Season 1 Episode 1

The $$60,000,000,000 Man

Aired Weekdays 1:30 AM Mar 31, 2003 on Cartoon Network
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The rumors fly that Vash the Stampede, an infamous outlaw worth $$60,000,000,000 dead or alive, is in town. Wherever he goes, destruction is sure to follow. Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, representing the Bernadelli Insurance Company, are charged with tailing Vash wherever he goes, but first they have to figure out who this legendary Vash is from the conflicting descriptions. They meet a goofy blond guy with a red coat, but immediately dismiss him as a possibility. Then a woman named Ruth Loose pursues a group of bounty hunters whose boss could be Vash. As Meryl and Milly track Ruth, they get into some trouble, but are rescued by an unlikely hero.moreless

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  • Vash! Vash! Who the hell is Vash?

    An entertaining beginning to a promising series, though not without its faults. The voice-work can be a little hit or miss at times with the supporting cast, but the main characters certainly get the job done. Those expecting any sort of weight to the proceedings might be a little deterred with how comical the script is, although with some mild coarse language and a few disturbing scenes (rape is certainly addressed without being tackled head on), there are definitely signs of a darker underbelly to the proceedings. The premise is introduced sufficiently enough and characters are likeable, in part due to the wacky facial animations. Not a bad start.moreless
  • Who's Vash the Stampede?

    Whether it's Mohawk man or Ruth Loose, we're just sort of confused at first. Yet we have this sneaking suspiscion that the charming blonde with a craving for donuts is the main star of the show. I like the mystery and intrigue, and of course the comedic relief. All of it fits quite nicely together with the opportunity to discover who everyone is. We're introduced to the main characters and their quirky behaviour. Meryl is somewhat anal retentive and stubborn while Milly is innocent and a little confused. An excellent episode to start off with because it gives way to explain how everyone has a rumoured perspective of the

    $$60 000 000 000 man and his merciless behaviour.moreless
  • it takes place in the distant future on a deserted planet. Vash the Stampede is a gunfighter with a legend so ruthless that he has a $60 blillion dollar bounty on his head. the real Vash the Stampede is not the same man that rumor portrays him to be.moreless

    its a really good episode!!! and i like it and i only have one problem with it and that is that there arent enough episodes to this anime like alot of other anime someone should pick up on animes after the manga has gotten far enough and just keep the anime going they always make anime during the early stages of the manga leaving you with so many questions**
  • The first episode of Trigun and where we first meet Vash The Stampede the Vash The Stampede, a man worth $$60,000,000

    The first episode of Trigun and where we first meet Vash The Stampede the Vash The Stampede, a man worth $$60,000,000

    and the episode that got me hooked to the show-a great mix of comedy and action (...mostly comedy) this is an episode you can go back and watch over and over just for the Vash silly-ness

    In short if you like Anime comedy then you have to check this out

  • The $$60,000,000,000 Man TRIGUNS 1ST EPISODE

    Trigun- Episode 1- The $$60,000,000,000 Man.

    I recently bought all 27 episode of Trigun, and i didnt have a bloody clue what it was like or about. From the cover i expected it to be something like gungrave, even though this is obviously made before that. Anyhow, i expected a serious gun filled crime caper, I didnt know how wrong i was. So i watched the first episode, the pilot,The $$60,000,000,000 Man and i was shocked. Not shocked in a bad way, but shock in a good way. What i saw was a 24 minute pilot with lots of potential. There was action and comedy, and characters that had their own story and that you cared about. Narrative hooks that made you want to see the next episode to discover more about its whimpy hero vash the stamped. To me it could be viewed by all ages.

    The $$60,000,000,000 Man is a classic pilot to a classic series. It may not appeal to some but it sould be watched.moreless
Steve Kramer

Steve Kramer

Saloon Card Player

Guest Star

Joe Romersa

Joe Romersa


Guest Star

Paul St. Peter

Paul St. Peter

Loose Ruth

Guest Star

Bill Timoney

Bill Timoney


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ruth Loose: I am Ruth Loose. The bounty hunter called " Constance Rifle ". Vash the Stampede, I'm here for your head.
      Boss: What?!
      Milly: Ma'am!
      Meryl: This is bad.
      Vash: I think I missed something.

    • Boss: So go ahead and shoot me. If that big gun of yours isn't just for show.
      Vash: I can't stand blood. The sight of it makes me faint!
      Boss: Okay, then! Let's see what happens when you see your own blood!

    • Vash: (sticks thumb up) Well! Did I work off the donuts and the ten double dollars? (laughs crazily)

    • Vash: (with a kitty face) Dangerous toys can be fun, but you might get hurt!

    • (Milly and Meryl are hanging from a rock formation.)
      Meryl: I guess I never should have taken this job after all.

    • Vash: Actually, I disapprove of suicide more than anything.

    • Vash: Thanks a lot, I was really getting hungry. These doughnuts hit the spot. Danke, danke.

    • Meryl: (Shaking with fear) Um... as representatives of the Bernadelli Insurence Group... Um, er... (Takes out a box of donuts) Here you go! For you, Mr. Vash the Stampede!
      Milly: (Awestruck) Wow! that was really cool Boss!

    • Vash: Now, be real still you wouldn't want this gun to go off would you?
      Bounty Hunter: I've found him hes right over here boss!
      Vash: Now would you mind lowering your gun like a good boy.
      Bounty Hunter: Forget it!
      Vash: You don't like pain do you?
      Bounty Hunter: I'm used to it.
      Vash: Well, I feel sorry for your wife and kids. You'll make them cry.
      Bounty Hunter: Ain't got no kids, and most woman find me pretty offensive, so I'm single.
      Vash: Sounds like a pretty lonely life.
      Bounty Hunter: I'm tellin' you... you have to die! For our happiness. It would sure make us all happy if you do.
      Vash: Sorry, I don't do requests.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original Japanese airdate: April 1, 1998
      Adult Swim premiere: March 31, 2003

      The Japanese dates are all listed for the pre-midnight showing, even though the show aired after midnight on the broadcast.

    • English Cast Note
      All English cast members are listed in a group at the closing credits. They are not linked to any roles. In this guide they are added if the character is known. Also many of the voice actors use aliases.

    • Throughout the series, in the subtitled version, Milly refers to Meryl as "Ma'am", but in the English dub, Milly calls her Meryl.

    • This episode does not take place in the manga.


    • Vash: Kitsune of Japanese mythology
      When Vash jumps over the guys big boomerang, he looks back and his face changes into a fox. This a reference to the Kitsune of Japanese mythology, who are notorious pranksters.