|“Not all places exist to be found, brother. Sometimes, one must revel in the shadows to truly see the light.”|
|— Garmadon to Wu, "The Royal Blacksmiths"|
The Realm of Madness, also known as the Dark Realm, is one of the Sixteen Realms parallel to Ninjago. It is described as a place where evil flourishes, because of an imbalance between the forces of light and darkness. The Mountain of Madness is located here, and the native inhabitants include mud monsters and Craglings.
- 1 History
- 2 Inhabitants
- 3 Visitors
- 4 LEGO.com description
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Gallery
- 8 References
Prior to the series
At an unknown point in time, the Realm of Madness came into existence as one of the Sixteen Realms.
Contrary to what he led the Skulkin to believe, Lord Garmadon's true goal during his time in the Underworld was to escape his prison, not wield the power of all four Golden Weapons. The reason for this became clear when Samukai claimed all of the Golden Weapons and attempted to use them against Garmadon—the combined power of the weapons was beyond anyone's ability to control.
As Samukai disintegrated, Garmadon explained to Master Wu and the ninja that he intended to use the portal to reach a place where the forces of good and evil were unbalanced—there, he could gain the power he needed to wield all four Golden Weapons at once. After a final bitter exchange with his brother, Garmadon fled through the portal, which disappeared once he passed through.
After Lloyd was kidnapped by the Serpentine, Master Wu decided to seek the aid of Lord Garmadon. Traveling to Mystake's tea shop in Ninjago City, he purchased some Traveler's Tea and used it to teleport himself to the Realm of Madness. Upon arrival in the dark realm, Master Wu was immediately confronted by Lord Garmadon himself, who had been mutated during his time in the dimension.
Now sporting new armor and an extra set of arms, Garmadon attacked his brother, forcing him into a mud pit with three mud monsters. Before the creatures could envelop him, Master Wu revealed Lloyd's plight, prompting Garmadon to save his brother and agree to a temporary alliance in order to save his son.
With that settled, the brothers set out for the Mountain of Madness, where Garmadon said they could find a portal that would return them to Ninjago. As they walked, Master Wu brought Garmadon up to speed on what was happening in Ninjago, prompting the four-armed villain to express regret that Lloyd had tried to follow in his evil footsteps.
After climbing the Mountain of Madness and fending off a Cragling attack, Wu and Garmadon finally reached the portal that would allow them to escape the dimension. At that moment, Garmadon pushed Wu into the portal, gloating that he had only agreed to the alliance so he could return to Ninjago and steal the Golden Weapons—thanks to his time in the Realm of Madness, he could now wield all four at once. With that, Garmadon jumped into the portal himself, reappearing in Ninjago with his brother.
After several adventures with the ninja and his brother, Lord Garmadon went to Mystake's shop to order some Traveler's Tea, apparently intent on returning to his dimension. Before Mystake could fill the order, however, Garmadon had left the shop to aid the ninja against the Great Devourer.
During Fenwick's explanation of the sixteen realms, one of the realms he showed the ninja was the Realm of Madness.
The Dark Realm is a shadowy, twisted place in which evil flourishes. Here all rules are turned upside down. After his escape from exile in the Underworld, Lord Garmadon traveled here. He was mutated by the Dark Realm and gained two extra arms, and thus the ability to wield all Four Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu at once. The Dark Realm is home to frightening creatures of evil, like the Mud Monsters and the Craglings. There is a passageway to the NINJAGO world, if you dive into the crater atop the Mountain of Madness.
- 28. "The Art of the Silent Fist" (flashback)
- 92. "Saving Faith" (flashback)
- Spinjitzu Snakedown (non-canon)
- The Realm of Madness has three known methods of entry and exit: the portal opened by attempting to wield all four of the Golden Weapons, Traveler's Tea, and the Realm Crystal.
- A picture of a mud monster, presumably in the Realm of Madness, can be seen in the Temple of Airjitzu in "The Temple on Haunted Hill."
- Tommy Andreasen has referred to it as the Realm of Madness, while LEGO.com has called it Lord Garmadon's Dimension, and the Dark Realm. Ninjago: Decoded later used both "Realm of Madness" and "Dark Realm", with the former being said in "Beasts and Dragons" and the latter in "Rise of Garmadon."
In other media
- "Beasts and Dragons"
- "Rise of Garmadon"