Tell me /his/, why is China so biased when it comes to this guy? What gave Luo Guanzhong the idea that Liu Bei or Shu as a whole to even consider them "honorable" and "benevolent"?
Basically, Liu Bei is an individual who embodies secular rule and the power of law. This is something that Chinese rulers have always tried to emphasize in order to tamp down nationalism and economic rebellions. Unlike Cao Cao or other lesser warlords, Liu Bei did not have a reputation for capriciousness, personal cruelty, and a general disregard for the state in favor of gaining personal power. That's why he's been idealized.
The portrait painted in Romance of the Three Kingdoms is more a product of sentiments of the Late Yuan dynasty than it is an accurate portrait of Liu Bei as a historical figure. More importantly, Chinese historiography gives mortal authority to rulers viewed as legitimate, and in their biographies tend to paint them as moral exemplars.
>Cao Cao comes up with a plan
>evil, dishonorable trickster
>Liu Bei or Zhuge Liang come with same or similar plan
>master warrior-strategists who only want to bring peace to the empire
talk shit get hit fggt
He understood what was truly important.
The Last Supper
Definitely not for Xiang Yu loving fuccbois tho
Why is Guan Yu of all people that gets to become God of War?
Was he perhaps an officer that was actually skilled at combat as well as tactic?
Still seems strange that he should stand out amongst other heroes.
>"Guan Yu...He who gets angry in the face of defeat."
>"What a foolish God!"
it's how he's described in the 1st chapter of RotTK
"His face was the color of a dark jujube."
"a vivid face like an apple"
Luo Guanzhong's propaganda piece
Historically when you dissect Liu Bei he was nothing more than a charismatic opportunist who attempted to gain power just like every warlord in that era. He likely fabricated his familial connection with the imperial family in order to establish his legitimacy and he had a dangerous habit of betraying every single one of his benefactors. He was an extremely ruthless man who was willing to do whatever it took to gain power even if it meant sacrificing the life of family members. Cao Cao was a saint compared to Liu Bei.
>The three brothers reached Anxi, and soon the administration of the county was so reformed and the rule so wise that in a month there was no law-breaking.
He was truly the most benevolent of men.
He was related to the Imperial family (supposedly) and was therefore romanticised as the swan song of the Han dynasty. A last ditch attempt by the Liu dynasty to go out fighting, instead of sniveling on the ground like Liu Xie.
I personally think Luo wrote him like that to suck up to the newly established Ming Dynasty (Luo was born in 1330 and the Yuan fell in 1368). An upstanding Han Chinese gentleman well versed in Confucian ethics who fight against the usurpers (I guess it doesnt't count as usurpation if a Han chinese takes the throne from a non-Han). It was an allegory really. Cao Cao and Sun Quan are the Mongols and Jurchens, and Liu Bei is the Ming state.
But since Liu failed, he had to be written as a victim of circumstance. Therefore, a short lapse in judgement (Wu expedition) seals his doom. And he gets to foresee the doom of his state by acknowledging the retardation of his heir.
Pragmatism was something that was in short supply in China. Everything was so bound by tradition and convention that you could scarcely take a step without having to bow and scrape to someone.
If Imperial China had had a couple more Cao Cao's then they wouldn't have fallen behind the world so much.
If anything Liu Bei represents everything that is wrong with ancient China. The conventions, the rules, the fucking confucian ethics system. Liu Bei KNEW his son was an idiot but still let him rule because of the "deposing the older and confirming the younger is the path to disaster" crap. Liu Bei was not into meritocracy. He was old school where lineage and date of birth came before talent. Zhuge Liang was the same. Liu flat out offered him the throne should his son prove incapable. Had Zhuge been more like Sima Yi he would have taken it, and in doing could have purged the Shu Han court of corruption and maybe could even have won.
Cao Cao on the other hand was thinking of making his youngest son (a goddamn child prodigy) his heir simply because he was the best suited for it.
I'm like 4 episodes in and I'm suprised by how much I'm liking it. I thought it would be the usual Bollywood-tier schlock but apart from the at times weird sound design and the crappy special effects it's really holding up. It's basically the Tudors with a better story.