|“||This land is made of LOVE AND PEACE!||„|
|~ Vash's catchphrase.|
Vash the Stampede is the main protagonist of the anime/manga series Trigun. He is a mysterious, wandering gunman also known as The Humanoid Typhoon due to the destruction and chaos which surrounds him. Wielding a huge silver revolver, he travels from town to town. He is initially discovered by Meryl Stryfe and Milly Thompson, two Bernardelli Insurance Society representatives investigating claims made due to damages caused by the mysterious Humanoid Typhoon.
He is voiced by Masaya Onosaka in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Johnny Yong Bosch in the English version, the latter who also voices Lelouch vi Britannia, Ichigo Kurosaki and Renton Thurston.
Vash is not human, but a human-like Plant, inter-dimensional beings that are tapped as a source of power and energy. As a Plant, his body does not physically age past his mid-twenties, though he is 150 by the time the series begins. As "independent" plants, he and his twin brother Knives are capable of consciously using their immense energy to perform incredible destructive feats.
Vash and his twin brother Knives were discovered aboard a SEEDs ship by Rem Saverem, seemingly born from one of the Plants powering the ship. Rem raises them over the course of one year, where they quickly grow from infants to young children.
While experimenting with the ship's databases, Knives accidentally disrupts the navigation system, triggering an alarm and waking the dormant passengers aboard. Rem quickly corrects the system and sends the passengers back to sleep, but one awakened crewmember, Dr. William Conrad, discovers Vash and Knives. He agrees to keep their existence a secret after talking with Rem.
Knives and Vash later accidentally stumble across a restricted area aboard the ship, and there discover that they were not the first independent Plants to be born. Another plant, Tesla, had been studied by the crew aboard the ship, and subjected to continuous scans and vivisections that eventually led to her slow and painful death.
Knives falls into a shock-induced coma. Horrified, Vash locks himself away and declares his hatred of humanity. Afraid and feeling alone as one of only two independent plants amidst millions of humans, Vash attempts suicide. Rem intervenes, and Vash accidentally wounds her in the process. At first calmed by the sudden catharsis of hurting a human, Vash becomes horrified by what he has done and saves her. Rem shares her own troubled past and convinces Vash to have faith in the limitless potential for the future, and Vash gains a newfound respect for life.
|“||So you won't kill no matter what, huh? You are disgusting! You know what, Vash? You're nothing but a damn hypocrite! There's no way you haven't had to kill troublemakers somewhere along the line. How do I know? Because nobody could survive what you've been through without hurting somebody. The $$60 billion bounty on you head is proof of that.||„|
|~ Father Nebraska questioning Vash's pacifism- one of many examples in the series|
Vash's other side is an utterly tormented and lonely being, and is rarely shown when he is in the company of others. Due to his long life and legendary (and infamous) reputation, Vash has lost both a great many friends and his only family. In several instances (as implied by Luida) people he trusted have either betrayed him or been killed for simply knowing him. For the 20 years between the loss of July and the revocation of his bounty he was a hunted man and frequently had to hide his identity and fend off waves of persistant bounty hunters. Thus, he is often prone to brooding and depression whilst alone or engaging in deep introspective thought.
A point of conflict in the series are the inner differences between Vash and Millions Knives, his twin brother, and their regard for humanity. Despite his long suffering and ill-treatment by human beings, Vash chooses to remain hopeful and loving toward humanity; whereas Knives has fallen into a deep-seated hatred of the entire race despite never personally suffering at their hands. Their personalities also have other key differences: Vash cannot stand the despair of being alone, whereas Knives revels in his loneliness and has no desire for any company other than Vash.
- Vash was Johnny Yong Bosch's first anime character that he voiced which launched his voice acting career when he was finish with the Power Ranger series.
- Vash is similar to Dimmy from Yo Kai Watch, not because they share the same English voice actor. But also because they are skilled fighters and that they are kind hearted boys that can fight but refuse to hurt others. Including that they try not get involved in fights, and that they wear dark colors that represent them. The only difference between them is that Vash is happy, quiet and mysterious while Dimmy is quiet, shy and timid.