Khai Minh Dao (Vietnamese: Đào Minh Khải) is a character featured in Battlefield Hardline. A first-generation Vietnamese-American who hails from Orange County, California, Khai turned her back on the west coast and a rebellious youth to put a star on her chest. Rising quickly through the ranks, she's established herself to her fellow officers and the usual underworld suspects as a smart, able detective who isn't afraid to let her temper take over.
Captain Dawes partnered her with Nick Mendoza shortly after he became detective, thinking her to be better suited to the role than Stoddard, whom Nick was originally partnered with. She drives an unmarked black Police Interceptor while on duty with Mendoza.
Khai Minh Dao was born a first-generation Vietnamese-American in Orange County, California, USA. Khai often was rebellious in her youth, often getting the treatment of hating the west coast. In the years to follow, she became an officer in Miami's Police Department with Captain Dawes and Sergeant Stoddard.
In her service, she was known for her short-temper which Dawes would often ride her on. Prior to the events of Hardline, she shortly dated Tyson Latchford until he learned of her profession . She also let IT Analyst and Freelancer Marcus Boone go and have an second chance. Khai herself became corrupted after impressing Dawes and joined him and Stoddard to Preferred Outcomes.
Events of HardlineEdit
After Stoddard and Mendoza's last case, Captain Dawes partners her up with new Vice Detective Nicholas Mendoza. The two were sent down to find Tyson Latchford to find evidence on the Hot Shot drugs that had taken over Miami.
Khai and Nick capture and wire "Tap" to Tyson's location. Lawrence Kent and his henchman attack the location as the duo are forced to fight their way to Tyson. It's later revealed that he was on webcam, and is hiding in another residence. The detectives make it to his location, but Khai is shot in the artery and is defended by Tyson and Mendoza until a SWAT team arrive.
After being attended for, Captain Dawes sends the detectives to bring in Leo Ray for protection and info. Leo, who wanted Dawes tries to leave until Khai assaults one of his henchmen and holds him at gunpoint for his bag. Hired thugs arrive and try to kill Leo as Khai reaches to Leo before Mendoza, brutally attacks him for insulting her. She and Nick deliver him to Dawes, as Nick lies of his Leo's injuries.
Captain Dawes sends them to the Everglades for cocaine being smuggled into planes and finds Remy Neltz, who has become successful. In the Everglades, they find more information and find Leo's dead body and hot shot information. Neltz escapes before telling them of his deal with Stoddard. Back in Miami, the detectives assault Neltz's hideout and have him at gunpoint. Stoddard murders him and gives Khai Neltz's money as Nick leaves in disgust.
Showing True Colors and Post 2015Edit
Afterwards, Nick is convinced that it was just a test (of seeing was he trustworthy of stealing the money), but know's that Stoddard is dirty. Khai and Nick are sent back to Neltz's hideout where Nick finds a recording of the deal. Khai leads on an investigation of a truck as Nick finds and arrests Stoddard. Khai is surrounded by henchman as Nick and Stoddard are forced to rescue her.
After killing all thugs, Nick arrests Stoddard and gives Dawes the recording. Dawes destroys the recorder as Stoddard reveals his rescue to Nick. Khai reveals that she is corrupted by pointing her pistol at Nick, asking him why didn't he take the money. The trio put the blame of Neltz's missing money on Nick, who is sent to prison.
Khai would be a shareholder in Preferred Outcomes until an accident in Chicago, causing her to leave Preferred Outcomes, and later left the MPD with her reputation ruined. Stoddard would become her nemesis and she would hold a personal vendetta against him. Khai would partner up with Tyson to ruin Dawes' reputation, and kill Stoddard.
Defeating Preffered OutcomesEdit
Three years later, Khai has left Vice and Preferred Outcomes due to her personal vendetta against Stoddard. Needing help to end Dawes, she gets Tyson and Tap (who is in prison) to break out Nick. While she calls her old friend, Boomer to get information from Dawes' associate Henry Kang.
After breaking him out, she sends Tyson and Nick to get Boomer from Kang. The trio kills Kang, ending his association with Dawes, but return back covered in cocaine (due to Tyson trying to run away with it). Boomer finds info on Stoddard's meeting with Neil Roark at his residence, Khai and Nick go in and place her phone in Dawes' money, stealing it before he can. The duo also cost Roark's a million dollars of house destruction, which Nick replies with "he latterly lives in a glass house".
After Nick and Boomer get the bot from the Mojave Desert, the group prepare to head to Proffered Outcomes HQ. Stoddard ambushes their hideout but is killed in the process. The group head and break into the HQ, and break open the vault. Tyson is injured from a trap in the vault as the group nearly escape to Dawes' location in Santa Rosita.
Nick heads to Santa Rosita (Dawes' hideout), as he orders Khai to find Tyson, a black market "doctor" to mend his wounds. Khai reluctantly agrees with Tyson's words, the group say goodbye to Mendoza and float away in the ocean as he heads to his former employer. In the end, Nick exacts his revenge on Dawes and gains his fortune.
Khai is an intelligent, independent, witted and skilled detective in Miami's Police Department. That being said, she was mainly known for being a "hot headed" by cops and criminals, making others not be on her bad side. Quick to be short-tempered, when coming to her reputation, she is very protective and if said negative became impulsive and furious. Shown when Leo Ray insulted her privileges and assaulted him with a trash can.
Despite her overlooked quality, she could be caring and empathetic, as shown when she gave Boomer a second chance when she arrested him, coming back to help Nick from Roark's forces, and mending Tyson after he was injured. She even told Mendoza that she wasn't "always the type who fucked over her partner". She has told Nick also she changed to show off to Captain Dawes, as meaning she disobeyed normal procedure to impress him, following her becoming a member of corruption.
Her relationship with Tyson Latchford has been explored that they were once a couple in history, but it broke off when both parties learned of their profession. Despite years apart, and him being a criminal, the duo still shows signs of affection and caring of each other, as shown when Khai called him "baby" when he was injured in Episode 9.
Nearing the end of the game, however, Khai eventually realizes that seeking for revenge against Dawes came at a high price, a wounded Tyson and the status of her badge. While still adamant about finishing the job with Mendoza, she initially attempted to convince him to let go of the revenge, advising him that the plan is no longer worth it. However, knowing that the conflict Mendoza and Dawes are strictly personal and that Mendoza is determined to see it off, she respects his decisions and wishes him the best of luck.
- Back to School
- Checking Out
- Gator Bait
- Case Closed
- Out of Business
- Glass Houses
- Sovereign Land
- Independence Day
- Khai is trained in the Israeli martial art Krav Maga, referring to karate as "mystical bullshit".
- Additionally, she is shown to be only character in the game to use hand-to-hand combat on a few occasions to take down enemies.
- Her given name "Khai Minh", rearranged as Minh Khải in Vietnamese name order, means intelligence and energetics, and her last name "Dao" (Đào) is a Vietnamese surname.
- Khai has "Candy Crush Saga" on her phone, as revealed in Glass Houses, as she called it that "candy game".