From the Instruction Manual:
Orphaned as an infant with no recollection of his family or clan, T'ai Fu was raised by the gentle, spiritual Panda clan. He grew up learning the physical arts of defense as well as a strong connection and responsibility to others.
But he is still a teenager. He's got a full-grown tiger's body and the attitude of a rebel. He is a tiger with a fierce attitude, a guy who can fight his way out of any situation, and like most tigers, T'ai is solitary, stealthy, majestic, and completely deadly.
He is a talented but undisciplined student of Kung-Fu, wanting to cut corners to get to his goals rather than learn the lessons that a Master will provide. He usually trusts his physical power and his tiger strength to get him out of bad situations. He's got a smart mouth that sometimes brings the wrath of his superiors down on his head, but deep down, T'ai is a good kid. He embodies resourcefulness, tireless endurance, and the unyielding will to win. He fights for what is right and has a tendency to help out the used and abused.
T'ai swells with pride of his clan heritage and intends on revenge for their losses.