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Chorh-Gom Prison

    Tai Lung
"Fly back there and tell them... the real Dragon Warrior is coming home."

Voiced by: Ian McShane, André Sogliuzzo (TV Series during Po's illusion), Michelle Ruff (as a baby)

The Big Bad of the first film. One of Master Shifu's earlier students and adopted son, Tai Lung is an arrogant Snow Leopard who turned evil and went on a rampage. For that he was imprisoned for twenty years. It is the prophecy of his escape that sets the events of the series into motion, and his defeat at the hands of Po that affirms Po as the Dragon Warrior.

  • All for Nothing: The sudden end of Shifu's unconditional support is what drove him into a rampage of frustrated rage. This is also exactly why he hadn't figured out the Dragon scroll's greatest secret.
  • And I Must Scream: Oogway's turtleshell-armor has had him "completely immobilized" for twenty years. Late in the film, an accidental injury to his tail causes Tai Lung so much pain that he briefly loses all composure... so how much more did it hurt when Vachir deliberately stomped on it in his macho showing for Shifu's messenger?
  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Entirely convinced that he is the destined Dragon Warrior; justified since he was raised since birth to believe it.
  • Badass Boast: "So that is his name... Po. Finally, a worthy opponent. Our battle will be legendary!"
  • Badass Mustache: If he had normal feline whiskers, he wouldn't look nearly as intimidating.
  • Big Bad: Of the first film.
  • Blood Knight: Clearly relishes the idea of fighting the actual Dragon Warrior, as his Badass Boast on the bridge against the Furious Five demonstrates:
    Tai Lung: So that is his name... Po. Finally, a worthy opponent. Our battle will be legendary!
  • 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 than his conversation with Tigress.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: He angrily calls out his adoptive father, Shifu, when he returns to claim the Dragon Scroll. Angrily relaying that everything he ever did was to make him proud. And his fury over Shifu not doing anything when he was denied the scroll:
    Tai Lung: All I ever did, I did to make you proud! Tell me how proud of me you are, Shifu! Tell me! (Punch) Tell me! (Punch) TELL ME!
  • The Cameo: He returns in the third film as a jade amulet on Kai's waist, but he is never utilized as a jombie.
  • The Chosen Wannabe: When he was denied the chance to be the Dragon Warrior, he decided to simply take the scroll by force.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: "One thousand guards, and one prisoner." Justified by the fact that all those security measures were in place for a damn good reason.
  • Crippling Overspecialization:
    • Tai Lung is a highly formidable and resourceful warrior who has mastered various kung fu styles and nerve attacks, making him more than a match for his former mentor Shifu and the Furious Five, Shifu's later students who each use different styles. However, all of these skills ultimately turn out to be less effective against Po's unpredictable new kung fu style combined with the panda's physique and humorous resolution. More than anything, it's Tai Lung's complete inability to accept defeat or thinking to change his brutal tactics that lead to his demise.
    • As discovered in the sequels, kung fu is about spiritual enlightenment as much as it is about physical strength and skill. Tai Lung trained hard and became the first student to master the thousand scrolls of kung fu, to the point of becoming a fearsome One Leopard Army. But for all his strength, he could not understand the meaning of the Dragon Scroll or find inner peace. Without any understanding of the spiritual side of kung fu, he amounted to little more than a rampaging brute that wouldn't be able to take on the more mystical threats in the world.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: He delivers quite a few during his time onscreen.
    • The aforementioned prison escape features him serving one of these to a 1000-strong army! Of rhinos!
    • His fight with Tigress starts off like this, but things even out once the other members of the Furious Five start to join in. Unfortunately, towards the end of the fight, it loops right back around in his favor.
    • Played brutally straight during his battle with Master Shifu, who couldn't land a clean hit on him at any point during the fight!
    • Sadly for him, he was also on the receiving end of one of these when he was younger, courtesy of Master Oogway.
    • And even worse for him, he suffers another one at the hands of Po near the end of the movie. From his point of view, it was pretty brutal. And humiliating.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Whether or not it was intentional, Tai Lung is one for the traditional Kung-Fu Hero that is exiled or imprisoned by his enemies and returns to claim what is his. The movie also deconstructs in Tai Lung's character the idea of The Chosen One, Master of All, and Roaring Rampage of Revenge. While Tai Lung was imprisoned by his father figure, it was for a good reason as Tai Lung would do anything to get the Dragon Scroll and attacked his mentor/father figure without mercy and showed he would go to extreme lengths to get what he wants. Tai Lung believed he was the chosen one due to his father figure raising him into becoming the best student from the temple. While in most Kung-Fu stories, he would be the chosen one, the nature of the Dragon Scroll renders that belief meaningless and indeed, anathema to the purpose of Kung-Fu. Being raised to crave outside validation for accomplishments was detrimental to Tai Lung's personal growth, who instead needed to look to himself rather than others. While Tai Lung was very much The Ace and a prodigy, learning 1,000 scrolls worth of techniques, he only looked to the physical and technical aspects of Kung-Fu and never focused on spiritual enlightenment or peace within himself. Lastly, while Tai Lung was let down by Shifu by not supporting Tai Lung in the ways that mattered most, and for leaving him to rot in prison for 20 years without trying to reach out to his son or helping him in a way that could have given Tai Lung a chance at redemption, Tai Lung had become so bitter and selfish that even when Shifu admits his own faults and apologizes, Tai Lung still ignores him and not only attacks Shifu but is also harming innocent people. While Shifu was at fault for some of the wrong that resulted, Tai Lung became a cold and brutal beast willing to destroy anyone and anything to get what he wanted.
  • The Determinator: Nothing gets in his way. Not armies, not arrows, not ballista bolts, not five of the greatest Kung-Fu warriors, not his own master and father. What separates him from an Implacable Man is that he's often hit with what should have permanently ended him, but he keeps finding off-the-cuff solutions to overcome his obstacles and roar back into the fight.
  • Doorstop Baby: His backstory. And unlike Po, this has yet to be explained.
  • 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, entitled 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 Tai Lung has made it past all Chorh-Gom's defenses.
  • 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.
    • To Po — Both are orphans whose life had something to do with Kung Fu and being the Dragon Warrior. Tai Lung was shown to be gifted at Kung Fu and groomed for the role of the Dragon Warrior, but was not chosen as the Dragon Warrior and became the Big Bad he is; Po had to work his way to being a Kung Fu master and was chosen as the Dragon Warrior. Also, while Po is a Humble Hero (bordering on Heroic Self-Deprecation), Tai Lung is an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy (which is his Fatal Flaw).
    • To Tigress — Both do not know their real parents (the latter was raised in an Orphanage of Love, the former was a Doorstop Baby), and just wanted their teacher's love. Like Tai Lung, Tigress believed that she would be chosen as the Dragon Warrior by Oogway, and resented Po for 'stealing her thunder'. Also, both are big felines who suffer from Pride and a bad temper. Unlike Tai Lung, Tigress remained honorable by choosing to become an even better and more worthy warrior. This decision, combined with her defeat at the Thread of Hope, kept her from following the same path as him.
  • Evil Former Friend: To Shifu, his master.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He isn't a subtle character.
    "Our battle WILL BE LEGENDARY!!'"
  • 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.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His overall assertive demeanor is matched by a firm, commanding voice.
  • Face–Heel Turn: In flashback, he went from Shifu's beloved son and prize pupil to a destructive Fallen Hero that went on a rampage through the Valley and tried to kill his own mentor when he was deemed unworthy of the Dragon Scroll.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: He thinks that the Dragon Scroll will give him the power of the Dragon Warrior- it won't, because the scroll doesn't have power to begin with, and it's more of a symbolic item. Since the Dragon Warrior is The Chosen One who can understand the Scroll's lesson, he can never become the Dragon Warrior because the Dragon Warrior is not something you "become" in the first place.
  • 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. At least, that's how it went down in his head. The truth is that his arrogance and refusal to look beyond combat and pursue self-enlightenment is the reason that Oogway denied him the Dragon Scroll.
  • Faux Affably Evil: After fighting his way out of the prison, Tai Lung picks up Zeng, strokes his head and amicably tells the goose to deliver his message to the Valley of Peace before helpfully throwing him up to catch flight. All the while with explosions caused by the snow leopard occuring in the background. He also compliments the Furious Five for their performance against him before subduing them with his nerve attacks. And finally, he acts nearly respectfully upon first meeting his master for twenty years, but he drops the act upon Shifu's answer that they must fight.
    Tai Lung: I'm glad Shifu sent you. [brings his paw close to the shivering Zeng before stroking the goose's head] I was beginning to think I'd been forgotten. Fly back there and tell them... the real Dragon Warrior is coming home.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Fighter to Shen's Thief and Kai's Mage; While sometimes turning his opponents' own weapons and environment against them, for the most part he fights barehanded and alone, using pure Kung Fu, and while his nerve attacks can paralyze with a touch, they bear no similarity to chi manipulation.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric - arrogant, destructive and Hot-Blooded.
  • 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.
  • Freudian Trio: The Id to Shen's Superego and Kai's Ego. Tai Lung is the most aggressive and physically capable of the three and is also by far the most temperamental.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He went from a sweet orphan to The Dreaded Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy.
  • Furry Reminder: He punctuates some of his dialogue with growls and snarls.
  • Genius Bruiser: Not only is Tai Lung The Juggernaut, but he's clever enough to pick up one of Zeng's loose feathers with his unrestrained tail and use it to pick the intricate lock of his chi-disrupting restrain. However, he does not have the spiritual intelligence to comprehend the true power taught by the Dragon Scroll.
  • 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: He only wears a belt and a pair of pants.
  • Hero's Evil Predecessor: Downplayed. Tai Lung is Master Shifu's former pupil and a talented Kung Fu fighter who trained since his early age, and Shifu thought he was certain to become the legendary Dragon Warrior. Master Oogway didn't agree, leading to Tai Lung rebelling against the masters and then getting imprisoned for his troubles. Twenty years later, our hero Po is made the Dragon Warrior and then he's informed that he's fated to defeat Tai Lung, the former candidate for the title.
  • Humiliation Conga: Much of the final battle with Po.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Rejects both his former Master's apology, and the true message of the Dragon Scroll.
  • 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. Shifu only taught him to focus on the physical side of kung fu, not the spiritual one, preventing him from becoming enlightened and realizing the true wisdom of the Dragon Scroll.
  • 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). Tai Lung became arrogant in his skill, entitled to his destiny, 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 real 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.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Oogway deemed him unfit to receive the Dragon Scroll, seeing a darkness in his heart. Tai Lung responded by destroying the entire Valley of Peace in a fit of rage.
  • Jerkass: Tai Lung used to be an adorable cub, but he grew up egotistical and smug before turning evil, partly thanks to Shifu neglecting to teach him humility. He looks down on everyone in his delusions of invincibility, refusing to accept blame for his undoings, and ultimately rejecting his mentor's heartfelt apology.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • When Tai Lung faces the Furious Five and Tigress tries to suggest that she's the Dragon Warrior, Tai Lung replies in a belittling tone that he knows that the Dragon Warrior is neither her or the rest of them — and he's ultimately proven right.
      Tai Lung: Shifu taught you well. [immobilizes Monkey] But he didn't teach you everything. [viciously attacks]
    • While ranting at Shifu over Tai Lung's crushed life goal of becoming the Dragon Warrior, the snow leopard brings up the fact that Shifu set him to work hard on martial arts, fed his adoptive son's dreams, and then immediately stopped supporting him because of Oogway judged him to be unfit.
      Tai Lung: I rotted in jail for twenty years because of your weakness!
      Shifu: Obeying your master is not weakness!
      Tai Lung: You knew I was the Dragon Warrior! You always knew! But, when Oogway said otherwise, what did you do? What did you do?! NOTHING!
      Shifu: You were not meant to be the Dragon Warrior! That was not my fault!
      Tai Lung: Not. Your. FAULT?! Who filled my head with dreams?! Who drove me to train until my bones cracked?! Who denied me my DESTINY?!
  • The Juggernaut: A thousand rhino warriors don't get a hit on him, the Furious Five can't stop him and even Master Shifu is solidly defeated by him. Master Oogway seems to be the only character who stands any sort of chance against him. However, Master Oogway is confident that Po is up to the challenge.
  • Ki Attacks: His signature nerve strike.
  • Killed Off for Real: The third movie reveals that the Wuxi finger hold banished him into the Spirit World.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The tone of the first film completely darkens whenever he's around.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a snow leopard with golden glowing eyes and the Big Bad.
  • 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 actually is (i.e., the Dragon Warrior). For a second meaning, it addresses the great expectations placed on him by Shifu.
  • Meaningless Villain Victory: He does eventually gets his paws on the Dragon Scroll... but its metaphorical meaning is so lost on him that he gets no value out of it.
  • Million-to-One Chance: With a dash of Because Destiny Says So for flavor. That one feather Vachir knocked loose landed in just within Tai Lung's reach, providing him the exact tool he needed to escape.
  • Never My Fault: He blames Shifu and Oogway for not being allowed to become a Dragon Warrior and his imprisonment. While his accusations in regards to Shifu have some truth to them, it wasn't his right to lash out at everyone in arm's reach for not getting what he wasn't fit for.
  • Not Worth Killing: After beating up the entire Furious Five and having them at his mercy thanks to them being immobilized, Tai Lung opts to let them return back to Shifu as a form of gloating.
  • 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: No number of conventional soldiers is a match for him.
  • Panthera Awesome: Of the snow leopard variety.
  • The Paralyzer: His nerve strike which he learned from the restraining shell that held him imprisoned.
  • Pet the Dog: He's very gentle with Zeng. As a matter of fact, he literally pets him.
  • Prehensile Tail: Tai Lung uses his unrestrained tail to pick up Zeng's loose feather and use it to pick the lock of his restraint.
  • Pressure Point: "Shifu taught you well... but he didn't teach you everything." However, it fails to work on Po as Po, being a large and chubby panda, means that the pressure points aren't exactly where they would be or aren't as effective as it would be on thinner beings.
  • A Pupil of Mine, Until He Turned to Evil: Shifu raised Tai Lung as his adoptive son, believing the Kung Fu prodigy to be the destined Dragon Warrior. When Oogway denied the talented warrior the title due to lack of humility and wasn't defended by Shifu, Tai Lung snapped, to put it mildly.
  • 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. "ALL I EVER DID, I DID TO MAKE YOU PROUD!"
  • Redemption Rejection: Twice.
    • "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 Shifu's apology, but then remembered why he was there.
    • It happens again near the end of his battle with Po, as Tai Lung finally opens the Dragon Scroll. Po calmly comforts him and tries to explain to him what the scroll was for and why it was never given to him. Tai Lung won't have any of it and tries to attack Po again, and Po regretfully has to take the fight up a notch.
  • The Resenter: Deeply resents Shifu, and to a lesser extent, Oogway, for denying him the Dragon Scroll.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: He was this when he was young, believe it or not.
  • Running on All Fours: Like Tigress, he seems to do this by default.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: A variant - he gives a deeply undignified startled-kitten squeak when Po tricks him into biting his own tail. (In his defense, cats have bones in their tails—such a bite would hurt.)
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Chorh-Gom Prison exists for the sole purpose of keeping Tai Lung, and only Tai Lung, locked up. The one thing that keeps him immobilized is a turtle shell-shaped harness with acupuncture needles in his back... and the only thing he needed to escape from the prison carved out of a mountain that goes down for miles and is guarded by a thousand rhinoceri is a single feather.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • He represents what Po could have been with a bad teacher. Notice one of his first lines (see Large Ham) is similar, if less funny, to Po's first line. Also both of them are incurable show-offs, even when the situation calls for dead seriousness. When Tai Lung appeared before Shifu out of nowhere before their confrontation, he was hiding at a distance for some time and waiting for Shifu to blink, so that his entrance could be appropriately dramatic (as explained in DVD commentary).
    • Also Tigress, due to their similar Inferiority Superiority Complex and The Resenter role for not being chosen as the Dragon Warrior. However while Tigress' honour code and loyalty to Shifu still offset that slight, Tai Lung's sense of entitlement made him turn on his masters.
  • 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.
  • Spare a Messenger:
    • After Tai Lung has fought his way out of Chorh-Gom Prison, leaving a lot of guards injured or worse, he allows Zeng to return to the Valley of Peace to deliver his message to Shifu: "the real Dragon Warrior is coming home".
    • Once Tai Lung has defeated the entire Furious Five and immobilized nearly all of them with nerve attacks, he allows Crane to transport them all back to the Valley to intimidate Shifu and Po.
  • 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: When the pit of Chorh-Gom is collapsing around him, he leaps from one piece of falling debris to the next.
  • 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 growing 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.
  • The Unfavorite: Mentioned when Tai Lung returns to the Jade Palace:
    Tai Lung: I have come home, master.
    Shifu: This is no longer your home, and I am no longer your master!
    Tai Lung: Oh, yes. You have a new favorite. So where is this Po? [evil chuckle] Did I scare him off?
    • Subverted when Shifu mentions how he had become so proud of him that he failed to see what he had become.
    Tai Lung: Everything I did, I did to make you proud! Tell me how proud you are Shifu! Tell me! TELL ME! [Tai Lung knocks Shifu to the ground]
    Shifu [with a regretful sadness]: I have always been proud of you. From the first moment I've been... proud of you. And it was my pride that blinded me. I loved you too much to see what you were becoming. What I... was turning you into. I'm s... I'm sorry. [Tai Lung pauses, then grabs Shifu by the throat]
    Tai Lung: I don't want your apology! I want my scroll!
  • The Unfettered: He will stop at nothing to get the Dragon Scroll, even if it means trying to kill his adoptive father and mentor.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Part of what makes him Unintentionally Sympathetic.
  • Villain Has a Point: While Tai Lung is responsible for his own crimes, he's right about Shifu cultivating his ambitions for becoming the Dragon Warrior and then drawing back all the support because of Oogway's decision — a responsibility Shifu admits in a heartfelt way after he's beaten up by his adoptive son. Also, Shifu didn't say anything to console Tai Lung over his crushed dreams and never visited him in prison for two decades, effectively cutting him out of his life and embittering Tai Lung further.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Really starts to lose his cool during his fight with Po, but especially after he finally reads the Dragon Scroll.
  • Vocal Dissonance: He is a ripped anthro snow leopard who has just finished tearing apart a prison... and then speaks in a smooth British accent, courtesy of Ian McShane.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Never wears a shirt, much to the delight of his fangirls.
  • Wall Crawl: He can use his claws for this purpose, as shown when he breaks out of Chorh-Gom.
  • "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!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Tai Lung's ultimate fate is never revealed, until the true nature of the Wuxi Finger Hold is revealed in the third film. Tai Lung was sent to the spirit realm where he was captured by Kai and is seen as an amulet on his waist.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to think he's The Hero of the story, which Word of God has said was intentional, and is why Tai Lung has golden eyes — the color gold represents glory and heroism. Tai Lung's scenes are framed as an archetypical action Hero's Journey: he is betrayed by his master and denied prestige he feels he deserves, and is imprisoned for years before escaping, and he fights his way back to his homeland (including an encounter with a Quirky Miniboss Squad of his master's pupils) to confront his old master and his new favorite student and claim the destiny they denied him. Unfortunately for Tai Lung, he isn't The Hero of this story, Po is.

    Commander Vachir
"You doubt my prison's security?"

The head of security at Chorh-Gom Prison, where Tai Lung was held for twenty years.

  • Asshole Victim: He's pointlessly cruel towards his sole prisoner.note  Still when Zeng arrives he relishes at being able to be cruel to someone else for a change.
  • Berserk Button: Having his prison and its guards insulted. Shifu's mild Freak Out! about Oogway's vision causes him to send a message to Chorh-Gom Prison with an order to double the guards, which infuriates Vachir and prompts him to make a demonstration of how effective the prison is and inadvertently providing Tai Lung with the means of escape.
  • Big "WHAT?!": His very first line, indicating he's not very happy with Shifu's concerns.
  • The Bully: He needlessly badgers Shifu's messenger and makes a point of tormenting Tai Lung to show how tough he is, implying in turn that he's actually quite afraid of the widdle kitty.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Harasses Tai Lung by telling him he's not getting what drove him to villainy and nonchalantly stomping on his tail to see how apparently "weakened" he is. It ends as well as you'd expect.
    Vachir: Hey, tough guy! Did you hear? Oogway is about to give someone the Dragon Scroll, and it's not gonna be you.
    Zeng: What are you doing? Don't make him mad!
    Vachir: What's he gonna do? I've got him completely immobilized. [Deliberately stomps on Tai Lung's tail and laughs it off] Oh, did I step on the widdle kitty's tail? Aw.
  • Dead Hat Shot: The last we see of him is his golden horn cover landing in the snow.
  • Irony: Vachir not only knocks the ill-fated feather free, providing Tai Lung with the key to his escape, the rhino also makes a point of stomping on the widdle kitty's tail, which is the one limb that was left unsealed.
  • Jerkass: Oh yeah.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: His treatment of Tai Lung would be normally Kick the Dog if Tai Lung wasn't a Big Bad.
  • 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.
  • Nominal Hero: Technically on the side of the good guys as he is keeping a public enemy imprisoned, but he's such a Jerkass that it's hard to see.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: A rare male example: he is a rhinoceros with visible nipples on his bare chest.
  • 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: He 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?...
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: His own arrogance in the security of his prison leads to Tai Lung escaping.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It isn't clear as to what became of him since Tai Lung's escape besides being replaced as the head of security at Chorh-Gom Prison as the Comic Book Kung Fu Panda Issue 1 reveals.

Alternative Title(s): Kung Fu Panda First Movie Characters


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