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With so many references to various books, movies, TV shows, video games, and other fanfics, it's best to break this down by chapter.


  • Chapter 3: In Tai Lung's nightmare, his vanishing into the fire at the start of his rampage is a direct reference to Sephiroth doing the same thing during the destruction of Nibelheim in Final Fantasy VII.
  • Chapter 12: Tigress teasing Tai Lung about Shifu never having given him The Talk is a reference to a Deleted Scene between Susan and Peter in Prince Caspian, while her comment that "You're only saying that to make me feel better" is one used fairly regularly in The Belgariad.
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  • Chapter 14: "Is it that you think you're so wonderful that the universe can't survive without you, or are you so dense you don't know how close to dying you really are?" said by Tai Lung to Po, is a quote from The Ice Pirates. Emperor Chen is described as having the appearance of Shang and personality of Dalang from That's Why They Call It the Present.
  • Chapter 15: Monkey's brother Lei, his sister Wen, and his time spent drinking in Sichuan are all from the (sadly unfinished) Fan Fic "Monkey in the Middle" by Peter the Muggle. Shifu having lost someone he loved is a reference to Memoirs of a Master. Monkey having an uncle who was a scholar of obscure arcane learning and whose answer to anything was "Must do research!" is a reference to Jackie Chan Adventures.
  • Chapter 16: Tigress's cutting deflation of Tai Lung's confession of love for her includes several quotes from Tyria Sarkin doing the same to Kell Tainer in the Wraith Squadron series, complete with invoking In Love with Love and Loving a Shadow.
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  • Chapter 17: Shifu and his understanding of rice paddies, as well as using the Sword of Heroes for revenge, once again references Memoirs of a Master. "I'd sooner kiss a pig!" is a quote from the first Song of the Lioness book by Tamora Pierce. "I am the last man on earth...the last real one" is a partial quote from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Vachir's first bloody message, "Tai Lung—I come" is a reference to the creepy postcard left by Eliphaz Moss's ghost in The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs.
  • Chapter 19: "Hiya handsome, how's tricks?" is a quote from Tanda to Skeeve in the Myth Adventures books (and in fact her grabbing Crane from behind with her paws over his eyes is from the exact same scene). A Shakespearean quote also appears when Tai Lung, gazing down at a fatally-injured Po, thinks to himself, "Who knew the panda had so much blood in him?"
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  • Chapter 20: "First I actually commit a crime, and then you get to accuse me of it!" is another Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas quote. (The author is a big fan, and Sinbad and Marina are another Belligerent Sexual Tension couple and so make a good point of comparison for Tai Lung and Tigress.)
  • Chapter 22: From Spaceballs, the scene with Dark Helmet playing with his dolls is openly aped by Po and his action figures, first by having two figures get into an argument/passionate embrace, then freaking out when someone catches him, and finally by the lines, "You didn't see anything, did you?" "No, I didn't see you playing with your dolls again." The same scene also includes an embedded reference to Willow with 'Tai Lung''s romantic line to 'Tigress': "You're my moon, my sun, my starlit sky. Without you, I dwell in darkness."
  • Chapter 24: So many! When Mantis is spying on Tigress and Tai Lung conversing, he thinks to himself (in reference to The Wizard of Oz) "pay no attention to the bug behind the silkscreen!" Kell and Tyria's talk from the Wraith Squadron series appears again, this time when she asks him how much he thinks of her (and if she's wearing clothes in his daydreams). Viper, when telling Tai Lung not to tell Tigress he thinks of her naked, references Ghostbusters (1984) ("When someone asks you X, you say..."). David Eddings' "Polgara the Sorceress" is referenced when Viper tells Tai Lung no woman wants to contemplate "incipient thinghood". Tai Lung quotes Sister Mary Clarence from Sister Act ("This is never going to work, I am not going to get this—it's a little too complicated for me"). Final Fantasy X is referenced when Viper, while roleplaying as Tigress, apes Dona ("Touch me with that paw, and I'll remove it"). And Labyrinth is referenced when Vachir echoes Hoggle's thoughts after the latter gave Sarah the magic peach ("Damn you, Chao! Damn you, Tai Lung! And damn me, too…").
  • Chapter 26: Avatar: The Last Airbender gets its first direct reference (other than the Sisters' being Expies of Ozai's Angels) when Po compares Tai Lung's inability to use Fire chi to Zuko's loss of his firebending. "Maybe your problem's that ya don't have anythin' t' really focus it on, y'know? For the longest time, ya had nothin' t' think about but the fact ya got denied the Dragon Scroll. Now ya don't have that anymore, so your anger got…scattered. Ya gotta pull it back together, aim it at somethin', before ya can channel it down an' burn it up in the fire." Lilo & Stitch is referenced when Tai Lung tells the tale of how he made Shifu look bad to the Imperial functionary (that the red panda smacked him around every day "with stone blocks"); the functionary himself is also a reference to Chi Fu from Mulan (he makes a shouted demand that the Jade Palace owed him a new set of court robes).
  • Chapter 27: Tai Lung wryly compares Tigress to a committee when apologizing for not consulting her on reconciling with Shifu, leading Tigress to respond just like Leia in The Empire Strikes Back ("I am not a committee!"). When the two of them indulge in Slap-Slap-Kiss and admit they're aroused by it, there's a near quote of the famous Sam and Diane exchange from Cheers ("Are you as turned on as I am?" "As much, probably more.").
  • Chapter 29: The abandoned, empty town of Qinghe, along with the creepy message "There is no salvation" (in this case written on the clothing worn by the dead jackal) is a reference to the unexplained mystery of 600 people disappearing from the town of Hoer Verde in Brazil in 1923. Meanwhile the dug-up cemetery with all the bodies missing is a reference to the infamous (possibly a hoax, possibly not) story of the abandoned Eskimo village.
  • Chapter 30: The falling bridge sequence is another direct Shout-Out, this one to the scene where Crispin, Wil, and Amberle face the Reaper in the Pykon in The Elfstones of Shannara. Star Wars also appears again when Tai Lung and Tigress make the infamous Han and Leia exchange ("I love you." "I know.").
  • Chapter 31: Tai Lung quotes the Dmitri line "All men are babies" from Anastasia when Tigress is treating his injuries, as well as Sassy's "kitty can't breathe" line from Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey when Viper embraces him a bit too tightly.
  • Chapter 32: Hong and Bolo are again characters from "Monkey in the Middle", while Tai Lung's test of Tigress's identity is a reference to Cyclops doing the same to Wolverine in X-Men.
  • Chapter 33: The corruption of the Sacred Pool makes reference to both the Mord Wraiths' poisoning of Heaven's Well in Wishsong of Shannara, and the demon Chernabog's shadowy takeover of the town to resurrect the dead during Fantasia's "Night on Bald Mountain" sequence.
  • Chapter 36: Xiu quotes Eris's line "Isn't it a pity we live in such skeptical times?" from Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. Several lines from Avatar: The Last Airbender are quoted by the Wu Sisters ("You aren't in the same league with him. You aren't even a player", "you are not prettier than me!", and "it's almost like we're dancing!"), while Viper makes a reference to Tung Shao Pass from Mulan.
  • Chapter 37: The cleansing of the Sacred Pool, in a meta Continuity Nod Shout-Out, parallels Fantasia as well, since it uses imagery quite similar to the Sprite's restoration of the land in Fantasia 2000's "Firebird Suite". It also incorporates references to Yuna's first sending in Final Fantasy X and Jean Grey healing the M'Kraan Crystal in X-Men.
  • Chapter 38: Shifu's search for information on Heian Chao in the Jade Palace scroll room references Gandalf searching Minas Tirith for information on the Ring in The Fellowship of the Ring. Ochir is another reference to Memoirs of a Master while Chao's murder of the young kung fu trainees is a clear parallel to Anakin Skywalker doing the same at the Jedi Temple in Revenge of the Sith.
  • Chapter 39: A line from Phoebus in Hunchback Of Notre Dame is quoted ("Why is it," Tai Lung said between gritted teeth, "whenever you're around, I end up bleeding?"), while the snow leopard also quotes Monty Python and the Holy Grail when Po agrees not to try and use the Wuxi Finger Hold on Chao ("And there was much rejoicing"). Mei Ling's accusation that Chun is "just a big blah" mirrors Zuko saying the same thing to Mai in Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  • Chapter 40: The description of the Vault of Heroes has echoes of both Dwarrowdelf in The Fellowship of the Ring and Old Ba Sing Se in Avatar: The Last Airbender, while many of the masters depicted in the statuary are references to Memoirs of a Master.
  • Chapter 41: The fight between Mei and Jia is an almost blow-for-blow recreation of the flashback exhibition combat between Nefertiri and Anck-su-namun in The Mummy Returns. More lines from Avatar: The Last Airbender appear: "You didn't know me as well as you thought you did" (quite fitting since it's still being said by someone who had performed a Heel–Face Turn against The Dragon) and "Just kill the bird" which in its phrasing and delivery is meant to mimic "Just take the bear".
  • Chapter 42: Kong being Monkey's given name is a reference to "Monkey in the Middle". At one point Chao quotes Emperor Palpatine from Return of the Jedi ("Poor X. Only now, at the end, do you understand") while Mantis's line to Monkey, "Not like I want to pick out curtains or anything" is a quote from the Genie in Aladdin.
  • Chapter 43: Another set of statues appear depicting characters from That's Why They Call It the Present as well as Memoirs of a Master. Chao speaks a paraphrase of Dark Phoenix's words to Jason Wyngarde just before mind-blasting him when about to drain Xiu's chi.
  • Chapter 44: The first names for Tigress and Crane, as well as Consul Chen, are from "Monkey in the Middle" again. Everyone bowing to Tai Lung after it's revealed he took out Heian Chao and saved the Valley is a reference to the same Kneel Before Frodo moment in Mulan. And the revelation of Emperor Chen's true physique is a shoutout to Jiao Shen of That's Why They Call It the Present.
  • Chapter 45: Chun's response to being found guilty and locked up in Shandong Prison ("It's a fair cop") is another quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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