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The Minions of Set were powerful beings who appeared in Episode XXXI: Jack in Egypt. Despite appearing in just one episode, they proved to be among the most powerful opponents that Samurai Jack had ever faced, as well as some of the few enemies that he could not defeat on his own.

Character outline

The Minions of Set were three dog-like demons with black skin, golden heads, and glowing blue eyes, a trait that was shared with several other beings of divine origin. Their upper bodies were large and muscular, while their legs were comparatively small and skinny; however, this didn't impede their speed or agility.

Their weapons resembled traditional weapons from ancient Egypt: one had a curved, sickle-like sword called a Khopesh, one had an Egyptian battle axe, and the third had two short clubs or rods, one in its right hand and one that was attached to its left bracer. The weapons glowed with magical blue flames.

Although they only spoke in growls, barks, and roars, the Minions of Set appeared to recognize Aku as the one who released them from their imprisonment and understood his orders to kill Jack. They also appeared to recognize the threat of the magical scarab Jack was attempting to assemble and made an effort to prevent him from doing so; one of them even attempted to ingest a part of the scarab to keep it from Jack's reach. When Jack successfully assembled the scarab, they seemed to realize the implications of what he had accomplished. They were also capable of feeling fear, as evidenced when the last of them fled before Ra's Eye Beams.

Given that they were servants and possibly creations of Set, the enemy of Ra, they harbored a strong hatred towards the Sun God. When Ra descended from the sky, they barked viciously and assaulted the Sun God, which then resulted in their total destruction under Ra's divine power.

Biography

According to an ancient Egyptian prophecy that was read by Jack when he was a child, Set, the Egyptian God of Disorder and Violence, unleashed his three evil minions upon Egypt and the Pharaoh's armies were unable to stop their rampage. Eventually, the Pharaoh called upon a great power and imprisoned the Minions of Set in a tomb, upon which the prophecy was inscribed.

Many years later, Aku heard of the prophecy and believed that he had found a new means of destroying Jack. He managed to find the tomb and freed the Minions of Set, who promptly displayed their prowess by annihilating the robot minions that Aku had brought with him. In exchange for freeing the Minions of Set, Aku ordered them to destroy Jack, who approached the temple at the time.

The Minions of Set hid near their former tomb and awaited Jack's arrival as night fell. Jack had just enough time to realize what had happened before the Minions of Set attacked, soundly thrashing him while proving invulnerable even to his Sword. Utterly outmatched, Jack remembered the prophecy that he had read as a child, and fled to the tomb of the Minions of Set. Inscribed on it was the rest of the prophecy, which instructed Jack to collect and assemble the three pieces of a scarab - the symbol of the Dawn God, Khepri - and use it to summon Ra. Despite the Minions' relentless pursuit throughout the temple, Jack managed to assemble the scarab and call the Egyptian Sun God. After he appeared, Ra easily destroyed all three Minions of Set with beams from his eyes.

After Jack destroyed Aku in the past, the Minions of Set possibly, albeit unintentionally, came back into existence, since they were never freed to hunt Jack and be destroyed by Ra. Fortunately, with no Aku to release them, the Minions of Set remained sealed in the tomb forever.

Abilities

Regeneration: Possibly their most useful ability, the Minions of Set were capable of almost instantaneously regenerating from virtually any damage that was inflicted upon them. This ability extended even to the effects of Jack's Sword, which was specifically forged by the Gods to destroy Aku. They were eventually destroyed by Ra's Eye Beams, which could have meant that they were only vulnerable to the divine energy of Ra himself.

Supernatural Endurance: As part of their divine nature, the Minions of Set appeared to have limitless endurance and were able to fight indefinitely without food, water, or sleep. Coupled with their regenerative abilities, they were effectively invincible in combat against even the likes of Jack.

Heightened Senses: The Minions of Set were shown to have very keen senses. Their senses of hearing and particularly smell appeared to have been very enhanced, as they were able to track Jack's scent, even while he hid; in one instance, they were alerted to Jack's location when he accidentally tapped his sword lightly on a pillar.

Enhanced Strength: The Minions of Set were capable of cutting stone pillars to pieces with their weapons and broke the temple walls just by slamming into them. Their punches were strong enough to throw Jack tens of feet through the air.

Enhanced Speed: The Minions of Set were also very fast, as shown by the fact that they easily destroyed Aku's robot army before the robots even had time to react. Their running speed appeared to have been more or less equal to Jack's own most of the time, as he was able, with him and the minions running, to maintain his distance from them on several occasions on straight paths. However, on one occasion, one of the minions managed to run along a ceiling from a position significantly behind Jack to a position in front of him. They often alternated between running on two legs and running on four legs, though they tended to run on four legs when they needed to cover a significant distance.

Enhanced Agility: During battle, the Minions of Set constantly jumped at their opponent like animals, and were capable of performing flips while in the air as well as leaping great distances.

Limited Gravity Manipulation: The Minions of Set were capable of running on walls and even upside down on a ceiling.

Martial Skill: The Minions of Set were very skilled in the use of their particular weapons, although they mainly relied on their overwhelming physical advantages in battle. For comparison, Jack was narrowly able to hold his own against all three Minions after their initial ambush, even managing to land a few blows in return (unfortunately, it was a moot point due to his inability to actually harm them). Additionally, the rod-wielding Minion threw one of its weapons at Jack at one point, and it tracked him around a corner (though whether that was an intrinsic property of the weapon or a skill of the Minion itself, was unknown).

Gallery

Trivia

  • They were designed after Set animal, also known as Sha. Interestingly, they shared similarities in terms of appearance and abilities to Anubites in Age of Mythology, a video game developed by Ensemble Studios .
  • They were one of the few enemies that could not be defeated by Jack's Sword, which forced Jack to find other means of defeating them.
  • The reason why Jack's Sword could not vanquish the Minions could be explained by the fact that they were created by Set personally (not unlike how the Elementals were created by the Goddess of Water); therefore, only Ra (or possibly other divine beings) could vanquish them for good. Alternatively, their nature as divine beings (albeit evil ones) meant that the damage and regeneration-inhibiting effects of Jack's Sword were greatly reduced compared to its effects on Aku, which allowed them to recover from his attacks endlessly.
  • The Minions of Set were among the few characters that bested Jack in open combat, albeit largely due to their supreme regenerative powers.
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