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The Four Constellations

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Four panda children bestowed with the hero qi of the Four Constellations— four masters with great kung fu skills.


  • Animal Battle Aura: A strange variant, seeing as the bearers of said auras are also anthropomorphic animals.
  • Badass Adorable: They are cute, chubby young pandas, but are also very badass kung fu masters.
  • Glowing Eyes
  • Kid Hero: Though it's pointed out in one episode that they're technically adolescents.
  • Ki Manipulation: They received the chi of the legendary Four Constellations.
  • Power Stereotype Flip: They're all given a power that reflects a personality trait they need to develop.
    • Uptight know-it-all Nu Hai is given the Blue Dragon hero qi, which requires her to learn how to calm down to access the power for the first time.
    • Bao, who is known to seek attention, gets the Black Tortoise hero qi; in life, the actual Black Tortoise was known to be selfless in his exploits to defend others by using qi shields.
    • Fan Tong, the Gentle Giant of the group, gains the Red Phoenix hero qi, which enables him to manifest a sword made of red qi.
    • Jing has the hero qi of the White Tiger, giving her the ability to heal, completely opposite to her dark humor and tendency to solve everything by fighting.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: They were seen as this by the panda villagers because of their tendency to cause trouble. That is also part of the reason why Po was initially hesitant to train them.
  • Teach Me How To Fight: To Po, after getting their powers.

     Nu Hai 

Voiced by:
Haley Tju

The overachieving leader of the Four Constellations and sister of Bao. Current holder of the Blue Dragon's hero qi.


Tropes:
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: She really wanted Po to make her his apprentices. Likewise, she also takes her role as a member of the Four Constellations a bit too seriously, to the point of rushing into dangerous situations to help Po or to prove herself to the world.
  • Genius Bruiser: She knows how to kick ass but is also very smart and tactical.
  • Hand Blast: How her powers from the Blue Dragon manifest.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: According to Bao, her greatest fear is to realize she's not as smart as she thinks she is.
  • The Leader: Falls between Levelheaded and Headstrong. While she tries to lead the rest of the kids with a clear head and tries to inspire them, her overzealous nature gets the group in over their heads multiple times, up to the point where she freezes multiple times from trying to make a decision.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Despite the fact that Po was holding his own against Jade Tusk and the Poison Clan, Nu Hai believed that they should "help" Po by throwing a pebble at Jade Tusk despite her friends' insistence that he didn't need her help. Jade Tusk dodged the pebble, it hit Po, who then was stunned long enough for him to get beat up by the Poison Clan and then finished off by Jade Tusk. Luckily, Nu Hai and her friends successfully unlocked their qi before Po could be captured.
  • Whole Costume Reference: Her outfit does hearken back to Tigress' outfit in the first/second movie. She confesses later on that Tigress is her idol, as also hinted by her Tigress doll in the first episode.

     Bao 

For Bao, see here.

     Jing 

Voiced by:
Laya Hayes

The tough, aggressive healer of the Four Constellations. Current holder of the White Tiger's hero qi.


Tropes:
  • Buffy Speak
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom / Mind-Control Eyes: Glows a radioactive green whenever Jindiao possesses/influences her.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper
    Po, expositing about the Four Constellations: [White Tiger] was so chill, he wouldn't hurt a fly.
    [cut to Jing trying to punch a fly for looking at her weird]
    • Jiandao refers to her as the "weird, angry" panda after she heals him and accidentally creates a connection with him.
  • Healing Hands: How her powers from the White Tiger manifest.
    • Jedi Mind Trick: After tapping into her healing for the first time and healing both her allies and the water deer henchmen, she influences the latter to leave peacefully with blank, white-eyed stares.
    • Time Stands Still: A passive effect that occurred when she tapped into her power for the first time.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: The first thing she looks forward to after entering the temple of the Four Constellations is seeing dead bodies.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: After Jade Tusk and her cohorts began to fight against her friends and the pika monks.
    Jing, clutching her head: Please— can everyone just— stop fighting!

     Fan Tong 

Voiced by:
Makana Say

The kind-hearted, sensitive muscle of the Four Constellations. Current holder of the Red Phoenix's hero qi.


Tropes:
  • BFS: His power from Red Phoenix manifests itself into a sword made of red qi.
  • Cowardly Lion: His main character arc involves gaining courage and stepping in to save the day.
  • Gentle Giant: The nicest and the biggest of the four.
  • Lame Comeback: The main provider for these; the worst thing he's ever said about the main villain was that "he wasn't very nice".
  • Ship Tease: With Xiao in the second part of the first season.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's braver, more willing to stand up to himself, and more confident. He also beats Bao in a fight whereas in the first episode he could only cower as the latter beat him up in a play fight. Additionally, he's starting to develop his qi better for the sake of protecting Xiao.
  • Traumatic Superpower Awakening: By way of a gigantic four-armed demon threatening his friends.
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     The Original Four Constellations 
Voiced by:
Mick Wingert (Black Tortoise), JB Blanc (Blue Dragon), Steve Blum (Red Phoenix), James Sie (White Tiger)
A quartet of ancient kung fu warriors whose chi is absorbed by the panda kids, who become their successors.

Antagonists

     Jindiao 

Voiced by:
Steve Blum

The original Dragon Master and former mentor to the original Four Constellations, before he became drunk with power. He attempted to steal the qi from his students before being defeated and sealed away.


Tropes:
  • Ancient Evil: He was defeated by his students and trapped in a mortal body one thousand years prior to the events of the series.
  • A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Inverted. He turned on his students, the original Four Constellations.
  • Bad Boss: He constantly mistreats his minions, especially when they fail.
  • Big Bad: The main villain for the first arc of the season.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretended to be a kind elderly monk while plotting to take over the world.
  • Broken Pedestal: To Jade Tusk and the Poison Clan as of the second story arc of the first season.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Po, as the Dragon Master and mentor to the Four Constellations. They even fight as dragons in the Spirit Realm.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Glows a radioactive, bright green whenever using his qi powers.
  • Godhood Seeker: His ultimate goal is to access the Wellspring of qi below the Panda Village to return to his true dragon form and rule as a god.
  • Grand Theft Me: As the Four Constellations lacked the Spirit Urn necessary to seal his spirit, they settled for simply banishing his spirit out of his body. In order to survive he bound his soul to the first body he could find; that of a random Lämmergeier.
  • Jedi Mind Trick/Mind Control: Usually the one to inflict this on others to get his way.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: By day, he masquerades as a senile, Oogway-esque grand abbot that teaches a horde of pika monks that are none the wiser.
  • Scaled Up: When he regains his dragon form.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The first story arc of the first season ends with him sealed away in the Spirit Urn.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: His mortal form is a Lämmergeier
  • Vampiric Draining: When taking the qi of others, it's implied that he has used it to keep his host body alive for the past thousand years. Once he takes Po's and the Four Constellation's qi, he reverts back to his dragon form.

     Jade Tusk 

Voiced by:
Cherise Boothe

Jindiao's right-hand woman, apprentice, and leader of the Deer Monks, who also serve him.


Tropes:
  • Combat Pragmatist: She defeats Po by having her clan members giving him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown and then kicking him into the air while he was stunned from the pummeling. Po can't even recover before he's surrounded by swords after that.
  • The Dragon: Serves as Jindiao's right hand and leader of his minions up until the season finale, when Jindiao turns on her.
  • Expy: She dresses in red, has an antagonistic relationship with Po, wants to please her father and mentor despite his abusive behavior, and becomes a better person and fighter in her next appearance. She's pretty much Tigress as a herbivore.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted when she reforms.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Threatens Shi-Long with a knife to the throat in order to find Xiao.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After being told outright that her loyalty meant nothing to Jindiao, it was ultimately the reason why she switched sides and even gave back the Spirit Urn to the pandas.
  • Hidden Depths: Surprisingly enough, Jade Tusk is a good teacher, showing patience and understanding for the quirks in her students. It becomes more endearing when she's teaching Xiao how to do kung fu.
  • It Was a Gift: Her jade tusk was a gift from Jindiao.
  • Kick Chick: Downplayed since she also fights with her arms and she shows proficiency with weapons, but she prefers using her legs for combat most of the time.
  • Mama Bear: To her students. She pretty much storms a palace to save Xiao from Shi-Long and later joins Po and his students into fighting an immortal army just to keep her safe.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: She, along with the rest of her group are water deer.
  • Together in Death: During a fight on which Jindiao was buried in an avalanche, Jade Tusk was willing to be buried to die beside him. Both of them survive.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Jade Tusk was abusive to her underlings and intolerant of failures, even hitting them in the middle of battle. Now she's a teacher and she's willing to defend the helpless.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Lampshaded in the first episode and demonstrated across the first story arc as she and her clan fight and injure the Four Constellations despite them being kids.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After a season's worth of being treated horribly from her employer as a result of her multiple failures, it ultimately culminates into a moment in the finale where Jade Tusk is held as a hostage by Mei Mei to deter the attacks... only for Jindiao to laugh and rebuke that she never mattered to him before attacking the both of them to make a point.
    Mei Mei, off to the side: Wow, that is really cold.

     Rooster 
Voiced by:
Michael Rivkin

An arrogant and self-obsessed bandit leader.


Tropes:
  • Enemy Mine: Joins forces with Po and his allies in the second arc of season one.
  • Glad I Thought of It: Any idea that works must have been his.
  • Ignored Epiphany: At the end of season one, he decides to go straight, and then immediately sees a cart of corn and begins justifying why taking it isn't stealing.
  • It's All About Me: His two interests are taking what he wants and surviving to appreciate it, for which he will ally with or betray anyone. If at all possible he will declare himself the leader of any group he's part of and ignore any claims to the contrary.
  • Name's the Same: Not the same character as Master Rooster from Legends of Awesomeness.
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     Wing 

Voiced by:
Piotr Michael

Another one of Rooster's henchmen, the blue one.


Tropes:
  • Ambiguously Gay: In "A Game of Fists," he says that he's a couple with Wong and that they thought it was obvious after being question due to a line from Rooster about losing a wedding gift for Wing and Wong. However, later in the episode, Rooster tells Wing he made up the part about their wedding gift to get the kids on their side, which apparently neither Wing nor Wong realized, so whether the whole thing was a joke or not is confusing.
    • Though as the series goes on, the ambiguity over whether Rooster was lying about them being a couple or just the wedding becomes less ambiguous as Wing and Wong do things like hold hands for no real reason, call each other darling, talk about having kids, offer a "helping hoof" in the bathroom, and most blatantly have Wing call Wong "the love of my life." But since it's a PG series, they never do anything explicitly romantic.
  • Ascended Extra: Gains a bigger role in the second half of season one.
  • Enemy Mine: Alongside Wong and Rooster, he is forced to work with Po and his allies during the second half of the season to survive Shi Long's machinations.
  • Those Two Guys: With Wong.

     Wong 

Voiced by:
Piotr Michael

One of Rooster's henchmen, the red one.


Tropes:
  • Ambiguously Gay: In "A Game of Fists," he says that he's madly in love with Wing after being questioned due to a line from Rooster about losing a wedding gift for Wing and Wong. However, later in the episode, Rooster tells Wing he made up the part about their wedding gift to get the kids on their side, which apparently neither Wing nor Wong realized, so whether the whole thing was a joke or not is ambiguous.
    • Though as the series goes on, the ambiguity over whether Rooster was lying about them being a couple or just the wedding becomes less ambiguous as Wing and Wong do things like hold hands for no real reason, call each other darling, talk about having kids, offer a "helping hoof" in the bathroom, and most blatantly have Wing call Wong "the love of my life." But since it's a PG series, they never do anything explicitly romantic.
  • Ascended Extra: Gains a bigger role in the second half of season one.
  • Enemy Mine: Alongside Wing and Rooster, he forced to work with Po and his allies during the second half of the season to survive Shi Long's machinations.
  • Fake Pregnancy: Wong says that he's with child on one occasion, says that "one of us" is pregnant on another occasion, and says they have an unborn child on yet another occasion. There are viewers who quickly took this at face value and were shocked to find out that Wong is actually a woman. However it's extremely unlikely that he's a woman and even less likely that he's pregnant. First, he doesn't wear a shirt when every other female does. Second, he gets beat up, tossed around, knocked out and abused way too much for a pregnant woman (including but not limited to falling down a volcano onto his stomach, followed up by being slammed into a volcano wall 10 times hard). Thirdly at no point does Wong show any signs of actual being pregnant, and no character takes it seriously. Po's immediate action following hearing that Wong is pregnant is to roll his eyes and pick Wong up and throw him onto a bridge, which then breaks and slams Wong into a cliff, and nobody is concerned. It's more likely a running joke that Wing and Wong are both so stupid that they think they've been getting each other pregnant. This is backed up by Wong saying "one of us" is pregnant in the finale, which is an odd wording choice and shows he probably doesn't have much understanding on how it works, since Wing is confirmed male.
  • Those Two Guys: With Wing.

     Yaoguai 
Voiced by:
Mitch Watson
A demon who is summoned by Jindiao to help him retrieve an important scroll from the panda kids.


Tropes:
  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses one of his hands when a spirit portal opens and transports the hand, but not the rest of the arm.
  • Creator Cameo: He is voiced by series co-developer and writer Mitch Watson.
  • Gentle Giant: He may be a ferocious demon but he's actually quite friendly. He and Po become fast friends in the Spirit Realm.
  • Motor Mouth: He chats a lot, to the dismay of Po and later, his future Spirit Realm roommate Jindiao.

     Huifang 
Voiced by:
Cherise Boothe
One of Jindiao's warrior monks and Jade Tusk's subordinate.

     Shi Long 
Voiced by:
Sumalee Montano

A komodo dragon and sorceress. The adopted daughter and adviser to Emperor Kang Zi.


Tropes:
  • The Dragon: To the Voice in the Shadows ( aka the White Bone Demon).
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: While Jindiao is an evil spirit who is physically powerful and is more hands-on when enacting his schemes, Shi Long relies on her cunning, manipulation, and control of corrupt royal guards.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She made a brief appearance in the very last scene at the end of the first half of season 1, which aired way before the episode where she was officially introduced.
  • Easily Forgiven: Zig-zagged. She does show remorse for her actions, but only after being saved by the heroes from Baigujing. Xiao forgives her and acts chipper towards her, but still jails her for her numerous crimes. Her cell is placed by throne room, however, so Xiao can spend more time with her.
  • Evil Chancellor: To the Emperor.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her adoptive parents started to ignore her after the birth of their biological daughter, Xiao.
  • Furry Reminder: She constantly hisses and flicks her tongue.
  • Patricide: It turns out she poisoned the Emperor, her adoptive father. She really did care about him, but the White Bone Demon had convinced her it was necessary.
  • Malicious Monitor Lizard: She's a villainous komodo dragon.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Her primary motivation is jealousy over her adopted sister Xiao.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once the White Bone Demon doesn't need her any more, it swallows her (fortunately whole). Jade Tusk sees it coming, because she's got experience there.

     The Voice in the Shadows 
Voiced by:
Elisa Gabrielli

The mysterious figure Shi Long works for. Eventually revealed to be the White Bone Demon/Baigujing.


Tropes:
  • Arch-Enemy: The main enemy of Sun Wukong.
  • Big Bad: The main villain of the second arc of season one.
  • Humongous Mecha: Shi Long's master plan involved building one to serve as her new body.
  • Light Is Not Good: Both her mech body and her true spirit form use silver and light-blue colors, along with white light.
  • Manipulative Bastard: She befriends a lonely child Shi Long and uses her vulnerability and resentment towards her parents and sister to make her into a loyal henchwoman.
  • Soul Eating: In Rooster's tale, she is portrayed as devouring souls and leaving a small doll behind of the victim.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Her mechanical body has spikes and sharp blades.

Other Characters

     Bunnidharma 
Voiced by:
James Sie

A potter tasked with creating the Spirit Urn meant to trap Jindiao.


Tropes:
  • Disney Death: After getting in the way of a qi blast meant for Po, he delivers some parting words before peach blossoms take him away.
  • Glowing Eyes: And ears.
  • Hermit Guru: He is a thousand-year-old kung fu master who has incredible chi powers, and lives in a cave.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk from the 6th century.
  • My Greatest Failure: After being tasked with creating the Spirit Urn, he fails to deliver... because he slept in.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: However how much of it is an act or a result of old age is ambiguous at best. Po even refers to him as having dementia.
  • Older Than They Look: Actually a thousand years old. It's implied that he was taking medicine to extend his life.

     Zhizhu 
Voiced by:
Jeff Bennett
A giant spider tasked with guarding the Wellspring.
Tropes:
  • Gate Guardian: His main job involves taking care of the Wellspring. He leaves at the end of season one, once all the Wellspring's qi is distributed to all of China.
  • Giant Spider: He even scares the pandas with his appearance before he shows his friendly true nature.
  • MacGuffin Guardian: Downplayed; he informs the kids that as pandas they're allowed passage in the caves... if they have the correct password. Otherwise, he'll have to eat them.
  • Meaningful Name: Derived from the Chinese word for spider (zhīzhū, 蜘蛛).
  • Older Than They Look: Seeing as he calls himself the Weapon of the Four Constellations, it's implied that he's at least a thousand years old.

     The Flying Pika Monks 
Voiced by:
Grey Griffin

The inhabitants of the Plumblossom Temple and Jindiao's students, who are completely oblivious of his true identity.


Tropes:

     Xiao 
Voiced by:
Lacey Chabert
Emperor Kang Zi's biological daughter and heir to the throne.
Tropes:
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: She is only 15, but next in line to take the throne after her father's death.
  • Break the Cutie: In spades; Shi Long takes her to a nearby village and gives an ultimatum— either abdicate the throne to her or she destroys it by the hands of the terracotta guardians. Xiao relents and gives up the title of Empress, but Shi Long destroys it and kills the villagers anyway as a punishment for trying to escape with Jade Tusk.
    • It gets to a point that when faced with another chance to escape with Jade Tusk, she turns her away in fear of possible repercussions.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Played for laughs; after a fake training session with General Fang meant to placate her, he hands her a comb and states that it is a dangerous weapon. Jade Tusk is far from impressed.
  • Innocently Insensitive: She loves Shi Long, but also accidentally insults her multiple times.
  • It Was a Gift: After training, Jade Tusk gives up her... jade tusk so she could use it as a weapon. Later in the season it's forged into a proper knife with a chain attached to its handle.
  • Prone to Tears: Played for laughs when grieving over her father. Less so after seeing a village being razed to the ground.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Despite forces conspiring to keep her from doing so, she manages to become a competent fighter and ultimately is the one to deliver the finishing blow in the big fight at the end.

     Sun Wukong 
Voiced by:
James Sie
A trickster god that crosses paths with Po and the Constellations on their way to Forbidden City.
Tropes:
  • Dream Weaver: He can control other people's dreams and insert himself in them.
  • Mismatched Eyes: One is blue with white sclera, the other is red with yellow sclera.
  • Power-Strain Blackout: Downplayed; in the final fight of the season, he both duplicates and have said duplicates transform to Po and the panda kids— powers included. As the fight continues on, the transformed duplicates disappear in a puff of smoke, leaving the actual Sun Wukong trying to keep his transformed state and failing.
  • Red Right Hand: Zigzagged; on the instances where a character recognizes him, his monkey tail gives him away. On the times where they don't, only his eyes do.
  • Self-Duplication: He can multiply himself several times.
  • Talking to Themself: When he multiplies himself.
  • The Trickster: A trickster god in Chinese mythology, he also uses his powers to play the occasional prank.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: He can shapeshift into other people and creatures and uses these powers to spy on Po, the kids, and other characters throughout the season.
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