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There is no charge for awesomeness... or attractiveness.
  —The Legendary Warrior, Kung Fu Panda  

The Legendary Warrior is the name of the fictional character in Po's imagination, who travels the land doing good deeds and ridding villages of bandits and other enemies. The Warrior possesses a high level of kung fu, able to defeat any enemy in any size group flawlessly. In the movie universe's reality, this character is actually the persona of Po's ideal self.

Biography

In Legend of the Legendary Warrior

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The Warrior facing his enemies

The Legendary Warrior plays as the main character and third-person narrator of the six-chapter micro-series. The first two chapters follow the Warrior himself as his mysterious background is given, and then his triumphant victory over the assassins of an evil warlord.

Though the Warrior doesn't make a direct appearance in the remaining four chapters, he continues to narrate the series by recounting how the Warrior learned of the different stories and legends of kung fu history. The Warrior tells of how he learned of the origin of kung fu, how the evil Tai Lung was locked away into Chorh-Gom Prison, the different fighting attributes of the Furious Five, and of the annual kung fu tournament at the Jade Palace.[3]

In Kung Fu Panda

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The Legendary Warrior in the opening sequence

In the film's opening sequence, the Legendary Warrior opened up with his third-person narration. He told of how he "travels the land in search of worthy foes." After flawlessly disposing of a large band of bandits, he met the Furious Five. The quintet bowed in respect to the "great Master", and the Warrior agreed to "hang out" with them after they've disposed of the ten thousand demons of Demon Mountain. Wielding the Sword of Heroes, the Warrior sliced up the enemy's spears and leapt at his foes along with the Five. In mid leap, however, the Warrior was stopped in his tracks by the sound of Mr Ping calling for him to get up. Distracted, the Warrior suddenly began falling as Po abruptly woke up from his dream.

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A silhouette of the Legendary Warrior was also seen near the end of the movie after Po defeated Tai Lung. He walked out of the mist of a mushroom cloud with a wok on his head and an apron around his neck, which were positioned in such a way that it looked like the Legendary Warrior's hat and robe.

In Kung Fu Panda Holiday

Steel yourself against my steel, villain!
—The Legendary Warrior to an onion, Kung Fu Panda Holiday
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In Mr. Ping's noodle nightmare, after Po defeats Tai Lung once again, he transforms into a gigantic version of the Legendary Warrior and leaves his father to take on more evil. This transformation may be a representation of Mr. Ping's fears of losing his son to his kung fu duties.

In Art of Balance

Po faces himself

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In Po's dream, he faces a darker, villainous version of the Legendary Warrior while the Furious Five are busy fighting bandits. After a brief battle, in which the warrior counters his every move before he could make it, Po is shocked to discover that the warrior is in fact himself. The warrior attacks Po with throwing stars, which turn into blobs of noodles as Po wakes up from his dream with his face in a bowl of "Dragon Warrior's Soft Crunch Noodles".

In Legends of Awesomeness

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In Kung Fu Panda 2

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When Po returns to Gongmen City while Shen is preparing to leave with his armada, he wears a cone hat very similar to the hat the Legendary Warrior wears. In fact, from a distance Po does resemble the warrior, only he is without the flowing robe.

Personality

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Though generally regarded as a heroic, brave, strong, powerful, and mysterious kung fu master, the Legendary Warrior's personality differs depending on his appearance. In Kung Fu Panda, the Warrior is portrayed as heroic but humble master who travels all over China in search of "worthy foes", though he tends to mostly come across lowly bandits and thieves. He is compassionate as he defends the innocent rabbit staff and doesn't charge them anything. He also has good manners, as he waits until his mouth is no longer full before addressing the bandits. He is apparently very well known and respected in China- even the Furious Five bow down to him.

In Kung Fu Panda Holiday, he is still more than willing to go and fight evil, but leaves his distraught father as he does so. In "Art of Balance", a far more villainous version of the Legendary Warrior is shown to represent Po's lack of balance.

Fighting style

Legend tells of a legendary warrior, whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend...
Po narrating his dream, Kung Fu Panda
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In almost all versions of himself, the Legendary Warrior is a very powerful kung fu master, able to single-handedly defeat thousands of bandits at once with only his bare hands. His "awesomeness" is so great that bandits go blind from overexposure. The Warrior is apparently a master of all styles, as virtually nothing can beat him.

In most versions of himself, the Warrior uses his bare hands and feet in battle, though occasionally he uses a weapon. For example, his villainous aspect in Art of Balance uses throwing stars against Po.

Clothing

The Legendary Warrior almost always wears a cone shaped hat that obscures the top half of his face in some versions, and also wears a long flowing golden brown (sometimes orange) robe and a scarf. He sometimes wields a bamboo staff.

In Kung Fu Panda: Art of Balance, the villainous warrior wore dark reddish brown robes and a dark-colored hat.

In Kung Fu Panda: The Game and some film concept art, the Legendary Warrior wears a white shirt with black sleeves and a golden dragon emblem on its chest. He occasionally wears a cape and black pants.

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Quotes

Gang Boss: “I see you like to chew. Maybe you should chew... ON MY FIST!
Po (in narration): “The warrior said nothing, for his mouth was full. Then he swallowed. And then he spoke.
The Legendary Warrior: “Enough talk. Let's fight! SHA-SHA-BOOEY!
—In confrontation with gang members, Kung Fu Panda

See also

References

  1. From the official Kung Fu Panda website
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  3. Kung Fu Panda Official Site - Dragon Warrior : "Legend of the Legendary Warrior" (old version)

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