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Smite the World by teacupballerina Smite the World by teacupballerina
You can't think of a single happy time in your life.

When you came to exist, although you were weak and had not much of a mind to cause trouble, the gods hunted you, almost killed you. Why? Their motivation continues to elude you.

When you fled to this planet, it never forgave you. Plants died to escape you, animals refused to approach you--save for the canine, but you killed it, and no matter how much you grieved, your accident could not be undone.

Humans were your last hope, as they possessed complex systems of life, and spoken language...you hoped they would be the ones to finally understand. Instead they never gave you a chance, branding you "Evil" for things beyond your control.

Well...if it's Evil they want...you might as well give it to them. Maybe if you become what they want, they'll listen to you. And if they don't...you'll make them listen.



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I've been spitting out a bunch of kawaii, cutesy stuff for weeks, so the angsty drama had been building up for some time. It finally came out of me as this thing...I actually drew Aku crying holy shit what o__o;; jeez

But yeah this is just some headcanoning. I think things like Frankenstein and Elfen Lied have WAAAAAAYYY influenced my feelings about this character for some reason. Hell, this comic is even a bit of a reference to a scene in EL itself.

The last panel/remark is a little further headcanoning beyond "oh poor precious baby woobie aku" and into some serious shit. Aku totally could have killed Jack by now...why hasn't he? I've come up with several different possible reasons, but I think the most plausible of them all is that Aku just wants to prolong Jack's suffering because of his grudge against the emperor. And going even further, he probably holds all humans in this regard..."You will pay for my pain in the past with your pain in the future" and all that.

If anyone felt chest pains of sadness I will consider this a success. If you laughed, thats ok too

Also this is like, in-between "Birth of Evil part 2" and "Episode I - The Beginning" <3 And the extra characters I used like the cavewoman and the random samurai archer are from Birth of Evil.
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ImagineTears Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Student General Artist
This is truly a beautiful piece of work and it definitely shows another side of Aku!
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CuteCat213 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This hit all of my feels.
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Hehehe <3 I'm always happy to hear that I've evoked sympathy :meow:
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Evil-Darkrai Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
This so really really well done so deep! And this also makes so much sense poor Aku he was never given a chance ;n; also the art is really awesome!
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Afanasi-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is really well done
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BLITZFenix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
I take Aku as a nearly god-like, tyrannic entity that represents pure evil, I highly doubt he would include pity (for himself or anything else) or even loneliness among his field of emotions. Us, humans, and our logic makes us the perfect being for subjugation and enslavement for Aku (as seen in the future), yet, his biggest threat also (Jack and all those who help him along the series prove this).

Anyways, the boards are cool and faithful to the original style, which I very much enjoy!
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Student General Artist
This is only one potential theory of many that I have considered. Most people do take the character at face value; even I do most of the time. 

I think what I mean by all this is not to dismiss or ignore Aku's evil, but to explain how even the purest evil doesn't start that way. There are a lot of ways Samurai Jack can be analyzed, it's full of symbolism and metaphors for history, industrialization, human nature, etc. despite being a seemingly simple action series. 

Even in this "headcanon" any feelings of sadness or dejection are clearly destroyed and replaced with hate and anger. If Aku ever felt those feelings in the first place, they are definitely long gone by the time he's resurrected in Episode I. ^^;

Thank you for the compliments on the art tho, I really appreciate it <3 I'm still proud of this even though it's fairly old by my standards :)
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TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
Yin and Yang man, good and evil cannot exist without the other.
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BLITZFenix Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Indeed, the show offers much more than most folks give it credit for.

It's interesting to see other interpretations of a character most of us immediately deem as straight up evil. :)
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BenjaminHopkins Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I dunno. Before Aku was "Aku," he was a formless darkness. The deities fought against it for fear it might consume the entire universe. I've noticed that darkness is often portrayed as evil and corrupting, but until the Big Bang, once God said "let there be light", darkness was the only thing around.

Aku is the more corrupt aspects of darkness. Since the beginning of time, its only interest was to destroy and conquer. At first, it was nameless and formless, until Jack's dad unintentionally gave it a face and a mind of its own.
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darkhaven97 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This all makes sense, you really have to read between the lines of Aku to realize that he was innocent at the very beginning but he was never given a chance so he's :pissed: rvmp off at everyone for not giving him a chance:( (Sad) 
The only plot hole I found was when he became well....Aku he just seemed to know that he was called that. I wish they gave us an explanation in the episode why he decided to call himself Aku. Any ideas?
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
it's not even reading between the lines for me, like once you realize that almost everything else in the series concerning Aku makes perfect sense

as for his name, i've theorized that he adopted this name because that's what people called him. 'Aku' means 'Evil' in Japanese. Throughout the episode, before he's "freed", humans called him Evil. I would say that he actually thought that's what his name was supposed to be, until he realized the meaning of the word--and kept the name because he declared himself the enemy of mankind

?? idk lol
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darkhaven97 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know that his name means 'Evil' but I don't remember him getting called Aku/Evil when he's stuck in the black goo. I guess i'll have watch the episode again.
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
The emperor calls him 'Evil' and 'Evil abomination'

I'm quite sure he isn't the first person to do so either >_>;;
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SweetEmberCakes Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
omg...I feel bad for Aku.. nicely done :)
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Student General Artist
he is a precious baby always <3 thank you
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Segamonsaga Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013
... :sniff:
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Aburameclanhead Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Student Writer
Sad.
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PampasFox Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really deep. It acctually makes a lot of sense, now that I think of it. I can totally imagine and episode based on this theory o.o

Aku is still kawaii tho //shot
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Student General Artist
It's never stated in the show because Aku is the antagonist and not someone we're supposed to sympathize with, but as touchy and emotional as he is, I think he probably holds a bit of a grudge against everything because of the Emperor...he was never given the compassion or companionship that Jack had, and spent his early life being attacked and avoided. And the emperor was like the last straw in a lot of ways.

Even before we find out his past in "Birth of Evil", it's pretty obvious that everything Aku does is so people will like him, and if they don't, they're killed or tortured...and even in the comics he puts up with the most ridiculous shit just to have someone to talk to who won't run screaming or attack him. I feel like he wants positive attention and never got it and still doesn't, and doesn't know what to do to get it. This can be traced back to Birth. Actually, most things about Aku can be traced back to Birth. There doesn't need to be an episode based on the theory, because I feel like it's kind of hinted at through the whole show...

Like right after he's given sentience, the first thing that happens to him is he's shot with arrows...I mean I'd be kinda mad too :XD:

Aku is very kawaii <3 I'm not trying to excuse his actions because he does do some pretty fucked up things in the show, he's one of the most violent characters Cartoon Network ever produced. I'm just trying to explain why I think he's that way =P
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MinionKing Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Wait...but before he got shot by arrows, didn't he blot out the sun and laugh in the Emperor's face? :(
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Student General Artist
The whole scene of his "Birth" as Aku is interesting. You could interpret it that way.

But for the sun blotting, think: Aku is either being dramatic or was taking advantage of his newly forming powers. He doesn't have a problem with going out in the sun :XD: Plus it's been bearing down on him for millions of years at that point, I'm pretty sure the dude just wanted some shade.

Or even taking it a bit further, Aku was accompanied by a "waking up" motif in that scene by stretching and yawning, perhaps blotting out the sun is his way of closing the blinds because it was too bright for his new eyes...?

And as for the laughing, that's just how he laughs. Laughing is what happens when one is so happy, joy cannot be physically contained. If I was set free in a capable form after millions of years of isolation as a hole in the ground I'd probably be a little bubbly too.

IMO Aku showed no severe ill intentions before he was shot by the emperor. After that, he gets mad and vengeful, but I'm sure that sentiment had been building up for some time even before Aku was "set free". At the very least he didn't start on any of the "SHOGUN OF SORROW, YOUR NEW MASTER" business until after he was attacked.
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MinionKing Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
Lol That's a pretty funny but reasonable explanation. "Closing the blinds" by blotting out the sun hahahaha! never thought of it that way but at the same time it kinda sounds like something Aku would do.

About your reason for the laughing....yeah, I could see that. and I just LOVE Aku's laugh. It's probably my favorite diabolical laugh out of my list of evil idols. XD

Yeah, I guess he didn't show any severe evil intentions before he was shot, but shouldn't he really not care if a couple of puny arrows shot him? I mean, he knew that they were useless. Oh well, I guess that's just how he is.

Oh, and your drawings are awesome. Really interesting stuff :)
At the SNAFU forums I'm RasenOo. I found ya after I posted that pic of yours that had Aku parenting the fuck out of this child lol (can never get tired of that pic.)
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PampasFox Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Comics? o:

Yeah, I feel like it's hinted through the show too. I think it's obvious that he wants positive attention, but his appearance scares everyone. I'd also be pretty pissed if someone shot arrows at me right when I'd be given life :XD:
Aku's definately my favorite character from the entire show, maybe even from all of the shows Cartoon Network broadcasts. There's something about him that makes him very likeable =P
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Yes, comic :D DC did a series of comics that were 3 short stories to one issue, and some of them were Samurai Jack stories. I've posted some of them here [link] but that's not all of them. Aku does a lot of Fairy Tales stories and gets absolutely shit on by his audience every time, and keeps coming back to hang out with Mia and David instead of idk banishing them to the Pit or something.

It's not just his appearance, honestly humans had a good reason to stay away from him when he was a tar pit: if they fell in, they weren't coming out. Of course, it's not like Aku could control something like that, so it's not necessarily his fault that the emperor and his kingdom branded him evil...

Then obviously after he's released and rejected he turns into a sadistic genocidal asshole, which would probably scare anyone especially considering how powerful and capable Aku is.

He's definitely one of the most intriguing/original characters I've ever known. There aren't very many space demon overlords as complex or affable as he is in anything, much less in childrens' programming :XD:
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PampasFox Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I love you for this :iconsupertighthugplz:
One thing I like about him is that he's very successful as a villain. He took over several worlds with ease, unlike most other villains who are like "lets rob a bank and stuff". And he has a good story =P
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Darklinksminion Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
i love this
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Pyro-R Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013   General Artist
Oh my gosh..

I'm totally fanboying over this and oh dang..



TRAGIC TORTURED PASTS FTW!!

Ahem..sorry I had to do that.....

But really, this gives a new insight to Aku.
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Misora-Roll Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Too deep I drowned when I read this at DeviantArt.
My sister was like "Holy crap! DAT ART!"
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Chaos-Master Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This...is awesome. Simply awesome. Probably my favorite of all your artworks, to be honest. And yes, I have chest pains from this D:

But seriously, this is freaking beautiful. You really outdid yourself on this one.
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah. I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I know I try to make a lot of SJ-exclusive headcanon art but it normally ends up seeming rather silly. This is one of the rare times I think I've gotten my point across ^^;

I see long-form comics like this all the time too, and I've tried to do them but I think this is my best attempt yet. I'm really glad you like it! :heart:
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nightcrawlerfan136 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Jack.
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
poor everybody omg
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nightcrawlerfan136 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Indeed.
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LiftyShiftyFan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Omg this is sad poor Aku :(
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
:petting:
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LiftyShiftyFan Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:3 XD
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LadyKeane Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck.

Please don't think me trite but [link]

Just makes me think that Aku's essence is just pure chaos, not "evil". Boyfriend is made of mercury or something, to be alchemical for just a moment.
Yeah I'll just shut up now.
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
...I don't know WHAT Aku is made out of, but the only people who ever called him "pure evil" aren't exactly on his side, and he has his...good moments. Chaos seems fitting, but then I think of how much he's obsessed with order and complete control and then I'm like ???. My best guess is that he's just some kind of sentient cosmic mass of indeterminate origin that eventually becomes the god of hatred, or something. That's about all I could get from the series. Andy thinks he's leftover energy/blood from the gods, I'm cool with that too.

Also, that song is literally perfect. :pat: <3
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whitelighter5 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
:popcorn: Ooh, deep.
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teacupballerina Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student General Artist
:iconsmugakuplz: Why thank you. I do try.
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bandigirl15 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
...I have no words for this, yet I have so many feelings for it I just...I WANT TO HUG HIM NOW! (Hugs his head tightly) This is so epic yet sad at the same time!
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