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->''"Betty has gone too far. [[ThouShaltNotKill Killing is wrong]]. [[AndThatsTerrible And bad]]. There should be a new, stronger word for killing. Like... [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs badwrong. Or... badong.]] Yes. Killing is badong. From this moment, I will stand for the opposite of killing: [[SdrawkcabName Gnodab]]."''
-->-- '''The ChosenOne'''

An [[BigBad evil man]] kills an entire family to get at a baby that is destined to become the ChosenOne. The baby escapes, [[WildChild grows up in the wild]], fights off attackers by [[DefeatByModesty ripping their clothes into shred-bikinis]], joins a school of martial artists who loudly admit that [[WholesomeCrossdresser they wear push-up bras]], eventually meets the evil man -- who, in the intervening years, has changed his name to Betty -- and later [[EverythingsBetterWithCows fights a cow]]. He is also the ChosenOne because his tongue has a face on it; its name is Tonguey.

[[MindScrew Oh, and there are French aliens.]]

No, ''really''.

A refreshing comedy that's ''stupid'' -- but [[NarmCharm amusingly so]] -- '''''Kung Pow! Enter The Fist''''' is a 2002 film written and directed by lead actor Steve Oedekerk. The film uses footage from an obscure kung-fu movie called ''Tiger and Crane Fist'', along with newly-shot and bluescreened footage (mainly to insert Oedekerk into the film), to create a rather anarchic parody of kung-fu movies in general. Virtually every line is insane -- and very quotable; it was difficult choosing which one to put up at the top -- and everyone's voice (save [[MsFanservice Whoa]]) is dubbed over by Oedekerk himself.

A sequel, ''Kung Pow 2: Tongue of Fury'', was due to follow; it's been in DevelopmentHell for years, though. WordOfGod states that Oedekerk is (still) trying to find the right Hong Kong movie(s) to lift scenes from.
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!!Tropes used:
* AgonyOfTheFeet: The mayor's big toe is cut off by Betty to bring him in line, causing [[{{Squick}} blood to squirt out as he walks]]. Later on, his whole foot has been cut off.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Some martial arts schools actually "trained" students they considered unworthy incorrectly on purpose, just like like Wimp Lo, and certain forms of Chinese martial arts do go to considerable lengths to toughen up the practitioner's skin (although not usually to the point of breaking a thermometer in their student's hands).
* AmbiguouslyGay: Betty. A feared, skilled, powerful ''male'' kung-fu master and warlord decides to go under the alias "Betty".
** Then there's this line: "Hey, you guys, wanna, I don't know, scam some chicks or something?...''[[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday I DO like the ladies you know, I do like 'em]]''."
** Master Tang. He has "special needs" that seem to involve a GloveSnap, and then there's the chants that his students shout during their exercises:
--> '''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Our! Sexual! Preferences! Are! Our! Own! Business!]]'''
--> '''One! Of Us! Is Wearing! A Push-Up Bra! It's Lacy! And Cute! And Loaded! With! Support!'''
* AnachronismStew: Let Ling's dad know if you see a Radio Shack.
** Also the car, the boombox, the lighter, the Hooters, the Taco Bell, the Neosporin, the cellphone, and the thermometer.
* AndThatsTerrible: See the "killing is badong" speech above.
* AndYourLittleDogToo
* AnimalReactionShot: Dog, when Ling takes her top off. Also when Betty is demonstrating his ability to take blows.
* AnimalsHateHim: Cows and Whales hate him at least. Rodents and small burrowing creatures really like him.
* ArcWords: "Open your mouth!"
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Wimp Lo, despite being laughably incompetent (not like he thinks so; he just never realized he'd been trained the wrong way).
-->"Face-To-Foot style, how'd ya like it?!"
* BallsOfSteel: This is one of Master Pain's / Betty's powers. The scene where [[GroinAttack Betty demonstrates said powers]] (where a guy strikes Betty/Pain directly in the crotch with a pole and he doesn't even flinch) was apparently the reason why Steve Oedekerk chose that particular film to use.
** Wimp Lo apparently thinks he has this, considering his secondary style is Nuts-to-Your-Fist.
** And the Chosen One learns the hard way that, no, he does not have this power. At all. He might not even ''have'' balls after the test run.
** One of the HilariousOuttakes shows that Oedekerk himself doesn't have this power, taking one fake blow before mentioning that he ''really'' needs a cup.
* BitsOfMeKeepPassingOut: The Chosen One is subjected to TheParalyzer, and then flails his arms around wildly trying to defeat Betty.
* BladeRun: Done by the baby Chosen One during the prologue.
* BoisterousWeakling: Wimp Lo.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: An intermission occurs midway through, where the characters tell the audience to go buy snacks, and Wimp Lo informs the audience of how much milk duds and his nipples look alike. Whoa is, suprisingly, about the only character in the movie itself aware of the fourth wall, breaking it repeatedly.
--->'''Whoa''': [[WeWillMeetAgain We will meet many more times]]...in the sequel!
* BrickBreak: During his training montage, the Chosen One goes to punch a board, stops inches from it, then extends his index finger. The board explodes, sending the two men behind it flying.
* BulletTime: Used during the cow fighting scene to parody Film/TheMatrix.
* ButtMonkey: "I must apologize for Wimp Lo. He is an idiot. We purposely trained him wrong, as a joke."
* CallingYourAttacks: Wimp Lo's attacks.
-->'''Wimp Lo''': Try "My nuts to your fist" style!
** Betty also shouts "Paralyzer!" and "Another Paralyzer!" when attacking The Chosen One.
* CatchPhrase: Betty had "Shirt ripper!"
* CharacterAsHimself: Tonguey is credited to "Escobar Tongue."
* TheChosenOne: The hero has NoNameGiven other than "Chosen One".
** Also, Chosen One's dog is creatively named Dog.
* ClothingDamage: "Shirt!ripper!"
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Everyone in the movie.
** Chosen One slightly less. [[OnlySaneMan Comes across clearly]] compared with Ling and her father.
* CoolCar: The classic convertible Chosen is seen driving during the post-opening credits montage.
* CurseCutShort: "I'm gonna count to three, and if I hear one more friggin' squeak, I'm gonna take his shoes and shove 'em up his-"
* DefeatByModesty: Chosen shreds a male attacker's clothes into a frilly bikini.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Betty, about The Chosen One: "I'll kill him. I'll kill him dead."
** "Like with, with a, rock or something. Like a, like a stone..."
* DirtyOldMan: Master Tang, without a doubt.
* ADogNamedDog: The Chosen One's pet dog, Dog. Who is never in the same frame as The Chosen One. Ever.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Ling says this to the Chosen One, though she does survive.
* EvilSoundsDeep: The masked antagonist that Chosen One confronts early in the film.
-->'''"OPEN... YOUR... MOUTH!!!!"'''
** Averted the rest of the film, Wimp Lo and Betty both have nasally high pitched voices.
* FanserviceExtra: There's a random bikini girl amidst the group of martial artists who are trying to kill The Chosen One.
* FightingWithChucks: Gopher Chucks!
* FluffyTheTerrible: Betty.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the Council's flying pyramids appears in the sky halfway though the movie.
* [[GagBoobs Gag Boob]]: "I am Whoa." And yes, that's Gag ''Boob''.
* GagDub: The ''entire premise'' of this film.
* GloveSnap: Happening off-screen in one scene.
--> '''Master Tang''': Eeny meeny miney moe, I wonder where my glove will go...
* GroinAttack: One of [[strike:Master Pain's]] Betty's special abilities allows him to ''[[BallsOfSteel resist]]'' shots to the groin. The Chosen One tries to see if he possesses this ability only to play the trope straight...
** In the [[CreditsGag credits]], we see an outtake of this scene.
--> '''Steve Oedekerk''': "Oooooh! [=OK=], I'm gonna need a cup."
** According to the DVD commentary, this scene from Tiger and Crane Fist is what led to it being picked.
** [[UpToEleven Taken up to eleven]] in a deleted scene from the final fight, where the Chosen One unleashes a barrage of kicks, punches, and ''headbutts'' upon Betty's naughty bits, to [[PunchPunchPunchUhOh absolutely no effect]].
** One of the deleted scenes features an attack ''with'' a groin as the Chosen One escapes from a torturer by beating him and his guards up with his... well... y'know.
* HarmfulToMinors
* HeroicBSOD: Chosen One's inability to find a way to remove the metal spikes protecting Betty's weak points causes him to throw a [[InelegantBlubbering major hissy fit.]]
--> '''Chosen One:''' DON'T LOOK AT MEEE!
* HilariousOuttakes
* HongKongDub: Parodied. At one point, ''Dog barks'' and lays down, at which point we hear the sound.
** The poor dubbing was [[ComicallyMissingThePoint one thing that critics]] [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint hated about the movie]].
*** Though in some cases it's because they felt it's [[SoBadItsGood funnier when it's done by accident.]]
* IKnowKungFaux: The "My-Face-to-Your-Foot style".
* ImperialChina: Complete with
* ImprobableWeaponUser: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Gopher Chucks]]!
* InescapableNet: Spoofed. The hero is trapped in a net that isn't even big enough to cover his head.
-->'''Betty''': Yessss, the tiny net is a death sentence. IT'S A NET AND IT'S TINY!
* InstantChucks: See above.
* {{Intermission}}: Yep, there's one here, despite that it's only an 81 minute movie. Of course, the intermission is only about 15 seconds long.
* IntimidationDemonstration: Various times, such as the "[[InstantChucks gopher-chucks]]" scene where TheChosenOne is scaring off his opponents by twirling his gopher-chucks, much like someone would show off normal nunchucks.
* ItMakesSenseInContext: Define "sense".
* JustAStupidAccent: Well, a variety of stupid accents.
* KilledOffForReal: Wimp Lo.
** Played for laughs when it turns out everyone else was NotQuiteDead.
--> '''Chosen One''': Wait...if you're all alive, then surely Wimp Lo...Wimp!
--> *Chosen One runs over to Wimp's off-screen body, while flies buzz around*
--> '''Chosen One''' ...oh.
* KungFoley
* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: Played straight and lampshaded. Bonus points for actually being relevant to the plot.
* LemonyNarrator: "Ouchie!"
** "At that moment, the Chosen One learned a valuable lesson about iron claws...'''THEY HURT LIKE CRAP, MAN!'''"
*** Master Tang seems to actually ''be'' the narrator, but he expresses one line of in-character thought:
---> "OK, so here were my options - A.) Quickly duck sideways, dodge the claw, then take him out with a spinning back kick, or B.) Take the claw in the face, then roll on the ground and die. (proceeds to take claw to the face) Hmm, should've gone with A."
* LipLock: Almost always ignored for humour, except when it is occasionally followed... for humour. Example:
-->'''Betty''': People say that I do things that are not...(pause) '''correct-to-do'''.
** Attention is drawn to this quite often. Example: Oedekerk's character looks to be shouting something with a lot of emotion and the camera zooms in on his face, but you hear him say, in a less-than-excited voice, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkxmMPCVogc "I implore you to reconsider."]]
*** The words Oedekerk is really yelling: "'''''I'M SOMEBODY'S MOMMY!!'''''"
** Parodied with Ling, whose line always end before her lips stop moving, so she [[VerbalTic ends most lines]] with "wee-ohh, wee-ohh" noises.
*** Also with the ventriloquists, who never open their mouths.
* LullDestruction: Parodied, when a relatively wordless fight scene between the main villain and two random guys in the original movie is turned into a more talkative fight between Betty and a pair of ventriloquists.
* MadeOfPlasticine: [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by the narrator.
* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: Ling is very indecisive about how much she loves the Chosen One. Even though she repeatedly flashes her breasts to him, she doesn't want him to think she's a slut.
* MosesInTheBullrushes: Subverted. The first woman who finds the Chosen One as a baby lying on the side of the mountain he's rolled half-way down stops, picks him up, and coos "So cute..." before bidding him farewell as she lobs him to roll down the other half of the mountain. (Where he is eventually found, and raised... by "various rodents".)
* MightyWhitey: The Chosen One is a white man.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Inverted when Master Pain changes his name to Betty.
** [[{{Firefly}} Man walks down the street with that name, you know he's not afraid of anything.]]
* NestedMouths: The sign of the Chosen One is that he has a cartoon face on his tongue.
* NobodyHereButUsBirds: "Nng, I'm just a birdie too...."
* NoIndoorVoice: '''''THAT'S A LOT OF NUTS!'''''
--> ''''' THAT'LL BE FOUR BUCKS BABY, YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT?!'''''
--> '''''HE JUST LEFT... WITH NUTS!'''''
* OffscreenInertia: A hawk is eating Master Tang. Fade to black.
--> "Hey, just because you fade to black doesn't mean he stopped. He's still eating me! I promise!"
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: "Nnnng... Yes, the Council!"
-->'''Mayor''': Master, what exactly ''is'' the Evil Council's plan?
-->'''Betty''': It is ''evil''. [[EvilLaugh Mnah hah]], It is ''so'' evil! It is a bad, bad plan that will hurt many... people...that are ''good''. I think it's great, because it's so bad.
-->'''Mayor''': I see. I think.
* OverlyLongGag: A scene near the beginning is around two minutes of Whip-Zooms accompanied by dramatic musical stings.
** And also when Ling calls out to him later in the film.
-->'''Ling''': "Chosen One!"
-->'''C.O.''': "I'm coming!"
-->(this goes on for a couple minutes)
** ''"Chosen One, I want to help... but I..... I..... I..... I..... I..... I..... I....."''
* TheParalyzer: Betty's signature attack is the TropeNamer.
* PlotHole: During the final battle, there's no explanation as to how Master Betty loses his iron claws or what The Chosen One is holding at the start of the battle. (In the original film, Jimmy Wang Yu's character uses fireworks fuse to burn the cable that connects the claws. That part was left out of the film as a deleted scene.)
* {{Portmanteau}}: "Killing is wrong. And bad. There should be a new, stronger word for killing. Like badwrong, or badong. Yes, killing is badong. From this moment, I will stand for the opposite of killing: gnodab."
* "Oh, Taco Bell, Taco Bell, ProductPlacement with Taco Bell!"
** "Tell me... if you see... a Radio Shack."
** "Ba na na na na, Neo! Ba na na na na na na, Sporin!"
** If you look closely when during the scene in which Betty goes to fight Master Tang, during the zoom out you can see people moving tables and on the left side you can clearly see a Hooters.
** When The Chosen One goes to buy nuts, there is a shelf of Pringles behind him.
* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Various Rodents]]
* RealTrailerFakeMovie: Sadly, ''Kung Pow II: Tongue Of Fury'' will probably never happen.
** A lot of the shots used for it are taken from deleted scenes.
* TheRival: Wimp Lo
* RuleOfCool: The Chosen One is able to do ''fifteen'' backflips in mid-air before landing and is able to do push-ups without touching the ground (he holds himself airborne by blowing the ground).
* RuleOfThree: To the point of reusing the same footage of Chosen One saying "Hmm?" three times.
--> '''Whoa''': The supreme gift.
--> '''Chosen One''': Hmm?
--> '''Whoa''': You must trust the power of the tongue.
--> '''Chosen One''': Hmm?
--> '''Whoa''': But I must warn you...
--> '''Chosen One''': Hmm?
* SchizoTech: PlayedForLaughs.
-->'''Master Pain:''' "Mmmmm... lighter."
* SequelSnark: It spends a good deal of time at the end of the movie showing a full trailer for the sequel, made up mostly of scenes deleted from the first movie. Naturally, no such movie exists (though an unrelated sequel ''is'' currently in DevelopmentHell).
* ShirtlessScene
* ShoutOut: To Disney/TheLionKing in the form of Mushufasa, who calls the Chosen One "Simba" before finally settling on "Chosimba One".
-->'''Mushufasa:''' ''(fading back into the clouds)'' [[Creator/JamesEarlJones "This... is CNN."]]
** Mushufasa is also a portmanteau of [[Disney/TheLionKing Mufasa]] and one of Disney/{{Mulan}} characters - dragon Mushu.
** Ling sounds an awful lot like [[TheMuppets Miss Piggy.]]
* SissyVillain: Played straight and inverted. [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Wimp Lo]] has a very high voice and is indeed wimpy, but [[BigBad Betty]] is pretty manly despite the high, nasally voice, [[FluffyTheTerrible name]], and the Chosen One has his own points of sissyness.
** Early on, he is assaulted by a large masculine man who says "Your days are over, Mister" in a high-pitched lisp. The Chosen one shreds his clothes into a bikini, which causes him to wrap his arms around himself as if to protect his modesty and run off crying.
* SmokeOut: Averted when the smoke is too small and conditions are too windy to hide the ninja.
* SuicidalOverconfidence:
--> Wimp Lo, you must be careful. Your confidence is disproportional to your abilities. You think losing is winning.
* TheStinger: No one actually recovered Master Tang after his "death" scene, and the crew just laugh as a hawk arrives to eat him. Also, save the whales.
* StockFootage
* StylisticSuck: The whole movie. To give the sense of bad dubbing, Steve Oedekerk wrote scripts that had nothing to do with the actual story and had everyone use them on set. Then they were all later dubbed over by Steve or Jennifer Tung in the case for "Whoa".
* TalkingToHimself: Every character except Whoa is voiced by Steve Oedekerk. Also see Throw it in.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: Betty has a guy with a boom box playing "Can't Touch This" and "Baby Got Back". Also when the Chosen One changes the music to "Black Betty"
-->"Beware... his song... about big butts. He... beats you up while he plays it!"
* ThrowItIn: Oedekerk was originally going to have an entire cast of actors providing voices, instead of just him. Then he did a couple test scenes as Evil Betty and Master Tang and it was so fun and funny that he kept going.
--> '''Steve Oedekerk (on the DVD Commentary)''': Well, the whole movie is me talking to myself.
* TookALevelInBadass: Probably not intentional, but Betty seems to have done this after the intro. At the start of the film, the Chosen One delivers a beatdown on him...as a baby. The next time they clash, many years later, Betty returns the favour.
* TorsoWithAView: Currently provides the page quote, and can be found on the CMOF page.
* TranslationYes: "______________________________________________________ I dunno."
* TriviallyObvious: "Behold the two symbols. One of them...over here. The other one...over here."
* UnbuiltTrope: The movie itself plays out much like an AbridgedSeries, years before ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' debuted.
* VerbalTic: Developed to fill time when the characters are still talking on the film but have run out of dialogue. Eventually leads to this exchange:
--> '''Betty:''' Nnnnnng...\\
'''Ling:''' Wee-ooh! Wee-ooh!\\
'''Betty:''' Nnnnnng...\\
'''Ling:''' Wee-ooh! Wee-ooh!\\
'''Betty:''' Nnnnnng...\\
'''Ling:''' WEE! [Kicks random mook] OOH! [Beats another one]
* VoodooShark: Played for laughs with the "I am a great magician" sequence. Steve Oedekerk wanted to edit two shorter dialogue scenes into one long scene, but found a major problem in that the mayor was wearing a black robe in one scene and a red in the other. So he stuck in some dialogue regarding Betty's great magical powers, and had him change the mayor's clothing when needed.
* WalkingTheEarth: "So on he walked... and sometimes, drove... and occasionally, partied with the desert creatures."
* TheWarSequence: The Chosen One faces down the army of the Evil Council... in the sequel.
** A smaller one (that we actually see) occurs near the beginning.
* WimpFight: Wimp Lo. Justified, as the dojo deliberately trained him wrong "as a joke".
** [[AluminumChristmasTrees Which is, apparently, what some ancient martial arts schools actually did]] to those they felt were less than worthy.
* WrestlerInAllOfUs: The Cow has a mean piledriver.
* [[YouFightLikeACow You Fight]] [[strike:[[LiteralMinded Like]]]] [[YouFightLikeACow A Cow]]

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-->''"We will meet again, Chosen One. Many more times. [[GenreSavvy In the sequel]]."''