Wei, led by Cao Cao and later Cao Pi, is represented in-game as a faction driven by its leader's vision of unity via force. It is this method towards peace that puts Wei at odds with the other two kingdoms, most poignantly, Shu. However, do not label them as "bad guys" as that would be grossly oversimplifying the situation; for they genuinely aim to end the age of chaos that's enveloped China in their time (although they did tend to embrace the bad guy persona back in the day
). Its officers are most often defined by their ambitions, for better or worse. The color used to represent them is a deep shade of blue, and it's identifying animal is a phoenix.
Here's the list of characters categorized in the Wei Kingdom in Dynasty Warriors
, arranged in their chronological appearance in the series.
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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: Kakouton
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: The arrow in the eye incident certainly qualifies him. Often regarded as Wei's answer to Guan Yu, though there's usually a power gap there.
- Badass Baritone: In the Japanese version
- Badass Beard
- Badass Family: A blood-related cousin to Cao Caonote and Xiahou Yuan, and an uncle to Xiahou Ba.
- Barbarian Longhair: Had this before 6.
- Combat Tropes:
- Jack of All Stats: Wei's equivalent to Zhao Yun - well-balanced with no notable weaknesses (depth perception not withstanding).
- Playing with Fire: His EX Attack
- Weapon of Choice:
- Carry a Big Stick - Exclusively in 6, his weapon is a cudgel.
- 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.
- 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...
- The Dragon: "Technically", as far as Designated Villainy goes. He's Cao Cao's right-hand man, after all.
- Even Anti Villains Have Standards: In 5, he states his displeasure of killing peasants even if it's for Cao Cao's sake.
- Eyepatch of Power
- Eye Scream: He gets shot in the eye with an arrow. More importantly, he pulls the arrow out and eats the eye off of the end.
- 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.
- 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?
- Hunk: Missing eye notwithstanding, Xiahou Dun's handsome and manly.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Yep.
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: More apparent in recent installments; 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.
- 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.
- 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.
"The Coming Evil"
"There are none who can stop me in battle!"
Japanese spelling: Ten'i
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.
- Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil: His canon nickname is "The Coming Evil", after all.
- Bash Brothers: With Xu Zhu.
- 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). Averted in the localization, where Billingslea tends to use a more deeper, scarier vocal emphasis on his "Coming Evil" persona.
- Combat Tropes:
- Guttural Growler: In the English version.
- 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.
- 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: Just to restate, his completely canonical epithet is "The Coming Evil".
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The "manly man" to Xu Zhu
- Simpleton Voice: Much less than with Xu Zhu, but it's there. More prevalent in the Japanese version.
- Super Strength: Even by Dynasty Warriors standards, this guy is a beast. In 8, he PUSHES back Lu Bu of all people.
: 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!
- Undying Loyalty: He serves Cao Cao even unto pain and death.
- Unstoppable Rage: At Wan Castle, he takes on an entire army trying to assassinate Cao Cao.
- Which is actually decidedly reserved compared to the novel, where upon breaking his sword fighting during said rage, he picks up two enemy corpses and uses them as bludgeons to kill several more soldiers. Even after he is taken down, the entire attacking force is too scared to approach his corpse. How much of this rage is depicted largely depends on the instalment.
- Also present in Warriors Orochi 3, when he sees some Oda soldiers killing innocent villagers who took care of him.
- 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. Averted in recent 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 Yoshimisu (Japanese), Doug Stone
Style Name: Zhongkang
Japanese spelling: Kyouchou
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.
"The Hero of Chaos"
"A new world of my design shall emerge from the chaos!"
Voiced by: Yukimasa Kishino (Japanese), Douglas Rye (English)
Died: March 15, 220
Style Name: Mengde
Japanese spelling: Sousou
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
- Alliterative Name/Repetitive Name
- Ambition Is Evil: In 2 to 5, though from the crossover on he tends to be portrayed in a more positive light.
- American Dream: Mentioned in 7 and played with; part of Cao Cao's goal is to make a land where a man would be recognized for his talent, rather than heritage. Funny, because he's Chinese.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: There are various good reasons why this guy can become a leader.
- Badass Baritone
- Badass Beard
- 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.
- Beard of Evil: Ever since turning nicer in every game, he hasn't lost it.
- Combat Tropes:
- Cool Horse: Shadow Runner
- Dirty Old Man: 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.
- The odd moment, like the above-mentioned stage aside, is usually averted in the games where Cao Cao's characterization tends to revolve entirely around taking over China.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Father to His Men: He may be feared by his enemy, but he's highly respected by his men. This appears to be true to history, where he was very ruthless when the situation called for it, but was also a very good and capable leader. 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.
- Historical Villain Upgrade: Par for the course, and faithfully to the source material. 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).
- Horned Hairdo: Always has two tufts of hair that stuck out from both sides of his head.
- Humiliation Conga: Suffers a few of these, particularly after Chi Bi.
- 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; the games do ignore quite a few of his uglier moments in this respect (for example, the details of how he dealt with a conspiracy against him secretly backed by the Emperor, besides confronting the Emperor and warring with Liu Bei). Even then he has moral lines he will not cross. Modern games have toned this down, but only in the sense that the "demon" part is hardly present.
- 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.
- 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".
- Regents Who Actually Do Something: In the games, he is a dangerous personal combatant rather than "merely" an astute politician and general.
- Evil Chancellor: Usually seen as one by many people, especially in 7 by Emperor Xian himself.
- 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.
- The Rival: Liu Bei and the Sun family
- Riding into the Sunset: In Wei's hypothetical ending in 8.
- Self-Made General: 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.
- Also notable in that he was 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 pretty much 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 place 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.
- Worthy Opponent: As in the novel, despite his disdain for the practicality Liu Bei's high-minded idealism, Cao Cao does respect 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: Kakouen
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.
"The Unmatched Blade"
"Victory on the battlefield is worth any cost!"
Style Name: Wenyuan
Japanese spelling: Chouryou
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 defending 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.
- Anti-Villain: 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 (and Big Damn Villains, if Wei are the villains): Most notably at He Fei
- Combat Tropes:
- 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 Dragon: To Lu Bu, before becoming Cao Cao's general.
- The Dreaded: Mothers in Wu used him as a bogeyman to frighten their children after his victories at Hefei. 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.
- 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, Worthy Opponent: Guan Yu; in the novel, Guan begged Cao Cao to spare Zhang Liao's life (considering him a good man who had simply been on Lu Bu's side). In return, Liao later talked Guan Yu into temporary capitulation instead of dying in vain. He would also be the middleman who convinced Guan to ally with Cao Cao. 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 this cordiality.
- 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. Notable in that, even though Lu Bu's obviously the stronger fighter, Cao Cao prefers to spare Zhang Liao over him, since, well, Lu Bu's a backstabbing prick.
- Nice Hat: So glorious it has remained consistent since his introduction.
- One-Man Army: Even by the standards of playable characters in Dynasty Warriors, this guy is a beast. He's The Dreaded for a reason.
- 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. 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 Dong, Lu Bu, and Zhang Liao to serve him as generals and strategists. Chen Dong 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 intantly 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
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: Jyoukou
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.
- Combat Tropes:
- Dishing Out Dirt: His standing Musou Attacks "Earthshaker" and "Terra Pierce" in 7
- Weapon of Choice:
- 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.
- Blade on a Stick: Only in 7, by default. Like Zhang Liao, it's likely to symbolize his friendship with Guan Yu.
- Friendly Rivalry, Worthy Opponent: To Guan Yu, who has tailored dialogue to this effect in most installments.
- Out-of-Character Moment: He is one of officers who sides with Sima Yi's rebellion against Cao family in 6 only to test himself. Pretty odd for a honorable guy like him, no wonder sixth game isn't very well received.
- Nice Turban
- 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!"
Japanese spelling: Choukou
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, 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: Despite his... well, see the trope right under this one, he does express interest in ladies in the Empires games.
- Ambiguously 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.
- Camp Straight: His sexuality is in question, but his Camp is not.
- 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
- Bare Your Midriff: Until 8
- Bishounen: The first Wei officer to be young and attractive, but it gets taken rather far.
- 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.
- Combat Tropes:
- 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.
- Dance Party Ending: YES.
- 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.
- For Rule of Funny, some fanart often depicts him, Xiahou Yuan and Xiahou Ba (whom, in the game, he comforts after his father's death) as a "happy family". While not exactly a yaoi pairing, one can't help but laugh whenever you could find these depictions.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: In earlier installments, if you squint, it's hard to tell him and Zhenji apart.
- Expy: 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 7, he expresses to Zhao Yun his distaste over having to attack a man carrying an infant.
- Fat and Skinny: With Xiahou Yuan.
- 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.
- Gorgeous George: Though very sympathetic for a "heel."
- Large Ham: His sexuality and morality may both be in question, but his gloriously flamboyance is not.
- Long Haired Prettyboy: Are you really surprised by this point?
- 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.
- Rapunzel Hair: From 7 onward.
- 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 especially 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."
Born: January 26, 182 or 183
Japanese spelling: Shinki
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.
- Absurdly Youthful Mother: Mostly qualified in 5, where her son Cao Rui's design is a general with Badass Mustache. Zhenji looks very youthful compared to her son in that game.
- 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.
- Badass Empress, Hot Consort: She is Cao Pi's empress throughout their lives, without the drama that accompanied it in history and the novel.
- Battle Couple: With Cao Pi
- Bi the Way: Possibly; while she's devoted to her husband, Zhenji has oddly flirtatious tailored dialogue with other female officers.
- Blue Blood: A lifelong aristocrat, born and married into privilege and wealth. Twice.
- Break Them by Talking: Played straight in 8. See Insult Backfire for more.
- Combat Tropes:
- Composite Character: It's possibly 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.
- Designated Girl Fight: When there's one in a Dynasty Warriors game, she's usually in it.
- Dragon Lady, Femme Fatale: The bad girl of this series so far. Subverted since Zhenji is capable of acting decent among her allies and gets along well with sweet characters like Cai Wenji.
- Flanderization: Has become less of an independent character since Cao Pi was introduced. Given her almost complete lack of storyline involvement in 7 and Warriors Orochi 3, she has started to become more of a Satellite Character for her husband.
- 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.
- Ice Queen: Played with. Zhenji is cold, cruel, and sarcastic to characters in other factions, but she's rather normal to her friends and allies.
- Insult Backfire: In regards to Break Them by Talking. 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. This also doesn't go well, as Shang Xiang comments 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: In all sorts of ways. Cao Pi's a lucky man.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette - Varies from appearances
- Rich Bitch: The bitch is debatable, but Zhenji was born into wealth and married into it twice.
- 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.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Cao Pi - quite happily, thanks to Spared by the Adaptation.
- Vanity Is Feminine
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 4
"The Steady Shield"
"May my shield serve to protect my lord from the chaos!"
Style Name: Zixiao
Japanese spelling: Soujin
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.
- Anti-Villain: Back when Wei was still the "evil" faction.
- Badass Beard: Though not always obvious through his Cool Helmet.
- Badass Pacifist: Just because he won't enjoy it doesn't mean he can't kick your ass.
- Combat Tropes:
- Grapple Move: His flail EX attack and second Musou from 7 and his second standing Musou in 8
- Life Drain: His flail's EX Attack in 7
- Stone Wall: In 4 and 5, Cao Ren was considerably slower and more oriented towards defense compared to others.
- Mighty Glacier: In Orochi 2, Cao Ren posessed THE strongest defense in the roster, and his charge attacks are ridiculously powerful.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Cool Helmet
- Genius Bruiser: One of the most tactically adept of Cao Cao's generals, even capable of using the complicated Eight Gates Formation.
- 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 Technical Pacifist. Notable is his 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. 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.
- Warrior Prince: He is cousin of Cao Cao and member of Cao royal family.
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: Souhi
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.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Mostly qualified in 5, where his son Cao Rui's design is a general with Badass Mustache. Cao Pi looks very youthful compared to his son in that game.
- 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.
- Combat Tropes:
- An Ice Person: His Elemental Orb attack in 5 and EX and Musou Attacks from 7 onward.
- Rain of Arrows: His Tome Special in 6; in the Warriors Orochi spinoffs, he makes arrow-rains come from the ground.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially 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 exactly 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Love at First Sight: With Zhenji in 8. She's surprised and flattered when he starts hitting on her during the battle, and, after defeating her, he immediately proposes marriage when Zhenji says she's prefer death to captivity and humiliation.
- Personality Powers: Uses ice in most of his attacks, like his father, but it reflects his cold personality much more closely.
- Shape Shifter Guilt Trip: Notable for being 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 probably 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 anymore in Battle of Hefei Castle (year 234). But he's the Wei commander in that battle in 5 and 8.
- 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".
- Tall, Dark and Snarky
- Unholy Matrimony: Happily Married to Zhenji, despite his otherwise cold and cruel demeanor.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Sima Yi and Mitsunari Ishida.
- 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!"
Japanese spelling: Houtoku
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.
- Back from the Dead: During the Battle of Guangling in 8.
- Badass Army: He can summon the Xiliang cavalry to charge with him during his second Musou Attack in 7: Xtreme Legends
- Badass Beard
- Combat Tropes:
- 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 notably slower than average on foot, but makes up for it with tremendous weapon reach and horseback attacks.
- Spear/Mace Shockwave: His EX attack has him firing a shockwave projecticle.
- Weapon of Choice:
- Cool Helmet
- 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.
- Power Trio: With Yu Jin and Cao Ren at Fan Castle.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce 2
"The Talented Lady of Woe"
"Let us play a beautiful melody to welcome our new future."
Given Name: Yan (Wenji is her style name)
Japanese spelling: Saibunki
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 appeared earlier 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.
- Combat Tropes:
- 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 never actually existed in history, while Wenji did.
- 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 actually 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.
- Lady of War: Like most Wei female officers, a dignified and classy lady who nonetheless serves as an officer on the front lines.
- Love Interest: One of the few female characters of the series who avoids being one. 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. Justified in that case because she married another man after Cao Cao rescued her.
- 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.
- 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, 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. Ironically, 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: Kaku
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: 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.
- Badass Beard
- 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.
- Combat Tropes:
- Deadpan Snarker: Is not afraid to say what he really thinks about certain officers.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: Subverted; 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.
- 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 Turban
- Older Than He Looks: He may look like an above-middle aged person, but Jia Xu's historically one year older than Huang Zhong. It's part of why outliving Guo Jia weighs so heavily on him.
- 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.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The only opposing playable officer to successfully retreat from Lu Bu's massacre during the Recapture of Chang'an. The game never touches on the possible ramifications of this, but it's safe to assume that he either doesn't have the balls to try and overthrow Lu Bu, or doesn't care since he spared the last Emperor's life anyway.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends
"With me here, I suppose our victory is all but assured."
Style Name: Fengxiao
Japanese spelling: Kakuka
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.
- 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.
- Bash Brothers: with Jia Xu, also with Guo Huai in Warriors Orochi 3.
- Bishounen: Oh, dear God, yes, though somewhat justified as he died young.
- Brainy Brunette: Borderline between light brown and blond, actually. 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.
- 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
- 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"
- Ship Tease: Has one with Ina in Warriors Orochi 3
Guo 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 Smart Guy: Considered one of the best from the Three Kingdoms Era
- The Strategist: Serves as this for Cao Cao's earlier battles, most notably at Xia Pi and Guan Du.
- The Unfettered: His strategies always take all possible courses of action into account, even if some of them are dirty or immoral. Notably, flooding Lu Bu's castle to flush him out inflicted great suffering on the peasants.
- Weapon of Choice: Scepter and orb. It can also be seen as Ancient Chinese version of a pool cue as the orb's usage can be seen as billiard ball. Fans have noted it draws a similarity with Venom. In fact, his first Musou Attack looks similar to Venom's multi-hit orb super "Dark Angel", while his Jumping Strong looks like Venom's other super "Red Hail" and Strong Attack 5 acts much like the special "Carcass Ride".
- What Could Have Been: In-Universe. 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."
Japanese spelling: Ou'i
Height: 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: Unless Ma Chao is in the vicinity. Overlaps with Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette.
- Arch-Enemy: Ma Chao, "the Demon of Xiliang."
- 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.
- Boobs of Steel: Averted, actually, 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.
- Combat Tropes:
- Dual Wielding Sai Girl: Her Weapon of Choice is a pair of trishula, which are essentially large bladed sais.
- Changed to a pair of emeici in 8: Empires.
- Grapple Move: Her Trishula's Standard Musou and aerial Musou and a majority of Emei Piercer Moveset.
- Drowning My Sorrows: In her 7: Xtreme Legends ending
- 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...
- Lady of War: A very dark, gloomy, and violent version.
- Dark Lady of War: 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.
- 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.
- Cleavage Window: Downplayed in 7, played up in 8.
- She's Got Legs: All of her outfits show off her legs without showing much skin.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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..."
- Ship Tease: With Sima Yi in Warriors Orochi 3
- 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.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8
"I shall not disappoint you!"
Style Name: Wenqian
Japanese spelling: Gakushin
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.
- Combat Tropes:
- Expy: 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 obnoxiously gritty dark Anti-Hero personality.
- His hookswords and moveset are quite similar to Kabal.
- Humble Hero: Always humble and not the type to flaunt his skills. Li Dian notes that he kind of "lacks self-confidence".
- Glory Seeker: However, Yue Jin's 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).
- 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 .
- 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 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: Riten
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.
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: Ukin
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. 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: And with Yu Jin, the Five Wei Generals are complete at last.
- Badass Mustache
- Cool Old Guy: The eldest of the Five Wei Generals.
- Elemental Powers: The trident moveset relies heavily on this.
- Genius Bruiser
- 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 seems to depict 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 Stoic
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Empires
Voiced by: Takashi Oohara (Japanese)
Style Name: Wenruo
Japanese spelling: Jun Iku
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.
- 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.
- Distressed Dude: Rescuing him is the objective of the first phase of the Battle of Puyang in 8.