Zhu Ran is a supporting character in the 14th-century Chinese classic novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms by the late Luo Guanzhong, and its multiple adaptations. He is one of the military generals of Wu kingdom. Praised for his skills as a general, he took part in many important military campaigns including the Battle of Yiling and the defense of Jiangling. Zhu Ran also played a part in the capture of the almighty Shu general Guan Yu. Before his death, he was given full command of the armies of Wu.
Zhu Ran as a young man to the post of administrator, which he fulfilled, he obtained the rank of colonel and was promoted again, director of Linchuan, west of Danyang, and at the head of five counties. The main mission was to maintain order in the province and eventually deal with the unrest generated by the hill people of eastern Poyang. In this task, 2000 soldiers were attributed to him.
When Cao Cao launched an attack against the south, Sun Quan was once again promotes Zhu Ran, who while becomes lieutenant general at the head of the defense of two military camps. But later on, after this, he plays an important role in the capture of Guan Yu. During the conquest of Jing Province by Lu Meng, he is sent on a detachment with the general Pan Zhang in support with Cao Cao's forces, but Guan Yu is possible retreat to Jing Province. The latter is overrun by Lu Meng and Lu Xun, meanwhile. Highly praised for his merits by Lu Meng, he was for this success promoted general and when Lu Meng died, the latter had recommended Zhu Ran to the position of commander he held in defense of Jiangling in the commandery of Nan.
The conquest of Jing Province and the death of Guan Yu prompted Liu Bei, who is became the emperor of Shu Han, to declare war on Sun Quan. The Shu forces progressed rapidly in front of Wu's retreating troops. Lu Xun petitioned by Sun Quan as a major army commander adopts a purely defensive tactic. Liu Bei's troops spend the entire spring and summer stationed. Suffering from heat and a slow supply line due to remoteness, Liu Bei repositions his encampments near the Yangtze River. Lu Xun, having calculated and waiting for this moment, takes action and destroys these encampments, notably using fire with a war fleet in support commanded by Zhu Ran. Promoted Marquis of Yong'An, the latter is recalled by Sun Quan for the defense of Jiangling, threatened by Cao Pi, son of Cao Cao.
The latter in fact taking advantage of Liu Bei's open war against Sun Quan and the fact that the latter, his declared vassal does not send his son Sun Deng as a hostage, uses the opportunity to conquer the South. Zhu Ran participates in the defense of naval and land commandery in Jiangling. Besieged by Cao Wei's army, this one shows no fright and holds the line of defense. Zhu Ran kills Yao Tai, one of his subordinate officers who wanted to join the Wei's forces.
- He is a playable character in the Dynasty Warriors video game series.