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|Zane||Zane (The LEGO Ninjago Movie)|
|“In case something goes wrong, this is the last recording of Zane, Master of Ice. Son of Dr. Julien. Student of Master Wu. I was built to protect those who cannot protect themselves and I have tried to fulfill this purpose. Goodbye to my friends . . . and . . . to P.I.X.A.L., I love you.”|
|— Zane in "Corruption"|
Zane is the current Elemental Master and Ninja of Ice, as well as the first Nindroid. Zane was recruited by Master Wu, and learned Spinjitzu and discovered his other teammates, with whom he embarked on many adventures; battling the likes of the Serpentine and the Stone Army. During this time, Zane was reunited with his inventor/father figure, Dr. Julien.
After Lloyd won the Final Battle, Pythor aided the Overlord in becoming the Golden Master and commanding an army Nindroids that were made from Zane's blueprints. During this time, Zane grew closer to another droid, P.I.X.A.L. and battled a Nindroid named Cryptor. The Ninja clashed with the Nindroids until Zane sacrificed himself to destroy the Golden Master.
After building himself a new body, Zane was captured and sent to a mysterious island. The Ninja eventually found Zane (in his new titanium body) and rescued him. They then allied with the Elemental Masters to defeat Chen's army. With Zane back in the action, the Ninja went on to battle Morro and an army of ghosts. After Nya destroyed the Cursed Realm, the Ninja fought Nadakhan, who rebuilt his home realm in Ninjago, though this was undone by Jay's final wish. On the Day of the Departed, Cole accidentally revived Cryptor, who Zane fought and destroyed once more. When the Time Twins and Vermillion Warriors fought the Ninja, Zane helped the Ninja defeat their adversaries, but lost contact with P.I.X.A.L. in the chaos.
Zane later helped the Ninja battle the Sons of Garmadon and started a rivalry with the elusive Nindroid, Mr. E. During the conflict, Zane discovered that P.I.X.A.L. is the new Samurai X. Together, they attempt to stop the resurrection of Lord Garmadon but ultimately fail to do so. After Garmadon conquers Ninjago, Zane ends up marooned in the Realm of Oni and Dragons with the original Ninja and a growing Wu. They are also forced to deal with the threat of the Dragon Hunters as he, Jay, and Kai are captured and exploited for their Elemental Powers. The trio escapes with Cole and Wu, and he helps the aging Wu regain his confidence and memories. Eventually, Wu claims the Dragon Armor and the team returns to Ninjago, where Zane reunites with his friends and defeats Garmadon's Colossus, restoring peace to Ninjago.
Several months later, Zane began having dreams foreshadowing an invasion of Pyro Vipers and Blizzard Samurai. The Ninja accidentally released Aspheera and the Pyro Vipers shortly afterward. Zane helped the Ninja fight the Pyro Vipers siege at the Monastery where he used Forbidden Spinjitzu to defeat Aspheera, only to be banished to the distant past of the Never-Realm alongside the second Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu. He was stranded in the unfamiliar realm, where he fell under the sway of the manipulative Vex, after having his memories erased by him. Due to Vex's manipulation, Zane became the Ice Emperor, with the Scroll corrupting his powers. Due to Zane being sent around 60 years into the past, he and his Blizzard Samurai ruled over the Never-Realm for decades. His identity would finally be uncovered by Lloyd when the Ninja arrived to rescue him, and Zane was able to regain his memories and return the Never-Realm to normal. After the Never-Realm was restored to its original state, Zane returned to Ninjago with his friends.
When citizens started vanishing in large numbers and entering Prime Empire, Zane stayed behind to prevent his memory and code from being overwritten. While in Ninjago, he began a search for Milton Dyer and eventually helped discover the secret behind Prime Empire and Unagami. Zane was used as a power source by the Mechanic to fuel the Manifestation Gate. Zane eventually escaped and fought off Unagami's invasion. Zane and P.I.X.A.L. reunited with the rest of the Ninja after Jay and Dyer successfully convinced Unagami to release the formerly trapped gamers and Ninja.
Zane later traveled to the Kingdom of Shintaro on top of Shintaro. When he discovers Cole was captured by the evil Skull Sorcerer, he travels underground and helps save him. Zane and Kai later get captured by the Geckles and tames a creature known as a Mino. Zane and Kai try to unite the Geckles and the Munce but end up being captured along with Jay, Nya, Lloyd, and Kai. The Skull Sorcerer sentences them to death, but they are saved by Plundar, a member of the Upply, under Cole's command. Zane helps the other Ninja fight against the Awakened Warriors and they eventually succeed. Zane, Wu, and the other Ninja leave Shintaro, but prepare to go on another adventure.
Zane was created by Dr. Julien in a small workshop, located deep in the depths of Birchwood Forest. He spent many happy years with Dr. Julien, who taught him life skills such as cooking. During this time, Dr. Julien also built the Falcon to act as a companion for his artificial son, and the mechanical bird would continue to aid Zane throughout his life.
One day, Zane and his father were visited by an old man, the Elemental Master of Ice, who they took in for the night. The man took an interest in Zane, and after he left them, Julien stated that Zane was "acting strangely", implying that Zane had gained his Ice Power. The next day, Master Wu visited to find Zane chopping wood. After Zane asked whether Wu needed wood chopped, Wu replied that he did not, but that someday, Zane would be needed to accomplish a far greater task than he could have imagined.
Eventually, Dr. Julien passed away from old age, with Zane at his side. On his deathbed, Dr. Julien told the saddened Zane that he had a great destiny ahead of him and told him that he was built to protect others and that he had become the son Dr. Julien had never had. Expressing his love one more time, the dying inventor's final act was to turn off Zane's "Memory Switch," so his son would be spared the pain of heartbreak as he moved into the next stage of his life.
After being "reset," Zane went out into the world, believing that he was an orphan, with no recollection of his past memories. Master Wu found Zane meditating at the bottom of a frozen-over pond, and recruited him as a member of his team of Ninja, alongside Cole and Jay. He began training at the Monastery of Spinjitzu and started to learn the way of the Ninja.
After they had trained together for a time, Master Wu assigned them to attack his newest student, Kai, as part of the latter's final test. While he was preparing for bed, he, Cole, and Jay snuck into Kai's room in the monastery and battled him. After this, Master Wu broke up the fight and revealed that Kai was to join their ninja team. At first, Jay, Cole, and Zane all objected but consented to Master Wu's will. Master Wu then used his Spinjitzu to give them all-new outfits, Zane gaining a white Ninja gi. Wu pronounced him the white Ninja of Ice, the Ninja with the sixth sense. After Wu explained their purpose, he announced that they would now leave to claim the first Golden Weapon.
Upon arriving at the Caves of Despair, Kai ran off on his own, and Zane was forced to follow with Cole and Jay. They caught up with him at a Skulkin lookout tower where Zane used a shuriken to steal the map to Golden Weapons from Samukai. The Ninja soon located the Scythe of Quakes and hoped to sneak out while the Skulkin were busy, but Jay unintentionally alerted the skeletons to their presence. Thus, the skeleton army was waiting when the Ninja emerged from the caves. The Ninja faced their foes and in the process managed to unlock Spinjitzu. The Skulkin quickly retreated and Zane mentioned that Wu had said something about a guardian protecting the weapon, as the Ninja, unfortunately, had awoken the Earth-Dragon. After Kai attempted to use the Scythe to stave off the beast, they all used Spinjitzu to escape.
After obtaining the Scythe, the Ninja set out to find the next three Golden Weapons. Traveling by boat the Ninja sought the next weapon, the Shurikens of Ice. While on the boat, Master Wu informed the four about the Tornado of Creation and what it is capable of doing. At the Ice Temple, Zane approached the Shurikens and was frozen upon contact with them so the other Ninja were forced to carry him out of the temple as they were pursued by the Ice Dragon. With the Shurikens in possession, the Ninja then ascended to the Floating Ruins for the Nunchucks of Lightning. Using one of Jay's inventions, they escaped to the Forest of Tranquility.
That night the Ninja celebrated their success thus far and even told a joke. Later that night, the White Ninja was awoken by the Skulkins who captured him, Cole, and Jay, and reclaimed the three Golden Weapons. After they left to unite the weapons in the Underworld, Jay managed to free the three and they gave chase, quickly catching up to the Skull Truck. Zane managed to knock several Skulkin off the truck until Samukai knocked him off just before he accelerated the vehicle into the Underworld.
Cole, Jay, and Zane journeyed to the Fire Temple in search of Kai and Master Wu, but Zane sensed that Wu and the Sword of Fire were no longer there and instead in the Underworld. However, the Fire Temple quickly split in half, revealing Kai and Nya on top of the Fire Dragon. Kai explained what had happened and revealed that dragons can cross into the Underworld, allowing them to follow Master Wu and the Skulkin, but Cole—in an attempt to avoid flying on a dragon's back—claimed that they will not all fit on the Fire Dragon's back. However, this inspired Kai to recruit the other three elemental Dragons, and Zane ended up riding the Ice Dragon as the beast crossed over to the Underworld.
Upon arriving in the Underworld, the Ninja attempted to sneak past the skeletons by using stalactites, but they dropped right outside Garmadon's fortress after they mistakenly grabbed a Spykor's legs instead. Surrounded by hordes of spiders and skeletons, Jay suggested using the Tornado of Creation. Despite concerns about the potential "disastrous consequences" Master Wu had spoken of, he and the Ninja decided to perform the technique allowing them to defeat their foes.
With the path clear, Zane and the other Ninja entered Garmadon's fortress to find Master Wu battling Samukai with the Golden Weapons. He watched as his mentor was beaten by Samukai, who took up all four weapons and threatened to usurp Garmadon. However, the power overwhelmed Samukai, transforming him into a portal that he escaped into. With their enemy gone for the moment, the Ninja rushed to help Master Wu, taking the Golden Weapons for their own use.
Cole and the other Ninja then journeyed to Four Weapons Blacksmith where they reunited with Nya and vowed to be ready when Garmadon returned.
Master Wu had told the Ninja to train, but they decided to have a race with their Dragons instead. Jay was trying to convince them that he was the best out of the four of them since he won the last time they had raced. Zane said that they should be training to avoid angering Master Wu, but Kai convinces him to race by telling him that riding their Dragons was a form of training. Cole sets the terms of the competition, stating that whoever wins the race will be Dragon Master for a month and the group speeds off. Kai and Zane battle hand and hand for a little bit, before Zane, takes the lead. The group approaches the "finish line" but Cole speeds across first by throwing a roasted chicken in front of Rocky's nose. Cole lands first, but Kai says they'll beat them tomorrow. Cole protests that they agreed on that the winner would be Dragon Master for a month, but Zane claims not to remember agreeing to that statement.
One day, Zane noticed that Master Wu was wearing a new kimono. He complimented it as "most extraordinary," and learned that it had powers against evil—more importantly, it reminded Master Wu of the day Lord Garmadon was banished to the Underworld. After revealing details of his battle against his evil brother, Master Wu told Zane that there were many years of peace after Garmadon's downfall. On cue, Jay soared overhead on the back of the Lightning Dragon, and Zane quipped that those days seemed to be over.
- Main article: History of Zane (Rise of the Snakes)
The Ninja are house hunting. The only house they can afford turns out to be a one-bedroom, one half bath apartment without lighting. Jay and Kai argue they need a better place to train Lloyd and agree to buy an expensive hero suite that's out of their price range. To help pay for this, Zane takes on a job as a professional chef, but then got distracted by news of a bank robbery, he accidentally drops an egg on a Darkley's student and was fired as a result, leaving as his skin to cover the damage during the attack from the Great Devourer started peeling off. While fighting snakes, Zane shows the Ninja that they can use makeshift weapons.
Zane and the other Ninja began to train Lloyd in their apartment, though soon realized their conditions were unsuitable for the task. They set out into the city to search for a better place and soon came upon Grand Sensei Dareth's Mojo Dojo.
Following their first session training Lloyd in the dojo, the Ninja exited to find the city under attack by Captain Soto's pirates. The Ninja quickly boarded a bus and raced towards the boat. After stopping by Wong's Costume to disguise themselves as pirates, Zane and the others boarded the ship and confronted Soto's crew. After a brief fight and with the help of the Ninja, the pirates were eventually subdued.
Zane and the Ninja are training Lloyd in Dareth's Dojo, but Lloyd can't get the hang of it. Nya enters and hands Master Wu a note to Lloyd from his old school saying that there is going to be a ceremony, and they want to give Lloyd an honorary degree of excellence.The Ninja ride the Ultra Dragon to the school, and discover that they've changed from being a boarding school for bad boys to a school for "great children." When they enter the school, they find that there are no teachers around. They encounter one of Lloyd's old classmates "Gene", who knocks out the other Ninja and take Lloyd captive. The four ninja wake up locked in a room with the teachers, who reveal that the children locked them in there, and lured Lloyd there to make him their leader. Zane activates his "battering ram mode" to bust down the door, but it doesn't work. They make several more attempts to escape, but none work. Zane points out that the school was built for evil, so there may be some hidden passageways around. Jay finds a book switch that opens a hidden door, and the ninja escape through it. Zane uses a lightbulb function to make his face glow like a lamp and reveals that there are spiders all around them in the passageway.
While the children are interrogating Lloyd, the Ninja Doppelgängers arrive at the school, and the kids try to fight back, but the doppelgängers prove to be too strong, and the students flee. Zane and the real Ninja arrive and meet the doppelgangers, and attempt to fight, but they and the doppelgängers are equal in strength, and the fight seems to be endless, with no clear winners.
Lloyd and the students devise a way to help the Ninja defeat the evil ones. They come out of a classroom, all dressed as Ninja, and help the main four defeat the evil doppelgängers. Their plan works, and the evil ninja are slowly eradicated.
Lloyd is training in Dareth's dojo with Zane the other Ninja balancing on top of him when a wrecking ball smashes through the window and knocks them over. Dareth tells them that a company called Darnagom Enterprises wanted to put a golf course in place of Dareth's dojo, and if he can't come up with 50,000 dollars by tomorrow, the dojo is gone. Zane realizes that Darnagom is an anagram for "Garmadon", and that Garmadon is trying to get rid of his dojo so that Lloyd can't train. Nya interrupts and says that there is a racing competition that's prize is 100,000 dollars, and the Ninja agree they will all enter to help dareth.
The next day, Zane and the other Ninja get in line to race in the Ultra Sonic Raider, and Lloyd is racing with the Ultra Dragon. The race begins, and around the middle, Garmadon crashes the race in the Dark Bounty to try and stop the Ninja from winning. Garmadon drops serpentine on the USR to slow them down while they transfer fuel from Jay's parent's ride to theirs. They quickly get rid of the snakes and make a quick addition to the USR, and they race on.
Near the end, it's just them and Garmadon, and they show off the new mode for the USR that allows part of it to fly away, allowing them to win the race just in time. At the finish line, Lloyd takes the Bounty back with them, and Garmadon escapes with Skales.
The Ninja are trying to train Lloyd, however, the latter wasn't interested. When Nya told them about Garmadon's break-in at the Museum, they headed to the Ultra Stealth Raider to stop him. They did stop him from reviving the Grundal, however, when chasing the Serpentine and get back a stolen sarcophagus, they realized they've been turned into kids. When the police arrived, they accused the children of the theft.
The Museum Curator explained that the Grundal skeleton was missing. Zane theorizes that the Mega Weapon did work, but the Curator and officers doubted it. They snuck away by disguising themselves in the clothes they stole from other kids. They called the Bounty, asking for Lloyd to meet them at Buddy's Pizza with their weapons. Lloyd told them he knows who can help defeat the Grundal.
The enter the comic book store, where they meet Rufus MacAllister. He explained Ninja weapons are useless against it and that they're nocturnal; an illumisword will do the trick. They must be won in a trivia battle, and they encouraged Lloyd to win it.
Later, Lloyd lost the trivia battle. When the Grundal came, the Ninja tries to open the door, but it's been blocked by the fallen debris. Grabbing the illumiswords, they tried to defeat it, but they easily broke. When Wu gave them tomorrow's tea, the Ninja were reluctant at first to turn Lloyd into a teen. However, Lloyd used it for them, shocking the Ninja when they find him as old as they are.
Zane and the Ninja are training Lloyd in his new, older body on the Bounty. The Falcon comes back and gives news that the serpentine and Garmadon have returned to the Lost City of Oroborus, so they set a course for there.
The Ninja arrive, and Garmadon retreats to a nearby house and wishes he could go back in time and make it so the ninja were never formed in the first place, and he leaves through a time vortex. The Ninja (except Lloyd) follow him in and find themselves on the day that Master Wu found Kai, the day that Nya was taken by Garmadon.
Master Wu tells them that if you change anything, it changes everything. Zane reminds them that if they do anything in the past to alter something in the future, the future would radically change. They see past Wu, and take him to ask him for help stopping Garmadon. He agrees to help protect past Kai as best he can.
Wu goes on with saving past Kai, but Garmadon prevents Samukai from taking Nya. Zane says that no matter what, Wu needs to convince Kai to train and become a ninja, or else Lloyd will never become the Green Ninja. Kai goes with Wu, but he seems disinterested. Zane says that they must follow them to make sure Kai still becomes a ninja.
At the Monastery, the ninja realize that past Kai is totally disinterested in becoming a ninja, so they come up with a plan to kidnap Nya at night, and deliver her to the skeletons so that Kai will get his motivation back. That night, they dress as skeletons, and take Nya, but unfortunately they find their past selves trying to intervene. They get rid of them, and take Nya, thus convincing Kai to become a Ninja.
They follow past Kai into the Fire Temple where he is supposed to take the Fire Sword and save Nya, but this time future Garmadon helps past Garmadon. Zane and the others intervene to help past Kai defeat Garmadon. They realize that everything they've done has so far already drastically altered the future... Zane points out that the only way for them to theoretically erase the events they've altered, would be to destroy the Mega Weapon by using the separated Golden Weapons, as they have equal power. They all use the weapons on the Mega Weapon, causing it, and the Golden Weapons to shoot up into space and explode. Nya and past Kai start to disappear, and the events of the future are set back on track. In the future, they realize that the Mega Weapon had been erased from existence.
The Ninja are woken up early in the morning, with Zane last to get up, for a "sunrise exercise." Master Wu comes in to tell them that the Ultra Dragon made a mess outside, and someone had to clean it. Lloyd is picked to do the cleaning, and after it is done, he laments about how his mother left him at Darkley's when he was young. As he finishes, Nya comes in to tell them they have a mission at the Ninjago Museum.
At the Museum, the curator tells them that the Devourer venom has seeped into the sewers and caused the Stone Warrior dolls to come to life. Zane and the others handle it, and one of the dolls run away. Wu chases after it. After crushing it, he turns around to see Misako, Lloyd's mother. Zane and the others come to see what's going on and they are introduced. Lloyd at first resents her, for abandoning him, and walks away.
Misako and the Ninja follow Lloyd into a room with a large sinkhole in it. Misako goes on to explain the story of the Stone Warriors. She tells the usual story about how the First Spinjitzu Master created Ninjago, but tells the rest of it and how where there is light, there must be shadow. Zane asks if Master knew about this, and he says he did. Misako goes on to say that the Overlord existed to combat the FSM, and created the indestructible Stone Warriors. When the FSM couldn't defeat them, he split Ninjago in two, and on the other half, he exiled the Overlord and his army there and dubbed it the Dark Island.
Meanwhile in another room, the museum curator shows off their newest exhibit, which is a giant Stone Samurai Warrior, which comes to life after a drop of Devourer guts falls on it. The Stone Samurai Warrior barges in on the Ninja. Zane points out that the Devourer's venom awakened him. They attempt to destroy it, but they can't. They run away and escape to a nearby room where they devise a plan for Lloyd to defeat it. Lloyd crawls into an air vent while the Ninja distract the Stone Warrior. Thy drop a skeleton on top of it, and Lloyd lures it into the sinkhole that Misako found earlier.
At Dareth's dojo, Zane and the Ninja are training Lloyd to fight without seeing, when there is an earthquake, that Master describes as something that was not caused naturally. Zane sends his Falcon to look for danger, and find the source of the earthquakes. The quakes start to cause rifts to form in the ground, and a woman falls down a cliff, but the Ninja save her just in time. Misako comes and tells them that in the prophesy, earthquakes would be a warning for something... She also reveals that she found the giant Stone Warrior underground, and suggests there could be more of them there.
Suddenly, the Falcon discovers more Stone Warriors coming from underground. The Ninja attempt to fight back, but the army is indestructible. Master Wu tells them that they have to evacuate the remaining people out of there on the Bounty. Zane and the Ninja go to the rendezvous point and start evacuating people out, all the while fending off Stone Samurai Warriors. When they get to the top, the citizens and the Ninja board the bounty except Misako. They wait for her, but she takes too long so Wu goes after her. Zane and the others fly away, and catch Wu and Misako as they jump out of the building to evade the Stone Warriors.
Zane and the rest of the Ninja sail to an island with a prison tower. When the Ninja get to the top, Dr. Julien greets them and takes them in. Inside, he seats them and haves a robot serve them tea. There, Dr. Julien tells Zane what happened after his apparent death. After Dr. Julien turned off Zane's memory switch, he really did pass away, but Samukai revived him with a special elixir in return that he create the Skeleton Army's vehicles. When Dr. Julien refused, Samukai locked him in the prison tower with a Leviathan to keep guard, promising the doctor if he did what he said, he would see Zane again. However, time passed and Dr. Jullien wondered if he'd ever see Zane again.
After he finished telling his story, the Leviathan comes and sends out a tentacle with eyes to check on Dr. Julien, while the others hide. After it goes away, Dr. Julien and the Ninja work together to fix the Bounty's rocket boosters. As the Bounty takes off, the Leviathan grabbed the ship. Zane jumped into the water and freed the creature from its chains using Starteeth. Finally freed, the Leviathan lets the Bounty go, and they fly off to the Island of Darkness.
Zane and the Ninja are shoveling dirt and sand onto the Bounty to hide it from the Stone Warrior Scouts. They say they want to fight them, but they are indestructible. Wu mentions that they have to find the Temple of Light. Misako goes on to tell the tale that if they go to the Temple, then they could receive pure elemental powers. They, however, do not know its location, the only thing they have that might help them find it is a medallion. The Ninja head off to find it, with Lloyd staying behind.
Later, at a cliffside, they are looking through the medallion like a spyglass when Zane spots his Falcon at the Stone Warrior camp. He says he needs to get it back, to give to his father to fix. To the dismay of the others, Zane sneaks into the camp and takes it, and in the process, reveals his location to the Stone Warriors. He is backed into a corner, so the others come to help. They escape onto an unstable bridge, and are cornered once again. Zane says he knows how to get them out of the mess, and when the bridge gives way, and the Ninja each grab a wooden plank to ride to safety.
They run back to their base and inform the others that they were spotted, but they found the Temple of Light. Zane's father introduces the vehicles they have built for them. All the Ninja now drive the Earth Driller to the Temple, with the Stone Warriors not too far behind. They get to the base of the mountain, so Kai unpacks his new Fire Mech that all the Ninja ride on. They get to the top and enter the Temple, they find that on the wall are all the events that led up to them finding it. Lloyd goes to the center to strike the bell, and Zane and the other's Elemental Blades appear, along with Lloyd's Golden Dragon. As this happens, the Stone Warriors attack and the Ninja show off their now power, and how they are finally able to defeat them.
The Ninja are on a beach, relaxing and testing out their new powers and "witty quips," when Cole shoots a rock blast at the Falcon. Zane saves it, and says he is glad they are reunited. The Ninja meet with the others, and Misako reveals that there is a way for the Final Battle to be averted, but she needs Ninja help.
Zane and the others dress as Stone Warriors, and escort Misako to the Stone Warrior camp. When they arrive, General Kozu takes Misako to Garmadon, and the Ninja retire behind a rock. A few moments later, Kozu returns, and tells the Ninja that they must help out with the construction of the Ultimate Weapon. They start working on the scaffold, when their identities are revealed, and they flee. They find Misako, who has the Helmet of Shadows, and they escape on the Earth Driller, with Garmadon not too far behind. They are stopped by Garmadon, when Lloyd saves them.
They make it to the Celestial Clock, and look for the pedestal for the helmet. When they are unsuccessful, they are backed off a cliff by the Stone Warriors, who kidnapped Nya. They return back to their base, dismayed at their defeat.
The Ninja get ready to go and fight Garmadon. They get to the camp to find it abandoned, and that the Ultimate Weapon has been taken to the beach. They go there, after fending off an evil Nya, and find that the Overlord has crossed over into their world by possessing Garmadon. Lloyd fights the Overlord, and loses, and the Overlord opens a vortex to Ninjago City and leaves them all on the island.
The Ninja are on the beach of the Dark Island, with no way to Ninjago. They all express their misfortune on that evil has defeated them. Lloyd pep talks them into rejoining the fight. Misako tells them that there may be a way back.
They go back to the Temple of Light, and uncover an old Golden Mech that belonged to the First Spinjitzu Master. Lloyd takes control of it, and with the help of the Ultra Dragon, head back to Ninjago.
When they make it back, they find out that the Overlord has turned everyone evil. Zane notices that the Overlord has completed his transformation, into a large dragon that is perched atop a tower. The Ninja realize they need to get Lloyd up there, so they take him to it, fending off Stone Warriors as they go. They are almost defeated, when Dareth puts on the Helmet of Shadows and controls the Stone Army. Now the Ninja help Lloyd up the tower to the Overlord. One by one, the Ninja are all corrupted by evil until it is just Lloyd left. He gets to the top, and unlocks his Golden Power, and defeats the Overlord.
After he is defeated, Zane and everyone else is turned back normal. Zane awakes with the others at the base of the tower where the Overlord was once perched. Lloyd returns to them, and finds his father shows up, but he is no longer evil.
- Main article: History of Zane (Rebooted)
Before The Tournament of Elements
After he rebuilt himself, Zane and P.I.X.A.L. were somehow kidnapped and transported to Chen's Island by Ronin. While there, Zane had his Element stolen from him before he was placed in a cell chain to the walls by the villains who intended to lure his friends to the island.
As Chen prepared for the Tournament of Elements, he looked into a dark room, remarking that he "holds all the cards" before walking off. Inside the room, Zane is shown to be bound in chains and strapped to the wall.
While not making a physical appearance, Zane is mentioned by the ninja who attempt to locate him. When they witness Chen steals the elemental power of Karlof, they realize that Chen's goal is to steal all the contestants' power. Cole had noticed that Chen used Ice while stripping Karlof of his power, which means he already stole Zane's power as well.
Still locked up inside the room, Zane has a nightmare where he is walking through a blizzard and stumbles into an icy cave, where he encounters a colossal dragon. The dream horrifies him, but he is awakened by P.I.X.A.L. who is in a nearby cell. With Zane's memory drive wearing out and the thoughts of his past disappearing, he is unable to recall her until P.I.X.A.L. helps Zane remember his friends and how he was rebuilt which triggers some of his memory. When Zane uses a drill from his chest compartment, he tries to use it to cut himself free, until he hears several Anacondrai warriors coming his way. He quickly closes the drill and pretends to be unconscious or asleep.
In a second attempt to get free, Zane succeeds, climbing into the cell next to his to get P.I.X.A.L. and escape with her. To Zane's surprise and disappointment, he finds P.I.X.A.L.'s body was scrapped and her memory drive was the only thing remaining, via a computer, though she tells him to leave her behind. However, Zane soon took P.I.X.A.L.'s memory drive and put it into his processor allowing her to be apart of his circuitry and continue the journey with him. Unbeknownst to him, Clouse and some of the Cultists had snuck up behind him, with Clouse using an electric rod to electrocute him shutting him down and locking him back in his room with chains that Clouse instructed to be strong enough to prevent Zane from escaping.
At the end, Zane's beacon emits a signal to Nya's computer and she is shocked by this discovery. However, this led to her learning where the ninja were located and their reason for leaving the city and she decides to go there after contacting Wu.
Zane was still encaged, telling P.I.X.A.L. that the new chains were unbreakable. While a recently eliminated Cole and the other losers in the Tournament pass by the cell, Cole overheard Zane speaking and stops to talk with him as Karlof covers for him from the guards. Cole was overjoyed to see Zane was alive, complimenting his new form as Zane was happy to see him again. With a newfound hope, Cole promised both Zane and Karlof that he would get Zane free.
Zane slept in his cell where he had another nightmare about the Titanium Dragon until he is awoken by Cole (who managed to steal one of the guard keys) and freed by him. The two Ninja quickly make their escape but face trouble due to the guards noticing Cole's escape and releases Clouse's pet. Unfamiliar with the sound of its howls, Zane questioned it as a scared Cole recognized it and quickly instructed Zane to run as they do so the serpent pursues them through the caverns with the two powerless Ninja running away from it in vain as it circles around them.
As the serpent begins to close in on them, Zane asks P.I.X.A.L. for instructions while Cole is amazed to hear that he integrated her into his programming. At her instructions, Zane uses his exploding shurikens to create a hole below them allowing them to escape. Afterwards the two hide from passing guards, Cole then overhears one of them stating that the defeated Elemental Masters will pay for the Ninjas' escape. Zane tries to get Cole to go the latter states he promised to free Karlof and the captives from Chen. Cole tells Zane to go on as he will keep his promise. Despite being imprisoned for so long, Zane decides to go with Cole by stating Ninja never leave one another behind. Cole thanks Zane for this and promises to get them off the island one day before they head back to the factory.
Cole and Zane managed to sneak back into the factory and hid inside barrels. After Karlof motioned that the guards had left, the two emerged from their hiding place and using his holographic eyes, revealed their plan of using the sewer pipes to escape. Before the plan could be executed however, Dareth was soon thrown into the factory having being captured. Dareth then greets the restored Zane noting on how different he seemed because of his new body. Due to how unstable the pipes were, the added weight of the Brown Ninja would not make it possible and they returned to the drawing board.
The elemental masters threw around several ideas, including roll themselves into giant eggrolls but all seemed flawed until Karlof mentioned that he used to build Roto Jets back in Metalonia. Dareth meanwhile began building a machine to make puffy potstickers, inspiring Zane to suggest they build a roto jet out of old factory parts as well.
The Elemental Masters begin their plan when more defeated contestants arrive, among them is Jay, who spots Zane and Cole. Jay is happy to see Zane again and compliments him on his new form. They reveal to Jay that the guards still think they have escaped, which goes along with their plan of building a Roto Jet to bust everyone out.
After much time, the jet is completed and Cole uses it to get through the guards and the factory wall, which collapses on Clouse's pet serpent, saving Nya and Garmadon. Nya hugs Zane saying she's happy that he's back (which he misinterprets as literal) before the Elemental Masters rush break into the Ancondrai Temple to battle the Cultists. As this happens, Zane reunites with Lloyd who is happy to see him as Zane states it was good to be back. Very soon, Kai breaks Chen's staff, thereby returning the elements to their wielders, allowing them to overpower their enemies.
Reunited with his friends, Zane and the other Ninja soon finish off the remaining Cultists using Spinjitzu. However, Chen and Clouse, along with few henchmen, manage to escape with Skylor as their hostage. With Chen in hiding, the Ninja and their new allies then take control of the island. During the celebration, Zane turns on his funny switch, entertaining the alliance.
With Chen and his henchmen in hiding, the Ninja await their villains next move before Griffin tells them that Chen is trying to use Skylor's power to complete the spell and that she has escaped him. Now aware of Chen's plans, the Ninja split up to find Chen and stop him. Zane hops in a buggy and goes with Jay but drives too fast in the jungle and ignores P.I.X.A.L.'s warning that he crashes into a hole. He tells Jay to go on without him. While in the hole, he remarks he should have listened to P.I.X.A.L. before he sees the Titanium Dragon from his dreams and gets scared again although P.I.X.A.L. tries to assure there is nothing there, but Zane is too terrified to believe her. P.I.X.A.L. then tells Zane that he is the Ninja of Ice but he tells her that he is just a replica and since his powers have no effect on the dragon, he fully admits his fear.
P.I.X.A.L. soon tells Zane that he needs to close his eyes to calm himself but he still hears the dragon's roar and says repeatedly he is not the White Ninja. P.I.X.A.L. then asks him who is he then, as a rejuvenated Zane states he is now the Titanium Ninja and acknowledges the dragon isn't real. P.I.X.A.L. then notices his elemental power rising as Zane once more states "I am the Titanium Ninja!" before he is engulfed in light.
After Chen and his forces manage to escape after completing the spell, the stranded Elemental Master wonder what to do as Lloyd states he will go after them alone since he was the only elemental master with a dragon. However, Zane states that its not the case anymore as he appears on a dragon telling everyone that he has faced his fear which had allowed him to unlock his ability to summon a dragon. Sure enough, Kai and Skylor appear on a Fire Dragon confirming his words which motivates the Elemental Masters to summon their own dragons and head after Chen's army.
The Elemental Masters fly to the Ninjago a day after Chen with Zane carrying Dareth on his dragon. They arrive in Ninjago only to find that Chen has not attacked yet for some reason. The Ninja have their allies scour the city while they go off to deduce Chen's next move. Arriving at Samurai X Cave, Zane is reunited with the Falcon, Wu, and Misako. The assembled group soon begin to assess Chen's next move and soon decide to visit Kryptarium Prison to see Pythor for a way to defeat them. Although hesitant to speak with them, Pythor changes his mind when seeing Garmadon as an Ancondrai while P.I.X.A.L. soon tells Zane that Chen and his men have been searching the prison databanks about Pythor warning him they may attack, which they do after a while.
As the other Ninja go off to fight the Ancondrai Cultists, Zane stays with Wu and the others before he notices Garmadon's hand changes after some of Pythor's venom fell on it. This causes him to realize that was why the cultists came for Pythor since he holds the key to completing the spell. Wu and Lloyd realize that Chen needs him to attack Ninjago and state they will make sure the Cultists don't get their hands on Pythor while having Zane join the other Ninja in keeping the Cultists at bay. However, things get worse when some of the prisoners escape with two of them being Nindroids that attack Zane who defeats them while stating he wasn't an outdated relic anymore. The Ninja soon decide that fighting the old enemies would be meaningless and move to escape with Cole destroying walls of the prison as the inmates pursue them. They make it to courtyard where they join Wu and the others but lose Pythor to the cultists. When Wu forbids Cole from destroying more walls so the inmates can't escape, Zane volunteers in escaping by creating an ice trail which he and his allies use to leave the area as Kai destroys it to prevent the prisoners from escaping allowing the Warden and the guards to arrest them.
They arrive at the Samurai X Cave and informed by Nya that Chen has put his plan into action by having noodle trucks ship out. Zane does an estimate at how many Ancondrai cultists they could be carrying. Nya contacts the Elemental Masters for aid until the ninja can join them but to everyone's surprise the trucks head separate directions with the Ninja and their allies deciding to pursue them due to the villages in the area. Zane freezes the truck and subdues the driver only to discover the truck, he was pursuing was empty.
In the end, it turns out to be trap to separate the elemental masters so Chen's army can invade without hindrance. The revelation that so many people are in danger causes them to lose control of their dragons out of fear at being unable to stop the chaos.
Zane, along with the rest of the Elemental Masters, received a mental message from Lloyd (through Neuro) to reconvene at Samurai X Cave. Once there, they see the progress of Chen's invasion with Zane doing an exact estimate of the odds against them. He then listens as Lloyd moves to motivate everyone using Zane's "death" as a way for the Ninja to get stronger. Wu tells everyone they must make their stand in the Corridor of Elders to defeat Chen once and for all. To strengthen their numbers, Zane goes to the park where his statue to enlist the aid of the people there telling they all fight for the same future.
He then takes part in the battle against Chen with his friends managing to hold them off for a while but the enemy soon gets through. Zane later takes notice of Lloyd as he viciously attacks enemies wondering what got into him as Kai states he doesn't know but the enemy is getting past them. Zane then bears witness to as a portal to the Cursed Realm opens and Garmadon goes through it before the spirits of the Anacondrai Generals emerge and cursed Chen and his army, banishing them to the Cursed Realm and ending the battle causing the gathered army celebrate their victory.
The Ninja and the Elemental Masters celebrated their triumph over Chen as they become friends before they part ways and promise to help each other in any future conflicts.
Much later, the Ninja, Wu, and Misako then pay their respects to Garmadon and the Anacondrai generals for helping them achieve victory and see another tomorrow.
Shadow of Ronin (non-canon)
After relocating to Spinjago, Zane listened to Kai retell the events on Chen's Island, though pointed out that he was still held captive when they visited his temple. Following his story, the Ninja began to train but that was interrupted by the arrival of Ronin, who stole the Ninjas' memories using the Obsidian Glaive.
In the hopes of finding a way to restore their memories, Wu sent the Ninja to speak to Hibiki at Kryptarium Prison. After dispatching with Ronin's goons, they learned of the Inky Lemonberry in the Toxic Bogs and went to pick up Nya from Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk.
Deeming Kai's fire abilities useful for the Frozen Wasteland, the Ninja (apart from Jay) agreed to get the Obsidian Sais next and they traveled to the Ice Temple. There, Zane remembered that Ronin was the one who took him to Chen's Island and listened as Kai and Cole recapped Zane's death for Jay. Before they could go to the Lightning Ruins to retrieve Obsidian Nunchucks, Nya called Kai reporting that the Nindroids were attacking Ninjago City.
- Main article: History of Zane (Possession)
Following the defeat of The Preeminent, the Ninja's reputation rose in popularity and began being treated as celebrities. During their down-time aboard the Bounty, Zane would often play Jay in mini droid chess and win every single game.
Following the discovery that Clouse had managed to escape the Cursed Realm before its destruction, Zane and the other Ninja headed to Stiix to stop him, taking a brief detour to the hospital for Lil' Nelson's Grant-a-Wish. Upon arriving in Stiix, the ninja were unable to locate Clouse and discovered to their horror that they had been framed for a crime spree. Now wanted criminals, Zane and the other Ninja were forced to split up to avoid detection.
After a brief meeting with the other Ninja where they discovered that a Djinn might be behind their framing, Zane and Lloyd headed to Domu to do further research. However, upon arriving at the library, Zane was hacked and captured by Ronin, who had been paid to round up the wanted Ninja. Once all six of them had been captured, they were led onto a bus bound for Kryptarium Prison.
While at Kryptarium, Zane was quickly singled out by the Mechanic who saw the Nindroid's spare parts as compensation for being put out of business by the Ninja. Zane and the other Ninja also learned from Captain Soto that this Djinn was none other than Nadakhan, a feared pirate captain whom Soto had trapped himself centuries ago. At lunch, a food fight starts and the Mechanic secretly kidnaps the master of Ice. The Mechanic along with the help of two inmates open up Zane and admires the spare parts. As the Mechanic was about to take Zane apart P.I.X.A.L. shoots out a bolt of electricity from Zane’s chest freeing her love. That night, as part of Lloyd's prison break plan, Zane froze the halls, slowing down the pursuing guards.
Zane helps the Ninja find the Tiger Widow island in Cliff Gordon's house. He then aids them in sailing out to the island aboard the boat. However, a sudden lightning storm forced Zane to retreat below deck, as the electricity was attracted to his metal body.
Although Jay tells the other Ninja not to go down alone, Zane leaves the party and stays below deck, where he is confronted by Nadakhan. The two engage in a game of chess as they talk where Zane revealed that he is well aware of the Djinn meeting with Jay, because of his odd behavior and assures him that he will not disappear.
Believing that he could outsmart Nadakhan, Zane made two out of three wishes for Nadakhan with the first being for his words to not be twisted so Nadakhan could exploit any loopholes, and for any harm done to his body was to be multiplied onto Nadakhan tenfold. An amused Nadakhan granted his wishes while noting Zane must be the smart one amongst the ninja since he never heard those kinds of choices. Before Zane can make his final wish, Nadakhan deletes P.I.X.A.L. from Zane's memory banks, stating that deleting information did not count as harm. Too shocked and heartbroken to think clearly, Zane wished for it all to go away as he couldn't bear to live without P.I.X.A.L., sucking him into the Sword of Souls.
Zane was the second ninja to be absorbed and Nadakhan later gave Zane credit for his intellect and putting up a good fight.
The other Ninja soon became aware of Zane's fate and were worried as they lost their friend.
While floating around within the Sword of Souls, Zane would be rescued from it by Jay and the rest of his imprisoned allies, their release resulting in the defeat of several Sky Pirates converging on their position.
Zane also meets his counterpart Echo Zane who he is surprised to see.
While Nya is dying, Zane puts his hand on Kai's shoulder to comfort him. When Jay uses his last wish to undo the events of Skybound, Zane is teleported back to the moment where he and the others were on the rooftops. P.I.X.A.L. has been restored. He smiles when Jay and Nya become a couple again with the others while wondering if something prevented Clouse from finding the teapot.
Dark Island Trilogy
Zane and the other Ninja were summoned to the Samurai X Cave by Master Wu, who informed them that Misako and Ronin had gone missing off the coast of the Dark Island. The Ninja quickly readied the Destiny's Bounty and they set off towards the island.
Zane awoke with Cole standing near, the two of them having landed near a volcano. After being carried over the island by a gigantic bird, the two discovered Digger's Deep just as Misako and a couple of captured fishermen were being escorted in by Sky Pirates. They began planning an attack, but were interrupted when Lloyd appeared, under the effect of Dark Matter, and attacked the pirates. Zane and Cole rushed in to help and managed to free Lloyd of the effects.
While Lloyd and Misako went to free the other fishermen, Cole and Zane went in search of transportation. They soon encountered Monkey Wretch whom Zane was able to communicate. As Zane was able to speak the monkey's language, he bartered him into revealing the location of the newest vehicles Monkey Wretch had designed; the Ultra Stealth Raider and Titanium Ninja Tumbler. Shortly after discovering the vehicles, Nya, Ronin, and Jay arrived and using their elemental powers, the Ninja were able to rid the vehicles of Dark Matter. Zane boarded the Ninja Tumbler and used it to ambush the Sky Pirates, who had surrounded Lloyd, Misako, and the fishermen at the entrance to Digger's Deep. The pirates fled and the Ninja pursued them, with both parties heading toward the Temple of Light to stop Chen.
Zane could be seen with other Ninja racing through the Sea of Sand to the New Ninjago city, especially, to the Ninjago museum of history. When they arrived, they met Master Wu and Misako.
The Ninja are then racing to the Museum merchandise shop to buy Day of the Departed lanterns. They then met Dr. Saunders and he showed them new exhibition of the museum, the Hall of villains, where are statues of Ninjas' past villains located (except Lord Garmadon, Overlord and Nadakhan). Zane and other Ninja didn't notice that Cole is fading away and Dr. Saunders continues in his tour, showing the Ninja the Yin blade.
After the tour, they drove their vehicles to places where they want to celebrate Day of the Departed. Zane was going to the Birchwood forest, his birthplace and home of his father, Dr. Julien. He made an ice statue of Dr. Julien to honor him but was interrupted by General Cryptor with Nindroids, who destroyed the statue. Zane then started to fight the Nindroid ghosts. The Nindroids proved easy to defeat, but Cryptor started to take the upper hand by copying Zane as they fought. However, Zane defeated him by causing him to accidentally hit himself with his Departed Blades and the spirit of Cryptor faded away.
Zane then returned to the Museum, where he met the other Ninja (except Cole) telling them what occurred to him and learns they went through similar events. The gathered ninja wondered what brought the ghosts back as Master Wu arrived telling them it was Yang's plan of distracting them as Morro arrives confirming this. Seeing Morro, the ninja prepare for battle but Wu stops them by stating Morro's intentions turned out to be good. Zane and the Ninja then learn from Morro of Master Yang's evil plans and how part of it was tricking Cole into opening a rift to return to Ninjago. When Jay wondered how Yang tricked Cole, Zane pointed out Cole wasn't there as the ninja realized that they forgot Cole and Wu told them to head the Destiny's Bounty to travel to the Temple of Airjitzu, where Yang and Cole were located. All but Morro (who returned to the Departed Realm) then headed for the Temple to stop Yang.
When they arrived, there was a huge storm, by the rift, summoned by Yang. Yang's students and Cole, with help of Airjitzu, flew through the rift, which then ended, just as the storm. Zane and the Ninja then landed with the Bounty and searched for Cole. When they started to despair, Cole appeared, back in his human form with the Ninja celebrating his return. At Cole's suggestion, they made the restored Temple of Airjitzu their new base and celebrated the Day of the Departed by a fireplace.
The Ninja are cleaning up the museum when Nya finds the painting of her and Kai's parents. After reflecting on their past with their parents, Cole ushers them to check out another painting they found, which was of the battle where the Elemental Masters fought with Krux and Acronix. Cole asks if anyone recognizes the battle, and Zane asks P.I.X.A.L. to analyze it. She tells them that the battle took place 40 years ago during the Serpentine Wars. Then, when Dr. Saunders comes in to offer the Ninja refreshments, Lloyd asks about the painting. Saunders calls it "minor skirmish" and tells the Ninja that it has no historical significance, which prompts Zane to tell ask him "Even if it is a myth, who are these men Masters Wu and Garmadon supposed to be fighting?" Dr. Saunders tells them about the Hands of Time, and how they can manipulate time, and their names: Krux and Acronix.
Following the Fast-Forward Blade's arrival at the Monastery, and time skipping an entire minute, the Ninja are sent from running out of the museum to standing at the bridge of the Destiny's Bounty 2.0. With alarms going off all around them, the Ninja are wondering how they ended up there. Zane mentions that his circuits are picking up an energy displacement. Zane and Nya then try to figure out the location of the energy displacement, while Jay freaks out about the noises in the background. They find out that the energy displacement is temporal energy, and is coming from Wu's Monastery. After remembering that Wu is there, they decide to check it out.
They go there and find Acronix fighting with Wu. They step in, and "defeat" him, but Acronix merely used the Time Blade to warp away. The Ninja find Wu holding on to a tree branch about to fall, and help him up.
The Ninja have returned to the Temple of Airjitzu to rest Wu, and ask him questions about who they just fought. Wu tells them all about Krux and Acronix, before he fell asleep which left the Ninja having nothing to do anymore. While they're cleaning up the Temple, they see on the News that a samurai warrior (a Vermillion) is attacking the Borg Store. They race down there to find out who will fight him first, and when it ends up being a tie, they ask Zane to use his digital die to decide. Each of them gets a chance fighting the Vermillion, but it's too strong for one at a time so they all fight at once. The fight continues into the store, and Zane finds out that the Vermillion is trying to kidnap Cyrus Borg, so he takes him away from the fight and into an alleyway before Borg sees Dr. Saunders, and asks him why he's there before Zane is suddenly struck down.
After dealing with the Vermillion, the Ninja find Zane unconscious in the alleyway, alone.
After asking Master Wu about the Vermillion, the Ninja (except for Kai, who went to the museum to ask Dr. Saunders about the Vermillion) meet at the Samurai X Cave to figure out how to reboot Zane. After trying multiple times, and nothing works, a video of Zane's last moments awake plays on the screen. After replaying it, and slowing it down some more, they realize that Acronix was the one that disabled Zane and that Acronix and Saunders are working together. The Ninja leave Zane in the X-Cave on a restore and reboot protocol so they can go warn Kai. As they leave, P.I.X.A.L. appears on the screen above Zane and tells him to wake up and that Kai needs them.
The Ninja return to the X-Cave after finding out that Saunders is actually Krux, and finally reboot Zane. He wakes up without leaving the bench and says the numbers "4721" in that order before falling back asleep.
After rebooting Zane's system, Nya thought she succeeded but found he was only speaking gibberish. P.I.X.A.L. tries to explain to Nya that she's trying to unscramble Zane's neural pathway, unaware that's causing him to speak nonsense. Nya then left to retrieve a binary power cord, much to P.I.X.A.L.'s dismay.
After a confrontation with the Vermillion, Nya came back to the cave but found Vermillion trying to take Zane's metal. She fended them off, but Zane was unable to fight. P.I.X.A.L. sent the electricity to his chest, shocking the Vermillion, and killing them. Nya took Zane with her back to where the Vermillion were stealing metal from buildings.
The Ninja stop the Vermillion and try to find a way to get Zane's power back, and they figure they can go to the Power Plant. At this time, Lloyd also goes there to meet the Ninja. When they arrive, they enter to find no Vermillion inside. Zane says something in gibberish, and Nya translates that there are Vermillion all around them. They start to fight them (except for Zane, who is walking into a wall.) Nya and Jay find the main core and hook Zane up to it after defeating the Vermillion and do something that causes Zane to reboot, and return to normal. The others fill him in on what's going on and see on the news that Mega Monster Amusement Park is being invaded by Vermillion. The Ninja leave to the Park (except Jay, who goes to make sure his parents are ok.) Before they drive away, Zane asks P.I.X.A.L. something, but she does not respond.
Zane and the other Ninja are fending off Vermillion in Mega Monster Amusement park, when they are cornered, which prompts them to wonder where Jay is, as he had disappeared.
Jay finds his parents in trouble with the Vermillion at their Junkyard when the second Time Blade arrives. The Vermillion takes Edna, to go after it, and Jay tries to go after her but his bike was broke. His father gives him his early birthday present which is an early version of the Desert Lightning that breaks down when touched, so Jay fixes it up and goes after the Vermillion. Meanwhile, the Ninja go after the Vermillion who left the Amusement Park. Before they leave, however, Zane starts reciting the numbers 34 and 28. The Ninja assume he got knocked offline again, but Nya tells them that he was referring to latitude and longitude. Zane recalls that Nya updated her Temporal Scanner, so now he knows the Time Blades location, which is in the Eastern Sea of Sand. They take off on the Ultra Stealth Raider. The Ninja and Zane meet Jay chasing the Vermillion while attempting to retrieve the Time Blade before them. In the chase, Zane and Nya are knocked off their Ultra Stealth Raider bike, as well as the other Ninja, so now they run after the Time Blade on foot.
After a quarrel with the Time Blade being possessed by the Vermillion, the Ninja finally retrieve it and escape by slowing down the Vermillion and then flying away on what was left of the Ultra Stealth Raider Jet, while Zane helps stabilize the wings.
After returning to the Temple after retrieving the Time-Blade, Cole, Zane, and Jay are relaxing by fooling around with the blade. Cole accidentally almost hits Nya in the head with the Blade, and she tells them to cut it out. The three boys mention how she's been trying to locate her Samurai X suit since it was apparently stolen by the Vermillion, and also how Kai has been reading through many history books to, unbeknownst to them, figure out where he's seen the symbol under the Vermillion's helmet before. Kai says something about finding a clue, and the others return to playing with the Time Blade. Cole and Jay proceed to run at each other, while Zane slows them down. Lloyd enters in the middle of this and reminds them that they should have hidden it. Cole makes fun of Lloyd, and Wu enters saying the same thing word for word, plus how they should not let victory cloud their vigilance. As he finishes talking and starts walking away, a Vermillion egg crashes through the window. The Ninja discover that outside, the Vermillion are all lined up and ready to attack. They get into a battle with the Vermillion, and one Buffmillion. The Vermillion still attack, so Lloyd tries to defeat the Vermillion on the ground. During this time, the Destiny's Bounty is attacked, and it crashes to the ground. The time twins later intervene and fight the Ninja, and Wu and the Ninja end up taking the Fast-Forward Blade. At this time, the Samurai X Mech steps in to help. Nya thinks that the Vermillion stole her suit, but it turns out that the new Samurai X is no Vermillion, however, they refuse to reveal their identity. Sam-X flies away but is knocked out of the sky by an egg. Now, the Ninja fight the Time Twins, and they think they've won, but General Machia swoops in from the air and steals both Time Blades, and returns it back to the twins. Before they escape, Machia kidnaps Wu.
At the Temple, Lloyd is giving a pep talk to the Ninja about how even though they lost, it can be good thing that they took the time blade because then they can follow the Hands of Time back to their base. The Ninja split up and Kai and Nya go to Destiny's Bounty to see if the Temporal Scanner works. Cole and Jay go with Lloyd and Zane who take Destiny's Shadow to the museum to find any clues. While on the Shadow, Zane asks P.I.X.A.L. a question but then remembers that she is still "offline". Zane, Jay, Cole, and Lloyd search the museum for anything, all the while, Jay is throwing artifacts all over, which leads Zane to tell him to stop, as he catches everything he throws. Lloyd comments on how he's glad Zane is fully functional, and he agrees, except for the fact that he can no longer talk which P.I.X.A.L. which angers him. Then, Cole accidentally punches a hole in the wall which leads to a secret room off of the museum. They enter, and find Vermillion eggs incubating in a tank. Off of the secret room is another secret door that leads to the sewers. They enter the sewers and Zane reconfigures the Destiny's Shadow to float on water. It picks them up, and they use it to navigate the sewers. Along the way, they meet Skales and his son who tells them that they're tracking the Vermillion in hopes to avoid them. They tell the Ninja that they're the spawn of the Great Devourer and that they are very powerful if they are a horde. He also tells them that their base is in the swamp, and gives them a map that lead there. They reach the swamp and call the rest of the Ninja to meet them there.
When Kai and Nya arrive at the swamp, they make a plan to rescue Master Wu, and Cyrus Borg. They split up, Zane is to use his scanner to find Borg. Zane locates Cyrus Borg and moves toward him. Moments later, the signal disappears, which causes Zane to fall to his knees and sulk about how P.I.X.A.L. is gone and that it's "no good". After sulking for a few minutes, Zane's scanners pick up Borg's signal once again. He runs towards it and meets Lloyd halfway. Lloyd tells him that he found Wu, but lost him again. Zane consoles him and then picks up Jay and Cole's signal. Lloyd and Zane hear them yell, and meet them battling the Vermillion, so they help out. They appear to finish them off and see the Time Twins in the air wit Wu, Ray, Mia, Kai, and Nya. They begin to Airjitzu after them, but Blunck and Raggmunk ambush them with more Vermillion.
Zane, Cole, Jay, and Lloyd make a "strategic retreat" because they can't handle all the Vermillion. Zane covers them with Ice so they can escape, but he picks up Borg's signal again and he says he's going to get him. The others join him in avoiding the warriors and escaping. When the Vermillion realize that the Ninja have gone, they all go back to their main base which is unfortunate for the Ninja because they need to go there too. Lloyd suggests they disguise themselves as Vermillion in order to enter, and it works. At the entrance of the dome, they meet Cyrus Borg and they get him to escape. First, Jay asks why the Twins kidnapped him in the first place. He reveals that they were making him create the hub for the Iron Doom, that would be used for time travel. He tells them that with all four time-blades, it will be active. Borg tells them that he put in a self-destruct code so that they could stop it, but he did not have the time to enter it in so they had to do it now. Borg tells them that they have to sneak in (to the dismay of Jay). Just then, Blunk and Raggmunk enter and order the disguised Ninja to escort Borg away from the Iron Doom, but Jay breaks character which causes their identities to be revealed. They get into a battle with the Vermillion once again, and this time, the new Samurai X shows up with new armor and starts to help them. They battle, and Borg tells Sam-X that he needs to get to the Iron Doom, so they bring him to the top to input the code. Zane uses Airjitzu to fly up with them, and helps Borg remember the code, which is the first line of code for programming a Nindroid. They are about to finish the code when the Time Twins return with all four Time Blades. They use the pause blade to stop Zane from finishing the code and order the warriors to enter the Iron Doom. They place the Time Blades into the Iron Doom and push Zane, Borg, and Sam-X off the platform. Zane falls and Cole catches him. They watch now, as Kai and Nya use the Elemental Water-Fire Dragon to enter the same portal the Time Twins do.
The Ninja sulk about how Nya and Kai had just traveled back in time, and are introduced to Ray and Maya who tells them that the only way to help Master Wu (as he had been hit with a Time Punch, that causes him to rapidly age) is to get the Reversal Blade back. During this time, Jay tries to figure out Samurai X's identity, but they refuse once again.
Once Krux and Acronix had gone back in time to change Ninjago, their machination of the past altered the future so that there was no more technology. This act caused Zane's form to change back human in present-day and he is shown shut down, since he doesn't have power source in this timeline.
After Kai and Nya stopped the Time Twins, and Wu sacrificed himself on the Iron Doom, the siblings return to present-day Ninjago, where Zane has returned back to titanium and questions what occurred.
The Ninja then nominate Lloyd as their master. Zane listened as Lloyd made his first decision to get rid of the Time Blade and find Master Wu.
At some point over the course of the next year, Zane gained new abilities.
- Main article: History of Zane (Sons of Garmadon)
Zane, along with the first three Ninja and young Wu, are stranded on an island in the Realm of Oni and Dragon trying to piece together some parts to make a transmition device that goes to Ninjago. They are unsuccessful in their first attempt, to the dismay of the others, except Jay, who "accepts the situation," which the other Ninja find extremely weird.
Young Wu says that he is hungry, as Zane asks him if he has any useful guidance he can give them, but he does not. Zane mentions that by the rate that Wu is accelerating aging, they will have their old Master back soon enough.
While Cole and Wu go get food, Zane and the others attempt to retry the transmition device in the dark before Cole and Wu get back. As they do so, Zane and Kai note that Jay has lost his grip on reality. It appears the radio works, as they hear a transmission. When Kai doesn't understand some phrases they use, Zane translates them to him by stating that they are talking about an ambush. Zane is worried when Kai realizes that they are targets and that they're not alone, and are being chased by the island's inhabitants. The three of them run, with Zane being the first to be taken away by the hunters and dragged through the fog.
They are taken outside through Dead's End by Daddy No Legs. They are shown a glimpse of the Dragon Hunter's life style. Kai says that they think they're Oni... and Jay says that they thought it was the other way around. Zane points out that their entire culture appears to be built around the hunting of Dragons, and the exploiting of their Elemental Power. Soon after, Zane is approached by another Dragon Keeper, Arkade, and is asked if he can have his parts after he "expires."
As they continue on their way to the Pit, Jay continuously shows he is not in the right state of mind. Zane points out that Jay's mental state will not be helping them, and that he hopes that Cole and Wu can rescue them.
Later, the three of them are shoved into a room. They assume they're in the Pit, but Chew Toy comes out and reveals that they aren't in the pit yet. Chew Toy signals to the rest of the Dragon Hunters to bring them up and the room they're in heightens into the real pit, which turns out to be an arena where they will be put up against a dragon for entertainment.
Chew Toy warns them about Slab and he is released into the Pit. It is revealed that Slab is a green Dragon that possesses the power of Earth. Chew Toy mentions that they must have upset Slab because Dragons hate Oni.
The Ninja are forced to fight Slab, and Jay tries to play with it, using Chew Toy's bell. They are chased throughout the arena, and Zane tells the others to not use their Elemental Power, as not to reveal their true identities. They soon see that Cole and Wu have come for their rescue, Zane tells Cole that Wu has to leave, as his mere presence (being half Oni) is making things worse for them. Wu gets the idea to throw a Vengestone chain to them, which helps the Ninja subdue Slab. After it is on the ground, it is about to use it's earth breath to blast Jay, but Zane uses his Elemental Power to block the blast, thus revealing their identities to the Iron Baron and the rest of the Dragon Hunters.
The Iron Baron and Heavy Metal yell to the other Dragon Keepers to hunt them down, and the Ninja prepare for round 2.
Zane, Jay, and Kai are cornered by the Dragon Hunters and have no choice but to use their Elemental Power. When Kai does an estimate on the foes, Zane corrects him on the exact number and he states Zane was better at counting. After Jay starts to freak out about things, Zane points out to Kai that he's finally back to normal.
They use their Elemental Power to fend of the Hunters when Heavy Metal jumps down with the Dragonbone Blade. They try to use their power on him, but as Zane points out, the blade attracts their Elemental Power. Now unable to use their power, they are chained up by Heavy Metal and put in the back of the Dieselnaut.
Held in place by the hunters with Vengestone, Iron Baron approaches them and admits his surprise at them not being Oni, but trained in the ways of the First Spinjitzu Master. Zane was shocked by Baron's familiarity with him as the labels calling the Spinjitzu master a coward who ran away to Ninjago. After Kai asks if he knows how to get them back, Baron responds no but states he had no interest in helping them, anyway. He then declares they are hunting Dragons and hopes that the catch he makes will be good.
Iron Baron tells them that there is much the Ninja can do for them, and that "power attracts power," which will help them hunt Dragons. He then turns on the machine and it releases strange energy that triggers an elemental reaction in them to use them as bait to catch a Dragon.
Soon after, a Wind Dragon is attracted to the Ninja. Meanwhile, Cole and Wu (who are disguised as Hunters,) "accidentally" knock the other Ninja off the stand. They try to rescue them, but the Ninja are immediately put back into the back of the Dieselnaut by Daddy No Legs.
Now in the back of the vehicle, they are forced to sit back and watch as the Hunters reel in and eventually capture the Wind Dragon.
Cole promises to figure a way out of this situation for them, and the Dragons.
While being transported back to the Dead's End in the back of the Dieselnaut, Jay hears Lloyd on the radio, which prompts Zane to say Jay has lost it again until Jay states he really did. that they hope Cole can get them out of there. Kai says all, including the Wind Dragon.
Now at Dead's End, Zane says that if only Firstbourne paid Iron Baron a visit, then they would have a distraction to escape. This gives Jay the idea to create a fake Firstbourne to trick Iron Baron into thinking they're under attack. Zane agrees with the idea, and Cole and Wu agree to help them build the plan as long as Jay designs it.
Later on, the Ninja are put to work by the Iron Baron, and Jay draws the blueprint for the fake dragon in hidden. While Zane and the others assemble parts and send them off to Cole and Wu, the two of them assemble the Dragon away from the camp.
Soon after, at night, Iron Baron gets ready to cook the Wind Dragon, and Zane and the others wait for Cole and Wu to "attack" the base with their creation. They are tied up, and watch the skies and then finally, with Wu controlling it, the fake dragon appears over the camp, and Zane and the others act like it is the real thing which spooks the Hunters.
While the Hunters scramble to their stations to capture it, Cole maneuvers to the others and frees them from their chains. They make their way out, and at the same time, Wu is shot out of the sky. At first the Ninja don't see it, and see the real Firstbourne in the sky and mistake it for Wu. When they realize it's the real thing they freak out and attempt to flee.
Wu stops them and tells them that she is there to protect her Wind Dragon, but the Ninja assisted in capturing it. The only way for them to get out would be to save the Wind Dragon.
Zane and the others make their way to the Dragon, who is tied up, and get caught in a fight with the Dragon Hunters. Kai breaks off from the fight and frees the Wind Dragon. It helps the Ninja fend off the Hunters, and the Ninja also help the other imprisoned Dragons escape.
Zane and the Ninja flee the scene, and Iron Baron says they are going hunting again . . . for the Ninja.
Zane and the others are camped out in the middle of nowhere, and Master Wu wakes up, now in a teenager body. Zane points out that because of his augmented growth cycle, it is normal for a teenager to grow fast. Wu tells them he had a dream that he was fishing with his father and brother. The Ninja realize that he may be getting his memories back, and as they press him for more questions, they are ambushed by Heavy Metal.
He asks Wu if it's true that he is the son of the First Spinjitzu Master. He tells him, and Heavy Metal reveals who he really is. He takes off his mask to reveal a woman with black tied back hair. She says that Heavy Metal is the Hunter name Iron Baron gave her, and her real name is Faith.
She asks Wu if he is back to take the Dragon Armor, which the Firstbourne guards. Wu points in a direction and says that's the way the Armor is. Zane and the others are skeptical, but Wu tells them to "have faith."
The Ninja and Faith take a Speeder in the direction they are going. As they haul the Speeder, Faith tells them her story, and how Iron Baron didn't want the others to think that their best hunter was a woman. She tells them the legend of the First Spinjitzu Master, and how he and the Firstbourne had a connection, and together they worked to bridge the divide between the Oni and Dragons. He and the Dragon built the Dragon Armor, but then when he realized that it was impossible to end the war, he left the First Realm, and created Ninjago.
After her story, they are apprehended by Muzzle and Daddy No Legs. Faith pretends to be Heavy Metal in front of the other Hunters, and pretends she caught the Ninja. Muzzle realizes that Wu is taller, and so Kai trips the Hunters with a chain. Zane and the others tie them up, and they steal their Speeders. Now heading towards nowhere, Wu tells them to have faith to find the armor, and then, back to Ninjago.
Zane and the others take a break from flying to rest and fuel up their speeders. Zane watches as Jay and Kai fight over water, and Faith asks him how he's survived with them so long.
They realize that the Hunters are close by, and fly off. The six of them are chased by Jet Jack and her crew, and the Ninja destroy a few of the Hunters' speeders. They eventually run into a sleeping Ice Dragon, and wake it up, causing it to get angry and get in on the chase. The Ninja fly into a canyon to lose the Dragon, while it takes care of some of the Hunters. Faith shoots the Dragon with her hook, causing it to fall, leaving the Ninja all set.
They keep going, and end up at a fence made of Dragon heads on spikes. Faith tells them that past that way is Oni territory. Wu tells them they must go through there to find the Dragon Armor. Faith warns them about the Oni, and asks if Wu is sure the armor is there. Wu is skeptical to say yes, but goes with his gut.
They travel through the Oni land and meet a dead end. They find a statue of an Oni, and a gate beneath it that leads to an Oni stronghold, and it's already opened. They enter the stronghold and find it abandoned and in ruin. Zane points out that no one has lived there for centuries. Faith points out that Iron Baron lied to them and said not to cross the border because of the Oni, but the Oni are nowhere to be found. She is skeptical about Wu saying there's the real Dragon Armor, and he admits he made it up.
While she freaks out, Wu examines the gate they came in through and find out that it's a map to the Armor.
Faith wakes Zane and the others up in the morning, and she says that there isn't any time for breakfast, and that they will eat when they get the Dragon Armor to return to "Ninyeego", to which Zane corrects her: "It's Ninjago" and remark it's really not that hard to pronounce." Zane thinks that because the Firstbourne is waiting for the return of the First Spinjitzu Master, she should be happy to meet his son. Faith says that might be true, but it might not be. She tells them they must be masters of the chains to survive in this world.
She asks Kai to demonstrate "catching" a rock to practice, and she realizes they all need some help. He says the first person to catch the rock wins.
While the other Ninja have a hard time using their chains, Zane gets it on the first try. He asks if he won, and Jay says they thought he was the judge. Wu joins the others in trying to successfully wrap their chain around the rock, and when the others get it except him, he gets frustrated. Kai gives him some confidence, and he returns to the others and wraps the chain around the rock.
A few moments later, they see the Stormbringer Dragon flying above them, and they attempt to prove themselves by catching their first Dragon. Zane and the others hold her with the chains, and Wu hops on top of her and rides her for a moment before she knocks him off.
Later on, Faith tells them that to get to the Armor, they must get past the mountain in front of them. They hear the other Dragon Hunters behind them, and realize they were being tracked. They fly through the mountains caves while they're chased, and Iron Baron says finds out that Wu is the son of the First Spinjitzu Master. He tells his Hunters to not go after Faith, but Wu instead. They all get through the cave, with some of the Hunter's men being left behind, and the Ninja realize there's no way to stop the Hunters unless they take Dieselnaut.
The Ninja work together with their new chain wrapping skills, and board the Dieselnaut. They take control, and use their chain riffles to knock out some more of the Hunters. The Hunters grab the Dieselnaut and while trying to defend it Faith is caught by Jet Jack. She lets the Ninja get away without her, while unhooking the back end of the machine, getting the Hunters off their trail.
Zane and the others are hiding behind a rock and observe what appears to be Faith stuck in the ground. Wu says they have to go save her, but Zane points out that it's most likely a trap. Wu convinces them, and they go down there to help her out.
When they get down there, they untie her and she tells them they shouldn't have- it's a trap. Dragon Hunters pop out from all around them, and capture them. They are brought to their camp, and are tied up on stakes. The Ninja try to lighten the mood by making a few jokes, and Iron Baron notices. He prompts Faith to reveal Iron Baron's selfishness to his camp, to which he spreads more lies, and he tries to use the Elemental Amplifier to lure some more Dragons.
At that moment, Wu regains his old memories, and Jay points out that he grew a moustache and a goatee.
Zane and the others watch as Master Wu fights with the Hunters, and as he reveals to the Iron Baron that he really is the son of the First Spinjitzu Master. Iron Baron makes a deal with Wu, saying that if he helps him take the Dragon Armor, he would send him and his Ninja home (to the dismay of the Ninja.) Wu tells them to have faith, and he walks off with Iron Baron.
Zane and the others were still stuck on the wooden stakes. Above them, two vulture-like birds fly above them, and Kai asks if they are Zane's falcon. Zane remarks that his data picks up that they are a group of avian scavengers, that will pick them apart upon their demise. Faith confirms this, and Jay freaks out.
They notice that the other Hunters are arguing down below. While they're distracted, they try to rock their bodies side to side in order to knock the stakes over. Zane remarks that it will not be helpful, but considering they have no other choice, they do it anyway.
The rocking seems to be working, and they cheer. As they do, Jet Jack asks them what they're doing, and she cuts them down. Zane was skeptical of their intentions and was shocked when Kai told them to eat Cole first. However, Jet Jack tells them that the Hunters no longer want to follow Iron Baron because he only wants to have the Armor for himself. They want the Ninja to help them find Iron Baron and Wu, and stop them from getting the Armor.
They arrive at a bridge that leads to the armor, and find that it's too late, as the bridge has fallen.
Zane and the others return from the bridge to give the bad news to the other Hunters, and just then, Wu bursts through the mountain riding Firstbourne without chains, and wearing his father's Dragon Armor. The Ninja cheer as he lands, and they hug him. He tells them that Iron Baron has been killed, and the Hunters cheer. The Ninja remember that they have unfinished business in Ninjago, and Zane asks Wu if the Firstbourne can give them all a ride. Wu says it's up to her, and she roars, which causes four Dragons (each of the Ninjas' elements) to come out of the mountain and in front of them. Zane gains a new Ice Dragon and is amazed by its appearance.
The Ninja mount their Dragons, and they take off, following behind Wu. In the air, the Dragon's spin like they did In the original Pilot episodes, and a portal to Ninjago opens. They fly through the wormhole, and speed off into the distance, finally returning home.
Zane and the Ninja return to Ninjago through a vortex in the sky. They notice that the city has been totally demolished, before they wonder how their friends are. Nya speaks to them through radio and tells them they're okay, but they need some help. Zane locates their transmission, and leads the others to them.
They find Lloyd and Nya being cornered by the Sons of Garmadon, and Zane uses his Ice Dragon's powers to make the Sons of Garmadon scatter. Zane and the others rest their dragon on the ground, and greet the other Ninja. Zane asks where P.I.X.A.L. and Misako are, and Lloyd reveals that they have been locked away in Kryptarium Prison. Lloyd tells them that his power has not returned, and that Mistaké is no longer with them.
Wu tells the Marooned Ninja to take down the Colossus, and for Lloyd to join him in stopping his father. The Ninja mount their Dragons, and help the remaining citizens escape. The Ninja confront the Colossus, and attempt to chain him up using the powers they learned from Faith. They realize it's not working, and they are almost out of chain. Kai gets the idea to board the Colossus, and use the chains they already shot to bring it down.
While Zane and the others distract the behemoth, Kai jumps on it and wraps the already used chains around the Colossus even more, and cause it to topple over. They celebrate, but only momentarily, as the Colossus stands up again. Zane remarks that it was weakened, as Wu appears with Firstbourne using his chain gun while the rest of the Resistance returns to help them out. The Colossus falls for the last time, and while Garmadon's power fades, the life within the Colossus fades.
Zane joins the Ninja in watching as the Sons of Garmadon are finally arrested, and they find out that Lloyd's power is back, and Garmadon is gone. Zane meets with P.I.X.A.L., and they hug.
Now, the city must rebuild, and the Ninja help clear the Royal Palace. As they clean, Wu returns in his Master form once again, and tells them there is trouble again, and he needs their help. They race out of the Palace to find the citizens of Ninjago gathered together, to thank the Ninja for what they've done. Live music plays, and the Ninja celebrate.
Zane hugs P.I.X.A.L. who smiles at him and they hold hands, officially becoming a couple while the celebration goes on. The fight is over, for now.
Zane, P.I.X.A.L., and Cole are riding the Earth Driller 2.0 on their way to Ninjago Harbor for a special unveiling from the Commissioner. They are ten minutes late due to traffic, and instead of waiting, opt to make it on foot.
Zane and P.I.X.A.L. runoff as Cole trails behind with his foot asleep until they find a man riding a golf cart. The three of them board the cart until they reach the harbor where the Commissioner and a small crowd are waiting patiently.
They arrive on stage, and the Commissioner (along with Cyrus Borg) unveils their gift to the Ninja for their years of servitude. Zane hopes the gift is something similar to the Bounty and is delighted to find that it is in fact the Bounty, rebuilt by using the original blueprints. The three Ninja are excited about their gift, and Cole points out the absence of the others. Zane tells him that Jay said he had something important to do.
Much later, the three return to the newly rebuilt Monastery of Spinjitzu to find that Firstbourne and Faith have arrived in Ninjago and that a mysterious darkness has consumed the First Realm, turning people into statues when they come in contact with it. The two are both injured, but they will recover. Lloyd reveals that after visiting his father at Kryptarium Prison, he was told something similar, that a darkness would consume Ninjago too... he called them the Bringers of Doom.
Wu is distressed and shows the Ninja a book from his father. There is an illustration of a demon above dark clouds, engulfing a city. Wu tells them that it is an Oni, and his father once believed that they would return to Ninjago and take over everything, turning it all into darkness. They realize that they must warn Ninjago City of the impending darkness, and they board the new Bounty.
On the Bounty, they attempt to ride to the City, but Zane finds that someone wired the control lever wrong. Zane fixes it, and they take off. They eventually make it to the City, albeit with some small inconveniences with their new ship, and find that strange dark clouds have been engulfing the whole City.
They arrive just in time to save the Commissioner from the dark clouds and help them escape.
Zane and the other Ninja face the dark clouds, and each of them attempts to thwart it with their Elemental Power. The clouds, however, are not affected, and the Ninja retreat. Cole is suddenly caught by the clouds, but he is swiftly saved by Lloyd. They go out to save some more people and have a small faction of citizens spared on the Bounty.
The Ninja are distressed about their new foe, and Cole tells them that when the darkness touched him, it was the coldest thing he's ever felt. He also reveals that he saw an Oni in the cloud. Lloyd accepts that they are unable to fight the darkness, and reveals that he knows someone else who can.
Lloyd takes the Ninja to Lord Garmadon's high-security prison, and they plead to him that he help them, considering the only thing that can defeat an Oni, is another Oni. They are reluctant, but eventually open Garmadon's cell, letting him free.
Zane and the Ninja are boarded the Bounty on their way to Ninjago City. Each of them are freaking out over Garmadon being with them, who they freed from prison the previous episode. Lloyd is unsure if he can be trusted, but they have no other choice, since he is the key to defeating the Oni.
While they speak, Garmadon shuts off the engine and the Bounty begins falling to the ground. Zane presses the switch to turn it back on, and they gain control, only to show how devious Garmadon is. Zane suggests that Lloyd accompany Garmadon during his stay there to prevent any future mishaps.
Later on, Zane calls all the Ninja to the bridge for an announcement from Garmadon. He tells them that the only way to stop the Oni from invading, they must destroy the portal from their world to theirs, the Realm Crystal. Since Garmadon is quarter oni, he is to go down there himself. Lloyd also volunteers, being able to survive the dark clouds, since he is an eighth Oni. To venture into the void, Garmadon requires a weapon, to which Zane and the others are reluctant to give him.
They arrive in Ninjago City, and Lloyd and his father get ready to depart. Cole hands the Dark Lord a sword, and he is immediately attacked. Garmadon initiates a brief brawl, only to regain his powers, then he departs into the darkness, and Lloyd is quick to follow suit.
Zane and the others group around the monitor in the bridge to watch Lloyd's endeavor through his head-cam. They watch as Lloyd lands in Ninjago City, and just barely survives from the clouds. As they continue to watch, Lloyd sees the true power of the dark clouds, which is turning all of the citizens to stone. Lloyd is quick to stumble upon Cyrus Borg, who was also frozen. P.I.X.A.L., while watching the feed, is distraught to see her father's fate, and Garmadon reveals that he is in fact alive, but the only way to help him is to destroy the Realm Crystal.
Moments later, Zane receives a distress signal from the City, which he triangulates to a radio station at the edge of the City. Zane and the Ninja volunteer to go check it out, to see if there are any survivors, while P.I.X.A.L. stays behind on her Mech to watch out for Lloyd's return.
Meanwhile, they watch as Lloyd and Garmadon encounter two Oni, who they fight and only barely defeat, so they can enter Borg's Tower and find the Crystal. They do so, and find the Realm Crystal has been spewing black smoke, and has turned pitch black. Garmadon tries to destroy it, when his blade is stopped by The Omega's Staff who flings him backwards. Lloyd also tries to attack, but it easily defeated and damages the camera the Ninja were using to watch what was happening.
a large Oni with a staff similar to Borg's Tower.
Garmadon attempts to fight it, but the Oni is far too powerful, and he and Lloyd are knocked aside, which cuts off their feed to the other Ninja.
Zane and the others make their way to the distress call at the NGTV News Station.
They arrive, and take in the survivors, including Gayle Gossip, from the roof. As Jay and Cole are boarding the citizens onto the Bounty, the black clouds close in, and the two Ninja are quick to climb back up the latter.
Nya presses the ignition switch, which she forgets is labelled backwards, and an engine blasts Cole off his ladder, and he falls into the clouds. Zane and the others watch as he is submerged in the blackness, and is lost to the darkness. Zane consoles Kai, as they all mourn his loss.
They are forced to fly away as the clouds close in, when Nya gets a message from P.I.X.A.L. saying that she has Lloyd and Garmadon, and need to be picked up due to her running out of fuel. They are saved in the nick of time, and Zane hugs P.I.X.A.L.
Zane and the others break the news of Cole's demise to Lloyd. Garmadon attempts to get them back on track, but they get mad at him for not understanding their loss. Garmadon appeals to Zane, who he assumes is the only one thinking logically, but Zane remarks that he is incapable of logical thought at this time. Garmadon walks away, holding the Armor of the Golden Master.
Zane and the Ninja arrive back at the Monastery of Spinjitzu, and break the news of Cole's supposed demise to Master Wu and Misako. The Ninja are at a loss of hope, when Garmadon reveals the Golden Master's Armor, and Nya reveals that their plan is to reforge the Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu from the armor, in order to defeat the Oni once and for all.
Kai takes it to the forge, and successfully remakes the Golden Weapons. Zane shows off his new Shurikens of Ice, when the Darkness arrives. Omega and his army marches up the steps of the mountain, and the Ninja prepare to fight back.
Equipped with their newly forged weapons, Zane and the others fight back as best they can. Zane freezes several Oni and sends them flying over the edge, when all of a sudden, Cole's Earth Driller comes from the ground, and Cole reveals himself to have survived his fall. Together the Ninja, as well as Garmadon, fight back but it is not enough. They are eventually forced to pull back and take cover in the walls of the Monastery.
The Ninja say their goodbyes to each other, as this appears to be their end, when Jay asks Nya to be his Yang. She accepts, and the Ninja prepare for their end.
It is at this time that Lloyd notices the Monastery Mural, and the Tornado of Creation. They decide that the only way to destroy the Oni is with the power of creation. Everyone, including Wu, Garmadon, Lloyd, and Nya join in on the tornado, and the Oni are pushed back.
Everything goes white, and the Ninja wake up. The darkness has been destroyed, and the Oni are gone. As the light fades from the Golden Weapons, the Ninja rejoice as they have survived.
They realize that Lloyd is missing, and Zane points out that he is laying motionless underneath a pile of wood. He does not wake up, and Wu says that there is no helping him. Suddenly, Lloyd wakes up, and the Ninja celebrate.
A little while later, the Ninja and their friends celebrate the Oni's defeat, and Zane and the other five Ninja paint one last mural on the monastery wall.
- Main article: History of Zane (Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu)
Zane and the rest of the Ninja were chasing The Mechanic after he robbed a bank. However, The Mechanic was able to flee quickly. When Nya and Jay join the Ninja late, Lloyd asked about their previous whereabouts and Jay and Nya lied about what they actually did.
Zane and the other Ninja apprehend the Mechanic at a warehouse where he is attempting to steal some sort of motherboard. Zane is knocked over by the Mechanic and his henchmen while the rest of the Ninja attempt to steal the motherboard back from him.
The Mechanic escapes with the motherboard and the Ninja board the Katana 4x4 and chase after him. They pursue The Mechanic on the streets, but he pushes the Katana 4x4 onto a building, which causes it to lose control and stay behind. Cole remains on The Mechanic's tail, sticking a cable to his truck and tying it to a pole, which ultimately causes the truck to malfunction. As soon as The Mechanic gets out of his Noodle Truck, the Ninja surround him. Jay takes the motherboard from The Mechanic, but is confused by its design.
The Ninja decide to examine the Mechanic's Headquarters, where Jay finds an old arcade cabinet for an old legendary game called Prime Empire. He attempts to plug it in but to no avail. He offers to stay behind to investigate while the others explore the rest of the hideout.
Zane and the others find the Mechanic's many hats when all of a sudden feel a surge of energy and a red light.
Kai sees notes with the same logo on the motherboard on The Mechanic's bulletin board, and Lloyd finds a notebook which also has the logo. A monitor boots up behind some books, so Zane pushes them aside to see it. The monitor questions the Ninja if they found the motherboard, and Zane responds typing in the keyboard. The monitor replies back, saying that Unagami is pleased that they found the motherboard and tells them to activate Prime Empire, then turns itself off. Lloyd questions on who Unagami is, and return to Jay, and find that he’d disappeared...
Zane and the others call for Jay after he mysteriously disappears from the Mechanic's hideout. Zane points out that there is always an explanation for these types of things.
Nya fiddles with the Prime Empire arcade cabinet, and finds that it opens up to a secret chamber. Cole points to a security camera nearby, and Zane boots it up to a computer. The Ninja watch as Jay releases some sort of energy wave from the Prime Empire game, then he disappears through it. They realize that this is no ordinary game, and maybe to find Jay, they also have to play the game. Zane points out that this would be dangerous, and they need answers first.
The Ninja go to the police station where they begin to interrogate The Mechanic. Zane has searched the database for all known criminals, and points out that Unagami doesn't show up. The Mechanic reveals that Unagami can control the database, and will eventually control it all.
The Commissioner enters and announces to everyone that all over Ninjago City, Prime Empire is booting up on consoles that were never originally meant to play the game. Kai wonders if that pulse of energy that they saw shoot out from the game on the security footage has anything to do with it...
The Mechanic laughs and says "it's starting, just like he said." He avoids more of the Ninja's questions, and the Commissioner takes him away as he laughs and repeats what he said earlier.
Zane says that Prime Empire was created by a man named Milton Dyer. If anyone can tell them about the game, it's him.
The Ninja board the Bounty and Zane pulls up a picture of Dyer. Zane reveals that nobody has seen him in 30 years, and that they are on their way to his island, Dyer Island.
They arrive, and find that the front gate and garden are run-down and overgrown. They traverse through a hedge maze, overgrown with plant life and vines, and then enter the courtyard. They knock on the front door of the Dyer Mansion, but get catapulted away. Realizing that they set off the whole security system, the Ninja are attacked by several more booby-traps, including robot dogs, and statues that shoot lasers at them.
The booby-traps suddenly cease, and a man in a bathrobe comes up to them. Cole mistakes him for Milton Dyer, but he reveals his name is Bob the Intern.
Bob apologizes for the mishap, he was in the shower. He invites them into the Mansion, and tells them how he's worked for Dyer for 31 years. Milton Dyer hasn't been around in a long time... Bob has been waiting for his return.
The Ninja ask Bob about Prime Empire, and Bob pulls up a VHS tape of Milton explaining the game. He created this tape the day he finished the game.
Dyer says that Prime Empire is not just a game, but a ticket to another world... almost like magic. The VHS suddenly cuts out after a bright light entrances Dyer, and he walks into it. The Ninja remember something very similar happening to Jay...
Bob takes the VHS tape out and tells them that something went wrong with the game. Milton Dyer was fired from Vast Industries because of "creative differences." Prime Empire was never released because Dyer made unauthorized changes to the game. Bob reveals that Dyer told him that "they'd be sorry one day."
Zane and the others realize with all these clues . . . Milton Dyer is Unagami.
Zane and the other Ninja arrive at Borg Tower to find out if Cyrus Borg has found any more information about Prime Empire. Borg is intrigued by Milton Dyer’s technology. He reveals to them that it’s even more complex than his Digiverse.
He also says that over 800 players, including Jay, are trapped in the game, and the game is controlled by Milton Dyer from the outside.
Borg says that there are two ways to stop Unagami, find his Avatar in the game, and seek out Dyer in real life. He says that Zane and P.I.X.A.L. cannot enter the game or else the code of the game could overwrite their memory, so the two of them will search for Dyer in real life. Cole boots up the game to reach level 13 so that he and the others can enter and find Jay.
Zane and the others soon see that The Mechanic, Ultra Violet, and Captain Soto have broken out of Kryptarium Prison and are on their way to them. Borg tells them to let his security system deal with them so they can stay behind to work on beating the game.
The others watch as Cole pounds away at the controls, meanwhile the Kryptarium prisoners continue to make their way through the tower.
The prisoners finally reach the 100th floor, and Zane fends them off with the others while Cole finally reaches level 13. While fighting the Ninja, The Mechanic reveals that Unagami wants him to serve at his side as his “Player 2.”
The Prime Empire console opens and Cole begs the others in. Zane wishes Lloyd luck inside the game, and Lloyd wishes him luck in finding Dyer.
Borg takes Zane and P.I.X.A.L. to the roof to fly off on his private helicopter. P.I.X.A.L. worries what The Mechanic will do with the original game, but Zane reveals that he yanked out the Prime Empire motherboard just before Cole went through, leaving the villains unable to enter the game.
Zane, P.I.X.A.L., and Master Wu are investigating Milton Dyer's past. The trio find Milton Dyer's childhood home, where his mother still lives. They meet with Mrs. Dyer and Zane tells her about the trouble with Prime Empire.
Mrs. Dyer reveals she doesn't know where he is either, but she invites them inside to search for clues. She shows them his childhood bedroom, which are lined with miniature replicas of vehicles and characters that appear within Prime Empire. Mrs. Dyer says "it all went bad with his final game." and he disappeared.
Zane picks up a photograph of young Dyer and another boy. Mrs. Dyer says that's one of his friends, but cannot remember his name. She begs Zane and the others to bring her son home... They thank her and then leave.
Using a silly detective voice, Zane narrates the story so far. Using cliches from classic detective stories, Zane tells a nonexistent audience that he and P.I.X.A.L. are tracking down a lead that will lead them to Milton Dyer.
P.I.X.A.L. approaches Zane and is confused with Zane's sudden change of personality. Zane tells her that he downloaded hundreds of detective movies, and has adopted the same methodology as them in solving mysteries, as everything else he's tried has failed. Annoyed at the silliness of Zane's new attitude, she reveals that she found a lead. Milton Dyer's friend from the photo from his childhood works at Laughy's Karaoke club.
They enter the club, and all eyes are on them. Zane narrating the state of the club and his blunt observations of the people inside cause several men to get angry. One man, who introduces himself as Fugi-Dove's Brother, starts a fight, and Zane and his partner engage with the rest of the people in the club, and a fight breaks out.
With Zane narrating his every move, his opponent is able to gain the advantage on him. When Zane is cornered, P.I.X.A.L. steps in to help him out. Once the fight subsides, the barman reveals that he is the one they are looking for.
He introduces himself as Tony, says that he and Dyer were friends when they were kids. Apparently, Dyer had a spot he often went when he needed inspiration he called "Videogame City," inside a pizzeria called Buddy's Pizza.
Buddy's got shut down after the City's "videogame prohibition," that started after the disappearances of the children playing Prime Empire. Zane and P.I.X.A.L. go inside and find nothing out of the ordinary, until the Mechanic arrives and pins them down. Zane is knocked into an arcade cabinet where he short-circuits and blacks out, and P.I.X.A.L. is knocked out cold. When she wakes up, she realizes theMechanic captured Zane.
Zane wakes up in the Mechanic's warehouse chained up in a chair and blindfolded, shorty before a henchman removes the blindfold. The Mechanic reveals his goal: creating the Manifestation Gate that allows Unagami to enter the real world. Zane points out that the energy required to transport the game information into the real world would have to be massive, to which the Mechanic points out that that's why so many kids get trapped in the game, so their energy can be harvested to be used to fuel the portal.
To finish their preparations, all the Mechanic needs left is the Prime Empire motherboard, which Zane says he destroyed. In order to goad him into telling the truth, the Mechanic reveals to have captured Master Wu.
After having threatened to hurt him, Zane breaks and reveals that he hid the motherboard in his chest. The Mechanic takes it and inserts it into the Manifestation Gate, powering it up.
The Mechanic reveals that the last thing he needs... is Zane. Using his power source, he is going to hook him up to the gate and channel his energy to stabilize the gate. Zane objects, pointing out this could destroy him, but the Mechanic is apathetic.
The henchmen drag Zane to the gate and chain him up. The Mechanic plugs him into the mechanism and lights it up, causing his power to be sapped. P.I.X.A.L. arrives and attempts to deal with the henchmen, but it is too late, and the gate is opened...
The gate has been opened, and Prime Empire enemies begin to pour out of the portal. Zane continues to struggle in his chains as he is used to power the portal. Seeing this, P.I.X.A.L. helps him out, when Jay arrives on a blue dragon. Zane is unhooked, and recovers. He notices that Jay isn't with the rest of the Ninja, and he is told that the four of them have been turned into energy cubes used to fuel the gate.
Jay begins rambling on about what to do next, and makes a plan to get Unagami and Dyer to reconcile. He reveals that Unagami isn't necessarily evil, but confused. Dyer, who P.I.X.A.L. brought with her, reveals he had no idea Unagami was alive, and made a mistake shutting the game down. Jay forms a plan, and orders the others to get Dyer to the top of Borg Tower, while he lures Unagami there.
Unagami, who has taken the form of a massive dragon, scours the city searching for his creator, as he and the other video game characters wreak havoc on the City. Jay finds him, and chases him to the tower. Meanwhile, Zane, the others, and Dyer make their way there as well.
Having reached the top of the tower, they find Jay and Unagami already there. Jay has confronted him, and tries to convince him that being angry is of no use. Dyer interrupts and attempts to reason with his creation.
He reveals why he abandoned Unagami, and tells him he was not made to instill fear and suffering, but joy. Revealing his true form, as a young boy, Unagami reminds his creator that he abandoned him. Dyer says he was scared of what he created, panicked, and shut the game down at the orders of Vast Industries.
He apologizes to Unagami, and hopes to make amends, to bring him home. Unagami returns to his child form, and releases all of the players that he took from gate, as well as returning the players who choose to back to the game.
All of the lost players return from the gate, including the rest of the Ninja. Zane, Jay, Wu, and P.I.X.A.L. reunite with their friends, and Cole asks where Unagami is. Jay then replies by saying that he's where he belongs: home.
Weeks after the battle with Unagami, the Ninja are cleaning up the Monastery after being gone for so long. Zane is assisting P.I.X.A.L. with fixing the sentry cannons.
The Mailman soon arrives and delivers an invitation to the Ninja. The invitation is to the Ivory City of Shintaro, which Zane points out are exceedingly rare. The city is the most beautiful city in the world, and the people there have wings. The King Vangelis invites the Ninja to his city to celebrate his daughter Vania's birthday.
Zane points out that little is known about the Kingdom of Shintaro, except that up until recently, it was still considered mythical.
The Ninja board the Bounty and fly through the beautiful Mountains of Shintaro. Zane says that his optic circuits can't even convey the grandeur of the moment. While admiring the view, the Ninja are suddenly attacked by a vicious species of bat called Dire Bats.
The bats wreck havoc on the ship, which causes its sails to fall, and the Bounty goes lopsided. The heroes prepare for impact when the Bounty suddenly starts floating again. To their amazement, the ship is being supported by the Winged Guards of Shintaro.
The Ninja are greeted by Hailmar, the right hand of King Vangelis, who welcomes them to the Kingdom of Shintaro. He explains that the Bats are the reason why people rarely visit the city. As they pass the mountains, the heroes come into full view of the beautiful Ivory City.
The Ninja are astounded by the beauty of the city and are taken by Hailmar to the throne room where they meet King Vangelis. The King welcomes them and introduces the royal Princess Vania. It was her idea to invite the Ninja, as she is a big fan of them. She asks them all sorts of questions about their adventures and takes an interest in Cole.
Vangelis takes the heroes to their quarters, where they will sleep for the night to prepare for the party tomorrow.
Late at night, Cole assembles the Ninja in the 47th-floor lobby. Cole explains to the groggy Ninja that he saw a creature in his bedroom, and it disappeared. The weirdest part was that the creature was holding his mother's necklace.
The Ninja are skeptical and believe that Cole may have dreamed the scenario up. Without any proper evidence to convince them, the Ninja are convinced that Cole made it up. Wu suggests that he goes back to sleep, and the seven of them can discuss it in the morning. The other Ninja return to bed, with Cole still feeling troubled.
Zane and the other Ninja are strolling through the magnificent gardens, and realize that Cole is missing.
Suddenly, Princess Vania appears from out of a tunnel in a frenzy, telling the Ninja that she went into the Dungeons with Cole and found something terrible. There's an underground mine filled with little creatures forced to mine by black skeletons. Cole stayed behind to rescue them and told her to get help.
The seven of them go to tell King Vangelis, and he is angry at his daughter for disobeying his orders, endangering their guests. He says that he'll send his guards down at once to find Cole, but he will not allow the Ninja to go. The Ninja realize that the creature that Cole saw in his bedroom was real all along.
The Ninja leave the throne room and make secret plans to enter the dungeons behind the King's orders. Vania agrees to show them the way into the dungeons, and she leads the way back to the garden.
Wu agrees to stay behind with Vania, feeling as though he'll slow the rest of them down. The Ninja enter the cave and find that Vania was telling the truth. Zane detects simple weapons and crude fortifications from the skeletons, and the others suggest that they bust up the bags of bones, and rescue Cole nice and quickly.
They all agree, and steal the keys to Cole's cage, and free him at last. In order to delay their capture, Zane blocks an entrance off for the skeletons with his shuriken. Cole tells them to keep the volume down, as there's a winged masked man who lives in the temple in the center.
The two tribes of creatures that live in the dungeons, the Geckles and Munce, start to quarrel with each other, causing a ruckus. This alerts the Awakened Warriors, who begin to attack the Ninja. Lloyd orders Jay and Nya to take our the warriors, while the rest of them run away. Zane and the others are in shock, watching the Geckles and Munce call each other "blade stealers." Meanwhile, the Ninja find that the Awakened Warriors go down without much trouble.
While trying to defend themselves, Zane realizes that his Elemental Powers are no use in the dungeons.
All the commotion causes the masked man to exit his temple. The man reveals himself as the Skull Sorcerer, a masked man in a black gown with wings, wielding a glowing green skull. The Skull Sorcerer uses the green skull in his hands to awaken the black skeletons around him, overwhelming the Ninja, leading to their defeat and eventual capture.
Zane and the other Ninja are put to work by the Awakened Warriors, forced to mine heaping amounts of Vengestone, which explains their inability to use their powers.
After causing a ruckus, they are locked up in a cage with several Geckles. When one Geckle picks a fight with an approaching Munce, the Ninja begin to wonder where their feud started.
The Geckle explains that long ago, a hero named Gilly (who the Munce argues was named "Milly,") entered the mountain with two blades to defend the Geckles and Munce from a terrible dragon known as Grief-Bringer (who the Munce argues was called "Mief-Bringer.") After defeating the dragon, "Gilly" left behind her blades as gifts to the Geckles and Munce— leaving the Ivory Blade of Deliverance to the Geckles, and the Shadow Blade of Deliverance to the Munce.
The two tribe's feud started when the Munce apparently stole their blade, however, the Munce argues that the Geckles were the ones that stole the blade. The Ninja come to the conclusion that it was actually the Skull Sorcerer who stole both blades, in order to get control over both tribes. While the tribes fight over themselves, they can't fight the Skull Sorcerer.
Lloyd puts together a plan to get the two tribes to make a truce so they can all break out. Word is passed around through Geckles and Munce about a secret meeting after lunch, and when the time comes, they discuss retrieving both Blades by defeating the Skull Sorcerer.
Later, the Ninja break out of their cages by getting a Mino to eat through their chains. The Ninja split up, while Cole and Lloyd attempt to find the two blades, Zane and the others go about releasing the remaining Geckles and Munce. A few minutes later, chaos ensues, as Cole and Lloyd are chased away by the Skull Sorcerer.
In the commotion, the Ninja are split up so that Jay, Nya, and Lloyd go one path, while Zane and Kai go down another. Cole is further separated from the group as he is chased by the Skull Sorcerer.
Zane and Kai walk for over an hour in the caves after being separated from the other Ninja. On one of their several loops around, noticing the same rock over and over again, a group of three Geckles arrive singing a song retelling the story of "Gilly" liberating them from the terrible dragon and gifting them the Ivory Blade of Deliverance.
One of the Geckles spills Moss Milk onto Kai, which reveals their location to them. The Geckles mistake them for Awakened Warriors and take the two of them to the Geckle Strong-Cave to meet with Chancellor Gulch.
Zane and Kai meet the Geckle's Chancellor, who decides to test whether the two Ninja are truly skeletons or not through a trial by Mino. Kai and Zane are then dropped down below the Geckles Court into a dungeon where they are forced to fight a Mino.
Unable to use both their Elemental Powers and Spinjitzu against the beast, Zane deduces that the Mino is not angry by nature, and takes off its uncomfortable armor to calm it down, defeating it.
Gulch declares the two of them "not skeletons," and notices that the two of them are Elemental Masters, similar to the legendary Gilly. Gulch asks them if they know Gilly, but they do not. Gulch then decides to promote Kai to Chancellor Red Ninja, Who is Not a Skeleton. Kai's first real motion as Chancellor is to learn the origins of the Skull Sorcerer.
Gulch takes the two Ninja to the Geckles' Story Cave, where he reiterates the story of Gilly freeing them from the dragon, and the Munce stealing their Blade. He then goes on to say that the story of the Skull Sorcerer began with three adventures who ventured into the old tunnels where Geckles are forbidden. They awoke an ancient evil from the "old world," that being the Skull of Haza 'Dur, and the Skull Sorcerer rose with his army of re-awakened warriors. He then forced the Geckles and Munce to be put to work mining Vengestone.
Zane and Kai realize that the Skul Sorcerer is the Geckles and Munce's common enemy, and as Kai's next act as Chancellor, he motions that the Geckles and Munce work together to stop this great evil— although it might take some convincing.
The Geckles argue over whether the Munce are to be trusted, and so the former Chancellor proposes a "matter by slug," to decide whether to trust the new Munce Queen.
The slug race starts, the rule is if the Ninjas' slug wins, the Munce can be trusted, if not, they ambush them. In the middle of the race, a Geckle named Gleck approaches Kai and Zane. He reveals that he believes them, that the Munce are not their enemies. While talking, Kai notices Gleck's necklace and realizes that he is the same Geckle that Cole saw in his room the other day. Looking inside the necklace, the Ninja find pictures of Cole's parents, Lou, and his mother Lilly. Realizing that the legendary "Gilly" is actually Lilly, Kai tells Gleck that she, unfortunately, passed away a little while ago, however, they promise that they will help them, and stop the Skull Sorcerer.
The Ninja return to the slug race and Zane uses his powers to cheat in the race to get their slug to win. The Geckles are in agreement, and the meeting is on.
On the way to the meeting, Zane and Kai are fitted with gold armor over their Ninja suits as a precaution in case the Munce try to ambush them. Finally, they arrive at the meeting spot and discover that the new Munce Queen is none other than Nya, who is accompanied by Jay and Lloyd. The Ninja finally reunite and are hopeful for the Skull Sorcerer's defeat.
Suddenly, they are all attacked by the fearsome dragon known as Grief-Bringer, resurrected by the Skull Sorcerer. Nya Kai and Jay lead the Geckles and Munce to safety, while Lloyd and Zane keep the dragon back.
They manage to knock it over, only for it to get back up. The two Ninja quickly run away, followed by the Skull Sorcerer and his army. Kai and Zane make it over a lava pit and reconvene with the others, while the Skull Sorcerer watches them flee, saying that grief is coming for them.
Zane, the Ninja, and the Munce and Geckles continue to run for their lives from Grief-Bringer and the Skull Sorcerer's army. They soon approach the Geckle Strong-Cave, where the former Chancellor agrees to temporarily let the Munce in. Once inside, the dragon and army of skeletons are fast approaching, and the door is stuck.
In order to slow them down, Kai, Jay, Zane, and Lloyd defend the Strong-Cave. The door is finally shut, and the four Ninja make it back inside.
Now that they are safe for now, the Geckles and Munce are still at odds. From outside the door, the Skull Sorcerer promises to spare the two tribe's lives if they hand over the Ninja— both of them decline the offer, and Grief-Bringer continues its attack on the cave.
After realizing that their hope to escape is futile and that their common enemy is the Skull Sorcerer, the Geckles and Munce put aside their differences and agree to a truce.
Grief-Bringer manages to break through the cave door and prepares to attack, but Lloyd stops them, saying that the Ninja will surrender, so long as the Skull Sorcerer no longer forces the Geckles and Munce to do his work. The Skull Sorcerer agrees, and the Ninja are taken by the skeletons. Unfortunately, the Sorcerer lied, and the Geckles and Munce are surrounded by the Awakened Warriors...
The Geckles and Munce are now put back to work, and the five Ninja are locked in a cage... The Skull Sorcerer comes to them and tells them that he will make an example of them, and use Grief-Bringer to end them. The Ninja are confident that Cole will return with King Vangelis and put a stop to him, but the Skull Sorcerer reveals that he is King Vangelis and that he cast Cole, Vania, and Wu down the mountain to their doom.
The Ninja mourn the loss of their friend and their Master, and the Skull Sorcerer prepares to release Grief-Bringer from his cage. All of a sudden, the Geckles and Munce are freed from their chains, as Cole and Wu have returned with four new allies: The Upply.
Plundar and Adam of the Upply arrive and break the Ninja out of their cage. The five of them join the Geckles and Munce against their fight with the Awakened Warriors, meanwhile, Cole is in a duel with the Skull Sorcerer, using the two Blades of Deliverance that once belonged to his mother.
Grief-Bringer is released from its cage and begins to fight against the Ninja, Geckles, and Munce. While Cole continues to battle the Skull Sorcerer, Princess Vania arrives with the entire Shintaro Army to help against the Awakened Warriors.
While fighting the Sorcerer, Cole unlocks the Spinjitzu Burst, a power his mother used to defeat Grief-Bringer long ago, and destroys the Skull of Hazza D'ur, causing King Vangelis to lose his powers. The Shintaro fleet apprehends Vangelis, and he is taken away.
Much later, all of the Geckles and Munce, as well as the Ninja and the Upply, gather in the Kingdom of Shintaro to celebrate Princes Vania being crowned Queen of Shintaro. She promises to uphold the laws of the land, and protect the people of the above, and below.
Now it is time for the Ninja to say their goodbyes. They board the Bounty and head off for home— However, Wu says that he wishes to continue onward to another adventure. When asked where they will go next, he says wherever the wind takes them.
Usually seen in white clothing, Zane's Titanium form has silver hair in a tall flat-top/crew cut hairstyle with no sideburns, and sharp eyebrows. He has glowing blue eyes and is usually seen with straight-faced expression, reflective of his robotic nature. His cloaked form has white hair, the normal yellow skin of a LEGO character, and bright blue eyes. He has not used his cloaked form, since March of the Oni.
While as the Ice Emperor, Zane's metallic skin is mostly ice blue, with a pale face-plate. This change was due to his prolonged usage of the staff containing the Forbidden Scroll that was frozen to his hand. His eyebrows were covered in frost, and he wore white samurai armor covered in ice. After regaining his memories, he discards the mask and armor, returning him to his previous appearance.
In "Ninjago Confidential," Zane wears a grey fedora and a light grey trench coat over his gi, dressed as a detective.
Having been rebuilt with titanium, Zane's skin is a shining metallic substance with lines running through his jawline and cheeks. He had a scratch on the right of his forehead, though it is gone from Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu onward. His eyebrows and the lines on his face somewhat changed for Tales from the Monastery, resembling his minifigure face print more (though he still lacked his minifigure's zigzagged eyebrow edges), but as of Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu, his eyebrows reverted to their previous design and the lines on his face changed once again. Using some kind of cloak feature, he often switches into a more human-like form, with white hair, usually while on active Ninja duty.
Prior to Sons of Garmadon, he had a flat-top hairstyle with sideburns and no forehead scratch, as well as a light blue visor that appeared over his eyes when he wore his mask (and his parka hood in "Peak-a-Boo"). His skin became less reflective starting with The Hands of Time, possibly indicating he has worn over time. However, as of Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu, his skin is more reflective again, indicating this may have also been due to the animation change in The Hands of Time. Before being destroyed in his encounter with the Golden Master at the end of Rebooted, he had blond hair, normal human skin, and black eyes. At various points, half of his face would come off, revealing a more robotic look underneath.
He had a control panel in his chest which he could open up, containing switches for vision, audio, voice, power, memory, and humor—he also had a set of switches in his arm. In Season 3 ("The Art of the Silent Fist"), his power source is found in his chest. Between seasons 1 and 3 his interior was upgraded, possibly as a result of the damage done to him in "Day of the Great Devourer." It appears differently from its original design, with his power source visible and located where his heart would be. The updated design was continued over to his titanium form, albeit now two-dimensional, and the power source design also appeared on his back in his first titanium design.
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From the perspective of the realm of Ninjago, Zane was created by Dr. Julien over 40 years ago, and thus, is by far the oldest of his fellow Ninja. With the addition of around 60 years during his time in the Never-Realm's past, he is much, much older than his friends. Due to his robotic nature, he does not physically age. He is designed to have the appearance of a young man in his late teens.
Possible Estimations: At the time of Skybound, his new Titanium body was said to be at most 2 years old. As of the Sons of Garmadon's year time-skip, it was maybe around 3 years at most. With his additional time in the Never-Realm, his body has aged even further, due to being sent into the past and living out several decades until he was recovered by the Ninja in the present. As a result of the decades in the Never-Realm, Zane is over 100 years chronologically but his new body is around 60.
- Main article: Zane (Relationships)
When he is introduced, Zane is undoubtedly the most serious and reserved of the Ninja, as he had no sense of humor and didn't understand the way his fellow Ninja socialize. He has little understanding of humor or even basic social conventions (as seen when he walked into the bathroom, despite Cole being on the toilet). It's inferred from the Pilot Episodes that Jay was teaching/informing Zane about humor. He also has a strong bond with Master Wu, being the most polite and respectful towards him and finding a sort of paternal presence in him; the two share moments of quiet while the other Ninja goof off in a way he can't connect with, or when the Ninja are with family and he has none. The other Ninja are occasionally wary of his strange habits, but they quickly learn to accept him for it, even relying on it, like with the Falcon in Season 1.
Initially, Zane was melancholy over his inability to remember his parentage or where he came from. He eventually accepted the Ninja as his family and that their home was his home, but he never truly gave up on finding details of his past. Upon learning his origins, he was briefly struck by shock and depression, only to overcome his feelings and accept his robotic nature when he restored his memories. When he eventually reunited with his father/creator, Dr. Julien, he readily accepted him as his father figure.
Zane is quick to form strong attachments, the most attached to the idea of his fellow Ninja as his "brothers" and finding a deep kinship with the Falcon and companionship with P.I.X.A.L. minutes after meeting them. He has been known to take heavy risks on impulse for the people he loves, even if, in the case of P.I.X.A.L., there is no evidence he should trust them yet. On many matters, Zane's weirdness and people's tendency to ridicule him are a result of his tendency to care deeply in a way others wouldn't—a food fight and a mockery of his pink apron drove him to run off, meeting a fellow android had him falling for her hard and refusing, even before he knew her, to reconcile with her being evil or to leave her behind as an enemy. Zane is often inclined to speak more honestly about emotions that others would tend to mask, like grief or confusion.
After rebuilding himself as the Titanium Ninja, Zane has become even more accepting of his own robotic traits. He considers himself in some ways a new person—which allowed him to unlock his Elemental Dragon. After this change, Zane is more willing to joke at others' expense, cockier, and his sense of humor has been known to be bitingly sarcastic, though his core values and programming remain intact. However, since the beginning he has struggled to understand figures of speech, relying on his friends to explain every so often. Sometimes, he will still interpret the phrases incorrectly.
Zane is a very intelligent Nindroid, with a vast array of knowledge at his disposal, a gift for cooking, and a knack for statistics. It can be inferred from the Season 8 and the Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu that Zane continues to upgrade parts of himself. His companion P.I.X.A.L. was a part of his artificial intelligence from Seasons 4 to 7, in which he had her company everywhere he goes. However, he ended up being too dependent on her for analysis. His pattern of speech also displays his intelligence. He is formal and has a bigger vocabulary than the others.
Zane learns more quickly than the other Ninja, as shown to be the first to find his True Potential, getting the only compliment from Cole's father on his dancing, and learning to use the chain gun easily in the Realm of Oni and Dragons. It is also shown in Season 1 and 2 that he has the most endurance and can breathe underwater and in space, which makes sense for a robot.
Being stranded in the Never-Realm caused Zane to become despondent, as he had no way to escape and was alone. During his message in the Titan Mech, he identifies himself as Dr. Julien's son, voiced his happiness in his time with his friends who he saw as family. He also voiced his love for his companion P.I.X.A.L., should he not return.
His values comes from the phrase, "You were made to protect those who cannot protect themselves," which was first stated by Dr. Julien. He has stayed true to this in a variety of situations, like against the Digital Overlord, and on Chen's Island. He is also typically supportive of his friends. It was this phrase that allowed him to regain his memory after he became the Ice Emperor.
Weapons and Abilities
Zane's affinity for Ice allows him to freeze objects to varying degrees and perform a chilly Spinjitzu attack. He generally prefers Shurikens in battle, especially the Shurikens of Ice. He has also wielded a katana, a spear, and a flail at times, and eventually gains an Elemental Blade that channels his Ice powers. Zane also gets access to the Titanium Dragon, an ability that can only be conquered when he faces his fears and doubts.
As a Nindroid, Zane has increased stamina and durability compared to his organic comrades. He can store data and calculate courses of action through a panel on his wrist. He has a strong bond with the Falcon, and eventually learned how to see through its eyes for scouting areas or compensating for when his own eyes are unusable. He can survive without oxygen, allowing him to be in outer space without a space suit.
Zane was powerful but was weaker in comparison to the stronger new Nindroids like Cryptor. Zane was often called an "out dated relic" because he is relatively older than them.
However, his new upgraded body is more stronger and allows him to overpower the Nindroids, something he made clear in a brawl with one. This was seen again when he fought against the undead Cryptor, easily holding his own. He has a new ability that he gains with his new upgraded body is in between the seventh and eighth seasons is using a holographic cloak to disguise himself as others. Other abilities include a hidden shuriken drill in his arm, Explosive Shurikens, and creating holographic projections from his eyes.
See also Androids § Abilities.
Because of his training with Wu, Zane is a skilled fighter and is able to take on multiple opponents with his Spinjitzu.
Zane is also skilled in Airjitzu.
Zane appears to have a premonition ability, as he has visions that later come true. The best examples are when he saw the Titanium Dragon, Aspheera, Boreal, and future glimpses of himself as the Ice Emperor in his dreams.
Along with his fighting skills, Zane is very intelligent and skilled in the art of tactics. This is best seen as when he was confronted by Nadakhan, he deduced the latter met Jay and was careful in his wishes until the Djinn found a loophole. Nadakhan voiced that Zane put up a better challenge than most of the Ninja. When faced with Cryptor, he feigned surrender and his act allowed his clone to fall victim to his own weapon.
Zane's abilities are further enhanced with the staff holding one of the Scrolls of Forbidden Spinjitzu. With the staff, he was able to freeze Aspheera in a large block of ice. He also used it to corrupt or create Blizzard Samurai and a dragon called Boreal. For decades, he used the staff to subjugate the entire Never-Realm into an eternal winter. Using its power, he was able to defeat an Ice Bird. He has great mastery with the weapon, as he stopped midway in freezing Grimfax. He easily blasted Lloyd into an unconscious state with no effort whatsoever. In their final battle, Zane dominated Lloyd and froze him halfway.
Zane has owned a variety of different vehicles in his Ninja history.
- Ice Dragon
- Titanium Dragon
- Zane's Bike
- Titanium Ninja Tumbler
- Zane's Titan Mech
- According to show creator Tommy Andreasen, Zane's surname may be "Julien" like his father, but it is unconfirmed.
- He was the first Ninja to reach his True Potential.
- Zane has a sixth sense, which has manifested in clairvoyance and an uncanny ability to sense what others cannot. He also was able to communicate with the Falcon and detect its presence, though this may be related to their similar origins.
- His sixth sense could be attributed to his robotic nature.
- He is the only NRG Ninja released in a set at a later date than the rest of the Ninja.
- Zane appears to have a fear of living food, as shown in the episode "All of Nothing.”
- His greatest fear is him losing his humanity, as shown in "The Explorers Club."
- After his supposed death, Zane came back as the Titanium Ninja. This is how Cyrus Borg referred to him as at his funeral, and how he was represented in the memorial statue made by the inventor.
- Zane is the only one out of the original four Ninja who unlocked his True Potential not while obtaining a Fangblade.
- At Zane's funeral, Cyrus had said that he was a perfect balance between humans and technology.
- Season 8 gave an explanation of how Zane got his powers. It is told through a flashback in "Snake Jaguar" that the previous Master of Ice stayed at Dr. Julien's for a while, and took a great interest in Zane. When the Master of Ice left, Zane acted "stranger than usual," implying that the Master of Ice gave his powers to Zane.
- Dan and Kevin Hageman have revealed that this explanation is borrowed from a fan's idea.
- This may be the reason why Zane has such a cool, calm, and collected personality. This also indicates that Zane may have had a somewhat different personality before the event occurred.
- However, it's currently unknown what kind of personality Zane had before he met the previous Master of Ice.
- There is another version of him called Echo Zane. He was created by Dr. Julien to replace Zane after he was left in the Lighthouse Prison. Echo Zane aided Nya and Jay in defending Dr. Julien's former home tower from Nadakhan. He is rusty and falls apart easily.
- He is the first Ninja to use Spinjitzu after he learned Airjitzu (in "Grave Danger").
- Since Jay's wish in "The Way Back" brought the Ninja back in time to before Zane met Echo Zane, he has presumably no memory of meeting him or knowledge of his existence.
- It is possible Zane may have residual memories like Lloyd, Jay, and Nya.
- In Ninjago: Decoded, Nya downloaded the events of Skybound onto Zane's memory drive, so it is possible that he remembers the events of Skybound.
- He could have also been the one to have the mural of the Sky Pirates and Nadakhan painted in the Monastery of Spinjitzu.
- Zane and the other Ninja (except Nya) can only harness their elemental powers by being dependent on Lloyd. This is due to Lloyd splitting his Golden Power between them to restore their powers.
- However, as of Season 8, this connection has most likely faded away, as confirmed by Tommy Andreasen in an interview with Zane's voice actor Brent Miller.
- The name of Zane's actor in the non-canon blooper reel is "Zane Roberts."
- After becoming the Titanium Ninja, Zane is shown to have a few strengths; however, he also has many weaknesses. These include problems with his voice if getting hit too hard on the head, getting hacked, getting knocked unconscious easily, and being able to be shocked due to titanium being a metal, which is a conductor of electricity.
- Zane is somehow capable of keeping his shurikens hidden in him.
- Zane went undercover as "Snake Jaguar" in Season 8 to infiltrate the Sons of Garmadon.
- P.I.X.A.L. officially left his head in Season 7 after being rebooted, and she has rejoined the team as Samurai X.
- Zane's name changed in early concepts of the series. Some of these names were was Ren, Boon, and Whitman.
- Additionally, in preliminary concepts of Zane, he was supposed to be a "rad snowboarder" type of character, and voice actor Brent Miller was told to do a chill and laid back voice for him. His performance, in the end, inspired the Hageman Brothers to then change his character to a droid to fit his monotonous voice and straight-cut military hair.
- Zane started to use a cloak feature to make himself look like a human again in Sons of Garmadon. However, he stopped using it after March of the Oni. The reason for this is unknown.
- In the Season 7 set 70624 Vermillion Invader, Zane has a scratch on his head despite the scratch not appearing in the show until Season 8. Strangely, his minifigure in Season 8 and onward does not use this head print and instead uses a new, less accurate print to represent his titanium face design.
- This new head print appeared in Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu and March of the Oni, with his face being redesigned to be more accurate to the minifigure, though still he did not have his minifigure's zigzagged eyebrow edges, but it was changed again in Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu. His original eyebrows returned and the lines through his jawline and cheeks changed a bit. See the Appearance section for more details.
- He gained new abilities between seasons 7 and 8.
- He is the second Ninja to be an antagonist, the first is Lloyd in Season 1: Rise of the Snakes, prior to being a Ninja, and Season 5: Possession, through Morro's possession.
- This, therefore, made him the second student of Wu to be an antagonist, the first being Morro.
- He was also the first Ninja to be manipulated into becoming an antagonist.
- Before it was revealed that the Ice Emperor was Zane, there were subtle hints to his true identity.
- The bottom linings of the Ice Emperor's eyebrows are identical to Zane's eyebrows in sets, as of Season 8. His hands are blue and his arms are white, which is also identical to Zane's, as seen in "The Never-Realm." He also has glowing eyes like Zane.
- During Vex's meeting with the Formlings, he stated that he discovered the power of Ice was strong. It was worth noting that Zane has power over Ice.
- The Scepter was the Naginata for the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu, which was still in Zane's possession.
- When Vex tells him about the green-outfitted stranger, he pauses for a moment and appears perplexed, almost as if he knew the stranger was Lloyd.
- Aspheera banished Zane into the past of the Never-Realm, where he stayed for around 60 years as the Ice Emperor before he was brought back to normal and taken back to Ninjago. Combined with his age before being sent back, this would technically make Zane around 100 years old.
- In the sets, his Ice Emperor armor and helmet are white, while in the show his armor and helmet are gray.
- Zane is the only Ninja who has changed his hair color three times. His hair was blond from the pilot to the end of Season 3. It changed to silver to match his new titanium form in Season 4. In Season 8, his cloaked appearance has white hair.
- His Ice Emperor mask in the show closely resembles General Kozu's mask, but his mask is shorter and is printed on to his transparent blue head in the sets.
- According to the Visual Dictionary New Edition, when he arrived in the Never-Realm, he made the realm's winter harsher, colder, and eternal.
- He is known to have been responsible for at least one genocide, as the Blizzard Samurai killed all of the Yeti aside from Krag.
- He is the sixth villain that knows how to do Spinjitzu. The other five being Garmadon, The Overlord, Wu, Doubloon, and Aspheera.
- Zane was thought to be dead thrice: those episodes being "The Titanium Ninja," "Big Trouble, Little Ninjago," and "Vengeance is Mine!"
- He is the third character overall to announce the title card at the beginning of an episode, with him reading the Ninjago: Decoded title cards.
- Ironically, he is also the third villain of Season 11 to announce the title card at the beginning of an episode, with him announcing "Once and for All" as the Ice Emperor.
- Despite rejoining the cast for Season 4: The Tournament of Elements, the intro doesn't get updated. This is because he's been separated from the Ninja.
- He and Kai are currently the only Ninja to have their Golden Techno Robe variant as a physical minifigure.
- The Golden Techno Robe Zane figure is in the 40374 Golden Zane Minifigure Accessory Set.
- He is the fourth villain to know Airjitzu, the first three were Morro, Cryptor, and Master Yang.
- However, Cryptor is just another copy of Zane and should know everything Zane knew before his cloning.
- He is the third villain to have a dragon. The first two being The Overlord with the Nindroid MechDragon and Morro with the Morro Dragon.
- He is unable to enter Prime Empire due to the possibilities of the game overloading his and P.I.X.A.L.'s code.
- Zane does not have an avatar.
- Zane has been corrupted twice, once by Dark Matter and once by the Scroll of Forbidden Spinjitzu.
- Zane's pink gi from "Can of Worms" appears in physical form in 71708 Gamer's Market, as Avatar Pink Zane, nearly eight years after the episode aired.
- He is the only one of the six Ninja to be given their power by someone else as all of the other Ninja inherited their Elemental Powers.
- According to Tommy Andreasen, Zane typically uses his robotic form in private settings and saves his human form when he is on missions.
- His original 2015 LEGO.com description referred to him as "Zane (Frosty)", likely referencing when Cole used the nickname "Frosty" for him in "Home."
- Main article: Zane/Gallery
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Tick Tock"
- ↑ "Snake Jaguar"
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/860197749295370240
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1178589617555202048
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/873308521177239554
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/873308521177239554
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1303771743102922752
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/779339605929779200
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 https://youtu.be/LCUzfH9eHPk?t=4718 (live-chat)
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/779334593744924672
- ↑ "The Greatest Fear of All"
- ↑ "Day of the Departed"
- ↑ "Versus"
- ↑ "Spy for a Spy"
- ↑ "Spellbound"
- ↑ "The Crooked Path"
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20150121065731/http://www.lego.com/en-us/ninjago/characters/zane-8b7e2b690e0c495a970191b2b6605384
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20150125065142/http://www.lego.com/en-us/ninjago/characters/zane-8b7e2b690e0c495a970191b2b6605384
- ↑ https://web.archive.org/web/20150710130314/http://www.lego.com:80/en-us/ninjago/characters/zane-8b7e2b690e0c495a970191b2b6605384
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/932685682165866496
- ↑ https://youtu.be/BkTxO4MzClY?t=105
- ↑ https://twitter.com/tommyandreasen/status/1263581415502827525
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/771627851665645568
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYKLjpB6tUuE3JSd6qbdWMA
- ↑ https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1276205249351598081