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Guo Jing

Son of Guo Xiaotian, a Song fighter who gets killed along with his best friend Yang Tiexin during a Jin invasion to their village. While Tiexin's wife and her unborn son got adopted by the sixth prince of the Jin empire. Guo Jing and her mother got rescued by the Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan.

Growing up as a Mongolain soldier and a skilful bowfighter, Jing eventually discovers his true nationality as a Songian, and for that he decides to leave his Mongolian camp at the age of 18 to find Yang Tiexin's son, Yang Kang, to find a way to free his mother nation from the Jin Empire. He meets with Huang Rong and got dragged into her adventure. In the Legend of the Condor Heroes, he journeys throughout the land to form an alliance to battle the Jin Empire.

In The Return of the Condor Heroes, Jing adopts Yang Kang's orphan son, Yang Guo, after Kang's death and sends him to his master's martial art school. In the story, he plays a major part as a commander and a national hero that guides a rebel army to fight against the Jin Empire.

Guo Jing is eventually killed during the Battle of Xiangyang along with the rest of his family except for his youngest daughter - some time before the event of Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre - but not before he created the titular weapons that appear in that story.

Tropes Associated with Guo Jing

  • The Ace: Win an archer's competition despite his arrows being rigged.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Described as rather rough-looking in the novel, he is played the handsome Li Yapeng in the 2003 TV series.
  • Determinator: Although he is not smart, he keeps on practicing martial arts and eventually become an accomplished martial artist.
  • Happily Married: To Huang Rong.
  • Heroic BSoD: After finding out the death of his five masters on Peach Blossom Island.
  • Idiot Hero: Especially in his own tale, since he's that innocent he usually gets in trouble without realizing it.
  • Informed Flaw: His mentors all agree that the guy is dumb as a rock, but somehow he still manages to learn several advanced martial arts, one could take the most gifted individual decades to master, at the age of 20.
  • Lawful Stupid: Has his moments even after he returns Older and Wiser in the sequel.
  • Love Triangle: Between him, Huang Rong and Huazheng. He eventually chooses Huang Rong.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Regarding the Mongolian Army.
  • Oblivious to Love: Until he gets married.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Somehows delivering it to Genghis Khan, calling him out for his ambition to expand his land and to kill the innocents despite that he can't take any of them with him to his grave.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Believes in everything lawfully good for his period's standard.

Huang Rong

The beautiful but spoiled daughter of Huang Yaoshi, the master of the Peach Blossom Island. A rebellous spirit not unlike her father, Rong got into an arguement with him and flee from home, disguising herself as a begger.

She meets Guo Jing and begins to stick around him as she gets attached to the man. She reveals herself as a woman and journeys with Jing. She later becomes a master of 'Dog Beating Staff' art and becomes the new leader of the Begger Sect, working as Jing's brain to prevent Song from being invaded by the Jin Empire.

In The Return of the Condor Heroes, she temporarily becomes Yang Guo's teacher and surrogated mother. Due to her personal fear of the boy turning evil like Yang Kang and eventually tries to kill her, she becomes strict and bias when taking care of him, resulting the boy personally dislikes her.

She eventually perishes in the fall of Xianyang against Mongolian force sometimes after the second novel and before the event of Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre along with her husband.

Tropes Associated with Huang Rong

  • Adult Fear: As she accidentally causes Yang Kang's death, she fears Kang's son Guo will grow up with a vengence and will eventually try to kill her.
  • The Artful Dodger: Pretend to be a bratty begger despite her actual status equal to a princess of sort. Ironically, she eventually succeeds in Begger Sect's martial arts and becomes their boss.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Introduced this way. She runs away from home claiming to argue with her father over something Jing considers trivial.
  • Character Development: Mellows down her attitude a lot as the story goes.
  • Chef of Iron: An excellent chef and an equally good fighter. She use her dishes to convince Hong Qigong to teach Guo Jing the full Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palm.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Before her Character Development.
  • Tomboy: Very tomboyish for the setting's standard, especially since she effective pretends to be a boy when she first meets Jing.

Yang Kang

Yang Tiexin's son and the rival to Guo Jing. He was adopted by Wanyan Honglie, the sixth prince of the Jin Empire and become a noble.

Tropes Associated with Yang Kang

  • Cain and Abel: To Guo Jing
  • Can't Catch Up: At first, his martial art skill is far superior to Guo Jing. But after Guo Jing studies the Nine Yin Manual and receives training from Zhou Botong and Hong Qigong, he can't even touch him and got his ass kicked by Huang Rong in the Beggar's Sect meeting.
  • Death by Irony: An apprentice of a poison user, getting killed by poison.
  • Karmic Death: Get poisoned by his master's poisonous palm laid upon Huang Rong's shoulder.

Mu Nianci

Yang Tiexin's adopted daughter and the love interest of Yang Kang. She is the mother of Yang Guo, the protagonist in the sequel novel, The Return of the Condor Heroes.

Tropes Associated with Mu Nianci

  • Beauty = Goodness: Jin Yong describes her appearance as "firm like a piece of jade, despite appearing weather-beaten, she is beautiful, with bright eyes and sparkling white teeth". She is one of the nicest character in the novel.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: Her adopted father stages martial art contests to find a suitable spouse for her. The contestant must defeat Mu Nianci to win her hand-in-marriage. One day, a young Jurchen prince join the contest out of mischief...
  • Love Hurts: Her love interest is an amoral, opportunistic, unscruplous spoiled brat who is out for himself only. She keeps trying to change him for good to no avail. Mu Nianci discovers Yang Kang's villainous deeds eventually and decides to leave him for good. They never met each other again. However, she is already pregnant with his child and still loves him despite his misdeeds.


     Main Characters' Parents 

Guo Xiaotian

Guo Jing's father. He made an agreement with his sworn brother, Yang Tiexin, for their children to become either sworn siblings (if they are of the same sex) or a married couple (if they are of opposite sexes). He is killed by Duan Tiande's men.

Tropes Associated with Guo Xiaotian

  • Disappeared Dad: He was killed before Guo Jing was born.
  • Last Stand: Stayed behind to fight the government goonchs to allow his sworn brother's family to escape.

Li Ping

Guo Xiaotian's wife and Guo Jing's mother. She survived the raid on Niu Family Village but was captured by Duan Tiande. She manages to escape and settle down in Mongolia, where she gives birth to her son. She remains in Mongolia for the rest of her life and never returns home. She commits suicide to remind her son of his heritage when Genghis Khan tries to force Guo Jing to help him conquer the Song Empire.

Tropes Associated with Li Ping

  • Damsel in Distress: Got kidnapped and used as hostage by corrupted officer Duan Tiande.
  • Driven to Suicide: Knowing that Genghis Khan is using her as hostage to force her son to go against his country, she commits suicide.
  • Plain Jane: Described as plain-looking, if not outright ugly in the novel.

Yang Tiexin

Yang Kang's father. He specializes in the martial art 'Yang Family Spear', which has been passed down for generations in his family. He survived the attack on Niu Family Village, renames himself Mu Yi, and adopts Mu Nianci as his daughter. He is reunited with his family later but his son refuses to acknowledge him. He commits suicide with his wife after being cornered by Wanyan Honglie and his men.

Tropes Associated with Yang Tiexin

  • Disappeared Dad: He was severely injured in the attack on Niu Family Village and lost contact with his wife and son for years.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Spent years finding his wife and son, only to have his son refuse to acknowledge him as father and him dying together with his wife.

Bao Xiruo

Yang Tiexin's wife and Yang Kang's mother. She is soft-hearted and empathetic, as implied by her name "Xiruo" (lit. "pity the weak"). She survives the raid on Niu Family Village and is saved by Wanyan Honglie, who brings her back to the Jin Empire and marries her. Her love for Yang Tiexin never fades. She commits suicide to join Yang Tiexin when they are cornered.

Tropes Associated with Bao Xirou

  • Driven to Suicide: She commits suicide with Yang Tiexin after being cornered by Wanyan Honglie and his men.
  • Friend to All Living Things: As her name implied. She even refuses to slaughter her farm animals and take care of every injured birds and deers she find.

     Jiangnan Seven Freaks 
The "Seven Freaks of Jiangnan", also known as the "Jiangnan Qi Guai", is a group of seven chivalrous martial artists from Jiangnan. They were Guo Jing's first martial arts teachers.

Tropes Associated with Jiangnan Seven Freaks

  • Dwindling Party: At the end of the novel, only Ke Zhen'e is still alive.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: They're fairly good martial artists, but later characters like Huang Yaoshi or Ouyang Feng completely outclass them. Qiu Chuji, a mid-level fighter, has no trouble taking on all of them at once. Ouyang Feng eventually killed nearly all of them with ease.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad

Ke Zhen'E

Nicknamed "Flying Bat", is the oldest among the seven. Even though he is blind, he is highly skilled in using the staff and dart-throwing.

Zhu Cong

Nicknamed "Marvellous-Handed Scholar", is the wisest among the seven. He specializes in the art of thieving. Killed by Yang Kang and Ouyang Feng on Peach Blossom island.
  • Chekhov's Skill: His pick-pocket skill. When Ouyang Feng and Yang Kang massacre the seven on Peach Blossom Island, he manages to snatch a personal item on Yang Kang's body and hides it, allowing Huang Rong to figure out the culprit.

Han Baoju

Nicknamed "Horse Deity", specializes in horse-riding. Killed by Yang Kang and Ouyang Feng on Peach Blossom island.

Nan Xiren

Nicknamed "Southern Hill Woodcutter", is a shy individual who taught Guo Jing to use the saber. Killed by Ouyang Feng's venomous snake on Peach Blossom island.

Zhang A'sheng

Nicknamed "Laughing Buddha", is Han Xiaoying's lover. He is slain by Chen Xuanfeng.

Quan Jinfa

Nicknamed "Hidden Hero in the Busy City", specializes in using the spear or lance. Killed by Ouyang Feng on Peach Blossom island.

Han Xiaoying

Nicknamed "Yue Maiden Sword", is Zhang A'sheng's lover and the only female among the seven. She taught Guo Jing how to use the sword. Committed suicide on Peach Blossom island to join her brothers.


Temujin / Genghis Khan




     Quanzhen Sect 

Wang Chongyang

The founder of Quanzhen Sect and Zhou Botong's senior. He found the Nine Yin Manual and created the first martial arts contest on Mount Huo to determine the manual's owner. Die before the event of the novel.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The founder of Quanzhen Sect and the most powerful member. He is called "Central Divine" and considered the best of the Five Greats.
  • Faking the Dead: Doing this to lure Ouyang Feng into his trap, knowing that Ouyang Feng will wait until he dies to take the Nine Yin Manual. He dies shortly afterwards.

Zhou Botong

Zhou Botong is the junior of Wang Chongyang, the founder of Quanzhen Sect. He is the most senior of all Quanzhen members after Wang Chongyang's death. He is nicknamed "Old Imp" in the first novel and becomes the "Central Imp" of the Five Greats at the end of the second novel to replace "Central Divine" Wang Chongyang. His most notable trait is his childish and mischievous personality. He enjoys playing pranks and games like an immature child, and constantly seeks fun and entertainment even at an old age.

Tropes Associated with Zhou Botong

  • Didn't Think This Through: Taunted Huang Yaoshi over the death of his wife. He got imprisoned on Peach Blossom Island for 15 years for his trouble.
  • Dumb Is Good: The key to master his Technique of Ambidexterity. His mind and later Guo Jing and Xiaolong Nu are described as "simple, innocent and utterly without distraction" which allowed them to use vastly different style with each arms. In contrast, it's specifically noted that Huang Rong and Yang Guo are too calculating to learn this techniques.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Arguably a bad one. He has an affair with Duan Zhixing's (later become Riverend Yideng) concubine Liu Ying, but broke up with her after heeding his senior's advice. However, Liu Ying was already pregnant with his child and gave birth to a son later. The infant was mortally wounded by a masked assailant (later revealed to be Qiu Qianren) and died from his injuries..
  • Mr. Exposition: Explains the origin of the Nine Yin Manual to Guo Jing.
  • Noodle Incident: Don't ever mention Yinggu around him.
  • Power Limiter: Ties his hands as he makes his escape from Peach Blossom Island so he won't use the technique from Nine Yin Manual (Wang Chongyang forbids him to learn the skills in the manual).
  • Signature Move: Technique of Ambidexterity. He used a different set of martial arts technique for each hand and fought with himself. This made him seem as though he was watching a fight between two opponents, and he mastered the art of ambidexterity as a result. In actual fights, he uses this skill to simultaneously attack and defend against multiple opponents and is even able to create doppelgänger illusions purely from the blazing speed and confusing movements of two styles used simultaneously. He teaches this skill to Guo Jing and Xiaolongnü later.
  • Took a Level in Badass: At first his skill was inferior to the Greats (losing to both Huang Yaoshi and Ouyang Feng), but after studying the Nine Yin Manual he becomes stronger than them.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Literally. Ouyang Feng, a master snake user, has no trouble taking advantage of this.

The Seven Immortals of Quanzhen

The seven students of Wang Chongyang. They lead the sect after their teacher's death. The seven are:

Ma Yu

Taoist name Danyangzi. He teaches Guo Jing some basic Quanzhen martial arts and inner energy skills.

Tan Chuduan

Taoist name Changzhenzi. He is killed by Ouyang Feng in a fight.

Liu Chuxuan

Taoist name Changshengzi.

Qiu Chuji

Taoist name Changchunzi. He befriends the Guo and Yang families in the first chapter. He becomes Yang Kang's teacher later.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Could carry a cauldron holding several hundreds of kilograms of liquor without breaking a sweat.
  • Mundane Utility: He uses his inner energy to expel liquor through his leg during a drinking contest.
  • My Greatest Failure: His failure to teach Yang Kang to become a righteous man.

Wang Chuyi

Taoist name Yuyangzi. He befriends Guo Jing after learning that Guo learnt some Quanzhen skills from his senior, Ma Yu, before. Guo helps him recover when he was injured by Lingzhi Shangren.

Hao Datong

Taoist name Guangningzi

Sun Bu'er

Taoist name Qingjing Sanren.

Other characters

Yin Zhiping

One of Qiu Chuji's apprentices. He goes to Mongolia to remind Guo Jing of his scheduled match with Yang Kang.

Cheng Yaojia

Sun Bu'er's apprentice. She was almost raped by Ouyang Ke but Guo Jing and Huang Rong save her. She later marries Lu Guanying under Huang Yaoshi's arrangement.

     Peach Blossom Island 

Huang Yaoshi

Master of Peach Blossom Island and father of Huang Rong. One of the Five Greats, his nickname is Eastern Heretic for being an unorthodox radical who behaves as he wishes without showing any regard for formalities or moral ethics. Apart from being a formidable martial artist, he is also versed in other fields such as military strategy, music and divination. His eccentric personality causes him to be feared and shunned by others.

Tropes associated with Huang Yaoshi

  • Arranged Marriage: Try to match Huang Rong with Ouyang Ke, Ouyang Fe's nephew. It fails.
  • Cultured Badass: An accomplished mathematician, calligrapher, musician and fengshui master. He also one of the strongest martial artists in the novel.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Broke his students' legs and expelled them from his island for a crime they didn't commit.
  • Doting Parent: To Huang Rong.
  • The Dreaded: The most feared among the Five Greats, even more than Ouyang Feng, mostly due to the horrible punishment he supposedly dishes out to people who crossed him. He's actually not that bad, but enjoyes the reputation anyway.
  • Flower Motifs: The peach blossom, obviously.
  • Heroic BSoD: After learning his daughter apparent death. She survives.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: While he is not a hero per se, he is nowhere near as bad as his reputation would imply. For example, jianghu speculates that the servant on Peach Blossom Island were rendered deaf and mute by Huang Yaoshi so they could not reveal his secret but in fact they were already mute and deaf before they became his servants. He recruited them as his servants to relieve them from the social stigma of their impairments so that they can enjoy a better life on his island. Huang Yaoshi deliberately spreads rumours about his evilness so people won't bother him.
  • Honor Before Reason: Ouyang Feng killed five of the seven freaks of Jiangnam and framed Huang Yaoshi for the crime. Instead of explaining himself, he claimed it was his doing due to his pride.
  • Iconic Item: His jade flute.
  • Insane Troll Logic: After his students Chen Xuanfeng and Mei Chaofeng eloped, taking his copy of the Nine Yin Manual, his heavily pregnant wife tried to write the manual from her memory. The mental stress of writing such complicated document caused her to go to labour early and die. He somehow blames the manual for her death and vowes to burn it then kill himself to apologize to her.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Always wears green clothes.
  • Musical Assassin: He can channel his inner energy through his jade flute to devastating effect.
  • Signature Move: Finger Flicking Skill. He channels a great amount of inner energy into a single finger and releasing it with a precise amount of control. It can be used to propel objects with both force and accuracy.

Qu Lingfeng

Huang Yaoshi's student. After being expelled from Peach Blossom Island, he settled at Niu Family Village and opened an inn. He would periodically steal valuable treausures from the royal court, hoping to give them to his master so he could forgive him. Killed by a royal guard after one such attempt. Huang Yaoshi eventually accepts Qu Lingfeng's daughter, Shagu, as his grand-students.

Chen Xuanfeng

Huang Yaoshi's student. He fell in love with fellow student Mei Chaofeng and eloped with her, taking Huang Yaoshi's copy of the Nine Yin Manual. Killed by Gou Jing during his fight with the Seven Freaks of Jiangnam.
  • The Dreaded: Together with his wife they are known as "Twin Killers in the Dark Wind". Killed a lot of people to practice Nine Yin White Bone Claw and Heart Shattering Palm.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Also known as "Copper Corpse" for his yellow skin and emotionless expression.

Mei Chaofeng

Huang Yaoshi's student. She fell in love with fellow student Chen Xuanfeng and eloped with him, taking Huang Yaoshi's copy of the Nine Yin Manual. After Chen Xuanfeng was killed and she was blinded by Ke Zhen'e, she escaped and vowed to avenge her husband. She meets Huang Yaoshi in Guiyun Manor and he forgives her and tells her to find his other four apprentices. She is killed by Ouyang Feng.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Described as hideous in the novel, she was played by the gorgeous Yang Liping in the 2003 TV series.
  • The Dreaded: Together with her husband they are known as "Twin Killers in the Dark Wind". Killed a lot of people to practice Nine Yin White Bone Claw and Heart Shattering Palm.
  • Handicapped Badass: Still kicking a lot of ass after being blinded.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Also known as "Iron Corpse" for her dark skin and emotionless expression.
  • Signature Move: Nine Yin White Bone Claw, which involving sticking her fingers through her victim's skull, creating the iconic five-pointed injury. She teaches this technique to Yang Kang.
  • Taking the Bullet: Die by taking Ouyang Feng's strike intended for Huang Yaoshi.

Lu Chengfeng

Huang Yaoshi's student. After being expelled from Peach Blossom Island, he settles in Guiyun Manor near Lake Tai and nicknames himself "Handicap of Five Lakes". He once rallied a number of allies in a futile attempt to capture Chen Xuanfeng and Mei Chaofeng for his teacher. He shares the same passion for arts as Huang Yaoshi and inherits his teacher's knowledge of medicine and strategic formations. He also leads a group of pirates who rob the rich and corrupt to help the poor. He moves to Dasheng Pass with his family and followers after his home is destroyed by Ouyang Feng. He died of illness.

Wu Mianfeng

Huang Yaoshi's student. Died of illness.

Feng Mofeng

Huang Yaoshi's student. After being expelled from Peach Blossom Island, he becomes a blacksmith and is killed by Jinlun Guoshi in the sequel.

Feng Heng

Huang Yaoshi's wife and Huang Rong's mother. She is very clever, beautiful and has eidetic memory. Died from exhaustion writing the Nine Yin Manual from her memory after the copy was stolen.


Qu Lingfeng's mentally handicapped daughter. Huang Yaoshi accepts her as his grand-student.

Lu Guanying

Lu Chengfeng's daughter. Huang Yaoshi accepts her as his grand-student.


     Iron Palm Sect 
A prominent martial art sect in Southern Song. Originally a heroic organization, the sect has become a Wretched Hive under the leadership of Qiu Qianren.

Qiu Qianren

Leader of the Iron Palm Sect. He is one of the more powerful fighters in the jianghu after the Five Greats, and is nicknamed "Iron Palm Skimming on Water" for his prowess in martial arts and qinggong. He committed various heinous crimes, including killing Yinggu's infant son and collaborating with Jin soldiers to terrorise Song citizens. He is saved by Reverend Yideng after falling off a cliff and repents. He is renamed to Ci'en and becomes Yideng's apprentice.
  • Butt-Monkey: Most of his scence involves him being chased around by Zhou Botong.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Collaborate with Wangyang Honglie to invade the Southern Song empire.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Eventually repent and become a monk under Yideng's guidance.
  • Signature Move: His Iron Palm technique, said to be slightly weaker than the Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palm but has more variety.

Qiu Qianzhang

Qiu Qianren's twin brother. He is inferior to his brother in terms of moral character and martial arts prowess, and relies on impersonating his brother to con and deceive others for a living. He falls to his death from Iron Palm Peak.
  • Con Man: His forte. Too bad Huang Rong is way too smart to fall for his ploys.
  • Disney Death: Falls to his death from Iron Palm Peak.

     Kingdom of Dali 

Reverend Yideng / Duan Zhixing

Formerly the King of Dali Kindom, Duan Zhixing abdicates the throne and becomes a Buddhist monk. Now known as Riverend Yideng, he mostly withdraw from the outside world and focus on studying and meditating. A formidable martial artist and one of the Five Greats, he is known as Southern Emperor. He is famous for his signature martial arts technique, the Yiyang Finger.He reunites with his concubine Liu Ying and live together with her and Zhou Botong in the sequel, the Return of the Condor Hero.

Tropes associated with Yideng:

  • Badass Pacifist: Refrain from violence most of the time, he still can kick your ass if the need arises.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: He is so jealous with Zhou Botong and Liu Ying's romance that he let their son die.
  • Healing Hands: His Yiyang Finger could treat wounds caused by strong inner energy.
  • My Greatest Failure: He becomes to a monk to atone for his crime: refuse to save Liu Ying's son out of jelousy.

Yinggu / Liu Ying

Nicknamed "Divine Mathematician". She was Duan Zhixing's concubine but he neglected her due to his obsession with martial arts. She had an affair with Zhou Botong and bore him a son, but the child was severely injured by a masked attacker (Qiu Qianren). She pleaded with Duan to save her son but he refused and the infant died. Since then, she has been leading a reclusive life in the Black Swamp while plotting revenge on Duan and searching for Zhou Botong and her son's killer. During this time, she tutors herself in mathematics and martial arts. She reunites with Zhou Botong and live together with him and Yideng in the sequel, the Return of the Condor Hero.
  • Ax-Crazy: The death of her son has made her dangerously unstable. Just by hearing her son's killer voice send her into a murderous frenzy.
  • Despair Event Horizon: After her son died, her hair turned white and her face rapidly aged.
  • The Unfettered: She will get revenge on Yideng and find Zhou Botong, anything else is trivial.

Yident's aides

Formerly hing-ranking officers in the royal court, they follow Yideng into his exile and act as his bodyguards.

Chu Dongshan

Nicknamed "Reclusive Fisherman of Diancang", disguised as a fisherman, was previously an admiral of Dali's navy.

Zhang Shaoshou

Disguised as a woodcutter, was previously a general of Dali's army.

Wu Santong

Disguised as a farmer, was previously the chief of Dali's palace guards.

Zhu Ziliu

Disguised as a scholar, was previously Dali's premier.

Indian Monk

Yideng's junior and an expert in medicine and healing. He translates for Guo Jing and Huang Rong the part of the Nine Yin Manual that was written in Sanskrit.

     Beggars Sect 
The famous martial arts sect wit most of its member being beggars, but some of them are from other walks of life. They are noticeable in public for their dress code and behaviour. The members adhere to a strict code of conduct and maintain the utmost respect for ranks and hierarchy. They uphold justice and help those in need through acts of chivalry. The Beggars' Sect is also one of the supporting pillars in the defence of ancient Han Chinese society from foreign invaders. The sect has a wide network of communications and the members are reputed for their excellent information-gathering skills. This is due to the sect's large size and the nature of its members, which allows them to blend into different parts of society easily.

Hong Qigong

Leader of the Beggars' Sect and the "Northern Beggar" of the Five Greats. Although he appears as a happy-go-lucky old beggar who idles his time away, he actually uses his skills to help those in need and perform chivalrous deeds. His most famous skills are Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palms and Dog Beating Staff Technique. He teaches Guo Jing the Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palms and Huang Rong the Dog Beating Staff Technique. He dies together with Ouyang Feng on Mount Huo in the event of the sequel, The Return of the Condor Hero.

Tropes associated with Hong Qigong

  • Animal Motifs: The dragon.
  • Badass in Distress: Lose his inner energy after being biten by Ouyang Feng's snake and has to rely on Guo Jing and Huang Rong for protection. He got better.
  • Big Good: Leader of the largest sect in jianghu and a major player in the Jin resistance movement. Also the strongest fighter on the good side, together with Zhou Botong and Yideng.
  • The Mentor: To Guo Jing and Huang Rong.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Looks like any old beggar and acts like one, is actually one of the most powerful fighters around.
  • Passing the Torch: Select Huang Rong as the new leader of the Beggar's Sect because he is incapacipated after the fight with Ouyang Feng.
  • Seven Deadly Sins: Gluttony. He actually has once failed a mission after overindulgence in fine cuisine, leading to the death of innocence. He severed one of his finger to remind him of this.
  • Signature Move: Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palms and Dog Beating Staff Technique, the best palm technique and staff technique in the jianghu, respectively.
  • Spanner in the Works: Help Guo Jing win Huang Rong's hand in marriage and ruins Ouyang Feng's plan.

The Four Great Elders of Beggars' Sect

The highest ranking members of Beggars' Sect after the leader. Take care of day-to-day business. They are Lu Youjiao, Elder Peng, Elder Jian and Elder Liang. Lu Youjiao eventually becomes the Beggars' Sect leader after Huang Rong.

     White Camel Mountain Manor 

Ouyang Feng

Master of White Camel Mountain Manor and one of the strongest fighters in the novel. He is one of the Five Greats, the top five champions of Wulin. His nickname is Western Venom due to his skill in using poison and venomous snake in combat. Renowned as an evil, ruthless martial artist who resorts to all sorts of unscrupulous means to achieve his goal of becoming the most powerful martial artist in the jianghu. He eventually acquires the Nine Yin Manual from Huang Rong and becomes the strongest fighter in the jianghu but goes insane due to practicing a deliberately altered version of the manual courtesy of Huang Rong and Guo Jing. His martial art skills are based on various venomous creatures like toad or snake. He dies together with Hong Qigong on Mount Huo in the event of the sequel, The Return of the Condor Hero.

Tropes associated with Ouyang Feng

  • Affably Evil: He is polite, well-mannered and an accomplished musician. He's also willing to kill scores of people to get the Nine Yin Manual to become the most powerful martial artist in the jianghu.
  • Animal Motifs: The toad and the snake. It is reflected in his other nickname, Old Venomous Creature.
  • Doting Parent: To Ouyang Ke, his nephew but actually his son.
  • Dying as Yourself: He finally regains his memory and dies in peace with his nemesis Hong Qigong on Mount Huo.
  • Foil: To Hong Qigong. Hong is righteous, rough, straight-forward and all-around a heroic character; Ouyang Feng is polite, well-mannered and a complete and utter dick. Hong is a begger, Ouyang Feng is a rich landlord.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: A bad one. He had an affair with his brother's wife and she gave birth to Ouyang Ke. His brother died mysteriously afterwards.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Always wear white outfit.
  • Poison Is Evil: A famous poison user and a very evil martial artist.
  • Signature Move: His Toad Skill. Its power is on par with Hong Qiqong's Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palm. Its greatest weakness is that it can be overcome by a combination of Wang Chongyang's 'First Heaven Skill' and Duan Zhixing's 'Yiyang Finger'. Also his use of venomous snake in combat.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Hong Qigong saves Ouyang Feng from flaming debris during their fight at sea. He returns the favor by letting his snake bites Hong Qigong.
  • Weapon of Choice: His serpent staff.
  • World's Strongest Man: Becoming this after winning the second Mount Huo martial art contest, defeating Huang Yaoshi, Hong Qigong and Guo Jing, only to goes insane immediately.

Ouyang Ke

Ouyang Feng's nephew but he is actually Ouyang Feng's illegitimate son. A lecherous fiend, he enjoys preying on young and beautiful maidens, especially Huang Rong, Mu Nianci and Cheng Yaojia. He initially wanted Guo Jing's Ferghana horse and later becomes Guo's rival in winning Huang Rong's affection. His attempts on Huang Rong have ended up in failure and shame for himself every time. His legs were crushed by a boulder in a booby trap set by Huang Rong. He is murdered by Yang Kang eventually after attempting to molest Mu Nianci and Cheng Yaojia in Niu Family Village.
  • Asshole Victim: Let say that his death make nobody sheds a tear except for his uncle.
  • Humiliation Conga: Got hit with several of Huang Rong's needle, his ribs are brokeng by Guo Jing, he loses the contest to win Huang Rong's hand in marriage to Guo Jing, got tricked by Huang Rong into a trap and has his legs crush by a boulder. Finally he is killed by Yang Kang so he could become Ouyang Feng's sole apperentice.

     Jin Empire 

Wanyan Honglie

The sixth prince of the Jin Empire. He meets and fall in love with Yang Kang's mother, Bao Xiruo, and determines to gets married with her depite knowing she's already married. To win over her, he sends a troop to kill Bao Xiruo's husband and pretend to be a Knight in Shining Armor and rescues her. He marries her and raises Yang Kang as his own son. He is obsessed with finding the Book of Wumu as he intends to use the knowledge acquired from the book to eliminate the Jin Empire's enemies and become a hero of his people. His plans are foiled by Guo Jing and Huang Rong, who obtain the book instead. He later travels to Samarkand to form an alliance between the Jin Empire and Khwarezm Empire as part of a last-ditch effort to counter the Mongols. He is eventually captured by Mongol forces and meets his end.

Tropes Associated with Wanyan Honglie

  • Anti-Villain: genuinely loves and cares about his wife and his adoptive son

Sha Tongtian

Hou Tonghai

Liang Ziweng

Lingzhi Shangren

Peng Lianhu



Huang Chang

Duan Tiande

Alternative Title(s): Legend Of The Condor Heroes


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