Bian Zao is a character in the Nickelodeon television series Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. He is the thirteen-year-old adolescent son of Taotie who accompanies his father in his plots to replace kung fu with mechanics and seek revenge on Shifu. He made his first appearance in the episode "Sticky Situation" when his father was tasked by Po to fix the Training Hall he had helped build.
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Bian Zao was dragged along in his father's quest for revenge against Shifu in "Sticky Situation". Though he showed boredom in his father's schemes, he went along with them, but otherwise gave little or no assistance to him in any difficult situations (such as in their battle with Shifu, Po, and the Furious Five). When his father's plans failed, they fled by using of one of Taotie's flying inventions.
In "Big Bro Po", Bian Zao was left alone when Taotie was sent to prison after a failed assault on the Jade Palace. Po was tasked with taking care of him, and though Bian Zao was uncooperative at first, they soon formed a small friendship through cooking. Bian Zao sneaks pieces of the Iron Claws of Doom in each cake that he bakes with Po. Bian Zao revealed that he wished that his father would spend less time trying to invade the palace and more time with him. After Taotie breaks out, Bian Zao tells Po about his father's scheme and tries to help stop him. In the end he saves his father from Po and the Furious Five but prevents him from continuing his attack on the Jade Palace.
In "Bosom Enemies", Bian Zao begged and threatened Po to help Taotie after he had a nervous breakdown due to the panda inadvertently disgracing Taotie in public. Bian Zao was able to help his father and Po become friends, and later objected when Taotie turned on Po. In the end, Bian Zao was locked in prison with his father.
In "The Maltese Mantis", Bian Zao went with Taotie to the Festival of Figurines, and showed no interest in Taotie's figures that he was attempting to sell. Instead, he asked for money so he could buy a different figure. He mistakenly bought a paralyzed Mantis and showed it to Taotie. When Taotie wouldn't give Mantis back to him, Bian Zao told Po and Shifu about the situation. In the end, Bian Zao traded Mantis for Po's Tigress figure. He was last seen carrying a beaten Taotie away from the Fest.
In "Apocalypse Yao" Bian Zao tried Taotie's new invention "The Bronze Lotus" where it can extract the knowledge of the selected person and turn into a cookie, where Bian Zao eat the Cookie and gain his father Knowledge.
Bian Zao is less than thrilled to accompany Taotie on his schemes, and unwilling to lift a hoof to help his father in his mission to take the Jade Palace and defeat Shifu. Though his father tries to impress his son, Bian Zao hardly seems to respect him or his mechanical talents, and doesn't seem inclined to obey or support Taotie in his efforts. This is mostly because he wishes his father wasn't obsessed with revenge and his machines, and would spend real quality time with him. He also seems neutral toward his father's enemies.
However, Bian Zao has shown concern for his father's well-being, as seen when he asked (and later threatened) Po to "fix him" him after Taotie lapsed into a depression, with Bian Zao commenting that, "As lame as it is, he's all I have."
In "Big Bro Po," Bian Zao and Po bonded when Taotie was taken to prison. At first, Bian Zao was very unenthusiastic about being monitored by Po (calling everything "lame"), but when Po showed him baking, Bian Zao eventually warmed up to him. In jail, Taotie asked Bian Zao to give him cakes with the pieces of one of his machines in it until he has all the pieces and can escape. Bian Zao did exactly this, but he hesitated at the last piece. Out of loyalty to Po, Bian Zao decided not to give it to his father, so Po offered to do it for him. When Taotie broke out and attacked Po and the others at the Jade Palace, Bian Zao couldn't decide who to follow, and eventually, he decided to follow his dad. As his dad was about to attack Po, Bian Zao "accidentally" broke Taotie's lubrication hose of the Iron Claws of Doom. He returned a wink at Po and flew away with Taotie to keep the panda safe and he returned, "Thanks, buddy."
- In Chinese, "bianzao" (simplified Chinese: 编造?; traditional Chinese: 編造; pinyin: biānzào) means "to invent".