Main Characters: Wei Wuxian | Lan Wangji
Five Great Sects: Gusu Lan Sect | Yunmeng Jiang Sect (Jiang Cheng) | Lanling Jin Sect (Jin Guangyao) | Qinghe Nie Sect | Qishan Wen Sect
Other Characters: Other Sects | Yi City Group | Miscellaneous Characters
Baling Ouyang Sect | 巴陵欧阳氏
Voiced by (Mandarin): Li Lu (audio drama)
Played by: Pu Changcheng (live-action)
The leader of the Baling Ouyang Sect and Ouyang Zizhen's father.
- Adaptational Jerkass: In the Live-Action Adaptation, he's one of the most vocal detractors of Wei Wuxian both back then and now, and in the Nightless City bloodbath, showed interest in acquiring the Stygian Tiger Seal.
- Heroic Neutral: While the heroic part is questionable, he's plainly neutral in the novel and audio drama, and is at his worst in the live-action series. While he's one of the many cultivators participating in the Second Siege, he's a tad more reasonable than the rest and is the first to act when the junior cultivators start fighting the first wave of corpses, even urging others to fight along as well.
- Karma Houdini: Downplayed in The Untamed. While he doesn't get any comeuppance from Wei Wuxian or Lan Wangji for slandering the former out of envy and self-interest, he does get some form of payback through his son defying him and siding with Wei Wuxian, which leaves him feeling humiliated and frustrated.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He's implied to have this moment when he informs the junior cultivators that the corpses that rose from the blood pool are those of the Wen survivors that were slaughtered during the First Siege, which meant that he was involved in the massacre to some extent.
- No Name Given: His birth or courtesy name isn't revealed.
- Papa Wolf: Majority of his dialogue has him worrying over his son or scolding him.
Voiced by (Mandarin): Ding Dang (audio drama - Season 1), Li Qingyang (audio drama - Seasons 2 and 3), Qian Wenqing (live-action)
Played by: Cao Junxiang (live-action)
The heir to the Baling Ouyang Sect, and one of the junior cultivators that accompanied Wei Wuxian in Yi City. Wei Wuxian pegs him as a romantic. He's one of the juniors that have a hard time following their parents' hatred of Wei Wuxian.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Downplayed, since he's still a gentle-hearted and understanding Nice Guy. But in the Live-Action Adaptation, he acts more boldly when he speaks up against Sect Leader Yao after the latter tries to condemn Wei Wuxian even though he saved all their lives — something that Ouyang Zizhen makes sure to lampshade. Then when the boy's father — (after being threatened by Jiang Cheng) chastises him for having a smart mouth, Ouyang Zizhen responds with a more defiant attitude.
- The Bus Came Back: He has a minor role in the Yi City arc, then appears again in the Second Siege arc as one of the juniors who got captured and trapped in the Burial Mounds.
- Callingthe Old Man Out: He calls out the elder sect leaders, including his own father, for their treatment of Wei Wuxian when he had saved him and the other juniors multiple times even though he didn't have to. Jiang Cheng grumbles that he's good at talking, though there are the hints that he also means this as a threat to Ouyang Zizhen's father.
- Inelegant Blubbering: He's among the first of the juniors to start bawling after hearing the whole story about what happened in Yi City.
- Kid Has a Point: Most of the junior cultivators present in the Second Siege are part of the mature party, but Ouyang Zizhen takes the cake. Given that most of the adult cultivators (who consist of the immature party) are too prideful or biased to listen to any sensible thing Wei Wuxian has to say or show gratitude to him after he saved their lives, Ouyang Zizhen had to spell out to said adults that they all would have died in the Burial Mounds if Wei Wuxian really intended to hurt them. No one could speak up against him, since they know that he's right even if they don't want to admit it out loud.
- Like Father, Unlike Son: This is most apparent in The Untamed, where his father is a lot more unpleasant than his more neutral portrayal in the novel and the audio drama. In the series, his father is a self-serving hypocrite who was one of the most vocal in condemning Wei Wuxian. On the other hand, Ouyang Zizhen is a gentle-hearted romantic who immediately sees the good in Wei Wuxian and doesn't hesitate to defend him from his father and all of Wei Wuxian's other detractors.
- Nice Guy: He's friendly to all the other junior cultivators, even the Hot-Blooded Lan Jingyi and the resident Tsundere Jin Ling. He's even one of the few who's not afraid of Wei Wuxian and completely trusts him even after the latter's real identity gets exposed.
- No Badass to His Valet: Ouyang Zizhen is a Nice Guy, but he's not afraid of calling out his seniors (most of whom are sect leaders), even his own father, if they're being obstinate. And he's not cowed down even if they respond by chastising or threatening him.
- Only Sane Man: Downplayed. Among the juniors, the role mainly goes to Lan Sizhui. However, Ouyang Zizhen shows that he's just as capable of being another voice of reason by defusing arguments or providing short but sweet counterarguments that metaphorically floors anyone who disagrees with him.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: When Wei Wuxian asks him to describe A-Qing's ghost, the boy goes into detail about the girl's features and notes how she would have grown up into a fine lady if she were still alive. The others tease him about this.
Laoling Qin Sect | 乐陵秦氏
- Death by Despair: Ever since the announcement that Jin Guangyao and Qin Su would marry, Madam Qin's condition grew worse and worse until her depression claimed her life.
- Parents as People: In spite of the circumstances behind Qin Su's birth, there were no indications that Madam Qin held what happened against her daughter. She even begged Jin Guangyao to cancel the marriage for both their sakes, as he and Qin Su are actually half-siblings.
- Rape as Drama: Jin Guangshan took advantage of her when he was drunk, and Madam Qin couldn't tell her husband partly out of shame, and partly because she feared that her husband would never believe her if she told him what happened.
- So Beautiful, It's a Curse: She was pretty enough to attract Jin Guangshan's attention, resulting in him taking advantage of her against her wishes.
- The Unseen: She's only mentioned by a few characters, but she never makes an appearance.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While her action of informing Jin Guangyao about the Awful Truth was done for completely understandable reasons, she ended up causing instead of averting more trouble than she wished.
- Undying Loyalty: To Jin Guangshan, and is loyal enough to him that his wife was deathly afraid of telling him about who Qin Su's real father is. This was also Jin Guangyao couldn't easily back out of his engagement with Qin Su even after learning about how they're half-siblings, because the political backlash that would occur would be too grave.
- The Unseen: Like his wife, he never appears in the story proper and is only mentioned by name a few times.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The novel never revealed whether he learned of his daughter's death-by-suicide, and how he responded if he did.
Moling Su Sect | 秣陵苏氏
- Adaptational Villainy: In the novel, only Su She helped out with Jin Guangyao's plans, while his disciples had no idea about the true purpose of the songs they were learning or that they would be used as fodder in the Second Siege. In the donghua, all the disciples assist Su She in keeping anyone from piecing Nie Mingjue's dismembered corpse back together.
- Cyanide Pill: Not literally, but in the donghua, some of the Moling Su disciples are referred to as "sacrificial warriors" — cultivators who are more than willing to kill themselves if they're cornered. When the deed is done, not a trace of them remains.
- Malevolent Masked Men: Only in the donghua, where the disciples cover their faces while spying on others or making sure the pieces of Nie Mingjue's body don't get unearthed.
- Musical Assassin: Many accuse the Su Sect of being a copycat of the Lan Sect, and their accusations aren't entirely baseless, since the leader was formerly a disciple of the Lan Sect and wields a guqin, which is also used by some members of the Lan Sect (notably Lan Wangji). The Su Sect does take it up a notch by practicing melodies from the Collection of Turmoil, a book of songs that induce adverse and/or fatal effects, but only Su She is aware of the song's real effects and lets everyone believe that he's playing an inferior version of the Lan Sect's music.
- They Copied It, So It Sucks!: In-Universe; they don't get along with the Lan Sect because their fighting style is eerily similar to the Lan Sect's, yet the former's sect leader doesn't take it well when anyone brings it up.
Voiced by (Mandarin): Sun Lulu (animation), Wang Chenguang (audio drama), Liu Beichen (live-action)
Voiced by (Japanese): Mitsuhiro Ichiki (audio drama)
Played by: Feng Cong (live-action)
Weapon: Nanping | 难平 (jian)
A former disciple of the Lan Sect, who eventually formed his own sect with the assistance of Jin Guangyao.
- Adaptational Backstory Change: The Untamed keeps the aspect of his backstory where he's a guest disciple of the Lan Sect who eventually "defected" and soon formed his own sect. But the reason behind his departure differs from the novel. Whereas he merely left in the novel but is still on bad terms with the Lan Sect because he mimics their techniques, in the live-action drama, he gets kicked out after he nearly got the entire clan killed when Wen Xu threatened and tortured him into revealing where they were hiding.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: In a sense. In the novel, he first appears in the Waterborne Abyss arc and the Koi Tower arc for the past and present timeline, respectively. For the flashbacks, the donghua also first introduces him in the Waterborne Abyss arc; but for the present time, the adaptation reintroduces him in the Xinglu Ridge arc instead.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- While his cursing of Jin Zixun led to Jin Zixuan's and eventually Wei Wuxian's deaths, the latter two instances were not planned in any way on his, or anyone else's part. This is not the case in The Untamed, where he still cursed Jin Zixun, and then helped Jin Guangyao string things along so that Jin Zixun and Jin Zixuan would die and Wei Wuxian would take the fall for both deaths. Of course, there's also how he's the reason why Wei Wuxian lost control of his powers in the Nightless City attack.
- Similarly, the donghua shows a glimpse of half of his face when Wei Wuxian sees flashes of Wen Ning's memory while he was being experimented on by the Jin Sect, hinting that Su She was more complicit in the Jin Sect's schemes.
- Adapted Out: He still appears in The Untamed, but he's absent in the Xuanwu Cave arc.
- Ambiguous Situation: At first, it seemed that Su She stabbed Nie Huaisang while trying to get away. But once some new information come to life after Jin Guangyao's death, Wei Wuxian suspects that Nie Huaisang fell on Su She's sword on purpose. While both possibilities are equally likely, there's no concrete proof to prove on claim over the other.
- The only hint in the audio drama is Su She yelling "Get off!" before a stabbing sound follows, with Nie Huaisang quickly crying in pain afterwards.
- In The Untamed, the ambiguous part is removed since it's made obvious that Nie Huaisang forced Su She to stab him. While he's exclaiming in agony, Su She looks confused and rattled at what just happened before suddenly accusing Nie Huaisang of doing it on purpose.
- Bad Boss: Su She ditched all his disciples and (attempted to) leave them for dead along with the other cultivators when his true allegiances was exposed, which unquestionably makes him this.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Su She is loyal to Jin Guangyao because he was the only one who remembered him and acknowledged him by his name.
- Berserk Button:
- He easily gets infuriated whenever he gets compared to Lan Wangji or gets called out on how he's copying the latter's methods.
- Arrogance, or what he perceives to be arrogance, can get him all flared up in a second.
- Body Horror: His body is riddled with holes: a result of the backlash he received from casting the Hundred Holes Curse on Jin Zixun.
- Dirty Coward: Not all the time, but Su She still has his moments. During the Xuanwu Cave arc, Wen Chao threatened the lives of all the cultivators held hostage if they didn't give Mianmian up to be sacrificed. Because of this trope, Su She attempted to turn her in to appease Wen Chao, but he was quickly stopped by Lan Wangji.
- Disproportionate Retribution: While Jin Zixun was most definitely an asshole and deserved his death, it should still be taken into perspective that Su She inflicted a terrible flesh-eating curse on the man simply because Jin Zixun bullied him.
- Driven by Envy: He always compared himself to Lan Wangji but was never able to match up to him; he's pretty preoccupied with besting Lan Wangji and gloating about his accomplishments, but he's barely a blip on the protagonists' radars.
- Evil Is Petty: Part of what made him a villain was his unwillingness to let go of any grudge, some of which are unfounded.
- Evil Virtues: He may be one of the pettiest characters of the novel, but one good thing to be said about him is that he knows loyalty.
- Foil: Su She serves as a Shadow Archetype to Jiang Cheng, which means that they have plenty in common.
- They have a haughty and scornful exterior, both of which are born from a deep-seated Inferiority Superiority Complex.
- Both are resentful of being second to someone and aims to surpass them, but said goal also drives them to take questionable morals and/or side with the wrong people in order to further their ambitions.
- The Generic Guy:
- He was this as a outside disciple of the Gusu Lan Sect in his youth, which is hard if your measure of success is compared to the second of all of China's cultivator gentlemen.
- Even after leaving the Lan Sect to set up his own, some Lan disciples pointed out that his sect would not have survived without the support of Jin Guangyao, and even the Lan Sect's junior disciples (secretly, because it's against their rules to tattle) look down on his sect's (admittedly copied) arts and techniques.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Su She's resentment towards Lan Wangji obviously stems from being envious of everything about him. But there are hints that this is also a result of Su She's extreme self-deprecation.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: It's very easy to set him off, which is part of why he's the vengeful type.
- Hidden Depths: In spite of his bitterness about being considered inferior to Lan Wangji, who is an extremely powerful cultivator, Su She has shown to be capable of casting spells or using talismans that require a high amount of spiritual energy and still have more than enough to spare to fight and stand his ground.
- He deliberately copies Lan Wangji in almost every aspect out of envy, yet he gets offended whenever others point it out.
- In The Untamed, Su She goes on a rant about how society looks down on those who aren't of noble birth and won't give those people a second thought or a moment of sympathy. And yet, Su She helped plot against someone who qualifies under that description.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: He breathes his last after Nie Mingjue (as a berserker corpse) punches him through the chest. He dies in a similar manner in The Untamed, with the difference being that he's impaled by Baxia (Nie Mingjue's sabre) instead of Nie Mingjue himself.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: This is implied to be another reason Su She copies Lan Wangji. While he envies Lan Wangji, there are hints (especially in the original draft of the novel) that he secretly looks up to Lan Wangji and aspires to be like him, and his low opinion of himself leads him to project his self-hatred as resentment towards the other man.
- Irrational Hatred: Inferiority complex aside, he loathes Lan Wangji to the core even though the latter did nothing against him. While Lan Wangji did strike Su She in the past, it was because the latter attempted to sacrifice Mianmian's life to the Wens in an act of self-preservation and Lan Wangji was having none of it.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Although it started a chain of chaotic events and tragedies, had the circumstances been different it would have been a lot easier to celebrate Su She cursing Jin Zixun to a slow and painful death.
- Mook Lieutenant: To Jin Guangyao. Possibly The Dragon if we're being charitable.
- Moral Myopia: He only makes a big deal about things where he feels that he was the wronged party, and will never consider on whether it was because he offended others first. He even accuses the Lan Sect's low opinion of him originating from self-centered pride and Irrational Hatred, when he's the one who's actually guilty of that.
- Necromancer: In The Untamed, where he dabbles in some demonic cultivation to make Wen Ning kill Jin Zixuan and cause the corpses in the Nightless City massacre to go berserk (as opposed to Wei Wuxian inadvertently making both happen in the novel due to Power Incontinence).
- Never My Fault: He'll never admit to, let alone acknowledge, what he did wrong. See Moral Myopia above.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
- When he attempts to attack Lan Wangji in Yueyang to take the left ghost arm from him, he ends up accidentally giving them another part of the dismembered corpse, and he's forced to flee before they overpower him.
- His Hair-Trigger Temper and inability to keep his true intentions hidden end up getting him exposed as the reason why almost all the cultivators' powers were temporarily sealed off in the Second Siege, which allows the other clans to realize that Su She's master isn't all he seems.
- By bringing Nie Huaisang to the Guanyin Temple, he just further ensured that Jin Guangyao wouldn't be able to get away with anything, even his own life.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When Wei Wuxian outs him as part of the mastermind behind the events leading to the Second Siege, Su She immediately hightails it.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He took a fatal blow from Nie Mingjue to protect Jin Guangyao; but it was All for Nothing as moments later, Jin Guangyao lets Nie Mingjue kill him in a last act of defiance.
- Shadow Archetype: Su She is one to Jiang Cheng, given that both of them harbor feelings of inferiority towards someone who's always a step ahead of them, they let said feelings fester and get the better of them but they despise it whenever it gets brought up. Su She is what Jiang Cheng would have been had he also decided get a bit more spiteful and take the villainous route.
- Smug Snake: Su She has a tendency to overestimate his strength (which had cost him more than one of his swords), and he has proven multiple times to have more bark than bite.
- Spanner in the Works: Despite having no business with either Wei Wuxian or the Jiang Sect in the past, it's his animosity towards Jin Zixun that led to Jin Zixuan's death, which kickstarted Wei Wuxian's downward spiral.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: While he wasn't a saint in the past, at worst he was just someone who had the worst luck of either screwing up or taking the worst actions in his attempt to be helpful. However, he undeniably grew more bitter and amoral (or immoral, depending on the reader's point of view) over the years.
- Undying Loyalty: To Jin Guangyao, to the point that he would even give his life for him. Which he does.
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Even though both had saved him from getting devoured by the Waterborne Abyss in the past, Su She holds nothing but scorn towards Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji, especially Lan Wangji.
- The Lan disciples also call Su She one, even accusing him of biting the hand that fed him.
- Villain Has a Point: While he's being somewhat hypocritical about it, in the Live Action Adptation, he makes a good point when he rages at Jiang Cheng about how many cultivators take advantage of their wealth and political status, and use those to demean and unfairly judge everyone around them.
Yao Sect | 姚氏
Voiced by (Mandarin): Zhang Lei (animation), Hao Xianghai (audio drama)
Played by: Niu Zhiqiang (live-action)
- Does Not Like Women: A few lines show that he doesn't think highly of women. When he tells Jin Ling to stop mourning Jin Guangyao's death, he says that crying is something reserved for the "fairer sex".
- Fat Bastard: In contrast to his Lean and Mean appearance in the donghua, he's rather large-sized in the live-action series. He's more paunchy than obese, but he still fits the "bastard" part more than perfectly.
- Glory Seeker: He may act like a crusader for justice, but the reader can easily see that he just wants to be seen as the agreeable voice of reason by everyone else. He comes across as the Realpolitik version of an Attention Whore and Miles Gloriosus because of this.
- Hate Sink: All you need to know about him is that he's an egotistical bootlicker. And yet he stands the most contemptible and irksome characters of Mo Dao Zu Shi, even though most of what he does when he appears on-screen is run his mouth. It's telling that most fans see either him or Jin Guangshan as the most despicable character in the novel; at times, they're even tied for the title.
- He's the perfect representative of the mass hypocrisy that exists in the cultivation world. For all their claims about righteousness and justice, they're no better — sometimes even worse — than the "evil" they vow to bring down. When faced with the truth, they deliberately ignore it and fail to learn their lesson and continue acting like they have always been right, otherwise they'd be left with bruised egos.
- He fervently claims that Sisi and Bicao couldn't be lying about what they said even when all they had were words to back up their claim — a sentiment that he didn't share towards Wei Wuxian.
- Karma Houdini:
- In the sense that he's neither penalized nor rewarded. Frustratingly, he doesn't get any punishment or even an arm cut off. However, Jin Ling does manage to yell at him to shut the hell up, leaving him embarrassed and angered. It's also unlikely that he'll be gaining favor from any of the Four Great Sects anytime soon — Wei Wuxian has married into the Lan Sect, Jiang Cheng and Wei Wuxian are now on purely neutral terms, Jin Ling told him to shut his mouth, and Nie Huaisang already completed his revenge and thus doesn't have any use for the old man's brown-nosing.
- This is almost played straight in The Untamed, since Jin Ling doesn't get the chance to tell him to be quiet (although Ouyang Zizhen still does school him into shutting up when he tries to condemn Wei Wuxian again). However, Wei Wuxian is still exonerated of the crimes he's accused of, Lan Wangji takes over Jin Guangyao's position as the Chief Cultivator, and Jiang Cheng eventually lets go of all his grudges towards Wei Wuxian. Therefore, there's at least the implicit assurance that Sect Leader Yao won't be able to attempt any more public gossip-mongering against Wei Wuxian, or even Jiang Cheng, again. Overall, he still loses as much as he gains nothing. However, given that, again, Lan Wangji is now the Chief Cultivator with Wei Wuxian by his side, Sect Leader Yao is likely going to find himself in a very awkward position for the rest of his life whenever he'll have to attend a conference with the other clans, so there is that.
- Lean and Mean: He's described to have a lean figure in the novel, and he's drawn as such in the donghua. He's also not a pleasant character, to say the least.
- Meaningful Name:
- His family name translates to "rumor", which fits his gossip-mongering nature and his tendency to believe baseless hearsay over hard facts.
- Although the character for beast/yao (妖) is written differently his surname (姚), both have the same word in romanized form, which helps emphasize one of the novel's morals that sometimes, it's the humans who are just as, if not more, likely to cause conflict than any supernatural beast would be capable of doing.
- No Name Given: His birth or courtesy name isn't revealed.
- Professional Butt-Kisser: He'll always side with the majority and whoever has the most power in the room.
- Smug Snake: It's obvious that all he has going for him is his mouth and his habit of always agreeing with the people with the loudest voices. It may have kept his head on his neck so far, but only because the people who he's decrying are either dead or plainly don't want to deal with him for another second.
- Ungrateful Bastard: He never shows any genuine gratitude towards anyone who saves his hide, even though he would have been dead otherwise.
Yingchuan Wang Sect | 颍川王氏
Voiced by (Mandarin): Qiu Qiu (animation, live-action), Yan Mengmeng (audio drama)
Voiced by (Korean): Gang Si-hyeon (animation)
Played by: Lu Enjie (live-action)
A servant of Wen Chao's wife and also Wen Chao's latest mistress.
- Adaptational Wimp: In the novel, once she learns that things aren't looking good for the Wen Sect, she immediately starts making plans to leave. She's only unsuccessful as Wei Wuxian had already been trailing her and Wen Chao and soon plagued her mind with hallucinations and nightmares. However, in the Animated Adaptation, she does nothing but cower until it's too late for her to try and flee.
- Affectionate Nickname: Wen Chao calls her JiaoJiao.
- Alpha Bitch: Although she's a handmaid in terms of rank, she has the attitude of one.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: In the donghua. After being killed by the zombies of the Wen guards, she became a fierce corpse that followed Wei Wuxian's orders.
- Asshole Victim: No one will be mourning her death any time soon.
- Attack the Mouth: In the donghua, after turning her into a fierce corpse, Wei Wuxian has her bite off Wen Chao's tongue.
- Beauty Mark: In the novel, she was described to have a small mole above her lip. The donghua and The Untamed shows she has a mark under her left eye.
- Book Dumb: Justified. She never received proper education given that she's a servant, and doesn't know how to correctly pronounce big words and can barely read.
- Buxom Is Better: It's easy to see why Wen Chao took a liking to her. She's not as chesty in The Untamed, however.
- Catapult Nightmare: In The Untamed, Wei Wuxian uses his powers to haunt Wang Lingjiao in her dreams, leading her to wake up screaming every night. It's apparently already happened enough times where she's become too afraid to sleep.
- Composite Character: In the donghua, she takes the place of a different female ghoul that Wei Wuxian summoned in the novel and the audio drama to terrorize Wen Chao.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Not that she didn't deserve it, but she's not granted a quick and painless death in any adaptation.
- In the novel and the audio drama, Wei Wuxian fueled her paranoia and drove her insane to the point that she ate a whole table leg... and died from choking on it.
- In the donghua, she's spooked and then devoured by some corpses that Wei Wuxian summoned. Then after using her corpse to attack Wen Chao, he tears her apart with materialized resentful energy.
- In The Untamed, Wei Wuxian makes her cut her own face before driving her to suicide via hanging.
- Desecrating the Dead:
- She attempted to do this to Yu Ziyuan after she died, but was stopped by Wen Zhuliu.
- After she died, she was on the receiving end of this. In the novel, Jiang Cheng shoved the stool leg she choked on further down her throat after finding her body; and in the donghua, Wei Wuxian brought her back as a walking corpse to mutilate Wen Chao before tearing her into pieces.
- Dies Wide Open: In the donghua she dies screaming as Wei Wuxian's fierce corpses eat her alive.
- Dirty Coward: The moment something doesn't go her way or she finds herself in danger, she'll drop her previously haughty attitude and call for help if Wen Chao or Wen Zhuliu are nearby.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: She was Wen Chao's lover, and Wei Wuxian forces her to choke on a piece of wood until she dies.
- Driven by Envy: The fiasco at the Xuanwu Cave started because she was jealous of Mianmian's looks and wanted her dead once she noticed Wen Chao take a liking to Mianmian.
- Drive To Suicide: In The Untamed, Wei Wuxian drives her to insanity before he ultimately makes her hang herself. In the novel he forces her to choke on a piece of wood until she died.
- Eaten Alive: Downplayed in the donghua, where Wei Wuxian sets a couple of zombified Wens on her and have her torn apart with their teeth while she's still kicking and screaming.
- Exorcist Head: She does this in the donghua after Wen Zhuliu shoves her corpse off of Wen Chao.
- Facial Horror: Shortly before she made herself choke to death, her face was mutilated nearly beyond recognition. In The Untamed, this is self-inflicted when she takes a broken clay shard and cuts her face with it.
- Gold Digger: She's actually a servant; her elevated status is entirely due to her sleeping with Wen Chao.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She attacked Mianmian because Wen Chao was making (unwanted) advances on her.
- Hate Sink: She wasn't exactly written to be likable or sympathetic.
- Insane Troll Logic: When she goes to Lotus Pier, she claims it was due to the suspicions that Jiang sect seem to be turning against the Wens because one of their disciples shot a kite that she claims looks like the sun which is the insignia of the Wens. Even Jiang Cheng and Wei Wuxian angrily grumble under their breaths that her logic doesn't make sense and the kite is clearly shaped like a monster, but they can't argue back.
- Laughing Mad: Right before she chokes herself to death with a stool leg.
- Madness Mantra: "I'll eat it! I'll eat it!", which she cries just before choking herself to death.
- Please Don't Leave Me: In the donghua, she begs Wen Chao not to leave her alone at their base while he goes off to capture Jiang Cheng and Lan Wangji, mainly because she's afraid that something or someone is out to get her.
- Properly Paranoid: She wasn't completely wrong when she thought that Wei Wuxian, as he previously vowed, had come back to get revenge on the Wen Sect. Her suspicion doesn't get her spared, however.
- Sadist: One of the reasons she got along with Wen Chao is because she also took pleasure in humiliating others.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When she notices that Wen Chao is losing interest in her, she decides to hightail it before he finally decides to get rid of her. Unfortunately for her, Wei Wuxian doesn't let her escape.
- Sleeping Their Way to the Top: The only reason she has as much power as she does is because she's sleeping with Wen Chao.
- Smug Snake: She acts condescending to everyone she meets, knowing full well that her relationship with Wen Chao gives her authority over the others. Should the other party not care about that and attack her, she's immediately reduced to a cowardly state.
- Sticky Fingers: She stole a lot of treasures during her time as Wen Chao's lover.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: She happily planned on torturing Wei Wuxian, was one of the reasons Lotus Pier was burnt down and in some adaptations watched as Wei Wuxian was tossed into the Burial Mounds. Little did she know that this would lead Wei Wuxian to discover demonic cultivation and give her a gruesome death.
- Villains Want Mercy: When she figures out that Wei Wuxian has come back and is after her, she pleads for him to spare her life. He doesn't.
- Would Hurt a Child: The Untamed explicitly shows her murdering a child.
Yueyang Chang Sect | 栎阳常氏
The former leader of the Yueyang Chang Sect, and Chang Ping's father.
- Create Your Own Villain: He's the main reason Xue Yang became the murderous delinquent he is today.
- Dirty Coward: He had some "business" with another man but couldn't personally confront the man himself, so he had a child deliver an extremely offensive message to him, without any regard for the fact that the child would take the brunt of the entire fiasco.
- Jerkass: He had an innocent kid play messenger to one of his enemies and let the kid suffer for it without any remorse, then reneged out of his promise with the child before brutalizing him. Yeah, he definitely wasn't a nice guy.
- Karma Houdini: In the sense that Xue Yang never directly got back at him for costing him his pinky finger, since Chang Cian was already dead when Xue Yang had grown up and acquired the means to take his revenge. It's only unfortunate that Xue Yang viewed the rest of the Chang clan as a good substitute target.
- Revenge by Proxy: The Chang Sect got wiped out because Xue Yang wanted revenge on Chang Cian for crushing his finger. However, Chang Cian had already passed away when Xue Yang had grown up. Nevertheless, the delinquent decided to use the reforged Stygian Tiger Seal on the clan, and soon would kill Chang Cian's son.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He might have given the young child his pastries if he knew that his actions would create a murderer that would eliminate his entire clan.
- Would Hurt a Child: If shoving off a kid isn't bad enough, he drove the carriage over the same kid's pinky finger, causing it to get pulverized into a bloody mess. And it's strongly implied he actually intended to kill the kid by running him over.
Chang Cian's son, and the final leader of the Yueyang Chang Sect. Chang Ping and a handful of other members of the Chang Sect survived the initial massacre instigated by Xue Yang since they were out on a night-hunt at a time, but years later Xue Yang killed all the survivors to the last person.
- Death by a Thousand Cuts: He was killed by lingchi, a method that involves cutting off a person's body piece by piece at least three-thousand times until only the bones remain, and that's before his eyes were dug out. Definitely not a pleasant way to go.
- Dramatic Irony: He rescinded his testimony against Xue Yang to save the survivors of his clan... only for them to be killed off years later by Xue Yang for the exact same reason as Xue Yang lashed out at Chang Ping for making Xiao Xingchen look foolish, although he was only lashing out due to deflecting his self-blame for causing Xiao Xingchen's suicide.
- Sins of Our Fathers: Averted. Xue Yang killed Chang Ping not because of what his father did to him, but because he indirectly (albeit unintentionally) smeared Xiao Xingchen's reputation. Wei Wuxian theorizes, however, that Xue Yang knew that the one truly responsible for Xiao Xingchen's ruination is Xue Yang himself, and he merely deflected his self-blame onto someone else.
- The Unseen: Besides a very small shot of him in the manhua, he's only mentioned but never featured in a flashback.
- Unwanted Assistance: Xiao Xingchen tried to seek justice for the death of half the Chang clan by apprehending Xue Yang. But some time after, the Jin Sect pressured Chang Ping to recant his claims about Xue Yang, and he relented out of fear. Chang Ping apologized to Xiao Xingchen for it later, telling him that he appreciated his assistance but he had to watch out for the safety of his clan.
Cultivators from Unnamed Sects
- An Arm and a Leg: According to him, he lost his leg in the Nightless City attack. He now wears a peg leg to compensate.
- Revenge Before Reason: Played with. While losing a limb is not a good experience, the narrative hints that like the rest of the cultivation mob, he also wants in on the glory of taking down the Yiling Patriarch. During the entire arc, he acts as stubborn as a mule and it only takes either Nie Huaisang agreeing with Wei Wuxian or the fight with the fierce corpses exhausting him until he faints for him to stop squawking.
- Skewed Priorities: Even though they're all cornered in a cave and there's a horde of murderous zombies outside waiting to tear them apart, Yi Weichun still attempted to attack Wei Wuxian and refused to believe anything he said.
- Foil: To both Jin Ling and Jiang Cheng.
- The three of them resent Wei Wuxian for the deaths of their parents. But among the three, it's Jin Ling who was able to properly make peace with what happened, move on from his hatred, and forgive Wei Wuxian as well as reconcile with him. With Jiang Cheng, it takes an Awful Truth to humble him into finding closure with his misconceptions and grudges in order to move on, but he he had committed too many wrongs out of his resentment that whether he and Wei Wuxian have a chance of repairing their friendship is highly uncertain. While Fang Mengchen declares that he can never forgive Wei Wuxian no matter what, it's made clear to him that killing Wei Wuxian will not fix anything, and whether he does eventually let go of his revenge is left up in the air.
- There is the degree of how much Wei Wuxian was truly involved in their parents' deaths. In Jiang Cheng's case, Wei Wuxian had nothing to do with it since the Wens would have attacked Lotus Pier regardless, but Jiang Cheng held onto the belief that Wei Wuxian was still responsible one way or another. In J In Ling's case, Wei Wuxian inadvertently caused Jin Zixuan's death and Jiang Yanli died because she took a fatal blow meant for Wei Wuxian; but it was obvious that had it not been for the moral corruption in the rest of the Jin family, no harm would have befallen either. Wei Wuxian was only directly responsible for the deaths of Fang Mengchen's parents, and he acknowledged that many had perished during the Nightless City bloodbath after he used the Stygian Tiger Seal. However, the cultivation mob selectively ignores the fact that the massacre had only happened because they chose to strike Wei Wuxian first without any prior provocation, and under false and unproven pretenses at that.
- Revenge Before Reason: He's not as rash as Yi Weichun to attack Wei Wuxian while they were in the middle of fighting fierce corpses (key word: while) . However, even after Wei Wuxian proved that he's not responsible for the many crimes he was accused of (besides the Nightless City massacre), Fang Mengchen continues to hold Wei Wuxian in contempt for his parents' deaths.
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: Zigzagged. On one hand, he's not mistaken in his accusation of Wei Wuxian killing his parents and its understandable why he would want to avenge his family. On the other, his parents were part of a mob that wanted to kill a man who was falsely pegged as power-hungry, destructive and evil, and also kill the group of innocent refugees he had been trying to protect from them. While Wei Wuxian doesn't try to justify his actions or attempt to seek forgiveness, there's still how thousands of people had committed a grave injustice by principle, which would net them some Laser-Guided Karma in the long run, be it humiliation, gaining no reward, or even death.
- Vengeance Feels Empty: Even after Wei Wuxian saves his life, Fang Mengchen still wants him dead and even tries to kill him. However, Wei Wuxian firmly tells him that he had already lost everything and paid for his crimes by dying a painful death once, and if Fang Mengchen also desires revenge on the Wens, they had died not once, but twice. No matter how he feels, he won't gain anything if Wei Wuxian dies a second time. Fang Mengchen's reaction indicates that he is all too aware of this, causing him to storm off in anger.
- You Killed My Father: The primary reason for his hatred towards Wei Wuxian.