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Thread: Xia Ke (侠客) vs Ying Xiong (英雄)

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    Default Xia Ke (侠客) vs Ying Xiong (英雄)

    I've heard of GJ being mentioned as Jin Yong's No.1 侠客 (Xia Ke), while XF is Jin Yong's No.1 英雄 (Ying Xiong) . What's the difference between 侠客 (Xia Ke) and 英雄 (Ying Xiong) ? I'm not very familiar with the deeper layers of GJ's personality and GJ as a character, though I've read a poster's (I believe it's Laviathan's?) comments, as well as the counter-arguments, about this character not being very well-written. TIA!

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    Xia Ke is a knight. Yin Xiong is a hero.

    Lancelot is a knight. Robin Hood is a hero.

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    XF wouldve made a great Xia Ke, if his identity werent revealed.

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    Thank you for the explanation! But I must apologise for not phrasing my question properly Im aware that 侠客 means knight and 英雄 means hero Its just that Ive always thought that they can be used interchangeably in these wuxia novels - 大侠 and 英雄. From the statement I read about GJ being JYs No.1 侠客 as opposed to XF being JYs No.1 英雄, I gather theres a stark difference between these 2 terms?

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    I would classify GJ as 大侠 but not really 侠客. I would probably classify LHC as 侠客. XF is 英雄 no doubt, but can also be 大侠.
    I can't really explain why. To me it feels 英雄 is someone where anyone can go ask for help and knows where to find him, where as 侠客 is a wanderer who may help people along the way.

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    My opinion would be as same as XiaoYe's. Sometimes it's a gut feeling that we cannot really explain. Just know as it is.

    Cheers,
    LXF.

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