Look at that face, how could you not love him?!
Alright, I don’t typically do character reviews, but Shifu is just so complex and interesting and worth it!
Shifu of the Kung Fu Panda series (played by Dustin Hoffman) is my favorite character. He’s the teacher, but also the student. He’s very wise, but has a lot to learn.
I love random character traits. For example, Shifu’s ear twitches when he is annoyed. It is just a small tick in the grand scheme of the plot, but I love when you can tell just by little physical movements how a character is feeling.
He’s quite the small but mighty character. Arguably the best fighter in the series, he can take on villains of any size. But he isn’t without weakness, and everyone knows a character is only as good as his weakness.
Shifu tries to be patient, but unfortunately his students can easily press his buttons (especially Po). He’s not the perfect kung fu master he saw in his master, Oogway, and that’s where the student part comes in.
As the teacher trope of the movies, you would think Shifu would do most of the teaching. In reality, the teaching is done through the experiences, and Shifu learns just as much as his students.
I don’t want to ramble for too long, so I’ll end this little review here. All in all, Shifu is a character of great strength and great weakness, and I love him for it.