Major Motoko Kusanagi is the main protagonist in Masamune Shirow's anime and manga series. She is a cyborg employed as the squad leader of Public Security Section 9, a fictional division of the real Japanese National Public Safety Commission. She is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka in the movies and the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex series. In the English dubbing of the film, Mimi Woods provides the voice, and in the Bandai dub of the Stand Alone Complex TV series, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn is the voice actress.
Motoko Kusanagi's character is distinctly different in the movies because Ghost in the Shell and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence both follow one continuous time-line that is separate from the anime series as well as the original manga from which it is derived.
Kusanagi is the main protagonist in the movie Ghost in the Shell, where she is Aramaki's second in command in Section 9. She is a very effective leader and is able to use her wits and cybernetic body in bringing criminals to justice. However, despite the number of cyborgs in Section 9, Kusanagi hand-picks Togusa, who has undergone only minimal brain modification, to balance the roster, an interesting expression of her belief that homogeneity is a weakness and that versatility is a strength. Kusanagi is often contemplative and brooding, whilst her counterpart Batou is more extroverted and lively. She usually wields an M-23 submachine gun that, while fictional, bears a striking resemblance to a P90 - though with the magazine mounted vertically on the underside instead of horizontally as is the case with the P-90.
Since she has a full cybernetic body, she is not certain her ghost, or her soul, retains any humanity. In fact, she speculates on the possibility that she's entirely synthetic, with artificially generated memories designed to fool her into thinking she were once human. She goes scuba diving for relaxation, although she is so heavy that she would sink like an anchor if any malfunction in her buoyancy devices were to occur. Her fatalistic attitude towards her diving thoroughly confounds Batou. Throughout the movie, she seeks to find answers to her questions and finally meets the Puppet Master, a rogue AI who became sentient and who is similar to her in its quest for existential meaning. By the end of the movie, Kusanagi and the Puppet Master merge to form a new entity that propagates itself artificially.
Powers and Stats
Tier: 9-B. Potentially much higher
Name: Motoko Kusanagi, Major
Origin: Ghost In The Shell (theatrical movie)
Age: Physically looks in her 20s, but is at least in her 40s given her ridiculous skillset and reputation
Classification: Cyborg, Section 9 field commander
Powers and Abilities: Superhuman strength, speed, durability, endurance, agility, full cyborgization, skilled in martial arts and the use of firearms, Enhanced Senses, Cyber Mind, expert hacker (her expertise in this area allows her to mimic such powers as telepathy, possession, Illusion Creation, obtain memories and various offensive Mind Control and mental powers), can use other bodies and objects as duplicates, Thermo-Optical Camouflage which allows her to become invisible and have mastery of stealth, Strategic, tactical, detective and criminal genius, likely to be immortal (Type 1, 2 & 6)
Attack Potency: Wall level. Potentially much higher via hacking and the net.
Lifting Strength: Class 10 (Ripped a portion of the Spider Tank apart.)
Striking Strength: Wall Class (Should be comparable to the Crab Man who accidentally heel drop kicked through the stone floor and is capable of performing high jumps on buildings)
Durability: Wall level (Her cybernetic body is complete with a titanium skeleton and is essentially immune to most small arms fire)
Stamina: Superhuman+ (Her cybernetic body means she is unlikely to ever tire in a fight)
Range: Melee range, several hundred meters with guns, planetary or more if her opponent is connected to the net in some way
Standard Equipment: CZ 100 pistol, M-23 (resembles FN-P90) submachine gun, CZN-M22 assault rifle, light urban combat armor, Thermo-Optical Camouflage (consisting of a body suit and visor. The visor has expanded optical capabilities like FLIR), briefcase-sized field kit of junk like knives, monofilament line, extra ammo, a dummy barrier, all that kind of useful stuff | Sex doll gynoid with a futuristic Norinco SAS-12
Intelligence: Combat genius, Motoko is extremely intelligent and experienced in the field both as a soldier and officer. Very skilled hacker, she can also hack into the minds of others to gather intelligence from them and skilled operator of prosthetic bodies, again among the best in the world.
Weaknesses: Her body can be hacked (doing so will certainly be no easy task though)
Note: This profile covers the Ghost in the Shell film version of Kusanagi