Spike Spiegel is the main protagonist of the anime series Cowboy Bebop. He is a bounty hunter or “cowboy” (as he’s referred to on several occasions) on a spaceship called the Bebop and travels through the space with his crew consisting of his old friend, Jet, and recent members, Faye, Ed, and Ein. He is voiced by Kōichi Yamadera in the Japanese version and Steve Blum in the English version, the former of whom also voiced Jubei Kibagami and Kain Highwind.
Appearance: Spike Spiegel
Spike is 27 years-old and tall and thin in appearance. He has fluffy dark-green hair and reddish-brown eyes, one real and one artificial. A flashback in Session 6 revealed that his fully functioning right eye was surgically replaced by a cybernetic one (although Spike himself may not have conscious recollection of the procedure since he claims to have lost his natural eye in an “accident”). He is usually dressed in a blue leisure suit, with a yellow shirt and Lupin III inspired boots. He has his brown hair in an afro. His outfit consists of an all-blue suit and trousers with a yellow shirt underneath.
Skills & Abilities: Spike Spiegel
Spike Spiegel has many talents and abilities, including very sharp eyesight, abnormally acute perception, and extraordinary luck. Spike makes use of sleight-of-hand techniques to win card games, pick pockets, and even to slip things onto other people unnoticed. He is well versed in weaponry (such as his personal Jericho 941, or Ruger P85 as well as other guns and explosives) and hand-to-hand combat skills due to his past employment with the Red Dragon crime syndicate.
He follows Jeet Kune Do, the mindset developed by Bruce Lee, though he has a penchant for high kicks of French boxing. Spike is also a pilot, and flies a converted Asteroid racer called Swordfish II which is armed with four machine guns, multiple missile launchers, and a single plasma cannon. He also repeatedly demonstrates an exceptionally sharp intellect, although he has a habit for neglecting to plan ahead, as noted by Jet. Spike has repeatedly been able to outwit the entire Red Dragon syndicate, predict the moves of his opponents (whether in combat or in the casinos), and use lateral thinking to get out of virtually every situation which life throws at him. He can also swallow and regurgitate objects e.g. a chip (casino chip) at will.
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Spike is a slothful, listless, indifferent, and lazy person. He passes the vast majority of his time on the Bebop lounging, watching TV, or sleeping. In a few rare occasions, he is also seen reading or practicing Jeet Kune Do, a martial arts practice he is very skilled in, being among other things passionate of Bruce Lee films. He is also a heavy smoker, being shown with a cigarette in his mouth in practically every shot. Spike is rarely seen excited about something and, even less frequently, says he likes something. However, there are exceptions; in the movie, he becomes very excited when fighting Elektra, saying he loves the kind of woman who can kick his ass.
He usually behaves phlegmatically and walks slouching almost as if he is sleepwalking. Spike appears to be tormented by the ghosts of his past and has frequent nightmares of his life in the Red Dragon. He considers he already died once therefore doesn’t show the slightest fear of the possibility of being killed, often acts as if to challenge death, so to prove he is still alive. However in a conversation with Faye, he admits to not want to die because of “the hate to.”
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