|“||You shouldn't worry too much about this loss. There was nothing you could do!||„|
|~ Ma Dai's victory quote.|
Ma Dai is a character in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is one of the military generals of Shu kingdom who while originally was served under his uncle, Han dynasty warlord Ma Teng. After Ma Teng's death, Ma Dai followed his cousin Ma Chao (Ma Teng's eldest son) and they are joined the warlord Zhang Lu in Hanzhong for a short period of the time. However, he and Ma Chao later served warlord Liu Bei and Shu Han who is founded by Liu Bei. He is a playable character in the Dynasty Warriors video game series.
Ma Dai and Ma Teng are summoned by Cao Cao in the capital, and escaped disguising himself as a trap of Wei forces, being immediately after Ma Chao, Ma Dai, and Han Sui actively participated in the Battle of Tong Gale/Tong Pass.
But later on, he was followed Ma Chao to serve under Zhang Lu, it was known that made defection towards Liu Bei, when he besieged in Chengdu. After Liu Bei's death, Ma Dai was represented as a trusted general under Zhuge Liang, and would often be used in crucial parts of the battlefield. During the South Campaign, Zhuge Liang with Zhao Yun and Wei Yan, Ma Dai is actively participated fight against Nanman, they are often acted by Zhuge Liang, but can properly complete the missions. The first battle, they are successfully kill Mang Yachang, but also defeated general Dong Tuna, Zhuge Liang feeling up the forces, that was give up to defeated Nanman king Meng Huo and his wife Lady Zhurong.
After Meng Huo and Zhurong was surrendered, they are became a vassals of Shu. But his most notable feat consisted of killing the rebel Wei Yan in an arduous prepared by Zhuge Liang and Jiang Wei. When Wei Yan was rebelled, through Ma Dai was pretended to join his cause, then at a time of distraction he was placed behind Wei Yan was assassinated. His reward was the rank Wei Yan had lost.
Ma Dai gains respect and trust with his common sunny deposition. Occasionally he childishly pouts aloud when something displeases him, but Ma Dai always brightens to look onward to the future. Honest with his thoughts, he wants to emphasize the positives in life to his comrades.
- Ma Dai was known as an intelligent tactician and has a cheerful, relaxed attitude, but is also known for his reliablity and willingness to work.