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Here are the non-playable characters in the Dead or Alive series. Enjoy, and help out with the blurbs!

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    Victor Donovan 

Voiced by: Moriya Endo (JP), Grant George (EN, Dimensions), Kirk Thornton (EN, 5-current)

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Victor Donovan as he appears in Dead or Alive 5
A mysterious figure who exists behind the scenes of DOATEC. He is a ruthless man who wants nothing less than to command DOATEC and use its resources to conduct inhuman experiments in pursuit of the ultimate living weapon. Omega and Alpha-152 are some of his most powerful subjects (which are bio-enhanced versions of Genra, a prominent Mugen Tenshin shinobi, and Kasumi Alpha, a loyal clone of the real Kasumi). He has employed Christie and Bayman in the past. Other associates include Lisa Hamilton, Miyako (Kokoro's mother) and his son, Rig. Donovan is the main antagonist of the Dead or Alive series.


  • Big Bad
  • The Chessmaster
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive
  • Demonic Possession: It's strongly implied that he ends up possessed by the same mask that Omega wore. Unlike most examples, however, Donovan seems to do this willingly.
  • Dirty Old Man: Shows an incredibly creepy sexual attraction to Kasumi, or rather her likeness, during a cutscene in 6, where he ogles over a test tube which appears to contain a Kasumi clone who may be either Phase-4, Alpha-152, or a new project altogether.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: He's single-mindedly obsessed with making the ultimate bio-weapon, if the small army of Kasumi clones he created is any indication.
  • In the Blood: He plotted out everything that happens in 5 with his son, Rig.
  • The Faceless: His only physical appearance in the series has been in Dimensions and 5. Even then you never get to see his face.
  • The Ghost: Until Dimensions (or Helena's ending from 4, depending on what you believe), the only time he actually appeared was in The Movie.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: His hair is slicked back, and he's an Evilutionary Biologist and the series' Big Bad.
  • Man in White
  • The Unfought: Despite his machinations, Victor has stayed out of the line of fire (and quite a few characters have good reason to punch his face in). However, going by the ending of Dimensions, he might eventually appear as an opponent down the line, especially since as of the ending of 5, Kasumi is actively seeking him out.
  • White Mask of Doom/Malevolent Masked Man: He pretty much wears a White Mask.
  • You Killed My Father: Although Christie is the one who directly murdered Helena's mother, it is heavily implied that Donovan was the one who arranged for her to murder her mother. He also hired Bayman to assassinate her father Fame Douglas.

    Irene Lew 

Voiced by: Mariko Suzuki (JP), Amanda Troop (EN)

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Irene as she appears in Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Ryu Hayabusa's love interest from the Ninja Gaiden games. A CIA agent who uses the codenames Sea Swallow and Sonia, she's been assigned by the agency to investigate the tournament and DOATEC.


  • Action Girlfriend
  • Art Shift: Changed from her original NES design to her look in the new Ninja Gaiden games, and then changed again (albeit less drastically) in Dead or Alive: Dimensions to match the look of the series.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Distressed Damsel: In the NES games. Also, was captured by Christie during the third DOA tournament (as per Dimensions) to lure Ryu away from the Tenjin ninjas.
  • Love Interest: Of Ryu.
  • Non-Player Character: Has yet to be playable in either the Ninja Gaiden or Dead or Alive games.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Ryu after he slaps Kasumi in an attempt to stop her from going after Hayate.

    Miyako 
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Miyako as she appears in Dead or Alive 5
A former mistress of Fame Douglas and Kokoro's mother. At an early age, Miyako took his daughter to Japan and raised her as a geisha in an effort to keep her away from the shady life involving DOATEC.

It is revealed in 5 that Miyako is the head of DOATEC's Japan section and allies herself with Donovan for reasons yet to be explained.


  • The Dark Chick: To Donovan.
  • The Faceless: Played straight in 4, averted in 5.
  • Expy: You'd be damned if you think she's Mizuki McCloud's twin sister.
  • Morality Pet: Kokoro could very well be this to her.
  • Retcon: She was originally a former mistress of Fame Douglas who fled to Japan after learning about her pregnancy in effort to keep Kokoro away from the shady life DOATEC is involved with. In 5 however, it's revealed that Miyako is actually the head of DOATEC's Japan section and, for reasons unknown, aligns herself with Victor Donovan.

    Shiden 
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Shiden as he appears in Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Voiced by: Yukitoshi Hori (JP), Lloyd Sherr (EN)

The husband of Ayame, father of Hayate and Kasumi, paternal uncle of Ayane, and the former leader of the Mugen Tenshin clan. Initially only appearing briefly in the opening movie of Dead or Alive Ultimate, he gets an expanded role in Dead or Alive: Dimensions, as a boss and an unlockable character.


  • Adult Fear: Just imagine having to order your own daughter to be assassinated. Poor Shiden.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: He wasn't the former leader of the Mugen Tenshin for nothing.
  • Retired Badass: He may not be the leader of the Mugen Tenshin anymore, but he's still got it.
  • Cain and Abel: The Abel to Raidou's Cain.
  • The Cameo: Shiden appears in Ninja Gaiden 3, and is seen casually walking around Hayabusa's Village, complimenting Ryu on how the young ninja are being trained.
  • Honor Before Reason: The fact that he's been forced to order the assassination of Kasumi for her departure from the village because of the laws of the clan. Keep in mind that Kasumi's his freaking daughter!
  • Lawful Stupid: As stated in Honor Before Reason above, he had to label Kasumi, his own daughter, a runaway shinobi and Marked to Die because of the clan's laws. In a cutscene from Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Hayate initially wants to find Kasumi and bring her home, but Shiden blatantly tells him that, as the next leader of the clan, his loyalty is to the clan itself first and foremost.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Despite the circumstances behind Ayane's birth, he didn't deny her a place to live or the right to live, and doesn't really bear any ill will towards her for it.

    Ayame 
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Ayame as she appears in the Dead or Alive: Ultimate intro

Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP), Kari Wahlgren (EN)

The wife of Shiden and mother of Hayate, Kasumi, and Ayane, the latter courtesy of Raidou. Initially only appearing in brief scenes during the opening movie of Dead or Alive: Ultimate, she appears in an expanded role in Dead or Alive: Dimensions.


  • Adult Fear: After Kasumi leaves the clan to pursue Raidou, she constantly faces this; her daughter has been marked for death by her own clan, and Ayane, her youngest child, is the one who has been tasked with assassinating her.
  • Child by Rape: The mother of Ayane.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": This exchange between herself and Ayane in Dimensions:
    Ayane: "My lady..."
    Ayame: "Please, you don't have to call me that. I am your mother."
  • Good Parents: Played straight with Hayate and Kasumi, zigzagged with Ayane given the circumstances. Regardless, her appearance in Dimensions proves that she truly does love and care for Ayane.
  • Just in Time: In her appearance in Dimensions, she shows up in the nick of time to prevent a depressed Ayane from committing suicide and comforts her enough to bring her back from the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Kimono Is Traditional: Her normal attire.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: She revealed that she was Ayane's birth mother when Kasumi and Ayane were younger, beginning her daughters' Cain and Abel relationship.
  • Mum Looks Like a Sister: She's had three kids, one in his twenties and the other two in their late teens, and actually looks to be around Kasumi's age.
  • Rape as Backstory: Her rape at the hands of Raidou, which resulted in the birth of Ayane.
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    Rio Rollins 
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Rio as she appears in Dead or Alive: Paradise

Voiced by: Marina Inoue (JP), Ali Hillis (EN)

A dealer within the Zack Island casino. Appears in Dead or Alive: Paradise.


     Samus Aran 
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Samus Aran as she appears in Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Appears in Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS during a collab with Nintendo. She is not playable. Also see her main character page for Metroid.


     Ridley 
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Ridley as he appears in Dead or Alive: Dimensions.
Appears in Dead or Alive: Dimensions for the Nintendo 3DS during a collab with Nintendo. He is not playable but he acts as a stage hazard. Also see his main character page for Metroid.


  • Arch-Enemy: Is Samus' because he killed her parents.
  • The Cameo: Makes a cameo as a stage hazard.
  • Space Pirates: He is a high ranking member of the Space Pirates.


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