I'm not sure i really need to elaborate on this question much, master's Tigress, Viper, Crane, Mantis and Monkey are all named after the animal that they are when almost no-one else in the fictionalised setting seems to be (indeed actually no-one in the first movie) , not even Po, the only known giant panda at the time. Even (most of) the other kung-fu masters aren't named like this (E.g. Oogway rather than Turtle, Shifu not Red Panda, Tai-lung rather than Lepoard.)

There are a few other kung-fu masters named after their animal most notably Chicken, Porcupine, Boars in kung-fu panda 3 and a few other assorted masters in the legends of awesomeness TV show. There are also masters "Flying rhino" and "Thundering rhino" though i'm discounting these as flying and thundering seem like the sort of things that would distinguish someone sufficiently rather than referring to their entire species.

  • Po takes on the name "Dragon Warrior" – Valorum Oct 16 '18 at 18:11
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    You might want to note that shifu means "master" and Oogway means "tortoise" – Valorum Oct 16 '18 at 18:18
  • Shifu calls Po "Panda" quite a bit. – Nolimon Oct 16 '18 at 18:56

"I'm not a big, fat panda... I'm THE big, fat panda!"

This response by Po to Tai Lung's taunts shows that Po has accepted, created, and mastered the fighting style that best suits him, to the point that he typifies that style. With time, his name and fighting style may become synonymous and interchangeable.

It's possible, in the same way, that Tigress, Viper, Crane, Mantis, and Monkey have each defined and/or become the epitome of their particular fighting styles.

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