The characters of Disney's Mulan.
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Mushu (Eddie Murphy)
"My little baby, off to destroy people."A little dragon and Mulan's companion. He was once a guardian spirit of Mulan's family, but he has been demoted to the 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.
- Aesop Amnesia: In the first movie, Mushu laments that he took on the mission for his own sake. What does he do in the second? Try to sabotage Mulan's engagement for his own sake.
- All of the Other Reindeer: 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 not to blame them.
- Badass Mustache: Like a traditional Chinese dragon.
- Big Shadow, Little Creature: Invokes this when to intimidate Mulan at their meeting.
- Character Development: Inverted: Once Mulan's cover is blown it becomes abundantly clear just how much he has grown to genuinely care for her and to display the insight he's gained about the severity of his selfish motives, but suffers some bad Aesop Amnesia.
- Dead Person Impersonation: Pretends to be The Great Stone Dragon so he can help Mulan.
- Deuteragonist: In both of the movies.
- Fairy Companion: Allowing for cultural differences, he might count as this.
- Fiery Redhead: Literal on the "fiery" part and technically red-scaled.
- House Fey: Mushu used to be a Guardian Entity for the Fa family but now he's been demoted to servant. In this case, it's for the family rather then the building it lives in.
- Hypocritical Humor: Is quickly forgiven for lying about being Mulan's guardian, but is shocked that Cri-Kee lied about being lucky.
- Incoming Ham: "I LIIIIIIIVE!"
- Ink-Suit Actor: Looks a lot like Eddie Murphy.
- Jerkass Ball: He hits rock bottom in Mulan 2, where he tries to destroy Mulan's relationship with Shang just so he could keep his family guardian position. He did not think about Mulan's feelings until the poor girl started feeling so miserable.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His original intentions are to obtain a high position among the guardians. Over the course of the first film, he becomes protective and supportive of Mulan. In the sequel he's more of a straight-up Jerkass for most of the film, until he redeems himself at the end.
- Large Ham: "Who am I? WHO AM I? I am the guardian of lost souls, the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu!"
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: 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.
- The Load: In-universe, the ancestors see Mushu as barely competent enough to ring a gong.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: 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.
- Non-Human Sidekick: A dragon for Mulan.
- Off Model: 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.
- Our Dragons Are Different: He is a 'travel size' dragon while the Great Stone Dragon is as big as a horse and less serpentine.
- Playing with Fire: He can breath fire.
- Plucky Comic Relief: His most frequent contribution is sarcasm and making Hilarity Ensue.
- Red Is Heroic: Has red scales and is one of the good guys.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Cri-Kee's Blue because he's louder and more aggressive and excitable.
- Relationship Sabotage: In the sequel, he really doesn't want Mulan and Shang to marry and tries to break off their engagement.
- Servile Snarker: Doesn't have a problem showing his bosses, The Ancestors, his snarky side.
- Shield Surf: During the avalanche with a stolen Hun shield.
- Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: A sarcastic, wise-cracking dragon for Mulan.
- Soul Brotha: Roger Ebert refers to him as the Black Guy in medieval China. He's...kinda right.
- Spanner in the Works: If it wasn't for his intervention and faking the report that backup was needed, the Huns would've succeeded in their takeover.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: He can understand and translate both Cri-Kee and Khan.
- Talking Animal: Unlike Cri-Kee and Khan, he can talk. This is likely because, unlike them, he's a supernatural creature.
- Token Evil Teammate: In the sequel, where he's kind of an antagonist and he starts most of the trouble for Mulan and Shang.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the sequel his ego becomes bigger than the Great Wall and he tries to sabotage Mulan's marriage.
- The Trickster: 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).
Cri-Kee (Frank Welker)
"Chirp, chirp, chirp."A "lucky" cricket who follows Mushu and Mulan.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Is incredibly smart. It can write (by working as a typewriter including sounds, no less).
- Artistic License – Biology: It has four legs, chirps with it's mouth instead of his wings, and uses the matchmaker's cup as a bathtub.
- Beleaguered Assistant: To Mushu both in his theatrics and general trickery.
- Born Lucky: He was purchased by Grandma Fa because he's lucky. This gets lampshaded.Mushu: (after saving Cri-Kee from the avalanche) Man, you are one lucky bug.
- Butt Monkey: 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.
- Four-Legged Insect: See Artistic License – Biology.
- Intelligible UnintelligibleCri-Kee: (chirping noises)
Mushu: What do you mean, a loser?
- Mundane Utility: Mushu uses it for Mulan's alarm clock.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Serves as one to Mulan and Mushu, and does stuff for him like forging the letter to Shang and giving it the idea of making Mulan a warrior.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Similar to Mushu.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Mushu's Red, because he's calmer and and more polite.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: When's the lastest time you saw a cricket this cute?
- Small Annoying Creature: At least to Mushu when Cri-Kee tries to get the dragon to do the right thing.
Khan (Frank Welker)
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: He's smart enough to be Mulan's Secret Keeper.
- Badass: Wherever Mulan goes, Khan will be right there with her, even if it's into an avalanche.
- Cool Horse: A black stallion.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Has black fur, but is one of the good guys.
- Flat Character: Of the three animal sidekicks that Mulan has, he is by far the most animal-like and Out of Focus, to the point that most viewers will probably forget about him.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: 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.
- Intelligible Unintelligible(Khan whinnies)Mushu: What d'you mean the troops just left?
- Made of Iron: He survives a massive avalanche that hit him head-on and then rode to the Imperial City at a dead sprint.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Mulan's warhorse.
- No Name Given: Until the end.
- Silent Snarker: One can interpret by looking at Khan that he's likely silently snarking up a storm.
- Undying Loyalty: To Mulan. Justified as Real Life 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.
Li-Shang (BD Wong, Donny Osmond)
"I'll make a man out of you!"A Chinese Army captain and the son of General Li, the head of the Chinese Army.
- Despite his masculinity, he has his moments such as the bashful "you fight good" line.
- 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.
- His borderline fawning when his father promotes him to Captain.
- Amazon Chaser: He compliments Mulan by saying "you fight good".
- Authority Equals Asskicking: No matter what Chi-Fu says, this guy has got the skills to back up his rank.
- Badass: As demonstrated during the Training Montage. 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.
- Badass Cape: Because of his rank, he wears a stylish cape.
- Badass In Charge: Shang's given the command of the new recruits in the first movie. A sequel later, he becomes the General of the Chinese Army.
- Badass in Distress: A few times such as the avalanche and fighting Shan-Yu.
- Badass on Paper: His numerous accomplishments and military lineage allowed the right to train the new recruits.
- Badass Teacher: This guy was able to turn recruits like "Ping", Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po into Badasses.
- A Boy and His X: A Man And His Horse. His unnamed white stallion is always with him.
- The Captain: Promoted to this in his first scene.
- Cool Horse: He has a White Stallion, but unlike Mulan's it doesn't have a name.
- Death Seeker: 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.
- Debt Detester: Shang saves Mulan's life after she dishonors the Chinese Army in return for her saving his life during the Mongol attack.
- Determinator: Your father just got slaughtered by the Huns? Lead your men against the much stronger invaders. The Huns survived AN AVALANCHE and just absconded with the Emperor? Break down the door! Just woke up, because your last fight with Shan Yu got you a concussion? Fight him again, because Mulan's right behind you. Complaints where they are, the guy can still back up his rank.
- Disney Death: In Mulan 2 due a Heroic Sacrifice and others thinking it killed him.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: "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 Arrows on Fire 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 Training Montage they are capable soldiers (and Yao evaded all the flaming arrows when Shang gave them a repeat).
- Faux Action Guy: 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.
- Friend to All Children: 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.
- Good Is Not Nice: As to be expected from a military captain on the hero's side.
- Good Is Not Soft: 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 Training from Hell, then they won't last very long in real war.
- Hard Head: Takes a headbutt from Shan Yu during the climax and is promptly knocked unconscious. He's awake less than a minute later, and trying to fight in spite of an obvious concussion.
- Heroic Build: The Tritagonist and he has a broad, muscular build.
- Heroic Sacrifice: 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 survives the fall.
- Jerkass Ball: Happens to him in the sequel because of the stereotypical 'men won't ask for directions' bit. He reverts to normal by the climax.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shang can be a strict, hard-ass. He has also purely good intentions and will come around when you need him.
- Law of Chromatic Superiority: During the second half of the movie, he wears a red cape.
- Leeroy Jenkins: 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.
- Love Makes You Dumb: He is usually The Stoic but when he tries to talk to Mulan after Shan Yu's defeat, he doesn't have a clue what to say.
- Maybe Ever After: With Mulan, when he agrees to stay for dinner.Grandma Fa: Would you like to stay forever?
- Military Brat: His father's the general.
- Mr. Fanservice: Mulan can't keep her eyes off him because he takes his shirt off for the Training Montage. According to the DVD commentary, when the scene was screened, "you never heard so many female animators catcall."
- Official Couple: Proposes to Mulan in the sequel and they marry by the end.
- Opposites Attract: The rule-abiding, no-nonsense Shang fell in love with the rule-breaking, free-spirit Mulan.
- Parental Abandonment: His mom wasn't shown or mentioned and we all know what happened to his Disappeared Dad.
- Rated M for Manly: He'll make a man out of you is right. His daily training regime could kill a normal person.
- Red Is Heroic: Sports a Red cape and is a true hero.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: As Mulan and the others find out the hard way, when training his recruits, he does NOT hold back.
- Sweet on Polly Oliver: Implied to be confused about his attraction to 'Ping'.
- Training from Hell: 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. He and Kristoff from Frozen are the only Disney Princes to be tritagonists.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Takes it off for the Training Montage.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: One of the reasons he joined the military was to please his father.
- White Stallion: His mount of choice, being a commander and supposedly higher social status than his soldiers.
- Young and in Charge: He's barely older than Mulan but is put in charge of an entire military unit. 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.
Yao, Ling, Chien-Po
Yao, Ling and Chien-Po (Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo)
"Does this dress make me look fat?"Three newly recruited soldiers who later become Mulan's friends.
- Acrofatic: Chien-Po; despite his size, he's seen doing cartwheels in the later half of I'll Make a Man out of You.
- Affectionate Nick Name: Ting-Ting gives Ling the nickname "Lingy Bear".
- Bald of Awesome: Chien-Po becomes after he and his pals Took a Level in Badass in the film. Also, see the Acrofatic section.
- Big Eater: Chien-Po. His 'ideal wife' is a great cook, which Su is.
- The Big Guy: Chien-Po is head and shoulders above the others and can pick up half a dozen soldiers effortlessly.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio: Chien-Po, Ling and Yao, respectively. However, their body types have little effect on what they can do as a result of their training.
- Birds of a Feather: 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 has a corny and immature sense of humor (though she tries to hide it), and Chien Po's is a sweet Big Eater—but they are princesses.
- Casanova Wannabe: Ling is a milder example. If his lines in A Girl Worth Fighting For are any indication he was a flirt back home.
- Character Development: Ling and Yao start out as annoying jerks but grow into true friends for Mulan. 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.
- Color-Coded Characters: 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.
- Comic Trio: They engage in slap-stick and group bickering and the occasional Big Ball of Violence.
- Crouching Morons, Hidden Badasses: They may be clowns, but you wouldn't want to be their enemies.
- Deadpan Snarker: Yao. 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."
- Eye Scream: Less violent than some other examples we could list, but Yao has one of his eyes permanently blacked out.
- Freudian Trio: 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).
- Gentle Giant: Chien-Po is a Nice Guy 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.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: A minor slight to Yao can trigger a full-on brawl.
- Happily Married: In the sequel with the princesses.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lampshaded with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po in the second movie after having been told by the matchmaker that none of them would ever find matches for themselves:Chien-Po: I guess I'll spend my life with you two.Ling: Pass the hanky.
- Hot-Blooded: Yao is the most impulsive and violent of the trio.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: In the sequel, Chien Po is the Huge Guy to Su's Tiny Girl; the guy is the Gentle Giant of his friends, while Su is the youngest of her sisters.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Yao looks like a young Harvey Firestein
- Iron Butt Monkey: Both Ling and Yao have their moments.
- Ling breaking a brick with his face (and his teeth)
- Yao is shot in the butt with flaming arrows.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ling and Yao start off as garden variety bullies but start fresh with Mulan (Ping) and apparently were already friends with each other.
- Large Ham: "And I am Yao! King of the Rock!"
- Lean and Mean: Ling, before his Character Development, was a rail thin jerkass.
- Love at First Sight: 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.
- The Napoleon: Yao is one of the more fierce and Blood Knight-ish soldiers on the heroes' side and is also the shortest of them.
- Nice Guy: Chien-Po was nice and friendly from the get-go.
- Nice, Mean and In-between: Chien-Po, Yao and Ling, respectively; Gentle Giant, Hot-Blooded, and the guy that's a mix of both.
- Not So Different: 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!
- Official Couple: With Mei, Ting-Ting and Su respectively by the end of the sequel.
- Plucky Comic Relief: They have little purpose to the plot, most of the time they serving for humor.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: They start out as pretty chauvinistic, but they get over it by the end.
- Shippers on Deck: The ending of Kingdom Hearts 2 has all three spying on Mulan and Shang having a romantic moment.
- Stout Strength: 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.
- Teeth Flying: Ling during the camp brawl scene, and during the first brick-breaking scene in I'll Make a Man Out of You.
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In the sequel, Yao is the Tiny Guy to Mei's Huge Girl; Yao may be physically tough, he only reaches around Mei's waist.
- Took a Level in Badass: Not nearly to the extent of Mulan, but they are extremely incompetent at the beginning of the Training Montage 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.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Chien-Po was already a Nice Guy, but Yao and Ling started off as jerks to Ping (Mulan). After going through some intense training and witnessing Ping's (Mulan) determination, the two quickly changed their attitudes and offer reconciliation.
- True Companions: 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.
Fa Zhou (Soon-Tek Oh)
"The greatest gift and honor... is having you for a daughter."Mulan's father.
- Badass Family: He's definitely passed these genes onto his daughter.
- Cool Helmet: Shang journeys all the way from the Imperial City to bring it back. Although there may have been ulterior motives in there...
- Cool Old Guy: He's a poet and a cunning gambler.
- Disappeared Dad: Inverted; his daughter disappears and he is devastated knowing that she left for his sake. Mulan's efforts to prevent this trope from being in full effect is what kicks off the plot.
- Good Parents: He genuinely loves his daughter and is extremely distressed when she leaves to take his place in the army.
- Handicapped Badass: 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.
- Happily Married: To Fa Li. He gives Mulan and Shang 'ying yang' advice in the sequel.
- Hero of Another Story: 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?
- Honor Before Reason: "I will die doing what's right!"
- Insistent Terminology: When his wife admonishes him for gambling:Fa Zhou: Betting my mother is not a gamble! It's an investment.
- Living Legend: Consider the dialogueShang: "The Fa Zhou!?"Chi-Fu: "I didn't know Fa Zhou had a son!"
- Open-Minded Parent: 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.
- Retired Badass: Served in the army during his younger years. Both Li-Shang and Chi-Fu respect his name when "Ping" claims to be his son.
- Shipper on Deck: By the sequel, he is wagering with his mother when Shang will propose to Mulan.
- So Proud of You: To Mulan, when she returns as a war-hero with the blessings and respect of the Emperor himself.
- Warrior Poet: Skillfully draws a metaphor between the late-blooming flower and Mulan.
Fa Li (Freda Foh Shen)
"You must go after her. She could be killed!"Mulan's mother.
- Cool Old Lady: In the parenting way. She always tries to understand her daughter and accepts all the same.
- Good Parents: 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.
- Happily Married: To Fa Zhou. See his entry.
- House Wife: Like other women her age in this setting, she cooks and raises children.
- So Proud of You: Her contented smile at the end when she sees her returned daughter speaks volumes for how proud she is of Mulan and her accomplishments.
Grandmother Fa (June Foray)
"Would you like to stay forever?"Mulan's grandmother.
- Cloudcuckoo Lander: She believes in lucky crickets and decides to blindly cross a busy road with poor Cri-Kee as her good luck charm.
- Cool Old Lady: Spits on the thought of her ancestors helping Mulan so she fixes her granddaughter with a little bit of luck, gambles, and if you put her in a 20th century chatroom, she has the sarcasm and appreciation of young men to blend in with her teenage counterparts.
- Deadpan Snarker: Less so than Mushu, but still a little bit. "Who spit in her bean curd?"
- Dirty Old Woman: Downplayed. She's very impressed with Shang.
- Good Parents: 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.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: She is much shorter than Mulan.
- Multigenerational Household: Typical for the time period and Chinese culture in general. She gets on well with the entire family, especially her granddaughter.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: She sensed Mulan running away while she was asleep.
- Open Minded Grandparent: She's very accepting of Mulan's personality and does not take well to anyone criticizing her granddaughter.
- Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Particularly for people she doesn't like or those she likes a bit too much (see: Shang).
- Shipper on Deck: 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?
The Ancestors (George Takei)
"Go! The fate of the Fa family rests in your claws."The ancestors of the Fa family.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: They live inside the tablets in the Fa family shrine as spirits.
- Badass Beard: 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'.
- Badass Baritone: The First Ancestor (being voiced by George Takei) is notably deeper than the rest of them.
- Fog Feet: Since they're ghosts.
- Jewish Mother: "My children never caused such trouble, they all became acupuncturists!"
- Noodle Incident: Whatever Mushu did that ended with Fa Deng losing his head.
- Only Sane Woman: "She's just trying to help her father — "
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Apparently solid, as seen in the scene where Mushu grabs onto the First Ancestor's beard.
- Papa Wolf: When someone threatens their descendents, they unleash powerful animal guardians.
- Shout-Out: Two of them are an American Gothic Couple.
- Staff of Authority: The First Ancestor wields one and directs the others.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: 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.
Chi Fu (James Hong)
"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.
- Ambiguously Gay: Loosely implied, since the soldiers assume his "girl back home" 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 particularly notable.
- Bilingual Bonus/Meaningful Name: Chi Fu's name is a pun on the Chinese word for "to bully."
- Butt Monkey: It's rather entertaining to see him get made fun of or talked down to.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Chi-Fu is a Non-Action Guy known for his Girly Scream, 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 still...
- Everyone Has Standards: Even he is horrified when he finds the razed village.
- Girlfriend in Canada: 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.
- Hate Sink: He's rude, arrogant, obstructive, misgoynistic, and provides no help against the Huns outside of conscripting villagers.
- Jerkass: The only person he is not rude to is the emperor himself.
- Lean and Mean: The thinnest and the meanest.
- Nice Hat: He wears one because of his Imperial position.
- Non-Action Guy: Justified. He's the Emperor's aide, not a soldier.
- Noodle Incident: "You men owe me a new pair of slippers!"
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: Attempts to keep Shang's soldiers out of the war with his report.
- Pet the Dog: He has the decency to be horrified when they stumble upon the razed village and slaughtered army, even giving some polite words to Shang.
- Squeals Like a Little Girl: Right after denying it he does it.
- Token Evil Teammate: Not necessarily evil, but he's the only one who remains a Jerkass by the end of the first film.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Yes, even after Mulan saved all of China from Shan Yu and his Huns, Chi Fu stands by his opinion that she's worthless.
The Emperor (Pat Morita)
"One man may be the difference between victory and defeat."The emperor of China.
- Badass: This dude has Nerves of Steel.
- Badass Beard: A long white one that makes him look like a sage.
- Badass Grandpa: He's in Mulan's grandmother's generation or older.
- Badass in Distress: Falls victim to a Hun ambush and has to be rescued.
- Badass Mustache: Part of the 'wise old sage' look.
- Big Good: The wise and benevolent ruler of China whom all the heroes answer to.
- Captain Obvious: Not as obvious as most examples, but he basically spells it out to Shang that he thinks Shang should go after Mulan after she leaves: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!
- Cool Old Guy: Not only is he wise and fearless but he bluntly points out to Shang how into Mulan Shang is.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he is not granting sage king wisdom, he speaks in blunt and witty one liners.
- The Emperor: Of China.
- Establishing Character Moment: 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.
- The Good King: This is his establishing character moment and cardinal trait. When he's on screen, his actions are guided by China's welfare.
- Kneel Before Frodo: A heartwarming and, to Mulan, awesome moment when the Emperor (and subsequently all of China) bows to her.
- Kneel Before Zod: Defied AWESOMELY. "No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it."
- No Name Given: "Your majesty", "Your Excellency", etc is all we get.
- Nice Guy: All signs point that he is just as affable in his personal life as he is in public matters.
- Nice Hat: One similar to (but nicer than) Chi-Fu's.
- Papa Wolf: To Imperial China. When he gives the "protect my people" line it is the same tone as 'protect my children'.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: 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.
- Shipper on Deck: 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."You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty."
Shan-Yu (Miguel Ferrer)
"By building his wall, he challenged my strength. Well, I'm here to play his game."The Leader of the Huns who is bent on conquering China.
- Animal Eyes: His eyes are hawk-like black and yellow. (In contrast to his falcon having human-like eyes of the same color.)
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The leader is the most dangerous.
- Badass: 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.
- Badass Boast: 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.
- Badass Baritone: Since he's voiced by Miguel Ferrer, every line he has sends chills down your spine, especially when combined with his incredible dialogue.
- Badass Mustache: Just see his Badass section and notice how pretty awesome Shan Yu's beard is.
- Bald of Evil: He's a violent Blood Knight with a bit of hair missing from the top.
- The Berserker: While normally cold and collected, he really loses it when his plans are foiled. Due to his fairly bestial appearance, the before/after difference is less pronounced than in most villainous breakdowns.
- Big Bad: He is the leader of the Huns and the one directing the invasion.
- Big Entrance: Scaling the Great Wall of China!
- Black Eyes of Crazy: His irises are 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.
- Blood Knight: 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 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.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Mulan uses one rocket to send him flying into a stockpile of fireworks.
- Cool Sword: It has jagged edges.
- Deadpan Snarker: "How many men does it take to deliver a message?"
- The Dreaded: Though the Emperor himself is too dignified to have a true Oh, Crap 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.
- Establishing Character Moment:
- 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 "Perfect" while burning the Imperial flag 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. Go! Tell your Emperor to send his strongest armies. I'm ready". He then jokingly orders his archer to kill one of the captured Chinese, apparently For the Evulz.
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: If you match the story up to Real Life and accept that the "Huns" are in fact the Xiongnu, Shan-Yu is not the villian name but his TITLE (also represented as Chanyu, and in either event roughly translates to "Majesty Son of Heaven").
- Evil Is Bigger: Towers over the heroes.
- Evil Laugh: Celebrates a victory with a deep and menacing laugh.
- Evil Plan: Oddly enough he doesn't seem that interested in taking over China but rather in proving himself superior to the Emperor by making him bow.
- Evil Sounds Deep: From having the deep husky voice of Miguel Ferrer
- Famous Last Words: "It looks like you're out of ideas."
- Faux Affably Evil:
- 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.
- Feathered Fiend: Has one for a pet.
- Four-Star Badass: 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 Badass.
- Generic Doomsday Villain: Sure, he's menacing and scary but compared to the other Disney Renaissance villains, his personality is much more bland. This may have been intentional, however, since Disney said they wanted Shan-Yu to be a man of few words whose actions speak for him. This is also the main reason he doesn't have a Villain Song, either. It would detract from his stoic personality and brutal actions.
- Genius Bruiser: Tactically speaking, he is brilliant; and physically speaking, he is dangerous.
- Implacable Man: He really wants the Emperor to acknowledge his superiority, and minor inconveniences like being buried alive in an avalanche of freezing snow which kills almost his entire army only make him angry, and cause him to re-evaluate his strategy. 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, not caring if he needs to break everything to do so.
- I Was Beaten by a Girl: Averted. Though he is understandably furious with Mulan for destroying his army, he doesn't particularly seem to care that she is a woman. Shan-Yu simply views her as another soldier.
- Kneel Before Zod: 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.
- Kung-Shui: His pursuit of Mulan breaks many walls and ceilings of the Emperor's palace.
- Large and In Charge: Both taller and broader than his lieutenants.
- Le Parkour: Uses this to chase Mulan in the climax.
- Lightning Bruiser: Shan-Yu may look like a Mighty Glacier, and he shows himself to be just as strong as he looks, but he's as agile as a monkey. He's also fairly intelligent and an excellent strategist.
- Made of Iron: The avalanche should have killed him. Shan-Yu simply pulled himself out without injury.
- No Song for the Wicked: This is one of the few films in the Disney Renaissance not to feature a Villain Song, the others being The Rescuers Down Under, Hercules (though Hades sung in the series), and Tarzan. If you discount the three from prior to the Disney Renaissance, this is also the only Disney Princess film without a Villain Song.
- Obviously Evil: His grey skin, his black and yellow eyes, and his bestial appearance all point to 'barbarian overlord'. Plus, he has fangs.
- Oh, Crap:
- Has a glorious one when he sees an avalanche destroying his army.
- Another when Mulan reveals that she is the soldier who caused the avalanche.
- A third when Mulan launches the rocket at him.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Averted/Inverted; he's one of the few male characters in the film who never outright says anything sexist towards Mulan. Granted, there wasn't really time for anything like that, but still it's notable considering many of the heroes 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.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: The only time he raised his voice is when the Emperor refused to bow to him.
- Skyward Scream: When he realizes that the avalanche wiped out almost all of his army.
- Uncatty Resemblance: Compare him to his pet falcon.◊
- Unstoppable Rage: When he gets angry, little obstacles like a massive barred door, thick columns and a tiled roof don't slow him down.
- Use Your Head: Caps off a short, vicious fight with a headbutt, which only highlights his brutality.
- Villainous Breakdown: A downplayed trope since the breakdown simply made him more beast-like than he was already.
- Villain Respect: As far as he was concerned, Mulan was just some no-name Red Shirt when they met on the mountain pass. When he finds out who she is, he drops everything to defeat "The Soldier from the Mountains."
- Would Hit a Girl: The poor little girl and Mulan are examples.
- Would Hurt a Child: "The little girl will be missing her doll. We should return it to her."
- Wrath: His implacable bloodlust drives most of the plot.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Every Hun on screen is part of the Hun Army.
- Artistic License – History: The history (such as it is) and their leader's "name" show that they are really Xiongnu rather than the Huns of Attila Western audiences would be more familiar with.
- Awesomeness by AnalysisShan-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.
- Badass Army: We see the aftermath of their fight with the section of China's army led by Shang's father. All the fatalies appear to be Chinese.
- Character Death: Minus the five Huns that survived the avalanche, yes.
- Evil Is Dumb: Averted. They can tell the location of the entire Imperial Army just by looking at a doll. Their mistaking a mustached, bearded Yao for a concubine though...
- Genius Bruiser: "Soldier" in Disney-Hun must translate as "killer and tracker".
- Mooks: Soldiers in the Hun Army.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: The archers are pretty thin, but a pair of them still managed to muscle their way through the avalanche snow.
- Peek-a-Bangs: One of the archers which is odd considering he's an archer.
- Pragmatic Villainy: After learning of the imperial army's attempt to ambush them, one of the archers notes they could easily avoid the trap. Shan Yu decides however that going through the Tung Shao Pass would be faster.
- Put Their Heads Together: Chien Po disposed of two of them this way.
- Scarily Competent Tracker: Once again, the doll scene.
- Shirtless Scene: Two of the Huns that joined Shan-Yu for the final showdown at the Emperor's palace.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: They hesitate to attack a bunch of "ugly concubines" (i.e. disguised heroes).
Mei, Ting-Ting, Su
Mei, Ting-Ting and Su (Lucy Liu, Sandra Oh, Lauren Tom)
"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.
- 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 bouncy energy.
- Arranged Marriage: The main conflict in the sequel is that to help avert a war, the princesses have an arrange marriage. Problem is they want to Marry for Love. Thanks to Mushu, the princesses get out of the wedding, avert a war, and marry for love.
- Big Sister Instinct: 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.
- Birds of a Feather: With Yao, Ling, and Chien Po. Mei is feisty and rebellious (Yao), Ting-Ting has a corny and immature sense of humor (Ling, though she tries to hide it), and Su is a sweet Big Eater (Chien-Po).
- Color-Coded Characters: Mei is pink, Ting-Ting is purple and Su is yellow.
- Daddy's Girls: All three princesses love their father very much and don't want him to be disappointed in them.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: These three will avert a war with marriage.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Ting-Ting's the oldest and most mature responsible. Su's the youngest and most childish. Mei's kind of in between the two.
- Freudian Trio: 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).
- Genki Girl: Mei and Su are very energetic and appear more so next to the more reserved Ting-Ting.
- Graceful Ladies Like Purple: 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).
- Happily Married: What they really wanted and each of them get with Yao, Ling, Chien-Po.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Su is the Tiny Girl to Chien Po's Huge Guy; the guy is the Gentle Giant of his friends, while Su is the youngest of her sisters.
- "I Want" Song: "I Wanna Be Like Other Girls".
- Love at First Sight: Mei with Yao. After just one look at Yao, Mei admits to her sisters that there's something special about him.
- Marry for Love: What all of them truly want..."To meet a nice guy who likes me for me". And get thank to Mushu.
- Missing Mom: Nothing is known of their mother, the Empress of China.
- Ms Exposition: Ting-Ting explains the princess life.
- Nice Girls: All three of them are kind, thoughtful, and polite.
- Nice, Mean and In-between: Played with. 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 (though it's quite sympathetic).
- Not So Above It All: Ting-Ting, 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.
- Not So Stoic: When Ling gets Ting-Ting to laugh.
- Official Couple: Mei with Yao, Ling with Ting-Ting, and Su with Chien-Po.
- Only Sane Woman: Ting Ting is the most reasonable and mature of the three.
- Pink Means Feminine: Mei's signature dress is pink and she's as girly as her sisters.
- Repetitive Name: Ting-Ting.
- Royal Brats: Averted because there's nothing bratty about them.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: 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: Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po, respectively.
- Mei tells her sisters there's more to Yao then what meets the eye and later tells him she finds it easy to talk to him.
- Ling won Ting-Ting's heart by making her laugh. Before that, she gives him a warm smile after he found her fan and personally dried it for her before giving it back. Extra points for Ling for finding her laugh (which she admittedly hates) adorable.
- Su and Chien-Po bonded over their love of food, and Su was smitten with his kindness.
- The Stoic: Ting-Ting for about three-quarters of Mulan II. "Just get your pomegranates in the carriage."
- Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Mei is the Huge Girl to Yao's Tiny Guy; Yao may be physically tough, but he only reaches around Mei's waist.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: 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).
- Uptown Girls: The princesses of China fall in love with commoners (who were also decorated soldiers).
- We Just Want To Be Normal: See "I Want" Song; it's about being like commoner girls.
- Well Done Daughter Girls: Part of the reason they agreed to the arranged marriages was to please their father.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: 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.
- Women Prefer Strong Men: Mei had a dreamy look on her face when she saw Yao split a log with his bare hands.
The Matchmaker (Miriam Margolyes)
"You are a disgrace!"
- Arranged Marriage: She's in charge of arranging these. Duh.
- Beauty Mark: On the left side of her face, above her lips.
- Disaster Dominoes: How her meeting with Mulan turns out.
- Etiquette Nazi: Mulan fails every one of them.
- Fat Bastard: "You may look like a bride, but you will never bring your family honor!"
- Fu Manchu: "Dignity!"
- Gonk: Fatter and uglier and worse make up than others.
- Humiliation Conga: How her meeting with Mulan ends; ink stain, spilled tea, fire.
- Informed Ability: She is never seen matchmaking on-screen.
- Jerkass Has a Point: 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 but she still did get set on fire, while Mulan was supposed to be proving her best mettle as a wife.
- Large and In Charge: Effectively controls these young women's futures, and is definitely not fun-sized.
- Real Women Have Curves: In-universe. She believes this since she says that Mulan is too skinny and her body type will not be good for bearing sons.
- Starter Villain: Until the real plot begins, the audience only has her to hate.
- Take That: 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.
Shan-Yu's pet falcon, who assists in carrying out his plans to conquer China