He is often called "Gan Ning of the Bells" for the bells he wears on his clothing. He is an honest and trustworthy man. He originally serves with Liu Biao and Huang Zu, but grows discouraged when neither trust him enough to give him any important work. After joining Wu, he fights at Chibi, and goes on to fight numerous battles, primarily against Wei. Though short-tempered and with a chip on his shoulder, he earns the loyalty of his men by looking out for them.