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Lu Bu's Powers From Netflix's Dynasty Warriors Explained

"Dynasty Warriors" is a new Chinese martial arts/fantasy film that premieres on Netflix in the U.S. on July 1, 2021. While the plot of the movie is based on historical events, it's also based on the popular video game series of the same name. Since it's a video game movie, the main characters depart pretty significantly from their historical counterparts — starting with the fact that most of them have magical powers.

Both the "Dynasty Warriors" movie and the "Dynasty Warrior" video games are an adaptation of the 14th-century Chinese novel, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," which, according to Britannica, dramatizes the events of the fall of the Han Dynasty in the second and third centuries CE. The movie begins when the Yellow Turban Rebellion, led by the warlord Dong Zhuo, overthrows the Han Dynasty. In response, three generals, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, and Zhang Fei, make a vow of brotherhood to defend the Han Empire. 

This puts them on a collision course with Dong Zhuo's top general, Lu Bu. The real Lu Bu is considered one of the greatest warriors in Chinese history. In the video games, Lu Bu is one of the player's most powerful and dangerous opponents, known for his double-bladed halberd and his nickname "The Violence Hurricane."

Lu Bu is also a major antagonist in the "Dynasty Warriors" movie, and he's more than a match for the Sworn Brothers. Here are his powers in the movie.

If you're going to take on Lu Bu, bring a couple thousand friends

Like his historical namesake, Lu Bu is a master at armed and unarmed combat. He's probably most dangerous against a crowd of ordinary soldiers, whom he can slice through with ease. As a crowd combat title, this is one of the core mechanics in the "Dynasty Warriors" games, and it looks like the movie has plenty of flying bodies.

But just like the Sworn Brothers, Lu Bu has superpowers that put him above the average fighter, like superhuman strength and jumping ability. His signature move is a powerful energy blast with an earthquake-like effect, which appears to be a version of his Aerial Musou quake attack from the games. He can also generate both fire and lightning bolts with his halberd. 

Finally, while it's not technically a superpower, it's worth mentioning that Lu Bu rides a legendary horse named Red Hare, which can jump high enough to clear buildings. All in all, Lu Bu is more than a match for the Sworn Brothers, just like he is in the video games.