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Master Mantis (or just Mantis) is one of the four tetartagonists (alondside Viper, Crane and Monkey) of the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

Strong, fast and tiny, Mantis possesses a mean temper and is ready to "throw down" at the slightest insult. He's quick to interject humor into any situation. Nothing can strike fear into his brave little heart… except female mantis. Mantis is very pragmatic and open-minded with a dry sense of humor. Declaring size did little to define a warrior and could actually be used as an advantage no matter what style one practices. Due to his small size, he hates being referred to as "little". He also seems to have a close bond with Master Monkey because he's is always perched on Monkey's shoulder.

Master Mantis specializes in North Praying Mantis Kung Fu. His fighting style is speedy, calculating, responsive, hard, complicated and precise. Mantis' small size and incredible speed make him nearly invisible to opponents, an advantage that he uses to great effect. He can leap and run as fast a praying mantis pouncing on their prey.

In addition, Mantis also possesses enormous strength that one wouldn't think at first sight. He's able to lift a bridge burdened by 4 animals, create wave on it and pull it to him with great effort. His powerful, high leaping rare legs and reportorial forelegs are used as defensive weapons. His species is a Chinese Praying Mantis.

Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 3

Other Apperances

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five

Kung Fu Panda Holiday

Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters


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  • In early story development, Mantis was originally a traitor in league with Tai Lung.