Why I made this thread was because I watch "The Legend of Guan Gong" series where Cao Cao said he only wanted to be like Emperor Zhou Wen, when Zhuge Liang was talking to Liu Bei, he said Emperor Zhou Wen was a man who was prime minister toward the end of his career; however once Zhou Wen died and his son became Emperor, his son named Zhou Wen Emperor after his death.
Also I was playing the game "Legend of Cao Cao" Evil side, you get to choose whatever or not to take the throne, I chose "No"
I have no plans to take the throne" - Cao Cao
"I unite the world with my might, and govern it with my wisdom. Being Emperor will just be an extra burden"- Cao Cao
"my only ambition is to build a mighty empire. The throne itself, though, is meaningless to me"- Cao Cao
"Who says the world cant be governed without an Emperor? I dont have to be an emperor to run the realm"- Cao Cao
"My lord, what is your view about the Son of Heaven?" -sima yi
The Son of Heaven is a man, and yet he is not. He lives only the existence known as "Being the son of heaven"- Cao Cao
"IF I must stop being myself by being the Son of Heaven, would you, then wish for me to lose who I am? - Cao Cao
The realm belongs to a mortal man, how can it be run by someone who is not one?"- Cao Cao
Even though this is from a series and a game, what do you think Cao Cao's intention was?
SH: Edited poll options for clarity and added Other option. Keep on debating!