->''"I bring '''PANDAMONIUM!'''"''
->-- '''Pandaren Brewmaster''', ''[[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Warcraft III]]''

Proof that [[SubvertedTrope not all]] BearsAreBadNews. Given the iconic status of pandas, it's not surprising that they turn up a lot in media, [[TastesLikeDiabetes especially while looking cute]].

Apart from their striking black and white fur, the black spots around their eyes gives them an appealing sleepy look that seems to match their adorably clumsy behavior. Furthermore considering that they are often seen lounging about, peacefully eating plants instead of hunting, it makes them seem so innocent. In addition, they are one of the few animals who have a protruding bone in each paw that acts as an opposable thumb to grasp objects, giving their eating habits an appealingly human-like appearance. Keep in mind that eating bamboo requires a large amount of chewing. That round adorable face houses some powerful jaw muscles.

As a side note, until very recently, pandas weren't even considered to be bears. Zoologists were debating whether they (the pandas) were more closely related to bears or raccoons [[ScienceMarchesOn up until DNA stepped in to settle the question -- just in the past decade or so]]. But even today, some people will still incorrectly call someone out if they refer to pandas as bears.

Finally, just in case you're TooDumbToLive, cute as they are...[[DontTryThisAtHome do not try to cuddle a real life panda]]. [[SchmuckBait Seriously]]. [[http://www.dweebist.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/shaq-panda-480x476.jpg Unless you're Shaq.]] Pandas may look cute and cuddly, but they are still bears. [[BearsAreBadNews Very mean bears.]] However when they are young and in a playful mood, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SST6ZrUT3lg just you try to resist them when they approach you]] with all their charm turned up full blast. More recent depictions of panda characters in popular culture seem to be subverting the usual "passive and cuddly" persona the panda has built up over the years by depicting them as any other sort of bear... [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts Or at least one that somehow knows how to use Martial Arts]].

This could've been named "[[{{Snowclones}} Everything's Better With Pandas]]", [[PunBasedTitle but the pun was too obvious]].

Not to be confused with the controversial practiced of [[PanderingToTheBase pandering]] -- sorry, ''pandaing''[[note]][[DontExplainTheJoke Pandas are native to China, you see.]][[/note]] -- to the Chinese audience by making films designed to pass through [[CulturePolice their censors]] and not get BannedInChina. See also YetAnotherBabyPanda and WhatMeasureIsANonCute (one reason pandas get so much more attention than similarly endangered animals.)[[note]]The IUCN upgraded the status of the giant panda from "endangered" to "vulnerable" in 2015.[[/note]]



* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRM2ho2qHrU KitKat]]''
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-Vr1RFGWWo Zen]]''
* The logo of the ''[[https://secure.wwf.org.uk/member/default.asp?ext=true&pc=AFD004001&gclid=CPGJguCw3ZgCFUM-3godx33Qdg World Wildlife Fund]]'' is a particularly cute panda. That little fellow beat the World Wrestling Federation out of their title...literally.
** They've also worked with the Boy Scouts to establish the ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Conservation_Award World Conservation Award]]'', aka the "purple panda" badge.
* Panda Express. Although...
-->You mess with the pandas - we bust your chopsticks!
** Same thing with Wanchai Ferry
* Jing Jing, the panda is one the mascots for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
* Now-defunct Toys-R-Us competitor Child World used Peter Panda, a panda dressed in blue overalls, as its mascot from around 1982 until its demise in 1991.
* ''Panda Energy International''.
* One advert for the directory enquiry service ''118 247'' has a panda driving a London black cab. No explanation given.
* ''[[http://www.genkigang.com/genkigang.html Genki Gang]]'' sells felt Panda-ear hats.
* The skateboard company ''Enjoi'' uses lots of pandas, although they're famously often humping. [[http://www.amazon.com/Enjoi-Foster-Safety-Skateboard-7-6-Inch/dp/B002EF8HTU Or indulging in S&M.]]
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRThnrDYh4s Vinnie]]'' , the mascot for Fox's "bisquits".
* ''Advertising/NeverSayNoToPanda'' is an example where the existence of the panda won't make things better. Seriously. ''This'' panda is a '''[[{{Jerkass}} dick]]'''.
* [[http://pandamania.group.com/ Pandamania]], a kit for a vacation bible school class. They have both the regular and red variety as characters.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWxmNWrMRBg Hello Panda]]
* Geely, a (fittingly) Chinese car company makes a car called the [[http://www.cubaincentives.com/images/carrentals/geely%20panda.jpg Panda]].
* Fiat, an Italian automaker, has made a car called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_Panda Panda]] for much longer (since 1980). It's another city car, and it's quite deserving of the name, being fairly cute.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Manga/RanmaOneHalf has a subversion in Genma Saotome, who frequently claims to be just a big cute panda, but really is a [[{{Animorphism}} fat old human scam artist.]]
* Even Creator/HayaoMiyazaki and Creator/IsaoTakahata got in on the action with ''Anime/PandaGoPanda''
* ''Anime/PandaZ'' Robot Panda JustForFun/MadeOfWin!
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Concernin' pandas... is it black spots on white, or is it white spots on a black background?
* May Chang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a pet midget panda (Shao May) which is frequently mistaken for an oddly-colored cat.
** Said panda nearly bit off [[ButtMonkey Yoki's]] arm at the elbow after he tried to steal from May Chang. Keep in mind that Shao May is a ''very'' small panda.
* Panda, while he is a hamster, looks like his namesake in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''.
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' has an alien-hunting baby panda named Hoi Hoi. Not only does he function as the TeamPet after losing the Butter Dog, the thing proves that, although cute, it can still kick serious ass, gaining 40 points before disappearing somewhere.
* ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'': Saejima is illegally importing giant pandas into Japan. Saejima tries to convince Onizuka that the pandas are really advanced robot toys.
* China and Hong Kong from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' definitely love their panda companions.
* In ''Anime/ExcelSaga'', Excel and Hyatt must escort the T10000, a robotic bomb designed to go off in downtown F-City. Hyatt suggests the robot is too obvious, so they end up disguising it as a panda. It works the wrong way, since it attracts more people.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'' there is Pandaman - [[FunnyBackgroundEvent a recurring character inserted into backgrounds]]. And he is [[http://images.wikia.com/onepiece/images/2/28/Pandaman.jpg Badass]].
* Pandaikon from ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'' is not only the mascot of the team and occasional mastermind behind the day being saved, but he is also the object of desire of no less than ''two'' characters of a recurring cast of five.
* ''{{Anime/Pandalian}}'' is an anime chock-full of pandas.
* Pain in the rear or just plain adorable, Panda from ''Manga/ShirokumaCafe'' is one of the most naturally depicted pandas outside of documentaries.
* In ''Anime/YakitateJapan'', Mokoyama disguised himself as a panda for his ''second'' rematch with Azuma. He lost to Azuma, but [[{{Animorphism}} he became a real panda]].
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. While Pain has a panda summon, most wouldn't consider it even remotely cute, with several large piercings, [[MagicalEye Rinnegan eyes]], and a frozen snarl showing triangular, saw-like teeth.
* The ultimate subversion: ''Death Panda'', in which the antagonist is a amoral, perverted, sick creature that indulges in three things: murder, rape and eating. And having a crush on it's archenemy.
* The Franchise/{{Jewelpet}} Rald.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Panda Khan'', which was about a bunch of anthro Chinese pandas. The bad guy was the Lord of Death, who for some reason was the only human-looking character.
** Panda Kahn would later be included in the ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' toyline from the 80's.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'' has Lord Noriyuki, a child-lord who is protected by Usagi's friend and comrade Tomoe Ame.
* The Italian strips ''A Panda Piace... (Panda Likes...)''. The answer is a lot of silly things.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} was shocked to discover that his spirit guide animal is a talking panda. He naturally assumed it would be a wolverine. The panda retorts that wolverines are too busy being angry to be spirit animals. Logan insults the panda by calling it cuddly. Then the panda and Logan fight. The panda wins.
* The minor Spider-Man villain Panda-Mania.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' was evidently an attempt to cash-in on this trope. [[CashCowFranchise It worked]].
** ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' has many more pandas, including baby ones.
* Mushu and Cri-Kee actually threatened [[ObstructiveBureaucrat Chi Fu]] with a bunraku-puppet mounted on top of a panda in one scene from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''.
--> '''Mushu:''' ''(inside the puppet)'' What's the matter? Never seen a black-and-white before?
* In ''Disney/MulanII'', Yao's gift to Mei is a stuffed panda.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Warner Bros.' 1995 film ''Film/TheAmazingPandaAdventure''
* ''Pete Smalls Is Dead'' features several people disguised as pandas [[http://www.imdb.com/video/withoutabox/vi1217463321?ref_=nm_rvd_vi_1 as seen in this clip]].
* ''Film/TropicThunder'' qualifies, in that Tugg Speedman loves pandas and does conservation work for them. Since the film runs on RefugeInAudacity, he ends up accidentally killing one and later wears its head as a camouflage hat. The example is more accurately a subversion, since Tugg's reason for killing the panda is that [[BearsAreBadNews it is ferociously attacking him]] and he is afraid of it. In fact, it's not even revealed that this fierce animal is a panda until after it's been killed.
-->'''Tugg Speedman:''' I killed one, Rick... the thing I love most in the world.\\
'''Rick Peck:''' A hooker. Oh Jesus, you killed a hooker!\\
'''Tugg:''' No, a panda!\\
'''Rick:''' Amanda? That's probably not even her real name.
* The 2018 comedy film ''Show Dogs'' features a police dog going undercover to stop an animal smuggling scheme, with one of the animals being Ling-Li, a baby panda.
* In ''Film/AnchormanTheLegendOfRonBurgundy'', the first panda birth in the San Diego Zoo is SeriousBusiness. (Almost) TruthInTelevision; people who live in San Diego are well aware that the local news stations ''do'' seem to love them some pandas.
* Vince [=McCain=] from ''Film/FierceCreatures'' imported a (robot) panda to the zoo. It is later seen with an "out of order" sign.
** But again, we're reminded that real life pandas can be quite aggressive. When Vince walked into the Panda pen for the first time, the staff members were all terrified because they thought the panda was real and about to attack.

* The title of Lynne Truss' book, ''Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation'', is a reference to a joke on poor punctuation: A panda walks into a cafe and orders a sandwich. After the panda has eaten his meal, he takes out a gun and shoots several holes in the ceiling. As the panda begins to leave, the waiter cries out, "What was that for?" in regard to the shootings. The panda tosses a wildlife guide to the waiter. The waiter reads the guide, and it says, "Panda. Black-and-white mammal native to China. Eats, shoots and leaves."
* ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears New Neighbors'' deals with new neighbors, specifically Pandas. FantasticRacism becomes this to Papa Bear while the others are okay with them.
* The ''Literature/AToZMysteries'' series has ''The Panda Puzzle'', in which the three protagonists search for a missing baby panda bear.
* In Literature/SpiritAnimals, we have Jhi the Panda, one of the [[PhysicalGod fifteen Great Beasts]] and patron of the realm of Zhong. An ActualPacifist with healing abilities, which causes some friction with her ActionGirl KungFuKid partner Meilin.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Of_Pandas_and_People ''Of Pandas and People'']], a textbook in support of intelligent design, published by the Foundation for Thought and Ethics, received criticism from the evolutionists for its lack of scientific merit.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheSootyShow'' has a female panda puppet called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soo_(puppet) Soo]].
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack Donaghy shows Liz Lemon a baby sneezing panda, before telling her to fire 10% of her staff.
* Purple Panda in ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has brought up pandas on a number of occasions. Stephen has clarified that the panda ''is'' a bear (although the red panda isn't) and, as such, holds full [[BearsAreBadNews Godless Killing Machine]] status.
** Although it was interesting to watch him view a video on baby pandas and keep having to remind himself that the awesome cuteness was just a trick.
* Similarly, [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] has mentioned pandas more than once. On one occasion after Thanksgiving, he notes that UsefulNotes/BarackObama's Thanksgiving address received far fewer Youtube hits than a video of baby pandas sleeping.
-->'''Jon''': And to answer your next question, no, we cannot just watch that for the rest of the show.
* ''[[Creator/DudePerfect The Dude Perfect Show]]'' has as their mascot Panda, who is actually someone wearing a panda costume.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLjHCe2MaFA This classic clip]] from ''Series/SesameStreet''. Even the music is iconic.
* A stuffed panda toy can be seen in the living room in ''Series/FullHouse''.
* One episode of Series/AnIdiotAbroad showed Creator/KarlPilkington dressed as a panda.
* Creator/JimmyFallon's tenure on ''Series/TheTonightShow'' brings us Hashtag the Panda, a performer in a full-body panda suit who dances about -- to the point of OverlyLongGag -- in the wake of particularly corny monologue jokes. Introduced as a temporary RunningGag in response to a news story about a Chinese zoo that put a television in a panda's pen to help with its ''depression'', the faux panda quickly became an audience favorite; its name was the winner in a fan suggestion contest on Twitter. Hashtag has since only been brought out sporadically, such as during the week the show spent at [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal Orlando]] in June 2014 -- and Creator/BenStiller turned out to be in the suit, claiming to have been all along in an effort to promote a new project, to Fallon's perplexity.
* In the [[Series/DoctorWho First Doctor]] story, "The Chase", future companion Steven Taylor has been locked up in an alien prison for ''years'' with his stuffed panda, Hi-Fi, his only company.
* A season 2 episode of ''Series/ChicagoMed'' starts with the doctors worrying if a potential patient could cause an international incident if something goes wrong, and then when they take the case, there's a Chinese ambassador and a ''veterinarian'' present. It turns out that the panda on loan to the Chicago Zoo needs a cardiothorassic surgeon.

* The song "The pandas must die" by ''Corky and the Juice Pigs'' is built on the shock value of contradicting this trope.
* Tao, a former member of [[KoreanPopMusic K-Pop]] BoyBand Music/{{EXO}}, is known as 'panda' to the fans due to his under eye circles.
* In 2015, ''Desiigner'' released a song called "Panda" on [=SoundCloud=], which eventually found its way into the mainstream, leading it to chart at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The "Panda" in the song actually refers to [[CoolCar a white BMW X-6 with tinted windows]], which Desiigner thought "looks like a panda".

* One of the endangered animal species that Popeye must rescue in ''Pinball/PopeyeSavesTheEarth'' is the panda.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The 1980s there was Pandita, a luchador who wrestled in panda suit. He was unmasked [[LongRunner in 2008]] by Súper Pinocho but his two sons, El Hijo del Pandita and Pandita Jr continued his legacy, as well as Wrestling/{{FMW}} wrestler Flying Kid Ichihara, who had the [[TheGimmick alternate gimmick]] of Rei Pandita.
* The Alianza Universal De Lucha Libre ([=AULL=]) promotion has [[http://alianzauniversal-aull.es.tl/LETRAS-R%2CS%2CT.htm Súper Panda]], who was a 1x [[http://www.cagematch.net/?id=5&nr=1084 AULL Tag Team Champion]].
* Neo Women's Wrestling had a trio of Reina Panditas in 2005.
* In Monterrey enterprises such as LLF there is “El referí Mas Optimo del Planeta” Oso Panda, as well as his sister, La Panda.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-3-pandas 3 Pandas]]'' is a [[PuzzleGame puzzle]] BrowserGame about [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin three pandas of three different sizes]] trying to maneuver through their world, after being taken away from their home.
* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' has a female panda character, named [[ADogNamedDog Panda]]. She's highly intelligent for a Panda, learned a bear-style martial arts and serves as the bodyguard of the resident AnimeChineseGirl, Xiaoyu ([[CuteBruiser who's no slouch by herself, by the way]]). And has a hilarious relationship with a male grizzly bear, Kuma (he loves her, but she ignores him, then hilarity usually ensues.)
* The Pandaren in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} III''. Rumor had it, for quite some time, that they didn't appear in [=WoW=] due to sensibilities and marketing the game in China, in that China's national animal was originally depicted in the style of a Samurai, which is ''Japanese''. They were made a playable race in the fourth Expansion Pack: Mists of Pandaria. Nevertheless, the [[BrokenBase fanbase is ]]'''''[[BrokenBase very ]]'''''[[BrokenBase broken about it]].
** And in the fangame Videogame/DefenseOfTheAncients, there are two heroes based on the above Pandaren race: Mangix (Brewmaster) and Raijin Thunderkegg (Storm Spirit). They got less-Panda models when Videogame/{{Dota 2}} was released. Also originally, before making the jump to VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}, Kaolin (Earth Spirit) and Xin (Ember Spirit) used to have panda models too.
** Two Pandarens from Warcraft get included ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm'', one of them being veteran Chen Stormstout, and another one just push this trope further... how to do even more pandaing? Make the panda a young one and ''a girl''. That's Li Li. (and surprisingly, Li Li was included first before Chen)
* Pandas are notably absent in ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' (in particular, the FarEast ''Factions'' campaign) allegedly due to Chinese laws. There are a couple pandas in the game, but they have GameplayAllyImmortality; pandas also exist as minipets.
** That's no longer the case. As of the ''Beyond: Winds of Change'' storyline, it is now possible to acquire a panda as Ranger pet, and it can be temporarily killed in battle.
* Zigzagged in the Franchise/SlyCooper series. In his first appearance, The Panda King was very much an aversion, thanks to his use of his skills as a fireworks artist to extort from the villages around his compound, as well as being a member of the gang that murdered Sly's dad and stole the Thievius Raccoonus and was an enemy to the Cooper Gang. In the third installment however, he undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and is shown to be be still a bit grumpy, but has renounced violence and is generally good-natured and mellow, not to mention a VERY loving father...[[spoiler:which leads to him becoming the Cooper Gang's DemolitionsExpert, after Sly helps rescue his daugther.]]
* Lao Jiu, a magical mini-panda, is [[AnimeChineseGirl Litchi Faye-Ling's]] mascot, pet, and [[MundaneUtility hairclip]] in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue.'' Cute enough to [[CutenessProximity distract]] one opponent, and fond of spending time in [[VictoriasSecretCompartment Litchi's Secret Compartment]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Spinda are shaped like giant pandas, though their coloration is more akin to that of the raccoon-like red panda.
** ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' finally give us a proper panda in [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pancham_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29 Pancham]] and its evolution [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pangoro_%28Pok%C3%A9mon%29 Pangoro]]. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that they're hardly cute (Pangoro definitely, Pancham by comparison to regular examples) and are Fighting-types, with Pangoro also being [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty Dark-type]] and looking particularly intimidating. However, they happen to have little tolerance for those who [[BullyHunter bully the weak]].
* ''VideoGame/EtrianOdyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard'' has a blue-eyed panda as one of the four options for the Beast class. (The other choices being a brown bear, a wolf, and a sabertoothed white tiger... which are all functionally the same.)
* ''VideoGame/WiiFit'' features a game where you have to shift your body weight to head footballs. You to avoid flying boots- and panda costume heads.
* In Digimon World DS, Pandamon (Monzaemon painted to look like a panda) is the only digimon in the game that you encounter at the end of a level that you WILL NOT FIGHT. EVER. Rather, he asks you some questions about Digimon that are insultingly easy to see if you're worthy of helping him with the question that perplexes him. Apparently, he couldn't get a multiple choice question, even though there are only two possible answers.
* The ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' series has Mewnda, who is a hybrid of a Mew and a Pancho monster. It looks like a stuffed panda toy. Initially this seems kind of weird--Mew is a cat, and Pancho is a cute bug living in a giant pumpkin--but makes sense as a pun. ''Pan''da, ''Pan''cho.
* Pankichi, the mascot character in ''Getter Love!!'' "Panda Love Unit" is the name of the group of girls involved in the game (not including [[{{Gonk}} Reika]], of course). The game is set in a town called Panda Town (complete with Panda Burger, Panda Park, Panda Game Corner, etc.), Ayumi keeps a Pankichi doll at home, Reika gives you a Pankichi doll as a gift, and panda angels or devils appear when certain item cards are used or after a girl accepts or rejects an "I love you". Oh, and there's also a Chinese exchange student as one of the girls, and a Chinese restaurant on the map. China, native country of pandas, not likely a coincidence.
* The French {{MMORPG}}s VideoGame/{{Dofus}} and WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}} have the Pandawa class, a race of anthro pandas. Anthro {{Ninja}} Pandas that attack by [[DrunkenMaster getting drunk]] and ''[[ManOnFire setting parts of their body on fire.]]''
* ''[[Creator/CaptainGerBear CaptainGerBear's ChubPan]]'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, a [[BigBeautifulMan chub]] panda.
* Bamboo Pandamonium from ''VideoGame/MegaManX8'' chucks grenades and launches bamboo rockets (yes, really). You don't want him to hug or punch you, it does massive damage.
* VideoGame/OverlordII has pandas, who are definitely not nice. Harm the bamboo they eat and you have several tons of angry panda rushing to rip you to pieces. Worst part? If you want to advance you ''must'' break down bamboo blocking your way.
* The KingOfAllCosmos would "[[CloudCuckooLander like to become]] an [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable panda]] in [[{{Woolseyism}} everyone's hearts and minds]]" in ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy''.
** Also in ''We ♥ Katamari'', there is a fan who requests many expensive items to be rolled up, so that they can buy strawberries and feed them to pandas, [[ArtisticLicenseBiology so that they'll become red pandas]].
* [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Teemo,]] a character from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', got a panda costume with a bamboo blowpipe. [[LittleMissBadass Annie]] also gets a costume where she turns her pet bear Tibbers into a panda, while wearing a panda-ish costume herself. All that the game lacks is a costume that turns champion [[BearsAreBadNews Volibear]] into Volipanda.
* The Kooma Panda in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance''. They're the game's obligatory SmashMook, and perhaps one of the most troublesome variants of it in the entire series, due to being surprisingly quick on its feet for its size and able to strike from quite a distance away. On the plus side, they can be [[{{Mon}} your allies]], too.
* Curtis the Panda from ''Carnival Island''. He later appeared as a minion in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale''.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomPlanet'' has The King of Shuigang(eventually murdered in the intro), General Gong, Prince Dail, Neera Li, and Spade. The last three however are bosses, and they can put up a fierce fight.
* Two of the main character avatar choices in the [[http://panda.snail.com/en/ Taichi Panda]] mobile app game include male and female panda warriors.
* Tillman, Swanny and Skiles from ''VideoGame/BattleBears'' are robot pandas.
* In ''VideoGame/SpyroYearOfTheDragon'', pandas are NPC's of some areas; they need Spyro's help or can help him in some way. There's even a giant balloon in the shape of a panda. (Year of the Dragon is definitely the most [[DragonsUpTheYinYang Asian-esque]] game in the series, although Spyro and kin are still Western dragons.)

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In a RunningGag in ''Webcomic/PvP'', Brent is mauled by The Office Panda
** ... who also seems to be the mascot of a coffee chain: Panda Espresso
* ''Radioactive Panda'' has a giant (radioactive?) panda in it. No, really! Said panda is easily identified by their green eyes (or [[GogglesDoNothing green welding goggles]]) and [[ScarfOfAsskicking red scarf]], and is frequently seen fixing things. Also knows how to fly spaceships. [[http://www.radioactivepanda.com/comic/88 There are also miniature pandas which are used for emergency power.]]
* ''Webcomic/TwistedKaijuTheater'' once featured a ''Anime/PandaZ'' figure as Emo Panda, who also happened to pilot a panda mech. Though in a subversion, Emo Panda was really more whiney than cute.
* The Boy has a dream about pandas in [[http://scarygoround.com/sgr/ar.php?date=20080404 this]] ''Webcomic/ScaryGoRound''-strip. But it seems that he preferred the dream about the perpetual motion machine, he had before.
* ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'' has the BadassAdorable Spacer Nin Wah, a red panda. Her [[CharacterBlog twitter]] [[https://twitter.com/NinWah account]] even has her gushing about Firefox's livestream of real red panda cubs.
* ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' has a panda bear that is adorably obsessed with receiving a lobotomy.
* ''Mr. Lovenstein'': "[[http://www.mrlovenstein.com/comic/12 Thanks]], [[http://www.mrlovenstein.com/comic/65 Rock]] [[http://www.mrlovenstein.com/comic/301 and]] [[http://www.mrlovenstein.com/comic/588 Roll]] [[http://www.mrlovenstein.com/comic/653 Panda]]!"
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' doesn't have any actual pandas, but it does have a strip dealing with the memetic cuteness of pandas. As a child, Ashley insisted on reading ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' on the grounds that, [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1777 "It has a panda!"]] Her dad eventually relented on the grounds that, [[TemptingFate "It's not like it could warp your young mind too bad."]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Google's autonomous problem-solving AI, ''CADIE'', examined the whole internet and designed a personal site from mean variables. It was brightly coloured and flashed, and full of pictures of pandas.
** Since ''CADIE'' has been revealed to be an April Fools' hoax, the page design must be a Google programmer's comment on this trope.
* Horribly, ''horribly'' subverted by Snoofles in ''FanFic/ForbidenFruitTheTempationOfEdwardCullen''
* ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' has one baby panda in the cast. It plays card-games and has an Egyptian Pharaoh living in it's body... And is not actually a panda at all, but still, the trope's invoked.
* The mascot for web-only ''Puzzles & Answers Magazine''. Why? Well, the magazine goes by ''P&A'' from which its [[http://pandamagazine.com/ web address]] derives.
* An anti-virus software called... Panda Security. It's actually pretty good.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' Pan-Pan, the 20X6 version of Pom Pom.
** And then of course there was [[http://homestarrunner.com/pistols4pandas.html "Pistols 4 Pandas"...]]
* Inverted in Weebl's song, 'Cucumbers', where pandas are the cucumbers' enemy. They attack them with their feet.
* [[https://youtu.be/93hq0YU3Gqk Sneezing Panda]]
* Flickr has an error screen contains a girl with a toy panda on a lead.
* Monokuma the bard from the ''WebOriginal/DeviantartExtendedUniverse'' is a very well-read panda.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The last season of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' has a Giant Panda absorb the chi of [[GravityMaster Tso Lan]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent the]] [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils Moon]] [[EvilSorcerer Demon]]. It subsequently [[MundaneUtility goes for a flight in the sky for nice, crisp leaves.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JuliusJr'' has Ping.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' starring Dragon Warrior Po, the ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' and his friends.
* One of the episodes of Paul Rudish's ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'' series has Mickey trying to get a picture of a baby panda in a Chinese zoo. The panda messes with him [[spoiler:and eventually steals his camera, while Mickey gets black eyes and is mistaken for a baby panda himself while the real one takes a photo as the episode ends.]] This episode is appropriately titled "[[Recap/MickeyMouseS1E8PandaMonium Panda-monium]]".
* In ''WesternAnimation/MickeyAndTheRoadsterRacers'', Lulu wants to take a photo with Penny the Panda, (not to be confused with Penny Ling from ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012''), and after meeting some playful gorillas, elephants, a giraffe, and the animals helping to change a flat tire, Lulu discovers that Penny is a mother of two adorable panda cubs, and everyone gets the chance to have their picture taken with the pandas.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had Sexual Harassment Panda, but he was just a guy in a suit.
** [[DaydreamBeliever Not if you asked him]].
** This is a subversion in that ''this'' particular "panda" was actually quite revolting, given his TooSmartForStrangers spiel.
*** [[CatchPhrase And that makes him a saaaad panda...]]
** [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/154633/panda-bear-madness-minute Panda Bear Madness Minute!]]
* Creator/WalterLantz's ''WesternAnimation/AndyPanda''
* ''{{Pandamonium}}'' was a SaturdayMorningCartoon on Creator/{{CBS}} in TheEighties.
* Peter The Panda in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. But since he was [[ReplacementScrappy Doofenshmirtz's new nemesis]], the fans [[DieForOurShip hate him]].
* In the "One-Ton" episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel Super Secret Secret Squirrel]]'', Secret Squirrel has to stop One-Ton, a giant panda, from destroying the city without harming or endangering it.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Homer vs. Dignity": Homer dresses as a panda and is [[BlackComedyRape mounted by a male panda]].
** Moe also runs a panda-smuggling operation from the back room of his bar.
** During a trip to China, Homer tries to steal a panda cub, and is attacked by [[MamaBear the mother]] when he strangled the cub for biting him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeamUmizoomi'': Features a baby named Little Joe in the "Little Panda Joe" episode, in which Millie, Bot and Geo help him get back to his parents at the Umi City zoo.
* The "Pop Out Panda Island" episode of ''WesternAnimation/AnimalMechanicals'' features the Mechanicals helping a group of pandas to get to the bamboo on a mountain.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' episode "Wish You Were Here", Sue Ellen meets her pen pal, Tenzin Wangdu from Dharamsala, Tibet. In a bit of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, notably his first appearance in the "Sue Ellen's Little Sister" episode, he was originally a brown bear, [[http://www.arthur.wikia.com/wiki/Tenzin_Wangdu according to his character profile.]]
* Highlighted in the ''WesternAnimation/WildKratts'' Season 3 episodes "Panda Power Up", "Red Panda Rescue" (with the red and giant pandas), mentioned in "The Colors of China" and the special "A Creature Christmas" holiday episode.
* In Cartoon Network's ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs'' animated series episode "The Pandas are Coming", Sam Sparks has an irrational ConspiracyTheorist fear of pandas, believing them to be aliens [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking due to their thumb-like appendages, having a diet of bamboo even though their digestive tracts were originally designed for meat, and having black and white fur when the rest of their natural habitat isn't with nothing to blend into.]] As Swallow Falls gets involved in the ensuing "Panda-monium", Mayor Shelbourne seeks to profit from the panda-themed tourism with Zang-Zang's arrival, complete with a panda sneeze, a "panda patrol car", and his own adorable panda dance.
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] when the DNA sample that Flint took is full of alien microbes, and Sam uses a bamboo shoot as a blowgun to launch-feed a sardine into the panda's mouth, [[spoiler: revealing it to be an alien with squidlike alien tentacles, confirming Sam's suspicions, but also angering the townspeople when the mother ship recalls the panda alien, after the aliens blame them for rejecting the adorable panda dance of eternal life, and Swallow Falls misses out on the opportunity to become an everlasting paradise]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TootAndPuddle'' episode "Tumble Pandas" has Toot travelling to China to meet a panda acrobat family.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama World Tour]]'' features a game called ''[[PunBasedTitle Total Pandamonium]]'' where the player must help [[AnimalsHateHim DJ]] escape from angry baby pandas. [[KillerRabbit Trust me, it's not as cute as it sounds.]] This game is presumably based on the China episode, where a baby panda is seen punching DJ repeatedly in the face.
** That's actually the Japan episode ([[MisplacedWildlife yes, yes]]). DJ's panda pretty much ''mauls'' him, while Alejandro is able to charm his until it actually acts [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter quite adorable.]]
* Hei Bai, the spirit monster, turns into a panda at the end of the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode "The Spirit World".
** Not to mention Pabu from the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who is a fire ferret, which is a mix of red panda and the rare black-footed ferret.
* Pammy Panda, a member of the ''WesternAnimation/ShirtTales''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBradyKids'' had a pair of twin pandas among their [[GratuitousAnimalSidekick cartoon animal sidekicks]].
* One of the ''WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s'' episodes centered around two lost Franchise/CareBears, a pair of panda twins (Perfect and Polite Panda) living in a small, utopic tropical paradise situated in the middle of nowhere.
* Master Yo of ''WesternAnimation/YinYangYo'' is a grumpy old panda.
* Master Panda of ''WesternAnimation/SkunkFu'' is another grumpy old panda.
* The ArtShift in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' leads Trixie to wear a shirt with a panda on it.
* Ming-Ting and Ting-A-Ling, the two {{geek}}y panda siblings from the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "An Elephant Never Suspects" who try to dig their way from the local zoo back home to China in a [[BambooTechnology mechanical dragon]].
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' so politically incorrectly that the episode "Last Horizons" was [[MissingEpisode banned from American TV]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/NiHaoKaiLan'', Tolee (a ''Koala'') has panda themed clothes.
** A subplot of the story in which Kai-lan travels to China has Tolee meeting up with a family of pandas.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' had Roy Brisby and his "[=ComPanda=]" He won from Music/DavidBowie in a trivia contest that was apparently trained to put people in a burlap sack. [[spoiler:Bowie eventually wanted it back.]]
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' universe, Music/DavidBowie is a supervillain. If he wants his panda back, he ''gets'' his panda back.
* The ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Pandamonioem", where Heloise finds that a bunch of pandas are now her {{Loony Fan}}s.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch'' encounters a baby panda in "Panda Pandemonium." To Square Bear, the panda (named Percy) is a kindred spirit. To Hair, Percy is a third shoe. But he helps the bears escape to take in a carnival where they lose him to a contest booth barker.
* In an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', Space Ghost offers to let Donny Osmond promote something, to which Donny snaps that whenever people try to promote things on this show, they interrupt and cut to [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment something unrelated]]. Or, he tries to, but halfway through they cut to zoo footage of a panda.
-->'''Narrator:'' Behold the Wooly Panda. It is soft and round. The nearby sound of a throttling chainsaw startles it. "Eek Eek", says the panda.
* Penny Ling, the adorable ShrinkingViolet panda cub from ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' gives us [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs "How to Ratatwang Your Panda"]].
* The two pandas who befriend Garfield, Odie, and Nermal in the ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'' episode "Big Trouble in Little China". Ironically, they both speak in Australian accents and they find it ridiculous for [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda pandas to do kung fu]].
* The main characters of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' have to fight a large Bug Bear with fur similar to a panda bear while the main plot continues without them. This is a blatant lampshade around the fact that the episode is basically [[PanderingToTheBase an episode starring several fan favorite characters and giving them a canon personality]] (or [[MemeticMutation Pandaring to]] [[JustForPun the audience)]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' has Panda, who's...well, just guess.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'' Beast Boy in the "Wally T" episode:
-->'''Raven''': If we pander shamelessly, it could have disastrous consequences, Robin.
-->'''Beast Boy''' (turns into a panda): "Pander"? What do [[LampshadeHanging "pander bears"]] have to do with anything, mama? We got to get more fans!

[[folder:Real Life]]
* As suggested up top, this is most certainly '''[[JustForFun/TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs not]]''' TruthInTelevision. Pandas are ''very'' ornery, even to each other. This is exactly why it's been particularly difficult to engage in captive breeding of pandas at zoos. That being said, things are looking up for the Giant Panda, which was upgraded from "endangered" to "vulnerable" by the IUCN in 2016.
* Given this trope, and the Giant Panda's extremely low birth rate (especially in captivity), the births of cubs in zoos are ''always'' big news. Tragically though, such joyous news often ends up being TooSoon and is followed shortly thereafter by the very heartbreaking news of a cub's death, as panda cubs unfortunately have quite a high mortality rate (especially if it's twins; whichever cub is smaller will be rejected by the mother and often does not survive, even with intensive human care).
* This tendency not to breed quickly is actually an evolutionary adaptation: The Giant Panda's natural habitat are mountainous regions where few things grow. The one thing there is an abundance of is bamboo. Unfortunately, due to large amounts of bamboo needed to sustain a single panda, this means that the natural environment can only support a small population. This isn't helped by habitat loss.
* In China, a giant panda named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pan_Pan_(giant_panda) Pan Pan]] lived to the ripe old age of 31 (born in 1985 and recently died in December 28, 2016 at the age of 31. His name means "hope" or "expectation", and he was believed to have sired over 130 descendants. [[note]]The giant panda's average life span is 20 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.[[/note]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Wang_and_Funi Wang Wang and Funi]] are a couple in a zoo in Australia, that have not successfully mated after even after being together for years. But during the 36 hour mating period each year, newscasters love to report on it because it combines Yet Another Baby Panda with SexSells. [[https://youtu.be/qgQJjTp63fw?t=189 This newscast]] had a lot off double-entendres both intentional and unintentional with the newscasters loosing it, including a totally new definition for "Eats, shoots, and leaves."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panda_diplomacy Panda diplomacy]]. Essentially, one of China's primary methods of waving the olive branch to foreign nations is to give them pandas for their zoos. This goes all the way back to the 7th century, when Empress Wu Zetian sent two pandas to the Emperor of Japan. The most famous recent case is the panda diplomacy between China and the United States, whereby China provides pandas to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC. DC went positively gaga for the bears--not only are they a major attraction at the zoo (and one that even native Washingtonians will go to see), but they long appeared on the UsefulNotes/WashingtonMetro's paper farecards.
* The British police used to have patrol cars called pandas, logically enough because they were blue and white. Yeah, blue. Don't ask us.
** When police cars were introduced they were black and white or black and blue. The former inspired the nickname and it stuck, even in areas which used blue ones.
** The Mexican Federal Road Police cars are appropriately black and white, and called pandas as well.
* Apparently the Chinese government didn't think that the live news coverage of the eclipse of 22 July 2009 was complete without pandas. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-smNqYOqpKA See it all here.]]
* Little Tai Shan the panda, now apparently Butterstick, from the Washington D.C. zoo. The idea behind the name is that the little panda was described as "the size of a stick of butter" when he was born; instantly, DC area bloggers struck up a campaign to name him Butterstick. The zookeepers went with Tai Shan instead, but Butterstick remains a popular nickname, even used in official materials.
* A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bullion_coin bullion coin]] is a type of coin made from a precious metal like gold or silver, used as a form of making small investments in that metal, and which sell for a price close to the spot price of the metal (and a markup for the minter or dealer to make a profit). Most of these coins have fairly boring, traditional designs, and they repeat the same design every year. China's bullion coins, however, [[http://www.pandaamerica.com/panda_coin.ASP have a different panda design on them each year]], which has led to them being valued as collection items and thus commanding a higher premium over the value of the metal, compared to plainer bullion coins.
* In January 2010, Mozilla Firefox started a [[http://firefoxlive.mozilla.org/ website]] with live webcams on a pair of red panda cubs, in support of protecting them.
* There's a shop in London that sells basically nothing but panda toys and panda themed items.
* Former ''Series/HannahMontana'' star Creator/EmilyOsment is a fan of pandas, at least judging from her Website/{{Twitter}} posts and [[https://twitter.com/#!/EmilyOsment/media/slideshow?url=http%3A%2F%2Finstagr.am%2Fp%2FLgxI_tnuMX%2F pictures]], and her followers have taken to calling her their "[[FanNickname Panda Queen]]". People who attend her concerts wear and/or send her panda merchandise regularly.
* During "Panda Awareness Week" in early July, the folks at the Chengdu conservatory posted some videos of pandas, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGF6bOi1NfA this one]] of four pandas playing on a slide.
* [[http://www.zoobooks.com Zoobooks magazine]] focuses on a different animal in each issue. Its panda issue reminded readers that RealLife pandas are capable of being [[BearsAreBadNews dangerous if provoked.]]
** Their overview of panda anatomy revealed what a panda looks like underneath its skin. Picture TheHulk, but with fangs and claws. Large ones. The caption that pandas in zoos frequently destroy their toys was practically self-expanatory.
** One illustration managed to subvert this trope and play it straight at the same time. An [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable baby panda]] was under attack by a group of wild dogs, but its MamaBear had stepped in to protect it. She is coming down, fangs bared, right on top of one of the would-be predators. The caption [[FridgeHorror indicates]] that a panda's jaws are capable of [[GoryDiscretionShot crushing bone]] as easily as bamboo.
* The PANDA group (People Against the NDAA) is a social activist group designed to fight the US law of indefinite detention (the ability of the president to arrest and detain or even kill any American civilian '''suspected''' of anti-government actions without due process) passed in the NDAA 2012. Certainly a noble fight and their name emulates a very cuddly animal. What's not to like?
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchopanda Anarchopanda]] will give you hugs if you attend a protest in Montreal.
* When the office of Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, was open for visits during the European Heritage Days, a panda statuette was prominently displayed on the desk.