“Oh Cole, don't you see? I am proud. I want you to promise me, Cole, that you will always stand up to those who are cruel and unjust. Always.”
— Lilly to Cole "Dungeon Crawl!"

Lilly (referred to as Gilly by the Geckles and Milly by the Munce) was Lou's wife, Cole's mother, and the previous Elemental Master of Earth.



Lilly was the daughter of the Elemental Master of Earth who participated in the Serpentine War.[1] She inherited his powers, later passing them down to her son.

She eventually visited Shintaro, where she learned Spinjitzu Burst. According to the legend, she used this power to destroy Grief-Bringer, a dragon that terrorized the residents of the caverns. She left the mountain, but not before leaving the Blades of Deliverance with the Geckles and Munce and her locket with Gleck.

Way of the Departed (non-canon)

Cole has a dream based on a past memory when he was 5 years old. He quotes: "I see my father and my mother dancing in the moonlight on the terrace in front of our old house."

The Two Blades (flashback)

Gliff tells the Ninja about the two Blades of Deliverance: the Ivory Blade of Deliverance and the Shadow Blade of Deliverance. He said it was possessed by a powerful warrior named "Gilly" although Murt believes the name is "Milly". During the time when the Geckles and Munce were living in fear due to a dragon, Lilly went up and defeated the dragon. After Lilly defeated the dragon, she gave the Ivory Blade of Deliverance to the Geckles while giving the Shadow Blade of Deliverance to the Munce.

Dungeon Crawl! (flashback)

Lou and child Cole come to see Lilly, who is lying sick in bed. Cole tells her he doesn't want her sick anymore, but she tells him that they can't always have what we want. Then she asks Cole about problems at school and he tells her that he got into a fight with a child that hurt the younger ones. Cole then says that he will never fight and that he will be good, wanting his mother to be proud of him. Lilly tells him that she is already proud and that she wants him to promise her that he will always fight those who are cruel and unjust. Cole promises her that he'll do exactly that.

The Jade Princess (flashback)

Sometime before this event, Lilly died, which resulted in the division of Cole and Lou.

During his first encounter with Wu, Cole mentions Lilly, saying that she is gone and that his father should be sad or angry, but he spends all his time with his group. Wu tells him that grief takes many shapes and forms. That some sing and dance and some climb the mountains.

Into the Dark

When Cole caught Gleck sneaking into his room, he saw that Gleck had a necklace with a portrait of his parents, Lilly and Lou.

Queen of the Munce

While Lloyd, Jay, and Nya talk in Munce Home-Cave, Lloyd notices a picture on the wall depicting Lilly fighting Grief-Bringer.


After noticing the necklace Gleck was wearing, Kai and Zane asked to look at it. Gleck states that it's his most prized possession, given to him by "Gilly" herself. After noticing Lilly in the locket, Kai and Zane correctly deduce that Lilly is the same person as Gilly. Gleck, happy to hear that they know her, asks if they can bring her to the Dungeons to help with the peace treaty. Unfortunately for Gleck, though, Kai sadly tells him about Lilly's passing.

The Son of Lilly

Lilly appears in the flashback that Cole experiences while getting zapped by the Skull of Hazza D'ur, which inspires him to use the Spinjitzu Burst to destroy the Skull.



LEGO Ninjago

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

Ninjago Magazine


  • Tommy Andreasen previously stated that Cole's mother would not appear in the show.[2][3] This is an example of when creator statements can become false as later seasons are released.[4]
  • Though she was mentioned in Way of the Departed and Season 8, her name was not revealed until Season 13. This makes her the second-to-last parent of the ninja to be given a name, the other being Jay's Mother.
  • In the story of the Two Blades, she wears a Legacy hood and Season 11 armor.
  • She has two different hairstyles in the show. This makes her the third parent of a Ninja who has two different hairstyles. Garmadon and Lou also have different hairstyles in the show.
  • She was the fourth parent of a Ninja to die. The first was Dr. Julien, the second was Garmadon (who was later resurrected), and the third was Cliff Gordon.
  • It's implied that she died of some kind of sickness but it's not known for sure.
  • She was evidently less than 40 years old at the time of her death, as her father was seen using his Earth abilities at the time of the Serpentine War, which took place 40 years prior to The Hands of Time, and Elemental Masters lose their abilities when they pass them on to their children.
  • While Cole has Lou's eyebrows in his pre-Season 8 design, they more closely resemble Lilly's in his current design.
  • According the 68th issue of the Ninjago Magazine, she is the first Elemental Master to perform the Spinjitzu Burst.[5]
  • She is similar to Lily Potter because they are both dead mothers of one of the main characters and they have the same name.
  • The comic "Mother Earth" in the 68th issue of the Ninjago Magazine reveals that, besides being an Elemental Master, she was also a ninja who trained with Wu and fought the Skulkin and Serpentine. Her ninja suit uses a Legacy ninja hood and a slightly altered version of Cole's Training suit.
    • Despite being confirmed canon by Tommy Kalmar,[6] this comic's timeline does not match with the TV series. In the TV series, Cole is older than Lloyd, who was born before Garmadon was banished to the Underworld. However, in this comic, Cole's birth is placed after Garmadon's banishment, which would make Cole younger than Lloyd. Additionally, this comic shows Wu with his young appearance after the point in time when Dr. Julien was captured, even though Wu appeared as an old man when he was shown in "Snake Jaguar" to have met Dr. Julien before Dr. Julien's imprisonment.
      • It's possible the events in the comic were shown out of order.


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