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Panda Village



A community of peaceful panda denizens living high in the mountains.

  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Almost none of them wear shoes unlike Po himself. It's likely to emphasize their rural, peaceful nature, or it may have something to do with the fact that they have "bear feet" because they're panda bears.
  • Big Eater: Knowing who Po is, it's really clear that all pandas eat just as much Po.
  • Big Fun: Mostly made up of lazy, fun-loving goofballs. One of them is even named Big Fun.
  • Endangered Species: Shen's genocide really did a number on them. There are roughly between thirty to forty pandas living in the village, which is considered critically endangered. That being said, there appears to be more cubs than full grown pandas. So at least they're trying.
  • Jabba Table Manners: The villagers are surprised by Po using chopsticks to eat one dumpling at a time instead of using both hands to shove as many dumplings as he can into his mouth. They also allow the cubs to crawl around and on the food as they please.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: They are all friendly, charming and lazy with a big appetite; taken Up to Eleven with a whole villageful of pandas.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: After they're introduction, the panda villagers been getting more installments of the franchise focusing (ie a webseries, a short, etc.) on them more than Shifu or the Furious Five in recent years. The fact that Paws of Destiny seemingly focuses mostly on the village with the Jade Palace residents being absent does not help.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: What Po ultimately is forced to do. By teaching them to expand each of the panda's favourite activities, such as rolling and hugging, into combat.

    Li Shan

Po's biological father, seeking to reunite with his son after having defended his village and people from Lord Shen's raid years before.

  • Adults Are Useless: Played with; he takes Po to the panda village to protect Po from Kai, where Po learns such panda activities as rolling, relaxing, and sleeping, which are impractical when it comes to fighting Kai; when Kai approaches, Po demands that he show him how to learn chi, and he tells him that none of the other pandas, including himself, know how to do chi since they've forgotten the skill.
  • Bash Brothers: He and Mr. Ping team up in the finale of the third movie to distract Kai's jombies while Po goes after Kai. Their "Double Dad Defense" works quite well.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: To an even greater degree than Po. He's extremely relaxed and laid-back, but is also perfectly willing to resort to violence if you hurt his family. Just ask the Wolf Boss.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Silly as he is, Li Shan can prove dangerous when pushed. After all, he's the reason Wolf Boss only has one eye.
  • Big Eater: Pulls off the same challenge of stuffing bean buns into his mouth as his son, doing more than double Po's best (Po's seen best is 40, Li's is 103, and he claims that was as a warm-up).
  • Big Fun: Immediately becomes the life of the party upon his arrival in the noodle shop.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: First appears in the second film, but seems to be relegated to flashbacks like his wife up until the ending.
  • Cowardly Lion: When Kai arrives in the village, he takes Po to the secret panda village under the pretense that Po can learn chi when in reality, the panda villagers had nearly forgotten about it until Tigress arrives and helps Po and the village re-discover their inner abilities and they use their renewed chi abilities to help revive Po so he can battle Kai in the spirit realm.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His wife was murdered by Shen and his wolves. And he believed for more than twenty years, with good reason, that his only child suffered the same fate.
  • Deuteragonist: For the third movie. The story is about him finding Po after they had been seperated by Shen's massacre and reconnecting with him, as well as realizing that even parents make mistakes, even if it's for the right reasons.
  • Easily Forgiven: Next time he and Po speak after learning he was lied to, Po no longer seems angry with him. Granted, it's because Kai was coming and Po needed an army. Although by the end, it's played straight and Po accepts his biological father in his life.
  • Foil: To Mr. Ping. Both serve as paternal figures to Po. While the high-strung Mr. Ping is Po's adoptive father who raised him all his life and knows what to say at the right time, the mellow Li Shan is Po's missing biological father who is just now getting to know what being a father means.
  • Good Counterpart: For Wolf Boss. Both characters have humorous traits yet are capable of planning ahead and holding themselves in a fight, even though they aren't Kung Fu masters. Both have a sense of protectiveness over their groups, with Li Shan buying his family and other pandas time to escape Shen's forces, and Wolf Boss refusing to follow Shen's order to fire at his own wolves.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes into one after revealing he lied, because he feels he deserves Po's hatred. Mr. Ping helps him to get over it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tries to pull one by telling his wife and son to flee while he holds off Shen's wolves, but subverted in that he survives.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Lies to Po about teaching him Ki Manipulation, to ensure he would be safe from Kai in the village. Not that it worked anyway.
  • I Have No Son!: Inverted when Po learnt that Li has been lying all along, at least until Ping help them reconcile.
  • Improbable Weapon User: When Shen's wolves stormed the village, he defended himself with a heavy rake. (That's why Wolf Boss wears an eyepatch.)
  • It Runs in the Family: Doesn't catch on that Po is his missing son at first, much like Po failed to realize he was adopted. Likewise shares his son's enthusiasm for bean bun stuffing challenges and dislike of stairs. Their shared silliness is especially apparent when they played with the Jade Palace's Kung Fu artifacts like a pair of little kids. Really, Li Shan sometimes feels like an older and slightly larger Po.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: The very fact that he's still alive used to be a major twist at the end of the second film. Needless to say, it's not so shocking anymore.
  • Nice Guy: Li is an extremely pleasant, friendly, huggable, and laid-back character.
  • Overprotective Dad: Downplayed due to the playful banter between Po and Li Shan in the Jade Palace's artifact room; when Li Shan panics after seeing Po in action and fears that he might get hurt, he takes Po to the panda village to prevent losing him again, misleading him to believe that he can teach Po how to master chi, bringing him to the shelter of the village, which allows Kai to conquer the other masters, until Tigress brings the scroll and helps Po and the villagers re-discover their long dormant chi abilities.
  • Papa Bear: The Wolf Boss attempts to kill his infant son during Shen's attack. Li responds by taking his eye.
    • Deconstructed in the 3rd film, where he lies to Po about being able to teach him how to channel chi, in a futile attempt to protect him. It sours his relationship with Po until Mr. Ping helps him through it. It is then reconstructed during the climax, when Li would be the first one to channel his chi, purely out of love and concern for his son.
  • Shadow Archetype: The official Kung Fu Panda website describes Li as Po "if the discipline of Kung Fu had never entered his life". Po felt like he wanted to run when the news of Tai Lung's jailbreak reached his ears until he's actually taught Kung Fu and learns the secret of the Dragon Scroll thanks to Mr. Ping's words. Likewise, Li's reaction to Kai's return is to take Po with him to the Panda Village and then to evacuate when Tigress informs of Kai's approach. However, following Po's disappointment in him and a pep talk from Mr. Ping, Li asks Po to train him and the other pandas so that they can help him, becoming the first one who learns to channel his chi to help Po.
  • Survivor Guilt: He blames himself for losing his family all those years ago, giving him a lack of self-confidence not unlike Po in the first film. It also leads to him lying to Po to try and keep him safe, as he's terrified of losing him again after finding him.
  • Tragic Keepsake: A small painting of his wife and then-infant son in his house, lit by a single candle—all he had left of them, until he realized Po was alive.

    Mei Mei
Voiced by:
Kate Hudson (KFP 3)
Chrissy Metz (Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny)

A ribbon dancer from the secret panda village who takes an immediate interest in Po.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Downplayed. Po isn't exactly repulsed by her, but her constant flirting does freak him out a bit.
  • Acrofatic: She can really move fast despite being a Big Beautiful Woman.
  • Action Girl: Uses her ribbon dancing skills to take out jombies.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: As a panda, it's not surprising for her chubbiness to be considered attractive. Also Truth in Television, since chubbier women were considered beautiful in imperial China.
  • Dance Battler: Her fighting style after receiving training from Po.
  • Fighting with Chucks: Her weapon of choice.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Almost the case. She was originally meant to be voiced by Rebel Wilson, and her design clearly shows that.
  • Large Ham: Gloriously so during her ribbon performance.
  • The One Who Wears Shoes: The only villager shown with any kind of footwear, except for Po, who lives in the Valley of Peace.
  • Ship Tease: She becomes attracted to Hom-Lee after his face gets accidentally hit by her nunchucks, straightening his unusual smile near the end of the movie.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Li Shan adds that she's the best ribbon dancer in China... according to her. But by the end of the movie, it could well be true.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Bright red and pink clothing, long eyelashes and eye shadow, floral designs, and a heart-shaped nose. She just screams feminine.

    Lei Lei
Voiced by: Liam Knight

A young panda girl who takes an instant liking to Po's Tigress action figure and eventually, the actual Tigress.

Voiced by:
Steele Gagnon (KFP3)
Gunnar Sizemore (Paws of Destiny)

A young panda cub who resides in the secret panda village. Initially just one of the many residents of the panda village, he later appeared as one of the main characters of Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny.

  • Ascended Extra: Becomes a main character in Paws of Destiny.
  • Badass Adorable: An adorable baby panda who helped take out the jombies by kicking firecrackers at them.
  • Barrier Warrior: How his powers from the Black Tortoise manifest. The size ranges between something large enough to hold four kids to something handheld.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: He's top-notch at playing some kind of hackey-sack game. Po trains him to weaponize this skill.
  • It's All About Me
  • Meaningful Name:
    • The name "Bao" has several meanings, including "precious", which also happens to be the meaning of Po's name.
    • It is a homophone for another Chinese word that means "bun" as in bread. Given the pandas' appetites...
  • Nice Hat: Notably sports a little red one.
  • Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Bao sounds a lot like a wannabe rapper at times: "What-what?"

Voiced by:
Barbara Dirickson (KFP3)
Amy Hill (Paws of Destiny)

The elder of the panda village.

    Dim & Sum 
Voiced by:
Willie Geist (Dim)
Al Roker (Sum)

Po's cousins, and identical twins.

    Big Fun 
Voiced by:
Wayne Knight

Voiced by:
Wayne Knight

  • British Teeth: His smile throughout most of the movie.
  • Meaningful Name: He's not exactly one of the most attractive pandas due to his not-so-attractive smile. This changes when he gets hit by Mei Mei's nunchucks.
  • Ship Tease: With Mei Mei when his smile gets straightened out after he gets accidentally hit by her nunchucks.


Spirit Realm

"The Jade Slayer. Master of Pain. You may know me as the Beast of Vengeance. Maker of Widows?"

Voiced by:
J. K. Simmons

The Big Bad of the third film. An evil spirit with the ability to siphon away the energies of those he defeats. He has a serious axe to grind with the masters of the Jade Palace... and isn't very fond of pandas either.

  • The Ageless: As a spirit warrior, he doesn't age on account of technically being dead already.
  • Always a Bigger Fish: Judging by the jade amulet of Tai Lung; Kai met Tai Lung at some point during his stay in the spirit realm and was able overpower and absorb his chi.
  • Ancient Evil: He was sealed away five hundred years ago and has only now returned. Being the Ancient Evil actually kind of annoys him because that means no one knows who he is anymore.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: He sure doesn't put much effort into tactics or strategy. To be fair, he doesn't really need to.
  • Attention Whore: He insists on being front and center at all times, has a flair for theatrics, and gets annoyed if you don't know who he is.
  • Badass Boast: Good lord, he lets these fly in nearly every scene he's in! He does it so much that Po starts making fun of him for it.
  • Back from the Dead: Broke out of the afterlife himself using the chi taken from Oogway.
  • Battle Trophy: The jade amulets that he wears on his belt, created from the very masters he takes his chi from. The one around his neck is Oogway himself.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Throughout the film, Kai's goal has been to greedily take the chi of every kung fu master he's encountered. This changes when Po finishes him off:
    Po: You want my chi so bad? Then take it.
    Kai [absorbing Po's chi energy]: Yes, the power is mine! [His body glows and his jade amulets float away] Wait, no. It's too much. That's too much. No! NO!
  • Beard of Evil: It's easy to miss, but he has three goatees growing from three spots under his muzzle. Two of those goatees grow from the lower sides of his muzzle, making them resemble a Fu Manchu mustache.
  • Berserk Button: People not knowing who he is, which unfortunately for him, is almost everyone.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may act all hammy and crack dark jokes while Trolling his foes, but he's still very dangerous.
  • Big Bad: Of the third film.
  • Big Entrance: All of them. No really, every entrance he makes is a Big Entrance. Po even compliments him on it.
  • Black Comedy: He's a master of this as much as a master of chi.
  • Cain and Abel: While he and Oogway aren't blood brothers, they considered each other brothers-in-arms. He's the Cain.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The way he proudly rattles off the old nicknames he used to have and insists on being as over-the-top as possible speaks of someone who knows he's the Big Bad and really really enjoys it.
  • Came Back Strong: Thanks to his mastery over chi and essentially being immortal, he's now much more dangerous than he was when Oogway first defeated him.
  • Character Tic: Idly swinging his swords in circles by the chains. This makes a signature sound and alerts others that Kai is drawing near.
  • Classic Villain: Embodies Greed (for chi and greater ability), Pride (his ego and hatred of obscurity), Envy (towards Oogway and the success he's achieved), and Wrath (anyone who reminds him of his obscurity).
  • The Collector: It was even his original name. What he "collects" is chi...and the masters that come with it.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist:
    • Tai Lung was a kung fu master; Shen was a weapons master; Kai wields supernatural powers. Co-director Jennifer Yuh Nelson says this of him:
    "You can't go brawler because Tai Lung was brawler. You can't go smarter because Shen was smarter. Where can you go? You have to go supernatural, bigger, and even more intimidating."
    • In comparison to Tai Lung and Shen, he's also a lot more outright evil, and Laughably Evil at that. Not to mention, he's also the first villain that Po outright couldn't beat by himself.
  • Cool Sword: Wields a pair of Kratos-esque swords made from jade.
  • Crown of Horns: Formed from his actual horns for added effect.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost everyone he fights directly, up to and including Po himself. Oogway and Shifu do better, but only marginally. Only when Po gains his Golden Chi Dragon Aura in the Spirit Realm is this reversed.
  • Deader Than Dead: He's already a spirit, a fact that makes him immune to being directly affected by the Wuxi Finger Hold. However, after Po gets supercharged by his friends and family giving him their chi, he destroys Kai completely.
  • Death by Irony: Po destroys him by overloading him with so much chi that he explodes.
  • Double Weapon: He wields what appears to be a double-bladed polearm in Oogway's flashback.
  • The Dreaded: Played with. He used to be this, judging by some of his nicknames, but by the time he shows up again, he's long since forgotten to time and nobody remembers or fears him anymore. Once the heroes learn who he is and what he can do however, they're understandably frightened.
  • Dreadlock Warrior: His mane gives him this appearance.
  • Dual Wielding: Uses two jade swords at a time.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He expects everyone in the present day to still know and fear him, not accounting for just how long he's been gone. It becomes enough of a Running Gag that Kai is delighted despite himself when Po correctly identifies him and some of his monikers.
    Kai: Aha! You must be the Dragon Warrior.
    Po: And you must be Kai! Beast of Vengeance, Maker of Widows!
    Kai: (Beat) Yes! Finally! Thank you! Almost makes me want to spare your life.
  • Escaped from Hell: A variant. Kai finds a way to escape the afterlife, but it's hardly a "hell" (at least, not now that he's gone.)
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He and Oogway were brothers in all but blood during their warlord days. In the present day, the "love" is pretty much fizzled as Kai is dead set on obliterating Oogway's memory, but even then he briefly cracks when the Furious Five confront him that shows Oogway's "betrayal" still genuinely hurts him, as warped as his perspective is on the matter.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good:
    • Can't seem to comprehend why Oogway turned on him and sealed him away, despite the atrocities he's committed.
    • In a more subtle way than the previous villains: Kai has no idea what to make of Po when he becomes a true Chi Master by coming to a realization of who he really is. Kai never reached enlightenment like Oogway did and his control over chi comes from stealing it, so the sheer power Po had from his realization and having Chi shared with him by his friends is something Kai can't understand.
  • Evil Counterpart: To both Po and Oogway.
    • Po has issues with identity. Likewise, Kai finds that his own identity has been lost to time and seeks to reclaim it, but with force rather than self-enlightenment. Like Po, he also doesn't take things 100% seriously.
    • Oogway, in relation to pandas and chi. While Oogway wanted to share chi with the world, Kai wanted it all for himself. They also share green as a Color Motif, but while Oogway's is a calm, tranquil green, Kai's is a Sickly Green Glow.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He is a giant yak that towers over all of the other characters.
  • Evil Former Friend: Oogway's. They were brothers-in-arms and the best of friends up until Oogway decided to share the power of chi and gain enlightenment, while Kai wanted to use that power for himself.
  • Evil Gloating: Prone to this. It backfires on him when he inadvertently gives Po an idea of how to send him to the Spirit Realm.
  • Evil Laugh: Indulges in a few here and there.
  • Evil Plan: Destroy Oogway's legacy and engorge himself on a ton of chi along the way.
  • Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: He has a habit of making cruel jokes at the expense of others.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Has a deep, gruff and powerful voice, courtesy of J. Jonah Jameson.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Subverted. While it seemed at first glance when Kai went from friend of Oogway to chi stealing monster, several of his titles and Oogway saying he was an ambitious warrior indicates that he was never a good guy to begin with and that Oogway actually did a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He really gets into the moment a few times.
  • Fantastic Racism: Seems to look down on mortals, despite having been one himself.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Repaid the pandas for their kindness by perverting their chi techniques and trying to harvest their chi for his own selfish desires.
  • Fatal Flaw: His Greed, as noted above in Classic Villain. Oogway tried to warn him "the more you take, the less you have", meaning he'd never be satisfied with what power he had stolen and always wanted more. This, coupled with Po driving him into a Villainous Breakdown, is what undoes him.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Is generally soft-spoken and prone to cracking jokes, but is without a doubt a destructive monster; briefly subverted when Po recognizes him as the Beast of Vengeance and Maker of Widows, yet he is still determined to take Po's chi.
  • Flat Character: A bit, compared to the previous villains. Unlike Tai Lung and Lord Shen, this guy has no Hidden Depths and no backstory that is even remotely sympathetic. He is full stop a cruel monster who just wants the power of Chi for himself, all of it. This does not make him less effective as a villain in the least, though.
  • Flunky Boss: He can summon the spirits of the many kung fu masters whose Chi he has absorbed as "jade zombies" to do his bidding.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The Mage to Tai Lung's Fighter and Shen's Thief; He spends much of the movie fighting at range, either using his chain blades, which see just as much use as grapnels or tools for manipulating the battlefield as they do actual weapons, or with the enslaved spirits of Kung Fu masters which he controls directly with his mind. He is also capable of stealing and manipulating chi, either using it to summon the afore-mentioned spirits or to augment the power of his own strikes. His first major act in the movie is stealing the chi of Master Oogway and using it to escape the spirit realm.
  • Finger Poke of Doom: At one point, he bowls over Master Crane by literally flicking him in the face.
  • Four-Star Badass: One of his most prominent titles is "General Kai".
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic with a couple of Choleric elements — he can switch between being quite calm with emotions under control and being passionate and vengeful when facing his opponents; he's also a bit bigheaded and sometimes uses a mysteriously calm tone of voice when being Faux Affably Evil to anyone he runs into.
  • Freudian Trio: The Ego to Tai Lung's Id and Shen's Superego. Kai isn't as rash and temperamental as Tai Lung, while also not quite being the same calculating schemer that Shen is. He tends to take in situations as they come and relies more on his supernatural powers than Brains and Brawn, in contrast to Tai Lung's destructive rampaging and Shen's ability to always be cleverly prepared for whatever gets thrown at him.
  • Furry Reminder: Sometimes he'll snort in typical bovine fashion and attacks with his horns in a similar manner.
  • Gemstone Assault: Kai's swords are made of jade, as are the "jombies" made from the masters he drained chi from.
  • General Ripper: Once known as "General Kai, Supreme Warlord of all China." Given what we know about his past, he probably wasn't a very kind general.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His green eyes sometimes literally glow, showing off his supernatural abilities.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Literally. He is implied to not only be resentful towards Oogway, but deeply envious that the tortoise became so successful and famous while most people don't even recognize Kai anymore.
  • Hero Killer: Nearly the entire main cast ends up defeated, drained of chi, and under Kai's control by the time he reaches the panda village, not to mention the numerous other masters he did this to on the way. Even Po himself is completely outmatched at first.
  • Humiliation Conga: Once Po is given the chi of his family and friends and becomes a literal Dragon Warrior, everything that follows is the previously unstoppable Kai getting his ass handed to him in glorious fashion.
  • Incoming Ham: He announces himself to the world in the most grandiose way possible.
  • Immortal Immaturity: He doesn't take things very seriously for a guy literally centuries old. Compared to Oogway, who was wise beyond his (considerable) years, Kai simply hasn't grown up in any way, shape or form.
  • Immortality Immorality: He's also the single most evil being encountered in the series thus far. Immortality wasn't even his goal, just a side-effect of being a spirit.
  • Immortality Inducer: Being killed, ironically enough. He still had to spend five centuries stealing power from other deceased masters before he could cross back over into the living world.
  • Implacable Man: He just keeps on taking chi, with the masters' efforts doing little-to-nothing to stop him. Po eventually has to resort to essentially killing himself just to keep him away from the other pandas.
  • Impossibly Cool Weapon: Short, broad blades of the sort commonly called 'butterfly swords', fashioned of glowing jade. They're linked to chains, making them something like a kusarigama in general use. The connecting chains seem weightless, which makes them something close to Combat Tentacles.
  • It's All About Me: He's a self-centered and power hungry warlord who wants all the chi he can get his hands on for himself. He can't comprehend the reason Oogway had a problem with him turning on the Pandas who saved Oogway's life and trying to steal their chi.
  • The Juggernaut: Due to being so immensely powerful and also to being a returned spirit, pretty much nothing used against him even fazes him. He even casually shrugs off Po's Wuxi Finger Hold, gloating that it only works on mortals. In the end, it takes the combined Chi of every single panda in the village plus Tigress and Mr. Ping for Po to outmatch him, and even then he is not destroyed until Po induces in him a catastrophic Phlebotinum Overload.
  • Kamehame Hadoken: Subverted: he regularly does the familiar gesture, but he uses it for energy absorption, rather than projection. Unlike Master Oogway, Kai does not actually employ chi blasts, preferring to use chi for empowering his blows and his weapons, as well as summoning an army of zombified kung-fu masters.
  • Karmic Death: Is destroyed by the very chi he was so power hungry for. To add another layer of karma, he was stealing the chi of deceased Kung Fu masters, therefore denying them their afterlife. In the end his soul is obliterated, denying HIM an afterlife of his own.
  • Ki Manipulation: He is a master of chi, and of stealing it.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Whenever he shows up, the cute movie about goofy pandas suddenly becomes a lot darker.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: He utilizes both formidable martial arts skills and supernatural powers.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Tries to inflict this on Oogway. In Kai's reckoning, Oogway stole his legacy by sealing him, going on to become incredibly famous while no one else alive knows who Kai is. So Kai intends to erase everything Oogway has built, so no one will remember him either. In the end he is undone by his own chi stealing abilities, overloading on Po and the entire Panda villages' chi.
  • Last-Second Chance: Notably averted. He's the first Big Bad that Po does not offer any chance of redemption, either because he knows Kai is too far gone, or because he was simply too dangerous to leave alive.
  • Laughably Evil: He may be the most dangerous threat the heroes have yet to face, but he is also the funniest. Even if his sense of humor isn't always the most pleasant.
  • Leitmotif:
    • A very distinct one that plays most prominently in "The Arrival of Kai", but is used throughout most of his scenes.
    • It bears a partial resemblance to "I'm So Sorry" by Imagine Dragons (and was in fact sampled from it), yet ironically, Kai himself isn't sorry for anything he does.
  • A Load of Bull: A yak, to be specific.
  • Meaningful Name: Chinese for "victory". Additionally, "kai" or "kye" serves as an alternate pronunciation for "chi." Also qualifies for A Lizard Named "Liz", as "kay" is "yak" backwards. "Kai" also has several meanings in Japanese, some of which are "restoration" and "recovery".
  • Mighty Glacier: Kai is VERY strong and almost impossible to take down. But, he's on the slow side and prefers to remain stationary in fights.
  • Moral Myopia: Is bitter and angry at Oogway for betraying and sealing him away...but is a psychopathic, soul-stealing monster whose modus operandi is stealing the life force of others.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Comes within seconds of absorbing Po's chi when his family and friends give him the help he needs to turn the tables.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: His actions ultimately ensured that not only will Oogway's legacy live on, it will live on through a new successor.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Delivers one to Po after the latter's plan to defeat him falls flat. Po then sends them both to the Spirit Realm, where Kai promptly beats him down again. But Po gets to return the favor soon after.
  • No-Sell: He shrugs off almost everything thrown at him, figuratively or otherwise. He even No Sells the Wuxi Finger Hold.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: One look at him would tell you he is no ordinary animal. He still looks like a yak, but a few features, such as his glowing green eyes and unnaturally large horns, give him a more demonic appearance.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Defeating Oogway aside, he's treated as more of a Running Gag than a serious threat during his first few scenes. Then he absorbs Crane and Mantis and it all goes downhill from there.
  • Offscreen Villainy: Nothing major, he just manages to capture every master in China offscreen!
    • He also has an impressive resume of pre-movie villainy, including 500 years of absorbing deceased masters in the Spirit Realm and whatever he did as a warlord to earn all of those scary nicknames.
  • Oh, Crap!: His perfectly justified reaction to seeing Po turn into a giant chi dragon right in front of him.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Fakeout: When Po uses the Wuxi finger hold on him, Kai feigns despair and shock, before telling him that the Wuxi finger hold is a No-Sell on him.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: He's an entirely physical entity who managed to manifest in the living world after he stole Oogway's chi.
  • Personality Powers: He's a necromancer who's obsessed with the past, his own legacy, and seeks to undo Oogway's legacy.
  • Pet the Dog: When Po's the first one in the mortal realm who calls Kai by his titles, Kai is so pleased that he thanks Po and says that he's almost tempted to spare the panda's life.
  • Phrase Catcher: All attempts to introduce himself results in his current audience asking him "Who?"
  • Psychotic Smirk: Gives a particularity heinous one as he watches the Jade Palace crumble.
  • Red Baron: The "Jade Slayer", "Master of Pain", "Beast of Vengeance", and "Maker of Widows" are some of his nicknames. He's got quite a few apparently.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Sealed in the Spirit Realm for five hundred years by Master Oogway.
  • Sensory Overload: His ability to see and hear through his jombie soldiers backfires tremendously when the panda villagers start beating the tar out of all his jombies at the same time.
  • Sickly Green Glow: His Color Motif. It constantly surrounds him, his abilities, and even his weapons.
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: His jade knives make this sound, which alert everyone else that he's nearby.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Subverted. Oogway's uncharacteristic seriousness in the scroll describing Kai and Kai's ability to defeat and seal numerous kung fu masters is plenty of proof that he rightfully earned all those unpleasant titles. Kai is annoyed no one has any idea who he is anymore, and one can see his point.
  • Smug Super: He's the most powerful villain in the series by a long shot, and boy does he know it. He's incredibly over-the-top, constantly boasts about his power, and has a tendency to taunt and troll his opponents just to make their defeat as humiliating as possible.
  • So Last Season: That Wuxi Finger Hold that Po used to finish off Tai Lung? When he tries it on Kai, all he gets is mockery and a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown. Ultimately subverted, however: Po manages to use it on him indirectly by using it on himself while holding onto Kai.
  • The Sociopath: Kai is shamelessly power-hungry and wants all the chi just out of sheer selfishness. He betrayed without remorse the same pandas who cured his friend Oogway and is unable to understand even after five centuries why his friend would turn against him because of this. Like real-life sociopaths, Kai refuses to change his behavior because he sees nothing wrong with it and considers himself the victim of his own shortcomings. And unlike the previous villains, he's not even presented with a Freudian Excuse that'd even remotely explain his bitterness and cruelty.
  • Static Character: Subverted and Played for Drama. He used to be a ruthless, power-hungry monster, and stayed a ruthless, power-hungry monster, except now he's gained chi abilities and rejected the one person he considered a friend, making him even worse.
  • Supernatural Martial Arts: A norm for the series, but Kai takes it to a whole new level, displaying various feats of Ki Manipulation and even able to outright steal the chi from his victims.
  • Super Strength: He's able to lift a giant statue of Master Oogway off the ground and toss it through the Jade Palace with little effort.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: A villainous example. When Kai's theme starts playing, it usually means he's about to kick some ass.
  • Tom the Dark Lord: While Kai is a powerful name in Chinese, meaning "Victory", the name is very average in many European countries (having multiple origins and meanings) note , which might give the sense of this trope to overseas viewers.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Po not only kills him, but renders him Deader Than Dead to ensure that someone that absurdly powerful is not going to come back.
  • Troll: When Po attempts the Wuxi Finger Hold on him, he pulls an "Oh, Crap!" Fakeout for no other reason than to screw with him.
  • The Undead: Why he's immune to the Wuxi Finger Hold.
  • Unperson: In part due to being part of Oogway's less-beloved past that the old tortoise cast off for self-realization later in life, literally no mention or trace of Kai exists anywhere in the world other than a single scroll Oogway himself wrote. It's this very status of having might as well never existed that truly gets under his skin.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: He wasn't exactly grateful to the pandas for restoring his closest friend to health.
  • Unknown Rival: Because he's been gone for so long, he isn't particularity well-known outside of his connection with Master Oogway, which royally ticks him off.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Relatively compared to the experienced heroes. He's a very competent martial artist, but he depends more on raw supernatural power and strength than finesse or tactics. It's all he needs.
  • Vampiric Draining: His most dangerous ability. He can drain the chi from his victims, after which they turn into jade amulets that he can freely summon to fight for him.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He loses it when Po manages to drag them both back to the Spirit Realm. Not only is he furious, almost all comedy from him vanishes.
    Kai: It took me 500 years to take Oogway's chi. I will have yours even if it takes me 500 MORE!
  • Villain Cred: He lost his to the passage of time. Now he wants it back.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: Kai is expertly skilled with his chained swords, able to entrap his enemies with them and drag them close.


Kai's minions, a collection of former kung fu masters turned into mindless jade warriors to serve his purposes.

  • Back from the Dead: Many of them are long-deceased masters that Kai snatched from the Spirit Realm.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: They are shown to be more dangerous the fewer of them there are, likely because Kai controls them directly and the fewer there are the less his attention is diverted.
  • Creepy Twins: The Master Badger Twins, though they were probably a lot less creepy before being jombified.
  • Elite Mooks: They are capable of taking on kung fu masters one-on-one, which makes sense given that they're masters themselves.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: When Kai gives them an order, they do it, and they don't stop until it's done. Po finds this out the hard way when Master Porcupine ignores all attempts at banter and just keeps trying to kill him.
  • Portmanteau: Of "jade" and "zombie". Naturally, it was Po and Monkey who came up with it.
  • Sibling Team: The Master Badger Twins always fight together, even as jombies. Presumably, they also did when they were alive.
  • Silent Antagonist: Kai can talk through them, but otherwise, they never say a word. The most sound they ever make at all is the clinking of jade. However, Jombie Master Chicken still makes clucking sounds when "hurt" and Jombie Mantis audibly grunts when tearing the stone ax off of Oogway's statue, so it seems that they can make sounds, but just don't bother most of the time.
  • Simple Staff: The Master Badger Twins each use a staff, as their stubby limbs don't give them enough reach.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Master Porcupine, who fires his own quills as arrows.
  • Super Toughness: They're made of jade, able to take most blows with little sign of injury and they most likely Feel No Pain. The only effect most attacks have on them is to disrupt Kai's focus, as he experiences feedback from the blows.
  • Villain Override: Kai is able to see through their eyes at all times, or talk through them when necessary.
  • Voice of the Legion: When Kai speaks through the jombies, all of them speak at once. Po wants to try it with the Furious Five.

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


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