While most of the characters have appeared in the past in various Ghost in the Shell incarnations, this page is for characters who based in the Ariseverse.

[[Characters/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex If you want to read on tropes that affect most of the characters taken from the SACverse, read here.]]


[[folder:Public Security Section 9]]

!!Major Motoko Kusanagi
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MaayaSakamoto (Japanese), Creator/ElizabethMaxwell (English)
* AdaptationalModesty: Her outfit is far more conservative here than in [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex the previous TV series]].
* AmazonianBeauty: Played with. She's rather waifish and slender normally, but when she engages in close quarters combat, her cyborg body bursts with muscles, such as her arms in her final fight with Raizo at the end of ''Ghost Pain.''
* ArtificialHuman: It's somewhat complicated, but this version's Major [[spoiler:was cyberized before she was even born. Her mother was in an accident that killed her when she was still in the womb, but the authorities were able to save the fetus' brain and put it in a cyborg body. This means that technically, she's never had a real human body]].
* BareYourMidriff: Kusanagi in the manga.
* BlingOfWar: Motoko's JGSDF uniform is just a bit too subdued for that.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Turned out she was this in the first OVA.]]
* CartwrightCurse: She seems to be incapable of holding a steady relationship for one reason or another, despite obviously direly needing one. As of ''Ghost Tears'' she went through six boyfriends in just half a year, and broke with the next-to-last one so violently as to send the guy into hospital for months, [[spoiler:while the last one turned out to be a perp in her case, and committed suicide to save her in the finale]].
* CoolBike: Motoko drives a [[Manga/{{Akira}} Kaneda-style]] red sports bike with matching helmet to go with her outfit.
* DatingCatwoman: [[spoiler: In ''Ghost Tears'' the Major's [[ReallyGetsAround current]] boyfriend is one of the perps in the case she's on.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: The Major's standard recruitment technique, particularly with [[spoiler: Batou]], given their past [[TheRival rivalry]].
* DefectorFromDecadence: Motoko leaves Unit 501 [[spoiler: after they let Mamuro die to protect their existence, [[ThisIsUnforgivable which she finds unforgivable]]]].
* HellBentForLeather: Motoko. Red leather jacket, red leather pants, red leather boots. Still a complete badass by virtue of the franchise history.
* IcyBlueEyes: Motoko's eyes are blue like in the original film version of ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'', though in ''Arise'' they are a darker shade of blue.
* MsFanservice: Shower scene? Check. Scenes with her in her underwear? Check. [[spoiler:Chasing a spy outside in the middle of the night wearing nothing but her underwear in the first OVA?]] '''Triple-Check'''. She is this ''in spades''.
* NonIdleRich: [[spoiler:The first episode finale says that Major was left a large enough trust fund that paying out the ([[NewTechIsNotCheap pretty damn high]]) cost of her body is a rather small change compared to the rest of it, which would allow her to comfortably retire for life. She still takes Aramaki's offer of a position in Section 9.]]
* NotSoStoic: Motoko is noticeably more emotive than her [[Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex SAC]] counterpart.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Motoko wears a revealing red gown when she's invited by her boyfriend for a wedding of his customers.
* ShesGotLegs: The third OVA keeps showing off Motoko's legs. Then, it turns into FanDisservice when her leg muscles kept bulging [[spoiler:and are rigged with explosives]].
* SugarAndIcePersonality: A spot-on example. On the job, she's brusque, ice-cold, and aloof. On the other hand, she's more relaxed around the Logicoma, and in ''Ghost Tears'', she's incredibly warm and loving with her boyfriend. [[spoiler: Well, until he showed his true colors, that is...]]
* WaifFu: This version of Motoko is very short and skinny, so any time she tries to fight someone else, especially another cyborg (typically all very large men) this trope ensues.
* WomanScorned: Motoko is understandably angry when she learned the truth [[spoiler:that her boyfriend is a terrorist who retrofitted her legs with explosives]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: This version of Motoko has blue-ish purple hair.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KenichirouMatsuda (Japanese), Creator/ChristopherSabat (English)

* BlingOfWar: Batou [[http://mangapark.com/manga/ghost-in-the-shell-arise/s2/c6/22 in his full Naval finery]] in the manga.
* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:In the second OVA he attacks Mokoto. He later joins Section 9 instead rather than taking his chances with a court-martial.]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Alex Organ (English)

* BadassLongcoat: Starts sporting a trenchcoat in the TV episode "Pyrophoric Cult, Part 1" as a symbol of him starting work with Section 9.
* NoNameGiven: Togusa's given name is never mentioned in any installment of the franchise. ''Arise!'' is no different here.
* RevolversAreJustBetter: Still uses a Mateba [=M2008M=] as his main sidearm.
* SherlockScan: In the third OVA, Togusa was able to figure it out that Akira Hose is hiding something and know that Motoko is in love with the latter just based on her non-verbal cues. Motoko disregards this and calls Togusa an amateur. Though, of course, she denies it at first because [[LoveMakesYouDumb of her feelings with Hose]]. And at the end of the episode, Motoko gives Togusa an offer to join Section 9.

->'''Voiced by:''' Takurou Nakakuni (Japanese), Marcus D. Stimac (English)

* EvilPaysBetter: Batou convinces him to take his side in ''Ghost Whispers'' by offering him triple the pay that Motoko promised.
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: The dude switches sides several times throughout the course of ''Ghost Whispers'', and it's all related to money.
* OnlyInItForTheMoney: He's all about the cash.
* {{Sleepyhead}}: Is always sleeping during the team's meetings, in and out of the net.

->'''Voiced by:''' Shunsuke Sakuya (Japanese), Brandon Potter (English)

* AdaptationalBadass: This version of Ishikawa is quite capable of holding his own in a KnifeFight.
* TheSmartGuy: As usual, the member of the team who's very well-versed in electronics and hacking.

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/YoujiUeda (Japanese), Creator/JasonDouglas (English)

* KnifeNut: Uses a combat knife when in close quarters, which doubles as a myth gag.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The OVA opening sequence clearly spells his name as "Paz" yet both the Japanese & English voice actors call him "Pazu."

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KazuyaNakai (Japanese), Phil Parsons (English)

!!Daisuke Aramaki
->'''Voiced by:''' Ikkyuu Juku (Japanese), Creator/JohnSwasey (English)

* BadassBureaucrat: Aramaki, who often scares off even the most seasoned apparatchiks by his reputation alone. And for those resisting he still has the whole arsenal of the [[{{Blackmail}} hidden]] [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight dirt]] and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections debts and favors owed to him]].
* OnlySaneMan: Aramaki seems to be the only Japanese politician ''not'' [[SleazyPolitician hellbent on acquiring as much power and influence as possible, everything else be damned]].

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MiyukiSawashiro (Japanese), Creator/JadSaxton (English)

* BattleCry
-->'''Logicoma:''' ''(while leaping onto a speeding truck)'' DeathFromAbove!
* LiteralMinded: The Logicoma following Motoko. When Motoko tells it to disappear for a while, the Logicoma takes the order literally and uses its camouflage. Motoko is rather impressed by that revelation.
* RobotBuddy: Arise introduces the ''Logicoma'' to assist Motoko on the job. It looks like a Tachikoma without the pod on it's back, but also has visual features of the Fuchikomas from the original manga. In this case, the name is short for '''Logi'''stics '''Co'''nveyor '''Ma'''chine.


[[folder:Unit 501, Japanese Ground Self-Defense Forces]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MayumiAsano (Japanese), Creator/MaryElizabethMcGlynn (English)

* AbsoluteCleavage: Kurutsu has a great rack. She also [[VaporWear doesn't wear a bra]] and [[MsFanservice keeps her uniform shirt unbuttoned all the way down]]. This is all very odd as she's an on duty, on base, military commander.
* ArmsDealer: What she made the unit into before the events of the series.
* [[spoiler:BackForTheDead]]: [[spoiler: Gets killed by a bomb in the film's prologue.]] [[spoiler: Or at least, that's what everyone was lead to believe.]]
* [[spoiler: FakingTheDead]]: [[spoiler: Her body was remote-controlled all along, with the real Kurutsu hidden deep within 501's base]]
* KarmaHoudini: Thanks to her actions, she was never arrested by the [=JGSDF=] for her actions.
* MsFanservice: She's tall, wears a ''very'' revealing uniform, and is voiced by Mary Elizabeth McGlynn. Do the math.
* StatuesqueStunner: Towers over Major Kusunagi.
* WalkingSpoiler: For her role and impact in TheMovie.

->'''Voiced by:''' Takanori Hoshino (Japanese), David Wald (English)

* ArmCannon: His left arm can fire [[ShockAndAwe bolts of electricity]] or [[BlowYouAway bursts of compressed air.]]
* TheBrute: The most violent member of Unit 501, he has to be reprimanded by Ibachi to cool down.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Subverted: he's much bigger and visually more muscular than the Major. Yet when their fists collide together, it's ''his'' hand that shatters. However, immediately after that, the Major puts him in a chokehold and her arm muscles are bulging, being bigger than his.

->'''Voiced by:''' Yasuhiro Mamiya (Japanese), Chris Rager (English)

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/KenjiNojima (Japanese), Creator/EricVale (English)



!!Colonel Kazuya Soga
->'''Voiced by:''' Ikuya Sawaki (Japanese), Jeremy Schwartz (English)

* DarkAndTroubledPast: [[spoiler:He massacred guerrillas masquerading as refugees. When he returned to Japan, he was accused of being a war criminal for killing them.]]

->'''Voiced by:''' Takako Fuji (Japanese), Creator/StephanieYoung (English)

* AIIsACrapshoot: [[spoiler:V.V., the Special Forces agent, happens to be a rogue A.I.]]
* DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife: [[spoiler: After it attained full sentience, it had no idea what to do with itself, so it decided to start hacking into classified government databases all around the world in hopes of finding some kind of information that would give its existence meaning.]]
* ForeignFanservice: VV is an American intelligence agent with blond hair and big tits.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: VV's digital avatar resembles a mermaid. Like a [[Literature/TheLittleMermaid certain other mermaid]] she [[spoiler:wants to become a "real" human.]]
* RealAfterAll: ''Pyrophoric Cult'' reveals that [[spoiler: there actually ''is'' a real American woman codenamed VV, and that the AI from ''Ghost Whispers'' was simply modeled after her.]]

!!Akira Hose
->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/TatsuhisaSuzuki (Japanese), Creator/JasonLiebrecht (English)