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Cao Rui (in Chinese: 曹叡), also known as Emperor Ming (in Chinese: 明帝), is one of the major characters in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is Cao Pi and Lady Zhen's son and the second emperor of Wei.


Cao Rui is often portrayed as a smart and gentle man, he was said to be a incompetent ruler who has learned many knowledge like his father. After Cao Cao's death, Cao Pi have been compel wide has to abusing the power by errand to overthrow Emperor Xian. Foundation of the Wei kingdom, Cao Rui manifest to served under his father as minister of Wei. Cao Pi cannot dupe to Cao Rui such gives the family by warning to never leaning of being in cheated by thieves and nomads. By the bad news from it, Lady Zhen was so innocently that dupe oneself yet executed by Cao Pi due to committing a deluge of felonies. Cao Rui prepared to mourning his mother after he tears of grief, Lady Zhen's corpse was buried in the city of Ye, Cao Pi took controlling of Wei capital, Luoyang.

After his mother death, Cao Rui was later raise by his stepmother Lady Guo and Cao Pi denote allowed to enlist officers, generals, and advisors as so far anytime to made the books. At this point, Cao Rui tries to learns hunting and keep running to chase the deer. Fine by on, Cao Pi eulogize with Cao Rui by his served as a head pundit. Following by the year, Cao Pi resumed his title was in thought that Cao Rui had previously had dissatisfaction and he wanted to establish Cao Li, who was born by Consort Xu, so he did not stand for a long time. During this period, Cao Rui's family officials, teachers, and friends, all of them only take the integrity of the people, help each other, encourage correction.

He has a very good relationship with Wei Zhen as they are discuss the things together. Cao Pi also asked Wei Zhen about Cao Rui's situation, Wei Zhen praised him for his reason and virtues. After Cao Pi dies, Cao Rui took the throne and become a new ruler of Wei, he was placed under the regency Lady Guo. When Sun Quan attacked Jiangxia and Wen Ping insisted, the most courtiers discussed and sent troops to rescued, Cao Rui believed that Wu forces was good at water warfare. Wen Ping is defensive and sudden attack, but the following hiring has been able to compete with them and they do not have a clear advantage. Prior to this, Cao Rui had sent a book to Xun Yu to help the soldiers, but they were learned the news of the Wu army's invasion.

They are gathered the soldiers and horses along the way to Jiangxia, plus thousands of people riding their guards from others. Arriving outside the city of Jiangxia, he commanded the army to attack the Wu army by the mountain fire. Cao Rui led the troops to against Wu, Wu forces is already retreated. They are invaded Wei, led by Lu Xun's commander-in-chief, he fought with Wu and defeated them with the help of General Man Chong and General Zhang Qiu. When Lady Guo died, he completely controlled Wei. However, he led his army to participate in the election campaign of Gongsun Yuan. But before he won, he died of illness and was inherited by his adopted son Cao Fang.

At the time, he was only 9 years old, so Cao Rui appointed a weak Cao Shuang and a powerful and awkward Sima Yi - a fatal mistake because Sima Yi's grandson and sons controlled the Wei government and seized the throne.




  • During his reign, he was known for being able to entrust the right people for the most appropriate positions, but it was argued that his lavish spending in palaces drained Wei's treasury.


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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