Created By: GameGuruGG on May 11, 2013 Last Edited By: NESBoy on July 13, 2013

Pandas Know Kung Fu

Animal martial artists will invariably be pandas.

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Pandas, being what is essentially a Chinese Bear, end up appearing over and over again in as martial artists. Apparently, being linked to China gives these animals skill in Chinese martial arts like Kung Fu.


Anime and Manga
  • Ranma ˝: Genma Saotome transforms into a panda with cold water and is one of many martial artists in the setting.

  • Kung Fu Panda: The Trope Namer, of sorts. Would be the actual name of this trope if it weren't for it being the name of a work.

Video Games
  • Pokémon: Pancham is a Fighting-Type Panda.
  • Warcraft: The Pandarians are an entire race of Pandas who know kung fu.
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • May 11, 2013
    Subtrope to Pandaing To The Audience. Compare: Bears Are Bad News

    Also organized and italicized the examples.
  • May 14, 2013
    There's also Master Yo from Yin Yang Yo and Panda from Skunk Fu
  • May 14, 2013
    For the Pokemon example, Yanchamu's English name has been confirmed -- "Pancham".
  • May 15, 2013
    I think that this could just be done by adding it to the description to Pandaing To The Audience, rather than making it into a subtrope.
  • May 15, 2013
    Is this really tropeworthy?
  • May 15, 2013
    ... now that I think about it, wouldn't Kung Fu Panda be a subversion? Everything in the movies knows kung fu, yet Po was literally the only one that people questioned the kung fu prowess of since apparently pandas don't do kung fu.
  • May 15, 2013
    ^^^ Why? There really seems to be a tropable link between pandas and kung fu. I think it could be its own trope.
  • May 15, 2013
    ^ ... why? We know it's a subtrope already, and there are only 3-4 examples so far.

    Now, what might make a good missing supertrope would be something along the lines of animals having the characteristics of the countries they're indigenous to in settings that just throw them together willy-nilly. For example kangaroos having Australian accents, pandas being Chinese, etc. But I'm getting off-topic.
  • May 15, 2013
    In Warcraft it's Pandaren, not Pandarian.
  • May 16, 2013
    ^^ Most animals aren't restricted to a single country, or even a continent. At least no animals most people know. (Do breeds of pets count? Like German shepherds, English bulldogs, great Danes?) See also the page "Dog Stereotype".
  • July 12, 2013
    How about Panda from Tekken series? And there's the master Yo from the Yin Yang Yo cartoon. Also, not sure if this count but the little panda (Xiao Mei) from Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood.
  • July 12, 2013
    I think it's more like, since kung fu and pandas are both "icons" (read: stereotypes) of China, both are often combined around to show that "wow, this work/town/guy is so Chinese!"

    Okay, my own description needs work, but I hope it will help.
  • July 13, 2013
    I think Kung Fu Panda is rather the Trope Codifier than the Trope Namer...
  • July 13, 2013