Zhang Bao is one of the major protagonists in the later parts of the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is the eldest son of a general Zhang Fei who served the warlord Liu Bei.
Zhang Bao is an audience with Liu Bei, to whom he reports on his father's death. At that time he was meets Guan Yu's son, Guan Xing for the first time, arguing with him for the lead of the vanguard. Liu Bei creates peace between the two and lets them swear brotherhood like his fathers once did. From now on, Guan Xing and Zhang Bao are inseparable.
Zhang Bao is involved in numerous military campaigns, including Liu Bei's disastrous campaign against Wu (Battle of Yiling) and Zhuge Liang's Northern Expeditions against the Wei Dynasty. In the third campaign, Zhang Bao ambushes in pursuit of Generals Sun Li and Guo Huai and falls in battle.
When Zhuge Liang heard it, he collapses and spits blood, which is said to have sped up his death.
Zhang Bao in Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms IX portrait.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms X portrait.
Zhang Bao in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XI.
Zhang Bao in Romance of the Three Kingdoms XII.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of Cao Cao portrait.