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Other Sects

Yingchuan Wang Sect

     Wang Lingjiao (王灵娇) 

Voiced by: Qiu Qiu (animation, live-action), Yan Mengmeng (audio drama)
Played by: Lu Enjie (live-action)

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A servant of Wen Chao's wife and also Wen Chao's latest mistress.


  • Alpha Bitch: Although she's only a handmaid, she has the attitude of one.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: After being attacked and killed by the zombies of the Wen guards, she became a corpse that followed Wei Wuxian's orders.
  • 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.
  • 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 attack Wen Chao before tearing her into pieces.
  • Facial Horror: Shortly before she made herself choke to death, her face was mutilated nearly beyond recognition. And in The Untamed, this is self-inflicted.
  • Gold Digger: She's actually a servant; her 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.
  • Sadist: One of the reasons she got along with Wen Chao is because she also took pleasure in humiliating others.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Untamed explicitly shows her murdering a child.

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Laoling Qin Sect

     Qin Su (秦愫) 

Voiced by: Ye Zhiqiu (audio drama)
Played by: Jin Luying (live-action)

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The daughter of Qin Cangye, and eventually, Jin Guangyao's wife.


  • Child by Rape: Jin Guangyao explicitly states that Jin Guangshan forced himself on Madam Qin, resulting in Qin Su's birth.
  • Despair Event Horizon: At first, she was Happily Married with Jin Guangyao. Then she learns the Awful Truth about how they're blood relatives and how their son really died, and subsequently loses it.
  • Driven to Suicide: After finding out that she's Jin Guangyao's half-sister and that Jin Guangyao had killed their son once he found out.
  • Rescue Romance: She fell in love with Jin Guangyao when he saved her during the Sunshot Campaign.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only appears in two chapters and is mentioned in a few more chapters, but her presence is connected to a good deal of shocking and damning information about Jin Guangyao.
  • Surprise Incest: Jin Guangshan had raped her mother, the wife of his subordinate. She was the result. No one but her mother knew. Qin Su then went on to fall in love with and marry Jin Guangyao.
  • The Un-Reveal: She refuses to tell Jin Guangyao who sent her the letter, knowing that he'll silence the sender. Although thirty chapters later the sender is revealed to be her handmaid.
  • You Make Me Sick: Her response to learning Jin Guangyao's secrets is to feel ill and heave her guts out. Understandable, especially when since she learns that her husband is her half-brother and murdered their son.

Moling Su Sect | 秣陵苏氏

     Su She (苏涉) - Minshan (悯善) 

Voiced by: Sun Lulu (animation), Wang Chenguang (audio drama), Bei Chen (live-action)
Played by: Feng Cong (live-action)

Weapon: Nanping (jian)

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A former disciple of the Lan Sect, who eventually formed his own sect with the assistance of Jin Guangyao.


  • Adapted Out: He still appears in The Untamed, but he's absent in the Xuanwu Cave arc.
  • 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.
  • 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: He's not ashamed of throwing other people under the bus to save his own skin.
  • 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, majority of which are completely unjustified.
  • 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, his sect would not have survived without the support of Jin Guangyao, and even the Lan Sect 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.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: It's very easy to set him off, which is part of why he's the vengeful type.
  • Hypocrite: He deliberately copies Lan Wangji in almost every aspect out of envy, yet he gets offended whenever others point it out.
  • 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.
  • 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. This is best displayed in The Untamed, where he sold out the Lan Sect to the Wen Sect out of fear for his own life, which understandably gets him kicked out of the Lan Sect as punishment. Yet he doesn't seem to realize this and thinks that the Lan Sect's low opinion of him is born of 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.
  • 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.
  • Smug Snake: Su She likes to think that he's one of the biggest threats the protagonists has to face, but he overestimates his worth and has 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Jin Guangyao, to the point that he would even give his life for him.

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Baling Ouyang Sect | 巴陵欧阳氏

     Ouyang Zizhen (欧阳子真) 

Voiced by: Ding Dang (audio drama - Season 1), Li Qingyang (audio drama - Seasons 2 and 3)
Played by: Cao Junxiang (The Untamed)

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One of the junior cultivators that accompanied Wei Wuxian in Yi City. Wei Wuxian pegs him as a romantic. Due to the events at Yi City, as of the Second Siege he's one of the juniors that have a hard time following their parents' hatred of Wei Wuxian.


  • The Bus Came Back: He had a minor role in the Yi City arc, then appeared again during the Second Siege arc as one of the juniors who got captured and trapped in the Burial Mounds.
  • Kid Has a Point: Most of the junior cultivators present in the Second Siege generally constitute the more mature party, but Ouyang Zizhen takes the cake. Given that most of the adult cultivators are way too prideful or biased to listen to any sensible thing Wei Wuxian has to say, 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 reluctantly admit (even if not out loud) that he's not wrong.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Most apparent in The Untamed, where his father underwent Adaptational Jerkass in contrast to 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 also remains polite to his father even as he defies him by defending Wei Wuxian.
  • 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.

Yi City | 义城 — Warning: Walking Spoiler

     Xue Yang (薛洋) - Chengmei (成美) 

Voiced by: Hui Long (audio drama - adult), Li Jiayi (audio drama - child), Liu Sanmu (live-action)
Played by: Wang Haoxuan (live-action)

Height: 180 cm
Weapon: Jiangzai | 降灾 (jian)

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A guest disciple of the Jin clan, Xue Yang was a practitioner of demonic cultivation. His talent in The Dark Arts led him to be able to recreate the other lost half of the Stygian Tiger Amulet, which could put all corpses and ghosts under the holder's command.

Having made his name as a hooligan in Kuizhou, Xue Yang's massacre of the Yueyang Chang Sect and his eventual arrest by Xiao Xingchen was the point where the Nie and Jin Sects began to fall out. Xue Yang was imprisoned in Koi Tower until the death of Nie Mingjue, after which Jin Guangshan began to pressure the remnants of the Chang clan to change their statements.

After the Chang clan gave in, Xue Yang was then released back into the world, where he took his revenge on Xiao Xingchen's friend Song Lan by massacring all of Song Lan's students in the White Snow Temple and blinding Song Lan, forcing Xiao Xingchen to give his own eyes to Song Lan. When Jin Guangshan died and Jin Guangyao took over, one of Jin Guangyao's first moves was to remove this stain on the Jin clan's reputation. Xue Yang fled for his life, and was then saved by the already-blind Xiao Xingchen.


  • Adaptational Badass: While it's not much of an upgrade, in The Untamed demonic cultivation was discovered long before the beginning of the story, and Xue Yang was already practicing The Dark Arts before Wei Wuxian.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In The Untamed he's introduced prior to the events of the Yi City arc due to being an agent of the Wen Sect.
  • Adaptation Deviation: In the novel, he worked for the Jin Sect whereas in The Untamed, he works for the Wen Sect instead; although he still ends up working for the former some time after Wei Wuxian's death.
  • Arc Villain: He's the main figure of conflict in the Yi City arc, being directly responsible for everything that happened in the aforementioned city.
  • Attack the Mouth: One of his favorite techniques is to slice off his victim's tongue, rendering them mute.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Xue Yang figured out that "Mo Xuanyu" is the Yiling Patriarch simply from seeing him channel immense power from a basic demonic cultivation spell — something that only the founder of said arts would be capable of. And unlike Lan Wangji and Jiang Cheng, he never personally knew the guy.
  • Ax-Crazy: He's not mindlessly insane, but it's obvious that even before his Sanity Slippage (see below), there are already a few nails in his head screwed the wrong way.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: He's a demonic cultivator, and is infamous as a delinquent and the killer of an entire clan.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It's strongly suggested that Xue Yang started to grow attached to Xiao Xingchen after living a peaceful life with him for two years.
  • Berserk Button: In certain circumstances, calling him disgusting or trash will set him off. Xiao Xingchen and A-Qing learned this the hard, hard way.
  • Birds of a Feather: There's a good reason why he and Jin Guangyao share a Villainous Friendship. They both lived difficult lives and suffered abuse when they were children, leaving them with the desire to turn to sinister or underhanded means to get ahead in life and get revenge on the ones that made their lives miserable. They're also all about self-preservation and have no empathy or concern for the suffering of others, and while they're capable of caring for someone they won't hesitate to manipulate, deceive, and sometimes even kill those they care for.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As he admits, he's a delinquent, so of course he's not afraid of fighting dirty.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In the past, Xue Yang lived as a Street Urchin doing menial jobs, and then everything went downhill for him when Chang Cian cost him his finger...
  • Dead Person Impersonation: As Xiao Xingchen.
  • Death Wail: In the audio drama, he yells in both rage and anguish when Xiao Xingchen's death fully sinks in, and The Untamed shows him doing the same.
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: He intentionally gets himself infected with corpse poisoning so that he would be "rescued" and taken inside to where Wei Wuxian and the juniors are hiding.
  • Depending on the Artist: His eye color is never consistent, changing from blue (first season of the audio drama), to yellow (second season of the audio drama), to gray (manhua).
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Implied in The Untamed when he tells Wen Ruohan that he fears not death but a life without meaning.
  • Did Not See That Coming: When Xue Yang revealed to Xiao Xingchen that he actually killed Song Lan, he just wanted to break his spirit (metaphorically), and didn't anticipate that Xiao Xingchen would literally do just that by killing himself.
  • Dies Wide Open: Combined with Go Out with a Smile in The Untamed, where he dies while looking at the last pieces of candy that Xiao Xingchen gave him.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Played with. Xue Yang's death occurs off-screen in the novel, and it's hinted that he dies of blood loss after his arm got cut off. He still loses an arm in The Untamed, although there's the addition of Song Lan stabbing him through shortly afterwards; but in the end he still dies from the same reason.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He lives by this trope. If someone hurts him, he'll hurt them back tenfold. He even suggests this to A-Qing regarding whoever's making fun of her.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": When Xiao Xingchen starts giving both Xue Yang and A-Qing candy everyday, Xue Yang never thanked him, but he never rejected the gesture either. There are hints that this isn't because he's ungrateful, but because he's not familiar with feeling or expressing genuine gratitude.
  • Double Weapon: In The Untamed, Jiangzai still takes the form of a standard Chinese sword, but it can also transform into a double-bladed sword.
  • Dual Wielding: Attempted. He tries to fight Lan Wangji with both Jiangzai and Shuanghua, although the latter is snatched from him before the fight starts. It's still possible that he knows how to fight in this manner, and is the only character in the novel to do so.
  • Due to the Dead: It's implied that Xue Yang, despite everything he did to Xiao Xingchen, didn't desecrate the latter's corpse and preserved it in a coffin.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: It's implied that he grew to care for Xiao Xingchen in his own twisted way, since after the latter rescued him the two of them were able to live in peace for a time. Even if that was the case, it didn't stop him from tormenting Xiao Xingchen when the cat goes out of the bag; although when that resulted in the latter's suicide, Xue Yang didn't take it well.
  • Evil Genius: In the three-person band led by Jin Guangyao, Xue Yang arguably fills this role, being the one with the genius to restore the lost half of the Stygian Tiger Amulet. Besides Wei Wuxian, he was also the only other person to successfully create a sentient corpse. However, he states that in terms of knowledge and expertise in demonic cultivation, he's still only second to Wei Wuxian.
  • Exact Words: According to him, he only states facts and never hyperbolizes anything.
    Xue Yang: If I say I'm gonna kill someone's entire clan, I'll actually kill their entire clan. I won't even leave a dog behind.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: His first official appearance in the manhua shows that he has both red and dark circles in his eyes. The flashbacks showed that he already had the dark circles, meaning he got even more exhausted after the Time Skip.
  • Family Extermination: He annihilated the entire Chang family out of revenge for the patriarch costing him one of his fingers.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Xue Yang is described to have canine-like teeth, and he's the villain of the Yi City arc.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Xiao Xingchen saves him, heals him and cares for him as a friend and Xue Yang repays him by using him, killing his best friend and driving him to his Despair Event Horizon.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Played for Laughs; while he's still in his disguise, he claims that death would be more preferable than eating the spicy rice congee that Wei Wuxian made. Given his Sweet Tooth, he may not have been joking.
  • Fingore: He lost a finger on his left hand when it got crushed by a cart.
  • Five Stages of Grief: Xue Yang's reaction to Xiao Xingchen's death shows him going back and forth through stages 1 to 4. And even in the years that passed, he's still a long way from moving on to stage 5.
    • Denial: He doesn't realize that Xiao Xingchen's suicide is his fault, and tries to rectify it by turning him into a fierce corpse. Even when faced with the fact that it can't happen, he keeps on trying.
    • Anger and Depression: When he learns Xiao Xingchen can't be brought back because his soul is damaged, he's consumed with anger and goes into a frenzied breakdown.
    • Bargaining: After venting out his rage, he threatens Xiao Xingchen that if he doesn't come back to life, he'll kill A-Qing and everyone in Yi City.
  • Foil: To Wei Wuxian, serving as his Shadow Archetype. Both were Street Urchins when they were younger and had traumatic experiences during that time, with Wei Wuxian developing a fear of dogs and Xue Yang losing his pinky finger in a gruesome event; and they're also practitioners of demonic cultivation. However, that's all what they have in common.
    • While Wei Wuxian didn't allow the bad parts of his past to embitter him, Xue Yang grew up with a vengeful and twisted streak and exacted his revenge on those who made his life miserable, and then some.
    • Both were Street Urchins when they were younger, but Wei Wuxian eventually got adopted into the Jiang Sect. Xue Yang wasn't so lucky to be adopted by a loving family, or by anyone else for that matter.
    • Wei Wuxian uses The Dark Arts with noble goals, while Xue Yang does so with malicious intent.
    • On a lighter note, their taste preferences are on the opposing sides of the spectrum, with Wei Wuxian liking spicy food and Xue Yang preferring sweets.
  • Freudian Excuse: When Xue Yang relayed part of his backstory to Xiao Xingchen and A-Qing, A-Qing expresses that what happened to him was horrible, and Xiao Xingchen (after learning the full story) stated that Xue Yang would have been justified in his revenge had he merely taken a finger or an arm at worst. Xue Yang even claims that it's why he's the way he is right now, although anyone can agree that it doesn't justify his Serial Killer tendencies.
  • Full-Body Disguise: Due to having met Wei Wuxian earlier in The Untamed, when they encounter each other again in Yi City, Xue Yang uses a face mask that makes him look exactly like Xiao Xingchen.
  • Guttural Growler: When angered, his voice becomes lower and harsher, and he speaks as if he's both hissing and snarling.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even without his pinky (which is the most important finger in sword-wielding), he's good enough with a blade to keep up with the likes of Song Lan and Lan Wangji. Granted, he had a few aces up his sleeve such as corpse poisoning powder and the fog within Yi City, but still.
  • Hidden Depths: His character song in the live-action series delves into his character and how he feels about the events of the Yi City arc. Going by the lyrics, he deeply mourns Xiao Xingchen's death and is aware that he'll never come back, and knows what he had done and admits that he brought his suffering on himself. However, he chooses to go into self-denial and persist in his attempts to resurrect Xiao Xingchen because otherwise he's left with nothing, and all the while he's secretly waiting to die as atonement.
  • Humble Goal: His thoughts in The Untamed as he breathes his last cry out this trope.
    Once upon a time, there was a little child who liked sweet things very much. But because he had no parents nor money, he could never have such things. So everyday... he'd been dreaming if only someone could give him candy every day.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Xue Yang is the only one to suspect that A-Qing may be faking her blindness, and it's only thanks to years of pretending that she's able to bluff him.
  • Irrational Hatred: Played with. Xue Yang has good reason to hate Chang Cian and want revenge against him, except that he extends his hatred to the entire Chang clan and feels that the only fitting payback is all their deaths, which is when his hatred becomes straight-up unreasonable.
  • Karmic Death: In The Untamed, he gets finished off by the guy whom he had indirectly killed.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: The Live-Action Adaptation has him literally kick down Song Lan's body after Xiao Xingchen fatally stabbed him. The novel contains the more metaphorical version of the trope where he simply mocks Song Lan while leaving him to die.
  • Killed Offscreen: Xue Yang suffers a serious injury when Lan Wangji cuts off his arm, but he's taken away by the gravedigger before Lan Wangji could deliver the final blow. Wei Wuxian theorizes that his wound is too serious for him to live for any longer anyways. The author confirmed that Xue Yang is dead.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: He'll immediately stand down if he's caught red-handed and knows he's outmatched.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Xue Yang tells both Wei Wuxian and Jin Guangyao (on separate occasions) that he doesn't leave even a chicken or a dog alive whenever he cleans up a place.
  • The Load: Despite his genius, he became this to the Jin Sect as his unrestrained sociopathy tarnished their reputation by association. Once the public opinion became too hard to ignore, the Jin family turned on him.
  • Madness Mantra: He has one after realizing that Xiao Xingchen is Deader Than Dead.
    Xue Yang: Spirit-trapping Pouch, Spirit-trapping Pouch. Right, a Spirit-trapping Pouch. I need a Spirit-trapping Pouch, a Spirit-trapping Pouch, a Spirit-trapping Pouch...
  • Meaningful Name: Wei Wuxian lampshades that Xue Yang's sword has a name befitting of its owner, since Jiangzai means "to bring forth disaster".
  • Moral Myopia: Needless to say, he lacks a moral compass and can't empathize with the pain of others around him, only caring about his own. This exchange says it all:
    Xiao Xingchen: Why did you have to kill his entire clan? Don't tell me that a single finger of yours was equal to more than fifty human lives!
    Xue Yang: Of course. My finger was my own, while those lives were other peoples'. They wouldn't be equal no matter how many lives I killed. It was only around fifty. How could it have possibly been equal to one of my fingers?
  • Mr. Fanservice: He gets to be shirtless in a few chapters of the manhua, and he's admittedly easy on the eyes.
  • Never My Fault:
    • Despite his crimes against the Chang clan, Xue Yang blames Xiao Xingchen for arresting him, telling him that he should have minded his own business.
    • Xue Yang's reaction when he inadvertently drove Xiao Xingchen to suicide after taunting him with the Awful Truth? "You forced me to do this!" Even years later, he's still unable to realize that he's at fault and lashes out by annihilating the remainders of the Chang clan out of "revenge", belying his true desire to avenge Xiao Xingchen's death through his own.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In the novel, it's ambiguous exactly when Xue Yang found out that A-Qing can see after all. However, in The Untamed Xue Yang's actor claims that before the tragedy began, Xue Yang eventually figured out that A-Qing isn't blind but never exposed her since he wants to continue enjoying his life with her and Xiao Xingchen.
  • Pet the Dog: There are a few examples where he shows genuine altruism to both Xiao Xingchen and A-Qing, even if he doesn't go about it in the most humane ways.
    • In The Untamed, after a merchant spurns Xiao Xingchen solely because he's blind, Xue Yang threatens the merchant at knife-point into reconsidering his decision. The manhua dials this down to him simply emanating a menacing aura towards said merchant.
    • When A-Qing claims that someone called her ugly, Xue Yang tries to give her advice on what to do the next time someone insults her. Except that by then, A-Qing already knows about Xue Yang's true colors and Xue Yang's "advice" isn't exactly family-friendly.
  • Poison Is Evil: He tends to infect his victims with corpse poisoning powder, which turns them into something akin to walking corpses. Additionally, he also used a chemical powder to blind both Song Lan and A-Qing.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: This is Xue Yang in a nutshell. Because of this, even if Xue Yang sincerely cared for Xiao Xingchen due to the kindness he showed him, Xue Yang's mentality is too warped for him to register it in the correct manner. His response to every Armor-Piercing Question Wei Wuxian throws at him further imply that he's incapable of acknowledging that he does hold Xiao Xingchen dear, and that most of his actions (such as storing his soul and wielding his sword) were done for that very reason.
    The child in Xue Yang's story who cried because he couldn't eat pastries was too different from the present him. It was almost impossible to link the two together. Yet, in the current moment, Wei Wuxian could finally catch a few traces of that ignorant, confused child on Xue Yang's face.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He has one plastered on his face almost all the time, which both the manhua and The Untamed can attest to. It only drops when he gets seriously angry.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: He's not a Serial Rapist, but he suggests this to Jin Guangyao when it comes to dealing with others pressing the latter's Berserk Button, indicating that he's not opposed to the idea.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He murdered the entire White Snow temple sect and blinds Song Lan just to get back at Xiao Xingchen.
  • Sanity Slippage: While it's subtle, there's a part of his head that got irreparably screwed after Xiao Xingchen died. In the past he's perfectly composed even while indulging in his murderous tendencies, whereas in the present he's noticeably more unhinged and erratic.
  • Saying Too Much: He unintentionally gave himself away to Wei Wuxian by being a bit too knowledgeable about demonic cultivation despite claiming to be a Daoist priest.
  • Serial Killer: He's responsible for wiping out the entire Chang clan and for the White Snow Temple massacre. And that's just part of the body count. The Untamed takes it even further by mentioning that he has killed several other lesser clans.
  • The Sociopath: Technically speaking, he ticks almost all the boxes. He lacks a conscience and has a very skewed morality, while he's not a Consummate Liar (see Exact Words above) he's definitely not above deceiving others, he does anything and everything that amuses him, he fears a meaningless life, and he's unable to acknowledge what he did wrong since as far as he knows, he's just repaying the favor to those who he believed wronged him first. However, Xue Yang is fully capable of feeling love; the problem is that his childhood trauma and lack of proper guidance left him unable to properly express — let alone realize — it.
  • Start of Darkness: Losing his finger to Chang Cian is this for Xue Yang.
  • Stepford Smiler: At least in The Untamed where according to Wang Haoxuan, Xue Yang tends to smile and laugh through everything he does as both a defense mechanism and a way to show that deep inside, he's still a child who never properly grew up. Then after Xiao Xingchen's death, Xue Yang's habit of smiling became a coping mechanism and a sign of his Sanity Slippage.
  • Sweet Tooth: A defining feature.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Song Lan outright accuses him of this, and he wasn't far off since that was Xue Yang's intention... at least at first. Probably.
  • Tragic Keepsake:
    • When Lan Wangji severed one of Xue Yang's arms, Wei Wuxian sees that the hand was tightly holding onto a piece of candy, likely the last one that Xiao Xingchen gave him.
    • While it was to maintain his disguise, it was also possible that Xiao Xingchen's sword also served in this capacity to Xue Yang, and he even gets angry when Shuanghua is taken from him.
  • Trying Not to Cry: After Xiao Xingchen bites the death, Xue Yang reacts in this manner. In the audio drama, while he's Laughing Mad it's obvious that it's to stop himself from sobbing; and in The Untamed, he's clearly getting teary-eyed while looking at Xiao Xingchen's recently dead body.
  • The Unapologetic: He has zero remorse whatsoever for all the murders he committed. He's never even able to acknowledge that he's responsible for the one death he's upset about.
  • The Un-Reveal: How he got injured before getting rescued by Xiao Xingchen isn't disclosed in the story, but it's hinted that he got wounded by the Jin Sect after they turned on him.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: When Xue Yang was younger, he was a lot more naive and simple-minded. Then a few grown men abused him one terrible day, and unbeknownst to them, created a murderous delinquent who would soon repay their "kindness".
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has an equally epic and tragic one after Xiao Xingchen commits suicide. He has another when Lan Wangji retrieves Shuanghua and the Soul-Trapping Pouch containing Xiao Xingchen's soul from him.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Jin Guangyao. Jin Guangyao was, however, pragmatic enough to recognize that a public association with a known hooligan did not bode well for his political aspirations.
  • Voice Changeling: While in his disguise in The Untamed, he speaks with Xiao Xingchen's voice instead of his own.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Combined with Would Hurt a Child. Xue Yang massacred an entire clan, which meant women and children were among the casualties.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: In retaliation to Xiao Xingchen pressing his Berserk Button, Xue Yang reveals to him that he actually killed innocents and his own best friend.
  • Yandere: There are many signs that Xue Yang is the non-romantic kind towards Xiao Xingchen. For instance, he had Song Lan killed when the latter confronted him over Xiao Xingchen, he reacted poorly when Xiao Xingchen killed himself, he stored the shattered pieces of his soul and wanted Wei Wuxian to piece it back together and it's possible that he had been attempting it himself for years, and he kept Shuanghua and a piece of candy that Xiao Xingchen offered him in remembrance of the man.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Xue Yang has genuine admiration for the Yiling Patriarch for his deeds and his discovery of demonic cultivation. Of course, is filled with nothing but disgust upon hearing this.

     Xiao Xingchen (晓星尘) 

Voiced by: Chen Hao (audio drama), Chenzhang Taikang (live-action)
Played by: Song Jiyang (live-action)

Height: 185 cm
Weapon: Shuanghua | 霜华 (jian)

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The third and latest disciple of the famed rogue cultivator Baoshan Sanren, Xiao Xingchen is a well-meaning but overly trusting Daoist priest. Having made his name in one night, Xiao Xingchen's arrest of Xue Yang set the tone of their future interactions as the target of Xue Yang's tactics.


  • Adaptational Badass: He was already said to be incredibly strong in the novel, but there's definitely a significant difference in power when cryokinesis (or a diluted form of it) is added to his arsenal — which is the case in the donghua.
  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In The Untamed, the events of the Wen Sect's impending attack on the Four Great Sects and the massacre of the Chang clan occur around the same time, hence Xiao Xingchen appears much earlier when he apprehends Xue Yang. He even gets to have a brief interaction with Wei Wuxian when the latter asks him if he knew Cangse Sanren.
  • All for Nothing: He left his life of isolation to try to save the world only to end up broken and dead.
  • Alliterative Name: Xiao Xingchen.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: His whole name literally translates to "dawn stardust", which is neat for a name.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Aside from the scar on his neck, his body didn't decay in the slightest in the years that passed by after his suicide.
  • Bishōnen: Some of the characters In-Universe describe him as handsome. This isn't downplayed in the slightest in The Untamed, with many fans describing his actor as either ethereal or beautiful.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: The loss of his sight didn't stop him from being a proficient fighter. It's only a shame that Xue Yang took advantage of his blindness to trick him into killing innocents.
  • Break the Cutie: Life gradually goes downhill for him after he rescued Xue Yang.
  • Cosmic Plaything: Wei Wuxian at one point lampshades his completely abysmal luck.
  • Dead All Along: The man who introduced himself as "Xiao Xingchen" to the main group was actually Xue Yang in disguise; the real Xiao Xingchen is already long dead.
  • Deader Than Dead: In the xianxia genre, when one commits suicide in despair their soul will shatter nearly beyond repair — which also applies for Xiao Xingchen. However, Wei Wuxian states that given enough time, his soul can heal and be restored.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After finding out the friend that's been living with him for years is his enemy and has been directing him to kill innocent villagers, as well as his old friend. The end result of all that is him taking his own life.
  • Detect Evil: His sword, Shuanghua, can sense the resentful energy of corpses. However, it can't tell the difference between actual walking corpses and those infected with corpse poisoning, which Xue Yang takes advantage of.
  • Driven to Suicide: He kills himself out of anguish after Xue Yang reveals that Song Lan is dead and that Xiao Xingchen is the one who killed him.
  • Easily Forgiven: A tragic and justified example; Song Lan doesn't blame Xiao Xingchen for killing him, understanding that he was tricked.
  • Eye Scream: After Xue Yang blinded Song Lan, Xiao Xingchen gave the latter his own eyes so he would regain his sight.
  • Foil:
    • To Lan Xichen. Xiao Xingchen's character arc foreshadows Lan Xichen's as both characters are genuinely nice and kind people who are exploited and used by their so-called friends to commit evil and left in despair as the knowledge breaks them. Bonus points for Jin Guangyao and Xue Yang being friends as well. The only difference is that one dies by suicide, and the other lives but goes into seclusion.
    • To Wei Wuxian. Both gave up a part of themselves to save their respective close friend, whom they share a Tragic Bromance with. However, this left them handicapped, vulnerable, and susceptible to manipulation by their enemies. They also died shortly after they fell into despair, with Xiao Xingchen committing suicide and Wei Wuxian suffering from backlash after he destroyed the Stygian Tiger Amulet. Their deaths almost obliterated their souls completely, and it took thirteen years until Wei Wuxian returned to the mortal realm, whereas it would take more time for Xiao Xingchen.
    • To Lan Wangji. Similar appearances aside, both are selfless people who helps anyone in need without seeking any reward, and don't wish to involve themselves in the political side of cultivation. Their lives are also deeply tangled with that of a demonic cultivator, and they had a case of Parting Words Regret with their closest person. The difference is the demonic cultivator and the closest person are two different people for Xiao Xingchen, whereas it's one and the same for Lan Wangji.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even when blind, he still goes out on night-hunts.
  • Heroic Neutral: Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan are valiant to the core, but they do not ally themselves with any sect nor do they involve themselves in politics.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan are stated to be the most intimate of friends. They're close enough that Xiao Xingchen, even after he went blind, easily recognizes Song Lan's swordsmanship and the sound of his sword Fuxue.
  • An Ice Person: The donghua provides Xiao Xingchen with the ability to freeze anything he channels his spiritual energy into. Additionally, anyone who's struck dead with his sword is left with a frost symbol on their bodies.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Inverted. It takes his death for Xue Yang to realize just how much Xiao Xingchen might have meant for him, and there are a lot of hints to suggest this. Xue Yang spent the next few years trying to revive him, gets unusually angry and desperate when Wei Wuxian tells him point-blank that it's impossible; and shortly after he slips into his second Villainous Breakdown after Shuanghua is taken from him. Xue Yang's character song in The Untamed even confirms this; the song basically being a mournful ode to Xiao Xingchen.
  • Nice Guy: One could even say that he's too nice for his own good.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The one person he saves turns out to be his evil archenemy.
  • Tears of Blood: He sheds these after learning of Song Lan's death, since he no longer has his eyes.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Xiao Xingchen's trusting and kind nature caused him to be overly naive. Hence, his suffering and eventual death was inevitable.
  • Tragic Bromance: With Song Lan.
  • Tragic Dream: His desire to found a cultivation clan based on merit and ideals.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This man's life after he leaves his mountain is one tragedy after another, leading to his Despair Event Horizon.
  • Unwitting Pawn: While Xiao Xingchen is too trusting in general, giving up his sight to restore Song Lan's made it all the easier for Xue Yang to manipulate him.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan's relationship grew strained after Xue Yang attacked the White Snow Temple, and Xiao Xingchen kept his distance from Song Lan as per the latter's request. He has no hard feelings, however, and even gave up his sight so that Song Lan would regain his own.
  • Whip It Good: As a Daoist priest, he carries a fuchen (horsetail whisk) with him.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Saves his friend's life and eyes? Friend dies anyway a few years later. Adopts a child and rebuilds a second life with another friend? Is manipulated into killing the village by that same friend. Also, his child dies shortly after.

     Song Lan (宋岚) - Zichen (子琛) 

Voiced by: Wu Lei (audio drama), Lu Lifeng (live-action)
Played by: Li Bowen (live-action)

Height: 190 cm
Weapon: Fuxue | 拂雪 (jian)

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Xiao Xingchen's most trusted friend, and a disciple from the White Snow Temple. Sharing the same ideals, both friends vowed to create a sect where all are treated equally and bloodline didn't matter.


  • Adaptational Early Appearance: In The Untamed, the events of the Wen Sect's impending attack on the Four Great Sects and the massacre of the Chang clan occur around the same time, hence Song Lan appears much earlier when he helps Xiao Xingchen capture Xue Yang. He encounters Wei Wuxian once again after Lotus Pier burned down, which happened around the same time Song Lan had his sight restored by Baoshan Sanren.
  • And I Must Scream: Invoked by Xue Yang who brought him back as a zombie and forced him to kill while retaining his consciousness.
  • Death Cry Echo: Averted. Song Lan deliberately avoided making a sound when Xiao Xingchen stabbed him, as he didn't want his friend to recognize him and realize what he just did.
  • Exact Words: When Lan Sizhui interrogated Song Lan's corpse, Wei Wuxian notices that Song Lan specifically answered "Xiao Xingchen" when he was asked about who killed him, but not also when asked about who was controlling him — allowing him to figure out that the "Xiao Xingchen" who's with them right now is actually Xue Yang.
  • Eye Scream: Xue Yang blinded his eyes during the massacre on the White Snow Temple; although he regains his sight after Xiao Xingchen gave him his eyes.
  • Foil: To Jiang Cheng, as Song Lan's friendship with Xiao Xingchen parallels Jiang Cheng's own friendship with Wei Wuxian.
    • Both pushed away their closest friend in anger after a personal tragedy befell them. However, Song Lan immediately regretted his actions and tried to reconcile with Xiao Xingchen before he got thwarted by Xue Yang. On the other hand, Jiang Cheng continued to hate Wei Wuxian for thirteen years; but by the time he learned the truth about everything he blamed Wei Wuxian for — while he feels remorseful — their relationship is already too estranged for them to properly make up.
    • Both also lost a vital part of themselves to their enemies, but they regained said vital part because their friend gave them their own (eyes/sight for Song Lan, and golden core/cultivation ability for Jiang Cheng).
  • Guttural Growler: While he was still under Xue Yang's control, all Song Lan does is growl and roar like a wild animal, similar to Wen Ning. This is further justified in Song Lan's case; his tongue was cut off, so those are the only noises he can make even if he was lucid.
  • Hates Being Touched: According to Jin Guangyao, Song Lan is mysophobic.
  • Heroic Neutral: Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan are valiant to the core, but they do not ally themselves with any sect nor do they involve themselves in politics.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan are stated to be the most intimate of friends, and the novel proves a few times that they know each other like the back of their hands.
  • I Will Find You: After they last parted on bad terms at the White Snow Temple, Song Lan felt remorseful for what he said to Xiao Xingchen and spent the next few years searching for him. Sadly, their reunion was less than touching.
  • Parting Words Regret: After the massacre at the White Snow Temple, Song Lan lashed out at Xiao Xingchen and told him that he didn't want to see him again. Those are the last words he ever said to his friend and he feels guilty about it.
    Song Lan: When he [Xiao Xingchen] wakes, [I'll] say "I'm sorry, it wasn’t your fault".
  • Revenge by Proxy: Song Lan is on the receiving end of this trope. Xue Yang destroys his sect, blinds him and turns him into a zombie solely to get back at Xiao Xingchen.
  • The Stoic: He's a man of few words and is more reserved than Xiao Xingchen. He's even referred to as "the distant snow and cold frost", a clear allusion to his taciturn nature.
  • Tongue Trauma: Courtesy of Xue Yang.
  • Tragic Bromance: With Xiao Xingchen.
  • Tragic Keepsake: After Xue Yang is defeated, Song Lan departs Yi City while carrying Xiao Xingchen and A-Qing's souls, as well as the former's sword Shuanghua.
  • Tragic Mistake: Things would have ended with less blood and tragedy had Song Lan approached Xiao Xingchen first instead of confronting Xue Yang. Song Lan learned from this, since after Wei Wuxian frees him from Xue Yang's control, Song Lan doesn't help in the battle against Xue Yang and heads straight for where Xiao Xingchen's corpse is. This is changed in The Untamed, where after he's freed from Xue Yang's control he gets to land the finishing blow once the latter is too wounded to fight back.
  • Wandering the Earth: His fate after the events of the Yi City arc.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Xiao Xingchen had a falling out after the White Snow Temple massacre and Song Lan ultimately pushed Xiao Xingchen away, but he regrets his actions soon after.
  • Whip It Good: Like all other Daoists, he carries a fuchen which he can use as a whip.

     A-Qing (阿箐) 

Voiced by: Yang Neng note  (audio drama), He Wenxiao (live-action)
Played by: Chen Zhuoxuan (live-action)

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A young homeless girl who's born with white eyes. She gets by pretending to be blind, as it makes it easy for her to receive food scraps from sympathetic villagers, and steal from oblivious bystanders. She started accompanying Xiao Xingchen after their first encounter.


  • Badass Normal: She's an example of Wei Wuxian's constant lessons of the cleverness of normal people. Despite being a normal young girl with no powers and has only her wits as her weapon, she still comes very close to foiling Xue Yang.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The juniors find her current ghostly appearance to be scary, but Ouyang Zizhen notes that were she alive, she would have grown up into a lovely lady by now.
  • Defiant to the End: Up until her last moments, she continued to put up a fight against Xue Yang. Even as a ghost she still tries to stop him.
  • Depending on the Artist: In the audio drama, she has most of her hair down with a few strands tied into loops. In the manhua, her hair is tied into loose and low pigtails.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her role in the Yi City arc is heavily diminished in The Untamed compared to the other adaptations.
    • One telling example is how she's not featured in one of the promotional posters focusing on the Yi City arc, where the only characters present are Xiao Xingchen, Xue Yang, and Song Lan.
    • The series doesn't show her telling Xiao Xingchen the truth about Xue Yang or her getting blinded and killed by the latter, and the audience only knows that this happens when Xue Yang taunts her ghost.
    • She's also not seen in the scenes when Xiao Xingchen kills himself and when Xue Yang tries to turn him into a fierce corpse; although this may be because the events were played from Xue Yang's point of view.
  • Dramatic Irony: When she was alive, she pretended to be blind as part of her scheme in robbing people. Then as a ghost, she's truly blind.
  • Due to the Dead: After Xue Yang is stopped and Wei Wuxian tells the junior disciples of what happened at Yi City, they decide to honor her by burning paper money.
  • Eye Scream: Xue Yang blinded A-Qing shortly before cutting off her tongue and killing her.
  • Happily Adopted: By Xiao Xingchen, even if it was short-lived.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The juniors find the noise of her bamboo-tapping to be this. It's eventually revealed that this is how she scares away anyone who stumbled into Yi City.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Her ghost helps in the battle against Xue Yang, who then destroys her soul.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Even before they met Xue Yang, A-Qing has been protecting Xiao Xingchen in her own way. She also comes the closest to foiling Xue Yang and is helping protect people even after her death.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Xue Yang suspects that A-Qing isn't blind and she knows he knows and suspects he's untrustworthy. Much of their early interaction is them trying to expose the other without revealing their secrets.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: A-Qing manages to get Xue Yang to reveal that he's a cultivator by intentionally confusing hunting with night-hunting, with the latter correcting her terminology. While it increases her suspicions, it's not what allows her to find out that he's truly bad news.
  • Master Actor: She knows how to act blind, and is generally good at playing dumb. Xue Yang even praises her for being able to fool him for so long.
  • Meaningful Name: Qing translates to "bamboo", and she always carries a bamboo stick with her.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: Her pupils are nearly white in color, which allows her to easily pass off as blind. This trait is nonexistent in the Live-Action Adaptation, having a normal eye color instead.
  • Nerves of Steel: Even when Xue Yang points Jiangzai at her to see if her blindness is an act, she doesn't flinch and maintains a perfect facade throughout his test.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: She falls prey to this trope. It doesn't help that she can't reveal why she doesn't trust Xue Yang without giving away her own lies.
  • Obfuscating Disability: She pretended to be blind to make pickpocketing easier. This also allows Xue Yang to be less suspicious of her. After all, why worry about what you do in front of someone who can't see you?
  • Plucky Girl: So much that her ghost is still fighting against Xue Yang.
  • Properly Paranoid: Even after living with Xue Yang for three years, she could never get rid of her mistrust of him. She eventually learns that her intuition wasn't incorrect.
  • Saying Too Much: In one of their first exchanges, A-Qing almost reveals herself to Xue Yang when she gets carried away with complimenting Xiao Xingchen and describing how fast he attacks — to which Xue Yang points out that blind people can't tell if someone else is fast or slow with the sword, though she manages to excuse herself out of it.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: While she never cussed in Xiao Xingchen's presence, her final words before Xue Yang cut off her tongue showed that she could be very profane with her words if she wanted to. She's a Street Urchin after all.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Her name is commonly read as A-Qing, but 箐 can also translate to Jing. The subtitles for The Untamed even spells her name as A-Jing.
  • Street Urchin: She managed to shamelessly and successfully con people to survive.
  • Sweet Tooth: Not to the same extent as Xue Yang, but she's also very fond of candy.
  • Tears of Blood: She cries these after showing Xiao Xingchen's body to Wei Wuxian.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Xue Yang calls her "Little Blind".
  • Tongue Trauma: Courtesy of Xue Yang.
  • Woman in White: In The Untamed, her ghost form has her wearing a white robes, making her look more ghostly in appearance.

Miscellaneous Characters

     Luo Qingyang (罗青羊) 

Voiced by: Xu Jiaqi (animation), Chen Nianru (audio drama), Zhang Yumeng (live-action)
Played by: Wang Yifei (live-action)

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  • Action Survivor: During the Xuanwu Cave arc, she managed to escape Dusk Creek Mountain, even though there were several Wen clansmen hunting anyone who tried to get away.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed. During the Xuanwu Cave arc, she served purely as a Damsel in Distress in the novel. In The Untamed, while she still got nearly branded by Wang Lingjiao, she joined the others in the fighting beforehand.
  • Ascended Extra: In the Live-Action Adaptation, she's a guest disciple of the Jin Sect rather than a servant of an unnamed and lesser-known sect like she was in the original story; thus she's given a bit more screentime.
  • The Bus Came Back: Thirty or so chapters after her appearance during the conference at Koi Tower, she appears again in the epilogue when she and the protagonists run into each other.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Her medicinal pouch — which she gave to Wei Wuxian either in an embarrassed fit (in the novel) or out of guilt for him getting hurt from protecting her (in the donghua) — as it ended up being of great help to Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji when they got trapped in the Xuanwu Cave.
    • On a more hilarious note, her pouch also shows how petty Lan Wangji can be when jealous, since the epilogue reveals that he stole it from Wei Wuxian and has been using it as his wallet ever since.
  • Damsel in Distress: She was this during the Xuanwu Cave arc. This is justified, however, since her weapon was confiscated and she was surrounded by armed Wen soldiers.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She's the only prominent female character to survive all the way to the epilogue, living a content life as a rogue cultivator with a family of her own.
  • Foil: To Jin Guangyao. Both were born of lowly origins, but were given an opportunity to rise in rank after the events of the Sunshot Campaign. However, when faced with the self-serving hypocrisy of the other cultivation clans, Mianmian chose to have none of it and walked away, whereas Jin Guangyao remained a Slave to PR and thought it's better to keep quiet, bide his time, and get back on anyone who slighted him. In return, Mianmian — despite giving up her status — finds happiness with a loving family; whereas Jin Guangyao — who's driven to preserve and elevate his position — lives a life of deceit, murder, and suspicion before finally facing the consequences of his actions.
  • Happily Married: She marries a merchant who quit his job to accompany her during night hunts, and bore a daughter with him.
  • Name's the Same: In-Universe; her nickname is Mianmian, and she gave her daughter the same nickname.
  • Nice Girl: She had a bit of a temper in the past, but she was still one of the two people who publicly spoke in Wei Wuxian's defense, and even years later continues to feel grateful towards him for saving her life.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Played with. While her real name is revealed since her introduction, in the story almost everyone calls her Mianmian. The only exceptions are Lan Wangji, who refers to her as "Maiden Luo"; and her husband, who calls her by her given name.
  • Only Sane Man: Gender-inverted; she's the only other person besides Lan Wangji who doesn't buy the Blatant Lies that the Jin Sect feeds the other cultivation clans.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Her character design in the Animated Adaptation features her with pink clothing and hair decorations.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: She leaves her sect out of disgust when she defended Wei Wuxian after the Sunshot Campaign but was dismissed by everyone on the sexist pretext of her being a woman who Wei Wuxian saved once.
  • Shipper on Deck: In The Untamed, she's this for Jin Zixuan and Jiang Yanli.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Her presence is the (unintended) root cause of the fall of the Lotus Pier.
  • Take This Job and Shove It: When she sees just how unreasonable and sexist the other cultivators are, she chooses to leave her sect, even when no one takes her claim seriously.
  • Took a Level in Badass: An implicit example. Her main role in the story is being a Damsel in Distress. Then the epilogue reveals that since she left her sect, she's been going on night hunts solo.

     Xiao Pingguo (小苹果) 

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A donkey that Wei Wuxian brought along with him after he left Mo Village.


  • Adaptational Jerkass: In every adaptation, Wei Wuxian initially had difficulty in getting the animal to come with him. Although in the donghua, his stubbornness seems to come from him personally disliking Wei Wuxian rather than from simply being a Picky Eater.
  • Big Eater: He can eat several apples at once.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As one would expect from a donkey, he's stubborn and difficult to have around; but he willingly continued to tag along with Wei Wuxian during the Dafan Mountain arc when he could have just left, and didn't make any noise when he sensed that the latter wasn't in a good mood.
  • Meaningful Name: His name translates to "Little Apple". Three guesses as to why.
  • Mr. Muffykins: He's not a dog, but his finicky and stubborn attitude perfectly fits this trope.
  • Picky Eater: He's very particular about what kind of grass he eats. As described in the novel:
    Although it was only a donkey, it would exclusively eat fresh, young grass with dewdrops still hanging off them. If the tip of the grass had a streak of yellow, it wouldn't eat it... If it didn't eat high-quality food, it wouldn't budge, and it'd lose its temper and kick around.
  • Silent Snarker: In the donghua, where he's almost as expressive as Khan.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Guess.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: As already stated, donkeys are noted to be stubborn and are also known as animals of burden. Wei Wuxian himself is headstrong and part of his personality involves shouldering all his troubles and those of his loved ones on his own, while refusing to ask for the help of others.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Lampshaded by Jin Ling, who thinks that Little Apple is a silly name for a donkey. This also counts as Hypocritical Humor, since Lan Jingyi points out that Jin Ling gave his own dog an even sillier name.

     Xianzi (仙子) 

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Jin Ling's pet Husky, a spiritual dog.


  • Ambiguous Gender: Because of the lack of gendered pronouns in the Chinese language, Xianzi is referred to as "it" in the fan translations, albeit with the rare occasion of being referred to with male pronouns. In The Untamed, they're played by a female dog, however, and the WeTV subtitles makes use of female pronouns.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Xianzi manages to understand and imitate the events at the Guanyin temple enough to convey it to other people, something that no real dog is capable of doing. And generally, they're a lot smarter than the average Husky, and Huskies in Real Life aren't noted for their intelligence.
  • Big, Friendly Dog: Downplayed, given that Fairy often called to spook a certain cynophobe, but they're a Husky (a breed of dogs that are as large as wolves), and are generally energetic and playful when their master isn't in danger.
  • Canine Companion: To Jin Ling. That being said, they're not always accompanying him.
  • The Dreaded: To Wei Wuxian, who either pales or shrieks in fear at the sight of the dog, even already tensing up whenever he hears their barks from far away.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: They're a spiritual dog and one that's good at detecting evil creatures and evil intentions.
  • Heroic Dog: While his mere presence scares the crap out of Wei Wuxian, there's no arguing that he's on the side of good.
  • Mundane Utility: They're a spiritual dog, and serves as both a scent tracker and Attack Animal. Jin Ling and Jiang Cheng also use him to intimidate Wei Wuxian.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: They're a dog whose name translates to "Fairy". Even Wei Wuxian lampshades the silliness of the name.

     Wei Changze (魏长泽) and Cangse Sanren (藏色散人) 

Wei Changze voiced by: Wu Hao (audio drama)
Cangse Sanren voiced by: Chen Nianru (audio drama)

Wei Wuxian's father and mother, respectively. Wei Changze was a formerly a servant of the Jiang Sect, and Cangse Sanren was a disciple of Baoshan Sanren. For a time, they were happy with their son... until the pair died one day on a night-hunt.


  • Action Dad: Wei Changze was a servant of the Jiang Sect, but he seemed to be skilled enough in cultivation since he and his wife went on night-hunts together.
  • Action Mom: Cangse Sanren is a disciple of Baoshan Sanren, which is saying something.
  • Childhood Friends: They were both this with Jiang Fengmian, with Wei Changze being his subordinate and Cangse Sanren having studied with him when they were younger.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: They're one of the very few parents in the story who didn't have issues with either their marriage or raising their child. Naturally, they're dead.
  • Dude Magnet: Cangse Sanren had many men vying for her hand in marriage, but she ultimately married Wei Changze.
  • Foil: To Jiang Cheng's parents, for the very simple reasons of willingly marrying each other for love instead of political connections and neither neglecting nor mistreating their son.
  • Good Parents: It's very likely that they were this to Wei Wuxian, especially since the only memory he has of them is a happy one.
  • Happily Married: Almost every other parent duo in the story are bound by Arranged Marriage, hence marital problems were inevitable. These two wed on their own free will, and had no such issues.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Played with. While not much is known of the father, Wei Wuxian is often said to greatly resemble his mother, down to being mischievous yet kindhearted.
  • Posthumous Character: They're both dead even in the flashbacks when Wei Wuxian studied in the Cloud Recesses. This is consistent in all adaptations.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": One can be forgiven for translating the mother's name into Zangse Sanren, since the 藏 in her name can be pronounced as either cang or zang. The donghua and the audio drama use the former pronunciation, while the Live-Action Adaptation uses the latter.

     Baoshan Sanren (抱山散人) 

Voiced by: Bai Xuecen (live-action)
Played by: Liu Tingyu (live-action)

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Click here  to see her in The Untamed

  • Adaptation Expansion: Baoshan Sanren gets to make an appearance in The Untamed via a brief flashback involving her and Lan Yi.
  • The Ageless: They're one of the very few cultivators who achieved immortality and is still alive at present.
  • Ambiguous Gender: As the Chinese language uses genderless pronouns, whether Baoshan Sanren is a woman or a man is unknown. Even the manhua adaptation was unsure on which gender to portray them with. The Untamed portrays Baoshan Sanren as a woman, however.
  • Foreshadowing: In the manhua, Baoshan Sanren was initially drawn as a man before the artist changed it to a woman, alluding to Wen Qing and how she's really the one who restored Jiang Cheng's golden core.
  • Healing Hands: According to others, Baoshan Sanren can restore life and bring flesh back to bone. Wei Wuxian even justifies this as the reason that they can also repair damaged golden cores, except that he wasn't being honest.
  • The Hermit: They chose to isolate themselves from the rest of the mortal world so as to not get involved with their various conflicts.
  • Meaningful Name: Baoshan literally translates to "to embrace a mountain", referring to their choice to live in solitude and reside on a mountain.
  • Mentor Occupational Hazard: Inverted. All their three students didn't die peaceful deaths, and the reader even gets to witness the exact circumstances of how their third student kicked the bucket.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: This happened with Yanling Daoren, their first student who left their tutelage.
  • The Unseen: They never make a proper appearance (except for the Live-Action Adaptation due to some plot divergence), and is only mentioned by name. This is the case even when Wei Wuxian told Jiang Cheng that they're the only one who can restore his golden core, although that's because he was lying to him.


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