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~ The Overlord to Lloyd Garmadon in the Ultimate Battle.

The Overlord is a major antagonist in LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, serving as one of the two main antagonists (alongside Lord Garmadon) of Season 2: Legacy of the Green Ninja, and as the main antagonist of Season 3: Rebooted.

He is an immensely powerful evil being who is the archenemy of the First Spinjizu Master, the manifestation of darkness and source of evil, and the creator of the Stone Army. He was also an enemy of Lord Garmadon.

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


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.


The Overlord is a cunning, ruthless, and serious being. The Overlord is the ultimate personification of evil and darkness in Ninjago. The Overlord is very cruel and sadistic as well as devoid of any mercy, empathy, or forgiveness. He greatly enjoys torturing and taunting his enemies in hopeless situations, but is still serious in the right moments and never loses sight of his mission. The Overlord is also not above betraying his own allies, and betrayed Garmadon to achieve a physical form. The only being who the Overlord showed the slightest respect towards, was Pythor. This wasn't genuine however, as he showed no concern and was perfectly fine with Pythor being shrunk and didn't even attempt to protect his ally. It is also heavily implied that one the Overlord accomplished all of his plans, he would dispose of Pythor. To sum it up, The Overlord is a utterly selfish and cruel being who cares for nobody but himself and will do anything to accomplish his evil goals, even if it means betraying his allies.


Ninjago: Legacy of the Green Ninja

During the most of Ninjago: Legacy of the Green Ninja, The Overlord took the form of a spirit. In this form, he looked like a glowing, purple ball.

After possessing Garmadon, The Overlord became an enormous dragon.

Ninjago: Rebooted

During the First half of Ninjago: Rebooted, he took the form of a digital virus and covers the technology with a purple background and two glowing, red eyes.

In his form as the Golden Master, the Overlord's torso has a detailed gold colored skeleton with dark matter inside it, a transparent purple cape, golden armor, purple eyes, and a black helmet.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • The Overlord is the first villain to use Spinjitzu against the Ninja.


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Lord Garmadon | Samukai | Nuckal | Wyplash

Great Devourer | Pythor P. Chumsworth | Skales | Fangtom | Skalidor | Acidicus

The Overlord's Forces
The Overlord/Golden Master | General Kozu | Techno Wu | General Cryptor | Min-Droid

Anacondrai Cultists
Master Chen | Clouse

Ghost Warriors
The Preeminent | Morro | Soul Archer | Bansha

Sky Pirates
Nadakhan | Doubloon

Acronix | Krux

Sons of Garmadon
Emperor Garmadon | Harumi | Killow | Mr. E | Ultra Violet

Dragon Hunters
Iron Baron

The Oni
The Omega

Pyro Vipers
Aspheera | Char

Blizzard Samurai
Ice Emperor | General Vex

Unagami's Army
Unagami | Red Visors | Sushimi | Whack Rats

Awakened Warriors
King Vangelis/Skull Sorcerer | Skull Of Hazza D'ur


Lloyd Garmadon | Captain Soto | No-Eyed Pete | Bizarro Ninja | Ronin | Sensei Yang | Khanjikhan