- "It's so exciting! Man, woman, boxer, kung fu... none of that matters!"
- —Mila speaking to Diego about the tournament in Dead or Alive 6
An upbeat girl, Mila proves that she is a tough fighter among the rest of the fighters in the world. She has been a huge fan of Bass Armstrong since she was a child, and was encouraged to participate in the Dead or Alive World Combat Championship by Tina Armstrong.
Not much is known about Mila's early life. What's known is that she's a MMA champion who has scored victories around the world and currently lives in New York City, where she trains at a local gym and has a part time job as a waitress.
Zack gives Mila an invitation to the 5th Dead or Alive tournament. Zack challenges her to a fight to see for himself if she's ready for the fifth tournament. Mila wins and looks forward to make her dream a reality.
While at work, Mila meets Tina Armstrong, admitting to her that she has been a big fan of her father, Bass Armstrong, for as long as she can remember. Tina offers to train Mila, giving her a little spar, which she happily accepts. After sparring with and defeating Tina at the gym, she encounters Brad Wong, who has followed her from the diner and is waiting for his drink from her. After defeating him, Eliot walks into the gym, wanting some of the action. Tina then suggests that they do a tag duel: Mila and herself vs Brad and Eliot. Mila and Tina win the fight and plan to have a party that night. Afterwards, Mila does some more training of her own, vowing to herself that she will find and defeat her idol: Bass Armstrong.
A few days later, Mila enters a D.W.A exhibition, where she encounters Tina again. This time, she is defeated by her, but Tina thanks her for inspiring her to fight again. They then promise each other to see each other again at the Dead or Alive finals.
Mila encounters Leifang while in pursuit of Jann Lee while doing cardio closeby the gym. Leifang hesitantly insists that she is looking for a sparring partner. Mila obliges to be her sparring partner for a round.
Tina and Mila end up not meeting each other in the tournament, as they are both defeated by different opponents in the quarterfinals. Mila is defeated by Hitomi while Tina is finally defeated by her father, Bass.
Mila is still working at the diner in the run-up to the sixth tournament, which she once again enters. Multiple other characters refer to her as a champion, implying that she won an MMA title fight at some point between the fifth and sixth tournaments. Along with Zack, she tries to convince Diego to enter the tournament, even sparring with him in her gym of choice for an audience of local kids, though she ultimately isn't the one to sell Diego on the idea.
Tina also stops by the gym before the tournament, introducing Mila to Lisa Hamilton and encouraging the two to spar as part of Hamilton's injury rehabilitation program.
At the tournament, Mila finally gets her dream match with Bass, and Tina gives Mila some words of encouragement before the fight. Despite Mila's nerves, she manages to defeat her idol and eliminate him from the tournament, after which Bass challenges her to a rematch.
- See also: Mila's costumes
Mila is a young Spanish woman with slightly freckled pale skin and amber eyes. Her hair has been cut into a spiky crop which just reaches her shoulders. The color is a subtle mix of dark red and black; most likely dyed due to having medium dark eyebrows. Her red appears to be "pop-ish," and flashy, due to the neon color. She appears to be skinnier to the other female brawlers with smaller hips but she is quite busty like the other female fighters. She can also wear a bandage over her face as an accessory and she's seen a few times wearing it in Story Mode, most notably when Tina meets her at the diner and asks her if she got in a fight.
Mila usually wears street clothes, including a white vest, a grey long-sleeve shirt and jeans which make her look like a tomboy. She also wears a more practical outfit and modest and conservative clothes in contrast to the other female fighters, including black shorts sporting a bee logo, a red sports bra, and MMA gloves. This outfit is more reminiscent of what Tina used to wear in the first Dead or Alive, before the latter started wearing more flashy costumes to go with her wrestling persona.
In Last Round she receives a new hairstyle which involves her hair worn in a cute short style using hair pins to wear her hair down to the side.
Mila is a very strong, determined and friendly woman. She has shown to get overly-excited at the idea of training with Bass Armstrong's daughter, her idol, possibly being very starstruck. She also seems to be an open character, as she was more than comfortable to talk to Tina about the band-aid on her forehead. However, she is sometimes prone to get forgetful, as her opening scene had her returning from the shower area and discovering that she had left her camcorder on since she arrived at the gym instead of turning it off, and implied that this wasn't the first time this happened. She also shows she is not above showing signs of playful antics , such as spanking her own buttocks while giggling (one of her taunts).
According to her Spanish nationality, Mila is diminutive of Milagros, which means "miracles"
Tina met Mila at the bar she was working at and instantly recognized her as a fighter due to the bandage above her left eye. Mila recognized Tina as well, but only as "Bass Armstrong's daughter". Tina offered to help train Mila to get ready for the Dead or Alive tournament with a quick sparring match in which she cheerfully accepts, though Tina is slightly jealous that Mila is more of a fan of her father's. It is during this sparring match that Tina gets inspired to make her comeback into fighting. Later, after they fight each other in a D.W.A. match, Tina promises Mila that they will meet again in the DOA5 finals.
During a wrestling match around the time of the sixth tournament, Mila openly cheers on Tina and also her fight against Honoka. She later also trains at the gym with Tina before being directed by her to fight her friend Lisa Hamilton to "help with her rehabilitation therapy." Tina also encourages Mila to beat her father when she is allowed an opportunity to fight her idol.
Mila has been a huge Bass Armstrong fan ever since she was a child. Though she doesn't meet Bass during the fifth tournament, she does meet his daughter, Tina and hopes to meet him through her, which finally happens in the sixth tournament, where she wins against him. According to the trivia entry, "Fan Merchandise," Mila is such a big fan of Bass that she has training goods signed by him, including dumbbells and a chest expander.
When Zack explained why Diego declined his invitation to the sixth Dead or Alive tournament, she became concerned for Diego's situation with his mom. She even suggests to him to join the Dead or Alive tournament as a way to help his mom, though he nonetheless refuses.
An old high school friend of Tina and fellow wrestler alias “La Mariposa” whom Mila was introduced to by Tina during the sixth tournament. Mila fights Lisa at Tina's request as part of Lisa's rehabilitation therapy from injuries stemming from the events of the fifth tournament.
According to the trivia of Dead or Alive 6, Mila and Eliot seem to be good friends. It is implied that they train together, and he is somewhat disinterested in her fan obsession with Bass Armstrong, preferring milk over Bass' other training merchandise.
- See also: Mila's command lists
According to Team Ninja, Mila is an "aggressive MMA fighter who mixes quick, orthodox strikes with a strong follow-up ground game from her takedowns". True to this description, a large portion of Mila's movelist consists of basic boxing punches which are very fast and good for creating critical stuns. She also has a number of ways of flooring her opponent and mounting them in a ground-and-pound for additional damage.
Mila focuses on using swift attacks and strings to apply pressure to her opponent and overwhelm them, possessing various high to low mix-ups and ways to open up defensive foes. She has relatively few kicks, normally as combo finishers or single strikes, but they are surprisingly quick and useful for intercepting and stunning opponents. Her key unique move is her tackle, which can be executed in many ways, including after feinting a number of her kicks. If committed to it will result in her offensive hold takedown, allowing her to mount her opponent and follow up with either a three hit ground-and-pound sequence or a submission-style throw, however both can be escaped by a wary foe so the player must be wise on which to attempt. She can also feint her tackle, cancelling the takedown and instead transitioning into a number of unique attacks, including her "Gatling Uppercut", a rapid punch combo finishing in a launcher.
She's also relatively safe and has decent throws and holds, although they focus more on creating opportunities rather than doing instant damage. She can easily punish opponents trying to wait out her strikes with her low and high reset throws, putting the momentum back in her favor. She can also punish floored opponents with numerous ground throws including some which allow her to assume her aforementioned mounted position. She's often regarded as one of the fighters who can be a quick annoyance to anyone not used to her style due to her high-pressure offense and numerous tricks and feints, although it can take some time for a player to learn to incorporate all of her tricks effectively.
She is a bit lacking in terms of being easy to defend by crouching, but she compensates by also having a low offensive hold that can catch players who want to duck her hits. Her range is also generally more suited to fighting her opponent up close as she doesn't have many ways to close distance effectively. She is also lacking in single hit power, with very few highly damaging strikes that can throw the opponent back and exploit danger zones, thus she needs to be used in a combo-oriented fashion in order to deal damage.
Dead or Alive 6 added a few ways for her to gain momentum and she is also given a new expert hold to allow her to further pummel her opponent before they even have a chance to get up to escape her.
The following are Mila's official stats as listed in the games.
|Dead or Alive 5 (5+)||4/5||4/5||4/5||3/5||2/5||3/5|
|Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round
Dead or Alive series
- Dead or Alive 5 (5+) (playable, 2012-13)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade (playable, 2013)
- Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (playable, 2015)
- Dead or Alive 6 (playable, 2019)
The following are the music themes used for Mila throughout the series.
|"The Roar of the Crowd"||Dead or Alive 5+|
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate (default theme)
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Arcade
Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (default theme)
Dead or Alive 6
- See: Mila gallery
- Mila is the first playable Spanish character in the series and the second Spanish character overall, with Isabella being first.
- Mila in her default costume resembles Tina's first costume in the original Dead or Alive.
- On a related note, she is one of only four returning characters in DOA6 to not undergo a costume change (the others being Nyotengu, Marie Rose and Honoka), and the only one to not have been an add-on character for expansions to Dead or Alive 5.
- Mila, Nico and Rachel are the only playable female characters from the main series that have not appeared in the Xtreme series yet.
- That said, however, in a Famitsu poll for who people would want to have included in Xtreme Venus Vacation in the leadup to the game's fourth anniversary, Mila won third place. On a similar note, she won the same place during Famitsu's poll in Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 earlier.