In the words of his mourners,
"Lu Bu was as rare among men as the Red Hare was among horses." Sitting
astride the Red Hare, and brandishing his mighty Lunar Spear, Lu Bu
was unrivaled in his day. He mastered both archery and cavalry and highly
skilled in combat. His hair was arranged under a handsome headdress
of gold, donned a embroidered thousand-flower fighting robe, a pheasant-tailed
helmet, a breast plate, and round his waist was a gleaming jade belt
with a lion's head clasp. He seized opportunities and put self-aggrandizing
schemes into action as he saw fit.
Originally he was Ding Yuan's adopted
son, but Li Su persuaded him over to Dong Zhuo's side with gifts of
pearls, gold and mostly the Red Hare; a horse that ran like the wind.
In a cold-hearted move, Lu Bu killed Ding Yuan and brought his men with
him to serve Dong Zhuo. When he pledged his service, he promised to
be Dong Zhuo's adopted son. But Lu Bu was an opportunist at heart. In
an intriguing trap set by Wang Yun, Dong Zhuo and he fell in love with
the same woman; Diao Chan. Despite their bond, they grew wary of each
other. Finally, after conspiring with Wang Yun, Lu Bu killed Dong Zhuo.
The slaying of both his foster fathers damaged Lu Bu's reputation.
Lu Bu helped Wang Yun securing the capital
Changan, but Dong Zhuo's remaining followers; Li Jue, Guo Si, Fan Chou,
Zhang Ji and others led their armies to avenge Dong Zhuo's death since
Wang Yun refused to give them amnesty. Following Jia Xu's advice, they
advanced rapidly to the capital. Unable to repel their attacks, Lu Bu
escaped eastwards with his remnant troops.
When Cao Cao was away attacking Xuzhou,
Lu Bu under Zhang Miao, aided by Chen Gong conquered most part of Yanzhou
by surprise. However Cao Cao attacked him shortly to recapture Yanzhou.
Unable to hold their base, Chen Gong advised him to sought shelter under
Liu Bei in Xuzhou. Under Xun Yu's plot, Cao Cao managed to drive them
apart. In the unguarded moment when Liu Bei left for the front to fight
with Yuan Shu, Lu Bu snatched control of Xuzhou by defeating the drunken
Zhang Fei. He refused to let Liu Bei return to Xuzhou, forcing him to
withdraw to Xiaopei. In one incident, Lu Bu persuaded Liu Bei and Yuan
Shu into withdrawing their armies by hitting his spear-head 150 paces
distant from where he stood with an arrow, thus forcing them to make
Following Chen Gong's advice, Lu Bu threatened
Liu Bei, forcing him to flee to Cao Cao. Chen Gui and Chen Deng secretly
conspired against him with Cao Cao. Lu Bu immediately lost Xuzhou and
Xiaopei and fled to Xiapi, when Cao Cao attacked by surprise. Lu Bu
felt secure in his new stronghold and maintained his defense, but then
his men betrayed him and tied him up while he was sleeping at the white
gate tower of Xiapi. Despite his fierce struggle, Lu Bu was caught by
Cao Cao and died by the executioner's blade.