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* AccidentalInnuendo: Just before Jack fights the Shinobi robot, we get ''this'' exchange.
--> '''Jack''': Shinobi, warrior of the night. Trained to use the darkness of the shadow. I know your arts as well. (proceeds to strip off his robe)
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** The Aku Infection from the titular episode. Aku sneezes on Jack and accidentally corrupts him into a Jack-Aku hybrid. Is Jack-Aku just a pawn manipulated by Aku himself to take over Jack's mind? Or is Jack-Aku just Jack being twisted by the evil that Aku is made of? Or is Jack-Aku the beginning of a new creature that is Aku's spawn much like how Aku was the spawn of the formless evil from before time?
** Due to their similar designs the robot hitmen from "Jack and the Gangsters" are often speculated to be members of the X-Series from the "Tales of X-9." Either as a faction of similarly retired robot mobsters or an offshoot of the models that were dismissed from service once the Beetle Drones were distributed.
* 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:
** Crowning Soundtrack of Awesome for the whole series. Honestly, with all the other sounds telling the story, you won't miss dialogue.
** Rave in the Forest.
** 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 each other. 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.
* BrokenBase: The ending to the Creator/IDWPublishing comic. Many fans see it as a letdown and not a satisfactory ending due to concluding with Jack and his allies planning one final assault on Aku's domain and leaving it open to interpretation whether his attack was successful or not, but there are some who consider it a decent enough finale, at least until the revival airs.
* 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.
* CommonKnowledge: Jack has ''never'' said that an innocent person can't be hurt by his sword because it was made with the essence of a [[IncorruptiblePurePureness purely good person]], just that an ''[[CardCarryingVillain evil person]]'' can't use it to hurt others because of it's pure properties.
* CounterpartComparison: [[CounterpartComparison/SamuraiJack Has its own page]].
* CrazyAwesome: While many characters are strong [[BunnyEarsLawyer in spite]] of their eccentricities, others are strong because of them.
** The Scotsman, a ridiculously muscled LargeHam of a man with a machine gun peg-leg, penchant for bad music, and a claymore bigger than Jack. He's got a wild and erratic fighting style wherein he opts to tank hits that would kill normal men simply because he thinks he's beefy enough to do so.
** The Scotsman's wife to a degree even more so than her husband. When you piss her off she becomes a savage force of nature capable of tearing multiple armed opponents apart with her bare hands in a blind [[TheBerserker berserker]] rage.
** [[MeaningfulName Mad Jack]] representing Jack's evil side is an unhinged, AxCrazy and savage fighter.
* CreepyAwesome: The show has its share of comedic villains, but there are a handful whose chilling presence left an impression.
** Demongo. His demonic design, oily voice, and the seemingly limitless amount of warriors he can summon made him this.
** The Minions of Set may have brought Jack to his most desperate. They were relentless, powerful, and unable to be harmed by conventional methods. They kept Jack on the run in-between handing out a savage beating.
** The demon Jack encounters in the house. The episode was decidedly horror themed with this ''thing'' having invaded and consumed a family and paraded them around to consume Jack as well. There's nothing we know about this creature other than how scary it can be.
** Aku in his more serious appearances can be this way. His surprise entrance in the latter half of "Jack and the Zombies", where he manages to take the sword from Jack and goes all out trying to kill the samurai, is a big example.
* CrossoverShip:
** Jack is frequently shipped with WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo, mostly from their appearance on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOeo_zHTWB4 this Commercial Bumper]].
** Demongo is also frequently shipped with fellow EnsembleDarkhorse Jack O' Lantern from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''.
** For [[CrackPairing some inexplicable reason]], it's popular in some circles to ship Aku with [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Blossom]].
* DesignatedVillain: The Elemental trio from "Jack and the Gangsters." Sure they try to kill Jack, but only because he's trying to steal the jewel they're guarding which they're trying to keep out of Aku's hands. It's almost odd that the show treats them as [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] while similar characters like X9 were given a sympathetic POV. Perhaps this is why they're ultimately incapacitated after [[HoistByHisOwnPetard accidentally shooting each other]] rather than killed by Jack.
* 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 too strong for Jack to face head-on.
** Shinobi, a deadly ninja who takes advantage of the show's lack of outlines to seamlessly blend into the shadows. His duel with Jack is well remembered for how beautifully stylized the whole thing was.
* 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''. [[spoiler:He returns in "XCVII", with [[UnexplainedRecovery no explanation]] on how he survived his death.]]
** Exdor, who seemed very similar to [[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter]]. He later appeared in the 2004 video game.
** 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]].
** Ikra, Aku's female alter ego, is popular enough to be shipped with Jack. Despite the fact that, you know, "she" is really Aku.
** Da Samurai has also been picking up some steam as well. People seemed to enjoy his change towards the end of his episode, and some even hope he comes back for Season 5. [[spoiler:They got their wish in "XCVII", where it turns out he's become a humble bartender.]]
* 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.
* EvilIsSexy:
** Ikra from "Jack and the Warrior Woman" is often considered this, despite the [[UnsettlingGenderReveal shocking twist of actually]] [[StupidSexyFlanders being Aku in disguise]].
** [[FemmeFatale Josephine]] [[TheVamp Clench]] from "The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful".
* FanficFuel: What adventures was Jack up to in the 50 year timeskip? Genndy says it's up to you. And to help with that, the episode number skips from LII (52) straight to XCII (92), allowing fans to fill their stories in with the numbers in between.
* {{Fanon}}: There are an alarming amount of people who think that ''Samurai Jack'' takes place in the same universe as ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' and ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', due to the fact that the remains of what looks like Townsville are seen in the first episode, and some people have commented on how [[http://static.vix.com/es/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/btg/series.batanga.com/files/7-geniales-referencias-que-nunca-habias-notado-en-Las-Chicas-Superpoderosas-6.jpg?itok=WEBSnUoy Professor Utonium and Jack look a lot alike]]. Some people have even made some [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236171-samurai-jack pretty interesting theories here and there]].
* FoeYay: Jack and Aku (as Ikra).
** Believe it or not, Aku pulls this off ''a second time'' [[http://actionpackjack.tumblr.com/post/16397748010/jack-and-jill-jack-is-the-most-gullible in one of the CN Action Pack comics]]. He takes the form of a beautiful geisha for what is implied to be ''several months'', only to change back right after Jack confesses his love for her. This time there wasn't even any threat or time portal involved; he just wanted to screw with the poor guy. His last words?
-->'''Aku:''' "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]], is just so damn quotable. See MemeticMutation below.
* FunnyAneurysmMoment:
** "The Aku Infection" 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.
** "Aku's Fairy Tales" had Aku trying to brainwash children with [[BlatantLies Aku being the hero and Jack being the villain]]. It was PlayedForLaughs and is a light-hearted episode overall. Then Season 5 introduced the Daughters of Aku, seven women warriors who were put to TrainingFromHell since birth and were raised to believe that Aku is their lord and savior, reminding the viewers that while Aku's first attempt was an EpicFail, [[FridgeHorror the motive behind it is still terrifying]].
** "Aku's Fairy Tales" tells the story of Jack as the Big Bad Wolf and makes a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td2Ldu4y2zk reference]] to ''Film/TheShining''. Then Inner Jack appears, the embodiment of Jack's despair and guilt over his failure to stop Aku; he resembles "Jacky" from Aku's fairy tale, with the same DerangedAnimation with their presence shown in DutchAngle, [[NightmareFace and their face looking quite nightmarish]].
** At the end of "Jack and the Baby" the baby has a scowl on her face and Jack says it's because she had "witnessed death" and now has the spirit of the samurai. [[spoiler: Then in XCIV, we learn Jack had literally witnessed death when he saw his father kill a group of bandits.]]
* HarsherInHindsight:
** In the episode "Jack and the Three Monks", Jack came dangerously close to abandoning his quest after one too many failures, until the titular monks reminded him of all the suffering Aku has caused and what he's fighting for, rejuvenating his spirit to carry on. [[MoodWhiplash Then Season 5's premise was revealed]], and Jack has pretty much abandoned all hope after fifty long years of still being trapped in the future.
** In the episode "Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son" when Tam Sung expresses awe that Jack has apparently remained unchanged despite all the eons that have passed and believes that Jack had achieved a level of chi even beyond his own before Jack hastily corrects him that he had merely been displaced in time. Come Season 5 and we find out that a side-effect of the time magic Aku used to send Jack to the future has also left Jack TheAgeless.
** In "Jack vs. Aku", the episode is kicked off by Aku having grown tired of the premise of the show and how he and Jack can never decisively kill each other, resulting in a perpetual stalemate. Aku even has a LeaningOnTheFourthWall speech about how his plans to kill Jack and Jack's plans to result home will always inevitably fail week after week, "And then we'll do the same thing all over again." While this is a largely comedic episode, it gets a ''lot'' darker after Season 5 premiered. Turns out that ''fifty years'' of doing "the same thing all over again," hasn't been kind to either character; Aku has crippling depression and can't even be bothered to run his own empire, and Jack is struggling with PTSD, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts.
** The IDW comics ended with Jack planning an attack on Aku, with the ending leaving it up to interpretation whether or not he was successful. Somoene unaware of WordOfGod outright declaring it CanonDiscontinuity could easily assume that his attack was not only unsuccessful, but it might have played a part in the state he's in come Season 5.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** In "Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess" we meet Verbina, a [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic winged princess with pink hair]] played by Creator/TaraStrong.
** 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]]
** During the (non-canon) comics Jack's sword is broken, "Time Passes", and he leaves his hair unbound, carries a staff, and grows a long beard, and wears different clothing, much like after his sword is lost in Season 5. Of course, in the comics the beard and costume change are a play to make himself less recognizable.
** A [[RetiredBadass retired]], [[OneManArmy almost unstoppable gunslinger]] is called back into action after an incident involving his [[MoralityPet beloved dog]]. Are we talking about X9 or Film/JohnWick?
** A RetiredBadass robot adopts an adorable puppy dog. Did I just describe X9 or [[ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise Thundercracker]]?
* 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. [[DarkerAndEdgier Season 5]] further emphasizes Jack's plight, showing a tragic hero who's become ever so close to losing all hope and giving up.
* MagnificentBastard: Aku when he gets taken seriously. There was also the ninja who followed Jack unseen all the way.
* MemeticBadass: Jack himself.
* MemeticMolester: In "Jack and the Warrior Woman", Jack learns to his horror that Ikra, a beautiful woman whom he was clearly feeling love for, was actually Aku in disguise. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P--jhcJiCKo In these comments]], there are so many jokes speculating that [[BedTrick the disguised Aku must've had]] [[BlackComedyRape sex with an unwitting Jack]].
* MemeticMutation:
** Jack himself gets a few.
*** "[[InASingleBound JUMP GOOD!]]"
*** "No money for you, crazy round man."
** Let's face it, pretty much ''anything that comes out of Aku's mouth'' is this.
*** "FOOLISH SAMURAI!"
*** "GREAT FLAMING EYEBROWS!"
*** "BEEF JERKY!"
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPSCjnwD3gc "EXTRA THICK!"]] (often misspelled (intentionally) as "EXTRA THICC!").
*** Aku's world-famous "[[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/long-ago-in-a-distant-land Long ago in a distant land]]" speech from the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vthDaPd--ak opening sequence]] is frequently parodied.
* MoralEventHorizon: Aku crossed it in his introduction when he destroyed Jack's home city while laughing maniacally. Something which he would repeat in many other lands for thousands of years.
* 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?
* OlderThanTheyThink: The ignorant would think that "Jack and the Spartans" is a blatant rip-off of the more MemeticMutation movie ''Film/ThreeHundred'', even including many of the same sepia tone visuals. But the episode was made years before and was inspired by Creator/FrankMiller and Lynn Varley's 1998 graphic novel, of which the infamous film was an adaptation. It's more likely a WholePlotReference to the 1962 film ''Film/The300Spartans'', which inspired Miller to write ''300''. And of course, all these works are based on the RealLife [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Thermopylae Battle of Thermopylae ]], which happened in 480 BC.
* 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.
* {{Padding}}: The show is very slow-paced and often filled with long segments where very little happens (for example, the first minute and a half of "Jack versus Mad Jack" is just a bunch of bounty hunters playing the knife game, and it takes another minute for the main character to show up) or have prolonged shots of repeated animation. Of course this is usually seen as an example of TropesAreNotBad, as it helped give the show a unique cinematic style that has been well-received.
* 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 Creator/{{Toonami}}... [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs which is now airing on [=[adult swim]=]]] hours instead of regular Cartoon Network hours.
* 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}}: Occurs 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FT6yhhfiUh8 has acknowledged]] the freedom with Season 5 of the show being on Creator/AdultSwim, 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.
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[[folder:Season 5 YMMV]]
* AccidentalInnuendo: In the first episode, one of the first things Scaramouche tells Jack is to "whip it out" when referring to his [[FreudWasRight sword]].
* AllAdultAnimationIsSouthPark: Averted. Despite the [[BloodierAndGorier upgraded violence]], this show's sense of humor isn't much more vulgar than it already was, the only spikes occurring in "XCVII" where we learn that [[spoiler:Ashi's skintight jumpsuit was actually a solid layer of ash and coal dust, leaving her naked after she scrubs it off]] and when [[spoiler:Scaramouche verbally acknowledges someone's head looking "like a talking penis"]].
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Is the mysterious samurai a real being that Jack may have faced at some point during the TimeSkip or nothing more than a personification of Jack's guilt and shame that exists because he is dwelling on past mistakes and failures? Or, even worse, is it a manifestation of what Jack is afraid of eventually becoming: a servant of Aku?
*** [[spoiler: In Episode 6, the mysterious Samurai is revealed to be a ghost/Shinigami that tempted Jack to commit ritual suicide (Seppuku) for his perceived failures, and Jack ''almost'' does so until Ashi snaps him out of it.]]
** Does the cult worshipping Aku truly believe that he's a good deity, or have they been brainwashed into believing that he is? Or do they know that Aku is evil and don't care?
** Is "Inner Jack" the embodiment of Jack's doubt and despair, Mad Jack, or at least born from the same part of Jack's psyche as Mad Jack?
** The Daughters of Aku dragging out [[spoiler:their deceased sister]] and simply stating "Death is failure." A callous dismissal of someone close to them as a failure, or a PetTheDog moment filtered through their warped morality? They did take the time to bring the body with them rather than leaving it in the rubble after all.
* AngstWhatAngst:
** [[spoiler:Ashi doesn't seem to have any resentment towards Jack for killing her sisters. Though granted, Ashi's harsh upbringing by her mother made her repress any empathy for her sisters.]]
** [[spoiler:The Scotsman is rather jolly while rising as a ghost shortly after being '''scorched to death''' by Aku, and in front of ''his daughters'' no less. Granted, if anything he's better off than before (he now looks like he's back in his youthful prime rather than an old cripple, and his daughters can still interact with him).]]
* AntiClimaxBoss: [[spoiler: [[TheGrimReaper The Omen]] is built up throughout the season as the only thing that can instill paralyzing fear in Jack, and it finally leads him to attempt {{Seppuku}} at his lowest moment. Ashi's brief fight with him also reveals him to be a HumanoidAbomination and far stronger than most opponents Jack faces. However, once Jack is inspired to finally turn on him, he's taken out in two sword strokes without much resistance. [[JustifiedTrope One could argue]], though, that the point was [[HesBack Jack's mental recovery]] enabling him to effortlessly defeat the embodiment of his torment.]]
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Some of the music for the trailers counts as this, such as Carpenter Brut's "Hang 'Em All" from the main trailer and Lorn's "555-5555" for the teaser to Episode 3.
** Tyler Bates' hauntingly beautiful "[[Music/EnnioMorricone Ecstasy of]] [[Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly Gold]]"-esque cue from the scene of Jack hiding in the tombs.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugRw6oowpC4 Samurai Drop!]]"
* BaseBreakingCharacter: Ashi became this based on the amount of CharacterFocus she has, leading some to fear she's become a SpotlightStealingSquad. There is also a divide in the fanbase between those who wish for her and Jack to develop a father-daughter kind of bond, and those who ship them romantically.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In Episode XCVII, [[spoiler:Demongo]]'s cameo has absolutely no impact on the plot (which is a ContinuityCavalcade) and only seems to be included due to the character's status as an EnsembleDarkhorse.
* BrokenBase: When the third episode aired there became a split with the show's use of blood and gore. Some felt it was appropriate what with the show's newfound maturity and putting in more blood let the show heightened the stakes by showing Jack wounded. Others felt that the show is entering into the faux-maturity that plagues certain young adult media wherein the creators are trying too hard to be DarkerAndEdgier. A third group disregards the debate on maturity and argues that the blood worked with the striking stylized aesthetic of the show.
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* CryForTheDevil:
** Not even an episode in, and many viewers feel genuinely bad for the Daughters of Aku. As vicious and dangerous as they are, they're ultimately just seven women who were raised from ''birth'' in horrible conditions (including being brutally beaten for the smallest slights by their own mother) to become the {{Tyke Bomb}}s they are with zero choice in the matter. It says quite a lot that instead of being excited for their eventual battle with Jack fans actually dread it, not wanting either side to be hurt. [[spoiler: And it only got worse in the second episode, in which Jack kills one of them, not knowing that it's a human being and not a machine until he does so. In the third episode, Jack kills off the rest of the Daughters (save one). Granted, he did give them a choice to give up their pursuit or to be eliminated.]]
** After Episode 3 it got so bad that fans have actually called Jack a murderer, accusations that Jack himself actually ends up hallucinating in Episode 4. [[spoiler: While he did give them a chance to leave, many would argue the daughters aren't of sound mind to actually be able to choose, in fact Jack's ultimatum is probably the first choice they ever had. That said, Jack would have no way of knowing that, and in actuality if someone is to be blamed for their deaths it falls squarely on the High Priestess.]]
* DracoInLeatherPants: The Daughters of Aku are gaining a lot of sympathy from the fans who see them as {{tragic villain}}s who've had no choice over their own fate.
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Scaramouche from the first episode, partly for being the comic relief to break up the heavy drama and tension for the rest of the episode, and for how his fight with Jack is the perfect blend of intense, creative and ridiculous. [[spoiler:Suffice to say, a lot of people were happy when it turned out that he survived as a head.]]
** There's ''a lot'' of fan art of the [[FanNickname Emoji Family]] (this name was allegedly used by Genndy at Comic-Con) that Jack saves, despite them only appearing in the beginning few minutes of the first episode. Most agree that it's because of the way they communicate a la [[WesternAnimation/TheAtomAntShow Atom Ant]], it's pretty {{cute|nessProximity}}.
** Surprisingly enough, the White Wolf that serves as a metaphor for Jack in "Episode XCIII" is rather well-liked, mostly because of how badass its fight scenes were. [[spoiler:Some fans began to rejoice when it was revealed that not only was the wolf real, but it [[DisneyDeath somehow survived]].]]
** The Scotsman's daughters got a lot of positive attention for how little time they got in their debut episode, all for being [[AmazonianBeauty very attractive yet heroically built young women]].
* EvilIsSexy: The 7 Daughters of Aku are beautiful, shapely female ninja warriors wearing skintight catsuits [[spoiler:later revealed to actually be ash covering their nude bodies]] with tragic backstories and can actually give Jack the fight of his life. Naturally, this gained them a lot of fans before they actually appeared on the show.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: Jack's battle with the Daughters of Aku forces him to accept that KillingInSelfDefense is justified. As his memories of his father's deadly encounter with a group of bandits drive home, everyone is ultimately responsible for their own choices and the ensuing consequences.
* FandomRivalry: The fandom developed one with ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' within ''hours'' of the latter show airing its Season 3 Premiere. On any other day this would be fine, but as an AprilFoolsDay joke Adult Swim chose to air it unannounced on a loop until midnight, delaying ''Samurai Jack'' until next week. Needless to say, fans were less than thrilled.
* FoeYay: Scaramouche playfully calling Jack babe/baby throughout their fight along with his generally [[AmbiguouslyGay flamboyant demeanor]] caused quite a bit of this.
** Depending on how you prefer their relationship, Ashi and Jack have a lot of tension between them, even as they find themselves working together [[spoiler: prior to Ashi's full HeelFaceTurn]].
* GrowingTheBeard: Not to say that the show wasn't already great before, but the revival takes it to new heights.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** If you think about it, [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Azula worships Uncle Iroh]] in this show, as opposed to ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' where she scorned him as a "kooky, tea-loving failure". Well, look who's worshiping [[IronicEcho 'his tea-loving kookiness']].
** One clip from the original series that underwent MemeticMutation was Aku shouting "EXTRA THICC" into a phone. It was revived with the Daughters of Aku, who are attractive women with wide hips, and then we meet the Scotsman's daughters, who are all ''even [[FunetikAksent thiccer]]''.
** "Episode XCVII" caused a lot of guffaws when [[spoiler:Scaramouche]] said somebody "looked like a talking penis". However, this is not the first time that [[Creator/TomKenny his voice actor]] saying "penis" has gone memetic, as ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'' viewers [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3RsJBhhswI can attest]].
** In XCVII, one of the combatants who lost to Jack in Da Samurai's bar is a robot lookalike of Franchise/{{Popeye}}. Genndy Tartakovsky had been prepping a feature-length CGI movie of Popeye for Sony Pictures, but Sony scuttled it in favor of the forthcoming ''The Emoji Movie''... Which makes the presence of the Emoji Family in the season premiere.
* HarsherInHindsight: The Daughters of Aku sure are sexy with their skintight catsuits that look like it was painted on, right? Turns out it is painted on... or rather [[FanDisservice charred on after some rather extreme torture.]]
* InternetBackdraft: As mentioned above, not a lot of fans were happy at Adult Swim for the April Fools prank they pulled by delaying the next episode ("XCV") in favor of airing ''Rick and Morty'' on a loop until midnight.
* JerkassWoobie: The main 7 Daughters of Aku were just girls who endured TrainingFromHell from their abusive mother so they could be raised as child soldiers who would kill a man they knew absolutely nothing about all for the sake of carrying on the {{Jerkass God|s}} Aku's revenge while having no lives of their own and just being living weapons.
* LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt:
** Due to the fact that [[spoiler:Ashi gets the most characterization out of the Daughters of Aku, very few doubted she actually died from the fall in Episode 3, especially since Jack was going to survive it. Indeed, she not only survived, but furthered her CharacterDevelopment]].
** Episode 5 featured [[spoiler:the Scotsman being reduced to nothing but ash less than two minutes after he appeared. However, due to the suspiciously short amount of screen time and his [[EnsembleDarkhorse massive popularity with the fandom]], it was quite easy to guess that he'd [[OurGhostsAreDifferent still be around in some form]].]]
* MemeticLoser: The 7 Daughters of Aku being hilariously {{curb stomp| battle}}ed by Jack has people questioning, jokingly or not, if their training was even all that efficient.
* MemeticMolester:
** In S5 E4, a crab-like monster kidnaps Ashi while Jack's back is turned. One would think it just wants to [[ToServeMan eat her]], but the way it whisked her off suggests it had [[AttemptedRape other motives in mind]].
** In S5 E5, the [[VillainOfTheWeek Dominator]] kidnaps hundreds of alien children, drains them of their energy like batteries, and uses mind control to turn them into his enslaved minions. You can't be the only one who got a pedophile vibe off this guy.
* MemeticMutation: It seems like Genndy went an extra mile to make every scene of Season 5 as memorable as possible. With the addition of thousands of hyped fans over the Internet, every episode produces something that gets shared ''a lot''.
** '''GUN''' [[labelnote:Explanation]]Due to Jack's usage of a gun early in Season 5. It's become memetic in the fandom for Jack to just solve every problem with just a gun instead of his sword, even Aku.[[/labelnote]]
** Many jokes have been made about the Daughters of Aku cult and their seeming ignorance of how easy Aku is to contact. Aku's seeming ignorance of their existence only makes it funnier.[[labelnote:Explanation]]The cult considers Aku to be a god of creation, and constantly worship him in the hopes of earning his favor and him appearing before them again, something that apparently hasn't happened in years, possibly decades. This is contrasted with Scaramouche literally calling Aku on a cell phone in the first episode of Season 5, and a group of worshipers and scientists visiting him in his palace/fortress/lair in the very next episode.[[/labelnote]]
** Case in point, the still shot of Jack [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236871-samurai-jack carrying]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1238096-samurai-jack a]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236543-samurai-jack kanabō]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236422-samurai-jack has]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236552-samurai-jack gotten]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236465-samurai-jack a]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236542-samurai-jack lot]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236418-samurai-jack of]] [[http://knowyourmeme.com/photos/1236437-samurai-jack edits]].
** The pose that Ashi strikes in S5 E4 has become [[EvilIsSexy quite popular]].[[labelnote:explanation]]When Jack and Ashi fall into the bowels of a massive creature, Ashi, who is bound in chains and on her knees, throws her upper body to the ground in elation due to her belief that Jack will die in the belly of the beast, thus completing her mission. Her SpyCatsuit makes it so that her ass is quite well-outlined. Often crosses over with the "Extra Thick" meme.[[/labelnote]]
** He looked like a talking penis! [[labelnote: Explanation]] Despite being moved to Adult Swim, season 5 mostly used their lack of a radar for more explicit scenes; so when [[spoiler:Scaramouche]] said this in XCVII, saying it only caught pretty much every viewer off guard is an understatement.[[/labelnote]]
** "The daughters of Aku were naked the whole time?" [[labelnote: Explanation]] A lot of viewers were surprised to learn that the Daughters of Aku weren't wearing catsuits, but black soot/ash/tar stuck to their skin, meaning Ashi has been nude for most of the season (And possibly ''her entire life'').[[/labelnote]]
** The image of Ashi screaming after [[spoiler:falling on the rocks]] has become one in terms of BlackComedy.
** The "S" symbol the rave people give for symbolizing Samurai Jack.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** The High Priestess crosses this line with severe prejudice in the way she raises the Daughters of Aku. She puts them through hellish, year-long training which entails her repeatedly demoralizing them, encouraging them to callously leave each other behind when hurt and almost killing them several times herself, having them viciously beaten by older cult members, and ''burning them alive''.
** Scaramouche crosses this as soon as he appears, casually mentioning that he massacred an ''entire'' village (men, women, and children) to draw out Jack from hiding.
** The Dominator kidnapped an entire alien community's children so that he could, well, use them as an energy source. When Jack and Ashi came to their rescue, he uses mind control to make them attack Jack, knowing he'd be unwilling to fight innocent people against their will. And then he tried to torture and kill Ashi with several thousand volts of electricity.
* {{Narm}}: The reveal that Ashi and the other daughters [[spoiler:were naked the entire time and that their catsuits were actually a layer of charcoal/ash]] has been seen as silly rather than cool by many, largely due to the fridge logic involved in that.
* OlderThanTheyThink: The 2017 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].
* ShippingGoggles: Already, fans are starting to see Jack and Ashi growing into a couple thanks to him relentlessly saving her life out of the goodness in his heart [[spoiler:and how she performed a HeelRealization thanks to his noble influence]].
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: People's beliefs of right and wrong cannot simply be changed, if they can be changed at all, simply by making them "see the light." It's something they have to come to terms with on their own. Ashi couldn't care less about Jack saving her life, as she values his death over it, and ''still'' wants to kill him once he brings both of them to safety. [[spoiler:It isn't until she sees that he's equally kind to ''others'' and not only her that she starts questioning her beliefs.]]
* StoicWoobie: Jack has lost his idealism and grown into a nearly emotionless warrior who still carries on saving others despite his life falling apart and losing hope of ever returning to his home time. Whenever he's NotSoStoic you could [[TearJerker expect the worst]].
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: Some were disappointed that [[spoiler: The Scotsman]] was killed off despite being a {{Handicapped|Badass}} BadassGrandpa who could've received a lot more character from his life experiences in war. [[spoiler: True, he returns as a ghost, but still...]]
* TrueArtIsAngsty: Much like [[WesternAnimation/MoralOrel another]] Creator/AdultSwim [[WesternAnimation/MoralOrel program's final season]], this one is much darker and bleaker than the earlier ones and has so far received nothing but praise from critics, audiences, and fans who claim it to be an animated masterpiece and one of the best shows of 2017.
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: Advances in digital technology has been kind to this show and the more streamlined process has allowed for some incredible animation, ''especially'' any of the battles in the dark where the characters are illuminated with each blow, as well has a handful of chase sequences animated on ones. The ride on the water dragon in Episode XCVI is particularly beautiful.
* WereStillRelevantDammit: The presence of the Emoji Family is the only aspect of the show that seems as if it were shoehorned in to make the revival more relevant after several years.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: It has the same animation as the first four seasons, but in the second episode one of the characters [[spoiler:gets their throat slit]], a giant beast mauls a wolf with blood spilling everywhere, and Jack wants to commit [[{{Seppuku}} ritual suicide]]. It's one of the biggest examples of DarkerAndEdgier and BloodierAndGorier, as it was a TV-Y7 show upgraded to a TV-14 rating, and it airs on [adult swim].
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