Trivia / Samurai Jack


General Trivia

  • Author Existence Failure:
  • Big Name Fan: Graham Linehan, the man behind Father Ted and The IT Crowd, is a fan of the show. He even owns a Jack toy which was featured in an episode of the latter show.
  • Creator's Apathy: This is part of the reason why the planned finale movie was never made. The crew was burned out after making the show for four straight years and felt that they were too creatively exhausted to give the series the ending it deserved. They had no idea that the wait to finish the show would last nearly thirteen years.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In the Japanese dub, the aforementioned Bunta Sugawara voiced Aku, while Jack was voiced by movie actor Takashi Ukaji, who voiced Raoh in the most recent Fist of the North Star films and the Legends of the Dark King TV series.
  • Development Hell: Genndy originally wanted to end the series with a movie. Cartoon Network showed no interest after the failure of The Powerpuff Girls Movie, so Genndy spent the decade after the show's original cancellation pitching the finale movie to various studios. He ultimately decided to end the show with one last TV season on [adult swim].
  • Executive Meddling: Cartoon Network executives decided not to risk spending money on another movie that might not break even after the poor reception and ticket sales of The Powerpuff Girls Movie. They did offer to extend the show for another thirteen episodes (a full season), but Genndy declined and let the original series finish out its 52-episode contract.
  • Fake Nationality: Afro-American actor Phil Lamarr is the voice of a Japanese man.
  • Image Source:
  • Name's the Same: Mad Jack is Jack's Evil Twin. There is also a boss in Donkey Kong 64 named Mad Jack, and a pirate named Mad Jack.
  • Screwed by the Network: When [adult swim] announced that the original Samurai Jack would return to Toonami, its timeslot was not revealed until a couple weeks before its airdate, when it was revealed that it would air at 4:00am. Granted, Samurai Jack was an old show at this point, though considering that (1) Samurai Jack hadn't aired on Toonami for about six years, (2) it was replacing FLCL—a show that was older than Samurai Jack, had been rerun into the ground on [adult swim], and was airing at 2:30am because it was Adored by the Network—and (3) 4:00am is the deadest hour of the night (one usually reserved for reruns), it was still very disappointing. This did not stop the new season from being greenlit, however, so it clearly did well enough for the network's tastes.
  • Schedule Slip: When the new season was announced in December of 2015, the announcement was accompanied with an admittedly vague premiere date of "late 2016". The show finally received its official premiere date (11 March 2017) two months before that airdate.
  • Sequel Gap: The show's original run ended in 2004. After a comic book continuation by IDW Publishing ran from 2013 to 2015, the show's final season was announced in late 2015 and began airing in 2017 (nearly thirteen years after the original show's run ended).
  • The Wiki Rule: Of course it has a wiki.
  • Word of Saint Paul: This is defied in one respect: Phil LaMarr said he was regularly asked between 2004 and 2017 if Jack would ever make it home. He would respond along the lines of "that's above my pay grade".
  • Writer Revolt: After having done two dialogue-heavy shows with Thick-Line Animation, Genndy wanted to do a show with neither.
  • Write What You Know: Storyboard artist Brian Andrews is well-versed in actual martial arts, being a practitioner of Chinese wushu. It clearly shows in the animation.


Season 5 Trivia

  • April Fools' Day: The fourth episode of Season 5 was pre-empted on April Fools' Day 2017 on American airwaves. In its place was the unannounced Season 3 premiere of Rick and Morty, which ran on a four-hour marathon loop prior to midnight (and the rest of Toonami running as usual).
  • Channel Hop: This is more technical than anything, since [adult swim] is considered a separate entity from Cartoon Network for ratings purposes.
    • In the UK, Adult Swim is on Fox instead of Cartoon Network, so Season 5 aired there.
  • Fan Nickname
    • Season 5 was nicknamed "Tartakovsky without limits", as it was the darkest and most violent work of his career to date.
    • The alien family that Jack saves at the beginning of the season's first episode—whose words are displayed on electric wavelengths on their antennae—were nicknamed "the Emoji family".
    • Many took to calling the Omen "the Horseman" (this website included) as a placeholder name before his true name was given.
  • I Knew It:
    • After the tragic passing of Aku's iconic voice actor Mako Iwamatsu, many fans correctly guessed that Greg Baldwin would take over the role in Season 5, given the actor's well known portrayal of Iroh, another character Mako had voiced.
    • Some viewers believed that the "Daughters of Aku" had a literal meaning to their name, even though most had assumed it was only a figurative title given to them by the Cult of Aku. "Episode C" confirmed that the title was indeed literal.
    • Many also predicted that The Scotsman would return (in "Episode XCVI"), only so that he would be killed by Aku. At least his spirit (literally) continued to live on.
    • "Episode XCVII" confirmed some viewers' guesses that Aku was behind the cursed Well of King Ozric from way back in the Season 1 episode "Jack and the Three Blind Archers".
    • Several fans figured that if Scaramouche tried to tell Aku that Jack lost his sword, Aku would destroy him due to them both having been Locked Out of the Loop (Jack had already reclaimed his sword during the time it took for Scaramouche to inform Aku). When Aku discovers the truth, he kills Scaramouche by blowing up his head.
    • While it was by no means a universally agreed upon prediction, some guessed well ahead of time that The Guardian and his time portal were not spared Aku's purge and that Jack would have to find another way to the past.
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Phil LaMarr and Keegan-Michael Key were both previously cast members on MADtv.
  • Meme Acknowledgment: Greg Baldwin is aware of the "EXTRA THICC" meme.
  • The Other Darrin:
  • Recycled Script: The premise of Jack becoming frustrated with his lack of progress and the perceived hopelessness of his quest was tackled in several episodes of the original series, in various ways, with various degrees of focus. The big difference here: The script is playing for keeps this time around, and the frustration is no longer transitory—it has become all-encompassing.
    • The actual Grand Finale shared a few similarities with the ending of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. For example: Jack/Simon needed to break his love interest, Ashi/Nia, out of mind control inflicted by Aku/The Anti-Spiral, which she is actually a part of. It even mirrors the scene where the love interest dies at their wedding and Disappears into Light. (And since we are on the Trivia page: The Samurai Jack Grand Finale aired ten years to the day after the Gurren Lagann episode featuring Kamina's death.)
  • Refitted for Sequel: There were plans for a movie that just had way too many false starts, so Genndy eventually reworked those plans into a ten-episode final season.
  • Sequel Gap/Un-Canceled: The fourth season aired in 2004. It took thirteen years before the fifth and final season.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Genndy Tartakovsky originally wanted a film to finish the story; after attempts at a film languished in Development Hell, he ultimately decided to finish it as a TV season. Before the show's original run ended, Cartoon Network offered to extend it for another thirteen-episode season; Genndy declined the offer, then tried to create the movie (and worked on other projects in the interim) before finally deciding to create the fifth and final season on [adult swim].
    • Genndy considered giving Aku an entirely new voice and explaining why after Mako passed away, but he decided to cast Greg Baldwin instead. The end result went halfway: Aku says in a Season Five episode that he is a "new" Aku, referencing both his voice and his new "beleaguered tyrant" characterization.
  • Write Who You Know: Genndy based Ashi on a childhood crush.


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