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    how about the thief in that one episode, who dressed like jigen from lupin III

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    Excellent respect thread, my favorite Jack episode will always be where Aku pretends to be that chick and utterly owns some kind of powerful being.
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    THE GREAT DARKNESS

    Though most fans of the show and people who bother with this thread are familiar with the contents of this post, some have asked me to do a little article about the primordial darkness that spawned Aku, so... here you have it.



    Appearing only in the first minutes of The Birth of Evil I (S3E11), the Great Darkness was a cosmic entity of enormous size and undetermined intelligence (what little we see of its actions suggests a feral pattern of behaviour). For reasons undetermined, it was eventually hunted down and assaulted by a coalition of three gods: Rama (Hindu pantheon), Odin (Norse pantheon) and Ra (Egyptian pantheon).

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    Having failed in its attempts to escape the gods, the Great Darkness was forced to battle them, using the same form of shape-shifting later displayed by Aku... and absolutely no other power. In spite of its desperate struggle and what seem attempts to absorb the gods, the primordial shadow appears to have shared Aku's weakness against holy power. Though not easily, the Great Darkness was eventually defeated and mostly destroyed...

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    ...mostly destroyed, because the gods appear to have missed at the time the fall towards a nearby galaxy of the unburned tip of one of the shadow's many tentacles.



    THE FOREST OF EVIL

    After an undetermined period of time in intergalactic and interstellar space, the tentacle of the Great Darkness reached a solar system and gravity made it crash against the surface of the third planet, putting an end to the then dominant lifeforms in the planet. In other words, the thing that eventually became Aku was the dino-killer asteroid.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img211/6292/p...knessdinok.jpg

    Rather than a crater, the tentacle created a vast pool of bubbling black ooze that for the next sixty million years would suck in animals, plants and eventually humans, sprouting after each absorption spiky tree-like things that formed an ever-growing Forest of Evil.



    In the days immediately prior to Jack's birth, the growth of the Forest of Evil threatened with destruction the kingdom ruled by Jack's father.

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    In the hopes of putting an end to the curse, the emperor had his wizards prepare a potion to banish the evil and prepared an armed expedition to the heart of the darkness. Ambushed by suddenly sprouting trees and cracks in the very ground, only the emperor reached the dark pool in the center of the forest. However, instead of removing the taint, the magic potion actually resulted in the birth and/or release of the demon Aku.

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    The rest, as they say, is history.

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    DJ SALVATORE



    DJ Salvatore (pictured above) was a minion of Aku, of undetermined rank within the evil hordes, who was in charge of a brainwashing operation in Jack and the Rave (S3E2), which involved using hypnotic music in concerts to make the children of a town brainwashed slaves of Aku.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img502/7737/d...ainwashing.jpg

    When Jack interrupted his concert, he first tried to get his brainwashed victims to fight him, only for Jack to make his way to the stage and confront him directly. During the ensuing battle, DJ Salvatore used a surprisingly effective fighting style (apparently built around breakdancing moves) that allowed him to hold his own for a couple of minutes against Jack, before being kicked from the stage.



    During this segment, it was also shown that his non-human body allowed him to survive injuries that would have killed a normal human, such as having his neck twisted 540 by one of Jack's blows.

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    Also, despite lacking superpowers of his own, DJ Salvatore was armed with some of Aku's advanced technology, including a gold tooth that could project laser beams (albeit not very powerful ones) and a wrist control that allowed him to turn his stage equipment into a giant robot.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img585/6598/d...sergoldtoo.jpg


    Other than the bizarre source of its components, the giant robot was not too impressive (nor particularly large) as far as these things go. It was armed with pulse laser guns and was able to give Jack a few good punches, but showed no particular durability once the samurai got his second wind and started cutting parts with his sword.

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    How about that viking dude that got imprisoned inside a mountain by Aku? He sort of got his powers from the shogun of sorrows after all.

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    So why did the magic potion fail to banish Aku and turn him into his demonic form instead?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surtur View Post
    So why did the magic potion fail to banish Aku and turn him into his demonic form instead?
    No explanation was ever offered, oddly enough.

    Probably it just wasn't powerful enough

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    I see, I figured maybe one of the wizards who made it was secretly evil or something.
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    MINIONS OF SET (I)

    Background

    As with the Ultrabots, the Minions of Set manage to be memorable foes despite appearing only in a single episode (Jack in Egypt, S3E5) and do so in spite of the handicap of not speaking at all during their single appeareance.

    A flashback to Jack's child-hood in ancient Egypt tells us that these were creatures sent by the evil god Set to cause mayhem in the land of Egypt and that they were only sealed in a tomb, when the pharaoh called upon the powers of the other gods.

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    Long after that, Aku unseals the Minions and is delighted to see that their badass reputation is well justified, when they decimate an army of robots in a matter of moments. As it happens, the Minions owe Aku a service for their release and that service is to be the elimination of one foolish samurai who happens to be heading towards the temple for unclear reasons.



    That very night, Jack arrives at the temple and discovers that the Minions have been released. 0.01 seconds after the discovery, they attack him and give him one brutal beatdown. Upon discovering that these are foes that he cannot hope to overcome on his own, Jack recalls a method to call for divine help written in the carvings of the temple, in case the Minions ever escaped.

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    What follows is a tense running battle, in which things look pretty bad for Jack at points, while he assembles the artifact he needs for the summon.



    In the end, however, Jack manages to summon the sun god Ra. At this point, a couple of the Minions attack the god and are destroyed straightaway, while the final creature futilely tries to escape from Ra's deadly eyebeams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estrecca View Post
    No explanation was ever offered, oddly enough.

    Probably it just wasn't powerful enough
    Could be it did exactly what it was supposed to: Purify him.

    Removing imperfections isn't automatically a good thing, particularly when you're dealing with a wounded fragment of darkness blindly lashing out at anything that comes too close.
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    MINIONS OF SET (II)

    Powers and abilities

    Stat-wise, the Minions of Set have a good deal of superhuman strength. With their weapons, they cut down enormous stone pillars, tore apart Aku's robots, repeteadly overpowered Jack and, at least twice, hit him hard enough that he left a hole several centimeters deep in a solid stone wall.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img29/1558/mi...thjackforc.jpg
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    In terms of speed, they are very quick with their attacks. Besides generic blitzing of a lot of robot mooks and more than keeping up with Jack, the Minions could do things like cutting a robot in a dozen pieces before the first fragments could hit the ground.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img593/9569/minionsquickcuts.jpg

    They also have high agility that allows them to make enormous leaps, run on walls or ceilings (possibly using their claws for traction) and by running on all fours can outrun Jack.

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    Completing their impressive physical stats, the Minions of Set displayed high level regeneration. Jack cut the arm of one and slashed open its torso, only for the Minion to heal the injury and regrow the limb in seconds. Moreover, these creatures aren't affected by Jack's sword like Aku.



    Beyond raw stats, the Minions were armed with weapons that burned with magic blue flame. It is shown at one point that they can use this flame for ranged attacks and one uses his as a homing spinning projectile, much like the Kienzan from Dragonball Z.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img831/3295/minionweapons.jpg

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    Other than this, their only other noteworthy ability were keen senses, since they were using hearing and scent to track Jack in the ruins of the Egyptian temple.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img341/6251/minionsscent.jpg

    To finish, I'll mention that despite not talking and looking like animals, the Minions of Set were shown to be intelligent (more than most villains, actually). Upon realizing that Jack was assembling the scarab talisman he required to summon Ra and destroy the Minions, they tried to deny him the last piece by swallowing it. Rare use of brains for cartoon villains, even if it did them no good in the end.

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    CYBERNINJA

    Samurai versus Ninja (S4E1) featured the cybershinobi, Aku's latest super-assassin.

    Well programmed in the ninja arts of assassination, the cybershinobi was capable of becoming damn near invisible in low luminosity areas, thanks to a combination of dark coloration and excellent stealth ability.



    Its aptitude for stealth made its fight against Jack, one of the most remarkable action sequences in a series incredibly full of excellent fights, in combination with the robot's more than decent fighting skills, great agility and sufficient brute strength to break thick wooden supports in half with a kick or a sword slash.


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    Its durability, however, was nothing special. At the end of their fight, Jack discovered the robot's position and destroyed it by throwing his sword. This pierced the robot's chest and nailed it to a wooden support.

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    X-9

    Tale of X-9 (S4E11) has for protagonist X-9, the last surviving robot of the X series, Aku's first type of combat droid, prior to the construction of his hordes of beetle drones.

    The X series robots were essentially skinless Terminators who wore garb reminiscent of noir genre detectives, who in combat dual-wielded high-caliber semi-automatic handguns. Their only unusual feature of note was an auto-reloading system which allowed them to quickly exchange clips without lowering their weapons.



    X-9 was essentially the same as all the other robots in the X series, except for an emotional chip that one of Aku's evil scientists put in his brain for the lulz. As it turned out, emotions gave X-9 self-preservation and a pride in his ability that made him superior to his peers.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img29/3363/x9emotionschip.jpg

    Eventually, X-9 encountered Lulu, a little dog, that he grew fond of. This resulted in X-9 retiring and devoting his days to playing music in front of Lulu (sweet thing), until Aku kidnapped his little dog and blackmailed his former minion into coming out of retirement to deal with the demon's little samurai problem. As can be imagined, this did not go well for poor X-9.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img839/89/x9music.jpg
    http://imageshack.us/a/img405/8841/x9lulusweetthing.jpg

    The fate of Lulu (sweet thing) after the events of the episode remains unknown.

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    IMAKANDI (I)

    Background



    The titular hunters in episode Jack and the Hunters (S2E9), the Imakandi were aliens recruited by Aku to hunt Jack, after the failure of untold numbers of bounty hunters.

    The Imakandi, rejected Aku's offer of riches in payment, but accepted the task for the possibility of a challenging hunt. They made their way to Earth and, in short order, managed to locate and capture Samurai Jack.



    However, hearing that he was about to be handed to Aku, gave Jack a second wind and he escaped. This resulted in a high speed chase through the sewers of one of Earth's great cities, that eventually led hunters and prey towards the top of one of the highest skyscrapers in the city.



    There, at the top of the building, Samurai Jack was finally knocked out and recaptured, before he could plunge to his death.

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    At this point, Aku appeared and congratulated the hunters for their success, before demanding that they hand over the samurai. The Imakandi, however, defied the demon and, following their traditional way of the hunt (requiring them to release alive truly challenging prey), escaped taking Jack with them to the place in which they had encountered him for the first time.

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    IMAKANDI (II)

    Powers and abilities

    Being primarily hunters, the Imakandi have crazy skill in regards to stalking their prey. So much so, that they were able to sneak up on Jack, while he was having dinner, with him remaining unaware of their presence until all four of them were about an arm's length away from him.



    Their senses, particularly hearing and smell, are also extremely good. They were able to track Jack by scent to a distant location within moments of reaching Earth, then kept doing the same during a chase through the sewers of a major city. And, at the end of the chase, they located Jack because they heard the sound of his clothes flapping on the wind.

    http://imageshack.us/a/img89/9724/imakandismellp.jpg
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    Much the same can be said in regards to their physical stats. Strength-wise, one of the Imakandi was able to block one of Jack's sword strikes (a two handed strike) by catching the blade of the sword between his palms. Speed-wise, the hunters are noticeably faster than Jack and able to catch up with him, even after he stole a futuristic flying motorbike and escaped from them with the maximum speed. And their balance is also excellent, at least as good as Jack's own.


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    In terms of equipment, the Ikamandi mostly use non-lethal tools, such as twin spears that zap with electricity anything between them, blowgun darts full of sleeping poison, ropes (very good with lassos) and arrows that are actually snakes with non-lethal poisons.

    No, really. They caught Jack because he grabbed one of their arrows and then it bit him in the hand.

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    In addition to all the above, the Imakandi displayed some magic ability that manifested with blue fire, reminiscent of Demongo's flames and the Minions of Set's burning weapons.

    To list the instances of magic use, the group of hunters who tracked down Jack were transported from their homeworld to Earth by a blue fireball generated by some kind of shamanistic ritual, these same hunters later teleported with Jack to escape from Aku, and finally left behind a torch that generated a image of the head hunter that explained to Jack their reasons for allowing him to escape free.


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    http://imageshack.us/a/img715/6538/i...holomessag.jpg

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    Hmm now I'm also wondering..why didn't they try to summon Ra to take out Aku? Since it was only a small piece of the cosmic entity you'd think he could make easy work of Aku. Or was it that he could be only summoned once? Or was it just one of those things that was there so the show wouldn't end prematurely?
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