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Victor Donovan
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Victor Donovan in "Dead or Alive 5"
Full Name Victor Donovan
Nationality Unknown
Status Alive
Occupation Shadow-Leader of DOATEC (DOA-DOA4)
Chief of MIST
Family Rig (Son)
Kasumi α (Creation)
Alpha-152 (Creation)
Phase-4 (Creation)
Debut Dead or Alive: Dimensions (2011)
Japanese Voice Moriya Endo
English Voice Grant George (DOAD)
Michael McConnohie (DOA5)
Live Action Eric Roberts (DOA: Dead or Alive)
"Idealists are an endangered species around here"
—Donovan in Dead or Alive: Dimensions

Victor Donovan (ビクター・ドノヴァン, Bikutā Donoban) is the leader of the DOATEC anti-Douglas faction and is head of the Development Department, a state of the art military fortress where Project Alpha and Project Omega were developed. He is the main antagonist of the series.

His first physical appearance was in Dead or Alive: Dimensions in order to explain his motives and intents throughout the series.


Dead or AliveEdit

In the first Dead or Alive, Donovan employed the Russian assassin Bayman to kill DOATEC's chairman, Fame Douglas. This attempt is thought to have been successful, as Douglas died shortly after the event. The nature of Donovan's rebellion is thought to be controversy over experiments to be carried out to create an ultimate Dead or Alive fighter. This means that Donovan is responsible for Projects Epsilon, Alpha, and Omega.

Dead or Alive 3Edit

In Dead or Alive 3 Donovan captures Helena, Fame Douglas' daughter, since she stands to inherit her father's position as chairman of DOATEC. He challenges Helena to win the Dead or Alive 3 tournament in order to gain her freedom and learn the truth behind the company. He also employs the assassin Christie to keep an eye on her.

Meanwhile, Bayman seeks revenge after Donovan plotted his assassination to tie up any loose ends.

Donovan is thought to be behind experiments such as Project Epsilon, to which Hayate was subjected, the cloning of Kasumi, and the augmentation of Ayane's foster father Genra into the ultimate Dead or Alive fighter Omega.

Dead or Alive 4Edit

In Helena's ending of Dead or Alive 4, Ryu is shown destroying an airship with a man who was believed to be Donovan. For a time, there was some speculation that Donovan also appeared on the front cover of the Dead or Alive 4 video game case, but this theory was debunked when players realized it was Zack wearing the same costume from Helena's ending. After the end credits of Dead or Alive: Dimensions, Donovan is seen putting on Genra's mask, revealing that Donovan did in fact survive the final battle at the Tritower complex.

Dead or Alive 5Edit

After the destruction of DOATEC, Donovan establishes an organization called MIST to continue with the Alpha Project. During Dead or Alive 5, he is already ready to start Phase 4 of his Alpha plan: the creation of soldiers with the fighting capabilities of the four ninja (Kasumi, Hayate, Ayane and Ryu) and distributing them to countries with powerful militaries around the world. Donovan has already created several Alpha clones, each with their own unique number. When the ninja attack the MIST laboratory hidden within the oil rig, Donovan has his son, Rig, capture Hayate and reactivate Project Epsilon. But that apparently fails when Kasumi rescues Hayate and Lisa releases him. The ninja then destroy the lab along with all of the Alpha clones that were inside.

However, it seems that Donovan is not worried about the loss of the lab, as Rig already has the samples they needed. They are ready to proceed to with Phase 4.



Donovan wears a white pinstripe suit and has blonde hair that seems to be slicked completely back. His facial features are entirely unknown as he is seen wearing a mask in all of his appearances and that his face has yet to be revealed to the player.


Because Donovan does not appear in the story that often, not much is known about his personality. There are two things about him that can be said for certain: he is ruthless, stopping at nothing to get what he wants, and he is obsessed with creating the "ultimate fighter." He commits immoral human experiments in order to create this "ultimate fighter."


Of Latin Origin, his first name Victor means "One who conquers," thus describing his evil, ambitious nature. His surname Donovan is both of English and Gaelic for "Dark Chieftain." This surname describes him as the "Dark Master" behind the entire events that occurred before the Dead or Alive Tournament and assassination of Fame Douglas.



Donovan had hired Bayman to assassinate Fame Douglas for him. After returning successfully from his mission, Donovan betrays him by sending other assassins to kill him. Donovan did this because he did not want to leave any proof that he had any part in Fame Douglas' death. As a result, Bayman hates Donovan and would love nothing more than to kill him.


The nature of Donovan's relationship with Christie is not entirely known. It can be assumed that he hired her because of her skill as an assassin. He also seems to trust her a great deal, as she often acts as his right hand. At some point, Christie had been planning to betray him. It is unknown if Donovan knew about this or not.


It is unknown what relationship Lisa shares with Donovan, but Lisa reveals animosity during the events of Dead or Alive 4 about  Hayate's capture and Project Epsilon when Helena confronted her in the burning of the tri-towers. She has worked for Donovan in the past, but was possibly betrayed by him somehow.


Because Helena is the legitimate heir to DOATEC, Donovan sees her as a threat to his power. He sends Christie to pose as a servant and befriend Helena in order to keep an eye on her. Eventually, he decides to have Christie kill her. Though she tries to kill Helena in both the third and fourth tournaments, Christie failed due to Bayman's interference.

Kasumi αEdit

Kasumi α is a clone of Kasumi and Donovan's "ultimate fighter." Because she was created by Donovan, she is completely loyal to him. When she found out that Christie intended to betray him, she treated her with suspicion and was determined to protect him.


Donovan's son. Together, they apparently plotted out everything that happened in Dead or Alive 5.


Dead or Alive SeriesEdit

  • Dead or Alive 
  • Dead or Alive 3 (Mentioned, 2001 - 2002)
  • Dead or Alive 4 (Mentioned, 2005 - 2006)
  • Dead or Alive: Dimensions (physical appearance, 2011)
  • Dead or Alive 5 (2012)
    • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (2012)

Dead or Alive-Related MediaEdit

DOA Movie Donovan
Eric Roberts as Donovan in DOA: Dead or Alive

DOA: Dead or AliveEdit

He was portrayed by Eric Roberts in the 2006 movie adaption. In the film, Donovan uses a machine to acquire the fighting skills of the best fighters in the tournament (becoming similar to Raidou in the video games, since he uses the skills of several fighters). Nevertheless, he ends up killed in the explosion of DOA Island in the 2006 movie after being acupunctured in the back of his neck by Kasumi.


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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 - Exiled Shinobi - Mugen Tenshin Ninja Clan - Ninpo
Project Alpha - Project Epsilon - Project Omega - Runaway Shinobi - Shinobi - Swimsuits
More Information and Archives
DOA Relationships - Fandom - Gameplay - Items - Locations - Martial Arts - Media - Merchandise - Movies - Music - Staff
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Main Characters

Kasumi - Tina Armstrong - Christie Allen - Helena Douglas

Supporting Characters

Ayane - Ryu Hayabusa - Max - Victor Donovan
Weatherby - Zack - Bass Armstrong - Hayate - Bayman - Leon

Minor Characters

Brad Wong - Butler - Chief Detective - Eliot - Fame Douglas - Gen Fu - Hitomi - Jann Lee - Leifang - Pirates

Ishikari MountainsSouth China SeaHong KongDOA IslandBuddhaWaterwheelBamboo ForestForbidden SquareGray StepsLab ComplexDOA 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
Promotional Artwork
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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

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
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

Character Themes

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

Costumes - Downloadable Content - Promotional Artwork and Wallpaper
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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
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
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

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

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

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