In the anime, Steve is portrayed as a lecher, occasionally groping one of his shipmates, Mary. He was also an alcoholic, something that was ultimately used against him. He was falsely accused of getting drunk and raping Mary by her and Rolan as a way to get rid of him, a plan secretly set up by Knives. As a result, Steve was put in cryogenic stasis without a trial and denied the chance to voice his defense to the claim; He was believed to be guilty due to his frequent drinking, inappropriately touching Mary, and his abusive treatment of Vash and Knives. However, the freezer unit was sabotaged by a mentally unstable Rolan, which caused Steve to die. The rest of his shipmates died shortly after him.