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Characters: Mulan

The characters of Disney's Mulan.

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     Mulan 

Fa Mulan / "Ping" (Ming Na, Lea Salonga)

"It's going to take a miracle to get me into the army."

See also Disney Princess

The Protagonist. She is the only child of Fa Zhou and Fa Li. When her father is asked to go to the war, she runs away and joins the army in his place in order to save him.
  • Action Girl: Soldier in the Chinese army, savior of China, all-around badass.
  • Adorkable: Whether she's pretending to be a Girly Girl or a manly man the result is awkward and adorable.
  • 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: Oh, yes. She defeated the bulk of the Hun army with a single cannon and then disarmed its leader with a paper folding fan.
  • Badass Adorable: She does the above while remaining a darling girl.
  • Badass Princess: Not really, but since she is part of the Disney Princess line-up...
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Such a friendly and family loyal girl and this is why she joined the army.
  • Butt Monkey: Until she Took a Level in Badass, she was the butt of jokes and embarrasssment.
  • Character Tic: Plays with her hair after her early-movie humiliation.
  • Cool Sword: Her father's and it has a dragon head at the hilt.
  • 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.
  • Daddy's Girl: She joins the army because she loves her father and knows that he will die if he returns to the battlefield.
  • Determinator: A list of things that failed to stop her: Boot Camp, a long boring march, an avalanche, abandonment in a mountain, The Leader of the Huns himself...
  • Epic Fail: Supposed to prove herself ready for marriage and the management of a household. Dumps tea on the matchmaker's head after setting her on fire.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Mulan shows she is resourceful and clever by having her dog feed the chickens so she has time to get changed. Also, she is shown resorting to cheating and shows a lack of grace, even before meeting the matchmaker, suggesting that life as a trophy wife will not properly fulfill her destiny.
  • Expy: Fa Mulan is based on actress, Gong Li and the Hua Mulan of Chinese legend.
  • Femininity Failure: She screws up the traditionally feminine "matchmaker" process. To be fair it was not completely her fault; the cricket shares partial responsibility.
  • 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.
  • Friend to All Children: Proven during "Lesson Number One", a song with many local children.
  • A Girl And Her Horse: Khan, her family's horse, is her one of her most trusted friends.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Heroines Love Dogs: She has a puppy named Little Brother for a pet.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: "I did it to save my father! It was the only way!"
  • Important Haircut: One cannot pretend to be a man with long hair.
  • 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, and then defeats Shan-Yu and saves China.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Shang, at the end of the first movie. They're Happily Married by the end of the sequel.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Gets two nude scenes, one of which is, for a Disney film, surprisingly extensive—-tying her with Ariel as the most Stripperific Disney princess.
  • Nice Girl: Loyal to her family and friendly to the other soldiers. Bonding through gruffness didn't work for her.
  • Official Couple: With Shang at the end of the sequel, when they are officially married.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her matchmaker dress.
  • Plucky Girl: See Determinator.
  • Sarashi: Yes, it's relevant.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right: Her 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.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Mulan makes a move on a Chinese chess board belonging to two old guys during the matchmaker scene.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Pretends to be a soldier to save her father.
  • 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.
  • Title Character: She's the heroine after all.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to the princesses' Girly Girls in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Justified; it was in boot camp.
  • Well Done Daughter Girl: Her motivation for both the the matchmaking ceremony and the army campaign is to make her dad proud. It's clear from the start that he was already proud of her and spells it out at the end.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Tried to be one in the beginning, with disastrous results. While she's not super ladylike she fits the "core of steel" and "devotion to her family" parts perfectly - after all, the reason why she went to war as a man was not to get glory or escape her family situation, but to save her aging father from sure death.

     Mushu 

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 because it was his fault Fa Deng lost his head.
  • 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 hits rock bottom 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; see also Aesop Amnesia.
  • 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.
  • Incoming Ham: "I LIIIIIIIVE!"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Looks a lot like Eddie Murphy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: His original intentions was to obtain a high position among the guardians. Over the course of the film, he becomes protective and supportive of Mulan. In Mulan 2, he even tries to destroy Mulan's relationship with Shang only to be the one to rescue Mulan from an unwanted marriage and prevent an upscale war.
  • 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 this way.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: A dragon ("Not lizard!") 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.
  • 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, oddly enough.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the sequel where 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 

Cri-Kee (Frank Welker)

"Chirp, chirp, chirp."

A "lucky" cricket who follows Mushu and Mulan.

     Khan 

Khan (Frank Welker)

"Snorts derisively."

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 snarky black stallion.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Has beautiful black fur, but is one of the good guys.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible
    (Khan whinnies)
    Mushu: What d'you mean the troops just left?
  • Made of Iron: He survived 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.
  • Silent Snarker: He doesn't even have to say a word. You can just tell by looking at Khan that he's silently snarking up a storm.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Mulan. He was prepared to go into the middle of a raging avalanche to go save her!!
    • Not to mention that when Mulan was under threat of decapitation, he started to charge to her rescue and had to be forcibly restrained.
    • 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 

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.
  • Adorkable: Despite his masculiness, he has his moments.
    • 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.
  • Badass Cape: Because of his rank.
  • 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.

     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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Mulan was green.
  • 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 forementioned, 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: With Mei, Ting-Ting and Su respectively by the end of the sequel.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Most of the time they serve for humor.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: They start out as pretty chauvinistic, but they get over it by the end.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Chien-Po is the Sensitive Guy to Yao and Ling's Manly Man.
  • Stout Strength: Chien-Po is made of fat and muscle.
  • 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.
  • True Companions: Their intro implies they were great friends before or immediately starting boot camp and the sequel shows they are still together.

     Fa Zhou 

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.
  • 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 still has the same will and the same skill as his younger days but his crippled leg means he can't perform like he used to. 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 is clearly being used medicinally.
  • Happily Married: To Fa Li. He gives Mulan and Shang 'ying yang' advice in the sequel.
  • Hero of Another Story: How did he become so famous? What happened to his leg?
  • Honor Before Reason: "I will die doing what's right!"
  • Living Legend: Consider the dialogue
    Shang: "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.
  • 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 

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 

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: 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.
  • 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).

     The Ancestors 

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'.
  • 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 

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."
  • 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 act 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 

The Emperor (Pat Morita)

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

The emperor of China.

     Shan-Yu 

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 climbs the great wall, he massacres armies (including the army of General Li, while he's massacring a village), he survives an avalanche.
  • 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: 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 Awesome: 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 Badass Bird of Prey: Has one for a pet.
  • 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:
  • 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 menaching 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 / Guttural Growler: He has a deep voice and is the Big Bad.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, his bestially 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.
  • 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."

     The Huns 

The Huns


  • 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 lead 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: See above.
  • 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.
  • 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 Concubine: At least the aforementioned two.

     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
  • 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.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Mei is pink, Ting-Ting is purple and Su is yellow.
  • Daddy's Little 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.
  • 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.
  • Royal Brats: Averted because there's nothing bratty about them.
  • 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, 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).
  • We Just Want To Be Normal: See "I Want" Song; it's about being like commoner girls.
  • 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.

     The Matchmaker 

The Matchmaker (Miriam Margolyes)

"You are a disgrace!"

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