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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfMulan'', the UAV Entertainment version.
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''Mulan'' may refer to:

* The legendary Chinese figure Hua Mulan featured in the classic poem ''The Ballad Of Mulan''.

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* The legendary Chinese figure Hua Mulan featured in the classic poem ''The Ballad Of of Mulan''.
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* The animated Creator/{{Disney}} adaptation ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (1999).

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* The animated Creator/{{Disney}} adaptation ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (1999).(1998).
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[[redirect:{{Disney/Mulan}}]]''Mulan'' may refer to:

* The legendary Chinese figure Hua Mulan featured in the classic poem ''The Ballad Of Mulan''.
* The animated Creator/{{Disney}} adaptation ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' (1999).
* The live-action Chinese adaptation ''Film/{{Mulan}}'' (2009).

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[[caption-width-right:250:''[[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Somehow I'll make a man out of you!]]'']]

->''"You'll bring honor to us all."''

''Mulan'' is an animated film released in 1998, as the 36th film on the DisneyAnimatedCanon. It was inspired by the [[ImperialChina Ancient Chinese]] [[FolkHero folk legend]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Mulan Hua Mulan]] (花木蘭). [[hottip:*: though Disney chose to romanize the heroine's name as Fa Mulan, in effect giving her family name the [[ChineseDialectsAndAccents typical Cantonese pronunciation, but her personal name the normal Mandarin one]].]]

The Huns are invading ImperialChina, so every Chinese family receives a conscription order requiring one male from each household to serve in the army. Fa Mulan has no brothers, but she doesn't want her aging veteran father to go to war again, so she steals his horse and arms, and goes in his place, [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a man]].

Her ancestors ask the dragon Mushu ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent who is small and has a penchant for comedy]]) to wake up the Great Stone Dragon to go protect Mulan, but Mushu (accidentally) breaks the Stone Dragon's statue and, rather than own up to this, goes in his place, possibly to earn some glory, so becoming Mulan's NonHumanSidekick.

Under the assumed name "[[HilariousInHindsight Fa Ping]]", Mulan undergoes many hardships in basic training, but eventually wins the respect and friendship of her fellow soldiers, and marches with her battalion to confront the invading Huns in a cliff-top battle.

The film was very successful compared to the lukewarm reception of its predecessors ''{{Pocahontas}}'', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. In 2005, a direct-to-video sequel was made. Mushu is a summon character in the first ''KingdomHearts'' game, and Mulan is an assisting party member in the Land of the Dragons world of [[KingdomHeartsII the sequel]], and she was also made an honorary DisneyPrincess, even though [[MisaimedMarketing she's not royalty, either by birth or marriage]].
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!!Tropes used include:
* ActionGirl: And how!
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Huns.
* AnalogyBackfire: The emperor doesn't seem to take wind erosion into account in the following exchange:
-->'''[[CompleteMonster Shan Yu]]:''' I grow tired of your arrogance, old man, BOW TO ME!\\
'''[[CoolOldGuy Emperor]]:''' No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.
** FridgeBrilliance: He did bow to Mulan at the end. Shan Yu couldn't get the emperor to bow by trying to force him like a single windstorm can't erode a mountain. Mulan got him to bow by continuously proving herself[[hottip:*: Lampshaded by his summation of her adventures]] like a mountain is eroded by continuous winds.
** Or maybe he just meant "[[BadassGrandpa Not in my lifetime]]."
* AnachronismStew: Pick any two things, such as having the current emperor apparently built the great wall, which puts things at odds for when was the real-life equivalent to the Huns were invading.
** Not to mention a certain pair of GoofyPrintUnderwear with what appears to be an elastic waistband.
** Well, the Great Wall of China was built and rebuilt several times over; the current one we see today is the fifth reincarnation, so that particular part, depending on which Emperor he's supposed to be, may be okay.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: "I have heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan..."
* ArtShift: The Gang of Three's {{Imagine Spot}}s during "A Girl Worth Fighting For", which shifts to the style of brush paintings.
* AttractiveBentGender: Played straight: "I bet the local girls thought you were quite the charmer..." is sung for Mulan's male persona, and indeed the rice pickers take a shine to "him".
** Averted later: "[It's only] Concubines." "''Ugly'' concubines."
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Shan Yu and his council are the only Huns Badass enough to come popping out of the snow! Like daisies! On the other hand, they were probably leading the charge and just might've been far enough away from the avalanche to survive.
* BearHug: [[TheBigGuy Chien Po]] does this.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Take a wild guess.
* {{Badass}}: Several. Mulan, who wipes out the majority of the Hun army with a single rocket and then flashes Shan Yu a smirk when he has his OhCrap moment. Shan Yu himself, who took the Great Wall as a challenge, deliberately challenged the Chinese Army and curb stomped them, and when he was buried in the avalanche, he just burst right out [[hottip:*: ''like daisies!!'']]. But the one who takes the cake is the ''Emperor''. He's a noncombatant and the much younger and bulky leader of the army that just crushed his own is swinging a sword at him. He doesn't even flinch.
* BatDeduction: played with when Shan Yu and his men deduct from a small doll, which Shan Yu's [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey pet eagle]] managed to obtain on a scouting trip, that the Emperor's army is in a village in the mountain pass. It's unusual for this trope in that their deductive reasoning ''is'' logical, and the fact that they ''can'' deduce something like this makes sense considering that they're experts in tracking and that they live in the mountains (or at least have spent a huge amount of time crossing them).
* BigBad: Shan Yu.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The head Hun has one as a pet.
* BigShadowLittleCreature: Mushu. Lampshaded by Mulan: "You're...''tiny.''"
-->'''Mulan:''' My ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?\\
'''Mushu:''' Dragon, ''dragon''! I don't do that tongue thing. *does "that tongue" thing for emphasis*
* BilingualBonus: Mulan's male alias, "Ping", makes her full name "Hua Ping" (花瓶), which is Chinese for "flower vase" but also a figurative term for someone who is "just a pretty face" or, in other words, pretty but useless.
** "Hua Ping" is also slang for "effeminate or homosexual man"
** Chi Fu's name is a pun on the Chinese word for "to bully".
** Chien Po's chant while trying to calm Yao down is a Buddhist prayer.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Shan Yu.
* BladeReflection
* BloodlessCarnage: The destroyed village. Apparently, not a single drop of blood was spilled even though an entire army was massacred and a village destroyed and burnt. [[EnforcedTrope But that would have made the movie R rated]].
** Also in the scene where Shan Yu cuts Mulan across the chest causing a wound so bad that she passes out (presumably from blood loss) the moment her adrenaline rush is over after saving Shang. We see a dark stain on her armour for about an instant, but otherwise she seems to have bled out without actually bleeding out, or even damaging her armor at all.
*** She also has blood on her hand and arm.
** The way Shan Yu is disposed of would have seen the rocket ripping him apart and ash and bloody/charred jibs raining over a small part of the Imperial City.
* BreakawayPopHit: "Reflection", which, surprisingly, was Music/ChristinaAguilera's first single, and the start of her career.
* CallARabbitASmeerp[=/=]TranslationConvention: The "Huns" referred to in the movie are almost certainly the Xiongnu, who were similar in many ways and often identified with them but actually different.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes Mulan about the still-living Huns, apparently because she lied about her gender.
* ChainOfPeople: Mulan's troupe forms one after she falls off the cliff. Turns into a Self-Retracting Chain Of People immediately after, when [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Chien Po joins in]].
* CheatedAngle: The topknots on Shang and Mulan are cheated up slightly to keep them visible even when they would otherwise be blocked in a front angle view.
* ChekhovsLecture: "[[StealthPun Reflect]] before you act. This will bring you honor and glory."
* ChekhovsSkill: Pole climbing.
** Mushu's firebreathing.
** Ling uses the brick-breaking headbutt he learned in training to take out one of the Huns.
** ''Shoe throwing'', of all things. Mulan uses it to catch Shan Yu's attention, stopping him just short of chopping Shang's head off. When we saw her do the same to Khan earlier, who knew it'd come in handy?
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: "Ping" ''appears'' to be this to others, but it's caused by a combination of trying to act manly, having to hide her gender, and being sabotaged by the others after making an initial bad impression.
* CoolOldGuy: The Emperor.
* CoolOldLady: Mulan's grandmother.
* CoverIdentityAnomaly: Mulan does this when asked her name. Her family name (which she must use as part of the cover story) is Fa, but she hasn't thought of a ''personal'' name, leading to a very awkward conversation where Mushu tries to secretly help her come up with a name.
* CryingWolf: After Mulan is revealed as being a woman, she sees that the Huns are still coming. She heads to warn Shang, but he doesn't believe her, possibly because she's a woman but also because she's a woman who has been lying to him for the whole movie, so there's some trust issues. Mulan says "you'd trust Ping, why is Mulan any different?" Well, for one thing, for all Shang knew, Ping didn't get into the army based on a lie...
* CueTheSun: The climax of "Make a Man out of You". Ping/Mulan fails the whole training regimen and Shang pretty much tells him/her to go home. She then sees the arrow at the pole and decides to give it one last try. As she does, the sun rises and the other men start cheering her on. She succeeds and throws the arrow down to Shang's feet for emphasis, proving she ''can'' pull her own weight around.
* CutSong: Two as revealed in the DVD: "Keep 'Em Guessing", originally intended to be Mushu's introduction song, and an opening number filled with [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Chinese Chanting]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: This film, unlike most [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]], thoroughly addresses the subject of war, and the grim consequences thereof, including [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel the implied large-scale murder of the innocent]] and [[TearJerker the grieving family members of those killed]]. That said, despite the dark nature of some of the subject matter, they manage to '''somewhat''' soften through frequent comic relief.
* DeadlyFireworksDisplay: The death of Shan Yu involves one of the most literal uses of this trope in cinema.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Emperor.
-->'''Emperor:''' See to it that this woman is made a member of my council.\\
'''Chi Fu:''' *stammers* ''What?!'' Uh... why, there are no council positions open, Your Majesty.\\
'''Emperor:''' Very well. ''[to Mulan]'' You can have ''his'' job.
* DebtDetester: Shang saves Mulan's life after she dishonors the Chinese army in return for her saving his life during the Mongol attack.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: As mentioned above, several (but not all) male characters at least start out pretty sexist because, hey, it's ancient China. Also lampshaded when Mulan, after being honored as a hero, gives the Emperor a big hug, Yao asks "Is she allowed to do that?" (No, it would have been punishable by death.)
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Mulan does this to herself whenever she gets into trouble as Ping.
* DisneyAcidSequence: "A Girl Worth Fighting For".
* DisneyVillainDeath: ''Averted''.
* DodgeTheBullet: Part of the training for the new recruits is to learn to run through a hail of burning arrows without being hit. This is almost an inversion in that in the beginning when they are no good at it they do some actual dodging, but once he's got the hang of it, Yao runs through without being hit without making any visible effort to dodge.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: Said by Yao when dressed as a woman, which is also an ActorAllusion (his voice actor has performed in drag).
** Yao gets a DopeSlap for his trouble.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Shang has a ''song'' illustrating just how nasty he is.
** Subverted in that he isn't ''that'' nasty - he's tough but good, and reacts with approval when he sees his [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits band of miserable slobs]] becoming efficient and disciplined soldiers.
*** The song still sounds ''exactly'' like what a DrillSergeantNasty is supposed to sound like, with the language cleaned up of course.
* DrinkingGame: Take a sip whenever someone says 'honor'.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: Chi-Fu is a NonActionGuy known for his GirlyScream, yet when told that Mulan is a hero he simply says, "She's a ''woman.'' She'll never be worth anything!" Granted, there is some room for interpreting this as something he doesn't quite mean, and more so says out of contempt for Mulan as an ''individual'', but ''still''...
* EmpathyDollShot: Used with irony; unbeknownst to Mulan, the doll was also the ''cause'' of the village's destruction.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: An unusual antagonist example: if you match the story up to Real Life and accept that the "Huns" are in fact the Xiongnu, Shan Yu is not the BigBad's name but his TITLE (also represented as Chanyu, in either event roughly translates to "Majesty Son of Heaven").
* EvilLaugh: Shan Yu, standing on top of the Imperial Palace's roof.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Instead of shooting at Shan Yu and killing just him, Mulan shoots at a mountaintop and creates an [[HairTriggerAvalanche avalanche]] that wipes out most of his army, turning what could have been a rout for the Hun force into a victory for the Chinese.
-->'''Mushu:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments *flying towards the mountain*]] You ''missed!! How could you miss?'' He was TWO FEET IN FRONT OF YOU!!!
* {{Fanservice}}: Shang, shirtless and swinging a pole around while singing "I'll Make A Man Out Of You". Hilariously reviewed by the Daily Show's CampGay film critic Frank [=DeCaro=], who responded "Yes, PLEASE! ...And bring the pole."
* {{Faux Action G|irl}}uy: Shang. He's introduced as a total {{badass}}, manages to fight circles around his recruits, trains them to perfection... and from that point on becomes consistently less competent than Mulan.
** To be fair, he does do ''some'' action sequences, but considering that Mulan's the one being focused on, [[HeroOfAnotherStory we don't really see all that much of it]], and in some places it's just implied.
* {{Flanderization}}: Mushu becomes a {{Jerkass}} in the sequel.
* FootFocus: During the bath scene.
** It's the only thing they ''can'' focus on.
** In ''Mulan II'', one of Mulan's ancestors orders Mushu to rub her ugly feet.
* FruitOfTheLoon: The boys stuff their dresses with a variety of fruit, including...a banana.
* GentleGiant: Chien-Po
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The bathing scene, especially. "There's a couple of things I '''know''' they're bound to notice!" Featuring [[PeekABoo strategically-placed objects]] and camera angles.
** When Mulan's identity is found out. She's injured in the last battle with the Huns in the ribs, and while she's being treated, the doctor discovers that she's not exactly [[SweetPollyOliver who she says she is]]...
-->'''Mushu:''' My powers are beyond your mortal imagination. For instance, my eyes can see straaaaaaight through your armour! (Mulan gasps, covers her chest with one arm and slaps him.)
** From "A Girl Worth Fighting For":
-->'''Soldiers:''' ''You can guess what we have missed the most since we went off to war!''
** And from the fight at the camp:
-->'''Mushu-as-Ping:''' Say that to my face, ya limp noodle!\\
'''[[CompensatingForSomething Yao]]:''' ''What'' did you say!?
** "...Miss Man had to take her little drag show on the road!"
* GirlinessUpgrade: Mulan dresses like a warrior in the original {{Disney}} cartoon but is dressed as a Chinese princess in the merchandising.
* GonnaFlyNowMontage: "I'll Make a Man Out of You".
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Falls on poor Mushu's face.
* GoryDiscretionShot: One of the "messengers" Shan Yu sends to the Emperor is killed by an archer.
** "How many men does it take to deliver a message?" [[PreMortemOneLiner *readies bow* "One."]]
** When Mulan gets slashed across the chest, she's clearly bleeding.
* GPSEvidence: Shan Yu's falcon brings him a doll from a village to which they are ''en route''. The doll has evidence on it -- pine tar, a white horse hair -- that tells him the Imperial Army are there.
* {{Guile Hero}}ine: Mulan.
* GymClassRopeClimb: One of the training exercises is a variation of this.
* HairTriggerTemper: Yao.
* HeroicBSOD: Mulan completely shuts down after her cover is blown and doesn't boot back up until a handful of Huns prove themselves not quite deceased.
* HerosMuse: The soldiers discuss this trope in the song "A Girl Worth Fighting For".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lampshaded with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po in the second movie after having been told by the matchmaker that none of them would ever find matches for themselves:
-->'''Chien-Po:''' I guess I'll spend my life with you two.\\
'''Ling:''' Pass the hanky.
* HitYouSoHardYourXWillFeelIt: Mulan was told that punching and butt-slapping is a form of friendly gesture. Mulan did this to Yao in the wrong way and naturally, it caused a stir in Yao's rather short temper.
-->'''Yao:''' I'm gonna hit you so hard; it'll make your ''ancestors'' dizzy!
* HoYay: YourMileageMayVary, but it's sort of implied that Shang was already [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre turned on]] by Mulan when she was still Ping.
** Mushu encourages it as a normal part of male-to-male interaction.
-->'''Mushu:''' Good, now slap 'im on the behind. They like that!
* HumanLadder: The soldiers form one to try and find Mulan during the avalanche.
* HypocriticalHumor: Chi Fu: "...And I do not squeal like a girl!" (''Panda eats Chi Fu's slipper and he squeals like a girl'')
* ImportantHaircut: With a ''sword'', no less.
* ImprovisedZipline: Mulan uses a string of lanterns to zip down from the roof.
* IndyPloy: "You don't have a ''plan?''"
* [[InevitableWaterfall Inevitable Cliff]]
* InfantImmortality: averted. When walking through the ruins of a raided village, a single doll is found, as a g-rated signal that there were children killed here.
* InsistentTerminology: "Dragon, ''dragon!'' I don't do that tongue thing."
* IOweYouMyLife: Shang to Mulan. This life-debt becomes immediately useful when Mulan is found out, and the punishment for a woman joining the army is death. Instead of killing her, Shang lets her go free. In the next scene, we're shown that he did leave her a good amount of provisions and her horse, which she promptly rode back into town.
* IronicEcho: A reprise of "Make A Man Out Of You" plays with unabashed glee while Mulan's friends are getting tarted up in full concubine drag to infiltrate the palace. Later, all four of them actually use the combat moves they were shown learning during that musical number against the Huns... still dressed as women.
* IWantSong: "[[Music/ChristinaAguilera Reflection]]" and "A Girl Worth Fighting For".
* JackieChan: Plays Li Shang in both the Cantonese and Mandarin dubs. Singing ''and'' speaking voices!
* {{Jerkass}}: For some reason, they felt the need to turn Mushu into this during the second film.
** Mostly because Mulan's ancestors were jerkasses towards him.
* KarmaHoudini: No one seems to notice (or possibly care) that Mushu accidentally killed the great stone dragon, though it is possible that A. it was dead to begin with or B. it was the wrong statue. But still.
** Or [[TakeAThirdOption C]]: [[FridgeBrilliance It had already gone. With Mulan.]]
** D: the statue is just a vessel to incarnate in the mortal world. The dragon got stuck in the astral plane, but he is alright.
* KneelBeforeFrodo: The greatest example in Disney.
* KneelBeforeZod: Shan Yu attempts to invoke this, but [[{{Badass}} the emperor]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome refuses]].
* LadyOfWar
* LargeHam: ''[++'''"I LIIIIIIIIIVVVVEEEE!!!!!!"'''++]''
* LastVillainStand: Shan Yu after his army gets wiped out by an avalanche and his generals have been captured.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Mulan leaving home. Has a bit of the flavor of a TransformationSequence.
* LongingLook: What totally gives away Mulan's crush on Shang to Mushu.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Shang is an incredibly competent and professional soldier, not even letting his father's death distract him from the task at hand. Then he starts talking to Mulan while she's a girl. Though, to be fair, by that point he didn't really need to be focused on Huns.
* TheMakeover: Twice; once in "You'll Bring Honour to Us All" and when she "becomes" a man.
* ManlyTears: Yao at the ending.
* MaybeEverAfter: [[BeyondTheImpossible It's a Disney movie that doesn't end with a wedding]].
** ... cue sequel to 'fix' that.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: When Mulan and her squad infiltrate the Imperial Palace.
* ModelPlanning: When the general describes the planned advance to his son.
* MoodWhiplash: ''[[IWantSong "A girl worth fighting-"]]'' [[OhCrap *cut to reaction shot of destroyed village*]]
* MortalWoundReveal: Mulan is revealed to be injured after the initial defeat of the BigBad but not mortally so. Although it could have been had she not received medical attention.
* [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain Most Definitely Not a Girl in Disguise]]: Mulan trying to join the army.
-->'''Mulan:''' But you know how it is when you get those ''manly urges'', and you just gotta kill something--\\
[''tries to punch Shang on the shoulder and hurts her hand'']\\
...uh, fix things... cook outdoors...
* MotivationOnAStick: Mulan uses a dog and bone to feed the chickens. The bone-on-a-stick is tied to the dog's back so the bone is always in front of the dog, and the dog runs around with a feedbag leaking grain behind him.
* MrFanservice: Captain Shang.
** [[AttractiveBentGender Ping]] is also one in-universe, according to Yao:
-->"I bet the local girls thought you were quite the charmer..."
* MultigenerationalHousehold: Mulan's household includes her parents and her grandmother.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Mulan's grandmother gives her a cricket to give her luck in order to help her with the matchmaker. While Mulan wasn't performing well to start with, it's obvious that the cricket ends up being a main direct cause for her failing the matchmaking.
** Compare the fate that would have awaited her if she had succeeded in her matchmaking with what happened after she failed. Had she succeeded, she wouldn't have joined the army, managed to push her way into Shang's army, gained the respect of her fellow soldiers, defeat the whole Hun army with just one rocket cannon, and then finish Shan Yu. Who said that cricket wasn't a lucky one?
* NonActionGuy: Chi Fu.
* NonHumanSidekick: Mulan has Mushu, who has his own [[NonHumanSidekick Non-Dragon Sidekick]] in the form of Cri-Kee. Shan Yu has a falcon, as well.
* NotQuiteDead: The Huns.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Chi-Fu.
* OhCrap: Shan Yu gets several. He gets one when Mulan sets off the avalanche and an even better one when she launches him into a tower containing what seems to be half the fireworks in the country. And of course, the protagonists get two good ones. First, when they find the mountain village has been utterly destroyed and that the Imperial Army led by Shang's father has been wiped out. Second time comes when they find out just how large the Hun army really is.
** Mulan gets one when Shang enters her tent after she's bandaged up and she realizes that he knows she's a woman.
* OutrunTheFireball: "Get off the roof. Get off the roof. Get off the roof!"
** A colder variant occurs earlier when everyone's outrunning the avalanche.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Mushu disguised as a messenger delivers a fake message to Chi-Fu riding on the back of a panda.
-->'''Mushu In Disguise:''' What's the matter? Never seen a black-and-white before?
* PapaWolf: TheEmperor is this to ImperialChina. The ancestors and the dragons to Mulan's family.
* PaperFanOfDoom: [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Quite literal]] [[ImprobableWeapon in "doom" part]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Averted. Mulan is one of the only Disney protagonists to have both parents living. She even has a grandmother as an added bonus.
* PluckyComicRelief: Mushu and Cri-kee.
* PluckyGirl: Mulan doesn't let a little thing like a bleeding chest wound stop her from saving Shang's life. Hell, aside from the initial pain, she doesn't even seem to ''notice'' it until things have calmed down. Gotta love that [[JustifiedTrope adrenaline]], eh?
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted, many of the male characters are ''extremely'' sexist or prejudiced.
** Also played straight in a justified way, in that if the film covered the nitty-gritty reality of the time in any depth, it would have at best gotten something in the range of an R.
** Mulan 2 in regard to its "arranged marriage = bad" campaign. And the fact that Mulan actually ''got away'' with practically kidnapping the princesses and allowing them to marry commoners. I'm sorry, children, but I'm afraid that that kind of thing would ''not'' fly if it were accurate history.
*** What makes it particularly egregious is that it defies previous characterization and themes from the first film. Why would Mulan have a problem with an arranged marriage? She was dutifully preparing for one in the first film; in fact, it's her failure at the matchmaker's that causes the initial conflict. Additionally, the precedent from the first movie suggests Mulan would support the unity of the two countries via marriage, since it would provide safety for the many instead of the happiness of a few. After all, she went to the palace to warn Shang about the Huns out of principle - not because there was any real benefit for herself.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: A variation, as no mirrors are broken or water splashed - it's a shiny, shiny sword.
** Reflections are a motif in the movie - the pond at her house, the multiple ones in the ancestors' shrine (where she wipes off her makeup), the ''song'', her helmet (which she throws to the ground), and of course the iconic sword.
* ARealManIsAKiller: "I'll Make a Man Out of You".
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Emperor, who is clearly the wisest and most level headed person in the movie, especially when contrasted with Chi Fu, his obnoxious, opinionated advisor.
* RedshirtArmy: Sadly, this fate befalls the supposed "elite" army, led by Shang's father.
** Its to [[TheWorfEffect demonstrate how vicious the Huns are]].
* RefrainFromAssuming: Shang's training song is called "I'll Make a Man Out of You", not "Be a Man" or "[[{{Mondegreen}} We are Man/Men]]".
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RevealingInjury: The medic discovers that Mulan is a woman while treating her injuries.
* {{Sarashi}}: Technically bandages, since Mulan had been injured earlier. {{Inverted|Trope}} in that the scene were they are revealed is also the scene where Mulan is [[IncrediblyLamePun busted]].
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: The Huns find out that a village is being guarded using a doll, sprinkled with GPSEvidence.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Inverted intentionally as Mushu is trying to be intimidating, but [[BigShadowLittleCreature he's not]].
* ShieldSurf: Mushu does this during an avalanche.
* ShirtlessScene: Shang, the gratuitousness of which Yao lampshades.
-->'''Yao:''' [under his breath] I'll get that arrow pretty boy. And I'll do it with my ''shirt on''.
* ShoulderSizedDragon: Mushu is a rare [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Eastern dragon]] example.
* ShoutOut: The families Chi-Fu calls to claim their conscription notices are the names of Disney animators, Mulan's alter-ego is named after Sai Ping Lok, another Disney Studios who did background work and research for the movie.
** "Who are you?" [[BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "Your worst nightmare."]]
** The doll the huns use to find the village, and again when the Imperial Army finds the razed remains of said village, is the same as a doll found in similar circumstances in {{Nausicaa|OfTheValleyOfTheWind}}.
** An Asian ActionHero [[TheyFightCrime fights bad guys]] while paired up with a [[UncleTomfoolery wisecracking black guy]]. [[RushHour Didn't I see this last year?]]
** Shan Yu's falcon was intimidating... until Mushu barbecued it to look more like a comical chicken. A few scenes later, Mushu rides the same deformed bird.
-->'''Mushu:''' [[FullMetalJacket Now let's see your war face]].
** Two of the ancestors look remarkably like the AmericanGothicCouple.
* ShrineToTheFallen: Mushu comes from the Fa family shrine to aid Mulan in her quest.
* SmallReferencePools: Presumably how the writers had the balls to have [[HenrikIbsen "My duty is to myself"]] as the Aesop of the second film.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Mulan makes a move on a Chinese Chess board belonging to two old guys during the Matchmaker scene.
* SnowMeansDeath: There's snow on the ground of the massacred village. It also starts snowing after Shang creates a memorial for his father.
** Averted for Shan Yu and a handful of other particularly resilient Huns after the avalanche. They pop right back out of the snow. '''[[MemeticMutation LIKE DAISIES!]]'''
* TheSpartanWay: ''Lets get down to business...''
* StoutStrength: Chien-Po.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Both Fa Zhou and The Emperor compare Mulan to "the rarest and most beautiful flower of all."
* SupernaturalAid: Mulan's ancestors send her a guardian spirit to help her.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: Shang, which obviously indicates...
* SweetPollyOliver
* TechnicalPacifist: Very technical, since she's a soldier who kills people on purpose. Still, with the BigBad right in front of her, Mulan uses the sword she's holding for every purpose but the one it was built for.
* TemptingFate: Mulan: "I never want to see a naked man again." [''cue the stampede of naked men'']
* TestosteronePoisoning: Mulan's portrayal of Ping.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: When Mulan's true gender is revealed, her friends don't trust her anymore when they ''really'' should.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: An angry Yao turns red after Mulan (disguised as Ping) slaps him on the behind and gives a few other hits, which he takes as offenses, before being calmed by Chien Po with chanting.
* [[ThrowawayCountry Throwaway Village]]
* TookALevelInBadass: The "I'll Make a Man Out of You" sequence is a perfect example.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Both Mushu ''and'' the ancestors in the sequel.
* TrainingMontage: With a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic great song]], too.
* TrampledUnderfoot: Mulan's horse does this to Mushu.
* TwelfthNightAdventure: Although one does notice that the character is drawn differently when she pretends to be a man. Look at the movie poster where half of her face is reflected in a sword. Notice her nose and jaw. The DVDCommentary flat-out admitted it.
** TheNostalgiaChick [[http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/12823-mulan noticed]] that her eyelashes disappear whenever she's disguised. Looking closely, you can see that they even momentarily vanish when she draws her hair back up to reveal her identity to Shan Yu.
* UncleTomfoolery: Mushu. Roger Ebert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19980619/REVIEWS/806190302/1023 said]] it best: "a black dude in medieval China?"
* UnfamiliarCeiling: One scene gives the general impression of this, although no indication is given of how much time has passed.
* VillainSong: Averted; Shan Yu is probably the most well-known Disney Villain to never have gotten one. One of the things the animators were going for with Shan Yu was to make him a man of few words and let his actions carry the character. Giving him a song would have completely derailed that.
* WarIsGlorious: ''Be a Man...''
* WarIsHell: The village scene complete with EmpathyDollShot.
* WeaponTombstone: When the commander--who also happens to be Shang's father--dies, Shang buries him. In the absence of anything else that hasn't been burned or destroyed, he marks the grave with his father's helmet, placed on his ''own'' sword.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]: Rather touchingly, too.
* WhamLine: More like a wham silence at the end of "A Girl Worth Fighting For". Everyone's happy thinking about that certain girl that's waiting for them at home (or not!) and then... wham. Pillaged village.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Why did the Great Stone Dragon not wake up to the gong? This question is never answered.
** FridgeBrilliance: Mulan sat under that very statue when she made her decision to run away to the army and take her father's place. Mushu couldn't wake the dragon up because its spirit had already left with Mulan, inspiring her to courage!
** Mushu never used the stick to wake up the dragon, he just hitted him with the gong, having thrwon the stick away.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Subverted. "Concubines." "''Ugly'' Concubines."
** Although Mulan obviously is one.
* YamatoNadeshiko: {{Invoked|Trope}}. ''"Men want girls with good taste, calm, obedient, who work fast-paced. With good breeding and a tiny waist."''
** ''Mulan'' herself plays with the trope a bit. She has the looks, is extremely devoted to her parents and desperately tries to fit in as a perfectly feminine and demure daughter... without much success. However, when she learns that her already old father will have to go to war with the Huns, she shows the core of steel part by dressing up as a male and taking his place, not for glory or to rebel against her family but to save her dad's life and the family honor.
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->''"You'll bring honor to us all."''

''Mulan'' is an animated film released in 1998, as the 36th film on the DisneyAnimatedCanon. It was inspired by the [[ImperialChina Ancient Chinese]] [[FolkHero folk legend]] of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hua_Mulan Hua Mulan]] (花木蘭). [[hottip:*: though Disney chose to romanize the heroine's name as Fa Mulan, in effect giving her family name the [[ChineseDialectsAndAccents typical Cantonese pronunciation, but her personal name the normal Mandarin one]].]]

The Huns are invading ImperialChina, so every Chinese family receives a conscription order requiring one male from each household to serve in the army. Fa Mulan has no brothers, but she doesn't want her aging veteran father to go to war again, so she steals his horse and arms, and goes in his place, [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a man]].

Her ancestors ask the dragon Mushu ([[OurDragonsAreDifferent who is small and has a penchant for comedy]]) to wake up the Great Stone Dragon to go protect Mulan, but Mushu (accidentally) breaks the Stone Dragon's statue and, rather than own up to this, goes in his place, possibly to earn some glory, so becoming Mulan's NonHumanSidekick.

Under the assumed name "[[HilariousInHindsight Fa Ping]]", Mulan undergoes many hardships in basic training, but eventually wins the respect and friendship of her fellow soldiers, and marches with her battalion to confront the invading Huns in a cliff-top battle.

The film was very successful compared to the lukewarm reception of its predecessors ''{{Pocahontas}}'', ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' and ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''. In 2005, a direct-to-video sequel was made. Mushu is a summon character in the first ''KingdomHearts'' game, and Mulan is an assisting party member in the Land of the Dragons world of [[KingdomHeartsII the sequel]], and she was also made an honorary DisneyPrincess, even though [[MisaimedMarketing she's not royalty, either by birth or marriage]].
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!!Tropes used include:
* ActionGirl: And how!
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Huns.
* AnalogyBackfire: The emperor doesn't seem to take wind erosion into account in the following exchange:
-->'''[[CompleteMonster Shan Yu]]:''' I grow tired of your arrogance, old man, BOW TO ME!\\
'''[[CoolOldGuy Emperor]]:''' No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.
** FridgeBrilliance: He did bow to Mulan at the end. Shan Yu couldn't get the emperor to bow by trying to force him like a single windstorm can't erode a mountain. Mulan got him to bow by continuously proving herself[[hottip:*: Lampshaded by his summation of her adventures]] like a mountain is eroded by continuous winds.
** Or maybe he just meant "[[BadassGrandpa Not in my lifetime]]."
* AnachronismStew: Pick any two things, such as having the current emperor apparently built the great wall, which puts things at odds for when was the real-life equivalent to the Huns were invading.
** Not to mention a certain pair of GoofyPrintUnderwear with what appears to be an elastic waistband.
** Well, the Great Wall of China was built and rebuilt several times over; the current one we see today is the fifth reincarnation, so that particular part, depending on which Emperor he's supposed to be, may be okay.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: "I have heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan..."
* ArtShift: The Gang of Three's {{Imagine Spot}}s during "A Girl Worth Fighting For", which shifts to the style of brush paintings.
* AttractiveBentGender: Played straight: "I bet the local girls thought you were quite the charmer..." is sung for Mulan's male persona, and indeed the rice pickers take a shine to "him".
** Averted later: "[It's only] Concubines." "''Ugly'' concubines."
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Shan Yu and his council are the only Huns Badass enough to come popping out of the snow! Like daisies! On the other hand, they were probably leading the charge and just might've been far enough away from the avalanche to survive.
* BearHug: [[TheBigGuy Chien Po]] does this.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Take a wild guess.
* {{Badass}}: Several. Mulan, who wipes out the majority of the Hun army with a single rocket and then flashes Shan Yu a smirk when he has his OhCrap moment. Shan Yu himself, who took the Great Wall as a challenge, deliberately challenged the Chinese Army and curb stomped them, and when he was buried in the avalanche, he just burst right out [[hottip:*: ''like daisies!!'']]. But the one who takes the cake is the ''Emperor''. He's a noncombatant and the much younger and bulky leader of the army that just crushed his own is swinging a sword at him. He doesn't even flinch.
* BatDeduction: played with when Shan Yu and his men deduct from a small doll, which Shan Yu's [[BigBadassBirdOfPrey pet eagle]] managed to obtain on a scouting trip, that the Emperor's army is in a village in the mountain pass. It's unusual for this trope in that their deductive reasoning ''is'' logical, and the fact that they ''can'' deduce something like this makes sense considering that they're experts in tracking and that they live in the mountains (or at least have spent a huge amount of time crossing them).
* BigBad: Shan Yu.
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The head Hun has one as a pet.
* BigShadowLittleCreature: Mushu. Lampshaded by Mulan: "You're...''tiny.''"
-->'''Mulan:''' My ancestors sent a little lizard to help me?\\
'''Mushu:''' Dragon, ''dragon''! I don't do that tongue thing. *does "that tongue" thing for emphasis*
* BilingualBonus: Mulan's male alias, "Ping", makes her full name "Hua Ping" (花瓶), which is Chinese for "flower vase" but also a figurative term for someone who is "just a pretty face" or, in other words, pretty but useless.
** "Hua Ping" is also slang for "effeminate or homosexual man"
** Chi Fu's name is a pun on the Chinese word for "to bully".
** Chien Po's chant while trying to calm Yao down is a Buddhist prayer.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Shan Yu.
* BladeReflection
* BloodlessCarnage: The destroyed village. Apparently, not a single drop of blood was spilled even though an entire army was massacred and a village destroyed and burnt. [[EnforcedTrope But that would have made the movie R rated]].
** Also in the scene where Shan Yu cuts Mulan across the chest causing a wound so bad that she passes out (presumably from blood loss) the moment her adrenaline rush is over after saving Shang. We see a dark stain on her armour for about an instant, but otherwise she seems to have bled out without actually bleeding out, or even damaging her armor at all.
*** She also has blood on her hand and arm.
** The way Shan Yu is disposed of would have seen the rocket ripping him apart and ash and bloody/charred jibs raining over a small part of the Imperial City.
* BreakawayPopHit: "Reflection", which, surprisingly, was Music/ChristinaAguilera's first single, and the start of her career.
* CallARabbitASmeerp[=/=]TranslationConvention: The "Huns" referred to in the movie are almost certainly the Xiongnu, who were similar in many ways and often identified with them but actually different.
* CassandraTruth: No one believes Mulan about the still-living Huns, apparently because she lied about her gender.
* ChainOfPeople: Mulan's troupe forms one after she falls off the cliff. Turns into a Self-Retracting Chain Of People immediately after, when [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Chien Po joins in]].
* CheatedAngle: The topknots on Shang and Mulan are cheated up slightly to keep them visible even when they would otherwise be blocked in a front angle view.
* ChekhovsLecture: "[[StealthPun Reflect]] before you act. This will bring you honor and glory."
* ChekhovsSkill: Pole climbing.
** Mushu's firebreathing.
** Ling uses the brick-breaking headbutt he learned in training to take out one of the Huns.
** ''Shoe throwing'', of all things. Mulan uses it to catch Shan Yu's attention, stopping him just short of chopping Shang's head off. When we saw her do the same to Khan earlier, who knew it'd come in handy?
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: "Ping" ''appears'' to be this to others, but it's caused by a combination of trying to act manly, having to hide her gender, and being sabotaged by the others after making an initial bad impression.
* CoolOldGuy: The Emperor.
* CoolOldLady: Mulan's grandmother.
* CoverIdentityAnomaly: Mulan does this when asked her name. Her family name (which she must use as part of the cover story) is Fa, but she hasn't thought of a ''personal'' name, leading to a very awkward conversation where Mushu tries to secretly help her come up with a name.
* CryingWolf: After Mulan is revealed as being a woman, she sees that the Huns are still coming. She heads to warn Shang, but he doesn't believe her, possibly because she's a woman but also because she's a woman who has been lying to him for the whole movie, so there's some trust issues. Mulan says "you'd trust Ping, why is Mulan any different?" Well, for one thing, for all Shang knew, Ping didn't get into the army based on a lie...
* CueTheSun: The climax of "Make a Man out of You". Ping/Mulan fails the whole training regimen and Shang pretty much tells him/her to go home. She then sees the arrow at the pole and decides to give it one last try. As she does, the sun rises and the other men start cheering her on. She succeeds and throws the arrow down to Shang's feet for emphasis, proving she ''can'' pull her own weight around.
* CutSong: Two as revealed in the DVD: "Keep 'Em Guessing", originally intended to be Mushu's introduction song, and an opening number filled with [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Chinese Chanting]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: This film, unlike most [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney movies]], thoroughly addresses the subject of war, and the grim consequences thereof, including [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel the implied large-scale murder of the innocent]] and [[TearJerker the grieving family members of those killed]]. That said, despite the dark nature of some of the subject matter, they manage to '''somewhat''' soften through frequent comic relief.
* DeadlyFireworksDisplay: The death of Shan Yu involves one of the most literal uses of this trope in cinema.
* DeadpanSnarker: The Emperor.
-->'''Emperor:''' See to it that this woman is made a member of my council.\\
'''Chi Fu:''' *stammers* ''What?!'' Uh... why, there are no council positions open, Your Majesty.\\
'''Emperor:''' Very well. ''[to Mulan]'' You can have ''his'' job.
* DebtDetester: Shang saves Mulan's life after she dishonors the Chinese army in return for her saving his life during the Mongol attack.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: As mentioned above, several (but not all) male characters at least start out pretty sexist because, hey, it's ancient China. Also lampshaded when Mulan, after being honored as a hero, gives the Emperor a big hug, Yao asks "Is she allowed to do that?" (No, it would have been punishable by death.)
* DiggingYourselfDeeper: Mulan does this to herself whenever she gets into trouble as Ping.
* DisneyAcidSequence: "A Girl Worth Fighting For".
* DisneyVillainDeath: ''Averted''.
* DodgeTheBullet: Part of the training for the new recruits is to learn to run through a hail of burning arrows without being hit. This is almost an inversion in that in the beginning when they are no good at it they do some actual dodging, but once he's got the hang of it, Yao runs through without being hit without making any visible effort to dodge.
* DoesThisMakeMeLookFat: Said by Yao when dressed as a woman, which is also an ActorAllusion (his voice actor has performed in drag).
** Yao gets a DopeSlap for his trouble.
* DrillSergeantNasty: Shang has a ''song'' illustrating just how nasty he is.
** Subverted in that he isn't ''that'' nasty - he's tough but good, and reacts with approval when he sees his [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits band of miserable slobs]] becoming efficient and disciplined soldiers.
*** The song still sounds ''exactly'' like what a DrillSergeantNasty is supposed to sound like, with the language cleaned up of course.
* DrinkingGame: Take a sip whenever someone says 'honor'.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: Chi-Fu is a NonActionGuy known for his GirlyScream, yet when told that Mulan is a hero he simply says, "She's a ''woman.'' She'll never be worth anything!" Granted, there is some room for interpreting this as something he doesn't quite mean, and more so says out of contempt for Mulan as an ''individual'', but ''still''...
* EmpathyDollShot: Used with irony; unbeknownst to Mulan, the doll was also the ''cause'' of the village's destruction.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: An unusual antagonist example: if you match the story up to Real Life and accept that the "Huns" are in fact the Xiongnu, Shan Yu is not the BigBad's name but his TITLE (also represented as Chanyu, in either event roughly translates to "Majesty Son of Heaven").
* EvilLaugh: Shan Yu, standing on top of the Imperial Palace's roof.
* ExactlyWhatIAimedAt: Instead of shooting at Shan Yu and killing just him, Mulan shoots at a mountaintop and creates an [[HairTriggerAvalanche avalanche]] that wipes out most of his army, turning what could have been a rout for the Hun force into a victory for the Chinese.
-->'''Mushu:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments *flying towards the mountain*]] You ''missed!! How could you miss?'' He was TWO FEET IN FRONT OF YOU!!!
* {{Fanservice}}: Shang, shirtless and swinging a pole around while singing "I'll Make A Man Out Of You". Hilariously reviewed by the Daily Show's CampGay film critic Frank [=DeCaro=], who responded "Yes, PLEASE! ...And bring the pole."
* {{Faux Action G|irl}}uy: Shang. He's introduced as a total {{badass}}, manages to fight circles around his recruits, trains them to perfection... and from that point on becomes consistently less competent than Mulan.
** To be fair, he does do ''some'' action sequences, but considering that Mulan's the one being focused on, [[HeroOfAnotherStory we don't really see all that much of it]], and in some places it's just implied.
* {{Flanderization}}: Mushu becomes a {{Jerkass}} in the sequel.
* FootFocus: During the bath scene.
** It's the only thing they ''can'' focus on.
** In ''Mulan II'', one of Mulan's ancestors orders Mushu to rub her ugly feet.
* FruitOfTheLoon: The boys stuff their dresses with a variety of fruit, including...a banana.
* GentleGiant: Chien-Po
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The bathing scene, especially. "There's a couple of things I '''know''' they're bound to notice!" Featuring [[PeekABoo strategically-placed objects]] and camera angles.
** When Mulan's identity is found out. She's injured in the last battle with the Huns in the ribs, and while she's being treated, the doctor discovers that she's not exactly [[SweetPollyOliver who she says she is]]...
-->'''Mushu:''' My powers are beyond your mortal imagination. For instance, my eyes can see straaaaaaight through your armour! (Mulan gasps, covers her chest with one arm and slaps him.)
** From "A Girl Worth Fighting For":
-->'''Soldiers:''' ''You can guess what we have missed the most since we went off to war!''
** And from the fight at the camp:
-->'''Mushu-as-Ping:''' Say that to my face, ya limp noodle!\\
'''[[CompensatingForSomething Yao]]:''' ''What'' did you say!?
** "...Miss Man had to take her little drag show on the road!"
* GirlinessUpgrade: Mulan dresses like a warrior in the original {{Disney}} cartoon but is dressed as a Chinese princess in the merchandising.
* GonnaFlyNowMontage: "I'll Make a Man Out of You".
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Falls on poor Mushu's face.
* GoryDiscretionShot: One of the "messengers" Shan Yu sends to the Emperor is killed by an archer.
** "How many men does it take to deliver a message?" [[PreMortemOneLiner *readies bow* "One."]]
** When Mulan gets slashed across the chest, she's clearly bleeding.
* GPSEvidence: Shan Yu's falcon brings him a doll from a village to which they are ''en route''. The doll has evidence on it -- pine tar, a white horse hair -- that tells him the Imperial Army are there.
* {{Guile Hero}}ine: Mulan.
* GymClassRopeClimb: One of the training exercises is a variation of this.
* HairTriggerTemper: Yao.
* HeroicBSOD: Mulan completely shuts down after her cover is blown and doesn't boot back up until a handful of Huns prove themselves not quite deceased.
* HerosMuse: The soldiers discuss this trope in the song "A Girl Worth Fighting For".
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Lampshaded with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po in the second movie after having been told by the matchmaker that none of them would ever find matches for themselves:
-->'''Chien-Po:''' I guess I'll spend my life with you two.\\
'''Ling:''' Pass the hanky.
* HitYouSoHardYourXWillFeelIt: Mulan was told that punching and butt-slapping is a form of friendly gesture. Mulan did this to Yao in the wrong way and naturally, it caused a stir in Yao's rather short temper.
-->'''Yao:''' I'm gonna hit you so hard; it'll make your ''ancestors'' dizzy!
* HoYay: YourMileageMayVary, but it's sort of implied that Shang was already [[LampshadedDoubleEntendre turned on]] by Mulan when she was still Ping.
** Mushu encourages it as a normal part of male-to-male interaction.
-->'''Mushu:''' Good, now slap 'im on the behind. They like that!
* HumanLadder: The soldiers form one to try and find Mulan during the avalanche.
* HypocriticalHumor: Chi Fu: "...And I do not squeal like a girl!" (''Panda eats Chi Fu's slipper and he squeals like a girl'')
* ImportantHaircut: With a ''sword'', no less.
* ImprovisedZipline: Mulan uses a string of lanterns to zip down from the roof.
* IndyPloy: "You don't have a ''plan?''"
* [[InevitableWaterfall Inevitable Cliff]]
* InfantImmortality: averted. When walking through the ruins of a raided village, a single doll is found, as a g-rated signal that there were children killed here.
* InsistentTerminology: "Dragon, ''dragon!'' I don't do that tongue thing."
* IOweYouMyLife: Shang to Mulan. This life-debt becomes immediately useful when Mulan is found out, and the punishment for a woman joining the army is death. Instead of killing her, Shang lets her go free. In the next scene, we're shown that he did leave her a good amount of provisions and her horse, which she promptly rode back into town.
* IronicEcho: A reprise of "Make A Man Out Of You" plays with unabashed glee while Mulan's friends are getting tarted up in full concubine drag to infiltrate the palace. Later, all four of them actually use the combat moves they were shown learning during that musical number against the Huns... still dressed as women.
* IWantSong: "[[Music/ChristinaAguilera Reflection]]" and "A Girl Worth Fighting For".
* JackieChan: Plays Li Shang in both the Cantonese and Mandarin dubs. Singing ''and'' speaking voices!
* {{Jerkass}}: For some reason, they felt the need to turn Mushu into this during the second film.
** Mostly because Mulan's ancestors were jerkasses towards him.
* KarmaHoudini: No one seems to notice (or possibly care) that Mushu accidentally killed the great stone dragon, though it is possible that A. it was dead to begin with or B. it was the wrong statue. But still.
** Or [[TakeAThirdOption C]]: [[FridgeBrilliance It had already gone. With Mulan.]]
** D: the statue is just a vessel to incarnate in the mortal world. The dragon got stuck in the astral plane, but he is alright.
* KneelBeforeFrodo: The greatest example in Disney.
* KneelBeforeZod: Shan Yu attempts to invoke this, but [[{{Badass}} the emperor]] [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome refuses]].
* LadyOfWar
* LargeHam: ''[++'''"I LIIIIIIIIIVVVVEEEE!!!!!!"'''++]''
* LastVillainStand: Shan Yu after his army gets wiped out by an avalanche and his generals have been captured.
* LockAndLoadMontage: Mulan leaving home. Has a bit of the flavor of a TransformationSequence.
* LongingLook: What totally gives away Mulan's crush on Shang to Mushu.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Shang is an incredibly competent and professional soldier, not even letting his father's death distract him from the task at hand. Then he starts talking to Mulan while she's a girl. Though, to be fair, by that point he didn't really need to be focused on Huns.
* TheMakeover: Twice; once in "You'll Bring Honour to Us All" and when she "becomes" a man.
* ManlyTears: Yao at the ending.
* MaybeEverAfter: [[BeyondTheImpossible It's a Disney movie that doesn't end with a wedding]].
** ... cue sequel to 'fix' that.
* MisfitMobilizationMoment: When Mulan and her squad infiltrate the Imperial Palace.
* ModelPlanning: When the general describes the planned advance to his son.
* MoodWhiplash: ''[[IWantSong "A girl worth fighting-"]]'' [[OhCrap *cut to reaction shot of destroyed village*]]
* MortalWoundReveal: Mulan is revealed to be injured after the initial defeat of the BigBad but not mortally so. Although it could have been had she not received medical attention.
* [[MostDefinitelyNotAVillain Most Definitely Not a Girl in Disguise]]: Mulan trying to join the army.
-->'''Mulan:''' But you know how it is when you get those ''manly urges'', and you just gotta kill something--\\
[''tries to punch Shang on the shoulder and hurts her hand'']\\
...uh, fix things... cook outdoors...
* MotivationOnAStick: Mulan uses a dog and bone to feed the chickens. The bone-on-a-stick is tied to the dog's back so the bone is always in front of the dog, and the dog runs around with a feedbag leaking grain behind him.
* MrFanservice: Captain Shang.
** [[AttractiveBentGender Ping]] is also one in-universe, according to Yao:
-->"I bet the local girls thought you were quite the charmer..."
* MultigenerationalHousehold: Mulan's household includes her parents and her grandmother.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Mulan's grandmother gives her a cricket to give her luck in order to help her with the matchmaker. While Mulan wasn't performing well to start with, it's obvious that the cricket ends up being a main direct cause for her failing the matchmaking.
** Compare the fate that would have awaited her if she had succeeded in her matchmaking with what happened after she failed. Had she succeeded, she wouldn't have joined the army, managed to push her way into Shang's army, gained the respect of her fellow soldiers, defeat the whole Hun army with just one rocket cannon, and then finish Shan Yu. Who said that cricket wasn't a lucky one?
* NonActionGuy: Chi Fu.
* NonHumanSidekick: Mulan has Mushu, who has his own [[NonHumanSidekick Non-Dragon Sidekick]] in the form of Cri-Kee. Shan Yu has a falcon, as well.
* NotQuiteDead: The Huns.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Chi-Fu.
* OhCrap: Shan Yu gets several. He gets one when Mulan sets off the avalanche and an even better one when she launches him into a tower containing what seems to be half the fireworks in the country. And of course, the protagonists get two good ones. First, when they find the mountain village has been utterly destroyed and that the Imperial Army led by Shang's father has been wiped out. Second time comes when they find out just how large the Hun army really is.
** Mulan gets one when Shang enters her tent after she's bandaged up and she realizes that he knows she's a woman.
* OutrunTheFireball: "Get off the roof. Get off the roof. Get off the roof!"
** A colder variant occurs earlier when everyone's outrunning the avalanche.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Mushu disguised as a messenger delivers a fake message to Chi-Fu riding on the back of a panda.
-->'''Mushu In Disguise:''' What's the matter? Never seen a black-and-white before?
* PapaWolf: TheEmperor is this to ImperialChina. The ancestors and the dragons to Mulan's family.
* PaperFanOfDoom: [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome Quite literal]] [[ImprobableWeapon in "doom" part]].
* ParentalAbandonment: Averted. Mulan is one of the only Disney protagonists to have both parents living. She even has a grandmother as an added bonus.
* PluckyComicRelief: Mushu and Cri-kee.
* PluckyGirl: Mulan doesn't let a little thing like a bleeding chest wound stop her from saving Shang's life. Hell, aside from the initial pain, she doesn't even seem to ''notice'' it until things have calmed down. Gotta love that [[JustifiedTrope adrenaline]], eh?
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Averted, many of the male characters are ''extremely'' sexist or prejudiced.
** Also played straight in a justified way, in that if the film covered the nitty-gritty reality of the time in any depth, it would have at best gotten something in the range of an R.
** Mulan 2 in regard to its "arranged marriage = bad" campaign. And the fact that Mulan actually ''got away'' with practically kidnapping the princesses and allowing them to marry commoners. I'm sorry, children, but I'm afraid that that kind of thing would ''not'' fly if it were accurate history.
*** What makes it particularly egregious is that it defies previous characterization and themes from the first film. Why would Mulan have a problem with an arranged marriage? She was dutifully preparing for one in the first film; in fact, it's her failure at the matchmaker's that causes the initial conflict. Additionally, the precedent from the first movie suggests Mulan would support the unity of the two countries via marriage, since it would provide safety for the many instead of the happiness of a few. After all, she went to the palace to warn Shang about the Huns out of principle - not because there was any real benefit for herself.
* RageAgainstTheReflection: A variation, as no mirrors are broken or water splashed - it's a shiny, shiny sword.
** Reflections are a motif in the movie - the pond at her house, the multiple ones in the ancestors' shrine (where she wipes off her makeup), the ''song'', her helmet (which she throws to the ground), and of course the iconic sword.
* ARealManIsAKiller: "I'll Make a Man Out of You".
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The Emperor, who is clearly the wisest and most level headed person in the movie, especially when contrasted with Chi Fu, his obnoxious, opinionated advisor.
* RedshirtArmy: Sadly, this fate befalls the supposed "elite" army, led by Shang's father.
** Its to [[TheWorfEffect demonstrate how vicious the Huns are]].
* RefrainFromAssuming: Shang's training song is called "I'll Make a Man Out of You", not "Be a Man" or "[[{{Mondegreen}} We are Man/Men]]".
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RevealingInjury: The medic discovers that Mulan is a woman while treating her injuries.
* {{Sarashi}}: Technically bandages, since Mulan had been injured earlier. {{Inverted|Trope}} in that the scene were they are revealed is also the scene where Mulan is [[IncrediblyLamePun busted]].
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: The Huns find out that a village is being guarded using a doll, sprinkled with GPSEvidence.
* ShadowDiscretionShot: Inverted intentionally as Mushu is trying to be intimidating, but [[BigShadowLittleCreature he's not]].
* ShieldSurf: Mushu does this during an avalanche.
* ShirtlessScene: Shang, the gratuitousness of which Yao lampshades.
-->'''Yao:''' [under his breath] I'll get that arrow pretty boy. And I'll do it with my ''shirt on''.
* ShoulderSizedDragon: Mushu is a rare [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Eastern dragon]] example.
* ShoutOut: The families Chi-Fu calls to claim their conscription notices are the names of Disney animators, Mulan's alter-ego is named after Sai Ping Lok, another Disney Studios who did background work and research for the movie.
** "Who are you?" [[BatmanTheAnimatedSeries "Your worst nightmare."]]
** The doll the huns use to find the village, and again when the Imperial Army finds the razed remains of said village, is the same as a doll found in similar circumstances in {{Nausicaa|OfTheValleyOfTheWind}}.
** An Asian ActionHero [[TheyFightCrime fights bad guys]] while paired up with a [[UncleTomfoolery wisecracking black guy]]. [[RushHour Didn't I see this last year?]]
** Shan Yu's falcon was intimidating... until Mushu barbecued it to look more like a comical chicken. A few scenes later, Mushu rides the same deformed bird.
-->'''Mushu:''' [[FullMetalJacket Now let's see your war face]].
** Two of the ancestors look remarkably like the AmericanGothicCouple.
* ShrineToTheFallen: Mushu comes from the Fa family shrine to aid Mulan in her quest.
* SmallReferencePools: Presumably how the writers had the balls to have [[HenrikIbsen "My duty is to myself"]] as the Aesop of the second film.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Mulan makes a move on a Chinese Chess board belonging to two old guys during the Matchmaker scene.
* SnowMeansDeath: There's snow on the ground of the massacred village. It also starts snowing after Shang creates a memorial for his father.
** Averted for Shan Yu and a handful of other particularly resilient Huns after the avalanche. They pop right back out of the snow. '''[[MemeticMutation LIKE DAISIES!]]'''
* TheSpartanWay: ''Lets get down to business...''
* StoutStrength: Chien-Po.
* StrangeMindsThinkAlike: Both Fa Zhou and The Emperor compare Mulan to "the rarest and most beautiful flower of all."
* SupernaturalAid: Mulan's ancestors send her a guardian spirit to help her.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: Shang, which obviously indicates...
* SweetPollyOliver
* TechnicalPacifist: Very technical, since she's a soldier who kills people on purpose. Still, with the BigBad right in front of her, Mulan uses the sword she's holding for every purpose but the one it was built for.
* TemptingFate: Mulan: "I never want to see a naked man again." [''cue the stampede of naked men'']
* TestosteronePoisoning: Mulan's portrayal of Ping.
* ThirdActMisunderstanding: When Mulan's true gender is revealed, her friends don't trust her anymore when they ''really'' should.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: An angry Yao turns red after Mulan (disguised as Ping) slaps him on the behind and gives a few other hits, which he takes as offenses, before being calmed by Chien Po with chanting.
* [[ThrowawayCountry Throwaway Village]]
* TookALevelInBadass: The "I'll Make a Man Out of You" sequence is a perfect example.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Both Mushu ''and'' the ancestors in the sequel.
* TrainingMontage: With a [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic great song]], too.
* TrampledUnderfoot: Mulan's horse does this to Mushu.
* TwelfthNightAdventure: Although one does notice that the character is drawn differently when she pretends to be a man. Look at the movie poster where half of her face is reflected in a sword. Notice her nose and jaw. The DVDCommentary flat-out admitted it.
** TheNostalgiaChick [[http://www.thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thedudette/nostalgia-chick/12823-mulan noticed]] that her eyelashes disappear whenever she's disguised. Looking closely, you can see that they even momentarily vanish when she draws her hair back up to reveal her identity to Shan Yu.
* UncleTomfoolery: Mushu. Roger Ebert [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19980619/REVIEWS/806190302/1023 said]] it best: "a black dude in medieval China?"
* UnfamiliarCeiling: One scene gives the general impression of this, although no indication is given of how much time has passed.
* VillainSong: Averted; Shan Yu is probably the most well-known Disney Villain to never have gotten one. One of the things the animators were going for with Shan Yu was to make him a man of few words and let his actions carry the character. Giving him a song would have completely derailed that.
* WarIsGlorious: ''Be a Man...''
* WarIsHell: The village scene complete with EmpathyDollShot.
* WeaponTombstone: When the commander--who also happens to be Shang's father--dies, Shang buries him. In the absence of anything else that hasn't been burned or destroyed, he marks the grave with his father's helmet, placed on his ''own'' sword.
* [[WellDoneSonGuy "Well Done, Daughter" Girl]]: Rather touchingly, too.
* WhamLine: More like a wham silence at the end of "A Girl Worth Fighting For". Everyone's happy thinking about that certain girl that's waiting for them at home (or not!) and then... wham. Pillaged village.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Why did the Great Stone Dragon not wake up to the gong? This question is never answered.
** FridgeBrilliance: Mulan sat under that very statue when she made her decision to run away to the army and take her father's place. Mushu couldn't wake the dragon up because its spirit had already left with Mulan, inspiring her to courage!
** Mushu never used the stick to wake up the dragon, he just hitted him with the gong, having thrwon the stick away.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Subverted. "Concubines." "''Ugly'' Concubines."
** Although Mulan obviously is one.
* YamatoNadeshiko: {{Invoked|Trope}}. ''"Men want girls with good taste, calm, obedient, who work fast-paced. With good breeding and a tiny waist."''
** ''Mulan'' herself plays with the trope a bit. She has the looks, is extremely devoted to her parents and desperately tries to fit in as a perfectly feminine and demure daughter... without much success. However, when she learns that her already old father will have to go to war with the Huns, she shows the core of steel part by dressing up as a male and taking his place, not for glory or to rebel against her family but to save her dad's life and the family honor.
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* DidNotDoTheResearch: The film plays fast and loose with [[TheHeroDies history]], blending features from many different periods, to create in effect a FantasyCounterpart version of China. It's a Disney animated movie ''with a talking dragon'' in it, what do you expect?
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