Secret of the Three Kingdoms (三国机密之潜龙在渊, Sān Guó Jī Mì Zhī Qiǎn Lóng Zài Yuān) is a 2018 Chinese series starring Ma Tian Yu, Regina Wan, Elvis Han and Dong Jie. It's based on the novel of the same name by Ma Bo Yong.
One of the emperor's concubines gives birth to twin boys. One boy, Liu Xie, is raised in the palace and becomes the next emperor. The other, Liu Ping, is sent away and raised as a commoner. Years later Liu Xie, now a puppet emperor under the control of the warlord Cao Cao, summons Liu Ping to the palace to impersonate him and take his place as emperor.
Contains examples of:
- Historical Beauty Upgrade: Compare Liu Xie's portrait on Wikipedia◊ note with Ma Tian Yu as Liu Xie◊.
- Historical Domain Character: Most of the characters (with the notable exception of Liu Ping) are based on real people.
- Imperial China: The Eastern Han dynasty, to be precise.
- Separated at Birth: Liu Xie and Liu Ping.
- Twin Switch: The main story revolves around Liu Ping taking his twin's place.