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Tengu

Bankotsubo in Dead or Alive 2

Tengu (天狗, "heavenly dogs") are a class of mythical creatures from the yōkai (monster-spirits) family, which appear in Japanese folklore, and are sometimes worshipped as Shinto kami, revered spirits or gods.

Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon, Tiangou, the tengu were originally thought to be beast-men of the wilderness that take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests.

In Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden, a small number of tengu have appeared, serving as a threat to the humans, fitting the image of the tengu of the old folklore rather than that of modern times.

HistoryEdit

It is said that the tengu arrived from the Asian continent and had a drastic effect on the Japanese, acting as teachers in order to demonstrate various technologies. The technology that is the basis of the various martial arts is usually obtained through the tengu. However, the tengu did maintain a degree of secrecy. Living deep in the mountain forests, their magical technologies and knowledge became the basis of Japanese occultism. In recent years the existence of the tengu are shrouded in mystery with contact between them and other beings becoming difficult due to their secrecy. Nowadays, it is rare to even see evidence of a tengu, let alone meet one.

Physical AppearenceEdit

Tengu have similar body structure to humans, but have highly notable differences. A tengu's skin tone may be dark, usually dark red, brown or even dark blue, but there are some tengu that have the same skin tone as the average Japanese population.

Their bodies are generally broad, and they possess great physical strength. Height-wise, a male tengu stands at an average of seven shaku (approximately seven feet); however, some have been claimed to stand at ten shaku. The tengu also possess very high and long noses, which are said to have healing properties when used in medicine. However, there are some tengu that lack these noses, like Nyotengu (although she does have some masks with the long noses, alluding to that aspect of tengu).

It is said that tengu wear wings on their backs as fashion statements, and this led to the belief that they used these wings to fly. As the tengu possess the same agility as the shinobi and as they have been sighted gracefully jumping from tree to tree in similar fashion while donning wings, it has been thought that they were capable of flight through them; however, this could just be a testament of their control over the mystical forces of the world.

SocietyEdit

The language they use is not that different to the language used in historical Japan. The everyday game of "Tengu Daoshi" reflects the strength of these beings. In this game, they knock over full-grown pine trees in the mountains. It seems like simple vandalism but apparently there’s a competitive side to the activity: The thicker the tree one can knock down, the more status one can earn. They are also known to drink alcoholic beverages.

Known Tengu in Dead or AliveEdit


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Dead or Alive 2 Original Sound TraxPlayStation 2 Version
Character themes "B-boy no "B" ~evolved from ++~" • "Blazed up Melpomene" • "Break the age" • "Grand style" • "Hitohira ~reminiscent of ketsui no toki~" • "Jintsuriki" • "Natural high" • "The shooted" • "TehuTehu" • "Ultimate weapon" • "Vigaku" • "YES or YES" • "You are under my control ~beautiful version 00~"
Ending themes "Achoism" • "Agitated by emotion" • "Father's blues" • "Glorious victory" • "Jintsuriki" • "Perfume of forest" • "Rhyme star" • "Ultimate weapon"
Voice tracks (arcade version) "Ayane" • "Bass Armstrong" • "Ein" • "Gen Fu" • "Gohyakumine Bankotsubo" • "Helena" • "Jann Lee" • "Kasumi" • "Leifang" • "Leon" • "Ryu Hayabusa" • "System Voice" • "Tina Armstrong" • "Zack"
Other tracks Arcade version "D.O.A." • "Memoir" • "S.E. Collection + Hidden Track" • "Tengu-tai" • "Transcendence" • "What's my name?"
Console versions "Act Of Universe" • "D.O.A." • "Deadly Silence Beach" • "Densetsu no Hiken" • "Excelsior" • "Exciter" • "The Fist of TAIKYOKU Blows up" • "How do you feel?" • "Last JAM" • "Memoir" • "Tengu-mai" • "Transcendence" • "Type-XXX" • "What's my name?" • "You make me feel so good!"
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Non-playable locations Mugen Tenshin VillageWaterfall
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Dead or Alive Ultimate Original Sound Trax (Discs B and C)
Character themes "B-boy no "B" ~evolved from ++~" • "Blazed up Melpomene" • "Break the age" • "Grand style" • "Hitohira ~reminiscent of ketsui no toki~" • "It's to Show" • "Jintsuriki" • "Knifepoint" • "Natural high" • "The shooted" • "TehuTehu" • "Ultimate weapon" • "Vigaku" • "YES or YES" • "You are under my control ~beautiful version 00~"
Ending themes "Achoism" • "Agitated by emotion" • "Father's blues" • "Glorious victory" • "Jintsuriki" • "Perfume of forest" • "Rhyme star"
Ray House themes "Ayane Remix" • "Bass Remix" • "Bayman Remix" • "Ein Remix" • "Gen Fu Remix" • "Hayabusa Remix" • "Helena Remix" • "Jann Lee Remix" • "Kasumi Remix" • "Leifang Remix" • "Leon Remix" • "Tengu Remix" • "Tina Remix" • "Zack Remix"
Other tracks "D.O.A." • "Densetsu no Hiken" • "Dream On" • "Excelsior" • "Last JAM" • "Link" • "Memoir" • "Tengu-mai" • "Transcendence" • "ULTIMATE" • "What's my name?" • "Wired" • "You make me feel so good!"
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Character themes "Alpha-152" • "Ayane's theme" • "Bass' theme" • "Blood Tie" • "Cracker" • "DEAD OR ALIVE" • "Gen Fu's theme" • "Hayabusa's theme" • "Jann Lee's theme" • "Jintsuriki" • "Karma" • "Kasumi's theme" • "Kasumi α's theme" • "Knifepoint" • "Leifang's theme" • "Monster" • "Moonlit Lady" • "Red Moon" • "Reincarnate" • "Shiden's theme" • "Successor" • "Tina's theme" • "Tribal Beats" • "Turn On The Lights" • "Vigaku" • "Zack's theme"
Chronicle Mode tracks "Brave Heart" • "The Broken Arrows" • "Dance Of The Angel" • "DOATEC" • "Ketsui no Toki" • "Look Ahead" • "Tengu-mai" • "Unbroken Chains"
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Dead or Alive 5 Soundtrack Vol.3
Character themes Default "Alpha-152" • "Bloody Nocturne" • "Collapse" • "Drunk Wolf" • "El Diablo ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~" • "Fang" • "Flowerbed" • "Fuga ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~" • "Hunter's Moon" • "I Feel For You" • "Machinations" • "Mentor" • "Moonlit Lady" • "Oiran Drive" • "Purity" • "The Roar of the Crowd" • "Russian Roulette" • "Serpent Dance" • "Shade" • "Solitary Desperation" • "Sorrow" • "Steel Horse Rider" • "Successor" • "Tribal Beats" • "Turn On The Lights" • "The Wind is Howling" • "Vigaku" • "Zany Zapper"
Optional (console versions only) Dead or Alive 2 "B-boy no "B"" • "Blazed up Melpomene" • "Break the age" • "Grand Style" • "Hitohira" • "Natural High" • "The Shooted" • "Tehu Tehu" • "Ultimate Weapon" • "YES or YES" • "You Are Under My Control"
Dead or Alive 3 "Blood Tie" • "Cracker" • "Eternity" • "Four Thousand" • "I don't believe it!" • "It's to Show" • "Knifepoint" • "Look Ahead" • "Mayflower" • "Monster" • "Power Shovel" • "Prismatic Butterfly" • "Red Moon" • "Reincarnate" • "Trip" • "True Beauty"
Stage themes "Accelerator" • "Alpha-152" • "Beginning to the End" • "Blood Tie ~DOA5 Ultimate mix~" • "Can't Stop This Feeling" • "Cascade" • "The City Never Sleeps" • "Desert Storm" • "Dimensions Training" • "Fallen Leaves" • "Fire Alarm" • "Gaia" • "Ghouls' Ball" • "Gotta Move On" • "Graceful Sounds" • "Happy Funny Crazy" • "I Feel For You" • "Imps' Ball" • "Into the Abyss" • "Liberation" • "Light the Fuse" • "Like a Dragon" • "Knock You Down" • "Mist Knows" • "Niug-Nep Place" • "Oblivion" • "Polluted Air" • "Primitive Rhythm" • "Rapids" • "Scream" • "The Secret of Kung-Fu" • "Skyscraper" • "Tedious Days" • "Tempestuous Sign" • "Tiger's Family" • "Tradition"
Story Mode tracks "B-boy No "B" Remix" • "Cheerful Buddhist Priest" • "Collapse" • "Desperate Situation" • "False Fate" • "I'm a Fighter" • "Knifepoint" • "let's get it" • "Mentor" • "Monster" • "Moonlit Lady" • "Omen" • "Purity" • "Serpent Dance" • "Shade" • "The Storied Journey of the Boy and the Drunk" • "Successor" • "Superstar" • "Tribal Beats" • "Trip" • "The Way is Known ~DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Main Theme~" • "Vigaku" • "The Wind is Howling" • "Zany Zapper"
Other tracks "A Wind" • "Act Of Universe" • "An Invisible Shadow" • "Circle" • "Conditioning" • "D.O.A." • "Deep Impact" • "Dimensions Training" • "Evolution" • "Excelsior" • "Ignition" • "Link" • "Repetition" • "Showdown" • "Transcendence" • "ULTIMATE" • "Urges" • "Wired" • "X-ray" • "Zero Hour"
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