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One thousand years ago, Jindiao was the original Dragon Master and mentor to the Four Constellations. However, he was consumed with the power of his own golden Hero's Chi, and sought to capture the Wellspring and gain even greater might. His students conspired with Oogway and Bunnidharma to separate his spirit from his dragon body and trap him within the Spirit Urn. However, Bunnidharma failed to deliver the urn as planned, and the Constellations were forced to sacrifice themselves to stop Jindiao.
Cast out of his dragon body, Jindiao was left with a small selection of mortal forms to inhabit, and chose the form of a vulture. Over the course of a thousand years, he sustained himself by feeding on the Chi of other beings. Eventually he became Grand Abbot of the Temple of the Heavenward Plumblossom, playing the part of a benevolent elder while secretly scheming to regain his lost power and more. He eventually gathered a number of lethal followers, led by the dedicated Jade Tusk, and set them to watching over the former hiding place of the Wellspring.
Jindiao is very power-hungry, corrupted by his golden chi. He has a deceitful nature under the disguise of a Grand Abbot. He dislikes failure, as he is angered when his followers are unsuccessful and cares very little about them. Jindiao seems eager to cause pain or discomfort. However, he will use manipulation or bribery to get his way, as shown when he attempts to get the Pandas to hand over the Four Constellations by offering them conquest.
Fighting style and abilities
- Jindiao's name translates into English as "golden eagle" (traditional and simplified Chinese: 金雕?; pinyin: jīndiāo).
- Jindiao's character is loosely based on a legendary kung fu master named Bak Mei, who has appeared as a character in many classic kung fu films, notably Fists of the White Lotus and Abbot of Shaolin.
- Having a dragon form as well as a prior connection with the Four Constellations, Jindiao's character is a reference to the Yellow Dragon (traditional Chinese: 黃龍?; simplified Chinese: 黄龙; pinyin: huánglóng), a significant figure in Chinese religion and mythology. It is also referred to as the Yellow Dragon of the Center, as it represents the Earth element in the five principles system, with the Four Symbols each representing the other elements of Water, Fire, Metal, and Wood.
- 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.
- Comicbook - "Exclusive: Meet the Foe of 'Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny'" by Jenna Anderson. Published & retrieved November 15, 2018.
- Google Translate - "jindiao"
- MDBG Chinese Dictionary - "金雕"