Series / Justice Bao

A popular Chinese TV series based on Bao Zheng, an official of Kaifeng who was known for his justice and fairness. The original show ran for total of 236 episodes. A partly remake series later aired in 2008 for total of 61 episodes.


This work contains examples of:

  • Acting for Two: Consort Li and Eunuch Yu Zhong are portrayed by the same actress.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The princess from 2009 remake of The Execution of Chen Shi Mei is portrayed kinder than her original counterpart and even acknowledges her wrong way.
  • Dark Action Girl: Cai Yun
  • Disney Death
  • Disposable Woman: The series itself played around with this trope. In any case that the woman survived then she'll be the key witness of the case.
  • Flower Motif: Pai Xiamei is named after Mei (Plum) Flower.
  • Girliness Upgrade: Xiaoxi, who had been wearing tomboyish outfit since the start of episode, started to wear more girly outfit and taking care of her beauty after a romantic night with Zhan Zhen.
  • Heel Realization: Many of the cases have the culprit(s) realizes their wrong way before being executed by Bao.
    • Cuicui realized that everything that went wrong was because of her jealousy toward Yea Niang and let herself be brought back to the court and be executed.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Many of the female characters that worked in the brothel only did so for daily life expense and helping their family. Justified since women didn't have much choices for job in that era. Many of them are also Broken Bird.
    • Li Xiaowan, the Mistress of Fengii, is a notable Brothel Owner for treating her workers with respect and doesn't order them to serve the guests they didn't want to. When the truth that Yea Niang's family defied the Royal Decree that forced her to marry Tianlun, the man she didn't love, Xiaowan tells her that she rather had him burns down her brothel than let Yea Niang dies as she sees her as her own daughter.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Bao Zheng. This is what led to Gongsun Ce, Zan Zhao and the four brothers serving him.
  • Kangaroo Court: Of course, subverted with Bao. Played straight with other villains.
  • Love Quadriladeral: The main point of "The Dream of Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies Case".
  • Love Redeem
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Xiaolian.
  • Mistress and Maid: Yea Niang and Cuicui.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: In a world where corruptions run rampant, Bao Zheng is one of the few who is this.
  • Red Baron: A lot of the people got one, particularly those involved in the jianghu world. Of notes are "The Seven Heroes" - of which Zan Zhao are a part of - and "The Five Gallants", with each member having a name to themselves.
    • The four Wen Brothers have title with dragon in their name.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Zan Zhen and Zan Ping.
    • Also Consort Lee and Consort Liu. While Lee is unambitious, Liu is very power-hungry.
  • Shipper on Deck: A partly justified example. Wen Xin, who risked being executed due to harming a child in the carriage (who he thought was Bao) but turned himself in. Bao, not wanting him to be executed nor the Wen Family Line to end, managed to find Fengyin(Wen Xin's lover) and persuade her to marry him.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Xiaoxi is pregnant with Zhan Zhen's child at the end of The Tale of the Twin Brothers.
  • Temporary Love Interest: Oh, poor Zan Zhao. All three of his love interests are dead; in some way that is very sad.
  • The Voiceless: Wang Shunxiang. It is a plot point that she was kidnapped and poisoned to frame her brother in-law, Xiaju, that he killed her. She is also unable to appeal to Bao because she can't write. Zan Zhao eventually uses his power to purge poison out of her to save her and her child.
  • True Companions: Bao Zheng, Gongsun Ce and Zan Zhao.
  • Undying Loyalty: Gongsun Ce, Zan Zhao, Wang Chao, Ma Han, Zhang Long and Zhao Hu to Bao Zheng.
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