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Aw, I thought I was gonna finally go on my honeymoon. Really cute guy, too. Cliff is an actor and when I look into his eyes—
— Jay's mother to the Elemental Alliance in "Lost in Time"

Jay's mother, sometimes referred to as Lightning, was the Elemental Master of Lightning during the era of the Serpentine War and the wife of the late Cliff Gordon. Her current status is unknown.

History

Background

Years ago, the Elemental Master of Lightning fought alongside the Elemental Alliance led by Wu and Garmadon in the Serpentine War.[1] Around this time, she married an actor named Cliff Gordon.[2]

The Hatching (flashback)

After the Time Twins betrayed the Alliance, the Master of Lightning tried to fight Krux alone, but the Master of Gravity jumped in front of her and quickly fought Krux, although he was defeated.

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.

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.[2] 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.[3]

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,[4] the former Master of Lightning ended up leaving her infant son in the care of Ed and Edna Walker,[5] 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.[6]

Jay's abandonment ultimately helped him to relate to and reason with Unagami, ending the attack by Unagami and reuniting Unagami with his creator, Milton Dyer.[7]

Appearances

Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 7: The Hands of Time

Video games

Behind the scenes

  • It is unknown what her real name is, but Tommy Andreasen said that during development they called her "Libber Gordon."[8] However, this is not canonically her name.[9]
    • Libber is what Andreasen calls his wife, as a nickname for Lisbeth.[10]
  • Tommy Andreasen originally pitched that she be voiced by Jay's voice actor, Michael Adamthwaite.[11]
  • She is modeled after Tommy Andreasen's wife.[9]
  • 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.[12]
  • At some point, there were ideas to further explore her past and her relationship with her father.[13]
  • 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.[14]

Trivia

  • 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."[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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!"[17]
  • 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."[18] This implies that as of early 2021, there are no plans to further explore the pasts of Cliff or his wife in the TV series.

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References

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Ninja

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

Skulkin

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

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · Anacondrai generals (Arcturus)
Hypnobrai: Skales · Slithraa · Mezmo · Rattla · Selma · Skales Jr.
Fangpyre: Fangtom · Fangdam · Fang-Suei · Snappa
Constrictai: Skalidor · Bytar · Chokun · Snike
Venomari: Acidicus · Lizaru · Spitta · Lasha · Zoltar · Snake villain
Mini-snakes: Golden Vipers · Sly Vipers · Red Vipers · Hypno Vipers · Toxic Vipers · Translucent Blue Viper · Translucent Purple Vipers · Translucent Orange Viper
Other: Great Devourer · Anacondrai serpent

NGTV News

Dan Vaapit · Fred Finely · Gayle Gossip · Vinny Folson

Pirates

Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

Evil ninja

Bizarro Cole · Bizarro Jay · Bizarro Kai · Bizarro Zane

Wu's Academy students

Brad Tudabone · Finn · Gene · Marla · Sally · Tommy

Stone Army

Creator: The Overlord
Leader: General Kozu
Giant Stone Warrior · Stone Warriors · Stone Swordsmen · Stone Scouts

Nindroids

Leader: General Cryptor
Nindroid Warriors · Nindroid Drones · Min-Droid

Anacondrai warriors

Leader: Master Chen
Clouse · Zugu · Eyezor · Kapau · Chope · Sleven · Krait
Former members: Skylor

Elemental Masters

Current Elemental Masters: Ash · Bolobo · Chamille · Gravis · Griffin Turner · Jacob Pevsner · Karlof · Neuro · Mr. Pale · Shade · Skylor · Tox
Previous Elemental Masters: Cole's grandfather · Griffin Turner's grandparent · Jay's mother · Lilly · Master of Gravity · Master of Ice · Unknown Elemental Master · Master of Shadow · Master of Sound · Maya · Ray · Skylor's mother

Ghost Warriors

Leader: The Preeminent
Lieutenants: Morro · Ghost Masters (Soul Archer · Bansha · Ghoultar · Wrayth)
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Ming · Spyder · Howla · Yokai · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Pitch · Pyrrhus · Wail
Other: Skreemers

Yang's students

Leader: Master Yang
Chris · Martin · "Chuck"

Sky Pirates

Leader: Nadakhan
Flintlocke · Delara · Dogshank · Doubloon · Monkey Wretch · Clancee · Bucko · Cyren
Other: Skeleton figurehead
Former members: Sqiffy

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Police Commissioner · Tommy · Simon · Noonan · O'Doyle · Jimmy · Police Officer · Night Watchman

Djinns

Khanjikhan · Nadakhan · Nadakhan's mother

Shadow Army

Leader: Clouse

Vermillion

Leaders: Acronix · Krux
Supreme Commander Machia · Commander Raggmunk · Commander Blunck · Slackjaw · Rivett · Tannin · Vermin
Other: Buffmillion

Sons of Garmadon

Leaders: Lord Garmadon · Harumi
Generals: Killow · Mr. E · Ultra Violet
Luke Cunningham · Chopper Maroon · Mohawk · Skip Vicious · Nails · Sawyer · Scooter · Buffer · "Snake Jaguar"
Other: Colossus

Royal Family of Ninjago

Emperor of Ninjago · Empress of Ninjago · Princess Harumi · Hutchins · Royal Guards

Dragon Hunters

Leader: Heavy Metal
Jet Jack · Daddy No Legs · Muzzle · Chew Toy · Arkade · Skullbreaker · Stalwart Dangerbuff · Otto Pilot · Talon · Nitro · "Rocky Dangerbuff" · "Dangerbuff Junior"
Former members: Iron Baron

Oni

Mystake · The Omega

Pyro Vipers

Leader: Aspheera
Char · Pyro Destroyers · Pyro Slayers · Pyro Whippers
Former members: Mambo V · Mambo's advisor

Ninjago City Council

Andrea Thomson · May Robsen

Blizzard Samurai

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

Explorers Club

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

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Nelson · Antonia · Leroy

Formlings

Formling Leader · Akita · Kataru · Vex

Ice Fishers

Leader: Sorla
Uthaug · Boma

Avatars/NPCs

Creator: Milton Dyer
Ballistic Missiles: Anthony Brutinelli
Chrome Domes: Hyper-Sonic
Admin Droid · Adventure-Ready Woman · Avatar Pink Zane · Okino · Racer Seven · Scott · Shifty · Successful Samurai
League of Jay: Beta Jay 137 · Dee-Jay 81 · Jaybird 64 · Jaywalkin 238

Unagami's army

Leader: Unagami
Red Visors: Red 27 · Red 29
Avatar Harumi · Sushimi · Hostess · Sushimi's sushi chefs
Allies: The Mechanic · Henchmen · Ultra Violet · Captain Soto · Richie · Ritchie

Whack Rats

Leader: Atta the Ratta
Richie · Ritchie

Re-Awakened

Leader: Skull Sorcerer
Skull of Hazza D'ur

Sky Folk

Vangelis · Queen Vania · Engelbert
Army of Shintaro: Hailmar

Munce

Queen Murtessa · Murt · Moe · Munce Sentries

Geckles

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

Upply

Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

Keepers

Chief Mammatus · PoulErik · Rumble Keepers · Thunder Keepers

Merlopians

King Trimaar · King Kalmaar · Glutinous · Nyad
Maaray Guards: Gripe

Order of Felis

Leader: Komala
Dillon · Adrara

Puppets

Leader: Tanabrax
Bunch · Moody

Villagers

Hana · Obachan · Shin · Kenji · Uchida · Mrs. Uchida · Jiro

Other classifications

Ghosts · Humans · Nindroids (ninja faction)

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Announcer · Auto · Bank Boss · Barry · Beavers · Benny · Benthomaar · Dr. Berkman · Bob the Intern · Cathy · Circus Clown · Cliff Gordon · Construction workers · Cook · Cragger · Dr. Julien · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · The Fold · Fugi-Dove · Fugi-Dove's brother · Grimfax's advisor · Grumbmiller · Hageman · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's father · Harumi's mother · Jake · Jamanakai villagers · Jay Vincent · Johnny · Juggernaut · Korgran's father · Laval · Lou · Lumberjacks · Magician · Mascots · Michael Kramer · Milton Dyer's father · Miss Demeanor · Monks · Motorcycle Mechanic · Mrs. Dyer · Museum Curator · News Reporter · Nindroid Sentries · Ninjago City's mayor · Ninjago soldiers · Nobu · Patty Keys · Postman · Prison guards · Reflectra · Repo Man · Restaurant Owner · Rice farmers · Robo Usher 3000 · Roise · Rufus McCallister · Santa Claus · Security guards (Borg Industries) · Security guards (Ninjago City) Seliel · Seliel's father · Sentry General · Ship Captain · Skeleton · Stone Guardians · Sybex Tribe · Tai-D · Tour Guide · Trylle · Twitchy Tim · Vlad Tutu · Warden Noble · Dr. Yost

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