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“Good technology should make the impossible seem possible. It should seem just like... like magic.”
— Milton Dyer to Bob the Intern, "Dyer Island"

Milton Dyer is a former programmer for Vast Industries. He created many classic video games like Lava Zombies, Conic the Ratboy, Counter, and Turbo Street Brawler. His favorite game was Prime Empire and believed that it was like magic and was a portal to another world.

While on Dyer Island, his first test subject, Scott was trapped in Prime Empire while testing out the game. Due to Scott's disappearance, Milton Dyer was forced to shut the game down by Vast Industries and retired.

When the ninja visited his private island and talked to Bob the Intern, they assumed Milton Dyer was Unagami, the ruler of Prime Empire. After P.I.X.A.L. found Dyer himself (and Jay finding Unagami within Prime Empire), they both learn that Unagami was the game itself.

Eventually, Unagami manages to create the Manifestation Gate, seeking Dyer. Jay and Dyer meet Unagami at the top of Borg Tower, and eventually make amends, with Unagami releasing everyone previously trapped within Prime Empire, along with NPCs.

History

Background

During his childhood, Milton frequently went to Buddy's Pizza where he became inspired to become a video game designer, a decision that disappointed his parents, yet they accepted it regardless.

Milton eventually became the head of Vast Industries and went to live in an isolated island that's filled with booby traps along with Bob the Intern. He had several plans for other games such as Fist to Face 4 and Ukulele Legend but Prime Empire was his favorite. He eventually made a video of him about Prime Empire after he finished making the game, however, during the video, a flash of light appeared and went to go check it out.

During beta testing of Prime Empire, Milton Dyer brought in a gamer known as Scott to test out the game. While Milton stepped out for a bit, he came back to find Scott gone, and Unagami, the A.I. of the game, having sent him into Prime Empire. Due to this, Vast Industries panicked and forced Milton Dyer to shut the game.

Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Once and for All

When the ninja and Krag were heading to the Castle of Ice on the Land Bounty, Jay was playing Lava Zombies, a video game created by Milton Dyer, and tells Krag about it.

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look

Witnessing Prime Empire's resurfacing, Gayle Gossip explained how the game was shelved due to an undisclosed incident at Vast Industries. She wondered if Milton Dyer was responsible for the resurfacing and wondered why now.

Prime Empire

Dyer Island

The ninja entered the Dyer Island where they fought the security systems until Bob the Intern turned the system off. They asked to speak to Milton Dyer, and Bob the Intern explained that he disappeared. He showed them the video that he made on the day he finished Prime Empire, showing him explaining Prime Empire before seeing a flash of light. After hearing that Milton Dyer wanted revenge on his bosses and that a mysterious villain brought back Prime Empire, the ninja assumed he is Unagami and realized they had to stop him before other people disappear.

Ninjago Confidential

Upon learning from Milton's estranged friend where he was, Zane and P.I.X.A.L. arrive at Buddy's Pizza, only to be ambushed by the Mechanic, who takes Zane hostage. When she discovers a secret passageway to the rooftop, P.I.X.A.L. finds Milton, feeding pigeons and chicken before she accuses him of being Unagami. But he reveals to her that Unagami isn't him, but an AI that was originally called Unfinished Adventure Game I.

The Prodigal Father

While inspecting the Mechanic's old base, Milton explained to P.I.X.A.L. about Unagami and Prime Empire. Upon Wu sending his location to her, P.I.X.A.L. brings Milton along to where they find Zane and Wu held captive by the Mechanic before becoming intrigued by P.I.X.A.L.'s programming for her well-being of another before she tells him that she is a living being, just like Unagami.

Game Over

Once the Mechanic had completed his task and fled, P.I.X.A.L. has Milton untie Wu while she tried to unplug Zane from the gate before Jay arrived and helps. Jay then comes up with a plan to bring Unagami to Milton by heading to the top of Borg Tower. Along the way, they were slightly delayed by Ritchie, but manage to incapacitate it, steal its vehicle, and drive over to the tower with it. Upon reaching the rooftop as Jay explains how he relates to Unagami, Milton confesses that he was at fault for his own mistakes, and wishes for Unagami to forgive him. Touched, Unagami, turning into a human child, accepts Milton's request to free the players, but he also decided to free the NPCs that choose to come to Ninjago. They later walk into the sunrise, hand in hand.

After Season 12

Unagami and Milton Dyer worked out a few kinks for Prime Empire, making it safe to play.[1]

Seabound

The Turn of the Tide

He was present at Nya's memorial.

LEGO.com description

Why was Milton Dyer’s video game shut down?

Imagine you’re a brilliant video game designer, a legend in the gaming community, and you work your tail off to create the best game you’ve ever designed. And it works! Then, during the final stage of development, you ask your assistant to test the game. And then something happens – something so terrible that the project gets shelved, the game shut down, and you, the creator of the game, disappear. That’s exactly what happened to the legendary Milton Dyer. What went wrong that fateful day his assistant Scott went to test the Prime Empire game? What happened with that arcade cabinet? We have so many questions, and a feeling in our gut that we wouldn’t like the answers. Do you dare to imagine what’s behind the mysterious shelving of Prime Empire?[2]

Relationships

Unagami

Milton Dyers created Unagami a few years ago before it was unfortunately shut down, Unagami believes that his maker abandoned and tries for years to come to the real world. When he finally comes, he tries to get revenge on Milton Dyer, however Milton Dyer tells Unagami why he had to shut him down. And after they make up. Milton Dyer asks Unagami to come live with him, as a son. And Unagami agrees, the two live happily together ever since.

Family

Allies

Enemies

Appearances

Ninjago

Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu

Prime Empire Original Shorts

Season 12: Prime Empire

Season 13: Master of the Mountain

Season 14: Seabound

Ninjago Magazine

  • 59. "High Speed!" (flashback)

Etymology

The name "Milton" means "creator" in English.

Behind the scenes

  • He uses the hairpiece of Vicky from LEGO Friends.
  • His characteristics and background are similar to Flynn from Tron both being gamers/video game designers who create a virtual world/game that becomes self-aware.
  • Despite the fact that in the picture from the magazine his hair color is gray, in the show its color is rather white, because it is the same as Unagami's, who has white hair in the sets.

Trivia

  • He calls Buddy's Pizza 'Videogame City'.
  • He owns his own island, called Dyer Island.
  • The first game he created and appeared in the show was Fist to Face 2. This game appeared in Season 1, 7 years before Dyer's first mention in the show.
  • According to Jay, he is the most famous game designer ever.[3]
  • He and Unagami are tied for being the third and fourth character to be mistaken for someone else by the ninja, the first being Garmadon, who was mistaken as the Dark Lord and the Treacherous Deceiver, and the second being Lloyd, who was mistaken as the Golden Master.
  • He is similar to Dr. Julien in that they are both older, bespectacled inventors who created AI "sons."
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, Milton Dyer is perhaps smarter than Zane and Cyrus Borg because he was able to build an effective defense system in the form of robot dogs.[4] He also created a more complex virtual world than the Digiverse.

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References

Characters

Ninja

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

Skulkin

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

Serpentine

Anacondrai: Pythor · Anacondrai generals (Arcturus) · Pythor's mother
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
Vipers: 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 · News Reporter · Vinny Folson
Former members: Benny

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

Nindroid Army

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

Anacondrai Cultists

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: Master of Amber · 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
General: Morro
Ghost Masters: Soul Archer · Bansha · Ghoultar · Wrayth
Ghost Ninja: Attila · Hackler · Ming · Spyder · Howla · Yokai · Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler · Cyrus · Ghurka · Karenn · 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

Ninjago City Police

Leader: Police Commissioner
Butchie · Coast Guard · Hounddog McBrag · Jimmy · Joe · Night Watchman · Noonan · O'Doyle · Police Officer · Prison guards · Simon · Tommy

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: Faith
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

Leader: Ulysses Trustable
Dwayne · Andrea Thomson · May Robsen
Former members: Ninjago City's former mayor

Blizzard Samurai

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

Explorer's Club

Leader: Cecil Putnam
Clutch Powers · Percy Shippelton · Security guards · Smythe · Underhill
Former members: Dwayne · Misako

Paperboys

Leader: Sammy
Antonia · Jonesy · Leroy · Nelson · Spokes · Ten-Speed
Former members: Knuckles

Formlings

Leader: 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 · Gamer Geek · Newbie Gamer · 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
Hazza D'ur

Sky Folk

Leaders: King Vangelis (formerly) · Queen Vania
Engelbert
Army of Shintaro: Hailmar

Munce

Leader: Queen Murtessa
Manko · Meeha · Mid · Moe · Mood · Mudd · Murt · Murt Snr · Munce Sentries

Geckles

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

Upply

Fungus · Korgran · Plundar

Keepers

Leader: Chief Mammatus
PoulErik · Rumble Keepers · Thunder Keepers

Mary Louise's crew

Leader: Captain
Collins · Kwon · Mariano

Merlopians

Leader: King Benthomaar
Glutinous · Nyad
Maaray Guards: Gripe
Former leaders: King Trimaar · King Kalmaar

Warriors of Felis

Leader: Nineko

Order of Felis

Leader: Komala
Dillon · Adara

Puppets

Leader: Tanabrax
Bunch · Moody

Villagers

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

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Boa Destructor · Cobra Mechanic · Python Dynamite · Viper Flyer · Sneaky Snake

Red Crows

Leader: Mogra
Killow · Ultra Violet · Francis

Two Moon Village

Kenzo · Renzo · Saeko · Min

Vengestone army

Leader: Crystal King
Council of the Crystal King: Kabuki Mask · Mister F · Aspheera · Vangelis · Pythor · The Mechanic
Vengestone Warriors · Vengestone Brutes · Vengestone Guards

New Ninja

Leader: Teal Ninja
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Britts Subskian · Commander Kiflin · Jack the Rabbit · Imperial Sludge · Master Whoosh (non-canon)

Non-canon

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Ninjago Magazine: Buffer · Nitro · Sawyer · Scooter · Talon · Mr. Wise

Creatures

Adam · Balee · Bears (Kuma) · Beavers · Colossus · Craglings · Elemental Cobras · Fire Fang · Fluffy · Geotomic Rock Monsters · Guide Parrot · Ice Behemoth · Ice bird · Ice Serpent · Leviathans · Monster sushi · Mud monsters · Nimbus · Pebbles · Rodrigo · Ross · Sir Chomps-A-Lot · Snickers · Stone Hawk · The Chroma · Treehorn queen · Wojira · Wu's chicken · Wu's dog · Yeti (Krag) · Zane's Mino
Dragons: Blue Dragon · Boreal · Chompy · Crystal beasts · Dragon keeper · Empire Dragon · Fire Dragon (Core) · Fire Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Flame · Firstbourne · Ghost Dragons · Grief-Bringer · Ice Dragon (Realm of Oni and Dragons) · Pet dragon · Rocky · Shard · Slab · Stormbringer · Stormbringer's baby · Thunder Dragon · Ultra Dragon · Wind Dragon · Wisp · YinYang Dragon (Light Dragon · Shadow Dragon)

Unseen characters

Dr. Berkman · Grumbmiller · Milton Dyer's father · Sybex Tribe · Quanish the Elder · Trylle · Dr. Yost

Ninjago City residents

Barry · Benny · Brayden Nelson · The Fold · Fugi-Dove's brother · Hayley Wolfe · Jake · Jay Vincent · Jeffy · Joshua Deck · Lachlan Jansen · Michael Kramer · Mrs. Dyer · Patty Keys · Phil · Postman · Roise · Rufus McCallister · Vlad Tutu ·

Other

Announcer · Ayla · Bank Boss · Bob the Intern · Cathy · Circus Clown · Clancee's mother · Cliff Gordon · Construction workers · Cook · Cragger · Dr. Julien · Echo Zane · Ed · Edna · Egon the Extraordinary · First Spinjitzu Master · Fenwick · Fugi-Dove · Grimfax's advisor · Hageman · Hageman Brothers · Harumi's father · Harumi's mother · Jamanakai Villagers · Johnny · Korgran's father · Laval · Lou · Lumberjacks · Magician · Mascots · Mina · Miss Demeanor · Monks · Motorcycle Mechanic · Museum Curator · Nindroid Sentries · Ninjago soldiers · Nobu · Reflectra · Repo Man · Restaurant Owner · Rice farmers · Ronin · Sage · Santa Claus · Sally's parents · Security guards (Borg Industries) · Security guards (Ninjago City) · Sentry General · Shezada · Ship Captain · Skeleton · Stone Guardians · Tour Guide · Twitchy Tim · Warden Noble
Robots: Auto · Juggernaut · Robo Usher 3000 ·Tai-D

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