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"Nobody who's seen his face has lived to tell about it... They say he appears with a smile and he leaves with a smile." ― BobMad Pierrot is the alias of a man formally known as Tongpu (東風 Tongpu?). He is an older man with a light brown beard dressed in a clown like outfit with a top hat. He was subjected to numerous mysterious experiments in a laboratory, resulting in superhuman abilities including the ability to fly, greatly enhanced strength and speed, and a personal shield that stops any high kinetic energy object. The results of the experiment were deemed a failure. He possessed these attributes, but the intense agony caused by experiments also warped his mind into a child-like state. Because of the potential danger he posed to himself and others, he was sent to be quarantined in a hospital where he would be held indefinitely.
Due to the continued deterioration of his sanity from the memory of the experiments, his mind finally breaks. He slaughters the scientists and all staff members and escaped from the hospital. He acquired several high tech weapons and set out to kill all high-ranking ISSP officials, who were responsible for authorizing the experiments performed on him. He also relentlessly hunts down and kills anyone who catches even a single glimpse of him. As Jet's friend Bob notes, nobody who has ever seen his face has lived to tell about it.
Session 20: Pierrot Le FouEdit
Spike Spiegel encountered him in an alley after a night of drinking and playing pool. After another merciless slaughter of an official and his bodyguards, Mad Pierrot then spots Spike and the two have an intense gunfight. Unfortunately, Spike's bullets are repelled by the shield and Pierrot beats him savagely. Pierrot only stops attacking Spike when he hears the meowing of a cat, which reminded him of the scientists' data-cat which watched him as he underwent the experiments. Pierrot proceeds to maniacally shoot at the cat in terror and Spike, sensing a distraction, takes the opportunity to roll a flammable barrel towards him and shoots it causing it to explode. Pierrot is unhurt by the explosion despite the fact it totally engulfed him and sent Spike flying, and he wounds Spike with a knife. Pierrot then arms a rocket launcher to finish Spike off, but Spike luckily is able to escape by jumping into a nearby river.
Upon finding out Spike survived, he invites him to an amusement park for a "party" where he relentlessly pursues him, shooting with the many weapons of his arsenal. Faye arrives in the Red Tail to help, but Pierrot manages to shoot her down as well. Pierrot shows no signs of slowing down until he accidentally breaks a shop window and a toy cat falls out and starts meowing. This causes him to panic, giving Spike time to regroup. Pierrot and Spike then face off while a parade of carnival robots marches in the background. Just as Pierrot is about to finish Spike off, a flash of light from the parade reflects off of Spike's eyes, reminding Pierrot of the data-cat, filling him with terror. Spike uses the opportunity to toss a throwing knife at Pierrot, striking him in the leg. Upon seeing his own blood and feeling the pain of the knife, he descends into a child-like tantrum and cries loudly for his mother. While writhing on the road where the parade is taking place, a gigantic dog robot from the robot parade steps on him, killing him.
- Continuing with Cowboy Bebop's strong musical influence, the names Mad Pierrot and Tongpu are both references to songs by pioneering Japanese electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra.
- This episode gets its name from the 1965 French film of the same name.