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“You say I'm a Ninja for the day, call me . . . the Purple Ninja!”
— Lil' Nelson to the Ninja

Lil' Nelson is the honorary Purple Ninja of the Ninja. He broke both of his legs while rigorously training to be a Ninja, but eventually they healed. He later got a job as a paperboy, becoming friends with Antonia in the process.

History

Skybound

Infamous

Dareth arranged for the Ninja to visit Lil' Nelson and make him an honorary ninja for a day. The Ninja stopped by on their way to stop Clouse, remembering their lesson to "not put off what can be done today." However, due to Kai's addiction to his fans, he alerted them about their location and ended up being surrounded.

A fellow fan himself, Lil' Nelson dons a hand-made gi, becomes the Purple Ninja, and helps the Ninja by blocking the fans so they can escape to the roof. Lloyd expresses his gratefulness in his assistance, but Lil' Nelson says that he is grateful his wish was granted, thanks to Lloyd and the Ninja.

Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

The News Never Sleeps

On his first day of delivering newspapers, Nelson wakes up early and gets ready quickly, even before his mother woke up herself. Just as he was about to leave on his bike, his mother gives him his helmet. Putting it on, he leaves for Ninjago City.

When he arrives, Antonia is instructed to lead him. While they deliver newspapers, the Elemental Cobras invade the City. Antonia decides to continue delivering the news.

When they finished delivering the newspapers, Antonia and Lil' Nelson went to the Monastery of Spinjitzu and asked Wu to help.

The Message

Lil' Nelson made a cameo in a flashback during Zane's message delivering a newspaper.

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Let's Dance

Lil' Nelson is Antonia's dance partner in Vlad Tutu's class. He and the rest of the class watched in awe as Jay showed off his moves.

Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look

Gayle Gossip interviews Lil' Nelson on his opinions of Prime Empire. He called it "the greatest game ever" and talked about his mom playing it and not returning since.

When Lil' Nelson gets a chance to play, he is able to reach level 13, but disappears into the game when he actually enters Prime Empire.

Prime Empire

Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?

Lil' Nelson is seen helping Antonia with delivering newspapers in Ninjago City.

Racer Seven

Lil' Nelson is among the crowd of spectators for the Speedway Five-Billion.

The Speedway Five-Billion

Lil' Nelson was standing right next to Avatar Pink Zane at the Speedway Five-Billion.

Game Over

Lil' Nelson was among the people released from Prime Empire.

Appearances

LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 6: Skybound

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Season 12: Prime Empire

Appearance

In Season 6, Nelson wears a self-made purple gi and has leg casts, due to his injuries.

In Season 11, Nelson is shown to be a little taller, wearing a purple sweatshirt with white Ninjago letters "PN" for "Purple Ninja," and light blue pants. While working, Nelson wears a green backpack.

Trivia

  • In earlier drafts, Nelson was going to appear in "Day of the Departed," but according to Tommy Andreasen his part was taken out. Lil' Nelson even appeared in the Rock Roader set despite not appearing in the special. 
  • In the Rock Roader set, he had an actual Spinner game card. The card was Kendo Cole
  • He is the third honorary Ninja to appear in the series, after Dareth and Skylor.
  • Despite being restrained to a wheelchair due to his injury, he developed impressive ninja-like techniques in moving around that impressed even the Ninja.
  • His legs have long since healed by the time of Season 11.
    • It is also shown that aside from his legs, he also once broke his entire body, arm, skull, and once lost a tooth. This strongly indicates he is incredibly accident-prone.
  • He has grown and is the first character to have mid-legs (posable short legs introduced by LEGO in 2018) in the show.
    • This is yet to be represented by a physical minifigure.
  • He lives in the same village the Sons of Garmadon attacked in "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago" and most likely the same one Harumi and her birth parents lived in before moving to Ninjago City as revealed in "Samurai X-Treme."
  • He got a job delivering newspapers and became friends with Antonia on his first day.
  • Nelson could be seen in Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look entering Prime Empire. He is seen several times throughout Prime Empire, always among a crowd.
  • Lil' Nelson's name is based off of Nelson LaMonica, the Ninjago Brand Director. [1]

Gallery

In LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

References

  1. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/768883940568535040
Characters

Ninja

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

Skulkin

Samukai · Wyplash · Kruncha · Frakjaw · Chopov · Nuckal · Krazi · Bonezai

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Arcturus · Pythor · Anacondrai Generals
Fangpyre: Fangtom · Fangdam · Fang-Suei · Snappa
Venomari: Acidicus · Lizaru · Spitta · Lasha · Zoltar
Constrictai: Skalidor · Bytar · Chokun · Snike
Hypnobrai: Skales · Slithraa · Mezmo · Rattla · Selma · Skales Jr.
Other: The Great Devourer · Anacondrai Serpent

NGTV News

Dan Vaapit · Fred Finely · Gayle Gossip · Vinny

Pirates

Leader: Captain Soto
First Mate · No-Eyed Pete

Stone Army

Creator: The Overlord
General Kozu · Giant Stone Warrior · Stone Warrior · Stone Swordsmen · Stone Scout

Nindroids

General Cryptor · Nindroid Drone · Nindroid Warriors · Min-Droid

Anacondrai Cultists

Leader: Chen
Clouse · Zugu · Eyezor · Kapau · Chope · Krait · Sleven
Former Member: The Mechanic

Elemental Masters

Current Elemental Masters: Ash · Bolobo · Chamille · Gravis · Griffin Turner · Jacob Pevsner · Karlof · Neuro · Paleman · Shade · Skylor · Tox
Previous Elemental Masters: Cole's Grandfather · Griffin Turner's Grandfather · Jay's Mother · Lilly · Master of Gravity · Master of Ice · Master of Light · Master of Shadow · Master of Sound · Maya · Ray · Skylor's Mother

Ghost Warriors

Leader: The Preeminent
Morro · Chain Master Wrayth · Blade Master Bansha · Scythe Master Ghoultar · Bow Master Soul Archer
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Howla · Ming · Spyder · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Pitch · Pyrrhus · Wail · Yokai

Sky Pirates

Leader: Nadakhan
Flintlocke · Dogshank · Doubloon · Monkey Wretch · Clancee · Bucko · Cyren · Skeleton Figurehead
Former Members: Dilara · Squiffy

Ninjago Police

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

Temple of Airjitzu Ghosts

Master Yang
Yang's Students: Chris · Martin · "Chuck"

Shadow Army

Leader: Clouse

Vermillion

Creators: Acronix · Krux
Machia · Raggmunk · Blunck · Vermin · Rivett · Slackjaw · Tannin · Buffmillion

Sons of Garmadon

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

Ninjago Royal House

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

Dragon Hunters

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

Oni

Leader: The Omega
Former Member: Mistaké

Pyro Vipers

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

Blizzard Samurai

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

Formlings

Leader: Formling Leader
Akita · Kataru · Vex

Ice Fishers

Leader: Sorla
Uthaug · Boma

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Lil' Nelson · Antonia · Leroy

Explorers Club

Leader: Cecil Putnam
Percy Shippelton · Smythe · Underhill
Former Member: Clutch Powers

Prime Empire Gamers/AI

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

Unagami's Army

Leader: Unagami
Sushimi · Sushi Waitress · Avatar Harumi · Aerial Drones
Red Visors: Red 27 · Red 29
Allies: The Mechanic · Captain Soto · Ultra Violet · Ritchie · Richie · The Mechanic's Henchmen

Whack Rats

Leader: Atta the Ratta
Ritchie · Richie

Awakened Warriors

Leader: Skull Sorcerer

Sky Folk

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

Munce

Leader: Queen Murtessa
Murt · Moe

Geckles

Leader: Chancellor Gulch
Gleck · Gliff · Groko · Garpo · Ginkle

Upply

Fungus · Plundar · Korgran

Non-Canon

Quartet of Villains · Gahrann the Dreamer · Hibiki · Kirchonn the Invincible · Mask of Malice · Time Ninja · Lar · Seliel · Seliel's Father · Neido

Creatures

Colossus · Craglings · Elemental Cobras · Fire Fang · Geoatomic Rock Monsters · Grundles · Ice Serpent · Monster Sushi · Mud Monsters · Spykor · Starteeth · The Leviathan · Treehorns · Wallipers · Yetis
Dragons: Boreal · Cyber Dragon · Earth Dragon · Empire Dragon · Fire Dragon · Fire Dragon · Firstbourne · Grief-Bringer · Ice Dragon · Ice Dragon · Lightning Dragon · Slab · Stormbringer · Stormbringer's Baby · Wind Dragon
Elemental Dragons: Golden Dragon · Elemental Earth Dragon · Elemental Fire Dragon · Elemental Form Dragon · Elemental Gravity Dragon · Elemental Lightning Dragon · Elemental Metal Dragon · Elemental Mind Dragon · Elemental Nature Dragon · Elemental Poison Dragon · Elemental Shadow Dragon · Elemental Smoke Dragon · Elemental Speed Dragon · Titanium Dragon · Elemental Water Dragon · Morro Dragon · Elemental Creation Dragon
Fusion Dragons: Ultra Dragon · Hydro Electric Dragon · Fusion Dragon

Other

Bizarro Ninja: Bizarro Cole · Bizarro Jay · Bizarro Kai · Bizarro Zane
Benny · Bob the Intern · Brad Tudabone · Carridi · Cathy · Chuck · Claire · Cliff Gordon · Cragger · Dr. Berkman · Dr. Julien · Dr. Yost · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · Finn · Fugi-Dove · Gene · Genn · Grumbmiller · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's Mother · Harumi's Father · Hibiki · Jake · Jay Vincent · Jesper · Juggernaut · Khanjikhan · Khanjikhan's Father · Laval · Lou · Master Whoosh · Michael Kramer · Mistaké · Nadakhan's Mother · Nobu · Patty Keys · Phantom Ninja · Postman · Rachel Sparrow · Restaurant Owner · Robo Usher 3000 · Rodrigo · Roise · Rufus MacAllister · Sally · Sparring Robot · Suzie Wheeler · Tai-D · Tour Bus Driver · Vlad Tutu · Warden Noble · Wohira

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