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Cowboy Bebop fans will fall in love with awesome Faye Valentine cosplay

by Matt Porter
Instagram: ohmysophii / Sunrise

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Cowboy Bebop is one of the most popular animes ever, and one fan of the show has demonstrated their love for one of the main characters, debuting an incredibly accurate cosplay of Faye Valentine.

The show, which debuted in 1998, is credited with introducing anime to a brand-new wave of viewers in the early 2000s and follows the story of a group of bounty hunters, referred to as Cowboys, as they travel around the solar system in search of criminals aboard their spaceship Bebop. The crew is made up of five main characters, Jet Black, Spike Spiegel, Faye Valentine, Edward, and Ein, a dysfunctional group of outcasts working together to apprehend bad guys in exchange for money.

While Spike and Jet were originally the only crew on the Bebop, Faye joined the ranks in later episodes, making herself at home aboard the ship despite the pair's attempts to get her to leave, becoming a permanent member and assisting them on missions — when she feels like it.

Faye Valentine holding a gun.
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Valentine is described as lazy, but learns to love her crew.

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Valentine is widely regarded as being the laziest member of the Bebop crew, regularly spotted lounging on the ship while the rest of the gang try to apprehend those who are on the run, preferring to relax and take care of her appearance, while indulging in one of her many bad habits like drinking, smoking cigars, and forcing her own work on others to get out of doing it.

While Valentine may not sound like the kind of character that fans would love, the 77-year-old who spent over 50 years frozen in suspended animation often shows her softer side throughout the show, and many are drawn to her story as she learns to trust the Bebop crew after feeling abandoned, eventually embracing her new role and home. Even though Spike and Faye's relationship often see them bickering, she is always the first to show empathy for him and has always taken care of any injuries he sustains while on missions.

Cosplayer 'ohmysophii' is clearly a fan, showing off her perfect version of the character, complete with the same yellow shorts and top that the character wears in the show. Valentine's purple hair falls to her shoulders, complete with the iconic yellow hairband, while also sporting the red coat that the character is rarely seen without. Ohmysophii captured every detail, even including the black braces she wears on her torso, and the thigh-high socks she wears.

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Despite her sarcastic personality and fear of trusting people in case they abandon her, Valentine grows and matures of the course of the season, learning to love her new family in her own way, an arc that gripped fans eager to see her finally happy after spending 54 years frozen in space.

Cowboy Bebop only ran for 26 episodes but is still lauded as a masterpiece among anime fans, so it's no surprise that awesome cosplays like this one continue to appear.