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I am Cao Ren. I consider my enemy to be none other than chaos itself. I shall do whatever it takes to protect this land and its inhabitants.
~ Dynasty Warriors 5.

Cao Ren is a major protagonist in the Dynasty Warriors series. He is the cousin of the leader of Wei, Cao Cao, and one of his very first followers along with fellow cousins Xiahou Dun and Xiahou Yuan. A pillar of Wei, Ren served Cao Cao, and later his son Cao Pi, faithfully for the entirety of his life and military career. He is one of the few Wei characters who is fully benevolent and compassionate, seeing war as a necessary evil but not enjoying it nor what it brings. His greatest desire is to bring peace to the land, and to the end the people's suffering which the chaos of the war causes.

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel portrays him in a much more antagonistic light.

Biography

Cao Ren, style name Zixiao, was born in 168 AD a member of the Cao family. He is the youngest second cousin of Cao Cao, and cousin to both Xiahou Dun and Yuan. Along with the others, he was one of Cao Cao's very first followers and prominent members of the then fledgling Wei faction. Cao Ren was with his cousin since before the Coalition Against Dong Zhuo, and quickly rose to the rank of General.

A mighty fighter who specialized in defense, he took part in the vast majority of Cao Cao's earliest campaigns, and after the State of Wei was established, continued to faithfully serve. One of his greatest battles was the notorious Battle of Fan Castle. Heavily besieged by Guan Yu and the Shu forces, Cao Ren lead the defense and remained stalwart and kept the keep unbreachable despite the major damage and casualties. Even when the castle flooded and defeat seemed inevitable and imminent, Ren refused to let his spirit break.

His men saw this as a great inspiration, and even with the Wei forces on the brink of defeat, managed to fight off Guan Yu's army long enough for reinforcements to arrive. Cao Ren then personally lead the counterattack, and the conflict ultimately resulted in the death of Guan Yu.

After Cao Cao's death, Ren remained one of the top figures of Wei, continuing his service now to Cao Mengde's son, Cao Pi. He died in 223 at the age of 55.

Personality

Of all the characters within the Kingdom of Wei, Cao Ren is the most kind and compassionate, giving him a stark contrast to the other members of his family. Cao Ren detests violence and chaos, and sees war as an unfortunate necessary evil that can help bring peace to the land. His greatest dream is to see the realm at harmony, and while he fights for that vision and is fully loyal to his lords, he dislikes the conflict deeply and mourns that the land and its people suffer from it. He is one of the most loyal and famous members of Wei, and his bravery, benevolence and conviction make him a shining pillar of light within the usually morally ambigious/hostile kingdom he serves.

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Cao Wei
Xiahou Dun | Dian Wei | Xu Chu | Xiahou Yuan | Lady Zhen | Cao Ren | Cao Pi | Pang De | Cai Wenji | Guo Jia | Li Dian | Yue Jin | Yu Jin | Xun Yu | Xun You | Man Chong | Cao Xiu | Cao Zhi | Cao Zhang | Cao Zhen | Cao Ang | Cao Anmin | Ren Jun | Cao Jie | Cao Hong | Cao Rui | Cao Chun | Cao Fang | Han Hao | Meng Da | Tian Yu | Wen Ping | Xin Pi | Xu Zhi | Xiahou Mao | Xiahou Shang | Xiahou Hui | Chen Tai | Zhuge Xu | Empress Guo | Empress Dowager Bian | Cheng Yin | Chen Lin | Wang Su | Wang Ling | Zang Ba | Yue Lin

Eastern Wu
Zhou Yu | Lu Xun | Taishi Ci | Lady Sun | Sun Jian | Sun Quan | Lu Meng | Gan Ning | Sun Ce | Huang Gai | Two Qiaos | Zhou Tai | Ling Tong | Ding Feng | Bu Lianshi | Han Dang | Lu Su | Zhu Ran | Cheng Pu | Xu Sheng | Dong Xi | Sun Yi | Su Fei | Sun Kuang | Sun Luban | Sun Luyu | Zhu Huan | Pan Zhang | Jiang Qin | Hu Zong | Kan Ze | Chen Wu | Zhuge Ke | Zhuge Jin | Pan Jun | Lu Mao | Sun Liang | Sun Xiu | Sun Hao | Zhou Fang | Lu Dai | Lu Fan | Lu Jun | Lu Kang | Lu Yi | Lou Xuan | Bu Zhi | Bu Xie | Lady Wu | Wu Guotai | Empress Zhu | Taishi Xiang | Yan Jun | Zhu Yi | Quan Cong | Zhu Zhi

Shu Han
Zhao Yun | Guan Yu | Zhang Fei | Zhuge Liang | Liu Bei | Ma Chao | Huang Zhong | Jiang Wei | Wei Yan | Pang Tong | Lady Huang | Guan Ping | Empress Zhang | Guan Suo | Liu Shan | Ma Dai | Bao Sanniang | Xu Shu | Lady Guan | Guan Xing | Zhang Bao | Fa Zheng | Lady Xiahou | Zhou Cang | Deng Zhi | Wang Ping | Zhuge Zhan | Feng Xi | Huo Jun | Huo Yi | Liu Ba | Jian Yong | Fei Yi | Liao Hua | Jiang Wan | Ma Su | Ma Liang | Fan Qiang | Zhang Da | Liu Du | Liu Feng | Lady Fan | Shamoke | Zhao Fan | Mi Zhu | Mi Fang | Yang Xi | Zhang Nan | Zhao Lei | Zhao Tong | Zhao Guang | Dong Yun | Dong Jue | Huang Quan | Li Feng | Li Yan | Liu Yan | Lady Gan | Lady Mi | Sun Qian | Zhang Da | Jiang Shu | Xu Jing | Fu Shiren

Jin Dynasty
Sima Shi | Sima Zhao | Wang Yuanji | Deng Ai | Xiahou Ba | Guo Huai | Zhuge Dan | Zhong Hui | Wen Yang | Xin Xianying | Chen Shou | Sima Yan | Sima You | Cao Huan | Wen Qin

Han Dynasty
Diao Chan | Zuo Ci | Lady Lu | He Jin | Gongsun Zan | Gongsun Fan | Gongsun Yue | Huangfu Song | Chen Gui | Tian Kai | Guan Jing | Kong Rong | Liu Biao | Liu Qi | Cao Bao | Lady Yan | Bao Long | Chen Ying | Zhao Hong | Xu Rong | Ze Rong | Ou Xing | Wang Yun | Lady Cai | Gongsun Du | Cai Mao | Cai Yong | Ma Tie | Ma Xiu | Han Fu | Han Sui | Han De | Emperor Xian | Emperor Ling | Yuan Yao | Huang Shao | Huang Chengyan | Jiao Chu | Fu Shou | Ma Teng | Consort Tang | Zhang Lu | Liu Zhang | Liu Yao | Tao Qian | Guan Ding | Zhang Song | Lady Yang | Ma Yunlu | Liu Cong | Qiao Xuan | Pan Feng | Yu She | Yan Baihu

Exclusive Characters
Lei Bin | Lixia | Luo Pingan | Jingshu | Gongsun Baoyue | Li Feiyan | Xiahou Qingyi | Sun Ruan'er | Liu Qing'er

Good Organizations
Five Bushel Sect | Five Tiger Generals | Forces in Xiliang | Gongsun Zan's Army | Liu Biao's Army | Liu Zhang's Army | Tao Qian's Army

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Cao Wei
Xiahou Dun | Dian Wei | Xu Chu | Xiahou Yuan | Lady Zhen | Cao Ren | Cao Pi | Pang De | Cai Wenji | Guo Jia | Li Dian | Yue Jin | Yu Jin | Xun Yu | Man Chong | Xun You | Cao Xiu

Eastern Wu
Zhou Yu | Lu Xun | Taishi Ci | Lady Sun | Sun Jian | Sun Quan | Lu Meng | Gan Ning | Sun Ce | Huang Gai | Two Qiaos | Zhou Tai | Ling Tong | Ding Feng | Bu Lianshi | Han Dang | Lu Su | Zhu Ran | Xu Sheng | Cheng Pu

Shu Han
Zhao Yun | Guan Yu | Zhang Fei | Zhuge Liang | Liu Bei | Ma Chao | Huang Zhong | Jiang Wei | Wei Yan | Pang Tong | Lady Huang | Guan Ping | Empress Zhang | Guan Suo | Ma Dai | Liu Shan | Bao Sanniang | Xu Shu | Lady Guan | Guan Xing | Zhang Bao | Fa Zheng | Zhou Cang | Lady Xiahou

Jin Dynasty
Sima Shi | Sima Zhao | Deng Ai | Wang Yuanji | Guo Huai | Xiahou Ba | Zhuge Dan | Zhong Hui | Wen Yang | Xin Xianying

Other Heroes
Diao Chan | Zuo Ci | Zang Ba | Lei Bin | Lixia | Lady Lu | Fu Xi | Nuwa

Guest Characters
Ryu Hayabusa | Ayane | Yukimura Sanada | Mitsunari Ishida | Kanetsugu Naoe | Momiji | Sun Wukong

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