Dead or Alive is set in a world similar to real life, however humanity has an advanced understanding and development in science, where organizations can gain the technology for genetic experiments and create high-tech weaponry and transport. In addition, traditional and archaic ways of life - such as the ways of the shinobi - are still present in certain places of the world, and supernatural creatures from folklore are real living beings.
The series features a cast of martial artists of various combat styles, nationalities and backgrounds, who take part in a worldwide tournament called the "Dead or Alive World Combat Championship", held every year by the Dead or Alive Tournament Executive Committee, whose corrupt Head of the Development Victor Donovan secretly uses as a way to find specimens for the creation of "the ultimate fighter" - a humanoid bio-weapon - through genetic experiments.
Below are characters on the site that cosplayers have depicted.
|Dead or Alive cosplay|
|Christie ● Kasumi ● Lei Fang ● Mila ● Rachel ● Ryu Hayabusa|