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Vicious was the leader of the Syndicate and the main antagonist in the Cowboy Bebop (Netflix) adaptation.


Vicious has shoulder-length white hair, black eyebrows, deep brown eyes, and wears a black suit.


For the most part, Vicious has been shown to be a cold, conniving, and manipulative person who despises being looked down upon by anyone.


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Shin and Lin accompany a surviving Syndicate member of two incidents as he reports to Vicious. Upon hearing that a man called Fearless was there, Vicious kills the man and orders Shin and Lin to track and kill Fearless. He later meets with Julia who he lights her cigarette for and when she asks if everything was alright, he merely answers that it's simply business as usual.[1]

An assassin named Gunther was sent by Vicious to kill Spike, but in the end, failed to do so. Envoys of the Van visit Vicious' penthouse and use a hologram machine allowing him and Julia to be in their presence. The Van reprimand Vicious for his underhanded dealing of Red Eye and as a way to redeem himself, he's given a gun and ordered to shoot his wife Julia. Although hesitant, the Van member Caliban provokes him to do it revealing that the gun was unloaded. Warning Vicious to not betray their trust again, Vicious is left despondent while Julia is left in complete and utter shock by the incident. Elsewhere, Spike reconnects with Ana in her office, and the two talk about old times including how Vicous is now married to Julia. As a favor, Spike asks Ana to keep a watchful eye on Vicious for him while he's at her place. Sometime after their confrontation with the Van, both Vicious and Julia two get into an argument over each other's trust and how Julia thinks that Vicious isn't man enough to stand up for himself. This makes Vicious grab Julia's neck and demand that she never say something like that again. At Ana's bar, Shin and Lin report to Vicious that the assassin Gunther they sent to kill Spike had failed.[2]

Spike receives a secret message from a sushi maker that Vicious knows he's alive and Spike asks him for information on his location. At his fish factory, Vicious orders Shin and Lin to have Tui deliver Julia her favorite chocolates to her and reinforces that the closer of the Red Eye processing location is temporary. He along with Shin, Lin, and some others kill the Red Eye workers and when this is done, Vicious reinforces that chocolates be delivered to Julia. As he's exiting the factory, Vicious is spotted by the sushi maker and later relays this information to Spike. In return, Spike orders a "package" from him, and the sushi maker informs him of a perfect location to use the package. Sometime later, Spike contacts Vicious from the factory silo armed with a sniper rifle, and after talking with Vicious fires a single bullet at him while he's sitting in his bullet-proof car. The bullet doesn't manage to penetrate the window, but cuts his cheek causing Vicious to scream out Spike's old Syndicate name.[3]

Accompanied by Tui, Vicious enters his penthouse, and after Julia thanks him for the chocolates, Vicious informs her that Tui will be taking her off the planet to protect her from the Elders. He then details his plans to eliminate the Elders, but Julia notes the flaw in the plan if it fails. Requesting that Tui leave them, Vicious then asks what Julia would suggest and she proposes that they approach the plan from a different angle. Furthermore, she suggests that he round up the other Capos to help him. Noting how weak the Eunuch is, but Julia claims that Mao would be a better choice. Considering the suggestion, Vicious notes that Mao is no fool, but Julia reaffirms that it was just a suggestion. In order to allow Vicious to talk with Mao, Julia meets with Ana to have her arrange a meeting with Mao.[4]

On the night of his meeting with Mao, Vicious is notably anxious about it due to Julia having to attend as a way of insurance, but Julia reassures him. Upon meeting with Mao, she immediately notes how furious she was that she lent Gunther to Vicious without question, but he gets him killed. Apologetic about the loss of her assassin, Vicious informs her of his plan to overthrow the Elders with her and Eunuch's help. Mao then informs how Santiago aka the Eunuch got his moniker. Furthermore, as a condition for her to contact Santiago and agree with Vicious' plan, Mao requests that Julia sing for her. Furious by this request, Vicious cancels the deal and as he walks away, Julia sings for Mao despite Vicious' protest. Back at the penthouse, Vicious claims that Julia humiliated him in front of Vicious, however, she argues that if she sat by and did nothing would have compromised their plans. Since Mao was privy to their plan and they needed to repay her for having Gunther killed. Hearing this, Vicious leaves the room.[5]

Spike gets trapped in a VR world where Julia meets with him and tries to convince him to let her go, while Vicious accompanied by Shin, Lin, and other Syndicate members tries and kill them.[6]

Vicious is briefly mentioned by Ana who claims that so long as Fearless is alive, he won't stop hunting him until either Spike or he is dead. Outside of Ana's office, Gren also confirms that even if Julia decides to escape, Vicious would always be on her tail. Vicious along with Mao, attend a meeting with Santiago by his manor and discuss the matter of the coup against the elders. Although intrigued by the offer, Santiago haggles a bit, and instead of 2% extra power, he wants 3%. Negotiations nearly break down due to Vicious' frustration, but he still agrees to it.[7]

Led by a scientist named Godard, they coerce her to release the man they have imprisoned at the Cherious Medical facility. The man who calls himself Pierrot Le Fou was pleased when Vicious killed Godard for him. In exchange for killing Godard and as much Red Eye as he so wants, Vicious requests that Le Fou kill Spike Spiegel. After confronting Spike and having him at his mercy, Le Fou mentions to him that Vicious sends his regards.[8]

On the night of the coup against the elders, at his penthouse, Vicious successfully negotiates with Santiago to uphold his part of the bargain to send away his guards. Vicious then puts on the shackles as part of the plan and before leaving he kisses Julia goodbye while assuring her that everything will be alright. The plan itself was a success as Vicious traded places with Santiago and used a hologram to disguise one another. In the end, Vicious kills everyone there including the elders and Mao, and when he returns home, he returns holding Mao's head to which he tosses into his fireplace.[8]

In the past, Vicious and Spike going by Fearless at the time pose as janitors at a law firm, assassinate an attorney by the name of Lee. It's also at that time that a woman named Brenda along with a little girl see Lee's dead body. Following Fearless' orders, they forget what they saw and run. Vicious asks why he let them go and Fearless claims it's because of the code to never kill kids, whereas Vicious calls him weak for doing that. Later at Ana's, they report their successful mission to their superior Stax who assigns them a new job. It entails mediating a deal with the Neptune Cartel's envoy Ka-Ching, with Vicious out of the scene Stax warns Fearless about Vicious noting that there's something not right with him. Fearless, on the other hand, brushes it off and Fearless later sits with Vicious at his table and they both watch the newcomer Julia's performance. Impressed by it, Vicious sends her a bottle of champagne and later becomes her boyfriend.[9]

On the day of the deal with the Neptune Cartel, Stax relays to the two that there's a condition to the meeting, and that's to bring no iron. Vicious, however, still brought a gun, to which, Fearless confiscates. However, the deal breaks down when Vicious attacks Ka-Ching causing a rift between the Syndicate and the Cartel. Stax reprimands them for their failure to follow through with the deal and that from that point on they're to lay low. Afterward, Vicious vents his anger to Fearless at a dive bar, where they also meet with Julia who reveals to them about her promotion. When the band at the bar starts to play the Jupiter Jig, Julia invites Fearless to dance with her, and as they do a photographer takes a picture of the two. Later as they're driven home by Vicious, he spots Ka-Ching exiting another bar and in a fit of rage runs him over with his car. Vicious stays behind so he could deal with Ka-Ching and has Fearless drive the distraught Julia home. Eventually, Stax informs Fearless of what Vicious did and that it exacerbated the situation causing a scenario where only until the last man standing between the two groups will there be peace. He also gives Fearless a new job from the elders, to assassinate Vicious. When Fearless visits him at his penthouse intending to kill him, he decides against it after hearing Vicious tell him about how his father killed his mother for being weak. The following day, Caliban of the elders visits his son to congratulate him for eliminating the Neptune Cartel. Barely lucid, Vicious takes the credit only to be reprimanded by his father for taking credit for something he did not obviously do. Caliban also informs Vicious that Fearless has been sleeping with Julia behind his back and that he plans to leave the Syndicate. When Vicious asks where Fearless is, Caliban coldly answers capos don't ask questions they find them out for themselves. Soon afterward, Vicious interrogates Ana for Fearless' location and has Tui pick up Julia and take her to his penthouse.[9]

Confronting Fearless with his Syndicate cohorts where he was supposed to meet with Julia and shoot at Fearless sending him flying backward into the water below.[9]

Back in the present, Vicious pours himself a drink in his penthouse and reprimands Julia for planning with Mao to have him killed and vows to make her pay for it. He later has his men kidnap Kimmie and holds her hostage to exchange her for Spike. When Jet arrives at the designated location for the hostage exchange. Spike and Jet ambush the Syndicate members by taking them all out and when Jet tries to rescue Kimmie from Vicious, it's revealed that he along with his faithful cohorts Shin and Lin are holograms. Now surrounded by more Syndicate members than they can handle, they're later each tied to a pillar and Vicious enters the scene with Syndicate members in hopes to execute them all along with Kimmie. Faye, however, arrives in her spaceship to eliminate the Syndicate members and free the hostages. When Spike returns and reaches the top of the cathedral, Spike and Vicious face off against each other. In the end, Spike manages to beat Vicious and Julia arrives, but their reunion isn't pleasant as she blames Spike for making her become what she became presently and shoots him through the stained glass in the cathedral. Sometime later, Julia handcuffs Vicious somewhere where he's told by Julia that for now on she'll run the Syndicate under his name.[10]


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