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Debuting in Dynasty Warriors
"The One-Eyed General"
- "My might shall illuminate the path to victory."
Died: 13 June, 220
Style Name: Yuanrang
Japanese spelling: Kakou Ton "Genjou"Age: 29
Height: 6'2" (188cm)Xiahou Dun is the cousin and loyal vassal of Cao Cao. A stalwart member of the Wei forces during their formative years, Xiahou Dun would continue to loyally serve Cao Cao throughout his life.When Cao Cao died in 220 AD, his successor Cao Pi appointed Xiahou Dun the Supreme General of the entire Wei army. However, Xiahou Dun did not long outlast his master, and would also die in the same year. He was posthumously honored with the title "Marquis Zhong".
- Badass Family: A blood-related cousin to Cao Caonote and Xiahou Yuan, and an uncle to Xiahou Ba.
- Berserk Button: In 8:XL, Xiahou Dun's spoken lines when dealing with Lu Bu's forces in his mini-campaign are practically seething with hatred and anger, just as much as when he has to put up with Guan Yu later, if not even more so.I don't plan on letting you get away from us. In fact, this will be the last battle you'll ever fight!
- Defeating the Undefeatable: In Wei's Story Mode for 7, Dun is the one who brings down Lu Bu. Granted, Bu hadn't been in the greatest shape historically, but considering who Lu Bu is in the games, that only means Brought Down to Badass.
- The Dragon: "Technically", he's Cao Cao's right-hand man, after all and those in Wu and Shu consider him as such.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In 5, he states his displeasure of killing peasants even if it's for Cao Cao's sake.
- Eyepatch of Power: After he lost one of his eyes, he put on an eyepatch and went back to the battle field.
- Eye Scream: He gets shot in the eye with an arrow. Then he pulls the arrow out and eats the eye off of the end.
- Green-Eyed Monster: He wasn't a fan of Cao Cao letting Guan Yu temporarily join Wei; Cao Cao made no secret how much he admired Guan Yu and the games portray Dun as being somewhat jealous of his presence among Wei's generals. Of course, with Guan Yu making no secret of it being a temporary arrangementnote , can you really blame Dun?
- Gory Discretion Shot: The eye isn't seen except in his ending from the original Dynasty Warriors, although 4: Xtreme Legends has him making the eating motion, whereas 7 and 8 have him simply yank out the arrow and toss it aside, with the arrowhead end conspicuously always off-screen.
- Handicapped Badass: His left eye is blind (or gone!) after being shot by an arrow but he's still one of Wei's best warriors.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Historically Dun was more of a bureaucrat and administrator, and his military record was abysmal. Specifically, his two well-known battles, Puyang and Bowang, ended in humiliating defeat. And in the former case not only he suffered Humiliation Conga from Lu Bu's forces (falsely believed a fake surrender, got caught off-guard and taken hostage by said fake defectors, and had to be rescued by one of his loyal subordinates Han Hao), the battle also cost him his left eye, which was shot by a random stray arrow. In the games, said arrow is usually shot by an enemy general rather than random stray arrow.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Wei's equivalent to Zhao Yun - well-balanced with no notable weaknesses (depth perception not withstanding).
- The Lancer To Cao Cao. Regardless of whose story you're playing, Xiahou Dun is always at Cao Cao's side and striking a personality contrast with him.
- Hunk: Missing eye notwithstanding, Xiahou Dun's handsome and manly.
- Sinister Scimitar: He provides the trope's image. Beginning since 3, he always wields his trademark scimitar, which is pretty big, too. Subsequent reappearances shrank it to the generic sword weapon class in 7. However, with 7: Extreme Legends, he gets the BFS back in its own weapon category, in the form of a podao.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: If Xiahou Dun is in a cutscene, there's a good chance he'll have a pithy one-liner at his disposal.
- The Rival: With Guan Yu, with a lot of envy mixed in, since he knows how highly Cao Cao regards him.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Again with Guan Yu in Warriors Orochi 3. Xiahou Dun works alongside Guan Yu once they both join the coalition, but he's not happy about it, though by maximizing their bond meter he gets over this somewhat.
- True Companions: to Cao Cao, alongside Yuan, especially in Wei's hypothetical ending in 8 when he follows his lord in Riding into the Sunset.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cao Cao, again. The novel and the games from 7 on make it clear they are cousins (Cao Cao's father having been adopted into the Cao family), since Dun explicitly addresses Cao Cao as one.
- The Unfettered: In NEXT, when Guan Yu attempts to leave Cao Cao's service, according to their agreement, Xiahou Dun takes it upon himself to stop or kill Guan Yu, since he knows his master will keep his word.
- Warrior Prince: Xiahou family is closely related to Cao royal family and fights for it on the field of battle.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Calls Cao Cao out for his lack of sympathy over the deaths of Dian Wei and Xiahou Yuan, though Cao Cao apologizes to them both on his deathbed.
- Worthy Opponent:
- A bizarre deconstruction in his long-time rivalry with Guan Yu. They respect each others' skills, but they can't stand one another. When he finally manages to kill the latter in 7, he both praises his skill and mutters how much he always hated him in the same breath.
- The rivalry is more one sided in installments after 7 and during Warriors Orochi 3, where Guan Yu is more courteous to Xiahou Dun but Xiahou Dun makes no secret as to how much he despises the God of War.
- It is reconstructed in Warriors Orochi 3, where their learning to understand each other by maximizing the bond meter is important to their working together in the coalition and they still consider each other this.
"The Coming Evil"
- "There are none who can stop me in battle!"
Japanese spelling: Ten IAge: 27
Height: 6'5" (195cm)One of Cao Cao's most loyal followers, Dian Wei would do anything his liege asks of him. Recruited during the Yellow Turban Rebellion and the campaign against Dong Zhuo, Dian Wei died defending Cao Cao's escape at Wan Castle. He is considered to be Cao Cao's personal and most dangerous bodyguard.
- Anti-Villain: When Wei was still a villainous faction Dian Wei was devoted to protecting Cao Cao and helping his dreams come true despite his ferocious nature.
- Bald of Evil: His canon nickname is "The Coming Evil", after all. He must have got it when enemy soldiers saw that shiny dome thundering towards them from the huge enemy officer.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Japanese-wise, Dian Wei sounds more boisterous, Hot-Blooded and joyful while being a badass bodyguard (in contrast to the more stoic, same-voiced Xiahou Dun). Toned down in the localization, where Billingslea tends to use a more deeper, scarier vocal emphasis on his "Coming Evil" persona, but retains the same personality.
- Died Standing Up: He never fell in his defense of Cao Cao's retreat from Wan Castle; not even after he died.
- Fire-Forged Friends: In Warriors Orochi 3 Dian Wei dislikes Jia Xu due to his prior attempt on Cao Cao's life. As their bond meter strengthens through combat they bury the hatchet.
- Heroic Sacrifice: His Last Stand at Wan Castle allows Cao Cao to escape.
- Hidden Depths: His Story Mode in 6 establishes him as being a Gentle Giant underneath it all. 7 and 8 emphasize this further, as Dian Wei is shown to be fiercely protective of peasants and has a strong sense of justice.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: The developers have said that Dian Wei was designed to be bald in order to make him look strong and powerful, rather than any historic text (there's no evidence that he was bald).
- Humble Hero: Played with. He's immensely confident in his power on the battlefield, but he turns into a simple and humble man in Cao Cao's presence.
- The Juggernaut: "The Coming Evil" refers to his unstoppable advance.
- Maximum HP Reduction: Suffers this in 8 during the Wan Castle incident, assuming that he survives at all.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His completely canonical epithet is "The Coming Evil".
- Not Distracted by the Sexy: In the cutscene precedes Wan Castle, one of Zhang Xiu's maids playfully flirts with him. Dian Wei ignores her and shoos her away with his hand gesture.
- Simpleton Voice: It's more prevalent in the Japanese version but the English version likewise gives him sound like Dumb Muscle.
- Super Strength: Even by Dynasty Warriors standards, this guy is a beast. In 6, his profile even states that his strength is "superhuman". In 8, he PUSHES back Lu Bu of all people.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: When Dian Wei survives Wan Castle he's shown to not like or trust Jia Xu due to his attempt on Cao Cao's life. In some games they mend fences.
- TsundereLu Xun: Oh, very well done! Master Dian Wei of Wei... Your strength and bravery are renowned. Your skill in battle, your mind and brilliance, you're the reason we defeated Guan Yu.Dian Wei: That'll be enough of that. Some day I'll be facing you on the battlefield as well. Making friends with you will make it harder.Lu Xun: Now I see. Beneath your warrior's manner, you're actually a very simple gentleman.Dian Wei: What?! What do you know? Go on, get out!
- Truth in Television: True to his fictional counterpart, Dian Wei was historically described as a large, strong man who acted as Cao Cao's fiercely loyal bodyguard.
- Undying Loyalty: He serves Cao Cao even unto pain and death. In 6, he insists on following Cao Cao on his journey, because he sees it as his purpose in life to protect his lord.
- Unstoppable Rage:
- Working-Class Hero: He's implied to have the origins of a peasant in some games. More pronounced in Warriors Orochi 3 when Dian Wei becomes the protector for peasant villages in Changban.
- You Shall Not Pass: In 4, 4:XL, and 5, Battle of Wan Castle has him guarding Cao Cao's escape while he's standing in one place, obliterating as many as Zhang Xiu's soldiers as he can. It is averted in following games where he protects Cao Cao while following his escape.
"The Uncomplicated Warrior"
- "Okay, let's go and give it our all!"Voiced by: Takahiro Yoshimizu (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
Style Name: Zhongkang
Japanese spelling: Kyo Cho "Chuukou"Age: 25
Height: 6'0 1/2" (184cm)Xu Zhu serves as another bodyguard to Cao Cao. Gigantic and strong, yet simple-minded and honest, Xu Zhu is referred to as "Tiger Fool" by his fellow men.He is a gentle-hearted giant who is a uniquely jolly man in Wei, Xu Zhu is a gluttonous fellow and often cites being hungry in some way during conversations. Though he seems to possess a childish intellect, his respect for his lord's generosity and wit makes him a loyal subject.
- Acrofatic: He's quite agile and capable of doing some impressive maneuvers despite his body type.
- Anti-Villain: When Wei was still a villainous faction, Xu Zhu was a simple and childlike man who was loyal to his lord even unto death.
- Bare Your Midriff: In 7, for some inconceivable reason, his big belly shows.
- Bash Brothers: After their initial encounter, he is great comrades-in-arms with Dian Wei.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's a gentle person and certainly doesn't look terribly intimidating, but woe be to anyone threatening Cao Cao.
- Big Eater: Lampshaded by Cao Pi in the first Warriors Orochi after recruiting him:"We don't need ropes for him; just find him something to eat and he'll be happy".
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Carrying on from history, where he was noted to be a kind, humble, and quiet man who transformed into a terrifying figure on the battlefield.
- Dumbass Has a Point: In 8, it's Xu Zhu of all people who notes the direction of the wind before the Battle of Chibi and how it makes him feel uneasy. In the hypothetical route, Guo Jia confirms his suspicions.
- Dumb Muscle: Quite simple-minded and generally not intelligent, yet can easily squash you flat with his massive club.
- Friend to All Children: He loves playing children's games when off-duty.
- Gentle Giant: Unless you bother Cao Cao, he's Big Fun.
- Manchild: "Uncomplicated" is right; the politics of the Three Kingdoms certainly goes over his head.
- Reluctant Warrior: He really doesn't like fighting
- Simpleton Voice: He has the high-pitched inflection that shows his "uncomplicated" nature.
- Stout Strength: The fattest character in the games is a brutal power fighter who's quicker than he looks.
- Truth in Television: Much like his fictional persona, Xu Zhu was historically a very large and strong man who was also simple-minded and honest.
- Undying Loyalty: Between him and Dian Wei up there, you really shouldn't mess with Cao Cao; they are a wall of muscle that cannot be swayed by anything other than relentless force.
- Working-Class Hero: An ex-farmer who joined the army to help ensure stability and prevent food shortages.
- Working Class People Are Morons: He is the archetype of the hardworking and loyal peasant who needs his more intelligent liege lord to tell him what to do.
- You Shall Not Pass: In Battle of Tong Gate, especially for 5, where he's fighting against Ma Chao while protecting Cao Cao who is trying to convince Han Sui to defect at the time.
"The Hero of Chaos"
- "A new world of my design shall emerge from the chaos!"Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese), John Snyder (English; 4), Douglas Rye (English; present)
Died: March 15, 220
Style Name: Mengde
Japanese spelling: Sou Sou "Moutoku"Age: 36
Height: 5'8 1/2" (174cm)Cao Cao is the leader of the Wei Kingdom, known for his cunning and ability to bring together legendary generals to fight for his cause. He is called the "Hero of Chaos" and the man who can perhaps unite China in these turbulent times.Relentless in his desire to end the land's chaos, Cao Cao will use any means to achieve his plans, even if it makes him an enemy to the other kingdoms. Fueled by his ambition to rule the land, he believes his rule to be predestined and is undeterred when Shu or Wu call him a traitor to the Han Empire.
- Action Dad: In addition to being a warlord he is also the father of many children. Among them are Cao Pi, Cao Ang, Cao Zhang, Cao Zhi, and many others.
- A Father to His Men: Despite his stern temperament Cao Cao treasures his vassals as his own family, a trait reportedly inherited from his historical counterpart. In the crossover, Nuwa, worrying that Cao Cao will turn into a monster, sees him interacting with his family and subordinates and concludes that, though it isn't quite the brotherly love of Shu, it's close enough.
- Alliterative Name: Cao Cao.
- Ambition Is Evil: In 2 to 5, his ambition to rule the land was considered evil in regards to Shu (for instance) who were more focused on "noble" goals. From the crossover on he tends to be portrayed in a more positive light.
- Anti-Villain: From 6 on, particularly in the Shu and Wu campaigns, characters will remark that basically he is a good guy with bad methods. Guan Yu, for instance, says that he is a fair man who seeks to bring peace, "worthy to be called a hero" but that he does not let his heart be swayed by emotion and so is not sympathetic to the common people. In his own, he frequently drops the villainy altogether.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: There are various good reasons why this guy can become a leader and one of them is his skill with a sword.
- Badass Family: The leader of the Cao family, with his son Cao Pi, daughter-in-law Zhenji, cousin Cao Ren; since his father was originally a member of the Xiahou, his cousins Xiahou Dun, Xiahou Yuan and nephew Xiahou Ba could fit as well.
- Doppelgänger Attack: He can produce short-lived clones to attack at a distance in 8. His True Rage Attack and Storm Rush lets his clones do the rest of the chopping and carving.
- Cool Horse: Shadow Runner
- Dirty Old Man: This is usually averted in the games where Cao Cao's characterization tends to revolve entirely around taking over China. However, there are occasions where it comes up.
- It was said he lusted after both of the Qiao sisters and wanted to add them to his harem. A 4: Xtreme Legends stage (Tong Que Tai) has the two Qiaos escaping from his horny clutches.
- It pops up again in 8, though only referred in camp conversations. Not only is he ogling Xiaoqiao, he's doing it towards Zhenji, after she's married his own son.
- Interesting enough, he doesn't appear to lust after Cai Wenji, even after he freed her from her kidnapper. Granted, Cai Wenji's father Cai Yong is a very good friend of Cao Cao's, so there might be an ulterior motive there, but their friendship is purely platonic.
- He's back to lusting after the Qiao sisters in an 8: Xtreme Legends DLC stage.
- Equal-Opportunity Evil: Say what you will about his methods, but no one can say that Cao Cao didn't know real talent when he saw it. Incredibly Fat? Ludicrously Flamboyant? Not the brightest bulb in the shed? doesn't matter - if you do good by him, he personally sees that you're rewarded equally.
- Expy: Of Nobunaga Oda in 7, since he covers his sword in a dark aura similar to Nobunaga. In the "what-if" ending of the Wu Story Mode for 8, he is Driven to Suicide in a similar manner to what happened to Nobunaga in history.
- The Good Chancellor: 8 finally makes him this, even before embarking on the hypothetical route. The Emperor, worried that he will become another Dong Zhou, speaks to Cao Cao and finds him to be, if ambitious and unscrupulous, a man of personal integrity with high-minded goals for peace and prosperity, and gives him his blessing to run Wei.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Cao Cao was initially treated as a villainous character, but later games began looking to his historical record, which portrayed him as a capable and wise ruler. While he's slowly gotten a better characterization as the series has gone along (especially after 6), he's still mostly portrayed as ruthless and cruel outside of the Wei campaign. Historically, he was an excellent leader both as an administrator and military leader, and he treated his men as family (though this particular aspect of his personality is very much part of his character in the games).
- Honor Before Reason: When he's defeated at Xuchang in Wu's hypothetical path, he chooses to die instead of ruling together with Liu Bei and Sun Quan, but not before giving a final boast.Sun Quan: Cao Cao, will you join us, and form an alliance of peace? Liu Bei, yourself, and me. I believe a land supported by the three of us could still work.
Cao Cao: Impossible. My path is one of conquest. My ideal is absolute power and control. If we join hands, the land will be unstable. There is no true peace there.
Sun Quan: You will not change your mind? You will not lend your strength to my cause?
Cao Cao: I am a man. I will live and die walking my own path. Go, Tiger of Jiangdong. You are the victor in this war.
- Horned Hairdo: Always has two tufts of hair that stuck out from both sides of his head. In 6 a peasant mistakes him for the devil.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Prior to 6 his name was pronounced "Cow Cow" instead of the accurate "Tsao Tsao". Unsurprisingly this is a source of jokes among fans.
- Just the First Citizen: Though technically only a high-ranking minister, he is the real power behind Wei and everyone knows it.
- Noble Demon: In earlier games, even the heinous acts he commits are done with the intention of bringing order and safety to a chaotic world.
- Not So Different: When Xiahou Yuan notes the unlikeliness of Liu Bei being the leader of the last Anti-Cao Cao forces in Wei's hypothetical route in 8, Xiahou Dun shoots back that their rush to power started with them running away from Dong Zhuo. Cao Cao accepts this, and finally acknowledges Liu Bei as a Worthy Opponent.
- Parental Neglect: During the events of Wan Castle Cao Cao mourns the death of Dian Wei while paying virtually no need to the death of his eldest son, Cao Ang. This doubles as Truth in Television since historically Cao Cao flat out said that he was weeping for Dian Wei but not Cao Ang.
- Regent for Life: He is chancellor and regent of Han until his death. His last title when he was still alive is "King of Wei".
- The Rival: Liu Bei and the Sun family are his main obstacles to a unified China under his rule.
- Riding into the Sunset: In Wei's hypothetical ending in 8 along with others such as Dan Wei's story mode in 6, he rides away from Wei after the fighting is over.
- Self-Made Man: He once was Dong Zhuo's subordinate before betraying him by failed assassination on the tyrant. After he managed to escape Dong Zhuo's clutches, he raised his own army in his hometown, starting with his family from Cao and Xiahou, and later Xiahou Dun also brings Li Dian, Yue Jin, and Dian Wei to serve him. He even had the handicap of being adopted by a eunuch family, and being part of a eunuch's family was a MAJOR disadvantage politically after the eunuch rebellion that led to Dong Zhuo seizing power. Becoming China's most powerful man having that political disadvantage is an incredible feat.
- Tempting Fate: During his escape from the Battle of Chi Bi in most of games, he criticizes Shu's pursuit of him, mentioning he would've placed an ambush at particular points on the map. Guess what happens?
- The Unfettered: Played with. While Cao Cao is famed for his ruthless ambition, he also has many lines he refuses to cross.
- Warrior Poet: Usually only mentioned through his conversation with Cai Wenji, that his historical background as poet is also brought to the game's characterization.
- Worthy Opponent: Despite his disdain for the practicality Liu Bei's high-minded idealism, Cao Cao respects his personal charisma and moral fiber. Whenever he kills Liu Bei, particularly in 8's hypothetical ending, he pays homage and respect to his fallen rival.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 2
"The Happy General"
- "I've been waiting for a chance to show what I can do!"
Style Name: Miaocai
Japanese spelling: Kakou En "Myousai"Age: 28
Height: 6'0" (183cm)General of Wei, and relative of Cao Cao and Xiahou Dun, Xiahou Yuan is one of the most feared generals in the Wei army and has a number of major accomplishments to his name.Not one for eloquence, Xiahou Yuan is a gruff yet practical man of war. Though dedicated to his family's vision, he is more social and loose than his older cousins, willing to crack affable jokes during battle. Always on the go, Xiahou Yuan thinks every battle as a step in Cao Cao's conquests and wants them to be done and over with as soon as possible. He has little tolerance for interruptions and is known to have a short fuse when the enemy gains the advantage.
- Action Dad: He is father of Xiahou Ba.
- Badass Grandpa: Xingcai's grandpa is still tearing up the battlefield.
- Benevolent Boss: He is shown to be good friends with Guo Huai in Hanzong Campaign.
- Big Fun: Shorter and rounder than most of the cast, and also a very jovial good-natured guy.
- Bumbling Dad:
Xiahou Yuan: "Just when I was wondering who this handsome guy is, turns out it's my son!"
- Plays this in 7 and Warriors Orochi 3 with Xiahou Ba, who he treats more like a friend than his child.
- Apparently his idea of parenting involves headlocks...lots of them.
- Characterization Marches On: Before 4, Yuan usually bares a gruffly, hot-blooded demeanor similar to Dun. 4 began the fashion of painting him as a more affable, wise-cracking man, and the edgier sides of his personality gradually tones down by later installments until Xiahou Ba becomes playable.
- Defiant to the End: In Shu's extra stage for 8:XL, he fires one last arrow at Liu Bei before drawing his last breath, forcing Fa Zheng to Take The Arrow.
- In Spite of a Nail: In Shu's story mode, despite him being killed at Hanzhong, Xiahou Yuan still appears against them in the Hypothetical route.
- True Companions: To Cao Cao, alongside Dun, especially in Wei's hypothetical ending in 8, where he follows his lord Riding into the Sunset.
- Stout Strength: Like Cao Ren, he's shorter and rounder than most characters and this is reflected in his strength.
- Warrior Prince: The Xiahou family is closely related to Cao royal family which he fights for in this age of war.
"The Unmatched Blade"
- "Victory on the battlefield is worth any cost!"
Style Name: Wenyuan
Japanese spelling: Chou Ryou "Bun'en"Age: 27
Height: 6'1" (185cm)One of the most powerful fighters in the land, Zhang Liao defended He Fei so vigorously that civilians and other warriors were in awe of his strength. Zhang Liao previously followed Dong Zhuo, who then appointed him under his top general Lu Bu. When Dong Zhuo was assassinated by Lu Bu, Zhang Liao joined the latter on his quest to conquer the land.However, during the battle of Xia Pi, Lu Bu's forces were defeated by a combined Wei and Shu army. Lu Bu was defeated and captured by Cao Cao, and Zhang Liao would submit and faithfully serve Wei until his death. Most famously, he led a comparatively minuscule army at Hefei, and crushed a gigantic Wu force attacking it, stopping Wu's northern invasion cold and leaving the whole kingdom terrified of him.
- Action Dad: His son Zhang Hu is still generic, but this trope is still played. In Battle of Hefei for 7, he is accompanied by his son, to the very least.
- In earlier installments, Zhang Liao was a steadfast man of honor who happened to work for Wei. Later installments have made him even more sympathetic, but his faction has stopped being villainous by that point.
- He's also the more noble member of Lu Bu's faction in 8:XL's Lu Bu campaign.
- Badass Mustache: He has the facial hair of a musketeer to go with the hat.
- Badass Crew: Leader of the Five Wei Generals, and probably the most dangerous in personal combat.
- Big Damn Heroes: If the player's character is on his side then hearing the panicked screams of "It's Zhang Liao! Zhang Liao has come!" from the enemy force at Hei Fei is morale raising.
- Composite Character: Because Pang De was removed in 6, Zhang Liao absorbed parts of his attributes (appearance, his "path of the warrior" speech and his weapons). Reversed in later installments.
- Death Seeker: Once captured at Xia Pi, he wished to die a warrior's death, but Cao Cao, impressed by his bravery, spared and recruited him.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Zhang Liao singlehandedly defeats Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun and Liu Bei in Wei's Story Mode for 7.
- The Determinator: When fighting against him in He Fei, he returns no less than four times after being defeated.
- The Dreaded:
- Mothers in Wu used him as a bogeyman to frighten their children after his victories at Hefei. It leads to some rather useful Gameplay and Story Integration, as his very presence in certain missions terrifies enemy troops and reduces their fighting ability.
- Fittingly, his stratagem in Dynasty Warriors NEXT is "Fearsome Tale", which reduces the defense of all enemy troops. Amusingly, his companion dialogues in 8's ambition mode have him rather miffed about the whole thing.
- He was already feared before being Cao Cao's general, when he was Lu Bu's subordinate. Facing Lu Bu the battlefield is already pants-crappingly horrifying. Facing him AND Zhang Liao? Just give up.
- In 6, we get this scene "It's Zhang Liao! Zhang Liao has come!" followed by a morale drop in whatever army he's facing.
- Face Death with Dignity: Does this after he is defeated in Xiapi, however Cao Cao spares him this time. In Battle of Dongkou for 7, however, he finally does this again with him being Killed Off for Real by Sun Quan with the help of Ding Feng and Lianshi.
- Friendly Enemy: In one of the earlier Dynasty Warriors installments, the "Escape of Guan Yu" stage opens with a cutscene with the departing Guan bidding farewell to Zhang Liao due to a Worthy Opponent cordiality.
- Hates the Job, Loves the Limelight: Inverted. He enjoys serving as Wei's general, but he doesn't like how his name's being used to scare children.
- Honor Before Reason: He chooses to die with honor after he and Lu Bu are captured, but Cao Cao spares him and brings him into his army. Even though Lu Bu's obviously the stronger fighter, Cao Cao prefers to spare Zhang Liao over him, since Lu Bu's a backstabbing prick.
- The Lancer: He could be considered this for Lu Bu; both are mighty and feared warriors but while Lu Bu is comparable to a savage beast, Zhang Liao is gentlemanly. He is also the closest thing Lu Bu has to a friend in the series.
- Nice Hat: So glorious it has remained consistent since his introduction.
- One-Man Army: Powerful enough to earn Lu Bu's respect? Defeated a vastly larger army at Hefei? Easily counts.
- Power Trio: With Li Dian and Yue Jin at Hefei, where Li Dian outgrows his personal feud with Zhang Liao and Yue Jin learns to broaden his talents. Even when Li Dian and Yue Jin were non-playable characters, they had this moment!
- Recurring Boss: In Wu's hypothetical version of the Battle of Hefei in 8, he appears several times. Even with Wu's most brilliant strategists working overtime to counter his every move, Zhang Liao keeps getting up four or five times throughout the battle, each time gaining increased damage and combat resistance.
- Secret Test of Character: In most installments, after Xia Pi Cao Cao asks Chen Gong, Lu Bu, and Zhang Liao to serve him as generals and strategists. Chen Gong refuses angrily and dies Defiant to the End. Lu Bu agrees, but Cao Cao knows he cannot be trusted and executes him. Zhang Liao remains silent, ready to die with dignity, and Cao Cao, impressed, gives him the job.
- Token Good Teammate: During his servitude with Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu, expressing disgust towards their more brutal methods. The mooks in Lu Bu's mini-campaign lampshade it, but conclude that his high morals are also the reason he stays with them, as the duty of a subordinate to a superior.
- The Worf Barrage: Played with in Wei's Story Mode in 7 at the Battle of Chang Ban, where he uses an attack that would instantly kill a normal opponent against Zhao Yun, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei.
Prior to 7, he was treated as a Wei character. After getting his own "kingdom", he's largely slipped Out of Focus, and although he makes a cameo appearances for Wei in 7 during the Hanzhong campaign and in Wang Yi's story for 7: Xtreme Legends, 8 removes him altogether from the Wei campaign. However, he and the other Jin officers are frequenly encountered as adversaries when the other factions fight Wei during the later parts of their campaigns.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 3
"The Disciple of War"
- "There is no truer path than that of the warrior."
Style Name: Gongming
Japanese spelling: Jo Kou "Koumei"Age: 33
Height: 6'1" (185cm)Honest and true, Xu Huang devotes himself to the warrior's path and constantly trains for self-improvement. He believes that only true strength can create the world that Cao Cao envisions.Considered to be a mighty warrior with a strong sense of justice, Xu Huang is a man who adamantly stays true to his life as a warrior. He does not care for politics or bribery, believing that only one's strength can carve the new future. A man who lives by his blade, he will even continue his lifestyle during times of peace.
- Anti-Villain: He serves Cao Cao to achieve martial perfection rather than to fulfill personal greed or ambition.
- Badass Crew: Among the Five Wei Generals.
- Blood Knight: A positive example - while he's seeking fights here and there, Xu Huang regardless prefers fair fights, to aid him in perfecting his fighting style.
- An Axe to Grind: A "great axe" in all appearances until 6, and again from NEXT onward. It appears that his real life and novel persona also used this weapon.
- Friendly Rivalry: To Guan Yu, who has tailored dialogue to the effect of "He is a Worthy Opponent and I must surpass him!" in most installments.
- Graceful Loser: In 6, for instance, he thanks the player's character as he dies because it is a warrior's death by a stronger warrior.
- Heel–Face Turn: Historically he was actually a rebel in the past before being recruited in an actual army.
- Honor Before Reason: Inverted in Shu's historical route for 8 when Xu Huang participates in the flood attack at Fan Castle for the sake of his kingdom. This is lampshaded by Guan Yu.
- Married to the Job: His historical-self, who was actually all work and no-play while being an introvert.
- Nice Hat: He always wears his turban in all games.
- Out-of-Character Moment: He is one of officers who sides with Sima Yi's rebellion against Cao family in 6 and he only does it to test himself; pretty odd for a honorable guy like him.
- Warrior Monk: The focus is primarily on the "warrior" rather than the "monk," but Xu Huang seeks to achieve enlightenment through the perfection of his deadly art: the so-called "Pinnacle of Might."
"The Champion of Magnificence"
- "I shall shower this battlefield in elegance and grace!"Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kouno (Japanese), S. Scott Bullock (English; 4), Yuri Lowenthal (English; present)
Style Name: Junyi
Japanese spelling: Chou Kou "Shungai"Age: 29
Height: 6'4 1/2" (194cm)Zhang He began his service under Yuan Shao. However, during the battle of Guan Du when Yuan Shao's forces were being routed by Cao Cao, Zhang He noticed how "unbeautiful" Yuan Shao's tactics were, and thus defected to Cao Cao and the Wei army.He was in many battles, most noticeably his role in the battle of Jieting when he trapped Shu's young strategist Ma Su on a mountain road and nearly killed him.
- Agent Peacock: He tries to be beautiful in all his fights, both in appearance and tactics.
- Ambiguously Bi: Shows a deep appreciation for officers of either gender whom he considers elegant/beautiful but doesn't really display any explicit romantic interest in these officers.
- Animal Motifs: Runs with the butterfly motif since 4, appearing in some of his attacks as representation of his obsession with beauty. 4 even gave him an alternate costume with butterfly wings, while 5 added energy butterflies to some of his attacks. Finally, 7 goes as far as giving him a butterfly attack that looks like (and is named after) the "Moonlight Butterfly". This is most likely due to the fact his name is pronounced "Cho Ko" in Japanese, which is the Japanese word for butterfly ("Ko Cho") in reverse.
- Badass Crew: One of the Five Wei Generals
- Badass Gay: In the gameplay he has been considered by some to be one of the best speedy characters throughout the majority of the franchise and in-universe is one of the most renowned Wei officers being one of the Five Elite Generals of Wei. His sexuality is debatable to a weak extent.
- Bishounen: The first Wei officer to be young and attractive and it gets taken rather far. Koei seems to have done this with him as a character based on the fact that he was a recognized poet
- Camp Gay: They don't come any fruitier than Zhang He, but it's never specified which way he swings or whether or not he doesn't swing both ways. Assuming he "swings" at all. In Warriors Orochi 3, he's much more firmly hinted at as being gay/bi, since he has some very suggestive conversations with Mori Ronmaru, much to the latter's discomfort.
- Character Exaggeration:
- In 6, to the point where he wears high heels. He seems to come back to his 3 baseline level in 7, and even lower in 8 where he's fully clothed, though wearing earrings.
- Koei definitely did this with his character as a whole, which was most likely most based on his interest and encouragement in learning the pre-Qin Five Classics which Koei might've equated to high culture.
- Chewing the Scenery: Just watch one cutscene and hear him declare "Let us have a GLORIOUS Fight!" He even manages to be silly when he's sincerely consoling Xiahou Ba over the death of his father.
- Dance Battler: Many of his combo strings and Musou attacks resemble ballet.
- Combat Aestheticist: The guy really likes beauty and finds it on a lot of things, especially on the battlefield, where he wants everything— from the formation of his troops(who are implied to be as camp as he is) to he and his troops' fighting style— to be beautiful.
- The Dandy: He always dresses to impress, and takes good care of his looks.
- Depraved Homosexual: Averted; despite being a Camp Gay (or Camp Straight) hired killer working for one of the harsher of the Three Kingdoms, he is, at heart, a decent man who legitimately cares for his comrades. Like other Wei officers, he mourns for the slain Xiahou Yuan in 7.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: In earlier installments, if you squint, it's hard to tell him and Zhenji apart.
- Of Vega (Balrog in the Japanese version), at least with his debut for 3. Reappearances in modern games slightly avert this until 7.
- Bizarrely, he may also draw inspiration from a minor villain in Fist of the North Star. One of Shin's lackeys, Club, fights with the same type of dual claw gauntlets and several of Zhang He's stances are not unlike ones Club is drawn in during his (rather brief) appearance.
- Everyone Has Standards:
- In 6 he says that attacking refugees to provoke Liu Bei into a confrontation would be an effective plan, but "lacking in grace".
- In 7, he expresses to Zhao Yun his distaste over having to attack a man carrying an infant.
- The Fighting Narcissist: Subverted, He looks and acts vain but he falls short on the Narcissist requirement. He genuinely praises other people's actions if he finds them beautiful. In Empires games or those with bonds like 7 and 8, he admits he can fall in love with others if he finds them beautiful enough for his tastes.
- Large Ham: His sexuality and morality may both be in question, but his glorious flamboyance is not.
- Long Haired Prettyboy: Long hair is part of his beauty.
- Nonindicative Name: One of his claws is called Godly Axe.
- Pride: Very much in love with himself, though if you marry him in 6: Empires, he will tell you not to work too hard and spoil your beauty.
- Sissy Villain: If you consider Wei the villains, you have a man who loves wearing fabulous clothes, using beautiful words, and performing elegant dances. Comically, the troops under his command, despite not really showing it on their models, appear to share this characterization.
- Trial by Combat: To find out who is the most beautiful in all the land. Ah... Nohime would be proud.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight:
- No matter how much Zhang He flounces, twirls and sing songs during his monologues, other Wei officers barely bat an eye and converse with him completely in the norm.
- 7 averts this in many cases, as there are a few unique quotes used by allies and enemies alike involving his sheer fruitiness.
- Vanity Is Feminine: Whatever his sexuality, there's no denying that Zhang He is both very vain and very feminine.
"The Imperial Flower of Beauty"
- "I hope you enjoy this as much as I will."
Japanese spelling: ShinkiAge: 25
Height: 5'4 1/2" (163cm)Zhenji first served under Yuan Shao and was married to one of his sons. Cao Cao's son Cao Pi was taken by her great beauty and pursued her to be his wife after the Yuan's defeat.Zhenji is a slightly arrogant woman who knows her status in society and isn't afraid to say it. She can sometimes come off as cold and aloof, even to her own husband, but she is loyal to Wei and supports her father-in-law Cao Cao in his quest to unite the land.
- Alpha Bitch: Played with. She does look down on other factions' ladies, including harsh rivalries with Yue Ying and Lianshi over their husbands and looks, but she treats her own faction's women as friends and equals without much drama.
- Ambiguously Bi: While she's devoted to her husband, Zhenji has oddly flirtatious tailored dialogue with other female officers.
- Badass Princess: She is Cao Pi's empress throughout their lives, without the drama that accompanied it in history and the novel. Naturally, this does not include the "drama" of fighting for Wei.
- Battle Couple: She accompanies her husband, Cao Pi, on his campaigns.
- Blue Blood: A lifelong aristocrat, born and married into privilege and wealth. Twice.
- Break Them by Talking: Played straight in 8 when she attempts to demoralize Yue Ying and Zhu Rong.
- Composite Character: It's possible that the game's Zhenji is combination between historical Lady Zhen and Lady Guo (which is Cao Pi's new favourite wife and the one whom he choose as his empress historically). It would explain why their relationship remains happy, and also why, after her husband was introduced, Zhenji became noticeably meaner.
- Dragon Lady: This is averted on two counts. 1.) Since this is China, everyone is Chinese and 2.) Zhenji is capable of acting decent among her allies and gets along well with sweet characters like Cai Wenji.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Though mostly because it's the faction color. Note that when she's serving as an officer under the Yuan family, her outfits are very yellow.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Though less 'villainous' but more like a Jerkass upgrade. Historically, Lady Zhen was a Nice Girl and a top contender of The Woobie. Ever since she debuted in Dynasty Warriors, she's portrayed as a proud Ice Queen that eventually Took a Level in Jerkass and started Unholy Matrimony with Cao Pi; not exactly 'nice'.
- Ice Queen: Played with. Zhenji is cold, cruel, and sarcastic to characters in other factions, but she's nicer to her friends and allies.
- Insult Backfire: In Wei's hypothetical story, she doesn't hesitate to comment on Zhu Rong's lack of "class" and calls Yue Ying's a coward in front of her face. However, it backfires and both women ridicule her for opening her mouth. In Wu's hypothetical story, she tells Shang Xiang that she should do some learning in etiquette. Shang Xiang responds that Liu Bei likes her the way she is.
- Lady of War: Graceful, dignified, and fights with an instrument rather than a weapon. Note that she's rather darker than the usual depiction.
- Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Not an installment goes by where Zhenji doesn't show up to a brutal battle in a gorgeous dress.
- Magical Flutist: All appearances except 6; if she doesn't beat you to death with her iron flute, she'll play it a tune that can kill you.
- Ms. Fanservice: Zhenji is essentially the first example of this trope for Dynasty Warriors series, as her clothes always show off her skin since her debut.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She is one of the few female characters whose beauty is noticed by several other characters. As a noblewoman (albeit one active on the battlefield) she has pale skin and beautiful black hair.
- Rich Bitch: The bitch is debatable ("yes" for enemies and "no" for allies), but Zhenji was born into wealth and married into it twice.
- Running Gag: Much of Zhenji’s unique dialog against enemy officers in DW8 is with female characters who happen to be wives of major characters within their factions; her targets are Shangxiang, Zhurong, Yueying and Daqiao, Zhenji inflates her ego and taunts them with diminishing their value as proper women of etiquette compared to her grace, wondering how they even got married, slandering their husbands as well by saying they don’t have a keen eye for picking women. All the taunting doesn’t work because the women Zhenji targets are all strong willed and will fire right back.
- Satellite Character: Has become less of an independent character since Cao Pi was introduced. Given her little storyline involvement in 7 and Warriors Orochi 3, she has started to become more of a supporting character for her husband.
- The Smurfette Principle: Ever since her debut, Zhenji has been the single woman character for Wei, but she lost her status since the introduction of more ladies like Cai Wenji and Wang Yi. Both of them did not make the cut for the strategy RPG spinoff which once again relegates Zhen to this trope for Wei.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Historically and in the novel, Cao Pi forced her to commit suicide when he found a new favorite and because their son Cao Rui is suspected to be Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe since he born rather prematurely, so Zhenji is suspected to be already pregnant by Yuan Xi by the time she married with Cao Pi. The games make no mention of this, since said favorite never appears, so the two of them remain Happily Married. Alternatively, it's possible the favorite's traits are transplanted into Zhen herself (including an increase in bitchiness).
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Has become noticeably crueler since 5. Then again, given her husband made his debut in that game, and considering how he's portrayed, this isn't such a stretch. Also, see Composite Character above.
- Took a Level in Kindness: A small one but noticable in 8, as she gets along well with Cai Wenji and acts nicer.
- Unholy Matrimony: Again their villainous attributes depends on the game and the viewer but she definitely has the matrimony with Cao Pi - quite happily, thanks to Spared by the Adaptation.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 4
"The Steady Shield"
- "May my shield serve to protect my lord from the chaos!"
Style Name: Zixiao
Japanese spelling: Sou Jin "Shikou"Age: 31
Height: 5'8 1/2" (174cm)A cousin of Cao Cao's and one of his most trusted retainers, Cao Ren is an excellent general known for his ability to defend locations from attack. He would gladly sacrifice his life to help his lord.Cao Ren is a kind and compassionate man who is an adamant practitioner of endurance. He usually refers to himself as an immovable rock obstructing his enemies' path who will not falter unless he is broken. A pacifist at heart, he actually dislikes war and those who actively perpetuate it. He sees war as a necessary evil, the only way to end the currently ongoing strife. He cares for the safety of his allies and enemies, believing that everyone should live in happiness.
- Animal Motifs: The crane and peng (in his third weapon) and fenghuang and/or roc (fourth weapon and weapon in 6), which most likely ties into being a divine yet compassionate being of grace.
- Anti-Villain: Back when Wei was still the "evil" faction, he was already the stalwart and noble defender of his lord with very notable Gentle Giant qualities apparent in the fourth and fifth installments.
- Big Damn Heroes: Historically and in his Legend Mode in 4: XL, where he charges out of his position held at Jiangling Castle to save Niu Jin's ass (who was provoked by the opposing Wu forces outside). Despite losing Jiangling afterwards, he only gets demoted by one rank due to his successful efforts in that rescue.
- Cool Helmet: Rarely seen without a helmet because he is big on defense.
- Delinquents: Historically in his younger days, to the point where he was disowned by his father. He eventually changed from this to be very disciplined and battle-hardened while enlisted in the army.
- Demoted to Extra: Starts suffering from this as the Wei roster expands, particular in 6. Despite his early presence in 7 and 8 he winds up serving fairly minor roles as the series go on. Then it is inverted in 8: Xtreme Legends where Wei's expanded scenarios put more focus on him.
- Genius Bruiser: He is a large warrior wearing heavy armor and he is also one of the most tactically adept of Cao Cao's generals, even capable of using the complicated Eight Gates Formation.
- Guyliner: In the form of war paint; older games gave it a scarred-yet-sad-and-compassionate touch.
- Hypocritical Humor: Calls out Guan Yu for using a flood attack in 5, forgetting the fact that said tactic was used to beat Lu Bu.
- Nice Guy/The Heart: Very much so in the previous installments (his debut in 4 and 5), where he speaks a lot about peace and encourages people to relish in it.
- Power Trio: With Yu Jin and Pang De at Fan Castle.
- Reluctant Warrior: This is what happens when an Actual Pacifist forces himself to become a Martial Pacifist. He has a heavy preference for defensive, retaliatory tactics over aggression.
- Stout Strength: His torso is squat and almost spherical, but his muscular arms are thicker than most character's legs.
- Token Good Teammate: Amongst ambitious, jerkass, scheming, "villainous" characters, Cao Ren is a peace-loving man who hates chaos. It's zizagged post-5, since most of the other Wei characters take swings in AntiVillainy (and there've been many other highly-sympathetic characters introduced, particularly Cai Wenji), thus Ren doesn't stand out like he used to.
- Undying Loyalty: To his cousin, and to the idea of peace, he will stand like a wall against any threat.
- Warrior Prince: He is cousin of Cao Cao, member of Cao royal family, and fortress guard.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 5
"The Cunning Successor"
- "Know that one day this entire land will be mine!"
Died: June 29, 226
Style Name: Zihuan
Japanese spelling: Sou Hi "Shikan"Age: 27
Height: 5'11 1/2" (182cm)Cao Pi is the second eldest son of Cao Cao and husband of Zhenji. He becomes the first emperor of Wei and strives to even surpass the dreams of his father. Though a loyal and respectful heir, Cao Pi is also determined to surpass his father's image and realize his own goals.To this end, he remains apathetic to Shu and Wu and is unimpressed by their efforts to oppose him. He shares an affinity with Sima Yi as their combined efforts soundly unites Wei's army after his father's death. At the same time, however, he loosely trusts his strategist's loyalty.While he may seem cold and callous to others, he is gentle and sweet to his beloved wife.
- Antagonistic Offspring: A complicated aversion. Cao Pi respects and even loves his father, after a fashion, and serves him loyally, but he also wants to move out from under his shadow and be known as his own man rather than as Cao Cao's son, and he carries some resentment about how big of a shadow his father casts.
- Bishounen: The second good-looking young officer to be introduced for Wei, though subdued in comparison to Zhang He.
- A Day in the Limelight: Is the head of the Wei faction and the primary protagonist of their campaign in the first Warriors Orochi, and remains the focus character even after his father's reappearance.
- Bifurcated Weapon: His dual swords connect to each other in 5, which he can also uses them as Double Weapon. He gets this weapon back in 8.
- Dual Wielding: Twin broadswords between 7 and NEXT. This was very much true for his historical-self due to being both The Perfectionist and The Ace, that he even resorted to learning how to wield both swords and bows even with his left hand when he was growing up.
- Deadpan Snarker: Notable in Warriors Orochi.
- Dragon with an Agenda: To Orochi in the crossover. Averted with his father, whom he neither betrays nor usurps.
- The Emperor: He is founding emperor of Wei.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: In the novel/history, while Cao Pi is an excellent "domestic" style ruler that built a strong foundation for Wei after Cao Cao's passing (by improving its internal aspects). He's not a good military commander, as his campaigns usually end in failure. In the games, he's a fierce fighter/commander in his own right on top of being an excellent politician.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: A bit minor since he isn't as "heroic" as other characters, but historical Cao Pi is known for many of his ruthlessnesses and Kick the Dog moments. Among others, he poisoned one of his brothers (Cao Zhang) to death in front of their mother (who didn't realize Pi did it by himself), exiled another brother (Cao Zhi) for believing that their father favoured Zhi more over him as Zhi was a better poet and thus he was worried Zhi would attempt to take over his throne someday, attempted to execute Cao Hong (read: a cousin of Cao Cao's and one of his earliest and top generals who even saved him at least once) over their personal petty grudges, attempted to execute one of his subordinates for not attending his coronation ceremony as Wei Emperor (said subordinate is reported to be Guo Huai, who fell ill at the time), and finally either forced his first wife Lady Zhen (Zhenji) to commit suicide or antagonize her until she's depressed enough to Driven to Suicide.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: During Wei's version of the Battle of Chi Bi in some games, Cao Pi recognizes the danger of Wu's fire attack, though Cao Cao brushes it off. Since his father's the one in charge, Cao Pi's only able to move himself and his wife to stop the attack.
- In Spite of a Nail: In Wei's hypothetical route, Cao Pi still succeeds his father even though, the elder, Cao Ang survived.
- It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: In 5 his name was pronounced "Cow Pee" and the fans have never let the series forget it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Very sweet and gentle with Zhenji, a stark contrast from his behavior in the books. His reign is also a period of relative peace in the endless wars of the Three Kingdoms, and in the crossover he goes to great lengths to secretly help the resistance while appearing to work against them.
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He usually keeps it up in a ponytail, but it's there and adds to his Bishounen factor.
- Love at First Sight: With Zhenji in incarnations where both are playable. Most of the time, his woos are successful, especially if his side is the one that wins at the end of Guan Du.
- Personality Powers: Uses ice in most of his attacks, like his father, but it reflects his cold personality much more closely.
- The Rival: Lu Xun and Sun Quan are highlighted as this in 7 and 8. Liu Shan could also be considered this, though Cao Pi looks down on him more than anything
- Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: He is just about the only character in his own series and the crossover who can No Sell it. When Zuo Ci and Da Ji attempt to conjure up phantoms of his father, unlike every other character in both games, he laughs them off as obvious tricks and cuts them down without hesitation. While it reflects his coldly rational nature more than anything else, both Mystics wonder if his obvious family issues have something to do to it.
- Spared By Adaptation: Historically was not alive in Battle of Hefei Castle (year 234) but he's the Wei commander in that battle in 5 and 8. Some games also consider him still alive around the time of Zhuge Liang's Northern Campaign, at least until Wuzhang Plains although he didn't appear in that stage for the game because he's busy in Hefei Castle (both happened in year 234, as Wu's invading Hefei Castle while Shu's fighting in Wuzhang Plains is part of Zhuge Liang plan to trap Wei in a pincer attack) except for 5 in his own and Zhenji's story. Another example is that he is Wei's commander in Jieting for 5. Historically, the entire Northern Campaign happened during Cao Rui's reign.
- Stuck in Their Shadow: In-Universe. In his father Cao Cao's, even in the crossover when he's the main character of the Wei campaign. In the novel, although he's the one to force the last Han Emperor's abdication and seize the throne, Cao Cao is retroactively canonized as the "Martial Emperor of Wei".
- Unholy Matrimony: Happily Married to Zhenji, despite his otherwise cold and cruel demeanor.
- The Usurper: He forced the Emperor Xian to abdicate and installed himself as the new emperor, which established the Cao-Wei kingdom.
- Warrior Prince: Before succeeded his father, he loyally served him as an officer on the battlefield.
- "I shall show the land what a true warrior is capable of!"
Style Name: Lingming
Japanese spelling: Hou Toku "Reimei"Age: 31
Height: 6'9" (205cm)Pang De begins as a warrior serving Ma Teng. Prior to his story, he participated in the Yellow Turban Rebellion with his lord's former ally, Dong Zhuo. However, the tyrant seeks his eyes on his lord's land, Liang Province. He succeeds in driving their enemy back and later assists Ma Chao's revolt against Cao Cao at Tong Gate. Though they poised on the opposing sides of the field, he respects the invading warlord once he meets him face to face. When Ma Chao's army claims victory, Pang De decides to join Wei after the battle, branding himself as a traitor by Ma Chao and a loose cannon by his new allies.Pang De is a stoic veteran who bravely stays true to his principles. He believes that a traditional warrior should never question their orders or be mislead by their own doubts during their duty. However, his insightful nature allows him to be a bit flexible in his loyalties. He won't hesitate to join a cause that he deems to be worthy. His consistent valor in battle continues to gain him respect wherever he goes.
- Ascended Extra: Was in many games as a generic officer, but became a playable character in 5 and its spin-offs.
- Badass Army: He can summon the Xiliang cavalry to charge with him during his second Musou Attack in 7: Xtreme Legends
- Badass Beard: They emphasize his senior status and differ him from his younger master, Ma Chao.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He, along with Ma Dai, help stall for Ma Chao's escape at Warriors Orochi 3. In some games, he also pulls this off at Fan Castle.
- Horseback Heroism: Like Ma Chao, he is a native of Xiliang, and has excellent horseback combat abilities. From 7:XL onward, one of his Musou attacks can summon a wing of cavalrymen and a horse to launch a devastating charge.
- Mighty Glacier: Like Cao Ren, Pang De moves slower than average on foot, but makes up for it with tremendous weapon reach and horseback attacks.
- Older Sidekick: To Ma Chao, his younger lord.
- The Fettered: Though he is too proud a warrior to be a Technical Pacifist like Cao Ren, Pang De is still a man of high morals and personal integrity. His recruitment in the crossover boils down to shaming him into defection.
- Sword Beam: His EX attack has him firing a shockwave projectile.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce 2
"The Talented Lady of Woe"
- "Let us play a beautiful melody to welcome our new future."Voiced by: Miku Yoshikawa (Japanese), Erin Fitzgerald (English)
Given Name: Yan (Wenji is her style name)
Japanese spelling: Sai Bunki (or Sai En for her normal name)Height: 5'5" (165cm)Cai (Wang) Wenji is a beautiful poet and talented musician who excels in her studies. She was kidnapped by a group of nomads and lived an unhappy life until Cao Cao rescued her and returned her home.Although she would prefer to resume her everyday life of serenity, Cai Wenji is disturbed by the turbulent age surrounding her. In order to restore peace, she decides to personally assist in the battlefield.
- Action Mom: Historically, she'd already had several children by her kidnapper by the time Cao Cao rescued her, but this is (understandably) never brought up in the games, though it forms the basis of a mission-long Historical In-Joke in the final Wei 8:XL extra stage.
- Actress Allusion: Erin Fitzgerald voices another melancholy songstress with a blue color scheme in League of Legends.
- Ascended Extra: Her debut was an in-game custom created officer in 6: Empires. Strikeforce 2 gave her a unique character design. While DW 7 fully entered her into the Wei Kingdom's character lineup. She also appeared in Kessen II as "Cai Wengi" and was portrayed as an Ax-Crazy barbarian witch.
- Bare Your Midriff: Despite being the Token Wholesome, she shows some flesh in her "Strikeforce" form in which her beautiful navel is exposed.
- Brainy Brunette: Was able to write down all of her father's numerous writings just from memory. She was also a famous writer/composer in her own right.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In 6: Empires, one would hope so...otherwise, what could she have done that was so bad that every single soldier and nature itself wants her dead?
- Foil: Shares some traits with Diaochan, but is significantly different in some ways.
- Their similarities:
- Both are highly devoted to their fathers. Diaochan is loyal to her adoptive father Wang Yun, while Cai Wenji serves her biological father Cai Yong.
- Both have talents regarding the arts: Diaochan dances, while Wenji plays the harp and composes poetry.
- Both have good intentions, but while Diaochan isn't afraid to play dirty for the sake of the land, Wenji seems to favor more straightforward methods.
- In some games, both feel indebted to their lords. Diaochan follows Lu Bu after he kills Dong Zhuo for her, while Wenji wants to pay Cao Cao back for rescuing her from kidnappers.
- Their differences:
- Diaochan has a revealing ensemble, while Wenji wears more modest outfits.
- Diaochan has Lu Bu for a love interest. Wenji doesn't have one, but she was historically married to an imperial official and subordinate of Cao Cao.
- Diaochan did not exist in real life and was instead created for the novel, while Wenji is a historical figure.
- Most of Diaochan's depictions never had children, while the historical Cai Wenji did. Of course, looking at their appearances in the DW games, you'd think Diaochan would be more likely to be a mother.
- Both Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu lusted after Diaochan, which she exploited to ruin their relationship and bring about Dong Zhuo's downfall. Cao Cao has no such designs on Wenji. In fact, he was the one to introduce her to her husband. In general, Wenji seems to smooth the edges of Cao Cao's personality a bit.
- The two met in Cai Wenji's Legend mode in 7XL. Diaochan held Wenji's loyalty to her father in high regard, and Cai Yong informed Wenji of Diaochan's loss of her father.
- Their similarities:
- Fragile Speedster: Takes hits about as well as she looks like she would, but she's quick on her feet, has a ranged attack that strikes multiple targets at once, and good mounted combat skills to boot.
- Innocent Innuendo: Maxing out her bonds with a male character invokes this; it's an intimate relationship but it only sounds physically so.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Cao Cao (22 years difference) on account that both enjoy good poetry.
- Lady of War: Like most Wei female officers, she is a dignified and classy lady who nonetheless serves as an officer on the front lines.
- Morality Pet: Cao Cao shows great kindness to her. It was he who rescued her from nomads and provided her with a new life, and she generally serves to reflect his more-admirable aspects, such as his cultured love of beauty and art, to contrast with his ruthless ambition.
- Cai Wenji’s utmost importance to Cao Cao is shown at its best in DW8 XL final stage for Wei’s campaign, with her supposedly going missing Cao Cao issues an order for his men to find and bring her back at once; the catch is that he doesn’t issue the order to just any officer, Cao Cao orders 4 out of the Five Wei Great Generals to personally go out and escort Cai Wenji back; only Zhang Liao skipped this event.
- Musical Assassin: Prior to 7, her Weapon of Choice is a chinese violin. Later games show her using a harp. In both cases, she fights by throwing out sonic projectiles that deal Splash Damage.
- The Not-Love Interest: One of the few female characters of the series who does not have one or is one for others. No one is portrayed as her love interest after her introduction and her relationship with Cao Cao lacks the mildest hints of being anything other than platonic. It's justified in that case because she married another man after Cao Cao rescued her.
- Rescue Romance: Averted; Cao Cao rescues her from enemies, but they seem to be more like friends and she marries a different man afterwards.
- Silk Hiding Steel: A classy lady with the inner steel to join the battle field. Her poetry and music are moving in both the figurative and literal sense.
- Token Good Teammate: Played with. Cai Wenji definitely contrasts with the other ambitious Wei characters, with her honest-to-God serene and compassionate personality. However, by the time she becomes a playable character, years of Dynasty Warriors games have rounded off the rest of the Wei cast to the point that they no longer count as the "evil faction."
- Token Wholesome: Compared to the other female characters in the series. This has made her very popular with fans, and the closest that she's ever gotten to skimpy is a Zatanna-like Downloadable Content outfit◊ in 8.
- Warrior Poet: Known for her poetry throughout the land, and promises to compose music about her companions during battle.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7
"The Calculating Man"
- "Even the darkest waters may be navigated through proper strategy."
Style Name: Wenhe
Japanese spelling: Ka Ku "Bunwa"Height 5'8" (172cm)One of Wei's greatest strategists, Jia Xu first made a name for himself serving under the tyrant Dong Zhuo. He later served the warlord Zhang Xiu and ironically was the mastermind behind one of Cao Cao's greatest defeats at Wan Castle, a battle that would also see the death of his bodyguard Dian Wei. Cao Cao recognized the talent of Jia Xu and sought him as a strategist.Jia Xu is known as a straightforward and practical man and played a major part in helping Cao Cao defeat Yuan Shao in the Battle of Guandu, seizing control of the northern provinces. Jia Xu continues to serve under Cao Pi after Cao Cao dies.
- Ascended Extra: He was featured in previous installments with a generic character model; 7 introduced him so that Wei would have a playable strategist, since Sima Yi is part of the new Jin Kingdom and Guo Jia dies young.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: A very subtle example - a lot of his quotes suggests he's not one for putting in a lot of effort, and the better answer to his question in Conquest Mode is being content with a simple/happy life.
- Deadpan Snarker: Is not afraid to say what he really thinks about certain officers.
- Epic Flail: He uses his scythe like a flail in some attacks.
- I Gave My Word: Though he isn't really big on loyalty to any of his bosses, Jia Xu serves them faithfully until they're dead and never defects or backstabs them in the meanwhile.
- I Warned You: Was historically against going campaigning south, particularly against the Sun family. Cao Cao went ahead anyway, and Chibi happened.
- Manipulative Bastard: Shown as he basically places Han Sui and Pang De in a Sadistic Choice at Tong Gate and Yangping Gate, respectively. note
- Nice Hat: Wears turbans in 7 and 8.
- Secret Test of Character: After his capture following the aftermath of Wan Castle, Cao Cao asks him whether he served Dong Zhou and Zhang Xiu out of loyalty or the love of strategy. After complaining that the question is obviously loadednote , Jia Xu decides to be honest and admit that he worked for those men because he loves being a strategist and has a knack for it, and tells Cao Cao to get it over with. Rather than killing him, Cao Cao offers him a job.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Appearance-wise, he is the "manly man" to Guo Jia's "sensitive guy," and the two become close friends in 8.
- The Strategist: Originally for Zhang Xiu, a local lord that Cao Cao subjugated. When Zhang was dissatisfied with this, Jia Xu suggested what would become the attack on Cao Cao at Wan Castle. In 8, Jia Xu becomes the main strategist for Wei following the death of Guo Jia in the historical route.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: as he's responsible for Dian Wei's death, Cao Cao states he has no qualms about killing him if he's of no use to him.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends
- "With me here, I suppose our victory is all but assured."Voiced by: Junichi Miyake (Japanese), Quinton Flynn (English)
Style Name: Fengxiao
Japanese spelling: Kaku Ka "Houkou"Height: 5'9" (175cm)One of Cao Cao's greatest strategists who gave good counsel and was held in high regard, Guo Jia died during a campaign north from heat stroke during their march through the inhospitable northern deserts. After Cao Cao's defeat at the Battle of Chi Bi, he states afterwards, "If only Guo Jia was with us."Guo Jia is described as a talented man of unsurpassed intelligence. He acts composed and gentile, a wistful smile present on his lips at all times.
- The Ace: Quite possibly the most brilliant strategist in Dynasty Warriors. He has plans and backup plans for everything, and in Wei's hypothetical route he outwits the combined plans of Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu.
- Ascended Extra: After a Famitsu poll had him topping the list of characters "the fans" would most want to see become playable/unique (post-7), TecmoKoei came up with a pair of concept art for him. He made his debut in 7: Xtreme Legends.
- Brainy Brunette: Borderline between light brown and blond but either way, he is one of Wei's best strategists.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Part of his bon-vivant personality. In Warriors Orochi 3, he flirts with both Ina and Xingcai. Unfortunately for him, his advances are not only rebuffed but also catches the attention of their fathers, who are none too pleased.
- The Hedonist: A positive example - he's of the "live and let live" type and always seek to get his enjoyment as long as he lives (knowing that he's going to die soon). This includes drinking and flirting. Played for drama in 8, where the mooks notice something's wrong with him, but assume he's just been drinking too much. Played for laughs in WO3, where after he ticks off Zhang Fei and Tadakatsu by hitting on their daughters, Guo Huai praises him for being willing to risk his life for simple pleasures.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Dynasty Tactics at the Battle of Chi Bi, he boards a burning ship and crashes into Zhou Yu's ship, killing them both. In the historical route in 8 his campaigns against the Yuan brothers are portrayed as this, with him literally working himself to death to protect his kingdom. This is subverted in the hypothetical path, during which Guo Jia is severely weakened during the campaign against the Yuan brothers but eventually recovers.
- Hyper-Destructive Bouncing Ball: Some of his charge attacks including hitting the balls that bounce around the screen.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses a pool cue and balls; considering his Weapon of Choice, his given profession DLC outfits are related to ball sports like tennis and billiard.
- Ill Boy: In his debut for 7:XL, he hid this fact silently in his ending. In 8, preventing his natural death is one of important things you need to do to unlock Wei's hypothetical path.
- Leitmotif: Quite an awesome one: Trick and Magic.
- Nice Hat: Wears one in all of his appearances so far.
- Sadistic Choice: Pulls one on Guan Yu, threatening to harm Liu Bei's family if he doesn't serve Wei. Note that this is exclusive to 7: Xtreme Legends and did not happen in the novel, where it was entirely a negotiation between Cao Cao and Guan Yu with Zhang Liao as the mediator.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Appearance-wise, he is the "sensitive guy" to Jia Xu's "manly man" and two become close friends.
- Ship Tease: Has one with Ina in Warriors Orochi 3Guo Jia: What great weather... I wish I could just stay here with you forever.Ina: What is the matter, Lord Guo Jia? We'll be together forever, fear not.
- Shout-Out: His second costume in 7 is black and red leather with white hair. It's gonna be one crazy party!
- The Strategist: Serves as this for Cao Cao's earlier battles, most notably at Xia Pi and Guan Du. In the hypothetical route, he continues serving this role in Chibi and during the subjugation of Wu and Shu.
- The Unfettered: His strategies always take all possible courses of action into account, even if some of them are dirty or immoral. For instance, flooding Lu Bu's castle to flush him out inflicted great suffering on the peasants.
- What Could Have Been: In-Universe because he died at the age of 37.
- Cao Cao certainly thought he would have made a huge difference in Wei's coming battles, in particular remarking that the Battle of Chi Bi would never have gone the way it did had Guo Jia been there (which Dynasty Tactics chose to reflect).
- In 8, the developers added in hypothetical scenarios to the game. If the player fulfills all of Wei's "what-if" scenarios, including Guo Jia surviving his illness and Xu Shu defecting, their knowledge allows Cao Cao to overcome the fire attack and win the Battle of Chi Bi. He also pops up in Shu's "what-if" scenarios.
- "Revenge is the one thing that guides my every move."Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese), Michele Spect (English)
Japanese spelling: Ou IHeight: 5'7" (170cm)Wang Yi is the lone survivor of the Wang family, a family of modest prestige in the province of Hanzhong. Her clan experienced ruin due to riots from Xi Liang. Seeking vengeance, she marks Ma Chao as her sworn enemy and joins Cao Cao to oppose him.
- Action Mom: Historically, this is the reason she wants revenge on the Ma clan. She was the mother of several children, but Ma Chao killed most of them in a dispute with her husband, driving her on a campaign of vengeance.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She cold and aloof unless Ma Chao is in the vicinity. It overlaps with Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
- Arch-Enemy: Ma Chao, "the Demon of Xiliang", is the one she dedicates her remaining life to killing.
- Badass Cape: In her debut game 7:XL. Her designer said it was an homage to Spawn. By 8, it's more of a Badass Longcoat.
- Battle Couple: Averted. Although historically and in the novel she fought alongside her husband, he has yet to appear in the games as of 8.
- Boobs of Steel: Averted, despite that metal bustier she wears giving her literal ones. She's the only physically-oriented female in the Wei character lineup, but, while no slouch, she's got a ways to go to catch up with Zhenji.
- Dark Action Girl : Her aerial Musou Attack shows her sadistic side, pinning the enemy on the ground and stabbing the enemy's throat while letting out an Evil Laugh and screaming about how good it feels.
- Dual Wielding: Her Weapon of Choice is a pair of trishula, which are essentially large bladed sais. This is changed to a pair of emeici in 8: Empires.
- Flashback Nightmare: Suffers from constant nightmares about her family dying in flames. According to her bond conversations, she also gets them about anyone she's particularly close to. Her tailored dialogue with Ma Chao refers to her constant ill dreams about him.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Historically, Wang Yi was a very morally upright and righteous character who stood up to Ma Chao for his tendencies to massacre civilians and cause general chaos, and suffered greatly at his hands. However, given Ma Chao's in-game depiction and that fact that he's been around for most of the series, as well as Wei being the "evil" faction for quite some time, it only makes sense that Wang Yi would be depicted as the villainous one upon her introduction to the series, though there are hints that makes her look more pitiful and her villainy making sense.
- Lady of War: A very dark, gloomy, and violent version. Notably Truth in Television as well: she is the only woman historically proven to have fought during the Three Kingdoms Era.
- Love Interest: Like Cai Wenji, averted in the games. Historically, she's married, but her husband never appears and her primary characterization revolves mostly around Revenge.
- Manipulative Bitch: In Wu's hypothetical route for 8, she tricks Guan Yu and Zhang Fei into believing Sun Shangxiang is a traitor to her husband Liu Bei and Shu. The glossaries note that her historical counterpart was a keen military and political strategist on top of being a personal combatant.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit is rather suggestive for someone whose main motivation is to take revenge on Ma Chao.
- No Doubt The Years Have Changed Me: The Ma clan characters who encounter her are rather taken aback, and imply that she was a very different person before Ma Chao killed her family and set her out on a quest for vengeance.
- Recurring Dreams: According to Warriors Orochi, she carves his head off every night in her dreams and calls it even.
- Revenge Before Reason: In Warriors Orochi 3, Wang Yi appears to be controlled by Orochi, but when she breaks free of it, she still wants revenge on Ma Chao and attempts to kill him until Noh, Oichi, and Sima Yi stop her. It forms an interesting contrast with Ma Chao: while he too is motivated heavily by revenge (and for a much less justifiable reason), he is able to put aside his hatred of Cao Cao for the greater good and does have other major motivations, while Wang Yi's revenge has utterly consumed her. Note; historically when she fought against Ma Chao her own son was in his army.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: More than half of her dialogue revolves around vengeance. Some even veer into Revenge Before Reason territory, despite her insistence to the contrary. Her death quote if slain by Ma Chao, in particular, can show how far she can fall; it's delivered in a delusional, despairing tone:
- "Everyone... I have avenged you... Now you can rest in peace..."
- She's Got Legs: All of her outfits show off her legs without showing much skin.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Ma Chao's slaughter of her family pushes her into an endless quest for revenge.
- Token Evil Teammate: Oddly, she fills this role in the modern Wei army. Her obsession with Ma Chao and dark, violent personality come together to make her one of the least moral members of the team, frequently advocating ruthless solutions like torturing Guan Yu to find Liu Bei.
- Unknown Rival: When she confronts Ma Chao for the last time during the final battle 8's hypothetical campaign, he is more surprised than anything to see her still holding a grudge. Notably, though she has lots of tailored dialogue for fighting Ma Chao (including a unique line that only plays if he escapes without being killed), Ma Chao has none for her outside of unique events.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Although the woman absolutely despises Ma Chao, in Conquest Mode for 7, the player can have her serve under Ma Chao as a sworn ally.
- "You would have me serve under you? Does your cruelty know no bounds?"
- When She Smiles: Despite being a gloomy lady, she does occasionally smile... when she's thinking about how to kill Ma Chao, which makes her smile actually scary without going to slasher levels. However, in the "what-if" ending for 8, Yi seems to finally have a genuine smile after listening to music performed by both Zhenji and Cai Wenji. It also helps that Ma Chao is dead.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Only the inside of her thighs are uncovered in 7. Averted in 8, where she's clearly just wearing (very tight) armored pants.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8
- "I shall not disappoint you!"
Style Name: Wenqian
Japanese spelling: Gaku Shin "Bunken"Height: 5'7" (170 cm)One of Cao Cao's earliest officers and one of the Five Wei Generals. Despite his short stature, he possesses incredible ferocity and confidence. He later joins Zhang Liao in contributing to Wei's great victory at He Fei.
- Ascended Extra: Made numerous appearance as a generic officer until 8.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Before Hefei, he lacked experience defending fortresses and was most famous as a vanguard commander. However, he grows into the role after Cao Cao's direct orders put him in command of the defense as his comrades ride out to attack.
- Badass Crew: Part of the Five Wei Generals
- Bishounen: Younger and prettier than most of the Wei officers.
- Dual Wielding: Wields a pair of hook swords as Weapon of Choice.
- Weirdly, of Rob Liefeld character Shatterstar. Yue Jin has the same sort of facial protector, unusual paired blades, long flowing sashes, lopsided shoulder protector, large exposed biceps, and the pointy knees of later Liefeldian armor designs; even his hair color isn't too far off. The only thing he's missing is the ponytail and the gritty dark Anti-Hero personality.
- His hookswords and moveset are quite similar to Kabal.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: His generic counterpart in 5, gave him the large warrior render, despite Yue Jin being reputed for shortness.
- Glory Seeker: Despite his Humble Hero stat5us, Yue Jin is also eager to prove his worth to Wei, even if it means taking jobs that he's unsure of being able to accomplish (but he usually succeeds, anyway).
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Being the ferocious warrior as he is, Yue Jin is covered with scars. He has one on his face resembles the letter "X".
- Height Angst: Vertically challenged and has issues about it, kind of like Edward Elric. If anything, at 170 cm, he's the shortest adultnote warriornote malenote .
- Humble Hero: Always humble and not the type to flaunt his skills. Li Dian notes that he kind of "lacks self-confidence".
- Older Than He Looks: He is one of Cao Cao's earliest generals, yet he looks youthful.
- Power Trio: With Li Dian and Zhang Liao at He Fei, even when Yue Jin was still a non-playable character
- Spared By Adaptation: Historically, he died sometime before Cao Cao's death, probably shortly after or at the Battle of Ruxukou (his last appearance in the novel, where he got shot in the face by Gan Ning), but in the game, he is still alive during Cao Pi's reign.
- "You can count on me to get things done!"
Style Name: Mancheng
Japanese spelling: Ri Ten "Mansei"Height: 5'11" (180cm)Another of Cao Cao's early generals, Li Dian is witty, rather studious, and has a penchant of knowing where traps are located. He assists Zhang Liao in the repel of Wu forces at He Fei.
- Ambiguously Bi: A possible interpretation of That Came Out Wrong. This happens regardless of the character's gender.
- Ascended Extra: He was a generic officer in many games prior until 8
- Bishounen: Like Yue Jin, counterbalancing the older Wei cast.
- Exotic Weapon Supremacy: His weapon is a pike with spiked wheels attached to the pike.
- Fire-Forged Friends: He buries the hatchet with Zhang Liao after Hefei, seeing the depth of his character and commitment to duty, and the two men work together to achieve a great victory. It throws their relationship into stark contrast with their Wu opposites, Gan Ning and Ling Tong.
- Gut Feeling: A firm believer in this, and his intuitions are always right.
- Older Than He Looks: He is one of Cao Cao's earliest generals, yet he looks youthful. It makes sense since the historical Li Dian died young.
- The Resenter: A minor case towards Zhang Liao, who was still serving Lu Bu at the time when Dian's uncle died fighting his army. He gets over it during the Battle of Hefei.
- Power Trio: With Zhang Liao and Yue Jin at He Fei, depsite being a non-playable character pre-8
- Spared By Adaptation: Historically died sometime before Cao Cao's death. But in the game, he is still alive during Cao Pi's reign.
- That Came Out Wrong: Li Dian tends to lavishly praise his friends' skill, only to quickly backpedal when he realizes it sounds like innuendo.(when praising performance) I think I'm in love... uh, forget I said anything!
- Verbal Tic: In the Japanese version, he tends to use "ore" ("me") as punctuation.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends
- "I will punish all those who disobey the law!"Voiced by: Atsushi Miyauchi (Japanese), Joshua Tomar (English)
Style Name: Wenze
Japanese spelling: U Kin "Bunsoku"The final member of the Five Wei Generals, Yu Jin is a respected, disciplined warrior who has been serving Cao Cao since the beginning of his campaign to conquer the land, scoring victory in his name. He's feared by enemies and allies alike due to his discipline but was wise in training his men well. However, during the battle of Fan Castle, Yu Jin was forced to surrender against Guan Yu, and although he managed to return to Wei safely, his reputation was tarnished and the shame from it caused Yu Jin to fall ill and die.
- Aloof Ally: His playable persona is very strict and feared by his enemy and ally alike. A scene in 8:XL shows him being alone while other Wei characters are having a banquet.
- Badass Crew: With Yu Jin, the Five Wei Generals are complete at last.
- Badass Mustache: Most likely to show his status as the eldest of the Five Generals.
- Character Exaggeration: His need to execute people for failures, which wasn't that pronounced via his historical-self in comparison.
- Cool Old Guy: The eldest of the Five Wei Generals.
- Elemental Powers: The trident moveset relies heavily on three elemental powers.
- Father to His Men: Though not seen very often due to his strict attitude, Yu Jin genuinely does care about his men, especially via his historical records where he greatly rewarded those who did their job very well.
- Even when he surrenders at Fan Castle, his first priority is that his men should be spared.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: The 3 main elements of his trident, although he also has 4th element that can be triggered using the right actions.
- Genius Bruiser: A dangerous fighter as well as a competent battlefield tactician, like when he turned the tables at Fan Castle in 8XL by driving a wedge between Wu and Shu forces.
- Grumpy Old Man: One of his quotes involves executing his soldiers for not being punctual.
- Power Trio: With Cao Ren and Pang De at Fan Castle.
- Prongs of Poseidon: He wields a trident as Weapon of Choice; may double as BFS, due to the incredibly large blade.
- The So-Called Coward: Although he's known for his surrender to Guan Yu and subsequent humiliation as a Dirty Coward in the novel/history, the game depicts Yu Jin as a dignified, brave officer with none of the cowardice in sight. Word of God has it that he was designed as a character that would defy the audience's expectations. Although his surrender still happened in the historical route carryover in DW8, however, he's a lot more regretful in being forced to surrender than pleading for his life; the historical Yu Jin also found this to be an option that he needed to take in order to reduce casualties.
- The Stoic: Rarely shows any emotion, lest it weakens his troops' discipline."Showing emotions in the face of danger only serves to weaken discipline."
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires
- Voiced by: Takashi Oohara (Japanese)
Style Name: Wenruo
Japanese spelling: Jun Iku "Bunjaku"Xun Yu is an advisor to Cao Cao whose talents as a strategist were compared to those of Sima Yi. Xun Yu's relations with Xun You is hazy as records list them as either as nephew and uncle or as cousins. Despite serving under Cao Cao, Xun Yu is known for his loyalty to the Han Dynasty. He is shamed to death by Cao Cao after he openly opposes Cao Cao's acceptance to the rank of Duke of Wei.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Most portrayals of him usually sports a pair of mustaches, implying that he's not a young man. Here, he's a clean-cut high-grade Bishōnen
- Ascended Extra: Throughout the Dynasty Warriors series, Xun Yu is a constant general for Cao Cao in numerous battles as a generic officer since the second title. 8: Empires marks his debut as a unique playable character.
- Bishounen: Consider that he came from the same village as Guo Jia; that place raised some handsome men.
- Boring, but Practical: Most of his charge attacks are basically the same, just throwing/setting the traps. If used cleverly, they can tear the enemy apart.
- Dark is Not Evil: His outfit has a lot of black on it and looks somewhat sinister as a result. This couldn't be less indicative of his personality.
- Distressed Dude: Rescuing him is the objective of the first phase of the Battle of Puyang in 8.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: While a very intelligent man, when compared to other strategists, the historical/novel Xun Yu mostly stays indoors, managing politics and working as an advisor. In the novel, he is never mentioned to take part in any battle. His game counterpart is as much of a force to be reckoned with as any other playable character.
- Magic Wand: His weapon is called the Formation Wand in the game. It also has a knife underneath, making it resemble some sort of buddhist praying tool.
- An Officer and a Gentleman: He addresses foes just as politely as allies.
- Nice Guy: One of the nicest characters in the entire cast given his respectful manner of speaking and loyalty.
- Nice Hat: Has one in his playable appearance. As a matter of fact, many of his previous what-if DW artworks also feature him wearing one.
- Older Than He Looks: He is one of Cao Cao's earliest supporters
- Power Floats: He floats in midair in the secondary state of his Musou Rage with numerous wands floating around him.
- Trap Master: He can set traps with his wand on the ground, each links one another and can juggle the enemy once activated.
- Undying Loyalty: To the Han dynasty, and he gets shamed to death for said loyalty.