DOA6 Why Leon is Frequently Requested to Return

While Team NINJA is making big moves to bring their casual fan-base to Dead or Alive 6, it's important to remember that there is a list of possible characters that could return in the future. The most requested of past characters now that Momiji & Rachel have been released is Leon, and there are many logical reasons to deduct that he would be the best choice of the bunch even if it would be nice to see them all return. By simply applying the process of elimination to the remaining outcasts of DOA we can all see this become fact by the end of this post - and agree that Leon still has a place in this fighter.

Dead or Alive expects competitive players to be familiar with how the environment works, and how utilizing it well presents you with rewarding and satisfying damage. Can you name a character other than maybe Hayabusa that does this better than Leon? Taking Leon out of this game further cripples the lineup of heavy characters considering both Bayman & Bass are horrible competitively in their current state and couple that with the fact that Raidou just won his first tournament... ever!

Leon was a masterfully designed character for Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate & Last Round. With Leon's unique air-throw you could grab your foe out of the air and direct where you wanted to send your opponent flying. You could continue your damage on the ground and swing your opponent into another Danger Zone or off the edge of a level. This is not only great gameplay, but it showcases what makes 2D & 3D fighting games individual from one another.


While the gameplay is the most important part, the look of Leon should be preserved as well, and he should not be transformed into a female character like Bankotsubo was switched to Nyo-Tengu for DOA5. Though if it meant saving the play-style, players might be willing to compromise with this sacrifice. Alpha-152, Ein, Genra & Genfu are also previous contenders, but there are plenty of reasons why Leon should get to cut the line.

Alpha-152 seems like the biggest contender for Leon, but with one Kasumi-based character already, it begs the question if it would please anyone but save a few people in the offline tournament scene. Even if her look brings some additional color and possibilities to the franchise, we all know that Team NINJA doesn't like characters with NO STORY possibilities!

This brings us to Genfu, and regardless if he's dead or alive, most players agree that his story has concluded and that Eliot took the torch from his master. While it's unfortunate we may never see Sweet Revenge slay a tournament again, it is nice knowing that pieces of this classic character are left in Eliot's awesome bear stance.

This Classic DOA4 Ending Became a Reality with DOA6

With these great additions surrounding the spirit of Genfu from both the storyline & Eliot's stance, it makes sense to leave the idea of bringing him back alone. Team NINJA has mentioned there was a possibility he may one day return, but it seems unlikely at this point considering this space is better filled with something not already in the game.

Ein felt different enough from Hitomi, and was a cool counterpart to Hayate, but what DOA needs now is another heavy and a character that isn't a clone in any way. A clone in the near future could be catastrophic to building any excitement with how long we are waiting for characters, but if DOA6 had a complete roster that felt picture perfect, I think most people wouldn't mind seeing him back.

It might seem like a competition, but it's really not. In the end there is one clear option, and that is the World's Strongest Man.
 
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Though if it meant saving the play-style, players might be willing to compromise with this sacrifice

Absolutely NOT!! That's like being a Coca Cola lover but you find out there's no Coca Cola available in the supermarket so you just go with Pepsi. Even if it's basically made the same way, the taste is not the same.

Same would happen here. I love Leon bc he is the FULL package. He as a character is so cool even if in recent times he could see some new light by giving him a new storyline, cause he HAS the potential for it (we still don't know wtf is going on with him and Zack, for example). And his moveset is just so cool and unique to see it being wasted in yet another not unique, boring and lame ass waifu. At least Nyotengu was cool and idgaf about Bankotsubo being replaced by her, but that's because she came out long before they started with the whole loli shit (some say Marie started this, but it clearly reached the point we are in rn after HONOKA was released and they both started to be marketed heavily, Marie alone wasn't that bad and I'd even dare to say she was something fresh when she appeared) so I'm sure that, if they waifufied Leon, she'd become yet another boring, loli-faced girl with a wacky ass hairstyle and some petite body but with huge breasts. NO thanks. Bring my man back as himself, and with everything that made him great.
 
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Though if it meant saving the play-style, players might be willing to compromise with this sacrifice

Absolutely NOT!! That's like being a Coca Cola lover but you find out there's no Coca Cola available in the supermarket so you just go with Pepsi. Even if it's basically made the same way, the taste is not the same.

Same would happen here. I love Leon bc he is the FULL package. He as a character is so cool even if in recent times he could see some new light by giving him a new storyline, cause he HAS the potential for it (we still don't know wtf is going on with him and Zack, for example). And his moveset is just so cool and unique to see it being wasted in yet another not unique, boring and lame ass waifu. At least Nyotengu was cool and idgaf about Bankotsubo being replaced by her, but that's because she came out long before they started with the whole loli shit (some say Marie started this, but it clearly reached the point we are in rn after HONOKA was released and they both started to be marketed heavily, Marie alone wasn't that bad and I'd even dare to say she was something fresh when she appeared) so I'm sure that, if they waifufied Leon, she'd become yet another boring, loli-faced girl with a wacky ass hairstyle and some petite body but with huge breasts. NO thanks. Bring my man back as himself, and with everything that made him great.
"At least Nyotengu was cool and idgaf about Bankotsubo being replaced by her, but that's because she came out long before they started with the whole loli shit"

Marie Rose started the loli shit... because she is the absolute definition of a loli (LOL) though I hardly get the reasoning as to what any of that has to do with Bankotsubo losing his design to a female preference. And saying "long before" doesn't make any sense at all (or you have a bizarre perception of time)... anyway, me and several other people were really disappointed with Nyo-Tengu because she pretty much encompasses everything you said you wouldn't like done to Leon.

I didn't suggest it be done, but I took the blow to at least get the Tengu-do style which is still fun today in DOA6, but then again I'm not about to call a DOA character "my man" either. To some players it's more about the fighting style. Obviously it would suck to have his design changed, but it also wasn't the main focal point of the conversation.
 

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On what basis do we know that Leon is the most wanted old character that fans want to have back? Was there a poll done or something? I mean I like the guy and would be glad to see him back, but I'd have thought Ein, Gen-Fu, and Alpha 152 would be more requested.
 
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These DOA players/fans are weird. Criticizing Team Ninja for their laziness and for charging more money for old characters from DOA5LR. But at the same time keep asking for these old characters with similar moves to Bayman, Hitomi, and Eliot rather than brand new or guest characters that could generate real hype for DOA6. You know what, If I were Team Ninja, I'll give you guys four Season Passes in 2020, charge you $89 USD per pass and give you exactly what you wanted, one character from DOAXVV SP4, then Leon SP5, Ein SP6, and Gen Fu SP7 by December 2020! Have a Happy and Great 2020, you DOA fans!!
 
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These DOA players/fans are weird. Criticizing Team Ninja for their laziness and for charging more money for old characters from DOA5LR. But at the same time keep asking for these old characters with similar moves to Bayman, Hitomi, and Eliot rather than brand new or guest characters that could generate real hype for DOA6. You know what, If I were Team Ninja, I'll give you guys four Season Passes in 2020, charge you $89 USD per pass and give you exactly what you wanted, one character from DOAXVV SP4, then Leon SP5, Ein SP6, and Gen Fu SP7 by December 2020! Have a Happy and Great 2020, you DOA fans!!
I can't talk for everyone, but in terms of myself, I have NEVER complained about getting old characters and I never asked for a VV character. I'd rather get old characters I'm familiar with than new ones the the recent track record TN has (I'd rather get any of those old clone characters than someone from VV). Which characters get added isn't much a priority for me anyways (I want better stages), whither they're good or not I already love my mains and anyone else would just be fun distraction and I don't believe adding any one character will help the game's popularity/success in the long run. But I don't presume to speak for all DoA fans, and I think it's wrong and unfair to paint everyone with the same brush like that. I say I don't mind old characters, another person complains about old characters... so A + B = the whole fanbase is full of hypocrites?

I can see you're upset about negativity that you're seeing, but on the flipside do you think we should just blindly love everything they do and give them all our money and pretend everything is fine so that everyone in the fanbase feels better with the positive feels? I can feel the negativity and dead-ness around here too, but I honestly can't blame anyone but TN or KT this time. But it's not just TN or DoA, I wish for a lot more for FGs in general. There's some bad trends entering this second wave of FGs and we can't just accept those things or we may see another crash like in the mid 2000s.

It's possible to think any fanbase for anythign is horrible if you look at them like they're supposed to be a hive mind and not what they actually are - a group of individuals.
 

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I can't talk for everyone, but in terms of myself, I have NEVER complained about getting old characters and I never asked for a VV character. I'd rather get old characters I'm familiar with than new ones the the recent track record TN has (I'd rather get any of those old clone characters than someone from VV). Which characters get added isn't much a priority for me anyways (I want better stages), whither they're good or not I already love my mains and anyone else would just be fun distraction and I don't believe adding any one character will help the game's popularity/success in the long run. But I don't presume to speak for all DoA fans, and I think it's wrong and unfair to paint everyone with the same brush like that. I say I don't mind old characters, another person complains about old characters... so A + B = the whole fanbase is full of hypocrites?

I can see you're upset about negativity that you're seeing, but on the flipside do you think we should just blindly love everything they do and give them all our money and pretend everything is fine so that everyone in the fanbase feels better with the positive feels? I can feel the negativity and dead-ness around here too, but I honestly can't blame anyone but TN or KT this time. But it's not just TN or DoA, I wish for a lot more for FGs in general. There's some bad trends entering this second wave of FGs and we can't just accept those things or we may see another crash like in the mid 2000s.

It's possible to think any fanbase for anythign is horrible if you look at them like they're supposed to be a hive mind and not what they actually are - a group of individuals.
If I were Team Ninja, by doing as above Season Pass strategy, I would easily kill three/four birds with a single, simple, predictable and less creative yearly plan for 2020 and make a lot more money with way less budget (a great strategy for sure). I'll shut those fans that wanted more Male characters, shut those fans that wanted Ein/Gen Fu/Leon back (copy and paste), still provide for a new Female character from DOAXVV, more costume packs and maybe throw in one single new Stage as they did in 2019! Then see you all again in 2021, is this really what we all wanted for DOA6 in 2020, the start of a new decade?? Seriously ?!?!
 

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@Shinji XYZ - Well, at this point I can't tell if you're just being cynically sarcastic or you're saying everyone wants exactly what you want. Personally, I just hope this series gets even better down the road and I'm just gonna keep playing despite my disappointments, buy any DLC I like and not buy the DLC I don't like, and just cross my fingers and just see what happens. I can't control TN or the fanbase or the world, lol. Even if I do see negativity from some people, at least most people are being chill about it, it's not worth having a breakdown over any of this.

From the coming SP I'll probably just get one or two costumes the way it looks atm. I might not even get a single costume, actually, because it looks like the price of one costume will be closer to $5 CAD now, and I don't think I could stomache paying that much even for a costume I really want.
 
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@Shinji XYZ - Well, at this point I can't tell if you're just being cynically sarcastic or you're saying everyone wants exactly what you want. Personally, I just hope this series gets even better down the road and I'm just gonna keep playing despite my disappointments, buy any DLC I like and not buy the DLC I don't like, and just cross my fingers and just see what happens. I can't control TN or the fanbase or the world, lol. Even if I do see negativity from some people, at least most people are being chill about it, it's not worth having a breakdown over any of this.
It's all from the heart, bro! If 2020 going to be this predictable, as a DOA fan, I'll be super disappointed. What you said about buying only the DLC that you like is true. In a way, I wanted to keep supporting DOA6 hoping it will get better and more popular over time. I just don't get it why people even make this kind of article to bring these old and samey characters back. Are they really pushing for Leon, Ein and Gen Fu to make a comeback in 2020 ?? There are reasons why they were excluded from the original DOA6 roster even though they are the DOA originals from past games. Not like Rachel and Momiji, since technically they're guests from Ninja Gaiden franchise. Those three characters losing spots priority over guest characters from another franchise is already saying something about these characters. Why keep pushing these old characters over more exciting things that could be for DOA6 in 2020 ?! Anyway, only time will tell, will keep playing and supporting the game for sure! ;)
 
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These DOA players/fans are weird. Criticizing Team Ninja for their laziness and for charging more money for old characters from DOA5LR. But at the same time keep asking for these old characters with similar moves to Bayman, Hitomi, and Eliot rather than brand new or guest characters that could generate real hype for DOA6. You know what, If I were Team Ninja, I'll give you guys four Season Passes in 2020, charge you $89 USD per pass and give you exactly what you wanted, one character from DOAXVV SP4, then Leon SP5, Ein SP6, and Gen Fu SP7 by December 2020! Have a Happy and Great 2020, you DOA fans!!
I'm not quite sure how many brain cells you have to lose to spend 80 dollars to see honokas butt crack in 20 diff bikinis, the series continues to lose what credibility it for have and I'll be surprised
These DOA players/fans are weird. Criticizing Team Ninja for their laziness and for charging more money for old characters from DOA5LR. But at the same time keep asking for these old characters with similar moves to Bayman, Hitomi, and Eliot rather than brand new or guest characters that could generate real hype for DOA6. You know what, If I were Team Ninja, I'll give you guys four Season Passes in 2020, charge you $89 USD per pass and give you exactly what you wanted, one character from DOAXVV SP4, then Leon SP5, Ein SP6, and Gen Fu SP7 by December 2020! Have a Happy and Great 2020, you DOA fans!!
I'm not quite sure who in their right mind pays 80 dollars for bikinis in this game but that's a no from me doa seems to have lost a lot of its player base that doa2 had when I played that one there would be several lobbies any time of day now there's like one or two of you are lucky, much as I love the Doa series , they don't give it the same love as the dude who created it , i mean it took them how long to even have lobbies for the game ? Took out tag matches, very disappointing to see a series go down hill when it could have been So much better
 
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These DOA players/fans are weird. Criticizing Team Ninja for their laziness and for charging more money for old characters from DOA5LR. But at the same time keep asking for these old characters with similar moves to Bayman, Hitomi, and Eliot rather than brand new or guest characters that could generate real hype for DOA6. You know what, If I were Team Ninja, I'll give you guys four Season Passes in 2020, charge you $89 USD per pass and give you exactly what you wanted, one character from DOAXVV SP4, then Leon SP5, Ein SP6, and Gen Fu SP7 by December 2020! Have a Happy and Great 2020, you DOA fans!!
Do you play any other fighting games? Because I don't think you understand the situation or fighting games in general.
 
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M.I.S.T.'s ressurection project was successful. Bayman asks for Leon's help in exchange for bringing back Lauren from the dead.

Boom.

Leon is relevant to the story again.
Bayman works for DOATEC and Helena. Mist’s projects are something Donovan owns, so instead of Bayman it has to be Donovan who promises Leon to become stronger and bring back Lauren. In exchange Leon will work for Mist.

These DOA players/fans are weird. Criticizing Team Ninja for their laziness and for charging more money for old characters from DOA5LR. But at the same time keep asking for these old characters with similar moves to Bayman, Hitomi, and Eliot rather than brand new or guest characters that could generate real hype for DOA6. You know what, If I were Team Ninja, I'll give you guys four Season Passes in 2020, charge you $89 USD per pass and give you exactly what you wanted, one character from DOAXVV SP4, then Leon SP5, Ein SP6, and Gen Fu SP7 by December 2020! Have a Happy and Great 2020, you DOA fans!!
People just bitch because their fave isn’t in. Out of all the cut characters from this entire franchise I think only Leon should be a returning character, because he was cut short and still has potential to be relevant to DOA’s plot again. However, Ein and Gen fu don’t have any potential left since their stories both ended. Ein’s persona stopped existing because Hayate regained his memories and Gen fu’s story ended in 6 where it was revealed in the trivia that he just wants to sit his spending days with his granddaughter. Gen fu already wasn’t interested in participating in the tournaments since DOA3 or even DOA2.

People just want Gen fu back because he always has been a top tier character, and they want Ein back simply for a wardrobe and moveset (that was given to Hitomi, Raidou and Honoka). Personally, I don’t think any of these characters should return.

People often request characters that were in 5 just because they’re familiar. which I understand, but at the same times it’s sad that out of all the characters we got past year, only one was actually new. I am happy 2020 is starting off with a new character, and I would like to see more new faces for DOA6.
 
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