Characters: Dynasty Warriors: Shu Kingdom
aka: Dynasty Warriors-The Shu Rulers
Shu, founded and led by Liu Bei and later succeeded by Liu Shan, is the closest you'll get to "the good guys." Their motive is focused solely on forging a kingdom for the people, one of true peace and, of course, benevolence and virtue. Its officers all share varying levels of Honor Before Reason
and most importantly, they're all incredibly dedicated not just
to Liu Bei, but specifically, his cause.
Shu is also notable for being the last of the kingdoms to be formally founded as for much of Liu Bei's earlier exploits, he and his forces had no base of operations and spent much of that time roaming the Chinese countryside helping where he could. Interestingly, most of its finest men all use some kind of polearm. Their identifying color is green and their animal symbol is a dragon.
Here's the list of characters categorized in the Shu Kingdom in Dynasty Warriors
, arranged in their chronological appearance in the series.
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Debuting in Dynasty Warriors
"The Dragon of Chang Shan"
"I fight so that honor may carry the day!"
Style Name: Zilong
Japanese spelling: Chou'un
Height: 6'1" (184cm)
Zhao Yun is a Shu general and one of the Five Tiger Generals. He served Shu in many battles, with the Battle of Changban being his most famous accolade. It was said that Zhao Yun went to save Liu Bei's infant son, Liu Shan, and he had to fight through thousands of Wei soldiers singlehandedly all the way back to Shu's camp.
Usually seen as one of Liu Bei's right-hand men, Zhao Yun faithfully serves him for the good of the land as a calm, yet valiant general. He is always courageous and heroic, facing impossible odds in stride.
- The Ace: Almost to the point of being a Gary Stu in the source material.
- Badass: Oh, so very. Consider the opening movies for the games - in 5, he single-handedly destroys an entire Wei army just to get to Cao Pi, 6 and Strikeforce pits him toe-to-toe against Lu Bu, considered the strongest person in the series, while for 7, he manages to kick a horse in the face that topples and destroys an advancing guard while rescuing the infant Liu Shan.
- Battle Butler
- Bishōnen: Looked pretty good in his debut. but became more and more of a Pretty Boy starting in 6.
- Boring Invincible Hero: Since 5, he has appeared in every main installment's opening sequences, battling the forces of Wei (and Dong Zhuo), easily beating an entire army. Fans have stated their displeasure of seeing him over and over again, even in a battle which he didn't historically participated for Story Mode.
- Combat Tropes:
- Blade on a Stick: One of the few characters with an unchanging main Weapon of Choice. As of 7: Xtreme Legends, he gets his own weapon category "Dragon Spear".
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Not the most egregious example, but he's pretty spin-happy with his spear until 6, which gives him more a more acrobatic moveset.
- Jack of All Stats: One of the easiest characters to pick up and play for novices and veterans alike.
- The Fettered: Honorable, loyal, just and still just about the deadliest person you could face in a battlefield.
- Intergenerational Friendship: He outlives all the other Tiger Generals, and sees the baby he once saved become Emperor. He remains Liu Shan's friend for the rest of his life.
- Justice Will Prevail: In the same vein as Ma Chao.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Man in White: Subverted; in most games, Zhao Yun's predominant color has always been white, as was in the novel and is synonymous with his historical counterpart. His clothing in white serves as a sign of his purity - a man who was good, loyal, and somewhat faultless.
- Mascot: Unofficially, he's the one for the Dynasty Warriors franchise, having been on the front cover of every main installments from 5 and onwards.
- Officer and a Gentleman: While still Hot-Blooded, Zhao Yun is more reserved, polite and adverse to boasting than the other Shu generals, and he shows impeccable manners and courtesy to his superiors and to any lady he comes across. He stands out for his nobility.
- One-Man Army: As per the source material, some of the games let you play as him running into, and out of, the middle of Wei's army at the Battle of Changban alone to save Liu Shan and killing plenty of mooks and officers in the process. This carries into his in-game abilities - back in 2, he is the crowd-clearer of the game. In subsequent installments, Zhao Yun has the safest crowd-control moveset, and easily becomes one of the best crowd-clearers when upgraded.
- Scarf of Asskicking: A very nice looking one in 6 and 7
- Screams Like a Little Girl: In 6, he sounds distinctively unmanly when calling for help. "Somebody! I am in need of assistance!"
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Undying Loyalty: To Shu, more specifically, to Liu Bei. The Battle of Changban, where he single-handedly faces hordes of Wei troops to save the infant Liu Shan, is considered by many to be the absolute greatest show of loyalty in both the source novel and the entire series.
"The God of War"
"The blade in service of honor shall always prevail!"
Voiced by: Yasunori Masutani (Japanese), Crispin Freeman
), Dave B. Mitchell (English; present)
Style Name: Yunchang
Japanese spelling: Kan'u
Height: 6'9 1/2" (205cm)
Guan Yu is a military hero and sworn oath brother of Shu leader Liu Bei and fellow general Zhang Fei. As one of the famed Five Tiger Generals, Guan Yu is a central figure in the founding and expansion of the Shu Kingdom.
Tall and powerful, Guan Yu is a stalwart man who firmly believes in justice and virtue. Normally calm and benign, he stands with an air of noble dignity and has respectful manners. A man who also excels in literary studies, he gains many admirers from each kingdom with his might and has earned the nickname "God of War".
- Action Dad: He has lots of children, many of whom become officers after him.
- Badass: Well, if you look at how he's usually called...
- Badass Beard: A REALLY long, magnificent one
- Badass Family: Patriarch of the Guan Family, with extended members including children Guan Ping (adopted novel-wise, but historically biological), Guan Xing, Guan Yinping, Guan Suo, and daughter-in-law Bao Sanniang.
- Blood Brothers: with Liu Bei and Zhang Fei.
- Combat Tropes:
- Cool Horse: He'll usually be the one mounting the Red Hare in any stage that takes place after the final defeat of Lu Bu. Justified, as Cao Cao gave the stallion to him when he temporarily surrendered to Cao Cao.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: What's that? Hua Xiong has been trouncing tons of coalition officers and even Sun Jian's officers? Here comes Guan Yu to challenge him and... Hua Xiong is instantly killed. The same applies to Yan Liang and Wen Chou when they were defeating Wei's officers at the Battle of Guan Du.
- Died Standing Up: The rendition of his death in Shu's "Historical" route from DW 8.
- Disappears into Light: His death in the "Historical" route of Wei in 8.
- Gentle Giant: Tall and one of Shu's biggest officers, but a stern, loving father and very loyal, honorable ally.
- Honor Before Reason: His main motivation, but also his downfall. Guan could have accepted the return of Jing Province for the good of many, but Liu Bei entrusted him that province for his quest of the land of virtue and benevolence, his honor unallowing him to give it back to Wu. Then Fan Castle happened.
- Justice Will Prevail: While not as much as Ma Chao, beginning with 6, Guan Yu has been focusing more on the word "justice".
- Nice Hat: All appearances except 6
- Oh Crap: How everyone reacted when he killed Hua Xiong at Shi Shui Gate and Yan Liang/Wen Chou in one stroke, as they were the strongest warriors after Lu Bu.
- Power Trio: With Liu Bei and Zhang Fei, Guan Yu is The Spock, the (mostly) stoic giant in contrast to Zhang Fei's Boisterous Bruiser.
- Red Baron: The God of War
- So Proud of You: Guan Yu loves his kids deeply, and he shows pride in them every chance he gets. Understandable, since his children are as badass as he is.
- Undying Loyalty: To his sworn brothers and the Kingdom of Shu as a whole. This is what eventually leads to his death in the Battle of Fan Castle. He does not let go of Ying Province since he feel it'd be a betrayal of Liu Bei's cause, but this leads to angering Wu and they deciding that Guan Yu needs to go.
- Ugly Guy's Hot Family: Guan Yu's more old than ugly, but his brood of children are all pretty good-looking. One wonders how he looked when he was young...
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In 7, his presence at Guan Du via Cao Cao's side by killing Yan Liang and Wen Chou is what causes Yuan Shao to turn against Liu Bei, believing the two of them were secretly in cohoots, when neither had any idea where the other was, since Guan was serving on the frontlines in gratitude for Cao Cao's generosity towards him.
- War God: Naturally, given he's referred to as such.
- Warrior Prince: Technically, he is sworn brother of founding emperor of Shu.
- Wife-Basher Basher: "What kind of monster would dare to harm a woman?!" [Guan Yu is enraged].
- Worthy Opponent: To a large number of warriors
"The Unequaled Courage"
"At last! I get a chance to crack some heads!"
Style Name: Yide
Japanese spelling: Chouhi
Height: 6'3" (190cm)
The sworn oath brother of Liu Bei and Guan Yu, and one of the Five Tiger Generals of Shu. He is known to be very protective of his beloved daughter Xingcai.
Zhang Fei is a loud and brash man who thrives in a brawl and loves his wine. Stubborn and prideful, he never wants to turn his back on the enemy and is easily motivated into anger. He displays a wider range of emotions than his brothers as he's known to be cheerful one moment and deeply sadden in the next. Though his judgment may be questionable, his heart is in the right place and he usually knows when to be practical.
- Action Dad
- The Alcoholic: Often the cause of his problems. Taken Up to Eleven and Played for Laughs in the Downloadable Content of the crossover, where he's always trying to have a drink, only for Guan Yu, Xingcai and Ina to hunt him down, chastise and forbid him from drinking again.
- Badass: Scares away the Wei army (numbered at close to about a million at the time) at the Battle of Changban simply by shouting. There are also some accounts of Guan Yu acknowledging him as being stronger than the former in terms of combat ability.
- Badass Beard: Not as great as Guan Yu, but it's still there.
- Badass Family: Guan Yu and Liu Bei as sworn brothers. Zhang Bao and Xingcai as children. Not to mention his sworn brothers' children.
- Blood Brothers: with Liu Bei and Guan Yu.
- Blood Knight: Always happy in a scrap
- Boisterous Bruiser: Following suit with his original novel appearance, he can cow whole armies with but a single shout.
- Combat Tropes:
- Historical Beauty Update: Inverted. Historically, and in the novel, Zhang Fei was regarded as very good looking, so much so that it was said his children got their good looks from him. In the games, he's almost a Gonk.
- Hot-Blooded: Easily the most hotheaded of the oath brothers
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be very...problematic, but his heart is always in the right place.
- Large Ham: Even by the standards of this series, Zhang Fei is top tier in hamminess.
- Overprotective Dad: Although he's more concerned about Xingcai getting hurt in battle than anyone trying any funny business.
Zhang Fei: "I know you're almost a woman now. I'm sure lots of guys must be giving you trouble."
Xingcai: "Well, everyone knows I'm your daughter, so..."
Zhang Fei: "Great! So they know I'll crush any idiot that bothers you!"
Xingcai: "Yes, Father... I kind of wish you wouldn't, though."
- Power Trio: With Liu Bei and Guan Yu, Zhang Fei is obviously The McCoy.
- Screaming Warrior
- Super Strength: Said to have the strength of 10,000 men. Might be a slight exaggeration.
- Undying Loyalty: To his sworn brothers and the Kingdom of Shu as a whole.
- Warrior Prince: Technically, he is sworn brother of founding emperor of Shu.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Blames Zhuge Liang for Guan Yu's death in 6, given it was under his advice to patrol Jing Province. He then admits that it was beyond HIS control; it was just Zhuge Liang's Lack of Empathy that was angering him.
- You Shall Not Pass: The bridge at the Battle of Changban
"The Sleeping Dragon"
"I shall guide the land unto peace from the chaos."
Style Name: Kongming
Japanese spelling: Shokatsuryou
Height: 5'9" (174cm)
The brilliant strategist of Shu with an unrivaled intellect and ability to foresee future events. Also know as the "Sleeping Dragon", Zhuge Liang is instrumental in the founding of Shu and the rise of his lord, Liu Bei. After Liu Bei's death, Zhuge Liang personally leads Shu, before passing the torch to his successor Jiang Wei.
Zhuge Liang is a placid and calculating man who is always thinking one step ahead. He often states that every turn in battle is a part of his effortless planning. Though his intentions are sometimes questioned, he is indeed loyal to Liu Bei as he admires his lord's humble and noble qualities.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 2
"The Greatest Good"
"I must realize my ambition to serve the people."
Voiced by: Moriya Endo (Japanese), Dan Woren
), Dave B. Mitchell (English; present)
Died: June 10, 223
Style Name: Xuande
Japanese spelling: Ryuubi
Height: 5'8 1/2" (174cm)
The leader of Shu forces and sworn brother to Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, Liu Bei is a virtuous and benevolent man who wants to restore peace in the land. He is normally polite and modest to anyone he meets.
Empathetic with the common folk, he easily gains the people's trust and support. This particular trait makes him a feared adversary to his enemy Cao Cao.
- Action Dad
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Compare the novel where he's described as having bulging eyes, oversized ears, and long, apelike arms that reached his knees with his appearance from 2 to 5 as a decent looking middle-aged man. Beginning with 6, he gets Progressively Prettier into a Bishōnen.
- All-Loving Hero: Played more reluctantly in 7, as the civilians following him and his refusal to abandon them are the reason he was intercepted at Changban. Years later, when he's the guest of Liu Zhang in Yi Province, the people claim to desire his rule, but Liu Bei refuses to take this to its logical conclusion, so Pang Tong leads Huang Zhong and Wei Yan in forcing the issue by "rebelling" on Liu Bei's behalf.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Averted, actually, even though he still mixes it up much more than in the source material. Liu Bei is the least martially capable of his inner circle (according to the characters themselves, anyway), but it is his charisma and ability to draw people to his cause, not his martial skill, that ultimately makes him the leader and Emperor.
- Benevolence Will Prevail
- Benevolent Boss, A Father to His Men: Shu's government is almost familial in its closeness, particularly since so many of its members are literal or adoptive siblings.
- The Benevolent Emperor: The founder of Shu, and its first emperor.
- Berserk Button: Killing all refugees in Changban is enough to put him in Hyper Mode. Guan Yu being executed and Zhang Fei's assassination by Wu is enough to make Liu Bei replace all thought of virtue or even opposing Wei with KILL WU! KILL WU! KILL WU!
- Big "NO!": Guan Yu's death was enough to make Liu Bei want to attack Wu — though he managed to calm down enough to apologize for the impulse — but hearing about Zhang Fei's death immediately afterward drove him over the edge.
- Bling of War: Got upgraded to this in 7, whereas in previous games he'd been wearing a distinctly nondescript outfit (his 6 outfit being most so).
- Blood Brothers: With Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.
- Combat Tropes:
- Cool Horse: Hex Mark
- Despair Event Horizon: After he fails to avenge his brothers at Yiling, and fell from his ideals in the attempt, Liu Bei he falls ill and dies in the Shu Story Mode.
- Flanderization: See Berserk Button
- Only for "hurting the people"; "KILL WU!" is accurate to the novel.
- He Who Fights Monsters: By 7 and NEXT, he he's getting lots of unflattering moments that make him look Not So Different from his rivals, and while 8 paints him as very conflicted about it, his campaign does note the often Machiavellian schemes Liu Bei engages in for the sake of expanding and solidifying his power.
- Honor Before Reason: A recurring theme in his 7 characterization, particularly regarding the affairs of the Jing and Yi Provinces.
- Hotter and Sexier: From 6 onwards, he loses his facial hair and looks much younger and more handsome. Players can see why Sun Shangxiang would switch allegiances for him.
- Doubles as a strange sort of (probably unintentional) Fridge Brilliance: prior to 6, Shangxiang would nearly always remain with Wu in the games and in fan pairings, yet now she tends to join stay with Shu...
- Oblivious to Love: Has no idea how Sun Shangxiang feels about him. Consider this special dialogue from Conquest Mode in 7
Liu Bei: My lady, didn't you say you like riding?
Sun Shangxiang: Certainly. But do I need my own horse? Perhaps we could... share?
Liu Bei: My lady... If you don't have a horse, I can certainly acquire one for you.
Sun Shangxiang: Oh, never mind. Sometimes you can be really thick,you know...
- Makes slightly more sense if considering Liu Bei's penchant for virtue and that theirs was (originally) a political marriage.
- Seems to have gotten something of a clue as of NEXT, when Sun Shangxiang bluntly tells him that she wouldn't have consented to an arranged marriage if she weren't interested, and averted by 8, where they get at least three semi-romantic cutscenes together and she joins Zhuge Liang at Liu Bei's deathbed in the historical route.
- Power Trio: With Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, Liu Bei is The Kirk
- Rags to Riches: Used to be a straw sandal and mat weaver before the Yellow Turban Rebellion.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Once he founds Shu, he is said to be a just and humane leader.
- Reluctant Warrior: Oh, yes, he IS an All-Loving Hero, after all. Unless innocent people are getting killed or his brothers are getting murdered by betrayal; unfortunately, it happens often.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The deaths of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, his sworn brothers for almost half of their lifetimes, result in his ordering a punitive expedition against Wu that culminates in the Battle of Yiling.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Oh yes. Not to mention he is descendant of genuine, ancient, Liu royal family.
- Spared By Adaptation: He is spared and forced to surrender by Sun Quan in Wu's historical route for 8. Which is strange, because he is still dead in Shu's historical route.
- To be fair, Liu Bei doesn't die in the battle of Yiling. He dies of natural causes afterwards instead, and the story doesn't mention Liu Bei from Wu's point of view afterwards.
- Undying Loyalty: Supremely loyal to his friends and family, especially his sworn brothers Guan Yu and Zhang Fei. He also inspires it readily in all the people of Shu.
"The Splendid Spear"
"I refuse to yield to any who dare cross my path!"
Voiced by: Kouji Haramaki (Japanese), Tony Oliver
), David Berón (English; present)
Style Name: Mengqi
Japanese spelling: Bachou
Height: 6'1 1/4" (186cm)
Son of Xi leader Ma Teng and cousin of fellow Shu officer Ma Dai, after the assassination of his father, Ma Chao holds grudge against Cao Cao and attempts to avenge his father's death in Tong Gate, to no avail. So he joined Zhang Lu and as Zhang Lu's officer, he led reinforcements to Liu Zhang when the latter is atttacked by Liu Bei in Chengdu. However, he and Ma Dai decide to join with Shu because he believes that Liu Bei is on the side of justice and becomes one of the Five Tiger Generals.
Filled with a warrior's pride, Ma Chao is a straightforward man who believes in making his future with his own power. A firm believer of justice and heroics, he is always intent on declaring his intentions for all to hear.
- A Day in the Limelight: One of only three initial survivors in the third Warriors Orochi title.
- Animal Motifs / Mythical Motifs: Aside from being associated with stallions, his armor is always adorned with dragon motifs, despite the latter being the faction's overall motif.
- Arch-Enemy: Cao Cao is this to him. He is this to Wang Yi, although he doesn't seem to notice.
- Badass: It's often forgotten how he was one of the most badass characters in the novels, a brilliant general and nigh unstoppable fighter. Hell, even Cao Cao was terrified of him.
- Bling of War: Although this applies to every character, Ma Chao stands out for wearing a full suit of gilt (solid gold) plate armor in most of his appearances. This is true to the novel, where he was known as "Ma Chao the Splendid" for his skill and very nifty armor.
- Lampshaded by him in one of his Conquest Mode dialogues in 7.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: He only considers Wang Yi his enemy because she is part of Wei, and doesn't really seem to realize why she wants him dead. Notably, while she has lots of unique dialogue for encountering him, he has none for encountering her, outside of scripted events. And even then, he seems more surprised than anything else.
- Combat Tropes:
- Cool Helmet: Except in 6.
- Defector from Decadence: Has in several appearances appeared leading Zhang Lu's forces to fight Liu Bei during his march on Chengdu only to switch sides (making him a latecomer to Shu), though the post-Guandu campaign against the Yuan sons in 7: Xtreme Legends actually had him, Ma Dai and Pang De fighting as part of Cao Cao's army and complimenting Guo Jia.
- Flanderization: JUSTICE! He was always concerned with it in previous installments (His old victory cry was "The law finds voice in me!"), but not to the extent it's generally taken to in the modern games.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He's blonde under that badass helmet of his, and is really into the idea of justice.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: Historically, he was a rather brutal person. Cao Cao only pushed him out of Xiliang after he attacked the warlord, and, well, let's just say that Wang Yi is hardly unique in having had her family killed by him just to hurt her. He was never less than loyal to Shu, just as in the games, but he wasn't necessarily concerned with moral behavior.
- JUSTICE Will Prevail
- Large Ham
- Meaningful Name: His surname means "Horse" and he was said to be excel at horsemanship.
- Mukokuseki: Being blond and all.
- Rated M for Manly: While he could qualify as a Bishounen, his more manly qualities define his character.
- Red Baron: "Demon of Xiliang". Granted, it's just Wang Yi referring him as such, since he slaughtered her family.
- His official Red Baron is "Ma Chao the Splendid".
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: At Tong Gate, he is determined to avenge his father. Cao Cao actually ran away in fear when he appeared.
- You Killed My Father: Cao Cao executed his father for plotting his assassination with Emperor Xian. He seems blind to the irony of Wang Yi hunting him for pretty much the exact same reason but with even more justification.
"The Infallible Archer"
"What I lack in youth, I make up for in experience."
Voiced by: Yasuhiko Kawazu (Japanese), Wally Burr (English; 4 and 5), Alan Shearman (English; present)
Style Name: Hansheng
Japanese spelling: Kouchuu
Height: 6'0 1/2" (184cm)
Huang Zhong is an old soldier who gained his fame during his later parts of life. A fellow comrade of Wei Yan, both having served Han Xuan, Huang Zhong fights Guan Yu and each man is greatly impressed by the other. Thinking he would betray him, Han Xuan attempts to execute Huang Zhong, but is stopped and killed by Wei Yan. They join Shu together.
A master of archery, he is admired greatly by other Shu officers. He always wants to prove that, despite his age, he is still a very capable officer and combatant.
"The Dragon's Prodigy"
"We must push forward until our ambition is realized!"
Style Name: Boyue
Japanese spelling: Kyou'i
Height: 5'11" (180cm)
A youth who excels in martial arts and scholarly studies, Jiang Wei was a former officer of Wei until Zhuge Liang noticed his talent and tricked him into trading sides in order to become his successor. He eventually becomes one of the shining hopes for Shu's future.
Steadfast and a bit hot-blooded, Jiang Wei is a formal perfectionist who strives to always act his best. Though competent, he does not take well to failure, but despite this is eager to learn from his mistakes. Lionizing Zhuge Liang as "Prime Minister", he hopes to someday make his mentor proud.
- Anti-Villain: Generally in Jin's Store Mode, to help hammer home the point that there's no "good" side in war.
- Ascended Extra: Was cut from the roster of 6, but returns for 7 and is heavily involved in Shu's late-era battles. He's even the focus of Shu's ending in Story Mode. In Jin's Story Mode? He's the Final Boss.
- Benevolence Will Prevail: He is EVEN WORSE in this than both Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang. In a final battle's cutscene before Jin's hypothetical ending, all three Sima men finally got fed up and yell at him for being an imbecile.
: Why do you think? To carry out the will of my fallen master, and create a land of benevolence! Sima Yi, Sima Shi, and Sima Zhao
- Berserk Button: Don't insult Zhuge Liang in front of him.
- Brutal Honesty: What happens to him in the Jin "what-if" Story Mode in 8, when he claims that he's willingly to fight for Shu, even if it costs him his life, only to learn the truth from Sima Shi that his efforts are only making his country suffer.
- Catch Phrase: "Jiang Wei is here!" Starting from 7, it's "BENEVOLENCE!"
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Was cut from 6
- Combat Pragmatist: If it's to his advantage, he's not above shooting people to death from the back, as Guo Huai can attest in 7.
- Combat Tropes:
- Concepts Are Cheap: Unlike most of Shu, his endless shouting about "creating a land of benevolence" to justify his actions eventually comes off as fanatical, self-serving delusion.
- Cruel Mercy: In Jin's hypothetical finale for 8, he is spared by Sima Shi after being forced to admit that driving his land into a futile, unending war with Jin to obey the letter of his master's command was completely at odds with its spirit.
- Determinator: Deconstructed in Jin's Story Mode for 7, as he continuously wages campaigns against Wei despite heavy losses. At one point, he even has to be held back by his own men and Xiahou Ba after being defeated by Sima Shi. This is toned down in 8, particularly in the historical campaign which ends before the Zhong Hui rebellion, but it's still a bit of a theme.
- This leads to quite a bit of an alternate interpretation in the novel and historical fact: some scholars admire his tenacity, while others condemn him for wasting so many lives on a futile effort. There's also the fact that the eunuch Huang Hao, the one who's manipulating Liu Shan and makes a lot of his would-be successful campaigns being called back, not being present so Jiang Wei had to look a little bad.
- His determination, though, really is beyond question. Even after the fall of Shu, when he could have followed his lord Liu Shan into a comfortable Jin-sponsored retirement, he chose to join up with Zhong Hui's rebellion in one final, but ultimately futile, gambit.
- The Fundamentalist: Portrayed as an obsessed fanatic inciting meaningless battles that only harm his country for Jin's Story Mode. Not so much in 8, as Jiang Wei is portrayed normally without the unhealthy fanaticism.
- Guile Hero: Managed to convince Zhong Hui to betray Wei, when he did the same years earlier by Zhuge Liang.
- Heel-Face Turn: Happily defects from Wei to join Shu, although he had to run through a lot of difficulties beforehand.
- Heroic Resolve: You got to hand it to him - Jiang Wei refuses to give up. This, however, starts veering more into Revenge Before Reason once you see that it's "Shu's 4th Invasion". Even the narrator's tone is audibly exasperated.
- Just a Stupid Accent: His random Chinese accent in 4; removed in future installments.
- Kirk Summation: Gives this to Sima Yi in Shu's final stage for 7. Predictably, it does not work.
: "Benevolence!? You imbecile
! Who wants to live in a world based on flimsy idealistic garbage?!"
- Momma's Boy: The reason he joined Shu because he thought his mother was in danger. This is omitted in most games.
- Odd Friendship: After Wei conquers Shu in 7, he actually forms a genuine friendship with Zhong Hui, and aids his fledgling rebellion. This is averted in 8; Jin's historical campaign ends just before the rebellion takes place without showing the two interacting, and the altered circumstances of the hypothetical ensure that the two men never meet. A series of stages in 8:XL surrounding the rebellion bring it back into focus.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: To an extent; he does alright for himself, but his predecessor was Zhuge Liang. However, Jiang Wei doesn't seem to resent this.
- The Strategist: The hand-picked successor of Zhuge Liang. Whether or not he lived up to that expectation is disputable.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: He's grown up a bit in recent installments, but still keeps his good looks
- Teen Genius: 19 years-old and Zhuge Liang's brilliant apprentice.
- Undying Loyalty: To Zhuge Liang. It's also a BIG Berserk Button for him to have his loyalty questioned.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: The reason for him fighting a Forever Hopeless War is actually for the sake of his country, or so he believes. He, at the very least, didn't do all of those for his own selfishness, and he is far from selfish.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 3
"The Forbidding Mask"
"I... fight...! Enemy... perish!"
Style Name: Wenchang
Japanese spelling: Gien
Height: 6'0" (182cm)
A general who serves under Han Xuan, Wei Yan betrays him after the paranoid warlord attempts to execute the revered general Huang Zhong. With Zhong, he defects to Shu; through many battles, Wei Yan proves himself as courageous as any of the Five Tiger Generals.
Though seemingly a barbaric, wild beast, he has a kind heart and simply desires to prove his worth. Since his lord sincerely believes in him, he stays loyal to him. However, he isn't the brightest figure in the army and may neglect to consider the consequences of his sometimes rash behavior.
- Barbarian Hero
- Bare Your Midriff: In 8
- Bash Brothers: With Meng Huo in Warriors Orochi 3.
- Black Sheep
- The Brute / The Big Guy
- Combat Tropes:
- Cool Mask
- Dangerous Deserter: Lots of characters in some games are very suspicious of his loyalty, since he did kill his last lord, regardless of the circumstances.
- Defector from Decadence: In some games for Wei's scenario, he can be convinced to switch sides because of this.
- There's also his original defection from Han Xuan, featured in some installments (particularly the Xtreme Legends expansions), complete with The Starscream moment.
- Dumbass Has a Point: In the hypothetical scenario for 8, he, of all people, suggests that he make a surprise attack in Chang'an while fighting at the same time in Nanzhong with the help of Wu. Zhuge Liang attempts to shoot down the suggestion solely on the basis of it coming from Wei Yan, but Xu Shu agrees with the usually inarticulate man and supports the suggestion.
- Eloquent In My Native Tongue: What that tongue is, we don't know, but it fits. Wei Yan is not stupid per se, just linguistically hampered.
- Horrifying Hero: as much as Shu remains "heroic" faction, Wei Yan is physically the most horrifying.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: In earlier installments, sometimes there are stages where he defected to Wei. In history, it's not exactly a "betrayal" like that. He is only called as "traitor" because he pushed his army to continue fighting in Wuzhang Plains despite Jiang Wei already ordered for full retreat after Zhuge Liang's passing. Averted since 5, however, where his loyalty for Shu and Liu Bei is unquestionable despite Zhuge Liang and Jiang Wei concerned otherwise.
- Hulk Speak: "Enemy...strong! Me...crush!"
- Lizard Folk: His scaled armor from 6 goes into this in full force as his "Fury Mode" grants him elongated spikes, clawed hands and feet, and even a tail.
- You Don't Look Like You: A Genius Bruiser both historically and novel-wise, but for some reason Koei made him a barbaric brute.
- However, in some stages, he does have various smarter moments, such as setting up an ambush in strategical location.
"The Fledgling Phoenix"
"I'll do my best out there, but I'm not promising anything."
Style Name: Shiyuan
Japanese spelling: Houtou
Height: 5'3" (160cm)
A strategist for Shu who is sometimes known as "The Fledgling Phoenix", although Pang Tong is a talented man, his odd appearance and snide personality were said to repulse the lords in the Three Kingdoms era.
Highly unconventional, smug in his wisdom (though not his abilities in combat), and sometimes smarmy, Pang Tong is someone who spares sweet talk and stays focused on the heart of the matter. While he seeks practical solutions that grants the best results, his blunt statements may sometimes make him unpopular with others. Even so, his heart is in the right place and he is a bit playful; with each little wisecrack or even insult that he may let slip, Pang Tong mends it with well-meaning advice.
- Animal Motifs / Mythical Motifs: Moths in 6, but otherwise, phoenixes in all other appearances
- Brilliant, but Lazy: His Power Nap Musou from the 7th installment involves him lying down to take a nap.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer
- Combat Tropes:
- Blow You Away: His Musou Attack in 3 to 5, Shadow Fan moveset and "Phoenix Wing" Musou Attack in 8
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Tome Special in 6 is to drop boulders
- Lethal Joke Character: In 3 to 5, he's hampered by a moveset that leaves him very vulnerable to being juggled even during his comical regular attacks, but whip out that whirlwind Musou Attack and watch your KO count go through the roof.
- This Musou Attack is homaged in 8 as his True Rage Attack.
- Also, in the online game, his moveset is this. The moves have short range, but the staff's attack is one of the highest in the game, and even with his short range good use of him can leave the badly beaten, as well as his musou remaining just as deadly as before. His moveset is also one of the few that retains the ability to use the exploding orb,with the right crest, which is basically a Difficult but Awesome way to prevent yourself being comobed.
- Playing with Fire: His EX and "Sky Surfer" Musou Attack from 7
- Razor Wind
- Weapon of Choice:
- Magic Staff: His signature weapon in all appearances except 8. He always levitates on it for his victory pose, but his moveset in 5 and 7 and 8 deserves note for him air surfing on it as an attack.
- Combat Fan on a Stick: Uses a Flabellum or a "fan on a stick" in 8. It's probably his best weapon of choice given his usual element.
- Cool Mask: All appearances have had his face obscured by some kind of facial cloth.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Friendly Rival: Zhuge Liang
- Gonk: Being extremely ugly is what got him turned away from serving Wu and led to him wearing a Cool Mask. His character model in modern games is extremely short, with bizarre proportions, and what can be seen of his face isn't very flattering either.
- The Mole: Pang Tong convinces Wei's troops to chain their ships, knowing that it'll increase the effectiveness of the fire attack during the Battle of Chi Bi.
- Nice Hat: All the time
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Compared to Zhuge Liang
- The Strategist
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Joins after the dramatic victory at Chibi, but dies before Shu has truly become a kingdom. In games that keep to history and cover lots of temporal ground, it can easily lead to this effect.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 4
"The Wife of the Dragon"
"The wife of the Dragon will fight with pride!"
Japanese spelling: Getsuei
Height: 5'6 1/2" (169 cm)
Yueying is a mature and collected young woman, both intelligent, beautiful, and elegant, who appreciates the value of patience and planning.
Despite her composure, Yueying has been shown to be quite sarcastic at times and will openly chastise those whom act selfishly or insensitively. She also has little patience for those whom underestimate her and chauvinistic attitudes in general. Yueying takes great pride in her skills and learned abilities. She is a valuable asset to both her husband Zhuge Liang and Shu.
- Action Girl
- Animal Motifs / Mythical Motifs: Tigers, though she seems to be a fan of them more than anything. While dragons adorn her outfits pre-7, that's more a kingdom-based trait. 7 and 8 expands this by giving her a Musou Attack with advancing "Juggernauts" in 7 and mechanical birds in 8.
- Badass Bookworm: To a certain point◊; she doesn't come across as naive or soft-spoken, but she's clearly into books.
- Bare Your Midriff: Downplayed in 7, as it is covered in see-through material.
- Beware the Nice Ones
Sima Yi: If you're in charge, that means Zhuge Liang is...
Yueying: You don't need to worry about him, because tonight you die by my hand.
- Brainy Brunette: As fine as an example as you'll find
- Combat Stilettos: Notable in 6◊ and 7. However, the heels were practical in 5◊.
- Combat Tropes:
- Cool Big Sis: To Bao Sanniang
- Cultured Warrior: A mechanical genius who loves to invent things.
- Designated Girl Fight: With Zhenji in 5: Xtreme Legends and 6
- The Engineer: She invents the fire-breathing juggarnaut units players know and fear, and in 8 most of her Musou attacks make use of mechanical animals that attack enemies.
- Fanservice Pack: Becomes noticably more attractive with every installment, though 8 saw a bit of a reveral.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: A popular fan interpretation, since she's shown to be making steam buns (whose creation is attributed to her husband) in the 4 Story Mode ending. Shows up quite◊ a◊ bit◊ in fanwork, until the games from 7 on confirmed it.
Zhuge Liang: I do so enjoy your cooking. Its daring and bold, yet familiar. But look how much you made!
Yueying: Oh, I didn't make enough? Well then, from now I will be sure to make more.
Zhuge Liang: My trim figure will soon be a thing of the past...
- Fiery Redhead: Subverted in 6. While she has red hair (and fits some of the traits), she's portrayed as calm and in-control.
- Flowery Insults: Used against Zhenji in 5: Xtreme Legends and 6, with shades of Sophisticated as Hell.
Zhenji: I pity you as well. Having such a weak husband must leave you unfulfilled, I would imagine.
Yueying: There is none who can compare to my lord's integrity and wisdom. Not that you or your lord would even know what that is.
Zhenji: Is your frail husband well? Or have his remains already been scattered to the winds?
Yueying: My lord is the light that illuminates this dark, chaotic world, while yours is nothing more than an uncouth mongrel.
- Friend to All Children: Lets them play with tanks!
- Frills of Justice: 5
- Gadgeteer Genius: In-game, she's the developer of Shu's Juggernauts, wheeled-tiger-headed-flamethrowers (her Legend Stage in 4: Xtreme Legends is about her proving their worth). In 5, she also developed the "Wood Oxen", self-automated wheelbarrows that hold food (or from 7, bombs). In Warriors Orochi 3, this is reflected by her special attack that causes her to summon a small Juggernaut that rams into enemies and explodes. In 7, her "Groundburst" Musou Attack is the same thing, only with three Juggernauts. 8, added her "Bombardier" Aerial Musou Attack consits of mechanized hawks firebombing enemies.
- Hair Decorations: All appearances except 6. In fact, she wears crowns for 4 and 5.
- Happily Married: To Zhuge Liang
- Historical Beauty Update: Source material states she's "plain-looking" and only sought by Zhuge Liang due to her brains. Here? Not even being the Token Wholesome detracts from it. Note that many theorize that her "ugliness" was due to very dark skin, something modern audiences wouldn't be as put off by, and at least one folk tale holds that her appearance was actually a sham to test her suitors' virtue.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Subverted; in 7, one of her Conquest Mode stages has her testing Liu Bei herself when he comes to ask for Zhuge Liang's services. Specifically, she wants to see if this man has a cause that's worth disturbing her peaceful married life. She decides he does, and never laments her decision.
- Lady of War: Even with her bow moveset in 6, she still retains all the grace in combat she had when she wields her dagger axe. Emphasized all over again with the bo staff moveset in 7.
- Lunacy: Her most prominent motif (without any of the negative attached). Her weapons are named after the moon, her name means Moonflower or Heroic Moon, and her predominant outfit colour is silver & white.
- Mukokuseki: Justified - folktales surrounding her often mention her unattractiveness, specifically emphasizing her bleached hair and dark skin. This isn't mentioned in-game, but is visually referenced in her design for 6, where she's close to being Ambiguously Brown.
- Nerds Are Sexy
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage
Yueying: Our marriage, was my father's decision but.. I could not say it was entirely against my will.
- Pimped-Out Dress: Her outfit (alongside her armor) in 5 is pretty much one of these (albeit with armor, making her resemble a Valkyrie). Most apparent in the character designs◊.
- Pretty in Mink: Her outfit in 6 has a fur-lined collar and sleeves
- Renaissance Woman: Specifically noted as being educated in astrology, astronomy, martial arts, engineering, military strategy, geography and magic.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Alluded to in her Story Mode in 6: Special. It can be inferred easily that people could have helped the refugees at Changban escape, but didn't because of Cao Cao's authority.
Zhuge Liang: I am indebted to your assistance, Yueying. Thanks to you, the people were saved.
Yueying: I do not require your gratitude... I only did what I thought was right.
- She's Got Legs: In 6 and various DLC outfits.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Has shades of this, but considering how stoic her husband is, it's mostly in private.
Zhuge Liang: Yueying, splendidly done as always. It is an eternal honour to have you as my wife.
Yueying: You always did have a way with words... The honor is all mine, my dear.
- The Smurfette Principle: In 4 and 6note .
- Team Mom: To the younger generation of Shu officers, who enjoy her cooking and look up to her for guidance.
- The Promised Land: In Conquest Mode for 7, one question she asks the player is the ideal they're dedicated to. The answer she disagrees with is being dedicated to people, whereas the answer she agrees with is being dedicated to the creation of something new.
- The Storyteller: Noted in her epilogue in 5; before she got married, she would hold public shows with "incredibly life-like puppets".
- Token Wholesome: In a sense, it's more in regards to her visual design as opposed to actual character traits. Her designs are almost usually more reserved and sensible than most of her female peers while still appearing to be at least relatively suited for fighting (best displayed in her original outfits for 4 and 5, which were basically Battle Ballgowns).
- Tough Love: Her "encouragement" quote in 7
"You say you're tired? Leave now, for I have no need for weakened troops."
- Weakness Turns Her On: Both in temperament and in body
Yueying: I must ask you something. What is it that you seek?
Zhuge Liang: That which hinders my lord... destiny, hate, pride and sacrifice... If I bear those burdens in his place, then he will be the light that guides this world. That is my sole purpose. To bear the burden of peace.
Yueying: That burden... would you allow me to carry half of it?
- Woman in White: 4, 5 and 8
- Wrench Wench: A constant in all appearances, yet she's never seen working as per the trope, so it's almost an Informed Ability (see Gadgeteer Genius). Lampshaded in a Downloadable Content costume pack: while most of the ladies get lovely dresses or other such ensembles, Yueying receives a mechanics jumpsuit, complete with pouches and tools.
- Zettai Ryouiki: In 6 to go alongside her Mini Dress Of Power
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 5
"The Star of the Next Generation"
"I am Guan Ping, son of the God of War!"
Japanese spelling: Kanpei
Height: 5'9" (176cm)
Guan Ping is the adopted son of Guan Yu and older brother of Xing, Suo and Yinping. Along with his brother, Xingcai, and Liu Shan, he is thought of as the future of Shu.
Guan Ping idolizes his father, striving to live up to his image. He is humble to his peers and acts in a chivalrous manner. Due to his youth, however, he can be quite naive and reckless on the field. He is also very close to Xingcai and could potentially have feelings for her that go beyond being comrades.
- Big Brother Mentor: Usually plays this role to his younger siblings, and gets an Obi-Wan Moment in the historical version of 8's battle of Fan Castle, when he dies holding the line.
- Childhood Friend Romance: A common interpretation of their relationship in earlier games. In 5 he dies young, and the girl chooses to prioritize her duty to the new emperor, Liu Shan. From 7 onward, their relationship is much more ambiguous and platonic, since Liu Shan is now a playable character.
- Combat Tropes:
- Family Honor: He feels as though he should become a son his father can be proud of. Hell, if he gets captured in 6: Empires, he states "My father would be ashamed..."
- Happily Adopted: Ironically, despite being adopted, he looks a lot more like Guan Yu than Suo does. Averted historically, as he was Guan Yu's biological son.
- Japanese Pronouns: Uses the more archaic sessha
- Ship Tease: With Xingcai in 5 and 5: Xtreme Legends, though downplayed or removed from 7 onward.
- Sibling Team: with all of his siblings.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Turn Out Like His Father: His main motivation. Totally understandable.
- Warrior Prince: Technically, he is closely related to Shu's royal family.
- "Well Done, Son" Guy: His dad certainly makes it a point to show his pride in him, though.
"The Young Defender"
"I fight with spirits of the fallen in my heart."
Japanese spelling: Seisai
Height: 5'5" (165cm)
The daughter of Zhang Fei and the wife of Liu Shan, Xingcai is a mentally resilient woman who bears the responsibility of enduring several hardships. While many worry for her safety, her strong determination prevents her from depending too much on them.
Her relationship with Guan Ping can be interpreted as close comradeship or a budding romance. Both warriors are the same age, act very respectfully to one another, and share similar responsibilities to their country.
- Action Girl
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl
- Badass Family: Her father is Zhang Fei, her brother is Zhang Bao, and her closest friend is Guan Ping.
- Brother-Sister Team: With Zhang Bao.
- Childhood Friend Romance: There are hints between her and Guan Ping in their earliest appearances. Unfortunately, in 5, he dies young and she chooses to prioritize her duty to her new lord, Liu Shan. In 7 and Warriors Orochi 3, their relationship is much more platonic and ambiguous.
- Combat Tropes:
- Composite Character: Her character is based off of Zhang Fei's historical two daughters, both of whom married Liu Shan. However, the quiz in 7 addresses her as the younger daughter; additionally, in Liu Shan's Legend Mode of 7: Extreme Legends where he already surrendered Shu to Wei, she accompanies Liu Shan, just like the historical younger Lady Zhang did.
- Daddy's Girl: Interesting in how opposed she is in temperament to her dad.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: Common to all of her uniforms.
- Hair Decorations
- Knight in Shining Armor: Probably the closest to a pure example in the series.
- Lady of War: More conservatively dressed and armored than the other Shu females and a formidable, dedicated warrior.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: the masculine girl to Liu Shan's feminine boy.
- Meaningful Name: Xing means "star", while Cai is "glory"; from an in-story perspective, she represents "the star that lights the path for Shu".
- Panty Shot: Thanks to her outfit. More visible in a cutscene for 8:XL.
- Platonic Life Partners: Seems to be her relationship with Liu Shan, since she's never explicitly stated as his wife in the games (historically, Liu Shan is married with two Zhang sisters whom Xingcai is based and composed on). Nor even she's ever identified as empress of Shu. She's only identified as his closest and most loyal retainer.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Starting from 7
- Retcon: An odd example - in the final Story Mode stage for 7, she appears to be Killed Off for Real. However, in Liu Shan's Legend Mode stage for 7: Xtreme Legends, which occurs after Cheng Du, her death and the death of Jiang Wei are averted.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: She and brother Zhang Bao could not be further from each other in attitude: she's a stoic Lady of War who always keeps her cool and he's a hot blooded Blood Knight who wears his heart on his sleeve.
- The Stoic: Usually keeps her emotions in check, particularly in 7 since she gets very little involvement in Story Mode. With her brother Zhang Bao appearing in 8, this allows some interactions between the two, though her characterization is still that of the cool, disciplined soldier to her brother's passionate, hot-blooded warrior.
- The Three Faces of Eve/Town Girls: Forms this a bit during the 'Find Red Hare' stage with the other younger girls. Xingcai is the mother/Neither, the sensible, stoic and more cool-headed amongst the trio.
- Tsundere: more "tsun" and almost lack of "dere" to Liu Shan in her ending in 7:XL.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: She must have had a gorgeous mother, and is said to be Xiahou Yuan's daughter (or niece, depending on the historical source you believe in). Now look at Xiahou Ba, a babyfaced dude himself, which the game acknowledges that he's her uncle. Whoa...
- Zhang Fei was actually thought of as being highly attractive in ancient China and it was said that his daughters inherited their beauty from him.
- KOEI has finally released her mother's character design for Shin Sangoku Musou Blast (a mobile game), which is absurdly youthful◊, although Lady Xiahou in the picture is much likely when she's taken by Zhang Fei (She was either 12 or 13 at the time) and not when she gave birth to Xingcai.
- Zettai Ryouiki: All appearances except 5
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7
"The Spontaneous and Happy Young Lady"
"I can't wait to show everybody what I'm capable of!"
Japanese spelling: Baosanjou
Height: 5'4" (162cm)
A free-spirited beauty who doesn't want to be tied down to anyone, Bao Sanniang is the third daughter of the Bao family and wife to Guan Suo. She is a maiden content to roam wherever she fancies and, since she is a naturally gifted warrior, she has no problem handling herself.
Bao Sanniang isn't impressed by most of the men she encounters and is especially offended when they don't take her strengths seriously. Most people she encounters call her a "little girl" or tell her that she isn't fit to be on the battlefield. Her encounter with Guan Suo sparked an infatuation with him. She is very happy to be near him since he finds her exuberance to be entertaining, inspiring, and lovely.
- Absolute Cleavage: In 8
- Action Girl
- Badass Princess: Can be considered as one after married to Guan Suo, who is related with Liu royal family.
- Battle Couple: With Guan Suo
- Best Her to Bed Her/All Amazons Want Hercules: Stated she'd only marry a man who could best her in a contest of strength. According to the original story, Guan Suo sought her out after hearing the rumors of this, and ended up beating her in a duel. It's handled somewhat differently in the game, but the spirit of it is still there.
- Cat Girl: Her EX and Musou Attacks have her using cat-like maneuvers. Official artwork in 7 features her playing with cats; Guan Suo even lampshades this in a Conquest Mode dialogue, comparing her to a cat. She's only lacking ears and a tail.
- Combat Tropes:
- Expy: Has gained plenty of comparisons to Kunoichi.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: In 7
- Fiery Redhead: Auburn variant.
- Genki Girl
- Hair Decorations
- Leotard of Power: In 8
- Ms. Fanservice
- She's Got Legs
- Single Girl Seeks Most Popular Guy: After seeing Guan Suo on the battlefield, she pursues him. Fortunately, this doesn't derail her into a Stalker with a Crush.
- Stripperiffic: Even by this series' standards, she's not wearing much in 7. She covers up mostly in 8, but still leaves out an Absolute Cleavage
- Tattooed Crook: She has a small butterfly tattoo on her abdomen.
- The Three Faces of Eve/Town Girls: Forms this a bit during the 'Find Red Hare' stage with the other younger girls. Sanniang is the Seductress/Femme, being the most promoscious and already trying to seduce Guan Suo (to no avail).
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Defeat Guan Suo in a battle with her present and she'll get angry
- Zettai Ryouiki: In 8
"The Cheerful Man of the World"
"Well, it's looks like it's time for me to do my thing."
Voiced by: Osamu Ryutani (Japanese), Justin Giddings (English)
Japanese spelling: Batai
Height: 5'11" (180cm)
Ma Chao's loyal and faithful cousin who follows him to Shu, Ma Dai fights in crucial parts of the battlefield during Zhuge Liang's Southern and Northern Campaigns.
Although wise in the ways of the world, Ma Dai has a sunny disposition and always tries to look on the bright side of life. He is a trustworthy vassal who can always be relied on to preform his tasks well, whom Zhuge Liang respects greatly.
- All a Part of the Job
Zhuge Liang: I am always impressed with how exceptionally capable you are. You make it easy to focus on crafting my strategies.
Ma Dai: I'll gladly take on any task, even if its one that no one else wants to do. That's just who I am.
Zhuge Liang: I am truly thankful. Truly...
- Brainy Brunette: Hard to see underneath his Nice Hat, but his hair is lighter, closer to brunette than dark. He is also pretty smart.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Inverted; Ma Dai is noted as an intelligent tactician and has a cheerful, relaxed attitude, but is also known for his reliablity and willingness to work.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: In-game noted for being brilliant and reliable. Fan-wise, players find him hilarious.
- Combat Tropes:
- Cousin Yin Yang
- Deadpan Snarker: Light on the deadpan, but heavy on the snark. Doubles as Sarcastic Devotee.
"Young master, what are you doing? Even if you are short on friends, but please don't be bringing the enemy around here."
- Do Anything Soldier: A support general at Wu Zhang Plains, strategist and commander in the Subjugation of Shu
- Forever War: Despite his cheerfulness, it's noted in his reason for fighting.
"Life ends at death. If you survive a battle, you'll just live to fight another one."
- Fun Personified
"Being alone is never fun. Being with your friends is the way to go."
- Mukokuseki: Looks like a cross between Spanish actor Gael Garcúe Bernal and Jake Gyllenhaal, rather than appearing Asian ...not that anyone should complain.
- He could pass for the ethnically Uighur◊.
- Last of His Kind: The last member of the Ma family after Ma Chao's death.
- Messy Hair: A subtle example, considering its mostly hidden by his Nice Hat.
- Nice Hat: According to Word of God, his design was based entirely around his peculiar hat.
- Noodle Incident: Subverted in a manner; Ma Dai's most famous act in the source material is the slaying of Wei Yan (who at this point had defied orders) and the manner in which he received it (secret orders via Zhuge Liang that no one else knew about). In-game, we're shown he's received the order but never the actual betrayal or assassination. Also counts as a Cryptic Background Reference.
- Now Let Me Carry You: To Ma Chao
"Young master, I know that you are strong against adversity. Yet, please allow me to escort you to safety."
- Nice Guy
- Perma Stubble
- Plucky Comic Relief
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ma Chao's red, though he's just more cheerful.
"Calm down, you're getting carried away again. You're supposed to lead us!"
- Reluctant Warrior: Prefers not to fight
Zhang Liao: I hear the warriors of Xiliang are fierce. Show me what you're made of!
Ma Dai: It looks like fleeing's not an option, so I guess I'll have to fight.
- Renaissance Man: See All a Part of the Job
- Run or Die: Definitely chooses the former, and considering what he's been through, it makes sense he'd feel this way.
"Whatever happens in a battle, the key is to survive. Basic stuff perhaps, but important nonetheless."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The sensitive guy to Ma Chao's manly man
- Ship Tease: With Kunoichi in Warriors Orochi 3
- Shut Up, Hannibal!
Sima Yi: The survivors from Xiliang... Here, I'll make it so you can see your people again!
Ma Dai: Hey, you're the one on the losing side, remember? Boy, do you sound pathetic!
- Smarter Than You Look
- Sole Survivor: With Ma Chao; he supported his cousin's Roaring Rampage of Revenge, but never had Ma Chao's fervor for it.
"You have vengeance at last. What are we going to do now?"
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Mixed in with some Tall, Dark and Snarky
Xiahou Yuan: This Ma Chao is supposed to be really strong. Hey, does that mean you're strong too?
Ma Dai: What do you think?!
- Team Dad: For Shu's officers, after Zhuge Liang dies
"The Inheritor of the People"
"I shall carry on the legacy of virtue that my father left me."
Style Name: Gongsi
Japanese spelling: Ryuuzen
Height: 5'5" (165cm)
Liu Bei's son and heir, becoming the second and last Emperor of Shu, Liu Shan is a a young man with a mountain of expectations hefted onto his shoulders. Eager to prove himself, he rushes to meet whatever problem comes his way.
However, since he hardly spares a thought to his consequences and his reactions to them are late, there have been rumors of his idiocy spreading as a result.
- Actual Pacifist/Apologetic Attacker: "Sorry I cannot take it easy on you."*ZAP* or "Can you please give in?"*ZAP*. Both are said in a very gentle tone of voice.
- When you defeat him in one of Cao Pi's Legend Stages in Conquest Mode, he says, "If only we could go back to happier times..."
- Benevolent Boss: In 7, he even ordered to treat wounded soldiers of Wei who have been left behind by their commander Ma Zun in Tianshui. This action is what makes Jiang Wei joins into Shu eventually.
- Benevolent Puppet Emperor: 7 strongly implies Jiang Wei and other Shu generals reduced him to Puppet King and used their authority to force the country into a constant Forever Hopeless War, which was one of the main reasons he surrendered as soon as he saw Sima Zhao for himself and recognized him as an honorable man. Inverted in the novel, where the eunuch Huang Hao was the puppeteer who'd kept ordering Jiang Wei's campaigns to be ended before he could defeat Wei. He isn't that much of a Puppet King in 8, though he'll fight to the end before surrendering.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: While interacting with his wife and ministers in 8's Ambition Mode, it becomes clear that, whatever his other qualities, Liu Shan would rather nap and relax than work and study.
- Characterization Marches On: He actually had a rather major role in 5 before becoming playable. He was a little cowardly, but madly in love with Xingcai, enough that he'd rush into battle if she got into trouble despite being... rather unsuited to it. The ending saw him training to protect himself for her sake.
- Combat Tropes:
- Dissonant Serenity: Always wears a calm and blissful expression no matter the circumstance. In 8, particularly in the final battle of Shu's hypothetical campaign, many enemy officers are frightened to realize that they can't read his inscrutable expression.
- The Hero: Shu's Story Mode in 7 for Jin pulls this out of left field and turns him into the savior of his kingdom, rather than the Suck Sessor he is in canon.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Far more competent than in history or the source material.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With the aging Zhao Yun, particularly in 8. Being saved as a baby has that effect.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Unusually for a story dealing with this historical period, Dynasty Warriors treats his surrender to Sima Zhao and Jin as a defining moment of heroism that saves what's left of his country from being destroyed to fuel Jiang Wei's insane grudge.
- Leeroy Jenkins: As an NPC in a certain battle in 5, he'll rush out to save Xingcai if she's player-controlled and her health drops into the red. Considering this was when he was still a Suck Sessor through and through, a generic NPC, the commander, and the player was obviously struggling anyway, he only ever made a bad situation worse. Interestingly, this seemingly returns in 8's Jin campaign, particularly on the historical route, where he moves his army in such a way as to leave himself open to capture. However, there's some speculation, in universe and out, about whether or not this was intentional, a way to force peace through his own capture.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The feminine boy to Xingcai's masculine girl.
- Mook: Gets a Sentai version of this as a Downloadable Content outfit in 8.
- Nice Hat: A mianguan, the traditional hat of royalty.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Implied in his Legend Stage for Conquest Mode, as he plays a crucial role in stopping Zhong Hui and Jiang Wei's rebellion note . In 8, though he has his moments of foolishness, the Wei commanders who fight him are generally rather wary of him despite his reputation once they see him in action.
- Oh Crap: Defeat Xingcai in a battle where he's present and he'll start to panic.
- Platonic Life Partners: Seems to be his relationship with Xingcai, since she's never explicitly stated as his wife in the games (historically, Liu Shan is married with two Zhang sisters whom Xingcai is based and composed on on). Nor even she's ever identified as empress of Shu. She's only identified as his closest and most loyal retainer.
- Pretty in Mink: The trimmings on his longcoat
- Puppy-Dog Eyes
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Rare Male Example.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: An interesting example where he knows when to surrender for the good of his country and people.
- Suck Sessor: Played with in 7. He's mostly presented as a compassionate ruler that unlike his father, knows that giving up is the right thing to do, if only on one important occasion. Scenes outside of Story Mode play with his scrappy status slightly.
- In the epilogue of Jin's Story Mode, it's mentioned that he was seen as a disgrace to his father and was showered with ridicule and jeers.
- Amusingly inverted in gameplay terms for Warriors Orochi, where his special move makes him completely invincible while Regenerating Health, making him extremely easy to use on harder difficulty levels.
- Self-Deprecation: Is fully aware of his own limitations and shortcomings. Upon being defeated by his father, he even says that it could be the best thing to happen to his legacy.
- Spell My Name with an S: Prior to 7, his name was always Liu Chan in localizations. This changed along with the style of romanizing location names.
- Stepford Smiler: Possibly. One of the interesting things about this take on Liu Shan is that no one is completely sure what to make of him.
"The Charming Ladies Man"
"We all must answer the call of destiny when it beckons."
Japanese spelling: Kansaku
Height: 5'8" (172cm)
Guan Suo is Guan Yu's biological (thought to be fictional) third son and younger brother of Guan Ping and Xing. His earnest efforts are what earn him the trust of several Shu generals. Known for his good looks and charm, he has many a female admirer.
He is a young man who takes his duties very seriously. Compared to his stern father and older brothers, Guan Suo is a bit light-hearted and is a little wet behind the ears. Even if he doesn't always believe in himself, he uses earnest effort to overcome any shortcomings he thinks he may have. He seeks to someday become a warrior worthy of his father's name.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7: Empires
"The Worrisome Strategist"
"I am Xu Shu. Okay, let's get going!"
Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi (Japanese), Darrel Guillbeau (English)
Style Name: Yuanzhi
Japanese spelling: Jyoushou
Height: 6'0" (182cm)
Xu Shu is the first of Shu's strategists, scoring many victories for Liu Bei, until Cao Cao took his mother hostage and forced him to go over to Wei. Before leaving, Xu Shu recommends Zhuge Liang to Liu Bei. Afterwards, due to his links with Liu Bei he was deliberately inefficient as a Wei officer.
- Always Someone Better: Invokes this towards Zhuge Liang. Even when Liu Bei wants him to stay as their strategist, Xu Shu states Zhuge Liang is much better than he could be.
- Ascended Extra: Appeared as a generic non-playable officer in a cutscene in 7 before the expansion ascends him to playable character. In NEXT, despite still not receiving a unique model, he gets an extended cameo as Shu's first major strategist.
- Badass Longcoat: All the way down to his ankles, and it even has a hood! It was designed to emulate a fencer.
- Combat Tropes:
- Everything's Better with Spinning: His most powerful attacks involve liberal use of spinning his hook like a flail. It helps that they have a VERY wide area of effect.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: A part of his backstory is that he was fascinated by swords before being taken in by Sima Hui, who convinced him to be a strategist. As his Sword and Hook shows, he hasn't quite grown out of it.
- Instant Chucks: Wields a Cool Sword tied to hooked dagger on a rope as Weapon of Choice. The hook's general purpose is to be a...
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: It can launch Xu Shu towards his enemy, allowing him to easily follow up combos. He's one of the easiest to make infinite combos with.
- Rain of Arrows: His "Hidden Surpise" Musou Attack in 8.
- Herd Hitting Attack: Unlike most Musou, "hidden surprise" lasts quite a while and can be fired multiple times in succession.
- Shock and Awe: His aerial Musou "Coming Thunder", where he gathers up lightning in his blade and slams it down.
- Reverse Grip: How he wields said weapon.
- Speed Blitz: His "Flashpoint" Musou Attack
- Everyone Went to School Together: He actually had the same mentor as Zhuge Liang and Pang Tong, and the events of the game show that they knew each other.
- Forced Into Evil: Or into Designated Villainy. In Wei's Story Mode for 8, with a little effort, Xu Shu can be recruited by Cao Cao, who goads him to rise above his fatalistic certainty in Zhuge Liang's superiority and aid him in bringing about peace.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: Highly humble and self-effacing about his own abilities, as a consequence of continually comparing himself to Zhuge Liang. He recognizes it in Shu and Wei's hypothetical routes: He helps Guo Jia repel the fire attack on the Wei fleet in Chi Bi and prevents the flood attack on Fan Castle from happening, allowing him to realize his true potential.
- In the Hood: His design has one, though he's majorly out of the hood in his debut. He keeps it on as part of his alternate costume in 8, and wears it throughout his time in Wei.
- Momma's Boy: His reason to join Cao Cao in the source material is because Cao Cao took his mother as a hostage. However, this is entirely ignored in the games.
- Perma Stubble
- Refused by the Call: The historical route goes with this as Xu Shu is rejected as a strategist by Cao Cao for his lack of personal ambition. This can be averted in Wei's Story Mode if you beat him before helping Cao Ren. There, after the rejection, he reveals his ambitions to end the chaos and from that point, willingly works with Cao Cao as a strategist.
- This is again averted in Shu's battle for Chibi, as if you rescue Xu Shu, he'll go back to Shu. If you completed all other hypothetical route conditions like saving Pang Tong and Zhang Jiao, Xu Shu and Pang Tong combine their heads to deny the flood on Fan Castle.
- The Strategist: For one stage in 7 and NEXT in Shu's Story Mode, despite lacking a unique model. Can be made a co-strategist in 8 for Wei or Shu's hypothetical routes.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Despite his doubts, he has within him the potential to be just as wise and skillful a strategist as his mentor, Zhuge Liang. Historically, he tragically never realizes it.
- This gets seen in both hypothetical stories for Wei and Shu, where he proves himself critical in a number battles, notably getting the honor of being a key player in both of the turning point battles for each faction; for Wei, he helps Guo Jia in seeing through Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang's planning in the epic Battle of Chibi, while for Shu he's the one who turns the otherwise fatal Battle of Fan Castle into a victory on his own (as in, without any help from other strategists).
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8
"I will do what it takes to lead us to victory."
Style Name: Anguo
Japanese spelling: Kankou
Height: 5'9" (175cm)
Guan Yu's second eldest son, Guan Xing is quiet and studious. After the death of his father, Xing hunted down and killed the one who murdered his father, succeeding the Green Dragon. In honor of his father, he made a brotherhood oath with Zhang Fei's son Zhang Bao and together they form up a duo and served the latter Shu Kingdom era.
- Badass Family: He IS Guan Yu's son
- Bash Brothers: With Zhang Bao, swearing a brotherhood oath just like their fathers.
- Big "NO!": Gives one at Zhang Bao's death scene
- Combat Tropes:
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: However cool it is that he gets to wield the Green Dragon in homage to the source material as his second musou, it's a bit dampened for anyone who actually wants him to wield it in-game via the double weapon system as for some reason, he unfortunately has little compatibility with it.
- Genius Bruiser: Played with. Although not characterized as being on par with the strategists of Shu, Guan Xing is an intelligent and observant young man who misses very little that goes on.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Historically he was an official, not military man, and never participated in battle.
- Ineffectual Loner: Guan Xing tends to take "solo missions" to prove his strength and distancing himself despite Zhang Bao's efforts to befriend him casually (or take a "professional friend" stance). In the "what-if" scenarios, Xing gets over it and personally feels more powerful after accepting friendship.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fits the blue to Zhang Bao's red
- Sibling Team: with all of his siblings.
- The Stoic, Stepford Smiler: Xing doesn't show much emotion, and is able to keep calm even at the worst moments. When Guan Yu is issuing his last orders so he and his siblings can escape, Xing simply, stoically agrees. When delivering the news of their father's demise, he does so without emoting. Contrast this with Suo and Yinping weeping during the cutscene.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Tragic Bromance: Historically, Zhang Bao dies just as he and Xing are becoming close, shattering Xing. It can be averted in 8, even on the historical route.
- Warrior Prince: Technically, he is closely related to Shu's royal family.
"I promise to give my best and live up to my brave father's reputation!"
Japanese spelling: Kanginpei
Height: 5'3" (160cm)
Guan Yu's daughter, Guan Yinping excels in the martial arts, and after her father's death, she continues to serve Shu for the Southern Campaign. However, she is a semi-important figure in Guan Yu's fall: in order to appease Guan Yu to surrender Jing Province and maintain what passed for a Shu-Wu alliance, Sun Quan offered to marry his son to Yinping. Guan Yu
flat out refused the offer which led to Sun Quan allying with Wei, culminating in the Battle of Fan Castle, leading to Guan Yu's downfall.
- Action Girl
- A Day in the Limelight: The Horse Search battle in XL is designed specifically with Yinping at the lead (after usually playing supporting role in the main storyline and the hypothetical route), leading Xingcai and Bao Sanniang in a search for the missing Red Hare. Which leads to a showdown with Lu Lingqi.
- Apologetic Attacker: After a Storm Rush
- Ascended Extra: Was given a brief mention in the novel as someone who could marry Sun Quan's son for the Shu-Wu alliance and made into a playable character.
- Badass Adorable, Cute Bruiser: Yes, we know she's Guan Yu's daughter, but carrying that kind of heavy weaponry without much difficulty, whacking soldiers with it and being really cute to boot?
- Badass Family: She IS Guan Yu's daughter.
- Badass Princess: Technically, she is closely related to Shu's royal family.
- Combat Tropes:
- Double Epic Flail on a Stick: Her Weapon of Choice is a Meteor Hammer on a stick.
- Everything Is Better With Spinning: Many of her charged attacks involve twirling her weapon. Twirling the Control Stick during the charged attacks makes spin more.
- Grapple Move: Her "Sparring Practice" Musou from 8.
- Groin Attack: Her "Sparring Practice" Musou Attacks involves handing down her heavy weapon, causing the enemy to collapse under its weight. Yinping kicks the enemy's groin to make them toss her weapon back to her.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: You can have Yinping do this to everyone, even Lu Bu, who's probably far more powerful than she is, but will fall for this against Yinping. Hell, you can equip her weapon to everyone else and they usually have no problems in using it, but if Yinping does her Musou Attack to other playable characters, they'll still fall down because the weapon is too heavy. Then again, this is after she smacks the opponent in the head a few times.
- Shockwave Stomp: If she misses.
- One-Handed Zweihänder: Some of her attacks namely her Musou.
- Comically Missing the Point: In Ambition Mode for 8, Guan Ping asks if there's been some pests bothering her, and she responds she found some pests on the table, and whacked it so hard the table was destroyed.
- Dangerously Short Skirt
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: Accidentally rips away a stone from a wall... and her dub 1000 KO win quote is just a puzzled "Huh? Am I really that good?"
- Dumb Muscle: She's pretty air-headed, but a dangerous opponent for the enemies of late Shu.
- Expy: A long, black-haired version of Akari Akaza. The fact both characters share the same voice actress, and various offical art◊ for 8 are pastiched from Akari seems to indicate the similarities are deliberate.
- Flower in Her Hair
- The Ingenue: She's really innocent. During the Red Hare search, when Xingcai and Bao Sanniang are still suspicious over Lu Xun and Zhu Ran being Red Hare's thieves, Yinping believed in their story instantly.
- Mini Dress Of Power: Dressed in a tanktop and short skirt.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: She lampshades this when forced to retreat, promising to come back once she's put on more muscle.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Is one of the smallest characters, with the second most powerful weapon in the game. Camp chatter reveals she trains by using her gigantic weapon to smash down stone walls. She's also capable of carrying Suo without much difficulty, and her "Sparring Practice" Musou
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
- She's Got Legs: Seen above
- Sibling Team: with all of her siblings namely Suo.
- Super Strength: She can lift up that rod with ease. A prologue cutscene at the Battle of Fan Castle demonstrates her unwittingly yank a brick out of a short wall that she's sitting on.
- Her 2nd EX attack demonstrates this better, she can pick up a huge slab from the ground with one hand and slam it to the enemy.
- Tomboy: Has a bit of an obsession with muscles
- The Three Faces of Eve/Town Girls: Forms this a bit during the 'Find Red Hare' stage with the other younger girls. Yinping is the Child/Butch, being the innocent and 'clueless' one. Also being a little obsessed with muscles.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Though probably more "cute" than "hot."
- Zettai Ryouiki: Her special fox costume gives her grade A
"Leave the fighting to me!"
Japanese spelling: Chouhou
Height: 5'11" (180cm)
Zhang Fei's adventurous son, like Guan Xing, Zhang Bao hunted down his father's murderer in Wu and reclaimed his father's Serpent Spear. He would make a brotherhood oath with Guan Xing, like their fathers, and continued to serve Shu into their twilight years.
- Badass Family: Sworn brother of Guan Xing, son of Guan Yu. Not to mention his father is Zhang Fei and his sister is Xingcai
- Bash Brothers: With Guan Xing. Based on novel, they also made a brotherhood oath just like their fathers before them, though depending on the route and the player's actions it can end quite tragically.
- Bare Your Midriff
- Blood Knight: Lighter case, but he LOVES to fight. He IS Zhang Fei's son, after all.
- Brother-Sister Team: with Xingcai.
- Combat Tropes:
- Grapple Move: His "Cobra Strike" Musou.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Ancestral Weapon: In the same vein as Guan Xing, he also uses his father's weapon in his "Cobra Strike" Musou Attack. Like Guan Xing, it's a nod to his novel persona where he actually inherited his father's weapon as his own.
- Blade Below the Shoulder: Uses a retractable, katar-like weapon called a "Flail Sword". Its extended form almost reaches BFS levels.
- In the Blood: Of all the children of the heroes of Shu, Zhang Bao is the most like his father, both in looks and in attitude. He's got the spiky hair like his dad and his love of fighting and hot-bloodedness.
- If We Get Through This: In the Battle of Chencang, Zhang Bao suggests becoming sworn brothers with Guan Xing once the battle is over. Depending on the actions taken, either it happens off-screen or Bao dies before that could happen.
- Hunk: A little older and more mature than the brothers Guan.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Guan Xing and Xingcai's blue.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: He and his sister Xingcai could not be further from each other in attitude: she's a stoic Lady of War who always keeps her cool and he's a hot blooded Blood Knight who wears his heart on his sleeve.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
- Tragic Bromance: If he isn't saved on the historical route, he dies tragically just as he and Guan Xing finish taking their oaths of brotherhood.
- Warrior Prince: Technically, he is closely related to Shu's royal family. His sister is also the eventual Empress of Shu.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends
"Friend or foe, I always repay my debts."
Voiced by: Tomohisa Hashizume (Japanese)
Style Name: Xiaozhi
Japanese spelling: Housei
An advisor who previously worked with Liu Zhang before Liu Bei took over. Appreciated by Liu Bei, Fa Zheng was the military advisor at the Battle of Hanzhong. He died a year after, without proving more of his worth.
- Bishōnen: A little more stubbly and old-looking than the average example, but still fits.
- Combat Tropes:
- Cloth Fu: Of all things he could potentially use, he uses a cloth as Weapon of Choice to twap everything to death.
- Death of a Thousand Cuts: The cloth weapon set is order of magnitude weaker than most, but it hits very rapidly over a wide area, particularly since many of its attacks leave behind "traps."
- Herd Hitting Attack: The moveset often leaves behind spinning cloth "traps" on the ground that repeatedly strike everything around them.
- Puppet Fighter: While the square fabric is not a character. Zheng can control it remotely and have it spin rapidly from a distance for Cherry Tapping damage.
- Disproportionate Retribution: The troops imply he's very mercurial about the "payment" he exacts when he feels someone owes him.
- Makes Us Even: The positive side of his obsession with grudges and settling accounts. Fa Zheng makes every restitution he feels is due when he feels he owes someone else.
- Guide Dang It: The game normally explains that weapons have special properties. But neither the game nor it's manual mentions that the Connected Fabric's C1 has a secret Counter Attack property similar to switch counter(press strong attack as soon as a nearby enemy starts attacking) that allows the user to block any incoming attack before laying down a square fabric. In Ultimate Difficulty, it has the additional effect of conjuring a huge ball of fire in front of the user, which does insane damage in addition to being a Herd Hitting Attack. Screw the timing, and you're in for a world of hurt if your character is not a Diving Weapon master, since it allows them to escape attacks.
- Revenge: His characterization revolves around getting even when he feels wronged.
- The Smart Guy: Takes over this role when no other strategists are handy.
- Taking the Arrow: In one of the extra stages, he protects Liu Bei from Xiahou Yuan's Last Breath Arrow in 8:XL. Unusually, it is non-fatal, and serves to settle any questions his allies have about his loyalty.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the novel, Fa Zheng was not well-liked and few mourned his passing. In the game, Fa Zheng is often disliked in both cutscenes and camp conversations as a dark and vindictive man, but his strategies earn him some respect, particularly after he Takes the Arrow for his lord and the deaths of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei put Liu Bei and their respective children onto the warpath with Wu.
- Evil Is Petty: Evil is a stretch, but he's certainly quite sinister compared to the rest of his idealistic faction, and troops in the camp swap stories about how he backstabbed his old lord to throw in his lot for Liu Bei because the man had served him a cold meal.
- What Could Have Been: In-Universe. Like Guo Jia, he was an exceptional strategist what many felt might have prevented the defeat at Yiling from happening if he hadn't left.
- The new IF stages for Shu in XL makes Fa Zheng present in Yiling and his job is to prove that the Jerkass Has a Point with daring but (hopefully) successful strategies to take revenge on Wu.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: While not as bad as Pang Tong, he didn't spend his life long enough as Liu Bei's officer. He joined Liu Bei in the Battle of Chengdu (212 AD), and died in 219 AD, not too long after the Hanzhong Campaign.