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The following is a list of characters from the wuxia novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils by Jin Yong (Louis Cha). There are over 230 characters in the novel, including those who are mentioned only by name. Some characters such as Duan Yu, Duan Zhengchun, Duan Zhengming, Yelü Hongji, and Wanyan Aguda are based on real historical figures, while the rest are all fictional characters. Contents 1 Protagonists, 2 Kingdom of Dali, 3 Murong family, 4 Duan Zhengchun's lovers, 5 Four Evils, 6 Shaolin Sect, 7 Beggars' Sect, 8 Carefree Sect and associates, 9 Liao Dynasty, 10 Western Xia, 11 Jurchen tribe, 12 Subjects of Lingjiu Palace, 13 Others, Protagonists: Qiao Feng (traditional Chinese: 喬峰; simplified Chinese: 乔峰; Mandarin Pinyin: Qiáo Fēng; Jyutping: Kiu4 Fung1), birth name Xiao Feng (traditional Chinese: 蕭峰; simplified Chinese: 萧峰; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiāo Fēng; Jyutping: Siu1 Fung1). See Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils#Qiao Feng's story., Duan Yu (traditional Chinese: 段譽; simplified Chinese: 段誉; Mandarin Pinyin: Duàn Yù; Jyutping: Dyun6 Jyu6). See Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils#Duan Yu's story., Xuzhu (traditional Chinese: 虛竹; simplified Chinese: 虚竹; Mandarin Pinyin: Xūzhú; Jyutping: Heoi1-zuk1). See Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils#Xuzhu's story)., Wang Yuyan (traditional Chinese: 王語嫣; simplified Chinese: 王语嫣; Mandarin Pinyin: Wáng Yǔyān; Jyutping: Wong4 Jyu5-jin1) is the daughter of Duan Zhengchun and Li Qingluo. She is described as a beautiful and flawless young maiden independent of all worldly traits. She has a crush on her cousin Murong Fu. She memorises martial arts manuals in the hopes of helping him perfect his skills and winning his heart, but Murong does not appreciate her help and treats her coldly. She is able to identify various types of martial arts simply by observation, even though she does not practise the skills in the manuals she read. Duan Yu falls in love with her on first sight due to her resemblance to "Fairy Sister", a statue of her great aunt he chanced upon. He starts following her everywhere she goes, incurring the annoyance of Murong Fu's followers. Although initially impassive towards Duan Yu, she slowly warms up to him after he saved her on many occasions. After seeing the extent of Murong Fu's obsession with restoring his kingdom by competing for the hand-in-marriage of the princess of Western Xia, she attempts suicide but is rescued. Duan Yu confronts Murong Fu and tells him that he too will fight for the princess's hand-in-marriage, in an attempt to force Murong to return to Wang Yuyan. Murong is angered and he knocks Duan Yu into a well. By then Wang Yuyan realises that Murong Fu has become insane and she throws herself into the well to join Duan Yu, and Murong does not stop her. Both Wang and Duan survive the fall and reveal their love for each other, and eventually leave safely. Wang Yuyan later discovers that she is Duan Zhengchun's daughter, so this will make her Duan Yu's half-sister, and she is heartbroken. Duan Yu later tells her that they can still be together because they are ultimately cousins because his biological father turns out to be Duan Yanqing instead of Duan Zhengchun., A'zhu (Chinese: 阿朱; Mandarin Pinyin: Ā'zhū; Jyutping: Aa3-zyu1) is the elder daughter of Duan Zhengchun and Ruan Xingzhu, and a master in the art of disguise. She is initially a servant of the Murong family. She meets Duan Yu and helps him escape from Jiumozhi. She once disguised Duan Yu and herself as Murong Fu and Xiao Feng respectively, as part of a plan to save some members of the Beggars' Sect who were captured by Western Xia soldiers. She later disguises herself as a monk and infiltrates Shaolin in an attempt to steal some martial arts manuals for Murong Fu. Xiao Feng witnesses the act, and forces her to hide with him behind a giant statue. They are eventually discovered, and in an ensuing fight, she is seriously injured by the abbot Xuanci. Xiao Feng takes her and escapes, and when inspecting her wounds, finds out that she is actually a woman. He uses his inner energy to preserve her life and cares for her while she is wounded. During this time, they grow closer and A'zhu falls in love with him. Xiao Feng looks for the physician Xue Muhua, who is the only person capable of curing her internal wounds. Although Xue is initially unwilling to save her, he eventually agrees to and Xiao Feng departs. After her wounds are healed, A'zhu waits for Xiao Feng five days and five nights on the road and tells him her wish to accompany him forever. Xiao Feng is touched by her dedication and reciprocates her feelings for him. Although they experience a calm and peaceful life in the wilderness while travelling, Xiao is unable to let go of his desire to find out who the person who killed his parents was. They return to Song territory, and A'zhu volunteers to help Xiao trick Kang Min into revealing who "Leading Big Brother" is. However, Kang Min quickly sees through the disguise and gives misleading information that the "Leading Big Brother" is Duan Zhengchun. Xiao Feng challenges Duan Zhengchun to a duel. Before the duel, A'zhu finds out that she is actually Duan Zhengchun's daughter, along with her long-lost sister A'zi. She decides to disguise herself as Duan Zhengchun to prevent a conflict between her lover and father and is killed by Xiao Feng by mistake. Before her death, she requests that Xiao Feng promise to take care of her younger sister A'zi., A'zi (Chinese: 阿紫; Mandarin Pinyin: Ā'zǐ; Jyutping: Aa3-zi2) is A'zhu's younger sister and a student of Ding Chunqiu. Much like everyone else in the Xingxiu Sect, she is sadistic and cruel, and takes pleasure in torturing and mutilating anyone who offends her. She is considered a traitor to the Xingxiu Sect, because she stole the shenmu wangding (神木王鼎), a prized treasure of the Xingxiu Sect, and fled with it. In the latest edition of the book, her reason for doing so was because Ding Chunqiu noticed her growing beauty and started making inappropriate advances on her. You Tanzhi is also attracted by her beauty, and willingly succumbs to her sadistic "games" to amuse her. He even offers his eyes to her after she is blinded by Ding Chunqiu. However, she has a crush on Xiao Feng and does not care about You Tanzhi. She often taunts Xiao Feng with her sister's dying words whenever he refuses to do anything for her. She becomes increasingly jealous of how irreplaceable her dead sister is in Xiao Feng's heart. When Xiao Feng refuses to help Yelü Hongji attack Song, the latter sends his concubine to approach her and trick her into spiking Xiao Feng's wine with a "love potion". While escaping from Liao together with A'zi, Xiao Feng is suddenly seized with fatigue because the "love potion" is actually a poison that will temporarily weaken him, and he is captured and imprisoned. She manages to escape, and finds her brother Duan Yu and other martial artists to help save Xiao Feng. Although Xiao is rescued, he makes a deal with Yelü Hongji on the battlefield and exchanges his life for peace between Liao and Song. A'zi realises that she cannot live without Xiao Feng and follows suit after he commits suicide., Mu Wanqing (Chinese: 木婉清; Mandarin Pinyin: Mù Wǎnqīng; Jyutping: Muk6 Jyun2-cing1) is the daughter of Duan Zhengchun and Qin Hongmian. She is forced to follow a strange rule laid down by her master: If any man sees her face, she must either wed or kill him. Because of this reason, she normally masks her face. She is pursued by Yue Laosan, who is angry that she killed his student, who had seen her face. Duan Yu gets involved in this matter, and she takes him along with her as she escapes. Despite her harsh treatment towards him, he tries to help her, and she falls in love with him. When Yue Laosan catches up with them, she reveals her face to Duan Yu, giving him the ultimatum that he will either marry her, or they will both die. He promises her he will marry her. After they are rescued, it is eventually revealed that he is actually her half-brother, and she leaves him in anguish. She meets Duan Yanqing, who tricks her and Duan Yu into consuming aphrodisiac, because he wants them to commit incest and disgrace the Duan family. However, Duan Zhengchun's men dig a secret tunnel leading to the room where she is held captive in and rescues her, replacing her with Zhong Ling. She appears again in a later chapter when the protagonists are in Western Xia., Zhong Ling (traditional Chinese: 鍾靈; simplified Chinese: 钟灵; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhōng Líng; Jyutping: Zung1 Ling4) is the daughter of Duan Zhengchun and Gan Baobao. She meets Duan Yu while he is attempting to defuse a conflict between two rival sects. She is captured and held hostage by one of the sects' leaders after he is bitten by her pet, the Lightning Squirrel, whose bite is poisonous and fatal. She is rescued by Duan Yu and Mu Wanqing later. Although she, too, is in love with Duan Yu, she gives up after learning that he is her half-brother. She appears again in a later chapter to take care of Duan Yu after he is wounded by Jiumozhi., Kingdom of Dali: Duan Zhengming (Chinese: 段正明; Mandarin Pinyin: Duàn Zhèngmíng; Jyutping: Dyun6 Zeng3-ming4) is the benevolent and wise monarch of Dali who is highly respected by his subjects and people. He abdicates to become a monk to help the elders of Heavenly Dragon Monastery deal with Jiumozhi., Duan Zhengchun (Chinese: 段正淳; Mandarin Pinyin: Duàn Zhèngchún; Jyutping: Dyun6 Zeng3-seon4) is the Zhennan Prince of Dali and Duan Zhengming's younger brother. Notorious for his philandering ways, he conceives several illegitimate daughters with many different women in his younger days. Ironically, his daughters become lovers with Duan Yu, who is believed to be his son. He succeeds his brother as king of Dali and has been confronted numerous times by Duan Yanqing, who attempts to force him to hand over his throne., Gao Shengtai (Chinese: 高升泰; Mandarin Pinyin: Gāo Shēngtài; Jyutping: Go1 Sing1-taai3) is the Marquis of Shanchan. He rules Dali after Duan Zhengchun's death before eventually passing the throne to Duan Yu., Fan Hua (traditional Chinese: 范驊; simplified Chinese: 范骅; Mandarin Pinyin: Fàn Huá; Jyutping: Faan6 Waa4), Ba Tianshi (Chinese: 巴天石; Mandarin Pinyin: Bā Tiānshí; Jyutping: Baa1 Tin1-sek6) and Hua Hegen (traditional Chinese: 華赫艮; simplified Chinese: 华赫艮; Mandarin Pinyin: Huà Hègěn; Jyutping: Waa4 Hak1-gan3) are the three highest ranked ministers in the Dali government. They are highly skilled in martial arts and also serve as the king's bodyguards., The four bodyguards of Duan Zhengchun are dedicated to protecting the prince and his family. Duan regards them as his fellows rather than his subordinates. The four are: Chu Wanli (traditional Chinese: 褚萬里; simplified Chinese: 褚万里; Mandarin Pinyin: Chǔ Wànlǐ; Jyutping: Cyu2 Maan6-lei5), disguised as a fisherman. He is killed by Duan Yanqing., Gu Ducheng (traditional Chinese: 古篤誠; simplified Chinese: 古笃诚; Mandarin Pinyin: Gǔ Dǔchéng; Jyutping: Gu2 Duk1-sing4), disguised as a woodcutter., Fu Sigui (traditional Chinese: 傅思歸; simplified Chinese: 傅思归; Mandarin Pinyin: Fù Sīguī; Jyutping: Fu6 Si1-gwai1), disguised as a farmer., Zhu Danchen (Chinese: 朱丹臣; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhū Dānchén; Jyutping: Zyu1 Daan1-san4), disguised as a scholar. Duan Yu regards him as a close friend because both of them have common interests in literature and poetry., , Benyin (Chinese: 本因; Mandarin Pinyin: Běnyīn; Jyutping: Bun2-jan1) is the abbot of Heavenly Dragon Monastery (天龍寺) in Dali., Kurong (traditional Chinese: 枯榮; simplified Chinese: 枯荣; Mandarin Pinyin: Kūróng; Jyutping: Fu1-wing4) is the most powerful in martial arts among all of Heaven Dragon Monastery's monks. He lets Duan Yu read the "Six Meridians Divine Sword" manual and memorise it before destroying the book., Zhong Wanchou (traditional Chinese: 鍾萬仇; simplified Chinese: 钟万仇; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhōng Wànchóu; Jyutping: Zung1 Maan6-sau4), nicknamed "Horse Deity" (traditional Chinese: 馬王神; simplified Chinese: 马王神; Mandarin Pinyin: Mǎ Wáng Shén; Jyutping: Maa5 Wong4 San4), is the master of Wanjie Valley (萬劫谷) and Gan Baobao's husband. He is extremely protective of his wife and hates Duan Zhengchun to the core because he insists that the latter seduced his wife. He even placed a sign at the valley's entrance that reads: Any person with the family name "Duan" who enters this valley will be killed without exception (姓段者入此谷殺無赦)., Reverend Huangmei (traditional Chinese: 黃眉大師; simplified Chinese: 黄眉大师; Mandarin Pinyin: Huángméi Dàshī; Jyutping: Wong4-mei4 Daai6-si1) is the abbot of Nianhua Monastery (拈花寺). He plays an important role in rescuing Duan Yu from Wanjie Valley as he distracts Duan Yanqing in a game of weiqi while Duan Zhengchun's men enter the room where Duan Yu is held via an underground tunnel., Murong family: Murong Fu (traditional Chinese: 慕容復; simplified Chinese: 慕容复; Mandarin Pinyin: Mùróng Fù; Jyutping: Mou6-jung4 Fuk6), nicknamed "Southern Murong" (Chinese: 南慕容; Mandarin Pinyin: Nán Mùróng; Jyutping: Naam4 Mou6-jung4) by martial artists in the jianghu, is a descendant of the royal families of the Yan states (Southern Yan, Former Yan, Later Yan etc.) in the Sixteen Kingdoms era. His father named him "Fu" (literally "restore") to remind him to restore Yan. An egoistic, scheming and ruthless man, he resorts to all sorts of methods, including unscrupulous means, to revive his dynasty and become emperor. He is even willing to sever ties with his cousin Wang Yuyan, who has a crush on him, in order to realise his dream. He fails in his plan and goes insane eventually. He is skilled in many forms of martial arts but specialises in none. He likes to use his opponents' signature moves against them, which becomes his trademark, known as "returning you with your own way" (以彼之道, 還之彼身)., Murong Bo (Chinese: 慕容博; Mandarin Pinyin: Mùróng Bó; Jyutping: Mou6-jung4 Bok3) is Murong Fu's father. He shared the same delusions of grandeur as his son and orchestrated the attack at Yanmen Pass that led to the death of Xiao Yuanshan's wife. He faked his own death and hid in Shaolin Monastery for many years, secretly learning skills from the manuals in the library. He is saved from death by the Sweeper Monk and decides to abandon his wild ambitions and become the Monk's student., Murong Fu's followers: Deng Baichuan (traditional Chinese: 鄧百川; simplified Chinese: 邓百川; Mandarin Pinyin: Dèng Bǎichuān; Jyutping: Dang6 Baak3-cyun1), Gongye Gan (traditional Chinese: 公冶乾; simplified Chinese: 公冶干; Mandarin Pinyin: Gōngyě Gān; Jyutping: Gung1-je5 Gon3) is nicknamed "Jiangnan Number Two" (Chinese: 江南老二; Mandarin Pinyin: Jiāngnán Lǎoèr; Jyutping: Gong1-naam4 Lou5-ji6), as he considers himself the best fighter in Jiangnan after his master., Bao Butong (Chinese: 包不同; Mandarin Pinyin: Bāo Bùtóng; Jyutping: Baau1 Bat1-tung4) is nicknamed "No, No" (Chinese: 非也非也; Mandarin Pinyin: Fēiyě Fēiyě; Jyutping: Fei1-jaa5 Fei1-jaa5) after his favourite catchphrase. He is notorious for disagreeing with people (usually starting the conversation with "No, no.") and challenging them to verbal fights. Murong Fu kills him to prove his loyalty to Duan Yanqing., Feng Bo'e (traditional Chinese: 風波惡; simplified Chinese: 风波恶; Mandarin Pinyin: Fēng Bō'è; Jyutping: Fung1 Bo1-ngok3) is nicknamed "Gust of Wind" (traditional Chinese: 一陣風; simplified Chinese: 一阵风; Mandarin Pinyin: Yī Zhèn Fēng; Jyutping: Jat1 Zan6 Fung1). He is always ready to pick a fight with others even when his chances of winning are low., , A'bi (Chinese: 阿碧; Mandarin Pinyin: Ā'bì; Jyutping: Aa3-bik1) is a servant of the Murong family and Kang Guangling's apprentice. She and A'zhu once helped Duan Yu escape from Jiumozhi. She is very loyal to Murong Fu and continues serving him even after he becomes insane., Duan Zhengchun's lovers: Dao Baifeng (traditional Chinese: 刀白鳳; simplified Chinese: 刀白凤; Mandarin Pinyin: Dāo Báifèng; Jyutping: Dou1 Baak6-fung6) is the Zhennan Princess Consort of Dali and Duan Zhengchun's legal spouse. She left her husband after discovering his extramarital relations and decided to have sex with an "inferior" man to make her husband angry. She had a one night stand with a filthy beggar, who was actually the wounded Duan Yanqing, and gave birth to Duan Yu later. She only reveals the truth to her son near the end of the novel. In the latest edition of the novel, she suggests to Duan Yu that he can marry all of his cousins, since he is no longer their half-brother. She commits suicide soon after to join her dead husband., Qin Hongmian (traditional Chinese: 秦紅棉; simplified Chinese: 秦红棉; Mandarin Pinyin: Qín Hóngmián; Jyutping: Ceon4 Hung4-min4) is nicknamed "Sura Dagger" (traditional Chinese: 修羅刀; simplified Chinese: 修罗刀; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiūluó Dāo; Jyutping: Sau1-lo4 Dou1). She left Duan Zhengchun in anger after learning of his illicit affairs with other women and called herself "Eerie Valley Dweller" (Chinese: 幽谷客; Mandarin Pinyin: Yōu Gǔ Kè; Jyutping: Jau1 Guk1 Haak3). She raised their daughter Mu Wanqing as her student without telling her the truth about her parents until Mu finds out herself. As Mu Wanqing's teacher, she taught her daughter martial arts and sends her to go kill Duan Zhengchun's mistresses and his other illegitimate children. She is eventually killed by Murong Fu, who was using her as a hostage to force Duan Zhengchun to give up the throne., Gan Baobao (traditional Chinese: 甘寶寶; simplified Chinese: 甘宝宝; Mandarin Pinyin: Gān Bǎobǎo; Jyutping: Gam1 Bou2-bou2) is Zhong Wanchou's wife. Her daughter Zhong Ling, whose father is Duan Zhengchun, was raised as Zhong Wanchou's child (without Zhong Wanchou knowing the truth). Zhong Wanchou is extremely protective of her, but she continues to meet Duan Zhengchun through the secret passage in her room. She is eventually killed by Murong Fu, who was using her as a hostage to force Duan Zhengchun to give up the throne., Ruan Xingzhu (Chinese: 阮星竹; Mandarin Pinyin: Ruǎn Xīngzhú; Jyutping: Jyun2 Sing1-zuk1) lives near Little Mirror Lake (小鏡湖). She is the mother of A'zhu and A'zi. As she bore Duan Zhengchun two daughters without formally marrying him, she decided to abandon her children to protect Duan's reputation. She discovers that A'zi is her child, but never manages to find out about her other daughter A'zhu until before the latter dies. She is eventually killed by Murong Fu, who was using her as a hostage to force Duan Zhengchun to give up the throne., Li Qingluo (traditional Chinese: 李青蘿; simplified Chinese: 李青萝; Mandarin Pinyin: Lǐ Qīngluó; Jyutping: Lei5 Cing1-lo4), also known as Mrs. Wang (Chinese: 王夫人; Mandarin Pinyin: Wáng Fūrén; Jyutping: Wong4 Fu1-jan4) after her marriage, is the mistress of Mantuo Manor (曼陀山莊). She is Wang Yuyan's mother and Murong Fu's maternal aunt. After finding out about Duan Zhengchun's philandering ways, she hates all men and is shown to cruelly order the execution of many who cross her path. She prides herself on her island's tea leaves, and is shown to make an exception to her intolerance of men by allowing Duan Yu to stay on the island as a caretaker for her tea flowers. She cares little for her daughter Wang Yuyan. She collaborates with Murong Fu and Duan Yanqing in an attempt to scare Duan Zhengchun and take revenge on him for betraying her love. However, she soon realises how far Murong Fu is willing to go in order to force Duan Zhengchun to give up the throne after her nephew starts killing all of Duan's mistresses. Murong Fu soon turns his blade towards her after Duan expresses his love for her. In an attempt to save her, Duan tells her that he hates her and will never love her after she conspired with her nephew. Distressed, she kills herself, and as she is dying, Duan reassures her that he does love her., Kang Min (Chinese: 康敏; Mandarin Pinyin: Kāng Mǐn; Jyutping: Hong1 Man5), also known as Mrs. Ma (traditional Chinese: 馬夫人; simplified Chinese: 马夫人; Mandarin Pinyin: Mǎ Fūrén; Jyutping: Maa5 Fu1-jan4) after her marriage to Ma Dayuan, is a treacherous and vicious woman. She seduces Bai Shijing and murders her husband with his help. She attempts to seduce Qiao Feng and marry him, as she admires him and covets the position of being the wife of the leader of the Beggars' Sect. However, Qiao Feng rebuffs her and she hates him for rejecting her. She causes Qiao Feng to fall from grace by passing the letter with details about Qiao Feng's origin to Quan Guanqing, and instigates Quan to incite the Beggars' Sect's members to turn against Qiao Feng. She later tricks Qiao Feng into believing that Duan Zhengchun killed his parents, causing Qiao to kill A'zhu by mistake. Duan Zhengchun later visits her to find out why she directed Qiao Feng to him, and she uses that opportunity take her revenge on Duan for betraying her love. She lures Duan into consuming a potion that weakened him and takes that chance to torture him. She is eventually horribly tortured and her face marred by the sadistic A'zi, who uses the excuse that she did so to avenge her dead sister A'zhu. Kang Min dies of shock after seeing her own reflection in a mirror., Four Evils: The "Four Evils" (traditional Chinese: 天下四惡 / 四大惡人; simplified Chinese: 天下四恶 / 四大恶人; Mandarin Pinyin: Tiānxià Sì È / Sì Dà È Rén; Jyutping: Tin1-haa6 Sei3-ngok3 / Sei3 Daai6 Ngok3 Jan4) are a group of four eccentric martial artists notorious for committing heinous crimes. Their nicknames are actually Chinese idioms used to describe evil persons. The four are ranked in order of seniority: Duan Yanqing (traditional Chinese: 段延慶; simplified Chinese: 段延庆; Mandarin Pinyin: Duàn Yánqìng; Jyutping: Dyun6 Jin4-hing3), nicknamed "Overflowing with Evil" (traditional Chinese: 惡貫滿盈; simplified Chinese: 恶贯满盈; Mandarin Pinyin: È Guàn Mǎn Yíng; Jyutping: Ngok3 Gun3 Mun5 Jing4), is a distant relative of Duan Zhengming and was the former crown prince of Dali. He was severely wounded and was presumed dead. When his father died, Duan Zhengming became the new king. Bitter that his right to being the ruler was taken from him, he attempts to seize back the throne by harming Duan Zhengchun and Duan Yu on several occasions. Ironically, it turns out that Duan Yu, who would become Dali's king in the future, is his biological son. Although he appears to be a crippled old man on crutches, his inner energy is extremely powerful and he is very skilled in the Duan family's skill, the Yiyang Finger (一陽指). He has the ability to channel his inner energy to his abdomen and speak without using his vocal cords. He is unable to forget the Guanyin who appeared on the night he was seriously wounded. Eventually, Duan Yu's mother Dao Baifeng tells him that she was actually the Guanyin he remembered, and that Duan Yu is actually his son. He gives up on seizing back the throne, as his son will eventually fulfil his wish anyway., Ye Erniang (traditional Chinese: 葉二娘; simplified Chinese: 叶二娘; Mandarin Pinyin: Yè Èrniáng; Jyutping: Jip6 Ji6-noeng4) is nicknamed "No Evil Left Undone" (traditional Chinese: 無惡不作; simplified Chinese: 无恶不作; Mandarin Pinyin: Wú È Bù Zuò; Jyutping: Mou4 Ngok3 Bat1 Zok3; i.e. commits all evils). She had a secret romance with Shaolin's abbot Xuanci and bore him a son, but the child was taken away from her by a masked attacker. She suffers from an emotional breakdown and resorts to kidnapping other people's babies and treating them as her own before killing them. In the latest revision of the novel, she leaves the babies at strangers' homes after playing with them. During the battle at Shaolin, she recognises Xuzhu as her son after seeing the joss stick burn marks on his back and reunites with him. She dies together with Xuanci after he publicly confesses his affair with her., Yue Laosan (Chinese: 岳老三; Mandarin Pinyin: Yuè Lǎosān; Jyutping: Ngok6 Lou5-saam1), nicknamed "Ferocious Deity and Evil Devil" (traditional Chinese: 凶神惡煞; simplified Chinese: 凶神恶煞; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiōng Shén È Shà; Jyutping: Hung1 San4 Ngok3 Saat3), is also known as the "Crocodile Deity of the Southern Sea" (traditional Chinese: 南海鱷神; simplified Chinese: 南海鳄神; Mandarin Pinyin: Nánhǎi È Shén; Jyutping: Naam4-hoi2 Ngok6 San4). He is the most comical character in the novel because of his repeated (but unsuccessful) attempts to make Duan Yu his apprentice, which concluded with him being tricked into becoming the latter's disciple instead. He often bickers with Ye Erniang, claiming that he should be ranked second of the Four Evils, but concedes to her upon her death. Armed with a pair of giant scissors, he often threatens to kill people by breaking their necks. He is killed by Duan Yanqing while trying to save Duan Yu., Yun Zhonghe (traditional Chinese: 雲中鶴; simplified Chinese: 云中鹤; Mandarin Pinyin: Yún Zhōnghè; Jyutping: Wan4 Zung1-hok6), nicknamed "Thoroughly Cruel, Utterly Evil" (traditional Chinese: 窮凶極惡; simplified Chinese: 穷凶极恶; Mandarin Pinyin: Qíong Xiōng Jí È; Jyutping: Kung4 Hung1 Gik6 Ngok3), is lecherous fiend who preys on young women. He is armed with an iron staff and relies on his formidable prowess in qinggong to pursue and flee from enemies. He is viciously killed by Duan Yu when he attempts to make sexual advances on Wang Yuyan., Shaolin Sect: See also: Shaolin Sect Xuanci (Chinese: 玄慈; Mandarin Pinyin: Xuáncí; Jyutping: Jyun4-ci4) is the abbot of Shaolin. He had a secret romance with Ye Erniang and she bore him a son, without him knowing. Their child was taken away by a masked attacker and left in the garden of Shaolin. The monks found the baby and decided to raise him as one of them, naming the boy "Xuzhu". Xuanci is actually the mysterious "Leading Big Brother" (traditional Chinese: 帶頭大哥; simplified Chinese: 带头大哥; Mandarin Pinyin: Dàitóu Dàgē; Jyutping: Daai3-tau4 Daai6-go1) who led the attack on Xiao Yuanshan's family at Yanmen Pass several years ago, because he believed misleading information given to him by Murong Bo. Towards the end of the novel he publicly confesses his affair with Ye Erniang and dies in peace after accepting punishment for his misconduct., The Sweeper Monk (traditional Chinese: 掃地僧; simplified Chinese: 扫地僧; Mandarin Pinyin: Sǎodì Sēng; Jyutping: Sou2-dei6 Sang1) is a nameless monk of unknown origin in charge of maintaining the library of Shaolin. He defeats Xiao Yuanshan and Murong Bo and puts them to sleep while clearing their minds of their delusional ambitions. When the two of them recover from their trance, they are very grateful to him and become his disciples. The Monk's prowess in inner energy and martial arts is so powerful that even Xiao Feng's "Eighteen Dragon Subduing Palms" has almost no effect on him., Xuanbei (Chinese: 玄悲; Mandarin Pinyin: Xuánbēi; Jyutping: Jyun4-bei1) was secretly murdered by Murong Bo. Murong Fu was thought to be the killer., Xuannan (traditional Chinese: 玄難; simplified Chinese: 玄难; Mandarin Pinyin: Xuánnàn; Jyutping: Jyun4-naan6) is the head of the Bodhidharma Hall., Xuanji (Chinese: 玄寂; Mandarin Pinyin: Xuánjì; Jyutping: Jyun4-zik6) is the head of the Discipline Hall., Xuanku (Chinese: 玄苦; Mandarin Pinyin: Xuánkǔ; Jyutping: Jyun4-fu2) is Xiao Feng's mentor. He is mortally wounded by Xiao Yuanshan, who had disguised himself as Xiao Feng, and dies after mistakenly accusing the real Xiao Feng as the attacker., Huilun (traditional Chinese: 慧輪; simplified Chinese: 慧轮; Mandarin Pinyin: Huìlún; Jyutping: Wai3-leon4) is Xuzhu's mentor., Huijing (traditional Chinese: 慧凈; simplified Chinese: 慧净; Mandarin Pinyin: Huìjìng; Jyutping: Wai3-zeng6) is a monk who catches the Ice Silkworm (冰蟬)., Beggars' Sect: See also: Beggars' Sect Ma Dayuan (traditional Chinese: 馬大元; simplified Chinese: 马大元; Mandarin Pinyin: Mǎ Dàyuán; Jyutping: Maa5 Daai6-jyun4) is the deputy chief of the sect. A righteous and humble man, he is respected by his fellows. He holds the secret letter that contains details about Qiao Feng's origin but has never opened it. His wicked wife Kang Min seduces Bai Shijing and instigates the latter to murder him. Bai uses Ma's signature move "Throat Locking Grapple" (鎖喉擒拿手) to kill the latter and attempts to push the blame to Murong Fu because the manner of killing clearly fits Murong's "returning you with your own way" style., Quan Guanqing (Chinese: 全冠清; Mandarin Pinyin: Quán Guànqīng; Jyutping: Cyun4 Gun3-cing1), nicknamed "All Rounded Scholar" (Chinese: 十方秀才; Mandarin Pinyin: Shífāng Xiùcái; Jyutping: Sap6-fong1 Sau3-coi4), is a treacherous minor leader of the sect. He was seduced by Kang Min and instigated by her to incite his fellows to rebel against Qiao Feng. Later, he meets Zhuang Juxian (You Tanzhi) and manipulates the latter to be the sect's new chief. Zhuang is actually a puppet chief acting under Quan's instructions. Quan attempts to flee after the battle at Shaolin, but the Beggars' Sect's elders catch up with him and kill him., Bai Shijing (traditional Chinese: 白世鏡; simplified Chinese: 白世镜; Mandarin Pinyin: Bái Shìjìng; Jyutping: Baak6 Sai3-geng3) is the elder in charge of maintaining discipline in the sect. He is seduced by Kang Min and instigated by her to murder Ma Dayuan. He is killed by a masked Xiao Yuanshan., Wu Changfeng (traditional Chinese: 吳長風; simplified Chinese: 吴长风; Mandarin Pinyin: Wú Chángfēng; Jyutping: Ng4 Coeng4-fung1), Chen Guyan (traditional Chinese: 陳孤雁; simplified Chinese: 陈孤雁; Mandarin Pinyin: Chén Gūyàn; Jyutping: Can4 Gu1-ngaan6), Xi Shanhe (Chinese: 奚山河; Mandarin Pinyin: Xī Shānhé; Jyutping: Hai4 Saan1-ho4) and Elder Song (traditional Chinese: 宋長老; simplified Chinese: 宋长老; Mandarin Pinyin: Sòng Zhǎnglǎo; Jyutping: Sung3 Zoeng2-lou5) are the four senior elders of the sect. They are incited by Quan Guanqing to rebel against Qiao Feng and unseat him from his position as chief. Their plan fails but Qiao Feng pardons them on account of their past contributions to the sect. Xi Shanhe is slain by Qiao Feng in Heroes' Gathering Manor after they toasted to end their friendship., Xu Chongxiao (traditional Chinese: 徐沖霄; simplified Chinese: 徐冲霄; Mandarin Pinyin: Xú Chōngxiāo; Jyutping: Ceoi4 Cung1-siu1) is a retired elder of the sect who appears at the meeting in Apricot Forest to affirm that the contents of the letter about Qiao Feng's origin are genuine. He was murdered by a masked assailant (later revealed to be Xiao Yuanshan) just before Qiao Feng comes to ask him about the true identity of the "Leading Big Brother". Qiao Feng was accused of being the murderer until his name is eventually cleared at Shaolin., Wang Jiantong (traditional Chinese: 汪劍通; simplified Chinese: 汪剑通; Mandarin Pinyin: Wāng Jiàntōng; Jyutping: Wong1 Gim3-tung1), nicknamed "Sword Beard" (traditional Chinese: 劍髯; simplified Chinese: 剑髯; Mandarin Pinyin: Jiàn Rán; Jyutping: Gim3 Jim4), was Qiao Feng's predecessor as chief of the sect. He was involved in the attack on Xiao Yuanshan's family. He had a letter from the "Leading Big Brother" containing details about Qiao Feng's origin and sealed it and passed it to Ma Dayuan before his death. He also gave instructions that the letter can only be opened in the presence of the sect's elders if Ma dies under suspicious circumstances. He died of natural causes before the events of the novel take place., Carefree Sect and associates: Wuyazi (traditional Chinese: 無崖子; simplified Chinese: 无崖子; Mandarin Pinyin: Wúyázǐ; Jyutping: Mou4-ngaai4-zi2) is the leader of the Carefree Sect (逍遙派). He was ambushed and thrown off a cliff by Li Qiushui and Ding Chunqiu after he discovered their affair. He has incredible inner energy but is unable to take revenge on Ding as he was crippled by the fall. Before dying, he transfers his 70 years worth of inner energy to Xuzhu and names the latter his successor. He gives Xuzhu a painting of a woman who looks like Wang Yuyan and tells Xuzhu to look for her. He also mentions that the woman in the painting is his true love, who is actually Li Qiushui's younger sister., Tianshan Tonglao (Chinese: 天山童姥; Mandarin Pinyin: Tiānshān Tónglǎo; Jyutping: Tin1-saan1 Tung4-lou5; literally "Child Old Woman of Mount Heaven") is Wuyazi's senior and the ruler of Lingjiu Palace (靈鷲宮) on Mount Heaven. She mastered a powerful skill that increased her powers but one of its side effects is that she will maintain her present body size regardless of age. She is already in her late 90s when the events of the novel take place, but since she started practising the skill in her childhood, her body is that of a child's, hence her name. She is renowned for being a fearsome leader, and many martial artists have been poisoned by her and forced to carry out her orders. If they fail to obey, no antidote is given and they die. When she is in a weakened state, Xuzhu saves her from a mob of angry martial artists who do not realise who she is and want to kill her. She likes Xuzhu and teaches him martial arts. After Xuzhu gives her the Carefree Sect's ring, which belongs only to the leader, she decides that he will be her successor. However, Xuzhu is unwilling because he sees himself as a Shaolin monk. In order to force Xuzhu to break the Buddhist code of conduct so that he can no longer be a monk, she captures Princess Yinchuan, gives her an aphrodisiac, and puts her on Xuzhu's bed. Xuzhu makes love with the princess and eventually accepts Tianshan Tonglao's tutelage in martial arts. Tianshan Tonglao dies from exhaustion after her final fight with Li Qiushui., Li Qiushui (Chinese: 李秋水; Mandarin Pinyin: Lǐ Qiūshuǐ; Jyutping: Lei5 Cau1-seoi2) is Wuyazi's junior and the love rival of Tianshan Tonglao. Her younger sister, who is identical to her in appearance, is actually Wuyazi's true love. She had an affair with Ding Chunqiu when Wuyazi neglected her and conceived a daughter, Li Qingluo. She later married a prince of Western Xia and became a princess consort. She dies together with Tianshan Tonglao after both of them realise that Wuyazi loves neither of them., Su Xinghe (traditional Chinese: 蘇星河; simplified Chinese: 苏星河; Mandarin Pinyin: Sū Xīnghé; Jyutping: Sou1 Sing1-ho4), nicknamed "Deaf Mute Old Man" (traditional Chinese: 聾啞老人; simplified Chinese: 聋哑老人; Mandarin Pinyin: Lóngyǎ Lǎorén; Jyutping: Lung4-aa2 Lou5-jan4) and "Intelligent Gentleman" (traditional Chinese: 聰辯先生; simplified Chinese: 聪辩先生; Mandarin Pinyin: Cōngbiàn Xiānshēng; Jyutping: Cung1-bin6 Sin1-sang1), is Wuyazi's eldest disciple. He indulged in various types of arts and neglected his martial arts practice. He saved Wuyazi after the latter was thrown off a cliff by Ding Chunqiu. He pretended to be mute and deaf and founded the Deaf Mute Sect later and accepted the "Eight Friends of Hangu" as his students. He dies after being poisoned by Ding Chunqiu., Ding Chunqiu (Chinese: 丁春秋; Mandarin Pinyin: Dīng Chūnqiū; Jyutping: Ding1 Ceon1-cau1), nicknamed "Old Freak of Xingxiu" (Chinese: 星宿老怪; Mandarin Pinyin: Xīngxiù Lǎoguài; Jyutping: Sing1-sau3 Lou5-gwaai3), is Wuyazi's former apprentice. He attempted to murder his master by ambushing the latter and throwing him off a cliff. He later founded the Xingxiu Sect (星宿派), which specialises in toxicology and poison-based martial arts. He is defeated by Xuzhu and implanted with the "Life and Death Talisman" (生死符). He is eventually imprisoned in Shaolin and given an antidote to temporarily ease his agony if he behaves well., The Four Servants of Lingjiu Palace are the four personal attendants of the palace's ruler. They served Tianshan Tonglao and later Xuzhu. They are named after flowers, and the four flowers are, incidentally, the four mahjong flower tiles in the flower tile group. The four are: Plum Sword (traditional Chinese: 梅劍; simplified Chinese: 梅剑; Mandarin Pinyin: Méi Jiàn; Jyutping: Mui4 Gim3), Orchid Sword (traditional Chinese: 蘭劍; simplified Chinese: 兰剑; Mandarin Pinyin: Lán Jiàn; Jyutping: Laan4 Gim3), Chrysanthemum Sword (traditional Chinese: 菊劍; simplified Chinese: 菊剑; Mandarin Pinyin: Jú Jiàn; Jyutping: Guk1 Gim3), Bamboo Sword (traditional Chinese: 竹劍; simplified Chinese: 竹剑; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhú Jiàn; Jyutping: Zuk1 Gim3), , The "Eight Friends of Hangu" (Chinese: 函谷八友; Mandarin Pinyin: Hángǔ Bā Yǒu; Jyutping: Haam4-guk1 Baat3-jau5) are Su Xinghe's students. They live near Hangu Pass. They are: Kang Guangling (traditional Chinese: 康廣陵; simplified Chinese: 康广陵; Mandarin Pinyin: Kāng Guǎnglíng; Jyutping: Hong1 Gwong2-ling4), nicknamed "Zither Craze" (traditional Chinese: 琴癲; simplified Chinese: 琴癫; Mandarin Pinyin: Qín Diān; Jyutping: Kam4 Din1)., Fan Bailing (traditional Chinese: 范百齡; simplified Chinese: 范百龄; Mandarin Pinyin: Fàn Bǎilíng; Jyutping: Faan6 Baak3-ling4), nicknamed "Chess Devil" (Chinese: 棋魔; Mandarin Pinyin: Qí Mó; Jyutping: Kei4 Mo1)., Gou Du (traditional Chinese: 苟讀; simplified Chinese: 苟读; Mandarin Pinyin: Gǒu Dú; Jyutping: Gau2 Duk6), nicknamed "Bookworm" (traditional Chinese: 书獃; simplified Chinese: 书呆; Mandarin Pinyin: Shū Dāi; Jyutping: Syu1 Daai1)., Wu Lingjun (traditional Chinese: 吳領軍; simplified Chinese: 吴领军; Mandarin Pinyin: Wú Lǐngjūn; Jyutping: Ng4 Ling5-gwan1), nicknamed "Painting Enthusiast" (traditional Chinese: 畫狂; simplified Chinese: 画狂; Mandarin Pinyin: Huà Kuáng; Jyutping: Waak6 Kwong4)., Xue Muhua (traditional Chinese: 薛慕華; simplified Chinese: 薛慕华; Mandarin Pinyin: Xuē Mùhuá; Jyutping: Sit3 Mou6-waa4), nicknamed "Divine Physician" (traditional Chinese: 神醫; simplified Chinese: 神医; Mandarin Pinyin: Shén Yī; Jyutping: San4 Ji1)., Feng A'san (traditional Chinese: 馮阿三; simplified Chinese: 冯阿三; Mandarin Pinyin: Féng Ā'sān; Jyutping: Fung4 Aa3-saam1), nicknamed "Marvelous Craftsman" (Chinese: 巧匠; Mandarin Pinyin: Qiǎo Jiàng; Jyutping: Kiu2 Zoeng6)., Shi Qingfeng (traditional Chinese: 石清風; simplified Chinese: 石清风; Mandarin Pinyin: Shí Qīngfēng; Jyutping: Sek6 Cing1-fung1), nicknamed "Flower Zealot" (traditional Chinese: 花癡; simplified Chinese: 花痴; Mandarin Pinyin: Huā Chī; Jyutping: Faa1 Ci1)., Li Kuilei (Chinese: 李傀儡; Mandarin Pinyin: Lǐ Kuílěi; Jyutping: Lei5 Faai3-leoi5), nicknamed "Opera Fan" (traditional Chinese: 戲迷; simplified Chinese: 戏迷; Mandarin Pinyin: Xì Mí; Jyutping: Hei3 Mai4)., , Liao Dynasty: Yelü Hongji (Chinese: 耶律洪基; Mandarin Pinyin: Yēlǜ Hóngjī; Jyutping: Je4-leot6 Hung4-gei1) is the ambitious ruler of Liao. He once led a raid on the Jurchens but was defeated and captured by Xiao Feng. Xiao spares his life and becomes sworn brothers with him. Xiao Feng helps him suppress a rebellion later and he rewards Xiao by making the latter a noble. Near the end of the novel, he orders Xiao Feng to lead his army to attack the Song Dynasty but Xiao refuses so he has Xiao imprisoned. In the last chapter he is taken hostage by Xiao Feng, who forces him to make an oath that he will not allow any Liao soldier to cross the border and attack Song for as long as he lives., Yelü Nielugu (traditional Chinese: 耶律涅魯古; simplified Chinese: 耶律涅鲁古; Mandarin Pinyin: Yēlǜ Nièlǔgǔ; Jyutping: Je4-leot6 Nip6-lou5-gu2) is Yelü Chongyuan's son and the "Great Prince of the South Palace" (南院大王) of Liao. He rebels against Yelü Hongji to help his father seize the throne but is defeated and slain by Xiao Feng. Yelü Hongji then gives Nielugu's palace and title to Xiao Feng., Yelü Chongyuan (Chinese: 耶律重元; Mandarin Pinyin: Yēlǜ Chóngyuán; Jyutping: Je4-leot6 Cung4-jyun4) is an uncle of Yelü Hongji and a field commander of the Liao army. He is instigated by his son Yelü Nielugu to rebel against Yelü Hongji but the revolt is suppressed and he commits suicide., Noble Consort Mu (traditional Chinese: 穆貴妃; simplified Chinese: 穆贵妃; Mandarin Pinyin: Mù Guìfēi; Jyutping: Muk6 Gwai3-fei1) is Yelü Hongji's favourite concubine. She tricks A'zi into giving Xiao Feng a "love potion", which is actually a drug that will cause Xiao Feng to become temporarily weakened., Western Xia: Princess Yinchuan (traditional Chinese: 銀川公主; simplified Chinese: 银川公主; Mandarin Pinyin: Yínchuān Gōngzhǔ; Jyutping: Ngan4-cyun1 Gung1-zyu2) is a princess of Western Xia who marries Xuzhu. Her name is Li Qinglu (Chinese: 李清露; Mandarin Pinyin: Lǐ Qīnglù; Jyutping: Lei5 Cing1-lou6) in the latest revision of the novel. She was abducted by Tianshan Tonglao and brought to make love with Xuzhu every night, as part of Tianshan Tonglao's attempt to tempt Xuzhu into breaking the Buddhist code of conduct. She has never clearly seen Xuzhu's appearance and only knows him as her "dream lover". She later asks her father to send out an invitation calling for jianghu martial artists to attend a contest to win her hand-in-marriage, while secretly hoping that her "dream lover" will show up. Xuzhu really participates in the contest and she recognises him when he gives the correct response to her question., Helian Tieshu (traditional Chinese: 赫連鐵樹; simplified Chinese: 赫连铁树; Mandarin Pinyin: Hèlián Tiěshù; Jyutping: Hak1-lin4 Tit3-syu6) is the "East Conquering General" (征東將軍) of Western Xia. He is also in charge of First Class Hall (一品堂), an organisation founded in Western Xia to recruit martial artists as mercenaries., Jurchen tribe: Wanyan Aguda (traditional Chinese: 完顏阿骨打; simplified Chinese: 完颜阿骨打; Mandarin Pinyin: Wányán Āgǔdǎ; Jyutping: Jyun4-ngaan4 Aa3-gwat1-daa2) is the eldest son of Helibu. He meets Xiao Feng by chance and is so impressed with Xiao's skill that he invites the latter to live together with him., Helibu (Chinese: 和哩布; Mandarin Pinyin: Hélǐbù; Jyutping: Wo4-lei5-bou3) is the tribe's chief., Subjects of Lingjiu Palace: The Limitless Sword Sect (無量劍派) is based on Mount Wuliang (無量山) in the Kingdom of Dali. It was forced to submit to Tianshan Tonglao. Its members include: Zuo Zimu (Chinese: 左子穆; Mandarin Pinyin: Zuǒ Zǐmù; Jyutping: Zo2 Zi2-muk6), Xin Shuangqing (traditional Chinese: 辛雙清; simplified Chinese: 辛双清; Mandarin Pinyin: Xīn Shuāngqīng; Jyutping: San1 Soeng1-cing1), , The Lords of the 36 Caves and 72 Islands (三十六洞洞主、七十二島島主) are a group of martial artists forced into submission by Tianshan Tonglao. They were treated harshly by her and later rebelled against her. Some of the Lords include: Sangtugong (Chinese: 桑土公; Mandarin Pinyin: Sāngtǔgōng; Jyutping: Song1-tou2-gung1), Xuanhuangzi (traditional Chinese: 玄黃子; simplified Chinese: 玄黄子; Mandarin Pinyin: Xuánhuángzǐ; Jyutping: Jyun4-wong4-zi2), Zhang Dafu (traditional Chinese: 章達夫; simplified Chinese: 章达夫; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhāng Dáfū; Jyutping: Zoeng1 Daat6-fu1), Duanmu Yuan (Chinese: 端木元; Mandarin Pinyin: Duānmù Yuán; Jyutping: Dyun1-muk6 Jyun4), Mrs. Li (Chinese: 黎夫人; Mandarin Pinyin: Lí Fūrén; Jyutping: Lai4 Fu1-jan4), Wu Laoda (traditional Chinese: 烏老大; simplified Chinese: 乌老大; Mandarin Pinyin: Wū Lǎodà; Jyutping: Wu1 Lou5-daai6), Taoist Buping (Chinese: 不平道人; Mandarin Pinyin: Bùpíng Dàorén; Jyutping: Bat1-ping4 Dou3-jan4), Cui Lühua (traditional Chinese: 崔綠華; simplified Chinese: 崔绿华; Mandarin Pinyin: Cuī Lǜhuá; Jyutping: Ceoi1 Luk6-waa4), , Others: You Tanzhi (Chinese: 游坦之; Mandarin Pinyin: Yóu Tǎnzhī; Jyutping: Jau4 Taan2-zi1) is the heir to Heroes' Gathering Manor (聚賢莊; Ju Xian Zhuang), owned by his father You Ji and uncle You Ju. The manor hosts a meeting for the Han Chinese wulin (martial artists' community) to discuss plans to deal with Qiao Feng. Qiao Feng appears at the gathering and engages the martial artists in a bloody battle. The You brothers are defeated and commit suicide in shame. You Tanzhi becomes a pauper and orphan overnight and he bears a grudge against Qiao Feng for his plight. You Tanzhi is captured by raiding Liao soldiers at the border and sold into slavery. He meets Qiao Feng (renamed to Xiao Feng) again and attempts to kill the latter but fails. Xiao Feng lets him go, but A'zi has him captured again after his release. While A'zi tortures You Tanzhi for her sadistic amusement, You is so entranced by A'zi's beauty that he develops a crush on her and willingly succumbs to her commands and becomes her source of entertainment. A'zi forces You Tanzhi to have an iron mask welded onto his head to conceal his identity. This causes You's face to be marred and disfigured, and he is nicknamed "Iron Clown" (traditional Chinese: 鐵丑; simplified Chinese: 铁丑; Mandarin Pinyin: Tiě Chǒu; Jyutping: Tit3 Cau2) by A'zi. You Tanzhi eventually discovers A'zi using her stolen shenmu wangding (神木王鼎) to practise the venom-based martial arts of the Xinxiu Sect. She enlists his help in helping her to finish practising, as this skill requires the user to feed venomous creatures with his/her blood. You Tanzhi willingly sacrifices himself and allows the poisonous insects to bite him. A'zi leaves him to die but he finds the Yijin Jing by chance and uses the skills in the manual to purge the poison from his body. He returns to A'zi, and he repeats the bizarre ritual with her numerous times. He is eventually bitten by the Icy Worm, an extremely rare and poisonous creature, and masters a powerful skill that allows him to project streams of energy containing icy venom. After A'zi is blinded by Ding Chunqiu, You Tanzhi saves her and promises her he will always be by her side to take care of her. She does not realise who he is, and he lies to her that his name is Zhuang Juxian (traditional Chinese: 莊聚賢; simplified Chinese: 庄聚贤; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhuāng Jùxián; Jyutping: Zong1 Zeoi6-jin4; a new name he thought of by rearranging the three Chinese characters that make up the name of his old home, Ju Xian Zhuang). You Tanzhi later meets Quan Guanqing, who helps him remove the iron mask, but also manipulates him into becoming the new chief of the Beggars' Sect under his new name "Zhuang Juxian". You is actually a puppet chief under Quan's control, and Quan instigates him to challenge the Shaolin Sect. At Shaolin, You sees A'zi being captured and held hostage by Ding Chunqiu. Ding threatens to kill A'zi if You does not kneel down and call him "Master", and You, in his capacity as the Beggars' Sect's chief, agreed to Ding's demands in front of everyone present there. After the battle at Shaolin, You Tanzhi is denounced as a traitor of the Beggars' Sect and the wulin because he yielded to Ding Chunqiu earlier and he becomes an outcast. You Tanzhi is still unwilling to give up his love for A'zi and follows her everywhere. He decides to give up his eyes to help the blinded A'zi regain her sense of sight, hoping to win some love and sympathy from her, but is despised by her even more. He follows suit after A'zi commits suicide., You Ji (Chinese: 游骥; Mandarin Pinyin: Yóu Jì; Jyutping: Jau4 Kei3) and You Ju (traditional Chinese: 游駒; simplified Chinese: 游驹; Mandarin Pinyin: Yóu Jū; Jyutping: Jau4 Keoi1) are the brothers who own the Heroes' Gathering Manor. Together with the physician Xue Muhua, they host a meeting of the Han Chinese wulin at the manor to discuss plans to deal with Qiao Feng, who is believed to be responsible for a series of murders. Qiao Feng shows up at the manor to find Xue Muhua to heal A'zhu. The martial artists confront him and the situation escalates into a bloody battle after Qiao Feng toasts to break ties with many of his old friends and acquaintances. The You brothers lose to Qiao Feng in a fight and their weapons (also their family heirlooms) are shattered. They commit suicide in shame, causing You Tanzhi to become traumatised, and You has since bore a grudge against Qiao Feng for that., Jiumozhi (traditional Chinese: 鳩摩智; simplified Chinese: 鸠摩智; Mandarin Pinyin: Jiūmózhì; Jyutping: Kau2-mo1-zi3) is the royal advisor of the Kingdom of Tubo and a reputable monk from Dalun Temple (大輪寺). He is well-versed in Buddhism and martial arts, but does not follow the Buddhist code of conduct, which includes his obsession to become the most powerful fighter in the wulin. He attempts to take the "Six Meridians Divine Sword" manual from Heavenly Dragon Monastery, but the book is destroyed. When he learns that Duan Yu has memorised the book, he kidnaps the latter and tries to con or intimidate Duan to write the manual for him, but Duan escapes with the help of A'zhu and A'bi. He almost dies from an imbalance of inner energy due to compulsive training, but Duan Yu saves his life by draining away the energy. He feels grateful to Duan despite losing everything he had built up through years of practice, and repents after seeing how his delusional dream had caused him to stray from the path of goodness., Xiao Yuanshan (traditional Chinese: 蕭遠山; simplified Chinese: 萧远山; Mandarin Pinyin: Xiāo Yuǎnshān; Jyutping: Siu1 Jyun5-saan1) is Xiao Feng's father. 30 years ago, he and his family were attacked by a group of masked assailants at Yanmen Pass and his wife was killed. He attempted suicide by jumping off a cliff but survived. He remains in hiding in Shaolin's library while secretly plotting revenge on Xuanci, whom he has identified as the attackers' leader. He is enlightened by the Sweeper Monk, who puts him to sleep and clears his mind of thoughts of vengeance. He feels grateful and decides to become the Monk's apprentice., Shan Zheng (traditional Chinese: 單正; simplified Chinese: 单正; Mandarin Pinyin: Shàn Zhèng; Jyutping: Sin4 Zeng3), nicknamed "Stern Faced Judge" (traditional Chinese: 鐵面判官; simplified Chinese: 铁面判官; Mandarin Pinyin: Tiěmiàn Pànguān; Jyutping: Tit3-min6 Pun3-gun1), is a reputable martial artist from Mount Tai. He was present at the Beggars' Sect's meeting in Apricot Forest and is one of the few who know the "Leading Big Brother"'s true identity. He and his family are killed in a fire set by Xiao Yuanshan. Qiao Feng was blamed for their deaths until the truth is revealed., Tan Gong (traditional Chinese: 譚公; simplified Chinese: 谭公; Mandarin Pinyin: Tán Gōng; Jyutping: Taam4 Gung1) and Tan Po (traditional Chinese: 譚婆; simplified Chinese: 谭婆; Mandarin Pinyin: Tán Pó; Jyutping: Taam4 Po4) are an elderly couple from Chongxiao Cave (沖霄洞) in the Taihang Mountains. They were present at the Beggars' Sect's meeting in Apricot Forest, and are among the few who know the "Leading Big Brother"'s true identity. Tan Po is killed by Xiao Yuanshan while Tan Gong commits suicide to join his wife. Qiao Feng was blamed for their deaths until the truth is revealed., Zhao Qiansun (traditional Chinese: 趙錢孫; simplified Chinese: 赵钱孙; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhào Qiánsūn; Jyutping: Ziu6 Cin4-syun1) is a cowardly martial artist who was involved in the attack on Xiao Yuanshan's family. He has a crush on Tan Po since their younger days and continues to meet her behind her husband's back to reminisce their good old times. He is killed by Xiao Yuanshan, and Qiao Feng was accused of being the murderer until the truth is revealed. The three Chinese characters that make up his name are incidentally the first three surnames in the Hundred Family Surnames., Reverend Zhiguang (traditional Chinese: 智光大師; simplified Chinese: 智光大师; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhìguāng Dàshī; Jyutping: Zi3-gwong1 Daai6-si1) is a reputable monk from Mount Tiantai who was involved in the attack on Xiao Yuanshan's family. He was present at the Beggars' Sect's meeting in Apricot Forest. He commits suicide after refusing to reveal to Qiao Feng the identity of the "Leading Big Brother"., Qiao Sanhuai (traditional Chinese: 喬三槐; simplified Chinese: 乔三槐; Mandarin Pinyin: Qiáo Sānhuái; Jyutping: Kiu4 Saam1-waai4) is Xiao Feng's adoptive father. He is killed along with his wife by Xiao Yuanshan for not telling their adoptive son about his true parentage. Xiao Feng was accused of murdering them until the truth is revealed., Zhuo Bufan (Chinese: 卓不凡; Mandarin Pinyin: Zhuó Bùfán; Jyutping: Coek3 Bat1-faan4) is an extremely powerful swordsman who joins the subjects of Lingjiu Palace in their rebellion against Tianshan Tonglao., v, t, e, Jin Yong's wuxia novels The Book and the Sword (characters) (1955) 書劍恩仇錄, Sword Stained with Royal Blood (characters) (1956) 碧血劍, The Legend of the Condor Heroes (characters) (1957) 射雕英雄傳, The Return of the Condor Heroes (characters) (1959) 神雕俠侶, Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain (1959) 雪山飛狐, Other Tales of the Flying Fox (1960) 飛狐外傳, Swordswoman Riding West on White Horse (1961) 白馬嘯西風, Blade-dance of the Two Lovers (1961) 鴛鴦刀, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (characters) (1961) 倚天屠龍記, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (characters) (1963) 天龍八部, A Deadly Secret (characters) (1963) 連城訣, Ode to Gallantry (characters) (1963) 俠客行, The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (characters) (1967) 笑傲江湖, The Deer and the Cauldron (characters) (1969) 鹿鼎記, "Sword of the Yue Maiden" (1970) 越女劍, v, t, e, Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils by Jin Yong Characters List of characters, Sects and organisations Beggars' Sect, Shaolin Sect, Others, Film adaptations The Battle Wizard (1977), Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1982), The Dragon Chronicles - The Maidens (1994), Television adaptations Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1982), Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (1997), Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2003), The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (2013), Video game adaptations Dragon Oath (2007), Related Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils film city

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