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The characters of Disney's ''Mulan'' films.

!!Main Characters

[[folder:Fa Mulan]]
!!Fa Mulan

->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MingNaWen (speaking), Creator/LeaSalonga (singing)
->'''Voiced in Latin American Spanish by:''' Maggie Vera (speaking) and Analy (singing)
->'''Appears in:''' ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' | ''Disney/MulanII'' | ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst''[[note]]as a magical summon[[/note]]
->'''Appears in alternate continuities:''' ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''[[note]]''Mulan'' retelling in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII''[[/note]] | ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' | ''VideoGame/DisneyInfinity''

-->''"When will my reflection show who I am inside?"''

A flighty young woman who is the daughter of a retired soldier, and the black sheep of her ancestors. When her father is enlisted for an oncoming war, she secretly takes his place in the field of battle under the command of young captain Li Shang as they train in preparations against the Huns and warlord Shan Yu.
* ActionGirl: The first chronological example in the line (that occurs within her own movie), she's also the most action-y of the girls, having saved China. She also has the highest canonical on-screen kill count of ''any'' Disney character. She finishes off an army of fifty thousand Hun nomads with the help of a cannon and a mountain full of snow.
* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade: In contrast to the original ballad, where she accomplishes everything effortlessly in the army to the point of being able to return home without ever having been caught, she has obvious insecurities about not fitting into her designated role in society and living up to her family's expectations that she must learn to grow out of to become a hero.
* AdaptationalWimp: In the original ballad, Mulan was already skilled in archery, swordsmanship, spearmanship, bojutsu, martial arts and various other forms of hand-to-hand combat, all of which she learned from her father. In this adaptation, while quite clever, Mulan was never taught any of those skills in the beginning.
* AdaptationNameChange: In the original ballad, Mulan's surname is spelled using the Mandarin pronunciation for "花", which is "Hua". Disney uses the spelling for the Cantonese pronunciation, "Fa".
* {{Adorkable}}: When she pretends to be a man. Downplayed when she is being herself; while Mulan is a clumsy, awkward duck with high intelligence who tried (and fails) to fit in, she is far from a nerd.
* AgeLift: In the original ballad, Mulan left to join the army at 18 and din't return home until she was 30. Here, she left and returned at the same age.
* AnimeChineseGirl: Averted on the ''anime'' part because this story takes place entirely in China before the Manchurian stuff (i.e. cheongsams). However, she does learn martial arts in the army.
* AttractiveBentGender: During the marching scene, a pair of nameless girls giggle in her direction.
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: When the Emperor gifts her with his dragon pendant and Shan-Yu's sword.
* BadassAdorable: Saves China through her martial prowess, as well as topping her platoon in fitness, agility and skill. She also does all her badass feats while retaining her feminine side and dorky, adorable qualities.
* BattleCouple: Becomes this with Shang in the sequel. They guard the princesses, fight off their kidnappers, and plan their wedding.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: She ''always'' looks amazing---aside from when disguised as a man, of course.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Such a friendly and family loyal girl and this is why she joined the army.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: The other soldiers comment what a handsome young boy she makes, and much to Mulan's embarrassment receives some flirtatious looks from women.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Opposing personalities notwithstanding, Mulan and Shang bond over their struggle to be good soldiers (shown when Mulan comforts Shang after Chi Fu antagonizes him for being a poor captain) and their desire to help their fathers. They also happen to be [[{{Adorkable}} complete dorks]] and [[FriendToAllChildren good with children.]]
* BrilliantButLazy: Mulan at the start of the movie is quite intelligent, but it's shown that she tries to cheat on her matchmaker test and gets her dog Little Brother to help with her chores while she's running late. Training in the army takes away the laziness, and forces her to use her creativity in combat.
* ButtMonkey: Until she TookALevelInBadass, she is the butt of jokes and embarrassment. She's humiliated in front of her family, bullied by the other soldiers (especially Ling and Yao, who later become two of her closest friends), and suffers ''a lot'' of [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender slapstick]] and AmusingInjuries.
* CassandraTruth: After she sees Shan Yu survive the avalanche, she tries to warn Shang of it, but no one believes her... until Shan Yu shows up with his army and personally takes the Emperor hostage right in front of everybody.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Becomes more assertive and confident as the movie progresses.
** A subtle example, but Mulan starts off as BrilliantButLazy, but her time in boot camp forces her to stop being lazy and start being even more creative in situations.
* CharacterTic: Plays with her hair after her early-movie humiliation, something her voice actress, Ming-Na usually did.
* CoolSword: Her father's has a dragon face on the hilt. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, she only uses it to cut Khan's harness to save him from an exploding cart. Instead, she improvises with other weapons, such as Shan Yu's cool sword.]]
* CombatPragmatist: Mulan's ability to think outside the box and subvert expectations is what sets her apart from the rest of the soldiers. This gets some {{Foreshadowing}} early on when we see her using shortcuts for chores and her matchmaking session. Her "work smarter not harder" attitude is not nearly as appreciated in women's domestic life as it is in the army.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Early on, when she drops her father's teapot in her opening scene and later spills a cup of tea on the matchmaker, with [[DisasterDominoes predictable consequences.]] Her military training makes her vastly more coordinated.
* DaddysGirl: She initially joins the army because she loves her father and believes that he will die if he returns to the battlefield.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: In the matchmaker sequence, she's more concerned about bringing honor to her family than someone else making the decision of who she marries, and dutifully goes along with it despite being awkward in the role of a proper bride to be. Subverted in the sequel, where Mulan objects to the impending arranged marriages of the princesses.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Zigzagged. Mulan has to prove herself numerous times to some of the characters before they'll respect her, such as Li-Shang. Chi Fu however, remains an UngratefulBastard towards her the entire time, even after she's saved his life repeatedly.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: She goes through a hell of a lot in the army, survives a brutal boot camp, is injured, and comes face to face with Huns, all to look into the mirror and "see someone worthwhile". [[spoiler: Her dad says that someone has been there all along.]]
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Mulan shows she is resourceful and clever by making a way for her dog to feed the chickens so she has time to get change. Also, she is shown resorting to cheating and shows a lack of grace, even before meeting the matchmaker, suggesting that a quiet married life will not properly fulfill her destiny.
* FemininityFailure: She screws up the traditionally feminine "matchmaker" process. To be fair, the cricket shares partial responsibility and she was way too nervous from before; she would've probably done better had she managed to calm down.
* FireForgedFriends: With Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po (though Chien-Po less so, considering he didn't start out vitriolic). The first two played pranks on "Ping" during the training montage, but they eventually gained respect for "Ping" (demonstrated with Yao gladly handing "Ping" "his" Bo Staff at the end of the montage, as opposed to tripping "him" like in the beginning).
* FlowerInHerHair: The comb in her hair has a flower decoration.
* FlowerMotif: Her name means "wood flower," which is used by [[GoodParents multiple]] [[CoolOldGuy characters]] and deliberately invoked in her HairDecoration.
* FolkHero: For China in RealLife. There's a ballad called 'Ode to Mulan' and a large number of regions say 'Mulan was born here'. This is due to her demonstrating a model of filial piety, a traditionally valued virtue in Chinese culture.
* FragileSpeedster: Stands no chance against Shan Yu in a straight fight, but manages to win through a combination of speed and guile.
* FriendToAllChildren: Proven during "Lesson Number One" in the sequel, and her defense of the little girl the other boys were picking on.
* GirlyBruiser: Despite disguising as a man for most of her movie, Mulan doesn't come anywhere close to renouncing her femininity, wearing dresses in her downtime and being ecstatic about getting married.
* GuileHeroine: While she achieves a degree of martial skill, her greatest achievements are by her wits. For example, using the canon to [[spoiler: trigger an avalanche and wipe out the entire army instead of Shan Yu.]]
* HairDecorations: The lotus comb that symbolizes her feminine role, which she puts in place of the draft letter her father was given, and which is later returned to her after she comes back home with a sword and medal for saving China.
* HeartbrokenBadass: First in the sense of just how much she's let her family down [[spoiler: when her SweetPollyOliver disguise fails]], and then in the sequel after [[spoiler: Shang's HeroicSacrifice leaves her thinking he's dead. [[DisneyDeath For awhile]].]]
* HeroesLoveDogs: She has a puppy named Little Brother for a pet.
* HeroicAmbidexterity: Mulan is left handed but is seen using the sword in her right hand, so she may be ambidextrous.
* HumbleHeroine: When she's offered the honorable position as a member of the emperor's council, Mulan declines and says that she just wants to go home.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: "I did it to save my father! It was the only way!"
* IdiotBall: A minor one, but the matchmaker probably wouldn't have been set on fire if Mulan hadn't ''fanned her butt while it was still smoldering from landing on hot coals.''
* ImportantHaircut: Cuts off half of her hair to tie into a topknot to disguise herself as a soldier.
* InNameOnly: The only Franchise/DisneyPrincess to not actually be a princess.
* JeanneDArchetype: She has a lot of the elements, being devoted to her country and posing as a man to join the army, despite being based on a ''Chinese'' legend a thousand years older.
* JourneyToFindOneself: Happens along the way, but she initially leaves to save her father.
* KickingAssInAllHerFinery: In the climactic battle, she ditches the armor in favor of more traditionally feminine Chinese attire due to disguising herself as a concubine, and ''then'' defeats Shan-Yu and saves China. Bonus points for using her attire in the fight. Fan defeats sword!
* MaybeEverAfter: With Shang, at the end of the first movie. [[spoiler:They're HappilyMarried by the end of the sequel.]]
%%* MeaningfulName: Mulan means "magnolia blossom" in Chinese. It could also mean "wood orchid".
* MythicalMotifs: Dragons. In the beginning, she is seen around a dragon statue, called the Great Guardian. One of her animal companions is a small dragon. And her father's sword and the medallion given to her by the Emperor, have dragon markings on them.
* NiceGirl: She is loyal to her family and friendly to the other soldiers. Bonding through gruffness didn't work for her.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Based on the actress Gong Li physically.
* OfficialCouple: Shang becomes her husand in the sequel.
* OneOfTheBoys: By being [[TheSmurfettePrinciple the only woman]] in the army, and pretending to be a man.
* OneSteveLimit: Lampshaded and Subverted. Mushu suggests "Ling" for a fake name when she's being grilled by Shang, but Mulan points out that that's already soldier Ling's name- as if it would be suspicious if they had the same name. So they end up going with ''Ping'' instead.
* OneWomanArmy: Single-handedly wiped out an entire army with some quick thinking and a well-aimed rocket.
* OppositesAttract: The rule-breaking, free-spirit Mulan fell in love with the rule-abiding, no-nonsense Shang.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Her matchmaker dress, in contrast to the more subdued green-ish dress that she prefers later.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Yao, Ling, Chien-Po, them being her closest allies in the army outside Shang.
* ProtagonistTitle: '''Mulan.'''
* PluckyGirl: Never throws in the towel, no matter how dire her circumstances get. Though she comes close after her secret is discovered and she is abandoned in disgrace by the army, she rallies out of her self-doubt and back into action the very second she realizes that the Huns still pose a threat.
* TheQuietOne: Mulan tends to be the least talkative person in a room. Notably, she's only ever chatty when she's around non-talking animals, like Little Brother and Kahn. When talkers like Mushu, her family, or the other soldiers are around, she tends to listen ''far'' more often than she speaks.
* {{Sarashi}}: And yes, it's [[GenderReveal relevant]].
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: For reason for going to war.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Not that she wasn't good-looking before, but she looks really nice in her matchmaker ceremony dress. On an unkinder note, the matchmaker says that looking like a bride is the only attribute she has.
* ShipperOnDeck: In the sequel, Mulan immediately shouted with joy when she discovered that the princesses truly loved Ling, Yao, and Chien-Po.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Mulan falls for the brave, honorable, and dedicated [[TheCaptain Shang]].
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Notably though, most of it happens while she's disguised as a man.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Mulan makes a successful move on a xiangqi (aka Chinese chess) board belonging to two old men during the Matchmaker scene after contemplating for only a moment.
* StealthPun: As a soldier she goes by the name "Ping," which in Mandarin Chinese means "peace."
* StrongAndSkilled: The beginning of the movie showed she had a strategic mind, and thanks to boot camp, Mulan is now a capable martial artist.
* SweetPollyOliver: Probably the most famous example, Mulan impersonates a son to her father to take his place in the war.
* 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.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Surprisingly averted for a Disney hero. In fact, Mulan currently holds ''the highest kill count out of any single Disney character''.
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick''': Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a body count...in the thousands.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to the princesses' Girly Girls in the sequel because she's still a soldier.
* TomboyPrincess: In her movie, no, but she is this compared to the rest of the Disney Princess line-up.
* TookALevelInBadass: Justified; it ''is'' in boot camp, though her improvement to being equal to or perhaps even more skilled than [[FourStarBadass Shang]] really stands out.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Her disguise as a concubine incorporates two different shades of blue.
* UnfortunateName: While her alias, Fa Ping, doesn't sound too bad to a Chinese ear, it sounds oddly suspect to an English ear.
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: Mulan just wants to make her family proud. She just can't do it as a girl.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Most people would think she's at least eighteen, probably in her early twenties. Nope, she's sixteen.

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/EddieMurphy; Eugenio Derbez (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''My little baby, off to destroy people.''"

A small dragon who is Mulan's companion. He was once a guardian spirit of Mulan's family, but he has been demoted to the supposedly humiliating position of an incense burner and gong-ringer for the deceased Fa ancestors ever since he failed to protect a family member. He hopes to make Mulan a hero in order to become a guardian spirit again.
* AesopAmnesia: In the first movie, Mushu laments that he took on the mission for his own sake. What does he do in the second? [[spoiler: Try to sabotage Mulan's engagement for his own sake.]]
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The Ancestors like picking on Mushu and show nothing but respect to the other guardians. This is not because of some trait that he can't help (as in the straight version) but because it was his fault Fa Deng ''lost his head''. It's hard ''[[JustifiedTrope not]]'' to blame them.
* BadassMustache: Like a traditional Chinese dragon.
* BigShadowLittleCreature: Invokes this when to intimidate Mulan at their meeting.
* CharacterDevelopment: He has quite a bit throughout the first film, but loses it in the second.
* DeadPersonImpersonation: Pretends to be The Great Stone Dragon so he can help Mulan.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: In both of the movies.
* FairyCompanion: Allowing for cultural differences, he might count as this.
* FieryRedhead: Literal on the "fiery" part and technically red-scaled.
* GuardianEntity: Of Mulan.
* HouseFey: Mushu ''used to be'' a GuardianEntity for the Fa family but now he's been demoted to servant. In this case, it's for the family rather than the building it lives in.
* HypocriticalHumor: Is quickly forgiven for lying about being Mulan's guardian, but is shocked that Cri-Kee lied about being lucky.
* IncomingHam: '''"I LIIIIIIIVE!"'''
* ItsAllAboutMe: The only reason he went to help Mulan because he thought doing so would make him a guardian again. It gets worse in the sequel, when he was willing to sabotage Mulan and Shang's relationship to save his guardian position. As such, it's his main FatalFlaw.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His original intentions in the first film are to obtain a high position among the guardians. Over the course of it, he becomes protective and supportive of Mulan. In the sequel he's more of a straight-up {{Jerkass}} for most of the film, only redeeming himself at the end.
* LargeHam: "Who am I? ''WHO AM I?'' I am the guardian of lost souls, the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu!"
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Averted. While his skin is red he is the lowest of the Fa family's familiars and in terms of the story he's a Sidekick.
* TheLoad: In-universe, the ancestors see Mushu as barely competent enough to ring a gong. Mulan herself often seems to see him as not helping her, although she obviously appreciates him.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Some of his actions serve to make things harder for Mulan, such as when he accidentally sets off a firework on the mountainside, inadvertently signaling their presence to the Hun Army.
* NighInvulnerability: He's indestructible, not that this [[UselessSuperpowers helps Mulan much]].
* NonHumanSidekick: A dragon (not a lizard!) for Mulan.
* OffModel: A special variant. In the scene where he and Mulan along with Shang, Cri-Kee, and Khan are being pulled to safety by Chien-Po, the tip of his tail is purple instead of red. That was actually put in on purpose for the one animator who wanted him to have a purple tail instead of a red one.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: He is a 'travel size' dragon while the Great Stone Dragon is as big as a horse and less serpentine.
* PaperThinDisguise: Somehow, he manages to convince the Ancestors, and then, ''all of China'', that he's a powerful entity just by standing behind a statue of said entity.
* PlayingWithFire: He can breath fire.
* PluckyComicRelief: His most frequent contribution is sarcasm and making Hilarity Ensue.
* RedIsHeroic: Has red scales and is one of the good guys.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Cri-Kee's Blue because he's louder and more aggressive and excitable.
* RelationshipSabotage: In the sequel, he ''really'' doesn't want Mulan and Shang to marry and tries to break off their engagement.
* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Despite being a tiny Chinese dragon, he's named after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mušḫuššu a red-scaled Babylonian dragon]].
* ServileSnarker: Doesn't have a problem showing his bosses, The Ancestors, his snarky side.
* ShieldSurf: During the avalanche with a stolen Hun shield.
* ShoulderSizedDragon: He even lampshades this.
-->'''Mulan:''' You're, um...\\
'''Mushu:''' Intimidating? Awe-inspiring?\\
'''Mulan:''' Tiny.\\
'''Mushu:''' That's right. I'm travel-size for your convenience. If I was my real size, your cow here would die of fright. ''[indicating Mulan's horse]''
* SnarkyNonHumanSidekick: A sarcastic, wise-cracking dragon for Mulan.
* SoulBrotha: Roger Ebert refers to him as the Black Guy in medieval China.
* SpannerInTheWorks: If it wasn't for his intervention and faking the report that backup was needed, the Huns would've succeeded in their takeover.
* SpeaksFluentAnimal: He can understand and translate both Cri-Kee and Khan.
* TalkingAnimal: Unlike Cri-Kee and Khan, he can talk. This is likely because, unlike them, he's a supernatural creature.
* TokenEvilTeammate: In the sequel, where he's kind of an antagonist and he starts most of the trouble for Mulan and Shang.
* TookALevelInJerkass: In the sequel his ego becomes bigger than the Great Wall and he tries to sabotage Mulan's marriage for the sake of his job security.
* TheTrickster: His attempts to help Mulan during Boot Camp amount to trickery (putting a tomato on her arrow during an archery excercise and finding a fish for her during a fishing excercise).

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/FrankWelker

->"''Chirp, chirp, chirp''"

A "lucky" cricket who follows Mushu and Mulan.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: Is incredibly smart. It can write (by working as a typewriter including sounds, no less).
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: It has four legs, chirps with it's mouth instead of his wings, and uses the matchmaker's cup as a bathtub.
* TheAtoner: It's implied that part of the reason he follows Mulan around and helps Mushu help her is out of guilt for sabotaging her visit to the Matchmaker. When Mulan first releases him into the wild he's ready to go until he hears her singing sadly about being a failure, looks extremely sad, then seems to dedicate his life to watching over her.
* BeleagueredAssistant: To Mushu both in his [[LargeHam theatrics]] and general trickery.
* BornLucky: Zig-zagged. He was purchased by Grandma Fa for luck, but he causes disaster for Mulan during her meeting with the Matchmaker. He then helps Mushu help Mulan when she joins the army, which also causes a lot of problems. However, Mulan eventually flourishes in the army and successfully defeats the Huns, and then both Cri-Kee and she survive the avalanche and later fireworks. Lampshaded by Mushu.
-->'''Mushu:''' ''(after saving Cri-Kee from the avalanche)'' Man, you are one lucky bug.
* ButtMonkey: He has his moments, mostly in ''Mulan II.'' When he desperately tries to stop Mushu from ruining Shang and Mulan's relationship, only to get effortlessly smacked away.
* TheConscience: To Mushu, especially in the sequel. He ''tries'' to act as Mushu's voice of reason and stop his selfish schemes, but he fails.
* FourLeggedInsect: See ArtisticLicenseBiology.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible
-->'''Cri-Kee:''' ''(chirping noises)''\\
'''Mushu:''' What do you mean, a loser?
* LiteralMinded: When Mushu decides that they should "take this war into our own hands", Cri-Kee takes a moment to stare at his hands.
* MundaneUtility: Mushu uses it for Mulan's alarm clock.
* NonHumanSidekick: Serves as one to Mulan and Mushu, and does stuff for him like [[SpannerInTheWorks forging the letter to Shang]] and giving it the idea of making Mulan a warrior.
* PluckyComicRelief: Less so than Mushu, however.
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Mushu's Red, because he's calmer and and more polite.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: There are only a few cartoons that have drawn a cricket this cute.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: At least to Mushu when Cri-Kee tries to get the dragon to do the right thing.
* UnluckilyLucky: He's a ''bad'' luck charm at the matchmaking interview but because of that Mulan got into the army which means he is ''good'' luck if you ignore all the additional peril that Mulan got into.

[[folder:Fa Khan]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Frank Welker

Mulan's horse.
* AmplifiedAnimalAptitude: He's smart enough to be Mulan's SecretKeeper.
* CoolHorse: A black stallion.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Has black fur, but is one of the good guys.
* FlatCharacter: Of the three animal sidekicks that Mulan has, he is by far the most animal-like and OutOfFocus, to the point that most viewers will probably forget about him.
* HypercompetentSidekick: He is the most capable of Mulan's animal sidekicks without screwing things up. He even braves rushing into an oncoming snow avalanche in order to save her, while every other character (understandably) runs away from it.
* IntelligibleUnintelligible: Only Mushu can understand him.
-->(''Khan whinnies'')\\
'''Mushu:''' What d'you mean the troops just left?
* MadeOfIron: He survives a massive ''avalanche'' that hit him head-on and then rode to the Imperial City at a dead sprint.
* NonHumanSidekick: Mulan's warhorse.
* PapaWolf: Wherever Mulan goes, Khan will be right there with her, even if it's into an avalanche.
* SilentSnarker: One can interpret by looking at Khan that he's likely silently snarking up a storm.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Mulan. Justified as RealLife horses have been known to go to great lengths to save their humans, often times at the cost of their own lives. This isn't seen very often, but when a horse develops a bond with a human, there is ''nothing'' on heaven or earth that will keep them apart.

[[folder:Captain Li Shang]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/BDWong (speaking), Donny Osmond (singing); Creator/YamilAtala (speaking) and Cristián Castro (singing) (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''I'll make a man out of you!''"

A Chinese Army captain and the son of General Li, the head of the Chinese Army.
* TheAce: He is the most capable and elite of all the soldiers in the army.
* {{Adorkable}}: Despite his masculinity, he has his moments such as this.
** His borderline fawning when his father promotes him to Captain.
** His daydreaming about being "Captain Li Shang, leader of China's finest troops-- no, the ''greatest troops of all time''!"
** His interaction with Mulan after defeating Shan-Yu has him stammering and not knowing what to say to her, the bashful "you fight good" line being the main example..
** When he's alone with the Emperor after Mulan went home, who suggests to him to chase after her in very poetic language, which Chang doesn't understand at all. The Emperor then calls him out for not getting it, politely but as if saying "Do I really have to spell this out to you!? She's a great girl, ask her out damnit!"
* AmazonChaser: He compliments Mulan by saying "you fight good".
* AmbiguouslyBi: It's been pointed out throughout the webosphere that his presumably slowly-building interest in Mulan began when she was assumed to be a male soldier.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: No matter what Chi-Fu says, this guy has got the skills to back up his rank.
* BadassCape: Because of his rank, he wears a stylish cape.
* BadassInCharge: As demonstrated during the TrainingMontage. He is also the only person in the movie shown as capable of going toe-to-toe with Shan-Yu in a pure physical fight. Shang's given the command of the new recruits in the first movie. A sequel later, he becomes the General of the Chinese Army.
* BadassInDistress: A few times such as [[spoiler: the avalanche and fighting Shan-Yu]].
* BadassOnPaper: His numerous accomplishments and military lineage allowed the right to train the new recruits.
* BadassTeacher: This guy was able to turn recruits like "Ping", Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po into competent soldiers.
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* BattleCouple: Becomes this with Mulan in the sequel. They guard the princesses, fight off their kidnappers, and plan their wedding.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Opposing personalities notwithstanding, Mulan and Shang bond over their struggle to be good soldiers (shown when Mulan comforts Shang after Chi Fu antagonizes him for being a poor captain) and their desire to help their fathers. They also happen to be [[{{Adorkable}} complete dorks]] and [[FriendToAllChildren good with children.]]
* TheCaptain: Promoted to this in his first scene.
* CharacterDevelopment: He loosens up considerably during the sequel and starts thinking of his own interests instead of just those of his country.
* ChickMagnet: Played for laughs in the ending when he follows Mulan home.
-->'''Mulan:''' Would you like to stay for dinner?
-->'''Grandmother Fa:''' ''(offscreen)'' Would you like to stay forever?
* CoolHorse: He has a WhiteStallion, but unlike Mulan's it doesn't have a name.
%%* DeadpanSnarker:
* DeathSeeker: One interpretation of his leading his men into a hopeless battle against an army that is larger in numbers and strength than his own. Thankfully, Mulan's quick thinking prevents casualties on their end.
* DebtDetester: [[spoiler: Shang saves Mulan's life after she dishonors the Chinese Army in return for her saving his life during the Mongol attack.]]
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: Your father just got slaughtered by the Huns]]? Lead your men against the much stronger invaders. [[spoiler: The Huns survived AN AVALANCHE and just absconded with the Emperor]]? Break down the door! [[spoiler: Just woke up, because your last fight with Shan Yu got you a [[HardHead concussion]]]]? Fight him again, because Mulan's right behind you. [[FauxActionGuy Complaints]] [[BadassInDistress where they are]], the guy can still back up his rank.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler:In ''Mulan 2'' due a Heroic Sacrifice and others thinking it killed him.]]
* DrillSergeantNasty: "You're a spineless, pale pathetic lot...[but] somehow I'll make a man out of you." He's not kidding: one of the exercises consisted of him shooting ''ArrowsOnFire'' at the recruits, and he was shooting to ''hit'' at that (as Yao found out when an arrow got him on the butt). It worked, and by the end of the TrainingMontage they are capable soldiers (and Yao evaded all the flaming arrows when Shang gave them a repeat).
* EnragedByIdiocy: How Shang felt with Chifu in the end when the latter continues to demean Mulan despite saving all of them. He was just about to beat the shit out of him for it until the Emperor came down.
-->'''Chifu:''' Stand aside! That creature is not worth protecting!
-->'''Shang:''' She's a hero!
-->'''Chifu:''' (snidely) She's a woman! She'll never be worth anything!
-->'''Shang:''' (angrily grabs Chifu) LISTEN HERE, YOU POMPOUS-!
* FauxActionGuy: He's introduced as a badass, fights circles around his recruits, trains them to perfection... and from that point on becomes consistently less competent than Mulan. Downplayed in that he is still a good warrior, but his lack of success with brute force to defeat the Huns shows that the Chinese will have to use guile and cleverness to win. He provides perfect timing in disarming Shan-Yu and even lands a few good hits on him in the ensuing fight. The problem is that Shan-Yu is bigger, meaner, and devastatingly good at headbutts--it takes more than being a Badass Army Captain to beat this guy.
* FriendToAllChildren: Implied during his interaction with girls Mulan was training and saying that there could be as many children at his and Mulan's wedding in the sequel.
* GoodIsNotNice: As to be expected from a military captain on the hero's side. Notably, he also doesn't treat the "son" of the esteemed Fa Zhou any differently from the other recruits (and in fact tells Mulan to go home when it seems that she won't catch on).
* GoodIsNotSoft: Hellish as his training might be, it's to make his recruits into top-class soldiers and also to drive home the point that if they can't handle his TrainingFromHell, then they won't last very long in ''real'' war.
* HardHead: Takes a headbutt from Shan Yu during the climax and is promptly knocked unconscious. He's awake less [[PlayingWithATrope than a minute later, and trying to fight in spite of an obvious concussion]].
* HeroicAmbidexterity: Shang is possibly ambidextrous. He tends to do a lot with left hand as well as right.
* HeroicBuild: The {{Tritagonist}} and he has a broad, muscular build.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: In the sequel. It involves a breaking rope bridge, Mulan trying to hold them both up as they dangle from a rope, and the rope about to snap. To Mulan's horror, he lets go so that she can pull herself up, and it takes her awhile to learn that he [[DisneyDeath survives the fall]].]]
* IOweYouMyLife: Mulan/Ping saves Captain Li Shang when s/he causes an avalanche on the mountain pass to decimate the Hun army. A few minutes later on in the movie after it is revealed that she is a woman, and any woman pretending to be a member of the Imperial Army must be killed. Captain Li refuses to kill her, however, saying that by sparing her life, his debt is repaid. He still kicks her out of the Army, though.
-->''"A life for a life. My debt is repaid."''
* JerkassBall: Happens to him in the sequel because of the stereotypical 'men won't ask for directions' bit. He reverts to normal by the climax.
* JerkassHasAPoint: As brash and overly serious as he can be, Shang makes a few good points.
** He became a DrillSergeantNasty in "I'll Make a Man Out of You" not only to ready his men for battle, but to also make the ones most likely to get themselves and others killed leave.
** His initial anger at Mulan after her reveal as a woman is laced with sexist views, but is also understandable since she ''did'' lie to him.
** In the sequel, Shang makes a good point on how Mulan interfering with the princesses' arranged marriage could lead to trouble for China.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Shang lives by discipline and expects his men to do the same. He has also purely good intentions and will come around when you need him.
* LawOfChromaticSuperiority: During the second half of the movie, he wears a red cape.
* LeeroyJenkins: While he and Mulan are equally capable, his tendency to rush into things and rely solely on his own strength and martial prowess generally makes him fail where Mulan, who utilizes her environment and quick thinking to her advantage, succeeds.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: He is usually TheStoic but when he tries to talk to Mulan after Shan Yu's defeat, he doesn't have a clue what to say.
* MaybeEverAfter: With Mulan, when he agrees to stay for dinner.
-->'''Grandma Fa:''' Would you like to stay forever?
** By the sequel, [[spoiler:[[TheyDo they're going strong]], but getting HappilyMarried takes a while.]]
* MilitaryBrat: His father's the general. Chi Fu gives him a barbed comment about only getting his captaincy through nepotism, but Shang seems competent enough.
* MrFanservice: Mulan [[EatingTheEyeCandy can't keep her eyes off him]] because he takes his shirt off for the TrainingMontage. According to the [=DVD=] commentary, when the scene was screened, "you never heard so many female animators catcall."
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: His refusal to go against the Emperor's orders causes most of the tension between him and Mulan in the second movie. He eases up by the end.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler:After he learns the truth about Mulan, he refuses to trust her when she tells him the Huns were still alive. Though he does credit her words enough to be cautiously glancing around the courtyard where he meets the emperor, the lack of a more proactive response allows the Huns to seize the emperor.]]
* OfficialCouple: Proposes to Mulan in the sequel and they marry by the end.
* OppositesAttract: The rule-abiding, no-nonsense Shang fell in love with the rule-breaking, free-spirit Mulan.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Shang makes sexist remarks in "I'll Make a Man Out of You" and is dismissive of Mulan after her reveal as a woman. He comes to change his viewpoints, going so far to physically assault Chi Fu for continuing to make misogynistic remarks towards Mulan despite her heroism.
* RatedMForManly: He'll make a man out of you is right. His daily training regime could kill a normal person.
* RedIsHeroic: Sports a Red cape and is a true hero.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: As Mulan and the others find out the hard way, when training his recruits, he does NOT hold back.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Despite his skill at military affairs, he seems to be somewhat lacking in social skills, as he has trouble telling Mulan about his romantic feelings for her, or even properly congratulating her following her success in saving China, coyly using the grammatically incorrect "You fight good." statement to do so.
* SweetOnPollyOliver: Implied to be confused about his attraction to 'Ping'.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Technician to Mulan's performer. He has years more military experience than she does, but his refusal to stray away from traditional strategies tends to make him fail in areas where Mulan succeeds through thinking on her feet and making it up as she goes along.
* TrainingFromHell: One example is running through a field of flaming arrows and another is climbing a pole with heavy weights attached to one's wrists.
* {{Tritagonist}}: In both movies he is the third center character, after Mulan and Mushu.
* UptightLovesWild: Shang is TheComicallySerious no-nonsense type. And he fell for the rule-breaking PluckyGirl Mulan.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Takes it off for the TrainingMontage.
* WellDoneSonGuy: One of the reasons he joined the military was to please his father.
* WhiteStallion: His mount of choice, being a commander and supposedly higher social status than his soldiers. This contrasts with Mulan's horse who is black as ink and doesn't actually belong to her.
* YoungAndInCharge: He's barely older than Mulan but is put in charge of an entire military unit. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that he is the capable son of a legendary commander, and the Chinese army was quickly losing other suitable leaders to the Huns. [[spoiler: After the general and his squad are wiped out he's put in charge of the military.]]

[[folder:Yao, Ling, Chien-Po]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo (original); Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza, Raúl Aldana and Creator/JesusBarrero (Latin American Spanish dub)
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->"''Does this dress make me look fat?''"

Three newly recruited soldiers who later become Mulan's friends.

[[folder: Tropes applying to all of them ]]

* AscendedExtra: They get more screentime in the sequel.
* BigThinShortTrio: Chien-Po, Ling and Yao, respectively. However, their body types have little effect on what they can do as a result of their training.
* BirdsOfAFeather: Yao, Ling, and Chien Po are told by the Matchmaker that they will never find girlfriends because of their "lack of personalities." Not only do they find girlfriends with personalities like their own--Yao's is feisty and rebellious, Ling's [[spoiler: has a corny and immature sense of humor]] (though she tries to hide it), and Chien Po's is a sweet BigEater--but they are ''princesses''.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Goofy as they may be, they're considered China's three greatest soldiers for a reason. They're just behind Mulan and Shang in the badass department.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Ling and Yao start out as annoying jerks but grow into true friends for Mulan. [[GentleGiant Chien-Po]] was nice from the get-go.
** As a whole, the trio started off as pretty chauvinistic on what kind of girl they wanted. They get over it by end and by the sequel they now want to find love with women who they have a special bond with.
* ColorCodedCharacters:
** The sashes of their armour and the sleeves/linings of the training outfits are colored uniquely. Yao is red, Chien-Po is blue and Ling is yellow.
** In the sequel, their colors become purple, blue, and green, respectively.
* ComicTrio: They engage in slap-stick and group bickering and the occasional BigBallOfViolence.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: They may be clowns, but you wouldn't want to be their enemies.
* ADayInTheLimelight: They get quite a bit more focus in the sequel.
* FireForgedFriends: Yao and Ling didn't think much of Mulan as Ping, where they prank her any chance they get during the TrainingMontage. They became friends once they all succeed in their training as well as after fighting off the Huns.
* FreudianTrio: Ling is the Superego (flirting and the one who does the formal introductions), Chien-Po is the Ego (mediator who calms them down), and Yao is the Id (Violent, impulsive, etc).
* 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.\\
'''Yao:''' Pass the hanky.
* LaughOfLove: {{Invoked|Trope}} and {{exploited|Trope}} when the trio disguise themselves as concubines and giggle while approaching Shan-Yu's guards in order to take them out. This is successful.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: Chien-Po, Yao and Ling, respectively; GentleGiant, HotBlooded, and the CasanovaWannabe.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Mei, Ting-Ting and Su respectively by the end of the sequel.]]
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Mulan -- as they are all her closest friends, harbor no romantic feelings for her, and act like surrogate brother figures to her.
* PluckyComicRelief: They have little purpose to the plot, most of the time they serving for humor.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: They start out as pretty chauvinistic, but they [[CharacterDevelopment get over it]] by the end.
* ShipperOnDeck: The ending of ''Kingdom Hearts 2'' has all three spying on Mulan and Shang having a romantic moment.
* ThreeStoogesShoutOut: Yao, Ling and Chien-Po of Moe, Larry and Curly respectively.
* TookALevelInBadass: Not nearly to the extent of Mulan, but they are extremely incompetent at the beginning of the TrainingMontage in the first film, such as Ling breaking his face (and some teeth) when he attempts to smash a block with his face, and Yao getting hit by an arrow during an exercise. However, after Mulan manages to successfully retrieve the arrow, it inspires all of them to try harder, and afterward they are all seen performing their previous exercises superbly. By the movie's climax they've become invaluable backup. The sequel has them as decorated war heroes who are recognized by the Emperor as China's greatest foot soldiers.
* TrueCompanions: Their intro implies they were great friends before or immediately starting boot camp and the sequel shows they are still together. They extend this friendship to Mulan as well.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po would later marry [[spoiler:Mei, Ting-Ting, and Su, respectively by the end of the sequel.]] And while they are not "ugly", they are certainly more goofy looking than their respective [[spoiler:good-looking wives.]]


[[folder: Tropes that apply to Yao ]]

* AntiquatedLinguistics: Interestingly, in the Swedish dub Yao speaks in a very old-fashioned manner. In fact, many of the words he uses are hardly ever spoken anymore.
* BigOlEyebrows: Of the entire cast, Yao has the biggest and thickest set of eyebrows.
* BruiserWithASoftCenter: His first scene has him violently punch a guy and threatening to do the same to "Ping". He later openly cries when bidding farewell with Mulan and is quite tender with Mei.
* DeadpanSnarker: If it's not dry sarcasm it's biting scorn.
-->"I'll get that arrow, pretty boy... And I'll do it with my shirt ''on''."
* EyeScream: Less violent than some other examples we could list, but Yao has one of his eyes permanently blacked out.
* GutturalGrowler: He has a deep, throaty voice befitting the "tough guy" image he presents.
* HairTriggerTemper: A minor slight to Yao can trigger a full-on brawl.
* HandicappedBadass: Yao's right eye is permanently blacked out, but he's quite tough and strong, and becomes even more so after he TookALevelInBadass.
* HotBlooded: Yao is the most impulsive and violent of the trio.
* InkSuitActor: Yao looks like a young Harvey Fierstein.
* IronButtMonkey: Yao is shot in the butt with flaming arrows.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: While Yao may be a hot-tempered and sarcastic person (who started off as a bully to Mulan), he proves to be loyal, a true friend, and has a soft center underneath his tough demeanor.
* LargeHam: "And I am Yao! ''King of the Rock!''"
* TheLeader: Yao is the self-appointed leader of the trio.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Yao with Mei in the sequel. With just one look into each other's eyes, Yao is completely smitten with Mei. The feeling is mutual.
* TheNapoleon: Yao is one of the more fierce and BloodKnight-ish soldiers on the heroes' side and is also the shortest of them.
* PintsizedPowerhouse: The only human character Yao is taller than is Mulan's grandmother, but he has the strength to lift a gigantic man above his head and throw him several feet and is also suggested to be the best fighter of the three.
* RedIsHeroic: He wears red in the first film, and while he starts off as a jerk, he shows his heroic side later on.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: In the sequel, Yao is the Tiny Guy to Mei's Huge Girl; Yao may be physically muscular, he only reaches around Mei's waist.
* TookALevelInKindness: With Ling. Chien-Po was already a NiceGuy, but he and Ling started off as jerks to Mulan. After going through some intense training and witnessing Mulan's determination, the two quickly changed their attitudes and offer reconciliation.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Ling. They tend to get into arguments that break into all out brawls constantly, but they remain inseparable friends.


[[folder: Tropes that apply to Ling ]]

* AffectionateNickName: Ting-Ting gives Ling the nickname "Lingy Bear".
* AnnoyingLaugh: Ling sports a particularly obnoxious one.
* BlueIsHeroic: His signature color becomes blue in the sequel. And by then, he has proven (with his friends) to be an honorable and brave soldier.
* CasanovaWannabe: A milder example. If his lines in ''[[EarWorm A Girl Worth Fighting For]]'' are any indication, he was a flirt back home. He's also the most immediately confident when dealing with the princesses in the sequel, despite having the worst luck with the one he pursues.
* TheHyena: Ling lives to laugh.
* {{Hypocrite}}: In the sequel, he berates Yao on flirting with Mei because she's engaged to be married, but the first thing he does when he meets Ting-Ting is flirt with her.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Ling's sense of humor tends to involve a lot of these. Only he seems to find them funny.
* InsecureLoveInterest: It's brief, but he at one point he thought that Ting-Ting didn't like him.
* IronButtMonkey: Even more so than his friends.
** Breaking a brick with his face (and his teeth).
** Falling face first in the mud due to Yao moving the carriage he was leaning on.
** Getting punched in the face by a girl he was flirting with in the sequel.
** Having fireworks go off while he's right there.
* JerkassHasAPoint: While he may have been insensitive, Ling wasn't wrong in that Yao couldn't fall for Mei because she was engaged to be married.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ling could be an immature jerk, a prime example being his bullying of Mulan (with Yao). But when Mulan proves her worth, he apologizes and asks if they could be friends. Other than that, Ling is a pretty decent and friendly guy.
* {{Keet}}: He's the most enthusiastic of the trio.
* LeanAndMean: Before his CharacterDevelopment, was a rail thin jerkass.
* MustMakeHerLaugh: He spends most of the sequel trying to get Ting-Ting to laugh with little success. [[spoiler:It tuns she ''does'' think he's funny, but was too ashamed of her laugh.]]
* NotSoDifferent: [[spoiler:Ling and Ting-Ting both enjoy jokes, but the former had to pretend she didn't because she was ashamed of her laugh. They even do the same chopstick-nose trick!]]
* TeethFlying: Ling during the camp brawl scene, and during the first brick-breaking scene in ''I'll Make a Man Out of You''.
* TookALevelInKindness: With Yao. Chien-Po was already a NiceGuy, but he and Yao started off as jerks to Mulan. After going through some intense training and witnessing Mulan's determination, the two quickly changed their attitudes and offer reconciliation.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Yao. They tend to get into arguments that break into all out brawls constantly, but they remain inseparable friends.


[[folder: Tropes that apply to Chien-Po ]]

* {{Acrofatic}}: Despite his size, he's seen doing cartwheels in the later half of ''I'll Make a Man out of You''.
* AllLovingHero: He is very good-natured and would never do anything to upset anyone, making him the most ready to befriend Mulan.
* BaldOfAwesome: Chien-Po becomes after he and his pals TookALevelInBadass in the film. Also, see the {{Acrofatic}} section.
* BigEater: His 'ideal wife' is a great cook, [[spoiler:which Su is]].
* TheBigGuy: He possesses great strength and can lift multiple people (or a massive stone statue) with ease.
* BlueIsHeroic: His signature color is blue in the first film, where he was shown to be the nicest of the trio and (initially) the TokenGoodTeammate.
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Unlike his two friends, Chien-Po doesn't actively engage in their frequent brawls, but his large size and great strength lead to him accidentally hurting them anyway. During the TrainingMontage he actually breaks off an entire chunk of the climbing pole by accident and looks around sheepishly after doing so.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Not so much in an earlier installment than in an earlier scene. Chien Po's early recitation of a buddhist chant to calm Yao down in addition to his baldness give him the appearance of a monk. Which makes one wonder what he's doing in the army. Compounded later on when he proclaims his love of meat dishes in the "A Girl worth fighting for" song.
* GentleGiant: Chien-Po is a NiceGuy from the start, and recites a Buddhist mantra to calm Yao down when he gets into a rage. As mentioned before, Yao is a contrast because he's short, rude and impulsive.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: In the sequel, Chien Po is the Huge Guy to Su's Tiny Girl--Chien-Po's the biggest of him, Ling and Yao while Su's the youngest and smallest of her and her sisters.
* NiceGuy: Chien-Po was nice and friendly from the get-go.
* StoutStrength: Chien-Po is made of fat and muscle, capable of easily lifting at least half a dozen men, then while holding them, '''pull a full grown horse carrying two armored soldiers back up onto a cliff without any visible strain'''.
* ThroughHisStomach: During "A Girl Worth Fighting For", Chien-Po states his ideal girl is one who is a good cook.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Initially--he wasn't exactly supportive of Mulan/Ping, but at the same time, he never went out of his way to act like a jerk to her like Ling and Yao did.


!!Fa Family

[[folder:Fa Zhou]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Soon-Tek Oh; Tito Reséndiz (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''The greatest gift and honor... is having you for a daughter.''"

Mulan's father.
* AdultFear: Not only does his daughter go off to war in his place, she does so in a disguise that, if broken, will get her executed. Which means there's nothing he can do to stop Mulan.
* BadassFamily: He's definitely passed these genes onto his daughter.
* CoolHelmet: Shang journeys all the way from the Imperial City to bring it back. Although there may have been ulterior motives in there...
* CoolOldGuy: He's a poet and a cunning gambler.
* CoolSword: Like the aforementioned helmet, the dragon-hilted sword Mulan carries is actually his. He manages to demonstrate some skill with it, too, before his health problems force him to stop.
* DisappearedDad: Inverted; his daughter disappears and he is devastated knowing that she left for his sake, and to make matters worse if he attempts to take we place there's a possibility that she'll get exposed so he can't chase after her. Mulan's efforts to prevent this trope from being in full effect is what kicks off the plot.
* FeelingTheirAge: While he retains some measure of his old skills, his bum leg, old age, and implied heart problems all mean he simply can't perform as he used to. This is the main reason Mulan runs off to take his place in the war, knowing that he won't survive if he goes to fight.
* GoodParents: He genuinely loves his daughter and is extremely distressed when she leaves to take his place in the army.
* HandicappedBadass: Deconstructed. He is disciplined, skilled, and knowledgeable, but simply can't perform as he used to because of his injured leg and advanced age. Judging by the way he clutches his chest when Mulan spies on him, he may also have heart problems. This is further supported by Mulan reciting his doctor's prescription of three cups of tea in the morning and three at night, which clearly implies a special medicinal blend.
* HappilyMarried: To Fa Li. He gives Mulan and Shang 'ying yang' advice in the sequel.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: He's famous enough that Chi-Fu and Li Shang know him by name. How did he become so famous? What happened to his leg?
* HonorBeforeReason: "I will die doing what's ''right!''"
* InsistentTerminology: When his wife admonishes him for gambling:
--> '''Fa Zhou''': Betting my mother is not a gamble! It's an ''investment''.
* LivingLegend: The people of his village stand aside when he walks up to receive his conscription notice. His state as such is further reinforced by this dialogue:
-->'''Shang:''' ''The'' Fa Zhou!?\\
'''Chi-Fu:''' I didn't know Fa Zhou had a son!
* NiceGuy: Aside from his traditionalist nature, he's a really sweet guy.
* OpenMindedParent: Considering the time period, he's very accepting of Mulan's personality and does his best to reassure his daughter after her poor performance at the matchmaker's. He's also very proud of Mulan's status as a war-hero at the end.
* RealMenLoveJesus: A variant. Fa Zhou makes daily prayers to his ancestors.
-->"I'm going to pray some more."
* RetiredBadass: Served in the army during his younger years. Both Li-Shang and Chi-Fu respect his name when "Ping" claims to be his son.
* ShipperOnDeck: By the sequel, he is wagering with his mother when Shang will propose to Mulan.
* SoProudOfYou: [[spoiler: To Mulan, when she returns as a war-hero with the blessings and respect of the Emperor himself.]]
* ThrowingOffTheDisability: Subverted. He doesn't use his cane when he accepts the summons to war but it doesn't change the fact he is no longer in fighting shape (his limp is still evident when he walks, and later on he collapses when practicing with his sword). This is the reason why Mulan takes his place.
* WarriorPoet: Skillfully draws a metaphor between the late-blooming flower and Mulan.

[[folder:Fa Li]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Freda Foh Shen; Nancy [=McKenzie=] (speaking) and Vicky Córdova (singing) (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''You must go after her. She could be killed!''"

Mulan's mother.
* CoolOldLady: In the parenting way. She always tries to understand her daughter and accepts all the same.
* GoodParents: Similar to her husband and mother-in-law, Fa Li does not berate her daughter after she fails at the matchmaker's and appears genuinely upset and concerned for Mulan afterwards. She's also very scared for Mulan's safety after she leaves for the army.
* HappilyMarried: To Fa Zhou. See his entry.
* HouseWife: Like other women her age in this setting, she cooks and raises children.
* NiceGirl: Motherly, loving, and understanding.
* ShipperOnDeck: She cries TearsOfJoy when Mulan accepts Shang's marriage proposal.
* SoProudOfYou: Her contented smile at the end when she sees her returned daughter speaks volumes for how proud she is of Mulan and her accomplishments.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: Looks like an older, chubbier Mulan.

[[folder:Grandmother Fa]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JuneForay (speaking), Marni Nixon (singing); [[Creator/RocioGarcel Rocío Garcel]] (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''Would you like to stay forever?''"

Mulan's grandmother.
* CloudcuckooLander: She believes in lucky crickets and decides to blindly cross a busy road with Cri-Kee as her good luck charm.
* CoolOldLady: She fixes her granddaughter with a little bit of luck, gambles, and she has the sarcasm and appreciation of young men to blend in with her teenage counterparts.
* DeadpanSnarker: The line, "Who spit in her bean curd?" is a good example.
* DirtyOldWoman: She's ''very'' impressed with Shang.
* GoodParents: She has done very well by Fa Zhou and definitely adores her granddaughter, whom she fully accepts for who she is and only wants the best for her.
* HiddenDepths: While wise-cracking and charmingly rude for most of the movie's introduction, she does have a remarkably strong spiritual side. She gives Mulan numerous amulets for good luck with the matchmaker, immediately wakes up when Mulan runs away, and also the only one whose prayers actually reach the ancestors.
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: She is ''much'' shorter than the other characters.
* MultigenerationalHousehold: Typical for the time period and Chinese culture in general. She gets on well with the entire family, especially her granddaughter.
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: She sensed Mulan running away while she was asleep.
* NiceGirl: She's open-minded, protective, and fun-loving.
* OpenMindedParent: A grandparent example. She's ''very'' accepting of Mulan's personality and does not take well to anyone criticizing her granddaughter.
* ScrewPolitenessImASenior: Particularly for people she doesn't like or those she likes a bit too much (see: Shang).
* ShipperOnDeck: Grandmother Fa definitely ships Mulan and General Shang.
-->'''Mulan:''' (''to Shang'') Would you like to stay for dinner?\\
'''Grandmother Fa:''' Would you like to stay forever?
* StrollingThroughTheChaos: To show that Cri-Kee is a lucky cricket, she crosses a street while covering her eyes. Even Cri-Kee is scared by the ensuing chaos but she's unharmed and describes it as proof of Cri-Kee's luck.

[[folder:"Little Brother"]]
--> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/ChrisSanders (''Mulan''), Creator/FrankWelker (''Mulan II'')

The Fa family pet dog.
* DogsAreDumb: Played for laughs.
* MythologyGag: In the Chinese legend, Mulan has an ''actual'' little brother who is too young for the army, but he was AdaptedOut.
* NearlyNormalAnimal: Cartoonish in appearance, but he's not a talking animal.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: A floppy little dog, who looks like he's part beagle and part pillow.

[[folder:The Ancestors]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/GeorgeTakei (First) (original); José Lavat (First), Daniel Abundis (Abacus One), Magda Giner (Lady Ancestor), Ricardo Hill (Big Beard Ancestor), Esteban Siller (Farmer Ancestor) (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''Go! The fate of the Fa family rests in your claws.''"

The ancestors of the Fa family.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: They live inside the tablets in the Fa family shrine as spirits.
* BadassBaritone: The First Ancestor (being voiced by George Takei) is notably deeper than the rest of them.
* BadassBeard: Four of them -- the First Ancestor, the guy with the abacus, the guy that sits in the background behind said guy with abacus, and the guy that goes, "Don't look at me! She [Mulan] gets it from ''your'' side of the family!" However, only the First Ancestor can be called 'badass'.
* DysfunctionalFamily: ''Hoo Boy''. Their different personalities really clash with each other, and that's not even talking about their lifestyles, choices and destinies, much to the elder ancestor's dismay.
* FogFeet: Since they're ghosts.
* JewishMother: "My children never caused such trouble, they all became acupuncturists!"
* NoodleIncident: Whatever Mushu did that ended with Fa Deng losing his head.
* OffWithHisHead: Fa Deng was decapitated, and his spirit is shown carrying it.
-->'''Fa Deng''': Yeah. Thanks a lot.
* OnlySaneWoman: "She's just trying to help her father -- "
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Apparently solid, as seen in the scene where Mushu grabs onto the First Ancestor's beard.
* PapaWolf: When someone threatens their descendants, they unleash powerful animal guardians.
* ShoutOut: Two of them are an AmericanGothicCouple.
* StaffOfAuthority: The First Ancestor wields one and directs the others.
* TookALevelInJerkass: To Mushu in the sequel, where they treat him with even less respect than they did when he was a failure. It may be justified by Mushu's egoism over Mulan's success has given him a level or two in [=Jerkass=] himself.

!!The Royal Family and Counsel

[[folder:The Emperor]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Pat Morita (original); Jesús Colin (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''One man may be the difference between victory and defeat.''"

The emperor of China.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: A textbook example. He starts off admonishing Mulan for her various misdeeds throughout the movie but finishes the list with the fact that she saved all of China by doing so. It's even the page quote.
* BadassBeard: A long white one that makes him look like a sage.
* BadassGrandpa: He's in Mulan's grandmother's generation or older.
* BadassInDistress: Falls victim to a Hun ambush and has to be rescued.
* BadassMustache: Part of the 'wise old sage' look.
* BigGood: The wise and benevolent ruler of China whom all the heroes answer to.
* CoolOldGuy: Not only is he wise and fearless but he bluntly points out to Shang how into Mulan Shang is.
* DeadpanSnarker: When he is not granting sage king wisdom, he speaks in blunt and witty one liners.
* DefiantCaptive: When Shan Yu captured him, he treats the much bigger and stronger guy like some slow-in-the-head child, and refuses to bow to him.
* DemotedToExtra: He only gets a couple of scenes in the beginning of the sequel.
* TheEmperor: The illustrious sole ruler of China.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: When told his armies will protect him, he declared that the armies should also go out to protect his people, showing that he is a benevolent ruler. He also shows wisdom and caution with his "grain of rice" line.
* {{Foil}}: To Shan Yu. While the Emperor is a king who is respected by his people and wishes to have peace, Shan Yu is a general who is feared by China and wishes to declare war.
* TheGoodKing: This is his establishing character moment and cardinal trait. When he's on screen, his actions are guided by China's welfare.
* KneelBeforeFrodo: [[spoiler: A [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] and, to Mulan, [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments awesome moment]] when the Emperor (and subsequently all of China) bows to her.]]
* KneelBeforeZod: Defied AWESOMELY. ''"[[DefiantToTheEnd No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it.]]"''
* NervesOfSteel: A ''master'' of this. He never loses his cool or shows fear even when threatened with murder.
* NiceGuy: All signs point that he is just as affable in his personal life as he is in public matters.
* NiceHat: One similar to (but nicer than) Chi-Fu's.
* NoNameGiven: "Your majesty", "Your Excellency", etc is all we get.
* PapaWolf: To all of ImperialChina. When he gives the "protect my people" line it is the same tone as 'protect my children'.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He recognizes the possibility that his standing army may lose to the Huns and so calls up new recruits. Also, while he is furious at Mulan's many transgressions, he recognizes the good she has done.
* ShipperOnDeck: He tries to be subtle about how Shang should go after Mulan, but Shang doesn't get it, so he goes straight to the point.
-->'''Emperor:''' The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.\\
'''Shang:''' ...Sir?\\
'''Emperor:''' You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty!

[[folder:Chi Fu]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/JamesHong (original); Mario Filio (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''Insubordinate ruffians!''"

A member of the Emperor's consul and advisor to Li Shang who refuses to allow the recruits to join the battle against the Huns.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Loosely implied, since the soldiers assume his "girl back home" [[MamasBoy is his mother]] and doesn't show much appreciation for women. Granted, that's not particularly special in this period, but with Chi Fu it's significant.
* BilingualBonus: Chi Fu's name is a pun on the Chinese word for "[[MeaningfulName to bully]]."
* ButtMonkey: It's rather entertaining to see him get made fun of or talked down to.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Since he doesn't appear in the sequel, he may have possibly been fired, and probably arrested or forced into exile for assaulting Mulan, attempting to murder her, his actions against her and accusing her for treason, and it is unknown who succeeded him.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: Chi-Fu is a NonActionGuy known for his GirlyScream, yet when told that Mulan is a hero he simply says ''"'tis a woman, she'll never be worth anything."'' Granted, there is some room for interpreting this as contempt for Mulan as an ''individual'', but it sounds like this trope.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Even ''he'' is horrified when he finds [[spoiler:the razed village]].
* {{Expy}}: He's basically what [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Sebastian]] and [[Disney/TheLionKing Zazu]] would be if they were devoid of any redeeming qualities.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Chi Fu claims he has an amazing girl back home. The sideways glance he gives the other soldiers implies he's just lying to impress the other guys.
* HateSink: He's rude, arrogant, obstructive, misogynistic, and provides no help against the Huns outside of conscripting villagers.
* {{Jerkass}}: The only person he is ''not'' rude to is the emperor himself.
* LeanAndMean: The thinnest and the meanest.
* NiceHat: He wears one because of his Imperial position.
* NonActionGuy: Justified. He's the Emperor's aide, not a soldier.
* NoodleIncident: "You men owe me a new pair of slippers!"
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Attempts to keep Shang's soldiers out of the war with his report.
* PetTheDog: He has the decency to be horrified when they stumble upon [[spoiler:the razed village and slaughtered army]], even giving some polite words to Shang.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: Right after denying it he does it.
* SmugSnake: "Impossible! No one could get through the Great Wall." This comes right after hearing that someone ''did'' get through the Great Wall.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Not necessarily ''evil'', but he's the only one who remains a {{Jerkass}} by the end of the first film.
* UndyingLoyalty: Despite his negative behavior, he does show a positive trait in being industrious and loyal to the Emperor, as when the Emperor ordered the distribution of conscription notices to all of China, Chi-Fu went as far as to distribute them himself.
* UngratefulBastard: [[spoiler: Yes, even after Mulan saved ''all of China'' from Shan Yu and his Huns, Chi Fu stands by his opinion that she's worthless.]]

[[folder:Mei, Ting-Ting, Su]]
-->'''Ting-Ting Voiced by:''' Sandra Oh, Judy Kuhn (singing voice) (original); Gaby Cárdenas (Latin American Spanish dub)\\
'''Su Voiced by:''' Lauren Tom, Mandy Gonzalez (singing voice) (original); Irazema Terrazas (Latin American Spanish dub)\\
'''Mei Voiced by:''' Lucy Liu, Beth Blankenship (singing voice) (original); Natalia Sosa (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''I know where my duty lies, Mei. Do you?''"

The Emperor's three children who appear in the sequel to participate in an arranged marriage.

[[folder: Tropes that apply to all ]]

* {{Adorkable}}: All of three of them to some extent.
** Ting-Ting when she laughs and it's revealed that she does the same chopstick nose trick Ling does.
** Mei when she talks about or admires Yao.
** Su's naturally [[GenkiGirl bouncy energy]].
* ArrangedMarriage: The main conflict in the sequel is that to help avert a war, the princesses have an arrange marriage. Problem is they want to MarryForLove. [[spoiler: Thanks to Mushu, the princesses get out of the wedding, avert a war, and marry for love.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Yao, Ling, and Chien Po. Mei is feisty and rebellious (Yao), Ting-Ting [[spoiler: has a corny and immature sense of humor]] (Ling, though she tries to hide it), and Su is a sweet BigEater (Chien-Po).
* ColorCodedCharacters: Mei is pink, Ting-Ting is purple and Su is yellow.
* DaddysGirl: All three princesses love their father very much and don't want him to [[WellDoneSonGuy be disappointed in them]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: These three will avert a war with marriage.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Ting-Ting's the oldest and most mature. Su's the youngest and most childish. Mei's kind of in between the two.
* FreudianTrio: Ting-Ting is the Superego (will do the arranged marriage because it's her duty to do so), Su is the Ego (she wants to marry for true love, but also understands that doing so will cause a lot of problems), and Mei is the Id (was planning to run away from the arrangement, even though it meant a possible war).
* IJustWantToBeNormal: See IWantSong; it's about being like commoner girls.
* IWantSong: "I Wanna Be Like Other Girls".
* NiceGirl: All three of them are kind, thoughtful, and polite.
* NiceMeanAndInbetween: {{Downplayed|Trope}}. All three are nice, but differ in temperament: Su (Nice) is the most cheerful and fun-loving. Ting-Ting tells her sisters, especially Mei, not to fall in love because they have to abide by the arranged marriage (Mean). Mei (Inbetween) a really nice girl, but is willing to risk her country's safety for her own happiness, though it's portrayed quite sympathetically.
* MarryForLove: What all of them truly want..."To meet a nice guy who likes me for ''me''". [[spoiler: And get thank to Mushu.]]
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Mei with Yao, Ling with Ting-Ting, and Su with Chien-Po.]]
* RoyalBrat: {{Averted|Trope}} because there's nothing bratty about them.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: All three of them want to marry someone who loves them for them. They end up falling in love with some of China's bravest, most loyal, and eternally dedicated and ''decorated'' soldiers: [[BirdsOfAFeather Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po, respectively.]]
** Mei tells her sisters there's more to [[BruiserWithASoftCenter Yao]] then what meets the eye and later tells ''him'' she finds it easy to talk to him.
** [[{{Keet}} Ling]] won Ting-Ting's heart by making her laugh. Before that, she gave him a warm smile after he found and personally dried her fan before before giving it back. Also, he gets extra points for Ling for finding her laugh (which she admittedly hates) ''adorable''.
** Su and [[GentleGiant Chien-Po]] bonded over their love of food, and Su was smitten with his kindness.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: The Girly Girls (more accustomed to "lady like" things) to Mulan's Tomboy (isn't very good at it and has the most experience with fighting).
* UglyGuyHotWife: Mei, Ting-Ting, and Su would later marry [[spoiler:Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po, respectively by the end of the sequel.]] And while their [[spoiler:husbands]] are not "ugly", they are certainly more goofy looking than their respective [[spoiler:good-looking wives.]]
* UptownGirl The princesses of China fall in love with commoners (who are also decorated soldiers).
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: Part of the reason they agreed to the arranged marriages was to please their father.


[[folder: Tropes that apply to Mei ]]

* GenkiGirl: While not on Su's level, Mei is a ''very'' passionate woman.
* LoveAtFirstSight: With Yao. After just one look at Yao, Mei admits to her sisters that there's something special about him.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Mei's signature dress is pink and she's as girly as her sisters.
* ShipperOnDeck: She even ''scolded'' Ting-Ting for denying she and Ling had a connection.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Mei is the Huge Girl to Yao's Tiny Guy; Yao may be physically muscular, but he only reaches around Mei's waist.
* WomenPreferStrongMen: Mei had a dreamy look on her face when she saw Yao split a log with his ''bare hands''.


[[folder: Tropes that apply to Ting-Ting ]]

* BigSisterInstinct: When the carriage was about to fall in the river, the princesses were stuck inside. Mei was safely pulled out, leaving Ting-Ting and Su inside. Almost ''immediately'' Ting-Ting grabbed Su and tossed her outside, knowing that one of the guards would catch her.
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Ting-Ting's signature dress is purple and she produces an air of "queenliness" (understandable, since she's the oldest and thus is next in line for the throne after their father).
* MsExposition: Ting-Ting explains the princess life.
* NotSoAboveItAll: She is the eldest and most mature of the three, and tries to keep her sisters in line, but even she has her limits. While she spends the first halve of "Like Other Girls" trying to get Mei and Su to act civilized, she quickly joins in and shows she hates rules just as much as they do. When not acting like a dignified princess, she likes to wiggle chopsticks in her nose.
* NotSoStoic: When Ling gets Ting-Ting to laugh.
* OnlySaneWoman: Ting Ting is the most reasonable and mature of the three.
* RepetitiveName: '''Ting-Ting'''.
* TheStoic: Ting-Ting for about three-quarters of ''Mulan II''. "Just get your pomegranates in the carriage."
* UptightLovesWild: She is the most uptight princess, devoted to honor, and tries be a role model to her sisters. Ling, who wanted a girl who would laugh at his jokes (even knowing the chopstick nose trick that Ling believes to have invented), had to try harder than his partners to impress her.
* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Ting-Ting, for a long time, hid her sense of humor because it wasn't dignified for a princess to wiggle chopsticks in her nose.


[[folder: Tropes that apply to Su ]]

* TheBabyOfTheBunch: Su's the youngest and shortest daughter of the Emperor, as well as being the most childish.
* GenkiGirl: Su is the most excitable of her sisters.
* HiddenDepths: Su appears to be a speed reader when reading Mei's letter.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Su is the Tiny Girl to Chien Po's Huge Guy; the guy is the GentleGiant of his friends, while Su is the youngest of her sisters.

!!The Hun Army

-->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/MiguelFerrer (original); Rubén Moya (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''By building his wall, he challenged my strength. Well, I'm here to play his game.''"

TheLeader of the Huns who is bent on conquering China.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Some of Shan-Yu's physical characteristics are quite alarming: he has clawed fingernails, fanged teeth, eyes that are definitely ''not'' a normal human's, and SuperStrength. But it's never really made clear who or ''what'' he's supposed to be other than his given background as a vicious foreign conqueror.
* AnimalEyes: His eyes are hawk-like black and yellow. (In contrast to his falcon having human-like eyes of the same color.)
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The leader is the most dangerous.
* BadassBoast: Is fond of making these. In fact, he makes one in all of his (speaking) appearances.
-->''Tell your emperor to send his strongest armies! I'm ready.''
-->''Your walls and and armies have fallen, and now, it's your turn''.
* BadassInCharge: He commands an army of 50,000+ nomadic Huns, climbs the Great Wall of China, massacres several armies (including the army of General Li, while he's also massacring a village), ''survives an avalanche'', and then sneaks undetected into the Forbidden City. All in all, Shan-Yu is easily one of Disney's most capable and dangerous villains, if not the most of the whole bunch.
* BadassMustache: Pretty awesome Shan Yu's beard is.
* BaldOfEvil: He's a violent BloodKnight with a bit of hair missing from the top.
* TheBerserker: While normally cold and collected, he really loses it [[spoiler: when his plans are foiled]]. Due to his fairly bestial appearance, the before/after difference is less pronounced than in most villainous breakdowns.
* BigBad: He is the leader of the Huns and the one directing the invasion.
* BigEntrance: Scaling the Great Wall of China!
* BigOlEyebrows: The biggest in the movie.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: His irises are [[YellowEyesOfSneakiness yellow]], but his pupils and the "whites" of his eyes are black. Unusual example in that this is actually his eye colour, and consequently they stay this way all the time, even when he is totally calm, rather than turning this colour when he loses it.
* BloodKnight: His first two scenes suggest him to be this (see Establishing Character Moment below), and he later confirms it when he rejects a suggestion to avoid the Imperial Army rather than meet them in combat. Shortly before the [[spoiler: avalanche wipes out his army]] he personally leads the charge against the heroes, and is so far in front of his horde that it is very clear he wants to fight them himself.
* CoolSword: It has jagged edges.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: [[spoiler: Mulan uses one rocket to send him flying into a stockpile of fireworks.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: His low-key and sardonic nature actually makes him ''scarier'' than if he were a typical [[EvilIsHammy scenery-chewing antagonist.]]
--> ''(to a pair of captured Imperial scouts)'' "[[SarcasmMode Nice work, gentlemen.]] You found the Hun army."
* TheDreaded: Though the Emperor himself is too dignified to have a true OhCrap moment, his expression and actions when General Li says the Huns are being led by Shan-Yu shows that he is aware that China could be in a ''lot'' of trouble.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment:
** In the very first scene of the film, he leads an attack on the Great Wall of China, and does not stop a sentry who lights the signal fire. When the sentry defiantly says "Now all of China knows you're here", Shan-Yu says [[BloodKnight "Perfect"]] [[ThreatBackfire while burning the Imperial flag]] ''[[ThreatBackfire in the signal fire]]''.
** His next appearance marks another one, where he claims the reason he's invading China in the first place is because "By building his Wall [the Emperor] challenged my strength. Well, I'm here to play his game. [[BadassBoast Go! Tell your Emperor to send his strongest armies. I'm ready"]]. He then [[spoiler: [[KickTheDog jokingly orders his archer to kill one of the captured Chinese]], apparently ForTheEvulz]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: If you match the story up to Real Life and accept that the "Huns" are in fact the Xiongnu (made explicit in [[{{Woolseyism}} the Chinese dub]]), Shan-Yu is not the villain's name but his TITLE (also represented as Chanyu, and in either event roughly translates to "Majesty Son of Heaven").
* EvilIsBigger: Towers over the heroes.
* EvilLaugh: Celebrates a victory with a deep and menacing laugh.
* EvilPlan: Oddly enough he doesn't seem that interested in [[TakeOverTheWorld taking over China]] but rather in proving himself superior to the Emperor by making him bow.
* EvilSoundsDeep: From having the deep husky voice of Miguel Ferrer.
* FamousLastWords: ''[[TemptingFate "It looks like you're out of ideas."]]''
* FauxAffablyEvil:
** The doll scene. The subtext of "The little girl will be missing her doll... we should return it to her" is clearly 'let's murder her and raze her village to the ground while we're at it'. He also kills General Li and his soldiers during the massacre of said village.
** His interaction with the two Imperial scouts also reeks of this. He straightens one's cape seconds before ''hefting him into the air by his throat and holding his sword under the scout's chin.'' Then, just as it seems he's letting them both get away with their lives, he orders his archer to take one of them out.
* FourStarBadass: He is the supreme leader of his army, and he personally leads the attacks. When we finally see him in action it is clear that he is ''extremely'' formidable.
* FrontlineGeneral: He's always the first man in a charge.
* GeniusBruiser: Tactically speaking, he is brilliant; and physically speaking, he is dangerous.
* ImplacableMan: He ''really'' wants the Emperor to acknowledge his superiority, and minor inconveniences like [[spoiler: being buried alive in an avalanche of freezing snow which kills almost his entire army]] [[SkywardScream only make him angry,]] and [[XanatosSpeedChess cause him to re-evaluate his strategy.]] [[spoiler: He nearly manages to win even then! Once Mulan reveals herself as the one who buried Shan-Yu's army with an avalanche, he pursues her, [[KungShui not caring if he needs to break everything to do so]].]]
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Averted. Though he is understandably furious with Mulan for destroying his army, he doesn't particularly seem to care that she's a woman. Shan-Yu simply views her as another soldier.
* TheJuggernaut: Makes a beeline from the borders of China directly to the Emperor. Anything that gets in the way will be crushed.
* KneelBeforeZod: He tries to make the Emperor bow before him. He declines, and Shan-Yu tries to do the same with his sword, but Shang arrives just in time.
* KungShui: His pursuit of Mulan breaks many walls and ceilings of the Emperor's palace.
* LargeAndInCharge: Both taller and broader than his lieutenants.
* LeParkour: Uses this to chase Mulan in the climax.
* LightningBruiser: Shan-Yu may look like a MightyGlacier, and he shows himself to be just as strong as he looks, but he's as agile as a monkey. [[GeniusBruiser He's also fairly intelligent and an excellent strategist.]]
* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: The avalanche should have killed him. Shan-Yu simply pulled himself out without injury. With absolutely no effort, he was out of the snow like a daisy!]]
* NoSongForTheWicked: This is one of the few films in the Disney Renaissance not to feature a VillainSong, the others being ''The Rescuers Down Under'', ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' (though Hades sung in the series), and ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}''. If you [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness discount the]] [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs three]] [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} from]] [[Disney/SleepingBeauty prior]] to the Disney Renaissance, this is also the only Franchise/DisneyPrincess film without a Villain Song.
* ObviouslyEvil: His grey skin, his black and yellow eyes, and his bestial appearance all point to 'barbarian overlord'. Plus, he has ''fangs''.
* OhCrap:
** Has a ''glorious'' one when [[spoiler: he sees an avalanche destroying his army.]]
** Another when [[spoiler:Mulan reveals that she is the soldier who caused the avalanche.]]
** A third when [[spoiler:Mulan launches the rocket at him]].
* PoliticallyCorrectVillain: He's one of the few male characters in the film who never underestimates Mulan. Granted, they only interacted twice in the entire movie, but still it's notable considering many of the others start this way. It also aligns well with Hun culture in real life since Hun women had ''many'' more freedoms than Chinese women of the same time period, including the right to hunt and fight alongside their male counterparts. In the eyes of Shan-Yu, she was just another soldier.
* SkywardScream: [[spoiler: When he realizes that the avalanche wiped out almost all of his army.]]
* SoftSpokenSadist: The only time he raised his voice is when the Emperor refused to bow to him.
* SticksToTheBack: The scabbard to his sword is positioned on his back.
* UnstoppableRage: When he gets angry, little obstacles like a massive barred door, thick columns and a tiled roof don't slow him down.
* UseYourHead: Caps off a short, vicious fight with a headbutt, which only highlights his brutality.
* VillainousBreakdown: A downplayed trope since the breakdown simply made him ''more'' beast-like than he was already.
* VillainousValour: To his enemies, he's a terrifying monster, who slaughters entire villages. However, when the battle starts, he's leading his men at the forefront.
* VillainRespect: As far as he was concerned, Mulan was just some no-name RedShirt when they met on the mountain pass. When he finds out who she is, he drops everything to defeat "The Soldier from the Mountains."
* WouldHitAGirl: The poor little girl and Mulan are examples.
* WouldHurtAChild: ''"The little girl will be missing her doll. We should return it to her."''
* {{Wrath}}: His implacable bloodlust drives most of the plot.

[[folder:Shan-Yu's Elites]]

-->'''Shan-Yu:''' ''(throws one of them the Tung Shao Pass doll)'' What do you see?\\
'''Hun #1:''' Black pine. From the high mountains!\\
'''Hun #2:''' White horsehair. Imperial stallions.\\
'''Hun #3:''' Sulfur. From cannons.

Five Hun soldiers who stand out amongst Shan-Yu's army.
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: The group gathers to look at the doll given to them by Shan-Yu; finding black pine, white horse hair, and cannon sulfur.
* BaldOfEvil: Three of the five have no hair on the top of their heads. All of them (as well as the two that have hair) are ruthless killers.
* CurbStompBattle: The group ended up on the receiving end of one [[spoiler:due to being caught off-guard by the surprise attack of Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po being disguised as palace concubines]].
* EliteMooks: Apart from Shan-Yu, the five have the most characterization in the army, [[spoiler:and are the only survivors of the avalanche caused by Mulan]]. They then join Shan-Yu's raid on the Emperor's palace. Before then, they are also the soldiers that weed out the Imperial scouts, and are the ones who took part in the AwesomenessByAnalysis circle to find the location of the Imperial army.
* EvilIsDumb: Averted. They can tell the location of the entire Imperial Army just by looking at a doll. [[spoiler: Their mistaking a mustached, bearded Yao for a concubine though...]]
* KickTheDog: The bald archer joins in on Shan-Yu's fun to kill off one of the Imperial scouts.
* LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe: The archer has a roundshield on his left arm when he breaks out of the snow.
* NoNameGiven: None of the five were given names.
* PetTheDog: One of the larger shirtless Huns actually tries to act friendly giving back an apple that fell from an "ugly concubine".
* PragmaticVillainy: After learning of the imperial army's attempt to ambush them, the bald headed archer notes they could easily avoid the trap to avoid unnecessary casualties. Shan Yu decides however that going through the Tung Shao Pass was the fastest way to get to the emperor.
* PutTheirHeadsTogether: Chien Po disposed of the two shirtless Huns this way.
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Once again, the doll scene.
* ShirtlessScene: The two larger Huns.
* WouldntHitAGirl: They hesitate to attack a bunch of "ugly concubines" [[spoiler:(i.e. disguised heroes)]].

[[folder:The Huns]]

-->'''Shan-Yu''': "Congratulations, gentlemen. You've found the Hun army."

Shan Yu's army.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Every Hun on screen is part of the Hun Army.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: The history ([[HollywoodHistory such as it is]]) and their leader's [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "name"]] show that they are really Xiongnu rather than the Huns of Attila Western audiences would be more familiar with. They are indeed called as such in [[{{Woolseyism}} the Chinese dub.]]
* BadassArmy: We see the aftermath of their fight with the section of China's army led by Shang's father. [[spoiler: All the fatalities appear to be Chinese.]]
* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler:Minus the five Huns that survived the avalanche, yes.]]
* GeniusBruiser: "Soldier" in Disney-Hun must translate as "killer and tracker".
* TheHorde: They’re portrayed as a mass of bloodthirsty barbarians with no redeeming qualities other than their loyalty to their commander, invading and pillaging China [[ForTheEvulz for the sake of doing so]], and the EliteMooks are thoroughly evil monsters who engage in one [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] after another. They’re even drawn in a distinctly inhuman way, with eyes with black “whites” and yellow scleras, and claws on the tips of their gloves. Even their horses look evil!
* {{Mooks}}: The soldiers in the Hun Army.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: The archers are pretty thin, but a pair of them still managed to muscle their way through the avalanche snow.


Shan-Yu's pet falcon, who assists in carrying out his plans to conquer China.
* CallingCard: Hayabusa is typically used to indicate Shan Yu's presence, such as when he climbs over the Great Wall Of China.
* FeatheredFiend: The {{big bad}}'s pet and is just as evil as his owner.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: His final fate in the film is having his feathers burned away by Mushu.
* NonindicativeName: Although Hayabusa's name means "peragrine falcon" (a fitting name), it is a Japanese name rather than a Chinese name. However, it is possible that Hayabusa was acquired by Shan-Yu in Japan, and got his name by his previous owner there.
* SillyAnimalSound: When Mushu burns off all his feathers, he makes a silly, [[CluckingFunny chicken-like]] cluck.
* UncattyResemblance: [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_maksw0PFsr1r0sm4j.jpg Compare him to Shan-Yu.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The last we see of him, he is naked and being ridden on Mushu. After that is left a mystery.

!!Other Characters

[[folder:The Matchmaker]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' Miriam Margolyes (original), April Winchell (sequel); Mayra Rojas (Latin American Spanish dub)

->"''You are a '''disgrace'''!''"

An impatient and harsh woman, who obnoxiously judges potential brides.
* ArrangedMarriage: She's in charge of arranging these. [[CaptainObvious Duh]].
* BeautyMark: On the left side of her face, above her lips.
* DisasterDominoes: How her meeting with Mulan turns out.
* EtiquetteNazi: Mulan fails every one of them.
* FatBastard: "You may look like a bride, [[{{Irony}} but you will never bring your family honor!"]]
* {{Gonk}}: Fatter and uglier and worse make up than others.
* HumiliationConga: How her meeting with Mulan ends; ink stain, spilled tea, ''fire''.
* InformedAbility: She is never seen matchmaking on-screen.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Mulan isn't an impressive bride-to-be: she cheats by writing on her skin, she spills tea on the table, and even sets the woman on fire. She doesn't do it intentionally, and there was a cricket [[HumiliationConga but she still did get set on fire]], while Mulan was supposed to be proving her best mettle as a wife.
* LargeAndInCharge: Effectively controls these young women's futures, and is definitely not fun-sized.
* RealWomenHaveCurves: In-universe. She believes this since she says that Mulan is too skinny and her body type will not be good for bearing sons.
* StarterVillain: Until the ''real'' plot begins, the audience only has her to hate.
* TakeThat: Mulan's relationship with Shang and her war-hero status could be considered a subtle form of this towards the matchmaker since she'd originally said that Mulan was a disgrace and would never bring her family honor.

[[folder:General Li]]
-->'''Voiced by:''' James Shigeta (original); Arturo Casanova (Latin American Spanish dub)

Shang's father and the General of the Imperial Army.
* BigOlEyebrows: He has thick, black eyebrows.
* CurbstompBattle: General Li and his entire army were on the [[spoiler:fatal receiving end of one due to (greatly) underestimating their powerful foes.]]
* DeadHatShot: [[spoiler:The only thing left of him is his helmet.]]
* DisappearedDad: [[spoiler:For Shang after he is murdered by Shan Yu and his army.]]
* FatalFlaw: {{Pride}}. He never saw the Huns as a real threat and believed that China's victory was already good as sealed from the get go. Despite Chi Fu's brown-nosing, General Li's excuse of a "strategy plan" to combat the Hun advance was actually very basic, poorly thought-out, and completely dependent on the likelihood that his own troops have the higher numbers + firepower. [[spoiler:They didn't, and thus suffered the ultimate price for his arrogance by being [[CurbstompBattle completely wiped out]].]]
* GoodParents: He seems to have a great deal of faith and pride in Shang, choosing to promote his son to Captain for his accomplishments, despite Shang's young age and the responsibility of the position.
* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler:At the hands of the Huns.]]
* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:His and his army's death serves to have Shang, Mulan, and the others as China's only defending force against Shan Yu.]]
* StrongFamilyResemblance: An older, slightly chubbier version of Shang.
* UnderestimatingBadassery: See FatalFlaw above. No matter how many victories he might've scored in the past, Li's poor assessment of the Hun army's threat level was his biggest [[spoiler:and last]] mistake.
* UnnamedParent: His given name is never revealed.
* TheWorfEffect: [[spoiler:He and his army, consisting of China's elites, get annihilated by Shan-Yu to set him up as the powerful threat that he is.]]