Deadliest warriors of all history
Samurai Jack vs Shan Yu
Samurai Jack info:
Height: 5 foot 11
Weight: Roughly 170lbs
Weapons: The Sword, a weapon crafted by the combined powers of Odin, Ra and Buddha to be the greatest threat to any evil that plagues the world, Bare Hands.
Strengths: Master Swordsman, Near superhuman strength, speed and endurance, Can jump dozens of feet thanks to training from a jungle tribe, Unbreakable willpower.
Weakness: Whilst a great warrior Jack is still human and can be felled by almost anything that can overcome a human, Despite his normally stoic and calm demeanour Jack can be forced over the edge into uncontrollable rage in which he becomes more berserker than warrior making him clumsy and predictable as well as the risk of bringing out his Dark Side, Mad Jack.
Shan Yu info:
Height: 6 foot 5
Weight: Roughly 260lbs
Weapons: Sword, Bare Hands.
Strengths: Extreme strength and endurance allowing him to casually throw grown men around and survive for hours buried under feet of snow from an avalanche that killed off the majority of his army emerging unharmed, Master strategist and tactician, Able to judge an enemies potential from a mere glance.
Weaknesses: Slow and sluggish because of his size, Overly cocky and confidant which can lead to his downfall e.g. allowing the Emperor of China to know of his coming invasion just so China would but up a fight when he fully invaded.
Shan Yu grinned darkly as he oversaw his newest conquest, another village razed to the ground by his hoard as the sounds of innocent screams and his Mongols battle cries rang out through the air. As the last of the villages meagre resistance fell and his Soldiers began to march back with what little valuables they had found the Mongol leader turned to urge his men onward to the next settlement only for a bright blinding light to stop him in his tracks. Electricity crackled through the air as a large blue circular light appeared in front of him causing the giant to shield his eyes until the light died down.
When the light was gone a man stood in its place, tall and lean garbed in a long white Samurai robe. Opening his eyes Jack took a deep breath as he took in his surroundings, he definitely appeared to be in the past granting him slight relief to no longer be in the Aku ruled future though he did not seem to be in his native Japan. Glancing around Jack then noticed the group of Huns stood in front of him and the burning village behind them quickly putting two and two together reaching down to draw his Sword.
Seeing the Samurai go for his Blade Shan Yu just rolled his eyes “kill him” he sighed to which his Huns drew their Bows immediately letting a hail of Arrows loose at Jack as he charged forward. To their immense surprise and shock none of the Arrows reached the Samurai as he stopped in his tracks and slashed each one out of the sky faster than the eye could follow. With the projectiles now gone Jack continued his charge readying his Sword only for Shan Yu to lunge forward sending the Samurai flying back with a brutal backhand.
“Not many have survived my hordes Arrows let alone blocked them, impressive” the Hun leader commented with a half-smile as his many readied another volley only for him to raise his hand to stop them “lower your arms! He is mine to kill”. Looking at each other in confusion the Mongols stepped down lowering their Weapons as Shan Yu stepped forward drawing his Sword. “Raise your weapon, I want this to be interesting, I can tell you have some skill to you” the Hun demanded as Jack stood back on his feet.
Raising his weapon Jack met Shan Yu’s challenge holding his Sword ready as the Hun stepped forward brandishing his own Blade ready to strike, their weapons shining in both the sunlight and the light of the burning village. With a brutish grin Shan Yu made the first move charging at Jack to which the Samurai easily side stepped, hopping to the side and quickly turning around as Shan Yu turned to face him again, the same animal grin lining his features showing that he had no fear of the Samurai and saw the fight as amusing.
The sight of the Hun’s villainous glee was enough to get Jack’s blood pressure rising, his grip on his Sword handle tightening for a moment before he let out a deep breathe to calm himself, he had taken down many a brute before and Shan Yu would be no different. Exhaling again Jack then twisted his Sword to the side before charging again, swinging his Blade in a side swipe only for his weapon to meet against Shan Yu’s again, sparks flying from the colliding metal as the Samurai’s eyes met with the Hun’s demonic ones.
“Well, at least you’re putting up more of a fight than the villagers did” Shan Yu grinned maliciously as he pushed against Jack’s Sword, his evil words only causing the Samurai’s brow to furrow and before he could react the Hun received a solid sucker punch to the jaw making him head snap to the side.
Unfortunately the punch did a lot less than Jack had hoped as Shan Yu merely spat a tooth out before his wicked grin returned to his face as he grabbed hold of Jack’s robes using them to throw him high in the air readying his Blade to swing when Jack came back down. To the Hun’s surprise though the moment Jack was airborne he began to roll in the air using the momentum to launch himself back at Shan Yu the moment he was back on his feet delivering a powerful Sword swing of his own as the Hun tried to block it.
The sound of clashing metal once again filled the air as Jack’s Sword carved through Shan Yu’s, the Hun Blade flying through the air before sticking into the mud leaving just the handle in its owners grasp. Staring in shock for a moment at his broken weapon’s hilt Shan Yu then grunted as he was then knocked to the dirt by another powerful punch from the Samurai “enough of this, you are bested” Jack stated coldly aiming his Sword at the Huns face as he glared up “leave this place and repent your crimes, I will have no more of you” the Samurai added before sheathing his Sword and turning to walk away.
As the Samurai began to walk away parting the stunned Hun warriors Shan Yu let out a feral growl of rage “don’t you turn your back on me!” he roared charging at the retreating Samurai reading to rain his fists down on him. All too used to such brutish displays Jack tilted his head to dodge the blow with ease grabbing hold of Shan Yu’s wrist to use his own momentum to send him flying. The Hun’s flinching to move as their leader hit the dirt but they knew better than to move without his command.
Clambering to his feet Shan Yu charged once again at Jack launching a flurry of punches at the Samurai who expertly began to block each one, catching the larger man’s fists and easily batting them aside causing Shan Yu to lose himself steadily further to his rage every passing moment. After a solid ten seconds though one of the Huns blows slipped through Jack’s blocks scoring him straight in the stomach making the Samurai double over which the Hun exploited kneeing him hard in the facing sending him flying back several metres.
Landing hard Jack quickly rolled to his feet and reached for his Sword only to realize it was no longer there “looking for this?” the Hun called out holding Jack’s weapon high in the air before unsheathing it “let’s see how long you last without a weapon!”.
Glaring at the Hun Jack ran towards him at a blistering speed aiming to get his Sword back as quickly as possible whilst Shan Yu swung at him, the Blade cutting through a thin layer of his robes as Jack dove over the Sword swing rolling as he hit the floor before delivering a swiping kick to the Huns legs knocking the giant off of his feet sending him crashing to the ground. The moment Shan Yu hit the ground Jack pounced on him to try to wrestle his Sword out of his grasp finding the Hun to be much stronger than most of the opponents he had ever faced.
“Give me my Sword!” the Samurai growled through gritted teeth as he tried to pull his weapon from Shan Yu’s hands, grunting as the giant placed a foot to his gut and started to push him away with it.
“If you want your weapon, take it like a Warrior” the Hun sneered before roughly kicking Jack in the chest making him recoil back before turning the Samurai’s blade towards him as Jack shot forward again. Grinning maliciously as Jack suddenly stopped Shan Yu lowered his gaze expecting to see the Samurai impaled on his own weapon.
Only to see the Blade pressed against his chest but yet not penetrating his skin.
“What?” he gasped pressing the Sword forward only acting to push Jack further back, the Blade refusing to cut its masters flesh no matter how hard the Hun tried “what is this?!” he demanded before suffering a vicious knee to the rib causing him to release the Sword to which Jack quickly snatched it back.
“My Sword cannot harm an innocent, you on the other hand can be harmed just fine” Jack retorted back as Shan Yu swung a punch at him, turning his Sword to intercept it the Samurai carved through the Hun’s arm slicing his left hand straight off from the elbow up making the Giant exclaim in pain. Grimacing as the Hun clutched his blood gushing arm Jack stood up and sheathed his weapon as he turned away from his opponent “enough of this, admit your defeat and leave” he spat wanting nothing more to do with the Hun hoping that the crippling defeat and loss of his arm would compel him to never raise a weapon against an innocent again.
Seething as Jack began to walk away once again parting the stunned and horrified Hun war party Shan Yu hobbled back to his feet, his vision blurred with pure rage as he reached for the bladed half of his shattered Sword brandishing it like a Dagger as he charged blindly at the retreating Samurai. Hearing the rapid footsteps and pained roars of rage behind him Jack opened his eyes and unsheathed his Sword as Shan Yu brought the Blade down at his back.
Time seemed to stand still as the Blade of Shan Yu’s Sword once again hit the dirt, the Hun’s eyes wide with shock and pain as blood began to trickle from his mouth, weak gasps for breath escaping his throat as Jack held his Sword backwards, the Blade impaling Shan Yu straight through his stomach and out of his back. Exhaling Jack then wrenched his Sword from the Hun’s gut letting the Giant fall to his knees before swiftly spinning around bringing his Blade down on his opponent’s neck cleanly cleaving his head from his shoulders.
As Shan Yu’s corpse slumped to the dirt Jack then turned to his war party, his eyes filled with frustration and contempt before he turned to them with a echoing cry of “WHO ELSE WANTS SOME?!”. His bellow carrying along the winds as the war party quickly scattered knowing that they had no hope of besting him, taking deep breaths to calm himself as he was quickly left alone in the blood splattered field Jack then sheathed his Sword and turned to walk away from the carnage, his distaste for taking organic life leaving a bitter feeling in his gut which he had to quell as Shan Yu left him no other option.
Winner: Samurai Jack
This battle was actually a request from one of my real life friends when I had mentioned needing an opponent for Jack and since I’m a huge Mulan fan I just had to go with it. In physicality Shan Yu is in the same league with the Scotsman needing only an enchanted Sword to be his and Jack’s equal but unfortunately his inferior weaponry spelled his doom causing the battle to be much quicker than it should have been. Without any kind of magic or advanced technology the great Hun leader was just no match for the great Samurai Jack.