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There is a popular belief in Japan that a person's blood type is predictive of their personality, temperament, and compatibility with others, similar to western astrology.
Stemming back to the findings of Austrian scientist Karl Landsteiner in 1900 and growing from its failed use as a means to predict the temperaments and reactions of certain races, the theory’s modern popularity originated with publications by Masahiko Nomi in the 1970s. In the modern world, although there is no proven correlation between blood type and personality, it remains popular with many eastern matchmaking services, much in the same way astrology horoscopes are used in the west.
It is common among anime and manga authors to give their characters corresponding blood types to further flesh out their personalities. Some video game characters - like those in Dead or Alive - also have known blood types, such as in Street Fighter, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil, and Guilty Gear. It is also common for video game series like Tekken, Princess Maker, and Love Plus to feature blood types as attribute templates in their character customization modes.
Uses in Dead or AliveEdit
Each character, male and female, has had their blood types displayed in the instruction manuals of each Dead or Alive game since Dead or Alive 2.
|Blood Type||Main Characters|
|A||Ein/Hayate, Gen Fu, Kasumi, Kokoro, Lisa Hamilton, Momiji, Ryu Hayabusa|
|B||Bayman, Christie, Leifang, Leon|
|AB||Ayane, Eliot, Helena Douglas, Honoka, Jann Lee, Marie Rose|
|O||Bass Armstrong, Brad Wong, Hitomi, Mila, Tina Armstrong, Zack|
- Asking one's blood type is common in Japan and people are often surprised when a non-Japanese person does not know their own blood type.
- Many idols and other Japanese celebrities include a blood type statistic in their profiles, in addition to other facts such as their hobbies and star sign.
|Playable||Kasumi - Tina Armstrong - Hitomi - Helena Douglas - Leifang - Christie - Lisa - Kokoro - Ayane|
|Non-playable characters||Niki - Zack|
|Games||Beach Flags - Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Butt Battle – Poker - Pool Hopping - Slot Machines|
|Other terms||Bijin Tokei - Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Gift Giving - Girls Guide - Pole Dancing - Precious Memories - Private Paradise - Swimsuits - Venus Clips - Zack Dollars|
|New Zack Island|
Accessory Shop - Bass Island - Brilliant Jungle - Hotel - Niki Beach - Poolside - Radio Station - Sports Shop - Tranquil Beach - Zack of All Trades
|Dead or Alive Paradise Kossori Namaroku Voice & Soundtrack CD|
"Paradise!!" - "Sensational Fantasy" - "Beach Bomb" - "Coconut Groove" - "Nitro Funk" - "Violet Eyed Beauty" - "Rewind!" - "Curiosity" - "Boogie Circuit"
|Costumes - Item Collection Datasheet – Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers|