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Bask in the glory of what our master has created. Admire its beauty, but know that the samurai is out there leaving a wake of devastation wherever he goes. That's why, my sweet Ashi, the Daughters of Aku must stay focused. Never relent, always attack.

—The High Priestess to Ashi, Episode XCII

Ashi is the deuteragonist of Season 5 of Samurai Jack. She is the leader and the only confirmed living member of the Daughters of Aku, seven women who serve as assassins attempting to kill Jack. It is only later that she comes to have doubts about Aku's true nature.

Biography

Ashi and her six younger sisters were birthed from the High Priestess, leader of an all-female cult of Aku, and raised as assassins by them to do what no other fighter could do: Kill Samurai Jack. The High Priestess named them the Daughters of Aku and raised them with the most brutal of training throughout all of their childhood and youth, attempting to sculpt them into the ultimate warriors. During her training as a child, Ashi found a hole in the wall to gaze upon the outside world. The High Priestess told her that the world was a creation of their master, Aku, and that it was under threat so long as Jack lived to oppose Aku's rule. She was then thrown back into training and received punishment. When their training was complete years later, they donned the masks and head coverings, and set out to fulfill their mission. {Episode XCII}

Later on, Ashi and her sisters set up traps for Jack in a forest, and successfully destroyed his motorbike and started an intense battle with the samurai, forcing him to hide and later escape to an abandoned temple. Ashi and her sisters looked for their hiding enemy, tracking him to the temple's underground crypt. Here they had another intense battle with the samurai, but he succeeds in killing one of Ashi's sisters and blew up the temple with the others still inside. {Episode XCIII}

Ashi fought Jack again in the next episode. Unlike their first battle, she found herself and her sisters overwhelmed as one by one Jack killed the other Daughters until only Ashi was left. Seeing her sisters perish and having been bested, Ashi had a momentary breakdown as she ranted and swore that she would kill Jack, even as he dropped her to her presumed death. {Episode XCIV}

After being saved by Jack from the belly of a colossal beast (despite her constant animosity towards him and continued attempts to kill him) and watching his humble and honorable nature to the most simple of life, she starts to question her ways. {Episode XCV}

She was then finally convinced after being shown proof by Jack that Aku is truly evil. She helps him save some kids who were being mind-controlled by implanted chips, but is worried when he dissappears, and sets off to find him. At this time, Ashi is finally see the true nature of Aku and how wrong her mothers, her cult and her sisters have become.

Appearance

Ashi Child

Ashi as a child

Ashi and all of the members of the Daughters of Aku shared the same appearance. All of them have big, slanted eyes and wear a black bodysuit. When undercover, they usually wear a white mask to conceal their own identities.

The only difference between Ashi and her sisters is their varying hairstyles. Ashi's hair is combed up to a single point.

Personality

Ashi seemed to possess a curiosity about the outside world, especially when she was younger, and developed into a cunning strategist. She was clever enough to go after the archers first in her final test, making the task much easier. Like the rest of her sisters, she possess little to no knowledge of the outside world in which she doesn't know what a deer is and assumes a male deer is Aku's minion due to its antlers. Furthermore, she also cannot understand the concept of love and compassion, since she sees the loving bond between a deer couple as madness due to the fact that she assumed the bigger male deer will kill the female deer. This was also seen when she and her sisters did not mourn the first of their sisters to die by Jack's hand, reciting their mother's words "Death is failure".

Still, she has an emotional breakdown after witnessing all of her sisters die before her and failing to kill Jack. This is likely due to her being raised to kill Jack under the extreme and violent tutelage of her mother, who raised them to think of failure as the pinnacle of disgrace and something that was an impossible occurrence. Her breakdown also likely stemmed from her shock at being defeated by Jack, someone she was raised to see herself and her sisters as inherently superior to. Ashi survived the fall and tried to kill Jack again numerous times, despite being chained up, eaten whole by a monster and Jack's numerous attempts to save her life, undeterred from her purpose. Eventually, after escaping the monster, Ashi attempts to kill Jack with her sickle by sneaking up on him, before noticing a ladybug fly by. This triggers a flashback to when she was a small child and training with her sisters, when a ladybug flew into her hand and she observed the beauty of it, before it was unceremoniously squished and killed by her mother, calling it a distraction and "not part of Aku's order." Ashi continued to hear these words until she sees Jack hold the ladybug in his hand and releasing it unharmed. Finally realizing that Jack is not the enemy, she drops her weapon and reconsiders her purpose, eventually meditating along with Jack on an island from a distance, which implies that she has made peace with the Samurai.

After Jack revealed the true nature of Aku, she sees the error of her ways and became his ally, going against her mother and her cult. At the same time, she no longer sees Aku as a god but a demon needed to be destroyed. In "XCVI", Ashi is angered when the factory administrator and torturer guide gloats about turning the children into weapons due to being naive and vulnerable, to the point that she is able to break free of her restraints since he reminds her and her sisters being turned into living weapon for no good reasons. She is later shown to be relieved when the children wake up free of mind control.

Appearances

Season 5

Powers and Abilities

  • Skilled Archer: Ashi has shown to have excellent skills in archery. She is capable of taking down multiple opponents with the bow while climbing.
  • Skilled Melee Fighter: Ashi and her sisters have become more skilled at close-quarter combat than their trainers.
  • Intelligence: Through her training, Ashi developed a talent for strategy. During the final test, she incapacitated the Cult archers at the top of the cliff face, swinging the fight in her and her sisters' favor.
  • Peak Human Conditioning: Like Jack, who spent the majority of his life preparing to face Aku, Ashi has spent the majority of her life preparing to fight Jack and has honed her body to the absolute limit of human potential.
    • Peak Human Resilience: Ashi has been beaten endlessly throughout her training, hardening her as a warrior.
    • Peak Human Senses: Ashi and her sisters were trained to be able to react to dangers, such as archer fire, by instinct. Her reflexes, endurance, stamina and agility are drastically enhanced to superhuman levels.
    • Peak Human Speed: Ashi is shown to be swift. She is capable dodging arrows while climbing a cliff and grabbing one of the fired arrows out of thin air. She and her sisters are capable of dodging machine gun fire.
    • Peak Human Strength: She and her sisters have deceptive raw strength for their lean frame. They are able to destroy Jack's armor merely through punches. They are also able to easily smash through concrete.
  • Indomitable Willpower: Ashi seems to possess a strong will to correct her mistakes and help her persevere through hardships. This made her into a powerful and cold assassin. As described by her mother towards her and her sisters, "Aku's fire stirs through all of you."
  • Pain Resistance: she is strong enough to resist the electricial torture by the mind-controlled armored factory manager and kills him.

Relationships

Family & Relatives

  • The High Priestess - As her birth mother and mentor, Ashi is slightly frightened of her and attempted to please her as best she could as a child during her extensive training. In a brief dream, Ashi sees a more monstrous version of her mother commanding her to kill Jack, showing that she harbors a deep fear of her mother. After seeing the truth about Aku's evil way, Ashi rebels and disowns her mother.
  • The Daughters of Aku (Sisters) - Septuplets born to the high Priestess, Ashi and her sisters trained together their entire life in order to kill Jack. Despite all this however, there is no sympathy or even remorse for any sister who falls to the Samuri. In "XCVI" Ashi is visibly angered by the villain's boasting about turning the children into weapons, suggesting unresolved feelings over her mother and sisters.

Allies

  • Aku (Formerly) - As one of his worshipers and most devoted of followers, she regarded Aku as a god, and attempted to gain his favor by killing Jack.
  • Jack - After spending time traveling with Jack, Ashi has come to see Jack in a positive light.

Enemies

You worthless scum!! I will kill you!! You can never escape from Aku!! Die, Samurai!! DIE, DIE, DIE!!! You will DIE!!!
  • Samurai Jack (Formerly) - Fated to destroy him once and for fall, Ashi grew into a fiercely resolved woman bent on eradicating the samurai from the face of the Earth for good.
  • Aku - After being shown the truth and consequences of Aku's power by Jack, Ashi has started to help him in undoing the work of Aku and his followers

Quotes

Season Five

  • "Death is failure."
  • "You worthless scum! I will kill you! You can never escape from Aku! You will die! You will die a horrible death, and then Aku will sing, for he is free from the parasite that you are! Die, Samurai! Die, die, you scum!! Die! Die! Die, Samurai! You will die!!!"
  • "Die!! Die!! Why won't you die!!? Scum, Aku will be triumphant!! I will kill you as long as I have breathe in my body!! I will strike you down!!! Long live the glory of Aku!!"
  • "Deceiver, worm!! Scum!!!
  • "Lecherous snake!!"
  • "By Aku's will, you will die in here!!"
  • "There is no hope for you, foolish samurai! Aku is the master of masters and will end you!"
  • "No matter what you have planned for me, I will never buckle, never waver!!"
  • "Your death is certain!! Aku desires it!!"
  • "Aku has made a world of wonders and you have soiled it!!"
  • "Aku is the father of fathers!! His greatness cannot be measured!"
  • "You are a parasite, Samurai, feeding off Aku's generosity!!"
  • "Aku, my master, this fool knows not of your greatness, your kindness, your understanding!!!"
  • "Die."
  • "I'd be happier as that creature's excrement than be grateful to you."
  • "You look hideous."
  • "Wait!"
  • "You tell me that everything I know is wrong! But refuse to prove any of it! You're afraid! Afraid that I will see you are a liar!!"
  • (After Jack disappears with the Mysterious Rider) "Samurai? Samurai! SAMURAI JACK!?!"

Gallery

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Trivia

  • She is a major recurring character in Season 5.
  • Ashi can be seen as an antithesis to Jack as she was raised to kill him, similar to how he was trained from childhood to defeat Aku.
  • As a child, Ashi showed a genuine interest in the world outside of the temple she and her sisters were kept in for their entire lives.
  • Ashi's weapon is a kusarigama. Unlike the traditional kusarigama, her kusarigama is designed with a spike circle at the loose end rather than a iron ball.
  • Ashi is the only one of the "Daughters of Aku" who has been named on screen.
    • While three of her sisters' names have been revealed in the credits of Episode XCIV (Aki, Ami and Avi), which name belongs to which sister hasn't been revealed so far.
  • Ashi has a similar hairstyle to Princess Ilana from the cancelled, incomplete cartoon show, Sym-Bionic Titan, another show created by Genndy Tartakovsky. The notable exception is that she has one bang instead of three.
    • Tartakovsky revealed during a Q&A session that the resemblance was completely unintentional.
  • While Ashi's official voice actress has been revealed to be Tara Strong, in Episode XCII, some of her vocals were done by Kari Wahlgren.
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