“There comes a time when we all must grow up. When that time comes, it's important not to forget the lessons of our childhood because our childhood is the greatest training one can ever have. Yes, the time until the final battle has grown shorter, but the Green Ninja has grown stronger.”
Sensei Wu in "Child's Play"

The second season of of Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, subtitled Legacy of the Green Ninja[1] and alternatively known as Return of the Dark Lord[2] or Rise of the Green Ninja,[3] was preceded by Season 1 and succeeded by Season 3. Lloyd is the focus ninja. In the first half of the season, Lord Garmadon served as the main antagonist, and the Serpentine served as the villainous faction. In the second half, the Overlord served as the main antagonist, and the Stone Army served as the villainous faction.

Official Description

Lord Garmadon has disappeared with all Four Golden Weapons and now he controls the Serpentine. Meanwhile, the ninja intensify their training of young Lloyd so he will be strong enough to defeat Lord Garmadon in the final battle. To gain evil power, Lord Garmadon goes to the Golden Peaks to convert all Four Golden Weapons into the weapon of creation – the Mega Weapon.[citation needed]

Story

With the Golden Weapons now in Lord Garmadon's possession, the ninja begin training Lloyd so he can face his father one day and save Ninjago, something which he was afraid of because of their bond. Garmadon works to thwart the prophecy by recruiting the masterless Serpentine and merging the 4 Golden Weapons into the powerful Mega Weapon. After Garmadon's last attempt ended with Lloyd being aged into a teenager, like his four mentors, Garmadon attempts to change the events of the past. The original four ninja follow Garmadon and use the Golden Weapons of the past to destroy the Mega Weapon, restoring the timeline and sending the Golden Weapons into space.

While Garmadon ends up being stranded on an island with a disembodied voice called the Overlord, the venom of the Great Devourer seeps into catacombs beneath Ninjago and reawakens the Stone Army, trapping the Serpentine underground in the process. Along with Misako, Lloyd's mother, the ninja travel to the Dark Island to stop Garmadon. The ninja fail to stop the countdown to the final battle, and the Overlord is revealed to be the dark lord from the prophecy. He possesses Garmadon and heads to Ninjago.

After they found a way out of the Island, Lloyd uses his newfound Golden Power to defeat the Overlord and become the Golden Ninja. After the Final Battle, Lord Garmadon is purged from evil and comes back to Ninjago as Sensei Garmadon.

Cast

Episodes

Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Airdate
1 14 Ep14.jpg "Darkness Shall Rise" July 18, 2012
2 15 Ep15.jpg "Pirates vs. Ninja" July 25, 2012
3 16 MoS16TitleCard.png "Double Trouble" August 1, 2012
4 17 Ep17.jpg "Ninjaball Run" August 8, 2012
5 18 Ep18.jpg "Child's Play" August 15, 2012
6 19 MoS19TitleCard.png "Wrong Place, Wrong Time" August 22, 2012
7 20 MoS20TitleCard.png "The Stone Army" October 3, 2012
8 21 Ep21.jpg "The Day Ninjago Stood Still" October 10, 2012
9 22 MoS22TitleCard.png "The Last Voyage" October 17, 2012
10 23 Ep23.jpg "Island of Darkness" October 24, 2012
11 24 Ep24.jpg "The Last Hope" November 7, 2012
12 25 Ep25.jpg "Return of the Overlord" November 14, 2012
13 26 Ep26.jpg "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master" November 21, 2012

Sets

The first half of the season, that being the Mega-Weapon arc, did not have any sets. This is the first and only time a significant story arc of a season did not have any accompanying sets.

The second half of the season was branded as "The Final Battle," with Golden Lloyd as the mascot character. The box art depicts the Dark Island, and most of the sets portray ninja vehicles or Stone Army vehicles. The collectible items are the Elemental Blades.

Smaller than most waves, this was the first to have each new variant of the original four ninja exclusive to a single set (not counting the previous NRG suits, which were exclusive to spinner sets).

Trivia

  • This is one of the two seasons to contain 13 episodes, the other being Rise of the Snakes.
  • This was originally intended to be the last season of Ninjago, as the franchise was planned to be discontinued in 2013. However, fan demand had convinced the creators to continue it.[4]
  • This is the only season to be released on Blu-Ray.
  • This season has two arcs, one of which revolves around Garmadon's Mega Weapon and the Serpentine (episodes 14-19) and the other which is based on the Final Battle and the Stone Army (episodes 20-26).
    • The Hageman Brothers explained the reason for this split, stating, "when we were obligated to start writing, we didn’t know who the baddies were (stone army). So to buy time, we had a buncha one offs with a new garmadon threat each episode."[5] In the words of Tommy Andreasen, "We didn't know where to go with the story so we wrote 80s tribute episodes until we found out."[6]
  • The ending of the season was always planned to be Lloyd saving Garmadon.[7]
  • In the version of the intro used in episodes 14-18 before Lloyd was aged up, Wu's beard appeared more like the one on his minifigure. In Episode 19, it returned to its normal appearance similar to that of the Rise of the Snakes intro.
  • In episodes 15-24 the tune of the audio was about half a semitone to about a semitone lower.[citation needed]
  • The ninja have their Golden Weapons in the intro despite only having them in the actual season for a brief moment in "Wrong Place, Wrong Time."
  • This season is not called "Rise of the Green Ninja" because that would be too similar to "Rise of the Snakes".[8]

Focus characters

Protagonists

  • Lloyd was the focus ninja throughout this season. This whole season was built up for the final battle taking place in Episode 26.
    • Lloyd was focused on in Episodes 15, 18, 20, 24, 25, and 26.
      • In Episode 15, he fought Captain Soto and grew more powerful after using Spinjitzu for the first time.
      • He helped the other Ninja return to their older selves in Episode 18. In turn, this also had Lloyd grow older as well.
      • In Episode 20, he meets his mother, Misako, for the first time and struggled with her absence throughout the episode. He ultimately accepted her by the end.
      • In Episode 24, he attempted to fight Garmadon, however, Lloyd froze after seeing his father injured.
      • He fought the Overlord for the first time in Episode 25, where they had a relatively even battle up until Lloyd was overpowered after seeing glimpses of his father, and eventually defeated by the Dark Lord.
      • In Episode 26, Lloyd gained access to the Golden Mech to use it in the final battle, however, it was ultimately destroyed. Afterwards with the help of the Ninja, he partook in the final battle and fought the Overlord, which he managed to unlock his Golden Power as well as his Golden Dragon. Lloyd ultimately defeated the Overlord and brought peace to Ninjago, and met his human father for the first time.
  • Kai has the largest role out of the original Ninja in this season.
    • Kai was focused on in Episodes 19 and 23.
      • Episode 19 was about the things that happened to him in the pilot episodes that Lord Garmadon was trying to change. He later joined forces with the old Kai and fought Garmadon together, which helped the Ninja destroy the Mega Weapon.
      • In Episode 23, he used the Fire Mech Nya built him against the Stone Warriors. It was extremely useful in getting the Ninja to the Temple of Light.
  • Zane has a good role in this season.
    • Zane was focused on in Episode 22.
      • In episode 22, he meets his father, Dr. Julien, for the first time. The entire episode was spent on their relationship, which later Dr. Julien accompanies the Ninja on their journeys.
  • Nya also has a larger role compared to previous seasons.
    • Nya was captured in Episode 24 by the Stone Army which as a result, she was corrupted by Dark Matter and became a servant to the Overlord in Episodes 25 and 26. She regained her normal self after the defeat of the Overlord.
  • Jay and Cole have minor roles this season.
    • Jay has a heavier role in Episodes 14 and 16 with training Lloyd in each episode, but was not the focus character.
    • Cole has a large role in Episode 24 where he chases after a Stone Warrior for the Helmet of Shadows.
  • Wu had some capacity in the show (like his relationship with Garmadon and Misako in episode 21), but the appearance of Wu was less than the six main characters.
  • Misako had her first appearance in episode 20. She had capacity in Episodes 20 - 26 where she aided the Ninja and gave them information on their journeys, specifically on the Dark Island.

Antagonists

  • Lord Garmadon was the main antagonist of this season until Episode 20, in which The Overlord took over as the main antagonist of this season.
  • Skales was the secondary antagonist of this season until Episode 20, in which Lord Garmadon took over as the secondary antagonist of this season.
  • Other important antagonists include Fangtom (episodes 14-21), Skalidor (episodes 14-21), Acidicus (episodes 14-21), Captain Soto (episodes 15 and 17), the evil ninja (episode 16), the Grundle (episode 18), the Giant Stone Warrior (episode 20), General Kozu (episodes 21-26), and Nya (episodes 25-26).
  • The Serpentine were the villainous faction of this season until Episode 21. During and after Episode 21, the Stone Army took over as the villainous faction of the season.
  • Captain Soto's crew were the villainous faction of Episode 15, while making a minor appearance in Episode 17.
  • The Skulkin also made an appearance in Episode 19, due to the time travel.

Videos

Episodes

Gallery

Promotional media

Intro

References

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: 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 Sqiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Operation Heavy Metal 1. Operation Heavy Metal: Machia · 2. Operation Heavy Metal: Buffmillion · 3. Operation Heavy Metal: Blunck · 4. Operation Heavy Metal: Raggmunk
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: 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
The Island 161. Uncharted · 162. The Keepers of the Amulet · 163. The Gift of Jay · 164. The Tooth of Wojira
Season 14: Seabound 165. A Big Splash · 166. The Call of the Deep · 167. Unsinkable · 168. Five Thousand Fathoms Down · 169. The Wrath of Kalmaar · 170. Long Live the King · 171. Escape from Merlopia · 172. The Tale of Benthomaar · 173. The Storm Amulet · 174. Riddle of the Sphinx · 175. Papergirl · 176. Master of the Sea · 177. The Calm Before the Storm · 178. Assault on Ninjago City · 179. Nyad · 180. The Turn of the Tide
Ninjago: Reimagined 1. Golden Legend · 2. Gold Rush · 3. A Day in the Life of a Golden Ninja · 4. Sweatin' to the Goldies · 5. Golden Hour
Season 15 TBA
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