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Fenghuang

Fenghuang is a character from the Nickelodeon television series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness and the online game Kung Fu Panda: Tales of Po. She served as one of the primary recurring villains of the series.

Fenghuang was once part of the former Furious Five, but after being dubbed the most powerful out of the quintet, she challenged Oogway and lost, fleeing to the Northern Mountains for refuge. Many years later, she attempted and failed multiple times to take vengeance upon the Jade Palace, resulting in her repeated incarceration at Chorh-Gom Prison. Her final attempt on revenge resulted in her banishment to oblivion by the Shuyong Tree. However, she somehow escaped, possibly from the Shuyon seed Po missed at the end of the episode, and is now planning her next move.

Biography

Beginnings

Fenghuang was once one of Oogway's students at the Jade Palace and part of the former Furious Five. Oogway had recognized special skills within Fenghuang, which he then refined in his mentoring sessions with her. As she trained, she gradually grew stronger and stronger until she was the most powerful of the Five. It was most likely this recognition that caused her heart to grow dark and change. One day, Fenghuang approached Oogway and challenged him to a fight, believing that she deserved to be the new master of the Jade Palace. Oogway had anticipated this (having built an inescapable owl-shaped cage just for her), but he still had to fight and defeat her in order to get her inside it. After a long battle, Fenghuang found that she couldn't defeat Oogway. But before he could contain her, she fled away from the palace.

A rumor eventually sparked that she had made refuge in the Northern Mountains, too afraid of Oogway to return to the Jade Palace.

In Legends of Awesomeness

One day, Po's unexpected use of one of the Seven Impossible Moves during a battle unnerved Shifu and the Five. When Po inquired why they were afraid, Shifu took him to the library and showed him a picture of the past Furious Five. Fenghuang was shown as one of them, but was crossed out, and Shifu explained to Po that she had become "twisted and dark", as all of the most powerful members of the Five had before her. During a talk with Monkey, Po learned more about Fenghuang's past, and grew worried that he would become evil as well, as he was the most powerful.

Po eventually left the Valley of Peace in order to protect his friends, who feared that he would become evil, and he traveled into the Northern Mountains. When he nearly fell to his death, Fenghuang unexpectedly appeared, grabbed him and carried him to her lair. She correctly guessed that he was from the Jade Palace, recognizing the scent of the palace incense she disliked. Upon meeting her, Po asked the owl what it was like being evil. Curious, Fenghuang asked Po who told him she was evil, and mentioned Oogway. Po told her Oogway was gone, news which excited Fenghuang, who was convinced that with Oogway out of the way, nothing could stop her from conquering the Valley of Peace. She attempted to entice Po to join her, but the panda refused and they two briefly fought before Fenghuang took off and left Po in her lair, promising that he would eventually come around to her way of thinking.

Returning to the Jade Palace, she first confronted Shifu (who at the moment held the same incense she was noted she dislike), and the two engaged in combat. Fenghuang's sharp and swift Kung Fu skills overwhelmed both Shifu and the Furious Five, and just as she had Shifu at her mercy, Po came crashing in on a hang-glider made out of Fenghaung's feathers, collected from her lair. As they fought, Fenghuang asked Po why would he fight for friends who had wanted him gone. Though this effected Po momentarily, he used the Thundering Wind Hammer technique to attack the owl, but surprisingly she blocked the move, slyly commenting that "What you cannot absorb, you deflect."

Once again, Fenghuang tried to sway Po to her side, and offered to show him another of the Seven Impossible Moves, and Po displayed more and more interest in joining her. After she taught him the Mongolian Fireball, Fenghuang ordered Po to kill Shifu. Po, seeming willing to do so, took a knife and struck, and Shifu gasped and closed his eyes. While put off guard in her supposed triumph, Fenghuang was trapped in the owl-shaped cage Oogway had designed for her by Po, who had only been pretending to be evil, and had stabbed Shifu with a joke knife. Outraged, she was then towed away to Chorh-Gom Prison, swearing that she would have her revenge on Po.

In "Crane on a Wire" she returned to the Valley of Peace, having escaped prison and destroyed the owl-shaped cage that once held her, and crashed Mr. Ping's charity auction for the new Children's Hospital. She fought Po and the Furious Five, publicly humiliating Crane by throwing him into a wall. But her attacks soon failed due to Po and the Five using iron to shield against her talons, which became damaged, and she fled back to the mountains again to heal. Crane stayed behind while Po and the rest of the Furious Five went after her. While climbing the mountain, Po and the others again fought the owl, who now had new steel talons. Fenghuang soon defeated them, however, Crane showed up and helped his comrades, challenging Fenghuang in an aerial battle with help from Po. Their fight led into the Valley of Peace, where Po was knocked out, leaving Crane to fight Fenghuang alone. Seeing him panic, Fenghuang proceeded to laugh at Crane, who took her on and managed to defeat the owl himself.

In "The Spirit Orbs of Master Ding", Fenghuang made a cameo in a flashback where she and the other Furious Five members of her generation stopped Master Ding from taking over the Valley of Peace.

In "A Stitch in Time", Fenghuang has mastered five additional Impossible Moves and used them to defeat Shifu and the Furious Five in the Jade Palace, saving the fifth new one (the Flying Ring of Energy) just for Po, then Po uses the Shuyong Seeds to learn how to avoid the new Fenghuang's move, but she manage to go back in time with him and finds out about the Shuyong seeds that Po had found. Upon managed to steal them and grow her own Shuyong seeds, Fenghuang started going back in time to prevent the birth of Shifu and the Furious Five.

When she planned to go back in time to prevent Po's birth, Po grabbed onto Fenghuang with the resulting battle causing the Shuyong seeds to fall and send both of them back to the beginning of time where they find themselves before the Shuyong Tree.

Upon the Shuyong Tree judging Po and Fenghuang even after they bested the Shuyong Tree's guardians, the Shuyong Tree deemed Po worthy of using its fruit and the Shuyong Tree used its powers to send Fenghuang into oblivion. Afterwards, Po restored time to the way it was and burned the Shuyong seeds, except for one that he did not notice.

In "The First Five", Fenghuang was revealed to be safely locked away in Chorh-Gom Prison (with no mention of how she escaped from oblivion, possibly from the seed Po missed at the end of the episode). She was called in by the First Five after Po invites them to Shifu's anniversary of becoming a Kung Fu Master. To prevent her evil from getting in the way, they place a manacle on her to keep her from flying far as they defeat the last enemy the First Furious Five with Shifu defeated, Xi'an, when the demon turns up, and promising to free her as soon as she uses the technique she used to protect the team from Xi'an during their last fight against the demon.

But later on when Fenghuang manages to protect the possession shockwave emitted from the sword, they manage to remove the sword, but Fenghuang reveals that she wants the sword. Though things turn bad when Master Elephant gets possessed by Xi'an after holding the sword for too long, and attacks the heroes. They manage to save Elephant, but Fenghuang surprises the team by disposing of the sword in the volcano. Fenghuang is released from her manacle as per the agreement, much to the First Five's skepticism, and she ends up leaving on them, vowing to make her next move.

Personality

Fenghuang was once a diligent student in the art of Kung Fu, beholding natural talent that enabled her to quickly grasp the teachings of martial arts. It was this devotion and talent that prompted Oogway into mentoring the owl personally, until she blossomed as the most powerful member of the Furious Five of her generation.

This caused Fenghuang's heart to turn dark, believing that as the strongest she deserved to rule, leading to her corruption. She has a cowardly side, as she was too afraid to face Oogway a second time after he defeated her; she only returned for a second attempt of takeover after learning that Oogway was deceased, and she is a self-admitting cheater.

Despite her dishonorable and self-absorbed nature, it is possible that Fenghuang has a merciful side to her, as she saved Po from falling to uncertain depths in the cold mountains by her own free will. Fenghuang also seemed to see Po as a potential disciple, as she tried again and again to persuade him into joining her with promises of power and glory.

Fighting Style

Fenghuang demonstrates a swift and graceful fighting style, some of which involved the use of several secret Kung Fu techniques to overpower her opponents, such as the Thundering Wind Hammer and the Mongolian Fireball. She has even claimed she could teach Po all the Seven Impossible Moves. She also utilizes the sharp blades on the tips of her wing feathers, sharp enough to cut cleanly through hard rock.

Another testament to her strength is that during her time at the Jade Palace, she was able to put up a decent against Master Oogway, who was regarded as the greatest Kung Fu Master ever.

Relationships

Oogway

Fenghuang was once a protégée of Oogway, who mentored the owl to become a most powerful warrior. But Fenghuang let the praise, skill and power corrupt her into desiring to rule the Jade Palace. Oogway had suspected Fenghuang's fall from grace, having prepared an inescapable cage for her. After he defeated her, Fenghuang fled the Jade Palace, too afraid to face Oogway again.

The former Furious Five

Though it is unknown what exact kind of relationship Fenghuang had with her former comrades, she was claimed to be the most skilled fighter out of them all.

Shifu

Once, Fenghuang and Shifu were members of their generation of the Furious Five, and they may have been friends and comrades. But that changed when Fenghuang's heart turned dark and she left the Jade Palace after losing a battle to Oogway, after which they became enemies. Fenghuang met Shifu again at the palace, and the red panda was carrying the incense she loathed, making her frown. The two fought, and Fenghuang defeated him and told Po to stab Shifu, wanting him dead so that she could replace him.

Po

Fenghuang first met Po when she saved him from falling to his death, and it was from him that she learned of Oogway's passing. When he tried to stop her, she tried to seduce him to join her side, presumably wanting him to be her apprentice, and she promised him power, glory, and mastery of advanced Kung Fu techniques, and tried to dazzle him by performing impressive Kung Fu moves that seemed to awe him.

However, Po proved to be too virtuous of a warrior to fall for Fenghuang's offer, and he tricked her, pretending to be on her side before he managed to imprison her. Fenghuang declared she would have vengeance upon the panda as she was taken away to Chorh-Gom Prison.

Role in the series

Fenghuang returns to join the Villain League. According to the old legends of the series, she was on the side of good when Cobra began the second cartoonian war. sometime before the final confrontion in the destroyed Radient Garden, now Hollow Bastin, Fenghuang was assigned by the High Councel to destroy Mang Cobra because of her power, and capture Shen back when he was under Cobra's influence so he can be judged apon. there, she was almost sussesful. This was due to the fact that Shen was over-powered and laid weakened, Boss Wolf and the Wolfs and apes turn cowards by the power of the owl, even Cobra was weakened by this owl... But this lead to Feng's downfall as this impressive display showed Cobra that even his Aprentise could not defeat, let alone him. So, he felt that he needed to satisfy another corruption craving by consuming Fenghuang within his power. So, he distracted her by saying she deserves better then to be a High Councel flunkie. at first, Feng ignored the snake, not realising Malefor, having been summoned by Mang, was sneaking in behind her, and realised it too late as the dragon smacked her away witihn Cobra's reach. Cobra was able to use his Meddailian to open her heart into darkness, and in return for sparing her, FengHuang will lie that she did destroy Cobra, but accsidently destroyed Shen in the prosess. But the High Council saw through Fenghuang's deception, and banished her and the rest of Mang's corrupted apprentices to the Dark Wastelands. However, Fenghuang was able to find a way to escape and contacted Junjie to set free the other villains from the Wastlenad, thereby unleashing the forces of evil into the Kung Fu Panda series.

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