Jet Black is a former member of the ISSP (Inter Solar System Police). A top detective,
he was known as the "Black Dog" for the way he refused to let things go once he'd sunk his teeth into them. Eight years ago
he lost his left arm in a encounter with Udai Taxim, a major syndicate figure. Having suffered the loss of his longtime lover
Alisa some six to eight months beforehand, Jet found he no longer wanted to stay on his homeworld of Ganymede and left. At
some point he received a cybernetic implant to replace his damaged (or missing) arm, and purchased an old Ganymede fishing
vessel, which he named the Bebop
(Jet is a big fan of jazz music.).
After five years of working solo, Jet teamed up with Spike Spiegel, and the two became bounty hunters, drifting about the
solar system and living a fairly simple existence. To bad it wouldn't last...
Jet is in every episode of Cowboy Bebop, from the first (Asteroid Blues) to the last (The Real Folk Blues
Part 2). Episode 10, Ganymede Elegy, and Episode 16, Black Dog Serenade, both reveal portions of his past,
and are important in understanding who Jet is, and where he's come from. He's last seen in Episode 26, The Real Folk Blues
Part 2, polishing fittings on the Bebop, calmly watching as Spike flies off in the Swordfish II, to what
will most likely a final and fatal encounter with Vicious.
As a former cop, Jet still has a strong sense of duty and justice. However, as he is
no longer a police officer, Jet is free to ignore the niceties of the law and get straight to the justice part. Still, he
isn't as carefree and reckless as either Faye or Spike, and unlike either of them, doesn't engage in needless properly destruction
while in psi of a bounty.
Although gruff in appearances and mannerisms, Jet is a bit softhearted, often seen by his interactions with Edward. He
talks to her, rather than at her, and treats he much like he might treat his daughter. Jet's also treats Ein with kindness
as well (unlike Faye who dislikes him quite a bit). He will feed Ein regularly for example, whereas Faye has eaten Ein's own
food right in front of him (Yes, she was that hungry...). Jet isn't a total pushover, however. As he tells Faye at one point,
"This ship is my ship, and this arm is my arm." He is, to an extent, set in his ways, and any pressure to change will probably
result in Jet digging in and resisting.
Quote: "Im the Black Dog... Once I bite, I never let go."
Jet's main power is his wealth of contacts in the ISSP. Although an ex-cop, Jet is still well
known by the Ganymede police, and his reputation is known among the police of Mars and other systems. He often can call one
someone in the local area to get a little bit of extra information when needed. In addition, Jet is an excellent mechanic,
a skilled pilot, a good cook, and adept at running the Bebop's systems. He tends to stay in reserve, working behind
the scenes, while Spike (and Faye) are the front men, working in direct contact with the target.
Jet is 6'3" tall, with a broad and well-muscled build. He has black hair (mostly gone from the top
of his head), and a carefully trimmed full beard. A scar runs vertically over his right eye, which is also marked by an L-shaped
strip of metal that looks to have been riveted under his eye. Jet's let arm, shoulder, and some of his upper chest is artificial,
replaced by a bionic/cybernetic limb.