As new shows keep dropping in, people stop losing interest in old ones. People look for remakes of old shows and search for new plots in them. Despite this stereotypical circle in the world of Entertainment, some old shows are true gold that just never run out of style. One such example of a true gem is Cowboy Bebop. Cowboy Bebop is one of the most amusing and unique sci-fi shows to have ever been created. The show’s characters are a laid back bunch who often create a kind of illusion that it’s going to be a comedy at the first sight. The story of Cowboy Bebop dwells deeper than just humour. It takes an intense turn into dark issues. Some of the quotes from Cowboy Bebop are truly touching despite the relaxing mood they’ve been said in.
For several reasons, Cowboy Bebop has been my absolute favourite. The first thing that is absolutely admirable in the show are it’s characters. Each has an intense backstory and a grand presence. Cowboy Bebop wind through the audience within the first few minutes. As the anime progresses, the story builds a deep impact on it’s viewers as the events unfold themselves one by one. Accompanying these dark and heavy events are the completely mind-blowing quotes from Cowboy Bebop. Here are some of these amazing quotes from this classic anime that will remind you why old is called gold.
Spike Spiegel Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Spike Spiegel is the protagonist of Cowboy Bebop. After faking his death, Spike is now a bounty hunter and the captain of the Bebop. He is often seen lazing around and is prone to get irritated. He has a sarcastic sense of humour but comes off as a very caring captain of the ship with a soft heart eventually.
1. It just happens.
“Whatever happens, happens.” -Spike Spiegel
If anything, this quote has several people going in their lives. Not everything happens for good nor does it happen for bad but once it does happen, all we can do is make peace with it and move on.
2. To feel alive
“I’m not going there to die. I’m going there to see if I am alive.” -Spike Spiegel
I always say that Cowboy Bebop is a hub for the deepest quotes and the reason for it are quotes like these. Sometimes we need to feel alive simply because breathing stops being enough.
3. Women who can kick ass
“I love the type of women who can kick my ass.” – Spike Spiegel
Spike Spiegel is the coolest protagonist I have seen. Even amidst a fight, the character would find a way to flirt calmly. Who doesn’t like a charmer, after all?
4. A Dream
“I felt like I was watching a dream I’d never wake up from. The dream was over before I knew it.” – Spike Spiegel
I would be lying if I’ve never had a dream like that.
5. Three Things
“There are three things I hate the most: Kids, pets, and women with an attitude. So why do we have all of them stuffed into our ship?” – Spike Spiegel
Spike hated several things and he was quite sarcastically open about it. This was probably one of my personal favourite parts of the anime.
6. Spike’s Eyes
“Look at my eyes, Faye. One of them is a fake since I lost it in an accident. Ever since I’ve been seeing the past in one eye and the present in the other. So, I thought I could only see patches of reality, never the whole picture.” -Spike Spiegel.
The more I think about it, the more torturous it seems; to always be haunted by the past no matter how many times you try to run away into the arms of the future. Spike’s remains, lurking in his field of vision.
7. Waste Your Life?
“Do you want to hang out and waste your life with us?” – Spike Spiegel
Had this been a question to me, my answer would definitely be a yes! A cool space ride with Faye, Spike, and Jet is all I need to get over my Cowboy Bebop obsession!
8. A Quest
“We are all in the perpetual lookout for keeping ourselves occupied, entertained, and important—which burns at the edge of addiction.” -Spike Spiegel.
People do not do things for no reason. They either want to distract themselves or just be entertained by whatever it is they do. While it begins as a desire, addiction strikes a while later.
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Faye Valentine Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Faye is one of the primary characters of Cowboy Bebop and a crew member of Bebop. She is a complete badass and one of the strongest female anime characters. She drifts from the stereotypical shy type and has an individual personality which makes her a complete queen.
9. You know what they say
“You know what they say, cowboy, easy come easy go.”– Faye Valentine
The laid back tone of Faye is undoubtedly one of my favourite Faye things.
10. The Lesson
“Survival of the fittest is the law of nature. We deceive or we are deceived. Thus, we flourish or perish. Nothing good has ever happened to me every time I trusted others. That is the lesson.” – Faye Valentine
As much cool of a character as she is, Faye is rather troubled at heart. It’s saddening to know that more people than I would expect would find this quote more relatable than any other quote
11. The first rule in Combat.
“You know what the first rule in combat is? Shoot them before they shoot you.” – Faye Valentine
The absolutely badass part about this quote is how he straight up shoots everyone after saying this. Quotes from Cowboy Bebop such as this make the anime so much cooler to watch.
12. The past
“You told me once to forget the past, cause it doesn’t matter, but you’re the one still tied to the past, Spike.” – Faye Valentine
Faye was no ordinary woman. She was smart and could tell what one was thinking.
13. All There is to things
“The past is the past and the future is the future. A man is a man and a woman is a woman. The present is the present. I am who I am and you are who you are. That’s all there is to it. Does it matter? Or do we just think it does?” – Faye Valentine
Faye Valentine drops in yet another powerful quote. Things will be what they are. It doesn’t matter what one is or who one is. They just need to be accepted, without much thought or question.
“They say that humans cannot live alone. But you can live by yourself. Rather than feeling alone in a group, it’s a better option to be alone in your solitude.” – Faye Valentine
As blunt as it is, loneliness can come to you irrespective of whether you are alone or with a lot of people. This is the saddest reality.
“Men are such idiots”. – Faye Valentine
Faye Valentine stands as a representative of all women as she blurts these words out. Yes, Faye, they are!
“Those Earthlings are weird.” – Faye Valentine
Trust me, as an Earthling we have all thought of the same thing over and over again.
17. The beauty of the Ordinary
“Ordinary. The kind of beautiful, dangerous ordinary that you just can’t leave alone.” – Faye Valentine
There must be something grand in being extravagant but being ordinary is just as nice. I love the way these words have been phrased gleaming on the beauty of the normal and the simplicity in it.
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Jet Black Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Jet Black is one of the primary characters of Cowboy Bebop and a crew member of the Bebop. He was an ISSP Officer before he became a bounty hunter. Jet is more like a father figure to Spike as he comes off as the wisest among the crew. In several moments, you would find him advicing others.
18. Jet Black’s Lesson
“Humans were meant to work and sweat for money after all. Whether they try to get rich quickly or live at expense of others – everyone gets their divine retribution along the way. That is the lesson. But, the thing about humans is that they forget the lesson they have learnt very quickly.” – Jet Black
People get used to luxury far easily and forget all about the hardships. This goes for money, trust, comfort, and everything else.
19. The circle of life.
“Everything has a beginning and an end. Life is a cycle of starts and stops. Even if there are ends we don’t want, they’re inevitable. We have to face them. That’s what being human is all about.” – Jet Black
We do not always get what we want. No one had predicted the future. More than once we get what we had never wanted in the first place. All we can do is either make peace with it or face it.
20. An opinion
“I don’t know and I have no opinion.” –Jet Black
I feel like despite being put so lightly, having no opinions should be celebrated over having false opinions about things that we know nothing about.
21. Thinking of the past
“Men always seem to think about their past before they die. Like they were frantically searching for proof that they truly lived.” -Jet Black
I love the irony in Jet’s comment after he hears a story. People think of the past and try living all their regrets another time when in a pinch.
22. Facing Reality
“You were always there for me, and that’s all I needed. Just you. For reasons unknown, I didn’t feel sad or broken. It just didn’t feel real. However I realized it was real, slowly– that you were gone. And little by little, I slowly felt something inside me go numb.”-Jet Black
Facing reality is not easy. Especially when one is left by their loved ones. This quote from Cowboy Bebop by Jet Black explains the pain of heartbreak so beautifully that it’s almost tear jerking.
23. Just like Charlie said
“It’s exactly like Charlie said in my dream. To receive, you have to give. See Spike, you got to listen to your dreams, that’s how you find your dream girl.” – Jet Black
This is the fundamental rule of life and bondings; nothing is ever received without putting in enough effort. You just need to put in the hardwork to get good results.
Vincent Volaju Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Vincent Volaju was a soldier in the mars army who was obsessed with finding the gateway to heaven. He had a tragic backstory where he was a subject of experiments. Due to his tragic part and obsession with heaven, he would often talk about the cruelty of the world and about hell.
24. Sane and Insane
“No one can draw a clear line between sane and insane. You move that line as you see fit for yourself. No other person can. Soon you will see that the one that’s insane is this world.” – Vincent Volaju
The world deems anything out of place as insane. Anything standing out is either a poor excuse of an abnormality or simply an abomination. A sad truth is what Vincent Volaju explains in this quote from Cowboy Bebop.
25. The Days I Spent With You
“of the days that I have lived, only those I spent with you seemed real.” – Vincent Volaju
It’s romantic in all aesthetic sense. Even if everything in the world was wrong, with the right people, things are better.
“Know much about purgatory? It’s the place in between heaven and hell, where those who were left out, unable to get into heaven continue to suffer. It is a place of struggle and pain. In other words, the world that we’re in now.” – Vincent Volaju
I love this quote from Cowboy Bebop. It is so intense and deep. The underlying message in it is pretty clear and not something I’ve heard for the first time. But what touches the listener is how the words have been phrased.
“Halloween is the one day when a soul in purgatory can be released. If they pray hard enough, they can go to heaven at last. Say your prayers” – Vincent Volaju
Vincent Volaju loved halloween. Here is him stating why.
28. Fear of Death
“I have no fear of death. Death just means dreaming in silence. A dream that lasts forever.” – Vincent Volaju.
I feel death is a topic of great depth. No one knows what death is, what comes after. But Vincent Volaju, in my eyes, explains it in the most romantic possible way.
Vicious Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Vicious was a veteran of the Titan War who later joined the Red Dragon crime syndicate. The character resembled Spike in many ways, but with lower moral values. Although their personalities matched on several levels, Vicious differed in being utterly cruel and unsympathetic even towards his subordinates. He was killed by Spike in the end
“There is nothing left to believe in. Nor is there reason to believe” – Vicious
Belief is such a fickle matter.
30. Angels Banished from heaven
“Angels banished from heaven have no choice but to become devils.” – Vicious
Vicious probably has some of the most powerful quotes from Cowboy Bebop. His quotes would mostly deal with dark fantasy elements metaphorically representing the world and emotions.
31. I’m the only one who can kill you
“I’m the only one who can keep you alive and I’m the only one who can kill you.” – Vicious.
Vicious was filled with so much hate and darkness.
32. The beast who lost his fangs
“He was the beast who lost his fangs. That’s why he had to die. And that’s why you have to die.”– Vicious
Once again, Vicious draws in metaphors to deliver his words.
33. A ravenous beast
“A ravenous beast. The same blood runs through both of us. The blood of a beast who wanders, hunting for the blood of others.” – Vicious
Vicious says this to Spike, seeing the similarities in them, indicating how he was the darker side of the protagonist
Elisa Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Elisa is one of the supporting characters in Cowboy Bebop. Shr was Jet’s girlfriend back in the day but she felt that the relationship tied her down. Thus, she ended the relationship with a little note that said “Farewell”. After leaving Jet, she became a business owner.
34. Time never stands still
“That’s a story from long ago. I’ve forgotten about it. Time never stands still.” – Elisa
Elisa is a largely hated character throughout the show. People who love Jet see it as an improper reason for leaving him. However, people miss the part of the show that depicts that this is how relationships are. One day they exist, then they don’t.
35. I wanted to live my own life.
“That’s just how you were back then, you made every decision; in the end, you were always right. Whenever I was there with you I didn’t have to do anything for myself. All I had to do was to hang onto your arm like a child without a care in the world. I wanted to live my life; make my decisions, even if they were terrible mistakes.” – Elisa
Elisa wanted to do more than just depending on Jet. I love Jet but Elisa had every right to want to live her life on her terms. Holding down a person’s growth is not love and she inspires people to put themselves first and make the tough choice of breaking away from such relationships. Ironically, the hate this character is a slight example of how a woman gets treated if she chooses herself and her dreams over a man.
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Dr Londes Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
As Dr Londes, Rosny Spanngen began the Scratch movement. The ISSP put a huge bounty on his head. Using the Scratch movement, Rosny sought to recruit members to transfer the human consciousness to the digital world.
36. It’s humans that created God
“Tell me, why do people believe in God? It is what they want to do. Living in such an ugly and corrupt world is not easy. There is no certainty and nothing to hope for. People are lost, so they reach out, don’t you get it? God didn’t create humans, no it’s humans that created God.” – Dr Londes
Quite conflicting, but this gives so much to think about. Was it really fear that brought God to existence?
37. The Spirit
“Our spirits, the souls that God has given us. They found a way to swim through the immense network and live in the infinity of space. Is not the human body a mere shell? A form of existence all too small and weak for consciousness with such vast reach and potential.” – Dr Londes
I love quotes from Dr Londes from Cowboy Bebop. You ask why? The man was sick on many levels but my reason is simple. He makes us wonder about the vastness of the world and how it connects with us.
Gren Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Gren was a veteran of the Titan War. The character’s gender was mostly left ambiguous. After the war, he took to playing Saxophone in the Blue Crow.
“You said that you didn’t need comrades, but I’m attached to that word… to the point of tears.” – Gren
Comrades, to some, are closer than family, and Gren was one of them.
Roco Quotes From Cowboy Bebop
Roco was a bounty hunter and a member of the Piccaro Calvino gang. He steps into the world of crime to treat his blind sister, Stella. Initially he is intimidated by Spike but grows to like him to an extent that he wishes that they had met earlier in life.
39. Had we met earlier
“Tell me, had we met earlier in life, would we have been friends?” – Roco
The relationship between Roco and Spike was amusing as Spike kept pointing out the former’s mistakes. Perhaps, the two could have gone along. Just maybe.
40. Fluid like Water
“Master, you see it? I was fluid like water.” – Roco
These last words by Roco to Spike left a deep cut somewhere in everyone’s heart.
So here were our top 40 favourite quotes from Cowboy Bebop. I won’t be surprised if this left you nostalgic. Planning to binge this classic genius once more? Make sure to stream the anime on Hulu Plus and Prime video. The live-action adaptation of the anime is streaming on Netflix as well!