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Together we will unleash the Great Devourer!
~ Pythor to his serpentine army.
Awaken great one, awaken the insatiable appetite of the beast that shall consume all of Ninjago!
~ Pythor ranting as he awakens the Great Devourer.

The Great Devourer is a major antagonist in LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. She is responsible for Lord Garmadon's transformation to evil, as she bit him as a child, corrupting him with her evil venom.

Despite being sealed, she is released by Pythor and begins attacking Ninjago until the Ninjas get her to attack her own tail, allowing Garmadon to destroy the beast with the four golden weapons. However, the demise of the Devourer would only result in more conflicts in Ninjago, thus having a tremendous influence on the latter's future.


She is the unseen overarching antagonist of the Pilot Episodes, the overarching antagonist of Season 1: Rise of the Snakes and the posthumous overarching antagonist of Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja, Season 7: The Hands of Time and The Oni Trilogy (specifically Season 8: Sons of Garmadon and Season 9: Hunted); as well as a posthumous antagonist in most of the other subsequent seasons. She is also the unseen overarching antagonist of Warner Bros.'s 4th full-length animated feature film The LEGO Ninjago Movie.


The Great Devourer is a massive green snake with a slight copper tinge to it. It has two large fangs that protrude from its mouth and a ring of frills around its neck. Its two more notable features are its sharp bone-like tail and its glowing purple eyes. It is also shown in flashback as once being only the size of a normal snake. It was a much lighter shade of green and its frills were larger and less pronounced. Interestingly its eyes were shown to be red opposed to the purple they turned later on.

Powers and Abilities

The Great Devourer's main two strengths were its size and invulnerability. The Great Devourer was hundreds of feet long and around the width of a subway train, because of this the ninja could not effectively use the golden weapons or any other weapons since they were far too small. It was able to use its large body to beat the ninja's ultimate dragon in two hits. The Devourer was also shown to be invulnerable except for one spot on the top of its head that was too small and inaccessible to normally reach.

The snake also shared powers and traits with the serpentine that worshiped it. It was able burrow underground, exude venom, and was hurt by the music of the sacred flutes when amplified. Its venom specifically had three powers on its own. It acted as acid, it could turn people evil, and it could animate the Overlord's stone army as well as anything that looked like them.

As the name would suggest one of its powers revolved around eating. The Great Devourer grew every time it ate something. While it was shown to be able to eat metal and non organic objects it seemed to have a preference towards organic things. This was shown when it went to Ninjago City despite having plenty to eat at a junk yard it was at.


The Great Devourer was appeared to be a bloodthirsty, malevolent, and dangerous being whom only think to eat anything that stumble upon its way and indifferent with any sides. Sensei Wu even revealed that the Great Devourer was not bound to obey the one who awakened it. In fact, it had no qualms about eating the Serpentine along with the rest of the world.

As revealed in the ancient Serpentine legend that explained by Acidicus in episode, The Curse of The Golden Master, the purpose of Great Devourer's creation was intended for more peaceful and benevolent cause: Serpentine actually trying to use the giant serpent for protecting the tomb of Overlord's Stone Army by scare off intruders and tries to warn Ninjago citizens. Unfortunately, there's a misunderstanding between Serpentine and people of Ninjago that ultimately escalated into First Serpentine War.


The Great Devourer had been around since the very early days of Ninjago, and it was unknown how it came to be. When it was still small, it bit Garmadon and its venom eventually corrupted him. It wandered about the land and became revered by the Serpentine as a god, though its exact relation to them is unknown. It was used to try and scare the humans underground but it was defeated and trapped under the Lost City of Ouroboros, four of its teeth were found or removed and used as keys to its prison, known as the Silver Fang Blades.

The Great Devourer lay dormant for centuries until Pythor the Snake King placed the four ancient silver fang blades into a statue of the beast and venom poured from the statue and melted the ground under it. The venom seemed to be that of the Devourer and it is unknown how it was able to be pumped out of the statue. The venom brought down the statue and flowed through a design of a coiled snake that adorned the arena in front of it. This caused the ground to break apart and the Devourer shot out and roared at the sky. It then proceeded to eat Sensei Wu and Pythor who were fighting below it.

Now free it attacked the ninja's flying ship and destroyed it. It then slitered to a scrap yard in search of food. There the ninja fought it using weaponized sound waves that were the same as the sacred flutes once played. It was hurt by them but only for a short time as it destroyed their vehicle and quickly recovered. Kai was able spot its weak spot before abandoned the scrap yard and tunneled to Ninjago City where it started chasing people and possibly eating them since it was shown growing a few times. It continued to wreak havoc and battled the ultimate dragon who was able to annoy it but not kill it. The ninja ultimately beat it by tricking it into biting its own tail. It was temporarily stuck and the ninja gave Lord Garmadon the four golden weapons to destroy it. He jumped from a skyscraper and brought them down on its weak spot. The Devourer's eyes and mouth glew with green energy upon impact and it exploded into green goo which covered all of Ninjago city.

Despite the Devourer's death it still played a major role in the subsequent seasons that followed its defeat. At first it was only mentioned as a joke with people suggesting it be awakened or brought back only to be mocked. It gained a much more important role when its venom was revealed to be seeping underground. Its venom was able to resurrect the dormant Stone Army of the Overlord and allowed them to aid Lord Garmadon in ensuring the Overlord's return to power. The Devourer eating Pythor caused his skin to bleach and plan revenge. Before it was imprisoned, The Devourer was revealed to have laid eggs that Krux used to build an army of Vermillion to battle the Ninja. The Devourer was also responsible for the death of Harumi's parents.



  • The serpentine worshiped the Great Devourer as a god and knowingly helped bring it back yet almost immediately feared it upon release and thought Pythor mad for resurrecting it. Interestingly it seems their ancestors did not share their fear and after its defeat some of the serpentine suggested bringing it back despite knowing how dangerous it was.
  • The Great Devourer was confirmed to be female as the snakes that the time twins used to construct the Vermillion were her babies.
  • The city it was trapped under was called Ouroboros which is Greek for "snake or dragon biting its own tail".
  • The Ninja immobilize the Great Devourer by tricking it into biting its own tail. This is a reference to ouroboros (often depicted as a snake eating its own tail) the concept of cyclical events and entities.
  • The Great Devourer's abilities and traits appear to be beefed-up versions of the Serpentine's tribal abilities. She can burrow across vast distances like the Constrictai, can swallow large things whole like the Anacondrai, her venom can turn people evil (similar to the Hypobrai’s mind control and the Fangpyre’s ability to infect and zombify others into fellow Fangpyre or various Snake/X chimeras),and her skin color and venom greatly resemble that of the Venomari.
  • The Devourer's set depiction looks closer to its adolescent form and is comparatively smaller. It is also the first and only ancient Ninjago creature to appear in a set that was also in the TV series. The original Overlord and the Preeminent do not appear in any sets.


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Leader: Lord Garmadon
Generals: Samukai | Kruncha | Nuckal | Wyplash
Members: Frakjaw | Chopov | Krazi | Bonezai

Goddess: The Great Devourer
Anacondrai Tribe: Pythor P. Chumsworth | Arcturus | Anacondrai Generals
Hypnobrai Tribe: Skales | Slithraa | Mezmo | Rattla
Fangpyre Tribe: Fangtom | Fangdam | Fang-Suei | Snappa
Constrictai Tribe: Skalidor | Bytar | Chokun | Snike
Venomari Tribe: Acidicus | Lizaru | Spitta | Lasha | Zoltar
Vermillion Warriors: Supreme Commander Machia | Commander Raggmunk | Commander Blunck | Slackjaw | Rivett | Tannin | Vermin | Buffmillion
Pyro Vipers: Queen Aspheera | Char | Pyro Destroyers | Pyro Slayers | Pyro Whippers | Fire Fang | Elemental Cobras
Mini-Snakes: Golden Vipers | Hypno Vipers | Red Vipers | Sly Vipers | Toxic Vipers | Translucent Blue Vipers | Translucent Orange Vipers | Translucent Purple Vipers | Electrocobrai

Treehorn Queen

Realm of Madness
Mud Monsters | Craglings

Destiny's Bounty Pirates
Leader: Captain Soto
Members: First Mate | No-Eyed Pete | Guide Parrot

Darkley's Boarding School for Bad Boys
Brad Tudabone | Gene

The Overlord's Forces
Leader: The Overlord/Golden Master
Stone Army: Lord Garmadon | General Kozu | Giant Stone Warrior | Stone Warriors | Stone Swordsmen | Stone Scouts
Nindroid Army: Pythor P. Chumsworth | OverBorg | Techno Wu | General Cryptor | Nindroid Warriors | Nindroid Drones | Min-Droid | Nindroid MechDragon

Anacondrai Cultists
Leader: Master Chen
Members: Clouse | Zugu | Eyezor | Kapau | Chope | Sleven | Krait | Anacondrai Serpent | The Mechanic

Ghost Warriors
Leaders: The Preeminent | Morro
Weapon Masters: Soul Archer | Bansha | Ghoultar | Wrayth
Ghost Ninja: Attila | Hackler | Ming | Spyder | Howla | Yokai | Wooo
Ghost Warriors: Cowler | Cyrus | Ghurka | Pitch | Pyrrhus | Wail
Other: Skreemers | Morro Dragon | Ghost Dragons

Yang's Students
Leader: Sensei Yang
Members: Chris | Martin | Chuck

Sky Pirates
Leader: Nadakhan
Members: Flintlocke | Delara | Dogshank | Doubloon | Monkey Wretch | Clancee | Sqiffy | Bucko | Cyren | Skeleton Figurehead

Shadow Army

Departed Souls
Leader: Sensei Yang
Members: Samukai | Pythor P. Chumsworth | General Kozu | General Cryptor | Master Chen | Morro
Others: Frakjaw | Krazi | Stone Swordsmen | Stone Scouts | Nindroid Warriors | Zugu | Eyezor | Yang's Students

Time Twins
Acronix | Krux

Sons of Garmadon
Leaders: Emperor Garmadon | Harumi
Generals: Killow | Mr. E | Ultra Violet
Members: Luke Cunningham | Chopper Maroon | Mohawk | Skip Vicious | Nails | Sawyer | Scooter | Buffer | The Colossus

Dragon Hunters
Leader: Iron Baron
Members: Heavy Metal | Jet Jack | Daddy No Legs | Muzzle | Chew Toy | Arkade | Scar the Skullbreaker | Stalwart Dangerbuff | Otto Pilot | Talon | Nitro

The Oni
Leader: The Omega
Members: Oni Warriors | Oni Soldiers | Oni Scouts

Blizzard Samurai
Leader: The Ice Emperor
Members: General Vex | Grimfax | Blizzard Warriors | Blizzard Sword Masters | Blizzard Archers | Boreal | Ice Behemoth

Unagami's Army
Leader: Unagami
Red Visors: Red 27 | Red 29 | Aerial Drones
Members: Avatar Harumi | Sushimi | Sushi Hostess | Sushi Chefs | Monster Sushi
Whack Rats: Atta the Ratta | Richie | Ritchie

The Mechanic's Gang
Leader: The Mechanic
Members: Cece

Leader: King Vangelis/The Skull Sorcerer
Members: The Skull Of Hazza D'ur | Grief-Bringer | Undead Mino

Keepers of the Storm Amulet of Wojira
Leader: Chief Mammatus
Members: PoulErik | Rumble Keepers | Thunder Keepers | Stone Golems

Kryptarium Escapees

Kalmaar's Army
Leader: King Kalmaar
Members: Gripe | Glutinous | Maaray Guards | Wojira

Vengestone Army
Leader: The Crystal King
Council of the Crystal King: Harumi | Pythor P. Chumsworth | The Mechanic | Aspheera | Vangelis | Mister F
Members: Vengestone Warriors | Vengestone Brutes | Vengestone Guards

Shark Army
Leader: Lord Garmadon
Generals: General Olivia | General Omar
Soldiers: Angler | Angler Goon | Four Eyes | Octopus | Private Puffer | Puffer | Crusty | Jelly | Great White | Hammer Head | Shark Army Gunner | Charlie | Shark Army Thug
GPL Tech: Terri | Asimov | Steve | IT Bat Nerd

Lost Generals
Leader: General Olivia
Members: General Omar

Snake Army
Leader: General Shen
Members: Captain Oraku | Snake Brutes | Snake Goons

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Lego Villains