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Kokoro wearing the Jasper "pretzel maillot" swimsuit

In the Dead or Alive Xtreme sub-series, one of the biggest acquirements to finish the games is to collect swimsuits, the main type of clothing the girls wear in the sub-series.

Swimsuits are an item of clothing designed to be worn while participating in activities involving water, such as water sports and swimming. It is also common to see swimsuits being used for summer activities, such as sun bathing and beach sports, being used as undergarments for specialized diving clothing such as wetsuits, and also worn to display the human body as seen in various magazines.

HistoryEdit

While artistic evidence can date "swimsuit-like" attire worn by a woman to Pompeii in 1960, the first example of the modern day female swimsuit came in the form of Bathing Gowns in the 1800’s. Made out of weighted, non-transparent fabrics the one-piece gowns (practically full dresses) were separated into two-piece gowns (dress and trousers) come the 1900’s.

In 1907 Annette Kellerman, an "underwater ballerina" from Australia, created controversy in America for wearing a skin-tight swimsuit that exposed her arms, legs, and neck. Her influence would eventually lead to the gradual shrinking of the Bathing Gown design to expose the arms, thighs and bosom, and doing away with the dress portion of the gown, instead coming close to the Swimsuits that the men and children were wearing at the time. It was also at this time that new fabrics were being tested to provide extra strength and comfort to the wearer of swimsuits.

Come the 1940’s, swimsuits began to feature in glamour photography due to their figure-hugging nature. From then onward the swimsuit design began to take the form most commonly seen today, with the Bikini (named after a nuclear testing sight due to its “explosive effect on the viewer”) first being introduced just after World War 2 in 1942. Initially similar to the two-piece swimsuit (shirt and shorts) of 1920, the Bikini exposed the midriff of the wearer, while the 1920 swimsuit did not. As with the swimsuit, from 1960 onwards the Bikini design began to shrink to expose more and more skin, sometimes going as far as to only be covering the nipples and genitalia. During this time, the Monokini (a Bikini without the top, leaving the breasts exposed) was introduced by fashion designer, Rudi Gernreich. The Thong design was introduced in the 1980’s from Brazil.

Swimsuits in Dead or Alive XtremeEdit

In the Dead or Alive Xtreme series, the girls usually wear swimsuits while staying on the tropical Zack Island (although they also wear other types of clothing, such as various types of shirts, shorts, skirts, dresses, and even underwear). All clothing can be purchase from the Sports Shop on Zack Island with Zack Dollars, which are earned by taking part in activities around the island.

Swimsuit StylesEdit

While there may be even more swimsuit types out there, the following is a list of types that have appeared in the Dead or Alive Xtreme games:

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Helena wearing the Polonaise "maillot cutout"-styled one-piece.

One-PieceEdit

The "traditional swimsuit," which covers the majority of the torso in one piece of material, resembling a sleeveless leotard. It is considered by most to be the most modest of the swimsuit designs, the most common style being the Tank Suit or Maillot.

Variants in the designs include the halterneck, where a strap wraps around the back of the neck to hold up the bust, and plunge front swimsuits, as well as wrap-round bandeau styles that possess no shoulder or neck straps. Some styles of the one-piece may have sections that have been cut-out in order to expose the stomach or the cleavage.

BikiniEdit

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Lisa wearing the Pleiades halter-neck bikini.

Normally possessing much the same coverage and design as the typical bra and panties combination, the traditional bikini covers both the pelvic and upper chest area while exposing the mid section and stomach. Variants of the bikini include:

  • String Bikini - A "shrunken" variant of the bikini, it consists of two triangular shaped pieces connected between the legs but not at the sides, where a thin "string" of material that can be continuous or has to be tied, wraps around the waist on either side to hold up the two parts. String bikini tops are similar and are held in place by the attached "string" pieces.
  • Microkini - An even more exposed variant of the string bikini, where the material pieces covering the genitals and nipples are barely large enough to do so. Some designs only possess the straps, instead of the material ‘triangles’, to cover the wearer's privacy.
  • Tankini - The visual combination of a tank top shirt and bikini bottoms, the tankini provides the coverage and modesty of a one-piece swimsuit, while maintaining the convenience of a two-piece bikini. Variants include the Camkini, with spaghetti straps instead of tank-shaped straps, and the Bandeaukini, with a bandeau wrap around/strapless top.
  • Sling Bikini - Also known as a "Suspender Bikini," "Suspender Thong," "Slingshot bikini," or just "Slingshot," the sling bikini possesses what resembles a bikini bottom with the straps extending to cover the breasts and going over the shoulders instead of going around the hips. The straps usually join behind the neck and reach down the back as a single strap to become a thong. However, other design variants have the straps joining lower down the back.

Other Dead or Alive AppearencesEdit

Dead or Alive UltimateEdit

Dead or Alive Ultimate features a vast collection of unlockable costumes for each of the playable characters, including a handful of swimsuits from Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball for Ayane, Helena Douglas, Hitomi, Kasumi, Leifang, and Tina Armstrong. There is even an unlockable Gallery of the girls - plus Christie and Lisa - that features images of them in swimsuits.

Girls of DOA BlackJackEdit

In the iPhone game Girls of DOA BlackJack, the player can unlock the Jasper one-piece and the Crocus bikini from Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 as costumes for Kasumi to wear in-game. However, the game was removed from the App Store due to these costumes, as they broke the store's rules against sexual content.

Dead or Alive: DimensionsEdit

One of Kasumi's costumes avaliable in Dead or Alive: Dimensions is the Begonia bikini, which also appeared in Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball and Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate. This is the only swimsuit costume in the game and was only made avaliable as free DLC.

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Tina Armstrong wearing her unlockable swimsuit in Dead or Alive 5.
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Dead or Alive 5Edit

Dead or Alive 5 features swimsuits as unlockable costumes for Tina, Christie and Lisa taken from Dead or Alive Xtreme 2. These are unlocked, respectively, by clearing arcade, time attack and survival modes on the Legend difficulty.

Additionally, the game and its expanded version, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, features several swimsuits from Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 as DLC for all the female characters except Alpha-152.

See AlsoEdit


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Characters
Playable Characters
Kasumi - Hitomi - Ayane - Tina - Leifang - Helena - Christie - Lisa
Supporting Characters
Zack - Niki
Locations
Zack Island
Accessory ShopBass IslandCasino - HotelJungle - Niki BeachPoolside
Private BeachRadio StationSports ShopZack of All Trades
Terms
Games
Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Poker - Pool Hopping - RouletteSlot Machines
Other Terms
Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Gift Giving - Swimsuits - Zack Dollars
Soundtracks
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
Archives
SwimsuitsItem Collection Datasheet - Merchandise
Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers - Swimsuit Merchandise

Individual Swimsuit Catalogues
Kasumi's Swimsuits - Hitomi's Swimsuits - Ayane's Swimsuits - Tina's Swimsuits
Leifang's Swimsuits - Helena's Swimsuits - Christie's Swimsuits - Lisa's Swimsuits

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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 - Hitomi - Ayane - Tina - Leifang - Helena - Christie - Lisa - Kokoro
Supporting Characters
Zack - Niki
Locations
New Zack Island
Accessories StoreBass Island - Brilliant JungleCasino - Gemstone Suite - Moonlight Reef - Niki Beach
Niki Marina - Pool SideRadio StationSeabreeze Cottege - Sports Shop - Tranquil Beach
Water SlideZack-Of-All-Trades
Terms
Games
Beach Flags - Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Butt BattleMarine Race - PokerPool Hopping
Roulette - Slot Machines- Tug-of-War - Water Slide
Other Terms
Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Cabbage - Crystal Boutique
Gift Giving - Pictorial Scenes - Pole Dancing - Swimsuits - Virtual Pictorial - Zack Dollars
Soundtracks
Another Love Story - Brazilian Sugar - Double Lovin - Dreamin' - Flower - Holla! - How Crazy Are You?
If It Doesn't Fit - Is This Love - Like That Girl - Lovin' You - My Grave - Nothing To Lose
Quiero Que Tú Me Quieras - Reggae Dancer - Summer Breezin'
Sweet Sensual Love - Sweet Sixteen - The Kids Don't Like It
Archives
Achievements - SwimsuitsItem Collection Datasheet
MerchandisePromotional Artwork and Wallpapers

Individual Swimsuit Catalogues
Kasumi's Swimsuits - Hitomi's Swimsuits - Ayane's Swimsuits - Tina's Swimsuits
Leifang's Swimsuits - Helena's Swimsuits - Christie's Swimsuits - Lisa's Swimsuits - Kokoro's Swimsuits

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Characters
Playable Characters
Kasumi
Terms
Album - Blackjack - Swimsuits
Archives
Costumes - Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers
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Characters
Playable Characters
Kasumi - Hitomi - Ayane - Tina - Leifang - Helena - Christie - Lisa - Kokoro
Unlockable Characters
Rio
Supporting Characters
Zack - Niki
Locations
New Zack Island
Accessory Shop - Bass Island - Brilliant Jungle - Hotel - Niki Beach - Poolside - Radio Station
Sports Shop - Tranquil Beach - Zack of All Trades
Terms
Games
Beach Flags - Beach Volleyball - Blackjack - Butt BattlePoker - Pool Hopping - Slot Machines
Other Terms
Bijin Tokei - Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Gift Giving - Girls Guide
Pole Dancing - Precious Memories - Private Paradise - Swimsuits - Venus Clips - Zack Dollars
Soundtracks
Dead or Alive Paradise Soundtrack

Paradise!! - Sensational Fantasy - Beach Bomb - Coconut Groove - Nitro Funk
Violet Eyed Beauty - Rewind! - Curiosity - Boogie Circuit

Swimsuits
Complete Swimsuit Lists
Individual Swimsuit Catalogues

Kasumi's Swimsuits - Hitomi's Swimsuits - Ayane's Swimsuits - Tina's Swimsuits - Leifang's Swimsuits
Helena's Swimsuits - Christie's Swimsuits - Lisa's Swimsuits - Kokoro's Swimsuits - Rio's Swimsuits

Archives
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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