In Genshin Impact, one of the strangest characters shown so far is the Unusual Hilichurl named Wei.
Unlike other Hilichurls, Wei does not attack players unless he is attacked first. He also has a unique design and outfit compared to other Hilichurls. Wei’s mane is an atypical gray color, and his mask has his name written on it.
Most players have at least heard about the Unusual Hilichurl by now, but what’s much less known is that Wei is based on a real-life person from Genshin Impact’s development studio, miHoYo.
Wei’s real-life reference in Genshin Impact
For players who want to level up their Adventurer Rank faster, Wei can be defeated twice each day to earn 18 Adventurer’s EXP along with some minor rewards. After he’s defeated, he spawns elsewhere in Teyvat. That, however, is all Wei really does in Genshin Impact, aside from adding a little extra personality.
All in all, it’s easy to see Wei as something of a strange addition to Genshin Impact. Wei’s implementation in Genshin Impact is quite simple and mostly negligible, but there’s a reason why he was introduced to the game.
The Unusual Hilichurl got his name from the founder and CEO of miHoYo, Liu Wei. Wei can essentially be considered a self-insert, or perhaps a cameo, of the founder. Liu Wei has done the same in a few other miHoYo games.
Liu Wei’s appearances in miHoYo games
An older self-insert of Liu Wei can be seen in the game, Honkai Impact 3rd, where players must protect Da Wei from incoming enemies.
Da Wei appears as an NPC with his name written on his face where his eyes and nose would normally be. This aspect of Da Wei’s character design very much resembles Wei’s mask in Genshin Impact. Da Wei has also appeared in livestreams for miHoYo’s Houkai Gakuen 2.
As perhaps the most self-resembling cameo of them all, there is a character in Tears of Themis named Liu Wei, who is a founder of a law firm.
Wei’s future in Genshin Impact
Players will see more of Liu Wei's cameo in the Genshin Impact story soon enough. Prior to 1.5, miHoYo briefly showcased the events coming in the latest version. Among them was the Mimi Tomo event, where Wei is now confirmed to play a major role.
In the event, players will investigate Wei by first teaming up with Ella Musk and speaking to Hilichurls. Travelers will likely learn more about Liu Wei’s cameo through event dialog, and it will surely be interesting to see how often Wei comes around as Genshin Impact expands.