Han Xian (Han dynasty)
|Leader of the White Wave Bandits|
Han Xian (died 197) was the leader of the White Wave Bandits in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He was a close friend of cavalry commander Yang Feng. When Li Jue and Guo Si held Emperor Xian hostage, Yang Feng wanted to defeat the rebels; however, his forces were too weak to hold up against them. Han Xian was then recruited by Yang Feng along with two other generals of the White Wave Bandits, Hu Cai and Li Yue. Together with the forces of Cao Cao, Li Jue and Guo Si were finally defeated; however, Yang Feng and Han Xian felt that Cao Cao was overambitious and conflicts would arise, so it was better if they left the capital. They then joined Yuan Shu's army. He served Yuan Shu for some time. After Lü Bu captured and killed Yuan Shu's agent Han Yin after discovering Yuan Shu was trying to take his daughter hostage, the enraged Yuan Shu led an army of 200,000 men to attack Lü Bu in Xiapi. Han Xian and Yang Feng served as rear generals.
But with the help from Chen Gui, Lü Bu's advisor who was a mole working for Cao Cao, Han Xian was told that Yuan Shu was a rebel trying to take over power from the emperor. With his troops, he wrought havoc on Yuan Shu's camp along with Yang Feng and managed to give Lü Bu enough time to intercept Yuan Shu's camp, forcing Yuan to retreat. After Yuan Shu's defeat, he and Yang Feng were promoted by Lü Bu, however, his bandit behaviour did not change. He and Yang Feng were caught robbing civilians with their army and were executed by Liu Bei.
Appointments and titles held
- General-in-Chief (大將軍)
- Colonel-Director of Retainers (司隸校尉)
- Chen, Shou. Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi).
- Fan, Ye. Book of the Later Han (Houhanshu).
- Pei, Songzhi. Annotations to Records of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi zhu).