Ghost in the Shell; a GIF
Just a cool gif from Ghost in the Shell one of my all time favorite stories ever done by anyone, ever. Top 5. I've read the Mangas, novels, seen every movie and episode (multiple times) and while I have two Tolkien-themed tattoos on me, the only other IP I'd even consider inking on myself would be this one.
Motoko Kusanagi is one of the finest characters ever penned.
I love her because she isn't constrained by her gender. Because she wears a cyborg body she is stronger than almost everyone anyway. But she has a moral compass that never varies and is filled with compassion and empathy. Nevermind that she is a genius. But she has her flaws. She's quick to judge, arrogant, flippant and even a bit rude. She makes mistakes. I don't think I've heard her apologize without a grudging remark, first. She is beautifully and wonderfully complex and good.
I think one of the things I love the most about her is the fact that her cyber body is the generic model. Her consciousness is carried in a cyberbrain - she has no physical body any more. But that does not negate her physicality. She owns her sexuality and has a variety of partners, male and female. She does what she wants and makes no excuses. She is who she is.
(Yes, I've seen the new anime Arise and yes, I like it just fine, even with the changes to the design.)