Gan Ning, why do people like him?

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Re: Gan Ning, why do people like him?

Unread postby Sun Fin » Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:58 am

This segment from the SGZ kind of implies he didn't reform while in Wu, his behaviour was just overlooked because he was a talented general/warrior:

Although Ning was rough and bloodthirsty, he was outright and had good ideas; he valued property lightly but respected talented men, and was able to kept his fighting men well.
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Re: Gan Ning, why do people like him?

Unread postby Han » Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:37 pm

Gan Ning never massacred a province unlike Xiahou Cao so... ... ...

Also, people like Gan Ning because he was a legitimate badass. Seriously.

Also, Gan Ning seemed to change his ways. According to wiki: Gan Ning eventually decided to stop plundering and pillaging. He read some books, including ideas from the Hundred Schools of Thought.

The translated bio in kongming has: He stopped robbing and read quite a few works of the Masters.
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Re: Gan Ning, why do people like him?

Unread postby Sun Fin » Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:48 pm

Gan Ning was never in a position to massacre a province. He may have stopped being a pirate and become a general instead but his conduct under Sun Quan was still not great:

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Re: Gan Ning, why do people like him?

Unread postby Xiahou Jia » Sat Mar 24, 2018 10:50 pm

Personally I really liked him at first. Because of DW and Rotk games of course. I think it was only when DW7 was out that I learnt about him historywise. I find it hard to respect him now. And yes, who knows what he could've done if he was in position of Cao Cao.
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Re: Gan Ning, why do people like him?

Unread postby Qu Hui » Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:47 pm

Sun Quan generally let his officers get away with far too much if they were his favorites, so that he never took steps to stop any potential misbehavior on Gan Ning's part doesn't mean much. See also: Pan Zhang, who went around murdering his fellow officers for their wealth and who Sun Quan never lifted a finger to stop.

As for why people like Gan Ning, couldn't tell you. I've always detested the guy.
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