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Date Of Birth 9/25/2044
Estimated Age 27
Height 6' 2" (188 cm)
Planet Of Origin Mars
Known Aliases "Venomous Snake"
Criminal Records
Drug Trafficking


Additional Information
Weapon Of Choice Katana
Status Deceased
"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 to Spike[[Session 5: Ballad of Fallen Angels|[src]]]

Vicious (ビシャス Bishasu?) is the main antagonist of Cowboy Bebop. He is a member of the Red Dragon crime syndicate, whose rule he overthrew, and eventually became its leader.


Vicious was born in 2044. Nothing is known about the exact date, place of birth, or any information about his childhood and family. When Vicious came of age, he enlisted as a soldier in the Martian infantry and fought in the war in Titan. Here his fighting skills and innate charisma as a leader caused him to earn the admiration and respect of many fellow soldiers, including Gren. However, at the end of the war, Vicious betrayed and arrest Gren by court martial for unclear reasons. Vicious later moved to Mars and began a criminal career affiliated with the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate. His skills ensured that he became a point man for the Red Dragons within a short time.

Inside the Red Dragon, Vicious met the light-hearted Spike Spiegel. Soon, both become possible candidates to succeed Mao Yenrai in the role of leader of the organization. While Vicious is ambitious, selfish, ruthless, and willing to do anything to get a leadership role, Spike has no interest in this opportunity. This difference of opinion between them fostered a great mutual hatred and a strong rivalry. They were put to work together several times, strengthening the hostility between them. At about this time, Spike became involved in a shootout - probably not with the police, but with the assassins hired by Vicious to kill him. He is rescued from the organization by a woman named Julia.

It is unclear exactly what links Vicious and Julia.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Vicious is a tall and thin man with gray, untamed hair. His weapon of choice is a katana. This gives him a slight resemblance to Goemon Ishikawa from Lupin III, just as Spike seems to be a homage to Lupin himself and Jet's beard and preference for firearms invokes Daisuke Jigen. He is usually seen with his pet cormorant perched on his shoulder and his katana in hand. Vicious is 27 years old, though appears older due to his grey hair, the deep bags beneath his eyes, and a generally worn face. His elderly appearance at his young age could possibly be attributed to the events on Titan, some event linked to it, or his implied Red Eye addiction. He usually appears with a scowl, although there are a few scenes in which he smiles.


Vicious is portrayed as a cold, ruthless, bloodthirsty, and ambitious man who prefers solitude. Within the Red Dragon, he is feared by his senior leaders, the Van, precisely because of his social climbing, is willing to do anything to get what he wants, and doesn't place the slightest moral scruple in fulfilling heinous acts to reach his goals and achieve a more powerful position. Amongst that, he ruthlessly sacrifices his subordinates and conspires behind those who have sworn allegiance.

He is considered by many people to be the dark half of Spike, basically showing the same indifferent attitude towards everything, although more sociopathically and less passive. He also shares with Spike a strong cynicism and rather similar opinions on life and several ethical issues.

Vicious doesn't show the least respect for traditions or ancestors and, proof of this, considers the Van's code, the doctrine of honor of the Red Dragon Crime Syndicate, a bunch of unfounded principles, principles that he usually transgresses, and begins a crusade in order to destroy them. He also doesn't show any respect for the Van, considering them incompetent old corpses lost in their past, nor for any human life or any other character.

Curiously, Vicious is never seen smiling during the whole series, apart from the sadistic grin during battles and the smirk in flashbacks showing him fighting alongside Spike.

Given the conditions of his conjunctiva, it is quite credible that Vicious uses the drug Red Eye.

Because of his slimy and often ambiguous nature, the Van terms him as "the poisonous snake," or, more simply, "the snake." This epithet is also given to him by the shaman Laughing Bull.

Character DevelopmentEdit

Vicious does not show much character development throughout the series, as his initial attitude and beliefs remain constant until his last appearance. While his character does not develop internally, more of his life story is revealed, such as his involvement on Titan. Also, his links with other characters becomes more apparent, including his relationships with Spike and Julia, suggesting a love triangle.

Memorable QuotesEdit

( ) = Speech of other characters

- Vicious talking to Spike in Session 05: Ballad Of Fallen Angels.

"When Angels are thrown out from Heaven they become Devils; you agree don't you Spike?"

"You should see yourself. Do you have any idea what you look like right at this moment Spike? ("What?") A ravenous beast. The same blood runs through both of us, the blood of a beast that wanders, hunting for the blood of others. ("I've bled all that kind of blood away.") Then why are you STILL ALIVE?!"

- Vicious to Spike in Session 13: Jupiter Jazz (Part II)'

"There is nothing to believe in. There is no need to believe."

"Make your move."

"I'm the only one who can keep you alive. And I'm the only one who can kill you."

- Vicious to The Van in Session 25: The Real Folk Blues (Part I)

"And you will shed tears of scarlet" (English) "You shall shed red tears" (Japanese)

- Vicious to Spike in Session 26: The Real Folk Blues (Part II)

("Julia passed away. Let's end it all!") "If that's your wish."


  • Vicious appears in every episode in which Julia is mentioned.
  • Vicious's Japanese voice actor is Norio Wakamoto who has famously done such roles as Oskar von Reuenthal in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Cell in Dragon Ball Z, he later went on to voice Emperor Charles zi Britannia in Code Geass.



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