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|“||Aw, man! How come I'm the turtle?!||”|
|—Bao, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny|
Bao is a young resident of Panda Village. He first appears in Kung Fu Panda 3 where he meets Po and Mr. Ping, commenting on their apparent differences in looks and lifestyle to the pandas of his village. He later enlists under Po's instruction in learning kung fu, with Po helping him to utilize his proficient kicking skills from playing Ti Jianzi.
In Panda Paws
Bao and Mei Mei are both auditioning for a talent show. Mei Mei is doing her usual ribbon dancing, but the two judges, Grandma Panda and Hom-Lee don't appear to be impressed. When Bao plays his instrument for his audition, he instantly steals the show, and the judges love it. Unfortunately, he does it during Mei Mei's performance and this leads to them both aggressively competing for attention. Eventually, Mei Mei's ribbon catches on fire and it causes her to accidentally set off a box of fireworks. This sends both Mei Mei and Bao flying in the air. In the end, Mei lands back on stage, catches Bao, and the whole audience cheers for them.
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In The Paws of Destiny, Bao is the twin brother of Nu Hai and grandson of Grandma Panda. Both Bao and Nu Hai parents had been gone for an unspecified time, that is why Grandma Panda is the one who takes care of them.
Bao is shown to be very energetic, playful, mischievous, and hyperactive. He can also be rather curious and outspoken, asking Po why he ate with chopsticks instead of his paws, and questioning Mr. Ping's goose features as opposed to that of a panda's. He is also very good at continuously keeping toys in midair by bouncing them off his feet, similarly to kicking a soccer ball.
In Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, he is described as the following:
Unlike his sister, he has a mischievous streak and likes to play practical jokes and stir up trouble. It seems each panda kid is imbued with the ancient chi he or she needs, and this is certainly true for Bao; he absorbs the chi of the Black Tortoise, which gives him empathy and helps him learn to put others before himself.
[Bao] is a trouble maker who's rough around the edges. He can be a bit arrogant and entitled but has a good heart. Unlike his sister, Bao has coasted through life on his charm and charisma. He likes to mess with his friends - particularly Fan Tong. Bao does occasionally have moments where he realizes he and Nu Hai need each other, and though Bao likes razzing his friends, he always has their back.
With the chi of the Black Tortoise, Bao is able to create a chi-based shield themed after a tortoise shell.
- Bao: “What kind of panda doesn't know how to roll?”
- Po: “Well, I'm kinda new at this 'being-a-panda' thing.”
At first, Bao was a little confused at some of Po's mannerisms and why he couldn't do things that seemed normal for pandas, such as rolling or eating with his hands instead of chopsticks. Despite this, the two seem to get along, as Po was shown playing with Bao and his friends and later training him how to fight.
Bao and Fan Tong have a pretty tight friendship throughout the first season of the show. However, when Empress Xiao appears to have feelings towards Fan Tong, he becomes jealous of him and isn't afraid to show it (though Fan Tong insists that they are still friends). However, when the evil Shi Long began her plan to overthrow Empress Xiao, it is Bao that convinces Fan Tong, that he needs to tell the empress not to give of her throne to her evil adopted sister and their friendship is amended.
Bao wears a brown vest with carpet-like tufts. He also wears a green belt, gray pants, and a small red hat.
- In Chinese, "bao" has several meanings, including "precious" (traditional Chinese: 寶?; simplified Chinese: 宝; pinyin: bǎo), which is also the meaning of Po's name.
- Bao's name in the Chinese version of Kung Fu Panda 3 is 泡泡 (pinyin: pàopào), which literally means "bubbles".
- In Kung Fu Panda 3, Bao and the other panda kids play Ti Jianzi (traditional and simplified Chinese: 踢毽子?; pinyin: tī jianzi), which involves keeping a shuttlecock (also called a featherball) in the air by using any body part apart from your hands.
- Collider - "Exclusive First Trailer for ‘Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny’ Shows Off the Amazon Series" by Dave Trumbore. Published & retrieved October 1, 2018.
- DreamWorksTV.com - "Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny"
- MDBG English to Chinese dictionary - "bao"
- Oriental-DreamWorks.com - "《功夫熊猫3》2016年1月29日中国上映，成龙、杨幂、朱珠等众星献声新角色" (trans. from Chinese: "'Kung Fu Panda 3' January 29, 2016 Chinese release, Jackie Chan, Yang Mi, Zhu Zhu and other stars vocals new role"). Publish date unspecified. Retrieved June 14, 2015.
- MDBG English to Chinese dictionary - "泡泡"