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While Samurai Jack is generally more serious and action-oriented than most Cartoon Network shows (especially in Season 5, which is aimed more at teeange and young adults who grew up with the series (especially with a bunch of Rated M for Manly men, although there's an incoming Estrogen Brigade too) and is thus Darker and Edgier), that doesn't mean it always takes itself seriously.

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  • Jack may or may not have a real, original name. He starts introducing himself as Jack because the first people he met in the future were a group of Jive Turkeys who called him "Jack" as a slang term, the way one would call somebody "dude" or "man". If they had called him either one of those instead, or something even less cool, then that would have been his name instead.
  • Too frequently to list, but once Jack is acclimatized enough to the future to not always gape in shock at every strange new thing, he reacts to most of said bizarre things with this polite, pained expression, like he's resigning himself to his life containing something this ridiculous.
  • How often is Jack's gi damaged, almost always the top half, and how often does he respond by just tearing it off? How often does his topknot come dramatically undone and reveal surprisingly long flowing hair? Likely these are indicators that he's got opponents dangerous enough to actually hit him, and they're an attempt to raise tension, but it ends up happening so often after season one, and those near misses so rarely cut his skin at that point.
  • Virtually every time he shows up in a hat, something bad happens to it. It's like danger will gleefully ruin his clothes but draws back from really hurting him. Until Season 5, but even then, he loses about ninety percent of his outfit first.

    Season 1 
The Samurai Called Jack
  • This exchange, when Jack bumps into an anthropomorphic dog:
    Jack: Agh! Talking demon dog!
    Rothchild: Oh, good heavens, where?!
  • Aku is enough of an egomaniac that in the future world he dominates, his face is all over the place. Even on billboard advertisements, where the demon god happily munches on a sandwich.
  • The dogs scan Jack with a machine that dates him to 25 Years Before Aku. If you interpret that to mean the date he was born and that using Aku as a measurement of time started with the ending of the first episode, that would mean the gravely reserved, deep-voiced, traveled-the-world-to-learn-fighting, has-lines-under-his-eyes Jack is only twenty-five.
    • Most likely this starting date of measurement is the day when Aku conquered entire planet and 25 years B.A. is not when Jack was born, but when he was thrown through time
  • Jack, while liberating the talking dog archaeologists, says to them that "Even dogs should not be forced to live like dogs." Cue awkward silence.

The First Fight

  • When Jack prepares to draw a diagram detailing his plan to defeat Aku's beetle drones, he dramatically lays out some paper and takes a pen to start drawing...but he doesn't know how a ballpoint pen works, so nothing shows up when he tries to draw it. Rothchild takes the pen and clicks it for Jack so he can start drawing properly.

Jack, the Woolies, and the Chritchellites

  • The Chritchellites are monsters for their enslavement and abuse of the Woolies, but damned if they aren't hilarious thanks to Tom Kenny doing a pissed-off sounding nasally geek voice for all of them.
  • This is the first time we see Jack with his hair down, when he removes a pin to use to pick the lock. Its short stringy look is at odds with the flowing shoulders-to-mid-back hair he sports so often in later episodes, the contrast alone is funny.

Jack and the Warrior Woman

  • The ending, when Jack learns that his new female friend "Ikra" was actually Aku in disguise. While it's a very sad scene from Jack's point-of-view, from Aku's POV (and the audience's to some extent) it was a pretty damn hilarious prank, for a few reasons:
    • Throughout the episode, Ikra dropped many painfully obvious hints that "she" was not really who they claimed to be. Jack couldn't figure it out until Aku finally dropped the ruse.
      • Especially amusing is Ikra's intensely awkward reaction to the male dancer, especially contrasted with Jack's simple enjoyment of the show.
    • Jack was starting to feel romantic (and physical) attraction to this charmingly beautiful woman. Imagine the shock that his "lady friend" was not only his enemy, but also his worst male enemy. Stupid Sexy Aku!
    • Aku seals it with a combination of mocking taunts and amused evil laughter at Jack for trusting him for so long:
      Aku: (sarcastically recalling Ikra's fake sob story) "Oh, my poor father trapped in a ring of fire by mean old Aku!" (bats eyes) "HA HA HA HA HA HA! Fool!"

Jack and the Three Blind Archers

  • The warrior (now a sailor on a ship at sea) telling the story of his failed attempt to reach the well gets reprimanded for goofing off on the job:
    "You! Get out of the Great Khan's chair! What are you doing, telling stories again? Get swabbing the deck or I'll toss you overboard, you has been!"

Jack vs. Mad Jack

  • After Jack defeats a bounty hunter who resembles Chewbacca, Jack says a line that it's amazing he was able to with a straight face.
    Jack: Looks like there will be no money for you, Crazy Round Man.
  • When Mad Jack appears.
    Jack: What sorcery is this? Who are you?
    Mad Jack: Don't be such a fool! I'm you!
    Jack: If you are me, who am I?
    Mad Jack: Argh! You are so stupid! You are you also!
  • The smash cuts between Mad Jack screaming and dashing at Jack, all while Jack quietly meditates.

Jack and the Lava Monster

  • One line early on, especially thanks to Jack's usual demeanor:
    Jack: Surely he takes me for a fool to follow deeper into his trap.
    (Spiked ceiling starts to lower)
    Jack: A fool I be! (races deeper into the maze)

Jack and the Scotsman

  • Jack's and the Scotsman's whole argument.
    • The Scotsman throws quite a few rapid-fire zingers in:
      Scotsman: I'M CALLIN' YOU A COWARD!
      Jack: I fear no man.
      Scotsman: Ooh... that's some tough talk comin' from a man who wears a basket on his head! I carry me haggis in a basket. You might make me shiver if you weren't dressed in a nightgown! You look like me nanny! You call that thing danglin' off your hip a sword? Looks like a butter knife! You'd be better off usin' your slippers for a weapon.
    • And the Scotsman has a few more barbs to say, filtered through his thick accent:
      The Scotsman: "Whaddaya think of that, Mr. Pajama-wearing, basket face, slipper wieldin', clype-dreep-bachle, gether-uping-blate-maw, bleathering gomreil, jessie oaf-looking scooner, nyaff plookie shan, milk drinkin', soy-faced shilpit, mim-moothed snivelin', worm-eyed, hotten-blaugh, vile-stoochie, cally-breek-tattie?"
    • Coupled with Jack's stationary frown, as his hand trembles on his sword in anger. Not much gets a rise out of Jack, but the Scotsman does so successfully.
    • The entire episode is one of the best for laughs; Jack stabbing the bagpipes, though, is the maximum of amusement for the minimum of dialogue.
      Bagpipes: (doleful wail of final, irreparable deflation)
      Scotsman: You've done it now.
    • During their fight, the Scotsman accidentally smashes one of the wooden boards on the bridge. Both he and Jack wield a facial expression of uneasiness, then proceed to fight with their weapons no lower than the railing of the bridge.
    • Much later, they both fall from the bridge into a river and watch their broken possessions floating away:
      Scotsman: (seeing Jack's hat) AHAHAHAHA!
      Jack: (smirks as the Scotsman's deflated bagpipes float past)
      Scotsman: ...SHUT IT!
  • Their "You!" Squared when they're cornered by bounty hunters:
    Jack and Scotsman: "They're after me! After you?! They're after ME!"
  • The Scotsman catches on quick that he and Jack can take out the bounty hunters together. Jack points out it won't be that easy in their current position:
    Jack: The arrow relies on the bow, the bow relies on the arrow, but they are not tied together.

Jack and the Gangsters

  • Aku's meeting with the gangsters.
    Aku: (in a deep booming voice) Who dares to summon— (utterly bored voice) Oh. It is you.
    • Aku's face when the gangsters tell him how they got the Neptune Jewel thanks to their newest member.

Aku's Fairy Tales

  • One of the kids who delight in playing Jack in Jack-vs-Aku games has "the best Jack impression" — and it is the best, this prepubescent boy can speak flawlessly in Jack's deep voice.
  • The entirety of this episode, which focused on Aku's incredibly terrible storytelling to a group of young children, which fails to impress them. Examples include:
    Aku: The spear struck the beast, transforming him into... BEEF JERKY!

    Aku: Once upon a time... there was a little girl with an adorable red cape and GREAT FLAAAMING EYEBROWS!
    • Aku writes himself as an overpowered character loved by all. Little Red Hood for example has laser eyes, martial arts training, and super strength for some reason.
    • The story of "Little Red Hood" itself is a hilarious Hanna-Barbera pastiche, complete with Tom Kenny doing a spot-on Top Cat impression. Not to mention that he sounds like Old Man Jenkins when attempting to impersonate the grandma.
    • Aku doing an innocent little girl voice.
    • Phil LaMarr's voice acting from this episode deserves some mention. Just how out-of-character he makes Jack sound.
    • Aku's facial expressions on seeing the children disrespecting him. In fact, Aku's facial expressions are always hilarious.
    • When Aku gets fed up and starts combining a bunch of random stories that have nothing to do with each other, and makes Jack into a Butt-Monkey for his enjoyment.
      • Highlights include the amalgam of Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rumpelstiltskin where a giant Jack stomps on a gingerbread house and demands that someone guess his name; and the story where Jack is Humpty Dumpty and has a scowl on his face after he falls from the wall and breaks.
    • Aku just Rage Quits at the end of the episode from all the kids questioning his stories.
      Aku: Enough! Here is the truest tale of all! There was an almighty, all-powerful wizard! And there was a pathetic little samurai! And the wizard DESTROYED HIM! THE END! (leaves)
  • After Aku flounces out of storytime, the children collectively go and tell a more accurate Jack story, though it involves rapidly evolving visuals as they interrupt each other with suggestions; after fighting a Giant Mook, Jack would be all battle-damaged (shirtless) and with his hair all messed up (his Samurai Ponytail is replaced with long flowing locks) and with his sword in his teeth (GRR!).
    • Bonus points for having the kids' story sound exactly like a group of kids geeking out over their favorite cartoon, complete with one kid impulsively jumping right to the action while everyone else obsesses over details, such as Jack and Aku staring each other down and exchanging one-liners.

    Season 2 
Jack Learns to Jump Good
  • It opens with Jack having just fought his way through a horde of Aku's drones to reach a time portal, when Aku suddenly appears and snatches the portal away. Aku then proceeds to dangle the time portal just beyond the reach of Jack's jump, and giddily watches Jack hopping up and down trying to reach it.
  • After defending the Wild Man's tribe from another group of apes, the Wild Man happily responds to Jack's suggestion to help teach them to defend themselves:
    Wild Man: They agree! We'll learn to protect and defend!
    Jack: And they will show me to jump good?
    Wild Man: No.
    (Jack blinks in confusion)
    Wild Man: I mean yes!
    (Jack smiles as the music swells triumphantly)

Jack Tales

  • The whole first segment, where Jack encounters and converses with a giant two-headed worm monster that trolls him for a good long while. The Worms claim that they have the power to grant his wish, but only if Jack passes a few "tests".
    • First, the Worms make Jack go through an overly long "knock-knock joke" routine; as Jack isn't familiar with the concept, they have to explain it to him. Second, they ask Jack what his favorite color is (The correct answer? Red, the same color as the Worms' skin).
    • Third and last, Jack must determine which one of the Worm's two heads "really" has the magic powers; to do so, he must solve a riddle (one of them only tells the truth, the other only tells lies). After a moment of thinking, Jack solves the riddle and gives a (very long, complex, and fast-paced) explanation that confuses the Worms.
    • Jack then eagerly allows himself to be devoured whole by the head he pointed at, believing that he'll be taken to a "magical place" to have his wish come true. Jack even asks with naive excitement, "When does the magic begin?!"; before realizing that he's been fooled and is only sitting inside a monster's stomach, along with a bunch of other old suckers who got themselves eaten.

Jack and the Scotsman II

  • At the beginning, Jack is just sitting down and eating his meal, when bounty hunters start shooting up his table. Jack being Jack of course, he manages to get behind the bar for cover while still chewing his food. Then when the bullets hit the barrels above him, he causally grabs a mug from under the counter, fills it with some of the liquid pouring out, and washes down his food with a satisfied "ah". All before dealing with the bounty hunters themselves.
  • The Scotsman's reasoning for seeking out Jack's help.
    Scotsman: The clan shaman told me to seek the help of a stranger. You're the only stranger I know, and you're as strange as they come laddie!
  • Everything that happens when Jack meets the Scotsman's Clan:
    • They all start off making the exact same insults to Jack as the Scotsman did. The Scotsman has to constantly reassure Jack that they're a bunch of meatheads who don't know him yet.
    • As per Scottish tradition, they serve and eat haggis, much to Jack's disgust.
    • As a test of manhood, Jack has to throw a rock — a very heavy rock that he can't really lift. So Jack finds an unorthodox solution for the test — he uses a judo throw on a larger clansman.
    • All of that culminating with this exchange after leaving the clan's castle grounds.
      Jack: Is your clan always that wild?
      Scotsman: Aye. That's why I never stay at home. I'm the mellow one.
  • Upon getting to the room holding the Scotsman's wife, a dramatic zoom in with punctuated music shows just how Gonk she looks. It then cuts to the same zoom in on Jack's horrified expression. Then we have a third zoom in on the Scotsman... except with a dumb lovestruck look on his face and flowery music playing.
    Scotsman: Muffin!
    • The Scotsman's Wife yelling at her husband, while he just stares at her with the most absolutely lovestruck expression ever. Jack looking back and forth between them in confusion is gold.
      Wife: Don't you "muffin" me, you ripe end of a baboon!... I swear on Cú Chulainn's mighty chest hairs, I've got wooden spoons brighter than you!
    • When she was watching the Scotsman and Jack try to fight off the demon army, she was the worst (and most hilarious) cheerleader ever.
      Wife: Ohhh, I'll bet that hurt 'em! I've seen cranky sheep more vicious! Why don't you give 'em a nice cup of tea and a biscuit to choke on! You two couldn't fight your way out of a garden party of old ladies! I've baked haggis more lethal than you!
    • The leader of the demon robots mentions how fat the Scotsman's Wife is. Cue the woman being provoked into an Unstoppable Rage, and she demolishes the rest of the army by herself. Also doubles as a Moment of Awesome.
    • When his Wife hugs him, it bends the Scotsman's sword. Note that even Jack's magically enchanted katana can't even dent it, and she bent it with a hug.
    • The final interaction between Jack and the Scotsman's Wife:
      Jack: It appears we will have to find another way out.
      Scotsman: What's wrong with this door?
      Jack: Well, you see: the door is so very small, and your wife is so very—
      Wife: WHAT?!
      (Jack realizes what he just said)
      Scotsman: RUUUN!
      (Jack bolts away out the tower, with the Scotman's wife close behind)
    • Really, the Scotsman's last line is the icing on the cake:
      The Scotsman: Don't squash him, muffin! He's a friend o' mine!

Jack and the Ultra-Robots

  • Jack receives a high-tech gauntlet to help him fight the robots. After giving it to him, Exdor repeatedly asks for a high-five, but Jack doesn't know what a high-five is. Jack's confused expression and repeated deadpan "what" makes the scene hilarious.
    Exdor: High-five.
    Jack: What?
    Exdor: High-five.
    Jack: What?
    Exdor: High-five.
    Jack: What?
    Exdor: High-five.
    Jack: I...don't understand.
  • The way the final Ultra-Robot says "Unbelievable" when Jack's sword finally cuts through him makes him sound quite annoyed that he lost, due to his deep monotone voice.

Jack and the Farting Dragon

  • The title says it all: It's about a dragon's deadly flatulence polluting a nearby village.
  • The Scissorsmith offers Jack the following advice:
    Scissorsmith: At the fork in the road, follow the rocky path! It will take you to the Dragon's Lair!
    Jack: Where will the other one take me?
    Scissorsmith: Space Ace!
    (cut to Jack's baffled face as a goofy sound effect plays)
  • Jack stumbles upon a near-dead villager.
    Jack: Poor unfortunate creature...
    Villager: HEY! I'm not poor!
  • And again with the Scissorsmith, or rather his bird.
    Jack: Your pet speaks very well.
    Scissorsmith: My pet? That's my wife! Never sell a wizard an expired fishing license!
    • Hilarious in Hindsight when you consider that in the later episode "Chicken Jack", Jack meets a grumpy wizard who turns people into birds.
  • At the end of the episode, Jack has found out the reason for the dragon's flatulence: there was a baby dragon inside of it whose fire breath was aggravating its gas. Jack gets it out, the dragon hatches fully, and catches Jack while flying it back to the village... and promptly sets the village on fire with its Breath Weapon. Jack has a completely dumbfounded expression on his face as all the charred villagers run around screaming and the baby dragon is breathing fire with a couldn't be happier expression on its face.

Jack and the Hunters

  • There's one moment where Jack, cornered by the Imakandi, runs into a nearby tall building, and discovers an orange button with an arrow pointing upwards. Figuring out what it's used for, Jack presses the button, and the room he's in starts to move up (turns out it's an elevator). This forces the Imakandi to follow him into the next available elevator and pursue him in a hilariously long, silent chase sequence where Jack continuously foils the Imakandi by getting off his elevator and simply walking into another.

Jack vs. Demongo, the Soul Collector

Jack is Naked

  • The whole thing, considering how Jack is running around naked. In the second scene, he falls into a rabbit hole, wakes up, and tries to get off the streets while his unmentionables were censored.
    • When a robber accidentally bumps into Jack, here is the robber's reaction:
      Robber: Hey, why don't you watch where you're—? Naked!
    • When Jack hides out in a play dressed as a princess.
      Director: (whispering loudly from the wings) "You're supposed to scream. 'Aaaaaahhhh!'"
      Jack: (in the most pathetic, half-whispered falsetto) "Aaaaaaaa...."
    • The apples he stuffed into his dress falling out and rolling away on stage, and the other actor trying to ignore that it just happened.
    • There's also the moment on stage where, upon seeing what looks like a silhouette of Aku, he grabs a prop, goes into full on Screaming Warrior mode and beats the living daylight out of the poor actors in the dragon costume.
    • When Jack crashes the vehicle he was driving at the end.

Jack's Sandals

  • Jack goes the whole episode attempting to find replacement shoes due to his sandals getting damaged. The majority of shoes that Jack tries on look so ridiculous, you can't help but laugh.
    • The highlight is when Jack wears a pair of Combat Stilettos, only to have the bad guys hit on him and compliment his legs.
      • Jack doesn't quite get what's so funny at first, until he realizes that among the people cat-calling him are a group of women (that appear to be prostitutes, just for good measure) also wearing high heels. Watching him put two and two together before running off embarrassed is priceless.
      • The funniest part? The heels are incredibly good fighting shoes.
  • The white shoe store owner's awful street lingo. Even funnier is that he's played by a Black actor.
  • Jack catches two hoodlums spray-painting the shoe store and looks like he's about to scold them, then sees how they're wearing their shoes with the laces undone. We then get a heartwarming moment where they give him an approving gesture after he adjusts his shoes accordingly and takes off... only to effortlessly slip out of them the moment he starts running. And then the hoodlums steal them.
  • Jack going full-on Looney Tunes when the pumped-up sneakers he's wearing send him ricocheting all over town, bouncing off two buildings and causing them to light up like a pinball machine.
  • The mechanic's two teenage girls squeeing over Jack as he walks in. "Omigod, he's so handsome!"

    Season 3 
Chicken Jack
  • How long it takes for Jack to realize that something's happened to him, despite everyone in the crowd being way taller than him and calling him a chicken, long before he double takes at a reflective surface.
    • Jack's transformation into a chicken is an In-Universe Funny Moment. When Jack bumps into some random guy, the angry bystander challenges him to a fight. But when the little rooster shows off some kung fu moves, the whole crowd of onlookers burst into laughter.
  • The only reason that the chicken curse cast on Jack wears off, is that the cranky wizard he met earlier flew off the handle upon Cacciatore (the greedy cockfight manager who owned Chicken Jack) bumping into and accusing said wizard of not watching where he was going. The wizard cast a new spell that reversed Jack's condition, but turned Cacciatore into a chicken himself. The confused look on Jack really sells the whole bit.
    • An additional spot of comedy comes from the cursed Cacciatore's clucking in the same awful faux-Italian accent that he normally speaks with.
  • And the punchline of the whole episode:
    Food vendor: "Ah, you're back. What'll it be? The chicken, right?"
    Jack: "NO! NO CHICKEN!!"
    (He pounds the counter with his fist, and sends a toothpick flying and right into a wall.)
    Jack: "Ahem. I mean, no thank you. Actually, I would like to try the shrimp today instead."

The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

Jack and the Rave

Jack and the Zombies

  • While trying to escape the hordes of zombies Jack vaults into a mausoleum. Many Glowing Eyelights of Undeath come on and the tightly packed zombies are revealed, screaming - and instead of cutting them up Jack essentially nopes out, jumping right back outside again.
  • When Aku learns the hard way that Jack's blade is Loyal Phlebotinum, his flaming eyebrows go out. What makes it even funnier is that Aku keeps trying to stab Jack even after it failed the first time, and as he screams "How?!", his eyebrows start to grow back. The icing on the cake is that Jack himself was quite surprised it wasn't working! For a moment he just stares up at Aku as if equally shocked. A few seconds later he admits that even he had forgotten.
  • While also awesome, Jack basically spends close to twenty seconds just hacking away at Aku from the bottom up while Aku panics. After Jack's done, Aku is forced to revert to a mouse-like form and scamper away while swearing revenge in a squeaky voice. Props to Mako for delivering that line without laughing.

Jack in Egypt

  • Jack asks Ra (the Egyptian sun god) if he happens to know where the next time portal is. Ra's response is to stare blankly at Jack before ascending once more into the sky, assuming that was his response (he could've just not registered Jack at all).
    Jack: ...Guess that's a no.

Jack and the Traveling Creatures

Jack and the Creature

  • While walking around with an intense look on his face, Jack notices a lizard climbing a tree and stops, smiling open-mouthed, until it climbs out of sight. Then he resumes his serious samurai progress.
  • The Creature. Big, blue, lovable, clumsy, Totoro-esque bundle of funny!
    • At one point, Jack gets so close to reaching a magical time-travelling crystal. But the Creature, in a stupid fit of hunger, decides to eat the crystal, much to Jack's anger and dismay.
    • Later, after it's done eliminating the robots that nearly killed Jack, the Creature changes from its monstrous form back into its normal cute self. As it sits there with a "Well, that just happened" expression, the flies resume buzzing over its head, as though even they were scared of the Creature during its Roaring Rampage of Revenge.

Jack and the Swamp Wizard

  • Aku's guise as the Hermit is far, far less convincing than his earlier stint as Ikra, who only shared his color scheme. He uses his normal voice actor, if with a mildly different pitch, keeps extremely similar facial features, and berates Jack in sometimes similar ways. Yet it seems to have fooled Jack... until the episode's end. Is it funnier to think Jack saw through this disguise instantly and decided to see how the plan unfolded, or that he figured it out slowly?
  • The Hermit, riding on a raft as Jack poles it, realizing that his reflection in the water is of his real self and freaking out. How does he solve this? By summoning a giant crocodile to rise up under the raft and then start flying.
  • While hanging out on the dome that hides the third jewel Aku-the-Hermit trades tongue flicks with the mount they used to get there, a giant snake.

Jack, the Monks, and the Ancient Master's Son

  • Jack freaks out when he thinks that he has led Aku to the secret Shaolin Temple, but the Grandmaster calmly points out that he shields the temple from Aku's gaze with his connection to the earth. Cue Aku staring angrily at his view-screen, which is now covered in television static, and banging on it as one would a malfunctioning TV. It's also Aku's only scene in the whole episode.

The Birth of Evil, Part 1

    Season 4 
Samurai vs. Samurai
  • When dealing with the so-called "Da Samurai", Jack remains stoic through most of the episode. He doesn't snicker when he smashes Da Samurai's sunglasses, or rips his belt away revealing his cartoony underpants. But when he discovers that his enemy's Heroic Build was actually a fake muscular-torso shell held on with straps (revealing a fat gut), he gets the most appropriate confused expression ever.
    • What make this even more funny is that just before, Jack has said,
    The shell of an oyster only hides the pearl inside.

The Aku Infection

  • While most of this episode is Nightmare Fuel focused on Jack slowly turning into a clone of Aku, the events leading up to it are kind of morbidly hilarious.
    • First, we see Jack about to fight Aku, who is sick with some sort of flu.note  Aku is sneezing and coughing, and unenthusiastically croaking orders to his minions, looking miserable enough that Jack stares at him. Aku soon feebly announces that "I will not fight you today" and then flies off.
      • Not to mention the way that Aku accidentally infects Jack — he coughs out what looks like black mucus, which enters Jack's wide-open mouth (he was yelling a Battle Cry at just the wrong time), and then proceeds to choke and swallow it. Aku wasn't even really trying to fight Jack at the time, and yet this day was the closest he's ever come to killing him.
    • At one point, Jack (who's just started mutating) comes across a man who is dangling from a mountain edge. Jack wants to rescue the man because it's the right thing to do, but then his new Aku-side demands monetary payment before intervening. Cue an argument between the split-personalities that leaves the poor man confused (and still hanging from the cliff).

The Princess and the Bounty Hunters

  • The episode's introduction, in which Boris is given an awful haircut by the hairdresser, because the latter keeps being distracted by the sights of the other passing bounty hunters.
  • In their first scene together, the Bounty Hunters (sans Mira) are silently facing each other. Tension is rising and the watcher expects a fight to break out. Then Boris, who arrived last, intervenes. His tone is what sells the scene.
    Boris: (clearly annoyed) "What is up here?"
  • When the Bounty Hunters agree to discuss who will get the bounty inside the barn, they all nod awkwardly several times before actually doing it.
  • Boris' Imagine Spot of his "plan" to defeat Jack, animated with crude child-like drawings, has to be seen to be believed.
    Boris: "The little man is coming. I do not wait. BAM! He will attack. His sword, it breaks against my belly. Then I BREAK HIM! BREAK HIM! BREAK HIM! BREAK HIM! THAT'S HOW BORIS GETS THE BOUNTY!"
  • After Boris has explained his simplistic "plan" to fight Jack:
    Boris: "Any questions?"
    Mira: "Have you always been this stupid?"
    Boris: "YES! Wait, wha- huh?!"
  • This exchange.
    Mira: (after curbstomping Boris) "I have more power and skill than all of you."
    Gentleman: "It seems her tongue bites as hard as her stick..."
  • Every time a confrontation between Boris and Mira devolves on an Overly Long Gag.
    Boris: "Da. Much money, please."
    Mira: "You'll get it."
    Boris: "I better."
    Mira: "You will."
    Boris: "I better.
    Mira: "You will."
    Boris: "Okay. What is plan."
  • The Gentleman and Boris share a conversation.
    Boris: "I hate taking orders from woman. Hey you! Country boy man! How about you and me team up and collect bounty? No?"
    Gentleman: "The Gentleman never goes back on his word. Besides, our present course of action is in fact the most lucrative for all parties involved. You must be crazy sir!"
    Boris: (angry) "Simple answer. Da or no!"
    (Mira dope slaps Boris with the sheath of her sword.)
    Mira: "Keep digging!"
  • I and Am in general. There's something funny about hearing Kevin Michael Richardson doing a high-pitched voice while rhyming on a dime.

The Scotsman Saves Jack

  • There's a good Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking Shout-Out
    The Scotsman: Heck's Bucket Seaport... you will never find a more Wretched Hive of scum an' villainy. An' the crabcakes aren't bad either!
  • The group of people the Scotsman accosts in the street asking if they've seen Jack before includes robots, aliens, a snake charmer, children, a Green-Skinned Space Babe, at least one actual baby, and a blind man.
  • Shortly after this he breaks into a bar and screams "Has anybody here seen this man before?!" The whole building turns out to be full of bounty hunters, and there's a wanted poster of Jack right on the wall, forcing the Scotsman to fight them all off.
    • During this scene, the Scotsman is already holding Jack in one hand, but he needs two hands to take his BFS out of its scabbard. So he takes his sword out and stuffs Jack into the scabbard for the entire fight scene.
  • Samurai Jack spends most of the episode in an amnesiac state, courtesy of a spell cast on him by the Sirens. Jack believes that he's a civilian named "Brent Worthington" who talks like a Totally Radical Surfer Dude, and he doesn't remember any of his fighting skills, which makes him a useless bystander in combat.
  • The Scotsman asks what's in the part of a map labeled "the Great Unknown." The predictable response? "I don't know, it's the Great Unknown!"
  • Later when Jack and the pirates start getting entranced by the Sirens' song, we see everyone with Hypnotic Eyes, except the Scotsman... who looks annoyed, and declares, "Sounds like someone's step'en on a cat. Sounds like someone's step'en on a lot'a cats."
  • Later, after Jack has been saved and they start competing to see who will row the boat home, one of the many events they do is a high-jump contest. Cut to the Scotsman leaping ridiculously high... only to see Jack sitting on a branch just out of his reach.
    Jack: (smug smile) Jump good.
    The Scotsman: Yeah, yeah...
    • The best thing is that this is the only instance in the whole series of Jack acting even remotely smug, so it's obvious that he's teasing his friend.
    • Throughout the contests, the Scotsman gets more and more frustrated, suggesting increasingly ridiculous ways in which the two of them can test their might (like building sandcastles), until he finally settles on thumb wrestling. Cue an epic thumb war, with lots of buildup, Dramatic Wind, Death Glares, and Slow Motion.

Jack and the Flying Prince and Princess

  • This episode is nearly a Whole Plot Reference to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with expies of Luke, Leia, and C3P0.
    Princess Verbena: Aren't you a little short for a demonic minion?
    Jack: Huh? Oh, the uniform. I am called Jack, and I am here to rescue you.
  • When Jack takes them to a getaway car, he quickly reveals that he has no goddamn idea how to drive, just pushing random buttons and mashing his foot on the accelerator until the Princess, engaging in possibly the politest Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like ever, physically pulls his foot away from the accelerator and point-blank says he doesn't know how to fly this thing, does he.
    Jack: (shamefacedly) Uh... I like to walk.
    • Princess Verbena then tells him he'll navigate, she'll drive, and he jumps very hastily out of the driver's seat and into the back as she moves over into it.
  • Jack has clearly never used a walkie-talkie before and just hammers on the button with his thumb until Verbena too-patiently explains how to use it. Then he uses it like an old person and basically shouts slowly at it.

Jack vs. Aku

  • The entire first half of the episode, which reads almost like a self-parody: Aku sends some minions, Jack defeats them, rinse, repeat.
  • The way the episode begins is hilarious, with Aku speaking on a land-line telephone to order new minions to attack Jack. It sounds exactly like he's ordering a pizza.
    Aku: (Evil Laugh) Yes, I can hold... Yes, I would like to place an order for delivery ... Aku ... I think I'm in the computer ... Yes, that's it! I'd like a large — WHAT? huh? ... Extra thick! ... Thirty minutes or it's free? Excellent! (Evil Laugh)
  • Aku's minions try to destroy Jack:
    • Round 1: Aku tells an ogre-like minion larger than him (and about five times taller than Jack) to go destroy Jack. The minion roars, then - a split-cut later - is driving a little round car way too small for it out to Jack's location, complete with Mel Blanc-esque automobile sounds. He tears his way out of his tiny car with a shrug. He roars, Jack merely jumps up and slashes. Cue *boom* and Aku commenting on how stupid that was.
      Aku: STUPID!
    • Round 2: A giant robot begins extending a telescoping chest cannon so long it's basically no bigger than a peashooter when it's fully extended. It's less than a meter away from Jack as it fires... a pea-sized shell which just bounces off of Jack's sword. Cue Jack staring in surprise and the giant trying to regain its former standing posture only to slip, fall and blow up. Aku comments on how stupid it is. Again.
      Aku: IDIOTIC!
    • Round 3: A huge robot army armed with steel blades and shields march towards Jack as he prepares to fight them off. One of the robots trips over, sending its blade flying through the air and onto another robot, leading to it exploding, destroying and damaging the ones around it, causing their blades to fly off and repeat the chain reaction. This eventually leads to only one bot remaining as it gets near Jack who is still maintaining his ready stance... until another blade ends up in the last robot's back and destroys it. The explosion is just strong enough to blow away Jack's hat.
      • At one point they cut to Aku while the robot army is demolishing itself, and his silent look of sheer disbelief is so totally priceless. This soon earns another comment from Aku.
        Aku: "STUPID BOUNTY HUNTEEEEEEEEERS!!!! (calmly) It's just like people say; if you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself." (suddenly looks very sorry for himself)
  • Aku makes an entrance before Jack:
    • Jack prepares himself for combat, but Aku dismisses the idea:
      Aku: Oh, put that thing away, Samurai. We all know what's going to happen. You'll swing your sword, I'll fly away, and probably say something like, "I'll be back, Samurai!" And then I'll flutter off over the horizon, and we won't see each other for about a week. And then, we'll do the same thing all over again.
    • To add to the hilarity, Jack actually stops and gives pause for a moment like he’s thinking there’s some truth to that.
    • Jack, thinking Aku is merely up to some trick, swings his sword: Aku turns into a bat form, fleeing and yelling, "I'll be back, samurai! You'll see! HAHAHAHA!" He flutters away for long enough that Jack starts getting thoughtful before popping back next to Jack and saying "See what I mean?"
  • When Aku lays down his challenge for a formal duel between Samurai and Evil Overlord, Jack accepts, one three conditions;
    Jack: One: No superhuman powers. Two: No evil minions to assist you. (Aku growls angrily in frustration) And three! No shapeshifting! You come in human form.
    Aku: (Thinks it over for a moment) Hey, that was four things!
    Jack: The last one was a two-parter.
    • Jack has to ask for clarification on where the duel will take place.
      Aku: We shall meet before the rising sun at the ancient ruins beyond the Valley of the Corpses.
      Jack: Agreed... was that east or west of the Crimson Hall of the Ogre?
      Aku: East.
      Jack: East, right...
      Aku: You know where that is?
      Jack: (Beat) ...Yes, yes I will find it. Don't worry.
      Aku: Are you sure?
      Jack: No, no. Don't worry. I remember now. (averts his eyes in thought)
      Aku: ...I can give you a ride if you
      Jack: I will find it!
    • Then it's followed with this exchange, where apparently Aku may have initially interpreted what Jack said as something entirely different.
      Aku: Then I will see you there! (turns to leave)
      Jack: In human form.
      Aku: (turns back in clear surprise) What?!
      Jack: In human form. "I will see you there in human form."
      Aku: (Beat) Ooooooh. I'll be in human form.
      Jack: Right.
      Aku: Of course, I thought you meant... (chuckles) Never mind. Human form, got it.
      Jack: (now sweatdropping) Right.
    • Then a moment or two after that, we have a hilariously long beat of Jack and Aku just staring at each other awkwardly, before Aku gives an entirely false smile, and Jack responds with the most forced and awkward looking smile ever.
    • Every time Jack says something to make Aku do a Double Take, the music abruptly cuts out, as if even the show's musical score is going "Wait, what?" When Jack first mentions the three conditions, Aku's look of joy before grimacing is accompanied by the sting playing backwards, like some sort of auditory whiplash.
  • Aku's human form when he enters. It's as funny as it is weird-looking.
  • During the duel itself:

The Tale of X9

  • X9 admitting even he doesn't see the reason why his Mad Scientist creator would give him a personality chip, aside that said-scientist was "funny that way".
  • When Lulu goes missing while X9 plays his trumpet, he shoots straight out his chair in shock. Then, his trumpet drops out of his hand in a fashion very akin to a Jaw Drop.
    • Aku letting the perpetually happy Lulu bark to her owner X9 over the phone when she's held hostage. From his end, it's Played for Drama. From her end, it's Played for Laughs. Aside from that, it's silly out of context for the master of evil to let a cute little dog (who's totally oblivious to the danger she's in) speak over the phone.

The Four Seasons of Death

  • In autumn, we have an evil mad scientist working to concoct a deadly poison for Jack. Every time he has to enter or exit his windmill house, he has to wait a moment for its slow-moving blades to pass. One has to wonder who was the architect to design the blades to move in front of the door.
  • In winter, we see a warrior tribe spend a lot of time forging a cool sword through epic methods. Then one guy takes the new blade and challenges Jack to a duel... only for Jack to instantly break his opponent's weapon, thus quickly disarming and defeating him in the most anti-climatic way possible.

Jack and the Baby

  • While Jack is trying to escape with the baby from the hungry robot trolls, Jack snatches up the baby... only to find he's only holding the diaper. He turns to find the still-crying baby crawling away in a birthday suit.
  • Jack runs into a problem when the baby needs feeding. He tries to milk a doe, but gets kicked for his troubles. He tries to milk a possum, but the possum's teats can't produce enough milk readily, and the possum's babies bit Jack's fingers.
  • At the end, Jack finally manages to get the baby back to his mother, who is grateful, but is shocked by the stern scowl the baby now has. Jack apologizes, explaining that the child seeing him fight the trolls (combined with his stories to the baby about Momotarō) has instilled the "spirit of a samurai", meaning her son's stuck like that.

    Season 5 
  • Even while fearing for her life, the blue alien girl emojis her disgust at getting her feet covered in oil.
  • The entire scene with Scaramouche the Merciless. He's a Musical Assassin Killer Robot in a purple dress-coat and high-heels who acts as campy as possible while employing scatting to telekinetically control his sword. He acts silly and jovial even in the midst of combat, comments repeatedly on Jack's post-Time Skip Wild Hair, and somehow has Aku's phone number on speed-dial.
    • Even funnier is that Tom Kenny voices Scaramouche using something between his best Sammy Davis Jr. impersonation and an offshoot of his narration from The Powerpuff Girls.
    • Just the mere fact that the first time we're reintroduced to Aku after such a long time both in- and out-of-universe, is through his annoyed and confused voice on a cellphone. There's also the implication that Scaramouche is lying through his teeth about being Aku's top assassin, and that Aku has little idea who he is.
      Aku: Huh? Who is this?! (Jack knocks the smartphone out of Scaramouche's hand) WHAT?! HELLOOOOOO?!
    • Jack's "completely out of shits to give" thousand-yard stare at Scaramouche is pretty hilarious to boot, showing that despite his PTSD, he's still The Comically Serious. Whereas before Jack could be perplexed or surprised by assassins, now he just sees them as a nuisance. His painfully desensitized attitude to Scaramouche, coupled with the guy's talk of being Aku's top hitman, makes you wonder how many times Jack has killed "Aku's favorite assassin" by now. Scaramouche probably got the title only because he's the best assassin Jack hasn't yet killed.
    • For a bit of Black Comedy / Mood Whiplash, while Jack starts talking to a pile of rubble, hallucinating them as the terrified children who were killed by Scaramouche, pleading Jack for help:


  • Just the entire scene with Aku. The episode opens with Aku waking up and putting on his eyebrows, then going through his morning stretches, every movement making a cracking sound. After this, he has to deal with a race of mud men who want to offer him tribute, but they make a disgusting mess all over the floor and he sends them away. Then, his scientists arrive to show him their Ultimate Beetle Drone, which will "certainly" kill Samurai Jack, but Aku insists that he doesn't care about Jack anymore and slinks away. Then Aku has a therapy session WITH HIMSELF, admitting that he doesn't want to deal with Jack anymore, that he's given up because Jack is still running around, hasn't died, and has grown a stupid beard. Several times throughout the therapy session, Aku literally dissolves into a puddle.
    • When Aku flips out during his therapy session, his "therapist" mimics him perfectly, then promptly brushes it off.
      Aku: Once I e-ra-di-cat-ed all the time portals, I thought I would just wait it out and then the samurai—
      "Therapist": We don't say his name here. It is a safe place.
      Aku: Y-yes, sorry, doctor. Well, I just assumed that eventually, over time, he would just—
      Aku: But he hasn't even aged. I mean, like at all. He just grew that stupid beard. It looks like he'll be here forever! I...I just don't know if I can handle that.
      • Just the fact that Aku, a being literally Made of Evil, gets so upset by his enemy's name, that he needs to tell himself that he has a safe space.
    • While talking about the impossibility of killing the Samurai:
      "Therapist": Yes, it's quite the conundrum.
      Aku: Yes- er, what is that again?
      "Therapist": aside glance
    • Contrast Aku with the High Priestess from the previous episode. It's so surreal that someone as humorless as her worships Aku of all evil deities. Judging by her ramblings, you'd think that Aku had evolved into a true Eldritch Abomination in the past 50 years. But no, he's still just as funny and hammy as ever before. Oh, High Priestess, if only you knew.
  • We see the Ultimate Beetle Drone in a later scene come crashing through the forest to fight Jack. Jack kills it with a single spear throw.
    • And the big implication of the Ultimate Beetle Drone being that Aku's robotic engineers haven't had an original idea for a robot in over fifty years (most likely over several generations).
  • While in the middle of the very tense battle scene with the Daughters of Aku in the crypt, there's something funny about the face Jack makes when the ancient battleaxe he grabs breaks almost immediately. It is almost the textbook definition of "Oh, come on!"
    • That the blade of the axe breaks in like two seconds but the haft, which looks like wood and should be even more fragile given its age, holds up even into the next scene.


  • Jack is again tormented by his conscience, but he now has exaggerated features such as fangs, and he taunts Jack's guilt over killing one of the Daughters of Aku as if he were a bully teasing someone, so the scene is unexpectedly hysterical.
  • After the Wolf finishes eating, it lets out a belch before falling asleep. Jack follows suit.
  • In the flashback to the Emperor cleaning up a young Jack after the former slays a group of bandits, Jack's eyes shift over to his father's blood-soaked robe and sword on the other side of the room. The music, their faces, and the sting when the scene shifts to Jack's POV makes the start of the flashback seem almost less like a life-altering conversation about morality and death, and almost more like an immensely awkward dinner conversation.
  • While hunting for Jack, the Daughters of Aku come across a clearing and notice a doe, confused as to what it was due to being raised as child assassins. Then they notice a stag and his branching black antlers, and mistake it for one of Aku's minions.
    • Thinking the stag was going to kill the doe, only to see them affectionately nuzzle noses, it's discovered they're also Oblivious to Love. And then one of them promptly flips out and scares them off, because seeing it angers her and she's not even sure why.
  • The scene where Jack tries to warn them off is longer than it was in the trailers; after the Daughters angrily refuse to leave, he pauses and says "So I guess you're staying."
    • He even gives them one more chance when he says "Perhaps I was not clear..."
    • You can almost hear the annoyance in his voice over having his cool line interrupted.
  • After having killed all but one of the Daughters, the still living one (Ashi) goes on a rant on how she will destroy Jack. Jack, having the most bored and disgruntled look on his face, unties the chain around his wrist that she is holding onto and lets her fall to her death mid-speech.
    • Ashi's rant sounds like she's throwing a temper tantrum after she and her sisters were finally bested. Clearly, Tara Strong still sounds adorable even when delivering death threats.
    • And then the log they were fighting on snaps. Jack's reaction is justified.
    • Ashi's rant becomes a lot funnier rewatching knowing she really is a Daughter of Aku, which makes it look the more some that making a speech of how Jack will die Mood Whiplash knowing It Runs in the Family, especially the way she yells die like how Aku did last episode.


  • Jack very briefly hallucinates that one of the Daughters of Aku has the real Aku's face. The sight of a female Aku with breasts is simultaneously creepy and absurd. Also triples as Jump Scare and Freeze-Frame Bonus.
    • Afterwards, Jack imagines that a flock of crows are calling him a murderer. It's darkly funny when you realize it's a literal murder of crows. Made funnier by the crows' weirdly narmy voices.
  • Ashi tries to kill Jack after playing dead, and is swiftly dealt with by being chained up around her torso by her own kusarigama, and hung up on a tree like a pinata. And proceeds to try kicking at Jack, but it makes her look like a petulant child.
    Ashi: Die! Die! Why Won't You Die?! Scum! Aku will be triumphant! I will undo the evil that is you, samurai! I will kill you as long as I have breath in my body! I will strike you down! Long live the glory of Aku!
    Jack: You are very troubled. And very confused. Aku is the evil one, not me. (aside) I've met machines that are programmed with such hate and lies, but never a human.
    Ashi: Deceiver! Worm! Scum!
    Jack: Now you're just repeating yourself. (aside) I wonder if it is possible for her to ever believe that Aku is the evil one, and not me.
    Ashi: Lecherous snake!
    Jack: Mmm, perhaps not.
  • When the huge creature first swallows them, Ashi tries to kill Jack mid-air as they're in the middle of being swallowed, Jack can't believe just how stubborn she is.
  • When Jack and Ashi are attacked en masse by a horde of monster crab-mites, Ashi's first reaction is to kick Jack into the horde. He then hides underneath one, prompting another to try and swipe at Jack underneath. All that did was give Jack an improvised sword.
    • Jack has to then save Ashi after he frees her from being eaten by a crab-mite, after jumping into its mouth when trying to avoid another. She had a classic "Well, this stinks." facial expression.
    • After being freed seconds later, Ashi insists on helping the monsters kill him. He moves around her kicks easily enough without harming her and has to blind her with blood spray in order to stop trying to kill him.
    • Jack then chains her to his back like she's a backpack. Except she's still trying to fight him! Poor Jack's patience is getting thrown the wringer today.
      Jack: Be still!
      Ashi: (headbutts him)
      Jack: Crazy woman! Can you not see I am saving your life?!
      Ashi: (headbutts him one more time)
      Jack: DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! (swings with the scream and shaking in annoyance)
    • Then the answer to Jack's frustration happens: one of the monsters smacked Ashi silly. The awkward "Er, hello?" sold it as well as the wide-eyed confused look he had.
  • Jack trekking through the monster's innards... Accompanied by Ashi's constant demented ranting. The girl sure can talk.
  • Jack is again hallucinating and talking to his imaginary friends (his usual inner-self and... a talking little puffball), and they try to convince Jack to abandon Ashi. But only for a surprise development to derail it.
    Inner-Jack: (looks at the monster that just kidnapped Ashi into the off-screen) Ooookay, well, that's that. Let's get out of here.
    Jack: No.
    Inner-Jack: (long suffered sigh) You're going to save her again, aren't you?
    Jack: (softly) Yes. (swings his improv morning star around like a baseball bat)
    (Jack climbs just off-screen to the creature that captured Ashi, and the thoroughly pummeled creature falls dead)
    Jack: (Beat) You're welcome.
    Ashi: I'd be happier as that creature's excrement, than be grateful to you!
    Puffball: What did you expect, a hug and a kiss?
  • When Jack tries to remove all the tiny pins from him and Ashi after a room left them like pincushions, he tries to strike up a friendly conversation with her. It's awkward and hilarious all at the same time.
    Jack: You know, many people pay money for this. It's called acupuncture.
    (Ashi only gives a Death Glare, as she had the whole scene)
    Jack: Never mind...
    • Hell, the whole scene is an Overly Long Gag, since the first thirty seconds are just Jack removing the pins from both himself and Ashi, one at a time, without a word.
    • The way the dialogue goes implies that Jack was alternating removing one pin from himself and one from Ashi, instead of getting them all out of one person first then helping the other. It ends up making the interaction somewhat cute and hilariously awkward at the same time.
  • Jack being Adorkable with his scavenged armor.
    Jack: I like the back fur.
    Ashi: You look hideous.
    Jack: From you, "hideous" is quite acceptable. Thank you.
    • You can hear the venom and spite bubbling all through Ashi's voice when she throws the insult Jack's way. She's practically hissing at him. Her patience is exhausted, and she's gone from blind fiery rage at Jack to just stone-cold pissed.
  • While Jack is trying to climb up a very tall... something, Ashi decides to pull off one last attempt to kill Jack. Again it failed to accomplish anything but stoking his ire. Her stunt makes him turn Ashi into the weight that she has been the whole time tied to his waist for the rest of the climb, with a far more considerable length of chain between the two than before.
    • If you imagine it's a relationship between father and daughter, the look on Jack's face is a textbook example of a father who has had it up to here (no pun intended) with his bratty daughter kicking the back of his seat in the car.
  • When Jack and Ashi finally escape the creature that had swallowed them, they end up in the water. Jack surfaces first, and you see his split-second realization that Ashi can't swim because her arms are still chained together before he quickly dives back down after her.


  • These bits from the assault on Aku's fortress:
    • It's revealed that the Scotsman had a legion of daughters during the Time Skip. Before battling Aku, he calls them out for the way they're dressed so revealingly, embarrassing all of them.
      Scotsman: Wha-?! Flora! What in bonny blazes are ye wearin'?! I take ye out fer a day o' battle, and you dress like yer goin' dancin'! COVER YOURSELF! YOU'D CATCH YOUR DEATH O' COLD!
      Flora: Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!
      Scotsman: That goes for all o' you!
      Everyone in synch: Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!
      • The added hilarity that he and his wife (whose looks fall into "butt ugly" and "mistake of God", respectively) somehow produced a verifiable small army of hot daughters.
      • Even funnier, the fact that Flora in this scene is hefting a BFS over her shoulder and looks like she could pick up and break Aku's robots with her bare hands. And she sulks like a moody teenager over her father's assessment of her outfit.
      • "Dancing" is Scottish slang for a nightclub, which is likely why the Scotsman was so quick to call out Flora for what she was wearing.
    • Aku acts akin to an old man being bothered by noisy neighbors.
      Aku: Somebody, please... STOP ALL THAT NOISE!
    • After Aku literally steamrolls over the Scotsman's army:
    • The Scotsman buys his daughters some time by distracting Aku himself. He does so by yelling out a lengthy tirade of insults at Aku, essentially calling him a coward and a "big baby" because Aku fears that Jack will kill him some day. Aku listens to the Scotsman with a combination of anger and boredom, ending it by vaporizing the old man with his Eye Beams.
      Aku: I'm sorry, old man, I think you're lost.
      The Scotsman: I ain't 'lost', yeh tree-ogre! I might be old, but I've lived long enough t' see the world rise against yer tyranny. Admit it, yeh big oaf! You're scared! note  The Samurai is still out there, inspirin' people by the thousands! After all these years, you're powerless against him! You've been shiverin' like a wee baby hidin' in yer crib, afraid to show yerself, 'cause you know he's out there — and you can't do anything about it!" (gives a hearty guffaw) "You're just a big baby! Why don't you go cry to yer mama?!
      • There's something oddly funny about how Aku seemed more bemused by the initial appearance of the Scotsman than anything, thinking he was just a lost, confused, senile old man who had wandered onto the battlefield by accident, in spite of the huge claymore and minigun leg. The way Aku addresses him ("I'm sorry, old man...") implies that he may have actually let the Scotsman go if that had actually been the case. It also gives off the implication that this isn't the first time it happened.
      • There's just something darkly hilarious about seeing Aku nonchalantly burning the Scotsman down to a skeleton, which then crumbles into a pile of black dust, all while a Scottish funeral dirge plays. Aku then leaves the battlefield and returns home, grumbling about how offended he was by the Scotsman's praise of Jack. But he didn't stick around to see the Scotsman suddenly come back as a ghost, who's not at all upset about dying, especially since he looks like his younger self again.
  • A minor moment when Jack and Ashi are looking at the stars at night. Jack and Ashi make a quick conversation.
    Ashi: Samurai, the stars. They are Aku's creation, yes?
    Jack: You th, no!
  • When Jack and Ashi reach the city, Jack steals some clothes to cover himself, but they do not match. Ashi gives him the oddest look while they're riding an elevator; implying that even the girl who's been sheltered from society her entire life (and if the next episode is an indicator, may have never even worn clothes at any point in her life) knows that is not how you dress. And what's worse, Jack looks like a actual pimp in the clothes he chose for himself. Just like his "back fur" garbs, Jack manages to pick the most garish replacement outfit he could find, like he just fell into an open closet. Funniest of all, Jack once again loses his clothing for the third time in a row.
  • It veers sharply into Black Comedy given the I Have You Now, My Pretty vibes, but when The Dominator manages to capture Ashi, he has a moment of creepy obsession over Ashi's beauty, which contrasts with him grabbing her face while Ashi makes an expression that is anything but due to him squishing it.


  • While travelling on an airship, Ashi is told by a crewman that Jack got off from here. She jumps off, and the guy panics that he didn't mean he jumped out the airship!
  • Several episodes after his fight with Jack, Scaramouche's severed head suddenly reactivates, and he happily proclaims that he's still alive. Scaramouche's head then bounces away to tell Aku about Jack's missing sword.
    • When Scaramouche arrives at the hilltop near a seaport city, he suddenly gets kicked like a soccer ball by a crowd of people, and he comes rolling down the hill. The way he does the scatting part as he rolls down is hilarious.
    • The Overly Long Gag in which Scaramouche is trying to board a ship, and a bouncer keeps turning him down. First, the bouncer points to a sign reading "NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO BODY, NO ENTRY". Scaramouche then claims he's Aku's top (#1) assassin, only for the bouncer to point to another sign (a list of deadliest assassins) which proved that wasn't the case anymore; specifically, he got demoted to third best.
      • Scaramouche tries again by going on a dog's head, only for the bouncer to point to the first sign which said "NO DOGS", which wasn't there before.
      • He finally succeeds by riding on a man with a really shrunken head. The man complains about Scaramouche owing him 50 credits, while grumbling about how the last guy he trusted got his head shrunken. Scaramouche then says a line that they would've never gotten away with in the first four seasons.
        Scaramouche: (humming until the deformed man is outside earshot) Whoa, what a freak! He looked like a talking penis...
    • Back on the cruise ship, Scaramouche's big, loose mouth really gets him into trouble. First, when he asked a female passenger to fetch him a drink, the woman is angered by his assumption that she works on the ship, and she kicks him across the deck.
      • Then when Scaramouche finds a payphone and tries to call Aku, he's interrupted by the loud talking from a gang of several anthropomorphic dog-men. Scaramouche rudely compares them to non-sapient dogs (much like calling a human an ape or monkey), which pisses them off, and they throw him overboard.
      • Speaking of dogs, there's no reason why anthropomorphic dog-people were allowed on the ship if they didn't allow dogs, except for Rule of Funny anyway. Then again, they seem pretty angry when Scaramouche calls them "dogs"; maybe claiming vehemently that they weren't was enough.
      • Also note that there is an old style phone booth, which was designed to sit on a single spot on the ground, on a moving vessel. And it still works.
      • Backing up for a moment, the fact that Scaramouche collect-called Aku from a payphone adds to the running joke of the season; about how easy it is to contact Aku, and how the High Priestess seems entirely unaware of it. Scaramouche having Aku's number on his cellphone is one thing, as he is one of his top three assassins. Being able to enter Aku's lair to pay tribute is another, maybe there's a process you have to go through before being allowed in. But the revelation that literally anyone can pick up a phone, dial zero, and have the operator connect them to Aku, casually brings a new level of ridiculousness to it.
  • For no adequately explained reason, there is a dancer wearing a complete spacesuit at the rave scene with Olivia, complete with face-concealing helmet. They first appear doing a dance that looks like they're trying desperately to not trip and fall over... and for some reason, this is the first dancer Ashi thinks to talk to.
    • Later, this same dancer appears during the scene where the ravers homage Jack's original dance...meaning that this person, in full spacefaring gear, is now doing martial arts-styled moves.
  • Ashi bathes and scrubs off all the ash and soot that her "body suit" was made out of... and soon realizing she has no replacement outfit.
    Ashi: Uh-oh...
  • The scene where Ashi walks into a bar, which is patronized by various old bounty-hunters who were brutally defeated by Jack many years ago. And the bartender running the place happens to be Da Samurai, now a Grumpy Old Man who gave up being a wannabe samurai.
    • The aforementioned bounty-hunters recall how Jack gave them crippling injuries that ended their villainous careers.
      • The robot with tin armor has a very deep and gruff-sounding tough guy voice... until he takes off his helmet to reveal his injuries (his head has been reduced to a bunch of tangled wires), and he has a goofy Indian-like accent. He also has the gall to call Jack "one tough SOB".
      • Another robot covered in bandages (and by "bandages" we don't mean gauze—he's being held together by band-aids) in spite of being decked out in armor, after saying that the bandages were "literally holding [him] together", cue someone else pulling one off and his arm dropping off.
        Bandaged Bot: Check this out! These things are literally holding me together!
        (A Spartan tests this out to confirm it, peeling off a bandage and causing his whole arm to detach and hit the floor with a loud clang)
        Bandaged Bot: Dude, really?
      • A tattooed Samoan-like man recounts what Jack did to him with No Indoor Voice:
        Tattooed Man: I USED TO GO THE BATHROOM! BUT NOW I GO IN A BAG! (pokes tongue out in disgust) NGHYEEH!
      • The robot who looks like Popeye points to his swollen-shut eye and blames Jack for causing it. note 
        Popeye Bot: Aghh... he busted me eye.
    • Da Samurai's story of his past encounter with Samurai Jack, which is saturated with funky hamminess. The way he tells and ends it implies that he considered being humiliated by Jack to be a Fate Worse than Death. Immediately lampshaded by the robot whose head is nothing but a bunch of exposed wires, as his fate is actually not that bad (or at least not as bad as the bar patrons, who were brutally maimed). Da Samurai's retort?
    • The sudden and random appearance of Demongo, who has somehow returned despite being smashed by Aku. Demongo is once again searching for the world's greatest warriors so that he can steal their souls and enslave them. But then he takes a quick look at everybody inside the bar, judges them all to be losers unworthy of his interest, and leaves just as abruptly as he appeared.
      • Da Samurai's reaction after Demongo's departure is gold as well:
        Da Samurai: (whistles) We got some straight-up freaks coming through this place.
  • At the end, what are the first words Jack says to Ashi after he regained the will to live again, and defeated the Omen?


  • Despite being a very tragic moment of Yank the Dog's Chain, the flashback about Jack finding (and losing) the last time portal in the world was still a little bit funny in a cosmic sort of way.
    • After losing many previous portals to Aku, Jack wastes no time and immediately jumps into this one... and actually succeeds in making it through the portal. Unfortunately for him, Aku just reaches into the portal, grabs him mid-time-travel, and pulls him back out.
      Aku: BWA HA HA HA HA! Oooooh, that was so close!
    • After Aku destroys the time portal in front of Jack, he gets so angry that Aku taunts him by sarcastically advising him to calm down before he has a heart attack, then Aku does a Verbal Backspace and encourages Jack to keep raging.
      • Probably not intentional, but Jack's frustrated facial expressions and crouching pose make it look like he's suffering from constipation, rather than experiencing an extreme emotional meltdown.
      • Despite orchestrating his misfortune in the pettiest of ways and rubbing it in, Aku just stands there with a puzzled look on his face as poor Jack writhes with anguish and rage.
  • When Ashi first confronts the latest army of bounty hunters after Jack (who is stuck in a deep meditative trance), the idea that she could stop them by herself makes the soldiers in front start laughing, but the men in back can't hear; one of them asks the other what's happening, and the other says that it's something about squirrels, prompting the first to ask if it's time to eat.
    • Ashi's incredibly bloody No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on the entire army is interspersed by scenes of Jack making tea very, very, very slowly. There's no rhyme or reason how long each segment takes, making for some great Mood Whiplash.
      • After Jack finishes making the tea, he gives it to an old monk-like spirit to drink. The monk's judgement is... less then stellar.
      • While his appearance is mostly Nightmare Fuel, there's something hilarious about Inner Jack being so angry that the Monk spirit won't just give Jack his sword. He even makes this face when the monk tells them that he cannot show Jack his own path.
    • Jack's inner journey somehow ended with him getting a shave and a haircut, something that Ashi immediately notices. It makes a nice Call-Back to Jack complementing her hair and dress after her makeover.
      • Jack also gets to see the results of Ashi's handiwork.
        Jack: And you [Ashi], you have been very busy.
        (Cut to the battleground)
        Dying Mook: ... Owwww...


  • At the beginning of the episode, Jack and Ashi decide to buy food. Ashi is hesitant to try out the Alien Lunch, but Jack assures her it's fine, as he's eaten stuff that's similar. Eating it (briefly) turns his head into that of a fish's. Ashi understandably decides to try something else, much to Jack's confusion.
  • While on a transport, Jack and Ashi are hilariously awkward about being in close proximity to each other, and continuously get distracted and flustered when they unintentionally touch one another, even in the middle of an assassination attempt on the two of them.
    • The bounty hunters behind the latest attempt to kill Jack. They are a gang of green tiger men who wear black shirts with red letters on them. Why? So they can quite literally spell out "DIE SAMURAI JACK".
    • When Jack and Ashi bail from the transport, Jack swipes at some of the tiger dudes. Their letters spelled out "WHOA".
  • While exploring a crashed alien spaceship, Jack tries to warn Ashi about falling from a high platform.
    Jack: "Ashi, be care—" (Ashi effortlessly vaults down several floors) "—ful."
    Ashi: "Did you say something?"
    Jack: "No... Nevermind."
  • After Jack and Ashi come across a cache of weapons, a computer gives Jack the instructions on how to use a weapon that will permanently kill Lazarus-92, the man-eating monster that's been chasing them. Unfortunately, Ashi distracts him when she accidentally fires a shot from an energy rifle into the wall, leading to:
    Jack: "Wait, What??"
    Computer: "Lazarus Protocol concluded."
  • Jack's reaction to Lazarus-92 eating off Ashi's clothes. It's obvious that he's never before seen (or at least not used to seeing) female nudity.
    • Even funnier is that a few moments of Scenery Censors are used to cover up Ashi's naughty bits... especially with Jack's magic sword, a la Austin Powers!
    • Jack tries to explain to Ashi that men and women are different, while her state of undress continues to fluster him, even as she continues her attack on Lazarus. To which she replies that he's not making sense. Hell, just seeing Jack, who at this point has Seen It All during the last 50 years or so, turn into a blithering idiot is hilarious.
    • And then there's the face he made as he's covering her up with his gi. The man is trying too hard to not see her naked.
    • Then she asks if he's okay to which he blathers some more and awkwardly laughs. It's so funny (and weird) watching him act so nervous.
    • At one point, Jack is trying to explain why showing off your nude body parts is socially unacceptable, but he's so flustered that he says that "... private things are personal!"
  • In the end, after finally slaying Lazarus, Jack and Ashi take a minute to a catch their breath... Followed by a Smash Cut to them making out while Dean Martin's "Everybody Loves Somebody" plays in the background.
  • The entire episode can be considered a sexual allegory given that the climax revolves around Jack trying to get his weapon started.


  • When the episode starts, Jack and Ashi are still kissing. Then they realize what they're doing (and that they're still covered in the remnants of Lazarus-92) and have a Spit Take.
    • Later, it's now Ashi's turn to see Jack in the nude. When she sees him taking a shower with water spilling from the alien ship, her reaction isn't as over-the-top as Jack's was, but she does blush a little bit. It even looks like she cracks a little smile.
    • There's something weirdly funny about the face Jack makes while eating a roasted alien creature that he and Ashi found in the desert, before they both realize how chewy it is.
  • Scaramouche's head (now walking around with octopus tentacles) finally arrives near Aku's tower, and believes to see what looks like Aku close to the entrance. But it's really an automated voice-box made in his likeness, because Aku is no longer willing to speak to any guests.
    Aku voice-box: Hello. You are listening to the voice of AKU!!! Unfortunately, I will no longer be available for any appointments. I'm sorry if this has inconvenienced you. Now GO!!!
    • When Scaramouche finally tells Aku that Jack lost his sword, Aku perks up and rewards the robot with a new body. They immediately break into celebratory dancing until the commercial break.
  • Aku (and to an extent, Greg Baldwin) briefly doing a dead-on impression of Jack's voice when the two meet each other gain.
    Aku: "But you are probably saying to yourself, 'Why? Why now for our sudden reunion?'"
  • There is also something weirdly hilarious about learning the gross way that the Daughters of Aku were conceived and born. Aku, flattered that a cult had developed around him, gave them a small bit of his liquefied essence to worship him. While it's not explained what really happened, Aku figures that the High Priestess must have drunk some of the black goo (which was basically like Aku's magical demon semen), causing her to become pregnant with Ashi and her sisters.
    • There's also something funny about Aku being summoned by the cult, making an expression that suggests "Why the hell am I even here?". But he sees the statue of his likeness they made; and he remarks that he likes it, though it can't compete with the original (himself). And Aku was rather baffled yet amused by what the (certifiably insane) Priestess (presumably) did to herself.
    • Furthermore, Aku figuring out how Ashi could be his illegitimate offspring is like he's remembering a drunken one-night-stand. Although as the story explains, he technically didn't have sex with the High Priestess — he merely served as an accidental sperm donor.
  • While Jack and Ashi are fighting, Aku watches on and dryly jokes to a destroyed robot about how he failed as a father.
    Aku: "I mean, you try and raise them right. But then they run off with your mortal enemy. What's a dad to do?"
  • While it was heartbreaking that Jack surrendered his sword to Aku, you can't help but chuckle at spoiler: Aku's smile as he finally gets a hold of Jack's sword while the samurai slumps in defeat.


  • How does Aku conclude his No-Nonsense Nemesis-style narration of the original intro? With a Wayne's World-style NOT!.
  • Aku, after narrating the original Samurai Jack opening, goes to execute Jack... but pauses to try and figure out how he wants to do it.
  • Just this: throughout the series, Aku's plans were undone because of his ego. Well, this time, as a sendoff of his hubris, he pulls the ultimate idiocy that undoes his victory by televising his capture and contemplation of how to execute Samurai Jack, to a whole world that has come to love Jack. If ever in the series there was ever a stupid or hammy way for Aku to defeat himself, it's only in the last episode that he tops himself.
    • And he doesn't just televise the execution, he spends more than a full minute agonizing over which weapon to kill Jack with, for an even greater length of time than he spent gloating about his victory. It's such an amateur mistake for an evil overlord to make that it's amazing he somehow conquered the world in the first place.
    Aku: Wait a second... (turns his hand into a nasty looking sai) THIS IS THE ONE! Or is it too much? Maybe a little less? MADNESS!!!
  • Aku's reactions to The Cavalry tend to count.
    • One moment when he becomes visibly annoyed, he gets shot in the eyes with multiple arrows.
    • In a great Call-Back, when the Tribe comes leaping past and smacks him in the eyes with their staves, Aku's only reaction is a bewildered "Flying monkeys?!", like he just can't believe that happened. The icing on the cake is the way the Man-Ape turns around in mid-fall to shout back "No, jump good!"
  • The Scotsman as a whole in the final episode. To recap:
    • He arrives in battle on Magic Celtic Bagpipes that generates a bridge which his daughters ride upon into battle against Aku's army, and blows Aku!Ashi away from Jack. Jack, even with all the stuff he's seen, is at a loss at the Scotsman being a ghost.
    Scotsman: Jackie-boy! (Tries to hug Jack, only to pass through him) Right. Keep forgettin' about that.
    Jack: You- you're dead.
    Scotsman: Aye, but just a wee bit.
    • The Scotsman introducing his daughters to Jack in a sequence reminiscent of his 20-second insult to Jack, and he names at least half of them (if the other half don't just share the same name with other sisters). And all of them have distinct hair-styles and facial expressions.
    • He follows this up by immediately asking Jack to pick one of them, saying he'd be honored to have Jack as a son-in-law.
    • Jack introducing the Scotsman to his girlfriend (who is currently in the process of fighting the Scotsman's daughters).
    Scotsman: ... I don't think she's yer type, laddie.
    • The truly hilarious part of this? Yes, she is. "Aku" has always been Jack's type, ever since the first season.
    • Then the Scotsman sees the Mecha-Samurai start punching Aku in the face, and is so in awe that he completely misses Aku!Ashi scoop up Jack.
    Scotsman: Now ya don't see that very of'n.
  • Aku was initially unimpressed at the Mecha-Samurai, until it starts beating the ever-loving hell out of him. When we get to another scene, it continues beating him and rips off his tree-horns.
  • There's something funny about Aku and Ashi's brief argument after Ashi manages to break free from his control. It truly sound like a father and daughter bickering towards each other.
    Aku: How dare you talk back to your father!
    Ashi: No. You're not my father.
    Aku: (in a childlike "matter of factly" tone) Yes I am!
  • When Jack and Ashi realize the latter has Aku's powers, their voices tones are high and excited, like two kids who just spotted a baby deer in the woods. It practically borders on Adorkable.
  • After realizing Ashi has Aku's powers, this results in Jack and Ashi going back to the past to kill him. Aku's response?
    Aku: Oh no.
    • And he says it in the exact same tone of voice as Vinesauce Joel, to boot.
    • There's something oddly funny the way Ashi opens her mouth and makes an angry face as she activates her time portal.
    • Following this, Aku's perspective and reaction of events in the past; no sooner does he finish his Badass Boast from the pilot episode than Jack and Ashi jump right back in. To say Aku is shocked to see this unfold before his eyes is an understatement.
    • In consideration to the above, there's the Dramatic Irony that Aku thinks Jack is back "already" when really, Jack is the one who chronologically got the short end of the stick by waiting 50 years to get home. We waited 12 years for the series to reach a conclusion, for crying out loud! Aku's only had 10 seconds to savor sending Jack to the future.
  • The fashion in which Aku flees from Jack before the latter slays him. Aku's final form is like a hybrid between Pacman and the Ghosts, both chomping at the air and retreating.
  • Seeing Aku's eyes blink with an audible and pitiful "poink-poink!" one last time before Jack finishes him off for good.
  • Doubles as a Moment of Awesome; keeping in mind everything Jack has been through and how it's affected him, it's strangely hilarious when we hear him shout at the top of his lungs during the final plunge of the sword:

  • In the first issue of the IDW comic Jack has to fight several gladiators including Robuttinsky, The Butt Blaster. Who named these guys?
  • The 10th issue of the IDW series contains perhaps the most hilariously humiliating defeat of Aku yet. While it starts out as being very serious, since it entails Aku invading Jack's mind and devouring his memories to try and make the samurai unable to pose a threat to him, it starts to get funny when Aku tries to devour memories pertaining to Jack's training and starts to fail to defeat Jack in the memories (for better understanding of context, one scene has Aku assume the form of the man on horseback who lost his gold while Jack was practicing archery, and he ends up riddled with arrows). It reaches Epic Fail levels when Aku eventually resorts to attacking Jack in a memory when he was a newborn and is still defeated.
  • "Mini Mart Minions", a story from the third issue of Cartoon Network Action Pack, opens with Jack on a pile of rabbit-robots being cheered by goat people.
    "Great samurai, you've vanquished the Bunnies of Aku!"
  • The 23rd issue of Cartoon Network Action Pack has a story titled "The Zen of Hiccups", where Jack has the hiccups for some reason, and a sequence of him fighting everything from a scarecrow to a giant scorpion to an armored bear to bees gives him advice on how to make them go away. In the end, it turns out that the hiccuping was Aku hiding inside Jack's lungs.
  • Several issues of Cartoon Network Action Pack have stories serving as a continuation of "Aku's Fairy Tales" where Aku tells stories about Jack portraying him in an unflattering light to Mya and David, two children who idolize Jack. No matter how despicable Aku makes Jack in his stories, the children either insist on seeing Jack as being in the right or end up being inspired by the story to make a joke at Aku's expense.

  • The fact that, after thirteen years of failed starts, Genndy Tartakovsky apparently managed to restart production on the series simply by calling up Cartoon Network head Mike Lazzo and asking.
  • During San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Genndy Tartakovsky described the opening scene of the Season 5 premiere episode, complete with sound effects. After it aired, someone dubbed the scene with his narration.
  • Greg Baldwin posted this as a parting gift to the fans after the finale, in which he finally says "EXTRA THICC!" in Aku's voice.
    • Greg Baldwin singing Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as Aku in celebration of getting 10,000 Twitter followers. Contains spoilers.
      Aku: And now, the end is nigh,
      It seems that I, am not immortal,
      The foolish Samurai, refused to DIIIEEEE!
      He found a portal.
      Malaise filled all my days,
      I slaughtered billions, every Tuesday!
      Oh yes, oh yes I did, I did it,
      Greg Baldwin: Akuuuuuuu's way...
      Aku: But now I'm gone. And now, I'm dead.
      That stupid sword, stuck through my head!
      I ruled the world, my word was law!
      Bwa ha ha haw, bwa ha ha haw!
      The end was quick! And Extra Thick!
      I did it,

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