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Not to be confused with the actual temple or the set.
Nya! No! I–I–I can't do this alone. Don't leave me! I love you.
Jay, to Nya's Energy cube
"The Temple of Madness"
Season 12, Episode 15
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Air date April 26, 2020 (Australia)
May 2, 2020 (Asia)
August 30, 2020 (US)
November 7, 2020 (Canada)
Written by Alisha Brophy
Scott Miles
Directed by Shane Poettcker
Episode guide
"The Prodigal Father"
"Game Over"

The Temple of Madness is the fifteenth episode of the twelfth season of Ninjago and the 143rd episode overall. It was released on April 26, 2020, in Australia, and on May 2, 2020, in Asia, and were both paired up with "Game Over." It aired in the US on August 30, 2020.


Jay must stand alone against Unagami in the end-game, yet Unagami has a bigger battle in facing the truth about his own identity.[1][2]


After leaving the battle arena, Jay and Nya begin to make their way to Unagami. Before the last two ninja can enter the Temple of Madness, they must pass a conveyor belt with large shurikens moving in a certain pattern. Jay notices some of the shurikens have a glitch, due to the game being unfinished, which makes the pattern confusing, but Nya claims they will improvise. They work together by acting as if they were dancing. Although Jay nearly fell, which nearly caused them both to be pushed into a glitching shuriken, they are able to recover and enter the temple.

Jay thinks the level will be more challenging than the previous, as this is normally what video games do when the player progresses, but they end up at Sushimi's sushi restaurant. A Hostess greets them to their table and Nya thinks it's all a trick just for them to lower their guard. Jay downplays the idea replying that some games have a rest spot before they fight the boss. The waitress lists everything on their menu, the last being "marinated destruction" and attacks the ninja with her butcher knife. Jay and Nya are able to evade her, but then she throws her knife at them, which also misses. They taunt her at first, but she pulls out two more. They continue fighting her, but she pulls out the next "special", monster sushi, that begin growing to giant size and bombard Jay after Nya destroyed the waitress.

Jay is able to jump and shake them off, but three red sushi chefs go into the room, also ready to fight. They begin throwing plates and knives at them, but Jay and Nya flip and push the tables in front of them as shields. They take out two of the chefs before having to deal with the pieces of monster sushi again. As Nya attacks them, she points out that their attacks only split them into smaller variants. Jay deducts that they could use this to their advantage and they keep slashing at them until they are harmless pieces of sushi again.

Nya gets cubed.

The remaining sushi chef then uses stir fry sauce on his stove to summon the Mad Sushi Chef, Sushimi. Jay picks up chopsticks, Sushimi's weapon of choice, and battles the sushi chef until he slaps two pieces of sushi onto his face. Jay then kicks him onto the conveyor belt and Nya turns it on, sending Sushimi flying out of the room. The door to the next room appears and the couple progresses.

They run up some stairs until encountering a red Fire Wall with three slots in front of it, those being for the Key-Tanas. One Jay puts them in, he and Nya hug for a job well done. However, Nya sees Sushimi approaching them, still barely alive, and throws a malice in the shape of a pufferfish at Jay. Nya willingly pushes Jay aside and takes the hit, killing her and turning her into an energy cube. Jay throws the malice back at Sushimi in anger, destroying him for good this time.

In despair, Jay breaks down over Nya's death, saying he couldn't do this alone, but his mourning is interrupted by Unagami telling Jay to surrender or suffer the same fate. Jay refuses and switches the Key-Tanas, closing down the firewall. Before leaving, Jay tells Nya's energy cube that he'll set things right and runs off to face Unagami.


As Jay gets closer to Unagami, he gets a good look at what he's building: The Manifestation Gate, with all the Energy cubes of the cubed players being put in place. Unagami congratulates Jay on beating the game. Angry, Jay expresses he will do the same to "Milton Dyer". He begins to think Unagami is playing dumb when he acts confused when being called by that name, so Jay tells him to give up his ruse. Unagami tells Jay that Dyer was his creator and his whole reason for his plan to enter Ninjago, to hear his reason on why he abandoned him. Jay then comes to the conclusion that Unagami was the game as the latter denies this. Jay continues to put the pieces together, while Unagami is tired of waiting. He then sends the pieces of Nya's energy cube to be apart of his gateway, finishing it, much to Jay's dismay. With it now being completed, a shock wave travels throughout Prime Empire, alerting the NPCs and calling the Red Visors to the temple.

Unagami attempts to leave, but Jay attempts to settle the score by jumping on one of the drones flying towards him and the two engage in combat. Unagami tells him that fighting is futile and knocks Jay's Prime Controller to the floor. Jay then tackles the villain to the floor along with it. Annoyed, Unagami transforms into the Empire Dragon and attacks Jay. Jay grabs his controller and attempts a strike, but is easily knocked aside. Unagami then flies through the gateway with many Red Visors following. Some stay behind to fight Jay. As he continues holding them off, one knocks his controller out of his hands and falling down below. Jay continues to fight but soon gets overwhelmed. Just as it all seems over, he uses the amulet he achieved earlier and summons the Red Dragon, now known as the Blue Dragon and under his command. He then takes out the rest of the Red Visors and soars through the gateway.



For the transcript of the episode, click here.

Locations featured


  • Narrator: Jay
  • When Sushimi appears, the text on screen reads "Boss".
  • Jay's dialogue when Nya turns into an energy cube was reused in "The Turn of the Tide", when he is saying goodbye to her before she enters the sea.


  • Nya loses her final life in this episode and gets cubed, thus becoming the final Energy cube needed to power up the Manifestation Gate.
  • This episode marks Unagami's first physical appearance.


  • When Unagami was fighting Jay when he was on an aerial drone, his left hand was missing.


For the gallery of the episode, click here.


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