!!Disney's Mulan
* AcceptableTargets: The Huns. They have sickly gray skin, and black eyes with yellow irises.
* AdaptationDisplacement: A lot of people in the West have no idea that the legend of Mulan has been around in various forms since the 6th century AD, and think she's an original Disney character.
* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation:
** Some people see Mulan as transgender, mostly because of the lyrics of "Reflection." Some fans [[http://danascullys.tumblr.com/post/19035570033/am-i-gay-a-journey-of-self-discovery-with-shang speculate]] that Shang developed romantic feelings for Mulan [[HoYay before discovering she was female]]. Also see the Wild Mass Guessing page.
** Are Khan and Cri-Kee IntelligibleUnintelligible, or Mushu just happens to understand animal talk?
* {{Applicability}}: Even if Fa Mulan is not intended to be literally transgender, nevertheless the movie's themes resonate strongly with the trans and other members of the LGBT community.
* AmericansHateTingle: Despite famous voice actors such as Creator/JackieChan and using a local folk tale, the movie didn't do much at the Chinese box office. Some blame piracy, some worry that the native audience took issue with [[BroadStrokes the extensive reworking]] [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks of the original myth]], and some point to the fact that the Chinese government was in the middle of a bitter and spiteful dispute with the Walt Disney corporation thanks to Disney's Creator/TouchstonePictures label releasing ''Film/{{Kundun}}'', which prompted the Chinese to ban its helmer Creator/MartinScorsese from getting back into China and force ''Mulan'' to languish for a year before letting it out with an unfavorable release date just after the Chinese New Year's celebration stuffed the box office with other films (on top of that, ''Film/{{Kundun}}'' was a BoxOfficeBomb). Ten years later, DreamworksAnimation's ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' would prove much more to Chinese tastes.
* AngstWhatAngst: [[spoiler:There are no psychological repercussions to Mulan killing thousands of men with the avalanche. Then again, it's a Disney film. In one of the next few scenes, they popped up from under the snow. Mushu even likens them to daisies. However, there is a great deal of angst to discovering a village that had burned to the ground.]]
* {{Anvilicious}}: Sexism is bad.
* AwesomeMusic: "I'll Make a Man out of You", easily the most iconic song from the movie (and one of the more iconic songs from the DisneyRenaissance period in general), this song is widely and rightly considered awesome.
%%** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MilR3Z1sASY "Short Hair"]].
%%** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlcheT4Q8M4 "The Huns Attack"]] appears to be a fan favorite too.
%%** Special mention also goes to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7kWRRS--YM "Avalanche"]].
%%** Try and listen to the first 30 seconds of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhm2ggrtBH8 "Gratitude"]] without being covered in goosebumps. It can't be done.
* CompleteMonster: Shan Yu views the Emperor of China having built the Great Wall as both an insult and a challenge. As a violent BloodKnight, Shan Yu leads his horde of Huns to invade, relishing when China ''knows'' he's there. After capturing two Imperial spies, Shan Yu releases them with a message for the Emperor- but has one of his archers kill one anyways as you only need one man to deliver a message. Shan Yu later ambushes the armies of General Li at a village, resulting in a mass slaughter, not only of the soldiers, but every civilian as well, with no children spared either. Even after his army's downfall, Shan Yu attacks the Imperial Palace with his remaining men and takes the Emperor hostage, furiously trying to kill him when he refuses to kneel to Shan Yu.
* DracoInLeatherPants: Shan-Yu has a sizeable fanbase, mostly due having the deep gravelly husky voice of Miguel Ferrer.
* EarWorm: "I'll Make a Man Out of You" and "A Girl Worth Fighting For" are ''merciless'' in this regard.
* EvilIsCool: Shan-Yu and his mini boss bunch of Huns for the general badassery throughout the movie. Ironically, and probably on purpose, their defeats are all extremely comedic.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Grandmother Fa has more fans than her small screentime would suggest. Also, The Emperor.
* FirstInstallmentWins: The sequel failed to do as well as the first film (it scored a zero on RT and signaled the beginning of the end for the Disney animated sequel blitz), though in that particular film Mulan and Shang actually got married as well as Yao, Chien Po, and Ling.
* FoeYay: While it drifts into CrackShip territory, Mulan and Shan Yu has a strange fan following.
* HilariousInHindsight: Mulan's male persona is "Ping", and given that she still claims to be from the Fa family, "his" full name takes on a [[ADateWithRosiePalms different meaning]] among modern Internet culture, doubling as an accidental StealthPun.
** Jerkass councilor Chi-Fu squeals like a girl when a panda eats his slipper. A decade later, James Hong would star, in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' where he plays Mr. Ping, a goose who is ''the adoptive father'' of titular protagonist panda!
** Shan-Yu gets his cape stuck on a roof at one point, resulting in him being hit by an incoming rocket. [[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles Edna Mode's]] famous insistence on "NO CAPES!" has been a proven concept for years.
** Creator/EddieMurphy plays a dragon in this movie. Around three years later in WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}, he plays a donkey that gets married to a dragon.
** Soon-Tek Oh and James Hong both appearing in this animated film, which is interesting considering that both said actors had played North Vietnamese military {{Big Bad}}s in the ''Film/MissingInAction'' films (Hong played the [[DiscOneFinalBoss so-called]] main villain in the first film, while Oh played the villain in the second).
%%** [[Film/IronSky "Mysterious as the dark side of the moon."]]
* HoYay: The interactions [[SweetOnPollyOliver between Shang and Mulan when she was disguised as "Ping".]] Plus, Mushu encourages it as a normal part of male-to-male interaction.
-->'''Mushu:''' Good, now slap 'im on the behind. They like that!
* InferredHolocaust: Shortly before Shan Yu and his army find the Imperial scouts, you can see a village burning behind them. Implying they had just destroyed it, and probably killed everyone in it. [[spoiler:Averted with the little girl's village and the Imperial Army, which skips over the "implied" part.]]
* IronWoobie: Mulan goes through a lot of frustration just to prove her worth to her family, to her country and to herself. Despite this she never backs down.
* MemeticBadass: Ping, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the manliest badass]] ever to grace cinema. Blog/UnshavedMouse turned Mulan herself into one while reviewing each film in the Disney Animated Canon. The Emperor also has this reputation.
* MemeticMutation: Go into any room (or bar, or internet chatroom...) full of people who grew up with this movie (teenagers and twentysomethings at this point) and sing "Let's get down to business" (the opening lyrics from "Make a Man Out of You"). The effect is similar to that of saying "[[Film/{{Labyrinth}} You remind me of the babe]]" in an older group - they will not only finish the line for you, but also sing the entire song.
%%** "They popped out of the snow! LIKE DAISIES!!!"
%%** "Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cow!" is not an uncommon caption.
%%** "'''BEEF!''' '''PORK!''' '''CHICKEN!''' Mmmm..."
%%** "You missed! How could you miss?! He was three feet in front of you!"
* MisaimedFandom:
** Mulan has got a reputation among some fans as a YouGoGirl girliness-hating {{Tomboy}}. This same fanbase reacts with disgust at her wearing the pink dress in most of the Franchise/DisneyPrincess merchandise, claiming it undermines her character. This is ignoring the fact that Mulan's discomfort at the beginning of the movie was over not wanting to let her family down - and that she ''wanted'' to be a good wife. On a more superficial level she does actually like how she looks in the pink dress. She seems to wear pink because so many of the ''other'' princess characters are colour-coded with blue outfits (Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine and Snow White) and Sleeping Beauty likewise is shown in a pink dress for this reason.
** There's strong irony in the fact that a movie about a woman trying to break gender roles in the name of protecting her father produced a song ([[RatedMForManly I'll Make A Man Out of You]]) that ended up becoming the [[SignatureSong most popular and remembered song]] of the movie.
** The "Mulan is transgender" idea comes more from Westerners trying to shoehorn gender roles in the story, than the story itself. [[https://herskyofdiamonds.tumblr.com/post/144898410455/tealish-pink-onward-waywardson More than one Chinese-American and Chinese fan has reacted rather angrily at this]].
* MisaimedMarketing: Mulan's placement in the Franchise/DisneyPrincess franchise already counted but it reached a new low when the DVD joined the "Royal Wedding Collection". Not royalty, and not getting married to royalty.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Shan-Yu crosses it when [[spoiler: he and his soldiers burn down the village at the Tung Shao Pass. There's an Empathy Doll Shot to indicate that even children were not spared. Plus, there's also the helmet and sword of Shang's father, indicating that he too died in the attack. In fact, the Huns butchered ''everyone'' - no one is left to tell the tale. The scene abruptly interrupts the "A Girl Worth Fighting For" song, giving it GutPunch impact.]]
** At first, Chi Fu is simply an arrogant bully and, considering he's a loyal servant of the Emperor himself, can only be considered a villain because of his misogyny. But ''boy'', does he ever make the best (worst?) of that, and when Mulan's gender is outed, he crosses the MEH by ordering Shang to kill her as though she were a traitor (never mind that she had proven herself a valuable asset to China's army up to that point). He only drives the point home that he's thoroughly unrepentant about his misogyny later on when, after Mulan helps defeat the Huns and save the Emperor, [[spoiler:the bully ''still'' demands the death penalty in a gesture of blatant ingratitude]].
* OneSceneWonder:
** [[OffWithHisHead Fa Deng.]]
-->'''First Ancestor:''' ''(speaking to Mushu)'' You had your chance to protect the Fa family!\\
'''Female Ancestor:''' Your misguidance led Fa Deng to disaster!\\
'''Fa Deng:''' ''(carrying his head under his arm)'' Yeah. Thanks a lot.
** The ordinary RedShirt who lit the signal tower ''while Shan Yu was staring him down''.
-->[[DefiantToTheEnd Now all of China knows you're here]].
** Shang's father, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure General Li]], could be seen as such before riding off to join the rest of the Imperial Army at the Tung Shao Pass.
*** It helps that he's voiced by James Shigeta.
* PainfulRhyme: Mostly because of the glaringly incorrect grammar necessary to accomplish it: "Ancestors, hear my plea / Help me not to make a fool of me..."
* PeripheryDemographic: The song "Reflection" seems to have struck a small chord in the LGBT community, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff at least in the Philippines.]]
* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: There's a lot of combat in the movie, but for the most part it's kept offscreen, or consists of ranged combat at a distance that keeps casualties from being seen. After the outstanding success of the DreamworksAnimation ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' franchise established that ferociously wild, if stylized, {{Wuxia}} action with innumerable connecting kicks and punches are now acceptable family entertainment, ''Mulan'' comes off as rather timid.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The sequel dealt with an arranged marriage idea to prevent an invasion, and then threw it out the window. Said sequel was widely panned and was one of the final straws for Disney's sequel machine; less than two years after its release, that machine was unplugged by John Lasseter.
* SignatureScene:
** Mulan singing "Reflection".
** The "I'll Make A Man Out Of You" training montage song.
** The burned Tung Shao Pass village that the Imperial Army failed to protect.
** The avalanche sequence was a solid contender (especially from an animator's point of view).
** [[spoiler:Shan Yu being blown to bits with fireworks]].
** The end where [[spoiler:everyone bows to Mulan]].
* SignatureSong:
** "I'll Make a Man Out of You" is by far the film's most popular song.
** With that said, "Reflection" is a ''very'' close second and the first single of Christina Aguilera's career, and also, as mentioned above, has struck a small chord in the LGBT community.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: While Shang not believing Mulan about the Huns having infiltrated the capital city is clearly intended to be a sign that he's just not ready to accept her contributions because of her gender, there is another possible explanation -- by lying about being male, Mulan has already proven she's capable of being dishonest. It's more reasonable to believe someone if you've never known them to lie.
* ValuesDissonance: "I'll Make a Man Out of You" has the rather sexist line "Did they send me daughters/When I asked for sons?". Considering what story this is, [[DeliberateValuesDissonance that's probably the point]].
* WhatMeasureIsANonBadass: Mulan is constantly touted by fans as "THE BESTEST AND MOST FEMINIST DISNEY PRINCESS EVERRRR" and used to bash all the other "weak, sparkly, slutty" Franchise/DisneyPrincesses for "not being strong women". It's ironic considering she begins the movie wanting nothing more than to be a good wife and ends the movie turning down a post as the Emperor's consul, and [[http://i-freakin-love-disney.tumblr.com/post/67098335802/killerdraco-memewhore-disneyworldwonders saves China while wearing a dress]]. It's also pretty impressive as she [[InNameOnly was never canonically a Princess to begin with]].
* WinBackTheCrowd: After their [[Disney/{{Hercules}} last attempt]] to do this got strong reviews but a relatively poor box office take, they decided to go back to being a bit more adult. Surprisingly, this worked better than with ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'' or ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame''.
* {{Woolseyism}}: The Chinese dub calls the Huns the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiongnu Xiongnu]], which is more historically accurate as the Huns are best known for invading Europe under [[UsefulNotes/AttilaTheHun Attila]]. It is theorized that the two groups were related.
* TheWoobie: Shang. He loses his father to Shan Yu and his army. Mulan also starts off as one after the disaster with the matchmaker, shown through "Reflection".
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!!The 2009 Chinese film
* CompleteMonster: [[BigBad Mengdu]] is TheEvilPrince of the Rouran tribes. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment He is first seen]] ordering some prisoners slaughtered ForTheEvulz. After being forced to stop by his father, Mengdu suggests that they use their recently-united army to conquer China, kicking off a war that's so severe that China must conscript one man from every military family. After twelve years of fighting, and the men tired of war, Mengdu kills one general who tried to convince the others to go home, [[{{Patricide}} kills his father to take over the army]], declares that the war will continue and [[BrotherSisterIncest forces his sister to marry him]]. After Mengdu finds [[TheProtagonist Hua Mulan]]'s army weakened by a sandstorm, he decides to stop them by [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing his POWs]] to draw the soldiers out and killing them as they do. Soon, Mengdu gets impatient and orders the prisoners slaughtered, only stopping when a prince who happened to be in the army offers himself as a hostage.