|“||Guess nobody told you: you mess with the wolf.... you get the fangs.||„|
|~ Boss Wolf taunting Po.|
Boss Wolf, also known as the Wolf Boss, is the secondary antagonist of DreamWorks' twenty-second full-length animated feature film Kung Fu Panda 2. He was Lord Shen's former servant and trusted right paw who served as his military strategist; Boss Wolf was the field commander of Shen's army in their master's quest to conquer all of China.
Boss Wolf is efficient, harmful, sneaky, relentless, and brilliant. He is very powerful and shrewd, and is both respected and feared by his pack of wolves. Boss Wolf was Lord Shen's second-in-command and most loyal subordinate. Boss Wolf is shown to be very acquiescent, obedient and savage, as he takes part in the massacre of the panda village, and was even attempted to murder an innocent baby, which cost him his left eye at the hands of the child's father. He is also low enough to endanger the citizens of Gongmen City, even a crateful of rabbit children.
Though Boss Wolf typically carried out Shen's commands without hesitation, he hesitates when Shen ordered him to fire his cannon during the last battle with the kung fu masters, which would mean murdering their soldiers. Boss Wolf declined, and was struck down by three of Shen's blades as a result. This defiance showed while Boss Wolf was unsympathetic and merciless towards his enemies, he was nowhere near as sinister as Shen, and cared for the lives of his own warriors. He was also shown to be almost puppy-like at times, talking a lot and making Shen mad with his comments.
Boss Wolf and his pack of wolf brothers and sisters were royal guards in Gongmen City's royal palace one time. The only member of the royal family ever to befriend the wolves was Shen, the frail, albino heir to Gongmen City's throne. Shen fed them, played with them, and treated them like family. It was that the Wolf Boss swore his allegiance to the young prince afterwards.
Boss Wolf's faithfulness to Shen went as far as willingly assisting the young lord wipe out an innocent farming village of pandas. Boss Wolf took a savage part in the massacre, as when he tried to slay an innocent panda cub. The child's father rescued his son, whacking Boss Wolf in the face with his hammer, causing him to fly and land on Shen's drawn sword and scar his left eye for good. Boss Wolf managed to outwit the farmer and he, along with the other wolves and Shen gave chase to the farmer's family. It is presumed Boss Wolf might’ve been the one who slaughtered Po's mother, if not then Shen. Once the ambush was made known to Shen's parents, Boss Wolf, along with his pack, was exiled alongside his master.
Kung Fu Panda 2
Boss Wolf met Master Po, as well as the Furious Five, as he and his pack robbed the Musicians' Village of their metal to use for Lord Shen's cannons in the first place. When he saw Po, he said, "The panda? That's impossible." because of the fact that he and his wolves supposedly neutralized the threat of the pandas under Shen's orders. Mocking Po's fat body and his fluffiness, he was surprised by Po's agility. After the rest of his pack were defeated, he charged at Po with his hammer and struck a hard blow to his face when the panda was preoccupied by the symbol on his arm. Boss Wolf got away, laughing.
He encountered Master Po and the Furious Five again in Gongmen City as he attempted to stop them from rescuing the two surviving Kung Fu masters, Storming Ox and Croc. Having noticed how he was outnumbered, he ran away and got away on a rickshaw cart. He and Po fought across town, using their carts to dodge and escape each other's assaults. But despite Po's success in catching him at long last, Boss Wolf ended up leading Po and the Five into an ambush at the front gates of Shen's palace.
During the final battle between Po's group of Kung Fu masters and Shen's army of wolves and artillery of cannons, it quickly became apparent that the Kung Fu masters were prevailing. Fearful of being defeated, Shen ordered Boss Wolf to fire at the barrier of wreckage blocking their way to the city harbor. He hesitated, nothing the amount of powder in the wreckage and quarreling how some of his pack would be slaughtered as a result. Shen, declining to care for the potential loss of his own minions, ordered Boss Wolf to fire again. Realizing the heartless and insane fiend Shen really is, Boss Wolf refused and flung down his torch at long last. Infuriated, Shen slaughtered him with his throwing blades and proceeded to fire the cannon himself.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Boss Wolf doesn’t make a live appearance in Kung Fu Panda 3, but it turns out that several pandas (led by Po's father Li Shan) have gotten away from the slaughter and have taken refuge in a village on the mountains. And yet, Boss Wolf is seen near the end of a recycled flashback told by Li of how he lost his family for a very short time, just as Po and Li conspire together to defend the panda village from the arriving Kai and his army of Jombies.
- According to the creator's commentary, Boss Wolf was originally intended to be a crow and was animated as a crow in a deleted scene (viewable here). He was changed to a wolf mid-production as the film makers thought he was too similar to Lord Shen.