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  • Acceptable Targets: 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.
  • Badass Decay: Tigress. Compared to her stoic, elegant but shrewdly playful characterisation in the films, the TV series plays her more as a persnickety, socially incompetent Butt-Monkey. Also, while some episodes keep loyal to her physical prowess as the strongest of the team, others play her hard to The Worf Effect, to the point her getting humiliated by Po at every turn became a driving point for one episode.
  • Broken Base:
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    • 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 separate canon, and those who disown it entirely.
    • Its place in the Nicktoons canoncity is also debated. Since Nickelodeon co-produced the series in-house with DreamWorks along with The Penguins of Madagascar and later the 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.
    • The show's characterisations, especially Tigress due to the aforementioned Badass Decay. Some think it works due to the show's more comical nature and even offers extra development here and there, other fans complain it dilutes the development of the films or sometimes makes the main cast too idiotic or unsympathetic (particularly Po).
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: 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...abruptly falling over on the floor with a thud. This is then subverted by it turning out she wasn't actually dead, just truly heartbroken, thus enabling her to extract The Promise from Monkey...until it's revealed she really did die after that, with Monkey shown placing a flower on her grave.
  • Designated Monkey: Po. Even in episodes he isn't holding the Jerkass Ball he routinely suffers in some way.
  • Evil Is Cool: The show's Rogues Gallery has it's fans, due to either being funny or threatening or, like the films' villains, a fair balance of both. Some fans consider them better written throughout the show than the franchise's good guys.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Po and Tigress, big time. Not that it makes any attempt to discourage this.
  • Foe Yay: 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.
  • Ho Yay: 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."
  • Magnificent Bastard: Junjie.
  • Moe: Little Shifu training with Oogway.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • 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 man of his word.
    • Also the fact he has a nephew, is Not So Different from Po, and has a Pet the Dog moment or two. A rather bizarre example of Lighter and Softer.
    • Hundun crosses this by threatening to kill Po's father just to force him to fight him. This also makes things personal for Po.
    • Tong Fo counts too, wanting to destroy the Valley of Peace for no apparent reason.
    • Ke-Pa crosses it when he temporarily killed Po.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The jumping Jiang-Shi of "The Po who Cried Ghost". 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 not comforting at all.
    • Ke-pa. Everything about Ke-pa. There's good reason he's considered The Dreaded in universe.
    • Po The Croc has this in the form of the form of the amnesiac Po.
  • The Scrappy: Prawn samurai Yijiro has a considerable hatedom for his Ship Tease 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.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The killing of Tai Lung is discussed during the series, with Po feeling great remorse over it when 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.
  • Special Effects Failure: 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...
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: Both Shifu and Tigress.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Good!Po.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: The show could have served as a perfect opportunity to give the Furious Five more development and stories as central characters, sadly, besides Tigress, they only get a couple individual Days In The Limelight each, otherwise stuck as a collective Straight Man to Po's antics as in the films.
  • Ugly Cute: The Mongolian Fire Fist Demon.
  • Uncanny Valley: Like with the lemurs in The Penguins of Madagascar, the characters on this show don't translate very well into the lower-budget CGI. Most of them look like they're made out of clay. Shifu in particular looks horrendous.
  • Villain Decay: Temutai could be taken seriously in his first appearance, see Moral Event Horizon above. In his subsequent appearances, not so much.
  • The Woobie: Po puts up with a lot of crap in this series...
    • Also Bian Zao qualifies as one.
    • Holy cow, Peng. 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.
    • Jerkass Woobie: 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.
    • Tigress and Shifu still has some of their vitriolic tempers from the first film, but given they're most often collateral damage to Po's buffoonery and misbehaviour to the point of playing Iron Butt Monkey, their frustrations seem much more founded in many instances. Most of Tigress' moments in the limelight in particular lampshade that she was Shifu's most promising student before Po came along and started upstaging her and turning the Jade Palace into a circus, making her rather sympathetic despite her nasty streak.
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