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Nearly all of the officers you see referenced on this site existed in the novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, which this project is dedicated to. Here you can search through personages that appeared inside it, listing them with mini-biographies and a list of chapters in which they appeared. Each entry links directly to the online Brewitt-Taylor translation published at Use this project to help with the creation of biographies, to learn more about officers, or even simply to refresh your memory about an event. Please share errors or suggestions with the webmaster.

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Bai Qi; Lived ?–257 BC
General of Qin, rumored to have been undefeated. Conquered the state of Chu.
Appearances: 118
Bei Dou; Lifespan Unknown
God in Koei’s Three Kingdoms. Reference to Star God/Lunar House Beidou (in Big Dipper).
Appearances: 69
Bian He; Lived c.800 BC–?
Historically, a statesman of Chu. Discovered the jade from which the imperial seal was crafted.
Appearances: 6
Cao Shen; Lived ?–190 BC
Prime Minister under Liu Bang. Ancestor of Cao Cao.
Appearances: 43, 73, 105
Chen Ping; Lived ?–c.178 BC
Former Han. A minister who served under Liu Bang.
Appearances: 23, 33 [p], 43, 85, 97, 103
Chong’er [Duke Wen of Jin]; Lived 697–628 BC
Spring and Autumn Period. Chong’er, literally “Double Ears”, came to lead state of Jin.
Appearances: 39, 77
Confucius [Kong Qiu] (Zhongni); Lived 551–479 BC
Founder of Confucianism. Kong Rong was descended from him.
Appearances: 11, 23, 29, 35, 40, 56, 60, 62, 80, 105, 114, 116
Emperor Shun; Lived c.2300–c.2200 BC
Ancient Chinese Emperor. One of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors. Ruled for a half-century.
Appearances: 8, 17, 34, 80, 96, 100, 106
Fan Li; Lived Unlisted–
Spring and Autumn Period. Advisor in the state of Yue. Resigned after Yue defeated Wu.
Appearances: 33, 44, 79, 119
Geng Yan; Lived Unlisted–
Historic reference from chapter 43 of Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Appearances: 43
Guan Yiwu (Zhong); Lived 725–645 BC
Famed prime minister of the state of Qi in the Spring and Autumn period.
Appearances: 36, 37, 38, 43, 57, 93, 104, 118
Han Xin; Lived ?–196 BC
Reknowned commander who served Xiang Yu and later Liu Bang. Rose from a childhood of destitution.
Appearances: 30, 43, 71, 73, 85, 91, 96, 118, 119
Huo Guang (Zimeng); Lived ?–68 BC
Minister of the Western Han. First minister to depose an emperor.
Appearances: 109
Jiang Ziya [Lü Wang] (Ziya); Lived Unknown–
Zhou Dynasty. Legendary historical figure. Resided by the Weishu River 3,000 years ago.
Appearances: 36, 37, 38, 43, 61, 77, 79, 85, 88, 98, 105, 119
Lady Xi Shi; Lived c.506 BC–?
Spring and Autumn Period. One of the Four Beauties of Ancient China. Lived in Zhuji, capital of Yue.
Appearances: 44, 65
Li Yiji; Lived ?–204 BC
Convinced the state of Qi to surrender to Han. Han Xin attacked Qi anyway, resulting in Yiji’s death.
Appearances: 86
Lian Po; Lived Unlisted–
A general of Zhao in the Warring States Period.
Appearances: 70
Lin Xiangru; Lived Unlisted–
A minister of the state of Zhao in the Warring States Period. Negotiated the return of the He’s Jade.
Appearances: 60, 66 [p]
Liu Ai; Lifespan Unlisted
Chief Clerk to Dong Zhuo. A famous historian who authored the Lingdi Ji.
Appearances: 14
Liu Bang [Gaozu]; Lived 247–195 BC
Founder of the Han dynasty. Fought with Xiang Yu for control of China and eventually won.
Appearances: 1, 2, 6, 12, 14, 1718, 20, 22, 2931, 37, 38, 43, 54, 65, 73, 79, 80, 82, 91, 97, 112, 120
Liu Hong; Lifespan Unknown
Liu Bei’s father. Son of Liu Xiong, said to be descended from Emperor Jing of Han.
Appearances: 1, 20
Liu Sheng; Lived ?–112 BC
Liu Bei’s ancestor. Prince of Jing of Zhongshan. Son of Emperor Jing of Han.
Appearances: 1, 20, 36, 43, 54
Liu Xiong; Lifespan Unknown
Liu Bei’s grandfather. Said to be descended from Emperor Jing of Han.
Appearances: 1, 20
Mencius [Meng Ke]; Lived 372–289 BC
Chinese philosopher. Often considered to the most famous Confucian outside Confucius himself.
Appearances: 23, 37, 60
Nan Dou; Lifespan Unknown
God in Koei’s Three Kingdoms. Reference to Star God/Lunar House Nandou (in Sagittarius).
Appearances: 69
Pang Juan; Lived ?–342 BC
General of the state of Wei in the Warring States Period.
Appearances: 109
Shensheng [Prince Shensheng of Jin]; Lived ?–656 BC
Spring and Autumn Period. Half-brother to Chong’er, eldest son of Duke Xian of Jin.
Appearances: 39, 79
Su Qin; Lived 380–284 BC
Su Qin was an influential political strategist during the Warring States Period.
Appearances: 43, 45
Su Shi [Su Dongpo] (Zizhan); Lived AD 1037–1101
Song Dynasty writer, poet, artist, calligrapher, pharmacologist and statesman.
Appearances: 34
Sunzi [Sun Wu]; Lived c.544–c.496 BC
Great strategist of the Warring States Period. The Sun family of Wu claimed decent from him.
Appearances: 103, 107
Wang Mang (Jujun); Lived 45 BC–AD 23
Minister of the Western Han. Userped the throne from Ruzi. Killed in a rebellion.
Appearances: 1, 6, 30, 37, 43, 56, 80, 109
Weizi (Viscount of Wei); Lived Unknown–
Shang Dynasty. Related to the corrupt Zhou Xin, quit in disgust and went into exile.
Appearances: 30
Wu Qi; Lived 440–381 BC
Minister of Chu in the Warring States Period. His reforms made Chu a great power.
Appearances: 60, 103
Xiang Yu [Xiang Ji]; Lived 232–202 BC
Founder of the state of Chu. Warred with Liu Bang but was defeated.
Appearances: 18, 2931, 43, 82, 109, 112
Xiao He; Lived ?–193 BC
First Prime Minister of the Western Han. Greatly aided Liu Bang’s rise to power.
Appearances: 73, 105 [p]
Yao [Yi Fangxun]; Lived 2358–2258 BC
A sage-king and one of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors.
Appearances: 105
Yi Yin; Lived 1648–1549 BC
Honored official of the Shang Dynasty. Helped Tang of Shang to defeat King Jie of Xia.
Appearances: 3, 8, 43, 56, 68, 105, 109
Yu Rang; Lived ?–c.450 BC
Assassin from the Warring States period. Disfigured himself to avenge Zhi Yao.
Appearances: 25, 29 [p]
Yue Yi; Lived Unlisted–
Minister of the states of Zhao and Yan in the Warring States era. Also known as Lord Guojun.
Appearances: 36, 37, 43, 57, 79, 93, 104, 113, 118, 120
Zhang Liang (Zifang); Lived 262–189 BC
Western Han. Renowned strategist and statesman. One of the “Three Heroes of the early Han Dynasty.”
Appearances: 20, 36, 37, 43, 61, 71 [p], 88, 97, 112, 119
Zhang Yi; Lived ?–310 BC
Strategist from the Warring States period. Born in the State of Wei. See also Su Qin.
Appearances: 43, 45
Zhuang Zi [Nan Hua]; Lived 370–301 BC
Old Taoist Sage from Mt. Hua that gave Zhang Jue the Way of Peace (太平要術).
Appearances: 1
Zhuge Feng (Shaoji); Lifespan Unlisted
Commander in the Western Han Dynasty. Ancestor of Zhuge Liang.
Appearances: 36

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