It's probably not accidental; in her tag team with Marie Rose, she asks latter to practice with her — which in Japanese is actually an idiom that literally translates to "May I borrow your chest?" Marie, having A-Cup Angst, obviously doesn't take it well.
There is also Lei Fang on whether if she has a strong Belligerent Sexual Tension issue with Jann Lee or she genuinely is annoyed by his Jerk with a Heart of Gold nature and their rivalry is platonic at best. That and due to how Lei Fang can be with the other ladies especially Hitomi have given her plenty of Ambiguously Gay moments as well. So in other words while all the ladies in the series have been in Yuri pairings, Christie and Lei Fang (and to a much lesser extent Tina and Lisa) are considered to be biggest cases of Ambiguously Gay or Ambiguously Bi in the series.
And that's before the introduction of Mila in 5 who may just be an ascended fan-girl for Tina, or could have a celebrity crush on her.
As mentioned in Internet Backdraft below, updating the console versions of DOA5: Ultimate to DOA5: Last Round from the in-game menu at launch would erase the game's save file. To make up for the loss, Team Ninja updated the game with a patch that prevented the game from being updated through the menu and included a cheat code that unlocked most of the game's locked content, with the exception of DLC. Some appreciated that something was done while others felt it was not enough.
Fans were initially worried the next Xtreme game, Scarlet not only will suffer from No Export for You, but there will be no English translation, especially on the Switch. Surprisingly, the Japanese version of the game includes an English language option for those fearing a lack of such feature, allowing fans to play the game in English and not having to rebuy an Asia version, which is has multiple language options.
Eliot. He may have been good gameplay-wise, but many people just don't like him. Possibly because his 4th costume in DOA4 looks like something by Square Enix at its worst. At the same time, many like Eliot because he isn't muscular and has a calm, nice personality.
Similarly, La Mariposa/Lisa also gets quite a bit of hate for her personality and fighting style. Also, how Lisa was originally introduced as Tina Armstrong's gal pal/Heterosexual Life-Partner in the original Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball. However Lisa became an Ascended Extra in the Main Series by suddenly becoming a prominent scientist with DOATEC who played a fairly big role in the storyline. Some are glad about this development as Tecmo is taking the story a bit more seriously while others complain that it has caused retcons and other odd continuity issues in the story. So in other words some like the idea of Lisa becoming a more prominent character as a DOATEC scientist while others wished that she stayed as Tina's close friend instead. (That and on how after 4 Lisa's relationship with Tina has been substantially downplayed as while Lisa gets a bigger role in the storyline Tina's role is a lot smaller.)
Marie Rose is hated by some for looking underage in the cast full of busty ladies, and that her design is a very standard Elegant Gothic Lolita + Tsundere Twintails combo. Others love her because she is adorable and the idea of a little girl taking on opponents twice her size is both awesome and hilarious.
Nyotengu got a split reception too, due to her concept itself. Some people think it refreshes the character of Tengu, while other see it as a cheap attention-grabber and/or unnecessarily pandering.
Phase-4, hands down. Some people like her because of her fighting style, which looks awesome due to its Teleport SpamUp to Eleven. Others are annoyed that her character design is just a Kasumi clone. Again.
Honoka follows the trend. Having both Marie-Rose's face (as in, the same 3D model), being arguably an Expy of a character from an unrelated anime (with the same name to boot) and a fight style made out of movements from the rest of the roster, some people called "lazy" on Team Ninja. Others appreciate her, arguing that characters made of other character's moves is pretty common in fighting games, and the mix is pretty well thought out. Also, as surprising as this sounds, she's the first female character in the series that embodies the Schoolgirl archetype.
Some fans dislike the inclusion of the Virtua Fighter guest characters and would rather they not have been included at all, or at least had more work done to them, due to having less fluid animations and using old voice clips. Jacky's addition in 5U just annoyed these fans even more. It gets ridiculous though when they start complaining about the VF characters' models and faces looking out of proportion. Any kind of comparison with the main DOA cast will show the differences are extremely minimal. On the other hand, the inclusion of said VF characters has also attracted more fans to the series, noting that it's one of the more logical ideas for a fighting gamecrossover. Team Ninja and AM2 are also on good terms with each other.
''Venus Vacation has two in the form of Nagisa and Fiona:
Nagisa's introduction immediately gives you an impression that not only is she an overtly overprotective big sister, she's also an extreme Tsundere where she has more harsher moments with the player, up and including, confiscating a picture of Misaki that just happen to be lying around, and her immediate dislike of the player despite Misaki's fondness and working on the island. Some players find her to be an aggressive bitch while others find her refreshing in the setting of Venus Vacation and her seiyuu being Maaya Uchida.
Fiona is a Nice Girl princess who tends to come off as too nice, since she never lashes at the player and very polite to the player and other girls. Some fans dislike this, since she comes off as unoriginal with an Uncanny Valley face, but others don't mind her and that she's voiced by Kaede Hondo. Yes, that KaedeHondo.
Many have a hard time remembering that it's a Fighting Game series. The vast majority of people only remember the female fighters's curvy model-esque bodies and Jiggle Physics, for better or for worse. Mind you, Tecmo isn't trying to mask it or anything. They ran straight to the endzone with that knowledge (and zero regret) when promoting Dead or Alive 3.
The Xtreme series as a volleyball/jet ski game is basically the video game development equivalent of an Excuse Plot. Watch and observe. Did you notice much sports action in that trailer?
Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:Many, many combat scenes only show the immediate prelude to combat and provide minimal context, so it can be easy for encounters to be random, unexplained, and later ignored.
In the final cut scene of Helena's DOA 4 story and Dimensions' story-line. Everything's going to hell. Then suddenly, there's this shot where some random woman who wasn't seen in any other part of the game is being shot in the head. Why it seems so out of place is because this was a cinematic cut scene, which none of the cinematic ones had any extras in up until this point. What made this shot even more jarring was that pretty much all other extras in the game are all blank-faced clones who all seem to shop from the same clothing store.
Many character endings from the first four games could also qualify. Some even look completely out of character. Why does Kasumi dream of being a (naked) mermaid in what looks like a J-Pop music video?
Eliot in DOA4 appears, apropos of nothing in the slightest, at the DOATEC helipad to do battle with Christie, who literally levitates down to meet him. What he's doing there and why she's flying go completely unmentioned, even when they encounter one another again in DOA5.
The Fanservice, which this series is infamous for. In quite a lot of levels.
There's plenty of people who call the series one of the most notorious cases of Best Known for the Fanservice ever and has occasionally, but consistently been accused of sexism. The franchise in general, and the Xtreme spin-offs in particular, are among the most common examples used by media critics and commentators whenever the issue of sexism and/or sexual objectification of women in video games is brought up. Many fans are very frustrated by this, since because of that saying "I play Dead or Alive for the gameplay'' is pretty much the video game I Read It for the Articles. Even though it's mostly agreed that it's a great fighting series on its own merits. The fact that Team Ninja toned down the fanservice for DOA5 just to tune it back up after alleging fan request didn't help.
However there are also plenty of folks who state that the series is so tongue-in-cheek about its fanservice, it's not as harmful as the detractors claim, if at all. They also argue it's really not that much worse than just about any other series like Street Fighter, Fatal Fury and Soul Series and the like. In fact some even argue that the series is actually a bit too tame to be M-Rated as the M-rated Dead or Alive games are barely anymore explicit than the earlier T-Rated games. So in other words it does raise the question on whether if Tecmo can actually play up the Fanservice more and still maintain an M Rating or would it be for the best if they did not.
The fanbase is split into two main factions: Those that prefer the original fighting series, and those who prefer the soft-porn beach side-series. Similarly, the second faction is in itself split over whether or not to include an official nude option (which, aside from various hacks within those games and an April Fools Day joke from EGM, no such option actually exists).
There's a split based on the toned down fanservice (and breast sizes) in Dead Or Alive 5. Which got even bigger when the devs brought back the standard fanservice elements due to fan requests.
Going hand-in-hand with the fanservice is the preferential treatment that female fighters get over the male fighters both in-game and out. This being a series that's nigh infamous for its female fanservice, many have a hard time remembering that Dead or Alive even has males to begin with. Within the fandom, some dislike the male characters just for not being female while others wish they were treated better in comparison to their female counterparts. The fact that Team Ninja refuses to make DLC male fighters likely out of fear that no one would buy them has also been a point of contention. Either the focus on the female characters in the series is its biggest strength that separates it from other fighters, or its doing harm to the series by further establishing the stereotypes of the DOA gamer, depending on who you ask.
The less obvious but arguably most important split is about the counter system:
Detractors, who tend to be elitist competitive players, believe this system is the real reason why the series never got the same amount of respect as Street Fighter or Tekken (after all, when you get down to it, Fanservice is very high in practically every single popular Fighting Game franchise). They think it kills off any sort of offense in the game since everything can be countered. Worst case scenario, they say it completely breaks the gameplay, and makes it shallow and cheap. Defenders, on the other hand, consider it way deeper than its detractors give it credit for, in a "easy to learn, hard to master" way. Plus, it gives the combat an unique fast pace and sense of unpredictability that no other fighting franchise has. Specially since, in practice, countering everything is next to impossible. You really need to study your opponent's moves in order to counter more than a couple of them per round, so if you lose due to receiving too many counters, either your rival earned it, or you deserve it for using the same moves again and again.
Among people who like the system you have a similar split between people who prefer the system in games 2 and 3, since counters were easier to execute. However, considering Team Ninja wanted to put that system back in 5, but decided not to after the reactions to the Alpha version, it seems this group is smaller and smaller.
Dead Or Alive 4 as a whole. Most competitive players hate the game and blame it for the stigma attached to competitive DOA. On the other hand, the more casual fans however love it due to its unique online mode and flashy aesthetics.
Some fans don't like the story mode of Dimensions and DOA5 because of their clunky narrative and nonsensical plot. Others like them because they present a neat tutorial to get into the game mechanics little by little.
The up-and-sudden removal of Leon (and to a lesser extent, Ein and Tengu) in 5 caused quite a bit of controversy with fans. So much, that Team Ninja, who didn't even think the fans wanted him, put him back in DOA5: Ultimate.
More recently, the DOA5 tournament scene has moved to have the more Fanservice-y costumes banned from tournament play, which has divided the base in a few ways. Supporters say that it's an effort to avert Distracted by the Sexy, while detractors call it a petulant and ham-fisted attempt to win respect from the larger FGC. Not helping matters is the fact that the costume choices seem inconsistent: This costume◊ is banned for being "too distracting", while this one◊ is still considered tournament legal.
The PC release of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round. The initial announcement that a mainline DOA game was coming to the PC platform was met with positive reception...until the Steam Store page for the game went online and revealed the game would launch without online modes, and that online would be patched in within 3 months after the release. This has caused a three way split between those that are simply happy the game is coming to PC, those that think the PC version should be delayed until the online modes are ready, and those that think Team Ninja should put in the resources to have the PC version's online ready alongside the console versions' launch. The further delay of the PC version to a month after the console versions, with no guarantee that online would be ready in time for the later release date, did not help this situation.
And then things got a whole lot worse when it was revealed that the port's quality will fall somewhere between those of PS3/360 and PS4/One. Two notable features that it will be missing are the two new stages and the Soft Engine, both of which are exclusive to the current-gen consoles. Some fans are not bothered by this and are happy that a PC version is coming anyway, some decide to put their purchase on hold until something comes up, and others see this as another bad PC porting from a Japanese game developer and have either canceled their pre-orders or refused to buy it.
The decision of not bringing Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 to Western territories, allegedly because they wanted to avoid controversy regarding the representation of female characters, split the fan base and even the gaming community in several factions. Mostly depending on whether they were supporters or detractors of the sub-series in the first place. Long story short, there were people who were upset, people who didn't care much, and people who were glad. All three to different degrees.
Venus Vacation's gacha system and its RNG divided the fans when using stones in attempt to unlock an SSR bathing suit for the girl of your choice. Due to the nature of gacha, you'll have extremely low chance of unlocking an SSR outfit or a girl you want to unlock. This includes Luna, who has a rare chance of showing up if you paid real money to buy stones to unlock her.
Various developer interviews indicated that Do A 6 would be steering away from sexual content, with the subsequent gameplay videos shown toning down the series' iconic Jiggle Physics, which has since become a point of contestion. 6 is also going to subvert Beauty Is Never Tarnished, as all characters including females can get bruised and bloodied over the course of a fight. Some claim this helps to add more realism and focus to the actual fighting, and thus are happy with it. Others claim this is Fan Disservice and doesn't suit the series at all.
DOA4, especially in the eyes of the high-level play community.
Xtreme 2. While it offered more to do than the first game (jet skiing, butt bumping, flag races, and water slides were added), the framerates inexplicably dropped despite being on a more powerful console, the loading times were longer, and despite the new stuff, it had a bad case of It's the Same, Now It Sucks!. Plus, the unrealistic Jiggle Physics were derided by some.
Xtreme 3 had many feeling the graphical frammerate improved for its third outing, was also decried for dropping several features from the first two gams such as the water slide, jet skis, accessories, two whole islands, as well as removing fan favorites from the first two games like Tina, Leifang, and Christie.
Crazy Awesome: Between his encounters with living skeletons, aliens, and the like, Zack's entire life proceeds to the beat of a different drum.
Hitomi is also popular with the fanbase since her debut in DOA3. Even series creator and former director Tomonobu Itagakilikes her. She was even allowed to appear in the Updated Re-release of DOA2 for the Xbox, albiet without her own story mode.
Marie Rose and Honoka were introduced in DOA5U and DOA5LR respectively as extra characters with no specific story mode, but have gained so much popularity they've been front and center in the cover and promotional material for Xtreme Beach Volleyball 3, appeared in Musou Stars as playable characters, and have been part of several cross-company promotions (like guest characters in a Senran Kagura game). It's no surprise the sixth episode has promoted them to full-fledged characters, very prominent in its Story Mode.
Anyone who has heard of Dead or Alive: Xtreme Venus Vacation took a strong liking to the new character Misaki, to the point someone made an actual mod of her. This leads to demands for bringing her in the next installment should Team Ninja puts her in future games.
Luna gained this status after her debut in Venus Vacation. Her weird personality while speaking in monotone and her rather hilarious interactions with Ayane made her one of the two popular girls in Venus Vacation.
Don't put a big chunk of Kasumi and Ayane's respective fan bases in the same room. Just sayin'. That said, the sisters burying the hatchet in-universe is also turning down the heat between these two fan bases... or making it hotter in another sense altogether...
The franchise itself is this towards the Tekken series. Itagaki's contempt towards Harada's games is where the whole fan rivalry started. This too has died down since Itagaki's departure, and both series' fandoms and developers are on better terms nowadays.
Fan-Preferred Couple: A lot of the fan base puts Kasumi and Ryu together over any canon love interest either of them have gotten.
Friendly Fandoms: With the Virtua Fighter series, thanks in part to the main quartet's inclusion in Dead or Alive 5, as well as the first game in the series running on Sega's model2 arcade hardware and being inspired by Virtua Fighter's gameplay.
They also seem to be this with the Senran Kagura fandom. Their latest installment, Estival Versus, even features Ayane as a guest character. DOA5LR also added Senran Kagura costume DLC.
Game-Breaking Bug: Venus Vacation on PC will crash on you constantly, gives your girl in training a ridiculous training time (880 minutes, or 14 hours). This is irritating if you're planning to redo some matches. The only way to fix this is to set your computer's locale to Japan's, as it is a Japanese game.
Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Mila has become very popular among Spaniard fans of the series. Not only because she's from Spain herself, but rather because she's the first Spanish character in a Fighting Game who looks the part WITHOUT falling into any Spanish stereotypes, Not Even Bothering with the Accent notwithstanding note Not that it matters, since in Spain the vast majority of fighting gamers play with the Japanese dub, where realizing this is much more difficult, given how similar Japanese and Spanish phonetics are.
Growing the Beard: Dead or Alive: Dimensions and to a greater extent Dead or Alive 5 have been rather well received when it comes to gameplay and the story mode.
Part of the reason may be the involvement of Sega AM2, the developers of critically acclaimed fighting game series Virtua Fighter, who gave advice and guidance, as well as the inclusion of VF guest characters.
The sheer legion of DLC costumes for DOA5. By the time Last Round came out, there were so many of them you could buy 2 or 3 brand new PlayStation 4 or Xbox One systems with the money necessary for buying all the bikinis and skimpy outfits (some like the Halloween 2014 outfits, which has many costumes that are actually recycled designs). By the time 2017 rolled around, the total cost of buying all those costumes was $1,117.34 according to this article. And things had only gotten worse by the time they finally stopped coming out: Last Round got to its fourth season pass, which cost a whopping $92.99. As in each pass. And there was no sign that Tecmo was planning to stop at that hallmark. Fans weren't exactly fond of this development.
When it was first released, updating the console versions of DOA5: Ultimate to DOA5: Last Round from the in-game menu resulted in the game's save file being erased. Although Team Ninja attempted to warn players of this through the game's website and social media outlets, for many it was far too late, leading to demands of compensation such as free DLC. While DLC packs remained locked for purchase, Team Ninja still attempted to make up for it, as seen in Author's Saving Throw above.
A Facebook account associated with Tecmo-Koei, while confirming the company's previous statement that Xtreme 3would not receive an official Western release, insinuated that one concern might be that the game's sexualization of the female fighters might not go over well in the West.note Exact quote in its entirety: Do you know many issues happening in video game industry with regard to how to treat female in video game industry? We do not want to talk those things here. But certainly we have gone through in last year or two to come to our decision. Thank you [all sic]. Long story short: Backlash ensued, unleashing a bit of a Flame War that is best left unmentioned. Those who wanted to play it, though, ended up importing English-language versions from Asian-market.
Iron Woobie: Ayane. See her entry in said trope, and then add everything revealed in Dimensions, including her attempted suicide.
Lei Fang and Hitomi are shown to be very friendly to each other. Strawberries, anyone?
Also, in Dead or Alive 2's story mode: in both the cutscene before Lei Fang's battle with Helena and Lei Fang's win quote after, the game gives the impression that Lei Fang is flirting with her opponent.
Christie's attitude towards Helena crosses into this at times.
In Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Rachel and Momiji's tag team win pose has Rachel saying "very nice" while looking over Momiji, making it seem as if she's checking her out.
LGBT Fanbase: G4TV.com has occasionally mentioned stories on how according to the G4 forums the Dead or Alive series does have a lesbian fanbase especially thanks to Dead or Alive: Xtreme Beach Volleyball.
Like You Would Really Do It: Really Tecmo, you expect us to believe that Hayate and Ayane really killed Kasumi? They must really need to make use of the clone, somehow...
People who are critical with Team Ninja usually only mention the Xtreme Beach Volleyball entries when they talk about the series or the studio, as if the fighting games didn't even exist (famous web shows like Extra Credits or Zero Punctuation have been guilty of this). And if they do mention them, they talk about the Jiggle Physics as if they were the only noteworthy thing about them. Because, you know, being a pretty awesome fighting series on its own merits means absolutely nothing next to the Fanservice.
The fanbase itself requested that the 5th game retain all the series' familiar fanservice elements (specifically, the characters' breast sizes of all things), after the devs had shown that they had planned to tone it down (so that the game would be taken more seriously by critics and non-fans). Not only did this not help sway the popular opinion that the series is nothing but baseless pandering, but it also caused the fanbase to break even further.
From a competitive point of view, the series has had difficulty shedding the stigma of being an overly defensive game that penalized attacking with powerful counters.
No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Since Tecmo-Koei announced DOAX3 will not get an official Western release much to various controversy, Play-Asia announced that they would be selling the localized-to-English non-Japanese Asian version, and ended up promptly gaining several thousand new followers.
Older Than They Think: Some internet posters think Jann Lee's yellow tracksuit is a Shout-Out to Kill Bill, but it was actually first worn by Bruce Lee in Game of Death which Kill Bill was referencing. Which makes sense, since Jann Lee is a Bruce Lee Clone.
Polished Port: The Playstation Vita port of DOA5. It actually got better reviews than the console versions because it was able to run at a steady 60fps while maintaining good visuals within the handheld's limited hardware. This has been compared to other (ported) fighting games like Mortal Kombat.
The Fanservice itself. The original plan for DOA5 was to tone down the fanservice in hopes of that the fighting community would finally take the game seriously. However, numerous fans requested bigger breasts and Team Ninja subsequently brought it back, full force.
Leon also came back in the Updated Re-release thanks to the fans who complained about his absence in the original game.
Self-Fanservice: Yes, even in a series like this. Miyako and Ayame are relatively minor characters that have very few appearances in the whole series (relegated to short cutscenes) and arent depicted with the level of fanservice their daughters usually get (save for a short view of Ayames sideboob during DOA 2s intro, but the contextis FAR from sexy) but if you go to Deviant ART, youll see that theres plenty of fanart featuring them either in bikinis or completely naked. Must be the fact that theyre very good-looking moms for their ages.
Scrappy Mechanic: Unlocking costumes in 6 is two-fold: You have to earn enough "Pattern Points" for a costume before it becomes available for purchase in the in-game store. Earning Pattern Points can only be done in DOA Quest mode (limited), the single-player modes (with higher difficulties yielding higher rewards, but still requiring more plays than in previous games), or playing online (which can be laggy and unreliable), turning it into a very tedious, grindy process. The worst part is, whenever you earn Pattern Points, the character and costume they go towards are completely random!
Stuck in Their Shadow: Dead or Alive has male characters. Common knowledge to fans, but if you told this to a non-fan, it would likely be news to them. In fact, even within the fandom, when someone brings up "who's your favorite male character?", a common joke is to say "...there's male characters?". This naturally is a point of contention to some. This does not apply if said male character's name is Ryu Hayabusa... because it's goddamnRyu Hayabusa.
Theiss Titillation Theory: Some of the girls' outfits are skimpy enough that there's no way they could actually fight in them and not have a wardrobe malfunction. But no matter how bad you want it to, it will never happen.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: There are fans who believe that many characters have the potential of having quite some depth, or at the very least of having meaningful development. But Team Ninja never takes advantage of them, and the Fanservice definitely doesn't help.
The four ninja main characters are by far the most prominent. Kasumi, Ayane and Hayate have all the ingredients for compelling drama, with them being split between their love as a family, their sense of duty and Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!, with Hayabusa being a good outside observer who can give a more unbiased perspective. The story of the series does deal with these themes, but it never goes deep enough to make it meaningful.
Helena is another great example. She's a young woman who is determined to atone for the sins of his father's company, trying to fulfill its original well-intentioned vision while fighting the corruption at its core created by Donovan. However, she sees herself forced to use means that puts her pretty close to Jumping Off the Slippery Slope.
Tina Armstrong is a somewhat minor but noticeable example as while she normally is a secondary character in the series from the start. However some may find it a bit jarring on how while Tina's close friend Lisa Hamilton became a much more prominent character over the course of the series but Tina's role got a bit smaller in the process (In which after 4 Lisa's friendship with Tina has been considerably downplayed. In which some even wonder if Mila was created so she can be Tina's new Heterosexual Life-Partner since Lisa ends up playing a considerably different role by then.)
Not many were fans of character roster for DOAX 3, with favorites such as Tina and Lisa being ignored. In fact, Helena was the only Caucasian beauty featured from the series to be featured, with some fans wondering if it was because the game not having a western released removed the need to add in the non Asian women.
They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: For a time Kasumi's backstory of being a runaway Ninja who left her village to seek revenge for her then-crippled brother Hayate and is hunted by the people of her village has been considered to be this. While this subplot was played up in 2, it became a fairly minor detail in 3 and the Dead or Alive Xtreme subseries kind of ruined the credibility of the subplot and made it rather pointless. (You know for someone who is supposed to be on the run 24/7, Kasumi is awfully willing to be out in public.) There were even accusations that Tecmo doesn't really know what to do with the Dead or Alive story anymore and is not taking it seriously enough. But fortunately this subplot does get played up a bit more in Dimensions and 5 in which 5 even implies that there will even be some resolution in Kasumi's situation with her home village after all.
Wangst: Ayane's Interrupted Suicide in Dimensions. She tries to take her own life only because Hayate got mad at her?! Really?! OK, Hayate overreacted too when he slapped her just because she made a bad comment about Kasumi, but still!
Win Back the Crowd: Thus far, the response of 5 is very positive and seems to be garnering fans who realize about this being more than a Fanservice fighting game. Although the later flood of DLC has tarnished the game as a product in the eyes of many.
WTH, Costuming Department?: Even without going to the fanservice outfits for the female characters, there are some... questionable costumes, specially for male characters. Bayman in a fully equipped scuba diver suit, anyone? And let's not even begin with Eliot in 4 or Zack in, well, any of the games.
Unnecessary Makeover: Most would argue that Pete Burns' excessive plastic surgeries to improve his appearance (largely due to trauma from being bullied for his bad looks a child) actually robbed him of his naturally good looks and only caused him to look uglier and uglier as he got older and continued to have them. It's even rumored to have contributed to his eventual heart attack, as the surgeries severely screwed up his immune system.