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Villain Overview

Greetings, panda! At last we meet! [He falters.] Oh, no no no no no... [acrobatically flips about before pointing his lance in another direction.] We meet at last! Yes! That's it! Greetings, panda! We meet at la- [He stops short when he ends up pointing his lance at the Soothsayer, who has appeared out of nowhere.] (Soothsayer: You are afraid for a reason.) I'm not afraid. He's coming to me in chains! If anyone should be afraid, it's... (Soothsayer: You.) [looks at her trying to munch his robes.. then quickly yanks them out of her reach.] Don't even think about it.
~ Lord Shen's planned greeting for Po.
Happiness... must be taken. And I will take mine.
~ Lord Shen talking to the Soothsayer as she leaves.
Such sad, sad faces. But now is a time only for joy. You are going to be part of something beautiful. Once we reach the harbor, in front of all the world, you and your precious kung fu will die. (chortles) Then China will know to bow before me. Set sail!
~ Lord Shen to the captured Furious Five.

Lord Shen is the main antagonist of the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

He serves as one of the two unseen overarching antagonists (alongside with Ke-Pa) of the original Kung Fu Panda film, one of the three unseen overarching antagonists (alongside Tai Lung and Ke-Pa) of the short Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Scroll, the main antagonist of its 2011 sequel Kung Fu Panda 2, the posthumous overarching antagonist of its 2016 sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 and a posthumous antagonist in the Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness episode Enter the Dragon.

He is a sadistic and devious peacock prince who wanted to take over China and destroy Kung Fu with his cannons. He is the Soothsayer's former master and the Wolves' leader. He is also Po's arch-nemesis.

He was voiced by Gary Oldman, who also played Ruber in Quest for Camelot, Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Mason Verger in Hannibal, Norman Stansfield in Léon: The Professional, General Grawl in Planet 51, Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg in The Fifth Element, Vladislav Dukhovich in The Hitman's Bodyguard, Carnegie in The Book of Eli, Daniel Clarke in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Egor Korshunov in Air Force One, Dr. Zachary Smith in Lost In Space, Drexl Spivey in True Romance and Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula.


Lord Shen is an evil and callous peacock who wants to eliminate every panda in China. He has no problem in killing anyone who opposes him, going as far as to kill Boss Wolf for disobeying his orders. However, he does not kill the Soothsayer despite her clearly opposing him, which shows that he is capable of caring for others.

He is also cowardly and paranoid since when he overhears his true fate, he has all the pandas wiped out so no one can face him, and other examples of cowardly, when he refuses to warn the people crossing the bridge to move away and just has the bridge fired at and when he kills Master Thundering Rhino when he was easily defeated, with another example of being paranoid is when Shen asks the Soothsayer what his fate is. Shen is also incredibly intelligent, able to use fireworks, something meant for colour and joy as a weapon in form of a cannon and when he decided to wipe all pandas out completely, which out of sheer luck only some survived, and using his enemies weaknesses completely to his advantage.

Lord Shen is also insecure and delusional, as shown when he fears getting defeated by a panda and believing that his parents hated him when they actually truly loved him. He also knows what he is doing is bad, but he continues with his plans of conquest because he knows if he stops, all the deaths he caused will amount to nothing. When Lord Shen notices his cannon falling on him, instead of escaping, he closes his eyes and gets crushed by the cannon, knowing that he already lost.


Shen wears a long white robe held with a black-colored belt. According to him, the robe is made from "the finest silk in the province". Sewn along the edges of the robe is silver silk patterned with flame-like designs, and it has a flying bird, possibly a peacock, placed on the back. He also wears metal talons that served to protect his feet, light his cannons, and act as formidable weapons.

Other Media

Kung Fu Panda 2: The Videogame

in Kung Fu Panda 2: The Videogame, Lord Shen has no physical appearance, but is a posthumous and mentioned character. A few moments after Shen was defeated by Po and his fleet failed to pass the limits of the of Gongmen City, the citizens celebrated the Dragon Warrior's victory by bringing down his empire, also destroying scrolls with his emblem. The throne without any ruler, some komodo dragons, led by Zhou Dan, plan to take over the city taking advantage of the death of Lord Shen.

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Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends

In Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends, Lord Shen appears as a playable character.

Kung Fu Rumble

In Kung Fu Rumble, Lord Shen appears as an enemy to be defeated inside his palace as a combat stage.


  • An entire Panda village
  • Po's Mother
  • His parents (indirectly)
  • Thundering Rhino
  • Boss Wolf
  • Several wolves


Get them all!!!
~ Shen ordering his wolves to kill every panda there is
Search the farthest villages. Find more metal. China will be mine.
~ Lord Shen's first line in the film
Good afternoon, gentlemen. Now that we've got the pleasantries out of the way, please leave my house. (Master Ox: Your house?) Yes. Didn't you see the peacock on the front door?
~ Lord Shen to the Masters Council
Ah, there you are, Soothsayer. It seems your fortune-telling skills are not as good as you thought.
~ Lord Shen to the Soothsayer
You want to 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 way over there, staining the wall.
~ Lord Shen unveiling his canon.
My father's throne... he used to let me play here beside him, promising someday that this throne would be mine... [The throne is tossed out of a window seconds later. The cannon is moved in it's place.] A little to the left. (GORILLA: Uh, but it's so heavy, master!) For 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. Perfect. With the weapon by my side... ah, a little bit more. [The gorillas adjust the cannon.] With the weapon by my side... all of China will bow before me. We move out in three days, when the moon is full, and the tide is high.
~ Shen taking complete control of Gongmen City and announcing when he will start his invasion.
Now you old goat, why don't you tell me my- (Soothsayer: Fortune?) F-future. I was going to say future. Look into your bowl, and tell me what glory awaits. [Soothsayer looks into a small bowl.] (Soothsayer: If you continue on your current path...) [Her eyes roll upwards. Shen slowly walks down the small steps in the middle of the room, intrigued.] ( will find yourself... at the bottom of the stairs.) [Shen stops on the bottom of the steps. He exclaims in annoyance before approaching the Soothsayer, who again looks into her bowl.] (Soothsayer: I see... I see... I see pain... [She plucks a feather from Shen's wing.] Ow! (Soothsayer: And anger...) [She takes a bite out of Shen's robe.] How dare you! That is the finest silk in the province! (Soothsayer: Followed by denial...) This is not fortune telling! You're just saying what's happening right- (Soothsayer: Now?) [Shen sighs in exasperation. Soothsayer puts the feather and piece of silk into the bowl.] The most important time is now. But if you really want to see the future...) [Glowing blue-white smoke suddenly erupts from the bowl. Shen watches in awe as the smoke rises into the air.] Oh, what do you see? [The smoke forms into a peacock.] (Soothsayer: A peacock...) [The peacock is consumed by a fiery yin yang symbol. The gorillas back away in fear.] (Soothsayer:...Is defeated by a warrior of black and white. Nothing has changed.) [A shocked and furious Shen shatters the bowl with a throwing knife and fans away the apparition with his tail. Soothsayer looks up as Shen chuckles.] That's impossible.. and you know it! (Soothsayer: It is not impossible... and he knows it.)
~ Shen realizing his fate has not changed
Find this panda, and him bring to me!
~ Shen ordering Boss Wolf to find Po and capture him
So one panda still lives... that does not make you right. (Soothsayer: You're right... being right makes me right.) Then I will kill him... and make you wrong!
~ Shen still denying his fate
Greetings, panda! We meet at-(Po: Hey, how ya doing?) [Shen is caught off guard] Hey.
~ Shen meeting Po for the first time
You really think that this is the warrior destined to defeat me?
~ Shen mocking Po and the Soothsayer
ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!!!! Bring the prisoners to me.
~ Shen ordering his men to be placed right in front of the cannon.
Look at him. A lifetime to plot his revenge and he comes to me on his knees!
~ Lord Shen taunting Po.
The very thing you clearly do not know.
~ Shen further taunting Po on how he doesn't know of the panda genocide
The only reason you're still alive is that I find your stupidity... mildly amusing.
~ Shen pointing his dagger at Po
Take aim. [Boss Wolf aims the cannon at the enemies while Shen laughs, until he realized nothing has happened] Well?! Light the... thing! (Boss Wolf: I did!) [Boss Wolf continuously lights the cannon, which gets diffused, to his confusion, until Mantis reveals himself.] (Mantis: FEAR THE BUG!!!) [Shen looks at Po's cage, which actually had an action figure of Mantis]
~ Lord Shen ordering the deaths of his enemies, before scolding the Boss Wolf for not lighting the thing, even though he did, which was diffused by Mantis
Yes. Yes I was.
~ Shen acknowledging he was there in the day Po last saw his parents
~ Shen taking joy at the Palace's destruction
Where are they going???!!!
~ Shen surprised Po and the Furious Five are escaping
Call in the wolves, all of them! I want them ready to move! The Year of the Peacock begins now!
~ Shen ordering Boss Wolf to get the men ready
Get the wolves ready... we're loading the ships now...[Raises voice] NOW! Now, now, now, now!
~ Shen intimidating Boss Wolf to follow his orders after making a wisecrack against his
You were wrong, Soothsayer! We sail to victory tonight... your magic panda is clearly a fool! (Soothsayer: Are you certain it is the panda who is the fool? You just destroyed your ancestral home, Shen!) A trivial sacrifice... [He sticks the lance's tip into a nearby fire. When it is glowing hot, he stabs it into the map of China, sending the entire sheet up in flames.] when all of China is my reward! (Soothsayer: Then will you finally be satisfied? Will the subjugation of the whole world finally make you feel better!) Hmmm, it's a start. I might also convert the basement into a dungeon.
~ Soothsayer scolding Shen for continuing with his evil plans to which Shen snarkily replies back
(Soothsayer: The cup you choose to fill has no bottom. It is time to stop this madness.) And why on earth would I do that? (Soothsayer: So your parents can rest in peace.) My parents... hated me. Do you understand? They wronged me. I... will make it right. (Soothsayer: They loved you! They loved you so much, that having to send you away killed them.) The dead exist in the past, and I must tend to the future.
~ Lord Shen expressing how he thinks his parents never loved him
Move, you dogs! Faster, faster! Load them all!
~ Shen to his men in speeding up productions of his cannons
Greetings Panda. (Po: Tell me what happened that night.) What night? (Po: That night.) Aahh, that night. (Po: Yes. We're talking about the same night, right?) Yes, I was there. Yes, I watched your parents abandoned you. It's a terrible thing. I believe it went something like this!!!!
~ Shen meeting Po before trying to kill him in the fireworks factory
Are you willing to die to find out the truth?
~ Shen taunting Po who is dangling from a pot filled with molten metal
You want to know so badly? You think knowing will heal you, huh? Feel some crater in your soul? Well, here's your answer: Your parents didn't love you. But here, let me heal you.
~ Shen lies to Po about the truth of his parents before shooting a cannonball at him
Nothing stands in my way.
~ Lord Shen commanding the destruction of a bridge full of people blocking his boats' path
How many times do I have to kill the same stinking panda?!
~ Shen enraged upon seeing Po survive from his cannon standing boldly before his armada.
Fire. Fire! F-Fire at them! (Boss Wolf: But sire, we'll kill or own.) I said fire at them! FIRE!
~ Lord Shen's breakdown
As you wish. Let's finish this.
~ Lord Shen preparing to kill Po.
Kill him. Somebody, kill him.
~ Lord Shen commanding his wolves to kill Po.
WHAT???!!! NO!!!! [glares at Po, to which Po gestures to him, saying he is next, angering him] Keep firing!!!! KEEP FIRING!!!!
~ Shen ordering the gorilla in his both to fire at Po
H-how did you…How did you do it?
~ Shen meeting Po at his damaged boat, confused on how Po attained inner peace
Not that. How did you find peace? I took away your parents. Everything. I--I scarred you for life.
~ Shen asking Po how he managed to achieve it
No, they don't. Wounds heal.
~ Shen dismissing how Po managed to attain peace
I don't care what scars do.
~ Shen telling Po he has had enough and attaining peace is impossible for him
You're right. Then I choose... THIS! (attacks Po in a blind fury)
~ Shen's last words as he rejects Po's offer for redemption and attacking him in blind fury before ultimately being killed by the cannon


  • His tail consists of 92 feathers.
  • Lord Shen was originally cast as a devious mayor for the first Kung Fu Panda movie.
  • In the Mad episodes "Kung Fu Blander" (in which his new army were the Angry Birds) and "Destroy Bob the Builder Destroyer", Shen was defeated by Master Po, and then by Black and White Spies, who were ironically the black and white warriors from the prophecy.
  • Shen is the only major villain in the Kung Fu Panda films who has not personally met Shifu or Oogway.
  • Shen is also the only major villain in the Kung Fu Panda films who is not sent or banished into the spirit realm.
  • Lord Shen represents what Po could have been if he kept on to old grudges and refused to move on from the past.
  • Shen being born white is intentionally symbolic for his character as a villain, as white symbolizes death in Chinese culture.
  • Shen's fighting style shares similarities with Chinese martial arts form, "Cai Li Fo", in which a metal fan is used as defense or as a distraction for enemies, represented by Shen's tail feathers.
  • Despite only appearing in the second film with only a flashback from the second film in the third, Shen is perhaps one of two foremost antagonists (alongside Ke-Pa) in the entire Kung Fu Panda franchise because of his panda genocide.
    • His panda genocide is what brought Po to the Valley of Peace and be raised by Mr. Ping.
    • Mr. Ping then tried teaching Po cooking, which fails when Po accidentally poisons Shifu, leading him having his disciple, Tigress go and summon 4 warriors. With a mix-up of scrolls with Po, leads her to summon the wrong people, which leads to the rise of the Furious Five and leads to them defeating Boar. The battle between them made Po, a hidden bystander, to be a fan of Kung Fu, which would also eventually lead to the events of the first film.
    • His panda genocide still has effect even after his death since it set up the events of the third film because Li Shan and many of the genocide survivors fled to a hidden old village. With awareness his son survived because of Oogway's spirit, went on a hunt to find him to bring him to the village. This all led to Kai's attack on the Panda village since he is after every Kung Fu master's chi, where Po sends Kai back to the spirit realm and defeats him and becomes the Dragon Master and teach the new 4 Constellations when they get their powers.
    • Due to the panda genocide also taking his mother, as well as being the only villain to psychologically break him, Shen has the closest personal connection to Po, even if Ke-Pa managed to pull off an incredible feat in killing Po. Also, Shen had more screen time than Ke-Pa and the second film is considered a more important installment in the franchise than Enter the Dragon. This makes him the true big bad of the franchise instead of sharing the role with Ke-Pa, making the latter the bigger bad as a result.
  • Since Kung Fu Panda 2's release, Shen became one of the most popular DreamWorks villains, topping many lists on "Best DreamWorks Villains".
  • Whenever Po sees Shen's "eyespots" on his tail feather's, he gets traumatic experiences and dazes him, to which Shen gets the upper hand. Also, in the wild, Peacocks uses the "eyespots" in their tail feathers to protect them from predators as a psychological defense.
  • Some fans have speculated that Shen actually committed suicide and wasn't trying to make one final attempt to kill Po by letting the cannon crush him or die in the explosion, which Po happened to be in the way of, with the reason is all the deaths he has caused now has no meaning at all and he has nowhere else to go. This can't be the case in the first section of the final fight in the boat since none of the ropes suspending the cannon were present. However, it is possible the fans were right if we consider when the cannon was about to fall on him to which Shen doesn't move and just closes his eyes and accepts his fate.
  • As revealed by the director, Shen was incredibly difficult to animate, which was compared to animating six characters all at once.
  • Shen and his followers never acknowledged Po's title as the Dragon Warrior; they only saw him as a threat simply because he was a panda. They is the only villain in the franchise to view Po as a threat that is not because he is the Dragon Warrior.

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