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Every Main Villain From The Kung Fu Panda Movies Ranked – SlashFilm

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Po’s first opponent in “Kung Fu Panda” is the snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane). Tai Lung has the best backstory, making him the most direct foil for the Dragon Warrior out of the series’ villains.

Once the first student of Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), Po’s eventual teacher, Tai Lung’s ambition to be the Dragon Warrior turned his heart black. When denied what he felt was his (the Dragon Scroll), he snapped and was imprisoned. “Kung Fu Panda” builds up Tai Lung as an insurmountable threat. He makes a dramatic escape early in the first movie, defeating an army of rhinos and gravity itself to earn his freedom. Afterwards, he defeats the Furious Five with the help of his signature nerve strikes.

Tai Lung’s reunion battle with Shifu will tug at your heartstrings, particularly how he can’t accept his master’s apology and continued pride in his kung fu mastery. Likewise, he can’t grasp the message of the blank Dragon Scroll, “There is no secret ingredient,” unlike Po, who channels his determination into external strength.

Shifu and Tai Lung’s emotional shared backstory will resonate with both the children “Kung Fu Panda” was meant for and the parents who watch it with them. The writing shows how children’s media can be smart and layered without losing sight of who it should be made for.

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