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YMMV / Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness

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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.
  • Accidental Aesop: Legends tends to be the one iteration of the franchise where Po tends to suffer The Worf Effect and take the most losses. It also happens to be the series where Po is a bit more of a cocky Adaptational Jerkass than his portrayal in the films and other series. While the main reason Po has to lose is so Shifu or someone from the Furious Five can have their own A Day in the Limelight episode and save the day, his cockiness also doesn't do him much favors in some of those fights. One important lesson the audience can take from this is that a martial artist should always remain humble and not act like an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy, no matter what rank he is... even if he's the Dragon Warrior. If you grow too arrogant and become too overconfident in your abilities, there will always be someone out there who can seriously humble you.
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  • 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:
    • 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, those who are split between thinking some episodes truly live up to the spirit of the movies while other episodes are so awful that they're a total disgrace to the franchise, 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 (and eventually DreamWorks was sold to NBCUniversal who forbade Nickelodeon from airing the show), many seem to disavow it as a Nicktoon due to Nick having no complete control over it.
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    • 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).
  • Complete Monster ("Enter the Dragon"): Ke-Pa is an ancient demon who terrorized the Valley of Peace with his army of demons, driving out or killing the citizens. After his army was sealed away by Oogway, Ke-Pa spent decades waiting for the peach tree that his powers are bound by dies, then, with his power returned, transformed into a dragon and lay siege to the Valley of Peace, threatening to eat the citizens one by one. Capturing and torturing Shifu under the belief that he has the Hero's Chi, Ke-Pa tries to crush the Hero's Chi out of him to free his demon army, before doing the same to Po and succeeding. Once his demons are unleashed, Ke-Pa orders them to kill everything in the Valley of Peace, bragging that he will destroy all mortals on the planet and reign supreme.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • In "Fluttering Finger Mindslip", there's a MacGuffin that can undo the amnesia caused by the titular technique, except it's at the end of the "Corridor of Unbelievable Agony" (which is exactly what it sounds like.) Po nonetheless traverses said corridor except the MacGuffin is locked, with the key at the entrance to the corridor. Po goes back to the start (suffering the same pain) and returns receiving the pain for a third time. Fortunately there is a key to disable the mechanism that launches the torture. Less fortunately, this key was also left at the start of the corridor...
    • 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.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Po and Tigress, big time. Not that it makes any attempt to discourage this.
  • Franchise Original Sin: The Character Exaggeration of the film cast (especially Tigress) is hardly a rarity to the franchise, since a lot of side media such as the Secrets of the Furious Five/Scrolls specials and even the third film play them as more cartoonish and flawed than usual. This however was more for the sake of Character Development and demonstrating their character foibles, not to mention it is often done with subtlety and kept within the range of their original personalities. The TV series however, while sometimes attempting this, will just as frequently make the cast uncharacteristically incompetent or unlikeable for the sake of gags or a quick plot device.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Po's death in "Enter the Dragon" surely wasn't going to last, as he's literally the main character of the whole franchise.
  • 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 similar to 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.
  • Older Than They Think: "Po The Croc" wasn't the first time a CGI mammalian fictional hero lost his memories from hitting his head and got taken in by villainous crocodiles who convinced him that he was a croc. Donkey Kong Country was where it happened first, with Captain Skurvy taking in the eponymous Donkey Kong and convincing him that he was really a crocodilian first mate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Song from Lades of the Shade is introduced in an interesting Dating Catwoman scenario with Po, with her eventually redeeming herself and turning away from crime. She could have gone on to become a recurring love interest to Po in the series, possibly even being a potential romantic rival to Tigress. But after her first and only appearance, she disappears from the series and never shows up again.
    • Peng could've had potential to be the Naïve Newcomer to the Jade Palace crew and Hyper-Competent Sidekick to Po. Heck the show could've delved into who his family, like his parents, their relation to Tai Lung, where they were while he was raised by Shifu and why Peng was searching for him in the first place. He doesn't even get much characterization beyond being a kung fu prodigy and Tai Lung's estranged nephew.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Peng's introduction revealed that Tai Lung, who was left abandoned on Shifu's door, still has other family members. For being his nephew, one of Peng's parents must be a sibling to Tai Lung, though it's not clear if/when they were born prior to/after Tai Lung's abandonment. If not for the episodic nature of this series, this could've made a decent Myth Arc.
  • 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.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: Taotie. How exactly is focusing on machines rather than practicing the art of Kung Fu a bad thing? It really comes across as Oogway and Shifu being overly traditionalist and afraid of progress than Taotie being disrespectful, especially since the latter was genuinely trying to help himself.
  • 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.