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Villain Overview

~ The Overlord to Lloyd Garmadon in the Ultimate Battle, and one of his most famous quotes.
Fools! All your existence, you have been powered by a lie… that the good guys always win. Sadly, they don't. I have the power now. Technology has made me infinite! The Golden Ninja is mine!
~ The Digital Overlord to the Ninja, and one of his most famous quotes.
You still hope? Destruction comes from the eternal struggle between light and dark. I will destroy the balance! There will be peace in the dark.
~ The Crystal King in the "Crystalized Part 2" trailer.

The Overlord, also known as the Golden Master and the Crystal King, is the overarching antagonist of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu.

He is a dark spirit and one of the earliest evils in Ninjago, acting as the ruler of the Stone, Nindroid, and Vengestone Armies who planned on conquering and rebuilding Ninjago into a realm of darkness. He is also the archenemy of both the First Spinjitzu Master and Lloyd Garmadon, as well as one of the Ninja's most dangerous enemies.

He was voiced by Scott McNeil, who also voiced Clouse and Nadakhan in the same series, Twin Masters in Hero: 108, and Tall Boy in Riverdale.


The Overlord serves as a mentioned character in Season 1: Rise of the Snakes, one of the two main antagonists (alongside Lord Garmadon) of Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja and the main antagonist of Season 3: Rebooted, the short miniseries Decoded, and Season 15: Crystalized.

He is also a flashback antagonist in Season 4: Tournament of Elements, the unseen overarching antagonist of Season 13: Master of the Mountain and an unseen antagonist for the rest of the series (specifically Season 14: Seabound). He also appears as a minor antagonist in the 2015 non-canon videogame LEGO Dimensions.


The Overlord was the manifestation of Darkness itself that challenged the First Spinjitzu Master for control over Ninjago. After a lengthy battle, which ended in a stalemate, the Overlord created the Stone army to tip the balance in his favor. This had then led to the First Spinjitzu Master splitting Ninjago and in doing so, he defeated the Stone Army and trapped the Overlord on the Dark Island.

Thousands of years later, the Overlord manipulated Lord Garmadon into joining forces with him. Garmadon assumed command of the Stone Army, which constructed an ultimate weapon, to conquer Ninjago. Eventually, the Overlord revealed he was using Garmadon and possessed his body, turning him into a giant dragon. The Overlord was eventually Defeated by Ninja (Kai, Jay, Zane, Cole, and Lloyd).

Some time later, the Overlord once again returned in the form of a digital virus. With the help of Pythor and an army robotic Ninjas, called Nindroids, the Overlord became the all-powerful Golden Master, a being that possessed the powers of The First Spinjitzu Master. In a final effort to defeat the Overlord, Zane sacrificed himself, destroying their physical forms.

Later on, the Overlord, now under the name of "the Crystal King" would begin to build his Vengestone Army, planning on destroying the balance between light and dark in order to destroy Ninjago. At some point, however, the Overlord would find and recruit Harumi, having her lead his council that would lead the Vengestone Army once his plan was ready.

With Harumi recruited, she would contact previous enemies of the Ninja (such as Pythor, Aspheera, Vangelis, and the Mechanic) and bring them to the Crystal King's temple, where the Overlord presumably awaited.


The Overlord has shown to be serious and cunning, though he is often heavily reliant on metaphysical concepts and prophesied events (destiny, the balance, the final battle, the prophecy of the golden master, etc.)

As is to be expected from the embodiment of darkness, the Overlord is very cruel and devoid of empathy and seems to enjoy inflicting pain and despair upon his enemies. In fact, he has been known to go out of his way to do so, taunting his victims in hopeless situations.

The Overlord has only ever shown respect for one person; that person being Pythor. That respect goes as far as to include Pythor as an ally during the attempted Golden Master apocalypse. However, once Pythor is shrunk after consuming Cyrus Borg's shrinking pill, the Overlord does not attempt to protect the now helpless Pythor, showing that his respect even for Pythor is limited, which indicates the Overlord's inherently evil nature.


During Misako's telling of Ninjago's origins (seen in "The Stone Army"), the Overlord was depicted as a towering mass of dark fire with a vaguely humanoid shape.

When Lord Garmadon arrived on the Island of Darkness, the Overlord appeared as an orb of purple energy with a pale yellow core. The orb pulsed as the Overlord spoke.

After possessing Lord Garmadon's body, the Overlord began his transformation to his original form, which started out as larger, more demonic version of Garmadon. Notable differences included longer limbs ending in clawed hands and feet, short spikes erupting from his shoulders and back, glowing purple eyes, and elongated reptilian jaws filled with long fangs. In "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master," the Overlord completed his transformation, which has a monstrous black dragon with four long feelers on its face, massive, tattered black wings instead of arms, and a broad, toothy mouth.

"Enter the Digiverse" saw the Overlord appear in two different forms. The first was that of a shadowy armored humanoid, as he was in the process of transforming into the legendary Golden Master. When confronting the ninja inside the Digiverse, he took a shadowy humanoid form of great size made out of purple ash that possessed a number of tentacles.

In "Codename: Arcturus," the Overlord had become a pulsing amorphous, pink, white, and red blob with glowing red eyes due to his interrupted transformation into the Golden Master.

In "The Void," the Overlord's being had stabilized into that of a completely blank, black armored humanoid with glowing red eyes with purple mist surrounding him as his body was nearly complete.

Lastly, in "The Titanium Ninja," the Overlord assumed his semi-golden master form as a black and purple humanoid figure with a face akin to the mid-metamorphosis form he assumed in Garmadon's body with a pair of glowing red eyes. Furthermore, he was adorned with golden skeletal armor and a black helmet with purple energy trailing behind him from his back that appeared similar to a cape. After completing his Golden Master form by fusing with his mech, he experienced a growth spurt of enormous proportions with his armor gaining a more ornate appearance, his torso and legs had completely disintegrated with vibrant purple, flickering flames taking their place with mechanical black and gold machinery attached to him to take the place of his legs, which Zane would ultimately use to hold himself in place when the master of ice presumably died.

The remnant of the Overlord's digital code from "Decoded" has visual traits from both forms of the virus' full version. Being purple and filling a screen, it has the general figure of the Overlord's eyes but they are smaller and can turn as if they were on a head. They also differ from both the original and the Kraken by appearing more yellow than red.

Powers and Abilities

  • Umbrakinesis - It grants the user to manipulate, control, and shape Darkness (also Shadow).
    • Umbrakinetic Flight - It allows the users elemental power to propel themselves up. As seen in "Return of the Overlord," the Overlord used this ability to combat against Lloyd Garmadon by using it as a advantage to quickly head back into the battle.
    • Darkness Materialization: the Overlord was able this ability to create his own Stone Army.
    • Absolute Darkness - It allows the user to create a field of absolute impenetrable darkness. As seen in "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master," the Overlord (in Dragon form) trapped Lloyd inside the sphere of darkness.
    • Darkness Breath - Only displayed by the Overlord, the user can breath darkness and shadow commonly to attack or corrupt people.
      • Corruption Inducement - Gives the user the ability to corrupt people and their environment (as displayed by the Garmatron and the Overlord's dark breath attack). Symptoms of corruption include destruction of morality, glowing purple eyes, and sickly pale gray skin.
    • Dark Beam Emission - Only displayed by the Overlord, the user can projects beams of darkness, usually to attack an adversary.
      • Shadow Ball Projection - The user can generate balls of darkness, commonly to trap or attack an adversary.
    • Darkness Tentacles - Allows the user to create tentacles of darkness. In the episode Rise of the Spinjitzu Master, the Overlord creates the tentacles to collect energy so he and the Stone Army invade Ninjago.
  • Possession - he can possess a person, as he did with Garmadon.
  • Nigh-Immortality - since it is an entity and a person, he can be alive, in addition to what is necessary so that the balance of Light / Darkness is well. It is also worth noting that he is said to be the only immortal character in all of Ninjago, given that there is also the FSM, who can also be considered immortal.
  • Technopathy- Only displayed by The Overlord in his digital virus form. It enabled him to take control of nearly all forms of technology and use them to his advantage.


  • The Overlord is the most powerful villain in his Golden Master form.
  • The Overlord's minifigure has sloped legs, instead of a cape as shown in the television series.
  • According to Tommy Andreasen on Twitter, the Overlord is the most powerful antagonist in the series.
  • Although he is extremely ancient, he is not the first evil to come into existence in the realms; the Oni are, though he is Ninjago's original evil and the First Spinjitzu Master's arch-enemy.
  • The Overlord is the only character in Ninjago who is believed to be immortal.
  • The Overlord views the environment with thermal vision in his "spirit" form.
  • In the show, the Ninja mistook his titles twice for characters they were already familiar with: Dark Lord (they thought it referred to Garmadon) and Golden Master (the Ninja mistook Lloyd for being the Golden Master).
  • The Overlord is the manifestation of darkness and evil, but he needs a body to use his powers. For instance, he was only able to use Darkness while he possessed Garmadon. When his transformation into his original form was complete he could use his full powers. In his Golden Master form, he had both Darkness and the Golden Power.
  • In the non-canon Ninjago book, Tomb of the Fangpyre, it was told that the Great Devourer started off as a harmless garden snake that was infected by darkness (possibly the essence of the Overlord himself) before she bit Garmadon that turned him evil. This may imply that the Overlord is responsible for creating the Great Devourer and turning Lord Garmadon evil in the first place; this theory was supported in the Season 2 finale "Rise of the Spinjitzu Master", when Garmadon was finally freed of the Devourer's venom following the Overlord's first defeat.
  • The Overlord's spirit being indestructible may be due to him being part of the balance. Misako said that "in order for there to be light, there must be shadow," and since the Overlord is the main embodiment of shadow, he's part of the balance.
  • Although his fight with Zane may have destroyed his Golden Master body, it didn't necessarily destroy his spirit (since the Ultimate Spinjitzu Master couldn't do this either).
  • The Overlord and Garmadon are the only villains to be the main antagonist in more than one season.
  • The Overlord and the First Spinjitzu Master were the first Elemental Masters in the realm of Ninjago.
  • A statue of the Overlord's dragon form was part of the Ninja exhibit at the Ninjago Museum of History.
  • The Overlord appears in LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin only in his Garmadon possessed form as an unlockable character.
  • According to Misako, the Overlord's original form is a Dragon. He uses said Dragon form during the final battle of season 2.
  • The Overlord is the first villain to use Spinjitzu against the Ninja.
  • The Overlord is the only villain to be the main antagonist of 3 seasons.

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Leader: The Overlord
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Members: Vengestone Warriors | Vengestone Brutes | Vengestone Guards

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Leader: Lord Garmadon
Generals: General Olivia | General Omar
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