* AcceptableTargets: Fatness is still an acceptable target even though Po, as a panda, is a fat creature, so to speak. Po himself has made jokes about Monkey's cheeks looking jowly.
* BrokenBase:
** There are those who consider it a good addition to the films, those who consider it a good show but prefer to think of it as a [[FanonDiscontinuity separate canon]], and those who disown it entirely.
** Its place in the ''Franchise/{{Nicktoons}}'' canoncity is also debated. Since Nickelodeon co-produced the series in-house with [=DreamWorks=] along with ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' and later the ''[[WesternAnimation/MonstersVsAliens2013 Monsters Vs. Aliens]]'' series, one can consider it to technically be a "Nicktoon," but since [=DreamWorks=] owns all of the characters and elements in the series, many seem to disavow it as a Nicktoon due to Nick having no complete control over it.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: During Monkey's {{Flashback}} to explain why he is defending his thieving brother, the dramatic pathos of the moment when seeing the two of them fighting "broke his mother's heart" is illustrated by her...[[BlackComedy abruptly falling over on the floor with a thud]]. This is then subverted by it turning out [[DisneyDeath she wasn't actually dead]], just truly heartbroken, thus enabling her to extract ThePromise from Monkey...until it's revealed [[TearJerker she really did die after that, with Monkey shown placing a flower on her grave]].
* DesignatedMonkey: Po.
* EarWorm: The theme song. ''Hear the legends of the Kung Fu Panda...''
** PROTECT THE VALLEY FROM SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING SOMETHING ALIVE!!!
* FanPreferredCouple: Po and Tigress, big time. Not that it makes any attempt [[ShipTease to discourage this]].
** That said, ShippingGoggles play a heavy part in this as most of the ship tease is questionable at best. In comparison, Po and Viper have more legitimacy, despite not interacting much.
* FoeYay: One-Sided Tong Fo/Po. He got so excited when he realized Po was the Dragon Warrior and had the nerve to say it to his face.
* HoYay: Shifu is...a little ''too'' much of a {{Fanboy}} toward Yao, particularly during his "beautiful, brilliant brain" speech.
** Po's commenting on Shao's "defined muscles" in "Bride of Po" was...interesting.
** Po and Monkey in "Secret Admirer".
** Tong Fo captures Shifu and intends to "keep him as a pet. Oh, the fun we'll have. Walks, training, punishments. Look at me, I'm giddy."
* MagnificentBastard: Junjie.
* {{Moe}}: [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Little Shifu training with Oogway]].
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Temutai, the king of the Quidahn, enslaves children and they always die in a few years. The only thing redeeming about him is the fact that he's a [[IGaveMyWord man of his word.]]
** Also the fact he has a nephew, is NotSoDifferent from Po, and has a PetTheDog moment or two. A rather bizarre example of LighterAndSofter.
** Hundun crosses this by threatening to kill Po's father just to force him to fight him. This also makes [[ItsPersonal things personal for Po]].
** Tong Fo counts too, wanting to destroy the Valley of Peace for no apparent reason.
** Ke-Pa crosses it [[spoiler: when he temporarily killed Po.]]
* NightmareFuel: The [[ChineseVampire jumping ghosts]] of "The Po who Cried Ghost". Those things are hideous and creepy as heck.Their jerky, unnatural movements easily put them into the uncanny valley, and the fact they can raise from their tombs at any time to get you is [[ParanoiaFuel quite unsettling]]
** Ke-pa. ''Everything'' about Ke-pa. There's ''good reason'' he's considered TheDreaded in universe.
** Po The Croc has this in the form of the form of the amnesiac Po.
* TheScrappy: Prawn samurai Yijiro has a considerable hatedom for his ShipTease with Tigress, and it's not surprising at all given the sheer bizarreness of the premise. For many, it ruined an otherwise awesome or/and interesting episode with Japanese elements.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: The killing of Tai Lung is discussed during the series, with Po feeling great remorse over it when [[spoiler: Tai Lung's nephew confronts him over it.]] When Po airs his remorse over having to do the deed, and wonders what makes him different from Tai Lung, Shifu tells him that what sets them apart is that Po has the empathy and heart to ''regret'' what he did.
* SpecialEffectsFailure: In ''Royal Pain'', there is a scene where an arrow is shot at Meng Tao, who manages to duck and make it hit the rock behind him. When he stands up straight, the arrow clips through his skull.
* {{Squick}}: Tigress had a crush on Shifu when she was a teenager. He may be her father through adoption, but still...
* StopHavingFunGuys: Both Shifu and Tigress.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Good!Po.
* UglyCute: The Mongolian Fire Fist Demon.
* VillainDecay: Temutai could be taken seriously in his first appearance, see MoralEventHorizon above. In his subsequent appearances, not so much.
* TheWoobie: Po puts up with a ''lot'' of crap in this series...
** Also Bian Zao qualifies as one.
** Holy cow, ''Peng''. [[spoiler: His uncle, who he's been seeking for goodness knows how long, was evil, his best friend and idol was thus forced to kill him, and now it turns out the poor boy inherited Tai Lung's dark side. His leaving the Palace and giving up on Kung Fu forever was played completely straight.]]
** JerkassWoobie: It's not hard to feel bad for Taotie, what with his backstory of being kicked out of the Jade Palace for trying to compensate for his poor kung fu with his passion for mechanisms, having a son who doesn't respect him, being constantly humiliated by the Furious Five, and outright sobbing pathetically at his failures ... however, as seen in is episodes any time he does come out ahead, he immediately becomes a major jerkass, wanting to painfully humiliate Shifu and the Furious Five, up to torturing them to death.