* Most of the episode titles are the names of notable albums or songs.

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* AdoredByTheNetwork: Oh boy... to say that Creator/AdultSwim and Creator/{{Toonami}} love this show would be an understatement. From the day it first aired on the channel (September 2, 2001), ''Cowboy Bebop'' would be aired in reruns nonstop for several years, to the point where it holds the honor of being the most rerun show on the network.
** When [adult swim] Action was replaced with the revival of Toonami, ''Cowboy Bebop'' would be one of the shows carried over, and it continued to air until it was replaced by ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Its absence would be brief though, since it was brought back and given encore airings when Toonami expanded to six hours. It went back to airing single episodes to make room for ''Anime/{{IGPX}}'', and was finally taken off for the second time when it, ''IGPX'', and fellow [adult swim]/Toonami show ''Anime/TheBigO'' all aired their finales on the same night. It has since been officially replaced by ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', but its general presence hasn't gone away, as the Toonami crew has teased at the return of ''Cowboy Bebop'', with the addition of HD Tapes. For a while, the last time the show aired was on the night that Toonami aired the movie ''[[{{Manga/Trigun}} Trigun: Badlands Rumble]]'', in which, after the movie was finished, the crew's favorite episodes were aired in a one-night marathon to prepare for ''Anime/SpaceDandy'', a show made by [[Creator/ShinichiroWatanabe the same creator]] behind ''Cowboy Bebop''. They eventually made good on their word when they announced that the show would be returning on July of 2014.
* AlternateContinuity: ''Shooting Star'', the first manga SpinOff. When Cain Kuga started the comic, only the first episode or two of the anime had been completed (not yet aired), so that and the main character bios were all she had to go on. She ended up going in a completely different direction from the anime, which may have been a factor in its premature cancellation.
* TheCameo[=/=]InkSuitActor: In a sense. The intro to TheMovie shows the everyday activities of the people living in a city on Mars. Among the people depicted are animated representations of Creator/WendeeLee (Faye), Creator/BeauBillingslea (Jet), and Creator/SteveBlum (Spike).[[note]]Lee appears as a bikini-clad woman drinking from a bottle, Billingslea is the DJ singing "What's up?" and Blum is the guy in sunglasses who does some cheesy kung-fu moves.[[/note]] Why the English voice actors and not the Japanese voice actors? Simply put, the show did so well in western countries, especially in the States - helped in part by the notably superb dubbing job - that it's the reason the movie got made at all!
* ChildrenVoicingChildren: Aoi Tada was only two years older than Ed's self-professed age of 13 when cast by Watanabe.
* CowboyBeBopAtHisComputer: In an almost impressively incorrect newspaper picture caption (see the page pic), every single word except "at" and the photo credit "[[Creator/BandaiEntertainment Bandai]]" is specifically, individually wrong:
** The character pictured goes by Ed.
** [[TomboyishName Ed is a girl]].
** "Cowboy," the slang term for bounty hunter used in the world of the series, refers to the main characters' profession rather than naming anybody. Ed is also not one, being the crew's TagalongKid and a hacker, not a professional bounty hunter.
** It's Bebop, not "[=BeBop=]".
** Bebop is the name of the main characters' ship, not (again) any person.[[note]]It also references the music style featured in the soundtrack.[[/note]]
** The only part of the ship's computer actually shown in the picture is the [[ComputerEqualsMonitor monitor]].
** Ed doesn't own the computer.[[note]]Or the monitor.[[/note]]
* CrossdressingVoices: In the Hungarian dub, Ed is voiced by a boy after the translator mistook her name as male.
* DeFictionalization: The tape and player for it, (which arrives a day later) in ''Speak Like a Child'', are delivered by helicopter-like robots. Delivery robots showed up around 2011 or so (although only a few companies use drone deliveries).
* GossipEvolution: Some fans claim that Creator/ShinichiroWatanabe enjoys the English dub of the series more than the original. This stems from a Q&A where he said of the dubbed movie, "My English isn't that good, but I thought it sounded very good."
* [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes Keep Circulating The Tapes - Rescued]]: Being owned by Creator/BandaiEntertainment, the rights to the show were hanging in limbo after that distributor's collapse... until Creator/{{Sunrise}} started auctioning their Bandai-licensed shows to other distributors. The lucky company who ended up with the rights to ''Cowboy Bebop''? Creator/{{Funimation}}.
* NoExportForYou:
** It's taken a ''long'' time for the USA where ''Bebop'' is most popular to get the Blu-Ray set. Even the UK got it long before North America. This is probably ''because'' the show is so revered in the States; no one could afford it until years after the set had come out in Japan. Fortunately, Creator/{{Funimation}} has assured American fans that the long-awaited Blu-Ray set is finally coming. Until then, though, those who want it have to import from Japan or the UK.
** There was a [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 PS2]] game all sent to be released in Japan and the States... then for some reason Namco-Bandai cancelled the English version and it never saw the light of day in the US. Fans are still scratching their heads. The game itself is the source of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer. There was another game for [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation PS1]] as well, which played a lot like ''VideoGame/StarFox'' and was also only released in Japan. Though at the very least that game had the reason that it was released during a time with Cowboy Bebop wasn't dubbed yet (the dub wouldn't come out till 2000 and by that point consoles were shifting to PS2).
* TheOtherDarrin: In the Mexican Spanish dub of the movie, Yamil Atala voiced Spike due to his original voice actor Genaro Vásquez living in Canada now.
* StarMakingRole: The show cemented Creator/SteveBlum, Creator/WendeeLee, Creator/BeauBillingslea, and Creator/MelissaFahn as well known voice actors in the west.
* ShrugOfGod: [[spoiler:Did Spike really die?]] According to WordOfGod, it's up to the person watching to decide.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: One episode hinges on analogue TV's less-than-perfect signals. Faye gets Spike mixed up with her mob contact because all she can make out from the static is the guy's suit and 'do. Which Spike shares.
** Another centers around getting a [=BetaMax=] cassette player for a tape containing [[spoiler: a movie Faye shot with her college class as part of a time capsule]] -- [=BetaMax=] players being completely subsumed by VCR in the [=90s=]; VCR itself subsumed by DVD, Blu-Ray, Netflix, and video game consoles since around 2005.
** Everyone smokes real cigarettes. Not one vaporizer is seen.
* TooSoon: "Sympathy For The Devil", "Waltz For Venus", and "Cowboy Funk" were removed the initial TV run in response to 9/11, and "Wild Horses" was removed after the Space Shuttle ''Columbia'' broke up in re-entry in 2003.
** "Sympathy for the Devil" had the misfortune of being slated to air on September 15, 2001. America was still in official mourning, and television networks freaked out about a backlash from airing ''anything'' even remotely objectionable. This episode being skipped was part of the fallout. During the second run-through of the series, it did air, albeit with the climax censored somewhat.
** "Waltz for Venus" (originally-planned airdate September 22, 2001, ''the very next episode'' wow, 9/11 really screwed this show) appeared during the third run-through.
** It took until the third or fourth airing of the series for "Cowboy Funk" to make it in, but it did the major censoring there was painting out the cannabis leaf on Jet's shirt.
* TropeNamers:
** CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: Via 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}}).
** Former Trope Namer for PercussiveMaintenance (aka Spike Spiegel School of Repair).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: ''Knockin' on Heaven's Door'' was originally conceived as elaborating on Spike's backstory as part of the Red Dragon Syndicate. But they determined that one of the defining characteristics of the show was the ''lack'' of exposition or backstory, in addition to all of the fan theories surrounding it, and thus they decided on an inter-quel.
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