|Affiliation||The Lagoon Company|
|Race||Caucasian-American (Jewish Descent)|
|Manga||Chapter 00: Black Lagoon|
|Anime||Episode 01: The Black Lagoon|
|Japanese Anime Voice||Hiroaki Hirata|
|English Anime Voice||Brian Drummond|
Benny (ベニー, Benī) is a computer hacker/mechanic and fellow pirate of the Lagoon Company.
Background[edit | edit source]
He is a dropout from the University of Florida where he studied computer engineering until he got into trouble with the FBI and the mafia, and would have ended up dead if Revy had not saved him. Since then, he has worked in the Lagoon Company for two years before Rock came along. In the second season, he met Greenback Jane, and, after impressing her with his computer abilities, began an online relationship with her. Jane returned to Roanapur following the team's completion of the Lovelace Incident and Benny meets up with her in the Wired Red Wild Card saga.
Although there have been no actual hints of Benny's age, judging from his appearance, Benny could be in his mid 20s to early 30s
Personality[edit | edit source]
Benny works as the Lagoon Company's mechanic, computer specialist, and researcher. He also functions as the Lagoon's driver, and was the owner of the red 1969 Plymouth RoadRunner/GTX (he also has a 1965 Pontiac GTO that could be seen in Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail OVA) that Lagoon Company traveled around Roanapur in, he can also drive the Company's P.T. Boat Black Lagoon when Dutch was not onboard. He is Jewish, or at least of Jewish descent as he explained in Episode 5, and is often called "Benny-Boy" by Dutch.
Benny has an easygoing and non-violent personality: He readily admits to Rock that the two of them are not gunfighters in any way, shape, or form, and the two become friends. Unlike Rock, however, Benny is hardened to the job and was willing to turn a blind eye to Revy and Dutch's more morally questionable methods. He is also a realist when it came to dealing with the injustices of the world and tried to toughen up Rock when he could not bear what happened to other people like Hänsel and Gretel.
In the episode Roanapur Freakshow, Dutch tells Benny that there's something lurking deep down inside him which can mean that there is a darkness with him that has yet to be seen.
Benny also tends to be possessive of his computers, and would not let anyone else touch them.
Roberta's Blood Trail[edit | edit source]
At the beginning of episode 2 in Roberta's Blood Trail, he is seen with Rock as they pick up Garcia and Fabiola, so they can go and search for Roberta. After not being able to find the people who could give them clues to the elder maid's whereabouts, he is seen sitting at a table with Rock, Garcia Lovelace, and Fabiola Iglesias within the food market.
When Garcia and the younger maid agree that one could easily kill with using a gun, Benny speaks up and tells the two that he applauds their beliefs, but it isn't the right attitude to have for Roanapur. He also tells them that he doesn't usually give out advice. Upon taking a serious and solemn demeanor, the advice he gives the young ones is that if they ever have to fire a gun, is not to think nor hesitate and be sure to shoot to kill. This surprises Rock and after Benny gets up and walks away from the table and Rock follows him. Rock asks why he would say that and Benny responds that he doesn't want to see Garcia and Fabiola get killed then says he wouldn't get anymore involved with the search for Roberta.
He also asks Rock how much can one's heart take when every death is like a plate of armor wearing you down and if the former businessman could handle that. The advice given and said statement could be a clue to Benny's past.
In the manga, Major Shane Caxton tells Benny that Dutch may be lying about his past as a Vietnam soldier and that he's young yet, and should keep his guard up.