Sun Jian (in Chinese: 孫堅) is one of the major protagonists in the beginning of the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is a father of Sun Quan, Sun Ce, and Lady Sun.
At the beginning of the story, Sun Jian is a vassal of He Jin, appointed as the next head of the army of the alliance against Dong Zhuo. Sun Jian had almost succeeded in mastering the Fanshui but was caused by food items that were not reached by Yuan Shu, Sun Jian was could not occupy the Sishui. The starving soldiers with low morale, made the power of Sun Jian's army be defeated by Hua Xiong. Returning to the combined army headquarters, Sun Jian argued with Yuan Shu about the delivery of food that did not arrive. Yuan Shu denied all accusations made by Sun Jian, and scapegoated one of his men to avoid the anger of Sun Jian and Yuan Shao.
Sun Jian recovered the scattered troops, Dong Zhuo sent Hu Zhen as the great superintendent, Lu Bu and many other governors rated 5,000 steps to attack Sun Jian, Lu Bu and Hu Zhen did not agreed and the soldiers were scattered. Sun Jian pursued, Hu Zhen and Lu Bu defeated, Hu Zhen threatened to kill a sergeant as a means of rectifying the military discipline. After the governors heard it, they are hated him very much. Everyone hates Hu Zhen and wants to destroyed his plan, Sun Jian should pursue it immediately. When Hu Zhen was immediately sent troops, Sun Jian's army has been rectified and guarded.
Dong Zhuo's army is helpless, coupled with the hunger and thirst of the gentleman, the horse is tired and only rests on the spot. Lu Bu screamed at the enemy to attacked, the whole armies was in chaos, and he abandoned the armor and fled the saddle. However, the army has been discovered by Sun Jian's army, but Hu Zhen and others temporarily retreated. Sun Jian went out of the city to chase, defeated the enemy forces and killed Hua Xiong and others. At the time of the fall of the Hulao Gate and the fire in Luoyang, Sun Jian led his army to Luoyang to help extinguish the fire.
When extinguishing the fire, one of Sun Jian's soldiers found a royal stamp. The discovery of this imperial stamp made General Huang Gai advise Sun Jian to bid farewell to Yuan Shao and return to Jiangdong to make the next plan. Sun Jian wanted the discovery of this royal stamp to be confidential. But one of his soldiers reported the discovery to Yuan Shao to get a prize. When Sun Jian came to say goodbye, Yuan Shao forced Sun Jian to hand over the stamp to be stored safely, but Yuan Shao sent envoys to Liu Biao to attack Sun Jian on his way home to get the stamp.
The fight between Sun Jian and Liu Biao for the sake of royal stamp took place in Jingzhou, Liu Biao's general, Lu Gong facing Sun Jian and the horse was only one match, Lu Gong had to flashed into the mountain road. Sun Jian is tried to chase Lu Gong and did not see anything, he suddenly went to Lu Gong's move and was hit by poison arrows while pursuing the arrest of General Huang Zu. After his death, he was later replaced by his son, Sun Ce. Sun Jian's death in the boat caused by a trap from Liu Biao, Liu Biao held his body, which later exchanged between Huang Zu and Sun Jian's body. Sun Quan is 9 years old, came to hold an exchange.
Sun Jian is a calm man, but he always considerate and courteous to his men. Out of the three rulers for Wu, he is the one who acts most like a gentleman. He is generally kind to those around him and forgives past mistakes with subtle ease. It was known that he doubles as a fierce and courageous warrior. Since he is praised as a tiger of his homeland, he was pridefully refers to himself by his nickname on several occasions - his children also share his pride during their respective conquests.
- He is one of the playable characters in both the Dynasty Warriors and Knights of Valour game series.