Dead or Alive 5’s New Character, Rig, Makes His Debut

By Ishaan . June 28, 2012 . 9:00am

Earlier in the week, Tecmo Koei announced to more playable characters for Dead or Alive 5—Bass, who will return from the previous games, and Rig, an entirely new character. This morning, they released the first footage of both fighters:



Rig is a taekwondo master, who gets his name from working the oil rig at a young age. He doesn’t know his real name or where he’s from. He learnt taekwondo at the oil rig, and eventually used it to come up with his own style of fighting.

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  • kylehyde

    can you learn martial arts at an oil rig?

    • GaiunxWolfenX

      if by any chance there is a taekwondo master in there and is willing to teach you, i don’t see why not XP

  • XiaomuArisu

    Nice Work-out indeed!
    BTW are the voices of rig and bass Liam o´brian(Akihiko and kain)and Patrick Seize(Ragna the bloodedge and bob)?

  • Anime10121

    Rig’s fighting style and voice acting looks/sounds AWESOME, however the character himself seems incredibly plain.  Without the hood on, he looks just like Cole from Infamous, and the many other hundred Bald headed buff male game characters.

  • JustAnotherTraveler

    I wish he had more hair. He just has such a forgettable summer action film look to him. 

    • Guest

       like Wesker’s son

  • raymk

    I love everything about him until he loses the hood and then he looks generic.  Not that some of the other characters don’t but at least they all have something to their looks without the hood he has nothing.  I Love his fighting style and the fact he’s from cananda though. 

    • TheInternetNomad

      maybe if he had bigger boobs

  • Pope The Rev XXVIII

    There is 1 more new character according to the leaked costume data

  • Prinnydoom

    Liam O’brein voice actor. Enough of a reason to main him ^______^

  • Cephrien

    Fighting game characters always find the silliest ways to start fights with one another.

    “You’ve grown. You’re quite the real man~”
    “You’re makin’ it sound like we’ve met before– or somethin'””Am I~?”

    • Testsubject909

      Not silly enough, the way you put it, it sounds like they have some form of backstory that might explain why one of them instigated the fight.

  • Cephrien

    Also. I get less and less excited for this game each time a character that ISN’T Eliot gets brought in to the roster.

  • Guest

    But does he have Bass’ permission to date his daughter Tina?

    • malek86

      Well, Bass does seem like the kind of person who comes to his senses only after getting beat up.

      On a side note, did they make him a lot smaller? He doesn’t look as buff/big as the previous games. He looks almost normal now.

  • raymk

    OH and great trailer by the way and i’m really loving christie dress and all of her costumes this time around. 

  • Well they lost they’re jobs after blowing up the Oil Rig :P, Anyway Rig is pretty cool especially with his default costume (wait…Rig…Oil Rig…damn it Team Ninja :L lol)

  • Tee Niitris

    Rig doesn’t look that exciting to me. He looks rather plain and his TaeKwonDo is good but it isn’t anything special. He needs something to make him stand out more.

    Of course, it’s just my opinion.

    Also, Christie seemed to be “leading him on.” I know that this is Christie here, but considering that she is a series veteran and Rig is a new guy that came out of nowhere, I hope this isn’t a sign of shoehorning him into being “the guy.”

    • JustAnotherTraveler

      She’s probably been assigned to assassinate him or something. 

  • Closet_Ninja

    looks like this game has personality i like that. with bass and rig at the end of the video, hope all the characters to interact with each other in a similar fashion.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I like him. Look isn’t too unique, but I actually like him better in his second costume.

    • Christopher Nunes

      I for hoping for a Male Tae Kwon Do user character to appear in the DOA series, as I’ve taken Tae Kwon Do as my martial arts style, however I was hoping for a more young-looking guy like somewhere between 17 – 19 years old.

      He is better cool though, can’t wait to try him out! ^_^

      • Solomon_Kano

        I used to take Tae Kwon Do too. That’s pretty much why I’m going to use him lol.

        • Christopher Nunes


          Awesome, another Tae Kwon Do fighter! You get cooler and cooler the more I know about you dude! ^_^

          • Testsubject909

            Huh… Didn’t know there were people here who learned Tae Kwon Do…
            You can add another person to that list of people. It’s the first style.

            What else did you guys learn? I took up some lessons in how to use the Bo staff, eventually some kickboxing but I found that rather boring as it seemed like it was far more pre-occupied with being a workout than actually being a martial art, though I blame the class I took not the style itself. Then I took up a basic mixed martial art class with incorporated judo holds and takedowns.

          • Christopher Nunes

            I’ve only taken Kwon’s Tae Kwon Do course for the martial arts back in my middle school years… never will did anything else except buy two bamboo swords a year back and messed around with them with dual wielding wooden swords for fun. Can’t get a style down yet, but I like it.

            Another thing is one of the managers where I work knows a few martial art moves, and military combat, and taught me a move or two. I need to practice to get the rhythm right to lock their arm and leg and aim for the side of the head with an punch and elbow strike combo .

            I’m rusty though, need to re-start my training. The DOA fighters will eat me alive. :P

          • Solomon_Kano

            Ha. Same to you man.

          • Christopher Nunes

            Coolio! Oh, by the way… off-topic… I canceled my order on YesAsia on .hack//Versus Hybrid Pack because it was taking its time for some reason getting the order and I went back to Play-Asia and surprisingly found an ASIA copy of The World Edition for around $108 and it WAS IN-STOCK so I grabbed it and placed an order on it. Now I have to pay $120 for it, shipping of course, and so I’m saving $80 from the original $200 from YesAsia AND $30 from CDJapan for the $150… in the end, I luck out. :P

      • raymk

        All the Tae Kwon Do characters are male just about anyway. I was kinda hoping the female character would be the tae kwon do user as there’s more male characters anyway.  Oh well hoping the female will be a boxer(even if boxing would be kinda generic in this) since there isn’t to many of female boxers in fighters as far as I know.

        • Christopher Nunes

          Juri from Super Street Fighter IV would like to say hello.

          And aren’t the Male to Female ration about even? Plus everyone talks about the girls in this game, I’m kinda glad there’s another dude to the roster and it seems the new unrevealed character is female… so female boxer or another style?

          I kinda wish there was a CaC like the SC series one, just to make my own Male Tae Kwon Do user… heck I’ll use Rig’s style if I have to! I like his fighting style a lot!

          • raymk

            I won’t lie I forgot about juri even though she’s popular. Also I didn’t say there weren’t any just that the majority of them are males. There’s 2 girls from KOF that uses TKD as well.  Of course there were going to be other dudes added there always is,I just wanted the female to use TKD that’s all i’m saying.  The dude could have used something else that females usually use in fighters.

  • KotaroInugami

    I character I want to play as… That ISN’T a female? :O

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Laura Bailey, Liam O’Brien and Patrick Seitz are in this? Sheeet, you already know, Yuri Lowenthal is in there too.

  • Doctor Nebula

    Oh wow, this new and improved Bass is much nicer, he doesn’t seem to be overly large compared to the other characters as he were in the previous games.

  • Ok Bass needs bigger arms or bigger shoulders something doesn’t seem right.

  • Christopher Nunes

    Cool to know there will be English Voices to choose from, Christie has a better voice to suit her character and the new character Rig is perfect… though Bass’ English Voice does sound weird and off, but it will take some better use to.

    Anyway the new character, Rig, is very interesting as a Tae Kwon Do fighter as I’ve taken up Tae Kwon Do as my fighting style (never got Black Belt due to… other priorities like homework and such and it was getting expensive each test. Manage to get Deputy Black Belt but I want to go back and complete my martial arts and achieve Black Belt) so I’m definitely going to main him for his style.

    Though I’m not too keen on his appearance, honestly when I first saw him in a scan I originally thought he was an old, scruffy, and silent-type sort of character… good to know he’s not that old but it would’ve been interesting to have a younger Male character around the age 17 – 19 to be the next fighter (which is possible since there’s still one more new character to be revealed for the game, but whether if it’s a male or female character reminds to be seen) as a Tae Kwon Do user.

    Though his personality and voice are cool, sad to see he’s a generic-looking character but then again maybe not. ^_^

    I look forward to when this game comes out, don’t know which place I want to pre-order to get those bonus costumes.

  • kool_cid414

    He has a motorcycle named Tina… If I remember correctly he has a daughter named Tina as well. A bit freudian ain’t it?

    • Speedo Redempteur

      it’s totally what his character would do..
      he is a somewhat loving father …

  • GibbRS

    Rig’s fighting style looks really cool.  It reminds me of somebody else from another game but I can’t quite place it.  Maybe “Lion” from Virtua Fighter?

  • ZBaksh386

    this guy looks cool.

  • Mildra

    I like him already, and hopefully I won’t suffer from the “cheap without trying” problem I had with Brad Wong

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