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Spike Spiegel
Cowboy Bebop character

Spike Spiegel as he appears in the Cowboy Bebop series
Created by Shinchiro Watanabe
Voiced by Kōichi Yamadera
Steven Blum (English)
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Age 27
Gender Male
Species Human
Date of birth Martian colony, June 26th, 2044 current status = Missing In Action
Occupation Bounty Hunter

Spike Spiegel, is the main protagonist of the anime and manga series Cowboy Bebop. His fighting style was largely inspired by the martial artist Bruce Lee. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Original run April 3, 1998 – April 23, 1999 Episodes 26 Movie: Knockin on Heavens Door (天国の扉) Director Shinichiro Watanabe Writer Keiko Nobumoto Studio Sunrise BONES Bandai Visual[2] Released September 1, 2001 Runtime 115 min. ... Koichi Yamadera ), born June 17, 1961 in Tagajo, Miyagi, is a Japanese seiyu and singer who also hosts Oha Star, a childrens TV show in Japan. ... Steven Jay Blum (born April 28, 1965) is an American voice actor known primarily for his work in anime dubs and video games. ... Animé redirects here. ... This article is about the comics created in Japan. ... Original run April 3, 1998 – April 23, 1999 Episodes 26 Movie: Knockin on Heavens Door (天国の扉) Director Shinichiro Watanabe Writer Keiko Nobumoto Studio Sunrise BONES Bandai Visual[2] Released September 1, 2001 Runtime 115 min. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... Bruce Lee (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lǐ XiÇŽolóng; Cantonese Yale: Léih Síulùhng; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century and a...

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Character Outline & Personality

Spike is a bounty hunter who was born on Mars. He is 27 years-old and, in appearance, is tall and thin. He has fluffy dark green hair and reddish-brown eyes, one of which is artificial and lighter than the other. A flashback in Session 6 revealed it was his fully functioning right eye which was surgically replaced by the cybernetic one (although Spike himself may not have conscious recollection of the procedure since he claims to have lost his natural eye in an "accident"). He is usually dressed in a blue leisure suit, with a yellow shirt and Lupin III inspired boots.[1] Spike often has a cigarette between his lips, sometimes despite rain or "No Smoking" signs. This is also done in homage of Lupin III, as Lupin's partner, Jigen, smokes cigarettes that are in poor condition. Another homage was to Bob Dylan. Spike's whole rebellious demeanor and hair, are one of the very distinct similarities between Dylan and Spike. The specialized electronic granny glasses Spike sometimes wears in both the t.v. series and the movie make his appearance reminiscent of John Lennon. For other uses, see Bounty hunter (disambiguation). ... Adjectives: Martian Atmosphere Surface pressure: 0. ... A leisure suit is a fashion of the 1970s, consisting of a shirtlike jacket and matching pants [[1]]. Frequently the fabric used was double knit polyester though not all fashions using this fabric are automatically leisure. ... Lupin the 3rd and Lupin the Third redirect here. ... Lupin the 3rd and Lupin the Third redirect here. ... Daisuke Jigen ) is a fictional character in Kazuhiko Katōs anime and manga series Lupin III. Jigen is Lupins marksman. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


Spike has many talents and abilities, including very sharp eyesight, abnormally acute perception, and extraordinary luck. Spike makes use of sleight-of-hand techniques to win card games, pick pockets, and even to slip things onto other people unnoticed. He is also shown to be rather cunning, sneaking up on ememies through disguise or quiet movement, as well as taking out multiple opponents who may mistake his lean frame for frailness (Spike actually posesses considerable strength, once making a large dent in an iron wall with his bare fist in Jupiter Jazz pt 1) He is well versed in weaponry (such as his personal Jericho 941 as well as other guns and explosives) and hand-to-hand combat skills. He is a superb martial artist, a disciple of Jeet Kune Do, the mindset developed by Bruce Lee, though he has a penchant for high kicks of French boxing. Spike is also a pilot, and flies a converted Asteroid racer called Swordfish II which is armed with four machine guns, multiple missile launchers, and a single plasma cannon. Sleight of hand, also known as prestidigitation (quick fingers) or léger de main (from the French for lightness of hand), is the set of techniques used by a magician (or card sharp) to manipulate objects such as cards and coins secretly. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... The Jericho 941 is a double action, high capacity pistol developed by Israeli Military Industries, and introduced in 1990. ... Jeet Kune Do (Chinese: 截拳道 Cantonese: Jitkyùndou Pinyin: Jiéquándào, lit. ... Bruce Lee (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; Pinyin: Lǐ Xiǎolóng; Cantonese Yale: Léih Síulùhng; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, instructor, and martial arts actor widely regarded as the most influential martial artist of the 20th century and a... Savate (pronounced ), also known as boxe française (French boxing) or French kickboxing, is a French martial art which uses both the hands and feet as weapons and contains elements of western boxing, grappling and graceful kicking techniques (only foot kicks are allowed, with no use of the knees, shins...


When he is not shown working or practicing martial arts, Spike is very laid back and lackadaisical, often a source of consternation for his crew mates. Some members of the Bebop crew occasionally refer to him as a "lunkhead" due to his attitude, and generally Spike just takes life as it comes. He also is shown to enjoy sleeping, and that may tie into his mantra of 'living a dream.' Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...


Spike's philosophy seems to be based on the ancient samurai ideals of immediacy, such as considering oneself as dead and the idea of death being an awakening from a dream, which are both elements of bushido illustrated in the Hagakure. For other uses, see Samurai (disambiguation). ... Japanese samurai in armor, 1860s. ... Cover of The Book of the Samurai Hagakure (Kyūjitai: 葉隱; Shinjitai: ; meaning In the Shadow of Leaves), or Hagakure Kikigaki () is a practical and spiritual guide for a warrior, drawn from a collection of commentaries by the samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo, former retainer to Nabeshima Mitsushige, the third ruler of what...


Watanabe has admitted that Spike has a habit of being very indirect with his emotions, for example behaving antagonistically towards someone he actually likes. He says that this could apply to Spike's relationship with Faye.[2]


Spike is also heard saying that the three things he hates most are "kids, animals, and women with attitudes." He asks Jet why all three are aboard the Bebop.


History

Some years prior to Session 1, Spike had been a rising member of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate where he was partnered as a sweeper and enforcer along with his then best friend, Vicious. Badly injured after a shoot-out in the slums on Mars, Spike stumbled to the home of Julia, who was at that time Vicious' girlfriend. The pair fell in love while she nursed him back to health. Spike decided to leave the syndicate and elope with Julia. Realizing that his best friend had essentially gone soft and fallen for his girlfriend, Vicious gave Julia a painful ultimatum: either murder Spike or Spike and Julia would both face death for her betrayal. Although the specifics of the incident are unclear, Spike apparently managed to fake his own death by engaging in a gunfight alone in a church against a rival syndicate; this allowed him to drop off of the Red Dragons' radar. He waited for Julia so they could escape and be free, but she never showed. The following is an episode list of the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop. ... The following is a list of major and minor characters, with biographical information, from the anime and manga series Cowboy Bebop. ...


One of the recurring themes surrounding Spike's character is how he views himself and his life. He claims that one eye - his right one, the prosthetic - can only see the present, and the other - the left, his real eye - can only see the past. This is revisited by a close-up on Spike's left eye every time he has a flashback of his life before coming aboard the Bebop. He seems to regard his false death as real in some way, saying that after that day, he had "merely been living a dream". (During Session 25 when Spike has a flashback of the last time he saw Julia, the close-up shows both Spike's eyes, perhaps implying that his future and past are now the same.) The following is an episode list of the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop. ...


Spike's attitude of living in a "dream-like" existence is displayed by his careless behavior and his nonchalant attitude towards dangerous or outright fatal situations. Since he has already 'died' once he has no fear of death since he feels he has nothing left to lose. One quote that exemplifies this is in Session 1, when Catalina tells Spike that she is not sure if he is joking or not, to which he responds that he "gets that a lot". The following is an episode list of the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop. ...


Some time after his "death", Spike met the former ISSP cop turned bounty hunter Jet Black, and the two men became partners. Spike moved onto Jet's ship, the eponymous Bebop and the two men worked together for about three years before being joined by the other crew members. The following is a list of major and minor characters, with biographical information, from the anime and manga series Cowboy Bebop. ...


In the final episode Spike and Julia pick up where they left off in their plans to escape Red Dragon, enlisting Annie's help — only to find that Vicious' goons have gotten there already. After laying Annie to rest, they fight their way out, but Julia is shot and killed. Spike returns to the Bebop for a meal with Jet and the two share a moment of understanding as Spike relates his life's situation to his friend and partner. As he leaves to settle the score with Vicious, he is confronted by Faye for his final decision. In a rare moment of unantagonizing conversation, he tells Faye the story behind his cybernetic eye and the effect it had on his outlook on life (seeing the present in one eye and the past in the other). Faye sobbingly asks why Spike is leaving to fight and asks him why he is throwing away his life. Spike then states that he isn't leaving to die, but rather to validate his existence and see if he really is alive. Spike then departs to confront the past he abandoned three years before. He storms Red Dragon's headquarters. Killing several gangsters he gradually shoots his way to the inner sanctum with a bit of assistance from Shin, he makes it to the top floor. Injured and unbalanced from a wound above his eye, he and Vicious confront each other for a final time.


Spike and Vicious duel; Vicious swipes Spike's torso with his katana and Spike puts a bullet through Vicious' heart, killing his own dark reflection. Spike recalls Julia's final words to him before descending the staircase, where he is confronted by the remainder of the Red Dragons who seem stunned at the defeat of their new leader. Mimicking a gun with his fingers Spike utters the word "Bang" smiles and collapses (similar to the end of a shootout that he and Vicious engaged in some years earlier). Nearing the end of the credits a bright red star on the horizon fades out, symbolizing the end of a great warrior's journey.


Spike is generally thought to have died of wounds sustained in his final duel with Vicious, and the fading star in the ending theme of the finale is thought to support this claim. In an interview, Watanabe stated "I've never officially said that he died. At this point, I can tell you that I'm not sure if he's alive or dead."[3] He also stated that he believes fans would be upset if there was a continuation. The later Cowboy Bebop movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door was set between episodes 22 and 23 of the original TV series. Shinichiro Watanabe (渡辺 信一郎 Watanabe Shinichirō) is a Japanese director and writer. ...


Name

Though Spike's surname Spiegel is a Jewish surname of German/Dutch origin (it means "mirror"), and his gun, the Jericho 941 is Israeli made, and his hair is modeled in a stereotypical Jewish mop, he is never identified or labeled as being Jewish in the series. The producers of Cowboy Bebop have been quoted as saying they chose the name Spike Spiegel because "it sounded cool." Spike's appearance was modeled after the late Japanese actor, Yusaku Matsuda particularly for his famous role in "Tantei Monogatari." Western fans often attribute Spike's stride, long leaning posture and general body language to that of Clint Eastwood. In Session 1, Spike wears a wide brim hat and poncho - the trademark look for Clint Eastwood's 'Man with no name.' Eastwood's "Dirty Harry" movie series is also believed to have many influences over both Spike's character and the series. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... The Jericho 941 is a double action, high capacity pistol developed by Israeli Military Industries, and introduced in 1990. ... Yusaku Matsuda (Japanese: 松田優作, Matsuda Yūsaku) (born September 21, 1949, died November 6, 1989) was a Japanese actor. ...


It is strange that the name was speculated to be based on the stage name and the last name of Spike Jonze, who is named Adam Spiegel. However, this may be a coincidence. For the musician and bandleader, see Spike Jones. ...


See also

The following is a list of major and minor characters, with biographical information, from the anime and manga series Cowboy Bebop. ...

Notes and references

  1. ^ EX:clusive Focus Panel: Kawamoto Toshihiro
  2. ^ Watanabe: "Spike and Mugen aren't very straightforward in expressing themselves. For example, even if there's a girl they like standing right in front of them, they don't pursue her directly - in fact, they do the opposite, they ignore her almost. I think that part is kind of like me. If I was to sum it up, it's kind of like being a little contradictory or rebellious."
    [Interviewer]: "Are you talking about Spike's relationship with Faye?"
    Watanabe: "Of course. Sometimes I'm asked the question, 'What does Spike think of Faye?' I think that actually he likes her quite a bit. But he's not a very straightforward person so he makes sure he doesn't show it." pg 4 of "Cowboy Bebop' director Watanabe talks anime", 2006
  3. ^ "I've never officially said that he's died. At this point, I can tell you that I'm not sure if he's alive or dead. I think probably rather than being yelled at for killing Spike, I think ... people are more upset that I might make a continuation." from "Cowboy Bebop' director Watanabe talks anime", by Jonathan McNamara; 2/14/06, The Daily Texan
The Daily Texan is the student newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin. ... Original run April 3, 1998 – April 23, 1999 Episodes 26 Movie: Knockin on Heavens Door (天国の扉) Director Shinichiro Watanabe Writer Keiko Nobumoto Studio Sunrise BONES Bandai Visual[2] Released September 1, 2001 Runtime 115 min. ... The following is an episode list of the Japanese anime series Cowboy Bebop. ... // Manga Cowboy Bebop Volume 1 Its Showtime -Spike, Faye, and Jet chase a three different bounties into the same restaurant. ... The Seatbelts , also known as SEATBELTS) is a Japanese blues/jazz band led by composer and instrumentalist Yoko Kanno. ... Yoko Kanno , born March 19, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) is a composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many games, seminal anime films, TV series, live-action movies, and advertisements. ... Cowboy Bebop is the first album recorded by The Seatbelts for Cowboy Bebop. ... Cowboy Bebop Vitaminless ) is the first mini-album recorded by The Seatbelts for the anime Cowboy Bebop. ... Back cover. ... Cowboy Bebop Blue is the third Cowboy Bebop soundtrack album recorded by The Seatbelts. ... Ask DNA is a mini-album by The Seatbelts, released in 2001. ... Future Blues is the main soundtrack from Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. ... Cowgirl Ed is a limited edition Mini-CD by The Seatbelts featuring six tracks from Cowboy Bebop. ... The Cowboy Bebop Boxed Set includes four regular size CDs, one bonus 80 mm CD, and a 52 page booklet (in Japanese). ... Cowboy Bebop Tank! THE! BEST! is an album by The Seatbelts, containing 12 tracks including three all-new songs written for the 2005 game, featuring the vocals of Ilaria Graziano. ... Cowboy Bebop is a PlayStation game by Bandai based on the anime of the same name. ...

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Spike Spiegel (792 words)
Spike fled as well, although another flashback seems to indicate he lost an eye in the fight and had it replaced with an artificial one.
Spike likes to try and keep a cool exterior -- and does for the most part -- but underneath he's quite hot-blooded and impulsive.
Spike is, among other things, as master of Jeet Kune Do (he practices constantly, and idolizes Bruce Lee, considering him to be his spiritual master), an excellent shot, an ace pilot, and capable of impressive feats of sleight of hand (he palms object off of and onto people repeatedly).
OAFE - Cowboy Bebop: Spike Spiegel review (572 words)
Spike Spiegel is one of the many bounty hunters prowling the galaxy, trying to keep a lid on things.
Spike stands 5" tall, and is sculpted in his usual blue suit.
In addition to the gun, Spike comes with what is easily the smallest accessory ever packed with a figure: a tiny little cigarette that fits between his fingers.
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