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Po then tells Shifu and realized that he should have listen to him because he thought he was following Oogway. Shifu then understands Po and he misses Oogway more than anyone. Then Po asks Shifu how did he know that wasn't the real Oogway. Shifu explains to him that Oogway would do many mysterious things and tells him that he would never say awesome. However, the real Oogway appears watching over the Jade Palace and said "awesome" before disappeared the petals again and flew away peacefully.

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"Hear the legends of the Kung fu Panda!" — Po , from the Bragging Theme Tune

The DreamWorks Animation team and Nickelodeon have teamed up to bring the popular characters from their Kung Fu Panda movies to the small screen as Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness . Po the Panda, Master Shifu, and the Furious Five from the film have all returned. They still reside in and protect the Valley of Peace from various threats.

The CGI is of course TV quality, which means it lacks the detail and intensity of the cinema level animation, storylines are more basic than the films given there's no allowance for arcs , and the big name voice actors have largely been replaced with sound-alikes , but the show does keep the basic balance from the three movies: martial arts story with comedy elements.

  • The main conflict of "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" is kicked off when Po tries out said move, looking down at the scroll and mimicking the steps, while completely unaware that Viper just came in...
  • Due to sleep deprivation from Mr. Ping's sinus problem late last night, Tigress falls asleep on Po, which not only sparked more "Po-Ti" shipping squeals, but it also caused Po to get back-handed when trying to wake her up...and get snored on yet again when no one was paying her any attention.
  • Actor Allusion : In the movie, Jackie Chan plays Monkey. In the animated show, James Sie plays Monkey. In another animated show , James Sie played Jackie Chan. Makes sense, really.
  • Adaptational Comic Relief : While Tigress is The Comically Serious in the movies, she is generally a suave and confident fighter, while the series tends to convey her more as a hot headed insecure Butt-Monkey .
  • A Day in the Limelight : Po is often still the central character, though odd episodes give focus to one of the supporting cast, with even the odd Villain Episode for Fung and Taotie.
  • Funny enough, Crane's mother actually calls him Crane.
  • Po has been suffering from this all along, continually forgetting how to be a hero, and that humility and compassion are better than arrogance and being an Attention Whore , but it comes to a head in "Enter the Dragon" when this constant lapse in his judgment leaves the people of the Valley at the mercy of Ke-Pa and even partly contributes to his freedom and those of the other demons. It seems he has finally learned his lesson and it will stick, because of how close everyone came to dying (including himself), although with the show's track record time will only tell.
  • To a lesser extent Tigress who, compared to her characterization in the sequel films , still has some of her Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy personality and standoffish treatment of Po. While Po's own aforementioned Aesop Amnesia often better justifies it, almost as many episodes' dilemmas are worsened by her and the rest of the Furious Five's quickness to distrust or turn on Po again and again, even in cases he isn't to blame .
  • Fenghuang. Not only does she banter playfully, act coquettish, and genuinely offer to help train Po, but she saves his life even before she knows who he is or how he can help her.
  • Fung, the leader of the Croc bandits, who tends to be more of an Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain and even teams up with Po on several occasions.
  • Temutai, the Warrior King of the Qidan, since being defeated by Po in "The Princess and the Po" has quite a friendly side, attending the Peace Jubilee, and is similar to Po, both of them experiencing difficulty with stairs, finding their olive branch crowns fashionable, and both being frustrated at not being invited to a banquet celebrating an official's promotion. He is even glad to see his nephew Jing Mei take part in a battle with Peng at the Peace Jubilee.
  • All Part of the Show : The fans at the Festival of Figurines think Taotie, Po, and Shifu's fight is this, thanks to them ending up on the stage.
  • In-universe example: The Corridor of Unbelievable Agony has a scroll explaining how to defeat every single trap guarding the Clay Pot of Remembrance. Too bad that Po can't be bothered to read through it.
  • Always Someone Better : Peng, "The Kung Fu Kid", is an incredible prodigy who charms everyone who meets him, manages to make Tigress laugh, and is Tai Lung's nephew . Ultimately, however, his introductory episode is focused on Po's reaction . And the nature and reason for Peng's journey.
  • Taotie can be seen as this to Bian Zao.
  • Going by grunts made when they fight, it appears that it is actually Inverted. The sounds that most of them make are female, with the two who speak seeming to be the only male ones.
  • The Ladies of the Shade is a village of snow leopards who specialize in dancing. The whole village appears to be females-only.
  • Ambiguously Gay : Gah-ri of the Croc Bandits, to judge from his love of fashion/interior design, not to mention reading romance novels. When Fung abandons the gang in "Terror Cotta" Gah-Ri is the first to forgive him and hug him, and when Gah-Ri quits the gang in "The Breakup" it's almost like a couple breaking up. Fung himself qualifies as well, given the above.
  • Amnesia Danger : "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" has this occurring when the Furious Five meet Taotie.
  • Amusing Injuries : Take a shot every time Po goes through one of these. Go on, try it.
  • Further supported by the DVR descriptions. The summary doesn't match but the title does, implying that they released the episodes in a rush without forethought.
  • Even though the show is supposed to be set in ancient China, the currency used throughout the series is the yuan, which wasn't adopted as the official currency of China until the late 19th century.
  • Just the hall of helmets in "In with the Old". You've got a Roman helmet, a Greek helmet, Viking, possibly Chinese... and an English copper's helmet?
  • When Mantis is to marry Po and Lu-Shi in "Bride of Po", he uses modern Western wedding vows rather than those of ancient China.
  • In "Shoot the Messenger", Master Kweng commands a blimp, even though airships didn't come into prominence until the late 1700s to early 1800s in Western Europe.
  • Being dragged off by the jiang shi is certainly played this way, whether it's to become one of them or get taken to Chorh-Gom .
  • …And That Little Girl Was Me : The opening legend of "Enter the Dragon'' is told by Ke-Pa himself, ending with the revelation that the demon was sealed "in the body of an evil pig". Cue the reveal of who was telling the story, with his audience all staring at him in disbelief, and mocking him ... until he wipes the floor with them .
  • And Then John Was a Zombie : Naturally, the most skilled fighter at the Jade Palace is the one to get zombified in "The Po Who Cried Ghost". Then Po does a self-inflicted version so that he can fight him.
  • Similarly with Peng, but he's almost always in angel-face mode since he's usually pretty chill. When he gets really, really upset, though, his teeth get emphasized more and he looks genuinely vicious.
  • Both Taotie's jealous friend who stole his magnifier and the Necromancer of "The Ghost Who Cried Po" are goats, partaking of the species' association with evil. Master Yao, on the other hand, plays to the weirdness of the species.
  • All snow leopards shown thus far are on the side of evil (with the Ladies of the Shade being temporary) except Peng... who turns out to have inner darkness similar to Tai Lung's anyway.
  • Animation Bump : While the show obviously is consistently lower budget than the movies, it has some flourishes of really fluid and vivid animation for a TV show. "Ladies of the Shade" and "Forsaken and Furious" have particularly dynamic action sequences.
  • Arranged Marriage : Apparently, Ping made one of these for Po when he was a baby, with the daughter of his potter friend... so as to receive replacement dishware for free, for life .
  • Emphasized with Evil Po.
  • Tigress is even worse than how she was in the first film in many episodes, to the point she sometimes struggles grasping any emotion or devotion that is not based around kung-fu.
  • Zigzagged with Peng, who at first is as humble as can be, then becomes mad with a desire to prove himself just like his uncle , then returns to normal after the truth comes out.
  • Zigzagged again in "The Master and the Panda" when Peng goes from attacking Po for murdering his uncle , to backing down and quitting kung fu when he finds out the panda told the truth about Tai Lung , to attacking again thanks to the power of the Gung Lu Medallion, to backing down one last time when he comes to his senses.
  • Invoked when Shifu creates "Dragon Warrior Challenge Day" to help tame Po's ego.
  • Arrow Catch : Master Chao does this. Just before being riddled by arrows. He gets better . Apparently lizard skin is very thick.
  • Possibly as a Call-Back to this, when Taotie tells more of his Backstory to Po in "Bosom Buddies", he reveals he not only has his best friend growing up turn on him out of jealousy, but he was hated and mocked by "my mother, my father, my uncle (who I didn't even like anyway), the guy who always waited on me at the cart wash ..."
  • In "Eternal Chord" shows flashbacks of Po losing his balance of harmony with the Furious Five which includes: smacking them with a staff, slamming them from the sky, and giving them an awful spicy breakfast.
  • Artifact of Doom : A number of kung fu items are this, especially if they fall into the wrong hands: the Sacred Hammer of Lei Long, the Mirror of Yin and Yang, the Helm of Invincibility, the knife from "Hall of Lame", the magic kung fu shoes, the Gung Lu Medallion.
  • Art Shift : As in the original movies, Flashbacks and certain other narrations are traditionally animated.
  • Ascended Fanboy : Po maintains that amazement that he is still working with the Furious Five.
  • Asian Rudeness : Ming, the spoiled, bossy daughter of the impatient, short-tempered Superintendent Woo.
  • Asteroids Monster : The magic kung fu shoes have this property after Po cuts them to pieces.
  • Lampshaded in "Five Is Enough". One of Shifu's enemies from his youth returns and begins his monologue, only for Shifu to interrupt him.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat! : (Fung: Everyone except Gah-ri, attack! Everyone except Gah-ri retreat!)
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever : In the episode "Huge" Mantis, for once feeling inadequate due to his size, imbibes a magic potion that makes him bigger. He later drinks more in order to save Po, making him grow further. This spurs a jealous Lidong to down the last bit of potion, leading to a showdown between the two colossus's in the middle of town.
  • Bag of Spilling : In many of the episodes, Po and/or the villain learn some game-breaking kung fu move or obtain some powerful mystic object or weapon, that never gets brought up again, which is made even more confusing in that enemies seem to remember past encounters.
  • Bait-and-Switch : General Tsin has locked Po in the chamber where he paralyzes enemies. The gas is released...only it's released outside the chamber, and is the antidote to free all the entombed villains; Po switched hoses just before he got caught.
  • Bash Brothers : Particularly evident in "Chain Reaction", when Tigress and Po chase after Fung.
  • Quan the Unkillable has one too: make Po believe he's a weak, decrepit old man just looking for one last exhibition match to end his career with some dignity, convince him to handicap himself to make the match "fair" so that Quan can lose more gracefully...then wipe the floor with Po to make up for his inadvertent humiliation of Quan years ago.
  • Shifu's plan to stop Ke-Pa: pretend to be the one who bears the Hero's Qi, pretend to denounce Po as a worthless, selfish failure so he will leave the Valley and keep the Hero's Qi away from Ke-Pa and the seal, then allow himself to be crushed in the funnel so that Ke-Pa will be weakened and thus able to be defeated by the Five. It fails because he didn't count on Ping's Rousing Speech , or Po's love of carrying the Hero Ball and thus insisting he has to come back and save his master.
  • Po's plan to break Peng free of the control of the Gung Lu Medallion: use the shift stone to appear as Tai Lung, then show him what his uncle was really like ( or what he believed he was like ) to warn him away from the dark path.
  • Both "Kung Shoes" and "Croc You Like a Hurricane" involve a plan elaborated by Shifu to teach Po the importance of training kung fu.
  • Beat Without a "But" : Played with in the episode "Sight For Sore Eyes", Mr Ping insists the others go help Po from Junjie. The Furious Five, having already suffered from Po's misbehaviour earlier, are skeptical it's a lie, to which Mr Ping angrily rebuffs, though needs them to finish the "but" for him when loses train of thought: Mr Ping: My son may be not perfect. He may be big and loud and clumsy and annoying and impatient and hotheaded and... er, where am I going with this? Mantis: But he's not a liar? Mr Ping: Right.
  • Becoming the Mask : In "Ladies of the Shade", Song is assigned to woo Po so her group of thieves can steal from the Jade Palace. She begins to genuinely like Po however and ultimately pulls a Heel–Face Turn .
  • Berserk Button : Calling the kung fu enthusiasts at "the Fest" geeks in "The Maltese Mantis".
  • Master Yao can do more than Supernatural Martial Arts and perform outright magic such as Time Stands Still and perform physical attacks with his mind.
  • There are techniques called the 'Six Impossible Moves' which would be better named 'six moves that are impossible for anyone Lacking The Gift '. Po and Fenghuang can do them because they have it and this is presumably what fuels the latter's Social Darwinist beliefs.
  • "The Three Needles" is a trick that is repeatedly stated to be impossible. Po accomplishes it by cheating with magic shoes. Which is how Shifu and the others knew that he was cheating.
  • Big Brother Mentor : What Po tries to be to Bian Zao—at first lamely, then successfully.
  • Big "NO!" : Po does this a lot. A LOT.
  • Big "WHAT?!" : Po and the Furious Five's reaction to getting kicked out the Jade Palace.
  • Peng's departure from the Jade Palace in "The Master and the Panda", determined to quit kung fu forever because he believed darkness and a thirst for power were a result of Villainous Lineage .
  • Blame Game : In "Shoot The Messenger", Po tries to get back a war treaty he unwittingly "autographed". Tigress is having none of it and insists he just admit to Shifu that he screwed up and ask for his help, until Po reminds her that she directed the messenger over to him, thinking he was just another of Po's annoying fans, and thus set off the Disaster Dominoes in the first place, meaning she might also be culpable in Shifu's eyes : Tigress: (indignant) Well, but I— He seemed— Wait a second. So now this is my fault? Po: Don't beat yourself up. The Dragon Warrior is on it. (Tigress bitterly punches a wall and follows Po)
  • Blatant Lies : When Po confronts Constable Hu about why he wasn't invited to the head bureaucrat's celebration, Hu and his secretary confer for moment after which she tells Po "He isn't here." while Hu - a highly conspicuous elephant - is in the room with them. When Po points this out, Hu and his secretary confer again, after which she tells Po "He's at the dentist."
  • Blind Weaponmaster : Po, after the self-inflicted Golden Lotus Clap. He is still awesome .
  • Bloodless Carnage : Exploited in "Owl Be Back" when Po stabs Shifu with a collapsible knife .
  • Bragging Theme Tune : Written and sung by Po himself.
  • Bratty Half-Pint : The little pig princess, before she learns her Aesop .
  • Bread Milk Eggs Squick : In "Present Tense," Po imagines his father's reaction to getting a terrible present. The first mental image he gets is of his dad bursting into tears, the second has him imagining his father disowning him. The last one has Mr. Ping opening his mouth and shooting fire from his mouth at Po.
  • Breaking the Bonds : Po, in an awesome moment in "Monkey in the Middle".
  • Fung and Gah-ri in "The Break Up".
  • Both "The Secret Museum of Kung Fu" and "Forsaken and Furious" have Shifu and the Furious Five reaching the end of their tether. In both Po semi-clutches the Sanity Ball and tries to get them to make amends.
  • Another occurs at the end of "Jailhouse Panda": After going the whole episode knowing the Sacred Hammer of Lei Long can crack the ground and set off earthquakes , and a hilarious Hot Potato battle to keep it from touching the ground, it's finally dropped thanks to Po's clumsiness ...leaving a bomb-blast crater but thankfully not destroying the Valley.
  • Bring My Brown Pants : One of the croc bandits asks Fung if they have time for a bathroom break just before making their move. Once they attack and he's faced with an angry Tigress, he announces "I gotta pee again" and takes off.
  • Bring the Anchor Along : In "Has-Been Hero", Crane is captured and tied to a rotating wooden pillar. He escapes still tied to the pillar and uses it as a battering ram to smash his way out of the villain's hideout. Later Monkey uses the pillar as a weapon, with Crane still tied to it.
  • Broken Aesop : Oogway and Shifu dismissed Taotie from the Jade Palace because his attempt to combine machines and martial arts " sullied " the purity of kung fu. It doesn't stop them from continuing to use the training hall Taotie helped build .
  • Bullying a Dragon : Literally, when the audience to Ke-Pa's story starts mocking him for claiming to be the evil pig holding the demon of legend.
  • But for Me, It Was Tuesday : Inverted example from "Has-Been Hero": the day Po wanted to see Quan the Unkillable fight he remembers as the most wonderful, exciting day of his life... but he had inadvertently caused Quan to lose, and in such a humiliating way his career as a fighter was finished, thus leading him to desire Revenge .
  • "Scorpion Sting" when a possessed Monkey and Po collide with each other during "Sneak Attack Training" Po gets up and turns around shouting for Monkey; unaware that he's stuck to his backside.
  • "Hometown Hero" during Mantis' and Hao Ming wedding, Dosu tried to expose Mantis of not being the Dragon Warrior. But Po sits on him to try to keep him quiet.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes" : Shifu: When I saw you had taken the shift stone, I came after you. Po: [shamefacedly] ...because you thought I'd mess it up. Shifu: No. Well... yes. But I was wrong about you, Panda.
  • Also appears in "Rhino's Revenge", this time intentionally caused by Mantis.
  • In the first movie's dream sequence, Po had spoken of the Dragon Warrior as being so awesome people would be blinded by his moves. The Golden Lotus Clap does exactly that to anyone who witnesses it performed and doesn't close their eyes. Including the one who performs it.
  • When the Gung Lu Medallion takes possession of Peng in "The Master and the Panda", his eyes burn with fire , making them the same color as Tai Lung's . The following battle between him and Po mirrors Po's final battle with Tai Lung—bouncing down the steps (though without him sitting on the snow leopard), a crater shaped like a combatant (Po this time), him going through the streets in the back of a cart (but without fireworks), and a building being kicked and collapsing.
  • Mantis switching places with his action figure in Kung Fu Panda 2 is referenced in "The Maltese Mantis" when his paralyzed self gets confused for one. The ending of the episode is also a Call-Back to both the first movie and Secrets of the Furious Five —it seems as if they're too late and he is permanently paralyzed, just as it seemed Tai Lung had killed Shifu...but after Po has begged for forgiveness and wished Mantis were still able to move, hit him, and smack him around , Mantis does just that. Because he was faking, using the same " staying-still-for-a-really-long-time technique " from SOTFF.
  • The stilt fighting Po does in "Bride of Po", first with Monkey and then with Junjie , is quite reminiscent of the chopstick fight he had with Shifu on Wu Dan in the first movie.
  • In "War of the Noodles", Ping rejecting one of his customers is a reference to the episode "Sight for Sore Eyes", where he throws out a pig customer for insulting Po. Heck, even the line "...except after lunch, here's a coupon" is the same.
  • Came Back Strong : After being killed by Ke-Pa, Po is brought back to life by the peach tree sprout Shifu planted in the first movie, with the Hero's Chi not only restored, but supercharged.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water : Variation—the magic kung fu shoes can't touch water, and it doesn't matter whether it's moving or not, thanks to its purity and traditionally magic-blocking/dampening properties.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : Po, blinded by jealousy, lies to Peng that Shifu wants him to leave the Jade Palace. This snowballs into Peng almost going on a rampage, a three-way Let's You and Him Fight , and eventually the disruption of the entire Peace Festival into a free-for-all .

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  • To be fair, he (Tai Lung) kinda wrecked the place when he broke out. Although no evidence of this is shown in the series...
  • Lampshaded by one of Fung's men in "Terror Cotta". When Fung and his father are sent to prison, Fung's men rejoin him even though that means they go to prison too because "they spend 90% of their time there anyway". And, naturally, are free again to cause trouble in later episodes.
  • Carrying a Cake : Briefly in "Bride of Po" Ping freaks out about his cake being smashed during the wedding brawl... before smashing it into a bad guy himself .
  • Nobody believes he's telling the truth about the jiang shi either until they're faced with them, thanks to Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions .
  • Same with Ping being called a liar for saying that the Qilin existed in Qilin Time ...until Po meets the beast himself...but he turns out to be a really Nice Guy .
  • And Ping goes through this again in War Of The Noodles , saying that Hundun bought a noodle shop because he knows of a secret tunnel that leads to the Jade Palace...so he could attack it. Po, who wants to start things fresh with the rhino, doesn't listen to his dad...until he sees the tunnel himself. And Ping was right all along.
  • Cats Are Snarkers : Tigress retains her Deadpan Snarker tendencies.
  • He also has "darn it!" and throwing his hat.
  • Po has "That... was... AWESOME!"
  • James Hong also reprises as Mr. Ping, the only VA to keep his role across all KFP media (movies, shorts, TV series and video games).
  • Tigress needed the tea made from the Sacred Sun Orchid before sundown or else she'd die.
  • Shifu and Po must be kept from eating brains until sunrise to keep from becoming a zombie permanently.
  • The seal keeping Ke-Pa imprisoned in mortal form will break when the peach tree dies. Unlike the previous ones, this one isn't met.
  • Chained Heat : Tigress and Po in "Chain Reaction".
  • Po sometimes comes off as much more arrogant and obnoxiously dim than in the film series, where he is mostly just an occasionally careless FanBoy with a kooky streak.
  • Due to the Denser and Wackier nature of the series, Tigress' role as The Comically Serious is punctuated much more here than far more stoic personality in the films, sometimes making her as much the butt of jokes as Po.
  • The Furious Five's cold and elitist attitude towards Po in the first film was largely out of relateable upset and mostly disappeared as they got to know him, while the show has practically half its episodes devoted to them ostracizing or distrusting him (though due to Po's own increased bad attitude, this isn't always unjustified). In some episodes they even strongly consider not saving his life from the threat of the episode.
  • The toy knife from "Owl Be Back".
  • The replica mirror from "Bad Po".
  • Dizzy Kung Fu from "Love Stings".
  • Shifu's peach tree sprout that he planted in the first film brings Po back to life after he's killed by Ke-Pa.
  • The shift stone is conspicuously used by Po to disguise himself as Zeng so he can hide from Peng in "The Master and the Panda", just to remind us it exists.
  • The flute in "Terror Cotta".
  • Po's "stilt fu" in "Bride of Po". Particularly his "Pillars of the Ouch" move.
  • Chew Out Fakeout : Shifu, although clearly genuinely angry on some level for Po's Pride and It's All About Me mentality, and how it left the villagers in danger, was for the most part only faking when he dismissed the panda, because he wanted him to be out of danger and keep Ke-Pa from obtaining the Hero's Qi from him.
  • Child Prodigy : Peng. Also Master Yao.
  • Circling Monologue : Fenghuang does this in "Owl Be Back" while attempting to tempt Po to the dark side.
  • Clothes Make the Maniac : In "Kung Shoes", Po buys a pair of magic shoes that enhance his kung fu prowess. However, if the wearer wears the shoes for more than two hours at a time, she shoes start to take over and demand that the wearer do more and more kung fu until they have destroyed everyone and everything around them.
  • Master Yao .
  • General Tsin .
  • Taotie in "Bosom Enemies" for a while, due to the Villainous Breakdown brought on by his Humiliation Conga . Turns out to be a case of Obfuscating Insanity .
  • The Collector : General Tsin in "The Most Dangerous Po", who capturing the most dangerous villains in China and imprisoning them as his personal collection. Also an example of Hunting the Most Dangerous Game and The Jailer .
  • Continuity Nod : Quite a few. The show has no arcs (largely due to Anachronic Order ), but does have many call backs to earlier episodes.
  • A particularly fun one in "My Favorite Yao" because it is played literally—Shifu and Po are sent hurtling off a cliff by Temutai and his men. After the return from commercials, they are still falling, they drop out of camera-view to the sounds of screams and smashing ... only to reveal they'd simply landed (mostly) safely in the bamboo.
  • Comically Missing the Point : As said by Tigress before she clawed out Crane's face in Fluttering Finger Mindslip. Tigress: Judging by our fighting skills....we must be bakers..."
  • Compressed Vice : Going concurrently with Po being an Adaptational Jerkass , different episodes will have Po displaying a variety of different individual vices, whether it's rudeness, laziness, disobedience, arrogance, bad table manners, or some other dirty/annoying habit that haven't been hinted at in previous episodes. And even after Po learns his moral lesson at the end of the episode, a later episode will have Po display a different vice that's never been foreshadowed before which he has to learn another lesson with.
  • Evil Po is not only effective as a fighter because he has all of Po's skills and aggression but none of his clumsiness or silliness (he actually manages to sneak up on Shifu ), but when he captures the red panda during said Eureka / Oh, Crap! moment, he is surprisingly chilling and menacing.
  • In a more humorous sense, the villagers turn out to be this, to some degree, when they all are taken into Shifu's confidence and attack Po on "Challenge Day" to try and become the Dragon Warrior.
  • The geeks at the Festival of Figurines in "The Maltese Mantis" turn out to be fairly competent in fighting after all when, after the third time of being insulted as geeks, they take out Taotie.
  • The Furious Five themselves fall victim to this. Individually they do well in battle, but if all five of them attack the Villain of the Week at once, expect to see them defeated in rapid succession.
  • Subverted in "My Favorite Yao": even though it is only Shifu and Po, the two most powerful masters at the Jade Palace, they can't succeed in stopping Temutai and his men from getting away with the captured Yao.
  • In the second part of the series finale "Emperor's Rule", Hundun, Fung, Temutai, Taotie, and Tong Fo all attack Po together. Individually, some of these rogues can give Po a bit trouble depending on what they bring to the table but once they gang up on Po altogether, Po dispatches them quickly one after another.
  • General Tsin of "The Most Dangerous Po" has definite shades of this too in his opinions of the government.
  • Shirong, Shifu's father. He can still hold his own in a fight, from bumbling bandits to a spar with his kung fu master son, as well as Tong Fo . He has his limits , though.
  • Kwan the Unkillable in "Has-Been Hero", an aging fighter with dentures and a glass eye. His using a walker turns out to be Obfuscating Disability , as he uses the occasion to get revenge on Po for spiling dumplings on him and humiliating his career , and by the end, Po convinces Kwan that there's no shame in losing if it's for the right reasons.
  • Fenghuang is as old as Shifu, but trounced him and the Furious Five in one move each. She only lost because Po caught her off guard.
  • Needless to say that Shifu qualifies, but we also have three new characters who fit to a T: Master Yao , Mr. Yeung, and Mrs. Gow .
  • Shifu's ex-girlfriend, Mei Ling the Rogue. While she can resort to underhanded tricks and, in order to actually "win", relies on Shifu's inability to bring himself to hurt someone he loves, Mei Ling is a rogue master , and was good enough in her actual fighting ability to impress Tigress .
  • Po and Tigress disagree upon whether to go on three, or after actually finishing the count. They eventually see the strengths of each other's styles.
  • The five attack Po on a regular three count.
  • Creepy Mortician : In "The Po Who Cried Ghost", except he's perfectly harmless . Nnnnope , he's a Necromancer .
  • Criminal Amnesiac : Taotie takes advantage of the Furious Five's missing memory by convincing them that he's their master, leading them against Shifu.
  • Crowd Hockey : Happens in "The Maltese Mantis" when Taotie, Shifu, and Po are all trying to find the paralyzed Mantis among the festival crowd.
  • Cucumber Facial : Viper in "Shifu's Back".
  • Cunning Like a Fox : Master Junjie.
  • Darker and Edgier : 'Enter The Dragon' is a good deal more serious and dark than the rest of the series, being closer to the movies in tone. So is 'The Master and the Panda', for the most part.
  • Darkest Hour : The peach tree is dead, Ke-Pa has been released and leveled the Jade Palace (mostly because of Po's cocky arrogance), and Po has been disgraced and forced to flee the Valley in shame, only able to camp on a lonely roadside with his father in a makeshift noodle shop. Meanwhile, Shifu is in prison and when Tigress tries to break him out, he refuses to leave since he plans to sacrifice himself to weaken Ke-Pa so the Five can take him out ...and Tigress is forced to accept the plan as their only hope. And it even still goes From Bad to Worse , since Po's triumphant return to save the Valley and Shifu ends up bringing Ke-Pa the Hero's Qi, releasing the other demons...and almost gets Po killed .
  • Tigress has her moments as well.
  • Monkey gets a shot at this in "Sticky Situation."
  • Defeat by Modesty : This happens when Po fights Yijiro in "The Way of the Prawn." During the fight scene, Yijiro swings his sword at Po several times, but no marks are shown. A few seconds later, Po's pants fall to the floor. Po then exits in embarrassment, but comes back with a new pair of pants on.
  • Delusions of Eloquence : Shirong. Occasionally he manages to get the words right and thus speaks in Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness , but most of the time his words are completely made up.
  • From "Sight for Sore Eyes": Po: I'm blind! In my eyes!
  • Depending on the Writer : Characterization of almost every regular fluctuates wildly between episodes, and vastly between the movies and this series. Po is hit especially hard with this. Sometimes he's portrayed as a lazy idiot, other times he's an overachieving kung fu genius.
  • Didn't See That Coming : Played for Laughs in "My Favorite Yao" when Temutai is taken by surprise by Shifu's Last Request ... to dance .
  • Disability Superpower : Parodied . Po, after being blinded by the Golden Lotus Clap, seems able to detect his opponent with supernatural senses —but it is because he'd previously eaten a garlic dish. Which Po himself had delivered .
  • Disguised in Drag / Dressing as the Enemy : Po has to disguise himself as one of the Ladies of the Shade in order to recover the Dragon Chalice. Unfortunately he keeps slipping out of character.
  • Disney Death : Po , naturally . Aided by the mystic powers of the peach sprout .
  • Another, briefer example, in "Kung Fu Daycare": Shifu sends Crane and Viper to "search high and low" for Zan's parents.
  • Doppelganger Link : When Po gets split into light and dark versions of himself in “Bad Po”, both Pos’ can feel pain inflicted on them. Good Po uses this to his advantage in the climax of the episode to stop Bad Po.
  • Shifu seems to wrestle with answers like these a lot when it comes to Po. Despite his respect for the Panda, he still harbors a little dubiosity about Po's worthiness and Ooogway having chosen him as Dragon Warrior.
  • Dragons Up the Yin Yang : Ke-Pa, leader of the demons, is (or at least has the appearance of) a dragon. Which is a rather egregious and puzzling error, since Eastern dragons have always been portrayed as wise, honorable, benevolent creatures to be worshiped, beloved, and held sacred, and the makers of Kung Fu Panda have consistently Shown Their Work otherwise. note  Buddhist teachings did introduce the idea of malevolence among some dragons, for example that since water can destroy, so can some dragons destroy via floods, tidal waves and storms, with some of the worst floods believed to have been the result of a mortal upsetting a dragon. But this was an extreme minority among dragons, and far from a commonly held view. Apparently they just couldn't resist the symbolism in having the Dragon Warrior opposed by a dragon— or they wanted to have the cool firebreathing effect .
  • Dramatic Thunder : No Halloween Episode would be complete without it—it happens every time someone says "strange apparitions". (At first Po finds this rather cool, but eventually even he gets exasperated with it.)
  • Dreamworks Face : Po is still making it as seen in above image.
  • Drop The Hammer : The Sacred Hammer of Lei Long, capable of smashing the earth apart , setting off earthquakes , or possibly even causing an Earth-Shattering Kaboom .
  • Drowning Our Romantic Sorrows : Mantis mostly in 'Sticky Situation'.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness : Most of the series was made before the second film, as a result a lot of the handling of how it continues off of the first film is jarringly different from media afterwards. The plots are much goofier, the characters keep their initial more cynical personalities ( sometimes ten fold ), and Po has ascended to the most powerful kung-fu master of the Golden Palace to the point of regularly outclassing the Furious Five, while in the films he remains Unskilled, but Strong .
  • It's justified in the first episode featuring the villain, Taotie. When Shifu learns that Po allowed his old enemy to gain access to the materials necessary to create a machine to attack them, he is furious and is at a loss of how to punish the giant panda. However, when Po is then flattened by Taotie's machine's giant mallet, Shifu decides that's a good enough punishment.
  • Eating the Enemy : Thanks to Po , and evil Pig is able to re-assume his real form, a dragon demon named KeePa . Eventually, he's able to drain Po of his Hero's Chi and free his army of demons. Just as all seems lost for the world, he's able revive himself with the power of a peach tree sapling which also greatly enhances his chi to the point that he can use to vanquish the demons. But after he destroys all his demons, an enrage Ke-Pa comes upon, bent on destroying. After giving him a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown , Ke-Pa then drops him and tries to eat Po as he falls—only to get a face full of superpowered Hero's Chi from the heroic panda.
  • Eccentric Mentor : Master Yao. After meditating in full isolation for sixty years inside a box, he's gone full blown Cloud Cuckoo Lander , but maintains the wisdom and awareness to carry out a rather dangerous plan to make Shifu loosen up and live his life each day as if it were his last.
  • Embarrassing Nickname : The various names that Taotie gave the amnesia-ridden Furious Five. Whiskers Kitty-Poo, Noodle, Little Britches, etc.
  • The End... Or Is It? : At the end of "Kung Shoes", after Po has ( maybe ) learned his lesson and Shifu and Master Chao congratulate themselves on their Secret Test of Character , Chao is very grateful that the magic shoes were defeated. After they move off-screen, a pair of the shoes is shown still hiding behind one of the pillars... but then the old merchant shows up and cages them before they can escape to cause more trouble.
  • He also teams up with General Tsin to take on the unparalyzed villains. Subverted when after defeating them the general is still as crazy and evil as ever. Double Subverted when Po, instead of being his usual naive self, knew this would happen and has him carted off to Chorh-Gom.
  • Enemy Without : " Bad Po ".
  • Energy Absorption : The Mongolian Fire Fist Demon , which gets stronger ( and bigger ) each time it is hit.
  • Everyone Has Standards : Despite their rockier friendship with Po throughout many episodes, the Furious Five feel Shifu kicking him out of the Jade Palace for screwing up in "Enter The Dragon" was rather harsh. As it turns out, even Shifu wouldn't go that far, only doing it as a ploy to keep Ke-Pa from taking the Hero's chi from him. When Po earnestly apologises for seemingly dooming everyone, Shifu and Tigress just gently comfort him.
  • Evil Chancellor : Meng Tao of "Royal Pain", who is secretly trying to get Lu Kang discredited and his father disgraced so he can take over as Emperor.
  • Evil Counterpart : Master Junjie to Shifu, both as a kung-fu master and in design. Also, he's a fox, to Shifu's red panda - a species of animal sometimes referred to as a firefox.
  • Evil Is Easy : Unlike Shifu, Fenghuang is extremely willing to leap right into teaching Po 'the good stuff', including the Seven Impossible Moves. She also showers him with praise and calls him a fast learner.
  • Ke-Pa has a rather good one too.
  • Exact Words : Bian Zao doesn't help his dad drag the Iron Claws of Doom up the steps because he asks him to help but, per the oracle, doesn't tell him he has to. He also didn't oil the claws because he'd asked him would he do it, as a favor.
  • Expecting Someone Taller : Implied; in the 2D flashbacks of the Sacred Hammer, Po imagines Tong Fo as a huge and hulking warrior , so that when he actually meets him he keeps looking around at empty eye level...until finally looking down.
  • Heilang and the Lin Kuei are this for Shen's henchwolves from the second movie.
  • Eyepatch of Power : Inverted ; when Po pretends to be Mantis's sidekick, his costume includes an eyepatch, making him clumsier.
  • Face–Heel Turn : Subverted . When, after being told he was rejected by Shifu and the Jade Palace, Peng runs off declaring he will "show them all how strong he is", it looks like he's going to join Temutai and learn dark kung fu at his side. Instead...he challenges him to a Duel to the Death . Of course, if Po hadn't intervened and admitted the truth, this sort of seemingly justified and heroic act could have led to Jumping Off the Slippery Slope ...
  • Face Palm : used every so often, but the best example is in "The Midnight Stranger." Mr. Ping (dressed as the Midnight Stranger, and having beaten up a Bandit with a piece of Asian Cookware): Take a wok, miscreant! Po : (face palm)
  • Fake Defector : Po in "Owl Be Back". And surprisingly effectively.
  • Fake Weakness : Quan the Unkillable's age—he's actually quite the badass.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain : Hundun in the episode War of the Noodles.
  • Unsurprisingly , snakes, as shown in "Serpent's Tooth".
  • As a child, Tigress was kept locked away at her orphanage due to her species. The other (prey) animals considered her a scary monster and she was considered unadoptable. Tigress also didn't know her own strength, which scared people more. As a result of her ostracism Tigress became an angry child. Shifu was called to help tame her temper but he ended up adopting her.
  • Fastball Special : Mantis gets tossed around like this occasionally, such as by Monkey during "Owl Be Back".
  • Faux Affably Evil : Ke-Pa. It's actually pretty dang menacing.
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot : Utilised multiple times (often with Po instigating it), though perhaps most fittingly in "Mama Told Me Not To Kung Fu", where it is revealed Crane lied to his overprotective mother that he was an inn owner rather than in a dangerous kung-fu profession. Po convinces everyone else to play along and spruce up the Jade Palace into an inn when she visits, with things getting more complicated when she extends her stay, and a group of vicious bandits try to invade the palace.
  • Fetch Quest : Tigress comes down with a fever that requires a specific delicate flower to cure. Po and Monkey must seek it out.
  • Fictional Disability : Viper was born with no fangs. Her father, who was in charge of protecting his village, was distraught that his only child couldn't carry on the tradition. In order to make her dad healthy Viper learned how to dance. This came in handy when a bandit attacked her father and Viper found out she could fight using her dancing experience for guidance.
  • Finishing Stomp : Performed by Master Junjie on Po. Junjie's tiny fox foot barely dents Po's giant muzzle, yet Po is both pinned and visibly straining under Junjie's applied force.
  • Flanderization : Po's lazy and obnoxious tendencies are blown way out of proportion in several episodes, and any flak he receives from Shifu and the Furious Five is unjustified at best.
  • Foreshadowing : When Po thinks he's going to turn evil in "Owl Be Back", he eventually adopts a very cold, crude and harsh manner of speaking. "Bad Po" speaks the exact same way. For that matter, the fact that one episode after it is "prophesied" that he will turn evil, a mirror brings his dark side to life .
  • Forgot Flanders Could Do That : The majority of the time, the Furious Five would serve as the defeated first wave against the episode's threat before Po saved the day, the exceptions usually being when one of them had A Day in the Limelight in which they would stop the villain after Po underwent The Worf Effect instead. "Ladies of the Shade" and "Crane on a Wire" are rare cases where all of them are portrayed competently and engage in effective team combat as they do in the films.
  • Forgotten Aesop : The Aesop from the movie , that the Dragon Warrior is not a special person and that hard work is the only true way to Kung Fu Mastery is completely forgotten in some episodes and Po is frequently treated as special due to his Dragon Warrior Status to the point that the title is sometimes treated as a Mystical Power Up.
  • Friendly Enemy : Constable Hu comes off as this. Sometimes, he and Po are allies, other times, they do end up enemies.
  • Also Po, having to decide between the mystical knife or the little pig's father in "Hall of Lame". He chooses the father of course...and of course, Chung Sung Jai Kai Chow was lying when he said he'd let him go.
  • Fung has to choose between helping his father take over China and sparing the lives of his robber band (and Po) in "Terror Cotta".
  • And Po having to choose between marrying Lu-Shi or being the Dragon Warrior in "Bride of Po".
  • Poor Bian Zao. Help his Mad Scientist father conquer the Jade Palace, thereby earning some true quality time with him ( and make him proud of him ), but betray his new friend Po; or help save Po, the first person to show him caring and treat him like an equal, but betray his own father. Lame . Luckily he manages to Take a Third Option .
  • Fun Personified : Master Yao, it turns out, once he gets to experience life again.
  • Genius Bruiser : In "Chain Reaction" it's revealed that Tigress is very studious and knowledgeable in subjects that aren't directly related to kung fu.
  • He also doesn't see through the fake Oogway .
  • Nor did he understand there would be a price to pay for the magic kung fu shoes.
  • Junjie, then Shifu, disguised as Oogway's ghost.
  • Po disguised as Zeng and then as Tai Lung .
  • Glass-Shattering Sound : Clay Shattering Sound: How Po destroys Bing's terra cotta army in "Terror Cotta".
  • Go-Karting with Bowser : In "The Kung Fu Kid", Temutai is invited to the Peace Jubilee. While there are hostilities and even fights, he and Po do gush together about their liking of the olive branch crowns, he has a nice time at the evening feast alongside everyone (except Po), and ultimately things end well overall.
  • Gold Digger : Hao Ming, who only wants to marry Mantis for the prestige that comes with being the Dragon Warrior's wife.
  • Gray Rain of Depression : While Bian Zao sits on the Jade Palace steps after his father is taken to Chorh-Gom.
  • Green-Eyed Monster : In "The Kung Fu Kid", Po's insecurities come to the forefront as he sees everyone being charmed by the younger and more talented Peng.
  • The real Po also uses her, in a cross with Improbable Weapon User , when she poses as a parasol (with Crane's hat) in "Ladies of the Shade".
  • In "Ghost of Oogway", Po does it to himself with the Tri Bo Yao.
  • In one of the 'Legendary Training Secrets' snippets on the Nickelodeon website, Po faces off the punching bag and somehow manages to receive this.
  • "Uh uh ahhh. Never convicted"
  • Guile Hero : Surprisingly, Po is this in "The Master and the Panda", using a shift stone to disguise himself as Tai Lung, thus showing Peng just what his uncle was like at the end and what he himself would become if he went down the same path, to the point of trying to make the boy kill him in order to prove to him he had the heart of a hero .
  • Halloween Episode : "The Po Who Cried Ghost". Surprisingly accurate in its description of the jiang shi and the Ghost Festival (though that actually takes place at midsummer), though it does include modern ideas about zombies (like Brain Food instead of absorbing chi and a Celestial Deadline to escape their virus—though jiang shi are supposed to withdraw at the sound of a rooster's call, and "sleep" during the day).
  • Hammerspace : Po evidently has one of these. In "Princess and the Po," he pulls several board games out of nowhere.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door : Peng, in "The Master and the Panda". He starts off craving vengeance since he's learned off-screen that Po destroyed Tai Lung ; then when he learns Po told the truth about his uncle , he is overcome with remorse, tosses aside his sword, and forswears kung fu; he takes it up again to help Po stop Temutai, only to succumb to the power of the Gung Lu Medallion; and then is finally broken free by Tai Lung himself or so it seems .
  • Heel–Face Turn : Song, due to The Power of Friendship , or possibly The Power of Love .
  • Heroic Sacrifice : Shifu planned to make one of these to distract Ke-Pa and allow the Five to defeat him while he was weakened. Po actually does make one after rescuing him. Which is why the peach sprout restored him and his qi .
  • Heroic Willpower : Required to resist the power of the magic kung fu shoes once they come alive. Po's ability to draw upon it, in this case, isn't just another example of his being The Chosen One or incorruptibly pure hero...but because he refuses to harm Shifu .
  • He's Dead, Jim : Playfully subverted in "Scorpion's Sting". Tigress lies on the bed silent and unmoving even after the cure has been given. The Furious Five and Po all bow their heads in sadness. Tigress jumps to her feet, instantly well.
  • Hijacked Destiny : Subverted . In "Challenge Day" Master Shifu tells everyone in town that today is 'Challenge Day' when anybody who can beat the Dragon Warrior before sundown can assume the title. Po spends most of the day fending off challengers until he finally loses to Hundun after sheer exhaustion from spending most of the day doing nothing but fighting, losing his title to Hundun. It's subverted in that there is no such thing as a 'challenger day'; it was something Shifu made up in order to try and humble Po and make him realize not to take his title for granted. Unfortunately, losing his title ends up putting Po into a 10-Minute Retirement over being depressed about it and Hundun, upon realizing it wasn't real, proceeds to lock Shifu up and start to abuse his fake title around town. Po eventually realizes that protecting the town is far more important than a title, and proceeds to deal payback to Hundun for the sake of the town.
  • Po jumps at the chance to play "buddy warrior opera" , and calls dibs on the warrior who makes his own rules.
  • Honorable Elephant : Constable Hu.
  • Instead of trusting his friend Po and waiting to hear a reasonable explanation, Peng decides that he "betrayed" him by killing his uncle and tries to kill him for vengeance. Perhaps the panda wasn't as Easily Forgiven as it appeared in "The Kung Fu Kid"...
  • Horrible Judge of Character : Po isn't very good at reading others. "Good Croc, Bad Croc" points out his gullibility.
  • Hostile Weather : The Canyon of the Shrieking Winds. Turns into Weather of War when Po makes use of it to blow the parasol-carrying Ladies of the Shade away .
  • Also happens with Taotie, Po, and Shifu trying to get away with the paralyzed Mantis in "The Maltese Mantis". (Fitting, considering the Shout-Out of the episode title.)
  • Taotie receives one of these in "Bosom Enemies", culminating with Po accidentally pulling his pants off . Despite it being an accident, Bian Zao calls the panda on it.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game : What General Tsin is doing with all the villains, and wishes Po to join in on as well. Also referenced as a Shout-Out in the episode title, "The Most Dangerous Po".
  • Hypocritical Humor : In "Sight For Sore Eyes", Mr. Ping tells the pig lady to go easy on his son, and the lady agrees sympathetically....as soon as Po drops the dishes and she gives him the "No wonder you're not the Dragon Warrior anymore!" line.
  • I Am Spartacus : In "The Real Dragon Warrior", Po and Monkey encounter Cheng, a goat who has been teaching the children that he is the Dragon Warrior. When Po and Monkey confront him, he tells them that he grew up in a large family and wanted to be successful like his other siblings, and that he became an Accidental Hero when he tripped and accidentally stopped a bandit, even admitting that the bandits were merely paid actors. As soon as the acting troupe was dismissed, they decided to attack the village for revenge on Cheng. Po swallows his pride and reminds them that in spite of Cheng's past misdeeds, anyone can be a Dragon Warrior. As the bandits come looking for the Dragon Warrior, each of the students stands up for Cheng and says "I am the Dragon Warrior!"
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place : The Corridor of Unbelievable Agony.
  • I Have Your Wife : Lu-Shi of "Bride of Po" is being forced to marry Po and make him step down as Dragon Warrior so that Junjie can take over the Jade Palace by the fact her brother ( not boyfriend ) Shao is being held hostage.
  • Between Po and Monkey in "Scorpion's Sting."
  • And between Po and Peng in "The Master and the Panda".
  • I Just Want to Have Friends : Mei Li.
  • If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him! : The realization of this is how Peng breaks free of the Gung Lu Medallion's control rather than kill (and become like) his uncle .
  • I'm Taking Him Home with Me! : Essentially this was Po's initial reaction to Peng, before Green-Eyed Monster set in. Po : Oh please, please can we keep him? Can we keep him pleeeeease ? He's even pottery trained!
  • I Did What I Had to Do : Most of the first half of "The Master and the Panda" concerns Po fretting in guilt over what he did to Tai Lung, even though the snow leopard (at least in his estimation) was going to kill everyone in the Valley, and had in fact tried to kill both Shifu and him. The Five respond to his distress with this trope, but it isn't until Shifu also reassures him (and admits Po would never have had to do it if he hadn't failed in raising and training Tai Lung) that Po is able to get past it. By the end of the episode, Peng realizes as well that Po had no choice .
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes : "Ghost of Oogway": Po trudges away from the village. As he trudges, the scene dissolves around him and resolves as the Dragon Chamber of the Jade Palace.
  • Revealing to someone out for revenge against the Dragon Warrior your own weakness, and those of the Five, while also curing them of theirs, takes the cake, however...
  • Not only does Po seek a shortcut to escape kung fu training ( again! ) in "Kung Shoes", he doesn't even stay to hear the story behind the magic item in question or its Curse Escape Clause ...and naturally violates the Celestial Deadline .
  • I Gave My Word : Adhered to to the point of Face Palm by Good!Po.
  • Ignored Epiphany : Hundun, after Po saves his life from the falling statue . He then shoves Po out of the way so the statue falls on him anyway .
  • Imagine Spot : Bian Zao has a nightmarish one, imagining what will happen to his new friend Po if his father Taotie escapes prison to take revenge.
  • Impossible Task : The Test of the Three Needles from "Kung Shoes". Naturally Po finds a way...and naturally, regrets it .
  • Improbable Age : Fung's "little" cousin Lidong. Fung even lampshades it: "You grew up..."
  • Spoofed in "Chain Reaction" when Po's brilliant plan involves falling off a cliff to their deaths note  they're stopped by a convenient tree branch
  • Inherently Funny Words : In 'Jailhouse Panda', according to Po, Tigress dry-heaves when she hears the word 'slurp'. When he points that out while trying to prove that he was the real Po, she does.
  • Informed Species : Junjie looks more like Shifu’s species (a red panda) rather than a fox.
  • Oddly, he seems to have inherited this somehow from Ping, since the latter manages to properly perform a complex and advanced kung fu move after seeing Shifu perform it once.
  • Everyone seems to be an Instant Expert in the Kung Fu Panda-verse. The years of training that goes into learning secret Kung Fu techniques doesn't seem to be because the moves themselves are difficult to learn, but more that they learn to use them responsibly. (For example, the Fluttering Finger Mindslip.)
  • Subverted when Po tries to use a dual-headed three-prong mace for the first time, and the second, and the third.
  • Po and Master Shifu.
  • Po and Princess Mei Li.
  • It's apparently gone on past the second film now, as a goat in "Enter The Dragon" mentions the defeat of Lord Shen.
  • There's Shifu (a red panda) and his on again-off again girlfriend Mei Ling (a dhole)
  • Also Mr. Ping's brief relationship with Scorpion.
  • There's also a goose who is married to a pig.
  • Po himself was arranged to be married to a goat.
  • When he was younger, Monkey had a rabbit for a girlfriend. He later developed a crush on an antelope who turned out to have a crash on Po.
  • Tigress, of all people , had romantic fantasies involving a prawn.
  • In the Blood : Apparently, Peng's kung fu skills, since he is just a potter and has no formal training. And is Tai Lung's nephew. As of "The Master and the Panda", he's now afraid darkness and a thirst for power have been inherited too. Tong Fo tries to invoke this in "The Kung Fu Club", where he pushes Peng to poison Po on the threat of killing Lian, while arguing he's meant to be a villain because of this trope. Fortunately, Peng and Po manage to fake the poisoning long enough for Lian to escape and everyone to attack .
  • Invention Pretension : Mantis told his village he was the Dragon Warrior because he wanted his former fiancee to regret dumping him. Po allows him to continue the charade.
  • I Surrender, Suckers : Used by Hundun on Po.
  • Sadly, this crossed with Small Name, Big Ego has creeped more and more into Po's characterization as he lets his status as The Chosen One with The Gift and being the center of attention go to his head. Luckily it seems that after his experiences in "Enter the Dragon" he may finally get over this.
  • Also in Croc You Like A Hurricane , when Po's laziness costs the Furious Five and himself to be banished. The following part spoofs this
  • I Will Fight No More Forever : Played shockingly straight with Peng, who is afraid of his inner darkness , to where the episode seemed to imply it was permanent. Until his third appearance where he, along with his girlfriend Lian, operate a kung fu training club to help people protect themselves .
  • Jail Bake : How Taotie extorts his son's help in escaping Chorh-Gom, in return for "father-son" time—through a whole series of cakes , each one holding a piece of the Iron Claws of Doom for him to reconstruct.
  • The Jailer : General Tsin in "The Most Dangerous Po", who capturing the most dangerous villains in China and imprisoning them as his personal collection. Also an example of Hunting the Most Dangerous Game and The Collector .
  • Ki Manipulation : Ke-Pa can use these, usually in the nature of levitating, puppet-mastering, and throwing his enemies about, although he also unleashes a particularly massive one to blow up the Jade Palace so as to uncover the seal holding back the demons. Oogway could do so as well, using the Hero's Qi. And naturally, so can Po.
  • King of Thieves : Monkey's brother, Wukong, calls himself this.
  • The Klutz : Lu Kang.
  • Knight of Cerebus : Ke-Pa. The things he does in this episode push 'everything isn't the same anymore' to new levels.
  • Kung-Fu Clairvoyance : This happens multiple times throughout the series.
  • Taotie is a double example of this, being both a scenery chewer and one of the biggest pig characters in the show.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia : The "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" can erase the victim's short-term memory. Overused, it erases...more.
  • Last Request : Shifu : I have a last request. I wish to dance.
  • Lampshaded in "Kung Fu Daycare" when Po and Tigress manage to sneak up on the Croc Bandits while they're kidnapping Zan.
  • In "Kung Fu Daycare":
  • The Legend of X : Legends of Awesomeness .....Sweet.
  • He does it again at the start of "The Most Dangerous Game". It seems to be a Running Gag for whenever he is on a kung fu mission.
  • Let's You and Him Fight : Po's lie to Peng about Shifu thinking he wasn't good enough for the Jade Palace ends up leading into them having to fight each other (and Temutai)—Peng because he blames Po for getting his hopes up and giving him a dream with his invitation, Temutai because Peng didn't choose to train with him and had wiped the ground with his nephew (and because he was itching for a fight anyway ).
  • Letting the Air out of the Band : Variation—after Po and Shifu witness the destruction of the Jade Palace and the near-death of the Five, Po weakly and pathetically blows his warning horn.
  • Lightning Bruiser : Many of the characters capable of Kung Fu.

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  • Like You Were Dying : The Aesop of "My Favorite Yao", delivered in a wonderfully poetic and beautiful fashion through the metaphor of the hibiscus—"Did you know the hibiscus blooms for only one day? But that day is the most beautiful and wonderful day of all." Also made literal, considering how close Yao, Shifu, and Po come to death. And further extended when Shifu, embracing the lesson, makes his Last Request ... a dance .
  • Live-Action Escort Mission : Basically the plot of "The Princess and the Po."
  • Loophole Abuse : The most powerful of the Furious Five will always turn to evil ...but Po is not actually one of the Five.
  • Love Makes You Crazy : Mantis gets hit with this hard in "Hometown Hero." Fortunately, he eventually snaps out of it.
  • MacGuffin : The Dragon Chalice.
  • MacGuffin Escort Mission : This is Tigress and Po's task in "Chain Reaction" with a valuable statue and ruby. With all the "escorting" Po and the Furious Five do, you'd think they were a delivery service or something...
  • Made of Iron : Played with. In "Challenge Day" Po allows a chimney to fall on him in order to save a child. Afterward he is alive and seems unharmed—until he reveals he's injured his leg. Despite the fact he uses his crutch later to prove what a Handicapped Badass he is, the injury is neither forgotten about nor brushed off as it would have been in the movie.
  • Mad Scientist : Taotie, who specializes in Bamboo Technology .
  • Magic Feather : The bean which Po uses to convince Lu Kang he's become a great kung fu warrior. Like just about every example, he ends up losing it...and like just about every example, he ends up realizing he doesn't need it. Mostly .
  • In "Mama Told Me Not To Kung Fu", Master Crane had been lying to his mother, telling him that he owns an inn. So when she comes to visit, Po has the others pretend that the Jade Palace is the inn and that they are Crane's employees.
  • Mama Bear : Tigress to Zan, eventually .
  • Hundun did a few of these too.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane : In "The Most Dangerous Po", it's not clear if the appearance of Hundun's ghost to appeal to Po for help is a genuine bit of kung fu mysticism thanks to the paralysis or just a product of Po falling and hitting his head.
  • From "The Master and the Panda", two examples: the repeated mantra of "when push comes to shove..." said first by Po, then Shifu, then Tai Lung, and finally Peng himself; and "underneath all that flab beats the heart of a true hero".
  • The Ladies of the Shade, who are both a dancing troupe that shelter under parasols and a group of thieves who are therefore shadowy and evil.
  • Many of the artifacts, techniques, and other objects in the show have Chinese names that have " Exactly What It Says on the Tin "-type translations in English. For example, the mind-reading technique Nao Yuedu literally means "brain reading", and the group of rat bandits from "The Hunger Game" is called Lao Shu, which means "rats".
  • Memento MacGuffin : Lu-Shi has one, a locket showing the portrait of her brother Shao.
  • Memory Wipe Exploitation : Po learns a technique called "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" that causes short-term memory loss. Po starts using it to get out of doing chores and being lectured but uses it so many times that it ends up causing full amnesia on the Furious Five.
  • Mind Control : Monkey in the Fetch Quest episode.
  • Possibly deliberately invoked in "Owl Be Back", when Fake Defector Po has Shifu pinned by the Moon Pool in almost the exact same pose Tai Lung did when he was about to kill him.
  • In "The Kung Fu Kid", Temutai has difficulty getting up all the steps to the Jade Palace , and joins Po in gushing over the olive branch crowns they both wear for the peace ceremony. He also apologizes just as abashedly when their fight almost ruins the Peace Festival.
  • Neither crocodiles like Fung, warthogs like Taotie and Bian Zao, nor gorillas live in China. While there are Chinese alligators native to the region, Fung and his bandits are explicitly referred to as a crocs and not gators.
  • In "Camp Ping", Kim the Invincible talked about his victory over a spider monkey in Borneo and even had a tattoo commemorating his victory. While there are monkeys in Borneo, spider monkeys are not among them and are only native to Central and South America. So either Kim misidentified the type of monkey he defeated or, as Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight retroactively has established, the spider monkey could possibly have reached Borneo through international travel on a ship and settled down there before Kim got to him.
  • Mistaken for Exhibit : Happens to Shifu once, courtesy of Po.
  • And again with Ping who, thanks to taking over the Jade Palace as his noodle shop, gets confused for Shifu.
  • And again with Monkey and his older brother.
  • This comes true, believe it or not, in the episode Mama Told Me Not To Kung Fu . Crane's mother was obsessed with keeping her son safe and would suffer from a mild heart attack when she saw him doing kung fu. At the end of the episode, however, she was actually impressed with her son's skills and tells him how proud she was of him .
  • Monster of the Aesop : In "Po Fans Out", the episode begins with him being taught (via the infamous Chinese finger-puzzle) the "Hero's Dilemma"—that sometimes the way to win is not through physical force but by ceasing to struggle. Later Po discovers that the way to defeat the Mongolian Fire Fist Demon which grows bigger and stronger every time it is hit is by not fighting, refusing to let it hit him.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family : The magic kung fu shoes, after they come alive, to keep anyone from taking them off.
  • More than Mind Control : The Gung Lu Medallion from "The Master and the Panda", which merely brings out the darkest traits, desires, and feelings in the wearer and enflames them until they take over.
  • Mundane Made Awesome : In "Master Ping", Ping narrates a tale of "the greatest noodle maker in the empire", complete with the usual 2D animation and mystical effects, just as if it were as exciting and amazing as a kung fu legend. Subverted when Po is shown looking utterly bored while Monkey has fallen asleep in his noodle bowl.
  • Po says this in Enter The Dragon when he realizes that he put everyone in danger because he didn't warn the villagers in time.
  • Naked People Are Funny : The villagers are extremely amused when Po accidentally pulls off Taotie's pants, while he is traumatized ( even though there's nothing to see or cover up ).
  • The Name Is Bond, James Bond : After Po accidentally mindwipes the Furious Five: Po: It's me ...Po! Viper: [attacks] Take that , Meepo.
  • Necromancer : The goat undertaker ( of course ) of "The Po Who Cried Ghost".
  • Never My Fault : Fung's father Bing, when telling the story of how the secret to raising a terra cotta army was lost, always put the blame on a clumsy, forgetful assistant. In the end it turns out the assistant was imaginary, and it was Bing himself who had lost it.
  • The very first episode plays this straight with a brainwashed Monkey trying to "destroy Po."
  • Particularly noticeable in "Master and the Panda" where they go to ridiculous lengths to avoid saying that Po killed Tai Lung.
  • In "Enter the Dragon" when the Ke-Pa the dragon tells Fung "Join me or die."
  • In "War of the Noodles". Hundun tells Po "Panda, it's time to pan-DIE", Mr Ping says "I can't die now, I have to revise my menu!" and Po answers "I'm not gonna let you die, Dad."
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands : Frequently with Po and other characters gaining powers or a given ability for an episode, often paired with Power Creep, Power Seep . The status quo being god though means you may never hear about said power or ability again.
  • Mantis accidentally lets slip to Po in "Kung Shoes" that the only way to complete the Impossible Task of the episode is with magic, thus leading him to the black market and the Artifact of Doom .
  • Ke-Pa deliberately taunts Po into attacking him, despite Shifu's warning—thus knocking the last leaf from the dying peach tree and releasing him from the mortal body he's trapped in .
  • Po convinces Peng to take up kung fu again to help him stop Temutai in "The Master and the Panda". Unfortunately when he gets the cursed Gung Lu Medallion off the water buffalo, the snow leopard is tempted by its power too and nearly goes on a rampage .
  • Lampshaded in "The Spirit Orbs Of Master Ding", where Shifu, by reflex, starts blaming Po for starting the episode's dilemma , forcing Tigress to interject that it was actually her fault.
  • The Nicknamer : Po, particularly in "Big Brother Po". Most of them are Embarrassing Nicknames .
  • No Escape but Down : Po and a disagreeable Tigress jump off a cliff, while HANDCUFFED, to escape Croc bandits.
  • No Flow in CGI : Fur, nor feathers are animated in this, though there is still Po's fat.
  • No Sense of Humor / The Comically Serious : Tigress, most of the time. This is made most clear, in a cross with My God, You Are Serious! , when she makes two separate, seemingly funny jokes, in "Love Stings", only for her to reveal she was being serious. Which was a shame, since her "joke" about Shifu's boring speech was perfect.
  • Noodle Incident : Crane's story about the ricksaw driver, the teapot and the hot peppers. All we know is that Po and Shifu both hate that one.
  • In "The Maltese Mantis", after Po continually tries to interrupt Shifu's sad story about how he'd always wanted to come to the Festival of Figurines and be a geek but was too afraid to, he finally is able to tell him about the Race Against the Clock situation with Mantis. Shifu responds, predictably enough , with "Why didn't you say so?"; Po's reaction is quite warranted.
  • As a follow-up to this, when he forbids Po to go to the Festival of Figurines in "The Maltese Mantis" it's because he doesn't want Po to know that he is going so as to play with his Master Yao action figure.
  • Tigress turns out to have a schoolgirl crush on the title character of "The Midnight Stranger". When she finds out it's Po she is...less than thrilled.
  • "Forsaken and Furious" has the Furious Five and Shifu get into an uncharacteristically childish feud after the former believe Shifu is giving Po too much credit. Ironically Po himself spends the whole episode holding the Sanity Ball and trying to get them to make up.
  • When she learns Shifu didn't die in "Owl Be Back", Tigress picks him up and spins him around in a bear hug... then fumbles to recover once she realizes what she's done.
  • She does a similar joyous glomp onto Po after his Disney Death in "Enter The Dragon", and again quickly tries to regain her composure.
  • She does it again with Yijiro in "The Way of the Prawn", then realizes what's she doing... only to shrug it off and keep at it .
  • Not Used to Freedom : Master Yao has been sealed inside a wooden box for over sixty years, and is extremely energetic and excited about the outside world when let out for the first time.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream : In one episode, Po has a dream where he is given advice by his pants. At the end of the dream, he wonders, if his pants are floating in front of him, then what is wearing? Looking down, he lets out a shriek and reaches down to cover himself just as he wakes. Mantis glances at him and asks "The talking pants dream again?".
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging : In "Kung Shoes", after Po succeeds in passing the Test of the Three Needles, despite promising Mantis he would get rid of the magic kung fu shoes ( he can't ), Po cannot bring himself to confess the truth...until each of the Five and Shifu start telling him how proud of him they are , how much he's learned , that he's proven himself to be dedicated and strong, that they want to learn from him now, and he's also given a huge tapestry and the charge to go out across China, saving people and teaching them what he knows. Of course, it's not oblivious at all , since the glowing shoes gave him away and the whole thing was just a Secret Test of Character to get Po to stop cheating and learn kung fu the right way.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat : Constable Hu who insists on Po and the Furious Five getting permits to use Kung Fu on bandits, even though this would give them plenty of time to escape. He gets better later when he sees his methods are failing to keep the peace.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse : Ke-Pa threatens to eat and kill all the villagers unless Shifu uses the funnel and the Hero's Qi to open the seal holding back the other demons.
  • He accidentally offhand backhands the brainwashed Monkey in "Scorpion's Sting", and does the same thing to Tigress while gesturing in "Hometown Hero". It also happens to the poor statue maker in "Rhino's Revenge", courtesy of his "FLAMING WINGS!" flourishes. Po's an unintentional master of the Offhand Backhand.
  • Tigress' reflexes came into play when Po tapped her in order to wake her up since she WAS sleeping on his shoulder.
  • Junjie gets several: one where he realizes Po has used the Golden Lotus Clap to escape the dungeon, immediately followed by Tigress appearing with the rest of the Five: " Hello , Junjie..." The other is when Oogway's ghost appears (or so it seems) to chastise him.
  • Po's face at the very end of "The Kung Fu Kid" pretty much exemplifies this trope. And for good reason.
  • Has one earlier when he realizes the peach tree was dying, and thus Ke-Pa's seal is beginning to weaken.
  • Pretty much everyone's reaction when Peng puts on the cursed Gung Lu Medallion in "The Master and the Panda".
  • A pretty funny one in "Shifu's Ex" - Shifu and Mei Ling are having a final battle, and Mei Ling has Shifu pinned, when Shifu points out that the Furious Five and Po are right behind her.
  • Once an Episode : Every episode has an Art Shift to 2D animation, usually to tell a flashback or a dream.
  • One-Winged Angel : When the peach tree finally dies, Ke-Pa's seal is broken, freeing him and allowing him to return to his true monstrous form.
  • Otaku : The episode "The Maltese Mantis" does a huge send-up of this trope with the Festival of Figurines and its kung fu geeks. The stage recreation of famous kung fu battles is...incredibly painful, the cosplaying is fairly lame, and the typical fan reactions to their idols is, depending on viewpoint, either extremely over-the-top or scarily accurate. The action figure combats, though, are rather charming and even cool in their own way.
  • Immediately subverted, however, when we see the real Oogway's ghost say that very word seconds later.
  • Out of Focus : The non-Tigress members of the Furious Five often get the short end of the stick, with Tigress, Shifu, Mr Ping and even some of the villains getting more Character Focus than them. Viper gets it the worst. It takes until the final season for her to even get A Day in the Limelight .
  • The part in "The Po Who Cried Ghost" where Po continues to use Offscreen Teleportation to appear in front of Shifu, because he doesn't want to be left alone in the graveyard.
  • Somewhat justified by certain real-world diseases being far more severe in adults than they are in children. One of the most known examples of this is Chicken Pox, which isn't too bad for a child, but as you get older, can have serious consequences.
  • Painting the Medium : At one moment, during the exciting chase sequence after Temutai and his men, Master Yao observes, "How dramatic!" He continues to make such comments all throughout the ensuing failed rescue attempt and following battle.
  • Panthera Awesome : Tigress, Peng and his girlfriend, The ladies of Shade and Jungjie's leopards.
  • Mr. Ping may not be a warrior, but insulting his son is a Berserk Button severe enough to make him throw out a customer note  (Even if he gives her a coupon) and manhandle one of the Furious Five without blinking. He also does a surprisingly good job defending Po in "Master Ping".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise : In "Hometown Hero", Po hides from the villagers in Mantis' hometown by holding a bamboo branch in front of his face. It actually works.
  • Pass the Popcorn : Monkey, chowing down on noodles while he watches Po and the pig warriors trash the noodle shop.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word : In "Father Crime", Shifu's Con Artist father peppers his speech with these to bamboozle his marks.
  • Played for Laughs : The supposed "signs" that Po is turning evil, since they are not only ridiculous, most of them are things he's always done. Po : I've been wearing the same pair of pants for three days!
  • Power Copy : Much like in the movies, only taken up to eleven, Po can copy almost any technique after seeing it once or a handful of times.
  • Precocious Crush : In "Jailhouse Panda," it is revealed that Tigress had a crush on Shifu (her adoptive father ) as a teenager.
  • Pro Wrestling Episode : "Has-been Hero"
  • At one point in "Jailhouse Panda" Po actually pulls off the Disc of Destruction.
  • The Promise : Monkey made one to his mother to look out for his brother and preserve the family name, thus explaining why he'd take the fall for Wukong's thievery.
  • Pronouncing My Name for You : One of Fung's Mooks has to keep reminding him that his name's Gah-ri, not "Gary".
  • "Love Stings", as a Shout-Out to Love Hurts .
  • " The Maltese Mantis ".
  • " Crane On a Wire ".
  • " Bride of Po ".
  • "Croc You Like a Hurricane", from Scorpions 's Rock You Like a Hurricane .
  • Quieter Than Silence : When Po goes back to return the magic kung fu shoes and finds the black market gone, a lone ornament rolls across the ground in lieu of a tumbleweed.
  • Tigress catches River Fever, a disease which is mild for children, but deadly for adults. So Po and Monkey have to acquire the Sacred Sun Orchid to make a tea to cure her before sundown or she'll die.
  • After Po overuses the Fluttering Finger Mindslip on the Five, their memories begin to deteriorate. Po has an hour to use the Alabaster Pot of Remembrance to restore their memories before they forget even how to breathe.
  • Bad Po must be reintegrated into Good Po before sundown or else it becomes permanent.
  • Mantis has only an hour to be unparalyzed in "The Maltese Mantis" before it becomes permanent.
  • Rage Against the Mentor : The Five in "Forsaken and Furious", for not being given the proper credit for their exploits.
  • Temutai now as well.
  • Also Junjie and his leopards .
  • Recycled Premise : "Bad Po" is basically the Tiger talisman from Jackie Chan Adventures . And considering both Monkey's movie and TV VAs...
  • Redundant Rescue : The rescue of Master Yao is this, since he could have rescued himself at any point (and in fact this is clear from the start once Shifu tells the story of just how much Yao knows of kung fu). It's even lampshaded when Shifu Hand Waves Po's objection that Yao will be fine because he's a kung fu master "of the mind, not the body." Except Yao is so powerful he can do physical moves with only his mind. That's okay though, because the whole point of the rescue was to teach Shifu a lesson about how to live life to the fullest . And to have fun. (Yes, it manages to be a rare example of playing this trope straight and dramatically , while still being hilarious.)
  • Regularly Scheduled Evil : Ke-Pa of "Enter the Dragon" is only kept sealed so long as the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom lives, at which point he will once more break free to Take Over the World .
  • Relative Error : The goat Po thinks is Lu-Shi's boyfriend, whom he has to rescue from Junjie , turns out to be her brother. The confusion is not helped by her having his picture in a locket. Po : I thought he was your boyfriend! Shao : Gross, bud. ( Lu-Shi slugs him in the stomach )
  • Remembered I Could Fly : Ping, literally , when Hundun drops him .
  • Fu Xi in "Serpent's Tooth".
  • The episode "Rhino's Revenge" reveals that they re-opened the prison after Hundun was defeated and incarcerated there. Keeping Anachronic Order in mind helps and it makes sense they'd need somewhere to put villains (though where were they put before Tai Lung's escape, then?).
  • When Taotie was first introduced it was revealed that he had been the one to partner with Shifu to design the Jade Palace training hall. The Kung Fu Panda website, however, had stated this role was performed by a Master Golden Takin. ** "Kung Fu Daycare" seems to have done this with Tigress and Shifu's relationship when he trained her. In the movie it was shown that he was a stern master who never showed approval over Tigress martial art progress but in the episode Tigress has a flashback with Shifu with a young Tigress and is shown to be warm and kind with a gentle smile.
  • Apparently as of "The Master and the Panda", Tai Lung had a personal sword...which we never saw him carry, wear, or use in the first movie. He did have one in the original character designs depicted in The Art of Kung Fu Panda , making this a Continuity Nod —but since it was cut from the final design, its appearance now is...odd.
  • Reveal Shot : Po's traveling to General Tsin's compound (complete with Lemony Narrator ) is actually revealed to be him just walking in front of a painting being carried behind him.
  • As Shifu is figuring out what's going on in "Bad Po", the Evil Twin comes up behind him...
  • As Po is trying to convince Hundun he isn't hiding anything from him, and keep him from learning he is the Dragon Warrior, the statue built in his honor is right behind him. He even poses like it .
  • Four times in "The Po Who Cried Ghost"—the viewer can see the hand coming out of the grave to grab Po's paw before he does ( but it's just the creepy undertaker reaching for his shovel— at least that's what he says ); the viewer sees the first jiang shi behind Po before he does ; Po comes to tell Shifu he's learned his lesson and won't be scared of or believe in ghosts anymore, not knowing there's one behind him ; and finally, he goes into great detail describing the ghosts to Tigress and Monkey, not knowing there's a whole troupe of them behind him and thinking they're reacting (badly) to his description.
  • The Furious Five come up behind Po when he's playing with his action figures in "The Maltese Mantis"...right as he's having Tigress's figure praise him ( and possibly declare her love ).
  • Rogues Gallery : Fung & the Croc Bandits, Temutai, Taotie & Bian Ziao, Hundun, Tong Fo, Junjie & his Snow Leopards, Lidong, Fenghuang
  • Royal Brat : Mei Li, until it's revealed that she is really just a Lonely Rich Kid .
  • Rule of Funny : Characterization changes on an episode by episode basis depending on what would make the situation funnier.
  • Rump Roast : Po suffers flame on his tail traversing The Corridor of Unbelievable Agony .
  • Rummage Fail : When Po tries to show Tigress he's got the ruby from the stolen statue , he accidentally pulls out his Tigress action figure instead. Once again, Tigress is not amused.
  • Run or Die : Hey, even the Furious Five have to flee at times.
  • Likewise, people - usually Po - falling down the hundreds of steps to the Jade Palace.
  • Which is followed up on in "Hall of Lame", with Po being excited he got it right.
  • Despite the fact of her name AND her voice, characters often tend to mistake Tigress for a guy, or, as Princess Mei-Li put it, "The mean man with the stripes", lampshading the Viewer Gender Confusion associated with the character.
  • The apple scene from "Challenge Day."
  • Tigress feeling the need to keep others at arms' length in the first movie has been amped into outright neurosis, played for laughs throughout the series. A few examples include confusing the simple act of being offered a towel by a spa employee as an attack, and having a thirty-year-long vendetta against the Jade Palace mailman...
  • And continues with her aversion to children. "A necessary step on the way to adulthood..."
  • Mr. Ping plugging his noodle shop whenever he can.
  • The Qilin offering Po some snacks during their conversation.
  • Any time the Urn of Whispering Warriors appears, Po is going to knock it over and smash it.
  • Fung mispronouncing Gahri's name as "Gary".
  • Sacrificial Lamb : If not for Po's intervention, this would have been Princess Mei Li's fate.
  • Sadistic Choice : In "Hall of Lame", Po has to choose between grabbing the mystical kung fu weapon (and thereby get his "awesome" trophy for the Hall of Warriors) or the doll which means so much to the little pig he was helping. He is forced to Take a Third Option when he ends up falling from the broken bridge instead...only to reappear pulling himself up to safety with one of the items. And you all know which one .
  • Saying Sound Effects Outloud : Po.
  • Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale : The journey from Chorh-Gom to the Valley, which had been previously established as taking anywhere from a week to a month, seems much shorter now for Taotie, Hundun, and Shifu and Po in the Tong Fo episode. The trip to Temutai's compound also seems to be much quicker these days, considering how often he shows up in the Valley and how quickly Shifu and Po get there in "My Favorite Yao". See the Fridge page for more details.
  • Scooby Stack : "Jailhouse Panda": Po and the Croc Bandits do one as they try to escape prison.
  • Sealed Army in a Can : The terra cotta army Fung's father makes in "Terror Cotta".
  • Sealed Evil in a Can : The demons of "Enter the Dragon", sealed by Oogway beneath the Jade Palace.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can : Ke-Pa, sealed in the body of "an evil pig" so long as the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom lives .
  • Second Place Is for Losers : Assuming he wasn't merely faking all along, this is Taotie's excuse for returning to evil again in "Bosom Enemies", because Po persisted in relegating him to the position of "assistant" to the Dragon Warrior. That is, until he sees what present Po gave him...
  • Shifu , as well as the Furious Five and Master Chao, pull one of these on Po in "Kung Shoes" to teach him the value of hard work and training over taking shortcuts . Unfortunately it blows up in their faces thanks to the dangerous magic shoes he uses to pass it.
  • Sense Freak / Sensory Overload : In "My Favorite Yao", Master Yao after being let out of his box. Hilarity Ensues . Yao : Your apple, it is so delicious! It is the best thing I have eaten in 65 years! Yao , sticking almost his whole body in a rhino's mouth : Your breath, it is so foul and awful. (gags) I love it!
  • Separate Scene Storytelling : Once per Episode .
  • Series Continuity Error : Supposedly this series happens between the movies, but it contradicts them quite often.
  • She-Fu : The female masters in the series, of course.
  • When Tigress finds out that Po was the "Midnight Stranger" she'd been fantasizing about, she gets a horrified look on her face and walks off saying she's going to throw up.
  • Turned on its head when Evil Po openly (and rather disgustingly ) flirts with Tigress.
  • Also implied, however, between Po and Song of the Ladies of the Shade. It remains to be seen if she was merely a one-episode fling since she intends to be off running the troupe, if the writers will keep playing the tension back and forth between Song and Tigress, or if this is a whole different continuity than the movies.
  • Let's not forget how Tigress fell asleep on Po, of course.
  • When Tigress, suspicious of Lu-Shi's motives, tries to dissuade Po from marrying her in "Bride of Po", Po immediately assumes she's jealous and tries to "let her down easy", claiming what they had was all in her imagination. Her denials are...less than convincing.
  • Shipper on Deck : Those two bunny girls who annoy Tigress on her sick bed. First: So do you love Po? Second: Is Po your boyfriend? Tigress: What? No!
  • Shot in the Ass : Po and his butt full of darts...and third degree burns. Ouch.
  • Irwin, one of Fung's henchmen, is apparently named after Crocodile Hunter host Steve Irwin.
  • In "Sight For Sore Eyes," Monkey fights a snow leopard and goes in a brief drunken-like swaying stance after making himself dizzy during a move (or simply goes into the stance intentionally, it certainly seems that way), in what is likely a reference to Drunken Master - given Monkey's voice actor in the movie (as well as his voice actor in the show, who has also played a character who, in understatement, heavily references Jackie Chan and his movies )
  • In "Kung Shoes", the shoes which won't ever come off (if worn for more than two hours) and force their wearer to keep doing kung fu until they die/destroy everything and everyone they love is reminiscent of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Red Shoes".
  • The scene at the start of "The Master and the Panda" where Temutai has dug up the chest containing the cursed Gung Lu Medallion is quite reminiscent to the layout of the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where the Ark of the Covenant is dug up, right down to the appearance of the chest.
  • Po channels Lou Costello several times in "The Po Who Cried Ghost," particularly when he first encounters what he thinks is a Jiangshi - his petrified wheezing attempt to call for help is straight from the candle scene in "Hold That Ghost."
  • In The Maltese Mantis , Po swatting at mechanical toys Taotie sent after him on a pole is a reference to King Kong (1933) . Also, when Po has been pinned to the wall by the overenthusiastic kung fu fans and Taotie is about to get away with Mantis, he appeals to them for aid by saying "Help me, you're my only hope!"
  • Fenghuang's new fighting talons in Crane On A Wire are similar to the battle claws from Guardians of Ga'Hoole .
  • In The Secret Museum of Kung Fu , Po and the Five are going on a road trip using Mr. Ping's Noodle-Mobile, driven by Shifu. After a rocky start down a few flight of steps, Shifu stoically utters, "I'm a good driver." This is a reference to Rain Man , and the actor who played the title character (and said the phrase in the first place), Dustin Hoffman. He also plays Shifu in the KFP films.
  • Shrine to Self : Junjie has one built when he replaces Shifu, commemorating his ( mostly ) off-screen defeat of Shifu — several statues, a painting, a tapestry, a teapot ...
  • Sick Episode : "Scorpion's Sting", oddly selected as the first episode aired.
  • Sidekick : Po pretends to be this to 'Dragon Warrior Mantis' in "Hometown Hero".
  • Silver Fox : Mei Ling, being Shifu's ex-girlfriend gives an implication of age. Besides Shifu still being head over heels for her, she has two (much) younger men swooning over her upon her arrival.
  • Slipped the Ropes : Slipped the Stocks: Good!Po could have left the stocks at any time, but didn't because he gave his word to Evil Po that he wouldn't.
  • Slow Clap : Chung Sung Jai Kai Chow, after Po and Fung attempt to escape.
  • After breaking free of the Gung Lu Medallion's control in "The Master and the Panda" and deciding he had too much darkness and thirst for power in him to use kung fu again, Peng also breaks apart his uncle Tai Lung's sword.
  • Something Only They Would Say : Po uses his knowledge of Tigress and Monkey to prove to them who he is, after he's lost the shift stone and can't remove his Glamour .
  • Tigress' attempt at the 'Princess Ceremonial Dance Song'.
  • So Proud of You : Bian Zao gets this twice, once from Po and once from his dad. Which causes major guilt when he has to choose between them .
  • Spaghetti Kiss : Subverted when Song tries to set this up with Po while eating noodles. He ends up with her entire head in his mouth.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace : Mantis' girlfriend Hao Ming is marrying him with the lie about Mantis still unrevealed. Po begs them to skip this part so the marriage can happen before the lie is revealed.
  • Squick Invoked in-universe as Po's reaction to Ping and Scorpion dating.
  • Status Quo Is God : Justified as a result of the series running during the course of the first trilogy and being unable to veer too off-course from whatever the movies established. Whenever Po learns some unbeatable game-breaking move, by the next episode it's like it never existed; any character development he gained during the episode will also be lost. However, characters occasionally mention past encounters with each other, and their statuses (like if they were in jail before) usually remain consistent. It wouldn't be until the first trilogy finished that future KFP animated spinoffs like Paws of Destiny and The Dragon Knight would be able to experiment more and take Po's life in new, different directions.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye : In "The Master and the Panda", Po tries to fall asleep...blinks once, twice...and then Peng is standing right over him, glaring.
  • Stock Punishment : In the archive room, used by Evil Po to keep Good!Po prisoner (and safe from being used as a weapon against him ). There's also a smaller version, for the original prisoner's son, which gets used on Shifu .
  • Of all things, Shifu and Po also have something in common: a love of playing with famous kung fu warrior figures.
  • Both one of the fans at "the Fest" and Ping not only don't think his Dragon Warrior costume needs work , they comment on him getting the belly fat right. On a related note, both Po and Shifu come up with the idea of appearing there as cosplayers merely dressed as themselves to keep from being recognized.
  • Sue Donym : While it isn't based off his real name, the alias Po adopts while infiltrating the Ladies of the Shade is...particularly failworthy.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes / Glowing Eyes of Doom : For the wearer of the cursed Gung Lu Medallion in "The Master and the Panda".
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome : Although Taotie becomes good friends with Po in Bosom Enemies , has a Heel–Face Turn after opening Po's gift and saves Po's life from the robot he sent after him, he's still arrested and sent back to prison for backstabbing him and trying to kill him.
  • Surrounded by Idiots : Fung isn't particularly bright, but he's a heck of a lot smarter than his minions - he spends a decent chunk of his scenes raging at how moronic they are.
  • Some of his moves during the fight with Temutai and Po are also rather familiar, such as when he scales the tent poles or is flung about into the walls. Also:
  • Heilang and the Lin Kuei wolves, of the Wolf Boss and his pack from Kung Fu Panda 2 .
  • Synchronization : Po and his Evil Twin in "Bad Po". Hilarity Ensues when he uses it to literally beat himself up.
  • Take a Third Option : How Bian Zao solves his moral dilemma— he helps his dad...by making his machine malfunction "accidentally" and then helping him escape, so that Po will make it out unscathed.
  • Take Our Word for It : When Crane breaks out a picture of an adult victim of River Fever, all viewers get is Po's horrified reaction - and hesitant query of "I...is that a pig? "
  • Team Rocket Wins : In "Croc You Like a Hurricane", Fung and the croc bandits ascend from low-tier crooks to the new defenders of the Valley of Peace when they get trained in Kung Fu by Master Jia. They even become the new Furious Five by order of the emperor! Later, it is revealed that the message from the emperor was fake and Jia was actually Shifu in disguise, who was trying to teach Po a lesson in why he should take his training seriously and not be lazy. The croc bandits eventually become lazy themselves sitting around in the Jade Palace with nothing to do, which allows Po and the Furious Five to beat their tails once more and stay the defenders of the valley.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork : Po attempts to enforce this trope in "Forsaken and Furious" after Shifu and the Furious Five get into a feud, pretending to need rescuing after getting caught in a runaway kart. In fact being pushed by kids. Very, very slowly. Needless to say, this doesn't work. Po: *badly acting* Guys! Master Shifu! Quick! Put aside your differences and work together to SAVE MEEEEEE! Mantis: *unimpressed* Are we supposed to buy that?
  • Teleport Spam : Zombie!Shifu does this to Po, Tigress, and Monkey.
  • Temporary Blindness : The Golden Lotus Clap's effect on any who don't close their eyes or look away.
  • Tempting Fate : Crane being determined to keep the lattice safe at Po's wedding, and then concluding it will stay that way...just before he himself gets slammed into it, bringing it down.
  • Peng has one in "The Master and the Panda" when, after learning that Po had been telling the truth about Tai Lung, he vows never to use kung fu again because of what it did to his uncle and goes back to making pottery. Ends when Po needs his help to stop Temutai, though this turns out to be something of a mistake .
  • Fenghuang wears lipstick on her beak.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes : Po can be this to the Furious Five sometimes, given how often they have to put up with his antics.
  • In "Chain Reaction", Tigress gives Po a harsh one about how he thinks everything's a game to him and that he was the wrong Dragon Warrior. Po responds quietly with this:
  • Tigress also gives a jealous Po one in "Way Of The Prawn" for caring more for fighting than actually helping people. This makes Po resolve on helping free the samurai prawn from bandits.
  • In "Rhino's Revenge", Hundun goes on a raging rampage against the Dragon Warrior when he finds out that Po is the Dragon Warrior:
  • Shifu gives a vicious dressing down to Po after he fails to evacuate the villagers in a prideful moment in "Enter the Dragon" before exiling him. Played with as it was secretly just a Shoo the Dog tactic to get Po away from Ke-Pa. To put it into perspective, even the Furious Five, who were equally annoyed with Po at first, actually feel extremely sorry for him when Shifu's finished tearing into him.
  • In "The Break Up", Fung and Gahri give each other one.
  • The Rest Shall Pass : Po when he tries to reconciliate his blunders....or when he's trying to attempt five pull-ups on a bamboo set. Once again, the keyword was 'attempt'.
  • And the Dragon Warrior challenge day episode, Po as he braces himself to have a chimney land on him to protect a rabbit child. "Oh, this is gonna sting."
  • Tigress in "Chain Reaction" when Po jumps off the cliff while they're chained together.
  • Really almost everyone does at some moment, except for Shifu (but that's only because Shifu's dickery in the first movie is hard to top). The worst moment is when Po demonstrates one of the Seven Impossible Moves and everyone in the Jade Palace suddenly ceases to trust him just because the master who initially invented these moves turned evil and despite everything they went through together. When all of the Five reject him and refuse to listen (as he's trying to tell them their master Shifu is in danger ), simply because they believe Po screwed up and thus got Shifu and all of them thrown out of the palace (instead of letting him explain Junjie said it was okay for him to watch the masters' exhibition) also takes the cake. At least this one led to Ping reading them the riot act .
  • Took a Level in Kindness : Tigress is a subtle one. Since the TV series is mostly a transitional point from the first movie to the second, she still has some of her Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy traits in tact, though is showing signs of defrosting and expressing humility (like Shifu, her nasty streak in the first film is hard to top). Within the course of the show itself, she goes from barely tolerating Po (and still resenting him for being chosen as Dragon Warrior in the earliest episodes) to having a more blatant caring side towards him in some later episodes (likely as a Character Check to the second movie which had been released by that point in production).
  • Toothy Bird : Or in this case, toothy bugs. Mantis and the other mantises all have teeth. Crane, however, does not.
  • Tomboy : Tigress, so much so that doing anything stereotypically feminine is outside her skillset. She tries to sing and do the Ceremonial Princess Dance in "The Princess and the Po" and can neither dance nor sing.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers : Peng and his girlfriend created the Kung Fu fight club so that the villagers could learn to defend themselves. Po is very eager to help them train.
  • Trickster Mentor : Master Yao, in a sense. While not deliberately tricking anyone, he does allow his kidnapping, numerous chase scenes and battles, and the near execution of himself, Shifu, and Po, all to teach Shifu a lesson about truly living life. And because after all those years of constant meditation and isolation , it's a lot of fun .
  • Twitchy Eye : Seems to be a side-effect of having the "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" performed on you.
  • The latter, however, averts this in thanking Po for helping him at the end of the episode.
  • Unreliable Voiceover : Subverted. When Su is telling the story of how she and her troupe came to be homeless and on their own, the species of the warlord changes—because Po jumps in assuming he was a rhino, leading to Su having to correct him . Double Subverted , however, since the knowledge that Su is actually a duplicitous thief makes everything she says suspect anyway.
  • Villain of the Week : Any villain who isn't Taotie, Temutai, the Croc Bandits, Junjie, or Hundun.
  • Villain Over for Dinner : In the episode Love Stings , Mr. Ping reveals he's now dating someone and soon after, Po discovers that his dad's special somebody just so happens to be Scorpion, who's right there in the kitchen with them.
  • Villainous Breakdown : Ke-Pa has a fairly impressive one after Po shows up alive and re-seals the demons.
  • Villain Reveals the Secret : In "Sticky Situation" after Po accidentally trashes the training hall, he enlists Taotie (who he doesn't yet know the bad blood of between him and Shifu) to repair everything before anyone finds out. Taotie plays along, and instead converts the hall into a Humongous Mecha . Being his usual petty self, he also gleefully blabs on Po to Shifu and the Five upon revealing himself, even giving them a moment to grill him before he starts his attack.
  • Violence Is Not an Option : In one episode, Po faces a demon that gets bigger and stronger when you fight him, absorbing the power of each hit he gets. Po eventually defeats him by not fighting, letting the demon expend all his power trying to hit him until he's small enough to be captured.
  • When Po is introducing his dad to the Ladies of the Shade, he literally points at him with the noodle-shop arrow sign...which also has Ping's picture on it.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds : Po and Tigress, Type 1. Seriously, they argue non-stop all through "Chain Reaction."
  • Wake Up Fighting : In "Master Ping", Ping is staying at the Jade Palace has has kept the Furious Five awake with his sinuses. During training, Tigress falls asleep leaning against Po. When Shifu asks someone to wake her up, Po nudges her and is immediately dealt an Offhand Backhand .
  • We ARE Struggling Together : Po and Tigress in "Chain Reaction".
  • We Can Rule Together : Fenghuang says as much to Po.
  • Bian Zao to Taotie. He finally tells his son he's proud of him ...for helping break him out of prison.
  • And Fung to his father Bing. He finally tells his son he is proud of him just before they're both carted off to jail again.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist : General Tsin. His methods leave a lot to be desired , he's more than a little loony , and he tries to force Po help him by threatening him with the same fate if he refuses , but it can't be denied that most if not all of those he's captured are truly dangerous and evil, and even if they don't deserve such a fate , holding them in Chorh-Gom doesn't seem to be doing much good ...
  • Both " Enter the Dragon " and " The Master and the Panda " qualify as well. Aside from the destruction of the Jade Palace, a major Attention Whore / What the Hell, Hero? moment for Po, and Po's (temporary) death , both episodes confirm Tai Lung is dead , and the latter episode reveals ( maybe ) that he was truly evil and irredeemable at the end . It also ends with Peng leaving, deciding to give up kung fu forever because he believes the darkness and thirst for power are inborn for him too.
  • What the Fu Are You Doing?
  • Mr. Ping calls out the Furious Five when none of them are willing to help Po retake the Jade Palace.
  • Shifu gives a blistering one to Po after his failure to warn the townspeople to flee to safety (because it would make him look like a coward and ruin his reputation ) results in them becoming innocent victims of Ke-Pa's villainous threat . (And, to a certain extent, because Po had helped Ke-Pa get free by trying to fight him instead of summoning the others , then inadvertently finishing off the peach tree). Some of this was fake in order to keep Po and the Hero's Qi safe and out of Ke-Pa's reach , but...
  • Whoopi Epiphany Speech : Ping gives a heartwarming one to remind Po of what he's always had and never lost (and the movie's original Be Yourself aesop), so that he will believe in his kung fu again and go back to save the Valley and Shifu.
  • Widely-Spaced Jail Bars : In "The Secret Museum of Kung-Fu" Viper the viper is hung from a chain with the cuff around her neck, but neither the villains nor the Furious Five, including Viper herself, notice she could just slither out of it because she is a viper . Lucky that Po just learnt the Handcuff Trick, eh?
  • Wistful Amnesia : A comedic version. The Furious Five don't remember their names or what animals they are, and try to help each other in this condition. Hilarity Ensues .
  • He seems to have learned to be a little bit more successful, as he manages to follow Shifu silently into Temutai's compound to rescue Yao, and doesn't give them away. (Of course they still fail . That time.) On the other hand, he does so by, in Shifu's words, " not doing what you normally would do ".
  • With Friends Like These... : Sadly a recurring formula throughout the show is the for the plot's conflict to be caused by either Po acting inconsiderate or self centered towards one or all of the Furious Five, or them ostracizing him for anything ranging from such bad behavior to some completely petty triffle .
  • The Worf Effect : With the possible exception of A Day in the Limelight episodes, no matter what the enemy, they will usually rip through the Furious Five like tissue paper in order to establish themselves as a serious threat. If that doesn't do it, expect Shifu to be easily tossed around as well. In episodes not specifically about Po, he can get this treatment as well.
  • Worf Had the Flu : Temutai attempts to justify his first loss to Po by claiming that he had a head cold. He bungles his Bluff roll .
  • Wrestler in All of Us : Both Po and Quan the Unkillable perform wrestling moves in "Has-Been Hero", including the Stone Cold Stunner .
  • Wuxia : Thanks to the fact jiang shi can fly, teleport, and go through walls, the fight between Zombie!Shifu and Zombie!Po becomes this.
  • Yandere : Mei Ling to Shifu. Figuring that he would have no choice but to crawl back to her if the honor of the Jade Palace was broken, she goes so far as to frames him to his students - the irony being that he would probably have acted on his feelings if she didn't pursue him so dishonestly in the first place.
  • You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good! : Po's attitude about Taotie after he had his breakdown and Despair Event Horizon —giving him a purpose in life again by designing weapons and inventions for Po and the rest of the Jade Palace. It seems to work...for a while.
  • You Go, Girl! : When the Croc bandit leader 'attempts' to interrogate Tigress. Keyword is attempts .
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me! : Basically most of Tigress' reactions to Po's blunders.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It : When Po defeats Fung yet again in "Terror Cotta", and Fung insultingly dismisses his men for failing too many times, they decide they're now "Po's gang". With predictable results , as he tries to train them in non-criminal activities or, well, anything .
  • You Said You Would Let Them Go / Unhand Them, Villain! : Lu-Shi to Junjie regarding her brother Shao. He claims to be an honest and honorable villain, but won't keep his word because she failed to do her part (through no fault of her own—Po just got cold feet). When she pushes it, he then goes on to be honest after all...by following his Exact Words and letting Shao go—to fall on the burning coals.

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Kung Fu Panda : Legends Of Awesomeness - Season 1 - Episode 20

Ghost of Oogway

12 Dec 2023

Po faces challenges as Oogway's ghost appears to warn him of an attack, but Shifu is doubtful about the ghost. Later, Oogway's true identity is discovered and chaos is unleashed. Can Shifu and Po overcome deception and defeat the imposter? Show more

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Master Oogway is the overarching protagonist of the Kung Fu Panda franchise. He was an elderly Galápagos tortoise and the previous senior master of the Jade Palace. He is credited as the founder of the Valley of Peace, the creator of Kung Fu, and the developer of the Dragon Warrior legend. He is voiced by Randall Duk Kim .

Highly venerated for his wisdom, knowledge and experience, Oogway was considered by many to be a sage. He was greatly respected by Shifu , the Furious Five , Po , the entire Valley of Peace, and all of China. He was known as the greatest Kung Fu master in history, having no other reputation surpass his (other than the legend of the Dragon Warrior). He spent his life dedicated to preserving the art of Kung Fu as a force for good, and passed on this and many of his other teachings to his students. In the small remainder of his life, he had the chance to finally locate the Dragon Warrior before he ascended into the Heavens. However, even while dead, Oogway helped Po and warned him about various threats.

  • 1.1 Earlier years
  • 1.2 In Art of Balance
  • 2 Powers & Skills
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Biography [ ]

Earlier years [ ].

Not much is revealed about Oogway's past life. However, it is known that he made his departure from his home in the Galápagos Islands on a journey of discovery almost a thousand years ago, traveling all around the world and visiting every country until he arrived in China. Oogway stood on a hill overlooking the land that would later become known as the Valley of Peace and knew that he had found the place he would call home for the rest of his life. To commemorate the moment, Oogway planted the seed of his favorite tree on the hill, which would eventually grow into the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom.

After learning that Master Jindiao had become evil, Oogway ordered his friend the potter Bunnidharma to make a spirit urn to lure Jindiao's soul there, however, because Bunnidharma fell asleep, Jindiao was never defeated.

Some time in his youth, a dangerous tribe of Underworld Demons took up residence in the valley, terrorizing its citizens and laying waste to the settlement, gleefully destroying all who attempted to escape or enter. The peaceful villagers fled for their lives amidst the onslaught, but Master Oogway stood against the otherworldly menace, using his fighting skills in conjunction with the Hero's Chi, a power gifted from Heaven that dwelt within the tortoise's body. Using this mystic life energy to fuel his abilities, Oogway drove the demons back from whence they came, the demonic hordes fleeing back to the underworld through a crater atop Jade Mountain. He used the Hero's Chi in order to seal the entrance preventing their return, but one more demon remained at large. Faster and stronger than his dark brethren, the Demon King Ke-Pa appeared before the kung fu master in the form of a giant dragon, taking advantage of Oogway's exhausted and weakened state to finish him off. Defenseless against the monster's onslaught, the tortoise collapsed at the foot of the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom. Since Oogway had protected the Valley of Peace, the tree, in turn, chose to protect him, using the powers to Heaven and Earth to re-energize the injured master, enabling him to defeat Ke-Pa. Oogway used his Hero's Chi to trap the dragon-like demon in the body of a mortal pig, rendering him powerless so long as the peach tree lived.

Though it is unknown exactly when, Oogway eventually admitted Shifu, who had departed from his family to commit himself entirely to the training and duties of Kung Fu at the Jade Palace. Through the red panda's hard work and determination, Shifu eventually elevated to the rank of Master. Oogway had accomplished many things after this—such include the creation and perfection of Kung Fu, the development of the Dragon Warrior legend and creation of the Dragon Scroll, the peace-sustaining in the Valley of Peace, and the assisting of others outside the valley.

In the episode "Scorpion's Sting", Shifu told Po and the Furious Five of Oogway's involvement with Scorpion's history. Being the celebrated healer in the Valley of Peace, Scorpion one day came across a hypnotic elixir, which warped her body and mind upon injection. This corrupted Scorpion used her new power to brainwash the citizens of the Valley of Peace and launch an assault on the Jade Palace. Oogway protected the Palace, having used two things to his advantage: the villagers' loyalty, which he used to free them from their mind control; and his hard shell, which shattered Scorpion's stinger when she attempted to sting him. After Scorpion was defeated, Oogway exiled her from the Valley of Peace.

In "Sticky Situation", Taotie shared with his son his past training with Shifu under Oogway. In "Sight for Sore Eyes" it was revealed that Junjie was also one of Oogway's students, but that his anger prompted Oogway to choose Shifu to oversee the Jade Palace instead.

In "Owl Be Back", Oogway trained Fenghuang, who was a member of the prior Furious Five, and became the most powerful under Oogway's tutelage. She turned dark, desiring to rule the Jade Palace herself and challenged Oogway. The old turtle had foreseen Fenghuang's fall from grace and had crafted an owl-shaped inescapable cage to imprison her. They fought fiercely but the owl could not defeat Oogway, and so fled the palace before she could be captured.

In "Ghost of Oogway", it appeared that Oogway returned to the Jade Palace as a ghost to mentor Po. However, this was later revealed to be a shape-shifting trick of Junjie, who had attempted to take over the Jade Palace once again by trying to trick Po and the Furious Five into shirking their training. After the fox was defeated, the real form of Oogway was seen overlooking the Jade Palace from afar. He said what Shifu thought he never would say: "Awesome."

Oogway is later referenced in the episode "Enter the Dragon", in which the Demon King Ke-Pa narrates the story of his defeat at the hands of the old tortoise. Due to the death of the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom, Ke-Pa's dark magic returns to him, allowing him to return to his mighty dragon form upon the tree's final demise. After enslaving the citizens of the Valley of Peace and destroying the Jade Palace, the demon finds that Oogway left the Hero's Chi to Po, who uses the mystic power to defeat Ke-Pa just as the tortoise had once done in ages past. While the original peach tree was burned to ashes by the dragon's fire, it is the very sapling that Oogway and Shifu previously planted in the first movie that ultimately provided Po with the energy he needs to defeat Ke-Pa once and for all.

In "Mouth Off" it is revealed that Oogway also mentored Wushen and, due to his chatty nature, suggested that he undertake a vow of silence to improve his skills. A week later, he witnessed as Wushen invented his signature technique: the Silken Moon Touch.

In Art of Balance [ ]

When Shifu rose to the rank of Master in his youth, he quickly became overwhelmed by a mass of new responsibilities. Unable to cope with the stress, Shifu prepared to quit his Kung Fu life, but Oogway stopped him and taught him hing kung , which involved balancing on leaves. Through Oogway's teachings, Shifu learned to regain internal balance.

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  • Grandmaster Staff-Fighter : Oogway was extremely skilled in using his staff in battle, having broke Kai's spear with it when he defeated him and swiftly struck Tai Lung.
  • Genius-Level Intelligence: Due to his advanced longevity, he was extraordinarily wise and intelligent, perhaps the greatest currently known in the entire series, deeply admired by all, even Shifu, for his wisdom and intelligence. Oogway has proven himself to be an extraordinary orator and strategist with vast perception: he had anticipated that Fenghuang had evil intentions to replace him and created a cage to trap her, which effectively kept her from trying to take him on until he died, he turned the cocky street fighters, like Ox, Croc & Rhino into "warriors who fight for honor", he correctly saw that with all of Tai Lung's prodigious Kung Fu skills, his ambition paved way to darkness in his heart, and he easily motivated Po to fulfill his destiny as the Kung Fu master he was meant to be. Oogway's vast lifespan also gave him tremendous knowledge, as he knew of a method to return from the Spirit Realm.
  • Tortoise Physiology: His natural physiology has a shell, which makes him heavily armored & almost immune to most forms of physical trauma. He was able to survive an injury for a few days before being "healed" by a Village of Medicinal Pandas. His natural physiology also ages at a very slowed rate, allowing him the longevity that is beyond any beings imagining. Due to immense training his natural physiology is far stronger, faster & more agile than normal members of his species.
  • Chi-Based Powers: Oogway is extremely skilled in using Chi, having learned to manipulate it from the Pandas themselves. He is capable of using Chi for levitation, physical enhancements, and blasts of energy. His mastery of Chi is so strong he was able to defeat Kai in battle after he had taken the Chi of several Panda and banish him to the Spirit Realm and though he lost to Kai in their rematch as Kai had become a Spirit Warrior and more powerful, he indicated he had the capability to defeat him but just decided against it.
  • Dream Manipulation : Oogway has displayed the ability to converse with others through visions while they are in a dormant state such as meditation, sleep or an unconscious episode.
  • Foresight : Oogway could foresee future events with flawless accuracy, as seen in his prediction of the return of Tai Lung, who has been in prison. Oogway had shared this particular vision with his student Shifu, and merely watched as Shifu tried to prevent it by dispatching Zeng to warn the guards at Chorh-Gom Prison, saying to himself, "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Nevertheless, the wise master let fate play out its cards, and sure enough, it was revealed that one of Zeng's feathers became the "key" that helped Tai Lung escape.

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Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Season 1 Episode 14

Ep 14. Ghost of Oogway

  • November 29, 2011
  • 8.3   (87)

In Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness season 1 episode 14, titled "Ghost of Oogway," Po and the Furious Five encounter a mysterious ghost who claims to be the spirit of Master Oogway. The group is skeptical at first, but as the ghost begins to exhibit Oogway's signature wisdom and fighting skills, they start to believe that it may be possible.

As they talk with the ghost, they learn that he has returned to warn them of a dangerous threat to the Valley of Peace. A powerful warrior named Kai has escaped from the Spirit Realm and is determined to steal the kung fu powers of all the masters in the valley, including Po and his friends.

Po and the Furious Five initially brush off the ghost's warnings, believing that they can handle any threat that comes their way. But as they face off against Kai and his henchmen, they begin to realize just how powerful and ruthless their opponent really is.

As the battle rages on, Po finds himself relying more and more on the wisdom and guidance of the ghost of Oogway. Through his teachings, Po learns valuable lessons about humility, compassion, and the true meaning of kung fu.

In the end, it is up to Po and his friends to use their newfound knowledge and skills to defeat Kai and his army, and save the Valley of Peace from ultimate destruction. But will they be strong enough to overcome this formidable enemy? Only time will tell in this thrilling episode of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

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  • Genres Animation & Cartoon Kids & Family Comedy
  • Cast Mick Wingert Fred Tatasciore Kari Wahlgren Stephen Root Randall Duk Kim
  • Channel Nickelodeon
  • First Aired November 29, 2011
  • Content Rating TVY7
  • Runtime 23 min
  • Language English
  • IMDB Rating 8.3   (87)


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The tri bo yao [1] is a dual-headed, three-pronged mace that functions like a three-section bo staff as an attack weapon in battle. It was first seen in use by Tigress and Po in the Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness episode " Ghost of Oogway ".

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  • ↑ This is a phonetic spelling. The actual spelling of the weapon's name is currently unconfirmed.
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    First seen in. "Ghost of Oogway". The tri bo yao [1] is a dual-headed, three-pronged mace that functions like a three-section bo staff as an attack weapon in battle. It was first seen in use by Tigress and Po in the Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness episode "Ghost of Oogway".

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