Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog

Mei Ling (also known as The Good Empress) is a female Chinese empress who left her palace (due to the Evil Empress having taken it over) and disguised herself as a peasant.


When Courage was sent away (along with the box that used to hold the magic silk worm) by Ai Shen, he manifests in the local village inside a noodle shop and meets a peasant serving soup named Mei Ling. Courage then decided to have a snack so he somehow got the empty box and gives it to her.

Mei Ling then told Courage to begin his journey. Courage jumps into the noodle soup, but Mei Ling explained that it isn't a portal and Courage laughs nervously. Mei Ling told Courage's journey begins by facing the escaped tiger. Courage gasps in shock when he sees a Chinese girl in the tiger's jaws.

Mei Ling explained to Courage to defeat the tiger is to enter its jaws. Courage then turned himself into bait (covered in noodle soup, spinach, pineapple, and cherry), as the tiger frees the kid and begins to eat Courage. Mei Ling told Courage to concentrate on a peaceful image.

After Courage imagines a picture of Muriel, he turns into slimy goo and seeps out of the tiger's jaws and the Chinese villagers throw the tiger back in its cage. Mei Ling told Courage to continue his journey. She then told the audience that Courage is one "stupid courageous" dog.

When Courage is avoiding poison darts, he finds a huge chasm and then Mei Ling arrives again in her bird form. She told Courage to use his enemy's force. Courage stacked a bunch of poison darts with his teeth and piles the darts like a bridge and he crosses over the chasm and then he finds the palace.

However, a dragon is guarding the front gate and it breathes fire on Courage. Mei Ling arrives in dragonfly form. She told Courage to use his enemy's force against him. The dragons breathes fire at Courage, but he engulfs the flames and blasts it back at the dragon which caused it to turn to ashes.

Mei Ling then told Courage that his journey is complete and then he bows to her in respect. After Ai Shen was destroyed, Mei Ling comes back and reveals herself to be the Good Empress to reclaim the throne. Di Lung then calls the "De-bony" the "Re-bony" and laughs as he puts Muriel's bones back. Mei Ling explained Courage had saved China and peace and harmony have returned to the kingdom.

Physical Appearance[]

While disguised as a normal person, Mei Ling is shown to be a East Asian woman with long black hair in the form of a ponytail. Her attire includes a blue Tangzhuang shirt with matching Hanfu and blue shoes.

After Ai Shen was defeated and Mei Ling took over the role as empress, she switched to the same clothes her sister wore.

Powers and Abilities[]

Like her sister, the Evil Empress, the Good Empress possesses magical powers, but she uses them only for good and helping those in need (such as Courage and Muriel). Examples of powers she was shown to possess were:

  • Divination: The Good Empress has the ability to gain insight into a question or situation using an occult, standardised process or ritual - using a bowl of noodle soup, she was able to divine who Courage and Muriel were despite never having met them previously, about how Muriel was abducted, and how Courage had to learn and master three lessons before he could successfully defeat the Evil Empress and save Muriel.
  • Shapeshifting: The Good Empress has the ability to transform and reshape her body while leaving her human head intact - after she left the palace due to the Evil Empress, she transformed herself into a peasant running a noodle shop, and later on, while teaching Courage the lessons he required, she took the shapes of a bird and a dragonfly respectively. After the Evil Empress was vanquished, the Good Empress resumed her original royal form.