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The relationships of Tigress throughout the Kung Fu Panda series.



When Tigress was very young, she was taken in by Shifu. As her new master, and possibly the only person unafraid of her and who hadn't regarded her as a monster, she was always eager to please him. But Shifu's stern and bitter personality disheartened her, always making her feel like her efforts weren't enough. Nevertheless, she worked hard at her kung fu training to make him proud and perhaps wished to become the Dragon Warrior herself as a means to do so.

Though she failed in achieving the title and in defeating Tai Lung, Shifu declared he was proud of all his students, including Tigress, before parting with them on what they thought would be their last meeting.

Tigress obeyed his orders to evacuate the Valley without question, even knowing her master would likely lose his life. At the end of the first film, however, Shifu finally accepted her after attaining inner peace due to Po defeating Tai Lung.


Tigress's relationship with the Dragon Warrior was initially cold because she felt that he cheated her out of the title that she strove for all her life, and she attempted to discourage him from following his new calling. However, along with the rest of the Furious Five, she grew to respect Po's tireless tenacity, his admiration of her, and the others never wavering for all his abuse. Thus, when Po defeated Tai Lung in single combat, Tigress was duly impressed and allowed herself to bow to him with a smile.

In the sequel, Tigress has come to accept Po as a close friend and fellow warrior and showed a more lighthearted attitude towards him. This was seen when Po stuffed forty bean buns in his mouth, and Tigress encouraged him rather than regarded him with disgust, as she would have in the first film. Furthermore, she fought in sync with Po in battles in a strong comradeship, having grown used to working with him.

Tigress also showed kindness towards Po when she helped relieve his stress about finding out that Mr. Ping wasn't his biological father by sparring him on the boat ride to Gongmen City. Tigress approached him in a serious but friendly manner and inquired as to what was really troubling him. Through this, he revealed to her what he knew of his parentage and how envious he was of her ability to not feel any pain, even emotional pain, as he had come to believe. This, however, caused Tigress to reflect inwardly on herself and understand how others perceived her.

Tigress also demonstrates unwavering loyalty towards Po and being very protective over him, doing whatever she can to pull him out of danger. Her protective behavior is so strong that at one point, she resorts to leaving Po in prison to "keep [him] far away from danger" when he refused to explain the inexplicable hesitation he faced in the middle of capturing Lord Shen (allowing the peacock to escape to his fireworks and destroy the building he was previously in, putting the Five and Po in peril), and even went so far as to fight him off when he adamantly refused to stay. However, this protective behavior over Po was shown at it most extreme when she went as far as to push him out of firing range of one of Shen's cannons and taking most of the impact of the explosion from the cannon as a result.

Though she demonstrated her strict nature by ordering (and eventually fighting) Po to stay behind in prison for refusing to explain his sudden hesitation in catching Shen, she also showed compassion towards him at Po's revelation of his parentage, surprising him and the rest of the Five when she hugged him instead of lunging at him, and saying she did understand Po's troubles but wanted him to remain in the prison because she couldn't watch her friend be killed, showing him that she wasn't quite as unfeeling as Po thought. Later, when she and the other Five found Po in Shen's fireworks factory, Tigress went after Po to prevent him from being hurt, but it was too late as Shen blasted Po from the building with a cannon.

When Po seemingly "died" from Lord Shen's cannon, Tigress was seen chained with the others and hanging across a boat, with Monkey being the only one to hold up a fighting spirit and turn to her for support, saying Po would want them to be strong, resulting in nothing but an expression of sorrow from Tigress.

After Shen was killed near the end of the film, Po hugged Tigress after she complimented his heroic actions as "pretty hardcore". Tigress was shocked and did not react, but she watched the fireworks with Po and others with a smile on her face, showing that she wasn't angered by Po's attempt to come emotionally close to her.

Tigress may have developed romantic feelings for Po.

The Furious Five[]

As a member of the quintet of warriors, Tigress is a close friend to them all. This friendship paid off when the Five battled Tai Lung in the first film. At first, she thought that she could beat Tai Lung alone, but however, almost lost her life in the process. Her teammates realized that she was in distress and rushed to her aid. Her fellow comrades understand her strength and power and revere her as their unofficial leader, shown mainly in both films when they quickly obey any commands she gives them.

Her title is well deserved, though, amongst the Five, as she constantly displays quick reflexes and a mind that can hatch plans and fighting tactics which get her and her team out of impossibly dangerous situations.

While they show respect to Tigress, they have shown to be intimidated by her on occasion, often avoiding the risk of pushing her temper. For example, Mantis slowly crawled away when Tigress began walking into Po's room while the panda told them about his knowledge of Tai Lung. Also, in the second film, when Tigress's powerful glare stopped Po in his tracks as he was about to protest in being left behind in the hunt for Shen, the rest of the Five watched in stunned fear, and Monkey covered his mouth. This shows that Tigress's ability to be easily provoked is well known amongst her friends.