|“I am the game. I am Prime Empire. I can choose any form I wish. Do you really think this will stop me?”|
|— Unagami, to Jay|
Unagami (Unfinished Adventure Game I) is the former ruler of Prime Empire and the former leader of his army. He was created by Milton Dyer to be the A.I. of the Prime Empire video game, but after Dyer attempted to shut him down, he became vengeful. Thirty years later, Unagami became associated with the Mechanic, for his plan to cross over to Ninjago by using the Energy Cubes from the cubed players in order to construct the Manifestation Gate.
Around a decade after the Battle For All of Time, Unagami was created by Milton Dyer to be part of Prime Empire. However, after Scott reached level thirteen, Unagami trapped Scott in Prime Empire. Unagami was blamed by Milton Dyer for Scott's disappearance and was shut down. Sometime later, Unagami eventually completed his own programming unbeknownst to Dyer and became the ruler of Prime Empire.
Following the success of The Mechanic's robbery, Unagami, speaking to The Mechanic through a monitor, told his associate that the use of the upgraded noodle truck in the robbery was merely a test for a much bigger plan. He also assured The Mechanic that he would reveal his identity when the time was right. The criminal then asked Unagami for help on another project, though he did not reply and the monitor simply shut off.
Later on, The Mechanic returned to the monitor, angrily striking it and attracting Unagami's attention. The Mechanic told him that he wanted to feel, and in response, Unagami printed plans for a mechanical arm, allowing the criminal to feel objects he touched. Once again, The Mechanic questioned the villain's identity, to which he revealed his name.
When the Ninja were looking through the Mechanic's Headquarters, Unagami questions the Ninja if they've found the Prime Empire Motherboard through the Mechanic's computer. Zane replies to Unagami that they found it. Unagami then says that he's pleased and tells the Ninja to play Prime Empire before shutting himself off.
At Kryptarium Prison, Unagami hacks into the security systems and questions the inmates if they are able to help them. After the Mechanic says yes and that he'll be more careful, Unagami frees all the prisoners and says that it will be game over for the Mechanic if he fails again.
While the Ninja and Okino are in the Maze of the Red Dragon, Unagami pauses the game to speaks with Okino. He tells his "son" the Ninja are correct that's he's living in a virtual world, and plans to build a gateway to the "real world". He promises Okino to take him but forces Okino to ditch the Ninja by not helping them, describing the Ninja as enemies to his plot. Okino is hesitant at first, so Unagami transforms into the Empire Dragon and threatens Okino, or else he wouldn't bring him along.
Later, Unagami interrupts the game again just before Okino is about to give advice on how to defeat the Red Dragon. He threatens Okino with the same message before leaving again.
Okino doesn't follow Unagami's order and the Ninja defeat the Red Dragon and obtain the Purple Key-Tana. Once again, Unagami pauses the game telling Okino the gateway will finish and he will not bring Okino with him.
Unagami summons the Red Visors and their cars to go after the Ninja.
After Nya was cubed, Unagami tells Jay to surrender or turn into an Energy Cube like the other Ninja.
Moments later, Jay meets Unagami and calls him Milton Dyer. However, Unagami states that Milton Dyer is actually his creator and that he plans to enter Ninjago to confront Milton Dyer for shutting him down. After the Manifestation Gate was completed, Unagami attempted to cross over but was attacked by Jay. Enraged, Unagami transforms into the Empire Dragon and tries to kill Jay but knocked him down and enter the Manifestation Gate instead.
Unagami enters the real world and starts attacking it. He was soon attacked by Jay on his Cyber Dragon before luring him to the rooftop of Borg Tower, where Milton explains his reasons for abandoning the game before wishing to make amends and to finish him. Unagami, at a later point turning into the appearance of a young boy, accepts before releasing all the players from Prime Empire, cubed or not, and the NPCs who wish to enter Ninjago. He and Milton later walk off into the sunrise, hand in hand, and ready to start a new life together.
Unagami has a very serious and angry persona. He does not tolerate failure, as he threatened The Mechanic with death should he fail him a second time. He also has little patience, as shown when Okino became adamant to betray the Ninja and he was quick to anger.
He is quite manipulative, as he played on Okino's sadness at learning he is not real and promising to bring him to reality, should he deceive the Ninja.
During "The Prodigal Father", it is revealed that the source of Unagami's anger comes from feeling abandoned by and confused with Milton Dyer, his creator. Once he has an opportunity to talk to Dyer, it is revealed that Unagami's true form is a scared and lost child. With the source of his anger soothed, Unagami becomes much kinder, going as far as to release not just the players trapped in Prime Empire but the NPCs as well.
Weapons and Abilities
Not much is known about Unagami's powers other than his control over Prime Empire and the ability to transform into the Empire Dragon whenever he's angry. He is proficient with weapons such as a spear. According to the Mechanic, he is able to hack things, as he was able to hack into the Kryptarium Prison's security systems.
- Main article: Unagami/Relationships
Who's behind Unagami? Here's a (very big) clue
He’s the great evil mastermind of the Prime Empire universe – but how can the ninja defeat Unagami if they don’t know who he is? So far, the ninja have a theory – that Unagami is really the game avatar of the equally mysterious Milton Dyer – but they don’t know for sure. Lloyd, Nya, Kai, Cole and Jay are trapped inside Prime Empire, competing for the Key-Tanas they need to stop Unagami. Zane, Pixal and Master Wu stay behind in NINJAGO® City, looking for Milton Dyer. But what none of them know is that the key to understanding and defeating Unagami lies in... his name. That’s right – Unagami’s name means something, and it’s important. Do you know what it means? Let’s see how close you get. Share your best guess in the comments!
- 2. "Upgrade" (voice)
- 129."Would You Like to Enter Prime Empire?" (voice)
- 131. "Level Thirteen" (voice)
- 136. "The Maze of the Red Dragon" (hologram)
- 137. "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" (voice)
- 139. "The Speedway Five-Billion" (voice)
- 142. "The Prodigal Father" (voice; flashback)
- 143. "The Temple of Madness"
- 144. "Game Over"
- As the ruler of Prime Empire, he uses a recolored shoulder pad of Mr. E's.
- The printing on his headpiece is similar to Zane, P.I.X.A.L., and Jay's pre-season 8. With him having a two-sided face with one side being normal and the other side having red on it like P.I.X.A.L.
- While he has the lining through his jawline and cheeks like Zane's and a notch on his left eyebrow like Jay's before Season 8 on the normal side, he has Zane's mouth on his angered expression.
- His name means above the sea or ocean in Japanese.
- However, the Japanese origins were likely not considered when finding him a name.
- He uses the same hairpiece as Okino, although his hair is a different color.
- His minifigure does not have legs in his ruler form; instead, he has a sloping piece being used as a robe.
- This makes him the first Ninjago character to have the 2018 slope piece.
- He and Avatar Harumi are the only Season 12 villains without a Health Board.
- According to a Ninjago Season 12 activity book, it was revealed that Unagami is the creator of the Prime Empire video game and that The Mechanic and the other Kryptarium Prison inmates are helping him.
- This is confirmed to be true in "Level Thirteen," as he freed the prisoners after the Mechanic said yes.
- He is known for being the "second main villain" for a few things.
- He is the second main villain to associate with the Mechanic, the first being Chen.
- He is the second villain that becomes a dragon, the first is the Overlord. Although, in Unagami's case, he transforms when he gets angry, while a dragon is the Overlord’s true form.
- He is the second main villain with a secret identity not obvious to the Ninja from the beginning. The first being the Quiet One.
- He is the third villain to be the main antagonist in more than one Ninjago installment. With him being the main antagonist of the Prime Empire Original Shorts and Season 12.
- Including him in the Empire Dragon set, he is the fourth villain to have a dragon, the first three being the Overlord with the Nindroid MechDragon, Morro with the Morro Dragon, and Zane with Boreal.
- In the Korean show, his name is pronounced as "WANG-ga-me".
- Despite only doing this in two episodes, he is the third character to talk in the third person, the first two being Karlof and Ghoultar.
- He is the fifth main villain to be redeemed, the first four being Garmadon, Morro, Yang, and Harumi.
- The design on his T-Shirt in his child form may be a reference to Pac-Man, an iconic video game character.
- The reason he has "i" in his name is because "I" is the roman numeral for "1."
- He is one of the nine main antagonists to still be alive. The others being Garmadon, Pythor, Nadakhan, the Time Twins, Iron Baron, Aspheera, and Vex.
- He is the first invader to not want to rule Ninjago, as he only invaded Ninjago to confront Milton Dyer for abandoning him.
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