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“Sensei once told me it's not the size of a ninja in a fight, it's the size of the fight in the ninja. All this training, all of these battles we've had with skeletons and Serpentine. We've persevered through so much, we can't just give up now. A ninja never admits defeat. A ninja always pick himself up when he is down. Which is exactly what Sensei Wu would want us to do right now.”
Kai to the ninja in "Day of the Great Devourer"

The first season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, subtitled Rise of the Snakes, was preceded by the Mini-Movies and succeeded by Season 2. Each of the four original Ninja were the focus, Pythor served as the main antagonist, and the Serpentine were the villainous faction of the season. The Green Ninja was the mascot.

Official Description

Since Lord Garmadon’s disappearance from the Underworld, NINJAGO Island has been at peace, but the young ninja have grown lazy. While Garmadon lurks in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to strike, the ninja meet his young son, Lloyd, who carelessly unleashes a fearsome new enemy upon NINJAGO Island – the ancient tribes of the Serpentine. The leader of the Serpentine, Pythor, hatches an evil plan to bring back the legendary, all-consuming snake, the Great Devourer.

Story

The ninja are relaxing. But trouble is slowly brewing. . . .

Young Lloyd Garmadon wants to be evil like his dad, but wherever he goes, those ninja mess him up. After having unwittingly released the Serpentine, he ends up being the Green Ninja.

Meanwhile, Garmadon is back, mostly out of concern for his son. The season is also highlighted by the discoveries of True Potential, the search for Fangblades, and the Great Devourer.

Cast

Episodes

Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Airdate
1 1 MOSEp1TitleCard "Rise of the Snakes" December 2, 2011 (US)
2 2 MoS2TitleCard "Home" December 2, 2011 (US)
3 3 MoS3TitleCard "Snakebit" January 25, 2012 (US)
4 4 MoS4TitleCard "Never Trust a Snake" February 1, 2012
5 5 MoS5TitleCard "Can of Worms" February 8, 2012 (US)
6 6 The Snake King Title Screen "The Snake King" February 15, 2012 (US)
7 7 MoS7TitleCard "Tick Tock" February 22, 2012 (US)
8 8 Once Bitten, Twice Shy Title Screen "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" March 7, 2012 (US)
9 9 The Royal Blacksmiths Title Screen "The Royal Blacksmiths" March 14, 2012 (US)
10 10 Thegreenninjatitlescreen "The Green Ninja" March 21, 2012 (US)
11 11 Ep.11 title "All of Nothing" March 28, 2012 (US)
12 12 Riseof-intro "The Rise of the Great Devourer" April 4, 2012 (US)
13 13 MoS13TitleCard "Day of the Great Devourer" April 11, 2012 (US)

Sets

Spinners

Trivia

  • This is one of two consecutive seasons to contain 13 episodes, with Season 3 breaking the trend with 8 episodes.
  • This is the only season in which the Golden Weapons appear in every episode.
  • This season reveals multiple things about the ninja:
  • Cole mentions Clutch Powers in the ninth episode, referencing the 2009 LEGO movie, LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers.
  • The ninjas' four DragonsFlame, Wisp, Shard, and Rocky—left the ninja in the third episode, only to return in the season finale, now as the Ultra Dragon—a hybrid of all four Dragons.
  • The identity of the Green Ninja (being Lloyd) was accidentally revealed in February 2012, two months before the actual reveal episode, "The Green Ninja" was released due to LEGO's presence at the Toy Fair in which 9574 Lloyd ZX was revealed.
  • This season has two arcs, which are Lloyd releasing the Serpentine (episodes 1-6), and the search for the Fangblades (episodes 7-13).
  • The Character Encyclopedia, incorrectly refers to the pilot episodes as Season 1, and the actual Season 1 as Season 2.
  • This is the first season to air over two years. The second is Season 11 which aired in 2019 and 2020 in the United States.
  • There was a live stream of all the Season 1 episodes hosted by LEGO and was only available for residents of the USA.
  • Netflix in Australia and the UK calls this season "Rise of the Serpentine." [citation needed]

Focus Characters

  • This is the only season where the four original ninja (Kai, Jay, Zane, and Cole) were the focus characters.
    • Although the four original ninja were the focus ninja, Nya and Lloyd also played vital roles.
    • The four original ninjas' focus was their True Potentials in episodes 7-10.
    • Kai was the focus ninja in episode 10 due to his desire of becoming the Green Ninja.
    • Jay was the focus ninja in episode 3 because of his relationship with his parents and episode 8 because of his relationship with Nya.
    • Zane was the focus ninja in episode 2 because he had the role of being singled out and finding the Bounty and episode 7 for his discovery of being a nindroid.
    • Cole was the focus ninja in episode 9 with his relationship with his father.
  • Lloyd was not a ninja in the beginning, but his identity had changed several times throughout the series.
    • Lloyd was an antagonist in episodes 1-4, but he became a protagonist starting from episode 5.
    • Lloyd was revealed to be the Green Ninja in episode 10, which was vital to the whole story.
    • Lloyd was the focus character in episode 11.
    • Lloyd did not show an appearance in the main title, but the Green Ninja is seen at the beginning of each episode. 
  • Nya was not the focus character, but her identity of Samurai X was also a vital storyline in episodes 5 and 6.
  • Wu also had some capacity in the show (like his past with Garmadon in episode 7 and Wu versus Pythor in episode 12), but the appearance of Wu was less than the six main characters.

Antagonists

  • Pythor served as the main antagonist of the season. Other important antagonists include Lloyd (episodes 1-4), Slithraa (episodes 1-2), Skales, Fangtom, Skalidor, Acidicus, Lord Garmadon (episodes 8-11, and 13), and the Great Devourer (Episode 13).
  • The Serpentine were the villainous faction of the season. The Skulkin appeared in Episode 11, but not as antagonists.

Episodes

Gallery

Video

LEGO Ninjago Episodes
Pilot Episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-Movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1: Rise of the Snakes 1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja 14. Darkness Shall Rise · 15. Pirates vs. Ninja · 16. Double Trouble · 17. Ninjaball Run · 18. Child's Play · 19. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 20. The Stone Army · 21. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 22. The Last Voyage · 23. Island of Darkness · 24. The Last Hope · 25. Return of the Overlord · 26. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3: Rebooted 27. The Surge · 28. The Art of the Silent Fist · 29. Blackout · 30. The Curse of the Golden Master · 31. Enter the Digiverse · 32. Codename: Arcturus · 33. The Void · 34. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4: The Tournament of Elements 35. The Invitation · 36. Only One Can Remain · 37. Versus · 38. Ninja Roll · 39. Spy for a Spy · 40. Spellbound · 41. The Forgotten Element · 42. The Day of the Dragon · 43. The Greatest Fear of All · 44. The Corridor of Elders
Season 5: Possession 45. Winds of Change · 46. Ghost Story · 47. Stiix and Stones· 48. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 49. Peak-a-Boo · 50. Kingdom Come · 51. The Crooked Path · 52. Grave Danger · 53. Curseworld, Part I · 54. Curseworld, Part II
Chen Mini-Movies (non-canon) 1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 6: Skybound 55. Infamous · 56. Public Enemy Number One · 57. Enkrypted · 58. Misfortune Rising · 59. On a Wish and a Prayer · 60. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 61. Wishmasters · 62. The Last Resort · 63. Operation Land Ho! · 64. The Way Back
Tall Tales (non-canon) 1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Squiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal Mini-Movies Operation Heavy Metal
Season 7: The Hands of Time 65. The Hands of Time · 66. The Hatching · 67. A Time of Traitors · 68. Scavengers · 69. A Line in the Sand · 70. The Attack · 71. Secrets Discovered · 72. Pause and Effect · 73. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 74. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas Mini-Movies (non-canon) Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8: The Sons of Garmadon 75. The Mask of Deception · 76. The Jade Princess · 77. The Oni and the Dragon · 78. Snake Jaguar · 79. Dead Man's Squall · 80. The Quiet One · 81. Game of Masks · 82. Dread on Arrival · 83. True Potential · 84. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9: Hunted 85. Firstbourne · 86. Iron & Stone · 87. Radio Free Ninjago · 88. How to Build a Dragon · 89. The Gilded Path · 90. Two Lies, One Truth · 91. The Weakest Link · 92. Saving Faith · 93. Lessons for a Master · 94. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 95. The Darkness Comes · 96. Into the Breach · 97. The Fall · 98. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 99. Wasted True Potential · 100. Questing for Quests · 101. A Rocky Start · 102. The Belly of the Beast · 103. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 104. The News Never Sleeps! · 105. Ninja vs Lava · 106. Snaketastrophy · 107. Powerless · 108. Ancient History · 109. Never Trust a Human · 110. Under Siege · 111. The Explorers Club · 112. Vengeance is Mine! · 113. A Cold Goodbye · 114. The Never-Realm · 115. Fire Maker · 116. An Unlikely Ally · 117. The Absolute Worst · 118. The Message · 119. The Traveler's Tree · 120. Krag's Lament · 121. Secret of the Wolf · 122. The Last of the Formlings · 123. My Enemy, My Friend · 124. The Kaiju Protocol · 125. Corruption · 126. A Fragile Hope · 127. Once and for All · 128. Awakenings
Prime Empire Original Shorts 1. Let's Dance · 2. Upgrade · 3. The Meaning of Victory · 4. The Stowaway · 5. Manhunt · 6. Gayle Gossip: A Closer Look
Season 12: Prime Empire 129. Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire? · 130. Dyer Island · 131. Level Thirteen · 132. Superstar Rockin' Jay · 133. I am Okino · 134. The Glitch · 135. The Cliffs of Hysteria · 136. The Maze of the Red Dragon · 137. One Step Forward, Two Steps Back · 138. Racer Seven · 139. The Speedway Five-Billion · 140. Stop, Drop and Side Scroll · 141. Ninjago Confidential · 142. The Prodigal Father · 143. The Temple of Madness · 144. Game Over
Season 13: Master of the Mountain 145. Shintaro · 146. Into the Dark · 147. The Worst Rescue Ever · 148. The Two Blades · 149. Queen of the Munce · 150. Trial By Mino · 151. The Skull Sorcerer · 152. The Real Fall · 153. Dungeon Party! · 154. Dungeon Crawl! · 155. Grief-Bringer · 156. Masters Never Quit · 157. The Darkest Hour · 158. The Ascent · 159. The Upply Strike Back! · 160. The Son of Lilly
Season 14 TBA
Season 15 TBA
Unknown Ninjago 2022 Installment TBA

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