Heartwarming / Samurai Jack

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  • The end of Jack and the Lava Monster, when the Viking warrior finally gets his wish: to die at the hand of another great warrior, earning him passage into Valhalla.
    "Please. Hand me my sword... Thank you..."
  • There's an episode in which Jack tries to rescue a fairy trapped in a magical orb, who will grant one wish in her lifetime. He doesn't realize that what enters the orb cannot leave it, and gets his hand stuck with the fairy (who's trying to give him advice). She explains that he needs the control orb from the golem guardian, and Jack, after much butt-kicking, gets it. Before it expires, the golem looks at Jack's trapped hand and laughs. The fairy explains that the orb will only work with the control word, which only the recently-deceased golem knew, and "Now we'll never be free." Cue pained look from Jack, a moment of despair, and then:
    Jack: I wish we were free.
  • The Scotsman beckons Jack to help him rescue his wife. All throughout the adventure, the Scotsman does nothing but talk about his wife with fondness and joy, showing us how much he misses her. Even when it turns out she's a bit exaggerated, the Scotsman still sees her as the most beautiful creature on the planet.
    • And by the end, in her own special way, she proves she does care about The Scotsman and even is boisterously happy at points. Apparently once her anger runs out, she's not so bad.
  • "Jack is Naked". * After getting his sword and gi back from the orphan girl who stole them while he was bathing, Jack returns to the swamp from the beginning of the episode to retrieve the very valuable tusks from the robot slug he defeated. He gives the little girl the tusks, and she says, "I'll never go hungry again."
  • In "Jack's Sandals", after a very rough day involving a robotic biker gang, Jack stumbles upon a Japanese family who welcome him in with their traditional style of hospitality. Jack gets to see that his perpetual struggle is paying off, that the people suffering under Aku's rule have learned to hope again because of him.
  • In "Jack and the Rave", when Jack frees a bunch of teenagers from Aku's Mind Controlling rave music, Olivia and her father's reunion.
    Olivia: Father?
    Olivia's Father: Olivia?
    (Cue waterworks)
  • At the end of the Nightmare Fuel "Jack and the Haunted House" episode, when the little girl is truly reunited with her family thanks to Jack defeating the demon.
  • Combined with a funny moment, we have Jack telling Da Samurai that he has taken the first step towards becoming a true samurai after the man, up to this point an obnoxious blowhard until Jack deflated him, pushed Jack out of the way and took a bullet, or an energy blast in this case, for him.
    • Then at the end of the episode, he runs off after Jack, calling him "sensei" and practically begging him to give him more advice and training. It just goes to show how much he took his lesson at heart and is motivated to become a better person and a true samurai. The look of sheer shame on his face shortly before that only drives the point home further.
    • Just when they start to fight, Jack clearly did not see Da Samurai as a real opponent. However Jack still humors him, and between the beatings gives Da Samurai life advice, telling him to first understand his own strengths and weaknesses, to not hide behind this built up facade of a personality and to let his true self shine through. If the ending to the comic series is true, this later had a profound change on Da Samurai's life and made him a better person.
  • Jack's mother and father coming to him in his hour of need during the end of "The Aku Infection" episode. When Jack felt he's losing to the evil inside him, the spirits of his parents helped remind him of the goodness in him and how it has been strengthened by those he helped since his coming to the future. In the end, he exorcised the evil within him and freed himself. This not only counts as an epic heart warmer but a joyful tear jerker as well.
  • Everything that the Scotsman went through to help an amnesiac Jack. It must have taken days, maybe even weeks to find the source of the problem, but that didn't matter to the Scotsman. All that mattered to him was that a friend of his was in trouble.
    • Add to this was how amnesiac Jack is vastly different in personality and ability to how he was before, ending with the Scotsman doing what he can to keep him from harm's way. The clincher? He always tries to make an excuse as to why amnesiac Jack is messing up. Remember when they first met? He was almost always finding ways to humiliate or insult Jack. Now? He's thinking of any excuse he can to defend and preserve Jack's honor.
    • He spends the entire adventure becoming more and more frustrated that he can't find out exactly what happened to Jack, but follows up whatever information he can without even hinting at giving. When he finally encounters what he quickly figures out to be how Jack "lost his brain," he looks at his brain-addled friend with a genuine smile - not a goofy grin like he usually does, but a very heartwarming "we've got 'em now" smile. Then comes the "bring it on" smirk.
    • Then, when he finally finds the Sirens who enchanted Jack in the first place, he demands an explanation for what they did to his friend and the sirens smugly confirm they were the ones who wiped Jack's memories and even show him Jack's belongings which they kept as a trophy, cue the Scotsman going utterly ballistic.
    • Also both Heartwarming and Awesome is fact that the Scotsman is actually capable of resisting the Sirens' spell. Because there's only one woman's voice that can beguile him.
    • During the fight itself, when the sirens sic their brainwashed slaves on him (including Jack), he refuses to hurt them and instead plays a loud song with his bagpipes to break the spell; unfortunately he needed both hands to do this leaving him defenseless when the Sirens merge together into a three headed serpent and tries to crush him to death. Even then he refuses to stop playing in order to keep everyone free which leads to Jack coming back to his senses and saving him in return.
    • When the adventure is done, they spend what is implied to be a very long time just laughing and reminiscing together - the kind of thing Jack barely gets to do while trapped in the future. So much time, in fact, that they miss the boats off the island they're trapped on.
  • "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess". At the end of the episode, when he gave up a opportunity to slay Aku to help the kids get to their ship (so that they help their people save their home from enemy invaders), he told them how he knew what they're going through and couldn't allow them to fail. At the end they won their war and built a statue to honor and remember Jack.
    • From that same episode- when the alien Prince and Princess find out that Jack is really a Prince, they bow to him just before they leave and call him 'Your Majesty', acknowledging his royal heritage as a form of respect.
  • "Tales of X9" is told entirely from the perspective of a retired robot assassin being forced to come out of retirement and fight Jack when his pet dog is used as a bargaining chip by Aku. After Jack inevitably defeats X9, his last words are to tell him to take care of his pet, and it is clear that Jack wasn't ignoring this statement, as can be seen by the sympathetic look he gives afterwards.
    X9: Lulu, sweet thing.
  • A good deal of the episode "Young Jack in Africa".
    • The African Chief welcomes young Jack with open arms, informing him that he looks just like his father.
    • The African Chief's son is initially very disrespectful towards Jack, but it isn't long until he accepts him as his temporary surrogate brother and starts bonding with him.
    • After Jack saves the African tribe from the men sent by Aku to capture him, the African Chief decides that Jack has completed his training and tells him he's ready to continue his long journey to prepare to defeat Aku.
  • Pretty much the entirety of "Jack and the Baby". This episode proves that Jack would be a great dad.
  • The ending of "The Birth of Evil Part 2". The image of the young Emperor holding newborn Jack after everything he went through is as powerful as it is beautiful.


  • Three words, people: Jack. Is. Back.
  • Now that Samurai Jack is in comic book form, fans make sure to mark down the days when it's released... because ever since the comic series started, if you don't get the new issue of the comic by the Saturday of the week it comes out... it's all sold out!! Yeah, you read that right. Ten years after the show was pulled off the air people still love and remember it so much they sell out the new issue of the comic the week it comes out!
  • The final issue of the IDW Publishing comic series. An aged and experienced Jack leading a hidden resistance army composed of all the people he's met and helped throughout the years. At his side stands an equally older Scotsman and it's revealed that they've uncovered the secret to Aku's teleporting fortress and are about to unleash the deciding battle. The story ends on a hopeful note as the assault finally begins. Here, Jack realizes that the answer is not in teleporting back to the past and comes to terms with the fact that his kingdom's and family's time is over and ultimately decides to fight for the future of the world and those in it.
    • Remember when the Guardian of the teleport gateway said it's not yet time and revealed an aged Jack with a crown of sorts on his head? This is the time he was referring to, when Jack finally confronts Aku. Hopefully, his decision to fight for the future would allow him to save the past as well.
    • What is more: among other things, Jack had been lamenting (albeit not explicitly) the fact that he was done out of his legacy and lost his honour as a prince when he failed to defeat Aku. At the end, we see him as a king, leading his own people. After a long, hard struggle, he finally stepped in his father's footsteps and became a true leader.
    • We also see snippets of the lives of those that Jack has touched; Da Samurai who took up the fight for justice, the baby he once rescued and learned from him, the three blind archers he saved, the mer-people who's kingdom he's liberated, and so forth. Each of them now appears in the camp and each as a story to tell, but the one thing they all had in common was that Jack, through his simple deeds, had brought them all together to fight for what is right.
    • On a meta level, the story's central character is a scribe named Mako after Aku's deceased voice actor. He also gets well acquainted with a man named LaMarr, a man Jack once saved who is obviously based on Jack's voice actor Phil LaMarr.