- Not to be confused with the Awesome Smilie
|The Laughing Man|
"A farce should be funny, but this one hasn't made me laugh even once, and so with the utmost reluctance I must challenge you once again. You and your comedy troupe are going to reconvene in three days, right? When you do, tell the truth this time, won't you? Because when the curtain goes up, if you put on another performance that rings as false as this one, I will be forced to remove you from the stage."|
Do not adjust your eyes.
|First appearance||DRAW Your Own Story 5|
|No. appearances||WTF he's everyone!!|
|Date of birth||Unknown|
The Laughing Man is a focal character in the anime series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. He is an expert computer hacker who assaulted the head of Serano Genomics, a Japanese micromachinery company, in an effort to make him publicly confess to a corporate cover-up concerning cyberbrain sclerosis. He gained his nickname from the logo he uses to conceal his face: the name and revolving quotation are taken from works by J. D. Salinger, The Laughing Man and Catcher in the Rye respectively.
The Laughing Man has been a recurring supporting character in CivGeneral's comics, particularly during the Post-DYOS 5 Era in which he manifested as "Darth Laughing Man" for comic relief. He recently reappeared in DRAW Your Own Story 11, providing Major Kusanagi with an anonymous lead to the Hacker.
He's described as a morally gray character (Grey Hat) due to his actions during the Stand Alone Complex Series from kidnapping and to helping Section 9 members, notably Major Kusanagi. He's perhaps CG's only morally gray character in the DYOS series to date.
- S.P.E.C.A.L.: Unknown
- Karma: Neutral