Liao Hua is generally found as the bodyguard of Zhang Jiao during the Yellow Turban Rebellion. Later, his biggest role occurs during the Battle of Fan Castle, where he is commanded by Guan Yu to retrieve reinforcements. He will often return later with said reinforcements, attempting to save Guan Yu.

After Guan Yu made his formal partings with Cao Cao, he hurried back to the carriage with his brother's wives. When he found them, they were guarded by Liao Hua, who announced his former rank as a Yellow Turban. Liao Hua rescued the ladies from bandits and presented the heads of the brigands as proof. Though Guan Yu was grateful for his deed, Liao Hua's past reputation made him weary of his trust. Therefore, his party said their thanks and continued on their way.