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Characters: Dynasty Warriors Wu Kingdom
aka: Dynasty Warriors-The Wu Strategists
Wu, the kingdom with its' foundations laid by Sun Jian and Sun Ce, ultimately led through the chaos by Sun Quan. Unique to itself in that although they too fought for peace, they did it more or less for themselves which lends to Wu being not as easily defined as say Shu (Benevolence!) or Wei (Ambition!). What could be said is that they fought for family, a trait that runs through all of its officers; Wu almost moreso than other faction, is a family that's an extension of its founding clan's. They also appear to be big fans of fire attacks. Naturally, their color is red and their symbol is a tiger; derived from Sun Jian's sobriquet (the Tiger of Jiang Dong).

Here's the list of characters categorized in the Wu Kingdom in Dynasty Warriors, arranged in their chronological appearance in the series.

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Debuting in Dynasty Warriors

    Zhou Yu 

"The Crimson Passion"

"My wisdom shall bring victory to us all!"

Voiced by: Takahiro Yoshimisu (Japanese), John DeMita (English; 4), Michael Gough (English; 5), Michael Sinterniklaas (English; Present)

Born: 175
Died: 210
Style Name: Gongjin
Japanese spelling: Shuuyu

Age: 25
Height: 5'10" (178cm)

Zhou Yu is the first supreme strategist for the Wu Kingdom and is responsible for the expansion of their territories. Possessing good looks, intelligence, and refinement, he is a wise expert of strategy who is capable of seeing through most of his enemies' ploys. His devotion to his homeland is unquestionable, and his talents are praised throughout the land.

Calm and rational, Zhou Yu acts as the voice of reason for his hotblooded friend and blood brother Sun Ce. They share a strong bond and can rely on each other in times of need. He is married to Xiaoqiao, whom he loves dearly.

  • Always Second Best: To Zhuge Liang, something that runs him into an early grave in many games.
  • Badass Bookworm: Though downplayed compared to Lu Meng and Lu Xun, Zhou Yu is a very intellectual man in addition to being a skillful strategist and a dangerous personal combatant.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses / Bash Brothers: With Sun Ce, before his early death. Though still loyal and supportive to Sun Quan, their bond isn't quite as close.
  • Battle Couple: With Xiaoqiao. The final Wu extra stage in 8:XL actually parodies this, by having his "strategy" be summoning his wife to back him up.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Not even on his deathbed.
  • Benevolent Boss: Most notably to Lu Su before his death in the Wu historical route.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Once Zhuge Liang starts chipping away at his cool facade, he cracks like a bottle in a freezer. Particularly noticeable in NEXT.
  • Bishounen: Historically known as the Beautiful Youth of Zhou. At the Battle of Nanjun in 8, he gets irritated at Zhang He's insults and promptly states that he is known as "The Handsome Zhou Yu," though in other circumstances Zhang He actually complements him for his looks when they meet.
  • Blood from the Mouth
  • Broken Ace: Following his characterization in the novel, as a result of his rivalry with Zhuge Liang, Zhou Yu goes from being a quiet, dignified genius to a raving, impulsive man almost crazy with rage at the thought of being Always Second Best. On the other hand, he keeps his cool whenever the games decide to focus more on his historical counterpart.
  • Chessmaster Sidekick: To Sun Ce and Sun Quan. Interestingly, the Zhou family was more prestigious and wealthy than the Sun family back when Zhou Yu and Sun Ce first met as teenagers. Nonetheless, the two became friends instantly and Zhou Yu remained fiercely loyal to the Sun family for the rest of his life, even after their glory grew to eclipse his.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Jack of All Stats: Wu's counterpart to Zhao Yun and Xiahou Dun. Zhou Yu favors speed and finesse while Xiahou Dun leans more towards power, leaving Zhao Yun in the middle of both, essentially "The Jack of Jacks".
    • Playing with Fire: His EX and Musou Attacks in 7.
    • Weapon of Choice:
      • Cool Sword: Gǔdžng dāo up to 6.
      • Simple Staff: From 6 onwards.
      • Musical Assassin: He is seen playing a flute in the opening of 2. In 8, he is incredibly compatible to musical-related weapons such as Zhenji's flute and Cai Wenji's harp.
  • Cultured Badass: A skilled musician, poet, and meteorologist, on top of a dangerous fighter and general.
  • Definitely Just a Cold: Contracts an illness after his arrow wound that eventually leads to his death, but in 8 he keeps on fighting and pretending to be well until the campaign ends. The added strain makes it fatal.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Against Cao Ren.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: There are worse examples in the series, but Zhou Yu's features are still rather feminine.
  • Family of Choice: Treats (and is treated by) the Sun family as family, much like the "three brothers" of Shu.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Gets a half-robe along with a bunch of other characters in 8. Amusingly, his is actually appropriate because he's often depicted with one in traditional art.
  • Four-Star Badass: Admiral and Grand Commander of Wu's army.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He will do anything to protect his country, and is sometimes rather unscrupulous.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In 8. He shows regret at not being able to bring Wu to its greatest glory but is ultimately content with leaving things up to Lu Su and Lu Meng. This doubles as a heartwarming moment because it shows his trust in his comrades, and letting go of his resentment for Zhuge Liang.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Shows shades of this after Sun Ce's death. How much he grieves varies depending on the game.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sun Ce. Hilariously, in the IF scenario in 6, after he and Sun Ce both survive their historical deaths, they decide to leave Wu's affairs in the hands of the next generation and just ride off into the sunset together.
  • Lady of War: An unusual male example.
  • The Lancer: To Sun Ce and, later, Sun Quan.
  • Long Haired Prettyboy: And how!
  • Officer and a Gentleman
  • Opposites Attract: With Sun Ce and Xiaoqiao.
  • Peaceful in Death: In 7 and 8.
  • Princely Young Man
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sun Ce's red.
  • Samurai Ponytail: In that weird moment otherwise known as 6.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Xiaoqiao.
  • Sensitive Guy: To Sun Ce's Manly Man.
  • Spared By Adaptation: In NEXT, he lives to see Wu unite the land. In 8, his death can be averted in the hypothetical route by successfully completing his decoy mission.
  • The Strategist: Wu's first, and the mastermind behind the Battle of Chibi.
  • Submissive Badass: Despite his many talents, he's more comfortable following than leading.
  • Team Mom: To the younger strategists and generals, with Lu Su as Team Dad.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Sun Ce and the Sun Clan in general.
  • Unknown Rival: To Zhuge Liang. Subverted and invoked in later games (as per the source material) in that Zhuge Liang plays this up to push Zhou Yu's buttons. It works, eventually contributing to Zhou Yu's (early) death.
  • Warrior Poet: Known for his skill in music as well as war.

    Lu Xun 

"The Young Courageous Flame"

"In battle, one must do their very best to succeed."

Voiced by: Kenji Nojima (Japanese), Skip Stellrecht (English)

Born: 183
Died: 245
Style Name: Boyan
Japanese spelling: Rikuson

Age: 17
Height: 5'7" (171cm)

Lu Xun is a young and loyal officer of Wu who serves under Sun Quan and quickly rises up the ranks. Hand picked by Lu Meng as his protege, his most famous victory occurs at Yi Ling with the defeat of the Shu army.

Quick-witted, perceptive, and believes in seeing the big picture, Lu Xun's outstanding talents and youthful energy helps inspire Sun Quan and his allies during dire times. Formal and humble, he tries to see the best in every person, be they ally or foe. He addresses disasters with a prudent and sincere manner, always striving for an optimistic solution to the situation.

  • Absurdly Youthful Father: Looks younger than his (generic) son Lu Kang.
  • Animal Motifs: All his weapons have an avian Theme Naming.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In 5 and 7.
  • Bishounen: Borders on Dude Looks Like a Lady in 7.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Polite, honest, hardworking, and will fry you alive if he feels you're too dangerous to Wu.
  • Chilly Reception: In 7, his sudden promotion to Wu's main strategist is not taken well. At the Battle of Yi Ling, Zhu Ran refuses to follow his orders to initiate the fire attack until he proves himself on the frontlines.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Doppelgšnger Attack: In 8, his swallow sword moveset summons a shadowy clone to help him fight, giving him a deceptively wide range and reach.
    • Playing with Fire/Kill It with Fire: Almost all of his Tome Specials, EX and Musou Attacks will all have this element imbued in them. On the other hand, pay attention to the battles where he plays the main strategist: he's prone to suggesting a fire attack whenever one is possible. It's also lampshaded in 5 during Wu's Nanman Campaign, where Zhu Rong challenges him to see whose fire powers are greater.
    • Weapon of Choice:
  • Facial Markings: One on his cheek in 6.
  • Friendly Rivalry: with Zhu Ran in the latter's playable debut in 8:XL.
  • The Good Chancellor: He eventually becomes the chancellor of Wu, and keeps his nation running well for a long time. Things only really start to fall apart after he dies and his equally-capable son is executed.
  • Nice Hat: 2 to 5. He took it off following his art upgrade in 6.
  • Incendiary Exponent: Loves his fire attacks, like most of his faction.
  • Older Than He Looks: He's actually in his early forties during the Battle of Fan Castle/Yi Ling.
  • Smart Guy: Ohhhhhhh, boy...
  • The Strategist: The last main strategist for his faction and also its youngest. Gained immeasurable fame/infamy for his planning during the Battle of Yiling.

    Taishi Ci 

"The Indomitable Will"

"Duty does not fade. Let us go to battle!"

Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa (Japanese), Terrence Stone (English; 4 and 5), Darrel Guilbeau (English; 6) Matthew Mercer (English; Present)

Born: 166
Died: 206
Style Name: Ziyi
Japanese spelling: Taishiji

Age: 27
Height: 6'3" (190cm)

Taishi Ci is a Wu officer known for his immense battle prowess and unswerving loyalty. After being beaten by Sun Ce, Taishi Ci vowed to faithfully serve Wu. He came to admire Sun Ce's character and, though they first meet as enemies, he treats the lord as his friend.

He is known as an upright warrior with strong character. Striving to live a warrior's life, he searches for ways to improve himself. He feels obligated to return any kindness given to him and will work hard to repay their feelings in kind.

    Sun Shangxiang 

"The Warrior Princess"

"I am as capable in battle as any warrior you'll find!"

Voiced by: Emi Uwagawa (Japanese), Michelle Ruff (English; 4 and 5), Gina Bowes (English; present)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: (Unknown)
Japanese spelling: Sonshoukou

Age: 18
Height: 5'6" (167cm)

The daughter of Sun Jian and sister of Sun Ce and Sun Quan, Sun Shangxiang is an upbeat and independent woman who always is eager to lend a helping hand. She frequently wants to show her worth in battle, which usually worries her father and brothers.

Considered a tomboy, her living quarters are decorated with all manner of weapons, and the women that attend to her are all armed. She is torn between her loyalty to her Love Interest Liu Bei and her family.

  • Action Girl
  • Badass Princess: Maybe the first female character in Dynasty Warriors to be referred as one. Most of Wu retainers from playable to NPC alike also almost always call her as 'Princess' (or 'Hime-sama' in Japanese versions) in several dialogues.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Battle Couple: Forms one with Liu Bei during the times when she stays with her husband and Shu instead of returning to Wu once relations break down.
  • Boyish Short Hair
  • Chickification: Was a ball-busting Action Girl until 6 demoted her to Liu Bei's Love Interest, though ironically she becomes an even stronger fighter.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Grapple Move: Her first Musou from 7
    • Playing with Fire: Her EX and Musou Attacks in 7
    • Precision Guided Wind and Fire Wheels: Her weapons can be thrown like chakrams with great accuracy.
      • Boomerang Comeback: They also come back to her, plowing through several dozen bodies at a time.
    • Rain of Arrows: Her Tome Special in 6
    • Weapon of Choice:
      • Archer Archetype: Only in 6. Interestingly, it's more accurate to her historical self, in which is she's called the "Princess of the Bow", though she actually lacks proficiency with them in 7. Then she gets proficiency with bows back in 8, although Huang Zhong is still the only one with access to its EX moves. That said, her Aerial Musou does involve a bow.
      • Cool Sword: Only in 1.
      • Dual Wielding Rings of Death: She dual-wields a pair of Wind and fire wheels from 2 to 5 and 7. Since she became The Archer in 6, the reappearance of the rings is lampshaded in Warriors Orochi 3, where she states she experimented with other weapons before settling back to them.
  • Composite Character: Quite possibly in recent installments which brought her relationship with Liu Bei to be much closer. Historically, they've divorced by the time Liu Bei becomes founding emperor of Shu and he married to another woman named Lady Wu (no, not the same woman as Sun Jian's wife and Sun children's mom) who became his empress. In recent installments, Sun Shangxiang sticks with Liu Bei even after foundation of Shu (including stay by Liu Bei's side on his deathbed in 8). And while never explicitly stated as Liu Bei's empress, she's still considered his wife. So it can be assumed that Sun Shangxiang in the game is a combination of the historical Lady Sun Shangxiang and Empress Wu.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: She falls in love with Liu Bei, and depending on the game, chooses to either marry or follow him after leaving Wu. In 5, she leaves Shu and returns to Wu. After Guan Yu is executed following the Battle of Fan Castle, she is forced to chose sides when Liu Bei declares war against Wu. She chooses her family, and fights against Shu, even though she still loves Liu Bei. In 6 and 7, she stays with Liu Bei and fights with him at Yi Ling against her family. 7 also adds a new wrinkle with her bodyguard Lianshi also on the other side.
    • Amusingly, her switch from returning to Wu to remaining loyal to Shu, though justified as being more or less what happened in the novels, coincided with Liu Bei becoming noticeably more Bishounen.
  • Defector from Decadence: Ends up leaving Wu for Shu on her own accord, and even fights alongside Liu Bei against her brother at Yi Ling in 6.
    • Averted in 7, as Zhou Yu marries her off to secure an alliance with Shu. She appears more loyal to Liu Bei afterwords, but she is visibly shaken when she learns that Wu was responsible for the deaths of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry
  • Fiery Redhead: Since 7, her hair is noticeably more auburn.
  • Hair Decorations
  • Hotter and Sexier: Although 6 drastically changed her appearance (as did all characters), it's her counterpart in 7 that really took off with this.
  • Lady of War
  • Lovely Angels: Occassionally with fellow Ladies of War Inahime and Kaihime in the crossover.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Liu Bei in 7, at least on her end. Played straight in 8
  • Plucky Girl
  • Secret Character: In the first Dynasty Warriors, she was unlockable via Cheat Code.
  • She-Fu: Her fighting style has her doing backflips and gymnastic cartwheels.
  • Shipper on Deck: For Sun Quan with Lianshi
  • Sibling Team: Frequently forms one with her brothers before and after her marriage.
  • Tomboy: Becomes less of one as she reappears in each main installment.
  • You Keep Using That Word: Her weapons are called "Fire And Wind Wheels", but they were mistakenly called "Chakrams" in previous games. 7 has rectified this error.

Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 2

    Sun Jian 

"The Tiger of Jiang Dong"

"I shall lead my clan through these chaotic times!"

Voiced by: Yasuhiko Tokuyama (Japanese), Steve Blum (English; 4 and 5), Grant George (English; present)

Born: 155
Died: 191
Style Name: Wentai
Japanese spelling: Sonken

Age: 36
Height: 6'0" (182cm)

Patriarch of the Sun family and the father of Sun Ce, Sun Quan, and Sun Shangxiang, known as the "Tiger of Jiang Dong", Sun Jian gained fame by single-handedly defeating a crew of vicious pirates in his early teens.

He is known as a calm man, always considerate and courteous to his men. Out of the three rulers of Wu, Sun Jian is the one who acts most like a gentleman. He is generally kind to those around him and forgives past mistakes with subtle ease. A caring father, he is proud of his children and tries his best to look out for them.

  • Action Dad
  • Adaptation Expansion: Has a huge role in the earlier games as Wu's equivalent to Cao Cao and Liu Bei, yet he did not outlive Dong Zhuo, whose death triggered the start of the Three Kingdoms Era; this is "rectified" beginning with 7, which focuses more on Sun Quan's reign.
    • Taken up to eleven in 6. Sun Jian gets a Story Mode, instead of his sons(or the more important Quan), and his story mode consisted of several re-mixed stages made for himself. To put into perspective, he gets the same treatment as Lu Bu!
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted in "authority" side.
    • Almighty Janitor: 7 finally goes with his historical life, where he actually starts as a subordinate warlord who serves under Yuan Shu. Sun Ce is the one who very less impressed with the fact that Sun Jian could have been a better general than just become an officer under Yuan Shu.
  • Animal Motifs: Tiger
  • Badass: Makes you wonder how things in the war would have gone if he lived...
    • Badass Beard
    • Badass Family: Essentially has his three children, and their spouses (in the males case one of their spouses.) are all playable characters.
  • Catch Phrase: In case you forgot, he's the "Tiger of Jiang Dong".
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Cool Old Guy
  • Decoy Protagonist: In Wu's Story Mode for 7, due to how quickly he's Killed Off for Real; in the case of 8, he doesn't make it past the first stage.
  • Hunk: Manly in the extreme, handsome even at old age, tall and musclebound.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Very much a gentleman towards his men
  • Papa Wolf
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He is nicer than most examples.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Silver Fox: From 6 onwards mostly because he had a helmet in the previous installments.
  • Spared By Adaptation: In the Story Mode for 4 and his Musou mode in 5 and can be invoked in 8.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: In 8, the first battle is the Battle of Jiang Yang, when he gets assassinated. Can be averted if certain conditions are met.

    Sun Quan 

"The Heroic Young Tiger"

"Together, we shall forge a new world under the heavens."

Voiced by: Hisayoshi Suganuma (Japanese), Skip Stellrecht (English; 5 and 6), Gideon Emery (English; present)

Born: 182
Died: 252
Style Name: Zhongmou
Japanese spelling: Sonken

Age: 24
Height: 5'10" (178cm)

The second son of Sun Jian and first emperor of the Wu Empire, Sun Quan follows Cao Pi who seized the throne and proclaimed himself as the Emperor of China. Sun Quan has the ability to gather important and honorable men to his cause.

Sun Quan is a proud and venerable ruler who dearly treasures his lineage. Contrary to his hot-headed brother, he is a patient, collected, and diligent individual. He is the strictest of the three leaders within his family, as he cannot forgive betrayals or excessive disobedience as easily as his family members.
  • Accidental Pervert: Quite possibly in Lianshi's Legend Stage in 7: Xtreme Legends
  • All-Loving Hero: In 7 and NEXT, with the latter ending with him sparing with his fellow warlords, convincing them they have a place in the new order he hopes to create.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Unlike Cao Pi and Liu Shan who undergo Adaptational Badass, this guy's ability don't have to be made up. He may not be as good as his father and brother in asskicking, but he's still good military commander. Not to mention that he's the only founding emperor of Three Kingdoms who lived the longest, compared to Liu Bei and Cao Pi (founding emperor of Shu and Wei, respectively).
  • Badass Baritone: His current voice does have Gideon Emery all over it....
  • Badass Beard: Up until 6
  • Battle Couple: With Lianshi.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Plays the brooder alongside Lianshi in 7, when Quan mourns his brother's death while preparing for another battle.
  • Combat Pragmatist: In the final stage in Wu's Story Mode in 7, he stabs Zhang Liao after Lianshi and Ding Feng hold back his weapons.
    "This is how I fight."
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Demoted to Extra: While Sun Quan led Wu during the actual Three Kingdoms period of Ancient China, Sun Jian is generally treated as Wu's answer to Wei's Cao Cao and Shu's Liu Bei.
    • Notched Up to Eleven in 6, where his father gets a Story Mode over him. This adds to the reason why the reception for 6 was polarizing at best.
    • Averted beginning with 7, where he's firmly established as The Hero of Wu's Story Mode. Likewise, 8 follows soon; even in the hypothetical route, where Sun Jian and Sun Ce can be saved, Quan is still the kingdom's main hero. When he tries to return his army's leadership to them, his father and brother insist they only wanted to help him a little, but he must still be the leader of Wu.
  • Distressed Dude: Gets in trouble during two battles and will need to be saved, but luckily in one of them Sun Ce's around, thus Quan is just a regular officer and not the commander.
  • Foil: Serves as one to Cao Pi of Wei. Both are capable and talented politicians and generals who feel trapped in the shadow of their predecessors. However, while Cao Pi deals with his issues through supreme confidence and the desire to carve out his own legacy as his own man, Sun Quan is very insecure and prone to Heroic Self-Deprecation, usually requiring his friends, family, and lover to remind him of his own worth. Interestingly, Sun Quan is probably a better administrator and commander than his brother, despite his feelings to the contrary.
  • The Good Emperor: He is the founding emperor of Wu, and a (mostly) principled and moral man even if he doesn't always feel like shouting about it.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Got a makeover in 6 that continues into 7. The female fans noticed. Interestingly, it mostly consisted of shaving off his beard.
  • Humble Hero: Even as the leader of the Kingdom of Wu, he doesn't think highly of himself and gives most of the credit of his accomplishments to his subordinates and family.
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Before 7, his name was incorrectly pronounced as it was spelled (ie: Sun KWAN).
  • Meaningful Name: "Quan" means "power", and his art name "Zhong Mou" means "good at scheming". As the story progresses for Wu, Sun Quan begins showing signs of being a master of both traits.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sun Ce's red.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Samurai Ponytail: After his redesign in 6.
  • Ship Tease: With Lianshi; later cemented during the closing scene of Wu's Story Mode in 7 as Official Couple. Historically, he declared her Empress posthumously.
  • Sibling Team: with his brother and sister. And sometimes with Daqiao and Xiaoqiao, too, whom he consider as sisters as well.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome

    Lu Meng 

"The Gentleman of Learning"

"All my strength and wisdom are yours to command."

Voiced by: Yukitoshi Hori (Japanese), Daran Norris (English; 5 and 6), Tony Oliver (English)

Born: 178
Died: 219
Style Name: Ziming
Japanese spelling: Ryomou

Age: 29
Height: 5'11" (181cm)

A valuable officer under Sun Quan, known as a warrior in his early years, Lu Meng he takes it upon himself to study and become a scholar.

Honest and perceptive, Lu Meng is a man who believes in steadfastness. While he speaks with a gruff tone, he is a calm and flexible leader with universal capabilities. Praised for his determination and cunning, he tries to impart his wisdom to several of Wu's younger retainers, as he finds them to be the hope for their kingdom should he fall. He particularly sees talent in his protege Lu Xun and respects the younger man's intellect.

  • Badass Bookworm: Went from being The Brute to a respected scholar by hitting the books.
    • Shown more clearly in the online game. If you end a scenario under him, his idea is now that peace is upon China, no matter who won, there shouldn't be a need for fighting anymore, only studying.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Architect and advocate of the plan to betray and kill Guan Yu in NEXT and 8
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Hunk
  • Leeroy Jenkins: In the "what-if" scenario for Shu in 8, Lu Meng heads to attack Guan Yu anyways, despite Lu Su advising him not to.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: His justification for breaking the alliance with Shu in 8 is due to Liu Bei's promise to return Jing Province to them after he gained some land of his own, but Guan Yu's refuses after being placed in charge of it when Liu Bei proclaims himself Emperor.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Lu Xun.
  • Only Sane Man: Sometimes played with when tensions occur between Ling Tong and Gan Ning.
  • Perma Stubble
  • Rags to Riches: Historically he started out as a poor commoner taking his mother across the river to find a better life, became a warrior, then a general, then a strategist, and ended up as one of Sun Quan's highest ranked officers.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Had one in earlier installments and is the trope picture.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: "What a display of martial skill! I am awestruck!"
  • The Strategist: The one who takes over after Lu Su's death, best known for assisting in capturing Guan Yu at the Battle of Fan Castle.
  • Team Dad: Often portrayed as this to Lu Xun, Gan Ning, Ling Tong, and recently Zhu Ran.

    Gan Ning 

"The Jolly Pirate"

"Finally! I've been itching for a good fight!"

Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura (Japanese), Doug Stone (English; 4 and 5) Michael Sinterniklaas (English; Present)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: 222
Style Name: Xingba
Japanese spelling: Kannei

Age: 23
Height: 5'11" (181cm)

Formerly a pirate, Gan Ning wears bells on his clothing to "warn" his enemies of their impending doom, sometimes calling himself "Gan Ning of the Bells".

Gan Ning is a man of action who doesn't like to adjust to proper etiquette. Wild and fearless, he is merely satisfied with a good brawl in battle. He's confident in his abilities and, though he seems arrogant, he has a good head on his shoulders and knows when to rely on teamwork.

Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 3

    Huang Gai 

"The Career Veteran"

"I have lived my life on the battlefield!"

Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese), Lee Everest (English)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: (Unknown)
Style Name: Gongfu
Japanese spelling: Kougai

Age: 55
Height: 6'2" (187cm)

A loyal general who is famous for serving three generations of the Sun family, starting with Sun Jian to Sun Quan, Huang Gai's most prominent role is during the Battle of Chibi.

Huang Gai is a muscular veteran who never loses faith in his countrymen. With stamina that belies his age, he is a bold and confident general for Wu. A devoted vassal, he is considered to be an irreplaceable member of the Wu army.

    Sun Ce 

"The Little Conqueror"

"I can't wait to get out there and make my mark!"

Voiced by: Takahiro Kawachi (Japanese), Michael Lindsay (English; 4) Yuri Lowenthal (English; Current)

Born: 175
Died: 200
Style Name: Bofu
Japanese spelling: Sonsaku

Age: 26
Height: 5'9" (176cm)

Son of Sun Jian and older brother to Sun Quan and Sun Shangxiang, Sun Ce is commonly known as the "Little Conquerer". He regained the land of Wu his father once ruled over and used it as his base for gaining further control over the land. Despite his success, Ce died young, leaving Wu in Quan's hands.

Known as an energetic, outgoing, brash, and informal leader. He is charismatic and well liked by his troops and his family. He usually does whatever he wants on whim with a macho and confident attitude. Proud of his heritage and gung-ho for battle, he can get lost in the thrill and forget his limits. Luckily, he can always rely on the wisdom and responsibility of his friend, Zhou Yu, to keep him focused and on track. He sought out the beautiful Daqiao for his wife.


"The Weary Yet Strong Flower"

"I'm ready to take the fight to the enemy!"

Voiced by: Junko Shimakata (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: (Unknown)
Japanese spelling: Daikyou

Age: 17
Height: 5'3" (160cm)

Daqiao is the wife of Sun Ce and the older sister of Xiaoqiao. She is a mature, studious, and sensible girl who desires to become stronger. Generally shy and timid, she doesn't like conflict and would normally not want to perpetuate it. She is contrast with her more energetic and outgoing sister.


"The Innocent Flower"

"Ehehe, I promise to do my best!"

Voiced by: Junko Shimakata (Japanese), Wendee Lee (English; 4 and 5), Carrie Savage (English; Present)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: (Unknown)
Japanese spelling: Shoukyou

Age: 16
Height: 5'3" (160cm)

Xiaoqiao is the wife of Zhou Yu and the younger sister of Daqiao. She is a carefree and cheerful girl who is gutsier than her sister when hopping into action. Not one to fume over the details, she often takes the honest and straightforward path in battle.

Although she's a capable fighter, her lack of restraint lands her in trouble and she often needs rescuing. Her snappy tongue can sometimes be blunt and slightly offending, which usually earns her sister's chiding. She acts in a manner that is more childish than her sister, and she is offended when others point out her immaturity.

Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 4

    Zhou Tai 

"The Quiet Blade"

"I come to serve."

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa (Japanese), Michael McConnohie (English; 4 and 5), Travis Willingham (English; 6 and 7), Kyle Hebert (English; Present)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: (Unknown)
Style Name: Youping
Japanese spelling: Shuutai

Age: 25
Height: 6'7" (200cm)

Zhou Tai is known in the Wu Kingdom as Sun Quan's personal bodyguard, after saving his life in the Battle for Wu Province.

Zhou Tai is a calm warrior who is merciless to his foes. He only talks when necessary and prefers action. His hard-to-approach and taciturn demeanor belie a sincerely kind and loyal man of Wu.

  • Badass
  • Battle Butler
  • Cool Helmet: In 4 and 8
  • Covered with Scars
    • Good Scars, Evil Scars Are Forever: One across his eye, and a bunch more along his upper body. When he asks you what your hobbies are in Conquest Mode of 7, he'll look rather hurt if you answer with "Counting the number of scars on your body".
    • Explained in the novel: he received them while single-handedly fighting off a troop of soldiers to protect a young Sun Quan. He survives the battle, but has to endure several months of surgery and scars seemingly remain on his body for the rest of his life.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Grapple Move: His first charge attack in 4 and his standing Musou in 7 and 8.
    • Iaijutsu Practitioner: We ought to nickname him "Battousai"
    • Weapon of Choice:
      • Cool Sword: In most appearances except 6 it's a katana but in aformentioned 6, he wields a Dao.
      • Katanas Are Just Better: All appearances except 6, despite katanas being developed about a thousand years after his time. It does make for a badass fighting style, though. Despite how it's named, it's a tachi, a forerunner of the katana (though still not invented in Zhou Tai's time, much less brought over to the mainland), yet not an actual katana, being more curved and sheathed with the blade facing down rather than up. To be fair, the developers seem to recognize this, giving him rather decent horseback ability (at least in 4 and 5, where he was one of three characters who attacked on one side rather than alternating sides, meaning he could fight officers semi-effectively). Historically, the tachi was meant to be a cavalry-based weapon. Besides, there are some swords like the miao dao or the zhan ma dao that looks much like a katana.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being from Wu, where red is the faction color, and an honorable and loyal man, his outfit's colors are mostly black, he's covered in scars and speaks in a frightening taciturn manner.
  • Demoted to Extra: His role as Sun Quan's bodyguard gets overtaken more by Lianshi in 7, though given the amount of shipping Wu's Story Mode does for Quan and Lianshi, this is justified, especially when the ending makes them an Official Couple. This is somewhat mitigated in 7: Xtreme Legends with his Hero Scenario in Legend Mode, and then fully defied in 8, where both he and Lianshi get a fair share of screentime and playable stages of being Quan's bodyguard.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He prefers to hide his Nice Guy traits, and every other times, he acts The Stoic.
  • Pirate: Formerly
  • Rated M for Manly: He's probably the manliest character in all of Wu roster.
  • Samurai: The closest thing you can have to one in Ancient China.
  • The Stoic

Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 5

    Ling Tong 

"The Lovable Sarcastic"

"I suppose I can muster up the strength for another battle."

Voiced by: Taiki Matsuno (Japanese), Lex Lang (English; 5), Sam Riegel (English; 6: Empires), David Lodge (English; present)

Born: 189
Died: 217 or 237
Style Name: Gongji
Japanese spelling: Ryoutou

Age: 24
Height: 6'2" (187cm)

Ling Tong is the son of Ling Cao, who in combat, died at the hands of Gan Ning. He then swore revenge against Gan Ning, even when he became a comrade in Wu. They saved each other many times and ended up befriending each other.

He is an intelligent yet sarcastic vassal of Wu. He doesn't break a sweat under pressure, which makes him seem rather relaxed compared to his comrades. However, he's easily irritated by his enemies and often wants to end battles in a quick and efficient manner. He's willing to follow any orders even if it means collaborating with Gan Ning.

Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7

    Ding Feng 

"The Scariest Face in Wu"

"Even the bleakest battlefield has its own aesthetic beauty."

Voiced by: Ryohei Nakao (Japanese), Kyle Hebert (English)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: 271
Style Name: Chengyuan
Japanese spelling: Teihou

Height: 6'11" (210cm)

A military general who served under Wu during the late Three Kingdoms era, Ding Feng is known as a brave warrior and skilled strategist. Despite his frightful appearance, he is a poet and lover of beauty.

  • Badass Baritone
  • Badass Longcoat
  • The Big Guy: Type 5; in addition to being a refined intellectual, ''he can beat you into the ground and throw you into orbit".
  • Cultured Badass
  • Expy: Kind of a stretch - fights with Good Old Fisticuffs and historically did end up being absorbed with his fortunes that he made losses for Wu (and to be honest, he was the strategist during Wu's "decline" after Lu Xun's departure, though it's not entirely his fault). Now examine his hair; yep, if Zhang He is to Vega/Balrog/Claw, then Ding Feng could very well be Balrog/M. Bison/Boxer. However, Ding Feng becomes less of this in 7: Empires, due to changing his weapon to a giant ring blade (he still has Balrog's Tyson-ish haircut, however).
  • Face of a Thug: And he's rather sensitive about it
  • Genius Bruiser/Gentle Giant: He might look menacing, but loves scenery and is a poet, as well as a gifted strategist (obviously, given the section he's in). Amusingly, discovering this just tends to freak people out more.
  • Giftedly Bad: Despite being a legit Genius Bruiser, his poetry is actually lousy. Nobody quite has the heart to tell him.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Often played as one in the later Wu era in Jin's story mode. Furthermore, he's the only Wu playable character while the other Wu generals are just random generics. Note that at the time, many Wu leaders are not as good as their predecessors.
  • Purple Prose: Frequently engages in it, much to the bewilderment and annoyance of all who meet him.
  • Super Strength: As a function of favoring the gauntlets
  • Warrior Poet: A primary character trait. Unfortunately, he's bad at it.
  • Weapon of Choice:
    • Power Fist: Uses a pair of armored gauntlets identical to Meng Huo's. Interestingly, both are the tallest characters in the game at 6'11" (210cm).
    • Rings of Death: Assigned the ring blade beginning with 7: Empires


"The Beautiful Guardian"

"There are some problems that can only be resolved by the sword."

Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese), Cristina Vee (English)

Born: (Unknown)
Died: 238
Japanese spelling: Renshi

Height: 5'5" (165cm)

Lianshi serves under Sun Shangxiang as one of her armed maids. A member of a once wealthy and prominent family that has fallen from grace, she trained to become a warrior, and is capable enough to protect herself and her lady.

Also known as Lady Bu and Bu Lianshi, she historically becomes one of Sun Quan's concubines later, particularly his favorite, and was posthumously made Empress after her death.

  • Absolute Cleavage: One only needs to look at how she is drawn in fanart or her current design in 8.
  • Badass Empress: Subverted as she's never referred as empress, but she's still the closest woman Sun Quan has besides his sister, and she's also his Official Couple. Historically, she's also never chosen as empress but she's still his favorite concubine, and after her death, Sun Quan honors her as empress posthumously.
  • Battle Couple: With Sun Quan
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Played with along Sun Quan in 7, when Quan mourned his brother's death in a preparation for another battle.
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Composite Character: Probably, as she combines aspects of Sun Quan's concubine and one of Shangxiang's lady-in-waiting (there's no record saying they're historically the same person).
  • Everyone Can See It: Her affections for Sun Quan; Shangxiang encourages it. In 8, a Red Shirt during the Battle of Liang Province also ships them.
  • Foil: Quite possibly of Wei's Zhenji. Both are their respective factions' Ms. Fanservice, empresses (made posthumously), and devoted to their husbands. However, while Zhen is a haughty Rich Bitch who has been a noble since her beginning, Lianshi is the more maternal of the two, caring and compassionate Team Mom for Wu, and didn't start out a noble, but a bodyguard for Shangxiang. They came to blows in Zhenji's Legend Stage for 7: Xtreme Legends due to this, (or sorts, anyways: Zhen wipes the floor with her). In 8, however, Lianshi's rivalry is switched to Wang Yi.
    • Shadow Archetype: This in turn makes Wang Yi into Lianshi's Shadow Archetype, as Wang Yi is someone who lost everything she wanted to protect and turned into an extremely bitter woman, something that may happen to Lianshi in case she failed her duties as a bodyguard (she did note about Wang Yi's loss).
  • Impoverished Patrician: According to material source in Koei Wikia, she's a member of a once wealthy and prominent family that has fallen from grace.
  • Mama Bear: As a nurturing-type, if anyone harms those under her protection, just see how her 'Enemy Officer Defeated' quote says it:
    "I will slay any who threatens those under my care!"
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her Gainaxing and skirt Panty Shot occur from taking a single step at the same time.
  • My Eyes Are Up Here: A subtle one in her Legend Mode for 7: Xtreme Legends. Sun Quan approaches and holds her arms, asking if she's alright, only to back away and apologize. It could be about him being sorry for a rash action, or possibly due to him looking at her chest while doing so.
  • Nice Girl: And also according to historical source, she's known to be very accepting towards Sun Quan's other wives and she did not show any signs of jealousy towards them.
  • Ninja Maid: For Sun Shangxiang and later Sun Quan, before becoming his Love Interest.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Ship Tease: With Sun Quan; moves into Official Couple territory at the end of Wu's Story Mode.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Historically died before Sun Quan and made Empress posthumously. But in the game, she's still alive and appears constantly throughout Jin's storyline.
    • Older Than She Looks: She already appeared since Sun Jian or Sun Ce's reign (depends on the game). Just imagine how old she is throughout Jin's storyline.
  • Stripperiffic
  • Team Mom: She basically takes care and gives support to many Wu officers so they can perform their duties well.
  • This Is Unforgivable: In the Wu hypothetical route for 8, when she sees Wang Yi callously trick the Shu army to attack Wu by spreading rumors about Sun Shangxiang "turning traitor". This is the only time Lianshi is completely pissed.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to her mistress' tomboy
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Via Noodle Incident. A camp conversation in 8 mentions how a drunk Sun Quan (trying to loose off) attempts to count the numbers of scars on Zhou Tai's body. Lianshi comes in to give Quan gigantic scolding.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Grade A

Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8

    Lu Su 

"May my efforts help restore peace to the land."

Voiced by: Taiten Kusunoki (Japanese), Steve Kramer(English)

Born: 172
Died: 217
Style Name: Zijing
Japanese spelling: Roshuku

Height: 6'3" (190cm)

An advisor of Wu, Lu Su is the vice-strategist of Zhou Yu. After Zhou Yu's death, he becomes the Head Advisor, and eventually named Lu Meng his successor.

  • Adaptational Badass: In the novel, Lu Su was a passive Nice Guy intermediary between Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang before the Battle of Chibi. Here, he can dish it as well as he can think.
  • Badass Bookworm
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Hunk: Just like Sun Jian, Lu Su's good looks are much manlier and the average protagonist of this series.
  • Nice Guy: The game goes beyond that - Lu Su believes in the bigger picture of maintaining peace with Shu is important for Wu's future. Naturally, preventing his death is one of the prerequisites to enter the hypothetical route (that is, not letting things go to hell, forcing Wu to betray Shu).
    • Vice versa, in Shu's "what-if" scenario, Lu Su is not pleased that Lu Meng and Lu Xun decide to go Combat Pragmatist and betray their allies, but he agrees to give a good sport for Shu just so these two are satisfied that allying with them is still good long-term strategy.
  • Nice Hat
  • The Obi-Wan: to Lu Meng
  • The Strategist: Successor to Zhou Yu and predecessor to Lu Meng, and is instrumental in the planning of the Battle of Chibi.
  • Team Dad: while Zhou Yu is the Team Mom.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome

    Han Dang 

"The name's Han Dang. Please don't forget it."

Voiced by: Hideyuki Tanaka (Japanese)

Born: 156
Died: 227
Style Name: Yigong
Japanese spelling: Kantou

Height: 5'8" (172cm)

One of the veterans of Wu, in the same vein of Huang Gai, Han Dang served three generations of the Sun family leaders. One of his notable accomplishment is during the Battle of Chibi, where he rescued a drowning Huang Gai after the latter was thrown to the sea after executing the fire attack.

  • Ascended Extra: One of the most recurring Wu NPCs to a full-fledged playable character. Hilariously, he thinks he's still an extra.
  • Attention Whore: Desperate to be noticed.
  • Blood Knight: As shown in his "Reason for Fighting" quote.
    "It's the thrill of the fight that I enjoy. I just can't stop after experiencing that."
  • Combat Tropes:
  • Cool Old Guy: So long as his peccadilloes don't get in the way.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite being a veteran, Han Dang often feels he's being forgotten or passed on from being assigned important duties. He shows surprise when he's picked to execute the fire attack in the Battle of Yi Ling note .
  • Eyes Always Shut: His potrait even reflects this...
  • The Generic Guy: To his utter horror, he feels he might be like this. Ironically, his terrified desire to be memorable is the most memorable thing about him..
  • Glory Seeker/I Just Want to Be Special: His aim is to have something to remember him by. In the novel, the best he did is being "the man who saved Huang Gai from drowning at Chibi".
  • Tall Poppy Syndrome: In the middle of battles, if the player's character is doing well, he is the only character who, rather than complementing them, will angrily snap for them to stop drawing attention away from him, before shamefully apologizing.

Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends

    Zhu Ran 

"I am the one that will light the way forward for our kingdom!"

Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara (Japanese) Spike Spencer (English)

Born: 182
Died: 248
Style Name: Yifeng
Japanese spelling: Shuzen

Praised for his skills as a general, he took part in many important military campaigns including the Battle of Yiling and the defense of Jiangling, and played a part in the capture of the mighty Shu general, Guan Yu.

  • Bishounen: Like you wouldn't believe
  • The Charmer: He's capable of making men agree with him via just words.
  • Combat Tropes:
    • Archer Archetype: His Weapon of Choice is called as "blaze bow".
    • Difficult but Awesome: The blaze bow moveset lacks any sort of quick crowd control, has very narrow attacks, and makes the character strafe around crazily during the combo. On the other hand, that strafing can be used to dance circles around enemies, and the various charge attacks offer a huge amount of options when used correctly.
    • Playing with Fire: At the Battle of Yi Ling, Zhu Ran is the one who initiates the fire attack. In Warriors Orochi, he often has some roles regarding fire attack. Now that he's a playable character, his weapon is a blaze bow.
  • Incendiary Exponent: As Cao Cao is to ambition, as Liu Bei is to benevolence, so is Zhu Ran to setting stuff ablaze
  • Older Than He Looks: Just like Lu Xun, he's already in his early forties during the Battle of Yiling.
  • Pyro Maniac: He LOVES setting stuff ablaze, especially enemy troops.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Rare Male Example.
  • The Resenter: In 7, Zhu Ran initially refuses to obey Lu Xun's orders due to his sudden promotion to head strategist prior to Yi Ling. It grows into Friendly Rivalry in his playable debut.

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alternative title(s): Dynasty Warriors-The Wu Rulers; Dynasty Warriors-The Wu Strategists; Dynasty Warriors-The Wu Famed Generals; Dynasty Warriors-The Bodyguards Of Wu; Dynasty Warriors-The Two Qiaos
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