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"Apocalypse Yao" is the seventeenth episode from season three of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.

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Po has to help Master Yao after Taotie and Bian Zao steal the Mystic Secrets of Kung Fu right out of the master's head.[1]

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The episode begins with Shifu running urgently apparently to stop someone, but it turns out he was just running to get a glimpse of Master Yao before he left to see another kung fu master, with Po as his bodyguard. While Po is pulling Yao to the palace, he asks Yao what the meaning of life is. Yao replies that the meaning of life is to work toward a worthwhile goal, which makes Po realize he has no goal.

Meanwhile, Taotie is trying without much success to get Bian Zao interested in his new invention, the Bronze Lotus, which saps knowledge and dispenses it out in cookie form, allowing anybody to take in that knowledge. Bian Zao shows no interest until Taotie uses it on himself to drain his knowldege of operating the machine, and offers the cookie to Bian Zao. Upon eating the cookie, Bian Zao immediately gains interest, and proposes that they use the machine to steal the secrets of kung fu and auction them off to other villains.

While Po is contemplating his goal, Yao suggests that Po be his successor by passing on his Five Mystic Secrets of Kung Fu to him. Just then, Taotie and Bian Zao arrive in a giant war machine resembling an octopus, and use it to knock out Yao and steal the five secrets. After stealing the secrets, the retreat while Bian Zao reads about the five secrets; the Iron Heart, which gives one superhuman strength; the Clap of Stillness, which freezes everybody nearby; Jin Tian's tempest, which allows one to summon lightning; the Yangzte Spleen Punch, which knocks out all people in a hundred yard radius, and the Wings of Light, which grant the user the ability to fly. Just then, Po arrives and tries to convince Yao to use the secrets of kung fu to stop Taotie; however, Yao realizes he no longer remembers how to do them, which makes him realize he has no point in life and loses his will to fight. Po single handedly destroys the octopus and almost defeats Taotie; however Taotie accidentally eats the cookie containing the Iron Heart, which he immediately rejects due to his thinking that machines are better than kung fu, but not before using it to trap Po and Yao on a cliff face.

Po tries to convince Yao to help him escape, however Yao has no will to do so, but eventually he is persuaded to use the Hunan Buttkick to kick Po to the clifftop. Po and Yao then run over to Taotie's auction, where they are tied to bamboo shoots while Taotie attempts to auction the secrets off to Hundun, Temutai, Fung, and Gahri. Po frees himself by getting Hunan Buttkicked again, and then attempts to stop the auction. In the process, Po accidentally knocks over the cookie box, giving one cookie to Po and all the bidders. Po receives the Wings of Light, Hundun receives the Iron Heart, Temutai receives Jin Tian's tempest, Fung receives the Yangzte Spleen Punch, and Gahri receives the Clap of Stillness (which he immediately uses to freeze Fung and leave). Po manages to overpower the bidders with his wings and forces Bian Zao to give the secrets back to Yao.

At the top of the kung fu master's palace, Yao reveals that the master was Po all along, and Po realizes that his goal in life is to help people, and rejects Yao's proposal to be his successor. Suddenly, Yao realizes that he only remembers 4 of the 5 secrets. Back at the auction, it is revealed that Bian Zao kept Jin Tian's tempest for himself, which he refers to as "not lame".

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Legends of Awesomeness Season 3 episodes
No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
53 1 "Shifu's Ex" Aaron Hammersley Gene Grillo June 24, 2013 218
54 2 "War of the Noodles" Lane Lueras Doug Langdale June 25, 2013 305
55 3 "The Break Up" Lane Lueras Katie Mattila June 26, 2013 208
56 4 "Mind Over Manners" Aaron Hammersley Kevin Campbell June 27, 2013 304
57 5 "A Thousand and Twenty Questions" Lane Lueras Brandon Sawyer June 28, 2013 302
58 6 "The Way of the Prawn" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo July 1, 2013 306
59 7 "Mouth Off" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale July 2, 2013 307
60 8 "Serpent's Tooth" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo July 3, 2013 308
61 9 "The Goosefather" Michael Mullen Katie Mattila January 11, 2014 309
62 10 "Po Picks a Pocket" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo January 26, 2014 310
63 11 "Croc You Like a Hurricane" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale February 2, 2014 311
64 12 "Crazy Little Ling Called Love" Aaron Hammersley, Luther McLaurin Doug Langdale February 9, 2014 319
65 13 "Kung Fu Club" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo February 16, 2014 314
66 14 "The Hunger Game" Michael Mullen John P. McCann February 23, 2014 315
67 15 "A Stitch in Time" Aaron Hammersley, Luther McLaurin Doug Langdale March 2, 2014 316
68 16 "Eternal Chord" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo June 8, 2014 317
69 17 "Apocalypse Yao" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale June 15, 2014 318
70 18 "The Real Dragon Warrior" Lane Lueras Allan Rice June 22, 2014 320
71 19 "Youth in Re-Volt" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale February 15, 2016 322
72 20 "Forsaken and Furious" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo February 16, 2016 326
73 21 "Po the Croc" Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale February 17, 2016 328
74 22 "Camp Ping" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo February 18, 2016 327
75 23 "Goose Chase" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale February 19, 2016 324
76 24 "The First Five" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo June 8, 2016 321
77 25 "See No Weevil" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo June 15, 2016 323
78 26 "Face Full of Fear" Aaron Hammersley Allan Rice June 22, 2016 325
79 27 "Emperors Rule (Part 1)" Michael Mullen, Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale, Gene Grillo June 29, 2016 312
80 28 "Emperors Rule (Part 2)" Michael Mullen, Aaron Hammersley Doug Langdale, Gene Grillo June 29, 2016 313
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