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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 
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Rig as he appears in Dead or Alive 6.
"You're gonna be in for some pain."

Origin: Canada
Fighting style: Taekwondo
Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi (JP), Liam O'Brien (EN, 5), Kyle Hebert (EN, 6-current)


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
  • Artistic License – Physics: Mystical moves aside, most of the Break Blows in 6 are legitimate moves that obey the laws of physics realistically (Ragdoll Physics aside). Then you have this guy, who, while "Everything's Better with Spinning" is actually a thing in Tae Kwon Do, goes from zero to two thousand from a standstill, without any charge up (as opposed to actual Tae Kwon Doka requiring at least a little bit of charge up), for the sake of rule of cool.
  • 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.
  • Co-Dragons:With Christie to Donovan.
  • Evil Counterpart: Rig could be considered this to Helena considering that they're both the children of powerful businessman related to DOATEC.
  • Faking Amnesia: His amnesia was nothing more than a ruse to serve as part of Donovan's plan...or so we are led to believe. 6 reveals his memory issues are a lot more complicated than expected.
  • Human Notepad: His body is covered with tattoos, many of which are physics equations (including Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle) and molecular structures (including hydrogen bonding between guanine and cytosine).
  • 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.
    • 6 then proceeds to not only double, but TRIPLE subvert this. Rig is actually a Manchurian Agent with a Split Personality. There's the friend of Bass who is for the most part cheery and jovial, and then there's the cold son of Donovan who only comes out when Christie triggers him.
  • In the Blood: Like Donovan, he is not a good guy. Or rather, his 2nd personality isn't a good guy, ad revealed in 6
  • In the Hood: His default outfit has him wearing a hood.
  • Manchurian Agent: 6 reveals that this is how his "amnesia" works. His default personality is Bass's cheery friend, but he has a 2nd personality that can only be awakened at Donovan's discretion, with Christie being the trigger.
  • 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.
  • Mr. Fanservice: And how!
  • Mysterious Past
  • Nice Guy: He's genuinely nice to his friends, and even helps Zack convince Diego to join the Dead or Alive tournament in 6 while under the effects of the "amnesia" implant.
  • Obviously Evil: His design screams this, plus playing with the Face of a Thug trope.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Rig" is just a pseudonym; he doesn't remember his actual name.
    • According to 6, his true identity is Victor Donovan, Jr., and "Rig" is just a split personality he uses as a disguise.
  • Overlord Jr.: The son of Donovan.
  • 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.
  • Pose of Supplication: When defeated, Rig assumes a humiliating defeat pose where he is bent over on his hands and knees, with his butt protruding upward which appears to resemble him admitting defeat or begging for mercy.
  • Take That!: Yet another in a long line of Tae Kwon Doka that act in villainous roles in a Japanese fighting game.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Bass. He likes teasing him about his motorbike, which Bass going angry about this, but both like to hang around with each other.
  • Walking Spoiler: Can you see how much of this page is in white?

    Mila 
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Mila as she appears in Dead or Alive 6.
"Yeah. I'm here to fight!"

Origin: Spain
Fighting style: MMA
Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (JP), Unknown (5), Amber Connor (6-current)


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 may discourages her to keep trying in the future, though.


  • 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.
  • Boxing Battler: As she uses MMA, her punches are derived from boxing.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • 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
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Quickly became a best friend of Tina, due to her being a daughter of Bass.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": She may be a talented martial artist, but she's still a fangirl of Tina and especially Bass.
  • Meaningful Name: Suitably for a martial artist, "Mila" is a diminutive of the Spanish female name "Milagros", which means "miracles".
  • Multicolored Hair: Dark red and black.
  • Nice Girl
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: 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).
  • Not So Different: Like Tina both lost on quarter finals.
  • 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.
  • Spirited Competitor: She would make a great addition to the UFC, enjoying fighting, the competition, the training and demonstrates respect towards her opponent.
  • 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.
  • 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 
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False Kasumi as she appears in Dead or Alive 5

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Mugen Tenshin-style ninjutsu
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Lauren Landa (EN)


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

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Hayabusa-style aiki-jūjutsu
Voiced by: Yuko Minaguchi (JP), Kate Higgins (EN)


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.


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    Rachel 
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Rachel as she appears in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate.
"The night has lifted. Dawn has come."

Fighting style: Counter-fiend combat
Voiced by: Michie Tomizawa (JP), Erin Fitzgerald (EN)


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.
  • Ass Kicks You: Rachel's throw to crouching foes (named Quetzacoatl) involves her grabbing her foe's head, and ramming it into her rear.
  • 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 and they are put to use in a way that would make Ivy proud.
  • Cool Big Sis: Most of all to Momiji, as seen in their tag scenes commonly.
  • 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.
  • Lady of War
  • 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.
  • Ornamental Weapon: Has a sword on her right hip but never uses it in combat. Also, one of her DLC costumes gives her a hammer strapped to her back.
  • 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.
  • Sexy Secretary: Her default alternate costume.
  • 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.
  • 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 
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Marie Rose as she appears in Dead or Alive 6
"Let the red rose of blood bloom forth."

Origin: Sweden
Fighting style: Systema
Voiced by: Mai Aizawa (JP), Christine Marie Cabanos (EN)


A new character debuting in the arcade version of Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate. She is Helena's new maid, hailing from Sweden and using the Russian martial art of 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.
  • Animal Motifs: Cats.
  • 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.
  • Belly Dancer: One of her costumes in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.
  • Breakout Character: Brought a new wave of fans to the series for she covers fetishes and preferences aimed at current anime and manga fans, with her popularity quickly surpassing many mainstay characters. This culminated in the popularity poll for DOAX3 where she surpassed the undefeatable Kasumi and Ayane to become the cover girl for DOAX3 along with Honoka. She also made appearance as a Guest Fighter in Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash alongside Ayane and Honoka. She is also one of the four characters (technically six, counting Ninja Gaiden characters) from the Dead or Alive franchise to star in Musou Stars.
  • Bridal Carry: While Gen Fu can do this to any girl she is especially susceptible to this due to her small size (combined with her small weight)
  • Cry Cute: Her losing pose has her throwing a tantrum and crying.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Her default costume is in this style.
  • Flower Motifs: Roses, not surprisingly.
  • Girlish Pigtails: This is her sole hairstyle in DOA5, where only her Hair Decorations can be made optional. Xtreme 3 allows her to let her hair down, and she puts it up into Odango Hair while wearing a bath towel in Musou Stars.
  • Leotard of Power: While not her default outfit, it's her most popular one.
  • Meido: Her profession is "maid", and while it's implied she's Helena's servant in tag matches with her, Xtreme 3 confirms it.
  • Neck Snap: Has some throws making use of this, along with her Power Blow.
  • Older Than They Look: Looks to be about 13 of 14 years of age, but is actually 18 and older than Ayane by a few months.
  • 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?
  • Third-Person Person: She refers to herself as "Marie" in her victory quote, although this wasn't carried over into the English translation ("Yay, I won!") She does this much more frequently in Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation.
  • 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). Meanwhile Luna from Venus Vacation looks her age, but is the same size as Marie.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Prinsesstårta (Swedish for princess cake).
  • Wolverine Publicity: Due to her newfound popularity as a Breakout Character, much of the marketing for DOA5: Last Round and Xtreme 3 revolves around her. Finally, as of the sixth episode the main series has given her an important role, even though she doesn't know herself yet.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: 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. However, it that doesn't work, she'll drop the act and turn serious as Bayman finds out in 6's Story Mode when she manages to effortlessly break out of his Over-the-Shoulder Carry after being unable to fool him with helpless flailing and childishly pounding his back.

    Phase- 4 

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Phase-4 as she appears in Dead or Alive 6
"Why must I fight? Is it my sole reason to live?"

Origin: Unknown
Fighting style: Mugen Tenshin-style ninjutsu
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Lauren Landa (EN)


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 is later revealed that she was the one who attacked Bayman and his unit.


  • Bad Powers, Good People: She's a Reluctant Warrior like Kasumi and doesn't like to fight, and she seems to view her powers as a curse.
  • Cloning Blues: Comes with the territory of being a Kasumi clone.
  • 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.
  • 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 6: 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.

    Miyama no Nyotengu 
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Nyotengu as she appears in Dead or Alive 6
"My deception...rules all...of creation!"

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Tengu-do
Voiced by: Akemi Sato (JP), Brina Palencia (EN)


Yet another new character added to the Arcade Edition of Ultimate. As her name suggests, she is the Tengu princess of Miyama, from the same dimension as Bankotsubo from Dead or Alive 2, and uses the same fighting style as him. Although initially appearing in 5, she makes her official canon debut in 6. News of Bankotsubo's defeat has spread throughout the Tengu world, and her curiosity motivates her to investigate the man responsible: Ryu Hayabusa.


  • Absolute Cleavage: One of her alternate costumes is a Spy Catsuit with this.
  • Alternate Company Equivalent: To Morrigan Aensland. Both are considered nobility in their supernatural planes of existence, travel to the human world to sate their curiosity and to have a good time, and both are very seductive.
  • Anti-Hero: She is not at all evil like her predecessor Bankotsubo and is able to form a tag team with Hayabusa, who she considers a rival. If anything, she can best be described as mischievous, which is in line her race's mythology. After finally meeting and being defeated by him in 6, she comes to respect, and even fall for, Hayabusa.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Speaks in archaic Japanese, and uses the feminine "warawa" to show how otherworldly she is. This is translated in the English dub as having a very regal inflection in her voice.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Her exact relationship with Bankotsubo, if any. All that is known is that she is curious about Hayabusa and wishes to challenge him since his reputation has spread throughout the dimension of the Tengu.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She flirts with various characters during Dead or Alive 6's story mode (such as Zack, Lei Fang, Brad and Ayane), whether they be male or female.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: A special taunt that can only be done while she is knocked down involves her pleading for the opponent to "have mercy".
  • Attention Whore: Played for laughs in a special win pose with Ayane. When Ayane declares that no one will get in her way, Nyotengu gets in front of her and hogs the camera before stating the same thing.
  • Avenging the Villain: In a way. Bankotsubo may have been a renegade to her realm, but she wants to challenge Hayabusa, the man who killed him, as his name has become legendary throughout the world of the Tengu.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one on her chin.
  • Belly Dancer: One of her new costumes in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.
  • Blow You Away: She uses a variety of wind-based attacks, seemingly produced by her small hand-fan or her wings.
  • Boobs of Steel: With a 93cm bust, she's one of the biggest women in the series in terms of chest size, and, like her fellow buxomites Tina and Honoka, she is a physical powerhouse.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In Xtreme 3, she mysteriously loses her wings on Zack Island, making her an involuntary vacationer until she gets them back.
  • Combat Hand Fan: Has a hand-held fan that she uses to produce wind attacks.
  • Combat Stilettos:
    • Most of her outfits have her in "geta", which are a classic Japanese equivalent to western high heels. In particular, the type she wears, with a single large "tooth", are the typical footwear tengu are depicted wearing in folklore.
    • Some of her alternate outfits have her in high heels proper.
  • Cry Cute: Her lose pose has her throw a tantrum while on the ground.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Of the original Tengu, Gohyakumine Bankotsubo from DOA2.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Her given name is literally "Female Tengu". Her full title can be translated to "Female Tengu of Miyama", although a more appropriate translation is "Tengu Princess of Miyama"
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Her official bio states that she's a Tengu princess.
  • Femme Fatale: More of an Informed Attribute. Tengu are known for being Trickster Gods whose deceptions and illusions cause calamity. But really, she doesn't seem to be doing anything but having a good time.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Her powerbomb air throw ends with her making an obvious orgasm face.
  • Glacier Waif: Nyotengu has the highest damage output of any character in the game, but her movements are incredibly slow.
  • Horned Hairdo: Her default hairstyle.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: With her default kimono.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Downplayed since there's no actual sex but she does make some very suggestive noises when attacking and during one of her throws she asks her victim if it feels good.
  • Large Ham: Just like the original Tengu, she speaks in an extremely over-the-top manner.
  • Lecherous Licking: Licks her lips suggestively in her third victory animation.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: A Rare Female Example. At least there's no actual sex, see also Interplay of Sex and Violence above.
  • Moveset Clone: She uses the exact same style as the original Tengu.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Both her appearance and behavior are packed with sexual innuendos.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: She can be heard doing one of these in her debut trailer. Averted in the game when she has a regular yet still conceited laugh.
  • Orgasmic Combat: She flat out moans during some of her moves, and her powerbomb throw ends with a very orgasmic expression on her face.
  • The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: In both folklore and the DOA universe, Tengu are demons that range between somewhat mischievous to outright evil and serve little purpose outside of causing calamities and misery for humans. However, while she certainly fits the "bad girl" motif, she doesn't really do anything heinous in the game proper. Her bio states she has a grudge against Ryu, but even that doesn't really come up at all. For the most part, she doesn't seem to be doing anything but having fun.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: It's part of her wholesale look of iconic Japanese beauty, including the pale skin and dark hair.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 reveals she's 1018 years old.
  • Sex Is Violence: One of her air grabs has her powerbomb an opponent and apparently orgasm at the end of it.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Makes the cut at 172 cm (5'8''). She is also very tall for a Japanese woman.
  • Stripperiffic: Her default kimono doesn't leave much to the imagination.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: In Xtreme 3 she's notably hard to get along with, being the only character with no starting relationship bonus with the other girls and acting very haughty when picked as your partner. However, build up enough relationship points and she becomes a sweetheart.
  • The Tease: Almost everything about her is sexual, and she enjoys rubbing it in peoples' faces. Too bad you're not in her league, foolish mortal.
  • Tengu: No duh. Her name is literally "female Tengu".
  • This Cannot Be!: She doesn't take defeat well at all.
  • Troll: In a cutscene in Venus Vacation, she shambles around like a monster to scare both Kasumi and Ayane. She's quite fond of being this in canon as well, as shown by her interactions in 6.
  • Whole Costume Reference: One of her unlockable costumes is a skintight jumpsuit with a color scheme that is almost identical to that of Morrigan, another lustful demoness with wings.
  • Winged Humanoid: Like most Tengu.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: A few of her grapple attacks, including an air powerbomb.
  • Unknown Rival: On both fronts. In the games, she is this to Ryu, who defeated Bankotsubo, whom she wanted to defeat. In Venus Vacation, Kanna the Oni is this to her, but it's less of barely knowing she exists and more of treating her like an old friend. The latter isn't amused by this.

    Honoka 
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Honoka as she appears in Dead or Alive 6
"I-I'm so sorry! Can you stand up?"

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: "Honoka Fu"
Voiced by: Ai Nonaka (JP), Kira Buckland (EN)


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


  • 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. This is due to the fact many of those moves belong to other characters that share this trope.
  • Bad Powers, Good People: See Evil Hand
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character: Brought a new wave of fans to the series for she covers fetishes and preferences aimed at current anime and manga fans, with her popularity quickly surpassing many mainstay characters. This culminated in the popularity poll for DOAX3 where she surpassed the undefeatable Kasumi and Ayane to become the cover girl for DOAX3 along with Marie. She also made appearance as a Guest Fighter in Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash alongside Ayane and Marie Rose.
  • Conspicuous Gloves: She has a single glove on her right hand, and it seems to be connected to her power.
  • Ditto Fighter: Like Raidou, her moveset consists of attacks pulled from other fighters (such as Tina's dropkick and one of Hitomi's strings), with the resulting mixture making her a Tsungxpert. 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.
  • Girly Bruiser: A girly girl that can still kick your ass six ways to Sunday.
  • 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. Played for laughs with a pun during their tag intro in the Japanese version.
  • 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.
  • Luke, I 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 isn't aware how Honoka is connected to Ayane's father, Raidou. These implications are confirmed as of the sixth game's story mode. Honoka is Raidou's daughter and Ayane's half-sister.
  • 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.
  • Raised by Grandparents: Implied in Xtreme 3. She frequently thinks about her "grammy" back home while vacationing on Zack Island.
  • Rose-Haired Sweetie: Her hair is kind of pink-ish, with a sweet, girly attitude to boot.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Honoka has the incredibly powerful ability to copy any skills she's seen, giving her an arsenal of dangerous moves. However, it still takes practice to perfect moves that her body isn't used to (she falls flat on her butt trying to use Ayane's She-Fu), and these moves alone are also not enough to put her on the level of some of the more seasoned combatants of the Tecmo universe.
  • Shout-Out: Her name and her side ponytail secured with a hair decoration are a reference to Honoka Kousaka from Love Live!.
  • 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.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Whipped cream puffs.
  • The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Like Ayane, she probably didn't get her looks from Raidou, either.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Her self-made style, and her idle stance, suggest she's not actually a trained combatant. That said, her mysterious power that allows for Power Copying is so great that she's a Living Macguffin because of it.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Like Marie, due to her newfound popularity, a lot of the marketing for DOA5: Last Round and Xtreme 3 focuses around her, when the role she plays in the main series has yet to be established.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Salmon pink, in this case.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Being a Japanese high school student, this comes with the territory. Grade B in her standard outfit.

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Virtua Fighter Guest Fighters

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

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Ba Ji Quan
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro 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 
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Sarah as she appears in Dead or Alive 5
"Better run home to momma now."

Origin: United States
Fighting style: MMA
Voiced by: Lisle Wilkerson (EN)


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

Origin: Hong Kong
Fighting style: Ensei-ken
Voiced by: Minami Takayama (JP)


The third and final Virtua Fighter character revealed for Dead or Alive 5. A master of Ensei-Ken, who doubles as a famous Hong Kong action movie star. 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • My 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.
  • Translation Convention: Just like her fellow Virtua Fighters.
  • Tsundere: Of the sweet type. 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 
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Jacky as he appears in Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate
"YEAH! Less talk, more action!"

Origin: United States
Fighting style: Jeet Kune Do
Voiced by: Eric Kelso (EN)


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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Samurai Warriors Guest Fighters

    Naotora Ii 
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"I'm sorry, but...I cannot let you pass!"

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Ii-style leg strikes
Voiced by: Yuka Saitou (JP), Erica Mendez (EN)


The shy but capable head of the Ii clan from the Samurai Warriors franchise. Naotora was released as a playable character in March 2016. Only Tropes related to her appearance in this game go here. Tropes related to her general character go on her original page.


  • Apologetic Attacker: A trait she carries over from her series.
  • Ass Kicks You: Quite a few: from her Ii Family Creed Stance, she can transition to Nemu (a jumping butt thrust), her throw-to-crouching-foes Tsukiyo-Usagi has her pommeling on her opponent before crushing them under her rear, her cliffhanger has her throw her opponent with her legs, followed by a falling butt crush, and her downed-opponent attack Warabi has her butt crush her fallen foe.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: Several of her moves discourage Button Mashing and encourage precise timing, much like in her home series. If you do the inputs of certain strings as fast as possible, they will not combo correctly and will give the opponent enough recovery frames to perform a counter hold. Waiting until the very end of the animations, however, will cause more beneficial effects, such as more htis and greater stun. Sometimes these moves will not even combo off of moves done before them unless you time them correctly.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: As a native of the Sengoku period, she existed a good 500 years away from the modern times the rest of the cast live in.
  • Kick Chick: Most of her attacks involve kicks, but she's capable of throwing punches here.
  • Male Gaze: Her introductory teaser reveal focused first on her legs, then on her bust.
  • ...Or So I Heard: Two of her victory quotes involve apologizing to her opponent. In the third, she says "Never back down! That's how the Ii family does things... or so they tell me...."
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Her signature Musou ability is brought over, complete with animation and symbol.

The King of Fighters Guest Fighters

    Mai Shiranui 
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Mai Shiranui as she appears in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

"Mai Shiranui, onward!"

Origin: Japan
Fighting style: Shiranui-style ninjutsu
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (JP)


Japan's finest female ninja is here to show Kasumi, Ayane, and Momiji how the original sexy kunoichi of fighting games gets the job done, taking her patented Shiranui-ryu Ninjutsu into the 3rd dimension!

Only Tropes related to her appearance in this game go here. Tropes related to her general character go on either of her original pages.


  • Ass Kicks You: Her sidestep Genei-Shiranui, and her hold Yusura-Ume. In Dead or Alive 6, her Break Hold has her bump her opponent from behind.
  • Calling Your Attacks: She calls out most of special attacks just like in her home series.
  • Combat Hand Fan: And she is the first use a weapon in a sense.
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: She has even bigger hips and thighs than Honoka does.
  • Guest Fighter: Twice over no less! She first appeared as a DLC Fighter in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, and returned as a DLC Fighter for Dead or Alive 6. This makes her the first Guest Fighter in the Dead or Alive series to appear in more than one game.
  • Homage: Eventually debuted on the series that has its female ninjas, including the protagonist, taking more than a few notes from her design and legacy.
  • Lag Cancel: Like her home series she can cancel certain attacks in her specials.
  • Male Gaze: Her trailer goes from her legs, up to her hips, and then her infamous victory pose with a view of her infamous bust.
  • Playing with Fire: She still uses her mastery of fire with her special attacks.
  • Stripperiffic: Has the design Mai had for most of her career in The King of Fighters, her uniform eventually got smaller and the fabric around her butt essentially became a thong; in contrast to her appearance for KOF XIV where the uniform is more in line with her Fatal Fury days, with the fabric around her butt covering a little more.
  • Translation Convention: Unlike Naotora, she doesn't get an exclusive English voice actress. Justified because Naotora is a part of Koei Tecmo and Mai isn't.
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