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An unnamed woman, sometimes referred to as Lightning, was the Elemental Master of Lightning during the era of the Serpentine War, the wife of the late Cliff Gordon, and the biological mother of Jay. Her current status is unknown.
The Hatching (flashback)
At the battle at the Monastery of Spinjitzu, the Master of Lighting subdued Acronix after the Time Twins were stripped of their powers, though Acronix and Krux broke free of their captors and escaped in a Time Vortex, where they would be lost in time.
Immediately after this, the Iron Doom suddenly appear from another Time Vortex, landing in front of the monastery, where the future Krux and Acronix emerge from the machine. Surprised, the past Master of Lightning asks the past Master of Ice if she's seeing things. As Krux says that they are true, she complains that she thought she was finally able to go on her honeymoon with Cliff.
After Machia orders the Vermillion to battle, she helps and tries to fend off the Vermillion, but are surprised on how they would constantly reform, saying she's never seen snakes do that before. Eventually, Kai and Nya arrive, who pose as their father and mother respectively. Telling them how to stop the Vermillion, the Masters gain the upper hand in the fight until Krux and Acronix call back all of the Vermillion to merge with the Iron Doom. As the Iron Doom towers above them, she begins to complain about the Vermillion already being tough enough, asking how they could stop the Iron Doom.
While she tries to defeat the Iron Doom, she and the Master of Ice are slammed into the wall of the Monastery, though they recover. She eventually hides with the other Masters in the Monastery while Kai and Nya fight the Iron Doom with the Fusion Dragon before giving them a distraction so they could land a solid blow on the Iron Doom. Eventually, she watches as the Iron Doom, Elemental Dragon, Kai, Nya, and future Wu leave through a Time Vortex.
After the Battle for All of Time
After the battle, the Master of Lightning presumably had her memory erased of fighting the Time Twins from the future, due to present-day Wu telling his past self to drink Obscuritea to restore the timeline. Along with the other Elemental Masters, the Master of Lightning's role in the battle against the Time Twins was commemorated in a large portrait, which eventually ended up in the Ninjago Museum of History.
The Master of Lightning's union with Cliff Gordon eventually led to the birth of a son named Jay, who would go onto inherit his mother's abilities. Due to Cliff's womanizing nature getting in the way of having a family, the former Master of Lightning ended up leaving her infant son in the care of Ed and Edna Walker, who he would see as his parents, unaware of his true heritage. Sometime later, Cliff died of unknown causes, while it is unknown what happened to the former Master of Lightning.
- 66. "The Hatching" (flashback; no lines)
- 72. "Pause and Effect" (flashback; no lines)
- 74. "Lost in Time"
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame (non-canon)
Behind the scenes
- It is unknown what her real name is, but Tommy Andreasen said that during development they called her "Libber Gordon." However, this is not canonically her name.
- Libber is what Andreasen calls his wife, as a nickname for Lisbeth.
- Tommy Andreasen originally pitched that she be voiced by Jay's voice actor, Michael Adamthwaite.
- She is modeled after Tommy Andreasen's wife.
- She has the same hair as the Intergalactic Girl from Minifigures Series 6.
- According to Tommy Andreasen, early ideas of Season 12 had Jay's mother connected to the creation of Prime Empire, with her powering the game.
- At some point, there were ideas to further explore her past and her relationship with her father.
- According to Andreasen, there was a scraped concept involving Jay's mother being trapped in Prime Empire and Jay's Elemental Powers being crucial to her survival.
- She has the same face design as present-day Maya.
- She is an unlockable character in The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame and is the only past Elemental Master (excluding Ray and Maya) to do so. Her blind bag can be found in the level "The Battlefield".
- She is voiced by Kelly Metzger, who voices another Elemental Master, Nya.
- It is unknown if she is still alive or if she will ever meet her son. When asked if she would appear in the present, Tommy Andreasen said that she is "unaccounted for."
- She is the only parent of the ninja whose name is currently unknown and also the only one whose status is unknown.
- Jay inherited his sense of humor from her.
- Her torso and legs resembles the torso and legs of the unknown Elemental Master.
- When asked what Cliff Gordon thought of his wife's powers, Tommy Andreasen said, "Who doesn’t appreciate a beautiful electrifying woman? Cliff Gordon does!"
- When asked if there would be more background given on Jay's birth parents, Tommy Andreasen said, "The stuff I do for now will remain focused on then main cast. Other stories may be told in books, comics etc. I don't have much influence over those, though I am sometimes consulted." This implies that, as of May 2021, there are no plans to further explore the pasts of Cliff or his wife in the TV series.
- As of February 2022, Andreasen confirmed that there are no plans for her.
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In other media
- "The Hatching"
- "Lost in Time"
- "The Hands of Time"
- "Misfortune Rising"
- "Game Over"