Characters / Mulan

The characters of Disney's Mulan films.
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     Fa Mulan

"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.

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: Mulan is a clumsy, awkward duck with high intelligence who tried (and fails) to fit in.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: 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.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: During the marching scene, a pair of nameless girls giggle in her direction.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: When the Emperor gifts her with his dragon pendant and Shan-Yu's sword.
  • Badass Adorable: 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 remaining her feminine side and dorky, adorable qualities.
  • Badass Princess: In her movie, no, but since she is part of the Disney Princess line-up.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: She always looks amazing—-aside from when disguised as a man, of course.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: 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.
  • Butt Monkey: Until she Took a Level in Badass, 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 slapstick and Amusing Injuries.
  • Cassandra Truth: 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.
  • Character Development: Mulan becomes more assertive and confident as the movie progresses.
  • Character Tic: Plays with her hair after her early-movie humiliation.
  • Cool Sword: Her father's has a dragon face on the hilt. 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.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Drops her father's teapot in her opening scene and later spills a cup of tea on the matchmaker, with predictable consequences. Her military training makes her vastly more coordinated.
  • Daddy's Girl: She initially joins the army because she loves her father and believes that he will die if he returns to the battlefield.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In the matchmaker sequence, she seems more concerned about bringing honor to her family than about the fact that someone else will be making the decision about who she marries for her, and dutifully goes along with the whole thing despite being awkward in the role of a proper bride to be (to be fair, after her failure to impress the matchmaker, she shows cognitive dissonance about it in "Reflection"). By the sequel, though, this is blatantly being subverted, with Mulan daring to object to the impending arranged marriages of the princesses.
  • Determinator: Never throws in the towel, no matter how dire her circumstances get.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: 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 Ungrateful Bastard towards her the entire time, even after she's saved his life repeatedly.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: She goes through a hell of a lot in the army, survives a brutal boot camp, is injured, and coming face to face with huns, she looks into the mirror and "sees someone worthwhile". Her dad says that someone has been there all along.
  • 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.
  • Femininity Failure: She screws up the traditionally feminine "matchmaker" process. To be fair it was not completely her fault; the cricket shares partial responsibility.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: 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).
  • Flower in Her Hair: The comb in her hair has a flower decoration.
  • Flower Motif: Her name means "wood flower," which is used by multiple characters and deliberately invoked in her Hair Decoration.
  • Folk Heroine: For China in Real Life. There's a ballad called 'Ode to Mulan' and a large number of regions say 'Mulan was born here'. She demonstrates a model of filial piety.
  • Fragile Speedster: Stands no chance against Shan Yu in a straight fight, but manages to win through a combination of speed and guile.
  • 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.
  • Girly Bruiser: 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.
  • Guile Heroine: While she achieves a degree of martial skill, her greatest achievements are by her wits. For example, using the canon to trigger an avalanche and wipe out the entire army instead of Shan Yu.
  • 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.
  • Heartbroken Badass: First in the sense of just how much she's let her family down when her Sweet Polly Oliver disguise fails, and then in the sequel after Shang's Heroic Sacrifice leaves her thinking he's dead. For awhile.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: She has a puppy named Little Brother for a pet.
  • Humble Heroine:: When she's offered the honorable position as a member of the emperor's council, Mulan refuses and says that she just wants to go home.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: "I did it to save my father! It was the only way!"
  • Idiot Ball: 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeanne d'Archétype: 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.
  • Journey to Find Oneself: Happens along the way, but she initially leaves to save her father.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: 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!
  • Maybe Ever After: With Shang, at the end of the first movie. They're Happily Married by the end of the sequel.
  • Nice Girl: She is loyal to her family and friendly to the other soldiers. Bonding through gruffness didn't work for her.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based on the actress Gong Li, as well as the original Hua Mulan from the legend.
  • Official Couple: Shang becomes her husand in the sequel.
  • One of the Boys: By being the only woman in the army, and pretending to be a man.
  • One Woman Army: Single-handedly wiped out an entire army with some quick thinking and a well-aimed rocket.
  • Opposites Attract: The rule-breaking, free-spirit Mulan fell in love with the rule-abiding, no-nonsense Shang.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her matchmaker dress, in contrast to the more subdued green-ish dress that she prefers later.
  • Platonic Life Partners: with Yao, Ling, Chien-Po, them being her closest allies in the army outside Shang.
  • Protagonist Title: Mulan.
  • Sarashi: And yes, it's relevant.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: For reason for going to war.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: 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.
  • Shipper on Deck: Mulan immediately shouted with joy when she discovered that the princesses truly loved Ling, Yao, and Chien-Po.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Mulan falls for the brave, honorable, and dedicated Shang.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: Notably though, 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.
  • Spirited Young Lady: She's very adventurous and brave.
  • Stealth Pun: As a soldier she goes by the name "Ping," which in Mandarin Chinese means "peace."
  • 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.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill: Surprisingly averted for a Disney hero. In fact, Mulan currently holds the highest kill count out of any single Disney character.
    Nostalgia Chick: Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a body the thousands.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to the princesses' Girly Girls in the sequel because she's still a soldier.
  • Tomboy Princess: In her movie, no. But since she is part of the Disney Princess line-up. She is shown to be a brave warrior with other men, pretending to be a man, but is not particularly boyish herself.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: She tries to be an ideal bride to bring her family honor and the sequel shows that she wears dresses when she's not working or training. She does, however, have some feminine qualities, such as her calm, caring, dutiful demeanor.tensifies 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Justified; it is in boot camp, though her improvement to being equal to or perhaps even more skilled than Shang really stands out.
  • Unfortunate Name: While her alias, Fa Ping, doesn't sound too bad to a Chinese ear, it sounds oddly suspect to an English ear.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Mulan just wants to make her family proud. She just can't do it as a girl.
  • 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 death as a conscript. (Interestingly, the former idea was actually originally meant to be one of her motives.)
  • Younger Than They Look: Most people would think she's at least eighteen, probably in her early twenties.. Nope, she's sixteen.

Voiced by: Eddie Murphy

"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.
  • 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: He has quite a bit throughout the first film, but loses it in the second.
  • 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!"
  • It's All About Me: The only reason he went to help Mulan because he thought doing so would make him a guardian again. It gets worst 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 Fatal Flaw.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
  • 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. Mulan herself often seems to see him as not helping her, although she obviously appreciates him.
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: In spite of his selfishness, he grows to truly care for Mulan and does whatever he can to protect her.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Somehow, he manages to convince the Ancestors, and then, all of China, that he's a powerful entity.
  • 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.
  • 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).

Voiced by: Frank Welker

"Chirp, chirp, chirp"

A "lucky" cricket who follows Mushu and Mulan.

     Fa Khan 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

Mulan's horse.
  • 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: Only Mushu can understand him.
    (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.

     Captain Li Shang 
Voiced by: B.D. Wong (speaking), Donny Osmond (singing)

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

A Chinese Army captain and the son of General Li, the head of the Chinese Army.
  • Adorkable:
    • 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.
  • Character Development: He loosens up considerably during the sequel and starts thinking of his own interests instead of just those of his country.
  • 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: As brash as he can be, Shnag makes a few good points.
    • He became a Drill Sergeant Nasty 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 is 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.
  • 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."
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: 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.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: After he learns the truth about Mulan, he refuses to trust her when she tells him the Huns were still alive because "[She's] a girl again, remember?" This is the same girl that has annihilated the entire Huns army and saved China (and his LIFE) by that point. There was no single reason not to trust her, specially when the Emperor's life was at stake.
  • 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'.
  • Technician vs. Performer: 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.
  • 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 
Voiced by: 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".
  • Annoying Laugh: Ling sports a particularly obnoxious one.
  • 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.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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 Moron, Hidden Badass: They may be clowns, but you wouldn't want to be their enemies.
  • A Day in the Limelight: They get quite a bit more focus in the sequel.
  • 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."
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: 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 Training Montage he actually breaks off an entire chunk of the climbing pole by accident and looks around sheepishly after doing so.
  • 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.
  • The Hyena: Ling lives to laugh.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Ling's sense of humor tends to involve a lot of these. Only he seems to find them funny.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Yao looks like a young Harvey Fierstein.
  • 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 Casanova Wannabe.
  • 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.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: 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.
  • Platonic Life Partners: with Mulan, them being her closest allies in the army outside Shang.
  • 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.
  • Shipper 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.
  • Token Good Teammate: Chien-Po, initially. He wasn't exactly supportive of Mulan/Ping at first, but unlike his friends, he never acts like a jerk to her.
  • 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. The sequel has them as decorated war heroes who are recognized by the Emperor as China's greatest foot soldiers.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yao and Ling tend to get into arguments that break into all out brawls constantly, but they remain inseparable friends.

Fa Family

     Fa Zhou 
Voiced by: 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: 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!
  • Nice Guy: Aside from his traditionalist nature, he's a really sweet guy.
  • 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.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: A variant. Fa Zhou makes daily prayers to his ancestors.
    "I'm going to pray some more."
  • 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.
  • Throwing Off the Disability: 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.
  • Warrior Poet: Skillfully draws a metaphor between the late-blooming flower and Mulan.

     Fa Li 
Voiced by: 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.
  • Nice Girl: Motherly, loving, and understanding.
  • Shipper on Deck: She cries Tears of Joy when Mulan accepts Shang's marriage proposal.
  • 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.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Looks like an older, chubbier Mulan.

     Grandmother Fa 
Voiced by: June Foray (speaking), Marni Nixon (singing)

"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.
  • Nice Girl: She's ope-minded, protective, and fun-loving.
  • Open-Minded Parent: A grandparent example. 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 
Voiced by: 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 descendants, 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.

The Royal Family and Counsel

     The Emperor 
Voiced by: Pat Morita

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

The emperor of China.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Defiant Captive: 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.
  • The Emperor: The illustrous sole ruler 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."
  • Nerves of Steel: A master of this. He never loses his cool or shows fear even when threatened with murder.
  • 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.
    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!

     Chi Fu 
Voiced by: 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 significant.
  • Bilingual Bonus: 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 it sounds like this trope.
  • 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, 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.
  • 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.
  • Screams 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.

     Mei, Ting-Ting, Su 
Voiced by:
Ting-Ting: Sandra Oh, Judy Kuhn (singing voice)
Su: Lauren Tom, Mandy Gonzalez (singing voice)
Mei: Lucy Liu, Beth Blankenship (singing voice)

"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.
  • Daddys 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 Just Want to Be Normal: See "I Want" Song; it's about being like commoner girls.
  • "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: Downplayed. 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 Hun Army

Voiced by: 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 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 In Charge: 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 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: His low-key and sardonic nature actually makes him scarier than if he were a typical scenery-chewing antagonist.
    (to a pair of captured Imperial scouts) "Nice work, gentlemen. You found the Hun army."
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Genius Bruiser: Tactically speaking, he is brilliant; and physically speaking, he is dangerous.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. With absolutely no effort, he was out of the snow like a daisy!
  • 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: Inverted; he's one of the few male characters in the film who never underestimates Mulan. Granted, they only interacte 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.
  • Skyward Scream: When he realizes that the avalanche wiped out almost all of his army.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The only time he raised his voice is when the Emperor refused to bow to him.
  • 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.

     The Huns

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

  • 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 Analysis
    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.
  • Badass Army: We see the aftermath of their fight with the section of China's army led by Shang's father. All the fatalities appear to be Chinese.
  • The Brute: Almost all Huns are huge.
  • Character Death: Minus the five Huns that survived the avalanche, yes.
  • Dark Is Evil
  • 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".
  • The Horde: They’re portrayed as a mass of bloodthirsty barbarians with no redeeming qualities, invading and pillaging China for the sake of doing so, and those few that aren’t faceless mooks are thoroughly evil monsters who engage in one 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.
  • 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).


Shan-Yu's pet falcon, who assists in carrying out his plans to conquer China.

Other Characters

     The Matchmaker 
Voiced by: Miriam Margolyes

"You are a disgrace!"

Alternative Title(s): Mulan II