Zhuge Dan (Chinese: 諸葛誕) is a character in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is Zhuge Liang and Zhuge Jin's cousin, sometimes being argued as Zhuge Liang's younger brother or someone from an unrelated branch of the Zhuge family. He is one of many Wei retainers who rebelled against Sima Zhao; his death dealt a deafening blow to the Cao family's influence over Wei's retainers.
Zhuge Dan is often portrayed as a gentleman, he was said to be a vassal of Wei kingdom who is learns any to his knowledge. Although his cousin has always praised him, that he was not even a very difficult person.
Zhuge Dan was served the Cao family since the days of Cao Pi and watched with suspicion the decay of power of the Cao family and the accompanying rise of the Sima family. Although he helped to quell Guanqiu Jian's rebellion against the Sima clan, Zhuge Dan rebelled against them, when the usurpation of Regent Sima Zhao seemed to be imminent.
However, Zhuge Dan is extremely embarrassing and takes a sense of unintentional loss, but he sent one of his sons to the Wu Empire to seek assistance. Former Wei-General Wen Qin came to his aid immediately, but the main force under Wu regent Sun Lin hesitated and eventually pulled off unfulfilled things. Zhuge Dan could last another year, but was captured after a long siege of his city and executed with his sons.
Zhuge Dan in Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms X portrait.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XII portrait.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of Cao Cao portrait.