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Tengu

Bankotsubo in Dead or Alive 2

Tengu (天狗, "heavenly dogs") are a class of mythical creatures from the yōkai (monster-spirits) family, which appear in Japanese folklore, and are sometimes worshipped as Shinto kami, revered spirits or gods.

Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon, Tiangou, the tengu were originally thought to be beast-men of the wilderness that take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests.

In Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, a small number of tengu have appeared, serving as a threat to the humans, fitting the image of the tengu of the old folklore rather than that of modern times.

HistoryEdit

It is said that the tengu arrived from the Asian continent and had a drastic effect on the Japanese, acting as teachers in order to demonstrate various technologies. The technology that is the basis of the various martial arts is usually obtained through the tengu. However, the tengu did maintain a degree of secrecy. Living deep in the mountain forests, their magical technologies and knowledge became the basis of Japanese occultism. In recent years the existence of the tengu are shrouded in mystery with contact between them and other beings becoming difficult due to their secrecy. Nowadays, it is rare to even see evidence of a tengu, let alone meet one.

Physical AppearenceEdit

Tengu have similar body structure to humans, but have highly notable differences. A tengu's skin tone is dark, usually red to dark red or even brown, but there are some tengu that have the same skin tone as the average Japanese population; a tengu in Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 has dark blue skin.

Their bodies are generally broad, and they possess great physical strength. Height-wise, a male tengu stands at an average of seven shaku (approximately seven feet); however, some have been claimed to stand at ten shaku. The tengu also possess very high and long noses, which are said to have healing properties when used in medicine. However, there are some tengu that lack these noses and able to remove their wings through their magic, like Nyotengu.

It is said that tengu wear wings on their backs as fashion statements, and this led to the belief that they used these wings to fly. As the tengu possess the same agility as the shinobi and as they have been sighted gracefully jumping from tree to tree in similar fashion while donning wings, it has been thought that they were capable of flight through them; however, this could just be a testament of their control over the mystical forces of the world. Take note, though, that at least one tengu has been seen using their wings for levitation, at the very least.

SocietyEdit

The language they use is not that different to the language used in historical Japan. The everyday game of "Tengu Daoshi" reflects the strength of these beings. In this game, they knock over full-grown pine trees in the mountains. It seems like simple vandalism but apparently there’s a competitive side to the activity: The thicker the tree one can knock down, the more status one can earn.

Known Tengu in Dead or AliveEdit


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Games
Main series Dead or Alive - Dead or Alive 2 - Dead or Alive 3 - Dead or Alive 4 - Dead or Alive 5
Spin-offs and related titles Dead or Alive++ - DOA2: Hardcore - Dead or Alive Ultimate - Dead or Alive Online - Girls of DOA BlackJack - Dead or Alive Dimensions - Dead or Alive 5+ - Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate - Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Dead or Alive Xtreme sub‑series Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball - Dead or Alive Xtreme 2 - Dead or Alive Paradise - Dead or Alive Xtreme 3
Canceled games Dead or Alive: Code Chronos - Project Progressive
Related series Ninja Gaiden series - Virtua Fighter series - Warriors series
Characters
Playable characters Main cast Kasumi - Zack - Ryu Hayabusa - Bayman - Leifang - Gen Fu - Tina Armstrong - Jann Lee - Bass Armstrong/Mr. Strong - Ayane - Helena Douglas - Leon - Ein - Hayate - Hitomi - Brad Wong - Christie - La Mariposa/Lisa Hamilton - Kokoro - Eliot - Rig - Mila - Momiji - Rachel - Marie Rose - Nyotengu - Honoka
Secondary Kasumi α - Shiden - False Kasumi - Phase 4
Final bosses Raidou - Bankotsubo - Genra - Alpha-152
Guest characters SPARTAN-458 - Rio - Akira Yuki - Sarah Bryant - Pai Chan - Jacky Bryant - Naotora Ii - Mai Shiranui
Non-playable characters Main series Alicia Armstrong - Anastasia - Anne - Ayame - Burai - Chen - Fame Douglas - Goldie - Hitomi's father - Irene Lew - Isabella - Kuramasan Maouson - Lauren - Maria - Mei Lin - Miyako - Muramasa - Niki - Victor Donovan
Guest characters Ridley - Samus Aran
Non-canon characters Max - Weatherby
Miscellaneous characters Toreko
Terms
Gameplay modes Story - Versus - Arcade - Time Attack - Survival - Tag Battle - Team Battle - Training - Online - Spectator - Album - Movies - Fight Record - Titles - Help & Options - Music
Gameplay terms Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Cliffhanger - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Game Over - Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Move Data - Power Blow - Power Launcher - Replay - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages - Stances - Tag Throws - Attack Change - Triangle System
Plot subjects DOATEC - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - Mugen Tenshin clan - Ninpo - Nukenin (missing shinobi) - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Shinobi - Tengu
Other terms Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Credits - Cutscenes - Endings - Glasses - Openings - System Voice - Tournament Winners
More information and archives
Actors - Canon timeline - Command Lists - Costumes - Fandom - Gameplay - Items - Locations - Martial arts - Media - Merchandise - Movies - Music - Soundtracks - Staff - Stages - Tag Throws
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Characters
Playable Kasumi - Ryu Hayabusa - Gen Fu - Helena Douglas - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong - Zack - Leon - Jann Lee - Leifang - Ayane - Ein
Unlockable
(JPN Dreamcast and Hardcore versions)
Bayman - Tengu
Non-playable characters Helena's mother - Kasumi X - Roland
Terms
Gameplay modes Story - Time Attack - Survival - Tag Battle - Team Battle Mode - Versus - Sparring - Watch - Battle Record - Options - Collection - CG Gallery
Gameplay terms Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Game Over - Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Name Entry - Replay - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages - Stances - Tag Throws - Throws - Triangle System
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 quan - Thai-style boxing - Tengu-do - Xinyi liuhe quan
Other terms Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Credits - Cutscenes - Endings - Openings - System Voice - Tournament Winners
Stages
Aerial Gardens - Bio Lab. - Danger Zone/Danger Zone 2 - Death Valley - Demon's Church - Dragon Hills - Great Opera - Miyama - Spiral - White Storm
PlayStation 2 (JPN) Crimson - Koku An - Prairie
Dreamcast (JPN) Burai Zenin - L's Castle
Hardcore versions Blanca - D Octagon - Iron Hell - Pancratium
Music
Dead or Alive 2 Original Sound Trax - PlayStation 2 Version
Character themes Arcade version "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~"
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~"
Ending themes Arcade version "Achoism" - "Agitated by emotion" - "Father's blues" - "Glorious victory" - "Perfume of forest" - "Rhyme star"
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"
Other tracks Arcade version "D.O.A." - "Memoir" - "S.E. Collection + Hidden Track" - "Tengu-tai" - "Transcendence" - "What's my name?"
Console versions "Act Of Universe" - "D.O.A." - "Deadly Silence Beach" - "Densetsu no Hiken" - "Excelsior" - "Exciter" - "The Fist of TAIKYOKU Blows up" - "How do you feel?" - "Last JAM" - "Memoir" - "Tengu-mai" - "Transcendence" - "Type-XXX" - "What's my name?" - "You make me feel so good!"
Archives
Command lists - CostumesFighting quotesMerchandise - Promotional Artwork and Wallpapers - Survival Mode items - Tag throws
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Characters
Playable Kasumi - Ryu Hayabusa - Gen Fu - Helena Douglas - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong - Zack - Leon - Jann Lee - Leifang - Ayane - Ein
Unlockable Bayman - Tengu - Hitomi
Non-playable characters Ayame - Genra - Hayate - Helena's mother - Kasumi α - Lauren - Raidou - Shiden
Terms
Gameplay modes Story - Time Attack - Survival - Tag Battle - Team Battle - Versus - Sparring - Watch - User Profiles - Battle Record - Collection - CG Gallery - Settings - Ranking - DOA Online - Booster
Gameplay terms Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Game Over - Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Name Entry - Replay - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages - Stances - Tag Throws - Throws - Triangle System
Plot subjects Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DOATEC - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Runaway shinobi - Shinobi - Tengu - Torn Sky Blast
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
Other terms Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Credits - Cutscenes - Endings - Openings - System Voice - Tournament Winners
Location
Stages Aerial Gardens - Aquarium - Burai ZeninCrimson - Cyclotron - Danger Zone - Demon's Church - DOATEC Germany - Downtown - Dragon Hills - Great Opera - Great Wall - Island - Koku An - Prairie - Ray House - Safari - Shrine - Suspension Bridge - White Storm - Yozakura
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"
Ray House themes "Ayane Remix" - "Bass Remix" - "Bayman Remix" - "Ein Remix" - "Gen Fu Remix" - "Hayabusa Remix" - "Helena Remix" - "Jann Lee Remix" - "Kasumi Remix" - "Leifang Remix" - "Leon Remix" - "Tengu Remix" - "Tina Remix" - "Zack Remix"
Other tracks "D.O.A." - "Densetsu no Hike " - "Dream On" - "Excelsior" - "Last JAM" - "Link" - "Memoir" - "Tengu-mai" - "Transcendence" - "ULTIMATE" - "What's my name?" - "Wired" - "You make me feel so good!"
Archives
Command ListsCostumesFighting quotes - Promotional artwork and wallpapers - Survival Mode items - Tag throws
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Characters
Playable 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
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"
Archive
Command lists - Costumes - Downloadable content - Fighting quotes - Merchandise - Promotional artwork and wallpaper - Tag throws
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Characters
Playable Kasumi - Ayane - Hayate - Ryu Hayabusa - Helena Douglas - Christie - La Mariposa/Lisa Hamilton - Hitomi - Bayman - Kokoro - Jann Lee - Leifang - Tina Armstrong - Bass Armstrong/Mr. Strong - Zack - Eliot - Gen Fu - Brad Wong - Rig - Mila - Alpha-152 - Ein - Leon - Momiji - Marie Rose - Phase 4 - Nyotengu
Story Mode characters False Kasumi
Guest characters Akira Yuki - Jacky Bryant - Sarah Bryant - Pai Chan
Non-playable characters Miyako - Muramasa - Victor Donovan
Terms
Gameplay modes Story - Versus - Arcade - Time Attack - Survival - Team Battle - Training - Online - Spectator - Album - Movies - Fight Record - Titles - Help & Options - Music
Gameplay terms Attacks - Boss Battles - Character Select - Cliffhanger - Combo - Counter Blow - Critical Hit - Danger Zone - Game Over - Holds - Knocked Out - Match - Move Data - Power Blow - Power Launcher - Side Stepping - Special Moves - Stages - Stances - Tag Throws - Triangle System
Plot subjects DOATEC - Dead or Alive World Combat Championship - DIG - Freedom Survivor - MIST - Mugen Tenshin clan - Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Runaway shinobi - Shinobi
Martial arts Aikijutsu - Ba ji quan (hakkyoku-ken) - Close quarters combat - Combat Sambo - Counter Fiend Combat - Jeet Kune Do - Karate - Lucha libre - Mixed martial arts - Muay Thai - Ninjutsu - Pi gua quan - Professional wrestling - Snake fist - Systema - T'ai chi quan - Taekwondo - Tengu-do - Xing yi quan - Xinyi liuhe quan - Ensei ken (yan qing quan) - Zui quan
Other terms Blood Type - Bust/Waist/Hip Measurements - Character Relationships - Credits - Cutscenes - Endings - Glasses - System Voice - Tournament Winners - Virtua Fighter
Locations
Stages Aircraft Carrier - Dead or Alive/Arrival - Depth - Desert Wasteland - Dojo - The Ends of the Earth - Fighting Entertainment - Flow/Primal - Forest - Fuel - Home - Hot Zone - Lab - Lorelei/Haunted Lorelei - Lost World - Sanctuary - Scramble - The Show/The Tiger Show/Coming Soon - Sky City Tokyo - Street - Sweat - Temple of the Dragon/Sakura - Zack Island
Non-playable locations Freedom Survivor - Johnny's Diner - Taylor's Bar
Music
Dead or Alive 5 Soundtrack Vol.3
Character themes Default "Alpha-152" - "Bloody Nocturne" - "Collapse" - "Drunk Wolf" - "El Diablo ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~" - "Fang" - "Flowerbed" - "Fuga ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~" - "Hunter's Moon" - "I Feel For You" - "Machinations" - "Mentor" - "Moonlit Lady" - "Oiran Drive" - "Purity" - "The Roar of the Crowd" - "Russian Roulette" - "Serpent Dance" - "Shade" - "Solitary Desperation" - "Sorrow" - "Steel Horse Rider" - "Successor" - "Tribal Beats" - "Turn On The Lights" - "The Wind is Howling" - "Vigaku" - "Zany Zapper"
Optional (console versions only) "B-boy no "B"" - "Blazed up Melpomene" - "Blood Tie" - "Break the age" - "Cracker" - "Eternity" - "Four Thousand" - "Grand Style" - "Hitohira" - "I don't believe it!" - "It's to Show" - "Knifepoint" - "Look Ahead" - "Mayflower" - "Monster" - "Natural High" - "Power Shovel" - "Prismatic Butterfly" - "Red Moon" - "Reincarnate" - "The Shooted" - "Tehu Tehu" - "Trip" - "True Beauty" - "Ultimate Weapon" - "YES or YES" - "You Are Under My Control"
Stage themes "Accelerator" - "Alpha-152" - "Beginning to the End" - "Blood Tie ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~" - "Can't Stop This Feeling" - "Cascade" - "The City Never Sleeps" - "Desert Storm" - "Dimensions Training" - "Fallen Leaves" - "Fire Alarm" - "Gaia" - "Ghouls' Ball" - "Gotta Move On" - "Graceful Sounds" - "Happy Funny Crazy" - "I Feel For You" - "Imps' Ball" - "Into the Abyss" - "Liberation" - "Light the Fuse" - "Like a Dragon" - "Knock You Down" - "Mist Knows" - "Niug-Nep Place" - "Oblivion" - "Polluted Air" - "Primitive Rhythm" - "Rapids" - "Scream" - "The Secret of Kung-Fu" - "Skyscraper" - "Tedious Days" - "Tempestuous Sign" - "Tiger's Family" - "Tradition"
Story Mode tracks "B-boy No "B" Remix" - "Cheerful Buddhist Priest" - "Collapse" - "Desperate Situation" - "False Fate" - "I'm a Fighter" - "Knifepoint" - "let's get it" - "Mentor" - "Monster" - "Moonlit Lady" - "Omen" - "Purity" - "Serpent Dance" - "Shade" - "The Storied Journey of the Boy and the Drunk" - "Successor" - "Superstar" - "Tribal Beats" - "Trip" - "The Way is Known ~DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Main Theme~" - "Vigaku" - "The Wind is Howling" - "Zany Zapper"
Other tracks "A Wind" - "Act Of Universe" - "An Invisible Shadow" - "Circle" - "Conditioning" - "D.O.A." - "Deep Impact" - "Dimensions Training" - "Evolution" - "Excelsior" - "Ignition" - "Link" - "Repetition" - "Showdown" - "Transcendence" - "ULTIMATE" - "Urges" - "Wired" - "X-ray" - "Zero Hour"
Archives
Achievements - Command lists - Costumes - Downloadable content - Fighting quotes - Merchandise - Promotional artwork and wallpapers - Survival Mode items - Tag throws

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