One thousand years ago, Jindiao was the original Dragon Master and mentor to the Four Constellations. However, he was consumed with the power of his own golden Hero's Chi, and sought to capture the Wellspring and gain even greater might. His students conspired with Oogway and Bunnidharma to separate his spirit from his dragon body and trap him within the Spirit Urn. However, Bunnidharma failed to deliver the urn as planned, and the Constellations were forced to sacrifice themselves to stop Jindiao.
Cast out of his dragon body, Jindiao was left with a small selection of mortal forms to inhabit, and chose the form of a vulture, of which was something he came to personally hate. Over the course of a thousand years, he sustained himself by feeding on the Chi of other beings. Eventually he became Grand Abbot of the Temple of the Heavenward Plumblossom, playing the part of a benevolent elder while secretly scheming to regain his lost power and more. He eventually gathered a number of lethal followers, led by the dedicated Jade Tusk, and set them to watching over the former hiding place of the Wellspring.
Jindiao is very power-hungry, corrupted by his golden chi. He has a deceitful nature under the disguise of a Grand Abbot. He dislikes failure, as he is angered when his followers are unsuccessful and cares very little about them. Jindiao seems eager to cause pain or discomfort. However, he will use manipulation or bribery to get his way, as shown when he attempts to get the Pandas to hand over the Four Constellations by offering them conquest.