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"Hometown Hero" is the seventh episode from season one of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness. It was the last of five total to air during the show's official worldwide premiere event on Nickelodeon.

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Po visits Mantis's hometown and discovers that Mantis hasn't been entirely honest with the villagers.[1]

Summary

Po and the Furious Five's yoga lesson was interrupted when Zeng brought Mantis an urgent message. After Master Shifu removed the tiny scroll from it's encasing and handed it to Mantis, he was shocked to read that his ex-fiance Hao Ming needs him to urgently return to their hometown. Po and the Five insisted on coming with them (especially Po, who was surprised and excited to learn that Mantis had almost been married), but Mantis unexpectedly became nervous and refused, giving the excuse that his hometown did not like tigers, snakes, monkeys or cranes. Once Mantis had departed, Shifu ordered Po to follow him, just in case he needed backup.

For the next couple of days, Po quietly followed Mantis on his journey, but was eventually caught. Though Mantis was angry at being followed, he was nervous and reluctant to have Po visit his hometown, and tried to persuade him to go back home. However, they had already arrived at the gates to the village. Horrified, Mantis confessed to Po that long ago, Hao had jilted him and left him broken-hearted, so Mantis decided to get back at her. Before he could explain exactly what he had done, the villagers suddenly rushed out in excitement towards the two friends, intending to greet the Dragon Warrior. Thinking that Mantis had told them that he was coming, Po gladly welcomed the villagers... but received a shock when they greeted Mantis instead and carried them into their village.

During the villagers' celebration, Po snuck into the village square and confronted Mantis, demanding an explanation. Mantis confessed that in order to make Hao regret jilting him, he told everyone that he was the Dragon Warrior. Mantis promised to confess the truth once the celebrations were over, but Po, deciding to support his friend, instead suggested that Mantis keep up the facade in order to rub Hao's nose in it. Po proceeded to disguised himself as Mantis's crippled sidekick, complete with an eye patch, crutch, and a habit of making weird noises and slamming his head on the table.

During a celebratory dinner, Hao and Mantis reunited at last. While Mantis remained cold, Hao attempted to seduce him, revealing that she had summoned Mantis back to his village in order to get back with him. Po was soon asked how he had come to be Mantis's sidekick. Thinking quickly, he conjured up a story about being a former dirt farmer who was saved by Mantis from a rock monster. One eye closed forever from witnessing such 'awesomeness' (hence the eye patch) and Po begged Mantis to let him be his sidekick. Mantis decided to let him tag along. Much to Po's dismay, Mantis soon gave in to Hao's seductions, and once again became her boyfriend. However, at that moment Hao's very recently ex-boyfriend Dosu burst in. Angered that Mantis had "stolen" his girlfriend, Dosu and his whistling sidekick Sai So challenged Mantis and Po to a duel at noon.

The next morning, Mantis woke up in his and Po's room literally crazy with love, but Po quickly reminded him of their fight at noon. However, Mantis had already made plans with Hao to meet her parents, but promised to be at the fight. Before leaving, he made it clear that Po was not to fight them, otherwise the ruse may be discovered. When noon arrived, Po stood in the village square facing Dosu and Sai So... while Mantis was a no-show. Angered, Dosu and his sidekick brutally beat Po before informing him that the duel was rescheduled for two o'clock. When Mantis returned to their room later that day, he found a beaten and displeased Po. Po informed him about the new duel, but Mantis had once again made plans with Hao beforehand, but again promised to be at the fight at two. However, when the time came, Mantis once again didn't turn up and Po again received a beating. The same thing happened at six, and continued up until nine, when Po returned to their room badly beaten and now genuinely needing his crutch. Tired of Mantis's broken promises, Po declared that Mantis was a disgrace to the Dragon Warrior name and that tomorrow he would be returning to the Jade Palace. In a desperate attempt to convince Po to stay, Mantis revealed that he and Hao were getting married. A thoroughly shocked Po was opposed to this, stating that Mantis was needed at the palace. Mantis, still blinded by love, demanded to know why Po wouldn't support Mantis at this important event. Po retorted that all he had done was support him, but since Hao came along all Mantis has done was let Po down. Po then departed the village.

The next morning, Po was traveling through the forest, muttering about his ordeal. Annoyed that he had been unable to fight Dosu and Sai So, he proceeded to display his remarkable kung fu skills, felling several trees with one toss of his crutch. However, Po quickly spotted Dosu and Sai So staring at him in shock, having seen the whole thing. Despite Po's attempts to cover himself, Dosu figured out that Mantis was a fraud. He and Sai So rushed back to the village to reveal the truth to Hao Ming and give Mantis a severe beating. Po followed in an attempt to stop them.

Mantis and Hao's wedding was in progress when Dosu, Sai So and Po made it back to the village, and a scuffle ensued between the three as Po desperately tried to stop Dosu from revealing the truth. Po soon found himself being beaten up once again as Mantis and Hao exchanged vows. Hao revealed that ever since she learned that Mantis was the Dragon Warrior, she knew that she had always wanted to be "Mrs. Dragon Warrior". Mantis, seeing his friend in trouble and realizing that Hao only loved him for his faux title, left Hao at the altar and came to Po's aid. He and Dosu finally faced each other in combat, with Mantis victorious. However, Dosu was able to reveal the truth to Hao. Po attempted to maintain the facade of being an injured sidekick, but Mantis stopped him and revealed the truth himself to the entire village. The villagers were shocked, and and outraged Hao called off the wedding. Mantis couldn't care less, and Po informed Dosu that Hao was once again available, but Hao was less that happy to take him back. Mantis then proceeded (with extreme difficulty) to carry a still injured Po out of the village.

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Legends of Awesomeness Season 1 episodes
No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
1 1 "Scorpion's Sting" Jim Schumann Doug Langdale September 19, 2011 101
2 2 "The Princess and the Po" Jim Schumann Doug Langdale October 21, 2011 103
3 3 "Sticky Situation" Gabe Swarr Scott Kreamer November 7, 2011 102
4 4 "Chain Reaction" Michael Mullen Kevin Seccia November 8, 2011 104
5 5 "Fluttering Finger Mindslip" Jim Schumann Jessica Gao November 9, 2011 105
6 6 "Good Croc, Bad Croc" Michael Mullen Scott Kreamer November 10, 2011 111
7 7 "Hometown Hero" Juan Meza-Leon Kevin Seccia November 11, 2011 109
8 8 "Jailhouse Panda" Michael Mullen Doug Landgale & Jon Ross November 18, 2011 117
9 9 "Owl Be Back" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale November 26, 2011 107
10 10 "Bad Po" Luther McLaurin & Jim Schumann Jon Ross November 26, 2011 113
11 11 "Sight for Sore Eyes" Juan Meza-Leon Doug Langdale November 27, 2011 108
12 12 "Rhino's Revenge" Michael Mullen Scott Kreamer November 27, 2011 106
13 13 "Master Ping" Michael Mullen Paul Rugg November 28, 2011 119
14 14 "Ghost of Oogway" Lane Lueras & Luther McLaurin Kevin Seccia November 29, 2011 120
15 15 "The Kung Fu Kid" Juan Meza-Leon Scott Kreamer November 30, 2011 122
16 16 "Ladies of the Shade" Michael Mullen Joshua Hamilton December 1, 2011 123
17 17 "Big Bro Po" Lane Lueras Doug Langdale December 2, 2011 118
18 18 "Po Fans Out" Juan Meza-Leon Kevin Seccia December 9, 2011 112
19 19 "Challenge Day" Jim Schumann Scott Kreamer December 16, 2011 110
20 20 "My Favorite Yao" Luther McLaurin Joshua Hamilton December 30, 2011 114
21 21 "In With the Old" Michael Mullen Kevin Seccia January 16, 2012 124
22 22 "Has-been Hero" Gabe Swarr Kevin Seccia March 31, 2012 126
23 23 "Love Stings" Juan Meza-Leon Joshua Hamilton April 2, 2012 115
24 24 "Hall of Lame" Juan Meza-Leon Kevin Seccia April 3, 2012 116
25 25 "Father Crime" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale April 4, 2012 121
26 26 "Monkey in the Middle" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo April 5, 2012 125
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