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* MagnificentBastard: Project 2501, better known as the "[[DigitizedHacker Puppet Master]]", is an articulate and intelligent [[DoAndroidsDream digital lifeform]] that wishes to be part of the natural cycle of life, and harbors an interest in Major Motoko Kusanagi due to their similar philosophies. Born from Section 6's efforts to create an AI for shady purposes, the Puppet Master operated in their service by manipulating the minds of cybernetically-enhanced humans to perform meticulously crafted terrorist operations, hiding his sapience from his masters all the way. When the Puppet Master's free will is discovered, he is forced to evade Section 6 by fabricating a body for himself, but not before setting up the circumstances to ensure Section 9 recovers him and brings him closer to the Major. When she finally dives into his body to question him, the Puppet Master convinces the Major to merge with him by appealing to her desire to be more than just a machine, their resulting combined consciousness granting him the offspring he so longed for.

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* OlderThanTheyThink: ''Ghost in the Shell'' has an unique relationship with ''Anime/AngelCop'', another Japanese cyberpunk franchise protagonized by a wild, blue-haired female cyber-cop. The original ''[=GitS=]'' manga kicked off only one month before the promotional ''[=AC=]'' manga did, while the ''[=AC=]'' OVA series finished a year before ''[=GitS=]'' got its first animated adaptation, so there's a fair possibility that the two franchises actually influenced each other instead of one being just a WholePlotReference to the other as it is often believed.


* AudienceColoringAdaptation: Acclaimed as it might be, the notion of ''Ghost in the Shell'' being a paradise of dark, introspective cyberpunk philosophy was almost entirely caused by the 1995 anime film. The original manga was a fast-paced cop action story, filled to the brim with colourful characters, comedic relief and cartoonish art, which only treated philosophical questions on the side and in its later part. The problem with this is that the 1995 film was the franchise's breakout in United States and many other countries, which not only colored their expectations about what ''Ghost in the Shell'' was about, but also became in many cases the only piece of the franchise people was familiar with. As a proof, practically all the reviewers of the [[Film/GhostInTheShell2017 2017 film]] derided it because it focused in action and visual style over intellectual topics, despite this actually only made it ''more'' similar to the manga than both of the more famous anime movies.



* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson film]].

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* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson film]].2017 film, which had its fans even if they were few.


* AccidentalInnuendo:
-->'''Batou:''' If it looks like you've gone in too deep I'm pulling the plug and taking you home!
* AdaptationDisplacement: The first film is far better known than the manga it's based on, particularly in the West where it really took off. Today's generation of anime fans, however, seem to be more familiar with ''Stand Alone Complex'' than either the films or the manga.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''Innocence'' somehow carries a TV-PG rating despite its violence which includes peoples' heads getting smacked off and focus on the sexual trafficking of minors.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Kenji Kawai's breathtaking score for both films. The climax of ''Innocence'' is practically a ballet.

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* AccidentalInnuendo:
-->'''Batou:''' If it looks like you've gone in too deep I'm pulling the plug and taking you home!
* AdaptationDisplacement: The first film is far better known than the manga it's based on, particularly in the West where it really took off. Today's generation of anime fans, however, seem to be more familiar with ''Stand Alone Complex'' than either the films or the manga.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''Innocence'' somehow carries a TV-PG rating despite its violence which includes peoples' heads getting smacked off and focus on the sexual trafficking of minors.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Kenji Kawai's breathtaking score for both films. The climax of ''Innocence'' is practically a ballet.
!! Manga



* ContestedSequel: The film ''Innocence''. Some fans consider it an EvenBetterSequel or a worthy successor, others a pretentious bore.
* DesignatedHero: In the original manga, while she's on the job, the Major is ''not'' a nice lady; at times, she seems to approach being a SociopathicHero. For example, in Section 9's first mission to determine if they would even be approved as an organization, Motoko ends up saving the lives of boys who were working in hellish totalitarian conditions and barely being fed. When they ask if she was here to help them, she told them that they have to make their own lives and not rely on hand-outs. Ouch.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The first movie can be interpreted as the Major leaving behind her attachments to her human existence and becoming a being of pure thought. The second movie's plot is more straightforward, but still contains lots of mind screwing.
* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson film]].

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* ContestedSequel: The film ''Innocence''. Some fans consider it an EvenBetterSequel or a worthy successor, others a pretentious bore.
* DesignatedHero: In the original manga, while While she's on the job, the Major is ''not'' a nice lady; at times, she seems to approach being a SociopathicHero. For example, in Section 9's first mission to determine if they would even be approved as an organization, Motoko ends up saving the lives of boys who were working in hellish totalitarian conditions and barely being fed. When they ask if she was here to help them, she told them that they have to make their own lives and not rely on hand-outs. Ouch.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The first movie can be interpreted as the Major leaving behind her attachments to her human existence and becoming a being of pure thought. The second movie's plot is more straightforward, but still contains lots of mind screwing.
* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson film]].
Ouch.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In America, it's a ''bona fide'' classic, one of the earlier examples of serious, artistic animation. In Japan it was nothing unheard of and was, well, slow-paced and artistic, rarely a recipe for a box office hit.



* {{Woolseyism}}: The English title is the ''subtitle'' of the original work. The actual Japanese title, ''Kokaku Kidoutai'', translates to "Mobile Armored Tank Police". (Shirow Masamune mentions in the preface to ''[=Man/Machine Interface=]'' that the Japanese title is [[ArtifactTitle a huge misnomer]] for [=M/MI=], because the story is no longer about the police, nor does the protagonist ride in an armored tank anymore. He considered changing it, but... nah.)

!! Anime films
* AccidentalInnuendo:
-->'''Batou:''' If it looks like you've gone in too deep I'm pulling the plug and taking you home!
* AdaptationDisplacement: The first film is far better known than the manga it's based on, particularly in the West where it really took off. Today's generation of anime fans, however, seem to be more familiar with ''Stand Alone Complex'' than either the films or the manga.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''Innocence'' somehow carries a TV-PG rating despite its violence which includes peoples' heads getting smacked off and focus on the sexual trafficking of minors.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Kenji Kawai's breathtaking score for both films. The climax of ''Innocence'' is practically a ballet
* ContestedSequel: The film ''Innocence''. Some fans consider it an EvenBetterSequel or a worthy successor, others a pretentious bore.
* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The first movie can be interpreted as the Major leaving behind her attachments to her human existence and becoming a being of pure thought. The second movie's plot is more straightforward, but still contains lots of mind screwing.
* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson film]].
* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: In America, it's a ''bona fide'' classic, one of the earlier examples of serious, artistic animation. In Japan it was nothing unheard of and was, well, slow-paced and artistic, rarely a recipe for a box office hit.



* SignatureScene: The Major jumping through a skyscraper window and camouflaging as she falls to the ground in her first story. The 1995 movie used it, ''Stand Alone Complex'' used variations of it, even the Scarlett Johansson movie used it.

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The Major jumping through a skyscraper window and camouflaging as she falls to the ground in her first story. The There is no direct equivalent in the original manga, but after the 1995 movie used it, it became a mainstay of the franchise's visual style. ''Stand Alone Complex'' used made variations of it, it and even the Scarlett Johansson movie used it.



* {{Woolseyism}}: The English title is the ''subtitle'' of the original work. The actual Japanese title, ''Kokaku Kidoutai'', translates to "Mobile Armored Tank Police". (Shirow Masamune mentions in the preface to ''[=Man/Machine Interface=]'' that the Japanese title is [[ArtifactTitle a huge misnomer]] for [=M/MI=], because the story is no longer about the police, nor does the protagonist ride in an armored tank. He considered changing it, but...nah.)


* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson film.]]

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* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson film.]]film]].


* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson]] film.

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* FandomRivalry: With the [[Film/GhostInTheShell Scarlett Johansson]] Johansson film.]]


* LesYay: The Puppet Master is referred to as "he," but is eventually seen in a female body and with (in the ''2.0'' remake) a female voice. And with all that talk with Kusanagi about "merging"...
* MostWonderfulSound: The ringing bells of the Japanese wedding music that's used as the main theme of the first film. WebVideo/BennettTheSage used them as a hint to how Manga Entertainment were able to recover after the release of ''Manga/MadBull34''.

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* LesYay: HoYay: The Puppet Master is referred to as "he," but is eventually seen in a female body and with (in the ''2.0'' remake) a female voice. And with all that talk with Kusanagi about "merging"...
* MostWonderfulSound: SugarWiki/MostWonderfulSound: The ringing bells of the Japanese wedding music that's used as the main theme of the first film. WebVideo/BennettTheSage used them as a hint to how Manga Entertainment were able to recover after the release of ''Manga/MadBull34''.


* SuperlativeDubbing: The original film's English dub (courtesy of Manga Entertainment) was one of the very first anime dubs to aim directly at an adult audience, contain excellent acting across the board, and have a script that was extremely faithful to the original Japanese with minimal use of extraneous profanity, a practice that was all too common back in the early-to-mid 90s, often used to supposedly make the product seem "edgier". The dub still holds up extraordinarily well today despite the many advances in dubbing courtesy of such shows like ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' and ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. It is so good that, in fact, when the remake ''Ghost in the Shell 2.0'' was localized for English release, rather than create a new dub from scratch, the original 1995 English dub was reused wholesale with no changes. Now '''that''' is impressive.

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* SuperlativeDubbing: SugarWiki/SuperlativeDubbing: The original film's English dub (courtesy of Manga Entertainment) was one of the very first anime dubs to aim directly at an adult audience, contain excellent acting across the board, and have a script that was extremely faithful to the original Japanese with minimal use of extraneous profanity, a practice that was all too common back in the early-to-mid 90s, often used to supposedly make the product seem "edgier". The dub still holds up extraordinarily well today despite the many advances in dubbing courtesy of such shows like ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' and ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. It is so good that, in fact, when the remake ''Ghost in the Shell 2.0'' was localized for English release, rather than create a new dub from scratch, the original 1995 English dub was reused wholesale with no changes. Now '''that''' is impressive.


* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''Innocence'' somehow carries a TV-PG rating despite its violence - which includes peoples' heads getting smacked off - and focus on the sexual trafficking of minors.

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* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''Innocence'' somehow carries a TV-PG rating despite its violence - which includes peoples' heads getting smacked off - and focus on the sexual trafficking of minors.


** The lesbian sex scene in the original. Comes out of nowhere, is never brought up again in that book.

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** The lesbian sex scene in the original.original manga. Comes out of nowhere, is never brought up again in that book.


* ContestedSequel: The film ''Innocence''. Some fans consider it an EvenBetterSequel, others a pretentious bore.

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* ContestedSequel: The film ''Innocence''. Some fans consider it an EvenBetterSequel, EvenBetterSequel or a worthy successor, others a pretentious bore.


* CommonKnowledge: Because The Major is put into an androgynous-looking male body at the end of the manga for an assignment, some fans misinterpret or mis-remember this as canon evidence she's a {{Transsexual}}. While it's arguable whether or not transferring the consciousness of one gender into the body of another qualifies a character as transgender (especially since she still uses female pronouns in her new body), Motoko ''is'' canonically BiTheWay, so she does qualify under the LGBT umbrella in other ways.

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* AnimationAgeGhetto: ''Innocence'' somehow carries a TV-PG rating despite its violence - which includes peoples' heads getting smacked off - and focus on the sexual trafficking of minors.


** Another is the climactic scene where the Major fights the spider tank. This scene has been referenced in almost every adaptation in one form or another since then, usually with Motoko fighting some large mech and trying to tear a hatch off, getting one or both arms taken off, then having a robotic manipulator of some sort attempt to crush her head. Sometimes individually, sometimes all at once, but all make reference to the scene in some manner.

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** Another is the climactic scene where the Major fights the spider tank. This scene has been referenced in almost every adaptation in one form or another since then, usually with Motoko fighting some large mech and trying to tear a hatch off, getting one or both arms taken off, then having a robotic manipulator of some sort attempt to crush her head. Sometimes individually, sometimes all at once, but all make reference to the scene in some manner. The scene appears in the original manga, but in a different context and without the weight given to it in the adaptations. It lasts for about a page, and is treated as just one more day on the job.

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** Another is the climactic scene where the Major fights the spider tank. This scene has been referenced in almost every adaptation in one form or another since then, usually with Motoko fighting some large mech and trying to tear a hatch off, getting one or both arms taken off, then having a robotic manipulator of some sort attempt to crush her head. Sometimes individually, sometimes all at once, but all make reference to the scene in some manner.

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