Tao Qian was a benevolent ruler and was originally an officer of Zhang Wen. He formed an alliance with the warlord Kong Rong and Liu Bei and fought against the Yellow Turbans in Xu Province.
Some of them were allowed to enter the army of Tao Qian as his downfall. One day, in Tao Qian's service, Zhang Kai, the former general of the Yellow Turbans, killed Cao Cao's father, Cao Song, and incited a war between the irritated son and Tao Qian. He asked Kong Rong send Liu Bei and to help him.
Tao Qian can defeat the most enemies. Tao Qian made Liu Bei the governor of the governor several times, but Liu Bei refused, and Tao Qian is still the governor. Unfortunately, he soon died of illness.
- Tao Qian appears in Dynasty Warriors 5 as a sub-officer of He Jin during the Yellow Turban Rebellion when playing on the Yellow Turban Forces side.