Shen's gorilla army are tertiary antagonists in Kung Fu Panda 2. As their name suggests, they are a group of gorillas that serve as the brute strength in Shen's army.[1][2]


The Gorillas are the muscle in Lord Shen's army. If his evil schemes require any heavy lifting, they'll be the ones doing it. Shen's personal guard is made up entirely of these powerful (and powerfully large) brutes, who are honor bound to their master.[1]

As large creatures of enormous strength and size, the gorillas are naturally brutal and aggressive. However, they are just as loyal to Shen as his wolf soldiers.[2]


In Kung Fu Panda 2


Two of the gorillas assisting in moving one of Shen's cannons

In the film, the gorillas performed various duties such as transporting Shen's cannon and guarding Shen and the Soothsayer. During the Battle of the Fireworks Factory, it was a gorilla that battled Tigress one-on-one and prevented her from reaching Po in time to save him from being shot by Shen's largest cannon. They also served as gunners in the Fireworks Factory and on Shen's flagship.

In Kung Fu Panda 2: The Game

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Fighting style


One of the gorillas cuffing Po

The Gorillas are familiar with kung fu and skilled with weaponry, but they rarely need either. So ferocious and intimidating, they strike such fear in opponents that a battle is often over before it begins. Impossibly strong and amazingly agile, the Gorillas are equally dexterous with both hands and feet and are extremely tough to take down.[1]


Lord Shen


One of the gorillas firing the cannon.

The gorillas served as Shen's personal guard, and were extremely loyal. However, Shen considered them to be as expendable as his wolves.[2]

Shen's wolves

Hey, on your feet! And wipe those stupid grins off your faces!
—A gorilla guard to two wolves knocked out by Po, Kung Fu Panda 2

As members of Shen's personal guard, the gorillas were higher in rank than the wolves, and sometimes led the wolves themselves when Boss Wolf wasn't around.[2]



One of the gorillas carrying Po up the palace stairs

Even before encountering the Dragon Warrior in real life, the gorillas are noted to have always been legendary, fearsome fighters—so much so that Po had incorporated their likeness into his dream in the beginning sequences of Kung Fu Panda.[3]

The Furious Five

As members of Shen's army, the gorillas were naturally the enemies of the Furious Five and fought them. The gorillas were noted to "pose a surprising challenge" particularly to Tigress, as during the Battle of the Fireworks Factory, a gorilla fought her one-on-one and put up a good fight.[3]



CG model of one of the gorillas

As the gorillas have little need for armor, their only clothing are armored pants and studded leather wristbands.





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Shen: “A little to the left.
Gorilla: “Uh, but it's so heavy, master!
Shen: “Thirty years I've waited for this moment. Everything must be exactly how I envisioned it... and I envisioned it a little to the left.
—While moving Shen's cannon, Kung Fu Panda 2


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 KFP1-site-favicon Gorillas on the April 7, 2011* version of the official Kung Fu Panda website via the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Revealed in DreamWorks Animation's Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). Written by Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Charlie Kaufman & directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson. Distributed by Paramount Pictures.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Miller-Zarneke, Tracey. The Art of Kung Fu Panda 2, p. 79. ISBN: 1608870189.
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