Many versions of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms story, portray Zhurong as a tough and assertive woman. She often yells at her husband and tells him what to do. While Meng Huo is the leader of the Nanman, his wife is the one that makes all the decisions. Zhu Rong convinces her husband to rebel against the Shu kingdom, which Meng Huo does.
Zhurong is a mighty fighter who was often said to be the daughter of the god of fire. She is often compared to an amazon, due to her incredible strength and skill in martial arts. She was said to be the greatest warrior of Nanman. However, during the rebellion against Shu, Zhurong is caught in trap devised by Shu's warlord, Zhuge Liang. She is caught but later released in a hostage exchange. Meng Huo later surrenders to the kingdom of Shu. Together with her husband, Zhurong becomes a loyal Shu vassal.