Nanman Tribe are the antagonists in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. They are a group of insurgents during the Three Kingdoms period. "Nanman" is actually an umbrella term that refers to the tribes that once lived in the area, but the games often combines all of these tribes into one faction. Their indigenous region was located in southwestern China, specifically near Shu in modern fiction.


Meng Huo was nominated for their new leader, and they together resisted Zhuge Liang's suppression of the army. What followed was a series of victories, failures and exits from both sides of the conflict. Many people have their own theories, who have the advantage, but the exact details and consequences of their conflict are unknown. Only Hanjin Chunqiu said that Zhuge Liang defeated Meng Huo's troops seven times, but this account does not match other records.

Under the leadership of Meng Huo, according to Sima Yi's suggestion, Cao Pi first contacted the population to attack Shu. An army led by Zhuge Liang invaded Nanman. The Prime Minister plans to defeat and release his opponent seven times to win the trust of the Horde. After many failures and battles, Meng Huo invested their sympathy and submitted. Knowing that they were allowed to remain independent, they respected Zhuge Liang's kindness and established a temple to commemorate him.

When Zhuge Liang arrived at Lake Dian, the instigators were suppressed. He appointed two brave warriors from the conflict to assist Meng Huo, who was appointed as a pastor after the conflict.



  • In Dynasty Warriors and Romance of the Three Kingdoms series, they are often represented by warm tans or oranges. Kessen II adorns their troops in violet.
  • 'Man' (蠻 or 蛮) in Chinese means barbarian or savage.


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Wei Empire
Cao Cao | Zhang Liao | Xu Chu | Xu Huang | Cao Ren | Zhang He | Xun You | Dian Wei | Lady Zhen | Jia Xu | Wang Yi | Cheng Yu | Sima Wang | Sima Lang | Niu Jin | Cao Fang | Cao Mao | Cao Shuang | Cao Chun | Zhu Ling | Yang Xiu | Tian Yu | Jia Kui | Gao Rou | Dian Man | Xu Yi | Han Zhao | Yang Qiu | Sima Fu | Chen Tai | Liu Yan | Qiao Hong | Zang Ba | Wen Ping

Wu Empire
Sun Chen | Sun Hao

Shu Empire
Mi Fang | Fu Shiren | Huang Hao

Jin Empire
Sima Yi | Zhang Chunhua | Jia Chong | Jiao Yi | Guanqiu Jian | Sima Fang | Sima Yan | Sima You | Cao Huan | Li Fu

Other Villains
Chen Gong | Diao Chan | Dong Zhuo | Lady Zhurong | Lu Bu | Meng Huo | Zhang Jiao | Zhang Bao | Zhang Liang | Yuan Shao | Yuan Shu | Dong Bai | Ding Yuan | Yan Liang | Wen Chou | Chen Deng | Cai Mao | Li Ru | Li Jue | Guo Si | Yuan Tan | Yuan Shang | Yuan Xi | Xu You | Feng Ji | Zhang Xiu | Han Xuan | Ma Yuanyi | Shen Pei | Ju Shou | Gao Shun | Gao Gan | Pei Yuanshao | Zhang Ren | Lu Gong | Huang Zu | Xu Gong | Liu Yao | Liu Zhang | Gongsun Yuan | Meng You | Yu Ji

Evil Organizations
Dong Zhuo's Army | Lu Bu's Army | Nanman Tribe | Yellow Turbans | Yuan Shao's Army | Yuan Shu's Army

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