History FanFic / ADifferentLesson

13th Jul '16 1:13:21 AM Silverblade2
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Refreshingly, even as Tai Lung is given (or shown to already possess) MartyStu abilities, he is never allowed to be a DracoInLeatherPants as he must deal with the consequences of his actions and can never be allowed to forget them. Despite a romance with Tigress (and in fact quite the LoveDodecahedron), the story is as much concerned with mystery, horror, action, and drama, especially the very realistic progression of a HeelFaceTurn. And in the end, the story turns out to be as much about Po, Crane, and the Wu Sisters as it is Tai Lung.

It's not for the faint of heart, and not just due to its length: there are plenty of killer, exhausting battle sequences, a great deal of darkness, and [[DarkerAndEdgier a surprising amount of blood and gore, betrayal, and death]]. But there's also a lot of great humor, profound wisdom, memorable new characters, a devotion to [[ShownTheirWork Showing Their Work]] and including lost material from ''The Art of Kung Fu Panda'', and interesting backstories.

It's well worth a look, if you have a lot of time on your hands. And for those of you who might be [[HypeAversion tired of hearing of nothing but Tai Lung]], Po gets just about equal weight (no pun intended), as do most of the Five. ''The Secrets of the Furious Five'' is also referenced heavily, and Mei Ling eventually becomes a supporting character in her own right.
26th Jun '16 12:09:13 AM Ingonyama
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14th Jun '16 1:25:58 AM Ingonyama
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At the same time, even as Tai Lung is given (or shown to already possess) MartyStu abilities, he is never allowed to be a DracoInLeatherPants as he must deal with the consequences of his actions and can never be allowed to forget them. Despite a romance with Tigress (and in fact quite the LoveDodecahedron), the story is as much concerned with mystery, horror, action, and drama, especially the very realistic progression of a HeelFaceTurn. And in the end, the story turns out to be as much about Po, Crane, and the Wu Sisters as it is Tai Lung.

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At the same time, Refreshingly, even as Tai Lung is given (or shown to already possess) MartyStu abilities, he is never allowed to be a DracoInLeatherPants as he must deal with the consequences of his actions and can never be allowed to forget them. Despite a romance with Tigress (and in fact quite the LoveDodecahedron), the story is as much concerned with mystery, horror, action, and drama, especially the very realistic progression of a HeelFaceTurn. And in the end, the story turns out to be as much about Po, Crane, and the Wu Sisters as it is Tai Lung.
22nd Feb '16 8:15:14 PM Ingonyama
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In the wake of the fic's completion, the author has started two other stories that fill in certain details and expand the universe.

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In the wake of the fic's completion, the author has started finished two other stories that fill in certain details and expand the universe.universe, located at ''FanFic/DifferentTalesDifferentLessons''.
23rd Jan '14 12:41:13 PM Cakeman
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Suppose for a moment that the Wuxi Finger Hold not only [[NeverFoundTheBody didn't kill Tai Lung]], it purged him of his insanity and brought his rage down to manageable levels. Suppose Shifu was then determined to restore his son to his former heroic self, coming to him afterward and offering him a deal: submit to him, learn to control his anger and atone for his sins, and he will once again have a place at the Jade Palace. Tai Lung refuses initially, but then receives a little encouragement from Po, who believes in the snow leopard and offers him forgiveness and friendship to get back on the right path. And once he begins viewing his own MoralEventHorizon as a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, Tai Lung resolves to begin the long path towards [[RedemptionQuest redemption from the Valley of Peace]], thereby finding a meaning and purpose for his life.

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Suppose for a moment that the Wuxi Finger Hold not only [[NeverFoundTheBody didn't kill Tai Lung]], it purged him of his insanity and brought his rage down to manageable levels. Suppose Shifu was then determined to restore his son to his former heroic self, coming to him afterward and offering him a deal: submit to him, learn to control his anger and atone for his sins, and he will once again have a place at the Jade Palace. Tai Lung refuses initially, but then receives a little encouragement from Po, who believes in the snow leopard and offers him forgiveness and friendship to get back on the right path. And once he begins viewing his own MoralEventHorizon actions as a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment, Tai Lung resolves to begin the long path towards [[RedemptionQuest redemption from the Valley of Peace]], thereby finding a meaning and purpose for his life.
10th Dec '13 3:46:06 PM Ingonyama
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5th Jun '13 3:21:30 PM BlueGuy
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Po again, at Wu Dan.
* [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene Action Fic Quiet Drama Scene]]: In a story this long, with a great deal of character-driven conversations between all the fights, such scenes are a given, but one which stands out is Chapter 31 when after the climactic battle at Chorh-Gom, information is shared, forgiveness is offered, and [[spoiler:a MercyKill is given to Vachir]], followed by [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming quite the heart-to-heart between Tai Lung and Tigress]].
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Vachir. A character with very little characterization in the film, and shown to be a nasty, vindictive bully to the point the audience could actually [[RootingForTheEmpire root for Tai Lung to defeat him and escape]], is here shown to have depth and motivation for the things he's done, and the DemonicPossession he undergoes which forces him to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone commit heinous acts against his will]] truly makes his suffering and self-loathing meaningful and sympathetic. By the time Tigress fatally wounds him so that he is able to [[DyingAsYourself die as himself]], he's changed to become a lot more likable, brave, and even noble in his own way. Seeing him apologize to Tai Lung for his ColdBloodedTorture and get forgiven for it, as well as asking for and receiving a MercyKill, is one of the more moving and powerful scenes in the whole fic, as it truly becomes a painful case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, once it's clear he and Tai Lung are NotSoDifferent and could have been friends, if matters had turned out differently. Seeing him get another chance to live life better through reincarnation is even better.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Xiu, but averted, as Tigress's desire for Tai Lung has nothing to do with his status as a former villain--in fact this is actually (and naturally) one of the main points of contention making her resist any relationship with him.
* AllThereInTheManual: Wonderfully averted--a great deal of lost places, cut characters, backstory, and other information which only made it into ''The Art of Kung Fu Panda'' has been incorporated into the story in many different ways.
* AlmostKiss: Tai Lung and Tigress get one on the ledge in Chorh-Gom, interrupted by [[MomentKiller Crane]].
* AmazonChaser: At least some of this is what fuels Tai Lung's desire for Tigress, at least at the start. Luckily for him, AllAmazonsWantHercules, with the only real issues keeping them apart being her not wishing to get hurt by him and [[ReformedButRejected his trustworthiness]].
* AmbitionIsEvil: Played with. Tai Lung is just as ambitious as he was in the film, but a key theme of the fic is that what matters is what the ambition is being directed ''towards''. His efforts to redeem himself prove to be a very noble pursuit, and he is just as fiery in his pursuit of Tigress as he was with mastering the thousand scrolls, though he has to approach it much differently in order to succeed. Chao and Xiu form a direct contrast to this, since their goals are downright horrifying.
* AndIMustScream: Averted with Chao, since his spirit is still free to wander even when his body isn't, but played straight with [[spoiler:[[MySkullRunnethOver Xiu]] and [[BodySnatcher Vachir]]]].
* AndThisIsFor: Po, at Wu Dan, to Xiu.
* AnimalStereotypes: Most of Mantis's memorial boats at the Ghost Festival were for male relatives... [[AvertedTrope However]], Tai Lung is not at all afraid of water, unless it is ''cold'' water...[[spoiler:which is in fact [[{{Foreshadowing}} an early indication]] of what he suffered during Vachir's ColdBloodedTorture, no pun intended.]]
* AntiHero: Once he makes the decision to accept Shifu's offer and try to redeem himself, Tai Lung is, for most of the story, a Type III. By the end of the story he has in most respects shifted to a Type II.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]): Tigress, being GenreSavvy, expects this of the BigBad, who is genuinely confused by the accusation.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: During Tai Lung's acupuncture session, when his [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway snide commentary on the strength of the mind and heart]] versus that of the body is interrupted by Mantis with "Tai Lung, you stink!"--referencing [[{{Squick}} the pair of pants he's been wearing in Chorh-Gom for twenty years]]. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when, after a brief tangent about making sure the snow leopard gets proper hygiene and clean clothes, Mantis reveals he was ''also'' talking about Tai Lung's attitude.
* TheAtoner: Tai Lung. [[spoiler:Also Jia.]]
* AttractivenessIsolation: Poor Mei Ling. Down-to-earth, laid-back, happy to notice anyone who is good-hearted, brave, and noble...and no one (especially Crane) will approach her because she's "too pretty", they're threatened by [[StayInTheKitchen her overturning of the gender roles]], or they think [[RichBitch she is too good for them]] (or [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe they're not good enough for her]]).
* [[AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity Awkward Father Daughter Bonding Activity]]: The rather pathetic attempts Shifu makes to get close to Tigress on the way back from Chorh-Gom, ranging from nature hikes to [[ASpotOfTea visiting tea shops]] to [[EpicFail going shopping for feminine frillery]], are clearly meant to evoke this trope, and certainly match the spirit and feel of it.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Numerous moments with Tai Lung and Tigress, as well as Tai Lung and Po.
** Prime example, from the final battle:
--> '''Tai Lung''', ''after Heian Chao has battered Po somewhat senseless'': You stay away from him! ''[[HypocriticalHeartwarming Nobody]]'' [[HypocriticalHeartwarming gets to beat up on the panda...except me.]]
--> '''Po''': Aww, big guy, I didn't know you cared.
--> '''Tai Lung''': Shut up.
* AxCrazy: Xiu, in spades.
* BabiesEverAfter: For Tai Lung and Tigress.
* {{Backstory}}: Who isn't given one this time around? Tai Lung, Po, the Wu Sisters, Mei Ling, Vachir, Chao, Chen, Oogway, Zhuang and Xiulan...
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Mei Ling and Jia]], as well as Tai Lung and Po, Monkey and Mantis, Tigress and Shifu, and Vachir and Emperor Chen in {{Backstory}}.
* BadassArmy: Two of 'em, [[spoiler:the yaoguai and the Warriors of Tenshu]].
* BadGuyBar: the Bandit Inn
* BaitAndSwitch: A number of chapter openings are misleading, usually in a DoubleEntendre fashion.
* BaitAndSwitchComparison: Variation. When he discovers that Tai Lung has fallen in love with Tigress and thinks he's going insane because he can't stop thinking of her, [[DeadpanSnarker Mantis]] (being TheMedic) sagely advises him on what is "ailing" him: "I know what you're talking about. [[AllergicToLove It's a terrible affliction]] that can strike anyone without any warning, it's deadly accurate, [[TheCynic it spares no one in the end]], [[BearerOfBadNews and I'm afraid there's no cure]]. Yeah, you've got it bad, Tai Lung." Considering he's a CovertPervert and what [[AnimalStereotypes his kind's women]] [[BlackWidow are known for]], this sort of JadeColoredGlasses, SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids thinking isn't surprising. (It also is a reference to his HeManWomanHater nature [[AllThereInTheManual as described in]] ''Art of Kung Fu Panda''.)
* BatmanGambit: Oogway's plan for [[spoiler:getting rid of Chao is to have Po use the Wuxi Finger Hold on Tai Lung to restore him to himself, then joining forces with him. This after [[WhatTheHellHero Tai Lung was held for twenty years in Chorh-Gom to keep him safe from Chao.]]]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler:Xiu really should have been more wary of accepting power from a dark chi master...]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Do we really need to say which couple this describes?
* BetaCouple: Crane and Mei Ling. They don't have as easy a time of it as most examples of the trope, but [[MasochismTango when]] [[SlapSlapKiss compared to]] [[BelligerentSexualTension Tai Lung and Tigress]]...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: It takes a lot to make Po angry. A lot! When he actually says a single curse word, your ass is about to be handed to you, painfully and humiliatingly.
* BigBad: Heian Chao, but Xiu gives him a good run for his money.
* [[spoiler:BigBadassBirdOfPrey[=/=]FeatheredFiend]]: Chao, which is [[AnimalJingoism oddly fitting]] [[JustEatHim considering what the protagonist's species is]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Pretty much everybody in the final battle, but the appearance of Mei Ling and especially [[spoiler:Mantis]] take the cake. [[spoiler:The arrival of Tigress and Crane at the trial also counts.]]
* BigNo: A number of them.
* BigWhat: A few of these as well, but the most memorable (and funniest) would be Tai Lung's reaction to the "[[MundaneMadeAwesome weapon]]" Shifu wishes to train him in for his first lesson.
* BilingualBonus: A number of phrases sprinkled throughout the story, and even whole sentences, appear in Mandarin, which the author [[ShownTheirWork dutifully translated in his notes]] for those who don't speak Chinese. Most of the original characters have a MeaningfulName due to this as well.
** In a rather delicious and hilarious twist, the diminutive "Tai Tai" that so annoys the snow leopard is also Cantonese for "mother-in-law".
* BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut: Tai Lung's nerve strike ends up being used this way twice--first PlayedForLaughs when he uses it in a bit of revenge while training Po, then later PlayedForDrama when [[ChekhovsSkill Po uses it]] on Xiu (and precipitates her VillainousBreakdown).
* BlackComedy: When the [[DemonicPossession possessed]] Vachir captures Zeng:
-->'''Zeng''': What are you...[[CallBack I thought we'd...gllckk!...gotten past this]]...
* BlackCloak: Chao wears one actually ''made'' from shadows.
* BlackMagic: Chao personifies this, due to the [[TheDarkSide source]], [[PoweredByAForsakenChild cost]], and [[PeoplePuppets effect]] [[DemonicPossession of]] [[{{Necromancer}} his]] [[HatePlague powers]].
* BodySnatcher: Chao again.
* BreakTheBadass: Two examples. Wu Xiu, the coldest and most black-hearted of the Wu Sisters, was both shocked and disturbed by what was found in [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s RoomFullOfCrazy, thus showing the reader just how far the DemonicPossession had gone and what the heroes were in for when Chao made [[spoiler:him]] betray them. See EvenEvilHasStandards. Similarly, Tai Lung tried to impress on Shifu and the Five how bad it would be to face Vachir by stressing how heartless, horrible, and implacable the rhino was--in other words, implying that he was afraid of him, and wasn't sure even he could win against Vachir. When they actually get to Chorh-Gom, this fear bears fruit during the battle, especially when [[spoiler:Tai Lung first sees the resurrected Anvil of Heaven behind him]]. If [[MemeticBadass Tai Lung]] is scared, you ''know'' something major is about to go down.
* BreakTheCutie[=/=]KillTheCutie: Where to begin? Xiu came extremely close to breaking Jia, and Chao tried quite hard to both break and kill Po.
* BreakingTheBonds: Tai Lung, during the battle at Yunxian.
* BreakingSpeech: Chao is fairly good at these, and manages to demoralize a few of his opponents long enough to gain an advantage over them. Sometimes, however, he only leaves himself open to a truly righteous ShutUpHannibal.
* BrokenPedestal: Po, regarding [[spoiler:Bao]]. Also, in a way, Tai Lung regarding Shifu and Oogway.
** Po's is nicely [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] in Chapter 17, when he decides to go fetch snacks for the Truth or Dare:
--> '''Po''': Don't worry, I'll leave some money down in the kitchen for the innkeeper. I may be a lotta things, but I ain't no thief.
* BucketBoobyTrap: Tai Lung used one on a snooty Imperial official when he was a cub. It also, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial somehow]], ended up being used on Shifu.
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Averted. Not only does [[spoiler:Vachir]] not make this as his LastRequest, but when Tai Lung chooses to bury him on his own, he doesn't even have to go very far at all--just within sight of both Chorh-Gom and the Mongolian steppes that had been [[spoiler:the rhino's]] home.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Implied when Jia confronts Heian Chao about him apparently planning [[spoiler:to have Monkey kill Tai Lung, whom she wanted as her lover]]. Her YouKnowWhatYouDid leads to this gem: "Before he could observe, with absolute honesty, that he had done many reprehensible, vile things and could not be expected to recall them all..." Considering he's almost a thousand years old and has been committing atrocities almost all of that time, he very well might have forgotten some of them. [[VisionaryVillain It wouldn't be]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist the first time]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget he's forgotten something]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: Tai Lung to Shifu for a good deal of the first quarter of the overall story. Also, Tigress to Shifu on the way to Chorh-Gom.
* CannotSpitItOut: Mei, to Crane.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Played with when Monkey suggests Chao is so focused on corrupting Tai Lung because [[JustEatHim he's afraid the snow leopard will eat him]]. (Which would also be an example of JustEatGilligan, since getting rid of Chao would indeed solve everyone's problems.)
* CastingAShadow: Chao's main power, through the corruption of his chi.
* CasualDangerDialog: Most of the characters do this, but Tai Lung and Xiu excel at it.
* CatapultNightmare: A guilt-ridden Tai Lung has one of these near the beginning of the story, a [[RecurringDreams repetition]] of [[BadDreams old dreams]] [[FlashbackNightmare about his rampage]] which has returned to him [[MoralEventHorizon now that he's truly aware of]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the magnitude of what he did]].
* CentralTheme[=/=]DrivingQuestion: Is everyone capable, or worthy, of redemption? Can it be earned? Is it even possible to truly atone, and who decides when it is achieved? Which is more important: being forgiven by others or yourself? What does it mean to be a hero, and is it something that should never be sought out, or if so only for the right reasons?
* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[OurDemonsAreDifferent The yaoguai]]. When they first appear in the story, it's only as a random aside, an old tale of Tai Lung's former heroism which Po mentions to illustrate why he doesn't believe the snow leopard is evil. Later on, when the author decided to expand on this tale simply because [[RuleOfCool it made Tai Lung look awesome]] and [[AscendedFanon the readers had requested to see more about it]], it became not only a way of proving his heroism, but a {{Foreshadowing}} of the [[{{Foil}} relationship between him and Po]], [[spoiler:since it is this very event, the facing of the 10,000 demons of Demon Mountain, which Po dreamed about in the movie--meaning he was, in true {{Otaku}} fashion, doing a SelfInsertFic with himself ''in the role of Tai Lung'']]. But then, much much later, the yaoguai turn up one more time...[[spoiler:as a BadassArmy [[SummoningRitual summoned by Heian Chao]], which the [[SealedArmyInACan Warriors]] [[SealedGoodInACan of Tenshu]] and the Furious Five must then defeat, [[DreamingOfThingsToCome just as Po had dreamed.]]]]
* ChekhovsGun: Everywhere, though the most notable would be [[spoiler:the Golden Spear, the hammer, the Urn of Whispering Warriors, and everything found in Oogway's room]].
* ChekhovsSkill: Tai Lung teaching Po the nerve strike technique comes in very handy later. Also, Tai Lung's skill with lances and halberds.
* TheChessmaster: Heian Chao prefers to sit back and manipulate things like the shadow he is.
* ChewOutFakeOut: [[spoiler:Shifu]]'s confrontation with Tai Lung and Tigress in their bedroom would be this, crossed with a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* ChewToy: Poor Tai Lung gets this a lot, but this applies to Po and Jia as well.
* TheChosenOne[=/=]TheUnchosenOne: It's made perfectly clear Tai Lung was not meant to be the Dragon Warrior. Meanwhile, because of Chao's evil, because it had to be done and there was no one else to do it, Tai Lung chose on his own (albeit at Oogway's request) to stop the BigBad and thus made his own destiny. Of course once he did, it turned out he really was TheChosenOne, just not the one he thought, because Oogway had chosen Tai Lung for this task long ago. Since Tai Lung always had the choice whether or not to accept, though, he had destiny and free will at the same time.
* CivilianVillain: What people like Xiulan and Fu Xiao believe Tai Lung to be...[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy which Chao was counting on]].
* ClearTheirName: What Crane had to do at the trial.
* CliffHanger: A large number, though the ends of Chapter 15, 19, 30, 34, 41, and 43 stand out especially.
* CoitusEnsues: Averted. Not only is romance one of the main points of the story so that sex would naturally appear at some point, and not only is it in-character for Tigress and Tai Lung to do it at the points that they do, it always has a purpose in the narrative. The first time is as a result of the HatePlague (emotions are already running high, thus making the BelligerentSexualTension explode) and the resultant RelationshipUpgrade is one of the things that helps them resist Chao's chi manipulation. The second time is after they've finally declared their love for each other...and it sets up for both [[ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime Shifu discovering them in the act]] ''and'' Tai Lung having to go down to the village to get birth control [[spoiler:which leaves him on the scene and with no alibi when Zhuang is murdered]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Revealed to have happened at Chorh-Gom by Vachir's hands, [[spoiler:which was encouraged by Chao]].
* CombatPragmatist: While he is honorable when fighting heroes (which seems applicable to some extent even in the movie), Tai Lung has no compunctions in throwing aside the rules when it comes to facing truly awful opponents like Xiu, Vachir, and Chao. He also tries to instill some of this in Po, with [[TookALevelInBadass a fair degree of success]] but not enough to revoke Po's IncorruptiblePurePureness status.
* ComeAlone: Vachir's admonition in his note (and Chun's to Po).
* ComeBackToBedHoney: New version, and [[InvertedTrope inverted]]--it is Tai Lung who wishes to stay in bed with Tigress, but she insists that ''he'' leave...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny so as to go and fetch birth control herbs]].
* ConnectTheDeaths: While the map Crane marks doesn't immediately show an obvious pattern to him, there is a more subtle one.
* ConservationOfDetail: Everything matters, and things you wouldn't expect to come up again do.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Not as many as some stories, but a few. Zeng happens to run into a possessed Vachir while coming to warn the Weis [[DramaticIrony about the killer terrorizing the Valley]], and he later is freed to return to the palace just in time to interrupt Mei Ling as she's about to finally [[CannotSpitItOut spit it out]] to Crane. Above all, Zhuang deciding to check on the Weis, thus coming to free them and [[spoiler:deprive Chao of a great deal of power right as the Heroes were facing Vachir and the traitor Monkey]] takes the cake for fortuitous timing. [[SubvertedTrope However]], Mei Ling happening to appear in Yunxian in time to exonerate Tai Lung is due to the fact she had been following the Wu Sisters, and they in turn had come where Chao, with his [[PsychicPowers astral projection]], had told them the Heroes would be. And Zhuang continually being a SpannerInTheWorks whenever the Sisters were targeting Ping had the simple explanation of him being both a friend and hired laborer to the goose. Even his being in the birch forest was due to his line of work.
* CoolClearWater: Played with--as in the movie, the Pool of Sacred Tears is as beautiful, pristine, and pure as can be, but this is not a sign of contamination at all, instead one of holiness and harmony, and the fact it is revealed to be a font of PureEnergy (chi) means that [[JustifiedTrope in fact]] the pool ''has'' been [[AWizardDidIt magically]] purified to make it safe to drink. By the same token, when [[spoiler:Chao's corruption turns it into GrimyWater, the pool's tainted and poisonous appearance, as well as all the death surrounding it, is justified both by Chao's powers and by [[PoisonIsEvil the poison the Wu Sisters poured into it]] beforehand]].
* CoolOldGuy: Emperor Chen (and to a lesser extent, Ning Guo).
* TheCorruption: Heian Chao's dark chi and MoreThanMindControl work on this level for anyone he uses DemonicPossession on or even merely influences, but it also seems to be true of ''himself'', since his steeping himself in advanced chi techniques so as to [[spoiler:bring down a tyrannical emperor]] caused him to [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil become more and more twisted, vile]], and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans willing to do anything]] if he could justify it by the end result, until eventually he turned into an irredeemable monster and (arguably) not even truly himself any more due to [[EvilIsNotAToy losing his soul]].
* CrazyPrepared: The group arm themselves before the final battle, including [[spoiler:Mantis bringing the [[ChekhovsGun Urn of Whispering Warriors]]]]. Also applies to the Wu Sisters, as they take several weapons each, and are cross-trained, thus they can use any weapon the others are carrying. And Tai Lung himself, [[spoiler:bringing the hammer along]].
* CrypticConversation: Oogway, constantly.
* CueTheSun: Dawn breaks as the heroes emerge from defeating the BigBad. Since he was composed of/fought with shadow and generally represented ultimate evil, this [[RuleOfSymbolism was actually highly appropriate]].
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Chao's big plan: [[spoiler:to kill the Dragon Warrior, but not because he is TheChosenOne or because he wants the Dragon Scroll for himself (not only does he not need such a MacGuffin, he actually helped ''make'' it and is thus aware of what it can do as no other besides Oogway is). It is to deprive the Valley of its [[TheMessiah Messiah]] and Tai Lung his perceived MoralityChain so that he will revert back to his rampaging, savage self. He also attempts to use Tai Lung's HeroicResolve against him by pushing him into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Vachir, a JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope act which will make him susceptible to TheCorruption.]]
** [[XanatosSpeedChess When that fails]], [[spoiler:he counts on the fact that everyone will expect the ReformedButRejected ex-villain to actually be a CivilianVillain to get the entire town to turn on Tai Lung for supposedly murdering Zhuang, and guarantees their cooperation by drawing on [[NeverLiveItDown the fears and hatreds brought on by the rampage]] to possess the townsfolk--and he shows Xiulan exactly what she believed she'd see [[{{Frameup}} by appearing]] [[LieToTheBeholder as Tai Lung]] when he and Xiu kill her husband.]]
** Lastly, [[spoiler:not only does he ensure Tai Lung will be imprisoned, something which after 20 years of confinement is sure to unhinge him again, but he places the snow leopard [[SadisticChoice in an unwinnable situation]]: die for a crime he didn't commit, or break free and rampage again to save himself, thus turning everyone against him for real.]] And it would have worked too, if not for both the PowerOfFriendship and the PowerOfLove. And because, in the end, EvilCannotComprehendGood.
* TheDarkSide: Chao wants to drag Tai Lung to this trope...
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Originally, Chao began studying chi so as to [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist depose]] [[VisionaryVillain a tyrannical emperor]] and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans make the empire a better place]]]], but by the time of the story all he cares about is [[spoiler:[[TakeOverTheWorld ruling the empire himself]], and the lives of everyone in it, because he believes [[{{Pride}} only he has the intellect and insight to do the job]]]]. A MotiveDecay that is strongly implied, if not explicitly stated, to be caused by Chao [[EvilIsNotAToy using powers and techniques]] [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow he did not fully comprehend.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: Tai Lung still has almost every single flaw he had in the movie, even by the time the story ends. Also, Yin isn't evil despite being the black half. The story in fact goes out of its way to point out the mistake the writers made in the movie, when Oogway said Tai Lung had too much darkness in his heart. Oogway here explains what the problem really was: Tai Lung was ''imbalanced''. His Yang overpowered his Yin (even though Yang is technically the light side of the ''taijitu'', it symbolizes aggression), which naturally left him open to becoming as psychotic as he did. The key is to let his Yin and Yang work together in harmony, which he masters by the end.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Like you wouldn't believe. It does end on a genuinely happy note, though.
* DarkestHour: Chapters 33 through 37--[[spoiler:Zhuang]] has been murdered, with Tai Lung arrested and put on trial for it, placed in a horrible SadisticChoice and on the verge of going mad again, going on a second rampage, and joining the BigBad due to the trauma of being imprisoned again and, he thinks, abandoned by everyone he cares about; thanks to [[spoiler:the corruption of the Sacred Pool and PeoplePuppets]], neither Shifu nor Mei Ling can get through to the KangarooCourt to exonerate him. Meanwhile, [[IHaveYourWife Ping has been kidnapped by the Wu Sisters]] so that Po, Viper, and Tigress have to go to Wu Dan to rescue him, thus keeping all of them away from the Valley (and Po's staying out of the coming battle is in fact the condition for him getting his father back), while Monkey is imprisoned for [[spoiler:seemingly killing Mantis at Chorh-Gom]]. Comes close to being a NearVillainVictory. Also ''[[RuleOfSymbolism literal]]'' since Chao's dark chi actually [[spoiler:overshadows and eclipses the Valley with black mist and stormclouds after he corrupts the Sacred Pool]] and after finally defeating him, the heroes [[CueTheSun emerge at dawn]].
* ADateWithRosiePalms: After the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Truth or Dare" game]], [[spoiler: where Tai Lung and Tigress share their first kiss]], it's stated in the next chapter that when Tai Lung got back to his room, the experience had been so intense and blissful that he'd had to...take matters in paw.
* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler:Chao. Overdone chicken doesn't begin to describe it.]] [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by both Po and Oogway.
* DeadlyHug: Thanks to Xiu's {{Frameup}}, this is what Mei Ling, Xu Mei, and the rest of China believed was the cause of Wu Xuan's death, courtesy of Jia.
* DeadPersonConversation: Though not the only one to do it, Oogway adores this trope.
* DeadSerious: [[spoiler: Zhuang's death]] was intended to demonstrate just how far Xiu and Chao were willing to go just to subjugate the Valley. The death of Chang's son would also count as this, seeing as it occurred chronologically earlier. But the aversion of InfantImmortality was meant more as a proof of how bad Chao was, while the death of [[spoiler:Zhuang]], seeing as he had more CharacterDevelopment and readers had come to like him a great deal, was more of the [[GutPunch sucker punch]] associated with this trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tai Lung must have thought this was scroll 1,001...
* DeathIsDramatic: Played straight with [[spoiler:Zhuang]], subverted with [[spoiler:Shifu]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Tai Lung and Po, though the process is a lot more slowgoing than usual. Once it kicks in, though, they're brothers for life. Also, interestingly, [[spoiler:Jia and Po.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: The first time [[spoiler:Jia]] attempts a HeelFaceTurn, it is thanks to Xiu's threatening the life of a pure innocent (Ping) in order to [[{{Frameup}} frame]] and manipulate Tai Lung. It is in fact her horror and disgust with Xiu's overall methods and acts that contributes to her real HeelFaceTurn--[[AvertedTrope but this was prevented]], up until the end of the story, due to Xiu's [[ManipulativeBitch emotional]] {{Blackmail}}.
* DemonicPossession: Vachir, made worse by the fact we get a front row seat for it happening. Also, [[spoiler:Monkey]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Did I mention you don't have my permission?"
* DespairEventHorizon: Tai Lung almost has one of these when [[spoiler:he has been convicted of killing Zhuang and it appears he's about to be hung]].
* DetectEvil: Yi's ability to see the dark chi.
* DeusExMachina: On a number of occasions Oogway acts as this, most notably when he [[spoiler:spares the life of Mantis]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, because such a thing is practically necessary when going up against the DiabolusExMachina that is Heian Chao. At times the plot can resemble these two masters playing XanatosSpeedChess. It's pretty much a foregone conclusion who wins, but there's plenty of nail-biting suspense, hate-worthy developments, and OhCrap moments to make the reader wonder.
* [[DidntSeeThatComing Didn't See That Coming]]: Xiu never saw coming [[spoiler:her betrayal by Jia]] because she believed her sister was too weak, pathetic, and [[ManipulativeBitch easily manipulated]] due to being [[GoodIsDumb dumb]] and [[GoodIsOldFashioned old-fashioned]] to be driven to a MistreatmentInducedBetrayal, and so could never ''[[{{Pride}} possibly]]'' be a danger. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome She was wrong.]] (Though to be fair, it was TheReveal of [[YouKilledMyFather who really killed their father]], and [[YouAreNotAlone subsequent support from Mei Ling]], that proved to be the proverbial straw.) Similarly, Heian Chao never expected Po to respond to the [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Father]] situation which he engineered through the Wu Sisters by gathering TheCavalry and riding to the rescue, rather than meekly accepting the inevitable. [[JustifiedTrope In his defense]], however, while Chao was quite aware of how Po's IncorruptiblePurePureness was [[MoralityChain changing Tai Lung]] [[PowerOfFriendship for the better]], he had no way of knowing the reverse was also true, causing the panda to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]]--nor that [[BewareTheNiceOnes Po was not as gentle and harmless as he appeared]].
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Chao to Shifu during the final battle.
* DishingOutDirt: Shifu's element is Earth.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Mantis]]
* DistressedDamsel (averted): It's perfectly clear the ladies here can dish it out as good as the men can, even going to the point that while watching Tigress fighting during the final battle, Tai Lung vows he will do his best to never anger her. None of the ladies ever get captured or made helpless, and if so it isn't for long--Mei Ling gets locked in a cell but immediately picks the lock, and the one time Tigress ends up needing a rescue it's only after the Wu Sisters cheated and nearly killed her; even then Zhuang only chases them away to bring her back to the palace and she recovers just fine, fuming all the while. She certainly wasn't helpless at Chorh-Gom--Vachir didn't know what hit him.
* [[DontDoAnythingIWouldntDo Don't Do Anything I Wouldn't Do]]: Mantis, to Crane as he goes on the road with Mei.
* [[DontYouDarePityMe Don't You Dare Pity Me]]: Both Tai Lung and Tigress display this.
* {{Doorstopper}}: While not quite ''WarAndPeace'', the fic certainly makes quite the lengthy novel.
* DoubleSubversion: Near the end of the story, it seems like Master Shifu is dying, in a reference to the ending of the movie--except instead of everyone being [[MistakenForDying clueless like Po]], he really is dying. [[spoiler:But then Mantis succeeds in patching up his injuries so he doesn't die after all--something even Shifu didn't expect, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to his chagrin]].]]
* TheDragon: Xiu, and to a lesser extent Vachir (who as a [[ThePawn Pawn]] is more of a FakeBoss).
** DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler:What Chao tries to do until stopped by Po.]]
* DramaticIrony: Happens a great deal, but notable incidents include [[spoiler:Chao helping Xiu kill Zhuang without knowing he was the SpannerInTheWorks, Chang's message about Vachir, Shifu thinking Mei Ling would be able to exonerate Tai Lung through identifying the snow leopard fur, everyone thinking Monkey was just being naturally belligerent to Tai Lung when he was actually suffering from DemonicPossession, and Zeng speaking to Vachir of the grisly slayings around the Valley.]] There's also Situational Irony, such as the fact [[spoiler:the Wuxi Finger Hold that purged Tai Lung of his rage and insanity also freed Heian Chao]].
** Extending what was revealed in the movie, Shifu reveals why he did not stand up for Tai Lung against Oogway: because the Dragon Scroll was meant for a true hero, but the very reasons Tai Lung was seeking it (to make his father proud of him and be accepted despite being an orphan) would make it impossible for him to attain it--because a true hero is selfless and does things because they are right, not because they will get him something. So not only did Shifu instill in Tai Lung the very character flaws that made him unsuitable to receive the scroll, but it was Tai Lung's own desires for acceptance and love, and the fact that he desired and sought the scroll at all (a selfless person would never consciously try to obtain it), that proved he wasn't the Dragon Warrior; in fact Tigress, Shifu, any of the Five could never have been the Dragon Warrior, because they were all actively trying to earn the scroll. Worst of all, it was Tai Lung's own great love for Shifu, which drove him to do absolutely anything to make him proud of him, that led him to seek the scroll...but when denied it (and seemingly betrayed), [[{{Tragedy}} he then ended up almost killing the one he loved]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Po's dream from the movie turns out to be [[spoiler:a prophecy of the final battle with Chao and his forces]].
* DropTheHammer: [[spoiler:Tai Lung uses a very particular hammer as a weapon...]]
* DrowningMySorrows: What Tai Lung did immediately after being turned down for the Dragon Scroll. While not the trigger for his rampage (that was AllOfTheOtherReindeer BullyingADragon--[[IncrediblyLamePun er, former Dragon Warrior contender?]]), it likely did not help his [[FatalFlaw temper]] either.
** Monkey does this too at the Ghost Festival, almost to the point of DrowningOurRomanticSorrows (except he drinks alone rather than with his rival) as a result of [[INeedAFreakingDrink having to watch]] [[spoiler:the woman he loves drawing closer to a reformed villain]]...thus leading to AlcoholInducedIdiocy and [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]].
* DuelToTheDeath: More than once, though mostly the final battle.
* DyingAlone: Averted with Vachir. At first this is an [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] aversion, since being trapped on the ledge with him means Tigress and Tai Lung have no choice but to [[StayWithMeUntilIDie stay with him until he dies]]. But once they realize he was under DemonicPossession, his story is shared, and there is forgiveness and understanding passed between them, it becomes a genuinely heartfelt version of averting this trope. Though not quite an UnbrokenVigil, they do show Vachir [[YouAreNotAlone he is not alone]], promise to fulfill his LastRequest, say they will make him FamedInStory so people will know he died a hero, and of course there is a MeaningfulFuneral afterward. One of the most [[TearJerker emotional moments]] in the story--as well as proving, even before TheFinalTemptation, that Tai Lung has completed his HeelFaceTurn.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Vachir]]
* DyingClue: [[spoiler:Zhuang]] leaves one of these, in his own blood since he [[CouldntFindAPen Couldn't Find a Brush]]. Unlike most examples, it was neither incomplete, unclear, nor lacking knowledge--simply hidden and misplaced for a while.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Zhuang. Not only does he see through Chao's dark chi to see who is really killing him (not Tai Lung), he [[SpitefulSpit spits in Xiu's face]]...and as he's dying, [[DyingClue leaves behind a hidden message]] [[CouldntFindAPen in his own blood]] naming his true killer.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The whole point of the story; it's really the only way to justify giving a former villain whom many consider irredeemable everything he ever wanted (save the Dragon Scroll) without making him a DracoInLeatherPants at the same time. The characters in fact all get put through the wringer, but everything works out just fine in the end.
* TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay: While this could describe overall the way Tigress treats Tai Lung and his path to redemption, she actually invokes the trope name during the raising of the Thread of Hope.
* ElementalBaggage: [[spoiler:Both Tai Lung and Po learn to summon their elements from within and the air itself, respectively. They can also use fire or water that's already nearby (the braziers, the Pool of Sacred Tears).]]
* ElementalPowers: The story builds off of Tai Lung's fiery rampage near the end of the film, claiming that high level Kung Fu masters can use their chi to manipulate elements. Shifu uses earth, Tai Lung is fire, and Po is water. [[spoiler:Heian Chao can manipulate ice.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Chun
* EmpathyDollShot: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Monkey [[spoiler:while under DemonicPossession]] to try and engender hatred against Tai Lung for the children he supposedly murdered on his way from Chorh-Gom to the Valley. Also plays into the poignancy of the story of Tigress's doll and rescue from her ruined house after the earthquake, which Tai Lung [[PetTheDog has fixed for her]]. Played with at the village of Qinghe, where the abandoned dolls merely attest to the children who fled along with their parents to escape Vachir's slaughter. [[spoiler:Although it may also be subverted, [[FridgeHorror if any of those children were killed and then raised as zombies]]...]]
* TheEnd: The fic ends with the more sophisticated "[[GratuitousFrench Fin]]". This is less likely to let the readers know it was over and more likely as an artistic flourish to go with the story's epic nature.
* EngineeredHeroics: Tai Lung considers this early on as a way to convince Tigress and the villagers that he has changed or is willing to; luckily he realizes the dangers of this and opts out, proving that amazingly he never suffered from HeroSyndrome--or if he did, he grew out of it after learning the Dragon Scroll would never be his (or give him what he wanted), so why bother trying to be the center of attention?
* EpiphanyTherapy: Averted for the most part. Tai Lung didn't get forgiven just like that, nor did he get over his hangups about Po or his temper right away. Po didn't get over [[spoiler:what he learns about his dad]], and so on. The only moment where the trope seems to be played straight is when Xiulan gets over her anger at Tai Lung...but that is still justified because [[spoiler:she'd just experienced Chao's evil possession so now she knows there's someone worse who was actually responsible for her losses]]. An unusual literal usage of AWizardDidIt to justify this! Also, Chao's possession has a rather neat side-effect in that it gives his victims an up-close and personal view of their [[BeneathTheMask inner monster]], and it's pretty damn hard to keep hating someone once you realize just how hateworthy ''[[NotSoDifferent you]]'' are.
* EroticDream: Tai Lung has one about Tigress, which in a rather delicious BaitAndSwitch is at first implied to be AllJustADream, or perhaps a DreamWithinADream...except it turns out ThatWasNotADream, since instead of making out with Tigress [[spoiler:it was Jia]]. [[OhCrap And Tigress catches him]]. For added fun, this same 'dream' turns up again later as the real thing, causing Tai Lung to understandably test Tigress to make sure it's really her with [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay Something Only She Would Say]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: All the original characters get one, but of particular note is Tai Lung first meeting Xiulan's eyes, as well as the conversation with Zhuang at the Ghost Festival. Heian Chao also gets points for creeping the hell out of everyone who's read the story, with some even calling him the best villain they'd ever seen...[[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen except they]] ''[[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen didn't]]'' [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen see him]], since his first appearance did not even identify his name or species, [[TheFaceless let alone show his face]]. Talk about atmospherics.
* EurekaMoment: A number, particularly when Tai Lung finally figures out [[HolyBurnsEvil how to defeat Chao]] [[spoiler:(helped along by the obviousness of Po's fur colors)]], but one of the best is the scene where the heroes find the scroll Shifu [[TheChessmaster left behind]] identifying who their enemy truly was, and suddenly Tai and Po figure out, if not everything, then a good majority of the plot and the source of Chao's powers, [[HeterosexualLifePartners to the point they're]] FinishingEachOthersSentences.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She may have been a [[PsychoForHire sociopath]], but the discovery of a RoomFullOfCrazy and [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession what it revealed]] [[MoreThanMindControl about Monkey]]]] did startle and shock ''Xiu''. Though this may have been partly due to how Chao's plans [[RightHandVersusLeftHand seemed to be running counter to what he'd told her]], thus [[ItsAllAboutMe depriving her of the chance to gain Tai Lung's allegiance]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Although Tigress denies it with her dying breath until the latter fourth of the story (and Tai Lung both sees it and strives for it almost from day one), by the end of the story everyone can indeed see that Tai Lung and Tigress belong together, even Jia. [[AndZoidberg Well, everyone except poor Crane]]. In this case, however, Tigress being unable to see it is not being ObliviousToLove but her [[ReformedButRejected refusing to believe he had truly changed]] so as to be worthy of her, as well as overall [[SubvertedTrope resistance to the idea that]] AllGirlsWantBadBoys.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Or at least, Crane, Mei Ling, and the Wu Sisters did.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Played with. Chao knows exactly what gives the Dragon Warrior his power, and is well aware of ThePowerOfLove, but he tends to be so arrogant that he thinks his own power can overcome them. [[spoiler:He's wrong.]] Xiu on the other hand plays it entirely straight. Chao does have one moment where he falls prey to this, however: after [[spoiler:killing Chang's son while possessing Vachir and trying to blame Tai Lung by saying it was all part of a trap for him]], he believes ThePowerOfHate and a desire for {{Revenge}} will make Chang turn on the snow leopard even more and help lead a lynch mob against him. [[spoiler:Again, he's wrong.]]
* EvilFeelsGood: Chao and Xiu again, since it [[{{Squick}} literally gives them feelings of ecstasy]]. [[spoiler:Chao is also able to inspire feelings of sexual desire, it seems, in those whose chi he influences--perhaps to the point of [[NoYay being aroused himself by Vachir]].]]
* EvilGloating: Chao and Xiu ''again'', though Chao does it more.
* EvilSoundsDeep[=/=]PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: Played with; Chao's voice, even when not the VoiceOfTheLegion, is indeed made deeper by the incredible mystical power he has absorbed and mastered, but his original voice was deep to begin with.
* ExactEavesdropping: Played with. While a number of conversations get overheard, just about every one is justifiably important and relevant--Crane listening in on Shifu and Tigress discussing Tai Lung happens precisely ''because'' Crane [[InvokedTrope knew they were going to talk about him]] and he considered the matter important enough to eavesdrop, and Jia, in turn, had [[HopelessSuitor a vested interest]] in listening in to any conversations between Tai Lung and Tigress. This, as well as Po's two accidental examples in Chapter 16 and Mantis's in Chapter 24, also occur because the plot-relevant information in question, the status of Tai Lung and Tigress's relationship, is something [[JustifiedTrope very likely to be discussed]] on a regular basis due to the snow leopard being such a {{Determinator}} about the matter (or because the eavesdropper was [[PassThePopcorn extremely interested]] in the topic). Po hearing Tai Lung and Tigress discuss her time at Bao Gu, of course, happens because [[CaptainObvious they're actually standing in said orphanage]], after Tigress tried to avoid giving away her connection to it. Aside from these conversations, [[AvertedTrope no critical plot information]] (such as, say, the BigBad's plans) is passed on through eavesdropping.
* ExactWords: Chao gives Xiu exactly what she asked for, but neglected to mention the price, and when he [[spoiler:ages Jia]] it's a reversal of what she asked for. Comes close to being a JackassGenie.
* {{Expy}}: The Wu Sisters start out as this of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Ozai's Angels]], with Xiu standing in for Azula, Chun as Mai, and Jia as Ty Lee. They aren't exact copies, but the author does have a fair amount of fun with this, and they drop a lot of familiar lines. They also end up growing and developing as characters in their own right.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Chang, very painfully.]]
* FacePalm: Both Tai Lung and Shifu do this.
* FakeoutEscape: The Wu Sisters use this on Mei Ling near the end of the story, in the "hiding out of sight, knocks out/locks in the guard" version of the trope. However, despite the mountain cat [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy falling for it]], Xiu in turn [[OutGambitted underestimates]] Mei Ling, who [[CrazyPrepared happened to have]] her father's lockpicks with her, which the snow leopardess likely had never known existed.
* FallingInLoveMontage: Chapter 25, where Tai Lung is shown following the various romance advice given by Viper in the previous chapter to woo Tigress, particularly everything following the doll scene. A shorter, more understated version occurs in Chapter 32 when they are returning from Chorh-Gom and he is trying to cheer her up after [[spoiler:Mantis]]'s death.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Every single freaking one.
* {{Fanservice}}: In-story, both Viper and Jia don't waste any opportunity to ogle at muscular Tai Lung [[spoiler:and later on, the Emperor, who is basically what you get if you cross a bodybuilder, a tiger, and Sean Connery, without the accent]].
* FastballSpecial: Inverted when [[TheLancer Tai Lung]] hurls [[TheBigGuy Po]] at Heian Chao for a two-fisted strike, but played straight when Po later hurls Tai Lung [[spoiler:to kick the Golden Spear through Chao]].
* FatalFlaw: All over the place. Tai Lung and Tigress still have those bad tempers, and Shifu really, really needs parenting classes. [[spoiler:Monkey's feelings for Tigress]] are exploited, as is Vachir's hatred of Tai Lung--[[FlawExploitation exploiting fatal flaws]] is what Chao does. You could also say Chao has a fatal flaw in that [[WeakenedByTheLight he's weak]] [[HolyBurnsEvil against holy]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Xiu somehow manages to survive everything thrown at her to the point of making Michael Myers look bad, but she ends up catatonic and yet, very possibly, conscious, jailed with her equally psychotic mother.]] The Weis also experienced one of these: [[spoiler:left suspended from grappling hooks from the ceiling of their basement, slowly and agonizingly bleeding to death]], the villain living off of and growing powerful from their fear, horror, and pain, while being forced to look at their dead son, until he finally allowed them to die. Luckily, they get freed from this.
* FightOffTheKryptonite: An unusual villainous example--Heian Chao succeeds in resisting the power of Oogway's holy chi, at least long enough to [[spoiler:mortally injure Shifu]].
* FinalBattle: And it's a doozie, involving absolutely everyone ([[KilledOffForReal who's still alive, that is]]--[[spoiler:and even one who was [[NotQuiteDead presumed dead]]]]).
* TheFinalTemptation: While Chao doesn't use an actual vision, the moment when he comes to Tai Lung in his cell, offering him freedom from prison and the false charge against him, as well as what he's always dreamed of (heroism, fame, powers which no one else has) [[WeCanRuleTogether if he will only join him]] very much has the same flavor. [[spoiler:And as more proof he has truly changed, Tai Lung, though tempted, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kicks him to the curb]].]] Also doubles as a WhatYouAreInTheDark moment.
* FireForgedFriends: Po and Tai Lung.
* FirstNameBasis: For a good portion of the story, Tai Lung refuses to call Po by his given name to his face, either referring to him as "panda" or (after accepting the truth) "Dragon Warrior". However, after a critical moment when [[spoiler:Po is on the verge of dying in front of him]], the snow leopard finally calls him by name for the first time. From then on out, while he still uses his other terms of address, Po's first name is used by Tai Lung much more frequently and willingly. Key moment of CharacterDevelopment.
* {{Flashback}}: A number of these occur, the majority memories of Tai Lung's from when he was in Chorh-Gom, or other events from his past, though one is to Chun's past relating [[spoiler:how the Wu Sisters knew Po's biological parents]], another is a flashback to a conversation [[ShapedLikeItself about that very past]] which happened offscreen, and another is a HowWeGotHere after the events in Yunxian start InMediasRes (which ''also'' includes another conversation about the past).
* FlashbackNightmare: Tai Lung has a recurring one about the night he rampaged across the valley after being denied the Dragon Scroll.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Partially plays into how Tigress finally falls for Tai Lung, when she is his patient. [[HoYay Could also play into how Tai Lung finally admits his friendship for Po]].
* {{Foil}}: Po and Tai Lung. Not only are they opposites already in [[RedOniBlueOni the panda's amiable, friendly, laid-back demeanor vs. Tai Lung's arrogance, harshness, and fiery temper]], and in the ways in which they approach kung fu, but they also represent the opposite sides of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. What makes this more heartwarming and powerful is how, as Tai Lung becomes Po's friend (and admits it), the snow leopard not only becomes protective of the panda but seems to admire his innocence and idealism. A case could even be made that before his FaceHeelTurn, Tai Lung was just as much a heroic idealist and that getting to know Po has reminded him of what he used to believe in, a window into who he used to be...and can be again, now that he has someone to protect and fight for.
-->''This was the fellow who, despite only having become the Dragon Warrior a little over three months ago, knew every detail of every kung fu legend, battle, and warrior, even things Tai Lung himself had forgotten or never bothered to learn. If anyone exemplified the philosophy Oogway had always insisted lay at the core of kung fu, it was Po, he lived and breathed it every day.''
-->''And he in turn had taught Tai Lung more things than he could ever have expected—about compassion and love, generosity and good will, forgiveness and acceptance, but most of all what was truly important in life. Fine, Po's zany humor, odd slang, and laughably child-like way of looking at the world could truly grate on his nerves...but by the same token, his innocence was something refreshing, something that made the spotted feline wonder—no, '''demand'''—why the world couldn't be as simple as the Dragon Warrior saw it.''
-->''It had been Po's mercy and friendship that saved him, in more ways than one, he had learned to release so much baggage and stressful burdens thanks to the panda. And marveling at the determination and perseverance they both had in spades, he understood that Po's words to him in his cell over his father's noodles—words he had refused to accept then—were undeniably true: they '''did''' have so much in common. Without him even realizing it, Po had become like a brother to him. At times an annoying, ridiculous little brother, one he sometimes wanted to chuck out the window and whom he felt obligated to tease and belittle as only older brothers could do. But a brother all the same.''
* ForcedIntoEvil: Jia, who is also therefore a Type IV AntiVillain, due to being coerced into her life as an assassin (and believing [[TrappedInVillainy she has no way out of it]]) by Xiu.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Aside from the various [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] littered throughout the story, this occurs a number of times, such as the implication of what would have happened if Zhuang had seen the Wu Sisters (and they him) during his rescue of Tigress ([[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode it isn't good]]]]), [[spoiler:Monkey getting possessed right after Po warned him about wandering spirits the night of the Ghost Festival]], and [[spoiler:Tai Lung losing his dark chi thanks to the acupuncture session pointing ahead to what happens when Vachir gets stabbed]]. But the two best examples, one obvious and one not, would be:
--> '''Viper''', ''regarding the Five'': Still, I think if you give them enough time, and they get to know you better, things might change.
--> '''Tai Lung''': Yes, and the Emperor will arrive on his palanquin tomorrow to pardon me in person. And when the New Year arrives, I'll suddenly have more good luck and prosperity than I can shake a stick at. Oh, and all the pigs in the Valley will sprout wings, too. [[spoiler:(Guess he'd better start looking for someone to CueTheFlyingPigs.)]]

::And this bit from Monkey's thoughts:

--> No, the familial love and firm, unshakable trust between them was as dead and buried as Tai Lung's cubhood, or the thousand rhinos he had killed escaping Chorh-Gom. And, Monkey privately believed, as dead as the goodness and loyalty the snow leopard had once possessed. [[spoiler:(NightOfTheLivingMooks, anyone? Also, none of those things stay dead and buried, since even Tai Lung gets to meet his past self in a sort of reverse FutureMeScaresMe situation. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Which is never mentioned again]].)]]
** A subtle example from Chapter 11: not only is the wind which nearly costs Tai Lung his life when it knocks him from the Thread of Hope an early attempt by Chao to kill him (note the direction it blows from), but [[spoiler:its frigid nature is a hint at Chao's [[AnIcePerson ability with ice chi]]]].
** Another subtle example: in Chapter 5, when Po is teasing Tai Lung about dousing him with cold water to help wash off the stink of twenty years in Chorh-Gom, Tai Lung seems to freak at the idea--not because of the [[AnimalStereotypes cat stereotype]] of cats hating water, but because it is ''freezing''. This becomes poignant and even [[FridgeHorror rather upsetting in hindsight]], instead of funny, however, when you discover what was done to Tai by Vachir while he was in prison...
* ForYourOwnGood: This is the reason, it turns out, that Tai Lung was a DoorstopBaby--to give him to a family who would raise him as a good and noble warrior like his father, and who could actually take care of him (due to not having too many mouths to feed and not enough money).
* FourIsDeath: In the Wu Sisters' introductory scene, Xiu is idly rolling dice on the table; one of the numbers which comes up is four. It may also be noted that the Sisters plus Vachir gives Chao four followers, and [[spoiler:seemingly]] killing off [[spoiler:Mantis]] may have been an attempt to invoke bad luck in the FinalBattle, with there only being [[spoiler:the Furious Four]]. And Xiu actually makes the pinyin for four on Wu Dan, when discussing how she loves killing and wants Chao's chi power so she can do even more. In a meta-aversion, however, Chapter 4 in which Tigress goes storming off to Tai Lung's cell does not in fact involve the leader of the Five gutting the snow leopard.
* {{Frameup}}: Chao's last major gambit before the FinalBattle--[[spoiler:possessing Xiu and influencing Xiulan with his dark chi, so as to make it [[LieToTheBeholder look to her]] that it is Tai Lung killing her husband.]] And it would have worked if not for [[SpannerInTheWorks Zhuang]], [[ClearTheirName Crane]], [[TheChosenOne Po]], and [[DeusExMachina Oogway]].
* FreudianSlip: As the heroes are preparing to go face Chao for the FinalBattle (complete with VerbalBackspace):
-->'''Tai Lung''': So he's a wizard, so sodding what? He's still mortal, he's still got a body, he can still be killed if we can [[ItsPersonal just get my paws]]--I mean, our paws, on him!
* FriendshipMoment: Tai Lung and Po a whole lot. To give credit, although Tai Lung has [[FriendshipMoment Friendship Moments]] with Po since fairly early on, he ends up finally saying out loud that Po is his friend in chapter 22, and his coming to save Po from Chao during the final battle surely counts as such a moment. Po and [[spoiler:Jia]] also get some of these, as do Tai Lung and some others, such as Zhuang.
* FurryDenial: A number of times, whether aloud or in his thoughts, Tai Lung refers to himself as human, and a few other characters do as well. [[WildMassGuessing This may, however]], be due to the notion that in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' 'verse, anthropomorphic animals take the place of humans.
* FurryReminder: On the other hand, the fact the characters are animals is actually lampshaded a few times. Aside from the CarnivoreConfusion[=/=]JustEatHim moment mentioned above, Mei Ling's ability to identify others by scent is a plot-critical element twice, once when exonerating Tai Lung of [[spoiler:nearly killing Po]], and once when trying ([[FailureIsTheOnlyOption but failing]]) to prove to the KangarooCourt he didn't [[spoiler:kill Zhuang]]. Viper's cold-bloodedness and the BlackWidow tendencies of female mantises are also referenced.
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[[folder: Tropes G-I]]

* GeekyTurnon: If by 'geeky' you mean InLoveWithYourCarnage[=/=]InterplayOfSexAndViolence, then this very much describes how [[BloodKnight Tai Lung]] [[AmazonChaser reacts to]] [[ActionGirl Tigress]] when he discovers she's [[spoiler:hidden a sword alongside her leg]] and is about to use it on [[spoiler:Vachir]]. The only thing that prevents it from turning into an outright EngagingConversation is their circumstances (mid-battle) and him wanting to wait until she clearly returns his feelings.
-->'''Tai Lung''': Gods, [[ShoutOut I love you]].
-->'''Tigress''': [[Franchise/StarWars I know]].
* GenerationXerox: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] UpToEleven with Zeng, who is from a long line of Jade Palace messengers all the way back to the time Oogway had it built. A CallBack to Ping and his long line of noodle chefs.
* GenreSavvy: Tai Lung gets quite a bit of mileage making fun of Chao's villainy, as does Crane with his black cloak. Tigress expecting the villain to seduce her also counts.
* GenreShift: When Chao finally sets his plan in motion, the story makes a huge turn into this trope. "I thought this was a kung fu movie; when did Bram Stoker start writing it??"
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Viper uses this, along with YouDidTheRightThing, to snap Po out of his HeroicBSOD near the end of the story.
* GetARoom: Vachir's response (natch) to Tai Lung and Tigress's sexual bantering.
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: Mostly averted--aside from being held prisoner until he agrees to try and atone, Tai Lung is also always haunted by what he did and so could be said to never truly be free. Neither he nor anyone influenced by Chao is allowed to be excused of their actions, either, since it was only MoreThanMindControl.
* AGodAmI: One of Heian Chao's main current motivations, which results in a great deal of fury when it is thwarted. Also, Xiu [[spoiler:after Chao possesses her briefly to kill Zhuang]].
* GondorCallsForAid (subverted): See ImpededMessenger.
* GoodFeelsGood: Tai Lung gets to experience and enjoy doing good things, including normal, everyday things not related to kung fu, particularly carpentry and looking after children. Most if not all of this was [[ChessMaster engineered by Shifu under the guise of lessons]].
* GoodHurtsEvil: The Golden Spear hurts those who aren't [[OnlyThePureOfHeart pure of heart]]. [[spoiler:Xiu learns this [[HolyBurnsEvil the hard way]], as does Chao.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: The reason Tai Lung can be a hero, and [[spoiler:use the Golden Spear]], yet still retain his character flaws, snarkiness, and JerkAss tendencies. Possibly related to PureIsNotGood.
* [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Grandpa What Massive Hotness You Have]]: Despite being as old, if not older than Shifu, Emperor Chen is basically an anthropomorphic version of Sean Connery built like a professional bodybuilder.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: It becomes very difficult for the Heroes to face Vachir when it's pointed out that he is technically one of the good guys simply trying to punish Tai Lung. The fact the snow leopard still did a lot of horrible things during the rampage, he knows it, and on some level believes he deserves to be punished for it, only muddies the waters even more. A very realistic way of showing answers in life aren't always easy, and pretty much unavoidable when TheAtoner has to deal with an InspectorJavert who is, on some level, ''right''.
* GroinAttack: A number of these were used on Vachir at Chorh-Gom. Xiu also pulls one on Tai Lung during the final battle, and on Po at Wu Dan.
* HallOfMirrors: [[spoiler:During the final battle, Tigress and Chun fight amidst crystals that act like this. And Chun proves her intelligence by refusing to make the navigational mistakes most fictional characters do.]]
* HammyHerald: [[{{Otaku}} Po]] does this for Tai Lung during the time the latter is deciding whether or not to accept Shifu's offer, presumably to remind people of the good things he had done. However, hearing "Make way for the Master of the Thousand Scrolls!" instead makes it so, in the words of Crane of all people, the panda would be "hogtied, slashed with the Thousand Cuts of Death, and left beneath dripping water for days on end; it was just a matter of who got to him first."
* HandBehindHead: Once he's gone through CharacterDevelopment (mostly of the falling-in-love sort, but also learning to be humble and to care about others besides himself), Tai Lung does this a great deal, particularly around Tigress.
* HangoverSensitivity: Monkey the morning after the Ghost Festival: wishing "Mantis didn't walk so loudly through the bunkhouse" and then later begging for a spare hat from Crane to shade his eyes.
* HatePlague:
** [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s infection as it spreads to the Five.
** Later used on the entire Valley in tandem with PeoplePuppets.
* HaveYouComeToGloat: At the very start of the story, when Shifu comes to visit Tai Lung's cell at the Jade Palace after the Wuxi Finger Hold, the snow leopard accuses his father of this.
* TheHecateSisters[=/=]TheThreeFacesOfEve: Because they are [[{{Expy}} based off of]] WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender's Dangerous Ladies, the Wu Sisters fit both of these tropes--Jia, the [[CloudCuckoolander playful and silly]] Child/Maiden; Xiu, the [[MyBelovedSmother manipulative and controlling]] Mother/Seductress (though Jia also has aspects of the latter); and Chun, the sensible and capable Wife/cynical and [[EmotionlessGirl unemotional]] Crone.
* HeDidntMakeIt: [[spoiler:Mantis]]
* HeelFaceTurn: The story's main premise is focusing on this trope for Tai Lung. [[spoiler:Later on, Jia does this, and Chun edges towards it slightly but ends up averting it.]]
* HeirClubForMen: Tai Lung's original motivation to romance Tigress, thankfully dropped once he a) wised up as to the dangers of this and b) actually fell in love.
* HeroicBSOD: Po almost has one of these when he learns [[spoiler:his parents were thieves and murderers]] and again when Chao reveals to him [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero his use of the Wuxi Finger Hold also set him free]]]]. Luckily, he gets better.
* HeroicResolve: Tai Lung and Po both have this.
* HeroicSacrifice: Averted, although [[spoiler:Tai Lung [[TakingYouWithMe would have done it]] if it proved necessary]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: By the end of the story, a strong case could be made for this regarding Po and Tai Lung. Among the highlights: Tai Lung first coming to see Po as his friend [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect while helping the panda recover from a life-threatening injury]]; [[RealMenCook cooking]] [[ThroughHisStomach together]]; StrangeMindsThinkAlike, FinishingEachOthersSentences...
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen[=/=]TheFaceless: Chao doesn't reveal his face until near the end. Also, the reader doesn't even get to know his species or name for a while.
* HiddenDepths: Jia isn't just the silly girl she seems on the surface. Also Viper isn't always the civilized girl she appears to be. [[spoiler:She can be pretty wicked too. Is demonstrated at the end of her fight with Chun at Wu Dan. Viper's words and actions do surprise Po and even her girlfriend Tigress to such an extent that they agree to tell no one else anything about what happened.]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Jia again, and definitely Tai Lung as well.
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Chao's body was imprisoned in the Vault of Heroes, and thus was under the Jade Palace--and everyone's noses--all along.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Jia, for Tai Lung.
* HopeSpot: Occurs at various points throughout the story, particularly during battles, but two clear ones occur at Chorh-Gom. First, when Tigress and Tai Lung have sent Vachir flying down a bridge to slam into a wall and the two cats congratulate themselves (Tai Lung even starts TemptingFate and thinking they were going to win), only for Vachir to pull free of the wall and reveal [[ImplacableMan he wasn't even injured]]. Second, a short time later: after horribly beating and injuring Vachir in a near (and quite deserved) RoaringRampageOfRevenge, it seems Tai Lung will win...only for Chao's dark chi to heal everything the snow leopard did to him. OhCrap would describe Tai Lung's reaction nicely.
* HotBlooded: Despite going through a HeelFaceTurn, Tai Lung just seems unable to rid himself of this trope, although he does get better by the end. Tigress also counts, although in one aversion of this (and contrary to her first battle with Xiu which shows she [[CharacterDevelopment learned her lesson]]), her encounter with [[EmotionlessGirl Chun]] during the FinalBattle is a sword fight that is described as calm, clever, and coolly calculated--which is a big part of why she wins it.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Tai Lung and Tigress, regarding [[spoiler:Shifu]]. Tigress also pulls this on Tai Lung.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Tai Lung couldn't master fire chi right away. Even aside from his initial difficulties at Wu Dan, he was also constantly struggling to control it ([[HotBlooded and his temper]]) during his fight with Vachir and at several other points thereafter; it isn't until the final battle, with assistance from Po, that he learns to do so. However, Po's learning of water chi also took some time, seeing as it required him to learn to give in to and express his emotions rather than be the polite and proper waiter Ping raised him to be. And even with the instruction of Tai Lung, Mei Ling, Crane, and later Tigress, it also still took him a month and a half to more skillfully and masterfully learn more advanced kung fu.
* HowMuchDidYouHear: Chang, when Shifu reveals he'd been standing in the palace doorway listening to him confront Tai Lung.
* HypocriticalHumor: The Wu Sisters tease Tai Lung about him being old enough to be their grandfather...when in fact they aren't much younger than he is, having been in their late teens or early twenties when Crane and Mei Ling were in school twenty years ago. The teasing, of course, is merely meant to annoy and anger the snow leopard who is sensitive about his age.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: “Quit hitting yourself!” Said by Viper, [[spoiler:while battering Chun senseless with her own paw at Wu Dan.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]], when Tai Lung explains to Po why it's good to be ambidextrous.
* ICanExplain: [[spoiler:Tai Lung and Tigress, when Shifu [[ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime walks in on them]] after they've... well, you know.]] Also earlier, when Tigress [[InterruptedIntimacy caught him with Jia]]. A RunningGag for the fic.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Vachir, to the point that though [[DrivenToSuicide he wishes he could kill himself to escape Chao]], he can't. [[spoiler:Eventually leads to Tai Lung's MercyKill of him.]]
* [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me!]]: So very much Crane's feelings toward Mei Ling. [[spoiler:Happens also with Po toward Jia:]]
-->''[[spoiler:[[WontTakeYesForAnAnswer "Well, of course, I can understand why you'd feel that way," Po said reasonably, even as his shoulders sank and his whole expression became downcast. "I'm just a big klutz, an' I need t' lose weight, an' grow up, an' grow a pair, an'—" He broke off, finally realizing what she'd actually said. "Wait—you were? You were? Really, truly?"]]]]''
-->''[[spoiler:For answer, Jia leaped toward him without warning. The panda only had time for a brief flail as he caught her in both arms, and then as she planted a forceful, fervent kiss on his muzzle he fell back, wind milling, right into the river shallows.]]''
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Another aspect of Chao's justification for his study of BlackMagic and his [[MoralEventHorizon subsequent actions]], though it is highly questionable that it truly was necessary, or whether he truly believes this any more.
* IGotYouCovered: Po to Tai Lung during the final battle.
* IHaveYourWife (or in this case, father): Variation. Instead of kidnapping Ping to force Po to do something nasty, the villain's plan is to enforce ''inaction'', namely keeping the Dragon Warrior out of the FinalBattle so that Tai Lung and the others [[ForWantOfANail will be doomed to failure]]. Between Po immediately breaking the rules by informing Tigress and Viper, and his choice [[BigDamnHeroes to come to the rescue]] instead of sitting on his hands, things don't work out [[DidntSeeThatComing as Chao had hoped]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight (subverted): [[spoiler:Mantis thought he could pull it on Monkey at Chorh-Gom but it didn't work. [[HisStoryRepeatsItself And it didn't work for Dog and Chao either]].]]
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Much of the interactions between Heian Chao and the Wu Sisters are like this, partly because of the RightHandVersusLeftHand principle, partly because [[ForTheEvulz they just enjoy toying with each other that much]] and fooling each other (or trying to) into believing the other is the one in charge.
* ILikeMyXLikeILikeMyY: Tai Lung likes both his tea and women strong and hot.
* IShallTauntYou: Chao and Xiu love this trope.
* [[IveComeTooFar I've Come Too Far]]: Tai Lung and Chao, for different reasons.
* IWantGrandkids: Once he has it clear that Tai Lung and Tigress become a couple, Shifu falls into this trope, both in words and in hints like knitting baby clothing.
* IceCreamKoan: “So, think of your life as a glass half-full of love?”
* AnIcePerson: [[spoiler:Chao's elemental ability.]]
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Monkey, to Tigress]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: Xiu, to Tai Lung
-->'''Xiu''', ''after'' ''[[spoiler:having cut Po's throat but left Tai Lung mostly alone]]'': Who said I was after ''you''?
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Monkey to Tai Lung
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Implied to be why Tai Lung won't kill Vachir, then stated outright when Vachir taunts him about it. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since if Tai Lung really were to kill him, and through a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, this would leave him susceptible to Chao's DemonicPossession. Having someone else kill Vachir prevents this, while also ensuring there is no KarmaHoudini nor a continued slaughter of innocents.
** A less prominent example also occurs on Wu Dan, when Viper refrains from killing Chun, as that would "make her no better than the Wu Sisters."
* IgnoringBySinging: Tai Lung does this in Oogway's room, as a form of BrainBleach when they discover Oogway's love letters. He comes close to doing so [[CallBack again]] at the very end of the story, when the turtle's ghost makes reference to his thoughts on Tigress were he younger (and alive).
* ImmortalityImmorality: Chao, in spades.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Chao
* ImpactSilhouette: Tai Lung does this to Chao during the final battle. He and Tigress also do it to Vachir at Chorh-Gom.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Chao]]
* ImpededMessenger: [[GondorCallsForAid The message to the Emperor]] [[SubvertedTrope never gets there]], as Zeng gets captured.
* ImplacableMan: [[DemonicPossession Possessed]] Vachir. Not only did he continue to approach the Valley inexorably in his pursuit of Tai Lung and twisted murder spree, but during the battle at Chorh-Gom he refused to die, give up, or back down--surviving any and all injuries dealt to him thanks to the healing provided by Chao's dark chi and getting back up after countless attacks which should have killed him or knocked him unconscious.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Po and Viper seem pretty much immune to Chao's corruption. On the other hand, Jia is normally a very sweet and kind woman, but Xiu corrupted her into becoming an assassin out of fear and blackmail, so she averted the trope.
* InfantImmortality: Painfully averted. Not only do we learn (and witness!) that Chao murdered children [[PoweredByAForsakenChild so as to become the greatest chi master in existence]], but [[spoiler:an innocent child is one of those killed during his rampage while possessing Vachir, and we are later shown in graphic detail just what was done to him]].
* InformedAbility: While Mei Ling's word (and her own inherited abilities) are fairly good testimonials, it's sadly the case that the reader never gets to see her father Wu Xuan's great warrior prowess.
* InTheBack: How Wu Xuan died. [[spoiler:And how Jia betrays Xiu, [[LaserGuidedKarma fittingly enough]].]]
* InTheBlood: Tai Lung, Mei Ling, the Wu Sisters, and to an extent, Po. Tai Lung is afraid his darkness is in the blood, but it turns out it's his fighting ability. Interestingly the same is also true of Po. Jia and Chun are convinced being assassins is in their blood and will always make them evil and distrusted, while Mei has in fact inherited her father's fighting prowess.
* InLoveWithLove[=/=]LovingAShadow: Tigress accused Tai Lung of this, and she was right.
* InsistentTerminology: "And for th' last time, they're ''action figures''!"
* InterruptedIntimacy: Poor Tai Lung. First while [[EroticDream dreaming of Tigress]] he is interrupted [[ThatWasNotADream only to find himself]] [[spoiler:with Jia]] instead...and caught by the actual Tigress. Then in the CallBack to this same scene, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]] since he and Tigress [[ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime get walked in on by Shifu]]...
* InterspeciesRomance: Crane and Mei Ling. [[spoiler:And Po and Jia.]]
** Tigress and Tai Lung also count, but at least they're compatible enough to have cubs.
* InVinoVeritas: Played with. Getting [[OffTheWagon drunk at the Ghost Festival]] doesn't really bring out of Monkey anything the reader hadn't already seen, since other than a few caustic remarks he mostly keeps his resentful thoughts about Tai Lung to himself, nor does it change his personality in any way. However it does lead to the AlcoholInducedIdiocy of [[spoiler:wandering around alone on the night when the dead are said to walk and want the bodies of the living]] and lowers his inhibitions enough to make [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]] easier...which [[MoreThanMindControl could be said to have brought on]] a permanent distillation, inversion, and exaggeration of his feelings.
* IronicEcho: "There are no accidents." [[spoiler:Spoken by the BigBad.]]
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Vachir's final moments [[spoiler:before Tai Lung gives him a MercyKill]] partake of this, once he realizes he and Tai Lung are NotSoDifferent and the snow leopard promises to fulfill his LastRequest.
-->'''Vachir''': [[FamousLastWords Give 'em hell for me, Tai]].
* ItsAllMyFault: Tai Lung feels this way about the events at Chorh-Gom, both because he went into it for {{Revenge}} and tried to keep the others away out of DontYouDarePityMe rather than for honor or [[HeroBall just doing the right thing]], and because he didn't admit to himself or them that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Vachir could still be alive]] and behind what was going on; despite being [[AWizardDidIt made to forget or dismiss what he knew of Chao]], he also blames himself for not telling anyone.
** Po also blames himself for some of what happens since as the cook he should have [[spoiler:gone to Monkey's room to collect dishes and thus learned about his DemonicPossession sooner]] and he was learning about chi from Mantis and Shifu. Perhaps with a bit more cause, the panda also blames himself during the FinalBattle since [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero his usage of the Wuxi Finger Hold]] [[SealedEvilInACan also freed Chao]]]]. This last is of course denied by Oogway, since he was the one who didn't tell anyone about Chao and [[spoiler:[[RegularlyScheduledEvil Chao was likely to break free on his own eventually anyway]]]]. He also stressed Po's action as the thing that actually saved them all in the end since [[YinYangBomb it enabled Tai Lung's redemption]] and [[TheUnchosenOne he was needed to stop Chao]].
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Implied, and averted in Tigress being a badass who can take care of herself just fine, and Tai Lung knows it. This also plays into why Tai Lung tries to leave the Five and Shifu behind when he goes to Chorh-Gom to face Vachir; naturally, they all shoot him down with the rejoinder that they can take care of themselves too--and that rather than being in danger from being near him, they can actually protect his back. (Of course, since one of them [[spoiler:almost]] dies, perhaps they should have listened to him after all.)
* ItsPersonal: Mei Ling wanting to get vengeance for her dad, Tai Lung wanting to get vengeance for his dad, Tigress and Po both wanting revenge for [[spoiler:Zhuang]] and for the sisters trouncing them...
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Employed by Tai Lung in the “where did all the birds go” sense when the Wu Sisters first show up, but actually stated in Mei Ling's thoughts when [[spoiler:she's about to discover Po and Jia in Monkey's RoomFullOfCrazy]].
* IsThatWhatHeToldYou: Invoked [[spoiler:but subverted, since Xiu doesn't know anything about Tai Lung's parents and neither does Shifu]]. Another instance of it is later played straight--except it is a ''hero'' using it, when [[spoiler:Mei Ling convinces Jia to not believe Xiu's lies about her always being a worthless, evil assassin and so complete her HeelFaceTurn]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Crane to Mei when he thought she wanted to be with Tai Lung.
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[[folder: Tropes J-L]]

* JuggleFu: Tigress performs this several times during the final battle with the Ninja Weapons.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Though not his entire plot, Chao does explain a great deal of what he plans to Tai Lung in his cell. Somewhat justified in that Chao is trying to earn Tai Lung's respect, prove to him how cleverly diabolical he is, so that the snow leopard will join him, and that a great deal of the revelations are couched as threats to ensure compliance. But since Tai Lung is merely stalling for time and fishing for information...
* JustifiedCriminal: What Bao and Li-Na were, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope at least at first]].
* KangarooCourt: A much darker use of this trope than usual, [[spoiler:thanks in part to Chao possessing the villagers]], with authentic Chinese legal practices to boot.
* KeystoneArmy: Played with. Shifu guesses that [[spoiler:[[NightOfTheLivingMooks the undead Anvil of Heaven]]]] is under the possessed Vachir's control and can only be defeated if he is killed, but dealing him a fatal injury he can't heal doesn't immediately cause them to collapse, only mill about a bit in confusion. However, this deathblow ''does'' break him free of possession, and the departure of the dark chi within him does in fact induce instant rotting/dissolving in the zombies as they lose the power that was animating them along with it. Whether this was the case for [[spoiler:the yaoguai]] is unknown, since they get banished back to the underworld and the gate which let them cross over is sealed before their [[SummoningRitual summoner]] Chao dies.
* KiAttacks: Elemental ki attacks, to be more precise.
* KneelBeforeFrodo: After defeating the BigBad and [[ItsPersonal fulfilling his oath]] to get justice for [[spoiler:the death of Zhuang]] and the possession of Vachir, Tai Lung receives one of these moments--in a [[RuleOfSymbolism very nice full circle]], begun by Po and spreading from there to the Five and all the rest of the Valley.
* KnightTemplar: Chao before he fell to darkness, and most definitely Vachir.
* KungFuWizard: Chao
* TheLancer: Played with, as at different times, both Tai Lung and Po fit this trope. Tai Lung is Po's former enemy, TheStoic to the panda's [[DumbIsGood naïve innocence]] (some would call it idiocy), is perceived as a HandsomeLech (and often plays up the image) while Po is definitely chaste, and is both an IneffectualLoner and AntiHero to Po's [[TheMessiah Messiah]]. But...he is also the much-better leader. Not to mention that through training with Tai Lung, Po becomes a lot more badass, their ElementalPowers are the opposite you'd expect for TheHero and TheLancer (though [[RedOniBlueOni not for their personalities]]), and over time Po gradually becomes more willing to enter moral gray areas or pull dirty tricks on his enemies. In the end, they both end up supporting each other as much as being the leader. [[spoiler:And Tai Lung also gets to literally be a lancer in the final battle.]]
* LargeHam: Heian Chao is best experienced if you imagine him being voiced in the same tone as [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Liquid Snake]]. Although, ironically, WordOfGod casts CamClarke as Zhuang instead, with [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]] as Heian Chao.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** [[spoiler:Chao and Xiu end up getting hit by this one, hard.]]
** This could also apply to Chang and Xiulan, two of Tai Lung's most vocal detractors, losing [[spoiler:his son and eyesight, and her husband]], respectively. Comes across as a bit of ProtagonistCenteredMorality until [[FridgeBrilliance one considers]] that these losses came about, not due to disapproving of Tai Lung specifically, but because neither of them could let go of their [[PowerOfHate hatred]], [[{{Revenge}} desire for vengeance]], and ItsAllAboutMe mentality. [[CaptainObvious Oh, and because of an evil chi wizard and an insane assassin, of course]].
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler:Po and Jia]], though it is foreshadowed.
* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Vachir]] has two, one made while dying and the other made during a DeadPersonConversation--to avenge him, and to take care of his son.
* LawfulStupid: Fu Xiao
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The story scroll detailing the events of the first movie, found when the heroes visit a bookseller, is almost meta in its acknowledgment of both things people watching the film noticed and things the moviemakers did to mislead the audience. To be specific, thanks to GossipEvolution, willful misinterpretation, and a certain amount of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to {{Fanon}}, Po is turned into a FakeUltimateHero who took out Tai Lung all by himself while the Furious Five did next to nothing (the fight at the bridge becomes a "footnote"); Viper [[{{Flanderization}} only cares about makeup and pretty clothes]], [[MandatoryLine Monkey is mute]], while Shifu's CynicalMentor and {{Jerkass}} tendencies are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]; the filmmakers' ploy with making Tai Lung ''appear'' to be a mindless beast before TheReveal of Ian [=McShane=]'s voice is also referenced by making the snow leopard a drooling savage with HulkSpeak, and...[[ViewerGenderConfusion Tigress is a man]].
** Mantis indulges in a bit of this too at the start of Chapter 24, when he notes that the BaitAndSwitch DoubleEntendre opening would "sound really bad to ''anybody who didn't know what you were talking about''."
* LetsGetDangerous: Po, after his dad is kidnapped.
* LieToTheBeholder: Chao's {{Glamour}} makes Xiu [[spoiler:appear to Xiulan as Tai Lung when killing Zhuang]]. It isn't clear if the other Wu Sisters also saw it, but it's implied Zhuang did before seeing through it, which suggests it was intended solely to be viewed by the villagers as part of the {{Frameup}}, not a general illusion.
* LightheartedRematch: The training in the kwoon which Tai Lung and Po undergo after the snow leopard's acupuncture session definitely feels like this, at least until Po says the wrong thing and makes Tai Lung lose his temper again. The dumpling fight on Wu Dan would be this trope played entirely (and heartwarmingly) straight, twice over, since it's a rematch for every combination of Tai Lung, Po, and Shifu as pairs, as would the nighttime training of Tai Lung and Po in Chapter 22. Emperor Chen's challenge near the end of the story has shades of this too, suggesting he and Tai Lung might have sparred more seriously once, long ago.
* LightIsNotGood: "Shadows can surround us, ensnare us, make us lose our path. But when the light is brightest around us, we are just as blind." A case could also be made that, despite being stronger in the calm, cool, calculated Yin that is the dark half of the ''taijitu'', Heian Chao also exemplified this trope, ironically, before he gained his shadow powers--because he was so convinced of his own wisdom and superiority, so steeped in the good side of LifeEnergy, that he believed he knew better than everyone else and had to be given all power so as to control and manage their lives, and it was this belief and pride which led him to evil.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Tai Lung and Tigress, after a while.
* LittleNo: While not an actual 'no', Tai Lung [[spoiler:very quietly saying Po's name to try and rouse him after his throat is cut]] has the same feel and impact.
* LoadBearingBoss (played with): the Vault of Heroes doesn't [[CollapsingLair fall apart]] because its existence depended on Chao--it falls apart because [[spoiler:his explosion destabilized it]].
* ALoadOfBull: Zhuang, of the GentleGiant type.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The heroes arm themselves up before the final battle.
* LoveDodecahedron: Tai Lung falls in love with Tigress, [[spoiler:Monkey is [[RomanticRunnerUp also in love]] with Tigress]], Crane is in love with Mei Ling, [[spoiler:Mei Ling thinks Tai Lung is hot but loves Crane [[PoorCommunicationKills who in turn thinks]] Mei Ling loves Tai Lung]], and [[spoiler:Jia [[HopelessSuitor also wants]] Tai Lung]]. Phew!
* LoveIsAWeakness: Heian Chao believes this, by implication thanks to SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids and LoveHurts.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: Tai Lung (at least in a humorous sense) and [[spoiler:Monkey]] respectively.
* LoveRedeems: Played straight
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Both Xiu and Chao exemplify this, the latter even more so since it seems to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild literally give him power]], [[EmotionEater witnessing and feeding on the pain, fear, and anguish of his victims]]. But witness how Xiu enjoyed tormenting Tigress in the birch forest, killing [[spoiler:Zhuang]], and [[spoiler:punching Tai Lung in his wounded side]].
* LudicrousGibs: Occurs during the [[spoiler:zombie fight]] at Chorh-Gom.
* {{Lust}}: And how. Jia is especially open about it.
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[[folder: Tropes M-O]]

* MadeOfIron: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] but also partly averted--characters get hurt badly a number of times, take time to recover, and have to be careful about side-effects and after-effects.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Vachir, thanks to being the MadeOfIron ImplacableMan as well as the HealingFactor provided by Chao's dark chi.
-->'''Vachir''', ''after being hurled the entire length of a bridge, slamming into a wall, and leaving an'' ''ImpactSilhouette'': Sorry to disappoint ya. Was that supposed to tickle?
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: How Tai Lung and Tigress celebrate the defeat of Chao. HilarityEnsues.
* MakingASplash: Po's chi ability is water.
* MalignantPlotTumor: What starts out as a story about Tai Lung redeeming himself, making friends, learning to lighten up, and being accepted turns into a battle to take out assassins, a serial killer, and a dark chi wizard threatening all of China.
* MamaBear: Xiulan, though misguidedly so when it comes to protecting Yi from Tai Lung.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted nicely. Not only is Tai Lung an almost forty-year-old virgin, since he never bothered with romance in his single-minded pursuit of the Dragon Scroll, but [[spoiler:he loses his virginity just before the battle at Chorh-Gom...and ''still'' loses to Vachir.]] And after [[spoiler:he and Tigress finally become a couple and start frequently sharing a bed]], he is still only one member of a team that helps save the day. [[spoiler:He does defeat the BigBad, but only with the help of Po and Tigress--so the PowerOfLove and the PowerOfFriendship trump losing your virginity.]]
* MasochismTango: Tai Lung and Tigress, before, during and after they hook up, though they do mellow out plenty after hooking up.
* MasterOfIllusion: Chao uses this ability to [[spoiler:disguise the briefly-possessed Xiu [[LieToTheBeholder as Tai Lung]]]] during the {{Frameup}}.
* TheMatchmaker: Viper. Also Mei Ling to an extent.
* MayDecemberRomance: Tai Lung is almost twenty years older than Tigress ([[spoiler:and Jia is about the same age difference from Po]]). Xiulan is also much older than Zhuang.
* MeaningfulEcho: "You didn't see anything." "Sure did, every last beautiful moment." Also, with original movie dialogue, "If that's the way you want it..." "That's the way it has to be!" [[spoiler:Said by Xiu and Po, of all people.]] And Crane's "Don't mention it. Ever," spoken this time to Tai Lung and in a completely different manner.
** An example where an entire passage of text is echoed--the very opening lines of the fic, where Shifu first visits Tai Lung in his cell, are echoed when he visits him again later [[spoiler:after he's been arrested for murdering Shen Zhuang]]. Considering the second one is an example of whether the snow leopard has truly changed due to the offer made in the first, the parallel drawn is apt.
* MeaningfulName:
** Heian Chao means [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Great Dark One."]] He obviously chose it himself.
** Wei Chang means "Large and Smooth," which is clearly meant to be ironic.
** Shen Zhuang means "Robust and Strong".
** Yi means "Gift."
** Xiulan means "Elegant Orchid." Also somewhat ironic.
** Xiu means "Graceful," Chun means "Spring," and Jia means "Beautiful." Given at birth, before it was known what they'd be, but also by an assassin mother [[GenreSavvy who planned to raise them in the family business]].
** Wu Qing, the mother of the Wu Sisters, has a name which means "Pitiless", "Merciless" and "Ruthless", while Xu Mei, the mother of Mei Ling, means "Gentle" and "Beautiful". The contradiction between them could not be more obvious.
** [[spoiler:Tai Lung]]'s given name, Qiao Gang, means "Handsome and Unbending". His father's name, Mao, means "Brave or Bold", his mother's, Jian, means "Determined or Resolute", and his brother De, TheCasanova who will go after AnythingThatMoves, has an IronicName meaning "Virtue".
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Tai Lung to Vachir]]
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Tai Lung uses this early on, in reference to his [[{{Determinator}} tenacity]], though as usual subverted since he notes he doesn't have a middle name.
* MexicanStandoff[=/=]GunpointBanter: The Wu Sisters, when they're holding Ping captive in his kitchen.
* MightyGlacier: Vachir
* MistakenForGay: Near the end, Ping walks in on Tai Lung and Po in a situation that evokes this trope.
* ModestRoyalty: Emperor Chen
* MommyIssues (partially averted): While Wu Qing didn't beat her children, there was more than enough verbal abuse to justify turning out badly.
* MoodWhiplash: Despite some pretty tough things happening overall, everything seems to look hopeful. Then chapter 24 comes by and things get grim. Also, deliberate contrasts between horror and humor are set up in chapters 17 (a fun slumber party scene segues almost immediately into a gruesome murder) and 33, while the trial is followed up by Tai Lung's opium MushroomSamba. And it's all done so well you can't fault any of it.
* MoreThanMindControl: Chao's possession, particularly with Vachir and [[spoiler:Monkey]].
* MrExposition: Oogway
* MrFanservice: Tai Lung, most of the time. [[spoiler:Also Emperor Chen.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The scene where Shifu builds up what Tai Lung's first new lesson will be, only for it to turn out to be repairwork (and the "amazing" weapon being a hammer) definitely partakes of this trope. The fact it's a {{Motif}} for the fic and highly symbolic doesn't hurt.
* MurderTheHypotenuse (averted): Though she threatens it, Jia never takes this option.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tai Lung's MoralEventHorizon from the movie, rejecting his father's apology and love and almost killing him for the Dragon Scroll, becomes this to him once he's no longer controlled by rage and hatred. To an extent, the rampage itself also becomes this, but it's mostly that act of filial impiety. Another key moment of CharacterDevelopment.
* MyGreatestFailure: Tai Lung speaks of this during the Truth or Dare. Shifu's parenting skills might also count, and Jia considers Wu Xuan's death to be this.
* MySkullRunnethOver: [[spoiler:What happens to Xiu, after she is 'gifted' with Chao's dark chi.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Heian Chao, “the Great Dark One”
* {{Necromancer}}: Chao. Some FridgeBrilliance may apply in precisely how he gained this ability, since when his {{Backstory}} is eventually told, it is revealed that he was once a great healer and, had he stayed on the side of good, could have been the best doctor in the empire. I.e., as a master of ''chi'' he could already manipulate LifeEnergy. May also tie into how he can perform a SummoningRitual.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Tigress points this out regarding [[spoiler:Mantis]]. [[GenreSavvy And she was right]].
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Tai Lung to Monkey in the roofing chapter, about "taking a catnap".
* NeverLiveItDown ([[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-story): Played straight at first, but eventually averted. Tai Lung eventually forgives Po for humiliating him, and Tai Lung himself is eventually forgiven for his rampage, but not until after a great deal of time, soul-searching, and grudge-bearing--for the longest time it seems as if the snow leopard will never get over his final battle with Po or acknowledge the panda had done anything worthwhile as a kung fu warrior, and thanks to how terrible his rampage was it seems as if everyone will only remember Tai Lung for that and not any of his heroic deeds which preceded it.
* NeverMyFault:
-->'''Chao''', ''[[MoralEventHorizon after having killed all his fellow students]]'': No...you don't understand. None of you ever did, or ever will. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo I]] ''[[IDidWhatIHadToDo must]]'' [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do this...it is the only way]]. You...should not have gotten in my way. I...didn't want to kill you, but you had to intervene...yes, it is ''your'' fault, not mine...
* NewEraSpeech: Chao makes one to both Xiu and Tai Lung.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Played with. The revelation that Chao [[spoiler:has [[AnIcePerson power over ice chi]]]], which is both [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] and makes perfect sense for such a powerful master of chi, ends up not mattering when he has to face [[spoiler:[[RedOniBlueOni the pairing of Tai Lung and Po's Fire and Water chi]]]]. Also, while the protection which Oogway has Shifu set up over the Jade Palace as a barrier between Chao and the Heroes does come out of nowhere, it too ends up being fairly insignificant in the FinalBattle: although it prevents the BigBad from possessing or outright controlling his opponents, he's still quite able to use dark chi to horrific effect on [[spoiler:Tigress and Jia]], as well as strongly influence both [[HotBlooded Tai Lung]] and [[HeroicBSOD Po]]'s emotions. The barrier [[DramaPreservingHandicap only provides the Heroes enough wiggle room to still fight]], with it being the combination of Tai Lung and Po's chi and kung fu [[spoiler:and Tigress [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice throwing]] [[HolyBurnsEvil the Golden Spear]]]] that finally does Chao in. Even [[spoiler:the Urn of Whispering Warriors being able to [[SealedGoodInACan release]] [[BadassArmy the Warriors of Tenshu]]]] and [[spoiler:the Sword of Heroes being able to seal [[SummoningRitual gateways to the underworld]]]], as useful and sudden as these abilities seem to be, aren't precisely played straight, seeing as this [[AuthorsSavingThrow doesn't contradict]] anything revealed by the movie, the KFP website, or ''Art of Kung Fu Panda''.
* NiceGuy: Po, even more so than in the movie.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Po's usage of the Wuxi Finger Hold also freed Chao.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Initially, Chao's attempt to use the murder of [[spoiler:Zhuang]] to turn the PeoplePuppet villagers of the Valley against Tai Lung was a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy brilliant]], if {{Anvilicious}}, scheme which took advantage of the snow leopard being viewed as a CivilianVillain who would NeverLiveItDown. But once the truth comes out who really killed him, and Shifu and Po succeed in freeing the villagers from his control, this same plot is what sways even die-hard haters like Xiulan to Tai Lung's side, and compels Tai Lung and Shifu to seek Chao out in his lair. [[VillainBall Oops]].
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: [[spoiler:You'd think rhino zombies would sound goofy...]]
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: This is Chao's BerserkButton.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Happens twice to Tai Lung, once when his working to [[spoiler:save Po's life]] after the Wu Sisters' attack leads to Tigress and Monkey accusing him of [[spoiler:the panda's murder]], and a far worse one when his deciding to turn back to help Xiulan instead of returning to the palace (and establishing an alibi) gets him locked up and put on trial [[spoiler:for Zhuang's murder]]. Yet Tai Lung doesn't use this as an excuse to fall back on villainy--partly because there's plenty of other good things he does that don't result in bad karma for him, partly because he knows the bad karma is actually being [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by Heian Chao, and partly because in the end his name is cleared. Zhuang could be said to suffer from this trope too, since [[spoiler:his death comes about due to trying to convince his wife to lay off Tai Lung, and trying to save Ping's life]], but since he still succeeds in clearing Tai Lung's name and [[spoiler:his daughter will be well looked after]] it's debatable whether he views what happens as a punishment--certainly not one to justify refusing to do good deeds.
* NoHardFeelings: Jia tries to pull this trope on Po at Wu Dan. [[TookALevelInBadass Surprisingly, he takes the second option in how to react to it]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[TookALevelInBadass Po of all people]], as well as Tigress, administer one of these to Xiu at Wu Dan. An even worse one occurs during the final battle, when Tai Lung uses [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome almost every single kung fu technique he knows, in rapid, random succession]], to take Xiu out. Both times, she [[ManipulativeBitch most definitely deserved it]]. Chao also received one at the hands of Po and Tai Lung, while Tai Lung himself received one from Vachir. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids to the max.
* NoodleIncident: The contents of Oogway's more explicit love letters. Also, the third usage of the Wuxi Finger Hold, which was actually a RuleOfThree[=/=]RuleOfFunny gag and never meant to be explained.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Tai Lung says this about Vachir, when trying to convince himself he'd died during the escape. And of course, it turns out he was wrong. Also, Jia regarding [[spoiler:Po's throat-slicing]] and Monkey regarding [[spoiler:Mantis]].
* NotAGame: Po gets this lecture from Tigress after awakening from a bad injury.
* NotHelpingYourCase: Tai Lung knows better than to resist arrest, let alone kill any of the guards when they try to arrest him for [[spoiler:Zhuang's murder]] (since even without knowing about [[spoiler:the DemonicPossession]] he was well aware [[ReformedButRejected they'd never allow]] him WrongfulAccusationInsurance). He also is lucky enough not to be [[TheCorpseStopsHere found bent over the victim]], nor does he [[BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon Manhandle the Murder Weapon]] (since it was removed from the scene). However, his later attempt to escape prison (complete with threatening Shifu's life as a hostage) really doesn't do much to prove his innocence (though in his defense he was suffering from SanitySlippage brought on by the trauma of being imprisoned again). And he does have the unfortunate luck of being found by the city guard right as he was [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan trying to calm]] [[spoiler:Xiulan]] down.
* NotMeThisTime: Thanks to being ReformedButRejected, but believed to be a CivilianVillain, Tai Lung gets this several times--first being accused of [[spoiler:nearly killing Po]], then suspected of Vachir's killings around the Valley (something Xiulan is grudgingly forced to admit wasn't him), and finally put on trial for [[spoiler:killing Zhuang]]. This last one, at least, is helped along not only by his former villainy but also by [[spoiler:the authorities and innocent villagers being under DemonicPossession MoreThanMindControl at the time]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Mantis, and even Xiu.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Tai Lung and Vachir. Also, Tai Lung and Chao, at least in {{Backstory}}.
* NotSoStoic: Tai Lung reveals a sense of humor and light-hearted side. [[spoiler:And eventually, so does Shifu.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: Averted. When [[spoiler:the Anvil of Heaven is resurrected by Chao]], the story and the characters just call them zombies. Shifu does call them "revenants" at one point, [[PurpleProse which is just a fancy way of saying the same thing]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Tigress and Viper's apology; also, Tigress [[InterruptedIntimacy walking in on Tai Lung and Jia]]. [[PlayedForDrama Much more seriously and with more dire consequences]], Tigress and Monkey catching Tai Lung literally red-handed, bending over [[spoiler:Po's bleeding, unconscious body]].
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Inverted and averted--it's one of the heroes who says this regarding their chances in the final battle if they all work together, and despite some hairy moments and coming close to losing [[spoiler:Shifu]], the Heroes win.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: What Mei Ling thinks must be responsible for how Jia, of all people, could have killed their father yet still act so ditzy and flighty. She's wrong of course, though Jia may use it somewhat to make people underestimate her.
* ObliviousToLove: Classic example, in both Crane ''and'' Mei Ling. He's an UnluckyEverydude, [[TwiceShy underconfident]], [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe can't believe she would notice him]], and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants his beloved to be happy]]. She's a BrokenBird, and believes he must view her as a RichBitch, [[LikeBrotherAndSister he sees her as a sister]], or he thinks an InterspeciesRomance will never work to explain why he's never pursued her, and so has fallen into AttractivenessIsolation. Add in PoorCommunicationKills, CannotSpitItOut, a HatePlague, shake and stir. [[TropesAreNotBad What makes the plot work]] is how in-character it is (at least on Crane's part, and if the ShipTease of ''Secrets of the Furious Five'' is real then he does seem oblivious to Mei's feelings for him), that it is at least partly justified by [[AWizardDidIt Chao's interference]], and that the resolution is genuinely romantic and sweet, as well as PlayedForLaughs.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[DiscussedTrope Referenced]] by Monkey when he mocks Mantis for not having figured out sooner that [[spoiler:he was under DemonicPossession]]: "I was startin' to think I'd have to hit you over the head with it before ya got the point--[[spoiler:[[BlackCloak wear black all the time]], maybe, [[PoisonIsEvil grow oleander in the garden]], [[NothingButSkulls decorate my room with skulls]]...]]"
* OddFriendship: Tai Lung and Po become friends, as well as Tai Lung and Yi.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Repeatedly used on Tai Lung. Vachir does it with [[spoiler:"Come to Chorh-Gom and face me or I'll keep killing people"]], Xiu does it with [[spoiler:"Join my clan or I'll kill Po"]], and Chao himself does it with [[spoiler:"Join me or I'll kill you and resurrect you so you join me anyway"]]. Averted when Tai Lung refuses the last two.
* OffstageVillainy: While the reader gets to see a number of awful things the Wu Sisters do, a great deal of their history as assassins is left undisclosed. Also, their mother, Wu Qing, is terrifying enough to [[MommyIssues twist Xiu around her little finger]] and disturb the battle-hardened Wu Xuan, but the reader never gets to see exactly what she was truly like or was guilty of.
* OhCrap: As might be expected, a number of these moments show up:
** Tai Lung, when he first encounters the Wu Sisters.
** Tai Lung again, when Monkey and Tigress discover him [[spoiler:bent over Po's wounded body]].
** Po, Mei, and the Wu Sisters when they find [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s RoomFullOfCrazy.
** Everyone, when they encounter [[spoiler:the zombie Anvil of Heaven]] at Chorh-Gom.
** Tai Lung and Tigress, when Shifu walks in on them in the bedroom.
** Shifu, when he gets told that Tai Lung has been arrested [[spoiler:for the murder of Zhuang]] and again when Oogway's staff lets him see [[spoiler:Chao's possession of the townsfolk]].
** Everyone, when Chao [[spoiler:summons the yaoguai]].
** Monkey, when he sees Po took on Chao on his own.
** And probably the strongest example in the fic, Chao when he sees [[spoiler:the Golden Spear heading right for him]].
* OmnicidalManiac: Both Chao and Xiu.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: While "there are no accidents," yadda yadda and so on, Oogway admits that he was wrong about many things and he feels more than a bit guilty about how things played out. Still, he did say that he believed everything worked out for the best in the end, and that he knew it would.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Crane and Mei. She's trying to explain to him why she is [[spoiler:seemingly pursuing Tai Lung]] and not letting him in on it, he believes she is confessing to [[spoiler:loving Tai Lung in order to help him earn Tigress's acceptance]].
* OneWingedAngel: Chao has such a moment before the end.
* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: Played with. While it is unequivocally true that Tai Lung, Tigress, and Po all get happy endings, so does [[spoiler:Jia]], who while arguably a lead by the end of the story started off as a PunchClockVillain, as do [[BetaCouple Crane and Mei Ling]]. Additionally, Monkey gets to redeem himself after [[spoiler:his stint with DemonicPossession]], and even Chang and Xiulan, despite losing [[spoiler:his son and eyesight and her husband]], find healing and seem to have a brighter future ahead of them, due to Tai Lung's carpentry apprenticeship and [[spoiler:becoming godfather to Yi]], and their families becoming friends.
* OnlyThePureOfHeart: The Golden Spear [[spoiler:which Tai Lung eventually becomes able to wield]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The sign that things have reached their DarkestHour would be when Po, ultimate NiceGuy and [[TheChosenOne hero]], not only approaches the matter of facing the Wu Sisters to [[IHaveYourWife rescue his father]] far more [[BewareTheNiceOnes fiercely]] and [[LetsGetDangerous seriously]] than anyone could ever have expected, to the point even Tigress is disturbed, but also [[PrecisionFStrike swears for the first time]] when attacking Xiu. Not coincidentally, [[TookALevelInBadass he's quite badass]] while doing so. Interestingly this is also an in-story example, since the fact he went this far is a matter of some concern for Po, since he believes it's a sign [[spoiler:[[InTheBlood he is just like his highwayman father]]]].
** A more story-wide example of this trope is that thanks to Chao's MoreThanMindControl, the GenreSavvy reader (or character) is able to tell that this is going on whenever someone acts out-of-character. Prime examples would be the way Monkey acts toward Tai Lung (though no one but [[spoiler:Mantis]] figures this out until it's too late), Fu Xiao's personality switch from humble and friendly to arrogant and hateful [[LampshadeHanging which Shifu remarks upon]], and the progress of the HatePlague during Chapter 27 (particularly the usually calm and collected Crane nearly losing it on Tai Lung).
** Lesser examples (though still meaningful): when the [[NothingIsScarier abandoned village of Qinghe]] is discovered, examining the [[spoiler:dug-up graveyard]] causes CovertPervert Mantis to completely go dead serious; and the [[EvenEvilHasStandards reactions of Chun and Xiu]] to [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s RoomFullOfCrazy.
* OperationJealousy: Mei Ling and Tai Lung attempt this to force Tigress to admit her feelings for him. It works, after a fashion, but in the process, thanks to PoorCommunicationKills, Crane first becomes a GreenEyedMonster, then [[ObliviousToLove mistakenly believes their relationship is genuine]] and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy decides they belong together]].
* OpponentSwitch: Happens on Wu Dan, but subverted in that the switch doesn't instantly result in the heroes' victory (Tigress doesn't even beat Xiu in the end, it's [[TookALevelInBadass Po]], and it's Chun's original opponent, Viper, who takes her out). Also justified in the case of Po and Jia since [[ForcedIntoEvil she really doesn't want]] [[ThePromise to fight him]], and with Po and Xiu since she was focused on her ArchEnemy Tigress at the time and had [[DidntSeeThatComing discounted him]].
* OrcusOnHisThrone (averted): Chao is actually shown doing quite a bit of villainy.
* {{Otaku}}: Po was this in the movie, and still is, though now he's graduated to a Tai-otaku.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: While he has no SoulJar per se and is in some ways more demonic, Heian Chao could be considered a lich by virtue of the dark chi he absorbed [[ImmortalityImmorality keeping him alive indefinitely]], not to mention his [[{{Necromancer}} control over the undead]]. He certainly studied forbidden lore for the sake of power--and when separate from his body cannot be killed.
* OutOfTheInferno: Inversion--via a FlashbackNightmare, this is revealed to be how Tai Lung left his rampage in the village to head for the Jade Palace and steal the Dragon Scroll, disappearing ''into'' the fire. A direct ShoutOut to Sephiroth of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
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[[folder: Tropes P-R]]

* PaintingTheMedium[=/=]SpoiledByTheFormat: The opening of Chapter 22, wherein Po is using the [[InsistentTerminology action figures]] of himself, Tai Lung, and the Five to act out his wishful thinking of all of them getting along and being close friends (and in Tai Lung and Tigress's case, declaring their love for one another), is [[BaitAndSwitch at first played as if]] it's the actual characters doing so before TheReveal. This is only possible in a textual medium, since in actual animation the truth would have been given away instantly. (WordOfGod has stated, though, that if it were possible to animate the fic, [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything this scene would be done with the 2D animation to achieve the same effect]]--though the sudden appearance of 2D would clue the viewer in that ''some''thing was up...)
* PairTheSpares (partially averted): [[spoiler:Jia is a spare, but Po isn't.]]
* PapaWolf: You don't ever threaten Shifu's children.
* PassThePopcorn: Mantis's reaction to Tai Lung and Tigress's incipient kiss during the Truth or Dare, as well as later when he's spying on them in the bedroom in chapter 24.
* PassingTheTorch: Shifu eventually steps down and gives his position to Tai Lung. (And he in turn inherits Oogway's position.)
* {{Patricide}}: What Mei Ling believes Jia is guilty of. [[{{Frameup}} Actually]] it's Xiu, apparently because she's an AntagonisticOffspring who thinks LoveIsAWeakness that [[MoralityChain is holding Jia back]] from her true evil calling.
* PeoplePuppets: Chao does this literally, both [[spoiler:to the villagers and his former classmates]].
* ThePerfectionist: Tai Lung, and definitely to his detriment since it led to an all-or-nothing mentality that contributed greatly to his rampage (if he cannot master the scrolls perfectly, he cannot become the Dragon Warrior, which then makes him nothing but a poor orphan and his kung fu is all meaningless).
* PetTheDog: Chun and especially Jia got a number of these regarding Po. Chun also reveals she isn't just the EmotionlessGirl she appears when she notes in her thoughts that after discovering some of Vachir/Chao's victims around the Valley rim, she made sure to anonymously report them [[DueToTheDead so they would get proper burials]]. Tai Lung himself had one when it was revealed he not only WouldntHurtAChild but had a soft spot for them, and another when it's revealed he [[spoiler:knows how to play the flute, and does so in honor of Oogway]].
* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:How Mantis survives his DisneyDeath, via a ShoutOut to ''Secrets of the Furious Five''.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Tai Lung's elemental chi ability, via a nice RetCon of the movie.
* PlotArmor: While most of the good guys get badly hurt, [[spoiler:none of them die]].
* PlotMagnet: Tai Lung
* PoorCommunicationKills: Crane and Mei again, though it is an example in which the lack of communication is actually in-character; it was established in ''Secrets of the Furious Five'' that Crane has confidence issues, and there also seemed to be a ShipTease between him and Mei which he was, of course, [[ObliviousToLove completely oblivious to]]. [[AWizardDidIt It also doesn't help]] when a HatePlague is making everyone suspicious and willing to jump to the wrong conclusions.
** Ironically, a villainous version of this also appears where Chao's RightHandVersusLeftHand policy and Xiu's {{Pride}} and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood belief that Tai Lung could never fall in love]] result in the Wu Sisters not being told exactly what was planned for Tai Lung [[spoiler:via Monkey]] and Chao not being told about Mei Ling or the romance with Tigress.
* PowerOfFriendship: Tai Lung and Po to the max, though Tai Lung and Zhuang also count. And thanks to the nature of the villain's powers and plans, this is played unabashedly--and justifiably--straight. Just like...
* PowerOfLove: Explicitly stated to offer protection to Tai Lung from Chao's dark chi. This also extends to Po and Tigress, possibly others. Ends up saving our heroes at numerous points, most notably at Chorh-Gom.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: While Chao can gain power from anyone's chi, he is made strongest by that of an innocent child.
* PowerTrio: Tai Lung, Tigress, and Po become this by the end of the story. Which, if the surmise on the FridgeBrilliance page is correct, makes this highly appropriate in an archetypal, [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian psychological]] sense. ([[FreudianTrio Id, superego, ego]].) It also acts as a form of AnatomyOfTheSoul, since Tai Lung would clearly be Body, Po is Spirit, and Tigress (despite her temper and ActionGirl nature) is a clever and intelligent fighter and therefore Mind.
* PrecisionFStrike: Po never curses. Never. And when he finally does say a single curse word (Bitch), can of whoop-ass doesn't begin to describe it. Also, when Tigress uses foul language on Tai Lung is when the story starts taking a very serious turn. Heian Chao gets the greatest example of this, however, when he lets loose a curse so foul it had to be written in Mandarin to avoid driving up the rating (it translates as, "Fuck your ancestors to the eighteenth generation").
* ThePromise: Early on, Tai Lung wants Tigress to ensure that if he [[ChronicVillainy ever falls into darkness again]], she stop him before he commits another rampage. Naturally, she is quite eager and willing to do so. But when, true to the trope, she faces the prospect of having to keep her word near the end of the story, ironically [[MoralDilemma she is no longer so sure she can do it]] since by then [[{{OTP}} she has come to love him]]. Luckily for her, her resolve is never tested since [[TheMessiah other forces]] [[BigDamnHeroes intervene]].
** Chun and Jia also made one to [[spoiler:Bao]] to look after his son. Thanks to Xiu, they weren't able to keep it until late in the story.
* PsychicPowers: Chao can astral project. This is a key point, since it not only allows him fast travel, the ability to be in two places at once, and is what prevented him from [[AndIMustScream going even more insane while being held prisoner for nine hundred plus years]], [[spoiler:it's how he was able to keep himself fed on chi and alive all that time, and how he visited Tai Lung in Chorh-Gom, corrupting him and influencing his hatred and desire for vengeance]].
* PsychoForHire: Xiu is the most mentally unstable of the Wu Sisters, though technically all of them are for hire.
* PunchClockVillain: At many times, Chun seems to be an example of this, enjoying being an assassin solely because it's her job. (Type I AntiVillain.)
* PunctuatedPounding: Tai Lung, on Vachir
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Heian Chao, to Oogway.
* PureEnergy: The Pool of Sacred Tears turns out to be this, as a gathering of holy chi. [[spoiler:Which is thoroughly corrupted by Chao's touch into a terrifyingly demonic force that lets him make PeoplePuppets of the whole Valley.]]
* TheQuietOne: Chun, for much of the story.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Wu Sisters, who are overall pretty effective as opponents.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Tai Lung has plenty of this towards Oogway and especially Shifu.
* RapeIsTheNewDeadParents: [[DefiedTrope Averted]] regarding [[PrisonRape Tai Lung‘s time in prison]], as well as lampshaded and mocked.
-->'''Tai Lung''': Damn it all, is that all you ''ever'' think about? Why does everything have to be about sex...why does everyone have to jump to the worst possible conclusion? For your information, you witless little stick, that blasted shell on my back made it so no one could get to my arse, even if they wanted to! But that's not the point...the point is, there's [[ColdBloodedTorture a hell of a lot of things that can happen to you]] in a prison with a thousand men and no women, and they don't involve violation!
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Applies everywhere, even characters' thoughts, save for ones whose ways of speaking and thinking are different from the norm (Po's slang, Monkey's accent, Mantis using tangents and run-on sentences). [[TropesAreNotBad This actually allows]] for a subversion later when Tai Lung realizes the thoughts in his head encouraging him to go off the deep end again are ''too'' perfect and ''too'' pat, thus giving away that it was really Chao [[ManipulativeBastard trying to manipulate him again]]. Outdated, perhaps, but still an AcceptableBreakFromReality.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Chao never truly died, he was instead sealed, so he was alive all that time.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure[=/=][[TheGoodKing The Good Emperor]]: Emperor Chen, who not only [[spoiler:pardons Tai Lung and Jia, but actually challenges the former to a friendly sparring match and compliments Po's cooking]]. He also trusts the word of Tigress in her letter and believes everything he is told about Chao without batting an eye.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Xiu to Tigress in the birch forest. Chao gives a few as well. [[CharacterDevelopment Po]] also gives one, of the "tired of your friend's action/attitude" type, to Tigress.
* {{Reconstruction}}: The author takes a large number of super villain tropes which, by themselves, have either nearly become {{Dead Horse Trope}}s, are usually always subverted and played for laughs, or end up becoming {{Narm}}...and shows just why they were originally so effective and, quite often, scary.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Happens to [[spoiler:Vachir]]. Averted with Tai Lung, who redeems himself but gets to keep on living.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Arguably, the entire point of the fic is to do this for Tai Lung.
* RedemptionPromotion: Tai Lung still loses in battle often enough to justify needing Po and the Five as his allies, and he has issues with [[HotBlooded controlling]] [[FatalFlaw his temper]] and ([[PersonalityPowers not coincidentally]]) his [[ElementalPowers Fire chi]], but in all other respects he remains as powerful, incredible, and BadAss a fighter as he was when a villain. The fact he isn't maddened or enraged all the time (and has gotten over his FreudianExcuse) also allows him to actually make use of those thousand scrolls he learned, and use them cleverly and effectively. The Fire chi and [[spoiler:the Golden Spear]] also count as power-ups for him. [[spoiler:Jia]], when [[HeelFaceTurn she changes sides]], isn't demoted either, remaining as awesome and skilled in combat as ever, as well as [[TheDogBitesBack helping]] [[InTheBack take out]] [[spoiler:Xiu]].
* RedemptionQuest: Another point to the story.
* RedOniBlueOni: Sort of. Tai Lung is for certain a red...Po isn't an exact blue since he's hardly calm and logical, but he is less emotional than Tai Lung so he counts.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Monkey]], though it takes a long time for anybody to notice it. [[spoiler:Later on, the villagers.]] Also, Chao himself.
* ReformedButRejected: Tai Lung is practically the poster boy for this trope. Very, very few villagers are willing to give him a chance.
* ReplacementGoldfish: While this appeared to some degree in the movie as well, the implications of how Tigress was meant to replace Tai Lung in Shifu's eyes are explored more in-depth here, particularly when his return, Shifu's attempts to redeem him, and the subsequent reconciliation lead to her once more feeling pushed aside and forgotten, [[HisStoryRepeatsItself just as she had]] when Po was chosen as the Dragon Warrior. Leads to CallingTheOldManOut.
* TheReveal: Quite a few, like Chao finally revealing his face, and Monkey revealing [[spoiler:he was the possessed one]] in the middle of a very serious situation. Also, finding out who Chao actually was, who Po's parents were, who Tai Lung's were, Mei finding out who really killed her father...
* RhinoRampage: Vachir actually gets to show off this time how BadAss he is...and not only [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown wipes the ground with Tai Lung]], but comes this close to defeating him. [[spoiler:If not for Tigress...]]
* RightBehindMe: Inverted. Shifu is well aware of the fact that Crane is eavesdropping on his and Tigress's conversation; perhaps it's those enormous ears of his...
** A dramatic horror, rather than comedic, version of this occurs at Chorh-Gom, when Vachir forms out of the darkness right behind Tai Lung. Almost, but not quite, an EnemyRisingBehind.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Chao chooses not to share with the Wu Sisters the entirety of his plans for Tai Lung or Vachir, and nothing at all about his plans for [[spoiler:Monkey]], partly to keep his cards close to his chest, partly because he believes they will rebel if they learn the full story. He's right, since EvenEvilHasStandards, Xiu is [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]], and none of them would care for being a RedShirt. But keeping things from them ends up biting him in the ass, between PoorCommunicationKills, DidntSeeThatComing, and indirectly encouraging [[spoiler:Jia's HeelFaceTurn]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Tai Lung almost goes into one of these during the trial. Po sorta goes into one (though he's not homicidal) against the Wu Sisters later on, particularly Xiu. Tai Lung also almost did at Chorh-Gom, as well as in the final fight with Chao. A chronic problem on his part which Po, thankfully, is able to help restrain somewhat. And when pointed at the right person...
** Also invoked by name when Shifu, after revealing [[spoiler:his ChewOutFakeout was a SecretTestOfCharacter]], claims this is what Mantis would have said he'd do upon discovering Tai Lung and Tigress together.
* RomanticFalseLead: How Crane views Tai Lung, for a while. Unusually, Crane actually ''can'' understand [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what Mei Ling sees in him]] (partly thanks to his own low self-esteem), thus leading to IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Monkey [[spoiler:to Tai Lung, for Tigress's affections]].
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s room.
* RousingSpeech: Tai Lung gives a hell of a one just before the Heroes go to the final battle.
* RousseauWasRight: Oogway fully believed in Tai Lung all along, and that if he could simply be freed of Chao's influence and learn from Po's example, the goodness and heroic nature he once possessed would reassert themselves, as they were who he truly was at heart.
** HobbesWasRight: Ironically, Po thinks this after learning [[spoiler:about his highwayman father Bao]], but despite his ability to be ruthless and fierce in battle, he finds his fears are unfounded and, instead of this being InTheBlood, he too has an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness inner goodness]] and heroic nature.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Mei Ling, since she is descended from the ruling clan of Kunlun Shan and is thus a noble. Also, Emperor Chen, who not only fought on the battlefield for years alongside his men, but who became personally involved in the case of [[spoiler:Po's parents]].
* RuleOfCool: A whole lot, natch. Let's just say it starts simple with Tai Lung being ambidextrous, and it escalates to things such as [[spoiler:an army of ghostly warriors versus an army of demons]], and manipulation of elemental forces. Almost the entirety of the FinalBattle seems to run on this.
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[[folder: Tropes S-U]]

* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Zhuang. And it gets to you.]]
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:Die for a crime [[ClearMyName you didn't commit]], or go on a second rampage to save yourself, thus [[ReformedButRejected proving everyone right about your unrepentant villainy]] and giving the BigBad the inroads to corrupt and possess you.]] Tai Lung can be very grateful there was a third option.
* SandInMyEyes: Tai Lung and Tigress both use this excuse at different points to conceal their vulnerable sides.
* SatelliteCharacter: Several, though not as many as in most fanfics. The two most obvious would be Zhuang and Xiulan, but although it is true their story mostly revolves around their reaction to Tai Lung and his possible redemption, they also have their own subplots relating to Tigress, Ping, and Chang (another SatelliteCharacter). Also of note is that both Xiulan and Chang are that rare form of the trope, the one full of all-consuming rage, bitterness, vengefulness, and outright hatred.
* SayMyName: Happens a lot. An amusing variation is a RunningGag of a character being snapped out of a {{Flashback}} by their name being called.
* SealedEvilInACan: Chao. [[spoiler:Also, the yaoguai, though they seemed to be a RedHerring earlier in the story.]]
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Very much Tai Lung's attitude at not receiving the Dragon Scroll. Somewhat justified by him believing that earning it [[WellDoneSonGuy would make Shifu proud of him]], and that after having been led to believe that he would be the Dragon Warrior, the people of the Valley resumed [[BullyingADragon taunting and rejecting him]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer for being an orphan trying to rise above his station]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Shifu's 'confrontation' with Tai Lung and Tigress after catching them in a compromising position.]]
* {{Seers}}: Meditating allows Shifu, [[LegacyCharacter like Oogway before him]], to have [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling visions and premonitions of the future]]. The one depicted in-story, aside from being [[RuleOfSymbolism ominous]], [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight portentous]], and [[PropheticFallacy vague]], is also enough to nearly make him [[FaintingSeer pass out]].
* SeeYouInHell: Variation: Tigress tells Chao to 'drop dead', to which he replies, "I already tried that and it didn't agree with me."
* SelfDisposingVillain: Or at least, [[PlayingWithATrope Villain-Disposing Villain]]. But while what happens to Xiu ([[spoiler:ConvenientComa]]) is [[DevourTheDragon thanks to Chao]], it would never have occurred if she hadn't gotten DrunkOnTheDarkSide and begged Chao to [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor give her his power]]. Though Po [[SpannerInTheWorks interfering with the transfer]] may also have had something to do with the results.
* SelfParody: The action figures scene, which makes fun of both certain elements of Taigress fics and Tai Lung redemption fics as well as the author‘s own fic. An in-story example would be one only mentioned in passing: in the Truth or Dare, when asked to praise Po, Tai Lung adds in an extra of himself speaking of Po when he faced the Five on the bridge and [[LargeHam hams it up for good measure]].
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Po and Tai Lung, respectively.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: It's a good idea to keep a dictionary open in another tab while reading this. That said, the...uncommon words are used correctly, and in almost all cases are actually more of a precise fit than their everyday equivalents. In-story, this also applies to Chao's speech patterns [[FridgeBrilliance because he's from an earlier time]].
* ShamingTheMob: Subverted. Shifu and Mei Ling each try this, but thanks to [[spoiler:Chao's chi manipulation]], no one listens to them.
* ShipperOnDeck: Viper and Mei Ling, with Po to some degree later on.
* ShootTheRope: Variation, as [[JustInTime just when Tai Lung is about to be hung]], [[spoiler:Crane flies in and cuts the rope]].
* ShoutOut: Far too many to count, whether to movies, books, video games, or other fics.
** One particularly interesting one is a sort of meta ContinuityNod ShoutOut: the corruption of [[spoiler:the Sacred Pool]] and its cleansing which bookend Tai Lung's arrest and trial are ''both'' mirrors of Disney's ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''--the corruption is an almost direct parallel to Chernabog's shadowy takeover of the town to resurrect the dead in ''Night on Bald Mountain'', while the cleansing uses imagery quite similar to the Sprite's restoration of the land in the ''Firebird Suite''.
* ShownTheirWork: The author did some serious and extensive research on ancient China.
* ShutUpHannibal: Some truly epic ones happen during the final battle, particularly the ones given by Mantis and Po. Tai Lung gets a pretty good one in his prison cell too.
* ShutUpKiss: Mei Ling to Crane. [[spoiler:Jia almost does so to Po as well.]]
* ShuttingUpNow: Crane, during the Truth or Dare.
* SignOfTheApocalypse: When both Tai Lung and Tigress agree on something (in this case, that the Truth or Dare game is a bad idea), everyone is shocked and stunned, and Po comments in his thoughts, "Should I be [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot checkin' the almanac for an eclipse]]? Or lookin' out the window for [[CometOfDoom a red comet]]?"
* SlapSlapKiss: Aside from [[MasochismTango the overall progress]] of Tai Lung and Tigress's relationship, this actually happens literally during Tigress and Tai Lung's confrontation in the cave.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: In grand kung fu tradition (see ''BigTroubleInLittleChina''), the fic begins with the comedy (and action) seen in the movie, then gradually introduces horror elements as the BigBad and his lackeys become more prominent in the story. MoodWhiplash is also deliberately invoked a few times (the Truth or Dare immediately followed by the first murder victim being found, Shifu catching Tai Lung and Tigress in bed and Tai Lung fetching birth control bookending [[spoiler:the corruption of the Sacred Pool by Heian Chao]], the MushroomSamba following the trial). But in the end, the comedy mostly acts as effective breather moments between the most terrifying horror scenes, and taking over again completely once the BigBad is defeated. Overall it seems mostly balanced rather than one or the other dominant.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Chao, in the Vault of Heroes.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped ([[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-story): While just about everyone gets to do this in the end, Shifu, Oogway, Po, and Tigress all especially have to beat it into Tai Lung's skull repeatedly that he is not the Dragon Warrior, was never meant to be, and why—but also that this doesn't doom him to be evil or mean his life and training are now meaningless. Also, when the time comes for Tai Lung to realize and accept [[spoiler:that he and Po are meant to be brother warriors who fight as two halves of a team, their abilities and personalities reflecting the Yin and the Yang]], this fact is ground in for him by [[spoiler:Po's fur colors]].
** In addition, any number of times the point was repeatedly made (whether to Tai Lung, Shifu, Tigress, or the villagers) that while powerful and terrifying, Heian Chao's dark chi was always MoreThanMindControl—i.e., that he was only influencing flaws and negative character traits which were already there, to make people do what they secretly wanted to on some level. Which meant that even once Chao himself was gone, these traits and flaws still must be dealt with in the usual manner to prevent tragedy and suffering in the future—and that [[AvertedTrope no one he influenced]] [[GetOutOfJailFreeCard could be excused of their actions because of him]]. He encouraged and manipulated them, but in the end most of their choices were still theirs.
* SoProudOfYou: Occurs a number of times, though the most notable would be [[spoiler:Po's letter from his biological father]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: Shen Zhuang. Not only does he rescue Tigress and prevent the Wu Sisters from killing Ping, but [[spoiler:his rescue of the Weis deprives Chao of power at a crucial moment, allowing Vachir and Monkey to be defeated and freed, respectively]]. And all without him even knowing he was doing it...[[spoiler:save for [[DyingClue leaving a message behind to name his killer]], which most certainly ruined Chao's plans.]]
* SpitefulSpit: Zhuang does this to Xiu [[spoiler:when she, possessed by Chao and [[{{Glamour}} made to look like]] [[LieToTheBeholder Tai Lung]], [[KilledOffForReal kills him]]]].
* SquishyWizard: Averted, since Chao [[spoiler:can heal himself of any injury so long as he has dark chi to draw upon]], and is a skilled and powerful kung fu fighter in his own right.
* StartOfDarkness: Chao again, and he went at it all-out from the get-go.
* StayInTheKitchen (averted): Not only does Tai Lung (wisely) never expect this of Tigress, but when Crane and Mei Ling get together, he follows her on a kung fu adventure across the empire. (This is contrary to some of the men Mei has known in the past, who were threatened by her ActionGirl status.) And Po, of course, is the one who will stay in the kitchen when he isn't being the Dragon Warrior.
* StealthPun: From the scene at the apothecary:
--> '''Ning Guo''': Really? Well, nothing to be ashamed of, sonny, happens to all of us at the worst of times, doesn't mean anything about your masculinity. I could give you my own special brew...''a certain weed I mix with something fresh from yours truly''... [[spoiler:Ning Guo is a ''goat''.]]
* StormingTheCastle: The good guys do this first in Chorh-Gom, and later down in the Vault of Heroes.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: At one point, to keep someone from knowing what he actually had on his mind, Tai Lung says, [[NotSoDifferent just like]] [[{{Foil}} Po]], "What was I thinking about? Er...noodles."
** Another form of this crosses with SpeakInUnison when Tai Lung, [[MushroomSamba doped up on opium]] and fresh off his KangarooCourt, near-execution, sees Po after the latter has returned from a major fight on Wu Dan [[ItMakesSenseInContext draped in unconscious snow leopardesses]]: "What happened to ''you''?"
* StrawNihilist: Chao definitely has [[{{Pun}} shades]] of this.
* SummoningRitual: Chao does this [[spoiler:with the demons]].
* SuperPowerLottery: Chao (which is rather unsurprising for a BigBad). He is a BodySnatcher and can create PeoplePuppets due to DemonicPossession; [[PsychicPowers can astral project]] and [[VillainTeleportation travel]] via means of a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace shadow]] [[DarkWorld world]]; can incite a HatePlague and use MoreThanMindControl to influence others; has powers over [[CastingAShadow darkness and shadow]] as well as some ability with illusion; and can both [[{{Necromancer}} raise the dead]] and [[SummoningRitual summon]] [[spoiler:demons]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to being a KungFuWizard and master of ''[[LifeEnergy chi]]'' (which could be used for anything related to life, the soul, or the mind, as well as perception thereof), as well as using BlackMagic to extend his life and generally discovering [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things Man Was Not Meant To Know]].
* SurpriseWitness: [[spoiler:Ning Guo]] acts as this--not at Tai Lung's [[KangarooCourt trial]], but his execution, although by that point his words are only an additional confirmation rather than the linch-pin since [[spoiler:Crane]] had already brought [[DyingClue the evidence]] [[ClearTheirName to exonerate the snow leopard]] and Shifu had [[spoiler:exorcized the PeoplePuppets of the village so that they could actually listen]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: How Po attempts to convince [[spoiler:Jia]] he wasn't about to declare his love for her...
* SweetTooth: Tai Lung. He doesn't like to admit it, but he'll blissfully chow down on any sweets he can get his paws on.
* SympatheticMagic: Chao does this with Tai Lung's fur.
* TakeAThirdOption: Chao [[XanatosGambit arranged things]] so that either Tai Lung would be captured, [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]], killed, and/or corrupted back into a villain by Vachir, or he would in turn kill Vachir and [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim become just like him]] thanks to RoaringRampageOfRevenge, ThouShaltNotKill, and JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope rendering him susceptible to DemonicPossession. Instead, Tai Lung does the right thing [[spoiler:after Vachir is freed by Tigress fatally injuring him, by both [[RedemptionEqualsDeath granting him forgiveness]] and a MercyKill]]. Cue BigNo and VillainousBreakdown.
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Knife]]: Tai Lung does this for Tigress when [[spoiler:Monkey]] tries to kill her.
* TakingYouWithMe: Tai Lung tries to invoke this with Vachir, but fails.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Occurs a number of times, but most notably during the final moments of the battle with Vachir.
* TalkToTheFist: Tai Lung uses this on Chao, in a very nice ShutUpHannibal moment.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Both Tai Lung and Po get to say this. One is quite happy with what he learns, the other...[[BrokenPedestal isn't]]. [[spoiler:And it's not who you think.]]
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Monkey really should have listened to Po, and not mentioned the possibility of spirits taking him over the night of the Ghost Festival...]] Crane also skirts the edges of this trope when, right before Chao first leaves Chorh-Gom to implement his plans, the bird almost thinks to himself the old Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times".
* ThatManIsDead: Chao to Shifu during the final battle. Three guesses which way he says the trope name.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Despite the story taking place in ancient China, Chapter 13 is when the Wu Sisters are first introduced and the BigBad's villainy is made clear. [[SubvertedTrope On the other hand]], this same chapter also includes one of the most touching and heartwarming moments in the story between [[HeterosexualLifePartners Po and Tai Lung]], and Tai Lung having something of a MeetCute with [[spoiler:his past cub self]] to reassure him he still has goodness in him.
* ThisCannotBe: Chao several times (especially [[spoiler:his death scene]]). Also Xiu at Wu Dan.
* ThisIsReality: Spoken by Tai Lung to convince Po they are truly facing someone like Chao.
* [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself This Is Something He's Got To Do Himself]]: Tai Lung views dealing with Vachir this way.
* ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels: Very much the reaction of everyone to seeing the contents of [[BrainBleach Oogway's more explicit love letters]].
* ThouShaltNotKill (averted): Though Po still doesn't kill anyone, no one else seems to have this compunction.
* ThroughHisStomach: Apparently this is one of the ways in which Po succeeds in befriending Tai Lung. Let the HoYay commence.
* TinkleInTheEye: Though not actually in the eye, this otherwise happens when Tai Lung, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny conscripted into helping Tigress at the day care]], has to do the dreaded [[TheDiaperChange Diaper Change]]--from [[LaserGuidedKarma a red panda cub, no less]].
* TitleDrop: Technically the title is dropped right in the fic's opening blurb ("Can a father undo his past mistakes? Perhaps, if the snow leopard can be taught...A Different Lesson"), but it is properly referenced at least three times in the fic itself--the first time during the training on Wu Dan where it emphasizes what Tai Lung has to do differently and how he should view the world and his place in it if he wants to be a hero, the last time at the very end when he is reflecting back on everything he's gone through. The second time, in a sinister variation, is spoken by the BigBad, implying [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow what he will offer]] if Tai Lung [[WeCanRuleTogether joins him]].
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Despite no one ever coming out and saying it, some might consider [[spoiler:Zhuang]] to be this, considering he has a number of GaryStu traits (though thankfully not fully becoming one due to not taking over the story), he has next to no flaws, and it is his death, among other things, that galvanizes Po to fight the Wu Sisters, sends Tai Lung on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Xiu and Chao, and even gets Xiulan and the rest of the Valley's support behind Tai Lung [[NiceJobFixingItVillain once it comes out who really killed him]]. The trope is still played with at least, since he does not get a long, drawn-out death scene (though there is a MeaningfulFuneral and a DeadPersonConversation before he moves on to the next life--albeit for Tai Lung's ears alone) and the BigBad not only doesn't reflect on it, he dismisses him as [[TrashTalk a mere peasant]] whose death was LaserGuidedKarma for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and [[ButForMeItWasTuesday a simple byproduct]] of his plan to TakeOverTheWorld.
* TookALevelInBadass: At a certain point, Tai Lung shows that when cool and collected, he could defeat Po, probably easily at that. But after some time, lessons and new tricks from both Shifu and Tai Lung, combined with Po's natural talent, and... well, let's just say you also don't want to see an angry panda.
* TooSlow: Pulled on Tai Lung by Xiu at Yunxian.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Tai Lung absolutely adores candy and desserts of any kind, though he's very secretive and does not like people to know about it. This is further explored in one of the sequel vignettes, where Tai Lung buys the best confections that the store owner can provide, and it's all treated in a way that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything makes them look like they're smuggling and buying illegal substances]].
* {{Troperiffic}}: And [[TropesAreNotBad deliberately so]], by WordOfGod.
* TrueCompanions: Tai Lung eventually learns to see everyone in the Jade Palace as this.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Xiu epitomizes this trope. Aside from using TrashTalk and being a ManipulativeBitch, she is not above using dirty moves or outright cheating: after fighting Tigress and losing, she proceeds to [[spoiler:call in her sister Chun to brain Tigress from behind with her meteor hammer]], and during the final battle she manages to nearly incapacitate Tai Lung, despite having just been the victim of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, by [[spoiler:punching him right in an arrow wound he'd previously received in his side]].
* TryNotToDie: Tigress uses a snarkily dry variation of this in Chorh-Gom after having saved Tai Lung from falling off a collapsing bridge; because of the SlapSlapKiss, MasochismTango [[BelligerentSexualTension nature of their relationship]], this rather than the usual plaintive, emotional version makes sense--for them, this ''is'' a heartfelt prayer to come back to each other.
-->'''Tigress''': Try not to fall again...I might not be there next time to catch you.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tigress to the max, Type A. Tai Lung is both a male one and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* TwiceShy: Crane and Mei Ling are kept from hooking up for the longest time because of this.
* UnluckyEverydude: Crane
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Subverted. Shifu tells Tigress and Tai Lung exactly what he intends to do to stop Vachir. Despite this, the plan itself works perfectly--Vachir just happens to survive it is all. Also, despite Chao telling the Wu Sisters his plan for Tai Lung and the Five, it comes very close to working with only [[spoiler:Oogway's protection]] preventing it. However, it is later played straight when Chao tells Tai Lung what he intends for him to do as his servant, which of course never comes to pass.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Aside from the way this already applies to him in the movie, the scene where Tai Lung and the others discover the portrait of him as an adorable cub in Oogway's room is the OldShame[=/=]PlayedForLaughs variation of this trope. Except that instead of Tai Lung bemoaning the ruining of his VillainCred, he's attempting to head off BadassDecay. Despite the fact he remains a badass for the rest of the story, amusingly, no one seems to believe him when he calls his cub self a hellion...[[NotSoDifferent except Tigress]].
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Chao uses this as his reason (excuse!) for murdering his friends and a group of children. Later on he still has it, just that now he's an asshole to boot.
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* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Vault of Heroes]] has shades of this, being an [[ElaborateUndergroundBase underground location]] with [[SceneryPorn epic architecture and statuary]], [[BossRoom lots of space for fighting]], and an impressive name. [[SubvertedTrope However]], not only is the name [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace the exact opposite you would expect]], the place was never intended to be the location for a BossBattle, since it was a hall built to honor fallen heroes and a nexus of holy spiritual energy; it only becomes this trope due to being the place [[spoiler:where [[SealedEvilInACan Oogway imprisoned Heian Chao]]]]. Its choice for the FinalBattle, on the other hand, [[WordOfGod is also a reference]] to [[WhatCouldHaveBeen its original intention as such]] for the movie.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Crane, or from a different point of view, Mei Ling
* ViewerGenderConfusion (lampshaded, [[InvokedTrope invoked]], and parodied): The scroll of the movie's events in which Tigress was a man.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: At first played straight, then later averted. When the BigBad first appears in the story, all of the plot-driven elements come about due to him or his lackeys, with the Heroes either trying to stop him, put an end to his crimes, or protect Tai Lung, Po, and the people of the Valley. But after one too many schemes, before Chao can recover and launch an even worse attack, Shifu decides to be proactive, learn who and what and where he is, and go take him out--and after learning of him from the Wu Sisters, the rest of the Heroes decide the same thing.
* VillainBall: While Chao is usually not found carrying one of these, he does do so in at least one respect: [[spoiler:inflaming Jia's lusts for Tai Lung so that she comes to care for him too much, while at the same time encouraging Monkey and/or Vachir to kill him]]. And he doesn't expect this to cause any difficulties with Jia. Not the smartest move. [[spoiler:[[UnspokenPlanGuarantee Confessing his great plan to Tai Lung in his cell also counts]].]]
* VillainsOutShopping (subverted): What seemed to be the Wu Sisters out for dinner at Ping's restaurant was actually them casing the joint to get info on Po.
* VillainousBreakdown: Xiu at Wu Dan, and you can see every step on the way to it. Heian Chao has one too, albeit more drawn-out: starting from after Chorh-Gom when things start going wrong for him (see DidntSeeThatComing, XanatosGambit, and TakeAThirdOption), [[FromBadToWorse getting worse]] after Tai Lung is exonerated, and culminating when he discovers Po is not only still involved in the battle despite his [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Father]] ultimatum but had also [[spoiler:cleansed the Pool of Sacred Tears]]. Watch Chao go from [[WickedCultured suave, sophisticated]] [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] to psychotic, [[PrecisionFStrike raging]] apocalypse.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Variation A. Tai Lung will not miss an opportunity to snark at, poke fun at, and sometimes even threaten Po with physical harm, and Po just takes it all, except if Tai Lung insults Mr. Ping and his soup or restaurant. On occasion Po does return the teasing and snark right back, but only in a gentle, lighthearted way, naturally.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Chao, especially when he is possessing someone.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Chao offers this to Tai Lung, but he really needs to work on his sales pitch.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Xun Chao, before [[spoiler:becoming Heian Chao]], wanted to use his mastery of chi [[VisionaryVillain to bring order to China by overthrowing the Emperor]]. To do this, [[spoiler:he needed to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild murder children and absorb their chi]]]]. [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil By the time he tried to follow through with it]], he was quite clearly out of his mind...and thanks to TheCorruption, TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget, and (it's implied) LoveHurts he has dispensed with things such as love, compassion, and [[WhatIsEvil morality]] as [[GoodIsImpotent pathetic]] [[LoveIsAWeakness weaknesses]], instead merely using appeals to them to justify his actions and manipulate others while not even believing in them any more.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: Chapter 34. Nuff said. Chapter 30 also counts. [[spoiler:The first one is the chapter where Zhuang is murdered, Ping is kidnapped and Po informed of it, and Shifu has his frightening premonition just before the CliffHanger of Tai Lung's arrest. The second starts with Zhuang discovering the blinded Chang and his wife being [[EmotionEater fed off of by Chao]] and warned about Vachir, then has the zombie Anvil of Heaven, the fight with Vachir, the revelation that Monkey was possessed (and DisneyDeath of Mantis), and the stabbing of Vachir that led to the explosion of dark chi and Tai Lung and Tigress falling into the abyss. Whew!]]
* WhatIsEvil: "Cease prattling about morality and ethics, you and I both know those are simply words we use as masks, facades to present to the world to keep the weak and misguided from interfering while we do our work."
* WhatWouldXDo: See the IceCreamKoan above; Tai Lung is very bad at thinking like Oogway. Comes with a bit of ICantBelieveImSayingThis as well, when he finds himself having to ask such a question in the first place.
* WhosLaughingNow: Another motivation for Tai Lung's rampage, besides claiming what he had been led to believe was rightfully his--to get back at [[TooDumbToLive those who had mocked him for not becoming the Dragon Warrior]].
* WhyThankYouX: Oogway pulls this on Shifu late in the story.
* WickedCultured: Until he loses his temper after the failure of his plans, Chao has this trope written all over him.
* AWizardDidIt: Used quite literally to explain and justify such things as [[spoiler:why Tai Lung conveniently forgets about Chao for a while, why the Five become increasingly argumentative, why Mei Ling doesn't tell Crane about her plan to make Tigress jealous, why PoorCommunicationKills, why Tai Lung thinks it's a good idea to reconcile Tigress and Shifu in the middle of a HatePlague]], and so on.
* WizardsLiveLonger: Chao is nine hundred plus years old.
* [[WontTakeYesForAnAnswer Won't Take Yes For An Answer]]: How Po reacts to [[spoiler:Jia revealing she has feelings for him, too]].
* TheWorfEffect: As proof of what a serious threat the villains of the story are--Exhibit A: the Wu Sisters come this close to defeating [[MemeticBadass Tai Lung]] during their first encounter, [[spoiler:nearly kill [[TheChosenOne Po]]]], and do succeed in beating [[ActionGirl Tigress]] the first time they meet her; Exhibit B: Vachir gives an absolute NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Tai Lung at Chorh-Gom and succeeds in holding Tigress hostage; and just before the FinalBattle, during Heian Chao's series of [[BreakingSpeech Breaking Speeches]] to the kung fu warriors, we see from Tigress's POV just how powerful the shadow mage's chi is, since he comes quite close to breaking [[{{Determinator}} her]]. In the end, though, all of this merely allows for multiple examples of HeroicSecondWind as Xiu is eventually defeated by first [[TookALevelInBadass Po]], then Tai Lung, Vachir is dealt a fatal blow by [[spoiler:Tigress]], and not only is Chao killed, but his army [[spoiler:of demons]] is taken out by the Five, led of course by Tigress.
* WorthIt: Tai Lung, after his toe-touching dare to Po.
* [[WouldntHurtAChild Wouldn't Hurt A Child]]: Brutally averted by Chao. Tai Lung plays this straight after unintentionally averting it during his rampage. As a result it's also a BerserkButton for him if you suggest that he would, as Monkey discovers.
* WronskiFeint: Crane pulls one of these on Heian Chao during the final battle, except with a wall instead of the floor.
* XanatosGambit: Chao, being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, tries pulling one of these off on Tai Lung at Chorh-Gom, figuring that he'll either kill Vachir out of rage and be open to being corrupted, or get killed and serve him as a zombie; either way he would win. Similarly, no matter which way Tai Lung resolved the SadisticChoice which Chao had set up via [[spoiler:the murder of Zhuang]] and the trial, he would gain the snow leopard's service and power, and win...except for [[spoiler:Zhuang's DyingClue]] which Crane found and brought as evidence, and Po [[spoiler:cleansing the Sacred Pool]] along with Shifu's use of Oogway's staff to [[spoiler:free the villagers of their PeoplePuppets DemonicPossession]]. The fact it took so many elements to bring down this second scheme shows just how well-plotted it was, and [[DarkestHour how close]] [[NearVillainVictory it came to succeeding]].
** BatmanGambit: [[DidntSeeThatComing He didn't count on]] [[spoiler:Tigress TakingAThirdOption and stabbing Vachir herself, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood nor did he foresee]] Tai Lung actually ''forgiving'' the rhino, thus letting him [[MercyKill die an honorable death.]]]]
* YinYangBomb: The Wuxi Finger Hold turns out to be a variation of this, since depending on the intent of the user it can either be a force for destruction (as Shifu claimed it was in the movie) or salvation (as when Po used it to take away Tai Lung's rage and insanity, purifying his soul and thus giving him the chance to change and redeem himself). The two are mutually exclusive, since the latter application also repaired the damage to the village...though it did [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero free Heian Chao from Oogway's prison]]]]. It's entirely possible [[IKnewIt the sequels will reveal this is actually the case]], based on what Po did looking and acting nothing like what Shifu described...though if so, the second application will likely be a forced [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascent To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] instead.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: A number of people, but most especially Po and Oogway, insist this is the case whenever Tai Lung is ready to disparage himself and believe he is only and always a villain...and in the end, [[RousseauWasRight they're right]]. This same appeal gets turned back on Po when he starts losing faith in himself [[spoiler:thanks to what he learns about his family]], and Mei Ling most definitely appeals to it in order to [[spoiler:get Jia to finish her HeelFaceTurn]].
* YouAreNotAlone: Mei Ling tells Jia this during the final battle [[spoiler:which is what finally pushes her to complete her HeelFaceTurn]].
* YouAreNotReady: Applies to both Tai Lung and Po, though stated specifically by Oogway as the reason he didn't tell Tai Lung sooner of his destiny. This was also what Oogway told Chao when he wanted [[LifeEnergy the secrets of mastering chi]] so as to [[WellIntentionedExtremist defeat the tyrannical emperor]]; naturally [[{{Pride}} Chao didn't listen]], and [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow the rest]] [[TheDarkSide was history]].
* YouCantFightFate: Played with. Tai Lung eventually learns/remembers that [[spoiler:he had saved a very young Tigress from the ruins of her quake-collapsed house]], suggesting he and Tigress were always meant to be together and be there for each other, but Oogway later states that their romance is something Tai Lung did all on his own. So while there may be no accidents, the future is clearly not set in stone either.
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: While no one actually stated the trope name aloud, let alone directly to Chao, Oogway did observe (as did Shifu in his thoughts) that the chi master could have been the best healer in the empire, perhaps even the world, had he stayed on the path of good, and that it was a shame he did not, respectively.
* YouDidTheRightThing: After Chao reveals [[spoiler:that the Wuxi Finger Hold is what freed him]], Viper has to appeal to this trope to help snap Po out of it.
* YouFightLikeACow: Xiu uses this tactic a lot on Tai Lung and Tigress (IsThatTheBestYouCanDo comes up, unsurprisingly), though at times, especially when she is angry or on the verge of losing, this degenerates into TrashTalk. Tai Lung eventually turns it back on her, and to a point so does Po to Jia.
* YouFool: Pretty much the way Chao acts constantly during all his fights.
* YouGotSpunk: Tai Lung certainly admires Tigress's spirit.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Shifu makes the mistake of invoking this during Tai Lung's trial. Jia uses it on Mei Ling regarding their father's murder with much more success.
* YouHaveFailedMe (lampshaded and averted): Chun wonders why Chao is okay with them failing to kill Po at Yunxian, until Chao reveals he's surprisingly patient for an insane BigBad. However, he later does consider pulling this, as does Xiu, although the latter borders on YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* YouJustToldMe: Used in humorous fashion early on when Tigress is made to admit to her deep and abiding distrust for Tai Lung by Shifu. Humorous because Tigress acts [[CaptainObvious as if she genuinely thinks anyone couldn't figure out]] her desire to flay the snow leopard [[{{Tsundere}} or at least give him a tongue-lashing]].
* YouKeepTellingYourselfThat: At Chorh-Gom, when Vachir tries taunting Tai Lung that they are NotSoDifferent, the snow leopard furiously goes into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, denying it via PunctuatedPounding. The rhino's response is this trope:
-->'''Vachir''': Awww, ya made it sound all so noble too, tough guy. I'm really proud of ya. Maybe, if ya keep sayin' it long enough, ya might actually manage to convince somebody besides yourself.
* YouKilledMyFather: Mei Ling's [[ItsPersonal motivation]] in pursuing the Wu Sisters. Turns out his killer [[ManipulativeBitch wasn't the one]] [[{{Frameup}} she thought it was]], but in the end she gets her {{Revenge}}...[[spoiler:albeit indirectly through enabling Jia's HeelFaceTurn]].
* YouShallNotPass: Mei Ling pulls this on the Wu Sisters when they come for Po, though she doesn‘t die in the process. And is of course quite badass while doing it.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Po's thought regarding Viper, when she decides to use the Truth or Dare game to [[TheMatchmaker help Tai Lung and Tigress hook up]]. A rare example where the genre in question is not that of the work it appears in. (In this case, that she was "reading too many romance novels".)
* ZombieApocalypse: What almost happens when [[spoiler:Chao resurrects the Anvil of Heaven using his dark chi]].
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* {{Acrofatic}}: Po again, at Wu Dan.
* [[ActionFilmQuietDramaScene Action Fic Quiet Drama Scene]]: In a story this long, with a great deal of character-driven conversations between all the fights, such scenes are a given, but one which stands out is Chapter 31 when after the climactic battle at Chorh-Gom, information is shared, forgiveness is offered, and [[spoiler:a MercyKill is given
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Vachir. A character with very little characterization in the film, and shown to be a nasty, vindictive bully to the point the audience could actually [[RootingForTheEmpire root for Tai Lung to defeat him and escape]], is here shown to have depth and motivation for the things he's done, and the DemonicPossession he undergoes which forces him to [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone commit heinous acts against his will]] truly makes his suffering and self-loathing meaningful and sympathetic. By the time Tigress fatally wounds him so that he is able to [[DyingAsYourself die as himself]], he's changed to become a lot more likable, brave, and even noble in his own way. Seeing him apologize to Tai Lung for his ColdBloodedTorture and get forgiven for it, as well as asking for and receiving a MercyKill, is one of the more moving and powerful scenes in the whole fic, as it truly becomes a painful case of WhatCouldHaveBeen, once it's clear he and Tai Lung are NotSoDifferent and could have been friends, if matters had turned out differently. Seeing him get another chance to live life better through reincarnation is even better.]]
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Xiu, but averted, as Tigress's desire for Tai Lung has nothing to do with his status as a former villain--in fact this is actually (and naturally) one of the main points of contention making her resist any relationship with him.
* AllThereInTheManual: Wonderfully averted--a great deal of lost places, cut characters, backstory, and other information which only made it into ''The Art of Kung Fu Panda'' has been incorporated into the story in many different ways.
* AlmostKiss: Tai Lung and Tigress get one on the ledge in Chorh-Gom, interrupted by [[MomentKiller Crane]].
* AmazonChaser: At least some of this is what fuels Tai Lung's desire for Tigress, at least at the start. Luckily for him, AllAmazonsWantHercules, with the only real issues keeping them apart being her not wishing to get hurt by him and [[ReformedButRejected his trustworthiness]].
* AmbitionIsEvil: Played with. Tai Lung is just as ambitious as he was in the film, but a key theme of the fic is that what matters is what the ambition is being directed ''towards''. His efforts to redeem himself prove to be a very noble pursuit, and he is just as fiery in his pursuit of Tigress as he was with mastering the thousand scrolls, though he has to approach it much differently in order to succeed. Chao and Xiu form a direct contrast to this, since their goals are downright horrifying.
* AndIMustScream: Averted with Chao, since his spirit is still free to wander even when his body isn't, but played straight with [[spoiler:[[MySkullRunnethOver Xiu]] and [[BodySnatcher Vachir]]]].
* AndThisIsFor: Po, at Wu Dan, to Xiu.
* AnimalStereotypes: Most of Mantis's memorial boats at the Ghost Festival were for male relatives... [[AvertedTrope However]], Tai Lung is not at all afraid of water, unless it is ''cold'' water...[[spoiler:which is in fact [[{{Foreshadowing}} an early indication]] of what he suffered during Vachir's ColdBloodedTorture, no pun intended.]]
* AntiHero: Once he makes the decision to accept Shifu's offer and try to redeem himself, Tai Lung is, for most of the story, a Type III. By the end of the story he has in most respects shifted to a Type II.
* ArentYouGoingToRavishMe ([[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]): Tigress, being GenreSavvy, expects this of the BigBad, who is genuinely confused by the accusation.
* AstonishinglyAppropriateInterruption: During Tai Lung's acupuncture session, when his [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway snide commentary on the strength of the mind and heart]] versus that of the body is interrupted by Mantis with "Tai Lung, you stink!"--referencing [[{{Squick}} the pair of pants he's been wearing in Chorh-Gom for twenty years]]. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when, after a brief tangent about making sure the snow leopard gets proper hygiene and clean clothes, Mantis reveals he was ''also'' talking about Tai Lung's attitude.
* TheAtoner: Tai Lung. [[spoiler:Also Jia.]]
* AttractivenessIsolation: Poor Mei Ling. Down-to-earth, laid-back, happy to notice anyone who is good-hearted, brave, and noble...and no one (especially Crane) will approach her because she's "too pretty", they're threatened by [[StayInTheKitchen her overturning of the gender roles]], or they think [[RichBitch she is too good for them]] (or [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe they're not good enough for her]]).
* [[AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity Awkward Father Daughter Bonding Activity]]: The rather pathetic attempts Shifu makes to get close to Tigress on the way back from Chorh-Gom, ranging from nature hikes to [[ASpotOfTea visiting tea shops]] to [[EpicFail going shopping for feminine frillery]], are clearly meant to evoke this trope, and certainly match the spirit and feel of it.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Numerous moments with Tai Lung and Tigress, as well as Tai Lung and Po.
** Prime example, from the final battle:
--> '''Tai Lung''', ''after Heian Chao has battered Po somewhat senseless'': You stay away from him! ''[[HypocriticalHeartwarming Nobody]]'' [[HypocriticalHeartwarming gets to beat up on the panda...except me.]]
--> '''Po''': Aww, big guy, I didn't know you cared.
--> '''Tai Lung''': Shut up.
* AxCrazy: Xiu, in spades.
* BabiesEverAfter: For Tai Lung and Tigress.
* {{Backstory}}: Who isn't given one this time around? Tai Lung, Po, the Wu Sisters, Mei Ling, Vachir, Chao, Chen, Oogway, Zhuang and Xiulan...
* BackToBackBadasses: [[spoiler:Mei Ling and Jia]], as well as Tai Lung and Po, Monkey and Mantis, Tigress and Shifu, and Vachir and Emperor Chen in {{Backstory}}.
* BadassArmy: Two of 'em, [[spoiler:the yaoguai and the Warriors of Tenshu]].
* BadGuyBar: the Bandit Inn
* BaitAndSwitch: A number of chapter openings are misleading, usually in a DoubleEntendre fashion.
* BaitAndSwitchComparison: Variation. When he discovers that Tai Lung has fallen in love with Tigress and thinks he's going insane because he can't stop thinking of her, [[DeadpanSnarker Mantis]] (being TheMedic) sagely advises him on what is "ailing" him: "I know what you're talking about. [[AllergicToLove It's a terrible affliction]] that can strike anyone without any warning, it's deadly accurate, [[TheCynic it spares no one in the end]], [[BearerOfBadNews and I'm afraid there's no cure]]. Yeah, you've got it bad, Tai Lung." Considering he's a CovertPervert and what [[AnimalStereotypes his kind's women]] [[BlackWidow are known for]], this sort of JadeColoredGlasses, SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids thinking isn't surprising. (It also is a reference to his HeManWomanHater nature [[AllThereInTheManual as described in]] ''Art of Kung Fu Panda''.)
* BatmanGambit: Oogway's plan for [[spoiler:getting rid of Chao is to have Po use the Wuxi Finger Hold on Tai Lung to restore him to himself, then joining forces with him. This after [[WhatTheHellHero Tai Lung was held for twenty years in Chorh-Gom to keep him safe from Chao.]]]]
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: [[spoiler:Xiu really should have been more wary of accepting power from a dark chi master...]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: Do we really need to say which couple this describes?
* BetaCouple: Crane and Mei Ling. They don't have as easy a time of it as most examples of the trope, but [[MasochismTango when]] [[SlapSlapKiss compared to]] [[BelligerentSexualTension Tai Lung and Tigress]]...
* BewareTheNiceOnes: It takes a lot to make Po angry. A lot! When he actually says a single curse word, your ass is about to be handed to you, painfully and humiliatingly.
* BigBad: Heian Chao, but Xiu gives him a good run for his money.
* [[spoiler:BigBadassBirdOfPrey[=/=]FeatheredFiend]]: Chao, which is [[AnimalJingoism oddly fitting]] [[JustEatHim considering what the protagonist's species is]].
* BigDamnHeroes: Pretty much everybody in the final battle, but the appearance of Mei Ling and especially [[spoiler:Mantis]] take the cake. [[spoiler:The arrival of Tigress and Crane at the trial also counts.]]
* BigNo: A number of them.
* BigWhat: A few of these as well, but the most memorable (and funniest) would be Tai Lung's reaction to the "[[MundaneMadeAwesome weapon]]" Shifu wishes to train him in for his first lesson.
* BilingualBonus: A number of phrases sprinkled throughout the story, and even whole sentences, appear in Mandarin, which the author [[ShownTheirWork dutifully translated in his notes]] for those who don't speak Chinese. Most of the original characters have a MeaningfulName due to this as well.
** In a rather delicious and hilarious twist, the diminutive "Tai Tai" that so annoys the snow leopard is also Cantonese for "mother-in-law".
* BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut: Tai Lung's nerve strike ends up being used this way twice--first PlayedForLaughs when he uses it in a bit of revenge while training Po, then later PlayedForDrama when [[ChekhovsSkill Po uses it]] on Xiu (and precipitates her VillainousBreakdown).
* BlackComedy: When the [[DemonicPossession possessed]] Vachir captures Zeng:
-->'''Zeng''': What are you...[[CallBack I thought we'd...gllckk!...gotten past this]]...
* BlackCloak: Chao wears one actually ''made'' from shadows.
* BlackMagic: Chao personifies this, due to the [[TheDarkSide source]], [[PoweredByAForsakenChild cost]], and [[PeoplePuppets effect]] [[DemonicPossession of]] [[{{Necromancer}} his]] [[HatePlague powers]].
* BodySnatcher: Chao again.
* BreakTheBadass: Two examples. Wu Xiu, the coldest and most black-hearted of the Wu Sisters, was both shocked and disturbed by what was found in [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s RoomFullOfCrazy, thus showing the reader just how far the DemonicPossession had gone and what the heroes were in for when Chao made [[spoiler:him]] betray them. See EvenEvilHasStandards. Similarly, Tai Lung tried to impress on Shifu and the Five how bad it would be to face Vachir by stressing how heartless, horrible, and implacable the rhino was--in other words, implying that he was afraid of him, and wasn't sure even he could win against Vachir. When they actually get to Chorh-Gom, this fear bears fruit during the battle, especially when [[spoiler:Tai Lung first sees the resurrected Anvil of Heaven behind him]]. If [[MemeticBadass Tai Lung]] is scared, you ''know'' something major is about to go down.
* BreakTheCutie[=/=]KillTheCutie: Where to begin? Xiu came extremely close to breaking Jia, and Chao tried quite hard to both break and kill Po.
* BreakingTheBonds: Tai Lung, during the battle at Yunxian.
* BreakingSpeech: Chao is fairly good at these, and manages to demoralize a few of his opponents long enough to gain an advantage over them. Sometimes, however, he only leaves himself open to a truly righteous ShutUpHannibal.
* BrokenPedestal: Po, regarding [[spoiler:Bao]]. Also, in a way, Tai Lung regarding Shifu and Oogway.
** Po's is nicely [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] in Chapter 17, when he decides to go fetch snacks for the Truth or Dare:
--> '''Po''': Don't worry, I'll leave some money down in the kitchen for the innkeeper. I may be a lotta things, but I ain't no thief.
* BucketBoobyTrap: Tai Lung used one on a snooty Imperial official when he was a cub. It also, [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial somehow]], ended up being used on Shifu.
* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Averted. Not only does [[spoiler:Vachir]] not make this as his LastRequest, but when Tai Lung chooses to bury him on his own, he doesn't even have to go very far at all--just within sight of both Chorh-Gom and the Mongolian steppes that had been [[spoiler:the rhino's]] home.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Implied when Jia confronts Heian Chao about him apparently planning [[spoiler:to have Monkey kill Tai Lung, whom she wanted as her lover]]. Her YouKnowWhatYouDid leads to this gem: "Before he could observe, with absolute honesty, that he had done many reprehensible, vile things and could not be expected to recall them all..." Considering he's almost a thousand years old and has been committing atrocities almost all of that time, he very well might have forgotten some of them. [[VisionaryVillain It wouldn't be]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist the first time]] [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget he's forgotten something]].
* CallingTheOldManOut: Tai Lung to Shifu for a good deal of the first quarter of the overall story. Also, Tigress to Shifu on the way to Chorh-Gom.
* CannotSpitItOut: Mei, to Crane.
* CarnivoreConfusion: Played with when Monkey suggests Chao is so focused on corrupting Tai Lung because [[JustEatHim he's afraid the snow leopard will eat him]]. (Which would also be an example of JustEatGilligan, since getting rid of Chao would indeed solve everyone's problems.)
* CastingAShadow: Chao's main power, through the corruption of his chi.
* CasualDangerDialog: Most of the characters do this, but Tai Lung and Xiu excel at it.
* CatapultNightmare: A guilt-ridden Tai Lung has one of these near the beginning of the story, a [[RecurringDreams repetition]] of [[BadDreams old dreams]] [[FlashbackNightmare about his rampage]] which has returned to him [[MoralEventHorizon now that he's truly aware of]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the magnitude of what he did]].
* CentralTheme[=/=]DrivingQuestion: Is everyone capable, or worthy, of redemption? Can it be earned? Is it even possible to truly atone, and who decides when it is achieved? Which is more important: being forgiven by others or yourself? What does it mean to be a hero, and is it something that should never be sought out, or if so only for the right reasons?
* ChekhovsBoomerang: [[OurDemonsAreDifferent The yaoguai]]. When they first appear in the story, it's only as a random aside, an old tale of Tai Lung's former heroism which Po mentions to illustrate why he doesn't believe the snow leopard is evil. Later on, when the author decided to expand on this tale simply because [[RuleOfCool it made Tai Lung look awesome]] and [[AscendedFanon the readers had requested to see more about it]], it became not only a way of proving his heroism, but a {{Foreshadowing}} of the [[{{Foil}} relationship between him and Po]], [[spoiler:since it is this very event, the facing of the 10,000 demons of Demon Mountain, which Po dreamed about in the movie--meaning he was, in true {{Otaku}} fashion, doing a SelfInsertFic with himself ''in the role of Tai Lung'']]. But then, much much later, the yaoguai turn up one more time...[[spoiler:as a BadassArmy [[SummoningRitual summoned by Heian Chao]], which the [[SealedArmyInACan Warriors]] [[SealedGoodInACan of Tenshu]] and the Furious Five must then defeat, [[DreamingOfThingsToCome just as Po had dreamed.]]]]
* ChekhovsGun: Everywhere, though the most notable would be [[spoiler:the Golden Spear, the hammer, the Urn of Whispering Warriors, and everything found in Oogway's room]].
* ChekhovsSkill: Tai Lung teaching Po the nerve strike technique comes in very handy later. Also, Tai Lung's skill with lances and halberds.
* TheChessmaster: Heian Chao prefers to sit back and manipulate things like the shadow he is.
* ChewOutFakeOut: [[spoiler:Shifu]]'s confrontation with Tai Lung and Tigress in their bedroom would be this, crossed with a SecretTestOfCharacter.
* ChewToy: Poor Tai Lung gets this a lot, but this applies to Po and Jia as well.
* TheChosenOne[=/=]TheUnchosenOne: It's made perfectly clear Tai Lung was not meant to be the Dragon Warrior. Meanwhile, because of Chao's evil, because it had to be done and there was no one else to do it, Tai Lung chose on his own (albeit at Oogway's request) to stop the BigBad and thus made his own destiny. Of course once he did, it turned out he really was TheChosenOne, just not the one he thought, because Oogway had chosen Tai Lung for this task long ago. Since Tai Lung always had the choice whether or not to accept, though, he had destiny and free will at the same time.
* CivilianVillain: What people like Xiulan and Fu Xiao believe Tai Lung to be...[[DangerouslyGenreSavvy which Chao was counting on]].
* ClearTheirName: What Crane had to do at the trial.
* CliffHanger: A large number, though the ends of Chapter 15, 19, 30, 34, 41, and 43 stand out especially.
* CoitusEnsues: Averted. Not only is romance one of the main points of the story so that sex would naturally appear at some point, and not only is it in-character for Tigress and Tai Lung to do it at the points that they do, it always has a purpose in the narrative. The first time is as a result of the HatePlague (emotions are already running high, thus making the BelligerentSexualTension explode) and the resultant RelationshipUpgrade is one of the things that helps them resist Chao's chi manipulation. The second time is after they've finally declared their love for each other...and it sets up for both [[ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime Shifu discovering them in the act]] ''and'' Tai Lung having to go down to the village to get birth control [[spoiler:which leaves him on the scene and with no alibi when Zhuang is murdered]].
* ColdBloodedTorture: Revealed to have happened at Chorh-Gom by Vachir's hands, [[spoiler:which was encouraged by Chao]].
* CombatPragmatist: While he is honorable when fighting heroes (which seems applicable to some extent even in the movie), Tai Lung has no compunctions in throwing aside the rules when it comes to facing truly awful opponents like Xiu, Vachir, and Chao. He also tries to instill some of this in Po, with [[TookALevelInBadass a fair degree of success]] but not enough to revoke Po's IncorruptiblePurePureness status.
* ComeAlone: Vachir's admonition in his note (and Chun's to Po).
* ComeBackToBedHoney: New version, and [[InvertedTrope inverted]]--it is Tai Lung who wishes to stay in bed with Tigress, but she insists that ''he'' leave...[[CrowningMomentOfFunny so as to go and fetch birth control herbs]].
* ConnectTheDeaths: While the map Crane marks doesn't immediately show an obvious pattern to him, there is a more subtle one.
* ConservationOfDetail: Everything matters, and things you wouldn't expect to come up again do.
* ContrivedCoincidence: Not as many as some stories, but a few. Zeng happens to run into a possessed Vachir while coming to warn the Weis [[DramaticIrony about the killer terrorizing the Valley]], and he later is freed to return to the palace just in time to interrupt Mei Ling as she's about to finally [[CannotSpitItOut spit it out]] to Crane. Above all, Zhuang deciding to check on the Weis, thus coming to free them and [[spoiler:deprive Chao of a great deal of power right as the Heroes were facing Vachir and the traitor Monkey]] takes the cake for fortuitous timing. [[SubvertedTrope However]], Mei Ling happening to appear in Yunxian in time to exonerate Tai Lung is due to the fact she had been following the Wu Sisters, and they in turn had come where Chao, with his [[PsychicPowers astral projection]], had told them the Heroes would be. And Zhuang continually being a SpannerInTheWorks whenever the Sisters were targeting Ping had the simple explanation of him being both a friend and hired laborer to the goose. Even his being in the birch forest was due to his line of work.
* CoolClearWater: Played with--as in the movie, the Pool of Sacred Tears is as beautiful, pristine, and pure as can be, but this is not a sign of contamination at all, instead one of holiness and harmony, and the fact it is revealed to be a font of PureEnergy (chi) means that [[JustifiedTrope in fact]] the pool ''has'' been [[AWizardDidIt magically]] purified to make it safe to drink. By the same token, when [[spoiler:Chao's corruption turns it into GrimyWater, the pool's tainted and poisonous appearance, as well as all the death surrounding it, is justified both by Chao's powers and by [[PoisonIsEvil the poison the Wu Sisters poured into it]] beforehand]].
* CoolOldGuy: Emperor Chen (and to a lesser extent, Ning Guo).
* TheCorruption: Heian Chao's dark chi and MoreThanMindControl work on this level for anyone he uses DemonicPossession on or even merely influences, but it also seems to be true of ''himself'', since his steeping himself in advanced chi techniques so as to [[spoiler:bring down a tyrannical emperor]] caused him to [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil become more and more twisted, vile]], and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans willing to do anything]] if he could justify it by the end result, until eventually he turned into an irredeemable monster and (arguably) not even truly himself any more due to [[EvilIsNotAToy losing his soul]].
* CrazyPrepared: The group arm themselves before the final battle, including [[spoiler:Mantis bringing the [[ChekhovsGun Urn of Whispering Warriors]]]]. Also applies to the Wu Sisters, as they take several weapons each, and are cross-trained, thus they can use any weapon the others are carrying. And Tai Lung himself, [[spoiler:bringing the hammer along]].
* CrypticConversation: Oogway, constantly.
* CueTheSun: Dawn breaks as the heroes emerge from defeating the BigBad. Since he was composed of/fought with shadow and generally represented ultimate evil, this [[RuleOfSymbolism was actually highly appropriate]].
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Chao's big plan: [[spoiler:to kill the Dragon Warrior, but not because he is TheChosenOne or because he wants the Dragon Scroll for himself (not only does he not need such a MacGuffin, he actually helped ''make'' it and is thus aware of what it can do as no other besides Oogway is). It is
M to deprive the Valley of its [[TheMessiah Messiah]] and Tai Lung his perceived MoralityChain so that he will revert back to his rampaging, savage self. He also attempts to use Tai Lung's HeroicResolve against him by pushing him into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Vachir, a JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope act which will make him susceptible to TheCorruption.]]
** [[XanatosSpeedChess When that fails]], [[spoiler:he counts on the fact that everyone will expect the ReformedButRejected ex-villain to actually be a CivilianVillain to get the entire town to turn on Tai Lung for supposedly murdering Zhuang, and guarantees their cooperation by drawing on [[NeverLiveItDown the fears and hatreds brought on by the rampage]] to possess the townsfolk--and he shows Xiulan exactly what she believed she'd see [[{{Frameup}} by appearing]] [[LieToTheBeholder as Tai Lung]] when he and Xiu kill her husband.]]
** Lastly, [[spoiler:not only does he ensure Tai Lung will be imprisoned, something which after 20 years of confinement is sure to unhinge him again, but he places the snow leopard [[SadisticChoice in an unwinnable situation]]: die for a crime he didn't commit, or break free and rampage again to save himself, thus turning everyone against him for real.]] And it would have worked too, if not for both the PowerOfFriendship and the PowerOfLove. And because, in the end, EvilCannotComprehendGood.
* TheDarkSide: Chao wants to drag Tai Lung to this trope...
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: Originally, Chao began studying chi so as to [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist depose]] [[VisionaryVillain a tyrannical emperor]] and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans make the empire a better place]]]], but by the time of the story all he cares about is [[spoiler:[[TakeOverTheWorld ruling the empire himself]], and the lives of everyone in it, because he believes [[{{Pride}} only he has the intellect and insight to do the job]]]]. A MotiveDecay that is strongly implied, if not explicitly stated, to be caused by Chao [[EvilIsNotAToy using powers and techniques]] [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow he did not fully comprehend.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: Tai Lung still has almost every single flaw he had in the movie, even by the time the story ends. Also, Yin isn't evil despite being the black half. The story in fact goes out of its way to point out the mistake the writers made in the movie, when Oogway said Tai Lung had too much darkness in his heart. Oogway here explains what the problem really was: Tai Lung was ''imbalanced''. His Yang overpowered his Yin (even though Yang is technically the light side of the ''taijitu'', it symbolizes aggression), which naturally left him open to becoming as psychotic as he did. The key is to let his Yin and Yang work together in harmony, which he masters by the end.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Like you wouldn't believe. It does end on a genuinely happy note, though.
* DarkestHour: Chapters 33 through 37--[[spoiler:Zhuang]] has been murdered, with Tai Lung arrested and put on trial for it, placed in a horrible SadisticChoice and on the verge of going mad again, going on a second rampage, and joining the BigBad due to the trauma of being imprisoned again and, he thinks, abandoned by everyone he cares about; thanks to [[spoiler:the corruption of the Sacred Pool and PeoplePuppets]], neither Shifu nor Mei Ling can get through to the KangarooCourt to exonerate him. Meanwhile, [[IHaveYourWife Ping has been kidnapped by the Wu Sisters]] so that Po, Viper, and Tigress have to go to Wu Dan to rescue him, thus keeping all of them away from the Valley (and Po's staying out of the coming battle is in fact the condition for him getting his father back), while Monkey is imprisoned for [[spoiler:seemingly killing Mantis at Chorh-Gom]]. Comes close to being a NearVillainVictory. Also ''[[RuleOfSymbolism literal]]'' since Chao's dark chi actually [[spoiler:overshadows and eclipses the Valley with black mist and stormclouds after he corrupts the Sacred Pool]] and after finally defeating him, the heroes [[CueTheSun emerge at dawn]].
* ADateWithRosiePalms: After the [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Truth or Dare" game]], [[spoiler: where Tai Lung and Tigress share their first kiss]], it's stated in the next chapter that when Tai Lung got back to his room, the experience had been so intense and blissful that he'd had to...take matters in paw.
* DeaderThanDead: [[spoiler:Chao. Overdone chicken doesn't begin to describe it.]] [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by both Po and Oogway.
* DeadlyHug: Thanks to Xiu's {{Frameup}}, this is what Mei Ling, Xu Mei, and the rest of China believed was the cause of Wu Xuan's death, courtesy of Jia.
* DeadPersonConversation: Though not the only one to do it, Oogway adores this trope.
* DeadSerious: [[spoiler: Zhuang's death]] was intended to demonstrate just how far Xiu and Chao were willing to go just to subjugate the Valley. The death of Chang's son would also count as this, seeing as it occurred chronologically earlier. But the aversion of InfantImmortality was meant more as a proof of how bad Chao was, while the death of [[spoiler:Zhuang]], seeing as he had more CharacterDevelopment and readers had come to like him a great deal, was more of the [[GutPunch sucker punch]] associated with this trope.
* DeadpanSnarker: Tai Lung must have thought this was scroll 1,001...
* DeathIsDramatic: Played straight with [[spoiler:Zhuang]], subverted with [[spoiler:Shifu]].
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Tai Lung and Po, though the process is a lot more slowgoing than usual. Once it kicks in, though, they're brothers for life. Also, interestingly, [[spoiler:Jia and Po.]]
* DefectorFromDecadence: The first time [[spoiler:Jia]] attempts a HeelFaceTurn, it is thanks to Xiu's threatening the life of a pure innocent (Ping) in order to [[{{Frameup}} frame]] and manipulate Tai Lung. It is in fact her horror and disgust with Xiu's overall methods and acts that contributes to her real HeelFaceTurn--[[AvertedTrope but this was prevented]], up until the end of the story, due to Xiu's [[ManipulativeBitch emotional]] {{Blackmail}}.
* DemonicPossession: Vachir, made worse by the fact we get a front row seat for it happening. Also, [[spoiler:Monkey]].
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: "Did I mention you don't have my permission?"
* DespairEventHorizon: Tai Lung almost has one of these when [[spoiler:he has been convicted of killing Zhuang and it appears he's about to be hung]].
* DetectEvil: Yi's ability to see the dark chi.
* DeusExMachina: On a number of occasions Oogway acts as this, most notably when he [[spoiler:spares the life of Mantis]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, because such a thing is practically necessary when going up against the DiabolusExMachina that is Heian Chao. At times the plot can resemble these two masters playing XanatosSpeedChess. It's pretty much a foregone conclusion who wins, but there's plenty of nail-biting suspense, hate-worthy developments, and OhCrap moments to make the reader wonder.
* [[DidntSeeThatComing Didn't See That Coming]]: Xiu never saw coming [[spoiler:her betrayal by Jia]] because she believed her sister was too weak, pathetic, and [[ManipulativeBitch easily manipulated]] due to being [[GoodIsDumb dumb]] and [[GoodIsOldFashioned old-fashioned]] to be driven to a MistreatmentInducedBetrayal, and so could never ''[[{{Pride}} possibly]]'' be a danger. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome She was wrong.]] (Though to be fair, it was TheReveal of [[YouKilledMyFather who really killed their father]], and [[YouAreNotAlone subsequent support from Mei Ling]], that proved to be the proverbial straw.) Similarly, Heian Chao never expected Po to respond to the [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Father]] situation which he engineered through the Wu Sisters by gathering TheCavalry and riding to the rescue, rather than meekly accepting the inevitable. [[JustifiedTrope In his defense]], however, while Chao was quite aware of how Po's IncorruptiblePurePureness was [[MoralityChain changing Tai Lung]] [[PowerOfFriendship for the better]], he had no way of knowing the reverse was also true, causing the panda to [[TookALevelInBadass Take A Level In Badass]]--nor that [[BewareTheNiceOnes Po was not as gentle and harmless as he appeared]].
* DidYouActuallyBelieve: Chao to Shifu during the final battle.
* DishingOutDirt: Shifu's element is Earth.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:Mantis]]
* DistressedDamsel (averted): It's perfectly clear the ladies here can dish it out as good as the men can, even going to the point that while watching Tigress fighting during the final battle, Tai Lung vows he will do his best to never anger her. None of the ladies ever get captured or made helpless, and if so it isn't for long--Mei Ling gets locked in a cell but immediately picks the lock, and the one time Tigress ends up needing a rescue it's only after the Wu Sisters cheated and nearly killed her; even then Zhuang only chases them away to bring her back to the palace and she recovers just fine, fuming all the while. She certainly wasn't helpless at Chorh-Gom--Vachir didn't know what hit him.
* [[DontDoAnythingIWouldntDo Don't Do Anything I Wouldn't Do]]: Mantis, to Crane as he goes on the road with Mei.
* [[DontYouDarePityMe Don't You Dare Pity Me]]: Both Tai Lung and Tigress display this.
* {{Doorstopper}}: While not quite ''WarAndPeace'', the fic certainly makes quite the lengthy novel.
* DoubleSubversion: Near the end of the story, it seems like Master Shifu is dying, in a reference to the ending of the movie--except instead of everyone being [[MistakenForDying clueless like Po]], he really is dying. [[spoiler:But then Mantis succeeds in patching up his injuries so he doesn't die after all--something even Shifu didn't expect, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny to his chagrin]].]]
* TheDragon: Xiu, and to a lesser extent Vachir (who as a [[ThePawn Pawn]] is more of a FakeBoss).
** DevourTheDragon: [[spoiler:What Chao tries to do until stopped by Po.]]
* DramaticIrony: Happens a great deal, but notable incidents include [[spoiler:Chao helping Xiu kill Zhuang without knowing he was the SpannerInTheWorks, Chang's message about Vachir, Shifu thinking Mei Ling would be able to exonerate Tai Lung through identifying the snow leopard fur, everyone thinking Monkey was just being naturally belligerent to Tai Lung when he was actually suffering from DemonicPossession, and Zeng speaking to Vachir of the grisly slayings around the Valley.]] There's also Situational Irony, such as the fact [[spoiler:the Wuxi Finger Hold that purged Tai Lung of his rage and insanity also freed Heian Chao]].
** Extending what was revealed in the movie, Shifu reveals why he did not stand up for Tai Lung against Oogway: because the Dragon Scroll was meant for a true hero, but the very reasons Tai Lung was seeking it (to make his father proud of him and be accepted despite being an orphan) would make it impossible for him to attain it--because a true hero is selfless and does things because they are right, not because they will get him something. So not only did Shifu instill in Tai Lung the very character flaws that made him unsuitable to receive the scroll, but it was Tai Lung's own desires for acceptance and love, and the fact that he desired and sought the scroll at all (a selfless person would never consciously try to obtain it), that proved he wasn't the Dragon Warrior; in fact Tigress, Shifu, any of the Five could never have been the Dragon Warrior, because they were all actively trying to earn the scroll. Worst of all, it was Tai Lung's own great love for Shifu, which drove him to do absolutely anything to make him proud of him, that led him to seek the scroll...but when denied it (and seemingly betrayed), [[{{Tragedy}} he then ended up almost killing the one he loved]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Po's dream from the movie turns out to be [[spoiler:a prophecy of the final battle with Chao and his forces]].
* DropTheHammer: [[spoiler:Tai Lung uses a very particular hammer as a weapon...]]
* DrowningMySorrows: What Tai Lung did immediately after being turned down for the Dragon Scroll. While not the trigger for his rampage (that was AllOfTheOtherReindeer BullyingADragon--[[IncrediblyLamePun er, former Dragon Warrior contender?]]), it likely did not help his [[FatalFlaw temper]] either.
** Monkey does this too at the Ghost Festival, almost to the point of DrowningOurRomanticSorrows (except he drinks alone rather than with his rival) as a result of [[INeedAFreakingDrink having to watch]] [[spoiler:the woman he loves drawing closer to a reformed villain]]...thus leading to AlcoholInducedIdiocy and [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]].
* DuelToTheDeath: More than once, though mostly the final battle.
* DyingAlone: Averted with Vachir. At first this is an [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] aversion, since being trapped on the ledge with him means Tigress and Tai Lung have no choice but to [[StayWithMeUntilIDie stay with him until he dies]]. But once they realize he was under DemonicPossession, his story is shared, and there is forgiveness and understanding passed between them, it becomes a genuinely heartfelt version of averting this trope. Though not quite an UnbrokenVigil, they do show Vachir [[YouAreNotAlone he is not alone]], promise to fulfill his LastRequest, say they will make him FamedInStory so people will know he died a hero, and of course there is a MeaningfulFuneral afterward. One of the most [[TearJerker emotional moments]] in the story--as well as proving, even before TheFinalTemptation, that Tai Lung has completed his HeelFaceTurn.
* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:Vachir]]
* DyingClue: [[spoiler:Zhuang]] leaves one of these, in his own blood since he [[CouldntFindAPen Couldn't Find a Brush]]. Unlike most examples, it was neither incomplete, unclear, nor lacking knowledge--simply hidden and misplaced for a while.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Zhuang. Not only does he see through Chao's dark chi to see who is really killing him (not Tai Lung), he [[SpitefulSpit spits in Xiu's face]]...and as he's dying, [[DyingClue leaves behind a hidden message]] [[CouldntFindAPen in his own blood]] naming his true killer.]]
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The whole point of the story; it's really the only way to justify giving a former villain whom many consider irredeemable everything he ever wanted (save the Dragon Scroll) without making him a DracoInLeatherPants at the same time. The characters in fact all get put through the wringer, but everything works out just fine in the end.
* TheEasyWayOrTheHardWay: While this could describe overall the way Tigress treats Tai Lung and his path to redemption, she actually invokes the trope name during the raising of the Thread of Hope.
* ElementalBaggage: [[spoiler:Both Tai Lung and Po learn to summon their elements from within and the air itself, respectively. They can also use fire or water that's already nearby (the braziers, the Pool of Sacred Tears).]]
* ElementalPowers: The story builds off of Tai Lung's fiery rampage near the end of the film, claiming that high level Kung Fu masters can use their chi to manipulate elements. Shifu uses earth, Tai Lung is fire, and Po is water. [[spoiler:Heian Chao can manipulate ice.]]
* EmotionlessGirl: Chun
* EmpathyDollShot: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] by Monkey [[spoiler:while under DemonicPossession]] to try and engender hatred against Tai Lung for the children he supposedly murdered on his way from Chorh-Gom to the Valley. Also plays into the poignancy of the story of Tigress's doll and rescue from her ruined house after the earthquake, which Tai Lung [[PetTheDog has fixed for her]]. Played with at the village of Qinghe, where the abandoned dolls merely attest to the children who fled along with their parents to escape Vachir's slaughter. [[spoiler:Although it may also be subverted, [[FridgeHorror if any of those children were killed and then raised as zombies]]...]]
* TheEnd: The fic ends with the more sophisticated "[[GratuitousFrench Fin]]". This is less likely to let the readers know it was over and more likely as an artistic flourish to go with the story's epic nature.
* EngineeredHeroics: Tai Lung considers this early on as a way to convince Tigress and the villagers that he has changed or is willing to; luckily he realizes the dangers of this and opts out, proving that amazingly he never suffered from HeroSyndrome--or if he did, he grew out of it after learning the Dragon Scroll would never be his (or give him what he wanted), so why bother trying to be the center of attention?
* EpiphanyTherapy: Averted for the most part. Tai Lung didn't get forgiven just like that, nor did he get over his hangups about Po or his temper right away. Po didn't get over [[spoiler:what he learns about his dad]], and so on. The only moment where the trope seems to be played straight is when Xiulan gets over her anger at Tai Lung...but that is still justified because [[spoiler:she'd just experienced Chao's evil possession so now she knows there's someone worse who was actually responsible for her losses]]. An unusual literal usage of AWizardDidIt to justify this! Also, Chao's possession has a rather neat side-effect in that it gives his victims an up-close and personal view of their [[BeneathTheMask inner monster]], and it's pretty damn hard to keep hating someone once you realize just how hateworthy ''[[NotSoDifferent you]]'' are.
* EroticDream: Tai Lung has one about Tigress, which in a rather delicious BaitAndSwitch is at first implied to be AllJustADream, or perhaps a DreamWithinADream...except it turns out ThatWasNotADream, since instead of making out with Tigress [[spoiler:it was Jia]]. [[OhCrap And Tigress catches him]]. For added fun, this same 'dream' turns up again later as the real thing, causing Tai Lung to understandably test Tigress to make sure it's really her with [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay Something Only She Would Say]].
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: All the original characters get one, but of particular note is Tai Lung first meeting Xiulan's eyes, as well as the conversation with Zhuang at the Ghost Festival. Heian Chao also gets points for creeping the hell out of everyone who's read the story, with some even calling him the best villain they'd ever seen...[[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen except they]] ''[[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen didn't]]'' [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen see him]], since his first appearance did not even identify his name or species, [[TheFaceless let alone show his face]]. Talk about atmospherics.
* EurekaMoment: A number, particularly when Tai Lung finally figures out [[HolyBurnsEvil how to defeat Chao]] [[spoiler:(helped along by the obviousness of Po's fur colors)]], but one of the best is the scene where the heroes find the scroll Shifu [[TheChessmaster left behind]] identifying who their enemy truly was, and suddenly Tai and Po figure out, if not everything, then a good majority of the plot and the source of Chao's powers, [[HeterosexualLifePartners to the point they're]] FinishingEachOthersSentences.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: She may have been a [[PsychoForHire sociopath]], but the discovery of a RoomFullOfCrazy and [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession what it revealed]] [[MoreThanMindControl about Monkey]]]] did startle and shock ''Xiu''. Though this may have been partly due to how Chao's plans [[RightHandVersusLeftHand seemed to be running counter to what he'd told her]], thus [[ItsAllAboutMe depriving her of the chance to gain Tai Lung's allegiance]].
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Although Tigress denies it with her dying breath until the latter fourth of the story (and Tai Lung both sees it and strives for it almost from day one), by the end of the story everyone can indeed see that Tai Lung and Tigress belong together, even Jia. [[AndZoidberg Well, everyone except poor Crane]]. In this case, however, Tigress being unable to see it is not being ObliviousToLove but her [[ReformedButRejected refusing to believe he had truly changed]] so as to be worthy of her, as well as overall [[SubvertedTrope resistance to the idea that]] AllGirlsWantBadBoys.
* EveryoneWentToSchoolTogether: Or at least, Crane, Mei Ling, and the Wu Sisters did.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Played with. Chao knows exactly what gives the Dragon Warrior his power, and is well aware of ThePowerOfLove, but he tends to be so arrogant that he thinks his own power can overcome them. [[spoiler:He's wrong.]] Xiu on the other hand plays it entirely straight. Chao does have one moment where he falls prey to this, however: after [[spoiler:killing Chang's son while possessing Vachir and trying to blame Tai Lung by saying it was all part of a trap for him]], he believes ThePowerOfHate and a desire for {{Revenge}} will make Chang turn on the snow leopard even more and help lead a lynch mob against him. [[spoiler:Again, he's wrong.]]
* EvilFeelsGood: Chao and Xiu again, since it [[{{Squick}} literally gives them feelings of ecstasy]]. [[spoiler:Chao is also able to inspire feelings of sexual desire, it seems, in those whose chi he influences--perhaps to the point of [[NoYay being aroused himself by Vachir]].]]
* EvilGloating: Chao and Xiu ''again'', though Chao does it more.
* EvilSoundsDeep[=/=]PowerMakesYourVoiceDeep: Played with; Chao's voice, even when not the VoiceOfTheLegion, is indeed made deeper by the incredible mystical power he has absorbed and mastered, but his original voice was deep to begin with.
* ExactEavesdropping: Played with. While a number of conversations get overheard, just about every one is justifiably important and relevant--Crane listening in on Shifu and Tigress discussing Tai Lung happens precisely ''because'' Crane [[InvokedTrope knew they were going to talk about him]] and he considered the matter important enough to eavesdrop, and Jia, in turn, had [[HopelessSuitor a vested interest]] in listening in to any conversations between Tai Lung and Tigress. This, as well as Po's two accidental examples in Chapter 16 and Mantis's in Chapter 24, also occur because the plot-relevant information in question, the status of Tai Lung and Tigress's relationship, is something [[JustifiedTrope very likely to be discussed]] on a regular basis due to the snow leopard being such a {{Determinator}} about the matter (or because the eavesdropper was [[PassThePopcorn extremely interested]] in the topic). Po hearing Tai Lung and Tigress discuss her time at Bao Gu, of course, happens because [[CaptainObvious they're actually standing in said orphanage]], after Tigress tried to avoid giving away her connection to it. Aside from these conversations, [[AvertedTrope no critical plot information]] (such as, say, the BigBad's plans) is passed on through eavesdropping.
* ExactWords: Chao gives Xiu exactly what she asked for, but neglected to mention the price, and when he [[spoiler:ages Jia]] it's a reversal of what she asked for. Comes close to being a JackassGenie.
* {{Expy}}: The Wu Sisters start out as this of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Ozai's Angels]], with Xiu standing in for Azula, Chun as Mai, and Jia as Ty Lee. They aren't exact copies, but the author does have a fair amount of fun with this, and they drop a lot of familiar lines. They also end up growing and developing as characters in their own right.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Chang, very painfully.]]
* FacePalm: Both Tai Lung and Shifu do this.
* FakeoutEscape: The Wu Sisters use this on Mei Ling near the end of the story, in the "hiding out of sight, knocks out/locks in the guard" version of the trope. However, despite the mountain cat [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy falling for it]], Xiu in turn [[OutGambitted underestimates]] Mei Ling, who [[CrazyPrepared happened to have]] her father's lockpicks with her, which the snow leopardess likely had never known existed.
* FallingInLoveMontage: Chapter 25, where Tai Lung is shown following the various romance advice given by Viper in the previous chapter to woo Tigress, particularly everything following the doll scene. A shorter, more understated version occurs in Chapter 32 when they are returning from Chorh-Gom and he is trying to cheer her up after [[spoiler:Mantis]]'s death.
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Every single freaking one.
* {{Fanservice}}: In-story, both Viper and Jia don't waste any opportunity to ogle at muscular Tai Lung [[spoiler:and later on, the Emperor, who is basically what you get if you cross a bodybuilder, a tiger, and Sean Connery, without the accent]].
* FastballSpecial: Inverted when [[TheLancer Tai Lung]] hurls [[TheBigGuy Po]] at Heian Chao for a two-fisted strike, but played straight when Po later hurls Tai Lung [[spoiler:to kick the Golden Spear through Chao]].
* FatalFlaw: All over the place. Tai Lung and Tigress still have those bad tempers, and Shifu really, really needs parenting classes. [[spoiler:Monkey's feelings for Tigress]] are exploited, as is Vachir's hatred of Tai Lung--[[FlawExploitation exploiting fatal flaws]] is what Chao does. You could also say Chao has a fatal flaw in that [[WeakenedByTheLight he's weak]] [[HolyBurnsEvil against holy]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Xiu somehow manages to survive everything thrown at her to the point of making Michael Myers look bad, but she ends up catatonic and yet, very possibly, conscious, jailed with her equally psychotic mother.]] The Weis also experienced one of these: [[spoiler:left suspended from grappling hooks from the ceiling of their basement, slowly and agonizingly bleeding to death]], the villain living off of and growing powerful from their fear, horror, and pain, while being forced to look at their dead son, until he finally allowed them to die. Luckily, they get freed from this.
* FightOffTheKryptonite: An unusual villainous example--Heian Chao succeeds in resisting the power of Oogway's holy chi, at least long enough to [[spoiler:mortally injure Shifu]].
* FinalBattle: And it's a doozie, involving absolutely everyone ([[KilledOffForReal who's still alive, that is]]--[[spoiler:and even one who was [[NotQuiteDead presumed dead]]]]).
* TheFinalTemptation: While Chao doesn't use an actual vision, the moment when he comes to Tai Lung in his cell, offering him freedom from prison and the false charge against him, as well as what he's always dreamed of (heroism, fame, powers which no one else has) [[WeCanRuleTogether if he will only join him]] very much has the same flavor. [[spoiler:And as more proof he has truly changed, Tai Lung, though tempted, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome kicks him to the curb]].]] Also doubles as a WhatYouAreInTheDark moment.
* FireForgedFriends: Po and Tai Lung.
* FirstNameBasis: For a good portion of the story, Tai Lung refuses to call Po by his given name to his face, either referring to him as "panda" or (after accepting the truth) "Dragon Warrior". However, after a critical moment when [[spoiler:Po is on the verge of dying in front of him]], the snow leopard finally calls him by name for the first time. From then on out, while he still uses his other terms of address, Po's first name is used by Tai Lung much more frequently and willingly. Key moment of CharacterDevelopment.
* {{Flashback}}: A number of these occur, the majority memories of Tai Lung's from when he was in Chorh-Gom, or other events from his past, though one is to Chun's past relating [[spoiler:how the Wu Sisters knew Po's biological parents]], another is a flashback to a conversation [[ShapedLikeItself about that very past]] which happened offscreen, and another is a HowWeGotHere after the events in Yunxian start InMediasRes (which ''also'' includes another conversation about the past).
* FlashbackNightmare: Tai Lung has a recurring one about the night he rampaged across the valley after being denied the Dragon Scroll.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Partially plays into how Tigress finally falls for Tai Lung, when she is his patient. [[HoYay Could also play into how Tai Lung finally admits his friendship for Po]].
* {{Foil}}: Po and Tai Lung. Not only are they opposites already in [[RedOniBlueOni the panda's amiable, friendly, laid-back demeanor vs. Tai Lung's arrogance, harshness, and fiery temper]], and in the ways in which they approach kung fu, but they also represent the opposite sides of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism. What makes this more heartwarming and powerful is how, as Tai Lung becomes Po's friend (and admits it), the snow leopard not only becomes protective of the panda but seems to admire his innocence and idealism. A case could even be made that before his FaceHeelTurn, Tai Lung was just as much a heroic idealist and that getting to know Po has reminded him of what he used to believe in, a window into who he used to be...and can be again, now that he has someone to protect and fight for.
-->''This was the fellow who, despite only having become the Dragon Warrior a little over three months ago, knew every detail of every kung fu legend, battle, and warrior, even things Tai Lung himself had forgotten or never bothered to learn. If anyone exemplified the philosophy Oogway had always insisted lay at the core of kung fu, it was Po, he lived and breathed it every day.''
-->''And he in turn had taught Tai Lung more things than he could ever have expected—about compassion and love, generosity and good will, forgiveness and acceptance, but most of all what was truly important in life. Fine, Po's zany humor, odd slang, and laughably child-like way of looking at the world could truly grate on his nerves...but by the same token, his innocence was something refreshing, something that made the spotted feline wonder—no, '''demand'''—why the world couldn't be as simple as the Dragon Warrior saw it.''
-->''It had been Po's mercy and friendship that saved him, in more ways than one, he had learned to release so much baggage and stressful burdens thanks to the panda. And marveling at the determination and perseverance they both had in spades, he understood that Po's words to him in his cell over his father's noodles—words he had refused to accept then—were undeniably true: they '''did''' have so much in common. Without him even realizing it, Po had become like a brother to him. At times an annoying, ridiculous little brother, one he sometimes wanted to chuck out the window and whom he felt obligated to tease and belittle as only older brothers could do. But a brother all the same.''
* ForcedIntoEvil: Jia, who is also therefore a Type IV AntiVillain, due to being coerced into her life as an assassin (and believing [[TrappedInVillainy she has no way out of it]]) by Xiu.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Aside from the various [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]] littered throughout the story, this occurs a number of times, such as the implication of what would have happened if Zhuang had seen the Wu Sisters (and they him) during his rescue of Tigress ([[spoiler:[[WhamEpisode it isn't good]]]]), [[spoiler:Monkey getting possessed right after Po warned him about wandering spirits the night of the Ghost Festival]], and [[spoiler:Tai Lung losing his dark chi thanks to the acupuncture session pointing ahead to what happens when Vachir gets stabbed]]. But the two best examples, one obvious and one not, would be:
--> '''Viper''', ''regarding the Five'': Still, I think if you give them enough time, and they get to know you better, things might change.
--> '''Tai Lung''': Yes, and the Emperor will arrive on his palanquin tomorrow to pardon me in person. And when the New Year arrives, I'll suddenly have more good luck and prosperity than I can shake a stick at. Oh, and all the pigs in the Valley will sprout wings, too. [[spoiler:(Guess he'd better start looking for someone to CueTheFlyingPigs.)]]

::And this bit from Monkey's thoughts:

--> No, the familial love and firm, unshakable trust between them was as dead and buried as Tai Lung's cubhood, or the thousand rhinos he had killed escaping Chorh-Gom. And, Monkey privately believed, as dead as the goodness and loyalty the snow leopard had once possessed. [[spoiler:(NightOfTheLivingMooks, anyone? Also, none of those things stay dead and buried, since even Tai Lung gets to meet his past self in a sort of reverse FutureMeScaresMe situation. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Which is never mentioned again]].)]]
** A subtle example from Chapter 11: not only is the wind which nearly costs Tai Lung his life when it knocks him from the Thread of Hope an early attempt by Chao to kill him (note the direction it blows from), but [[spoiler:its frigid nature is a hint at Chao's [[AnIcePerson ability with ice chi]]]].
** Another subtle example: in Chapter 5, when Po is teasing Tai Lung about dousing him with cold water to help wash off the stink of twenty years in Chorh-Gom, Tai Lung seems to freak at the idea--not because of the [[AnimalStereotypes cat stereotype]] of cats hating water, but because it is ''freezing''. This becomes poignant and even [[FridgeHorror rather upsetting in hindsight]], instead of funny, however, when you discover what was done to Tai by Vachir while he was in prison...
* ForYourOwnGood: This is the reason, it turns out, that Tai Lung was a DoorstopBaby--to give him to a family who would raise him as a good and noble warrior like his father, and who could actually take care of him (due to not having too many mouths to feed and not enough money).
* FourIsDeath: In the Wu Sisters' introductory scene, Xiu is idly rolling dice on the table; one of the numbers which comes up is four. It may also be noted that the Sisters plus Vachir gives Chao four followers, and [[spoiler:seemingly]] killing off [[spoiler:Mantis]] may have been an attempt to invoke bad luck in the FinalBattle, with there only being [[spoiler:the Furious Four]]. And Xiu actually makes the pinyin for four on Wu Dan, when discussing how she loves killing and wants Chao's chi power so she can do even more. In a meta-aversion, however, Chapter 4 in which Tigress goes storming off to Tai Lung's cell does not in fact involve the leader of the Five gutting the snow leopard.
* {{Frameup}}: Chao's last major gambit before the FinalBattle--[[spoiler:possessing Xiu and influencing Xiulan with his dark chi, so as to make it [[LieToTheBeholder look to her]] that it is Tai Lung killing her husband.]] And it would have worked if not for [[SpannerInTheWorks Zhuang]], [[ClearTheirName Crane]], [[TheChosenOne Po]], and [[DeusExMachina Oogway]].
* FreudianSlip: As the heroes are preparing to go face Chao for the FinalBattle (complete with VerbalBackspace):
-->'''Tai Lung''': So he's a wizard, so sodding what? He's still mortal, he's still got a body, he can still be killed if we can [[ItsPersonal just get my paws]]--I mean, our paws, on him!
* FriendshipMoment: Tai Lung and Po a whole lot. To give credit, although Tai Lung has [[FriendshipMoment Friendship Moments]] with Po since fairly early on, he ends up finally saying out loud that Po is his friend in chapter 22, and his coming to save Po from Chao during the final battle surely counts as such a moment. Po and [[spoiler:Jia]] also get some of these, as do Tai Lung and some others, such as Zhuang.
* FurryDenial: A number of times, whether aloud or in his thoughts, Tai Lung refers to himself as human, and a few other characters do as well. [[WildMassGuessing This may, however]], be due to the notion that in the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' 'verse, anthropomorphic animals take the place of humans.
* FurryReminder: On the other hand, the fact the characters are animals is actually lampshaded a few times. Aside from the CarnivoreConfusion[=/=]JustEatHim moment mentioned above, Mei Ling's ability to identify others by scent is a plot-critical element twice, once when exonerating Tai Lung of [[spoiler:nearly killing Po]], and once when trying ([[FailureIsTheOnlyOption but failing]]) to prove to the KangarooCourt he didn't [[spoiler:kill Zhuang]]. Viper's cold-bloodedness and the BlackWidow tendencies of female mantises are also referenced.
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* GeekyTurnon: If by 'geeky' you mean InLoveWithYourCarnage[=/=]InterplayOfSexAndViolence, then this very much describes how [[BloodKnight Tai Lung]] [[AmazonChaser reacts to]] [[ActionGirl Tigress]] when he discovers she's [[spoiler:hidden a sword alongside her leg]] and is about to use it on [[spoiler:Vachir]]. The only thing that prevents it from turning into an outright EngagingConversation is their circumstances (mid-battle) and him wanting to wait until she clearly returns his feelings.
-->'''Tai Lung''': Gods, [[ShoutOut I love you]].
-->'''Tigress''': [[Franchise/StarWars I know]].
* GenerationXerox: [[ExaggeratedTrope Exaggerated]] UpToEleven with Zeng, who is from a long line of Jade Palace messengers all the way back to the time Oogway had it built. A CallBack to Ping and his long line of noodle chefs.
* GenreSavvy: Tai Lung gets quite a bit of mileage making fun of Chao's villainy, as does Crane with his black cloak. Tigress expecting the villain to seduce her also counts.
* GenreShift: When Chao finally sets his plan in motion, the story makes a huge turn into this trope. "I thought this was a kung fu movie; when did Bram Stoker start writing it??"
* GetAholdOfYourselfMan: Viper uses this, along with YouDidTheRightThing, to snap Po out of his HeroicBSOD near the end of the story.
* GetARoom: Vachir's response (natch) to Tai Lung and Tigress's sexual bantering.
* GetOutOfJailFreeCard: Mostly averted--aside from being held prisoner until he agrees to try and atone, Tai Lung is also always haunted by what he did and so could be said to never truly be free. Neither he nor anyone influenced by Chao is allowed to be excused of their actions, either, since it was only MoreThanMindControl.
* AGodAmI: One of Heian Chao's main current motivations, which results in a great deal of fury when it is thwarted. Also, Xiu [[spoiler:after Chao possesses her briefly to kill Zhuang]].
* GondorCallsForAid (subverted): See ImpededMessenger.
* GoodFeelsGood: Tai Lung gets to experience and enjoy doing good things, including normal, everyday things not related to kung fu, particularly carpentry and looking after children. Most if not all of this was [[ChessMaster engineered by Shifu under the guise of lessons]].
* GoodHurtsEvil: The Golden Spear hurts those who aren't [[OnlyThePureOfHeart pure of heart]]. [[spoiler:Xiu learns this [[HolyBurnsEvil the hard way]], as does Chao.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: The reason Tai Lung can be a hero, and [[spoiler:use the Golden Spear]], yet still retain his character flaws, snarkiness, and JerkAss tendencies. Possibly related to PureIsNotGood.
* [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave Grandpa What Massive Hotness You Have]]: Despite being as old, if not older than Shifu, Emperor Chen is basically an anthropomorphic version of Sean Connery built like a professional bodybuilder.
* GrayAndGreyMorality: It becomes very difficult for the Heroes to face Vachir when it's pointed out that he is technically one of the good guys simply trying to punish Tai Lung. The fact the snow leopard still did a lot of horrible things during the rampage, he knows it, and on some level believes he deserves to be punished for it, only muddies the waters even more. A very realistic way of showing answers in life aren't always easy, and pretty much unavoidable when TheAtoner has to deal with an InspectorJavert who is, on some level, ''right''.
* GroinAttack: A number of these were used on Vachir at Chorh-Gom. Xiu also pulls one on Tai Lung during the final battle, and on Po at Wu Dan.
* HallOfMirrors: [[spoiler:During the final battle, Tigress and Chun fight amidst crystals that act like this. And Chun proves her intelligence by refusing to make the navigational mistakes most fictional characters do.]]
* HammyHerald: [[{{Otaku}} Po]] does this for Tai Lung during the time the latter is deciding whether or not to accept Shifu's offer, presumably to remind people of the good things he had done. However, hearing "Make way for the Master of the Thousand Scrolls!" instead makes it so, in the words of Crane of all people, the panda would be "hogtied, slashed with the Thousand Cuts of Death, and left beneath dripping water for days on end; it was just a matter of who got to him first."
* HandBehindHead: Once he's gone through CharacterDevelopment (mostly of the falling-in-love sort, but also learning to be humble and to care about others besides himself), Tai Lung does this a great deal, particularly around Tigress.
* HangoverSensitivity: Monkey the morning after the Ghost Festival: wishing "Mantis didn't walk so loudly through the bunkhouse" and then later begging for a spare hat from Crane to shade his eyes.
* HatePlague:
** [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s infection as it spreads to the Five.
** Later used on the entire Valley in tandem with PeoplePuppets.
* HaveYouComeToGloat: At the very start of the story, when Shifu comes to visit Tai Lung's cell at the Jade Palace after the Wuxi Finger Hold, the snow leopard accuses his father of this.
* TheHecateSisters[=/=]TheThreeFacesOfEve: Because they are [[{{Expy}} based off of]] WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender's Dangerous Ladies, the Wu Sisters fit both of these tropes--Jia, the [[CloudCuckoolander playful and silly]] Child/Maiden; Xiu, the [[MyBelovedSmother manipulative and controlling]] Mother/Seductress (though Jia also has aspects of the latter); and Chun, the sensible and capable Wife/cynical and [[EmotionlessGirl unemotional]] Crone.
* HeDidntMakeIt: [[spoiler:Mantis]]
* HeelFaceTurn: The story's main premise is focusing on this trope for Tai Lung. [[spoiler:Later on, Jia does this, and Chun edges towards it slightly but ends up averting it.]]
* HeirClubForMen: Tai Lung's original motivation to romance Tigress, thankfully dropped once he a) wised up as to the dangers of this and b) actually fell in love.
* HeroicBSOD: Po almost has one of these when he learns [[spoiler:his parents were thieves and murderers]] and again when Chao reveals to him [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero his use of the Wuxi Finger Hold also set him free]]]]. Luckily, he gets better.
* HeroicResolve: Tai Lung and Po both have this.
* HeroicSacrifice: Averted, although [[spoiler:Tai Lung [[TakingYouWithMe would have done it]] if it proved necessary]].
* HeterosexualLifePartners: By the end of the story, a strong case could be made for this regarding Po and Tai Lung. Among the highlights: Tai Lung first coming to see Po as his friend [[FlorenceNightingaleEffect while helping the panda recover from a life-threatening injury]]; [[RealMenCook cooking]] [[ThroughHisStomach together]]; StrangeMindsThinkAlike, FinishingEachOthersSentences...
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen[=/=]TheFaceless: Chao doesn't reveal his face until near the end. Also, the reader doesn't even get to know his species or name for a while.
* HiddenDepths: Jia isn't just the silly girl she seems on the surface. Also Viper isn't always the civilized girl she appears to be. [[spoiler:She can be pretty wicked too. Is demonstrated at the end of her fight with Chun at Wu Dan. Viper's words and actions do surprise Po and even her girlfriend Tigress to such an extent that they agree to tell no one else anything about what happened.]]
* HiddenHeartOfGold: Jia again, and definitely Tai Lung as well.
* HiddenInPlainSight: [[spoiler:Chao's body was imprisoned in the Vault of Heroes, and thus was under the Jade Palace--and everyone's noses--all along.]]
* HopelessSuitor: Jia, for Tai Lung.
* HopeSpot: Occurs at various points throughout the story, particularly during battles, but two clear ones occur at Chorh-Gom. First, when Tigress and Tai Lung have sent Vachir flying down a bridge to slam into a wall and the two cats congratulate themselves (Tai Lung even starts TemptingFate and thinking they were going to win), only for Vachir to pull free of the wall and reveal [[ImplacableMan he wasn't even injured]]. Second, a short time later: after horribly beating and injuring Vachir in a near (and quite deserved) RoaringRampageOfRevenge, it seems Tai Lung will win...only for Chao's dark chi to heal everything the snow leopard did to him. OhCrap would describe Tai Lung's reaction nicely.
* HotBlooded: Despite going through a HeelFaceTurn, Tai Lung just seems unable to rid himself of this trope, although he does get better by the end. Tigress also counts, although in one aversion of this (and contrary to her first battle with Xiu which shows she [[CharacterDevelopment learned her lesson]]), her encounter with [[EmotionlessGirl Chun]] during the FinalBattle is a sword fight that is described as calm, clever, and coolly calculated--which is a big part of why she wins it.
* HowDareYouDieOnMe: Tai Lung and Tigress, regarding [[spoiler:Shifu]]. Tigress also pulls this on Tai Lung.
* HowDoIShotWeb: Tai Lung couldn't master fire chi right away. Even aside from his initial difficulties at Wu Dan, he was also constantly struggling to control it ([[HotBlooded and his temper]]) during his fight with Vachir and at several other points thereafter; it isn't until the final battle, with assistance from Po, that he learns to do so. However, Po's learning of water chi also took some time, seeing as it required him to learn to give in to and express his emotions rather than be the polite and proper waiter Ping raised him to be. And even with the instruction of Tai Lung, Mei Ling, Crane, and later Tigress, it also still took him a month and a half to more skillfully and masterfully learn more advanced kung fu.
* HowMuchDidYouHear: Chang, when Shifu reveals he'd been standing in the palace doorway listening to him confront Tai Lung.
* HypocriticalHumor: The Wu Sisters tease Tai Lung about him being old enough to be their grandfather...when in fact they aren't much younger than he is, having been in their late teens or early twenties when Crane and Mei Ling were in school twenty years ago. The teasing, of course, is merely meant to annoy and anger the snow leopard who is sensitive about his age.
* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: “Quit hitting yourself!” Said by Viper, [[spoiler:while battering Chun senseless with her own paw at Wu Dan.]]
* IAmNotLeftHanded: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]], when Tai Lung explains to Po why it's good to be ambidextrous.
* ICanExplain: [[spoiler:Tai Lung and Tigress, when Shifu [[ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime walks in on them]] after they've... well, you know.]] Also earlier, when Tigress [[InterruptedIntimacy caught him with Jia]]. A RunningGag for the fic.
* ICannotSelfTerminate: Vachir, to the point that though [[DrivenToSuicide he wishes he could kill himself to escape Chao]], he can't. [[spoiler:Eventually leads to Tai Lung's MercyKill of him.]]
* [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe I Can't Believe A Girl Like You Would Notice Me!]]: So very much Crane's feelings toward Mei Ling. [[spoiler:Happens also with Po toward Jia:]]
-->''[[spoiler:[[WontTakeYesForAnAnswer "Well, of course, I can understand why you'd feel that way," Po said reasonably, even as his shoulders sank and his whole expression became downcast. "I'm just a big klutz, an' I need t' lose weight, an' grow up, an' grow a pair, an'—" He broke off, finally realizing what she'd actually said. "Wait—you were? You were? Really, truly?"]]]]''
-->''[[spoiler:For answer, Jia leaped toward him without warning. The panda only had time for a brief flail as he caught her in both arms, and then as she planted a forceful, fervent kiss on his muzzle he fell back, wind milling, right into the river shallows.]]''
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Another aspect of Chao's justification for his study of BlackMagic and his [[MoralEventHorizon subsequent actions]], though it is highly questionable that it truly was necessary, or whether he truly believes this any more.
* IGotYouCovered: Po to Tai Lung during the final battle.
* IHaveYourWife (or in this case, father): Variation. Instead of kidnapping Ping to force Po to do something nasty, the villain's plan is to enforce ''inaction'', namely keeping the Dragon Warrior out of the FinalBattle so that Tai Lung and the others [[ForWantOfANail will be doomed to failure]]. Between Po immediately breaking the rules by informing Tigress and Viper, and his choice [[BigDamnHeroes to come to the rescue]] instead of sitting on his hands, things don't work out [[DidntSeeThatComing as Chao had hoped]].
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight (subverted): [[spoiler:Mantis thought he could pull it on Monkey at Chorh-Gom but it didn't work. [[HisStoryRepeatsItself And it didn't work for Dog and Chao either]].]]
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Much of the interactions between Heian Chao and the Wu Sisters are like this, partly because of the RightHandVersusLeftHand principle, partly because [[ForTheEvulz they just enjoy toying with each other that much]] and fooling each other (or trying to) into believing the other is the one in charge.
* ILikeMyXLikeILikeMyY: Tai Lung likes both his tea and women strong and hot.
* IShallTauntYou: Chao and Xiu love this trope.
* [[IveComeTooFar I've Come Too Far]]: Tai Lung and Chao, for different reasons.
* IWantGrandkids: Once he has it clear that Tai Lung and Tigress become a couple, Shifu falls into this trope, both in words and in hints like knitting baby clothing.
* IceCreamKoan: “So, think of your life as a glass half-full of love?”
* AnIcePerson: [[spoiler:Chao's elemental ability.]]
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Monkey, to Tigress]]
* IfIWantedYouDead: Xiu, to Tai Lung
-->'''Xiu''', ''after'' ''[[spoiler:having cut Po's throat but left Tai Lung mostly alone]]'': Who said I was after ''you''?
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Monkey to Tai Lung
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Implied to be why Tai Lung won't kill Vachir, then stated outright when Vachir taunts him about it. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since if Tai Lung really were to kill him, and through a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, this would leave him susceptible to Chao's DemonicPossession. Having someone else kill Vachir prevents this, while also ensuring there is no KarmaHoudini nor a continued slaughter of innocents.
** A less prominent example also occurs on Wu Dan, when Viper refrains from killing Chun, as that would "make her no better than the Wu Sisters."
* IgnoringBySinging: Tai Lung does this in Oogway's room, as a form of BrainBleach when they discover Oogway's love letters. He comes close to doing so [[CallBack again]] at the very end of the story, when the turtle's ghost makes reference to his thoughts on Tigress were he younger (and alive).
* ImmortalityImmorality: Chao, in spades.
* ImmortalitySeeker: Chao
* ImpactSilhouette: Tai Lung does this to Chao during the final battle. He and Tigress also do it to Vachir at Chorh-Gom.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Chao]]
* ImpededMessenger: [[GondorCallsForAid The message to the Emperor]] [[SubvertedTrope never gets there]], as Zeng gets captured.
* ImplacableMan: [[DemonicPossession Possessed]] Vachir. Not only did he continue to approach the Valley inexorably in his pursuit of Tai Lung and twisted murder spree, but during the battle at Chorh-Gom he refused to die, give up, or back down--surviving any and all injuries dealt to him thanks to the healing provided by Chao's dark chi and getting back up after countless attacks which should have killed him or knocked him unconscious.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Po and Viper seem pretty much immune to Chao's corruption. On the other hand, Jia is normally a very sweet and kind woman, but Xiu corrupted her into becoming an assassin out of fear and blackmail, so she averted the trope.
* InfantImmortality: Painfully averted. Not only do we learn (and witness!) that Chao murdered children [[PoweredByAForsakenChild so as to become the greatest chi master in existence]], but [[spoiler:an innocent child is one of those killed during his rampage while possessing Vachir, and we are later shown in graphic detail just what was done to him]].
* InformedAbility: While Mei Ling's word (and her own inherited abilities) are fairly good testimonials, it's sadly the case that the reader never gets to see her father Wu Xuan's great warrior prowess.
* InTheBack: How Wu Xuan died. [[spoiler:And how Jia betrays Xiu, [[LaserGuidedKarma fittingly enough]].]]
* InTheBlood: Tai Lung, Mei Ling, the Wu Sisters, and to an extent, Po. Tai Lung is afraid his darkness is in the blood, but it turns out it's his fighting ability. Interestingly the same is also true of Po. Jia and Chun are convinced being assassins is in their blood and will always make them evil and distrusted, while Mei has in fact inherited her father's fighting prowess.
* InLoveWithLove[=/=]LovingAShadow: Tigress accused Tai Lung of this, and she was right.
* InsistentTerminology: "And for th' last time, they're ''action figures''!"
* InterruptedIntimacy: Poor Tai Lung. First while [[EroticDream dreaming of Tigress]] he is interrupted [[ThatWasNotADream only to find himself]] [[spoiler:with Jia]] instead...and caught by the actual Tigress. Then in the CallBack to this same scene, [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse]] since he and Tigress [[ParentsWalkInAtTheWorstTime get walked in on by Shifu]]...
* InterspeciesRomance: Crane and Mei Ling. [[spoiler:And Po and Jia.]]
** Tigress and Tai Lung also count, but at least they're compatible enough to have cubs.
* InVinoVeritas: Played with. Getting [[OffTheWagon drunk at the Ghost Festival]] doesn't really bring out of Monkey anything the reader hadn't already seen, since other than a few caustic remarks he mostly keeps his resentful thoughts about Tai Lung to himself, nor does it change his personality in any way. However it does lead to the AlcoholInducedIdiocy of [[spoiler:wandering around alone on the night when the dead are said to walk and want the bodies of the living]] and lowers his inhibitions enough to make [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]] easier...which [[MoreThanMindControl could be said to have brought on]] a permanent distillation, inversion, and exaggeration of his feelings.
* IronicEcho: "There are no accidents." [[spoiler:Spoken by the BigBad.]]
* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Vachir's final moments [[spoiler:before Tai Lung gives him a MercyKill]] partake of this, once he realizes he and Tai Lung are NotSoDifferent and the snow leopard promises to fulfill his LastRequest.
-->'''Vachir''': [[FamousLastWords Give 'em hell for me, Tai]].
* ItsAllMyFault: Tai Lung feels this way about the events at Chorh-Gom, both because he went into it for {{Revenge}} and tried to keep the others away out of DontYouDarePityMe rather than for honor or [[HeroBall just doing the right thing]], and because he didn't admit to himself or them that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Vachir could still be alive]] and behind what was going on; despite being [[AWizardDidIt made to forget or dismiss what he knew of Chao]], he also blames himself for not telling anyone.
** Po also blames himself for some of what happens since as the cook he should have [[spoiler:gone to Monkey's room to collect dishes and thus learned about his DemonicPossession sooner]] and he was learning about chi from Mantis and Shifu. Perhaps with a bit more cause, the panda also blames himself during the FinalBattle since [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero his usage of the Wuxi Finger Hold]] [[SealedEvilInACan also freed Chao]]]]. This last is of course denied by Oogway, since he was the one who didn't tell anyone about Chao and [[spoiler:[[RegularlyScheduledEvil Chao was likely to break free on his own eventually anyway]]]]. He also stressed Po's action as the thing that actually saved them all in the end since [[YinYangBomb it enabled Tai Lung's redemption]] and [[TheUnchosenOne he was needed to stop Chao]].
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Implied, and averted in Tigress being a badass who can take care of herself just fine, and Tai Lung knows it. This also plays into why Tai Lung tries to leave the Five and Shifu behind when he goes to Chorh-Gom to face Vachir; naturally, they all shoot him down with the rejoinder that they can take care of themselves too--and that rather than being in danger from being near him, they can actually protect his back. (Of course, since one of them [[spoiler:almost]] dies, perhaps they should have listened to him after all.)
* ItsPersonal: Mei Ling wanting to get vengeance for her dad, Tai Lung wanting to get vengeance for his dad, Tigress and Po both wanting revenge for [[spoiler:Zhuang]] and for the sisters trouncing them...
* ItsQuietTooQuiet: Employed by Tai Lung in the “where did all the birds go” sense when the Wu Sisters first show up, but actually stated in Mei Ling's thoughts when [[spoiler:she's about to discover Po and Jia in Monkey's RoomFullOfCrazy]].
* IsThatWhatHeToldYou: Invoked [[spoiler:but subverted, since Xiu doesn't know anything about Tai Lung's parents and neither does Shifu]]. Another instance of it is later played straight--except it is a ''hero'' using it, when [[spoiler:Mei Ling convinces Jia to not believe Xiu's lies about her always being a worthless, evil assassin and so complete her HeelFaceTurn]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Crane to Mei when he thought she wanted to be with Tai Lung.
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[[folder: Tropes J-L]]

* JuggleFu: Tigress performs this several times during the final battle with the Ninja Weapons.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Though not his entire plot, Chao does explain a great deal of what he plans to Tai Lung in his cell. Somewhat justified in that Chao is trying to earn Tai Lung's respect, prove to him how cleverly diabolical he is, so that the snow leopard will join him, and that a great deal of the revelations are couched as threats to ensure compliance. But since Tai Lung is merely stalling for time and fishing for information...
* JustifiedCriminal: What Bao and Li-Na were, [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope at least at first]].
* KangarooCourt: A much darker use of this trope than usual, [[spoiler:thanks in part to Chao possessing the villagers]], with authentic Chinese legal practices to boot.
* KeystoneArmy: Played with. Shifu guesses that [[spoiler:[[NightOfTheLivingMooks the undead Anvil of Heaven]]]] is under the possessed Vachir's control and can only be defeated if he is killed, but dealing him a fatal injury he can't heal doesn't immediately cause them to collapse, only mill about a bit in confusion. However, this deathblow ''does'' break him free of possession, and the departure of the dark chi within him does in fact induce instant rotting/dissolving in the zombies as they lose the power that was animating them along with it. Whether this was the case for [[spoiler:the yaoguai]] is unknown, since they get banished back to the underworld and the gate which let them cross over is sealed before their [[SummoningRitual summoner]] Chao dies.
* KiAttacks: Elemental ki attacks, to be more precise.
* KneelBeforeFrodo: After defeating the BigBad and [[ItsPersonal fulfilling his oath]] to get justice for [[spoiler:the death of Zhuang]] and the possession of Vachir, Tai Lung receives one of these moments--in a [[RuleOfSymbolism very nice full circle]], begun by Po and spreading from there to the Five and all the rest of the Valley.
* KnightTemplar: Chao before he fell to darkness, and most definitely Vachir.
* KungFuWizard: Chao
* TheLancer: Played with, as at different times, both Tai Lung and Po fit this trope. Tai Lung is Po's former enemy, TheStoic to the panda's [[DumbIsGood naïve innocence]] (some would call it idiocy), is perceived as a HandsomeLech (and often plays up the image) while Po is definitely chaste, and is both an IneffectualLoner and AntiHero to Po's [[TheMessiah Messiah]]. But...he is also the much-better leader. Not to mention that through training with Tai Lung, Po becomes a lot more badass, their ElementalPowers are the opposite you'd expect for TheHero and TheLancer (though [[RedOniBlueOni not for their personalities]]), and over time Po gradually becomes more willing to enter moral gray areas or pull dirty tricks on his enemies. In the end, they both end up supporting each other as much as being the leader. [[spoiler:And Tai Lung also gets to literally be a lancer in the final battle.]]
* LargeHam: Heian Chao is best experienced if you imagine him being voiced in the same tone as [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid Liquid Snake]]. Although, ironically, WordOfGod casts CamClarke as Zhuang instead, with [[Manga/{{Hellsing}} Alucard]] as Heian Chao.
* LaserGuidedKarma:
** [[spoiler:Chao and Xiu end up getting hit by this one, hard.]]
** This could also apply to Chang and Xiulan, two of Tai Lung's most vocal detractors, losing [[spoiler:his son and eyesight, and her husband]], respectively. Comes across as a bit of ProtagonistCenteredMorality until [[FridgeBrilliance one considers]] that these losses came about, not due to disapproving of Tai Lung specifically, but because neither of them could let go of their [[PowerOfHate hatred]], [[{{Revenge}} desire for vengeance]], and ItsAllAboutMe mentality. [[CaptainObvious Oh, and because of an evil chi wizard and an insane assassin, of course]].
* LastMinuteHookup: [[spoiler:Po and Jia]], though it is foreshadowed.
* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Vachir]] has two, one made while dying and the other made during a DeadPersonConversation--to avenge him, and to take care of his son.
* LawfulStupid: Fu Xiao
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The story scroll detailing the events of the first movie, found when the heroes visit a bookseller, is almost meta in its acknowledgment of both things people watching the film noticed and things the moviemakers did to mislead the audience. To be specific, thanks to GossipEvolution, willful misinterpretation, and a certain amount of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] to {{Fanon}}, Po is turned into a FakeUltimateHero who took out Tai Lung all by himself while the Furious Five did next to nothing (the fight at the bridge becomes a "footnote"); Viper [[{{Flanderization}} only cares about makeup and pretty clothes]], [[MandatoryLine Monkey is mute]], while Shifu's CynicalMentor and {{Jerkass}} tendencies are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]]; the filmmakers' ploy with making Tai Lung ''appear'' to be a mindless beast before TheReveal of Ian [=McShane=]'s voice is also referenced by making the snow leopard a drooling savage with HulkSpeak, and...[[ViewerGenderConfusion Tigress is a man]].
** Mantis indulges in a bit of this too at the start of Chapter 24, when he notes that the BaitAndSwitch DoubleEntendre opening would "sound really bad to ''anybody who didn't know what you were talking about''."
* LetsGetDangerous: Po, after his dad is kidnapped.
* LieToTheBeholder: Chao's {{Glamour}} makes Xiu [[spoiler:appear to Xiulan as Tai Lung when killing Zhuang]]. It isn't clear if the other Wu Sisters also saw it, but it's implied Zhuang did before seeing through it, which suggests it was intended solely to be viewed by the villagers as part of the {{Frameup}}, not a general illusion.
* LightheartedRematch: The training in the kwoon which Tai Lung and Po undergo after the snow leopard's acupuncture session definitely feels like this, at least until Po says the wrong thing and makes Tai Lung lose his temper again. The dumpling fight on Wu Dan would be this trope played entirely (and heartwarmingly) straight, twice over, since it's a rematch for every combination of Tai Lung, Po, and Shifu as pairs, as would the nighttime training of Tai Lung and Po in Chapter 22. Emperor Chen's challenge near the end of the story has shades of this too, suggesting he and Tai Lung might have sparred more seriously once, long ago.
* LightIsNotGood: "Shadows can surround us, ensnare us, make us lose our path. But when the light is brightest around us, we are just as blind." A case could also be made that, despite being stronger in the calm, cool, calculated Yin that is the dark half of the ''taijitu'', Heian Chao also exemplified this trope, ironically, before he gained his shadow powers--because he was so convinced of his own wisdom and superiority, so steeped in the good side of LifeEnergy, that he believed he knew better than everyone else and had to be given all power so as to control and manage their lives, and it was this belief and pride which led him to evil.
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Tai Lung and Tigress, after a while.
* LittleNo: While not an actual 'no', Tai Lung [[spoiler:very quietly saying Po's name to try and rouse him after his throat is cut]] has the same feel and impact.
* LoadBearingBoss (played with): the Vault of Heroes doesn't [[CollapsingLair fall apart]] because its existence depended on Chao--it falls apart because [[spoiler:his explosion destabilized it]].
* ALoadOfBull: Zhuang, of the GentleGiant type.
* LockAndLoadMontage: The heroes arm themselves up before the final battle.
* LoveDodecahedron: Tai Lung falls in love with Tigress, [[spoiler:Monkey is [[RomanticRunnerUp also in love]] with Tigress]], Crane is in love with Mei Ling, [[spoiler:Mei Ling thinks Tai Lung is hot but loves Crane [[PoorCommunicationKills who in turn thinks]] Mei Ling loves Tai Lung]], and [[spoiler:Jia [[HopelessSuitor also wants]] Tai Lung]]. Phew!
* LoveIsAWeakness: Heian Chao believes this, by implication thanks to SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids and LoveHurts.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy[=/=]LoveMakesYouEvil: Tai Lung (at least in a humorous sense) and [[spoiler:Monkey]] respectively.
* LoveRedeems: Played straight
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Both Xiu and Chao exemplify this, the latter even more so since it seems to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild literally give him power]], [[EmotionEater witnessing and feeding on the pain, fear, and anguish of his victims]]. But witness how Xiu enjoyed tormenting Tigress in the birch forest, killing [[spoiler:Zhuang]], and [[spoiler:punching Tai Lung in his wounded side]].
* LudicrousGibs: Occurs during the [[spoiler:zombie fight]] at Chorh-Gom.
* {{Lust}}: And how. Jia is especially open about it.
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[[folder: Tropes M-O]]

* MadeOfIron: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] but also partly averted--characters get hurt badly a number of times, take time to recover, and have to be careful about side-effects and after-effects.
* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: Vachir, thanks to being the MadeOfIron ImplacableMan as well as the HealingFactor provided by Chao's dark chi.
-->'''Vachir''', ''after being hurled the entire length of a bridge, slamming into a wall, and leaving an'' ''ImpactSilhouette'': Sorry to disappoint ya. Was that supposed to tickle?
* MakingLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: How Tai Lung and Tigress celebrate the defeat of Chao. HilarityEnsues.
* MakingASplash: Po's chi ability is water.
* MalignantPlotTumor: What starts out as a story about Tai Lung redeeming himself, making friends, learning to lighten up, and being accepted turns into a battle to take out assassins, a serial killer, and a dark chi wizard threatening all of China.
* MamaBear: Xiulan, though misguidedly so when it comes to protecting Yi from Tai Lung.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Subverted nicely. Not only is Tai Lung an almost forty-year-old virgin, since he never bothered with romance in his single-minded pursuit of the Dragon Scroll, but [[spoiler:he loses his virginity just before the battle at Chorh-Gom...and ''still'' loses to Vachir.]] And after [[spoiler:he and Tigress finally become a couple and start frequently sharing a bed]], he is still only one member of a team that helps save the day. [[spoiler:He does defeat the BigBad, but only with the help of Po and Tigress--so the PowerOfLove and the PowerOfFriendship trump losing your virginity.]]
* MasochismTango: Tai Lung and Tigress, before, during and after they hook up, though they do mellow out plenty after hooking up.
* MasterOfIllusion: Chao uses this ability to [[spoiler:disguise the briefly-possessed Xiu [[LieToTheBeholder as Tai Lung]]]] during the {{Frameup}}.
* TheMatchmaker: Viper. Also Mei Ling to an extent.
* MayDecemberRomance: Tai Lung is almost twenty years older than Tigress ([[spoiler:and Jia is about the same age difference from Po]]). Xiulan is also much older than Zhuang.
* MeaningfulEcho: "You didn't see anything." "Sure did, every last beautiful moment." Also, with original movie dialogue, "If that's the way you want it..." "That's the way it has to be!" [[spoiler:Said by Xiu and Po, of all people.]] And Crane's "Don't mention it. Ever," spoken this time to Tai Lung and in a completely different manner.
** An example where an entire passage of text is echoed--the very opening lines of the fic, where Shifu first visits Tai Lung in his cell, are echoed when he visits him again later [[spoiler:after he's been arrested for murdering Shen Zhuang]]. Considering the second one is an example of whether the snow leopard has truly changed due to the offer made in the first, the parallel drawn is apt.
* MeaningfulName:
** Heian Chao means [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Great Dark One."]] He obviously chose it himself.
** Wei Chang means "Large and Smooth," which is clearly meant to be ironic.
** Shen Zhuang means "Robust and Strong".
** Yi means "Gift."
** Xiulan means "Elegant Orchid." Also somewhat ironic.
** Xiu means "Graceful," Chun means "Spring," and Jia means "Beautiful." Given at birth, before it was known what they'd be, but also by an assassin mother [[GenreSavvy who planned to raise them in the family business]].
** Wu Qing, the mother of the Wu Sisters, has a name which means "Pitiless", "Merciless" and "Ruthless", while Xu Mei, the mother of Mei Ling, means "Gentle" and "Beautiful". The contradiction between them could not be more obvious.
** [[spoiler:Tai Lung]]'s given name, Qiao Gang, means "Handsome and Unbending". His father's name, Mao, means "Brave or Bold", his mother's, Jian, means "Determined or Resolute", and his brother De, TheCasanova who will go after AnythingThatMoves, has an IronicName meaning "Virtue".
* MercyKill: [[spoiler:Tai Lung to Vachir]]
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: Tai Lung uses this early on, in reference to his [[{{Determinator}} tenacity]], though as usual subverted since he notes he doesn't have a middle name.
* MexicanStandoff[=/=]GunpointBanter: The Wu Sisters, when they're holding Ping captive in his kitchen.
* MightyGlacier: Vachir
* MistakenForGay: Near the end, Ping walks in on Tai Lung and Po in a situation that evokes this trope.
* ModestRoyalty: Emperor Chen
* MommyIssues (partially averted): While Wu Qing didn't beat her children, there was more than enough verbal abuse to justify turning out badly.
* MoodWhiplash: Despite some pretty tough things happening overall, everything seems to look hopeful. Then chapter 24 comes by and things get grim. Also, deliberate contrasts between horror and humor are set up in chapters 17 (a fun slumber party scene segues almost immediately into a gruesome murder) and 33, while the trial is followed up by Tai Lung's opium MushroomSamba. And it's all done so well you can't fault any of it.
* MoreThanMindControl: Chao's possession, particularly with Vachir and [[spoiler:Monkey]].
* MrExposition: Oogway
* MrFanservice: Tai Lung, most of the time. [[spoiler:Also Emperor Chen.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The scene where Shifu builds up what Tai Lung's first new lesson will be, only for it to turn out to be repairwork (and the "amazing" weapon being a hammer) definitely partakes of this trope. The fact it's a {{Motif}} for the fic and highly symbolic doesn't hurt.
* MurderTheHypotenuse (averted): Though she threatens it, Jia never takes this option.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tai Lung's MoralEventHorizon from the movie, rejecting his father's apology and love and almost killing him for the Dragon Scroll, becomes this to him once he's no longer controlled by rage and hatred. To an extent, the rampage itself also becomes this, but it's mostly that act of filial impiety. Another key moment of CharacterDevelopment.
* MyGreatestFailure: Tai Lung speaks of this during the Truth or Dare. Shifu's parenting skills might also count, and Jia considers Wu Xuan's death to be this.
* MySkullRunnethOver: [[spoiler:What happens to Xiu, after she is 'gifted' with Chao's dark chi.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Heian Chao, “the Great Dark One”
* {{Necromancer}}: Chao. Some FridgeBrilliance may apply in precisely how he gained this ability, since when his {{Backstory}} is eventually told, it is revealed that he was once a great healer and, had he stayed on the side of good, could have been the best doctor in the empire. I.e., as a master of ''chi'' he could already manipulate LifeEnergy. May also tie into how he can perform a SummoningRitual.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Tigress points this out regarding [[spoiler:Mantis]]. [[GenreSavvy And she was right]].
* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Tai Lung to Monkey in the roofing chapter, about "taking a catnap".
* NeverLiveItDown ([[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-story): Played straight at first, but eventually averted. Tai Lung eventually forgives Po for humiliating him, and Tai Lung himself is eventually forgiven for his rampage, but not until after a great deal of time, soul-searching, and grudge-bearing--for the longest time it seems as if the snow leopard will never get over his final battle with Po or acknowledge the panda had done anything worthwhile as a kung fu warrior, and thanks to how terrible his rampage was it seems as if everyone will only remember Tai Lung for that and not any of his heroic deeds which preceded it.
* NeverMyFault:
-->'''Chao''', ''[[MoralEventHorizon after having killed all his fellow students]]'': No...you don't understand. None of you ever did, or ever will. [[IDidWhatIHadToDo I]] ''[[IDidWhatIHadToDo must]]'' [[IDidWhatIHadToDo do this...it is the only way]]. You...should not have gotten in my way. I...didn't want to kill you, but you had to intervene...yes, it is ''your'' fault, not mine...
* NewEraSpeech: Chao makes one to both Xiu and Tai Lung.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Played with. The revelation that Chao [[spoiler:has [[AnIcePerson power over ice chi]]]], which is both [[{{Foreshadowing}} Foreshadowed]] and makes perfect sense for such a powerful master of chi, ends up not mattering when he has to face [[spoiler:[[RedOniBlueOni the pairing of Tai Lung and Po's Fire and Water chi]]]]. Also, while the protection which Oogway has Shifu set up over the Jade Palace as a barrier between Chao and the Heroes does come out of nowhere, it too ends up being fairly insignificant in the FinalBattle: although it prevents the BigBad from possessing or outright controlling his opponents, he's still quite able to use dark chi to horrific effect on [[spoiler:Tigress and Jia]], as well as strongly influence both [[HotBlooded Tai Lung]] and [[HeroicBSOD Po]]'s emotions. The barrier [[DramaPreservingHandicap only provides the Heroes enough wiggle room to still fight]], with it being the combination of Tai Lung and Po's chi and kung fu [[spoiler:and Tigress [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice throwing]] [[HolyBurnsEvil the Golden Spear]]]] that finally does Chao in. Even [[spoiler:the Urn of Whispering Warriors being able to [[SealedGoodInACan release]] [[BadassArmy the Warriors of Tenshu]]]] and [[spoiler:the Sword of Heroes being able to seal [[SummoningRitual gateways to the underworld]]]], as useful and sudden as these abilities seem to be, aren't precisely played straight, seeing as this [[AuthorsSavingThrow doesn't contradict]] anything revealed by the movie, the KFP website, or ''Art of Kung Fu Panda''.
* NiceGuy: Po, even more so than in the movie.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:Po's usage of the Wuxi Finger Hold also freed Chao.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Initially, Chao's attempt to use the murder of [[spoiler:Zhuang]] to turn the PeoplePuppet villagers of the Valley against Tai Lung was a [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy brilliant]], if {{Anvilicious}}, scheme which took advantage of the snow leopard being viewed as a CivilianVillain who would NeverLiveItDown. But once the truth comes out who really killed him, and Shifu and Po succeed in freeing the villagers from his control, this same plot is what sways even die-hard haters like Xiulan to Tai Lung's side, and compels Tai Lung and Shifu to seek Chao out in his lair. [[VillainBall Oops]].
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: [[spoiler:You'd think rhino zombies would sound goofy...]]
* NobodyCallsMeChicken: This is Chao's BerserkButton.
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: Happens twice to Tai Lung, once when his working to [[spoiler:save Po's life]] after the Wu Sisters' attack leads to Tigress and Monkey accusing him of [[spoiler:the panda's murder]], and a far worse one when his deciding to turn back to help Xiulan instead of returning to the palace (and establishing an alibi) gets him locked up and put on trial [[spoiler:for Zhuang's murder]]. Yet Tai Lung doesn't use this as an excuse to fall back on villainy--partly because there's plenty of other good things he does that don't result in bad karma for him, partly because he knows the bad karma is actually being [[EnforcedTrope enforced]] by Heian Chao, and partly because in the end his name is cleared. Zhuang could be said to suffer from this trope too, since [[spoiler:his death comes about due to trying to convince his wife to lay off Tai Lung, and trying to save Ping's life]], but since he still succeeds in clearing Tai Lung's name and [[spoiler:his daughter will be well looked after]] it's debatable whether he views what happens as a punishment--certainly not one to justify refusing to do good deeds.
* NoHardFeelings: Jia tries to pull this trope on Po at Wu Dan. [[TookALevelInBadass Surprisingly, he takes the second option in how to react to it]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: [[TookALevelInBadass Po of all people]], as well as Tigress, administer one of these to Xiu at Wu Dan. An even worse one occurs during the final battle, when Tai Lung uses [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome almost every single kung fu technique he knows, in rapid, random succession]], to take Xiu out. Both times, she [[ManipulativeBitch most definitely deserved it]]. Chao also received one at the hands of Po and Tai Lung, while Tai Lung himself received one from Vachir. WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids to the max.
* NoodleIncident: The contents of Oogway's more explicit love letters. Also, the third usage of the Wuxi Finger Hold, which was actually a RuleOfThree[=/=]RuleOfFunny gag and never meant to be explained.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Tai Lung says this about Vachir, when trying to convince himself he'd died during the escape. And of course, it turns out he was wrong. Also, Jia regarding [[spoiler:Po's throat-slicing]] and Monkey regarding [[spoiler:Mantis]].
* NotAGame: Po gets this lecture from Tigress after awakening from a bad injury.
* NotHelpingYourCase: Tai Lung knows better than to resist arrest, let alone kill any of the guards when they try to arrest him for [[spoiler:Zhuang's murder]] (since even without knowing about [[spoiler:the DemonicPossession]] he was well aware [[ReformedButRejected they'd never allow]] him WrongfulAccusationInsurance). He also is lucky enough not to be [[TheCorpseStopsHere found bent over the victim]], nor does he [[BetterManhandleTheMurderWeapon Manhandle the Murder Weapon]] (since it was removed from the scene). However, his later attempt to escape prison (complete with threatening Shifu's life as a hostage) really doesn't do much to prove his innocence (though in his defense he was suffering from SanitySlippage brought on by the trauma of being imprisoned again). And he does have the unfortunate luck of being found by the city guard right as he was [[GetAholdOfYourselfMan trying to calm]] [[spoiler:Xiulan]] down.
* NotMeThisTime: Thanks to being ReformedButRejected, but believed to be a CivilianVillain, Tai Lung gets this several times--first being accused of [[spoiler:nearly killing Po]], then suspected of Vachir's killings around the Valley (something Xiulan is grudgingly forced to admit wasn't him), and finally put on trial for [[spoiler:killing Zhuang]]. This last one, at least, is helped along not only by his former villainy but also by [[spoiler:the authorities and innocent villagers being under DemonicPossession MoreThanMindControl at the time]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Mantis, and even Xiu.]]
* NotSoDifferent: Tai Lung and Vachir. Also, Tai Lung and Chao, at least in {{Backstory}}.
* NotSoStoic: Tai Lung reveals a sense of humor and light-hearted side. [[spoiler:And eventually, so does Shifu.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: Averted. When [[spoiler:the Anvil of Heaven is resurrected by Chao]], the story and the characters just call them zombies. Shifu does call them "revenants" at one point, [[PurpleProse which is just a fancy way of saying the same thing]].
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Tigress and Viper's apology; also, Tigress [[InterruptedIntimacy walking in on Tai Lung and Jia]]. [[PlayedForDrama Much more seriously and with more dire consequences]], Tigress and Monkey catching Tai Lung literally red-handed, bending over [[spoiler:Po's bleeding, unconscious body]].
* NothingCanStopUsNow: Inverted and averted--it's one of the heroes who says this regarding their chances in the final battle if they all work together, and despite some hairy moments and coming close to losing [[spoiler:Shifu]], the Heroes win.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: What Mei Ling thinks must be responsible for how Jia, of all people, could have killed their father yet still act so ditzy and flighty. She's wrong of course, though Jia may use it somewhat to make people underestimate her.
* ObliviousToLove: Classic example, in both Crane ''and'' Mei Ling. He's an UnluckyEverydude, [[TwiceShy underconfident]], [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe can't believe she would notice him]], and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants his beloved to be happy]]. She's a BrokenBird, and believes he must view her as a RichBitch, [[LikeBrotherAndSister he sees her as a sister]], or he thinks an InterspeciesRomance will never work to explain why he's never pursued her, and so has fallen into AttractivenessIsolation. Add in PoorCommunicationKills, CannotSpitItOut, a HatePlague, shake and stir. [[TropesAreNotBad What makes the plot work]] is how in-character it is (at least on Crane's part, and if the ShipTease of ''Secrets of the Furious Five'' is real then he does seem oblivious to Mei's feelings for him), that it is at least partly justified by [[AWizardDidIt Chao's interference]], and that the resolution is genuinely romantic and sweet, as well as PlayedForLaughs.
* ObviouslyEvil: [[DiscussedTrope Referenced]] by Monkey when he mocks Mantis for not having figured out sooner that [[spoiler:he was under DemonicPossession]]: "I was startin' to think I'd have to hit you over the head with it before ya got the point--[[spoiler:[[BlackCloak wear black all the time]], maybe, [[PoisonIsEvil grow oleander in the garden]], [[NothingButSkulls decorate my room with skulls]]...]]"
* OddFriendship: Tai Lung and Po become friends, as well as Tai Lung and Yi.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse: Repeatedly used on Tai Lung. Vachir does it with [[spoiler:"Come to Chorh-Gom and face me or I'll keep killing people"]], Xiu does it with [[spoiler:"Join my clan or I'll kill Po"]], and Chao himself does it with [[spoiler:"Join me or I'll kill you and resurrect you so you join me anyway"]]. Averted when Tai Lung refuses the last two.
* OffstageVillainy: While the reader gets to see a number of awful things the Wu Sisters do, a great deal of their history as assassins is left undisclosed. Also, their mother, Wu Qing, is terrifying enough to [[MommyIssues twist Xiu around her little finger]] and disturb the battle-hardened Wu Xuan, but the reader never gets to see exactly what she was truly like or was guilty of.
* OhCrap: As might be expected, a number of these moments show up:
** Tai Lung, when he first encounters the Wu Sisters.
** Tai Lung again, when Monkey and Tigress discover him [[spoiler:bent over Po's wounded body]].
** Po, Mei, and the Wu Sisters when they find [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s RoomFullOfCrazy.
** Everyone, when they encounter [[spoiler:the zombie Anvil of Heaven]] at Chorh-Gom.
** Tai Lung and Tigress, when Shifu walks in on them in the bedroom.
** Shifu, when he gets told that Tai Lung has been arrested [[spoiler:for the murder of Zhuang]] and again when Oogway's staff lets him see [[spoiler:Chao's possession of the townsfolk]].
** Everyone, when Chao [[spoiler:summons the yaoguai]].
** Monkey, when he sees Po took on Chao on his own.
** And probably the strongest example in the fic, Chao when he sees [[spoiler:the Golden Spear heading right for him]].
* OmnicidalManiac: Both Chao and Xiu.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: While "there are no accidents," yadda yadda and so on, Oogway admits that he was wrong about many things and he feels more than a bit guilty about how things played out. Still, he did say that he believed everything worked out for the best in the end, and that he knew it would.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Crane and Mei. She's trying to explain to him why she is [[spoiler:seemingly pursuing Tai Lung]] and not letting him in on it, he believes she is confessing to [[spoiler:loving Tai Lung in order to help him earn Tigress's acceptance]].
* OneWingedAngel: Chao has such a moment before the end.
* OnlyTheLeadsGetAHappyEnding: Played with. While it is unequivocally true that Tai Lung, Tigress, and Po all get happy endings, so does [[spoiler:Jia]], who while arguably a lead by the end of the story started off as a PunchClockVillain, as do [[BetaCouple Crane and Mei Ling]]. Additionally, Monkey gets to redeem himself after [[spoiler:his stint with DemonicPossession]], and even Chang and Xiulan, despite losing [[spoiler:his son and eyesight and her husband]], find healing and seem to have a brighter future ahead of them, due to Tai Lung's carpentry apprenticeship and [[spoiler:becoming godfather to Yi]], and their families becoming friends.
* OnlyThePureOfHeart: The Golden Spear [[spoiler:which Tai Lung eventually becomes able to wield]].
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The sign that things have reached their DarkestHour would be when Po, ultimate NiceGuy and [[TheChosenOne hero]], not only approaches the matter of facing the Wu Sisters to [[IHaveYourWife rescue his father]] far more [[BewareTheNiceOnes fiercely]] and [[LetsGetDangerous seriously]] than anyone could ever have expected, to the point even Tigress is disturbed, but also [[PrecisionFStrike swears for the first time]] when attacking Xiu. Not coincidentally, [[TookALevelInBadass he's quite badass]] while doing so. Interestingly this is also an in-story example, since the fact he went this far is a matter of some concern for Po, since he believes it's a sign [[spoiler:[[InTheBlood he is just like his highwayman father]]]].
** A more story-wide example of this trope is that thanks to Chao's MoreThanMindControl, the GenreSavvy reader (or character) is able to tell that this is going on whenever someone acts out-of-character. Prime examples would be the way Monkey acts toward Tai Lung (though no one but [[spoiler:Mantis]] figures this out until it's too late), Fu Xiao's personality switch from humble and friendly to arrogant and hateful [[LampshadeHanging which Shifu remarks upon]], and the progress of the HatePlague during Chapter 27 (particularly the usually calm and collected Crane nearly losing it on Tai Lung).
** Lesser examples (though still meaningful): when the [[NothingIsScarier abandoned village of Qinghe]] is discovered, examining the [[spoiler:dug-up graveyard]] causes CovertPervert Mantis to completely go dead serious; and the [[EvenEvilHasStandards reactions of Chun and Xiu]] to [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s RoomFullOfCrazy.
* OperationJealousy: Mei Ling and Tai Lung attempt this to force Tigress to admit her feelings for him. It works, after a fashion, but in the process, thanks to PoorCommunicationKills, Crane first becomes a GreenEyedMonster, then [[ObliviousToLove mistakenly believes their relationship is genuine]] and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy decides they belong together]].
* OpponentSwitch: Happens on Wu Dan, but subverted in that the switch doesn't instantly result in the heroes' victory (Tigress doesn't even beat Xiu in the end, it's [[TookALevelInBadass Po]], and it's Chun's original opponent, Viper, who takes her out). Also justified in the case of Po and Jia since [[ForcedIntoEvil she really doesn't want]] [[ThePromise to fight him]], and with Po and Xiu since she was focused on her ArchEnemy Tigress at the time and had [[DidntSeeThatComing discounted him]].
* OrcusOnHisThrone (averted): Chao is actually shown doing quite a bit of villainy.
* {{Otaku}}: Po was this in the movie, and still is, though now he's graduated to a Tai-otaku.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: While he has no SoulJar per se and is in some ways more demonic, Heian Chao could be considered a lich by virtue of the dark chi he absorbed [[ImmortalityImmorality keeping him alive indefinitely]], not to mention his [[{{Necromancer}} control over the undead]]. He certainly studied forbidden lore for the sake of power--and when separate from his body cannot be killed.
* OutOfTheInferno: Inversion--via a FlashbackNightmare, this is revealed to be how Tai Lung left his rampage in the village to head for the Jade Palace and steal the Dragon Scroll, disappearing ''into'' the fire. A direct ShoutOut to Sephiroth of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''.
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[[folder: Tropes P-R]]

* PaintingTheMedium[=/=]SpoiledByTheFormat: The opening of Chapter 22, wherein Po is using the [[InsistentTerminology action figures]] of himself, Tai Lung, and the Five to act out his wishful thinking of all of them getting along and being close friends (and in Tai Lung and Tigress's case, declaring their love for one another), is [[BaitAndSwitch at first played as if]] it's the actual characters doing so before TheReveal. This is only possible in a textual medium, since in actual animation the truth would have been given away instantly. (WordOfGod has stated, though, that if it were possible to animate the fic, [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything this scene would be done with the 2D animation to achieve the same effect]]--though the sudden appearance of 2D would clue the viewer in that ''some''thing was up...)
* PairTheSpares (partially averted): [[spoiler:Jia is a spare, but Po isn't.]]
* PapaWolf: You don't ever threaten Shifu's children.
* PassThePopcorn: Mantis's reaction to Tai Lung and Tigress's incipient kiss during the Truth or Dare, as well as later when he's spying on them in the bedroom in chapter 24.
* PassingTheTorch: Shifu eventually steps down and gives his position to Tai Lung. (And he in turn inherits Oogway's position.)
* {{Patricide}}: What Mei Ling believes Jia is guilty of. [[{{Frameup}} Actually]] it's Xiu, apparently because she's an AntagonisticOffspring who thinks LoveIsAWeakness that [[MoralityChain is holding Jia back]] from her true evil calling.
* PeoplePuppets: Chao does this literally, both [[spoiler:to the villagers and his former classmates]].
* ThePerfectionist: Tai Lung, and definitely to his detriment since it led to an all-or-nothing mentality that contributed greatly to his rampage (if he cannot master the scrolls perfectly, he cannot become the Dragon Warrior, which then makes him nothing but a poor orphan and his kung fu is all meaningless).
* PetTheDog: Chun and especially Jia got a number of these regarding Po. Chun also reveals she isn't just the EmotionlessGirl she appears when she notes in her thoughts that after discovering some of Vachir/Chao's victims around the Valley rim, she made sure to anonymously report them [[DueToTheDead so they would get proper burials]]. Tai Lung himself had one when it was revealed he not only WouldntHurtAChild but had a soft spot for them, and another when it's revealed he [[spoiler:knows how to play the flute, and does so in honor of Oogway]].
* PlayingPossum: [[spoiler:How Mantis survives his DisneyDeath, via a ShoutOut to ''Secrets of the Furious Five''.]]
* PlayingWithFire: Tai Lung's elemental chi ability, via a nice RetCon of the movie.
* PlotArmor: While most of the good guys get badly hurt, [[spoiler:none of them die]].
* PlotMagnet: Tai Lung
* PoorCommunicationKills: Crane and Mei again, though it is an example in which the lack of communication is actually in-character; it was established in ''Secrets of the Furious Five'' that Crane has confidence issues, and there also seemed to be a ShipTease between him and Mei which he was, of course, [[ObliviousToLove completely oblivious to]]. [[AWizardDidIt It also doesn't help]] when a HatePlague is making everyone suspicious and willing to jump to the wrong conclusions.
** Ironically, a villainous version of this also appears where Chao's RightHandVersusLeftHand policy and Xiu's {{Pride}} and [[EvilCannotComprehendGood belief that Tai Lung could never fall in love]] result in the Wu Sisters not being told exactly what was planned for Tai Lung [[spoiler:via Monkey]] and Chao not being told about Mei Ling or the romance with Tigress.
* PowerOfFriendship: Tai Lung and Po to the max, though Tai Lung and Zhuang also count. And thanks to the nature of the villain's powers and plans, this is played unabashedly--and justifiably--straight. Just like...
* PowerOfLove: Explicitly stated to offer protection to Tai Lung from Chao's dark chi. This also extends to Po and Tigress, possibly others. Ends up saving our heroes at numerous points, most notably at Chorh-Gom.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: While Chao can gain power from anyone's chi, he is made strongest by that of an innocent child.
* PowerTrio: Tai Lung, Tigress, and Po become this by the end of the story. Which, if the surmise on the FridgeBrilliance page is correct, makes this highly appropriate in an archetypal, [[AllPsychologyIsFreudian psychological]] sense. ([[FreudianTrio Id, superego, ego]].) It also acts as a form of AnatomyOfTheSoul, since Tai Lung would clearly be Body, Po is Spirit, and Tigress (despite her temper and ActionGirl nature) is a clever and intelligent fighter and therefore Mind.
* PrecisionFStrike: Po never curses. Never. And when he finally does say a single curse word (Bitch), can of whoop-ass doesn't begin to describe it. Also, when Tigress uses foul language on Tai Lung is when the story starts taking a very serious turn. Heian Chao gets the greatest example of this, however, when he lets loose a curse so foul it had to be written in Mandarin to avoid driving up the rating (it translates as, "Fuck your ancestors to the eighteenth generation").
* ThePromise: Early on, Tai Lung wants Tigress to ensure that if he [[ChronicVillainy ever falls into darkness again]], she stop him before he commits another rampage. Naturally, she is quite eager and willing to do so. But when, true to the trope, she faces the prospect of having to keep her word near the end of the story, ironically [[MoralDilemma she is no longer so sure she can do it]] since by then [[{{OTP}} she has come to love him]]. Luckily for her, her resolve is never tested since [[TheMessiah other forces]] [[BigDamnHeroes intervene]].
** Chun and Jia also made one to [[spoiler:Bao]] to look after his son. Thanks to Xiu, they weren't able to keep it until late in the story.
* PsychicPowers: Chao can astral project. This is a key point, since it not only allows him fast travel, the ability to be in two places at once, and is what prevented him from [[AndIMustScream going even more insane while being held prisoner for nine hundred plus years]], [[spoiler:it's how he was able to keep himself fed on chi and alive all that time, and how he visited Tai Lung in Chorh-Gom, corrupting him and influencing his hatred and desire for vengeance]].
* PsychoForHire: Xiu is the most mentally unstable of the Wu Sisters, though technically all of them are for hire.
* PunchClockVillain: At many times, Chun seems to be an example of this, enjoying being an assassin solely because it's her job. (Type I AntiVillain.)
* PunctuatedPounding: Tai Lung, on Vachir
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Heian Chao, to Oogway.
* PureEnergy: The Pool of Sacred Tears turns out to be this, as a gathering of holy chi. [[spoiler:Which is thoroughly corrupted by Chao's touch into a terrifyingly demonic force that lets him make PeoplePuppets of the whole Valley.]]
* TheQuietOne: Chun, for much of the story.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: The Wu Sisters, who are overall pretty effective as opponents.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Tai Lung has plenty of this towards Oogway and especially Shifu.
* RapeIsTheNewDeadParents: [[DefiedTrope Averted]] regarding [[PrisonRape Tai Lung‘s time in prison]], as well as lampshaded and mocked.
-->'''Tai Lung''': Damn it all, is that all you ''ever'' think about? Why does everything have to be about sex...why does everyone have to jump to the worst possible conclusion? For your information, you witless little stick, that blasted shell on my back made it so no one could get to my arse, even if they wanted to! But that's not the point...the point is, there's [[ColdBloodedTorture a hell of a lot of things that can happen to you]] in a prison with a thousand men and no women, and they don't involve violation!
* RealisticDictionIsUnrealistic: Applies everywhere, even characters' thoughts, save for ones whose ways of speaking and thinking are different from the norm (Po's slang, Monkey's accent, Mantis using tangents and run-on sentences). [[TropesAreNotBad This actually allows]] for a subversion later when Tai Lung realizes the thoughts in his head encouraging him to go off the deep end again are ''too'' perfect and ''too'' pat, thus giving away that it was really Chao [[ManipulativeBastard trying to manipulate him again]]. Outdated, perhaps, but still an AcceptableBreakFromReality.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Chao never truly died, he was instead sealed, so he was alive all that time.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure[=/=][[TheGoodKing The Good Emperor]]: Emperor Chen, who not only [[spoiler:pardons Tai Lung and Jia, but actually challenges the former to a friendly sparring match and compliments Po's cooking]]. He also trusts the word of Tigress in her letter and believes everything he is told about Chao without batting an eye.
* ReasonYouSuckSpeech: Xiu to Tigress in the birch forest. Chao gives a few as well. [[CharacterDevelopment Po]] also gives one, of the "tired of your friend's action/attitude" type, to Tigress.
* {{Reconstruction}}: The author takes a large number of super villain tropes which, by themselves, have either nearly become {{Dead Horse Trope}}s, are usually always subverted and played for laughs, or end up becoming {{Narm}}...and shows just why they were originally so effective and, quite often, scary.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Happens to [[spoiler:Vachir]]. Averted with Tai Lung, who redeems himself but gets to keep on living.
* RedemptionEarnsLife: Arguably, the entire point of the fic is to do this for Tai Lung.
* RedemptionPromotion: Tai Lung still loses in battle often enough to justify needing Po and the Five as his allies, and he has issues with [[HotBlooded controlling]] [[FatalFlaw his temper]] and ([[PersonalityPowers not coincidentally]]) his [[ElementalPowers Fire chi]], but in all other respects he remains as powerful, incredible, and BadAss a fighter as he was when a villain. The fact he isn't maddened or enraged all the time (and has gotten over his FreudianExcuse) also allows him to actually make use of those thousand scrolls he learned, and use them cleverly and effectively. The Fire chi and [[spoiler:the Golden Spear]] also count as power-ups for him. [[spoiler:Jia]], when [[HeelFaceTurn she changes sides]], isn't demoted either, remaining as awesome and skilled in combat as ever, as well as [[TheDogBitesBack helping]] [[InTheBack take out]] [[spoiler:Xiu]].
* RedemptionQuest: Another point to the story.
* RedOniBlueOni: Sort of. Tai Lung is for certain a red...Po isn't an exact blue since he's hardly calm and logical, but he is less emotional than Tai Lung so he counts.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:Monkey]], though it takes a long time for anybody to notice it. [[spoiler:Later on, the villagers.]] Also, Chao himself.
* ReformedButRejected: Tai Lung is practically the poster boy for this trope. Very, very few villagers are willing to give him a chance.
* ReplacementGoldfish: While this appeared to some degree in the movie as well, the implications of how Tigress was meant to replace Tai Lung in Shifu's eyes are explored more in-depth here, particularly when his return, Shifu's attempts to redeem him, and the subsequent reconciliation lead to her once more feeling pushed aside and forgotten, [[HisStoryRepeatsItself just as she had]] when Po was chosen as the Dragon Warrior. Leads to CallingTheOldManOut.
* TheReveal: Quite a few, like Chao finally revealing his face, and Monkey revealing [[spoiler:he was the possessed one]] in the middle of a very serious situation. Also, finding out who Chao actually was, who Po's parents were, who Tai Lung's were, Mei finding out who really killed her father...
* RhinoRampage: Vachir actually gets to show off this time how BadAss he is...and not only [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown wipes the ground with Tai Lung]], but comes this close to defeating him. [[spoiler:If not for Tigress...]]
* RightBehindMe: Inverted. Shifu is well aware of the fact that Crane is eavesdropping on his and Tigress's conversation; perhaps it's those enormous ears of his...
** A dramatic horror, rather than comedic, version of this occurs at Chorh-Gom, when Vachir forms out of the darkness right behind Tai Lung. Almost, but not quite, an EnemyRisingBehind.
* RightHandVersusLeftHand: Chao chooses not to share with the Wu Sisters the entirety of his plans for Tai Lung or Vachir, and nothing at all about his plans for [[spoiler:Monkey]], partly to keep his cards close to his chest, partly because he believes they will rebel if they learn the full story. He's right, since EvenEvilHasStandards, Xiu is [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]], and none of them would care for being a RedShirt. But keeping things from them ends up biting him in the ass, between PoorCommunicationKills, DidntSeeThatComing, and indirectly encouraging [[spoiler:Jia's HeelFaceTurn]].
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Tai Lung almost goes into one of these during the trial. Po sorta goes into one (though he's not homicidal) against the Wu Sisters later on, particularly Xiu. Tai Lung also almost did at Chorh-Gom, as well as in the final fight with Chao. A chronic problem on his part which Po, thankfully, is able to help restrain somewhat. And when pointed at the right person...
** Also invoked by name when Shifu, after revealing [[spoiler:his ChewOutFakeout was a SecretTestOfCharacter]], claims this is what Mantis would have said he'd do upon discovering Tai Lung and Tigress together.
* RomanticFalseLead: How Crane views Tai Lung, for a while. Unusually, Crane actually ''can'' understand [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what Mei Ling sees in him]] (partly thanks to his own low self-esteem), thus leading to IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Monkey [[spoiler:to Tai Lung, for Tigress's affections]].
* RoomFullOfCrazy: [[spoiler:Monkey]]'s room.
* RousingSpeech: Tai Lung gives a hell of a one just before the Heroes go to the final battle.
* RousseauWasRight: Oogway fully believed in Tai Lung all along, and that if he could simply be freed of Chao's influence and learn from Po's example, the goodness and heroic nature he once possessed would reassert themselves, as they were who he truly was at heart.
** HobbesWasRight: Ironically, Po thinks this after learning [[spoiler:about his highwayman father Bao]], but despite his ability to be ruthless and fierce in battle, he finds his fears are unfounded and, instead of this being InTheBlood, he too has an [[IncorruptiblePurePureness inner goodness]] and heroic nature.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Mei Ling, since she is descended from the ruling clan of Kunlun Shan and is thus a noble. Also, Emperor Chen, who not only fought on the battlefield for years alongside his men, but who became personally involved in the case of [[spoiler:Po's parents]].
* RuleOfCool: A whole lot, natch. Let's just say it starts simple with Tai Lung being ambidextrous, and it escalates to things such as [[spoiler:an army of ghostly warriors versus an army of demons]], and manipulation of elemental forces. Almost the entirety of the FinalBattle seems to run on this.
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[[folder: Tropes S-U]]

* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Zhuang. And it gets to you.]]
* SadisticChoice: [[spoiler:Die for a crime [[ClearMyName you didn't commit]], or go on a second rampage to save yourself, thus [[ReformedButRejected proving everyone right about your unrepentant villainy]] and giving the BigBad the inroads to corrupt and possess you.]] Tai Lung can be very grateful there was a third option.
* SandInMyEyes: Tai Lung and Tigress both use this excuse at different points to conceal their vulnerable sides.
* SatelliteCharacter: Several, though not as many as in most fanfics. The two most obvious would be Zhuang and Xiulan, but although it is true their story mostly revolves around their reaction to Tai Lung and his possible redemption, they also have their own subplots relating to Tigress, Ping, and Chang (another SatelliteCharacter). Also of note is that both Xiulan and Chang are that rare form of the trope, the one full of all-consuming rage, bitterness, vengefulness, and outright hatred.
* SayMyName: Happens a lot. An amusing variation is a RunningGag of a character being snapped out of a {{Flashback}} by their name being called.
* SealedEvilInACan: Chao. [[spoiler:Also, the yaoguai, though they seemed to be a RedHerring earlier in the story.]]
* SecondPlaceIsForLosers: Very much Tai Lung's attitude at not receiving the Dragon Scroll. Somewhat justified by him believing that earning it [[WellDoneSonGuy would make Shifu proud of him]], and that after having been led to believe that he would be the Dragon Warrior, the people of the Valley resumed [[BullyingADragon taunting and rejecting him]] [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer for being an orphan trying to rise above his station]].
* SecretTestOfCharacter: [[spoiler:Shifu's 'confrontation' with Tai Lung and Tigress after catching them in a compromising position.]]
* {{Seers}}: Meditating allows Shifu, [[LegacyCharacter like Oogway before him]], to have [[MySignificanceSenseIsTingling visions and premonitions of the future]]. The one depicted in-story, aside from being [[RuleOfSymbolism ominous]], [[PropheciesAreAlwaysRight portentous]], and [[PropheticFallacy vague]], is also enough to nearly make him [[FaintingSeer pass out]].
* SeeYouInHell: Variation: Tigress tells Chao to 'drop dead', to which he replies, "I already tried that and it didn't agree with me."
* SelfDisposingVillain: Or at least, [[PlayingWithATrope Villain-Disposing Villain]]. But while what happens to Xiu ([[spoiler:ConvenientComa]]) is [[DevourTheDragon thanks to Chao]], it would never have occurred if she hadn't gotten DrunkOnTheDarkSide and begged Chao to [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor give her his power]]. Though Po [[SpannerInTheWorks interfering with the transfer]] may also have had something to do with the results.
* SelfParody: The action figures scene, which makes fun of both certain elements of Taigress fics and Tai Lung redemption fics as well as the author‘s own fic. An in-story example would be one only mentioned in passing: in the Truth or Dare, when asked to praise Po, Tai Lung adds in an extra of himself speaking of Po when he faced the Five on the bridge and [[LargeHam hams it up for good measure]].
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Po and Tai Lung, respectively.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: It's a good idea to keep a dictionary open in another tab while reading this. That said, the...uncommon words are used correctly, and in almost all cases are actually more of a precise fit than their everyday equivalents. In-story, this also applies to Chao's speech patterns [[FridgeBrilliance because he's from an earlier time]].
* ShamingTheMob: Subverted. Shifu and Mei Ling each try this, but thanks to [[spoiler:Chao's chi manipulation]], no one listens to them.
* ShipperOnDeck: Viper and Mei Ling, with Po to some degree later on.
* ShootTheRope: Variation, as [[JustInTime just when Tai Lung is about to be hung]], [[spoiler:Crane flies in and cuts the rope]].
* ShoutOut: Far too many to count, whether to movies, books, video games, or other fics.
** One particularly interesting one is a sort of meta ContinuityNod ShoutOut: the corruption of [[spoiler:the Sacred Pool]] and its cleansing which bookend Tai Lung's arrest and trial are ''both'' mirrors of Disney's ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''--the corruption is an almost direct parallel to Chernabog's shadowy takeover of the town to resurrect the dead in ''Night on Bald Mountain'', while the cleansing uses imagery quite similar to the Sprite's restoration of the land in the ''Firebird Suite''.
* ShownTheirWork: The author did some serious and extensive research on ancient China.
* ShutUpHannibal: Some truly epic ones happen during the final battle, particularly the ones given by Mantis and Po. Tai Lung gets a pretty good one in his prison cell too.
* ShutUpKiss: Mei Ling to Crane. [[spoiler:Jia almost does so to Po as well.]]
* ShuttingUpNow: Crane, during the Truth or Dare.
* SignOfTheApocalypse: When both Tai Lung and Tigress agree on something (in this case, that the Truth or Dare game is a bad idea), everyone is shocked and stunned, and Po comments in his thoughts, "Should I be [[TotalEclipseOfThePlot checkin' the almanac for an eclipse]]? Or lookin' out the window for [[CometOfDoom a red comet]]?"
* SlapSlapKiss: Aside from [[MasochismTango the overall progress]] of Tai Lung and Tigress's relationship, this actually happens literally during Tigress and Tai Lung's confrontation in the cave.
* SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: In grand kung fu tradition (see ''BigTroubleInLittleChina''), the fic begins with the comedy (and action) seen in the movie, then gradually introduces horror elements as the BigBad and his lackeys become more prominent in the story. MoodWhiplash is also deliberately invoked a few times (the Truth or Dare immediately followed by the first murder victim being found, Shifu catching Tai Lung and Tigress in bed and Tai Lung fetching birth control bookending [[spoiler:the corruption of the Sacred Pool by Heian Chao]], the MushroomSamba following the trial). But in the end, the comedy mostly acts as effective breather moments between the most terrifying horror scenes, and taking over again completely once the BigBad is defeated. Overall it seems mostly balanced rather than one or the other dominant.
* SlouchOfVillainy: Chao, in the Vault of Heroes.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped ([[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-story): While just about everyone gets to do this in the end, Shifu, Oogway, Po, and Tigress all especially have to beat it into Tai Lung's skull repeatedly that he is not the Dragon Warrior, was never meant to be, and why—but also that this doesn't doom him to be evil or mean his life and training are now meaningless. Also, when the time comes for Tai Lung to realize and accept [[spoiler:that he and Po are meant to be brother warriors who fight as two halves of a team, their abilities and personalities reflecting the Yin and the Yang]], this fact is ground in for him by [[spoiler:Po's fur colors]].
** In addition, any number of times the point was repeatedly made (whether to Tai Lung, Shifu, Tigress, or the villagers) that while powerful and terrifying, Heian Chao's dark chi was always MoreThanMindControl—i.e., that he was only influencing flaws and negative character traits which were already there, to make people do what they secretly wanted to on some level. Which meant that even once Chao himself was gone, these traits and flaws still must be dealt with in the usual manner to prevent tragedy and suffering in the future—and that [[AvertedTrope no one he influenced]] [[GetOutOfJailFreeCard could be excused of their actions because of him]]. He encouraged and manipulated them, but in the end most of their choices were still theirs.
* SoProudOfYou: Occurs a number of times, though the most notable would be [[spoiler:Po's letter from his biological father]].
* SpannerInTheWorks: Shen Zhuang. Not only does he rescue Tigress and prevent the Wu Sisters from killing Ping, but [[spoiler:his rescue of the Weis deprives Chao of power at a crucial moment, allowing Vachir and Monkey to be defeated and freed, respectively]]. And all without him even knowing he was doing it...[[spoiler:save for [[DyingClue leaving a message behind to name his killer]], which most certainly ruined Chao's plans.]]
* SpitefulSpit: Zhuang does this to Xiu [[spoiler:when she, possessed by Chao and [[{{Glamour}} made to look like]] [[LieToTheBeholder Tai Lung]], [[KilledOffForReal kills him]]]].
* SquishyWizard: Averted, since Chao [[spoiler:can heal himself of any injury so long as he has dark chi to draw upon]], and is a skilled and powerful kung fu fighter in his own right.
* StartOfDarkness: Chao again, and he went at it all-out from the get-go.
* StayInTheKitchen (averted): Not only does Tai Lung (wisely) never expect this of Tigress, but when Crane and Mei Ling get together, he follows her on a kung fu adventure across the empire. (This is contrary to some of the men Mei has known in the past, who were threatened by her ActionGirl status.) And Po, of course, is the one who will stay in the kitchen when he isn't being the Dragon Warrior.
* StealthPun: From the scene at the apothecary:
--> '''Ning Guo''': Really? Well, nothing to be ashamed of, sonny, happens to all of us at the worst of times, doesn't mean anything about your masculinity. I could give you my own special brew...''a certain weed I mix with something fresh from yours truly''... [[spoiler:Ning Guo is a ''goat''.]]
* StormingTheCastle: The good guys do this first in Chorh-Gom, and later down in the Vault of Heroes.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: At one point, to keep someone from knowing what he actually had on his mind, Tai Lung says, [[NotSoDifferent just like]] [[{{Foil}} Po]], "What was I thinking about? Er...noodles."
** Another form of this crosses with SpeakInUnison when Tai Lung, [[MushroomSamba doped up on opium]] and fresh off his KangarooCourt, near-execution, sees Po after the latter has returned from a major fight on Wu Dan [[ItMakesSenseInContext draped in unconscious snow leopardesses]]: "What happened to ''you''?"
* StrawNihilist: Chao definitely has [[{{Pun}} shades]] of this.
* SummoningRitual: Chao does this [[spoiler:with the demons]].
* SuperPowerLottery: Chao (which is rather unsurprising for a BigBad). He is a BodySnatcher and can create PeoplePuppets due to DemonicPossession; [[PsychicPowers can astral project]] and [[VillainTeleportation travel]] via means of a [[HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace shadow]] [[DarkWorld world]]; can incite a HatePlague and use MoreThanMindControl to influence others; has powers over [[CastingAShadow darkness and shadow]] as well as some ability with illusion; and can both [[{{Necromancer}} raise the dead]] and [[SummoningRitual summon]] [[spoiler:demons]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] due to being a KungFuWizard and master of ''[[LifeEnergy chi]]'' (which could be used for anything related to life, the soul, or the mind, as well as perception thereof), as well as using BlackMagic to extend his life and generally discovering [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things Man Was Not Meant To Know]].
* SurpriseWitness: [[spoiler:Ning Guo]] acts as this--not at Tai Lung's [[KangarooCourt trial]], but his execution, although by that point his words are only an additional confirmation rather than the linch-pin since [[spoiler:Crane]] had already brought [[DyingClue the evidence]] [[ClearTheirName to exonerate the snow leopard]] and Shifu had [[spoiler:exorcized the PeoplePuppets of the village so that they could actually listen]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: How Po attempts to convince [[spoiler:Jia]] he wasn't about to declare his love for her...
* SweetTooth: Tai Lung. He doesn't like to admit it, but he'll blissfully chow down on any sweets he can get his paws on.
* SympatheticMagic: Chao does this with Tai Lung's fur.
* TakeAThirdOption: Chao [[XanatosGambit arranged things]] so that either Tai Lung would be captured, [[ColdBloodedTorture tortured]], killed, and/or corrupted back into a villain by Vachir, or he would in turn kill Vachir and [[IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim become just like him]] thanks to RoaringRampageOfRevenge, ThouShaltNotKill, and JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope rendering him susceptible to DemonicPossession. Instead, Tai Lung does the right thing [[spoiler:after Vachir is freed by Tigress fatally injuring him, by both [[RedemptionEqualsDeath granting him forgiveness]] and a MercyKill]]. Cue BigNo and VillainousBreakdown.
* [[TakingTheBullet Taking the Knife]]: Tai Lung does this for Tigress when [[spoiler:Monkey]] tries to kill her.
* TakingYouWithMe: Tai Lung tries to invoke this with Vachir, but fails.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Occurs a number of times, but most notably during the final moments of the battle with Vachir.
* TalkToTheFist: Tai Lung uses this on Chao, in a very nice ShutUpHannibal moment.
* TellMeAboutMyFather: Both Tai Lung and Po get to say this. One is quite happy with what he learns, the other...[[BrokenPedestal isn't]]. [[spoiler:And it's not who you think.]]
* TemptingFate: [[spoiler:Monkey really should have listened to Po, and not mentioned the possibility of spirits taking him over the night of the Ghost Festival...]] Crane also skirts the edges of this trope when, right before Chao first leaves Chorh-Gom to implement his plans, the bird almost thinks to himself the old Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times".
* ThatManIsDead: Chao to Shifu during the final battle. Three guesses which way he says the trope name.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: Despite the story taking place in ancient China, Chapter 13 is when the Wu Sisters are first introduced and the BigBad's villainy is made clear. [[SubvertedTrope On the other hand]], this same chapter also includes one of the most touching and heartwarming moments in the story between [[HeterosexualLifePartners Po and Tai Lung]], and Tai Lung having something of a MeetCute with [[spoiler:his past cub self]] to reassure him he still has goodness in him.
* ThisCannotBe: Chao several times (especially [[spoiler:his death scene]]). Also Xiu at Wu Dan.
* ThisIsReality: Spoken by Tai Lung to convince Po they are truly facing someone like Chao.
* [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself This Is Something He's Got To Do Himself]]: Tai Lung views dealing with Vachir this way.
* ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels: Very much the reaction of everyone to seeing the contents of [[BrainBleach Oogway's more explicit love letters]].
* ThouShaltNotKill (averted): Though Po still doesn't kill anyone, no one else seems to have this compunction.
* ThroughHisStomach: Apparently this is one of the ways in which Po succeeds in befriending Tai Lung. Let the HoYay commence.
* TinkleInTheEye: Though not actually in the eye, this otherwise happens when Tai Lung, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny conscripted into helping Tigress at the day care]], has to do the dreaded [[TheDiaperChange Diaper Change]]--from [[LaserGuidedKarma a red panda cub, no less]].
* TitleDrop: Technically the title is dropped right in the fic's opening blurb ("Can a father undo his past mistakes? Perhaps, if the snow leopard can be taught...A Different Lesson"), but it is properly referenced at least three times in the fic itself--the first time during the training on Wu Dan where it emphasizes what Tai Lung has to do differently and how he should view the world and his place in it if he wants to be a hero, the last time at the very end when he is reflecting back on everything he's gone through. The second time, in a sinister variation, is spoken by the BigBad, implying [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow what he will offer]] if Tai Lung [[WeCanRuleTogether joins him]].
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Despite no one ever coming out and saying it, some might consider [[spoiler:Zhuang]] to be this, considering he has a number of GaryStu traits (though thankfully not fully becoming one due to not taking over the story), he has next to no flaws, and it is his death, among other things, that galvanizes Po to fight the Wu Sisters, sends Tai Lung on his RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Xiu and Chao, and even gets Xiulan and the rest of the Valley's support behind Tai Lung [[NiceJobFixingItVillain once it comes out who really killed him]]. The trope is still played with at least, since he does not get a long, drawn-out death scene (though there is a MeaningfulFuneral and a DeadPersonConversation before he moves on to the next life--albeit for Tai Lung's ears alone) and the BigBad not only doesn't reflect on it, he dismisses him as [[TrashTalk a mere peasant]] whose death was LaserGuidedKarma for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and [[ButForMeItWasTuesday a simple byproduct]] of his plan to TakeOverTheWorld.
* TookALevelInBadass: At a certain point, Tai Lung shows that when cool and collected, he could defeat Po, probably easily at that. But after some time, lessons and new tricks from both Shifu and Tai Lung, combined with Po's natural talent, and... well, let's just say you also don't want to see an angry panda.
* TooSlow: Pulled on Tai Lung by Xiu at Yunxian.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Tai Lung absolutely adores candy and desserts of any kind, though he's very secretive and does not like people to know about it. This is further explored in one of the sequel vignettes, where Tai Lung buys the best confections that the store owner can provide, and it's all treated in a way that [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything makes them look like they're smuggling and buying illegal substances]].
* {{Troperiffic}}: And [[TropesAreNotBad deliberately so]], by WordOfGod.
* TrueCompanions: Tai Lung eventually learns to see everyone in the Jade Palace as this.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Xiu epitomizes this trope. Aside from using TrashTalk and being a ManipulativeBitch, she is not above using dirty moves or outright cheating: after fighting Tigress and losing, she proceeds to [[spoiler:call in her sister Chun to brain Tigress from behind with her meteor hammer]], and during the final battle she manages to nearly incapacitate Tai Lung, despite having just been the victim of a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, by [[spoiler:punching him right in an arrow wound he'd previously received in his side]].
* TryNotToDie: Tigress uses a snarkily dry variation of this in Chorh-Gom after having saved Tai Lung from falling off a collapsing bridge; because of the SlapSlapKiss, MasochismTango [[BelligerentSexualTension nature of their relationship]], this rather than the usual plaintive, emotional version makes sense--for them, this ''is'' a heartfelt prayer to come back to each other.
-->'''Tigress''': Try not to fall again...I might not be there next time to catch you.
* {{Tsundere}}: Tigress to the max, Type A. Tai Lung is both a male one and a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* TwiceShy: Crane and Mei Ling are kept from hooking up for the longest time because of this.
* UnluckyEverydude: Crane
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Subverted. Shifu tells Tigress and Tai Lung exactly what he intends to do to stop Vachir. Despite this, the plan itself works perfectly--Vachir just happens to survive it is all. Also, despite Chao telling the Wu Sisters his plan for Tai Lung and the Five, it comes very close to working with only [[spoiler:Oogway's protection]] preventing it. However, it is later played straight when Chao tells Tai Lung what he intends for him to do as his servant, which of course never comes to pass.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: Aside from the way this already applies to him in the movie, the scene where Tai Lung and the others discover the portrait of him as an adorable cub in Oogway's room is the OldShame[=/=]PlayedForLaughs variation of this trope. Except that instead of Tai Lung bemoaning the ruining of his VillainCred, he's attempting to head off BadassDecay. Despite the fact he remains a badass for the rest of the story, amusingly, no one seems to believe him when he calls his cub self a hellion...[[NotSoDifferent except Tigress]].
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Chao uses this as his reason (excuse!) for murdering his friends and a group of children. Later on he still has it, just that now he's an asshole to boot.
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* VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon: The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Vault of Heroes]] has shades of this, being an [[ElaborateUndergroundBase underground location]] with [[SceneryPorn epic architecture and statuary]], [[BossRoom lots of space for fighting]], and an impressive name. [[SubvertedTrope However]], not only is the name [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace the exact opposite you would expect]], the place was never intended to be the location for a BossBattle, since it was a hall built to honor fallen heroes and a nexus of holy spiritual energy; it only becomes this trope due to being the place [[spoiler:where [[SealedEvilInACan Oogway imprisoned Heian Chao]]]]. Its choice for the FinalBattle, on the other hand, [[WordOfGod is also a reference]] to [[WhatCouldHaveBeen its original intention as such]] for the movie.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Crane, or from a different point of view, Mei Ling
* ViewerGenderConfusion (lampshaded, [[InvokedTrope invoked]], and parodied): The scroll of the movie's events in which Tigress was a man.
* VillainsActHeroesReact: At first played straight, then later averted. When the BigBad first appears in the story, all of the plot-driven elements come about due to him or his lackeys, with the Heroes either trying to stop him, put an end to his crimes, or protect Tai Lung, Po, and the people of the Valley. But after one too many schemes, before Chao can recover and launch an even worse attack, Shifu decides to be proactive, learn who and what and where he is, and go take him out--and after learning of him from the Wu Sisters, the rest of the Heroes decide the same thing.
* VillainBall: While Chao is usually not found carrying one of these, he does do so in at least one respect: [[spoiler:inflaming Jia's lusts for Tai Lung so that she comes to care for him too much, while at the same time encouraging Monkey and/or Vachir to kill him]]. And he doesn't expect this to cause any difficulties with Jia. Not the smartest move. [[spoiler:[[UnspokenPlanGuarantee Confessing his great plan to Tai Lung in his cell also counts]].]]
* VillainsOutShopping (subverted): What seemed to be the Wu Sisters out for dinner at Ping's restaurant was actually them casing the joint to get info on Po.
* VillainousBreakdown: Xiu at Wu Dan, and you can see every step on the way to it. Heian Chao has one too, albeit more drawn-out: starting from after Chorh-Gom when things start going wrong for him (see DidntSeeThatComing, XanatosGambit, and TakeAThirdOption), [[FromBadToWorse getting worse]] after Tai Lung is exonerated, and culminating when he discovers Po is not only still involved in the battle despite his [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Father]] ultimatum but had also [[spoiler:cleansed the Pool of Sacred Tears]]. Watch Chao go from [[WickedCultured suave, sophisticated]] [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] to psychotic, [[PrecisionFStrike raging]] apocalypse.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Variation A. Tai Lung will not miss an opportunity to snark at, poke fun at, and sometimes even threaten Po with physical harm, and Po just takes it all, except if Tai Lung insults Mr. Ping and his soup or restaurant. On occasion Po does return the teasing and snark right back, but only in a gentle, lighthearted way, naturally.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Chao, especially when he is possessing someone.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Chao offers this to Tai Lung, but he really needs to work on his sales pitch.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Xun Chao, before [[spoiler:becoming Heian Chao]], wanted to use his mastery of chi [[VisionaryVillain to bring order to China by overthrowing the Emperor]]. To do this, [[spoiler:he needed to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild murder children and absorb their chi]]]]. [[SlowlySlippingIntoEvil By the time he tried to follow through with it]], he was quite clearly out of his mind...and thanks to TheCorruption, TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget, and (it's implied) LoveHurts he has dispensed with things such as love, compassion, and [[WhatIsEvil morality]] as [[GoodIsImpotent pathetic]] [[LoveIsAWeakness weaknesses]], instead merely using appeals to them to justify his actions and manipulate others while not even believing in them any more.
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Chapter]]: Chapter 34. Nuff said. Chapter 30 also counts. [[spoiler:The first one is the chapter where Zhuang is murdered, Ping is kidnapped and Po informed of it, and Shifu has his frightening premonition just before the CliffHanger of Tai Lung's arrest. The second starts with Zhuang discovering the blinded Chang and his wife being [[EmotionEater fed off of by Chao]] and warned about Vachir, then has the zombie Anvil of Heaven, the fight with Vachir, the revelation that Monkey was possessed (and DisneyDeath of Mantis), and the stabbing of Vachir that led to the explosion of dark chi and Tai Lung and Tigress falling into the abyss. Whew!]]
* WhatIsEvil: "Cease prattling about morality and ethics, you and I both know those are simply words we use as masks, facades to present to the world to keep the weak and misguided from interfering while we do our work."
* WhatWouldXDo: See the IceCreamKoan above; Tai Lung is very bad at thinking like Oogway. Comes with a bit of ICantBelieveImSayingThis as well, when he finds himself having to ask such a question in the first place.
* WhosLaughingNow: Another motivation for Tai Lung's rampage, besides claiming what he had been led to believe was rightfully his--to get back at [[TooDumbToLive those who had mocked him for not becoming the Dragon Warrior]].
* WhyThankYouX: Oogway pulls this on Shifu late in the story.
* WickedCultured: Until he loses his temper after the failure of his plans, Chao has this trope written all over him.
* AWizardDidIt: Used quite literally to explain and justify such things as [[spoiler:why Tai Lung conveniently forgets about Chao for a while, why the Five become increasingly argumentative, why Mei Ling doesn't tell Crane about her plan to make Tigress jealous, why PoorCommunicationKills, why Tai Lung thinks it's a good idea to reconcile Tigress and Shifu in the middle of a HatePlague]], and so on.
* WizardsLiveLonger: Chao is nine hundred plus years old.
* [[WontTakeYesForAnAnswer Won't Take Yes For An Answer]]: How Po reacts to [[spoiler:Jia revealing she has feelings for him, too]].
* TheWorfEffect: As proof of what a serious threat the villains of the story are--Exhibit A: the Wu Sisters come this close to defeating [[MemeticBadass Tai Lung]] during their first encounter, [[spoiler:nearly kill [[TheChosenOne Po]]]], and do succeed in beating [[ActionGirl Tigress]] the first time they meet her; Exhibit B: Vachir gives an absolute NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Tai Lung at Chorh-Gom and succeeds in holding Tigress hostage; and just before the FinalBattle, during Heian Chao's series of [[BreakingSpeech Breaking Speeches]] to the kung fu warriors, we see from Tigress's POV just how powerful the shadow mage's chi is, since he comes quite close to breaking [[{{Determinator}} her]]. In the end, though, all of this merely allows for multiple examples of HeroicSecondWind as Xiu is eventually defeated by first [[TookALevelInBadass Po]], then Tai Lung, Vachir is dealt a fatal blow by [[spoiler:Tigress]], and not only is Chao killed, but his army [[spoiler:of demons]] is taken out by the Five, led of course by Tigress.
* WorthIt: Tai Lung, after his toe-touching dare to Po.
* [[WouldntHurtAChild Wouldn't Hurt A Child]]: Brutally averted by Chao. Tai Lung plays this straight after unintentionally averting it during his rampage. As a result it's also a BerserkButton for him if you suggest that he would, as Monkey discovers.
* WronskiFeint: Crane pulls one of these on Heian Chao during the final battle, except with a wall instead of the floor.
* XanatosGambit: Chao, being DangerouslyGenreSavvy, tries pulling one of these off on Tai Lung at Chorh-Gom, figuring that he'll either kill Vachir out of rage and be open to being corrupted, or get killed and serve him as a zombie; either way he would win. Similarly, no matter which way Tai Lung resolved the SadisticChoice which Chao had set up via [[spoiler:the murder of Zhuang]] and the trial, he would gain the snow leopard's service and power, and win...except for [[spoiler:Zhuang's DyingClue]] which Crane found and brought as evidence, and Po [[spoiler:cleansing the Sacred Pool]] along with Shifu's use of Oogway's staff to [[spoiler:free the villagers of their PeoplePuppets DemonicPossession]]. The fact it took so many elements to bring down this second scheme shows just how well-plotted it was, and [[DarkestHour how close]] [[NearVillainVictory it came to succeeding]].
** BatmanGambit: [[DidntSeeThatComing He didn't count on]] [[spoiler:Tigress TakingAThirdOption and stabbing Vachir herself, [[EvilCannotComprehendGood nor did he foresee]] Tai Lung actually ''forgiving'' the rhino, thus letting him [[MercyKill die an honorable death.]]]]
* YinYangBomb: The Wuxi Finger Hold turns out to be a variation of this, since depending on the intent of the user it can either be a force for destruction (as Shifu claimed it was in the movie) or salvation (as when Po used it to take away Tai Lung's rage and insanity, purifying his soul and thus giving him the chance to change and redeem himself). The two are mutually exclusive, since the latter application also repaired the damage to the village...though it did [[spoiler:[[NiceJobBreakingItHero free Heian Chao from Oogway's prison]]]]. It's entirely possible [[IKnewIt the sequels will reveal this is actually the case]], based on what Po did looking and acting nothing like what Shifu described...though if so, the second application will likely be a forced [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Ascent To A Higher Plane Of Existence]] instead.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: A number of people, but most especially Po and Oogway, insist this is the case whenever Tai Lung is ready to disparage himself and believe he is only and always a villain...and in the end, [[RousseauWasRight they're right]]. This same appeal gets turned back on Po when he starts losing faith in himself [[spoiler:thanks to what he learns about his family]], and Mei Ling most definitely appeals to it in order to [[spoiler:get Jia to finish her HeelFaceTurn]].
* YouAreNotAlone: Mei Ling tells Jia this during the final battle [[spoiler:which is what finally pushes her to complete her HeelFaceTurn]].
* YouAreNotReady: Applies to both Tai Lung and Po, though stated specifically by Oogway as the reason he didn't tell Tai Lung sooner of his destiny. This was also what Oogway told Chao when he wanted [[LifeEnergy the secrets of mastering chi]] so as to [[WellIntentionedExtremist defeat the tyrannical emperor]]; naturally [[{{Pride}} Chao didn't listen]], and [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow the rest]] [[TheDarkSide was history]].
* YouCantFightFate: Played with. Tai Lung eventually learns/remembers that [[spoiler:he had saved a very young Tigress from the ruins of her quake-collapsed house]], suggesting he and Tigress were always meant to be together and be there for each other, but Oogway later states that their romance is something Tai Lung did all on his own. So while there may be no accidents, the future is clearly not set in stone either.
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: While no one actually stated the trope name aloud, let alone directly to Chao, Oogway did observe (as did Shifu in his thoughts) that the chi master could have been the best healer in the empire, perhaps even the world, had he stayed on the path of good, and that it was a shame he did not, respectively.
* YouDidTheRightThing: After Chao reveals [[spoiler:that the Wuxi Finger Hold is what freed him]], Viper has to appeal to this trope to help snap Po out of it.
* YouFightLikeACow: Xiu uses this tactic a lot on Tai Lung and Tigress (IsThatTheBestYouCanDo comes up, unsurprisingly), though at times, especially when she is angry or on the verge of losing, this degenerates into TrashTalk. Tai Lung eventually turns it back on her, and to a point so does Po to Jia.
* YouFool: Pretty much the way Chao acts constantly during all his fights.
* YouGotSpunk: Tai Lung certainly admires Tigress's spirit.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe: Shifu makes the mistake of invoking this during Tai Lung's trial. Jia uses it on Mei Ling regarding their father's murder with much more success.
* YouHaveFailedMe (lampshaded and averted): Chun wonders why Chao is okay with them failing to kill Po at Yunxian, until Chao reveals he's surprisingly patient for an insane BigBad. However, he later does consider pulling this, as does Xiu, although the latter borders on YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* YouJustToldMe: Used in humorous fashion early on when Tigress is made to admit to her deep and abiding distrust for Tai Lung by Shifu. Humorous because Tigress acts [[CaptainObvious as if she genuinely thinks anyone couldn't figure out]] her desire to flay the snow leopard [[{{Tsundere}} or at least give him a tongue-lashing]].
* YouKeepTellingYourselfThat: At Chorh-Gom, when Vachir tries taunting Tai Lung that they are NotSoDifferent, the snow leopard furiously goes into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, denying it via PunctuatedPounding. The rhino's response is this trope:
-->'''Vachir''': Awww, ya made it sound all so noble too, tough guy. I'm really proud of ya. Maybe, if ya keep sayin' it long enough, ya might actually manage to convince somebody besides yourself.
* YouKilledMyFather: Mei Ling's [[ItsPersonal motivation]] in pursuing the Wu Sisters. Turns out his killer [[ManipulativeBitch wasn't the one]] [[{{Frameup}} she thought it was]], but in the end she gets her {{Revenge}}...[[spoiler:albeit indirectly through enabling Jia's HeelFaceTurn]].
* YouShallNotPass: Mei Ling pulls this on the Wu Sisters when they come for Po, though she doesn‘t die in the process. And is of course quite badass while doing it.
* YouWatchTooMuchX: Po's thought regarding Viper, when she decides to use the Truth or Dare game to [[TheMatchmaker help Tai Lung and Tigress hook up]]. A rare example where the genre in question is not that of the work it appears in. (In this case, that she was "reading too many romance novels".)
* ZombieApocalypse: What almost happens when [[spoiler:Chao resurrects the Anvil of Heaven using his dark chi]].
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** [[spoiler:Tai Lung]]'s given name, Qiao Gang, means "Handsome and Unbending". His father's name, Mao, means "Brave or Bold", his mother's, Jian, means "Determined or Resolute", and his brother De, TheCasanova who will go after AnythingThatMoves, has the IronicName De, meaning "Virtue".

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** [[spoiler:Tai Lung]]'s given name, Qiao Gang, means "Handsome and Unbending". His father's name, Mao, means "Brave or Bold", his mother's, Jian, means "Determined or Resolute", and his brother De, TheCasanova who will go after AnythingThatMoves, has the an IronicName De, meaning "Virtue".
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** [[spoiler:Tai Lung]]'s given name, Qiao Gang, means "Handsome and Unbending". His father's name, Mao, means "Brave or Bold", his mother's, Jian, means "Determined or Resolute", and his brother De, TheCasanova who will go after AnythingThatMoves, has the IronicName De, meaning "Virtue".
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* TheWorfEffect: As proof of what a serious threat the villains of the story are--Exhibit A: the Wu Sisters come this close to defeating [[MemeticBadass Tai Lung]] during their first encounter, and do succeed in beating [[ActionGirl Tigress]] the first they meet her; Exhibit B: Vachir gives an absolute NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Tai Lung at Chorh-Gom and succeeds in holding Tigress hostage; and just before the FinalBattle, during Heian Chao's series of [[BreakingSpeech Breaking Speeches]] to the kung fu warriors, we see from Tigress's POV just how powerful the shadow mage is, since he comes quite close to breaking [[{{Determinator}} her]]. In the end, though, all of this merely allows for multiple examples of HeroicSecondWind as Xiu is eventually defeated by first [[TookALevelInBadass Po]], then Tai Lung, Vachir is dealt a fatal blow by [[spoiler:Tigress]], and not only is Chao killed, but his army [[spoiler:of demons]] is taken out by the Five, led of course by Tigress.

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* TheWorfEffect: As proof of what a serious threat the villains of the story are--Exhibit A: the Wu Sisters come this close to defeating [[MemeticBadass Tai Lung]] during their first encounter, [[spoiler:nearly kill [[TheChosenOne Po]]]], and do succeed in beating [[ActionGirl Tigress]] the first time they meet her; Exhibit B: Vachir gives an absolute NoHoldsBarredBeatdown to Tai Lung at Chorh-Gom and succeeds in holding Tigress hostage; and just before the FinalBattle, during Heian Chao's series of [[BreakingSpeech Breaking Speeches]] to the kung fu warriors, we see from Tigress's POV just how powerful the shadow mage mage's chi is, since he comes quite close to breaking [[{{Determinator}} her]]. In the end, though, all of this merely allows for multiple examples of HeroicSecondWind as Xiu is eventually defeated by first [[TookALevelInBadass Po]], then Tai Lung, Vachir is dealt a fatal blow by [[spoiler:Tigress]], and not only is Chao killed, but his army [[spoiler:of demons]] is taken out by the Five, led of course by Tigress.
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