- This article is about the Academy student from Secrets of the Furious Five. For other uses, see Mei Ling (disambiguation).
|“||Twenty years ago, the best students trained at the famed Lee Da Kung Fu Academy. But the best of the best was Mei Ling. She was a total knockout!||”|
|—Po to his rabbit students, Secrets of the Furious Five|
Mei Ling was noted to be an exceptional fighter at the Lee Da Kung Fu Academy and was its star pupil. Upon noticing Crane's graceful movements at night while he was cleaning, she urged him to attempt to enroll into the school as a student. Inspired by her faith in him, Crane trained vigorously for the tryout. On the day of the induction challenge, Mei Ling made sure he was recognized by the instructor, resulting in him being mocked for his skinny legs. Mei Ling apologized to Crane, feeling guilty for his public humiliation. Discouraged, Crane accidentally wandered into the obstacle course, and after receiving a glance of approval from Mei Ling, proved himself a capable warrior by completing the test. Mei Ling was seen afterward celebrating and cheering for Crane's victory.
Mei Ling lives up to her reputation as the best fighter at her school, facing much larger opponents with confidence and determination.
Off the training grounds, she showed compassion towards Crane, encouraging him when the other students—and even the teacher—mocked him. She felt responsible for causing him humiliation and openly expressed her remorse. Once Crane succeed, she was clearly overjoyed and proud of his success.
Mei Ling was known as the best pupil at her kung fu school. She seems to favor using a staff to defend and attack, relying on speed and agility to quickly defeat opponents much larger and stronger than herself.
- Mei Ling: “Hey, Crane, you're amazing.”
- Crane: “Who?... [Crane looks behind him.] Me?”
- —Mei Ling's first time talking to Crane, Secrets of the Furious Five
Mei Ling quickly befriended Crane as he worked as the janitor at the Lee Da Kung Fu Academy, and showed him kindness and faith in his abilities when no one else would. She was so confident in Crane that she made sure he was noticed at the school's tryouts, and later apologized to Crane after he was laughed at for showing up. When Crane completed the test for the tryouts, Mei Ling was seen heartily cheering for him.
Mei Ling wears a slightly flashier teal-colored version of a typical kung fu student's uniform: a fitting tunic, loose pants, and leg wraps. In addition, she also wears a teal cuirass and matching (presumably leather) belt and gloves.
- Mei Ling's name translates in English to "beautiful and delicate" (traditional and simplified Chinese: 美玲?; pinyin: měilíng).
- An illustration of her at the end credits of Secrets of the Furious Five strongly resembles a concept drawing for the Wu Sisters.