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Damn Dirty Ape
The Oozaru in the Budokai Tenkaichi series is variously used to represent either Gohan or Goku's youngest incarnations in the games' story modes. However, only Kid Goku is able to actively transform into it during gameplay.

In the movie-based game DragonBall Evolution, Oozaru represents Goku's true form. It is noticeably smaller than its Bu...

Applies to: Gohan Goku Great Ape Kid Goku DragonBall Evolution DragonBall Z: Budokai Tenkaichi DragonBall Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2 DragonBall Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3
Dandy Step to the Beat
Slayer is named after one of the most iconic and long-running thrash metal bands around. However, his moves "Under Pressure," "It's Late," "Dead on Time," and "All Dead" are all named after Queen songs. His unblockable attack "Undertow" may be named after Tool's first album.
Applies to: Slayer
Dash de Lei Lei
Doujin game "Dash de Lei Lei" by EasyGameStation is a basic time trial actioner which finds @char=hsienko_das@ racing from left to right to beat the clock and find her sister. She has access to various items representing her different moves. Sleeping @char=felicia_das@'s and multi-colored @char=huitzil_das@s block your path, along with more sundr...
Applies to: Felicia Hsien-Ko Huitzil
Dead and back
Lockjaw Pooch was originally part of the roster of Clayfighter 63 1/3 (he appeared in the box against T-Hoppy), but before the release was taken off this game and added a legend that said: "This animal was severely hurt in the making of this game. Rest in peace Lockjaw." after you finished the game, also with T-Hoppy crushing Lockjaw. As you can se...
Applies to: Lockjaw T. Hoppy Clay Fighter 63 1/3 Clayfighter 63 1/3: Sculptor's Cut
Dead Ring-er
With her long, black, face covering hair, decrepit nightgown, and perchance for blaring static and eye closeups upon murdering someone (not to mention her name), S-Ko, the most prominent spirit that possesses Zappa, is obviously inspired by Sadako Yamamura. Sadako, who first appeared in the 1991 Koji Suzuki novel Ring but grew to fame in a 1...
Applies to: Zappa
Dean's Missed
Steve's design name (even up until the first few beta tests) was Dean Earwicker. Though Steve was renamed before Tekken 4's release, Dean lives on as a soldier in Tekken Force mode, and appears as a CPU controlled custom Steve in T5's arcade mode.
Applies to: Steve Fox Tekken 4 Tekken 5
Decap Recap
Almost every fatality in Mortal Kombat 1 had some sort of associated glitch, but none was so infamous as Johnny Cage's multiple decapitation punch fatality. By simply mashing out the fatality motion over and over again, Johnny would crouch down and repunch off his opponent's head up to three times in a row (though some claim to be able to get four)...
Applies to: Johnny Cage
Decent Exposure
Plotwise, King's true gender was revealed during when Ryo split her shirt open with a Koh Oh Ken, a feat that could be replicated if it was used as the final blow in AoF1. This could also be performed on Yuri in AoF2, and even followed them both to the first few editions of KoF.
Applies to: King Yuri Sakazaki Art of Fighting Art of Fighting 2 King of Fighters '94, The King of Fighters '95, The
Dee-ex-herd? Dee-zird?
According to the voice on the title screen, it's pronounced "Dee-third."
Applies to: D-Xhird
Delayed Showers
Rain's first appearance was in the demo mode of the arcade version of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3. He was not playable or seen in any active battle of the game, but was instead just a gigantic tease by Midway. Rain was seen fighting Shao Kahn, with his name written in the life bar in a different font.

Rain later became a playable character in t...

Applies to: Rain Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3
Devil in a Blue Suit
When paired, Kazuya and Devil could freely morph into one another instead of actually tagging in Tekken Tag Tournament. Because of this, Kazuya could not be paired with Angel
Applies to: Angel Devil Kazuya Mishima
Devil Jin Moveset
Although not playable, it is possible to pick his moveset in Creation mode and fight as a Devil Jin customization in Soul Calibur V.
Applies to: Devil Jin Soul Calibur 5
Devil's music for the holy knight
Ky Kiske's name is derived from two different vocalists of the metal band Helloween - Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske.

Metallica has both an album and song titled "Ride the Lightning," his super.

Ky's instant kill, "Rising Force," is named after classical-rock musician Yngwie Malmsteen's first album.

Applies to: Ky Kiske
Differently Abel'd
The Capcom development blog revealed an early design for Abel was far from what we ended up with: a teen Judo girl with a "yanki" look.

Needless to say this would have been completely awesome.

Applies to: Abel Street Fighter 4
Lili and her butler Sebastian strangely show up as opponents in the 2012 PSP RPG "Digimon World Re:Digitize". Lili has a Numemon and a Monzaemon, while Sebastian commands an Angemon.
Applies to: Lili Sebastian
Preliminary designs for Roger Jr. show that he would have piloted a dinosaur mecha labeled "Arex [sic] MK. VI", that would have transformed into a flying "Sky-Boxer" form.

Needless to say this would have been amazing.

Applies to: Alex Roger Jr.
Dio's Bizarre Adventure
While Dio/Neo Dio of World Heroes share a name with the vampiric villain of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, other connections may not be apparent. However, his appearance and methods of attack are similar to the Ultimate Life Forms from "Jojo," highly evolved creatures from which vampires originated. WH Dio often refers to himself as an "ultimate life ...
Applies to: Dio Dio Brando Ikuro Hashizawa Neo Dio
Domination 101 Remedial Course
S-Kill is real-life fighting game scene personality Seth Killian. As a player, he is probably best known for writing the "Domination 101" series of articles for Shoryuken.com and his quirk of using joysticks cross-handed. This is the origin of his bizarre stance in Divekick, as well as the nickname Cross Hand, which the Japanese have mistranslated ...
Applies to: S-Kill
Don't Break My Ribs, Whoa Whoa Tonight
Referencing the way Iori broke the team up at the end of KOF'95 (by beating Eiji and Billy within an inch of their lives), Billy and Iori have special intros together in '97, '98, and '02.

In '97, Billy simply points his pole at Iori and says "I WISH I COULD TEAR HIM APART!" (presumably he can't because of Geese's orders).

Billy still...

Applies to: Billy Kane Eiji Kisaragi Iori Yagami
Don't Call it a Comeback
For KOF '99, SNK's design staff got some fresh blood in the form of Psikyo's former fighting team "The Steel Hearts." While Kyo's '99 redesign doesn't have much in common with Haiji visually, his new movelist parallels Daraku Tenshi's boxing bouncer in a significant number of ways.
Applies to: Haiji Mibu Kyo Kusanagi
Don't Call Me Kurtis
As legend has it, the first Mortal Kombat character had a military-type character named Kurtis Stryker planned for it. Tests showed that players would have liked a female character, so this character was replaced by Sonya Blade. Come MKII, they decided to actually implement this Stryker character... but near the end of development on the first rele...
Applies to: Jax Stryker
Don't Cross the Red Cross
With the 5/12/2014 patch of Skullgirls, all of the red crosses in the game (Valentine's outfit and shuriken, Lab 8 background character Ileum, Patron Saint background character ProxySScythe) were changed to a hot pink/magenta. This is due to the Red Cross Organization owning a very explicit copyright on the image of a red cross for the purposes of ...
Applies to: Valentine Skullgirls
Doomo Arigatou
Tori, also known as "Tori-bot" is a gas mask wearing robot that manga author Akira Toriyama (who designed the characters of the Tobal series) uses to represent himself in his works. This is especially true of his two most popular projects, Dr. Slump and DragonBall.
Applies to: Tori
DPM FP (Deadpool, Motherf***er, pwns)
Deadpool's use of the Shoryuken in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 stems from him using it once in the comics.
Applies to: Deadpool Marvel vs Capcom 3

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