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    Helena Douglas 
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Helena as she appears in Dead or Alive 6
"Now do you understand, my dear?"

Origin: France
Fighting style: Pi Gua Quan
Voiced by: Yuka Koyama (JP), Zoe Galvez (EN, Hardcore), Karen Strassman (EN Xtreme 2, 5-current), Julienne Buescher (EN, Dimensions) Played by: Sarah Carter (DOA: Dead or Alive)


An opera singer and Pi Gua Quan martial artist. She is the current leader of the Dead or Alive Tournament Executive Committee, and the illegitimate daughter of Fame Douglas, the former head of the DOATEC, and Maria. She is also the half-sister of Kokoro. Helena enters the Dead or Alive Tournament to find the assassin who killed her mother. Although she was being manipulated by Victor Donovan, she ends up inheriting control of DOATEC after her father’s death. Feeling responsible for the crimes of DOATEC, Helena hosts the 4th tournament, intending to bring down the whole organization along with herself. She nearly succeeded, bidding farewell to everyone... until the last moments Zack saved her life.

Eventually, Helena returns and announced that DOATEC has been rebuilt and attempts to steer the company in a more peaceful direction. To prove that, she had Zack announce the 5th tournament, as well as removing any traces of Donovan, his crews and involvement in DOATEC.


  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Delivers one to NiCO after learning she has attempted to resurrect her mother, Maria, from the dead.
  • The Atoner: In DOA5.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: She may be the CEO of DOATEC, but she's perfectly capable of throwing down in a fight.
  • Belly Dancer: One of her costumes in DOA2 Ultimate and in DOA3.
  • Berserk Button:
    • If she thinks you are the one who killed her mother... run for your life!
    • Gen Fu on at least two occasions has enquired into her affairs, irking her considerably. (On one occasion, it was even after she asked about his interest in participating in the tournament).
  • Big Good: As she turns DOATEC into a more benevolent corporation, she essentially becomes one, to counter with Donovan.
  • Big Sister Instinct: As shown in DOA6, she has become very protective of her half-sister, Kokoro, who she considers her only family member left.
  • Broken Bird: Great losses in her life shaped her current personality, as did her involvement with DOATEC and Victor Donovan.
  • But Not Too Foreign: Though French by nationality, she's half-American due to being the daughter of Fame Douglas.
  • Byronic Hero: She takes over DOATEC to stop Donovan's schemes, but she crosses the line herself too. (For instance, she kills a woman — probably one of Fame Douglas's other mistresses — by shooting her in the head during a flashback in the ending cutscene of DOA4.)
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Defied; as of 5, she's genuinely trying to rebuild DOATEC under much better pretenses.
  • Death Seeker: Her role in 4... if it wasn't for Zack, she was willing do go down with the building that she herself set to self-destruct.
  • Deuteragonist: Kasumi's The Protagonist but there's no denying that Helena's place in the order of events is fairly massive (enough to where while the first four chapters of Dead or Alive: Dimensions Chronicle mode focus on the ninja characters and the stories of the first four DOA games, Helena has the entire final chapter of Chronicle mode to herself where it takes you through everything she did in DOA2 through DOA4). This is because she has the strongest story link to the Big Bad Victor Donovan.
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: She gained a French accent in Dimensions and 5.
  • Gorgeous Gaijin: Tall, blonde, buxom, gorgeous and French.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Debuted in 2 but thanks to her connection to DOATEC, has become an inseparable part of the series. Much of the series' storyline was established thanks to her involvement.
  • In Name Only: Probably gets it the worst of all the characters in The Movie, where she's still the daughter of the former CEO of DOATEC and fights in the tournament, but that's where the resemblance ends.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Until DOA5, she didn't reveal to Kokoro that they're half-sisters, although she had dropped hints about it. Kokoro finds out in DOA6.
  • Missing Mom/Conveniently an Orphan: Her mother was murdered.
  • Not a Morning Person: Perhaps a mild example, but in the Xtreme series, she dislikes talking to anybody at the crack of dawn. Even if you're good terms with her, if you ask her to partner up, she will turn you down.
  • Qipao: Her costume as of 6 is an elegant Chinese dress.
  • Rapunzel Hair: She has the longest hair in the game, in a waist-long ponytail. Bonus points for being blonde. She got the ponytail shorter in latter games though, but it's still pretty long.
  • Retired Badass: As of Dead or Alive 5, she has officially retired from professional fighting, taking more of her time to run DOATEC (and organize its corresponding tournaments). She hasn't lost her touch at all, however, as shown during the moments where she does get an opportunity to fight.
  • Sleeps In The Nude: In the opening cutscene of Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Vollyball Helena is seen sleeping naked in bed with a Modesty Bedsheet covering most of her body.
  • Stance System: Her Bokuho stance.
  • Warrior Poet: She tends to wax lyrical after fighting.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite her considerably mature and elegant figure and personality, along with her being an opera diva and the CEO of a big corporation, you’d be surprised to know that Helena is merely 23 years old. Some fans still like to refer to her as “Mommy Helena” despite this, though.

    Hayate / Ein 
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Hayate as he appears in Dead or Alive 6
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Ein as he appears in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate
"'Shinobi of the wind!' I am a free soul!"
"My head aches..."

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Mugen Tenshin-style ninjutsu
Voiced by: Hikaru Midorikawa (JP), Jeremy Hou (EN, Hardcore), Yuri Lowenthal (EN, Dimensions - present) Played By: Collin Chou (DOA: Dead or Alive)

A shinobi and the eighteenth master of the Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan. He is eldest child and only son of Shiden and Ayame, making him Kasumi's older brother and Ayane's older half-brother. He is also friends and allies with Ryu Hayabusa. Although he was first mentioned in the first Dead or Alive, Hayate's official debut appearance was in Dead or Alive 2 as Ein, a amnesiac Karate master. He regained his memory during the second game and finally appeared as himself in Dead or Alive 3.

Last seen in Dead or Alive 4 as a bonus character, Hayate's "Ein" persona was not included in the original Dead or Alive 5 but will return as a separate character from Hayate (likely as a bonus again) in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate.


  • Amnesiac Hero: During DOA 2, as a result of a head injury he suffered from his duel with Raidou.
  • Badass in Distress: The first game had him actually caught by DOATEC to become the experimental subject of Project Epsilon. In 5, he fell to a sleep-suspension trap by Rig and nearly undergoes the Project Epsilon process again until Kasumi and Lisa bailed him out.
  • Berserk Button: Whatever you do, do not badmouth Kasumi in front of him. Ayane learned this the hard way.
  • Flash Step: Seen during some of his counters and his super blow attack.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Pre-DOA1, his spine was broken and he was rendered crippled and comatose by Raidou. Thanks to Donovan's Project Epsilon, his mobility was restored.
  • Guest Fighter: Ein is technically this in DOA4 and DOA5.
  • Incest Subtext: With both of his sisters, but moreso with Ayane. It seems to be more on their part than his, though.
  • Informed Ability: Hayate's skill is said to be roughly comparable to Hayabusa's, but his performance throughout the series says otherwise.
    • So far, he's lost in nearly every game: Raidou (prior to DOA1), Hayabusa (DOA2), and to Ayane (DOA3) to determine which of them would assassinate Genra.
    • Prior to the events of DOA2, "Project Episilon"note  was considered a failure. Further, it was determined that his younger sister, Kasumi, was a superior specimen.
    • Hayate is also the only ninja character that has yet to win a tournament, whereas Hayabusa won the second the second tournament in addition to repeatedly routing the forces of darkness single-handedly. All of which makes it hard to believe that he's anywhere in Ryu's league, when he's even outmatched by both his younger sisters.
    • While all of the previous is, or has been true, the retcons in Dimensions have now established that it was a joint effort by Hayate and Ayane (with a well-timed intervention by Hayabusa) that allowed for the defeat of Genra, making the issue of who killed who and who won what a bit muddled. Furthermore, while in his amnesiac state he did defeat Kasumi outright and has canonically fought Hayabusa on equal terms up until they were interrupted. The sheer respect and reverence he commands with his presence alone from the likes of his powerful sisters is also a clue to how powerful he actually is, after all, Asskicking Equals Authority is in effect, if Hayabusa's clan is anything to go by.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His decision to use the Torn Sky Blast on Raidou enabled Raidou to learn the technique, use it on him, and cripple him with it. To drive another nail in, Ayane even explicitly warned Hayate not to use the technique against Raidou, but Hayate didn't listen.
  • One-Hit Kill: He takes out a blimp with a single exploding arrow!
  • One-Man Army: We only get to see it in cut scenes, but still.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Compared to both his younger sisters and his friend, Ryu Hayabusa.
  • Restraining Bolt: In DOA5, he is suddenly immobilized by shafts of light and Lisa captures him. DOA6 reveals that this is a feature of the Project Epsilon technology implanted into him, which allows him to be incapacitated by anyone at MIST, but Lisa is able to hack it temporarily so that he can shake off the effect.
  • Ship Tease: He has some of this with Hitomi.
  • Shout-Out: Apart from his net T-shirt, Ein's default costume is very reminiscent of Neo in the first The Matrix movie. Not surprisingly, since DOA2 was released several months after the movie came out and it was at the peak of its popularity.
  • Smoke Out: With raven feathers.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Sushi and sukiyaki
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: As Ein, he has more than one costume that turns him into pure Mr. Fanservice. One of them even includes shackles, for some reason.
    • He is an escaped Project Epsilon subject. We never see him with the shackles actually attached to anything, though.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Out of nowhere, stands up and slaps Ayane when she sides with Shiden. He isn't called out on this, and the poor girl tries to kill herself afterwards.

    Leon 
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Leon as he appears in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate
"Thought you could outbeat a professional like me?"

Origin: Italy
Fighting style: Close Quarters Combat
Voiced by: Koji Totani (JP, 2-4), Joji Nakata (JP, Dimensions-current), Richard Epcar (EN, Dimensions-current) Played By: Silvio Simac (DOA: Dead or Alive)


A mercenary and Sambo martial artist. He first debuted in Dead or Alive 2, and shares many simularities and a history with Bayman. Leon entered the Dead or Alive Tournaments to prove that he was the strongest man in the world, to live up to the final words of his deceased lover, Lauren. He stopped entering the tournaments after Dead or Alive 3, but he was still a playable character until Dead or Alive 5. However, he'll be back for Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate.


  • The Bus Came Back: He makes his return in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Zig-zagged. He was removed from the roster in DOA5, but high demand resulting him in returning for the Updated Re-release, DOA5 Ultimate. However, he's once again gone as of DOA6.
  • Demoted to Extra: Leon suffers from this oh so much. In vanilla DOA2, Leon served as the effective replacement for Bayman, then Hardcore was released which added Bayman back into the roster with the story that the two were rivals using the same style. After Leon's story ended in DOA3, Leon's role was demoted to bonus character status with Christie taking over the role as Bayman's rival. Dimensions did little to help him, only appearing in a few cutscenes that were recycled from 2 and 3. Now in DOA5, Leon has been completely cut from the game and absolutely no mention of him is ever given.
    • He returned as a bonus character in DOA5 Ultimate due to high fan demand, but never appears in the storyline. However, he is no longer present as of DOA6.
  • Discard and Draw: His fighting style has switched from "Sambo" to "Close Quarters Combat" in Ultimate.
  • Heartbroken Badass: His lover, Lauren died of unknown reasons. Lauren mumbled her final words to him: "The man I love is the strongest man in the world."
    • Ambiguous Syntax: Lauren must have meant that she thought Leon was already the strongest man in the world, but he interpreted it to mean he needed to become the strongest man in the world in order to be worthy of her memory.
  • Hunk: Just look at him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Due to his status as a Shell-Shocked Veteran, Leon happens to be an abrasive Trash Talker, yet he happens to have a soft spot.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Absolutely.
  • Palette Swap and The Rival: Of Bayman, being Italian but using the same fighting style (Russian sambo).
  • Rated M for Manly: If his lover Lauren's phrase towards him is any indication.
  • Shout-Out: He is similar to Léon from The Professional, an Italian hitman with a pot flower and a dead girlfriend.
  • Silver Fox: At 44 years old, he's got gray hair and good looks that seemingly get even better with age!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Pizza fitting his Italian background
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Most of his costumes reveal his chest.
  • We Meet Again: Says this to Zack in their fight in DOA2, although Zack doesn't know who he is. This was never touched on in later games.

    Kasumi Alpha 
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Kasumi Alpha as she appears in Dead or Alive Dimensions
"Let's play!"

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Mugen Tenshin-style ninjutsu
Voiced by: Sakura Tange (JP, 2, Ultimate and Dimensions), Houko Kuwashima (JP, Ultimate), Kari Wahlgren (EN, Dimensions)


Also known simply as Alpha, she is one of the many clones of Kasumi. Created by Victor Donovan and the Dead or Alive Tournament Executive Committee, Alpha was a product created during the early stages of Project Alpha, an experiment with the aim of creating the perfect fighter and human weapon. She was later transformed into the inhuman creature Alpha-152 as part of Project Alpha-2. For tropes about her after she was transformed into Alpha-152 see here.


  • Clone Army: She's only one of Kasumi's clones; Donovan has many more.
  • Evil Twin: To Kasumi.
  • Palette Swap: Justified as she's a clone of Kasumi.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: She acts very immature and childlike, to the extent that she breaks Kasumi out her cell at DOATEC Germany with the intent to kill her and have Hayate all to herself. Her entry on the Dead or Alive Wiki explicitly describes her as acting like "a misguided child with too much power."
  • You Are Number 6: Clarifying comments by Tomonobu Itagaki indicates that Kasumi Alpha is supposed to be the original product of the Alpha line, where Alpha-152 is the ultimate product (i.e. Kasumi Alpha is the Alpha-001 to Alpha-152).

    Tengu / Gohyakumine Bankotsubo 
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Gohyakumine Bankotsubo as he appears in Dead or Alive Dimensions
"EVERYTHING! IS MY! DELUSION!"

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Tengu-do
Voiced by: Osamu Saka (JP), Timothy Enos (EN, Hardcore), Joel Swetow (EN, Dimensions)


Gohyakumine Bankotsubo is a tengu who is a criminal in his own dimension, as he murdered Kuramasan Maouson - the leader of their race. Fearing punishment for his crimes and breaking tengu rules, he escaped into the human world. Considering the hopes and struggles of humanity to be insignificant, he decided to bring about ultimate disaster and calamity, covering the world in chaos. Ryu Hayabusa found out about his doings, and in the final match of the second Dead or Alive tournament, kills Bankotsubo despite the monster's incredible power and became the tournament winner. At officially 1500 years old, he's by far the oldest character to fight in the series.


  • Arrogant Tengu Guy: You will hear him boast about his magnificence while reminding you of your own insignificance, with the skills to back it up. Comes with the territory of being a Tengu.
  • Ambiguously Brown: For a Tengu, who are commonly depicted with red skin. His appearance in Dimensions did away with this.
  • Blow You Away: With his giant ceremonial combat fan. In DOA2 Ultimate he can do this to change the weather.
  • Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: Amidst his peers as a Dead or Alive boss, Tengu is remarkably out of place as he has no relation to the plot of the series or DOATEC.
  • Final Boss: In DOA2.
  • Large Ham:
    "EVERYTHING...IS MY...DELUSION!" (DOA2 Original)
    "MY DECEPTION...RULES ALL...OF CREATION!" (DOA2 Ultimate and Dimensions)
  • Really 700 Years Old: His official age is 1500 years, but since his height and weight are given in medieval Japanese units, it's questionable if it's really 1500 earth years.
  • Sinister Schnoz: Which Gen Fu is after, believing the legends that it could cure his granddaughter.
  • SNK Boss: Has the speed and strength to back up his boasts, and will read and counter your moves. See his entry on the page for more.
  • Tengu: He's simply referred to this than his actual name.
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