|Force(s):||Liu Biao's forces|
Cao Cao's Forces
Zhao Fan's Forces
|Weapon Type:||Spear (4)|
|Unit Type:||Hero (4)|
|First Appearance:||Dynasty Warriors 4|
趙範 - 赵范
Role in Games
In Dynasty Warriors 4, Zhao Fan leads his inexperienced troops against Liu Bei at the Southern Jing campaign. Chen Ying and Bao Long claim they could take him, but are killed by Zhao Yun. When the 2 officers are down, Zhao Fan issues his surrender order.
Dynasty Warriors 7 has him serve at the Battle of Fan Castle as an officer of Shu. During the second part of the battle in Wei's story, he and Liu Du defend the gates of the eastern base south of Fan Castle.
In Dynasty Warriors 9, he appears outside Guiyang negotiating with Zhao Yun. However, talking to soldiers within his camp soon reveals that it's all a ruse and the gates close, trapping Zhao Yun and the player inside. Zhao Fan sits on the outside and has Chen Ying and Bao Long ambush the garrison, and has an archer assault fire on the garrison to damage the Shu troops. Both these ploys can be thwarted before they happen, should the player choose not to approach Guiyang and Zhao Fan will panic and his encirclement will be easier to break through. He also appears at Fan Castle, guarding the embankments for Shu. Zhou Yu's DLC story has him as part of the Jing forces in the three way clash for Nanjun where he and his subordinates fight Zhao Yun and Zhou Cang without relying on trickery.
Zhao Fan also appears in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms games. He has mediocre politics and charisma, but his other stats rate even lower in the 20's and 40's. He is not suited to lead any units in battle and is quickly defeated. While early scenarios have him appear as a free officer in northern China, he starts to serve Liu Biao around Guandu. He rules his own force in the Three Visits and Rise of Heroes scenarios. Although he may sometimes get lucky and defeat Liu Du, he is usually ultimately beaten by either Han Xuan or Jin Xuan.
- Aya Endo - Youkai Sangokushi (Japanese)
- "I will not fight a war I can't win. Open the gates!" - Dynasty Warriors 4
Like Han Xuan, Jin Xuan, and Liu Du, Zhao Fan was one of the prefects who surrendered to Shu after the Battle of Chibi. He recommended his brother's widowed wife to marry Zhao Yun, but his offer was declined twice. On the first occasion, Zhao Yun politely said that they are like brothers and therefore only desired to treat Lady Fan as his honored sister. The second time he refused more bluntly, stating that he didn't entirely trust Zhao Fan and asked why he should try marrying so soon. For reasons unknown, Zhao Fan fled and his whereabouts after the incident are unclear. A few stories say that he was chased by Cao Cao's army.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Zhao Fan only appears in chapter 52 as a governor of Guiyang. Hoping to drive back Zhao Yun's approaching army, he asked the advice of his two closest and strongest generals, Chen Ying and Bao Long. Though Zhao Fan wanted to submit, his two generals insisted on fighting and rode to confront Zhao Yun. Their plans failed and Zhao Fan continued with his original idea. He merrily befriended Zhao Yun and they became sworn brothers since they shared the same family name.
Wanting to express his gratitude, he presents the general with his sister-in-law, Lady Fan. After the maiden left their company, Zhao Fan explained that she would only agree to marry again if her suitor met three difficult conditions. First, her suitor would need to be famous for literary grace and military skill. Secondly, he would need to be handsome and well regarded. Third, he would need to share the same family name. Zhao Fan thought they were a perfect match. Zhao Yun, however, was outraged and yelled that the proposal only brought more confusion into their relationship. The general knocked Zhao Fan down and rode out of the city.
After his two generals lose their lives, Zhao Fan was deceived by the 500 men used to shield Zhao Yun's entry into the city and was immediately imprisoned. Zhao Yun quickly claimed Guiyang and called for Liu Bei and Zhuge Liang's attendance. When Zhao Fan explained that Zhao Yun refused his sister-in-law, the strategist questioned Zhao Yun for an answer. He replied with three reasons. First, he didn't want to dishonor his own name for marrying family. Second, their marriage would interrupt Lady Fan's obligation to remain to chastity after her husband's passing. Third, he feared what damage it could cause his lord and didn't want to risk Liu Bei's failure for his sake. His reasoning earned Liu Bei's praise.
Zhao Fan was re-established governor and Zhao Yun was greatly rewarded.