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The daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe in Virginia, she's an adventurous and curious woman who is immediately intrigued by the white colonists, led by Governor Ratcliffe, who newly arrive in the New World—unlike the rest of her tribe, who fears them. She meets John Smith, one of the settlers who has made a life of adventuring and killing "savages", whom she teaches to accept people that are different than he. They eventually fall in love, but are torn apart by the distrust and violence their two people have for each other. She later becomes an emissary for her people and travels to England, where she falls in love with John Rolfe.
Voiced by: Irene Bedard (speaking), Judy Kuhn (singing)

  • Badass Pacifist: She never picks up a weapon or gets into a fight, but accomplishes a great deal without it.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Her long, silky hair is never so much as mussed in the couple of scrapes she finds herself in, and she always looks majestic and noble.
  • Blithe Spirit: To John Smith, whom she shows to treat nature with respect and learn to see the joy and beauty of the surroundings, which eventually she teaches all of the settlers and her tribe.
  • The Chief's Daughter: Follows most of the patterns, including her hand being offered in marriage to an important tribe member and her forgoing his affection for the white John Smith's, and eventually being found out for it. However, she's a bit of a variation in that she, instead of John, is the central protagonist.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Her father would vastly prefer Kocuom, the skilled warrior, while she prefers John Smith, foreigner and "savage killer".
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Especially symbolic of her closeness to nature.
  • Dramatic Wind: With her army of leaves at the ready.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She was the only one who could prevent the plot from going into a bloody massacre.
  • Friend to All Living Things: She's shown communing with several different types of animals, but her animal sidekicks are Flit the hummingbird, and Meeko the raccoon. Later Percy the pug is added.
  • Indian Maiden
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Of Irene Bedard.
  • "I Want" Song: "Just Around The Riverbend".
  • Missing Mom: DVD commentary states that the wind that travels around her is meant to be the spirit of her deceased mother.
  • Noble Savage: The second half of the movie is mostly teaching John Smith about how to be one with nature and appreciate the beauty of it.
  • Official Couple: With John Smith. The first movie and most merchandise and other Disney media portray her with John Smith, even though the sequel hooks her up with John Rolfe, her historical husband, whom she is never seen with in merchandising or in other media.
  • Outdoorsy Gal: She's very In Harmony with Nature.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: In the sequel, and as part of some Disney Princess merchandise.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With John Smith.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: According to her father, she takes after her mother.
  • The Power of Love: Utilizes it to stop a genocidal war.
  • Tempting Fate: "Should I choose the smoothest course?" She should not.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Under the guidance of Grandmother Willow, she goes from whining about her problems and sitting around, to taking action and defying her well-intentioned but very authorative father.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Her deceased mother's necklace. Even more so after Kocoum destroys it while falling to his death.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: The only person in the entire movie, besides Grandmother Willow, to understand that war is not a plausible option, as it will leave both sides devastated and farther away from a peaceful resolve. Her father comes close to saying this trope word for word describing her. "My daughter speaks with wisdom beyond her years."
  • Unexpected Successor: It's implied that she is taking Kocoum's place as her father's successor, especially in the closing scene.
  • Younger than She Looks: Many fans indicate her age as 25 years old, enabling her romance with Smith (close to his thirties in this adaptation) furthermore. In actuality, the fact that she was still unmarried makes her 18 years old at best. Ironically, the real life figure she was based on was 11-12 years old at the time this story (allegedly) took place.



A flighty girl 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 general Li Shang as they train in preparations against the Huns and warlord Shan Yu.

Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen (speaking), Lea Salonga (singing)

  • Action Girl: 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.
  • Adorkable: Easily the clumsiest of the princesses (including Rapunzel) at the start of her movie, as well as awkward and not entirely desirable. She's still the protagonist and sympathetic.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: When the Emperor gifts her with his dragon pendant and Shan-Yu's sword.
  • Badass: Saves China through her martial prowess, as well as topping her platoon in fitness, agility and skill.
  • Bifauxnen: The other soldiers comment what a handsome young boy she makes, and much to Mulan's embarrassment receives some flirtatious looks from women.
  • Butt Monkey: To the other soldiers, until she Took a Level in Badass.
  • Cool Sword: Her father's, though she never really uses it.
  • Daddy's Girl
  • Determinator/Plucky Girl: Never throws in the towel, no matter how dire her circumstances get.
  • Establishing Character Moment: 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.
  • Friend to All Children: Proven during "Lesson Number One" in the sequel, and her defense of the little girl the other boys were picking on.
  • Hair Decorations: The lotus comb that symbolizes her feminine roles, which she puts in place of the draft letter her father was given, and later returned to her when after she saves China with her sword and medal.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She has a puppy named Little Brother for a pet.
  • I Did What I Had to Do
  • Important Haircut: Cuts off half of her hair to tie into a topknot to disguise herself as a soldier.
  • In Name Only: The only Disney Princess to not actually be a princess.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Happens along the way but she initially leaves to save her father.
  • Official Couple: With Li Shang.
  • One-Man Army: Single-handedly wiped out an entire army with some quick thinking and a well-aimed rocket. As The Nostalgia Chick put it:
    Chick: Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a body count. In the thousands.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her matchmaker dress, in contrast to the more subdued green-ish dress that she prefers later.
  • Sarashi: And yes, it's relevant.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: For reason for going to war.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Notably most of it happens while she's disguised as a man.
  • Smart People Play Chess: 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.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Probably the most famous example, Mulan impersonates a son to her father to take his place in the war.
  • Technical Pacifist: Very technical, since she's a soldier who kills people on purpose. Still, with the Big Bad right in front of her, Mulan uses the sword she's holding for every purpose but the one it was built for.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to the princesses' Girly Girls in the sequel.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Her disappointment as being a poor bride intensifies her decision to impersonate a son. Later, once she's saved China, her father says:
    Fa Zao: The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Played with. She tries to be a completely straight version in the beginning, which only ends in disaster, but she does have more traits of it than at first glance. While she's not as ladylike as the traditional YN, she fits the "core of steel" and "devotion to her family" parts perfectly - after all, the reason why she went to war as a Bifauxnen was not to get glory or escape her family situation, but to save her aging father from sure death.
  • Younger Than They Look: Most people would think she's at least eighteen, probably in her early twenties.. Nope, she's sixteen.

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