Prior to the series

Early life

Garmadon and Wu, sons of the First Spinjitzu Master

Garmadon was born to the First Spinjitzu Master, along with his younger brother, Wu. Garmadon was born with the powers of Creation and Destruction, his dominant ability being Destruction, after his father's Oni heritage.[1]

When the First Spinjitzu Master explained to his sons that one day they would become bearers and teachers of the legacy of Spinjitzu, the brothers were very small.[2]

On a fishing trip with his family

When Garmadon and Wu were young children, they were very close and shared a brotherly bond. At one point, he went on a fishing trip with his brother and father. After both experience anger with not catching a fish, their father tells them to have faith. With this inspiration, Wu was able to get a fish, but Garmadon threw his fishing rod in anger.[3]

Garmadon's and Wu's first Spinjitzu

Wu and Garmadon often trained their ninja abilities while their father watched them while he was drinking tea and admonishing them when they did something wrong. The brothers also often listened to stories about Ninjago and wanted to be like him. Despite their connection, they often fought, although their father told them that the brothers should not fight each other.[2]

Wu and Garmadon trained every day to prepare for their first Spinjitzu. Before dawn, they always stretched their arms, legs, necks, shoulders, backs, eyes, and ears because their father told them it helped relax their minds. Then they always crossed the obstacle course their father had prepared for them. Their father always just drank tea and said "failed," when they didn't make it. Then he and his father practiced Spinjitzu movements. Sometimes Wu wanted to give up, but then he remembered that "ninja never quit." The father told the brothers that Spinjitzu movements included rotation and spin. Therefore, he gave them the task of finding examples of rotation in everyday life. The brothers have found that rotation is used, for example, when mixing tea, rotating behind people to talk to them, or rotating clay when making vases on a potter's wheel.[2]

One day, the First Spinjitzu Master sent his sons to Ouroboros to buy tea. After the brothers bought tea and wanted to return home, they were attacked by several bullies who wanted to steal their tea. Without thinking, the brothers applied what they had learned during the training and performed their first Spinjitzu, through which they scattered these bullies across half the city.[2]

At one point in their childhood, Garmadon and Wu often played a game on the playground called Templegate Tigers, in which Garmadon threw the ball and Wu would hit it, and they never lost.[4]

Although the next part comes from a canonical book, this part is different from the events of the show.

When Wu and Garmadon were young, they were searching in their father's library trying to find a cookbook to replace their regular meal of noodles. Garmadon found a book called The Art of Broth, and when he picked it up a scroll fell out. Garmadon picked the scroll up and said that it felt hot. He tried to read it, though Wu did not want to. Their father came in and took it from Garmadon. He told them never to touch the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu and ordered them to leave.

The next day, Garmadon went back to the library to find the scroll. Garmadon stated that he did it because it was "calling" him. Wu did not tell their father, though he followed his brother. Garmadon became frustrated when it was not there, to Wu's relief. Wu wanted to know what secrets it held, though not as much as Garmadon.[2]

Trespassing into Serpentine territory

Thousands of years before the Monastery Siege,[5] and during a trip to the lake, Wu told Garmadon of his intentions to venture into Serpentine territory. Garmadon tried to dissuade his brother but the latter persuaded him and after they trespassed into Serpentine territory they were imprisoned.

Child Garmadon and Wu

An angry Garmadon blamed his brother before a serpentine named Aspheera approached them and told them of how she was training to be a sorceress and offered to free the brothers, in exchange for them helping her in the future and they agreed. Aspheera freed them and told them to keep their promise in due time. Returning home, Garmadon and his brother found their father creating the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. He asked them where they had been for so long and Garmadon lied to him that Wu caught a fish, but it broke the line and they spent the rest of the day trying to re-catch it. He then told them not to tamper with the scrolls and they must go to bed.

Garmadon didn't try to uphold the promise but grew suspicious of his brother's behavior before he caught him teaching Aspheera Spinjitzu. Garmadon warned him of how she can't be trusted but Wu didn't believe him.

One night, Garmadon was reading a book when his brother came and begged him for his help, as he revealed what Aspheera has done with Garmadon understanding his plight and agreeing to aid him. They armed themselves with the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu to have an edge against her and confronted her. As Wu fought Aspheera and achieved victory, Garmadon similarly defeated her minions. Thanks to them, Aspheera was subsequently imprisoned after Mambo took back power. The brothers left Serpentine Territory and left Aspheera to be imprisoned in the pyramid.[6]

When the brothers returned home, their father was angry that they had used the scrolls, he took them from them and hid them in unknown places.[7]

The Devourer's bite

Bitten by the Devourer

At some point after this, the family began living in the Monastery of Spinjitzu.[8] One day, the two brothers were sparring and Wu's katana was accidentally knocked over the wall of the monastery. Despite his father's warnings to stay within the safety of the monastery, Garmadon went to retrieve it as Wu was too scared, and found the katana easily. Before he could pick it up, he was bitten by a strange green snake and passed out.

Garmadon was ill for a time, tended to by his father and brother. Unbeknownst to anyone at the time, Garmadon had been bitten by the Great Devourer, infecting his very being with pure evil and awakening an undying thirst to destroy. As a result, Garmadon momentarily became violent and selfish, blaming Wu for his change and telling his father that he hated him.[9] This initial effect was not permanent and his normal personality returned, but it was a harbinger of things to come. With no existing cure, Garmadon was doomed to someday lose himself to the venom's wicked influence.[10] At the same time, Wu blamed himself for his brother's fall to darkness in the years that would follow.[9][11]

Shortly after Garmadon was bitten, the First Spinjitzu Master told his sons about the prophecy of the Green Ninja, but Garmadon wasn't interested in it.[2]

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During Wu's training in the monastery, he discovered what damaging effects Spinjitzu could do if it is not used properly. As he tried a movement called "Kick of Mantis", he turned his pelvis more than he had and kicked Garmadon so that it flew over the supporting beam and almost the entire roof fell on him. Garmadon then attacked Wu with such anger as Wu had never seen before. In his anger he did not use Spinjitzu properly and almost destroyed the whole monastery. However, his father managed to stop him. First Spinjitzu Master then understood that Garmadon needed a special kind of training to help him get back on the right path.[2]

As part of Wu's and Garmadon's training, their father sent them into the world to survive the wonders of the realm he had created, to meet the humans who inhabited it, and to learn about the challenges to be faced in protecting Ninjago. Wu hoped that on this trip his closeness to his brother would be restored, as when they were younger. They therefore wrote down the places and tasks they would like to do on the trip, but despite the fact that they went on the same expedition, their journeys took them to different places. Their list included a trip to the Corridor of Elders, where they wanted to take their climbing equipment, climb to the Wailing Alps, where they wanted to enjoy the view and take their earplugs, go to "Cross-country racing with Treehorns" in Birchwood Forest, then they wanted to go for a seafood dinner in Stiix and finally for a trip to the Holy City of Domu, where their father recommended many good books from their library.[2]

Death of the First Spinjitzu Master

When Wu and Garmadon were young men,[12] their father had them vow to protect the Golden Weapons before he passed away.[13] Garmadon and Wu would remain allies and a team against evil, and at one point, the brothers ended up in the Underworld, where they and fought and defeated Samukai.[14]

Training under Chen and the First Serpentine War

Learning under Chen

Tempted by the growing evil inside him, Garmadon sought more controversial teaching and trained under Master Chen.[15] At some point, Garmadon traveled with Chen to his island and trained there. Garmadon became acquainted with some of the island's jungle environment, including a river, waterfall, and temple garden.[16]

Back at Chen's monastery, Garmadon was granted lordship and made Chen's right-hand by emerging as the victor in a battle against rival Clouse. This is where he gained the title of Lord Garmadon. Under Chen's advice, Garmadon signed a letter that Wu had written to Misako, a girl both brothers loved. As a result, Misako fell in love with Garmadon.[15]

Going to War

It was around this time that a war broke out between Man and Serpentine. Though Chen encouraged him to side with the snakes, Garmadon refused to fight for Chen and instead left to join Wu and the Elemental Masters to protect Misako. The sons of the First Spinjitzu Master led the Elemental Masters into battle against the Anacondrai in Birchwood Forest. However, due to Chen's manipulation, the battle turned sour and the Alliance was forced to flee. While regrouping in Jamanakai Village, Garmadon noticed a flute player controlling a small snake, thus inspiring the masters to use Sacred Flutes to lock the Serpentine away in tombs.

Banishing the Generals

Arcturus and the other Anacondrai generals, however, were put on trial by the humans and deeming them guilty of war crimes, Garmadon banished them to the Cursed Realm. Meanwhile, Chen and Clouse were exiled to Chen's Island for their war crimes,[15] and Garmadon swore never to return to the island.[16]

Battle for All of Time

Not long after, the two Elemental Masters of Time, Krux and Acronix, would betray the Elemental Alliance after assuming their element was the strongest in all of Ninjago. After most of the masters are defeated in a fight between the Time Twins and Elemental Alliance in the forest below the Monastery of Spinjitzu, Garmadon questioned what they should do, with Wu getting an idea.[17]

Fighting Krux with the powerless Reversal and Pause Time Blades.

Wu had Maya and Ray forge the Time Blades to absorb the element of Time from Krux and Acronix.[11] As Wu returned to the monastery with a bag, Garmadon questioned if they were ready, to which his brother replied that they were. Acronix and Krux soon arrived, and after a lengthy battle at the monastery, Garmadon and Wu successfully managed to absorb the twins' power from them. Knowing Time was too dangerous for anyone to control, Garmadon and Wu used the Time Blades to open a time vortex, where they discarded the blades. However, Krux and Acronix broke free from their captors and soon followed the blades, and thought to be lost in time, though Wu saw a vision of when Acronix would return in 40 years, within the vortex.[17]

The Elemental Alliance being confronted by the future versions of Krux and Acronix.

Garmadon questioned what happened to the Time Twins, with Wu stating that they chose to be lost in time than face their punishment. At that moment, the Iron Doom lands in front of the monastery, with the future versions of Krux and Acronix emerging from the device. Garmadon, Wu, and the Elemental Masters fight a legion of Vermillion warriors and are eventually joined by Kai and Nya, who pose as Ray and Maya.

Acronix summoned the Vermillion, and their component snakes are absorbed by the Iron Doom. Garmadon and his allies continued fighting the weapon but proved no match for it. Kai and Nya formed the Fusion Dragon, which helped turn the tide of the battle. Garmadon and Wu watched as the Iron Doom and Fusion Dragon disappeared into the Time Vortex, but not before Wu received the Reversal Time Blade from his older self. But when Kai, Nya, Krux, and Acronix left this timeline, the Elemental Alliance used Obscuritea to erase their memory of the battle with the future versions of Krux and Acronix.[18]

Lloyd's birth and the battle between brothers

Garmadon with Wu and Misako sometime before his banishment.

Peace returned to Ninjago and at some point, Garmadon and Misako married and eventually had a son, Lloyd. Even though the Devourer's venom continued to corrupt him, Garmadon remained deeply fond of his family, retaining his feelings for Misako and hoping that Lloyd wouldn't follow the path of evil he was slowly being drawn toward.[19][20]

Garmadon confronting his brother over the Golden Weapons.

Around this time, Garmadon finally succumbed to the Devourer's poison, attempting to claim the Golden Weapons for himself. Just before he could claim victory over his brother in their climactic battle, the protection spell emblazoned on Wu's kimono reacted, summoning a lightning bolt that struck and transformed Garmadon.[13] Disfigured and dazed, he fell to the Underworld, where he was confronted by Samukai, King of the Underworld, and Skulkin general. Determined to escape his new prison and claim the Golden Weapons, Garmadon defeated Samukai in a duel, allowing him to take control of the Underworld and the Skulkin Army so he could take over and rule Ninjago.[14]

Not long after this, Garmadon had Samukai resurrect and imprison Dr. Julien, an old inventor, in order for him to build vehicles for the Skulkin army.[21] While this was Samukai's idea, Garmadon took credit for it.[22]

Pilot episodes

Way of the Ninja

After a decade, Lord Garmadon sent the skeletons to steal the map leading to the Golden Weapons from Kai and Nya's blacksmith shop, Four Weapons. Kruncha and Nuckal claimed the map and captured Nya, who Garmadon decided would be a useful asset.

The Golden Weapon

When the Skulkin failed to retrieve the first Golden Weapon, Garmadon changed tactics; he ordered Samukai to pursue Cole, Jay, Zane, and Kai on their search for the weapons, but to hold back just enough to let the ninja claim them.

King of Shadows

As a shadow

Once the ninja secured three of the four weapons, Garmadon tricked Kai into going into the Fire Temple by using a false image of Nya to lure him. He then forced Kai to use the Sword of Fire to free Nya, before summoning Shadows to take the powerful Sword. Master Wu arrived just in time to save Kai, but he was not able to stop Garmadon from awakening the Fire Dragon to stop them from leaving. In desperation, the master used the Sword of Fire to cut off a platform of rock and fall into the Underworld. Garmadon then ordered Samukai, who had already stolen the Scythe of Quakes, the Nunchucks of Lightning, and the Shurikens of Ice, to return to the Underworld and retrieve the Sword of Fire.

Weapons of Destiny

Watching the battle

Master Wu snuck into Lord Garmadon's Dark Fortress and confronted his evil brother in the throne room. Garmadon sent a horde of Skulkin to retrieve the Sword of Fire, but Master Wu easily defeated them with Spinjitzu. Unperturbed by this, Garmadon sat on his throne and forced Wu to battle Samukai, who was wielding the other three Golden Weapons. The Skulkin general was victorious and took the Sword of Fire.

However, Samukai refused Garmadon's order to give the weapons to him, planning to use the weapons to reclaim control of the Underworld. At this Garmadon laughed, revealing that Samukai's betrayal was the final step in his plan. As the Skulkin General of Fire disintegrated and transformed into a portal, Lord Garmadon explained that not even he could wield the power of all four Golden Weapons at once—instead, he had intended to create a portal to a dimension where he could become strong enough to do so. With that, Lord Garmadon entered the portal, vowing to return one day and claim the Golden Weapons so that he could remake Ninjago in his own image.

Rise of the Snakes

Never Trust a Snake (dream)

In Zane's dream, Garmadon appeared on the Destiny's Bounty to steal Zane's Shurikens of Ice. The Green Ninja appeared and saved Zane, battling Garmadon and ultimately kicking him off of the ship.

Tick Tock

When Wu arrived in the dark dimension via Traveler's Tea, Garmadon greeted him and laughed menacingly.

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

"What was once impossible is now possible!"

Upon arrival, Wu immediately discovered Lord Garmadon, who had developed an extra set of arms in order to possess the Four Golden Weapons. Garmadon dueled his brother with new weapons and a group of mud monsters, but halted his attack when Wu managed to warn him that Lloyd was in the hands of the Serpentine, who are now led by Pythor who's planning to unleash the Great Devourer. Forming an alliance with his brother in order to save his son, Garmadon led Wu across the wastelands in search of a way to return to Ninjago. During the journey, Garmadon was told that things have been rough for Lloyd ever since Garmadon's departure and that he opened the tombs in hopes of following his footsteps. Admitting that he never wanted Lloyd to go down a dark path like once he did, Garmadon genuinely thanks Wu for watching over Lloyd.

The Royal Blacksmiths

As they climbed the Mountain of Madness, Garmadon and Wu were beset by Craglings. The brothers used Spinjitzu to fend off the rock beasts and continued their journey. Eventually, they found a portal that sent them back to Ninjago.

The Green Ninja

Once Master Wu returned to the Destiny's Bounty, he explained the situation; Lord Garmadon would be staying with them until Lloyd was rescued from the Serpentine. Although the ninja were skeptical of his cause, they agreed, and promptly discovered that their old foe had picked up several odd habits, such as brushing his teeth with a dagger, "sunbathing" in the middle of a raging storm, and eating nothing but condensed evil. During his stay, Garmadon was forced to deal with the suspicions of Kai, who was the most distrustful of his motives. The two ended up fighting after Kai spotted Garmadon holding the Golden Weapons. Kai eventually triumphed—however, to his disappointment, Garmadon allowed himself to be defeated as he was only gathering the Weapons at Wu's request. Despite the other ninja's disapproval, Kai remained highly suspicious of Garmadon.

Lord Garmadon accompanied the ninja to the Fire Temple, in order to both retrieve a Fangblade and save Lloyd from the Serpentine. There, Lord Garmadon defeated several Serpentine and saved Lloyd, but the temple ended up collapsing due to the volcano's instability, causing Lloyd to lose his footing and become separated from the group. Despite his protests, Garmadon was forced to leave with the other ninja before the volcano could erupt. Fortunately, Kai managed to save Lloyd by unlocking his True Potential. Back on the Destiny's Bounty, Garmadon was reunited with Lloyd at last, and he genuinely thanks Kai for saving Lloyd. Kai also admitted that part of the reason why he locked his True Potential is that he was destined to protect Lloyd, who is is destined the true Green Ninja. Upon learning this, Garmadon is initally proud that his son will be destined for a greater future, but he and Lloyd are shocked to learn that this means that they will be destined to fight each other for the fate of Ninjago; even Wu and the Ninja aren't very happy about this either.

All of Nothing

With the ninja

Lord Garmadon stayed aboard the Destiny's Bounty while the ninja were searching for the final Fangblade. When Lloyd suggested that they instead focus on retrieving the other three, Lord Garmadon pointed out that they had no idea where the Serpentine were hiding. This led Nya to realize that the snakes were hiding underground, and the two Garmadons remained aboard the ship while the ninja investigated the main base located in the Constrictai Tomb.

Lloyd orders him to leave

Unable to resist such an opportunity, Garmadon attempted to hack into the Destiny's Bounty computer systems to gain information on the ninja. When Lloyd discovered him and accused him of betraying the ninja's trust, Garmadon admitted that he couldn't help it, having evil literally running through his blood. He also took the opportunity to tell Lloyd that Master Wu had a great destiny set for him and that Lloyd could still make whatever choices he wanted for his life. When Nya reported that they were captured by the Serpentine and being held hostage, Lord Garmadon attempted to help, but Lloyd refused to allow him, demanding for his father to leave instead.

With the Skulkin Army

However, Lord Garmadon returned in short order, breaking into the Serpentine's underground fortress with the Skulkin Army in tow—thanks to Lloyd, he had realized that he did have a choice: the choice to fight the Serpentine and ensure that he would be the one taking over Ninjago. While the skeletons fought the snakes and Lloyd freed the ninja, Lord Garmadon personally engaged Pythor in combat, although the Anacondrai quickly broke off the battle to make his escape. After retrieving the Fangblades from Pythor, Lord Garmadon and the Ninja escaped back to the Destiny's Bounty.

Garmadon bids farewell

With the Fangblades in the ninja's possession, Garmadon decided to depart, believing that he was no longer needed. Before he left, he assured Lloyd that he was very proud of his son's destiny, even if it meant that they were destined to battle each other for the fate of the world.

Day of the Great Devourer

Unfortunately for Lord Garmadon, Pythor snuck aboard the ship and reclaimed the Fangblades, allowing him to return to the Lost City of Ouroboros and awaken the Great Devourer. As Lord Garmadon was visiting Ninjago City's tea shop, looking to return to his dark dimension, a news report showing the ninja struggling to contain the Devourer came on the nearby television. He immediately hurried to the battlefield, arriving just after the Great Devourer defeated the Ultra Dragon, and told the ninja that the only way to defeat the Devourer was to use all four Golden Weapons at once—which only he could do.

Garmadon about to destroy the Great Devourer.

Despite their suspicions, the ninja relinquished their weapons to Garmadon, informing him about the weak spot on the Devourer's head. Lord Garmadon asked the ninja to prevent the beast from moving so he could get a clear shot at its weakness, before running off with an evil laugh. He proceeded to observe the ninja's battle against the Great Devourer from atop a skyscraper—when the serpent was immobilized, he dealt the finishing blow, proclaiming it was out of revenge for turning him evil. He disappeared in the aftermath of the Devourer's destruction, taking the Golden Weapons with him.

Legacy of the Green Ninja

Darkness Shall Rise

After sneaking out of Ninjago City, Garmadon found the remaining Serpentine and won them over by demonstrating his newfound powers, recreating the destroyed Destiny's Bounty as the Black Bounty. Offering the new ship to the Serpentine, Lord Garmadon gained the allegiance of the snakes—apart from Skales and the other Generals—and led them aboard the Black Bounty.

Lord Garmadon directed the Black Bounty to the Golden Peaks, the birthplace of the Golden Weapons, where Garmadon could uncover the secrets pertaining to the power of the Golden Weapons. He also informed the Serpentine of the prophecy of the Green Ninja, explaining that he must prevent Lloyd from reaching his true potential. Chokun suggested killing Lloyd, only to be sent to the brig under Garmadon's orders who subsequently forbidding the Serpentine from hurting Lloyd. Instead, Garmadon explained that they would focus on destroying Master Wu and the other four ninja—without his teachers, Lloyd would never reach his full potential, and Garmadon's plans could continue. Eventually, the Black Bounty arrived at the Golden Peaks, where Lord Garmadon united the Golden Weapons into the Mega Weapon.

Pirates vs. Ninja

Shortly after, the Serpentine generals (apart from Skales) joined Garmadon's cause and he proudly presented the Mega Weapon before them. However the generals began to question if Garmadon actually knew what the weapon did, causing Garmadon to note that he just didn't have anything to use it on. At that moment, a serpentine entered the bridge and reported that they had sighted the Ultra Dragon. Realizing this to be the perfect opportunity to use his new weapon, he ordered the Black Bounty to pursue. Though he tried to use the weapon to destroy, it did nothing and eventually the dragon got away.

Hastily blaming the Serpentine's poor navigation skills for ruining his shot, he retreated to his cabin to angrily ponder why the weapon refused to obey him. In the process, he stumbled upon the journal of Captain Soto, the original owner of the ship, and wished for a better crew to man the Black Bounty. This time, the Mega Weapon responded, recreating Captain Soto and his crew of pirates, but Garmadon was severely drained of energy in the process. He then realized that the Mega Weapon could only create, not destroy, shortly before being locked in the brig (along with the rest of his Serpentine crew) by the pirates. After Captain Soto's crew was apprehended, Lord Garmadon reclaimed control of the Black Bounty and escaped from the ninja.

Double Trouble

Now aware of the Mega Weapon's power and limitations, Lord Garmadon called his Serpentine together for a brainstorming session on how to beat the ninja. Despite claiming that there were no bad ideas, he had several Serpentine thrown overboard for their poor suggestions (such as creating another group of pirates, recreating the Great Devourer, or making a really big ham sandwich) before hitting upon the idea of making evil mirrors of the ninja themselves. Using spare clothes the ninja left aboard the ship, Garmadon used the Mega Weapon to create the Bizarro ninja and sent them to eliminate their counterparts. When the Bizarro ninja were destroyed, Garmadon contacted the ninja's Ultra Sonic Raider to vow that he would get his revenge, only for Lloyd to cut the transmission with his newly-honed powers over lightning.

Ninjaball Run

For his next attempt, Lord Garmadon created a false company, "Darnagom Enterprises," and attempted to destroy Dareth's dojo, where the Ninja were training Lloyd. To get the money they needed to save the dojo, the ninja entered the annual Ninjaball Run—when Garmadon found out, he joined the race himself with the Black Bounty. When the ship's cannon fire missed the Ultra Sonic Raider (thanks to the Ultra Dragon bumping into the Black Bounty, and the Serpentine warriors failed to prevent the ninja from refueling on the fly, Garmadon used the Mega Weapon to create a vast chasm that the ninja would never be able to cross.

Unfortunately for him, Nya had recently installed a flight mode in the Raider, allowing the ninja to catch up to the Black Bounty and narrowly win the race. Enraged and disbelieving, Lord Garmadon left his ship to protest the results—thereby giving Lloyd the chance to reclaim the Black Bounty with his Ultra Dragon. Still weakened from the use of the Mega Weapon, Lord Garmadon was only saved from arrest when Skales pulled up in the Serpentine Bus, forcing him to allow the Serpentine Generals back into his army in return for the escape.

Child's Play

Lord Garmadon led the Serpentine into the Ninjago Museum of History, where he used the Mega Weapon to revive a prehistoric monster called the Grundle. The ninja interfered with the process, forcing the villains to retreat, but the Grundal was still revived—unbeknownst to Garmadon, the ninja themselves had also been reduced to children as a side effect. Due to departing, Garmadon did not witness the ninja's confrontation with the Grundal, or Lloyd's defeat of it using a magic tea that turned time forward again. As a result, the Grundal gets fossilized yet again, the four ninja were returned to their proper ages, and Lloyd aged out of childhood.

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Confronted by the ninja

Bent on destroying the ninja once and for all, Lord Garmadon retreated to Ouroboros, which he apparently repaired at some point to make it livable again. While preparing his forces for a final assault, he was ambushed by the ninja, including a teenage Lloyd. Shocked at his son's growth and improved powers, Garmadon fled, wishing that the ninja had never existed in the first place. This gave him the idea to create a portal to the past and change the future to ensure that Lloyd would never become the Green Ninja.

Talking with his past self

Disguising himself as a Skulkin, Lord Garmadon snuck aboard the Skull Truck and deliberately prevented the skeletons from abducting Nya, intent on removing Kai's motivation to become a ninja. On the way back to the Underworld, he overheard Nuckal commenting that he thought he saw two Kais and realized that the ninja of the present had followed him to the past. Lord Garmadon was in the Skulkin camp in the Forest of Tranquility when the ninja secretly delivered Nya to the skeletons; to counter the ninja's interference, Garmadon sought the aid of his own past self, quickly explaining the situation and formulating a new plan.

Facing Past Kai

When Past Kai saved Nya in the Fire Temple, he found himself attacked—not by his own shadow, but by the present version of Lord Garmadon. The present ninja were forced to intervene, but Garmadon held them off until Jay suggested using the Golden Weapons of the past against the Mega Weapon. The combined energies sent the Mega Weapon into space and undid all of the changes to the past—with the present apparently changed so that Garmadon never created it in the first place.

The Stone Army

With his Mega Weapon destroyed, Lord Garmadon pursued other means of gaining power; namely, seeking out the Island of Darkness mentioned in Captain Soto's journal. Taking the Serpentine Generals along, Garmadon rode a Rattlecopter over the Endless Ocean, looking for any sign of the island. At that point, Skales tricked Garmadon by claiming to see the island—when Garmadon went to look, the Hypnobrai General pushed him out of the Rattlecopter and declared himself the leader of the Serpentine.

Ironically, Skales's betrayal led Garmadon to the object of his quest; when he came to, he found himself on the shores of the Island of Darkness. the Overlord appeared before him and led him to a large boulder with four handles, telling Lord Garmadon that this was the first step towards his true destiny. When Garmadon turned the dials, the full Island of Darkness arose from the sea, and the Overlord revealed his plans to upset the balance of the world so that Garmadon could remake Ninjago in his own image.

The Day Ninjago Stood Still

The Celestial Clock and Garmadon

To Lord Garmadon's dismay, the next step towards his destiny involved scaling a series of rugged cliffs and mountains. He demanded to know why he had to prove his evil worth to the Overlord, but the enigmatic entity merely urged him onward, promising that a great power awaited at the end of the trial.

Garmadon with his new helmet

Gritting his teeth, Garmadon carried on, eventually arriving in front of a strange clock with a dark helmet on a pedestal. At the Overlord's command, Garmadon took the helmet, causing the clock's hands to begin moving—the Overlord revealed that the former would give Garmadon control over the Stone Army, while the latter was counting down to the final battle between light and darkness.

Pleased with this new development, Garmadon triumphantly announced his return to the darkened skies above.

The Last Voyage

Watching the stone warriors

With the Stone Army at his command, Lord Garmadon began traveling the Island of Darkness, observing the army's operations. He was confused to see most of the soldiers working in mines, but the Overlord explained that they were searching for a dark material made of concentrated evil, which they could use to build an ultimate weapon against the ninja. Garmadon laughed maniacally at this, declaring that he liked the sound of that.

Island of Darkness

Lord Garmadon proceeded to set up a base camp where the ultimate weapon could be constructed, monitoring the Stone Army's progress on both building the weapon and mining Dark Matter. The Overlord appeared again there, warning him that the ninja had made it to the Island of Darkness in search of the Temple of Light. Garmadon deployed his forces to capture the ninja, only to eventually learn that the heroes had succeeded in their quest, enhancing their powers far beyond their previous limits—worse yet, Lloyd had gained the power of the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master, making him even stronger.

Atop the cliff where the Celestial Clock rested, Garmadon commented that the Overlord's army wasn't as indestructible as they had thought. The Overlord was unperturbed, claiming that their strength was also growing—the ultimate weapon would be completed just as the countdown reached zero, and then nothing would stop darkness from overwhelming the light at last.

The Last Hope

As the Celestial Clock continued to count down, Lord Garmadon began increasing the defenses around his camp, worrying that the ninja might try to attack him directly before the ultimate weapon could be completed. The Overlord commented that his resolve seemed to be wavering, despite Garmadon's denials. The Overlord's prodding over his reluctance to kill Lloyd eventually caused Garmadon to snap at nearby soldiers, telling them to double their effort on the ultimate weapon's development.

When General Kozu came in to report capturing a prisoner, Garmadon was surprised to see his wife, Misako. The former couple argued about Garmadon's path to evil, and the villain admitted that he had wanted Misako to see things his way so she could rule by his side. As he lamented that Misako was one of a very small number of people who could truly understand him, Garmadon realized that he had been tricked—Misako had stolen the Helmet of Shadows in a last desperate attempt to halt the Celestial Clock.

Enraged at the deception, Garmadon pursued Misako and the ninja in a massive, four-armed robot that proved immune to anything his foes threw at him. When the Overlord reminded him that the ninja could turn the Stone Army against him if they wore the Helmet of Shadows, Garmadon resolved to chase them down personally, conducting a furious chase through the jungle. Just when he finally had the Earth Driller in his grasp, Lloyd arrived and disabled the robot with a powerful blast.

Lord Garmadon emerged from the wreckage, weakened and vulnerable, but his son hesitated to kill him, allowing the Stone Army to catch up with the ninja. Garmadon left the rest of the chase to his minions as he regained his strength, but eventually noticed a strange beam of energy soaring over the trees. The Overlord told him that the countdown had ended and the final battle was about to begin, leading Garmadon back to the base camp and revealing that the ultimate weapon was finally complete. Presented with the weapon—dubbed "Garmatron" by the Overlord—Lord Garmadon gleefully declared that it was more beautiful than he could have imagined and joined the Overlord in laughing triumphantly.

Return of the Overlord

Shortly after the completion of the Garmatron, the Stone Army arrived before Garmadon, presenting his recovered helmet as well as a prisoner—Nya. Garmadon tested the Dark Matter on Nya, transforming her into a loyal servant. Ordering Nya to ambush the heroes if they followed him, Lord Garmadon boarded the Garmatron and set out for the coast, accompanied by the Overlord and the Stone Army.

After arriving on the coast, Garmadon ordered the Stone Army to begin loading Dark Matter into the Garmatron's main cannon, but his actual attack was delayed when Lloyd, Misako, and Master Wu arrived. Garmadon furiously denied their pleas to stop his actions, declaring that he was too far gone for any hope of redemption—the only way he could reunite with his family was to make them (along with the rest of the world) as evil as he was. With that, Garmadon activated the Garmatron's main cannon, only to discover that the weapon required a twenty-second warm-up period. Lloyd attempted to stop the countdown and briefly grappled with his father before Kozu pinned him down, allowing the Garmatron to fire on the village of Ignacia. Trying to prevent Garmadon from firing again, Lloyd summoned his powers in an attempt to escape Kozu's grip. In response, Garmadon used a hidden trapdoor to drop Kozu and Lloyd out of the Garmatron.

With Lloyd out of the way, Lord Garmadon fired his next Dark Matter missile at Jamanakai Village, upsetting the balance of light and darkness enough for the Overlord to begin manifesting in Ninjago, something which Garmadon didn't expect. Taking delight in this turn of events, the Overlord reveals that he was using Garmadon as a pawn to in his true plan to take over Ninjago for himself instead of letting Garmadon do it. Realizing this, Garmadon furiously berates the Overlord for using him, but the ultimate evil simply laughed as he starts possessing Garmadon's body. During the metamorphosis, Garmadon screams in pain as the Overlord's possession transforms his body into a more uglier form. It was then the horrified Ninja realized that the Lloyd was actually destined to fight the Overlord and that Garmadon is being used than a vessel for the Overlord. Knowing now that Overlord will never show any mercy, Lloyd is more determined to face against him.

During Lloyd's battle against the Overlord, the former asserted that Lord Garmadon was still alive and unwilling to harm him. At this, Lord Garmadon attempted to resist the Overlord's control of his body, leaving himself open for Lloyd's assault. Unfortunately, the Overlord proved to be too strong and regained control, completely subduing Garmadon's mind and body before defeating Lloyd, cruelly telling him that Garmadon is gone. The Overlord then triumphantly leads his Stone Army (including the corrupted Nya) to portal to Ninjago City, leaving the Ninja stranded and defeated for the time being.

Rise of the Spinjitzu Master

Garmadon purified

The Ninja were eventually able to return to Ninjago City, but by that time, the Overlord has turned nearly everyone in Ninjago City evil. It is also revealed that the Overlord also turned Garmadon's body into his original form as a giant purple dragon. Eventually, Lloyd finally unlocks his True Potential and defeats the Overload, supposedly vanishing him from existence and reverting all of Ninjago and its civilians (including Nya) back to normal.

At first, Garmadon was thought to have been destroyed following the Overlord's defeat, but Garmadon awoke amid the rubble calling for Lloyd, completely purified of evil—not only was he himself again, but the dark magic that had given him four arms and the Devourer's venom that had turned him evil in the first place had all disappeared. Surprised at his new appearance, Garmadon happily reunited with his family, telling Master Wu that it felt good to be free of evil at last. He was last seen walking off with Misako and Lloyd, eager to catch up on the bonding time he had missed due to his curse.


The Art of the Silent Fist

Garmadon in Master's gi.

Fleeing the Digital Overlord, the five ninja and Nya traveled to Garmadon's Monastery to seek refuge. That night, they partook in Garmadon's lesson on the Art of the Silent Fist, a martial arts style that involves misdirection and avoiding the attacks of enemies. He handily defeated Lloyd in a sparring session, invoking his son's anger, but cautioned his son against giving in to such feelings, having been overcome by rage himself in the past. Upon learning that the Nindroids are seeking Lloyd and his golden powers, Garmadon volunteered to travel with Lloyd and get as far away from the Digital Overlord's grasp as possible.

Garmadon falls asleep in Proto Sam-X.

Traveling to Nya's old Samurai X Cave, Lloyd and Garmadon took her all-terrain vehicle to help expedite their journey. As night fell, the pair stopped by a nearby river to drink. However, they were subsequently tracked down and attacked by the Nindroid MechDragon. As they fled Garmadon accidentally fired the vehicle's cannons while attempting to find an afterburner to increase their speed, much to his dismay. The other four Just as the dragon was about to capture them however, the ninja succeed in shutting down the power to all of Ninjago, and the Dragon collapsed in front of them. Though Lloyd believed they should return, Garmadon remained firm in continuing to put distance between themselves and New Ninjago City until the Overlord has been permanently deleted.


Pointing the way forward

As father and son passed through a rocky gorge, Garmadon paused to teach Lloyd about the importance of balance by having the Green Ninja balance rocks. Upon placing a boulder atop the pile, Lloyd lost control and the rock tower collapsed. Giving up, Garmadon determined that they should continue forward, though without the use of the Golden Dragon.

Encouraging Lloyd

Garmadon and Lloyd eventually came to a broken bridge, prohibiting their path forward. Garmadon saw this as an opportunity for Lloyd to unlock more of the First Spinjitzu Master's powers and ordered his son to move the mountain in front of him to create a path across. Though the Golden Ninja managed to move pieces into place, he lost focus at the end and the bridge crumbled. Frustrated, Lloyd summoned the Golden Dragon to create a Golden Path for them, much to Garmadon's dismay.

Dangling off the mountain

Their path eventually took them to a large mountain that they were forced to scale. Lloyd joked that Garmadon's former extra set of arms would have come in useful here, though Garmadon noted that his son's sense of humor lacked in comparison to his Golden Power. As the master reached the top of the mountain, he was alarmed to see that Lloyd had stopped to help a Ravture youngling. As he feared, the father was not far away and attacked the duo. Garmadon began to frantically climb away only to be grabbed by the father ravture and thrown off the mountainside. It was then that Lloyd found himself able to move mountains and managed to create a hand to catch his father.

Watching the Falcon's message

The father and son ravture were reunited and left, while Lloyd created a stairway down the mountain with his newfound abilities. On their way down, the Falcon arrived with a message from Nya warning them of a mysterious Stranger who had taken the hard drive containing the Overlord. As the message ended, Garmadon noted that they were near Hiroshi's Labyrinth and determined they should head there to hide. Lloyd agrees and they descended into the forest to get lost.

The Curse of the Golden Master

Garmadon and Lloyd make it inside of Hiroshi's Labyrinth, and Lloyd comments that whoever made it through the jungle was better than him. Garmadon also comments that there is an oasis in the middle of the jungle, that no one has seen before.

Garmadon held captive

When they make it to the oasis, however, they only have a moment to rest as Techno Wu and a squad of Nindroids ambush the duo. Garmadon faces his brother again as Lloyd escapes, yet Wu is victorious and Garmadon is taken aboard the MechDragon. When Pythor steals Lloyd's power, the Overlord comments that Garmadon is no use to them, and he throws him overboard. As the MechDragon flies off, Garmadon surfaces and vows that he will find Lloyd again.

Enter the Digiverse

Garmadon followed the MechDragon back to New Ninjago City where he disguised himself as a Nindroid to sneak into Borg Tower. He arrived in Borg's Office just as Techno Wu was about to suspend the program, thereby trapping the ninja in the Digiverse. Garmadon flung his assimilated brother out the window before revealing himself and attacked Pythor, as the latter expressed surprise that Garmadon broke his oath. Garmadon claimed that as they took his son, he had done away with his oath never to fight again.

Disguised as a Nindroid.

After the Serpentine managed to escape in a Hover-Copter, Garmadon slid down the side of the building where he faced Techno Wu again. The battle quickly turned against Garmadon's favor and he was forced to retreat to the very edge of the cell tower. However just as Techno Wu prepared to finish him off, the ninja successfully reboot the system, thereby returning Wu to his regular self.

The brothers returned to Borg's Office where the ninja, P.I.X.A.L., and Nya celebrated their success.

Codename: Arcturus

Garmadon accompanied Wu and the other ninja back to the Temple of Light wherein Lloyd returned his elemental powers to the four ninja. Garmadon voiced his disprovable of the plan to Wu, who in return reminds him that it was Lloyd's choice, not his, and encourages the ninja to take risks. Garmadon remained optimistic, knowing that as the protectors of Ninjago, they were without the luxury of rest.

Once back in New Ninjago City, Garmadon arrives at Borg Tower where P.I.X.A.L. and Wu are busy trying to figure out the Nindroid's mysterious project "Arcturus." Garmadon comments that he and Wu once defeated an ancient Serpentine General by the same name. They later discover that the Overlord intends to retrieve the Golden Weapons from space, where they were sent following the Mega-Weapon's destruction-an event that only Garmadon and the four ninja who traveled back in time can remember due to their involvement in it. P.I.X.A.L later discloses this to Kai who sets for the truck carrying some of the parts of the rocket. He, Wu, Nya, and P.I.X.A.L. follow the rest of the ninja (except Kai, who was captured) to Ouroboros just in time to witness the Arcturus rocket launch with all five ninja aboard. Garmadon is outraged that Wu would allow such a thing but nevertheless watched as the rocket departed for the heavens.

The Void

Communicating with the ninja

Garmadon returned to Borg Tower with Wu, Nya, and P.I.X.A.L. where they were able to contact the ninja and provide help in their attempt to take over the comet-bound ship. However, their communications were discovered by Pythor who lead a squad of Nindroids to attack Borg Industries.

The four managed to escape to Garmadon's monastery and re-established contact with the ninja.

The Titanium Ninja

Garmadon and Wu

The ninja manage to return to Ninjago City by salvaging the parts of the Nindroids' ship to create a new, smaller one. They meet with Garmadon and their other allies before heading into the city, which has been occupied and ransacked by the Golden Master, in an attempt to reach the Temple of Fortitude. Garmadon and Master Wu meet the other ninja there, with Cyrus Borg giving them a pill they can use to shrink the Golden Master while Garmadon and Wu devise a plan to make him consume it.

The ninja, along with Garmadon and his brother, run across rooftops towards the Golden Master. The Golden Master's powers don't affect them due to their Stone Warrior armor, which wards off the golden power. Upon reaching Borg Tower, where the Golden Master has created a massive "spider-web" using his golden powers, Garmadon and Wu work together to propel the pill towards their ancient adversary, but Pythor intervenes and devours it. The Golden Master then seizes Garmadon and the other ninja, except Zane, who sacrifices himself to freeze the Golden Master, with both being killed in the process.

Garmadon attends Zane's funeral and joins his brother and the ninja as they crowd around each other and watch snow fall from the sky.

A Team Divided

Garmadon reflected in his journal on the loss of Zane, writing that he and Wu would have to let the ninja deal with the grief on their own. The brothers trusted the ninja would come back stronger, and Garmadon speculated on the possibility of Zane's survival due to his mysterious power source.

Weeks later, Garmadon scolded Lloyd for spending hours watching TV. After the two saw that Jay was a game show host, Garmadon supported his son's newfound drive to find and reassemble the ninja team.

Tournament of Elements

The Invitation

Garmadon was going to join his brother and Nya in rebuilding Destiny's Bounty. He went to ask his son for help but the latter told him that he was going on a fishing trip with his friends as Garmadon was happy they reconnected. Lloyd then asks his father if there were others with elemental powers like him and the ninja. Garmadon questions Lloyd why he asked him that, to Lloyd's response with nothing. He feels suspicious of his son and then heads towards his son's room where he found that he cast the fishing rod against the wall and left it there. As Garmadon looks around and questions what is going on, he notices and spots a takeout carton and realizes Chen was involved with his son's mysterious behavior.

Garmadon describes the Elemental Masters to the ninja

With this knowledge, Garmadon deduces that Lloyd and the other ninja were going to Chen's Island. He immediately followed them to the docks, where the Elemental Masters began boarding Chen's ferry. While there Garmadon encountered his old rival Clouse, who is still working with Chen. Garmadon tries to stop the ninja but they are insisted on going because Zane may still be alive and this was a chance to find him. After failing to dissuade his son from going, Garmadon decides to join him on the journey. Clouse initially refuses to let Garmadon on the ship stating there was no room, but Garmadon boards anyway after knocking off a grunt and Clouse allows this act.

On the ferry, Garmadon tells the ninja about Clouse being a dangerous wizard and Chen's second-in-command. Soon, the ninja meet various people using different kinds of powers as Kai asks Garmadon why he or Wu never told them there were others with abilities like them. Garmadon explains there were things they didn't want them to know as he tells the ninja about the Elemental Masters. As they travel through the ferry, Garmadon gives details about several of the current masters, revealing they are descended from previous elemental users. When Kai notes the same went for him and his sister, Garmadon tells a confused Kai that Nya might have an element that just needed to be unlocked. Garmadon makes note of a few of major Elemental Masters. Clouse then announces to everyone that they're about to reach Chen's Island before calling Chen himself and telling him that Garmadon has returned. Garmadon tells the ninja that he swore never to return to the island while the ninja contemplate whether they'll be able to find Zane.

Only One Can Remain

Garmadon reveals his past affiliation

After arriving on the island, Clouse speaks to Garmadon and states that Chen will be pleased to see him again while tensely referring to him as Sensei.

Garmadon reveals to the ninja that Master Chen was previously his master, during a period in Garmadon's life when he took the path of evil. During the Serpentine War, Chen betrayed the Elemental Masters by siding with the Serpentine before being exiled to his island fortress as part of a deal for his surrender. After the tournament bracket is revealed he is kicked out of Chen's fortress by Clouse but sneaks back in during the first round. After catching Clouse using his dark magic to sabotage Lloyd, Garmadon attacks him, the grapple enabling Lloyd to claim one of the Jadeblades. He then takes part in the group's discussion regarding the urgency of finding Zane.


After suffering continued ill-treatment from Chen's minions, Garmadon joined the others in observing various battles, including Kai's fight with Ash and the confrontation between Bolobo and, Neuro. Garmadon expressed confidence in Neuro's ability to succeed and was proved right despite Bolobo's early advantage. Unfortunately, the ninja were soon forced to contend with an unpleasant development: Chen changing the tournament roster so that Jay and Cole were forced to battle each other. He wisely reasoned that the pair would have to reconcile or fail, and was pleased when they renewed their friendship. Unfortunately, Cole was forced to forfeit to ensure that at least one of them would continue to advance in the tournament.

Ninja Roll

Garmadon joined his pupils in observing a battle between Skylor and Jacob Pevsner and noted that Jacob's power over Sound had grown since he had last encountered him. After hearing the ninja speculate as to whether Skylor and Kai might be related due to her use of Fire, Garmadon revealed that she was the Master of Amber. He would then tell the ninja that they should try to befriend their competition or they would try to defeat them.

He joined Clouse and Chen in observing Lloyd's Thunderblade battle with Chamille and intervened when Clouse attempted to sabotage Lloyd with his Dark Magic.

Spy for a Spy

Garmadon and the remaining ninja were heartened by the fact that they had managed to ally with the other competitors, only for Chen to mislead the group by telling them that he intended to award his Staff of Elements to the winner of the tournament.

Things start looking up as they learn from a disguised Nya—who had infiltrated Chen's Kabuki—that there was a spy in their midst. The ninja soon receive a fortune cookie from Skylor that says Cole and Zane will be breaking out very soon as they express relief that Cole managed to find their friends. Garmadon later joined the ninja in attempting to uncover the spy, providing the helpful hint that a minion of Chen would have an Anacondrai tattoo on their back like his.


Garmadon and the remaining contestants boarded Chen's blimp and were flown high above the island, where they learned that the next task would be hunting the fugitive Nya. However, as they were dropped onto the island, it was determined that the parachutes left for them by Chen were one short given Garmadon's presence. As he and Lloyd fell, Lloyd struggled to summon his Elemental Dragon, which Garmadon revealed was due to his fear. Both grabbed onto a parachute, and Garmadon attempted to sacrifice himself so that Lloyd could use it, but Lloyd refused. After Lloyd opened the parachute for him, Garmadon who was shocked said "What have you done!?"

A few seconds later Garmadon was happy that his son successfully managed to summon his dragon. Working together, the pair soon discovered that Nya had left a false trail for her pursuers and a real one for her friends.

Garmadon and Lloyd learn Chen's true plan

Along the way, Garmadon revealed to Lloyd the full details of his previous allegiance to Chen and how he received the title of Lord from him after defeating Clouse. Likewise, he explained their involvement in the Serpentine Wars, including his adding his signature to Wu's letter to Misako. He also revealed that he had never told Misako or Wu the truth, but that he didn't regret it being that Lloyd wouldn't exist as a result. Lloyd then encouraged him to come clean with his wife and brother, and Garmadon agreed to do so. Unfortunately, they found Nya just in time to learn Chen's true plan: to use the stolen powers to turn him and his Anacondrai warriors into Anacondrai.

The Forgotten Element

Garmadon, Nya, and Lloyd soon assault Chen's Fortress in a bid to rescue the others and stop Chen's plan. Garmadon was forced to battle Clouse, who gained the upper hand due to his use of an Anacondrai Blade. Captured and imprisoned alongside Nya, Garmadon was mocked by Chen and Clouse, who visited them to taunt them over his victory over Lloyd. Garmadon angrily questioned the location of his son as Chen stated he will take Lloyd's power at the ceremony which Garmadon can't attend as Chen was still hurt at his leave. Nya wondered how Chen beat Lloyd which Chen stated he had help revealing Kai was the one who did so.

Garmadon was angered Chen turned the ninja against each other as he did their ancestors before grabbing Skylor, attempting to use her as a way to be released but Chen and Clouse called his bluff. With Nya, Garmadon was left at the mercy of Clouse's Anacondrai serpent, while the villains leave though not before Kai winks at them revealing it was all a ruse relieving them. Sometime later, Clouse's pet serpent arrived which Garmadon viewed as karma accrued by his role in destroying the Great Devourer. However, a jailbreak of the Elemental Masters—aided by Cole, Zane, and Jay Roto Jet—resulted in their escape, and they soon intervened in Chen's ceremony returning the powers to the Elemental Masters, forcing Chen, Clouse, and a few henchmen to flee.

The Day of the Dragon

Following much of the Anacondrai warriors' capture, Garmadon was with the five ninja, exclaiming his pride within the five, saying that they did what the original Elemental Masters could not: stick together. After getting a message from Griffin Turner from Neuro, Garmadon and Cole used the Roto-Jet to help assist in finding Chen's remaining forces and the captive Skylor. Unfortunately, the pair got into a dogfight with Clouse and Chen, the former leaping onto the Roto-Jet to sabotage it. Garmadon exited the craft to engage his former classmate and knocked him off the plane. Their battle resumed on the ground, with Clouse opening a portal to the Cursed Realm to rid himself of Garmadon and claim his old title of Lord. However, Garmadon managed to drag Clouse into the portal before climbing over him to escape it, which caused him to remark on his dislike of Magic.

Garmadon turned into Anacondrai.

Sadly, Garmadon's victory would be short-lived, as Chen used Skylor's powers to fuel his spell and turn the Anacondrai warriors—including Skylor and Garmadon—into Anacondrai. Garmadon assured a sad Lloyd he was still on his side as Chen's forces soon overpowered the Elemental Masters with sheer strength, speed, and numbers causing them to retreat to the palace. While there, Garmadon was nearly attacked by Jay, who confused him for one of the Warriors, but Lloyd quickly explained it as Jay told Garmadon to pick a body and sticking with it. The Masters then watched as Chen's army escaped the island, leaving Garmadon and his young allies stranded. However, Zane and Kai's success in summoning a Titanium Dragon and Elemental Fire Dragon inspired the others to overcome their fears summon forth their Elemental Dragons, and they set out for Ninjago. Garmadon rode on Lloyd's Dragon and told the Masters a battle from the past had returned but stated they will rise to face off against it.

The Greatest Fear of All

Garmadon and the ninja returned to Ninjago.

Flying back on Lloyd's Dragon, Garmadon and the others arrived back in New Ninjago City only to find that Chen's forces had yet to attack. Having their allies watch the city, the ninja made their way to the Samurai X Cave where they were reunited with Wu and Misako, who was surprised at his appearance. Wu's pleasure at seeing him reminded Garmadon of his shameful secret, but they accompanied the ninja to Kryptarium Prison to see Pythor. Chen's forces came looking for the snake as well, and a drop of Pythor's venom fell on Garmadon's hand, transforming it again as Zane realized that was why the Warriors came for Pythor: to maintain the transformation. Now aware of Chen's reason for not attacking, Garmadon, along with his brother and son, attempted to escape with the last true Anacondrai in tow. During this, the trio learned that Chen had lied to both sides during the Serpentine War. Unfortunately, they were confronted by more Warriors, resulting in abattle in which they lose Pythor to the Anacondrai warriors and were forced to prepare for the inevitable invasion.

Back at the Samurai X Cave, Misako took note of Garmadon's sad look and grabbing his hand, she asked him about it as he attempted to tell his wife the truth about the letter but was interrupted with the power shutting off. Much to the horror of the allied heroes, the Anacondrai warriors succeeded in luring the Elemental Masters away from New Ninjago City and various settlements, allowing them to invade unopposed. After Wu stated their fears have come true, Garmadon sadly remarked "The new Serpentine War has just begun."

The Corridor of Elders

The Destiny's Bounty was soon in the air and Nya attempted to communicate with the ninja, though Chen took control of the airwaves. Chen then told everyone about Garmadon's secret about his letter which was actually Wu's, infuriating Wu upon discovering that his brother claimed his letter as his own. Before a fight could break out, Skylor calmed Wu down before anyone could get hurt. He was reunited with Lloyd, who noticing Wu and Misako shunning him was because they found about the letter.

He is later seen on the Bounty at the cannons helping their allies take down the Anacondrai warriors at the Corridor of Elders. Despite their efforts, Chen's army it through the path just as Lloyd appears on the ship with Pythor who tells in order to save Ninjago, Garmadon would need to be banished to the Cursed Realm so the Anacondrai Generals' spirits could curse Chen and his army. Garmadon willingly accepted this, feeling that he couldn't make up for all the evil he had done with what time he had left in his life. Wu and Misako were initially resistant, but in the end supported his choice having forgave him for his deceit while Lloyd was angered at his father's choice and left.

Garmadon sacrifices himself to defeat Chen.

Wu recited the banishment spell as he tells his brother and wife to apologize to Lloyd for him but the latter appeared and accepting his father's reason finished the spell himself, banishing Garmadon and releasing the Anacondrai Generals who cursed and banished Chen and his army. Garmadon's likeness was then carved into the Corridor alongside those of the other fallen Elemental Masters.


Curseworld, Part II

Garmadon imprisoned in the Cursed Realm.

After being tricked by Morro, Lloyd eventually awakened in the Cursed Realm and began searching around. Soon enough, he finds his father bound in chains. Lloyd tried to break the chains but to no avail. Seeing Lloyd's despair over his inability to save his father and stop Morro, Garmadon gives him the confidence to keep fighting. He promises to always be with Lloyd no matter where he is and says that at some point every boy must become a man, but it's their decision as to what kind of man they want to be. By some means, Lloyd obtained his father's robes and departed the Cursed Realm to face Morro.

As the Battle of Stiix draws to a close, Nya unlocks her True Potential, creating a giant tidal wave that drowns the Preeminent. The Cursed Realm is consequently destroyed; all its inhabitants are killed, including Garmadon, who passes on to the Departed Realm. Following the battle, Lloyd expressed his feelings that his father was "in a better place."


When the ninja helped the Ninjago City Aquarium by catching a mutant Fangfish, Kai told Lloyd that Garmadon would be proud and that Lloyd was becoming a great leader. Though an animatronic of Garmadon's Lord form was present at the Ninjago Museum of History at one point,[23] Garmadon was one of the ninja's only adversaries who was not given a statue in the Hall of Villainy, due to his redemption and going to the side of good.[24]

Still full of hatred over the time he lost to Garmadon and did not gain the title of Lord, Clouse journeyed to the Dark Island in order to finally prove himself as worthy of the title.[25]

Lloyd and Misako lighting a lantern for Garmadon

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.[24]

When Nya encountered the new Samurai X, the samurai used Garmadon's voice as part of a series of voice imitations in an attempt to confuse Nya. However, Nya told the figure that Garmadon sacrificed himself and was gone forever.[26]

Garmadon's corruption remained a source of grief for Wu, with the former Dark Lord at one point appearing in a dream and asking Wu why he let him fall into the darkness.[11]

Having lost her partents to the Great Devourer, Harumi believed Garmadon was the real hero as he was the one to ulimately defeated the creature.[27] 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.[28]

Prior to Sons of Garmadon

In the Departed Realm, Garmadon saw and was deeply frightened by the Oni. He wished to return to Ninjago and use his Destruction to prevent the Oni from invading the realm.[29][30]

Sons of Garmadon

Dread on Arrival

Having successfully acquired the three Oni Masks, the Sons of Garmadon gather in the Temple of Resurrection in the Royal Palace to finally revive him. Harumi performs the ritual using the masks and hair taken from his family: Lloyd, Wu, and Misako. A portal to the Departed Realm is opened, and Garmadon's spirit can be heard howling in pain on the other side. Harumi chants and calls out to him, and he groggily answers back, laughing maniacally. Before Harumi succeeds in her plan, the ninja use Spinjitzu to halt the resurrection process, seemingly preventing Garmadon's rebirth. The Sons of Garmadon are arrested and the ninja think themselves victorious, but a dark hand can be seen rising from the pedestal at the temple afterward. Lord Garmadon returns to Ninjago, corrupted, and with all light absent from his soul.

True Potential

Garmadon appears before Lloyd in Kryptarium Prison.

Now resurrected, Lord Garmadon makes his presence known by scaring two garbage men, repeatedly saying "She calls me." He later steals their truck to break Harumi out of custody before taking over Kryptarium Prison and freeing all of the members of the Sons of Garmadon. While using the basketball field to practice, Harumi tells him in order to reach his True Potential, he must face Lloyd. His son soon arrives later that night and they fight, with Garmadon gaining the upper hand, all the while rejecting Lloyd's pleas. During their fight, Garmadon unleashes his element of destruction, which severely weakens his son. He soon throws Lloyd through a wall into a locker room, leaving Lloyd struggling to breathe before continuing to fight him with ease due to his injury.

After proclaiming he has no son, Garmadon throws a defeated Lloyd outside of the prison. Harumi soon proclaims they can spare Lloyd so he can see Garmadon's reign. They then prepare to head to Ninjago at dawn, so Garmadon can be proclaimed its new emperor.

Big Trouble, Little Ninjago

With his new potential, Garmadon conquers a village by demonstrating his powers over creation, creating the giant "Colossus." The Colossus rampages through Ninjago City, destroying much in its path. While this happens, Garmadon tells Harumi that his brother is close before leaving her side to find him. Soon enough, Garmadon confronts Misako and Toddler Wu as they leave Dareth's apartment. Before Garmadon can destroy Misako with his powers, Nya arrives and saves her. After Lloyd escapes with Toddler Wu, Nya and Misako fight off Garmadon. After the Ninjas' near destruction at the hands of the Colossus, and their departure from Ninjago to the Realm of Oni and Dragons, Garmadon, turned emperor, takes control of Ninjago while Lloyd, Misako, Nya, and P.I.X.A.L. go into hiding.

Prior to Hunted

Garmadon reigned as the Emperor of Ninjago, plunging the city into a state of oppression and fear. The Sons of Garmadon helped to maintain his rule over all of Ninjago.

With complete control over the city, Garmadon outlawed the color green and has ordered the Sons of Garmadon to hunt down the remaining ninja and anyone affiliated with them to end any opposition to his rule.



As he watches over the city from his new throne on Borg Tower, Harumi reported to Garmadon that Lloyd still hadn't been caught and he was confused by Lloyd's defiance to him since Lloyd had nothing while he had everything. Garmadon was posed to use the Colossus to destroy half the city to draw him out but Harumi stopped him as that action was unnecessary.

Harumi suggested sending Mr. E who is more than capable to find and procure Lloyd, accepting of the latter's talents, Garmadon orders him to find his son.

Iron & Stone

Garmadon destroys Mr. E for his failure.

Lord Garmadon requests Harumi, Mr. E, Ultra Violet, and Killow's presence at the top of his palace in the Borg Tower. The soulless Garmadon demands to know who failed to capture his son. They all secretly tremble in fear, until Mr. E steps forward. Despite Harumi's protests to defend him, Garmadon still kills Mr. E and threatens Harumi and her remaining generals that he will tear them apart next if they fail to capture his son again.

Radio Free Ninjago

Garmadon nearly discovers Lloyd and his friends but cannot see through their cloak.

Lord Garmadon summons Harumi again to the top of his palace; when she fearfully approaches him, he tells her that his son is near. Although Harumi assures him that Lloyd would be a fool to come anywhere near Borg Tower, she quickly withdraws her statement when Garmadon angrily asks her if she thinks he is a fool. She then assures him that she will take care of security. When Garmadon wanders Borg Tower looking for Lloyd, he is about to see past Skylor's efforts to camouflage the group, until Harumi arrives from the elevator, asking Garmadon if he is okay. He tells her that he believes Lloyd and the others are on the next floor, ordering Harumi to follow him. This slip in judgment gives Lloyd and company the time needed to break in the broadcast room and encourage the public to rise up against their self-proclaimed Emperor. Lloyd also challenges his father, forcing Garmadon to angrily growl at the top of the tower as he watches the broadcast.

How to Build a Dragon

Lord Garmadon requests Harumi, Killow, and Ultra Violet's presence at the top of the Borg Tower. Harumi willingly but fearfully admits that she failed to stop Lloyd's broadcast, and Garmadon agrees. Ultra Violet accuses Harumi of letting it happen, after which Garmadon prepares to tear her apart with Destruction, although Harumi begs him to spare her since she brought him back from the dead. Garmadon then retorts that he has no heart and no mercy, and he is about to kill Harumi until she reveals that she knows the location of the Resistance's base. He ultimately spares her, and upon learning the base is in the garbage depot, then sends a Sons of Garmadon battalion to the base.

The Gilded Path

After Lord Garmadon's forces captured most of the Resistance, the dark lord appeared on a roof and used his Destructive Powers to control the Colossus, having it chase after Lloyd, Nya, Skylor, and Dareth. When the Colossus had cornered them, he attempted to crush their vehicle with them inside of it. After sensing Lloyd begging him to stop, Garmadon momentarily hesitated, but then continued.

However, P.I.X.A.L. used this distraction to shoot him with her samurai armor, breaking his focus and control over Colossus, allowing Lloyd, Nya, Skylor, and Dareth to escape. The enraged Garmadon then shot her out of the sky with a Destructive Blast allowing Killow to capture her. Garmadon could only stare in disappointment as his son escaped the city.

After, the raid on the Resistance's HQ, Garmadon's forces sent the captured Elemental Masters and their supporters to Kryptarium Prison.

Two Lies, One Truth

Garmadon tells Harumi of a new evil found in the Departed Realm.

After this successful ambush, Garmadon seemed to disappear, confusing the likes of Killow and Ultra Violet. When Harumi finds him, he is confused by his hesitation to crush Lloyd. He is struggling with his lingering affection for his son, having believed only the darkness and brutality of his Oni side were brought back. Harumi corrects him, stating that "a child isn't born from a side, a child encompasses all." Meaning that Lloyd came from all parts of him, including his Oni side, and thus his love for Lloyd still existed.

Garmadon accepts Harumi as his "child."

Harumi attempts to convince him to cast aside Lloyd as his son, in order to escape what holds him back and fully unlock his True Potential, and embrace her as his daughter. Garmadon reveals to Harumi that his true reasoning behind seeking strength and conquering Ninjago was to defeat an "endless night" he saw during his time in the Departed Realm, which struck fear into him and threatens his "father's realm."

After his revelation, the dark lord accepts Harumi as his new daughter, the princess promising to do whatever it takes to help her "father" defeat this evil.

The Weakest Link

Mystake, disguised as Harumi, comes before Lord Garmadon with the "captured" Skylor. Unknown to Garmadon, Harumi was captured by his son and the Resistance plans to have Skylor absorb Garmadon's power in order to control his Colossus. Just as Garmadon approaches Skylor, Ultra Violet warns him that "Harumi" forgot to add that Skylor is the Master of Absorption. Garmadon then becomes suspicious, although Mystake, still disguised as Harumi attempts to talk her way out of the situation when the real Harumi and Killow arrive at the top of Garmadon's Palace in the Borg Tower.

Saving Faith

Upon seeing two Harumis, Garmadon lets the newly-arrived one speak in order to deduct who the real Harumi is. After learning the first "Harumi" is Mystake in disguise, he congratulates the real Harumi for her efforts. Garmadon then convinces Mystake to show her true Oni form, and a fight commences between them. He is losing for most of the fight, until Mystake uses her powers to make a smokescreen around them, giving Skylor the opportunity to absorb his Destruction power. With Mystake now powerless after making the smokescreen, Garmadon murders her off-screen.

Lloyd, Nya, and Dareth help Skylor as she attempts to take control of the Colossus using Garmadon's element. Realizing his creation is being hijacked, Garmadon regains control of it, but Skylor attempts to regain control. The two struggle for possession of the Colossus; during the chaos, Harumi flees the roof of Borg Tower and runs into a nearby apartment building. After helping a family escape, she tries fleeing the building, but the Colossus crashes into it—causing the apartment to collapse. Garmadon is devastated by the loss, which only stokes his rage further, as he now intends to raze the city in pursuit of Lloyd.

Lessons for a Master

As a result of Harumi's death, Garmadon is fueled with rage and begins to destroy the city with the Colossus.

Green Destiny

Garmadon battles his brother

Garmadon senses his brother's return, realizing that he is still alive. He also sees the ninja are still alive too and sends the Colossus to destroy them while Wu and Lloyd continue onto his palace.

From the shadows, Garmadon greets his family and declares them as enemies, Garmadon battles Wu and Lloyd before knocking Wu out of the battle and facing only Lloyd. Garmadon continues to attack Lloyd—and nearly knocks him from the tower twice—but saves him every time. Lloyd then attempts to convince his father to change back to how he used to be, but Garmadon proclaims that people don't change, they only reveal who they truly are.

After hitting the Dragonbone Blade out of Lloyd's hand, and watching it fall down to the city, Garmadon screams at Lloyd to get up and fight him. When Lloyd refuses, Garmadon angrily continues to attack him, but Lloyd uses his father's own technique to resist him. Because Garmadon gets his power from fighting, when Lloyd refused to fight him, his Destruction power got progressively weaker until it completely faded away. Now defeated, Garmadon orders Lloyd to finish him off, and when Lloyd refuses to deliver the final blow Garmadon then warns his son that "they are coming."

Garmadon arrested for subjugating the city.

Lloyd then brings his defeated father down to the streets where he is swarmed by many police officers before he is arrested. Garmadon pleads to Lloyd to believe him by rambling that "they" will come before being taken to Kryptarium Prison along with the Sons of Garmadon.

March of the Oni

Garmadon in Kryptarium Prison

The Darkness Comes

Garmadon is seen in his own special cell built for him in Kryptarium Prison when Lloyd comes to visit him. Although initially surprised that he came, Garmadon admits that he called for him to warn him of the eternal darkness that he previously mentioned when he was defeated, calling them the Bringers of Doom. He tries to convince Lloyd to release him from custody so he could help them save Ninjago, but Lloyd rudely refuses and leaves Kryptarium. After the Oni take over Ninjago City, Lloyd and the ninja reluctantly accept his offer to help them and release him from prison.

Into the Breach

Once on the ninja's ship, Garmadon often stalks and creeps up on the ninja. He once accidentally turned off their engines and claimed that that button should be labeled. When Lloyd reluctantly takes Garmadon on a "tour" around the ship were Garmadon sees a picture of himself and Lloyd in his human form before his death. Garmadon tossed that picture away before claiming that if you want to defeat the Oni, you need to be like them. After they arrive at the city, Garmadon told the ninja that the Oni came through the Realm Crystal and to stop them it must be destroyed. He also told them that he is the only one who can do this because he is Oni. When Lloyd told that he is part Oni, Garmadon said he can't go into the city because the Oni magic will most likely kill him since he is mostly human.

Garmadon at Destiny's Bounty

After Lloyd decided he will go with his father into the city, Cole gave Garmadon a sword, only for Garmadon to seemingly turn on the ninja and attack them. However, he was just sparring with them to get his Elemental powers back before jumping off of their ship to fight the Oni. When Lloyd followed him, Garmadon told him that was foolish and he might have died. When they spotted the Oni, Garmadon and Lloyd attacked them with their combined Elemental Powers and Katanas. After Garmadon saved Lloyd's life multiple times, he coldly retorted that the reason he did this was that the two of them stood a better chance, before continuing their way to the vault where the Realm Crystal was hidden in Borg Tower. When they made their way to the vault the two of them tried to destroy the crystal only for something to stop them and appear out of it. Garmadon then attempted to defeat it by using Destruction to summon four glowing purple daggers and attack it, only to be hurled towards a wall. After defeating Lloyd, it introduced itself as the Omega, leader of the Oni. When the Omega asked Garmadon why he is defending Ninjago if he is an "Oni," insulted him and replied that if anyone were to destroy Ninjago, it would be him. Omega then declared that he and Lloyd will be destroyed.

The Fall

After a brief conversation with the Omega, the trio continued fighting. Lloyd was launched into a display containing the Sword of Sanctuary. However, the sword's reflection failed; he instead went for the Realm Crystal while Garmadon distracts the Oni. The Omega explained the crystal was only the key needed to open the portal and destroying it won't do anything. More Onis are summoned and Son and Father retreated. They are surrounded but noticed the Oni feared the Golden Master's armor. They managed to escape Borg Tower but were surprised to learn the ninja had to leave with the Bounty due to a distress call. Instead, P.I.X.A.L. entered the dark clouds, and being a Nindroid, was able to save them. When she did, she noticed she was running out of fuel.

Garmadon and Lloyd in Borg Tower vaults

Lloyd and Garmadon are then surrounded by the Oni, but P.I.X.A.L. saved them on time. She ran out of fuel and they began to fall until the others arrived with the Bounty. The ninja then told them that Cole was gone. After Garmadon told them they are wasting time mourning, he showed them the Golden Master's armor, suggesting that they use it to fight back against Oni. However, everyone was upset at Garmadon for his lack of concern over Cole and started leaving.

Garmadon, once again, looked at the photos in the ninja's cabinet. Vinny accidentally came in when looking for the bathroom. He introduced himself and Garmadon asked him a question about what is more important than survival. Vinny replied that friendship, trust, truth and courage are the things more important than survival, and that there would be no point in life without these great qualities. Understanding the answer, Garmadon thanks Vinny and allows him to leave peacefully, finally understanding what the ninja are going through. Around the same time, Nya finally decided to take Garmadon's advice to use the Golden Master's armor, suggesting that they should melt it down and reforge the Golden Weapons to battle against the Oni.


Along with the ninja, Garmadon entered the Monastery of Spinjitzu carrying the Golden Armor and tossed it to Wu, telling him to have it melted down so that the ninja can forge the Golden Weapons to battle against the Oni. He also confessed his remorse over his past encounters with Misako, admitting that he understands how much his past self cared for her. As the Oni approach, Garmadon went outside the monastery to fight with the other ninja, proclaiming that he'll take on the Omega himself, to which the ninja happily obliges to. He and Wu also admitted to each other that they weren't expecting to fight alongside each other again, though Wu stated that life itself has a few surprises left for both of them.

Garmadon in his Oni form

During the fight against the Oni, Garmadon used his power to transform into an Oni to take down more Oni, just as Cole arrives and rejoins the ninja. Unfortunately, the powers of the Golden Weapons are still not enough to ward off the Oni as they are still surpassing in numbers; even Omega manages to beat down both Garmadon and Lloyd, proclaiming that he can sense Garmadon's hesitation to completely give in to the dark side and that his hope to regain his lost humanity makes him weak. As such, Garmadon and the ninja are forced to retreat back to the monastery. Just when all hope seems lost, Lloyd came up with the solution for them to recreate the Tornado of Creation. Garmadon initially refuses to join by stating that he isn't one of the Ninja, but Lloyd states Garmadon is still part of Ninjago's history along with the Ninja. Upon hearing this and seeing a painting of Lloyd getting swept over by an Oni tentacle, Garmadon had a change of heart and joins in the Tornado of Creation to finally wipe out the Omega and the Oni for good.

With the Oni gone, Garmadon stands apart when everyone was mourning Lloyd, who was thought to have died in the Tornado. However, Lloyd miraculously wakes up, much to everyone's relief. Despite frowning to himself, Garmadon is somewhat relieved that Lloyd is safe and that Ninjago is finally safe from the threat of the Oni for good. However, he decides to leave to parts unknown, believing that he has no place with his family anymore due to his crimes. Before leaving, Garmadon gazed at Wu, quietly entrusting him to look out for Misako and Lloyd, and Wu quietly bids Garmadon farewell in return, seeing that he still has a sense of good left in him in spite of his atrocious crimes.

As of the moment, Garmadon is currently in self-exile in parts unknown.

Lasting impact

Garmadon's likeness in the Mirror of Fears

After his 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.[31] 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.[32]


Character histories
Cole · Garmadon · Jay · Kai · Lloyd · Misako · Nya · P.I.X.A.L. · Wu · Zane
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