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Zhou Tai (Chinese: 周泰) is a minor protagonist in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is one of the generals of Sun Quan.

History

Zhou Tai is a native of the Jiujiang region, and is described as a pirate in the surrounding area. But it is difficult to know whether he really practiced as a pirate because in the historical record it was only mentioned that he came from the area. Zhou Tai and Jiang Qin joined Sun Ce as one of the Sun family's personal guards. When Sun Ce entered the Kuaiji area, Zhou Tai was appointed as a Major with a separate command, and was given a number of troops to be ordered. At this time, Sun Quan began to be attracted to Zhou Tai and requested that he be transferred to his command. Several times throughout his career, Zhou Tai saved Sun Quan from danger by risking his own life. When Sun Ce came out to fight Shanyue's rebellion from caves in the six Jiangdong prefectures, Zhou Tai and Sun Quan lived in Xuan City with less than a thousand armies.

By the time, Sun Quan was rides his horse to escaped. After the bandits is tried to abuse them, Sun Quan had just started and the bandits had already killed him, the various weapons had been cut into the saddle. It is difficult for the public to meet the enemy with peace of mind, Zhou Tai has showed up and fights fiercely, but he can using his own body to protect Sun Quan. Many peoples are affected by Zhou Tai and generous with him, he struggles to kill the thieves. Zhou Tai is injured in 12 places. It took a long time to recover, Sun Ce praised him very much and Zhou Tai continued to associate with them, Zhou Tai was awarded as Chunju Prefecture Chief by Sun Ce. But later on, Zhou Tai joined Sun Ce to attack Liu Xun at Wan and Huang Zu from Jiangxia. Zhou Tai is one of the ten generals of the Wu State who participated in the Battle of Chibi.

Under Zhou Yu's leadership, Sun Quan's forces managed to win the battle against the forces of Cao Cao's army. Zhou Tai is also participated in the siege of Jiangling fortress which made Sun Quan succeed in occupying the Nan area. When Cao Cao's armies launched an attack on Ruxukou, Cao Cao can prove himself and led the troops to attacked Sun Quan, Zhou Tai is already defeated them and free up his life. At that time, Sun Quan's two subordinates, Zhu Ran and Xu Sheng were arranged in Zhou Tai's leadership. When the two refused to be under Zhou Tai, Sun Quan took the opportunity and set up a banquet to Ruxu fort, Zhou Tai take off his shirt and showed his naked upper body with scars, pointing one by one to each scar on his body and asked Zhou Tai what he got. Zhou Tai tells one by one, which scar was caused by each battle, Sun Quan has told him to put on his clothes directly and attacked as usual.

While Zhu Ran and Xu Sheng would respected Zhou Tai, Sun Quan asked his horse to be prepared for him to go and asked Zhou Tai to accompany him out. Zhou Tai is not worthy of allowing conflict on the battlefield, so he can also let them to singled out. After Sun Quan defeats Guan Yu, he plans to invade Shu Han. He appointed Zhou Tai to be the leader of Hanzhong and General who aroused courage. He also conferred the title Marquis from Lingyang to Zhou Tai. Zhou Tai died in the Huangwu era. Zhou Tai's son, Zhou Shao, also led the army, with the position of Commander of the Cavalry Chief. He obtained services in battle when Cao Ren attacked Ruxukou, and he also helped Lu Xun in Sitting's battle against Cao Xiu. He died in the second year of Huanglong. His younger brother, Zhou Cheng, took command of the troops and inherited the title that Zhou Tai possessed.

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  • He is a playable character in the Dynasty Warriors series.
  • He is one of the recurring boss characters in the Knights of Valour game series.

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