Characters: Dead or Alive 5

Here are the characters introduced in Dead or Alive 5. For characters introduced in the previous games, go here. Enjoy, and help out with the blurbs!

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Original Dead or Alive 5 characters

    Rig - Canada 

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (JP), Liam O Brien (EN)

Rig as he appears in "Dead or Alive 5".
You're gonna be in for some pain.

A new character, making his introduction in Dead or Alive 5. Little is known about him so far, other than that he is a Taekwondo fighter from Canada. He lacks recollection of his past, though Christie seems to know him for some reason. Bass is one of his coworkers out on an oil derrick.

In reality, Rig is the son of Victor Donovan and together they have apparently plotted the entire events of 5.

  • Action Genre Hero Guy: In appearance anyway.
  • Affably Evil: Even if he's Donovan's son and his amnesia is just a facade, doesn't stop him to be nice for his fellow oil rig workers
  • Bait the Dog: He's a pretty cool guy and gets along will with Bass. Which makes The Reveal about who he actually is a pretty good twist.
  • Buzzcut of Evil
  • Canada, Eh?
    • Subverted. His actual nationality isn't known.
  • Evil Counterpart: Rig could be considered this to Helena considering that they're both the children of powerful businessman related to DOATEC.
  • The Dragon: To his father, Donovan.
  • Faking Amnesia: His amnesia was nothing more than a ruse to serve as part of Donovan's plan.
  • Human Notepad: His body is covered with tattoos, many of which are physics equations (including Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) and molecular structures.
  • Identity Amnesia: Christie seems to know him, but he has no memory of her.
    • Subverted. Rig had his memories the whole time and whole amnesia ordeal was merely an act.
  • In the Blood
  • In the Hood
  • Meaningful Name: Seems fitting that a guy named Rig would work at an oil rig. The verb "rig" also means "to manipulate fraudulently", as in rigging a tournament.
  • Mysterious Past
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Rig" is just a pseudonym; he doesn't remember his actual name.
    • Chances are, he probably does as his amnesia was merely an act.
  • Overlord Jr.
  • Pet the Dog: Went out of his way to save his fellow oil rig workers, Bass included, when the oil rig was blown to bits. Considering Rig already had his memories as Donovan's son and was just playing amnesiac, this act was pretty much this trope.
  • Walking Spoiler: Can you see how much of this page is in white?
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bass.

    Mila - Spain 

Voiced by: Ryōko Shiraishi (JP), Lauren Landa (EN)

Mila as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5".
Yeah. I'm here to fight!

The second new character introduced in Dead or Alive 5. A waitress at a diner with an affinity for fighting, Mila is a mixed martial arts practitioner. She's a big fan of Bass Armstrong and also recognizes Tina, who offers to spar with her when the two cross paths. She joins the fifth Dead or Alive Tournament hoping to face Bass in combat.

Unfortunately, she doesn't get the chance, since she loses to Hitomi in the quarter-finals. Not that that discourages her to keep trying in the future, though.

  • Action Girl
  • Animal Motifs: Bees — probably a reference to Muhammad Ali's catchphrase "Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee."
  • Ascended Fangirl
  • Bare Your Midriff: In her default costume.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Brown Eyes: Apart from her Squee moments and despite being quite enthusiastic, she's actually more level-headed than most of the other female characters... More on the physical side, she's curiously the first Caucasian (or European Hispanic) female character in the series that has them.
  • Captain Ersatz: Of Gina Carano.
  • Cute Bruiser:
  • Gendered Outfit: One of her DLC outfits is a gendered version of Bass' first outfit from his appearance in 5 (with the American flag bandanna around her left bicep) as seen on his folder, elevating her Ascended Fangirl status.
  • Genki Girl: An uncommon Western version.
  • Greasy Spoon: Her place of work.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • The Knights Who Say Squee: She may be a talented martial artist, but she's still a fangirl of Bass and Tina Armstrong
  • Meaningful Name: Suitably for a martial artist, "Mila" is a diminutive of the Spanish female name "Milagros", which means "miracles".
  • Mixed Martial Arts: Her stock in trade: rather than go crazy with the types of moves and holds that could have and had been used in competition (triangle headlocks, rear mounted sleepers, ect) Mila favors quick, powerful strikes and rather accurate throws and takedowns, with more exotic arm bars and leg locks reserved for counter moves, and a proper, though slow, take down to ground & pound and transition body slam.
  • Multicolored Hair: Dark red and black.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Tina's red. Well, at least by comparison.
  • She-Fu: Completely averted, unlike much of the rest of the female cast. Her moveset is very obviously tailored around MMA and uses fairly correct implementation, Acceptable Breaks from Reality notwithstanding
  • Squee: Mila finds herself reduced to being starstruck when Tina Armstrong walks into the diner where she works.note  After gushing for awhile the two ladies agree to do a little sparring.
  • Spexico / Toros y Flamenco: Thankfully averted.
    • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Though strangely, she doesn't have a Spanish accent in the English dub (her voice actress plays her with an American accent), even though fellow Europeans Christie and Helena are voiced according to the their nationalities (English and French).
  • Spirited Competitor: She would make a great addition to the UFC, enjoying fighting, the competition, the training and demonstrates respect towards her opponent.
  • Stripperiffic: Mostly AVERTED. With the exception of the DLC bikinis, Mila is the most modestly dressed female character in the entire series so far (at least by its standards). Her most revealing costume is a sport bra that doesn't go much further than Bare Your Midriff, and even then it makes sense that she wears it being an MMA practitioner.
  • Tomboy: Her look — especially her alternate costume, which is jeans, t-shirt and a plaid shirt.
  • Youthful Freckles

    False Kasumi - Unknown 

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP, 5), Lauren Landa (EN, 5)

False Kasumi as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5"

She is one of the many clones of Kasumi. Created by Victor Donovan and the Dead or Alive Tournament Executive Committee, She was a creation of Project Alpha, an experiment with the aim of creating the perfect fighter and human weapon. She is a perfect Alpha clone that acts perfectly like the original. Working with Helena to stop Alpha-152.

    Momiji - Japan 

Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)

Momiji as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate".
It is an honor.

A Canon Immigrant from the Ninja Gaiden series. She was also the first character confirmed for the Updated Re-release Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, being this her debut in the series.

Momiji is the last shrine maiden of the Hayabusa village. She got into this role after her older sister, Kureha, got killed during the events of the first Xbox Ninja Gaiden game. However, she was trained as a kunoichi by Ryu himself, and although she had a rough start, she quickly became much stronger and now is a full-fledged Kunoichi whose abilities never cease to impress her mentor.

    Rachel - Vigoor Empire 

Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN)

Rachel as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate".
Come and fight.

The second Canon Immigrant from Ninja Gaiden debuting in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate.

A fiend hunter from the Holy Vigoor Empire, Rachel helped Ryu Hayabusa during the events of the first Xbox Ninja Gaiden game. She was somewhat a tragic heroine, since she and her twin sister Alma were afflicted with a blood curse that turns humans into fiends. Rachel still maintained her human form and became a fiend hunter.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Her main costume.
  • Action Girl
  • Boobs of Steel: Rachel seems to be Tina's biggest contender for this trope, both in physical strength and breast size! Then Honoka came along....
  • Canon Immigrant: From the Ninja Gaiden series.
  • Combat Stilettos: Her main costume features these to go with her Thigh-High Boots, and they are put to use in a way that would make Ivy proud.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: In a rare female example, Rachel by the end of the first Xbox game has taken quite a liking to Ryu, but he promptly seems to refuse.
  • Fictional Country: All characters come from Real Life countries except her, due to Intercontinuity Crossover with the Ninja Gaiden series.
  • Hopeless Suitor: The Xbox continuity is established as prequels to the NES and then Dead or Alive continuity, by then Ryu is already Happily Married, certainly not with Rachel.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Rachel reached this conclusion with her beloved sister Alma, she doesn't think there is other way to save her sister anymore.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • Nice Girl: Don't let her seemingly tough demeanor fool you, she's one of the nicest characters in the game besides Kasumi.
  • Naughty Nurse Outfit: One of her costumes in 5 Ultimate. Just in case Team Ninja's renewed commitment to Fanservice wasn't clear enough.
  • Power Creep, Power Seep: She's not as powerful as Ryu in Ninja Gaiden, but she can still fight and defeat Greater Fiends (assuming the player is skilled enough) during team play, and is explicitly said to have superhuman strength. Given that, she really shouldn't have any trouble drop-kicking people like Jann Lee and Helena into the next time zone in DOA.
    • Granted, this is a universe where a regular human (Jann Lee) can punch out a T-rex so maybe not as much as it looks.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Stripperiffic: Rachel's choice of clothes for fiend hunting are unique to say the least.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Essentially, she is Nicole-458 from DOA4, but with some unique moves of her own taken from her playable outings in the Ninja Gaiden series' Updated Rereleases.
  • Thigh-High Boots: Her main costume features this, which helps cover her legs considering she's not wearing any pants.
  • Waif-Fu: Rachel is very strong despite her slender figure, due her cursed fiend blood she can best enemies many times her size and obviously more muscular than her.

    Marie Rose - Sweden 

Voiced by: Mai Aizawa (JP), Christine Marie Cabanos (EN)

Marie Rose as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade Edition"
Let the red rose of blood bloom forth.

A new character (in every sense of the word) debuting in the arcade version of Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate. A maid from Sweden who uses a martial art called "Systema".

  • A-Cup Angst: Played for laughs during her tag intro with Honoka. In the Japanese version, Honoka requests to borrow Marie Rose's chest, which is not only a pun on their radically different bust sizes, but in Japan, is also a way of requesting a sparring partner. This is derived from Sumo Wrestling where it is believed that a wrestler's power is derived from their chest due to the heart being located there. This tidbit was left out in the English localization due to the pun being untranslatable in the West.
  • Action Girl
  • Ass Kicks You: She has a move where she throws herself butt-first into her opponent.
  • Badass Adorable: She has some animations where she acts clumsy and uncoordinatednote , her win poses just scream Kawaiiko, and she has a weird move where she can turn her back to the opponent and blissfully stroll away in the middle of a fight. However, she also possesses some deft takedowns and can also leap onto her opponent and punch them square in the face.
  • Cry Cute but Cacophonic: Her losing pose has her throwing a tantrum and crying. This would be adorable normally but the actual crying, at least with the Japanese voice, is almost nails-on-chalkboard levels of grating.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: She's highly aware of her adorable Token Mini-Moe appearance, and often uses this to her advantage by fooling her opponents. Case in point, her defeat pose involves her sitting down crying, then looking into the camera smiling, and resume her fake crying.
  • Elegant Gothic Meido: She's one or the other (her clothes are gothic lolita-style but her profession is "maid" so it could just be her work outfit; either way, very European). Her lines when tag partnered with Helena seem to imply that she's Helena's servant.
  • Expy: Arguably one to Rainbow Mika. Not only do they have similar hair styles, but both have an attack where they throw themselves rear-first into the foe. Her alt costume (which looks somewhat like bondage gear) even looks like something Rainbow Mika would wear. Only thing she lacks that Rainbow Mika (as well as a chunk of the Do A cast) has are Boobs of Steel.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle never changes, and only her Hair Decorations can be made optional.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks to be about 13 of 14 years of age, but is actually 18.
  • Petite Pride: She doesn't seem to mind about her short and small cute appearance. In fact, she uses this to her advantage into fooling her opponents.
    Bigger isn't always better, you know.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: "Systema" is a martial art practiced by the Russian Spetsnaz. A girl her size using it is rather impressive (she is the shortest cast member of DoA5, standing only 4'10"). Also in the Famitsu article that debuted her she can be seen applying a sleeper hold to resident pro wrestler Bass Armstrong.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her twintails go down past her hips.
  • Take That: Nintendo's Swedish distributor Bergsala chose not to release Dead or Alive Dimensions in Sweden due to fears that the game might have been technically classified as child pornography by Swedish law (due to a then-recent child pornography scandal). So Team Ninja went on to introduce an underage-looking Swedish girl in the series. Coincidence?
  • Token Mini-Moe: As of this date, she's the youngest looking character in the series (as most of the other characters are adults and the Kasumi clones who are copied to look like the current Kasumi).

    Phase- 4 - Unknown 

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Lauren Landa (EN)

Phase-4 as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade Edition"
Why must I fight? Is it my sole reason to live?

Another new character added to the arcade version of Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate. She is a new Kasumi clone from the M.I.S.T. organization, presumably to replace the rogue Alpha-152 (and also presumably more advanced, hence her name "Phase-4"). It later revealed that she was the one who attacked Bayman and his unit.

  • Action Girl
  • Cloning Blues
  • Difficult but Awesome: Her gameplay is based around canceling her attacks into teleports for powerful combos. However, said teleport cancels require extremely precise timing in order to be performed during certain moves.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In the story post-credits, although she was already seen at the end of Prologue chapter, before becoming playable, starting in Arcade version then as DLC in Ultimate.
  • Four Is Death: Applied by her experimental name, and poor personality and luck, she is this.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: She is this after attacking Bayman and his men then left with a sadden expression. This also implies to her personality of dislike killing people, although she was originally created to do so.
  • Interface Spoiler: Every alternate costume except the "Player 2" version of her main one shows her face.
  • In the Hood: Wears a shroud that makes her seem very similar in appearance to Jill Valentine from the beginning of Resident Evil 5. It can be pulled down as an alternate version of her attire.
  • P.O.V. Cam: Used very briefly when she attacks Bayman and his unit.
  • Reluctant Warrior: She doesn't like to fight or hurt people, but has no choice in the manner.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: She wears a scarf in her alternate costumes.
  • Teleport Spam: A majority of her moves will end with her teleporting with reckless abandon.
  • You Are Number Six: The name "Phase-4" implies she is the most recent attempt at cloning Kasumi.
  • Younger Than They Look: She looks the same age as Kasumi, but as a clone she was only created recently.

     Nyotengu - Unknown 

Voiced by: Akemi Sato (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)

Nyotengu as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Arcade Edition"
My deception...rules all...of creation!

Yet another new character added to the Arcade Edition of Ultimate. She is, as her name suggests, a female Tengu from the same dimension as Bankotsubo from Dead or Alive 2. She even uses the same fighting style as him: Tengu-do.

     Honoka - Japan 

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (JP), Kira Buckland (EN)

Honoka as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5: Last Round"
Promise me, you won't tell anyone...

A new character added to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. Said to be a "schoolgirl with a mysterious power".

  • Action Girl
  • Animal Metaphor: Some of her alternate costumes show a cow motif in reference of her...assets.
  • Apologetic Attacker: She has a winpose where she apologizes to the opponent and asks them if they can still stand up, while holding out a hand to help them up.
  • Ass Kicks You: She hits a lot with her butt.
  • Badass Adorable: A girly girl that can still kick your ass six ways to Sunday.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Despite being friendly, she doesn't seem to have any qualms when it comes to break some bones.
  • Boobs of Steel: The new bustiest female character in a cast famous for its busty female characters, with a whooping 99 cm/39'' size. And despite her slender build, many of her moves come from physical strength orientated fighters like Tina or even Bass.
    • As if to lampshade or weaponize this, her Critical Burst actually has her jump at the opponent torso first just like Bass' splash attack.
  • Ditto Fighter: Like Raidou, her moveset consists of attacks pulled from other fighters (such as Tina's dropkick and one of Hitomi's strings). See Power Copying below.
  • Evil Hand: Her power appears to be sealed within the gloved hand. One of her throws demonstrates this power (she grabs her opponent then surges some of her energy through her arm, which takes the form of some kind of dark red flame).
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears a glove with a skull and crossbones on her right hand, possibly connected to her "mysterious power".
  • Genki Girl: Has a lively personality.
  • Girlish Pigtails: A side pigtail, although leaving most of her hair loose.
  • Guest Fighter: Averted. Even if you're a fan of Love Live!, this Honoka could remind you of the other one, whose last name is Kousaka.
  • Honoka, Raidou Might Be Your Father: It has been noted that her Power Copying and red aura during her Hissatsu-no-Kamae moves are very similar to Raidou's abilities, leading many to believe that the two may be related. In addition, the two are tag partners, and their tag winpose has Honoka ask Raidou if she's seen him somewhere before. There's also an implication during her tag partner with Ayane, though Ayane wasn't aware how Honoka is connected to Ayane's father, Raidou.
  • Identical Stranger: Honoka uses Marie's face model, which suggests that the two of them have some kind of connection. Marie and Honoka are also designated partners in her trailer.
  • I Know Mortal Kombat: Her bio says her "Honoka-Fu" fighting style is a style she created by pulling inspiration from movies and pro wrestling.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As if breaking the breast size record of the franchise wasn't enough, her attitude is very reminiscent of Japanese Gravure idols.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Improbable busty, yet slender figure notwithstanding, Honoka's body is still that one of a 18-year-old. Doesn't stop her from sending opponents twice her size across stage with one strike.
  • Nice Girl: Shows to be very friendly.
  • Power Copying: Like Raidou, she's able to learn any move that she sees, likely due to her "mysterious power". She's determined to test it out and learn the truth behind it while keeping it a secret.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her hair is kind of pink-ish, with a sweet, girly attitude to boot.
  • Stance System: She also copied some of the other characters' stances, examples include Jann Lee's Dragon Stance (Funny Bruce Lee Noises included!), and Brad's Dokuritsu-Ho (standing on one foot) stance.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Being a Japanese high school student, this comes with the territory. Grade B in her standard outfit.

Virtua Fighter Guest Fighters

    Akira Yuki - Japan 
Akira as he appears in "Dead or Alive 5"
You're ten years too early!

Voiced By Shinichiro Miki (JP)

Appears as a guest character in Dead Or Alive 5. A Bajiquan instructor from Japan, his main objective in life is to discover the meaning of "true strength".

    Sarah Bryant - United States 

Voiced by Lisle Wilkerson (EN)

Sarah as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5"
Better run home to momma now.

The second Virtua Fighter character revealed for Dead or Alive 5. The sister of Indycar driver Jacky Bryant, she is the victim of Judgement 6's advances and is often preyed upon as a potential subject for their twisted "Dural" project.

    Pai Chan - Hong Kong 

Voiced by Minami Takayama (JP)

Pai as she appears in "Dead or Alive 5"
Your kung-fu is not strong enough.

The third and final Virtua Fighter character revealed for Dead or Alive 5. An actress from Hong Kong, she has a rift with her father, Lau, over the death of her mother. She entered the World Fighting Tournament in order to face him in battle.

  • Action Girl: A master of Ensei-Ken, who doubles as a famous Hong Kong action movie star.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Inverted example to Lei Fang. While Virtua Fighter (and Pai Chan's character) debuted before the Dead or Alive series, the two share subtle similarities in their respective fighting styles and both are extremely technicalnote . Their styles not only compliment each other, when paired together, they even gain two special tag-team intros, a unique team up throw, and two special victory poses where they proclaim the power of kung-fu.
  • Always Second Best: See the Overshadowed by Awesome entry.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: She's Virtua Fighter's poster girl for the trope. Her default costume and appearance can be seen in the picture to the right.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Invoked during her tag-team victory pose with Lei Fang.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Her alternate outfit.
  • Berserk Button: Anything to do with her father Lau, though they're starting to patch things up...
  • Big Damn Heroes: ...after she saves him from being killed by a murderous monk.
  • Birds of a Feather: She spent five tournaments trying to defeat her father, to avenge her dead mother, but her reasons eventually changed to trying to prove herself to him. Just as Lei Fang has spent the past four DoA tournaments trying to prove to Jann Lee that she didn't need his help. Which later changed to simply wanting to prove herself to him as well.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Which is one of several selectable hairstyles she has.
  • Braids of Action: Depending on which of her costumes the player chooses, she alternates between twin braids, Girlish Pigtails, and an odango hairdo. DoA 5: Ultimate gives you the option of manually selecting her hairstyle, by holding down any of the shoulder buttons, while choosing her costume.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: To her father Lau for his obsession with martial arts indirectly killing her mother.
  • Cry Cute: Her lose animation.
  • Difficult but Awesome: While not as dominant as Lei Fang, Pai Chan is nothing to scoff at either. Her fighting style is stance heavy and many of her moves and combos require complex controller + button sequences that must be entered correctly with the proper timing. When fully mastered, she proves to be one of the most effective characters in the game.
  • Famed In-Story: In Virtua Fighter's canon, she's a famous Hong Kong actress, who's starred in several big name action films.
  • Fragile Speedster: She's fleet-footed, evasive, and can chain lengthy combos, but she's a lightweight when it comes to attack power and stamina.
  • Guest Fighter
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Her costume from Virtua Figher 5 is available as part of a free DLC pack for DoA 5. It consists of an elegant red Chinese robe with detached sleeves, black shorts with gold inlays, and comes complete with a pair of gold sandals.
  • Lady of War: She ties with Lei Fang and Helena Douglas for having some of the most jawdropping and graceful looking combos in the game.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died from overwork and a terminal illness.
  • Our Kung-Fu is Stronger Than Yours: Seen during her team up victory pose with Lei Fang, where they proclaim the power of kung-fu over their fallen opponents.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite her proficiency in Ensei-Ken and regardless how much she improved, she lost every time she challenged her father, Lau, in the World Fighting Tournament. After realizing he was terminally ill and didn't have much longer to live, she finally settled for trying to prove she was worthy of carrying on his legacy instead.
  • Stance System: She has several stances, including Bokutai and Meishouho (lit. "Sway Step"), which can either be entered manually, or automatically at the end of certain attacks if the button is held down. While Hakkeshou (lit. "Eight Triagrams Palm") is a new stance she gained for both Virtua Fighter 5 and DoA 5. Each stance enables a specific subset of moves, adding to the complexity of Pai's character.
  • Tsundere: Type B (default dere-dere). It's said that her mood can change from outgoing to cold and distant at a moment's notice but, for the most part, she's very kind.
  • "Well Done, Daughter" Girl: After repeat attempts to defeat her father, she began to wonder what was it that motivated him to pursue mastery of his art at the expense of their family. She eventually learned he was looking for a successor, due to his illness, and decided since she couldn't defeat him, she'd at least prove she was worthy of carrying on his legacy.

     Jacky Bryant - United States 

Voiced by Eric Kelso (EN)

Jacky as he appears in "Dead or Alive 5"
YEAH! Less talk, more action!

The fourth Virtua Fighter character to join the Dead or Alive cast, added in the Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate update. An Indy car driver and Jeet Kune Do practitioner, his reason for entering the World Fighting Tournament is often concerned with getting revenge for J6's misdeeds against him and his sister (J6 sabotaged his race vehicle, resulting in a very serious injury requiring over a year of rehab).