The DreamWorks Animation team and Nickelodeon have teamed up to bring the popular characters from their Kung Fu Panda movies to the small screen as Kung Fu Panda Legends Of Awesomeness. Po the Panda, Master Shifu, and the Furious Five from the film have all returned. They still reside in and protect the Valley of Peace from various threats.The CGI is of course TV quality, which means it lacks the detail and intensity of the cinema level animation, storylines are more basic than the films given there's no allowance for arcs, and the big name voice actors have largely been replaced with sound-alikes, but the show does keep the basic balance from the two movies: martial arts story with comedy elements.Has a Recap Page under construction.
The main conflict of "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" is kicked off when Po tries out said move, looking down at the scroll and mimicking the steps, while completely unaware that Viper just came in...
Due to sleep deprivation from Mr. Ping's sinus problem late last night, Tigress falls asleep on Po, which not only sparked more "Po-Ti" shipping squeals, but it also caused Po to get back-handed when trying to wake her up...and get snored on yet again when no one was paying her any attention.
Actually Pretty Funny: When facing off against the mindwiped Furious Five, Shifu laughs and says this about Crane's assumed name, "El Storko".
Tigress cracks a joke for once in "Chain Reaction".
Tigress did again twice without realizing it in "Love Sting".
Monkey: Hey you...with the...uh...face. Do you know who I am?
Tigress: No idea. Wait, could you be...Monkey?
Monkey: *laughs* No, I am a monkey, so obviously my name can't be Monkey, right?
Aesop Amnesia: Po seems to have to continually learn the lesson that there are no shortcuts to greatness and he can never become complacent, lazy, or a cheat. "Kung Shoes" certainly exemplifies this.
Po has been suffering from this all along, continually forgetting how to be a hero, and that humility and compassion are better than arrogance and being an Attention Whore, but it comes to a head in "Enter the Dragon" when this constant lapse in his judgment leaves the people of the Valley at the mercy of Ke-pa and even partly contributes to his freedom and those of the other demons. It seems he has finally learned his lesson and it will stick, because of how close everyone came to dying (including himself), although with the show's track record time will only tell.
Affably Evil: Fenghuang. Not only does she banter playfully, act coquettish, and genuinely offer to help train Po, but she saves his life even before she knows who he is or how he can help her.
All Part of the Show: The fans at the Festival of Figurines think Taotie, Po, and Shifu's fight is this, thanks to them ending up on the stage.
In-universe example: The Corridor of Unbelievable Agony has a scroll explaining how to defeat every single trap guarding the Clay Pot of Remembrance. Too bad that Po can't be bothered to read through it.
Always Someone Better: Peng, "The Kung Fu Kid", is an incredible prodigy who charms everyone who meets him, manages to make Tigress laugh, and is Tai Lung's nephew. Ultimately, however, his introductory episode is focused on Po's reaction. And the nature and reason for Peng's journey.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Mr. Ping in "Master Ping" during his brief but chaotic stay at the Jade Palace, and of course included sharing humiliating anecdotes about Po's childhood with the Furious Five and Shifu.
Mr. Ping: Po was so cute when he was little! He couldn't say the word 'tomato', he said: 'amamamomo'.
Po: A lot of babies can't say words...
Mr. Ping: You were ten.
Taotie can be seen as this to Bian Zao.
Ambiguous Gender: Judging by Mr. Ping's reaction (and their identical character design), the lone female member of the five "creepy" snow leopards who replace the Furious Five is apparently this. Only one or two of them (obviously male) speak, so there is no way of telling "which is which", even if there is and it isn't just a rumor.
Going by grunts made when they fight, it appears that it is actually Inverted. The sounds that most of them make are female, with the two who speak seeming to be the only male ones.
The Ladies of the Shade is a village of snow leopards who specialize in dancing. The whole village appears to be females-only.
Ambiguously Gay: Gah-ri of the Croc Bandits, to judge from his love of fashion/interior design, not to mention reading romance novels. When Fung abandons the gang in "Terror Cotta" Gah-Ri is the first to forgive him and hug him, and when Gah-Ri quits the gang in "The Breakup" it's almost like a couple breaking up. Fung himself qualifies as well, given the above.
Amnesia Danger: "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" has this occurring when the Furious Five meet Taotie.
Anachronic Order: "Rhino's Revenge" explains how Chorh-Gom was shut down after Tai Lung's defeat, and sees it re-established as a prison for other villains. It aired in the middle of the first season, after several episodes of villains being sent there and Po himself visiting in "Jailhouse Panda".
Further supported by the DVR descriptions. The summary doesn't match but the title does, implying that they released the episodes in a rush without forethought.
Anachronism Stew: Perhaps inevitable, and thankfully not too prevalent so far, but The Mafia bull lord and the joy buzzer do stand out. Also the joke products in "Owl Be Back".
Just the hall of helmets in "In with the Old". You've got a Roman helmet, a Greek helmet, Viking, possibly Chinese... and an English copper's helmet?
When Mantis is to marry Po and Lu-Shi in "Bride of Po", he uses modern Western wedding vows rather than those of ancient China.
And I Must Scream: The fate of all the bad guys in General Tsin's "museum": held paralyzed forever, alive and awake but unable to move. It's no wonder they want Revenge when freed.
Being dragged off by the jiang shi is certainly played this way, whether it's to become one of them or get taken to Chorh-Gom.
Zigzagged with Peng, who at first is as humble as can be, then becomes mad with a desire to prove himself just like his uncle, then returns to normal after the truth comes out.
Zigzagged again in "The Master and the Panda" when Peng goes from attacking Po for murdering his uncle, to backing down and quitting kung fu when he finds out the panda told the truth about Tai Lung, to attacking again thanks to the power of the Gung Lu Medallion, to backing down one last time when he comes to his senses.
Invoked when Shifu creates "Dragon Warrior Challenge Day" to help tame Po's ego.
Arrow Catch: Master Chao does this. Just before being riddled by arrows. He gets better. Apparently lizard skin is very thick.
Possibly as a Call Back to this, when Taotie tells more of his Backstory to Po in "Bosom Buddies", he reveals he not only has his best friend growing up turn on him out of jealousy, but he was hated and mocked by "my mother, my father, my uncle (who I didn't even like anyway), the guy who always waited on me at the cart wash..."
Artifact of Doom: A number of kung fu items are this, especially if they fall into the wrong hands: the Sacred Hammer of Lei Long, the Mirror of Yin and Yang, the Helm of Invincibility, the knife from "Hall of Lame", the magic kung fu shoes, the Gung Lu Medallion.
Art Shift: As in the original movies, Flashbacks and certain other narrations are traditionally animated.
Ascended Fanboy: Po maintains that amazement that he is still working with the Furious Five.
Asteroids Monster: The magic kung fu shoes have this property after Po cuts them to pieces.
As You Know: A rather egregious and inexplicable one in "The Master and the Panda" when, after Peng's return to the Valley forces Po to reveal he is Tai Lung's nephew to Shifu, the panda then proceeds to explain to Tai Lung's own father just what happened when he rampaged and when Po himself fought him. (Perhaps it was simply an excuse to get the obligatory 2D animation into the episode.)
Lampshaded in "Five Is Enough". One of Shi Fu's enemies from his youth returns and begins his monologue, only for Shifu to interrupt him.
Pai Mei: I remember us when we were young, long ago... Shifu: I'm familiar with the story. Pai Mei: I know! But I wish to dramatically recount it.
Awkward Ability: ...Po has many of these...or maybe he just has many awkward NAMES for his 'abilities'. 'Crazy Feet, Arms of Justice, Belly of Truth'? ...Perhaps he's just naming his body parts in a more creative way...
Badass Grandma: Fenghuang is as old as Shifu, but trounced him and the Furious Five in one move each. She only lost because Po caught her off guard.
There is also Shirong, Shifu's father. He can still hold his own in a fight, from bumbling bandits to a spar with his kung fu master son, as well as Tong Fo. He has his limits, though.
Shifu's ex-girlfriend, Mei Ling. While she can resort to underhanded tricks and, in order to actually "win", relies on Shifu's inability to bring himself to hurt someone he loves, Mei Ling is a rogue master, and was good enough in her actual fighting ability to impress Tigress.
Bait and Switch: General Tsin has locked Po in the chamber where he paralyzes enemies. The gas is released...only it's released outside the chamber, and is the antidote to free all the entombed villains; Po switched hoses just before he got caught.
Bash Brothers: Particularly evident in "Chain Reaction", when Tigress and Po chase after Fung.
Batman Gambit: Junjie is a master of these. First he deliberately tricks Po into watching an advanced kung fu move, blinding him in the process so that he will screw up his kung fu demonstration, disgrace the Jade Palace, and get Shifu removed by Master Chao—after which he then replaces the Five with his own group of snow leopard warriors. Then in "Ghost of Oogway" he impersonates Oogway so as to turn Po and Shifu against each other and make the latter leave the palace as an outdated has-been.
Quan the Unkillable has one too: make Po believe he's a weak, decrepit old man just looking for one last exhibition match to end his career with some dignity, convince him to handicap himself to make the match "fair" so that Quan can lose more gracefully...then wipe the floor with Po to make up for his inadvertent humiliation of Quan years ago.
Shifu's plan to stop Ke-pa: pretend to be the one who bears the Hero's Qi, pretend to denounce Po as a worthless, selfish failure so he will leave the Valley and keep the Hero's Qi away from Ke-pa and the seal, then allow himself to be crushed in the funnel so that Ke-pa will be weakened and thus able to be defeated by the Five. It fails because he didn't count on Ping's Rousing Speech, or Po's love of carrying the Hero Ball and thus insisting he has to come back and save his master.
Po's plan to break Peng free of the control of the Gung Lu Medallion: use the shift stone to appear as Tai Lung, then show him what his uncle was really like (or what he believed he was like) to warn him away from the dark path.
Berserk Button: Calling the kung fu enthusiasts at "the Fest" geeks in "The Maltese Mantis".
There are techniques called the 'Six Impossible Moves' which would be better named 'six moves that are impossible for anyone Lacking The Gift'. Po and Fenghuang can do them because they have it and this is presumably what fuels the latter's Social Darwinist beliefs.
"The Three Needles" is a trick that is repeatedly stated to be impossible. Po accomplishes it by cheating with magic shoes. Which is how Shifu and the others knew that he was cheating.
Brick Joke: At the end of "A Sticky Situation", Shifu mentions that they'll send Taotie the bill for the destruction of the training hall. Sure enough, upon Taotie's next appearance, he's seen receiving it.
Another occurs at the end of "Jailhouse Panda": After going the whole episode knowing the Sacred Hammer of Lei Long can crack the ground and set off earthquakes, and a hilarious Hot Potato battle to keep it from touching the ground, it's finally dropped thanks to Po's clumsiness...leaving a bomb-blast crater but thankfully not destroying the Valley.
Bring My Brown Pants: One of the croc bandits asks Fung if they have time for a bathroom break just before making their move. Once they attack and he's faced with an angry Tigress, he announces "I gotta pee again" and takes off.
Bullying a Dragon: Literally, when the audience to Ke-pa's story starts mocking him for claiming to be the evil pig holding the demon of legend.
But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Inverted example from "Has-Been Hero": the day Po wanted to see Quan the Unkillable fight he remembers as the most wonderful, exciting day of his life...but he had inadvertently caused Quan to lose, and in such a humiliating way his career as a fighter was finished, thus leading him to desire Revenge.
"Scorpion Sting" when a possessed Monkey and Po collide with each other during "Sneak Attack Training" Po gets up and turns around shouting for Monkey; unaware that he's stuck to his backside.
"Hometown Hero" during Mantis' and Hao Ming wedding, Dosu tried to expose Mantis of not being the Dragon Warrior. But Po sits on him to try to keep him quiet.
Call Back: In "Scorpion's Sting", Shifu makes a face similar to Po's "Doooy!" expression in the first movie. Po uses it again himself later.
Also appears in "Rhino's Revenge", this time intentionally caused by Mantis.
In the first movie's dream sequence, Po had spoken of the Dragon Warrior as being so awesome people would be blinded by his moves. The Golden Lotus Clap does exactly that to anyone who witnesses it performed and doesn't close their eyes. Including the one who performs it.
When the Gung Lu Medallion takes possession of Peng in "The Master and the Panda", his eyes burn with fire, making them the same color as Tai Lung's. The following battle between him and Po mirrors Po's final battle with Tai Lung—bouncing down the steps (though without him sitting on the snow leopard), a crater shaped like a combatant (Po this time), him going through the streets in the back of a cart (but without fireworks), and a building being kicked and collapsing.
The stilt fighting Po does in "Bride of Po", first with Monkey and then with Junjie, is quite reminiscent of the chopstick fight he had with Shifu on Wu Dan in the first movie.
In "War of the Noodles", Ping rejecting one of his customers is a reference to the episode "Sight for Sore Eyes", where he throws out a pig customer for insulting Po. Heck, even the line "...except after lunch, here's a coupon" is the same.
Came Back Strong: After being killed by Ke-pa, Po is brought back to life by the peach tree sprout Shifu planted in the first movie, with the Hero's Chi not only restored, but supercharged.
Cannot Cross Running Water: Variation—the magic kung fu shoes can't touch water, and it doesn't matter whether it's moving or not, thanks to its purity and traditionally magic-blocking/dampening properties.
Cardboard Prison: Chorh-Gom, it seems. Not only is Junjie somehow able to escape it off-screen in order to return as Oogway's ghost, but Hundun is able to build prosthetic horns, including explosive ones, out of the things he can scrounge up or is outright given by his guards, and with them escape with ease. Apparently once Tai Lung escaped from it, Chorh-Gom just doesn't measure up any more.
To be fair, he (Tai Lung) kinda wrecked the place when he broke out. Although no evidence of this is shown in the series...
Lampshaded by one of Fung's men in "Terror Cotta". When Fung and his father are sent to prison, Fung's men rejoin him even though that means they go to prison too because "they spend 90% of their time there anyway". And, naturally, are free again to cause trouble in later episodes.
Same with Ping being called a liar for saying that the Qilin existed in Qilin Time...until Po meets the beast himself...but he turns out to be a really Nice Guy.
And Ping goes through this again in War Of The Noodles, saying that Hundun bought a noodle shop because he knows of a secret tunnel that leads to the Jade Palace...so he could attack it. Po, who wants to start things fresh with the rhino, doesn't listen to his dad...until he sees the tunnel himself. And Ping was right all along.
Chew Out Fakeout: Shifu, although clearly genuinely angry on some level for Po's Pride and It's All About Me mentality, and how it left the villagers in danger, was for the most part only faking when he dismissed the panda, because he wanted him to be out of danger and keep Ke-pa from obtaining the Hero's Qi from him.
A particularly fun one in "My Favorite Yao" because it is played literally—Shifu and Po are sent hurtling off a cliff by Temutai and his men. After the return from commercials, they are still falling, they drop out of camera-view to the sounds of screams and smashing...only to reveal they'd simply landed (mostly) safely in the bamboo.
Evil!Po is not only effective as a fighter because he has all of Po's skills and aggression but none of his clumsiness or silliness (he actually manages to sneak up on Shifu), but when he captures the red panda during said Eureka/Oh Crap moment, he is surprisingly chilling and menacing.
In a more humorous sense, the villagers turn out to be this, to some degree, when they all are taken into Shifu's confidence and attack Po on "Challenge Day" to try and become the Dragon Warrior.
The geeks at the Festival of Figurines in "The Maltese Mantis" turn out to be fairly competent in fighting after all when, after the third time of being insulted as geeks, they take out Taotie.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: The Furious Five themselves fall victim to this. Individually they do well in battle, but if all five of them attack the Villain of the Week at once, expect to see them defeated in rapid succession.
Subverted in "My Favorite Yao": even though it is only Shifu and Po, the two most powerful masters at the Jade Palace, they can't succeed in stopping Temutai and his men from getting away with the captured Yao.
Conspicuous CG: The grain mill in "Monkey in the Middle". Still looks pretty good, though.
Defeat by Modesty: This happens when Po fights Yijiro in "The Way of the Prawn." During the fight scene, Yijiro swings his sword at Po several times, but no marks are shown. A few seconds later, Po's pants fall to the floor. Po then exits in embarrassment, but comes back with a new pair of pants on.
Double Edged Answer: Shifu's enduring devotion to Oogway and his continued conflict over Po's laziness and tendency to shirk discipline cause one in "Ghost of Oogway".
Shifu: I can't believe Master Oogway ...
Po: Would talk to somebody like me?
Shifu: Yes! No! That is ...
Shifu seems to wrestle with answers like these a lot when it comes to Po. Despite his respect for the Panda, he still harbors a little dubiosity about Po's worthiness and Ooogway having chosen him as Dragon Warrior.
Dragons Up the Yin Yang: Ke-pa, leader of the demons, is (or at least has the appearance of) a dragon. Which is a rather egregious and puzzling example of a Critical Research Failure, since Eastern dragons have always been portrayed as wise, honorable, benevolent creatures to be worshiped, beloved, and held sacred, and the makers of Kung Fu Panda have consistently Shown Their Work otherwise. note Buddhist teachings did introduce the idea of malevolence among some dragons, for example that since water can destroy, so can some dragons destroy via floods, tidal waves and storms, with some of the worst floods believed to have been the result of a mortal upsetting a dragon. But this was an extreme minority among dragons, and far from a commonly held view. Apparently they just couldn't resist the symbolism in having the Dragon Warrior opposed by a dragon—or they wanted to have the cool firebreathing effect.
Dramatic Thunder: No Halloween Episode would be complete without it—it happens every time someone says "strange apparitions". (At first Po finds this rather cool, but eventually even he gets exasperated with it.)
Easily Forgiven: Po, despite having lied to Peng about Shifu not wanting him at the Jade Palace; apparently being honest about one's Green-Eyed Monster is a "Get Out of Jail Free" Card for almost wrecking the Peace Festival and setting off a second snow leopard rampage. Also, oddly, Temutai forgives him too. Justified as this was the Peace Jubilee - a day of absolving grievances. In Peng's case, he was likely just as ashamed as Po.
It's justified in the first episode featuring the villain, Taotie. When Shifu learns that Po allowed his old enemy to gain access to the materials necessary to create a machine to attack them, he is furious and is at a loss of how to punish the giant panda. However, when Po is then flattened by Taotie's machine's giant mallet, Shifu decides that's a good enough punishment.
Eccentric Mentor: Master Yao. After meditating in full isolation for sixty years inside a box, he's gone full blown Cloud Cuckoo Lander, but maintains the wisdom and awareness to carry out a rather dangerous plan to make Shifu loosen up and live his life each day as if it were his last.
Embarrassing Nickname: The various names that Taotie gave the amnesia-ridden Furious Five. Whiskers Kitty-Poo, Noodle, Little Britches, etc.
The End... Or Is It?: At the end of "Kung Shoes", after Po has (maybe) learned his lesson and Shifu and Master Chao congratulate themselves on their Secret Test of Character, Chao is very grateful that the magic shoes were defeated. After they move off-screen, a pair of the shoes is shown still hiding behind one of the pillars...but then the old merchant shows up and cages them before they can escape to cause more trouble.
Enemy Mine: Po must team up with the leader of the Croc Bandits to rescue his kidnapped brother. Subverted when it turns out to have been a ruse to help Fung to kidnap and hold for ransom the son of a powerful family. Double Subverted when Fung's conscience causes him to go back for Po who had taken the rap for him.
He also teams up with General Tsin to take on the unparalyzed villains. Subverted when after defeating them the general is still as crazy and evil as ever. Double Subverted when Po, instead of being his usual naive self, knew this would happen and has him carted off to Chorh-Gom.
Evil Chancellor: Meng Tao of "Royal Pain", who is secretly trying to get Lu Kang discredited and his father disgraced so he can take over as Emperor.
Evil Counterpart: Master Junjie to Shifu, both as a kung-fu master and in design. Also, he's a fox, to Shifu's red panda - a species of animal sometimes referred to as a firefox.
Evil Is Easy: Unlike Shifu, Fenghuang is extremely willing to leap right into teaching Po 'the good stuff', including the Seven Impossible Moves. She also showers him with praise and calls him a fast learner.
Exact Words: Bian Zao doesn't help his dad drag the Iron Claws of Doom up the steps because he asks him to help but, per the oracle, doesn't tell him he has to. He also didn't oil the claws because he'd asked him would he do it, as a favor.
Fetch Quest: Tigress comes down with a fever that requires a specific delicate flower to cure. Po and Monkey must seek it out.
Finishing Stomp: Performed by Master Junjie on Po. Junjie's tiny fox foot barely dents Po's giant muzzle, yet Po is both pinned and visibly straining under Junjie's applied force.
Foreshadowing: When Po thinks he's going to turn evil in "Owl Be Back", he eventually adopts a very cold, crude and harsh manner of speaking. "Bad Po" speaks the exact same way. For that matter, the fact that one episode after it is "prophesied" that he will turn evil, a mirror brings his dark side to life.
Forgotten Aesop: The Aesop from the movie, that the Dragon Warrior is not a special person and that hard work is the only true way to Kung Fu Mastery is completely forgotten in some episodes and Po is frequently treated as special due to his Dragon Warrior Status to the point that the title is sometimes treated as a Mystical Power Up.
Friendly Enemy: Constable Hu comes off as this. Sometimes, he and Po are allies, other times, they do end up enemies.
Friend or Idol Decision: In "Monkey in the Middle", Wukong has to choose between going on with his life of crime, or going back to save his brother.
Also Po, having to decide between the mystical knife or the little pig's father in "Hall of Lame". He chooses the father of course...and of course, Chung Sung Jai Kai Chow was lying when he said he'd let him go.
Fung has to choose between helping his father take over China and sparing the lives of his robber band (and Po) in "Terror Cotta".
And Po having to choose between marrying Lu-Shi or being the Dragon Warrior in "Bride of Po".
Nor did he understand there would be a price to pay for the magic kung fu shoes.
Genre Savvy: However, Po is very familiar with all the trademark 'evil cliches' in "Owl Be Back", to the point where he rattles them off to Fenghuang and admires her finer 'evil' moments. Treads into Dangerously Genre Savvy when he appears to stab Shifu to death.
The old merchant who sells Po the magic kung fu shoes is fully aware, to her chagrin, that "no one ever stays to hear the warning" (or the Curse Escape Clause). She also shows up just in time to prevent the shoes from flying off to find another wearer.
Go Karting with Bowser: In "The Kung Fu Kid", Temutai is invited to the Peace Jubilee. While there are hostilities and even fights, he and Po do gush together about their liking of the olive branch crowns, he has a nice time at the evening feast alongside everyone (except Po), and ultimately things end well overall.
Gold Digger: Hao Ming, who only wants to marry Mantis for the prestige that comes with being the Dragon Warrior's wife.
The real Po also uses her, in a cross with Improbable Weapon User, when she poses as a parasol (with Crane's hat) in "Ladies of the Shade".
Groin Attack: When Fung and his goons tie Tigress to a tree stump...she does THIS to show a lesson....multiple times.
In "Ghost of Oogway", Po does it to himself with the Tri Bo Yao.
Po: [high voice] ... my consequences.
In one of the 'Legendary Training Secrets' snippets on the Nickelodeon website, Po faces off the punching bag and somehow manages to receive this.
Po: [high voice] I gotta go now...need to get some ice on something...
Guess Who I'm Dating?: The plot of "Love Stings", in which Mr. Ping dates a "convicted villainous evil mastermind".
"Uh uh ahhh. Never convicted"
Guile Hero: Surprisingly, Po is this in "The Master and the Panda", using a shift stone to disguise himself as Tai Lung, thus showing Peng just what his uncle was like at the end and what he himself would become if he went down the same path, to the point of trying to make the boy kill him in order to prove to him he had the heart of a hero.
Halloween Episode: "The Po Who Cried Ghost". Surprisingly accurate in its description of the jiang shi and the Ghost Festival (though that actually takes place at midsummer), though it does include modern ideas about zombies (like Brain Food instead of absorbing chi and a Celestial Deadline to escape their virus—though jiang shi are supposed to withdraw at the sound of a rooster's call, and "sleep" during the day).
Hammerspace: Po evidently has one of these. In "Princess and the Po," he pulls several board games out of nowhere.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Peng, in "The Master and the Panda". He starts off craving vengeance since he's learned off-screen that Po destroyed Tai Lung; then when he learns Po told the truth about his uncle, he is overcome with remorse, tosses aside his sword, and forswears kung fu; he takes it up again to help Po stop Temutai, only to succumb to the power of the Gung Lu Medallion; and then is finally broken free by Tai Lung himself or so it seems.
Heroic Sacrifice: Shifu planned to make one of these to distract Ke-pa and allow the Five to defeat him while he was weakened. Po actually does make one after rescuing him. Which is why the peach sprout restored him and his qi.
He's Dead, Jim: Playfully subverted in "Scorpion's Sting". Tigress lies on the bed silent and unmoving even after the cure has been given. The Furious Five and Po all bow their heads in sadness. Tigress jumps to her feet, instantly well.
Po jumps at the chance to play "buddy warrior opera", and calls dibs on the warrior who makes his own rules.
Honor Before Reason: Po instantly agrees to train Lu Kang because it's the right thing to do and he believes in him, even though if he fails it will bring disgrace not only upon the Emperor but the Jade Palace and everyone in it.
Instead of trusting his friend Po and waiting to hear a reasonable explanation, Peng decides that he "betrayed" him by killing his uncle and tries to kill him for vengeance. Perhaps the panda wasn't as Easily Forgiven as it appeared in "The Kung Fu Kid"...
Hypocritical Humor: In "Sight For Sore Eyes", Mr. Ping tells the pig lady to go easy on his son, and the lady agrees sympathetically....as soon as Po drops the dishes and she gives him the "No wonder you're not the Dragon Warrior anymore!" line.
I Have Your Wife: Lu-Shi of "Bride of Po" is being forced to marry Po and make him step down as Dragon Warrior so that Junjie can take over the Jade Palace by the fact her brother (not boyfriend) Shao is being held hostage.
Po: Oh please, please can we keep him? Can we keep him pleeeeease? He's even pottery trained!
I Did What I Had to Do: Most of the first half of "The Master and the Panda" concerns Po fretting in guilt over what he did to Tai Lung, even though the snow leopard (at least in his estimation) was going to kill everyone in the Valley, and had in fact tried to kill both Shifu and him. The Five respond to his distress with this trope, but it isn't until Shifu also reassures him (and admits Po would never have had to do it if he hadn't failed in raising and training Tai Lung) that Po is able to get past it. By the end of the episode, Peng realizes as well that Po had no choice.
Idiosyncratic Wipes: "Ghost of Oogway": Po trudges away from the village. As he trudges, the scene dissolves around him and resolves as the Dragon Chamber of the Jade Palace.
Revealing to someone out for revenge against the Dragon Warrior your own weakness, and those of the Five, while also curing them of theirs, takes the cake, however...
Not only does Po seek a shortcut to escape kung fu training (again!) in "Kung Shoes", he doesn't even stay to hear the story behind the magic item in question or its Curse Escape Clause...and naturally violates the Celestial Deadline.
Indy Ploy: In "My Favorite Yao", Po's checklist of how he handles screwing things up references his tendency to use this. He also actually does so when using wild, upbeat music and dancing to lure out Master Yao.
Instant Expert: Po can learn kung fu moves after having seen them performed once (the Golden Lotus Clap, the various moves Fenghuang teaches him). Whether Po is really just this good, his constant study of all things kung fu enabled it, or it's a power the Dragon Scroll granted him once he believed in himself isn't clear.
Oddly, he seems to have inherited this somehow from Ping, since the latter manages to properly perform a complex and advanced kung fu move after seeing Shifu perform it once.
Everyone seems to be an Instant Expert in the Kung Fu Panda-verse. The years of training that goes into learning secret Kung Fu techniques doesn't seem to be because the moves themselves are difficult to learn, but more that they learn to use them responsibly. (For example, the Fluttering Finger Mindslip.)
Subverted when Po tries to use a dual-headed three-prong mace for the first time, and the second, and the third.
Interquel: What this series became when production delays made it miss its intended 2010 premiere year and ended up after Kung Fu Panda 2 was released in 2011.
It's apparently gone on past the second film now, as a goat in "Enter The Dragon" mentions the defeat of Lord Shen.
In the Blood: Apparently, Peng's kung fu skills, since he is just a potter and has no formal training. And is Tai Lung's nephew. As of "The Master and the Panda", he's now afraid darkness and a thirst for power have been inherited too.
Invention Pretension: Mantis told his village he was the Dragon Warrior because he wanted his former fiancee to regret dumping him. Po allows him to continue the charade.
It's All About Me: Hundun, who despite the fact Po stopping Tai Lung saved the Valley of Peace ("I don't live there") only cares that this led to the shutting down of Chorh-Gom and him losing his job. Lampshaded by Hundun himself.
I Will Fight No More Forever: Played shockingly straight with Peng, who is afraid of his inner darkness. The episode indicated that it's most likely permanent.
Jail Bake: How Taotie extorts his son's help in escaping Chorh-Gom, in return for "father-son" time—through a whole series of cakes, each one holding a piece of the Iron Claws of Doom for him to reconstruct.
Ki Attacks: Ke-pa can use these, usually in the nature of levitating, puppet-mastering, and throwing his enemies about, although he also unleashes a particularly massive one to blow up the Jade Palace so as to uncover the seal holding back the demons. Oogway could do so as well, using the Hero's Qi. And naturally, so can Po.
Po himself gets this when his using the Fluttering Finger Mindslip as a shortcut out of doing work and getting in trouble leads him to the Corridor of Unbelievable Agony (which he must go down three times) to find the cure for the Five. All because, again, he tried to take a shortcut in reading the scroll detailing how to navigate the corridor. An Anvilicious aesop that, unfortunately, has yet to sink in.
Lampshaded in "Kung Fu Daycare" when Po and Tigress manage to sneak up on the Croc Bandits while they're kidnapping Zan.
Fung: Darn it! You guys...Gah-ri? Couldn't you...I don't know, maybe, for once...say something?
Gah-ri: I'm sorry, I just...couldn't find the words.
Fung: How about... (screams)
In "Kung Fu Daycare":
Croc Bandit: Hah! You walked right into our trap! Now Fung can grab the kid from the Jade Palace easily!
Po: Uh...should you have told us that?
Croc Bandit: ...No. (runs at Po, who dodges so he runs right into one of his own men)
Lemony Narrator: At the beginning of "Chain Reaction," Po attempts to narrate his underwhelming mission with Tigress, exaggerating everything (of course). Needless to say, Tigress is not amused.
He does it again at the start of "The Most Dangerous Game". It seems to be a Running Gag for whenever he is on a kung fu mission.
Let's You and Him Fight: Po's lie to Peng about Shifu thinking he wasn't good enough for the Jade Palace ends up leading into them having to fight each other (and Temutai)—Peng because he blames Po for getting his hopes up and giving him a dream with his invitation, Temutai because Peng didn't choose to train with him and had wiped the ground with his nephew (and because he was itching for a fight anyway).
Letting the Air out of the Band: Variation—after Po and Shifu witness the destruction of the Jade Palace and the near-death of the Five, Po weakly and pathetically blows his warning horn.
Like You Were Dying: The Aesop of "My Favorite Yao", delivered in a wonderfully poetic and beautiful fashion through the metaphor of the hibiscus—"Did you know the hibiscus blooms for only one day? But that day is the most beautiful and wonderful day of all." Also made literal, considering how close Yao, Shifu, and Po come to death. And further extended when Shifu, embracing the lesson, makes his Last Request...a dance.
MacGuffin Escort Mission: This is Tigress and Po's task in "Chain Reaction" with a valuable statue and ruby. With all the "escorting" Po and the Furious Five do, you'd think they were a delivery service or something...
Made of Iron: Played with. In "Challenge Day" Po allows a chimney to fall on him in order to save a child. Afterward he is alive and seems unharmed—until he reveals he's injured his leg. Despite the fact he uses his crutch later to prove what a Handicapped Badass he is, the injury is neither forgotten about nor brushed off as it would have been in the movie.
Magic Feather: The bean which Po uses to convince Lu Kang he's become a great kung fu warrior. Like just about every example, he ends up losing it...and like just about every example, he ends up realizing he doesn't need it. Mostly.
Maintain The Lie: "Hometown Hero" reveals Mantis told everyone in his little village he was the Dragon Warrior. When he finds out, Po plays along by pretending to be his Sidekick.
In "Mama Told Me Not To Kung Fu", Master Crane had been lying to his mother, telling him that he owns an inn. So when she comes to visit, Po has the others pretend that the Jade Palace is the inn and that they are Crane's employees.
Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In "The Most Dangerous Po", it's not clear if the appearance of Hundun's ghost to appeal to Po for help is a genuine bit of kung fu mysticism thanks to the paralysis or just a product of Po falling and hitting his head.
Peng: You took me into the Jade Palace, you gave me a dream! And now you've taken it all away!
Tai Lung: Not your fault? Who filled my head with dreams?
From "The Master and the Panda", two examples: the repeated mantra of "when push comes to shove..." said first by Po, then Shifu, then Tai Lung, and finally Peng himself; and "underneath all that flab beats the heart of a true hero".
This comes true, believe it or not, in the episode Mama Told Me Not To Kung Fu. Crane's mother was obsessed with keeping her son safe and would suffer from a mild heart attack when she saw him doing kung fu. At the end of the episode, however, she was actually impressed with her son's skills and tells him how proud she was of him.
Monster of the Aesop: In "Po Fans Out", the episode begins with him being taught (via the infamous Chinese finger-puzzle) the "Hero's Dilemma"—that sometimes the way to win is not through physical force but by ceasing to struggle. Later Po discovers that the way to defeat the Mongolian Fire Fist Demon which grows bigger and stronger every time it is hit is by not fighting, refusing to let it hit him.
Moral Dissonance: Po fairly often does things which he was told he shouldn't do (as well as things the viewer knows he shouldn't do even if they're not mentioned), and yet he usually ends up with a The Complainer Is Always Wrong aesop as he's never called out on some of his Jerkass tendencies—after all, he beat the bad guy of the week, didn't he? Sometimes it's bad enough that he basically learns nothing, ends up right anyhow, and becomes something bordering on a Marty Stu. Status Quo Is God strikes again!
More Than Mind Control: The Gung Lu Medallion from "The Master and the Panda", which merely brings out the darkest traits, desires, and feelings in the wearer and enflames them until they take over.
Mundane Made Awesome: In "Master Ping", Ping narrates a tale of "the greatest noodle maker in the empire", complete with the usual 2D animation and mystical effects, just as if it were as exciting and amazing as a kung fu legend. Subverted when Po is shown looking utterly bored while Monkey has fallen asleep in his noodle bowl.
My God, What Have I Done?: While fighting Peng in "The Master and the Panda", Po instinctively catches him in the Wuxi Finger Hold. Peng immediately calls him on it, but the panda is already horrified.
Po says this in Enter The Dragon when he realizes that he put everyone in danger because he didn't warn the villagers in time.
Never My Fault: Fung's father Bing, when telling the story of how the secret to raising a terra cotta army was lost, always put the blame on a clumsy, forgetful assistant. In the end it turns out the assistant was imaginary, and it was Bing himself who had lost it.
Never Say "Die": Particularly noticeable in "Master and the Panda" where they go to ridiculous lengths to avoid saying that Po killed Tai Lung.
Averted in "Enter the Dragon" when the Ke-pa the dragon tells Fung "Join me or die."
Repeatedly averted in "War of the Noodles". Hundun tells Po "Panda, it's time to pan-DIE", Mr Ping says "I can't die now, I have to revise my menu!" and Po answers "I'm not gonna let you die, Dad."
Shifu seemingly does this in "My Favorite Yao", by letting Yao out of his box and thus putting the naive and unworldly Sense Freak in danger. Po calls him on it when he tries to deny it, although in humorous fashion rather than nastily. ("Believe me, messing things up is what I do all the time, and that is one doozy of a mess-up!") This turns out to be a subversion however, as Yao wanted to be let out so he could experience life outside meditation, and to teach Shifu a lesson. Yao himself also seems to mess up when his excited outburst about Po and Shifu's dramatic rescue attempt gets them all caught by Temutai. Again, this was intentional since Yao wanted Shifu to let loose, have fun, and truly live life before he would step in and save the day.
Mantis accidentally lets slip to Po in "Kung Shoes" that the only way to complete the Impossible Task of the episode is with magic, thus leading him to the black market and the Artifact of Doom.
Ke-pa deliberately taunts Po into attacking him, despite Shifu's warning—thus knocking the last leaf from the dying peach tree and releasing him from the mortal body he's trapped in.
Po convinces Peng to take up kung fu again to help him stop Temutai in "The Master and the Panda". Unfortunately when he gets the cursed Gung Lu Medallion off the water buffalo, the snow leopard is tempted by its power too and nearly goes on a rampage.
Shifu: When I saw you had taken the shift stone, I came after you.
Po: [shamefacedly] ...because you thought I'd mess it up.
Shifu: No. Well... yes. But I was wrong about you, Panda.
No Flow in CGI: Fur, nor feathers are animated in this, though there is still Po's fat.
No Sense of Humor/The Comically Serious: Tigress, most of the time. This is made most clear, in a cross with My God, You Are Serious, when she makes two separate, seemingly funny jokes, in "Love Stings", only for her to reveal she was being serious. Which was a shame, since her "joke" about Shifu's boring speech was perfect.
Noodle Incident: Crane's story about the ricksaw driver, the teapot and the hot peppers. All we know is that Po and Shifu both hate that one.
Not Now, Kiddo: In "Hall of Lame", Po keeps brushing off a kid so as to find someone else in town who can give him an awesome weapon for the Hall of Warriors or a quest on which to find/earn one. Parodied in that everything he tries to do is either absolutely lame, or is a case of him mistaking something lame for a genuine threat or quest, and when he finally listens to the kid, this quest too sounds like something utterly ridiculous—rescuing a doll...which is up a bamboo shoot. Of course in the end it turns out to be much more serious than it appears.
In "The Maltese Mantis", after Po continually tries to interrupt Shifu's sad story about how he'd always wanted to come to the Festival of Figurines and be a geek but was too afraid to, he finally is able to tell him about the Race Against the Clock situation with Mantis. Shifu responds, predictably enough, with "Why didn't you say so?"; Po's reaction is quite warranted.
Not so Above It All: Shifu of all people in 'My Favorite Yao' acts rather...Po-like. (Or, as the panda himself said it, 'Embracing his inner Po.')
As a follow-up to this, when he forbids Po to go to the Festival of Figurines in "The Maltese Mantis" it's because he doesn't want Po to know that he is going so as to play with his Master Yao action figure.
He accidentally offhand backhands the brainwashed Monkey in "Scorpion's Sting", and does the same thing to Tigress while gesturing in "Hometown Hero". It also happens to the poor statue maker in "Rhino's Revenge", courtesy of his "FLAMING WINGS!" flourishes. Po's an unintentional master of the Offhand Backhand.
Tigress' reflexes came into play when Po tapped her in order to wake her up since she WAS sleeping on his shoulder.
Oh Crap: Shifu gets this when Po confesses to accidentally mindwiping the Furious Five.
Junjie gets several: one where he realizes Po has used the Golden Lotus Clap to escape the dungeon, immediately followed by Tigress appearing with the rest of the Five: "Hello, Junjie..." The other is when Oogway's ghost appears (or so it seems) to chastise him.
Po's face at the very end of "The Kung Fu Kid" pretty much exemplifies this trope. And for good reason.
Shifu's face when he tries to have Po touch the peach tree to have his qi restored, as had happened with Oogway...only for the dead, burned tree to collapse into ash and blow away.
Has one earlier when he realizes the peach tree was dying, and thus Ke-pa's seal is beginning to weaken.
Pretty much everyone's reaction when Peng puts on the cursed Gung Lu Medallion in "The Master and the Panda".
A pretty funny one in "Shifu's Ex" - Shifu and Mei Ling are having a final battle, and Mei Ling has Shifu pinned, when Shifu points out that the Furious Five and Po are right behind her.
One-Winged Angel: When the peach tree finally dies, Ke-pa's seal is broken, freeing him and allowing him to return to his true monstrous form.
Otaku: The episode "The Maltese Mantis" does a huge send-up of this trope with the Festival of Figurines and its kung fu geeks. The stage recreation of famous kung fu battles is...incredibly painful, the cosplaying is fairly lame, and the typical fan reactions to their idols is, depending on viewpoint, either extremely over-the-top or scarily accurate. The action figure combats, though, are rather charming and even cool in their own way.
Out-of-Character Alert: Shifu figures out that the animal Po has been learning from is not Oogway when Po relates that Oogway said "awesome", something very out of character for the ancient and cryptic turtle.
Immediately subverted, however, when we see the real Oogway's ghost say that very word seconds later.
Overly-Long Gag: In "Challenge Day", the bit with Shifu asking Po to fetch him an apple.
The part in "The Po Who Cried Ghost" where Po continues to use Offscreen Teleportation to appear in front of Shifu, because he doesn't want to be left alone in the graveyard.
Only Fatal to Adults: River Fever makes kids 'a little sneezy, little snoozy' and passes after a day or two. Adults struck by the same disease, however, wind up dying unless they drink tea made from the sacred Sun Orchid.
Somewhat justified by certain real-world diseases being far more severe in adults than they are in children. One of the most known examples of this is Chicken Pox, which isn't too bad for a child, but as you get older, can have serious consequences.
Papa Wolf: Po becomes this for Mei Li in "The Princess and the Po." Thinking of giving her away as a slave? Not going to happen.
Mr. Ping may not be a warrior, but insulting his son is a Berserk Button severe enough to make him throw out a customer note (Even if he gives her a coupon) and manhandle one of the Furious Five without blinking. He also does a surprisingly good job defending Po in "Master Ping".
Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Hometown Hero", Po hides from the villagers in Mantis' hometown by holding a bamboo branch in front of his face. It actually works.
Pass the Popcorn: Monkey, chowing down on noodles while he watches Po and the pig warriors trash the noodle shop.
Played for Laughs: The supposed "signs" that Po is turning evil, since they are not only ridiculous, most of them are things he's always done.
Po: I've been wearing the same pair of pants for three days!
Precocious Crush: In "Jailhouse Panda," it is revealed that Tigress had a crush on Shifu (her adoptive father) as a teenager.
Production Foreshadowing: In the Cold Open of "Bad Po" Po trains against a bunch of enemy targets, with a civilian hidden among them in the form of an old nannygoat. Fast forward to Kung Fu Panda 2 and the reveal of the Soothsayer held captive by Lord Shen...
At one point in "Jailhouse Panda" Po actually pulls off the Disc of Destruction.
The Promise: Monkey made one to his mother to look out for his brother and preserve the family name, thus explaining why he'd take the fall for Wukong's thievery.
Redundant Rescue: The rescue of Master Yao is this, since he could have rescued himself at any point (and in fact this is clear from the start once Shifu tells the story of just how much Yao knows of kung fu). It's even lampshaded when Shifu Hand Waves Po's objection that Yao will be fine because he's a kung fu master "of the mind, not the body." Except Yao is so powerful he can do physical moves with only his mind. That's okay though, because the whole point of the rescue was to teach Shifu a lesson about how to live life to the fullest. And to have fun. (Yes, it manages to be a rare example of playing this trope straight and dramatically, while still being hilarious.)
He starts off as Reformed, but Rejected (by Tigress and the rest of the Five, who are understandably leery); then he reveals to his son that the whole thing was a ruse so as to get revenge on Po...except that apparently he really was going to be a Civilian Villain until Po's seeming superiority by making him his "assistant" offended Taotie. But considering it was fairly obvious Po meant nothing insulting, was genuinely trying to help, and truly believed he could change, it seems just as likely that Taotie was just looking for an excuse to slip into Chronic Villainy again. Then when he discovers the nature of Po's gift to him (replacing the magnifier he'd had stolen long ago), Taotie reforms for real, sabotaging his own machine to save Po. But at the last, because he did still turn on the Valley and nearly wreck it with his machines again, he still gets returned to Chorh-Gom...pushing him back to evil yet again out of quite justified resentment.Sigh.
The episode "Rhino's Revenge" reveals that they re-opened the prison after Hundun was defeated and incarcerated there. Keeping Anachronic Order in mind helps and it makes sense they'd need somewhere to put villains (though where were they put before Tai Lung's escape, then?).
When Taotie was first introduced it was revealed that he had been the one to partner with Shifu to design the Jade Palace training hall. The Kung Fu Panda website, however, had stated this role was performed by a Master Golden Takin.
"Kung Fu Daycare" seems to have done this with Tigress and Shifu's relationship when he trained her. In the movie it was shown that he was a stern master who never showed approval over Tigress martial art progress but in the episode Tigress has a flashback with Shifu with a young Tigress and is shown to be warm and kind with a gentle smile.
Apparently as of "The Master and the Panda", Tai Lung had a personal sword...which we never saw him carry, wear, or use in the first movie. He did have one in the original character designs depicted in The Art of Kung Fu Panda, making this a Continuity Nod—but since it was cut from the final design, its appearance now is...odd.
Reveal Shot: Po's traveling to General Tsin's compound (complete with Lemony Narrator) is actually revealed to be him just walking in front of a painting being carried behind him.
Right Behind Me: When Po's talking about skipping a few scrolls to get to the awesome techniques, Viper tries to warn him that Shifu's just arrived.
As Shifu is figuring out what's going on in "Bad Po", the Evil Twin comes up behind him...
As Po is trying to convince Hundun he isn't hiding anything from him, and keep him from learning he is the Dragon Warrior, the statue built in his honor is right behind him. He even poses like it.
Rummage Fail: When Po tries to show Tigress he's got the ruby from the stolen statue, he accidentally pulls out his Tigress action figure instead. Once again, Tigress is not amused.
Run or Die: Hey, even the Furious Five have to flee at times.
Running Gag: Po tends to land on the Furious Five a lot.
Likewise, people - usually Po - falling down the hundreds of steps to the Jade Palace.
In "Good Croc Bad Croc", Chung Sung Jai Kai Chow's name.
Which is followed up on in "Hall of Lame", with Po being excited he got it right.
Despite the fact of her name AND her voice, characters often tend to mistake Tigress for a guy, or, as Princess Mei-Li put it, "The mean man with the stripes", lampshading the Viewer Gender Confusion associated with the character.
The apple scene from "Challenge Day."
Tigress feeling the need to keep others at arms' length in the first movie has been amped into outright neurosis, played for laughs throughout the series. A few examples include confusing the simple act of being offered a towel by a spa employee as an attack, and having a thirty-year-long vendetta against the Jade Palace mailman...
Monkey: You don't trust anyone. You don't even trust the mailman, and he's been coming here for thirty years!
Tigress:Planning something for thirty years...
And continues with her aversion to children. "A necessary step on the way to adulthood..."
Mr. Ping plugging his noodle shop whenever he can.
The Qilin offering Po some snacks during their conversation.
Any time the Urn of Whispering Warriors appears, Po is going to knock it over and smash it.
Sacrificial Lamb: If not for Po's intervention, this would have been Princess Mei Li's fate.
Sadistic Choice: In "Hall of Lame", Po has to choose between grabbing the mystical kung fu weapon (and thereby get his "awesome" trophy for the Hall of Warriors) or the doll which means so much to the little pig he was helping. He is forced to Take a Third Option when he ends up falling from the broken bridge instead...only to reappear pulling himself up to safety with one of the items. And you all know which one.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: The journey from Chorh-Gom to the Valley, which had been previously established as taking anywhere from a week to a month, seems much shorter now for Taotie, Hundun, and Shifu and Po in the Tong Fo episode. The trip to Temutai's compound also seems to be much quicker these days, considering how often he shows up in the Valley and how quickly Shifu and Po get there in "My Favorite Yao". See the Fridge page for more details.
Scooby Stack: "Jailhouse Panda": Po and the Croc Bandits do one as they try to escape prison.
Second Place Is for Losers: Assuming he wasn't merely faking all along, this is Taotie's excuse for returning to evil again in "Bosom Enemies", because Po persisted in relegating him to the position of "assistant" to the Dragon Warrior. That is, until he sees what present Po gave him...
Also implied, however, between Po and Song of the Ladies of the Shade. It remains to be seen if she was merely a one-episode fling since she intends to be off running the troupe, if the writers will keep playing the tension back and forth between Song and Tigress, or if this is a whole different continuity than the movies.
Let's not forget how Tigress fell asleep on Po, of course.
When Tigress, suspicious of Lu-Shi's motives, tries to dissuade Po from marrying her in "Bride of Po", Po immediately assumes she's jealous and tries to "let her down easy", claiming what they had was all in her imagination. Her denials are...less than convincing.
In "Sight For Sore Eyes," Monkey fights a snow leopard and goes in a brief drunken-like swaying stance after making himself dizzy during a move (or simply goes into the stance intentionally, it certainly seems that way), in what is likely a reference to Drunken Master - given Monkey's voice actor in the movie (as well as his voice actor in the show, who has also played a character who, in understatement, heavily references Jackie Chan and his movies)
In "Kung Shoes", the shoes which won't ever come off (if worn for more than two hours) and force their wearer to keep doing kung fu until they die/destroy everything and everyone they love is reminiscent of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale "The Red Shoes".
The scene at the start of "The Master and the Panda" where Temutai has dug up the chest containing the cursed Gung Lu Medallion is quite reminiscent to the layout of the scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark where the Ark of the Covenant is dug up, right down to the appearance of the chest.
Po channels Lou Costello several times in "The Po Who Cried Ghost," particularly when he first encounters what he thinks is a Jiangshi - his petrified wheezing attempt to call for help is straight from the candle scene in "Hold That Ghost."
Fenghuang's new fighting talons in Crane On A Wire are similar to the battle claws from Guardians of Ga'Hoole.
In The Secret Museum of Kung Fu, Po and the Five are going on a road trip using Mr. Ping's Noodle-Mobile, driven by Shifu. After a rocky start down a few flight of steps, Shifu stoically utters, "I'm a good driver." This is a reference to Rain Man, and the actor who played the title character (and said the phrase in the first place), Dustin Hoffman. He also plays Shifu in the KFP films.
After breaking free of the Gung Lu Medallion's control in "The Master and the Panda" and deciding he had too much darkness and thirst for power in him to use kung fu again, Peng also breaks apart his uncle Tai Lung's sword.
Spaghetti Kiss: Subverted when Song tries to set this up with Po while eating noodles. He ends up with her entire head in his mouth.
Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: Mantis' girlfriend Hao Ming is marrying him with the lie about Mantis still unrevealed. Po begs them to skip this part so the marriage can happen before the lie is revealed.
SquickInvoked in-universe as Po's reaction to Ping and Scorpion dating.
Stealth Hi/Bye: In "The Master and the Panda", Po tries to fall asleep...blinks once, twice...and then Peng is standing right over him, glaring.
It's not just the fact that Peng and Tai Lung look stunningly alike. The similarities throughout Peng's introduction episode are uncanny. A young snow leopard with great aptitude for kung fu (with Peng taking it further by having no formal training), with dreams of becoming the Dragon Warrior, who displays a nasty temper when he feels Shifu does not approve of him. Even during the three-way fight near the end of the episode, Peng attacks Po in the stomach, where his fat prevents any damage. And of course, Po trying to make Peng listen to reason at the end, and finally a difference comes in when Peng does calm down and listen to reason, unlike Tai Lung in the movie. What is oddest is that, other than a brief look of shock from Shifu when he first meets Peng and asks him his name (ironically calling him "son"), neither he nor Po bat an eye at his appearance or abilities. Luckily instead of a Hand Wave, the similarities are then explained when Peng says he wants to continue his journey of finding his Uncle Tai Lung.
Some of his moves during the fight with Temutai and Po are also rather familiar, such as when he scales the tent poles or is flung about into the walls. Also:
Peng: I can't believe you think I'm not good enough, that I'm not strong enough! Well I'll show you, I'll show you how strong I am!
Peng has one in "The Master and the Panda" when, after learning that Po had been telling the truth about Tai Lung, he vows never to use kung fu again because of what it did to his uncle and goes back to making pottery. Ends when Po needs his help to stop Temutai, though this turns out to be something ofa mistake.
Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Hao, Mantis' ex girlfriend, has long eyelashes, a bustline, spots of pink blush and lipstick. Mantis himself has a moustache.
Taotie, after his unlubricated Iron Claws of Doom fail and the Five are about to overwhelm him: I hate this part!
And the Dragon Warrior challenge day episode, Po as he braces himself to have a chimney land on him to protect a rabbit child. "Oh, this is gonna sting."
Took a Level in Jerkass: Po, who is a very peculiar example of this trope. Namely, in some episodes, he plays this trope down to a T, such as when he constantly used the Fluttering Finger Mindslip to get out of duties, chores and trouble, and when he got jealous and lied to Peng about Shifu not wanting him in the palace to make Peng leave. What makes Po a peculiar example of the trope is that he takes the level in jerkass for just that one episode, then does repent and works to fix the trouble he caused, and then he takes the level of jerkass again in another episode, repeating the process. In still other episodes, he's either as nice as can be or, if he does make a mistake, it's out of clumsiness or ignorance rather than jerkishness.
Really almost everyone does at some moment, except for Shifu (but that's only because Shifu's dickery in the first movie is hard to top). The worst moment is when Po demonstrates one of the Seven Impossible Moves and everyone in the Jade Palace suddenly ceases to trust him just because the master who initially invented these moves turned evil and despite everything they went through together. When all of the Five reject him and refuse to listen (as he's trying to tell them their master Shifu is in danger), simply because they believe Po screwed up and thus got Shifu and all of them thrown out of the palace (instead of letting him explain Junjie said it was okay for him to watch the masters' exhibition) also takes the cake. At least this one led to Ping reading themthe riot act.
Toothy Bird: Or in this case, toothy bugs. Mantis and the other mantises all have teeth. Crane, however, does not.
Tomboy: Tigress, so much so that doing anything stereotypically feminine is outside her skillset. She tries to sing and do the Ceremonial Princess Dance in "The Princess and the Po" and can neither dance nor sing.
Training the Peaceful Villagers: Peng and his girlfriend created the Kung Fu fight club so that the villagers could learn to defend themselves. Po is very eager to help them train.
Tigress isn't safe from this either. In The Way Of The Prawn, Po's interference in the mission leads her to snap at Po for caring only about wanting to fight. So Po decides to help the prawn samurai fight against the rebels and win this...and Tigress, instead of congratulating Po, congratulates the prawn samurai. This could be because Po was afraid Tigress would be angry at him for helping when he messed up in the first place.
The latter, however, averts this in thanking Po for helping him at the end of the episode.
Unreliable Voiceover: Subverted. When Su is telling the story of how she and her troupe came to be homeless and on their own, the species of the warlord changes—because Po jumps in assuming he was a rhino, leading to Su having to correct him. Double Subverted, however, since the knowledge that Su is actually a duplicitous thief makes everything she says suspect anyway.
Villain of the Week: Any villain who isn't Taotie, Temutai, the Croc Bandits, Junjie, or Hundun.
Villainous Breakdown: Ke-pa has a fairly impressive one after Po shows up alive and re-seals the demons.
Visual Pun: While trying to defend the pig princess from the croc bandits, she gets flung around like a football.
When Po is introducing his dad to the Ladies of the Shade, he literally points at him with the noodle-shop arrow sign...which also has Ping's picture on it.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Po and Tigress, Type 1. Seriously, they argue non-stop all through "Chain Reaction."
Wham Episode: At the end of The Kung Fu Kid we learn...Tai Lung has a nephew who's searching for him.
Both "Enter the Dragon" and "The Masterandthe Panda" qualify as well. Aside from the destruction of the Jade Palace, a major Attention Whore/What the Hell, Hero? moment for Po, and Po's (temporary) death, both episodes confirm Tai Lung is dead, and the latter episode reveals (maybe) that he was truly evil and irredeemable at the end. It also ends with Peng leaving, deciding to give up kung fu forever because he believes the darkness and thirst for power are In the Blood for him too.
Mr. Ping calls out the Furious Five when none of them are willing to help Po retake the Jade Palace.
Po lying to Peng, saying Shifu does not want him in the palace, in an attempt to make Peng leave. He actually lies to a little kid in order to make him go away, just because for one single day he was not being the center of attention. One even has to wonder if Po would really have tried to make amends had Peng really decided to leave instead of the reaction he actually had and Shifu had not unintentionally guilt tripped him into it when talking about Po being honest and pure.
Whoopi Epiphany Speech: Ping gives a heartwarming one to remind Po of what he's always had and never lost (and the movie's original Be Yourself aesop), so that he will believe in his kung fu again and go back to save the Valley and Shifu.
Widely-Spaced Jail Bars: In "The Secret Museum of Kung-Fu" Viper the viper is hung from a chain with the cuff around her neck, but neither the villains nor the Furious Five, including Viper herself, notice she could just slither out of it because she is a viper. Lucky that Po just learnt the Handcuff Trick, eh?
Wistful Amnesia: A comedic version. The Furious Five don't remember their names or what animals they are, and try to help each other in this condition. Hilarity Ensues.
He seems to have learned to be a little bit more successful, as he manages to follow Shifu silently into Temutai's compound to rescue Yao, and doesn't give them away. (Of course they still fail. That time.) On the other hand, he does so by, in Shifu's words, "not doing what you normally would do".
The Worf Effect: With the possible exception of A Day in the Limelight episodes, no matter what the enemy, they will usually rip through the Furious Five like tissue paper in order to establish themselves as a serious threat.
Wuxia: Thanks to the fact jiang shi can fly, teleport, and go through walls, the fight between Zombie!Shifu and Zombie!Po becomes this.
Yandere: Mei Ling to Shifu. Figuring that he would have no choice but to crawl back to her if the honor of the Jade Palace was broken, she goes so far as to frames him to his students - the irony being that he would probably have acted on his feelings if she didn't pursue him so dishonestly in the first place.
You Said You Would Let Them Go/Unhand Them, Villain!: Lu-Shi to Junjie regarding her brother Shao. He claims to be an honest and honorable villain, but won't keep his word because she failed to do her part (through no fault of her own—Po just got cold feet). When she pushes it, he then goes on to be honest after all...by following his Exact Words and letting Shao go—to fall on the burning coals.