In real life, I wouldn't say that I'm a really 'cool' guy. I guess being cool is all relative, but I'm not someone that just any average person would spot on the street and call cool. There's just a special something that makes someone seem cool right off the bat. In anime, that seems to happen all the time! I don't know how, but anime creators have absolutely nailed the essence of cool.
It could all happen with a blink of an eye. Sometimes it grabs you with a specific fight scene. Even just one line of dialog can have you falling in love with a character. It only takes a second to form an opinion of a character, and getting that idea of 'cool' is no different. Anime offers up all sorts of interesting situations to build up characters, and usually at least one in particular comes off as the 'cool' one in the gang.
While I think of a lot of anime characters as being cool, there's one in particular that stands out above the crowd. Without a doubt, my mind goes right to Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop. This guy has a sensability...a style...a certain look to him that puts him head-and-shoulders above anyone else in my book. If I could ever fashion portions of my life off of a fictional character, I'd definitely aim for the cool factor of Spike.
For you, what character do you find to be the coolest out there? What anime guy or gal tickles your fancy more than anyone else? There are a ton of awesome anime characters out there, but each one posesses something a little different from the others to put them over the top in your book. I want to know what character you think defines cool!