''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/3938599/1/Kunoichis-Like-Us Kunoichis Like Us]]'' is a ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' FanFic written by ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/u/589118/Damon-Black Damon Black]]'', following a similar plot formula to the manga ''[[Manga/KimiWaPetto Tramps Like Us]]''.

After yet another close call with Ayane and the Mugen Tenshin's assassins, a wounded Kasumi is taken in by a high school student named Alex Kane, who constantly gets the AllOfTheOtherReindeer treatment from his peers. Out of gratitude, and wanting to save Alex from himself, Kasumi pledges herself to him as his kunoichi, and things go on from there.

!!'''This fic contains examples of the following tropes (Beware of untagged spoilers):'''

* AerithAndBob: Alex's sisters are named Rika and Mayu.
* AffablyEvil[=/=]FauxAffablyEvil: Daisuke, Nanako's ex, is a bit of both. He's quite polite and patient with Alex, and wants Nanako to come back to him willingly rather than forcing her to do so. However, both Nanako and Alex can see past this and know how cruel he can be.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Alex is constantly on the receiving end of this from his peers, partially because he isn't ethnically Japanese. In [[spoiler: chapter 12]], most of the student body changes their opinion of him when he stops an upskirter from getting a panty shot of a little girl.
* TheAloner: Prior to meeting Kasumi, Alex lived alone in his family's apartment and nearly convinced himself that he liked being alone. Through his interactions with Kasumi, however, he realizes just how much being alone blows.
* {{Badass}}: Alex proves himself as such when he bravely stands up to Ayane in [[spoiler: chapter 11]] to protect an incapacitated Kasumi, despite full knowledge that he stands no chance against her. Ayane is so impressed by this that she leaves them alone for the time being.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: In [[spoiler: chapter 11]], Alex gets annoyed at Kasumi and angrily tells her that "if you're gonna talk like my mother, you can just shut up right now!" Kasumi decides to teach him to be careful about what he says by not saying a word to him for over a week.
* BullyHunter: Alex and Kasumi's friendship really kicks off when she helps him fight off a group of bullies in [[spoiler: chapter 2]]. Likewise, she's also beaten up Daisuke and his gang and threatened Ayane when the respective groups threaten him.
* ButNotTooForeign: Alex and his sisters were born and raised in Japan and are half-French, half-American. To add to it, his sisters, Rika and Mayu, have Japanese names while he does not.
* CardboardBoxHome: Of a sort. Alex first meets Kasumi when he finds her injured and unconscious, hiding in a cardboard box. Played straight in [[spoiler: chapter 24]] when Kasumi finds Ayane homeless after she was attacked by members of a rival clan.
* TheCasanova[=/=]ReallyGetsAround: Seiji, Alex's best friend.
* CassandraTruth: Alex doesn't believe that Kasumi is a real ninja until he sees her fight.
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: This exchange between Alex and Kasumi in chapter 2 sums it up:
-->'''Alex''': "Why is ''your'' clan chasing you? You do something?"\\
'''Kasumi''': "I... would rather not speak about it."
* ClarkKenting[=/=]PaperThinDisguise: Kasumi disguises herself in public as an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent named Sakura Misaka by simply [[PurelyAestheticGlasses wearing glasses]] and [[BraidsOfAction braiding her hair]]. She's FamedInStory thanks to the Dead or Alive tournaments, and still no one catches on. It's taken UpToEleven in [[spoiler: chapter 22]] when her friends at school arrange for Kasumi/Sakura to cosplay as herself at a DOA convention and still remain none the wiser. So far, the only people to see through the disguise other than Alex are Seiji and Nanako, though Kasumi suspects in [[spoiler: chapter 21]] that Alex's mother is on to her.
* DangerouslyShortSkirt: A teenage girl wearing one of these nearly becomes a victim of an upskirter in [[spoiler: chapter 11]], though Alex stops it.
* DatingWhatDaddyHates: Several of Alex's classmates theorize that this is why Nanako initially bothered with him.
* DeadpanSnarker: Most of what Alex says is snarky or sarcastic.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: In [[spoiler: chapter 9]], Kasumi warns Ayane to stay away from Alex or she will kill her, and Ayane realizes she's serious when Kasumi actually gives her a small cut on the neck. Kasumi is so torn up over doing so afterwards that she prays to God that she won't have to make good on the warning.
* DontYouDarePityMe: In [[spoiler: chapter 3]], Kasumi reveals to Alex that many of the friends she has made feel sorry for him rather than actually hating him. Alex reflects that his father told him that being pitied was no better than being bullied.
* DramaPreservingHandicap: In [[spoiler: chapter 12]], Ayane hits Kasumi with a sleep gas bomb during their confrontation in Alex's apartment.
* DrowningMySorrows: In [[spoiler: chapter 19]], Alex gets depressed over Kasumi's departure and downs a ton of beer and sake at Nanako's apartment...
** CantHoldHisLiquor: ...which results in him waking up hungover and naked in Nanako's bed the next morning. Nothing happened, of course.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: While Ayane isn't exactly evil, she initially can't wrap her head around why Kasumi would swear loyalty to a nobody like Alex.
* ExtremeDoormat: Alex has some shades of this, mostly around Nanako and Kasumi.
* FamedInStory: Kasumi and the other Dead or Alive participants.
* FingerSuckHealing: Kasumi sucks on Alex's finger in [[spoiler: chapter 20]] after he accidentally cuts it on a knife.
* ForcefulKiss: Kasumi plants one on Alex in [[spoiler: chapter 18]]. She's so taken aback by this action that she promptly runs off.
* FreudianExcuse:
** Part of the reason Alex is so cranky and antisocial is because a girl he loved, Nanako Izumi, claimed she was just using him when he confessed his feelings. As it turns out, Nanako lied when she said that because Alex was the first person to tell her as such and mean it and she didn't know how else to react, and they are beginning to reconcile.
** Nanako herself has one. Her father wanted her to be a YamatoNadeshiko like her mother, but she refused to do so.
* GoMadFromTheIsolation: Invoked by Kasumi in [[spoiler: chapter 2]]:
-->"No one should ever be truly alone, Alex. Otherwise how would we stay sane?"
* GoneHorriblyRight: In [[spoiler: chapter 11]], as described under BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor above, Kasumi decides to teach Alex to be careful about what he says by not speaking a word to him for over a week. Of course, she never expected Alex to take it as hard as he does and apologizes for it.
* GoodParents: Though their jobs prevent them from spending a lot of time with their kids, Alex's parents, Darryl and Elsa, are nonetheless loving and supportive.
* GroinAttack: In [[spoiler: chapter 6]], Nanako gives one to Shoma when his questions about her relationship with Alex get a little too personal.
* HatesBeingAlone:
** While meeting with her mother Ayame in [[spoiler: chapter 7]], Kasumi is described as such by the former, though her reason for such is because of her compassion for others rather than a [[AttentionWhore need for attention]].
** Likewise, Alex realizes just how much he hated being alone before Kasumi came and doesn't want to lose her for fear he'll be alone again.
* HumanShield: Kasumi makes sure to keep Alex behind her at all times when Ayane attacks them in Alex's apartment during [[spoiler: chapter 12]].
* InsistentTerminology: Kasumi repeatedly corrects Alex when he uses the term "ninja" instead of "kunoichi" to refer to her.
* TheInsomniac: Alex suffers from insomnia in the first few chapters, but it goes away shortly after he takes Kasumi in.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Alex is constantly rude, hot-headed, and sardonic, but beneath it all is a caring and decent person.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Kasumi ends up becoming one to Alex over the course of the story.
* MadeOfIron: In the first chapter, Kasumi survives a six-story fall.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Defied; Alex is more than capable of cooking and cleaning up after himself.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Alex, hands down.
* MuggingTheMonster: In [[spoiler: chapter 13]], a pervert on the train Alex and Kasumi are riding gropes Kasumi's butt, and promptly gets laid out flat for it.
* MythologyGag: In [[spoiler: chapter 24]], Ayane picks up a little kitten and names it Wakana... the name of [[Creator/WakanaYamazaki Ayane's Japanese voice actress]].
* NotSoDifferent: Part of the reason Kasumi swears her allegiance to Alex is because she sees much of the same anger and hatred in him as she sees in Ayane, and hopes to save him from himself.
* {{OC}}: Alex Kane, Nanako Izumi... the list goes on.
* {{Polyglot}}: Alex and his sisters are all fluent in English, Japanese, and French.
* PurelyAestheticGlasses: Kasumi, as part of her [[ClarkKenting Sakura Misaka]] [[PaperThinDisguise disguise]].
* SelfDeprecation: Alex often expresses self-esteem issues. He's even accused of hating himself by Daisuke.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Constantly invoked between Alex and Kasumi.
* SleepCute: In [[spoiler: chapter 3]], Kasumi helps Alex get over his insomnia by getting in bed with him fully clothed, stating that her mother did the same thing when she was younger.
* SpoiledBrat: In [[spoiler: chapter 12]], Ayane calls Alex one when he gripes about the Xbox 360 his dad got him as a birthday present (though he was mostly griping about how it was not selling very well in Japan).
* StealthHiBye: Kasumi pulls this off with Alex regularly.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Alex and Kasumi, though so far, they're JustFriends.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Nanako's father wants her to be one, but she has other plans in life.