- "I'm not a big, fat panda. I'm THE big, fat panda."
Jack Black (Films)
Mick Wingert (TV Series)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.Po: ALAKASQUASH-O!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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".
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.
- Interspecies Romance: He is a red panda and she is a fox.
- 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.
Po: The Wuxi Finger Hold!Shifu: Ohoho, you know this hold?
- Special mention goes to his first direct meeting with Po. The creators point out in their commentary that Shifu is actually rather impressed with Po's Encyclopaedic Knowledge, but is too focused on being rid of the panda to realize it.
- 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).
- Took a Level in Kindness: Becomes less cold and bitter in the second movie, taking on a more Oogway-like demeanor.
- 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 FiveThe 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 Attack: They frequently play off each others' fighting styles to employ these.
- 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!"
- 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.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: But once she warms up to him, she starts showing a softer side.
- 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, being the most senior member and the most skilled.
- 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.
- 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.
- Number Two: Is the official leader of the Furious Five and the one to keep Po on track.
- 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.
- 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: In the first movie, she openly resented and scorned Po for being chosen as the Dragon Warrior. By the end, she respects him after defeating Tai Lung. Come the sequel, she is his Number Two and his most vocal supporter.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: 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."
Jackie Chan (Films)
James Sie (TV Series)
Jaycee Chan (Young)
- 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.
- Big 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.
- 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.
- Handy Feet: He's a monkey. Comes with the territory.
- The Lancer: Often comes across as the second-in-command to Tigress while being her opposite in several ways.
- 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!"
David Cross (Films)
Amir Talai (TV Series)
- Adorkable: He has his moments.
- Butt Monkey: In Legends Of Awesomeness.
- Camp Straight: Especially in Legends of Awesomeness.
- Deadpan Snarker: "So that was Stealth Mode, huh?"
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: The creators decided to not incorporate Crane's beak into his fighting style for this reason.
- Feather Fingers: Averted. He's the only bird character in the cast who uses his talons instead of his wings as hands. The one exception is in Secrets of the Furious Five, in which he uses his wings to hold several different things.
- Flight: His most prominent ability.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Rarely seen with a shirt. The giant bird wings probably make it hard for him to put one on.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: He used to be the janitor at a kung fu academy, where he wanted to be one of the students. Mei Ling was the only one who believed in him.
- Jaw Drop: Twice in the sequel, when Tigress first gives a Cooldown Hug to Po and again when Po hugs Tigress near the end.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: He's the Feminine Boy to his friend Mei Ling's Masculine Girl.
- Momma's Boy: As revealed in Legends Of Awesomeness, but grows out of it.
- Nice Guy: Not the nicest member of the Five (that would be Viper), but still generally friendly and polite.
- Nice Hat: Almost always seen wearing a Chinese rice hat, even during battle.
- The Smart Guy: While not necessarily "smart", he definitely seems to have the most common sense.
- Super Strength: Not to the extent Tigress and Mantis have it, but he does regularly carry the heavier members of his team with no visible effort. He starts breathing hard when he has to carry four of them at once, though.
- Team Mom: Word of God describes him as being a "mother hen" to the other members of the Furious Five.
- It's hinted at in the first film. It takes a Mama Bear to simultaneously carry all four of his paralyzed teammates away from a losing battle, even though they are heavier than him even without being deadweights, just to ensure all of their safety.
- Also in the second movie when Po is pulled out of the water after Shen's boat explodes, Crane asks him to "never do that again" in a voice that shows he was seriously worried.
- Weak, but Skilled: Given his scrawny frame, no one thought he was cut out for kung fu and he got a job as a janitor. However, he developed the speed and reflexes he needed while working to become a skilled warrior; all he needed was confidence.
- Wind from Beneath My Wings: A couple of times in the sequel. "Wings of Justice! Caw-CAW!" Also counts as a Chekhov's Gun. He did it once for the demonstration in the first movie, but never really got to use it after that until the sequel.
- Workplace-Acquired Abilities: How'd he become so skilled? He single-handedly (wingedly?) took care of the cleaning of the number one kung-fu school he worked in!
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Probably not intentional (the setting is China and Yamato Nadeshiko is a Japanese ideal), but strangely enough Crane actually features the key personality traits: Helpfulness, caring, obedience of authority, humility, soft-spoken politeness, grace, while still knowing how to be Badass. Being the Team Mom only contributes to this. Though Crane was about as irritated at Po for one-upping him as everyone else, only Viper shows it less than he does. This exchange shows the closest he gets to losing his temper:Po: Thanks.
Crane: Don't mention it.
Po: No really, I appreci—
- "Fear the bug!"
Seth Rogen (Films)
Max Koch (TV Series)
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In the Legends Of Awesomeness episode "Huge".
- The Big Guy: The most aggressive of the Five.
- 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!"
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!(Viper produces a hiss and a Death Glare)
- 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.
- Static Character: She's easily the least developed of the main cast, rarely appearing on her own and having the fewest interactions with Po.
- 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
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After he leaves Shifu in his place as the leader of Jade Palace.
- Badass Grandpa: He is literally over a thousand years old, but can still kick plenty of ass.
- Big Good: Succeeded by Shifu.
- The Cameo/ Logo Joke: He replaces the fishing boy in the Dreamworks Animation logo for Kung Fu Panda 2.
- Cassandra Truth: Everyone refused to believe that his selection of Po as the Dragon Warrior was anything but an accident.
- The Chooser of The One: The one who selects Po as the Dragon Warrior.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite outwardly appearing to be the wise Old Master, he's got his share of eccentricities.Oogway: Ah Shifu, there is no good news and no bad news. There is only news.
Shifu: Tai Lung has escaped!
Oogway: beat That is bad news.
- 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.
- Disappears into Light: A variation with peach blossoms petals.
- 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!"
- 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)
- Acrophobic Bird: Averted. He's the only goose in the cast who's ever been shown flying so far.
- Bearer of Bad News: And Vachir is not happy about it. Shifu on the other hand is simply stunned.Shifu: Thank goodness, Zeng. I could use some good news.Zeng: Um...
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: After bringing Shifu the news of Tai Lung's escape, he completely disappears from the rest of the movie, save for a picture in the end credits. Not that he was important for anything else. Downplayed because he has made appearances elsewhere in the series: A voiced appearance in the Holiday special, assisting Po in picking the chef and talking about the forbidden hand wave, and several times in Legends of Awesomeness. He is completely absent from the second film, however.
- 'Cowardly Lion: The first to hide from dangerous villains.
- Disaster Dominoes: It all started with one little feather...
- Foreshadowing: When he takes off from the Jade Palace to deliver the message to Chorh-Gom, several feathers are seen falling off of him.
- 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."
André Sogliuzzo (TV Series during Po's illusion)
Michelle Ruff (as a baby)
- 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, Brute?: 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.
- Sealed Badass in a Can: As he proves immediately afterwards.
- 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?"
Michael Clarke Duncan
- 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?Vachir:*Whimpering* Yes.
- 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?...
Master Thundering Rhino
- "That is a warning. You are no match for our kung fu."
- Advertised Extra: He was all over the official website and other advertisements. In the film itself, he gets a good three minutes of screen time before being killed off.
- Ascended Extra: He gets a much bigger role in Secrets of the Masters.
- Call Back: He is the son of Master Flying Rhino, whose armor is stored in the Jade Palace, as mentioned in the first Kung Fu Panda movie.
- Drop the Hammer: Wields a cloud hammer as his signature weapon. After his death, it's all that's left of him.
- Gentle Giant: Outside of battle, he is well known for his sense of humor and vast wisdom.
- Gory Discretion Shot: You never actually see him get blasted, just the cannonball firing and the crater afterwards.
- Killed Off for Real:Blown to bits by a giant cannon.
- The Leader: Of the Kung Fu Council.
- Only in It for the Money: Initially agreed to help defeat the Wu Sisters because he thought he would be rewarded with great financial riches, though it's implied that he also thought it would make him more like his father.
- Rhino Rampage: His Unstoppable Force charge; once he gets going, nothing can stop him. Except for Shen's cannon.
- Sacrificial Lion: Killed off mainly to show that Shen means business.
- Stone Wall: Tigress says he is impervious to all techniques. This is why Shen does not use a technique.
- Tempting Fate: The above quote.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: For a long time he felt as though he could never quite live up to his father's heroic legacy.
- The Worf Effect: Is shown to be very powerful and formidable to make Shen and his cannon seem like more of a threat.
Master Storming Ox
- "It's time to surrender, panda. Kung fu is dead."
- Achilles in His Tent: After seeing how much damage Shen's cannon can cause, he becomes a Play-Along Prisoner together with Croc, and tells Po that they will not join him in his fight against Shen. However, both Ox and Croc join the final battle after Shifu convinces them off-screen.
- An Ax To Grind: His weapons used against Lord Shen.
- Awesome by Analysis: Is capable of analyzing his opponents weaknesses, but may not be able to capitalize on this information on his own.
- Dual Wielding: The above axes.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's in Po's dream (as a bad guy) in the first film.
- Genius Bruiser: Despite his size and strength, his real specialty is analyzing his opponent's weaknesses at a glance.
- Heroic BSOD: After seeing the power Shen's weapon possesses and getting imprisoned, he and Croc decide they'd rather stay in a jail they could easily break out of. Shifu talks them out of it.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Seems to lose his temper pretty easily as it doesn't take much for Shen to provoke him into attacking.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He doesn't wear a shirt, though he does wear some kind of harness thing over his chest.
- A Load of Bull: His horns are his deadliest weapons.
- Only in It for the Money: Initially agreed to help defeat the Wu Sisters because he thought he would be rewarded with great financial riches.
- Play-Along Prisoner: The Gongmen City prison bars don't keep him imprisoned. He could leave whenever he wanted but he doesn't because of his fear of Shen's cannon, and because he fears that if he and Croc don't play along, Shen will turn the canon on the city.
- Top-Heavy Guy: How does he even stand?
- "The only hero in this town is a dead one."
Jean-Claude Van Damme
- Badass Cape: Owned at least one in his lifetime.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: That big spiky ball on the end of his tail isn't just for show.
- Call Back: He's the former leader of the Wool-Stealing Crocodile Bandits that Mantis battled in Secrets of the Furious Five.
- Carry a Big Stick: A metal club he used against Lord Shen.
- Defeat Means Friendship: According to Word of God, he was a lawless bandit who decided to use his skills for good after being defeated and spared by Thundering Rhino. Later Retconned when Secrets of the Masters talked about a completely different story on how he became a good guy and met up with Thundering Rhino, which also included Ox and Oogway.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's in Po's dream (as a bad guy) in the first film. He also shows up in Mantis' story from Secrets of the Furious Five.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: One of his greatest victories was beating up a bunch of Badger Bandits for insulting his mother.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Does a spinning leap out of the water when turning up to help the Five and Po. Presumably a reference to how crocodiles latch onto their prey and spin in the water to drown them.
- Fingerless Gloves: Wore a pair during his time as a street fighter.
- Glory Seeker: Out of the three masters in their youth, he sought fame above all else.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Never seen with a shirt.
- Ink-Suit Actor: He looks like a crocodile version of Jean-Claude Van Damme.
- Made of Iron: His 'Impenetrable Hide'. Unfortunately, the rest of him isn't quite as durable.
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: While KFP characters aren't exactly known for their authentic accents, Croc being inexplicably french stands out.
- Only in It for the Money: Initially agreed to help defeat the Wu Sisters because he thought he would be rewarded with great financial riches.
- "Your story may not have such a happy beginning, but that doesn't make you who you are. It is the rest of your story, who you choose to be!"
- The Atoner: She holds tremendous guilt for telling Shen the prophecy that he would be defeated by a "black and white" warrior, inadvertently making herself responsible for the ensuing panda holocaust.
- Cool Old Lady: While helpful and funny, she replaces Oogway's serenity with a good dose of bluntness.
- Deadpan Snarker:Soothsayer: (telling Shen's fortune) I see...*plucks Shen's feather*...pain...
Soothsayer: And anger... *bites Shen's robes*
Shen: How dare you! That is the finest silk in the province!
Soothsayer: ...followed by denial...
Shen: This is not fortune-telling! You're just saying what's happening right...
- Defiant Captive: Shen keeps her as a prisoner and while she never tries to escape, she still doesn't make her imprisonment easy for him. Indeed, she irritates and lectures him.
- Everybody Calls Him Barkeep: Her actual name is never revealed.
- Extreme Omni Goat: Played with; although she does take a bite out of Shen's silk robe, close inspection reveals that it - and the feather she plucked - are dropped in her scrying bowl (using the magical principle of contagion.) But she must have liked the taste - or liked messing with Shen - because she keeps trying to go back for more.
- Girls with Moustaches: Or rather, a lady with a beard. Justified because she's a goat.
- The Good Chancellor: Loyally serves the rulers of Gongmen City, estranged son included.
- Neutral Female: Averted. She isn't physically capable of stopping Shen, but she regularly gives him the Kirk Summation or And Then What? as she tries to push him away from his Evil Plan. She also saves Po's life after finding him floating in the river haven taken a cannonball to the chest.
- Parental Substitute: To Shen. All In The Manual, though some of her interactions with Shen imply this. You get the feeling that if anyone else tried to take a bite out of his robes, they would get a knife to the throat.
- Seer: Though she is a true seer, she does not prophesize on command or bother using her powers if the original prophecy has not changed. Instead, she states the obvious until Lord Shen gets mad.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Master Oogway.
- Unsettling Gender Reveal: Po mistakes her for a man when he first meets her. He claims the beard threw him off.
- Visual Pun: She's a literal "old goat". Shen calls her such directly when he returns to Gongmen.
- "Call in the wolves! All of them! I want them ready to move! The Year of the Peacock begins now!"
- Agent Peacock: By the time the credits roll, you will believe a peacock can be a skilled fighter and a cruel and terrifying villain.
- Ambition Is Evil: Ever since Shen became obsessed with his invention, he desires power for the sake of power. When Soothsayer points this to him, Shen sort of admits that he doesn't really know what he's going to do with all this power if he succeeds at taking over China, but immediately shrugs the thought off.
- And Then What?: The Soothsayer asks him if conquering China and destroying kung-fu will finally make Shen happy. He simply mutters "it's a start" before giving a rather obvious snarky dodge.
- Audible Sharpness: His many bladed weapons.
- Ax-Crazy: Is constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown and plagued by paranoid delusions about his parents not loving him. He deals with all of them by starting wars and commiting genocide, which he sincerely thought would make his parents proud.
- Badass: Despite how insane and evil he is, he is a pretty awesome fighter.
- Badass Bookworm: Studied gunpower from fireworks to make his cannons.
- Badass Long Robe: His clothes, plus his tail feathers.
- Bad Boss: Was not the least bit hesistant to fire at his own men to defeat Po and the Five.
- Being Evil Sucks: Spends decades plotting his revenge and relentlessly pursuing his ambition to rule over China in an attempt to assuage his emotional pain and find happiness. This only succeeds at making him feel more bitter and miserable.
- BFG: He invented the cannon, in order to destroy Kung Fu and take over China.
- Big Bad: Of the second film.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: of the "match-the-width-of-his-shoulders-so-he-can-fit-through-gaps" variety.
- Blade on a Stick: His signature close-quarter combat weapon is his halberd.
- Break Them by Talking: Successfully does this to Po in the Fireworks Factory.
- Chocolate Baby: His parents were both regular blue peacocks, he came out white. He could be albino, due to his bright red eyes.
- Combat Pragmatist: Uses throwing knives in addition to his spear, conceals his movements with his tail, and the entire purpose of inventing the cannon was to destroy kung fu masters he can't beat one-on-one. When confronted with a fight he can't possibly win, Po and the Furious Five, he flees out the window and calls down a barrage of cannonfire to destroy his own tower.
- The Comically Serious: Despite being the most evil foe Po has faced so far, he has his hilarious moments, usually when Po is in the same scene.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Using a cannon to win a fight certainly helps. It's not treachery, it's pragmatism!
- Dark and Troubled Past: He heard his death fortold as 'murder', comitted genocide, and was exiled.
- Death Seeker: His introduction portrays him as an arrogant, prideful, and bloodthirsty villain, but it soon becomes clear that he is a deeply depressed bird, and admits that conquering China won't be enough to make him happy. As well his attitude swings between being precise in the details of his Evil Plan and being completely dismissive of events around him, so it's likely he really doesn't care what happens or if he succeeds or not. And when he doesn't, he seems more enraged that Po has achieved inner peace than he does actually being thwarted.
- Death by Irony: He's flattened by his own invention.
- Dirty Coward: Downplayed Trope. His first response to a battle not going his way is to flee and/or hide behind his cannons. In particular, he tries to avoid a direct confrontation with Po because of the prophecy. However, since he does fight rather well when necessary, it's likely that these actions are due more to pragmatism than fear.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Soothsayers: See Parental Substitute in the Soothsayer category. He shows hints of this when he encounters Po and the Furious Five for the first time. Despite being at the end of his patience, he never actually loses it unless Po makes a comment about the Soothsayer, the second time driving him to point a knife in Po's face. His treatment of the Soothsayer is more akin to that of a family member than a prisoner. The Soothsayer is also the only character in the movie that he never physically harms – as embittered as he is – despite the snarky, disrespectful attitude (and the prophecies) she gives him.
- Evil Albino: In real life white peacocks aren't actually albino, instead having a genetic mutation called leucism. But since real white peacocks have blue eyes and Shen has red eyes, it's likely that he was intended to be an albino in this setting.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Is shocked that Po doesn't hold what he did to his species, his family, against him, and that he was able to let go of his pain, because his own pain has never went away, and he doesn't believe it ever will.
- Eviler Counterpart: His backstory has significant parallels with that of Tai Lung — promised power by his parent figure, denied and exiled, returns to claim his place and prove himself. However, Shen's Freudian Excuse is weaker and his vengeance is more sinister. Tai Lung wanted the Dragon Scroll to prove to himself and Shifu he was worthy of it and was a Worthy Opponent to Po, whereas Shen wants to conquer the country and uses cannons because he lacks the strength to overcome seasoned kung fu masters in a fair fight.
- Evil Genius: He discovered that fireworks could also serve as gunpowder, and then invented the cannon to put that discovery to use.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: His home in Gongmen City, which he's shown perching atop of during a travel montage.
- Evil Plan: Take over China and destroy Kung Fu while he's at it.
- Face Death with Dignity: When his cannon is about to fall on him, he just closes his eyes and accepts it.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: He has his moments.
- Faux Affably Evil: He's polite, well-spoken and composed...until something gets him angry, when he shows the true Ax-Crazy monster beneath it all.
- Feathered Fiend: Well, he is voiced by Gary Oldman, who (according to Celebrity Deathmatch) "Can go from zero to psycho in 4.5 seconds".
- Feather Fingers: Uses them for his knife throwing.
- Feather Flechettes: Averted. He doesn't actually attack with his feathers, but rather with throwing knives concealed by his feathers.
- Feather Motif: Peacock feathers symbolize vainglory, especially appropriate for Lord Shen. Unlike normal peacock feathers, however, his are white and red, for madness and death.
- Flight: He's a bird (peafowls can fly, though not very long nor far). The only time he uses this ability, however, is to run away. He "flees" or "flew", if you will, thus putting the term "flight" in a different light. Confused yet?
- Freudian Excuse: His parents decided to banish and disown him for massacring the pandas. He saw this as an act of abandonment and has let the pain and resentment fester in him ever since. This being said, it is shown that he was heading down the path of villainy even before his banishment, so it is likely that the exile only accelerated his decline.
- Shen's expanded backstory states that he was born sickly because of his leucism (similar to albinism) and that his parents deemed him "too weak and pitiful to deserve any attention." The Soothsayer acted as his nanny, but the coldness his own family showed him drove him to act the way he did.
- Genocide Backfire: Shen overhears a prophecy that he will be defeated by "black-and-white". He proceeds to massacre a panda village. However, Po's mother leaves the infant panda in a case of groceries that get delivered to Mr. Ping. This results in Po being in the right place and the right time to become the Dragon Warrior, receiving the training he will need to stop Shen. In fact, it's remembering the massacre and his mother's sacrifice that allows Po to master the skill he needs to overcome Shen's cannons.
- Getting Crap Past the RadarMaster Ox: What's in the box, Shen?
Shen: Want to see? It's a gift. It's your parting gift. In that it will part you. Part of you here, part of you there. And part of you waaay over there, staining the wall.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: White is the traditional color of death in eastern Asian cultures, which alludes to his health issues and villainy.
- In Wu Xing, white is metal and red is fire. He has both as his weapons in the form of the cannon, which is even described by Shifu as "it breathes fire, and spits metal".
- Given that red is associated with positive emotions in chinese imagery, specially love, his red motif can also be seen as a distortion of his relationship with his parents.
- Fire Is Red: As a consequence of this colour motif, the fires that Shen and his mooks use, both in the cannon and in regular torches, are of an unusual crimson tone. Justified as in Shen is explicitly stated to be working off of firework chemicals, so it stands to reason his cannonballs would have a colorful glow to them.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: His feet are covered in burn scars from weapon forging. He partly hides them with his metal talons.
- Glass Cannon: Very agile and quick and has lethal aim with his throwing knives, but he's one of the few characters not Made of Iron and is clearly at a disadvantage when his blades aren't enough to overwhelm a more defensive foe.
- Hero Killer: He very nearly kills Po in the Fireworks Factory. If the Soothsayer hadn't been around....
- Hoist by His Own Petard/Karmic Death: Crushed by the very weapon he was going to use to conquer China, which only happened because he accidentally cut the ropes holding it up while trying to kill Po.
- Humiliation Conga: His cannons, which he spent thirty years to invent, are obliterated in mere seconds by Po's cannonball deflection technique. Even more so as the event unfolds right before the eyes of the Kung Fu Masters and the entire population of Gongmen City, to the point where they actually cheer. He eventually gets crushed to death by his own cannon.
- Ignored Epiphany: When the Soothsayer tells him his parents did love him, so much that it killed them to banish him, Shen looks genuinely moved for a few seconds before closing his eyes and brushing the information aside.
- I Just Want to Be Loved: Gary Oldman mentions this in an interview.
- I've Come Too Far: It's implied that this is the reason why he feels compelled to go on with his evil instead of repent.Shen: (solemnly) The dead exist in the past, and I must tend to the future.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: The introduction shows him to be experimenting with a more destructive side of fireworks, which isn't downright evil in itself ... until the genocide happened.
- Killer Rabbit: Who knew a peacock could be such a threatening, efficient villain?
- Knife Nut: He hides an arsenal of blades under those robes of his and he is terrifyingly skilled with them.
- Knight of Cerebus: Tai Lung craved only the Dragon Scroll and there has been no solid on-screen evidence he ever murdered anyone. The second film opens with Shen ordering the genocide of the pandas, and ten minutes later he kills Thundering Rhino with a cannon before going on to wage a war against China and Kung Fu.Shen: Kill him, somebody kill him!
- Large Ham: He has his moments. Here's his voice actor hamming it up while recording him in the studio.
- Last Villain Stand: He spends the entire film running from a direct confrontation with Po because of the Soothsayer's prediction. In the end, after he's killed The Dragon and had everything he built be obliterated before his eyes, he finally stops running and fights Po with everything he has and nothing more that he can lose.
- Leitmotif: "Ancient China/Story of Shen", which is first played in the opening scene, and accompanies Shen at a few points afterwards, most prominently during the Fireworks Factory battle.
- Light Is Not Good: Both to Chinese and western imagery. In the west, white is obviously seen as the "good" colour, while red is the "good" colour in China (white is actually symbolic of death there). Add this to the fact that his name can be translated as "divinity", his association with fire and the resemblence to the mythological Feng Huang, and you got yourself a heavenly monster.
- Man in White: A given thanks to his white plumage and colors.
- Manipulative Bastard: He was able to manipulate Master Storming Ox into striking first during his return to Gongmen City and subsequently imprisoned both Masters Storming Ox and Croc with fear. That and the entire exchange with Po in the Fireworks Factory.Shen [to Po]: Your parents didn't love you.
- Meaningful Name:
- One of the meanings of "Shen" (神) is "divinity", which relates to his quest for power and attention.
- An alternate reading of Shen (焴) is "flame", which connects to his cannons.
- The Book of Lord Shang anyone?
- The Mentally Disturbed: He seems to suffer from chronic depression, paranoia (as far as his parents are concerned, thinking they never loved him) and is deeply insecure.
- Moral Sociopathy: The creators' commentary implies that part of his denial to recognise how wrong he is because it's the only way he can justify his genocidal actions.
- Never My Fault: When his parents banish him for committing genocide, he takes it as further proof they don't care about him instead of punishment. Even more so because being banished as opposed to being executed may have been an act of mercy on their part.
- Never Trust a Trailer: Some trailers were aimed at making him look as unimpressive as possible.
- Noble Demon: Deconstructed. Word of God is that he realizes just how terrible his deeds are. This only pushes him to do more in his attempt to conquer China because if he turns back now, his genocides and murder will have been meaningless instead of necessary sacrifices.
- Obi-Wan Moment: He just closes his eyes before he is flattened by the weapon he knocked onto himself.
- Overshadowed by Awesome: Despite being a sickly albino, relying on artillery and trickery over brawn, Shen is still a deadly skilled blade wielder. It's just that the kung fu masters are so powerful they overshadow him.
- Parental Neglect: Expanded universe stuff implies this.
- Pet the Dog: He lets the Soothsayer go, unharmed, with no selfish intent behind it. Indeed, he never harms her, in spite of the attitude she gives him (and the fact that she keeps eating his clothes).
- The Phoenix: What he is meant to symbolize.
- Razor Wings: His throwing knives are in the shape of feathers to help him conceal them, and he also uses his train as a weapon and distraction similar to what real life martial-arts styles with metal folding fans.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Aside from his regular eyes, the eyespots on his tail are also red, reflecting his Evil Albino status.
- Screw Destiny: Shen's goal to conquer China is partially motivated by his desire to prove the Soothsayer wrong about her prediction that he will be defeated by a panda. His actions to change his fate led to him being banished.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He originally planned to sail out of China with his armada in three days. After he fails to kill Po the first time, he decides to leave immediately rather than try to confront him again.
- Self-Made Orphan: He is an indirect example. He massacred a village of pandas and was banished by his parents as a result. According to the Soothsayer, the grief of sending him away caused them to die from despair.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: For the most part, he's very calm, cool, and collected, and his voice is usually monotoned.
- Sorting Algorithm of Evil: A clear step above Tai Lung, not in skill, but in overall threat level.
- Start of Darkness: He discovered a practical use for fireworks and subsequently became obsessed with it.
- Third Time's The Charm: Po confronts him three times throughout the film (tower, factory, harbor) before finally getting over his Heroic BSOD and defeating him.
- Tragic Villain: All he wanted was to make his parents proud, and thought that a path of conquest was the way to do it. It's hinted several times that he knows full well conquering China will do nothing to ease his pain and Word of God paints him as a somewhat remorseful figure. At the end, when he's finally beaten, he calmly accepts his death, perhaps realizing that his defeat truly was inevitable, or perhaps believing that death is the only way to end his torment.
- Twitchy Eye: Who could also be an Actor Allusion: Gary Oldman previously voiced Ruber who had the same tic.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: If you've made it this far, you should know why.
- Villainous BSOD: Is at a loss for words when Po achieves inner peace and uses his kung fu to redirect Shen's cannonfire to destroy his armada.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Po returns after being hit by cannon fire and assumed dead, Shen, in a fit of fearful desperation, loses it and opens fire on his own men after killing his second-in-command. After Po obliterates his armada by redirecting cannon fire, Shen is left in a Villainous BSOD, not only because that he'd lost everything he'd spent years creating, but because Po had managed to overcome his own troubled past without succumbing to rage, instead finding inner peace. Po tries to explain that the secret to inner peace is the acceptance of the pain of the past. This only succeeds in angering Shen.
- Weak, but Skilled: Physically unimpressive, but man, can he hurl blades with the best of them.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has an insecure relationship with his parents and is deeply hurt by his parents' rejection of him for his evil ways, causing him to believe they never loved him. Considers it an Awful Truth when Po demands to know about his parents and Shen lies that his parents didn't love him. He is also completely unable to understand how Po is able to come to terms with him killing Po's parents because he was never able to properly cope with the loss of his own parents.
- White Plumage, Black Heart: It's implied in background material that the former is partially responsible for the latter.
- Wolverine Claws: Shen wears metal talons for both combat and to cover up the burn scars on his feet. They also resemble the ornaments Chinese nobles wore to protect their long nails.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Information revealed in the supplementary material shows that he was originally intended to be one.
- You Cannot Fight Fate: Played with. It was predicted that a "warrior of black and white" would defeat him, but it was also mentioned that he could change his fate if he stopped his destructive ways.
- "Guess nobody told you: If you mess with the wolf, you get the fangs."
- Adorkable: For being a brutal warrior, he has many dorky features, like whimpering when his toe is stomped or annoying Shen with out of place comments. See also Trash Talk below.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's the best fighter among the wolves.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Him and every other wolf.
- The Brute: Strong, not very bright, and has only rudimentary kung fu skills.
- Comically Missing the Point: Prone to this. When Shen tells him that the "year of the peacock" has begun, he gets confused because it's already the middle of the year.
- Dark Is Evil: Dark grey fur and armor.
- The Dragon: To Lord Shen.
- Drop the Hammer: Occasionally uses a giant war hammer as a weapon.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He refuses to fire at Po while knowing his own men would be caught in the crossfire. Shen kills him for it. Makes sense, since wolves operate as a pack. You can't just attack one and hope to get away with it. Fits nicely into the animal motifs.
- Expy: Of Wolf O'Donnell. Wolf? Check. Mohawk? Check. Bad eye? Check, and points for being the same eye. Shoulder spikes? Check. Hell-Bent for Leather? Check. A natural leader who is himself The Dragon to someone else? Check. Even Evil Has Standards? Total check.
- Eye Scream: He lost his eye during the attack on the Panda Village. When he tried to attack baby Po, Po's father smashed his face with a rake.
- Face-Heel Turn: He and his wolves used to be the royal guards of Gongmen City, but flocked to Shen's side because he treated them better than the rest of the royal family.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: Considering the Bloodless Carnage of the rest of the series and its focus on slapstick kung fu fighting, taking a volley of throwing knives to the throat and falling to the side is pretty brutal.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: The whole "eye ripped out with a rake" thing isn't very kid-friendly either.
- A Father to His Men: He stands up to Shen for ordering him to fire on his own men, and gets killed for it.
- Handicapped Badass: He lost one eye during the attack on the panda village, after Po's father smashed his face with a rake. Despite this, he can still fight well.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: Dressed (almost) entirely in leather armor.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He is a murderous thieving brute, but somewhat endearing because of his verbal fumbling and ineptitude. And of course, being Shen's last victim gives him a certain pathos.
- Kick the Dog: Not above throwing innocent bystanders in front of danger to slow down his foes. He even throws children.
- Killed Off for Real: Most likely, considering he was hit in the throat with several of Shen's knives point blank. Word of God via DVD Commentary states that he's alive but that particular comment about him being "alive" was a joke by Rodolphe Guenoden ("But he's not dead! He just fell off...yeah..."). While it's never confirmed that he's alive, it is true that it's never confirmed he is dead, either; in fact, Melissa Cobb did mention that she wondered if he ever died, and that she didn't know.
- Large and In Charge: He's a good deal larger than all of the other wolves, making him easily stand out.
- Laughably Evil: He's really more comic relief than anything.
- No Name Given: He is only listed as "Wolf Boss" in the credits. That's what he does.
- Noble Wolf: One would think he would belong to Savage Wolves for the villainy but as stated above he's similar to Po and has a solid pack oriented mentality.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Given his more comedic nature, it's easy to forget that he was at the forefront of the panda genocide and in fact would've killed Po if not for his dad stepping in.
- Papa Wolf: Since the alpha male of a wolf pack is also the father of many members, it could apply.
- Pet the Dog: He refuses to fire on his own men in the final battle, and takes a knife or five to the throat for it.
- Spell My Name with an "S": While the credits refer to him as Wolf Boss, Fanon often switches it around and calls him Boss Wolf instead. Probably because it sounds closer to an actual name.
- Even the official art book calls him Boss Wolf, so apparently the creators use it too.
- Spikes of Villainy: Has a couple on his armor. His fur is also a bit on the spiky side.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: He can't seem to stop talking about how soft and cuddly Po is. Somewhat justified, as one of Po's main strategies in a fight is to use his... er... bulk, as a weapon, so he was probably exposed to the "Soft and Cuddly," nature of Po several times...
- Top-Heavy Guy: Like Storming Ox, his legs are way smaller than the rest of his body.
- Trash Talk: Played for Laughs. His "insults" consist of calling Po big, soft and cuddly... except that he talks about Po that way even when Po isn't around, and he isn't making fun of him. He describes him to Lord Shen as "Big and furry, soft and squishy... uh, kind of plush and cuddly."
- Unskilled, but Strong: He doesn't seem particularly skilled in kung fu, but he sure knows how to use that hammer.
- "My revenge will be like a poison river of molten iron that drips and burns like iron that has been melted and now drips...and burns."
- 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.
- Rage Against the Mentor: After finding out Po is the Dragon Warrior.
- 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!"
- 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!"
- 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.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Inverted. He's not just a bandit, he's also a son, a friend, owner of an herb garden... and amateur arsonist.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He actually is a fairly competant warrior in his own right.
- Catch Phrase: See the quote above. He's also prone to "Daaaarn it!" when things don't go his way.
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: He gets a big part of the spotlight in "The Breakup".
- Ambiguously Gay: He fits some of the stereotypes, including his love of fabrics, interior design and romance novels. But the Homoerotic Subtext comes out strongest in the episode "The Break Up", where Fung and Gah-ri...yeah.
- Bring My Brown Pants: After being intimidated by Tigress.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Tried to play this role, only to end up disappointed when Fung told him Tigress was already wise to the idea.
- Insufferable Genius: Constantly irritates Fung by correcting his errors.
- Laughably Evil: Even more than his boss.
- Nice Guy: Turns out to be this while working at Ping's noodle restaurant.
- '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."
- 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.
- Off with His Head!: One of her many threats before her turn around."I'll have you beheaded! I'll have you all beheaded! I'll make you behead yourselves!"
- Spoiled Brat: Just as with previous tropes, temporary.
- "TEMUTAAAAAAAI! Warrior king of the Qidan!"
Kevin Michael Richardson
- 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.
- Large and In Charge: He's easily twice the size of his guards.
- Large Ham / No Indoor Voice: Most of his lines are shouted at full volume.
- Lighter and Softer: His appearances after the initial one, in which he was going to enslave and eventually work the little princess Mei Li to death, have consisted of humor, slapstick, a few Pet the Dog moments, and showing he is Not So Different from Po.
- Not So Different: From Po. Temutai's evil aside, he and Po have very similar personalities and interests. He also has difficulty getting up all the steps to the Jade Palace, and joins Po in gushing over the olive branch crowns they both wear for the peace ceremony, even wearing it at the same jaunty angle. He also apologizes just as abashedly when their fight almost ruins the Peace Festival.
- Worf Had the Flu: Temutai attempts to justify his first loss to Po by claiming he had a head cold. He bungles his Bluff roll.
Kevin Michael Richardson
- 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!"
- Always Someone Better: Part of his motivation; Shifu, in this case.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He's pretty Laughably Evil, but he's still managed to be a serious threat due to his intelligence.
- Brains: Evil; Brawn: Good: The way his resentment towards kung-fu can look from the outside. Cleverness and not sheer force are what leads to his defeat.
- Evil Former Friend: To Shifu
- 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.
- Manipulative Bastard: Each time he's appeared, he's done some pretty successful manipulating.
- The Nicknamer: Rather hilariously so in "Fluttering Finger Mindslip."
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Gold Digger: Only wanted to get back together with Mantis in order to enjoy the prestige of being the Dragon Warrior's wife.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Has a bust-line, long eyelashes, eye shadow, and lipstick.
- Did Not Get the Girl: Despite his attempts to win Hao back.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: Averted, he's no better than Mantis and ends up no better off.
- Palette Swap: Other than being red-orange and different colored markings (and lack of one one on his abdomen), he looks just like Mantis.
- 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!"
- Big Eyes Little Eyes: The "small with large eyes" variation, though they do more to make him look more unsettling than cute.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: In "Mind Over Manners", it is shown that he deeply respected his grandfather, Tong Lo.
- Expecting Someone Taller: When meeting him for the first time, Po looked around as if expecting someone much larger before finally looking down and noticing him.
- For the Evulz: Tong Fo doesn't seem to have any real motivation for wanting to destroy the Valley of Peace. This does not make him any less creepy.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jeff Bennett voices him with an inflection that reminds one of Christopher Walken.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Though small, he is skilled enough to overpower both Shifu and Shirong.
- 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.
- Affably Evil: Not only does she banter playfully, act coquettish and genuinely offer to help train Po but she saves his life even before she knows who he is or how he can help her.
- Bad Ass: Not only one the most powerful and individually threatening antagonists in TV Series, but also the only character in the entire franchise to actually put a decent fight against Oogway in the flashback. Sure, she loses, but after a real battle, not an effortless curbstomp.
- By the events of "A stitch in time" she has become powerful enough to easily curbstomp Po several times even before she obtains the seeds of Shuyong.
- Deadpan Snarker: Established in her first line.Po "You must be Fenghuang"Fenghuang "Yes, and you must be 300 pounds."
- Cardboard Prison: Her dialog during her intial appearance in "Stitch in time" implies that she has escaped and been recaptured enough by the Furious Five for everyone to treat her sudden appearance as completely normal.
- Evil Feels Good: Makes this claim to Po, and by her mannerisms, seems to fully embrace it.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the Back: A nonfatal version.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Chao at first seems to be defying this trope when he removes Shifu as master, but after all is said and done, he admits he learned something from Po and sets things right again.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Averted.
- Always Someone Better: Shifu. Yes, another one.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Improbable Weapon User: A parasol.
- 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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- "Freaky Friday" Flip: How she tries to steal the Imperial Jewels by using the Five and Po.
- Interspecies Romance: With Shifu.
- Love at First Punch: How she and Shifu began their relationship.
- 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.
- 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.
- Delusions of Eloquence: Shifu calls him out on his habit of making up long words.
- 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.
- Eccentric Mentor: Acts as this from time to time, having done so both for Po and Tigress.
- Enlightenment Superpowers
- Seldom Seen Species: A blackbuck antelope.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: With the Five Mystic Kung Fu Secrets
- 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.
- Badass: He demonstrates his badassery by easily overpowering an skeptical Po, which attracts Tigress's admiration.
- Disney Death: Just apparently.
- Everythings Betterwith Samurai
- Katanas Are Just Better: Carries a katana roughly of his size in his hakama's belt.
- Martial Arts Headband: Sports one when training Po and Tigress.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He is a prawn, but has enough strenght to hammerlock a panda.
- Ship Tease: With Tigress. Yes, Tigress.
- Single-Stroke Battle: At the end, he defeats Kira in their swordfight when he neatly slices his shell ligament apart with a single strike.
- Something Completely Different: Like Kira, his style is Jujutsu.
- The AcePo: (narrating) "The best of the best [at the academy] was Mei Ling. She was a total knockout!"
- Action Girl: And she's better then all the other (male) students in the short.
- Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: The Masculine Girl to Crane's Feminine Boy.
- Nice Girl / Nice To The Janitor: In fact, she's the only one who is nice to Crane at the kung fu school he works at.
- Panthera Awesome: She's an Asian golden cat who uses speed and agility to defeat rhinos.
- Ship Tease: With Crane.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: Doesn't wear sleeves.
- The Mentor: A psychological example. She doesn't teach Crane combat, but she encourages him to train and unlock his inner potential.Mei Ling: You should try out for the school.Crane: (laughs awkwardly) No, that's...craziness...talking. No.Mei Ling: (smiles, walks away) Well, you'll never know unless you try.(Cut to Crane training)
- Dumbass Has a Point: Gave Po the idea to use Kung Fu to get the winter feast preparations done...although not intentionally.
- Honour Before Reason: His first response to his cooking skills being dishonored is to try and kill Po. His second response is to attempt suicide. Repeatedly.
- Suicide as Comedy: In an effort to reclaim his honor no less. Possible Shout-Out to The Book of Bunny Suicides. He stops when Po restores his honor.
The Wu Sisters
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Sharp enough to cut straight through stone.
- Big Bad: Of Secrets of the Masters.
- Cats Are Mean: Evil, in fact.
- Combination Attack: They can tie themselves together by their tails to perform a spinning vortex attack.
- Dark Action Girl: All of them, but especially Su.
- Ear Notch: Su has one in her left ear.
- Fingerless Gloves: Their claws make this a necessity.
- Obviously Evil: They dress in dark black/grey outfits, live in a volcano fortress, and their leader has Mismatched Eyes and a hole in her ear. Enough said.
- Red Right Hand: Su's Mismatched Eyes, one blue and one yellow.
- Siblings in Crime: They're mercenaries for hire with at least one attempt at conquering China.
- Sleeves Are for Wimps: They don't wear sleeves.
- Talking To Yourself: All three sisters share the same voice actor.
- The Dreaded: Po describes them as "the most feared and notorious villains who ever terrorized China" and even Oogway considers them a serious threat.
- The Syndicate: The sisters try to form one by bringing all of China's gangs together.
- We Can Rule Together: Su tries to pull one of these on the leaders of China's gangs.