Nezha (in Chinese: 哪吒), also known as Marshal of the Central Altar (in Chinese: 中壇元帥) or Third Lotus Prince (in Chinese: 蓮花三太子), is the main protagonist in Investiture of the Gods and one of the supporting characters in the 16th-century Chinese classic novel Journey to the West by the late Wu Cheng'en, and its multiple adaptations. He is a protection deity and the son of Li Jing and Lady Yin.
Nezha was born during the Shang Dynasty in a military fortress in Chentang Pass, he was said to be a mighty warrior of heavens. When his father was a military commander named Li Jing who was became the "Celestial King of Driving Pagoda" later. Nezha's mother, Lady Yin, gave birth to a ball of meat after being pregnant for three years and six months. Li Jing believed that his wife had given birth to a demon and attacked the ball with his sword.
The ball opened and Nezha pulled the ball like a child instead of a baby. Nezha could talk and walk immediately after he born. Subsequently, the immortal Taiyi Zhenren accepted him as a student. Nezha had two older brothers, Jinzha, a disciple of Bodhisattva Manjushri, and Muzha, a disciple of Bodhisattva Samantabhadra.
Once when Nezha played near the sea, he fought and killed Ao Bing, the third son of Ao Kuang, the Dragon King of the East Sea. Ao Kuang and his brothers faced Nezha and his family, and threatened to flood the Chentang Pass. However, Nezha committed suicide because of his family betrayed him. Then his teacher Taiyi Zhenren gave him back his life with the lotus roots to build his human body.
- Nezha is one of the playable characters in the Warriors Orochi series.
- Nezha has two movie appearances Nezha in Prince Nezha's Triumph Aganist the Dragon King (1979) and Nezha (2019) animated film.