I had in my heart for you the position of leader of the chieftains, but my plans have been altogether upset by my mother. I have been of no advantage to you, nor should I do any good by remaining. But you ought to seek some person of lofty wisdom to help you in your great enterprise. It is unseemly to be downcast.
~ Xu Shu.

Xu Shu (Chinese: 徐庶) is a supporting character in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is an official of the Wei kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period of China. He was born in the late Eastern Han dynasty and used to be a vigilante swordsman in his early life. However, after running into trouble with the authorities, he renounced his old ways and took up scholarly pursuits.


Xu Shu is a strong and confident man who often help his family to support many people. When Xu Shu was a teenager, he liked to practice swords and various weapons. Later on, Xu Shu was avenged by the government after he escaped, but changed his own name and went to Confucian school to learn Confucianism. However, the students of the same house disliked Xu Shu as a thief before refused to work with him, Xu Shu is very early to get up every day. Everyone cleans up, he need to asks others opinions first and studies Confucianism seriously. Since his younger brother died of illness, he decided to run away from home and assist Liu Bei to cope with them, not only one who remain this warning. Xu Shu was said to be not very selfish.

When Cao Cao admired Xu Shu, hoped to pull Xu Shu to his side by holding Xu Shu's mother and taking his mother to the country's capital Wei. Xu Shu, who was known for the kindness of a child to his mother, that left Liu Bei and went looking for his mother, he promised Liu Bei that he would not give any advice to Cao Cao. During the Battle of Chibi, Xu Shu was in Cao Cao's camp when Pang Tong advised Cao Cao to tie ships together with a chain to avoid seasickness because Cao Cao's soldiers were not used to the war at sea. Xu Shu is could guess that this trick was to help Zhou Yu's fire attack to attack the Cao Cao's ship. Maybe he shouldn't want to find at least the trouble, but it has always been to ignore that meaning and bother them.

By the time, Xu Shu asked Pang Tong how to escape and was told to spread rumors that Ma Teng and Han Sui were leading a rebellion against Cao Cao. Cao Cao ordered Xu Shu to finish the rebellion, from which Xu Shu was being able to escape and agree to his another indifferent plan anyway. Xu Shu recommended Zhuge Liang to Liu Bei, who later became one of the most important people and advisor and strategist trusted by Liu Bei. Xu Shu is absolutely necessary to share Cao Cao's ability and change his own ideas, so that wants deserves to remind him and used these imaginations to discuss others. Xu Shu meet Shi Tao in the same county, the two men colluded with each other and later become officials of Wei kingdom.


Xu Shu is a very humble man in Liu Bei's service. He has little ambition, no self-confidence, and thinks he fails his purpose especially when compared to Zhuge Liang. While he is remains very sympathetic to Liu Bei during most of his appearances.





  • He is a playable character in the Dynasty Warriors series.


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