Nicole (codename: SPARTAN-458) is a result of collaboration between the DOA's developers and Bungie Studios, the developer of the Halo series. Originally, Team Ninja asked Bungie to use the protagonist of Halo, the Master Chief, as a guest character in Dead or Alive 4. Instead, Nicole was created to avoid storyline conflicts.

Nicole is a twenty-sixth century human female from Mars who was kidnapped by the United Nations Space Command and placed into the SPARTAN-II Project, and who eventually becomes a Petty Officer Second Class. Her presence in the Dead or Alive storyline is explained as an accident involving the space-time continuum that has transported her to the twenty-first century.

Fun Fact: Spartan-458 is not the only HALO character to appear in a fighting game. In 2016, Arbiter made a guest appearance in Killer Instinct Season 3.


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Page Updated:  Feb. 27th, 2023

Since I grew up playing DOOM in 1993-94 when I was a kiddo, I always associated the Halo guy with the original DOOM guy. They look similar... though I strongly prefer Doom Guy. I never saw what the big deal was about the first HALO. I guess I got all the alien-killing out of my system by the time HALO arrived. Had other games to play. 

In DOA4... Spartan-458 was a safe an actually pretty smart guest character. Being a 360 exclusive fighter, it made sense to have the most popular FPS on Xbox represented in DOA4 - another Xbox exclusive. Graphically, Spartan looked cool in DOA4 for the most part. I also like the fact that it's a she under the armor! In the game, Spartan looks good visually... as good as "the boring Master Chief" could possibly look in a fighting game, really. She also had the cool Predator effect where she disappears, which featured cool visuals. Other than that, Spartan's moveset was kinda sleepy... she animated like a typical DOA character. Spartan's moveset definitely could've been more flashy and exciting.

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