Awesome / Kung Fu Panda 2

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  • Po's first fight, alongside the Furious Five, against the wolves attacking the musicians. This moment proves that the fan-boy panda is just as awesome and just as skilled as he was when he fought Tai Lung.
    • Notably, Po and Tigress having developed Battle Couple moves, and the blind rabbit playing music to accompany the fighting.
    • Also how good Po and the Furious Five are at fighting as a team in general.
  • Po, after attaining inner-peace, CATCHES Shen's cannon balls and throws them back, each time with more skill and precision, eventually starting to hit and sink Shen's warships. With the last ball he catches, Po, spinning, rises into the air and forms a yin-yang symbol before launching the ball as a fricking Kamehame Hadoken.
    • Especially love the "Next One Coming Right At You" sign he gives to Shen before he does it.
    • Skadoosh!
    • Simply put, if there was any remaining doubt in China about Po being the true Dragon Warrior, there surely can be none after that!.
    • Even Shifu, who theoretically ought to be able to do the same thing — since it was based on inner peace, which he had already mastered — is flabbergasted at what Po does. Due, in part, to how quickly Po was able to master the art.
  • His little trick with Mantis and the action figure deserves mention too. If you go through the scene frame-by-frame you can actually see that the "Mantis" in the cage is fake, but at this point everybody is looking at Po gushing over the special cuffs. Might count as a case of Obfuscating Stupidity.
  • Any time Shen actually fights. One can't help but be impressed just by how graceful yet deadly he is as a fighter.
    • You'd think his giant peacock tailfeathers would be a big hinderance in the highly agility-based Kung Fu, but no, it's highly convenient for Shen—he's got a combination of knife blades, Combat Hand Fan, and hang glider for hindquarters!
      • Elaborating on the Combat Hand Fan part, he uses his tail in a manner similar to a War Fan. While traditionally Japanese, these are used in Chinese martial arts, and called tiě shàn.
      • In addition to the other methods he puts the tail to use, his most impressive is simply using it to blind his opponents. Think about it: you think you've got the advantage because you're behind him. But then he spreads that tail, and now you can't clearly see him... but he knows where YOU are.
      • On top of that, the markings on his tail drive Po into a Heroic BSOD before he finally comes to terms with his past.
    • Just to paint a clear picture. Shen, whose main fighting style is "Fire at anything in front of us", manages to go Toe-To-Toe with the Dragon Warrior. Hell, Po looks worried at a few moments. Had he not accidentally cut the bonds holding his cannon up, Shen just might have had the upper hand.
      • Of course, his introductory scene had him defeating Ox and Croc before being fought to a standstill by Rhino, so he was definitely a force to be reckoned with. However, his utilization of weaponized gunpowder was simply good business.
    • And, hey, even the whole "Fire at anything in front of us" thing has its charm.
    • Shen harshly averted any preconceptions about him. His initial introduction made him out to be the standard arrogant Big Bad, who would be mostly talk and little action. Instead, Shen turned out to be the exact opposite — he killed off insubordinate mooks without hesitation; in close combat, he used every advantage and disadvantage in his favour, and he managed to avert No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup when it came to his super-weapon. The final battle even implied that Po was having trouble turning Shen's own flaws against him, and the warlord ended up being killed by his own rage. The Warrior in Black and White that defeated Shen might easily have been himself.
      • All told, there is a moment of awesomeness of the filmmakers: they managed to make a peacock feel genuinely threatening as a villain!
  • Po's Rousing Speech to Ox and Croc in the jail actually manages to be this rather than Narm, thanks to the fact Po doesn't fall into his usual Metaphorgotten speech—and it's quite clear he believes in what he's saying and is determined to overcome their cowardice.
  • Po's fight later with the Wolf Boss is both awesome and funny at the same time.
  • Tigress gets a couple. The first is when Po launches a punch at her in the boat, and she blocks it. The result is a thundering noise echoing across the water, and Po clutching his hand in pain. Later, Po tries to punch her again, this time in her shoulder in a friendly way. She shows no indication that she even noticed, and Po withdraws his hand in pain again.
    • Then when she confronts Po in the dungeons. It is a Curb-Stomp Battle. Why? She cared about him, and he wasn't really fighting her seriously - how could he? She was the one he looked up to the most, save perhaps Shifu.
    • Shen fired his cannon at Thundering Rhino, the Kung-fu master who presumably had 'the perfect defense' and left nothing but a dented sledgehammer and a smoldering crater. The next time he fired at Po, he used an even bigger cannon, and even though Po protected himself with a wok, his multiple layers of fat which protected him from special attacks in the first movie, and he landed in a cushioning body of water, he still needed some acupuncture and a day's rest before he could go back and fight Shen. But when he fired his mega-cannon at Po the next time, Tigress took the shot for herself. Without even going into a Kung-fu protective stance. And it only winded her for a while. THAT IS AWESOME.
    • And who can forget the scene in Lord Shen's tower where she dodges many flaming arrows and then catches one an inch from her face? Not to mention the fact that she didn't seem all that concerned about it.
  • Po's biological father fighting against the wolves massacring his village, as well as Po's biological mother sacrificing her life to save her baby. The last one also counts as a serious Tear Jerker.
  • Shifu's entrance into the semi-final fight against the wolves - namely, half a dozen or more wolves being thrown like ragdolls by an itsy-bitsy red panda.
    • To say nothing of his casual balance-on-his-stick pose afterward.
    • The fact that Shifu's first instinct after sensing that Po might be in danger is to cross half the country to kick some serious ass is awesome in its own right. Ditto since he also apparently convinced Croc and Ox to fight, which Po and the Five couldn't do at all.
  • How does Viper attempt a swordfight without arms? Just entangle the arms of a wolf bandit and use those!
    Po: "Viper! Puppet of Death!"
  • Master Thundering Rhino deserves mention for holding off Shen's attack for as long as he could. Bear in mind Shen is nimble and agile, whereas Thundering Rhino was bulkier in appearance. In any other movie, Shen would have the advantage, but the way in which the larger opponent gracefully made use of his hammer and horn to hold off the attack until he was close enough to deliver the finishing stroke shows who had the advantage in physical combat. They're just no match for the cannon. The most awesome moment? Later on, we see his hammer, standing upright where the fight had occurred: There's a massive dent where he struck the cannonball. While he may have lacked the power to deflect it, he did hit it with that hammer.
  • Wolf Boss standing up to Lord Shen and refusing to fire on his own men. He's promptly killed.
  • Oddly enough, Kung Fu Panda 2 coincidentally came out at the same time as Rango, and both dealt with a hero undergoing an identity crisis. And both culminate in a self-realization that leads to taking a level in badass...
    Soothsayer: So... who are you, panda?
    Po: I am Po. And I'm gonna need a hat.
  • The Soothsayer fearlessly trolling Shen when he orders her to read his future again, including indulging in her animal nature. Also a Crowning Moment of Funny.
  • Po and the Five are trapped in a crumbling tower with dozens of Shen's cannons firing nonstop at them. Their plan of escape? RUN UP THE SIDE OF THE FALLING TOWER AND JUMP OFF FROM THE TOP! Awesome.
  • On a meta note, the fact that this movie is (by far) the highest grossing film (not just animated film, but film, period) directed by a woman.
  • Po's father, who seems to be an ordinary radish farmer, managing to beat back an attack by the wolves and surviving the massacre of his community.
  • The flashback montage of the previous movie and Po's childhood is perfectly timed, edited and set to fittingly awesome music.

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