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Gripe is Kalmaar's merservant and a Maaray Guard.


Prior to Seabound

Gripe served as a Maraay Guard for his kingdom and eventually became Kalmaar's merservent.

The Tale of Benthomaar (flashback)

After Kalmaar got mad at Trimaar for not letting him entering the Tartarus Trench, Gripe told him that he agreed with Trimaar about the trench being dangerous. When Kalmaar stated he needed someone to swim through the Tartarus Trench so he could get to the Temple of Wojira, Gripe thought that he meant himself and questioned it.

Prior to Five Thousand Fathoms Down

As Kalmaar's merservant, Gripe became part of his plan to reawake Wojira, thus betraying his king.

Five Thousand Fathoms Down

Gripe was with Kalmaar when the latter told Glutinous that he was tired of his failed attempts to awaken Wojira.

The Wrath of Kalmaar

While Kalmaar was threatening Nya with his trident, Gripe startled him and informed him that Trimaar requested his presence at the palace. Later, Gripe was ordered by Kalmaar to make Nya and Maya tell him where the Island of the Keepers at so they could get the Storm Amulet. However, after Nya and Maya escaped, Gripe ordered Glutinous to release the Ripper Sharks after them.

Long Live the King

After Trimaar learned that Kalmaar intended to awaken Wojira, he ordered the Maaray Guards to bring in Kalmaar and Gripe to him. Once the two arrived, Gripe listened to Kalmaar and Trimaar's argument until he saw Trimaar being fatally shot by Kalmaar. He then ordered the other Maaray Guards to capture the ninja and later announced Kalmaar as the new king.

Escape from Merlopia

Gripe startles Kalmaar again to warn him of the Ripper Sharks failure to end the ninja. He assists him in attempting to sink the Hydro Bounty.

The Storm Amulet

Glutinous came to him and Kalmaar and told them that the Island of the Keepers is located at the storm belt. Although Gripe said nothing's there, Kalmaar corrected him.


During the Merlopians' invasion on Ninjago City, Gripe told the Ninjago City Police to surrender and perish, but Jimmy and another police officer look at each other in confusion.

Master of the Sea

Kalmaar, Gripe, and the other Merlopians walked through the docks at Ninjago Harbor, but Wu, Kai, Cole, Ray and Misako got in their way. Kalmaar ordered Gripe and the other Maaray Guards to attack them.

On the newly fixed Hydro Bounty, Gripe used his trident to shoot down Benthomaar. He then flees with Kalmaar back to Merlopia.

Assault on Ninjago City

During Kalmaar's assault on Ninjago City, Gripe and the Maaray Guards attacked the ninja and Benthomaar. During the battle, Benthomaar tried to tell the Maaray Guards about the truth of Trimaar's death, but Gripe prevented them from knowing.


After Kalmaar ordered the Maaray Guards to look for the ninja, Gripe took him to the Police Commissioner, thinking that he knows where the ninja are. After taking him to the Commissioner, he told him that he might be a king.

The Turn of the Tide

After Kalmaar seemingly killed Nya, Gripe and the other Maaray Guards attacked the ninja while Kalmaar fought against Jay and Benthomaar. However, after Wojira was freed from Kalmaar's control and ate him, Gripe and the other Maaray Guards escaped.


Gripe is very obedient and loyal to his master, Kalmaar. He is his Merservant and commander of the army of the Maaray Guards, so he often gives orders and determines tasks. He also has a reasonable fear of Kalmaar, and prefers to hide from him that Nya and Maya have fled so that nothing will happen to him.

Gripe is also a little foolish, as he had the Ripper Sharks released on Nya and Maya, rather than catching them alive. He also once dropped an anchor on his foot instead of into the sea. He seems to be quite nervous in Kalmaar's presence, and whenever he accidentally interrupts him, he apologizes.

As the Merservant of Kalmaar, he was somewhat corrupt as he was aware of Kalmaar's villainous actions and voluntarily helped him with them, even when Kalmaar killed his father. He was even willing to deceive his people when Benthomaar tried to convince them that Kalmaar had killed the king. However, he also seems to have a human side, as he did not want to destroy his kingdom by attacking the ninja.


Like other Maaray Guards, Gripe is black in color and has an eel-like body with legs and light green eyes, teeth, gloves, body parts, and neck scales. He wears big golden armor with a shoulder pad on his right shoulder over a black vest with light green details.


  • Trident: Gripe owns a powerful trident that is able to shoot powerful electrical bolts capable of injuring someone.



Season 14: Seabound

Behind the scenes

  • His voice is similar to that of Axl from Nexo Knights, likely because they have the same voice actor.
  • A running gag within Seabound is Gripe startling Kalmaar, and him denying him being startled.
  • His name means "to complain about something in a persistent, irritating way", or "to grasp something tightly".


  • He has a smaller version of the shoulderpads on the Hero armor.
  • He is the only Maaray Guard who is confirmed to know that Trimaar was killed by Kalmaar and not by the ninja.
  • He is similar to Char, because they are both leaders of the respective armies with a different color scheme than the others of their kind, have the same head mold, similar body movements and are voiced by Brian Drummond.




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