Tear Jerker / Kung Fu Panda

By the way, the sequel and the series already have pages.

  • When Po tries to leave only to be stopped by Shifu who realizes he has to train him. Po confesses that he endured all the abuse Shifu and the Five shoved at him because he is ashamed of being a fat, useless failure and could not abandon his one chance to become something more. It gives the film such heart while Shifu struggles to find a way to help the panda.
    Shifu: Then why didn't you quit? You knew I was trying to get rid of you, yet you stayed!
    Po: Yeah, I stayed. I stayed because every time you threw a brick at my head, or said I smelled, it hurt... But it could never hurt worse than every day of my life just being me. I stayed, because I thought if anyone could change me, could make me NOT me, it was you! The greatest kung-fu teacher in all of China!
    • The worst part of all this, is while Po's ripping into Shifu, you can see Shifu realizing for the first time that Po's a person with feelings and motivations, not just some obstacle put in his way. At the same time, you can hear the desperation in Po's voice when he asks how Shifu could turn him into the Dragon Warrior, because he's just as aware of his shortcomings as anyone else, he doesn't have any more faith in himself than anyone, and he's absolutely desperate to be wrong about himself.
  • When Tai Lung confronts Shifu. The snow leopard's first line, "I have come home, Master," is oddly sincere, even regretful. This of course is followed by Shifu's visibly painful reply: "This is no longer your home... and I am no longer your master." Even during the fight itself there were moments which tugged the heartstrings. The raw pain and anguish in Tai Lung as he cried out how he only wanted to make Shifu proud of him could only be equaled by Shifu's brokenly whispered reply that he was always proud of him. That moment, that one tiny moment, when after Shifu apologized for having failed him, Tai Lung almost, almost relented and did a Heel–Face Turn. The relationship between these two has to be one of the most deep and complex in the movie.
    Tai Lung: [savagely beating Shifu] All I ever did, I did to make you PROUD! Tell me how proud you are, Shifu! Tell me! TELL MEEEEE!
    Shifu: [weakly] I have always been proud of you. From the first moment, I've been proud... and it was my pride that blinded me. I loved you too much to see what you were becoming... what I was turning you into. I'm s... I'm sorry.
    • The moment, in flashback, when Shifu could not attack Tai Lung because he in turn flashbacked to him as a cub, was also poignant and emotional.
    Tigress: He tried to take the Dragon Scroll by force, and Shifu had to destroy what he had created...but how could he?
  • Oogway's ascension. Actually a lot more fitting word for that would be his death. It is a true Never Say "Die" moment. He was desperate for Shifu to accept Po before his time came. The music that plays makes it worse.
    • Shifu's panic at the loss of his mentor right before Tai Lung arrives is his Darkest Hour. The worst mistake of his life is coming back to beat him into the ground, he has no idea how to make it right and his mentor is no longer around to guide him.
      Shifu: [desperately pleading] Master! You can't leave me.
      • The more you think about it, the sadder it gets. Shifu is already old himself. How long has Oogway been his master, his guide, his friend, even his own surrogate father? There's little doubt Shifu is closer to Oogway than anyone else in the world... and then he just disappears.
  • Oogway's talk to Po (and later Shifu) underneath the Peach Tree of Wisdom.
  • Similar to Tai Lung, Tigress' backstory. Especially since her past actions made her the jerk she was in the movie. Of special note is the very end of her story of Tai Lung, where we get to see her as a cub...just as excited and eager about kung fu as Tai Lung, which only results in Shifu refusing to look at her, absently and emotionlessly correcting her form but saying nothing. The look on little Tigress's face says it all.
    Tigress: Shifu loved Tai Lung like he had never loved anyone before... or since.
    • Tigress' backstory is made worse by the reveal in Secrets of the Furious Five that she was raised in an orphanage where she was the only predator and Shifu was the first person who wasn't afraid of her.
    Shifu: I am -
    Young Tigress: Afraid?
    Shifu: (closes the door) No.
    Young Tigress: Well, you should be! I am Tigress! Tigress the monster! ...A monster no one wants.
    Shifu: You are not a monster. You're just a little girl.
  • The expression on Shifu's face when Tai Lung breaks Oogway's staff.
  • Any of the bullying the Furious Five do at Po, particularly how cruelly they talk about him behind his back, and how Po just puts on a brave face and endures it. Especially how Po snaps at Shifu towards the end when he tries to make Po fight Tai Lung when he first strikes and Po fires off a small tirade about how no one believed in him, the FF and him especially.
  • Tai Lung turning against his Master, and spending 20 years in prison, for what turns out to be..."Nothing?!" No wonder he went berserk instead of accepting the same epiphany that Po did.
  • Po's "father" telling him the secret ingredient in his noodle soup. There IS no secret ingredient. Something is only special if you believe it is. This leads Po to realize the true meaning behind the Dragon Scroll, something not even Shifu could do.