Characters / Kingdom

Characters of the Kingdom manga series. As a retelling of the Chinese Warring States period, it is of course filled with Loads and Loads of Characters from all sides.

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State of Qin


Qin is the home state of our protagonists, located in the northwestern corner of the seven warring states.

    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|

  • Amazon Chaser: Seems to be infatuated with Yotanwa.
  • 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. Xin often calls him "big 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.
  • Distressed Dude: Poor Heki is often seen falling for the enemy leader's schemes.
  • 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 Ryofui Faction 

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

Lü 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
  • Big Bad: of Act 1, the power struggle between Sei and Ryofui.
  • The Chessmaster
  • Everyone Has Standards: He never touches state funds to finance his political ambitions. He uses his money and his money only.
  • 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.
  • Graceful Loser: Even when completely defeated, he is never shown to lose control of his emotions.
  • 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.
  • Stroke the Beard: Often seen doing this, like in Chinese period dramas.
  • 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.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Slew Kanmei, an undefeated monster who defeated one of the 6 Great Generals and held the greatest service record in China, cementing his promotion to 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Moubu's inferiority complex to Ouki and the 6 Great Generals causes him to impulsively charge into a trap to avoid losing his chance of claiming Houken's head to Ouki, which ultimately costs Qin the battle of Bayou.
  • 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.
  • Libation for the Dead: Upon the death of his father Mougou, reminiscing of their past.
  • 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 Ryofui, he is a loyal servant of Qin. He ultimately proves to be little underling at all, valuing his military exploits far more than Ryufui's politicking.
  • 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|

  • Biseinen: Handsomeness: 95!
  • The Chessmaster: Qin's best strategist. As the Head of Military Affairs, Qin's warfare begins with him, and it his manipulations and strategies that allowed Qin to defeat the coalition army and place Zhao, Wei and Han in critical positions.
  • Childhood Friends: with Moubu.
  • The Dragon or Number Two: Lu Buwei's highest-ranking supporter.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is no slouch on the battlefield- he is, generrously speaking, on the same level as Moubu in combat and an equal strategist to Riboku.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sides with Sei over Ryofui during the Rou Ai Rebellion.
  • Noble Demon: When it really matters, he is willing to put Qin above the faction struggles. He lends crucial aid to Sai during the coalition army invasion against Ryofui's wishes, and warned Karyo Ten of the Rou Ai plot just in time for the Hi Shin to make a difference.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He hasn't smiled ONCE so far.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He is allied with Ryofui only because he believes it is the best course for Qin. He begins to turn towards the king's faction as Sei's personal virtues becomes apparent.
  • The Strategist: One of the very best among them.

Li Si/Rishi

One of the Four Pillars of Lu Buwei. His forte lies in domestic administration. An expert in the philosophical doctrine of Legalism.

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

Ce Zuo/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.
  • Go Out with a Smile: his greatest and final act is to orchestrate a Qi-Qin non-agression agreement, after which he died silently of a heart attack.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sei's words during his confrontation with Ryofui won him over.
  • 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

Younger brother of Mouten and son of Moubu, a strategist woring for Shouheikun.

Kaioku

Shouheikun's vassal and a teacher of strategists.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Sports a long, thin mustache, but completely heroic nonetheless.
  • Troll: Likes to tease his students or subordinates.

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

Prince Seikyou's wife and eventually leader of his faction after his death.

Juhaku

    Royal Harem 

Queen Dowager Zhao

Zheng's biological mother. The wife of the former King Zhuangxiang.

Xiang/Kou

Voiced by: Mariko Nakatsu

Zheng's "attendant of the heart". Mother to his first daughter.
  • 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

Kou's best friend, fellow palace girl.
  • Hidden Depths: Coming from a military family, she has a good awareness of military situations, like during the siege of Kankoku Pass.
  • Nice Girl: Befriends Kou even though she's from nobility and Kou isn't.
  • Plucky Girl: Bravely chooses to block the path of invaders on horseback to protect Kou and the royal princess. Thankfully, Shin intervenes before she is trampled.

Lao Ai/Rou Ai


    State of Ai 

The State of Ai is a rebel faction of Qin led by Lao Ai and the Queen Dowager. In reality is the "ultimate weapon" of Ryofui and his last chance of dethroning Sei as King of Qin. At the king's coming of age ceremony, they launch an ambush of the capital Xianyang with the goal of taking the city and murdering the royal family.

Han Oki

A military leader of the rebel state of Ai.

Han Roki

A military commander under his father Han Oki, tasked with finding and killing the royal family.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Shin cuts off his hand before he even gets a word in. It's all downhill for him from that point on.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: His arrogance far exceeds his actual martial ability.
  • Off with His Head!: His eventual fate.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he realized he's been severely outclassed by the very, very angry Shin...
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Takes glee in massacring defenseless citizens on his way to the royal harem.
  • Smug Smiler: Has a self-assured grin the entire time up until he realizes how deep of a shit he is in.

Wategi

State of Zhao


Bordering Qin to the east, Zhao is a perennial rival and thorn to the state of Qin.

    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 Shin's 'default state', superior to Ouki 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.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Defeating Ouki earns him such status he becomes the number one general in Zhao, the Head of Military Affairs and the prime minister.
  • 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
  • Big Bad: The primary antagonist of the series and the main obstacle to the fulfillment of Sei's dream.
  • 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
  • Crazy-Prepared: His main shtick. He will create schemes years in advance and meticulously plans and stacks the deck in his favour. and if he happens to be Out-Gambitted and cornered at his HQ, he will always have Houken by his side to ensure he still wins anyway.
  • 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.
  • Hero Killer: The most feared opponent of Qin who has been responsible one way of another for virtually all of their major war casualties.
  • 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: Played with. He respects Shin and recognises his potential, but also tells him it is far too early for Shin to challenge him.
    • He also praises Duke Hyou for surpassing his understanding when the former manages to crack his Ryuudou.
    • He is hated by all of Qin for killing Ouki and leading the Coalition War, but also respected for his sheer talent.

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.
    • Houken has no interest in leading troops or winning wars for his country, all he cares about are fights. Riboku recruited him solely because he is a human wrecking ball.
  • 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.
  • 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|

Gika

Fuutei

A 3000-man commander who aims to become one of Zhao's Three Great Heavens.
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Refers to himself with "-sama", and looks down on everybody.
  • Foil: The "hot-blooded idiot" of Zhao, similar to Qin's Shin and Chu's Kouyoku.
  • Fragile Speedster: Once Shin outplays his speed, he's easily defeated.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Love Confession: Brazenly declares he will wed Kaine, in the middle of a battlefield.

Shin Seijou

Shunsuiju

One of the generals in Riboku's army, Shunsuijiu is a mysterious youth with a history with the Xiongnu tribe. Riboku places him in charge of the hundred thousand strong Ryoyou army to combat Yotanwa.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Manages to deduce the true nature of Qin's supply line through information he receives from his spy network.
  • Child Prodigy: Is only a youth probably not older than Shin, but already a fully fledged general capable of commanding armies hundreds of thousands strong.
  • Genius Bruiser: His strategic ability was obvious, but most people were surprised when he was shown to be a capable fighter (as they were when Bananji proved a skilled tactician).
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: One of the smallest guys in the series but able to easily slay Yotanwa's superhuman mountain tribesmen.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Bananji in the Gyou arc.
  • The Stoic: Even moreso than Keisha.

Bananji

Another of Riboku's vassals who fought alongside him against the Xiongnu, "Iron Hammer" Bananji is a ferocious warrior and an adept tactician, proving one of his most valuable assets in the battle for Gyou.
  • Badass Beard
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Prone to boisterous laughter when excited.
  • The Brute: Thus far, he appears martially the strongest of Riboku's personal army and the most drawn to engaging his foes personally.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Can crack rock with his bare fist, which he claims to have shattered the skulls of countless Xiongnu leaders with.
  • Cool Helmet
  • Genius Bruiser: in the first day of the battle for Gyou, he fights equally with both Akou and Ouhon while spectacularly outplaying them.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: A jolly, friendly fellow who comes to respect Akou and Ouhon, but this being war he shows no mercy.
  • Rugged Scar: Has deep scars across his face that betray his grueling battles with the Xiongnu.
  • Signature Move: His 'Iron Hammer', a powerful blow capable of smashing skulls.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to the more sentimental Chougaryu in Zhao's right wing during the battle of Gyou.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Along with Shunsuijiu in the Gyou arc.
  • Worthy Opponent: Comes to consider Akou and Ouhon this after battling them, praising their calibre as commanders.

    Lords of Rigan 

Kisui

Batei

Ryuutou

Kishou

    Legacy of Rinshoujo 

Gyou'un

The most powerful vassal of the former Great Heaven Rinshoujo, Gyou'un returns after a 20 year absence to defend Gyou in the Battle of Shukai Plains. An adept instinctual general in addition to his tremendous martial prowess, he proves to be an incredibly formidable opponent of Shin and the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Animal Motifs: The snake.
  • Badass Army: Pound for pound, his men and cavalry are even stronger than those of the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Cool Helmet: An incredibly detailed helmet made to look as if a serpent is coiling around it.
  • The Dragon: Although he is not part of Riboku's personal army, he is given the most important position and holds the most general authority in their meetings besides Riboku himself, as well as being the most powerful.
  • Genius Bruiser: He is both a great strategist and an instinctual savant, and also more than powerful enough to absolutely beat the crap out of Shin in their first duel.
  • Gut Instinct: A formidable instinctual general in addition to having great strategic understanding, allowing him to completely outplay and confound Ten. Even when Shin steps up to command, he stays one step ahead. It takes Kyoukai's awakening to force a stalemate.
  • The Stoic
  • Undying Loyalty: His defining character trait, which in this case is literal.

Chougaryuu

Ling Xiangru/Rinshoujo

One of the former 3 Great Heavens. Rinshoujo was equal and friend of Renpa, being a grand strategist of great courage but of little martial might due to persistent illness, which he compensated with powerful martial vassals, the Rin Family Heroes. His illness cut him down in the prime of his might near the eve of the golden age.

  • Animal Motifs: The snake, which carries on to his personal soldiers.
  • Bishōnen
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chougaryuu remembered him as idiosyncratic and difficult, prone to changing his strategies on the spot, but his might as a general could not be doubted.
  • The Chessmaster: Highly adept at manipulating both ally and enemy alike to achieve victory.
  • Four-Star Badass
  • Non-Action Guy: Due to his illness, but his strategic acumen more than makes up for it.

    Keisha Army 

Qing Che/Keisha

One of Riboku's most trusted vassals and considered the closest man to the seat of the 3rd Great Heaven. Keisha leads Zhao's army in the Coalition War.

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

  • Animal Motifs: The spider. His warfare involves setting a web of loose formations, where any army that treads upon will be quickly trapped as he instinctively counters their movements and corners them.
  • Arc Villain: Of the Kokuyou arc, though an unusual case as he's killed well before the end of the arc.
  • Bishōnen
  • Chess Motifs: Of the actual chessboard, which adorns his...bonbons, as well as his horses and elites.
  • Child Prodigy: Even as a child he was capable of defeating military strategists, which was what piqued Riboku's attention.
  • The Dragon: Riboku's most powerful vassal to whom he entrusts the most difficult tasks.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: One could be forgiven for thinking him a chick with his appearance and his name.
  • Fatal Flaw: Within his 'web', Keisha is nearly unstoppable, even capable of defeating Riboku and trapping the Duke. However, if lured out, he becomes highly vulnerable.
  • Gut Feeling: Is an instinctual general not unlike Duke Hyou. A rare type that isn't a fighter general but that doesn't mean he can't defend himself.
  • Hidden Depths: He holds a deep gratitude to Riboku for adopting him he seeks to repay through helping him in his conquests.
  • Jerk Ass: A cold, arrogant sadist whose primary motivation in war is too see his enemies suffer.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is slain by Shin.
  • Oh, Crap!: He is almost catatonic when he is cornered by Zenou once Kanki lures him out of his web.
  • Out Gambited: Kanki seizes upon his weakness and plays him like a fiddle, and he only survives Kanki's retribution because Kisui saves his ass. Ultimately, he is still slain by the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Despite his stoic appearance, he is a twisted individual who considers the writhing and suffering of enemy soldiers the 'best part' of a battle, describing how Mangoku will slaughter Duke Hyou's soldiers in major detail.
  • The Stoic: Shows very little emotion, even when apparently relishing in his enemies' suffering.
    • Not So Stoic: Starts cracking when Kanki effectively trolls him in the battle of Sanyou.
  • The Strategist: Bizarrely, despite being an 'Instinctual General', he's actually more prone to elaborate complex tactical maneuvers.
  • Stronger Than They Look: He doesn't look the type with his build and stature, but he is quite a capable warrior. This doesn't save him against Shin in the end.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He underestimates just how much the Hi Shin Unit has grown, which leads to his death.
  • Undying Loyalty: An orphan, he was adopted by Riboku after winning a strategic competition in his village, leading him to hold a deep debt of gratitude.

Kinmou

Gakuei

    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|

    Zhao Royalty 

King Toujou

Prince Ka

Earl Chou Ki

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 and rival of Ouki. Renpa is a legendary general and the last of Zhao's original 3 Great Heavens. After King Toujou removes him from his post out of pettiness, Renpa decided he was not worth serving and departed for Wei, where he reemerged 3 years later to defend the Sanyou region.

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

  • Arc Villain: Of the Sanyou Invasion.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Admits to crying upon receiving news of the deaths of every member of the Qin 6, despite them being his greatest enemies. Justified in that they were really only enemies in the field, and had nothing but respect for each other.
  • Badass Beard
  • Badass Grandpa: Is probably in his fifties and he is one of the strongest warriors in China. In the battle of Chouhei, he stalemated both Ouki and Hakuki for 2 years until King Daoxiang foolishly replaced him with an inferior general.
  • Blade on a Stick: Like most generals, he wields a glaive.
  • Blood Knight
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Shatters a falling boulder with a single swipe of his glaive.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Had a passing mention about his defection during the Han invasion. His actual appearance comes more than 80 chapters later.
  • Cool Old Guy: Starts off any war by giving his subordinates an energizing hug which heightens their peerformance, and advises Shin and Mouten how to surpass him and the Qin 6.
  • Covered in Scars: At least his face is.
  • Four-Star Badass: One of the biggest, if not the biggest in the series.
    • Renpa defeats an army if 50 000 led by another great general with only 8000 himself, while declaring the ecoerience still did not fully satisfy him.
    • Simply by turning up he rouses Wei soldiers on the verge of defeat into a frenzied mania, inciting Ousen, who held the terrain advantage to retreat back to his fort.
  • A Father to His Men
  • Friendly Enemy: He will kill Ouki and the other five generals in battlefield, but outside that they are good drinking buddies. For Renpa, war is basically his form of athletics.
  • Genius Bruiser: He's noteworthy in that he's both a 'Strategical General' and an 'Instinctual General'. Renpa's strategic acumen allows him to match wits with Ousen and his instinctual abilities allow him to navigate through a mountain fort Mougou sprnt 40 years devising to defeat him.
  • The Juggernaut
  • Know When to Fold 'Em
  • Master of All: Perhaps the series' embodiment of this. A warrior capable of fighting on par with Ouki, a strategist capable of matching wits with Ousen, with instincts which allow him to easily outmaneuver a mountain trap Mougou spent 40 years planning and leadershipto turn foreign soldiers into demons with his mere presence. To top it off, each of his vassals are renowned generals in their own right.
  • Large and in Charge
  • No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: He finds being the last of the 6 Great Generals and 3 Great Heavens hardly an enviable position, finding life boring without the thrill of warfare.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: A noble, charismatic and valiant leader capable of mercy and swallowing his pride for the greater good...yet still one of Qin's greatest adversaries
  • Reality Ensues: However powerfully he leads his soldiers, he is still, after all, a foreigner general, not a true Wei-born fighter. When the official Wei Commander-in-Chief is slain by Kanki, the Wei army practically collapses.
  • War God: He is the strongest general in Kingdom's universe. Even Riboku says that no one, not even himself, can defeat Lian Po in a direct battle 9/10 times.
  • Worthy Opponent: How he views the Six Great Generals of Qin.

Lun Hu/Rinko

Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai

The youngest and most dangerous of Renpa's Four Heavenly Kings, Rinko is Renpa's "Flying Spear", adopted and personally trained by the great general since he was a toddler. He leads Wei's centre army in the battle of Sanyou, where he inevitably butts heads with Qin's new generation officers.

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

  • Angst? What Angst?: When bringing up his backstory with Shin, he considers the death of his sister more of an afterthought to being adopted by Renpa. Justified due to likely having very few memories at the time of his adoption.
  • Anti-Villain: Dies protecting Wei from invasion while loyally serving his noble master.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He easily dominates Domon and Eibi (slaying the latter in a single blow), and decimates Ouhon twice without difficulty.
  • Determinator: To an extent which shocks even Shin himself. Even after taking a fatal blow and down an arrm, he still gives Shin the fight of his life.
  • The Dragon: While Kaishibou is technically the leader of the Heavenly Kings, it is Rinko to whom Renpa always dispenses the most difficult and important tasks.
  • Dual Wielding: Two sabers granted to him by Renpa in his youth.
  • Elite Mook: His personal soldiers are noted to be of great strength and skill, and a large reason for his breakthroough might.
  • Eyes Always Shut
  • Fingore: Loses a few fingers in his third confrontation with Shin.
  • Genius Bruiser: Is pretty proficient at tactical maneuvers, most notably in his use of the Rindou.
  • The Heavy: While Renpa is the Big Bad and ultimate Chessmaster of the Sanyou invasion, it is Rinko who is the most visible adversary and ultimately the main opponent for our protagonists. In this instance Renpa was clearly out of Shin's league (and still is) and far too strong to be his rival of the arc.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is ultimately skewered on Shin's sword.
  • Improbable Fencing Skills: Despite wielding two short swords, obviously disadvantageous and impractical on a horse where reach is so important, he effortlessly overwhelms a spear master in Ouhon.
  • Killed Off for Real: Is slain by Xin.
  • Older Than They Look: He is in his late thirties but looks like a teen.
  • Perpetual Smiler
  • Reality Ensues: However badass he is, even Lun Hu alone can't penetrate fortified positions. Once Meng Tian saps his personal army's manpower, Lun Hu switches his fighting to direct assault.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Renpa for adopting and training him in the ways of war.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The first truly great general Shin battles directly.
  • Worthy Opponent: He and Shin gain a great deal of respect for each other over the course of Sanyou, with Shin respecting his countless struggles and viewing him as a milestone who must be surpassed, while Rinko comes to accept Shin's strength and considers him blessed by the heavens.

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

The son of Gokei, he becomes the leading general of Wei after Renpa's exile. A master architect, he raises up advanced weapons and structures against Qin in the battle of Kankoku Pass.


  • Arrogant Strategist Guy: While he is truly capable, he is also quite full of himself.
  • Bad Guy Junior: He is Go Kei's son.
  • Dirty Coward: He sacrifices his mentor Reiou in order to escape after being defeated in Choyou.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady
  • Like Father, Like Son: Both of them excel at using Wei's various specialties (chariots, siege weaponry) to their full extent.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: What they share in intellect, they differ basically everywhere else. Gokei was a towering, intimidating man with war paint, a fierce warrior and a policy to never retreat before an enemy no matter what. Gohoumei is a scrawny, effeminate fellow with no fighting capabilities, and a pragmatist who will do anything to survive.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: His greatest talent. He designs siege towers and ballistas which allow his Wei army to be the first to reach the top of Kankoku Pass.
  • Kick the Dog: The aforementioned sacrifice under Dirty Coward
  • Mistaken for Servant: How he survives the battle of Choyou, and largely perpetrated by himself. When he and Reiou are cornered by Shin, he pretends to be his own servant, telling 'Houmei-same' to make an escape, hence baiting Shin to cut down his mentor while he makes a break for it.
  • Non-Action Guy: While his father Gokei was a powerful warrior, Gohoumei is a non-combatant who wars purely through strategies.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: You would think that with Lian Po and Go Kei gone, Wei, being the Jobber among the kingdoms, wouldn't have any men of talent left. Turns out Go Houmei is more than capable. It's even acknowledged in-universe.
  • The Strategist

Haku Kisai

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

State of Chu


The largest of the seven warring states, comprising of the entire southern half and bordering five other states. Everybody keeps a wary eye on Chu and must calculate its response before taking any action.

  • The Empire: Currently, Chu is the largest and strongest of the seven states.

    Chu Leadership 

Shunshinkun

The prime minister of Chu.

Rien

Karin

A tall female general who took over after Rinbukun's death, Karin proves to be a master tactician and a far greater threat than Rinbukun ever was.

Stats: Strength |94|, Leadership |92|, Knowledge |98|

  • Absolute Cleavage: Bordering on Gag Boobs territory.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Her feats in the Coalition War afford her great prestige and recogntion, causing her to be promoted to become Chu's prime minister.
  • Bare Your Midriff
  • Boobs of Steel: She's clearly physically far stronger than she lets on, if her strength stat is anything to go by.
  • Berserk Button: She threatens to kill anyone who comments on her height.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer
  • The Chessmaster: Arguably equal to Riboku, she plays Tou like a fiddle and comes closest to outright defeating Qin in Kankoku Pass.
  • Elite Mook: Her personal elites are considered possibly the best in all of Chu, easily dominating Tou's Ouki elites.
  • Jerkass: She has a habit of threatening and insulting others.
  • Kick the Dog: Insults Rinbukun after his death and belittles and threatens his demoralized army with death if they fail to right his failure.
  • Out-Gambitted: Her plans ultimately collapse due to Ousen foreseeing an army might circle around and attack Kankoku Pass from a blindspot and already having made preparations.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Very tall. It's not a good idea to comment on it.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Her strategy in the battle of Kankoku Pass. Her strategies are designed to be too dangerous to be ignored, but designed such that taking it on will cause the opponent to be distracted and unable to respond to an even deeper plan.

    Chu Generals 

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|

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
  • BFS: Wields a giant saber as his main Weapon of Choice.
    • Carry a Big Stick: However, his most potent weapon is his mace, he is just so strong he rarely requires it.
  • The Brute: Of the Coalitiion army's Great Generals, being the ost reliant and proficient in use of brute force.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Inflicts this on one of the 6 Great Generals, Oukotsu.
  • The Dreaded: Feared across all states except Qin. who covered up the defeat of one of their Great Generals at his hands.
  • Four-Star Badass: At the time of his death, he held the most decorated service record in all of China and was undefeated throughout his career, even defeating one of the 6 Great Generals. Hi achievements and pride lend him immense weight which he uses to dominate Moubu until the latter's Heroic Second Wind.
  • Gentle Giant: While he is on the antagonists' side, he does have many features of this trope.
  • Large and in Charge: Is perhaps the largest character in the series. He's even bigger than Moubu.
  • Large Ham
    • Badass Boast: His battle speech before the coalition force's attack is this. Too bad it's cut short.
  • Killed Off for Real: Gets his head turned into paste courtesy of an angry father named Moubu.
  • World's Strongest Man: Believes himself to be this, and with good reason. However, he is ultimately slain by Moubu in single combat after a grueling battle.
  • Your Head Asplode: Moubu obliterates his head under his mace.

Rinbukun

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

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

    Chu Commanders 

Xiang Yi/Kouyoku

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

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

  • Butt-Monkey
  • Cool Sword: The Bakuya sword.
  • Evil Counterpart: He's Chu's version of Shin.
  • Heroic Resolve: Tou fucks him up, but he just keeps kicking and coming back across an entire day, preventing Tou from doing anything about Karin
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerk Ass
  • Manly Tears: Cries greatly for his master's death, swearing to avenge him.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: He initially comes off as an arrogant blowhard. Mouten and Ouhon foil him and Hakurei on the first day of the Battle for Kankoku Pass, leading to their army's decisive defeat. Then his Heroic Resolve kicks in and he fights on par with Tou...
  • Reality Ensues: While Karin gives him a 5000-man unit in recognition of his skills, he is far too inexperienced to properly command one. Interestingly, Kouyoku recognises this and his limitations, and his planning around this allows him to successfully stall Tou for the entire day.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Rinbukun's death sends him into a rage and amps him to the point he manages to fight on par with Tou.

Hakurei

A young, talented archer and 1000-man commander. Friends with Kouyoku.

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 |85|

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

Gekishin

The former number one general of Yan, Gekishin left Zhao for Yan at the promise of riches around the same time as the "War God" Gakuki. While he was believed to have had the potential to become one of the 3 Great Heavens, Gekishin is a completely mercenary commander lacking loyalty to anything but wealth.

Stats: Strength |90|, Leadership |95|, Knowledge |92|

  • Badass Army: His army consists of elite Quanrong tribesmen, who overthrew the King of Shang hundreds of years before
  • Doomed by Canon: More accurately, doomed by history. He is slain by Houken after underestimating him as his historical counterpart was.
  • Fatal Flaw: Because he slew them regularly in his youth, he assumes all Bushins are all talk. Then he meets Houken...
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Houken slices him into half diagonally.
  • Only in It for the Money: his defining trait, and why lacks the 'weight' of a true general.
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: He spent much of his career observing Gakuki's warfare so he could become able to imitate it, and for the most part, he suceeded.
  • Smug Snake: Is a very clever and talented general, but greatly underestimating both Riboku and Houken costs him his life.
  • The Worf Effect: Existed largely to place another notch on Riboku's belt and reestablish Houken's monstrous strength.

State of Qi

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


See the Hi Shin Unit

Kyou Shou

Kyou Kai's childhood friend who was killed by Yuu Ren during the Shiyuu ritual.

Yuu Ren

The candidate and eventual winner of Kyou Kai's Shiyuu ritual.
  • Dirty Coward: Tends to wait in the background while her subordinates attack.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Having loved her own sister as much as Kyoukai, the stress of murdering her pushed her over the edge and increased her power. This was how the Shiyuu gained power until Kyoukai found another way.

Muta

An assassin sent to chase down Sei while on the run from the coup.
  • Blow Gun: His weapon of choice.
  • Made of Iron: Played With. His corpse was left for dead, but turned out to still be alive when Ten wanted to take his blowgun. However he himself admits this is only delaying the inevitable.

Jo Kan

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