Villain Overview
Our lord is away, and Wu is coming to attack for certain. We must go out to repel them and exert ourselves to the utmost to inflict defeat upon their advanced guard. Thus we shall appease the fears of the populace, and then we can hold as best we may.
~ Zhang Liao.
Every victory serves to make me that much stronger!
~ Zhang Liao's victory quote.

Zhang Liao is a minor antagonist in the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and its multiple adaptations. He is one of the generals of Dong Zhuo and later Cao Cao.

He is based on the real-life Japanese Chinese warrior named of the same.


Zhang Liao was the descendant of Nie Yi of the Eastern Han Dynasty. To avoid the envy and hatred of others however, the family name was changed to Zhang. Zhang Liao started his career as an aid to Ding Yuan. When Zhang Liao returned to the Capital after recruiting soldiers for Commander-in-Chief He Jin, Zhang Liao learned of his assassination and allied himself with Dong Zhuo, the general who occupied the territory. Zhang Liao was appointed as Cavalry Commander and helped Lu Bu after the death of Dong Zhuo. When Li Jue and Guo Si was attacked Lu Bu's forces, Liao fled with his Lord to Xuzhou.

Zhang Liao took up the post of "Chancellor of Lu Kingdom" at the age of 28. On Lu Bu's orders, Liao fought against Liu Bei, Cao Cao and Yuan Shu. His skill in battle caught the eye of many, after Lu Bu's death, Zhang Liao served Cao Cao. In the battle of Hefei, He managed to repel 100,000 Wu armies with just 800 soldiers. He is feared in various places and the name Zhang Liao mentioned can instantly silence a crying baby.

When Cao Cao is attacking Hanzhong, he was assigned to guard the Wan castle to prevent Wu's attack aimed at attacking Hefei which was a store for Cao Cao who was attacking Liu Bei in the Hanzhong area. Zhang Liao is one of the most loyal generals like Xiahou Dun and Xu Chu. In the battle against Wu he succeeded in killing one of the mainstay Wu general named Taishi Ci. In the battle against Wu also Zhang Liao finally fall in battle for being hit by a poisoned arrow.


Zhang Liao is a man of honor and will stay virtuous to the very end, no matter what obstacles come his way. Usually calm and just, he is also capable of turning into a fierce beast during battle. He was believes that he can only find his true purpose in life during war and walks the warrior's path. While he serving Lu Bu, Zhang Liao has the utmost faith in his master's more valiant traits.


  • He is a playable character in the Dynasty Warriors series.
  • He is one of the recurring boss characters in the Knights of Valour video game series.


           Three KingdomsVillains

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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