Video Game / Dead or Alive 5
The cast of Dead or Alive 5—Kasumi in the center; counter-clockwise from the bottom right: Ayane, Tina, Rig, Hayabusa, Hitomi, Akira, Christie.

The long awaited installment to the Dead or Alive series (seven whole years!).

Nearly all the fighters of the previous game (except Leon) were back, as well as two newcomers named Rig and 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 Ninja Gaiden 3. Special mention to the girls, who have more realistically proportionate bodies, although the Jiggle Physics were still in full display. In collaboration with Sega, Dead or Alive 5 also features Guest Fighters from the Virtua Fighter series. Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant, and Pai Chan are the chosen Virtua Fighter representatives to Dead or Alive 5. The games were released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, plus a port to the PlayStation Vita half a year later.

The game's playable roster includes:

In May 2013, Team Ninja announced an Updated Re-release 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:

In August 2014, Team Ninja announced the game would be ported to Playstation 4 and Xbox One as Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. Last Round would include the three new fighters introduced in the arcade port (which had been Downloadable Content 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 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: Raidou
  • New characters in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round: Honoka
  • Guest Characters: Naotora Iinote 

Dead or Alive 5 provides the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Every female character.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
  • Dead Or Alive 5 allows you to tone down the fanservice elements, including
  • Arcade Game: Ultimate is the first game to have an arcade release since DOA2.[1]
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Nearly every special tag entrance and victory pose.
  • Bait and Switch:
    • The entire storyline involving 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!" — 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.
  • Big Bad: Victor Donovan.
  • Bloodless Carnage: This isn't a Ninja Gaiden game — there's no visible blood when Hayate and Ayane kill the False Kasumi. She Disappears into Light afterwards.
  • Callback: With the 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.
  • Camera Screw: 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.
  • Canon Immigrant: Momiji, who comes from Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword and later Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, and Rachel from the first game of the modern Ninja Gaiden trilogy.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Leon disappeared without a trace in the original game. He eventually returned in Ultimate.
    • He returned as a bonus character, which makes sense since his role in the story ended with 3 (he was also a bonus character in 4).
  • Clothing Damage: This can happen during combat for some costume sets on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of Last Round, such as the Senran Kagura, Deception and Tamiki Wakaki costumes.
  • Co-Dragons: Christie and Rig to Victor Donovan.
  • Confusion Fu: Brad Wong, the practicioner of Drunken Boxing.
  • Desperation Attack: 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.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The "lose" animations of some of the girls involve them lying on the ground writhing while panting heavily. Most notable is that of Momiji.
  • Downloadable Content: There are a massive number of costumes available for purchase, and some free stages as well. Ultimate also has extra characters available for purchase.
  • Earn Your Fun: 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 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 Ultimate and Last Round; 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 in early promotional materials (with attempts to emphasize that the fighting was the focus) but later played straight and even perhaps Exaggerated compared to earlier Dead or Alive games.
  • Five-Bad Band: DOA5's story has what could be considered this:
  • Free Floor Fighting
  • Guest Fighter: Akira Yuki, Pai Chan, and Sarah Bryant from the Virtua Fighter series.
    • Jacky Bryant joins them in DOA5: Ultimate
  • Halfway Plot Switch: 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.
  • Identity Amnesia: Rig. Subverted. He knows who he is, but he's faking it to move on with his father's plans
  • It's a Small World After All: 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.
  • Large Ham: Bass and Zack.
  • Meaningful Name: Victor Donovan's secret organization is named MIST. 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.
  • Mega Corp.: DOATEC.
  • Nipple and Dimed: Played straight with the girls, for obvious reasons. Certain glitches that made some of the girls' clothing disappear underwater show that they have Barbie Doll Anatomy as well.
  • Old Save Bonus: If you have save data from a previous version, you can transfer it to the new version and retain titles, unlocked costumes, and more.
  • Only Six Faces: 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.
  • Overlord Jr.: Rig
  • Panty Fighter: True to its roots. There are plenty of Panty Shots to be found.
  • Perpetually Shiny Bodies: Averted. The fighters sweat and get dirty, though this can be toggled off in the options menu.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: In the lyrics of "Showdown" — "And if a tournament's on Friday, call me Freddy."
  • 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.[2] 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. [3]
  • Revenue Enhancing Devices: 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.
  • Rule of Cool: The entire game runs on this.
  • Rule of Sexy: Likewise.
  • Sexy Soaked Shirt: Can be seen on characters who get wet, although subject to Nipple and Dimed.
  • Shirtless Scene: Most of the male characters have costumes that are shirtless. Eliot and Gen Fu are the only exceptions.
  • The Stinger: 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.
  • Those Two Guys: Eliot and Brad Wong share most of their scenes together in 5's story.
    • Same can be said about Lei Fang and Hitomi.
  • We Don't Suck Anymore: Tecmo's promotion for 5 had a general campaign for fighting gamers to actually take it seriously, explaining the tagline "I'm a Fighter". YMMV if they stuck to that or ended up pushing its status as a Fanservice franchise even farther than previous Dead or Alive games.
  • World of Buxom: Less so. There is still boatloads of Fanservice, but there appears to be a slightly larger, more realistic variety of breast sizes.