- 1 Time system
- 2 Society
- 3 Laws
- 4 Currency
- 5 Holidays and traditions
- 6 Different languages and cultures
- 7 Cultures of other groups and species in Ninjago and other Realms
- 8 Awards
- 9 References
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. 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.
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.
Most of Ninjago is the technological level of Feudal Japan, lacking electricity.
Ninjago does have law, which is shown in several episodes.
- In "Secrets of the Blacksmith," Nya stated that Ninjago law paragraph 13 section 2 is about private property trespassing.
- It would appear the legal working and driving ages are that of young teenagers, as the ninja have been shown to have jobs and drive vehicles many times.
- According to Infovision in "Infamous," realm-crossing is prohibited in Ninjago, presumably a result of the battle of Stiix.
- In "Powerless," the Police Commissioner stated that there are some city codes, such as 54-1 "Wanting destruction" and 63-6 "Open flames in public."
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."
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.
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."
Ninjago does not have Christmas, 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. The Hageman Brothers once jokingly said, "There is no Christmas in Ninjago. Only the Holiday of Pain."
Both marriage and the Yin-Yang promise exist in Ninjago, though are unrelated. "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.
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.
Swear words exist in Ninjago, as Jay told Garmadon in "The Invitation," "you should never swear. It's a sign of weak verbal skills."
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.
Cultures of other groups and species in Ninjago and other Realms
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 in the Endless Sea, 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.
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.
In Ninjago, there are several different awards that can be won in different areas. For example, there is the Reporter of the year award or the Peabody Award, which can be won for a hard-hitting report. 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.
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