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** What's even better about it is how it shows Cao Cao at his lowest point and from a certain point of view, he is basically a nobody. Now compare his state as story progresses where he becomes a [[FromNobodyToNightmare nightmare]] (for his enemies, anyway) and essentially the most powerful man in China. Also, unlike Wu and Jin, Cao Cao and his Xiahou cousins have nothing but their pride, strength, and small group of loyal soldiers in the beginning of their story. At least Wu and Jin both begin their story mode when they're already an established faction. Now more FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize Liu Bei and his brothers also don't have any homeland of their own for the majority of the first half of Shu's story mode, are basically relying on a small group of loyal soldiers for that half, and how hard they had to struggle to realize their dreams of benevolence. In the end, Cao Cao and Liu Bei are {{not so different}}, after all.

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** What's even better about it is how it shows Cao Cao at his lowest point and from a certain point of view, he is basically a nobody. Now compare his state as story progresses where he becomes a [[FromNobodyToNightmare nightmare]] (for his enemies, anyway) and essentially the most powerful man in China. Also, unlike Wu and Jin, Cao Cao and his Xiahou cousins have nothing but their pride, strength, and small group of loyal soldiers in the beginning of their story. At least Wu and Jin both begin their story mode when they're already an established faction. Now more FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize Liu Bei and his brothers also don't have any homeland of their own for the majority of the first half of Shu's story mode, are basically relying on a small group of loyal soldiers for that half, and how hard they had to struggle to realize their dreams of benevolence. In the end, Cao Cao and Liu Bei are {{not aren't so different}}, different, after all.


** Guo Jia manages to live longer, thanks to Hua Tuo. Though he wasn't able to lead Cao Cao into victory at Chibi, he encourages him to rise from the ashes and pick off where they left. With the help of his fellow strategists, they manage to get Wu to submit and similar to the Wei hypothetical route, Wei defeats the joint alliance of Shu-Namnam-Xilang. In his ending, Guo Jia gets his last drink with his friends before he succumbs to illness, feeling satisfied that he managed to help his lord Cao Cao.

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** Guo Jia manages to live longer, thanks to Hua Tuo. Though he wasn't able to lead Cao Cao into victory at Chibi, he encourages him to rise from the ashes and pick off where they left. With the help of his fellow strategists, they manage to get Wu to submit and similar to the Wei hypothetical route, Wei defeats the joint alliance of Shu-Namnam-Xilang.Shu-Nanman-Xilang. In his ending, Guo Jia gets his last drink with his friends before he succumbs to illness, feeling satisfied that he managed to help his lord Cao Cao.


* In ''9'', Zhou Yu arranges the marriage between Liu Bei and Sun Shangxiang but he uses this to entrap Liu Bei and slay him, knowing how dangerous he is. The rest of the Wu officers notice the heightened security in Jianye which led for Lu Su to conclude Zhou Yu plans to kill Liu Bei as he arrives for the wedding. Sun Shangxiang is appalled by this and notes that this is breaking SacredHospitality which many of the Wu officer including her brother Sun Quan agreed. This opens the mission where the Wu officers who agreed with Shangxiang had to protect Liu Bei at all cost and stop Zhou Yu from killing him.
* There's a sidequest in the Chapter 13 of Shu where you had to find the traitor who used Liu Shan's name in order to force the Shu forces to retreat back to Chengdu. Anyone who have read history and the novel know that the traitor is no other than the eunuch [[EunuchsAreEvil Huang Hao]], the guy [[ManipulativeBastard who manipulated Liu Shan]] and is responsible for Shu's deteriorating state. Once you find him, [[LaserGuidedKarma you can shank the dickless bastard]]. It would be more satisfying if the player is Liu Shan and he kills the scumbag who had played him like a violin.

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* In ''9'', Zhou Yu arranges the marriage between Liu Bei and Sun Shangxiang Shangxiang, but he uses this to entrap Liu Bei and slay him, knowing how dangerous he is. The rest of the Wu officers notice the heightened security in Jianye Jianye, which led for Lu Su to conclude that Zhou Yu plans to kill Liu Bei as he arrives for the wedding. Sun Shangxiang is appalled by this and notes that this is breaking SacredHospitality which many of the Wu officer officers, including her brother Sun Quan Quan, agreed. This opens the mission where the Wu officers who agreed with Shangxiang had to protect Liu Bei at all cost costs and stop Zhou Yu from killing him.
* There's a sidequest in the Chapter 13 of Shu where you had to find the traitor who used Liu Shan's name in order to force the Shu forces to retreat back to Chengdu. Anyone who have read history and the novel know that the traitor is no other than the eunuch [[EunuchsAreEvil Huang Hao]], the guy [[ManipulativeBastard who manipulated Liu Shan]] and is responsible for Shu's deteriorating state. Once you find him, [[LaserGuidedKarma you can shank the dickless bastard]]. It would be more satisfying if the player is Liu Shan and he kills the scumbag who had played him like a violin.


** What's even better about it is how it shows Cao Cao in its lowest state and from certain point of view, he is basically a nobody. Now compare his state as story progresses where he becomes a [[FromNobodyToNightmare nightmare]] (for his enemies, anyway) and essentially the most powerful man in China. Also, unlike Wu and Jin, Cao Cao and his Xiahou cousins have nothing but their pride, strength, and small group of loyal soldiers in the beginning of their story. At least Wu and Jin begin their story mode where they're already an established faction. Now more FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize Liu Bei and his brothers also doesn't have any homeland of their own for the majority of the first half of Shu's story mode, and how hard they had to struggle to realize their dreams of benevolence. In the end, Cao Cao and Liu Bei are {{not so different}}, after all.

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** What's even better about it is how it shows Cao Cao in its at his lowest state point and from a certain point of view, he is basically a nobody. Now compare his state as story progresses where he becomes a [[FromNobodyToNightmare nightmare]] (for his enemies, anyway) and essentially the most powerful man in China. Also, unlike Wu and Jin, Cao Cao and his Xiahou cousins have nothing but their pride, strength, and small group of loyal soldiers in the beginning of their story. At least Wu and Jin both begin their story mode where when they're already an established faction. Now more FridgeBrilliance kicks in when you realize Liu Bei and his brothers also doesn't don't have any homeland of their own for the majority of the first half of Shu's story mode, are basically relying on a small group of loyal soldiers for that half, and how hard they had to struggle to realize their dreams of benevolence. In the end, Cao Cao and Liu Bei are {{not so different}}, after all.



** Even moreso, that cutscene takes the usual 'Liu Shan not grieving on Shu' scene and have Liu Shan make a good statement about people shouldn't be too bound on past tradition to achieve peace, a statement that Sima Zhao agreed on... and in turn... ''makes the grieving Shu officers cheer in joy'' and probably makes an in-universe RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for Liu Shan.
* The battle of Chang Ban for both Zhao Yun and Zhang Fei, the former for single handedly saving Liu Bei's infant son and the latter for pulling a YouShallNotPass and to make his point he roars at them scaring the crap of most of them.

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** Even moreso, that cutscene takes the usual 'Liu Shan not grieving on insulting Shu' scene and have Liu Shan make a good statement about people shouldn't be too bound on past tradition to achieve peace, a statement that Sima Zhao agreed on... on and in turn... ''makes the grieving Shu officers cheer in joy'' and probably makes an in-universe RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap for Liu Shan.
* The battle of Chang Ban for both Zhao Yun and Zhang Fei, the former for single handedly singlehandedly saving Liu Bei's infant son and the latter for pulling a YouShallNotPass and to make his point he roars at them scaring the crap of most of them.



* The Battle of Hefei is one for both Wei and Wu. Wei for being able to turn the seemingly unwinnable situation and defeat the Wu army, and Wu being able to escape with only limited casualties, despite having to face TheDreaded Zhang Liao. This gets further explored in ''8'' where Wei was able to pull this off despite Li Dian and Yue Jin not agreeing with Zhang Liao, putting aside their differences and being able to improvise a devastating pincer attack. And on the other side, Ling Tong and Gan Ning finally putting aside their differences to protect Sun Quan and take some Wei officers down. Both sides ended up forming TrueCompanions from this battle. Even more awesomely, the historical Battle of Xiaoyao Ford (one of the many battles Wei and Wu fought in and around Hefei) had Zhang Liao do some incredible battlefield stunts. [[labelnote:One particular incident during the battle]] At the bottom of the hill, Zhang Liao shouted for Sun Quan to come down and fight him, but Sun did not dare to move. When Sun Quan saw that the situation had become more stable and Zhang Liao was only left with slightly more than a hundred men, he ordered He Qi to surround Zhang Liao's men. During the battle He Qi retrieved Xu Sheng's personal mao (矛, a 5m long spear). Zhang Liao fought fiercely and succeeded in breaking out of the encirclement. When his remaining men, still trapped inside, shouted, "Has our general abandoned us?" Zhang Liao ''plowed back through enemy ranks and rescued his men''. Sun Quan's men were stunned by Zhang Liao's valour and did not dare to stand in his way.[[/labelnote]]

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* The Battle of Hefei is one for both Wei and Wu. Wei for being able to turn the seemingly unwinnable situation and defeat the Wu army, and Wu being able to escape with only limited casualties, despite having to face TheDreaded Zhang Liao. This gets further explored in ''8'' where Wei was able to pull this off despite Li Dian and Yue Jin not agreeing with Zhang Liao, putting aside their differences and being able to improvise a devastating pincer attack. And on the other side, Ling Tong and Gan Ning finally putting aside their differences to protect Sun Quan and take some Wei officers down. Both sides ended up forming TrueCompanions from this battle. Even more awesomely, the historical Battle of Xiaoyao Ford (one of the many battles Wei and Wu fought in and around Hefei) had Zhang Liao do some incredible battlefield stunts. [[labelnote:One particular incident during the battle]] At the bottom of the hill, Zhang Liao shouted for Sun Quan to come down and fight him, but Sun did not dare to move. When Sun Quan saw that the situation had become more stable and Zhang Liao was only left with slightly more than a hundred men, he ordered He Qi to surround Zhang Liao's men. During the battle He Qi retrieved Xu Sheng's personal mao (矛, a 5m long spear). Zhang Liao fought fiercely and succeeded in breaking out of the encirclement. When his remaining men, still trapped inside, shouted, shouted "Has our general abandoned us?" us?", Zhang Liao ''plowed back through enemy ranks and rescued his men''. Sun Quan's men were stunned by Zhang Liao's valour and did not dare to stand in his way.[[/labelnote]]



* Sucessfully enter any "What If" path in Dynasty Warriors 8.

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* Sucessfully Successfully enter any "What If" path in Dynasty Warriors 8.8, and watch as your faction becomes the dominant force in China by averting the events that caused their historical downfall.



** For Shu, [[spoiler:by meeting again with Xu Shu at Chibi and denying Pang Tong's death, you can deny the flood attack at Fan Castle and mop the combined forces of Wu and Wei, averting Guan Yu's death at the same time.]]

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** For Shu, [[spoiler:by meeting again with Xu Shu at Chibi and denying preventing Pang Tong's death, you can deny the flood attack at Fan Castle and mop the combined forces of Wu and Wei, averting Guan Yu's death at the same time.]]



** There is an equivalent in the form of ''Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends''' Final Hypothetical Stage for Lu Bu's forces where [[spoiler:all Three Kingdoms and Yuan Shao combine forces to protect the emperor from Lu Bu's own ludicrous might. While it doesn't resurrect Dong Zhuo and Zhang Jiao, this still equals over 60 officers, including over 20 playables against Lu Bu, 3 other playables and a handful of generics. ''Everyone on the other side dies''.]]
** And sealing the deal is the Hypothetical Ending as well. [[spoiler:Lu Bu deposes the emperor, but that's after revealing his honest intention: He wanted to ensure that there's no corrupt people running around China (eg: The Eunuchs, Dong Zhuo) and for that, absolute strength is required and he's the man for the job, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech the Emperor is just too weak to keep them in place]]. Thus Lu Bu becomes an Emperor of China through power, and he's even ''cheered'' for it. For all things, it was pretty awesome to show that beneath his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder lies a NobleDemon that just wants peace in the land.]]

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** There is an equivalent in the form of ''Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends''' Final Hypothetical Stage for Lu Bu's forces where [[spoiler:all Three Kingdoms and Yuan Shao combine forces to protect the emperor Emperor from Lu Bu's own ludicrous might. While it doesn't resurrect Dong Zhuo and Zhang Jiao, this still equals over 60 officers, including over 20 playables against Lu Bu, and his entourage of 3 other playables and a handful of generics. ''Everyone on the other side dies''.]]
** And sealing the deal is the Hypothetical Ending as well. [[spoiler:Lu Bu deposes the emperor, Emperor, but that's after revealing his honest intention: He intentions underneath all the bloodshed: he wanted to ensure that there's no corrupt people running around China (eg: The Eunuchs, Dong Zhuo) and for that, absolute strength is required and he's the man for the job, [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech the Emperor is just too weak to keep them the corrupt in place]]. Thus Lu Bu becomes an Emperor of China through power, and he's even ''cheered'' for it. For all things, it was pretty awesome to show that beneath his ChronicBackstabbingDisorder lies a NobleDemon that just wants peace in the land.]]



* In Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Wei's seventh alternate if stage features a revised Battle of Mai Cheng, with Wei facing Wu and Shu. The allied forces receive reinforcements from Shu in the form of Huang Zhong, Zhang Fei, Ma Chao and Zhao Yun. On Wei's side, Zhang Liao and Yue Jin arrive from Hefei. This actually means a full confrontation between Shu's Five Tiger Generals and the Five Generals of Wei.

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* In Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, Wei's seventh alternate if 'what if' stage features a revised Battle of Mai Cheng, with Wei facing Wu and Shu. The allied forces receive reinforcements from Shu in the form of Huang Zhong, Zhang Fei, Ma Chao and Zhao Yun. On Wei's side, Zhang Liao and Yue Jin arrive from Hefei. This actually means a full confrontation between Shu's Five Tiger Generals and the Five Generals of Wei.



** Wei's final battle has the perfect climax to how Cao Cao would fight Liu Bei. With the eastern half of the country in his control, Liu Bei surprisingly takes control of Liang, Hanzhong and Yizhou, essentially making the western half of the country. The entire battle, even with Zhuge Liang's schemes is a complete massacre on Liu Bei's side, all without Sima Yi's presence. Even when killing his rival, Cao Cao chooses to uphold Liu's wish of making a land for the people.

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** Wei's final battle has the perfect climax to how Cao Cao would fight Liu Bei. With the eastern half of the country in his control, Liu Bei surprisingly takes control of Liang, Hanzhong and Yizhou, essentially making the western half of the country.country his. The entire battle, even with Zhuge Liang's schemes is a complete massacre on Liu Bei's side, all without Sima Yi's presence. Even when killing his rival, Cao Cao chooses to uphold Liu's wish of making a land for the people.



** Wu's ending has them take out and dismantle Xu Chang, but unlike the other kingdoms, they don't actually slay any of the officers, and all of them end up retreating as well. After yet another fire attack to the castle's throne room, Cao Cao is confronted by the entire Sun family, and Sun Quan gives the proposition that all three of them, himself, Liu Bei and Cao Cao just rule the entire country together. Cao Cao flat out rejects the offer, knowing that his path of ambition needed to end for peace. In the end, the China is being ruled, by all three kingdoms.

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** Wu's ending has them take out and dismantle Xu Chang, but unlike the other kingdoms, they don't actually slay any of the officers, and all of them end up retreating as well. After yet another fire attack to the castle's throne room, Cao Cao is confronted by the entire Sun family, and Sun Quan gives the proposition that all three of them, himself, Liu Bei and Cao Cao just rule the entire country together. Cao Cao flat out rejects the offer, knowing that his path of ambition needed to end for peace. In the end, the China is being ruled, ruled by all three kingdoms.



** Pang Tong's ending is his most famous act which is riding on Liu Bei's horse, Hex Mark, which causes the enemy to believe that he is Liu Bei during the Invasion of Chengdu. While Zhuge Liang shows concern, Pang Tong reassures to him that everything is going to be fine and that he trusts Hex Mark. While he charges on the path which successfully distracts Zhang Ren's men, he remembers Liu Bei's words for calling him as his phoenix and vows that he fulfill his lord's vision. Though it's a ForegoneConclusion that he would die, Pang Tong bravely charges into the ambush.

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** Pang Tong's ending is his most famous act which is riding on Liu Bei's horse, Hex Mark, which causes the enemy to believe that he is Liu Bei during the Invasion of Chengdu. While Zhuge Liang shows concern, Pang Tong reassures to him that everything is going to be fine and that he trusts Hex Mark. While he charges on the path which successfully distracts Zhang Ren's men, he remembers Liu Bei's words for calling him as Pang Tong his phoenix and vows that he fulfill his lord's vision. Though it's a ForegoneConclusion that he would die, Pang Tong bravely charges into the ambush.


** Cao Pi interrupts the Battle of Yiling and captures Liu Bei, putting Shu in a problematic situation. Eventually, this leads him to capture Chengdu and force Liu Shan to surrender by giving up his seal. With Shu out of the picture, Cao Pi can now muster his entire forces on Wu which he finally succeeds in defeating Lu Xu and Sun Quan and reuniting the entire land under his name.

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** Cao Pi interrupts the Battle of Yiling and captures Liu Bei, putting Shu in a problematic situation. Eventually, this leads him to capture Chengdu and force Liu Shan to surrender by giving up his seal. With Shu out of the picture, Cao Pi can now muster his entire forces on Wu which he finally succeeds in defeating Lu Xu Xun and Sun Quan and reuniting the entire land under his name.



** Fa Zheng and Zhang Fei save Guan Yu at Fan Castle. With two of his oath brothers alive, Liu Bei doesn't go on a revenge spree, making him live longer. Likewise, Fa Zheng's plans eventually led Shu to take back Jing Province from Wu and later, Wei. It's even awesome that Fa Zheng also gets to participate in Zhuge Liang's Northern Campaign where he faces Sima Yi.

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** Fa Zheng and Zhang Fei save Guan Yu at Fan Castle. With two of his oath brothers alive, Liu Bei doesn't go on a revenge spree, making him live longer. Likewise, Fa Zheng's plans eventually led Shu to take back Jing Province from Wu and later, Wei. It's even awesome that Fa Zheng also gets to participate in Zhuge Liang's Northern Campaign where he faces Sima Yi.Yi.
** Zhong Hui rallies the officers who were against the Simas (Xiahou Ba, Wen Yang and Zhuge Dan) and blackmails Zhuge Ke and Jiang Wei to work with him after their kingdoms were overthrown. After disposing Sima Zhao and his retainers, Zhong Hui forces the Emperor Cao Fang to abdicate, crowning himself as Emperor. In response, the Cao loyalists and remnants of Shu and Wu band together to stop him but Zhong Hui destroys them all.


** Cao Pi interrupts the Battle of Yiling and captures Liu Bei, putting Shu in a problematic situation. Eventually, this leads him to capture Chengdu and force Liu Shan to surrender by giving up his seal. With Shu out of the picture, Cao Pi can now muster his entire forces on Wu which he finally succeeds, reuniting the entire land under his name.
*** Also in this scenario, Wang Yi '''finally''' kills Ma Chao, avenging the deaths of her loved ones.

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** Cao Pi interrupts the Battle of Yiling and captures Liu Bei, putting Shu in a problematic situation. Eventually, this leads him to capture Chengdu and force Liu Shan to surrender by giving up his seal. With Shu out of the picture, Cao Pi can now muster his entire forces on Wu which he finally succeeds, succeeds in defeating Lu Xu and Sun Quan and reuniting the entire land under his name.
*** Also in this scenario, Wang Yi '''finally''' kills Ma Chao, avenging the deaths of her loved ones.ones.
** Fa Zheng and Zhang Fei save Guan Yu at Fan Castle. With two of his oath brothers alive, Liu Bei doesn't go on a revenge spree, making him live longer. Likewise, Fa Zheng's plans eventually led Shu to take back Jing Province from Wu and later, Wei. It's even awesome that Fa Zheng also gets to participate in Zhuge Liang's Northern Campaign where he faces Sima Yi.


** After Lu Bu's defeat at Xiapi, Cao Cao spares Chen Gong and recommends him to serve another lord instead. Too bad [[NiceJobFixingItVillain this leads him to his undoing]] because he recommends him to work under Liu Bei. Then, Chen Gong manipulates Liu Bei to leave Cao Cao and manages to strong-arm some support from Ma Chao and Sun Ce. With the various lords under his palm, he leads them to crush Cao Cao. When Ma Chao and Zhou Yu become suspicious of his endgame, Chen Gong plays around to get their trust. After defeating Cao Cao, Chen Gong reveals that all of this was to ensure that Cao Cao is out of the way so he can earn the Emperor's trust and be the greatest strategist of the entire land.

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** After Lu Bu's defeat at Xiapi, Cao Cao spares Chen Gong and recommends him to serve another lord instead. Too bad [[NiceJobFixingItVillain this leads him to his undoing]] because he recommends him to work under Liu Bei. Then, Chen Gong manipulates Liu Bei to leave Cao Cao and manages to strong-arm some support from Ma Chao and Sun Ce. With the various lords under his palm, he leads them to crush Cao Cao. When Ma Chao and Zhou Yu become suspicious of his endgame, Chen Gong plays around to get their trust. After defeating Cao Cao, Chen Gong reveals that all of this was to ensure that Cao Cao is out of the way so he can earn the Emperor's trust and be the greatest strategist of the entire land.land.
* Another batch of hypothetical scenarios for the other four characters (Cao Pi, Lu Su, Fa Zheng and Zhong Hui) has them surpassing their historical fates:
** Cao Pi interrupts the Battle of Yiling and captures Liu Bei, putting Shu in a problematic situation. Eventually, this leads him to capture Chengdu and force Liu Shan to surrender by giving up his seal. With Shu out of the picture, Cao Pi can now muster his entire forces on Wu which he finally succeeds, reuniting the entire land under his name.
*** Also in this scenario, Wang Yi '''finally''' kills Ma Chao, avenging the deaths of her loved ones.


** Xu Shu and Zhuge Liang come up with a plan to take the former's mother out from Xuchang by creating a distraction and having Zhou Cang rescue Xu Shu's mother to safety. Once his mother is safe, Xu Shu can now focus on helping Liu Bei. Then, he saves him from Cai Mao's ambush and ends the dispute between Liu Biao's sons which led to Liu Bei getting Jing Province. Instead of being under Zhuge Liang's shadow, Xu Shu is encouraged to work with him eventually surpassing him when he helped Liu Bei take Jing Province, which changed the course of history and give Shu the momentum to defeat Cao Cao.

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** Xu Shu and Zhuge Liang come up with a plan to take the former's mother out from Xuchang by creating a distraction and having Zhou Cang rescue Xu Shu's mother her to safety. Once his mother is safe, Xu Shu can now focus on helping Liu Bei. Then, he saves him from Cai Mao's ambush and ends the dispute between Liu Biao's sons which led to Liu Bei getting Jing Province. Instead of being under Zhuge Liang's shadow, Xu Shu is encouraged to work with him eventually surpassing him when he helped Liu Bei take Jing Province, which changed the course of history and give Shu the momentum to defeat Cao Cao.


** Guo Jia manages to live longer, thanks to Huo Tuo. Though he wasn't able to lead Cao Cao into victory at Chibi, he encourages him to rise from the ashes and pick where they left off. With the help of his fellow strategists, they manage to get Wu to submit and similar to the Wei hypothetical route, Wei defeats the joint alliance of Shu-Namnam-Xilang. In his ending, Guo Jia gets his last drink with his friends before he succumbs to illness, feeling satisfied that he managed to help his lord Cao Cao.
** Zhou Yu also outlives his death and leads Wu into victory on Xiangyang. He also devises a plot to use Guan Yu as a pawn so that they can capture Luoyang from Cao Cao. Even though the alliance with Liu Bei fell apart because he found out about the plot and was not pleased about his brother being used as a pawn, this is actually what Zhou Yu expected for his plan to divide the land into two. Unlike the Shu and Wu hypothetical routes in ''8'', Wu wipes the entire Shu forces in Chengdu and owns the entire Yi province, making their military strength strong as Cao Cao's. And the best part? Zhou Yu finally defeats and outsmarts his rival, Zhuge Liang.
** Thanks to his mother's encouragement, Xu Shu goes to Liu Bei instead. In this scenario, he saves Liu Bei from Cai Mao's ambush and ends the dispute between Liu Biao's sons which led to Liu Bei getting Jing Province. Instead of being under Zhuge Liang's shadow, Xu Shu is encouraged to work with him. Eventually, they both invade Xuchang, defeat Cao Cao and save the Emperor.
** After Lu Bu's defeat at Xiapi, Cao Cao spares Chen Gong and recommends him to serve another lord instead. Too bad [[NiceJobFixingItVillain this leads him to his undoing]] because he recommends him to work under Liu Bei. Then, Chen Gong manipulates Liu Bei to leave Cao Cao and manages to strong-arm some support from Ma Chao and Sun Ce. With the various lords under his palm, he leads them to crush Cao Cao and take the Emperor under his control.
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** Guo Jia manages to live longer, thanks to Huo Hua Tuo. Though he wasn't able to lead Cao Cao into victory at Chibi, he encourages him to rise from the ashes and pick off where they left off.left. With the help of his fellow strategists, they manage to get Wu to submit and similar to the Wei hypothetical route, Wei defeats the joint alliance of Shu-Namnam-Xilang. In his ending, Guo Jia gets his last drink with his friends before he succumbs to illness, feeling satisfied that he managed to help his lord Cao Cao.
** Zhou Yu also outlives his death and leads Wu into victory on Xiangyang. He also devises a plot to use Guan Yu as a pawn so that they can capture Luoyang from Cao Cao.Cao by making a fake letter about the Emperor. Even though the alliance with Liu Bei fell apart because he found out about the plot and was not pleased about his brother being used as a pawn, this is actually what Zhou Yu expected for his plan to divide the land into two. Unlike the Shu and Wu hypothetical routes in ''8'', Wu wipes out the entire Shu forces in Chengdu and owns the entire Yi province, making their military strength strong as Cao Cao's. And the best part? Zhou Yu finally defeats and outsmarts his rival, Zhuge Liang.
** Thanks to his mother's encouragement, Xu Shu goes and Zhuge Liang come up with a plan to take the former's mother out from Xuchang by creating a distraction and having Zhou Cang rescue Xu Shu's mother to safety. Once his mother is safe, Xu Shu can now focus on helping Liu Bei instead. In this scenario, Bei. Then, he saves Liu Bei him from Cai Mao's ambush and ends the dispute between Liu Biao's sons which led to Liu Bei getting Jing Province. Instead of being under Zhuge Liang's shadow, Xu Shu is encouraged to work with him. Eventually, they both invade Xuchang, him eventually surpassing him when he helped Liu Bei take Jing Province, which changed the course of history and give Shu the momentum to defeat Cao Cao and save the Emperor.
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** After Lu Bu's defeat at Xiapi, Cao Cao spares Chen Gong and recommends him to serve another lord instead. Too bad [[NiceJobFixingItVillain this leads him to his undoing]] because he recommends him to work under Liu Bei. Then, Chen Gong manipulates Liu Bei to leave Cao Cao and manages to strong-arm some support from Ma Chao and Sun Ce. With the various lords under his palm, he leads them to crush Cao Cao. When Ma Chao and Zhou Yu become suspicious of his endgame, Chen Gong plays around to get their trust. After defeating Cao Cao, Chen Gong reveals that all of this was to ensure that Cao Cao is out of the way so he can earn the Emperor's trust and take be the Emperor under his control.
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** Guo Jia manages to live longer

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** Guo Jia manages to live longer longer, thanks to Huo Tuo. Though he wasn't able to lead Cao Cao into victory at Chibi, he encourages him to rise from the ashes and pick where they left off. With the help of his fellow strategists, they manage to get Wu to submit and similar to the Wei hypothetical route, Wei defeats the joint alliance of Shu-Namnam-Xilang. In his ending, Guo Jia gets his last drink with his friends before he succumbs to illness, feeling satisfied that he managed to help his lord Cao Cao.


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** After Lu Bu's defeat at Xiapi, Cao Cao spares Chen Gong and recommends him to serve another lord instead. Too bad [[NiceJobFixingItVillain this leads him to his undoing]] because he recommends him to work under Liu Bei. Then, Chen Gong manipulates Liu Bei to leave Cao Cao and manages to strong-arm some support from Ma Chao and Sun Ce. With the various lords under his palm, he leads them to crush Cao Cao and take the Emperor under his control.


** Zhou Yu outlives his death and leads Wu into victory on Xiangyang. He also devises a plot to use Guan Yu as a pawn so that they can capture Luoyang from Cao Cao. Even though the alliance with Liu Bei fell apart because he found out about the plot and was not pleased about his brother being used as a pawn, this is actually what Zhou Yu expected for his plan to divide the land into two. Unlike the Shu and Wu hypothetical routes in ''8'', Wu wipes the entire Shu forces in Chengdu and owns the entire Yi province, making their military strength strong as Cao Cao's. And the best part? Zhou Yu finally defeats and outsmarts his rival, Zhuge Liang.

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** Guo Jia manages to live longer
** Zhou Yu also outlives his death and leads Wu into victory on Xiangyang. He also devises a plot to use Guan Yu as a pawn so that they can capture Luoyang from Cao Cao. Even though the alliance with Liu Bei fell apart because he found out about the plot and was not pleased about his brother being used as a pawn, this is actually what Zhou Yu expected for his plan to divide the land into two. Unlike the Shu and Wu hypothetical routes in ''8'', Wu wipes the entire Shu forces in Chengdu and owns the entire Yi province, making their military strength strong as Cao Cao's. And the best part? Zhou Yu finally defeats and outsmarts his rival, Zhuge Liang.
** Thanks to his mother's encouragement, Xu Shu goes to Liu Bei instead. In this scenario, he saves Liu Bei from Cai Mao's ambush and ends the dispute between Liu Biao's sons which led to Liu Bei getting Jing Province. Instead of being under Zhuge Liang's shadow, Xu Shu is encouraged to work with him. Eventually, they both invade Xuchang, defeat Cao Cao and save the Emperor.


* The DLC hypothetical scenarios for the four strategists (Guo Jia, Zhou Yu, Xu Shu and Chen Gong) display their true talent in strategy and manage to live past their fates:
** Zhou Yu outlives his death and leads Wu into victory on Xiangyang. He also devises a plot to use Guan Yu as a pawn so that they can capture Luoyang from Cao Cao. Even though the alliance with Liu Bei fell apart because he found out about the plot and was not pleased about using his brother as a pawn, Zhou Yu still strives to fulfill his "The Land of Two" plan. Unlike the Shu and Wu hypothetical routes in ''8'', Wu wipes the entire Shu forces in Chengdu and owns the entire Yi province, making their military strength strong as Cao Cao's. And the best part? Zhou Yu finally outsmarts his rival, Zhuge Liang.

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* The ninth game's DLC hypothetical scenarios for the four strategists (Guo Jia, Zhou Yu, Xu Shu and Chen Gong) display their true talent in strategy and manage to live past their fates:
** Zhou Yu outlives his death and leads Wu into victory on Xiangyang. He also devises a plot to use Guan Yu as a pawn so that they can capture Luoyang from Cao Cao. Even though the alliance with Liu Bei fell apart because he found out about the plot and was not pleased about using his brother being used as a pawn, this is actually what Zhou Yu still strives to fulfill expected for his "The Land of Two" plan.plan to divide the land into two. Unlike the Shu and Wu hypothetical routes in ''8'', Wu wipes the entire Shu forces in Chengdu and owns the entire Yi province, making their military strength strong as Cao Cao's. And the best part? Zhou Yu finally defeats and outsmarts his rival, Zhuge Liang.

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* The DLC hypothetical scenarios for the four strategists (Guo Jia, Zhou Yu, Xu Shu and Chen Gong) display their true talent in strategy and manage to live past their fates:
** Zhou Yu outlives his death and leads Wu into victory on Xiangyang. He also devises a plot to use Guan Yu as a pawn so that they can capture Luoyang from Cao Cao. Even though the alliance with Liu Bei fell apart because he found out about the plot and was not pleased about using his brother as a pawn, Zhou Yu still strives to fulfill his "The Land of Two" plan. Unlike the Shu and Wu hypothetical routes in ''8'', Wu wipes the entire Shu forces in Chengdu and owns the entire Yi province, making their military strength strong as Cao Cao's. And the best part? Zhou Yu finally outsmarts his rival, Zhuge Liang.


** There is an equivalent in the form of ''Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends''' Final Hypothetical Stage for Lu Bu's forces where [[spoiler:All Three Kingdoms and Yuan Shao combine forces to protect the emperor from Lu Bu's own ludicrous might. While it doesn't ressurect Dong Zhuo and Zhang Jiao, this still equals over 60 officers, including over 20 playables against Lu Bu, 3 other playables and a handful of generics. ''Everyone on the other side dies''.]]

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** There is an equivalent in the form of ''Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends''' Final Hypothetical Stage for Lu Bu's forces where [[spoiler:All [[spoiler:all Three Kingdoms and Yuan Shao combine forces to protect the emperor from Lu Bu's own ludicrous might. While it doesn't ressurect resurrect Dong Zhuo and Zhang Jiao, this still equals over 60 officers, including over 20 playables against Lu Bu, 3 other playables and a handful of generics. ''Everyone on the other side dies''.]]



** There's also the act of beating Lu Bu at Hu Luo Gate, at the point where he's at his [[PurposelyOverpowered strongest]], Especially on a higher difficulty when everyone in the Allied forces it telling you avoid the guy like the [[TheDreaded plague]]. Lower level, you've overcome the odds and beaten him. Higher level, you've come very far and outshone China's greatest warrior. Try to beat the guy on HarderThanHard and not feel like a badass!

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** There's also the act of beating Lu Bu at Hu Luo Gate, at the point where he's at his [[PurposelyOverpowered strongest]], Especially especially on a higher difficulty when everyone in the Allied forces it telling you avoid the guy like the [[TheDreaded plague]]. Lower level, you've overcome the odds and beaten him. Higher level, you've come very far and outshone China's greatest warrior. Try to beat the guy on HarderThanHard and not feel like a badass!


* The beginning of Wei's story in ''8'', Escape from Luo Yang: Cao Cao has failed to assassinate the tyrannical Dong Zhuo and is captured. It's almost certain that he'll be executed for treason. So, will he give in to the predicament? ''Hell no!'' He steals one of his captors' spear and throws it at Dong Zhuo to distract Lu Bu who predictably blocks the spear away from his tyrannical lord. While Lu Bu is distracted, Cao Cao uses that chance to get the hell out of there to Xiahou Dun and Xiahou Yuan who was waiting outside. Both retainers anticipated their lord's failure and found he's being chased by Dong Zhuo's men. Xiahou Yuan shot arrows to their chasers and Xiahou Dun gives Cao Cao his sword. Then, three of them began their running from Luo Yang. In addition, Lu Bu is available as BonusBoss. That's right, you get a chance to face Lu Bu in the very first stage of story mode, unlike the usual where you wouldn't face him until Hulao Gate! As if Wei needs more proof to emphasize their badassery!

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* The beginning of Wei's story in ''8'', Escape from Luo Yang: Cao Cao has failed to assassinate the tyrannical Dong Zhuo and is captured. It's almost certain that he'll be executed for treason. So, will he give in to the predicament? ''Hell no!'' He steals one of his captors' spear and throws it at Dong Zhuo to distract Lu Bu who predictably blocks the spear away from his tyrannical lord. While Lu Bu is distracted, Cao Cao uses that chance to get the hell out of there to Xiahou Dun and Xiahou Yuan who was were waiting outside. Both retainers anticipated their lord's failure and found he's being chased by Dong Zhuo's men. Xiahou Yuan shot arrows to their chasers and Xiahou Dun gives Cao Cao his sword. Then, three of them began their running from Luo Yang. In addition, Lu Bu is available as BonusBoss. That's right, you get a chance to face Lu Bu in the very first stage of story mode, unlike the usual where you wouldn't face him until Hulao Gate! As if Wei needs more proof to emphasize their badassery!

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