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“Greetings, friend. If you have found this recording, then I am no longer here. My name is Zane. I'm a stranger in this land, trying to find my way home. It's difficult to keep track of the days in this place. It feels like I've been here a long time. But I refuse to give up hope. I am attempting to repair the mech. Unfortunately, the processing unit is damaged. In order to fix it, I must connect myself to the mech and run a system diagnostic. If anything were to interrupt the diagnostic, it could cause my operating system to reboot. 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, recording his final message before his memory wipe
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 First Realm 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.
When the Oni finally invade, Zane and the rest of the Ninja fight to defend their home. Zane, the rest of the Ninja, Wu, and Garmadon use the Tornado of Creation to defeat the Oni.
Several months later, Zane began having dreams foreshadowing an invasion of Pyro Vipers and Blizzard Samurai. Following these dreams, the Ninja would accidentally release Aspheera and the Pyro Vipers shortly afterwards. Zane would help the Ninja fight the Pyro Vipers the siege at the Monastery where he used Forbidden Spinjitzu to defeat Aspheera, only to be banished to 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 the flow of time being different than in Ninjago, 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.
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 night, Zane and his father were visited by an old man, Elemental Master of Ice who they took in for the night. The man took an interest in Zane, after he left them it was said Zane was "acting strangely" after according to Dr. Julien, implying this is when Zane 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 himself to be an orphan. 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 learned 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.
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 they're too strong and the Students run away. Zane and the real Ninja arrive and meet the doppelgangers, and attempt to fight, but they are equally too strong, so there is no winner.
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 parents 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 Grundle, 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 them of the theft.
The Museum Curator explained that the Grundle 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 Grundle.
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 Grundle 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.
Following the battle with the Overlord, the Ninja taught at Master Wu's Academy—which has replaced Darkley's School for Bad Boys—training a new generation of Ninja. Later they are invited by Cyrus Borg for a field trip to Borg Industries' Borg Tower.
As the Ninja arrive in the office of Cyrus Borg, the Ninja were all very happy to meet him. Cyrus shows them to a gift he wanted to give them: an automated statue of himself. It looked like a regular statue, but Cyrus tells Kai that he should protect "them" with his life and to not let anyone know he had them. Walking into the elevator with their gift, they accidentally drop the statue, yet they discover it is hollow and is filled with new suits as well as the Techno Blades. Suddenly a robotic security voice in the elevator says that they should drop the blades. The Ninja refuse, and the elevator drops toward the ground at high speed. The Ninja luckily escape into an elevator going up right next to it and manage to get their new outfits on for battle in their escape from Borg Tower.
When they get down of the tower, Master Wu takes the Techno Blades and says that he wants Zane and Kai on the air. Then, Zane helps Kai to hack a jet with his Techno Blade, making it Kai's Fighter. At the moment they almost get destroyed, Lloyd comes on the Golden Dragon, defeating the robots. As the Ninjas get back into the vehicles and get on the road outside of the city, Overlord spots that Wu is getting away with the Techno Blades so he sends two copters which capture him on the building roof. However before that happened, Wu quickly dropped Techno Blades into Kai's Fighter so the Ninjas could safely get them out of the city, while Wu gets captured by Overlord's forces.
After escaping from New Ninjago City, the Ninja are hid their vehicles. Misako then greets them and shows them to the Monastery, but Zane offers stay behind with the Techno Blades, as Garmadon (whom is now "Master Garmadon,") forbids any weapons in his monastery. While everyone is inside, Zane catches P.I.X.A.L. and ties her up, then returns to the Monastery as the Ninja come out to see what is going on. Zane then uses his Techno Blade to hack P.I.X.A.L.'s systems, freeing her from the Overlord's control. Grateful to Zane for saving her, P.I.X.A.L. tells the Ninja of Master Wu.
Suddenly, P.I.X.A.L. realizes she did not come alone and Nindroids surround the place. Ninjas successfully defeat the Nindroids by trapping them into mill wheel which then roll out. However, Cryptor destroys Ninjas' vehicles. After that, the Ninja decides to split. Jay, Zane, Cole, Kai, and Nya gets an idea to shut down the power in the city to stop virus controlling machines in the land. As night falls, they arrive to the station, but with high guard of Nindroids. They manage to get inside but can't find the way to break the power charge. Outside of power station, Cryptor captures P.I.X.A.L., who climbed to the station to help Ninja. Zane decides to help her, but fails as Cryptor throws his Techno Blade one stage lower. Then Cryptor sends Nindroids inside, Kai remembers Garmadon's lesson of fighting without fighting, so they decide to lure Nindroids to destroy the charge which then explodes and all the power disappears, including P.I.X.A.L. who gets shut down.
The Ninja have gone to Ed & Edna's Scrap N Junk to look for parts that would enable Zane's hover-copter to run on solar power while Nya transfers half of Zane's power source to P.I.X.A.L.. Unbeknownst to the Ninja, Techno Wu arrives via hover-copter and powers General Cryptor, along with a few Nindroid Warriors, using Electrocobrai. After activating a few Nindroids, Min-Droid sneaks and gets access to Ed & Edna's crane. The tiny droid uses the crane and launches the truck at a garbage pile. Kai realizes and quickly informs his friends; the Ninja perform Spinjitzu and get out of the fallen vehicle, But, Zane falls with P.I.X.A.L. on the hard ground. The Nindroid notices that since he has given half of his heart, he can't finish his task. Then, Cryptor attacks him and P.I.X.A.L., but Zane uses his Techno Blade as a shield. The Ninja of Ice soon gets captured by the Nindroids. The enemies threaten to push Zane into a shredding machine. But P.I.X.A.L. leaps into the air, and saves Zane. Now, the Ninja assists Kai. However, Wu traps the Ninja in a corner, but Zane and P.I.X.A.L. come with a magnified vehicle and pick up Wu since he is now part metal. The Ninja are excited, but quickly ends when a Stranger frees Wu and flies away with their via hover-copter. However, the Stranger leaves a scale behind. Nya decides to give Lloyd and Garmadon a message.
The Hover-copter was eventually converted to solar power, the Ninja returned to New Ninjago City with Nya and P.I.X.A.L. There, they reunited with Borg and explained their suspicions as to who stole the hard-drive containing the Overlord.
They eventually came across the Stone Army Tomb, only to find the seal had been opened. Upon confronting Skales, they learned that the Serpentine had reformed and the Snake King even had a son. The Ninja and Nya were lead to a campfire where Acidicus told them of the Curse of the Golden Master, and how they believed it was referring to Lloyd. While the Ninja discussed the curse, Nya expressed her confusion that if the Serpentine didn't take the hard-drive, someone else is the culprit.
Both questions had to be put on hold though, as Nindroids suddenly attacked the place, and Kai ordered the other Ninja and Nya to protect the Serpentine. The Ninja found out that the Electrocobrai are their power source. Skales tells them at the Curse of the Golden Master is upon them, and says that they would not be able to assist the Ninja because they're choosing to stay out of the conflict. The Ninja then return to the surface.
In the top of the Borg Tower, Borg prepares the device that will lead the Ninjas to the Digiverse, a digital world where they will be able to gain access to the Tower's central computer and fight the Overlord directly. When Jay points out that the hard drive is still missing, Borg explains the device will "download" the Ninja themselves, along with the Techno Blades, into the computer where the Overlord dwells. He also explains that this is the only method to succeed, as it will be a matter of time before the Digital Overlord fully drains Lloyd's power. Although apprehensive, the Ninjas are "downloaded" successfully, and they wake up in the Digiverse. In no time, they begin mastering the advantages of the digital world, except for Kai. the Ninja begin their trek down toward the Tower's central computer—ironically below the Tower, where the Overlord had been defeated years before. When the Overlord realizes they are close to him, he attempts to immobilize them, but fails due to P.I.X.A.L. electronically interfering from outside. He then turns the digitized New Ninjago City upside down, but the Ninja keep moving with their digitized vehicles. Kai almost died when he tries to jump off the digital Borg Tower because his vehicle disappeared, but gets rescued by Zane. Together, they get to the top—that is, the bottom—of the tower and insert the Techno Blades, only to find the Overlord severed the circuit to the motherboard.
The Ninja are severely beaten by the Overlord as he consumes more of Lloyd's Golden Power, proclaiming his becoming a true "golden master" of the real world and the digital world. Strengthened by Lloyd's proclamations that the Ninja always have each other's strengths to fight together, Zane fights off the Overlord's influence and turns gold as well as the other Ninjas and, using Lloyd's shared power, reroute the circuit to the motherboard and completely destroy the Overlord virus from the system, initiating a reboot.
At the Temple of Light, Lloyd gives up his Golden Power to restore the Ninjas' elemental powers. Later, Wu and Garmadon stay in Borg's office and try to solve a puzzle about a secret code that Zane and P.I.X.A.L. found, named "Project Arcturus." Garmadon mentions that Arcturus was an old Serpentine general that was defeated and named for a star constellation. P.I.X.A.L. detects Nindroid convoy going through a road near where Kai is. When the Fire Ninja gets captured, they call Jay, Cole, and Nya to help them.
Cole, Jay, Zane, and Lloyd discover the secret of Arcturus and head for Ouroboros. When they arrive, the floor opens, revealing the OverBorg's ultimate creation, Codename: Arcturus—a rocket designed to reach Arcturus, the star that contains the lost Golden Weapons.
The Ninja secretly release Kai and board the rocket, preparing to go somewhere they never expected: space!
Shortly after the rocket entered space, Zane and the other Ninja came into contact with Wu, Nya, Garmadon, and P.I.X.A.L. who had returned to Borg Tower and recovered the rocket's blueprints. As Zane was the only one who could survive in space, he left the cargo hold and secured the other Ninja spacesuits. The Ninja then made their way towards the cockpit to take command of the vessel. However before they could reach it, Cryptor dispatched several Nindroids to stop them while he piloted the rocket into the tail of the comet.
When Zane and the other Ninja awoke after the landing, they found themselves on the comet not too far from where Arcturus had landed, though Cryptor had taken the launch key. The Ninja discovered lunar rovers in the cargo hold and they set out crammed in one to find where the Nindroids had gone. They soon arrived in a large cave where the Golden Weapons had landed, though before they could reach the launch key, the Ninja fell under attack by a swarm of alien bugs. The Nindroids used their to their advantage to escape, but Zane and the others pursued, only to arrive at the launch site to find Arcturus destroyed by the bugs, thus stranding them on the comet.
In space, the Ninja despair after repeated failed attempts to escape. However, Lloyd refuses to give up, suggesting that they use their elemental powers and everything around them to restart the ship. Heartened by Lloyd's words, the Ninja repair the ship and use Zane as a power source. Though, Zane gets overheated by the strain, they manage to fly back to Earth—to land safely, the Ninja use a new technique: Elemental Shields.
P.I.X.A.L. uses a motorcycle to catch up with her friends, using her power to land them on their vehicles. As the Ninja reunite with their allies, Cyrus tells them that they should head for the Temple of Fortitude, a place where the Overlord and the fact that Ninja never quit, which frees his friends. He remembers his past, and freezes the Overlord which also killed him and the Golden Master. The Ninja are broken that Zane has passed, and proceed to his funeral. However, it turns out that Zane has uploaded himself into Cyrus Borg’s computer network and built himself a new body out of titanium, with P.I.X.A.L. being the only person to know. He asks her if they are compatible now as she expresses joy at his restoration.
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.
Zane and the Ninja used their Elemental Dragons to capture a Fangfish that had been terrorizing a local village. Upon returning successful to Wu's new tea shop Steep Wisdom, Zane and the others were sent by their Master into Ninjago City to advertise the new store, yet without using their powers. While they obeyed their master at first, after failing to attract anyone Zane decided to use his Elemental Dragon to create a giant teapot out of ice.
Unfortunately, Morro possessed Lloyd's body and the other Ninja lost their elemental abilities. This led to Zane losing his Elemental Dragon. They returned to Wu for answers just as the tea shop fell under attack by the Master of Wind. Zane attempted to use a shuriken to fend him off, but in the end, the Ninja were forced to retreat with Wu and Nya in the Destiny's Bounty.
Morro soon caught up to them using his Elemental Dragon and while the masters of earth and lightning fended him off, Kai and Zane escorted Wu to their quarters for him to make an imprint of the staff's secret message. The ghost ninja crippled the flying vessel however and crashed in the Forest of Tranquility.
The Ninja made camp and Wu told them of his past with Morro. The next morning Misako arrived and discovered that the first symbol means Airjitzu, a martial art created by Master Yang. The Ninja mount wallipers and the Titanium Ninja followed Kai towards Stiix where Ronin was keeping the scroll.
Unfortunately, their head start was lost when Kai lead them away from Stiix rather than towards it. After Zane pointed this out, Jay and Cole elected to follow Zane instead and they soon came across train tracks leading to Stiix.
After nightfall, they came to a train station and stopped, intending to rest. However, they were soon beset by Wrayth on the Chain Cycle and engulfed in a frenzied battle against the ghost menace. Incidentally, he defeated himself when his chain hooked on a nearby water tower and poured its contents onto himself. The Ninja were left stunned by their discovery, but after realizing that a passing train was headed to Stiix, they quickly ran after it.
The Ninja eventually arrived in Stiix and confronted Ronin in his shop. The thief demanded a high price for the scrolls, but due to Kai's horrible negotiating skills, it was raised even higher. To earn money, the Ninja were hired to build a dock and Zane used a shuriken to keep the Strangle Weed off it. Unfortunately, a fly damaged the Titanium Ninja's language database and they ended up accidentally destroying the bridge. With Zane unable to speak, Jay took charge and decided that they should simply steal the scroll.
That night, the Ninja snuck into the pawn shop and located the scroll. Unfortunately, Morro was there as well and the Ninja pursued him through the rooftops of Stiix. Zane however lagged behind and eventually met up with the others, only to discover that Kai had sold all of their shares of the tea farm to Ronin in exchange for an alternative way to learn Airjitzu.
The Ninja went into Yang's Haunted Temple to learn Airjitzu. Zane was no longer talking backwards, but his voice was very loud due to the volume being stuck. He and the others then sneak into the Temple to obtain the Scroll of unlocking the art and did their best to try and make it out of before sunrise. Zane, Kai, and Jay make it before wondering what happened to Cole, who soon appears with the Scroll causing the Ninja to be shocked when he is revealed to have turn into a ghost.
After training Airjitzu, Zane, who now talks in a pirate accent, and the others went to the briefing room, where Misako explained to get the Sword of Sanctuary, they need to go to Cloud Kingdom via climbing the Wailing Alps.
When they arrive on the mountain, the Ninja climbed onto their mechs and donned a coat, which has a communication device. They trekked up the mountain, with P.I.X.A.L. telling Zane a set of footsteps belongs to Morro. When Bansha created an avalanche, Zane allowed Cole to possess his mech, making up for the distance they lost.
At the Hanging Temple, the Ninja fought with the Ninja fought with Morro's allies, with Morro getting away. Once they caught up, the Ninja used Airjitzu to go up the rest of the way. After encouraging Cole to do the same, they went into the Blind Man's Eye, leaving the Ghosts behind.
Upon reaching the gates of Cloud Kingdom, Zane and the other Ninja were greeted by Fenwick. They were then shown inside the writing hall where the Ninja learned that the citizens of Cloud Kingdom were the writers of destiny. It was then that Zane's voice returned to normal as one of the destiny writers had written it so.
Fenwick proceeded to inform the Ninja that Morro sought the Realm Crystal hidden in the tomb to unleash the Preeminent, before ushering them into a building filled with toys to meet the "master writer." They soon discovered it was a trap and they were in fact locked away with Nimbus, a terrifying creature. With Cole's ghost abilities, the Ninja managed to escaped and discovered that Fenwick was actually working for Morro.
The Ninja soon ran into Nobu who informed them where the Sword of Sanctuary was kept, though the Ninja arrived just after Morro claimed the sword. With it in hand, the ghost was able to escape from Cloud Kingdom though after an intense chase down the Wailing Alps, the Ninja emerged victor with the sword in possession.
With all the items gathered, the Ninja knew it was only a matter of time before the ghost make their move and set up booby traps to prepare for them. However, later on, Ronin is forced to take the Sword of Sanctuary to the ghosts in order to pay off his debts; the Ninja try to stop him but accidentally spring their own traps which incapacitates them and allows Ronin to escape. The Ninja later get a message from Ronin telling them they will find Tomb of the First Spinjitzu Master in the Caves of Despair to which they are skeptical but go there anyway. Once there the ninja explore the cave and find Morro's corpse, the cave is soon attacked by Ghoultar, causing the Ninja to realize it was all a trap Morro set up to get rid of them. Ghoultar causes a cave-in to trap the Ninja as P.I.X.A.L. tells Zane of an opening as a geyser. They prepare to go as Cole plugs it with a rock but Zane states he multiplied the danger before the Ninja escape to the opening using Airjitzu. After which the lava erupted out of the geyser, the Ninja escape into a mine cart, resulting in a wild ride around the cave and them defeating Ghoultar before they are saved by R.E.X.
The Ninja board the ship and are contacted by Ronin, who apologizes for taking the Sword before giving the real location of the Tomb. He gave them permission to use R.E.X. to travel stating this was something he needed to do to make up for his theft while saying this will be the last they hear from him. Ronin's coordinates tell the Ninja that the Tomb is really in the ocean, causing them to realize why no one ever found it. The Ninja used Ronin's ship to travel to the Tomb in order to stop Morro and the ghosts once and for all.
Zane goes to the Tomb with the Ninja and while there they face several traps, which they narrowly avoid. When they face an obstacle with a clue, Zane realize its meaning and uses Spinjitzu to solve it which is successful in getting them to area with the golden staff of the First Spinjitzu Master. They try to obtain the staff but after realizing they cannot get it, they dive into a chasm made by their attempts sending them down an ice slide where they find a room of ice mirror. While looking at one, Zane sees his reflection which has him wearing a Master uniform as he realizes they are vision of the "future." The Ninja are soon attacked by Morro who using the Sword of Sanctuary to predict their moves is able to overwhelm them before Kai's quick thinking allow him to immobilize Morro and the Ninja make their way through the area.
With Jay's deduction, they solve the next clue and after digging tirelessly they locate the Tomb with the item they needed—the Realm Crystal. Kneeling in respect of Ninjago's ultimate creator, Zane carefully extracts the Realm Crystal before wondering on how it works before Morro shows up holding a weak and semi-conscious Lloyd at sword point. The ghost demands they hand over the item if they want Lloyd back. A stand off ensues, as the Ninja regain their powers because of Lloyd being released but the crystal falls in the water with him but they rescue Lloyd. However, Morro gets away with the crystal.
Zane and the other Ninja returned to Steep Wisdom only to discover that Wu had sold his business and used the money to pay Cyrus Borg to build them some new vehicles. The inventor himself appeared and Zane was then introduced to an upgraded version of his Ice Mech.
Zane arrived at Stiix on a ferry and disguised as a cleaner, distracting several ghosts for Nya to sneak by. Once the Ninjas' presence in the city had been revealed, he mounted the Ice Mech and used it to attack the ghosts.
Zane walks around in his Ice Mech, watching, with the other Ninja, as the Preeminent arrives. he tells the others that she is the physical manifestation of the Cursed Realm. They try using their powers against her, but she is unstoppable. Zane and the others are told to evacuate to a ship, to put as much water as they can between them and the Preeminent, while Lloyd fights Morro. Lloyd instructs the others to take out the stilts the Preeminent is on, so she'll crash in the water.
In retaliation, the Preeminent puts together armor made of the houses around it. The Ninja continue to try to stop it from reaching the ship. Zane freezes its leg, but it doesn't even slow her down. Zane discovers that they can defeat ghosts by combining his and Kai's powers, but even that doesn't stop her.
They make it back to the boat, and make a plan to send the Preeminent into Hallows Trench. When they reach it, Nya unlocks her True Potential, and defeats the Preeminent. Lloyd returns, and they sail off into the sunset.
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.
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 the Temple of Airjitzu, where was Yang and Cole 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 fire place.
It is revealed by P.I.X.A.L. that the Ninja, besides Lloyd, are on "active missions throughout Ninjago" while he chases Mr. E.
The last to be seen, Kai and Zane are stationed in a port town, similar in features to Stiix, fighting the Mechanic, who now wears a ripped red jacket instead of his prison uniform. P.I.X.A.L. tells Zane—who is now in his human form but with blue eyes. Through an earpiece that Master Lloyd requires his and Kai's assistance in Ninjago City, with which he replies "this is serious" while watching Kai fend off the Mechanic. He tells P.I.X.A.L. that they'll be with them shortly, and hangs up to use his ice power and freezes the Mechanic before he could attack Kai. He lifts his hood, revealing his new The LEGO Ninjago Movie hair, and his brand new cloaking ability that lets him transform between titanium and human whenever he wants. He tells Kai they should move but sees he froze him as well.
Zane and Kai meet up with Lloyd and the others at Borg Tower, where the Mask of Vengeance was stolen. Lloyd shows them why he brought them there and pulls up a picture of the Sons of Garmadon's symbol on his phone to show everyone. He begins to tell them what it is before Zane interrupts him to say "The Sons of Garmadon. A mysterious criminal syndicate growing in prominence in Ninjago City." Lloyd tells them what they stole before Hutchins comes in and tells them about the Oni Masks, and how there are only three in existence. Jay gets confused and asks how there can be three when they stole the "only" mask. Nya corrects him and tells him that he said Oni Mask, which prompts Zane to say, "The Oni are said to be all-powerful beings; demons that predate Ninjago." Hutchins tells them that the three masks embody the main Oni Warlords and has unknown consequences when united.
Hutchins tells them that the Emperor is going to give a public speech tomorrow, and he is worried that the SoG might show up, so he asks for their help in protecting them.
At the palace, Zane is perched on the top of a building with his bow and arrow, and points that Lloyd seems to like Harumi. He then seems to spot something suspicious, and the crowd clears out, but it was a false alarm.
Zane and the others are invited into the "Palace of Secrets" as a reward for protecting the Royal Family. When they reach the throne room, Hutchins introduces the Emperor and Empress as well as Harumi. Harumi does a sort of "roll call" where she runs through the Ninjas' names and powers. She describes Zane as "The cold and calculated android" which prompts Zane to drop his human disguise and correct her by saying, "I'm a Nindroid, your highness."
The Royal Family invites the Ninja to stay at the palace until the threat of the SoG is gone and so Hutchins takes the ninja on a tour of the Palace. He shows them the buffet, and Cole mentions how he's watching his diet, and Jay refers to him as a "party pooper," which Zane does not understand.
Hutchins tells them that the Oni Mask they hold in the Palace in the Mask of Deception, while the Mask of Vengeance was the one stolen from Borg. When asked who has the third mask, Zane says "No one knows the location of the Mask of Hatred but my senses tell me that it will not stay lost for long."
After the tour ends, Zane asks Cole what a party pooper is, and when he tells him, Zane does not entirely understand and says "It is nice to have a pooper at the party!"
The day after Lloyd returns from talking with Harumi, Zane and the Ninja are training in the Palace Courtyard. The Ninja are remarking that Lloyd technically went on a "date" with Harumi, to which Lloyd replies that it was not a date. Zane, while training with Kai, gives Lloyd the definition of a date. He also gives Lloyd the definition of "step up your game."
Later, when the Palace is attacked, Zane uses his visor to find Harumi who was stuck under a piece of wood. He helps her out and tells her that they need to get out of there. On their way out, Zane uses Inverted Spinjitzu (upside down) to save Hutchins from Ultra Violet, causing her to become frozen.
Zane manages to escape the Palace with the other ninja before it collapses, and meets Lloyd and Harumi on the Destiny's Bounty. Nya breaks the news to Harumi that the Emperor, Empress, and Hutchins didn't make it, and Harumi remarks on how she's all alone. Lloyd promises her that they're going to find the people responsible for this, and they fly off on the DB.
Zane and the other Ninja are sailing on the Bounty when Harumi thanks the Ninja for taking her in. Jay tells her that she's safe with them, to which Zane corrects him by saying that they know little about the SoG. He also notes that the third Oni Mask is yet to be located, and that it's as if it "never existed." Nya tells them that the police have one of the SoG in custody and that they should question him.
On their way to the station, Jay, Cole, Zane, and Lloyd take a quick stop at Mistaké's Tea Shop to get a tea that would make the suspect talk. Mistake goes to the back to grab the tea, and on her way back in, Lloyd spots a strange painting on the wall. She tells him that it's of the Oni and the Dragon. Lloyd wants to hear more, but Zane says they only have time for a quick stop. Lloyd tells Cole and Zane to go to the station with the tea of truth to meet the suspect while he and Jay stay to listen to the story.
At the station, Zane hands Cole two cups, one of the tea of truth, and the other for Cole to drink. When a prisoner breaks loose and causes a havoc, it causes Cole to mix up which drink is which.
They enter the interrogation room and meet the SoG member in the white mask: Luke Cunningham. Zane demands him to tell him who he works for, but Luke doesn't tell him. Cole tries to give him the tea to make him talk, but he mixed them up and drinks the tea himself and starts telling Luke his secrets including where the Princess is and what kind of power Lloyd has. This reveal of all the secrets causes Luke to mistakenly tell them about their hideout, at Laughy's Karaoke Club. Zane takes note of this and they leave with the lead.
Zane and Cole watch as Ultra Violet and Mr. E arrive at the club. Cole gets ready to go in, in a disguise called "Rocky Dangerbuff." He offers to make Zane a costume of his own, but Zane declines and creates a disguise with his hologram ability. Cole dubs him "Snake Jaguar."
They proceed into the club and notice that Dareth is running the bar. He tells them that he bought the bar so that he'd be able to hold on to the "glory days" where he fought "side by side" with the ninja, but the SoG made it their hangout spot. Cole asks Zane how they're supposed to gain their trust, and Zane tells him that there's only one way—and that's for Cole to sing (which he is afraid of).
Cole gets up to the mic and starts singing terribly. The bikers get angry and start to kick him out. Cole fights back, and asks for Zane's help but he only helps the SoG. . . .
At the Bounty, the other Ninja are watching and P.I.X.A.L. tells them to trust Zane. They head over to the club to help Cole, and start chasing Mr. E. They chase him up to a dead end where he climbs up a clothesline wearing the Mask of Vengeance. He fights with the Ninja until he gets to the top where he fights with Lloyd for a moment until Lloyd is stopped by Snake Jaguar, who helps Mr. E escape. Lloyd tells the ninja that it was Zane's plan all along to gain their trust. . . .
Mr. E takes Snake Jaguar on his bike with Ultra Violet. She says, "You're taking him to the big man?" before they drive away.
The episode begins with a flashback of Wu meeting Dr. Julian in his home. Wu asks him where Zane is, and he is informed that he is out back chopping wood. Julian makes note that Wu has been their second guest in a while, as an old man visited them last night who needed shelter. He also says that when he arrived, it was as if winter had followed him there, to which Wu remarks that it was the Master of Ice. They gave him shelter and food, and was intrigued with Zane. Ever since he left, he has been acting stranger than usual. Wu meets with Zane, and Wu tells him that they may meet again one day.
Zane awakes from his flashback on subway train with the Sons of Garmadon on their way to their base. They take a shortcut through the subway that leads them to a hidden place. As they step off the train, Ultra Violet tells him it's time to meet "the big man."
He enters their hideout, and meets Killow (the big man). Zane asks if he is in charge, Killow laughs and says that it is not him that is in charge, but the Quiet One. Killow says that if he wants to be a Son of Garmadon, he has to ride with them at "The Teeth." Ultra Violet remarks that Zane has no bike, so Killow gives him Ultra Violet's for now.
After his meeting with Killow, he uses his cloak feature to sneak past the guards as Ultra Violet to visit Cole, who has been locked in a cell. Cole asks to be broken out, because they found the key to the final mask to resurrect Lord Garmadon. Zane doesn't break him out because he has to race now. Zane leaves Cole and gets in line with the other SoG.
They start, and as they ride, Ultra Violet gets a call (presumably from the Quiet One). They tell her that Snake Jaguar (Zane) is a spy, and Killow tells the rest of the racers to make sure Zane never finishes. They ride through the subway until they emerge in Ninjago City, and Nya gives Zane a new bike to combat the SoG's high tech ones. During the race, Zane spots the Mask of Deception on Killow's bike. He tells P.I.X.A.L. that he doesn't know who's in charge, but that he is called the Quiet One.
Zane continues racing into the Sea of Sand and uses some of his new bikes features to knock out more bikers. Killow wears the Mask of Deception, and uses it to telepathically throw spikes of rock at Zane to slow him down. Zane uses his new falcon to destroy the rocks, and continues racing.
Killow tells Mr. E that it was he that brought him in, so he should deal with him.
Killow rides on, and Mr. E stays behind to deal with Zane. He rides next to him and steers his bike, as well as Zane's, into a nearby cliff. Zane says "You're the Quiet One aren't you? You're the one In charge? Who are you!" and they jump off the bikes before they fall into the cliff. Zane gets up and sees Mr. E on the ground twitching . . . and he gets up and puts his arm back on, which fell off in the crash. Zane says that Mr. E is like him—a Nindroid. . . .
Picking up where the previous episode left off, Zane has confronted Mr. E at a cliff and has begun asking him multiple times if he is The Quiet One. Mr. E runs at Zane and almost throws him over the cliff. They continue to fight (With Mr. E winning) and Zane attempts to freeze Mr. E solid, but he breaks out. He then kicks a severely damaged Zane off the cliff. He jumps down to him, and Zane goes offline. Mr. E opens a compartment in Zane's chest and places something in it. He then turns around and says "The trap has been set" in reverse, and leaving Zane.
A few hours later, it is dark, and the Ninja fly over the desert in the Bounty looking for Zane. They finally spot him submerged in sand and unconscious. They put him on a gurney and bring him up to the ship. He is placed on a table, and P.I.X.A.L. says that it may take a while for Zane to reboot himself. The Ninja plan to abandon Ninjago City to get away from the Sons of Garmadon so they can get a handle on things. They find out later that in Zane's last moments of consciousness, he intercepted a call between Mr. E and the Quiet One. P.I.XA.L. says she could track him, but the storm is interfering. Later, while the Ninja are gone, a mechanical spider (placed there by Mr. E) comes out of the compartment in Zane's chest and enters the computer, damaging P.I.X.A.L. and the tech. The Ninja find out, and P.I.X.A.L. informs them that something is approaching the Bounty. She says that it's Samurai X, and that she is her. But Samurai X flies in on her mech (being controlled by the Quiet One) and tries to knock them out of the sky. The ninja leave Zane to fight with the Quiet One, and Nya stays behind to try and find whatever screwed up the computers.
She finds the Mechanical Spider, and it starts to attack her, and it's not until Zane wakes up, that it is defeated. P.I.X.A.L. managed to wake Zane up, and commenced a full system reboot, thus, freeing Samurai X from The Quiet One after he knocked Lloyd and 'Rumi into the jungle. However, he still did massive damage to the Bounty, which causes it to crash. Nya breaks the fall with her elemental power, and they land in the bushes ok.
When they land, Samurai X removes her mask revealing she really is P.I.X.A.L., and Zane says that from now on there will be no more secrets between them.
Zane and the Ninja work on the Bounty after it crashed in Primeval's Eye. Zane and P.I.X.A.L. search for Lloyd and Harumi through the jungle, but they are unable to find him. P.I.X.A.L. suggests that they get the computers running again, and they go to the bridge.
At the bridge, they figure out that they won't be able to find Lloyd and Harumi unless they fly over the trees. They test the thrusters, but it only makes things worse so they turn it off.
Nya enters with the Samurai X suit, and shows the others that Lloyd wrote them a note telling them that they're going to find the Oni Temple for the third mask.
Zane and P.I.X.A.L. return to fixing up the computer, and after many unsuccessful attempts at turning it on, Zane detects frustration in P.I.X.A.L.'s voice, and asks if she's alright. She asks if she is more useful in the computer, and says she prefers having a body, but also just wants to be useful to the team. Zane says that it is her choice, and that he also prefers her body rather than in the computer, and they continue working.
After trying to fix the computers, Jay and Cole are working on the thrusters when the baby (dubbed Cole Jr. by Cole) hands Jay a wrench. The other Ninja meet up with Jay and see that the baby is now walking, talking, and drinking tea. Jay realizes that the baby isn't Cole Jr., but Master Wu!
They wonder how he got so young, and Nya points out that he was touched by the Reversal Blade, and that it not only fixed his rapid aging, but he is now rapidly de-aging. Zane points out that by that logic, he should be rapidly aging again until he returns to normal. They are interrupted by the Sons of Garmadon's attack, and the Ninja scramble to get the Bounty in the air.
They try to get the Bounty flying, before they find out that the trace program they ran to find the location of The Quiet One has finally finished. They find out that the transmission came from the Bounty. Zane points out that that can't be, as the only people on the ship was them and Harumi, to which Nya states: "Harumi is The Quiet One!"
Zane says they have to warn Lloyd, but they are interrupted by the Sons of Garmadon, who have infiltrated the Bounty. The Ninja fight them off best they can, but they are cornered by the S.o.G. and Mr. E, and Killow putting on the Mask of Vengeance, and Mask of Deception.
The Ninja, now taken captive by the Sons of Garmadon on the Bounty, are tied up on the middle of the S.o.G. flying the ship looking for Harumi and the Oni Temple. Killow says he looks forward to Garmadon's resurrection, to which Zane remarks that usually, when a bad guy tries to unleash an ancient evil, it usually doesn't end well for them. Ultra Violet says "Good thing then that this bad guy, is actually a bad girl."
Later, Little Wu gives Nya the keys to unlock their chains, and the Ninja fight back against the S.o.G. Zane points his bow and arrow at Mr. E and they have a standoff before the Sea Monster crashes the fight and starts hurting both sides. The Ninja and the S.o.G. work together to weaken it before Harumi (who now is known by everyone to be The Quiet One) and the biker gang escape on the Bounty with all three masks.
Before they escape, Zane and Nya help Lloyd up into the air so he can stop them . . . but Lloyd is captured when he lands.
Zane and the Ninja (along with Baby Wu, and P.I.X.A.L.) arrive to the Ninjago City Police Station on the Sea Monster. One of the guards is confused as to why they brought the Sea Monster, and Zane says "The best way to defeat your enemy, is to make them your friend."
They arrive at the Police Commissioner's office and start bombarding him with saying that they have to vacate the city, and stop the Sons of Garmadon, and he calls in the police force to help them out.
Later, at night, the Ninja are watching the Palace, where the S.o.G. have taken their base. They begin "Operation Undercover." The police arrive at the palace, making a distraction to the S.o.G. so the Ninja can sneak in.
Zane and the others get on snorkel gear, and hop on Kai's Katana V11 and ride under the Palace moat. They arrive at the Resurrection Ceremony, where Harumi (now wearing her Quiet One outfit) has already opened the portal to the Departed Realm. They also see that they have Lloyd, and Misako captive. They interrupt the ceremony, and start attacking the Sons of Garmadon. Harumi reveals that they can plunge Lloyd or his mother underwater, and they are forced to save one of them. Zane tries shooting Harumi with his arrow, but he is intercepted by Mr. E. He continues to fight Zane, when he is knocked to the edge after dropping his sword, and Zane pointing an arrow at his throat. Cole saves Misako and Lloyd from their cages, and the team tries to stop Harumi from completing the ceremony, but the energy around it is too much for any of them to do it.
Lord Garmadon begins to arrive, and Zane is confused as to how it is happening, to the dismay of Jay. Lloyd tries using Spinjitzu to intercept Harumi, and Zane and the others follow. They knock over Harumi, and the cops enter, arresting Harumi and the Sons of Garmadon.
The Ninja see Harumi off, and Lloyd goes to speak to her, and then she is taken away.
Zane and the team (except for Lloyd) are celebrating at Dareth's bar, singing The Weekend Whip with baby Wu. They are having a good time when Lloyd stops the music and points to the TV, where the news shows that Lord Garmadon is back—and he has broken Harumi out of prison. Misako offers to take Baby Wu somewhere safe so the Ninja can investigate, and they head off.
They get to the police station and find that the police officers could not stop them, and the Police Commissioner notes that it seems like the man Garmadon once was, is gone. They try to find their location when the news pipes up again and says that Garmadon and Harumi have broken in to Kryptarium Prison.
They board the Bounty, and Zane notes that they could barely beat the S.o.G. with the help of the police force last time, and now they have Lord Garmadon on their side. They try to brainstorm ideas on how to stop them, but the only one they've thought of is for Lloyd to face him alone, which Zane and the others dislike. Zane notes that Lloyd's past may be clouding his judgement.
Soon after, Lloyd tricks everyone into the bedroom and locks the door, and takes the Bounty to the Prison to face his father. A little while later, they break out and find that Lloyd has abandoned the Bounty, and taken his car. They try to track it, but the navigation system was locked, which Zane is unable to hack. They keep trying, but then Lloyd's battle with his father is broadcasted nation wide, and the Ninja are forced to watch their leader's defeat.
Zane and the Ninja are at Mistake's tea shop watching over Lloyd, who is unconscious and hurt from his battle with his father. Mistake gives him a tea that will heal his wounds, but may take away all of their powers. Zane says immediately that it is no question—and he'd give up his power for Lloyd. The team comes up with a unanimous decision, and agree to give up their power. They use their power and transfer it through Lloyd, who's eyes flash green before fading back into black.
They wait a few hours, and find that they still possess their powers, but Lloyd still hasn't woken up. Mistake is making a special tea "to go" and says "In a time of need, remember to go" and hands Jay a small bag. As she does, the ground shakes, and they find that the citizens of Ninjago City are fleeing from something that is wrecking the city, and Zane notes that only something of great size could cause that much damage. As buildings crash around them, they go to find out what's happening, and Nya stays behind to watch over Lloyd.
The Ninja chase the being around the city, with the help of P.I.X.A.L., and they find that Lord Garmadon has created a giant Colossus out of rock, that's terrorizing the city. Garmadon tells the police commissioner to kneel before them, and they do. The Ninja call attention to themselves, and the Colossus attacks them. The Ninja fight back, and are unable to put a stop to it, and flee to the Bounty.
A little while later, they find Lloyd fighting Harumi on a moving train while holding baby Wu, and tell him to jump onto the Bounty with them, but he is unable. He tries to make the jump, but Harumi pulls him back, and only baby Wu manages to make it aboard the ship. They try to make it back to Lloyd, to save him from Harumi, but are caught by the Colossus, and are crushed by it. Baby Wu tells them they have to go, at first they do not understand, but Jay realizes that's what Mistake told them when she gave them the bag. Jay opens it and golden stars float all around them. In a few moments, they disappear, just before the Bounty is crushed by the monster.
They wake up later, battle worn, on a desert beach. Zane notes that Mistake gave them travelers tea, and they aren't in Ninjago anymore. A dragon flies by them and they realize they are back where it all began—the Realm of Oni and Dragons. . .
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
Usually seen in white clothing, Zane's Titanium form has silver hair in a tall flat-top/crew cut hairstyle, 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, normal human skin, and blue eyes.
While as the Ice Emperor, Zane's metallic skin is mostly ice blue, with a pale face-plate and a distorted voice. 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 wears white samurai armor covered in ice. After regaining his memories, his voice returns to normal and he discards the mask and armor returning to his previous appearance.
Having been rebuilt with titanium, Zane's skin is a shining metallic substance with lines running through his jawline and cheeks. He has a scratch on the right of his forehead. Using some kind of cloak feature, he regularly 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, with hair on the sides, and no forehead scratch. Before being destroyed in his encounter with the Golden Master, he had blond hair, and normal human skin and eyes.
He has a control panel in his chest which he can open up, containing switches for vision, audio, voice, power, memory, and humor—he also has a set of switches in his arm. In Season 3, his power source is found in his chest. For more images on Zane's appearance in his different Ninja suits, click here.
From the perspective of Ninjago's flow of time, 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 an unknown amount of decades during his time in the Never-Realm, 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 maybe 3 years at most. With his additional time in the Never-Realm, his body has aged even further, as time moves faster. Unless directly said, however, the amount of time that passes between most seasons is unknown.
When he is introduced, Zane is undoubtedly the most serious of the Ninja and appears reserved as he has at that time no sense of humor and doesn'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). He also has a very 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 whoop and holler and goof off in a way he can't connect with. The other Ninja are occasionally wary of his strange habits, but they quickly learn to accept him for it regardless.
Initially, Zane was melancholy over his inability to remember his parentage or where he came from. He eventually accepted that the Ninja were his family and that their home was his home as well, 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 comes from 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 like him had him falling for her hard and refusing, even before he knew her, to reconcile with the idea of 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.
Likewise, Zane is a very intelligent Nindroid, with a vast array of knowledge at his disposal, a gift for cooking, and a knack for statistics. He has been through many changes lately but is glad to be back with the Ninja team. His companion P.I.X.A.L. is now a part of his artificial intelligence, so he has her company everywhere he goes.
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—no longer the White Ninja, but the Titanium Ninja, acceptance of which allowed him to unlock his Elemental Dragon. After rebuilding himself as the Titanium Ninja, 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.
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.
After losing his memory and falling under Vex’s sway, Zane was manipulated into overthrowing Grimfax. Upon being further corrupted by the Forbidden Scroll, Zane’s mind was greatly warped and he took up the identity as "Ice Emperor." As the Ice Emperor, Zane became ruthless and put the realm’s people under subjugation. He acted as a tyrannical ruler and carried out vile acts, which included carrying out the Freezing of the Formling Village, the Annihilation of the Yetis, sending an Ice Behemoth after Lloyd, and ordered Boreal to freeze the Great Lake village and the Ice Fishers.
He does not tolerate disrespect, as he ordered Vex to punish the Ninja but was convinced to destroy them. He is willing to show mercy, as he spared Grimfax after he failed and gave the latter another chance, and harshly ordered Vex to comply with his demand to spare and imprison Lloyd.
Glimpses of his former self were spotted, as he paused when he heard of Lloyd coming to the palace. He also chose to spare Lloyd after being interested in the latter’s stories of him. During their fight, he initially tried to ignore Lloyd’s stories about their friendship and his former identity though he found it hard. This hesitation is what prevented him from killing Lloyd and he finally regains his memories after hearing the word "protect." After remembering, he was built to protect those who can protect themselves, Zane finally remembered his master, his friends, and most of all his beloved companion. The rush of his memories allowed him to break free of his delusion, even getting the strength to resist and destroy his scepter and released the Never-Realm from his actions. He also took revenge on the man who manipulated him by stopping him from killing Lloyd and freezing him in place. He was very happy to be back with his friends again as well as P.I.X.A.L. who greeted him with a hug.
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 also store data and calculate courses of action through a panel on his wrist. He also has a strong bond with the Falcon, and eventually learns how to see through its eyes for scouting areas or compensating for when his own eyes are unusable.
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.
Because of his training with Wu, Zane is a skilled fighter and is able to take on multiple opponents with his Spinjitzu.
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 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.
Once the White Ninja, Zane is an intelligent and powerful nindroid (ninja robot) that fills the role of the computer intelligence in the group. He was created by the Tinkerer, Dr. Julien, to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Dedicated to the qualities of peace, freedom and courage, this rational ninja is brave, caring and has a big heart…even though he doesn’t have one!
Before Wu brought the ninja together, Zane lived the life of a loner, thinking himself a flesh and blood orphan. He finds being part of a big group of different personalities tricky, but overcomes it with humour and a little help from his friends.
Season 1 (2017 Museum gallery)
At the start, this stoic intellectual feels different from the others but doesn’t know why. An orphan with a mysterious past, he will go to the ends of NINJAGO to answer the age-old question, “Who am I?” Zane will discover he’s more different than he thought, but learns that being unique only makes you more special.
Season 2 (2017 Museum gallery)
Having discovered that he’s a Nindroid, Zane struggles to accept that he’ll always be different from others. But along the journey, Zane will come to another startling discovery that will make him whole again.
Season 3 (2017 Museum gallery)
The changes in New NINJAGO City and the visit to Borg Tower serve to point out to Zane just how outdated his programming has become. But instead of feeling like a relic, his relationship with Cyrus Borg’s highly advanced android assistant, P.I.X.A.L., leads Zane to make contact with his essential “humanity” and discover that he is more than just the sum of his mechanical parts. In the end, he sacrifices himself in the battle against the Golden Master.
Season 4 (2017 Museum gallery)
When Zane sacrificed himself to stop the Golden Master, the power of the Golden Weapons unlocked new abilities within him, revealing a layer of titanium. The immense energy surge destroyed parts of him and caused Zane to vanish into the Digiverse. Only Pixal was aware of Zane’s digital presence – or so she thought. Before anyone found out, she and Zane were gone. Zane wakes up in chains on Chen’s Island, unaware of how he got there. He has to learn the truth about himself, in that he has become the Titanium Ninja. What new powers does he have? What new fears must he overcome? Though Zane 2.0 is rebuilt stronger, his insecurities have increased tenfold. In order to make the team whole, he’ll need to go on a personal journey of self-discovery to define who he truly is and face his fears.
Season 5 (2017 Museum gallery)
The Titanium Ninja thought that his transformations were over, but a swinging pillar in the City of Stiix damages his communication circuits, leaving Zane with some new voices. Now he sounds loud, annoying and, after Jay tries to fix him, a little bit like a pirate!
Season 6 (2017 Museum gallery)
Zane is the ninja least affected by the group’s sudden celebrity, as he’s a Nindroid and they don’t care about fame. But that doesn’t mean he’s without feelings, and these make him vulnerable when Nadakhan threatens P.I.X.A.L. Zane thinks he can trick the Djinn, but he is too cunning, and the Nindroid has to wish “it all to go away” to save his friend, trapping himself in the Djinn Blade.
Season 7 (2017 Museum gallery)
Zane is knocked offline during an early battle against the Vermillion Warriors. He is eventually rebooted, but doesn’t quite function properly. For one thing, he babbles a string of nonsense words and numbers – numbers he will later discover are key to shutting down the time machine. Even worse, the reboot has caused Zane to lose Pixal, so now he must rediscover how to rely only on himself to be an effective ninja. Eventually Zane resigns himself to this fact and helps lead the rescue of Cyrus Borg.
Zane is the Ninja of Ice.
He was known in his village for being able to sit at the bottom of a freezing lake for an incredibly long time (something it turns out he was able to do because he is a robot).
Although being a machine has not changed his friendships with his teammates, it does sometimes make him feel different and a little lonely.
Zane’s blueprints end up being used to create the Nindroid army, which inspires him to fight this new foe even harder.
While still very logical and practical, meeting P.I.X.A.L. causes him to feel all new emotions.
Sons of Garmadon
Once the White Ninja, Zane is an intelligent and powerful Nindroid (ninja robot) that fills the role of the computer intelligence in the group. He was created by the Tinkerer, Dr. Julien, to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Dedicated to the qualities of peace, freedom and courage, this rational ninja is brave, caring and has a big heart … even though he doesn’t have one!
2019 (The Legacy of Zane)
Did you know Titanium Ninja and Master of Ice, Zane is an intelligent and powerful nindroid (ninja robot) and computer genius. When he first started his Spinjitzu training with Master Wu and the other ninja, he felt awkward and out of place. As he started to realize his true potential, he discovered who he really was – a brilliant invention by the late, great tinkerer, Dr. Julien, a robot designed to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Dedicated to the qualities of peace, freedom and courage, this rational ninja is brave, caring and has a big heart … even though he doesn’t have one! Favorite NINJAGO® Legacy weapon Shurikens of Ice – throwing stars filled with the biting power of a blizzard! Quote “Are you sure you want to doubt a Nindroid?”
Zane – the Elemental Master of Ice!
Zane is a Nindroid (ninja robot) created by the Dr. Julien in his hidden workshop in Birchwood Forest. Dr. Julien brought Zane up like a son, teaching him lots of useful life skills, and Zane gained his Ice Power after a random visit one night by an old man, the Elemental Master of Ice.
Just before Dr. Julien passed away of old age, he turned off Zane’s ‘memory switch’ so his robot son wouldn’t feel sad. And, happily, Master Wu recruited Zane to train at the Monastery of Spinjitzu and become part of a new ‘family’ – the team of ninja heroes.
Ice Ninja Zane brings a lot of computer intelligence to the group and is always there to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Dedicated to peace and freedom, Zane is courageous, caring and has a big heart (even though he doesn’t actually have one!).
That’s why fans love to role-play as this ice-cool character using the Zane minifigures that feature in lots of LEGO® NINJAGO building kits.
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.
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.”
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 similar to Elsa from the Disney movies Frozen and Frozen II because they both have powers over ice, lived in ice castles in the mountains, created sentient ice beings, had a position of authority, and had a part of their body frozen.
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 original 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.
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.
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.
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 Andreason 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.
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 in early concepts was 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.
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.
Vex stated that he discovered the power of Ice was strong. It was worth noting that Zane has power over Ice.
This is seen in "Corruption," after Zane takes over Grimfax's throne, a blast of ice is sent from his scepter that alters the weather.
He is known to have committed at least one genocide, as the Blizzard Samurai killed all of the Yeti aside from Krag. He also attempted genocide on the Formlings. He succeeded in freezing all of them besides Akita and Kataru.
Zane being corrupted and turning into a villain is similar to Preston Stormer from Hero Factory. But in Stormer's case, he got struck by Nanobots by Meltdown which cause him to go berserk against his fellow Heroes. Coincidentally, both of them have a white theme and use the element of Ice.
Despite reading the Ninjago: Decoded title cards, Zane is the third Ninja and fourth hero overall to announce the title card at the beginning of an episode.
Ironically, he is also the third villain of Season 11 and fourth villain overall to announce the title card at the beginning of an episode, with him announcing "Once and for All" as the Ice Emperor.