The music of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu is composed and produced in conjunction with the development of the TV series based on the LEGO toy line. 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 eight seasons and a TV special. 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.
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.
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 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 and Nya 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." The theme has appeared countless times from the pilot episodes up to season nine.
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.
Sensei Wu's theme was introduced in Season One; 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. In season nine, 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 One
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, although it has not been reprised much since.
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 eight. Various renditions have been used, including a sad and mournful version, 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's theme was introduced in Season One, and serves as one of two themes for Garmadon; it is often played through 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 Curse World episodes in Season Five, and was more frequently reprised towards the end of Season Eight, 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.
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 serves as the theme for Pythor. The theme 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.
The Postman's Theme
The Postman's theme was introduced in Season One. The theme is often played with a flute, and gives a more innocent and cheerful vibe to the Mailman whenever he appears on-screen. The theme has been reprised numerous times since it was introduced, up to season eight. It is exemplified in the track "Trouble Around the Corner," and also appeared in the track "Ninjaball Run."
Introduced in Season Two
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 Three
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. P.I.X.A.L.'s theme frequently appeared throughout season three, although it was not reprised outside of that season. The tracks "P.I.X.A.L." and "Zane's Resurrection" exemplify P.I.X.A.L.'s theme.
Introduced in Season Four
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 Cultists. The theme was often used during flashbacks/mentions of the Anacondrai, and scenes with the Anacondrai Cultists. 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 Five
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 violin 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 tracks "Ronin" (titled "Ronan" by Jay and Michael).
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 Season Eight, when Nya ruptures a water pipe to fight Lord Garmadon.
Introduced in Season Six/Day of the Departed
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.
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 Seven
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, when Kai forges the Golden Weapons.
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 Eight
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 Nine
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. No tracks containing the theme have been released up to this point.
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.
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. No tracks containing the theme have been released up to this point.
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. No tracks containing the theme have been released up to this point.
Introduced in Season Ten
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.
Introduced in Season Eleven
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.