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[[caption-width-right:350:NothingIsScarier indeed.]]

If you can watch the whole series without one squeak of terror, then you have more gumption than Jack himself. Some episodes were entirely built around NightmareFuel; even the episodes not revolving around horror have scenes that are traumatic.

The frequent robot carnage that the censors let pass in every episode occasionally goes ''way'' beyond the borders of "not too bad"; once you reach dismembered robots impaled on spikes, things have gotten bad.

[[folder:Season 1]]

[[folder: The Beginning ]]

* Aku's assault on young Jack's home city in the very beginning. He shows up looking bored, the garrison attacks him, and finally he smiles entertained as he ''wipes them out with the very arrows they shot at him'', and ''then'' he starts attacking half-seriously.
** To make matters worse, Jack's father (the Emperor), the only person who knows how to defeat Aku, is immediately stopped before he could do so; Aku grabs the Emperor before he could take his sword (the only thing that can harm Aku), [[TheBadGuyWins allowing Aku to conquer Japan]]. Jack and his mother escape [[TearJerker in tears]].
** For more {{t|earJerker}}ragedy, when a now-grown-up Jack returns to his home country, he finds everyone [[FateWorseThanDeath has been]] [[MadeASlave enslaved]]. His father got the worst of it; he has become [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen a weak and decrepit old man]], and is denied adequate food and water. Aku sure knows how to [[BreakTheBadass destroy even the strongest of spirits]].


[[folder: The Samurai Called Jack ]]

* Aku punishes a young alien for openly disrespecting him by shooting EyeBeams, seemingly disintegrating him. The grieving father is then told by Aku that the boy was teleported to [[{{Hell}} the Pit of Hate]], [[FateWorseThanDeath where he would eventually learn to respect Aku]].
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1466015232507.jpg Jack witnesses]] the aftermath of the [[CivilizedAnimal talking dogs]]' persecution by Aku; he sees silhouettes of ''crucified'' dogs, and it's implied that they are dead. Aku has been committing so many atrocities like this since Jack's original time period to the present day, to many races throughout many planets. For ''thousands of years''.


[[folder: The First Fight ]]

* An [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge angry Jack]] is a ''terrifying Jack''. He becomes a raging, screaming warrior amidst all of the injuries and the beatings he takes from Aku's Beetle Drones, as he is practically ''covered'' in [[SymbolicBlood oil]]. Even the Drones look terrified of him, before he promptly slaughters them all.


[[folder: Jack and the Lava Monster ]]

* Jack is traveling through the scorched countryside that was once the Lava Monster's home, implied to be in Scandinavia. It's bleak, cold, and littered with ash and corpses. On top of that, there's an ominous voice constantly beckoning Jack to follow it.
-->"Come... ''Come...!''"
* As Jack comes closer and closer to reaching the end of an increasingly lethal series of traps placed by a cursed warrior, you see ''dozens'' of skeletons strewn about his labyrinth of death, all killed in brutally horrific fashion when they each made a lethal mistake on the way in.
* After Jack breaks the curse on the warrior, he returns to human form; but the entire time he was locked away in that demonic prison, he was separated and left untouched from the natural flow of time. [[NoImmortalInertia He rapidly ages into a frail old man in an instant and dies]]. Fortunately, [[HeartwarmingMoments he's carried off to the afterlife paradise of Valhalla to live in eternal bliss]].


[[folder: Aku's Fairy Tales ]]

* Even [[CrowningMomentOfFunny one of the most hilarious episodes]] where Aku is involved merely paints him horrific in a different light. He rounds up kids from within the capital city, with no reason given to them or their parents. The room they're led to is large, red, and spiky as always, but has monitors of adorable, yet... off animals, which eventually switch off. The camera focuses on a large red throne in the room. And Aku just appears. No fanfare, no flashy effects, no booming monologue. [[NothingIsScarier He's just there]]. This is how he starts ''reading propaganda stories to children''. It's just fortunate that [[{{Narm}} Aku really sucks at brainwashing]].
* One of his stories shows an Evil Jack inside the Three Bears' home, hung over. Bleary, blood-shot eyes are never a pretty sight.

[[folder:Season 2]]

[[folder: Jack Tales ]]

* Jack encounters a seemingly-human family who turn out to be metal-eating robots. The robots, in a fit of hunger, rip each other to shreds, and the insides of the robots look just graphically enough like human flesh to creep you out.
** The family were unaware that they're actually MechanicalLifeforms, only feasting on "the mother" when her face was revealed to be robotic. [[FridgeHorror Who's to say they weren't originally people who underwent some sort of]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory-erasing]] UnwillingRoboticization? What if their story about being "survivors" of a raid was true, and they woke up after being experimented on, perfectly ordinary but having a violent taste for metal? As there's no real backstory regarding them, NothingIsScarier is in full effect.


[[folder: Jack and the Ultra-Robots ]]

* The carnage and devastation caused by the Ultra-Robots is worth mentioning, especially the [[DesolationShot ruins of the second city]]. [[SceneryGorn Mutilated innocent robots with horrific faces strewn about, some of them on pikes]], [[SymbolicBlood and oil EVERYWHERE]].
** Also note that they didn't just attack other robots, they destroyed two other towns, one with little cat-like creatures and another with a population that bore a resemblance to the [[Franchise/StarWars Sand People]]. The latter of which is notable in that Jack encounters ''no survivors''.


[[folder: Jack vs. Demongo, the Soul Collector ]]

* Demongo, ''dear God''. Not only is he a demon, he [[YourSoulIsMine steals the souls]] and keeps the skulls of all the warriors he's slain. Skulls that he ''wears on his chest''. Skulls that he can toss out to summon [[SlaveMooks the ghosts of the fallen warriors to do his bidding]], all of whom have creepy blue mind-controlled eyes.

[[folder:Season 3]]

[[folder: Chicken Jack ]]

* The creatures that the [[BalefulPolymorph chickenized]] Jack battles in the animal-fighting arena ranged from downright creepy to outrageously grotesque. And this was a lighter episode!
** Jack previously showed a real distaste for being [[GladiatorGames forced to fight for entertainment]], back in the Dome of Doom. Here in a cockfighting pit that's decidedly less guarded, he makes all of one attempt to escape; then just applies himself to fighting opponents, and moping when the man who caught him won't feed him. Combined with how the episode stops showing POV shots where he speaks, even if his words are just chicken sounds to onlookers, it seems like TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody and he became just a clever rooster.


[[folder: Jack and the Zombies ]]

* Some of those zombies were just plain freaky, like the long-armed zombie and the one that steals Jack's sword. And when he falls into the crypt... that wail.
* The [[OhCrap look on Jack's face]] when Aku starts to use ''his own sword'' against him. Sure, Jack is still able to fight back, but a good chunk of that fight is Jack trying to run away or dodge Aku's attacks. Unfortunately, [[YouWillNotEvadeMe Aku doesn't let Jack escape that easily]]...
--> '''Aku:''' "Oh, Samurai? Where are you, Samurai? [[YouCanRunButYouCantHide You can run, but you cannot hide]], 'cause '''I can smell your blood'''!"
** The way Aku's voice changes for those last five words just really pushes his creepy-meter to the red.
** The entire sequence after Aku seizes the sword. Jack can't hurt him at all. All he can do is run and block Aku's attacks, and while Aku starts with the sword he pulls out all the stops - eyebeams, fire, shapeshifting on a scale not otherwise seen on this show. There's a part where Aku is just a spreading mass of tendrils, and the camera pulls back to show just how ''big'' that mass is. It really emphasizes how screwed Jack, or anyone else, is when trying to oppose Aku without the sword.
** And then Aku's close-up as he's about to stab Jack, [[http://oi67.tinypic.com/1411b9j.jpg his eyes look creepier than normal]]. Fortunately, Aku is surprised to learn that [[LoyalPhlebotinum the sword can't even hurt Jack]].


[[folder: Jack in Egypt ]]

* Jack's fight against the three [[HumanoidAbomination Minions of Set]]. But these are creatures that Jack himself '''cannot''' stop. Whenever he cuts off their limbs, they grow back instantly, and the Minions continue the chase. Jack is forced to run and go on the defensive for the rest of the episode, as he tries to locate artifact pieces that will help defeat the Minions, nearly getting killed in the process. To say it's tense is an understatement.
** The worst part of it is after Jack realizes they are loose, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pufp-IaJeo&t=1m20s they just open up WAILING on him]]. They outright smash Jack in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that if it was aired on AdultSwim? Jack would be outright BLEEDING from the wounds he got.
--->'''Jack:''' "These creatures are more powerful than anything I have ever encountered..."
** Jack had to rely on the power of a ''god'' to destroy them. The god himself, [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Ra]][[note]]The very same Ra that, along with [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]] and [[Myth/HinduMythology Vishnu]], destroyed the evil entity that would later spawn Aku[[/note]], was pretty creepy as well in the fact that he did so [[CurbStompBattle with very little effort]], the fact that he towers over Jack, and that he does nothing but stare at Jack, not even speaking when Jack asks him if he knows a way to return to his own time.


[[folder: Jack and the Creature ]]

* When the {{greaser| delinquents}} robots attack Jack and knock him unconscious, the normally [[BewareTheSillyOnes goofy]] and [[BewareTheNiceOnes friendly]] Creature [[DisneyDeath believes that Jack died]], and now it's '''[[UnstoppableRage pissed]]'''. The Creature ''[[HulkingOut transforms into a horrifying monster]]'' and [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge chases after the robots]], [[MookHorrorShow mauling each of them to death]]. The last robot is absolutely ''terrified'', hiding behind a rock and futilely praying that he'll make it. By the end, [[KillEmAll the Creature has left nobody alive]]... (well, except for Jack).


[[folder: Jack and the Haunted House ]]

* This episode provides the page image, and for good reason. Here, Jack follows a scared little girl to an old, decrepit house. He receives several nightmarish visions about what happened to the girl's various family members who used to live there, all of them appearing to have been killed by some faceless horror. Not even Aku, just some [[EldritchAbomination nameless demon]] with a sadistic streak. And that's only the first half. What really seals the deal is the [[HellIsThatNoise cacophonous distortion in the "other realm" Jack ends up in]], which sounds like something you'd get if you blasted really loud music out of your speakers at full volume.
** This one seriously needs to be seen to be believed. The creepy visions Jack keeps seeing of some unnamed thing attacking the occupants of the house, the eerie tranquility in the fake tea room, not to mention that, unlike most villains who appear on the show who all either work for Aku or are involved with him some way, the Demonic Spirit ''has nothing to do with Aku''. [[TheSpook It's just... there]].


[[folder: The Birth of Evil ]]

* As the title would suggest, this episode reveals the origin of Aku. Billions of years ago, he was originally [[EldritchAbomination some sort of giant, shapeless entity]] that roamed outer space, attempting to destroy everything around it. The gods [[Myth/NorseMythology Odin]], [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Ra]], and [[Myth/HinduMythology Vishnu]] fought this ''thing'' and almost destroyed it, except for a smaller fragment that got cut off and drifted away to Earth...
** When this primordial monster crash-landed on prehistoric Earth, it took the form of a meteor that [[PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs burned nearly all of the dinosaurs]] down to charred skeletons, then proceeded to gobble up the few remaining survivors. The carnage is ''abominable''.
** Soon, proto-Aku became a [[BlobMonster giant puddle of black goo]] inside the earth that would send large, deep cracks through the ground. The cracks were filled with a black tar-like substance, and it would then ''[[ExtremeOmnivore absorb living creatures]]'' to get stronger. This includes an unlucky [[ToServeMan group of cave-people]]. At one point, a man calls out for his dog, goes to the back of his house, and sees one of the cracks filled with black goop, and ''half the dog's leash sticking out''. Doubles as a TearJerker when we hear the man's anguished and horrified screams.
*** Bit of a meta example: the dog's name is '''[[Manga/{{Parasyte}} Shinichi]]'''. Considering the fact that Aku was little more than a parasitic life-form growing bigger and stronger from devouring other life forms at this point in time, and the fact that the ''Parasyte'' manga features a dog overtaken by a parasite eating another dog creates a creepy crisscrossing reminder of each work's Nightmare Fuel.
** Worse, every time the goo swallows up a living creature, a giant black tree springs out of the sludge with violent crackling sounds. Pretty soon, so many creatures have been devoured it has grown into a veritable ''forest'' encroaching upon civilization and threatening to engulf the land of the Japanese.
* Later, the Emperor goes on a mission to try and destroy the monster, charging into the forest of black spiky trees, along with an army of samurai in tow. As they get closer and closer, more trees burst up from the ground, and we [[GoryDiscretionShot hear samurai start screaming as their horses (now riderless) run by the Emperor]].
** Aku's evolution into a sentient being of evil. After the Emperor tries to kill him, the magic he used instead has the opposite effect. At first, it seems like it worked, but we're shown the two red flames that would become Aku's signature flaming eyebrows. Then, we see all the trees in the pool recede... only to be replaced by one singular towering mass that gushes out of the pool. Its appendages creak, groan, snap, and contort into place until they form that all-too-familiar shape of the Shogun of Sorrow from behind, just like in the first episode. Then we see the flaming eyebrows ignite atop his head and his eyes ''snap'' open for the first time. And ''then'' come his first words.
-->'''Aku''': ''(groaning and wondering how he came to life)'' Ohh.... ''(spies Jack's father)'' OH! '''YOU!''' ''THANK YOU!!''
-->'''Jack's father''': ''NO!'' My intention was to ''destroy you!''
** And then, after the Emperor accidentally awakens Aku,[[note]]He fired a magic arrow that was supposed to kill the black blob, but instead it evolved into the intelligent being now named Aku.[[/note]] Aku ties him up, slips into the ground, then pops back up by his kingdom and attacks it. Coupled with the guy's horrified face and the BigNo that follows, imagine how the people in his city felt.
** During the final battle between Jack's father and Aku, Aku slips into the armor of fallen soldiers and [[MesACrowd makes clones of himself]] to surround him. They all promptly [[EvilLaugh laugh]] at him and then just... stop. It's surprisingly unnerving.

[[folder:Season 4]]

[[folder: Samurai vs. Ninja ]]

* It gets downright hectic and overall a bit eerie, since you have two of the deadliest warriors hunting one another in the art of ninjutsu. All the while, they're both clad for the appropriate elements. One fights in the shadows, while the other fights in pure blinding light. The whole fight in the very wooden tower is both a respectful mix of NightmareFuel and ParanoiaFuel. And to add even more fuel to an already deadly, adrenaline-rushing encounter? The soundtrack throughout the whole fight! ... Horror chords and all. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmkxsQnNujI Here is the fight in its entirety]].


[[folder: Samurai vs. Samurai ]]

* This is a mostly a goofy episode involving Jack dealing with the [[SmallNameBigEgo Da Samurai]], until the last few minutes. Suddenly, an ''army'' of Aku's assassin robots from earlier in the episode show up, but these ones are {{dual wielding}} swords and opening the panels in their heads to reveal [[UncannyValley creepy long faces with razor-sharp teeth]]. That alone is scary enough, but after Jack finally defeats the entire army, they all combine into what can only be described as a MechanicalAbomination. Thankfully, it goes down easier than the army did, but it's still freaky to watch.


[[folder: The Aku Infection ]]

* Aku unwittingly infects Jack with a [[TheVirus small piece]] [[TheCorruption of himself]], and soon Jack starts to [[BodyHorror look scarier]] [[TransformationHorror and scarier]] as time goes on.
-->'''Jack:''' "I'm getting..."
-->''(Lifts up cloak to reveal Jack is looking and sounding more like Aku)''
-->'''Jack:''' "... '''STRONGER'''."
* The Aku-possessed Jack carves up an innocent robot bystander's face [[DisproportionateRetribution for bumping into him on the street]]. We get a very close, slow shot of this happening; never before has the SymbolicBlood looked so terrifying.
* Jack disguises his changed features with a makeshift cloak, and goes to the adorable Lizard Monks; Jack wants help, Aku wants to find and eliminate them. By the time he meets them, it's deliberately ambiguous who's in control, and how far the changes have spread. All that's visible by that point is his eye, which ''cries'' when he tries to talk to the avuncular leader of the monks -- and then he tears the cloak off and reveals the eye is all that's left, the rest of him is Aku.
** None of the monks he attacks in the ensuing fight are cut in half by the sword, but they're sure knocked around and don't stand a chance until their leader throws a potion in his face.
*** Even then, a restrained Jack with many patches of the infection scattered across his skin is told that all the monks can do is slow the progression, but it's up to him to fight it off. He says he cannot and begs for help, sounding broken when they can't give it to him. At that point his body transforms completely, and Aku bellows that he'll eat them all.


[[folder: The Princess and the Bounty Hunters ]]

* A [[FiveBadBand group of bounty hunters]] team up to capture and/or kill Jack once and for all, by attempting to attack him all at once. Unfortunately, it backfires and Jack defeats them all, with the Princess being the last member of the group standing. Jack ''seems'' to have ''killed'' living beings, ''flesh and blood'' ([[FlipFlopOfGod or not]])[[note]]Genndy Tartakovsky gave a very unclear answer about this in an interview[[/note]], as opposed to robots or demons. Pretty grim when you think about it.


[[folder: Tale of X 9 ]]

* X9's flashback of when he '[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge lost control]]' upon seeing his fellow X models killed.
* X9 receiving a call from Lulu when she's held hostage by Aku. From her end, it's PlayedForLaughs. From his end, it's PlayedForDrama. It's AdultFear on two levels, one where your pet goes missing, and one where someone you loved wanders off and gets taken hostage.


[[folder: Jack and the Baby ]]

* The AdultFear:
** Your (surrogate) infant getting sick.
** Your baby's been kidnapped by monsters, [[WouldHurtAChild who will]] [[EatsBabies eat the poor child]].
** The ending touches upon the AdultFear that your young child (very young, in the baby's case) has [[HarmfulToMinors witnessed something not appropriate for kids to see]]. And it may have ended an aspect of their innocence prematurely.
*** It takes on a whole new level of horror when an episode of season 5 reveals young Jack went through a very similar and even more violent experience.

[[folder:Season 5]]
''Samurai Jack'' was already a dark and violent show, but now that the show has moved to Creator/AdultSwim, it gets to have a [[DarkerAndEdgier little more freedom]] [[BloodierAndGorier with its violence]], leading to some very dark and disturbing scenes that are guaranteed to leave you sleeping with both eyes open.


[[folder: XCII ]]

* ''The very first scene'' opens with Aku's Beetle Drones destroying a village and chasing after the {{sole survivor}}s: a mother, her young daughter, and her baby. They try to escape, but the Beetle Drones encircle them. [[FaceDeathWithDignity All they can do is use their antennae to communicate their love for each other and await their inevitable and brutal demise]]. Granted, Jack saves them just in time, but still, it really sets the tone for the rest of the season.
* Throughout this episode, we see that Jack has been suffering from a hell lot of [[ShellShockedVeteran post-traumatic stress]], in the form of guilt, depression, and nightmarish hallucinations:
** In each of the hallucinations Jack sees... SOMEONE on horseback. We're never told or fully shown who it is... but whoever it is? It's something that TERRIFIES Jack. Yes JACK IS TERRIFIED OF SOMETHING.
** Jack's first hallucination. While drinking from a stream, he starts to imagine leaves falling from a nearby tree are his parents and the tortured forms of his people. At the end of the vision, we get to see ''hordes of zombie-like people floating downstream'', screaming and reaching out for Jack to save them. ''Jesus Christ, Tartakovsky''.
--->'''Mother:''' "You left us all... to... '''''[[VoiceOfTheLegion DIIIIIIE!]]'''''"
** The second hallucination starts with Jack sitting by the fire while eating a dead rat, when he sees a vision of his father in the fire, asking why he never came back. As Jack desperately tries to explain himself, the vision gets bigger and the fire spreads out of control as his father gets angrier. It ends with Jack's father screaming at his son, accusing him of abandoning his destiny and people while making the mother of all {{nightmare face}}s.
** The third and final vision is slightly less disturbing than the previous two, as it mainly shows Jack imagining small children ([[WouldHurtAChild the kids from the village who were murdered by Scaramouch]]) pleading for his help. But what makes it nightmare fuel, is not so much what it contains, but when it happens: during the middle of the fight with Scaramouch. Jack is ''still in danger'' when he starts hallucinating! Scaramouch even uses his distress to land a shot on him! While the attack wasn't lethal, next time he might not be so lucky. It really does paint a picture that Jack is a broken man, and that these hallucinations (much like in real life) aren't just limited to when he's alone. They could happen anywhere, at any time no matter what he's doing or what kind of danger he's in, making Jack his own worst enemy.
* Scaramouch, despite being a silly villain, [[BewareTheSillyOnes slaughters an entire village just to draw Jack out]]. The fact that Scaramouch was able to wipe out the whole settlement by himself is also unsettling, indicating that he is a OneManArmy. No {{mook}}s needed, just himself.
** What makes the above even scarier is that Jack ''allowed it to happen''. He was in the area when Scaramouch attacked the village, he saw the smoke rising from the village, but he ''chose'' to ignore it and go about his business. It takes a severe attack on his guilt to get him to go back... '''days later'''. By then, Scaramouch has massacred everyone in the village. To summarize: Jack's inaction allowed Scaramouch to slaughter an entire village of innocents, which really sets the tone for the season and shows just how ''broken'' Jack is. You ''know'' things have gone bad when TheHero of the series ''stops'' helping people in need.
*** It's even harder to stomach knowing the Ultra-Robots destroyed settlements for the exact same reason -- to draw Jack out -- and he was unable to get to these places in time to save their victims. This time, he ''did'' have time to make a difference, but chose not to because he's used to these kinds of outcomes, and the result ended up being the same. Talk about a ShaggyDogStory.
** The way that [[spoiler:Scaramouch dies is pretty gruesome. First, Jack slices him in half with his own dao, causing a horrific amount of oil to spill out of him. His body then explodes after he is killed, but his head goes flying and lands in front of the foreground. His face is etched with pain, and his lifeless eyes stare straight at the viewer while a ScareChord plays.]]
* The biggest source of NightmareFuel in this episode is TheReveal that [[spoiler:'''JACK LOST HIS SWORD'''. He lost the ''only'' weapon on Earth that can harm Aku. And while he's managed to keep that fact hidden so far, it's only a matter of time before the Daughters of Aku or even Aku himself finds out about it. Good luck, Jack. ''You'll need it.'']]
* Every single scene with the Daughters of Aku. They are the seven daughters of a crazy female cult leader who [[ReligionOfEvil worships]] [[GodOfEvil Aku]], and she has been raising and training them since birth to become assassins with one goal: to kill Samurai Jack. All the while, these girls are deprived of a normal childhood.
** The first scene showing their birth was rather disturbing. We are basically watching a woman give birth to septuplets in a dark room '''without any anesthesia or any proper medical aid'''. Most real-life mothers wouldn't ''survive'' such an ordeal in such conditions. Her screams of pain combined with the rhythmic chimes of the gong made the whole ritual look like a HumanSacrifice, though without any killing.
** The worst part of it all is how even as little girls, [[AbusiveParents their own mother]] puts them through [[TrainingFromHell extremely harsh]] [[TheSpartanWay non-stop training]]. Any time they fail a test or get distracted, she throws them over to older women [[WouldHurtAChild to give them]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown a brutal beating]]. She even discourages her daughters from helping out their own sisters when they're down or wounded, [[TheSocialDarwinist believing them to be too weak to live]].
** The sisters' graduation test is an impressive showcase of their talents and abilities, and they complete the whole scene without breaking stride... [[spoiler:even the part where one of them (Ashi) brains one of her instructors with an arrow]]. It quickly becomes clear that this isn't just another exercise, [[spoiler:it's actual ''mortal combat'', and all the trainers that guided them from birth are dropping like flies]]. After four seasons of [[spoiler:having every casualty restricted to robotic lifeforms]], it was quite a shock to see [[spoiler:actual flesh-and-blood deaths introduced with such nonchalance and ruthlessness]]. It honestly made one fear for Jack's well being.


[[folder: XCIII ]]

* The way that Aku and his "[[MesACrowd therapist]]" yell [[SuddenlyShouting "DIE!"]] at the beginning of the episode. It's hammy and over-the-top, but in a chilling way that shows that, much like Jack, the 50 years appear to be taking a toll on his mind as well.
* The Daughters of Aku hunting Jack. The whole scene felt like the "Jack in Egypt" episode. They're systematic, thorough, and well-trained. When they lose track of Jack, they don't panic. They hide in the shadows at various points in the ruins they've chased him into to lull him into a sense of security, then ''strike'' from the darkness, letting the others know his location. After that, it's not even really a fight. It's an escape. Jack is forced to hide in a ''coffin'' at one point, looking more terrified than we'd ever seen with only a firefly to give him light, as if silently begging for them to go away... which they obviously won't. The light is slowly snuffed out... and the next thing we see out of the darkness is all seven Daughters shattering the coffin he's in, Jack springing out of it through desperation. It's the worst trial Jack's been through for the entire series, bar none.
** At one point during the chase, while hiding from the Daughters, Jack is confronted by another vision of himself, which tries to ''[[DeathSeeker talk him into]] [[DrivenToSuicide committing]] [[{{Seppuku}} "honorable" suicide]]''. If his enemies can't end him, Jack may as well try to do it himself...
** Stripped of his weapons, beaten, bruised, and forced to constantly evade the Daughters of Aku given their numerical advantage and constant ambushes, Jack is forced to hide amongst a vast amount of coffins all centered around the skeleton of an ancient king. The episode already highlighted it earlier to some degree, but the sheer terror Jack has is unlike anything else he's ever shown before during this. He's absolutely shaking, uncertain, and desperately, silently begging for a firefly to go away before he's exposed to a threat he cannot beat like this. And his bedfellow is the skeleton of one of the king's followers, who is glimpsed by the light of the firefly. The fact that Jack has been forced to lie down with the bones of the departed to find refuge is so macabre it hurts.
** [[spoiler:At one point, Jack is forced to flat out run from the Daughters of Aku, racing down twisting, turning passages in the dark, then we get a JumpScare when Jack actually runs into one of the girls, who has managed to outmaneuver and get ahead of him. It's only fortunate for Jack that separating from her sisters proved to be a fatal mistake for her.]] Leading to...
*** [[spoiler:We actually get to see Jack '''killing''' a human being up-close for the first time. He spent the episode believing that the Daughters were [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman just another one of Aku's machines]], and after being confronted by one of them, he ''slices'' her neck. That is ''genuine blood'' Jack's seeing. While it was undeniably in self-defense, his reaction is one of genuine guilt and horror.]]
*** The sound made during the [[spoiler:SlashedThroat]] is probably one of the most brutal noises in the entire series up to this point. [[spoiler:It isn't just skin being penetrated with a blade and blood splashing out, there's almost a bone-like sound adding a disgusting edge to the strike. Odds are, Jack was inches away from dealing out a full-on decapitation.]]
** The music that plays throughout the Daughters' hunt for Jack is terrifying. It is a cover of Music/EnnioMorricone's "The Ecstasy of Gold", from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly''. Now what does ''that'' say to this conflict?
* The side-plot with the lone white wolf fighting against a pack of tiger-like alien beasts. [[spoiler:While the blood from the Daughter was more subdued, the animal fight is a total bloodbath where everyone involved seems to die gruesomely, quite a [[AnimalMetaphor bad omen]] for Jack and the Daughters.]]
** Just the appearance of the alien tigers. Think of the Ultimate Chimera from ''VideoGame/MOTHER3'', but painted green with stripes and covered in fur. Not to mention the demonic roaring...


[[folder: XCIV ]]

* After watching an entire series of Jack only getting scratched, beaten, and broken down, the first portion of this episode shows him bleeding '''gallons''' of blood from his stab wound.
** Worse, we see Jack pass out over and over from this bleeding for what seems like days on end. Then he encounters a seemingly normal frog that {{suddenly shout|ing}}s, '''"THEY'RE COMING!"''' and it becomes unclear if that is just a hallucination or an actual sapient frog that can talk trying to warn him of danger, either way being very disturbing.
** While Jack is still bleeding out and retreats for shelter, he starts to see the green spectral samurai again. Only now, with Jack on the verge of death, the Horseman starts ''following'' him like some sort of [[TheGrimReaper Grim Reaper]].
** Especially when [[spoiler:Jack and the White Wolf meet personally, as they both are covered from head to toe in symbolic lines of blood across their bodies. It's quite a miracle that Jack and the Wolf somehow survived these near-mortal wounds. And the tension beforehand where Jack is forced to pick up the dagger used to wound him as his only means of defending himself is proof of how backed into a corner Jack is and that this is his only option left if he wants to live]].
** What is probably the most difficult part of the episode to get through is watching Jack finally force himself to extricate the dagger from his chest. It is ''not'' pretty- he has to slowly work it out of his body as it's wedged in VERY tightly, during which time he squeezes his eyes shut, sweats bullets, and grits his teeth, steeling himself for the pain of ripping it out. Then, as he ''does'' pry it loose, darker-colored blood from his insides begins to ooze out and he groans very weakly, having grown extremely tired. Finally, he yanks the blade out and screams with INCREDIBLE pain... then promptly passes out one more time from the agony. Keep in mind this is the kind of pain that is so excruciating that a person would risk biting their tongue from gnashing their teeth and would have to have a stick or something else sturdy to bite on!
* At one point, Jack is taunted by another apparition of his past self... only now the apparition is twisting and contorting in strange poses with fanged teeth, and bears a constant cruel expression on his face. The animators are taking a character design we know and love, and making it look... ''[[DerangedAnimation so wrong]]''. To elaborate: this apparition appears inhumanly tall and slender, like a HumanoidAbomination. His face is more narrow. He moves inhumanly fast. He has sharp, jagged teeth like a shark, and his expressions showcase them quite well, being the very embodiment of NightmareFace: cruel scowls, {{Psychotic Smirk}}s, and {{Slasher Smile}}s galore. Lastly, he speaks in a much more malicious and psychotic tone, [[spoiler:getting very creepily excited over the thought of more killing and mocking Jack, trying to goad him into embracing BloodLust]]. Not to mention he resembles Mad Jack, or how Aku portrayed Jack in his fairy tales. The [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech brutal speech]] combined with the pained "no" Jack gives in response made the whole scene feel like he was tortured.
-->'''Inner Jack:''' Look at you. You've survived worse. This isn't about your pathetic little cut, it's about [[spoiler:that girl you killed. We've never killed a human before, have we? Sure, ''mountains'' of robot corpses. But ''this''... This was the first human being. ''Real flesh and blood.'' What happens when the others find you? You'll have to kill them too. ''Can you?'' Will you be able to when the time comes? Maybe ''they'' will kill ''you?'' (''{{Beat}}'') Or is ''that'' what you ''want?'']]
-->'''Jack:''' (''pained'') No.
* In Jack's childhood flashback: the way that [[PapaWolf his father]] dispatched the assassins coming after them, while awesome, could also be terrifying due to how ''swift and brutal'' it is. At one point he ''[[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cuts a guy in half]], with his blood splattering through the carriage window [[BloodSplatteredInnocents into poor Jack's eyes]]''. Needless to say, little Jack is scared to see all this raw carnage up-close, even if those thugs had it coming. No wonder Jack doesn't like killing.
* Jack's wound continues to bleed out relentlessly, and it forces him to stitch it up by improvising a thread and needle with an animal bone fragment and some wood fibers. We see his silhouette in the dark cave wincing in pain as he seals up his own wound in a crude manner. It leaves a remarkable scar on his chest, his first lasting wound from his time in the future.
** Heaven only knows if the way he administers self-surgery is even ''sanitary''- he's had an open wound for who knows how long and the means he's closing up his injury ''can't'' be sterile (he didn't even cauterize them with fire at the very least)- the only thing we can count on is his unbreakable willpower to stave off death, and that includes infection; he fought off ''Aku's pure evil'' infecting him, for pity's sake! If he can fight off that, he can fight off any infection, really!
* It's implied that Jack's recovery is a very slow and painful one with the passage of time. At the start of this season, it was clearly fall in the region of the world he was in. By the time he reaches shelter, fall is giving way to winter, and then by the time he has fully healed, winter has come entirely. And that gives plenty of time for his enemies to dig themselves out of oblivion and catch up to him. Worse, he has been caught ExposedToTheElements in the dead of winter considering all his clothing has been stripped from him but the tatters of his underclothes. For a normal person, this kind of bleak survival situation would probably be their downfall.
* We see the true extent of the Daughters of Aku's abusive upbringing, and how it affects their interactions with each other and the outside world.
** When the Daughters escape the destroyed temple, [[spoiler:they comment on their deceased sister that "Death is failure", and proceed to leave her corpse to rot without batting an eye.]]
** They believe that a simple male deer must be a minion of Aku's due to sporting antlers similar to his own. And when the buck kisses a doe, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood they are all baffled]] [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove by this display of affection]].
* Upon coming to terms with his guilt and that, like his father, [[spoiler:he'd have to take lives if he wanted to complete his mission]], Jack's first act is to attempt to prevent a fight. [[ShutUpKirk The Daughters of Aku reject this notion]].
** [[spoiler:Not even seconds later, he pops out from beneath their feet in the snow and harpoons two of the sisters before they can even react.]]
** [[spoiler:After Jack kills one of the Daughters with a thrown sword through the chest, her sister just... pulls it out of her to fight Jack with without even ''looking'' at her.]]
** One of the Daughters spears a crow through the neck with her sai and pins it to a tree so efficiently it doesn't even bleed. [[DiesWideOpen It gets killed so fast its eyes stay open.]] Scarier still, because the snowdrifts are obscuring the trees, it looks as though the crow has been pinned to the air itself.
** [[spoiler:When Jack decides to drop the Daughter's weapon and resort to using his [[GoodOldFisticuffs bare hands]], he kills a Daughter by punching her in the face hard enough to make her neck snap instantly and her body spin out and fall to the depths.]]
** [[spoiler:In the end, the defeated Ashi starts fanatically ranting about killing Jack, even after having seen all of her sisters die at his hand, and likely being seconds away from death herself.]]


[[folder: XCV ]]

* When he first wakes from his fall into the snow, Jack's mind quickly flashes back to the fight with the Daughters of Aku, only he imagines one of them with the ''real'' Aku's face in place of the mask, [[UncannyValley distorted into a more violent looking sneer with the same humanoid proportions of one of the Daughters]], kind of like a mix between a JumpScare and a FreezeFrameBonus. It just goes to show in Jack's eyes, the fight isn't over even when the enemies have fallen, and that the Daughters of Aku were NotSoDifferent from the genuine article.
** As Jack recollects himself after his most recent battle [[spoiler:when several Daughters of Aku met their end at his hands]], he gradually gets surrounded by droves of crows, [[spoiler:perhaps drawn by the carnage that just took place, and maybe angered by the fact one of the crows died in the crossfire. When he discovers a blood trail, he follows it to find Ashi lying seemingly dead on the ground. Then, the crows start ''mocking him''.]]
--->'''Crow:''' [[spoiler:"'''MURDERERRR!!'''"]]
--->'''Another Crow:''' [[spoiler:"'''''KILLERRRRR!!!'''''"]]
--->'''Jack:''' [[spoiler:"[[RuleOfThree No... no...]] '''[[BigNo NO!]]''' ''THEY CHOSE THE PATH...!'' ''THEY'' '''''CHOSE!!!'''''"]]
* Just how '''[[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever huge]]''' the [[{{Kaiju}} gigantic monster]] that swallows Jack and Ashi is really rather terrifying. As the two explore and try to escape from it, they find other scary creatures inside this enormous body.
** It's so incomprehensibly massive, that even when a portion the size of a small city breaks the surface, we still can't see it in its entirety. [[EldritchAbomination A creature of that scale]] wouldn't be out of place in a CosmicHorrorStory.
** Even worse; it's implied that Aku has been ''deliberately creating (or spreading) these things'', which further provides some [[FridgeHorror disturbing implications]] regarding [[DeathWorld just how screwed up]] the world has become [[CrapsackWorld under Aku's rule]].
* Ashi's ''relentless'' fanatical ranting and borderline ''psychotic'' raving for about a minute straight after being saddled to Jack shows how deeply poisoned with hate she's been. It's a wonder he didn't just ''muzzle'' her. Worse, she shows absolutely zero concern about [[spoiler:the loss of all her siblings and being the only apparent survivor, now alone and the only child]]. She instead stays steadfast and unfeeling anything but hate like she was conditioned, only showing self-preservation toward fulfilling the one purpose that she was born for -- killing Jack.
** For nearly the entire episode, Ashi demonstrates the corrupted version of a LargeHam; just about everything that comes out of Ashi's mouth is IllKillYou, and '''''she won't shut up'''''. Heck, every single thing she says and does is basically a death threat, be it thinly-veiled or over-the-top, and a never-ending tirade. Her hate for Jack makes her so stupidly blind that she's nothing but an obstacle to their survival (when monsters attack them, she ''still'' has her sights set on Jack first), and when she hasn't the means to hurt Jack, she just hurls insult after insult at him in a way that would make [[FloweryInsult the Scotsman]] ''blush''. It becomes ridiculously intolerable once Ashi fails to take the hint that nothing she's saying is demoralizing Jack in the slightest, so she starts telling Jack to die passively, and claiming that Jack is (as good as) dead when they've both been swallowed just to spite him in her misery. BrokenRecord has never been so accurate. If words could kill, she would have wiped out a galaxy. It's so bad, Jack actually ''snaps'' at her -- and this is the man who took all of the Scotsman's ''and'' [[JiveTurkey Da Samurai's]] badmouthing without batting an eye.
** Yet somehow, Jack's time spent with Ashi gets him to be the most chatty he's been so far at this point in time, which eventually puts a damper on his hallucinations (the ghostly figure on the horse appeared back-to-back in each of the episodes of this season until now, when it was nowhere to be seen and the ones that do appear are not morbidly psychotic or frightening). It's very sad to know a deranged TykeBomb is the one thing causing Jack to recover his grip on reality, and that because he had no one to talk to in all this time, [[GoMadFromTheIsolation his mind really, really crumpled]], so that may explain why he didn't shut her up: because he wanted someone to talk to and probably pitied her own mental twisting, too.
* The various smaller monsters that all live inside the larger monster; for example, the blue insectoid creatures with huge rodent-like buck teeth. And there's a [[ZergRush very large swarm of them]], so Jack and Ashi can only flee instead of killing them all. Worse, while Jack is fighting them off, Ashi keeps trying to interfere and get him killed. [[TakingYouWithMe Her fanaticism drives her to not even care]] [[UngratefulBitch that Jack wants to save both their lives]].
* Ashi remembering her mother's task for her.
-->'''High Priestess:''' "''Ashi... Ashi...'' '''''Ashi...''''' '''[[JumpScare KILL]] [[SuddenlyShouting THE]] [[NightmareFace SAMURAI]]!!!'''"
** Just knowing that Ashi remembers her mother's appearance by her mask in a warped, demonic form, and not by her ''real face'' is [[TearJerker heartbreaking]]. What kind of mother keeps her face hidden from her own children their entire lives?? Not only does it show how cold and detached she is from her daughters, but how inhuman she is, because she's more akin to a ''monster'' than a human in at least one of her daughter's eyes; for all Ashi knows, she was born from a monster instead of a human, and that's probably not far from the truth!
** Hell, the fact that even ''Ashi'', one of her children that she raised from birth and who accepted her lies about Aku and Jack, thinks of her as a monster. ''That's how bad she is.''
* The way that crab creature abducts Ashi, without so much as a gasp. The idea that this creature is smart enough to so easily and silently snatch its prey is kind of creepy. Imagine if Jack's hallucination had decided not to speak up.
** The fact that a ''hallucination'' has to be at the wheel of Jack's senses for Jack to pick up on danger is just as bad, if not worse.
* As Jack is trying to climb his way out of the creature, Ashi [[TakingYouWithMe deliberately kicks out to disrupt his balance and send them plummeting down]]. Needless to say, Jack is not amused and forces her to dangle from her chains beneath him like TheLoad she has chosen to be.
* That... flying fish-like creature. It has six eyes that can cover all its blind spots like [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon the Red Death]], and transparent {{bioluminescen|ce is cool}}t skin that makes its bones see-through. When bathed in light, it looks like an even more ghoulish version of [[Videogame/SuperMarioGalaxy Kingfin]] is chasing after Jack and Ashi.
* Even after all they've been through, Ashi picks up what's left of her broken sickle, and tries to kill Jack while he's sitting in meditation. Jack has a resigned look on his face, like he's well aware of what she's doing, even though she's trying to sneak up on him, and like he's finally decided to just let Ashi have it her way. Fortunately, a passing ladybug causes Ashi to have a change of heart when she sees Jack is a FriendToAllLivingThings -- while remembering her mother was a bloodthirsty tyrant.


[[folder: XCVI ]]

* The episode begins with a [[RedshirtArmy human army]] launching an attack on Aku's lair. Unfortunately for them, they couldn't have chosen a worse time, as Aku decides the best way to break himself out of his funk... ''is to annihilate them all''. Making matters worse, [[spoiler:the leader of the army is ''the Scotsman''. He's become very elderly and is now stuck in a wheelchair, making his chances of survival look very bleak.]]
** This also makes one wonder just how desperate (or [[TooDumbToLive foolish]]) anyone would have to be to attack a mighty demon who's well known for being {{nigh invulnerable}}, without even trying to use [[AchillesHeel Jack's holy sword]] on him.
** We've seen Aku take on the forms of everything from an army to a mass of darkness. Here, Aku merely shapeshifts into a giant ball and ''steamrolls'' over all the attacking tanks. After all this time, this is probably the simplest form he's ever assumed (possibly out of sheer laziness or lack of imagination), but never has something so simple worked so effectively, and it shows how little effort he has to put into killing enemies.
*** The resulting "[[CurbStompBattle battle]]" (or more accurately, near-total ''massacre'' of almost all the troops) is so bleak and purely one-sided that [[spoiler:the Scotsman, everybody's favorite badass, ''immediately'' turns tail because [[AdultFear he wants to save his brood of many daughters from getting killed]]. Aku watches them fleeing and has ''this'' to say:]]
--->[[spoiler:'''Aku:''' "Oh? Better make it a '''''[[KillEmAll complete]]'' [[LeaveNoSurvivors annihilation]]'''!"]]
** [[spoiler:'''The Scotsman's death'''. In order to buy his daughters enough time to escape, the Scotsman fearlessly puts himself and [[DoNotTauntCthulhu a few hard-hitting insults]] between Aku and their retreat, which ends with the Scotsman getting incinerated by Aku's [[EyeBeams heat vision]], leaving behind a skeleton that crumbles into black ashes. Though the horror is lessened somewhat when the Scotsman immediately [[OurGhostsAreDifferent returns as a jovial spirit]].]]
*** [[spoiler:Perhaps the worst of it all is that in the Scotsman's last stand, the ultimate warrior of the future who was effectively Jack's ''one equal in all the world'', accomplished ''nothing''. Aku wasn't even ''vaguely entertained''. He just slipped back to his depressed boredom and buggered off to his tower. The Scotsman's passing wasn't even given the slightest fanfare, and again, ''this'' was the definitive, most powerful individual opposing Aku after Jack himself. Granted, he was an old, wheelchair-bound man and nowhere near his prime from 50 years ago, but how quickly it happened is rather chilling.]]
* Jack shows Ashi the destruction and devastation that Aku's forces cause on a daily basis, even without his direct involvement.
** Perhaps the most chilling example is when they sneak into the [[{{Egopolis}} City of Aku]] and witness a ship carrying exiled alien criminals who were banished from their homeworlds arriving. They are subsequently welcomed and referred to move into peaceful towns, with a video screen placing emphasis on two {{children| are innocent}}; and when a confused criminal points out that the area is already occupied, the disbelieving clerk scoffs and asks him if that's an issue. Cue the [[SlasherSmile penny dropping]] as the criminal [[RapePillageAndBurn realizes what they're getting at]]. As noted by Jack, this sort of thing happens on a ''routine basis'' under Aku's rule.
* The entire climax when Jack and Ashi go off to rescue the kidnapped alien children from the [[TortureTechnician Dominator]], a pure {{sadist}} who [[ForTheEvulz gets his kicks from]] [[WouldHurtAChild torturing and manipulating children]].
** He activates [[BrainwashedAndCrazy mind-control chips that turn the kids into crazy berserkers]]. They now look like savage monsters with {{red eyes| take warning}} who swarm Jack, biting and clawing at him. The Dominator did this to exploit Jack's [[NeverHurtAnInnocent reluctance to attack innocent children]].
*** At one point, Jack manages to break free and duck into one of the abandoned buildings in the factory, getting a chance to catch his breath... except the door on the other side opens, and we're treated to [[http://imgur.com/a/FIe5N this lovely image]].
*** The Dominator later captures Ashi and traps in her in a torture machine. He [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty creepily compliments her pretty face]], before [[ColdBloodedTorture repeatedly zapping her with]] [[ShockAndAwe several thousand volts of electricity]].
** [[spoiler:After Ashi breaks the mind control, the kids get electrified and incapacitated, [[DisneyDeath which made it seem like they died]]. Jack [[DespairEventHorizon believes that he's failed to save the day again and]] ''[[HeroicBSOD finally snaps]]'', so he decides to willingly follow the Horseman (the ominous specter that's been haunting him) to an unknown place.]]
*** [[spoiler:Unlike all those other times when the Horseman has appeared, this time he '''[[SuddenlyVoiced speaks]]'''. And the one thing he says? "[[WhamLine It is time.]]" Almost like he was simply ''waiting'' for Jack to just give up his journey...]]
*** [[spoiler:In addition to this, remember the previous circumstances where the phantom Horseman appeared; Jack was either feeling immense guilt, was contemplating suicide, or on the verge of dying. The implication here is that Jack [[DeathSeeker now wants the Grim Reaper itself to take him away to his final fate]].]]
*** [[spoiler:AdultFear kicks in when you realize [[WomanChild Ashi]] has suddenly been abandoned by [[ParentalSubstitute the only person who's ever been like a father to her]] in the middle of godforsaken nowhere, and she starts calling out for him in desperation, much like a lost child crying out for a parent who willingly ran out on them.]]
*** [[spoiler:The credits finally revealed the name of the specter: [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Omen]]. Simple, yet bone-chilling.]]


[[folder: XCVII ]]

* The reveal that when Ashi, along with the rest of the Daughters of Aku, were only children [[spoiler:[[TrainingFromHell they were stripped naked and forcibly dropped into a pit of burning rocks.]] Topped off with a [[SarcasmMode lovely]] image of [[https://68.media.tumblr.com/e55a809e10fa4177f7e95793e28ebc7e/tumblr_oouhnkkOXR1tykwh1o1_1280.png a young Ashi getting burned alive.]] What makes this even worse is that what was thought to be fanservicy skintight black bodysuits were actually '''''[[FanDisservice charred black skin.]]''''' What's worse is that the moment we saw might not be the only time the girls were burned. For that matter, there's no telling how many of the other cultists are similarly burned.]] As if their mother had not crossed the MoralEventHorizon far enough.
** To further expand on this, when Ashi finally decides to [[spoiler:remove the old burnt skin and soot]] she had to use ''rocks'' to scrub and it still took her an entire night. ''It was that heavily bonded to her skin.''
** Want to know what else makes this worse? Go back and watch the High Priestess' first scene this season. [[spoiler:After giving birth, we briefly see her bare skin just before she dons her robes. This implies that she put ''her own daughters'' through something that ''she'' never subjected herself to]]. [[HateSink Repulsive]] doesn't even ''begin'' to describe the [[AbusiveParents High Priestess]], now.
** Considering the fact, [[spoiler: the next episode shows the High Priestess in a similar outfit as her daughter's and it took a rock to scrub off. It's possible she had it off to give birth since it mostly would have blocked off her birthing area.]]
** Mildly - ''very'' mildly - mitigated, if one considers that [[spoiler: since Ashi had perfectly-healthy skin beneath the black layer, it might not have been a layer of charred skin so much as soot and ash that had bonded with her skin. But ''none'' of that changes how agonizing the whole process was for Ashi, and how horrific her childhood was.]]
* [[spoiler:Scaramouch is still alive and is trying to contact Aku to tell him that Jack has lost his sword. While the whole subplot is mostly PlayedForLaughs due to his [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain ineffectiveness]] (due to him being a [[LosingYourHead head and all]]), it's only a matter of time before he succeeds in informing Aku. Better hope Jack can find his sword in time...]]
* When Ashi visits [[spoiler:Da Samurai's pub]], she encounters many warriors that have faced Jack in the past. One of them wears tin armor because [[spoiler:his body was reduced to [[BodyHorror nerves and it's the only thing holding it together]]. Behold and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/tin_man.JPG sweet dreams]].]] It's a very minor example compared to the other things in the episode, but still a testament on how brutal [[GoodIsNotSoft Jack]] can be.
** Downplayed however as on closer inspection the "nerves" turn out to be wires; you can even see a plug. Still quite scary at first glance due to how similar they look to blood vessels and nerves, and the organic-looking eyeballs and mouth doesn't help matters at all.
* While it's played for a quick gag, consider that [[spoiler:''Demongo'' has returned and he is still searching for warriors to steal their essence. The only thing that saves the patrons (and potentially Ashi, who would have been worthy of capture) from being enslaved by him in his scene is because he thinks all of them are losers, so he decides to go look elsewhere]].
* The [[spoiler:dark specter that is The Omen is real. And he will ''kill'' anyone that tries to interrupt Jack's suicide. When Ashi tries to interfere, he comes after her with a drawn sword, backhanding her through tombstones, and growing increasingly vicious as Ashi gets closer and closer to breaking Jack away from the DespairEventHorizon]].
** Speaking of which, [[spoiler: Jack doesn't even look up when Ashi's trying to get through to him. He just holds the short sword that the Omen gave him, holding it above his abdomen for seppuku's killing blow. ''That's'' how close he was to giving up completely.]]
*** For that matter, the ''mere fact'' that [[spoiler:Jack, our beloved childhood hero, the ultimate LawfulGood paragon, the best FriendToAllLivingThings, the greatest NiceGuy to have ever lived, was on the verge of committing ''seppuku''. Not just suicide. ''Seppuku''. ''HARA-KIRI'': a ritual suicide that would have him ''cut his own gut open'' before getting ''beheaded by the Omen themself'', while ''Ashi is forced to watch''. The sheer horror of such a scene makes the whole fight between Ashi and the Omen that much more intense given what is at stake.]]


[[folder: XCVIII ]]

* Aku infects three cute little goats that tried to help Jack with his evil and tricks Jack into killing them in rage after Aku destroys the last time portal right in front of him. What makes it even more distressing is that this retroactively marked the first time that Jack had ''killed innocents'' after losing control. It's no wonder that after finding their remains years later, Jack is still haunted by his deeds.
* Ashi absolutely ''demolishes'' an army of bounty hunters going after Jack, brutally taking them all out. It just goes to show that HeelFaceTurn or not, she's still a deadly and ferocious warrior. And despite how over-the-top she sweeps them, the violence is still very graphic instead of cartoony; for instance, she spears several soldiers in the battle and some through the head.
* Inner Jack freaking out during Jack's metaphysical journey to regain the sword, actually getting physical with his host.
** Inner Jack, ''period.'' As Jack begins to [[spoiler: come to terms with the fact that his own rage and frustration were what caused him to lose his sword in the first place]], Inner Jack ([[spoiler: being the manifestation of these dark emotions]]) becomes increasingly unhinged, his appearance turning absolutely ''[[NightmareFace monstrous]].'' To say nothing of [[spoiler: his FamousLastWords]]:
--->'''Inner Jack:''' ''[[spoiler: YOU NEED ME!!!]]''
* [[spoiler: During her fight with Ashi, the High Priestess [[NearVillainVictory comes dangerously close to killing Jack]] several times while the latter is meditating and thus completely defenseless. To say nothing of the fact that she is fully willing to kill her only remaining family to do so.]]
** Never mind the fact that [[spoiler: the High Priestess is far from the ZeroEffortBoss that one might reasonably have expected her to be - from the moment she sheds her cloak and is revealed to be wearing the same catsuit/ash skin as Ashi and the other Daughters of Aku, it's obvious that she's more than capable of killing Jack, even ''without'' her bow or sacrificial dagger.]]