Encyclopedia: Dong Zhuo

Dong Zhuo (Zhongying); Tung Cho (Chung-ying); 董卓 (仲穎)

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Dong Zhuo (Zhongying) 董卓 (仲穎)

Lived: AD ?–192


Served: Han, Dong Zhuo

Seized control of Luoyang and the Han government, and governed ruthlessly.

Officer Details

Wade-Giles: Tung Cho (Chung-ying)
Simplified Chinese: 董卓 (仲颖)
Pronunciation: Dong3 Zhou2 (Zhong4ying3Pronunciation
Min-Nan: Tang Toh (Tiong-eng)

Birthplace: Lintao, Longxi

Rank and Titles

Major; Gentleman of the Palace; General of the Gentlemen of the Household of the East; General Who Routs the Caitiffs; General of the Van; Minister of Works; Grand Commandant; Marquis of Mei; Chancellor of State; Grand Master

Family and Relationships

Dong Junya (Father); Lady Dong (Mother); Niu Fu (Son-in-law); Dong Bai (Daughter); Dong Bo (Granddaughter)

Fact vs. Fiction

Differences Between Fact and Common Fiction

  • Dong Zhuo was not historically saved by Liu Bei, Zhang Fei and Guan Yu while fighting the Yellow Turbans.
  • Dong Zhuo was never presented with the “Seven-Star Sword” by Cao Cao after a failed assassination attempt.

Literary Appearances

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: 18, 9, 1011, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 24, 30, 33, 38, 44, 56, 73, 93, 109, 120

Sanguozhi: Shu 1-3, Shu 5, Shu 7-9, Wei 6, Wu 1-2, Wu 4, Wu 8-12, Wu 15

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Dong Zhuo’s Birth Date
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Another Perspective on Dong Zhuo and the Liang Campaign
Date: 12/17     Replies: 8
Dong Zhuo’s Court and Sorting out the Etiquette
Date: 09/17     Replies: 10
Were Sun Jian and Dong Zhuo Friends?
Date: 03/10     Replies: 11
Alliance Against Dong Zhuo, More or Less a Failure?
Date: 08/09     Replies: 37
Dong Zhuo Not Only an Evil Tyrant?
Date: 08/09     Replies: 53
Is Dong Zhuo All That Bad???
Date: 01/08     Replies: 26
Sun Jian and the Alliance Against Dong Zhuo
Date: 06/07     Replies: 8
Did Dong Zhuo’s Actions Result in Good, or Bad?
Date: 08/06     Replies: 30
Dong Zhuo, Did He Have Potential?
Date: 10/04     Replies: 70
Did Cao Cao Really Attempt to Assassinate Dong Zhuo?
Date: 08/04     Replies: 20
Dong Zhuo Like or Hate?
Date: 02/04     Replies: 101
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Dong Zhuo’s SGZ Biography (Rough Draft)
Date: 11/07     Replies: 14
Dong Zhuo SGYY Bio
Date: 08/03     Replies: 6

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Dong Zhuo, styled Zhongying, was from Lintao county, Longxi commandery. He was the second son of Dong Junya.

In 189, Dong Zhuo seized control of the imperial court using his army. He deposed Liu Hong, who was Excellency of Works, to take his title for himself. He became discontented with Emperor Shao and soon deposed him in favor of Emperor Xian, who became his puppet. He later became Grand Commandant after moving Liu Yu, who held that title, to Grand Major.

In the first lunar month of 190, several men in administrative posts across the realm formed a coalition under Yuan Shao and waged war on Dong Zhuo. Dong Zhuo soon moved the capital from Luoyang to Chang’an, sacking and burning Luoyang. He tried to send a peace delegation to the coalition, but all but one were killed.



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September 22, 2023