"I'm not a big, fat panda. I'm THE big, fat panda."
Voiced by: Jack Black
Mick Wingert (TV Series)
A Giant Panda with a big heart, he is a major kung fu fanatic and runs a noodle shop with his father (who is a goose). To the surprise of everyone, he is selected by Master Oogway to be the Dragon Warrior
destined to defend the Valley of Peace from danger, and now trains under Master Shifu and alongside his idols, the Furious Five.
- Accidental Athlete: In the first movie, when he climbed several feet off the kitchen floor and performed a perfect split just to get Monkey's cookies off the top shelf. When he sees Shifu watching him, Po's first words are "Don't tell Monkey."
- Acrofatic: After his training. Though he can still tire after too long and struggles with over-long staircases.
- Adorkable: Look no further than when he first entered the Jade Palace and spent the next minute or two just gawking to himself over the cool kung fu artifacts. Panda-ing to the Audience indeed.
- All-Loving Hero: He does not hate anybody. Not even Shen, who attacked Po's village, and killed his mother and his people. He still forgave him and told him to let go of the past.
- Amazon Chaser: Considering his reaction to Tigress demonstrating her "flexibility".
- Ascended Fanboy: Even after he's been established firmly as the Dragon Warrior, he occasionally looks around at his comrades like he can't believe something so cool is actually happening.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: No matter how much of a badass he himself becomes, he can't resist fanboying over any famous master he sees.
- Ass Kicks You: While Po is fighting Tai Lung, he sits on Tai Lung at one point. It becomes one of his signature moves later on.
- Awesome by Analysis: In the cartoon series, it is revealed that he is quite talented through means of observing attacks. Yes, even dangerous techniques. One of them blinds him.
- He shows a bit of this in the films too. After all, he learned the Wuxi Finger Hold just by "figuring it out".
- In the second film, he learns the movements for the raindrop move after only seeing it once. He has to obtain inner peace before he can use it, but still.
- Badass: He's the legendary Dragon Warrior and has more than earned that title by this point.
- Badass Adorable: He also happens to be a big fluffy panda who squees over getting to live and work with his idols.
- Badass Boast: "I'm not a big fat panda. I'm THE big fat panda!" He also tries to deliver one to Shen, but he's too far away for the sound to reach him.
- Memetic Badass: In-universe, the Dragon Warrior is the ultimate kung-fu master and a paragon of badassery, as well as one in harmony with the energy of the universe. Po eventually grows into that hype.
- Battle Couple: With Tigress in the second movie, as part of their Ship Tease.
- Battle Cry: "GET READY TO FEEL THE THUNDER!!"
- Bear Hug: To Tigress at the end of the second film. It is funny because he is a bear.
- Beary Friendly: He acts friendly to just about everyone he meets. He's even pretty amiable with the bad guys.
- Beary Funny: Generally acts like a big goofball, even when he's doing something completely badass.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Once he finally gets to be a kung fu master as he always wanted, he finds it to be quite a lot harder than he expected.
- Belly Flop Crushing: Does this to the Wolf Boss.
- Beware the Nice Ones/ Beware the Silly Ones: He's normally a good-natured, goofy, and laid-back guy...but he can and will kick your ass if you deserve it.
- Big Eater: He can stuff forty bean buns into his mouth.
- Big Fun: He comes across as the typical lovable fat guy, but this is partially just to hide his own insecurities.
- Blood Knight: Being the kung fu fanatic that he is, the guy usually looks like he's having the time of his life during a fight. Except when It's Personal.
- Brilliant but Lazy: Po can learn special techniques by merely watching them once, but he tries to take shortcuts in his training, which actually delays his learning.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Becoming a kung fu master doesn't end his being the comic relief.
- Butt Monkey: He starts off as this.
- Calling Your Attacks: Has a tendency to do this. And if the attack doesn't have an actual name, he'll just make one up.
- Catch Phrase: "Skadoosh."
- Character Development: Each film centers around his personal growth in some way.
- Character Title: "Kung Fu Panda" refers to Po.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: It's revealed in "Oogway's Ghost" that Po relies the most on the frequent training sessions to keep his skills sharp out of the group. Going for even a few days without the proper level of taxation leaves him nigh useless in battle.
- Chef of Iron: Doubles as Team Chef.
- The Chosen One: Twice, even!
- The Chosen Zero: What almost everyone believes him to be until he proves himself.
- Classical Anti-Hero: At first. He gets better.
- Comfort Food: Po has a psychological dependence on eating when he's upset, but he manages to conquer it to some degree in the first film.
- Confusion Fu: Because he invented his own kung fu style instead of learning one of the others, he has an advantage against more seasoned fighters like Tai Lung who don't know what to expect from him. It helps that, half the time, he appears to be goofing off more than actually fighting.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's not particularly bright and kind of a klutz, but becomes a highly-skilled kung fu master regardless.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Po's family and his species in his infancy were massacred by Lord Shen, but Po has no conscious memory of this for years and soon comes to terms with it.
- Determinator: Even before he knows any kung fu, the Five are somewhat impressed by the fact that he will not give up, no matter how much a beating he is taking.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Destroys the Demon King Ke-pa.
- Disability Immunity: He is so chubby that Tai Lung's pressure-point attacks don't work on him.
- Disappeared Dad: His biological father. Who actually turns out to be alive.
- Ditzy Genius: Has figured out advanced Kung Fu techniques by himself without being shown while capable of inventing new ones on his own, has an encyclopedic knowledge of kung fu history and lore, is a competent and imaginative strategist, and is a Supreme Chef to boot. Discovers inner peace three days after being told what it is and able to do the seemingly impossible with it, and has an excellent grasp of kung fu philosophy. And the end credits for the second movie show that he didn't buy his near-identical action figues of the Furious Five- he carved them by himself when he was just a kid. For all that though, he's pretty childish, occasionally clumsy, easily excited and often lacks common sense.
- Doorstop Baby: His adoptive father found him in a radish box from the vegetable order delivered to him. He waited for someone to come by, but when no one came, he adopted Po.
- Dork Knight: He is simultaneously a kung fu master and a kung fu fanboy.
- Drives Like Crazy: On a cart in Gongmen City chasing down the Wolf Boss in Kung Fu Panda 2.
- Elephant in the Living Room: The question of why a panda has a goose for a father is completely ignored by all of the characters, including Po himself. However, this is addressed in the second film.
- Encyclopaedic Knowledge: Even before Shifu decided to seriously train him, Po still had a stunningly complete fanboy knowledge of kung fu lore and philosophy.
- Enlightenment Superpower:
- Gains the power of the Dragon Scroll (a blank reflective surface) upon realizing its true meaning ("There is no secret ingredient. It's just you.")
- Achieving Inner Peace grants the power to deflect cannon balls with your bare paws.
- Epic Fail: His first attempt at training with Shifu.
Shifu: There is now a level zero.
- Finger Poke of Doom: The Wuxi Finger Hold.
- Friend to All Children: As shown in Secrets of the Furious Five.
- Funny Bruce Lee Noises: Makes these constantly.
- Fun Personified: He brings a more fun and relaxed attitude to the strictness of the Jade Palace, which gradually affects everyone around him.
- Gentle Giant: He's by far the largest member of the main cast, but generally a pretty nice guy. Just don't get on his bad side.
- The Gift: Said word for word in an episode of Legends Of Awesomeness.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Usually doesn't wear a shirt.
- Happily Adopted: Even after learning the truth about his biological family, he still accepts Mr. Ping as his father.
- Hard Work Hardly Works: Averted. While Po has a great deal of natural talent and can learn very quickly under the right circumstances while creating powerful innovations, he still has to rely extensively on the Five in combat (although he is still an asset to them as well), and Tigress in particular is implied to be a much more formidable combatant.
- The Hero: He demonstrates aspects of Heroic Spirit in each movie: courage and determination in the first and then overcoming one's demons and leting go of anger in the second.
- The Hero's Journey: Each film shows us some Character Development for Po.
- Heroic BSOD: In the sequel, he suddenly goes into shock whenever he sees Lord Shen's symbol, and it heavily effects his ability to focus. Before he achieves inner peace, that is.
- Hero-Worshipper: To pretty much any famous master he meets, but mainly the Furious Five. He retains this trait long after he becomes a famous master himself.
- Hey, You!: He is frequently referred to as just "panda" by friend and foe alike.
- Hidden Depths: Leaving aside his martial arts skills, as much as Po so often seems an immature Ascended Fanboy, Shifu learns that he is an excellent teacher of kung fu's philosophical aspects.
- He's also a pretty talented wood carver, if his sculptures of the Five are any indication.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Spent most of his life wishing he could get out of his father's noodle shop and be a kung fu master. His wish came true when he was chosen as the Dragon Warrior.
- Improv Fu: A big part of his fighting style revolves around grabbing the nearest object and using it to his advantage.
- Incompletely Trained: Only receives about a day of actual training before facing Tai Lung in the first movie. He's gotten a lot more training by the sequel and it shows.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: When he finds out about the massacre of his parents and species, his reaction is to...let it go, much to Lord Shen's shock.
- Interspecies Adoption: A panda adopted by a goose.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Po is essentially his VA Jack Black as a panda.
- Kevlard: Specifically, his fat makes him immune to nerve strikes.
- Kid-Appeal Character: Aside from being the protagonist, this is the main reason he's at the forefront of the advertising.
- Large Ham: Being voiced by Jack Black, it's a given.
- Leitmotif: "Panda Po" - a humble melody usually played with strings. Introduced in the first movie, and used everywhere in the second.
- Last of His Kind: Po is the only (known) panda to have survived an attempted genocide orchestrated by Shen. It is eventually revealed that he's not.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's pretty nimble for a guy his size while also hitting about as hard as you'd expect.
- Like Father, Like Son: Po and Mr. Ping share several personality quirks, most notably that when embarrassed, they turn sideways and nervously peek towards those looking at them.
- The Load: In Kung Fu Panda 2 he is a literal example. He is a capable kung fu master and can direct the members of the Furious Five in battle fairly well. However his mobility is so poor that he is often literally thrown and carried around by his much quicker comrades.
- Made of Iron: Because of his fat, he can deflect blows quite easily. Even Tai Lung's nerve strike attack. As a result, when he begins to lose weight in KFP2 (as noted by his father), he no longer has this resistance (as the Wolf Boss is able to hurt him with a strike to the belly).
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Feminine Boy to Tigress's Masculine Girl.
- Meaningful Name: Word of God says his full name is "Po Ping" (寶平, bǎopíng), which means "precious peace". In the second one, his full full name is revealed to be Xiao Po Ping, which in this context, roughly translates to "little precious peace".
- Mentor's New Hope: Shifu's, though the mentor certainly didn't see it that way (at first).
- Messiah Creep: Because in the first movie he was a fool, and a chosen one, but in the second movie he becomes a Messiah after his Character Development when he finds inner peace to forgive Shen.
- Messianic Archetype: His name Po Ping means "precious peace" in Chinese.
- Mighty Glacier: With respect to the other Furious Five. He's not slow, they're just really fast.
- Missing Mom: His real mom is suggested to have died while leading Shen and the wolves away from him.
- Moment Killer: Po's a real master at it. He has the unfailing ability to ruin a moment.
- Moses in the Bullrushes: His mother hid him in a crate of radishes before leading the wolves away from him and presumably sacrificing herself. The radishes were eventually shipped to Mr. Ping's noodle shop.
- Nice Guy: He doesn't have a single mean bone in his body whenever he isn't fighting villains.
- Nice Hat: Parodied on several occasions.
- Po dreams about having a Nice Hat at the beginning of the first film. At the end of the film he walks out of the mist appearing to be wearing one, but it turns out just to be a wok that fell on his head.
- He gets one in the second movie, but promptly loses it in a failed attempt to use it as an attack.
- Oblivious Adoption: Quite obviously, there is no way a panda could be the biological son of a goose, but the issue is never addressed. When Mr. Ping reveals to Po that he isn't his father, Po says he already knew, probably because of how obvious it was.
Mr. Ping: You knew?? Wh- who told you??
Po: Nobody! I mean, come on, Dad.
- Older Than They Look/ Vague Age: Shen's comment about waiting "thirty years for this day" when he takes over Gongmen implies Po to be at least in his late twenties, giving a couple years for Shen experimenting before he was exiled.
- Orphan's Ordeal: His character arc in the second film.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Obviously.
- Parody Sue: Po's dream as the awesome Legendary Warrior.
- The Protagonist: In case the name of the franchise didn't tip you off.
- Refusal of the Call: He's pretty excited about being the Dragon Warrior up until he finds out that he has to fight Tai Lung. Then he takes off.
- Remember When You Blew Up a Sun?: He likes to do this to other people. His first reaction upon meeting any famous master is often to start reciting their greatest accomplishments to their face.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: As a baby.
- Rookie Sixth Ranger: The newest addition to the Furious Five, and initially the least experienced.
- Running Gag: His complete inability to climb long flights of stairs.
- Sad Clown: In the first film, Po has serious self-esteem issues, considering himself a fat failure. However, Master Shifu is able to lift his spirits considerably and he has since felt better about his new life.
- Ship Tease: With Tigress, especially during the second film.
- Stepford Smiler: In the first film. His cheerful attitude hides some massive self-esteem issues, and despite his constant fanboying to the Furious Five, he's painfully aware that they and Shifu view him as a joke. He gets over it after they finally accept him.
- Stone Wall: Po is not nearly at the level of fighting skill as Shifu or any of the Furious Five, but he is nearly impossible to physically injure. Every fight he goes in is mostly him absorbing damage (and after learning to fight, attacking opportunistically). This ultimately saves him in the second movie, where his sheer defense allows him to survive getting hit by Shen's giant cannon.
- Stout Strength: His stoutness is actually an advantage for him.
- Supreme Chef: When it comes to noodles. It runs in the family.
- Sympathy for the Devil: He takes pity on both Tai Lung and Shen and tries to help them get over their issues, though it is in vain.
- Through His Stomach: Po began to befriend the Furious Five (except Tigress) after the great meal he whipped up for them.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The Dragon to Tai Lung and Tigress' Tiger.
- Took a Level in Badass: The first film's plot revolves around this. In the sequel, although his fighting skills are still far from flawless, he kicks much more butt.
- Underestimating Badassery: For obvious reasons, he gets this a lot.
- Use Your Head: He favors this move to shut enemies up fast, as seen in the holiday special and the second film.
- With Catlike Tread: His attempt at "stealth mode" in the second film is...less than stellar. Then again, what would you expect from a 300-pound Giant Panda voiced by Jack Black?
“Well done, students—if you were trying to disappoint me."
An old Red Panda, he is the kung fu teacher and master of Po and the Furious Five, and deuteragonist
of the first film. He originally refuses to accept Po as the Dragon Warrior until the young panda proves himself. He is the protege of Master Oogway, and has succeeded him as spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace in the wake of his death.
- Anti-Hero: At first, given his borderline abusive treatment of Po and frankly assholeish attitude.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: In the Legend of Awesomeness episode "Five Is Enough", Shifu is shown to be this by analyzing not only the opposing team's fighting style and flaws in the contest, but also the villain of the episode's to the point of replicating his signature move.
- Badass Grandpa: He looks older than Oogway, but is only slightly less badass.
- Badass Mustache: Of the Fu Manchu variety.
- Big Damn Heroes: In the second film, he convinces a pessimistic Master Ox and Master Croc to fight against Lord Shen in the climax, though the convincing happens off screen.
- Big Eater: He is seen eating a large amount of dumplings in a few mere seconds during Po's training montage.
- Big Good: After Oogway dies. He even gets a new outfit to show it.
- Character Development: Since he trained Po to be the Dragon Warrior, and the giant panda helped undo his mistakes with Tai Lung, he's been feeling much better in the second film. Just take a look at this visual proof.
- Comedic Sociopath: A teacher chucking his student down a flight of stairs the size of a small mountain wouldn't have much in the way of employment prospects in real life. Justified in that he's a traditional Chinese Wushu Sifu. Historically, in Imperial China, outright abusive treatment of students by people in his position was not only tolerated, but expected.
- Cynical Mentor: After Tai Lung's turn to evil, and to Po before he proves himself capable of intense physical action.
- Dating Catwoman: The show reveals that he has fallen for a crafty thief who uses her kung fu skills for the wrong purpose. Despite this, he finds himself immensely attracted to her and she with him.
- Defrosting Ice King: Like Tigress, he mellows out quite a bit in the second film, to the point that he now resembles his deceased master.
- Demoted to Extra: In the sequel he gets a couple of brief scenes at the start, then sends Po on his way while he remains in the Valley of Peace until the very end when he does the Big Damn Heroes bit. Justified in that his character arc was mostly done with by the end of the first movie and someone had to watch the Jade Palace.
- Deuteragonist: Shifu is the other character in the first movie to undergo major changes.
- Disney Death: Averted. "I'm not dying, you idiot!"
- Establishing Character Moment: Shifu's first scene is effortlessly evading the Furious Five's attacks during a training session and then harshly berates all of them with the above quote.
- Flash Step: He was quick in the first movie. In the sequel, he's able to essentially teleport.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: He wears full kung fu master garb, now with the addition of a green robe.
- Glass Cannon: He is a very fast and powerful fighter, but suffers a lack of reach and stamina against tougher and larger opponents like Tai Lung. First evidenced in his match with Po at the end of his training, when the main advantage Po has on him is that Shifu is comparatively tiny.
- Heel Realization: When Po goes off on him just after Oogway's death, the look on Shifu's face makes it obvious that this was the first time he had seen Po as an actual person with feelings.
- Handicapped Badass: He walks with a limp since he was struck in the leg/hip by Tai Lung, but that does nothing to stop him from being a good fighter.
- I Gave My Word: Shifu promises Oogway he will train Po minutes before the former unexpectedly passes away.
- I Have No Son: Towards Tai Lung, briefly. Shortly after he tells him he was always proud of him though, and apologises for being a poor parent.
- Jerkass: Until his Character Development in the latter half of the first film, he only shows concern about the kung fu techniques of his pupils and is downright mean to everyone who does not meet his impossibly high standards (while his contempt is completely focused on Po for much of the story, the Furious Five get their share before Po enters the stage). No wonder that both Tai Lung and Tigress have... serious self-esteem issues under their outward demeanor.
Shifu: Ohoho, you know this hold?
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He acted like a hardass at first but manages to change his personality later on.
- Ki Attacks: Blows open a rock with chi during his fight with Tai Lung and apparently knows the Wuxi Finger Hold.
- Meaningful Name: "Shifu" (師父) means "master". Word of God has said his name was chosen for it translating to "Father Teacher", which Shifu was originally developed to be: Po's adoptive father as well as teacher (which was also the reasoning behind casting him as a red panda), "so the sentiment is still there even though the story point is not".
- Miniature Senior Citizen: Justified, since Red Pandas as a species are small animals.
- My Greatest Failure: How he regards his training of Tai Lung.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- One could see it as Shifu allowing Tai Lung to be released, since if not for his paranoia, he wouldn't have sent Zeng to double check his holdings and allowed Tai Lung the feather he needed to escape. However, he only did that because Oogway said Tai Lung would escape, therefore it could be considered Oogway's fault. Also counts as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
- Doubly so for Shifu: If he had taken efforts to ensure Tai Lung was taught humility, Tai Lung wouldn't have gone down the dark path when he was denied the Dragon Scroll by Oogway.
- Nightmare Fuel: Invoked. Obviously, Tai Lung's betrayal gave him immense guilt and pain. But the very worst memory of all...
Shifu (right to Po's face): The day you were chosen... was the worst day of my life. By far. Nothing else comes close. Brrrr.
- Not So Above It All: In Legends of Awesomeness, he initially shows disdain for the idea of Kung Fu Fight Clubbingnote , but when he sees it for himself first hand, he has a blast.
- Not So Different: In an episode of Legends of Awesomeness titled My Favorite Yao, he's compared to Po. He's a giant fanboy of this kung fu master named Yao, and has action figures of Yao (in his meditation box) and himself even going as far as to accidentally letting Yao unleashed and going into Sensory Overload!
- Also heavily implied by the simple choice of his species — a different kind of Kung Fu Panda.note
- The Obi-Wan: Much more apparent by the sequel, where he replaces Oogway as the Valley of Peace's resident Obi-Wan. He is also the Obi-Wan to Po's Luke. By the sequel he has achieved the inner peace necessary to be this. It wasn't so much unapparent in the first film as averted, as he was too bitter and cold to be this, save towards the end.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Courtesy of achieving inner peace.
- Old Master: Fills the typical role.
- Parental Abandonment: His con-artist father left him at the Jade Palace when he was a kid.
- Parental Substitute: To Tai Lung and later Tigress.
- Parents as People: Was far too busy training his adopted children in kung fu to actually, you know, parent them.
- Perpetual Frowner: At least for the first half of the first movie. Both the Furious Five and Po even straight-out lampshade this when they talk about a time that Shifu "actually used to smile" and when Po is imitating him. However, he starts to get better when Po (unintentionally) starts showing promise of really being the Dragon Warrior.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: He's, what, a tenth Po's size? Smaller? Yet he can fling Po around like it's nothing. This shines in the sequel when the first sign of Shifu's presence in the final battle is no less than a dozen armed wolves being sent flying in the distance.
- Pride: He was blinded by this while training Tai Lung, preventing him from seeing the monster Tai Lung was becoming. Interviews with Dustin Hoffman indicated that Shifu's characterization was meant to suggest that he himself once aspired to become the Dragon Warrior, but when this failed to come to pass, he resolved to be the master who trained the Dragon Warrior instead.
- Sadist Teacher: In the first film, towards Po. His main motive may have been to get RID of Po, but there is a slight chance that he was enjoying it.
- Seldom Seen Species: He's a Red Panda. Which also makes him a "Kung Fu Panda" as well...
- Staff of Authority: He inherits Master Oogway's and it becomes his Weapon of Choice.
- Super Senses: While trying to meditate, he complains about the sound of Zeng flying toward him before the audience knows he's arrived (though that may be a gag on his proportionally large ears).
- Twitchy Eye: Tends to happen when he gets annoyed at Po (which is often).
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: When Shifu at the Pool of Sacred Tears asks Po if he wants to learn kung fu, his response to the panda's impassioned "Yes!" says that he knows Po can be trained after all.
The Furious Five
The most famous and skilled kung fu masters in all of China, students of the Jade Palace and Po's personal idols.
- A Dog Named Dog: They are each named after both their species and the kung fu style they've mastered.
- Badass Crew: Even moreso once Po joins them.
- Combination Attacks: They frequently play off each others' fighting styles to employ these.
- Five-Man Band:
- Training from Hell: They've all gone through this, courtesy of Shifu.
- True Companions: Despite their differences, it's clear they treat each other like a family and fight as a solid unit. It takes them a while to warm up to Po, but he eventually gets in on it as well.
- The Worf Effect: The first film builds them up as powerful and badass mainly to show how much more powerful and badass Tai Lung is when he takes them down. They get more of a chance to shine in the sequel.
"Don't try and stop me!"
The strongest and boldest of the Furious Five, and tertiary protagonist of the first film (deuteragonist of the sequel). She initially resents Po for being chosen as the Dragon Warrior over her, believing herself to be more worthy, but has since mellowed out considerably
and is now one of his most loyal friends.
- Action Girl: She isn't one of China's most famous kung fu masters for nothing.
- Arrogant Kung Fu Girl: Certainly not as bad as Tai Lung, but being passed over as Dragon Warrior certainly stung her pride, as well as possible deeper desires.
- Audible Sharpness: Her claws.
- Badass: Particularly in the second film. Amongst other things, it's strongly implied she could still beat the crap out of Po, even after he's defeated Tai Lung. Then there's her plan to run to the top of a toppling tower. From the outside.
- Battle Couple: As part of the Ship Tease in the second film, Po and Tigress often work closest together in combat with specific tactics they evidently developed together.
- Big Shadow, Little Creature: As a youngster in Secrets of the Furious Five.
- Break the Haughty: Her humiliating defeat at the hands of Tai Lung in the first film really brought her down to earth.
- Cain and Abel: The Abel to Tai Lung's Cain.
- Cats Are Mean: Played straight in the first film in that she's the rudest of the Furious Five towards Po until the end; it's downplayed massively after that.
- Cats Are Snarkers: Easily the snarkiest character in the series (though Mantis comes pretty close).
- Celibate Heroine: Tigress claims to avoid romantic relationships because they affect a warrior's chi.
- The Comically Serious: Wise and strong. Doesn't know what the word "Relaxation" means.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Tigress does not trust anyone, not even the mailman who has come to the Jade Palace for thirty years or, as Tigress said, "planning something for thirty years".
- Cool Big Sis: Becomes this to Po in the second movie.
- Cooldown Hug: Delivers one to Po in the second film to end their fight over why Po couldn't open up about his problems, and to show him just how much she cares for him. She is later paid back with a Bear Hug.
- Crazy-Prepared: Tigress has protocol for dealing with a rooster wielding a battle-axe and a banana. You have to approach from the side holding the battle-axe, because the banana's a decoy.
- Cute Bruiser: As a child because she couldn't control her Super Strength.
- Daddy Issues: If only if Shifu was more nice to her when she was young...
- Deadpan Snarker: Often at Po's fanboyism. Averted when he talks about his adoption issue which is genuine instead of deadpan.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: From a bitter Resenter to Po, to close friend with more than a hint of a romantic attraction to him.
- Deuteragonist: In the sequel.
- Did You Think I Can't Feel?: Po assumes that she can't feel emotional pain in addition to being Made of Iron. She seems taken aback, but is interrupted before she can correct him. Later, he thinks Tigress is too "hardcore" to understand why he wants to ask Lord Shen about his past. She retorts by lunging at him...and giving him a hug coupled with this little comment:
Tigress: The hardcore do understand. But I can't watch my friend be killed.
- Does Not Know Her Own Strength: In her backstory in Secrets of the Furious Five, she was feared by everyone at the orphanage she was raised in because she couldn't control her strength properly.
- Doorstop Baby: In "Kung Fu Day Care", it's revealed that Tigress was left at the doorstep of the Bao Gu Orphanage as a baby.
- Dull Surprise: Deliberately invoked and lampshaded.
Tigress: (flat expression) "I am smiling. This is my happy face."
- Feel No Pain: She spent twenty years punching the ironwood trees at the Jade Palace to the point where "now, I feel nothing". As Po points out, that is incredibly cool.
- Femininity Failure: Doing anything stereotypically feminine is outside her skillset. She tries to sing and do the Ceremonial Princess Dance in "The Princess and the Po" and can neither dance nor sing.
- Freudian Excuse: She acts so cold and aloof because she knows about the trouble Shifu went through with Tai Lung, which means that he hasn't let himself show any emotional attachment towards her and constantly tells her—as well as the rest of the Five—that she can do better, rather than ever say he is proud of what she has already done. She desperately wants his approval, so is understandably annoyed when Po is selected as the Dragon Warrior with zero training after spending decades of hard work trying to become Shifu's star pupil. She warms up to him when he goes through Shifu's Training from Hell and still doesn't quit, because he's always modest around all of them, and after he earns the respect of her teammates, though she's the last to show it.
- Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: The only member of the Five to wear a full outfit.
- Happily Adopted: Downplayed; she was very happy that Shifu (who trained her to control her brute strength as a child) adopted her, but until her adulthood Shifu was very cold to her.
- He Is Not My Boyfriend:
First Bunny Girl: So do you love Po?
Second Bunny Girl: Is Po your boyfriend?
Tigress: What? No!
- Huge Schoolgirl: She was raised in an orphanage full of pigs, bunnies, and geese, and she was naturally much bigger and stronger than any of the other children. The fact that she did not know her own strength only made things worse.
- Ineffectual Loner: She gets along well with her teammates, but isn't particularly friendly to any of them. Except Po. Eventually.
- Interspecies Adoption: She was adopted by Shifu, a red panda.
- Jerkass: Towards Po, initially.
- Lady Looks Like a Dude: In Legends of Awesomeness, Mei Li refers to her as the scary man with stripes. It becomes a Running Gag.
- The Lancer: To Po.
- The Leader: Of the Furious Five.
- Loves My Alter Ego: In Legends of Awesomeness, she falls in love with the Midnight Stranger who is actually Po in disguise. When Tigress finds out who he really is, she leaves to throw up.
- Made of Iron: Po punches her in the arm and only succeeds in hurting his hand. She doesn't even seem to notice. She also counted half the planks in the Thread of Hope with her back (and too solid hits from Tai Lung in general) and didn't die. Also, she took a direct hit from Lord Shen's cannon and survived. For perspective, Another kung fu master known for being unstoppable died from the same cannon.
- Mama Bear: To Zan in Legends of Awesomeness.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Masculine Girl to Po's Feminine Boy.
- Maternally Challenged: Taking care of Zan in Legends of Awesomeness. Lampshaded when Shifu says she doesn't have much experience with children.
- Orphanage of Love: Bao Gu, where she was raised. Though it was only an Orphanage of Love after she learned to control her strength. Up until then, it was an Orphanage of Fear...and she was what everybody was afraid of.
- Panthera Awesome: She's a tiger, and a highly awesome one.
- Parental Abandonment: She is confirmed to be an orphan, though how and why she became one is unknown.
- Perpetual Frowner: Especially in the first movie. By the second, she's lightened up a little, having gotten closer to Po and actually enjoying his company (some of his childish antics aside), but she's still easily the most serious of the Five even then.
- Pragmatic Hero: She's an honorable kung fu warrior, but isn't above using dirtier tactics against her opponents, like trying to drop a rope bridge out from under Tai Lung.
- Precocious Crush: According to Po in "Jailhouse Panda", Tigress had a crush on Shifu growing up.
- Raised by Dudes: Shifu was the only one who raised her.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: She gives a harsh one to Po in the Legends Of Awesomeness episode Chain Reaction, saying that Po thought of everything as a game and thinks Oogway made the wrong choice in choosing the Dragon Warrior. But after Po gave a small emotional one to her in return, she regrets what she said.
- Averted at the end of the episode, where she thanks Po for rescuing her by saying that Oogway made the right choice after all.
- Replacement Goldfish: She feels overshadowed by Tai Lung, and incapable of taking the place he supposedly had in Shifu's heart. As Secrets of the Furious Five reveals, she was adopted by Shifu as well, making her Tai Lung's replacement in all aspects. She's wrong at least in the sense that Shifu did a very poor job of expressing his love and approval in time to Tai Lung as well.
- The Resenter: To Po, initially. She more than gets over it when he impresses her by defeating Tai Lung by himself.
- Running on All Fours: When she's in a hurry.
- Ship Tease:
- With Po in the second film. And in several episodes of Legends of Awesomeness, which takes place between the two films.
- Her semi-catatonia to being hugged by Po at the end of the film.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Usually keeps her arms bare, except for special occasions.
- The Stoic: She's very calm and collected, always keeping her guard up.
- Not So Stoic: She does have the (extremely) rare moment of actual emotion, most notably near the end of the second movie where she actually hugs Po.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: The Five even lampshade the switch.
- Taking the Bullet: For Po against a cannonball in the second film. She survives, though.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The Tiger to Po's Dragon.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Viper's Girly Girl.
- Well Done Daughter Gal: It's an open secret that she really wants Shifu to be proud of her. Unfortunately, she's got some major obstacles to overcome, see Replacement Goldfish and Freudian Excuse above.
- When She Smiles: She always tries to be the serious martial arts warrior, but when she smiles, it's like she's letting you see the true inner beauty she has. While some of her smiles might seem somewhat strained, if you're Po or a little bunny on Winter Festival Eve, you get the honest, heartwarming smile.
"For once, I'm not the 800 pound gorilla in the room."
Voiced by: Jackie Chan
James Sie (TV Series)
Jaycee Chan (Young)
The prankster of the Furious Five. He's very approachable, fairly street smart, and has a good sense of humor.
- Banana Peel: In his younger days, he liked leaving these on the ground for people to slip on. He even tried using them against Oogway, but it didn't work.
- Confusion Fu: His specialty.
- Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Parodied briefly in the first battle of the second film, in which he uses a pair of cymbals to bash a wolf bandit's head.
- Defeat by Modesty: Again in his younger days. He could (literally) beat the pants off of anyone...except for Oogway, who didn't wear pants.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Oogway, after defeating the trickster Monkey in the past, convinces him to use his skills for good.
- Delinquent: Before Oogway convinced him to change his ways.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Well, the creators sure thought so.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Usually doesn't wear a shirt.
- The Lancer: Often comes across as the second-in-command to Tigress while being her opposite in several ways.
- Little Brother Instinct: In the show, he is devoted to his older and mischievous brother. Even with his criminal history, he protects him from anything, including his own friends.
- Prehensile Tail: Being a monkey, he naturally has one of these.
- The Quiet One: In the first film, he has the fewest lines of any of the five.
- Seldom Seen Species: A Gee's golden langur is only found in India and Bhutan. It is also endangered.
- Simple Staff: He sometimes fights with a bō, making him the only member of the Furious Five to fight with a weapon.
- The Trickster: He originally played pranks on people because of an embarrassing event that happened to him when he was a child, making him a laughing stock. Also, the "Owl Be Back" episode of the TV series: "Can I borrow that fake doodie?"
"You can chain my body, but you will never chain my warrior spirit!"
The most patient of the Furious Five, he acts as the group's moderator and tries to avoid conflict when necessary. He can also fly, so that's useful
"Fear the bug!"
Seth Rogen (Films)
Max Koch (TV Series)
The smallest of the Furious Five, but still just as strong as any other kung fu master. He is also a skilled acupuncturist.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the Legends Of Awesomeness episode "Huge".
- The Big Guy: Ironic, eh?
- Chirping Crickets: Manages this even though he's, well, a mantis. Bilingual Bonus?
- Deadpan Snarker: More snarky than deadpan, but still qualifies.
- Disappeared Dad: "I don't have any problems with my dad. Probably cuz Mom ate his head before I was born..."
- Fragile Speedster: He was known to be very fast, but his fragility came from his impatience.
- He-Man Woman Hater:
- Somewhat logically. All There in the Manual. The sequel seems to suggest he's actually looking forward to the day he can settle down with a female mantis and eventually get his head bitten off. Then again it may have been Gallows Humor, since he and the Five were captured by Shen and they all thought China was done for.
- One of KFP2's deleted scenes included a scene where he goes up to a bar to try to find Master Ox and Master Croc... but he utterly freaks out when he finds out that it's a female mantis who's the bartender. Doing everything in his power not to attract her attention, he quickly flees.
- Strangely averted in an episode of Legends Of Awesomeness, where he tried to woo a female mantis, and fights against another mantis for her hand. Thankfully, it didn't work out.
- Leeroy Jenkins: In the past, when he'd rush into battle without paying heed to any precautions.
- The Medic: This is where the acupuncture comes in.
- Napoleon Complex: Not to the point of it being a Berserk Button, but he does get a bit irked whenever his size is mentioned. It's also said in the artbook that Mantis does all of his lofty kung fu feats (i.e. breaking buildings instead of bricks) in compensation for his size. He also beats the crap out of a couple of bad guys when they indirectly call him cute in the sequel.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Strong enough to hold a broken rope bridge with Tai Lung and three of his team mates on it.
- Pressure Point: His specialty.
"I don't need to bite to fight!"
One of the sweeter members of the Furious Five. She makes up for her lack of fangs and venom with her elegant dexterity and precision.
- Action Girl: Not quite to the extent of Tigress, but she's still one of the Five.
- Apologetic Attacker: After her first, um, "spar" with Po.
- Chekhov's Skill: Her story in Secrets of the Furious Five centers around turning her ribbon dancing into a fighting style.
- The Chick: The girliest member of the Five, especially compared to Tigress.
- Daddy's Girl: Secrets of the Furious Five shows that she cared deeply about her father and was eager to please him.
- Dance Battler: She sometimes uses a dance ribbon in battle. In Secrets of the Furious Five she was also noted as the best ribbon dancer in her village.
Viper: (to the gorilla bandit she'd just tied up with her dance ribbon) My deceptive dancing defies your poison proof armor!
- Flat Character: She's easily the least developed of the main cast, rarely appearing on her own and having the fewest interactions with Po.
- Flower in Her Hair: Well, head, but the two lotus flowers are pretty. She's also had them since she was a baby.
- Handicapped Badass: She was born without fangs.
- Lady of War: She's even voiced by the current trope poster woman!
- Little Miss Badass: As a little girl, she took out an armored gorilla with her Waif-Fu in her first fight.
- Nice Girl: She's the only one of the Five that's nice to Po from the beginning, even before she really accepts him.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Other people getting hurt is not funny.
Viper (watching Po fall down a thousand feet of stairs): He's not gonna quit, is he?
Mantis: He's not gonna quit bouncing, I can tell ya that!
- Parents in Distress: In Secrets of the Furious Five, when she challenged the gorilla bandit attacking her father.
Viper: No one beats up my daddy!
- Spirited Young Lady: Kind to everyone, lovely, feminine, but also a skilled kung fu artist.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Tigress's Tomboy.
- Waif-Fu: Regularly takes down opponents way bigger then her, including the aforementioned gorilla.
- Well Done Daughter Gal: She was very loved by her father, a kung fu master who relied on his venomous fangs, but he feared that she wouldn't be able to carry out his legacy because she was born without fangs. She eventually proved herself to him when she used her ribbon dancing skills to beat up a bandit who shattered her father's fangs with armor.
"You are too concerned with what was and what will be. There's a saying: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present."
Randall Duk Kim
An ancient tortoise from the Galapagos Islands and creator of kung fu. He is Shifu's mentor, and was the one who chose Po to become the Dragon Warrior. He has ascended to the heavens
, leaving Shifu in his place as leader of the Jade Palace.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He's a bit eccentric, but he is regarded as being one of the wisest and most powerful (if not the most powerful) characters in the series.
- Curbstomp Battle: He delivers a single, swift beatdown on a rogue Tai Lung in a flashback... and he was already past his prime by then.
- Deus Exit Machina: He Ascended to a Higher Plane of Existence right after the news of Tai Lung's escape arrived, making sure that he can't repeat the Curb-Stomp Battle again.
- Disney Death: Has one in the Secrets of the Masters short. Of course, since we've already seen his actual death, this wasn't fooling anyone.
- Expy: He's a green, somewhat eccentric, but wise Old Master of an Ancient Tradition. He is also surprisingly agile for his age, but despite this, he uses a walking cane, and his body disappears when he "ascends". That sounds very much like Yoda.
- Levitating Lotus Position: He has an interesting version of advanced meditation: he uses the crook at the top of his walking stick as a place to rest his head, while he balances the rest of his body on top of it.
- Meaningful Name: His name is based on the Chinese word for "turtle" (烏龜, wūguī).
- Martial Pacifist: Known for his peaceful and pacifistic nature. He developed kung fu primarily as a method of self-defense.
- The Obi-Wan: He is the Qui-Gon Jinn to Shifu's Obi-Wan Kenobi.
- Old Master: In this case, he's the Old Master of another Old Master.
- Parental Substitute: Implied in "Father Crime" that he was this to Shifu.
- Pressure Point: A master of this, using it to defeat Tai Lung in a matter of moments with five strikes.
- Posthumous Character: In Legends of Awesomeness. Which wouldn't be so bad if most of his enemies hadn't outlived him.
- Precursor Hero: To Po, having been the Valley of Peace's guardian before him and the one who defeated Scorpion and Ke-pa among others.
- Trickster Mentor: To Masters Ox, Rhino and Croc in "Secrets of the Masters"
- Turtle Power: More like "Tortoise Power".
- World's Strongest Man: Most of the villains that Po struggles to defeat were at some point in the past curbstomped by Master Oogway. The only enemy that's ever actually been shown to match him or come close to defeating him is the Demon King Ke-pa, someone who killed Po for a short time.
"We are noodle folk. Broth runs deep in our veins!"
Po's adoptive goose father. He runs a noodle shop, and would rather like to see Po become a noodles seller, but just the same, he is very supportive of Po's dream to become a kung fu master.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the second movie, he packs Po a lunch and his Furious Five action figures... in front of the Furious Five.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: After decades of raising his son, he is capable of flinging Po around with ease when motivated enough.
- Feather Fingers: And he uses them a lot. He's a chef after all.
- Good Parents: Despite their obvious differences, he truly loves Po as his own son.
- Hidden Depths: Quirky goose, awesome cook, surprisingly skilled at Chinese chess. In both films, he is also wise in the general themes that the films play upon before anyone else grasps them, such as the importance of being yourself in the first and the ability to let go of the past in the second.
- Honest John's Dealership: A mild case in that he is a loving father and has a nice sense of community, but he's also a canny restauranteur who sees nothing wrong in taking advantage of opportunities to honestly enhance his business' profits, such as charging extra for lonely people to eat at his place's Winter Festival night dinner or displaying his son's old possessions as tourist attractions.
- I Am Not Your Father: Confesses this in the second movie. Ironically, Po already knew (well, he says he knew), he just wanted his dad to admit it.
- Like Father, Like Son: Both he and Po share personality quirks, most notably that when embarrassed, they turn sideways and peek nervously at those looking at them.
- Nice Hat: Shaped like a bowl of noodles.
- Non-Action Guy: He's the (adoptive) father of a kung fu master, but that's as close to the action as he gets.
- Offing the Offspring: Played for laughs, but he briefly attempts to best Po in combat so he can claim the 'Dragon Warrior' title in "Challenge Day".
- Parental Substitute: To Po.
- Running Gag: His obsession with noodles, to the point where it could qualify as a Cargo Ship.
- Papa Wolf: Shows up more often in the TV Series, but he's fiercely protective of Po when it counts.
- So Proud of You: He's fully supportive of Po being the Dragon Warrior, even renaming his noodle shop after him in the second film.
- Supreme Chef: Where do you think Po got it from?
- What the Hell, Hero?: He calls out the Furious Five in "Sight For Sore Eyes" for not helping Po save Shifu. When Crane makes a slight remark against Po, Ping grabs his beak and pulls him down!
- Wisdom from the Gutter: He's just a noodles chef, but his personal philosophies include at least two pieces of ultimate kung fu wisdom, the secret of the Dragon Scroll and the path to inner peace.
"We're dead. So very, very dead."
Dan Folger (Films)
Mick Wingert (TV Series)
Shifu's timid messenger goose. Bears witness to Tai Lung's escape when he attempts to warn the patrols to step up their security.
- Shoot the Messenger: Played with. Vachir doesn't kill him for bringing Shifu's message that states his restraints and guards may not be adequate (he's technically a good guy, and Zeng did warn him he was "just the messenger" and it was Shifu questioning his authority, not him), but he does everything else he can get away with—a Neck Lift, Minion Maracas, threats, sadistically enjoying Zeng's fear when he forces him to view Tai Lung and the safeguards holding him, and refusing to let him leave during the prison break (thus putting his life in danger) because he didn't want anyone to know of his failure to hold Tai Lung.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Though the blame can be spread to others, namely Oogway for his vision, Shifu for sending him and Vachir for knocking the feather loose it was still his feather that caused the problem.
"Fly back there and tell them... the real Dragon Warrior is coming home."
Ian McShane André Sogliuzzo (TV Series during Po's illusion) Michelle Ruff
(as a baby)
The Big Bad
of the first film. One of Master Shifu's earlier students and adopted son, Tai Lung is an arrogant Snow Leopard who turned evil and went on a rampage. For that he was imprisoned for twenty years. It is the prophecy of his escape that sets the events of the series into motion, and his defeat at the hands of Po that affirms Po as the Dragon Warrior.
- The Alcatraz: Chorh-Gom, the prison Tai Lung is kept at, which was built specifically to hold him. And look at it! They spent a fortune.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Entirely convinced that he is the destined Dragon Warrior.
- Badass: Escaping from the prison built specifically to contain him, using only a feather? Check. Destroying a thousand-strong army in the process, as if it was nothing? Check. Taking on the five most famous kung-fu masters at once? Check. Defeating their even more powerful mentor without taking a single hit in return? Check. There is little doubt that, had he only managed to overcome his inner flaws, he would have been either the most powerful kung fu master ever, or second only to Oogway.
- Big Bad: Of the first film.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Tigress' Abel, with Tigress being the foster sister.
- Cats Are Mean: Aside from being the Big Bad, he's also kind of a jerk in general. Look no further then his conversation with Tigress.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Gives Shifu one, saying "I rotted in jail for 20 years because of your weakness!" Shifu apologizes for his mistakes he made raising Tai Lung. Tai Lung declares that he doesn't give a damn and proceeds to strangle his former master, claws raised.
- Chewing the Scenery:
Tai Lung: Our battle will be legendary!
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: How his escape from his incarceration goes down. Justified by the fact that all those security measures were in place for a damn good reason.
- Doorstop Baby: His backstory. And unlike Po, this has yet to be explained and probably never will be.
- Dramatic Irony: Shifu talked about how Tai Lung would become strong enough one day to receive the Dragon Scroll, and Tai Lung trained hard to succeed and make him proud. This type of upbringing made him arrogant, prideful and power-hungry, precisely the character flaws that made him unsuitable to receive the scroll. And then when he finally reads it and Po explains that there is no secret to ultimate power, you just need to believe in yourself, the deep inferiority complex Tai Lung has developed means he can't or won't accept that because he needs the scroll's "power" to get the validation of his skill that he craves.
- The Dreaded: Everyone fears him. His master, the villagers, the main character...even Vachir loses his cocky bravado once it becomes clear that he's screwed.
- Et Tu, Shifu?: Tai Lung feels this way when Shifu doesn't speak up after Oogway refuses to give him the dragon scroll.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: His arrogance prevents him from understanding that the secret to limitless power lies not within the Dragon Scroll, but within himself. Word of God says this is the only thing that prevents him from making a Heel-Face Turn.
- Evil Counterpart: Functions as this to both Po and Tigress.
- Evil Former Friend: To Shifu, his master.
- Evil Plan: Escape from prison and steal the Dragon Scroll to become the Dragon Warrior. All to prove to his mentor/adopted father that Oogway was wrong and should have supported him.
- Face-Heel Turn: In flashback.
- Fallen Hero: Used to be a great hero in the Valley. Then Oogway decided that he wasn't enough of a hero to deserve the Dragon Scroll and it all went downhill from there.
- Freudian Excuse: He turned evil not only because he was denied the Dragon Scroll, but also because Shifu did nothing about it despite the tremendous amount of support he gave before.
- The Gift: Though it's to his detriment. He has a severe ego problem that prevents him from being truly receptive of the Dragon Scroll's wisdom. This is why Oogway refused to make him the Dragon Warrior. His response to this was less than cordial.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal/ Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt, much to the delight of his fangirls.
- Humiliation Conga: Much of the final battle with Po.
- Impact Silhouette: In his fight with Po when he crashes to Earth, he leaves a hole not just with an impression of his body, but his tail as well.
- Incendiary Exponent: He is so Badass he can set his paws on fire and not even get burned!
- Incompletely Trained: In a different and worse way than Po.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: Raised to believe he would be made the Dragon Warrior (his given name's meaning in Mandarin makes it clear Shifu believed this as soon as he discovered what a Child Prodigy he was, and the director's commentary stated Shifu believed he would be the Dragon Warrior, he became arrogant, prideful, and convinced of his own heroism and perfection...but since "all I ever did, I did to make you proud!" it seems obvious that Tai Lung believed he needed the validation of the scroll to make himself have any worth, let alone to earn Shifu's love and pride. (The Reality Subtext of how orphans were treated in ancient China, and how important it was to know one's ancestry, should be kept in mind here.) This is made clearest of all when Po explains the meaning of the Dragon Scroll to him —- not only is he unable to accept that the only real power comes from within (because he thinks he has no worth and thus needs outward validation), but when he first stares into the scroll to see only his reflection, he declares, "It's nothing!"
- Interspecies Adoption: He was adopted by Shifu, a red panda.
- The Juggernaut: 1000 rhino warriors don't get a hit on him, the Furious Five can't stop him & even Master Shifu is defeated by him. Po & Master Oogway seem to be the only characters who stand any sort of chance against him.
- Ki Attacks: His signature nerve strike.
- Large Ham: "Our battle WILL BE LEGENDARY!!'"
- Lightning Bruiser: He's big and muscular while also incredibly agile.
- Meaningful Name: His name (太龍, tàilóng) means "great dragon", which is everything but what he is (i.e., the Dragon Warrior). For a second meaning it addresses the expectations placed on him by Shifu.
- Older Than He Looks: He's at least 10-15 years older than Po, but you couldn't tell just by looking.
- One-Man Army: He single-handedly defeats the 1000 strong army of rhino guards of Chorh-Gom prison with little effort.
- Panthera Awesome: Of the snow leopard variety.
- The Paralyzer: His nerve strike which he learned from the restraining shell that held him imprisoned.
- Pressure Point: "Shifu taught you well...but he didn't teach you everything." However, when he tries to use it against Po, it doesn't work - while he is hitting in the right spots, Po... still isn't the best of shape, to put it politely, and that layer of cellulite protects him from Tai Lung's attack.
- Rage Against the Mentor: Shifu raised him with ideas of greatness but let him down when he was denied that greatness. He took out his rage on the village and later Shifu himself. Then his rage simmered for twenty years. "EVERYTHING I'VE DONE I DID TO MAKE YOU PROUD!"
- Redemption Rejection: "I don't want your apology! I want the Scroll!" Made worse by the fact that for a moment, just a moment, it looked like he was going to accept.
- Happens again near the end of his battle with Po, as Tai Lung finally gets his hand on the Dragon Scroll. With Tai Lung confused, Po calmly comforts him and tries to explain to him what the scroll was for and why it was never given to Tai Lung. Tai Lung won't have any of it and tries to attack Po again, with Po implementing the Wuxi Finger Hold.
- The Resenter: Deeply resents Shifu, and to a lesser extent, Oogway, for denying him the Dragon Scroll.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: He was this when he was young, believe it or not.
- Running on All Fours: Like Tigress, he seems to do this by default.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: A variant - he gives a deeply undignified startled-kitten squeak when Po tricks him into biting his own tail. (In his defense, cats have bones in their tails—such a bite would hurt.)
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Chorh-Gom Prison exists for the sole purpose of keeping Tai Lung, and only Tai Lung, locked up. The one thing that keeps him immobilized is a turtle shell-shaped harness with acupuncture needles in his back...and the only thing he needed to escape from the prison carved out of a mountain that goes down for miles and is guarded by a thousand rhinoceri is a single feather.
- Shadow Archetype: He represents what Po could have been with a bad teacher. Notice one of his first lines (see Large Ham) is similar, if less funny, to Po's first line. Also both of them are incurable show-offs, even when the situation calls for dead seriousness. When Tai Lung appeared before Shifu out of nowhere before their confrontation he was hiding at a distance for some time and waited for Shifu to blink, so that his entrance could be appropriately dramatic (as explained in DVD commentary).
- Slouch of Villainy: When Tai Lung encounters the Furious Five while heading into the village, the first thing he does on the broken bridge is use it like a lounge chair while taunting them.
- Starter Villain: He's the first villain Po faces and it's not until he defeats him that he truly earns his title as the Dragon Warrior.
- Start of Darkness: His rise and fall is told by Tigress.
- Stepping Stones in the Sky: His prison break.
- Super Strength: Having a giant boulder hanging on a chain from each paw was not enough to restrain him, he sends rhinos flying like rag dolls and tears a piece of stone bigger than himself from the temple's stairway to hurl it at Shifu; he distinguishes himself even in the world where unnatural strength automatically comes with kung fu mastery.
- Tiger Versus Dragon: The Tiger to Po's Dragon.
- Tragic Villain: Tai Lung could have been a great hero if Shifu could have helped curb his monstrous ego and emotional insecurities, or if he had the strength of character to feel secure within his limits to do it himself.
- Trash Talk: Tai Lung's pre-battle banter with Tigress is such a masterpiece of condescension that he seems to be taunting her on purpose. Against Po he just voices his arrogance... and that piece of Trash Talk sounds much lamer. Part of it seems to be his disbelief that it was a panda of all creatures that achieved his lifelong dream, rather than one of the more well-known/stronger races, like a tiger or an ox.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Part of what makes him Unintentionally Sympathetic.
- Villainous Breakdown: Really starts to lose his cool during his fight with Po, but especially after he finally reads the Dragon Scroll.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Played for pathos.
Tai Lung: All I ever did, I did to make you proud! Tell me how proud you are, Shifu! Tell me! Tell me!
- Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to think he's The Hero of the story. Supported by the fact that Word of God says that in the film, the color gold represents glory and heroism, and given that he has gold eyes... Tai Lung's scenes are framed as episodes of a stereotypical action Hero's Journey. He gets betrayed and defeated by enemies in the past, then he breaks out of the predicament they put him in. He overcomes obstacles and beats up a whole lot of Mooks led by The Brute; then he beats up a Quirky Miniboss Squad led by his counterpart/Shadow Archetype by revealing an Eleventh Hour Superpower he developed after his initial defeat; then he beats up the Big Bad, who was responsible for the things that happened to him at the beginning; then the Dragon Ascendant powered by an Artifact of Doom is revealed as the True Final Boss...Then his story crumbles around him, primarily because he does not have what it takes to be The Hero.
"You doubt my prison's security?"
The head of security at Chorh-Gom Prison, where Tai Lung was held for twenty years.
- Asshole Victim: He's pointlessly cruel towards his sole prisoner.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: You know, it's never a good idea to pat the back of a goose and not realize that feathers can make really good lockpicks.
- Oh, Crap: His last word, when Tai-Lung flings a string of dynamite at him.
Zeng: Can we run now?
- Rhino Rampage: Inverted. Tai Lung is the one doing the rampaging.
- Scary Black Man: Sort of. He is a White Rhino but his VA sounds the part.
- Smug Snake: Constantly brags how escape-proof Chorh-Gom prison is, not realizing that the restraining shell is the main, if not the only thing that keeps Tai Lung there... and indirectly provides Tai Lung means to escape.
- Tempting Fate: Yup, taunting Tai Lung about someone else becoming the Dragon Warrior won't have any consequences at all. Now, how did that go again?...
One of the former guards of Chorh-Gom prison, who lost his job after it was shut down after Tai Lung's defeat, which caused him to lose his house, his family, two goat friends, and a pair of slippers
. Po met him during the Dragon Warrior Day celebration, and attempted to get his life back on track by getting him a job, a place to stay, and by teaching him kung-fu in order to quell his rage. Unfortunately, once he learned Po's true identity, he attempted to kill him. Ironically, his actions caused Chorh-Gom to be reopened... with himself as its first new inmate.
- Blatant Lies: Claims he was on the front lines of the rhinos facing down Tai Lung, when... he was actually standing way in the back.
- Breaking Speech: Gives one to Po when he gets the advantage in their fight, telling him that his heart is his real weakness. Po points out that at least he has a heart.
- Department of Redundancy Department: A lot of his metaphors involve repeating the same words in vaguely different order.
- Dumb Muscle: Subverted. He's actually surprisingly competent and intelligent; his strange way of speaking just makes him seem dumb.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: After his return, he realizes Shifu may have made up Dragon Warrior Challenge Day, but he's the only one that knows it. He knocks out Shifu and locks him in a closet so no one knows he's really not the Dragon Warrior.
- Genius Bruiser: He's actually surpisingly intelligent, homemaking a number of fake horns containing various weapons and picking his spot for when he could take revenge most effectively.
- Evil Plan: Motivated by revenge on the Dragon Warrior for his lost job.
- Ignored Epiphany: Po helps him and bends over backward to help him get his life back on track, but he throws it back in his face at every turn.
- It's All About Me: He doesn't care about the damage Tai Lung would have done to the Valley of Peace, only that Po defeating him caused Hundun to lose his job.
- Lightning Bruiser: After Po trains him. Unfortunately, Po is a stronger one.
- Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Named for the Chinese god of chaos. Downplayed in that, while a credible threat after Po has trained him in kung fu, he is still pathetic and certainly not an embodiment of chaos or evil. However, in his return, he's far more competent and a legitiment threat.
- Shaped Like Itself: His metaphors for how bad his life has gotten tend to enter this territory.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Turns his severed horn into this by creating a large number of fake horns with various weapons hidden in them.
"This is going to sting a little bit — just kidding. It burns like fire!"
A former healer who was banished after discovering hypnotic elixir and attempting to take over the Valley of Peace with it.
- Body Horror: The scene showing her transformation into her present form is rather... unsettling in this regard.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Her main tactic is injecting others with hypnotic elixir and turning them on one another. Ironically, her Start of Darkness was injecting herself with it.
- Collector of the Strange: She collects the skulls of anyone who trespasses into her valley.
- Faux Affably Evil: She seems quite polite and well mannered... and is a psychopathic murderer who collects the skulls of her victims.
- For the Evulz: Admits she does things in a more sadistic manner solely for her own entertainment.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Is quite polite in speech normally, but outright says she could just poison people to kill them and prefers more sadistic methods solely for her own entertainment.
"Looks like we're gonna do this the hard way!"
Fung is the leader of a group of Crocodile Bandits. He most often relies on weapons to fight his opponents, but has been show to know some Kung Fu techniques, mostly in cases of defense. Fung appears regularly, sometimes leading his bandits, and other times serving as a lackey to another villainnote
- Affably Evil: He may be a bandit leader, but he acts like a snarky, rebellious twenty-something.
- Ambiguously Gay: For the same reason as Gah-ri in "The Break Up", but without most of Gah-ri's gay stereotypes.
- Friendly Enemy: He and Po bond surprisingly often, and it's gotten to the point where rounding up his gang has become oddly casual. It helps that Fung is one of the least malevolent villains on the show - he's even one of the few on a first name basis with the panda.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Went back to save Po, even after using him to kidnap someone's son in order to hold him for ransom.
- Like Is, Like, a Comma: Tends to speak like this a lot.
- Nice Hat: He wears a traditional Chinese helmet with a spike on it. It seems to be a Running Gag for it to get knocked off at least once everytime he shows up.
- Surrounded by Idiots: He sometimes feels embarrassed by the incompetency of his lackeys.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Fung used to work for his father, in an effort to please him by helping him make terracotta warriors. However, he kept messing up and once glued one to his father's face by accident. Fung would later leave and take up thievery as a living.
A member of Fung's bandit gang, who would like to remind you that it's "Gah-ri", not "Gary."
- Laughably Evil: Even more than his boss.
- Nice Guy: Turns out to be this while working at Ping's noodle restaurant.
Fung's formerly little cousin who grew into a titanic powerhouse far more dangerous than any of the other crocodile bandits. Huge, resistant to all blows and really, really strong, Li-Dong is consistently a powerful threat to the Jade Palace.
- 'Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Has a gigantic battle with Mantis after drinking Gong Tao potion.
- Badass: In sharp contrast to all of the other Croc Bandits. Li-Dong has wiped the floor with Po and Mantis, and even though Tigress beat him one-to-one, she was only able to after he triggered her Heroic Resolve.
- Diminishing Villain Threat: Seems to have been introduced to avert this - the episode he debuts in has the Crocodile Bandits totally hit rock bottom in terms of threat level, only for him to show up and make more of a threat than they ever were before.
- Dragon Ascendant: Though he always initially appears as a thug in the employ of someone else, he invariably ends up becoming the main threat of the episode in some way or another.
- Dumb Muscle: Generally seems this way, but is actually smarter than he appears. He may not be as intelligent as Fung is, but he's a great deal more competent - especially when it comes to being a criminal.
- Eviler Than Thou: To Fung, though despite this he's perfectly willing to let his cousin call the shots most of the time.
- Simpleton Voice: Though don't let it fool you - he's smarter than he sounds.
- Unskilled, but Strong: He's such a threat physically that he barely needs to do anything but tank hits and swipe at his opponents to win - he can pull off some fancy moves, but usually he just overpowers everything through sheer force.
- Would Hurt a Child: Upon losing his opportunity to ransom a kidnapped child, he attempts to throw the kid off of a cliff in sheer spite before Tigress manages to stop him.
"You think I don't know nobody likes me? You saw them pretend to, but... it's just because I'm a princess."
The daughter of the emperor, who was sent on a mission of peace to the kingdom of Qidan. Though she proved to be an insufferable brat at first, Po eventually got through to her and the two became friends. Eventually, it was revealed that she was to be offered to the Qi Dan as a servant to the Qidan's king, Temutai, in exchange for peace, but Po challenged him and successfully earned Mei Li's freedom.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Throughout her introduction episode, until Po helps her turn around.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Definitely averted, at least at the beginning.
- Messy Pig: Averted. She makes sure to keep her crown clean and generally acts lady-like and refined... aside from being a total brat, that is.
- Lonely Rich Kid: Stated to be the reason why she's such a brat at first.
The king of the Qidan Clan, a group of warrior water buffalo, whose people once waged war with Mei Li's kingdom, until an agreement was made to bring peace. Said agreement was that the emperor must turn over a princess to be his royal servant, in exchange for the Qidan not attacking. Mei Li was set to become his new servant, until Po defeated him in battle, earning her freedom.
Temutai appears regularly, usually as antagonist. One time he came to the Valley of Peace as part of a peace celebration, where he's amiable with Po and the others (though, with some
hiccups along the way).
- Arch-Enemy: Seems to be becoming this for Po.
- Big Bad: Sort of. He's the most recurring villain in the show.
- The Dreaded: Has such a reputation that even Tigress and Mantis are wary of him. Po, however, initially thinks that his supposed kung-fu technique of being able to tear someone in half without touching them would be cool... to watch.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: In "The Kung Fu Kid", Temutai is invited to the Peace Jubilee. While there are hostilities and fights, he and Po do gush together about their liking of the olive branch crowns, he has a nice time at the evening feast alongside everyone (except Po), and ultimately things end well overall.
Temutai's nephew, who he brought to the Peace Ceremony in order to participate in the children's kung-fu matches. He ended up losing to Peng. Has a sister, who is apparently much better at kung fu than he is.
- Badass Mustache: Averted. He's just an unskilled brute.
- Dirty Coward: Runs away instead of helping his uncle in his fight with Peng.
- Generation Xerox: Shares a voice actor with his uncle, and is as bright (read, not at all).
- Improbable Age: Just look at him. Not only is Jing Mei the size of a small car, he's already sprouted facial hair.
- The Unfavorite: Temutai really doesn't care much for him.
- The Unseen: His sister, who's both larger and more skilled in kung fu than Jing Mei.
"Well, I have news for you! Kung Fu is outdated and useless! With machinery comes power!"
A warthog who studied kung-fu under Master Oogway alongside Shifu. Together, the two of them created the Jade Palace's training hall. However, Taotie was still unable to improve his kung-fu, so he turned to machines to make up for his weaknesses, only for him to be cast out after unveiling his invention. Years later, he would manipulate Po, who had accidentally wrecked the training room, into helping him sneak into the Jade Palace so he could create a new machine and take his revenge.
Taotie appears regularly, usually attempting to gain vengeance on Shifu and assert the dominance of machines over kung-fu.
- Evil Plan: Demonstrating the superiority of machines over kung fun.
- Humongous Mecha: Created one during his backstory to make up for his lack of proficiency in kung-fu. Oogway and Shifu weren't all that thrilled about it. He manipulates Po into letting him turn the Training Hall into a new one.
- Rival Turned Evil: To Shifu.
- Simple Staff: Carries around a shinai that actually has a bunch of blades hidden in it. They also serve as propellers for a handy escape.
- Weak, but Skilled: Tried to make up for his poor kung-fu with his skills in machinery.
Taotie's apathetic, slacker son, who effectively serves as his henchman. He doesn't seem to care much for his dad's work, despite Taotie saying he's "learning the family business." Bian Zao appears regularly with his father.
- Emo Teen: He has shades of this, though he's really more just bored and apathetic.
- Follow in My Footsteps: Taotie says he's learning the family business. Bian Zao doesn't seem too thrilled about it.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Part of the reason he's always griping about things being "lame" is to cover his disappointment that his father is all consumed by revenge on the Jade Palace, and won't actually spend any quality time with him.
Jong Sung Jai Kai Chow
Jong is a takin that rules over a land that does not abide trespassers. Fung tricked Po into helping him kidnap his son for ransom, and in response, Jong had Po arrested. Even when Fung returned his son and confessed, Jong was still going to hold them captive for their crime.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Anyone caught trespassing on his land will have their heads boiled with cabbage and their ear lobes stretched around their heads. He chooses to employ more traditional methods on Po, however.
- The Mafia: His mode of dress, his Verbal Tic (and overall mode of speech), and his Cool and Unusual Punishment all suggest an ancient Chinese version of this. Possibly an attempt to reference the Tongs and Triads.
- Seldom Seen Species: This is probably the first takin in a cartoon.
- Verbal Tic: Tends to refer to others as "My friend", even when they're not. Including his own son.
Mantis's ex-fiance, who only took him back after he (falsely) claimed to be the Dragon Warrior. They were set to be married (again), when Mantis admitted the truth, and realized that Hao didn't deserve him.
- Gold Digger: Only wanted to get back together with Mantis in order to enjoy the prestige of being the Dragon Warrior's wife.
Hao's ex-boyfriend, who she dumped two hours
before getting back together with Mantis. Dosu attempted to fight Mantis and get her back, only for Hao to continue to show disinterest in him.
- Sidekick: Has one named Sai So, who provides whistling accompanyment for Dosu's entrances.
"What a beautiful day... to be destroying the valley of peace!"
A loris incarcerated in Chorh-Gom Prison, who once attempted to destroy the Valley of Peace with the devastating Sacred War Hammer of Lei Lang, but switched it with a fake before being captured. In order to learn the location of the real hammer, Po went into the prison disguised as a criminal, only for Tong Fo use him to help him escape. Tong Fo was eventually stopped and recaptured.
- Big Eyes Little Eyes: The "small with large eyes" variation, though they do more to make him look more unsettling than cute.
- Seldom Seen Species: How many times have there been lorises in cartoons?
- The Sociopath: His mannerisms, his voice, his admitted fondness for manipulating others, and his general lack of empathy or concern for the damage the hammer would cause give him shades of this, though he's naturally a Lighter and Softer version of this trope.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: After stealing the Shift Stone Po was using to disguise himself.
An owl who was once the most powerful member of the previous Furious Five, who consisted of Shifu, three others, and herself. As Fenghuang grew stronger, she fell to evil, and attempted to wrest control over the Jade Palace from Oogway. Oogway defeated her and attempted to imprison her in an owl-shaped cage, only for her to flee. Years later, she encountered Po and learned Oogway had passed and returned to gain her vengeance on Shifu. She attempted to turn Po to her side, only for him to trick her and seal her in the owl-shaped cage. She was later taken to Chorh-Gom prison which she escaped from multiple times. A chance encounter with Po led to her gaining complete control of time
and subsequently being banished to oblivion for disrupting the time stream.
- Head Turned Backwards: Naturally, given she's an owl.
- Killed Of For Real: After a final duel with Po atop the Tree of Time, Fenghuang is found unworthy and falls to her doom.
- Knight of Cerebus: Her latest episode is probably the darkest of the series by quite a bit. First she murders Shifu, then takes control of time and casually erases the Furious Five from existence while taunting Po with the inevitability of his destruction. Ultimately she is sentenced to an eternity in oblivion for her trouble, the darkest fate for a non-supernatural antagonist thus far.
- Meaningful Name: Fenghuang is taken from the legendary bird of the same name, which was the Chinese incarnation of the phoenix.
- Secret Art: She's mastered all seven of the supposedly Impossible Moves.
- Taken up to eleven when she masters an additional 5 Impossible Moves that not even Shifu knew existed.
- Verbal Tic: She tends to repeat words at the beginning of her sentences.
A monitor lizard and one of the xiaolin masters of the Sacred Onyx Council. He first appears to evaluate Shifu's qualifications as a master, and after Junjie manipulates Po, he removes Shifu and places Junjie in charge. Fortunately, he later arrived and overheard Junjie's machinations, and once the sinister fox was defeated, he re-installed Shifu as the master of the Jade Palace.
- Genre Savvy: Played straight when he expects and catches one of Junjie's poison darts. Averted, however, when he doesn't expect the dozen or so that hit him in the back.
One of the two xiaolin masters of the Sacred Onyx Council. After arriving to evaluate Shifu's qualifications as Master, he manipulates Po into getting Shifu dishonored and removed from his position as master of the Jade Palace. Once in charge, he throws out Po and the Furious Five, putting his five leopard underlings in their position. However, Po became wise to his schemes, and eventually, he was defeated and thrown into Chorh-Gom prison with his five servants. His next appearance, presumably after escaping, shows him impersonating the ghost of Oogway in order to sow discord within the Jade Palace.
- Even Evil Has Standards: When Oogway's ghost who is really Shifu in disguise he shows reverence towards his former master. Junjie may just be a coward. He did the same thing when he realized Chao was within earshot, and his voice shook both when addressing Oogway's ghost and Chao. Worth noting that he looked genuinely thrilled when he thought Oogway saw his ruthless pursuit of power as "passion for [his] goal".
- Evil Counterpart: To Shifu, both as a kung-fu master and in design. Also, he's a fox, to Shifu's red panda - a species of animal sometimes referred to as a firefox.
- Evil Former Friend: Shifu really is racking these up, isn't he?
- Evil Laugh: Which he interrupts once to praise the garlic chow mein.
- Fallen Hero: Was a master of Kung Fu under Oogway and one of Shifu's old friends, but has now become a power hungry Manipulative Bastard and one of Shifu and Po's worst enemies.
- Knight of Cerebus: Episodes where he's the antagonist have had a much darker tone and unlike most of the recurring villains, he isn't Laughably Evil. He's Dangerously Genre Savvy and on par with Shifu when it comes to martial arts.
- Manipulative Bastard: Arranged Po's marriage so that his bride's brother will be freed.
- Mythology Gag: Junjie not only resembles an unused design for a fox civilian from Kung Fu Panda 2, he also appears similar to one of the early designs for Shifu, including a pair of spectacles that were included in said design.
- Right Behind Me: Rants about his plan and calls Chao a "doddering old fool"... only for him to show up right behind him.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Averted, however, when he reveals he was prepared countermeasures for this... and then had more poison darts ready should those fail.
The Creepy Leopards
A quintet of five snow leopards that serve Junjie. After Junjie takes over as Master of the Jade Palace, they replace Tigress and the others as the new Furious Five. However, they are ultimately defeated by the originals when they come to save Po and Shifu, and are later incarcerated with him in Chorh-Gom prison.
- The Dragons: To Junjie.
- Expy: Of the Wu Sisters, complete with Wind and Fire Wheels.
- Informed Ability: They are supposedly trained in five kung fu styles, but their fighting styles look like one and the same, perhaps because their perfect teamwork and synchronized motions obscure their individual performances.
- Samus is a Girl: One of them is apparently a girl. Judging for her high-pitched grunts, the female leopard is apparently the one who fights Monkey, averting the Designated Girl Fight. This can vary depending on the dub.
- The Voiceless: Other than grunts during battle, only one or two have ever spoken.
A young snow leopard on a journey. After visiting the Valley of Peace during the Peace Jubilee, his kung-fu talents were discovered after he won a match against Temutai's nephew. He was immediately invited into the Jade Palace, quickly becoming popular and earning Po's jealousy. In an effort to drive him away, Po lied to Peng, only for him to become angry and attempt to defeat Temutai in order to prove himself. Po later revealed the truth and apologized, leading to Peng giving up and apologizing himself. In the end, he returned to his journey. He also reveals that he is the nephew of Tai Lung.
- The Ace: A natural to everyone's amazement.
- Badass Adorable: So very much...
- The Bus Came Back: In season 2, episode 8, to be exact. Only for him to leave for good at the end of the episode, thinking if he stays his inner darkness will take over and he'll become a second Tai Lung.
- He comes back in Season 3 and leaves yet again. But this time, he's a lot more comfortable with learning kung fu and is off to open kung fu clubs around China.
- Cats Are Mean: Zig-zagged. He's friendly and kind at first, goes absolutely nuts when he thinks he's been rejected, and then cycles back around when the truth comes out. He was furious when he found out Po killed his Uncle, then regretful when he found out Tai Lung was evil and Po had no choice. Then he got possessed by an evil amulet and nearly went Tai Lung on everyone, and then Po snapped him out of it, and then he decided he'd better leave for good.
- Generation Xerox: Played with. Like Tai Lung, he appeared well adjusted, only to explode with anger when he found he was being rejected by the Jade Palace. However, once the truth came out, he did the exact opposite of his uncle and stood down. Only time will tell if Peng's destiny is to follow in his uncle's footsteps. He seems to think it's inevitable if he ever trains any further, and leaves the Jade Palace for good after his second visit.
- Ultimately averted as the episode Kung Fu Club has him embracing kung fu again and wanting to teach others while still maintaining a heroic attitude.
- Kung-Fu Kid: His first episode is even named this.
- Long-Lost Relative: To Tai Lung.
- Panthera Awesome: A snow leopard like his uncle.
- Super-Strong Child: Without a doubt. We see him send Po flying, and hard, when he kicks him (twice), and Temutai clearly and visibly has to struggle to hold back a much smaller Peng. In his second appearance, this is his reason for leaving the Jade Palace for good. When an amulet possessed him and fed his anger over Tai Lung being evil, only Po was strong enough to stop him. Peng is terrified if next time, Po isn't around to do that, and gives up Kung Fu forever.
A member of the "Ladies of the Shade", a dancing troupe of snow leopards which is in actuality a group of clever thieves. When their leader, Su, decides to trick Po into inviting them into the Jade Palace so that she can steal the Dragon Chalice, she chooses Song to worm her way into the Dragon Warrior's good graces to accomplish this task. However, things don't go quite as Su had planned...even though they do get away with the chalice, when Po goes to recover it Song ends up changing sides and helping him escape.
After Su is captured and sent to prison, Song takes over the Ladies of the Shade and will be helping them all reform
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Happens accidentally between her and Po during the Ladies' theft of the Dragon Chalice and again in the Ladies' village after she changes sides and helps Po escape.
- Becoming the Mask: The longer she's around Po and finds out what a friendly, cute, innocent fellow he is, the harder it becomes for Song to lie to and trick him.
- Expy: Like the rest of the ladies, her character model is based off of the Wu Sisters.
- Ship Tease: With Po.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Downplayed, since her relationship with Po is genuinely sweet, but some of her exchanges with Po, particularly the "heart" drawing, could come across this way. (The infamous Spaghetti Kiss lampshades this.)
Behold... the real Dragon Warrior!
An ancient demon resembling a dragon who wreaked havoc on all of China until he was defeated and trapped in the guise of a pig.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Is the leader of the Demons, and the most powerful. The guy is so powerful that he almost beat Oogway, and is about the only villain in the series that can claim that.
- Big Bad: Of the one hour special 'Enter The Dragon'.
- The Dreaded: Po is about the only one who wasn't afraid of him, and that's only because of Po's Suicidal Overconfidence at the time. Even Shifu is afraid of him because Oogway almost was defeated by him. Of course exhausted at the end and he did gain a boost from the peach tree. The very fact that Ka Pa came so close to winning kept people fearing to deal face him.
- Famous Last Words: No... This can't happen! You're a worm! An ant! A mortal!
- Faux Affably Evil: It only serves to make him more menacing.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His dialogue and rantings suggests that his regards towards the Underworld demons who serve him are more than as just mere cannon fodder, constantly referring to them as his brethren and even family. His Villainous Breakdown at the end suggests equal parts rage for failing to devastate the Valley of Peace and devastation at his minions' resealing.
- Hero Killer: There's very good reason that Shifu is so fearful of him. He manages to temporarily kill Po
- Killed Off for Real: Is obliterated by Po firing a massive blast of his Hero's Chi directly down his throat.
- Knight of Cerebus: Manages to destroy the Jade Palace, burns half the village to the ground, and temporarily kills Po.
- One-Winged Angel: When the peach tree dies, breaking his seal and setting him free as a gigantic Dragon.
- Our Demons Are Different: Is the king of the demons, but looks like a massive dragon.
- Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The peach tree's power trapped him inside the form of a pig, until it dies.
- This Cannot Be!: His reaction to Po managing to summon his Heroes Chi.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Po seals the demons back into their prison, he goes completely berserk.
A once noble and brave cobra who defended the land from evil-doers. He later turned renegade when he and his clan were betrayed and persecuted by others out of paranoia and hatred.
- Affably Evil: Hatred towards non-snakes aside, Fu-xi was willing to defend Viper from a group of paranoid villagers and treats her like how a teacher treats a promising student when she pretends to join his side, even calling her "Little Sister". He even wished for her to rule the world by his side.
- Emotion Bomb: Was planning to use his fear-inducing venom, already enhanced with Mu-tong root to make the effects permanent, to plunge the valley into madness and chaos by pouring it into the water supply.
- Emotion Control: His venom fills his victims with temporary mind-numbing fear.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The main catalyst for his Face-Heel Turn.
- Face-Heel Turn: Turned renegade after his kind were betrayed by the "Two-leggers".
- Fantastic Racism: Has a violent hatred towards all "Two-leggers" as a result of him and his family being persecuted by the same people they swore to protect out of fear of their abilities.
- Freudian Excuse: Viciously racist towards all "Two-leggers" due to discrimination and hatred towards him and his kind after bravely defending China.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Dragons: According to Viper, Fu-xi was a descendent of the dragon gods.
- Snakes Are Abhorrent: Doubly subverted. Fu-xi was once a brave and noble warrior who defended China against all threats. However, when he and his kind were hunted down and killed by those they swore to protect out of fear, he develops a violent hatred towards all two-legged oppressors and believes the only way to defend snakes from further violence is by infecting the valley with his fear-induced venom and plunge it into chaos so that he and his kind can take control and rule China.
- Roaring Rampageof Revenge: Wants to plunge China into permanent fear and madness in retaliation for persecution by "Two-leggers" against snakes.
- Then Let Me Be Evil: After being betrayed after defending China, he became hateful towards all "Two-leggers."
- Visionary Villain: Wants to restore justice, freedom and peace throughout the land for all snake kind by driving all non-snake kind insane with fear.
A goldfish as well as a strict Kung Fu Master who temporarily tutored Tigress in the episode "A Tigress Tale"
- Badass: Mugan more than makes up for her arrogance by being an extremely powerful Kung Fu Master. Despite being a goldfish in a tank, her precision allows her to land cuts and blows to opponents with more strength and power than herself, such as Tigress and Po. Being a goldfish, her enemies also have a harder time trying to get a good hold on her. She probably would have defeated them if not for her former student turning on her at the right time by toppling the pillars holding her water bowls in her Kung Fu Dojo, giving her less room to fight until they trapped her under her central tank.
- Control Freak: Is absolutely under the belief that Kung Fu must always be done with the greatest precision.
- The Dog Bites Back: After suffering years of abuse with nothing to repay for his efforts but to be another one of her servants, Mugan's previous student Wu Yong finally stands up to his Kung Fu Master by knocking down the pillars holding the water bowls she uses to gain an edge against Tigress and Po. After being contained, he finally gains the courage to call her a big jerk in her face.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Not from her but towards those she trains. Due to her obsession with discipline, she rarely (if ever) offers any compliments, praise, or positive critique. When Tigress demonstrated her Kung Fu for her, she calls her a powerful warrior. When Tigress was about to thank her for the acknowledgement of her abilities, Mugan quickly tells her that is was not a compliment. No matter how hard Tigress trained, she could never impress her. Most of her comments was for her students to push even further towards perfection until they are "broken" (as what happened to her other student, Wu Yong).
- Killer Rabbit: She's a goldfish. A goldfish who also happens to be an unbelievably strict lethal Kung Fu Master that trains those under her tutelage until they're broken.
- Lack of Empathy: Forced her previous student, Wu Yong, to focus on nothing but Kung Fu until his body broke under the strain (even during the training montage that focused up to that point she still continued to wear her signature haughty frown). She even has her servants carry the water tank she inhabited away from his broken body, completely indifferent to his plight. Afterward, he becomes another one of her servants.
- The Perfectionist: Absolutely obsessed with discipline in Kung Fu, to the point that she will not even offer one bit of praise or encouragement to her students under her tutelage no matter how hard they train to please her (which is never).
- Sadist: Strongly implied to be another reason why she is so harsh towards her students. When Tigress learns just how abusive a master she is from her previous student and tries to leave, Mugan locks her up in her training quarters and threatens right in her face that she will break her.
- Training from Hell: Made her previous student train under her for years until he injured his leg trying to do pushups while carrying her on his back, leaving him too crippled to ever do any Kung Fu again.
- The Svengali: Treats the students she tutors as possessions whose spirits and body need to be broken, not even having the decency to acknowledge or praise them when they try their hardest to meet her expectations.
Mei Ling the Rogue
A kind, yet crafty fox who used to date Shifu years ago. However, Shifu learned she used her kung fu skills to steal, he broke up with her.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Shifu is an honor-bound master and Mei Ling is a crafty and ambitious thief. Both are attracted to the other despite their differences.
Shifu's estranged father and a skilled thief. Years ago, he took his son to the Jade Palace and told him to wait for him there while he went out. However, he never returned and Shifu was taken in by Oogway. Centuries later, he returned in search of his son and money.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Even though he held things against his father, Shifu still went out to rescue him. Some with his father. Despite his questionable morals, he has enough love in his heart to rescue his son.
- Disappeared Dad: As mentioned before, he left his son to find some treasure. However, he reveals that he left him there on purpose because he wanted what was best for his son.
- White and Grey Morality: He knows what is right and wrong and he will do either to get what he wants. He will use one of his son's students to get money, but he won't sell out his own son.
An old master who spends every moment in a box sadan chair pondering kung fu, he is a wise and eccentric figure who is capable of performing feats that seem to be magic such as flight
and freezing time
A renegade samurai clam from Japan who sought to take over the nation. He comes to China in order to build an army with stolen gold in the episode "The Way of the Prawn".
- Badass: Despite his small size and lack of conventional extremities, he can perform awesome feats of agility by hoping and rebounding lighting-fast around the battlefield to use his body as a bullet. He also can grapple with the edges of his shell to throw his enemies away. Po learns this the harder way when he tries to fight him and gets trashed without landing a strike.
- Everythings Betterwith Samurai: Even if they are invertebrate samurai.
- Hammerspace: The only way he can pull gold coins and a katana several times longer than himself from his shell.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Strong enough to grab Po with his siphon and throw him overhead.
- Pressure Point: He hits a kyusho or pressure point in Po's stomach to incapacitate him.
- Ronin: Was expelled from his clan.
- Something Completely Different: His fighting style is Jujutsu, which proves to be a difficult match for the Kung Fu-accustomed Po and his allies.
A samurai prawn from Japan's Ishida clan, who comes to China chasing Kira.