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Spike

Spike 

In Cowboy Bebop, Spike Spiegel is undoubtedly one of the most iconic anime characters of all time. His green hair, blue suit and let’s face it, a guy who has a take it as it comes attitude, is once again the base for the character of Mugen in Samurai Champloo. Out of all the characters of Cowboy Bebop, Spike’s macabre history is the one referred to the most, so let’s start at the beginning. 

Spike is a native of the planet Mars, as Earth is nearly beyond habitable. Unfortunately, Spike chose the live fast, die young approach when he joined the ranks of The Red Dragon Syndicate, with his best friend at the time, Vicious. Critically injured during a job, Spike made his way to the house of Julia, Vicious’ girlfriend at that time. As it tends to, a forbidden love blossomed between Spike and Julia. The two lovers promised to run away together but Julia didn’t keep up her end of the bargain, after Spike had forsaken his ties with The Red Dragon Syndicate, by faking his own death. Near the climax of the series it is revealed that Julia had been caught by Vicious, she was given an ultimatium by Vicious, kill Spike or they would both be killed. In order to save Spike and herself, she fled leaving both Spike and Vicious behind. 

Soon after his “death” Spike meets Jet, who decides to allow Spike live on the Bebop ship. After a few years, the rest of the crew as we know it joins the Bebop. But it’s Faye Valentine who intrigues Spike, although he makes no attempt to have more than a platonic relationship with her. Personally, I think that Faye reminds him somewhat of Julia, as there are parallels between these two female characters. At first glance, Faye and Julia are nothing alike until the episode Jupiter Jazz. Spike’s memories of a gentle, even fragile Julia, show that he only wants to remember that aspect of her personality. Faye and Julia have a fated meeting and befriend each other in the face of danger, and have quite similar personalities. It seems that although the two women look different they both care for the well being of Spike. 

Near the closure of Cowboy Bebop, it’s discovered Spike has believed this entire time that he was living in a dream. He believes that his orchestrated death was “true death” and he now only exists. His past haunts him too much for him to ever act out the possibility of a relatively peaceful life with the Bebop crew. In the final episode, Spike courageously takes on Vicious and his henchmen. But, alas, Spike sustains fatal injuries from the battle and he when struggles down a flight of stairs, he catches sight of more henchmen. Spike stands tall, points his finger at them and whispers “Bang”, collapsing where he stood. The camera shot eventually pans up to the night sky, where a bright star flickers and fades.

Requiem for a dream with Spike featuring Julia and Vicious.

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