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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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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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