He is voiced by the late Unshō Ishizuka in the Japanese version and Beau Billigslea in the English version, the latter of whom also voices Barret Wallace.
Jet Black is the tritagonist of the anime series Cowboy Bebop. Known on his home satellite as the “Black Dog” for his tenacity, he is a 36-year-old former cop from Ganymede (a Jovian satellite) and acts as Spike’s foil during the series.
Biography: Jet Black Cowboy Bebop
Jet Black became the captain of the Bebop after retiring from the ISSP, and travels the Solar System in search for the next job. He considers it a simpler lifestyle, and cleaner than the corruption he dealt with within his old police force. His training as an ISSP officer and years of tracking down and capturing bounties has given Jet a number of irreplaceable skills; he is a very capable pilot, both with the Bebop and his own personal ship, the Hammer Head. Jet is also a skilled marksman, specially with his Walther P99, as seen in many fire fights where he is capable of handling his own. He has also shown himself to be a very competent and dangerous hand to hand fighter; he relies less on finesse and technique like Spike, and more on his brute strength in the form of boxing and grappling techniques.
Appearance: Jet Black Cowboy Bebop
Jet Black Cowboy Bebop possesses a tall, broad and muscular appearance. He is balding and only the sides and back of his head have hair. His sideburns continue down his cheeks to form a beard, giving him a slight resemblance to Daisuke Jigen just like Spike’s tall, lanky body gives him a slight resemblance to Lupin III and Vicious’ wild, untamed hair and love for wielding the Katana resembles Goemon Ishikawa.
Jet’s left arm is a synthetic, robotic limb that seems to heighten his strength. His original limb was lost when he was ambushed by a syndicate assassin and his crooked cop partner. The metallic piece under his right eye has no known purpose, but it is not likely a cosmetic choice. He wears a flight suit most of the time, but has been known to dress up for trips to a nightclub or casino. The scar on his face may imply that he has been in some fights as a cop and bounty hunter.
As the oldest member of the Bebop crew (biologically speaking, though Faye Valentine is older chronologically), Jet is often thought of as a father figure. He seems to take this as an offence, preferring that others think of him as young. Although he may look gruff and sometimes has a rude attitude, Jet is basically a good and thoughtful man who, while hiding his feelings, has a great affection for his own companions and thinks of them the same way as a family. Undoubtedly the most reliable member of the crew, Jet proves to be very apprehensive, proud, and capable of great fidelity. For some of the attitudes he takes, he could be considered a control freak, but it is not intentional, and all the other characters recognize his choices as the most right.
Jet has a great passion for bonsai and cooking (although his dishes are harshly criticized by his companions), adores jazz and blues music (Bebop, the given name of his starship, is a type of jazz), particularly the songs of Charlie Parker, and also highly appreciates the works of Goethe. As captain of the Bebop, he is very fond of his ship and greatly worries about the damage it could receive in firefights.