I am a big fan of the Kung Fu Panda movies and I just finished watching the second part. I noticed that there are a lot of scenes where the director was hinting at some kind of special bond between Po and Tigress, especially the last scene where Po hugs Tigress and all the others watch in awe. So I wanted to ask, is there any romantic angle being suggested between Po & Tigress ?

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    I think it's more to do with Tigress' acceptance of Po, considering she was the one who took the longest to warm to him in the first film. – Nobby Jun 16 '13 at 19:54
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    Probably just Jack Black trying to cop a feel from Angelina Jolie – A Pale Shadow Jun 17 '13 at 12:00
  • I didn't think so ... I was looking at it more like a bother/sister relationship. I think Tigress feels responsible for Po because he is a "sibling". – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jul 18 '13 at 11:07
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    I honestly think these two show a little more than a brother-sister relationship. They seem to really be fond of each other if they are willing to risk their lives for each other. Plus, I wouldn't be surprised if Dreamworks decided to put them together. It's a kids film. ANYTHING can happen!!!! May I remind you all of Donkey and Dragon from Shrek? Yeah. That definitely happened. Or a blue alien ending up with a human news reporter in Megamind? Yeah. That happened. And what about Gloria the hippo and Melman the giraffe in Madagascar? That happened too. So, putting together a panda and a tiger i – user6948 Nov 29 '13 at 3:56
  • You seem to have run out of characters there @user6948 – bobbyalex Aug 29 '14 at 7:53

Even in the 1st movie they hinted to this relationship through a couple of points in the movie. here are the hints that i noticed.

  1. In the begining Po wakes up and is commenting on his action figures of the furious five especially tigress who he tries to immitate her roar. This shows that he admires her as a Kung Fu master although secretly after watching this he does in fact have a little crush on her.

  2. When Po goes to the training hall for the first time he immediately is watching tigress and ends up getting hit in the face when she breaks the swinging club thingy. Some argue that it was just coincidence but while watching the movie look at Po's face right before he gets hit he has the look of "holy crap she looks beautiful."

  3. At the end of the movie, tigress is the first of all the five to bow to po and call him master, and then she smiles at him. This might have shocked po but he was finally excepted in his mind.

Also watching the Kung Fu panda legends of awsomeness. Why this relationship needs to happen. their are a couple of reasons in these shows ill list them.

  1. Tigress makes a comment after one of her comrads broke up with their girl saying that she avoids relationships because of the disruption of ones chi. I would like to point out the word avoids this is not the same as stay away from or never going to happen so to me another hint.

  2. In a couple of other episodes both po and tigress interact quite a lot in a lot of different ways. Tigress also dosn't hate po she just finds him anoying.

  3. Both po and tigress have simmilar backgrounds both were orphans and both were taken in by someone po by mr. ping and tigress by master shifu. had they been rased by the others dad they would had turned out differently.

Lastly in the 2nd movie there are way more of these hints and forshadowing events that cause people to speculate that this relationship will happen. here are the hints I found.

  1. Affter the introduction, it shows two kids playing with a po and tigress action figure. At first you might think so what but when you factor in why didnt they have a crane or a viper action figure, then maybe you come to the conclusion that this is a hint, but this is more of a personal preferance hint.

  2. In the training hall po is trying to beat the 38 bean bun record and most times tigress would find this stupid and discusting but she actually encourages him. also during the same scene po hears a bell and has to go see shifu and as hes leaving you notice tigress turn around watching him go and TADA she smiles in a fantacy kinda way, ok first off she dosn't do that everyday ok?

  3. When the five and po go to fight, po and tigress have tag team moves or as i would like to call it the tango because it looks a lot like they are dancing while doing kung fu. Also in the same scene she goes out of her way to try and save po from the boss wolfs hammer but fails.

  4. The boat scene tigress really comes out of her shell to talk to po one on one and she was about to say something before getting cut off. I have this feeling whatever she was going to say was going to bring them much closer together.

  5. Tigress appears to always be in pos general area in almost every scene and she apears to always watch his back.

  6. In the jail she wants to know the truth to why po let shen go and when he didn't answer this angered her because she cares for him and she didn't want him to be killed. So that is why she told him to stay in the jail.

  7. When po neglects tigress's commands she is worried for him and tries to get to him and fails as po is shot and she is shocked that it happened saying NOOOOO!!!!! as she tried to save him.

  8. When the five are chained up and monkey points out that po would want them to remain hardcore to the end and tries to confirm this with tigress who is Crying over po being dead ok we are talking about tigress a Iron lady ok she really dosen't just cry for everyone.

  9. When po comes back to save the five she is the first to notice him saying PO?

  10. She pushes po out of the way of shens cannon blast not wanting po to be hit again. she just wont push anyone out of the way of a cannon blast and im sure of that.

  11. Po swims over to tigress and holds her paw obviously showing that he cares for her as well and is angry at shen for hurting his friends and tigress.

  12. after the final battle tigress pulls po out of the water commenting how that stunt was pretty hardcore. at this po huggs HER ok different from the jail because she expected the one in the jail not at the end though. She was shocked but obviousely not mad

  • While I think this is a brilliant answer I can't help but thinking that these are just hints left by the film makers. I can't see a romance happening because of the nature of the film. I believe they're hinting at things from a child's perspective - it's simply the "oooo they like each other" you'd get in the playground. – Liath Jul 24 '13 at 7:59

I think that Tigress cares for Po a lot more than she does for any other of her team, but you cannot deny that there's any romance there. In one episode (the way of the prawn) the prawn and Po fight and it seams as if the prawn didn't do anything but Po's pants fall down and every one looks shocked but Tigress. she just looks on.


The production staff before have stated in various interviews that it is an angle they all like a lot and would like to make happen at some stage. Jolie as well has said she believes it is a good idea to do and she likes Po and Tigress being together, though Black had said around the second film that it wasn't happening.

While a romance between Po and Tigress certainly hasn't happened yet across any of the films, series or shorts that have been produced, it certainly has been hinted at being in fruition in many places, both subtly and not so. In my view, considering they've planned for doing 6 movies, I think that the interactions between the two and the retrospective changes in attitude from Tigress are certainly building up towards something. Whether or not that blooms into a romantic relationship is something that can only be observed at a later date.

For now, no romantic relation of any kind between them, but there are hints of something growing.

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