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This article contains potential spoilers for this page! If you don’t want to get spoiled, you can leave this page. You’ve saved COUNTLESS innocents-but most of all. You made me see that there’s so much more to me than I knew existed! You made me way more than what I was! The hope you gave me SAVED MY LIFE! Ashi to Jack, giving him back his hope and fighting spirit.
Ashi was a former antagonist and later deuteragonist during Season 5 of Samurai Jack. She served as Jack’s most important ally in Season 5, in Episode XCIX she and Jack eventually fall in love with each other. Eventually, after meeting Aku in person in Episode C, it is revealed that Aku was her biological father, after which he corrupts her unwillingly into his service. Ashi and her six sisters were birthed from the High Priestess, the leader of an all-female cult of Aku, and raised as assassins to do what no other warriors could do: kill Samurai Jack. The High Priestess named them the Daughters of Aku and raised them with the most brutal training methods throughout their childhoods and youth, attempting to sculpt them into the ultimate killers. Ashi and her sisters set up traps for Jack in a forest, destroying his motorbike and starting an intense battle with the samurai, forcing him to hide and later escape to an abandoned temple. Ashi and her sisters looked for their hiding enemy, pursuing him to the temple’s underground crypt.
After breaking out of the rubble and tracking the samurai to a forest, Ashi fought Jack again in the next episode. However, this time Jack had the elements of concealment and surprise on his side, rather than the other way around as previously. Unlike their first battle, she found herself and her sisters overwhelmed as, one by one, Jack killed the other Daughters until only Ashi was left, hanging off a cliff by the chain of her kusarigama. Initially playing dead, Ashi survived the fall and tried to kill Jack again numerous times, despite being chained up with her own weapon, eaten whole by a giant monster and witnessing Jack’s numerous attempts to save her life. Eventually, after escaping the monster, Ashi attempts to kill Jack with her sickle by sneaking up on him, before noticing a ladybug fly by. After returning to the mainland with Jack and learning the true nature of Aku, she sees the error of her ways and becomes his ally, going against her mother and her cult. At the same time, she no longer saw Aku as a god but a demon to be destroyed, finally convinced after being shown solid evidence by Jack that Aku is truly evil.