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Call in the wolves! All of them! I want them ready to move! The Year of the Peacock begins now!
  —Shen to Boss Wolf, Kung Fu Panda 2  

Lord Shen is the main antagonist of Kung Fu Panda 2. He was the son of the royal Peacock family and the heir to the Gongmen City throne.

In his youth, Shen was addicted to using the powder in fireworks to create weapons. When he overheard the Soothsayer (his childhood nanny) foretell to his inconvenienced parents that he would be defeated by a warrior of black and white if his addiction persisted, he led his wolves on a genocidal raid on the pandas in an attempt to circumvent the prophecy. But upon his return, his parents, frightened by what he has done, exiled him from the city forever. Shen plotted his revenge for over twenty years, eventually creating an unstoppable weapon: a cannon. Although his weapon and army would have temporarily brought him to power in Gongmen City, the Soothsayer's fortune came true when he was defeated by Po, the foretold warrior of black and white indeed.


Early years

Shen pursuing a dark potential in fireworks

Shen was born into the noble Peacock family, who would have risen to power in Gongmen City and were admired by its people for their invention of fireworks. When Shen was young, he was allowed by his father to play near his throne, having been promised that he would inherit it someday. While he was growing up, Shen showed an interest in making weapons from the gunpowder used for the fireworks. Troubled, his loving parents asked their court soothsayer what his future held. She proclaimed that if Shen continued with his dark pursuits, he would be defeated by "a warrior of black and white". When Shen overheard this prophecy, he assumed the "warrior of black and white" referred to a panda. Fearing any obstacles in his plans, Shen led his wolf followers in decimating a farming village populated by pandas, intending to leave none alive. Once the village would have been put to the torch, Shen came back home, expecting praise from his parents. However, his parents were frightened at their son's actions and exiled him from the city forever instead, with their throne eventually being turned over to the stewardship of Master Thundering Rhino and the Kung Fu Council. Double-crossed and mad, Shen left Gongmen City with his followers filled with madness and feeling wronged by his parents, as he considered his actions as valiantly defying fate to realize his goals. He swore revenge while he was promising he would return and rule supreme over all of China one of these days.

In Kung Fu Panda 2

Thirty[4] years passed. Deep in the mountains, Shen's wolves worked tirelessly to complete their master's ultimate weapon: a cannon that would bring an end to the use of kung fu. When Boss Wolf informed him that they had run out of metal to use as material, Shen ordered him to raid the outlying villages and steal all the metal they could find. While he and a group of wolves set out to do so, Shen decided that it was time to move forward with his plans.

Shen attacking the Kung Fu Council

Shen returned to Gongmen City and boldly marched up to his former home, easily dispatching the guards that tried to subdue him at the gate. Once there, he confronted the Kung Fu Council and the Soothsayer, telling them that he had arrived to take back what was rightfully his. In the skirmish that followed, Shen easily held his own against Masters Storming Ox and Croc, but was pushed back by Master Thundering Rhino, who shattered several of Shen's blades. However, Shen was ready for this and unveiled his new weapon from a crate he had brought with him. Thundering Rhino fearlessly stood his ground, but he was no match for Shen's device and was killed by the blast of the cannon. With Thundering Rhino fallen, Shen threatened to turn his cannon on the entire city unless Storming Ox and Croc surrendered, to which they agreed. He had the two masters imprisoned in Gongmen Jail and planted Thundering Rhino's Cloud Hammer in his courtyard not as a grave, but a trophy.

Shen learning his destined downfall has not changed

With the Council out of the way, Shen began to ransack the tower, even throwing his father's throne out the window and replacing it with his cannon. He then questioned the Soothsayer about his future, but she informed him that nothing had changed; he would still be defeated by "a warrior of black and white". Shen declared this to be impossible, but was quickly proven wrong when Boss Wolf returned, informing him that he had recently engaged a panda who "fought like a demon". Shen, furious at this news yet determined to keep his cool, ordered Boss Wolf to bring the panda to him so he could kill him personally and prove the Soothsayer wrong.

Shen meeting Po and the Furious Five

Later, when the panda, Po, was brought before him alongside the Furious Five in handcuffs, Shen was taken aback by Po's casual behavior of not being intimidated by him or the situation. Shen soon realized that Po was unaware of the massacre of the pandas, and both of their roles in it. He laughed and taunted him about his ignorance, and then ordered the Wolf Boss to fire the cannon at Po and the Five. However, Mantis, who had managed to avoid capture thanks to Po, quickly extinguished the fuse and knocked out Boss Wolf, which bought Viper enough time to pick the lock on Tigress' cuffs. Once they were free, the Five retaliated, and Tigress and Mantis destroyed Shen's cannon.

Po lunged at Shen, but upon seeing the marks on Shen's tail feathers, he was struck with a memory of his past and realized that Shen was there the night he lost his biological parents. Shen only confirmed this with satisfaction, and then used this distraction to escape to the Fireworks Factory, where he had several more cannons waiting. He ordered his warriors to open fire and bring the tower down with Po and the Five inside. In spite of this, they managed to escape as the building fell. Frustrated, Shen ordered his troops to start loading his ships to begin his conquest of China, declaring the beginning of "the Year of the Peacock".

Shen in battle with Po

Sometime later, the Soothsayer was brought before Shen, who gloated that the panda she had believed to be a powerful warrior was, in fact, a fool. Ignoring Shen's threats, the Soothsayer told Shen that the path he had chosen would never bring satisfaction, and urged him to stop his plans. When she brought up his parents, Shen angrily stated that they had both hated and wronged him. He was then momentarily struck speechless when the Soothsayer revealed that his parents had loved him so much that they had died of grief soon after banishing him. Despite this revelation, Shen chose to continue with his plans and had the Soothsayer released. The Soothsayer sadly bade Shen farewell and left.

Soon after this, Po infiltrated the factory to confront Shen, unknowingly ruining the Five's plan to destroy the building by doing so. However, Shen had anticipated his arrival and took the panda by surprise in the upper levels of the building. When Po demanded answers, Shen claimed that his parents had abandoned him before attacking. As the two fought, Shen easily outmaneuvered Po until cornered at the highest level of the factory. Unperturbed, Shen teased Po again, telling him that his parents had never loved him. This emotional attack again distracted Po, which was enough for Shen to reach his most powerful cannon, which he then used to blast Po out of the factory and into the river.

Confident that Po was dead, Shen had the recaptured Furious Five chained up and suspended above his ships as they sailed out of the city, planning on executing them once his ships reached the harbor. He even callously blasted a bridge out of the way when Gongmen citizens came to watch. Much to his shock, Po returned to rescue his friends and to defeat Shen once and for all. Shen ordered his gunners to blast him, but Po nimbly moved along the rooftops, preventing them from getting a clear shot, and then jumped onto the ships to engage Shen's army, now that they couldn't fire without hitting their men. Shen could do nothing but watch as Po freed the Furious Five and joined forces with Masters Storming Ox, Croc, and Shifu to destroy Shen's fleet before it escaped the harbor. Finally losing his patience, Shen ordered Boss Wolf to fire the main cannon, but the wolf refused to kill his troops. In response, Shen struck him down with one of his throwing knives and fired the cannon himself, knocking all of the kung fu warriors away and blasting through the boats they had set up to block his fleet in the process.

As his ships entered the city harbor, Shen watched as Po swam out to one of the destroyed boats, and then stood to face Shen's forces alone. Unfazed, Shen ordered his gunners to open fire and finish off the panda, to which Po began making tai chi motions. The first cannon was fired, and amazingly, Po used a technique Shifu had shown him earlier to catch and deflect the cannonball. Though shocked at this, Shen would not relent and ordered his men to continue firing. However, Po continued to deflect the cannon fire and soon began sending the cannonballs back towards the boats and destroying them. Shen became increasingly enraged and ordered his men to fire from his cannon. Po caught this larger cannonball, and as he began spinning on the spot with this ball, he briefly transformed into the Yin Yang symbol from the Soothsayer's vision, a sight which struck Shen speechless. Po redirected this last ball into Shen's ship, which then destroyed what remained of Shen's armada, though Shen survived the impact.

When Po confronted him on his main ship, Shen viewed the destruction around him, and asked Po how he did it, how he could find peace after he had "scarred him for life". Po told Shen that it was time to let go of his past, stating that what mattered was who he chose to be in the present. Shen agreed and declared his choice: by attacking Po with his sword and knives in one last vengeful attempt to kill the panda. Though Shen's swordplay overwhelmed Po, as they fought, Shen accidentally cut through the ropes holding the remains of his cannon. Shen realized this too late, and as the heavy weapon fell on him, he closed his eyes and accepted his fate, resulting in a great explosion that sunk the main ship to the waters, of which Po barely managed to evade. Soon afterward, fireworks were set off over Gongmen City, with the image of a peacock appearing in the morning sky.

In Legends of Awesomeness

Though Shen does not actually appear in the series, his defeat was briefly mentioned by a villager.[2]

In Kung Fu Panda 3

Shen does not make a live appearance in the movie, as he is already dead, but is briefly seen near the end of a flashback told by Li of how he lost Po and his wife.


Happiness... must be taken. And I will take mine.
—Shen's resolve, Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen facing Po in the Fireworks Factory

Shen is shown to have been extremely rational, ambitious, destructive, powerful, and supremely lethal. His past forged in him the notion that he would have been wronged, and that the world owed him something, and he sought to do everything in his power to take it. This included inventing a powerful weapon unlike anyone had ever seen. Shen was intent on using this weapon to wipe out kung fu and take over China.[5]

Shen was shown to be unspeakably merciless, as he was ready to enact a genocide of all of China's pandas in order to smite any chances that one would defeat him one of these days, as was described in fortune-telling he overheard. Due to being raised as royalty, Shen largely preferred to let his weapons and henchmen do the hard work rather than dealing with such obstacles himself, with a notable exception being when he decided to take on the council that was in charge of his former home.

His ambition to leave his mark on the world drove him to find a dark and lethal potential in his family's celebrated invention of fireworks, and when cast out by his parents for his massacre of the pandas, he swore revenge and aimed to conquer all of China just to prove himself. Shen had little or no regard for the lives or well-being of others, as he blasted a bridge without hesitation, despite there being innocent bystanders on it, and was willing to sacrifice his own troops, which put him in conflict with his most trusted subordinate Boss Wolf, as the wolf refused to crucify his warriors of which, in response to this act of disobedience, Shen struck him down without a second thought afterwards.

Shen was also a perfectionist, which was shown when he took over the Tower of the Sacred Flame and fussed over the position of his cannon, saying that he envisioned the moment he would retake Gongmen City for years and that everything had to be exactly as he envisioned it, and when he rehearsed intimidating lines for his confrontation with his destined foe (which went to waste due to Po's offhanded nature). He also demonstrated a fondness of expensive materials and luxury, as shown when he became infuriated when the Soothsayer chewed off the hem of his robes, which he claimed to be made of "the finest silk in the province".

Shen was also shown to have a rather ill-temper as, when Po and the Furious Five escaped from the collapsing Tower of the Sacred Flame, he got mad and kicked one of his gorilla followers in the nose. Additionally, when he ordered Boss Wolf to gather the wolves shortly after the incident, he hollered at him repetitively to do the task even after the wolf hurried away to do so.

Shen also seemed to have a low tolerance for pain (despite being a seasoned master of kung fu and swordsmanship), as when the Soothsayer plucked out one of his smallest down feathers, he yelped audibly and pulled his wing-back while he was acting as if he were badly wounded. He also did not care about tradition and ancestry, as he ordered his minions to bring down the Tower of the Sacred Flame even though it would have been his family's ancestral home for over twenty years.

Shen confronting the Kung Fu Council

Prideful and possibly deranged, Shen seemed to carry little to no remorse for his crimes, and would often boast of his accomplishments. He was also shown to be sadistic, as seen while he was confronting the Kung Fu Council, he gleefully stated that his cannon was a "parting gift" that would part them; "part of you here, part of you there, part of you way over there staining the wall." showing he was rather bloodthirsty. He also took pleasure in telling Po his parents did not love him while he was taking advantage of the panda's pain in the process. This cruelty likely stemmed from Shen's conviction that his parents hated him, which was forged in his mind when they exiled him years ago. Shen's bitterness against his parents went as far as too insulting his father's memory by throwing his throne out the window and replacing it with his cannon, even after commenting that he had fond memories of playing around it as a kid.

The Soothsayer, however, opposed his plans. She tried to reason with Shen to change his ways and, even while she was being his prisoner and displaying acts of occasional ridicule towards him, displayed her concern for the reckless decisions he made. Despite his conviction that his parents wronged and hated him, she related that his parents loved him so much that they died of grief after they had to exile him. Although he paused in thoughtful silence upon hearing this, Shen hardened his heart, freed and dismissed the Soothsayer, and proceeded with his conquest.

Shen chose never to accept failure, as was shown when he angrily struck one of his followers for failing to have Po and the Five slaughtered when they escaped the Tower, stating that "nothing stands in my way." After Po defeated Shen's "unstoppable" weapons, Shen tried his best to kill the panda, but he accidentally sealed his fate by slicing through the ropes that held up his cannon. At the very end of his life, Shen finally accepted that he would have been beaten and did not attempt to save himself when his cannon crushed him.[1]

Fighting style

Shen: “Showoff.
Thundering Rhino: “That is a warning. You are no match for our kung fu.
Shen: “I agree... but this is.
—Shen to Thundering Rhino before killing him with his cannon, Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen in his fight with the Kung Fu Council

Shen's kung fu skills were so advanced that he could hold his own against both Storming Ox and Croc, who were both revered and full-fledged kung fu masters. Shen was also able to counter every one of their moves flawlessly and with lethal precision, hinting that he could've killed them whenever he chose. However, he was quickly defeated by Thundering Rhino who deflected all of his blades with his hammer and in one case his horn and then jabbed him with his hammer with enough force to cause Shen to drop his weapons.[1]

Shen also excelled in sword and lance combat and hid a plethora of blades in his robes, which he could unleash with lightning speed and deadly precision. Among the rest of his arsenal was his lance (which he was seen practicing with the most), and a pair of lethal-looking metal talons. All in all, Shen's fighting style was both graceful and lethal. When enraged, however, Shen was more reckless, as shown by his ferocious assault on Po which caused him to not realize that he was severing the ropes that held up his cannon, ultimately crushing him.[5]

Concept artwork of Shen by Nico Marlet and Raymond Zibach

When Shen engaged someone in close combat, not one move he made was wasted. He made full and efficient use of every technique, weapon, and tactic he had at his disposal, utilizing not only his bladed weapons but also his tail and talons. As shown in his fight with Masters Storming Ox and Croc, he used his sword to pin Ox's weapons while using a sidekick on Croc, and then immediately turning that side-kick into a roundhouse-kick to knock Ox down.

Due to Shen's physiology, he was far more capable of spinning or sweeping maneuvers, as well as pinning someone's weapons or limbs, and was also capable of using his tail to sweep foes off their feet, as he had done so in his first fight with Po where he grabbed Po's foot, stopping a kick before he pinned it down, maneuvered around Po, and he swept the panda off balance with his long tail feathers.[1] His tail was used to defend and distract his foes and even mask his movements. One example shows in how he had come very close to killing Croc when he used his tail in a series of moves: first, he defended with his tail; then he attempted to stab Croc with his sword (which he barely managed to dodge); and then he finally finished it with a butterfly kick on Croc's head. In battle, his tail became another limb, which he could shape and use to attack, defend, or as a deception tool. His "Funnel Cloud Attack" and "Feather Attack" were noted to be daunting and deadly.[source?]

Ultimately, Shen's fighting style stemmed from a combination of his peacock physiology and royal background. He preferred the use of his agility, speed, bladed weaponry, knowledge of gunpowder and army of followers to outmaneuver and overpower his adversaries.

Shen's arsenal

Shen was a master of blades with lethal skill in swordsmanship and knife-throwing. Among his arsenal were:

  • Guan dao — A curved blade with extending shaft resembling a European flamberge, allowing Shen to use it as either a sword or lance.
  • Throwing knives — Uniquely-shaped knives which Shen hid among the sleeves in his robes; these were most likely custom-built, as they appear to be forged into the shape of feathers, likely so Shen could hide them among his feathers in the folds of his robe.
  • Iron claws — A metal attachment to his talons; used for armor, combat, and as means to create sparks and light the fuses on cannons.
  • Rope dart — Seen being used only once, when Shen throws the rope dart with enough accuracy to ensnare Storming Ox's horn so that he could pull him to the ground.

In addition to his mastery of the sword, the deadliest weapon in Shen's arsenal were his cannons. Built from re-forged metal and powered by his lifelong knowledge of gunpowder, Shen's cannons were used to terrible effect throughout the film, but would ironically prove to be his undoing.



His parents

Shen: “My parents hated me. Do you understand? They wronged me. And... I will make it right.
Soothsayer: “They loved you. They loved you so much that having to send you away killed them.
Shen: “The dead exist in the past, and I must tend to the future.
—Shen to the Soothsayer before freeing her, Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen was loved by his parents from the moment he was born, and he mentioned he would often play by his father's throne, which his father promised would one day be his, implying his parents were encouraging and loving. But as Shen grew older, ambition began to fester in his heart as he obsessed over the destructive potential of his family's invention of fireworks, worrying his parents. They turned to the advice of their court Soothsayer and Shen's nanny, who prophesied for Shen a path to self-destruction should he continue his dark pursuits, and be defeated by a warrior of black and white. Shen attempted to thwart this prophecy by massacring a village of pandas, and he returned, full of pride, expecting his parents to praise him for defying fate, yet he saw the only horror on their faces. Left with no choice, Shen's parents banished the young lord forever from Gongmen City, and all love Shen felt for his parents was replaced with hatred from the belief that he was wronged by them.

For several years, Shen desired to take back his throne and to conquer China. Ever-feeling that his parents hated him, his bitterness went as far as to insult his father's memory by throwing his throne out the window. However, it was revealed through the Soothsayer that Shen's parents loved him so much that the pain of banishing their son broke their hearts and caused their deaths. Shen was stricken silent in response to this but didn't dispute the matter any further while hardening his heart and proceeding with his plan.[1]

The Soothsayer

Shen: “Ah, there you are, Soothsayer. It seems your fortune-telling skills are not as good as you thought.
Soothsayer: “We shall see, Shen.
—Upon meeting each other for the first time in years, Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen and Soothsayer

The Soothsayer was Shen's nanny when he was young, though as an adult Shen seemed mostly infuriated and annoyed with her riddles and jokes, as well as her insolent behavior around him, such as when she nonchalantly plucked out one of his wing feathers, and when she chewed and bit off the hem of his robes. However, while Shen did insult and threaten her on some occasions, he tolerated her and never harmed her. She was perhaps the only one person Shen ever cared for or showed mercy to, as he released her from Gongmen City after declaring she was no longer useful to him.[1]

Boss Wolf

Search the farthest villages. Find more metal! China will be mine...

Shen pins down Boss Wolf

Boss Wolf was Shen's most loyal and trusted subordinate. He displayed much confidence in Boss Wolf's abilities and competence, and Boss Wolf displayed in return great loyalty, as well as some fear, of his master. However, Shen wasn't above reprimanding Boss Wolf on certain occasions and showed that, while he valued Boss Wolf as his second-in-command, he cared nothing for him. This was shown when Shen ordered Boss Wolf to fire the cannon at their enemies, to which Boss Wolf hesitated since their troops would be caught in the blast as well. Boss Wolf finally disobeyed his master for possibly the first time, due to seeing Shen for what he was, and was quickly dealt with as Shen promptly struck him with a throwing knife. Shen displayed no remorse for this act and simply aimed to win the battle.[1]

His wolf army

Shen: “Fire! Fire at them!
Boss Wolf: “But, sir, we'll kill our own!
Shen: “I said fire at them! FIRE!
Boss Wolf: “ [pause] No.

Shen acted very strictly towards his followers, ordering them to do his bidding at any means necessary, including his willingness to sacrifice several lives to suit his purpose, as seen when he ordered Boss Wolf to fire in a range of his legion of warriors. He also showed frustration with any shred of incompetence, and would lash out at them.[1]


How many times do I have to kill the same stinking panda?!
—Shen getting frustrated with trying to kill Po many times, Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen and Po meeting for the first time since Shen raided his village.

Before when they met, Shen thought Po was fully aware of his part in killing his parents, and was also a fully-seasoned kung fu master; however, upon meeting Po and realizing that the panda had no notion of what happened to his family or the other pandas, Shen found himself unable to keep a straight face. Shen continued to underestimate Po, up until the panda managed to take down his entire fleet single-handedly, leaving Shen exhausted and stunned at the outcome. Po approached Shen, knowing of the peacock's past, and told him that he had to let go of the past and focus on the now. Shen refused to do so, and violently attacked Po with his blades in the attempt to finish him, but he accidentally sliced the ropes that held up the remains of his cannon, making it come crashing down on top of Shen, who closed his eyes and remained where he was as it fell, and crushed him.[1]

The Furious Five

Shen: “Such sad, sad faces. But now is a time only for joy. You are going to be a part of something beautiful.
Tigress: “ [Snarls at him.] 
Shen: “Once we reach the harbor, in front of all the world, you and your precious kung fu will die. Then China will know to bow before me. Set sail!
—While departing Gongmen City, Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen likely saw the Furious Five as mere enemies to be thwarted as they were famous masters of kung fu, which he hoped to vanquish. After defeating them and having them tied up, Shen mocked them with the promise that they would become part of something "beautiful", and had them shown on display as a sign of his dominance while he invaded Gongmen City with his army and cannon.[1]

The Kung Fu Council

Thundering Rhino: “What do you want, Shen?
Shen: “What is rightfully mine... Gongmen City!
Thundering Rhino: “Gongmen is under the stewardship of the Master's Council and we will protect it, even from you.
Shen: “I am so glad you feel that way! Otherwise, I'd have dragged that here for nothing.
Storming Ox: “What's in the box, Shen?
Shen: “Well, you see, it's a gift. It's your parting gift, in that it'll part you; part of you here, part of you there, and part of you waaay over there, staining the wall!'
—Shen confronting the Kung Fu Council, Kung Fu Panda 2

Shen in his fight with the Kung Fu Council

Lord Shen confronted Masters Thundering Rhino, Storming Ox, and Croc the minute he returned to Gongmen City. When the masters refused to hand over control of the city, Shen battled and defeated Ox and Croc before killing Rhino with his cannon. Shen then forced Ox and Croc to surrender while placing Rhino's hammer in the courtyard as a trophy. Thundering Rhino's death was eventually avenged when Shen was killed in the battle for Gongmen City.[1]

Clothing and armor

Shen's normal attire

Shen wore a long, white robe held with a black-colored belt. The robe is made from "the finest silk in the province", according to Shen.[1] Sewn along the edges of the robe is silver silk patterned with flame-like designs. On the back of the robe is an emblem of a flying bird (presumably a peacock) with its tail feathers on fire.

During the film's production, the surfacing team struggled to make the robes look visually interesting, as white doesn't typically look as such. Head of Surfacing Wes Burian explains that Shen's robes were "crafted by using panels of silk woven in an anisotropic direction that are sewn as squares alternating in their pattern," resulting in an interesting visual without changing the color.[6]

One of Shen's robe variants

Shen is shown to have worn similar robes when he was younger, though they appear simpler in design and vary slightly from the ones he wore throughout the film. One variant shows the robes opening at the front (as opposed to the side), and the emblem on the back showing Shen's red-eye symbol. Another variant shows the robe's edges lined with plain, red-colored silk rather than silver, flame-patterned ones.

Shen also wore metal talons that served to protect his feet, light his cannons, and act as formidable weapons.



  • The name "Shen" translates into English as "divinity," "spirit," "deity," or "god" (traditional and simplified Chinese: 神?; pinyin: shén);[7] "flame" (traditional and simplified Chinese: 焴; pinyin: shen); and "deep thought" (traditional and simplified Chinese: 深; pinyin: shēn).
  • Though Shen has been described as an albino,[5], in reality, white peafowl are leucistic, as their eyes still contain pigment. Also, his head and tail feathers have color, which albino animals do not possess.[8]
  • Shen being born white is intentionally symbolic for his character as a villain, as white symbolizes death in Chinese culture.[9]
  • Shen's fighting style shares similar qualities with "Cai Li Fo", a Chinese martial art that uses a metal fan for defensive and distraction purposes. These qualities are represented in Kung Fu Panda 2 by the use of Shen's tail feathers, as well as his agile and circular movements.
  • Whenever Po saw Shen's "eyespots" on his tail, it brought up traumatic experiences and would temporarily daze him, giving Shen the upper hand in their confrontations. In the wild, peacocks use eyespots to protect themselves from predators as a psychological defense.[source?]
  • When Shen takes off in flight, his tail opens up completely. In reality, peacocks cannot open their tails during flight, because of their heavy support.[source?]
  • Shen and his minions never acknowledged Po's title as the Dragon Warrior; he only saw him as a threat simply because he was a panda.

In development

  • Shen was originally created as a devious mayor for the first film, but was written out before production.[3]
  • According to the director, Shen proved to be a great challenge to animate, so much that the complexity of the character was like that of doing six characters all at once.[10]

Scrapped character: Shen's gibbon sidekick

  • An earlier concept of Shen's background mentioned him being born "sickly" due to his leucism. His parents were disappointed and had deemed him "too weak and pitiful to deserve attention". The Soothsayer was also mentioned to be Shen's nanny, but the ignorance his own family showed him was what drove the young peacock into his path of wickedness.[5]
  • During production, Shen was going to have a gibbon assassin designed to be his "sidekick and henchwoman" who was tasked to poison Po at a dinner party. This character, along with the scene, were eventually scrapped.[source?]
  • Modeling supervisor Jason Turner has noted that Shen's tail has "four layers of feathers . . . each layer has fourteen to twenty-three feathers on it, for a total of seventy[,] and each feather is made of a shaft with two barbs alongside of it."[11]

In popular culture

  • Shen was parodied in an episode of MAD, in which Po had to defeat him and his new army: the Angry Birds.
  • Shen's appearance and character traits resemble those of Priest Gao Kau-Kung, leader of the White Lotus Sect, an extreme xenophobic cult that goes around attacking westerners, and main antagonist in the 1992 Hong Kong martial arts film Once Upon a Time in China II.





Search the farthest villages. Find more metal! China will be mine...
—Shen to Boss Wolf

Nothing stands in my way.
Shen: “The only reason you're still alive is that I find your stupidity... mildly amusing.
Po: “Well, thank you, but I find your evilness extremely annoying!
Shen: “Who do you think you are, panda?
Po: “Who do you think I am, peacock?
—Shen confronting Po, Kung Fu Panda 2

See also