|“||You bloody idiots, are you ready to die?||„|
|~ Dong Zhuo speaking to the Yellow Turbans.|
Dong Zhuo (董卓), style name Zhongying (仲穎), was historically a warlord who while originally was subjugating other lands as an officer, managed to seize power in the Han capital Luoyang during its time of chaos. He would rule with an iron grip for years as a cruel and wicked tyrant before the his own death via an assasination.
In most fictional media, he is usually a main villain in early chapters of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel and game as well as early stages of the Dynasty Warriors video game series. This status of his has been played up further via his portrayals in the Knights of Valour game series in both the third installment and the PS4 installment. The said novel and adaptations from it would often show Dong Zhuo to be an obese man that possessed notable strength.
During the events of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms Liu Bei and Cao Cao, then acting officers of the Han before Cao Cao's rebellion, arrive at Luoyang to forcefully remove Zhuo from power and lay siege to Luoyang. Dong Zhuo sends many officers out including his own foster son Lu Bu, a man said to be the strongest warrior in the land and rumored to be invincible. The Han forces meet with heavy casualties from Lu Bu especially over the other troops and generals but eventually are able to make their way passed him to Dong Zhuo's palace. The capture of Luoyang is a significant step for the Han as it represents the empire's renewed steps to clean up it's territories, removing implications of weakness and dishonor for the kingdom.
- It is unknown of Dong Zhuo was historically obese, as his appearance as such is most likely a carry-over from the original Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel.