Wu: the kingdom with foundations laid by Sun Jian and Sun Ce, ultimately led through the chaos by Sun Quan. Unique to itself in that although it too fought for peace, it did so more or less for itself which lends to Wu being not as easily defined as, say, Shu (Benevolence!) or Wei (Ambition!). Instead, it can be said that Wu fought for the idea of family. Wu, more than any other faction, is a country that's an extension of its founding clan and their ragtag collection of comrades and blood brothers. The idea of family runs strong in every officer. They also appear to be big fans of fire attacks. Naturally, their color is red and their symbol is the tiger, derived from Sun Jian's sobriquet "the Tiger of Jiangdong". Historically, 12 generals were regarded as the "Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao" by Chen Shou; as of 9, eight of them are playable.
Here's the list of characters in the Wu Kingdom in Dynasty Warriors, arranged in their chronological appearance in the series.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors
"The Crimson Passion"
- "My wisdom shall bring victory to us all!"
Style Name: Gongjin
Onyomi: Shū Yu "Kōkin"
Height: 5'10" (178cm)
Weapon: Gudingdao (2-5), Chang gun (6-)
Zhou Yu is the first supreme strategist for the Wu Kingdom and is responsible for the expansion of their territories. Possessing good looks, intelligence, and refinement, he is a wise expert of strategy who is capable of seeing through most of his enemies' ploys. His devotion to his homeland is unquestionable, and his talents are praised throughout the land.
Calm and rational, Zhou Yu acts as the voice of reason for his hotblooded friend and blood brother Sun Ce. They share a strong bond and can rely on each other in times of need. He is married to Xiaoqiao, whom he loves dearly.
- Always Second Best: To Zhuge Liang, something that runs him into an early grave in many games. Subverted in historical records in that both Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang barely had anything to do with each other.
- Badass Bookworm: Though downplayed compared to L Meng and Lu Xun, Zhou Yu is a very intellectual man in addition to being a skillful strategist and a dangerous combatant. Historically however, there have been records that heavily support this claim.
- Badass Family: Via his marriage with Xiaoqiao, Zhou Yu is basically the Sun family's brother-in-law. Besides that, historically, Lady Wu, mother of the Sun brothers, instructed Quan to treat Zhou as an elder brother.
- Bash Brothers: With Sun Ce, his sworn brother, before his early death. Though still loyal and supportive to Sun Quan, their bond isn't quite the same.
- Battle Couple: With Xiaoqiao. The final Wu extra stage in 8:XL actually parodies this, by having his "strategy" be summoning his wife to back him up.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Not even on his deathbed.
- Benevolent Boss: Most notably to Lu Su before his death in the Wu historical route.
- Berserk Button: In Xiaoqiao's story in 5, he begrudgingly admits that one of the reasons he declared war against Cao Cao is because Cao Cao apparently lusts after her. In the novel, he was provoked by Zhuge Liang about this.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: He considers suicide in Advance, during Lu Bus version of Chi Bi. He reconsiders after Lu Bu calls him a coward.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Once Zhuge Liang starts chipping away at his cool facade, he cracks like a bottle in a freezer. Particularly noticeable in NEXT.
- Bishōnen: Historically known as the Beautiful Zhou Yu. At the Battle of Nanjun in 8, he gets irritated at Zhang He's insults and promptly states that he is known as "The Handsome Zhou Yu," though in other circumstances Zhang He actually compliments him for his looks when they meet.
- Blood Brothers: He is a sworn brother of Sun Ce.
- Broken Ace: Following his characterization in the novel, as a result of his rivalry with Zhuge Liang, Zhou Yu goes from being a quiet, dignified genius to a raving, impulsive man almost crazy with rage at the thought of being Always Second Best. On the other hand, he keeps his cool whenever the games decide to focus more on his historical counterpart.
- Chessmaster Sidekick: To Sun Ce and Sun Quan. Interestingly, the Zhou family was more prestigious and wealthy than the Sun family back when Zhou Yu and Sun Ce first met as teenagers. Nonetheless, the two became friends instantly and Zhou Yu remained fiercely loyal to the Sun family for the rest of his life, even after their glory grew to eclipse his.
- Cultured Badass: A skilled musician, poet, and meteorologist, on top of a dangerous fighter and general.
- Definitely Just a Cold: Contracts an illness after his arrow wound that eventually leads to his death, but in 8 he keeps on fighting and pretending to be well until the campaign ends. The added strain makes it fatal.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: Against Cao Ren.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: There are worse examples in the series, but Zhou Yu's features are still rather feminine.
- Elegant Classical Musician: He is seen playing a flute in the opening of 2. In 8, he is incredibly compatible to musical-related weapons such as Zhenji's flute and Cai Wenji's harp. It helps that in the historical records, he's an experienced musician. In his What If? DLC scenario cutscene, he can play the Guzheng (Chinese zither).
- Family of Choice: Treats (and is treated by) the Sun family as family, much like the "three brothers" of Shu. note
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Gets a half-robe along with a bunch of other characters in 8. Amusingly, his is actually appropriate because he's often depicted with one in traditional art.
- Four-Star Badass: Admiral and Grand Commander of Wu's army.
- Good Is Not Soft: He will do anything to protect his country, and is sometimes rather unscrupulous.
- Go Out with a Smile: In 8. He shows regret at not being able to bring Wu to its greatest glory but is ultimately content with leaving things up to Lu Su and Lu Meng. This doubles as a heartwarming moment because it shows his trust in his comrades, and letting go of his resentment for Zhuge Liang.
- Heartbroken Badass: Shows shades of this after Sun Ce's death. How much he grieves varies depending on the game.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sun Ce. Hilariously, in the IF scenario in 6, after he and Sun Ce both survive their historical deaths, they decide to leave Wu's affairs in the hands of the next generation and just ride off into the sunset together.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: Wu's counterpart to Zhao Yun and Xiahou Dun. Zhou Yu favors speed and finesse while Xiahou Dun leans more towards power, leaving Zhao Yun in the middle of both, essentially "The Jack of Jacks".
- The Lancer: To Sun Ce and, later, Sun Quan.
- Long Haired Prettyboy: Part of his good looks is his long flowing hair.
- Necessarily Evil: His hypothetical stage in Dynasty Warriors 4: Xtreme Legends. Having identified Zhuge Liang as too dangerous to let live, Zhou Yu betrays and kills him before he can depart Wu lands.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Supremely courteous to everyone, friend or foe, even Zhuge Liang.
- Odd Friendship: With Sun Ce, due to their different personalities.
- Opposites Attract: With Sun Ce and Xiaoqiao, both of whom are hot-blooded and energetic. Humorously, the calm Zhou Yu is married to the energetic Xiaoqiao, while the energetic Sun Ce is married to the calm Daqiao.
- Peaceful in Death: In 7 and 8 where he usually dies on his deathbed or dies on Lu Su and Lu Meng's arms.
- Playing with Fire: His EX and Musou Attacks in 7.
- Princely Young Man: He is not a member of Wu royal family, but he could be seen as one.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sun Ce's red, as far as personality dynamics go.
- Samurai Ponytail: Has one in 6.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With his wife Xiaoqiao.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive Guy: To Sun Ce's Manly Man.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In NEXT, he lives to see Wu unite the land. In 8, his death can be averted in the hypothetical route by successfully completing his decoy mission. In his what-if DLC scenario for 9, he also lives to see that his plan to divide the land into two parts succeed.
- The Strategist: Wu's first, and the mastermind behind the Battle of Chibi.
- Team Mom: To the younger strategists and generals, with Lu Su as Team Dad.
- Undying Loyalty: To Sun Ce and the Sun Clan in general.
- Unknown Rival: To Zhuge Liang. Subverted and invoked in later games (as per the source material) in that Zhuge Liang plays this up to push Zhou Yu's buttons. It works, eventually contributing to Zhou Yu's (early) death.
- His historical counterpart subverts this, as he and Zhuge Liang barely had anything to do with each other.
- The crossover also subverts it, as the two are able to hold friendly conversations whenever both share a more important cause.
- Warrior Poet: Known for his skill in music as well as war.
- Weapon of Choice: He used a Cool Sword until 6 onwards where he uses a Simple Staff instead.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his more bloodthirsty incarnations, all of the dubious things he does or attempts to do is for the sake of Wu to the point of betraying his own kingdom to assassinate someone under the guise of a political wedding. Often his intentions would eventually be proven right one way or another.
"The Young Courageous Flame"
- "In battle, one must do their very best to succeed."
Style Name: Boyan
Onyomi: Riku Son "Hakugen"
Height: 5'7" (171cm)
Weapon: Dual jian (2-5, 7-9), Jian (6)
Lu Xun (real name Lu Yi) is a young and loyal officer of Wu who serves under Sun Quan and quickly rises up the ranks. Hand picked by Lu Meng as his protege, his most famous victory occurs at Yi Ling with the defeat of the Shu army.
Quick-witted, perceptive, and believes in seeing the big picture, Lu Xun's outstanding talents and youthful energy helps inspire Sun Quan and his allies during dire times. Formal and humble, he tries to see the best in every person, be they ally or foe. He addresses disasters with a prudent and sincere manner, always striving for an optimistic solution to the situation.
- Absurdly Youthful Father: Looks younger than his (generic) son Lu Kang.
- Animal Motifs: All his weapons have an avian Theme Naming. He's mainly associated with flying swallows in the Asian ports, as well as the barn sparrow's positive connotations as a symbol of Wu's future. Both are even seen in his main outfits in that they have extensions that resembles their tails.
- Badass Family: Though he already has a prominent powerful family background being the head of the Lu clan, his marriage to Sun Ce's daughter makes him a part of the Sun family. note
- Bare Your Midriff: In 5 and 7. Downplayed in 8, where only a sliver can be seen.
- Bishōnen: Borders on Dude Looks Like a Lady in 7.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Polite, honest, hardworking, and will fry you alive if he feels you're too dangerous to Wu.
- Chilly Reception: In 7, his sudden promotion to Wu's main strategist is not taken well. At the Battle of Yi Ling, Zhu Ran refuses to follow his orders to initiate the fire attack until he proves himself on the frontlines.
- There were often elements of this in the earlier games as well.
- Doppelgänger Attack: In 8, his swallow sword moveset summons a shadowy clone to help him fight, giving him a deceptively wide range and reach.
- Dual Wielding: He wields Twin Blades in all appearances save 6 and 8. In 8, his weapons are called "Swallow Swords" to differentiate them from Liu Bei's. Along with the fact that it summons a short-lived clone when he attacks most of the time.
- Facial Markings: One on his cheek in 6.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His outfit in 9 only shows him wearing a leather glove on his right, his left is, well, left bare.
- Friendly Rivalry: with Zhu Ran in the latter's playable debut in 8:XL.
- The Good Chancellor:
- He eventually becomes the chancellor of Wu, and keeps his nation running well for a long time. Things only really start to fall apart after he dies. On the issue of chancellorship, he's actually pretty close to his Shu counterpart Zhuge Liang, who was two years older.
- Historically, things were already starting to go south in his final years, as Sun Quan became increasingly stubborn and unwilling to heed his advice as Quan himself grew older. In fact, it is very likely that the stress of Sun Quan's stubbornness and arrogance played a role in Lu Xun's death. Lu Xun himself, however, stuck to his own beliefs till the very end and never gave up in pleading Sun Quan his proposals to stabilize the Wu court.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Lu Xun wasn't much of a military strategist in real life (barring his spectacular success at Yiling), but he was a damn good chancellor.
- Nice Hat: 2 to 5. He took it off following his art upgrade in 6. But he got his hat back in 9.
- Incendiary Exponent: Loves his fire attacks, like most of his faction.
- Older Than He Looks: He's actually in his early forties during the Battle of Fan Castle/Yi Ling.
- Mascot : He is considered by fans to be one of Wu's mascots and most popular character in the series. He has been consistently in third place in 7 and 8 character popularity rankings.
- Playing with Fire: Almost all of his Tome Specials, EX and Musou Attacks will all have this element imbued in them. On the other hand, pay attention to the battles where he plays the main strategist: he's prone to suggesting a fire attack whenever one is possible. It's also lampshaded in 5 during Wu's Nanman Campaign, where Zhu Rong challenges him to see whose fire powers are greater.
- Spared by the Adaptation: He is the only main strategist for his faction to not have his own historical death cutscene in the series. In 7, his passing was only being briefly informed via the narrator in Jin's story campaign, followed by Sun Quan's death. The reasons are Wu only has two playable characters (Ding Feng and Lianshi, who is also Spared by the Adaptation) remaining during the series' Late Wu period. Second, it's implied that Koei are reluctant to cover this time period, since Lu Xun was demoted from his post of Imperial Chancellor by Sun Quan and subsequently died in anger and frustration due to the fallout of his interference in the Wu throne's Succession Crisis.
- The Smart Guy: Held the role of strategist after Lyu Meng's death, and is the last one seen in-series.
- The Strategist: The last main strategist for his faction and also its youngest. Gained immeasurable fame/infamy for his planning during the Battle of Yiling.
- Tan Lines: Notice how he has become more tanned since 6.
- Teen Genius: Subverted due to Older Than He Looks. Though a prominent and capable officer from a very young age, he only really takes over as The Strategist of Wu once he's in his forties.
- "Too Young to Die" Lamentation: His death quote in 3.
"The Indomitable Will"
- "Duty does not fade. Let us go to battle!"
Style Name: Ziyi
Onyomi: Taishi Ji "Shigi"
Height: 6'3" (190cm)
Weapon: Twin rods (2-5, 6:S-), trident (6)
Taishi Ci is a Wu officer known for his immense battle prowess and unswerving loyalty. After being beaten by Sun Ce, Taishi Ci vowed to faithfully serve Wu. He came to admire Sun Ce's character and, though they first meet as enemies, he treats the lord as his friend.
He is known as an upright warrior with strong character. Striving to live a warrior's life, he searches for ways to improve himself. He feels obligated to return any kindness given to him and will work hard to repay their feelings in kind.
- The Big Guy: Wu's first Big Guy, to be exact.
- Blow You Away: His ground Musou Attacks from 7 to 8.
- Cool Helmet: Wears one in all of his appearances.
- Declaration of Protection: Takes an arrow in the back from Zhang Liao's archers while protecting Sun Quan at the Battle of Hefei. Unfortunately, this wounds up becoming a Heroic Sacrifice.
- Dual Wielding: He wields two rods as his signature weapons in all appearances except 6 and 6:XL.
- Grapple Move: His second standing Musou in 7 and 8.
- Hot Blooded Sideburns: His casual outfit in 9 shows him helmet-less for the first time which reveals his sideburns.
- Hunk: Tall, handsome and well-muscled.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice: A firm jawline, and he's a proud and honorable warrior.
- Momma's Boy: In his 7:XL scenario, he joins the battle because the general helped his mother in the past.
- Palette Swap: Wears a purple outfit (with shades of black) while still serving Liu Yao during Sun Ce's conquest of Wu.
- Prongs of Poseidon: His signature weapon in 6 and 6:XL.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Sun Ce consider each other as this.
"The Warrior Princess"
- "I am as capable in battle as any warrior you'll find!"
Onyomi: Son Shōkō
Height: 5'6" (167cm)
Weapon: Wind and fire wheels (2-5, 7-9), Bow (6)
The daughter of Sun Jian and sister of Sun Ce and Sun Quan, Sun Shangxiang is an upbeat and independent woman who always is eager to lend a helping hand. She frequently wants to show her worth in battle, which usually worries her father and brothers.
Considered a tomboy, her living quarters are decorated with all manner of weapons, and the women that attend to her are all armed. She is torn between her loyalty to her Love Interest Liu Bei and her family, though recent incarnations have her always be loyal to the former even after his death.
- Adaptational Badass: Unlike her book counterpart, who practiced swordplay but never actually fought, she gets to go into battle several times here.
- Archer Archetype: She occasionally has attacks that involve her bow, but 6 is the only one where it is her main weapon. This is accurate to her historical self; in the Japanese translation of Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Eiji Yoshikawa, she's given the nickname "lady with a waist like a bow".
- Bare Your Midriff: Bared it in 1, 5, 6, Strikeforce, and 7. It was downplayed in 8, though. In Dynasty Warriors 9, her pre-order costume also shows some of her midriff.
- Battle Couple: Forms one with Liu Bei during the times when she stays with her husband and Shu instead of returning to Wu once relations break down.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the Wu storyline of 8 and 9, she rescues Liu Bei who is cornered by Sun Quan and is prepared to defend her husband against her own brother.
- Boyish Short Hair: To fit her tomboy princess persona, her hair is always short even at her girliest.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: From 8 onward, she changes her clothes upon marrying Liu Bei and moving to Shu. Prior to this, she wears red to match her faction. Afterwards, she wears the Shu green.
- Composite Character: Quite possibly in installments which strengthened her relationship with Liu Bei. Historically, they've divorced by the time Liu Bei becomes founding emperor of Shu and he married another woman surnamed Wu (sister of Shu general Wu Yi, and widow of Liu Zhang's brother Liu Mao) who became his empress. In installments such as 6, Sun Shangxiang sticks with Liu Bei even after the foundation of Shu (even staying by Liu Bei's side on his deathbed in 8 and 9). While never explicitly stated as Liu Bei's empress, she's still considered his wife. So it can be assumed that Sun Shangxiang in the game is a combination of the historical Lady Sun and Empress Wu.
- Conflicting Loyalty: She falls in love with Liu Bei, and depending on the game, chooses to either marry or follow him after leaving Wu. In 5, she leaves Shu and returns to Wu. After Guan Yu is executed following the Battle of Fan Castle, she is forced to chose sides when Liu Bei declares war against Wu. She chooses her family, and fights against Shu, even though she still loves Liu Bei. In 6 and 7, she stays with Liu Bei and fights with him at Yiling against her family. 7 also adds a new wrinkle with her bodyguard Lianshi also on the other side.
- Amusingly, her switch from returning to Wu to remaining loyal to Shu, though justified as being more or less what happened in the novel, coincided with Liu Bei becoming noticeably more Bishōnen.
- Cool Sword: She wielded one only in, well, 1.
- Defector from Decadence: Ends up leaving Wu for Shu on her own accord, and even fights alongside Liu Bei against her brother at Yi Ling in 6.
- Averted in 7, as Zhou Yu marries her off to secure an alliance with Shu. She appears more loyal to Liu Bei afterwards, but she is visibly shaken when she learns that Wu was responsible for the deaths of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Her outfit in 7 is a notable example. In 9, she's only wearing one legging on her right.
- Fiery Redhead: Since 7, her hair is noticeably more auburn.
- Final Boss: She becomes this for Shu and Wei in 4 if you fulfill the conditions for Wu to the last kingdom to fall.
- Girliness Upgrade: In 6 and later on she has a more romantic personality and her appearance changes but she's still a tomboy seeking glory in battle.
- Grapple Move: Her first Musou from 7
- Hotter and Sexier: Although 6 drastically changed her appearance (as did all characters), it's her counterpart in 7 that really took off with this.
- Palette Swap: Wears a green outfit while married to Liu Bei.
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: To Liu Bei in 7, at least on her end. Played straight in 8
- Plucky Girl: Even in games where her design gives off a cutesy vibe, she's shown to be physically and verbally able to keep up with the male cast.
- Precision Guided Wind and Fire Wheels: Her weapons can be thrown like chakrams with great accuracy. They also come back to her, plowing through several dozen bodies at a time.
- Pretty Princess Powerhouse: The first of Dynasty Warriors, and initially the only one who is referred to as such until Xiahou Ji is introduced. Most Wu retainers, playable or NPC alike, almost always call her 'Princess' (or 'Hime-sama' in Japanese versions) in several dialogue snippets.
- Rain of Arrows: Her Tome Special in 6.
- Rings of Death: She dual-wields a pair of Wind and fire wheels in all of her appearances except 1 and 6. While her bow proficiency is finally brought up in 6, the reappearance of the rings is lampshaded in Warriors Orochi 3, where she states she experimented with other weapons before settling back to them.
- Secret Character: In the first Dynasty Warriors, she was unlockable via Cheat Code.
- She-Fu: Her fighting style has her doing backflips and gymnastic cartwheels.
- Shipper on Deck: For Sun Quan with Lianshi
- Sibling Team: Frequently forms one with her brothers before and after her marriage.
- Tomboy: She wants to fight in battles and gain a hero's glory. As she puts at the start of her scenario in 6, "I want to be a warrior, not a simple housewife". Ironic considering that later adaptations doesn't focus on her life after her marriage with Liu Bei and she basically becomes a real housewife in 9.
- Spared by the Adaptation: An interesting example. Historically, she returned to Wu before their invasion of Jing Province prior to the relationship between Wu and Shu souring, and nothing further was known about her. The novel has her committing suicide while at Wu when he was defeated at Yiling (a case of Death by Adaptation as this passage was added in the 17th century version to match Confucian ideals of the time). The historical route of 8, however, has her with Liu Bei at the time of his death.
- Tomboy Princess: A tomboy as well as a Princess of Wu.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The no-nonsense Tomboy to Lianshi's Girly Girl. Downplayed since Sun Shangxiang at that point got a Girliness Upgrade.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 2
"The Tiger of Jiangdong"
- "I shall lead my clan through these chaotic times!"
Style Name: Wentai
Onyomi: Son Ken "Bundai"
Height: 6'0" (182cm)
Weapon: Jian (2-5), Dao (6-9), Twin daos (9 DLC)
Patriarch of the Sun family and the father of Sun Ce, Sun Quan, and Sun Shangxiang, known as the "Tiger of Jiangdong", Sun Jian gained fame by single-handedly defeating a crew of vicious pirates in his early teens.
He is known as a calm man, always considerate and courteous to his men. Out of the three rulers of Wu, Sun Jian is the one who acts most like a gentleman. He is generally kind to those around him and forgives past mistakes with subtle ease. A caring father, he is proud of his children and tries his best to look out for them.
- Action Dad: Father of Sun Ce, Sun Quan, Sun Shangxiang, and several others. Not to mention in his youth, he was regularly beating the shit out of bandits and pirates.
- Adaptation Expansion:
- Has a huge role in the earlier games as Wu's equivalent to Cao Cao and Liu Bei, yet he did not outlive Dong Zhuo, whose death triggered the start of the Three Kingdoms Era; this is "rectified" beginning with 7, which focuses more on Sun Quan's reign.
- Taken up to eleven in 6. Sun Jian gets a Story Mode, instead of his sons(or the more important Quan), and his story mode consisted of several re-mixed stages made for himself. To put into perspective, he gets the same treatment as Lu Bu!
- Almighty Janitor: 7 finally goes with his historical life, where he actually starts as a subordinate warlord who serves under Yuan Shu. Sun Ce is the one who was unimpressed with the fact that Sun Jian could have been a better general than just become an officer under Yuan Shu. Discussed in 8, when he reveals that though he knows the country is going down the tubes, he doesn't feel comfortable betraying the Han's loyalty.
- Animal Motifs:
- His nom de guerre is "the Tiger of Jiangdong." note
- He also has motifs with wolves in the Asian ports (though in both Asian and English ports in 3), with all of them being named after the Sirius (heavenly wolf) star. It's most likely a nod to his negative connotation given to him and his sons in Book of Wei via Gongsun Du's entry; the devs at Omega Force instead decided to make it a proud motif for him.
- Badass Beard: It grows a little more white in later installments as of 6.
- Badass Family: Essentially has his three children, and their spouses (in the case of the males, one of their spouses.) are all playable characters.
- Brown Note: His Cool Sword in 8 has rings that produce noises loud enough to kill peons.
- Catchphrase: In case you forgot, he's the "Tiger of Jiang Dong".
- Cool Old Guy: Since 6, he looks older.
- Decoy Protagonist: In Wu's Story Mode for 7, due to how quickly he's Killed Off for Real; in the case of 8, he doesn't make it past the first stage unless the player knows how to stop his assassination.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Bizarrely, the earlier games always depict his army defeating/killing Liu Biao at the end of Battle of Xiang Yang, even in the scenarios where Sun Jian was killed. Historically, not only Sun Jian was killed here, but his army is also utterly defeated and forced to ask protection from Yuan Shu. This also causes some Fridge Logic / continuity error as the Wei and Shu stories clearly mention in the narrative that Liu Biao died of illness shortly before Battle of Changban (which is historically accurate). 9 settles the issue by making it clear that he died in the hands of Huang Zu, an important general under Liu Biao.
- Historical Downgrade: Two of his best achievements in history, killing Hua Xiong and defeating Lu Bu and forcing him to retreat in the campaign against Dong Zhuo, are credited to someone else: Guan Yu for the former, Guan Yu and his sworn brothers for the latter. Detractors who know the real history like to point this out. Also, historically, he's the most active (besides Cao Cao) during the campaign, yet in the game one of his notable roles during this campaign is struggling due to lack of supplies. (actually happened in history, too, but he and his men managed to work their way out of it. note )
- Hunk: Manly in the extreme, handsome even at old age, tall and musclebound.
- Japanese Honorifics: In Japanese, Sun Jian's children each call their father differently, indicating their personality. Ce uses oyaji, a very rough and informal way to call one's father, akin to English "pops". Quan uses chichiue, a formal and outdated way to call one's father; there's no clear English equivalent but the closest would be a simple "father", as using it to address one's father would sound excessively formal in English. Shangxiang uses otousama, by far the most ordinary way to call one's father (it's a polite version of otousan, the modern Japanese honorific for fathers) and the equivalent of English "dad".
- Lightning Bruiser: The strongest of the rulers with only Yuan Shao coming second. Whilst early game he is balanced and easy to use, his superior stats and moveset shines when he gets access to his full moveset, where he becomes one of the best characters in the series.
- Officer and a Gentleman: Very much a gentleman towards his men and chivalrous towards ladies.
- Out of Focus: Starting from 7, the game starts to closely follow history by putting less emphasis on Sun Jian and more on his sons (particularly Quan). Seeing as he dies very early in the chronology (he is outlived by Dong Zhuo, the catalyst of the breakdown of the Han imperial government), this is inevitable.
- Papa Wolf: His kids don't necessarily need it, but Sun Jian is a very protective dad all the same. It's also why he arranged for Lianshi to serve as his childrens' bodyguard.Sun Jian: So you do not fear the Tiger... That is why I trust you to look after my children.
- Passing the Torch: To Sun Ce in 8 if hypothetical conditions are met in 8 to save him from his historic death.
- Pocket Protector: If hypothetical conditions are met in 8, this is how the Imperial Seal saves his life.
- Playing with Fire: His EX and Musou Attacks in 7
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: He is nicer than most examples, but still fond of his place as an heir of Sun Tzu.
- Rulers Prefer Swords: His Weapon of Choice is always sword, varies between Jian from 2 to 5, Dao in 6 and 7, while 8 qualifies his sword as "nine rings blade".
- Silver Fox: From 6 onwards, mostly because he always wore a helmet in the previous installments. 9 brought back his helmet which completely hides his silver hair.
- So Proud of You: In Wu's hypothetical route where he survives, he approves Sun Quan taking over and after Wu's victory at the Battle of Hefei, he's very proud of Quan and believes he's worthy to rule.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Story Mode for 4 and his Musou mode in 5. It can be invoked in 8 if the player beats up the guy who intends to shoot him before he gets the chance, forcing him to withdraw. He still gets to shoot, but since he's in a less ideal spot, the arrow strikes the Imperial Seal in his jacket, leaving him injured but ultimately capable of recovering.
"The Valiant Tiger"
- "Together, we shall forge a new world under the heavens."
Style Name: Zhongmou
Onyomi: Son Ken "Chūbō"
Height: 5'10" (178cm)
Weapon: Jian (2-5, 8:E-9), pronged sword (6), judingdao (7-8)
The second son of Sun Jian and first emperor of the Wu Empire, Sun Quan follows Cao Pi who seized the Han throne and proclaimed himself the Emperor of China note . Sun Quan has the ability to gather important and honorable men to his cause.
Sun Quan is a proud and venerable ruler who dearly treasures his lineage. Contrary to his hot-headed brother, he is a patient, collected, and diligent individual. He is the strictest of the three leaders within his family, as he cannot forgive betrayals or excessive disobedience as easily as his family members.
- Accidental Pervert: Quite possibly in Lianshi's Legend Stage in 7: Xtreme Legends
- Age Lift: Historically, he was nine years old when his father died in 191. In the games, Sun Quan is already a young adult and is present when his father died.
- The Alcoholic: Has some traits of this, akin to his novel counterpart. However, it's arguably more insane for his historical self even to the point where he ordered everyone to never listen to any of his orders that he issues if he ended up drunk, while also listening to Gu Yong issue the orders instead. And let's not get to the part where Sun Quan also nearly murdered Yu Fan over a trivial issue when in a daze....
- All-Loving Hero: In 7 and NEXT, with the latter ending with him sparing with his fellow warlords, convincing them they have a place in the new order he hopes to create.
- Arrow Catch: In 7 after Sun Quan jumps off Xiao Shi bridge on horseback while recuperating his defeat from the Battle of Hefei, Zhang Liao throws a spear at him but Sun Quan catches it before it hits him.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Unlike Cao Pi and Liu Shan who undergo Adaptational Badass, this guy's ability don't have to be made up. He may not be as good as his father and brother in asskicking, but he's still a good military commander. Not to mention that he's the only founding emperor of Three Kingdoms who lived the longest, compared to Liu Bei and Cao Pi (founding emperor of Shu and Wei, respectively).
- Badass Baritone: His current voice does have Gideon Emery all over it....
- Badass Beard: Up until 6.
- Battle Couple: With Lianshi.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Plays the brooder alongside Lianshi in 7, when Quan mourns his brother's death while preparing for another battle.
- BrotherSister Team: with Shangxiang after Sun Ce's premature death. This ends in games where Shangxiang remained with Liu Bei.
- The Chains of Commanding: Upon inheriting the leadership of Wu after the deaths of his father and brother, Quan feels the huge amount of responsibilities on his shoulders. In 9, he frequently visits the Sun family grave where he wonders what he should do and after the Battle of Yiling which results to the death of Gan Ning, he breaks down and realizes the heavy burden that he carries.
- Combat Pragmatist: In the final stage in Wu's Story Mode in 7, he stabs Zhang Liao after Lianshi and Ding Feng hold back his weapons.Sun Quan: This is how I fight.
- Demoted to Extra:
- While Sun Quan led Wu during the actual Three Kingdoms period of Ancient China, Sun Jian is generally treated as Wu's answer to Wei's Cao Cao and Shu's Liu Bei.
- Notched Up to Eleven in 6, where his father gets a Story Mode over him. This adds to the reason why the reception for 6 was polarizing at best.
- Averted beginning with 7, where he's firmly established as The Hero of Wu's Story Mode. Likewise, 8 follows soon; even in the hypothetical route, where Sun Jian and Sun Ce can be saved, Quan is still the kingdom's main hero. When he tries to return his army's leadership to them, his father and brother insist they only wanted to help him a little, but he must still be the leader of Wu.
- Played straight in Warriors Orochi 3, where Sun Jian remains leader of Wu and Sun Quan acts in a supporting capacity.
- Distracted by the Sexy: In Lianshi's storyline in 9, this is how he meets her: after Lianshi introduces herself, Sun Quan just stares at her for a few seconds and then, he realizes what he was doing to the point that he excuses himself of thinking something else. His sister notices this and finds it amusing.
- Distressed Dude: Gets in trouble during two battles and will need to be saved, but luckily in one of them Sun Ce's around, thus Quan is just a regular officer and not the commander.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: Wears his coat only on his right in 9.
- Foil: Serves as one to Cao Pi of Wei. Both are capable and talented politicians and generals who feel trapped in the shadow of their predecessors. However, while Cao Pi deals with his issues through supreme confidence and the desire to carve out his own legacy as his own man, Sun Quan is very insecure and prone to Heroic Self-Deprecation, usually requiring his friends, family, and lover to remind him of his own worth. Interestingly, Sun Quan is probably a better administrator and commander than his brother, despite his feelings to the contrary.
- For Want of a Nail: In most games Sun Quan is considered an inferior leader to his father and brother. In the hypothetical route of 8, the support of Sun Jian, Sun Ce, Zhou Yu, Lu Su and Taishi Ci, who all survive, enable Quan to come into his own as a leader who ultimately forges a peaceful new world between the three kingdoms.
- Generation Xerox: Played straight and yet subverted. In a sense, Sun Quan tends to be very similar to his father in terms of combat, both wielding similar swords and having very familiar fighting styles. However, Sun Quan's swords are a little different, prefering the spiky Wolf Sword. He and his father are both very balanced, easy to use Warriors, yet he uses a slightly more power-based fighting style. In the 7th installment, both of their sword sets, as well as their Infinity Plus One Swords (Sword Of Judgment), are the same, yet they have their own EX and Musou Attacks. Averted entirely in the 8th installment, where Sun Jian has a new weapon and fighting style which completely distinguishes him from his son.
- The Good King: He is the founding emperor of Wu, and a (mostly) principled and moral man even if he doesn't always feel like shouting about it. Taken Up to Eleven in the hypothetical ending of Wu in 8: He unites all of China under his banner with the only death being Cao Cao. Everyone lived in the end.
- Historically, this was subverted in his final years. note
- Grapple Move: His second Musou in 7, which becomes his grounded R1 Type Action in Warriors Orochi 3. Also present in his very old C1 attack in 4.
- Having a Blast: His second Musou Attack in 7 and onwards, which involves stabbing his opponent, followed by an explosion.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: His Weapon of Choice in all of his appearances. Specifically in 4 and 5, where his high level swords are Serrated Blade of Pain. In fact, his Cool Sword from 7 is brought over to 8. Changes to the Flame Sword in 8: Empires, using a Sword Drag to ignite it and enhance attacks.
- Heroic BSoD: Has a big one after the battle of Yiling in the ninth instalment after the loss of all his immediate family by various means and a number of his generals have died. Han Dang snaps him out of it by pointing out that he is becoming like Cao Cao.
- Hotter and Sexier: Got a makeover in 6 that continues into 7. The female fans noticed. Interestingly, it mostly consisted of shaving off his beard.
- Humble Hero: Even as the leader of the Kingdom of Wu, he doesn't think highly of himself and gives most of the credit of his accomplishments to his subordinates and family.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Before 7, his name was incorrectly pronounced as it was spelled (ie: Sun KWAN).
- Long-Lived: Lived the longest amongs the first emperors of the Three Kingdoms; Liu Bei died in 223 (aged 62), Cao Pi in 226 (aged 39). Quan died in 252 (aged 69), a good 26 years after Cao Pi (Sun was also about 5 years older than Cao), and well into the era of Sima-controlled Wei.
- Meaningful Name: "Quan" means "authority", and his style name "Zhongmou" means "good at scheming". As the story progresses for Wu, Sun Quan begins showing signs of being a master of both traits.
- Nice Hat: From his debut until 4, he wears a mianguan which shows him as the first emperor of Wu.
- Noble Wolf: The naming motif of his weapons in the older games mixed in with the aforementioned king motif, which follows his dad's theme naming towards the Sirius (heavenly wolf) star. It's most likely a nod to his negative connotation given to Sun Jian's whole family in the Book of Wei via Gongsun Du's entry; the devs at Omega Force instead decided to make it a proud motif, which more so in Sun Quan's case means stronger ties to his family for him.
- Playing with Fire: His EX and Musou Attacks in 7
- Progressively Prettier: Earlier games in the series had him as an ordinary looking man with facial hair. 6 gave him a very notably more youthful and attractive look, and by 7 he's not quite Bishōnen territory but not far removed from it.
- Rain of Arrows: His Tome Special in 6
- Reasonable Authority Figure: As leader of Wu, he tends to be level headed and rational. Particularly played up in 7 and 8. Subverted historically when he supposedly went mentally insane due to Succession Crisis (as well as some hints of Outliving One's Offspring added with several of his other family members dying beforehand) between his two sons and falling out with Lu Xun; and started to make even worse decisions in his life as the years went on which piled into the infamous scuffle for the Wu throne down the line (which also ended in Lu Xun's historical death). Not to mention he repeatedly listened to his Manipulative Bitch of a daughter Sun Luban (his elder daughter with Lianshi, ironically enough) when she slanders his crown prince Sun He and Sun He's mother because she dislikes them.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Sun Ce's red.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: As prince and later leader of Wu, he's an active front line combatant.
- Samurai Ponytail: After his redesign in 6.
- Ship Tease: With Lianshi; later cemented during the closing scene of Wu's Story Mode in 7 as Official Couple. Historically, he declared her Empress posthumously.
- Sibling Team: With his brother and sister. And sometimes with Daqiao and Xiaoqiao, too, whom he consider as sisters as well.
- Spin Attack: Starting with 7, his EX and first Musou Attacks make him spin like a fiery top. His True Rage Attack in 8 uses this, too.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Most certainly counts.
- Trauma Conga Line: Arguably the worst of all the major characters by the historical route in 8: He loses his father, his brother, his most trusted adviser (Zhou Yu) and his second adviser (Lu Su), all before the battle at Hefei, which turns into a complete disaster and results in the loss of Taishi Ci. note
- Things continue going downhill when, as a result of his decision to cooperate with Wei at Fan Castle, he loses Lyu Meng and subsequently Gan Ning (and also Zhu Ran in the novel). note By the time things have stabilized, he has even fewer retainers left than Shu.
- This is all averted in the hypothetical route, where everyone survives.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While Sun Quan's decision to ally with Wei against Shu at Jing Province allowed them to take it back it resulted in the loss of Lyu Meng and subsequently Gan Ning, two of Wu's best remaining officers, contributing to the steady decline of Wu under Sun Quan's leadership. Even worse in the novel, where Zhu Ran is also killed in the Battle of Yiling.
- Young and in Charge: Took over from Sun Ce at the tender age of 18.
"The Gentleman of Learning"
- "All my strength and wisdom are yours to command."
Style Name: Ziming
Onyomi: Ryo Mō "Shimei"
Height: 5'11" (181cm)
A valuable officer under Sun Quan, known as a warrior in his early years, he takes it upon himself to study and become a scholar.
Honest and perceptive, Lu Meng is a man who believes in steadfastness. While he speaks with a gruff tone, he is a calm and flexible leader with universal capabilities. Praised for his determination and cunning, he tries to impart his wisdom to several of Wu's younger retainers, as he finds them to be the hope for their kingdom should he fall. He particularly sees talent in his protege Lu Xun and respects the younger man's intellect.
- Badass Beard: In 7 and onwards.
- Badass Bookworm: Went from being The Brute to a respected scholar by hitting the books, as per Sun Quan's request to him and Jiang Qin. Historically, Lu Meng REALLY enjoyed it upon studying his first book, then he took it upon himself for three days straight to study more than Sun Quan required of him, giving him knowledge that leveled even the greatest of Wu's scholars at the time. Lu Su even became friends with him ever since Lu Meng's new knowledge re-evaluated his negative opinion of him. note
- Shown more clearly in the online game. If you end a scenario under him, his idea is now that peace is upon China, no matter who won, there shouldn't be a need for fighting anymore, only studying. Historically, he was even both smart and kind, as he was well-respected among those who served under and alongside him.
- Blade on a Stick: Is never seen without one in all appearances as his Weapon of Choice.
- Combat Pragmatist: Architect and advocate of the plan to betray and kill Guan Yu in NEXT and 8
- His moveset has a few attacks that end in a brutal unblockable finisher after he stuns his opponent with a sly hit with the blunt end of his weapon.
- Boring, but Practical: He doesn't do nearly as many flashy moves with his glaive as, say, Zhao Yun, but he's still fast and he hits like a freight train.
- Dishing Out Dirt: His Tome Special in 6 is to drop boulders.
- Foreshadowing: His high stats all around makes his low HP stand out a lot, being the only one that is low compared to the others which are high. His health gets frequently questioned as his story goes on, with Guan Yu saying that Lu Meng is in no condition to fight. Once he kills Guan Yu, Lu Meng drops down dead due to heart illness.
- His character renders of the latest games has him clutching his heart in pain, subtly showing the cause of his death.
- Genius Bruiser: One of the best strategists, capable of capturing the all-important Jing Province, and one of the best fighters, taking down a desperate Guan Yu in a one on one fight whilst Lu Meng was sick and frail.
- While he's still a scholar, Lu Meng is a lot more impulsive than his predecessor, when Lu Su is still hoping for a peaceful solution about Jing Province, after his passing, Lu Meng's impatience at Guan Yu's actions caused him to attack Fan Castle, though this one was a rather successful endeavor for Wu overall.
- Even in Wu's hypothetical route, he's the one (and the only one) who questions his lord just how long they will continue to ally with Liu Bei, implying that he at least had a supposition if one day they had to conquer Shu as well. Sun Quan just scoffs and assures him that the end of the conflict may not be the one they can expect.
- Likewise in Shu's hypothetical route, he goes against Lu Su's orders to stand down and attacks Guan Yu on his own, much to Lu Su's chagrin.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": His name via the umlaut-styled "Lu" in pinyin is actually pronounced closer to "Lee/Leer" than just "Loo". It is the same case with Lu Bu, as well.
- Jack-of-All-Stats: With the exception of HP, all of his stats are balanced and have high ratings. His moveset is also extremely effective and easy to use.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In the "what-if" scenario for Shu in 8, Lu Meng heads to attack Guan Yu anyways, despite Lu Su advising him not to.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: His justification for breaking the alliance with Shu in 8 is due to Liu Bei's promise to return Jing Province to them after he gained some land of his own, but Guan Yu's refuses after being placed in charge of it when Liu Bei proclaims himself Emperor.
- Historically taken advantage of when it came to Lu Meng cleverly seizing a good portion of Jing from Guan Yu; Lu Meng promised to treat all of the people and soldiers within Guan Yu's area fairly, to the point where they surrendered to him without a fight.
- Only Sane Man: Sometimes played with when tensions occur between Ling Tong and Gan Ning. This applies strongly via his historical self in that there have been tales of a person of his caliber being able to break the two up before things got ugly, despite how much Lu Meng himself also didn't like Gan Ning's personality.
- Perma-Stubble: Has had some five-o-clock shadow in his design very often.
- Playing with Fire: His elemental orb attack in 5 and Musou and EX Attacks in 7
- Rags to Riches: Historically he started out as a poor commoner taking his mother across the river to find a better life, became a warrior, then a general, then a strategist, and ended up as one of Sun Quan's highest ranked officers while also being one of the nicest men of his time historically.
- Samurai Ponytail: Had one in earlier installments before the sixth title.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The correct Pinyin spelling of his name is Lü Meng (note the umlaut), not Lu Meng. Lu Bu and his daugther Lu Lingqi also share this problem.
- That Makes Me Feel Angry: "What a display of martial skill! I am awestruck!"
- The Strategist: The one who takes over after Lu Su's death, best known for assisting in putting a stop to Guan Yu at the Battle of Fan Castle, and then surrounding him as Mai Castle.
- Team Dad: Often portrayed as this to Lu Xun, Gan Ning, Ling Tong, and recently Zhu Ran.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: His primary weapons before the 7th installment via a majority of various beasts' jaws (or are themed after proverbs in the 6th installment) after a tiger's jaw, again via Wu and his late lord's tiger motif. Though in Lu Meng's case, his is mainly themed after the White Tiger of the Four Saint Beasts. Tying into his rivalry towards Guan Yu's Azure Dragon motif, both Lu Meng and Xu Huang are also symbolized like so via their historical roles at Fan Castle: Lu Meng's acts as the White Tiger's supporting "jaw", while Xu Huang's weapon is the visible White Tiger's "fang".
- What the Hell, Hero?: After Guan Yu accuses Lu Meng of betraying, Lu Meng shuts him up angrily and calls out Guan Yu on his and Liu Bei's hypocrisy on not returning Jing Province back as promised. Guan Yu has no retort and simply acknowledges the strength and genius of Lu Meng and Wu, finally accepting his death.
"The Jolly Pirate"
- "Finally! I've been itching for a good fight!"
Style Name: Xingba
Onyomi: Kan Nei "Kōha"
Height: 5'11" (181cm)
Weapon: Dao (2-5), Dual knives (6), Sickle and chain (7, 9), Flail (7:E-8)
Formerly a pirate, Gan Ning wears bells on his clothing to "warn" his enemies of their impending doom, sometimes calling himself "Gan Ning of the Bells".
Gan Ning is a man of action who doesn't like to adjust to proper etiquette. Wild and fearless, he is merely satisfied with a good brawl in battle. He's confident in his abilities and, though he seems arrogant, he has a good head on his shoulders and knows when to rely on teamwork. The first of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao to be playable.
- Adaptational Dumbass: The real Gan Ning was actually hyper-competent in the leadership of his men and in basic military affairs before actually signing up in the army; Dynasty Warriors Gan Ning here is just someone who likes to pick a fight while leaving the thinking to people like Lu Meng.
- Anime Hair: In 7, compared to his other hairstyles.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Sometimes with Ling Tong, and sometimes with Fukushima Masanori in Warriors Orochi 3.
- Barbarian Long Hair: He had quite the golden mane in 7.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Lost his nipples in 7.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up in the nick of time to save Ling Tong, who is less than appreciative.
- Bishōnen: Went from a Gackt-lookalike in 6 to a David Bowie impressionist in 7.
- Blood Knight: "I live for the fight!"
- Boisterous Bruiser: In addition to being a badass warrior, he's also loud about it.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Played with during his interactions with Ling Tong. At first, he can't figure out why the general wants to kill him. However, upon hearing that his enemy is trying to avenge Ling Cao, he puts two and two together.
- The Dreaded: "Ya hear the bells, ya better run!"
- Fiery Redhead: His hair before DW6 looked somewhat auburn.
- Grapple Move: His EX attack and his Second standing Musou in 8.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: He dyes his hair blonde from 6 onward, and while he's still cynical, he gets along well with his allies and is very generous to his men.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The real Gan Ning was a violent and brutal man, even during his military career while others like him have changed for the better. One very infamous tale was that he once killed a servant boy for stealing by tying him up on a tree and riddling him with arrows (Lu Meng tried to protect the boy and eventually returned him, but got real pissed when Gan Ning broke his promise and killed him anyway; Lu Meng's mother managed to stop the conflictnote ). And even in his bandit/pirate days, he often sneak into random people's (empty) houses and then kill the owners when they return just For the Evulz, and waste away treasures and riches just because he could.
- Even his son Gan Gui ended up being just as bad as him, though his lack of skills ended up making him bite the dust when he was exiled to Kuaiji. The apple didn't fall far from the tree.
- Hot-Blooded: Always looks for the thrill of battle.
- Hypocritical Humor: Keeps calling Lu Meng "old man" despite the two of them being around the same age. The historical Gan Ning was actually three years older.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Ling Tong, who is more than 10 years his junior.
- Mr. Fanservice: Is mostly shirtless in most appearances.
- Nothing Personal: In 5, he told Ling Tong that he only killed Ling Cao because they were on the opposing sides at the time.
- Pirate: Formerly; he goes back to his old ways in his Story Mode ending for 6, but in an adventurous way. His men even say they want to come with him.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Ling Tong's Blue.
- The Rival:
- He has always been compared to Zhang Liao of Wei, although the two rarely fought in the main game except having conversations in Conquest mode.
- They share a moment of badass in Warriors Orochi 2 however. In the third installment, Gan Ning acknowledges that Zhang Liao is his equal, who doesn't seem to notice unless their bonds are maxed.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In Romance of the Three Kingdoms, he perishes during the Battle of Yiling, and in history he died some time before the battle. 7 has him survive to the end of the Wu campaign. He can also be saved in 8 if a star requirement is met. Averted in 9 where he suffers from a fatal wound and is able to say his goodbye to Ling Tong.
- Spiky Hair: His classic hairstyle from his debut until 5 is a spiky bunch of hair, while 6 gives him a more ordered hairdo (and blonde hair), 7 turns it into a spiky mane and 8 returns it to a blonde version of the classic hairdo.
- Spinning Piledriver: His EX Attack is a variant of the Izuna Drop
- Tattooed Crook: One of the reasons for him being shirtless is to show off his tattoos.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: with Ling Tong.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: In some games, their in-battle quotes indicate this, which is a nod how they eventually became great friends in the novel. Also applies to Gan Ning's rivalry with Fukushima Masanori in Warriors Orochi 3.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In most installments except 2, 4 and 6.
- Weapon of Choice: His weapon changes overtime where in 2 and 3, his low level weapons are standard iron sword while his high level swords in 3 look more like scimitar. From 4 to 5, this is his primary weapon. He uses dual knives in 6 and a Sinister Scythe in 7. 7: Empires assigns him the flail moveset, albeit modified to suit his personality. This is also more accurate to his appearance in the novel where he also uses flail as weapon. However in 9, he gets a chain sickle as his weapon.
- Wild Hair: 7 gave him the wildest haircut, almost as wild as Keiji Maeda.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 3
"The Career Veteran"
- "I have lived my life on the battlefield!"
Style Name: Gongfu
Onyomi: Kō Gai "Kōfuku"
Height: 6'2" (187cm)
Weapon: Club and shield (3-5), Club (6-7, 9), Iron boat (7:E-8)
A loyal general who is famous for serving three generations of the Sun family, starting with Sun Jian to Sun Quan, Huang Gai's most prominent role is during the Battle of Chibi.
Huang Gai is a muscular veteran who never loses faith in his countrymen. With stamina that belies his age, he is a bold and confident general for Wu. A devoted vassal, he is considered to be an irreplaceable member of the Wu army. The second of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao to be playable.
- Anchors Away: Exclusively in 7 as his high level weapons. It's a nod to his famous role in Battle of Chibi, of course.
- Badass Armfold: In 9, he stands like this on the ship that launches the fire attack at the Battle of Chibi.
- Braids of Action: 7 and 8
- Cool Old Guy: He's an Old Soldier who is also very friendly to his friends and loyal to his lord.
- Expy: Mohawked? Big square beard? Huge muscles and a penchant to show them off? Hot-Blooded? Dresses in red while showing off skin? Uses bodyslams and spinning lariats? Ah! Comrade Zangief is helping mother Russia's ally China, I see!
- Drop the Hammer: In 6 and 7. Similar to Xu Zhu, it's a giant club variant, although he changed it into anchors as his higher level weapons in 7.
- Fake Defector: In the Battle of Chibi as part of Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang's plan to commence the fire attack.
- Grapple Move: All of his second EX attack and Musou in 7 and 8
- Stripperific: His outfits in 3 and 7, to the horror of many. Funnily enough, it's never discussed besides in fan works.
- Improbable Weapon User: Beginning with 7: Empires, he is assigned the arm blade, which takes the form of a small, metal boat that can be used to Shield Surf. It's as ridiculous and as awesome as it sounds.
- Killed Offscreen: In 9, Sun Quan receives news of his death which is also the same time as Cheng Pu's death.
- Making a Splash: A side-effect of using the arm blade's charged attacks is making miniature tsunamis out of nothing.
- Old Soldier: He served Sun Family for three generations and one of Sun Jian's earliest followers.
- Playing with Fire: Until 6, throwing bombs was part of his moveset. Also, he usually plays a significant role in setting fire to Wei's ships at the Battle of Chibi.
- Rated M for Manly: The guy is an old, muscular & bearded man who uses what basically amounts to a boat attached to his arm as a weapon, does wrestling moves and is the one who initiates the fire attack in the Battle of Chibi. It's safe to say that he qualifies as this.
- Throw Down the Bomblet: A part of his moveset from 3 to 5. Gets this back in 7 via Downloadable Content.
- Undying Loyalty: to Wu and Sun family.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He usually disappeared from the main story after his big role in Chi Bi. Historically, some time after Chi Bi, he peacefully passed away while he's working in his office.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In 7, both Musou Attacks involve grappling techniques. In 8, his Rage Musou and Storm Rush is basically a spinning lariat. His first two Musou Attacks in 8 is a Suplex Finisher.
"The Little Conqueror"
- "I can't wait to get out there and make my mark!"
Style Name: Bofu
Onyomi: Son Saku "Hakufu"
Height: 5'9" (176cm)
Weapon: Twin tonfas (3-5, 7-8), Qiang (6), Longtou Dazhadao (9)
Son of Sun Jian and older brother to Sun Quan and Sun Shangxiang, Sun Ce is commonly known as the "Little Conquerer". He regained the land of Wu his father once ruled over and used it as his base for gaining further control over the land. While tremendously successful, Ce died young before he could achieve more, leaving Wu in Quan's reluctant hands.
Known as an energetic, outgoing, brash, and informal leader, Ce is charismatic and well-liked by his troops and his family. He usually does whatever he wants on whim with a macho and confident attitude. Proud of his heritage and always gung-ho for battle, he can get lost in the thrill and forget his limits. Luckily, he can always rely on the wisdom and responsibility of his best friend, Zhou Yu, to keep him focused and on track. He sought out the beautiful Daqiao for his wife.
- The Ace: Tremendously successful in his conquests of the lands of Wu, and secured the Undying Loyalty of many powerful generals in the process. All by the age of 16. To say he was one of the most powerful warlords of his time would be an understatement.
- Badass Beard: A goatee, to be exact
- Badass Family: He is member of Sun family.
- Back-to-Back Badasses / Bash Brothers: With Zhou Yu; the novel usually mentions that they're sworn brothers, similar to Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei.
- Battle Couple: With Daqiao.
- Berserk Button: If you defeat Daqiao.
- Composite Character: Historically, after Sun Jian died the control of his army was left to Sun Ben (Ce's cousin) and Ce didn't take control until several years later.
- Decoy Protagonist: In 7 and 8, he's built up as a main protagonist. After his death (or near-death in 8's hypothetical route) the focus shifts to Sun Quan.
- Demoted to Extra: See Sun Quan's entry - Ce's the one who founded Wu, since their father Jian died before that could happen.
- Dual Tonfas: His Weapon of Choice in all other appearances except 6 and 9 where his weapon is a spear and a large guillotine respectively. He even provides the trope's image.
- Dying Moment of Awesome: In 8 and Daqiao's Legend Mode in 4:XL
- Dying to Be Replaced: Subverted in the "what-if" scenarios in 8
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: In Daqiao's Legend Mode for 4: Xtreme Legend
- For Want of a Nail: The games often mention how, had Sun Ce lived to an old age, he might have been the one to unite all of China. Not only was he a more capable leader on the battlefield than Sun Quan, he was also Blood Brothers with Zhou Yu, and with him was a legendary force in battle.
- Averted in the hypotethical route of 8, as he gives up leadership to Quan and happily serves his younger brother.
- Frontline General: In addition for being a leader of Wu, he is also known to be in the frontline in battle.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Daqiao's legend stage in 4:XL
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The games tend to shy away from mentioning the historical Sun Ce's brutal purges of Taoist faiths. Subsequently, the games have to give Historical Villain Upgrade to Gan Ji by changing his motive for attempting to assassinate him.
- Hot-Blooded: The achievement/trophy the players receives for playing a battle as him in 6: Empires describes him as this.
- Hunk: Just like his father, Ce is conventionally handsome and muscular, something that his clothes emphasize.
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Before 7, his name was pronounced as it was spelled. (ie: Sun SAY)
- Opposites Attract: With Zhou Yu and Daqiao. He's fiery compared to his sworn brother and concubine, who were both more quiet and contemplative.
- Playing with Fire: His EX and Musou Attacks in 7 and 8.
- Rasputinian Death: This happens in 7. Despite being made a pin cushion out of multiple arrows to the back, Ce survives the battle and manages to walk to his siblings like nothing happened.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to both Zhou Yu and Sun Quan's blue.
- Self-Made Man: Unlike his father who remains an Almighty Janitor for Yuan Shu until his death, Sun Ce chooses to Take a Third Option. With troops he borrows from Yuan Shu in exchange for the Imperial Seal, he commanded said troops to take back his ancestors' land, Wujun / Jiangdong. With that as a starting point, he becomes a warlord in his own right. It's not until Yuan Shu proclaims himself emperor that Sun Ce decides to cut ties with him once and for all and join the imperial army led by Cao Cao to eliminate Yuan Shu.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the Story Mode of 4 and hypothetical route in 8, assuming the player destroys the source of Gan Ji's magical powers to weaken his death-curse on Sun Ce.
- What Could Have Been (In-Universe): While Sun Quan was no slouch as a leader, given Sun Ce's massive successes at such a young age, many wonder what would have happened had Sun Ce survived and continued leading Wu, and how the Three Kingdoms Era would have been affected as a result.
- You Are Not Alone: Towards Yuan Shu in the latter's story ending when he appeared to be Dying Alone.
- Young and in Charge: Took over from Sun Jian at the age of mere 16.
- Young Conqueror: Read one of his titles. It's "Little Conqueror" for a reason. note
"The Weary Yet Strong Flower"
- "I'm ready to take the fight to the enemy!"
Height: 5'3" (160cm)
Weapon: Twin fans (3-5, 9) Pugil sticks (Strikeforce 2, 7:E-8), Iron fan (7)
Daqiao is the wife of Sun Ce and the older sister of Xiaoqiao. She is a mature, studious, and sensible girl who desires to become stronger. Generally shy and timid, she doesn't like conflict and would normally not want to perpetuate it. She is often contrasted with her more energetic and outgoing sister. Historically, their father was simply known as "Master Qiao from Lujiang" (庐江桥公); he could be Qiao Rui, a general under Yuan Shu note .
- Adapted Out: She's one of the playable characters who was cut off in Dynasty Warriors 6 (she has a cameo in her sister's character artwork). She made a return in Strikeforce 2.
- Barrier Warrior: Her baton moveset in Strikeforce 2 can create a barrier shield.
- Battle Couple: With Sun Ce.
- Berserk Button: In 8, Gan Ji curses Sun Ce to near death and even creates a phantom of him and her sister. This results in a very pissed off Daqiao.Daqiao: [to Gan Ji after cornering him] I don't think I've been this angry in my entire life! Now, get ready to face me!
- Best Her to Bed Her: In 5 and 7, she and Xiaoqiao challenge Sun Ce and Zhou Yu to a set of trials to see if they are worthy.
- Briefer Than They Think: Historically, Daqiao and Sun Ce were married for about four months before Sun's assassination in 200. In addition, during these four months, Sun was still actively fighting, so it was unlikely that the couple actually spent much time together.
- The Cheerleader: Her 7 original costume makes her a majorette.
- Combat Hand Fans: She dual-wields them in all appearances except Strikeforce 2, 7: Empires, and 8, which give her a pair of batons. In 7, she only uses one.
- Cool Big Sis: To Xiaoqiao.
- Despair Event Horizon: 7: Xtreme Legends reveals that she's been skirting the line after Ce's death. She nearly crosses it after the end of the Battle of Chibi, until Xiaoqiao cheers her up.
- Dual Wielding: Her twin fans in 3-5 and pugil sticks in Strikeforce 2, 7:Empires, and 8.
- Girlish Pigtails: Her hairstyle in 8.
- Grapple Move: Her second Musou in 7 and 8.
- Hime Cut: In 7 she has the hair style associated with East Asian noblewoman and it is appropriate considering she is one and otherwise looks the part.
- Lady of War: In contrast to her louder sister, Daqiao remains composed in battle.
- Magic Wand: Uses two pugil sticks as her Weapon of Choice in Strikeforce 2, 7:Empires, and 8.
- Nice Girl: And perhaps too nice even by the game's standard.
- Nice Hat: In 7
- The Ojou: She's wife of founder of Wu and sister-in-law of founding emperor of Wu. According to some historical sources, Sun Quan also respected her as much as he respected Sun Ce and he honored her as his own elder sister.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: "Daqiao" means "Big Qiao", denoting her being the older of the Qiao sisters. Her personal name is unknown.
- Opposites Attract: With Sun Ce, who is more outgoing in contrast to Daqiao's shy.
- Playing with Fire: Her Elemental Orb, jumping charge and True Musou Attack in 5.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has dark hair, and she and her sister are known as two of the most beautiful women in China at the time.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Xiaoqiao's red.
- Reluctant Warrior: But she stills fights.
- Rescue Romance: She and her sister met their husbands when they were saved from wild tigers. In 4, they are rescued from Dong Zhuo.
- She's Got Legs: Especially in her design for 8.
- She Is All Grown Up: Contrast her appearance in games pre-6; Daqiao looks more mature in 7. To emphasize, her character design was given a slight boob lift.
- Shrinking Violet: Taken from a 7 Conquest Mode stageSun Ce: Ah! That was a good workout today! Now let me rest my head on your shoulder.
Daqiao: My lord, stop that! Not while other people are watching!
Sun Ce: Really?! I don't mind!
Daqiao: Well I do!
- Someone to Remember Him By: Her ending narrative in 4:XL mentions that she mothered a daughter after Sun Ce's death and the daughter is married to a minister of Wu (possibly Lu Xun).note
- Tranquil Fury: Daqiao is always the Reluctant Warrior. In 8, we see that there are times that she'd stop being reluctant and readily bullrushes to the battlefield to protect her beloved. Not even Zhou Yu can stop her.
- This Is Unforgivable!: In 4: Xtreme Legends after Sun Ce is killed by Xu Gong's loyalists.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Xiaoqiao's tomboy.
- Violently Protective Wife: In 8, once Gan Ji curses Sun Ce (see above). Also in Battle of Xia Kou for 5, only if you choose to face Gan Ning as Daqiao where she declares she won't let him hurt Sun Ce (who is sick at the time).
- Widow Woman: Since Sun Ce dies fairly early in most versions of the story, Daqiao is a widow for most of a given game. She tends to slip Out of Focus at about this time.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: A mature lady so devoted to her husband she follows him to the battlefield.
"The Innocent Flower"
- "Ehehe, I promise to do my best!"
Height: 5'3" (160cm)
Weapon: Twin fans (3-6, 8:E-), Iron fan (7-8)
Xiaoqiao is the wife of Zhou Yu and the younger sister of Daqiao. She is a carefree and cheerful girl who is gutsier than her sister when hopping into action. Not one to fume over details, she takes the honest and straightforward path in battle.
Although she's a capable fighter, her lack of restraint lands her in trouble and she often needs rescuing. Her snappy tongue can sometimes be blunt and offensive, which usually earns her sister's chiding. She acts more childishly than her sister and often takes offense when others point out her immaturity. Historically, their father was simply known as "Master Qiao from Lujiang" (庐江桥公); he could be Qiao Rui, a general under Yuan Shu note .
- Badass Adorable: Cute as a button, but get on her wrong side at your own peril.
- Bare Your Midriff: In 7.
- Battle Couple: With Zhou Yu.
- Berserk Button: Calling her a little girl would really have pissed her off as Yu Jin finds out the hard way.
- Best Her to Bed Her: In 5 and 7, she and Daqiao challenges Zhou Yu and Sun Ce to a set of trials to see if they're worthy.
- Big Sister Worship: Towards Daqiao.
- Blow You Away: Her prior twin fans moveset contain many wind-based attacks.
- Bratty Half-Pint: She even acts this way to Nobunaga Oda in the crossover. A pint-sized girl half his height tells off the Demon King; fortunately, he finds her amusing.
- Color Motif: From 7 onward, she is associated with the color orange, which makes her unique (but still related) among other Wu officers who are all associated with red.
- Combat Hand Fan: Her Weapon of Choice and unlike her sister, she always wields them. In 7 and 8, she only carries one, while others have her dual wield.
- Dual Wielding: From 3 to 6 and again in 8:Empires and 9.
- Friend to All Living Things: Shes an animal lover and gets easily distracted whenever she sees one much to the chagrin of his sister.
- Girlish Pigtails: In 7.
- Happily Married: To Zhou Yu. Unlike her sister, Xiaoqiao was married to Zhou for at least a decade.
- Insult Backfire: When Zhang He calls her a little girl, Xiaoqiao fights back by telling him that he looks like a little girl.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Like her sister, Qiao is the surname, while "Xiao" denotes she's the younger of the two. Neither of their given names are recorded so they are referred to as "Daqiao" and "Xiaoqiao" as if they're names.
- Opposites Attract: With Zhou Yu. She's energetic compared to her husband, who was more quiet and contemplative.
- The Ojou: Similar with her sister, she's closely related to the Sun royal family. According to some historical sources, Sun Quan also respected her as much as he respected Zhou Yu.
- Playing with Fire: Her EX and Musou Attacks in 7 and onwards
- Plucky Girl: Far more energetic and, well, plucky than her sister.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's the feisty red to Daqiao's blue.
- Rescue Romance: She and her sister met their husbands when they were saved from wild tigers in 3 and Dong Zhuo in 4.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: With Zhou Yu.
- Short Tank: Often wears shorts to reflect her energetic, slightly more tomboyish personality.
- Token Mini-Moe: In all games except for 6 and 9, where she appeared as a young lady instead of a young girl.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to her sister's girly girl.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Unlike Daqiao, the game never truly shows what happened to Xiaoqiao after her husband's death and how she reacted to this.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 4
"The Quiet Blade"
- "I come to serve."
Died: (Unknown) note
Style Name: Youping
Onyomi: Shū Tai "Yōhei"
Height: 6'7" (200cm)
Weapon: Miaodao (4-5, 7-), Dao (6)
Zhou Tai is known in the Wu Kingdom as Sun Quan's personal bodyguard, after saving his life in the Battle for Wu Province. He is a calm warrior who is merciless to his foes, only talks when necessary and prefers action. His hard-to-approach and taciturn demeanor belie a sincerely kind and loyal man of Wu. The third of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao to be playable.
- Anachronism Stew: His fighting style is Iaijutsu, something associated with a weapon that shouldn't exist yet. On top of that, the Miaodao is also a weapon that was inspired by the katana.
- Badass Baritone: A very deep voice. His curt demeanor does not help matters.
- Battle Butler: for Sun Quan.
- Beige Prose: How he speaks.
- Commonality Connection: With Xingcai in Warriors Orochi 4 since they're both bodyguards to their Emperors. However, the common thing they have together is coping and dealing with the alcoholism of their close ones (Sun Quan and Zhang Fei).
- Covered with Scars: One across his eye, and a bunch more along his upper body. When he asks you what your hobbies are in Conquest Mode of 7, he'll look rather hurt if you answer with "Counting the number of scars on your body".
- In the novel and historically, he received them while single-handedly fighting off a troop of soldiers to protect a young Sun Quan during the defense of Xuancheng County. He survives the battle, but has to endure several months of surgery and scars seemingly remain on his body for the rest of his life.
- This gets a Call-Back via Noodle Incident, when during a "free time", a drunk Quan attempts to count out said scars, and nearly did so until Lianshi stopped that and scolded him. The ironic thing here is that historically, Zhou Tai himself was the one who answered the questions of his listeners pertaining to his scars. That part basically cemented his respect within the Wu army for life.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite being from Wu, where red is the faction color, and an honorable and loyal man, his outfit's colors are mostly black, he's covered in scars and speaks in a frightening taciturn manner.
- Demoted to Extra: His role as Sun Quan's bodyguard gets overtaken more by Lianshi in 7, though given the amount of shipping Wu's Story Mode does for Quan and Lianshi, this is justified, especially when the ending makes them an Official Couple. This is somewhat mitigated in 7: Xtreme Legends with his Hero Scenario in Legend Mode, and then fully defied in 8, where both he and Lianshi get a fair share of screentime and playable stages of being Quan's bodyguard.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: The closest thing you can have to one in Ancient China.
- Grapple Move: His first charge attack in 4 and his standing Musou in 7 and 8.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: He prefers to hide his Nice Guy traits, and every other times, he acts The Stoic.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner:
- Compared to other examples, Zhou Tai's variation of it tends to be one of the more realistic portrayals, save for his original C3 chain prior to 6 and 7.
- He also shows the quicker-shades of this with his original Combination Art 1 Type Action in the first two Warriors Orochi games (plus Z; and which reappears in Warriors Orochi 3/Musou Orochi 2 in a slower yet stronger form) and his midair Type Action in 3.
- His weapons' theme namings are pretty much associated to split moments in time in nod to this; while his two weapons are named "Dawn" and "Dusk" (nods to the moments the sun appears at the horizon), there's also his "Setsuna" (the Buddhist term for an instant).
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A former pirate who wields katana-like sword and dresses like a Black Knight but also not evil.
- Pirate: Formerly, though it's only mentioned in his backstory and never discussed as much as Gan Ning. This mainly applies to his novel counterpart only.
- Rated M for Manly: A muscular, heavily scarred, and stone-faced former pirate who can slice up hundreds of soldiers with lightning-fast sword strokes. He satisfies the Rule of Cool and then some.
- The Stoic / The Quiet One: He rarely speaks and often has stoic expression.
- Weapon of Choice: In most appearances, it's a miaodao, a narrow Chinese sabre. In 6, he wields a regular dao.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 5
"The Lovable Sarcastic"
- "I suppose I can muster up the strength for another battle."
Died: 217 or 237
Style Name: Gongji
Onyomi: Ryō Tō "Kōseki"
Height: 6'2" (187cm)
Weapon: Nunchaku (5, 7, 9), Ji (6), Sanjiegun (6:S, 8)
Ling Tong is the son of Ling Cao, who in combat, died at the hands of Gan Ning. He then swore revenge against Gan Ning, even when he became a comrade in Wu. They saved each other many times and ended up befriending each other.
He is an intelligent yet sarcastic vassal of Wu. He doesn't break a sweat under pressure, which makes him seem rather relaxed compared to his comrades. However, he's easily irritated by his enemies and often wants to end battles in a quick and efficient manner. He's willing to follow any orders even if it means collaborating with Gan Ning. The fourth of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao to be playable.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Sometimes with Gan Ning.
- Beauty Mark: Has one on his right cheek.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: His characterization in 6 and onwards. Lampshaded in one of his enemy officer defeated quotes.Ling Tong: Wow! Someone is even lazier than I am.
- Deadpan Snarker: His vocal interpretation in 6
- Embarrassing Rescue: Gan Ning shows up to save him a few times. Due to the bad blood between them that eventually mellows into Worthy Opponent status, Ling Tong absolutely hates the rescues.
- Fighting with Chucks: His Weapon of Choice is nunchaku in his debut which was replaced with a spear in 6 and settled on a sansetsukon (three-section rod) in 6: Special. He gets them back in 7, but trades them for the sansetsukon for 8. In 9, the nunchaku returns as his weapon.
- Grapple Move: His first Musou from 7.
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Gan Ning, who is more than 10 years his senior.
- Lightning Bruiser: Extremely fast, to the point of being a Game-Breaker in skilled hands for 5.
- Playing with Fire: Like most Wu officers, his EX and Musou Attacks are all imbued with fire.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Gan Ning's Red.
- Revenge: Averted. Despite expressing unease with working with Gan Ning, he never expresses any interest in avenging his father. His historical-self still fits this however, but see Teeth-Clenched Teamwork below.
- Tall, Dark, and Snarky: He's 187cm, one of the tallest pretty boys in the series.
- The Resenter: Hates Gan Ning for killing his father, though it grew into a Friendly Rivalry later on. It stuck on historically for Ling Tong.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Gan Ning until the end (or near the end) of his story path in 5.
- In some games, their in-battle quotes indicate they're Vitriolic Best Buds , as a nod to their growing friendship in the novel.
- Massively subverted and played straight with the teeth-clenched example in that historically, Ling Tong never forgave Gan Ning for the death of his father, even up until Ling Tong's own death.
- Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Downplayed with this portrayal of him. While he's merely a Deadpan Snarker as explained above, the historical Ling Tong was actually a very kind person and polite sweetheart; despite his historical grudge towards Gan Ning, it never got in the way of his more important tasks or spoil his mood.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 7
"The Scariest Face in Wu"
- "Even the bleakest battlefield has its own aesthetic beauty."
Style Name: Chengyuan
Onyomi: Tei Hō "Shō'en"
Height: 6'11" (210cm)
Weapon: Gauntlets (7, 9), Vada chakra (7:E-8)
A military general who served under Wu during the late Three Kingdoms era, Ding Feng is known as a brave warrior and skilled strategist. Despite his frightful appearance, he is a poet and lover of beauty. The fifth of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao to be playable.
- Badass Baritone: Just to match his very scary build. His English VA has a somewhat softer approach though.
- Badass Longcoat: He has one in 8.
- The Big Guy: Type 5; in addition to being a refined intellectual, ''he can beat you into the ground and throw you into orbit".
- Cultured Badass: He is a poet, as well as a badass.
- Expy: Kind of a stretch - fights with Good Old Fisticuffs and historically did end up being absorbed with his fortunes that he made losses for Wu (and to be honest, he was the strategist during Wu's "decline" after Lu Xun's departure, though it's not entirely his fault). Now examine his hair; yep, if Zhang He is to Vega/Balrog/Claw, then Ding Feng could very well be Balrog/M. Bison/Boxer. However, Ding Feng becomes less of this in 7: Empires, due to changing his weapon to a giant ring blade (he still has Balrog's Tyson-ish haircut, however).
- Face of a Thug: And he's rather sensitive about it.
- Genius Bruiser/Gentle Giant: He might look menacing, but loves scenery and is a poet, as well as a gifted strategist (obviously, given the section he's in). Amusingly, discovering this just tends to freak people out more.
- Giftedly Bad: Despite being a legit Genius Bruiser, his poetry is actually lousy. Nobody quite has the heart to tell him. This isn't mentioned much in 8 though.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: One of his most famous deeds in the source material, wounding Zhang Liao via Annoying Arrows (who died of his injuries later), didn't happen in real life- Zhang Liao in Real Life died of illness following the Battle of Dongkou.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Often played as one in the later Wu era in Jin's story mode. Furthermore, he's the only Wu playable character while the other Wu generals are just random generics. Note that at the time, many Wu leaders are not as good as their predecessors.
- Large and in Charge: After executing one of his strategems in 8, enemies run in fear from "a man the size of a bear" ambushing them on the heights.
- Long-Lived: According to his in-game bio, he served Wu for approximately 70 years. note
- One Steve Limit: Averted. His thus-far generic-officer brother is also named Ding Feng (his Feng being a different Chinese character), confusingly.
- Purple Prose: Frequently engages in it, much to the bewilderment and annoyance of all who meet him.
- Sibling Team: With the other Ding Feng.
- Super Strength: As a function of favoring the gauntlets.
- Warrior Poet: A primary character trait. While not terrible, his enthusiasm largely outstrips his talent.
- Weapon of Choice: Uses a pair of armored gauntlets identical to Meng Huo's. Interestingly, both are the tallest characters in the game at 6'11" (210cm). He uses the ring blade beginning with 7: Empires
- Younger Than They Look: The last hero of late Wu, despite looking older than half its roster.
"The Beautiful Guardian"
- "There are some problems that can only be resolved by the sword."
Height: 5'5" (165cm)
Weapon: Crossbow (7-8), Deer Horn knives (8:E-9)
Lianshi serves under Sun Shangxiang as one of her armed maids. A member of a once wealthy and prominent family that has fallen from grace, she trained to become a warrior, and is capable enough to protect herself and her lady.
Also known as Lady Bu and Bu Lianshi, in history she was known for her beauty and good character and was one of Sun Quan's concubines. With her many excellent qualities, she was his favorite and he named her his Empress after her death.
- Absolute Cleavage: Heavily present in her design in 8 and 9. Interestingly, it's very much reigned in compared to her Stripperiffic original outfit which has a Impossibly-Low Neckline and a Dangerously Short Skirt.
- Automatic Crossbows: Her Weapon of Choice in 7 until 8. Played with when some of her charged attacks with the crossbow ends with her pulling it back to reload.
- Battle Couple: With Sun Quan.
- Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: With Sun Quan in 7, when Quan mourned his brother's death in preparation for another battle.
- Composite Character: Probably, as she combines aspects of Sun Quan's concubine Lady Bu, one of Shangxiang's lady-in-waiting (there's no record saying they're historically the same person) and possibly her clansman Bu Zhi, who was an important official and general in Wu.
- Demoted to Extra: Her buddying romance and presence as Sun Quan safe heaven is noticeably underplayed in 8 when compared to 7; most, if not all, development between Lianshi and her lord is played off-screen with Privates telling you how their relationship is going during Camp conversations, even on Camp conversations Lianshi and Sun Quan barely interact due both not being present at the same time in the majority of the levels. Likewise, in 8:XL, there is no scenario where Lianshi was playable and involved, she had to get her special weapon via Free Mode.
- Dual Wielding: She drops her crossbow in favor of a pair of luijao dao (deer horn knives) in 8:E and 9.
- Guns Akimbo: Her Aerial Musou Attack when she still had her crossbow.
- Everyone Can See It: Her affections for Sun Quan; Shangxiang encourages it. In 8, a Red Shirt during the Battle of Liang Province also ships them.
- Foil: With Wei's Zhenji. Both are their respective factions' Ms. Fanservice, Empresses (both made posthumously), and are devoted to their husbands. However, while Zhenji is a haughty Rich Bitch who has been a noble since her beginning, Lianshi is a caring and compassionate Team Mom for Wu, and didn't start out a wealthy noble, but a bodyguard for Shangxiang. They came to blows in Zhenji's Legend Stage for 7: Xtreme Legends due to this, (or sorts, anyways: Zhen wipes the floor with her). In 8, however, Lianshi's rivalry is switched to Wang Yi.
- Healing Hands: In 7 and 8, her alternate Musou has her create a rain of arrows mixed with water which heals herself and nearby allies.
- Impoverished Patrician: According to camp gossip, she's a member of a once wealthy and prominent family that has fallen from grace before she became Sun Shangxiang's bodyguard and her brother's lover.
- Lap Pillow: Sun Quan rests his head on her lap in the ending of the Wu's Story Mode in 7. This confirms that the two became the Official Couple.
- Long-Lived: In-game only, she's present at Dong Zhuo and Sun Jian's quelling of the rebellion in Liang shortly after Yellow Turban Rebellion, and still alive and kicking ass for Wu in Jin storyline, long after her husband's death.
- Making a Splash: Her EX and Musou Attacks are Water-based.
- Mama Bear: As a nurturing-type, if anyone harms those under her protection, just see how her 'Enemy Officer Defeated' quote says it:Lianshi: I will slay any who threaten those under my care!
- Ms. Fanservice: In her first appearance, she suffered from simultaneous Gainaxing and a Panty Shot whenever she took a step.
- My Eyes Are Up Here: A subtle one in her Legend Mode for 7: Xtreme Legends. Sun Quan approaches and holds her arms, asking if she's alright, only to back away and apologize. It could be about him being sorry for a rash action, or possibly due to him looking at her chest while doing so.
- Nice Girl: According to historical sources, she was known to be very accepting towards Sun Quan's other wives and she did not show any signs of jealousy towards their position. In the games, she's the gentle and nurturing Team Mom for most of Wu.
- Ninja Maid: For Sun Shangxiang and later Sun Quan, before becoming his Love Interest.
- Official Couple: with Sun Quan.
- Older Than She Looks: She was already a buxom beauty when Sun Jian ruled Wu. During the Jin storyline she's probably one of the oldest members of the cast.
- Rags to Riches: From the last daughter of an impoverished family to Sun Shangxiang's Ninja Maid to Sun Quan's closest companion and lover.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: To complement her "classical" good looks.
- Ship Tease: With Sun Quan; moves into Official Couple territory at the end of Wu's Story Mode.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Historically died before Sun Quan and was made Empress posthumously. But in the games, she outlives him and ends up as one of the few Wu officers still alive during the Jin campaigns, appearing constantly throughout that storyline. This is probably to pad out Wu's largely lacking "younger generation" roster.
- Shadow Archetype: To Wang Yi, who's something of a dark mirror to her devotion to the Sun family. Wang Yi is someone who lost everything she wanted to protect and turned into an extremely bitter woman, something that Lianshi worries might well happen to her if she fails in her duties as a bodyguard.
- Strong Family Resemblance: In Blast, one of her daughters, Sun Luyu, looks a lot like her.
- Team Mom: She basically takes care and gives support to many Wu officers so they can perform their duties well. Word of God stated was that she was meant to invoke this design of being one of the more mature ladies in the cast.
- This Is Unforgivable!: In the Wu hypothetical route for 8, when she sees Wang Yi callously trick the Shu army to attack Wu by spreading rumors about Sun Shangxiang "turning traitor". This is the only time Lianshi is completely pissed.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to her mistress's tomboy.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Via Noodle Incident. A camp conversation in 8 mentions how a drunk Sun Quan (trying to loosen off) attempts to count the numbers of scars on Zhou Tai's body. Lianshi comes in to give Quan a gigantic scolding. It gets a Call-Back in Cheng Pu's ending via Funny Background Event.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8
- "May my efforts help restore peace to the land."
Style Name: Zijing
Onyomi: Ro Shuku "Shikei"
Height: 6'3" (190cm)
An advisor of Wu, Lu Su is the vice-strategist of Zhou Yu. After Zhou Yu's death, he becomes the Head Advisor, and eventually named Lu Meng his successor.
- Adaptational Badass: In the novel, Lu Su was a passive Nice Guy intermediary between Zhou Yu and Zhuge Liang before the Battle of Chibi. Here, he can dish it as well as he can think. Justified in that the historical Lu Su was much more badass than you'd think.
- Badass Bookworm: He is a strategist and a playable character. He's even said to have trained his own army from a couple of needy farmers during his early years.
- Dishing Out Dirt: He can throw chunks of the ground directly in front of him at the enemy, ranging from simple dirt, sand, grass mounds and rocks to chunks of a boat's deck.
- Gardening-Variety Weapon: His Weapon of Choice is a nine-pronged rake of the same kind as Zhu Bajie.
- Hunk: Just like Sun Jian, Lu Su's good looks are much manlier than those of the average protagonist in this series.
- An Ice Person: Or chunks of ice.
- Improbable Weapon User: He uses a rake in battle.
- Nice Guy:
- The game goes beyond that - Lu Su believes in the bigger picture and thinks that maintaining peace with Shu is important for Wu's future. Naturally, preventing his death is one of the prerequisites to enter the hypothetical route (that is, not letting things go to hell, forcing Wu to betray Shu).
- In Shu's Hypothetical Outcome of Fan Castle, Lu Su is not pleased that Lu Meng and Lu Xun decide to go Combat Pragmatist and betray their allies, but he agrees to give a good sport for Shu just so these two are satisfied that allying with them is still a good long-term strategy.
- This applies even to the historical Lu Su, who was willing to use his riches and skills to help out and train men all around his ravaged nation, and even made an army out of them solely because he wanted to; he even offered food to Zhou Yu when he and his army were passing by despite the two being complete strangers to each other at the time. Historically, he was even nice to Pang Tong, who was serving under Liu Bei, his liege's potential rival. note
- Nice Hat: Just look at the picture.
- Spared by the Adaptation:
- In Wu's historical route, Lu Su dies before Fan Castle. In Shu's hypothetical route, Lu Su survives past his historic death and leads the Wu forces. Since this is a route where everything had gone right and Lu Su was beneficial to the reformation of Wu and Shu's alliance, Lu Su survives.
- In his hypothetical DLC scenario, he outlives his historical death and becomes instrumental in stopping Sun Quan and Lu Meng from killing Guan Yu at Fan Castle in order to keep the Wu-Shu alliance intact and focus on stopping Wei.
- The Strategist: Successor to Zhou Yu and predecessor to Lu Meng, and is instrumental in the planning of the Battle of Chibi.
- Team Dad: A very easy-going guy, as well as a bit of fatherly figure to Lu Meng.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Probably the tallest out of all advisors in the game.
- Truth in Television: Historically, he was described as "tall and physically strong".
- "The name's Han Dang. Please don't forget it."
Style Name: Yigong
Onyomi: Kan Tō "Gikō"
Height: 5'8" (172cm)
Weapon: Short ji
One of the veterans of Wu, in the same vein as Huang Gai, Han Dang served under the first three generations of the Sun leaders. One of his notable accomplishments is, during the Battle of Chibi, he rescued a drowning Huang Gai after the latter was thrown into the sea after successfully executing the fire attack. The sixth of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao to be playable.
- Almighty Janitor: Gives off this feel, given that he's an experienced veteran who's just gotten PC status in 8 and acts like he's still a NPC.
- Ascended Extra: One of the most recurring Wu NPCs to a full-fledged playable character. Hilariously, he thinks he's still an extra.
- Attention Whore: Desperate to be noticed. Though it is justified.
- Berserk Button: In 8, if you encountered him as enemy when you're alone, he will exclaim how you've got some nerve to stand out like that.
- Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is the short pike, previously a weapon in 7 and used for pre-made character Hua Xiong in 7: Empires.
- Blood Knight: As shown in his "Reason for Fighting" quote.Han Dang: It's the thrill of the fight that I enjoy. I just can't stop after experiencing that.
- Butt-Monkey: On the receiving end of quite a few jokes about his insecurity over feeling like an extra. Gets upped to eleven when even Wu's own mooks can't even remember his name.
- Charge Attack: His Power Attacks can become much more powerful by holding down the corresponding button for a few seconds and releasing it.
- Cool Old Guy: So long as his peccadilloes don't get in the way.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Despite being a veteran, Han Dang often feels he's being forgotten or passed on from being assigned important duties. He shows surprise when he's picked to execute the fire attack in the Battle of Yi Ling note .
- Earn Your Happy Ending: In his ending in 9, he finally gets recognition he always wanted.
- Eyes Always Shut: Or at least, Eyes Always Squinting.
- The Generic Guy: To his utter horror, he feels he might be like this. Ironically, his terrified desire to be memorable is the most memorable thing about him...
- Glory Seeker/I Just Want to Be Special: His aim is to have something to remember him by. In the novel, the best he did was being "the man who saved Huang Gai from drowning at Chibi".
- Grapple Move: His aerial Musou in 8. Also headbutts the enemy while at it.
- Tall Poppy Syndrome: In the middle of battles, if the player's character is doing well, instead of complimenting them he will angrily snap for them to stop drawing attention away from him, before shamefully apologizing. Unless the player character is "superior", where Han Dang will instead praise them how they know to get people's attention.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends
- "I am the one that will light the way forward for our kingdom!"
Style Name: Yifeng
Onyomi: Shu Zen "Gifū"
Height: 5'6" (168cm)
Weapon: Flame bow (8:XL), Chang gun (9), Sanjiegun (9 DLC)
Praised for his skills as a general, he took part in many important military campaigns including the Battle of Yiling and the defense of Jiangling, and played a part in the capture of the mighty Shu general, Guan Yu.
- Arrows on Fire: His Weapon of Choice in 8:XL is called a "flame bow". Essentially a longbow that shoots and ignites arrows.
- Artistic Age: Just like Lu Xun, he's already in his early forties during the Battle of Yiling.
- Badass Family: Like Lu Xun, his clan was historically one of four clans who dominated Wu Commandery (Wujun). The other two clans are the Zhangs, and the Gus. He is also related to the Sun family via marriage as one of Sun Ce's daughters married his cousin/ genealogical brother Zhu Ji. note
- Bishōnen: The only one of the newcomers from 8:XL.
- The Charmer: He's capable of making men agree with him via just words.
- Difficult, but Awesome: The flame bow moveset lacks any sort of quick crowd control, has very narrow attacks, and makes the character strafe around crazily during the combo. On the other hand, that strafing can be used to dance circles around enemies, and the various charge attacks offer a huge amount of options when used correctly.
- Grapple Move: His Blazing Blockade Musou.
- Homing Projectile: The blazeblow moveset offers a lock-on system, as shown with a flame on each enemy it hits, Zhu Ran's 2nd EX attack is shooting the fire arrows and they will follow and juggle the targets.
- Incendiary Exponent: As Cao Cao is to ambition, as Liu Bei is to benevolence, so is Zhu Ran to arson.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks just like◊ his Japanese VA, Tetsuya Kakihara.
- Playing with Fire: At the Battle of Yi Ling, Zhu Ran is the one who initiates the fire attack. In Warriors Orochi, he often has some roles regarding fire attack. Now that he's a playable character, his weapon is a blaze bow.
- He LOVES setting stuff ablaze, especially enemy troops.
- In the Japanese version, his dialogues are littered with references to fire, even in contexts that have nothing to do with fire. It is probably easier to count his lines that don't refer to fire in some form than the other way around.
- In Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers, Sima Shi asks him on what's so special about fire attacks. Zhu Ran responds that he feels ecstatic when he lights up the fire, which Sima Shi finds it very disturbing and wonders if he's just looking for an excuse to burn things.
- Rain of Arrows: His aerial Musou is basically shooting down a bunch of fire arrows.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Rare Male Example.
- The Resenter: In 7, Zhu Ran initially refuses to obey Lu Xun's orders due to his sudden promotion to head strategist prior to Yi Ling. It grows into a Friendly Rivalry in his playable debut.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the novel, Zhu Ran was killed by Zhao Yun when he pursued Liu Bei. Historically, however, Zhao Yun didn't participate in the Battle of Yiling, and Zhu Ran even outlived Zhao Yun, living up to 249. The games also choose not to reflect the novel in this regard, and he survives Yiling.
- Wave-Motion Gun: His Conflagration Arrow Musou.
Debuting in Dynasty Warriors 9
- "Glory to Wu!"
Style Name: Demou
Onyomi: Ten Fu "Tokubō"
Height: 5'11" (180cm)
Weapon: Serpent spear
Cheng Pu is one of the veterans of Wu, similar to Huang Gai and Han Dang, who served the Sun family for three generations. He is a brave general who fought often on the front lines but was also a trusted adviser and tactician. Historically, he is one of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao.
- Ascended Extra: He first appeared in the franchise as a generic NPC in Dynasty Warriors 2 and spends eight main games (not yet counting expansions/spin-offs where new characters were introduced) as such before being promoted into a playable character in 9.
- Blade on a Stick: He was known for his "Serpent Spear" and carries it to battle.
- Cool Old Guy: He's the respected old guy that even veterans like Han Dang and Huang Gai (the latter is a fellow old guy himself) show a great deal of respect on. He can dish out a lot at close range.
- Grumpy Old Man: Initially he's like this to a lot of the younger officers, and in particular Zhou Yu. Similar to their relationship in the novel, Cheng Pu is annoyed with Zhou Yu's overconfidence. Though he does appreciate Zhou Yu's talents, he confides to Han Dang that the young people need to understand the true nature of war. His ending, which is set after Zhou Yu's death, shows that Cheng Pu truly cares about him.
- Old Soldier: He's one of Sun Jian's earliest followers and served his two sons as well.
- Spin Attack: One move involves him juggling enemies above him as he spins his spear.
- Took a Level in Kindness: His relationship with Zhou Yu actually improves in the latter's hypothetical scenario with the former realizing that Zhou Yu is passionate and capable of creating the land he envisioned. As a result, Cheng Pu grows irritated with Shu's hidden agendas to the point of savagely dissing Guan Yu for blindly following Liu Bei.
- "You want rational? I'm your man."
Style Name: Wenxiang
Onyomi: Jo Sei "Bunkō"
Height: 6'2" (188cm)
Weapon: Doubled-headed meteor hammer
Xu Sheng is a famous general who served Wu during the early Three Kingdoms period. Renowned as a loyal and courageous leader, he played a key role in the battles at Chibi, Hefei, and in the invasion of Jing. He was known for his "fake towers" ruse which caused Cao Pi to retreat believing Sun Quan knew of his attack and had the city heavily fortified beforehand. Historically, he is one of the 12 Tiger Officials of Jiangbiao.
- Ascended Extra: Like Cheng Pu, Xu Sheng has been in the series since Dynasty Warriors 2. In addition, Dynasty Warriors 8 introduced the battle where Xu Sheng's famous false wall tactic is utilized, while its builder and commander remains a generic.
- Chivalrous Pervert: One of the town quotes has described him to be a gentleman when he saved a woman, and he was loyal when it came to helping Sun Shangxiang and Liu Bei escape. It's a different story with his max hideaway quote that has him and your female character "reach both of our limits [that] we'll be too exhausted to even dream tonight".
- Epic Flail: His Weapon of Choice is the classic double-headed meteor hammer.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a small scar above his right eye. His concept art and artbook picture also has him have lighter scars around his arms, though his render has his scars be almost unnoticeable.
- Hunk: He was described by the director to have "tight-fitting clothes around his muscular body and free-flowing hair" in his design.
- Not So Stoic: In his ending, he stares at the burnt and sunken Wei ships atop of his false wall while Ding Feng comes along and sprout his usual Purple Prose speech where he praises Xu Sheng for his contribution. Then, Xu Sheng bursts into tears and exclaims that he finally got his wish of protecting his home.
- Playing with Fire: As befitting of a Wu general, his EX and Musou attacks set his weapon ablaze.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: There are hints of this from his failure to protect his old hometown note , as well as his desire to protect Wu.
- Sweet Tooth: His teahouse quote implies this.
- "It is not just women who like sweets. So why do I always get laughed at when I order some?"
- The Stoic: A contrast to his more hot-blooded colleagues, he keeps his emotions in check and is more observant to the events around him.
- There's No Place Like Home: In Lu Su's DLC, there is a subplot involving Xu Sheng finally getting his chance to take back Xu Province from the Wei army and succeeding.
- Unknown Rival: With Zhou Tai, due to his past as a pirate. They do become friends in Zhou Tai's ending.
- You Can't Go Home Again: His entire reason and motive for his desire to protect the Wu Kingdom involves having his own home of Xu Province destroyed by Cao Cao's army.