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"The Midnight Stranger" is the sixteenth episode from season two of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.



When kung fu is outlawed, Po turns to donning a mask to fight crime.[1]


Po is placed in jail by Constable Hu, having once again employed Kung fu without going through the process of applying for a permit. Po argues that the application process is impractical, but Hu refuses to bend on the matter and-according to the authority granted him by the Imperial emblem-bans the practice of Kung fu. Released into the custody of the Furious Five, Po and his teammates quickly become frustrated, as crime is running rampant and they are forbidden by law from stopping it. The group are forced to wait, hoping that Shifu will resolve the matter after he returns from a trip. However, while walking late that night, Po witnesses a robbery in progress, and decides to intervene after spotting a nearby suit of armor in his size and donning it to hide his identity.

After fighting off the bandits, Po is addressed by the beneficiary of his efforts as the Midnight Stranger, a term he is unfamiliar with. Spending the night at the Noodle shop, he questions his adopted father about the Stranger and is told the legend; in the process his father is revealed to be an avid fan of the Stranger. The reaction to the Stranger's efforts among the villagers is fairly positive, but Constable Hu is outraged by a vigilante taking the law into his own hands. Discussing the matter with the Furious Five, Po learns that while most of them disapprove of the Stranger's actions, Tigress is enamored of the idea of the heroic outlaw.

Po continues to don the armor and fight bandits in the valley, much to their dismay and Hu's consternation. Several of the outlaws then ambush him at the Noodle shop, where his father is briefly thrilled to see him until Po-in his Midnight Stranger guise-destroyed much of Ping's property, including quite a bit of Midnight Stranger fan memorabilia. The bandits, realizing that they can't defeat the Stranger, decided to get help, while the next day Po learns of his father's outrage and contempt for the false Midnight Stranger. After encountering Tigress, who is out looking for the Stranger in hopes of winning his affections, he is approached by Hu, who asks for his help in apprehending the Stranger. The pair soon hold a stakeout, in which Po is confident that they won't see the Stranger, only for Ping to arrive in a homemade Stranger helmet and thwart a robbery.

Believing Ping to be the Stranger he has been looking for, Hu takes him into custody with the intent of sending him to Chorh-Gom Prison, only for Po to don his armor in an effort to prove his father's innocence. After Po's identity is revealed, Hu lets Ping go free and arrests him instead, intending to take him to prison. However, the Pig bandits then arrive, and surprise Hu by thanking him for banning Kung fu and making their criminal enterprise easier. They then introduce their new ally, Lidong, who quickly battles Po but inadvertently frees him from Hu's handcuffs. Hu, meanwhile, is so outraged by the mockery the criminals have made of him that he joins Po in battling them down, even bringing down Lidong with a powerful body slam.

Pleased by the victory, Hu announces that the ban on Kung fu is lifted, but then informs Po that he doesn't have the ability to change the process and make permits unnecessary. The Five then arrive in response to the disturbance, and Tigress is horrified to learn that the object of her affections was Po in disguise.

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Legends of Awesomeness Season 2 episodes
No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
27 1 "Kung Fu Day Care" Juan Meza-Leon Doug Langdale April 6, 2012 201
28 2 "Royal Pain" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo September 26, 2012 214
29 3 "The Most Dangerous Po" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo October 13, 2012 203
30 4 "The Po Who Cried Ghost" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo October 27, 2012 207
31 5 "Kung Shoes" Lane Lueras Doug Langdale November 3, 2012 209
32 6 "Bosom Enemies" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo November 10, 2012 215
33 7 "Enter the Dragon (Part 1)" Aaron Hammersley & Michael Mullen Scott Kreamer & Peter Hastings November 12, 2012 220
34 8 "Enter the Dragon (Part 2)" Aaron Hammersley & Michael Mullen Scott Kreamer & Peter Hastings November 12, 2012 221
35 9 "Master and the Panda" Michael Mullen Gene Grillo November 24, 2012 212
36 10 "Present Tense" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale December 8, 2012 213
37 11 "Shifu's Back" Michael Mullen Paul Rugg January 14, 2013 205
38 12 "Terror Cotta" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale January 15, 2013 225
39 13 "The Spirit Orbs of Master Ding" Lane Lueras Tom Sheppard January 16, 2013 226
40 14 "The Maltese Mantis" Michael Mullen Paul Rugg January 17, 2013 202
41 15 "Invitation Only" Michael Mullen Paul Rugg January 18, 2013 217
42 16 "The Midnight Stranger" Juan Meza-Leon Doug Langdale January 20, 2013 206
43 17 "Shoot the Messenger" Lane Lueras Kevin Campbell January 22, 2013 219
44 18 "A Tigress Tale" Juan Meza-Leon & Gabe Swarr Paul Rugg January 23, 2013 211
45 19 "Crane on a Wire" Lane Lueras Gene Grillo January 24, 2013 204
46 20 "The Secret Museum of Kung Fu" Michael Mullen Doug Langdale January 25, 2013 224
47 21 "Bride of Po" Michael Mullen Tom Sheppard February 14, 2013 303
48 22 "Five is Enough" Aaron Hammersley Gene Grillo June 17, 2013 301
49 23 "Mama Told Me not to Kung Fu" Lane Lueras Doug Langdale June 18, 2013 222
50 24 "Secret Admirer" Gabe Swarr & Aaron Hammersley Katie Mattila June 19, 2013 216
51 25 "Qilin Time" Juan Meza-Leon Paul Rugg June 20, 2013 210
52 26 "Huge" Aaron Hammersley Gene Grillo June 21, 2013 223
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