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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.
* 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 excellent 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!]]
* FoeYay: Jack and Aku, as Ikra.
* FountainOfMemes: Aku, for [[LaughablyEvil obvious]] [[LargeHam reasons]].
* 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.
* SugarWiki/FunnyMoments: Has warranted [[Funny/SamuraiJack its own page]]. Two examples that stand above the rest:
** During the episode in the graveyard, Aku has Jack pinned, and delivers the finishing blow with ''[[OhCrap Jack's own sword]]''... only for the blade to bounce off Jack's naked chest, unable to hurt him. Aku is so shocked, his '''GREAT FLAMING EYEBROWS''' go out.
** Aku trying to get children to prefer him over Jack by [[FracturedFairytale twisting every bedtime story he can think of.]] Probably the top crowner is when he portrays Little Red Riding Hood as an adorable little girl with '''GREAT FLAMING EYEBROWS''', laser beam eyeballs, and deadly karate skills.
* HilariousInHindsight: In Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess we meet Verbina, a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic winged princess with pink hair played by Tara Strong]].
* [[HolyShitQuotient HSQ]]: Quite high. Most of the examples on the Awesome page involve HSQ.
* HoYay: Nearly-naked Jack tickling a nearly-naked sumo wrestler.
* 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!"
* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: [[Awesome/SamuraiJack Has its own page.]]
** Acknowledged in-universe when divine intervention powers up Jack's sword, [[spoiler:allowing him to destroy the last of Aku's assassin robots with one slash.]]
* MoralEventHorizon: Aku crossed it in his introduction when he destroyed Jack's village while laughing maniacally.
* NightmareFuel: [[NightmareFuel/SamuraiJack Has its own page]], but there are some examples:
** Oh god, that elephant-fairy thing from Jack is Naked.
** The Minions of Set for one gave Jack several "OhCrap" moments, once he realized he wasn't even close to a match for them, despite his many skills.
** Nothing about the cannibalistic, starving, confused robot family with red internals?
** Heck, what about the very start of the first episode? Creepy sound effects/music, creepy visuals of an eclipse and Aku's 'prison' and then the dark, menacing figure where the tree was a second ago. Then it turns around, very very slowly and its huge, unblinking eyes stare into the very depths of your soul.
** Aku's extermination of the Dinosaurs, mostly the final one, who was slowly swallowed up.
* 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 One Episode Wonder]]: 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 rather than Vanilla!Cartoon Network.
* 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.
* 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).
** As the show has been revived for the Creator/AdultSwim Creator/{{Toonami}} block, it won't be meant for kids anymore.
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