Kong Rong (in Chinese: 孔融), also known as Kong Beihai (in Chinese: 孔北海), is a minor character in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is a politician, scholar, and minor warlord of the late Eastern Han dynasty of China.
When Tao Qian asked him to come help him against the invasion of Cao Cao. From this step, Kong Rong gathered his troops and led the battle with vigor and courage. After the battle Cao Cao had withdrawn from the province to attack other nations.
A few years later, Kong Rong agreed to offer his services to Cao Cao but did not suspect he was training in a trap. Only one day after entering Wei, Kong Rong is executed by Cao Cao for refusing to cooperate during the Xu invasion. Kong Rong had no children and no descendants, so the Kong family ended when Cao Cao's sword sliced through his throat. Kong Rong was also a descendant of the famous thinker and philosopher Confucius.
After Kong Rong along with his family's death, but his body was left in the streets. Not a single official who used to be close to him dared to collect the corpses for burial except Zhi Xi, who came to Kong Rong's body and cried, "Now you have left me for death, whom could I talk to who would understand me?".
- For being a political opponent of Cao Cao and humiliating him on multiple occasions, Kong Rong was eventually put to death on various charges.