|“|| Fifty years have passed, but I do not age. Time has lost its effect on me, yet the suffering continues. |
Aku's grasp chokes the past, present and future. Hope is lost.
Got to get back. Back to the past. Samurai Jack.
—Jack, Intro for Samurai Jack (Season 5)
Samurai Jack or Nameless Samurai (real name unknown) is the titular character and main protagonist of the cartoon Samurai Jack.
Throughout the series, he is voiced by Phil LaMarr.
Early in the series, Jack's face was depicted as long and rectangular; however, later in the show it became more like a square with a distinct eastern look.
As an adult, he is fairly tall and lean but fit in build, and has long jet black hair that he keeps tied in a Japanese chonmage topknot. Jack's clothing consists of a simple white kimono robe (sometimes referred to as a gi) with gray trim on the sleeves and edges, a white obi sash around his waist, and a pair of wooden geta sandals. His geta were once destroyed in Episode XXVI by a group of bikers, then later replaced by a jet repairman called Tengu who crafted the very same geta sandals for himself and his family. Throughout the show, whenever Jack's kimono is severely damaged in battle, he simply tears off the top half to continue fighting unhindered. Because he starts each new episode with his kimono fully intact, it can be assumed that Jack repairs his clothing in-between episodes.
In the image shown by the time portal guarded by the Guardian depicting an older version of himself, Jack is shown to have waist-long beard and hair. He is also shown to be wearing a golden crown and a red cape with scars all over his body.
As of Season 5, it is revealed that Jack cannot age as a side-effect of Aku's time portal. He has grown a large beard and wears full samurai armor with a mask resembling a Japanese oni demon and a gun holster across his torso. In Episode XCII his mask was destroyed by a horde of Beetle Drones, and he discarded his helmet and shoulder pads while fighting Scaramouch. He appeared with his full armor again in Episode XCIII only for it to be completely destroyed by the Daughters of Aku, shortening his beard and leaving him wearing only tattered rags. In Episode XCV, Jack creates some makeshift armor from the discarded exoskeleton of a centipede-like creature while trapped inside a larger monster, though it too was lost following his escape. In Episode XCVI, Jack steals a gray wide-brimmed hat, lavender tailcoat, dark blue slacks and black cowboy boots from local vendors while visiting a city, giving him the appearance of an Old Western outlaw. Unfortunately, this disguise was ripped to pieces while Jack was rescuing mind-controlled children from one of Aku's factories.
Jack strongly exhibits the characteristics of a stoic hero. He is unfailingly kind and generous, and will always attempt to help those in need, as well as dispatching sage like wisdom to those he believes are in need of guidance. He often ends up sacrificing a chance to return to his own time in order to help someone else. He has had considerable development during his time in the future. Initially, though polite and refined, he was very quick to anger and even more quick to being frustrated or irritated. His quest to return to his own time, having been thwarted again and again, even convinced him for a short time that returning to the past was impossible. However, over time, he has become much more patient and calm. He is also clever and rational, able to pose a plan or a strategy necessary to defeat the enemy, and also knowing his limits (such as when he is surrounded by too many enemies to defeat them by pure force). He is also extremely good at thinking on his feet, often improvising his way out of lethal, or impossibly bizarre, situations. He is also a very solitary man, tending not to socialize due to his focus on his quest.
However a running gag in the show (During Seasons 1-4) is his inability or reluctance to understand the technology of the future, such as in one episode where Jack had attempted to escape Aku's fortress after rescuing two fairy like creatures by driving a hovercar, but he fails to operate it competently, claiming he prefers to walk. He is also quite good at keeping his wits about him when confronted with the outlandishly strange circumstances that he often finds himself in, simply rolling with the proverbial punches rather than becoming upset or baffled.
After 50 years in the future, between losing his father's sword (the only means of killing Aku) and all known means of return to the past being destroyed, Jack has become disillusioned with the idea of ever completing his quest. He is emotionally vulnerable, showing signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as he is often haunted by hallucinations of his family and the people of the past, constantly asking him why he didn't return to save them. Also, in Episode XCIII, his mind manifests a hallucination of Jack in his prime. The hallucination demands that Jack give up and end his constant suffering, means that Jack is contemplating seppuku (suicide) in this episode. Despite his weariness and seeming lack of hope, Jack refuses to surrender, continuing his quest to save people from Aku's tyranny wherever possible.
At the same time, he also becomes open-minded with technology in which he begins to utilize high-tech weaponry, explosive, and riding a motorbike. Despite his decades of training and fighting as the ultimate warrior, and his seemingly endless journey hardening his overall outlook, Jack's general nature is still rather inexperienced, having never directly taken the life of a human-being or sentient alien. He is able to distance himself from the knowledge of all the robots and androids he has destroyed by noting that they are just "nuts and bolts". However, upon actually killing such a being, one Daughter of Aku, he was left horrified at the sight. However he later comes to term with his first kill after a memory of remembering his father's word of wisdom and is able to handle killing the remaining Daughters of Aku.
Jack was born a prince to his father's land, in an era greatly resembling Japan's Edo period in appearance, albeit with culture closer to the Nara and Heian periods. His story first began when he was born shortly after Aku was imprisoned by Jack's father. About a decade later, Aku escaped with the help of a solar eclipse. Jack's mother went into hiding and sent Jack to train around the world, as was planned by his parents should Aku ever escape his prison and Jack's father fail to stop him.
Training with his Teachers
His mother took him to a Japanese ship whose Captain who took him from his homeland. On the journey, he is taught astronomy and how to navigate via the stars. The ship takes Jack to Arabia where a sheikh taught him to ride horses. From there, he is taken to Africa where he was left with a tribe of bushmen who taught the art of fighting with a staff. After reaching proficiency, he was brought to Egypt where he was educated by their best scholars. Jack eventually moves to Greece to learn the art of wresting followed by a trip to England where he met Robin Hood who trained him on how to use a bow and arrow, (as well as helped him hone his senses). He then traveled on a viking long boat working as a member of the crew. In Russia he was trained in the art of axe throwing and later went to Mongolia where he was taught combat on horseback. His final training took him to a shaolin temple where he learned their discipline and martial arts.
After years of training with some of the greatest warriors of the time, Jack returned to the temple his mother was hiding in and was given the sword his father used to defeat Aku along with his signature kimono. Jack traveled to the castle of Aku, finding his father enslaved and nearly skin and bones. He warned Jack that it was too early for him to fight Aku, but he didn't listen and continued on. Jack then confronted the sorcerer and the battle began. Jack managed to severely wound Aku, but before he could deal the final blow, Aku opened a time portal and threw Jack into it, sending him centuries into the future.
When Jack finally escaped the portal, he found himself in a dystopian future. After Jack escaped being crushed, he met three alien teens who called him "Jack". He asked them where he was and what was going on around him, and learned that Aku had conquered the world and spread his influence across the universe, enslaving many planets while using Earth as his base of operations. The teens then showed him a bar where he could get a drink, but was attacked by crooks however he quickly disposed of them. This caught the attention of a group of dog archaeologists, who discovered the truth about Jack's origins and asked for his help in saving their group from Aku's oppression. Jack consented, and left with them, but not before giving them his new name Jack. Though they did not know it, the group was being watched by one of Aku's spies, who hastily informed him of Jack's actions at the bar.
Jack and the archaeologists later arrived at the mines the dogs were excavating and saw the tragedies that befell those incapable of fulfilling Aku's bidding. He and the dogs then came up with a strategy to defeat Aku's army of mechanical beetles. On the day of the attack, Jack faced the army and managed to drastically reduce their numbers using the very crystals the dogs were forced to dig for, but not before running out of artillery and being forced to fight the remaining ones on foot. Despite suffering several injuries, Jack managed to beat them after going into berserk-like yelling no there is no escape when the drones attempted to retreat. With the army defeated, the dogs thanked the Samurai and went their separate ways. Jack would then go on many adventures, make friends, and help out many people as he searched for a way back in time or an opportunity to destroy Aku.
50 Years in the Future
During his fifty years in Aku's time, Jack spent much of his time helping people, garnering the respect of everyone he has helped along the way. Some have even made efforts to take down Aku's minions that have tried to kill him before they even ran into Jack.
Jack has still not found a way back home or defeated Aku, but Aku's time travel spell has rendered Jack ageless. During this time, Aku has destroyed nearly every method of returning to the past and Jack lost his sword in a pit at some point, forcing him to rely on futuristic technology, such as firearms, explosives and a heavily-armed motorbike. Despite becoming disillusioned and haunted by the past, Jack still continues his journey, though his sanity appears to be slowly slipping away. During the course of 50 years, all the people and species saved by him, as well as other oppressed people on the Earth and the galaxy by Aku, had been inspired by his nobility and braveness in which they openly rebels against Aku and his minions.
In Episode XCII, he rescues a family from the Beetle Drones. While riding on his motorbike, he sees a plume of smoke in the distance but chooses to ignore it. When stopping for water, he sees extremely disturbing visions of his parents and his people asking why has he forsaken them, followed by a mysterious and ominous armored figure on horseback staring at him. This last apparition frightened Jack so much that he hastily departs on his bike. This happens again in the night in which his father, in a hellish vision surrounded by flames, expressed his displeasure of Jack having forgotten his purpose, and Jack sees the rider once more. He then leaves the spot in fear. Jack finally arrives at the source of the smoke in a ruined city, and only sees death when he arrives. He then runs into Scaramouch, who mocks him for his late appearance and loss of his sword before attempting to tell Aku the news. Jack destroys his phone mid-call and proceeds to fight him. During the fight he suffers another hallucination, this time with children and the armored rider. Eventually, he succeeds in defeating Scaramouch, claims the assassin's tuning sword and proceeds to leave the area.
In Episode XCIII, he travels to a fork in the road and turns left. He stops to deal with a large Large Beetle Drone which he easily destroys with his trident. After a while, the Daughters of Aku ambush Jack, and destroy most of his equipment and parts of his armor. He uses explosives to escape and then hides within the now destroyed Beetle Drone. He has a hallucination of himself saying he should give up and join their ancestors since Jack lost his sword. The hallucination urges Jack to honorably end his own life as there is no more honor in fighting and nothing can stop Aku now that his sword is gone. However, Jack refuses as he believes he can still find a way and his foes are always just "nuts and bolts". He then proceeds to hide in a nearby temple where the Daughters of Aku eventually find him. When one of the sisters manages to stab him in the stomach, Jack kills her. Jack is then horrified at the revelation he killed a human being and not a machine. After recovering his stolen tuning fork knife, he proceeds to destroy the temple as he plunges into the river below to escape, passing out from the blood loss. His unconscious body floats downstream, bleeding out in the river.
In Episode XCIV, a barely alive Jack continues to float downriver. After Jack manages to grab hold of a floating log, a frog hops on, warning him the Daughters are not far behind. Eventually, Jack reaches the shore and makes his way to a cave, all the while being stalked by the mysterious samurai. Inside the cave, Jack pulls the knife from his side with great discomfort before passing out. Upon waking up, his hallucination of himself appears again and taunts him over his first human kill, coming to the conclusion that Jack wanted the Daughters to kill him, though Jack himself denies this. The next morning, a blood-soaked Jack prepares to defend himself. Instead, an equally blood-soaked wolf enters the cave (the same wolf from the previous episode) and Jack passes out again. While unconscious, Jack remembers the time his father defended their family from a band of outlaws who had ambushed their carriage. Waking up again, Jack bonds with the wolf and nurses himself back to health. Remembering his father's lesson, Jack and the wolf part ways and Jack prepares himself for another confrontation with the Daughters of Aku. Soon enough, the Daughters track Jack back to his location. Echoing his father's words, a hidden Jack offers the Daughters an ultimatum: Leave, or face their destiny. The Daughters refuse and Jack, using the terrain and weather to his advantage, kills three of them, luring the final three to a fallen tree hanging over a cliff. Discarding his weapon, Jack sends two of the Daughters falling to their deaths before confronting the last one (revealed to be Ashi). Ignoring her threats, Jack simply unwraps her chain from his wrist to her apparent death. Unfortunately, the tree finally collapses from the struggle, sending Jack falling into the valley below.
In Episode XCV, following a nightmare about the Daughters of Aku, Jack wakes up in the snow, having survived the fall into the valley. Soon enough, he finds Ashi's body, seemingly dead on impact. Jack hallucinates that a murder of crows is taunting him for killing real people, though he quickly defends his actions, claiming the Daughters already chose their path. Unfortunately, Ashi also survived the fall, and Jack is forced to fight and tie her up once again. As a restrained Ashi continues to badmouth him while swinging from a tree, Jack ponders her way of thinking, and decides to convince her he is not an enemy. Before he can do so, however, a giant monster emerges from the ground and swallows them both whole. Against repeated attacks from Ashi, Jack manages to save her and break their fall, landing in the bowels of the beast. When they stop to rest, Ashi praises Aku and revels in her "victory", gloating that they are both trapped inside the monster and Jack will soon die as a result. Jack is more positive, however, having experience exploring the innards of large creatures, and determines there must be another way out. As Jack tries to explain that Aku is the true enemy, multiple blue-green creatures arrive and attempt to eat them, with Ashi kicking Jack towards the horde in another attempt to kill him. Using one of their severed appendages as a makeshift sword, Jack kills several of the creatures before rescuing an unhelpful Ashi, strapping her to his back and retreating deeper into the monster. While stopping to rest again, a small puff-ball creature appears before Jack and tries to convince him to escape without Ashi, believing she is only evil. Jack refuses to listen, but the creature's opinion is shared by Jack's self-hallucination. When Jack himself argues they are all in this predicament because of him, his hallucination reveals that Ashi has disappeared. Ignoring his past self and snapping off a makeshift mace from the monster's body, Jack kills the crab-like creature that abducted Ashi and brings her back. Unsurprisingly, she isn't grateful for the rescue. As Jack presses onward, Ashi continues to rant about his inevitable demise while singing praise for Aku. Finally fed up, Jack once again tries and fails to reason with her before being forced to take shelter from a hail of needles. Eventually, after hiding from a centipede-like creature, Jack takes the pieces of its discarded exoskeleton as makeshift armor, taking Ashi's disgust as a compliment. While climbing to a higher area, Jack determines a way out is close, causing Ashi to send them both falling. Fortunately, Jack manages to grab a makeshift vine and save them both, keeping Ashi on a longer leash for the rest of the climb. Finally, after reaching the top, Jack and Ashi spot an exit to the outside over a large pool of acid. As they hitch a ride on one of the flying creatures, a large, transparent fish-like predator spots them and gives chase. Using the other flyers to evade and hide, Jack and Ashi manage to reach the exit before it closes and escape from both monsters, landing in a surrounding ocean. Once outside, Jack rescues Ashi, then swims to a nearby desert island. As Jack harmlessly interacts with a ladybug native to the island, Ashi is finally convinced that Jack is not her real enemy and gradually starts warming up to him.
In Episode XCVI, Jack enlists the help of a sea serpent so he and Ashi can return to the mainland. Once ashore, Jack thanks the serpent for its assistance, then parts ways with Ashi. That night, however, following a brief hallucination from Jack's campfire, Ashi appears before him, demanding the truth about Aku. Jack tells her she already knows the truth, but ultimately relents due to her persistence, agreeing to show her more in the morning. Before they sleep, Ashi asks if Aku created the stars, and Jack responds by telling her his mother's story of how the Sun and Moon formed the heavens. The next morning, Jack shows Ashi solid evidence of Aku's atrocities, starting with the destroyed remnants of an entire forest, with only a single tree remaining as a reminder of the demon's might. After stealing fresh clothes from local vendors in a nearby city, Jack shows Ashi how Aku's regime provides asylum to intergalactic criminals, allowing them to ravage peaceful communities at their leisure. In another ruined city, finally seeing the truth, Ashi resolves to help end Aku's tyranny. Without his sword, however, Jack disagrees, claiming their is no way of stopping Aku, and thus, no hope. Sudenly, they find an injured blue humanoid in the rubble, who explains that all their children were captured and taken to a nearby factory. Jack and Ashi agree to help and infiltrate the facility. Discovering that the children are being mind-controlled by a high-pitched frequency, Jack keeps them occupied while Ashi searches for the source of the noise. Despite having his clothing torn to pieces and nearly being overwhelmed, Jack buys Ashi enough time to kill the factory's owner and destroy the control panel, freeing the children. Unfortunately, as the children's mind-controlling implants short-circuit and they fall unconscious, Jack cries out in pain, believing them to be dead. At that moment, the mysterious rider appears before Jack, telling him it is time. Depressed from his perceived failure, Jack agrees, and accompanies him out of the factory.
By the time Ashi finds Jack in Episode XCVII, he is meditating in the middle of a cemetery, surrounded by the ghosts of other samurais and about to commit seppuku with help from the mysterious horseman. After Ashi reminds him there is always hope and informs him that the children they saved are alive, Jack finally overcomes his depression and intervenes before the Omen can finish Ashi, killing the apparition with the sword meant for his own disembowelment. Afterwards, Jack thanks Ashi for her help, complimenting her hair and new dress, and resolves to find his father's sword.
Powers and Abilities
- Ageless: Due to a side effects of Aku's time-traveling spell, Jack does not physically age, potentially able to live indefinitely. Also as a result, he has retained his youthful appearance along with prime health and vitality, despite being in his seventies. However, he is still vulnerable to pain and injuries, and could be killed the same way as any normal human. The inability to age does not apply to his metabolism either, as he still requires food and rest to live. Though it seems possible the age is very slow for him as it was shown by the Guardian that he can age as he sees Jack far in the future ton be quite old but still shows he can still fight as he shows his battle stand.
- Cunning: Jack has demonstrated a high level of understanding and intelligence, proving to be an expert at planning and creating strategies for confrontations, using his surroundings to his advantage, and seeing through Aku's deception on quite a few occasions. This cunning allows him to easily plan for his opponents and make strategies, both ahead of time and in the heat of the moment.
- Master Archer: Jack has shown to have excellent skills in archery since he was trained by Robin Hood. His archer skill was put to the test in Episode 3 when Jack used this skill to to set off traps against the beetle drones and later used his last arrows on the beetle drones which they hit dead on.
- Master Marksman: Jack has high levels of precision and accuracy with firearms even at a great distance, rarely missing his target. Jack is shown to carry a handgun after spending 50 years in the future. He is also skilled in using heavy firearms such as a machine gun with a rocket launcher.
- Master Martial Artist: Jack has shown impressive mastery in many styles of martial arts; some of which include the Shaolin Praying Mantis, Tiger and Eagle styles, Greek wrestling and African stick fighting. In his youth, Jack also learned how to use unfamiliar weapons by observing others, and adapting their style into his own skills to use them more effectively as necessary. After 50 years, he is shown to skill enough to kill three highly skilled Daughter of Aku with only his bare hands by turning their inner strength and weapon against them.
- Master Melee Fighter: Jack is well versed in a number of weapons that range from spears and staffs to nunchukus and shurikens, as shown in his fights at the Dome of Doom. After 50 years, he begins to adapt to modern technology, where he relies on firearms, a motorcycle, and a retractable pole arm.
- Master Swordsman: Jack's signature and arguably greatest skill is his performance with a sword. Jack's style relies primarily on swiftness and precision in his strikes, balancing with strong defensive stances that parry his opponent's strikes until finding an opening for a decisive blow. Very few opponents have been demonstrated to be a match for his swordsmanship, among them The Scotsman and The Ninja, and even fewer can outright defeat him, such as The Guardian. His trademark technique is Horse Cut, which he jumps into the air and slashes the opponent with tremendous force during his fall to break their defense or destroy their armor. After 50 years, he is shown to able to fight a group of assassins using only a combat knife.
- Motorcycle Intuition: Jack is shown to know how to ride a motorcycle after 50 years in the future.
- Multilingual: Due to his travels around the world in his native era, Jack was taught by many different cultures, including African, Greek, Russian, Mongolian, English, and more. Presumably he learned the local languages and dialects of his teachers during this time period, as international tongues were rare in his period of history.
- Ninjutsu: Jack has had training in ninjitsu, having been trained to blend in with his surroundings. His preferred style is to blend in with the light. He does this by simply reversing his kimono so that he is dressed in white, and tying white bandages around his face, hands, and feet, after which he employs his training. 50 years later he is even able to blend even with little clothing to disguise himself with.
- Peak Human Conditioning: From spending the majority of his life preparing to face Aku and constantly facing adversity in his quest to return home, Jack has honed his body to the absolute limit of human potential.
- Peak Human Agility: Jack is extremely agile and he often use it to his advantage against his opponents and Jack can easily do back-flips to avoid danger and land on his feet with ease.
- Peak Human Endurance: Jack has shown many times to be highly resistant to harm. He withstood powerful blows from inhumanly strong opponents relatively unfazed and being slammed through rocks only to quickly brush it off. Even with injures he does sustain, he has a high threshold for pain, able to continue fighting with no hindrance to his performance. He has even survived falls from great heights that would kill a normal person. Jack also has an unfathomable reserve of stamina. In addition to rarely tiring, even after such, he is shown able to fight off hundreds of opponents for days. And still able to move and survive despite losing a lot of blood as seen in Episode XCIV.
- Peak Human Senses: Jack's years of training have honed his senses to surreal levels. With them, he is highly alert to any approaching threat and likewise is able to quickly react to even the fastest of opponents. With his sense of hearing alone, he was able to defeat the Blind Archers, taking in the whole environment to consistently steps ahead of the three archers.
- Peak Human Speed: Jack is shown to be extremely swift. With his natural reflexes and sheer footwork, he is able to able to avoid gunfire, carve through entire armies within seconds and even defeat a team composed entirely of highly skilled bounty hunters from all directions in the time it takes for a drop of water to hit the ground. He has also demonstrated the ability to use his sword to deflect bullets from a gatling gun with little effort.
- Peak Human Strength: Jack has deceptive raw strength for his lean frame, able to cleanly cut through most machines with little effort and can easily throw opponents much larger than himself. Also, following his training with the blue monkeys, his strength increased immensely, able to jump about while weighed down all over by large rocks and boulders. In building up his muscles for this improved physical prowess, he also gained the ability to jump about hundreds of feet into the air, even from a stationary position.
- Survival Skills: Living among Aku's regime greatly limits the number of places Jack can visit for a meal even when he has money; thus he tends to live in the wild where he must obtain his own food. As such, he is a proficient hunter, trapper, forager, and cook. He also has basic medical skills, and he tends to patch himself back up after his battles.
- Willpower: Jack seems to possess a nearly indomitable force of will, able to force himself through virtually any hardship in order to vanquish Aku. This ability is not absolute however, and he is capable of becoming disheartened and, at one point, he nearly gave up his quest (though on that occasion he got over himself in rather short order after being reminded of what it was that he fought for).
- Hunting Skills: He shown that he can make trap for animals. He was able to make trap very quickly by using rope to lures a prey that was a deer by simply using leaves to lured at seems to be quite effective as shown when he was failed because of the Woolies.
Weapon and Equipment
Jack's Katana: The mystical katana forged by Ra, Odin and Vishnu to vanquish Aku. The sword is currently lost in a pit during Jack's unknown battle. Originally, this is the only weapon Jack uses to fight most of the time until he's forced to use other high-tech weaponry after losing the sword. In Episode XCVIII, Jack will reunite with his magic sword by overcoming dangerous, physical and spiritual tests.
Electric Trident: Jack is shown using a retractable trident with a dragon-shaped head sharp enough to penetrate and pull out the electrical components of Beetle Drones, while the reverse end emits an electric charge strong enough to cut through anything. It is revealed that the dragon-shaped head can spin like a drill to penetrate the biggest Beetle Drone easily. Lost during Jack's battle with the Giant Beetle Drone.
Tuning Knife: Jack gets this knife after killing Scaramouch. The knife can transform into a tuning fork shape and emit a high magnetic frequency that shatters objects on contact. Stolen by one of the Daughters of Aku, but later recovered. Jack used the knife to destroy the temple's hallway during his escape, preventing the Daughters from following him. Lost in the river.
Laser Pistol: Jack's personal sidearm. The rounds are powerful enough to penetrate multiple targets at once and destroy a golem's head with one shot. Destroyed during Jack's first encounter with the Daughters of Aku.
Mini-gun: This weapon is more advanced than the real-life equivalent, since it can be wielded like an assault rifle and has a built-in rocket launcher at the center. Jack keeps this stowed in his motorcycle. Smashed with a kanabo by one of the Daughters of Aku.
Kunai: Jack threw a kunai at Scaramouch's smartphone to prevent him from talking further with Aku. Presumably lost during Jack's first encounter with the Daughters of Aku.
Samurai Armor: This armor provides additional protection for Jack with high durability and built-in retractable shields that can be thrown as projectiles. The armor originally had a demon mask until it was destroyed during a confrontation with the Beetle Drones.His armor was soon Destroyed during Jack's first encounter with the Daughters of Aku.
Motorcycle: Jack's own ride which is also a rideable weapon. The wheels can sprout spikes,which are used for destroying multiple enemies.It was easily destroyed with a tripwire by the Daughters of Aku.
Explosives: Jack carries a whole belt of explosive devices, but mainly uses them to escape from desperate situations. All were used during his escape from the Daughters of Aku.
Combat knives: Jack wields two long Bowie knives with brass-knuckle hilts when fighting against Scaramouch. Both of these are shattered during the battle by the tuning knife, though Jack is able to throw the second at Scaramouch before it explodes, damaging him with its fragments in the process.
Other Weapons: Jack occasionally and briefly uses other weapons he finds but does not keep (and even did this while he still had his sword). In Season 5, he uses Scaramouch's own scimitar to destroy him but discards it due to its weight. He later uses an ancient sword and battle-axe while fighting the Daughters of Aku in a temple, but both are destroyed. In his rematch against the remaining Daughters, Jack killed two of them with spears he had created and fought the rest with their own weapons. While trapped inside a large monster, Jack's resourcefulness and improvisation came into play, using a creature's severed limb as a makeshift sword to fight them, then later grabbing part of the monster's innards as a makeshift mace to rescue Ashi.
Family and Relatives
Emperor and Empress- Jack's bond with his long-dead parents is not explored much, but it is evident that he had them very much during his childhood as the young prince of Japan. As his father was captured by Aku himself, Jack continued to live with his aging mother until she sent him away to complete his training as a full-fledged samurai warrior. In flashbacks, it is revealed that he feared for their empire being crushed by enemies.
Enemies and Adversaries
|“||Aku! Aku is the one who has laid waste to this world!! He has summoned these monstrosities upon our world!!||”|
- Aku - As the murderer of his father, and conquer of Earth, Jack makes it his life's mission to put an end to the shape-shifting demon in his father's stead. He was trained since birth to fight against Aku and was nearly successful until Aku managed to send Jack to the future. This did not stop Jack against his quest to fight Aku though he also made it his mission to return to the present so Aku's evil would never spread to the future. A running gag that Aku himself points out is that every time Jack comes close to killing Aku, Aku shape-shifts and flies away while yelling he'll be back. The two see each other as enemies though there is a certain level of begrudging respect on both sides, as Jack understands Aku is a powerful enemy while Aku also recognizes Jack as a serious threat. The two are even able to hold small conversations (even at times comical interactions) with each other, like when Aku challenges Jack to a fight and the two try to one each other up. However, Jack views Aku with contempt and anger, frustrated at the numerous amount of bounty hunters he sends to face Jack and his cowardice at using shape-shifting to trick him or to run away when he loses. In turn, Aku is not above emotionally harming Jack such as when he pretends to be a woman named Ikra to fool Jack into helping him find a time portal so he can destroy it and also harm Jack emotionally. After 50 years, there is still animosity between the two with part of Jack is losing his sanity and wondering if he can beat Aku though he continues with his journey while Aku is truly frightened by the fact Jack doesn't age but has also become more mellow and apathetic to Jack.
- The High Priestess - Jack is believed to first encounter her in the series finale.
Allies and Friends
- The Scotsman - While he has made many allies, only the Scotsman has been a recurring ally. Scotsman serves as a foil to Jack since unlike Jack who is quiet and humble the Scotsman is loud and boisterous and foul mouthed. The two first met on a bridge and their stubbornness and Scotsman's refusal to move aside led to the two fighting, where they proved to be equally matched. The two were soon chased by bounty hunters and while fighting together, developed a good friendship as fellow warriors against the hateful Aku. Jack would later be sought out by Scotsman to help save his wife, with the Scotsman soon repaying his kind act by saving Jack when he was delusional and lost his memories after fighting some sirens. Overall, the two are great friends and warriors who respect each others' skills and balance off of each other very well due to their differing personalities, and are willing to risk the life for the other.
- The White Wolf - Jack meets the white wolf while he is recuperating from his injuries. The white wolf recognizes Jack as a fellow warrior and helps him heal by gifting him with half of the chicken he hunted for food, licking his wounds, and snuggling near Jack at night while they sleep so Jack doesn't freeze. Though the two part ways shortly thereafter, it is evident the two developed a deep respect for each other along with a strong friendship. Interestingly enough, the Wolf is implied to be an metaphor for Jack, both being lone warriors fighting against tougher opponents against a harsh land.
|“||Once you see how misguided you are, you will see the truth about Aku||”|
- Ashi - She was trained by her mother to believe Aku was the creator of nature and beauty and that Jack was pure evil that tainted Aku's world and should be destroyed. She and her six sisters attempted but failed to kill him and one by one were killed until only Ashi was left. When the two are swallowed by a beast, he tries to reason with her that he is not evil but Aku is and that everything she has said was a lie. While she refuses to at first and even still tries to kill him, he still saves her life various times. Eventually, upon seeing Jack's kind and humble appreciation of even the simplest forms of life, she begins to question herself if Jack is truly evil. She demands he show her the truth and he eventually reveals to her examples of Aku's true evil. Disgusted, she slowly accepts this and even helps Jack liberate a group of child aliens from being used as weapons by Aku. When Jack believes he has failed to save them, he leaves with the green warrior while Ashi goes on a journey to find Jack, no longer desiring to kill him.
|“||I don't want to talk to you anymore.||”|
- Jack's Conscience - After 50 years, Jack's inner conscience, and alter ego, has taken on at least three appearances (not counting the Mysterious Samurai). While they all have mildly modified appearances, they all seem to represent Jack's declining sanity and the evil or "dark" side within Jack, filled with regret at not being able to save anyone or stop Aku and is more dismissive of life especially the lives of his enemy. They often tell Jack that it would be better if they were dead and how the fight against Aku is hopeless. They even belittle Jack about his desire not to kill and also tries to persuade Jack to leave Ashi rather than save her. Jack's Conscience of his prime seems to take on 3 forms/Personalities:
- Anger/Hopelessness - This was the first hallucination of his prime self, he appears as Jack is hiding inside a destroyed Beetlebot. This hallucination belittles Jack constantly, His anger manifests throughout by finding a counter argument to Jack's excuses and responding aggressively to Jack simply because he doesn't want to "spend eternity in this forsaken time" as well as panting really aggressively after asking Jack "How long can [he] keep this up?". His hopelessness manifests as he constantly tells Jack to give up and that there is no way home and no way to defeat Aku. For him, the only honorable thing to do is Seppuku.
- Madness - This second hallucination appears when Jack is weakened and desperately trying to survive in a cave from his stab wound. Unlike the previous form, he is more demented, possesses the magic sword and has sharp teeth (uncannily similar to "bad Jack" in Aku's Fairy Tales). Whilst relentlessly reminding Jack that this was the first human kill, he smiles creepily as he describes Jack as fighting "mountains of robot corpse" and this being "real human flesh", he also accuses Jack of wanting the Daughters to kill him.
- Carelessness - This third hallucination appears as Jack is inside the giant creatures stomach, as Jack refuses to talk to the small white fluff ball, The carelessness Jack hopes that he can get through to Jack. Unlike the others, this one is calmer, however he still antagonizes against the idea of saving Ashi and once noticing her disappearance, smiles and claims carelessly "she's gone". As Jack looks for her, this form carelessly tries to convince Jack that Ashi is dead and that they can be on their way now. However, he is annoyed and he knows Jack is going to save her.
- Mysterious Samurai: In the first episode of season 5, one of Jack's hallucinations is a mysterious samurai on horseback surrounded by a green mist. Jack is overcome by severe fright every time he sees him. He has appeared in episode XCII, XCIV, and XCVI. In episode XCVI, the samurai tells Jack "it is time", to which Jack reply "yes" and follow him to an unknown destination.
- "What has happened to our land, Father?"
- "I am the lost son of the land that you have pillaged! I am here to reclaim it, for my people, for my father, for my birthright!"
- "No matter what form you take, Aku, You will never defeat the side of righteousness!"
- "No. Jump good!"
- "I will destroy you, Aku. I swear."
- "Now, demon, with the blessing of righteousness and the power of the sacred blade, I cast thee back to the vile pit from which you came."
- "You have insulted my footwear!"
- "They call me... Jack."
- "Shinobi, warrior of the night. Trained to use the darkness of the shadow. I know your arts as well. But I have been trained to use the light!"
- "And even I had forgotten that this sword was forged in purity and strength. It can only be used for good. In the hands of evil, it can never an innocent. And so Aku, it cannot harm me. But it can harm you!"
- "Fifty years have passed, but I do not age. Time has lost its effect on me. Yet the suffering continues. Aku's grasp chokes everything. Past, present, and future. Hope is lost. Gotta get back, back to the past."
- "No, Father. Aku destroyed the way home!"
- "It always seems bad at first, but then I find a way. They are just nuts and bolts. Just nuts and bolts."
- "You have chosen this path. Life works in strange ways. Your choices have clearly led you here. As have mine. I will give you a new choice. Leave here now and live, or stay and face your destiny."
- "Very well. The decisions you make and the actions that follow are a reflection of... of who you really are."
- "No! They chose the path! They chose!"
- "You are very troubled and very confused. Aku is the evil one, not me."
- "Are you kidding me?!"
- "She is another innocent. She has lost her way."
- "You'll never understand that it's all my fault! She is here because of me!"
- "One of many. The trees stretched as far as the eye can see. It was a testament to nature's wonder until Aku destroyed everything. He left but one a reminder of his power and oppression."
- "Aku is evil personified the darkest soul from the pit of hate. To him, all that is good and innocent must be decimated. That is his will, his desire. Here is your truth."
"It's time to find my sword."
- It's suggested that Jack is predestined to defeat Aku and go back to his original time, but that it will take years to do so.
- Samurai Jack is a Playable Character in "Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion".
- Jack's body angles and features are similar to those of Professor Utonium from The Powerpuff Girls.
- Jack's true age (prior to Season 5) is unspecified. While in the first episode, in the montage of his training, under a few of his teachers, he appeared older than he was in the last scene, from child to adulthood. According to Rothchild's age-o-meter, Jack's particles/cells date back to 25 B.A - 25 years before Aku took over Earth completely. This suggests that Jack was at least 25 years old at the time Aku sent him to the future.
- Even though he's called Jack, this is not his real name. At this point, the name his parents gave him is unknown. In flashbacks and the first episodes, his parents did not call him by name. It can be reasonably assumed that his name is of Japanese origin, given his background.
- It should be noted that if Jack were to just take the opportunity he had at the time to travel back in time, none of the people he saved would have experienced the pain and suffering Aku inflicted on them.
- It is possible, that if this were to happen, traveling back in time may create another alternate timeline rather than actually changing the current one.
- By Season 5, Jack is showing numerous symptoms of PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) because of the prolonged period of failure to return to his own time in the past.
- It was further revealed that Jack is contemplating suicide from his subconscious past self saying "the only honorable thing to do is..." alluding to Seppuku.
- Furthermore, it appears as though Jack has developed a death wish due to years of never ending combat as his past self hallucination alludes to the fact that Jack "wanted" the Daughters of Aku to kill him. Thus throughout Season 5, Jack is portrayed as a shellshocked veteran struggling with his physique.
- It was further revealed that Jack is contemplating suicide from his subconscious past self saying "the only honorable thing to do is..." alluding to Seppuku.
- A common theme in Season 5 is for Jack to keep getting new clothes and have them be destroyed very quickly.
- He loses his armor against the Daughters of Aku by being completely smashed.
- Jack also loses the makeshift armor he made in the monster by it being crushed when he and Ashi jumped out
- He loses his hat and full suit by it being torn apart by the alien children in the factory due to his reluctance to fight back.
- Jack losing all his clothes very quickly is symbolic of his diminishing hope, as he acquires hope but it is destroyed with the knowledge that he can't beat Aku. It could also be symbolic of how vulnerable he feels, since clothes and armor help people avoid damage.
- He loses his armor against the Daughters of Aku by being completely smashed.