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    Mr. Ping
"We are noodle folk. Broth runs deep in our veins!"

Voiced by:
James Hong

Po's adoptive goose father. He runs a noodle shop, and would rather like to see Po become a noodles seller, but just the same, he is very supportive of Po's dream to become a kung fu master.

  • Accidental Hero: This happens a lot due to his virtues.
    • His pep talk to Po about "secret noodle soup" in the first film ends up giving Po exactly the wisdom he needs to understand the scroll and the courage to face Tai Lung to save Shifu.
    • His adoption of Po ended up cementing that the Valley of Peace would be safe from Tai Lung. Mr. Ping also unknowingly saved the survivor of brutal genocide, ensuring that Po would be alive to face the perpetrator decades later.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: In the second movie, he packs Po a lunch for the road and his Furious Five action figures... in front of the Furious Five. In the TV show when he stays at the Jade Palace, he tells the Furious Five embarrassing stories about Po when he was a child.
  • Ascended Extra: He has a much more prominent role in the third film compared to the first two.
  • Bash Brothers: He and Li Shan 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.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: After decades of raising his son (a panda), he is capable of flinging Po around with ease when motivated enough.
  • Deadpan Snarker: At times.
  • Family Business: Together with Po, he runs the noodle shop that he inherited from his father, who inherited it from his father, who won it from a friend in a game of mahjong.
  • Feather Fingers: And he uses them a lot. He's a chef after all.
  • Flight: He can fly, being a goose, but is never seen doing so. Even Po has never seen him fly despite living with him for 20 years, and expresses surprise at the realization that he can.
  • Friend to All Children: Implied in the third film. Even as they eat his food and destroy his things, he can't resist fawning over a crowd of baby pandas who reminded him of Po.
  • Frying Pan of Doom: Uses one as his Weapon of Choice in the battle against Kai's jombies in the third film, even using it to take out jombie-Shifu.
  • Good Parents: Despite their obvious differences, he truly loves Po as his own son and didn't think twice about adopting him after none showed up to claim him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: In the third movie, after Po's birth father appears.
  • 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 morally dubious opportunities to 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 after Po gets famous.
  • 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. Po probably did know beforehand, he just didn't think it really mattered up until questions of self-identity came up.
  • Informed Attribute: According to a comment he makes in the third film, he can fly just fine. He just chooses not to (as Po himself is shocked to learn). Probably because Po can't fly and so his wings don't get too tired/sore to inhibit his ability to cook. Subverted in the "Legends of Awesomeness" episode: 'Enter the Dragon' in which he really does fly back to Po after Po defeated Kepa.
  • Interspecies Adoption: He is a goose who is the adoptive father of a panda.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his sometimes selfish behavior, it's clear he loves Po very much and supports him (even if sometimes he does so to promote his business). He also comforts Li Shan after him and Po had their falling out.
  • Karmic Jackpot: He gets fringe benefits of having adopted the panda who would become the Dragon Warrior, from his booming business to everyone singing his son's praises. It becomes clearer, however, that for him having Po in his life is all he wants. He then learns to manipulate chi to save Po and bring him back from the spirit realm.
  • Ki Manipulation: Is the second character after Li Shan to learn how to do so in the third movie.
  • Large Ham: At times.
  • Last-Name Basis: He's only ever called "Mr.Ping". We don't yet know his first name.
  • 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.
  • Long Neck: Of course he has one, he's a goose.
  • Married to the Job: Mr. Ping isn't married or seen with a love interest, instead focusing on his restaurant and raising his son above all else.
  • Muggle Foster Parents: The untrained noodle chef and adopted father of a Kung Fu Master spoken of in a 500 year old prophesy.
  • 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. Averted in the third movie and during some episodes of the television series.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Averted. He has a prominent Chinese accent in contrast to his American-accented son. Being voiced by actual Chinese-American James Hong has its advantages.
  • Overprotective Dad: He displays this attitude in the third film when Li Shan suddenly re-emerges, even displaying signs of jealousy and fear that Li Shan might try to displace him as the primary parental figure in Po's life.
  • Parental Substitute: Served as Po's paternal figure for all of his life. Po makes it clear that, no matter what, he sees Mr. Ping as his dad.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Eventually proves to be this in all of the films. While he is surprised that Po is into kung fu and is chosen as the Dragon Warrior, he is genuinely saddened when Po thinks the scroll and prophecy is a fake. Then he apologizes, gives the pep talk Po needs to go save Shifu, and says So Proud of You when Po saves the day.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears a red robe and hat.
  • 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 and at the climax of the third movie, but he's fiercely protective of Po when it counts.
  • The Power of Love:
    • His love for Po allows him to do great feats if his son is in danger. In the third movie, he learns to master chi to help Po in the spirit realm and give him the power to go back.
    • It's implied that his love for and belief in Po was what allowed his son to become the Dragon Warrior. He tells Po in the first film that you just need to believe something is special to make it special while giving him an adoring look. Yes, Mr. Ping believed in the panda who is his son. This leads to Po's Eureka Moment that "there is no secret ingredient" to being the Dragon Warrior.
  • Shown Their Work: In general, the way Mr. Ping acts is a highly accurate, on-the-nose portrayal of traditional Chinese parents. Loves his son, expresses his affection for him through food, wants him to continue on the family business, and encourages him to become the best kung fu master he can be. Even the scene in the third film where Mr. Ping gets excited at the prospect of Po running the Jade Palace is exactly like a Chinese parent wanting their adult child to get a promotion at work.
    Mr. Ping: A teacher? Teaching kung fu? That's a promotion! Take the job, son. And someday, when you're in charge of the whole Jade Palace, I can sell noodles in the lobby!! (chuckles, then pauses) Why are you still here taking a bath like a baby? Get out, get out! Go, go, go! Franchise expansion awaits us!
  • 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?
  • Team Chef: During the training of the panda villagers in the third film, he assists Po by feeding the baby pandas.
  • The Talk: Averted. When Po asks where he came from, Ping tells him "Well, you see, son, baby geese come from an egg... DON'T ask me where the egg comes from!"
  • Took a Level in Badass: In the first two films, he was a supporting character and Non-Action Guy. But in the third, he follows Po to the panda village and assists Li Shan in fighting Kai's jombies with a frying pan.
    Po: (as jombie-Shifu is chasing him) Oh, no! Master Shifu! I can't hit Shifu!
    Mr. Ping: (holding the Frying Pan of Doom he just used to hit Shifu) I can!
    Li Shan: And so can I!
    Both: (activates their improvised set of armor) Double Dad Defense!
  • Tritagonist: Of the third film, as the story is about Po meeting his birth father, Li Shan. Ping at first isn't that happy about the situation and tags along when Li takes Po to the panda village. He eventually realizes that he doesn't have to worry about losing Po and helps Li to realize that in a wonderfully sweet talk between them.
    Mr Ping: I didn't really come along because I was worried Po would go hungry. I was worried about you.
    Mr Ping: No, I was worried you'd steal Po from me.
    Li Shan: I'd what?
    Mr Ping: I know. That was crazy. But I realized having you in Po's life doesn't mean less for me. It means more for Po.
  • 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 humble noodle 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, and he just developed them during his life while cooking food.
    • Despite being the only character present at the time who has neither formal kung-fu training nor a common ancestry with anyone who does, he is the second character to learn how to successfully manipulate chi (beat out only by Li Shan).


    Grand Master Viper
Voiced by:
James Sie

Viper's father, a descendant of the Viper clan who protected his village from bandits. Appears in Secrets of the Furious Five, in Viper's story.

  • The Ace: He is the greatest of the fabled Viper clan, with his poison-fang technique considered invincible.
    Po: One touch of his ivory tips could fell fifteen gorilla warriors! ...And a mid-sized crocodile.
  • Action Dad: A skilled fighter and the father of little Viper.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: His poison-fang technique is seemingly unbeatable, but he's rendered completely helpless when he meets a gorilla bandit who challenges him to a fight while wearing poison-proof armor.
  • The Dreaded: As Po put it, "Evil itself trembled before him, before the awe-smacking awesomeness of his poison fang technique."
  • Good Parents: Even if he was disappointed by his daughter's lack of fangs, he still loved her very much. Her dancing offered him a small bit of happiness after his many years of fighting off war mongers.
  • Logical Weakness: As it turns out, trying to inflict a deadly poisonous bite on an opponent clad in metal armor is a bad idea.
  • Non-Mammalian Hair: He is a snake with both Big Ol' Eyebrows and a long, drooping mustache.
  • Oh, Crap!: When his newborn daughter smiles at him and opens her mouth, revealing that she has no fangs.
    Grand Master Viper: ... No venom. (faints)
    • And again when his poison fang technique is no-sold by a gorilla wearing poison-proof armor.
    Grand Master Viper: but... how...?
  • Old Master: He's implied to be quite old, judging by his white eyebrows and mustache.
  • One-Man Army: Was the only individual capable of protecting his village until Viper mastered her dance combat.
  • Parents in Distress: Viper learned how to fight with her ribbon dancing by trouncing a gorilla bandit who was beating him up.
    Viper: No one beats up my daddy.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Very much inverted. He is a heroic snake who protects his village from the bad guys and loves his daughter.
  • So Proud of You: He finally smiles at Viper when he defeats the gorilla bandit with her ribbon dancing. D'aww.

    Mei Ling
Voiced by:
Stephanie Lemelin

A kind young kung fu student who supported Crane in his path to becoming a kung fu master. Appears in Secrets of the Furious Five, in Crane's story.

  • The Ace
    Po: (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, as she was already a kung-fu student while Crane was a meek janitor.
  • Nice Girl: 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 teaches him confidence by encouraging 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)

    Wo Hop
Voiced by:
Jack McBrayer

A rabbit chef who was accidentally dishonored by Po and tried (and failed) to commit suicide because of it. Appears in the Holiday Special.


    The Wu Sisters
Voiced by:
Sumalee Montano

Su, Wing, and Wan Wu form a trio of infamously deadly criminals. First appearing in the Kung Fu Panda video game, the sisters were conceptualized as characters for the first film, but were ultimately left out. They make their canon debut in Secrets of the Masters.


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