Red Pole (紅棍) refers to a senior member of Triad who is the head of the militant arm of the triad clan. He/she is considered to be a "lieutenant" or the enforcer of the clan's rules. In order to become the Dragon Head, candidates must have reached the rank of red pole.
The title red pole comes from the weapon used by Wu Song, a daring warrior who slew a tiger with bare hands after drinking 18 bowls of spirits (normal people are too drunk to walk after drinking three), in the classical Chinese novel Water Margin. It symbolizes the bravery and strong fighting capability of the person bearing the title.
Notable Red Poles
- Big Smile Lee (deceased)
- Broken Nose Jiang (Later becomes Dragon Head)
- Dogeyes Lin (deceased)
- Howard "Two-Chin" Tsao (formerly)
- Wei Shen (undercover cop)
- Winston Chu (deceased)
- Pockmark Cheuk