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Character Profile: Major Motoko Kusanagi

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Major Motoko KusanagiMajor Motoko KusanagiMajor Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex)
Human CyborgHuman Cyborg
5'6" (source: first season, last episode)168cm (source: first season, last episode)
Major, Section 9Major, Section 9
"I do not find this funny."
Mary Elizabeth McGlynnAtsuko Tanaka
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone ComplexKokaku Kidotai Stand Alone Complex
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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - 2nd GigKokaku Kidotai Stand Alone Complex - 2nd Gig
See Also
Major Motoko Kusanagi (from Ghost In the Shell)Major Motoko Kusanagi (from Ghost In the Shell)
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Major Motoko Kusanagi (from ARISE: Ghost In the Shell)Major Motoko Kusanagi (from ARISE: Ghost In the Shell)

Character Description: Major Motoko Kusanagi

As a young girl Motoko Kusanagi was put into a prosthetic cyborg body, due to her flesh body being to badly injured from a plane of which she was only one of two survivors. She is the Major of Section 9 and commands a group full of Cybernetically Enhanced Humans: Batou, Tugusa, and Ishikawa, who are all under the command of Kusanagi. Kusanagi herself is under the command of Chief Daisuke Aramaki.

From the movie to the TV series she has taken on some small but noticeable changes.

In the anime her eyes and hair have been given a new color, and her personality has changed a little. While in the movie she was more talkative and serious about everything, she also seemed very doubtful about a few things. In the TV series she seemed rather scary to be around and a tiny bit more violent, not wanting to talk with anyone very much, only when needed. She even takes on a more playful personality were she likes to sometimes joke a little with Batou.

In the TV series Batou is at times asking her why she uses a female prosthetic body instead of a male one which is stronger. Kusanagi shows her new playful side in the TV series by once challenging Batou to a spar to see if he was right, the end result was Kusanagi taking control of Batou and making him beat himself up, then says that so long as she is able to use her opponents power against them her female body is just fine.

Kusanagi is seen wearing an old watch, a watch that seems to be special to her. Batou always asks her why she wears it, and once even asked her if that's why she keeps a female body, so that the band will fit the slimmer wrist. The watch was a gift given to her when she reached "adulthood"-- when she was transferred into a full adult body. Interestingly, she and Batou share this certain sentimantality for anachronisms (Kusanagi with her analog watch, Batou with his love of "old" sports cars and obsession with weight training despite being heavily cyberized).

Kusanagi's hair seems to change between blue and purple, probably due to the lighting in most scenes. Make of that what you will.

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