* Mugen's got too much awesome to list it all but here are some of the highlights:
** When promised sex with a hot ninja girl if he helps her (but doesn't get anyway) he [[FoeTossingCharge defeats an entire room full of armed guards]] ''while unarmed and half-naked'', and in the dub even shouts something like "I want my nookie!" What's more, Yatsuha, the ninja, ended up falling in love with him, and swore to herself that she would find him again someday (as her partner questioned her taste in men).
** The fact that Mugen [[spoiler:dies ''at least'' three times in the course of the series is utterly awesome. Every time, he passes into Nirai Kanai, the afterlife of the Ryukyuan religion. He then tells the Futuchi, basically the Japanese grim reapers, that he's not ready, at least once ''demanding'' that they return him to the living world. Yes. Mugen basically tells the Grim Reaper to bite off.]]
** Mugen nearly drowns after a friend betrays him, and survives with barely enough strength to drag himself to shore. [[spoiler:After Jin fills him in, he uses his sword as a cane to hobble up to two of the conspirators and kill one of them effortlessly (three strokes of his sword in as many seconds), leaving the other, his childhood friend Kohza (possibly the only person who ever cared about him, and vice-versa) to live the rest of her life alone. She begs him to kill her, but he keeps limping away. End episode.]] ''Wow''. Accompanied by the CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
*** Context makes this even more awesome: [[spoiler: Kohza and the conspirator BatmanGambit'd Jin into killing her brother, just so said conspirator would be the only one who knew the location of the treasure (which Mugen originally helped steal). Which means that after risking his life to steal the gold, Mugen gave up ''any chance of ever finding the treasure'' in order to take revenge on his former comrades.]]
** The second fight scene with Mugen and [[spoiler:Sara]]. His opponent has truly awesome moves (like a lance that ''cuts the rain'') and could easily have killed Mugen but [[spoiler:she threw the fight when she realized her government handlers had killed her son long ago]]. The last scene ties it all together.
** Let's not forget how Mugen deals with Umanosuke, the assassin with the scythe on a chain: [[spoiler:Mugen gets really close to him, and after he [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throws his sword]] into the ground ''behind the guy'', Mugen avoids Umanosuke's sword, ''[[GroinAttack bites his crotch]]'', and then combines his sword, sheath, and his own body to catch the chain and boomerang it back to ''behead'' Umanosuke]]. It may be the first time in the series he's really ''thought'' about strategy.
* Jin's got his own track record of awesome.
** His final battle against Kariya Kagetoki, in which [[spoiler:he deliberately allows himself to be ''[[DeliberateInjuryGambit impaled]]'', which bring Kariya in close enough for Jin to draw his wakizashi and stab him back.]] He is also [[FanService shirtless with his long hair down]] throughout the scene, which, according to the [[FanGirl fangirls]], helps. It also helps that he's using the Ultimate Technique of his dojo ''exactly'' the way it was intended.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4gkiji8zLA&NR=1 Jin's fight against Mukoro]], who is Mugen's EvilCounterpart, is also well worth a mention.
** Jin's fights with [[spoiler:Yukimaru]] are also crowningly awesome. The first one ends with him leaping off a waterfall because he's reluctant to kill an old friend -- Yukimaru is the only opponent he's ever tried to talk down. Their second meeting ends in Yukimaru's death with only the slightest movement of Jin's sword.
** Jin effortlessly trouncing at least six sword-wielding thugs unarmed is pretty awesome. And made better by the fact that he's doing it to free an enslaved prostitute he's fallen in love with, even though he knows he's unlikely to ever see her again.
** While it's also a TearJerker, the skill involved when Jin kills [[spoiler:Master Mariya in self defense]] is truly impressive. He's ''asleep'' when the assassin enters the room but wakes immediately and it's over in less than 10 seconds. [[spoiler:AND THAT WAS THE MAN WHO TAUGHT HIM.]]
* Kariya Kagetoki may be a villain but his first fight with Mugen and Jin is still unbelievably awesome. Significant challengers to either have been extremely rare, but even when they team up to fight Kagetoki, they turn out to be hopelessly outclassed.
* You people! What about Fuu?
** "Her Stomach is like a cosmos unto itself." (Please note the capital letter 'S' when describing 'Stomach'.)
** Her encounter with the various pots she bumps into in the fourth episode eventually leads up to some of the most impressive... uh, dicemanship, ever witnessed. The stunt even draws fourth a genuine (if momentary) expression of astonishment from [[TheStoic the resident stoic.]]
** Or the fact that she manages to keep the two men from shredding each other for the majority of the series?
** Or even the very reason that she makes the entire journey with two virtual strangers just so she could [[spoiler:find her father and 'slug him one' on her dead mother's behalf]]?
** Plus she [[spoiler: lied about]] that coin flip.
** Several characters in the series (including Jin's EvilCounterpart and Jin himself) even comment on just how feisty and determined she really is. In fact, ''SamuraiChamploo'' would be non-existent as a series if it wasn't for her!
** Not to mention she provides the only {{recap episode}} ever that was worth watching.
** Heck, what about the first episode? We see her in a shop, then in the next scene she looks like she's [[{{gainaxing}} gained several cup sizes]]. Only, we discover she's packing explosives? DidntSeeThatComing.
** Her wall-ricocheting dice roll.
** You see? You don't have to dodge bullets or break dance in order to qualify into the CMOA hall of [[LargeHam AWESOMENESS.]]
* Full Contact Baseball. That is all.
** [[GenericGraffiti Graffiti]] . [[HipHop Hip-Hop]] . [[PostModernism Post-Modern]] [[AlternateHistory commentary]]. [[DanceBattler Breakdancing]]. [[{{Pirate}} Pirates]]. [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai]]. [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Ninja]]. [[KatanasAreJustBetter Katanas]] .[[RevolversAreJustBetter Revolvers]]. [[HeroicComedicSociopath Lovable sociopaths]]. [[EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels Flying squirrels]]. [[WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue Open]] [[WillTheyOrWontThey ended]] [[WildMassGuessing conspiracies]]. [[{{Koan}} Zen]] {{Buddhism}}. [[MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours Kung-fu]] [[KiAttacks sorcery]]. [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Zombies]]. [[StonerFlick Ganja]]. [[{{Crossdresser}} Crossdressing]]. [[{{BFG}} Portable cannons]]. [[SceneryPorn Breathtaking scenery]]. [[{{SchizoTech}} Steel plated sandals]]. [[CrazyAwesome Eccentric characters]]. [[RuleOfCool And much much more]].
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