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| 1. Warrior
2. Warrior / Fighter
3. Warrior / Musha
4. Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit
5. Daredevil Warrior...
6. Warrior for Peace
7. Warrior Soul / Spirit of a Fighter
8. Soul of a Warrior
9. Brave Warrior
10. Value of Warrior Generals
11. Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart
12. Peaceful Warrior
|13. Enlightened Warrior|
14. Warrior Essence / Warrior Spirit / Martial
15. Warrior of God / Soldier of God
16. Warrior of the Heavenly Realm
17. The Warrior's Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel
18. Dragon Warrior
19. Warrior Monk / Soldier Priest
20. Warrior of Heaven
21. Warrior Saint / Saint of War
22. Spiritual Warrior
23. Ghost Warrior
The first character is the spirit or essence of a warrior. The second character means soldier, officer, or official. This character is also used appropriately enough to describe a piece of a chess game. This can also be translated as soldier, cavalier, palace guard, or samurai and sometimes as knight. I've occasionally seen this translated as strong man or tough man (gender not necessarily implied).
By far, this is the most common way to write warrior in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
Note: In Japanese, this is Bushi, as in Bushido.
This is an alternate title for a warrior or samurai in Japanese. It is often romanized as "Musha".
The literal meaning of these Kanji is "war person", "military person", or "martial person".
This can be translated as the warrior's spirit or warrior's soul. The first two characters can be translated as "warrior" or literally "brave soldier/man" although some will translate this word as "hero". Therefore, this is also how to say "heroic spirit".
The second two characters mean vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence and psychological component. Basically "your soul".
We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior. The other version suggests that you are the warrior or hero.
This is an unusual title that can be translated two ways. The most common is probably "daredevil warrior". However, the first character means demon, ghost, or soul of the departed. Therefore, it can kind of mean soul of a warrior, or demon warrior.
This title is Japanese only, and should not be used if your audience is Chinese.
This means "Warrior for Peace" (warrior who fights for peace) in Chinese.
Note, this is not the same thing as "peaceful warrior".
See Also... Peace
This is "warrior soul" or "warrior spirit" in Japanese.
Here's the breakdown of the Kanji:
戦士 (senshi) warrior; soldier; combatant; fighter.
魂 (damashii/tamashii) soul; spirit; can sometimes mean "ghost".
This can be translated as the spirit or soul of a warrior. The first two characters can be translated as vigor, vitality, drive, spirit, mind, heart, mental essence and psychological component. Basically "your soul".
The second two characters mean "warrior" or literally "brave soldier/man" although some will translate this word as "hero". Therefore, this is also how to say "soul of a hero".
Note: This title is best for Chinese and old Korean. It does make sense in Japanese, but is not a common or natural Kanji combination in Japanese.
We have two versions of this phrase. The only difference is the first two and last two characters are swapped. The version here suggests that you are the warrior or hero. The other version suggests that you admire or like the idea of the spirit of a warrior.
This is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja for brave warrior, a brave person, hero, or brave man.
In Japanese, this can be a given name, Yuuji.
This literally means: [Just as] soldiers/warriors [are valued for their] quality and not [just] for quantity, [so] generals [are valued] for their tactics, not [just] for [their] bravery.
This is a proverb that follows one about how it is better to have warriors of quality, rather than just a large quantity of warriors in your army/force.
See Also... 兵在精而不在多
This reads, "Warrior Heart". This is more a Japanese title than Chinese, but it is understood in both languages.
This means "Peaceful Warrior" in Chinese. This does in fact sound like an oxymoron in Chinese - but many of you have asked for this special title.
Note, this is not the same thing as "warrior for peace".
See Also... Peace
This can be read as "Peaceful Warrior" or "Warrior for Peace" in Japanese. This sounds like an oxymoron in Japanese, so it's a weird title. Expect Japanese people to be perplexed when they see it.
平和 (heiwa) peace; harmony.
の (no) possessive particle.
武士 (bushi) warrior; samurai; soldier.
This is not a commonly-used title in Chinese, but sometimes used in Martial arts and military context to refer to a warrior who seems to always be fully aware, enlightened, knowledgeable, noble, and just.
The first two characters are a word that means: to awaken; to come to realize; awakened to the truth; the truth dawns upon one; scales fall from the eyes; to become aware.
The last two characters mean warrior, but can also refer to a samurai, soldier, or fighter.
This character is the essence or spirit of a warrior. This character is part of the word "wu shu" which is sometimes translated as "martial arts" or "kung fu".
In more modern speech and other context, this can mean military, martial, warlike, fierce, and perhaps violent, but usually as a prefix for a longer word or phrase.
This means, "Warrior of God" or "Soldier of God" in Japanese.
This means "warrior of the heavenly realm" in Chinese, old Korean Hanja, and Japanese Kanji.
This is also known as Narayana in Buddhism.
This is an old Japanese proverb about the value of the word of a warrior. Here's a couple versions of how this can be translated:
A warrior's single word is as unchanging and reliable as gold and steel.
A warrior's promise is as dependable as gold, and his [scabbard contains] untarnished steel (a sword).
Note: Sometimes this phrase is written as 男子の一言、金鉄の如し (danshi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi)
This is a generic title for "Dragon Warrior". Just as in English, it's a bit ambiguous. It can mean one who fights against dragons, or the title of a warrior himself (imagine a warrior with a dragon symbol on his chest).
This is another version of "Dragon Warrior". It's still a bit ambiguous. This one reads more like "Dragon Fighter" than "Dragon Warrior". Perhaps you can also translate this one as, "One who fights like a dragon".
This "Dragon Warrior" is specifically one who fights against dragons. This can also be read as "Dragon Fighter".
This is a strange title for a wall scroll, but it may suit you if you see yourself as a warrior monk. This title is not commonly used but will be understood in both Chinese and Japanese. It can also be read as "armed monks".
This means "Heavenly Warrior", or "Hero of Heaven", in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.
Often used in Buddhist context.
This Chinese title, Wusheng means, Saint of War.
This is usually a reference to Guan Yu (關羽), also known as Guan Gong (關公).
Some Chinese soldiers still pray to Wusheng for protection. They would especially do this before going into battle.
This is a Japanese title that means, "Spiritual Warrior".
The first Kanji means spiritual.
The second Kanji means war, warfare, or battle.
The third Kanji means soldier, officer, man or pawn.
This means Ghost Warrior in Chinese.
This title is used for at least one movie, and a video game (about a sniper).
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|Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Warrior / Fighter||戦士|
|Warrior / Musha||武者|
|Warrior Soul / Heroic Spirit||勇士精神|
|n/a||yǒng shì jīng shén|
yong shi jing shen
yung shih ching shen
|yong3 shi4 jing1 shen2|
Soul of a Warrior
|oni mu sha|
|Warrior for Peace||和平武士|
|n/a||hé píng wǔ shì|
he ping wu shi
ho p`ing wu shih
|he2 ping2 wu3 shi4|
ho ping wu shih
|Warrior Soul / Spirit of a Fighter||戦士魂|
|senshi damashii |
|Soul of a Warrior||精神勇士|
|n/a||jīng shén yǒng shì|
jing shen yong shi
ching shen yung shih
|jing1 shen2 yong3 shi4|
|Value of Warrior Generals||兵在精而不在多将在谋而不在勇|
|n/a||bīng zài jīng ér bú zài duō jiàng zài móu ér bú zài yǒng|
bing zai jing er bu zai duo jiang zai mou er bu zai yong
ping tsai ching erh pu tsai to chiang tsai mou erh pu tsai yung
|bing1 zai4 jing1 er2 bu2 zai4 duo1 jiang4 zai4 mou2 er2 bu2 zai4 yong3|
|Heart of a Warrior / Samurai Heart||武士心|
|bu shi kokoro|
|wǔ shì xīn|
wu shi xin
wu shih hsin
|wu3 shi4 xin1|
|n/a||píng hé de wǔ shì|
ping he de wu shi
p`ing ho te wu shih
|ping2 he2 de wu3 shi4|
ping ho te wu shih
|hei wa no bu shi|
|n/a||jué xǐng wǔ shì|
jue xing wu shi
chüeh hsing wu shih
|jue2 xing3 wu3 shi4|
|Warrior Essence / Warrior Spirit / Martial||武|
|Warrior of God / Soldier of God||神の兵士|
|kami no heishi|
|Warrior of the Heavenly Realm||天界力士|
|ten kai riki shi|
|tiān jiè lì shì|
tian jie li shi
t`ien chieh li shih
|tian1 jie4 li4 shi4|
tien chieh li shih
|The Warrior's Word, Dependable as Gold and Steel||武士の一言、金鉄の如し|
|bushi no ichigon kintetsu no gotoshi||n/a|
|ryuu bu shi|
ryu bu shi
|lóng wǔ shì|
long wu shi
lung wu shih
|long2 wu3 shi4|
|n/a||lóng zhàn shì|
long zhan shi
lung chan shih
|long2 zhan4 shi4|
|n/a||dòu lóng zhàn shì|
dou long zhan shi
tou lung chan shih
|dou4 long2 zhan4 shi4|
|Warrior Monk / Soldier Priest||藩士|
|Warrior of Heaven||天力士|
|ten riki shi|
|tiān lì shì|
tian li shi
t`ien li shih
|tian1 li4 shi4|
tien li shih
|Warrior Saint / Saint of War||武圣|
|rei sen shi|
|n/a||yōu líng zhàn shì|
you ling zhan shi
yu ling chan shih
|you1 ling2 zhan4 shi4|
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