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    Xue Yang (薛洋) - Chengmei (成美) 

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

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

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Click here  to see Xue Yang in The Untamed

"I never like to exaggerate when I'm talking. 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."


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 Seal.

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 did.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: 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).
  • 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.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Fingore aside, while fighting with Lan Wangji in the finale of the Yi City arc, the latter ends their fight by slicing off Xue Yang's arm.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: As he tells Xiao Xingchen and A-Qing the story of a little boy who only wanted to eat sweets and was taken advantage of, A-Qing immediately asks if he was the little boy in the story, which he does admit.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Even if he refuses to admit it, the last few years he spent before his death mainly revolved around his grief at Xiao Xingchen's death and his attempts to revive him.
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed; Xue Yang is less of an extra and more of a plot-important character that appeared in only one arc and one extra chapter, and is only mentioned a few times in between. In The Untamed, he's given more screentime and is one of the most advertised characters in the series. He even gets his own character theme song to boot.
  • Arc Villain: He's directly responsible for everything bad that happened in the Yi City arc.
  • Attack the Mouth: One of his favorite techniques is to slice off his victim's tongue, rendering them mute.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Xue Yang figures 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 Wei Wuxian.
  • 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 that were screwed the wrong way.
  • Bad Powers, Bad People: He's a demonic cultivator, and is infamous as a delinquent that killed an entire clan.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: It's strongly suggested that Xue Yang grew 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 also highly prioritize self-preservation, and while they're capable of empathy, they won't hesitate to manipulate, deceive, and sometimes even kill those they care for.
  • Break Them by Talking: When Song Lan engaged him in a battle in Yi City, Xue Yang got the upper hand when he told Song Lan about what he tricked Xiao Xingchen into doing, and reminding Song Lan that his intentions to find Xiao Xingchen contrasted the last words he said to his friend.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: He chats with Wei Wuxian as Wen Ning and Song Lan are fighting right outside, and as he threatens him.
  • Color-Coded Eyes: As stated above (see Adaptational Dye Job), Xue Yang has been drawn with blue, yellow, and gray eyes. All three eye colors complement his cold-blooded nature.
  • 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...
  • Dark Is Evil: In all of his adaptations he wears dark robes, and he's far from a nice person.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: As Xiao Xingchen.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: Xue Yang inflicted this on the survivors of the initial massacre of the Chang clan.
  • Death Wail: He yells in both rage and anguish when Xiao Xingchen's death fully sinks in.
  • 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.
  • Desecrating the Dead: It's not as if Xue Yang turned Song Lan into a fierce corpse after getting him killed to avenge or honor him in any way. And in The Untamed, he had no qualms in kicking over Song Lan's corpse after Xiao Xingchen unknowingly killed him.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Implied in The Untamed when he tells Wen Ruohan that he fears not death but a life of boredom and no 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 piece of candy that Xiao Xingchen gave him.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Downplayed. Xue Yang's death occurs off-screen in the novel, and it's hinted that he dies of blood loss after getting his arm cut off. He still loses an arm in The Untamed, although there's the addition of Song Lan stabbing him through the chest shortly afterwards.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He lives by this trope. If someone hurts him, he'll hurt them back tenfold. He even suggested this to A-Qing in his attempt to help her deal with whoever would make fun of her.
  • Dissonant Serenity: He's not fazed in the slightest over tricking Xiao Xingchen into killing Song Lan, even being merry enough hours later to hum while cutting apples like nothing happened.
  • Does Not Know How to Say "Thanks": When Xiao Xingchen started 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 briefly fights Lan Wangji with both Jiangzai and Shuanghua, although Shuanghua is snatched from him before the fight truly 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. A few other characters have also fought with both their weapons at the same time (Lan Wangji with his sword and his guqin and Jiang Cheng with his sword and his whip), but Xue Yang is the only one who tried to wield two swords at once.
  • Due to the Dead: Despite everything he did to Xiao Xingchen, Xue Yang didn't desecrate his 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 went 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 Seal. 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 the founder himself.
  • Evil Is Petty: Xue Yang is the type of person who would murder someone if they so much as breathe the wrong way in his direction.
  • Exact Words: As indicated in his character quote above, he only states facts and never hyperbolizes anything.
  • Exhausted Eyebags: His first official appearance in the manhua shows that he has both red and dark circles around his eyes. The flashbacks show that he already had the dark circles, indicating that he started to exhaust himself further after the Time Skip.
  • Family Extermination: He annihilated the entire Chang Sect out of revenge for their previous leader 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 saved him, healed him and cared for him as a friend and Xue Yang repaid 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In his less darker moods, he talks to someone in a cheerful manner even when it's clear that he's either threatening them or about to kill them.
  • 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 has 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 tried to rectify it by turning him into a fierce corpse. Even when faced with the fact that it will never 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 lived in the streets 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 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 expressed 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 claimed 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: In The Untamed, he and Wei Wuxian met long before the events of the Yi City arc. Therefore, when they encounter each other again, Xue Yang uses a face mask that makes him look exactly like Xiao Xingchen.
  • The Gadfly: When he's in a particularly good mood, he enjoys spending his time messing with A-Qing without making any veiled threats.
  • Go Out with a Smile: In The Untamed, he dies while wearing a wistful smile on his face.
  • 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 shrouding 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. According to the lyrics, he 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 every day... 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 was able to bluff him.
  • I am a Humanitarian: Implied. He doesn't eat human flesh, but he infuses his tea with the tongues of his victims. Even then, it's ambiguous if he actually drinks it.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Xiao Xingchen immediately stabs Xue Yang after learning from A-Qing who the nameless man he's been living with for years really is.
    • In The Untamed Song Lan finishes him off by stabbing him through the chest.
  • Irrational Hatred: Zigzagged. Xue Yang has good reason to hate Chang Cian and want revenge against him, except that he extended 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 the Dog: A literal case; he claims to even kill animals if he has to, and he's not one to state false facts.
  • 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 portrays the trope in a more metaphorical manner by having him mock Song Lan while the latter was dying.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: He helped Jin Guangyao orchestrate Jin Guangshan's death. Given how much of a Hate Sink the man was, it's more likely than not that you will be on Xue Yang's side this once.
  • 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 eventually died.
  • Knife Nut: He has a habit of using knives as a form of intimidation, though he never actually used them in a fight.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Combat Pragmatist he may be, but he'll immediately stand down if he's in a situation where he knows he's completely cornered.
  • Kubrick Stare: Xue Yang tends to do pull off one every now and then in The Untamed, which alongside his Psychotic Smirks, reminds the audience just how manic he can be.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: In The Untamed, Song Lan died like he did in the novel from a fatal stab through the chest. Years later, Xue Yang gets killed by Song Lan in the same manner.
  • Laughing Mad: In his battle with Lan Wangji, he performs this a few times, revealing how emotionally tormented and crazed he has become over the years after Xiao Xingchen's death.
  • 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.
  • Made of Iron: He can take a lot hits without going down, mentioning to Xiao Xingchen that he's used to pain. Even after being heavily wounded by the Jin Sect, he still managed to survive. When Xiao Xingchen stabs him after finding out who Xue Yang really is, he barely reacts to it. Lan Wangji has to slice his arm off for him to stop fighting, and in The Untamed it takes Song Lan stabbing him in the heart before he finally dies.
  • 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...
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Wei Wuxian observes that Xue Yang has a high pain tolerance, and thus would laugh off normally severe injuries as if it were nothing. Xue Yang lampshaded this himself when he told Xiao Xingchen that he's used to getting badly wounded.
  • Master Actor: Xue Yang claims that he's nowhere near Jin Guangyao's level of acting. But when Wei Wuxian accesses A-Qing's memories and see what the real Xiao Xingchen was like, he notes that Xue Yang actually did an impeccable impression of the man.
  • 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: 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.
  • Nerves of Steel: Every adaptation shows Xue Yang being chillingly calm, and even thrilled, when Nie Mingjue attempts to cut him down with Baxia. In The Untamed, he's grinning even as the blade is centimetres close to piercing his skull.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: Played with. Xue Yang is almost a perfect Foil to Wei Wuxian (see above). However, they both employ eerily similar methods when it comes to dealing with those they intend to take revenge on.
  • 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 wanted to continue enjoying his life with her and Xiao Xingchen.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • There are times when 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.
    • While his relationship with Jin Guangyao is more accurately described as a criminal partnership rather than an altruistic friendship, Xue Yang truly respected Jin Guangyao's capabilities and never mocked his origins.
  • Poison Is Evil: He often infects his victims with corpse poisoning powder, which turns them into something akin to walking corpses. He also used a chemical powder to blind both Song Lan and A-Qing.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Before he kills or approaches his victims, he would comment on how they don't need their tongues anymore before relieving them of said tongue.
  • 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 and reciprocate it in a proper 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 the remnants 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 suggested the trope to Jin Guangyao when it comes to dealing with anyone who presses the latter's Berserk Button, hinting that he's not opposed to the idea. However, his suggestion did give Jin Guangyao the perfect idea on how to kill Jin Guangshan...
  • Revenge by Proxy: He murdered everyone in the White Snow Temple and blinded Song Lan just to get back at Xiao Xingchen.
  • Sadist: Xue Yang loves the sight and sound of his victim's suffering, and even grins or laughs at their misery and/or deaths.
  • 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 at present he's noticeably more unhinged and erratic. The manhua even shows the exact moment his breakdown trope happens in detail, from expression shifting from disbelief to denial to horror to rage and finally, to madness.
  • 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. He also slips when he corrects A-Qing on the difference between hunting and night-hunting, letting her know he's a cultivator.
  • 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 further by mentioning that he has killed several other lesser clans.
  • Sincerity Mode: When A-Qing asked him why he has such a Sweet Tooth, Xue Yang casually but honestly answered that it's because he's always been deprived of the chance to eat candy since he was a child.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Played With. Though he acts as the villain for the Yi City arc, his impact on the story goes far beyond that. It's ultimately Xue Yang's actions that led to Nie Mingjue's death as his relationship with Jin Guangyao reached the point that made the latter assassinate him, which would ultimately set in motion Nie Huaisang's plans to take down Jin Guangyao and thus, very likely, the resurrection of Wei Wuxian. If it wasn't for Xue Yang seeking revenge on the Chang clan and being caught by Xiao Xingchen, it is quite possible that the novel's events (after the Time Skip) wouldn't happen.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With A-Qing and he's usually the one who instigates it.
  • 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 and boring 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 was this for Xue Yang.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: He pulled one on A-Qing moments before killing her.
  • Stepford Smiler: At least in The Untamed; 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.
  • Street Urchin: He was this as a child.
  • Sweet Tooth: A defining feature.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Song Lan outright accused him of this, and he wasn't far off since that was Xue Yang's intention... at least at first. Probably.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He tries to act like this towards A-Qing, but due to A-Qing being too paranoid of Xue Yang to ever truly listen to his advice, his influence never affected her.
  • 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 — 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. He even gets angry when Shuanghua is taken from him.
  • Trying Not to Cry: After Xiao Xingchen bites the dust, 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 corpse.
  • 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 Unreveal: How he got injured before getting rescued by Xiao Xingchen isn't disclosed in the story, but it's hinted that he got his wounds from 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".
  • Villain Has a Point: There is some sense to be found in Xue Yang's harsh words to Xiao Xingchen about how in spite of the latter's good intentions, he was far from prepared to properly face the brutality that awaits in the world that existed outside his mentor's mountain.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has an equally epic and tragic one after Xiao Xingchen commits suicide. He has another when Lan Wangji retrieves both 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:
    • Xue Yang is smart enough to know that since he and Xiao Xingchen had clashed before, he might still be recognized by his voice. So when he started living with Xiao Xingchen, he talked in a different tone to not give himself away.
    • 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 revealed to him that he had 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 implied 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, Wei Wuxian is filled with nothing but disgust upon hearing this.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When the Jin Sect realize he's become The Load, they try and kill him off. Fortunately for Xue Yang, he manages to escape and ends up running into Xiao Xingchen.
    • There is some dubiousness, however, as to whether the Jin Sect really intended to have him killed since that the Stygian Tiger Seal was in his possession during the Yi City arc. This makes it likely that he's had it with him the entire time, and there's no reason Jin Guangyao would easily let someone who was genuinely kicked out of the Jin Sect keep what they have been coveting for a long time.

    Xiao Xingchen (晓星尘) 

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

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

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"If I were you, there'd also be a lot of things that I don't want others to ask about."


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 Strong and Skilled 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, who asks him about 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. This is implied to be from Xue Yang using his own spiritual energy to preserve Xiao Xingchen's corpse.
  • Big Brother Instinct: When he first met A-Qing, he went out of his way to guide her away from the busy streets and protect her even after knowing she nicked him. After she told him the truth about Xue Yang and how she lied to him about being blind, he advised her to run away and tells her he knows she's clever enough to make a good life for herself.
  • Bishōnen: Some of the characters In-Universe describe him as handsome. This isn't downplayed in The Untamed, with many fans describing his actor as ethereal and 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 villagers.
  • Break the Cutie: Life gradually went downhill for him after he rescued Xue Yang.
  • Broken Tears: More like bloody tears, after Xue Yang reveals to him what the "corpses" he's been killing all those years actually were and finding out one of them was his best friend, blood starts streaming out of his eyes.
  • 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's soul is consumed with despair in their last moments their soul will shatter nearly beyond repair — which 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 took advantage of.
  • Driven to Suicide: He killed himself out of anguish after Xue Yang revealed 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 Song Lan 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 the people they showed kindness to for evil purposes, and they're left broken when they learn of this. The only difference is that one dies by suicide, and the other lives but goes into seclusion. Bonus points for Jin Guangyao and Xue Yang being friends as well.
    • To Wei Wuxian. Both gave up a part of themselves to save their 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 Seal. 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. Wei Wuxian even lampshades their similarities in how they both had terrible things happen to them because of both their attempts to do the right thing and an event that didn't even involve them.
    • 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 politics of the cultivational clans. 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. After the incident with Xue Yang, Xiao Xingchen completely distances himself from any cases that involve the Four Great Sects, but he continues to go night-hunting and help anyone in need.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan are said 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 and carvings of his sword Fuxue.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Not that he's to blame for not knowing the Jin Sect's true colors, but had he known about their real plans with Xue Yang and why they were so insistent in not giving him the death penalty, Xiao Xingchen would definitely have approached someone else to help resolve the matter.
  • Howl of Sorrow: He lets out on in The Untamed after finding out he had killed his best friend and innocent people his sword mistook for corpses.
  • 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.
  • Light Is Good: He's dressed in almost all white and he's one of the nicest and most selfless cultivators in the story.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Xue Yang. However, it only takes his death for Xue Yang to realize just how much Xiao Xingchen might have meant to 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, as the song is basically a mournful ode dedicated to Xiao Xingchen.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His entire reaction after Xue Yang reveals he had been killing people over the years. Xue Yang just didn't calculate how this revelation would drive Xiao Xingchen over the edge and commit suicide.
  • Nice Guy: One could even say that he's too nice for his own good.
  • Not So Above It All: While he's generally gentle and level-headed, it's extremely easy to make him laugh.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The one person he saved turned out to be his evil archenemy.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Wei Wuxian tells Song Lan that even though Xiao Xingchen's spirit is shattered, if given enough time and care, there's a chance that his soul will fully reform.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Xiao Xingchen rightfully earned his reputation for both his pure heart and combat skill. That aside, his pure heart won't last him long in a world where many are heartless and merciless.
  • Slashed Throat: A self-inflicted one.
  • Tears of Blood: He shed these after learning that he's been living with his enemy and that he killed his best friend. This is justified since he no longer had his eyes by then.
  • 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 rather than blood ties and social standing.
  • Trauma Conga Line: This man's life after he left his mountain is one tragedy after another, leading to his Despair Event Horizon.
  • Unwitting Pawn: While Xiao Xingchen can generally be too trusting, giving up his sight to restore Song Lan's made it much 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.
  • You Monster!: After hearing Xue Yang's story about why he lost his finger and why he wanted revenge on the entire Chang clan, Xiao Xingchen bites out that Xue Yang is "really disgusting".
  • Zorro Mark: The superpower variant. In the donghua, his sword leaves a frost flower mark on its victims. This is to make it easier to explain how others could tell that Shuanghua was used in cutting up Chang Ping's corpse.

    Song Lan (宋岚) - Zichen (子琛) 

Voiced by (Mandarin): Wu Lei (audio drama), Lu Lifeng (live-action)
Voiced by (Japanese): Shin-ichiro Miki (audio drama)
Played by: Li Bowen (live-action)

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

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"Roam this world with Shuanghua. Exorcise evil beings alongside Xingchen. When he wakes, say, 'I'm sorry, it wasn't your fault'."


Xiao Xingchen's most trusted friend, and a disciple of the White Snow Temple.


  • 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.
  • Badass Baritone: Both the audio drama and The Untamed gave Song Lan a low voice.
  • Berserk Button: Xue Yang might as well be a walking talking one for him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Unlike his friend he wears dark robes, but is not evil at all.
  • 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 in disguise.
  • Eye Scream: Xue Yang blinded his eyes during the massacre on the White Snow Temple; although he regained his sight after Xiao Xingchen gave him his eyes.
  • Failed a Spot Check: He didn't seem to realize that A-Qing is faking her blindness simply from her request for him to describe to her Xiao Xingchen's appearance. Granted, he could have been so emotional about the thought of seeing his friend again that he might not have cared at all.
  • 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 strained 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).
      • Similar to Xiao Xingchen, Song Lan distances himself from the political feuds between the cultivation clans and dreams of building a sect where everyone is treated equally and lineage didn't matter. Jiang Cheng, unlike Wei Wuxian, is a Slave to PR that highly prioritizes his own standing in the cultivation world's hierarchy.
    • To Lan Wangji as well.
      • Both are stoic and not fond of physical contact with other people, although they make an exception for those they trust or deeply care for. They're also Heroic Neutral people who prefer to help others than concern themselves with politics.
      • Lan Wangji's main Color Motif is white, while Song Lan's respective Color Motif is black.
      • When their most trusted person died in the most tragic circumstances, both strive to keep going and help those in need while continuing to internally mourn said person and honoring their memory.
    • To Wen Ning. Both died due to the cruelty of other people, and were remade into sentient fierce corpses by a demonic cultivator. In Wen Ning's case, he was brought back to life by Wei Wuxian so he could avenge his killers and be reunited with his family, and he's treated as a friend. In Song Lan's case, he was resurrected by Xue Yang purely to be used as a weapon and to spite both Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan himself.
  • 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 more justified in Song Lan's case; his tongue was cut off, so those are the only noises he can make whether he's lucid or not.
  • 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.
  • Not So Different: When Song Lan advises A-Qing to stay off the road and guides her away from the crowded streets because of her supposed blindness, she giggles as she remembers that those were the exact words Xiao Xingchen told her when they first met.
  • 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".
  • Poor Communication Kills: His fight with Xiao Xingchen and everything else that leads up to Yi City ends up with him dying.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending:
  • Revenant Zombie: Song Lan is the only other fierce corpse besides Wen Ning to retain his consciousness.
  • Revenge Before Reason: A lot of the tragedy in Yi City likely could have been avoided had Song Lan immediately went to see Xiao Xingchen first instead of letting his anger for Xue Yang murdering his entire sect cloud his mind. Granted, however, the novel pointed out that he was reluctant to approach Xiao Xingchen first because it would mean having to tell him that he's been living with Xue Yang and he feared that Xiao Xingchen wouldn't take the truth well. But there's no doubt that his action of choosing to approach Xue Yang instead of Xiao Xingchen is mainly influenced by anger.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Song Lan is on the receiving end of this trope. Xue Yang destroyed his sect, blinded him and turned 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", an allusion to his taciturn nature.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: He's the second tallest character in the novel, standing only one centimetre behind Nie Mingjue. He's always portrayed wearing dark robes in every adaptation, and he's faring well in terms of looks.
  • Talking with Signs: Since Xue Yang relieved him of his tongue, he communicates his gratefulness to Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji by writing in the dirt with his sword.
  • 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 — after he's freed from Xue Yang's control, he gets to land the finishing blow when 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 regretted 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 (Mandarin): Yang Neng note  (audio drama), He Wenxiao (live-action)
Voiced by (Japanese): Noriko Shitaya (audio drama)
Played by: Chen Zhuoxuan (live-action)

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"You're tall and blind, and I'm small and blind. If we travel together, we can care for each other."


A young homeless girl who's born with white eyes. She gets by in life by pretending to be blind, as it makes it easier 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 came very close to foiling Xue Yang.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason she decided to stick by Xiao Xingchen's side was because he went out of his way to protect her from the man she stole from and was the first to show her concern regarding her "blindness".
  • Big Brother Worship: While they're not related, A-Qing does look up to Xiao Xingchen and nearly gives herself away to Xue Yang after she praises the swiftness of his sword despite being "blind".
  • Broken Tears: She reacts this way after witnessing both Song Lan and Xiao Xingchen's deaths.
  • Character Development: She went from a young girl who tricked and deceived others to ensure her own survival to a ghost that selflessly protects any unfortunate outsiders from Xue Yang and helps the protagonists avenge Xiao Xingchen and Song Lan's deaths.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She can come off like this during her time living with Xiao Xingchen and Xue Yang, although it was because she didn't trust Xue Yang and was trying to protect Xiao Xingchen from him.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: The juniors find her current ghostly appearance to be scary, but Ouyang Zizhen notes that if she was still alive, she would have grown up into a lovely lady.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her role in the Yi City arc is heavily diminished in The Untamed.
    • She's not featured in one of the promotional posters that focused on the Yi City arc; the only characters who are present in said poster 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. The audience only knows that this happened when Xue Yang taunts her ghost and tells her what he did in detail.
    • She's not present in the scenes where Xiao Xingchen killed himself and Xue Yang tried to turn him into a fierce corpse. In the novel, she was hiding the entire time and watched the whole thing happen.
  • 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.
  • 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 blind for real. This is even maliciously invoked by Xue Yang.
  • 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 and Xiao Xingchen by burning paper money.
  • Dying Curse: While she was just throwing out curse words and whatever anger she felt towards Xue Yang in what she knew would be her final moments, Xue Yang does end up getting his comeuppance some years later.
  • Ethereal White Dress: In The Untamed, her ghost form has her wearing white robes, making her look more eerie in appearance.
  • Eye Scream: Xue Yang blinded A-Qing shortly before cutting off her tongue and killing her. The way in which he blinds her happens differently depending on the adaptation — in the novel and the manhua, he uses a chemical powder to burn her eyes; and in the audio drama, he slashes them out with his sword.
  • Friendly Ghost: Creepy appearance aside, A-Qing is on the heroes' side and helps the protagonists fight back against Xue Yang.
  • Handicapped Badass: In addition to Badass Normal. Even with her ability to see and talk taken away from her, A-Qing has done a great job protecting others from Xue Yang and is the one who gets to help Wei Wuxian figure out what happened in Yi City and fight against Xue Yang.
  • Happily Adopted: By Xiao Xingchen, even if it was short-lived.
  • Hates Being Alone: Strongly implied. After living with Xiao Xingchen for years, when he advised her to run while he deals with Xue Yang, she cries that if they won't leave the city together, she'd rather die by his side.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The juniors find the sound of her bamboo-tapping to be this. It's eventually revealed that this is how she scares away anyone who stumbled into Yi City. It ends up helping Lan Wangji locate Xue Yang in the fog as she uses her bamboo-tapping to alert Xue Yang's location to Lan Wangji.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Her ghost helps in the battle against Xue Yang, who then destroys her soul.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Even though she can no longer see as a ghost, A-Qing's other senses are noticeably heightened since she can quickly tell where someone is from sound alone.
  • 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 managed to get Xue Yang to reveal that he's a cultivator by intentionally confusing hunting with night-hunting, with Xue Yang correcting her terminology. While it increased her suspicions, it's not what allowed her to find out that he's truly bad news.
  • Insult of Endearment: Xue Yang calls A-Qing "Little Blind". She hates it. It soon became a threatening nickname after Xue Yang realizes that A-Qing has been onto him the entire time.
  • Master Actor: She knows how to act blind even when under pressure, and is generally good at playing dumb. Xue Yang even praised 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, where she has a normal eye color instead. But when she died and became a ghost, her eyes are fully white.
  • Nerves of Steel: Even when Xue Yang pointed Jiangzai at her to see if her blindness is an act, she didn't flinch and maintained 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.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Chinese media has an incredibly strict censorship when it comes to showing either ghosts or the undead. Therefore in The Untamed, while A-Qing still got blinded and had her tongue cut out by Xue Yang, she's still alive when Wei Wuxian and the juniors encounter her.
  • Obfuscating Disability: She pretended to be blind to make pickpocketing easier. This also allowed 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?
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Obfuscating Disability aside, she pretends to be clueless about certain cultivator jargon in front of Xue Yang and gets him to reveal that he's a cultivator by pretending to not know the difference between hunting and night-hunting.
  • Older Than They Look: She may look around thirteen to fourteen years old, but she's a few years older than that.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Given that she's an orphan roaming the streets, it's unlikely she has a full name.
  • Percussive Pickpocket: One of the few ways she steals money from people through her blind act.
  • Plucky Girl: So much that her ghost is still fighting against Xue Yang.
  • Properly Paranoid: When she comes across Xue Yang's body, she immediately gets a bad feeling from him and tries to steer Xiao Xingchen away from him. Even after living with Xue Yang for three years, she could never let her guard down around him. She would eventually learn that her intuition wasn't incorrect.
  • "Ray of Hope" Ending: Even though her spirit gets obliterated by Xue Yang, Wei Wuxian quickly puts her soul into a Spirit-Trapping Pouch and gives her to Song Lan along with Xiao Xingchen. Same as Xiao Xingchen, given enough time, A-Qing may have a chance at coming back.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When she first spotted Xue Yang (who was beaten half to death), she wanted to leave him for dead and keep Xiao Xingchen from noticing him solely because she thought it would be a pain to bring along an injured man. In light of everything that happened after that, letting him die turned out to have been the more sensible option.
  • Saying Too Much: In one of their first exchanges, A-Qing almost revealed herself to Xue Yang when she got carried away with complimenting Xiao Xingchen and describing how fast he attacks — to which Xue Yang pointed out that blind people can't tell if someone else is fast or slow with a sword, though she managed to bluff her way 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 show that she can be very profane with her words if she wants to. She's a Street Urchin after all.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: With Xue Yang, who makes several barbs at her to which she snipes back in kind.
  • 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. However, Mo Xiang Tong Xiu confirmed that her name is pronounced as A-Qing.
  • 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 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". This used to be an Affectionate Nickname in the past.
  • Tongue Trauma: Courtesy of Xue Yang, after she cursed him and accidentally pressed his Berserk Button.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Xiao Xingchen, literally. Due to him treating her with kindness, she tried to protect him in her own way from Xue Yang and even after she became a ghost, she remained in Yi City to ward off others and find anyone who could avenge Xiao Xingchen's death.
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Played in a terrifying manner. Whenever Xue Yang refers to her as "A-Qing" instead of "Little Blind", she gets put on edge. This is invoked at its most terrifying when he finds her after she had fled Yi City and calls her by her name.
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