List of The Deer and the Cauldron characters

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The following is a list of characters from the novel The Deer and the Cauldron by Jin Yong (Louis Cha). Some of these characters previously appeared in another novel Sword Stained with Royal Blood, which is also written by Jin Yong. Some of these characters are based on historical figures, such as the Kangxi Emperor, Oboi, Wu Sangui, Chen Yuanyuan, Princess Changping, Zheng Keshuang, Feng Xifan, Galdan Boshugtu Khan, Sophia Alekseyevna, Wu Liuqi and Zha Jizuo (a possible ancestor of Jin Yong).

Wei Xiaobao and his family[edit]

  • Wei Xiaobao (traditional Chinese: 韋小寶; simplified Chinese: 韦小宝; pinyin: Wéi Xiáobǎo; Jyutping: Wai4 Siu2-bou2) is the protagonist of the novel. A witty, sly and illiterate person, he was born to a prostitute from a brothel in Yangzhou during the Qing dynasty. He bumbles his way into the imperial palace and has a fateful encounter with the young Kangxi Emperor, whom he develops a friendship with. By sheer luck and wit, Wei succeeds in accomplishing a series of tasks that would affect the events during Kangxi's reign.
The seven wives
  • Su Quan (traditional Chinese: 蘇荃; simplified Chinese: 苏荃; pinyin: Sū Quán; Jyutping: Sou1 Cyun4) is previously Hong Antong's wife. She disguises herself as a prostitute to lure Wei Xiaobao into a trap in a brothel. However, she is unfamiliar with the ways of a brothel so Wei easily sees through her ruse. He tricks her into drinking drugged wine and she becomes unconscious. Wei Xiaobao then places her on the bed along with Fang Yi, Zeng Rou, Mu Jianping, Shuang'er and A'ke, and has sex with them. The next time she and Wei Xiaobao meet, her attitude is warmer, and it is later revealed that she is pregnant with his child. She decides to follow Wei after the Mystic Dragon Cult is destroyed in its internal conflict. She is the most powerful in martial arts among the seven.
  • Fang Yi (Chinese: 方怡; pinyin: Fāng Yí; Jyutping: Fong1 Ji4) is Liu Dahong's apprentice. She is the most intelligent of the seven. She initially loved her brother-in-arms, Liu Yizhou, who loved her as well. After a failed attempt to assassinate the Kangxi Emperor, she is wounded and is forced to rely on Wei Xiaobao to protect her. Wei Xiaobao uses every opportunity to make advances on her and force her to promise to marry him if he saves Liu Yizhou from captivity. However, after seeing how adamant she is with her feelings for Liu, Wei wavers between giving up on her and insisting that she fulfils her promise. Eventually, after learning that Wei is the leader of the Qingmu Lodge of the Heaven and Earth Society, as well as seeing how the jealous and cowardly Liu Yizhou betrayed Wei and sold him out to enemies, she decides that she wants to be with Wei. She is captured by the Mystic Dragon Cult and forced to lure Wei into traps. Wei manages to save her with Su Quan's help. Fang Yi is described to be Wei's smartest wife.
  • Princess Jianning (traditional Chinese: 建寧公主; simplified Chinese: 建宁公主; pinyin: Jiànníng Gōngzhǔ; Jyutping: Gin3-ning4 Gung1-zyu2) is a younger sister of the Kangxi Emperor. It turns out that she is not related to the emperor because her biological mother is Mao Dongzhu, who has been impersonating the empress dowager. Her father is actually the Thin Monk. Of the seven wives, she is the most violent, sadistic and spoiled. She loves Wei Xiaobao because he is the only one who dares to stand up to her, and she likes to engage in BDSM activities with him. Although she is eventually sent by Kangxi to marry Wu Yingxiong in a political marriage, she is determined to be with Wei Xiaobao. Before her wedding, she drugs Wei Xiaobao, strips him naked, whips him and tries to use candles to burn his hair. He gives in to her seductive advances and sleeps with her that night. The next day, Wei gives her one of the pistols he received from Wu Sangui as a gift. Jianning tricks Wu Yingxiong into going into her room, points the pistol at him, and orders him to strip before castrating him. The marriage still proceeds, although Jianning continues to have affairs with Wei. She eventually reveals to Wei that she is pregnant with his child and they elope. Kangxi tells Wei in a letter that he will accept Jianning's relationship with Wei.
  • Zeng Rou (Chinese: 曾柔; pinyin: Zēng Róu; Jyutping: Zang1 Jau4) is from the Wangwu Sect. She tries to assassinate Wei but ends up falling in love with him. In contrast with Jianning, she is the most polite and cultured among the seven.
  • Mu Jianping (traditional Chinese: 沐劍屏; simplified Chinese: 沐剑屏; pinyin: Mù Jiànpíng; Jyutping: Muk6 Gim3-ping4) is Mu Jiansheng's younger sister. She is captured by the Mystic Dragon Cult and forced to join the cult. She is the youngest and most naive of the seven.
  • Shuang'er (traditional Chinese: 雙兒; simplified Chinese: 双儿; pinyin: Shuāng'ér; Jyutping: Soeng1-ji4) is a servant of the Zhuang family in Huzhou. The matriarch tells her to follow Wei and serve him – as an expression of her gratitude to Wei for helping their family kill Oboi. She becomes Wei's bodyguard. Among the seven, she is the one who understands Wei the most.
  • A'ke (Chinese: 阿珂; pinyin: Ā'kē; Jyutping: Aa3-o1) is 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's most beautiful wife.
The three children
  • Wei Shuangshuang (traditional Chinese: 韋雙雙; simplified Chinese: 韦双双; pinyin: Wéi Shuāngshuāng; Jyutping: Wai4 Soeng1-soeng1) is Wei's daughter, born to Princess Jianning. Originally named "Bandeng" (Chinese: 板凳; pinyin: Bǎndèng; Jyutping: Baan2 Dang3), which means "wooden bench", her name was changed to "Shuangshuang" (means "pair pair") on Su Quan's suggestion.

Qing dynasty[edit]

  • The Empress Dowager is the empress of the Kangxi Emperor's father, the Shunzhi Emperor. She serves as a stepmother to the young Kangxi Emperor. She was immobilised and imprisoned in a wardrobe in her room by Mao Dongzhu, who impersonates her. She is freed by Wei Xiaobao after Mao Dongzhu flees when her cover is blown. Some readers believe that she is the historical Empress Xiaohuizhang even though in the novel she is referred to only as the "Empress Dowager".
  • The Four Regents helped the Kangxi Emperor govern the empire when he was still a child. The emperor later took over the reins of power when he came to of age. The four are:

Heaven and Earth Society[edit]

See also: Tiandihui

Kingdom of Tungning[edit]

Ming dynasty associates[edit]

  • A'qi (Chinese: 阿琪; pinyin: Ā'qí; Jyutping: Aa3-kei4) is one of Jiunan's apprentices. She marries the Mongol prince Galdan.
  • Li Zicheng (Chinese: 李自成; pinyin: Lǐ Zìchéng; Jyutping: Lei5 Zi6-sing4), nicknamed "Dashing King" (闖王), is the leader of the rebel forces that overthrew the Ming Empire. He was defeated by forces of the Qing Empire and decided to go into hiding in Yunnan. He fathered A'ke with Chen Yuanyuan.
  • Tao Hongying (Chinese: 陶红英; pinyin: Táo Hóngyīng; Jyutping: Tou4 Hung4-jing1) is a palace maid who served as a personal attendant to Princess Changping. She continues to work in the Forbidden City after the fall of the Ming Empire. She was ordered by her teacher to steal the Sutra of Forty-two Chapters.

House of Prince Mu[edit]

Mystic Dragon Cult[edit]

The Mystic Dragon Cult (traditional Chinese: 神龍教; simplified Chinese: 神龙教; pinyin: Shén Lóng Jiào; Jyutping: San4 Lung4 Gaau3) is a martial arts sect based on Mystic Dragon Island (神龍島), which is located somewhere off the northeastern coast of China.

  • Hong Antong (Chinese: 洪安通; pinyin: Hóng Āntōng; Jyutping: Hung4 On1-tung1) is the cult's leader. He is killed during the cult's internal conflict.
  • Mao Dongzhu (traditional Chinese: 毛東珠; simplified Chinese: 毛东珠; pinyin: Máo Dōngzhū; Jyutping: Mou4 Dung1-zyu1) is Mao Wenlong's daughter. She is sent by the cult to infiltrate the palace and impersonate the empress dowager. She taught the Kangxi Emperor martial arts when he was still a boy. She flees from the palace when her cover is blown. She is killed by the Gui family.
  • Liu Yan (Chinese: 柳燕; pinyin: Lǐu Yàn; Jyutping: Lau5 Jin3) is Mao Dongzhu's junior. She disguises herself as a palace maid. She is killed by Fang Yi.
  • Fat Monk (traditional Chinese: 胖頭陀; simplified Chinese: 胖头陀; pinyin: Pàng Tóutuó; Jyutping: Pun4 Tau4-to4) is the cult's "Fat Venerable" (Chinese: 胖尊者; pinyin: Pàng Zūnzhě; Jyutping: Pun4 Zyun1-ze2). He was once fat but gradually shrunk in size and becomes thin after being poisoned by Hong Antong. He is slain by Hong during the cult's internal conflict.
  • Thin Monk (traditional Chinese: 瘦頭陀; simplified Chinese: 瘦头陀; pinyin: Shòu Tóutuó; Jyutping: Sau3 Tau4-to4) is the cult's "Thin Venerable" (Chinese: 瘦尊者; pinyin: Shòu Zūnzhě; Jyutping: Sau3 Zyun1-ze2). He was once thin but gradually becomes fat after being poisoned by Hong Antong. He is Mao Dongzhu's lover and Princess Jianning's father. He is killed by the Gui family.

Wu Sangui and associates[edit]

  • Wu Sangui (traditional Chinese: 吳三桂; simplified Chinese: 吴三桂; pinyin: Wú Sānguì; Jyutping: Ng4 Saam1-gwai3) is formerly a general of the Ming Empire. When he heard that his concubine Chen Yuanyuan was seized by Li Zicheng, he was so overwhelmed by fury that he decided to defect to the Manchus and get them to help him defeat Li. He opened Shanhai Pass, which he was supposed to be guarding, and allowed the Manchu forces to overrun the rest of the former Ming Empire and drive away Li Zicheng's forces. After the Qing Empire is established, he is awarded the title "Prince Who Pacifies the West" (平西王) and given a princedom in Yunnan. He stages a rebellion against the Qing Empire later (see Revolt of the Three Feudatories).
  • Wu Yingxiong (traditional Chinese: 吳應熊; simplified Chinese: 吴应熊; pinyin: Wú Yìngxíong; Jyutping: Ng4 Jing3-hung4) is Wu Sangui's son. The Kangxi Emperor arranges for a marriage between Wu Yingxiong and Princess Jianning in a bid to strengthen ties with Wu Sangui. The emperor appoints Wei Xiaobao as the Imperial Commissioner to escort the princess to Yunnan and oversee the wedding. However, Jianning refuses to marry Wu Yingxiong and castrates him and accuses him of molesting her. Wu Yingxiong is later sent to the capital as a hostage to ensure that his father remains loyal to the Qing Empire. He is executed when his father starts a rebellion.
  • Xia Guoxiang (traditional Chinese: 夏國相; simplified Chinese: 夏国相; pinyin: Xià Guóxiàng) is the chancellor of Wu Sangui's princedom and Wu's son-in-law. He is tricked by Wei Xiaobao into releasing the assassin who made an attempt on Wu Sangui's life.

Russian Empire[edit]

  • Ivan (Chinese: 伊凡; pinyin: Yīfán) is a half-brother of Peter I and the co-ruler of Russia.
  • (Alexei) Tolbuzin (traditional Chinese: 圖爾布青; simplified Chinese: 图尔布青; pinyin: Tú'ěrbùqīng) is a Russian general. He argues with Wei Xiaobao over the border between the Qing Empire and Russia.

Miscellaneous characters[edit]

  • The Shunzhi Emperor (traditional Chinese: 順治皇帝; simplified Chinese: 顺治皇帝; pinyin: Shùnzhì Huángdì; Jyutping: Seon6-zi6 Wong4-dai3) was the former ruler of the Qing Empire and the Kangxi Emperor's father. He disappeared from the palace after the death of his favourite concubine, Consort Donggo, and is presumed dead. It is revealed later that he has become a monk in Qingliang Temple (清涼寺) on Mount Wutai and adopted a new name, Xingchi (traditional Chinese: 行癡; simplified Chinese: 行痴; pinyin: Xíngchī; Jyutping: Hang4-ci1). He is temporarily reunited with his son with Wei Xiaobao's help, but decides to permanently detach himself from worldly affairs and continue being a monk. He gives some brief advice to his son on governing the empire.
  • Mongols:
    • Galdan (traditional Chinese: 葛爾丹; simplified Chinese: 葛尔丹; pinyin: Gé'ěrdān; Jyutping: Got3-ji5-daan1) is a Mongol prince who allies with Wu Sangui when Wu rebels against the Qing Empire. He initially blames Wei Xiaobao for the failure of the revolt but is later deceived by Wei into believing that Wu Sangui betrayed him. He becomes sworn brothers with Wei. He marries A'qi later.
    • Hantiemo (Chinese: 罕帖摩; pinyin: Hàntiēmó) is an envoy sent by Galdan to meet Wu Sangui. Wei Xiaobao tricks him into describing the full plans of Wu Sangui's rebellion and then arrests him and sends him to the Kangxi Emperor.
  • Mao Shiba (Chinese: 茅十八; pinyin: Máo Shíbā; Jyutping: Maau4 Sap6-baat3) is an outlaw. He brings Wei Xiaobao to Beijing, where both of them are kidnapped by Hai Dafu and brought into the palace. He manages to escape and is saved by members of the Heaven and Earth Society. He meets Wei again when Wei joins the society. He accuses Wei of being a traitor when Wei is forced to help the Kangxi Emperor persecute the society. He is captured and sentenced to death but Wei saves him by making him switch places with Feng Xifan.
  • The Third Young Mistress Zhuang (traditional Chinese: 莊三少奶; simplified Chinese: 庄三少奶; pinyin: Zhuāng Sān Shàonǎi) is the matriarch of the Zhuang family and He Tieshou's apprentice. She leads the family after all its male members were massacred by Oboi. She is grateful to Wei Xiaobao for helping them take revenge, and she tells Shuang'er to accompany him.

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