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My No. 9 Animated Villain: AKU

Series Appearance: Samurai Jack (2001)
Voiced by: Mako (voiced Uncle Iroh in "Avatar: The Last Airbender")
My Favorite Quotes:
- Who dares to summon the Master of Masters, the Deliver of Darkness, the Shogun of Sorrow, Aku?

- Now, how do you put it? Oh, yes! Your time on this "miserable, Aku-infested land" continues! [evil laughter as he flies away]

- [squeaky mouse voice] I'll get you yet, Samurai!


Who would have thought the face of evil could be so simplistic and so iconic at the same time, but don't let his rejected Muppet face fool you, Aku is someone you should never underestimate with, and he is definitely one who would deliver horrible punishments among those who would challenge him; especially for the samural called Jack who knows full well of the consequences when it comes to facing this treacherous demon. In the past, the noble samurai was about to destroy Aku until the devious demon had enough time to cast a spell on Jack where he is sent into the far future in which Aku is now the master of the Earth.

Although Aku cannot defeat Jack face to face since the samurai carries the only weapon that can hurt him, the demonic overlord is always watching Jack as he waits for the perfect opportunity to destroy Jack once and for all. However, that hasn't stop Aku from constantly antagonizing and taunting Jack as the samurai quests for a way to return to the past. The best victory Aku had over Jack was when he shape-changed himself as a beautiful warrior woman named Ikra. Not only had Ikra tricked Jack into forming a friendship with her (or him... I don't know how you would decide on this matter), but Jack also led Ikra to the gem that could help him travel back in time, which Ikra smashed it right away once they found it. It is with shock and horror that Jack found out that Ikra was really Aku all along as he openly mocks the hero for his foolishness and gullibility. And before he leaves Jack to his misery, Aku finishes it off by saying my favorite quote #2.

Aku is also know for his hilariaty as well as for his evilness. The first example is "Aku's Fairy Tales" where he tries to tell stories to appeal to the children of his city. Another example is "Jack vs. Aku" where before their duel, they have some very awkard conversations. He also has one of the best demonic laughs I have ever heard (well, despite the fact that he is a demon -- nevermind).

*Aku is copyrighted to Cartoon Network

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:iconwyattloughrie:
wyattloughrie Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Student Digital Artist
E X T R A T H I C C
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ElenexDarkFire Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
He's a perfect villain, I love him
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BSCassell Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
 long ago in a distant land I Aku the shape-shifting master of Darkness Unleashed an unspeakable evil! but then a foolish Samurai welding a magic sword step forth to oppose me...before the final blow with struct I tore open a portal in time and plunged him into the future where my evil is law!..now the fool seeks to return to the Past and undo the future that is Aku
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edencrafty127 Featured By Owner May 2, 2017
aku the shogun of sorrow Extra    T H I C C!!!!!! Extra    T H I C C!!!!!! I have an evil idea Emote 
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Dracostudios22 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
Still one of my favorite cartoon network villians of all time 
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Daybreak-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
Aku: Bye bye Samurai! AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
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Mustache-Twirler Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great picture!
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X-distroyer Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015
Very good artwork.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
i think we need to have aku in the next death battle now , but who can measure up to the master of masters?.....
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:iconmystic-forces:
Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
How about "HIM" from the Powerpuff Girls?

They're both demonic entities, they're both master manipulators, and they both have shape-shifting abilities.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
you're talking about that creepy black spiky demon guy with the distorted voice right? he always left me with a very uneasy feeling , but doesn't he regularly get beat to a pulp by the ppgs the same way they do to all the other villains in the show? i don't think something that can be physically harmed can be matched for a vs vs something that can't.....
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Legion472 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014
Thanks again for letting me use this picture.
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gordhanx Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014
Aku is awesome! Nice work on the details, expression and background.
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TailsRox Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"Before I deliver the final blow- I must lecture about how your reign will never ever happen again."

This happened like what- twice in the series?  Probably more.
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LeatherLion Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Great picture. Aku is awesome
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BBHSN98 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
swaggy villain
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8BitStitchPunk Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Holy crap, this looks like it came right out of the TV show! :wow:
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Virulent-Strain Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aku is my favorite all-time villain. His very nature and voice is to account for. :)
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MIB245 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
i'm feeling nostalgic by seeing this badass baddy again
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SuperSmashCynderLum Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Awesome job on Aku! ^__^
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CRT1000 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Impressive!!!!!
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irkenkt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i <3 aku better thaan jack haha >:3
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tropenamer Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
For me, it was Mako's over-the-top acting that sold this character. I miss Samurai Jack. Hell, I miss all the classic Cartoon Network shows.
Thanks for sharing.
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Sanradax Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
Yeah, that's true... Alle the cartoons like Scooby Doo, Flinstons, Loonely Tunes, Courage the Cowardly Dog and finally this masterpiece, Samurai Jack... Not the american SHYT and stupid Japanese animes... Good times, old times, will come back, you see.
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tropenamer Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
While I am an anime fan I don't disagree with you. CN has been letting me down lately with its cancellation of the excellent Green Lantern and Young Justice shows in favor of *sigh* Teen Titans Go! They pulled daytime Emmy Award-winning programming for an Adventure Time clone. Was it worth it people? Even Star Wars the Clone Wars has been pulled off the air! Oh well, they at least have the Cartoon Planet block every Friday (Dexter's Lab still kicks all manner of ass!) and Toonami's return gives me cause for hope.
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Daybreak-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
Steven Universe is a pretty good show.
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tropenamer Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
I made this comment three years ago and, while I stand by it, I was more than a little bitter at the time and I shouldn't have put that out into the ether. There's more than sufficient negativity on the Internet with out me adding to it. Besides, since then, so many great shows have come out: Gravity Falls, Legend of Korra, Wander Over Yonder, and, yes, Steven Universe. Shows come and go, some are life-changing, some less so. Some make an impact, others don't get the exposure they deserve. And some are just so utterly bewildering that they can't help but be remembered. But the true gems last in the hearts and memories of the fans that loved them. And sometimes they come back.  Have I mentioned Samurai Jack is returning this year?! Hallelujah peanut butter! Anyway, sorry if my comment upset you.
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Daybreak-Fan Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2016
Eh it's okay, and in the words of Aku. I'll be back Samurai! You'll see! HAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! BAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA!
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smile1873 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i LOVE aku ^^
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Seldavia Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
Aku was cool. I just didn't like everything else in the series.

I stopped watching after the Ikra episode. It seemed to confirm that every female character in the series was evil. Also, epic villain fail for Aku not killing Jack then and there.

And the "techno music turns kids evil" episode...I felt like I was transported back into the 1950's, hearing a lecture about how rock n' roll was the devil's music. That Elvis and his scandalous hips!
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Lorna-RoseFoX Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tottaly mint and cool description :meow:
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Evilhumour-Author Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work,.
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Myrkakitty Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Student
i love this picture this is my new ipad wallpaper!
:)
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Mystic-Forces Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
SWEET! Thanks for the comment and fave. Let me know how it turns out.
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Myrkakitty Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student
IT TURNED OUT GREAT I LOVE YOU PIC!
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NikBarinova Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Is it just me or does anyone else think that Aku was hot in a creepy way? :D
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Pirates-Disney-Frog Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2011
I miss this villain.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
One of the very few villains who have actually taken over the world.
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jackolanturngal Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
aku is awsome
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pawned777 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
in my opinion: despite he's evil, he's so humorous!
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Supertacularific Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student Writer
Aku is so badass. I loved this guy when I was a kid. xD
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dryan1982 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Aku was a great villain character-a lot is owed to the superb voice job by Mako. Aku had that comedic element in his crazy design and his sarcastic remarks, but he also had flashes of being genuinely menacing and evil. You could not help but actually feel sorry for Jack in some of the episode where Aku really torments him.
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Flashlight237 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
He can have a a challenge with Jack, but he'll definitely lose against Piccolo.
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DesignWorrior Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
How do you know that he will lose against Kakorot's rival?
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Blaziken54 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
that's soo awesome!
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CCGW Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   Artist
Aku my favorite
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BewareOfNerd Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
"Once upon a time, there was a little girl with an adorable red hood and great, flaming eyebrows!"
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SpawnFire88 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010
I LOVE AKU!! hes one of the most sarcastic and ironic villain EVER!! XD

I LMAO on the episode were its like hes ordering a pizza and it turns out hes ordering a minion XDDD
Great work ^^
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dj1107 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010
Cartoon Network should do what the comics do and get a big movie event that includes most of The channel heroes to fight Three Demons Aku, Him, and Marcalines dad. and I guess the Boogie man if your willing to go that far
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CG-001 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
For the record- he isnt a demon, hes something...much more. Genndy and i would know.

As stated in episode 38- "This 'evil' is not of the human world. It has 'magic' beyond your understanding. Trust not what you see, but what you feel."
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