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Fei Xing/Hi Shin Unit

One of the three 'Special Independent Units' on the Qin Army, the Hi Shin Unit was formed as a 100-man-unit from survivors of the Battle of Dakan Plains under Shin's leadership. The Hi Shin Unit has since went on to become a 5000-man army playing a key role in many of Qin's greatest victories. As with the other 2 Special Independent Units, despite being only a 5000-man army, their abilities are considered greater than that of many generals.

  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A majority of the early fighters that started the Hi Shin Unit with Shin were basically a bunch of nobodies. Down the line, the unit gains more powerful recruits that have barely any similarity to one another; making the army a huge mixture of awesomeness.
  • True Companions: The Hi Shin Unit is all friendly with one another, and will fight to the death for each other, and their commander, Shin, as if they were family.

Li Xin/Shin

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Hi Shin Unit Leader
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Voiced by: Masakazu Morita

The protagonist of the story, Shin is a war orphan who strove to become the "World's Greatest General" alongside his childhood friend Hyou. Hyou is eventually taken into the palace as a body double for the king and is fatally wounded due to a coup. Before his death, he leads Shin to King Sei, whom he helps regain his throne and strikes a firm friendship with. After joining the military, Shin rapidly climbs through the ranks through his strength and accomplishments, forming the formidable Hi Shin Unit and playing a key role in several major battles. He's currently the commander of a 5,000-man army.

Stats (First Campaign): Strength |80+a| note , Leadership |50|, Knowledge |40|
Stats (Wei Invasion): Strength |88+a| note , Leadership |70|, Knowledge |70|
Stats (Qin Invasion): Strength |90+a| note , Leadership |80|, Knowledge |72|

  • Abandoned War Child: Lost his parents during one of China's constant wars along with Piao. He went from being a war orphan to a virtual slave when having to serve the Mayor of Li Village.
  • Accidental Kiss: Shin ends up falling on Ten, and they lock lips.
  • Almighty Janitor: Despite being a 5000 man commander, Shouheikun states his accomplishments and abilities exceed that of most generals. In fact,Shin's fighting abilities were on a general's level even back when he was a mere foot soldier. This can be seen as a Justified Trope as Shin's lack of strategic ability and youth are strong reasons against promoting him further.
  • Badass Normal: While he does not harbor a 'god' like Houken to his annoyance, he was called the the most valuable piece by the chief Military Commander of Ryo Faction Shou Hei kun — implied to be the strongest general (martial and overall) of Ryo Faction — in spite of seeing Kyoukai's ability (who's almost on par, at least for a short while, with Houken at a young age).
  • Berserk Button: Do not kill civilians needlessly in front of Shin, he doesn't care if you're an enemy or a allied commander with a higher position on his own side, he will cut you down without mercy.
  • Blade on a Stick: Started using one after the Qin invasion. During the invasion of Gyou, he begins using Ouki's glaive.
  • Determinator: He's greatly determined to one day become a Great General of Qin, and will go to any length to kill any noteworthy enemy to reach it.
  • Four-Star Badass: Wants to become one, but compared to his other superiors, he has a long way to go.
  • Freudian Trio: With Mouten and Ouhon. Being a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero firmly cements him as the Id.
  • Hot-Blooded: Tends to yell, and argue with others.
  • Historical-Domain Character: He's based on a supposed Qin General.
  • Idiot Hero: Was called his home village's number two/one idiot during his time as a servant to the landowner. Even after maturity and considerable war experience, Shin's strategic abilities are lacking to the point the unit was on the verge of collapse before Karyo Ten joined as the team strategist.
    • It takes him 29 volumes before his charisma/leadership capability finally surpasses his old friend. His intelligence is still below par by standards of the series.
  • The Leader: Of the entire Hi Shin Unit as a 5,000-man army commander.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Deconstructed Trope. His gung-ho battle behavior leads to a series of defeat. He is in the verge of getting demoted if not for Mouten's intervention and Ten becoming his strategist.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Has yet to realize Ten is female. Until he performs a Crotch-Grab Sex Check on her.
  • Taught by Experience: His swordsmanship is self taught with well over a thousand sparing matches against against Hyou along with first hand battlefield experience.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Just about every battle has him taking at least one. It's one of the key aspects of the series.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Piao's sword, Wang Qi's lance, Rinko's sword and Duke Hyou's shield.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Shouheikun has dubbed him the most valuable piece to obtain. Xin doesn't know his value but he is more focused on becoming a general. Fortunately, Shouheikun defects to Sei's faction before he can make use of either him or Ten.

He Liao Diao/Karyō Ten

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Hi Shin Unit Strategist
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Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya

Karyo Ten is the last descendant of a mountain tribe who chances upon Shin and Sei as they are fleeing from Seikyou's forces. After they defeat the coup, Karyo Ten lives with Shin before enlisting into Shouheikun's strategist academy and eventually becoming the Hi Shin Unit's stategist.

Stats (Qin Invasion War): Strength |60|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |88| Cooking |99!|

  • Accidental Kiss: Shin ends up falling on her, and they lock lips.
  • Blow Gun: Her choice of weapon after taking it from Muta.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Initially when hiding her gender, but later grows it out.
  • Gender Reveal: Ten was believed to be a boy in the early stages of the story.
  • The Load: Her initial status before learning strategy and tactics from Shouheikun.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She was the only female of the group before Kyo Kai.
  • The Strategist: Wants to become this to Xin. She succeeds.
  • Supreme Chef: Her stats confirm it!
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Masquerades as a boy when accompanying Xin, Zheng and their ragtag group. While others such as Bi find out soon after, Xin doesn't discover it until four years later down the line - even requiring a... definitive answer to confirm this - much to his shock.
  • Tagalong Kid: As a child. Especially apparent when she basically follows Shin to deal with Ryofui's assassins, despite being in no real position to contribute anything.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being a street-smart kid embarrassed about her own gender, to a far more mature and capable strategist.

Qiang Lei/Kyo Kai

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Hi Shin Unit Lieutenant
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Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa

The heir of the legendary assassin clan "Chi You." With her special sword named "Lu Seui," Kyo Kai is out to get revenge on the assassin from said clan who killed her sister, "Xiang." Her special ability allows her to harbor a 'war god' by doing a 'priestess dance' that draw the war god power into her. Further down the line, she decides to help Shin and the Hi Shin Unit by becoming a Great General herself, and serves as one of the unit's lieutenants. She's currently the commander of her own 3,000-man army that fights with the Hi Shin Unit for a grand total of 8,000 soldiers.

Stats: Strength |94+a| note , Leadership |80|, Knowledge |87|, Weakness: Low stamina.
Stats (Qin Invasion): Strength |95+a|, Leadership |80|, Knowledge |87|, Weakness: Low stamina.

  • Almighty Janitor: She's actually stronger than Shin and has superior strategic abilities. In fact, going by stats she is currently the strongest combatant in Qin besides Moubu, and that is without counting her Alpha stat.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She always had a cool and aloof aura around her.
  • Badass Adorable: A beautiful woman no matter how much she fights.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Always kept to herself and disliked talking to others but after a talk with Xin and Diao she warms up a bit.
  • Gender Flip: Was presumably historically a man.
  • Gender Reveal: Reveals herself to be a woman later in the story.
  • Lady of War: Kills and fights just as good as anyone.
  • The Lancer: Is essentially Xin's Number Two.
  • The Leader: As a 3,000-man army commander that fights alongside the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Little Miss Badass: Despite being one of the shorter fighters, she's still one of the greatest fighters in the story.
  • Miss Conception: She thinks that climbing a mountain with a strong guy will cause something to explode, resulting in a baby.
  • One Woman Army: She can cut down small armies with ease, even without her dance.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Wei invasion campaign, she leaves in search of her sister's killer.
  • Revenge: Out to get her sister's killer.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Believed to be a boy. Turns out to be a girl.
  • Short Hair with Tail: Her hair-style.
  • The Smurfette Principle: For the Fei Xin Force intially.
  • The Strategist: Is revealed to have been this for the Fei Xin force and they face failure after failure after she leaves, because calling Xin a terrible strategist would be an understatement.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Her original appearance when Shin first meets her is quite manly.
  • Thanks for the Mammaries: How Xin found out she was a girl.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She has an extremely short stamina and when that runs out, she is all but taken out of the current fight until she's finished what amounts to napping.

Yuan/En

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Hi Shin Unit Lieutenant
A Qin clerk that was tasked by the government to look out for Shin. He assists Shin when Ouki tasks him with gaining control over a lawless region, and has been one of Shin's main lieutenants since.
  • Badass Beard: Has a small chin beard.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He had to lead the Hi Shin Unit across a dangerous river during the Kokuyou Campaign arc.
  • Nice Guy: Easily one of the nicest people in the story.
  • Number Three: He will always serve as one of Xin's most trusted officers.
  • The Reliable One: It is because of this he is chosen to lead the Hi Shin unit across a dangerous river despite his lack of outstanding qualities.
  • Older Sidekick: To Xin.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts off as a normal soldier that was tasked to simply look after Shin, but then becomes one of the primary lieutenants within the Hi Shin Unit after he supports Shin in dealing with the lawless region.
  • Youthful Freckles: Not exactly youthful, but he does have them.

Chu Shui/So Sui

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Hi Shin Unit Lieutenant

A 1000-man commander that was formerly a lieutenant of Kaku Bi. After Kaku Bi is killed by Rinko, So Sui and the rest of Kaku Bi Troops are entrusted to Shin. He eventually becomes one of the main lieutenants of the Hi Shin Unit.

Stats: Strength |80|, Leadership |82|, Knowledge |85|

  • Alliterative Name: So Sui.
  • Badass Beard: Has a small chin beard.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: One through his left eye.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example. When one of Rinko's deputies tries to interfere in the former's fight with Shin, So Sui holds him off taking a wound from Rinko in the process. He does, however, survive.
  • The Leader: Of the Kaku Bi Troops within the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Out of Focus: Outside his introduction, he's had the least amount of noteworthy appearances amongst those that lead the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Undying Loyalty: He sees Xin as the inheritor of Kakubi's spirit, and as such follows him with the same devotion as he did his original commander.

Tian You/Den Yuu

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A large muscular man who fought alongside Shin when they were first becoming soldiers during the Keiyou Campaign. Den Yuu becomes part of the newly created Hi Shin Unit with several other massive soldiers where they become known as the Monster Squad through multiple battles. Continuing to work his way up as the leader of the Monster Squad, Den Yuu eventually becomes one of the Hi Shin Unit's top fighters as a 1000-man commander.

  • The Big Guy: As part of the Monster Trio for the Hi Shin Unit. Den Yuu serves at the trio's leader.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a glaive.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Black-hair with black-eyes.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has quite a few on his face.
  • The Lancer: Den Yuu is basically Shin's #2 when Kyo Kai's not around.
  • The Leader: Of the Monster Group which becomes the Monster Trio after the death of their 4th member. After becoming a Squad Leader, Den Yuu eventually becomes a 1000-man army commander for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • The Quiet One: Said to not be much of a talker.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts off as a nobody just like Shin during Keiyou Campaign arc. After becoming part of the Hi Shin Unit where he and his two companions become known as the Monster Trio, Den Yuu works his way up all the way to becoming a 1000-man army commander.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite his size and strength, he ends up on the losing end of several fights throughout the story in order to hype up the strength of the enemies that the Hi Shin Unit faces off against. Some losses include those to Rai Ka, and Fu Tei.
  • Undying Loyalty: Greatly respects Shin after witnessing the boy's accomplishments during their first battle on the Dakan Plains.

Gaku Rai

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A 1000-man commander who formerly served under the Duke Hyou Army. Following the demise of their leader during the Coalition Invasion arc, Gaku Rai and many other Hyou Army soldiers decide to follow under the banner of the Hi Shin Unit after fighting alongside Shin and his army. Gaku Rai's branch within the unit are known as the Hi Hyou Troops.

  • Badass Beard: Sports a huge one.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's got no hair underneath that helmet.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a glaive.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gaku Rai admits to Shin that he and many of the Duke Hyou soldiers were jealous of how much Hyou seemed to talk about and focus his attention on Shin. However, they accepted it when the soldiers realized that Shin's entire existence seemed to be the one thing that brought out Duke Hyou's happiness.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has quite a few on his face.
  • The Leader: Served as a 1000-man commander for Duke Hyou's Army. He then becomes the leader of the Hi Hyou Troops that joined the Hi Shin Unit after the death of Duke Hyou.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Doesn't act out when around the Hi Shin Unit given that he's come to respect them, and even asks for the men on guard duty to get their share of food just like what he's getting while resting at the unit's camp.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Shin given that Duke Hyou came to view the boy as the son he never had.

Na Ki

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A 1000-man commander who formerly served under the Kan Ki Army. Na Ki was part of a switch-up between two armies during the Kokuyou Campaign where he's sent over to the Hi Shin Unit while Bi Hei moved with the Kan Ki Army so that both sides can get a better understanding of one another. Na Ki however, ends up enjoying the time he spent with the Hi Shin Unit, and results in him asking Kan Ki for a transfer, which Kan Ki accepts.

  • Badass Beard: Has a small chin beard.
  • Cool Sword: His Weapon of Choice is a sword.
  • Facial Markings: Has a tattoo on the right side of his face.
  • Hyper Awareness: Pays close attention to the things going on around him. Watching how the Hi Shin Unit works is what eventually brings him to wanting a transfer off the Kan Ki Army.
  • The Leader: Of a 1000-man army within the Kan Ki Army, and then the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Undying Loyalty: Proves himself to have switched his loyalty over to the Hi Shin Unit after he kills off the Kan Ki Army's Gan Jin to protect Bi Hei.

Pei Lang/Hai Rou

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

An older gray-haired man who fought alongside Shin when they were first becoming soldiers during the Keiyou Campaign. Despite looking down on Shin at first, Hai Rou is left impressed by Shin's achievements during the Dakan Plains battle, and decides to become a part of the Hi Shin Unit. He's now currently a 100-man army commander.

  • Badass Beard: A small one beneath the chin.
  • Badass Grandpa: Portrayed as one of the older badass fighters of the unit.
  • Badass Mustache: Sports a pretty serious one.
  • Cool Sword: His Weapon of Choice is a sword.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Gray-hair with Gray-eyes.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has one from the forehead down to the left side of the face.
  • Jerkass: Made fun of Taku and Shin's squad at first during the Keiyou Campaign.
  • The Leader: Works up to being a Squad Leader, and then becomes the lader of a 100-man army.
  • Silver Fox: Gray-haired.
  • Spiky Hair: His hair-style.
  • Those Two Guys With Den Ei as the two old gray-haired guys of the unit. Even their facial scars are pretty much polar opposites.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts off as a nobody just like Shin during Keiyou Campaign arc. After becoming part of the Hi Shin Unit, Hai Rou works his way up all the way to becoming a 100-man army commander.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He starts off as somewhat of a jerk at first, but becomes a respectable member of the team after Shin earns his respect during the battle on the Dakan Plains.

Tian Yong/Den Ei

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

An older gray-haired man who Shin appointed as one of his Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Den Ei has remained a worthy contributor of the Hi Shin Unit despite some initial hostility towards Ten, and is now currently a 100-man army commander.

Long Chuan/Ryuu Sen

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A large obese-looking man who Shin appointed as one of his Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Due to his massive size, Ryuu Sen finds his role in the unit as the leader of its Heavy Weight Squad. He eventually becomes a 100-man army commander.

  • Acrofatic: An obese guy that kicks major ass.
  • The Big Guy: Serves this role as one of the bigger members of the unit. He's shown to be stronger than 5 men combined.
  • Carry a Big Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a giant mace.
  • Determinator: Fights to protect his family back home.
  • Family Man: Cares deeply for his family back home, and points out that his love had just recently given birth.
  • Gentle Giant: Shows genuine concern about not hurting any of his fellow members in the unit.
  • The Leader: Starts off as a Squad Leader. He leads a group of massive soldiers known as the Heavy Weight Squad within the Hi Shin Unit. He eventually becomes one for a 100-man army.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ryuu Sen starts off as a Squad Leader in the Hi Shin Unit. He becomes the leader of the unit's Heavy Weight Squad, and eventually becomes a 100-man army commander.
  • The Worf Effect: Lost badly to Fu Tei during the Battle of Sai. However, he manages to get Revenge on Fu Tei later on by charging him off the castle wall.

Qu Hai/Kyo Gai

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. As a part of the Hi Shin Unit, Kyo Gai has since worked his way up to being a 100-man army commander.

  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is either a glaive or a standard spear.
  • Distinguishing Mark: His primary character trait that distinguishes him amongst the rest of the soldiers is the leaf-shaped mark over his right eye.
  • The Leader: Starts off as a Squad Leader, and then becomes the leader of a 100-man army.
  • Samurai Ponytail: His hair-style. A short one at that.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Kyo Gai starts off as a Squad Leader in the Hi Shin Unit to eventually becoming a 100-man army commander.

Song Zuo/Shou Sa

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

An optimistic soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. As a part of the Hi Shin Unit, Shou Sa has since worked his way up to being a 100-man army commander.

Chong Yuan/Suu Gen

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Hi Shin Unit Commander
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A master sword user who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Suu Gen ends up losing his left eye during the battle, but manages to continue on as a prominent member of the Hi Shin Unit. He's currently worked his way up to being the Hi Shin Unit's primary commander over the infantry.

  • Cool Sword: His Weapon of Choice is a sword.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Sports an eye-patch later in the series after losing his left eye during the Battle of Bayou. However, it doesn't stop him from being a total badass on his own.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even after losing his left eye, he continues to kick ass for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Idiot Hair: His hair-style.
  • The Leader: Starts off as a Squad Leader, and then becomes the leader of a 100-man army. He's also been deemed as the leader of the Hi Shin Unit's infantry.
  • Master Swordsman: Deemed the best swordsman in the entire unit and his personal squad are almost equally good. The Battle of Bayou shows him off cutting up many of Zhao's soldiers by himself.
  • Perpetual Smiler: So confident in mastering the art of the sword that Suu Gen is seen giving off a creepy looking smile whenever he's in battle as if everything is too easy for him. He tones down on the smiling a bit after losing his eye.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Suu Gen starts off as a Squad Leader in the Hi Shin Unit to eventually becoming a 100-man army commander. He's also acquired the role as the leader of the Hi Shin Unit's infantry.

Zhong Tie/Chu Tetsu

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. As a part of the Hi Shin Unit, Chu Tetsu fights alongside Den Yuu as one of the members of the Monster Squad, and has since worked his way up to being a 100-man army commander.

Wo Lue/Go Ro

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A soldier who formerly served under Duke Hyou. Following the demise of his leader, Go Ro decides to join the Hi Shin Unit having come to respect Shin for what the latter's been able to achieve. As part Gaku Rai's Hi Hyou Troops within Shin's army, Go Ro acts as a supporting commander.

Shi/Seki

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A mountain tribesman soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Joining the Hi Shin Unit, Seki serves as a special commander over his Blue Stone Tribe, who've also joined up with the unit.

  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a standard spear.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's also known as "The ear who hears even the flapping of wings."
  • The Leader: Starts off as a Squad Leader, and then joins the Hi Shin Unit where he has command over his Blue Stone Tribe.
  • Savage Piercings: Has many on his ears.
  • Super Senses: Proves himself to have the strongest hearing sense in the Hi Shin Unit, which comes in handy on several occasions.
  • Tribal Face Paint: Seki's defining character trait is the 5 rectangle markings on his face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a simple Squad Leader to a commander of the Hi Shin Unit's Blue Stone Tribe.

Tian Xiao/Den Kou

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A soldier who was assigned to be Ten's helper when she became the Hi Shin Unit's strategist. Den Kou serves as a supporting commander for the unit.

Wei Ping/Bi Hei

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A young man from the same village as Shin, and Bi Tou's older brother. Bi Hei eventually manages to become a 10-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.

  • Asian Buck Teeth: One of his defining character traits.
  • Butt-Monkey: Due to his antics, personality, and bucktooth character design, Bi Hei comes off as the comic relief for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • In-Series Nickname: Known by many in the story as "Buck Teeth" due to his Asian Buck Teeth.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a choleric complainer, but also a genuinely good person.
  • The Leader: Of his 10-man Hi Shin Unit army.
  • Lovable Coward: Despite his cowardish antics, Bi Hei has enough comradery and good traits that make him a worthy member of the Hi Shin Unit. He also crosses over to Cowardly Lion at times.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother, Bi Tou.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's gone from being a weak and cowardly former bully to a leader of a group of soldiers within the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He manages to get a really attractive girlfriend after the first Qin-Zhao battle.

Wei Dao/Bi Tou

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

Bi Hei's younger brother, who joins the Qin army alongside Shin. Bi Tou eventually becomes a 5-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.

  • A Death in the Limelight: His moment to shine was also sadly the moments right before his death. Bi Tou provides Shin some deep words of wisdom moments before passing on to the afterlife about how he believes Shin will indeed become a Great General one day, because there's something about Shin that causes people to want to follow behind him into battle.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his huge size compared to the rest of the Qin soldiers, he's also one of the nicer folk.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies peacefully in his sleep.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He manages to save Shin's life after the Hi Shin Unit had been split apart by Mangoku's army, only to die of the wounds sustained from that.
  • Killed Off for Real: The first noteworthy character amongst the Hi Shin Unit to die.
  • The Leader: Of his 5-man Hi Shin Unit army.
  • My Girl Back Home: The woman he loves is back in the town that he, Bi Hei, and Shin originated from.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicer people amongst those of Qin.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother, Bi Hei.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Started off as a normal civilian training to be a Qin soldier, but manages to eventually become one for the Hi Shin Unit.

Lu Yan/Ro En

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

An old veteran soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. He then officially joins the Hi Shin Unit where he continues to serve as one of its Squad Leaders.

Taku Kei

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader
Voiced by: Haruo Satou

The former leader of the 5-man unit that Shin was a part of when the latter was just starting out. Taku Kei eventually becomes a 10-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.

  • Eyes Always Shut: His eyes never open.
  • The Leader: He was the official leader of himself, Shin, Bi Hei, Bi Tou, and Kyo Kai, when they were a 5-man squad first starting out in the Keiyou Campaign arc. He eventually becomes the leader of a 10-man squad within the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Talks in his sleep according to Kyo Kai.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was once considered to be the weakest 5-man squad leader, but eventually manages to become a 10-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is always deemed the weakest 5-man squad leader in the army. Still, not once has someone in his squad died in combat.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after the Battle of Bayou arc.

Kan To

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A soldier who joined the Hi Shin Unit as a recruit following the Kokuyou Campaign. Kan To manages to pass the hellish training alongside many other newcomers, and is assigned as one of the units new squad leaders.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He complains that he doesn't need to go through the Hi Shin Unit's Training from Hell, and that he's already good enough to pass with just his sword skills. However, Kan To quickly realizes how wrong he is after being defeated easily by Suu Gen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ends up on the receiving end of one from commander Suu Gen when Kan To didn't believe he required the Training from Hell.
  • Humble Pie: Suu Gen easily defeating Kan To during training silences any complaints from the latter. Kan To also comes to respect the Hi Shin Unit for what they are since he's now experienced the strength of one of the unit's top fighters.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a scar near his right eye.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He basically started off as a normal person, but then makes it through the Training from Hell, and becomes one of the new squad leaders for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Training from Hell: Makes it through the Hi Shin Unit's exhausting recruitment tests.

Sou Jin

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A former hunter that joined the Hi Shin Unit as a recruit following the Kokuyou Campaign, and Sou Tan's older brother. Despite failing the initial recruitment tests, Jin and his brother show off their incredible bow skills before Shin and company, which results in the two of them being accepted into the unit as specialists. He and Tan become the unit's first squad leaders dedicated to long-range fighting.

  • The Ace: He and Tan serve as the top archers of the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Archer Archetype: He and his brother serve as the first archers for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to big Tan.
  • Character Development: Jin had never actually killed another person, so he struggles to shoot at Zhao soldiers during the siege of Retsubi. However, he eventually ends up Gaining the Will to Kill, and begins to kill Zhao defenders blocking the Hi Shin Units wall ladders.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Shows off his teeth sometimes.
  • Hair Decorations: Head feathers.
  • Heroic Lineage: He and Tan are the sons of Sou Gen, a famous cavalry archer commander that served under Duke Hyou. It's a given that badass archery runs in the family.
  • The Leader: Becomes a squad leader for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Nice Guy: Gets along with others quite nicely.
  • Performance Anxiety: Jin struggles to kill anyone at first during the siege of Retsubi due to having not actually killed anyone before. However, he eventually goes through Gaining the Will to Kill.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tan's blue. Jin is more upfront and outgoing while Tan is more calm and submissive.
  • Sibling Team: With Tan.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother Sou Tan as the two top archer recruits for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Training from Hell: He and Tan didn't have the strength to pass the initial Hi Shin Unit recruitment tests.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts off as a normal civilian skilled with the bow, but then manages to become a full-fledged member of the Hi Shin Unit.

Sou Tan

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A former hunter that joined the Hi Shin Unit as a recruit following the Kokuyou Campaign, and Sou Jin's younger brother. Despite failing the initial recruitment tests, Tan and his brother show off their incredible bow skills before Shin and company, which results in the two of them being accepted into the unit as specialists. He and Tan become the unit's first squad leaders dedicated to long-range fighting.

  • The Ace: He and Jin serve as the top archers of the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Archer Archetype: He and his brother serve as the first archers for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to little Jin.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Doesn't open his eyes much.
  • Hair Decorations: Head feathers.
  • Heroic Lineage: He and Jin are the sons of Sou Gen, a famous cavalry archer commander that served under Duke Hyou. It's a given that badass archery runs in the family.
  • The Leader: Becomes a squad leader for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Performance Anxiety: Tan struggles to kill anyone during the siege of Retsube due to having not actually killed anyone before. Unlike Jin who was able to go through Gaining the Will to Kill, Tan was unable to go through a similar process, and resulted in being unable to kill a single Zhao soldier throughout the siege.
  • Nice Guy: Gets along with others quite nicely. One could argue that he's nicer than Jin since unlike said brother, Tan was unable to kill anyone during the siege of Retsube.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Jin's red. Tan is more calm and submissive while Jin is more upfront and outgoing.
  • The Quiet One: Compared to Jin, Tan is a lot less talkative.
  • Sibling Team: With Jin.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother Sou Jin as the two top archer recruits for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Training from Hell: He and Jin didn't have the strength to pass the initial Hi Shin Unit recruitment tests.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts off as a normal civilian skilled with the bow, but then manages to become a full-fledged member of the Hi Shin Unit.

    King Ei Sei Faction 

Ying Zheng/Ei Sei

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama

The young king of Qin who bears a striking resemblance to Piao. Later becomes Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor who first unified China.

Stats: Strength |76|, Leadership |97|, Knowledge |84|
Stats (Qin invasion): Strength |78|, Leadership |98|, Knowledge |88|

Chang Wen Jun/Shoubunkun

Voiced by: Yutaka Nakano

A loyal supporter of Sei. He later becomes the Chancellor of the Left.

Stats: Strength |82|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |86|, Politics |90|
Stats (Qin invasion): Strength |80|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |90|, Politics |94|

Bì/Heki

Voiced by: Koji Yusa

Chang Wen Jun's subordinate. He acts as a big brother of sorts towards Xin.

Stats: Strength |78|, Leadership |75|, Knowledge |86|
Stats (Qin invasion): Strength |80|, Leadership |84|, Knowledge |86|, Politics |88|

  • Badass Normal: Unlike Xin and his group, he has no special flashy traits or superhuman displays of power. He makes up with hard work and determination.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Considers Xin to be his little brother.
  • Determinator: During the fight with Zuo Ci, he shows levels of this that rival Xin's.
    • His special trait according to the author's notes is Hard Worker.
    • Even getting hit by arrows during the first Qin-Zhao battle won't keep him from commanding his troops.
  • Nice Guy
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Even though he's a rather competent officer, his deeds get constantly overshadowed by Xin's.

Piao/Hyou

Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama

Xin's best friend. He too aims to become a renowned general throughout the world. Ends up working in the Qin palace as Zheng's body double, but dies at the hands of an assassin hired by the Cheng Jiao Faction.

Stats: Strength |78|, Leadership |75|, Knowledge |80|

Mister Shi


     Chancellor Lu Buwei Faction 

A group of Qin officials in service of Lu Buwei. Most prominent among them are his "Four Pillars", his most trusted servants.

Lu Buwei/Ryofui

Voiced by: Tessho Genda

The chancellor of Qin and the real power behind the Qin Kingdom. Ryofui was a former merchant who used his wealth to place Sei's father on the throne, and since then he has been the most powerful man in the kingdom and Sei's greatest personal obstacle. His vision for China is that of a capitalist state where Qin is its economic mecca and therefore indispensable, and through bringing great wealth to China bring peace to the warring states.

Stats: Strength |60|, Leadership |90|, Knowledge |90|, Ambition |100|, Politics |90|, Gambling Luck |100|

  • Affably Evil: He's genuine about his desire to take down Zheng, but he's also polite and friendly, especially towards his subordinates.
  • Ambition Is Evil
  • Born In A Wrong Century
  • The Chessmaster
  • Evil Chancellor
  • The Gambler: Likes to make allusions to gambles, especially when the situation is dire.
    • I Like Those Odds: During the Qin Invasion, he considers 20% to be a good gamble at victory.
  • Hidden Depths: He is a visionary statesman who is way, way, way ahead of his time.
  • Hypocrite: He tells Zheng that, he plans on using nonviolent means in order to conquer the land. While staging a violent coup d´etat on the royal family.
  • Kavorka Man: The Queen Mother is absolutely crazy for him.
  • Large and in Charge: He is no small man.
  • Manipulative Bastard: If there's some machinations going on in the Qin court, one can bet Ryofui is involved. He had Seikyou, Sei's brother and one of his strongest supporters assassinated while making it appear as though he was planning a coup. Even the Empress Dowager, with her plan to have the State of Ai conquer Kanyou by entering with the Royal Seal, was only playing in his hand.
  • Moral Myopia: He is stunned to hear that Ousen wants to rule a kingdom on his own.
  • Perpetual Smiler: It's very hard to wipe that smile off his lips.
  • Sliding Scaleof Idealism Vs Cynicism: Fiercely on the cynical side, believing Man to be naturally greedy and selfish.
  • Smug Snake: Borderline case. He does live up to his huge self-esteem most of the time, but the few times he is outplayed, it takes him a while to grasp the situation.

Meng Wu/Moubu

One of the Four Pillar's of Lu Buwei. He has the reputation of currently being the strongest warrior in all of Qin. He's also the father of Meng Tian and Mouki and the son of Meng Ao.

Stats: Strength |99|, Leadership |90|, Knowledge |83|

  • Badass Family
  • The Brute or The Big Guy: Easily the strongest of Lu Buwei's Four Pillars. With the Four Pillars dissolving with the defeat of Ryofui, he now holds the position of The Big Guy amongst Qin's generals.
  • Carry a Big Stick
  • Character Development: While he was always talented at warfare, Moubu was initially impulsive and looked down on strategy, believing himself unstoppable and Great General Ouki a relic of the past. A crushing defeat in Bayou and witnessing Ouki's might triggers a great change within him, calming his spirit and causing him to gain great respect for the fallen Great General.
  • Determinator: His fight during the first Qin-Zhao battle led to him being pin-cushioned with arrows, as well as losing his horse, and he still wouldn't give in.
  • Difficult, but Awesome: During the Coalition War, Meng Wu uses the Assault Echelon, a rare tactic that few Generals have the ability to pull off because so few lack the skill to keep up the momentum. Thanks to his monstrous strength, he can command his troops into using this strategy, which allows him to defeat the enemy commander.
  • Dumb Muscle: Ouki initially considers him to be this, but quickly changes his mind when Moubu displays a great understanding of the battlefield. Moubu isn't so much incapable of strategy but rather simply prefers a straightforward approach.
  • Four-Star Badass
  • Hot-Blooded: Switches between this and The Stoic.
  • The Juggernaut: In military terms. Once his army gets charging, they absolutely cannot be stopped.
  • Large and in Charge: One of the largest characters in the series.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Had a reputation for this. His witnessing of Wang Qi's death led to him changing his ways.
  • Papa Wolf: Though he doesn't show it, he does cares for his sons. Kanmei found this out the hard way.
  • Perpetual Frowner: In contrast to father and eldest son, who both smiles a lot.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Besides his affiliation with Lu Buwei, he is a loyal servant of Qin.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Goes ballistic on Kanmei after the latter cuts down Mouten. He then proceeds to cleave off part of Kanmei's face before smashing his head in.
  • World's Strongest Man: Strives to be this. After defeating Great General Kanmei he may well hold the title, the other contender for it being Houken.

Chang Ping Jun/Shouheikun

Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe

One of the Four Pillars of Lu Buwei. A genius strategist as well as the later Qin Minister of the Right..

Stats: Strength |89|, Leadership |95|, Knowledge |97|, Handsomeness |95|

Rishi

One of the Four Pillars of Lu Buwei. His forte lies in domestic administration.

Stats: Strength |55|, Leadership |84|, Knowledge |90|, Politics |95|

Saitaku

Voiced by: Mitsuo Senda

One of the Four Pillars of Lu Buwei. A masterful ambassador.

Stats: Strength |3|, Leadership |92|, Knowledge |93|, Experience |100|

  • Ambadassador: While he has the lowest combat stat of any character shown so far (a measly 3), he is also among the best diplomats in all of China.
  • The Charmer: He is not above making use of his many positive relationships with rulers of other countries such as the King of Qi.
  • Cool Old Guy: One of the oldest characters shown so far.
  • The Chick or The Dark Chick: The physically weakest and oddest out of Lu Buwei's Four Pillars.
  • Signature Laugh: Hyohyohyo...
  • Perpetual Smiler: In stark contrast to the rest of Lu Buwei's faction.

Mouki

Voiced by: Fumie Mizusawa

Kaioku

Hokaku

    Prince Seikyo Faction 

Cheng Jiao/Seikyo

Voiced by: Kouki Miyata

Zheng's half-brother.

Stats: Strength |55|, Leadership |68|, Knowledge |76|

Ketsu Shi


Rankai

Stats: Strength |99|, Leadership |5|, Knowledge |10|

  • The Brute
  • Gentle Giant: While he is still ferocious in battle, he quickly befriends the Mountain Tribesmen after his defeat at their hands.
  • Gonk: Barely looks human.

Saji

Princess Rui

Juhaku

    Royal Harem 

Queen Dowager Zhao

The wife of the former King Zhuangxiang.

Xiang/Kou

Voiced by: Mariko Nakatsu

Zheng's "attendant of the heart".
  • Determinator: She fought off a serious injury and sleeping pills in order to inform Zheng of his mother and Ryofui's alliance.
  • Shrinking Violet: She is rather insecure and shy.

You

Rou Ai


    Six Great Generals of Qin 

Wang Qi/O Ki

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama
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"As if he could fly, he would materialize anywhere and everywhere wielding that ferocity. At some point, Ou Ki became known as the Monstrous Bird of Qin."

A legendary general and last surviving member of Qin's Six Great Generals. After King Sho's death, Ouki unofficially retires, returning only during the Bayou conflict when a Zhao army led by his nemesis Houken invades Qin.

Stats: Strength |98|, Leadership |93|, Knowledge |95|

  • A Father to His Men
  • All-Powerful Bystander: Despite initially siding with Chengjiao which allowed him to fake Chang Wen Jun's death, he remains mostly neutral throughout Chengjiao's rebellion.
  • Ambiguously Bi: We know that he has been in a relationship with a female before, but he's made some not-so-subtle hints at tending the other way as well.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The Ouki army works on this logic, with Ouki himself obvious being the most powerful man in it.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Delivers one to about everyone in the series. Houken is the only one to not succumb in a single blow against him, in fact.
  • Badass Beard
  • Berserk Button: Houken is the only person or thing able to make him lose his cool. He is sent into a blinding rage after meeting him again years after Kyou's death.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice. Upon his death, he passes it on to Shin.
  • The Chessmaster: Wang Li received all of Chang Wen Jun's land in exchange for killing him but faked his death instead. He then places all of Chang Wen Jun's family and tenants under his protection (since they're on his property now) when Chengjiao orders them all to be executed.
  • Four-Star Badass: Proficient at tactics and one of the most powerful characters in the entire series.
  • Died Standing Up: Died while sitting on his warhorse, after leading his men in breaking through a massive encircling enemy army.
  • Gag Lips
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only is he a real monster in battle, he's also extremely proficient at tactics, completely outwitting Zhao's generals.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Wang Qi was historically a relatively unknown general without notable achievments (certainly compared to the likes of Ousen, Renpa, Mouten, Hakuki and Riboku). Here, he's considered the most powerful general in Qin's history and perhaps the most feared in all of China.
  • Large and in Charge
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: K Illed by Houken at the end of the Bayou conflict.
  • One-Man Army: And not only is he capable of slaying thousands by himself, the reputation of the Six Great Generals was such that cities would immediately surrender should they set sight to one.
    • In fact, Zhao's tactician had to deploy six of the nation's most powerful generals, plus Houken and his personal army in order to have a chance against him. The plan succeeds, even though Wang Qi saw through it near the end, because he underestimated the hidden army's speed.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Plot-Triggering Death
  • Reality Ensues: Not everyone respects the duel of Great Generals. A Zhao archer freezes his movement with an arrow while he fights Houken, allowing Houken to impale him.
  • Red Baron: "The Monstrous Bird of Qin".
  • Signature Laugh: "Kokokoko..."
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: Wang Qi agrees to take Xin as his apprentice only after he proves himself by subjugating a stateless village that's constantly being attacked by barbarians.
  • The Strategist: Easily one of the greatest Qin has at the start of the series. Though it is never stated directly, he is heavily implied to be both a Strategical and Instinctual General. On the Strategic side, he is shown to excellently deploy his troops in incredibly effective manners, create impossibly efficient communications systems, and easily out-think Zhao's most skilled generals and strategists. From the very start of the Bayou Campaign, each of his moves were chosen specifically to weaken the enemy so that his army of drafted farmers and Meng Wu could match one of the best armies Zhao could field.
    • Gut Feeling: On the Instinctual side, he has a knack for picking the best targets on the battlefield to eliminate to cause the Zhao to fall apart, as evidenced by killing Feng Ji on the first day. And in one of the single greatest feats in the entire series, he was able to pick up on the hidden Zhao army with no prior information, simply on the Zhao army's movements and the fact that it is the only possible thing that could turn the one-sided battle in Zhao's favor.
  • Troll: His 'Wang Qi jokes' tend to be pretty random and always throw people off-guard.

Liao/Kyou

A Legendary general and member of Qin's Six Great Generals.

Stats: Strength |94|, Leadership |97|, Knowledge |95|

Bai Qi/Hakuki

The leader of the Six Great Generals. Several years prior to the series, Hakuki is placed in charge of one of the largest battles in Chinese history, the Battle of Chouhei, where Qin and Zhao both brought forth the brunt of their military might. After securing the victory, Hakuki buries the 400 000 survivors alive.

Hu Shang/Kou Shou

One of Qin's Six Great Generals.

Sima Cuo/Shiba Saku

One of Qin's Six Great Generals

Wang He/Oukotsu

Said to be the physically strongest among Qin's Six Great Generals.

    Qin Generals 

Biao Gong/Duke Hyou

Voiced by: Shiro Saito

A ferocious and powerful Qin General who leads the Qin army during Xin's first campaign. Duke Hyou is a an instinctual general- that is, one who uses intuition to constantly adapt to even the smallest changes in the battlefield.

Stats: Strength |95|, Leadership |95|, Knowledge |70|

Meng Ao/Mougou

An old Qin general who is known for his by-the-book attitude when it comes to battling.

Stats: Strength |89|, Leadership |90|, Knowledge |91|

  • A Father to His Men: His men love him dearly, and he returns that sentiment.
  • Always Someone Better: Old man can't just beat Lian Po.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Thanks to Lian Po.
  • Arch-Enemy: He considers Lian Po one.
  • Badass Grandpa: Not only is he a seven-foot tall Gentle Giant, he is also capable of fighting on par with Renpa, one of the strongest warriors in China.
  • Boring, but Practical: He is not one for fancy strategies, always following the basic rules of war. While this means that he has no chance against a substantially stronger opponent, it also means that he has a near 100% chance of defeating anybody weaker than himself.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He dresses up as a common soldier and chills with his men whenever he is nervous.
  • By-The-Book General: His reputation.
  • Chekhov's Gun: He is first mentioned in a flashback when Shin and Hyou train during their childhood.
  • Cool Old Guy: Xin calls him this almost word-for-word.
  • Doting Parent: He dearly loves his family.
  • Deathbed Confession: He hated the famous Six Great Generals of Qin and the Three Great Heavens of Zhao but he also respects them for the legacy they left
  • Gentle Giant
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Finally decides to confront Lian Po head-on after receiving a rousing speech from Xin.
  • Nice Guy
  • Perpetual Smiler: It fits his "friendly old grandpa" attitude.
  • Stone Wall: He is excellent at defensive formations as well as siege battles.
  • Taught by Experience: Getting beaten by Lian Po time and again taught him the moves necessary to ALMOST catch the guy many years later.

Huan Ji/Kanki

Voiced by: Kentaro Ito

A former bandit leader before he was recruited by the Qin army.

Stats: Strength |93|, Leadership |92|, Knowledge |95|, Cruelty |99 Eyeballs|

  • Badass Beard
  • Batman Gambit: During the Kokuyou Hills campaign, he gives up the strategically important central hill, but exploits Kisui's love for his hometown by massacring civilians and sending their mutilated bodies to the enemy commander. Kisui leaves the hill to chase Kanki, allowing Shin and his unit to claim the hill. Kanki's plan rested entirely on whether Kisui's emotions would outweigh his responsibilities as a Zhao general, something that according to Ten, even Riboku or Shouheikun would not have attempted.
  • Because I'm Good at It: His entire reason for being a General. He's a prodigy in warfare and no one has been able to beat him, even when he was a bandit.
  • Benevolent Boss: Sort of. He reassures his men before embarking on a dangerous mission, and allows them a high degree of autonomy. His unorthodox tendencies are also good at reducing casualties in battle.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is an ex-bandit who massacres every POW in his custody. Everyone looks the other way because he is just that good.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Has no concept of 'playing fair'. Guerilla warfare and psychological scares are standard procedure for him.
  • The Dragon: He serves as Vice-General to Mougou and is one of the reasons for his successes. Surprisingly, his respect for Mougou appears genuine.
  • Hidden Depths: Choutou notes that despite his quirks and criminal background, Kanki is a brave man and entrusts protecting Qin to him before his death.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Pulls this off during the Qin Invasion and it allows him and Choutou to get close and slay the Han enemy commander and quickly retreats before anyone notices.
  • Nerves of Steel: Disguises himself as an enemy soldier and wades through 150,000 enemies to assassinate their commander during the Qin Invasion. He even shouts encouragement to the enemy archers as he's passing by.
  • Perpetual Smiler:
  • Psychotic Smirk: His default expression.
  • Purple Is Powerful: It's the color of his armor.
  • Rape Pillage Burn: As a former bandit, he has no problems with attacking surrounding villages.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Delivers one to Shin of all people. He reminds Shin that his goal of unifying China would involve bloodshed and conquest on a massive scale, making Shin just as much of an evil murderer as Kanki himself.
  • Red Baron: Kanki the Beheader.
  • Smug Smiler: Smiles a lot
    • Smug Super: He's a stellar general, and he knows it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Choutou.
  • Undying Loyalty: In spite of what his personality might suggest, Kanki seems to be very loyal to Meng Ao. When he passes away, Kanki honors him in his own, albeit twisted way by burning some captured soldiers alive as an offering to him.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He has no problem slaughtering children.

Wang Jian/Ousen

The leader of the Ou/Wang clan and Wang Ben's father. He secretly harbors a desire to rule a kingdom on his own.

Stats: Strength |93|, Leadership |93|, Knowledge |97|, Ambition |Secretly 100|

Choutou

A veteran general who fought for the Qin army for 50 years.

Stats: Strength |86|, Leadership |90|, Knowledge |88|

    Ouki's Vassals 

Tou/Teng

Voiced by: Akio Kato

Wang Qi's second in command.

Stats: Strength |96|, Leadership |92|, Knowledge |94|

  • Badass Mustache/Badass Beard
  • Eccentric Mentor: Along with his usual weird tendencies, he has Xin and Wang Ben work under Lu Wu Wei and Long Guo so that they can learn what a being a General is truly like.
  • Everything Is Better With Spinning: His fighting style, where he spins his arm so fast he can cut down entire rows of soldiers in his path without slowing down, and any spear that attempts to strike him gets cut down in pieces.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick
  • Master Swordsman: He uses a sword despite being a cavalryman. Surprisingly, it works.
  • Master of All: Stated to be the only Qin General that has no weaknesses. Stronger than Duke Hyou, better Leadership than Moubu and almost as knowledgeable at Ouki.
  • Mukokuseki: Notable for his light hair and colored eyes, implying a foreign ancestry.
  • Number Two
  • One-Man Army: It's kind of surprising to see him decimating whole platoons with ease.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Until Ouki's death. He then arbors a more expressionless face.
  • Signature Sound Effect: His spinning arm attack is accompanied by a Faru faru sound effect.
  • The Stoic: He rarely, if ever, changes expressions.
  • The Strategist: Uses formations and tactics like a Strategic general, and has the experience to predict moves like an Instinctual general. Seems to have picked it up from Wang Qi.
  • Submissive Badass: He's content in just being Ouki's Lieutenant.
    • Most enemies are stunned to discover how strong he really is, considering that they expected him to be a good-for-nothing that just hid in Ouki's shadow. Chousou even curses Ouki for 'hiding such a monster'.
    • As his stats show, it's kind of surprising to discover that he's actually the third strongest officer of Qin at the start of the series, only surpassed by his Lord Ouki and Moubu.
  • Trickster Mentor: Plays the bait during the Choyou campaign despite being much stronger than Wang Ben and Xin because he sees this as the perfect oppurtunity for the two of them to grow as commanders. It pays off, as Xin and Wang Ben are awarded 5000-Man commander for their success at Choyou.
  • Troll: Likes to make jokes such as claiming that Rokuomi fell in battle, or imitating Wang Qi's speech mannerisms in order to scare Moubu.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Wang Qi. To the point where he considers being Wang Qi's second-in-command his greatest wish and ambition.

Rokuomi/Lu Wu Wei

Stats: Strength |90|, Leadership |87|, Knowledge |82|

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the commanders in the Wang Qi and Teng armies, all of them had their abilities hidden by serving under Wang Qi's for years. Once he and the other vassals officially become apart of the Qin Military, Lu Wu Wei proves himself to have the leadership ability of an actual General, and much greater combat abilities.
  • Badass: Drives away Karin's elephant team and survives the near destruction of his army to save the Teng army a few days later.
  • Butt-Monkey: Teng likes to pretend that he fell in battle.
  • Blade on a Stick: Like other high-level commanders, Lu Wu Wei wields a glaive with great skill.
  • Colonel Badass: All of Wang Qi's vassals are considered to be equal to the rank of Generals and are often seen leading directly from the battlefield.
  • Frontline General: Like the other vassals, Lu Wu Wei is more accustomed to leading armies directly from the front, as has the combat ability to back that.
  • Hot-Blooded: His defining trait, according to his stats. Examples include going into a frenzy at Ouki's death. Threatening the Zhao ambassadors, and fighting with Kaishibou when they met with Renpa.
  • Lightning Bruiser: When in battle, he has both the strength to slice men in half and the speed to strike multiple men in an instant, as well as dodge arrows fired from one of the greatest archers in China. Compared to the other vassals, he has the greatest combat ability, second only to Teng.

Ryukoku/Long Guo

Stats: Strength |82|, Leadership |86|, Knowledge |90|

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the commanders of the Wang Qi and Teng armies, all of them had their abilities hidden by serving under Wang Qi's for years. Once he and the other vassals officially become apart of the Qin Military, Long Guo proves himself to have the leadership ability of an actual General, but the combat abilities can be debated.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a glaive, but do not expect to see him use it.
  • Colonel Badass: All of Ou Ki's vassals are considered to be equal to the rank of Generals and are often seen leading directly from the battlefield. Whether this is true for Long Guo can be debated.
  • Frontline General: Zigzagged. Like the other vassals, Long Guo is capable of fighting directly in combat with his army, however he is often shown working as an advisor.
  • Informed Ability: Long Guo is supposed to be very smart, but most of his lines with have him being a Audience Surrogate or parroting the orders of someone higher than him.
  • Non-Action Guy: Of the commanders, Long Guo has the highest Knowledge stat, and his role in battles is tantamount to being to being the sidekick and advisor to the General he is working with. He also has the lowest Strength stat, making him the physically weakest among his group.

Kanou/Gan Yang

Stats: Strength |86|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |82|

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the commanders of the Wang Qi and Teng armies, all of them had their abilities hidden by serving under Wang Qi's for years. Once he and the other vassals officially become apart of the Qin Military, Gan Yang proves himself to have the leadership ability of an actual General, and much greater combat abilities.
  • Badass: Survived Feng Yi's near obliteration of the Left Army at Bayou, and survives against Wa Lin's army during the Coalition War.
  • Blade on a Stick: As with other high-level commanders, Gan Yang wields a glaive with great skill.
  • Blood Knight: Described as favoring life or death struggles, he often leads charges into enemy territory and prefers to fight enemy generals in duels rather than winning through tactics.
  • Colonel Badass: All of Ou Ki's vassals are considered to be equal to the rank of Generals and are often seen leading directly from the battlefield.
  • Frontline General: Like the other vassals, Gan Yang is more accustomed to leading armies directly from the front, as has the combat ability to back that.
  • Informed Ability: Unlike Teng and Lu Wu Wei, he and the other vassals do not live up to the boasts. Gan Yang struggled against Wan Ji, and despite his Blood Knight tendencies, he very rarely accomplishes much in battles.

Rinbou/Lin Fang

Stats: Strength |87|, Leadership |88|, Knowledge |85|

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the commanders of the Wang Qi and Teng armies, all of them had their abilities hidden by serving under Wang Qi's for years. Once he and the other vassals officially become apart of the Qin Military, Lin Fang proves himself to have the leadership ability of an actual General, and much greater combat abilities.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a glaive like many Qin commanders.
  • Colonel Badass: All of Ou Ki's vassals are considered to be equal to the rank of Generals and are often seen leading directly from the battlefield.
  • Frontline General: Like the other vassals, Lin Fang is capable of fighting directly in combat with his army.
  • The Worf Effect: Killed by an arrow fired by Bai Li, a 1000-Man commander, to show how much of a disadvantage the Qin have fighting the Chu in the Coalition War.

Doukin/Tong Jin

Stats: Strength |88|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |80|

  • Authority Equals Asskicking: One of the commanders of the Wang Qi and Teng armies, all of them had their abilities hidden by serving under Wang Qi's for years. Once he and the other vassals officially become apart of the Qin Military, Tong Jin proves himself to have the leadership ability of an actual General, and much greater combat abilities.
  • Blade on a Stick: Wields a glaive like many Qin commanders.
  • The Big Guy: The vassal with the highest Strength stat after Teng. It did not do much good against the Chu however.
  • Colonel Badass: All of Ou Ki's vassals are considered to be equal to the rank of Generals and are often seen leading directly from the battlefield.
  • Dumb Muscle: While not the dumbest character in the series, his Leadership and Intelligence stats are much lower than the other vassals.
  • Frontline General: Like the other vassals, Long Guo is capable of fighting directly in combat with his army.
  • The Worf Effect: Maliciously one-shotted by Lin Wu Jun before the Coalition Army even reaches Kankoku Pass to show how powerful the Chu are.

    Qin Commanders 

Xin/Shin

See his folder for more details.

Meng Tian/Mouten

Voiced by: Hirofumi Nojima

The commander of Yue Hua (Gaku Ka) unit, who belongs to the same generation as Xin.

Stats: Strength |87|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |90|
Stats (Qin Invasion): Strength |88|, Leadership |86|, Knowledge |90|

Wang Ben/Ou Hon

Voiced by: Yoshimoya Hisoya

The commander of the Yu Feng (Gyoku Hou) unit and rival to Xin.

Stats: Strength |89|, Leadership |86|, Knowledge |89|
Stats (Qin Invasion): Strength |91|, Leadership |87|, Knowledge |89|

Baku Koshin

Kakubi

Ogiko

A 1000 man commander of Kanki's army.

Koku Ou

Voiced by: Yumi Kawashima

Heki

State of Zhao


    Three Great Heavens of Zhao 

Li Mu/Riboku

A legendary general that never lost a battle in his life. In this manga he was the man that out-thought and defeated Wang Qi, the greatest and last of the Six Great Generals in battle. He's the main antagonist of the story, and it's one of Xin's goals to defeat him and avenge Wang Qi's death.

Stats: Strength |91|, Leadership |98|, Knowledge |100!!!|

  • The Ace: So far, it's shown that he's to be AT LEAST stronger than Xin's 'default state', superior to Wang Qi in war, equal to the 'advisor of the Warrior King/God' who has unsurpassed knowledge, and his leadership ability is superior to the prince for nearly three hundred chapters until the prince leveled up during the current arc.
  • Anti-Villain: In the end, he is only a villain because he serves the wrong side of history.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Bookworm/Genius Bruiser: He was able to push back Xin's strength and have Xin on the defensive in their early spar with ease. His arms were shown to have several hideous and long scars, and were also extremely muscular.
  • Badass Bureaucrat
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To the Zhao king.
  • Beware the Nice Ones
  • Clark Kent Outfit: He has a pretty muscular build under his baggy clothing.
  • Combat Pragmatist
  • Covered in Scars
  • Dirty Coward: Played with. Riboku's willing admission that he is this trope has never been portrayed as an indication of weakness; in fact, it only further emphasizes just how dangerous an enemy he is. After all, it is exactly because he is willing to use underhanded tactics that he is able to slay Ouki.
  • Historical Badass Upgrade: Inverted. The historical Li Mu remained undefeated all the way till his execution, successfully defeating or fending off any enemy no matter the odds, hence becoming considered one of the 4 greatest generals of the warring states. Kingdom's Riboku has already been defeated in the battle of Sai and faces defeat in Gyou.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: To the Zhao people. A related one-shot reveals that he personally helps the Zhaos rebuild their village—as in, personally teaching them how to evacuate during the bandits' raid, and lifting woods to help the villagers rebuild their houses afterward—despite being a great general.
  • The Unfettered: He will do everything to keep his homeland safe.
  • What Could Have Been: He was meant to be the main character instead of Xin in the original version of the manga. Sadly, the author want to follow the main history — the tragic ending to Li Mu's story was too horrible to put in.

Pang Nuan/Houken

The warrior that appeared out of no where and killed one of the six great generals of Qin, Liao, in the past. Wang Qi avenged Liao and killed him by slashing his face, his falling body getting skewed by nearly a dozen arrows before falling into the depths below. He miraculously survived and joined Zhou six years later.

Stats: Strength |100!!!|(superior to Wang Qi's 'default state')

  • Bad Boss: He kills any subordinate he doesn't like. While it's not uncommon in the Kingdom universe, the thing about Pang Nuan is that most of the subordinates he kills are actually trying to protect him.
  • Blade on a Stick/Hooks and Crooks: Wields a bill spear.
  • Hero Killer: He kills Ouki and later Duke Hyou.
  • Jerkass: He went into Xin's camp and attempted to kill him merely because he sensed potential in him, believing that it was better to nip it in the bud early so he wouldn't be considered an equal in the future.
    • Wang Qi spared him at least twice in their last battle together, and yet Pang after having his weapon ruined and would've certainly died if not for the interference of both Li Mu (which shouldn't have stopped Wang Qi's downward slash whatsoever on his unconscious body) and being backstabbed by one of the top ten archers of the time. He took the 'supposed' win against Wang Qi in spite of losing all three fights that they got by declaring all is fair in war because it was Wang Qi's 'domain'.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Not that this series is light or so, but things get very dark whenever Houken gets to appear.
  • One-Man Army: He was able to single handily get to Kyou — a great general camp — in spite of it by defended by 2,000 elite soldiers. He single handily destroyed nearly several hundred and would've finished them all off if not for Liao and later Wang Qi's interference.
    • He got classified as a B level threat 'general', which is a well above average for a general, just by himself alone with no army.
  • Made of Iron: Suffers multiple wounds during the Fei Xin force first Qin vs Zhao battle and still survives.
  • Smug Super: His constant constipated face aside, he is by and large the most arrogant antagonist in the story. His arrogance is best exemplified when he loses a duel of strength from Shin. Rather than admit defeat, he pulls back to his cadre of Zhao bodyguards while claiming he'll let Shin to live this day.
  • War God
  • World's Strongest Man: The strongest in strength according to the author notes.

Renpanote 

See: State of Wei

    Riboku's Personal Army 

Kaine

Stats: Strength |84|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |82|

Qing Che/Keisha

A direct subordinate of Li Mu. In charge of Zhao's army during the Coalition's invasion of Qin.

Stats: Strength |88|, Leadership |88|, Knowledge |90|

Fuutei

A 3000-man commander who aims to become one of Zhao's Three Great Heavens.

Shin Seijou

Gika

    Zhao Generals 

Chousou

A strategist in charge of Houken's army during the first Qin-Zhao conflict.

Stats: Strength |65|, Leadership |87|, Knowledge |91|

Kouson Ryuu

A veteran general of Zhao who's famed mostly for his balance.

Stats: Strength |83|, Leadership |86|, Knowledge |87|, Balance |90|

Mangoku

A general of Zhao bearing a deep grudge against Qin.

Stats: Strength |88|, Leadership |80|, Knowledge |70|, Hatred |100|

Rihaku

A general of Zhao who is said to be a master of defense.

Stats: Strength |88|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |86|

Shoumou

A huge Zhao general who excels at charges.

Stats: Strength |93|, Leadership |80|, Knowledge |78|

  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He may look like a moving mountain of fat. Turns out all of that fat is muscle mass, and he is far quicker than you'd expect.
  • Smug Super: He is a genuine threat to Qin, but tends to overestimate himself. Charging Wang Qi head-on because of this proves to be his downfall.

Fuuki

A general of Zhao who is best at deploying strategic formations.

Stats: Strength |70|, Leadership |88|, Knowledge |90|

State of Wei

    Renpa and the Four Heavenly Kings 

Lian Po/Renpa

Voiced by: Unshou Ishizuka

A former member of Zhao's Three Great Heavens. He is a powerful general who loves war and finding Worthy Opponents.

Stats: Strength |97|, Leadership |98|, Knowledge |96| Great General Factor |100!|

Lun Hu/Rinko

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

Renpa's 'Flying Spear' and one of the Four Heavenly Kings.

Stats: Strength |93|, Leadership |88|, Knowledge |87|, Break through ability |98|

Genbou

The eldest member of Renpa's Four Heavenly Kings and The Strategist.

Stats: Strength |5|, Leadership |84|, Knowledge |96|

  • Evil Old Folks: He certainly looks one to the eyes of Xin.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is beheaded by Kanki.
  • Off with His Head!
  • Out-Gambitted: By Kanki. Genbou sends the bulk of Kaishibou's forces to raid Kanki's HQ, only to find too late that Kanki has never stayed in his HQ and instead seizes the lack of security on Genbou's to take him out.
  • Smug Snake: Is quite smug about the 'superiority' of proper tactics. Despite being outwitted by Kanki, he throws a fit about it not being 'proper tactics' before trying to recruit him into being his disciple.
  • The Strategist
  • Tactical Withdrawal: As soon as Qin's forces comes too close to him, he simply withdraws his troops.

Jie Zhifang/Kaishibou

Voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama

The leader of the Four Heavenly Kings, specialized in offense.

Stats: Strength |91|, Leadership |90|, Knowledge |88|

Kyou En

An extremely proficient archer and one of the Four Heavenly Kings.

Stats: Strength |90|, Leadership |90|, Knowledge |88|, Bow |97|

    Fire Dragons of Wei 

Go Kei


Ling Huang/Reiou


Gaimou


  • Kavorka Man: He's doing a fuckin' fivesome the first time we meet him.

Zi Bo/Earl Shi


    Wei Generals 

Wu Feng Ming/Go Houmei


Haku Kisai

A general of Wei. [[Serves as a figurehead leader for the Wei army during the battle of Rui plains.]]

State of Chu


    Chu Leadership 

Shunshinkun

The prime minister of Chu.

Kanmei

A gigantic Chu general, also known as the "Giant of Chu". He is a Great General of Chu, and in charge of the Chu army during the coalition's attack on Kanyou.

Stats: Strength |99|, Leadership |91|, Knowledge |88|

    Chu Commanders 

Rinbukun

A general in charge of one of Chu's armies during the war on Qin.

Stats: Strength |93|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |85|

Karin

A tall female general who took over after Rinbukun's death.

Stats: Strength |94|, Leadership |92|, Knowledge |96|

Xiang Yi/Kouyoku

A 1000-man commander of Chu. Eerily similar to Xin in various ways.

Stats: Strength |90|, Leadership |84|, Knowledge |78|

Hakurei

Bamyuu


Kaen

State of Han


    Han Commanders 

Seikai

A specialist of poisons and the general of Han for the Coalition Army.

Stats: Strength |50|, Leadership |86|, Knowledge |88|

  • Badass: Zigzagged. He is completely useless in physical fighting, but his poison is so deadly that no one it hits can survive.
  • Bishounen: He was before his poison research. He was said to be so beautiful even men would be attracted to him.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Not of age but from too much exposure to poison.
  • Killed Off for Real: He is killed after Choutou splits his skull.

Chouin

Stand-in commander of the Han Army.

  • Butt-Monkey: To Karin. She uses the latter both as an arm support and as a scapegoat for her mockery of other generals.

State of Yan


    Yan Commanders 

Ordo

A specialist of mountainous grounds and the general of Yan for the Coalition Army.

Stats: Strength |93|, Leadership |95|, Knowledge |88|

  • Unwitting Pawn: Ousen had him playing to his tune during the whole battle of Kankoku Pass.

Gekishin

Non-State Actors


    The Mountain Tribes 

Yang Duanhe/Yotanwa

Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki

The king of the mountain tribes that lives far into the west territories of China.

Stats: Strength |95|, Leadership |99|, Knowledge |95|, Beauty |100|

Bajio

Stats: Strength |88+a|, Leadership |70|, Knowledge |72|

Tajifu

Stats: Strength |80|, Leadership |80|, Knowledge |68|

The Elders

  • Jerkass

    Assassins 

Kyou Kai

Kyou Shou

Kyou Kai's childhood friend who was killed by Yuu Ren.
  • Cool Big Sis: Qiang Lei looked up to her, considering her to be this.

Yuu Ren


  • Dirty Coward: Tends to wait in the background while her subordinates attack.

Muta

Jo Kan

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