Dead or Alive (Game Series)

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Dead or Alive ( jap. デッドオアアライブ Deddo oa Araibu in short DOA ) is a fighting game - video game series of the Japanese developer Tecmo . The plot and the playable characters were created by the game developer Tomonobu Itagaki and programmed by a small team called Team Ninja .


Dead or Alive

Dead or Alive
Studio Tecmo
Publisher Tecmo

July 1, 1998
Sega Saturn
platform Arcade game , Sega Saturn , PlayStation
genre Fighting Game
Game mode Single player , multiplayer
control Gamepad
medium CD-ROM
language English, Japanese
Age rating
USK released from 12

Dead or Alive was released in Japanese gambling halls in 1996. In October 1997 an implementation for the Sega Saturn came onto the market. The PlayStation version of Dead or Alive was released in Germany in March 1998 .

The first part of the DOA series was released for the Model 2 slot machine in Japan. Tecmo was so surprised by the success that it was decided to port the game to the Sega Saturn and bring it out in Japan. As it turned out later, this was a huge mistake as DOA was poorly selling on the Sega Saturn. On Sega's 32-bit console, Sega's in-house Virtua Fighter series dominated the fighting game scene with two successful ports and a remix of the first part. In general, Dead or Alive was left behind. Also Tekken , a fighting game video game series of the Japanese developer Namco , was very popular at that time and could in the arcade against or Dead Alive prevail.

In March 1998 the last port of Dead or Alive for the PlayStation was released. The PlayStation version has been graphically adapted to the hardware of the home console compared to the original version and expanded to include additional moves and two new characters ( Bass and Ayane ).

Even back then, the player was allowed to choose from today's DOA-typical game modes ( Survival, Kumite, Team Battle, Versus, Tournament, Time Attack ). In training mode , the player trains his favorite fighter and learns new moves. In Danger Zone Mode , which only appears in the first part of the DOA series, the fighter loses energy by leaving the ring or is thrown into the air by the mines standing around.

A special feature of Dead or Alive is under the menu item "Bouncing Breast" . The bouncing breast feature lets the breasts of the female characters move up and down (physically exaggerated).

The combat system and the game mechanics are based on the fighting game Virtua Fighter 2 by the console manufacturer and game developer Sega . Three buttons (punch, kick and counterattack) are used in the game. Only in the later parts does the combat system become more complex and challenging. The player has eleven characters (including two unlockable), 100 moves and 84 costumes to choose from.

The eleven playable characters:

  • Jann Lee
  • Hayabusa
  • Lei Fang
  • Zack
  • Gen Fu
  • Kasumi
  • Tina
  • bass
  • Bayman
  • Raidou ( unlockable )
  • Ayane ( unlockable )

Dead or Alive 2

Dead or Alive 2 ( DOA2 ) appeared on the Naomi slot machine in Japan in 2000 . The Dreamcast version came onto the market in Germany in March 2000. In December 2000, an expanded version of Dead or Alive 2 was released for the PlayStation 2 .

The plot ties in with what happened in the first part. Fame Douglas , the founder of the first dead-or-alive tournament, was murdered at the end of the first part. Since then the world has fallen into chaos. Tengu , the murderer of Fame Douglas, wants to subdue the world and therefore announces a second tournament. The goal is to defeat the final boss Tengu and thereby save the world from his rule.

14 characters (including Kasumi and Bass, Tengu can be unlocked) and eight game modes (including story mode and versus mode) are available to the player. In addition to the typical DOA characters such as Tina, Zack and Kasumi, two new additions have been made: the hobby opera singer Helena and the Italian mercenary Leon. The character Ein is Hayate, Kasumi's brother, who has lost his memory. At the start of the game, each character has two costumes to choose from. More can be unlocked, increasing the number of available costumes to up to eight.

A special feature of Dead or Alive 2 are the arenas (stages). The stages are not only significantly larger and more extensive than in the previous version, but also for the first time divided into several levels and delimited by walls and terrain.

The expansion of Dead or Alive 2 appeared under the title Dead or Alive 2: Hardcore for the PlayStation 2. The high sales figures and good reviews from the game testers were the reason for a PlayStation 2 implementation. DOA2: Hardcore was a huge success in Europe and the US despite tough competition from Namco , Tekken Tag Tournament . Except for a few innovations, the game has remained the same as the original version in terms of content. The innovations include:

  • The character models, costumes and moves have been changed slightly.
  • Survival mode is only available in the Danger Zones.
  • An item collection was added.
  • New costumes and moves
  • Faster game pace

The 14 playable characters:

  • Kasumi
  • Hayabusa
  • Gen Fu
  • Helena
  • Tina
  • bass
  • Zack
  • Leon
  • Jann Lee
  • Lei Fang
  • Ayane
  • A ( hayate )
  • Bayman (unlockable)
  • Tengu (unlockable)

Dead or Alive 3

Dead or Alive 3 ( DOA3 ) was released in March 2002 exclusively for the Xbox .

The storyline of its predecessor, Dead or Alive 2 for PlayStation 2, is continued in some places. Ryu Hayabusa, a 23 year old ninja, defeated the creature Tengu at the end of the second part. Professor Dr. Victor Donovan , member of the DOATEC organization , “creates” a new “monster” (originally a human) named Genra .

The player has a total of nine game modes ( story mode, time attack mode, team battle mode, survival mode, tag battle mode, sparring mode, versus mode, watch mode and theater mode ), 17 characters and 14 stages (including forest and beach) are available. The story mode is at the heart of Dead or Alive 3 . There you have to choose a fighter and let him compete against other fighters. As soon as you have defeated all opponents with one figure, including the boss Omega (project code name of Genra), the player receives one of 16 rendered FMV sequences that tell the story of the respective character. These sequences can then be viewed at any time in theater mode.

The 14 “battle arenas” or stages all look different and, like in the predecessor Dead or Alive 2 , are structured interactively. The player can throw the opponent several floors down with a targeted punch. Objects lying around (e.g. neon lights) break.

The game offers three new characters ( Hitomi, Brad Wong and Christie ), two new game modes ( Tag Battle and Team Battle mode ) and new moves / costumes / stages.

Aerosmith is responsible for the soundtrack and music.

The 17 playable characters:

  • Kasumi
  • Hitomi ( new entry )
  • Gen Fu
  • Tina
  • Leon
  • Jann Lee
  • Christie ( new entry )
  • Hayate
  • Hayabusa
  • Zack
  • Brad Wong ( new entry )
  • bass
  • Bayman
  • Leifang
  • Helena
  • Ayane
  • A ( hidden character , but same person as Hayate)

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball

Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball ( DOAXBV ) is a sports game released exclusively for Xbox in March 2003 . The game developer Tomonobu Itagaki had had the idea of ​​a volleyball game with the DOA characters two years earlier .

The player has to choose from a total of eight female characters (including Hitomi and Tina) two to compete against each other in a match. There are two different modes in the game. In the first mode, Play , the player can play beach volleyball alone or with an additional player.

The second mode, Go to Zack's Island , can be compared to the story mode in the DOA games. First, the player chooses a character from a total of eight characters and starts a new game.

In the intro you learn that Zack has bought an island and that he is attracting all female fighters to his island under the pretext of holding a dead-or-alive tournament.

Zack's island is divided into different areas. In the game, for example, swimsuits, sunglasses, shoes and other accessories for changing the characters can be bought. In addition, the characters can be viewed with a zoom or take part in three games of chance ( blackjack , poker , roulette ) or use a slot machine.

The eight playable DOA characters:

  • Hitomi
  • Kasumi
  • Lei Fang
  • Tina
  • Helena
  • Ayane
  • Lisa
  • Christie

Dead or Alive Ultimate

Dead or Alive Ultimate ( DOAU ), which was called Dead or Alive Online when it was announced , was released exclusively for Xbox in February 2005 .

The game contains the first two parts of the Fighting Game video game series in one twin pack. Part 1 is the Sega-Saturn version of the original arcade game. The second part, which was released for Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 at that time , was technically adapted to the Xbox . As a playful innovation, the counter system has been revised.

Further innovations compared to the original are the three new selectable characters ( Bayman , Tengu and Hitomi ) and a new intro video, which also tells a lot about the characters' history. There are also new areas, songs and additional clothes (up to 20 outfits per character). The first and second part can thus be played online on the Xbox. Up to eight players can be in a lobby and then compete against each other in one of the numerous modes. The new songs include, for example:

  • Dream On ( Aerosmith )
  • link
  • Wired
  • Zack's remix
  • Hayabusa Remix
  • Gen fu remix
  • Lei catch remix
  • Jan Lee Remix
  • Tina Remix
  • Bass remix
  • Helena Remix
  • Leon Remix
  • Ayane remix
  • A remix
  • Kasumi remix
  • Tengu remix
  • Bayman Remix

Dead or Alive 4

Dead or Alive 4 was released in Germany on January 24, 2006. According to Tomonobu Itagaki, developer of DOA4, the focus of the game is on online matches. In addition to the online versus mode, which allows up to four players at the same time, there are online rankings for Time Attack, Survival, the most frequently used characters, the best characters and the option of downloading videos from other players. The player can also use a so-called online lobby. The game has improved HD graphics compared to its predecessor. There is also an extended "Ground Play", which makes it possible to hit opponents lying on the ground with attacks instead of just using certain movements as in the previous versions. In the fourth part, the player can choose from 20 characters; including four new characters and one returning one.

The characters

  • Ayane
  • bass
  • Bayman
  • Brad Wong
  • Christie
  • On (unlockable)
  • Eliot (new)
  • Gen Fu (unlockable)
  • Hayabusa
  • Hayate
  • Helena (new; unlockable)
  • Hitomi
  • Jann Lee
  • Kasumi
  • Kokoro (new)
  • La Mariposa (new) / Lisa (new; alternative costume; unlockable)
  • Leifang
  • Leon (unlockable)
  • SPARTAN-458 (new: unlockable; guest)
  • Tengu (unlockable)
  • Tina
  • Zack

In the intro the song Eat the rich by Aerosmith is used, in the outro Amazing .

After the destruction of Omega in part three, Hayate, who became the leader of the ninja village again, decides to destroy DOATEC, the organization that has brought so much suffering to his village, forever. Meanwhile, Helena, the daughter of the killed company founder, tries to rebuild DOATEC in a peaceful manner, but has to deal with the power-hungry DOATEC scientist Donovan.

  • In-game language: Japanese with German subtitles
  • Manual language: German
  • Age rating: from 16 years
  • Genre: Fighting Game
  • Format: Xbox 360
  • HDTV 480p / 720p / 1080i
  • 1-4 players offline
  • 2–16 players online

Dead or Alive Code Cronus

The developer Team Ninja confirms that this project has been discontinued.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 2

Demonstration of Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 at X06 in Taiwan (2006)

The successor to DOAXBV was released in December 2006 for the Xbox 360 . The gameplay is based strongly on the predecessor, but has been expanded and optimized in many points. New are the "Marine Race", a water slide, beach flag races, butt squabbling, tug of war and a photo mode. The offline multiplayer mode has been canceled, but it is now possible to compete against one another with up to four participants in the Marine Race via XBox Live or to play one against one in volleyball.

The story takes place according to DOA 4. DOATEC was destroyed. Zack found the treasure of a pharaoh and has become a billionaire again. With the help of an “outstanding intelligence”, he succeeds in recovering the island that has sunk into part one. His plan is to rebuild DOATEC and thus restore peace in the galaxy. Following rumors of a fifth martial arts tournament, nine women are on the island.

The nine playable DOA characters:

  • Hitomi
  • Kasumi
  • Lei Fang
  • Tina
  • Helena
  • Ayane
  • Lisa
  • Christie
  • Kokoro

The following songs are used, artists in brackets:

  • Summer Breezin (Diana King)
  • How crazy are you? (Meja)
  • Double Lovin (Baha Men featuring Reiss)
  • Sweet Sixteen (Hilary Duff)
  • Quiero Que Me Quieras (Olga Tanon)
  • Like That Girl (Fatty Koo)
  • Holla! (Baha Men)
  • Is This Love (Bob Marley)
  • Lovin'You (Janet Kay)
  • Brazilian Sugar (George Duke)
  • Dreamin (Sweet Female Attitude)
  • Flowers (Sweet Female Attitude)
  • Nothing To Lose (Sweet Female Attitude)
  • Reggae Dancer (Inner Circle)
  • Another Love Story (Play)
  • Sweet Sensual Love (Big Mountain)
  • The Kids Don't Like It (Reel Big Fish)
  • If It Don't Fit (B * Witched)

Dead or Alive 5

Dead or Alive 5 was released in Germany on September 28, 2012. It is the first part of the series in which Tomonobu Itagaki was not involved. Since the third part, it is also the first game in the regular series that has been released for a PlayStation console. The innovations compared to the predecessor are changed character models. So the characters now look older and more realistic. You can also see dirty clothes and skin on the fighters after a fight, as well as beads of sweat running down. The counterattack system has been redesigned so that it is now more difficult to catch a successful counterattack. Further changes are the so-called power blows, powerful blows that you can perform when you are low on life energy and that can turn a fight around at the last second. The new characters are the taekwondo fighter Rig, the Spanish MMA fighter Mila, the daughter of the notorious mountain demon Tengu, Nyotengu, the mysterious malicious servant Marie Rose, the Raidou revived / rebuilt by Donovan, the sweet all-fighter Honoka and the warlord Rachel there. Three characters from SEGA's Virtua Fighter series, Akira Yuki, Sarah Bryant and Pai Chan, will also join the rest of the fighters. The story mode has also been changed. So you no longer play several fights with one character and get an end sequence at the end, but you control different characters via a continuous story whose plot is related.

A "New DOA5 project" was announced at the DOA5 Ultimate Tournament in Japan. At the end of the video you can see Momiji from the Ninja Gaiden series as a playable character. In the meantime, the game has been confirmed as Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate , and the official website for it has been put online. In addition to Momiji, it brings back Leon as a playable character, as well as almost all functions of Dead or Alive 5 Plus, which was released for PS Vita in spring 2013. The second expansion Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, arcade game and Microsoft Windows has been available on the markets since February 20, 2015 and has all the functions and DLCs from the " Plus ”(PS-Vita) and“ Ultimate ”version (Xbox 360, PS4). In the meantime, however, there are rumors on the net based on the last costume DLC, the "Koei Tecmo 50th Birthday DLC", that Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja are working on a successor to the Dead or Alive series, probably Dead or Alive 6 .

Dead or Alive Paradise

Dead or Alive Paradise is a port of Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (Xbox 360) for the PSP . It was released on March 30, 2010 in the US, April 1 in Europe, and April 2 in Japan.

Dead or Alive Dimensions

Dead or Alive Dimensions is the first game in the series that can be played entirely in 3D. It was released on May 19, 2011 in Japan, May 20, 2011 in Europe, and May 24, 2011 in the United States. There are 26 characters.

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3

Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 (short: DOAX3 ) was released on March 24, 2016 for the PlayStation 4 as Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Fortune and for the PS Vita as Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 Venus only in Japan, South Korea and China. It has not yet appeared in Europe, the USA or other countries, but it can be imported from Japan and China. The action of the game takes place after the events from DOAX2. After the "Zack Island" is destroyed by a huge volcanic eruption, Zack does not give up and rebuilds the island. According to Zack's own statement, the result is "the best island of all time", the "New Zack Island". As in the previous part, the fighters are invited to spend 14 days on the island. As in the previous part, there are nine playable female characters in the game, which were selected through a popularity contest in November 2015. The results were extremely surprising for fans and many more, as many old well-known fighters were replaced by many DLC fighters.

The nine playable characters are:

  • Kasumi
  • Momiji
  • Hitomi
  • Helena
  • Marie Rose
  • Honoka
  • Nyotengu
  • Kokoro
  • Ayane

Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation

Dead or Alive Xtreme Venus Vacation was released on PC in November 2017 and is basically more of a mobile game on the PC than a real game. As in the last parts of the Xtreme series, you are on Zack Island. The aim of the game is to collect as many outfits as possible and to improve values ​​such as POW (attack power) and TEC (technique) for the volleyball games (which are the only playable element in the game and it is relatively automatic). Many rumors arose about this game due to the 3 new characters Misaki, Luna and Tamaki.

Dead Or Alive 6

Shortly before E3 in August 2018, Koei Tecmo surprisingly presented the continuation of the Dead or Alive series, Dead or Alive 6 . The release took place on March 1st, 2019, although it was actually postponed by two weeks due to errors in optical details and balancing problems. For the first time in the Dead or Alive series, the game will support 4K. For the first time in history, the traditional gameplay techniques Critical Break and Critical Blow are being removed and replaced by a completely new attack control system, called Fatal Rush , in which a bar also has to be charged for the first time in game history. The Fatal Rush serves as the fourth attack option and can be ended in the new Fatal Blow , similar to the Critical Break, which empties the entire bar and does great damage. Also included is the break hold , which can counter attacks of all kinds, at the cost of half a bar. Basic game mechanics like Wall Splat and Ground Bounce have also been changed so that you can now hit more combos. There are many of the familiar characters in the game, but also two new characters. On the one hand there is the scientist Nico, originally from Finland and 18 years old, a master of the ancient martial art Pençak Silat, who also wears EMP rings to conjure up lightning and teleport. On the other hand, there is also the street thug Diego, originally from New York and 26 years old.

The current characters that will be in the game are:

  • Kasumi
  • Ayane
  • Hayate
  • Hayabusa
  • Zack
  • Diego
  • Honoka
  • Marie Rose
  • Hitomi
  • Leifang
  • Nico
  • Helena
  • Rig
  • Bayman
  • bass
  • Tina
  • Mila
  • Lisa / La Mariposa
  • Kokoro
  • Brad Wong
  • Eliot
  • Nyotengu (pre-order bonus)
  • Phase 4 (Deluxe Pre-Order Bonus)
  • Raidou
  • Mai Shiranui (KOF Crossover)

The story begins with the reappearance of the breakaway organization MIST, which emerged from DOATEC. MIST aims to revive the legendary warrior of the Mugen Tenshin clan of the Hajinmon sect and father of Ayanes, Raidou. It is made clear that Nico is also part of the MIST organization and is leading the Raidou resuscitation project. However, its original energy is still required. Nico finds out that Honoka currently has this energy and has unconsciously used it in a fighting tournament.


Here is an overview of all playable characters and a very brief overview of their backgrounds. Age information is subject to certain biases, as the characters have aged since the first part.

Surname Fighting style description Occurrence in games Japanese speaker ( seiyū )
Akira Yuki Hakkyoko-ken From the Virtua Fighter series DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Shin'ichirō Miki
Ayane Mugen Tenshin-ryu Hajinmon The 16-year-old Japanese Ayane is the half-sister of Kasumi and Hayate. With Kasumi leaving her ninja clan, Ayane enters the competition to kill her for betraying her. She also harbors a personal hatred of Kasumi because of their shared past. In childhood they were loving sisters. She also has strong feelings for Hayate. Her father, Raidou, inherited some magical powers that make Ayane look a bit more mystical and dark. In the intro to DOA2, for example, she can perform a powerful magical missile attack. Ayane wins DOA3, and kills Genra, who was her mentor and also a kind of father. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAX, DOAU, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAX3, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Wakana Yamazaki
Bass Armstrong Wrestling Bass is 46 years old and a 1.96 m tall and strong professional wrestler who has never lost a fight. He wants to "supervise" and protect his daughter Tina Armstrong during the competition. He loves rock, motorcycles and acts like the stereotypical American . DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Daisuke Gōri
Bayman Combat Sambo “Bayman” is the code name of the 31-year-old Russian hit man. Before that he worked in the military. His goal is to get revenge on Donovan for trying to murder him. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Hisao Egawa (DOA1),
Banjō Ginga (from DOA2)
Brad Wong Zui Ba Xian Quan The 30-year-old Chinese Brad Wong is supposed to get a legendary potion (Genra) on the orders of his master Chen. DOA3, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Yukimasa Kishino
Christie She Quan The Englishwoman Christie is a contract killer. On Donovan's orders, she should watch Helena and, if necessary, kill her. She is 24 years old and 1.77 m tall. As a pet she keeps a black panther. Similar to Ayane, Christie is always surrounded by a certain coldness and blood lust. DOA3, DOAXBV, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Kotono Mitsuishi
Eliot Xin-Yi Quan The 16-year-old English high school student is Gen Fu's apprentice and is attending DOA4 because he wants to know if he is worthy to take on Gen Fu's legacy. DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Junko Minagawa
Gen Fu Xinyi Liuhe Quan The Chinese Gen Fu is 65 years old and a bookseller by profession. He only enters the competition to have his granddaughter, who has a life-threatening illness, operated for the prize money. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Takeshi Aono
Hayate / a Mugen Tenshin-ryū Tenjinmon / Karate-Do The ninja Hayate is the brother of Kasumi and half-brother Ayanes. In DOA1 he lost his memory after being kidnapped by DOATEC and then lived for a while as an “one” in Germany. There he learned karate. In DOA2 he tries to find out more about his past by participating in the competition. In DOA2, he regains his memories and returns to his ninja clan as the rightful leader (in the absence of his sister Kasumi). He is close friends with Ryu Hayabusa. DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Hikaru Midorikawa
Helena Pi Qua Quan The 21-year-old Helena (French) is an opera singer by profession. She is the daughter of Fame Douglas, the co-founder of DOATEC and therefore knows more than others about the dangerous organization that she took over after her father's death. She primarily takes part in the competition because she is looking for her mother's murderer (who was actually after Helena herself). In DOA4, Christie is exposed as the wanted killer. DOA2, DOA3, DOAX, DOAU, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAX3, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Yuka Koyama
Hitomi Karate do Hitomi's mother is Japanese and her father is a German karate master. At the age of 18 she wants to prove to her father, who is her trainer, in DOA3 that she can stand on her own two feet. In DOA4 she is looking for Ein (or Hayate) because she needs his help because her father has become seriously ill and the family's dojo is in financial difficulties. DOA 3, DOAX, DOAU, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAX3, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Yui Horie
Jann Lee Jeet Kune Thu 20-year-old Jann Lee is a bouncer in his home country, China. He is always looking for strong opponents and therefore takes part in the competition. His fighting style was significantly influenced by his great role model Bruce Lee . He plays the trumpet. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Toshio Furukawa
Kasumi Mugen Tenshin-ryū Tenjinmon The 17-year-old and 1.58 m tall Kasumi is a ninja like Ayane, Hayate and Ryu. Before DOA2, however, she left her clan to take revenge on Raidou, who seriously injured her brother Hayate (seen in the intro video to DOA Ultimate). Since the permanent leaving of a clan is not tolerated, she is persecuted by assassins who are supposed to punish Kasumi for her betrayal. Ryu Hayabusa, who, unlike the other ninjas, does not pursue her, has made it his mission to protect Kasumi at the request of his friend Hayate. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAX, DOAU, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAX3, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Sakura Tange (DOA1, DOA2),
Hōko Kuwashima (from DOA3)
Kokoro Baji Quan The Japanese maiko (budding geisha ) Kokoro is Helena's half-sister (probably without knowing it) and takes part in the tournament because of her passion for martial arts. DOA4, DOAX2, DOAX3, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Ayako Kawasumi
Lisa ( La Mariposa ) Lucha Libre The Luchadora Lisa is 21 years old and works at a research institute, probably DOATEC, and was probably also responsible for Hayate's memory loss. Her fighting style is a mix of wrestling and capoeira. At DOA4 she is called “La mariposa” (Spanish: “The butterfly”) and hides her face behind a mask. She is friends with Tina. DOAXBV, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Maaya Sakamoto
Lei Fang Tai Ji Quan Lei Fang is a Chinese student and wants to prove her skills against Jann Lee, who saved her from a gang of thugs many years ago. She is 19 years old and 1.63 m tall. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAX, DOAU, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Yumi Toma
Leon Combat Sambo Leon, a 42-year-old (Italian) mercenary, vowed to live up to her last words after the death of his lover (Rolanda). She said that she loves the strongest man in the world. To prove that he is that man, he enters the DOA tournament. DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5U, DOA5LR Kōji Totani
Mila Mixed martial arts Mila is a Spanish MMA fighter and a huge fan of wrestling legend Bass Armstrong. She wants to take part in the fifth DOA tournament to be able to fight her idol. Shortly before, she meets Tina, Bass' daughter, with whom she befriends. DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Ryōko Shiraishi
Momiji Hayabusa Aikijutsu Momiji is a Kunoichi from Hayabusa Village and the last dragon shrine maiden.

Hayabusa was teaching her ninjutsu when it turned out that she had a natural talent for fighting. Momiji wants to take part in the tournament to prove her skills and try her hand at hand-to-hand combat.

Pai Chan Ensei-ken From the Virtua Fighter series DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Minami Takayama
Rig Taekwondo Rig is a Canadian taekwondo fighter who works with Bass on a DOATEC oil rig. He doesn't seem to know what his real name is or who his parents are. However, in the credits of DOA5 it is implied that he is Donovan's son. DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Hiroki Tochi
Ryu Hayabusa Hayabusa Ninjutsu The 23-year-old general store owner and super ninja Ryu takes part in the tournament to save the world from evil forces. So he kills the mountain demon Tengu in the course of DOA2, but Genra is finally killed by Ayane. Ryu Hayabusa is also the protagonist in the action game series Ninja Gaiden . DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Hideyuki Hori
Sarah Bryant Martial arts From the Virtua Fighter series DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR - (English voice only)
Spartan 458 CQB (Close Quarters Battle) Spartan 458 (Nicole) was born in 2531 in the city of New Legasnio on Mars of the Future. As she prepares for a mission on the Nassau space station, the arrival of a spaceship causes a time anomaly. The entire Nassau station is hurled into the 21st century in a kind of bubble in the space-time continuum. Since then she has been guarding the station and its secrets in the hope that the bubble will destabilize and it will return in the future. Since killing a person could affect the future, they do not use firearms for defense. She is an extra character, actually part of the Halo universe. DOA4
Tengu Tengu-do Tengu is a mystical demon known from Japanese folk tales. Characteristic is the bird-like appearance (wings and long nose), as well as its mask-like face. Tengu is also known under the name "Bankotsubo". He wanted to usurp world domination in DOA2, but was defeated by Ryu Hayabusa. DOA2, DOAU, DOA4, DOAD Osamu Saka
Tina Armstrong Wrestling Tina, a 22-year-old wrestler, is the daughter of Bass Armstrong. She is 1.74 m tall and wants to become famous by taking part in the competition and to prove to her father that she no longer needs his protection. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAX, DOAU, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Mami Koyama (DOA1),
Yūko Nagashima (from DOA2)
Zack Thai boxing The US DJ Zack only wants to win the prize money in the competition. He is also the one who owns the island from DOAX, DOAX2, DOAX3 and probably also DOAXVV. He is 25 years old and 6 feet tall. He taught himself his fighting style. DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAX, DOAX2, DOAX3, DOAU, DOA4, DOAX2, DOAD, DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR Am Shimada
Marie Rose Systema A very mysterious girl, whose appearance deceives all opponents. Marie Rose is 18 years old and was born in Sweden. Nothing is known about her past, but she mastered the Russian martial art "Systema". According to information, she should be Helena's servant, because in DOA5 she is dressed like a servant and forms a real tag team with Helena. She also mentions her job and Helena in her intro in DOAX3. Marie Rose is also in a very close relationship with Honoka. It was announced in DOA6 that she was doing a training trip with Honoka. DOA5U, DOA5LR, DOAX3 May Aizawa
Honoka Honoka-fu Honoka is 18 years old. Nothing is known about her past, except that she was brought up by her lovely grandmother to be a very nice, good and inconspicuous girl. Honoka has the ability to memorize absolutely everything and to remember absolutely everything she sees or has seen, reinforced when it comes to martial arts. However, she never told anyone about it, not even her grandmother. She secretly observed every single character from across the DOA universe and thereby created her own martial art, "Honoka-fu". In DOA5, she starts off with a school uniform, which may represent that she is going to a very popular elite school. Honoka has a very close relationship with Marie Rose. In DOA6 it was announced that she would go on a training trip with Marie Rose. It is also known that her energy is actually identical to that of the Raidous and thus became the main goal of the organization MIST to revive the legendary warrior Raidou. DOA5U, DOA5LR, DOAX3 Ai Nonaka
Nyotengu Tengu-do The daughter of the famous mountain demon Tengu, who was killed by Ryu Hayabusa in DOA2. According to information, she should just have come to earth out of boredom and look for worthy opponents. Nyotengu in no way looks like a typical Tengu, because she actually looks just like a normal woman. However, like every Tengu, it has the typical black raven wings. Nyotengu is the only character in DOA5 who can hit high scores in the air. In DOAX3, Nyotengu's wings disappear due to a mysterious magical power and she has to be a human on "New Zack Island" for 14 days. Strangely enough, Nyotengu does not know what it means to be human and speaks very critically and curiously about the human objects around her. DOA5U, DOA5LR, DOAX3 Akemi Satō
Alpha-152 / phase 4 Mugen Tenshin-ryū Tenjimon Since Kasumi was kidnapped by DOATEC in DOA1 and her DNA was removed, Donovan got hold of her valuable DNA and tried to produce a large number of Kasumi clones, in the shadow of DOATEC and in the subsidiary MIST (DOA5). Many of these clones died immediately after they were created, and many more went nuts and had to be killed. More complicated settings and a lot of luck resulted in Alpha-152, the first and only successful Kasumi clone. Alpha-152 did not die directly, nor was it aggressive. He was more like a robot, he listened to every command from a MIST member or Donovan. According to information, Alpha-152 is said to have developed slowly in "phases" due to its impressive abilities - ultimately into the perfect Kasumi clone, phase 4. Phase 4 and Kasumi look identical, from head to toe. The goal of phase 4 is to destroy DOATEC and kill Kasumi. DOA4 (Alpha), DOA5, DOA5U, DOA5LR (Alpha + Phase 4)
Misaki Unknown There is no information about the newly designed girl, Misaki. She is 18 years old and her origins are still unknown. She only appears in DOAXVV and has a relatively normal character compared to all the others, because she is not particularly calm, but also not particularly excited and ashamed of any embarrassing actions that are present, which is why she is always against it and appears a bit pessimistic. According to information, she is said to have a close relationship with Honoka or Kokoro, as she is relatively similar to these two. She has no confirmation for DOA6. DOAXVV
Luna Unknown Luna is the 2nd new girl in DOAXVV. She looks like a young, relatively childlike version of Christie according to people's opinions. Your character is mostly described as very shy, sometimes even introverted, emotionless and a little creepy due to the monotonous voice. Like Misaki, she has not been confirmed as a new character in DOA6 either. DOAXVV
Tamaki Unknown Tamaki is the 3rd new girl in DOAXVV. She has short blue hair and is about the size of Nyotengu and Helena, the tallest characters in the game. Tamaki appears relatively normal, shows emotions in appropriate areas and does not talk too much or too loudly. What is strange, however, is that Tamaki has an obsession with breasts. It was also not confirmed in DOA6. DOAXVV
Diego Street Fight The first new known character in DOA6. Diego is 26 years old and was born in New York. Not much is known at the moment, but it is believed that he will be a participant in the next Dead Or Alive tournament. DOA6
Nico Pençak Silat The second new well-known character in DOA6, named Nico, is originally from Finland and 18 years old. She is a scientist and head of the Raidou Resuscitation Project. But she still needs his energy, which Honoka currently has, so enmity between the two is inevitable. DOA6

Other people, organizations, events

Surname description
Donovan Donovan is a scientist at DOATEC and is working there on the creation of a superman. Obsessed with power, he assigns Bayman to murder Fame Douglas. It was he who hired Christie to murder Helena. At the end of Dead or Alive Dimensions, which was released for Nintendo 3DS in 2011, after chapter 5 you see Donovan putting on Genra's mask and then the game is over, so he couldn't have been the occupant of the helicopter, which Ryu Hayabusa previously destroyed in the video of Helena.
DOATEC DOATEC is a large company that mainly deals with research. It was founded by Fame Douglas, among others. Donovan works there as a scientist, and DOA4 also tells you that La Mariposa also worked for DOATEC for a short time. After the death of her father, Helena wrestles with Donovan for control of the company. DOATEC's headquarters, the Tri-Tower, is destroyed by the attack of the ninjas on orders from Hayate in DOA4. In DOAX2, Helena wants to meet Zack on his island in order to rebuild DOATEC with his help.
Raidou Raidou is the father of Ayane, who was conceived by the rape of Kasumi's mother. He attacked the village of the ninjas and seriously injured them in a fight with Hayate. He is the boss in the first part and has superhuman powers.
Zack's island After increasing the prize money won in DOA3 at roulette, Zack bought a tropical island and named it after himself. In DOAX, he lures all female fighters he met during the DOA tournaments with an invitation to the fourth DOA tournament. Tournament on his island. The island is destroyed by a volcanic eruption at the end of the first part. In DOAX2, Zack rescues her from the ocean floor with the help of a foreign force, but at the end of the game she is destroyed again by a volcanic eruption. In the last part, DOAX3, the island will be rebuilt.
Niki Niki met Zack playing roulette. Since then they seem to be "friends". Both times he traveled with her to his island, where he named a beach after her and they ransacked the tomb of a pharaoh together. The relationship cannot be precisely defined, however, as Niki refuses to be kissed by Zack. In the games she can only be seen in the rendering sequences, except for her appearance as a saleswoman in Zack's shop.
Tri-Tower DOATEC's headquarters, three huge towers in the middle connected by a helicopter platform. Zack makes it his business to climb these in DOA4. At the end of DOA4 it is set on fire by Ayane by a Ninpo explosion and finally destroyed by Helena herself using a self-destruct mechanism.

Game modes

Surname description
Story fashion The story mode is the main part of the DOA series. The player has to choose a character and fight against a variety of opponents. As soon as you defeat the boss, you get a rendered cutscene.
Time attack mode In time attack mode you have to try to end the game as quickly as possible.
Survival fashion In survival mode you compete against different opponents in over ten rounds and have to collect as many points as possible. The level of difficulty increases with each round.
Tag battle mode In Tag Battle mode, two characters fight together as a team against the computer or against another player.
Team battle mode In Team Battle mode, up to five team members fight against another team.
Versus fashion The player competes against another player.
Sparring fashion In sparring mode you can train simple and advanced techniques.
Watch mode In watch mode, the player can watch as computer opponents fight against each other.


Bernd Eichinger and Paul WS Anderson were responsible as producers of the film adaptation of the video game series by Dead or Alive . The film was distributed by the film production companies Constantin-Film and Impact Pictures and opened in German cinemas on October 29, 2006 . Corey Yuen , in the People's Republic of China a well-known director and actor , led in this film adaptation directed . The script was contributed by JF Lawton - who also wrote the one for the romantic comedy Pretty Woman (1990).

The Australian - British singer Holly Valance and the US model Jaime Pressly star in the film .

The roles were played by the following actors:

role actor
Ayane Natassia Malthe
Bass Armstrong Kevin Nash
Bayman Derek Boyer
Christie Holly Valance
Helena Sarah Carter
Kasumi Devon Aoki
Leon Silvio Simac
Maximillian Marsh Matthew Marsden
Ryu Hayabusa Kane Kosugi
Tina Armstrong Jaime Pressly
Weatherby Steve Howey
Zack Brian J. White
Donovan Eric Roberts
Hitomi Hung Lin

In Germany, DOA - Dead or Alive was one of the top 3 biggest film flops of 2006. It was seen by only 34,417 moviegoers nationwide.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Box office / business for DOA: Dead or Alive. In: IMDb. Retrieved August 7, 2014 .