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[[caption-width-right:350:The main cast -- [[TeamDad Jet]], [[{{Badass}} Spike]], [[FemmeFatale Faye]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Ed]], [[TeamPet Ein]].]]

->''I think it's time to blow this scene, get everybody and the stuff together... okay, three, two, one, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6zDfxZ4NcE let's jam.]]''

Immodestly billed as "The work, which becomes [a] new genre itself." '''''Cowboy Bebop''''' is a ScienceFiction[=/=]FilmNoir anime series consisting of 26 episodes (and one movie that takes place halfway in) that eventually became one of the most popular and influential anime series in history, proving that the braggadocio underlying that subtitle was entirely justified.

In the UsedFuture of the late 21st century, humanity has [[HomeworldEvacuation spread across the Solar System]] using "[[HyperspaceLanes Hyperspace Gates]]" after a horrific accident [[EarthThatUsedToBeBetter devastated Earth]]. Wherever humanity goes, sadly, so goes its criminal element. To compensate for the increase in jurisdiction, the SpacePolice reinstates the bounty system of the Wild West: [[BountyHunter catch a bounty alive and deliver him to the cops to get paid]].

''Cowboy Bebop'' focuses on the misadventures of five individuals as [[PerpetualPoverty they struggle to scrape a living]] in this space-age frontier: bounty hunter Jet Black, owner of the titular ''Bebop''; his partner Spike Spiegel, a martial artist on the run from a bloody past; FemmeFatale and [[TheRival rival bounty hunter]] Faye Valentine, both more and somehow less than she appears; [[PlayfulHacker demented teen genius hacker girl]] Ed (aka Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV); and Ein, a [[UpliftedAnimal genetically-engineered "data dog"]].

The Bebop's crew faces dangerous criminals, occasional starvation, a particularly disgusting refrigerator, and their own {{Dark And Troubled Past}}s over the course of the series. The show partially defines itself by the thematic choices to give everything a rich backstory but explain almost nothing in full. The show's stories concern themselves with the problems of the present, which means the show only implies history in numerous instances.

Another part of ''Cowboy Bebop's'' signature traits come from its music. YokoKanno composed a soundtrack made up almost entirely of jazz music and a few tracks that defy categorization. She and her band The Seatbelts even improvised some tracks to finished footage at the moment of recording. The show's soundtrack does not exist as an afterthought, especially since numerous scenes [[SilenceIsGolden eschew dialogue entirely]] and rely on that music to carry the experience.

Creator/AdultSwim chose ''Bebop'' as the very first anime to air on the block. The show starting airing on the very same night that the network itself premiered in August 2001. ''Bebop'' aired regularly on the network for over a decade after its American TV debut (minus a few rare schedule removals), which made it the network's longest-running show. (''Manga/InuYasha'' comes in second, as it started airing in early 2002 and fell from the lineup in 2014.) The show fell off the lineup in late 2013, but Creator/{{Toonami}} will start airing the show again in July 2014. If you can't wait for the show to come on TV, you won't have trouble finding the show on DVD -- Bandai released the whole series a number of times over (including a remastered "Remix" version) and Funimation only made it easier with new DVD, digital and Blu-ray releases in 2014.

[[GenreBusting As the tagline suggests]], the show frequently evokes both {{Western}}s and ''FilmNoir'', though the single biggest influence on the look and feel of the series comes from [[TheEighties the '80s]] and early [[TheNineties '90s]] HeroicBloodshed action movies directed by Creator/JohnWoo (such as ''Film/ABetterTomorrow'' and ''Film/TheKiller''). ''Franchise/LupinIII'' also serves as a visible influence, since the main trio come off as a futuristic version of Lupin, Jigen, and Fujiko. Underneath the sci-fi and action flick surface lies an overall plot line primarily based on the most Japanese of all Japanese cinema, the {{Yakuza}} picture (a relatively unknown genre in the West).

A ''Cowboy Bebop'' [[TheMovie movie]] (''Cowboy Bebop: The Movie'', aka ''Cowboy Bebop: Knocking on Heaven's Door'') was released in 2001. Unlike anime movies that deliver AlternateContinuity or sequel stories, the ''Bebop'' movie [[WordOfGod fits in between episodes 22 and 23 of the series]] (both in chronology and in quality). You can find the film on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital platforms with relative ease since Sony Pictures never let it go out of print or fall into licensing hell.

A live-action adaptation currently sits in DevelopmentHell -- and has done so for years. The last news anyone heard about it said KeanuReeves would play the role of Spike Spiegel. (At the very least, Reeves [[OneOfUs calls himself a fan of the series]].)

A VideoGame/StarFox-esque Playstation game and a beat-em-up Playstation 2 game based on the series were made, but [[NoExportForYou they didn't see release outside of Japan.]] If you want to find CowboyBebopAtHisComputer, you'll have to import the PS2 game.

Show creator ShinichiroWatanabe went on to create a successful spiritual successor in ''SamuraiChamploo'' and a parody of his work in ''Anime/SpaceDandy''.

''This show has its own [[Recap/CowboyBebop recap page]].''

[[{{Toonami}} "Bang..."]]

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!! ''Cowboy Bebop'' serves as the {{Trope Namer}} for:

* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: ...thanks to a really off-kilter print article about the series; see the page pic for more details.
* MushroomSamba: One whole episode is dedicated to this (and {{Blaxploitation}}).

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!! The Real Trope Blues:

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[[folder: A-H]]
* AbandonedMine: in "Heavy Metal Queen."
* AbsentAliens
* AbsoluteCleavage: Judy from Big Shot. Faye also has her moments.
* AbuseIsOkayWhenItsFemaleOnMale: When Big Shot is cancelled, Judy shouts at Punch and gives him a DopeSlap. It's PlayedForLaughs, of course.
* TheAdventureContinues: When Ed and Ein [[spoiler: leave the ship forever to find her father]].
* AerithAndBob: When Julia and Faye meet, Faye claims that her name is "common". (It's really not.) On the other hand, this is a series where characters can be called anything from Udai Taxim to ... Ed (when female), so anything is possible.
* AfterTheEnd: The "Gate Disaster" destroyed a chunk of the moon and the scattered fragments subject Earth to constant random meteorite impacts. Mars is the center of human society now.
* AlmostLethalWeapons: ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' takes after HeroicBloodshed movies, so this one's fairly common.
* AllDesertsHaveCacti: Io in the MushroomSamba episode. Could be considered a JustifiedTrope since all the planets are terraformed and therefore not natural anyway.
* AllJustADream:
** Spike and Julia [[spoiler: both seem to believe their entire lives are simply dreams.]]
** Played with in TheMovie which may or may not be just a dream (it starts with Spike falling asleep and ends with him waking up).
** Also possibly "Toys In The Attic".
* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Played with InUniverse. Each member of the crew monologues a different aesop to the same story:
** Jet says [[AnAesop people should work hard to earn things]]
** Edward serves us some WordSalad ("If you see a stranger, follow him!")
** Spike gives one that ''sounds'' like a SpoofAesop but is actually probably more applicable to your daily life than almost any TV aesop ever -- [[spoiler:Don't leave food in the refrigerator for too long.]]
* AnachronismStew: {{Old School Dogfight}}s '''IN SPACE'''? 20th-century handguns alongside domed cities? Why not? And then there's [[NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly the soundtrack...]]
** A great deal of TheMovie is a good example. Take [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OYt_ptR4zg&feature=player_detailpage#t=162s this scene]], for instance. Without context, you'd never guess this sequence was happening on Mars, in the future.
* AndIMustScream: In the episode "Brain Scratch", the cult leader '[[AntiVillain villain]]' turns out to be [[spoiler:a young hacker who got brain damage from a mishap with a mind/machine interface, leaving him a functioning mind with a vegetative body. His only connection to the outside world is through cyberspace, and at the end of the episode Jet pulls that connection to keep him from harming anyone else and leaves him trapped in his own body.]]
* AnimalWrongsGroup: The Space Warriors in "Gateway Shuffle". At least, they became this after "Twinkle" Maria Murdock took over the group.
* AntiHero: Most main characters are type III, while Faye Valentine is a type IV.
* AutobotsRockOut: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiUjOFYDiBE Pushing the Sky]], which plays in the final battle with Vincent in TheMovie.
* ArcWords: He lived his life as though it were a dream...
* AsleepForDays: Spike after being beaten up by Vicious in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
* AsteroidMiners
* AsteroidThicket
* AttemptedRape: Of the DumbBlonde waitress in "Heavy Metal Queen".
* AveMachina: The philosophy of Scratch, who think humans can AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence through BrainUploading.
* {{Awesome McCool Name}}: Come to think of it, ''everyone''. In Faye's case, [[spoiler: the doctor honestly thought it would be cool to name her after his favorite love song.]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Spike and Vicious do this in a flashback.
* {{Badass}}: The adults in the crew, and a fair few of the villains. Spike is the best of them.
* BadassCrew: The crew of the ''Bebop'', of course. Yes, all of them. That does include the dog.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Vicious. Spike too, in a different way.
* BadassLongcoat:
** Vicious.
** Spike wears one from time to time. Particularly whenever they meet.
** Andy from "Cowboy Funk" wears a very nice duster.
** Also used in the movie by the main antagonist, Vincent (who is in many ways a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for Vicious - compare their names, outfits and demeanours).
* BadBadActing: The 20th century television that the VCR collector is watching in "Speak Like a Child".
* BattleCouple: Spike and Julia, in one episode.
* BattleInTheRain: Spike and Vincent's final battle in TheMovie.
* BarBrawl: The one that breaks out in ''"Heavy Metal Queen"'' is one that those various bounty hunters won't soon forget. A few others take place in other episodes as well.
* BareYourMidriff: Faye, Ed, and Judy (the host of [[ShowWithinAShow Big Shot]]).
* BarrierBustingBlow: All over the place.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Moroccan Street in the movie.
* BeleagueredBureaucrat: When government officials are portrayed positively, they will probably be this.
* 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Never underestimate Ed, no matter ''how'' flighty she may seem.
** Spike acts laid-back, and never seems to take personal offense to people trying to kill him. He's not even coldly methodical, he's just an easy-going cowboy. [[BerserkButton Right up until you piss him off.]]
* BigBad: Vicious in the series, Vincent in TheMovie.
** BigBadEnsemble: A lot of oneshot villains are ''major'' threats on their own, and have no affiliation with Vicious, one another, or the Syndicate. A rare combination of this trope and MonsterOfTheWeek.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Rocco towards his blind sister Stella, in "Waltz for Venus".
* BigEater: Ed, and also Faye (especially when she wakes up from [[spoiler:being in stasis for 50 years]]).
* BigShutUp: Both Spike and Faye give one to Andy. Later in the same episode, Spike and Andy give one simultaneously to their bounty target The Teddybear Bomber.
* BittersweetEnding: "Waltz For Venus". Sure, Rocco might've stopped Picarro and his thugs from harming Stella, sure the Bebop crew might've gotten their bounty (at a reduced price), and, sure, thanks to the four of them, Stella might be able to see, but Rocco is killed in the process, just as Spike's lessons are starting to sink in, which ultimately prevents him from being the first thing that Stella sees once she regains her vision.
** [[spoiler: The whole series ends on either this or an EarnYourHappyEnding, depending on whether or not you think that Spike died after the final battle.]]
* BlandNameProduct: All over the place, eg. "Boofeater's Gin".
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: Wen and Spike have a MexicanStandoff where they do this to each other in "Sympathy for the Devil".
** In "Waltz for Venus", Faye does it to the denizens of the BadGuyBar she finds herself in.
** Tongpu does it to Spike in their last confrontation.
* {{Blaxploitation}}: The ''MushroomSamba'' episode leans heavily on paying homage to the genre.
* BlobMonster: In "Toys in the Attic", the crew is attacked by a small black blob that escaped from a forgotten fridge in the back of the ship. They go hunting for it in a massive ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'' homage, but find that it's more or less invincible, surviving gunshots and blasts from a flamethrower. Ed eventually manages to kill it by [[JustEatHim eating it in her sleep and digesting it.]]
* BloodFromTheMouth: In "Jupiter Jazz Part 2", when [[spoiler: Spike finds Gren after his ship gets attacked by Vicious.]]
** Also, in the penultimate episode when [[spoiler: Vicious brutally murders each of the elders of the Red Dragon syndicate.]]
* BloodstainedGlassWindows: Featured in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
* BlownAcrossTheRoom: Generally averted, but does happen occasionally.
* BlushSticker: Ed has these permanently.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: When Spike shoots Wen in "Sympathy for the Devil" and he undergoes RapidAging, then dies.]]
** Also the eco-terrorists turning into apes.
* BoisterousBruiser: Besides Jet, Ed's father certainly qualifies.
* BookEnds: Spike eats "beef" with green peppers before his first bounty in the series and before his last battle in the series. It becomes a BrickJoke in one episode: when the crew has nothing to eat, he mutters that he wishes he had some green peppers.
** In both the very first episode and the very last (two-part) episode of the series, an unsuspecting bartender gets shot in the head. Each shot signals the beginning of a BarBrawl. Likewise the names of the first and last episodes: "Asteroid Blues" and "The Real Folk Blues" respectively, both reference the same style of music.
** "Jupiter Jazz" (a two-part episode) begins and ends with a scene about [[MagicalNativeAmerican Laughing Bull]].
** "Wild Horses" begins and ends with a shot of Spike sitting glumly beside a crashed ship.
* BoomHeadshot: How [[spoiler: Udai]] dies, right before he's about to kill Jet.
** Several Dragons die this way in the fight at Vicious' execution.
** Bartenders tend to get headshot before all hell breaks loose (see BookEnds above).
* BottleEpisode: "Toys in the Attic" takes place entirely aboard the ''Bebop''.
* BottomlessMagazines: 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.
** Mad Pierrot's cane gun in "Pierrot Le Fou" can be fired as rapidly as he feels like, despite it having no conceivable place to store any ammo besides the one round in the chamber.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Jet thinks Udai Taxim was.
* BountyHunter: The premise of the show in general.
* BrainUploading: The goal of the cult group Scratch
** [[spoiler:More specifically, the goal of its members, but not its leader, Londes. As opposed to its members, Londes seems to resent his current state and in turn manipulates his followers into either suicide or catatonic states out of spite.]]
* BreatherEpisode: "Cowboy Funk" is the last light-hearted episode before the unsettling "Brain Scratch", the melancholy "Hard Luck Woman", and the series finale, "The Real Folk Blues".
* BrickJoke: In "Cowboy Funk", Faye and Jet fail to believe Spike's recounting of his run-in with Andy, saying the "cowboy character is completely unbelievable" but "if it were a samurai, then it might work". Guess what Andy decides to become at the end of the episode.
--> '''Andy''': Call me [[MiyamotoMusashi Musashi]], haha!
** Faye claims to be "delicate" in one episode. In "Waltz for Venus", [[GunshipRescue she arrives to bail out Spike]] and fires all over the place at the villains.
--> '''Spike''': I wish she'd be more delicate!
** In "Heavy Metal Queen", Faye has to remove some high explosives from a wrecked ship. When told to be delicate with it, she replies "I'm not the delicate type".
** In the beginning scene of "Toys in the Attic", Spike takes a bite of a kebab and makes a face because it tastes awful. When he's suiting up to find the blob-monster pest, he spears a piece of meat on his sword and takes a bite out of it... and makes a face again.
** Two episodes after "Big Shot" is cancelled, Faye sees a black man in the airport and [[YouLookFamiliar remarks that he appears familiar]]. He's obviously the host of the show, except he's dressed differently and no longer talking in a hokey fake Mexican accent. It's easy to miss unless you're paying close attention.
* [[BrokeEpisode Broke Show]]: The crew very, very rarely bring in a successful bounty. When they do, it's off-screen, negated somehow, or the funds are eaten up to repair all the shit Spike broke chasing down the criminal.
* BulkBuyOnly
* BurialInSpace: [[spoiler: Gren]] in "Jupiter Jazz, Part II".
* CampGay: Julius and the transvestite prostitutes that Spike runs into on Callisto.
** Also, the couple in the seedy hotel Faye storms while picking info in ''Waltz for Venus''.
* CantGrowUp: Wen from "Sympathy for the Devil". Subverted as [[spoiler: by the end of the episode he not only starts aging again, but he makes up for lost time...]]
* CaptainsLog: Usually delivered by Jet.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Spike is fond of this. In the bar shootout at the beginning of "The Real Folk Blues", he stops to take a sip of a martini and comments "definitely too much vermouth".
* CasualInterplanetaryTravel: The constantly broke protagonists are nevertheless able to afford to operate an interplanetary fishing(!?) ship. This is facilitated by hyperspace, however. They do run out of fuel and food at points.
* {{Catchphrase}}: None in the anime or ''Shooting Star'' manga, but the original three-volume manga gives us the shared catchphrase of "DOWAAAAA~!", an UnusualEuphemism for "What the Fuck!?"
* CatapultNightmare
* CentrifugalGravity: The Bebop has a section that spins to produce gravity.
* ChefOfIron: Jet can always be counted on to whip something up to eat [[PerpetualPoverty (when there's food to cook)]], even if he only has one or two ingredients to work with.
* TheCityNarrows: The area around the port on Mars.
* ChekhovsGun: Remember that poker chip from ''"Honky Tonk Women"''? In the movie, Electra breaks one in half to scramble up Spike's tracking device. It seems they can be used for all manner of electronic purposes.
** The music box from "Jupiter Jazz".
* ChekhovsSkill: Spike teaches Rocco to do a judo-like throw near the beginning of the episode he appears in. At the end, he does it to one of the villains and beams with approval [[spoiler: and then gets shot and dies]].
** Ed shows that she can remotely steer ships via satellite when she wrecks the police cruiser. [[spoiler: Guess how she directs the Bebop to come back for her at the end of the episode?]]
** A minor one from ''"Honky Tonk Woman"'', where Spike demonstrates his ability to swallow and regurgitate objects at will with a cigarette which later comes in useful for preventing Faye from getting her hands on the [[PlotCoupon poker chip]].
* TheChessmaster: The appropriately-named Chessmaster Hex. Set an untraceable revenge plan into motion designed to take revenge against the corrupt Gate Corporation 50 years before the show's present. Also an actual accomplished master of the game of chess. [[spoiler: By the time his plan completed itself, he was too senile to really appreciate it.]]
* ChessMotifs: "Bohemian Rhapsody" is full of them.
* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Used all over the place, eg. some shots of Spike playing pool.
* {{Chickification}}: Faye gets a bad case of this in the movie, not being able catch some pudgy hacker, and spending a fair chunk [[spoiler: held hostage by Vincent.]]
* ChurchOfHappyology: Scratch, the ''Heaven's Gate''-inspired cult in ''"Brain Scratch"''. Londes himself is an {{Expy}} of the HG's founder, [[http://www.jazzmess.com/sessions/img/applewhite.jpg Marshal Herff Applewhite.]]
* ClickHello: "Gateway Shuffle". Spike does it to the leader of the Space Warriors terrorist group.
** Faye gives one to Spike before he heads off to confront Vicious.
* ClimacticElevatorRide: Before the final battle of TheMovie.
* CloningBodyParts: Jet is occasionally asked why he opted for a cybernetic arm instead of a cloned one.
* CloudCuckooLander: Edward Wong Hau Pepulu Tivrusky IV gave ''herself'' that name, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
* CombatPragmatist: A lot of the characters exhibit this. Jet stops a bullet with his metal arm and then proceeds to headbutt his assailant into submission. In the movie Spike uses a mop to subdue an opponent. Appledelhi throws a few eggs at Jet and Spike, aiming for their faces and to clog the barrels of their guns.
* ComeWithMeIfYouWantToLive: Meifa does this to Jet when they get shot at by gangsters in the cemetery.
* ConMan: Whitney from "My Funny Valentine". Faye is a female example.
* ConspicuousCG: The sunstone device (Luo-Pan) from "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" and the space-warehouse in "Wild Horses", along with Gate and water effects in various episodes.
** It's used to surprisingly good effect in "Pierrot Le Fou" where many scenes of Mad Pierrot (including his creepy origin and balloonish flying) contain unsettling amounts of CG. It creates a disturbing, UncannyValley effect, as though Pierrot doesn't conform to reality's limits.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: Shows up occasionally.
* ContinuousDecompression: When V.T. opens the Heavy Metal Queen's airlock to rescue Spike, the air rushes out for at least thirty seconds and yet there's still air left when he gets in. Of course, [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace he also survives being spaced that long without air]], so don't expect a high degree of realism here.
** Spike does this again when he has to [[ThrownOutTheAirlock throw the old fridge out of the airlock]] in "Toys in the Attic"; he nearly gets sucked out, but again is just fine.
* ConvenientlyClosePlanet: The reason for Moon debris falling to the Earth.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: Gren rescuing Faye in "Jupiter Jazz".
** Fad rescues Jet from Udai Taxim this way.
* CoolButInefficient: Subverted with Vicious's katana. Not only does it look badass, but he regularly wields it against enemies armed with guns, ''and is still a force to be reckoned with!''
* CoolGate: The hyperspace gates.
* CoolPlane: Spike, Faye, Vicious and other characters have their own personal fighters which they use for {{Old School Dogfight}}ing.
* CoolStarship: The ''Bebop'', an old fishing ship that Jet modified and brought out of retirement for bounty-hunting. It lands in water, meaning that it doubles as a CoolBoat.
* CouldntFindALighter: After a running fight with BlobMonster running amok on the Bebop, Spike arms himself to the teeth, including a flamethrower. He thought he'd try it out to light up his cigarette. It incinerated the cigarette completely.
* CowboyEpisode
* CranialEruption: What may possibly be the most comedic and out-of-character scene compared to the rest of the series, the three bounty hunters that Spike beats up at the bar in "Heavy Metal Queen" are covered in these all over their faces.
* CrapsackWorld: There are a fair share of them, but most can only be gathered by what little we actually see of them. Despite their qualities, life continues on without (or perhaps despite) any major hindrances.
** Earth survived a lunar armageddon, yet people have no problem living with a certain degree of satisfaction in the ruins of society.
** Callisto is cold, industrial, and mainly devoid of any female population, but it is growing and stable.
** Ganymede seems pretty normal for a settlement that lives on a floating city on an ocean.
** Venus is pretty normal despite the helium and the occasional case of Venus Sickness.
** Tijuana on the Martian moon of Phobos is a bit on the rural side.
** Io is largely under development, consisting of small settlements and wide open plains and deserts.
** Titan seems to be a SingleBiomePlanet, consisting almost entirely of desert with no discernible settlements.
** Tharsis City on Mars seems to have become the main thriving center for humanity, with no major social or technological problems. Despite the presence of the Syndicate, the Bebop calls it home.
* CrazyPeoplePlayChess: Episode 14 involves Ed going up against a lunatic chess master over the Internet.
* CrazyPrepared: Just look at all the gear Spike packs for hunting ''a blob of goo'' in "Toys in the Attic" for no other reason than RuleOfFunny. He even brings a ''rapier''! (Which may have been a barbecue fork.)
* CreepyChild: Wen, the harmonica-playing kid from "Sympathy for the Devil" [[spoiler: who is also Really700YearsOld]].
* CreepyCoolCrosses: The church in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
* CriminalDoppelganger: In Faye's first appearance, she mistakes Spike for the guy who was supposed to help her smuggle a computer chip hidden in a gambling chip during a game of blackjack. The screen was fuzzy so she couldn't see the details but he had the same fluffy hair and snazzy blue suit and, by sheer power of coincidence, even performed half the code phrase before walking off with the completely normal chip.
* CueTheSun: At the end of the finale.
* CultSoundtrack: This is not the end of you hearing about the soundtrack. You will find in trope descriptions, you will find it in fan sigs, you will find it in [[http://homepage.mac.com/merussell/iblog/B835531044/C1483454996/E20051121101556/Media/RussellFluxblogComic550.gif multipage comics]], you will find it in little shrines in people's bathrooms.
* CultureChopSuey: The Anime/CowboyBebop universe seems to be a mishmash of Eastern and Western cultures (not unlike [[{{Firefly}} another famous sci-fi series]] that came later) with multiple languages and ethnicities.
* CurbStompBattle: The series is full of them, really, considering it's a WorldOfBadass.
** Ed's dad hands both Spike and Jet (who was ''armed'') their blue-clad behinds. This is possibly the only fight in the series where friggin' ''Spike'' is completely outclassed. One wonders how different the ending would have been if Vicious had managed to run into Spike just a few seconds before the fight with Ed's dad started... Yeah, he's that BadAss.
** Abdul Hakim beats up a group of {{mooks}} pretty easily.
* CyberPunk: Not as pronounced as other series, but there are elements of this. Technology has improved enough to allow for inter-planetary travel, but it's not as if life and society in general has sunken to a level where the technology is casually abused and taken for granted.
* DarkenedBuildingShootout: "Ballad of Fallen Angels" has one in a CreepyCathedral.
** "Sympathy for the Devil" has another one in an AbandonedWarehouse.
* DarkReprise: "See You Space Cowboy", the lower and even sadder version of the ending credits theme ("The Real Folk Blues", which [[SolemnEndingTheme wasn't exactly happy to begin with]]...) that plays near the end.
* DarkSkinnedBlonde: Johnathan from "Bohemian Rhapsody".
* DeadGuyOnDisplay: Vicious puts Mao's body on display at the opera he was going to attend to make a statement about Mao and to lure Spike out of hiding.
* DeadpanSnarker: Spike. Not that Jet and Faye don't engage in snarking every now and then, but Spike easily outdoes them.
* DeathEqualsRedemption: Jet seems to forgive [[spoiler: Fad]] for betraying him (and causing him to lose his arm along the way) after his death. [[DueToTheDead He even places his revolver in his hand]] so it looks like he went down fighting.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: Many flashback scenes are like this, including those of Spike and Jet, as well as the opening of "Pierrot Le Fou".
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Spike refers to a ship as an "old ancient relic".
** Ed's father mentions that his goal is "peaceful peace".
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: [[spoiler: Wen from "Sympathy For The Devil" is defeated by a bullet crafted out of a special gemstone.]]
* DestinationDefenestration: Happens to Spike in "Ballad of Fallen Angels."
* DestructiveSavior: Spike's penchant for destruction during the pursuit of a bounty head racks up serious bills, which is one of the reasons why the Bebop crew live in PerpetualPoverty.
* DetonationMoon
* DidYouDie: Faye asks Ed if she's dead when she receives an electric shock from her computer which knocks her on her back.
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Vicious says this to Julia when he's hunting down Spike.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: [[spoiler: Julia with Spike.]]
* DirtyCop: Three reasons why Bounty Hunters are necessary in this universe: 1) Many of the ISSP members are totally corrupt 2) Many of them are totally gutless 3) [[JustifiedTrope Justifiably]] they don't have nearly enough manpower to police the whole solar system.
** Jet's former partner Fad is an example, being a counterpoint to Jet's ByTheBookCop nature. [[spoiler: He's also a former mole for the Syndicate.]]
* DisappearedDad: Meifa's father. Jet suggests that DaddyHadAGoodReasonForAbandoningYou. ([[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies It turns out he does]]).
* DissonantSerenity:
** Space Land.
** Done beautifully in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
** "Ganymede Elegy" during the chase scene.
* DisturbedDoves: A flock of these go flying when [[spoiler: Julia is killed.]] Another flock takes off when [[spoiler: Spike apparently dies.]]
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Ed is never seen wearing them, and apparently hadn't for a significant time prior to her appearance as she has proven herself skilled at typing with her toes. The anime goes even further to demonstrate exactly how uncomfortable Edward is with footwear. She at one point wanted to wear socks outside because she thought them to be cool, but was completely unable to keep her footing and immediately discarded them.
* DoNotAdjustYourSet: "Mom" ("Twinkle" Maria Murdoch) does this in "Gateway Shuffle".
* DoWellButNotPerfect: Jet's advice to Spike when they visit a casino.
* DramaticGunCock: All over the place (the series has NoisyGuns in general).
* DramaticSpaceDrifting
* DramaticWind: When Faye finds her old house [[spoiler: and discovers there's nothing left but ruins.]]
* DrowningMySorrows: Subverted. Jet asks a bartender to leave the bottle... before smashing a gangster over the head with it.
* DudeWheresMyReward
* DwindlingParty: In "Toys in the Attic", when each member of the crew gets bitten by the blob monster in turn until only Spike is left. [[spoiler: And then Ed eats it in her sleep.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome
* DyingTruce: [[spoiler: After Spike kills Vicious, he is mortally wounded himself. The Mooks don't bother shooting him. They just watch him slowly walk down the stairs and then die himself.]]
* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter: The human population of Earth hasn't totally died off, but the surface has become a blasted wasteland from constant meteorite showers, most of the population has gone underground, and the rest of the solar system has stopped caring.
* EasyEvangelism: Apparently, Scratch. They brainwash Faye and almost Jet as well. Only Ein seems to be immune to their indoctrination efforts, possibly because he is a dog.
* ElevatorFailure: A plummeting elevator almost kills Spike and Jet when exploring the ruins of old Tokyo.
** Inverted in another episode where an elevator is sabotaged to go up to the roof, where a bomb was planted.
* EndOfAnAge: Similar to late {{Western}}s like ''TheWildBunch'' and ''RideTheHighCountry'' ''Bebop'' gives the sense that the short-lived WildWest InSpace era has already peaked and is rapidly coming to a close.
* EnemyCivilWar: The Dragons have an inter-factional war in the last episode led by Vicious against the old guard.
* EnemyMine: Shin turns against Vicious to help Spike.
* EstablishingShot: The same shot of the harbor on Mars is used in quite a few episodes.
* EverybodySmokes: Especially Spike. A RunningGag has him lighting up and then being told there's no smoking permitted.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Spike for Julia.
* EverythingIsOnline: Ed can hack anything. ''Anything.''
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: La Fin ([[BilingualBonus "the end"]], the bar owned by Jet's ex-girlfriend Elisa in "Ganymede Elegy".
** Spike visits a ''pool hall'' with a French name in one episode.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: The Space Warriors, ecologists gone bad, try to release a serum that devolves humans into rabid apes as part of an artificially-induced GaiasVengeance.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: While Vicious threatens to impale Spike through the shoulder with his katana, Spike prepares to shoot Vicious in his shoulder:
-->'''Vicious:''' The same blood runs in you and me: [[SociopathicSoldier the blood of a beast who wanders, desiring the blood of others]].\\
'''Spike:''' I've bled all that blood away.\\
'''Vicious:''' [[EvilCannotComprehendGood Then why are you still alive?!]]''
* EvilCounterpart: Vicious and Vincent in particular, but many other bounty heads all over the place as well. Many of the one-off bounty heads resemble the main cast strongly, dress like them, or at the very least have similar character traits. Helps fuel EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory.
* ExecutiveSuiteFight: The climatic battle in the last episode takes place in the Red Dragon Syndicate's headquarters.
* ExplosionsInSpace: One of the many ways the show takes AcceptableBreaksFromReality when it comes to SpaceDoesNotWorkThatWay (see SpaceIsNoisy).
* ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation: Frequently whenever computers are used, but Ed's hacking in "Jamming with Edward" takes it to a whole new level.
* ExtremeOmnivore: It seems sometimes that Ed will eat literally anything, included spoiled food. Spoiled food that is ''independently mobile.''
* EyeScream:
** "You will shed tears of scarlet."
** In the first episode, we're shown how Red Eye is taken. You stick the vial in front of your eye and a ''needle'' comes out. This trope is subverted, since Red Eye is actually taken with a special device by putting in the vial and use a trigger to spray a measured amount in your eye from the needle-like nozzle. Double subverted near the end of the episode when [[spoiler:the bounty attempts to take more Red Eye ''directly from the vial'', without the applicator, which he has to do by breaking the vial because it's not made to be used without the applicator, and the glass shards get all over his eye.]]
* FaceDeathWithDignity: A less serious example in "Wild Horses", where it seems that Spike and his ''Swordfish'' will be unwillingly burning up in Earth's atmosphere in short time; Spike coolly lights a stoge and tells Jet to help himself to his secret whiskey behind the fridge.
** A dramatic example in "Jupiter Jazz, Part II" when [[spoiler: Gren]] asks Spike to put him in his ship before he dies.
* FaceNodAction: In "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui", the two gunmen pursuing Jet and the girl do this just before they enter the bar.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: They will never catch "the big bounty" and solve their money troubles. They can only hope to get a few of the small ones.
** In the case of [[spoiler: Chessmaster Hex]], they do manage to put themselves in a situation where they could have become rich. They decide to give up any monetary award so that [[spoiler: the by-then senile old man will be left alone and Ed can finish her game]].
** Averted: In "Cowboy Funk", Faye successfully handed Teddy Bomber over to the police, earning 3 million woolongs.
* FalseFriend: Faye is notorious for abandoning the Bebop on a whim, only to return later when she needs money or help. Surprisingly played with [[spoiler: Jet (when Spike goes after Julia)]], who is willing to let the latter die on grounds of TheyreCalledPersonalIssuesForAReason.
* FakingTheDead: Whitney does this to Faye in "My Funny Valentine".
* FamousLastWords:
** [[spoiler: "Bang." - Spike]]
** [[spoiler: "It's all a dream." - Julia]]
** [[spoiler: "As you wish." - Vicious]]
* FanOfThePast: Only in one episode.
* FanService: Faye is [[MsFanservice fanservice incarnate]]. Though it's implied she does this on purpose, to distract men. Judy from Big Shots seems to be an intentional example for the sake of the show's ratings.
* FantasticDrug: Red Eye.
* FastRoping: Spike and Jet do it when exploring an elevator shaft on Earth.
* FilmNoir: Plays a major influence on the series and applies to most of the more serious episodes, especially the finale.
* FingerGun: Used by Spike in "Sympathy for the Devil" as well as the last episode.
* FinalBattle: ''The Real Folk Blues, Part 2''.
* FinishingStomp: [[spoiler:Tongpu's fate when a giant animatronic cartoon dog turns him into paste.]]
* FleetingPassionateHobbies: The ending of "Cowboy Funk" shows that Andy has given up his devotion to being a CowboyCop... to become a SamuraiCowboy.
* TheFlorenceNightingaleEffect: How Julia and Spike fell in love.
** Whitney and Faye play with this, first off in that Whitney is legal counsel, not a nurse, then subverted entirely when [[spoiler: it's revealed Whitney and the doctor/nurse team that brought Faye out of Cold Sleep were all con artists trying to convince Faye to pay them Cold Sleep fees]]. It's this trope enough, though, because Whitney admitted to falling in love with her.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the 4th episode, Faye panics when she sees the translucent rockets on the other side of hyperspace still coming at them. Spike and Jet laughs at her, and Jet asks her if she didn't pay attention in physics class, because general hyperspace knowledge is apparently common. [[spoiler:However, Faye had been in hibernation for about 50 years, so she probably missed out on those developments in science.]]
* FourPhilosophyEnsemble: Faye is the Cynic, Spike is the Optimist, Jet is the Realist, Ed is Apathetic, Ein is the Conflicted, being a dog with loyalties to everyone.
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: Spike is the Phlegmatic, Faye is the Choleric, Jet is the Melancholic, Ed is the Sanguine, Ein is the Supine.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The title sequence has several factoids about the Bebop musical movement. Said factoids are often repeated during eyecatches for various episodes.
* FridgeLogic: Used [=in-universe=] in the episode preview pertaining to "Jamming with Edward".
-->'''Spike:''' Wait, if you made up that name, how can you be the Fourth?
* FriendlyLocalChinatown: A Chinatown on Mars is the setting for "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui". "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" also features Spike on the beat in a Moroccan community.
* FriendOnTheForce: Jet has a few, befitting his status as an ex-cop.
* FruitCart: In the very first episode. Spike chases a fugitive through a marketplace and knocks over a game of {{Go}} that's in progress.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: In "Heavy Metal Queen", when Jet tells Spike that the ship isn't fixed yet, you can see Ein trying to walk in zero gravity (wiggly corgi legs!). In "Cowboy Funk", while the group discusses Spike's dislike of Andy there is a brief shot of Ein wearing a purple wig on his head for no reason.
* GaiasLament: Earth.
* GameBreakingInjury: In the movie. Spike suffers one before his final fight with Vincent.
* GasMaskMooks: Spike (and also Faye) get chased by a group of them in "Jupiter Jazz".
* GatlingGood: The ''Swordfish'' and several other ships have chainguns mounted on them.
* GenreBusting: One of the {{Ur Example}}s for anime.
--> ''The work, which becomes a new genre itself, will be called... Cowboy Bebop''.
* GeniusDitz: Ed is the best hacker. Period. She is also dexterous, good at chess, and completely and utterly out of her gourd. It's telling she's closest to the crew member who happens to be a super-genius, non-verbal ''dog'' with an esoteric sense of humour.
* GenreRoulette
* GlassEye: Spike's right eye is an [[spoiler: artificial replacement]], and is of a lighter shade of brown.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual:
** Used extensively for tracking down bounties. [[EnhanceButton They can zoom in]], compare facial features to a database to bring up info on a bounty, and enable infrared vision.
** There are also Ed's computer display goggles.
* GoodOldFisticuffs: Despite not possessing Spike's knowledge of martial arts, Jet is able to stand up to better trained opponents thanks to his size, resourcefulness, robotic arm, and police training. Spike also ends up having uncharacteristic trouble subduing Andy in hand-to-hand combat, who doesn't appear to have any martial arts training at all... which may be exactly the reason why.
* AGoodWayToDie: Invoked by [[spoiler:Gren when he wants to die on his way to Titan]] in "Jupiter Jazz, Part II".
* GoryDiscretionShot: Vicious killing a mob leader with his sword is shown from the back.
** Don't forget the "tears of crimson" scene. With Vicious too, of course.
* GrandFinale: The two-part "The Real Folk Blues"; its iconic ending scene is widely considered to be one of the greatest endings (and, in some eyes, ''the'' greatest ending) in the history of anime.
* GratuitousJapanese: Strangely, for a show translated from Japanese, Ed uses some in "Jupiter Jazz" when she's tracking Julia on the computer.
* GreatOffScreenWar:
** Vicious, Gren, and Vincent were involved in the war on Titan. While brief glimpses of the war are shown, the war is never explained.
** Spike's past involvements in the Red Dragon Syndicate, his partnership and friendship with Vicious, and how he came to meet Julia is also told in this manner - brief glimpses (silent stills, mostly) are shown, but nothing is ever really explained in words.
* GreatWayToGo: PlayedForDrama, interestingly enough.
* GrowlingGut: Heard often when the crew of the Bebop is [[PerpetualPoverty starving,]] and once when Faye was made sick to her stomach by expired food.
* GunsAkimbo: Spike does this from time to time.
* GunStruggle: Spike and Vicious fight for each other's weapons in their last battle.
* HackedByAPirate: Radical Edward tends to do this. Although Ed's more into smiley faces and other sillyness. On the villainous side of the coin, the pirates Hewie, Dewie, and Louie hack into people's ships by physically injecting a computer virus to shut down their systems with a series of harpoon guns.
* HairColors: Of the realistic kind, aside from Spike's green and Faye's violet, both of which could be seen as stylizations on black. And in fact are, depending on the lightning of the scene.
* HalfArcSeason
* HalloweenEpisode: TheMovie.
* {{Handguns}}: Spike, by preference, to the point where he'll go GunsAkimbo rather than switch to more powerful weapons.
* HandyCuffs: In "Pierrot le Fou", while Tongpu is being taken along a passageway by two guards his hands are cuffed in front to him. He takes advantage of this to eliminate the guards and escape.
* HandyFeet (Skilled Feet): Ed can type with her toes.
* HeliumSpeech: In "Waltz For Venus".
* HeKnowsTooMuch: Played with: Anyone who Tongpu meets becomes his newest target, and he ''does not stop hunting them until they are dead.''
* HeroicBloodshed: Any episode featuring Spike, Vicious, and the Red Dragon Syndicate.
* HeroicDog: Ein, somewhat. He manages to get a Moment of Awesome at least.
* HeyYouHaymaker:
** Used by Faye to catch the Teddybear Bomber.
** Spike gives one to a criminal at the beginning of "Bohemian Rhapsody".
* HistoricalInJoke: The space shuttle [[spoiler: Columbia]] in "Wild Horses".
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Happens to the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Space Warriors]] in "Gateway Shuffle" when the vial containing their biological weapon smashes, complete with an OhCrap look from "Mom" (their leader).
** One of Udai's criminals tries to flee the scene through the airlock... [[TooDumbToLive and promptly spaces himself.]]
** The pirates in "Wild Horses" are defeated by linking their ships together with their tow cables; presumably they drift off into the atmosphere.
* HollywoodHacking: Apparently Ed can hack into [[EverythingIsOnline literally anything, including satellites, from her PC.]]
** The decoders in "Bohemian Rhapsody" crack into the hyperspace gates in a matter of seconds. You'd think such important infrastructure would be more secure.
*** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: The decoders were (unknowingly) working for [[spoiler:the guy who helped build them]] and therefore knew just how to crack them.
* HollywoodHealing: Mostly for Spike. It's not uncommon for him to be bandaged from head to toe in one episode and without a scratch in the next. Somewhat justified in that it is the future and replacement body parts are available, alongside other advanced medical technology, and it isn't clear whether Spike is a normal human. Of course, given the episodic nature of the series, there is no confirmation of just how much time passes between any episodes. Days, weeks, months... That's a lot of time to heal.
* {{Hologram}}: "Pierrot Le Fou". The flying cherub that appears to Spike in Space Land.
* {{Homage}}: The series is famous for it.
* HonorBeforeReason: They can protest their own mercenary ways as much as they'd like, but Spike and Jet ''are'' heroes; they often let several bounties and other lucrative opportunities get away to do the right thing. A good example is Spike, a self-proclaimed dog-hater, saving Ein and giving up the bounty (and taking on the dog as a member of the crew afterwards) - making it a literal case of [[PetTheDog petting the dog]].
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Spike says this to Rocco before leaving to get help after he's shot. [[spoiler: He dies anyway.]]
* HowMuchMoreCanHeTake: The FinalBattle from TheMovie. One of the few times that [[spoiler: Spike]] is very obviously outclassed in personal combat.
* HypocriticalHumor: When Faye eats Ein's food since it's the only thing left in the fridge.
-->'''Faye''': If you don't work, you don't eat. You're a hunting dog, hunt up some food. We girls are different. We have to be pampered because we're delicate and refined. (''wolfs down entire can of dog food'').
** The pirates from "Wild Horses" jokingly compare themselves to Robin Hood-like social reformers for stealing ships from other people.
* 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".
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* IAmDyingPleaseTakeMyMacguffin: In "Gateway Shuffle". [[spoiler: It turns out to be a biological weapon.]]
** Another one in "Sympathy for the Devil". [[spoiler: It's the ring which Spike uses to kill Wen.]]
* IntoxicationEnsues: The spoiled mushrooms from "Mushroom Samba".
* ISurrenderSuckers: Vicious pretends to be led willingly to his execution. [[spoiler: It's his {{plan}} to gain control of the Red Dragon Syndicate; he planted his own men among the crowd.]]
* IWasJustPassingThrough: Spike saving Faye from Vicious in episode 5 (he probably meant it, but he still shot the man holding her hostage first instead of Vicious). Jet goes chasing after Faye in episode 12 "for the money in the safe she emptied" (she later reveals it only had 20,000 woolongs in it, about a tenth of what the crew makes on the small fries they ''do'' catch). Faye completes the circle by doing this with Spike in episode 18.
* IWillFindYou: Spike towards Julia.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The episodes are called "Sessions". See TitledAfterTheSong below for further info.
* IgnoredEnemy: Teddy Bomber.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy:
** Syndicate mobsters almost never hit anywhere near the heroes. Gets a LampshadeHanging in "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" when one {{Mook}} remarks to another, "What are you aiming at?".
** Subverted in the show's finale, when some anonymous marksman [[spoiler: kills Julia short from escape]].
* ImperiledInPregnancy: "Asteroid Blues" features a a supposedly heavily pregnant woman on the run with a man wanted for drug smuggling, with the police in hot pursuit. [[spoiler:The belly turns out to be a huge bundle of Red Eye vials.]]
* ImplacableMan: Ed's father. He stands there unflinchingly when she drives the ship right up to him.
** 'Mad Pierrot' Tongpu
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Faye is a good enough shot to blow out the tires of a mobster's car. ''Twice''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** Ed. Water pistols full of "stinky gas"?
** Ed's dad, who takes out Jet with ''an egg''.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Rhint in "Ganymede Elegy".
* InfraredXrayCamera: Spike has a portable infrared device aboard the ''Bebop'' that comes in handy in one episode.
* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace
* InsecurityCamera: In "Black Dog Serenade", Jet notices he's being watched by a camera and promptly shoots it.
* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: To quote Jet: "Nothing good comes from the Earth."
* InsistentTerminology: Ed calls Faye "Faye-Faye" in one episode, even though Faye tells her not to.
* InstantSedation: When Spike confronts Vicious and is shot with a tranquilizer dart. He's also [[BlownAcrossTheRoom blown backwards]], so it looks like he really did get shot.
* InstantWakingSkills: Averted. In a half-asleep state of mind, Ed reveals something to Faye that she must know more about. She forcefully shocks Edward awake by forcing air into her lungs and disrupts her natural breathing, but in the next scene, we see Edward is still trying to wake up and adjust.
* IOweYouMyLife: Spike says this to Shin when he helps him and Julia escape from Vicious' men in the finale.
** Julia to Faye as well after saving her from Syndicate hitmen.
* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Spike carries a bag of them when he runs into Andy on his horse, and there is the inevitable "groceries spilling all over the place" scene.
* ItCameFromTheFridge: "Toys in the Attic".
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: When Spike faces the possibility of his ship burning up in "Wild Horses", he calmly lights a cigarette and tells Jet about his secret whiskey while calling him Buddy.
* ItsPersonal: Spike's FinalBattle with Vicious [[spoiler: after Julia is killed]].
** He gets some help from Shin, who feels this way about his brother dying because of Vicious.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Jet gets information out some hit-men chasing Asimov by grabbing one in a chokehold with his artificial arm and holding the jagged end of a broken beer bottle disturbingly close to the hit-man's eye.
* JanitorImpersonationInfiltration: Spike does this in the movie.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Spike and Jet. Don't let that exterior fool you -- they put HonorBeforeReason several times. Faye too, though she shows it less often. Really, with the exclusion of Ein (a hyper-intelligent dog) and Ed (who is just weird), everyone on the Bebop puts on a massive show about only being interested in money and yet all of them tend to do the right thing in the end.
* JustEatHim: The only proven way to kill the BlobMonster in "Toys in the Attic", although it happened by pure coincidence.
* JustTestingYou: In "Stray Dog Strut":
--> '''Driving Lab Tech''': Is this thing [a dog whistle] on? I can't hear it.
--> '''Glasses Lab Tech''': It's a frequency too high for humans to hear.
--> '''Driving Lab Tech''': ({{Beat}}) I knew that. I was testing you.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: They're Vicious' WeaponOfChoice, for one.
* KillItWithFire: Spike tries to do this in the episode "Toys in the Attic" against the blob monster.
* KillSat: In "Jamming with Edward".
* KnockoutGas: Episode 8 "Waltz for Venus". During a hijacking, Faye renders a female hijacker unconscious with a spray of vapor.
* LabPet: Ein is a former lab animal called a "data dog", a Welsh Corgi which somehow has had its intelligence enhanced. It is stolen from the laboratory, and eventually ends up as the Bebop pet and mascot, and friend to Ed.
* LadykillerInLove: Whitney.
* TheLastDJ: Jet was this when he was a cop.
* LawOfInverseRecoil: Inverted: in one episode, Spike uses his handgun for high-speed maneuvering in zero-gravity.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In "Cowboy Funk", rival bounty hunter Andy has a highly noticeable western-themed {{Leitmotif}} that precedes his every arrival. By the halfway point of the episode, Andy's encounters with Spike has traumatized and infuriated Spike to the point that he interrupts the villain during an encounter because someone whistling in the background sounded like the Leitmotif starting up.
* LeaveHimToMe: Udai decides to take on Jet one-on-one. He almost succeeds, too.
* LittleStowaway: Ed hiding in Coffee's car.
* LiveActionAdaptation: Currently in DevelopmentHell.
* LoanShark: The reason Elisa has to close her bar in "Ganymede Elegy".
** Faye has to deal with loan sharks of her own.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Spike takes out and loads a shotgun before escaping with Julia.
* LonelyTogether: Basically the reason these guys stay together, though none of them will ever admit it.
* LongSongShortScene: Many soundtrack pieces are used only once and not for a long enough stretch of time. A select handful of songs (most of what little music you hear in "Toys in the Attic" for example) were never given official CD releases, due to just being too short to count.
* LordErrorProne: Andy, who's also a partial spoof of the EvilCounterpart as well.
* MacrossMissileMassacre
* MadScientist: Edward has a very slight touch of this.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Laughing Bull.
* MagicSkirt: Ed's shirt. Most apparent when she's hanging upside down at one point with her arms over her head, and her shirt hangs in the air just above her navel.
* MaleGaze: Whenever Faye is onscreen, pretty much, with [[ShesGotLegs extra emphasis on her long legs]].
* TheManBehindTheCurtain: Dr. Londes, the antagonist of "Brain Scratch" and cult mastermind, turns out to be [[spoiler: a young boy in a coma]].
* MatrixRainingCode: Shows up sometimes on computers, notably when Ed disconnects [[spoiler: Scratch]] from the network.
* MayDecemberRomance: The rest of the crew teases Jet about having a crush on Meifa, who is at least half his age.
* MediumAwareness: In 'Cowboy Funk', Spike jumps when he hears someone walking by whistling, a reference to the echoey, sourceless whistling that precedes [[TooDumbToLive Andy's]] every appearance. Overlaps with SorryILeftTheBGMOn.
* MementoMacguffin: Jet's pocket watch in "Ganymede Elegy". [[spoiler: At the end, he throws it in the water to show that he's finally over Elisa.]]
** The music box from "Jupiter Jazz".
* MexicanStandoff: "Ballad of Fallen Angels" features one between Spike and Vicious. [[spoiler:Subverted; it lasts about two seconds.]]
* MineralMacguffin: The ring Spike uses to defeat [[spoiler: Wen]].
** The sunstone from "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui" also counts.
* MindControlEyes: During the crew's MushroomSamba.
* MobWar
* MoreDakka: Dogfights between ships tend to involve ridiculous amounts of gunfire (see GatlingGood).
* MortalWoundReveal: When Spike and Julia are on the run from the Syndicate, he contacts Annie and discovers she's been shot [[YouAreTooLate right before he arrived]] and is dying.
* TheMovie: [[WordOfGod Shinichiro Watanabe]] confirmed that the movie takes place between episodes 22 and 23.
** Can also be inferred: Andy appears as Musashi during the Halloween party, thus episode 22 has occured. However, Big Shot has not yet been cancelled, so episode 23 has yet to occur.
* MrExposition: Jet is an ex-cop and usually does the necessary research for the team's jobs, so he often fills this role.
** Funnily enough the same voice actor (who makes no attempt to change his tone) provides all the exposition in [[OutlawStar another space western styled show]].
* MsFanservice: Faye, Judy from the ShowWithinAShow, ''Big Shot'', and Julia.
* MushroomSamba: The episode is the TropeNamer.
* MythArc: Spike's search for his lost love Julia.
* MysteriousPast: All four crew members. Five if you include the dog, and you should. Spike gets the most attention. Ed gets the least. And the pasts of many of the characters remain ambiguous even once the series has concluded. With careful review and some logic, you can piece together some things, but you'll never know the whole story.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: There are several examples that are played straight, i.e. Vincent Volaju, but a humorous take on this trope occurs in "Cowboy Funk", where the name and very presence of one-shot character Andy strikes fear into the most hardened criminals and bounty hunters, like Spike and the Teddy Bomber.
* NeckLift: Jet does it to Faye when he gets angry about Spike leaving.
* NeckSnap: In "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui", Jet snaps the neck of a syndicate goon after interrogating him.
* NeverTrustATrailer: A meta example in the trailer for "My Funny Valentine".
* NewAgeRetroHippie: A space colony of pot-smoking hippies appears in "Bohemian Rhapsody".
** Jet disguises himself as one in "Cowboy Funk".
* NighInvulnerable: Tongpu, again. It takes ''everything'' Spike has, with a bit of help from Faye, to even incapacitate him long enough to be killed by [[ItMakesSenseInContext a gigantic animatron]].
* NobodyPoops: Averted. Spike is seen at least once coming out of the bathroom, and Faye spends part of an episode there after eating spoiled rations.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: "Yuri Kellerman", the crazy ConspiracyTheorist from "Jamming with Edward", is clearly a play on the self-proclaimed "psychic" (read: con-man) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uri_Geller Uri Geller]].
** The Teddy Bear Bomber is clearly an {{expy}} of Ted Kaczynski, although he's portrayed as more of a WellIntentionedExtremist (and also a TechnicalPacifist).
** The bounty head in "Heavy Metal Woman" bears more than a passing resemblance to Creator/WoodyAllen. To drive the point home, the family restaurant where Faye finds him is named ''Woody's''.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Spike's first encounter with Pierrot - but ''Spike'' is the one taking the beatdown. Every other time, Spike's the one administering to his hapless foes.
* NoirEpisode: Not an entire episode, but most flashbacks involving Jet are like this. The series finale "The Real Folk Blues" might count as well.
* NoNameGiven: V.T. We don't find out her full name until the end of the episode (as well as [[FreudianExcuse why she hates bounty hunters]], despite being Spike's friend).
* NoPaperFuture: Lampshaded in "Bohemian Rhapsody" when so many people [[StronglyWordedLetter write angry letters]] to the Gate Corporation that they receive angry letters ''about the amount of paper being used''.
* 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.
* NoSell: Spike can't so much as knock [[spoiler: Ed's dad]] off-balance.
* NoWomansLand: Callisto.
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Faye's {{Stripperific}} yellow outfit draws astoundingly little attention at times; no one seems to treat her any differently than any other attractive woman even when she's wearing two-thirds less clothing than everyone else around. On the other hand, she does get a lot of HelloNurse reactions whenever she walks into a BadGuyBar, so...
* NotSoDifferent: Vicious tries this on Spike [[IShallTauntYou while lecturing him]]. [[InsultBackfire It doesn't work]].
* ObfuscatingStupidity: In her last appearance, the female co-host of the bounty-hunter show is revealed to be an example of this.
* 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.
* OlderThanTheyLook: [[spoiler: Faye, thanks to being a HumanPopsicle,]] as well as [[spoiler: Wen from "Sympathy for the Devil"]].
* OldMediaAreEvil: Scratch delivers a rant about the evils of television to Spike, despite ''appearing on television at the time''.
* OldSchoolDogfight: Any dogfight involving Swordfish and Red Tail.
* OminousMultipleScreens: Scratch appears in this form when Spike confronts him.
* OneBulletLeft: Fad purposely only loads one bullet in his revolver before saving Jet from Udai Taxim. [[spoiler: This is because he plans to [[SuicideByCop commit suicide by tricking Jet into shooting him]].]]
* OneLastSmoke: Spike has one in "Wild Horses" when he thinks [[spoiler: his ship is about to crash]]. It doesn't.
** [[spoiler: Fad]] has one before he dies in "Black Dog Serenade".
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Ed's real name is [[spoiler: Françoise]] and V.T. from "Heavy Metal Queen" is really named [[spoiler: Victoria Terpsichore.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Vicious believes himself to be this to Spike.
* OnlyPointTwoPercentDifferent: "Twinkle" Maria Murdock developed a retrovirus that acts on the 0.2% genetic difference between Humans and Monkeys to turn humans into them.
* {{Otaku}}:
** Spike and Jet enlist the services of an old-school video otaku in an attempt to watch an old tape. He goes into fits of ecstasy upon seeing that it's Betamax. He nearly has a heart attack when Spike tries a FonzarelliFix.
** In the original Adult Swim airing of "Jamming With Edward", Faye mentions that the hacker was probably a "chubby otaku". Every airing afterwards, it was changed to something along the lines of "Nerdy, pasty little geek with a bad skin disorder."
*** As of the 9/19/10 airing, the line's been changed back to the original "chubby otaku".
* OutOfTheInferno: Wen and Pierrot both do this.
* OutrunTheFireball: InSpace, no less.
* OvenLogic: Spike uses a variant in "Toys in the Attic", where he's shown trying to cook kebabs with some sort of flamethrower-like tool and ends up charring them into worthless muck.
* OverlyLongName: Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky IV (Edward made that up, you know,) and Grencia Mars Elijah Guo Eckener, aka Gren.
* 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.
* ParentalAbandonment: Edward's father. Twice.
* ParentalSubstitute: The rest of the Bebop crew for Edward, and also Jet for Meifa, briefly.
* PastimesProvePersonality: Jet is a bonsai gardener (requires a lot of focus and patience) while Faye is a compulsive gambler (since she's reckless and motivated by greed). Ed is a hacker (being a ChildProdigy) and Spike's only hobbies seems to be pool and sleeping ([[spoiler:he has nothing to live for and believes himself in a dream]]).
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler: Faye]] when she's cryogenically frozen.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Spike is fond of it. Subverted when he kicks a malfunctioning VCR, which just wrecks it further.
-->"My ship always works when I kick it..."
* PerpetualPoverty: Either circumstances conspire to prevent capture of the bounty or there's so much collateral damage that, after all is said and done, they break even. It would be easier to name the episodes in which the crew ''does'' have money in which they don't.
** Hence the title of Yoko Kanno's slow acoustic guitar theme ''Forever Broke,'' played when the crew of the Bebop find themselves deep in the red and, more often than not, [[GrowlingGut starving.]]
* PetTheDog: Faye, who is presented as far less heroic than Jet and Spike, has a tendency to do this later on in the series.
* PillowPregnancy: In the first episode, a woman smuggles drugs in a fake belly.
* PimpedOutDress: Faye wears one to the masquerade ball in "Cowboy Funk" which also features [[ImpossiblyLowNeckline ridiculous amounts of cleavage]].
* PinPullingTeeth: Spike, while fighting Vicious' men in "Ballad of Fallen Angels".
** He does it again when storming the Dragons' headquarters in "The Real Folk Blues, Pt. 2".
* PirateParrot: Vicious's cormorant.
* PlayfulHacker Ed is generally like this, but that doesn't mean she won't cause harm. She remotely took over an empty police vehicle for a joy ride, and crashed it by accident.
* PlayingWithSyringes: "Pierrot Le Fou" is about a result of this running afoul of Spike.
* PleaseDontLeaveMe
* PlotCoupon: The videotape from "Speak Like a Child", among other examples.
* PluckyGirl: Meifa in "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui."
* PostEpisodeTrailer
* PowerTrio: Spike, Jet and Faye fit this befor getting Ed and Ein. Jet is the superego, Spike is the ego, and Faye is the id.
* PrettyFreeloader: Faye, whenever she's not [[AvertedTrope actually hunting bounties.]]
* PrisonShip
* PrivateEyeMonologue: Jet, being a former detective, supplies one occasionally, such as at the beginning of "Boogie Woogie Feng Shui".
* PsychopathicManchild: The Space Warriors (or, at least, what's left of them), who all whine, fight, and talk like spoiled children being lead by their "mother", of whom they refer to as such.
* PsychoSerum: Red Eye.
* PunchClockHero: Supposedly, though just how much they're really this and [[NobleDemon how much they just insist they are]] is up for debate. Sometimes getting their bounty means doing the right thing for the situation surrounding it... sometimes.
* ThePurge: After Vicious makes his play for power in the Red Dragon in Episode 25, the Red Dragon sends assassins to deal with everyone connected to Vicious -- including the crew of the Bebop.
* PutDownYourGunAndStepAway: Subverted in "Ballad of Fallen Angels" and the movie.
* QuiveringEyes
* RapidAging: [[spoiler: Wen]] in "Sympathy for the Devil".
* RapidFireTyping: Ed can do this with her ''feet''.
* RatedMForManly
* RawEggsMakeYouStronger: Ed's father does this.
* RecklessGunUsage: Faye shoots the wall in frustration when Spike leaves the crew to confront Vicious on his own.
* RecurringExtra: Antonio, Carlos, and Jobim, a.k.a. the three old men.
* RedEyesTakeWarning:
** Tongpu in "Pierrot le Fou"
** Anyone taking the Red Eye drug in "Asteroid Blues".
** Vicious' pet bird has red eyes as well.
* TheReveal: One or more for each character's history.
* RevengeByProxy: Vicious tries to get back at Spike by targeting Julia.
* ReversePolarity: Faye does it to a missile in "Honky Tonk Women".
* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: Andy from "Cowboy Funk".
* RidiculousFutureInflation: From a western standpoint, the money sums mentioned in the series seem ridiculously inflated (for example, in "Jupiter Jazz", Faye makes off with 20,000 wulongs from the Bebop's safe, apparently not enough to get upset over given Jet's reaction when she tells him the amount). However, the same sums probably seem more reasonable to Japanese viewers, making it uncertain if this can be considered an example of the trope.
* RiddleForTheAges: [[spoiler: In the final episode, does Spike die at the end or does he just fall asleep because he's worn out after the fight]]? Either answer completely changes the meaning of the ending. Watanabe actually encourages people to speculate about it, though he personally prefers [[spoiler: the idea that Spike simply fell asleep]].
* RightBehindMe: Spike does this to Faye more than once.
* RingworldPlanet: Most stations are ring-shaped.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Once again, Tongpu.
** Spike goes on one after [[spoiler: Julia is killed]].
* RooftopConfrontation: Between Spike and Vicious.
** Between Spike and Andy after a ClimbingClimax.
** Also Between Gren and Vicious. Shinichiro Watanabe seems to be fond of this trope.
* RoomFullOfCrazy: Space Land from "Pierrot Le Fou".
* RuinsOfTheModernAge: Old Tokyo.
* RuleOfCool: The controls on Spike's ''Swordfish'' and Fay's ''Redtail'' are inspired by motorcycles and the weapons pods on Fay's ship combine visual elements of revolvers and pump action shotguns -- all immediately recognizable cultural references denoting "coolness".
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* SacrificialLion: Lin's brother, Shin. [[spoiler: He turns against Vicious to help Spike, but dies.]]
* SadisticChoice: Vicious gives one to Julia - [[spoiler: kill Spike or they both die]].
* SamuraiCowboy: Cowboy Andy - call him Musashi!
* SassyBlackWoman: Coffee from "Mushroom Samba".
* ScannableMan: Whitney Haggis 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.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Udai has them.
* SchizoTech: The series apparently has computers and cell phones that look like they're from the early 90s at best, as well as personal starships and hyperspace gates. Starship armament is a mix of particle beam/laser weaponry, missiles, and autocannons. Handheld weaponry includes modern firearms like the Walther P99 and Jericho 941, while older firearms like the Browning Hi-Power and even the Colt Single Action Army (the quintessential cowboy revolver) make an appearance as well.
* SecondPersonAttack: Combined with a HeyYouHaymaker in "Cowboy Funk".
* SelfDeprecation: The episodes' trailers often contain this.
* SeniorSleepCycle: Jet tries to interrogate one of Dr. Londes' old colleagues about his whereabouts. He promptly falls asleep, leaving Jet with no useful information.
* {{Sexophone}}: Appears in "Jupiter Jazz" when Faye is at Gren's apartment.
* ShaggyDogStory: "Speak Like A Child", a comedic example. [[spoiler:The tape is worthless to everyone but its intended recipient, and the episode's main problem eventually resolves ''itself'' without intervention from the cast.]] However, because of [[HumanPopsicle who the package's recipient is]] and [[TearJerker what its contents are]], the ending is very serious.
** "Mushroom Samba", and a few other episodes.
* ShonenHair: Spike and Ed.
* ShooOutTheClowns:
** Happens gradually in the build-up to the final two episodes - [[spoiler:Ed and Ein leave]], then we come across the male host of Big Shot (which has just been canceled) having a nice moment with his mother. After that point, ''shit goes down''.
** In episode 23, "Brain Scratch", the body of [[spoiler: Jobim, one of the Three Old Men]], is laying in the rubble by the television tower.
* ShootOutTheLock: Faye does this to Whitney's handcuffs.
* ShootTheFuelTank: Spike tries this as a way of dealing with Mad Pierrot. It doesn't work.
* ShootTheHostageTaker: Faye gets used as a HumanShield by syndicate goon who orders Spike to drop his gun. Spike responds by [[KilledMidSentence shooting the goon in the head before he could finish his sentence.]]
* ShoutOut: There are more shout-outs (and ThemeNaming below) than this page can possibly list. [[http://www.Jazzmess.com The Jazz Messengers]] has a full list of all intentional and probable references for every episode.
** Sunrise previously worked on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', and as tribute based [[PsychopathicManchild Tongpu/Pierre Le Fou]] on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and the Penguin.
*** If that wasn't enough, the episode he's featured in has more than enough scenes that mirror Episode 11 "Be A Clown" of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''.
** The opening of the movie could be one toward the beginning of ''Film/PulpFiction''. Starts with a TakeThat aimed at Jules ("Another wannabe preacher with a gun."), some CasualDangerDialog, and finishes up with everything (very nearly) going to hell when the one guy they didn't know about comes out of the bathroom with a gun.
** Vicious bears more than a passing resemblance to CaptainHarlock, right down to the cormorant that likes to perch on his shoulder.
** "Jamming with Edward" is notable for containing quite a few {{Shout Out}}s to ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey", including a sentient AI that looks and talks like HAL 9000.
** Asimov Solensan's name is a reference to the famous science fiction writer, Creator/IsaacAsimov.
** The end scene of Session 11: Toys in the Attic is one giant allusion to Space Shuttle scene from TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey.
*** In addition, the ejection of the refrigerator into space from the same episode is one to ''{{Film/Aliens}}'', specifically the scene where [[spoiler:Ripley ejects the alien Queen into space through the airlock]]. And come to think of it, Spike's method of trapping the goo by going through the vents segment-by-segment recalls the method the crew in the original ''{{Film/Alien}}'' uses to flush out the alien.
** Jet makes a reference to Ernest Hemingway's short story "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" in the last (second to last?) episode.
** Spike's CharacterArc is a WholePlotReference to cult director Creator/SeijunSuzuki's classic {{Yakuza}} movie ''Tokyo Drifter'', among others.
* ShowWithinAShow: Big Shot. Gives info on fugitives in a rather silly manner, which mostly just informs the audience, as the crew already knows most of what is said and even some more.
* ShroudedInMyth: Ed is purported to be a "seven-foot-tall ex-basketball pro, Hindu guru, drag queen alien" before the crew actually meets her in "Jammin' with Edward".
* ShutUpHannibal: Spike delivers one to Dr. Londes and fires his gun at the monitor he's appearing on. Subverted in that it doesn't work, but luckily, [[spoiler: Ed is working on disabling the signal.]]
* SiblingYinYang: Lin and Shin.
* SilentCredits: The beginning of the last episode does not include "Tank!".
* SilentWhisper: In "The Real Folk Blues, Part 1" Julia whispers something at Spike. We never find out what she said until the end of the next episode.
* SincerityMode: Spike is flabbergasted when Faye bumps into him and apologizes like she really means it. [[spoiler: The reason is that she's on her way to find the answers to her questions about her past life.]]
* SingingSimlish: "Wo Qui Non Coin" has a verse in Japanese and a verse in French-sounding gibberish.
* SitcomArchNemesis: Andy.
* SlapSlapKiss: Subverted; Faye and Spike bicker constantly, but it never gets past a proto-{{UST}} stage.
* SlasherSmile: [[PsychopathicManchild Tongpu]] has one of these so madly twisted [[HellIsThatNoise you can hear his teeth grinding]].
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Ed and Hex have a week-long chess match in "Bohemian Rhapsody". [[spoiler: Hex wins.]]
* SmokingIsCool: Spike, Jet, and Faye, the heroes of the show, all smoke.
* SoftGlass: Cowboy Andy bursts through a plate-glass window on his horse and both are unscathed.
* SolemnEndingTheme: [[http://youtu.be/nftxDrStny8 "The Real Folk Blues"]] as the answer to the intro theme [[http://youtu.be/T6zDfxZ4NcE "TANK!"]]
* SomethingBlues: "The Real Folk Blues"; "Asteroid Blues".
* [[CompletelyMissingThePoint Sort-of Missing the Point]]: In the audio commentary for the DVD release of episode one, the voice-actors for Jet and Spike discuss the episode and the series as a whole. When watching Spike's last fight of the episode they describe it as a scene similar to BruceLee, apparently unaware that it's a shot-for-shot remake of a Bruce Lee scene.
* SoundtrackDissonance:
** Intentionally employed with the cheery Space Warriors jingle playing over a scene of dead and wounded diners.
** Sometimes, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGdSpcMisk8 you don't even need visuals.]]
** Also, the fight between Spike and Pierrot in a theme park. The merry fanfare gets more distorted and horrifying the more you and Spike realize he's completely outmatched and about to die.
** Beautifully employed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-jcE8kqK9k here]] when Vicious throws Spike out of a church window.
* SpaceFriction: Only [[RuleOfCool during dogfights]]. When low on fuel, the crew makes the lack of friction work to their advantage.
* SpaceIsCold: A ''very'' rare aversion. Spike exposes himself to direct space a few times in the show and seems none the worse for wear, not counting the lack of air.
** In "Mushroom Samba", though, when Faye gets on his nerves he irritatedly tells her that he'll expose her to absolute zero.
* SpaceIsNoisy: The whole of the show chooses to [[RuleOfFun go for fun rather than realism]] by reproducing all sounds in space, including guns, energy weapons, engines and collisions.
* SpaceTrucker: "Heavy Metal Queen" focuses on searching for one.
* SpaceWestern
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler:Spike]] in the spinoff manga, ''Cowboy Bebop: Shooting Star'' though [[spoiler:Spike]]'s fate in the original series is ambiguous and ''Shooting Star'' was cancelled before it had an opportunity to kill him.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: A sort-of example exists in Ed's name being spelled Edward Wang Hwe Pepel Cybulski 4th in the background text in the opening (as opposed to Edward Wong Hau Pepelu Tivrusky the 4th).
* SplashOfColor: In some of the DeliberatelyMonochrome scenes, eg. the rose that represents Julia.
* StabTheScorpion: Vicious does this in a flashback set on Titan.
* StarCrossedLovers: Spike and Julia.
* StarsAreSouls: Inverted. Everyone has a representative star, and it goes out when they die.
* StonersAreFunny: The hippies from the squatters' colony in "Bohemian Rhapsody".
* StormingTheCastle: Spike's [[spoiler:one-man assault on the Red Dragon]] in the GrandFinale.
* {{Stripperific}}: Faye's wardrobe.
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler: Fad tricking Jet into shooting him out of repentance.]] See OneBulletLeft.
* SuperReflexes: This is one of the effects of the PsychoSerum Bloody Eye, with both Asimov Solensan and Vicious being notable users.
* SurpriseCheckmate: Edward in "Bohemian Rhapsody".
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Vincent in TheMovie is a pretty obvious stand-in for Vicious both being EvilCounterpart to Spike, while Elektra relationship with Vincent is similar to Julia's relationship with Spike (past lovers who still care about each other) she's a trained soldier while Julia is not.
* TheSyndicate: The Red Dragon.
* TakeThat: During its original airing in Japan, a number of episodes were deemed un-airable due to recent school violence. It was questionable whether the series would extend beyond episode 13. In response to this, an episode entitled ''"Session 13.5: Mish-Mash Blues"'' was made featuring scenes from the unairable episodes with the voice actors discussing the show. Many people don't know that Cowboy Bebop actually has a Japanese Hip-Hop song called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVMK7yt8jiI "Recover the Sky of Day"]], which reflects the somber situation of society at the time, among its list of ED songs.
** Cold, macho Callisto is an obvious dig at North Korea.
* TakingTheBullet: [[spoiler: Lin dies to protect Vicious.]]
* TalkingThroughTechnique: Subverted in "Bohemian Rhapsody". The crew thinks that the chess pieces they found on apprehended thieves might hold some secret message, but they were merely a signal from the mastermind to his former employers that it was he who was pulling the jobs. He had a reputation as a chess lover.
* TerrainSculpting: The recreation of the Nazca Lines (and, thanks to Ed, a giant [[{{Emoticon}} smiley]]), by the MPU satellite.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Jet tells Meifa he's not old enough to be her father, but he is old enough to be her boyfriend... [[{{Metaphorgotten}} or older brother...]]
* TerroristWithoutACause: Subverted with Teddy Bomber, he does have a cause but nobody cares what it is and he keeps getting interrupted before he can finish telling anybody.
* ThemeNaming:
** Not as noticeable as others, but: Spike - 5 letters; Faye - 4 letters; Jet - 3; Ed - 2; and the dog Ein (Ein''s'' being the German word for one).
** Also, the three old men--Antonio, Carlos, and Jobim--are named after Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim, the guy who wrote ''Girl From Ipanema''.
** Three SpacePirates named George, Harman, and Ruth, after a famous baseball player better known as "Babe."
** There's also Punch and Judy, the hosts of the bounty showcase program "Big Shots", who get their names from a famous puppet duo.
** There's a trio of bounty heads that show up briefly in one episode named Huey, Dewey, and Louie, undoubtedly a reference to the Disney characters.
** The main characters' spaceships are the Swordfish, the Redtail, and the Hammerhead; all named after marine life.
*** The Bebop is a remodeled fishing ship, Spike fights like water, and Spike's favorite food appears to be lobster.
** The episodes are usually titled after songs or otherwise reference music. See TitledAfterTheSong below for detailed explanations.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: The poor crew. A ex-gangster whose former-best-friend-now-sworn-enemy is actively out to kill him, an ex-cop whose past still creeps up on him, a compulsive gambler and con artist who doesn't know her own past or real name, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Ed]] (whose father just sort of forgot her somewhere, though she doesn't mind)... somebody please pass this crew some anti-depressants. At least Ein's probably well-adjusted, despite being an escaped science experiment with a genius-level intellect. But then, he is a dog.
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Spike to Cowboy Andy during their rooftop confrontation in episode 22 "Cowboy Funk".
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Three Guys]]: Antonio, Carlos, and Jobim, who inexplicably show up in every other episode, from Earth to Mars to an abandoned space junkheap full of space hobos, always either ranting about the old days or vaguely mentioning something plot-relevant. They even get a minor part in TheMovie.
* ThreePlusTwo: Ein and Ed are mostly comic relief characters with comparatively little dramatic character development next to the main trio.
* ThrowAwayGuns: There are a few notable cases where Spike loses his pistol, is either unable to or simply does not make any effort to retrieve it, and yet has it back before the episode's out.
* ThrownOutTheAirlock: Spike does this to the contaminated refrigerator in "Toys in the Attic".
** Spike does this to ''himself'' in "Heavy Metal Queen". [[ItMakesSenseInContext It's the only way his plan would work, trust us.]]
** He threatens to throw Faye out the airlock for annoying him in one episode.
* TitledAfterTheSong:
** '''"Stray Dog Strut''': "Stray Cat Strut" by the ''Stray Cats''
** '''"Honky Tonk Women"''' by ''Music/TheRollingStones''
** '''"Ballad of Fallen Angels"''': "Fallen Angels" by ''Music/{{Aerosmith}}''
** '''"Sympathy For The Devil"''' by ''Music/TheRollingStones''
** '''"Jamming With Edward"''': Not a song, but rather an album featuring 3 members of ''Music/TheRollingStones'' (singer Mick Jagger, bassist Bill Wyman and drummer Charlie Watts), plus Ry Cooder and Nicky Hopkins[[note]]The "Edward" to which the title refers comes from a song Hopkins composed for psychedelic band Quicksilver Messenger Service, called "Edward, the Mad Shirt Grinder"[[/note]]
** '''"Toys in the Attic"''' by ''Music/{{Aerosmith}}''
** '''"Bohemian Rhapsody"''' by ''Music/{{Queen}}''
** '''"My Funny Valentine"''' by ''Rogers and Hart'' (also where Faye's surname was picked from)
** '''"Black Dog Serenade"''': "Black Dog Blues" by pre-UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo blues artist ''Blind Blake''.
** '''"Speak Like A Child"''' by ''Herbie Hancock''
** '''"Wild Horses"''' by ''Music/TheRollingStones''
** '''"Pierrot Le Fou"''': Named after a post-modernist French film from 1964 of the same name.
** '''"Hard Luck Woman"''' by ''Music/{{KISS}}''
** '''"The Real Folk Blues"''' by ''Muddy Waters'' (the lyrics of the ending song, also called "The Real Folk Blues", references this.)
** '''"Knocking on Heaven's Door"''' by ''Music/BobDylan'' (copyright problems prevented this from being used as the title of the movie when it was released stateside)
*** "You're Gonna Carry That Weight": a reference to the second-last song on the Abbey Road album by ''Music/TheBeatles''.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Faye Valentine (Girly Girl) and Edward (Tomboy), Faye is considered a tomboy but compared to Ed she's a TomboyWithAGirlyStreak.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Ed's father [[RawEggsMakeYouStronger really likes eggs.]]
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: Not the preview trailers for the series, but the DVD episode selection screen for the last episode shows [[spoiler: Julia's full death scene]].
** One common trailer does show [[spoiler: Wen holding a gun and getting shot in the head]] which probably made the [[spoiler: real villain of the episode obvious]].
* TranslationConvention: The Bebopverse can be seen as highly multilingual, though the language preferred by the protagonists is most likely Chinese:
** The Bebop can frequently be seen anchoring in a Martian Chinatown.
** In one scene, 'No Smoking' signs can be seen in various languages. Out of all those, Jet picks the one in Chinese to point his finger on.
** Faye is from Singapore.
** Jet can be seen reading and writing e-mails in Chinese.
** Spike used to work for the Triads.
** The universal currency is the Chinese-sounding "Wulong".
* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler:Gren, from "Jupiter Jazz: Parts 1 and 2".]]
* TrenchCoatWarfare: When Spike [[spoiler: storms the Red Dragon Syndicate's headquarters]] in the last episode, he enters through the lobby and pulls grenades and handguns out of his BadassLongcoat.
* TrueCompanions: Faye describes the crew to be this close as early as episode 5. It probably isn't really the case until episode 13.
* ATwinkleInTheSky: In episode 3 "Honky Tonk Women" and episode 19 "Wild Horses"
* UnexplainedRecovery: Vicious' and Spike's unexplained full recovery from eating a grenade and falling out of a window from a third story height in a flurry of broken glass, respectively, in "Ballad Of Fallen Angels".
* UnfamiliarCeiling: Spike, a few times -- most notably at the end of the fifth episode, where he had a near-death experience complete with seeing his life flash before his eyes, and although he doesn't ask he is promptly informed by Faye that he's been asleep for three days.
* UnorthodoxHolstering: Jet's old partner Fad has a particularly cool version.
* UnsettlingGenderReveal: Inverted and played with. In "Jupiter Jazz Part I", [[spoiler:Gren, a {{bishonen}}-looking (apparent) man]] rescues Faye from some thugs. When [[spoiler:he]] goes to shower, Faye hears a phone call that makes her suspicious. She goes into the bathroom and whips aside the curtain to reveal that [[spoiler:"he" possesses flaring hips and a pair of breasts.]] She looks down and freaks. Turns out [[spoiler:he's male, but experimental medication threw his hormones severely out of whack.]]
---> '''Faye''': [[spoiler:Which one are you]]?!
---> '''[[spoiler:Gren]]''': [[spoiler:I'm both at once, and I'm neither one.]]"
* UsedFuture: To the point of being the current trope image. The Bebop and the smaller ships used by its crew are the example that appears on-screen most often, but in a gritty show full of old mines, spaceship wrecks, space trucks and remote colonies this trope is present in almost all episodes.
* VehicleTitle: The show is named after the Bebop, an old interplanetary fishing trawler.
* VerbThis: In "Mushroom Samba", [[ScaryBlackMan Shaft]] says [[Film/{{Aliens}} "eat this!"]] when he pulls out a [[{{BFG}} grenade launcher]] which he fires at Domino.
* VideoPhone: The in-universe equivalent to the cell phone uses video feeds on both ends of a call.
* VillainousBreakdown: Tongpu has one when Spike finally defeats him.
** Dr. Londes has one as well when he realizes he's failed to convert Spike to his cult.
* WatchingTheSunset: Jet seems prone to doing this.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Tongpu is a [[PsychoForHire psychotic]], [[ImplacableMan unstoppable]], [[ShootingSuperman bulletproof]] PsychopathicManchild. He has exactly two weaknesses, both psychological: A pathological fear of cats due to [[PlayingWithSyringes the experiments that he was subjected to]], and [[spoiler:feeling pain, induced in this case by Spike hurling a knife (a projectile too ''slow'' to be stopped by Pierrot's experimental shield) into his thigh]].
* 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 only ever armed with their one gun each (respectively a P99 and a Glock 30).
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Both Teddy Bomber and The Space Warriors, the latter of which are the remaining radicalized members of an ecological protest movement killing people over an endangered ''rat''.
* WhatAPieceOfJunk: The general reaction to the ''Bebop''.
* WhatAreRecords: In "Speak Like a Child," Spike and Jet find a Betamax tape addressed to Faye and don't have a clue what it is at first. They spend a good deal of time looking for a suitable videocassette player, only to find out that a Betamax tape won't play in a VHS VCR.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The ending of the series leaves quite a few things unresolved, such as the ultimate fate of Jet and Faye [[spoiler: and Spike]].
** In addition, MPU was never heard from again after "Jamming with Edward".
* WhenThingsSpinScienceHappens: The ''Bebop'' (and other ships) has a rotating section which, in a case of ShownTheirWork, is probably a gravity generator of some kind.
* WholePlotReference: "Toys in the Attic" is basically a LighterAndSofter spoof of ''Franchise/{{Alien}}'', right down to the flamethrowers and ThrownOutTheAirlock scene.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Gren]] and the other transvestites on Callisto.
* WildMassGuessing: Many people believe that episode 11, ''"Toys in the Attic"'', was AllJustADream because episode 12 immediately begins with Spike [[CatapultNightmare vaulting awake]] due to the insufferable humidity on the ship. There's no actual evidence or further mention to support it. During the episode preview for episode 12, Edward [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] that everyone had died except her in that episode, but then Faye quickly subverts it by protesting.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Mad Pierrot from Episode 20 and [[BigBad Vincent Volaju]] from TheMovie. Both are the result of PlayingWithSyringes, and both have been driven mad as a result.
* WordSaladLyrics:
** "Ask DNA" at times.
** "Live In Baghdad" from ''"Heavy Metal Queen"'' has lyrics that sound like they were written by [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Homsar]].
* WretchedHive: Callisto, a moon of Jupiter, is so run down that most of the male citizens can go months without seeing a woman. The Asteroids also seem to comprise a lot of the leftovers of human society.
* {{Yakuza}}: Spike typifies the classic "noble yakuza" protagonist, while Vicious is an equally classic example of the "nihilist yakuza" villain.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Jet is often told he doesn't look thirty-six.
* {{Zeerust}}: In-universe example. Faye mistakes a thermometer for a cell phone because it looks like it has an antenna. When was the last time you saw a phone with an antenna ?
** And the rest of the technology in the show, which is as a whole (intentionally) clunky and boxy.
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