I’m gonna say it out loud and proud.
I love Ninjago. I love every single character from Ninjago. And so many characters get hated on for stupid things. Well, you know what?
I love them all.
I love Nya. I love that she has problems with guys, like just about every girl does. I love that wants to be part of an all-boys club in some way (I sure as heck did when I was younger!). I love that she struggles to figure out her identity in the team, as both a samurai and a ninja. I love that she has problems. I love that that makes her human.
I love Kai. I love his cocky attitude, and the fact that he’s still figuring it all out. I love that he tries to be leader and still ends up messing everything up, even though he’s the one the other ninja seem to follow. I love that he acts as a brother to not only Nya, but Lloyd as well. I love that he cares for his sister, but gives her space and lets her find her own path. I love that he makes stupid decisions, because those make him human.
I love Cole. I love that he tries to lead, but still ends up following. I love that he has family problems, that he’s had to try a lot of things before settling on being a ninja. I love that he sacrifices himself for his teammates. I love that he’s kind of a showoff, and has obsessions with ridiculous things. I love that he’s not just strong, but smart and even wise at times. I love that he can be strong in bad situations. I love that he has problems with like his friend’s girlfriend, because that happens! It makes him human.
I love Jay. I love his positive attitude, but I also love the fact that he can be more sensitive too.I love that he has trouble controlling his emotions, that he’s impulsive and wild. I love his laugh, and his terrible jokes. I love his humble background, and his slightly overbearing parents. I love that his friend was interested in his girlfriend, and even after fighting, they managed to make up. I love that he has problems that can take some time for him to fix. Because that makes him human.
I love Zane. I love that he’s confused about his identity and his place on the team. I love that he’s gone through so many hardships, both with his realization of being a nindroid and his transition to a new body. I love his voice of reason in the team. I love that he can have a cheerful, joking side to balance out his cold exterior. I love that he’s intelligent, and that that can get in the way of reason. I love that he has trouble relating to the other ninja. Because even though he’s a nindroid, those flaws make him human.
I love Lloyd. I love watching him grow from a whiny brat to a mature young man. I love that we get to see him face all the problems that come with his destiny. I love that he faces them head on, even though he knows they will come with consequences. I love that he’s had to watch his family fall apart multiple times, but he still managed to pull through it. I love that he accepts help, even though he’s the most powerful of all of the ninja. I love that he never lost his charm, even when he aged. I love that he has to pull through, even when the other ninja may not be able to. I love him, and how he’s human, like all of them.
I love them. I love them all. I understand they have flaws. I know they all have lots of problems. But I love them despite those. Those flaws? That’s what makes a good character, because no human is perfect. Those flaws are what make them interesting. And I love them all so much. I think they’re brilliant.