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- "You don't think about a fight...You feel it!"
- —Jann Lee in Dead or Alive: Dimensions
Jann Lee (ジャン・リー, Jan Rī; 振李, Zhèn Lǐ) is a bouncer and Jeet Kune Do martial artist that made his debut in the first Dead or Alive. Throughout the series, Jann Lee's only goal is to become the greatest fighter of all time. To get to his goal, Jann Lee enters the Dead or Alive Tournament to prove his skills against others who join.
Jann Lee has made many friendly rivals through the series, like Lei Fang, Ryu Hayabusa and Hitomi to name a few. Like other Jeet Kune Do characters before him, Jann Lee is very similar to the late martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee.
When Jann Lee was very young, he was placed into a orphanage, either because his parents had died, or they left him there following their escape China's Maoist regime and was killed by Tengu. Jann Lee seemed to have lived in poverty, have to wander the streets for food, and faced many hardships. In order to protect himself and replace the feelings of loss of his parents, Jann Lee taught himself how to fight from martial-art movies; especially Bruce Lee's films. As he grew up, moved on from his feelings of loss, and he got skilled enough to get a job as a bouncer at a high-class club, making a decent living for himself.
Six years before the first tournament, Jann Lee saved a young girl from a gang of thugs. Although she was very grateful for being saved, she felt that she could have handled the situation herself. This incident would start a strong obsession within the girl and a life being chased for Jann Lee.
Jann Lee entered the Dead or Alive Tournament for the sake of the fight. Now the self-taught master of Jeet Kune Do, he seeks the thrill of battle whenever he can. During the tournament, he meets the girl that he saved - Lei Fang - who is ready to defeat him to prove that she is a great fighter like him. However, Jann Lee wins and Lei Fang goes on to train harder.
In the second tournament, Jann Lee fights his way to the final round by defeating his competitors, including Lei Fang, who was waiting for him. Despite defeating Lei Fang, he doesn't make it to the final round, possibly being defeated by Ryu, who would kill Tengu and win the tournament.
Jann Lee enters the tournament and once again tries to make his way to the final round. Along the way, he fights Hitomi for the first time and Leon once again. Towards the end, he faces Lei Fang yet again, who tells him it was time for her to defeat “the dragon” within him. However Lei Fang once again loses the fight. After the tournament, Jann Lee returns home to his job as a bouncer.
In the fourth tournament, Jann Lee faces Hitomi - even after saving her from a dinosaur - and Ryu once again. At the beginning of the destruction of DOATEC, he meets up with Lei Fang once again in the Great Hall and fight. However, in turn of shocking events he loses to her, meaning that Lei Fang has finally proven that she is a great fighter. After the tornament, Jann Lee returns to his normal, everyday life in China.
|Jann Lee's DOA3 Ending - The Bouncer||Jann Lee's DOA4 Ending - REFLECTION|
Also see: Jann Lee's Outfit Catalogues
Jann Lee looks very different than the average chinese man. He has darker skin, darkened to give him a more, tan look. He has spiky brown hair, brushed up. He has small brown, light hazel eyes, and has perculiar looking eye brows, going down in a curve, with a thin part going up. He has a more distinctive look than some of the dead or alive men.
One other noticeable feature is that he has startlingly large buff biceps and arms, pecs, high definitioned arms, a carved abdominal six pack, and a fit back. Most of the muscular men wear shirts, but not Jahn Lee; he is usually shirtless, showing his upper body, and usually wears martial arts, and kenpo pants with him shirtless. However, as shown in Dead or Alive 4, his main costume has a more native look, with him wearing fur, and even nayiver over skirts with his pants.
Due to his skill, Jann Lee is a very confident fighter. He is so self-confident, in fact, that one could call him arrogant. Jann Lee believes his martial arts skill is the best there is, and as of yet he's not been proven wrong. In addition, Jann Lee likes to train constantly, and when he's not sparring, he's working out. For him, physical conditioning is almost an obsession. Jann Lee believes in strength and power, and he believes that one must feel the power within oneself. But even though he believes that, he cares about winning more than strength itself.
His name is a play on Bruce Lee's name (李振藩, Léi Jan'fàan) and it is appropriately romanized in Cantonese, since he is modeled after Bruce Lee. This also suggests he is from the Guangdong province of China.
Jann Lee once saved Lei Fang from a gang when she was in danger. Even though he saved her, Lei Fang felt like she could have saved herself. Jann Lee and Lei Fang started a complex relationship since then as they are rivals, but they truly care for one another.
It's unknown why Jann Lee is rivals with Ryu. It could be the fact that Jann Lee wants to face tougher opponents like Ryu or Ryu simply tries to warn Jann Lee about the dangers of the DOA tournaments. They do, however, respect each other as masters of their chosen arts.
Hitomi is yet another of Jann Lee's rival for which he has returned respect, two more being Ryu Hayabusa and Lei Fang. The two agree that power comes from within, showing how easily they get along. Though, when Lee saved Hitomi from a T-rex, Hitomi didn't agree with how he went about doing it.
In Dead or Alive 3, Jann Lee meets Leon and they challenge each other for their strengths. Leon already knows that Jann Lee is faster and stronger than him, he just wants to act tough.
Jann Lee is one of the fastest striking characters with quick, intricate chain combos as well as sudden, hard hitting jab moves. Because of this, he can be considered a "strike" character, in that he relies on quick, combos and picks to wear down the enemy, as well as several of his counters, which concentrate on opening the enemy up for counterattack (Trace Gunner).
Jann Lee's preferred distance is long-range, as his attacks have very good reach (Sekkan Chop), and his most powerful attacks have a pause duration at close range, allowing the opponent to easily punish him in his recovery timeframe (Dragon Kick, Dragon Spike). However, his true weakness is his lack of a strong mix-up game, meaning most of his attacks can be countered in high to middle, and he lacks sufficient low attacks in his repertoire. He is a very preferred character for all-level players.
Dead or Alive Series
- Dead or Alive (1996 - 1998)
- Dead or Alive 2 (1999 - 2000)
- Dead or Alive 3 (2001 - 2002)
- Dead or Alive Ultimate (2004 - 2005)
- Dead or Alive 4 (2005 - 2006)
- Dead or Alive: Dimensions (2011)
Dead or Alive-Related Media
Jann Lee makes a cameo in the movie. He was defeated by Christie.
- Lone Warrior - Dead or Alive and Dead or Alive 1 Ultimate
- Heated Heartbeat - Dead or Alive (PlayStation)
- Natural High - Dead or Alive 2, Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate and Dead or Alive: Dimensions
- Trip - Dead or Alive 3
- Son of the Dragon - Dead or Alive 3 Ending Theme
- Fang - Dead or Alive 4
- The Fist - Dead or Alive 4 Ending Theme
- As shown in his Dead or Alive 4 ending, Jann Lee can play the trumpet.
- Jann Lee appears on the front cover of Dead or Alive 3.
- Jann Lee shares the same birthday (November 27th) as Bruce Lee.
- One of Jann Lee's costumes in Dead or Alive 4 is the same tracksuit worn by Bruce Lee in Game of Death. This costume is worn by Jeet Kune Do-practitioner characters in other games, such as Marshall Law from Tekken and Fei-Long from Street Fighter.
- His name is a reference to Bruce Lee's real name "Lee Jun Fan".
|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
|Ishikari Mountains • South China Sea • Hong Kong • DOA Island • Buddha • Waterwheel • Bamboo Forest • Forbidden Square • Gray Steps • Lab Complex • DOA Compound • Tina's Yacht • Ninja Clan|
|DOA: Dead or Alive Original Soundtrack|