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A list of notable non-playable characters in the Dynasty Warriors series.


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    Cao Bao 

    Gan Ji 

  • Affably Evil: In 5, he seemingly wants to test Sun Ce's strength, more than everything else. This is some sort of Character Development, because his debut in 4:XL made him nothing more than just a Smug Snake. Recent games have turned him into Manipulative and Magnificent Bastard, though.
  • Combat Hand Fan: He wielded one in 7.
  • Cool Sword: He wielded a broadsword prior to 7.
  • Death Dealer: He Uses Paper Talismans in 8.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Historical records make little mention if he's outright evil. Most material source, instead, stated that it's just Sun Ce who suspects his teachings of Taoism and accuses him as a sorcerer.
  • Manipulative Bastard: In 7, he mind rapes Sun Ce and uses apparitions to lure him into an archer ambush, leading to Sun Ce's death.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Is given a unique costume as well as Zuo Ci's weapon in 8.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Until 8, he was named "Yu Ji". Historically, he was named Gan Jinote .
  • What the Hell, Hero?: His apparitions (of various dead people, including Sun Jian) do this a lot to Sun Ce, such as forcing Sun Ce to fight his own soldiers and then calling him out on it.

    Gongsun Zan 

    He Jin 

A Han general who, despite only being made a general due to his relation to the Emperor, proved himself to be a capable commander when he lead the Han forces against the Yellow Turban Rebellion. Unfortunately, he was slain during the Ten Eunuchs' Rebellion.

  • Adaptational Wimp: In Advance, he's depicted as comically incompetent coward that pissed Cao Cao off.
  • A Death in the Limelight: He's usually seen in Yellow Turban Rebellion stage. But in 5:XL, there's a Legend stage dedicated for his death by the Ten Eunuchs. In this stage, it's up to you whether you want to keep him alive or not until the end of the stage because this time, losing him won't cause you lose the battle. This stage makes reappearance in 8:XL and it's the first stage for Lu Bu's musou mode.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Historically, he's assassinated by Ten Eunuchs after they falsely invited him for a truce. In the games, he's killed in the battle during their rebellion.
  • Nepotism: He become a general just because his sister is Emperor Ling's consort.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Usually only appear once as Han Army commander in Yellow Turban Rebellion.

    Liu Zhang 

  • Adaptational Wimp: He was actually a competent administrator, it's just the novel (and by extention the games) made him incompetent just to make Liu Bei look good.
  • Cool Sword
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Feels betrayed after Liu Bei, whom he called for help, conquers the land of Shu.
  • 0% Approval Rating: Considering that everyone wants Liu Bei to take over the land of Shu (To the point where even Zhang's own men defect to his army), with one soldier in DW7 even states that Zhang's "the very picture of incompetence."
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    Ma Teng 

  • Ascended Extra: Was voted to be the recipient of the pre-made "Ruler" design for 7:Empires.
  • Badass Army: Xiliang cavalry.
  • Cool Horse: He is from Xiliang, so it's self-explanatory.
  • Demoted to Extra: In 5, he is the commander of Liang forces. In 7 and 8, the commander is Bian Zhang, Ma Teng is just one of Bian Zhang's lieutenants. It's accurate to history, however.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: In 5, the narration made it looks like Dong Zhuo is the one who invaded his homeland in Liang during Battle of Liang Province. In real history, which is beginning to avert this trope since 7, his Liang forces are the rebels to the Han and Dong Zhuo is under the banner of Han Imperial Forces.
  • Meaningful Name: His surname means horse and he leads one of the, if not THE, strongest cavalry force in entire China.
  • Weapon of Choice

    Wen Chou & Yan Liang 

    King Wutugu 

    Yuan Xi 

  • Disposable Fiancé:
    • His wife Zhenji usually leaves him immediately after being defeated by Cao Pi at Guan Du.
    • To add insult to the injury, in Battle of Mt. Bailang (that happens after Guan Du) for 8, Zhenji is always among allied officers who attack Yuan Xi. In story mode, she's not playable, so her AI will always direct her to Yuan Xi's position sooner or later.
  • Historical Downgrade: Not much is known regarding his relationship with Zhenji in history. But it's known that Zhenji was close to Yuan Xi's mother. So it can be assumed that they were quite Happily Married.
  • Weapon of Choice:
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In Cao Pi's first Legend stage, he calls out everyone for trying to steal his wife.

    Zhang Bao 

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    Zhang Liang 

    Huche'er 

    Emperor Xian (Liu Xie) 

  • Abdicate the Throne: He was forced by Cao Pi to abdicate which led to the end of the Han Dynasty. This also happens in Lu Bu's hypothetical route in 8:XL only because he's scared of him.
  • Authority in Name Only: His real power is all but gone, and he is bitterly aware of it.
  • Distressed Dude: In 5:XL and 8, where he gets passed around from lord to lord, each eager to use him to establish the legitimacy of their rule, before finally ending up under Cao Cao's protection.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Often simply referred as The Emperor. In some games, however, he is sometimes referred as Emperor Xian. And his real name is Liu Xie.
  • The Ghost / He Who Must Not Be Seen: He is never seen in the Legend Modes that include him in 5:XL, only his carriage. Averted since 6, where he is finally given unique design.
  • Living MacGuffin: Having him in your country is an important source of prestige, despite his personal weakness, and whoever is in control of him controls the country.
  • Nice Hat: The mianguan (imperial hat) of his is nice indeed.
  • Non-Action Guy: Averted in 8, where he carries a broadsword to defend himself while Cao Cao helps him escape Chang'an, but otherwise played pretty straight.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Since 6.
  • Puppet Emperor: Played pretty straight in 7, which even Cao Cao admitted openly. However, this is subverted in 8, where he wittingly supports Cao Cao as his regent.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Though weak and ineffectual, he is not malevolent.

    Guo Si and Li Jue 

Dong Zhuo's loyal generals and retainers. Following Dong Zhuo's death at Lu Bu's hands, the two of them took command over the remnants of their master's army and took over Chang'an, using the Emperor as a political puppet to consummate their power.

  • Co-Dragons: To Dong Zhuo.
  • Final Boss: Of Lu Bu's Hypothetical route in 8:XL.
  • Kick the Dog: In Shu's Hypothetical path, Guo Si insults Liu Bei for aiding peasants instead of focusing solely on Zhang Jiao.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite you clearly killing them in Lu Bu's hypothetical route, their defeat quotes are the standard "routed" lines. Possibly justified by the fact that generics don't have "slain" lines.
    • Li Jue uses a greatsword in-game, but his death cutscene at Lu Bu's story shows him with a standard Jian.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: Story-wise. The fact that they, just like in history, were able to kick Lu Bu out of Chang'an shows that Lu Bu will never make it on his own out there despite his massive physical strength.
  • Weapon of Choice: Guo Si wields a spear, while Li Jue uses a greatsword.

    The Ten Eunuchs 
Led by Zhang Rang, the Ten Eunuchs originally served as trusted retainers and advisers to the Han Dynasty. However, after the Yellow Turban Rebellion, they rebelled against the Emperor and took power for themselves. He Jin and Yuan Shao raised an army to combat them and restore the Emperor to power, but in the end it was Lu Bu and Dong Zhou who defeated the Eunuchs, which began Dong Zhou's tyrannical reign.

  • Almighty Janitor: Officialy they're only servants who works in the inner palace where the Emperor and his family resides, but at the time of Emperor Ling they become one of the most powerful factions in entire China, even more powerful than many high-ranking ministers and officials, thanks to their close relationship with the Emperor.
  • Evil Chancellor: Ten of them.
  • Final Boss: Of the revamped Ambition Mode in 8:XL.
  • Older Than They Look: Zhang Rang gets the "young advisor" model despite being 54 at the time of He Jin and Co.'s "eunuch-purging".
  • Starter Villain: For Lu Bu's story mode in 8:XL.
  • Smug Snake: Zhang Rang is incredibly arrogant.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Lu Bu's story, they're essentially cannon fodder meant to showcase just how powerful Lu Bu is. In the final battle of the revamped Ambition Mode, they're arguably the most powerful bosses in the game.
  • Weapon of Choice: Throwing knives.

    Yuan Yao 

Yuan Shu's son who almost married Lu Lingqi. Almost.


  • Amazon Chaser: He will stop at nothing to marry Lingqi.
  • Hopeless Suitor: To Lu Lingqi, who doesn't want to marry anyone weaker than her father.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: More like "I want my beloved to stay alive". In Lu Bu's final stage in historical route, Yuan Yao and his father can appear as reinforcements to help Lu Bu (more like lessened casualties among Lu Bu's other retainers, really, since Lu Bu and Chen Gong still end up being executed) if you fulfill certain hypothetical condition. And if he met Lu Lingqi, he will encourage her to survive the battle and stay alive. This happened after she coldly rejects him in previous stage.

    Han Xuan 

The Prefect of Chang Sha who served under Liu Biao, Governor of Jing Province. When Liu Biao's successor, Liu Zong, surrendered Jing Province to Cao Cao before Battle of Chang Ban, so Han Xuan, too, surrendered to Cao Cao. When Cao Cao lost at Chibi and Nanjun, he lost the control over much of Jing Province, giving chance for Liu Bei to attack many under-manned regions in Jing Province, including Han Xuan's Chang Sha. He was former superior of Huang Zhong and Wei Yannote .


  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Historically, he's a Benevolent Boss who is loved by his people and listened to Huang Zhong's advice to surrender peacefully to Liu Bei. In the games, he's a Bad Boss who attempted to execute Huang Zhong for his defeat against Liu Bei's forces. He's also implied to be hated by his people. Justified that this characterization is taken from Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel.
  • Killed Offscreen: In 7, Wei Yan killed him off-screen.
  • You Have Failed Me: In 4, he attempted to execute Huang Zhong for his defeat.


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