|“||I was THE Samurai! I was all about that slicin' and dicin'! Talkin' bout the Funk-A-Chop! The Whack-A-Hack! And of course the ever famous... Turkey Carve! But Samurai Jack enlightened me of the true meaning of being a Samurai. Shorty after, I gave up my blade and top knot and become the Bartender here at the place we first met.||„|
|~ Da Samurai to Ashi|
|“||Da Samurai is in the house! That's right baby! Somebody's gonna get hurt bad, and Aku's gonna get it badder!||„|
|~ Da Samurai in Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time.|
Da Samurai is one of the supporting characters of the Cartoon Network TV Show Samurai Jack, who made his first appearance in Episode XLII: Samurai versus Samurai as a samurai wannabe, before becoming a bartender in Season 5.
He is voiced by David Alan Grier in season 4 and Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time and Keegan-Michael Key in Season 5.
In Episode XLII: Samurai versus Samurai, Da Samurai entered a tavern in the middle of the forest. He spent most of his time constantly bragging about his samurai skills and bullying other around him, especially trying to hit a young woman, who ordered her robot bodyguards to deal with him, but he defeated them all with relative ease. But Samurai Jack was in the same tavern as well, but he only paid a small amount of attention to the events. As Aku sent sent some of his robot minions to go after Jack, which made him reveal his identity, fighting and destroying each and every one of them. Da Samurai, who saw the whole thing, started mocking Jack, believing himself to be the superior samurai.
Da Samurai challenged Jack to a samurai duel, which took place outside the tavern by using bamboo sticks. After a very comical battle where Jack completely overwhelms and humiliates Da Samurai, a group of Assassin Droids came to destroy Jack. Da Samurai tried to head back to the tavern only to get himself restrained by the assassins. Jack managed to destroy the entire robot army by using a bamboo stick and frees Da Samurai as well. The destroyed robots reassembled themselves into one giant robot and took a shot at Jack with a laser beam. Da Samurai pushed Jack out of the way, and got hit by the beam instead. After Jack destroyed the robot with his sword, he told Da Samurai that he had taken first step towards the true path to the way of the samurai. In the end, Da Samurai ran after Jack, started calling him "Sensei" and asked what the next lessons of becoming a samurai were.
In Season 5, fifthy years later, Da Samurai became a bartender that he and Samurai Jack met. He crossed paths with Ashi, who asked where Jack was. He recounted his first meeting with Jack, thanking Jack for enlightening him, but mostly talked about his own feats and skills. As Demongo made an abrupt entrance and then exit from the bar, Da Samurai became annoyed and called him a freak. In Episode CI, it is unknown Da Samurai's existence was affected in the future.
Samurai Jack: Battle Through Time (Alternative Story)
In the video game, Da Samurai is a major character appearing in every level and selling or times gifting various weapons to help Jack. After numerous battles against through various robots, demons, and bounty hunters, Da Samurai, The Scotsman, his daughters and Sir Rothchild aid Samurai Jack by fighting Aku's army and giving Jack the opportunity to face Aku.