|Real name:||Cao Fang|
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|Also said to be born in 233.|
Cao Fang was the third Emperor of Wei.
Only seven when he became emperor following the death of his father Cao Rui, Cao Fang was placed under the protection of Cao Shuang and Sima Yi, two famous generals of Wei.Cao Shuang abused his power-making the other regent depose Cao Shuang.Cao Fang was too young to participate in palace affairs, and could not condone the execution of Cao Shuang at Sima Yi's hands. In AD 250, there was a plot to overthrow Cao Fang and replace him with the older Cao Mao to reduce the Sima Clan's influence by Linghu Yu and Wang Ling, but this was beaten off. At the age of twenty-two, he wanted to oust Sima Shi from his regency, and set up a conspiracy headed by Xiahou Xuan, Li Feng, and Zhang Qi (his very own father-in-law), but the three were killed in a botched assault on him as he strolled through Luoyang. Cao Fang was deposed by Sima Shi for coaching on the uprising, and Cao Mao replaced him, ironically. He kept a low profile until his death in AD 274, exactly ten years after the Kingdom of Cao Wei crumbled.