Team Ninja’s Dead or Alive 5 Chart Shows Character Relationships

By Ishaan . August 11, 2012 . 3:03pm

Team Ninja have updated the official Dead or Alive 5 website with a simple summary of the game’s story. Here’s what it says:


Two years after the destruction of the TriTower, headquarters and symbol of DOATEC…


Helena Douglas has begun the task of rebuilding DOATEC, this time with the aim of using its technology for peaceful ends. She has ordered the dissolution of the Biotechnology Division, the indefinite suspension of the Military Division’s Projects Alpha, Epsilon and Omega, and the expulsion of all members of the Donovan faction from DOATEC’s offices around the world.


Now in the same position once held by her father, DOATEC founder Fame Douglas, Helena has announced that she intends to hold the fifth Dead or Alive tournament, to show the world the principles and philosophies upholding the new DOATEC.


They also provided this character relationship chart:


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  • KotaroInugami

    Hayabusa and Hayate are friends.
    Hitomi and Leifang are rivals.
    Brad Wong…
    Bass and Rig are workmates.

    • Dantis

       Hey now, that’s inaccurate. Brad Wong vaguely knows Ayane, because he tried to feel her up in Dimensions (And maybe even offered her ‘a good time’ as I recall).

  • nyobzoo

    I hope that’s not the final chart, cause 20 characters in the 5th installment of a series would be kind of disappointing

  • $3587643

    Holy god that’s a poorly made relationship chart. No color-coded arrows, many relationships excluded out of laziness, generally poor, over-grey design.

    Who made this, some intern?

    • sunK1D

      They need to take a look at Soul Calibur relationship charts!

  • $30632660

    I’m confused here, if Kasumi is Hayate’s sibling, wouldn’t Hayate be Ayane’s sibling too?

    Ayane and Kasumi has to have the same father or mother, so wouldn’t Hayate also have the same father or mother as those two?

    Or Hayate is just being a dick and only refers to Ayane as a subordinate or Ayane only sees herself that way to him.

    • Dantis

       Nah, it’s just missed out a load of stuff. It misses out the master-student relationship for Ayane and Hayabusa, and Kasumi and Hayabusa’s friendship, and Christie and Helena’s relationship and loads more that I can’t be bothered to list. Even more if we assume that Dimensions is the canonical plot. Everybody seemed to know each other to some extent.

    •  Actually in Dimensions, Hayate is kind of a dick to Ayane, but at the same time he is shown to be very protective of her and yes they have the same mother and he refers to her as his “imouto”.
      That chart is just half-assed.

  • Sesshomaru

    Woohoo Eliot!

  • FB

    Rest In Peace, Tomonobu Itagaki’s “Dead or Alive”

    • Godmars

       Is that a good thing, or a bad thing?

      • andref

         In my opinion he made a better Ninja Gaiden but Dead or Alive remains the same especially after playing Dimensions

  • Supposely there’s suppose to be 3 more characters.  I could be wrong or they’re hiding them idk

  • Andar

    All other possible comments aside, if Zack is hosting this tournament, then is it really a tournament at all…? He kind of has a history for faking such things.

  • Göran Isacson

    Oh Brad, you lonely outcast drunkard you. Kinda curious what’s up with the question mark between Hitomi and Hayate, and how Xack ever got into the kind of position where Helena trusts him enough to co-host the tournament….

    Also, I do of course wonder what kind of shenanigans will go on in the dark, as I doubt the ninjas will get involved in a straight-forward tournament…

    • XiaomuArisu

       I think Zack got his new job as a thanks for saving Helena in DoA4

      • Göran Isacson

        Oh yeaaah, that happened. Never payed that much attention to DoA4 I’m afraid, so it’s plotbeats kinda slip my mind sometimes. So Zack is working for Helena now, he’s not doing his own thing on his own island anymore?

        • XiaomuArisu

           I think his volleyball tournaments are just a hobbyXD

          • ZBaksh386

            maybe DOA5 takes place on Zack island the third and Aliens are the big bad?

    • ZBaksh386

       he’s more the scapegoat to keep everyone fooled so when they go after Helena, they underestimate her.

      • Göran Isacson

        Sounds plausible. After all, if you want to grab peoples attention I can’t think of someone better suited for the job than Zack.

        • ZBaksh386

          maybe he has hidden depths?

    • sunK1D

      Hitomi had a brief love relationship with Ein(Hayate) as seen in DoA 4. However; Hayate recovers himself and Ein (his other persona) is no more so now Hitomi is unsure whether Hayate still remembers their relationship.

      •  They have some new scenes together in Dimensions. Actually it’s kind of hinted that she may have some feelings for him. Hinted in a obvious, cliche shoujo kind of way, me don’t like..

      • Göran Isacson

        Huh, totally don’t remember that… was it only in DoA4? Because I seem to recall that DoA 2 was the only game in which Hayate actually called himself Ein, and he regained his memories after that and he didn’t have any scenes with Hitomi there (in fact, didn’t Hitomi enter the series from the 3rd game onwards?

        Still, it does seem to make Hayate an even bigger Mister Popular than he already was. I seem to recall that both Ayane and Kasumi are kind of… ‘ambigously affectionate’ towards him, is the best term for it, I guess. Even if they’re technically related and all…

  • Tee Niitris

    I know that she’s the main character and all that jazz, but was it really necessary to give Kasumi the biggest picture (and at such a poorly placed spot on top of that)? In fact, the entire chart looks off.

    Also, Brad Wong looks horrible (he looks like he needs to see a therapist). That’s a good thing, I guess.

    So… Helena and Kokoro are “interested in each other” huh? :P

  • OatMatadoQuatro

    The lack of clothes could result in the addition of clothes shop listed as enemy that wants to kill everybody in the game

  • Godmars


    All I’m seeing is a chance and excuse for the dismissed faction of the formally evil company, the surviving worst of the worst, to sabotage things. To try and take over and get revenge.   

  • Godmars

    Helena and Kokoro = interested in each other.

    Wait. What?

    • Christopher Nunes

      They’re half-sisters, but they way they mentioned it suggests otherwise.

      Also two years have passed since DOA4? Interesting, so Kasumi is now 19 years old this time around as well as Ayane being 18?

      • KotaroInugami

        They are only that age now?! When the hell did they hit puberty and… erm… develop… >.>

        • Christopher Nunes

          Beats me… *shrugs*

  • Symbol de Au

    Heh, even the ones from a different game have relationships. Brad Wong is Brad Wong.

    Helena and Kokoro…hmm…

  • ZBaksh386

    here’s hoping DoA5 would have a good story.

    • GaiunxWolfenX

      and a great story mode… i don’t think DOA: Dimensions had the best story mode but certainly was cool and helped me make sense of the story, i hope they improve the story mode based on that one

      • ZBaksh386

        I rather it be more like BlazBlue’s story mode that allows you to follow different characters storyline than Soul Calibur 5’s which just centers on one character.

  • Just like a Mexican Soup Opera

  • kylehyde

    Brad Wong, Forever Alone?

  • Vyrus

    They put Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant from Virtua Fighter and just forgot the rest of the DOA cast? I don’t know about you guys, but this list is just plain lazy. They’re missing a lot of characters and some of the relationships are questionable/missing.

    • Angeru_Lito

      They probably don’t want to show the rest of the characters they haven’t revealed yet in a chart graph.

  • Claire Oga

    With Ein gone, a handful of tag moves have disappeared also. I wondered if TN is going to compensate for characters like Kasumi, Ryu, Jann Lee, Hitomi and Ayane for their loss tag partner? TN better be putting Rig, Mila and VF characters for good use.

  • Laharl


    Does that mean playable Eric Roberts I’ve long dreamed of?

    • Göran Isacson

      Alas. Playable Eric Roberts with fabulous magic move-copying shades is probably too awesome to hope for. Heck, I think it would be too awesome even if Itagaki was still helming the series: he wouldn’t want someone cooler than himself to upstage him!

      • Laharl

        FACT: Eric Roberts didn’t use the glasses to get stronger, he used them to get weaker so he could have a fair fight.

  • ResidentMetroid

    Yo at least make:

    Brad Wong ——> Alcohol

    •  And make under that line say “love interest”

      • Göran Isacson

         This comment-chain is good and you should feel good for making it.

  • Luna Kazemaru

    This list is all kind’s off off

  • XyzzySqrl

    The only part of this -I- care about is confirmation that Lei Fang and Hitomi are “close”. 

    • You read my mind.

    • Göran Isacson

      B-but what about Lei Fang and Tina? Have everyone already forgotten the rival lilies of yesteryear…?

      • While that is true, Lei Fang wasn’t feeding Tina any strawberries on some tropical island.

  • Hinataharem

    That chart makes me sad.

  • Poor Gen Fu, He was in three of the tournaments and he can’t even get his picture on the relationship chart.

    • Göran Isacson

      I’d like to imagine he was too busy being an awesome old man to get his photo taken. Probably wooing some distinguished older lady somewhere or fighting crime.

      • Or maybe he went back to being a good grandaddy for his grand daughter that finally isnt sick anymore. But your plan sounds 10x more awesome.

        • Göran Isacson

          Or fighting crime while taking care of his grand daughter AND wooing distinguished older ladies just by doing the above two things. I wouldn’t consider it beyond him.

  • omeganeko

    was anyone expecting to see some sort of connection between rigs and Christie because of the previous trailer and the screen shot used in this article?

  • Crimson_Cloud

    Is it me or are few females are missing from this chart…?

  • And people didn’t believe me when I said Brad just wondered into tournaments drunk.

  • Helena ———- Kokoro | Interested in each other

    My yuri goggles just exploded.

    • Göran Isacson

      Sadly, I must be the one to break the news that one possible reason that they are “interested” in another is because they’re half-sisters, Fame Douglas being their father.

      Then AGAIN, this is the game where I think that Kasumi and Ayane like their older brother/half-brother Hayate a LITTLE BIT more than sisters should like their brothers, so what the heck- ship away anyway, it’s not like there’s not precedent for “those” kind of relationships.~

  • sibarraz

    If they tried to make me buy the game for a potential yuri relationship then I’m sold

  • Bruce Acosta

    The DOA games have all cheesy plotlines and it’s enjoyable

    • I enjoy DOA for its “robust” Yet cheesy storyline as well.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Akira and Kokoro pairing is going to be one of my favorite thing here.^_^

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