|"You four have merely scratched the surface of your full potential."
The music of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is composed and produced in conjunction with the development of the TV series based on the LEGO toyline. The series' score has been written by Jay Vincent and Michael Kramer since it began in 2011, with Jay and Michael having written the scores for all thirteen seasons and a TV special. Jesi Nelson, who collaborated with Kramer on the soundtrack for LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, did additional music for Ninjago for Seasons 7, 11, and 12. Daniel Markovich, Brian Rivlin & Steven Gizzi started contributing to the score as well, from Season 12: Prime Empire onwards. In total, nearly 200 tracks have been released from the pilot episodes up to season eight, from 2012 to the present day.
Initially, Jay and Michael composed leitmotifs such as the overture, which is reprised frequently throughout the series, as well as themes for the Serpentine, the Green Ninja, and Lord Garmadon. As the series progressed, the themes evolved, with each of the primary antagonists also receiving their own themes. Jay and Michael have composed over 30 distinct themes throughout the series' run.
Despite the popularity of the series' score, little of it has been officially released through soundtrack albums. Albums for the first and second seasons were released in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Jay Vincent began releasing the score on his YouTube channel in August 2012, and Michael Kramer started doing so on his own channel in September 2017. The two also have SoundCloud accounts where they post pieces from the score.
Instrumental versions of The Fold's Ninjago songs are also occasionally used as soundtracks throughout the series, as well as for promotional material.
- 1 Releasing Music
- 2 List of themes
- 2.1 Introduced in the pilot episodes
- 2.2 Introduced in Season 1
- 2.3 Introduced in Season 2
- 2.4 Introduced in Season 3
- 2.5 Introduced in Season 4
- 2.6 Introduced in Season 5
- 2.7 Introduced in Season 6
- 2.8 Introduced in Day of the Departed
- 2.9 Introduced in Season 7
- 2.10 Introduced in Season 8
- 2.11 Introduced in Season 9
- 2.12 Introduced in Season 10
- 2.13 Introduced in Season 11
- 2.14 Introduced in Season 12
- 2.15 Introduced in Season 13
- 2.16 Introduced in The Island
- 2.17 Introduced in Season 14
- 3 Other individual tracks
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Soundtracks
- 5.1 A Musical Journey
- 5.2 Pilot episodes
- 5.3 Season 1: Rise of the Snakes
- 5.4 Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja
- 5.5 Season 3: Rebooted
- 5.6 Season 4: Tournament of Elements
- 5.7 Season 5: Possession
- 5.8 Season 6: Skybound
- 5.9 Day of the Departed
- 5.10 Season 7: The Hands of Time
- 5.11 Season 8: Sons of Garmadon
- 5.12 Season 9: Hunted
- 5.13 Season 10: March of the Oni
- 5.14 Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu
- 5.15 Season 12: Prime Empire
- 5.16 Season 13: Master of the Mountain
- 6 External Links
- 7 References
Jay Vincent first began releasing music for the TV show via his YouTube channel on August 31, 2012. He started with releasing various tracks from the pilot episodes, and from September to November he released music from seasons one and two. Jay resumed posting music in January 2013, and after another pause, released several more tracks in June.
In March 2014, Jay continued released music, this time for the show's third season. He released new tracks every couple of weeks, up until mid-July, when he paused once more. Jay wouldn't post more music for another two years until May 2016, when he resumed posting music for season three. Each week, Jay posted a new track from Rebooted, and began releasing music for season four in mid-August. This lasted until late-October, when Jay began posting music for season five on Halloween. Jay stopped releasing music for season five in February 2017. That month, he released a suite for season six, and in May and June released several tracks for Day of the Departed.
In June 2017, Jay began releasing music for season seven, doing so every week or two. He stopped releasing music for the season in November 2017, as he's busy scoring other projects.
In 2020, Jay began (consistently) releasing music from present seasons as soon as they aired domestically in the U.S.
Though he's been a major composer for the TV show, Michael did not personally release any tracks for some time. In July 2015, he sent out music to fans such as "Built To Protect" and "What Powered Zane," which were both released on YouTube. Michael sent out other tracks, such as "Something's Gotten Into Lloyd," "Cursing Chen's Army," "Nya's True Potential," "Maybe I'm Departed," and "Garmadon's True Potential." These tracks were released sporadically up to the present day.
Outside of scoring the TV show, Michael has been focused on compiling and releasing soundtrack albums for each season, which was done for season one in 2014, and season two in 2016. He is still trying to do so for all the seasons that have come out since.
Michael Kramer joined YouTube in March 2015, but only began posting tracks in September 2017—something many fans had longed for him to do. He released new tracks on his channel every few weeks, before going on hiatus in May 2018 due to obligations with other projects. Michael resumed posting music in December 2018.
List of themes
Introduced in the pilot episodes
The Overture/Main theme
The overture was introduced in the pilot episodes; it is often played with a flute, and has had various renditions with horns, strings and other instruments. It serves as the most iconic and reprised theme in the series. The overture serves as the theme for the Ninja, as only Lloyd, Nya, and Zane have individual themes. Triumphant renditions of the theme have been played during action scenes, while more mournful, sad versions have been played in tracks such as "What Powered Zane". Other tracks featuring versions of the theme include "Reforging The Golden Weapons" and "Tornado Of Re-Creation". The theme has appeared countless times from the pilot episodes up to season nine, and different versions of the theme appear at the end of the opening sequences of most seasons.
The Skulkin theme was introduced in the pilot episodes; it also serves as the theme for Samukai. The Skulkin theme is often played using rock guitars, giving the army a mysterious and evil vibe. The theme wasn't used much beyond the pilot episodes, although it was reprised in the track "The Tinkerer's Story," and later in the episode "Day of the Departed" when Samukai was resurrected.
Kruncha and Nuckal's theme
Sensei Wu's theme was introduced in the pilot; it is often played with a flute, and invokes an ancient and peaceful vibe. The theme has been reprised many times throughout the series, often in the presence of Wu. Tracks that Wu's theme include "Torchfire Mountain" and "The Golden Peaks". In season 9, the theme received more triumphant renditions—such as when Wu regained his memories, and when he first rides Firstbourne without using chains.
The Dragons' theme
The Dragons' theme was introduced in the pilot episodes, and serves as the theme for the Ninjas' Dragons, namely the Ultra Dragon. It has been reprised numerous times through the series, mostly in seasons one and two. The theme is a more majestic and triumphant motif, and is often played with horns. The climaxes of tracks such as "Dragon Ride" and "Return of the Dragons" exemplify the dragons' theme.
The Dragons' theme was reprised in Season Nine, which focused heavily on the Dragons and their origins. The theme sounds slightly different from the original version, and was frequently reprised in the presence of the Dragons all throughout the season.
Introduced in Season 1
The Serpentine theme was introduced in Season One; it is often played as a harpsichord and evokes a more mysterious and sinister vibe. The theme was reprised numerous times throughout the first four seasons as well as the eleventh season to accompany the Pyro Vipers' appearances.
The Postman's theme
The Postman's theme is often played with a flute, giving a more innocent and cheerful vibe to the Mailman whenever he appears on-screen. It is calm and somewhat bored-sounding, as represents the Postman's long and tedious journeys to deliver mail, such as when he has to climb up the Mountain of Impossible Height to get to the Monastery of Spinjitzu.
The theme has been reprised numerous times since it was introduced, up to season thirteen. It is exemplified in the track "Trouble Around the Corner" and also appeared in the track "Ninjaball Run." It also appeared in a more heroic and exciting rendition in "Awakening the Devourer" even though the Postman was not involved in the scene.
Samurai X theme
This theme was originally used whenever Nya appeared in her Samurai X form. It has a jaunty and exciting sound to it, as the appearance of Samurai X would often mean the ninja were saved from a perilous situation. Some tracks featuring this theme include "Ninja vs. Samurai" and " Torchfire Mountain".
The theme was later was adopted by P.I.X.A.L., the new Samurai X, and electronic-sounding drums were added to match P.I.X.A.L.'s digital characteristic.
Zane's theme was introduced in Season One, and originally served as the theme for Dr. Julien and occassionally his son, Zane. The theme has been reprised numerous times throughout the series, naturally in the presence of Dr. Julien or Zane. The theme sounds more nostalgic and innocent, and is often played with strings and a celesta. The theme is exemplified by tracks such as "Zane and the Tinkerer Reunite" and "The Memory Switch."
The theme has also been reprised in other tracks; in Season Three, it was reprised in "Borg Industries" with a techno vibe to it. In the season finale, a vocal rendition was used in "Built To Protect" when Zane was looking back at his memories. In Season Eleven, an evil sounding rendition was made for the Ice Emperor.
Green Ninja theme
The Green Ninja theme was introduced in Season One; it is often played with a flute or horns, and doubles as a theme for Lloyd Garmadon, who is the Green Ninja. The theme has been reprised numerous times all throughout the series, up to and including season ten. Various renditions have been used, including a sad and mournful version ("Mourning The Green Ninja") and a triumphant and uplifting version. The track "Revealing The Green Ninja" embodies various versions of the theme.
Lord Garmadon's theme
Lord Garmadon's theme was introduced in Season One, and serves as one of two themes for Garmadon; it is often played through strings. The theme was reprised numerous times from seasons one to three. Garmadon's leitmotif is shorter than other themes, and evokes an evil and sinister vibe for the King of Shadows.
The theme was frequently reprised in Season Eight, which focused on Lord Garmadon's resurrection. The main notes of the theme were used as the basis for the Sons of Garmadons' theme, which is essentially a more fast-paced variant of Lord Garmadon's theme. "Garmadon's True Potential" exemplifies the use of the theme in season eight.
Garmadon family theme
The Garmadon family theme, also known as Garmadon's theme, was introduced in Season One, and serves as one of two themes for Garmadon; it is often played by strings. The theme has been reprised numerous times all throughout the series, up to and including season eight. The theme represents the good side of Garmadon's character, which breaks through at the end of season two, as well as the conflict between Lloyd and his father when he was evil. The theme has often been reprised through sad renditions, in tracks such as "A Family Divided," "Horns of Destruction," "Something's Gotten Into Lloyd," and the climax of "Cursing Chen's Army."
Garmadon's theme appeared prominently from seasons one to four, up until Garmadon's sacrifice. It was briefly reprised in the Curseworld episodes in Season 5, it was used in the scene where Lloyd was held up the statue in "Day of the Departed" during Pythor's attack on him and Misako in the Corridor of Elders, and it appeared was more frequently reprised towards the end of Season 8, to showcase the return of this conflict following Garmadon's resurrection. It was featured prominently in the tracks "This Doesn't End Now" and "Garmadon's True Potential." It would continue to be used throughout seasons nine and ten, for example, in "Tornado Of Recreation".
Lloyd Garmadon's theme
Lloyd Garmadon's theme was introduced in season one, and served as the theme for Lloyd's "evil" side, when he tried to be like his father. The theme was often reprised in season one, although it has not been used since, as the Green Ninja theme now represents Lloyd. Lloyd's theme is more sinister sounding, with the plucking of strings giving it some resemblance to the Serpentine theme. The tracks "Pythor P. Chumsworth," "Lloyd Unleashes the Serpentine" and "Battle in Jamanakai Village" exemplify Lloyd's theme.
Pythor's theme was introduced in season one and has been reprised numerous times throughout the series, naturally in the presence of Pythor. The theme is a more deceptive and sinister sounding theme, and is often played with a cello. The tracks "Pythor P. Chumsworth" and "Pythor's Betrayal" exemplify Pythor's theme.
The Falcon theme was introduced in season one; it serve as the theme for Zane's ally, the Falcon. Often seen as one of Jay and Michael's best and most underrated themes, the Falcon theme is prominently played with strings in a fast-paced manner. The theme has appeared various times throughout the series' run. It is exemplified by the track "Falcon Chase."
The Great Devourer's theme
The Great Devourer's theme was introduced in season one, and serves as the theme for the Great Devourer. The theme has been reprised sporadically throughout the series, naturally in the presence of the Devourer or if it's mentioned. The theme is mysterious and eerie, accompanied by deep chants and vocals, flutes, and brass. The theme is exemplified by tracks such as "Awakening the Devourer" and "Taking the Bait." The Devourer's theme has appeared several times in the series; elements of it were used in season three in the track "Curse of the Golden Master," while "Taking the Bait" was reprised in season eight during the flashback to Harumi's childhood.
Introduced in Season 2
Misako's theme was introduced in season two. The theme has been reprised numerous times throughout the series. Misako's theme is often played with a flute, giving a calm and serene vibe to the character. Her theme is best represented by the track "Misako," and is also exemplified by tracks such as "I Have You Now," which features an action rendition of the theme, and "Lessons from Chen," which features a brief reprise of the theme.
The Overlord's theme
The Overlord's theme was introduced in season two, and serves as the theme for The Overlord. The theme has been reprised numerous times in seasons two and three, naturally in the presence of The Overlord or whenever he's mentioned. The theme is usually played with eerie vocals, which are accompanied by horns and strings. In season three, the theme gained a techno vibe to go with the new Digital Overlord. In season two, the theme is exemplified by tracks such as "Horns of Destruction," "The Dark Island Rises." In season three, the theme is exemplified by tracks such as "The Overlord Virus" and "Built To Protect."
The theme has been reprised various random times throughout the series, though this is often done with pre-existing tracks. For instance, when Lord Garmadon kills Mr. E, "The Metamorphosis" is reprised, with The Overlord's theme playing as Mr. E is ripped apart. The musical connection may compare how Garmadon is destructive like The Overlord.
Stone Army theme
The Stone Army's theme was introduced in season two, and serves as the theme for the Stone Army. The theme was reprised numerous times throughout season two. The theme has a more barbaric vibe to it, with the violent clashing of horns and chimes. The track "March of the Stone Army" exemplifies the Stone Army theme.
Dareth's theme was introduced in season two, and serves as the theme for Dareth. The theme has more of a hip hop vibe to it, often being played with a saxophone. It has been reprised numerous times throughout the series, naturally in the presence of Dareth. The track "Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo" exemplifies Dareth's theme.
Introduced in Season 3
The Nindroids' theme was introduced in season three; it also serves as the theme for Cryptor, the leader of the Nindroids. It was often reprised in the presence of Cryptor and the Nindroids. The theme consists of deep bass synthesizers and electronic elements. The Nindroid leitmotif hardly appeared outside of season three; it was reprised several years later for "Day of the Departed" when Cryptor made his return. Tracks such as "Stowaways" exemplify the Nindroids theme.
P.I.X.A.L.'s theme was introduced in season three. The theme is more electronic-sounding than other themes, and is often played with gentle chimes and soft vocals by a new singer. P.I.X.A.L.'s theme frequently appeared throughout season three, and was reprised a few times outside of that season, such as when she revealed herself to Zane in season eight. The tracks "P.I.X.A.L." and "Zane's Resurrection" exemplify P.I.X.A.L.'s theme.
Introduced in Season 4
Master Chen's theme
Master Chen's theme was introduced in season four; it was often reprised in the presence of Chen himself. The theme sounds sinister, tying in with Chen's character. It is often played with various instruments, including strings, chants, drums and the plucking of guitar strings. Chen's theme took on many forms throughout season four, though it has not been reprised much since. Tracks such as "The Uncharted Island" and "The Tournament of Elements" have exemplified Chen's theme.
The Anacondrai theme was introduced in season four; it also serves as a theme for the Anacondrai warriors. The theme was often used during flashbacks/mentions of the Anacondrai, and scenes with the Anacondrai warriors. The theme sounds very triumphant, and can also sound mysterious and even sinister. It is often played using horns and drums. The theme appeared many times throughout season four, but has not been reprised since. Tracks such as "The Serpentine War" and "Chants, Traps and Snakes" exemplify the Anacondrai theme. The track "The Greatest Warriors" reprised the theme in a more positive and uplifting key, to represent the Anacondrai generals as protagonists.
Introduced in Season 5
Morro's theme was introduced in season five; it was often reprised in his presence or whenever he was mentioned. The theme often gives a sinister vibe, and is played with a viola and occasionally horns. Morro's theme is sometimes heard in a more lighthearted variant; the track "Ghost Story" starts out with a positive rendition of the theme that becomes more aggressive and sinister. Other tracks that exemplify Morro's theme include "Wind Leaves the Sails" and "Morro vs. Ninja." Morro's theme was briefly reprised for the TV special Day of the Departed, with a more positive rendition being played to show his redemption.
Master Yang's theme
Master Yang's theme was introduced in Season Five; it appeared numerous times in that season and in the TV special, "Day of the Departed." The theme is often played using vocals, strings, and organs, which give the theme an eerie and mysterious vibe. Yang's theme appeared frequently throughout the episode "The Temple on Haunted Hill," while references to the theme appeared throughout Season Five.
In Season Five, Yang's theme was exemplified by tracks such as "The Legend of Sensei Yang" and "Iron Sharpening Iron." Yang's theme later returned in "Day of the Departed," in which it was exemplified by new tracks such as "Sensei Yang's Story" and "Sensei Yang's Sacrifice."
Ronin's theme was introduced in season five. It is mainly played with guitar strings, giving the bounty hunter a sly and distrustful vibe. The theme is exemplified by the track "Ronin" (titled "Ronan" by Vincent and Kramer).
Nya's theme was introduced in season five, and represents her finally unlocking her water element. The theme is often played using flutes, brass and string instruments. The theme has a very confident and uplifting vibe, especially when Nya puts her water element to use. Nya's theme is exemplified by the track "Nya's True Potential," which plays as she drowns the Preeminent. The theme has appeared various times since then, such as in the Season 8 in "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago," when Nya ruptures a water pipe to fight Lord Garmadon in.
Introduced in Season 6
Nadakhan's theme was introduced in season six; it also served as the theme for his crew of Sky Pirates. Due to contractual obligations, Nadakhan's theme suite was the only new piece of music that Jay and Michael composed for season six. The theme has a mystical and elegant vibe that represents Nadakhan's character. It is often played using harps and horns. The theme was reprised many times throughout season six, while several notes of it appeared in season eight's "The Mask of Deception" when a djinn statue appeared on-screen. Nadakhan's theme is exemplified by the "Nadakhan Suite," with "Sons of Garmadon Heist" containing a brief reference to the theme.
Introduced in Day of the Departed
Day of the Departed theme
The "Day of the Departed" theme was introduced in the TV special of the same name; it serves as a theme for the holiday that the episode is centered around. The Day of the Departed theme is played using flutes and vocals. It gives a solemn and commemorative feeling, which represents how the ninja are remembering their ancestors in the TV special.
Most of the piece is original, save for a statement of the overture towards the end of the theme. The theme was played twice during the TV special; first when the ninja spread out to commemorate their ancestors, and again during the credits. The theme is exemplified by the track "Maybe I'm Departed."
Introduced in Season 7
Hands of Time theme
The Hands of Time theme was introduced in season seven; it serves as the theme for Krux and Acronix, a.k.a. the Hands of Time or the Time Twins. The theme has an ancient vibe, as Krux and Acronix are both ancient Elemental Masters; it also gives an intimidating and threatening vibe to the characters.
Various instruments are used to play the theme. Often, strings are used to play the theme. In addition, to build a connection to their element of time, Jay and Michael incorporated the sounds of chimes and ticking clocks into the theme, which can be heard in "Acronix Meets the Ninja." The tracks "Hands of Time Reunited" and "Meet the Parents" both exemplify the Hands of Time theme.
Kai and Nya family theme
The Kai and Nya family theme was introduced in season seven; it serves as a theme for their family, as the season focuses on them trying to find their parents, Ray and Maya. The theme is often played with strings and horns, and can evoke either a solemn or uplifting feeling. The theme is exemplified by the tracks "Meet the Parents" and "The Fusion Dragon."
It is later reprised in Season Ten in "No Ordinary Blacksmith", during Kai and Nya's conversation, and in "Reforging The Golden Weapons", when Kai forges the Golden Weapons.
The theme is featured prominently in Seabound, specifically in scenes focusing on Nya and Maya's relationship.
The Vermillion theme was introduced in Season Seven; it serves as a theme for the Vermillion army. The theme uses low notes and evokes an ominous feeling. It is exemplified by the tracks "The First Vermillion Warrior" and "The Vermillion Commanders."
Introduced in Season 8
Sons of Garmadon theme
The Sons of Garmadon theme was introduced in season eight, and serves as the theme for the biker gang of the same name. Unlike many other Ninjago themes, the Sons of Garmadon theme was composed using elements from another theme—Lord Garmadon's. The theme is a fast-paced version of Lord Garmadon's sinister three-note theme, with some new notes and elements added to it. The theme is usually played with several electronic instruments. The tracks "Sons of Garmadon Heist" and "Garmadon's True Potential" exemplify the Sons of Garmadon theme.
The theme has also been reprised various times in Season Nine, with part of the theme briefly appearing in the season's intro. A peaceful rendition of it is used in Season Ten after Garmadon's conversation with Vinny.
Harumi's theme was introduced in season eight. The theme is typically played with strings, brass instruments, and a piano. Harumi's theme was initially innocent and serene sounding, yet as her true intentions were unveiled and she became a villainess, the theme became much more dark and vicious. The track "Princess Harumi" best represents Harumi's theme.
The theme was reprised numerous times in Season Nine, though not as much as it was in the previous season.
Harumi's despair theme
The despair theme was introduced in Season Eight. The theme is typically played with strings, and applies to moments in season eight where a character "loses everything." The theme plays in "Game of Masks" after the Great Devourer kills Harumi's parents, and she sits in the back of a van with two paramedics. The theme is later reprised in "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago" when Lloyd watches the Colossus crush Destiny's Bounty and kill the Ninja. The melody of this rendition is played with piano. The theme has not been released up to this point.
The theme was later reprised several times in Season Nine. It was heard in "Two Lies, One Truth," when Harumi offers to become Lord Garmadon's daughter of darkness. It was reprised again in "Saving Faith," when Harumi was killed by the apartment building's collapse. This offered a connection to when the theme appeared following her parents' deaths, and the original Ninjas' apparent deaths.
The Oni theme was introduced in season eight. It is typically played with strings, and has a mysterious and rather sinister vibe. It is first heard in "The Mask of Deception," when Zane explains who the Oni are. The theme is then heard in "Game of Masks" when Lloyd and Harumi examine the murals in the Oni Temple, which depict the origins of the Oni. The theme is reprised in "True Potential" when Harumi tells Lord Garmadon that he has the blood of both dragon and Oni in his body. No tracks containing the theme have been released up to this point.
The theme was later reprised several times in Season Nine, occasionally being heard when the Oni are mentioned. A sinister version of it plays during the credits of "Green Destiny."
Introduced in Season 9
Dragon Hunters' theme
The Dragon Hunters' theme was introduced in season nine. It has a more electronic vibe to it, and sounds much more violent and intense than many of the series' other villain themes. The theme is often reprised when the Dragon Hunters are engaged in a battle, such as their pursuit of the Wind Dragon and later the original Ninja. The theme is exemplified by the track "Chase Through The Canyon."
Iron Baron's theme
Iron Baron's theme was introduced in season nine. Like the Dragon Hunters' theme, Iron Baron's theme is more violent sounding, and is often played with deep strings. The theme is often reprised in the presence of Iron Baron. No tracks containing the theme have been released up to this point. The theme is exemplified by the tracks "Iron Baron's Offer," "Firstbourne's Nest" and "Chase Through The Canyon."
Faith's theme was introduced in season nine, and serves as both a theme for her and Wu's mentioning of "having faith." The theme has a hopeful vibe, which represents the confidence that Faith has, and also Wu's urgings for the Ninja to have hope. The theme is often played with a flute or strings.
The Resistance's theme
The Resistance's theme was introduced in season nine, and serves as a theme for The Resistance. The theme has a confident and motivational vibe, and plays in the presence of The Resistance. It is often played with strings. The theme appeared numerous times throughout the season, such as when Skylor first controls the Colossus. The theme is exemplified by the track "The Resistance Never Quits."
Introduced in Season 10
The Omega's theme
The Omega's theme was introduced in Season Ten and is a deeper, more eerie rendition of the Oni Theme. This rendition is played in each episode the Omega appears in, being first played when he appears from the shadows in "Into the Breach." It is then used at the beginning of "The Fall," and is later used in "Endings" immediately before the Oni attack.
This theme plays during the credits of March of the Oni (movie version). The credits theme starts off with a determined vibe, until slowly drifting off into a more peaceful tune, likely representing peace in Ninjago after the Oni's defeat. The peaceful part of this song is a portion of the Day of the Departed theme, "Maybe I'm Departed."
Introduced in Season 11
Zane's visions theme
The soundtrack for Zane's visions is used twice in the season. The first part consists of a dramatic rendition of Zane's theme. It then transitions to a slower rendition of Aspheera's theme, before switching to the Ice Samurai theme for the end part.
Aspheera's theme is first introduced in Zane's vision and is used when she is onscreen. It is a dramatic sounding rendition of the Serpentine theme. There are two renditions for her theme. The first is a more emotional version, which uses higher notes and is played when Aspheera chains the Ninja in "Boobytraps and How to Survive Them." The other is a more evil sounding version with deeper notes, used in the end credits of "Never Trust a Human."
Ice Emperor's theme
The Ice Emperor's theme is first used in "The Never-Realm," and is an evil version of Zane's theme. It uses deep notes to achieve this effect. A slow rendition of this theme is used during the throne room scenes. It can also be heard during the Blizzard Samurai theme, and is used several times throughout the season.
Blizzard Samurai theme
The Blizzard Samurai theme is used in Zane's visions. It consists of higher notes and is sometimes paired with the Ice Emperor's theme. It is used during the end credits of "The Never-Realm."
Akita's theme is introduced in "An Unlikely Ally," and is played with the flute. It evokes a magical feeling, especially when an emotional version of the theme is used in "The Last of the Formlings" when she discovers her animal form. Another rendition used in the end credits of the same episode has more tension, representing Akita's desire for revenge.
Introduced in Season 12
Red Visor's theme
Racer Seven's theme
Introduced in Season 13
Skull Sorcerer's theme
Geckles' and Munce's theme
Introduced in The Island
Introduced in Season 14
Merging with the Sea Theme
While not officially titled or released, this is the theme that plays when Nya sacrifices herself and merges with the Endless Sea. It contains remixed elements of the theme that plays during Nya's True Potential.
Other individual tracks
The following is a list of the original themes and takes on other themes that exist primarily as one or two tracks rather than as a recurring character or character group leitmotif present in several tracks.
The beginning of this track has been used a number of times to accompany an "establishing shot" of the ninja's whereabouts, such as the Destiny's Bounty in "Never Trust a Snake" (and "Tick Tock," to a lesser extent), Wu's Academy in "The Surge," and Garmadon's monastery in "The Art of the Silent Fist."
When Jay waited in an elevator in "Never Trust a Snake", tranquil music played, nearly causing him to fall asleep. The song is an alternate take on the Ninjago Overture and was released as part of "Ninjago Theme Mashup." The track can later be heard in "The Titanium Ninja" when a citizen listens to it in his car before Cole crashes through the wall in his Earth Mech.
The non-vocal version of the tune is used version in "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" when Jay is getting ready for his date with Nya, the 2014 blooper reel when Nya arrives, and "Misfortune Rising" when Jay looks around the secret room in Cliff Gordon's estate.
Zane's True Potential
This track, first accompanying Zane's True Potential in "Tick Tock," was later used for Kai's True Potential in "The Green Ninja" and twice when the ninja are combating the Great Devourer in "Day of the Great Devourer" (first in the junkyard with the Ultra Sonic Raider, later in Ninjago Park).
This track was composed for the montage in "Darkness Shall Rise", though it was mostly cut from the episode. It has an upbeat sound, always representing progress being made in some way. It later appeared in "Winds of Change" when the ninja started using their Elemental Powers to attract customers for Steep Wisdom, "Operation Land Ho!" when Jay assembled the Ninja Replacements, and "Wasted True Potential" when the ninja fell victim to Wu's various traps.
Fritz Donnegan theme
The Green Ninja Theme serves as the basis for the Fritz Donnegan theme, which is played in "Child's Play" and "Misfortune Rising" and briefly in "Only One Can Remain" and "The Corridor of Elders." It was released as part of the "Ninjago Theme Mashup."
Temple of Light
This track is played when the ninja gain new suits and abilities at the Temple of Light in "Island of Darkness". The beginning uses the Ninjago Overture. It is played again during Masters Never Quit when they discover the Heart of the Mountain. Part of the track was also reprised when Zane becomes golden in "Enter the Digiverse".
This track was also used in season four during the battle for the Jadeblades in "Only One Can Remain" and the beginning of the Thunderblade competition in "Ninja Roll." It was used in season seven in "The Hatching" surrounding the release of the BorgWatch, in "Secrets Discovered" when Zane and Lloyd were riding in the Destiny's Shadow, during the building montage with Cyrus Borg in "Operation Heavy Metal: Machia". It was used when Kai was showing off his dance moves and sign-spinning skills in "Spinny Sign" and when Jay reminisced about his ElectroMech in "Vehicles and Mechs."
Prison Break theme
This track was composed for the noodle factory story line in season four. The theme has an exciting, daring, and somewhat jazzy sound, imitating the music of movies in the heist genre. A version of the theme played when Cole attempted to escape the factory in "Spy for a Spy", and the theme later appeared as the track "And That's The Kink" when Cole and the other Elemental Masters broke into the Anacondrai Temple with the Roto Jet in "The Forgotten Element."
The track was reused for the ninja's escape from Kryptarium Prison in "Enkrypted", a season six episode. It also appeared when Lloyd was racing to get to work on time in "Lloyd's Late" and briefly when Jay referred to "Garmadon the good guy" in the Ninjago: Decoded episode, "Rise of Garmadon."
Opening the Cursed Realm
The soundtrack, originally composed for Clouse and Garmadon's battle in "The Day of the Dragon," was later used when the Sky Pirates escaped Djinjago in "Enkrypted" and when Wu fought the Time Twins on the Iron Doom at the end of "Lost in Time."
- Official soundtrack titles from The Island are: Chop Chop!, Statuebro Terror, Uncharted, The Club Will Prevail, The Storm Belt, Twitchy Tim, Storms Monsters Doom, Leaded or Unleaded, Breaking Waves, Into the Fog, Catamaran Hand-Stand, Blue Sandy Beaches, Air Mail, They're Alive, Jungle Choppers Ride Out!, Island End Credits, Main Title, Poisonous Birds, How to Train Your Zippy, Statuebros, Rope-Bridges Always Break, A Shocking Entrance, The Keepers Arrive, Not My Style, Twitchy's Rule, Keepers of the Amulet, One With the Storm, Island Main Titles, All But One, Prison Reunion, Rambo Lloyd, Precious Little Gift, Game of Fetch, Gift of Jay, Wojira End Credits, Final Sacrifice, Wojira's Meal, It's a Con, All was Peaceful, Paying off Wojira, Cost Jay Everything, To Rescue a Friend and Keeper's Brothers.
- The title How to Train Your Zippy refers to the movie trilogy How to Train Your Dragon, as well as the title of the Hunted episode, "How to Build a Dragon."
- The title Rambo Lloyd refers to the movie series Rambo.
- Uncharted, Keepers of the Amulet, and Gift of Jay are also the titles of the three episodes of The Island.
- As with many soundtracks, several titles are named after a line from the series during which they occur.
A Musical Journey
- Jay Vincent's YouTube Channel
- Jay Vincent's Soundcloud
- Michael Kramer's YouTube Channel
- Michael Kramer's Soundcloud
- Season 1 soundtrack on Apple Music
- Season 2 soundtrack on Apple Music
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