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Characters: Dead or Alive 5
Here are the characters introduced in Dead or Alive 5. Enjoy, and help out with the blurbs!

Also, beware of possible spoilers.

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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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.


    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".


  • Action Girl
  • Ass Kicks You: She has a move where she throws herself rear-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, one of her defeat poses 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 look older than Marie despite being younger than her).

    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 being 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").

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reluctant Warrior: She doesn't like to fight or hurt people, but has no choice in the manner.
  • 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 really.

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


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.


     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).



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