Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Custom
CYBORGED: CYBERNETIC ENHANCED
BLOOD TYPE: UNKNOWN
MILITARY BRANCH: GSDA (FORMERLY)
Present Family Name: Unknown
Date of Birth: Unknown
Place of Birth: Japan
Languages Spoken: Japanese, English, German
Batou is the lead investigator at Public Security Section 9 and is second-in-command of the team, directly under Major Motoko Kusanagi. The man serves as pointman, whose combat specialty is “near combat.” He is a battle-hardened special operative with a long military career and a no-bullshit attitude. Though he looks imposing, he is known for his warm heart and sense of humor.
Prior to joining Section 9, Batou served in the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force, in the elite Ranger unit. It was there that he was outfitted with his grey, goggle-like cybernetic eyes, standard equipment for Rangers. He and his compatriots were involved in World War IV and deployed to South America alongside Motoko Kusanagi, where they accidentally stumbled across an American Imperial Navy unit conducting a covert operation codenamed “Project Sunset”, which consisted of soldiers earning the trust of communities and then carrying out war crimes, spreading terror and chaos in the enemy ranks.
Batou is the favorite of the Tachikomas, as he showers them with care and affection. He has even dubbed one his “personal” Tachikoma, refusing to operate any other on an assignment and treating it with “natural oil”, both habits which culminate in problems. This caused the Tachikomas’ AI to start developing rapidly, which was attributed to a mutation in a protein chip caused by Batou’s special oil. He also treats the Tachikomas as individuals, as opposed to interchangeable units, and they’ve began to view themselves as such, further contributing to the development of their AI.
“That’s all it is: information. Even a simulated experience or a dream; simultaneous reality and fantasy. Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket.” -Batou