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Guan Yu

162 - 220

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Guan Yu ([kwán ỳ] (listen); d. January or February 220), courtesy name Yunchang, was a Chinese military general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. Along with Zhang Fei, he shared a brotherly relationship with Liu Bei and accompanied him on most of his early exploits. Guan Yu played a significant role in the events leading up to the end of the Han dynasty and the establishment of Liu Bei's state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Guan Yu has received more than 2,761,511 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Guan Yu is the 35th most popular military personnel (up from 36th in 2019), the 26th most popular biography from China (up from 28th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Chinese Military Personnel.

Guan Yu is most famous for his bravery and loyalty to his country. He was a general in the army of the Han Dynasty. He was captured by the enemy and executed by being beheaded.

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Among military personnels, Guan Yu ranks 35 out of 1,468Before him are Friedrich Paulus, Tokugawa Ieyasu, Vercingetorix, Douglas MacArthur, Lü Bu, and Baron Munchausen. After him are Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Tariq ibn Ziyad, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Ernst Röhm, Roland, and Prince Eugene of Savoy.

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Among people born in 162, Guan Yu ranks 1After him is Marcus Annius Verus Caesar. Among people deceased in 220, Guan Yu ranks 2Before him is Cao Cao. After him are Tertullian, Xiahou Dun, Huang Zhong, Lü Meng, and Julius Paulus Prudentissimus.

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Among people born in China, Guan Yu ranks 26 out of 1,392Before him are Wu Zetian (624), Qianlong Emperor (1711), Ip Man (1893), Xuanzang (602), Cai Lun (48), and Lü Bu (161). After him are Kangxi Emperor (1654), Liu Bei (161), Yongle Emperor (1360), Li Ching-Yuen (1677), Mencius (-372), and Zhuang Zhou (-369).


Among military personnels born in China, Guan Yu ranks 4Before him are Chiang Kai-shek (1887), Cao Cao (155), and Lü Bu (161). After him are Zhang Fei (167), Zhao Yun (168), Dong Zhuo (139), Yue Fei (1142), Sun Jian (155), Zhou Yu (175), Sun Ce (175), and Han Xin (-231).