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    Lord Shen
    "Happiness... must be taken. And I will take mine."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Genocidal Warlord
    Age: 40+
    Species: Peacock
    Portrayed by: Gary Oldman
    Status: Deceased
    Media of origin: Kung Fu Panda 2


    Lord Shen is the main antagonist of DreamWorks' 22nd full-length animated feature film Kung Fu Panda 2, the second installment of the Kung Fu Panda franchise, and a supporting character in its 2024 sequel Kung Fu Panda 4.

    Why He Rocks

    1. He is one of DreamWorks Animation's greatest, intimidating, and most complex villains, along with Death from Puss in Boots: The Last Wish.
    2. He is incredibly intelligent, ambitious and charismatic, commands the respect and loyalty of entire armies, and is skilled enough to give Po a run for his money in combat. Underneath all of this, however, he possesses some deep-rooted issues and a very complex internal struggle.
    3. He 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.
    4. He takes over Gongmen City by easily defeating Storming Ox and Croc and killing Thundering Rhino with a cannonball shot.
      • He was able to manipulate Storming Ox into striking first during his return to Gongmen City, and he subsequently imprisoned both him and Croc with fear.
    5. His campaign to conquer all of China and destroy Kung Fu is the main conflict, and his genocide of the pandas is an integral part of Po's character arc in the film.
    6. His entire exchange with Po in the Fireworks Factory is incredible. As the two fought, Shen easily outmaneuvers Po until he corners him at the highest level of the factory. Unperturbed, Shen mocks Po, telling him that his parents had never loved him. This emotional attack again distracts Po, which is enough for Shen to reach his most powerful cannon, which he then uses to blast Po out of the factory and into the river.
    7. He has a more outwardly suave demeanor than the other two villains, Tai Lung and Kai, and is the most likely to think before acting.
      • He is also the villain who came closest to killing Po and the Furious Five.
    8. He has inordinate self-worth, a sense of self-entitlement, is violent, unsympathetic and more than willing to kill anyone who questions him.
    9. If you ignored the fact that he's a peacock, Shen is a skilled fighter and a cruel and terrifying villain, and sure enough, on top of his glorious white and red train, he dresses in elegant and expensive clothes, wields exquisite masterwork weaponry, and is exactly as vain as he is badass.
      • He most likely trained in the art, as he managed to hold his own during fights.
    10. He is a master of blades with lethal skill in swordsmanship and knife-throwing.
    11. He is one of the few villains to accept defeat, as when the cannon is about to fall on him, he just closes his eyes and accepts his fate instead of trying to get out of the way and is crushed to death by his own weapon while Po narrowly escapes the resulting explosion.
    12. Gary Oldman does a fantastic job voicing him.
    13. He has many cool quotes:
      • "It's your parting gift, in that it will part you; Part of you here, part of you there, and part of you way over there... staining the wall!"
      • "My father's throne... he used to let me play here beside him, promising someday that this throne would be mine... A little to the left."
      • "For 30 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. With the weapon by my side... all of China will bow before me. We move out in 3 days, when the moon is full, and the tide is high."
      • "The only reason you're still alive is that I find your stupidity mildly amusing."
      • "The dead exist in the past, and I must tend to the future."
      • "Yes, I was there. Yes, I watched your parents abandoned you. It's a terrible thing. I believe it went something like this!!!!"
      • "You want to know so badly? You think knowing will heal you, huh? Fill some crater in your soul? Well, here's your answer: Your parents didn't love you. But here, let me heal you."
      • "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. Set sail!"
      • "How did you find peace? I took away your parents. Everything... I... I scarred you for life."
      • "You're right. Then I choose this!"

    Bad Qualities

    1. He committed genocide on a village of pandas, which resulted in the death of Po's mom.
    2. He is highly prideful and vain, as he is extremely assured of his victory and despises anyone interrupting or contradicting him.
    3. When his parents banished him for committing genocide, he takes it as further proof that they don't care about him instead of as a punishment. Even more so, as being banished as opposed to being executed may have been an act of mercy on their part.
    4. Him and Kai only make non-speaking cameos in Kung Fu Panda 4. Neither one of them directly interacts with Po or Tai Lung on-screen or have a reaction to their current situation or any development while they were in the spirit realm. It doesn't help that they were last minute additions.

    Trivia

    • Lord Shen's tail consists of 92 feathers.
    • Lord Shen serves as a darker reflection of Po, representing what Po could have been if he held onto old grudges and refused to move on from his past.
    • Shen is the only maijor villain the in Kung Fu Panda films who has not personally met Shifu or Oogway.
    • Shen being born white is intentionally symbolic for his character as a villain, as white symbolizes death in Chinese culture.
    • Whenever Po sees Shen's "eyespots" on his tail, it brings up traumatic experiences and temporarily dazes him, giving Shen the upper hand in their confrontations. In real life, peacocks use eyespots to protect themselves from predators as a psychological defense.
    • When Shen takes off in flight, his tail opens up completely. In reality, peacocks cannot open their tails during flight due to their heavy support.
    • 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.

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