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"My deception...rules all...of creation!"
—Bankotsubo in Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate


Gohyakumine Bankotsubo (Japanese: 五百峯 万骨坊 Gohyakumine Bankotsubō), also known as Tengu (天狗), is the final boss character of Dead or Alive 2. Since his appearance, Bankotsubo has been appearing as a secret character in other Dead or Alive games, such as Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate and Dead or Alive 4.

Bankotsubo is the oldest playable character in the series, at the age of 1500.

HistoryEdit

The tengu is a mythological creature from Japanese folklore. In Dead or Alive 2, he wanted chaos to reign over the world, but was stopped by Hayabusa. His name was stated as "Gohyakumine Bankotsubo", but he is more commonly known as simply "Tengu".

Dead or Alive 2Edit

Bankotsubo is a tengu who is a criminal in his own dimension, as he murdered Kuramasan Maouson - the leader of their race. Fearing punishment for his crimes and breaking tengu rules, he escaped into the human world. Considering the hopes and struggles of humanity to be insignificant, he decided to bring about ultimate disaster and calamity, covering the world in chaos. Ryu Hayabusa found out about his doings, and in the final match of the second Dead or Alive tournament, kills Bankotsubo despite the monster's incredible power and became the tournament winner.

CharacterEdit

AppearanceEdit

Bankotsubo

Bankotsubo in Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate

PersonalityEdit

Bankotsubo is extremely arrogant, almost grievously so. He looks down on humans, as well as his own kind with contempt and thinks them fragile and trivial. Bankotsubo is also fond of chaos and destruction, and is manipulative to a fault. He tricked his fellow tengu into allowing him close enough to murder their leader, as well as having a hold of sorts in connection with Ein's missing memories. Ironically, because of his superiority complex, Bankotsubo's defeat was quick and unceremonious.

EtymologyEdit

Bankotsubo is Japanese, where 万骨 (banko) means as "thousands of lives" and 坊 () as "place" or "square". His surname, Gohyakumine, translates as "five hundred peaks".

The word "tengu" translates to "heavenly dog" in English. In Japanese folklore, tengu started out as destructive demons and harbingers of war. However over time their image gradually softened into beings that are protective, though still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests.

It's likely that Bankotsubo is meant to represent the early aspects of tengu in Japanese folklore and legend.

RelationshipsEdit

Ryu HayabusaEdit

Hayabusa killed Bankotsubo in the final round of the second tournament to remove his chaotic influence on the world.

EinEdit

Bankotsubo was able to prolong Ein's amnesia (perhaps willfully) during the tournament, as Ein could not regain his memories until Bankotsubo was slain.

GenraEdit

In Dimensions, Genra was revealed to be the one who allowed Bankotsubo to enter the world from the tengu realm by orchestrating an elaborate trap involving Kasumi α and Ayane.

AyaneEdit

Ayane was the "bait" in Genra's plan to allow Bankotsubo's passage into the world, though she was unaware of the situation.

NyotenguEdit

Nyotengu is a fellow tengu who wishes to "avenge" Bankotsubo by defeating Hayabusa.

GameplayEdit

See also: Bankotsubo's command lists

Bankotsubo fights with tengu-do, a very powerful and unconventional style that can be very unwieldy for beginners, as his movements are generally slow overall, but very damaging and prone to knocking enemies back. His combos can be easily predicted and vulnerable to holds, but if you time your combo to an opponent's advance properly, you can trap them in the attack as they will be stunned and can only respond with timed holds (unless they are knocked off the ground). These combos however are easy enough to time that they are effective for juggling your opponent after launching them off the ground. It therefore stands to reason that Bankotsubo is best suited for timed power blows and punishing counter attacks.

That said, Bankotsubo also employs a combination of hovering attacks, where he suddenly flaps his wings, allowing unique aerial combos and throws to be executed. These attacks are quite damaging and it can be difficult to anticipate what will happen after hovering, as there are multiple follow-up attacks. Bankotsubo also possesses supernatural powers, such as transforming the stage into one of several ethereal landscapes on command, or unleashing a charged wind blast that envelops the entire stage. This blast can be blocked, however, and takes a small grace period to execute, but it can damage an enemy lying on the ground or rising from a fall, at which point the blast cannot be blocked.

Unlocking BankotsuboEdit

Bankotsubo is an unlockable character in Dead or Alive 2, Dead or Alive 4, and Dead or Alive Dimensions. In Dead or Alive 2 and Dead or Alive 4, he can be used in every gameplay mode except Story Mode. To unlock him:

  • Dead or Alive 2 (JPN Dreamcast or DOA2: Hardcore): Either collect 10 stars in Survival Mode or play any of the characters 200 times.
  • Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate: Complete Story Mode with every character.
  • Dead or Alive 4: Complete Time Attack Mode with all the characters, including the unlockable characters.
  • Dead or Alive Dimensions: Complete Tag Challenge Mission 17.

AppearancesEdit

Dead or Alive seriesEdit

Fighter quotesEdit

Music themesEdit

The following are the music themes used for Bankotsubo throughout the series.

Theme Game appearances
"Jintsuriki" (arcade version) Dead or Alive 2 (arcade version)
"Jintsuriki" (console version) Dead or Alive 2 (console versions)
Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate
Dead or Alive 4
Dead or Alive Dimensions
"Tengu Remix" or "Jintsuriki Remix" Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate (Ray House; as "Tengu Remix")
Dead or Alive 4 (Crash Club; as "Jintsuriki Remix")

GalleryEdit

Renders
Promotional images
Pixel icons

TriviaEdit

  • Bankotsubo is the only final boss that is not affiliated with the Mugen Tenshin clan. Raidou was a nukenin ("missing shinobi"), Genra was a master shinobi, and Alpha-152 is a clone of Kasumi. Also, he was the only boss with no connection to Victor Donovan.
  • Bankotsubo, Nyotengu and Alpha-152 are the only characters capable of flight.
  • Bankotsubo along with Alpha-152 and Raidou are the only boss to appear in more than one main series game.
  • According to the Dead or Alive 5 gameplay guide, Bankotsubo was considered to appear in the original game, but he, alongside Ein and Leon, were ultimately cut due to time constraints. He is also the only one of the three to not reappear in Dead or Alive 5's expansion packs, ultimately being replaced with Nyotengu.
  • Bankotsubo's birthday (January 1) is on New Year's Day. He also shares the same birthday as Mai Shiranui, a character from the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series who appear as a guest character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.

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Console versions "B-boy no "B" ~evolved from ++~" - "Blazed up Melpomene" - "Break the age" - "Grand style" - "Hitohira ~reminiscent of ketsui no toki~" - "Jintsuriki" - "Natural high" - "The shooted" - "TehuTehu" - "Ultimate weapon" - "Vigaku" - "YES or YES" - "You are under my control ~beautiful version 00~"
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Console versions "Achoism" - "Agitated by emotion" - "Father's blues" - "Glorious victory" - "Perfume of forest" - "Rhyme star"
Voice tracks (arcade version) "Ayane" - "Bass Armstrong" - "Ein" - "Gen Fu" - "Gohyakumine Bankotsubo" - "Helena" - "Jann Lee" - "Kasumi" - "Leifang" - "Leon" - "Ryu Hayabusa" - "System Voice" - "Tina Armstrong" - "Zack"
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Martial arts Jeet Kune Do - Karate - Ninjutsu - Pi qua quan - Pro-wrestling - Russian martial arts - T'ai chi quan - Tengu-do - Thai-style boxing - Xinyi liuhe quan
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Story Mode stage Miyama
Non-playable locations Mugen Tenshin Village - Waterfall
Music
Dead or Alive Ultimate Original Sound Trax (Discs B and C)
Character themes "B-boy no "B" ~evolved from ++~" - "Blazed up Melpomene" - "Break the age" - "Grand style" - "Hitohira ~reminiscent of ketsui no toki~" - "It's to Show" - "Jintsuriki" - "Knifepoint" - "Natural high" - "The shooted" - "TehuTehu" - "Ultimate weapon" - "Vigaku" - "YES or YES" - "You are under my control ~beautiful version 00~"
Ending themes "Achoism" - "Agitated by emotion" - "Father's blues" - "Glorious victory" - "Perfume of forest" - "Rhyme star"
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Gameplay terms Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Game Over - Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Replay - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages - Stances - Tag Throws - Attack Change - Throws - Triangle System
Plot subjects Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Hyper Battle Grand Prix - Mugen Tenshin clan - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Runaway shinobi - Shinobi
Martial arts Ba ji quan - Command Sambo - Close quarters combat - Jeet Kune DoKarate - Lucha libre - Muay Thai - Ninjutsu - Pi qua quan - Pro-wrestling - She quan - Tai ji quan - Tengu-do - Xing yi quan - Xinyi liuhe quan - Zui ba xian quan
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Non-playable locations Great Opera
Music
Dead or Alive 4 Original Sound Trax
Character themes "Alpha-152" - "Drunk Wolf" - "Fang" - "Flowerbed" - "Hunter's Moon" - "I Feel For You" - "Jintsuriki" - "Mentor" - "Moonlit Lady" - "Purity" - "Russian Roulette" - "Serpent Dance" - "Shade" - "Solitary Desperation" - "Sorrow" - "Steel Horse Rider" - "Successor" - "Tribal Beats" - "Turn On The Lights" - "Vigaku" - "The Wind is Howling" - "Zany Zapper"
Ending themes "Amazing" - "Bad Trip" - "Brave Heart" - "The Broken Arrows" - "Dance Of The Angel" - "Dead Soldier" - "Estheticism" - "The Fastest Fingers" - "The Fist" - "My Grave" - "Nasty Girl" - "Now And Forever" - "The Raiders" - "The Real World" - "Round The Coaster" - "Touch Me" - "Unbroken Chains"
Crash Club themes "Achoism Remix" - "B-boy No "B" Remix" - "Blazed Up Melpomene Remix" - "Break The Age Remix" - "Grand Style Remix" - "Hitohira Remix" - "Jintsuriki Remix" - "The Shooted Remix" - "Tehu Tehu Remix" - "Turn On The Lights Remix" - "Ultimate Weapon Remix" - "Vigaku Remix" - "YES or YES Remix" - "You Are Under My Control Remix"
DOA Online tracks "Flower Garden Room" - "Gorgeous Room" - "Halloween Room" - "Ice Room" - "Jungle Room" - "Outer Space Room" - "Pastry Room" - "Room Above the Clouds" - "Room in My House" - "Underwater Room" - "Zack's Shop"
Other tracks "Blazed Up Melpomene" - "Circle" - "DOATEC" - "Eat the Rich" - "Evolution" - "Halo Theme MJOLNIR Mix" - "Holiday" - "Zero Hour"
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Secret character Shiden
Non-playable characters Anne - Ayame - Fame Douglas - Irene Lew - Lauren - Maria - Victor Donovan
Guest characters Ridley - Samus Aran
Terms
Gameplay modes Chronicle - Arcade - Survival - Tag Challenge - Free Play - Training - Local Play - Internet Play - Showcase - 3D Photo Album - Fight Record - Options
Gameplay terms Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Move Data - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages - Stances - Tag Throws - Throws - Triangle System
Plot subjects Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Exiled shinobi - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Ninpo - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Project Omega - Runaway shinobi - Shinobi - Torn Sky Blast
Martial arts Ba ji quan - Combat Sambo - Drunken fist - Jeet Kune DoKarate - Lucha libre - Muay Thai - Ninjutsu - Pi gua quan - Pro-wrestling - Snake fist - Tai ji quan - Tengu-do - Xing yi quan - Xinyi liuhe quan
Other terms Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Credits - Cutscenes - Endings - Figurines - Genra (wine) - Genra's tokkosho - System Voice - Tournament Winners
Locations
Stages 999 Meters - Azuchi - Danger Zone - Dojo - Eternal Helix - Fallen Miyama - Freedom Survivor - Frozen Peaks - Genetic Biolab (Advanced) - Geothermal Power Plant - Hellfire - Kyoto in Bloom - Lorelei - Sacred Miyama - Tao - Whitewater Valley
Non-playable locations Great Opera - Mugen Tenshin Village
Music
Character themes "Alpha-152" - "B-boy no "B"" - "Blood Tie" - "Break the age" - "Cracker" - "DEAD OR ALIVE" - "Grand style" - "Hitohira" - "Jintsuriki" - "Karma" - "Kasumi α's theme" - "Knifepoint" - "Monster" - "Moonlit Lady" - "Natural high" - "Red Moon" - "Reincarnate" - "Shiden's theme" - "The shooted" - "Successor" - "TehuTehu" - "Tribal Beats" - "Turn On The Lights" - "Vigaku" - "YES or YES" - "You are under my control"
Chronicle Mode tracks "Brave Heart" - "The Broken Arrows" - "Dance Of The Angel" - "DOATEC" - "Ketsui no Toki" - "Look Ahead" - "Tengu-mai" - "Unbroken Chains"
Other tracks "D.O.A." - "Dimensions Training" - "Vs. Ridley" - "Wired"
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