- For the person who became the Titanium Ninja, see here.
|“I am a Nindroid! And Ninja never quit! Go Ninja, go!”|
|— Zane while sacrificing himself to defeat the Golden Master|
|"The Titanium Ninja"|
|Season 3, Episode 8|
|Air date||November 26, 2014|
|Written by||Dan & Kevin Hageman|
|Directed by||Peter Hausner|
General Cryptor and his Nindroids finally land back at Borg Industries, where they line up to honor their ruler—the Golden Master. The Overlord marches between the two lines of robots, and commands Cyrus to flee; since he has completed his mission, the Overlord no longer needs him. As the villain questions, if the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu have been melted down for his weapon, Cryptor frees Cyrus from the OverBorg. Cyrus asks if there is anything he can do to stop the villains, but the Nindroid General declares that all he can do is to bow down to the Overlord.
Back in space, the Ninja despair after repeated failed attempts to escape the comet. However, Lloyd refuses to give up, suggesting that they use their elemental powers, and everything around them to restart the ship. Reheartened by Lloyd's words, the Ninja repair the ship and use Zane as a power source. Though Zane gets overheated by the strain, they manage to fly back to the planet—to land safely, Lloyd suggests a new technique: Elemental Shields.
The Overlord has begun an attack on New Ninjago City, but the citizens of Ninjago are filled with hope when they see the Ninja returning. P.I.X.A.L. uses a motorcycle to catch up with her friends, using her power to land them on their vehicles. As the Ninja reunite with their allies, Cyrus tells them that they should head for the Temple of Fortitude, a place where the Overlord and the First Spinjitzu Master battled long ago. He claims there's a shield at the place, so the Nindroids won't harm them, and there is something he wants to give them that may help them save the world.
The Ninja begin traveling to the temple, but pause when they see the Golden Master's path of destruction. Nya then crashes because she was hit by a car the Overlord threw. Lloyd reminds his friends that the only way to save Ninjago is to reach the Temple of Fortitude, but the Overlord sees them and uses a massive Spinjitzu tornado against them. The Ninja swiftly run back, rendezvousing with Cyrus, Wu, and Garmadon. While the Ninja jump past various items blocking their path, Nya defeats two Nindroids. Confronted by General Cryptor himself, Nya claims that Min-Droid is better than him just as the latter walks by—naturally, Cryptor denies this. The miniature Nindroid overhears Cryptor's boast of superiority, and the resulting attack on his general allows Nya to leave. The Ninja finally make it, and Wu and Garmadon close the doors, which activate their shields.
There Cyrus gives them the ultimate weapon—a pill. Jay is angry that all they had was a pill. Borg then explains that it was no ordinary pill; it could make anyone shrink. Garmadon realizes that when he and Wu were still young, they use to play a game that involves Wu hitting an object with their staff, and they would never lose. Using this thought he forms an idea: himself and Wu would hit the pill straight into the Overlord's mouth. The shield is starting to break; Nya comes and destroys a couple of Nindroids, and buys some time for the Ninja. Borg gives the Ninja armor which protects them from some attacks from the Overlord.
The Ninja go into Ninjago City, where they manage to make it to the Golden Master, who has created a massive spider web around Borg Tower using the Golden Power. Wu hits the pill, which heads straight to the Overlord's mouth, but Pythor sacrifices himself and swallows the pill instead. As a result, Pythor shrinks down to the size of a worm before being immediately chased away by the Falcon, presumably to be eaten again. The Golden Master is outraged that the Ninja tried to shrink him. He obtains the Ninja with his Golden Power only to miss Zane. The Ninja of Ice tells his friends to support him one last time, and the Ninja bounce him. Although, during the process, he landed and touched the Golden Master's gold and starts to overload from his power. He refuses to let go, due to the fact that Ninja never quit, which frees his friends. As he reaches maximum capacity, he gratefully remembers his past and freezes the Overlord at the expense of his life. The Ninja are heartbroken that Zane has passed, and proceed to his funeral.
Borg makes a speech on how he thought technology was the best way to destroy problems but instead caused more. He now names Zane the Titanium Ninja. He later passed the microphone to Kai. The Red Ninja claims no one knew what powered Zane, and he thought it was brotherhood because that's how Zane powered him. When he finished the speech, snow began to appear.
P.I.X.A.L. leans on a window in Borg's office, grieving Zane. However, the place began to show memories of her and Zane, from the first day they met. She wonders if it could be a message from Zane. P.I.X.A.L. runs to another side of the building, realizing machines are following her. She also hears a familiar voice asking "Are we compatible now?" hinting that Zane might have survived. P.I.X.A.L. is shown smiling in response.
- Cole - Kirby Morrow
- Cryptor - Richard Newman
- Cyrus Borg - Lee Tockar
- Dr. Julien - Mark Oliver
- Garmadon - Mark Oliver
- Jay - Michael Adamthwaite
- Kai - Vincent Tong
- Lloyd Garmadon - Jillian Michaels
- Nya - Kelly Metzger
- P.I.X.A.L. - Jennifer Hayward
- Postman - Michael Adamthwaite
- Pythor P. Chumsworth - Michael Dobson
- Skales - Ian James Corlett
- The Overlord - Scott McNeil
- Wu - Paul Dobson
- Zane - Brent Miller
For the transcript of the episode, click here.
- Misako, Dareth, Ed, Edna and Gayle Gossip make cameos at the end of the episode, attending Zane’s funeral.
- During Zane's funeral, a large picture of him sits next to his monument. The picture is actually from him in the intro of seasons one and two.
- This is the last episode before "Kingdom Come," sixteen episodes later, where the Ninja all wear shoulder pads (except for Lloyd, who was being possessed by Morro at the time, and Cole who has been turned into a ghost and wears his suit without the pads). In this episode, the Ninja all gain shoulder pads when they put on the Stone Warrior armor.
- This is the first and only appearance of the Overlord as the Golden Master. Throughout the episode, he is never shown without his helmet on, which features a more sinister and demonic appearance in 70728 Battle for Ninjago City.
- As Zane freezes the Golden Master and experiences his flashbacks, a view from beneath his head gives further details to what his face looks like underneath, although it is still generally obscured.
- This episode marks:
- Zane's final appearance in his "human" form until Season 8, when he is able to switch from titanium to "human."
- Slithraa's first appearance since "Home;" however, he is voiced by Ian James Corlett.
- The first time the Ninja use their Elemental Shields (although Lloyd has used his before).
- P.I.X.A.L.'s final physical appearance until "The Attack" (not recognized). She would finally be seen physically again in "Dead Man's Squall."
- Clips from the episodes "Home," "The Snake King," "Tick Tock," "The Last Voyage," and "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master" are all in Zane's flashback.
- The "game" Wu and Garmadon were talking about might simply be a reference to baseball (Garmadon threw a mean curveball, and when the Ninja were battling the Overlord, Wu could hit the shrinking pill accurately into the Overlord's mouth). Wu and Garmadon said they could "Thread the Needle."
- At one point, Golden Master says he wants to destroy Ninjago and more worlds beyond. It is possible he knows about the Sixteen Realms, but it is unclear.
- This episode marks the last physical appearance of the Overlord.
- The Overlord is defeated for the second time at this site.
- This is the first, and so far only, time the Overlord uses Spinjitzu against the Ninja.
- Zane sacrificing himself as he is protecting his friends is similar to how the Bionicle character, Matoro sacrificed himself to save his Toa Team in Bionicle: Ignition Issue #11.
- Both Zane and Matoro use the element Ice.
- Zane is a Nindroid, whereas Matoro was a Matoran, a mechanical species in the Bionicle.
- When the Ninja re-enter Ninjago's atmosphere, the model of the planet used is the real-life Earth. The land is just Canada flipped upside down, which would place Ninjago City in St. Johns, Newfoundland. Ninjago does not take place on Earth.
- When Jay lands in the Thunder Raider, he has Kai's Fire Elemental Shield.
- After Pythor swallowed the pill, a bottle was nowhere to be found but as he's shrinking, it mysteriously appeared to use for comparison.
- In the final scene when P.I.X.A.L. is on the conveyor belt, neither her legs nor the conveyor belt are moving. This means the belt isn’t moving her forward, but she isn’t walking forward either, so the scene shows that she was moving forward on her own but without moving her legs.
For the gallery of the episode, click here.