Tai Lung is a brute soldier for the Villain League and the main villain in The Valley of Peace crisis, despite the true villain being an orignal created character from Spore, Cobra. Tai Lung was adopted and trained under Master Shifu, who believed that he was destined to be the legendary Dragon Warrior. But Tai Lung revealed his dark heart when denied the title he desired by Master Oogway. with this dark heart made stronger by Lord Cobra, He rampaged through the Valley of Peace and as a result was locked up in Chorh-Gom Prison for twenty years. While plotting in jail for that period of time, Tai Lung's Kung Fu had evolved, and his inner rage had taken over. Escaping, he made his way back to the Jade Palace in an attempt to take what he thought was rightfully his, but was prevented by the real Dragon Warrior (Po) — and was eventually defeated by the Dragon Warrior's legendary Wuxi Finger Hold. It's currently revealed that he has a nephew named Peng, but whether or not he will use his nephew's trust to get him into the Villain league is currently unknown. All the while, the Dark mode suit of Riku waits in the shadows...
As a cub, Tai Lung was found by Master Shifu (as a young adult), wrapped in swaddling cloth at the threshold of the Palace gates. Moved with compassion, Shifu decided to adopt the cub and raise him as his own, bestowing on him the name "Tai Lung" (meaning "Great Dragon") in the hopes that this would be the legendary Dragon Warrior foretold by prophecy. As a youngster, Tai Lung showed talent in the art of Kung Fu, and it became apparent that the cub was nothing short of a prodigy. Shifu became even more convinced that this was a sign that the leopard was the legendary warrior, and lovingly trained him in everything that he knew. Over time, Tai Lung grew proud and overly confident in the assumption that he was to become the greatest warrior China would ever know — even though Tai Lung had mastered the thousand scrolls of Kung Fu at an impressive young age, that wasn't enough... Shifu believed him to be the Dragon Warrior, so it must be so, in Tai Lung's mind. It was this overwhelming pride and lust for power that alerted Grand Master Oogway of the darkness in the young snow leopard's heart... and therefore, Tai Lung could never be the Dragon Warrior.
Saddened, confused, and outraged, and under lord cobra's spell, Tai Lung laid waste to the Valley, cutting a swath of destruction in his fury before charging back to the Palace to try and take the Dragon Scroll by force. Masters Oogway and Shifu were both waiting for him in the Hall of Warriors where the scroll was kept, and Shifu charged, meaning to stop Tai Lung once and for all. However, the aging Master hesitated, unwilling to strike a lethal blow to the one he still considered a son. Tai Lung, still infuriated that Shifu had sided with Oogway's decision in the end, did not hesitate to shatter the red panda's hip and knock him aside, leaping for the scroll... only to be halted in his tracks by Oogway, who jabbed multiple pressure points in Tai Lung's chest, blocking his chi and knocking him out.
There was nothing left to be done. Shifu bowed to Oogway's wishes and helped oversee the construction of the ominously impressive Chorh-Gom Prison, located in the frigid outskirts of Mongolia. Carved right out of the mountain, the prison was made especially for Tai Lung — filled with many walkways and traps, with only one way in and out for the entire prison. In the deepest part of the prison, Tai Lung was chained and fitted with a restraining tortoise shell, with various acupuncture needles in crucial places along the leopard's back, keeping his chi blocked and making him almost fully immobile. Leaving him under the supervision of Commander Vachir and his guard (known as the Anvil of Heaven), Shifu and Oogway parted ways from Tai Lung, leaving him to serve out the rest of his days in the prison as punishment for his crimes against the citizens of the Valley.
Twenty years passed by, Tai Lung's seething rage only growing and intensifying as the time passed. There were no visitors to the prison, but one day, someone new did appear. A messenger goose by the name of Zeng arrived, carrying a message from Master Shifu to Commander Vachir: Orders to double the guard, so that security would be tighter than ever before in response to a vision of Tai Lung's escape that Master Oogway had. Commander Vachir only slapped Zeng on the back (knocking a few feathers loose from the poor bird), boasting that he had everything under control and that escape from this prison was impossible. He went as far as to show off how the mighty snow leopard was "completely immobilized", even when teased with the infuriating bit of information that Oogway was now going to choose the Dragon Warrior at long last, and that warrior would not be Tai Lung. Leaving him, Vachir and Zeng had no idea that one of the molted feathers knocked loose by Vachir had fallen by Tai Lung's tail... and that with his still mobile tail, he could use the feather to pick the intricate lock and free himself from his restraints.
Once freed from the restraints, with the villain leage backing him up, Tai Lung now posed a terrible threat to the Anvil of Heaven, who scrambled to try to stop the criminal with everything they had. Driven by his insatiable fury, Tai Lung proceeded to brutally decimate the guards as he made his way up the levels, the battle climaxing in a standoff at the bridge at the door level. Maleficent, getting bored at the foolish rhinos, turns into her dragon form, and breaths fire at them, blasting open the heavy doors and taking care of the remaining guards and Vachir. Catching hold of the hapless goose outside, Tai Lung ordered Zeng to fly back to the Jade Palace with a message of his own: "The real Dragon Warrior is coming home". After letting Zeng go, he set out to return to the Jade Palace, to exact his revenge on those he felt wronged him and to gain the Dragon Scroll he had been denied so long ago.
Traveling across China at top speed, Tai Lung finally met up with the Furious Five (who left to go fight Tai Lung on their own) at the Thread of Hope, a rope bridge that served as the only passage through the mountains. He wasted no time in confronting what he recognized as Shifu's newer students, first taking on Master Tigress and then the rest of the Five in an effort to get past them. Due to the cunning of their teamwork, Tai Lung was nearly defeated by the team, but utilizing cunning of his own he managed to outsmart them, using what was left of the now destroyed rope bridge to swing up and behind the startled team. He complimented them on what they had learned from Shifu, but stated that he hadn't taught them everything as the snow leopard proceeded to block everyone's chi except for Master Crane, who he left alone so he could transport the other four back to the Jade Palace as an additional warning to the Dragon Warrior and Shifu: He could defeat the five strongest warriors in the land, and he was coming for Shifu and Po next.
By the time he finally arrived at the Jade Palace, the whole Valley had been evacuated, leaving only his old Master left to confront him at the palace steps. Master Shifu's reception of his one time student and son was cautious and cool; and enraged, Tai Lung finally attacked, not only demanding the scroll, but finally unleashing his wounded pride felt at his original "rejection", screaming accusations (such as, "Who filled my head with dreams? Who drove me to training until my bones cracked? Who denied me my destiny?!") and demanding to be told how proud Shifu was of him as he battled his aging former master. It was with the last disabling blow that Shifu finally cracked, telling the leopard that he was proud of him — too proud in fact, and that his pride blinded him to what Tai Lung was becoming before it was too late. Shifu offered a sincere and heartfelt apology, hoping that Tai Lung would stop his quest after the ultimate power that wasn't his to start with.
Tai Lung hesitated, seeing that Shifu did still love him and was proud of what he had been, but he ultimately hardened his heart, proclaiming that he wasn't just after an apology — he still wanted "his" scroll. Looking up, he saw that the scroll was missing — he'd been had. Furious, he nearly killed Shifu in order to get him to tell where the scroll was, but was interrupted by a shout from the entrance... coming from a tubby giant panda holding the Dragon Scroll.
Tai Lung tossed Shifu aside, charging when Po challenged him to "come and get it." Knocking the panda down the thousand steps, he fought Po for possession of the Dragon Scroll, only to be outsmarted and outdone at every turn. Tai Lung gained the upper hand when he slammed Po into the ground, stunning him long enough to allow Tai Lung to grab the scroll and open it at long last — only to find that it was blank. When he questioned the panda, Po told him that there was no special power in the scroll itself; "It's just you," Po says. Spent from his travels, the grueling fight with the Furious Five, Shifu, and Po, Tai Lung tried to defeat Po once and for all in a last effort born out of frustration. However, the chi-blocking punches and jabs didn't seem to work due to Po's excessive body fat (which seemed to tickle Po in the process) and the panda finally bested the beaten snow leopard with the the usage of the legendary Wuxi Finger Hold, sending a golden wave of energy rippling across the landscape, presumably killing Tai Lung. additionally appears at the beginning of Kung Fu Panda Holiday as part of Mr. Ping's "Noodle Nightmare" where he battles Po.
The only outfit Tai Lung is ever seen in consists of a brown-studded belt and a pair of purple slacks, along with Shaolin leg wraps. The material of his pants appears to be the exact pattern and fabric of the blanket Shifu found him wrapped in upon first discovering the cub outside the palace gates. In some concepts of the character, and at the beginning of Kung Fu Panda Holiday (but never in the first film), Tai Lung is also shown wearing a studded shoulder plate and a metal paw on his right arm.
Tai Lung is shown to be dark, cynical, and overall evil in nature. In the past, when he was raised and trained by Shifu, he seemed to be a happy, sweet, well-known, spunky little snow leopard with much dedication to the arts of Kung Fu and was viewed as a great Kung Fu prodigy in the eyes of Shifu and many others in the land.
When he completed his training by mastering all one thousand scrolls of Kung Fu, Tai Lung was seen as a strong-hearted individual with obvious fierceness and strength in both his eyes and body. However, his ever-growing pride Oogway found was the reason that Tai Lung was not made the Dragon Warrior, which was his aim in life. It was this denial that revealed the leopard's dark and true nature of his heart. His pride turned to corruption, which finally bubbled over when he rampaged the Valley of Peace.
This pride was also matched by Shifu, who said in the original movie (during their fight in the Jade Palace):
- ". . . And it was my pride that blinded me. I loved you too much to see what you were becoming, what I was turning you into."
- —Master Shifu to Tai Lung, Kung Fu Panda
Overall, Tai Lung is a saddening portrait of one whose pride and ambitions went too far, driving him to try to destroy the very master whom he just wanted to please in the first place.
The traditional leopard style relies on the enormous upper body strength for both male and female practitioners — the fighter crouches, remaining low to the ground. Tai Lung uses brute strength, speed, and agility, all ruled by a cunning mind — a master of all styles, he can pinpoint and exploit weakness while facing many opponents, as witnessed when he defeated the Furious Five with relative ease. Tai Lung has also displayed a certain ability to hold fire in his paws and use it when fighting, as seen in his battle with Shifu.
While plotting and rotting in jail for twenty years, Tai Lung's Kung Fu had evolved — his inner anger had taken over. Revenge drove this relentless, brutal fighter to claim the Dragon Scroll, stopping anyone in his path. He had surpassed that of the Furious Five, and even Shifu (due to his former Master's age) in both power, quickness, and speed, but despite all this, he couldn't defeat Po in battle. This was most likely because he underestimated him just like the Furious Five and Shifu, which led him to his humiliated downfall.
Role in the series
In the Spongebob adventures series, Tai Lung was in fact a near knock-off of Cobra, who suffered a similar fate, and even shared an exact same voice during the flashback and rant sequences. Despite his demise at the Wuxi Finger Hold move, Tai Lung has been resurrected by Dr. Facilier, and stabbed in the heart by his keyblade to strengthen the darkness in his heart and give him more power in order for him to serve the Villain League again. This has the side-effect of making him lose his voice and make him a mindless brute, though he can still talk. he also seems to have befriended Makunga and Galaxhar, convinently dreamworks villains from other dreamworks movies. While Lord Shen is set to get a new, better new-found role, it's because he felt more bad to Shen than regular Tragic villain bad, as in, if it's more than still considering him a villain, then this villain he felt bad the most (or thinks that death or unexplained absence just won't fly), he'll simply reformed them. (Scroopfan admits not everyone favors this, but hey, it's only a matter of opinions.) To those that may not support my somehow better opinions on Shen, at least know this, I only feel normal bad for Tai Lung, and I do know some villains are unworthy of reformmation, and to the unresitgered user that disapproves of Shen changing, i get your not so forgiving on tragic villains, and that's your opinian, but, making Cobra into a non-dark spawn created by real dark spawn, just un-nessersary, i'll at least let it stay, but it won't be Cobra's offital backstory, ok? at least know i have a longer list of villains un-reformable then reformed villains, and Tai Lung's in the un-reformable list, okay?