, though that truce seems to unstable as Trimaar was very upset when he saw the ninja enter his kingdom. Like most kingdoms, if a monarch dies, the crown is passed to their child. They use to respect the First Spinjitzu Master but since Kalmaar took over it seems that they respect Wojira more. Another tradition they have is that they race with the manta rays. They also seem to use pearls as currency shown when Trimaar bet his pearls on Undersea Biscuit in a race.

Awards

In Ninjago, there are several different awards that can be won in different areas. For example, there is the Reporter of the year award[20] or the Peabody Award, which can be won for a hard-hitting report.[21] There is also the Explorer of the year award, which can be won by a member of the Explorers Club for the best managed expedition.[22]

References

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