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"The Real Dragon Warrior" is the eighteenth episode from season three of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness.



Po and Monkey discover a small village and meet an impostor claiming to be the Dragon Warrior. Po is determined to expose the fraud but could end up doing more harm than good.[1]


While traveling along the road, Po asks Monkey if he would like to partake in his made-up game called "Smell this", which Monkey finds the least bit amusing. Along the way, they come across a small village where Po decides to boast about his Dragon Warrior title to the villagers, hoping to receive a parade in his honor, but Monkey interrupts him halfway, showing him a pamphlet of an impostor claiming to be the Dragon Warrior and giving lessons on how to become one. While Monkey finds the charade amusing, Po is offended by the identity theft and fears of besmirching his name.


Po and Monkey at one of Cheng's lectures.

In the village, the two decide to visit one of his lectures with the rest of the villagers. Seeing as how the villagers have taken a great liking to Cheng, Po angrily disrupts the class and accuses him of being a fraud in front of others. The conversation between the two is interrupted when a group of bandits attack the village. When Cheng confronts the group, Po decides to sit this one out, thinking his loss will convince the villagers. To Po's surprise, Cheng manages to defeat the bandits with ease. Failing to disprove Cheng's lies, Po challenges him to a battle. While at first convinced of his victory, Cheng results to using weapons when Po has the upper hand. Once defeated, Cheng confesses to his sham, disappointing the entire village, who had looked up to him as a hero, while Shi Wo, the leader of the bandit group, witnesses this from afar.

Back in the classroom, Po and Monkey visit Cheng and question his reasons for masquerading as the Dragon Warrior. They soon learn that Cheng grew up in a big family, who simply wanted to stand out in front of his brothers and sisters who, unlike Cheng, achieved great success. One day, while passing through a village, he accidentally tripped and stopped a bandit. Believing it to be on purpose, the villagers praised Cheng as a hero. Caught in the moment, Cheng fails to correct the villagers and imposes as the Dragon Warrior. Feeling sorry for him, Po and Monkey wish him luck and decide to go and make sure the bandits don't return, where Cheng confesses even more telling them the bandits were nothing more than paid actors.

In the outskirts of the village, the group of traveling actors, now without a job and money decide to storm and ransack the village as actual bandits.

The next day, while leaving, Cheng is ostracized by the villagers. Po steps in and speaks on behalf of Cheng in hopes of changing their opinion about him. In the middle of it, the village is, yet again attacked by the bandits. While Po believes they're simply acting, the group uses this to their advantage and knocks him and Monkey out cold. Waking up each tied to a pillar, the two witness as the villagers are forced to deliver their valuables to the group and watch one of their performances. They get offended when Po calls them nothing more than actors and decide to burn down the village. Cheng steps in and confronts them, before getting knocked down. After seeing Cheng's bravery to stand up against someone stronger than himself, the villagers rebel against the group. In the midst of battle, Cheng releases Po and Monkey who quickly defeat Shi Wo's underlings. Po leaves Shi Wo to Cheng in hopes of restoring his honor by defeating him. While Shi Wo prepares to finish of Cheng with his axe, Po's words give Cheng the confidence to fight back and defeat Shi Wo. Praised as a hero again, Monkey is surprised by Po's selflessness, but his admiration for Po quickly ends when he asks Monkey to smell his finger.

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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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