Samurai Jack

Season 2 Episode 10

XXIII: Jack versus Demongo, The Soul Collector

Aired Saturday 12:30 AM Sep 20, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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Jack battles Demongo, Aku's most powerful minion, and his army of undead warriors.

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  • Jack and Demongo's minions

    In this one Jack faces Aku's most powerful minion, Demongo, who possesses the ability to consume and gain power from people's essence. This episode boiled down to Jack fighting the various essences in Demongo's power. Demongo was a particularly troublesome foe, as he (or she...can't really tell from that high pitched voice) could continue bringing back the same fighters after Jack defeated them. Jack ends up fighting hundreds of these things before realizing he could take Demongo down by following the trail of essence back inside of Demongo. Once inside Demongo, he freed the essences Demongo had imprisoned, leaving the minion a helpless shell of what he once was.

    This episode was one of the more battle-focused ones, but also one of the weaker of this type. The battle scenes weren't particularly interesting and Jack was mainly flailing his sword at enemies that were flailing whatever weapon they had at him. It got a bit tedious to watch in my opinion. The peak of the episode was towards the end when Aku held the miserable failure of a minion in the palm of his hand. Demongo begged for forgiveness, and Aku thought for a moment...and then promptly said "No." and squished the minion in his hand.

    All in all, perhaps one of the weaker episodes of the season, but still entertaining to watch.moreless
  • Demongo, a new nemesis for Jack!

    I'm glad to see a new nemesis for Jack, one with more of a background, being THE BEST minion of Aku's, his power is he captures people inside him and can use them whenever he wants, he controls them. He has thousands of warriors inside him, and uses them on Jack! making for a tough fight as the enemies never end. Jack figures out a way to stop all the enemies. ( Which I won't tell you how, watch it yourself! ) Demongo is a cool character in my books, too bad he isn't any other episodes. This is a great episode though!moreless
  • Jack faces off against his most formidable foe yet: Demongo.

    Of all the episode that I have watched so far, "XXIII" happens to be my favorite, especially in terms of action, plot and originality.

    Furious that Jack has evade every move he makes and fearing of his possible defeat, Aku sends Demongo, a soul collector, to defeat Jack before he gets nearer to his goal. The samurai soon encounters the demon, and unleashes his army of fallen warriors on Jack, who realizes that he needs an alternate move to defeat Demongo, and fast.

    From the action sequences to the plot, "XXIII" is one of the best this show can offer.moreless
  • In this episode, Aku is upset about Jack's evasive tactics and he sends his most gifted and trusted disciple, Demongo, the soul collector to kill Jack and the fight was incredibly long and he faces different types of warriors like a swordsman, a knight, amoreless

    This is an amazing episode, where Aku sends his most trusted disciple, Demongo to kill Jack and the fight was awesome, Demongo collects the souls of the toughest of warriors and he sends them to kill Jack like a titan, a tiger, a swordsman and much more and it's an awesome episode.
Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr

Warrior #2/Warrior #5

Guest Star

Kevin Michael Richardson

Kevin Michael Richardson

Demongo / Titan / Warrior #1 / Warrior #6

Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei

Warrior #4

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • As the enraged Demongo releases all of the warriors whose essence he holds and they swarm over the cliff to chase after Jack, the same warriors appear three times (in other words, the crew repeats the same frames at least thrice). Look for the green mantis-like creature on the left to verify this. It's not really a goof, just a common trick in animation (especially with background loops), but a little annoying nonetheless.

    • Phil LaMarr's name is mispelled Pill in the end credits.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Aku: As far as the eye can see the land is desolate and full of despair. Shadows draw across the earth and block out the light. Darkness oozes from every crevice. Hope has been eradicated; only terror reigns! And yet there is one who mocks my omnipresent evil with his existence! He possesses a sword which could destroy me. They call him...Samurai Jack!

    • Demongo: I am the Dealer of Destruction, the Merchant of Doom!

    • Demongo: You cannot win, Samurai! I am more powerful!
      Jack: A power fueled only by the strength and skill of the great warriors whose essence you have stolen, Demongo! Without that, you are nothing!
      Demongo: Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh. You are wise, Samurai... but who cares?! Bleah!!

    • Aku: You have failed me, Demongo.
      Demongo: No, Master, please forgive me!
      Aku: Hmmm. (thinks about it) No! (crush) Once again the saga continues.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode was the fourth in a Cartoon Network week-long special showing of past episodes entitled "Code of the Samurai", each of which symbolized part of the Samurai's Code ("Bushido"). This episode symbolized the Samurai's ideals of COURAGE.

    • First UK showing : 25th October 2002 6:30pm on CNX


    • Musical cue:
      When we first see Jack in this epidode, a musical cue appears that sounds almost identical to Masaru Satô's theme music for Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo and Sanjuro.

    • Demongo: Essence!
      Demongo's voice is reminiscent of a creature from The Dark Crystal, a Skesis--particularly the Skesis Chamberlain. If you watch The Dark Crystal, Demongo sounds exactly like Chamberlain with the high pitch voice and all. Also the one thing all Skesis' crave is essence!- the essence of pod-people (instead of warriors).

    • Demongo: More warriors
      The big, fat, turtle looking fighter looked amazingly like a spoof off of a teenage mutant ninja turtle.