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Leifang in "Dead or Alive 5"
|Known As||The T'ai Chi Quan Genius|
|Martial Art||T'ai Chi Quan|
|Age|| 19 (DOA-DOA4)|
|Height||5' 4" (163 cm)|
|Weight||110 lbs. (50 kg)|
|Body Size||B34" W22" H34" (B87 W55 H86 cm)|
|Family||Jann Lee (Possible love interest)|
|Tag Partner||Jann Lee (DOA2 and DOA3)|
|Favorite Food||Almond tofu|
|Debut||Dead or Alive (1996)|
|Japanese Voice||Yumi Tōma|
|English Voice|| Donna Mae Wong (DOA2)|
Zinnia Su (DOAX2-DOAD)
Cassandra Morris (DOA5)
|Live Action||Ying Wang (DOA: Dead or Alive)|
- "This is real T'ai Chi Quan."
- —Leifang in Dead or Alive 5
Leifang (レイファン, Reifan) is a college student and T'ai Chi Quan prodigy from the Dead or Alive series, who made her debut in the first Dead or Alive. She is one of the first females to appear in the series, alongside Kasumi and Tina Armstrong.
Throughout the series, she seeks to fight Jann Lee, who is thought to have saved her life at one stage in her past, to prove herself to him that she too is a strong individual. However, Leifang has lost to Jann Lee in almost every tournament, except the 4th one, where she finally defeated him.
A girl who grew up in a wealthy family from China, Leifang is a good-hearted woman of justice and bares a very independent spirit. Six years before the first tournament, Leifang was saved from a bunch of thugs by a martial artist, Jann Lee. Although she was very grateful for being saved, she felt that she could have handled the situation herself. After that incident, she mastered the art of T'ai Chi Quan and sought to prove her strength to Jann Lee.
Leifang joined the first Dead or Alive Tournament in order to fight Jann Lee, to prove her worth to him. During the tournament she faces him. However, she is defeated by him. This doesn't dampen her spirits, however, and she goes on to train herself for the next tournament.
During her matches of the second tournament, she meets a woman of higher wealth and status, Helena Douglas. She gives her a look of curiosity, but hidden with envy as she continues ascending in the glass elevator. She both envies and admires Helena.
She forms a philosophical rivalry with Tina Armstrong, who believes that the meaning of power comes from physical strength. Tina lifts a boulder and shouts "This is power, Leifang!" and throws it right at her feet. Leifang disagreed, and simply demonstrated that power originated from the mind, and was channeled into and through the rest of the body. With that same boulder at her feet, Leifang leans over it saying, "You don't know anything about power." and demolishes the rock with a single palm. Tina herself was astonished by Leifang's inner strength and lets off a whistle.
When she finally faced Jann Lee, she tells him while demonstrating Tai Chi Quan that her martial art was perfected and that she was ready for their battle to "live in his world?. However, Leifang loses again, resulting in Jann Lee retorting, "This isn't the place for you" thinking she is not ready.
Now known to many as a young genius of T'ai Chi Quan, Leifang continues to train to defeat Jann Lee. She enters the third Dead or Alive tournament, telling herself; "This time... This time, I am going to beat him!" She once again fights her way to Jann Lee. When she finally reaches him, telling him it was time for her to defeat “the dragon” within him, despite her best efforts, Leifang once again loses the fight.
After the tournament is over, she returns home. While out in the city, she rescues a young boy from getting kidnapped, easily defeating the kidnappers with her martial art skills, reflecting the time when she was saved by Jann Lee.
Leifang enters the tournament to once again fight Jann Lee. She is defeated by Hitomi in a match over a simple cabbage, but they befriend each other sometime afterwards. She later defeats Bass Armstrong after he began attacking bystanders over losing his money at the casino. After these matches, she finally reaches Jann Lee, who is not really surprised to see her. The two combat in the DOATEC Tritower, which begins to fall apart due to the attack by the Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan. However, the two start their match anyway. Leifang finally accomplished her goal and defeated Jann Lee.
After the tournament, Leifang returns home again. While traveling on the train, she becomes involved in an embarrassing incident; when the train suddenly stops, an old man falls over and grabs her breasts. Humiliated and enraged, and despite it being an accident, Leifang loses her temper and literally kicks the man through a window, out of the now moving train into a lake below the bridge. The other passengers applaud her stunt, but Leifang likely thinks that they are mocking her due to the fact that the buttons on her shirt came undone, and she tries to cover herself.
Upon hearing about the fifth Dead or Alive Tournament, Leifang reunites with Hitomi and the two of them set off a journey to train together. While training at a circus that's still under construction, the pair does a friendly sparring match against Brad Wong and Eliot. They are then invited to the tournament by Zack, who does so humorously by launching himself into the air with the human cannon.
Later, Leifang and Hitomi travel to South America to continue their training. There, they spot Jann Lee being recruited by Zack into joining the tournament. Knowing that she has to prepare herself to fight him again, Leifang does a sparring match against Hitomi to improve her skills. After the fight, the two of them go their own ways, promising each other to meet again at the tournament.
Leifang travels to New York, following Jann Lee to a martial art gym. While trying to spy on him, she bumps into Mila and decides to spar with her to train more. Leifang manages to find Jann Lee on a train and follows him. Suddenly, the train becomes unsteady and Leifang stumbles. As she tries to rebalance herself, an old man (who appears to be the same one from her Dead or Alive 4 ending) begins to fall towards her. However, Jann Lee quickly steps in between, protecting Leifang from another embarrassing moment. After he tells her that it's not right to sneak on people, the two of then engage in a fight. However, before they can fight, the train somehow loses its balance and its thrown off its track. After the crash, Leifang finds herself on top of Jann Lee. The two of them share an awkward moment together, showing that they might have romantic feelings for each other.
At the tournament, Leifang is defeated by Jann Lee in the quarterfinals, marking her fourth loss against him.
- See also: Leifang's Outfit Catalogues
While Leifang has always had a slender and petite build of average height, with a very girly, youthful appearance, pale skin, dark brown eyes, and a heart-shaped face, her appearance has changed considerably since the first Dead or Alive. In the first game, her hair was short and tied back in a high ponytail, which made her look somewhat masculine. Since Dead or Alive 2, her facial features have become rounder and softer. Her hair has also become much longer. It is normally tied in two braids, looped round, and pinned on either side of her head. In later games, her default hairstyle becomes loose hair, and the braids become a second choice. Her hair color has changed often in the series: first it was light brown, then black, then dark brown.
Her outfits have also become more feminine; in the original game, her clothes consisted of trousers, shorts, and flat shoes with simple detailing. Later, she started to sport high-heels and long, formal-looking, body-hugging Chinese dresses called cheongsams. They are normally embroidered with Asian-inspired patterns of birds and flowers.
Most of her wardrobe consists of her simply wearing them in different colors. However, in recent installments, she can wear more modern gear, such as long skirts and tank tops to loose shirts and blazers. In Dead or Alive 5, her overall design has been altered; She has a more mature face and smaller, more asian looking eyes. Her hair only reaches to her mid back, and her cheongsams have become shorter in length, and she wears more practical high heels in combat. Aside from loose hair and braids, in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, she can now wear her hair in twin pigtails, which is a hairstyle seen in her Dead or Alive 3 ending. Even the outfit she wore in the ending can be unlocked as well.
Leifang is a spunky, intelligent, and cheerful college student. Practicing martial arts has given her a strong dedication to self-improvement, both mentally and physically. She hopes that by honing her own skills, she can eventually help others to do the same. At the same time, her young age and general inexperience with the world around her can sometimes keep her from fully thinking things through.
Along with a strong motivation for self-improvement, Leifang is also somewhat prideful and becomes angry if she feels she is being taken advantage of or being looked down upon. Such as the case when she told Hitomi to stay out of her affairs between her and Jann Lee. This may be the core reason for her fixation and need to prove herself to Jann Lee after he rescued her. In spite of all this, she is usually friendly and compassionate to other people.
She proves to be a just young woman as she saved a child from abduction in the her Dead or Alive 3 epilogue (similar to how she was saved by Jann Lee), even taking down a knife-wielding opponent. She also stands up to Bass when he bullies people after losing in the casino during the Dead or Alive 4 tournament. Due to her determination to prevail over Jann Lee, she seems to have disregarded how much she has achieved through her constant training and perfection in martial arts. Leifang also never gives up and she will continue toward her goal until she succeeds.
In Dead or Alive 5, she is also more noticeably childish than before, and is very prideful and peppy, even making a surprised giggle when knocked over ledges in some stages. But Leifang is also very serious during her training and to her matches, especially to a strong opponent.
"Leifang" is created from two Chinese names: Lei, meaning "flower bud", and Fang meaning "fragrant, sweet smelling". Altogether, Leifang's name means "fragrant flower bud", relating to her beauty, and either her youthfulness or her blooming talent as a fighter. The name is a common name for Chinese girls in Shanghai, so this can imply that Leifang is from the area.
Jann Lee is Leifang's primary rival, target, and obsession. Ever since Jann Lee, then known to Leifang as "Gi", saved her from a group of thugs, she has aimed to perfect her fighting skills so that she could prove herself to him, and become "a part of his world". She has thought of him so much through every bit of her training that it has brought to a point unexpected in her obsession for him.
It is unclear what Jann Lee’s feelings are exactly about this rivalry obsession. However, he doesn't seem to have made any major attempts to stop her from continuing in this pursuit (unless he thought that defeating her time and time again would be some kind of attempt in stopping her.) In the events of Dead or Alive 4, when they meet for battle and the Tritowers begin to detonate, he tells her, "What do you say, should we die together?" She tells him, "I'm not going to die." He replies to her willpower by clenching his fist and saying, "No, you're not." In this statement, it does indicate that he cares for her.
In Dead or Alive 5, Leifang persistently follows Jann Lee, while secretly training with Hitomi to keep her skills sharp enough to beat him. At one point, she almost encounters him, which results in her pursuing him onto a train. A potentially embarrassing and somewhat familiar occurrence following a sudden acute movement of the train is averted quickly thanks to Jann Lee: An older man almost relies on Leifang's breasts to regain balance, but Jann steps in at the last minute (showing his commitment to protecting her). After another sharp movement of the train, Leifang falls on top of Jann lee, resulting in an awkward romantic moment.
Leifang's embarrassment may have caused her to lose her battle with Jann Lee in the fifth tournament finals. This may also imply she does have feelings for Jann Lee.
Both being young, quirky, somewhat naïve, and baring cheerful personalities, they can be playful with each other one minute, such as during their visits to Zack Island, and then become engaged in a heated battle next over something as trivial as a cabbage. In Dead or Alive 3, she showed some animosity towards Hitomi, telling her to stay out of her affairs with Jann Lee despite Hitomi showing care for her, implying that they have a fierce rivalry. After Dead or Alive 3, Hitomi and Leifang became fast friends due to their keenness in martial arts and closeness in age.
In Dead of Alive 4, they have a fierce battle over cabbage, but they become closer after the tournament is over. Their vacation, Dead or Alive Extreme 2, shows how much closer they are becoming as Hitomi allows Leifang to hand feed her strawberries, Leifang allows Hitomi to take glamour shots of her, and the two girls sit together in a tree eating ice cream.
By the events of Dead or Alive 5, they have become close friends, as well as martial arts rivals. They train together and later spy on Jann Lee as he is initially rejecting Zack's tournament invitation. They have another battle for the sake of preparing for the tournament. After the battle is over, they wish each other good luck in their training and go their separate ways.
Tina ArmstrongEditStemming from a disagreement on the philosophy of martial power. Tina and Leifang have since become rivals of a sort, if not for any other reason than for their difference in opinions. Despite the rivalry, the two do seem to respect one another. Their tag team poses, team-ups and calling each other's name to back each other, however, show potential in the two resolving their differences and in fact having strengths the other doesn't have.
During the Second Dead or Alive tournament, before they battle, Tina shouts, "This is power, Leifang!" She lifts a boulder and throws it right at Leifang's feet. Leifang gives a look of determination and tells Tina, "You don't know anything about power." Leifang leans over the boulder and demolishes the boulder with a single palm. Tina, herself, is impressed by how much power Leifang truly yields and whistles long and lowly due to it.
In Dead or Alive 5, it appears they are now friends and respect one another but they still consider themselves as rivals.
Helena DouglasEditLeifang and Helena were both born in wealthy families. Leifang was jealous when Helena announced she had entered the Second tournament, saying that the tournament doesn't need another "spoiled little princess". However she seems to be friendly with Helena. During Dead or Alive 2 tournament, they share a cut scene before their battle where Leifang is shown looking with curiosity and seemingly enviously towards Helena as she goes up in a glass elevator.
After their battle in either Dead or Alive 2 or 3 tournaments, if Leifang wins she will friendly hold out her hand in an elegant way and say, "Let's meet again for the next dance." If Helena wins, she will showcase her elegant Kung Fu and remark, "This is perfect harmony." In Dead or Alive Tag Battle, Leifang and Helena have some of the most graceful tag team-up moves seen due to their fluid Kung Fu styles. In winning a Tag Battle, they will both hold out their hands in an elegant way inviting their opponents "for another dance".
In Dead or Alive 5 Tag Battle, They maintain their tag alliance from the previous tournaments. Helena will call out for Leifang, but it is not reciprocated by Leifang when she tags for her.
In the Dead or Alive 4 tournament, Leifang and Eliot become acquainted due to their youth and determination in studying Kung Fu. They maintain a secondary tag alliance in Dead or Alive 5. Eliot clearly has respect and admiration for Leifang as he will call her name when tagging in during team battle. Leifang seems to be a bit oblivious to Eliot's attention as she does not have a personal call once tagging him in.
Leifang is a very technical character, focusing on powerful holds and parry maneuvers to expose the enemy for counterattacks. She also has an excellent air-juggling game. A common combo starter is the Renkan-Sho-Kinda, which hits 3 times in succession, and depending on the terrain height and launch duration, can hit up to 6 times in succession. Her kicks, similar to Gen Fu, are also excellent combo starters (such as Sanren-Kyaku) and have an excellent execution and recovery time frame.
Due to her varying attack string levels, she can be very difficult to counter against. She is most compatible in tag-team battle with Helena Douglas and Jann Lee; particularly Helena, for "Power is not always the answer" and thus their combination of intricate techniques highly complement one another. Leifang has the most powerful counters in the game, doing massive damage. But it appears it's a bit hard to memorize her special holds.
Leifang is very easy to befriend, because she likes everyone, although she seems not to like Tina Armstrong as much due to their rivalry during Dead or Alive 2; this can be changed with a few good gifts. Leifang herself can befriend almost everyone, too.
In beach volleyball, like Kasumi, Leifang is not the strongest character in terms of power, resulting in poor spikes, and a high chance of being knocked down by stronger players. However, she can quickly get back on her feet after a fall. She also has good technique, jump and defense stats, thus making her an ideal defensive character in returning the ball and counter-attacking. She is best suited as playing defense for Kokoro, as both girls are nearly well-balanced, and Kokoro has the strength Leifang lacks, but needs the technique the other has.
Dead or Alive SeriesEdit
- Dead or Alive (1996 - 1998)
- Dead or Alive 2 (1999 - 2000)
- Dead or Alive 3 (2001 - 2002)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball (2003)
- Dead or Alive Ultimate (2004 - 2005)
- Dead or Alive 4 (2005 - 2006)
- Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 (2006)
- Dead or Alive Paradise (2010)
- Dead or Alive: Dimensions (2011)
- Dead or Alive 5 (2012)
Dead or Alive-Related MediaEdit
DOA: Dead or AliveEdit
Leifang was played by Ying Wang in the movie, DOA: Dead or Alive. She makes several appearances in the beginning of the movie, until she got knocked out by Gen Fu. She also can be seen far away in the beach scene.
- The Fist of Taikyoku Blows Up - Dead or Alive
- Concentration - Dead or Alive (1998)
- Grand Style - Dead or Alive 2 and Dead or Alive: Dimensions
- Perfume of Forest - Dead or Alive 2 Ending Theme
- Mayflower - Dead or Alive 3
- Reaction - Dead or Alive 3 Ending Theme
- Flowerbed - Dead or Alive 4
- Touch Me - Dead or Alive 4 Ending Theme
Dead or Alive 2 Hardcore CG Gallery
- The T'ai Chi style Leifang practices is a mixture of the Yang and Chen styles.
- In the Dead or Alive Xtreme sub-series, Leifang's favorite color is Lemon Yellow.
- Leifang's 14th outfit in the PlayStation version of Dead or Alive pays homage to Pixie from the Monster Rancher series, another one of Tecmo's game series.
- Leifang is the first character to wear glasses in the series. Followed by Eliot and the female characters in Dead or Alive 5. Some characters like Christie, Tina, and Lisa are wearing shades instead of glasses.
- IGN featured Leifang in their "Videogame Babe of the Day" series in 2006.
- When Leifang served as a sub-boss for Hitomi and Bass, her theme doesn't play. Instead, Hitomi's and Bass' themes play.
- Leifang has a special tag intro and win pose with Pai Chan in Dead or Alive 5, but no special tag throw. In Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, they have 2 different intro and winning poses, along with proper tag-team moves.
- Leifang has the most costumes and color swaps in the series.
|PlayStation and ++ Chararters|
|Burai Zenin - Danger Zone - L’s Castle|
|Aya - Concentration - Dead Or Alive (Raidou Theme) - Heated Heartbeat|
Ketsui No Toki - Power Is Beauty - Showdown
|Technique Datasheets – Alternate Outfit Datasheets - ++ Alternate Outfit Datasheets|
Item Collection Datasheet – Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers
|Aerial Gardens - Bio Lab - Blanca - Burai Zenin – Crimson - Danger Zone|
Death Valley - Demon’s Church - D Octagon - Dragon Hills - Great Opera - Iron Hell
Koku An – L’s Castle - Miyama - Pancratium - Prairie - Spiral - White Storm
|Dead or Alive 2 Original Sound Trax - Dead or Alive 2 Original Sound Trax (PlayStation 2 Version)|
B-boy No "B" ~evolved from ++~ - Blazed Up Melpomene - Break the Age - Grand Style
|Technique Datasheets – Alternate Outfit Datasheets – Fighter Quotes|
Item Collection Datasheet – Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers
|Ayane - Bass Armstrong – Bayman – Brad Wong – Christie - Gen Fu – Hayate – Helena Douglas|
Hitomi - Jann Lee - Kasumi - Leifang - Leon - Ryu Hayabusa - Tina Armstrong - Zack
|Aqua Palace - Azuchi - Beach – Danger Zone - DOATEC HK - Forest – Hellfire|
Ice Cave – Iron Hell - Lorelei - Lost World – Pancratium - Snow – Tao – X Octagon
|Dead or Alive 3 Original Sound Trax|
Blood Tie - Cracker - Eternity - Four Thousand - Goin' for Broke - I Don't Believe It! - It's To Show - Karma
|Technique Datasheets – Alternate Outfit Datasheets - Fighter Quotes|
Item Collection Datasheet – Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers
|Ayane – Christie – Helena Douglas - Hitomi - Kasumi - Leifang – Lisa Hamilton - Tina Armstrong|
|Niki - Zack|
Accessory Shop – Bass Island – Casino - Hotel – Jungle - Niki Beach – Poolside
Private Beach – Radio Station – Sports Shop – Zack of All Trades
|Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Poker - Pool Hopping - Roulette – Slot Machines|
|Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Gift Giving - Swimsuits - Zack Dollars|
|Brazilian Sugar - Bitchism - Come On Over (All I Want Is You) - Do It - Fe Real - Give Me A Reason|
How Crazy Are You? - If It Don't Fit - Is This Love - I Want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend
Jesse Hold On - Me Gusta - Move It Like This - Lovin' You - Pegaito - Sweet And Deadly
The Kids Don't Like It - This Is It - Turn It Up
|Swimsuit Catalogues – Item Collection Datasheet - Merchandise|
Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers - Swimsuit Merchandise
|Aerial Gardens - Aquarium - Burai Zenin – Crimson - Cyclotron - Danger Zone - Demon’s Church|
DOATEC Germany - Downtown - Dragon Hills - Great Opera - Great Wall - Island - Koku An – Miyama
Prairie - Ray House - Safari - Shrine - Suspension Bridge - White Storm - Yozakura
|Dead or Alive Ultimate Original Sound Trax|
|Technique Datasheets – DOA1 Alternate Outfit Datasheets|
DOA2 Alternate Outfit Datasheets - Item Collection Datasheet – Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers
|Ishikari Mountains – South China Sea – Hong Kong – DOA Island – Buddha – Waterwheel – Bamboo Forest – Forbidden Square – Gray Steps – Lab Complex – DOA Compound - Tina's Yacht - Ninja Clan|
|Acupuncture - Central Intelligence Agency - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Donovan's Glasses - ID Bracelet - Katana - Nanobots - Needle - Ninja - Nunchaku - Runaway Shinobi - Shuriken - Volleyball|
|Aerial Gardens - Burai Zenin – Danger Zone - Demon’s Church|
DOATEC Germany - Downtown - Dragon Hills - Great Opera - Island - Koku An – Miyama
Prairie - Ray House - Safari - Shrine - Suspension Bridge - White Storm - Yozakura
|Alternate Outfit Datasheets - Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers|
|Ayane – Christie – Helena Douglas - Hitomi - Kasumi|
Kokoro - Leifang – Lisa Hamilton - Tina Armstrong
|Niki - Zack|
|New Zack Island|
Accessory Shop - Bass Island - Brilliant Jungle - Hotel - Niki Beach - Poolside - Radio Station
Sports Shop - Tranquil Beach - Zack of All Trades
|Beach Flags - Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Butt Battle – Poker - Pool Hopping - Slot Machines|
|Bijin Tokei - Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Gift Giving - Girls Guide|
Pole Dancing - Precious Memories - Private Paradise - Swimsuits - Venus Clips - Zack Dollars
|Dead or Alive Paradise Soundtrack|
|Complete Swimsuit Catalogue|
|Individual Swimsuit Catalogues|
|Item Collection Datasheet – Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers|
Ayane - Bass Armstrong - Bayman - Brad Wong - Christie - Ein - Eliot - Gen Fu - Hayate - Helena Douglas
|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
|Alternate Outfit Datasheets - Downloadable Content - Promotional Artwork and Wallpaper|