Encyclopedia: Dian Wei

Dian Wei; Tien Wei; 典韋

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Dian Wei 典韋

Lived: AD 160–197


Served: Wei

Served Wei. One of Cao Cao’s trusted guards. Dian Man’s father.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Tien Wei
Simplified Chinese: 典韦
Pronunciation: Dien3 Wei2  Pronunciation
Cantonese (Yale): Din Wai
Cantonese (Jyutpin): Din Wai
Min-Nan: Thian Wi

Birthplace: Ji Wu County, Chen Liu Kingdom
(Presently He Sui County in He Nan Province)

Name Notes: We originally listed Dian Wei’s style as Ziman (子曼). As we are no longer able to locate the source, and a few possible causes for error have turned up, we no longer have reason to believe he had the name.

Rank and Titles

Major; Chief Commandant; Colonel

Family and Relationships

Dian Man (Son)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Rather than two axes or long polearms Dian Wei used two hand-halberds. These were shortened versions of the ji halberd (as used by Lü Bu).
  • Dian Wei was neither drunk nor had his halberds been stolen during his heroic defense against Zhang Xiu’s attack.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 1012, 14, 16, 1718, 58

Search Results

Dian Wei: Origination of His Style, Ziman?
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Dian Wei’s Death
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September 22, 2023