Batou Edit

  • But no matter how far a jackass may travel, it will never return as a horse.
  • His downfall came when his reach exceeded his grasp
  • When talking fails, it's time for violence.
  • When there is no right or wrong it's time to beat the drums and attack.
  • Just as luck appears in three, so does misfortune. Because you don't want to see it, you don't see it coming. Even if you notice it, you don't say anything. Even if you're told, you don't listen. Then boom, the end comes!
  • If the essence of life is information carried in DNA, then society and civilization are just colossal memory systems, and a metropolis like this one, simply a sprawling external memory.

Major Motoko Kusanagi Edit

  • We weep for the blood of a bird, but not for the blood of a fish. Blessed are those with a voice. If the dolls also had voices, I bet they would have screamed, "I didn't want to become human."
  • "Who can gaze into the mirror without becoming evil? The mirror does not reflect evil, but creates it."(Based on the Friedrich Nietzsche quote: "He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee")

Chief Aramaki Edit

  • "Let one walk alone, committing no sin, with few wishes, like elephants in the forest" (Based on a Buddhist Poem)

Togusa Edit

  • [With his head between his hands, looking to the floor after a grenade explodes near him] All I could see... were my wife and daughter's faces.

Dialogue Edit

Togusa: How great is the sum of thy thoughts? If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.
Batou: Psalms 139, Old Testament. The way you spout these spontaneous exotic references, I'd say your own external memory's pretty twisted.

Togusa: His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced. Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks.
Batou: Now you're quoting Milton, but we are not Satan.

Batou: What's up?
Togusa: Narrow, dark stairs. What's the plan?
Batou: We'll take turns, I'll lead.
Togusa: No, I'll lead. You're so damned big, I can't cover you! [walks up the stairs, hereby forcing the lead]

Lin: We got loyalty even in my line.
Batou: There's loyalty that protects secrets and loyalty that protects the truth. You cannot serve both masters, so which loyalty is yours?

Other Edit

  • Section 9 Department Chief Aramaki: I ordered you to conduct an investigation. I never said skip the paperwork and act like vigilantes. I certainly don't recall ordering you to barge into any Yakuza office. This isn't the jungle and you're not Special Forces hit men.
  • [first title cards]: In a future time when most human thought has been accelerated by artificial intelligence and external memory can be shared on a universal matrix, Batou, an agent of the elite Section 9 Security Force and a being so artificially modified as to be essentially cyborg, is assigned, along with his mostly human partner, Togusa, to investigate a series of gruesome murders.

Taglines Edit

  • Innocence is Life.
  • When machines learn to feel, who decides what is human...

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