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- "The man I love...is the strongest man in the world..."
- —Lauren in Dead or Alive Ultimate
Lauren is Leon's lost lover, who first appeared in Dead or Alive 2. A thief of the Silk Road, her dying words to Leon motivated him to enter the Dead or Alive World Combat Championship, to prove to her that he is the strongest man in the world.
Until Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate, her name was mistranslated as Rolande.
During his travels as a mercenary soldier, Leon met Lauren along the Silk Road in Asia and the two fell in love. Whilst traveling together in a desert, Lauren died for unknown reasons. As Leon held her during her final moments, Lauren mumbled her final words to him: "The man I love is the strongest man in the world."
It's unclear what she meant by this; it could have been a final loving comment to Leon, seeing him as the strongest man in the world. Nevertheless, Leon felt like he had to prove to her that he was the strongest man in the world, so he entered the second and third Dead or Alive tournaments to do so.
After the third tournament, Leon returned to the deserts. After stopping by a small lake to rest, he was greeted by a vision of Lauren, either her ghost, a mirage or a hallucination created from Leon's lonliness. During this brief meeting, Lauren gave Leon a desert flower, before disappearing into the wind.
Leon seemed to find this vision as a comfort, and possibly a sign from Lauren that he had finally proved that he was the man that she fell in love with, as he didn't join the fourth tournament.
Dead or Alive series
- Dead or Alive 2 games (non-playable, 1999-2000)
- DOA2: Hardcore games (non-playable, 2000)
- Dead or Alive 3 (non-playable, 2001-02)
- Dead or Alive 2 Ultimate (non-playable, 2004-05)
- Dead or Alive Dimensions (non-playable, 2011)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (mentioned, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade (mentioned, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (mentioned, 2015)