Motoko is a commanding presence when on assignment, but also trades insults with her troops.She constantly calls Aramaki "Ape Face", and when the Puppetmaster reveals the "Motokos" that exist in the minds of those who know her, Aramaki's "Motoko" is sticking her tongue out.Kusanagi's various incarnations in the manga, movies, and TV series all portray her differently.Since each of these has an independent storyline, Kusanagi's physical and mental characteristics have been modified in different ways.
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 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.
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.