| Laughing Bull |
Laughing Bull on Tijuana
Michael Gregory (English)
Laughing Bull (ブル) is a nomadic Native American who occasionally helps Spike Spiegel, whom he names Swimming Bird. He lives on Mars and predicts the future for Spike. Jet has also visited him for help. Laughing Bull is shown to practice Native American customs, often making cryptic and sagacious comments or partaking in traditional rituals.
Spike seeks out Laughing Bull in order to track down Asimov Solensan, a drug dealer with a bounty on his head. Laughing Bull correctly predicts that "the red-eyed coyote" will appear in Zona Norte, in the far side of town. Using this information, Spike confronts Solensan and attempts to apprehend him.
Jupiter Jazz (Parts 1 and 2)Edit
Here, Laughing Bull is shown to have a son whom he is camping outdoors with as they watch a shooting star. [Laughing Bull chants as he and his Son sit around a campfire at night. They are on a moon of Jupiter.]
- Kid: A star just fell from the sky.
- Laughing Bull: That is not an ordinary star, my son. That star is the tear of a warrior.
- Kid: What warrior is it?
- Laughing Bull: A lost soul who has finished his battles somewhere on this planet. A pitiful soul who could not find his way to the lofty realm where the great spirit awaits us all.
[Laughing Bull begins to chant]
It is not certain to whom these comments apply, but many fans speculate that Laughing Bull is talking about Gren or Lin. The shooting star may have in fact been Gren's spacecraft falling and burning in the atmosphere while en route to Titan.
Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door Edit
After the first fight with Vincent on the train car, Spike falls into the river and slips into unconsciousness. Laughing Bull reappears and apparently saves him from certain death, hauling him out of the water and treating his wound. Here, he refers to Spike's two different eyes, calling one of them the "eye of truth," and stating that Spike has nothing to fear of death. He also refers to Spike by the name "Swimming Bird," which may be a reference to some older, closer bond between the two of them.
The Real Folk Blues (Part 2)Edit
After Spike leaves the Bebop to confront his past with Julia, Jet seeks out Laughing Bull to find out where Spike is (though he believes it is a ridiculous idea). Laughing Bull to Jet (whom he calls Running Rock) explains that all living creatures that breathe have a guardian star and that this star falls when that creature dies. He foretells that Spike's star is about to fade and also tells Jet that he should not fear death.
- Laughing Bull: Do not fear death. Death is always at our side. When we show fear, it jumps at us faster than light, but if we do not show fear, it casts its eye upon us gently and then guides us into infinity.
Laughing Bull's prediction coincides with the fading of the bright blue star during the credits and its theme song: Blue.