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“Son, Chen grows strong by taking from others. But real power does the opposite. It empowers those around you. Like the way you've empowered me.”
Garmadon motivating Lloyd in "The Forgotten Element"

The fourth season of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, subtitled Tournament of Elements[1][2] (or The Tournament of Elements[3]), was preceded by Season 3 and succeeded by Season 5. Kai was the focus ninja[4] and mascot character, Master Chen served as the main antagonist, and the Anacondrai warriors were the villainous faction of the season.

Official Description

When Zane sacrificed himself to stop the Golden Master, the power of the Golden Weapons unlocked new abilities within him, revealing a new layer of titanium. The immense energy dispatch destroyed parts of him and caused Zane to vanish into the Digiverse. Only P.I.X.A.L. was aware of Zane’s digital presence – or so she thought...[citation needed]

Story

After the loss of Zane, the team is split apart, and Lloyd seeks to rebuild it. But everything changes when they find out that Zane is alive, and that crime lord, Master Chen, invites the ninja and the other Elemental Masters to a Tournament, so that he can steal their powers in order to complete a spell that will turn him and his worshippers into Anacondrai.

Episodes

Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Airdate
1 35 Ninjago35.png "The Invitation" February 23, 2015 (US)
2 36 Ninjago36.png "Only One Can Remain" March 2, 2015 (US)
3 37 37TitleCard.png "Versus" March 9, 2015 (US)
4 38 38Card.png "Ninja Roll" March 16, 2015 (US)
5 39 Ninjago39.png "Spy for a Spy" March 23, 2015 (US)
6 40 MoS40TitleCard.png "Spellbound" March 30, 2015 (US)
7 41 Ninjago41Card.png "The Forgotten Element" March 31, 2015 (US)
8 42 Ninjago42Card.png "The Day of the Dragon" April 1, 2015 (US)
9 43 NinjagoCard43.png "The Greatest Fear of All" April 2, 2015 (US)
10 44 Ninjago44.png "The Corridor of Elders" April 3, 2015 (US)

Cast

The main cast

Sets

Kai was the mascot character of the season. The collectible items were the Jadeblade Weapons, though only ordinary Jadeblades appeared in the season. The promotional media and box art for this season primarily featured a jungle setting, though the jungle on Chen's Island was only a major setting in two episodes, "Spellbound" and "The Day of the Dragon" (though the ninja explored the jungle in the book, The Search for Zane).

The sets focused on ninja vehicles, Anacondrai warrior vehicles, and Chen's Island locations. Because the wave included two suits for each ninja instead of one, most of the ninja Minifigures were exclusive to one set at the time of this wave's release. Besides the ninja, only three Elemental Masters (Skylor, Karlof, and Griffin Turner) were featured in this season's wave of sets.

Songs

Trivia

  • Various other Elemental Masters set to appear in this season were ultimately scrapped. These include the Masters of Magnetism, Crystal, and Sight, with the Master of Crystal being named "Gazor."[5][6]
    • Masters of Water and Time would have also appeared in this season, with the Master of Water being named "Rayne."[7][8] These concepts were later used for Nya and the Time Twins in seasons 5 and 7 respectively.
  • This season starts the trend of each season having 10 episodes which lasted until March of the Oni, which only had 4.
  • The collectible items featured in this season are the Jadeblades; which, unlike the previous collectibles; did not have any powers.
  • This season was inspired by the 1973 film Enter the Dragon.[9]
    • Clouse was named after the film's director, Robert Clouse.[10]
    • The name for one of the sets, 70749 Enter the Serpent, is a reference to the film title.
    • When asked which season would work best as a movie, Tommy Andreasen said, "ToE is based off Enter the Dragon, so narratively that would lend itself well."[11]
  • When Zane is found and the ninja get their second suits of the season, the intro is not updated. According to Tommy Andreasen, there was "No need to waste production money doing that any more then", referring to how the intro in Season 1 had been updated when the ninja gained new suits.[12]
  • This is the first season that the Postman doesn't appear in.
  • This season, along with Possession, aired in their entirety in the same year. (Tournament of Elements in the spring of 2015, and Possession in the summer of 2015.) This marks the first time in the show that 2 seasons aired in the same year. [13]
  • Nya does Spinjitzu at the end of the intro, just like the others. However, it is not canon, as she is confirmed to have later learned it between Skybound and "Day of the Departed."[14]
  • The Hageman Brothers stated that they liked the mysterious island and tournament aspect of the season but they didn't like the ending as much.[15] Tommy Andreasen has also stated this is one of his favorite seasons despite its weaker ending.[16]
  • This was the first season to have issues of the Ninjago Magazine made for it.
  • This season has some structural similarities to the previous season:
    • The first story arc ends with three episodes remaining, and the ninja have mostly succeeded in stopping the villain but one ally has been captured.
    • The final three episodes deal with the ninja attempting to and ultimately failing to stop the villain from attacking Ninjago.
    • The villain is finally defeated by a main character sacrificing himself.

Focus characters

Protagonists

  • Kai was the focus ninja of this season.[4] Different aspects of him were explored, like the relationship between him and Skylor, his jealousy in the prophecy of the Green Ninja, and the introduction of his parents.
    • Kai was focused on in episodes 35, 36, 37, 39, 40, 41, 42, and 44.
      • In episode 35, Kai went to Zane's statue to mourn for his fallen friend. Kai also fought Karlof on the way to Chen's island.
      • In Episode 36, Kai fought Karlof for the final spot in the next round of the tournament and won, but unfairly. He also discovered hints to Skylor's powers.
      • In Episode 37, Kai faced Ash and was ultimately victorious, advancing in the tournament.
      • Kai and Skylor's relationship was focused on in the second half of Episode 39.
      • In Episode 40, Kai found out Skylor is Chen's daughter, which turned into a conflict between the two.
      • Kai was the main focus in Episode 41 in many aspects. Kai was confronted by Chen who knew secrets of his parents; temporarily betrayed Nya, Garmadon, and Lloyd while working for Chen; and became corrupted with the power of the Staff of Elements, ultimately breaking it and giving the powers back to the Elemental Masters.
      • In Episode 42, while captured by Chen, he and Skylor struggled as Chen began the transformation spell, which he completed. Later, Kai was able to summon an Elemental Dragon, making him the third Elemental Master to do this after Lloyd and Zane.
      • Kai and Skylor's relationship was paused in Episode 44, when Skylor left for the time being.
  • Skylor had a major role in this season along with Kai, especially in episodes 39, 40 and 41. The relationship between them was a major part of this season's story.
    • In Episode 39, she is revealed to be Chen's daughter, meaning she has been an antagonist since her introduction, though would become a genuine protagonist as of the second half of Episode 41
  • Sensei Garmadon had a great role, with many individual moments in the season, especially in episodes 40 and 44.
    • Throughout the first half of the season, there are hints to his dark past with Chen and Clouse.
    • In Episode 40, his backstory is explored in greater detail.
    • In Episodes 44, the relationship of him with Misako, Wu, and Lloyd was the focus.
  • Lloyd also had a major role, specifically in episodes 35, 38, 40, 41, and 44.
    • In Episode 35, he brought the ninja team back together after the loss of Zane.
    • In Episode 38, Lloyd's spot in the tournament against Chamille was the main focus.
    • In Episode 40, Lloyd unlocked his Energy Dragon and later inquired about his father's past.
    • In Episode 41, he faced Chen in the final match of the tournament.
    • His relationship with Garmadon was a primary focus in Episode 44. Lloyd was also the one who technically defeated Chen and his army, though it was through Pythor's idea and Garmadon's sacrifice.
  • Zane also had a crucial role in the season. His loss in the previous season was the primary cause of this season's events.
    • In Episode 37 he dreamed of the Titanium Dragon, struggled with remembering who he was, and ultimately found P.I.X.A.L. dismantled and saved her by adding her to his programming.
    • In Episode 42, he unlocked his ability to summon the dragon, with the help of P.I.X.A.L..
    • P.I.X.A.L. had appearances in episodes 37-40 and 42-43.
  • Cole had a great role in the middle portion of this season.
    • He was focused on in the second half of Episode 37, where he fought Jay in the tournament, and he ultimately let Jay have the victory, repairing their fragile friendship.
    • Cole led the prison break storyline in episodes 38-41, helping Zane and the Elemental Masters who had lost in the tournament plan to escape.
  • The relationship between Jay and Cole remained hostile in the beginning of the season, but their battle and Cole's choice in Episode 37 repaired their friendship and allowed Jay to move forward in the tournament. Jay's leg was also injured in Episode 39.
  • Nya had a significant role in some episodes, but overall her role was relatively minor,
    • In Episode 38, she used the DB Express to sneak aboard Chen's ferry.
    • In Episode 39, she became a spy in the tournament, discovering the transformation spell and ultimately fighting Clouse and escaping with the spell.
    • In Episode 40, Chen used the goal of tracking down Nya as a ruse for the Elemental Masters, though Nya did not appear much in the episode herself.
  • Wu had a minor role in the season.
  • Misako had appearances in episodes 37, 40, 42, and 44.
    • In Episode 40, it was revealed Garmadon had intercepted and signed the letter that would have otherwise caused Misako to fall in love with Wu.
    • She had a greater role in the finale (Episode 44), regarding her relationship with Garmadon.
    • The Serpentine had a small yet heroic role in the season. Though shown as villains of the past in Episode 40, both the current generation of Serpentine and the Anacondrai generals would return in the finale to help defeat the Anacondrai warriors.

Antagonists

  • Master Chen served as the main antagonist of this season.
  • Clouse served as the secondary antagonist of this season.
  • Other important antagonists include Skylor (until Episode 41), Zugu, Eyezor, Kapau, Chope, and the Anacondrai serpent.
  • The Anacondrai warriors were the villainous faction of this season.

Gallery

Promotional media

Character posters

Intro

Concept Art

Branding

Videos

References

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: 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
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. The 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
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