[[caption-width-right:350:The cast of Dead or Alive 5--[[TheHero Kasumi]] in the center; counter-clockwise from the bottom right: [[CainAndAbel Ayane]], [[ForeignFanservice Tina]], [[IdentityAmnesia Rig]], [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Hayabusa]], [[CuteBruiser Hitomi]], [[GuestFighter Akira]], [[DarkActionGirl Christie.]]]]

->''[[{{Tagline}} I'm a fighter.]]''

The long awaited fifth installment of the ''Franchise/DeadOrAlive'' series, released in 2012 - ''[[DevelopmentHell seven whole years]]'' after ''Dead or Alive 4''.

Nearly all the fighters of the previous game (except Leon) were back, as well as two newcomers named [[IdentityAmnesia Rig]] and [[AscendedFangirl Mila]]. The game had a deep graphic upgrade from [=DOA4=] (not surprisingly, since it had been 7 years since then) and an aesthetic redesign that showed more realistic characters, with smaller and less anime-like eyes, the same to what was shown in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden 3''. Special mention to the girls, who have more realistically proportionate bodies, although the JigglePhysics were still in full display. In collaboration with Creator/{{Sega}}, ''Dead or Alive 5'' also features {{Guest Fighter}}s from the ''VideoGame/VirtuaFighter'' series. Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, and Pai Chan are the chosen ''Virtua Fighter'' representatives to ''Dead or Alive 5''. The games were released for UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 and UsefulNotes/{{Xbox 360}}, plus a port to the UsefulNotes/PlayStationVita half a year later.

The game's playable roster includes:
* From ''Dead or Alive'': ''[[TheHero Kasumi]]'', ''[[LethalJokeCharacter Zack]]'', ''[[ForeignFanservice Tina Armstrong]]'', ''[[AnimeChineseGirl Lei Fang]]'', ''[[BruceLeeClone Jann Lee]]'', ''[[BadassGrandpa Gen Fu]]'', ''[[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa]]'', ''[[ContractOnTheHitman Bayman]]'', ''[[ProWrestlingIsReal Bass Armstrong]]'', ''[[CainAndAbel Ayane]]''
* From ''Dead or Alive 2'': ''[[KickingAssInallHerFinery Helena Douglas]]''
* From ''Dead or Alive 3'': ''[[CuteBruiser Hitomi]]'', ''[[DarkActionGirl Christie]]'', ''[[DrunkenMaster Brad Wong]]'', ''[[LightningBruiser Hayate]]''
* From ''Dead or Alive 4'': ''[[{{Geisha}} Kokoro]]'', ''[[TheApprentice Eliot]]'', ''[[HotScientist Lisa Hamilton]]''/''[[MaskedLuchador La Mariposa]]'', ''[[EvilKnockoff Alpha-152]]'' [[note]]FinalBoss[[/note]]
* New characters in ''Dead or Alive 5'': ''[[IdentityAmnesia Rig]]'', ''[[AscendedFangirl Mila]]'', ''False Kasumi''[[note]]Story mode only[[/note]]
* Guest Characters: ''[[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, Pai Chan]]''

In May 2013, Team Ninja announced an UpdatedRerelease of [=DOA5=] for [=PS3=] and 360: ''Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate''. The game includes new stages and characters and rebalancing. The game was released on Fall of 2013.

Characters added in ''Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate'':

* From ''Dead or Alive 2'': ''[[RatedMForManly Leon]]'', ''[[IdentityAmnesia Ein]]''[[note]]Hayate's amnesic persona that originally debuted in that game, separate character in ''[=DOA5=]: Ultimate''[[/note]]
* New characters in ''Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate'': ''[[CanonImmigrant Momiji]]''[[note]]Debuted in ''VideoGame/{{Ninja Gaiden}}: Dragon Sword''[[/note]], ''[[CanonImmigrant Rachel]]''[[note]]Debuted in ''VideoGame/{{Ninja Gaiden}} (Xbox)''[[/note]]
* New characters in ''Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate: Arcade'': ''[[PintSizedPowerhouse Marie Rose]]'', ''[[CloningBlues Phase-4]]'', ''[[DistaffCounterpart Nyotengu]]''
* Guest Characters: ''[[VideoGame/VirtuaFighter Jacky Bryant]]''

In August 2014, Team Ninja announced the game would be ported to UsefulNotes/{{Playstation 4}} and UsefulNotes/XboxOne as ''Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.'' ''Last Round'' would include the three new fighters introduced in the arcade port (which had been DownloadableContent in console versions of [=DOA5U=]), as well as two additional characters, two new stages, new costumes and customization options included in the package. ''Last Round'' will also get a release for 360 and [=PS3=] as a downloadable add-on for current ''Ultimate'' owners. A trailer released on December 4, 2014 also revealed ''Last Round'' would get a PC release via UsefulNotes/{{Steam}}. The console versions of ''Last Round'' released on February 17, 2015, with the PC version released on March 30.

Characters added in ''Dead or Alive 5: Last Round'':

* From ''Dead or Alive'': ''[[EvilUncle Raidou]]''
* New characters in ''Dead or Alive 5: Last Round'': ''[[{{Joshikousei}} Honoka]]''
* Guest Characters: ''[[VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors Naotora Ii]]''[[note]]Only available in [=PS4=], Xbox One, PC, and Arcade versions.[[/note]], ''[[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Shiranui]]''

!!''Dead or Alive 5'' provides the following tropes:

* ActionGirl: Every female character.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: ''Dead Or Alive 5'' allows you to tone down the fanservice elements, including JigglePhysics.
* UsefulNotes/ArcadeGame: ''Ultimate'' is the first game to have an arcade release since [=DOA2=].[[http://shoryuken.com/2013/07/06/dead-or-alive-series-returning-to-arcades-with-dead-or-alive-5-ultimate-arcade-in-winter-2013/]]
* BackToBackBadasses: Nearly every special tag entrance and victory pose.
* BaitAndSwitch:
** The entire storyline involving [[spoiler:the false Kasumi. It seems like every character knows Kasumi is a clone except the clone herself and ''you'', the player.]]
** You think Leifang is going to fight Jann Lee on the subway train -- they get into their fighting stances, the health bars appear, the announcer says "Get ready, FIGHT!" [[spoiler:-- and then the train crashes. The subway train is not a playable stage in any mode of the game, which is probably for the best since it would be a very confined space to fight in.]]
%%* BigBad: Victor Donovan.
%%** NonActionBigBad[=/=]TheUnfought
* BloodlessCarnage: This isn't a ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' game -- there's no visible blood when [[spoiler:Hayate and Ayane kill the False Kasumi. She DisappearsIntoLight afterwards.]]
* {{Callback}}: With the ''Videogame/{{Deception}}'' costume set, many of the characters get new outfits based on one of the characters from the most recent entry. Ayane's costume, of Millenia from Deception 2, isn't new, being a remastered version of one of her costumes from ''Dead Or Alive 2'', part of a crossover with the earlier instalment.
* CameraScrew: If you use the "Action" camera mode and trigger a stage effect (like dislodging the raft on "Flow"), the camera will pull out from the fight and show more of what's happening in the background as the battle continues. For serious players this can be distracting so using the "Classic" camera option will keep the focus squarely on the fighters even if something is happening in the background.
* CanonImmigrant: Momiji, who comes from ''VideoGame/{{Ninja Gaiden}}: Dragon Sword'' and later ''Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2'', and Rachel from the first game of the modern VideoGame/NinjaGaiden trilogy.
** In a way, Naotora Ii, who comes from SamuraiWarriors4, in Last Round.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Leon disappeared without a trace in the original game. He eventually [[TheBusCameBack returned]] in ''Ultimate'' as a bonus character, which makes sense since his role in the story ended with ''3'' (he was also a bonus character in ''4'').
* ClothingDamage: This can happen during combat for some costume sets on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of ''Last Round'', such as the ''VideoGame/SenranKagura'', ''VideoGame/{{Deception}}'' and Tamiki Wakaki costumes.
* CoDragons: Christie and [[spoiler:Rig]] to Victor Donovan.
* ConfusionFu: Brad Wong, the practicioner of DrunkenBoxing.
* DesperationAttack: The Power Blow, a move that, if it connects, unleashes a cinematic combo and ends with the player aiming where they want to launch their opponent, like into a stage hazard. However, Power Blows can only be used when your fighter has less than half of their health remaining.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The "lose" animations of some of the girls involve them lying on the ground writhing while panting heavily. Most notable is that of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvJbDXEzUAo Momiji]].
* DownloadableContent: There are a ''massive'' number of costumes available for purchase, and some free stages as well. ''Ultimate'' also has extra characters available for purchase.
* EarnYourFun:
** ''[=DOA5=]'' challenges the hardcore among the hardcore players if they want to unlock 3 extremely skimpy swimsuits for Tina, Christie and Lisa; the game features a ''whopping total of 8 levels'' of difficulty: '''Rookie, Easy, Normal, Hard, Champ, True Fighter, Master and Legend''', with the last three being unlocked after the preceding difficulty is beaten; rest assured that your average player canít go through Hard without losing continues, if you want those Rare Swimsuits you must mow through Legend Ė 4 difficulties beyond Hard Ė ''without losing a single continue'' on Arcade for Tinaís, Time Attack for Christieís and on Survival for Lisaís. Simply put itís a nightmare to get these pieces of clothing for the girls, the computer on Legend is on an whole new level of [[TheAllSeeingAI reading and countering]] any attack the player tries to connect, just beating this mode is a nerve-cracking task, but beating it without losing continues is absurd, and thatís not enough, even though the task on Arcade and Time Attack is already beyond insane to complete, at the end of the day is just 8 Stages each, on Survival though, itís 100 Stages, ''a-freaking-hundred quasi-unbeatable opponents to defeat with one small recovering life bar'', so yeah, even some of the most hardcore players stop at Tina and Christieís swimsuits. Luckily it can be avoided - all you have to do is fight 200 online matches.
** Downplayed in the ''Ultimate'' and ''Last Round'' releases; there they can be unlocked just by clearing Arcade/Time Attack/Survival on any difficulty. The difficulty levels have been toned down as well.
* {{Fanservice}}: It could hardly be called a true ''DOA'' game without it. Originally {{defied|Trope}} in early promotional materials (with attempts to emphasize that [[WeDontSuckAnymore the fighting was the focus]]) but thanks to longtime series fans, it was later played straight and even perhaps {{exaggerated|Trope}} compared to earlier ''Dead or Alive'' games.
* FiveBadBand: ''[=DOA5=]'''s story has what could be considered this:
** The BigBad: Victor Donovan.
** CoDragons: Christie and [[spoiler:Rig]].
** TheEvilGenius: [[spoiler:Lisa Hamilton]].
** TheBrute: Alpha-152, [[spoiler:Phase-4]].
** TheDarkChick: [[spoiler:Miyako]].
%%* FreeFloorFighting
* GuestFighter: Akira Yuki, Pai Chan, and Sarah Bryant from the ''Virtua Fighter'' series. Jacky Bryant joins them in ''[=DOA5=]: Ultimate'', while {{Creator/SNK}}'s [[VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors Naotora Ii]] and [[VideoGame/FatalFury Mai]] [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Shiranui]] join the fight in ''Last Round''.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The Story mode begins with Bayman being attacked by Phase 4 in a Middle Eastern warzone, and Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate and Ryu going on the hunt for Alpha-152. The plot then follows the rest of the characters entering the Dead or Alive 5 Tournament, before returning to the ninjas vs. clones storyline at the end.
* IdentityAmnesia: Rig. [[spoiler:Subverted. He knows who he is, but he's [[FakingAmnesia faking it]] to move on with his father's plans]]
* ItsASmallWorldAfterAll: All the fighters seem to run into each other in completely obscure corners of the world (whether it be New York, the South American jungle, or Antarctica) and they recognize each other as well with no introductions needed.
%%* LargeHam: Bass and Zack.
* MeaningfulName: Victor Donovan's secret organization is named MIST. [[spoiler: Mist is also the english translation of Kasumi's name, hinting at the fact that they're still creating clones of her as human weapons]].
%%* MegaCorp: DOATEC.
* NippleAndDimed: Played straight with the girls, for obvious reasons. Certain glitches that made some of the girls' clothing disappear underwater show that they have BarbieDollAnatomy as well.
* OldSaveBonus: If you have save data from a previous version, you can transfer it to the new version and retain titles, unlocked costumes, and more.
* OnlySixFaces: Averted. Each female character's face is quite distinguished this time around.
** Although ''Last Round'' newcomer Honoka ''is'' using Marie Rose's face model. However this may have a deeper meaning than simply just cashing in on existing assets.
%%* OverlordJr: [[spoiler:Rig]]
* PantyFighter: True to its roots, there are plenty of PantyShots to be found.
* PerpetuallyShinyBodies: Averted. The fighters sweat and get dirty, though this can be toggled off in the options menu.
* PopCulturalOsmosisFailure: In the lyrics of "Showdown" -- "And if a tournament's on [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Friday]], call me [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy]]."
* [[PoseOfSupplication Pose of Supplication]]: A few characters assumes this when defeated, notably Rig and Zack. When defeated, Rig appears to be begging for mercy by assuming a shameful pose where he is on all fours with his head lowered and his rear protruding upward.[[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140605220343/villains/images/5/5c/Riglose2.png]] Similarly, upon defeated, Zack comically slumps forward in a humiliating pose where he falls on his knees, bends foward and face plants, while shoving his butt up. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gcG8dkV08-c/VSHJad0hC1I/AAAAAAAAiic/H5gklVTht9s/s1600/Dead%2Bor%2BAlive%2B5%2Blast%2Bround%2BKasumi%2BASs%2B(2).jpg]]
* RevenueEnhancingDevices: You can fight people who have purchased costumes you haven't, but in order to see those costumes, free costume catalogs have to be downloaded. You need the catalogs to see them even after purchase.
%%* RuleOfCool: The entire game runs on this.
%%* RuleOfSexy: Likewise.
* SexySoakedShirt: Can be seen on characters who get wet, although subject to NippleAndDimed.
* ShirtlessScene: Most of the male characters have costumes that are shirtless. Eliot is the only exception.
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:The ending of ''[=DOA5=]'' reveals that Rig is Victor Donovan's son and together they had plotted the events of the story.]]
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Tina, Christie and La Mariposa in general, especially their special swimsuits and most of the female DLC outfits.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Eliot and Brad Wong share most of their scenes together in ''5'''s story.
** Same can be said about Lei Fang and Hitomi.
* WeDontSuckAnymore: The ad Tagline for Dead or Alive 5 is "I'm a Fighter", which ties in with Team Ninja's campaign to get the Fighting Game Community to take ''DOA'' seriously and not for it to be seen as a purely casual Fanservice-fest. In some ways, this succeeded (the fighting gameplay has been recognized as deeper and more strategic than the series has possibly seen in its entire history with improved wall, movement, combo, and environmental interaction mechanics) and in other ways they may have undermined that (there is a very large catalog of Downloadable Content costumes and they are almost entirely for their female characters, new features like sweat and dirt adhesion also give the game several fanservice qualities it never had before 5).
* WorldOfBuxom: Less so. There is still boatloads of {{Fanservice}}, but there appears to be a slightly larger, more realistic variety of breast sizes.