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Rebel / Insurgent

China zéi
Japan zoku
Rebel / Insurgent

People keep asking me for rebel in a single Chinese character, Korean Hanja, or Japanese Kanji. The problem is, rebel is not really a good word in Asian culture (depending on the context in which it is used). This rebel symbol can also mean thief; traitor; evil; robber; burglar; insurgent; spoiler. Used as an adjective, it can mean wily or deceitful.

Rebel / Revolutionary

China gé mìng zhě
Japan kaku mei sha
Rebel / Revolutionary

革命者 is a noun, meaning a rebel or revolutionary in Chinese (rarely-used in Japanese Kanji).

The first two characters mean "revolution" (specifically a political revolution or revolt).
The third character means "person."

Renegade / Traitor / Rebel

Alternate version
China pàn zéi
Japan han zoku
Renegade / Traitor / Rebel

叛賊 is yet another way to write renegade, traitor, or rebel in Chinese characters and Japanese Kanji.

Renegade / Traitor / Rebel

China nì zéi
Japan gyakuzoku
Renegade / Traitor / Rebel

逆賊 is a popular way to write renegade, traitor, bandit, insurgent, or rebel in Chinese and Japanese.

Che Guevara

Latin American / Cuban Revolutionary
China qiè gé wǎ lā
Che Guevara

Che GuevaraThis is the name "Che Guevara," as written (transliterated) in Mandarin Chinese.

Once revered by Chinese people as a Socialist rebel, he's now just a historical figure that school children briefly learn about in China.

This is because China used to be a truly-Communist/Socialist nation, and thus, other Communists and Socialists were heroes.

In modern China, with its free-market economy, those former heroes fade a little.

We are not offering the "Che" character alone, as few would associate it with Che Guevara, so you really need the full name to be clear (minus Ernesto, which is his real first name).

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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

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Mandarin zéi / zei2
Taiwan tsei
Japanese zoku ぞく
 ada あだ
Chinese thief; traitor; wily; deceitful; evil; extremely
Japanese (1) thief; robber; burglar; (2) rebel; insurgent; traitor; (1) foe; enemy; rival; (2) resentment; enmity; grudge; (3) harm; injury
A thief, robber, spoiler; to rob, steal, etc.
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Mandarin/ ni4
Taiwan ni
Japanese saka さか
 gyaku ぎゃく
Chinese contrary; opposite; backwards; to go against; to oppose; to betray; to rebel
Japanese (n-pref,n) inverse; reverse; (noun or adjectival noun) (1) reverse; opposite; (2) converse (of a hypothesis, etc.); (prefix noun) (3) (mathematics term) inverse (function)
vāma. To go against, contrary, adverse, reverse, rebellious, oppose, resist; to disobey
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Mandarin pàn zéi / pan4 zei2
Taiwan p`an tsei / pan tsei
Japanese hanzoku はんぞく
Chinese renegade; traitor
Japanese rebel
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Mandarin nì zéi / ni4 zei2
Taiwan ni tsei
Japanese gyakuzoku ぎゃくぞく
Chinese renegade; traitor and bandit
Japanese rebel; traitor; insurgent
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Mandarin fǎn / fan3
Taiwan fan
Japanese sori そり
Chinese contrary; in reverse; inside out or upside down; to reverse; to return; to oppose; opposite; against; anti-; to rebel; to use analogy; instead; abbr. for 反切[fan3 qie4] phonetic system
Japanese (prefix) (1) anti-; (2) antithesis; (3) (abbreviation) fanqie; traditional Chinese spelling system in which two characters are used: the first one for the onset, the second one for rhyme and tone; (1) variable measure of fabric (28.8 cm in width); for kimonos: at least 10 m in length; for haori: at least 7.27 m in length; for other clothes: at least 6.06 m in length; (2) 300 tsubo (991.74 meters square, 0.24506 acres); (3) six ken (10.91 m); (surname) Sori
To turn over, turn or send back; contrary; to rebel; to return

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Mandarin pàn / pan4
Taiwan p`an / pan
Japanese hikawa ひかわ
Chinese to betray; to rebel; to revolt
Japanese (personal name) Hikawa

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Mandarin luàn dǎng / luan4 dang3
Taiwan luan tang
Chinese the rebel party

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Mandarin fǎn pàn / fan3 pan4
Taiwan fan p`an / fan pan
Chinese to rebel; to revolt

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Mandarin fǎn kàng / fan3 kang4
Taiwan fan k`ang / fan kang
Japanese hankou / hanko はんこう
Chinese to resist; to rebel
Japanese (noun/participle) opposition; resistance; insubordination; defiance; hostility; rebellion

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Japanese hanzoku はんぞく
Japanese rebel

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Japanese hanshou / hansho はんしょう
Japanese rebel leader

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Mandarin pàn tú / pan4 tu2
Taiwan p`an t`u / pan tu
Japanese hanto はんと
Chinese traitor; turncoat; rebel; renegade; insurgent
Japanese rebels; insurgents

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Mandarin pàn fěi / pan4 fei3
Taiwan p`an fei / pan fei
Chinese rebel bandit

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Mandarin pàn jun / pan4 jun1
Taiwan p`an chün / pan chün
Japanese hangun はんぐん
Chinese rebel army
Japanese rebel army; mutinous troops

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Mandarin pàn nì / pan4 ni4
Taiwan p`an ni / pan ni
Japanese hangyaku はんぎゃく
Chinese to rebel; to revolt; a rebel
Japanese (noun/participle) treason; treachery; mutiny; rebellion; insurrection
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Mandarin fěi xué / fei3 xue2
Taiwan fei hsüeh
Chinese bandit den; rebel stronghold

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Japanese hizoku ひぞく
Japanese bandit; rebel

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Japanese kyouto / kyoto きょうと
Japanese outlaw; rebel; rioter

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Japanese kyouto / kyoto きょうと
Japanese (out-dated kanji) outlaw; rebel; rioter

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Japanese kokuzoku こくぞく
Japanese traitor; rebel

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Mandarin liú kòu / liu2 kou4
Taiwan liu k`ou / liu kou
Chinese roving bandit; rebel band

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Mandarin qú kuí / qu2 kui2
Taiwan ch`ü k`uei / chü kuei
Japanese kyokai きょかい
Chinese rebel leader; ringleader; bandit chieftain
Japanese ringleader; chief

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Mandarin bèi luàn / bei4 luan4
Taiwan pei luan
Chinese to rebel; sedition; to delude; confused

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Mandarin zhāo ān / zhao1 an1
Taiwan chao an
Chinese to enlist enemy or rebel soldiers by offering amnesty

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Mandarin zhāo fǔ / zhao1 fu3
Taiwan chao fu
Chinese to enlist enemy or rebel soldiers by offering amnesty; to bring to negotiated surrender

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Mandarin cuàn nì / cuan4 ni4
Taiwan ts`uan ni / tsuan ni
Chinese to rebel; to revolt

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Mandarin biàn bīng / bian4 bing1
Taiwan pien ping
Chinese rebel soldier

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Japanese zokumei / zokume ぞくめい
Japanese (the stigma of) the name of "rebel"

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Japanese zokushi ぞくし
Japanese rebellious child; rebel; traitor

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Japanese zokushou / zokusho ぞくしょう
Japanese leader of a rebel army or band of rebels

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese

zokuzéi / zei2 / zei tsei
革命者kaku mei sha
gé mìng zhě
ge2 ming4 zhe3
ge ming zhe
ko ming che
han zoku / hanzokupàn zéi / pan4 zei2 / pan zei / panzei p`an tsei / pantsei / pan tsei
gyakuzokunì zéi / ni4 zei2 / ni zei / nizei ni tsei / nitsei
Che Guevara 切格瓦拉qiè gé wǎ lā
qie4 ge2 wa3 la1
qie ge wa la
ch`ieh ko wa la
chieh ko wa la
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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