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I feel stupid not knowing, but I can't quite put my finger on where "See you space cowboy" is from. I know it's from an anime (that I think was made in the 90s?), but what anime specifically is it from?

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It is perhaps worth noting that at least half the results on the first page of a Google search for see you space cowboy refer to Cowboy Bebop. –  senshin Mar 7 at 14:26
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This post also further elaborates on the famous Cowboy Bebop phrase: What is the meaning of the phrase at the end of the last Cowboy Bebop episode? –  rvddesign Mar 12 at 20:06
    
If you've got your answer, you should accept one :) –  Toshinou Kyouko Mar 14 at 12:51

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It's definitely Cowboy Bebop.

The background character is Spike Spiegel:

Spike Spiegel, silhouetted

Spike Spiegel

The phrase is taken from one of the ending credits:

"SEE YOU SPACE COWBOY..."

However, the song on that website doesn't match the song entitled "See you Space Cowboy" on the Original Soundtrack, but is in fact "Space Lion".

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Spiegel not Segal –  mocj Mar 6 at 18:47
    
Thanks for that, I should've double checked it. –  Toshinou Kyouko Mar 6 at 19:51

I think it resembles a lot of Cowboy Bebop.

Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ Kaubōi Bibappu?) is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. The twenty-six episodes (sessions) of the series are set in the year 2071. It follows the adventures, misadventures and tragedies of a bounty hunter crew travelling on the Bebop, their starship. Cowboy Bebop explores philosophical concepts including existentialism, existential ennui, loneliness, and the past's influence.

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Crucial information point: At the end of a Cowboy Bebop episodes, there is a black screen, with a subtitle that says "See You Space Cowboy.." –  Dimitri mx Mar 6 at 18:05

Cowboy Bebop! at the end of every episode it says "See you space Cowboy" then goes to the ending.

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You should try to expand your answer a bit more. We prefer a bit more detailed answers over 1 liners (even if it is correct) Check the answer above by Rikkin for a good sample –  Dimitri mx Mar 7 at 13:48

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