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“I hear they are the breeding ground for the truly despicable. And if you ask me, ho-ho, you are a handful.”

Wu's Academy[1] (formerly Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys, then Darkley's Boarding School for Great Children) is a school near Ninjago City that taught its students the ways of villainy, shaping them into the next generation of evil overlords.

Eventually, the school taught the students the ways of good rather than evil, causing the students to revolt against the school.

For a brief time after the Final Battle, Darkley's was run by Master Wu before he retired.


The Tall Tale of Clancee (non-canon)

Clancee was too obsessed about becoming a pirate and left this school.

Prior to Rise of the Snakes

Misako would drop off her son, Lloyd, at Darkley's in hopes of protecting him while she studied the prophecy for the Final Battle, having anticipated his destiny as the Green Ninja and hoping to avert it.[2] Growing up in the school, Lloyd would become a rather incompetent, if an aspiring, student, often running off to pull harmless pranks that he pretended were acts of villainy.

Eventually, after being harassed by Finn, the school bully,[3] Lloyd was kicked out of the school due to his lack of skill. Shortly afterward, Kruncha and Nuckal became enrolled as staff members, substituting for the teachers from time to time.[4]

Rise of the Snakes

Upon meeting Lloyd for the first time in Jamanakai Village, Cole stated that he must have escaped his Boarding School for Bad Boys again.

Never Trust a Snake

When Lloyd first met Pythor, Pythor questioned why he ran away from the boarding school, in which Lloyd told him that he was actually kicked out for "lacking the immoral ambition of becoming one of tomorrow's masterminds." Pythor deceptively told Lloyd that he never should have intended to go to that school in the first place, and they should seek out vengeance instead. Manipulated, Lloyd agreed, and together the two ambushed the school, holding all of the students and staff members hostage, rigging the building with traps in anticipation of the ninja. The ninja, wary of their attacks, used the anchor of the Destiny's Bounty to drop through the roof and all of the floors, before making their way up, freeing the students and teachers and confronting the duo on the rooftop. Deciding Lloyd had lost his use, Pythor promptly stole the Map of Dens and escaped.

Sometime afterward, the school eventually underwent several extensive reforms, being changed to instead teach goodness as a result of unknown circumstances. Enraged, Kruncha, Nuckal, and the rest of the staff quit in protest, resulting in Noble and several others replacing them.

Double Trouble

The ninja received a letter informing them that their last visit to the school had turned the students good and that Lloyd was invited to get an honorary degree. However, upon arriving, the ninja found out that Gene, Brad Tudabone, and the other kids at the school had overthrown the new teachers (the old teachers were too committed to evil) and taken them hostage, hoping to "undo the damage" that Lloyd had done to himself and the school's reputation by becoming good. When the evil ninja arrived at the school, at first the students wanted to help them, but they ended up deciding to team up with Lloyd and help the ninja defeat their evil counterparts instead. The students were successful in aiding them by disguising themselves as the ninja to confuse the evil ninja, and the staff was freed, reconciling with the children and settling their differences.

Following the Overlord's initial defeat at Lloyd's hands, Noble went on to become a warden at Kryptarium Prison, and Master Wu took possession of the school and renamed it "Wu's Academy." The ninja, with the exception of the school's former student Lloyd, became staff members alongside Dareth and Nya.

The Surge

Although the school did well, it became clear that the four ninja did not enjoy their job: the students were undisciplined, and the teachers barely received any respect (Zane at one point was forcibly controlled by Brad thanks to an Ultra-Remote from New Ninjago City). Later, the students were invited to go on a field trip to Borg Industries, but when the Overlord returned to wreak havoc, the students were evacuated back to the school by Nya, who frantically searched for Lloyd, only to come across a lounging Dareth instead.

A Team Divided

Following the loss of Zane and the temporarily split-up of the ninja team, Nya went back to the academy, hoping to resume teaching.

At one point, Kai visited the school to see Nya, but he rejected the idea of resuming teaching without the other ninja. After talking with Nya, Kai saw a flyer for the Ninjago Ice Rink on the school's bulletin board, which inspired him to get a job at the ice rink.

Weeks later, Lloyd visited the academy to ask Nya about Kai's whereabouts.

Known faculty (all formerly)

Known students (all formerly)


Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Season 1: Rise of the Snakes

Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja

Season 3: Rebooted

Season 5: Possession

Tall Tales

Ninjago: Decoded



An example of the Hogwarts school uniform

  • The uniforms are based on the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts school uniforms, specifically the 2010 variant.
  • The school can be seen in a picture in the Temple of Airjitzu in "The Temple on Haunted Hill".
  • According to Tommy Andreasen, the school was closed down after the Nindroid crisis due to its students being endangered.[5] However, it was open in A Team Divided, which takes place after the Nindroid crisis. Coupled with the fact that students wearing their uniforms are seen several times throughout the following seasons, it can be assumed that the school did remain open, at least for some time.
  • A building similar to this one is seen in the opening and closing credits of Season 7: The Hands of Time, with its color scheme resembling the school's concept art, but it is not the same building.[6]
  • The school has been named various ways throughout different media:
    • It's called "Sensei Wu's Academy" in Season 3 but simply "Wu's Academy" in the Dark Island Trilogy, Part 2 Episode Guide page for "The Surge," as the term "Sensei" had since been replaced by "Master." Seeing as there is an image of the "Sensei Wu's Academy" sign on the same page, this name was likely used instead of "Master Wu's Academy" to avoid confusion and to avoid having the page contradict itself.
    • It's spelled as "Darkly's" on,[7] in the synopsis for "Double Trouble," and in the Dark Island Trilogy, Part 1 Episode Guide.
    • It's called "Wu's Youth Academy" in Attack of the Nindroids.
  • Tommy Andreasen's early notes for Chamille, the Elemental Master of Form, included that she at one point took the disguise of a 10-year-old student named "Mikey Glover" to learn the ways of the truly despicable at Darkley's but left when it became a school for Great Children.[8]


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Promotional media

In Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu

Concept Art




Kingdoms, cities and villages: Abandoned village · Coastal village · Farmers' village · Hono Mizu · Ignacia · Jamanakai Village · Keepers' Village · Kingdom of Shintaro · Merlopia · Metalonia · Ninjago City · Nom · Oni land · Ouroboros · Serpentine village · Spinjago (non-canon) · Stiix · Valley of the Sphinx · Village in the valley · Village of Haru · Village of the Formlings
Jungles and forests: Birchwood Forest · Blackwood Forest · Forest of Tranquility · Glimwillow Woods · Hiroshi's Labyrinth · Jankikai Jungle · Primeval's Eye · Toxic Bogs · Uncharted jungle · Vermillion Swamps · Wildwood Forest
Mountains, caves and canyons: Caves of Despair · Corridor of Elders · Crashcourse Canyon · Crystal Caves · Dungeons of Shintaro · Echo Canyons · Firstbourne's nest · Floating Ruins · Geckle Strong-Cave · Golden Peaks · Hollow's Bluff · Ice Cave · Haunted Hill · Mala-Wojira · Mines of Shintaro · Mino Pit · Mount of Eternal Shadows · Mountain of a Million Steps · Mountain of Madness · Mountains of Impossible Height · Munce Home-Cave · No Man's Bluff · Rock-Bottom · Samurai X Cave · Shintaro Mountain · Story cave · Tallest mountain of Ninjago · The Teeth · Torchfire Mountain · Wailing Alps
Tombs and graveyards: Anacondrai Tomb · Cemetery of Souls · Constrictai Tomb · Fangpyre Tomb · Graveyard of ships · Hypnobrai Tomb · Lost Tomb of Impending Peril · Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master · Tomb of the Stone Army · Venomari Tomb
Water areas: Black River · Boiling Sea · Endless Sea · Frozen pond · Hollow's Trench · Lightning Lagoon · Northern Ocean · River of Darkness · Shadow Bay · Spirit Coves · Tartarus Trench
Islands: Ninjago · Chen's Island · Dark Island · Dyer Island · Glacial Glacier · Glacier Island (non-canon) · Island of the Keepers · Lighthouse Island · Squawk Island · Tiger Widow Island
Deserts: Desert of Doom · Sea of Sand
Other: Arctic (non-canon) · Blind Man's Eye · Billy Badlands · Bottomless pit · Chen's camp · Chrono Crater (non-canon) · Dead's End · Dead Man's Squall · Delta V · Digger's Deep · Digiverse · Dream World (non-canon) · End line · Frozen Wasteland · Glacier Barrens · Ice labyrinth · Manifestation Gate · Mega Monster Amusement Park · Ninjago (LEGO Universe) (non-canon) · Ninjago wharfs · Ninjago Zoo · Outer space · The Pit · The Pit (Shintaro) · Rift of Return · Route 23 · Storm belt · Strangler's Path · Temporal vortex

Buildings and establishments

Temples, palaces, fortresses and monasteries: Anacondrai Temple · Castle of Ice · Chen's monastery · Chen's Palace · Crystal Temple · Fire Temple · Garmadon's Dark Fortress · Garmadon's monastery · Hanging Temple · Ice Temple · Lloyd's treehouse fortress · Merlopian Palace · Monastery of Spinjitzu · Mountain monastery · Ninja Dojo Temple · Oni Temple · Palace (Shintaro) · Pyramid (Desert of Doom) · Pyramid of the Sphinx · Royal Palace · Skull Keep · Serpentine Pyramid · Serpentine's underground fortress · Temple of Airjitzu · Temple of Felis · Temple of Fortitude · Temple of Light · Temple of Madness · Temple of Resurrection · Temple of Wojira
Stores and establishments: Benny's Arcade Emporium · Biker Tavern · Borg Industries · Borg Store · Buddy's Pizza · Chan's Theater · Concert Hall · Dairy Dragon · Dareth's TV studio · Darnagom Enterprises · Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk · Explorer's Club · Four Weapons Blacksmith · Fur Mart · Garbage depot · Gas station · Geckle courthouse · Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo · Kai's dojo · Kiddie Arcade · Kryptarium Prison (Cell one) · Laughy's · Library of Domu · Marty Oppenheimer School of Performing Arts · Mystake's Tea Shop · Ninjago City Aquarium · Ninjago City Bank · Ninjago City Hall · Ninjago City Hospital · Ninjago City Police Station · Ninjago City Prison · Ninjago Doomsday Comix · Ninjago Harbor · Ninjago Metro · Ninjago Museum of History · Ninjago Park · Noodle factory · Repo yard · Ronin's pawn shop · Serpentine library · Steep Wisdom · Steeper Wisdom (non-canon) · Storm Farms · Twitchy Tim's gas station · Vast Industries · Dance class · Wong's Costume · Wu's Academy · Yang Tavern
Houses and apartments: Cliff Gordon's estate · Dareth's apartment · First Spinjitzu Master's house · Hero's Suite · Sally's farm · The Mechanic's headquarters · Vermillion Dome of Doom
Other: Borg Tower (Borg Tower vaults) · Chen's Coliseum · Chen's Royal Arena · Dragon's Forge · Hall of Villainy · Hidden workshop · Hiroshi's Labyrinth Stronghold · Munce arena · Old electronics warehouse · Oni stronghold · Palace gardens · Pythor's base · S.O.G. Headquarters · Sewers · The Mechanic's warehouse · Tower of Tears (non-canon)

Prime Empire

Battle arena · Disco · Fire wall · Forest of Discontent · Marketplace · Glitch · Infinity maze · Okino's house · Place of swords · Scott's garage · Shifty's table · Side-scrolling platforms · Sushimi's sushi restaurant · Terra Karana · Terra Technica · Terra Domina


Chima · Cloud Kingdom · Cursed Realm · Departed Realm · Djinjago · Never-Realm · Ninjago · Realm of Madness · Realm of Oni and Dragons · Underworld


Ethereal Divide · Grasslands

The LEGO Ninjago Movie locations

Ninjago · Ninjago City · Bridge of Fallen Mentors · Canyon of General Unhappiness · Firing Room · Garmadon's Volcano Lair · Ham's street food stall · Jungle of Lost Souls · Koko's apartment · Lost Generals' Lair · Ninja Mech Garage · Ninjago Beach · Ninjago High School · Ninjago Tower · Temple of Fragile Foundations · Wu's temple