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Essence of my father, blood of my mother, I cannot throw this away!
~ Xiahou Dun as he put the eye into his mouth and swallowed it.
Another victim has fallen before me!
~ Xiahou Dun's victory quote.
My might shall illuminate the path to victory!
~ Xiahou Dun in Dynasty Warriors 8.

Xiahou Dun (in Chinese: 夏侯惇), nicknamed Blind Xiahou (in Chinese: 盲夏侯), is a character and an anti-hero in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is a loyal military general who while serving under the warlord Cao Cao during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. He was served for a few months under Cao Cao's successor, Cao Pi, before his death. As one of Cao Cao's most trusted generals, Xiahou Dun has would aided the warlord in his campaigns to fights against Lu Bu, Liu Bei, Sun Quan, and others. He is a playable character in the Dynasty Warriors series.

Biography

Xiahou Dun is a descendent of Han minister Xiahou Ying and the cousin of Xiahou Yuan. He is often portrayed as a fierce warrior, so much so that even he is a cruel and violent person. Xiahou Dun first served Cao Cao since the Han forces against Dong Zhuo, he was willing to be Cao Cao's loyal bodyguard. When the latter rose an armies to destroy Dong Zhuo. Cao Cao himself was promoted to General who Displays Firmness and was stationed in Baima. He was promoted to a major. Subsequently, he was further promoted to "General who Breaks and Charges" and became Administrator of Dongjun.

When Cao Cao left Xu Province, his subordinates Zhang Miao and Chen Gong rebelled in Yan Province and defected to another warlord Lu Bu. At that time, Cao Cao's family is lived in Juancheng County, Xiahou Dun led a light armed force to rush to Juancheng. He meet Lu Bu's army on the way and fought the enemy in battle. Lu Bu is tried to withdraw his troops and used Xiahou Dun's absence to conquer Puyang and occupied most of Xiahou's supplies and equipment. Lu Bu later sent his peoples pretended to surrender to Xiahou Dun, who fell down because of the tricks and was taken hostage by the enemy. Lu Bu's army asked for a ransom. When they heard that their commander was taken hostage, Xiahou Dun's forces became fearful and confused.

During the Battle of Puyang, Xiahou Dun arrived in the place and pursued Lu Bu's army. When he fought against the enemy forces and discovered all the truth, but his left eye was hit by an enemy arrow, Xiahou Dun can't seen anythings because he lost his eye. He can also give up on himself to be impulsive and personally putting the eye into his mouth and swallowed, thus many people gave him the nickname "Blind Xiahou". Lu Bu was besieged in Puyang and withdrew after 100 days, causing the Yan Province to fall into Cao Cao again.

In the Battle of Xiapi, Xiahou Dun support and helped Cao Cao sent his armies to attacked Lu Bu. Although his army has long since broken through, Lu Bu was defeated and executed by Cao Cao. Xiahou Dun was sent as the spearhead to attack the Jing Province. In the Battle of Bowang, Xiahou Dun along with his enormous army lead to attack Liu Bei's forces. Using Zhuge Liang's strategy, Liu Bei's armies is led by Zhao Yun that was imposed a mock-up strategy and lured Xiahou Dun's armies into the traps they had prepared. Despite Li Dian's warning, Xiahou Dun insisted on going to attacked Liu Bei. Xiahou Dun is embarrassed and unbearable to defeat them, even if the soldiers should be blocked, not necessarily to do less tips. When he allowed him to set fire to the military camp for his armies, and Xiahou Dun was biased. The battle was over, Xiahou Dun must withdraw in the battle because many of his troops were burned to death due to Zhuge Liang's strategy.

During the Battle of Hefei, he along with Zhang Liao to fight against Sun Quan and his armies. However, Xiahou Dun cannot seem to have succeeded in doing anything during his tenure as chief commander in the south, that except staying in the same place as a large army. In later years, Cao Cao's troops defeated Guan Yu of Fan Castle and the remaining troops of Liu Bei in Mo'pi. Xiahou Dun was regarded as a very close assistant by Cao Cao. He was allowed to ride the same carriage with him and was even allowed to enter his living area. Before the establishment of Wei kingdom, Cao Cao has arranged for all commanders to requested and Xiahou Dun has already achieved in another sense of accomplishment. Xiahou Dun is respected by Cao Cao and considered part of Wei's special commander and the alliance with Wei.

After Cao Cao's death, while his son and successor Cao Pi then appointed Xiahou Dun as General-in-Chief. A few months later, Xiahou Dun died of illness, he was posthumously named Marquis Zhong (loyal Marquis). He often invites his teachers to his own camp to learn and lead a simple way of life, to distribute his wealth to the masses. His eldest son Xiahou Chong inherited his father's title. His second son, Xiahou Mao, married Cao Cao's daughter, Princess Cao Qinghe. Xiahou Chong was succeeded by Xiahou Yi, who was replaced by Xiahou Shao.

Personality

Xiahou Dun is a serious and loyal man, although he rarely doubts his master's judgment. He is usually very focused, but he can also be a fool who gets his best temper. Although his temper became more controlled in later games, he calmed his mind and focus while still being loyalty to his lords and honor. Because it will show that he has a strong sense of honor and despise those who can use deception to win.

Trivia

  • Xiahou Dun is one of the recurring boss characters in the Knights of Valour game series.

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