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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 threekingdoms.com. 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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Zhang Jue; Lived AD 140–184
Founder of the Yellow Scarves. Self-titled ‘Lord of Heaven’.
Appearances: 1, 2, 28, 29
Zhang Fei (Yide); Lived AD c.167–221
Sworn brother of Liu Bei and Guan Yu. Second of the Five Tiger Generals.
Appearances: 1, 2, 57, 1122, 24, 25, 28, 31, 3443, 45, 4953, 5557, 60, 61, 6365, 6973, 7678, 80, 81, 83, 85, 120
Guan Yu (Yunchang); Lived AD 160–219
Sworn brother of Liu Bei and Zhang Fei. First of the Five Tiger Generals.
Appearances: 1, 2, 57, 1122, 2428, 31, 3443, 45, 4953, 55, 56, 60, 63, 6567, 70, 7376, 77, 7883, 85, 94, 97, 110, 120
Liu Bei (Xuande); Lived AD 161–223
First Emperor of Shu and sworn brother of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei.
Appearances: 1, 2, 57, 1128, 3145, 4749, 5158, 6074, 7684, 85, 8689, 91, 93, 97, 102106, 117120
Cao Cao (Mengde); Lived AD 155–220
Founder of Wei. Built the foundation of what would become the Jin Dynasty.
Appearances: 16, 1077, 78, 7982, 85, 88, 91, 93, 94, 96, 97, 99, 106, 109, 111, 114, 119, 120
Dong Zhuo (Zhongying); Lived AD ?–192
Siezed control of Luoyang and the Han government before being killed by Lü Bu.
Appearances: 18, 9, 1011, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 24, 30, 33, 38, 44, 56, 73, 93, 109, 120
Ma Chao (Mengqi); Lived AD 176–222
Served Shu after fleeing from the north. Third of the Five Tiger Generals.
Appearances: 10, 5760, 64, 65, 69, 7074, 77, 79, 81, 8587, 91, 92
Dian Wei; Lived AD 160–197
Served Wei. One of Cao Cao’s trusted guards. Dian Man’s father.
Appearances: 1012, 14, 16, 1718, 58
Guo Jia (Fengxiao); Lived AD 170–207
Served Cao Cao as a trusted adviser during the formative years of Wei.
Appearances: 1012, 14, 1619, 21, 23, 24, 29, 32, 33, 34, 50
Xiahou Ba (Zhongquan); Lived AD c.185–c.258
Xiahou Yuan’s son. Originally served Wei, betrayed to Shu. Attacked Didao with Jiang Wei.
Appearances: 102104, 106, 107, 109111, 113115
Zhong Hui (Shiji); Lived AD 225–264
Close adviser of Sima Zhao. Later plotted rebellion and was killed by mutinous troops.
Appearances: 107, 110, 112, 115120
Deng Ai (Shizai); Lived AD c.197–264
Campaigned against Shu with Zhong Hui and brilliantly struck Chengdu.
Appearances: 107, 110118, 119, 120
Zhang Liao (Wenyuan); Lived AD 165–222
Served in Wei after Cao Cao defeated Lü Bu. Close friend of Guan Yu.
Appearances: 11, 12, 1621, 2328, 3033, 40, 42, 46, 4850, 53, 58, 67, 68, 85, 86, 98
Taishi Ci (Ziyi); Lived AD 166–206
Served Liu Yao, then Wu. Helped save Kong Rong from the Yellow Scarves.
Appearances: 11, 15, 44, 45, 49, 50, 53
Zhuge Dan (Gongxiu); Lived AD ?–258
Zhuge Liang’s cousin. Tried to rebel against Sima Zhao, but was executed.
Appearances: 110, 111, 112
Huang Yueying; Lived AD ?–c.234
Zhuge Liang’s wife. Huang Chengyan’s daughter. Was very smart, but not beautiful.
Appearances: 117
Wang Yuanji; Lived AD 217–268
Empress dowager during Jin Dynasty. Wife of Sima Zhao and mother of Sima Yan.
Appearances: 119
Xu Chu (Zhongkang); Lived AD 170–2?
One of Cao Cao’s trusted guards and a commander. Leader of the Tiger Guard.
Appearances: 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 2325, 27, 3033, 4042, 48, 50, 5659, 61, 6668, 72, 78, 86, 116
Xu Huang (Gongming); Lived AD 169–227
Served Cao Cao. Famous for breaking the siege of Fancheng against Guan Yu.
Appearances: 13, 14, 19, 2227, 3033, 46, 48, 50, 5659, 67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76, 79, 86, 94
Zhou Yu (Gongjin); Lived AD 175–210
Skilled war commander of Wu. Commanded Wu forces at the Battle of Chibi.
Appearances: 15, 29, 38, 39, 4356, 57, 60, 75, 77, 8284
Zhou Tai (Youping); Lived AD 163–225
Wu officer who Saved Sun Quan’s life, and was loved dearly in return.
Appearances: 15, 44, 48, 4951, 55, 61, 67, 68, 75, 76, 78, 8284
Sun Jian (Wentai); Lived AD 155–192
Father of Sun Ce, Sun Quan, and the kingdom of Wu.
Appearances: 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 21, 39, 42, 46, 82, 120
Yuan Shao (Benchu); Lived AD c.142–202
Childhood friend, and later enemy of, Cao Cao. Defeated at Guandu.
Appearances: 27, 10, 11, 1316, 18, 19, 2131, 32, 33, 38, 40, 4345, 4850, 56, 60, 68, 91, 93
Zhang He (Junyi); Lived AD ?–231
Originally under Yuan Shao, defected to Wei. Died battling Zhuge Liang.
Appearances: 22, 30, 31, 4042, 48, 50, 56, 58, 67, 6971, 81, 86, 9499, 101
Guan Ping; Lived AD 178–219
Served Shu. Guan Yu’s son (adopted in novel). Executed with Guan Yu by Sun Quan.
Appearances: 28, 31, 39, 49, 57, 60, 62, 63, 65, 66, 7376, 77, 78
Lu Su (Zijing); Lived AD 172–217
Brilliant and insightful Wu commander. Was ambassador to Shu.
Appearances: 29, 39, 4249, 5154, 5658, 66, 67, 69
Da Qiao; Lifespan Unknown
Elder of Wu’s Qiao Sisters. Sister to Xiao Qiao. Married to Sun Ce.
Appearances: 29, 44, 48, 54
Lü Bu (Fengxian); Lived AD ?–198
Said to be the finest warrior of the Three Kingdoms era. Executed by Cao Cao.
Appearances: 36, 8, 9, 1118, 19, 2022, 25, 31, 40, 43, 44, 48, 56, 59, 60, 93
Cao Pi (Zihuan); Lived AD 187–226
Cao Cao’s second son and successor. Deposed Emperor Xian. First Wei Emperor.
Appearances: 3234, 68, 72, 7882, 8487, 91, 93, 94, 97, 99, 106, 109, 111, 119, 120
Empress Zhen [Zhen Ji]; Lived AD 183–221
Formerly Yuan Xi’s wife. Later married to Cao Pi. Became Empress.
Appearances: 33, 91
Liu Shan (Gongsi); Lived AD 207–271
Liu Bei’s son and the second Emperor of Shu. Destroyed Shu through ineptitude.
Appearances: 34, 41, 42, 54, 61, 73, 80, 81, 8587, 91, 96, 97102, 104, 105, 107, 108, 110119, 120
Pang Tong (Shiyuan); Lived AD 179–213
Friend of Sima Hui’s and Shu’s “Fledgling Phoenix.” Killed by an arrow at Luocheng.
Appearances: 35, 36, 47, 48, 57, 6062, 63, 65
Ling Tong (Gongji); Lived AD 189–217
Served Wu. Resented Gan Ning for killing his father, Ling Cao, but later forgave him.
Appearances: 38, 39, 44, 4951, 53, 56, 67, 68, 8284
Gan Ning (Xingba); Lived AD 175–c.219
Known to be brave and strong. Served Huang Zu, then Wu. Died of illness.
Appearances: 38, 39, 4547, 4951, 53, 56, 6668, 82, 83
Lu Xun (Boyan); Lived AD 183–245
Famous and brilliant Wu commander that defeated Liu Bei at Yiling.
Appearances: 38, 44, 49, 50, 53, 68, 75, 8387, 9698, 102, 103, 108, 119
Ding Feng (Chengyuan); Lived AD ?–271
Famous Wu officer, assassinated Sun Chen with Zhang Bu. Defeated Wei at Dongxing.
Appearances: 38, 44, 49, 51, 55, 56, 75, 76, 83, 84, 86, 108, 117, 119, 120
Lü Meng (Ziming); Lived AD 178–220
Served Wu. Originally a skilled warrior, turned out to be a scholar as well.
Appearances: 38, 44, 4951, 56, 61, 6668, 73, 75, 76, 77, 82, 83, 103, 110
Sima Yi (Zhongda); Lived AD 179–251
A skilled advisor of the Wei kingdom. His efforts laid the foundation of Jin.
Appearances: 39, 69, 73, 75, 77, 78, 80, 85, 86, 91, 94107, 108, 109, 119
Wei Yan (Wenchang); Lived AD ?–234
Talented commander. Killed Han Xuan and surrendered his territory to Liu Bei.
Appearances: 41, 53, 55, 56, 6065, 7072, 81, 8597, 99104, 105
Xiao Qiao; Lifespan Unknown
Younger of Wu’s Qiao Sisters. Sister to Da Qiao. Married to Zhou Yu.
Appearances: 44, 48, 54, 56, 57
Xiahou Dun (Yuanrang); Lived AD ?–220
One of Cao Cao’s original officers, with civil and military talent. Lost an eye in battle.
Appearances: 5, 6, 1012, 14, 1619, 2328, 30, 31, 33, 3943, 48, 50, 66, 67, 6972, 78, 79, 91
Li Dian (Mancheng); Lived AD c.181–c.217
Served Wei. Assisted Zhang Liao in the defense of Hefei.
Appearances: 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 2224, 27, 3033, 35, 36, 39, 40, 42, 48, 50, 53, 67, 68
Yue Jin (Wenqian); Lived AD ?–218
Served Cao Cao from the beginning. Shot from his horse by Gan Ning. Small-framed.
Appearances: 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 16, 23, 24, 26, 3133, 42, 48, 50, 53, 61, 67, 68, 98, 111
Cao Ren (Zixiao); Lived AD 168–223
Cao Cao’s cousin. Served as Minister of War for Cao Cao.
Appearances: 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 17, 19, 22, 23, 2931, 35, 36, 4043, 48, 50, 51, 58, 59, 6668, 7376, 8485, 86
Xiahou Yuan (Miaocai); Lived AD ?–219
Xiahou Dun’s brother. Famed for his attacks against the western barbarians.
Appearances: 5, 6, 12, 14, 18, 19, 24, 30, 31, 40, 42, 48, 5659, 64, 67, 6970, 71, 97, 116
Huang Gai (Gongfu); Lived AD c.145–c.208
Veteran general in Wu. Came up with the “Bitter Meat Plan” for Chibi.
Appearances: 57, 15, 43, 44, 46, 47, 49, 50, 55, 67
Huang Zhong (Hansheng); Lived AD ?–220
Joined Liu Bei after Han Xuan’s defeat. One of the Five Tiger Generals.
Appearances: 53, 55, 56, 60, 6265, 7073, 77, 8182, 83, 91
Ma Dai; Lifespan Unknown
Ma Chao’s cousin. He surrendered to Liu Bei with Ma Chao.
Appearances: 5759, 64, 65, 81, 8895, 97, 98, 100105
Pang De (Lingming); Lived AD ?–219
Served Ma Chao, Zhang Lu, then Cao Cao. Fought against Guan Yu at Fancheng.
Appearances: 58, 59, 64, 65, 67, 68, 72, 74, 75, 78
Zuo Ci (Yuanfang); Lived AD ?–306
Taoist named ‘Master Black Horn’. Trained in the occult at Emei Mountain.
Appearances: 68, 69
Zhao Yun (Zilong); Lived AD c.168–229
Served Shu. Highly trusted by Liu Bei. Fourth of the Five Tiger Generals.
Appearances: 7, 11, 21, 28, 31, 3436, 3943, 45, 4954, 56, 57, 60, 61, 63, 65, 7073, 77, 80, 81, 8496, 97
Sun Quan (Zhongmou); Lived AD 182–252
Sun Jian’s second son. Sun Ce’s brother. Long-lived first Emperor of Wu.
Appearances: 7, 15, 29, 31, 34, 3840, 4247, 4958, 6063, 6568, 73, 7588, 9699, 102, 103, 105, 106, 108, 110, 120
Lady Sun [Sun Shangxiang]; Lived AD c.189–?
Sun Quan’s sister. Married to Liu Bei by Sun Quan, but later returned to Wu.
Appearances: 7, 5456, 61, 77, 82, 83, 84
Sun Ce (Bofu); Lived AD 175–200
Sun Jian’s oldest son. Built the foundation of the Wu kingdom.
Appearances: 7, 8, 1518, 21, 28, 29, 38, 42, 44, 48, 57, 68, 82, 83, 97, 120
Guo Huai (Boji); Lived AD 187–255
Served Wei and fought extensively against Shu. Brother of Guo Pei. Father of Guo Tong.
Appearances: 70, 9399, 101103, 107, 108, 109
Cai Yan (Wenji); Lived AD 177–250
Captured by the Xiongnu, but bought back by Cao Cao. Some of her poems survive.
Appearances: 71
Lady Guan [Yinping]; Lived Unknown–
Daughter of Guan Yu. Sun Quan wanted to arrange a marriage between her and Sun Deng.
Appearances: 73
Guan Xing (Anguo); Lived AD 193–2?
Son of Guan Yu. Served in Zhuge Liang’s northern campaigns.
Appearances: 74, 77, 78, 8185, 87, 91101, 102
Diaochan [Sable Cicada]; Lived AD c.173/6–?
Wang Yun’s adopted daughter. Helped to kill Dong Zhuo. Fictional.
Appearances: 8, 9, 16, 19
Zhang Bao; Lifespan Unlisted
Fought against Wei and Wu, killing many generals. Died in the Northern Campaigns.
Appearances: 8185, 87, 9199
Empress Zhang [Xingcai]; Lived AD c.206–237
Zhang Fei’s daughter. Empress Zhang married to Liu Shan. Zhang Xingcai in Koei games.
Appearances: 85, 115
King Meng Huo; Lifespan Unknown
Ruled Nanman after Shamoke’s death. Captured and released seven times by Kongming.
Appearances: 8591
Zhuge Liang (Kongming); Lived AD 181–234
Mastermind of Shu’s rise as a great power. Also known as ‘Sleeping Dragon’.
Appearances: 9 [p], 3546, 4857, 6067, 7073, 7682, 84103, 104, 105106, 111, 113, 115117, 119, 120
Jia Xu (Wenhe); Lived AD 147–223
Skillful advisor. Served Dong Zhuo, Li Jue, Guo Si, Zhang Xiu, then Cao Cao.
Appearances: 9, 10, 13, 14, 1618, 23, 30, 32, 59, 6668, 74, 7880, 82, 85, 86
Lady Zhurong; Lifespan Unknown
Wife of King Meng Huo. Said to be descended from the Goddess of Fire.
Appearances: 90
Jiang Wei (Boyue); Lived AD 202–264
Served Shu as Minister of War, eventually inheriting Zhuge Liang’s responsibilities.
Appearances: 92105, 107118, 119, 120
Sima Shi (Ziyuan); Lived AD ?–255
Sima Yi’s son. Instrumental in the rise of Jin.
Appearances: 94, 102, 103, 106109, 110, 119
Sima Zhao (Zishang); Lived AD 211–265
Son of Sima Yi. Father of Sima Yan. Controlled the Wei army after his brother, Shi’s, death.
Appearances: 94, 95, 102, 103, 106118, 119

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