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Knocked Out, also known as Knock Out, KO, or KO'd, is a common phrase and state/condition used in video games. In Dead or Alive, a character is KO'd when they lose all their "energy" in their health bar, or if they have the least amount of health when the timer runs out. If the fighter has been KO'd, it means that they lose the round. Sometimes after KO, a countdown starts and can lead to Game Over if the player does not restart the match again.

It should be noted that in Dead or Alive, being KO'd does not mean that the character has been killed or been literally knocked out; they are still visibly breathing, and are able to talk. They even move a little depending on how they land on the ground, such as propping themselves on their elbows and shaking their heads as if dizzy. However, although not dead, the characters still seem to be in a lot of pain when KO'd, as they are breathing heavily, struggle to talk, and make no sudden movements when on the ground.

While in the majority of DOA games an opponent can continue to be hit after they are KO'd (especially if the KO attack did not knock them over), in Dead or Alive 5 certain actions, such as a Power Blow KO, fixes the fighters in slow motion. This prevents any further attacks from taking place. After KO attacks have no additional consequence, merely serving as a visual flourish. Since Dead or Alive 4, fighters now react realistically to attackes when knocked out. They grab their stomachs in pain, rub their legs and shake their heads, and even when struck violently on the back, they roll over in great agony. If you wait a while, they'll actually stop moving all together, but this is most noticeable in Dead or Alive 5. If a fighter is still hit while trying to fall to the ground, they will sometimes remain standing from rapid jabs.

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Main Series
Dead or Alive - Dead or Alive 2 - Dead or Alive 3 - Dead or Alive 4 - Dead or Alive 5 (Ultimate)
Spin-offs and Related Titles
Ninja Gaiden - Dead or Alive Ultimate - Girls of DOA BlackJack

Dead or Alive Online - Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Dead or Alive Xtreme Sub-Series
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball - Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 - Dead or Alive Paradise
Canceled Games
Dead or Alive: Code Chronos - Project Progressive

Main Characters
List of Dead or Alive Characters

Kasumi - Ayane - Hayate - Ein - Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Christie - Lisa Hamilton - Hitomi
Bayman - Kokoro - Jann Lee - Leifang - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong - Zack - Eliot - Gen Fu
Brad Wong - Rig - Mila - Leon - Momiji - Rachel - Marie Rose

Recurring Terms
DOATEC - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan
Ninpo - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Runaway Shinobi - Shinobi
More Information and Archives
DOA Relationships - Fandom - Gameplay - Items - Locations - Martial Arts - Media - Merchandise - Movies - Music - Staff
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Characters
Playable Chararters

Kasumi - Jann Lee - Lei Fang - Tina Armstrong - Bayman - Zack - Ryu Hayabusa - Gen Fu

Unlockable Characters

Raidou

PlayStation and ++ Characters

Ayane - Bass Armstrong

Locations
Arcade and Sega Saturn Locations

Bayman's Stage - Burai Zenin - Danger Zone - Jann Lee's Stage- L’s Castle
Raidou's Stage - Ryu's Stage - Tina's Stage - Zack's Stage

PlayStation and ++ Locations

Ayane's Stage - Bass' Stage - Bayman's Stage - Gen Fu's Stage - Jann Lee's Stage
Kasumi's Stage - Lei Fang's Stage - Raidou's Stage - Ryu's Stage - Tina's Stage - Zack's Stage

Terms
Gameplay Elements

Kumite Mode - Story Mode - Survival Mode - Training Mode - Versus Mode

Plot Subjects

Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Exiled Shinobi
Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Runaway Shinobi - Shinobi

Martial Arts

Command Sambo - Jeet Kune Do - Ninjutsu - Pro-Wrestling
Shini-Rokugo-Ken - Taikyoku-Ken - Thai-Style Boxing

Other Terms

Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Game Over - Knocked Out - System Voice

Soundtracks
Aya - Concentration - Dead Or Alive (Raidou Theme) - Heated Heartbeat
Ketsui No Toki - Power Is Beauty - Showdown
Archives
Costumes - PlayStation Costumes - ++ Costumes
Technique DatasheetsItem Collection DatasheetPromotional Artwork and Wallpapers
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Characters
Playable Characters

Kasumi - Gen Fu - Tina Armstrong - Zack - Jann Lee - Ayane
Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Bass Armstrong - Leon - Leifang - Ein

Unlockable Characters

Bayman - Tengu

Supporting Characters

Kasumi X - Maria - Roland

Locations
Aerial Gardens - Bio Lab - Blanca - Burai ZeninCrimson - Danger Zone
Death Valley - Demon’s Church - D Octagon - Dragon Hills - Great Opera - Iron Hell
Koku AnL’s Castle - Miyama - Pancratium - Prairie - Spiral - White Storm
Terms
Gameplay Elements

Gallery - Story Mode - Survival Mode - Tag Battle - Tag Moves
Team Battle Mode - Time Attack Mode - Training Mode - Versus Mode - Watch Mode

Plot Subjects

Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan
Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Runaway Shinobi - Shinobi - Tengu

Martial Arts

Jeet Kune DoKarate - Ninjutsu - Pi Qua Quan - Pro-Wrestling - Russian Martial Arts
T'ai Chi QuanThai-Style Boxing - Tengu-Do - Xinyi Liuhe Quan

Other Terms

Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Game Over - Knocked Out - System Voice

Soundtracks
Dead or Alive 2 Original Sound Trax - Dead or Alive 2 Original Sound Trax (PlayStation 2 Version)
Character Themes

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 - Tehu Tehu
Ultimate Weapon - Vigaku - YES or YES - You Are Under My Control

Archives
Costumes - Technique DatasheetsFighter Quotes
Item Collection DatasheetPromotional Artwork and Wallpapers
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Characters
Playable Characters
Kasumi - Ryu Hayabusa - Hitomi - Zack - Gen Fu - Brad Wong - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong
Leon - Bayman - Jann Lee - Leifang - Christie - Helena Douglas - Hayate - Ayane
Unlockable Characters

Ein

Supporting Characters

Chen - Hitomi's Father - Mei Lin - Niki - Omega - Rolande

Locations
Aqua Palace - Azuchi - BeachDanger Zone - DOATEC HK - ForestHellfire
Ice CaveIron Hell - Lorelei - Lost WorldPancratium - SnowTaoX Octagon
Terms
Gameplay Elements

Story Mode - Survival Mode - Tag Battle - Tag Moves - Theater
Time Attack Mode - Training Mode - Versus Mode - Watch Mode

Plot Subjects

DOATEC - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - Genra
Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Project Omega - Runaway Shinobi - Shinobi

Martial Arts

Jeet Kune DoKarate - NinjutsuPi Qua Quan - Pro-Wrestling - Russian Martial Arts
She Quan - T'ai Chi Quan - Thai-Style Boxing - Xinyi Liuhe QuanZui Ba Xian Quan

Other Terms

Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Game Over - Knocked Out - System Voice

Soundtracks
Dead or Alive 3 Original Sound Trax
Character Themes

Blood Tie - Cracker - Eternity - Four Thousand - Goin' for Broke - I Don't Believe It! - It's To Show - Karma
Knifepoint - Look Ahead - Mayflower - Monster - Power Shovel - Prismatic Butterfly
Reaction - Red Moon - Trip - True Beauty

Other Tracks

A Wind

Archives
Costumes - Technique DatasheetsFighter Quotes
Item Collection DatasheetPromotional Artwork and Wallpapers
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Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate Characters
Playable Characters

Kasumi - Jann Lee - Lei Fang - Tina Armstrong - Bayman - Zack - Ryu Hayabusa - Gen Fu

Unlockable Characters

Raidou

Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate Characters
Playable Characters

Kasumi - Gen Fu - Tina Armstrong - Zack - Jann Lee - Ayane
Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Bass Armstrong - Leon - Leifang - Ein

Unlockable Characters

Tengu - Bayman - Hitomi

Supporting Characters

Ayame - Genra - Hayate - Kasumi α - Lauren - Maria - Shiden

Locations
Aerial Gardens - Aquarium - Burai ZeninCrimson - Cyclotron - Danger Zone - Demon’s Church
DOATEC Germany - Downtown - Dragon Hills - Great Opera - Great Wall - Island - Koku AnMiyama
Prairie - Ray House - Safari - Shrine - Suspension Bridge - White Storm - Yozakura
Terms
Gameplay Elements

Story Mode - Survival ModeTag Battle - Tag Moves - Team Battle Mode
Time Attack ModeTraining ModeVersus ModeWatch Mode

Plot Subjects

Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Exiled Shinobi - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan
Tengu - Torn Sky Blast - Project Alpha - Project EpsilonRunaway Shinobi - Shinobi - Tengu

Martial Arts

Jeet Kune DoKarate - Ninjutsu - Pi Qua Quan - T'ai Chi Quan - Pro-Wrestling
Russian Martial Arts - Tengu-Do - Thai-Style Boxing - Xinyi Liuhe Quan

Other Terms

Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Game Over - Knocked Out - System Voice

Soundtrack
Dead or Alive Ultimate Original Sound Trax

Character Themes
B-boy No "B" ~evolved from ++~ - Hitohira ~Reminiscent of Ketsui no Toki~

Archives
Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate Costumes - Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate Costumes
Technique DatasheetsItem Collection DatasheetPromotional Artwork and Wallpapers
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Characters
Playable Characters
Kasumi - Ryu Hayabusa - Kokoro - Hitomi - Brad Wong - Eliot - Bass Armstrong - Zack
Jann Lee - Leifang - Tina Armstrong - La Mariposa - Bayman - Christie - Ayane - Hayate
Unlockable Characters
Helena Douglas - Gen Fu - Leon - Bankotsubo - SPARTAN-458 - Ein
Supporting Characters
Alpha-152 - Anne - Maria - Mei Lin - Miyako - Muramasa - Niki
Locations
Biolab Core - Crash Club - DOATEC Great Hall - D.W.A. Coliseum - Experimental Playground
Gambler's Paradise - Kyoto in Bloom - Nassau Station - Ninja Hideout - Savannah Safari
Seaside Paradise - Tatami - Temple on the Mountain - Tritower Heliport - Waterfall Valley
Terms
Gameplay Elements

Album - Battle Viewer - DOA Online - Movie Theater - Story - SurvivalTag Battle
Tag Moves - Team Battle - Time Attack - Sparring - Versus - Watch - Zack Dollars

Plot Subjects

Cabbage - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Genra
Hyper Battle Grand Prix - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Ninpo - Nunchaku
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

Other Terms

Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Game Over - Knocked Out - System Voice

Soundtracks
Dead or Alive 4 Original Sound Trax
Character Themes

Blazed Up Melpomene - Drunk Wolf - Evolution - Fang - Flowerbed - Hunter's Moon - I Feel For You - Mentor
Moonlit Lady - Purity - Russian Roulette - Solitary Desperation - Shade - Serpent Dance - Sorrow
Steel Horse Rider - Successor - Tribal Beats - Turn On The Lights
Vigaku - The Wind Is Howling - Zany Zapper
Ending Themes
Amazing - Unbroken Chains
Remixes
B-boy No "B" - Hitohira
Other Tracks
Zero Hour - Underwater Room

Archives
Achievements - Costumes - Technique Datasheets
Item Collection DatasheetPromotional Artwork and Wallpapers
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Characters
Playable Characters

Kasumi - Ayane - Hayate - Ein - Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Christie - La Mariposa - Hitomi
Bayman - Kokoro - Jann Lee - Leifang - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong - Zack - Eliot - Gen Fu
Brad Wong - Leon - Raidou - Genra - Alpha-152 - Kasumi α - Tengu - Shiden

Supporting Characters

Anne - Ayame - Fame Douglas - Irene Lew - Lauren - Maria - Victor Donovan

Locations
999 Meters - Azuchi - Danger Zone - Dojo - Eternal Helix - Freedom Survivor - Frozen Peaks
Genetic Biolab - Genetic Biolab - Advanced - Geothermal Power Plant - Hellfire - Kyoto in Bloom
Lorelei - Miyama - Tao - Whitewater Valley
Terms
Gameplay Elements

3D Photo Album - Arcade - Chronicle Mode - Fight Records - Figurines - Internet Play - Local Play
Showcase - Survival Mode - Tag Challenge - Tag Moves - Training - Throwdown

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 - Figurines - Knocked Out - System Voice

Soundtrack
Character Themes

B-boy No "B" ~evolved from ++~ - Hitohira ~Reminiscent of Ketsui no Toki~

Archive
Costumes - Downloadable Content - Promotional Artwork and Wallpaper
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Characters
Playable Characters
Kasumi - Ayane - Hayate - Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Christie - La Mariposa - Hitomi - Bayman
Kokoro - Jann Lee - Leifang - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong - Zack - Eliot - Brad Wong - Rig - Mila
Dead or Alive 5 Unlockable Characters
Gen Fu - Akira Yuki - Sarah Bryant - Pai Chan - Alpha-152
Ultimate Characters
Ein - Leon - Momiji - Rachel - Jacky Bryant - Marie Rose - Phase-4
Supporting Characters
Miyako - Muramasa - Victor Donovan
Locations
Arrival - Dead or Alive - Depth - Dojo - The Ends of the Earth - Fighting Entertainment - Flow - Fuel - Home - Hot Zone - Lab - Primal - Sanctuary - Sakura - Scramble - The Show - Street - Sweat - Temple of the Dragon - Zack Island
Ultimate Locations
Aircraft Carrier - Desert Wasteland - Forest - Haunted Lorelei - Lorelei - Lost World - Sky City Tokyo
Terms
Gameplay Terms

Cliffhanger - Critical System - Danger Zone - Expert Hold - Knocked Out - Move Data - Power Blow
Power Launcher - Side Stepping - Stances - Tag Moves - Triangle System

Gameplay Modes

Arcade Mode - Online Mode - Tag Battle Mode - Team Battle Mode - Time Attack Mode
Spectator Mode - Story Mode - Survival Mode - Training Mode - Versus Mode - Watch Mode

Plot Subjects

DOATEC - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DIG - MIST
Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Runaway Shinobi - Shinobi

Martial Arts

Aikijutsu - Ba Ja Quan - Close Quarters Combat - Command Sambo - Counter Fiend Combat - Jeet Kune Do
Karate - Lucha Libre - Mixed Martial Arts - Muay Thai - Ninjutsu - Pi Qua Quan - Pro-Wrestling - She Quan
Systema - Taekwondo - Tai Ji Quan - Xing Yi Quan - Xin Yi Liu He Quan - Yan Qing Quan - Zui Ba Xian Quan

Other Terms

System Voice - Virtua Fighter - Glasses

Soundtrack
Dead or Alive 5 Soundtrack

Cheerful Buddhist Priest - Desperate Situation - False Fate - Gotta Move On - Graceful Sounds
I'm a Fighter - Knock You Down - let's get it - Light the Fuse - Like a Dragon - Omen - Niug-Nep Place
Polluted Air - Rapids - Showdown - Skyscraper - The Storied Journey of the Boy and the Drunk
Tiger's Family - Urges - The Way is Known

Archives
Achievements (Ultimate) - Costumes - DOA Relationships - Downloadable Content (Ultimate) - Merchandise - Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers

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