Encyclopedia: Huang Gai

Huang Gai (Gongfu); Huang Kai (Kung-fu); 黃蓋 (公覆)

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Huang Gai (Gongfu) 黃蓋 (公覆)

Lived: AD c.145–c.208

Biographies:

Served: Yuan Shu, Wu

Veteran general in Wu. Came up with the “Bitter Meat Plan” for Chibi.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Huang Kai (Kung-fu)
Simplified Chinese: 黄盖 (公覆)
Pronunciation: Huang2 Gai4 (Gong1fu4Pronunciation
Min-Nan: Ui Khay (Kong-hok)

Birthplace: Quan Ling County, Ling Ling Precinct
(Presently Ling Ling in Hunan Province)

Rank and Titles

Major with a Separate Command; Chief of Chunju; Prefect of Xunyang; Colonel of Danyang; General of the Interior; Grand Administrator; Lieutenant-General

Family and Relationships

Huang Bing (Son)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Huang Gai did surrender to Cao Cao with intention of betraying him during the Battle of Red Cliffs, but he was not beaten or punished to make it more believable.
  • The ‘Magnificent Five of Wu’ is a fan creation with no historical basis. Huang Gai was not a part of any such group.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 57, 15, 43, 44, 46, 47, 49, 50, 55, 67

Sanguozhi: Wu 10

Search Results

Huang Gai: Important at Chi Bi? (Was There Another Way?)
Date: 03/04     Replies: 14

Biographies

Huang Gai’s Bio—Preview and Translation Help Request
Date: 12/03     Replies: 10

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May 13, 2014