List of The Deer and the Cauldron characters


List of The Deer and the Cauldron characters

The following is a list of characters from Jin Yong's wuxia novel The Deer and the Cauldron.

Contents

Wei Xiaobao and his family

  • Wei Xiaobao (韋小寶) – the lazy, illiterate, witty and sly protagonist of the novel. He makes a number of seemingly impossible achievements through sheer luck and wit. He leads his family to Yunnan and lives there ever since his retirement from the jianghu.
  • Wei Chunfang (韋春芳) – Wei Xiaobao's mother. She is a prostitute of the Lichun Brothel (麗春院) in Yangzhou.
  • The seven wives
    • Su Quan (蘇荃) – formerly Hong Antong's wife. She decides to follow Wei Xiaobao after the Mystic Dragon Cult self-destructs due to internal conflict. She is the best in terms of prowess in martial arts among the seven.
    • Fang Yi (方怡) – Liu Dahong's disciple. She is captured by the Mystic Dragon Cult and forced to lure Wei Xiaobao into traps with her beauty. She is the most intelligent of the seven.
    • Princess Jianning (建寧公主) – the spoiled younger sister of the Kangxi Emperor. She inherits most of her traits from her mother, Mao Dongzhu. She is very demanding and fierce.
    • Zeng Rou (曾柔) – from the Wangwu Sect, she tried to assassinate Wei Xiaobao but ends up falling in love with him. In contrast with Jianning, she is the most polite and cultured of the seven.
    • Mu Jianping (沐劍屏) – Mu Jiansheng's younger sister. She is captured by the Mystic Dragon Cult and forced to join the cult. She is the most naive of the seven.
    • Shuang'er (雙兒) – a servant of the Zhuang family in Huzhou. The matriarch asks her to follow Wei Xiaobao as an expression of her gratitude to Wei for killing Oboi. She acts as Wei Xiaobao's personal bodyguard and shows the most understanding towards him.
    • A'ke (阿珂) – the daughter of Li Zicheng and Chen Yuanyuan. She has a crush on Zheng Keshuang previously but leaves him after he reveals his true colours. She is Wei Xiaobao's most beautiful wife.
  • The three children
    • Wei Hutou (韋虎頭) – his name means "tiger head". His mother is A'ke.
    • Wei Tongchui (韋銅錘) – his name means "copper hammer". His mother is Su Quan.
    • Wei Shuangshuang (韋雙雙) – her name means "double double". Her mother is Jianning. She was originally named "Bandeng" (板凳), which means "wooden bench", but her name was changed on Su Quan's suggestion.

Qing Dynasty

  • Kangxi Emperor (康熙皇帝) – the ruler of the Qing Dynasty. He develops a close friendship with Wei Xiaobao in their childhood. He is first known to Wei Xiaobao as "Xiaoxuanzi" (小玄子).
  • Four Regents (四大顧命大臣)
    • Oboi (鳌拜) – a cruel and power-hungry aristocrat. He is removed from power by Wei Xiaobao and the young Kangxi Emperor and imprisoned. He is killed by Wei Xiaobao later.
    • Suksaha (蘇克薩哈) - framed and executed on Oboi's orders
      • Chakedan (察克旦) - Suksaha's son
    • Sonin (索尼)
    • Ebilun (遏必隆)
  • Nobles and court officials
    • Prince Kang (康親王) - a noble who befriends Wei Xiaobao
    • Songgotu (索額圖) - an aristocrat who befriends Wei Xiaobao
    • Misihan (米思翰) - Minister of Revenue
    • Li Lei (李雷) - Minister of Revenue
    • Yisang'a (伊桑阿) - Minister of Personnel
    • Batai (巴泰) - Minister of Rites
    • Mingzhu (明珠) - Minister of War
    • Moluo (莫洛) - Minister of Justice
    • Weizhouzuo (衛周祚)
    • Duikana (對喀納)
    • Du Lide (杜立德)
    • Tuhai (圖海)
    • Zhe'erken (折爾肯)
    • Daerli (達爾禮)
    • Li Wei (李蔚)
    • Ledehong (勒德洪)
    • Feng Pu (馮溥)
    • Wang Xi (王熙)
    • Huang Ji (黃機)
    • Wu Zhengzhi (吳正治)
    • Zong Dexuan (宗德宜)
    • Lin Guiding (林桂鼎)
    • Tong Tulai (佟圖賴)
    • Tong Guogang (佟國綱)
    • Mu Tianyan (慕天顏)
    • Wei Zhao (韋皋)
    • Le'erjin (勒爾錦)
    • Yang Guangxian (楊光先)
    • A'erni (阿爾尼)
    • Ma Qi (馬齊)
  • Provincial governors and magistrates
    • Lu Yifeng (盧一峰) - magistrate of Jing County (靖縣)
    • Wu Zhirong (吳之榮) – governor of Yangzhou. He is responsible for the massacre of the Zhuang family of Huzhou. Wei Xiaobao frames him for being in league with the rebels and has him bound and sent to the Zhuangs, where he is brutally killed by the widows for revenge.
    • Ma You (馬佑)
    • Cao Shenji (曹申吉) - governor of Guizhou
    • Li Benshen (李本深) - general of Guizhou
    • Sabusu (薩布素) - general of Heilongjiang
  • Military generals, officers and guards
    • Duolong (多隆) – the leader of the imperial guards and a close friend of Wei Xiaobao. Wei Xiaobao is forced to kill him in order to save the trapped rebels. However, he survives the attack, without knowing that Wei was the one who attempted to kill him.
    • Shi Lang (施琅) – a former subject of the Kingdom of Tungning. He defects to the Qing Dynasty and is promoted to high ranks for his expertise in naval warfare through Wei Xiaobao's recommendation. He is appointed admiral of the naval forces during the campaign against Tungning.
    • Suotu (額圖)
    • Zhang Kangnian (張康年)
    • Zhao Qixian (趙齊賢)
    • Shi Laoliu (施老六)
    • Xiong Lao'er (熊老二)
    • Zhao Liangdong (趙良棟)
    • Zhang Yong (張勇)
    • Pengchun (朋春)
    • Langtan (郎坦)
    • Rui Dong (瑞棟) – an imperial guard nicknamed "Undefeated Iron Palm" (鐵掌無敵). He is killed by Wei Xiaobao after Mao Dongzhu sent him to kill Wei.
    • Shi Song (史松) - a military officer nicknamed "Black Dragon Whip" (黑龍鞭). He leads his men to arrest Mao Shiba at the start of the novel. Wei Xiaobao stabs him from behind and kills him.
    • Chaerzhu (察爾珠)
    • Ge Tong (葛通)
    • Fuchun (富春)
    • Hechabo (和察博)
    • Ejichi (阿濟赤)
    • General Peng (彭參將)
    • Hong Chao (洪朝)
    • Deputy General Lu (路副將)
    • Deputy General Ban (班副將)
    • Colonel Tai (泰都統)
    • Lin Xingzhu (林興珠)
    • Huang Fu (黃甫)
    • Jiang Baisheng (江百勝)
    • Bahai (巴海)
    • Mala (馬喇)
  • Eunuchs and servants
    • Hai Dafu (海大富) – an old eunuch who kidnaps Wei Xiaobao into the palace. He serves the abdicated Shunzhi Emperor. He dies at the hands of Mao Dongzhu.
    • Xiaoguizi (小桂子) - killed by Wei Xiaobao, who impersonates him.
    • Pingwei (平威)
    • Lao Wu (老吳)
    • Eunuch Wu (烏公公)
      • Wen Youdao (溫有道)
      • Wen Youfang (溫有方)
    • Ruichu (蕊初) - the empress dowager's personal handmaiden
    • Dong Jinkui (董金魁) - the empress dowager's messenger eunuch. He is killed by Wei Xiaobao.

Anti-Qing organisations

Heaven and Earth Society (天地會)

  • Chen Jinnan (陳近南) – the society's leader and a subject of the Kingdom of Tungning. He is murdered by Zheng Keshuang.
  • Qingmu Hall (青木堂)
    • Lodge Master Yin (尹香主) - the former hall master. He was killed by Oboi.
    • Qi Qingbiao (祁清彪) – nicknamed "Qi the Third" (祁老三)
    • Cui Xiazi (崔瞎子)
    • Guan Anji (關安基) – nicknamed "Master Guan" (關夫子)
      • Jia Jindao (賈金刀) - Jia Laoliu's sister. She marries Guan Anji.
    • Xu Tianchuan (徐天川) – nicknamed "Eight-armed Ape" (八臂猿猴). He is the contact person for the society.
    • Li Lishi (李力世)
    • Taoist Xuanzhen (玄貞道人)
    • Gao Yanchao (高彥超)
    • Qian Laoben (錢老本)
    • Fan Gang (樊鋼)
  • Honghua Hall (宏化堂)
    • Li Shikai (李式開) - the hall master
    • Wu Dapeng (吳大鵬) – nicknamed "Cloud-Touching Hand" (摩雲手)
    • Wang Tan (王潭) nicknamed "Mountain-splitting Twin Brushes" (雙筆開山)
    • Shu Hualong (舒化龍)
  • Chihuo Hall (赤火堂)
    • Gu Zhizhong (古至中) - the hall master
    • Kuang Tianxiong (鄺天雄)
  • Others
    • Wu Liuqi (吳六奇) – the military commander of Guangdong. He is also a member of the Beggars' Sect and is nicknamed "Iron Beggar" (鐵丐). He is killed by Gui Erniang and Gui Zhong in a misunderstanding.
      • Wu Baoyu (吳寶宇) - Wu Liuqi's son
    • Cai Dezhong (蔡德忠) - master of Lianhua Hall (蓮花堂)
    • Fang Dahong (方大洪) - master of Hongshun Hall (洪順堂)
    • Ma Chaoxing (馬超興) - master of Jiahou Hall (家後堂)
    • Lin Yongchao (林永超) - master of Xuanbing Hall (玄水堂)
    • Yao Bida (姚必達) - master of Huangtu Hall (黃土堂)
    • Jia Laoliu (賈老六)
    • Ma Boren (馬博仁)
    • Lei Yixiao (雷一嘯)
  • Feng Jizhong (風際中) – a spy in the society. He reports the society's activities to Kangxi, including Wei Xiaobao's secret identity as one of its leaders. He is killed by pistol fire from Shuang'er.

Kingdom of Tungning of Taiwan (台灣鄭氏王朝)

  • Koxinga (郑成功) – the founder of the kingdom. He wrestled control of Taiwan from the Dutch and established his kingdom on the island, where he prepared to seize control of the mainland from the Qing Dynasty.
  • Zheng Keshuang (鄭克塽) – a grandson of Koxinga. He is the heir to the throne of the kingdom, which is independent of Qing rule. He is incompetent and spoilt by nature. He is the former lover of A'ke and she leaves him after he reveals his true colours. He surrenders to the Qing Dynasty eventually.
  • "Five Tiger Generals" (五虎將)
    • Feng Xifan (馮錫範) – the teacher of Zheng Keshuang. He is also a member of the Kunlun Sect and is nicknamed "One Sword Thrust That Draws No Blood" (一劍無血) for his excellent swordplay skills.
      • Jufang (菊芳) - Feng's concubine
      • Lanxiang (蘭香) - Feng's servant
      • Xing Si (邢四) - Feng's stable keeper
    • Zhou Quanbin (周全斌)
    • Gan Hui (甘輝)
    • Ma Xin (馬信)
    • Liu Guoxuan (劉國軒)
  • He You (何佑)

Ming Dynasty associates

  • Princess Changping (長平公主) – the daughter of the Chongzhen Emperor. She became a nun under the alias "Jiunan" (九難) after the fall of the Ming Dynasty. She steals A'ke from Chen Yuanyuan after her birth and raises A'ke as her disciple. She intends to use A'ke to kill Wu Sangui for revenge.
    • A'qi (阿琪) – a disciple of Jiunan. She is betrothed to Galdan Khan.
  • Li Zicheng (李自成) – nicknamed the "Dashing King" (闖王). He led a rebellion against the Ming Dynasty in its final years and disappeared after his army was defeated by the Manchus.
  • Tao Hongying (陶红英) - a palace maid. She served Princess Changping before the fall of the Ming Dynasty. She is ordered by her teacher to steal the Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters.
  • Li Xihua (李西華) – Li Yan's son. He attempts to kill Li Zicheng, who forced his father to commit suicide years ago.

Prince Mu Residence (沐王府)

  • Mu Jiansheng (沐劍聲) – a descendant of Mu Ying (Prince Mu) and leader of the anti-Qing forces in Yunnan. He is the older brother of Mu Jianping.
  • Liu Dahong (柳大洪) – nicknamed "Iron Back Dragon" (鐵背蒼龍)
  • Wu Lishen (吳立身) – nicknamed "Head-shaking Lion" (搖頭獅子) for his tendency to shake his head
    • Ao Biao (敖彪) - Wu Lishen's disciple
  • Liu Yizhou (劉一舟) – a cowardly traitor
  • Su Gang (蘇岡) - nicknamed "Sacred Hand Resident" (圣手居士). He is the sworn brother of Bai Hanfeng.
  • Bai Hansong (白寒松) - the older brother of Bai Hanfeng. He is killed by Xu Tianchuan.
  • Bai Hanfeng (白寒楓) - the younger brother of Bai Hansong. He accuses the Heaven and Earth Society for the death of his brother.

Others

  • Mao Shiba (茅十八) – a pugilist who brings Wei Xiaobao to Beijing from Yangzhou, marking the start of the latter's adventures. He accuses Wei Xiaobao of being a race traitor after Wei has no choice but to help Kangxi. He is captured and sentenced to death but Wei Xiaobao saves his life and helps him escape.
  • Gui family
    • Gui Xinshu (歸辛樹) – a member of the Mount Hua Sect, who is nicknamed "Undefeated Divine Fists" (神拳無敵). He is killed along with his family by imperial guards.
    • Gui Erniang (歸二娘) – Gui Xinshu's wife
    • Gui Zhong (歸鐘) – the son of Gui Xinshu and Gui Erniang. He first appeared in Sword Stained with Royal Blood as a sickly infant.

Mystic Dragon Cult (神龍教)

  • Hong Antong (洪安通) – the leader of the cult. He is killed during an internal conflict in the cult.
  • Mao Dongzhu (毛東珠) – Mao Wenlong's daughter. She serves the cult by impersonating the empress dowager. She teaches the young Kangxi Emperor martial arts. She is exposed by Wei Xiaobao and eventually killed by the Gui family.
  • Liu Yan (柳燕) - Mao Dongzhu's junior. She is killed by Fang Yi.
  • Deng Bingchun (鄧炳春) - killed by Wei Xiaobao
  • Fat Monk (胖頭陀) – the cult's "Fat Honorary Member" (胖尊者). He was once fat but gradually shrunk in size and becomes thin after being poisoned by Hong Antong. He is killed by Hong Antong during the cult's internal conflict.
  • Thin Monk (瘦頭陀) – the cult's "Thin Honorary Member" (瘦尊者). He was once thin but gradually became fatter after being poisoned by Hong Antong. He is killed by the Gui family while trying to save his lover, Mao Dongzhu.
  • Lu Gaoxuan (陸高軒)
  • Zhang Danyue (張淡月)
  • Taoist Wugen (無根道人)
  • Zhong Zhiling (鍾志靈)
  • Duan Jin (殷錦)
  • Xu Yunting (許雪亭)
  • Yun Sumei (雲素梅)
  • Zhang Laosan (章老三)

Wu Sangui and associates

  • Wu Sangui (吴三桂) – a former subject of the fallen Ming Dynasty. He defects to the Qing Dynasty and is appointed "West Subduing Prince of Yunnan". He stages a rebellion against the Qing Dynasty later (see Revolt of the Three Feudatories).
  • Wu Yingxiong (吳應熊) – Wu Sangui's son. Princess Jianning refuses to marry him and cuts his genitals and accuses him of molesting her. He is held hostage in the capital city by Kangxi and executed after his father stages a rebellion.
  • Chancellor Xiang (夏國相) - Wu Sangui's son-in-law. He is tricked by Wei Xiaobao into releasing the assassin who made an attempt on Wu Sangui's life.
  • Ma Dou (馬寶)
  • Master Lang (郎武師)
  • Qi Yuankai (齊元凱)
  • Yang Yizhi (楊溢之)
  • Zhang Guogui (張國桂)
  • Zhu Guozhi (朱國治)
  • Gan Wenkun (甘文焜)
  • Wang Jindou (王進寶)
  • Sun Sike (孫思克)
  • Ba Langxing (巴朗星)

Russian Empire

  • Sophia Alekseyevna (蘇菲亞) – Peter I's half-sister. She becomes regent of Russia with Wei Xiaobao's help.
  • Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov (阿萊克修斯‧米海洛維支) - Sophia's father
  • Peter I (彼得一世) – the Tsar of Russia. He is succeeded by Sophia.
  • Ivan (伊凡) - Peter I's half brother and joint-Tsar of Russia
  • Natalia Naryshkina (娜達麗亞) – the empress dowager of Russia. She is killed by the army that defected over to Sophia.
  • Alexi Tolbusin (圖爾布青) - the commander of the Russian army. He has an argument with Wei Xiaobao about the border between China and Russia.
  • Ya'er Qingsiji (亞爾青斯基) - the commander of the Russian armies at Albazino and Nerchinsk
  • Fedor Golovin (費要多羅‧果羅文) – a Russian envoy
  • Sophia's bodyguards
    • Huabo Siji (華伯斯基)
    • Qiluo Nuofu (齊洛諾夫)

Miscellaneous characters

  • Shunzhi Emperor (順治皇帝) – formerly the ruler of the Qing Dynasty and father of the Kangxi Emperor. He abdicates after the death of his favourite concubine and became a monk under the name "Xingchi" (行癡). He is temporary reunited with his son with Wei Xiaobao's help but decides to permanently retire from state affairs after providing some brief advice to his son on ruling the empire.
    • Xingdian (行顛) – Xingchi's junior. He possesses extraordinary strength and defends Xingchi from enemies at the expense of his life.
  • Shaolin Sect (少林派)
    • Reverend Huicong (晦聰大師) – the head abbot
    • Chengguang (澄光) – the head abbot of Qingliang Monastery (清涼寺) on Mount Wutai and one of the "Eighteen Arhats of Shaolin".
    • Chengshi (澄識) - head of Discipline Hall
    • Chengguan (澄觀) - head of Prajna Hall
    • Chengxin (澄心)
    • Chengtong (澄通)
    • Fasheng (法勝)
    • Jingji (淨濟)
    • Jingqing (淨清)
    • Jingben (淨本)
    • Jingyuan (淨源)
  • Wudang Sect (武當派)
    • Taoist Yunyan (雲雁道人)
    • Taoist Yunhe (雲鶴道人)
  • Wangwu Sect (王屋派)
    • Yuan Yifang (元義方)
    • Situ Bolei (司徒伯雷) - leader of the sect. A former Ming general and subordinate of Wu Sangui.
    • Situ He (司徒鶴) - Situ Bolei's son
  • Mongols
    • Galdan Boshugtu Khan (葛爾丹) – a Mongol prince who stages a rebellion with Wu Sangui. He blames Wei Xiaobao when the rebellion is crushed but Wei tricks him in believing that he was betrayed by Wu and he becomes sworn brothers with Wei. He is the lover of A'qi.
    • Hantiemo (罕帖摩) - a Mongol envoy
  • He Tieshou (何鐵手) – a character from Sword Stained with Royal Blood. She saves the female members of the Zhuang family from exile and teaches them martial arts.
  • Third Young Mistress of the Zhuang family (莊三少奶) – the matriarch of the Zhuang family and a disciple of He Tieshou. She becomes the head of the family after the male members of the family were massacred by Oboi. She is grateful to Wei Xiaobao for helping them take their revenge and asks Shuang'er to accompany him.
  • Hu Yizhi (胡逸之) – nicknamed "Hundred Victorious Saber King" (百勝刀王) or "Handsome Saber King" (美刀王) for his excellent use of the saber.
  • Zha Yihuang (查伊璜), also known as Zha Jizuo (查繼佐) - Jin Yong's ancestor
  • Ma Boren (馬博仁) - the leader of the Tantui Sect (潭腿門)
  • Lei Yixiao (雷一嘯) - nicknamed "Tiger-faced Conqueror" (虎面霸王)
  • Wu Tong (武通) - nicknamed "Golden Spear King" (金槍王). He is the leader of Wusheng Escort Agency (武勝鏢局).
  • Shenzhao Shangren (神照上人)
  • Song San (宋三) - nicknamed "Swift Horse" (快馬)
  • Yu Ba (于八) - nicknamed "One Stroke Less" (少一劃)
  • Xinxi (心溪) - abbot of Foguang Monastery (佛光寺) on Mount Wutai
  • Yao Chun (姚春) - a physician
  • Huangfu Ge (皇甫閣)
  • He Sheng (何盛)
  • Tang Ruowang (湯若望)
  • Nan Huairen (南懷仁) - a Belgian who visits China
  • Gu Yanwu (顧炎武)
  • Huang Zongxi (黄宗羲)
  • Lü Liuliang (呂留良)

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