State of Qin
Qin is the home state of our protagonists, located in the northwestern corner of the seven warring states.
- Qin Military
- Qin Government
- Chancellor Ryofui's Faction
- Prince Seikyou's Faction
- Royal Harem
Ying Zheng/Ei Sei
The young king of Qin who bears a striking resemblance to Piao. Later becomes Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor who first unified China.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Seikyou's Cain.
- Child Prodigy: Sei began formulating his vision for a unified China when he was a kid.
- Dark and Troubled Past: He was born in the capital city - Kantan - of the State of Zhao. Unfortunately, he was born to the Qin Crown Prince and his Zhao consort just months after a Qin General had brutally killed off 400000 Zhao POWs. He and his mother thus suffered terribly from All the Other Reindeer because of the Zhao citizens' Revenge attitude and actions taken towards them.
- Death Glare/Thousand-Yard Stare: Sported this expression as a child, though quite understandably, given his own Dark and Troubled Past.
- Defrosting Ice King: Eventually warms up to Shin and Ten as the series progresses.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: His goal to unite China by conquering all its other kingdoms would not pass in today's standards of international relations and law. However, Ei Sei himself in-story states that this course of action is only necessary and possible due to living in the age of constant conflict that is Warring States-era China.
- Freudian Excuse: The reveal of his Dark and Troubled Past, combined with his court constantly trying to stab him in the back are the major factors responsible for him being a guarded Perpetual Frowner when the series starts.
- Foregone Conclusion: Ei Sei will eventually become the historic First Emperor of China.
- Historical Hero Upgrade: The real Qin Shi Huang was far more ruthless and tyrannical according to near-contemporary historical sources, as opposed to his more sympathetic portrayal in the Kingdom manga. This is, however, a case of Tropes Are Not Bad - as readers are unlikely to root for Ei Sei if he were depicted just like his historical counterpart.
- King Incognito: Is this very briefly to Xin, before he learns his true identity.
- Magnetic Hero: That Leadership score isn't just for show. Sei is an absolute master of the Rousing Speech, breathing life back to the Sai militia over and over to the utter astonishment of Riboku.
- Parental Neglect: When his father became the King of Qin, he left Ei Sei and his mother back in the enemy territory of Zhao. The constant stress of and struggle to survive eventually caused his mother to snap under pressure and so end up abusing him herself.
- The Stoic: In contrast to Xin.
- Sliding Scaleof Idealism Vs Cynicism: Unshakably idealistic.
- Young Future Famous People: He's a younger (specifically teenaged) Qin Shi Huangdi, - at this time only King of Qin - who will later become the infamous First Emperor of China. Discussed outright in Chapter 48.
Chang Wen Jun/Shoubunkun
A loyal supporter of Sei. He later becomes the Chancellor of the Left.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: He is shown to be both a capable politician and still being able to lead soldiers in the field, but he's far from the level of Great Generals as Wang Qi, or political masterminds such as Li Mu.
- Parental Substitute: He is the closest Zheng has to a caring parent at the moment.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Used to be this with Wang Qi. Still has his moments occasionally.
Chang Wen Jun's subordinate. He acts as a big brother of sorts towards Xin.
- Amazon Chaser: Seems to be infatuated with Yotanwa.
- Badass Normal: Unlike Xin and his group, he has no special flashy traits or superhuman displays of power. He makes up with hard work and determination.
- Big Brother Mentor: Considers Xin to be his little brother. Xin often calls him "big brother".
- Determinator: During the fight with Zuo Ci, he shows levels of this that rival Xin's.
- His special trait according to the author's notes is Hard Worker.
- Even getting hit by arrows during the first Qin-Zhao battle won't keep him from commanding his troops.
- Distressed Dude: Poor Heki is often seen falling for the enemy leader's schemes.
- Nice Guy
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Even though he's a rather competent officer, his deeds get constantly overshadowed by Xin's.
Xin's best friend. He too aims to become a renowned general throughout the world. Ends up working in the Qin palace as Zheng's body double, but dies at the hands of an assassin hired by the Cheng Jiao Faction.
- Body Double: For Zheng.
- Identical Stranger: Hence the Body Double.
- Killed Off for Real
- Plot-Triggering Death
A group of Qin officials in service of Lu Buwei. Most prominent among them are his "Four Pillars", his most trusted servants.
The chancellor of Qin and the real power behind the Qin Kingdom. Ryofui was a former merchant who used his wealth to place Sei's father on the throne, and since then he has been the most powerful man in the kingdom and Sei's greatest personal obstacle. His vision for China is that of a capitalist state where Qin is its economic mecca and therefore indispensable, and through bringing great wealth to China bring peace to the warring states.
- Affably Evil: He's genuine about his desire to take down Zheng, but he's also polite and friendly, especially towards his subordinates.
- Ambition Is Evil
- Born In A Wrong Century
- Big Bad: of Act 1, the power struggle between Sei and Ryofui.
- The Chessmaster
- Everyone Has Standards: He never touches state funds to finance his political ambitions. He uses his money and his money only.
- Evil Chancellor
- The Gambler: Likes to make allusions to gambles, especially when the situation is dire.
- I Like Those Odds: During the Qin Invasion, he considers 20% to be a good gamble at victory.
- Graceful Loser: Even when completely defeated, he is never shown to lose control of his emotions.
- Hidden Depths: He is a visionary statesman who is way, way, way ahead of his time.
- Hypocrite: He tells Zheng that, he plans on using nonviolent means in order to conquer the land. While staging a violent coup d´etat on the royal family.
- Kavorka Man: The Queen Mother is absolutely crazy for him.
- Large and in Charge: He is no small man.
- Manipulative Bastard: If there's some machinations going on in the Qin court, one can bet Ryofui is involved. He had Seikyou, Sei's brother and one of his strongest supporters assassinated while making it appear as though he was planning a coup. Even the Empress Dowager, with her plan to have the State of Ai conquer Kanyou by entering with the Royal Seal, was only playing in his hand.
- Moral Myopia: He is stunned to hear that Ousen wants to rule a kingdom on his own.
- Perpetual Smiler: It's very hard to wipe that smile off his lips.
- Stroke the Beard: Often seen doing this, like in Chinese period dramas.
- Sliding Scaleof Idealism Vs Cynicism: Fiercely on the cynical side, believing Man to be naturally greedy and selfish.
- Smug Snake: Borderline case. He does live up to his huge self-esteem most of the time, but the few times he is outplayed, it takes him a while to grasp the situation.
One of the Four Pillar's of Lu Buwei. He has the reputation of currently being the strongest warrior in all of Qin. He's also the father of Meng Tian and Mouki and the son of Meng Ao.
- Badass Family
- The Brute or The Big Guy: Easily the strongest of Lu Buwei's Four Pillars. With the Four Pillars dissolving with the defeat of Ryofui, he now holds the position of The Big Guy amongst Qin's generals.
- Carry a Big Stick
- Character Development: While he was always talented at warfare, Moubu was initially impulsive and looked down on strategy, believing himself unstoppable and Great General Ouki a relic of the past. A crushing defeat in Bayou and witnessing Ouki's might triggers a great change within him, calming his spirit and causing him to gain great respect for the fallen Great General.
- Defeating the Undefeatable: Slew Kanmei, an undefeated monster who defeated one of the 6 Great Generals and held the greatest service record in China, cementing his promotion to Great General.
- Determinator: His fight during the first Qin-Zhao battle led to him being pin-cushioned with arrows, as well as losing his horse, and he still wouldn't give in.
- Difficult, but Awesome: During the Coalition War, Meng Wu uses the Assault Echelon, a rare tactic that few Generals have the ability to pull off because so few lack the skill to keep up the momentum. Thanks to his monstrous strength, he can command his troops into using this strategy, which allows him to defeat the enemy commander.
- Dumb Muscle: Ouki initially considers him to be this, but quickly changes his mind when Moubu displays a great understanding of the battlefield. Moubu isn't so much incapable of strategy but rather simply prefers a straightforward approach.
- Fatal Flaw: Moubu's inferiority complex to Ouki and the 6 Great Generals causes him to impulsively charge into a trap to avoid losing his chance of claiming Houken's head to Ouki, which ultimately costs Qin the battle of Bayou.
- Four-Star Badass
- Hot-Blooded: Switches between this and The Stoic.
- The Juggernaut: In military terms. Once his army gets charging, they absolutely cannot be stopped.
- Large and in Charge: One of the largest characters in the series.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Had a reputation for this. His witnessing of Wang Qi's death led to him changing his ways.
- Libation for the Dead: Upon the death of his father Mougou, reminiscing of their past.
- Papa Wolf: Though he doesn't show it, he does cares for his sons. Kanmei found this out the hard way.
- Perpetual Frowner: In contrast to father and eldest son, who both smiles a lot.
- Punch-Clock Villain: Besides his affiliation with Ryofui, he is a loyal servant of Qin. He ultimately proves to be little underling at all, valuing his military exploits far more than Ryufui's politicking.
- Unstoppable Rage: Goes ballistic on Kanmei after the latter cuts down Mouten. He then proceeds to cleave off part of Kanmei's face before smashing his head in.
- World's Strongest Man: Strives to be this. After defeating Great General Kanmei he may well hold the title, the other contender for it being Houken.
Chang Ping Jun/Shouheikun
One of the Four Pillars of Lu Buwei. A genius strategist as well as the later Qin Minister of the Right..
- Biseinen: Handsomeness: 95!
- The Chessmaster: Qin's best strategist. As the Head of Military Affairs, Qin's warfare begins with him, and it his manipulations and strategies that allowed Qin to defeat the coalition army and place Zhao, Wei and Han in critical positions.
- Childhood Friends: with Moubu.
- The Dragon or Number Two: Lu Buwei's highest-ranking supporter.
- Genius Bruiser: He is no slouch on the battlefield- he is, generrously speaking, on the same level as Moubu in combat and an equal strategist to Riboku.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick
- HeelFace Turn: Sides with Sei over Ryofui during the Rou Ai Rebellion.
- Noble Demon: When it really matters, he is willing to put Qin above the faction struggles. He lends crucial aid to Sai during the coalition army invasion against Ryofui's wishes, and warned Karyo Ten of the Rou Ai plot just in time for the Hi Shin to make a difference.
- Perpetual Frowner: He hasn't smiled ONCE so far.
- Punch-Clock Villain: He is allied with Ryofui only because he believes it is the best course for Qin. He begins to turn towards the king's faction as Sei's personal virtues becomes apparent.
- The Strategist: One of the very best among them.
One of the Four Pillars of Lu Buwei. His forte lies in domestic administration. An expert in the philosophical doctrine of Legalism.
- A Day in the Limelight: When Shoubunkun approaches him in prison for advice.
- Evil Genius or Smart Guy: Of Lu Buwei's faction.
- HeelFace Turn: After defeat, he was convinced by Shoubunkun to serve Sei after learning he intends to impose rule of law on the unified China.
- Informed Ability: So far, he hasn't shown much of his administrative skills.
- Perpetual Frowner
- Punch-Clock Villain
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Does this to a minor official who tells him about Lu Buwei's change in plans concerning the Queen Dowager.
One of the Four Pillars of Lu Buwei. A masterful ambassador.
- Ambadassador: While he has the lowest combat stat of any character shown so far (a measly 3), he is also among the best diplomats in all of China.
- The Charmer: He is not above making use of his many positive relationships with rulers of other countries such as the King of Qi.
- Cool Old Guy: One of the oldest characters shown so far.
- Go Out with a Smile: his greatest and final act is to orchestrate a Qi-Qin non-agression agreement, after which he died silently of a heart attack.
- HeelFace Turn: Sei's words during his confrontation with Ryofui won him over.
- The Chick or The Dark Chick: The physically weakest and oddest out of Lu Buwei's Four Pillars.
- Signature Laugh: Hyohyohyo...
- Perpetual Smiler: In stark contrast to the rest of Lu Buwei's faction.
Younger brother of Mouten and son of Moubu, a strategist woring for Shouheikun.
Shouheikun's vassal and a teacher of strategists.
- Good Hair, Evil Hair: Sports a long, thin mustache, but completely heroic nonetheless.
- Troll: Likes to tease his students or subordinates.
- Bad Boss: When his coup falls apart, most of his lackeys desert him. Inverted with his adult supporters, who are truly loyal to him.
- Character Development: Though still arrogant, he is far less grating after his post-coup exile. Eventually, he grew up to a honorable young man that is worthy of respect and loyalty... only to be tragically killed by Ryofui's machinations.
- Enemy Mine: When Lu Buwei lays claim to the throne in the King's absence, guess who decides to stand in his way.
- Frameup: Ryofui conspired to make it look like he has started another rebellion.
- Perpetual Frowner: As an adult.
- Smug Snake: Is almost always smirking.
- Took a Level in Badass: He eventually grows up to be a competent authority figure.
- Took a Level in Kindness
- Undying Loyalty: In a far cry to how he used to be, a great majority of his vassals as an adult are deeply loyal and follow his dying wish to support Sei's faction.
- Villainous Breakdown: After Rankai is defeated.
- Gentle Giant: While he is still ferocious in battle, he quickly befriends the Mountain Tribesmen after his defeat at their hands.
- Gonk: Barely looks human.
Prince Seikyou's wife and eventually leader of his faction after his death.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: How her relationship with Seikyou started.
- Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: One of the evidence that Seikyou is a changed man is his genuine love for Rui.
- Undying Loyalty: Continues Seikyou's work after his death, to support her brother-in-law Sei.
Queen Dowager Zhao
Zheng's biological mother. The wife of the former King Zhuangxiang.
- Abusive Parent: Towards Zheng. But not towards her children with Lao Ai, whom she truly loves as her own.
- Broken Bird
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Her affair with Lao Ai ended up healing her heart.
- Freudian Excuse: Lu Buwei reminisces that she used to be far nicer before he betrayed her.
- Good Girl Gone Bad
- Royal Harem
Zheng's "attendant of the heart". Mother to his first daughter.
- Determinator: She fought off a serious injury and sleeping pills in order to inform Zheng of his mother and Ryofui's alliance.
- Shrinking Violet: She is rather insecure and shy.
Kou's best friend, fellow palace girl.
- Hidden Depths: Coming from a military family, she has a good awareness of military situations, like during the siege of Kankoku Pass.
- Nice Girl: Befriends Kou even though she's from nobility and Kou isn't.
- Plucky Girl: Bravely chooses to block the path of invaders on horseback to protect Kou and the royal princess. Thankfully, Shin intervenes before she is trampled.
Lao Ai/Rou Ai
- Anti-Villain: Type II. He's not really evil. He just wants to make Queen Dowager Zhao happy.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed
- Flat Character: At first, but eventually subverted when State of Ai arc finally kicks off.
- Hidden Depths: He succeeded in healing the queen's heart.
- Puppet King: As the "ruler" of the rebel state of Ai.
The State of Ai is a rebel faction of Qin led by Lao Ai and the Queen Dowager. In reality is the "ultimate weapon" of Ryofui and his last chance of dethroning Sei as King of Qin. At the king's coming of age ceremony, they launch an ambush of the capital Xianyang with the goal of taking the city and murdering the royal family.
A military leader of the rebel state of Ai.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Watches Roki's execution in anguish as a disguised fugitive.
A military commander under his father Han Oki, tasked with finding and killing the royal family.
- An Arm and a Leg: Shin cuts off his hand before he even gets a word in. It's all downhill for him from that point on.
- Big Bad Wannabe: His arrogance far exceeds his actual martial ability.
- Off with His Head!: His eventual fate.
- Oh, Crap!: When he realized he's been severely outclassed by the very, very angry Shin...
- Psychopathic Manchild: Takes glee in massacring defenseless citizens on his way to the royal harem.
- Smug Smiler: Has a self-assured grin the entire time up until he realizes how deep of a shit he is in.
State of Zhao
Bordering Qin to the east, Zhao is a perennial rival and thorn to the state of Qin.
A legendary general that never lost a battle in his life. In this manga he was the man that out-thought and defeated Wang Qi, the greatest and last of the Six Great Generals in battle. He's the main antagonist of the story, and it's one of Xin's goals to defeat him and avenge Wang Qi's death.
- The Ace: So far, it's shown that he's to be AT LEAST stronger than Shin's 'default state', superior to Ouki in war, equal to the 'advisor of the Warrior King/God' who has unsurpassed knowledge, and his leadership ability is superior to the prince for nearly three hundred chapters until the prince leveled up during the current arc.
- Anti-Villain: In the end, he is only a villain because he serves the wrong side of history.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Defeating Ouki earns him such status he becomes the number one general in Zhao, the Head of Military Affairs and the prime minister.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Bookworm/Genius Bruiser: He was able to push back Xin's strength and have Xin on the defensive in their early spar with ease. His arms were shown to have several hideous and long scars, and were also extremely muscular.
- Badass Bureaucrat
- Big Bad: The primary antagonist of the series and the main obstacle to the fulfillment of Sei's dream.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To the Zhao king.
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Clark Kent Outfit: He has a pretty muscular build under his baggy clothing.
- Combat Pragmatist
- Crazy-Prepared: His main shtick. He will create schemes years in advance and meticulously plans and stacks the deck in his favour. and if he happens to be Out-Gambitted and cornered at his HQ, he will always have Houken by his side to ensure he still wins anyway.
- Covered in Scars
- Dirty Coward: Played with. Riboku's willing admission that he is this trope has never been portrayed as an indication of weakness; in fact, it only further emphasizes just how dangerous an enemy he is. After all, it is exactly because he is willing to use underhanded tactics that he is able to slay Ouki.
- Hero Killer: The most feared opponent of Qin who has been responsible one way of another for virtually all of their major war casualties.
- Historical Badass Upgrade: Inverted. The historical Li Mu remained undefeated all the way till his execution, successfully defeating or fending off any enemy no matter the odds, hence becoming considered one of the 4 greatest generals of the warring states. Kingdom's Riboku has already been defeated in the battle of Sai and faces defeat in Gyou.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: To the Zhao people. A related one-shot reveals that he personally helps the Zhaos rebuild their village—as in, personally teaching them how to evacuate during the bandits' raid, and lifting woods to help the villagers rebuild their houses afterward—despite being a great general.
- The Unfettered: He will do everything to keep his homeland safe.
- What Could Have Been: He was meant to be the main character instead of Xin in the original version of the manga. Sadly, the author want to follow the main history — the tragic ending to Li Mu's story was too horrible to put in.
- Worthy Opponent: Played with. He respects Shin and recognises his potential, but also tells him it is far too early for Shin to challenge him.
- He also praises Duke Hyou for surpassing his understanding when the former manages to crack his Ryuudou.
- He is hated by all of Qin for killing Ouki and leading the Coalition War, but also respected for his sheer talent.
The warrior that appeared out of no where and killed one of the six great generals of Qin, Liao, in the past. Wang Qi avenged Liao and killed him by slashing his face, his falling body getting skewed by nearly a dozen arrows before falling into the depths below. He miraculously survived and joined Zhou six years later.
- Bad Boss:
- He kills any subordinate he doesn't like. While it's not uncommon in the Kingdom universe, the thing about Pang Nuan is that most of the subordinates he kills are actually trying to protect him.
- Houken has no interest in leading troops or winning wars for his country, all he cares about are fights. Riboku recruited him solely because he is a human wrecking ball.
- Blade on a Stick/Hooks and Crooks: Wields a bill spear.
- Hero Killer: He kills Ouki and later Duke Hyou.
- Jerkass: He went into Xin's camp and attempted to kill him merely because he sensed potential in him, believing that it was better to nip it in the bud early so he wouldn't be considered an equal in the future.
- Knight of Cerebus: Not that this series is light or so, but things get very dark whenever Houken gets to appear.
- One-Man Army: He was able to single handily get to Kyou — a great general camp — in spite of it by defended by 2,000 elite soldiers. He single handily destroyed nearly several hundred and would've finished them all off if not for Liao and later Wang Qi's interference.
- He got classified as a B level threat 'general', which is a well above average for a general, just by himself alone with no army.
- Made of Iron: Suffers multiple wounds during the Fei Xin force first Qin vs Zhao battle and still survives.
- Smug Super: His constant constipated face aside, he is by and large the most arrogant antagonist in the story. His arrogance is best exemplified when he loses a duel of strength from Shin. Rather than admit defeat, he pulls back to his cadre of Zhao bodyguards while claiming he'll let Shin to live this day.
- War God
- World's Strongest Man: The strongest in strength according to the author notes.
See: State of Wei
- Combat Pragmatist: Has no qualms shooting a General busy dueling from behind.
A 3000-man commander who aims to become one of Zhao's Three Great Heavens.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Refers to himself with "-sama", and looks down on everybody.
- Foil: The "hot-blooded idiot" of Zhao, similar to Qin's Shin and Chu's Kouyoku.
- Fragile Speedster: Once Shin outplays his speed, he's easily defeated.
- Love Confession: Brazenly declares he will wed Kaine, in the middle of a battlefield.
One of the generals in Riboku's army, Shunsuijiu is a mysterious youth with a history with the Xiongnu tribe. Riboku places him in charge of the hundred thousand strong Ryoyou army to combat Yotanwa.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Manages to deduce the true nature of Qin's supply line through information he receives from his spy network.
- Child Prodigy: Is only a youth probably not older than Shin, but already a fully fledged general capable of commanding armies hundreds of thousands strong.
- Genius Bruiser: His strategic ability was obvious, but most people were surprised when he was shown to be a capable fighter (as they were when Bananji proved a skilled tactician).
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: One of the smallest guys in the series but able to easily slay Yotanwa's superhuman mountain tribesmen.
- Those Two Bad Guys: With Bananji in the Gyou arc.
- The Stoic: Even moreso than Keisha.
Another of Riboku's vassals who fought alongside him against the Xiongnu, "Iron Hammer" Bananji is a ferocious warrior and an adept tactician, proving one of his most valuable assets in the battle for Gyou.
- Badass Beard
- Boisterous Bruiser: Prone to boisterous laughter when excited.
- The Brute: Thus far, he appears martially the strongest of Riboku's personal army and the most drawn to engaging his foes personally.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Can crack rock with his bare fist, which he claims to have shattered the skulls of countless Xiongnu leaders with.
- Cool Helmet
- Genius Bruiser: in the first day of the battle for Gyou, he fights equally with both Akou and Ouhon while spectacularly outplaying them.
- Punch-Clock Villain: A jolly, friendly fellow who comes to respect Akou and Ouhon, but this being war he shows no mercy.
- Rugged Scar: Has deep scars across his face that betray his grueling battles with the Xiongnu.
- Signature Move: His 'Iron Hammer', a powerful blow capable of smashing skulls.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The Manly Man to the more sentimental Chougaryu in Zhao's right wing during the battle of Gyou.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Along with Shunsuijiu in the Gyou arc.
- Worthy Opponent: Comes to consider Akou and Ouhon this after battling them, praising their calibre as commanders.
The most powerful vassal of the former Great Heaven Rinshoujo, Gyou'un returns after a 20 year absence to defend Gyou in the Battle of Shukai Plains. An adept instinctual general in addition to his tremendous martial prowess, he proves to be an incredibly formidable opponent of Shin and the Hi Shin Unit.
- Animal Motifs: The snake.
- Badass Army: Pound for pound, his men and cavalry are even stronger than those of the Hi Shin Unit.
- Cool Helmet: An incredibly detailed helmet made to look as if a serpent is coiling around it.
- The Dragon: Although he is not part of Riboku's personal army, he is given the most important position and holds the most general authority in their meetings besides Riboku himself, as well as being the most powerful.
- Genius Bruiser: He is both a great strategist and an instinctual savant, and also more than powerful enough to absolutely beat the crap out of Shin in their first duel.
- Gut Instinct: A formidable instinctual general in addition to having great strategic understanding, allowing him to completely outplay and confound Ten. Even when Shin steps up to command, he stays one step ahead. It takes Kyoukai's awakening to force a stalemate.
- The Stoic
- Undying Loyalty: His defining character trait, which in this case is literal.
One of the former 3 Great Heavens. Rinshoujo was equal and friend of Renpa, being a grand strategist of great courage but of little martial might due to persistent illness, which he compensated with powerful martial vassals, the Rin Family Heroes. His illness cut him down in the prime of his might near the eve of the golden age.
- Animal Motifs: The snake, which carries on to his personal soldiers.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Chougaryuu remembered him as idiosyncratic and difficult, prone to changing his strategies on the spot, but his might as a general could not be doubted.
- The Chessmaster: Highly adept at manipulating both ally and enemy alike to achieve victory.
- Four-Star Badass
- Non-Action Guy: Due to his illness, but his strategic acumen more than makes up for it.
One of Riboku's most trusted vassals and considered the closest man to the seat of the 3rd Great Heaven. Keisha leads Zhao's army in the Coalition War.
- Animal Motifs: The spider. His warfare involves setting a web of loose formations, where any army that treads upon will be quickly trapped as he instinctively counters their movements and corners them.
- Arc Villain: Of the Kokuyou arc, though an unusual case as he's killed well before the end of the arc.
- Chess Motifs: Of the actual chessboard, which adorns his...bonbons, as well as his horses and elites.
- Child Prodigy: Even as a child he was capable of defeating military strategists, which was what piqued Riboku's attention.
- The Dragon: Riboku's most powerful vassal to whom he entrusts the most difficult tasks.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: One could be forgiven for thinking him a chick with his appearance and his name.
- Fatal Flaw: Within his 'web', Keisha is nearly unstoppable, even capable of defeating Riboku and trapping the Duke. However, if lured out, he becomes highly vulnerable.
- Gut Feeling: Is an instinctual general not unlike Duke Hyou. A rare type that isn't a fighter general but that doesn't mean he can't defend himself.
- Hidden Depths: He holds a deep gratitude to Riboku for adopting him he seeks to repay through helping him in his conquests.
- Jerkass: A cold, arrogant sadist whose primary motivation in war is too see his enemies suffer.
- Killed Off for Real: Is slain by Shin.
- Oh, Crap!: He is almost catatonic when he is cornered by Zenou once Kanki lures him out of his web.
- Out Gambited: Kanki seizes upon his weakness and plays him like a fiddle, and he only survives Kanki's retribution because Kisui saves his ass. Ultimately, he is still slain by the Hi Shin Unit.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Despite his stoic appearance, he is a twisted individual who considers the writhing and suffering of enemy soldiers the 'best part' of a battle, describing how Mangoku will slaughter Duke Hyou's soldiers in major detail.
- The Stoic: Shows very little emotion, even when apparently relishing in his enemies' suffering.
- Not So Stoic: Starts cracking when Kanki effectively trolls him in the battle of Sanyou.
- The Strategist: Bizarrely, despite being an 'Instinctual General', he's actually more prone to elaborate complex tactical maneuvers.
- Stronger Than They Look: He doesn't look the type with his build and stature, but he is quite a capable warrior. This doesn't save him against Shin in the end.
- Underestimating Badassery: He underestimates just how much the Hi Shin Unit has grown, which leads to his death.
- Undying Loyalty: An orphan, he was adopted by Riboku after winning a strategic competition in his village, leading him to hold a deep debt of gratitude.
A strategist in charge of Houken's army during the first Qin-Zhao conflict.
- Dragon-in-Chief: While Houken is formally head of the army, it is Chousou who actually controls most of the forces.
- Go Out with a Smile: He dies in the knowledge that he contributed to Wang Qi's downfall, and is thus happy.
- The Stoic: He is very focused on his task.
- The Strategist
- Tactical Withdrawal: Withdraws into the mountains, thus splitting up the various Qin armies.
A veteran general of Zhao who's famed mostly for his balance.
A general of Zhao bearing a deep grudge against Qin.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes
- Full-Frontal Assault: While ravaging the Qin villages, he is often seen wearing nothing but his cape.
- Hero Killer: He is responsible for the death of Bitou.
- Killed Off for Real: He is slain by Shin.
- Rape, Pillage, and Burn: His specialty.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge
- The Power of Hate
- Would Hurt a Child: He has no qualms about his soldiers slaying women and children; in fact, he encourages them to do so.
A general of Zhao who is said to be a master of defense.
A huge Zhao general who excels at charges.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He was nothing to Wang Qi.
- Fat Bastard: Quite arrogant, and takes visible glee in cutting apart the Qin troops facing him.
- Genius Bruiser: He has a moderate knowledge of strategy.
- Gonk: It's mainly thanks to his face looking like it was made of pudding.
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Courtesy of Wang Qi.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He may look like a moving mountain of fat. Turns out all of that fat is muscle mass, and he is far quicker than you'd expect.
- Smug Super: He is a genuine threat to Qin, but tends to overestimate himself. Charging Wang Qi head-on because of this proves to be his downfall.
A general of Zhao who is best at deploying strategic formations.
Earl Chou Ki
State of Wei
A former member of Zhao's Three Great Heavens and rival of Ouki. Renpa is a legendary general and the last of Zhao's original 3 Great Heavens. After King Toujou removes him from his post out of pettiness, Renpa decided he was not worth serving and departed for Wei, where he reemerged 3 years later to defend the Sanyou region.
- Arc Villain: Of the Sanyou Invasion.
- Antagonist in Mourning: Admits to crying upon receiving news of the deaths of every member of the Qin 6, despite them being his greatest enemies. Justified in that they were really only enemies in the field, and had nothing but respect for each other.
- Blade on a Stick: Like most generals, he wields a glaive.
- Blood Knight
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Shatters a falling boulder with a single swipe of his glaive.
- Chekhov's Gun: Had a passing mention about his defection during the Han invasion. His actual appearance comes more than 80 chapters later.
- Cool Old Guy: Starts off any war by giving his subordinates an energizing hug which heightens their peerformance, and advises Shin and Mouten how to surpass him and the Qin 6.
- Covered in Scars: At least his face is.
- Rugged Scars: It seems to only show how badass he is.
- Four-Star Badass: One of the biggest, if not the biggest in the series.
- Renpa defeats an army if 50 000 led by another great general with only 8000 himself, while declaring the ecoerience still did not fully satisfy him.
- Simply by turning up he rouses Wei soldiers on the verge of defeat into a frenzied mania, inciting Ousen, who held the terrain advantage to retreat back to his fort.
- A Father to His Men
- Friendly Enemy: He will kill Ouki and the other five generals in battlefield, but outside that they are good drinking buddies. For Renpa, war is basically his form of athletics.
- Genius Bruiser: He's noteworthy in that he's both a 'Strategical General' and an 'Instinctual General'. Renpa's strategic acumen allows him to match wits with Ousen and his instinctual abilities allow him to navigate through a mountain fort Mougou sprnt 40 years devising to defeat him.
- The Juggernaut
- Know When to Fold 'Em
- Master of All: Perhaps the series' embodiment of this. A warrior capable of fighting on par with Ouki, a strategist capable of matching wits with Ousen, with instincts which allow him to easily outmaneuver a mountain trap Mougou spent 40 years planning and leadershipto turn foreign soldiers into demons with his mere presence. To top it off, each of his vassals are renowned generals in their own right.
- Large and in Charge
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: He finds being the last of the 6 Great Generals and 3 Great Heavens hardly an enviable position, finding life boring without the thrill of warfare.
- Punch-Clock Villain: A noble, charismatic and valiant leader capable of mercy and swallowing his pride for the greater good...yet still one of Qin's greatest adversaries
- Reality Ensues: However powerfully he leads his soldiers, he is still, after all, a foreigner general, not a true Wei-born fighter. When the official Wei Commander-in-Chief is slain by Kanki, the Wei army practically collapses.
- War God: He is the strongest general in Kingdom's universe. Even Riboku says that no one, not even himself, can defeat Lian Po in a direct battle 9/10 times.
- Worthy Opponent: How he views the Six Great Generals of Qin.
The youngest and most dangerous of Renpa's Four Heavenly Kings, Rinko is Renpa's "Flying Spear", adopted and personally trained by the great general since he was a toddler. He leads Wei's centre army in the battle of Sanyou, where he inevitably butts heads with Qin's new generation officers.
- Angst? What Angst?: When bringing up his backstory with Shin, he considers the death of his sister more of an afterthought to being adopted by Renpa. Justified due to likely having very few memories at the time of his adoption.
- Anti-Villain: Dies protecting Wei from invasion while loyally serving his noble master.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: He easily dominates Domon and Eibi (slaying the latter in a single blow), and decimates Ouhon twice without difficulty.
- Determinator: To an extent which shocks even Shin himself. Even after taking a fatal blow and down an arrm, he still gives Shin the fight of his life.
- The Dragon: While Kaishibou is technically the leader of the Heavenly Kings, it is Rinko to whom Renpa always dispenses the most difficult and important tasks.
- Dual Wielding: Two sabers granted to him by Renpa in his youth.
- Elite Mook: His personal soldiers are noted to be of great strength and skill, and a large reason for his breakthroough might.
- Eyes Always Shut
- Fingore: Loses a few fingers in his third confrontation with Shin.
- Genius Bruiser: Is pretty proficient at tactical maneuvers, most notably in his use of the Rindou.
- The Heavy: While Renpa is the Big Bad and ultimate Chessmaster of the Sanyou invasion, it is Rinko who is the most visible adversary and ultimately the main opponent for our protagonists. In this instance Renpa was clearly out of Shin's league (and still is) and far too strong to be his rival of the arc.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Is ultimately skewered on Shin's sword.
- Improbable Fencing Skills: Despite wielding two short swords, obviously disadvantageous and impractical on a horse where reach is so important, he effortlessly overwhelms a spear master in Ouhon.
- Killed Off for Real: Is slain by Xin.
- Older Than They Look: He is in his late thirties but looks like a teen.
- Perpetual Smiler
- Reality Ensues: However badass he is, even Lun Hu alone can't penetrate fortified positions. Once Meng Tian saps his personal army's manpower, Lun Hu switches his fighting to direct assault.
- Undying Loyalty: To Renpa for adopting and training him in the ways of war.
- Wake-Up Call Boss: The first truly great general Shin battles directly.
- Worthy Opponent: He and Shin gain a great deal of respect for each other over the course of Sanyou, with Shin respecting his countless struggles and viewing him as a milestone who must be surpassed, while Rinko comes to accept Shin's strength and considers him blessed by the heavens.
The eldest member of Renpa's Four Heavenly Kings and The Strategist.
- Evil Old Folks: He certainly looks one to the eyes of Xin.
- Killed Off for Real: He is beheaded by Kanki.
- Off with His Head!
- Out-Gambitted: By Kanki. Genbou sends the bulk of Kaishibou's forces to raid Kanki's HQ, only to find too late that Kanki has never stayed in his HQ and instead seizes the lack of security on Genbou's to take him out.
- Smug Snake: Is quite smug about the 'superiority' of proper tactics. Despite being outwitted by Kanki, he throws a fit about it not being 'proper tactics' before trying to recruit him into being his disciple.
- The Strategist
- Tactical Withdrawal: As soon as Qin's forces comes too close to him, he simply withdraws his troops.
The leader of the Four Heavenly Kings, specialized in offense.
- Forehead of Doom
- The Juggernaut
- Large and in Charge: The leader of the Four Heavenly Kings and the largest of them.
An extremely proficient archer and one of the Four Heavenly Kings.
- The Stoic
- Not So Stoic: During his final duel with Duke Hyou.
- The Strategist: It runs in the blood, really.
- Thousand-Yard Stare: His standard facial expression.
- The Dreaded: Wu Feng Ming states that his father actually feared him.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Has a rather feminine looking appearance.
- Smug Smiler: Is almost always smirking.
- The Strategist
- Kavorka Man: He's doing a fuckin' fivesome the first time we meet him.
Zi Bo/Earl Shi
Wu Fengming/Go Houmei
The son of Gokei, he becomes the leading general of Wei after Renpa's exile. A master architect, he raises up advanced weapons and structures against Qin in the battle of Kankoku Pass.
- Arrogant Strategist Guy: While he is truly capable, he is also quite full of himself.
- Demoted to Dragon: Not him personally, but it happened to his whole family. Until his father Gokei's childhood, his family ruled a small kingdom that ended up being conquered and destroyed. They took refuge in Wei and have a military tradition of sorts there, as both Gokei and Houmei are highly ranked generals in the Wei military.
- Inverted for him in the Chiyoyou Campaign arc. He served as Reiou's Dragon for the duration of the arc, only to put a fast one on his mentor and become the highest ranked officer in the whole kingdom.
- Dirty Coward: He sacrifices his mentor Reiou in order to escape after being defeated in Chiyoyou. While he certainly wouldn't have tried to give his life to save his mentor, this was done out of pragmatism too: Reiou was already past his prime. He argues with one of the man's retainer afterwards that he, Go Houmei, is Wei's last hope after losing so many of its generals, and he may as well be right.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Houmei is quite the bishie.
- Improbable Age: Does he look old enough to be the highest ranked general in Wei?
- Justified. He's a recognized genius whose father went from prince to general, so he probably received a high-quality military education from the cradle. Also, as it's even lampshaded in-story, Wei suffered the loss of several of its older, more experienced commanding officers. Its not that Houmei gained the title by being better than everyone else (don't tell him that though), but by outliving them.
- Like Father, Like Son: Both of them excel at using Wei's various specialties (chariots, siege weaponry) to their full extent.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: What they share in intellect, they differ basically everywhere else. Gokei was a towering, intimidating man with war paint, a fierce warrior and a policy to never retreat before an enemy no matter what. Gohoumei is a scrawny, effeminate fellow with no fighting capabilities, and a pragmatist who will do anything to survive.
- Gadgeteer Genius: His greatest talent. He designs siege towers and ballistas which allow his Wei army to be the first to reach the top of Kankoku Pass. Riboku even comments that the things Houmei designs are far beyond himself.
- Kick the Dog: The aforementioned sacrifice under Dirty Coward. Not that Reiou is any saint.
- Mistaken for Servant: How he survives the Battle of Chiyoyou, and largely perpetrated by himself. When he and Reiou are cornered by Shin, he pretends to be his own servant, telling 'Houmei-same' to make an escape, hence baiting Shin to cut down his mentor while he makes a break for it.
- Non-Action Guy: While his father Gokei was a powerful warrior, Gohoumei is a non-combatant who wars purely through strategies.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: You would think that with Ren Pa and Go Kei gone, Wei, being the Jobber among the kingdoms, wouldn't have any men of talent left. Turns out Go Houmei is more than capable. It's even acknowledged in-universe.
- Smug Super: He considers himself to be Wei's greatest gift under the sun - and he may as well not be wrong. He's undeniably talented. Time will tell if his opinons of himself are higher than reality.
- The Strategist: He's smart enough to fight using only his brains.
A general of Wei. [[Serves as a figurehead leader for the Wei army during the battle of Rui plains.]]
State of Chu
The largest of the seven warring states, comprising of the entire southern half and bordering five other states. Everybody keeps a wary eye on Chu and must calculate its response before taking any action.
- The Empire: Currently, Chu is the largest and strongest of the seven states.
- Fashion-Victim Villain: Seriously, what's up with hairstyle culture in Chu?
The prime minister of Chu.
- Bishōnen: He's said to have been prime minister for twenty years, but doesn't look like he's old enough to be walking for twenty years.
- Chekhov's Gun: He shows up at the Coalition Invasion arc and doesn't do much. A few dozens of chapters later, his death (and the king's) receives an arc of its own.
- Killed Offscreen: Was assassinated.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Nearly every sentence he says contains an insult or complaint. Quite the far cry from the refined prime minister he's supposed to be.
- The Strategist: He's Chu's Chief of the Military. He's no Riboku, but seems to understand quite a bit of warfare.
A tall female general who took over after Rinbukun's death, Karin proves to be a master tactician and a far greater threat than Rinbukun ever was.
- Absolute Cleavage: Bordering on Gag Boobs territory.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Her feats in the Coalition War afford her great prestige and recogntion, causing her to be promoted to become Chu's prime minister.
- Bad Boss: Not afraid to turn her men into mincemeat, or send them to the battlefield with no instructions whatsoever. She also kills subordinates when she feels like it; according to Hakurei, her army has a reputation for being dangerous even to allies. She's not the exception to the setting, though.
- Bare Your Midriff: Which shows her tattoos.
- Boobs of Steel: She's clearly physically far stronger than she lets on, if her strength stat is anything to go by.
- Berserk Button: She threatens to kill anyone who comments on her height.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: When asked to describe her, Shunshikun says that the best way to do it is by saying "There is a problem with [her] personality". Karin's skill at warfare is unquestionable, though; if it hadn't been for Ousen's timely arrivel, her elite troops would have taken Kankoku Pass.
- The Chessmaster: Arguably equal to Riboku, she plays Tou like a fiddle and comes closest to outright defeating Qin in Kankoku Pass.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Implied to have had one by Rien. According to him, she spent her youth roaming the dangerous southern Chu looking for her younger brother. Given the face she makes when he mentions it, those must not be her brightest memories.
- Elite Mook: Her personal elites are considered possibly the best in all of Chu, easily dominating Tou's Ouki elites.
- Four-Star Badass: She deserves a special mention for this. After Kanmei kicked the bucket, she became the number two of the whole of the Chu military, and has the sum of 300000 men under her direct command. That's as much as all the Qin soldiers that fought at Kankoku Pass. Let that sink in.
- Jerkass: She has a habit of threatening and insulting others. And killing them when she feels like it.
- Kick the Dog: Insults Rinbukun after his death and belittles and threatens his demoralized army with death if they fail to right his failure. She also kills his lieutenant, Rokin, for no reason at all - and right when he's in the middle of swearing her fealty.
- Opportunistic Bastard: Oh, she is, very much. And doesn't bother hiding it - at all. She instructed her younger brother in taking Moubu's head while he was busy dealing with Kanmei. Riboku even lampshades it: should Qin and Zhao ever get embroiled in some large scale war over western Zhao, Karin will march her men north and take everything in her path. Chu can be argued to be far more dangerous now that she and Rien are in control than it ever was.
- Out-Gambitted: Her plans ultimately collapse due to Ousen foreseeing an army might circle around and attack Kankoku Pass from a blindspot and already having made preparations.
- Smug Super: Karin is very aware of her own talents. She's also not wrong about them. She was minutes away from conquering Kankoku Pass for good when her plans were foiled. Not a single general in any of the other states can claim to have done half as much.
- Statuesque Stunner: Very tall. It's not a good idea to comment on it.
- Xanatos Gambit: Her strategy in the battle of Kankoku Pass. Her strategies are designed to be too dangerous to be ignored, but designed such that taking it on will cause the opponent to be distracted and unable to respond to an even deeper plan.
A gigantic Chu general, also known as the "Giant of Chu". He is a Great General of Chu, and in charge of the Chu army during the coalition's attack on Kanyou.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy
- BFS: Wields a giant saber as his main Weapon of Choice.
- Carry a Big Stick: However, his most potent weapon is his mace, he is just so strong he rarely requires it.
- The Brute: Of the Coalitiion army's Great Generals, being the ost reliant and proficient in use of brute force.
- Curbstomp Battle: Inflicts this on one of the 6 Great Generals, Oukotsu.
- The Dreaded: Feared across all states except Qin. who covered up the defeat of one of their Great Generals at his hands.
- Four-Star Badass: At the time of his death, he held the most decorated service record in all of China and was undefeated throughout his career, even defeating one of the 6 Great Generals. Hi achievements and pride lend him immense weight which he uses to dominate Moubu until the latter's Heroic Second Wind.
- Gentle Giant: While he is on the antagonists' side, he does have many features of this trope.
- Large and in Charge: Is perhaps the largest character in the series. He's even bigger than Moubu.
- Large Ham
- Badass Boast: His battle speech before the coalition force's attack is this. Too bad it's cut short.
- Killed Off for Real: Gets his head turned into paste courtesy of an angry father named Moubu.
- World's Strongest Man: Believes himself to be this, and with good reason. However, he is ultimately slain by Moubu in single combat after a grueling battle.
- Your Head Asplode: Moubu obliterates his head under his mace.
A general in charge of one of Chu's armies during the war on Qin.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: The trials to become a general in Chu are more grueling than those of any other state- Rinbukun clawed his way to the top by slaying hundreds to enemy leaders.
- Bald of Awesome: More like balding, but still...
- Blood Knight
- Carry a Big Stick: His Weapon of Choice.
- A Father to His Men: Inspires deep loyalty in his army and treats Hakurei and Kouyoku like his children.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of Tou.
- Large and in Charge: Shares this trait with Kanmei (although to a lesser extent), as well as...
- Large Ham
- My Girl Back Home: Hakurei's sister.
- The Worf Effect: Is stated to be a monster that rivals the Six Great Generals of Qin. Easily defeats most of Ouki's vassals. Gets completely curb stomped by Tou.
A 1000-man commander of Chu. Eerily similar to Shin in various ways.
- Cool Sword: The Bakuya sword.
- Evil Counterpart: He's Chu's version of Shin.
- Heroic Resolve: Tou fucks him up, but he just keeps kicking and coming back across an entire day, preventing Tou from doing anything about Karin
- Manly Tears: Cries greatly for his master's death, swearing to avenge him.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He initially comes off as an arrogant blowhard. Mouten and Ouhon foil him and Hakurei on the first day of the Battle for Kankoku Pass, leading to their army's decisive defeat. Then his Heroic Resolve kicks in and he fights on par with Tou...
- Reality Ensues: While Karin gives him a 5000-man unit in recognition of his skills, he is far too inexperienced to properly command one. Interestingly, Kouyoku recognises this and his limitations, and his planning around this allows him to successfully stall Tou for the entire day.
- Unstoppable Rage: Rinbukun's death sends him into a rage and amps him to the point he manages to fight on par with Tou.
A young, talented archer and 1000-man commander. Friends with Kouyoku.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: One of the "ten bows" of China.
- Evil Counterpart: His relationship with Kouyoku is similar to Mouten and Shin...
- Vitriolic Best Buds: ...with a bit of this thrown in. Kouyoku being Kouyoku, it couldn't possibly be any other way.
State of Han
A specialist of poisons and the general of Han for the Coalition Army.
- Badass Bookworm: Zigzagged. He is completely useless in physical fighting, but his poison is so deadly that no one it hits can survive. No one doubts the "bookworm" part. The "badass" part... not so much.
- Bishounen: He was before his poison research. He was said to be so beautiful even men would be attracted to him.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Not of age but from too much exposure to poison.
- Killed Off for Real: He is killed after Choutou splits his skull.
Stand-in commander of the Han Army.
- Butt-Monkey: To Karin. She uses the latter both as an arm support and as a scapegoat for her mockery of other generals.
State of Yan
A specialist of mountainous grounds and the general of Yan for the Coalition Army.
- Big Fun: If in a somewhat malicious way, but yes, he's this. The first thing he says when he sees Kanmei is that it had been quite a while since he had last seen someone bigger than himself. He laughs a lot, and his first interaction with Go Houmei consists of him needling him for the center place among the chairs place for the coalision generals. Even if competitive, the atmosphere of his army seems to be quite relaxed, as one of his aides even stop to pull a prank in the middle of the battle (and Ordo, being Ordo, laughs).
- Opportunistic Bastard: And proud of it. As soon as he hears word of Qin's Gyou invasion, he immediately invades Zhao's eastern border, knowing full well that Riboku would have too much on his hands already.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He conquered fifty mountain tribes, that in turn consider him, and not the King of Yan, to their rightful king.
- Unwitting Pawn: Ousen had him playing to his tune during the whole battle of Kankoku Pass.
The former number one general of Yan, Gekishin left Zhao for Yan at the promise of riches around the same time as the "War God" Gakuki. While he was believed to have had the potential to become one of the 3 Great Heavens, Gekishin is a completely mercenary commander lacking loyalty to anything but wealth.
- Badass Army: His army consists of elite Quanrong tribesmen, who overthrew the King of Shang hundreds of years before
- Doomed by Canon: More accurately, doomed by history. He is slain by Houken after underestimating him as his historical counterpart was.
- Fatal Flaw: Because he slew them regularly in his youth, he assumes all Bushins are all talk. Then he meets Houken...
- Half the Man He Used to Be: Houken slices him into half diagonally.
- Only in It for the Money: his defining trait, and why lacks the 'weight' of a true general.
- Sincerest Form of Flattery: He spent much of his career observing Gakuki's warfare so he could become able to imitate it, and for the most part, he suceeded.
- Smug Snake: Is a very clever and talented general, but greatly underestimating both Riboku and Houken costs him his life.
- The Worf Effect: Existed largely to place another notch on Riboku's belt and reestablish Houken's monstrous strength.
State of Qi
- Cool Mask: Everyone wears one.
The king of the mountain tribes that lives far into the west territories of China.
- A Friend in Need: She throws away her own expansion campaign to save Sai from the Zhao.
- Action Girl
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The king of the ferocious mountain tribes, and the strongest of them all.
- The Cavalry: Arrives in extremis with her army to save Qin during the siege of Sai.
- Gender Flip: Was a man in Real Life.
- Genius Bruiser: Strong, eloquent, cultured.
- Lady of War: One of the strongest, if not the strongest woman in the series.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Is a reasonable ruler despite what the savage reputation of the mountain tribes might lead you to believe. She truly wishes for peace and coexistence between her people and the 'plains-dwellers'.
- Samus Is a Girl
- Badass Armfold: When he's not fighting.
- Blood Knight
- The Lancer: To his king.
- Super Mode: He becomes much stronger when he lets his savage nature runs amok.
See the Hi Shin Unit
Kyou Kai's childhood friend who was killed by Yuu Ren during the Shiyuu ritual.
- All Women Are Lustful: Despite being an assassin she has a healthy interest in men and romance.
- Cool Big Sis: Qiang Lei looked up to her, considering her to be this.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Came up with the way to break past the Shiyuu "limit" and still be able to return to consciousness.
- Sacrificial Lamb
- The Talk: Her... "imaginative" way of teaching Kyoukai.
The candidate and eventual winner of Kyou Kai's Shiyuu ritual.
- Dirty Coward: Tends to wait in the background while her subordinates attack.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Having loved her own sister as much as Kyoukai, the stress of murdering her pushed her over the edge and increased her power. This was how the Shiyuu gained power until Kyoukai found another way.
An assassin sent to chase down Sei while on the run from the coup.
- Blow Gun: His weapon of choice.
- Made of Iron: Played With. His corpse was left for dead, but turned out to still be alive when Ten wanted to take his blowgun. However he himself admits this is only delaying the inevitable.