If we have to give these bastards our lives...then we give them hell before we do.”
― Captain Mifune during the Battle of Zion[src]
Upon the Nebuchadnezzar's return to Zion, Mifune was among some soldiers that were ordered to escort Morpheus to Jason Lock, attempting to keep the peace, even sternly and silently reprimanding one soldier to rephrase the word 'demands' to 'requests' before he and the soldiers take Morpheus to Lock.
Mifune initially frowned upon the Kid's involvement in the battle as an ammunition reloader because he thought the Kid was too young to assist the APU squadron. However, the Kid was able to convince the Captain, arguing that the Machines do not discriminate based on the age of their enemy. Mifune approved of the Kid's stance and allowed him to serve but also treated him like a mature soldier.
He led his APU's into battle with the Sentinels and boosted the morale of his troops by saying, "If it's our time to die, it's our time. All I ask is, if we have to give these bastards our lives, we give 'em hell before we do!"
Mifune was one of the last 13 APUs left standing during the battle. Resigned to his fate that he would die defending the Dock, Mifune was determined to kill as many Sentinels as he could before the end. When he called for a reload of ammunition, Kid was the one sent. However, one of the cases got stuck during the reload and the outlook looked bleak. Hastily, Kid climbed atop the APU's back and fixed the error. Following the case jam, Mifune fired one final round into the Sentinels. Proving too much even for the seasoned veteran, the Sentinels overwhelmed the Captain, flaying him alive.
Horribly-mutilated, Mifune told Kid that he needed to open the gate to allow the Mjolnir
("Hammer") to enter, before dying. Kid took up Captain Mifune's APU and continued to the gate.
When Kid told Mifune he might not be able to carry out his request because he never finished the training exercise, Mifune reassured him by saying that he never completed the training either before succumbing to his wounds. Using Mifune's APU, Kid reached the counterweights to Gate 3, and after being saved by Zee, he manages to fulfil Mifune's wish.
Behind the Scenes
- He was portrayed by Nathaniel Lees
- It is considered that the character of Captain Mifune is in reference to late Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, to whom Lees shares a striking resemblance.
- Mifune is also the original family name of Speed Racer, which would receive a film adaptation directed by the Wachowskis.