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Ryu Hayabusa

It is not known who first uttered the phrase, but people have come to know Ryu as "Super Ninja." He is the lone surviving Ninja of the Hayabusa clan, a lineage that traces its roots back to ancient times. Tales of his extraordinary exploits and incredible ability are well known. Now, having heard reports of his dear friend Hayate's rise to arms, Hayabusa lends his sword to the destruction of DOATEC.

Hayate/Ein

(DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4) Hayate became the Leader of the Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan. However, after he suffered a memory loss, and being found by Hitomi, he was named Ein (Hayate's alter ego as "Project Epsilon"). He became a Karate instructor as well. He shares many of Hitomi's moves since they both practice the art.

Kasumi

According to the game canon, Kasumi, also known as "the Kunoichi of Destiny", is a female ninja skilled in the Mugen Tenshin Style of Ninjutsu. She was to become the 18th Master of the Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan, but ran away in order to enter the Dead or Alive tournament. There, she wanted to defeat Raidou, who crippled her brother Hayate. Leaving the secretive ninja clan made her a nukenin (runaway shinobi). She is obliged to live on the run from former comrades seeking to hunt her down and exact retribution for her traitorous action. Kasumi eventually killed Raidou and won the tournament.

After having won the first tournament (and killing Raidou), she is captured by DOATEC and a clone of hers is created, called Kasumi X. She manages to escape (defeating her clone, Kasumi X, in the process) and attempts to return to her village, but she isn't allowed to, because she is a runaway shinobi, as well as a dishonored ninja that can never rejoin their respective clan. Kasumi meets up with Ein thinking that it is her brother Hayate even though they both look alike. Kasumi and Ein then battle each other.

Now labeled as a "traitor" in her village, Kasumi has been pursued incessantly by assassins from her clan; not a day passes without an attempt on her life. Despite this, Kasumi still wishes to see her brother Hayate, and enters the third tournament to meet with him one last time.

Kasumi is invited to Zack Island, an imaginary place that has all the DOA girls in bikinis for the fourth Dead or Alive Tournament. Kasumi, hoping to see Hayate, goes to the island for the tournament. However, the tournament turns out to be a hoax crafted by Zack, and Kasumi, along with the other DOA girls are stuck for two weeks on the tropical island.

Kasumi again seeks to find Hayate. She meets her brother and tries to convince him to stop the war against DOATEC and return to the Mugen Tenshin village with her. However, Hayate remains quiet and their half-sister Ayane interrupts them. She attacks Kasumi to buy time for Hayate, but is defeated.

Kasumi pursues Hayate to the DOATEC Tritower. There, she is confronted by Helena who has taken control of DOATEC. Helena says that she wants nothing to do with the ninja fighters (this includes Ryu, Ayane, and Hayate) and mentions that a clone of Kasumi (who is named ALPHA-152) is about to become active. Kasumi fights her way past Helena and then heads down to the lab to destroy ALPHA-152, who resembles Kasumi in form and fighting style, but seems to be made up of pure energy. Kasumi fights her clone to her best efforts, but in the end it appears ALPHA-152 escapes in the chaos of the destruction wrought by the Mugen Tenshin invasion. Kasumi is last seen watching Helena entering the blazing helipad. When trying to interfere, Kasumi is prevented from doing so by Ayane, who (by doing that) saves Kasumi's life as the building starts exploding seconds later.

Kasumi is a runaway Ninja who abandoned her position as head of the Mugen Tenshin clan to avenge her brother, Hayate. She came to New Zack Island upon hearing that her brother was there, even though she wondered what he was doing on a tropical island.

Kasumi appears in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 in her new outfit, where she appeared after Ayane defeated one boss and appeared at the end when she meets Ryu. She is not a playable character.

Ayane

Ayane is Kasumi's and Hayate's half-sister, a Ninja destined to live in the shadow of her older sister. A great hatred burns for Kasumi within Ayane (ironically, she actually manages to save Kasumi in DOA4, as she stopped Kasumi from stopping Helena from entering the building before it blew up). An expert in Ninjutsu, her deadly fighting style has given her the nickname "Female Tengu". She joins in the Dead or Alive World Combat Championship as an assassin in pursuit of her traitor sister, Kasumi, who left the Mugen Tenshin clan behind. Although she would never admit it, Ayane admires Hayate, her half-brother.

Ayane also has some connections with Ryu Hayabusa, since he befriends Hayate and the Mugen Tenshin Clan. In Ninja Gaiden, she plays a minor role, showing a younger Ayane who assists Ryu during his bloody vengeance against the Vigoorian Empire and the Greater Fiend Doku. In Ninja Gaiden II, she appears only near the end of the game, to give Ryu the treasured Dragon's Eye, a jewel that increases the power of the Dragon Sword, Ryu's fabled sword that is said to be made from the fangs of a flying dragon.

In Dead or Alive 3, Ayane's former teacher and foster parent, Genra, the leader of the Mugen Tenshin style in Hajinmon, has disappeared. Ayane, now as the most powerful Shinobi in Hajinmon, learns that Genra has been turned into a puppet by DOATEC and its dastardly Omega Project. Seeing what has become of her beloved father, Ayane realizes that the fate commands her to put Genra out of his misery.

In Dead or Alive 4, Ayane has pledged her life to her half-brother and Mugen Tenshin Clan leader Hayate in his cause to destroy DOATEC for all the suffering the company has caused the ninja clans. Ayane has a threefold stake in this revenge trip in that Raidou was changed by DOATEC into a monster, Hayate was brainwashed in DOATEC's attempt to realize Project Epsilon, and the brainwashing and death of Genra.

In Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, she plays a more potent role as a playable character in one level, showing how she obtained the Dragon Eye for Ryu, which also has a brief cameo of Kasumi at the end, although she is not a playable character.

Hitomi

She enters the DOA3 Tournament in order to test her skills against other martial artists and prove to her father, a German Karate master, that she is capable of her skills. She crosses paths with Jann Lee, who also shares a keen passion for Martial Arts. In the later stages, she finally meets with Ein, although now he is Hayate. She tries to convince him to come back to her father's dojo in Germany, as well as prove to him her martial arts skill.

Hitomi was invited to Zack Island for the Dead or Alive 4 tournament. However, that was only a ruse concocted by Zack to lure the girls of DOA to a two week tropical vacation. Hitomi returns in the sequel to the island to participate in the Dead or Alive 5 tournament after receiving a false invitation from Zack. Hitomi is the only one to fall for Zack's ruse a second time, as the rest of the girls had their own motives for coming.

In Dead or Alive 4, a sudden illness has befallen Hitomi's father, the owner of a successful Karate dojo and prominent member of the German martial arts community. Although he has recovered, the family's training hall is in financial trouble. Hitomi's days are very busy as a result, but one of her greatest strengths is not letting the gravity of the situation faze her.

During the fourth Dead or Alive tournament, she looks for Ein as she remembers him from when they trained together in Germany. Hitomi hopes Ein can come up with an idea to save her father's dojo, while on the way she enters many places which became her arena and the people she confronted became her opponent.

Helena

Helena is the illegitimate daughter of Fame Douglas and his mistress Maria, a world class soprano opera singer. Seemingly distant from her father and his work, when he was murdered, Helena was hardly affected. Helena followed in her mother's footsteps, becoming a famous opera singer in her own right. While performing at the Great Opera House, she was targeted by an unknown assassin (Christie) using a sniper rifle. Maria, who was present with her, spotted the rifle at the last second and dove in front of her daughter. Maria was killed instantly. The assassin fled, leaving Helena alone and covered in her mother's blood. Helena set out for vengeance. While searching for the culprit, she discovered that the murders of her parents, and attempt on her own life are somehow related to the Dead or Alive World Combat Championship. Helena entered the tournament to discover the truth. Although never explained in the series, Helena appears to have learned or known information pertaining to DOATEC, most notably the ill-fated 'Epsilon project' when she encountered Hayate suffering from amnesia. During the tournament, she also encounters Ayane; in the encounter she accuses Ayane of being her mother's murderer. Ayane neither confirms nor denies having killed Helena's mother, after which a fight breaks out between the two.

Helena is captured by Donovan and imprisoned. Although Helena, the reluctant heiress, states that she is not in any sort of connection with the DOATEC, Donovan tells her that the only way to obtain her freedom and know the truth behind DOATEC is to win the third tournament. In the meantime, Donovan assigns Christie to keep an eye on Helena and, should the need arise, kill her if she discovers too much. Helena soon confronts Christie; Christie admits that she is an assassin sent to kill her.

In Dead or Alive 4, Helena, as the daughter of former chairman Fame Douglas, takes control of DOATEC. She invites the assassin Bayman to the DOATEC Tritower in order to hire him to take out Donovan, but he declines. That night the Tritower comes under attack by the Mugen Tenshin ninja clan. Helena comes across Lisa, who admits she tricked the ninja into attacking to stop Donovan.

Helena finally finds out that Christie killed her mother and confronts her. The end result to their fight is left unknown, except that they both survive. In her CG Ending, Helena decides to go down together with DOATEC and subsequently sets the Tritower complex on self-destruct. Plagued by flashbacks of her deceased mother, she moves up to the helipad between the three towers that make up the complex. Meanwhile Ayane, Hayate, and Ryu Hayabusa are using ninpo powers to destroy the towers and the DOATEC security forces, while Kasumi battles her clone, Alpha-152.

Helena, willingly giving up her life, was about to be consumed by the flames of the burning buildings, when Zack suddenly saves her, flying in with a chopper.

Christie

In Dead or Alive 3, Christie is an assassin hired by Donovan to keep an eye on, and eventually kill, Helena Douglas. Christie's mission is to stop Helena from competing in Dead or Alive 3 and later to prevent Helena from discovering more about the secret plans of Donovan and his anti-Douglas faction. She is disguised as a servant to Helena, though her specific occupation isn't given. When Helena confronts Christie, Christie reveals to her that she is actually an assassin sent by Donovan.

In Dead or Alive 4, Christie seeks to prevent the Mugen Tenshin clan (this includes Kasumi, Hayate and Ayane) and their ally Ryu Hayabusa from destroying DOATEC. It is also revealed that she was the assassin who killed Helena's mother (Earlier it had been implied that Ayane was the killer). She also fights Bayman (although not in her Story Mode) supposedly on seeking an evening of the score as being assassins.

Christie has supposedly returned to Zack island in Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 to carry out a special assignment for her client.

Kokoro

(DOA4, DOAX2) A Japanese girl that uses the Bājíquán fighting style. Itagaki comments that Bājíquán was first used in Virtua Fighter, which he calls the "origin of 3D fighting games." Virtua Fighter's main character, Akira Yuki, uses this fighting style, but Itagaki hopes to reproduce the martial art even more realistically in DOA4. Kokoro is a geisha in training, but her heart is not in it, so she decides to join DOA.

Kokoro is a 17 year-old geisha-in training. Her mother, Miyako, was one of Fame Douglas' many mistresses (another being Helena's mother, Maria) and after Kokoro's birth Miyako and her child moved to the country. Kokoro began training to be a geisha, but her heart was actually in both training to be a geisha and martial arts. She asked her mother if she could participate in the 4th Dead or Alive Tournament, and she hesitantly accepted.

After several rounds of the tournament, Kokoro meets Helena who, unbeknownst to Kokoro, is her half-sister; however, Helena seems to recognize Kokoro and mentions Miyako before their fight. Kokoro's CG ending shows her returning home to pursue her training once again, doing things like fan dancing, playing the shamisen and a small drum.

Bayman

(DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4) A former Russian commando who joins the DOA1 tournament to assassinate Fame Douglas, and later joins the DOA3 tournament to retaliate against Donovan for the attempt on his life by a sniper.

Bayman was born and raised in Russia. He aspired to join the military, and became one of Russia's highly-trained commandos. But before he saw any action, the Soviet Union collapsed. Realizing the new regime would have no use for him, Bayman slipped through the cracks of the reformation. He took up the life of a mercenary, putting his skills to good use in all manner of lethal assignments. He found particular pleasure in assassinations, especially challenging or high-profile assignments.

His dream assignment came to him. Bayman entered into the first "Dead or Alive World Tournament" with the objective of assassinating its organizer, the renowned Fame Douglas, chairman of DOATEC. His task completed, Bayman fled, now branded an outlaw.

When the next tournament was announced, Bayman caught word of one of the entrants; an Italian mercenary named Leon. Bayman risked capture to enter the tournament again, hoping to find and challenge his old acquaintance.

After surviving a failed attack on his life (by a sniper), Bayman decides to retaliate against his former client Donovan and shows up at the third tournament.

Once again, Bayman has entered the latest tournament seeking revenge on Donovan. During the tournament, he is confronted by Helena who offers to help him in his quest for revenge. Bayman rejects the offer.

Bayman later also fights Christie, supposedly to settle a score of the enmity that aroused between the two of them, in which is his final battle.

At the end of the tournament, Bayman is held in captivity within the DOATEC Tritower and is being interrogated. However, during the chaos that erupts due to Ayane and Hayate's intervention, he frees himself, grabbing a pen and stabbing his hand wound (probably to stop the drug that has taken effect on him) while his interrogators flee, however getting themselves killed in the process with Ayane's spell effects. It is unknown of what happens to him afterwards as the interrogation room door closes and the last thing heard from him is his evil-like sneer. It is suggested that he is still alive because his ending video is titled "The Immortal".

Leon

(DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4) Made a promise in the desert to his dead lover "Rolande". She said the strongest warrior in the world is who she loves, so he joins the DOA tournaments to fulfill her expectation.

Gen Fu

(DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4) An old martial arts master, he fights in DOA to obtain money to cure his sick granddaughter, Mei Lin. In DOA2 he wanted to defeat Tengu, because the nose of Tengu can cure any disease. After DOA2 he still needed money for the operation (the nose of the tengu was only a temporary cure) so he joins again in DOA3.

Brad Wong

(DOA3, DOA4) A man who joins DOA in search of a riddle from his old master Chen, who told him to "bring the legendary drink called Genra." After three years of wandering on his journey he finds himself in the DOA fighting tournament.

Jann Lee

(DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4) A young martial arts expert who joins the Tournaments to show his superior Jeet Kune Do fighting abilities. He is met at the tournament by Lei Fang, a girl he had saved some six years prior from a gang's attack. In the time since she had become an accomplished martial artist, vowing to prove herself not helpless by defeating Jann Lee in the DOA World Combat Championship, something that - as of the ending of the third game - she has yet to do.

Not satisfied, Jann Lee enters later DOA tournaments to prove his fighting skills and looking to test himself against worthy opponents.

Lei Fang

Lei Fang is a spunky, intelligent and cheerful 19-year-old student. Practicing martial arts has given her a strong dedication to self-improvement, both mentally and physically. Lei Fang hopes that by honing her own skills, she can eventually help others to do the same. At the same time, her young age and general inexperience with the world around her can sometimes cause her to not fully think things through.

Along with a strong motivation for self-improvement, Lei Fang is also somewhat arrogant. She became angry at Jann Lee for helping in a time of need, rather than thanking him for his assistance; as a result, she's entered every tournament to prove to him that she can handle herself. She also doesn't hesitate to mock an opponent after a victory in battle. Also, Lei Fang is known as a Tai Chi Quan genius to many others.

Zack

After hearing about the tournament, Zack enters to increase his popularity and make a name for himself. He apparently succeeds in that endeavor, to an extent. He also earns a high enough ranking in the tournament to gain a prize of significant monetary value. Zack enters the next tournament to please his fans and gain more money; he once again succeeds in this task and then returns to his life of leisure.

After exhausting all his financial reserves, Zack enters the third tournament to earn more money so that he can enjoy a Las Vegas vacation. It is revealed he did not actually win the tournament, but Ayane, who defeated Omega. Due to Ayane's departure after the tournament, Zack claims the title by default.

Shortly after his "triumphant victory", Zack goes to Las Vegas and using his earnings, bets it all in various casinos. He wins enough money to buy Zack Island, an extravagant private beach resort. He then invites all the women of DOA under the false pretense of another tournament, who take the bait and arrive on the island where Zack 'convinces' them to stay for a brief two-week vacation. He is accompanied by his girlfriend Niki. Alas, the infamous Zack Island has sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Now all that remains is a mountain of debt, one hundred times the size of the original investment. Even the normally aloof Zack will have a hard time recovering from this blow... or so everyone thought. Zack's sights are already set on his next conquest: the DOATEC Tritower, three enormous pillars stretching up to the sky. Unfortunately, the tower catches on fire (as a result of the Mugen Tenshin attack) as Zack is climbing it. He manages to escape the flames, saving Helena's life in the process. He goes on with his girlfriend to find a large fortune, while fleeing an army of undead skeletons.

After finding the treasure of an undead Egyptian pharaoh, Zack and Niki use their new found wealth to raise Zack Island from the Ocean floor, and once again turn it into an island paradise for the ladies of Dead or Alive to come play in. After proposing to Niki, Zack is apparently killed in a fiery explosion after a series of flaming meteorites once again destroys the island. However, it is later revealed that he was saved by an ambiguous alien abduction ray in classic Deus Ex Machina fashion.

Tina Armstrong

Tina is a wrestling star from the United States who dreams of even greater fame. She first joins the Dead or Alive tournament, hoping that she can use it as a vehicle for becoming discovered as a supermodel, but her father Bass forbids it. To ensure that she does not achieve her goal, he also joins Dead or Alive to put an end to her fame-seeking. After competing in the first tournament, Tina is apparently defeated by her father, Bass, and enters the second tournament to achieve her dream of becoming a model. During the transition between the two tournaments, Tina changes her hair color from brown to blonde.

In her subsequent entries into the Dead or Alive tournament, she changes interests from wanting to be a model to wanting to become an actress and finally a rock star. These actions had further disappointed her already disgraced father, who only wanted one goal for her. Tina enters New Zack Island in Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 to escape the clutches of her over protective father, whom she needed to stay away from to prevent any more conflicts between her and her father.

Due to her sex appeal, Tina won G4's Video Game Vixens of the year award for 2005.[1]

Actress Jaime Pressly plays her in the live action DOA movie. In the movie she is trying to escape her wrestling background and prove to be a real fighter. She is constantly bothered by Zack who has a crush on her. She is also bothered by Bass who wants her to return to wrestling. In the Tournament she beats both Bass and Zack to advance to the semi finals. She is one of the four women to beat Donovan near the end.

Bass Armstrong

(DOA1, DOA2, DOA3, DOAU, DOA4) A professional wrestler who wants to stop his daughter Tina from winning the DOA Tournaments. He disapproves of Tina's aspirations of wanting to be a model, actress and most recently a rock star.

He has a strong resemblance to nWo era Hollywood Hogan. Despite this, in the DOA movie he is played by Kevin Nash, another nWo founder member. In the movie he tries to persuade Tina to return to wrestling. A repeated gag in the movie is Bass walking in and finding Tina in compromising positions with first Christie and just before their fight with Kasumi - at which point he comments "Does Christie know about this?". Bass' character is far more light hearted in the movie - even applauding Tina when she beats him.

Lisa / La Mariposa

Screen shot used to publicize Dead or Alive Xtreme

(DOAX, DOA4, DOAX2) Lisa is closely related to the DOATEC and the characters involved with it. Lisa has held the most number of different occupations and roles of any character in Dead or Alive, being a scientist, a stockbroker, a holiday rep and a masked luchadora named La Mariposa ("the Butterfly"). Her various connections - whether with characters or in business - makes her the most affiliated character in the series. In DOA4 it is found out she was involved in the Epsilon project.

On 21 November 2006, Lisa was named IGN's "video game babe of the day".[2]

Eliot

("DOA 4") A 16 year-old boy from England and the sole apprentice to Gen Fu, the legendary "Immovable Fist", Eliot joins the DOA tournament to prove to himself that he is worthy of being the successor. He enjoys drinking tea and playing the harmonica.

Makes a brief appearance in the DOA Movie losing in the first round.

Boss characters

Raidou

(DOA1)(DOA1U) Ayane's biological father, Kasumi and Hayate's uncle, and the progenitor of the Mugen Tenshin's troubles. He raped their mother, who became pregnant with Ayane. He was killed by Kasumi, during the 1st Dead or Alive tournament, thus deeming her its winner. He is playable in DOA1U.

Tengu

(DOA2, DOA2H, DOA2U, DOA4) is a mythological creature from Japanese folklore. In DOA2 he wants chaos to reign over the world, but is stopped. His name was stated as "Gohyappou Bankotsubo", but he is more commonly known as simply "Tengu." Hayabusa eventually dispatched him. He is also an unlockable character in DOA2H, DOAU and DOA4.

Omega

(DOA3) Following Project Alpha and Project Epsilon, the ever ambitious Dr. Victor Donovan completes the Omega Project, producing a new Superhuman: Genra. This man, who was once leader of the Hajin Mon Ninja, is no longer human. He (or it) is a force of singular and unprecedented capabilities. A slaughterhouse has now been provided as the exclusive domain of the Omega superhuman. Genra was Ayane's adoptive father. He was defeated by Ayane, who won the third tournament.

ALPHA-152

(DOA4) ALPHA-152 was a clone of Kasumi created by DOATEC. She uses a fighting style similar to Kasumi's. Beta shots of the game show her appearance as Kasumi's figure made of light. However the final game changed this to a translucent/liquid figure of Kasumi, born with an untainted hate of the world, created to destroy all, and most of the main characters are forced to fight her. In the final CG ending however it shows ALPHA fleeing the DOATEC's Tri-Tower after a brief fight with Kasumi. Then gets blown up by Hayabusa.

Other characters

Spartan-458 (Nicole)

Nicole is the result of collaboration between Tecmo's Team Ninja and Microsoft's Bungie Studios.[3] Team Ninja originally asked Bungie for permission to use the Master Chief, which proved impossible due to storyline restrictions.[3] But the staff at Bungie were intrigued with the idea and wanted to try something similar. As a result, Bungie developed the concept of a Spartan not entirely connected to the Halo storyline who could conveniently and somewhat plausibly be fit into the Dead or Alive universe. This concept evolved into the character of Nicole. Nearly all of the resources for her design came straight from Halo 2 game data. The data was modified to work in the Dead or Alive game engine as a female combatant, but kept to the traditional Spartan design; a feminine figure would have been implausible for such a heavily armored, cybernetically enhanced individual.[3]

According to Nicole's fictional backstory, she is born in the Martian city of Legaspi in 2531. Members of the UNSC Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) kidnap her at the age of six and enroll her in the SPARTAN-II Project, an initiative designed to develop supersoldiers;[4] this is the same program that the Master Chief, and other Spartans from the Halo series undergo.

Bungie explained Nicole's presence in the Dead or Alive setting of the twenty-first century in an article that revealed the character's background. The studio stated that the character, who has never appeared in any other Halo fiction, is sent to the twenty-first century when a partially stable "bubble" in the space-time continuum opens near Nassau Station, where she and her unit are preparing for a secret mission.[5] This "bubble" is created when Apocalypso, an ONI stealth vehicle, interacts with real-space, as a result of an unusual slipspace incident.

This incident traps Nicole in the twenty-first century. While waiting for the bubble to collapse, which she hopes will enable her to return to the future, she battles any member of the DOA cast to arrive at the station, protecting its classified information.[6] To keep the space-time continuum stable, she avoids lethal force in executing her current task.

Nicole's fighting style is very quick and powerful, a variation of standard military close quarters combat. Her move list contains moves of other characters in the game, such as Leon and Bayman.[7] Her style meant to incapacitate an armed opponent in a matter of seconds and take advantage of her enhanced strength, as well as to exploit any environmental advantages.[8] She is described as having great speed despite her large size.[9] Many of her moves allude to the Halo universe, with names such as "The Great Journey" and "The Grunt Punt"; the former is a powerful move that sends an opponent down stairs or off a ledge.[10] Also in Nicole's repertoire are several technologies from Halo, including active camouflage and the plasma grenade.[11]

Previews of Dead or Alive 4 showed a Spartan among the game's characters; this attracted attention and curiosity regarding whether such a character would appear fully functional in the final version of the game.[12] The character's moves, all of which were homages to the Halo series, and the inclusion of a Halo-based level were positively described in pre-release reviews.[12]

Victor Donovan

He is the Leader of the DOATEC anti-Douglas faction and is head of the Development Department, a state of the art military fortress where ALPHA and OMEGA were developed.

In the first Dead or Alive, Donovan employed the Russian assassin Bayman to kill DOATEC's chairman, Fame Douglas. This attempt is thought to have been successful, as Douglas died shortly after the event. The nature of Donovan's rebellion is thought to be controversy over experiments to be carried out to create an ultimate DOA fighter.

In Dead or Alive 3 Donovan captures Helena, Fame Douglas' daughter, since she stands to inherit her father's position as chairman of DOATEC. He challenges Helena to win the DOA3 tournament in order to gain her freedom and learn the truth behind the company. He also employs the assassin Christie to keep an eye on her.

Meanwhile, Bayman seeks revenge after Donovan plotted his assassination to tie up any loose ends.

Donovan is thought to be behind experiments such as Project Epsilon, to which Hayate was subjected; Project Alpha, the cloning of Kasumi; and Project Omega, the augmentation of Ayane's foster father Genra into the ultimate DOA fighter Omega. In Helena's ending of Dead or Alive 4, Ryu is shown destroying a ship with a man who may or may not be Donovan. The same figure also appeared to have been assassinated by Christie in a gentlemen's club. He was portrayed by Eric Roberts in the 2006 movie adaption. (He was killed in the explosion of DOA Island in the 2006 movie after being acupunctured in the back of his neck by Kasumi.)

Fame Douglas

He served as the head of DOATEC until he was assassinated by Bayman (who was hired by Donovan) after arguing with Donovan in DOA1. It is thought that he was opposed to the human experimentation proposed by Donovan, which led to his assassination. His illegitimate daughter, Helena, stands to inherit his position as chairman of DOATEC, but in DOA3 Donovan makes attempts to stop this from happening by kidnapping her and forcing her to compete in the tournament for her freedom. She escapes her imprisonment and goes on to inherit Douglas' position as chairman of DOATEC.

Maria

Helena's mother and one of Douglas' mistresses. Maria was assassinated by Christie during an opera although the intended target was Helena. In DOA2 Helena mistook Ayane for the murderer. Maria was born in May 10, 1954.

Kuramasan Maouson

The leader of the Tengu race. He was killed so that Bankotsubo could enter the human world.

Irene Lew

Ryu Hayabusa's wife, though only mentioned in the first Dead or Alive game in Ryu's backstory. She was (before being married to Ryu) Ryu's love interest and the daimsel in distress character in the Ninja Gaiden games for the NES console.

Shiden

Kasumi and Hayate's father, Ayame's husband and Raidou's older brother. When he was a member of the Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan, he was a stronger ninja than Raidou.

Ayame

The mother of the two siblings, Kasumi and Hayate and the wife of Shiden. She was raped by Raidou, thus giving birth to Ayane.

Mei Lin

She is Gen Fu's granddaughter. In the first DOA, she suffered a terrible disease, resulting in Gen Fu entering three DOA tournaments. In the fourth DOA tournament, she is fully recovered, hence Gen Fu no longer enters the tournament. She can be seen at the end of Eliot's ending.

Master Chen

Brad Wong's old drunken master and great teacher of Zui Ba Xian Quan. He sent Brad Wong to search for a drink named Genra. He can be seen in Brad's story mode in DOA3.

Muramasa

He appears in Ninja Gaiden. He made several appearances in DOA4 as the merchant who deals with Bass, Hitomi and Lei Fang in the Sea Side Market.

Alicia

Bass Armstrong's wife and Tina's mother. She died of a disease when Tina was six, forcing Bass to take care of her by himself. In one of Bass' cutscenes, when Tina is thanking people to her interviewers, she thanks Alicia.

Niki

(DOA3, DOAX, DOA4, DOAX2) Niki is Zack's newest girlfriend. They met in a casino after the Dead or Alive 3 tournament, when Zack won a large sum of money that allowed him to buy an island which he named after himself. He invited most of the females he remembered from the last tournament to his island under the false pretense of holding another tournament. The women arrived and after finding out it was a hoax, they decided to nonetheless spend their vacation there, but Zack and Niki were eventually left alone on the island. However, a previously inactive volcano erupted, and Niki decided to escape using Zack's jet pack. Zack survived, but his island was completely destroyed. During Dead or Alive 4, they are seen robbing an ancient tomb and escaping in a truck filled with gold. Niki was born in May 11, 1980.

Niki is Zack's lucky charm (Lady Luck) and he takes her everywhere with him, going as far as naming a beach on his island's eastern shore after her. In a recent video interview for the IGN website on E3, creator Tomonobu Itagaki said that players can expect at least two new girls to join the Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 cast. Niki did indeed join the cast, but not in a player controlled role and appearing only in cut scenes with Zack as before.

References

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