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* SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: The show has a cinematic visual style meant to evoke classic ScienceFiction, Creator/AkiraKurosawa films and anime. The geometric character designs and impressionistic/abstract backgrounds really pushed the artists to rely on color to make everything look distinct, and it ''really'' shows. One could argue that other, similarly ambitiously-designed TV shows from [[UsefulNotes/TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation this era and beyond]] owe a lot to how big a risk the artists took with this show.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Rave in the Forest.
** Crowning Soundtrack of Awesome the rest of the series. Honestly, with all the other sounds telling the story, you won't miss dialogue.
** The opening for "Jack and the Three Blind Archers" is also pretty cool. Sounds a little like something from [[VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert Red Alert]] with the marching/stomping going over into the beat and all.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toAWvBd7FXY The Sirens' song]] is hauntingly beautiful.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In that episode where a rabbit steals Jack's clothes (that episode on its own was kind of a BizarroEpisode), there's a scene where an... elephant... fairy... '''THING''' randomly flies by with this ghostly, wailing noise. Never mentioned, never explained. What's worse, at the end of that episode, right before the credits start, it flies past TheStinger AGAIN with that same creepy noise!
** The last we see of the metal eating family is the family literally eating eachother. No mention of them is ever made again (it's unknown if they were sent by Aku).
* BizarroEpisode: "Jack and the Farting Dragon." There are no words.
** Also, "Chicken Jack." As the title suggests, Jack is a chicken for this episode.
* ChewingTheScenery: Aku, to NarmCharm levels.
--> '''Aku''' ''(into the phone):'' Thirty minutes or it's ''free? Excellent! HA HAAAA HA HA HAAAAA HA HA!''
%%Do NOT add Aku as a Complete Monster without going to the cleanup thread first.
* CrazyAwesome: The Scotsman.
* CreepyAwesome: Demongo.
* CrossoverShip: Jack is frequently shipped with WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo mostly from their appearance on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOeo_zHTWB4 this Commercial Bumper]].
* EarWorm: ''Gotta get back, back to the past, Samurai Jack, HWA-CHA!''
* EvilIsCool: Aku. He has ruled of the world for years and defeated many warriors in his way, as well as determined in his war with Jack. However, what makes him truly awesome is that he's different from other “dark“ villains. He's capable of being an epic and ass-kicking villain, while still being lovable and fun at the same time.
** There's also Demongo, the Collector of Souls.
** Let's not forget the coolest villains in the show, the Minions of Set. They're demonic creatures from the past who are even more powerful than Jack and Aku put together.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** The Scotsman, the fact he's got a ''[[LegCannon machine gun for a peg leg]]'' should show how cool a character he is.
** Demongo, apparently enough to get him a profile on Cartoon Network's site at one point in their old shows archive. He also makes an appearance on the game ''VideoGame/FusionFall''
** X9. His episode was an excellent noir episode, and he had an delightful 1920's mobster theme. [[spoiler: Shame he was forced to go against Jack... which only meant one thing]].
* EsotericHappyEnding: PlayedForLaughs in "Jack and the Farting Dragon", where Jack saves the day only for the baby dragon to basically set the town on fire. Everyone is too busy celebrating to stop it.
-->'''Jack''': (cheerfully) [[CrossesTheLineTwice Now all I need to do is put out the fires!]]
** Even Jack questions if what he did was a good thing.
* FoeYay: Jack and Aku, as Ikra.
** Believe it or not, Aku pulls this off ''a second time'' in one of the CN Action Pack comics. She takes the form of a beautiful geisha, only to change back right after Jack confesses his love for her. This time there wasn't even any threat involved, he just wanted to screw with the poor guy. His last words?
--> "You will always be alone. HA HA HA HA HA! ''(returns to his lair)'' But I will never be alone... as long as I have '''you'''."
* FountainOfMemes: Aku, for [[LaughablyEvil obvious]] [[LargeHam reasons]].
* FridgeLogic: How come a random Scottish greatsword made from Scottish runes can stand up to Jack's sword? There's one episode where a sword was made from a falling meteor and somehow got broken by Jack's sword.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: One episode had Aku having a horrible coughing fit, coughing up a bit of evil that infects Jack and slowly spreads. Mako (Aku's voice actor) died of esophageal cancer.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess we meet Verbina, a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic winged princess with pink hair played by Tara Strong]].
** Might also be HarsherInHindsight. Aku's OpeningNarration, with just some words replaced, might as well be the meta situation between the show and the Creator/CartoonNetwork.[[labelnote:explanation]]If you don't get the joke, Aku throwing Jack into the future at the end of their first fight might as well be a metaphor for Cartoon Network cancelling the show after 4 seasons in the initial run and then getting it UnCanceled 10 years later. "Before the final blow was struck" is pretty much "before the last season is aired".[[/labelnote]]
* HoYay: Nearly-naked Jack tickling a nearly-naked sumo wrestler.
* HolyShitQuotient: Quite high. Most of the examples on the Awesome page involve HSQ.
* IronWoobie: Jack goes through hell and back to try to return to his native time, and comes out of almost all of his fights worse for wear. And yet, he trudges on.
* MagnificentBastard: Aku when he gets taken seriously. There was also the ninja who followed Jack unseen all the way.
* MemeticBadass: Jack himself.
* MemeticMutation: '''Foolish samurai!'''
** "No money for you, crazy round man."
** "GREAT FLAMING EYEBROWS!"
** "BEEF JERKY!"
* MoralEventHorizon: Aku crossed it in his introduction when he destroyed Jack's village while laughing maniacally.
* NoYay: Oh God, when Aku disguises himself as a beautiful woman, he seems to actually show growing chemistry with Jack. Urgh, how far would he have kept up the ruse?
* OlderThanYouThink: The ignorant would think that ''Jack and the Spartans'' is a blatant rip-off of the more MemeticMutation movie ''[[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]'', even including many of the same sepia tone visuals. But the episode was made years before and was inspired by the ''1990s graphic novel'' of which the infamous film was an adaptation. Never mind that the Spartans and the Battle of Thermopylae is from 480 BC, over 2000 years before ''Samurai Jack'' '''''or''''' ''300''.
** It's more likely a WholePlotReference to the film ''Film/{{The 300 Spartans}}'', which came before either ''Samurai Jack'' or [[Film/ThreeHundred 300]]. In fact, Creator/FrankMiller wrote ''300'' inspired by the film.
** The 2016 season is produced by Cartoon Network Studios... for airing on Toonami on [adult swim]. Shocking as it seems, this isn't [[WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite the first show]] that Cartoon Network Studios has produced a season for that aired on [adult swim].
* OneSceneWonder: Very few characters recur, so there are a few of these. X9 spends his entire episode as the protagonist, and deconstructs WhatMeasureIsAMook. The Princess and the Bounty hunters were also protagonists, and they spend their episode preparing to fight Jack. Imakandi, the hunting pack who were one of the few groups who bested Jack. Also, The Guardian of a Time Portal, who is the only person to best Jack in single combat.
* PeripheryDemographic: Tartakovsky said outright that they went to make a show anyone could enjoy. It has aired on both Creator/{{Toonami}} ''and'' Creator/AdultSwim, a block meant for adults.
** And now the show is being revived, but will be airing on Toonami... which is now airing on [adult swim] hours instead of regular Cartoon Network hours.
* RewatchBonus: In case Ikra's appearance somehow doesn't clue you in on the fact that she's [[spoiler:really Aku]], there are some hints early on in "Jack and the Warrior Woman" as to her true nature, such as the shopkeeper claiming that Jack doesn't understand what he meant when he detected an evil presence, the robot assassins apparently being okay with Jack and Ikra getting away, and [[EvilDetectingDog a small rodent-like creature recoiling in fear]] when Ikra tries to offer it food.
* SpoiledByTheFormat: Averted hilariously in the second part of "Scotsman Saves Jack". A heated battle ensues with the sirens with about 10 minutes left of the episode. They defeat them in about ''2''. The rest of the episode is devoted to a set of competitions set by the Scotsman on who would row the boat to get off the island, since [[UngratefulBastard the pirates who brought them there left without them, despite Jack and the Scotsman saving their lives]]. See MoreHeroThanThou in the main page.
* {{Squick}}: TheReveal at the end of ''The Warrior Woman'', even if it was obvious.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Come on, who else would've liked to see Ra himself take on Aku? CurbStompBattle or not.
* {{Woolseyism}}: Occur occasionally in the Swedish dub. One memorable instance is with the announcer of the Dome of Doom. In the English original he states the line "Well, there you have it folks" in a somewhat disappointed tone. In the Swedish dub he states "Ja, så kan det gå"[[note]]Can have many meanings, but in context can mean something along the line of "Well, that just happened."[[/note]] in a flabbergasted and excited tone, changing the context of the scene into something that suggests that whatever happened, it [[ThatsGottaHurt looked painful]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The series is known for using heavy robotic gore, some swearing and sexual comments which is not usually shown in a Cartoon Network show (at least, not at the time).
** The creator [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FT6yhhfiUh8 has acknowledged]] the freedom with season 5 of the show being on Adult Swim, but he knows full well how the show is also watched by kids then and now. It will be edgier, but not to a significant degree.