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[[caption-width-right:222:Skadoosh!]]

->''"I love kung fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!"''
-->-- '''[[AscendedFanboy Po]]'''

'''''Kung Fu Panda''''' is a CG-animated comedy from Creator/DreamWorksAnimation, [[NeverTrustATrailer or so the trailers would have you believe]].

In actuality, it's about as [[{{Dramedy}} balanced between humor and epic martial arts action]] as an old-school Creator/JackieChan film (which makes sense, considering he's Monkey's VA), with way, '''way''' prettier art.

Set in an [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals anthropomorphic animal version]] of ancient China, the story follows Po, a kung fu enthusiast, as he starts as the (apparently adopted) son of a noodle shop owner and becomes [[TheChosenOne the Dragon Warrior]], just by landing in the right place at the right time. 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, former disciple of Master Shifu and resident {{Badass}}, who was so scary that he got his own '''[[SealedEvilInACan prison]].''' A prison with a thousand armed, trained [[RedShirt guards]], carved into a mountain. From which he escapes...

A {{sequel}}, ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', was released on May 26, 2011 and the third film is now in pre-production with the new Creator/DreamWorks Orient studio in China for a release date of December 23, 2015.

It's also gotten a [[RecycledTheSeries TV series]] on Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} called ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' ([[TheOtherDarrin without the original]] [[ThePoorMansSubstitute voice actors]]), as well as the prime time ChristmasSpecial ''Kung Fu Panda Holiday''.

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

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!!''Kung Fu Panda'' provides examples of the following tropes:

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[[folder:Tropes A to C]]
* AbsurdlySharpBlade: The Sword of Heroes. (It's so sharp that [[AwesomenessIsAForce you can cut yourself from just looki-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.
* ActorAllusion: Many of Black's phrases get snuck into the film, such as "Skadoosh!" That one in particular was [[spoiler:the PreMortemOneLiner against Tai Lung.]]
* 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.]]
* AffectionateParody: Of martial arts movies.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: Tweaked a bit in that, long before the climax of the film, Po had 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.
* AllStarCast: Creator/JackBlack, Creator/LucyLiu, Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/JackieChan, Creator/DustinHoffman, Creator/SethRogen, and Creator/MichaelClarkeDuncan are either primary focus characters or have significant roles in the film.
* AllThatGlitters: [[spoiler: The secret of the Dragon Scroll]] is revealed to be blank, and Po ultimately realizes what this means. The [[spoiler:scroll's]] shiny surface is just a mirror -- all it shows is the image of the person looking at it, [[spoiler:because the power and skill is within them, not the scroll.]]
** [[spoiler: It's telling that Tai Lung exclaims at his own reflection that he sees ''nothing''.]]
* 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://jpopsuki.tv/video/Hey%2521-Say%2521-JUMP---Your-Seed/c2839c99ed58b68e6740d53fea42a546 "Your Seed"]] as the theme song.
* AnimalStereotypes: Played straight in some cases, subverted for all they're worth in others. Notably, Viper is the nicest member of the Furious Five.
* 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.
* ArrogantKungFuGuy: Tai Lung. Also, Tigress; there are plenty of parallels between her and Tai Lung, which is why Shifu is so harsh towards her.
* ArtShift: The introduction scene uses a significantly different art style than the rest of the film.
* 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 30's or 40's, 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]]
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler:Oogway]] dematerializes in a cloud of peach blossoms petals.
* AscendedFanboy: The whole story is built around kung fu fan Po becoming a kung fu master himself.
* 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.
* AwesomenessIsAForce: The former TropeNamer. Its over-exposure can cause blindness.
* {{Badass}}: So very, ''very'' many, but Tai Lung takes the cake and then robs the whole damn bakery.
* 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.
* BaitAndSwitchComment
-->'''Shifu:''' "When you focus on Kung Fu...when you concentrate...you stink."
** Crane frees Po after he gets caught trying to do the split.
-->"[[ThinkNothingOfIt Don't mention it]]. ''[[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain Ever]].''"
* BattleCry: Po: "GET READY TO FEEL THE THUNDER!!"
* 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]].
* 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. Being the best you can be is hard work but it pays off in the end.
* 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.
* 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]].
* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: [[spoiler:[[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple Fung and Gah-ri]]]] in "The Break Up".
* BritishAccents: Done as an awesome reveal. Tai Lung has been talked up as a [[MemeticBadass legendary]] [[OneManArmy One-Leopard Army]] throughout the movie with his very own TailorMadePrison, and the scene where he escapes from said prison is spectacularly violent and ingenious. Once outside, he grabs the goose messenger, smiles, opens his mouth to speak... and out comes the smooth, cultured rumble of Ian [=McShane=]. Compare this to some dubs, where he has a deep, almost Darth Vader like voice.
* 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.
* 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]].
* 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]].
* 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.
** One of the wolves in the sequel explicitly says to a rabbit: "If you are not going to cook my rice properly, I am going to cook you!"
** The sequel also confirms that cannibalism still exists among mantises.
* 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 straight forward 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.]]
* 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).
* 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.
* ComfortFood: Even Po admits it. He eats when he's upset.
* ConvenientlyEmptyBuilding: The film takes the time to justify this trope. Realising they can't help him stop Tai Lung, Shifu commands the students to do the next best thing, and organise 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 than 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.
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[[folder: Tropes D to F]]
* DarkestHour: All the heroes have a soul crushingly heartrending night where Master Oogway, the only 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, 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
* DeadlyFireworksDisplay: The Wuxi Finger Hold. [[spoiler:Subverted in that it's never actually explained if the finger hold killed Tai Lung.]] Though Shifu said "The hardest part is cleaning up afterwards" implying it's a massively gory attack. But he may have just been saying that to intimidate Po.
* 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 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...
%% * DontYouDarePityMe
* DoorstopBaby: [[spoiler:How Tai Lung was found by Shifu.]] And [[spoiler:Po]] is revealed to be one in the second movie.
* 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.
* {{Dramedy}}: For all the humor and action, there is a powerful theme about family and heroism in the story.
* 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 was awfully stormy in ancient China.
* DreamWorksFace: Look at the poster.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{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.
* 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.
* FaceHeelTurn: Tai Lung, in flashback.
* FallenHero: Tai Lung.
* FakeActionPrologue: The opening sequence (see below).
* FakeOutOpening: The hand-drawn opening sequence and its BuffySpeak -[[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.
* 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.
* FirstNameBasis: For most of the movie, Po is called "Panda" by everybody in the Jade Palace. It's an especially big deal when Shifu finally calls him by his name.
* FiveManBand: The Furious Five.
** TheLeader: Tigress. Type II. Always cool 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.
*** In the same vein, Po is the SixthRanger, Shifu the [[MentorArchetype Mentor]], and Oogway the BigGood.
* 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 blubber.]]
** 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.]]
* FreudianExcuse: Tai Lung: he feels his adoptive father turned on him and let Ogeway deny him his destiny.
* 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.
* FurryConfusion: The dragon statues, which for some reason are actually all not anthropomorphized.
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[[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.
* 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 [[StarWars Yoda]] does.
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: While Po works very hard during his training montage, but still probably not as hard as the Furious Five or Tai Lung in the backstory. And certainly nowhere near as long.
* 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.
* [[spoiler:HeroicBSOD]]: [[spoiler:Po suffers this most prominently when he looks inside the dragon scroll to find out it was nothing. Po 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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 [[{{Badass}} Tai Lung is just that good]].
* ImprobableChopsticksSkill: Part of Po's improvised training.
* ImprovFu: Half the final battle in the first film is [[AcroFatic Po]] fighting in this manner, frustrating [[BigBad Tai Lung]].
* IncendiaryExponent: Yes, Tai Lung is so {{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.
* 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:
-->'''Po:''' *{{GASP}}* The Wuxi Finger Hold!\\
'''Shifu:''' Oh you know this hold?
** [[spoiler:Repeated at the end by Po against Tai Lung.]]
* {{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 was chosen.]]
* KiAttacks: Shifu and Tai Lung.
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Downplayed for Oogway who ascends but has a brief apperance 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]].]]
* 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.
* 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, Tail 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 justisfied 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", and he's [[CaptainObvious a turtle]].
*** Actually, 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.
* 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.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Epic Kung Fu mastery aside, Master Shifu is tiny. Justified, given he's a red panda (also known as ''lesser'' panda). 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' 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.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: There's no suggestion that Shifu, Viper, Crane or even ''Mantis'' are any less physically strong than Po[[hottip:*: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
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[[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.
* 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.
-->'''Po:''' I LOOOOOOOOOVE '''KUNG-FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!'''\\
'''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]]
* TheObiWan: Shifu.
* ObliviousAdoption and TheUnreveal: "''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]]!''"
* 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.
** "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''.]]
* 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).
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou / ItsPersonal: Shifu invokes this facing Tai Lung, stating it wasn't between Tai and the Dragon Warrior, but between Tai and himself.
* [[PandaingToTheAudience Panda-ing To The Audience]]: By all accounts it worked.
* TheParalyzer: Tai Lung's nerve strike, which he learned from Oogway.
* 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.]]
* PintsizedPowerhouse: Mantis, who can hold up a rope bridge with Tai Lung AND three of his teammates on it.
** Also, Shifu.
* PlayingAgainstType: [[Film/CharliesAngels Lucy]] [[Film/KillBill Liu]] as sweet-natured, kindly Viper.
* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope "I'm not dying]], you idiot!"]]
* PortmanteauCoupleName: The popular (potential) romantic pairing of Po and Tigress has been called by fans "PoTi" or "TiPo". It's also occasionally been called Pogress.
** There's also Tai Lung/Tigress, which is... Taigress.
* 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 was so pissed off that Po was chosen, that the pot breaking was 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 extreme 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 confronts Oogway about. "You were about to point at me, weren't you Master Oogway?"
** In the Sequel [[spoiler: Lord Shen went out and killed all the pandas just because he heard one would defeat him. This gets him exiled by his parents. He does not take it well]]
* 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.
* 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''".
** According to WordOfGod, 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.
* 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: Commander Vachir; averted, however, as we never really get to see Vachir fight or do anything {{Badass}} at all. The Anvil of Heaven goes into battle, 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.
* RunningGag: Po's difficulty climbing the ''long'' stairway to the temple and falling down it.
* RunningOnAllFours: Tigress, Tai Lung, and Monkey.
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[[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."
* 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.
* SitOnTheCamera: In a slow motion scene with Po sits on Tai Lung while they're falling down stairs.
* 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 [[{{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, Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five.
** After Tai Lung [[spoiler:discovers that the Dragon Scroll is blank]], in the ensuing fight Po stepped on Tai Lung's feet after blocking his attacks. This is a nod to KungFuHustle where Sing [[AgonyOfTheFeet stomped]] on the baddies's feets. A lot.
* 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 film featured 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 intial 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.
** 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 second film, Lord Shen is a white peacock with red markings on his feathers. White is the color of death in Asian cultures, "shen" can be read as "flame" in Chinese, and in the Wu Xing red and white are the colors of fire and metal. The filmmakers ''clearly'' knew their Chinese philosophy too.
** 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.)
* SpeedStripes
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: "I'm THE big fat panda!"
* StartOfDarkness: Tai Lung's fall from grace is narrated by Tigress.
* SteppingStoneSword: Tai Lung, with giant crossbow bolts that he ''threw'' at the wall.
* SteppingStonesInTheSky: Tai Lung's prison break.
** [[spoiler:Po, seconds before being MeteorMove-d by Tai Lung]]. Not stones, but flying fragments.
* 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.]]
* SuperSentaiStance: The Furious Five.
* SuperStrength: Much of the cast. Especially Mantis, who can lift Po.
* 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:
-->'''Tai Lung:''' What're you going to do, big guy? Sit on me?\\
'''Po:''' [[LampshadeHanging "Don't tempt me!"]]
* TheChosenZero: Half this movie is dedicated to whether or not Po really is the ''right'' Chosen One.
* TheOtherDarrin / ThePoorMansSubstitute: In the TV series the voices of Po, Master Shifu and the Furious Five are replaced by their video game counterparts.
* 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. 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.
* 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.
* TookALevelInBadass: The point of the movie is Po becoming someone badass enough to defeat Tai Lung.
* TouchOfDeath: The Wuxi finger-hold.
* [[ThanksgivingEpisode Thanksgiving Balloon]]: Po became a Macy's UsefulNotes/ThanksgivingDay Parade balloon in 2010.
* 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.
* {{Troperiffic}}
* TwitchyEye: Shifu.
* TwoGirlsToATeam: Tigress and Viper, nicely averting TheSmurfettePrinciple.
* TurtlePower: Oogway.
* UsedToBeASweetKid: A huge part of what makes Tai Lung UnintentionallySympathetic.
* 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.
* 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.''"
* 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.
* {{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.
* 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 Long 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.
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!!Tropes in the Short Films:
[[folder:''Secrets of the Furious Five'']]
* ActorAllusion: All those jokes about AngelinaJolie's penchant for adoption become HarsherInHindsight with Tigress' origins finally revealed.
* 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 attempted 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.
* CompletelyMissingThePoint: 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.]]
* 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.
* 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."
* ShoutOut: Mei Ling is also the name of Bruce Lee's informant from ''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''.
* 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.
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[[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 batttling 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.
* 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]]
* DisasterDominoes: At least four separate ones, [[{{Homage}} held together with]] [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike Old Spice]].
* 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 Never Say D]][[CurseCutShort --!]]: 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."
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