Useful Notes / Lü Bu

Among men, Lü Bu. Among horses, Red Hare.
— The Cao Man Zhuan

Style name: Fengxian.

One of the most well-known historical figures of Imperial China, Lü Bu (呂布 or 吕布; the ü pronounced as in über, Unknown birth - 199 AD) was a military general and warlord of the Three Kingdoms period, infamous for his many acts of backstabbing against his superiors.

Public perception of Lü Bu was heavily influenced by the work Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The work dramatizes many aspects of his life and adds in many fictitious elements, exaggerating his personality and eventually portraying him in the public consciousness as one of China's most powerful warriors, but also a ruthless backstabbing traitor.

Lü Bu in other media:

  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Koei, in which Lü Bu is a mainstay and usually well known for his impressive WAR stat. His only drawback is his dumbass INT, which makes him suspectible to ploys.
  • Dynasty Warriors. Lü Bu is usually an antagonistic super boss, serving Dong Zhuo before striking on his own. There is a saying: "Don't pursue Lü Bu." You'd be best to heed that when you hear that being said. Although in your hand, he's usually a Game-Breaker. Famously voiced by Tetsu Inada ever since the very first fighting game installment.
    • This carries over in Warriors Orochi where Lü Bu sided with Orochi to find worthy opponents throughout the ages. He finds two: Honda Tadakatsu in the first game, and Minamoto no Yoshitsune in the second game. Poor Orochi didn't take account of Lü Bu's backstabbing record, so he ended up betraying Orochi at one point.
  • As with the genderflip Ikki Tousen, Lü Bu's counterpart is Ryofu Housen (his name rendered in Japanese on'yomi), a troubled buxom girl who served under Toutaku (Dong Zhuo), but ended up betraying him and dying together with her lover Chinkyuu (...Chen Gong!?). She came back temporarily for the 3rd season. Voiced by Akeno Watanabe.
  • And again with genderflipping, in Koihime†Musou, Lü Bu/Ryofu is instead an Emotionless Girl who likes animals. This is really contrasting to the historical/novel impulsive and hotheaded Lu Bu.
  • World Heroes features 'Lü Bu' as a playable character, here named Ryofu.
  • In Fate/EXTRA, Lü Bu becomes a Berserker-class Servant under Rani VIII. Voiced by Kunihiko Yasui.
  • In Tekken although Lü Bu doesn't appear in person, Feng Wei has a move called 'Spear of Lu Bu' and he can be customized to look like he's wearing Lü Bu's attire.
  • In the Panda Entertainment fighter/strategy game series Sango Fighter, Lü Bu is a rather unremarkable Dragon to Cao Cao in the first game(having more moves than everyone else helps though), but gets a Historical Badass Upgrade in the second. For starters, he has 3 bars(300HP) compared to everyone else's 2 in the strategy mode. For another, if you can't kill him in a single "round"(defined as every faction taking a turn), he completely heals up by the next, even if he was down to a single HP. Everyone else has to settle for 20/25/30 HP healed per turn. For gameplay balance, that's justifiable, since he's the only faction that has no backup generals, so if he loses, it's game over for his owner(CPU or player). He also has 3 different ways to use up his super bar(projectile/uppercut/grab), compared to most others' 1 or 2. Those with projectiles get upgraded projectiles, some have super grabs, others, like Xu Ju(the fat guy with the yellow do-rag) have ONLY the super grab(which makes him dangerous up close, as he won't accidentally use up his bar on anything else).
  • The Ravages Of Time has quite the subversion of the novel in its depiction of Lü Bu: he's brawn ''and'' brains, though just as backstabbing-prone... not that the author minds that.