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** Abdul Hakim fits the trope to a tee: deep-voiced, extremely strong, gigantic, and violent (although before his MagicPlasticSurgery he was a DarkHairedBlonde, so make of that what you will).

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** Abdul Hakim fits the trope to a tee: deep-voiced, extremely strong, gigantic, and violent (although before his MagicPlasticSurgery he was a DarkHairedBlonde, DarkSkinnedBlonde, so make of that what you will).



* WritersCantDoMath: More than likely a case of the artists/writers not being overly familiar with the imperial system, but Abdul Hakim's mugshot says he's 6'2", and for this to be true, everyone else would have to be in the 4-5 foot range. Hakim's head nearly touches the ceiling in many shots, he has to duck to get through doors, he towers over the noticeably lanky Spike, etc.

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* WritersCantDoMath: WritersCannotDoMath: More than likely a case of the artists/writers not being overly familiar with the imperial system, but Abdul Hakim's mugshot says he's 6'2", and for this to be true, everyone else would have to be in the 4-5 foot range. Hakim's head nearly touches the ceiling in many shots, he has to duck to get through doors, he towers over the noticeably lanky Spike, etc.
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** Parodied in the preview for [[TrailersAlwaysLie horror parody]] "Toys in the Attic" is played entirely deadpan with an over-the-top narrator reading copy for a horror movie from the Fifties, as the characters scream in terror in the background.

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** Parodied in the preview for [[TrailersAlwaysLie horror parody]] "Toys in the Attic" is played entirely deadpan with an over-the-top narrator reading copy as if it's for a horror movie from the Fifties, TheFifties, as the characters scream in terror terror/agony in the background.



* SingingSimlish: "Wo Qui Non Coin" has a verse in Japanese and a verse in French-sounding gibberish.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Andy.

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* SingingSimlish: "Wo Qui Non Coin" has a verse in Japanese and a verse in French-sounding gibberish.
gibberish. "Green Bird" is written entirely in a made-up language of Yoko Kanno's own devising.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Andy.Andy and Spike. They dislike each other intensely because, for all they deny it, they're a lot alike.



* TheSyndicate: The Red Dragon.

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* TheSyndicate: The Red Dragon.Dragon are a legitimate business on Mars as well as a vicious crime syndicate.



* TrailersAlwaysLie: PlayedForLaughs. As the series goes on, the narration for the next-episode previews becomes increasingly surreal and often says nothing about the actual plot of the actual episode [[spoiler:in keeping with the dream-logic sensibilities of the show's writing.]]

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* TrailersAlwaysLie: PlayedForLaughs. PlayedForLaughs in the previews. As the series goes on, the narration for the next-episode previews becomes increasingly surreal and often says nothing about the actual plot of the actual episode in question, [[spoiler:in keeping with the dream-logic sensibilities of the show's writing.]]



* Faye also seems to have a thing for [[MoreDakka automatic weapons]]: she's introduced pulling a submachine gun out of a paper bag, and her tiny ship is armed with dual [[GatlingGood gatling guns]].

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* ** Faye also seems to have a thing for [[MoreDakka automatic weapons]]: she's introduced pulling a submachine gun out of a paper bag, and her tiny ship is armed with dual [[GatlingGood gatling guns]].



* Udai Taxim and Vincent Volaju like their [[KnifeNut knives]].

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* ** Udai Taxim and Vincent Volaju like their [[KnifeNut knives]].
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** Runs in the family, it turns out: [[spoiler:as a CallBack in her farewell episode, Ed's father pays the bounty he himself posted with ''eggs''.]] In both cases, the crew ends up eating the same thing prepared multiple ways for days on end, ending up well and truly sick of them in the process.
* BulletTime: Combat drug Bloody Eye is more or less a form of weaponized CaffeineBulletTime, allowing the user to perceive the world in slow motion and react accordingly. Spike counters this easily, however, quickly realizing that this isn't much help if you can't anticipate your opponent's moves, and it relies entirely on being able to ''see'' them:

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** Runs in the family, it turns out: [[spoiler:as a CallBack in her farewell episode, Ed's father pays the bounty he himself Ed herself posted with ''eggs''.]] In both cases, the crew ends up eating the same thing prepared multiple ways for days on end, ending up well and truly sick of them in the process.
* BulletTime: Combat drug Bloody Eye is more or less a form of weaponized CaffeineBulletTime, allowing the user to perceive the world in slow motion and react accordingly. Spike easily counters this easily, in an EstablishingCharacterMoment for himself and the series, however, quickly realizing that this isn't much help if you can't anticipate your opponent's moves, and it relies entirely on being able to ''see'' them:them... so he wears a poncho and sombrero and tosses up tables and furniture, all to keep Asimov distracted:



* CatapultNightmare

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* %%* CatapultNightmare



* DetonationMoon

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* DetonationMoonDetonationMoon: Earth's Moon was blown to pieces by the Astral Gate accident in 2021, causing a series of disasters, tidal waves, and meteor impacts that are still ongoing to the present day, prompting the mass evacuation of Earth and the rapid colonization of the Solar System. Which, incidentally, explains the low-population RetroUniverse future of the series.



** Space Land.
** Done beautifully in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
** "Ganymede Elegy" during the chase scene.

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** Space Land.
Land, a Disneyland-esque park which the Mad Pierrot chooses for his extremely one-sided duel to the death with Spike.
** Done beautifully in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
Angels", as Spike is hurled out of a church window just after having dropped a grenade at Vicious's feet. He remembers his past with Julia over the lilting strains of "[[CherubicChoir Green Bird]]".
** "Ganymede Elegy" has the folksy acoustic guitar song "Elm" play during the climactic chase scene.



* DoNotAdjustYourSet: "Mom" ("Twinkle" Maria Murdoch) does this in "Gateway Shuffle".

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* DoNotAdjustYourSet: "Mom" ("Twinkle" Maria Murdoch) does this to all of Ganymede in "Gateway Shuffle".



* DramaticSpaceDrifting

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* DramaticSpaceDriftingDramaticSpaceDrifting: When the ship runs out of food, or fuel, or both, all of which happen [[BrokeEpisode at least once]] over the course of the series.



* DudeWheresMyReward

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* DudeWheresMyRewardDudeWheresMyReward: The crew almost never gets paid on any of the jobs that happen onscreen. For that matter, they willingly pass up some of their biggest scores out of the goodness of their hearts.



* HumanShield: Attempted by a mook in Spike's first showdown with Vicious. He holds Faye in front of him and holds a gun to her head, threatening to shoot if Spike doesn't surrender. Spike, ever the CombatPragmatist, simply shoots the mook in the head. Then later, another of Vicious' mooks, actually does die protecting him this way in "Jupiter Jazz (Part II)".



* HumanShield: Attempted by a mook in Spike's first showdown with Vicious. He holds Faye in front of him and holds a gun to her head, threatening to shoot if Spike doesn't surrender. Spike, ever the CombatPragmatist, simply shoots the mook in the head. Then later, another of Vicious' mooks, actually does die protecting him this way in "Jupiter Jazz, Part II".



* MushroomSamba: The episode is the TropeNamer.

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* MushroomSamba: The episode is the TropeNamer. Ed, assigned to search up some food for the starving, stranded crew, stumbles onto a bounty who smuggles mushrooms. After seeing the effect they have on Ein (he hops around like a wind-up toy), she tests them out on the rest of the crew, each of whom has their own reactions, all very much in character, and, if you're paying attention, symbolic of their character arcs:
** Faye hallucinates shrinking down to tiny size, a torrent of water falling down on her and filling up the bathroom, and fish swirling all around her as she tries desperately to swim. [[spoiler:She's trapped in a world she doesn't understand, full of people she can't relate to, trying to fight the current. She wakes up on the floor, having eaten a bunch of toilet paper.]]
** Jet has what seems to be a very invigorating conversation with his bonsai trees where he realizes he's actually much happier than he thinks he is [[spoiler:except he keeps forgetting who he is and what he's saying -- he keeps getting in his own way when it comes to what he wants. He wakes up having applied/eaten a bunch of lipstick.]]
** Spike dreams he's walking up a staircase that never ends. He receives some sage advice from a frog, which he of course ignores and keeps walking. [[spoiler:Back in the real world, he's simply standing in place, lifting his legs up and down but not actually moving... until he wakes up on the roof of the ''Bebop''. Probably not conducive to escaping his whole AllJustADream mindset.]]
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* ScannableMan: Whitney Hagas Matsumoto mentions to Faye that they're fairly standard among the citizens who live on that moon. [[spoiler: Except he's lying. We find out in a later episode that they're standard for prisoners.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Udai Taxim. Abdul Hakim to a lesser degree.

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* ScannableMan: During his introductory episode, Whitney Hagas Matsumoto mentions to Faye that they're fairly standard among the citizens who live on that moon. [[spoiler: Except [[spoiler:Except he's lying. We find out in a later episode lying, and he's an former prisoner and wanted man himself. In the following session, we see that they're standard all the escaped prisoners have similar tattoos -- on the side of their necks, rather than the bakc. Presumably different prison systems have different protocol for prisoners.it.]]
* ScaryBlackMan: Udai Taxim. Played with.
**
Abdul Hakim fits the trope to a lesser degree.tee: deep-voiced, extremely strong, gigantic, and violent (although before his MagicPlasticSurgery he was a DarkHairedBlonde, so make of that what you will).
** Udai Taxim is a sociopathic mob enforcer and fairly chilling, but [[SubvertedTrope not necessarily because he's black]]. He wears glasses, and is notably thin and slightly built, much smaller than Jet and about even with most of his fellow jailbreakees -- all of whom badly underestimate him, since despite the difference in size, Taxim can still hold off Jet, mechanical arm and all. [[spoiler:And then it turns out that he didn't carry quite as much of the blame for Jet's predicament as Jet always thought, since [[BigBadFriend Fad]] had sold him out before they even arrived on the scene.]]



* SecondPersonAttack: Combined with a HeyYouHaymaker in "Cowboy Funk".

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* ScreamerTrailer: Twice:
** Parodied in the preview for [[TrailersAlwaysLie horror parody]] "Toys in the Attic" is played entirely deadpan with an over-the-top narrator reading copy for a horror movie from the Fifties, as the characters scream in terror in the background.
** Played horrifyingly straight in the preview for "Pierrot Le Fou", which is just Mad Pierrot [[EvilLaugh laughing maniacally]] over dead silence. It works very well, especially coming after [[MoodWhiplash the relatively light episode]] that was "Wild Horses."
* SecondPersonAttack: Combined with a HeyYouHaymaker from Faye in "Cowboy Funk".Funk", in one of the most iconic clips of the series.



* ShaggyDogStory:
** "Speak Like A Child", a comedic example. [[spoiler:The tape is worthless to everyone but its intended recipient, all Spike and Jet's efforts to get a Betamax player come to nothing because they accidentally grab a VHS player, and the episode's main problem eventually resolves ''itself'' without intervention from the cast (a proper Betamax player is sent to the Bebop in the same way the tape was).]] However, because of [[HumanPopsicle who the package's recipient is]] and [[TearJerker what its contents are]], the ending is very sombre.
** "Mushroom Samba", and a few other episodes.

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* ShaggyDogStory:
ShaggyDogStory: They're bounty hunters, but most episodes end with them not getting paid for one reason or another. The show is really about how they, and the bounties they hunt, are all trying to escape the past, and about why that's doomed from the start.
** "Speak Like A Child", a comedic example. Jet actually says as much as much in the preview for the previous episode. [[spoiler:The tape is worthless to everyone but its intended recipient, all Spike and Jet's efforts to get a Betamax player come to nothing because they accidentally grab a VHS player, and the episode's main problem eventually resolves ''itself'' without intervention from the cast (a proper Betamax player is sent to the Bebop in the same way the tape was).]] However, because of [[HumanPopsicle who the package's recipient is]] and [[TearJerker what its contents are]], the ending is very sombre.
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somber.
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"Mushroom Samba", Samba" has Ed and Ein chasing down a few other episodes.bounty hunter, only to let him go, since the mushrooms he's smuggling are worth more than his bounty. [[spoiler:Except the mushrooms he pawned off on them are just a bunch of regular non-psychedelic shiitakes.]]



* SlasherSmile: [[PsychopathicManchild Tongpu]] has one of these so madly twisted [[HellIsThatNoise you can hear his teeth grinding]].

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* SlasherSmile: SlasherSmile:
** Vicious rarely smiles, but given his personality, it can't be anything but this when he does. [[spoiler:In his first appearance, the only time he comes close to smiling is when he and Spike are in [[BackToBackBadasses back to back]] in a fight for their lives in a flashback.]]
** Pirate/hacker George from "Wild Horses" gets in a couple of good ones when he takes over the ''Bebop'' with his computer virus.
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[[PsychopathicManchild Tongpu]] has one of these so madly twisted [[HellIsThatNoise you can hear his teeth grinding]].



* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Fad tricking Jet into shooting him out of repentance.]] See OneBulletLeft.

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* StylisticSuck: The preview for "[[BreatherEpisode Mushroom Samba]]" has the Three Old Men doing the preview, except they don't know what the episode is about and spend the whole recording bickering, to the point where they don't even manage to get in the title.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Fad tricking [[spoiler:Fad baits Jet into shooting him in self-defense... but leaves his gun empty, out of repentance.]] See OneBulletLeft.



* TiredOfRunning: Many of the bounty heads go out this way, sacrificing their own lives to ensure their actions don't cause any more harm to others. Katrina Solensan in the very first session, for example, kills Asimov herself when she finally comes to believe that there's no happy ending waiting for the two of them after what they've done. [[spoiler:This is one interpretation of the series finale: rather than forgetting the past, it's about, as Jet says in the final preview, facing up to it, meeting your fate -- whether to accept it, or, perhaps, to fight it.]]



* TrailersAlwaysLie: PlayedForLaughs. As the series goes on, the narration for the next-episode previews becomes increasingly surreal and often says nothing about the actual plot of the actual episode [[spoiler:in keeping with the dream-logic sensibilities of the show's writing.]]



* TranslationConvention:
** The Bebopverse can be seen as highly multilingual, though the language preferred by the protagonists is most likely Chinese:

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* TranslationConvention:
**
TraintopBattle: An incredibly goofy example caps off Ed's big day in "Mushroom Samba", where a drug dealer spends several minutes running away from [[AGirlAndHerX a small girl and her even smaller dog]].
* TranslationConvention:
The Bebopverse ''Bebop''-verse can be seen as highly multilingual, though the language preferred by the protagonists is most likely Chinese:Chinese. The evidence:



* WeaponOfChoice: Spike is seen using a variety of weapons across the series, but his one constant (other than his jeet kune do skills) is his customized Jericho 941. Jet and Faye, similarly, are almost exclusively armed with their one gun each (respectively a P99 and a Glock 30).

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* WeaponOfChoice: The show likes its guns.
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Spike is seen using a variety of weapons across the series, but his one constant (other than his jeet kune do Jeet Kune Do skills) is his customized Jericho 941. Jet and Faye, similarly, are almost exclusively armed with their one gun each (respectively a P99 and a Glock 30).30).
* Faye also seems to have a thing for [[MoreDakka automatic weapons]]: she's introduced pulling a submachine gun out of a paper bag, and her tiny ship is armed with dual [[GatlingGood gatling guns]].
** Jet's old partner Fad favors [[RevolversAreJustBetter his trusty revolver.]]
* Udai Taxim and Vincent Volaju like their [[KnifeNut knives]].
** A BloodKnight who refuses to leave his war behind, Vicious wields a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]]... and a lot of strategically-placed [[MadBomber high explosives]].


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* WritersCantDoMath: More than likely a case of the artists/writers not being overly familiar with the imperial system, but Abdul Hakim's mugshot says he's 6'2", and for this to be true, everyone else would have to be in the 4-5 foot range. Hakim's head nearly touches the ceiling in many shots, he has to duck to get through doors, he towers over the noticeably lanky Spike, etc.
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* ICantHearYou: VT's choice of music in "Heavy Metal Queen" leads to a lot of this, including in the post-credits preview from the previous episode.



* KnockoutGas: Episode 8 "Waltz for Venus". During a hijacking, Faye renders a female hijacker unconscious with a spray of vapor.

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* KnockoutGas: Episode 8 Comes in convenient aerosol cans [[CrapsackWorld in the future]], apparently. Hakim Abdul uses a can to knock out Ein (although it only works for a few seconds), while Faye later uses a lipstick-sized container to take down a hijacker in "Waltz for Venus". During a hijacking, Faye renders a female hijacker unconscious with a spray of vapor.For Venus."



* LeaveHimToMe: Udai decides to take on Jet one-on-one. He almost succeeds, too.

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* LeaveHimToMe: Udai decides to take on Jet one-on-one. one on one. He almost succeeds, too.too.
* LemonyNarrator: All the characters get in on this in the fourth wall-shredding next-episode previews, the frequently [[TheComicallySerious stonefaced]] Jet in particular.
** Jet basically says that nobody but "musty old guys" are going to want to bother to watch "Black Dog Serenade", which focuses on his past and finally explains how he lost the arm. He also says that "Speak Like A Child" basically has no plot [[spoiler:which, of course, [[ShaggyDogStory is the point]]]] but "at first glance, it's interesting." Made funnier if you've ever seen the English dub of ''Anime/OutlawStar'', since Beau Billingslea also did the voiceovers for that series.
** Ed narrates the preview for "Jupiter Jazz (Part I)" as if the whole rest of the crew died from their injuries in "Toys in the Attic", saying she's the lead of a ''new'' series, until Spike and Faye burst in to protest that "there really is a next episode!"
** The preview for "Wild Horses" has [[TeamPet Ein]] bark the preview, with Spike pretending to understand him [[spoiler:until, to Spike's disbelief, Ein actually [[TalkingAnimal speaks the title]] at the end]]
** The Three Old Men do the preview for "Mushroom Samba", but don't actually know anything about the episode and just bicker with each other before running out of time.
** Cowboy Andy ("Just call me Musashi!") does a mock preview for "Brain Scratch", [[SitcomArchNemesis over Spike's heated protests]].
** Inverted with the preview for "Hard Luck Woman", which features a lot of typically Ed-centric goofy ComicRelief scenes, while Ed hums an oddly bittersweet little ditty over top of them. [[spoiler:Because it's Ed's last episode before she and Ein leave the ''Bebop'' for good, and Faye's B-plot in the episode ends with her wandering through the ruins of her past life, only to find there's nothing left.]]
** PlayedForDrama in the preview for "[[GrandFinale The Real Folk Blues (Part II)]]," [[spoiler:where Spike is trying to be his usual casual self, but Faye is repeating a kind of monotone SurvivalMantra in the background, while Jet is rambling morosely to himself about how knowing Spike helped him, and [[HeroicBSOD neither of them seem to be able to hear Spike talking]] -- which just adds further fuel to the fire over [[AmbiguousSituation whether or not]] the final episode ends with Spike's death.]]
--->'''Faye:''' ''[startled]'' ...Huh? [[TearJerker It's over?]]



* MagicPlasticSurgery: Techniques must have advanced pretty far since TheNineties.
** Abdul Hakim goes from being a punkish-looking DarkSkinnedBlonde to a ScaryBlackMan with an [[AfroAsskicker afro]]. His mugshot also says he was 6'2" before his surgery, but that might just be a translation/metric system error (the character's inspiration, NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is 7'2").
** Meanwhile, when Whitney Hagas Matsumoto reappears in Faye's life, [[spoiler:he's gained [[FatBastard about a hundred pounds]]. He says he had it surgically implanted as part of a disguise -- whether or not to trust him is left up to the viewer.]]



* MobWar

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* MobWarMobWar: "Ballad of Fallen Angels" starts out with two captains from rival syndicates trying to work out a truce to avoid this. [[spoiler:[[BloodKnight Vicious]] has other plans, since he'd love nothing better than all-out war.]]
* MoodWhiplash: Both subverted and played straight for effect.Part of what makes the series work so well is its control over mood and tone, shifting easily between hot-blooded action to heartrending sorrow to goofy comedy with remarkable grace, often many times over the course of a single episode.



* NoPronunciationGuide: About the only thing in common between the spelling and pronunciation of V.T.'s last name is that it starts with a T. [[FridgeBrilliance No wonder no one can guess her real name.]]

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* NoPronunciationGuide: About the only thing in common between the spelling and pronunciation of V.T.'s last name is that it starts with a T. [[FridgeBrilliance No wonder no one can guess her real name.]] [[spoiler:Turns out it's Terpsichore (pronounced terp-si-CORE-ay), who was TheMuse of Dance from UsefulNotes/GreekMythology. She took the name of her bounty hunter husband when they married, which is how Spike is able to guess it.]]



* NoWomansLand: Callisto.

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* NoWomansLand: Callisto.In a not-entirely-uncommon Western plot, the town on Callisto where most of "Jupiter Jazz" takes place is a collapsing company town with no women living there. Then Faye arrives...



* NotSoDifferent: Vicious tries this on Spike [[IShallTauntYou while lecturing him]]. [[InsultBackfire It doesn't work]].

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* NotSoDifferent: Vicious tries this on Spike [[IShallTauntYou while lecturing him]]. [[InsultBackfire It doesn't work]].work]], coming from Vicious -- but [[BerserkButton if anyone else makes the same comparison...]]



* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: In "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui", Jet and Meifa jump off the top of a stone wall and land on a passing bus to avoid the two pursuing gunmen.

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* OffBridgeOntoVehicle: All the time. It's an action series, after all.
** Twice in "Stray Dog Strut": the first time, in an extremely straight example has Ein and Spike jump off a bridge onto a fishing barge -- only for Ein to jump off the barge and knock both him and Spike into the water, leaving Hakim behind. Then, during the climax of the episode, jumps out of a moving car, off a raised highway over water, forcing Spike to divert course to catch him on top of his ship.
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In "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui", Jet and Meifa jump off the top of a stone wall and land on a passing bus to avoid the two pursuing gunmen.



* OldMediaAreEvil: Scratch delivers a rant about the evils of television to Spike, despite ''appearing on television at the time''.

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* OldMediaAreEvil: Scratch delivers a rant about the evils of television to Spike, despite ''appearing appearing on television a TV set, [[SelfReferentialHumor on a TV series]] at the time''.time.



* OnlyPointTwoPercentDifferent: "Twinkle" Maria Murdock developed a retrovirus that acts on the 0.2% genetic difference between humans and monkeys to turn humans into them.

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* OnlyPointTwoPercentDifferent: "Twinkle" Maria Murdock developed a retrovirus that acts on the 0.2% genetic difference between humans and apes to [[DevolutionDevice make monkeys to turn humans out of the entire population of Ganymede]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Spike is flabbergasted when Faye bumps
into them.him and apologizes [[SincerityMode like she really means it]]. The reason is that she's on her way to find the answers to her questions about her past life.



* OurProductSucks: Many of the previews, usually courtesy of Jet, who gets to let out more of his wackier side instead of needing to be TheReliableOne.



* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: One of the most epic examples ever - from the ground, up into the clouds, through the atmosphere and above it, passing several satellites and settling at last on a starfield, all animated as one shot.

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* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: One of the most epic examples ever - from the ground, up into the clouds, through the atmosphere and above it, passing several satellites and settling at last on a starfield, all animated as one shot. So nice they used it twice, in fact -- once for [[spoiler:Gren's death]] in "Jupiter Jazz", and again for [[spoiler:Spike's [[AmbiguousSituation could-be death]] in "The Real Folk Blues."]]



* PleaseDontLeaveMe

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* PleaseDontLeaveMePleaseDontLeaveMe: Faye, and, more often, ''Jet'' usually end up giving speeches to this effect to Spike every time he goes off to his possible death at the hands of Vicious and the syndicate.



* PostEpisodeTrailer

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* PostEpisodeTrailerPostEpisodeTrailer: In standard anime style, narrated by the characters, breaking the fourth wall all over the place and almost always PlayedForLaughs, even after (and before) some of the series's darkest episodes. As the series goes on, the narration becomes [[TrailersAlwaysLie increasingly disconnected from the clips onscreen]]. Which turns out to fit the [[GenreBusting tone of the series]] quite well.



* PrisonShip

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* PrisonShipPrisonShip: In "Black Dog Serenade", group of convicts including Jet's old nemesis from his detective days, [[PsychoForHire Udai Taxim]], hijack a prison transport headed for Ganymede.
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* AfroAsskicker: Many of the black characters, thanks to the show's aesthetic (and fashion sense) being anchored in TheSeventies.
** Abdul Hakim, who kicks out a metal bathroom door hard enough to dent it.
** Parodied with [[HeroOfAnotherStory Coffee and Shaft]] in "Mushroom Samba", who [[WrongGenreSavvy don't quite realize]] they're in a ComicRelief episode.
** Spike himself, of course. For a given definition of afro.



* AllJustADream:
** Spike and Julia [[spoiler: both seem to believe their entire lives are simply dreams.]]
** Also possibly "Toys In The Attic".

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* AllJustADream:
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AllJustADream: Spike and Julia [[spoiler: both seem to believe their entire lives are [[DreamWithinADream simply dreams.]]
**
dreams]]. Also possibly implied by the endings of "Toys In The Attic".Attic" and TheMovie.



* BerserkButton: Don't call Spike 'Vicious'. Just don't. Ironic in that calling Spike 'Vicious' triggered a very vicious reaction indeed. Spike doesn't like [[NotSoDifferent being compared]] to [[SitcomArchNemesis Andy]] either.

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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Don't call Spike 'Vicious'. Just don't. Ironic in that calling Spike 'Vicious' triggered a very vicious reaction indeed. Spike He doesn't like [[NotSoDifferent being compared]] to [[SitcomArchNemesis Andy]] either.either.
** V.T. doesn't like bounty hunters, and does a complete 180 on her initial friendliness to Spike when she finds out what he does. [[spoiler:It's because her husband was a bounty hunter, and died on the job. Spike manages to mend fences by revealing that he knew him.]]



* BloodKnight: Many characters, and thoroughly deconstructed. One of the major themes of the show is just how empty a life of nonstop violence can be, how monstrous a person someone like Vicious has become -- yet we can see how the only time Spike really comes alive is when he's fighting. [[spoiler:As part of the BittersweetEnding of the series, Spike goes to face his past even knowing that it will kill him -- even suspecting, perhaps, that he deserves it for the things he did when he was still part of the Red Dragon. One of the main things he's fighting for, in the end, is to find out whether he's really any different from Vicious.]]



* BulkBuyOnly

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* BulkBuyOnlyBulkBuyOnly: It's feast or famine aboard the ''Bebop''.
** In one episode, Ed supplies the crew with [[spoiler:a bottomless bag of mushrooms, which were supposed to be psychedelic mushrooms worth a fortune to the right buyer but turn out to be ordinary shiitakes.]]
** Runs in the family, it turns out: [[spoiler:as a CallBack in her farewell episode, Ed's father pays the bounty he himself posted with ''eggs''.]] In both cases, the crew ends up eating the same thing prepared multiple ways for days on end, ending up well and truly sick of them in the process.



* ClipShow: Subverted, at the time. When the show was almost canceled halfway through its initial run following a series of school violence incidents in Japan at the time, the studio put out a clip show, "Session XX", cobbled together from the yet-to-be-seen episodes, with voiceover from the characters.



* ComicBookFantasyCasting: Throughout the series, with various one-off characters being based on various celebrities, actors, athletes, or otherwise.



* CowboyEpisode

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* CowboyEpisodeCowboyEpisode: It's the name of the show and heavily informs the tone and aesthetic, but the most direct and prominent cases are in episodes like "Mushroom Samba" and "Cowboy Funk", both parody episodes.



* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Johnathan from "Bohemian Rhapsody".

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* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Abdul Hakim is shown as this before his MagicPlasticSurgery. Jet's friend(?) Johnathan from "Bohemian Rhapsody".Rhapsody" is another example.



* DreamWithinADream: Within a dream, within a dream... Dreams, memory, and the past are all intricately wrapped together in the narrative of the series. Part of the reason Spike spends so much time asleep is because he's lost the ability to tell when he's asleep or when he's dreaming -- as well as whether he's alive in the moment, whether these things are happening to him now, or if he's simply remembering the past. This turns out to be something he shares with Julia, as well as Vincent in TheMovie.
-->'''Spike:''' ''[narrating the PostEpisodeTrailer for "Ballad of Fallen Angels"]'' And I awake from my dream again, as if I were peeling an onion. It's a dream no matter how far I go. I can never reach reality, trapped in an endless nightmare.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In the first episode Spike seems to be very unfocused and easily overwhelmed by the bounty at the gas station, until he is revealed to have picked his pocket and stolen the guy's "Bloody eye" drug. In the climactic fight, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Spike fights while wearing a serape]] in a [[ShoutOut reconstruction]] of one of Creator/BruceLee's martial arts scenes.
* EstablishingShot: The same shot of the harbor on Mars is used in quite a few episodes.



* EverybodysDeadDave: Ed, BreakingTheFourthWall in the PostEpisodeTrailer following the space horror episode "Toys in the Attic", in an especially triumphant example of TrailersAlwaysLie:
-->'''Ed:''' ''[narrating over the clips of HeroicBloodshed and [[SoundtrackDissonance mournful saxophone]] of "Jupiter Jazz"]'' And so, [[BlatantLies they all passed away]], every one. It was a short series, but thanks for your support. That was the last episode. May they all rest in peace. Amen. And for the next series, we bring you Cowgirl Ed! Ed is the main character! ''[giggles]''



* ExecutiveSuiteFight: The climatic battle in the last episode takes place in the Red Dragon Syndicate's headquarters.

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* ExecutiveSuiteFight: The climatic battle in the last episode takes place in the Red Dragon Syndicate's headquarters.headquarters in an office tower on Mars.


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* FatBastard: [[spoiler:Whitney Hagas Matsumoto]] has turned into this since the last time Faye saw him. [[spoiler:He says he had fat implants to disguise himself, since he's on the run from the cops... for largely the same kind of lightweight cons he pulled on Faye herself.]]
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* KlingonPromotion: In [[spoiler:"The Real Folk Blues (Part I),"]] Vicious kills [[the leadership of the Red Dragon]] and takes their place.

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* KlingonPromotion: In [[spoiler:"The Real Folk Blues (Part I),"]] Vicious kills [[the [[spoiler:the leadership of the Red Dragon]] and takes their place.
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** Vicious' {{mooks}} wield automatic weapons which keep firing after they're ''dead''. Averted in that Spike is shown reloading his pistol quite a few times.

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** Vicious' {{mooks}} wield automatic weapons which [[DeadMansTriggerFinger keep firing after they're ''dead''. ''dead''.]] Averted in that Spike is shown reloading his pistol quite a few times.
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** Faye says, basically, that HumasAreBastards and the only way to get ahead is to scam other people before they can scam you. It's eat or be eaten, everyone's out for themselves first, and there's nothing else to be learned. Of course, she's also the first to break down and beg for pity when it's her ''own'' neck on the line.

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** Faye says, basically, that HumasAreBastards HumansAreBastards and the only way to get ahead is to scam other people before they can scam you. It's eat or be eaten, everyone's out for themselves first, and there's nothing else to be learned. Of course, she's also the first to break down and beg for pity when it's her ''own'' neck on the line.
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* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler:Gren]] from "Jupiter Jazz: Parts 1 and 2".

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* {{Transsexual}}: {{Transgender}}: [[spoiler:Gren]] from "Jupiter Jazz: Parts 1 and 2".
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