Characters: Dynasty Warriors Wei Kingdom
aka: Dynasty Warriors-The Wei Famed Generals
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
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.
- 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.
- BFS: Beginning since 3 with his trademark scimitar. 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 Evil Has 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?
- Hey, It's That Voice!: In the Japanese release, he also voices another one-eyed badass.
- Talking to Himself: Also voices Dian Wei; in the localization, Kirk Thornton also voices Meng Huo.
- 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
- Tall, Dark and Snarky: More apparent in recent instalments; 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
- True Companions: to Cao Cao, alongside Yuan, especially in Wei's hypothetical ending in 8 when he followed his lord Riding into the Sunset.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cao Cao, again. The novel and 7 make it clear they were cousins (Cao Cao's father having been adopted into the Cao family), since Dun explicitly addresses Cao Cao as his cousin.
- 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.
- An Axe to Grind: All instalments except 6
- Epic Flail: Exclusively in 6, he wields a ball-and-chain.
- Bald of Awesome/Bald of Evil: His canon nickname is "The Coming Evil", after all.
- Bash Brothers: With Xu Zhu.
- Battle Butler
- 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.
- Guttural Growler: In the English version.
- Having a Blast: His EX Attack charges his axe with explosive power.
- 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
- 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
- Unstoppable Rage: At Wan Castle, he takes on an entire army trying to assassinate Cao Cao.
- Also present in Warriors Orochi 3, when he sees some Oda soldiers killing innocent villagers who took care of him.
"The Uncomplicated Warrior"
"Okay, let's go and give it our all!"
Voiced by: Takahiro Yoshimisu (Japanese), Doug Stone (English)
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
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.
- Affably Evil: 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).
- It helps that in most of the "bonus" or "fantasy" endings where emerges victorious and finally unifies the land, the first thing he tends to do is pass the future into the hands of the next generation. He then either retires or, more commonly, rides into the sunset with a either Xiahou Dun or Dian Wei.
- Ambition Is Evil: In 2 to 5
- 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.
- An Ice Person: His EX and Musou Attacks in 7
- 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.
- Cool Horse: Shadow Runner
- Cool Sword: Sword of Heaven
- BFS: Sword of Heaven in 7 is massive.
- 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.
- Flanderization: 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.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Tome Special in 6 is dropping boulders.
- Doppelgänger Attack: 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.
- 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.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Jun Uozumi, Oscar Hemeros and Higuma accidentally activated a time machine to this era.
- Horned Hairdo: Always has two tuffs of hair that stuck out from both sides of his head.
- Humiliation Conga: Suffers a few of these
- Playing with Fire: His Elemental Orb attack in 5
- Rain of Arrows: His EX Attack
- Self-Made General - Yup, he is. Especially heavily implied in 7 and 8. Of sorts, at least. He once was Dong Zhuo's subordinate before betraying him by failed assassination on the tyrant. After managed to escape Dong Zhuo's clutch, 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.
- The Rival: Liu Bei and the Sun family
- Tempting Fate: During his escape from the Battle of Chi Bi in most of the 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
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 2
"The Happy General"
"I've been waiting for a chance to show what I can do!"
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!"
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 him 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.
- An Axe to Grind: Two of them beginning from 6
- Badass Beard
- Badass Crew: Leader of the Five Wei Generals
- Big Damn Heroes (and Big Damn Villains, if you decide to portray Wei as villains): Most notably at He Fei
- 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).
- 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 He Fei. 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.
- 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.
- Nice Hat
- 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 He Fei. Even when Li Dian and Yue Jin were non-playable characters, they already have this moment!
- 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 normally kill a normal opponent against Zhao Yun, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei.
- Token Good Teammate: Was this during his servitude with Dong Zhuo and Lu Bu, expressing disgust towards their more brutal methods.
Prior to 7
, he was treated as a Wei character, upon which he gets his own "kingdom"
, although he makes an appearance for Wei in 7
during the Hanzhong campaign and in Wang Yi's story for 7: Xtreme Legends
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 3
"The Disciple of War"
"There is no truer path than that of the warrior."
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 one's strength can only carve the new future. A man who lives by his blade, he will even continue his lifestyle during times of peace.
"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
- 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.
- 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: Among the Five Wei Generals
- Bare Your Midriff: Until 8
- 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.
- Dance Battler
- The Dandy
- Depraved Homosexual: Averted; despite being a Camp Gay hired killer working for the nastiest 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.
- 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.
- Even Evil 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: An interesting case in that he's not really villainous, especially since recent games have averted the Designated Villain characterization of the Wei side. He specifically shows that he dislikes dirty fighting and attacking civilians, something that a full-blown Fighting Narcissist would not bat an eye at doing. He even straight out tells Zhao Yun that he doesn't like the idea of fighting a man defending an infant when the later is rescuing Liu Shan during the Battle of Changban.
- Gorgeous George
- Large Ham
- Long Haired Prettyboy
- 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
- Sissy Villain: If you consider Wei the villains, you have a man who loves wearing fabulous clothes, using beautiful words, and performing elegant dances.
- 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.
- Wolverine Claws: All appearances except 6, but he gets them back in the PlayStation 2 version and in 6: Empires.
"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.
- An Ice Person: Her "Icy Rain" Musou Attack and "Icy Heart" in 7
- Alpha Bitch
- Armor-Piercing Slap: Some of her charged attacks
- Bare Your Midriff: 3, 5 and 7
- 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
- Beauty Mark
- Cherry Tapping: Jump canceling her EX Attack in 7 allows her to do this by walking into enemies.
- 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 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 starts to become a Satellite Character for her husband, losing a lot of her cruel Rich Bitch characterization.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Can be recognized in the domestic releases as Millia Rage and Minami Shimahara.
- Hot Mom: Although as far as her son Cao Rui is still a generic officer, this still counts.
- Instrument of Murder/Musical Assassin: All appearances except 6; if she doesn't beat you to death with her flute, she'll play it so horrifically it kills you.
- Ice Queen
- Lady of War
- Ms. Fanservice
- Playing with Fire: Her Tome Special in 6
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin, Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette - Varies from appearances
- Rich Bitch
- Spared by the Adaptation: Historically and in the novel, Cao Pi forced her to commit suicide when he found a new favorite. 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 notably become more 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.
- Unholy Matrimony: With Cao Pi - quite happily, thanks to Spared by the Adaptation.
- Vanity Is Feminine
- Whip It Good: Exclusively in 6
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 4
"The Steady Shield"
"May my shield serve to protect my lord from the chaos!"
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.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 5
"The Cunning Successor"
"Know that one day this entire land will be mine!"
Died: June 29, 226
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.
- Adaptational Badass: In the novel/history, while Cao Pi is an excellent "domestic" style ruler that built a strong foundation of 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 an excellent political figurehead and a fierce fighter/commander on his own.
- An Ice Person: His Elemental Orb attack in 5 and EX and Musou Attacks in 7.
- Bifurcated Weapon: His dual swords connect to each other in 5. He gets this weapon back in 8.
- 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.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in Warriors Orochi
- Fan Nickname: "Bovine Urine", due to his name being pronounced in 5 exactly how it's spelled.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: RID Ultra Magnus in the localization, Guts in the domestic release. Also, he voices the nunchuck hottie Maxi.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: During Wei's version of the Battle of Chi Bi, 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
- Long-Haired Pretty Boy
- Rain of Arrows: His Tome Special in 6; in the Warriors Orochi spinoffs, he makes arrow-rains come from the ground.
- Spared By Adaptation: Historically was not alive anymore in Battle of New Hefei Castle. But he's the Wei commander in that battle, in 5 and 8.
- Unholy Matrimony: Happily Married to Zhenji, despite his otherwise cold and cruel demeanor.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With both Sima Yi and Mitsunari Ishida.
"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.
- Badass Army: He can summon the Xiliang cavalry to charge with him during his second Musou Attack in 7: Xtreme Legends
- Badass Beard
- Blade on a Stick/Powerful Pick: Wields two pickaxe/halberd polearms in all appearances.
- Carry a Big Stick: In NEXT, his weapon is changed to a cudgel/mace, and he retains this in Warriors Orochi 3 and 7: Empires
- Cool Helmet
- Fan Nickname: Indonesian fans often call him "Pakde", a play on his name and a reference to his mature appearance ("pakde" is the Javanese word for parents' older brother).
- 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.
- What Could Have Been: According to Word of God, he was supposed to return in 7, having skipped an appearance in 6, but wound up not being featured in the plot for Story Mode in the middle of development, thus was axed, most noticeably when it's Cao Ren and Xu Huang leading the defense at Fan Castle, yet Xiahou Dun is the playable character.
- The excuse is strange since there are many characters who don't appear in Story Mode at all.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce 2
"The Talented Lady of Woe"
"Let us play a beautiful melody to welcome our new future."
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.
- Actor 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 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.
- Brainy Brunette: Was able to write down all of her father's numerous writings just from memory. She also was a famous writer 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?
- Harp of Femininity
- Love Interest: One of only two female characters of the series who averts being one. She pursues none as a love interest after her introduction and her relationship with Cao Cao lacks the mildest hints of being anything other than platonic. Justified 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.
- Musical Assassin: Prior to 7, her weapon is a chinese violin. She currently uses a harp.
- 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.
- Token Good Teammate: Perhaps moreso than Cao Ren. Cai Wenji definitely contrasts with the other ambitious Wei characters, with her honest-to-God serene, compassionate personality.
- 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.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7
"The Calculating Man"
"Even the darkest waters may be navigated through proper strategy."
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.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7: Xtreme Legends
"With me here, I suppose our victory is all but assured."
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.
- Bishounen: Oh, dear God, yes, though somewhat justified as he died young.
- Chivalrous Pervert
- 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.
- 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.
- Improbable Weapon User: His weapon is practically an Ancient Chinese version of a pool cue. 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".
- 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.
- What Could Have Been: 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, its their knowledge that 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, too.
- The Unfettered
"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 Girl: Or leering towards Dark Action Girl, since her second Musou Attack shows a bit of her sadistic side, pinning the enemy on the ground and stabbing the enemy's throat while doing an Evil Laugh.
- Action Mom: No, seriously! Historically, this is one of her reasons to fight! Historically, one of her sons is killed by Ma Chao after previously being taken as a hostage. Likely averted in the games, as this has yet to be mentioned.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Unless Ma Chao is in the vicinity
- Arch-Enemy: Ma Chao
- Battle Couple: Averted, despite historically this has really happened alongside her husband
- Boobs of Steel: Almost literally, given that metal bustier she wears. She's also the only physically-oriented female in the Wei character lineup.
- Captain Ersatz: Hey, Lightning! What are you doing in Ancient China?
- Cleavage Window: In 8
- Drowning My Sorrows: In her 7: Xtreme Legends ending
- Dual Wielding: A pair of trishula, which are essentially large bladed sais
- Lady of War
- 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.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her outfit is rather suggestive, yet her main motivation to participate in battle is to take revenge on Ma Chao.
- 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. Let's not get into some of her quotes from 7: Extreme Legends.
"Revenge is the one thing that guides my every move."
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: More than half of her dialogue revolves around vengeance. Some even veer into Revenge Before Reason territory, despite her insistence of 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
- Ship Tease: With Sima Yi in Warriors Orochi 3
- This Is Unforgivable
- 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.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Only the inside of her thighs are uncovered
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8
"I shall not disappoint you!"
Voiced by: Kentaro Ito
(Japanese), Darrel Guilbeau (English)
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
- Dual Wielding Hooks and Crooks: Wields a pair of hookswords
- 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.
- Fragile Speedster: Ridiculously fast and nimble even when compared to other speedsters like Zhang He and Gan Ning.
- 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 succeeds, anyway).
- The Napoleon: 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 They Look: 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. But in the game, he is still alive during Cao Pi's reign.
"You can count on me to get things done!"
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
Voiced by: Atsushi Miyauchi (Japanese)
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