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“I've played many roles. Worn many masks. Father. Husband. Brother. Teacher. But only one was summoned back—Destroyer!”
— Lord Garmadon while battling Lloyd in "True Potential"

Lord Garmadon is the power-hungry Lord of Destruction, as well as the revived evil form of the ninjas' former mentor, Master Garmadon. He is the First Spinjitzu Master's firstborn son, Wu's older brother, Misako's estranged husband, and Lloyd's father. Garmadon grew up learning the art of the Ninja alongside his brother. As a child, Garmadon was bitten by the Great Devourer and infected with evil, which led him down a darker path through which he would be continually tempted during his time as one of Ninjago's heroes. Years after the Serpentine War, he and Misako had a son named Lloyd, whom he cared for deeply despite his corrupted soul. Ultimately, he lost himself to the venom's influence and became an evil warlord, banished to the Underworld after a climactic battle with Wu.

After allying with the Skulkin and Serpentine to claim the Golden Weapons, Garmadon later joined The Overlord—only to be used as a vessel for his rebirth. After Lloyd defeated The Overlord, Garmadon was purified of evil and reunites with his family, hoping to atone for his misdeeds.

Garmadon became a master, and during the Nindroid crisis, he grew closer to his son. After Zane sacrificed himself, Garmadon and the Ninja journeyed to an island to rescue Zane. There, they were caught up in a conflict with Master Chen and his cult. Garmadon was banished to the Cursed Realm in a bid to defeat Chen's army. Later, during the ghost's invasion, Lloyd met with his father one last time and wore his robes into battle. When the Preeminent was drowned by Nya, Garmadon died in the Cursed Realm's destruction and passed on to the Departed Realm.

Lloyd honored his father's life by pursuing the role of a master. In time, however, a criminal syndicate known as the Sons of Garmadon sought to resurrect Garmadon's evil form. Harumi led the group to success, reviving Garmadon as a monster with no good left in him. After nearly killing Lloyd and seemingly defeating the Ninja, Garmadon reigned as Emperor Garmadon and wreaked havoc across Ninjago City.

He oppressed its citizens and sought out his son, who led a brave Resistance. After Wu and the original Ninja return to Ninjago, Lloyd defeated Garmadon by refusing to fight, and his father lost his powers. Garmadon was sent to Kryptarium Prison but warns of coming darkness before he goes.

When the Oni invaded, Garmadon managed to convince Lloyd to release him, to help the Ninja fight. After using the Tornado of Creation with Wu and the Ninja to vanquish the Oni, he headed off to parts unknown.

History

Main article: Garmadon/History

Influence

After his initial escape into the Realm of Madness, the fear of Garmadon's return and desire to obtain the Golden Weapons was ever-present in the ninja's minds. This was the basis of one of Zane's visions involving Garmadon returning and battling by the Green Ninja, whose identity was not yet known.[1] Wu also expressed remorse at Garmadon's corruption when he first told the ninja the story of the Devourer's bite.[2]

After her parents were killed by the Great Devourer, Harumi believed Garmadon was the real hero as he was the one to ulimately defeated the creature.[3] After Garmadon's was killed along with all the other prisoners of the Cursed Realm, Harumi began on to form a group called the Sons of Garmadon, seeking to resurrect a purely evil version of his Lord form with the use of the Oni Masks.[4]

Though an animatronic of his Lord form was present at the Ninjago Museum of History at one point,[5] Garmadon was one of the ninja's only adversaries who was not given a statue in the Hall of Villainy, due to his redemption.[6]

Lloyd and Misako traveled to the Corridor of Elders to memorialize Garmadon with a lantern on the Day of the Departed. When they were attacked by Pythor, who was eager to send Lloyd to join his father in the Departed Realm, the memory of Garmadon gave Lloyd the courage and resolve to fight back and force Pythor to retreat.[6]

After Garmadon's redemption and death, he remained a source of grief for Wu, at one point appearing in a dream and asking Wu why he let him fall into the darkness.[7]

After his resurrection and later departure, Garmadon became a source of anxiety for Lloyd once more. When Lloyd looked into the Mirror of Fears, he saw himself as his father, as he feared becoming like him.[8] When Lloyd explained to Akita who he was and what his relationship with his father was like, he expressed how talking about it made him feel better.[9]

Appearance

“First it was four arms, then you became a dragon. Would you mind picking a body and sticking with it, please?”
— Jay to Garmadon in "The Day of the Dragon"

As a child, Garmadon appeared as a normal boy with a brown bowl-cut. Originally, his face appeared identically to his son's at the same age, while his eyebrows have changed and his eyes appear larger in more recent appearances. As a teenager/young adult, he had a swept-back, brown, tousled hairstyle similar to Lloyd's original teenage form. He wore a black kimono with red kanji, showing his status as a Spinjitzu Master. Because of the Great Devourer's bite, in the final stages of his corruption, he gained pale skin and glowing red eyes. Upon being struck by lightning and falling into the Underworld, he gained a very similar appearance to Mystake's true form. His body became completely black, with white facial markings, exposed ribs, and visible teeth. His hair gained a spiked/on-end appearance while turning black like the rest of his body. He wore a purple sash around his waist, his old Ninja-obi, and later gained Samukai's helmet—a silver samurai helmet with a bone on it.

His time in the Realm of Madness gave him four arms, a gray armored chest plate, a darker helmet, and new blades. After arriving on the Island of Darkness, he gained a new helmet that also gave him control over the Stone Army, which he wore until Dareth took possession of it.

At the end of "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master", Garmadon was reverted to a normal man, free of the evil energy that had corrupted him. He appeared as an old man similar in appearance to Master Wu, but with a full head of graying hair instead of a beard. His old outfit had been transformed into the "special" kimono his brother wore in "Battle Between Brothers," a predominantly black kimono with white sleeves and golden Chinese characters are written on the front of the kimono.

In Rebooted, his face is slightly different, and he has donned an official master gi that was mostly black with a white sleeved, gray overcoat and a green belt, along with a crest of a black dragon in a gold circle. This same symbol appears on his back.

In The Tournament of Elements, his gi remained mostly black, but its design was altered to have gold accents. His hair appears to be a darker shade of gray than before. It was also revealed that he had an Anacondrai tattoo on his back from his days as Chen's right hand. He later turned into an Anacondrai but was reverted to normal after his banishment to the Cursed Realm.

Following his resurrection in Sons of Garmadon, Garmadon gains a modified appearance of his "Lord" form from The LEGO Ninjago Movie. He now has black samurai armor that is cracked on the left side of his chest and reveals his exposed rib-cage, purple ooze coming out of his body, and a towering horned helmet. The sash around his waist is now blue and he is similar to his appearance before he was turned good, a difference being that the glint in his eyes is now yellow instead of dark gray and his teeth aren't always visible. It is unknown if resurrected Garmadon has hair.

Age

Garmadon is over a thousand years old. He and his younger brother's long lifespan is a result of them being the sons of the First Spinjitzu Master, who lived for thousands of years before finally succumbing to his mortality. According to Mystake in "Two Lies, One Truth," this is due to their Oni blood.

Garmadon and his brother have a peculiar aging pattern. Ages ago, they were children when he was bitten, and they grew to be young men by the time their father passed away.[10] Their aging stagnated at some point, and a millennium later, they were still physically in their late teens during the events of the Serpentine War.[11] Decades later, they were physically in their early thirties when he was banished.[12] Only a mere decade later, by the beginning of the events of the series, they both appeared as old men, though Garmadon would only show his true age after he was purified of his evil.

For possible explanations on Garmadon and Wu's seemingly rapid aging, see the Trivia section.

Relationships

Main article: Garmadon (Relationships)

Personality and Traits

Garmadon in his youth.

As a small child, Garmadon was stubborn, but still showed signs of maturity by quoting phrases of wisdom from his father to his younger brother. Even before the venom, he showed selfishness and was jealous of Wu's seeming luck, feeling that he always got everything. However, upon being bitten by the Great Devourer, he began to take on darker, more megalomaniacal aspects to himself, which caused him to turn against his family even when they sought to help him. The evils were something that he tried his best to fight with, showing great determination by keeping the beast's venom from fully controlling him for ages.

Garmadon struggling with his corruption.

Under Chen's influence, the Great Devourer's venom would continue to grow and pester at him. As a result of his master's teachings, Garmadon felt the need to win at all costs and would even resort to blatant cheating in order to achieve his goals. He would even go so far as to lie in order to win Misako's heart, though, despite all this, his true, good side managed to prevail at times, such as through guilt and virtue.

Likewise, when Chen sought to ally with the Serpentine, Garmadon managed to summon enough of his strength to resist the temptation given to him by both his master and the venom and refused, siding with his friends and family. During the war, he went on to fight with bravery and displayed great intelligence after creating the Serpentine's only known weakness, the Sacred Flutes.

Garmadon completely consumed by the evil within.

Decades after his victory during the Serpentine War, despite his love of Misako and their son, Garmadon eventually was unable to fight on any longer and ultimately succumbed to the influence of the Great Devourer's venom. Under its control, he became noticeably far more sinister and megalomaniacal, ruthlessly insulting his father's legacy and showing no hesitation to murder his brother over the Golden Weapons. Upon being banished to the Underworld, his evil continued to fester as he mercilessly stole Samukai's authority, refusing to give up, even in exile.

From there, he would hone his skills of manipulation, and afterward also displayed mocking sarcasm to his enemies, relishing in their dilemmas. He was also noticeably vengeful towards his brother, even more so as a result of his banishment and because he blamed Wu for the Great Devourer infecting him.

One thing that the venom of the Devourer failed to suppress, however, was his love for his wife and Lloyd; upon being told that his son was in danger, Garmadon didn't hesitate to save his arch-nemesis and brother in order to rescue his son. Likewise, he was unable to bring himself to harm Lloyd, even under the influence of the Overlord, instead feigning eagerness to fight, when in reality he was insecure over his deteriorating relationship with his loved ones. Indeed, he would also fight back the venom by offering to save Misako by having her rule at his side and also showing betrayal upon learning she had tricked him.

After countless years of inner torment, Garmadon was finally at peace.

After being purged of the Great Devourer's venom after countless years of scheming and manipulating, Garmadon's true, good side finally begins to show through; However, as a result of his crimes, he was left to feel enormous guilt. To cope, he began to live in solitude, training pupils to defend themselves, and was extremely pacifistic, relying exclusively on the Art of the Silent Fist in combat. Despite this, he was unwilling to let his personal guilt place his loved ones in danger, and promptly broke his vow in order to later rescue his son. Additionally, Garmadon would later refuse to take hostages, regardless of who they were, in order to accomplish any goals.

As a master, Garmadon was also noticeably different in that while his brother was generally more cryptic and vague, Garmadon was far more down-to-earth and practical, making his advice and instruction to the Ninja more direct and not hesitating to emphasize their wariness of his former master, Chen. He also acted very fatherly to his son and built a greater relationship with him.

Ultimately, without the venom of the Great Devourer, Garmadon proved to be incredibly selfless as well; upon the need, he willingly had himself banished to the Cursed Realm in order to save Ninjago from the Anacondrai warriors and likewise emphasized the defeat of the Preeminent over his own safety. Because of his virtuous and altruistic side, for a time, Garmadon changed his legacy from that of a vile Dark Lord to a benevolent hero, his good side being remembered forever by his friends and family.

The newly-reborn Garmadon, supposedly soulless and devoid of all of the light in his heart.

Once resurrected via the Oni Masks, initially it appeared that all of Garmadon's positive traits were obliterated; he himself proclaiming that of all his previous roles, only one returned—destroyer. All of Garmadon's love for his son and family, something even the Great Devourer's venom could not destroy in his previous evil self, had all but vanished. This was seen when Garmadon had shown no remorse or hesitation in attacking his son, wife, and de-aged brother.

His desire to dominate and lust for power is all that remains in his soulless heart. Despite this, Lloyd still believed there was some part of his father left within him and desperately attempted to bring this out of the newly reborn Garmadon, but to no avail.

Since then, Garmadon has shown his brutality and willingness to do anything to stay in power, whether that be threatening or even killing members of his own loyal forces, even Harumi herself, should they fail him. As Ninjago's dictator, he shows little mercy to those who ally with or may harbor his son, capturing them should they be found.

Garmadon struggles with his hesitance to destroy his son and reach his full potential.

In spite of all this, a strange oddity exists within his behavior. Garmadon has shown slight bits of mercy. Besides, not killing any of the Ninja's allies and sparing Harumi, despite her failures, Garmadon has shown mercy to Lloyd. Initially facing him without holding back, and thus, unlocking his True Potential, Garmadon didn't finish Lloyd off. This was seen again, when he did the same as his Colossus creation was on the verge of crushing his son and his friends and stopped after hearing his son's pleas.

Confused by his own persistent hesitance, Harumi helped Garmadon realize that though only his Oni side resurrected, his affection for Lloyd still encompassed all parts of him. When Harumi became his honorary daughter and she died, Garmadon was deeply saddened and enraged at Lloyd and tried to destroy Ninjago City. Despite this rage, Garmadon later saved Lloyd from certain death twice and implored him to fight him rather than killing him instantly. Garmadon revealed that his true motivation for unlocking his True Potential was to become powerful enough to defend Ninjago against a dark new threat he witnessed while in the Departed Realm, showing that despite his evil, he truly wanted to protect Ninjago and he greatly respected what his father created, though his desire was to ultimately conquer it.

It was likely his desperation to save Ninjago that eclipsed all his previous attachments. Garmadon accepted defeat after he lost his powers, asking Lloyd to finish him without bothering to continue fighting, and instead of showing rage when Lloyd spared him, he chose to warn his son of the incoming darkness, even going as far as to uncharacteristically plead to his son to believe him as he is taken to Kryptarium Prison, apparently entrusting the responsibility of defending Ninjago from the dark threat he saw to his son.

Garmadon tries to understand the meaning of life.

Garmadon's desperation to save Ninjago from the Oni makes him fully willing to actually call his son and ask for his help. Although he was still considered the Ninja's archnemesis and he treated them rather condescendingly, he is not heartless, as shown by how he repeatedly saves Lloyd even though he claimed it was to increase their chances of victory and attempts to fathom the Ninjas' sadness after Cole was thought to have died. His time with the Ninja during the Oni invasion impacted him to the point he developed a longing to understand humans and be one of them. Although at first, he refused to join the Ninja to create the Tornado of Creation, Garmadon had a change of heart and aided them. He still decided to leave, although he did take time to look back at Wu.

Weapons

Lord Garmadon was never seen fighting directly in the pilot episodes and was thus never seen wielding any weapons, though he was associated with the Thunder Bolt in the sets. In Season 1, he was seen using a variety of weapons, including katanas, scythes, knives, and spears. He usually carried weapons in all four of his hands, but occasionally used fewer in order to hold them with multiple hands (thereby increasing the force of his blows).

In "Day of the Great Devourer" and "Darkness Shall Rise," Lord Garmadon briefly wielded all four of the Golden Weapons, but he eventually fused them into the Mega Weapon, which he wielded until its destruction in "Wrong Place, Wrong Time." After arriving on the Island of Darkness, he was largely content to remain out of direct combat once again, with his possession of the Helmet of Shadows allowing him to command the Stone Army in his stead. However, he manned some of the Army's strongest vehicles, including the Samurai Mech and the Garmatron.

Following his purification, Garmadon vowed against using weapons, though he used a bo staff as a walking stick, much like his brother Wu.

After his resurrection, Garmadon used his newfound power of Creation to make darkened, purple daggers for himself, using them ruthlessly in battle.

Powers and Attributes

Like his brother, Master Wu, Garmadon has the ability to perform Spinjitzu, with his version channeling the power of Destruction. After being bitten by the Great Devourer, his power became unbalanced.[13] He is also a skilled fighter, being proficient in martial arts and the use of many different weapons.

In his first appearance, Lord Garmadon was able to summon and duplicate Shadows—dark entities able to harm physical beings while the latter could not do the same. Similarly, during his stay in the Underworld, he had the ability to use his powers to create a shadow duplicate of himself in order to interact with Ninjago to some extent.

During his time in his dark dimension, he gained the power of doing what was seemingly impossible for him to achieve: to wield all four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu at once. In addition to this newfound ability, he gained two extra arms to help him hold each weapon more easily—though this new power still left him feeling weak upon using the Mega Weapon.

Upon being purified after the Overlord's defeat, Garmadon lost his extra pair of arms, and therefore, the power to wield all four Golden Weapons. In addition, Garmadon's Destruction returned to balance.[14] Initially, after being cured, he repressed his power by refusing to fight, but he eventually returned to being an active combatant in order to save his son.

After being resurrected by the Oni Masks, Garmadon began to unlock his True Potential. He uses Destruction in combat for the first time, manifesting it as purple energy, similar to when he was possessed by the Overlord, in the form of blasts, shields and strong explosions. He can also use Destruction to telekinetically choke and even tear apart others from certain distances, as he did with Mr. E, as well as enhance his strength to superhuman levels, which makes him able to easily break through brick walls. He gains the power of Creation, as he is also a descendant of the dragons. Using his full power, he was able to use the environment to create an enormous Colossus. However, after he was defeated by Lloyd, Garmadon lost his powers, leaving him powerless and vulnerable. However, he later regained his Destruction and Creation powers when he was fighting alongside the Ninja against the Oni. He can also charge his power to turn into an Oni with enhanced strength and speed, however, if weakened he will revert back to his original form. It's unknown if he could shapeshift into anything else.

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LEGO.com descriptions

Original

  • Spinjitzu Destroyer
  • Weapon of choice: Deceit
  • Elemental color: All
  • Strength: Power of Destruction

Sensei Wu's evil brother who was banished to the underworld after he failed to collect all the four golden weapons. Now plotting to rise to power once again and recreate Ninjago in his own image.

Rebooted

Garmadon is the brother of Sensei Wu. As a young man, he was bitten by The Great Devourer and became Lord Garmadon. Merciless and sinister, he became an enemy of Sensei Wu and the ninja team. It was only when the Overlord was defeated that Garmadon was freed from the darkness. He no longer believes in violence of any kind, and is focused on trying to raise his son, Lloyd, the right way. But is he really reformed, and can he stick to being peaceful in the face of the Nindroid threat?[15]

Tournament of Elements

  • Element: All
  • Height: Four and a half bricks
  • Hobbies: Spending time with his son and trying to make up for past evil acts
  • Home base: Ninja DB X
  • Weapon: Nin-Jo

Garmadon is the brother of Sensei Wu. As a young man, he was bitten by The Great Devourer and became Lord Garmadon.

Merciless and sinister, he became an enemy of Sensei Wu and the Ninja team.

It was only when the Overlord was defeated that Garmadon was freed from the darkness.

He no longer believes in violence of any kind, and is focused on trying to raise his son, Lloyd, the right way.

But is he really reformed, and can he stick to being peaceful in the face of the Nindroid threat?[16]

Tournament of Elements (Ninjagopedia)

Garmadon is my brother and has, for better and worse, always been my greatest adversary. When we were children, we sparred together. When we grew older, he won the heart of the woman I loved. While he was the evil Lord Garmadon, I fought his reign and prevented him from conquering Ninjago. But now he is back to his old self and making up for lost time by being Misako’s husband and Lloyd’s father. He is a very wise man and a skilled Spinjitzu fighter. We are very alike in many ways. He holds all the elemental powers within him. We also share the same love for avoiding battle and when we are forced to fight, our favorite weapon is the simple Nin-jo staff.[17]

Pilot (2017 Museum)

Bitten by the Great Devourer as a child, Wu’s brother slowly filled with evil to become Lord Garmadon, the arch nemesis of good ninja everywhere. When his son Lloyd defeated the Overlord, he was finally freed of the poison that flowed through his veins! Master Garmadon has now taken the oath of peace. He helps mentor the ninja, though his training methods are very different from Wu’s. Garmadon is a man of tradition and doesn’t like modern technology at all.

Evil mastermind Lord Garmadon is trapped in the Underworld, so he orders Samukai to find all four Golden Weapons. But when the four-armed skeleton king recovers them, he tries to take their power for himself, only to be instantly vaporized! This opens a portal to another realm, giving Lord Garmadon a possibility to escape. He knew that their power would corrupt even the most loyal henchman. This was his plan all along!

Rise of the Serpentine (2017 Museum)

There’s much more to Lord Garmadon’s story than meets the eye. We see him mentor his son, even though they’re destined to meet in battle, and as we delve into his shared past with the ancient Serpentine tribes, we discover he didn’t choose to be the way he is. Can he avenge himself on the ancient horror that cursed him all those years before?

Legacy of the Green Ninja (2017 Museum)

With the help of the Serpentine, Lord Garmadon forges the Mega Weapon from the Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu. This unspeakable power gives him new ways to try and destroy the ninja. But when he is betrayed by the Serpentine and abandoned on an island, he meets the Overlord. Garmadon learns that fate has brought him there for a destiny far greater and more sinister than even he had ever imagined.

Rebooted (2017 Museum)

Garmadon, Lloyd’s father and the ninja’s former enemy, has been cured of the poison that turned him evil. He is particularly focused on rebuilding his relationship with Lloyd and helping his son unlock his potential as the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master. Garmadon hopes to teach Lloyd to focus on his mind and not just rely on his powers.

The Tournament of Elements (2017 Museum)

Garmadon is confronted by the ghosts of his past during the Tournament of Elements adventure. He accompanies the ninja to Chen’s Island because he knows all too well the depths of evil and treachery in his former teacher’s heart. He also faces the revelation that he won Misako’s heart long ago through trickery. In the end, Garmadon sacrifices himself to save the world and atone for his past.

Sons of Garmadon

Bitten by the Great Devourer as a child, Wu’s brother turned evil and became Lord Garmadon. When his son Lloyd defeated the menace of the Overlord, Garmadon was finally freed of the poison that flowed through his veins. He became a loving father to Lloyd. When last seen, Garmadon had sacrificed himself to save the NINJAGO® world and was lost in the Cursed Realm.[18]

2019

Garmadon – the ninja bitten by evil!

The son of the First Spinjitzu Master and elder brother of Wu, who went on to train a team of ninja heroes, Garmadon’s life could have turned out quite differently. But he was bitten by the Great Devourer as a child, poisoned with evil and became a warlord intent on destruction.

Him and his wife Misako had a child, Lloyd, who grew up to be a good and skilful ninja under the tutelage of Wu. And it was Lloyd who defeated the Overlord and finally freed his father Garmadon of the poison that had flowed through his veins.

Garmadon became a loving father to Lloyd, going on to sacrifice himself to save NINJAGO® world. The story didn’t end there though, as Harumi and a crime syndicate called the Sons of Garmadon resurrected him in his evil form!

This complex character is at the centre of so many NINJAGO stories and kids love role-playing with the Garmadon minifigures that feature in lots of action-packed LEGO® NINJAGO® building toy playsets.[19]

Appearances

Sets

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Pilot Episodes

Mini-Movies

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Season 3: Rebooted

Season 4: The Tournament of Elements

Season 5: Possession

Season 6: Skybound

Day of the Departed

Season 7: The Hands of Time

Season 8: Sons of Garmadon

Season 9: Hunted

Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu

Season 10: March of the Oni

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Season 12: Prime Empire

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

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Video Games

Trivia

  • The name "Garmadon" was created by mixing up most of the letters of the word "Armageddon."[20]
    • He was originally meant to be called "Demic", from the word "pandemic".[21][22]
    • The Hageman Bros. and Tommy Andreasen disliked the name "Garmadon", but because "Demic" could not be cleared by the legal department, "Garmadon" is what they settled with.[23]
  • Though Garmadon is his first and only name, it became his son's last name, which is a custom in some real-world cultures.[24] He and his brother do not have a last name.[25]
  • Lord Garmadon has led four of the sixteen major villainous factions at some point in the series: the Skulkin, Serpentine, Stone Army, and the Sons of Garmadon.
    • Of the armies he did not command, he did have some relation to them in some way shape, or form except for the Sky Pirates, Blizzard Samurai, Unagami's Army, the Mechanic's Henchmen, and the Awakened Warriors.
      • He once dressed as a Nindroid as a disguise, he became an Anacondrai along with the Anacondrai warriors, he was in the Cursed Realm with the Ghost Warriors, wore Vermillion armor in a vision, his father originated from the Realm of Oni and Dragons like the Dragon Hunters, he is part Oni, and helped Wu defeating Aspheera, the current leader of the Pyro Vipers.
  • Episode 40 explains the reason Garmadon was called "Lord Garmadon"; he defeated Clouse to attain the title of Lordship from Chen. It also explains how he won Misako's heart by signing the love letter written by Wu, which Chen intercepted.

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  • Despite the fact that he still had Destruction,[14] his Spinjitzu color was erroneously different in the Tournament of Elements intro, being a dull silver color instead of dark purple.[26]
  • In Episode 54, in the Preeminent, he appears to be a physical being, not a ghost. This is because when someone is sent to the Cursed Realm, their physical body remains intact; it's only when they leave the Cursed Realm that they become a ghost, as seen with Clouse.[27]
  • He is the first villain who appears in the series to have a vendetta against Wu, followed by Morro, the Time Twins, and Aspheera.
  • In many episodes when he was evil, he said he wanted to make Ninjago into his own image, and in "The Corridor of Elders", a statue of him was carved into the stone in the Corridor of Elders, literally making part of Ninjago into his image.
  • In "Blackout," when Garmadon was struggling to climb the mountain and Lloyd jokingly told him about his four arms, he replied by wishing he still had his four arms.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, Garmadon was killed in Possession because the Hageman Brothers felt that there was only room for one sensei, and to progress Lloyd's character.[28][29]
    • It was stated that, as of February 2018, there are no plans to bring Garmadon's good form back.[30]
  • Excluding his appearances in two of Cliff Gordon's photos of Jay seen in "Misfortune Rising," Garmadon has currently appeared in every season except for Skybound.
  • Garmadon and the Overlord are the only villains to be the main antagonists in more than one season.
  • Garmadon is similar to Anakin Skywalker, as both gained a nefarious reputation when turned to the dark side, transformed into a black-clad entity, manipulated by a greater evil who brought them to the dark side (Overlord for Garmadon and Palpatine for Anakin), and finally able to redeem themselves with help of their archenemy that turned out to be their son.
    • The difference, however, whereas Anakin died in peace soon after he redeemed himself, Garmadon survived longer.
    • Their LEGO Minifigures also have the same hairpiece, albeit in different colors. Garmadon had the exact same hairpiece as Anakin's Minifigures from Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith and The Clone Wars.
  • Garmadon is also similar to Scar from Disney's The Lion King franchise as both turn against their brothers after being bitten by a snake and corrupted by its venom.
  • He has Oni and Dragon blood like his father, brother, and son.
  • At the end of "True Potential", Harumi refers to Garmadon as "Emperor Garmadon." He later goes on to declare himself the emperor of Ninjago before being defeated by Lloyd and sent to Kryptarium Prison in "Green Destiny".
  • In February 2018, Tommy Andreasen stated that Garmadon may not have found his True Potential.[31] This was confirmed when he reached his True Potential in the penultimate episode of Season 8.
  • In his reborn form, the word "evil" is written on his armor in Ninjargon.
  • Garmadon's dominant power is Destruction, but he has the power of Creation as well (in order to use it, he had to unlock his True Potential).
  • Garmadon is the third character to announce the title card at the beginning of an episode, having first announced it in "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago", the second being Lloyd throughout the rest of Season 8.
  • Garmadon and Ultra Violet are the only members of the Sons of Garmadon to appear in all the episodes of Season 9.
  • Although in "True Potential," he denied Lloyd as his son. But during Season 9, he still refers to him as "my son," possibly hinting at his fondness for him returning.
  • Garmadon's original "Lord form" has a striking resemblance to Mystake's true form.
  • In "Green Destiny," Garmadon loses his power when Lloyd defeats him by indirectly fighting, as he is fueled by combat.
  • During his confrontation with Wu in "Green Destiny," Garmadon is able to correctly call the Dragonbone Blade his father's sword. How Garmadon knew this is unknown, as he was not in the Realm of Oni and Dragons nor had Wu known about it prior to its retrieval.
  • Garmadon in Season 9 is similar to Logan from Fable III; both were thought to be some tyrant to rule their respective areas and had a resistance against them led by someone related to them but they were really trying to prevent coming darkness that the protagonists now has to deal with.
  • It is revealed in "The Fall" that Garmadon doesn't have many memories of his good self. However, he does recognize the Golden Armor.
  • He is one of the ten main antagonists to still be alive, the others being: Pythor, Nadakhan, the Time Twins, and Iron Baron, Aspheera, Vex, Unagami, and Vangelis.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, there are three possible reasons for why Wu and Garmadon aged so quickly between "Battle Between Brothers" and the beginning of the series, despite having been young for so long.[32]
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    • In the live-chat of an episode of the Eljay Johnsen Show, he confirmed a fan's theory that one reason may be that Wu and Garmadon share an intrinsic connection of some sort that was severed by Garmadon being banished to the Underworld, affecting their mortality.[33]
    • He also said another explanation could be tea.
  • As Lord Garmadon, he has six minifigures with different appearances: original, with four arms, possessed, Reborn, and Legacy (with 4 arms and another with 2 arms).
  • On the LEGO website, a picture of the Overlord was inaccurately shown on Garmadon's description,[34] though this was later corrected.[19]
  • Garmadon's March of the Oni characterization is Tommy Andreasen's favorite portrayal of him because he is "both intimidating, scheming, playful, sarcastic, funny, and with some compassion. Struggling to understand himself and humanity."[35]
  • According to Nya in "Rise of Garmadon," "Garmadon wasn't truly evil or truly good. [...] There were always attributes of both, lord or master."
  • It's unconfirmed whether he can create an energy dragon like his brother can.[36]
  • The Bizarro ninja's eyes and pale skin are identical to Garmadon when he was younger and under the Great Devourer's influence, most likely due to being created by him.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, the reason Garmadon's human face design changed slightly between seasons 2 and 3 could be because of age.[37]
  • He is the first main villain to have a child who is a protagonist. The second was Chen with Skylor and the third was Vangelis with Vania.
    • It is the only relationship out of three that also appears in other seasons, as the relationship between Chen and Skylor only appeared in Season 4 and the relationship between Vangelis and Vania only in Season 13.
  • Garmadon once said, "We can win a thousand times, yet all it takes is one defeat for everything to come undone."[38]
  • Purified Garmadon in "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master" has Wu's face without the beard and 3D mouth (instead having a mouth resembling Jay's). This face design is also used for "Tommy Wu" in the Exclusive Blooper Reel!. Purified Garmadon's face design was changed for the subsequent seasons, possibly in order to more easily differentiate Garmadon and Wu.
  • Garmadon is the most frequently appearing villain in sets because he appears in most seasons.
  • Even in his original Lord form and his resurrected form, Garmadon is not always a villain in terms of the story stucture. In seasons 1 and 10, he was a supporting protagonist, helping the ninja in various ways.
  • His appearance is the opposite of his brother, because Garmadon has no beard and has hair, while Wu has long beard and no hair. Garmadon's main color is black, while Wu's is white.
  • Garmadon is responsible for coming up with solutions relating to two notable conflicts in history: he was the one to realize the Sacred Flutes could defeat the Serpentine in the Serpentine War, and he came up with the idea to hide the Reversal Time Blade in the Boiling Sea after the Battle for All of Time.
  • In the show, he is called by various names, such as the Dark Lord, the King of Cruelty, the Doer of Destruction, the Captain of Chaos,[39] Lord of Destruction, and King of Shadows.[40]
  • Before the events of Season 4, Garmadon encountered Griffin Turner's grandparent[41] and Jacob Pevsner.[42]
  • Mark Oliver compared the resurrected Garmadon to the monster from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, describing how Garmadon lacked full awareness and was in awe at the environment around him at first, which can be heard through his more primitive-sounding voice.[43]

Videos

Gallery

Main article: Garmadon/Gallery

References

  1. "Never Trust a Snake"
  2. "Tick Tock"
  3. "Game of Masks"
  4. Garmadon Rulez!
  5. "Winds of Change"
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Day of the Departed"
  7. "Pause and Effect"
  8. "The Explorers Club"
  9. "The Message"
  10. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/781615927200616448
  11. Garmadon states in "Only One Can Remain" that he was Lloyd's age while training under Chen.
  12. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/768339964857843712
  13. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/800256796761923584
  14. 14.0 14.1 https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/800382841167155200
  15. https://web.archive.org/web/20131201215459/http:/www.lego.com/en-us/ninjago/characters/rebooted/senseigarmadon
  16. https://web.archive.org/web/20150810092956/http://www.lego.com:80/en-us/ninjago/characters/sensei-garmadon-936b36d5e6214bfc9e24188bd669ce71
  17. https://web.archive.org/web/20150810131452/http://www.lego.com:80/en-us/ninjago/explore/ninjagopedia/chapter1
  18. https://web.archive.org/web/20180712151220/https://www.lego.com/en-us/themes/ninjago/characters/lord-garmadon-73a7ff10ea26463d91996c2cafec9dc7
  19. 19.0 19.1 https://www.lego.com/en-us/themes/ninjago/characters/lord-garmadon
  20. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/784818522346098688
  21. https://twitter.com/brothershageman/status/1231443362906959877
  22. https://twitter.com/brothershageman/status/1232116298349342720
  23. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1164196883524390912
  24. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/855149320093544450
  25. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/805080814631481344
  26. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/838341629517959168
  27. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/785159200934662145
  28. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/831778573803520000
  29. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/831779848687407104
  30. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/965869432554901504
  31. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/965848707206909953
  32. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1151142255534759936
  33. https://youtu.be/BNkNtFulMwA?t=4926
  34. https://web.archive.org/web/20190816165135/https://www.lego.com/en-us/themes/ninjago/characters/lord-garmadon
  35. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1259556209939697664
  36. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/803354837295501313
  37. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1303767000628572160
  38. Dark Island Trilogy, Part 3 Wu's Journal
  39. "Tick Tock"
  40. "Dread on Arrival"
  41. "The Invitation"
  42. "Ninja Roll"
  43. https://youtu.be/RHf5WMIcnVI?t=537
Characters

Ninja

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

Skulkin

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

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · 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 Viper · Hypno Viper · Red Viper · Sly Viper · Toxic Viper · Translucent Blue Viper · Translucent Orange Viper · Translucent Purple Viper
Other: Great Devourer · Anacondrai serpent

NGTV News

Dan Vaapit · Fred Finely · Gayle Gossip · Vinny

Pirates

Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

Bizarro 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 Warrior · Stone Swordsmen · Stone Scout

Nindroids

Leader: General Cryptor
Nindroid Warriors · Nindroid Drone · 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

Leaders: The Preeminent · Morro
Weapon Masters: Soul Archer · Bansha · Ghoultar · Wrayth
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Ming · Spyder · Howla · Yokai · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Pitch · Pyrrhus · Wail

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: Squiffy

Ninjago 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

Ninjago Royal House

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

Leader: The Omega

Pyro Vipers

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

Blizzard Samurai

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

Formlings

Formling Leader · Akita · Kataru · Vex

Ice Fishers

Leader: Sorla
Uthaug · Boma

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Nelson · Antonia · Leroy

Explorers Club

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

Prime Empire gamers/AI

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 · The Mechanic's Henchmen · Ultra Violet · Captain Soto · Richie · Ritchie

Whack Rats

Leader: Atta the Ratta
Richie · Ritchie

Awakened Warriors

Leader: Skull Sorcerer
Skull of Hazza D'ur

Sky Folk

Vangelis · Queen Vania · Engelbert
Winged Guards of Shintaro: Hailmar

Munce

Leader: Queen Murtessa
Murt · Moe · Munce Sentries

Geckles

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

Upply

Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

Keepers

Leader: Chief Mammatus
Poulerik · Rumble Keeper · Thunder Keeper

Other classifications

Avatars · Ghosts · Humans · Nindroids (ninja faction) · NPCs

Other groups/sub-groups

The Royal Blacksmiths · Treble Makers · Spin Harmony · Elemental Alliance · Anacondrai generals · Kryptarium Inmates · Ninja Replacements · Time Twins · Marooned Ninja · The Resistance · The Resistance (Never-Realm) · Fast Chickens

Families

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

Non-canon

Barracudox · Cardinsto · Carridi · Chuck · Claire · Diaman · Gahrann the Dreamer · Genn · Green Screen Gary · Hibiki · Jesper · Kirchonn the Invincible · Lar · Lloyd Garmadon (The LEGO Movie) · Mask of Malice · Moe · Neido · Phantom Ninja · Quartet of Villains · Rachel Sparrow · Mr. Righty Tighty · Seliel · Seliel's Father · Six-Armed Warriors · Snake villain · Spinjago Citizen · Suzie Wheeler · Time Ninja · Zoltar
Ninjago Magazine: Buffer · Nitro · Sawyer · Scooter · Talon · Master Whoosh · Mr. Wise

Creatures

Colossus · Craglings · Elemental Cobras · Fire Fang · Geotomic Rock Monsters · Grundals · Ice Behemoth · Ice Serpent · The Leviathan · Monster sushi · Mud monsters · Nimbus · Pebbles · Rodrigo · Sir Chomps-A-Lot · Snickers · Spykor · Starteeth · Treehorns · Wallopers · Yeti
Dragons: Blue Dragon · Boreal · Chompy · Earth Dragon · Empire Dragon · Fire Dragon · Fire Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Firstbourne · Ghost Dragons · Grief-Bringer · Ice Dragon · Ice Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Lightning Dragon · Slab · Stormbringer · Stormbringer's Baby · Ultra Dragon · Wind Dragon · YinYang Dragon (Light Dragon · Shadow Dragon)

Other

Announcer · Auto · Beavers · Benny · Dr. Berkman · Bob the Intern · Cathy · Cece · Christina · Circus Clown · Cliff Gordon · Construction workers · Cook · Cragger · Dr. Julien · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · Eileen · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · The Fold · Fugi-Dove · Fugi-Dove's brother · Grimfax's Advisor · Grumbmiller · Hageman · Hageman Brothers · Hai · Harumi's father · Harumi's mother · Jake · Jamanakai Villagers · Jay Vincent · Johnny · Juggernaut · Kaito · Laval · Lou · Magician · Mei · Michael Kramer · Milton Dyer's father · Monks · Motorcycle Mechanic · Mrs. Dyer · Mystake · Museum Curator · News Reporter · Nindroid Sentries · Ninjago City's Mayor · Ninjago Soldiers · Nobu · Patty Keys · Postman · Restaurant Owner · Rice Farmers · Robot dogs · Robo Usher 3000 · Roise · Rufus MacAllister · Scoop · Security guards · Sentry General · Ship Captain · Tai-D · Talent show judges · Tito · Tour Bus Driver · Vlad Tutu · Warden Noble · Wohira · Dr. Yost

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