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|“||Search the farthest villages. Find more metal. China will be mine.||„|
|~ Lord Shen|
|“||The dead exist in the past, and I must tend to the future.||„|
|~ Lord Shen accepting his identity, ignoring the Soothsayer's pleads.|
|“||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. Then China will know to bow before me.||„|
|~ Lord Shen to the captured Furious Five.|
Lord Shen (also simply known as Shen) is the overarching antagonist of the Kung Fu Panda franchise. He appears as the main antagonist of DreamWorks' 22nd full-length animated feature film Kung Fu Panda 2 and a posthumous antagonist in both Kung Fu Panda 3 and Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.
He is an evil, disowned and manipulative 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 second archenemy, as well as the one responsible for Po being adopted by Mr. Ping in the first place and the near genocide of nearly all Pandas.
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 genocidal 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, which shows that he is capable of caring for others.
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. 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.
|“||Long ago, in ancient China, the Peacocks ruled over Gongmen city. They brought great joy and prosperity to the city for they have invented fireworks. But their son, Lord Shen, saw a darker power in the fireworks. What had brought color and joy could also bring darkness and destruction. Shen's troubled parents consulted a Soothsayer. She foretold that if Shen continued down this dark path, he would be defeated by a warrior of black and white. The young lord set out to change his fate. But what he did next only sealed it. Shen returned to his parents full of pride. But in their faces, he saw only horror. He was banished from the city forever. But Shen swore revenge. Someday, he would return, and all of China would bow at his feet.||„|
|~ Shen's backstory told by the the Soothsayer at the opening of the film.|
Years before the events of the film, Lord Shen was born into the noble Peacock family. Shen's parents were the rulers of Gongmen City and were deeply admired by its inhabitants due inventing the fireworks. When he was little, Shen was allowed by his father to play near his throne, having been promised that he would one day inherit it.
When Shen was ready to become the next peacock ruler of Gongmen City, the Soothsayer goat gave a prophecy to his parents that he would eventually be defeated by a warrior of black and white, but only if he was to continue pursuing his path of using his father's art of fireworks for warfare to take control of China, as Shen had developed an interest on making weapons with the gunpowder used on the fireworks. Shen hears about this while eavesdropping on them, but rather than rethinking over his goals to put in a better destiny for himself, Shen instead decides to avert the prophecy by leading his wolf gang to massacre a nearby village of pandas.
After the massacre was complete, Shen returns back to his palace with pride but is distraught to see that his family is horrified and disgusted by what he has done. Lord Shen's father angrily considered him to be a disgrace to their family name and sentences him and his wolf gang to exile as punishment for slaughtering the pandas. Believing that his parents hated him and feeling he did so as self-defense to further his goals, Shen angrily swore that he will return and reclaim what's rightfully his. Following Shen's exile, his family became very depressed during their rule and later died out of grief, giving their power to the Gongmen Kung Fu Council.
During his 20 years in exile, 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 attack the farthest 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.
Kung Fu Panda 2
Shen's Return and Takeover of Gongmen City
|“||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? [spots the Soothsayer] Ah, there you are, Soothsayer. It seems your fortune-telling skills are not as good as you thought.(Soothsayer: We shall see, Shen.) No, you shall see, old goat...Where were we?(Thundering Rhino: What do you want, Shen?) What is rightfully mine... Gongmen City. (Thundering Rhino: Gongmen is under the stewardship of the Masters' Council and we will protect it, even from you.) I'm so glad you feel that way. Otherwise, I'd have dragged that here for nothing. [indicating his wolf army dragging a rather large box on a cart] (Master Ox: What's in the box, Shen?) 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. (Master Ox: You insolent fool.) [Ox attacks, but he gets quickly brought down; Croc moves in, deflecting Shen's fan of blades. Lastly, Rhino pushes Shen back with his hammer, knocking several of his fan blades away.] Showoff. (Master Thundering Rhino: That's a warning. You are no match for our kung fu.) I agree. But this is. [flips backwards onto the box, revealing a massive cannon. Rhino takes a defensive stance... as Shen fires it.]||„|
|~ Shen unveiling his cannon and murdering Master Thundering Rhino with it.|
Once two decades have passed, Shen took back the control of the Gongmen City by force while using his new, powerful weapon: A cannon. With it, he killed the senior Master Thundering Rhino, imprisoned the other Kung Fu Masters, Ox and Croc, by threatening to use the cannon against the city and took back his palace, plotting to spread his power. It was then that Po, Shifu, and the Furious Five learned of Lord Shen's treachery and the threat of his weapon, realizing it could bring about a new style of warfare, which could mean the end of Kung Fu.
With the Council out of the way, Shen began to ransack the tower, even tossing his father's throne out the window and replacing it with his cannon (despite stating his fond memories of the throne). 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 battled a panda whom, he commented, "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 Po himself and prove the Soothsayer wrong.
|“||A lifetime to plot his revenge and he comes to me on his knees!||„|
|~ Lord Shen on Po.|
Later, when the panda, Po Shan, 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. Much to the Soothsayer's surprise and Shen's amusement, it soon became clear that Po was unaware of the massacre of the pandas, and of Shen's role 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 quickly extinguished the fuse and knocked Boss Wolf out, which bought Viper enough time to pick the lock on Tigress' cuffs. Once they were free, the Five attacked, and Tigress and Mantis destroyed Shen's cannon.
Po lunged at Shen, but upon seeing the marks on Shen's tail feathers, 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 made use of the opportunity 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. Despite this, they managed to escape as the building collapsed.
After the following battle, Shen escapes to his cannon factory, out of the palace, and Po and the Furious Five barely manage to escape. Shen then proceeds with his plan to begin his assault on China using his cannons and expanding his empire, declaring the beginning of "the Year of the Peacock".
Final Moments with Soothsayer
|“||The dead exist in the past, and I must tend to the future.||„|
|~ Lord Shen accepting his identity, ignoring the Soothsayer's pleads.|
Shen later gloated to the Soothsayer that she was wrong about Po since the panda had failed to defeat him. But she only criticized Shen for destroying his ancestral home. She asked Shen if conquering China would finally satisfy him. Shen is clearly shocked, having never considered what he'll do after he succeeds in conquering China, but is quick to brush off his doubt, snarkily replying "It's a start. I might also convert the basement into a dungeon." When arguing with him failed to change his mind, the Soothsayer tried to reason with Shen, stating that his destruction will never bring him satisfaction and begged him to stop so his parents could rest in peace. Shen insisted that his parents had hated and wronged him, but she said that they had loved him so much that they died of grief. His cold response to this news made it very clear to the Soothsayer that he was determined to follow the path of destruction. Shen then ordered his guards to set her free. Deeply saddened, the Soothsayer told him goodbye and wished him happiness as she left. Shen does not watch her leave.
|“||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.||„|
|~ Lord Shen hypocritically lies to Po.|
Meanwhile, the Furious Five tried to blow up the factory with the explosives while keeping Po back at the Gongmen city prison, along with Croc and Storming Ox (who was starting to show weakness from discovering the truth of his family). However, Po sneaks into the factory to confront Shen and learn more about his past, inadvertently interfering with the Five's plan. Shen, taking Po's weakness by lying that Po's parents hated him and abandoned him, manages to shoot the panda with his cannon; sending Po out of the factory and into the river. Confident that the Panda was dead, the wicked peacock then orders his wolves to capture the Five and prepare his armada.
Battle at Gongmen Harbor
|“||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.|
Po is found and healed by the Soothsayer, who helps him attain inner peace and return to face Lord Shen again as he begins his assault. It was then Po realized his father defended him against the wolves from killing him, and his mother sacrificed herself to save him from Shen's wrath.
Shen has the Furious Five chained up and suspended above his ships as they sailed out of the city. But much to his shock and rage, Master Po comes back and tries to rescue his friends and defeat Shen once and for all. Shen orders his gunners to blast him, but Po nimbly moves along the rooftops, preventing them from getting a clear shot, and then jumps onto the ships to engage Shen's army, now that they couldn't fire without hitting their own men. Lord Shen could do nothing but watch as Po freed the Furious Five and joined forces with Masters Storming Ox, Croc and Shifu and a tremendous battle ensued and the canal was eventually blocked just before the harbor, preventing the armada from progressing.
Losing his patience (as well as a huge amount of his sanity), Shen orders Boss Wolf to to fire the cannon at the blockage, not even caring their own soldiers would be killed in the blast. When Boss Wolf refused to do the deed, the wicked peacock coldly strikes him with one of his throwing knives and fires the cannon himself, knocking all the kung fu warriors away and clearing away the blockage, leaving all but Po too injured and weak to continue fighting.
However, Po, having attained his inner peace by letting his memory of his parents flow through him rather than fighting it, manages to redirect all of the cannonballs back at Lord Shen's fleet, much to the other kung fu masters' surprise. After the ships were all destroyed and the rest of Shen's army defeated, Po confronts the exhausted Shen on his ruined flagship, revealing to the peacock that he has prevented his own past from taking over his present and urges Shen to do the same thing, stating that what matters most is choosing his own future.
Final Battle and Death
|“|| Shen: H-how did you…How did you do it? |
Po: You know, you just gotta keep your elbows up and keep the shoulders loose.
Shen: Not that. How did you find peace? I took away your parents. Everything. I--I scarred you for life.
Po: See, that's the thing, Shen…scars heal.
Shen: No, they don't. Wounds heal.
Po: Oh yeah. What do scars do? They fade, I guess?
Shen: I don't care what scars do.
Po: Well, You should, Shen. You gotta let go of that stuff from the past 'cause it just doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is what you choose to be now.
Shen: You're right. Then I choose… THIS! (attacks Po in a blind fury)
|~ Lord Shen's last words.|
Though Shen agrees with Po of choosing his own future, he refuses to let go of his pain. Losing what very little remains of his sanity, Shen attacks Po with his lance and knives, quickly gaining the upper hand. However, as they fight, Shen, in his blind fury, accidentally slashes through the ropes holding up the remains of his last cannon. Shen notices this too late as the heavy weapon topples over and falls towards him. While Po leaps to safety, Shen, seeing that he has finally lost, makes no attempt to get out of the way and instead accepts his fate and closes his eyes as he gets crushed to death by his own cannon and obliterated by the resulting explosion. Po narrowly escapes just as the ship blows up into splinters and sinks into the waters. Thus, the prophecy had become fulfilled.
Throughout the film, Shen had been troubled by his fear of Po stopping, even killing him. He was also troubled by the memory of how his family had banished him, refusing to accept the fact that his actions against the pandas have made them mad at him in the first place, and instead believe that they never loved him. The Soothsayer and Po both implored him to stop his actions and find peace of mind and happiness. Tragically, in his final moments, Shen did find peace of mind and happiness.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Shen makes a cameo in Kung Fu Panda 3 in a flashback when Po's father Li Shan tells how he lost Po's mother to Shen. The film further reveals that despite the death of Po's mother and many other pandas, several pandas, including Li, managed to survive Shen's slaughter on them and fled to a very distant village in the mountains.
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness
Shen does not appear in the series but he is mentioned by a villager in Enter the Dragon when the villagers talk about Po's accomplishments.
- 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.
- Lord Shen is the only Kung Fu Panda character to have artificial body parts.
- Shen is the only villain in the Kung Fu Panda films who has not met Shifu or Oogway.
- Shen being born white is intentionally symbolic for his character as a villain, as white symbolizes death in Chinese culture.