[[caption-width-right:300:''[[CatchPhrase "Skadoosh!"]]'']]

->''"I love kung fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!"''
-->-- '''Po'''

''Kung Fu Panda'' is a 2008 CG-animated {{Dramedy}} from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, balanced between FunnyAnimal humor, gorgeous art, and epic martial arts action.

Set in an [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals anthropomorphic animal version]] of Chinese legend, the story follows Po, the (obviously adopted) son of a noodle shop owner. A gushing FanBoy of kung fu, Po is a lumbering, awkward ManChild who lives in the shadow of the legendary Jade Palace, home of six of China's greatest kung-fu warriors. When ''their'' OldMaster, Oogway, makes his selection of [[TheChosenOne the Dragon Warrior,]] Po is astounded to learn that it's ''him.'' His battle for acceptance by the people he's looked up to his whole life leads him on both comic and tragic turns, especially once he finds out what being TheChosenOne actually ''means'': fighting Tai Lung, the OneManArmy who believes ''he'' deserves the title of Dragon Warrior... and will destroy anyone who objects. And Po ''still hasn't learned kung fu.''

The film's successful fusion of classic kung-fu tropes, FunnyAnimal slapstick, and TheHerosJourney has proven extremely successful. Dreamworks has produced two sequels -- ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'' (2011) and ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda3'' (2016). The franchise also includes a [[RecycledTheSeries TV series]] on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} called ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' ([[TheOtherDarrin without most of the original]] [[ThePoorMansSubstitute voice actors]]), as well as the prime time ChristmasSpecial ''Kung Fu Panda Holiday''.

[[Characters/KungFuPanda Now with a character page]].

!!''Kung Fu Panda'' provides examples of:


[[folder:Tropes A to C]]
* AbsurdlyLongStairway:
** Near the beginning, Po has to climb a very long staircase to the Jade Palace. He tumbles down a few times but he manages to do it, only to find that the gate's already locked.
** Near the end, he climbs it again to save Master Shifu from Tai Lung. He's visibly exhausted even as he tries to be dramatic.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Sword of Heroes. (It's so sharp that [[AwesomenessIsAForce you can cut yourself from just writing a trope abou]]--OW!)
* AccidentalAthlete: Po, who was previously thought to be hopelessly clumsy, inadvertently demonstrates his agility when he climbs up some shelves in order to steal some cookies.
* {{Acrofatic}}: Po, after his training.
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Po and Shifu's nighttime argument on the temple steps.
* ActionGirl: Tigress and Viper.
* AdaptationExpansion: The video game contains a number of scenes not present (or at least directly shown) in the movie, including an explanation of how Po [[spoiler:learned the Wuxi Finger Hold.]]
* AnAesop: [[spoiler:There is no "secret ingredient" to greatness. Greatness comes from within]].
* AffectionateParody: Of martial arts movies.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Tweaked a bit in that, long before the climax of the film, Po has already gone a long way towards earning the respect of most of the Furious Five, because of his HeroicResolve facing his hopeless TrainingFromHell without complaint. Also, he's a genuinely NiceGuy, a good storyteller, and an ''excellent'' cook.
* AllThatGlitters: [[spoiler:The secret of the Dragon Scroll is revealed to be blank, and Po ultimately realizes what this means. The scroll's shiny surface is just a mirror -- all it shows is the image of the person looking at it, because the power and skill is within them, not the scroll.]] [[spoiler: It's telling that Tai Lung [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint exclaims at his own reflection that he sees ''nothing'']]. The fact that [[TheMentor Shifu]] doesn't understand the meaning of the scroll also shows that he misunderstood what the Dragon Warrior is supposed to be all along.]]
* AllThereInTheManual:
** ''The Art of Kung Fu Panda''. Buy it, read it, and be amazed. (Note that it's out of print.)
** The backstories of the Furious Five are never explained in either movies. You'd have to see the DVD-only animated short to find out how they became masters.
* AlternativeForeignThemeSong: The Japanese version uses [[http://uploadsociety.com/video_v70431 "Your Seed"]] as the theme song.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: Po's signature girth-based fighting style has been used by at least a real life kung fu master, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wang_Shujin Wang Shu Jin]], who, very much like Po, had an immense waist and could use it to push and deflect attacks.
* AnalogyBackfire:
** Shifu says during the Illusion of Control scene "But there are things I ''can'' control!" Kicks tree, causing the peaches to fall around him. "I can control when the fruit will fall!" A late-falling peach then lands on his head.
** Oogway first says "There are no accidents" as Po is being carried off on a litter after being hailed as the Dragon Warrior. Po then falls through the litter.
* AnimalStereotypes: Played straight in some cases, subverted for all they're worth in others. Notably, Viper is the nicest member of the Furious Five.
* AnswerCut:
-->'''Oogway:''' ''[serenely]'' It is time.\\
'''Shifu:''' But who?? Who is worthy to be trusted with the secret to limitless power?\\
'''Oogway:''' ''[shrugging]'' I don't know!\\
''[cut to Po clumsily weaving through the noodle shop customers]''
* TheAnticipator: Master Shifu likely knew that the Furious Five would try to ambush him that day, but he couldn't know where or how. Nonetheless, Master Shifu easily thwarts all five forays against him, giving critique on their technique as he does so.
* ArcWords: "There are no accidents"
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Tai Lung. Also, Tigress; there are plenty of parallels between her and Tai Lung, which is why Shifu is so harsh towards her.
* ArtisticAge: Type 2; Given that these are animals, it's hard to determine anyone's specific age. According to ''Secrets of the Furious Five'' and the sequel, Tigress and Crane are mentioned to at least be in their 30s or 40s, so it's safe to assume that other members of the Five and Po are about the same. The sequel confirms Po's age. [[spoiler:Po was a baby when Shen massacred his home village 30 years ago, so he's 31, give or take a year. However, the third film has Mr. Ping mention that he hid the truth from Po about his adoption for 20 years.]]
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: All of the various characters seem to have around the same level of physical strength, despite being radically different species. Notably, Mantis is able to bear the weight of an entire rope bridge and his four allies; quite a feat for a tiny invertebrate.
* ArtShift: The introduction scene uses a significantly different art style than the rest of the film.
* AscendedFanboy: The whole story is built around kung fu fan Po becoming a kung fu master himself.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Oogway]] dematerializes in a cloud of peach blossoms petals.
* AssKickingPose: All over the place, but a subtle, easy to miss example gives you an early glimpse of how Tigress will act towards Po. After he crashlands in the Jade Palace, the POV shot from Po shows the Furious Five all looking at him with looks that are a mix of confusion and concern... except for Tigress, who looks like she's about to cold-cock him.
* AssKicksYou: When Tai Lung and Po finally meet, Tai Lung mocks him in precisely this manner. "What are you going to do, big guy? Sit on me?" This is exactly what happens when the two are tumbling down the long stairs from the temple.
* AudibleGleam: Somehow, the final dumpling has this when Po finally wins it.
* AwesomenessIsAForce: The former TropeNamer. Its over-exposure can cause blindness.
* BadassAdorable: Baby Tai Lung and Tigress.
* BadassBoast:
** Also qualifying as an InsultBackfire is Po's [[spoiler:"I'm not a big fat panda... I'm '''THE''' Big Fat Panda!"]]
** Shifu's first line is both an insult and a BadassBoast. ''Five'' kung-fu masters ambush him from different directions...
--->'''Shifu:''' Well done, students! -- '''if''' you were trying to ''disappoint me!''
* BadassCrew: The Furious Five, naturally. The bridge fight with Tai Lung [[spoiler:until the end]] just shows how well-earned their title as the top kung fu masters of China are.
* BadassGrandpa:
** Anyone who can name a more [[TurtlePower whoop-ass ancient turtle]] than Oogway may raise their hand.
** Seeing how Shifu also kicks a fair amount of ass despite his age, he qualifies too.
* BaitAndSwitch:
** Referenced in Po's quote at the top of this page: what looks to be a moment of awesomeness instead falls flat, literally... Only to be [[DoubleSubversion Doubly Subverted]] when, just as he's about to get up and go home, the firecrackers have a delayed ignition.
** The second day of Po's "training" starts off with Shifu and the Five thinking Po has quit when they discover that his room was empty. When they get to the Training Hall, they're shocked to find that Po actually woke up early and beat everybody else to the Training Hall to get started (and somehow got himself stuck in the device used to hone flexibility).
** This dime at the end, when Shifu is lying wounded in Po's arms and slowly closes his eyes:
--->'''Shifu:''' Thank you, Po. Thank you... thank you...\\
'''Po:''' ...No! No, Master Shifu, don't die!\\
'''Shifu:''' ''[suddenly opens eyes]'' I'm not dying, you idiot!
** At the beginning, when we first meet Po's father, Mr. Ping, before we actually see him, we see what appears to be his shadow on the ground. The way this shadow is shaped is clearly supposed to make us think his father is a panda like Po, but then reveals that he is a goose, and that the shadow is actually just being cast by objects he's holding.
* BaitAndSwitchComment:
** Shifu on his first assessment of Po.
--->'''Shifu:''' When you focus on Kung Fu, when you concentrate... you stink.
** Crane frees Po after he gets caught trying to do the split.
--->'''Crane:''' [[ThinkNothingOfIt Don't mention it]]. ''[[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Ever]].''
* BattleCry:
* BearsAreBadNews: Inverted. Po is a giant softie and thinks he'd make an incompetent fighter ''because'' he's a panda. Justified, in that Tai Lung's first response to finding out a panda is the Dragon Warrior is to mock him. Apparently, the idea is commonplace in this world.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The reason Shifu gives when he finally decided to train Po. Of course, the reality is [[LastRequest quite]] [[IGaveMyWord different]], given [[ScrewDestiny he wasn't so receptive in the beginning]].
* BehindTheBlack: When Shifu reveals to Po and the Five that Tai Lung has escaped, neither Shifu or the Five notice Po sneaking out of the room in plain sight.
* BerserkButton: Apart from several moments with Tai Lung, there's the time when Po earnestly assures Master Shifu he's never going to quit. As Shifu is trying to ensure just that, he responds by throwing Po down the temple steps. All of them.
* BeYourself: Quite possibly the most effective presentation of the moral. Instead of going the tried-and-true route of "You're perfect just the way you are!", the movie instead opts to acknowledge that while you should always strive for self-improvement, there are no shortcuts to greatness. You can't be handed the fulfillment of your potential like a present. Being the best you can be is hard work, and being great is something ''you'' decide to be in yourself. Interestingly, it's the difference between Po and Tai Lung that shows how this lesson is to be taught. When Po has his epiphany and realizes this lesson, he becomes a better and more focused fighter that uses the skills he already knows to defeat Tai Lung, while Tai Lung believes there is a shortcut, and upon finding out there is none, is so enraged he becomes a worse fighter and is defeated by Po.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Po's arrival just when Tai Lung is about to kill Shifu]]. Simultaneously played straight and parodied (he arrives just in time...but is exhausted from running up the many stairs to the Jade Palace.)
* BigEater: Po, of course but Shifu is not far behind. During Po's training montage, you see him pack away a large amount of food in only a few seconds.
* BigShadowLittleCreature:
** When Po says, "Hi Dad", the camera shows a panda-shaped shadow, but it turns out to be Ping, a duck -- the panda shadow was caused by a sack he was carrying.
** When Po returns from his fight with Tai Lung, he seems to be dressed exactly like the Dragon Warrior Po from his fantasy. No, just a wok on his head and table clothes draped on him.
* BilingualBonus:
** Every ideogram which appears.
** Oogway is Chinese for "turtle". (Making the character "Master Turtle")
** Shifu is Chinese for "teacher/father". Since he is a red panda he couldn't be called "Master Panda".
** Tai Lung means Big/Great Dragon, which just shows how much ambition Shifu placed in his student/adopted son to be the Dragon Warrior.
* BlankBook: [[spoiler:The Dragon Scroll]].
* BrickJoke: Po raids Monkey's almond cookie stash (at Shifu's suggestion). During the end credits, Monkey is confused at finding his stash empty (Po nearby with almond cookie crumbs on his mouth).
* BriefAccentImitation: Po imitates Master Shifu's voice when saying, "Oh you know this hold?"
* BulletTime: Played straight as often as it is parodied.
* ButtMonkey:
** Po, for most of the movie. He gives the "Butt Monkey Ball" to [[spoiler:Tai Lung near the end of the film.]]
** Appropriately, Monkey also gets the most Butt Monkey moments out of all the Furious Five.
* CallingTheOldManOut: Tai Lung gives Shifu one, basically saying "My life sucks and it's all your fault." Shifu apologizes for his mistakes he made raising Tai Lung [[spoiler:but Tai Lung declares that he doesn't give a damn and proceeds to [[KickTheDog strangle his former master]], claws raised]].
-->'''Tai Lung:''' I rotted in jail for 20 years, because of ''your'' weakness!\\
'''Shifu:''' Obeying your master is not weakness!\\
'''Tai Lung:''' You ''knew'' I was the Dragon Warrior! ''You '''always''' knew''. But when Oogway said otherwise, what did you do? ''What'' did you do?! '''''NOTHING!'''''\\
'''Shifu:''' You were not meant to be the Dragon Warrior! That was not my fault!\\
'''Tai Lung:''' ''[[[UnstoppableRage furious]]]'' [[PunctuatedForEmphasis Not. Your. Fault?!]] ''Who'' filled my head with dreams?! ''Who'' drove me to train until my bones cracked?! ''Who'' denied me my '''''destiny!?'''''
* CallToAdventure: Hilariously played with. Po [[JumpedAtTheCall jumps at the call]], then [[{{Determinator}} stays on even as everyone mocks him]], then [[RefusalOfTheCall runs screaming from the call]], saying [[ImNotAHeroIm he isn't the Dragon Warrior]], when he realizes that he'll have to go up against [[BigBad Tai Lung]].
* CaptainObvious: Tai Lung fills this role nicely when he meets the Dragon Warrior and learns he's a panda.
-->'''Tai Lung:''' ''[to Shifu]'' He's a panda! ''[to Po]'' You're a panda!
* CarnivoreConfusion: About the only foods shown in the movie are noodles, peaches, almond cookies, soup, and dumplings -- even Tigress is shown eating tofu. The subject of meat (felines are actually obligate carnivores) never comes up. According to the WordOfGod, all the animals are vegetarians. Think about it, if they eat the other animals, then they are regarded as cannibals/murderers.
* CassandraTruth: Everybody, up to and including Po himself, believed that Oogway selecting him as the Dragon Warrior was a complete accident.
* CatNinja: Tai Lung and Tigress stand out as the most striking ninja masters in the movie.
* CatsAreMean: The main villain is Tai Lung, a snow leopard, and Tigress is the rudest of the Furious Five towards Po until she chills out. Many of the villains in the opening that are not reptiles or wolves are panther-like felines. A great example of doing the homework: in kung fu, the tiger is considered the most aggressive of the animal styles with straightforward attacks and powerful moves.
* CentipedesDilemma: Initially Po can't do the most basic kung fu maneuvers but can perform impressive feats of acrobatics while [[BigEater trying to get food.]] Fittingly, when it's pointed out to him he's ten feet off the ground in a perfect split he falls flat on his face.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: For weaker martial artists. Stronger ones do things, like [[KiAttacks glowing with inner energy as they shatter stones several times their size]]. Most notably in Mantis, who is by far the smallest warrior, but also has the greatest raw strength.
* ChefOfIron: Once Po is trained, he's a Type 1.
* ChekhovsArmoury: As the tortoise said, "There are no accidents." This comes up a lot.
* ChekhovsGun:
** During the acupuncture scene, Mantis points out that he can't do the procedure correctly because Po's... fur (Po calls him out on it) keeps getting in the way. [[spoiler:At the final battle, the exact same thing happens when Tai Lung tries to utilize a PressurePoint attack against Po and it doesn't work.]]
** The "Secret Ingredient Soup", which Mr. Ping has promised to instruct Po on [[spoiler:actually provides Po with the answer to the Dragon Scroll: there is no secret ingredient, it's what you do yourself to make it good]]. When Po was making dinner for the Furious Five, he makes a great meal for them regardless of admitting that he doesn't actually know his father's secret ingredient.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:It's subtle, but it is indicated that Oogway not only knew that Tai Lung would escape but that Shifu's messenger's feather would be how he did it, making Oogway this trope. It's ambiguous though if he actually knew that it would turn out well or if he just had faith -- considering his attitude ("there are no accidents" vs. "you must believe"), either is possible.]]
* ChewingTheScenery:
-->'''Tai Lung:''' ''Our battle will be '''legendary!'''''
* ChillyReception: Oogway's selection of Po was not initially accepted by ''any'' of the other masters and they made no secret of their disdain (Tigress especially), but Po warms up the atmosphere in due time.
* TheChooserOfTheOne: Master Oogway.
* TheChosenOne: The Dragon Warrior is the mystical kung fu master who will bring peace to the valley (and to Shifu as well, as it turns out). Half this movie is dedicated to whether or not Po really is the ''right'' Chosen One.
* ColorMotif: WordOfGod says the color gold was used to symbolize heroism in the film (see:Po's training sequence). Tai Lung's eyes are gold -- because in [[StealthPun his eyes]], ''he'' is the hero of the story. WordOfGod also says that green represents wisdom (the reason why Po's eyes are green: he has the capacity for great wisdom; in the sequel, this is probably why Shifu's wardrobe now incorporates green) and red symbolizes power (made even more prominent in the sequel, with red representing Lord Shen as blue represented Tai Lung). In the film's color theory white, orange and brown represent honor, energy and dedication (the reason why Shifu's design incorporates all three, "to visually support [his] character traits").
* CombatPragmatist:
** Po, using anything he could in the final battle.
** The Five ambush Tai Lung on the bridge, gang up on him from every direction, tie him up, cut the bridge, and drop him into the gorge. They straight up try to kill him, in a kids movie, because he's just ''that big a threat''.
* ComfortFood: Even Po admits it. He eats when he's upset.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: The film takes the time to justify this trope. Realizing they can't help him stop Tai Lung, Shifu commands the students to do the next best thing, and organize the evacuation of the town. When [[spoiler:Po and Tai Lung tear their way through every building in sight in the final battle]], there's no collateral damage to worry about.
* CreativeClosingCredits: Done in the same fashion as the opening sequence. First it's the animated cast, then pictures depicting slices of their lives after the end of the movie. Some are heartwarming.
* CueTheSun: As the morning sun comes up, Shifu discovers the solution of how to train Po. It's also dawn when [[spoiler:Po shows up to face Tai Lung and defeat him.]]
* CynicalMentor: Shifu after Tai Lung's turn to evil, particularly towards Po in the beginning.

[[folder:Tropes D to F]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: This is the film that started the more serious and emotional line of films that Creator/DreamWorksAnimation would go on to produce in the future.
* DarkestHour: All the heroes have a soul crushingly heartrending night [[spoiler:when Master Oogway, the one who stopped Tai Lung before and the only one who has faith in Po as the Dragon Warrior, dies]], leaving Master Shifu with a seemingly impossible promise to train the fat panda, [[spoiler:while Po now fully realizes how hopeless he truly is on top of his profound self-loathing that even Shifu cannot alleviate while Tigress feels no other choice but to defy her master and set out to stop Tai Lung herself despite his prohibition]].
%%* DeadlyDodging
* DeathCourse: The training dojo includes a wide variety of deadly obstacles that the Furious Five use for their daily training.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Tigress, mostly due to Shifu's being a CynicalMentor after Tai Lung turned evil, [[spoiler:at the very end of the movie and during the ending credits.]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** "''Legend tells of a legendary warrior... whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend...''"
** The film loves these. Po's dream sequence, apart from the memorable opening sentence, also mentions the "most heroic heroes of China" and the "thousand demons of Demon Mountain".
** In one case, it's subverted; Secret Ingredient Soup doesn't have one.
* {{Determinator}}:
** For most of his training, Po refuses to give up no matter how badly he's beaten to a pulp, until he comes to feel that even "the greatest kung fu teacher in all of China" couldn't make him anything more than just some ordinary schmuck.
** Tai Lung hasn't given up on claiming the Dragon Scroll after twenty years of imprisonment.
* DeusExitMachina: Really, the only reason [[spoiler:Master Oogway]] dies is so he can't use his awesome nerve attack to KO Tai Lung in five seconds. WordOfGod gives an alternate explanation: Shifu won't successfully train the Dragon warrior as long as he keeps relying on [[spoiler:Oogway]].
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: Played straight with [[spoiler:Master Oogway]]. Parodied at the end with [[spoiler:Master Shifu.]]
* DisabilityImmunity: Po is so chubby that some of Tai Lung's more potent pressure-point attacks don't work on him.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Both subverted and averted at different points.
* DistantReactionShot: The ultimate defeat [[spoiler:of Tai Lung]] isn't shown directly, but from afar people are shown as seeing a big explosion.
* ADogNamedDog: The Furious Five are only ever called Tigress, Viper, Crane, Mantis, and Monkey. Although, given that Shifu tends to call Po "Panda", they might actually have names...
* DontThinkFeel: As Shifu explains to Po, when he concetrates on ''doing'' Kung Fu he stinks but when he takes his mind off of it (like when he wants food) he shows a great deal of natural skill and potential. All that was needed was for it to be unlocked and grown.
%% * DontYouDarePityMe
* DoorstopBaby: [[spoiler:How Tai Lung was found by Shifu.]]
* DragonsUpTheYinYang: The Dragon Scroll, which is held in the jaws of a giant dragon statue. The ''taijitu'' also appears as The Pool of Sacred Tears, as well as the symbol on the back of Oogway's cloak.
* DramaticThunder: The messenger's flight to Tai-Lung's prison, and his flight back from it. Again during [[spoiler:the fight between Tai Lung and Shifu]]. It is awfully stormy in ancient China.
* {{Dramedy}}: For all the humor and action, there is a powerful theme about family and heroism in the story.
%%* DreamingOfThingsToCome
* DreamIntro: The intro starts with Po being [[DreamSue an uber-awesome legendary kungfu warrior...]] and then Po wakes up, revealing that that was just a dream (he's just son of a noodle cook).
* DreamWorksFace: Look at the poster.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler:Oogway's ascension to Heaven.]]
* EccentricMentor: Oogway.
* ElephantInTheRoom: Po's father is a goose, but it's never even acknowledged by any of the characters in the first film. It's subtly referenced at a scene near the end: Po says he sometimes "can't believe I'm really your son!" because they're such different people. There's an awkward pause, and his father tells him there's "something he should know"... and it turns out [[spoiler: he's just telling him the secret ingredient of his secret ingredient soup]]. It is a plot point in [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 the sequel]], though.
* EleventhHourSuperpower: Subverted. Tai Lung truly believes that the power of the scroll has made Po invincible and given him the strength that Tai Lung needs. In reality, Po just knows the truth about ultimate power: [[spoiler:There are no shortcuts to power and strength, they're all based on you and your effort.]]
* EmpathicEnvironment: When [[spoiler:Shifu fights Tai Lung]], it's dark and stormy. The moment Po arrives on the scene, the world is suddenly [[CueTheSun bathed in warm sunlight]] and there's not a cloud in the sky.
* EnthusiasmVsStoicism: The fact that Po is so ''enthusiastic'' about learning kung fu, combined with his self-esteem issues keeping him from actually making any headway, leads TheStoic Tigress to assume he's treating everything as a joke, [[SadClown when the truth is far worse.]]
* EpicFail: Po's first attempt at training with Shifu.
-->'''Shifu:''' There is now a level zero.
* EtTuBrute: Tai Lung feels this way when [[spoiler:Shifu doesn't speak up after Oogway refuses to give him the dragon scroll.]]
* EurekaMoment:
** When Shifu discovers just what kind of feats Po can achieve in his pursuit of food, he finally realizes how to train him in kung fu.
** The Secret Ingredient of Po's father's "Secret Ingredient Soup" [[spoiler:causes Po to realize the significance and true meaning of the Dragon Scroll: there ''is'' no secret ingredient to make something, or someone, special.]]
* EverybodyWasKungFuFighting: Averted: the main characters are all famous kung fu masters, while the nearby villagers are InnocentBystanders who flee for safety when the fighting starts. Honorary mention as the song itself plays during the end credits, altered with wholesome lyrics to match with the uplifting theme of the film.
* EvilBrit: Tai Lung.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Tai Lung is totally unable to understand the Dragon Scroll's wisdom. If there is no secret he's been fighting for, after all, he's been destroying everything he once loved for nothing.]]
* EvilCounterpart: Tai Lung functions as this to both Po and Tigress.
* EvilPlan: Po's CallToAdventure is training to stop Tai Lung's {{plan}} of stealing the Dragon Scroll and going on another rampage.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: For those of us who know Mandarin Chinese (as opposed to other dialects), some of the names are also this trope. Oogway, if pronounced the right way, means "turtle". Shifu means "master" and is generally used in the context of the master training a student. This also doubles up as [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment a slight redundancy]] when Po calls Shifu "Master Shifu" or "Master master". Unfortunately does not apply to Po or Tai Lung, as the variation in how those names might be intoned make it impossible to confirm which particular Mandarin word they are referring to. Interestingly, Tai Lung could be translated to "Great Dragon"... so you can see why he thought he had the "Dragon Warrior" prophecy in the bag.
* {{Expy}}: Tai Lung very much resembles Shan-Yu from ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' in build, voice, attitude, and even eye color. Shan Yu could be the inspiration for Tai Lung, or the snow leopard could be a stealthy ShoutOut to the earlier animated Chinese epic.
* FaceHeelTurn: Tai Lung, in flashback.
* FakeActionPrologue: The opening sequence (see below).
* FakeOutOpening: The hand-drawn opening sequence and its BuffySpeak [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] TotallyRadical narrative voiceover are revealed to be part of a dream Po is having: the rest of the film is 3D animation and much more conventionally written.
* FallenHero: Tai Lung used to be an honorable martial artist but then [[spoiler:found out he was not meant to be the Dragon Warrior.]]
* FamilyBusiness: The noodle shop. Slightly parodied: "''...and then you will fulfill your destiny and take over the restaurant: just as I took it over from ''my'' father, who took it over from ''his'' father, who won it from a friend in a game of mahjong.''"
* FateWorseThanDeath: By all appearances, Tai Lung hasn't just been imprisoned for decades, but [[AndIMustScream immobilized]] (and tormented by the guards when they had the chance) for 20 years. It may have been [[MercyKill more humane to just kill him instead]]. Downplayed in this case. Since he has "gotten stronger" since his imprisonment according to Master Shifu, he may have been meditating the entire time to focus his Chi.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Comes in two flavours. The Wuxi Fingerhold for [[spoiler:Shifu and Po]] and a paralyzing move for Tai Lung and Oogway.
* FinishingMove: [[spoiler:The Wuxi Fingerhold]] and the Nerve Strike attack.
* FireForgedFriends: Po and Shifu, as well as Po and the rest of the Five.
* FirstNameBasis: For most of the movie, Po is called "Panda" by everybody in the Jade Palace. Then Shifu finally calls him by his name. Judging from earlier interactions, it's meant to be a pretty big deal.
* FiveManBand: The Furious Five.
** TheLeader: Tigress. Levelheaded and gives the orders.
** TheLancer: Monkey. Laid back and goofy.
** TheBigGuy: Mantis ([[PintsizedPowerhouse Oh, the irony]]).
** TheSmartGuy: Crane; perhaps "mature guy" is more appropriate.
** TheChick: Viper; sweet-tempered and wears flowers on her head.
** SixthRanger: [[spoiler:Po, by the end.]]
* FloorboardFailure: Happens to Po as he tries to sneak down a hallway late at night.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The acupuncture scene. While mostly there for comedy, it gives an early hint [[spoiler:about Po's nerve points being hard to hit under all his blu- [[LastSecondWordSwap fur]].]]
** When Po plummets at the ground after being rocketed into the sky, he only loses consciousness for a few seconds, having suffered no further injuries even though falling from that height should at least have fractured some bones. [[spoiler:This is possibly an even earlier implication of how resistant his chubby body is to damage.]]
** When Po is serving noodle soup to the Five, they remark that it tastes great, to which Po disagrees, saying it's nothing like his dad's soup that contains a secret ingredient, but the Five insist that it's amazing. [[spoiler:Po later finds out his dad in fact doesn't use a secret ingredient, but "to make something special, you just have to believe it is", prompting him to realize his strength lies within himself.]]
** Oogway briefly mentions [[spoiler:that he feared he wouldn't live to see the Dragon Warrior selection day...]]
** Shifu mentions that the key to kung fu is turning your opponents' strength against him - foreshadowing how in the final battle, Tai Lung's blows cause Po to bounce back and hit him with equal force.
** In a more minor example, when Shifu sends Zeng the goose to Chor-Ghom, said goose briefly hits a pillar and a few feathers fall off. [[spoiler: Another shed feather is how Tai Lung escapes.]]
* ForkFencing: Po and Shifu use their chopsticks and kung fu skills to literally duel for the last dumpling at the end of his training.
* FreezeFrameBonus:
** When Po returns to his dad's shop when [[spoiler:the village is being evacuated to avoid Tai Lung]], watch his reaction as the apron magically appears around his waist after his dad hugs him.
** Po and Shifu's chopstick fight. When Shifu takes the first dumpling there's a single frame where he's looking into the camera and smiling like he's posing for a photo.
** Another one when Mantis was trying to give Po an acupuncture treatment. During the shot where Po falls down after making one funny face, Crane and Monkey can be seen, peeking through the door.
** Blink-and-you'll-miss-it, but when Tai Lung says Po is "just a big... fat... panda!", Po's expression changes to [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore one that is clearly unimpressed]].
* FreudianExcuse: Tai Lung [[spoiler:feels his adoptive father turned on him and let Oogway deny him his destiny.]]
* FurryConfusion: The dragon statues, which for some reason are actually all not anthropomorphized.

[[folder:Tropes G to M]]
* GameChanger: The unexpected dubbing of Po as The Dragon Warrior, a clumsy giant panda who turns out be a preternaturally talented martial artist of considerable power with the right instruction who also enables his colleagues to find a happiness they did not know they needed.
* GeniusDitz: Po has TheGift but is too spaced out and lacking confidence to be aware of it.
* GentleGiant: Po, again.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** In the scene when Tigress performs a split and breaks the plates that Shifu throws as a demonstration of flexibility, just look at Po's reaction. [[spoiler:{{Nerdgasm}}!]] Not to mention Po's face when Tigress lands back down. [[spoiler:[[CovertPervert He's staring at her ass]]]]. Might be a part of their ShipTease.
** Then there's the scene right after Po wakes from his ParodySue DreamSequence. He tries to get up, but has trouble due to his weight, causing a lot of banging. When Mr. Ping later demands to know what he was doing, Po has to explain, rather uncomfortably, that he was having a strange dream. DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
* TheGift:
** Tai Lung, though it's to his detriment. He has a severe [[ArrogantKungFuGuy ego problem]] that prevents him from being [[spoiler:truly receptive of the Dragon Scroll's wisdom]]. This is why Oogway [[spoiler:refused to make him the Dragon Warrior]]. His response to this was less than cordial.
** Po, though it takes some teasing out to get to it. Once Master Shifu figures out Po needs the incentive of food to make him fight well, Po learns very quickly.
* GoodMorningCrono: Done to Po at the beginning of the movie when his dad wakes him up from a dream and tells him to wait tables.
* GroinAttack: "''Oh-ho-ho! My tenders!''"
* HandicappedBadass: Shifu took a GameBreakingInjury from Tai Lung [[AllThereInTheManual once]], and has needed a cane ever since. Yeah, as much as [[Franchise/StarWars Yoda]] does.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks:
** While Po works very hard during his training montage, it's still probably not as hard as the Furious Five. And certainly nowhere near as long. Yet in the end he succeeds where they failed.
** This would also be Tai Lung's story in a nutshell. The guy trained real hard for years to one day become the Dragon Warrior, but Oogway denied him the privilege because he wasn't TheChosenOne. And in the end, despite having vastly superior training to said Chosen One's, Tai Lung was defeated with relative ease thanks to Po's raw talent, obsession with food and body fat.
* HeartbreakAndIceCream: Po has a psychological need to gorge on food when he is upset, so part of his training achievements include being able to conquer that urge as he grows spiritually healthier.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: Tai Lung does it to himself. Tai Lung's rage falters for a moment when Shifu apologizes for how badly he screwed up raising him, but ultimately he hardens again and refuses to accept Shifu's apology.
* HeelRealisation:
** Master Shifu when Po tells him he's known all along that Shifu was trying to get rid of him, but he stayed because Shifu is the greatest Kung Fu Master in all of China and was hoping that Shifu could teach him how to not be someone that he himself despised. Since Shifu has been acting like a JerkAss and not a teacher (contrary to his own Master's wishes), he can't help feeling guilty.
** When confronting Tai Lung, Shifu realizes his own {{pride}} was responsible for turning his favourite student into the monster he is now.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Po suffers this most prominently when he looks inside the dragon scroll to find out it was nothing. He gets better after he finds out the true meaning with unexpected help from his father.]]
* HeroicResolve: As the junior novelization voiced the thoughts of most of the Five seeing Po endure Shifu's hopeless "training," without complaint "''He can't be the Dragon Warrior but he's really tough!''"
%%* HisStoryRepeatsItself
* HitFlash:
** Po gets one when he crashes into the exhibition/ceremony.
** Later, the Furious Five get one when Tai Lung defeats them on the bridge.
* HitStop: The movie loves to use this trope, whether it be playing it straight, parodying it, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs doing both]]. Take for example the scene where [[spoiler: Tai Lung and Po are [[StaircaseTumble falling down the]] AbsurdlyLongStairway, and the scene slowing down as when Tai Lung hits his face particularly hard. Becomes a {{Parody}} when the scene, still in slow-mo, shows Po landing ass first on Tai Lung's head.]]
* HopeSpot: Once played straight when [[spoiler:the Furious Five seem to have sent Tai Lung to his DisneyVillainDeath]], and the other time, inverted, in that [[spoiler:it's ''Tai Lung'' who gets one]]:
-->'''[[spoiler:Tai Lung]]:''' [[spoiler:You're bluffing! Shifu didn't teach you that!]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Po]]:''' [[spoiler:No, he didn't. ''[cue Tai Lung's relieved face]'' ''I figured it out''. Skadoosh! ''[CriticalExistenceFailure ensues]'']]
* HumiliationConga: [[spoiler:Tai Lung and Po are evenly matched until Tai Lung fails to get the wisdom of the Dragon Scroll, even though Tai Lung is obviously focusing on the said scroll rather than his opponent. Po just takes being thrown around as good fun, while Tai Lung is obviously enraged by every setback, due to his overwhelming {{Pride}}. It can't be denied, however, that this trope is how ''Tai Lung'' views the final battle.]]
* IAmNotYourFather: Subverted. It should be obvious that Mr. Ping, a goose, is not the biological father of Po, a panda. At one point it appears as if [[spoiler:Ping is about to tell Po the truth about his parentage, but instead he reveals the secret ingredient of his Secret Ingredient Soup]].
* IAmWhatIAm: Yet again, [[spoiler:"I'm not a big fat panda. I'm THE big fat panda!"]]
* IdiotHero: Po is of the kind-hearted, unexpectedly competent variety.
* IfICanOnlyMove: Tai Lung in the prison.
* IGaveMyWord: Shifu [[spoiler:promises Oogway he will train Po, minutes before the former unexpectedly passes away.]]
* IHaveNoSon: Shifu towards Tai Lung.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: A central theme of the movie as demonstrated by Po's dream of being a legendary warrior. There's more to it than that, though -- Po suffers from ''extremely'' low self-esteem and despises the life he has now.
* ImpactSilhouette: When [[spoiler:Tai Lung]] crashes to Earth, he leaves a hole not just with an impression of his body, but his tail as well.
* ImpairmentShot: Po knocks himself unconscious trying to get in to see the Furious Five. We get the HitFlash, then the eye-shaped blink-blink as he awakens to [[spoiler:see Master Oogway pointing at him.]]
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: A rare ''good'' example: armed with ballistas, crossbows, and ''dozens'' of archers, the rhino guardsmen of Chorh-Gom prison can't hit one single ''chained down'' prisoner (even if that prisoner ''is'' [[BigBad Tai Lung]]). Technically, the rhino guardsmen are actually pretty good shots, as shown when a single rhino guard is able to accurately hit a stick of dynamite on the ceiling of the prison. The problem is that Tai Lung is just that good.
* ImpossiblePickleJar: After Po earns the Dragon Scroll, he struggles to open the container. After Shifu opens it for him, Po gives him the "after I loosened it up" line.
* ImprobableChopsticksSkill: Part of Po's improvised training. Shifu as well, as he taught Po.
* ImprovFu: Half the final battle in the first film is Po fighting in this manner, frustrating Tai Lung.
* IncendiaryExponent: Yes, Tai Lung is badass he can set his paws on fire and not even get burned!
* IncompletelyTrained: [[NotSoDifferent Po and Tai Lung both]], for different reasons.
* IneffectualLoner: {{Defied}}. [[spoiler:Tigress decides on her own to face and defeat Tai Lung. But before she leaves the town, the four other Furious show up and say they'll go with her, rather than trying to dissuade her from it.]]
* InsultBackfire: [[spoiler:Tai Lung growls after being thrashed by Po]], "You can't defeat me! You're just a big... fat... ''panda!''" Po retorts, "I'm not a big, fat panda. I'm [[SpellMyNameWithAThe THE]] [[TheChosenOne big, fat panda]]!"
* InterspeciesAdoption: Po's father is a goose. The first movie manages not to bring this up at all, aside from a BaitAndSwitch in which his dad sits him down to tell him an important secret... the secret ingredient in the soup. The sequel provides some backstory, though, and the third film expands on this further. There's also Shifu's adoption of Tai Lung.
* InterspeciesRomance: Played with in the credits when [[spoiler:Viper kisses the Po doll after it's tossed to her. Considering the fact that she was the nicest one to Po during his training, this definitely has some potential.]]
* IronicEcho: [[spoiler:Repeated at the end by Po against Tai Lung.]]
-->'''Po:''' {{GASP}} The Wuxi Finger Hold!\\
'''Shifu:''' Oh you know this hold?
* {{Jerkass}}:
** Master Shifu definitely fits this for most of the movie, mistreating his disciples (yes, all of them, just look at his first appearance) and obstinately refusing to trust Oogway's judgment.
** Also, Tigress towards Po; even when her colleagues have warmed to him, recognizing his undeniable courage and resolve, she remains almost cruelly determined to shoot him down at every opportunity for much of the movie. By the film's end, both become [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks with Hearts of Gold]], with a particular emphasis on "heart of gold."
* {{Kevlard}}: [[spoiler:One reason Po is chosen. It makes him immune to nerve attacks!]]
* KiAttacks: Shifu and Tai Lung.
* KickTheDog: Shifu spends the first minute of his fight with Tai Lung on the defensive, blocking or dodging his attacks while trying to reason with him. He doesn't go on the offensive until Tai Lung taunts him about Oogway's passing.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Downplayed for Oogway who ascends but has a brief appearance in the series. Tai Lung has never been truly confirmed whether he died or not. Likewise, Vachir and his rhino guards are also never confirmed if they died or not during Tai Lung's escape, but we do see at least one rhino moving after Tai Lung blows them out the prison's doors with dynamite.]]
%%* KnuckleCracking
* LandOfDragons: This is set in a version of medieval China, after all...
* LargeHam: All of the narration/dialogue in the intro. It's [[RuleOfFunny made on purpose]], of course.
* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Oogway almost begs Shifu to train Po, just before [[AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascending to a higher plane of existence]].]]
* LastSecondChance: The [[WordOfGod directors' commentary]] implies that [[spoiler:Po's sharing of the Dragon Scroll's true meaning to Tai Lung could have meant his redemption, if he chose to accept it. [[IgnoredEpiphany He doesn't]].]]
* LastSecondWordSwap:
-->'''Po:''' Ow! I thought you said acupuncture would make me feel better!\\
'''Mantis:''' Trust me, it will. It's just not easy finding the right nerve points under all this--\\
'''Po:''' Fat?\\
'''Mantis:''' Fur! I was gonna say fur.\\
'''Po:''' Sure you were.
* LetsGetDangerous: Shifu when he realizes that he CAN train Po.
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: When Crane rescues Po from his full split.
-->'''Po:''' Oh, hey, thanks.\\
'''Crane:''' Don't mention it.\\
'''Po:''' No, really, I...\\
'''Crane:''' ''Ev''-er.
* LightningBruiser: Po by the end of the movie. Tai Lung is also pretty fast, especially when he broke out of Chorh-Gom Prison.
* LightningReveal: Doesn't even involve darkness. Master Shifu waits for Tai Lung on the stairs to the Jade Palace. DramaticThunder sounds and Shifu closes his eyes for a moment against the lightning. When he opens them, Tai Lung is standing before him having run up the thousand-odd steps without even appearing out of breath.
* LookWhatICanDoNow: Po shows up after attaining enlightenment and beats the crap out of [[spoiler:Tai Lung.]]
* MacGuffin: The Dragon Scroll which is said to bestow limitless power. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a MagicFeather.]]
* MadeOfIron: The whole cast survives a lot of punishment but it's justified with Po. He can survive a whole mess of stuff, up to and including [[spoiler:a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown from Tai Lung]] without so much as a broken bone. It's all the fur and fat.
* MagicFeather: [[spoiler:The Secret Ingredient of the Secret Ingredient Soup and the Dragon Scroll again]]. [[IThoughtItMeant No, not the feather Tai Lung uses to escape from prison]].
* MeaningfulEcho:
-->'''[[spoiler:Oogway]]/Shifu:''' You must continue your journey without me.
* MeaningfulName:
** Shifu is Chinese for "master".
** Tai Lung means "great/ultimate dragon".
** Po also means "peace", and that's exactly what he brings to the valley.
** Another meaning of Po is "blank", [[spoiler:which is what the Dragon Scroll turns out to be]].
** Oogway means "turtle", but he's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortoise tortoise]].
* MediumBlending: The opening and ending credits are 2D. The second film expands the concept, so several flashbacks and memories are in 2D, and the opening credits seem to be loosely based on Indian shadow puppetry.
* MentorArchetype: Shifu, though a pretty {{Jerkass}} one.
* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: Played straight for Oogway, who ascends and leaves Shifu in his place, and deliciously subverted for Shifu himself.]]
* MeteorMove: Tai Lung pulls off ''two'' of these while still airborne: [[spoiler:first he kicks Po to the ground with enough force to create a small ''crater'', then deepens said crater by flipping upside down and driving his fists into his fallen opponent.]]
* MetronomicManMashing: Po is beaten by Mantis using this style of beatdown.
* MightyGlacier: Played straight with Po, but averted by Tai Lung. Po's Kung Fu style is largely defensive, doging and blocking Tai Lung's attacks partially due to his lack of training and partially from his girth. Tai Lung, being a master of Leopard Style kung fu and trained by Master Shifu from an early age, is a mountain of muscle and moves like greased lightning. His attacks hit hard and fast.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Epic Kung Fu mastery aside, Master Shifu is tiny. Justified, given he's a red panda (also known as ''lesser'' panda, though they're not closely related to panda bears). They're smaller than raccoons indeed, approximately the size of a big male cat.
* MissingMom: Po's [[spoiler:adoptive]] father doesn't seem to be married.
* MoodWhiplash:
** The bit where an overwhelmingly sad moment from Tigress's backstory is immediately followed up by one of the silliest gags in the film... "Dooooiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnng...!"
** The final battle, taking place right after the incredibly serious battle between Shifu and Tai Lung.
* MultipleChoiceChosen: Master Oogway is to choose one of the Furious Five (who have all received extensive kung fu training) to become the Dragon Warrior, but ends up choosing Po by pure dumb luck. However, he accepts this as destiny and sticks with his decision.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: There's no suggestion that Shifu, Viper, Crane or even ''Mantis'' are any less physically strong than Po. (although, you could argue that Po's [[StoutStrength muscles are hidden under his flab]]) or Tigress despite the drastic differences in body mass; kung fu skill is all that matters, even when you're holding up a rope bridge with five people standing on it. Averted with Tai Lung, however, who's considered by all of them to be the strongest fighter around and is indeed very well-muscled.
* MyGreatestFailure: How Shifu regards his training of Tai Lung.
%%* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours

[[folder:Tropes N to R]]
* NeverSayDie: Surprisingly averted for a PG movie. The Furious Five are surprised that Tai Lung didn't kill them when he defeated them, they consider his killing Shifu to be inevitable, and Po thinks Shifu ''has'' died (and is corrected) when he closes his eyes after the battle.
* NeverTrustATrailer: It's an action/comedy, but the trailer puts more emphasis on the "comedy" than the actual movie does.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Shifu allowing Tai Lung to be released, since if not for his paranoia, he wouldn't have sent Zeng to double check his holdings and allowed Tai Lung the feather he needed to escape. However he only did that because Oogway said Tai Lung would escape, therefore it could be considered Oogway's fault. Also counts as SelfFulfillingProphecy. Though to be fair, Oogway ''did'' warn Shifu against trying to prevent it.
-->'''Oogway:''' One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown:
** During his TrainingFromHell montage, Po becomes victim to a rapid-fire series of these. Tai Lung also hits him with one, though in every case [[MadeOfIron he's fine afterwards]].
** Tai Lung's escape from Chorh-gom is an example of this.
* NoisyNature: Mantis's combat scenes are accompanied by incongruous cricket-chirps. Mantids aren't crickets, although they're at least in the same infraclass.
* NonMammalMammaries: Averted. Not only does Viper lack breasts, but Tigress (who is at least a mammal) lacks them too.
** Surprisingly, a male character, Commander Vachir plays it straight: he is a rhinoceros with nipples on his bare chest.
* TheNotableNumeral: The Furious Five
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Most characters doesn't sound Chinese. The ones that do are played by Chinese actors.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Tai Lung and Po have the hamminess down to pat.
'''Tai Lung:''' Ahhh... Po... so that is his name... finally, [[WorthyOpponent a worthy adversary!]] '''OUR BATTLE SHALL BE LEGENDARY!'''
** Tigress has some key parallels with Tai Lung, as well. Most notably they both wanted to be the Dragon Warrior, and both were denied the privilege. They're also [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Arrogant Kung Fu Kitties]] who were adopted by Shifu, and are [[WellDoneSonGuy upset that their father figure didn't show them the love and respect they wanted.]]
* ObliviousAdoption: "''Dad, sometimes I find it hard to believe I'm your son.''" "''It's time to tell you something I should have long ago -- [[spoiler:The Secret Ingredient of my Secret Ingredient Soup]]!''"[[note]]Po already knew, as he confirmed in the sequel. His expectant look showed he was hoping that Dad would reveal his adopted status.[[/note]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In-universe example: the tournament to choose the Dragon Warrior is only barely seen by both the audience AND the protagonist.
* OhCrap:
** Po's highlighted in slow motion "Oh, crap!" when charged by Tai Lung.
** And Tai Lung's expression when [[spoiler:Po reveals he knows how to use the Wuxi Finger Hold]], followed by [[ThisIsGonnaSuck an apprehensive cringe]].
** Even ''Oogway'' has a mild example:
--->'''Shifu:''' Terrible news, master!\\
'''Oogway:''' Now, now. There is no good or bad news. Only news.\\
'''Shifu:''' Tai Lung has just escaped!\\
'''Oogway:''' ''Oh''. That ''is'' bad news.
** Shifu had one earlier when Oogway told him the above example would happen in the first place.
** "The scroll has given him power! [[BigNo Noooo!!]]"
** At the last instant of Tai Lung's escape:
--->'''Zeng:''' Can we run now?!\\
'''Vachir:''' ''[tiny voice] Yes''.
* OldMaster: Masters Shifu and Oogway.
* OneManArmy: Tai Lung escaping from prison. [[spoiler:To start, he unlocks the contraption and chains that bind him -- a tortoise shell that was using pressure-point bindings -- then dodges hundreds of arrows, ballista bolts and explosions. ''Then'' when they try to drop the entire section he was on into an abyss, Tai Lung climbs up ''falling debris'' to get to the top. Lastly, he fights his way past one thousand rhino guards (though some managed to get knocked out by explosions) and escapes. In short, he manages to escape a prison custom-built to hold a prisoner with his level of power, being the ''only'' prisoner in said place.... with a ''feather''.]]
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Shifu invokes this facing Tai Lung, stating it wasn't between Tai and the Dragon Warrior, but between Tai and himself.
* OnlySixFaces:
** Every unnamed character is either a pig, a rabbit, or a rhino, the last of these only appearing as prison guards. There are also some occasional geese.
** Various species appear mostly as {{Mooks}} and other minor characters (wolves, panthers, alligators, boars, at least one buffalo).
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: During the dumpling fight, Master Shifu is smiling and laughing, while Po doesn't eat the dumpling they're fighting over because he's not hungry, showing the CharacterDevelopment for both.
%%* PandaingToTheAudience: By all accounts it worked.
* TheParalyzer: Tai Lung's nerve strike, which he learned from Oogway. [[spoiler: Thanks to Po's {{Kevlard}} nature, it doesn't work against the Dragon Warrior.]]
* ParodySue: Po's dream as the totally awesome Legendary Warrior.
* PeacefulInDeath: [[spoiler:Parodied at the end:]]
-->'''[[spoiler:Shifu]]:''' [[spoiler:Wow. It is as Oogway foretold: you ''are'' the Dragon Warrior. You have brought peace to this valley. And to me. Thank you. Thank you, Po. Thank you...]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Po]]:''' [[spoiler:No! Master! No, no, no! Don't die, Shifu. Please...]]\\
'''[[spoiler:Shifu]]:''' [[spoiler:[[MistakenForDying I'm not dying, you idiot!]] Uh... Dragon Warrior. I am simply... at peace.]]
* PetTheDog: Tai Lung does this literally, though not because he likes him, but because he needs him to send a message back to Shifu.
* PintsizedPowerhouse:
** Mantis, who can hold up a rope bridge with Tai Lung AND three of his teammates on it.
** Also, Shifu.
* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope "I'm not dying]], you idiot!"]]
* PressurePoint: One of Mantis' and Tai Lung's favorite attacks. [[spoiler:Oogway uses this to initially stop Tai Lung in a flashback.]]
* PricelessMingVase: Guess who breaks one. Deliciously inverted as the object is said to hold the "souls of 1000 warriors". [[spoiler:When Po breaks it, the ghostly sounds of souls lamenting can be heard, as well as anytime the pieces are disturbed.]] Though Shifu is so pissed off that Po was chosen that the pot breaking is the least of his concerns.
* {{Pride}}: Much of the plot originates in this trope.
** [[spoiler:Shifu was too proud of Tai Lung. That's why he wasn't able to see the darkness in the latter's heart.]]
** It's also [[FallenHero Tai Lung's]] FatalFlaw. He became the best kung fu master ever, and that still wasn't good enough for him because he wasn't chosen as the [[TheChosenOne Dragon Warrior]]. He [[spoiler:[[WellDoneSonGuy only wanted to make Shifu proud of him]], but when told that his father had always been proud of him, [[ItsAllAboutMe all he could focus on was the scroll he'd been denied]]]]. And after having it explained to him [[spoiler:that the scroll did nothing]], he still insisted upon attacking Po [[spoiler:to gain whatever "wisdom" it had given him]]. Because of course, the only way a big, fat panda could ''ever'' beat him was with mystical help.
** Commander Vachir, who runs Tai Lung's prison. If he had heard Shifu's message and said "''Oh, okay. I'll get right on that''", nothing would have happened. Instead, Vachir took it as a slight, and decided to imprint the sheer extent of the prison on the poor goose, and inadvertently gave Tai Lung his magic feather. And that turned out badly.
** Tigress isn't entirely free of this flaw; much of her treatment of Po stems from her pride being wounded over the fact that he was chosen over her. [[spoiler:It also partially leads her to seek out and confront Tai Lung herself, a confrontation that she and her friends prove ultimately outmatched for. Ironically, it was also Pride (Tai Lung's) that saved their ass since Tai Lung wanted to rub it in (probably to Shifu) by letting them go defeated but alive to show how Badass he was and how small a threat the Furious Five (the students of Shifu after him) was compared to his awesome self.]] As well as Po landed right between her and Oogway so she logically assumed, if Po hadn't landed there, Oogway would have been pointing at her. Which she questions Oogway about: "Master, were you pointing at me?"
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil: Guess who. [[spoiler:Here's a hint: Tai Lung.]]
* RaceNameBasis: Shifu calls Po "Panda" almost every time they speak. Tigress, Viper, Crane, Mantis, and Monkey are only ever referred to as such. However, as mentioned above, they might have also had true names at one point, but adopted their species name because of the same reason.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Tai Lung's quest to return to the Jade Palace is to do this and ''then'' take the Dragon Scroll.
* RainOfArrows: When [[spoiler:Tai Lung is escaping prison]], the guards use this to try and stop him.
* RealityEnsues: Shifu announces that Tai Lung, the most terrifying boogyman in the franchise, is on his way to the Jade Palace and that only Po can stop him. So does Po grit his teeth and get down to training? Nope. He's halfway down the mountain, screaming in terror, before Shifu catches up with him, because for all his enthusiasm about Kung Fu, he still doesn't know anything and Tai Lung is still a PersonOfMassDestruction.
* RedemptionRejection: When Shifu apologizes to Tai Lung, telling him that he had always been proud of him, and that pride was what blinded him to what he was becoming, Tai Lung looks genuinely affected... [[spoiler:and then the rage returns to his face and he says that he isn't here for apologies: he just wants the Dragon Scroll. That's when the audience realizes that he is truly [[MoralEventHorizon beyond redemption]]]]. It's definitely a [[TearJerker tragic moment]].
* RepetitiveName:
** Master Shifu. "''Shifu''" (shīfu) means "''master''" in Chinese (if you pronounce it correctly, which nobody in the movie does), so this is like calling him "''Master Master''".
** The same applies to the prison of "''Chorh-Gom''". So Tai Lung is [[ShapedLikeItself imprisoned in the prison of Prison]].
* ReplacementGoldfish: Tigress feels overshadowed by [[EvilCounterpart Tai Lung]], and incapable of taking [[WellDoneSonGuy the place he supposedly had in Shifu's heart]]. As ''Secrets of the Furious Five'' reveal, she was an orphan adopted by Shifu as well, making her Tai Lung's replacement in all aspects. She's wrong at least in the sense that Shifu did a very poor job of expressing his love and approval in time to Tai Lung as well.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: In the intro, about half of the mooks appear to be Chinese alligators. (The other half are either [[SavageWolves wolves]] or [[CatsAreMean snow leopards]].) In the main narrative Viper is a NiceGirl.
* TheResenter: Tai Lung. In a less villainous example, much of Tigress's {{Jerkass}} bullying of Po clearly stems from bitterness over the fact that he was deemed to be TheChosenOne over her.
* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Shifu asks who could possibly be worthy of having the Dragon Scroll, the key to limitless power!!! There's a long pause, then Master Oogway says, "''I'' don't know."
* RhinoRampage: Invoked by Commander Vachir and his guard, the Anvil of Heaven; however, we never really get to see Vachir fight or do anything badass at all. In fact, the trope is inverted, because it is Tai Lung rampaging against rhinos, who fight back, but [[TheWorfEffect they lose spectacularly]].
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Baby Tai Lung and young Tigress and Po. Also every bunny in the entire franchise. The more you look at them throughout the movies, specials and show, the cuter they seem to get. Even their names are adorable: "Wu Hop".
* RightBehindMe: "''If you train hard, one day you'll have ears as big as mine...''"
* RightMakesMight: More like confidence makes might. Those martial artists who have greater belief in themselves win unfailingly and those who lose are first defeated by a sense of their own inferiority/guilt/confusion before the exchange of punches makes their loss official. Perhaps not-coincidentially, this idea appears in TheArtOfWar.
* RousseauWasRight: All three villains in this trilogy have detailed backstories giving them reasons as to why they became bad guys. Everybody is human at heart.
* RuleOfSymbolism: [[spoiler:The Dragon Scroll contains a reflective piece of paper, symbolizing true power comes from within, something Po doesn't realize until a good while later. When Tai Lung looks at it, his response is "it's blank", which also symbolizes that Tai Lung has little about him besides his pursuit of it and the title of Dragon Warrior.]]
* RuleOfThree:
-->'''Oogway:''' There are no accidents.\\
'''Shifu:''' Yes Master, I know. You've told me. [[ArcWords Twice.]]\\
'''Oogway:''' Then that was no accident either.\\
'''Shifu:''' Thrice...
* RunningGag: Po's difficulty climbing the ''long'' stairway to the temple and falling down it.
* RunningOnAllFours: Tigress, Tai Lung, and Monkey.

[[folder:Tropes S to Z]]
* SavedForTheSequel: It looks like we're going to find out about Po's origins toward the end of the first movie, but then that turns into TheUnreveal. It's part of the premise of the sequel.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: "Sha-fa-fooie!" and "Ska-doosh."
* ScaryBlackMan: Michael Clarke Duncan makes Vachir sound like one, yet ironically, he appears to be a ''white'' rhino.
* SceneryPorn
* SchmuckBait: A minor example with the Sword of Heroes, so sharp that you can cut yourself from just looki-OW!
* SecretIngredient: The "Secret Ingredient Soup" [[spoiler: the only secret ingredient is its maker's skill.]]
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: "''One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.''"
* ShapedLikeItself:
** Chor-Ghom essentially means: "the prison of Prison".
** We also have "Master Shifu," which means "Master Master".
* ShellGame: Used for a VisualGag during the dumpling fight. Shifu hides a dumpling under an overturned bowl, then twirls the three bowls at blinding speed using his chopsticks. Po upturns the right bowl to free the dumpling. Later during his climatic fight with Tai Lung, Po does the same trick while standing on a pair of bamboo poles, with the Dragon Scroll hidden amongst some woks.
* ShipTease:
** Viper seems rather ''friendly'' with Po, and she kissed a doll of him on the cheek in the (non-canon) credits sequence. She even wrapped the doll in a ribbon and ''cradled'' it as she kissed it. Given that she's the most compassionate of the five, it could be a "Motherly Love" kind of thing.
** The chunk of wood Po tried to pick up as a souvenir, after Tigress's stunt, was named ''the Love Chunk'' by some producers. Make of that what you will.
* ShooOutTheClowns: {{Inverted}} for the final battle. After [[spoiler:Shifu and Tai Lung's dark and serious duel in the rain, [[CueTheSun the sun rises]] and Po appears at the top of the steps, panting for air]]. That's when the ''real'' FinalBattle begins, demonstrating that a story's climax can be hilarious and awesome at the same time.
* ShoutOut:
** The scene stated in RightBehindMe above is built around a not-at-all-hidden [[Creator/{{Disney}} Hidden Mickey]].
** The Dragon Scroll ([[spoiler:a blank, reflective piece of paper]]) is almost identical to the Book of Enlightenment in the 1978 film ''Circle of Iron'' (which was co-written by Creator/BruceLee and Creator/JamesCoburn of all people).
** The Furious Five share their name with one of the earliest hip-hop groups, Music/GrandmasterFlashAndTheFuriousFive.
** After Tai Lung [[spoiler:discovers that the Dragon Scroll is blank]], in the ensuing fight Po steps on Tai Lung's feet after blocking his attacks. This is a nod to ''Film/KungFuHustle'' where Sing [[AgonyOfTheFeet stomps]] on the baddies's feet. A lot.
** Oogway's paraphrase is from Alice Morse Earle:[[note]]Significantly, Earle wrote a book on ''gardening''.[[/note]]
--->"The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present."
* ShownTheirWork:
** The producers got ancient China depicted so well that the Chinese themselves had official conferences to explore why they can't make animated films about themselves like this.
** The third film's production was moved to a new division of [=DreamWorks=] Animation ''in China'' (specifically, "Oriental [=DreamWorks=]" in Shanghai) to show them how to make films about themselves like this.
** The film features only species that exists/existed in China. Even the crocodiles, or more precisely [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_alligator Chinese Alligators]], and rhinoceros ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javan_Rhinoceros Javan Rhinoceros]]. Shifu's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Panda Red Panda]]. Tai Lung is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_Leopard Snow Leopard]]. Tigress is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_China_Tiger South China Tiger]].)
** Want to know how much work the creators showed? Check this clever little tidbit: the specific style of Kung Fu used by each character, with the specific exceptions of Oogway and Shifu, match their species. Tigress uses Tiger-style Kung Fu, Monkey uses Monkey-style Kung Fu, and so on. This seems a little obvious especially during the initial training scene in the "danger room." As each character shows their style, a FreezeFrameBonus scene will depict the particular animal in the stance that determines that style. For example, Monkey flies through a hoop in a straight leg kick that exactly matches how the flying kick in Monkey style ''should'' look. This is especially notable in Tigress's montage. Every stance is solid, every attack made with maximum power. To further illustrate the use of fighting styles, once Po finally learns Kung Fu, he specifically uses Bear Kung Fu.
** When Tai Lung berates Shifu, he says he "trained until [his] bones cracked!" This is not an exaggeration; some martial artists hit things until their bones crack, and then the cracks fill up with bone, making them harder overall. This is not recommended for casual practitioners.
** In the final battle, Po uses Dragon Style, fitting with his "Dragon Warrior" status. This style uses stances and attacks from all of the other animals. Po uses Tigress-style punches, Mantis-like dodges (when possible) and Monkey-like agility. Dragon style also uses a lot of low-high-low style attacks to keep opponents off balance, as the Dragon is thought to be masters of all elements (i.e., the sea, or low attacks to the legs and feet, coupled with the heavens, or high attacks to the head.)
* SoProudOfYou: Facing certain death at the paws of Tai Lung, Shifu unwinds enough to tell Po and the Furious Five that he's proud to have been their Master.
* SpareAMessenger:
** After his OneManArmy rampage through the thousand guards of his TailorMadePrison, Tai Lung encounters the SoleSurvivor, a duck messenger sent by Master Shifu, seizes him by the neck and...in the [[MoodWhiplash smooth, cultured rumble]] of Ian [=McShane=], tells the duck to fly back to his master and inform him the ''real'' Dragon Warrior is coming home.
** Tai Lung immobilizes the Furious Five with his unstoppable nerve-strike, but allows Crane to fly them back to the Valley of Peace in order to intimidate the Dragon Warrior. Po is already scared as it happens, but not deterred.
%%* SpeedStripes
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: "I'm THE big fat panda!"
* StartOfDarkness: Tai Lung's fall from grace is narrated by Tigress.
* StealthHiBye: Two.
** Po manages one on Master Shifu at one point, after being told that [[spoiler:he'll have to face Tai Lung]]. Impressive considering he's a ''panda'', and Shifu is a Kung Fu master with super sensitive hearing who you'd think would've heard him leaving. Shifu's reaction is ''priceless''.
** Shifu has this pulled on him again (possibly knowingly) by [[spoiler:Tai Lung]], when the latter appears before him after a flash of lightning on the steps of the temple. It's implied Shifu knew it was going to happen, as he closes his eyes for a moment, and when he opens them again a second later, [[spoiler:Tai Lung is standing in front of him]].
* SteppingStonesInTheSky:
** Tai Lung's prison break.
** [[spoiler:Po, seconds before being MeteorMove-d by Tai Lung]]. Not stones, but flying fragments.
* SteppingStoneSword: Tai Lung, with giant crossbow bolts that he ''threw'' at the wall.
* TheStinger: After a ton of montages showing the characters' CharacterDevelopment, the final shot of the film after the credits is [[spoiler:Po and Shifu sharing a quiet moment with some dumplings -- and a peach tree beginning to grow where Shifu and Oogway had buried the pit.]]
* StopHittingYourself: Viper briefly uses this tactic against Tai Lung, coiling around his wrist and neck and forcing him to hit himself in the face.
* SuperSenses (Hearing): Shifu, presumably a riff on his large ears. Tai Lung also has skills in this area, shown when he picks the lock of his restraints.
* SuperSentaiStance: The Furious Five.
* SuperStrength: Much of the cast. Especially Mantis, who can lift Po and holds onto the rope bridge single-handed while his cohorts fight Tai Lung.
* SupremeChef: According to the Furious Five (sans Tigress of course, who appears to be eating tofu instead) Po makes "amazing" noodle soup.
* SweetAndSourGrapes: Master Shifu administers a kung fu test during a meal where he challenges the glutton Po to steal the last steamed bun from him. When Po finally manages to get the bun, he shrugs and tosses it back. "I'm not hungry." This is the best outcome because not only has his kung fu skill advanced but he has conquered his [[HeartbreakAndIceCream tendency to gorge when he is upset]].
* TailorMadePrison: Tai Lung's prison was built specifically to hold just him.
* TheTell: "You eat when you're upset."
* TemptingFate: And of course, several seconds later, as they careen down the stairs, Po's giant butt smashes down on Tai Lung's head (in slow motion). Po actually continues to seat slam Tai Lung ''several more times'' throughout the fight.
-->'''Tai Lung:''' What're you going to do, big guy? Sit on me?\\
'''Po:''' [[LampshadeHanging Don't tempt me.]]
* ThisCannotBe: "''You...You CAN'T defeat me!... You're just...a BIG... FAT... panda!''".
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Played with. Oogway says only the Dragon Warrior (i.e. Po) can defeat Tai Lung but no one else believes this. Later Shifu changes his mind and tells the Furious Five not to fight Tai Lung. They ignore him and fight him anyways. Later Shifu himself tries fighting him, assuming from the blank scroll that is what Oogway meant. Ultimately, Po does fight Tai Lung by himself but only because everyone else has already tried.
* TigerVersusDragon: Tigress is [[CaptainObvious a tiger]]. Po is the Dragon Warrior. You do the math.
* TookALevelInBadass: The point of the movie is Po becoming someone badass enough to defeat Tai Lung.
* TooKinkyToTorture:
** In a sense. While Po is never tortured per se, Shifu does put him through TrainingFromHell to get him to quit. Po enjoys learning kung fu and being around the Furious Five enough that he endures the training. Special mention to Viper beating down Po in less than a second, apologizing, only for Po to excitedly ask her to do it again.
** The training room Po first goes through. While he is clumsy and gets hit many times, often by sharp weapons and swinging arms, he is not injured or knocked out.
** Po just giggles when Tai Lung repeatedly hits Po with his (until then) unstoppable nerve strike.
* TouchOfDeath: The Wuxi finger-hold.
* TrainingFromHell: "''There is now a level zero.''" Made worse by the fact that Shifu had no intention of seriously training Po and just wanted to discourage him. His real training is less dangerous.
* TrainingMontage: Naturally.
* TreeBuchet:
** One of Po's failed attempts to get into the Jade Palace to watch the tournament. [[HumiliationConga He's too heavy for it to work, then the tree shoots out from his grasp, springs back and hits Po on the head]].
** Tai Lung does this with a huge crossbow bolt embedded in the floor to give him initial thrust for his [[SteppingStoneSword Stepping Crossbow Bolt]] scene.
** And for RuleOfThree, Tai Lung cops a tree in the face when Po uses this technique against him once they've fallen to the bottom of the temple steps.
%%* {{Troperiffic}}
* TurtlePower: Oogway.
%%* TwitchyEye: Shifu.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Tigress and Viper of the Furious Five, nicely averting TheSmurfettePrinciple. For bonus points, they're a TomboyAndGirlyGirl respectively.
* UnlockingTheTalent: Shifu believes Po is a worthless fighter at first, possibly because of a combination of denial and jealousy that some stranger is better than his own students. When it occurs to him the problem may actually be his own fault, he begins training Po in a way that works, and Po goes from a lazy panda to an athletic kung-fu fighter in very little time.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: A huge part of what makes Tai Lung UnintentionallySympathetic.
* VerbalBackspace: Shifu shows he's still got some of his old grumpy self.
-->'''Po:''' No Master Shifu, don't die!\\
'''Shifu:''' I'M NOT DYING YOU IDIOT... err, Dragon Warrior.
* VillainousBreakdown: Tai Lung's composure really starts to fall apart once [[spoiler:he sees the Dragon Scroll he so coveted. Instead of fighting intelligently and using the environment to his advantage, like he did in every fight before, he single-mindedly pursues the scroll, losing more and more of his cool, as Po starts to give him problems. After he obtains the Dragon Scroll and finds it to be blank, he suffers from this full out, and it just gets more intense after he discovers his pressure point technique to be ineffectual against Po, causing him to throw all semblance of strategy and martial arts mastery out the window, and even after getting beaten and barely able to get up and stumble around, he just keeps rambling and trying to fight back.]]
* VisualPun:
** As part of his CallingTheOldManOut Tai Lung asks Shifu who was it that told him he could be the Dragon Warrior and trained him brutally for that purpose. Shifu, while guarding from a sword attack, sees his reflection.
** Oogway is carrying a lantern with him when he meets Po at the Peach Tree of Heavenly Wisdom. After dispensing some advice, he walks away, but leaves the lantern behind with Po. In other words, Oogway ''enlightened'' him.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Po and Tai Lung.
* WaxOnWaxOff
-->'''Shifu:''' When you focus on kung fu, when you really concentrate... you stink. But perhaps that is my fault. I cannot train you the way I have trained the Five. I now see that the way to get through to you is, with this.\\
''[pulls out a bowl of dumplings]''\\
'''Po:''' Oh great, 'cause I am hungry!\\
'''Shifu:''' ''[laughs and pulls the bowl away]'' Good. [[WhenYouSnatchThePebble When you have been trained, you may eat]].
* WeaponTwirling: Master Shifu twirls his chopsticks before his awesome fight with Po for the last dumpling.
* WellDoneSonGuy: No actual biological sons, but if you count adopted examples and master/student relationships, there are several. Shifu to Oogway. Tigress, Po, and Tai Lung (each in different ways) to Shifu. Po even wants to prove himself to Ping in the sense that he can be ''more'' than a good cook.
%%* WhatTheFuAreYouDoing
* WhenYouSnatchThePebble: "''You are free to eat.''"
-->'''Po:''' AM I?!\\
'''Shifu:''' ARE YOU?!
* WisdomFromTheGutter: As it turns out, someone other than Master Oogway knew the secret of the Dragon Scroll all along. Who? [[spoiler:Po's noodles cook father Mr. Ping, who applied the same principle to his "secret ingredient" soup.]]
* WokFu: At the end, Tai Lung throws Po into an empty restaurant during the final battle, and as a result the panda throws several woks at the snow leopard, puts the Dragon Scroll under one of them, and [[ShellGame swaps them around]] so that Tai Lung will get the wrong one.
* WorldOfCardboardSpeech: A very short one from Po, at that:
-->'''Tai Lung:''' You... can't defeat me... You're just a [[PunctuatedForEmphasis big... fat... panda]]!\\
'''Po:''' I'm not a big, fat panda. I'm ''the'' big, fat panda.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals
* WorthyOpponent: Tai Lung clearly expects Po to be one of these, and he is very displeased when Po does not seem to meet his expectations.
* WreckedWeapon: Shifu reacts with appropriate shock when Master Oogway's staff is broken during the fight with Tai Lung.
* {{Wuxia}}: An AffectionateParody.
* YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre: When Shifu at the Pool of Sacred Tears asks Po if he wants to learn kung fu, his response to the panda impassioned "Yes!" says that he knows Po can be trained after all.
* YouAreNotReady: Oogway on Tai Lung receiving the Dragon Scroll, though it's implied Oogway felt Tai Lung would ''never'' be ready.
* YouCanPanicNow: After Tai Lung destroys every barrier that Vachir and his men made to prevent him from escaping, the latter begins to panic after Zeng asks if they can run now before Tai Lung blasts them with the dynamite through the prison gate.
-->'''Zeng:''' Can we run now?\\
'''Vachir:''' ''[sobs in terror]'' Yes.
* YouCantFightFate: Played with. Both films contain some sort of prophecy that comes true, but it only comes true specifically because people go out of their way to stop it from doing so. Shifu [[spoiler: sends Zheng to deliver a message to Chorh-Gom Prison and which incidentally provided Tai Lung a lockpick]]. Then Shen by [[spoiler:attempting to wipe out the pandas thereby causing Po's parents to send him off to Mr. Ping where he would eventually be trained by Shifu]]. Thus, destiny is implied to have come about specifically because people tried to defy it. This is noted by Oogway, who mutters "one often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it" when Shifu sends Zheng off.

!!Tropes in the Short Films:

[[folder:''Secrets of the Furious Five'']]
* AnAesop: ''Five'', actually; to be a good practitioner of kung fu, one must have patience, courage, confidence, discipline, and compassion.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Po is telling the bunny kids about the fabled strength of Grand Master Viper's venom --
-->"One touch of his ivory tips could fell fifteen gorilla warriors! ...And a mid-size crocodile."
* ArtShift: 3D animation is used for the present day and 2D animation for the [[BackStory backstories]] of the Furious Five.
* BananaPeel: Monkey attempts this on Oogway, but the turtle manages to get past them all.
* CatsAreMean: Averted in the Crane story, where Mei Ling, a female cat, is a true blue friend who is vital in starting his martial arts calling. Also Tigress who acts mean, but only because she is so strong that she has hurt others and tries to distance herself.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: All the bunny kids in Po's class want to learn about kung fu is the "kicking butt" part; subverted by the end when it turns out they ''did'' listen to the message of Po's stories.
* DarkestHour: More precisely, darkest seconds in Crane's with him giving up his dream of entering the martial arts academy when his application is mocked. It ends the instant he stumbles into the entrance test room and finds the confidence to pass with the very qualities for which he was mocked.
* DefeatByModesty: Monkey pulled off the belt strings of all the tough guys sent to drive him out, causing them to drop their pants and leave in shame.
** The reason he did this? He was subjected to his pants dropping when he was younger; the best way for people to be humiliated would be how he was.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Oogway and Monkey. That and Oogway saving his life from being crushed by a giant wooden pillar.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Used seriously in the story of [[spoiler:Tigress.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: The wool-stealing crocodile bandits from Mantis' story have no problem with locking him up and laughing at him, but they have visibly horrified expressions when they think he's dead.
* KillerGorilla: The bandit who attacks Viper's village.
* LetsDance: Said by Viper, who used her ribbon dancing skills as a method of fighting.
* LighterAndSofter: It's basically ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' as a typical [[AnAesop Aesop]]-based kids' show.
* OrphanageOfFear: Bao Gu, where Tigress was raised and inadvertently terrorized because of her abilities as an apex predator and her temper of being so rejected. However, Master Shifu is able to fix those problems.
* PlayingPossum: Mantis uses this to trick the crocodile bandits into opening the cage he was trapped in.
* ShipTease: Tigress' backstory is the only one that makes Po cry, though most would agree that it is the saddest one out of them all.
* ShoutOut:
** Mei Ling is also the name of Bruce Lee's informant from ''Film/EnterTheDragon'', the [[ChineseGirl Chinese]] ActionGirl CanonForeigner from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', ''and'' one of your [[VoiceWithAnInternetConnection Voices With An Internet Connection]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid''.
** Also, when Po is addressed by Shifu as "Master Po," that brings to mind Caine's most beloved mentor in the TV series, ''Series/KungFu''.
* ShownTheirWork: In the sense that the producers make it clear in this short that "kung fu", when it only refers to martial arts, is really a Western misnomer when its true meaning is "Excellence of Self."
* StopHittingYourself: Viper uses this trick against the gorilla bandit: she coils around his wrist and his neck, forcing him to hit himself on the face.
* UnreliableNarrator: Po is telling the stories of the Furious Five to teach his students AnAesop. It's quite likely he simplified the events to make his point.

[[folder:''Kung Fu Panda Holiday'']]
* ArtShift: The first few minutes are an awesome 2D dream sequence and the rest is CGI.
* TheCameo: Tai Lung in Po's dad's dream/nightmare.
* CasualDangerDialogue: Po and the Furious Five bring up the Winter Festival ''while battling a horde of bandits''.
* ChristmasSpecial: In the story, it's at least the closest Ancient Chinese analogue thereof, the Dong Zhi Winter Festival. The special still gives it all the trappings of Christmas, however.
* ColossusClimb: One of the first moves Wo Hop tries to provoke Po into killing him, but Po eventually picks him off and puts him in a large jar to make him stop.
* CoolHat: The fancy hats/wigs worn by the Kung Fu masters.
* DisasterDominoes: At least four separate ones, [[{{Homage}} held together with]] [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike Old Spice]].
* EarlyBirdCameo: Master Rhino shows up in this special [[spoiler: the same character who was only in the second movie for mere minutes before Shen killed him]].
* FancyDinner: Po has to ''host'' one for the ''all the Kung Fu masters'' when he'd rather be cooking with his dad. Mind you, Po tried to compromise by trying to get his dad to cook for it.
* FoodPorn: Po is tasked to pick the best chef in China, and also do some cooking himself.
* FreezeFrameBonus: The same radish basket that plays an important part in the [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 sequel]] is not in the first movie, but is present in the Holiday special, in the same location Mr. Ping pulls it out from in the second movie.
* HonorBeforeReason: After accidentally being dishonored by Po, Wo Hop the bunny chef tries to kill him in combat and when that doesn't work he keeps trying to kill himself. May or may not be a ShoutOut to ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Book_of_Bunny_Suicides The Book Of Bunny Suicides]]''.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Po and Mr. Ping make cooking noodles look absolutely epic.
* NeverSayDie: Apparently Po and/or his dad thinks that Tai Lung is dead.
* OrgasmicallyDelicious: The noodle shop's holiday specialty, at least in Po's dad's dreams.
* PlaceboEurekaMoment: Po mumbles to a guard beside him on how to deal with his conundrum, but then realizes the solution and thanks the guard... even though the guard didn't really do anything.
* PureIsNotGood: Perfection is nice, but it's also boring and insanely stressful.
* ShownTheirWork: The Winter Feast resembles the traditional Chinese festival of Dong Zhi, which holds many parallels to both Thanksgiving and Christmas, such as family gatherings and feasting to celebrate the Winter Solstice.
* SuicideAsComedy: Wo Hop.
* YouAreNotAlone: The moment when Shifu tries to decline Po's invitation for Mr. Ping's Winter Feast. Shifu says that it is only for Po's family, which Po responds with "You're my family too."