Even though the male fighters initially outnumber the female fighters by a slim margin, it's the women who are the real stars of the show. The actual story is about the dealings of the sinister DOATEC corporation, who hold the Dead or Alive tournament as a front to finance the genetic research in creating the ultimate fighter.
A runaway ninja named Kasumi gets tangled in the struggle, using the tournament as a means of escape and to look for her lost brother Hayate, and take revenge on her traitorous uncle, Raidou. Ayane, who is also looking for Hayate, is required to kill her half-sister Kasumi as desertion from a ninja clan is punishable by death ; Ryu Hayabusa remember him?
Of course, nobody plays the game for that. They play the game for Despite the vast quantities of Jiggle Physics , the game actually has a great deal of independent merit of its own, being much more fast-paced and kinetic than the 3D fighters that it competes with while remaining technical and reasonably well-balanced. It's generally considered in the top-tier of 3D fighting games, along with Virtua Fighter, Tekken and the Soul series. After the fights, the women tend to get together and play beach volleyball in a spinoff series called "Dead or Alive: Starting from Xtreme 2, there are also other activities like jet skiing in addition to the volleyball component.
The character sheet is under construction. As is the official page for Dead or Alive 5. Additional things that this should not be confused with can be found on Main. For the viewer's inconvenience, the film adaptation of the games is titled DOA: Dead or Alive , instead. Also, the franchise should never be confused with the '80s group of the same name , who performed the memelicious " You Spin Me Round Like a Record ".
Main Series Fighting Games: Arcade Dead or Alive 5: Venus Vacation - PC Get ready, tropes! As you can guess, it requires you to lose 20 times in a row in online matches.
Every female character, obviously. In-story, Kasumi, Ayane, Christie and Helena are the predominant ones. Gameplay-wise, Tina is also one of the most successful female characters. All Just a Dream: Kasumi's Dead or Alive 4 ending, where she dreams of being a mermaid.
The opening of Bass' story chapter in 5 has him riding down the road on his Cool Bike , then there's an explosion on the oil rig he works on. All There in the Manual: The PlayStation version of the original Dead or Alive contained nothing resembling a story.
Not in the game, anyway. The backstory is told through rather tiny text written on the outer edges of the pages over the course of the entire instruction manual insert in the jewel case. The second game isn't much of an improvement; while there are now cutscenes between the fighting, they're incredibly short and only provide the bare minimum of the plot. Kasumi's story mode is particularly egregious: Something about a Kasumi clone, Hayabusa wants her to stop her mission, Ayane wants to eliminate her, Kasumi thinks Hayate is her brother And Now for Someone Completely Different: In the story mode for Dimensions, the first four chapters go over the events of the series from the point of view of the ninja characters.
The fifth and final chapter re-tells the events from the second game on from Helena's perspective. And Your Reward Is Clothes: A staple in the series. Xtreme is slightly different in that you get money from completing various objectives winning in volleyball; completing the pool hopping game; etc. Pai Chan as well in Dead or Alive 5. In Dimensions, we see 4 examples of this in the Chronicle mode cinematics. Considering this is a fighting game, the way the victims recoil in response looks kind of weird.
In every game thanks to improving hardware, but Dead or Alive 5 takes the cake for now: Exploited; the localized games refuses to give away the ages of the characters who were minors: Kasumi, Ayane, Kokoro and Eliot. For the girls, this was due to the fact that they're exploited to extreme cases of Ms. Fanservice by wearing revealing to downright fetish clothing, and due to Values Dissonance in the West, it wouldn't stick well for year olds to be seen this way.
Done away with in 5, which explicitly takes place two years after Dead or Alive 4, so everyone is now 18 or older although the game doesn't state the ages of the characters anymore. See the character pages for details. In an interview, Tomonobu Itagaki explained that, while in the West it's seen acceptable in media to sexualize women from years old, in Japan it's acceptable from years old.
However, for a lot of people, that explanation didn't cut it. For some, it made things even worse. Ayane has a whole set of moves based on this, Kokoro has this as well.
Brad Wong also has quite a few backward attacks as well. Then again, it's all part of the Drunken Master style of fighting. Regular old teenagers who fight for fun can hold their own against ninjas, mystical superpowered beings and a genetically altered interdimensional clone of one of aforementioned ninjas.
Both played straight and averted with the female fighters, depending on the game. Christie, to Helena in 3. Played straight in the first four titles, but averted in Dead or Alive 5, where everyone becomes relatively dirty and grimy by the time the fight's over and stays that way for the rest of the match; of course, the player can turn that detail off in the options.
Christie's ending in Dead or Alive 4. Beware the Nice Ones: Gen Fu is really a sweet old man. But if you cross him, watch out. The same goes for Kasumi, Kokoro and Eliot. Zack in Helena's Dead or Alive 4 ending. Ryu in Dimensions during Kasumi vs. Characters give and take some pretty severe beatings with nothing to show for it. Unsurprising , given the aim. Even by Dead or Alive standards, Tina's boobs are huge and she's also physically the strongest girl in the game. DOA 5 Ultimate gives us Rachel , who's not only strong canon-wise, but is also arguably one of the best characters in the game.
Last Round brings a new champion with Honoka, who not only has the biggest chest in the cast, but her fight style is very based on physical strength, despite her slender figure. Arcade course 6 in Dimensions plays like one of these, culminating with a battle against a Secret Character on a Secret Stage. In Dimensions, Ayame's flashback to being raped by Raidou doesn't have the sideboob shot that originally appeared in the Dead or Alive 2: Ein, who after being dumped by the villains is revealed to be Hayate, Kasumi's brother, Ayane's half-brother, Shiden's and Ayame's son.
Genra in Dead or Alive 3. Though Dimensions revealed he was just evil. Ryu Hayabusa, who at the time of the original Dead or Alive, was a mere classic character that hadn't been seen for years; simply put, a Guest Fighter for old timers. Come the revival of the Ninja Gaiden series in , Ryu's popularity soared.
This success would be passed or give it back to Dead or Alive itself. Now, Ryu is heavily integrated to the plot, to the point of arguably being a main character himself.
Both Marie and Honoka rapidly soared in popularity polls after their introduction, eventually resulting in the duo replacing Kasumi and Ayane on the cover art for both versions of DOAX3 — a feat previously unmanaged by any other character. Bribing Your Way to Victory: For a given value of victory. Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 has you unlock clothing for the girls while you play it which serves no other function in order to make the already fanservicy sandbox-game more fanservicy.
Too lazy to work for your fap? You can buy a girl's complete set using real-world money. Oh, and all of this only lasts until you reset the game's save slot, of which it only has one. So restarting the game on that particular account meant having blown your cash for nothing. Considering Jann is an Ascended Fanboy of Lee, it makes perfect sense.
Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate adds up another that doesn't look like Bruce Lee: Jacky Bryant from Virtua Fighter. But Not Too Foreign: Ayane has to kill her sister Kasumi because of her clan's code which Kasumi broke.
Raidou has also tried to murder his brother Shiden. Also notable in that she was not only the first female Spartan to be depicted in a video game, but the first Spartan ever seen on the Xbox Halo 3 was released a year later. Unusually, she's never actually appeared in any canon Halo media; she was specifically created for Dead or Alive 4.
Rio of Rio -Rainbow Gate! She originated as the mascot of the Super Blackjack series of Pachi-slo games a slot machine designed to bypass Japanese laws against gambling.