YMMV / Samurai Jack


  • Awesome Art: The show has a cinematic visual style meant to evoke classic Science Fiction, Akira Kurosawa 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 this era and beyond owe a lot to how big a risk the artists took with this show.
  • Awesome Music: 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 Red Alert with the marching/stomping going over into the beat and all.
    • The Sirens' song is hauntingly beautiful.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In that episode where a rabbit steals Jack's clothes (that episode on its own was kind of a Bizarro Episode), 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 The Stinger 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).
  • Bizarro Episode: "Jack and the Farting Dragon." There are no words.
    • Also, "Chicken Jack." As the title suggests, Jack is a chicken for this episode.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Aku, to Narm Charm levels.
    Aku (into the phone): Thirty minutes or it's free? Excellent! HA HAAAA HA HA HAAAAA HA HA!
  • Crazy Awesome: The Scotsman.
  • Creepy Awesome: Demongo.
  • Evil Is Cool: 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • The Scotsman, the fact he's got a 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 FusionFall
    • X9. His episode was an excellent noir episode, and he had an excellent 1920's mobster theme. Shame he was forced to go against Jack... which only meant one thing.
  • Esoteric Happy Ending: Played for Laughs 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.
  • Foe Yay: 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."
  • Fountain of Memes: Aku, for obvious reasons.
  • Fridge Logic: How come a random Scottish greatsword made from Scottish runes can stand up to Jack's sword? There's one episode where a sword made from a falling meteor and somehow got broken by Jack's sword.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess we meet Verbina, a winged princess with pink hair played by Tara Strong.
  • Ho Yay: Nearly-naked Jack tickling a nearly-naked sumo wrestler.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: Quite high. Most of the examples on the Awesome page involve HSQ.
  • Iron Woobie: 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.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Aku when he gets taken seriously. There was also the ninja who followed Jack unseen all the way.
  • Memetic Badass: Jack himself.
  • Memetic Mutation: Foolish samurai!
    • "No money for you, crazy round man."
    • "GREAT FLAMING EYEBROWS!"
    • "BEEF JERKY!"
  • Moral Event Horizon: Aku crossed it in his introduction when he destroyed Jack's village while laughing maniacally.
  • No Yay: 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?
  • Older than You Think: The ignorant would think that Jack and the Spartans is a blatant rip-off of the more Memetic Mutation movie 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 Whole Plot Reference to the film The 300 Spartans, which came before either Samurai Jack or 300. In fact, Frank Miller 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 the first show that Cartoon Network Studios has produced a season for that aired on [adult swim].
  • One-Scene Wonder: Very few characters recur, so there are a few of these. X9 spends his entire episode as the protagonist, and deconstructs What Measure Is a Mook?. 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.
  • Periphery Demographic: Tartakovsky said outright that they went to make a show anyone could enjoy. It has aired on both Toonami and [adult swim], 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.
  • Spoiled by the Format: 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 the pirates who brought them there left without them, despite Jack and the Scotsman saving their lives. See More Hero Than Thou in the main page.
  • Squick: The Reveal at the end of The Warrior Woman, even if it was obvious.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Come on, who else would've liked to see Ra himself take on Aku? Curb-Stomp Battle or not.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: 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).
    • As the show has been revived for the [adult swim] Toonami block, it probably won't be meant for kids anymore.

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