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|“As you know, the Sixteen Realms are interconnected and the balance affects us all. When one falls, another falls apart.”|
|— Khanjikhan to Nadakhan in "Enkrypted"|
The Sixteen Realms, also known as the realms of Creation, are a variety of parallel worlds that are parallel to Ninjago, located within the Ethereal Divide. Other realms can be traveled to via the Realm Crystal, an artifact that was located in the Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master. The Realm of Oni and Dragons is the first of all the realms in existence.
Following the apparent destruction of the Cursed Realm, after the Preeminent was destroyed, along with the destruction of Djinjago, there are currently only fourteen realms. In the series, the realms act as the ultimate setting for the events that take place.
List of Realms
- Realm of Madness
- Cursed Realm (destroyed due to immense flooding from the Endless Sea)
- Cloud Kingdom
- Djinjago (destroyed in consequence to the destruction of the Cursed Realm)
- Departed Realm
- Realm of Oni and Dragons
- 6 other unknown realms
Despite being of different worlds, the Sixteen Realms have multiple passageways and networks that can be used to access each other, with some forming naturally, and others having to be conjured.
- Realm Crystal (all, except the Departed Realm; originally destroyed by Flintlocke, destruction was later undone by Jay's final wish, later destroyed again by Lloyd using the Sword of Sanctuary)
- Being overloaded by the Golden Weapons (from Ninjago to Realm of Madness; transformed into the Mega Weapon by Garmadon, then melted by the Nindroids to create the Golden Armor, later reforged by Kai)
- Traveler's Tea (possibly all, except the Never-Realm, which uses berries from the Traveler's Tree)
- Dragons (unknown amount of realms; Ninjago, Underworld, and Realm of Oni and Dragons confirmed)
- Blind Man's Eye (from Ninjago to the Cloud Kingdom, vice-versa)
- Being banished by the Book of Spells (from Ninjago to the Cursed Realm, vice-versa; destroyed by Lloyd)
- Fire Temple (from Ninjago to the Underworld, vice-versa; destroyed by Flame)
- Death (from the location of demise to Underworld/Cursed Realm/Departed Realm; Cursed Realm destroyed by Nya)
- Mountain of Madness (from the Realm of Madness to Ninjago)
- Skulkin Vehicles (from the Underworld to Ninjago, vice-versa)
- Magic (all)
- Allied Armor of Azure (all; destroyed by Nya)
- Unknown "Back Door" (from Ninjago to the Cloud Kingdom)
- The mouth of the Preeminent (from the Cursed Realm to current location, vice-versa; destroyed by Nya)
- Forever Rock (from Chima to unknown location)
- Yin Blade (all; destroyed by Cole)
- Yang's Jar (from the Departed Realm to Ninjago on the day of the Yin-Yang Eclipse; destroyed by Cole)
- Resurrectea (from the Departed Realm to the current location of the deceased person's body)
- Being killed by one of the Departed Blades (from current location to the Departed Realm)
- Oni Masks (from the Departed Realm to location of summoning; Mask of Deception destroyed by Skylor, Mask of Hatred destroyed by Lloyd)
- Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu (possibly all; second scroll destroyed by Zane)
- The concept of the Sixteen Realms is similar to the Nine Realms from Norse Mythology. Notably, the fact that Chima is one of these worlds indicates that the Ninjago and Chima franchises share a multiverse, though whether worlds based on other LEGO properties are also present is unknown.
- The concept of the Sixteen Realms is different from the common science fiction parallel-timeline multiverse idea, as there are no alternate universes in Ninjago.
- As seen with the destruction of the Cursed Realm, destroying a realm consequently destroys its sister realm; in this case Djinjago.
- The Sixteen Realms are surrounded by an infinitely vast, formless void known as the Ethereal Divide.
- Time passes differently in some realms, explaining how the Sky Pirates stayed alive for 200 years from Ninjago's perspective while being trapped in other realms.
- When the events of Skybound were erased by Jay's final wish, other realms may not have been affected.
- There is conflicting information about the exact number of realms there are. Some information indicates sixteen including Ninjago, and others state that there sixteen beyond Ninjago, which would mean there are seventeen realms in total. The latest official information about the subject states that there are indeed sixteen beyond Ninjago.
- In "The Darkness Comes", Wu referred to the Sixteen Realms as the "Lands of Creation," implying that they may have some affiliation with or were created by the Elemental Essence of Creation.
- In "A Cold Goodbye," Wu said that the Never-Realm is the most distant of all realms.
- It is unknown whether the Cloud Kingdom affects Chima, whether residents of realms besides Ninjago go to the Departed Realm upon death, or whether disgraced warriors from realms other than Ninjago go to the Underworld.
- Unagami refers to Prime Empire as a realm.
- The Digiverse is not a realm.
- Tommy Andreasen doesn't think the sixteen doors seen in "Grave Danger" lead to the Sixteen Realms.
- Although the location where the Ninja fought Clouse in The Realm of Shadows was said to be a realm by Tommy Andreasen, it appears to be just a temple in the Toxic Bogs.
- "A Cold Goodbye"