Tao Qian (Chinese: 陶謙) is a character in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is the Governor of Xu Province who was attacked by Cao Cao's forces after one of his officers murdered Cao Cao's father. Along with Taishi Ci, Liu Bei was sent by his lord Gongsun Zan to aid Tao Qian, and successfully held off the attack. Tao Qian fell ill soon afterwards and entrusted his holdings to a reluctant Liu Bei. His two sons are Tao Shang and Tao Ying.


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.


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