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); Maggie Vera (speaking) and Analy (singing) (Latin American Spanish dub)

  • 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: When she pretends to be a man. Downplayed when she is being herself; while Mulan is a clumsy, awkward duck with high intelligence who tried (and fails) to fit in, she is far from a nerd.
  • 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.
  • Birds of a Feather: Opposing personalities notwithstanding, Mulan and Shang bond over their struggle to be good soldiers (shown when Mulan comforts Shang after Chi Fu antagonizes him for being a poor captain) and their desire to help their fathers. They also happen to be complete dorks and good with children.
  • 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: 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.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Mulan's ability to think outside the box and subvert expectations is what sets her apart from the rest of the soldiers. This gets some Foreshadowing early on when we see her using shortcuts for chores and her matchmaking session. Her "work smarter not harder" attitude is not nearly as appreciated in women's domestic life as it is in the army.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Early on, when she 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's more concerned about bringing honor to her family than someone else making the decision of who she marries, and dutifully goes along with it despite being awkward in the role of a proper bride to be. Subverted in the sequel, where Mulan objects to the impending arranged marriages of the princesses.
  • 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, the cricket shares partial responsibility and she was way too nervous from before; she would've probably done better, had she managed to calm down.
  • 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 declines 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.
  • Plucky Girl: Never throws in the towel, no matter how dire her circumstances get. Though she comes close after her secret is discovered and she is abandoned in disgrace by the army, she rallies out of her self-doubt and back into action the very second she realizes that the Huns still pose a threat.
  • The Quiet One: Mulan tends to be the least talkative person in a room. Notably, she's only ever chatty when she's around non-talking animals, like Little Brother and Kahn. When talkers like Mushu, her family, or the other soldiers are around, she tends to listen far more often than she speaks.
  • 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: In the sequel, 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.
  • 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 she is this compared to the rest of the Disney Princess line-up.
  • 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; Eugenio Derbez (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Despite being a tiny Chinese dragon, he's named after a red-scaled Babylonian dragon.
  • 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.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Is incredibly smart. It can write (by working as a typewriter including sounds, no less).
  • Artistic License – Biology: It has four legs, chirps with it's mouth instead of his wings, and uses the matchmaker's cup as a bathtub.
  • The Atoner: It's implied that part of the reason he follows Mulan around and helps Mushu help her is out of guilt for sabotaging her visit to the Matchmaker. When Mulan first releases him into the wild he's ready to go until he hears her singing sadly about being a failure, looks extremely sad, then seems to dedicate his life to watching over her.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Mushu both in his theatrics and general trickery.
  • Born Lucky: Zig-zagged. He was purchased by Grandma Fa for luck, but he causes disaster for Mulan during her meeting with the Matchmaker. He then helps Mushu help Mulan when she joins the army, which also causes a lot of problems. However, Mulan eventually flourishes in the army and successfully defeats the Huns, and then both Cri-Kee and she survive the avalanche and later fireworks. Lampshaded by Mushu.
    Mushu: (after saving Cri-Kee from the avalanche) Man, you are one lucky bug.
  • Butt Monkey: He has his moments, mostly in Mulan II. When he desperately tries to stop Mushu from ruining Shang and Mulan's relationship, only to get effortlessly smacked away.
  • The Conscience: To Mushu, especially in the sequel. He tries to act as Mushu's voice of reason and stop his selfish schemes, but he fails.
  • Four-Legged Insect: See Artistic License – Biology.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible
    Cri-Kee: (chirping noises)
    Mushu: What do you mean, a loser?
  • Literal-Minded: When Mushu decides that they should "take this war into our own hands", Cri-Kee takes a moment to stare at his hands.
  • Mundane Utility: Mushu uses it for Mulan's alarm clock.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Serves as one to Mulan and Mushu, and does stuff for him like forging the letter to Shang and giving it the idea of making Mulan a warrior.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Less so than Mushu, however.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Mushu's Red, because he's calmer and and more polite.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: There are only a few cartoons that have drawn a cricket this cute.
  • Small Annoying Creature: At least to Mushu when Cri-Kee tries to get the dragon to do the right thing.
  • Unluckily Lucky: Seems to be his shtick.

    Fa Khan 
Voiced by: Frank Welker

Mulan's horse.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: He's smart enough to be Mulan's Secret Keeper.
  • 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.
  • Papa Wolf: Wherever Mulan goes, Khan will be right there with her, even if it's into an avalanche.
  • 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); Yamil Atala (speaking) and Cristián Castro (singing) (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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 this.
    • 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, the bashful "you fight good" line being the main example..
    • 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 Cape: Because of his rank, he wears a stylish cape.
  • Badass In Charge: 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. 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 competent soldiers.
  • Birds of a Feather: Opposing personalities notwithstanding, Mulan and Shang bond over their struggle to be good soldiers (shown when Mulan comforts Shang after Chi Fu antagonizes him for being a poor captain) and their desire to help their fathers. They also happen to be complete dorks and good with children.
  • 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. Notably, he also doesn't treat the "son" of the esteemed Fa Zhou any differently from the other recruits (and in fact tells Mulan to go home when it seems that she won't catch on).
  • 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 Ambidexterity: Shang is possibly ambidextrous. He tends to do a lot with left hand as well as right.
  • 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 and overly serious as he can be, Shang 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.
  • 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.
  • Socially-Awkward Hero: Despite his skill at military affairs, he seems to be somewhat lacking in social skills, as he has trouble telling Mulan about his romantic feelings for her, or even properly congratulating her following her success in saving China, coyly using the grammatically incorrect "You fight good." statement to do so.
  • 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.
  • Uptight Loves Wild: Shang is The Comically Serious no-nonsense type. And he fell for the rule-breaking Plucky Girl Mulan.
  • 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. This contrasts with Mulan's horse who is black as ink and doesn't actually belong to her.
  • 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. After the general and his squad are wiped out he's put in charge of the military.

    Yao, Ling, Chien-Po 
Voiced by: Harvey Fierstein, Gedde Watanabe, Jerry Tondo (original); Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza, Raúl Aldana and Jesus Barrero (Latin American Spanish dub)
Click here to see the trio without makeup. 

"Does this dress make me look fat?"

Three newly recruited soldiers who later become Mulan's friends.
Tropes applying to all of them
  • Ascended Extra: They get more screentime in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • In the sequel, their colors become purple, blue, and green, respectively.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
    Yao: Pass the hanky.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: Chien-Po, Yao and Ling, respectively; Gentle Giant, Hot-Blooded, and the Casanova Wannabe.
  • Official Couple: With Mei, Ting-Ting and Su respectively by the end of the sequel.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: They have little purpose to the plot, most of the time they serving for humor.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: They start out as pretty chauvinistic, but they get over it by the end.
  • Shipper on Deck: The ending of Kingdom Hearts 2 has all three spying on Mulan and Shang having a romantic moment.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Tropes that apply to Yao
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Of the entire cast, Yao has the biggest and thickest set of eyebrows.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: His first scene has him violently punch a guy and threatening to do the same to "Ping". He later openly cries when bidding farewell with Mulan and is quite tender with Mei.
  • Deadpan Snarker: 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.
  • Guttural Growler: He has a deep, throaty voice befitting the "tough guy" image he presents.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: A minor slight to Yao can trigger a full-on brawl.
  • Hot-Blooded: Yao is the most impulsive and violent of the trio.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Yao looks like a young Harvey Fierstein.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Yao is shot in the butt with flaming arrows.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Yao may be a hot-tempered and sarcastic person (who started off as a bully to Mulan), he proves to be loyal, a true friend, and have a soft center.
  • Large Ham: "And I am Yao! King of the Rock!"
  • The Leader: Yao is the self-appointed leader of the trio.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Red Is Heroic: He wears red in the first film, and while he starts off as a jerk, he shows his heroic side later on.
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: In the sequel, Yao is the Tiny Guy to Mei's Huge Girl; Yao may be physically tough, he only reaches around Mei's waist.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: With Ling. Chien-Po was already a Nice Guy, but he and Ling started off as jerks to Mulan. After going through some intense training and witnessing Mulan's determination, the two quickly changed their attitudes and offer reconciliation.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Ling. They tend to get into arguments that break into all out brawls constantly, but they remain inseparable friends.

Tropes that apply to Ling
  • Affectionate Nick Name: Ting-Ting gives Ling the nickname "Lingy Bear".
  • Annoying Laugh: Ling sports a particularly obnoxious one.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His signature color becomes blue in the sequel. And by then, he has proven (with his friends) to be an honorable and brave soldier.
  • Casanova Wannabe: 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.
  • The Hyena: Ling lives to laugh.
  • Hypocrite: In the sequel, he berates Yao on flirting with Mei because she's engaged to be married, but the first thing he does when he meets Ting-Ting is flirt with her.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Ling's sense of humor tends to involve a lot of these. Only he seems to find them funny.
  • Insecure Love Interest: It's brief, but he at one point he thought that Ting-Ting didn't like him.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Even more so than his friends.
    • Breaking a brick with his face (and his teeth).
    • Falling face first in the mud due to Yao moving the carriage he was leaning on.
    • Getting punched in the face by a girl he was flirting with in the sequel.
    • Having fireworks go off while he's right there.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While he may have been insensitive, Ling wasn't wrong in that Yao couldn't fall for Mei because she was engaged to be married.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Ling could be an immature jerk, a prime example being his bullying of "Ping" (with Yao). But when "Ping" proves "his" worth, he apologizes and ask if they could be friends. Other than that, Ling is a pretty decent and friendly guy.
  • Keet: He's the most enthusiastic of the trio.
  • Lean and Mean: Before his Character Development, was a rail thin jerkass.
  • Must Make Her Laugh: He spends most of the sequel trying to get Ting-Ting to laugh with little success. It tuns she does think he's funny, but was too ashamed of her laugh.
  • 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!
  • Teeth Flying: Ling during the camp brawl scene, and during the first brick-breaking scene in I'll Make a Man Out of You.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: With Yao. Chien-Po was already a Nice Guy, but he and Yao started off as jerks to Mulan. After going through some intense training and witnessing Mulan's determination, the two quickly changed their attitudes and offer reconciliation.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Yao. They tend to get into arguments that break into all out brawls constantly, but they remain inseparable friends.

Tropes that apply to Chien-Po
  • Acrofatic: Despite his size, he's seen doing cartwheels in the later half of I'll Make a Man out of You.
  • All-Loving Hero: He is very good-natured and would never do anything to upset anyone, making him the most ready to befriend Mulan.
  • 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: His 'ideal wife' is a great cook, which Su is.
  • The Big Guy: He possesses great strength and can lift multiple people (or a massive stone statue) with ease.
  • Blue Is Heroic: His signature color is blue in the first film, where he was shown to be the nicest of the trio and (initially) the Token Good Teammate.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy: Chien-Po was nice and friendly from the get-go.
  • 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.
  • Token Good Teammate: Initially. He wasn't exactly supportive of Mulan/Ping at first, but unlike his friends, he never acts like a jerk to her.

Fa Family

    Fa Zhou 
Voiced by: Soon-Tek Oh; Tito Reséndiz (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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, and to make matters worse if he attempts to take we place there's a possibility that she'll get exposed so he can't chase after her. 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. This is the reason why Mulan takes his place.
  • Warrior Poet: Skillfully draws a metaphor between the late-blooming flower and Mulan.

    Fa Li 
Voiced by: Freda Foh Shen; Nancy McKenzie (speaking) and Vicky Córdova (singing) (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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); Rocío Garcel (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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.
  • Hidden Depths: While wise-cracking and charmingly rude for most of the movie's introduction, she does have a remarkably strong spiritual side. She gives Mulan numerous amulets for good luck with the matchmaker, immediately wakes up when Mulan runs away, and also the only one whose prayers actually reach the ancestors.
  • 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 (First) (original); José Lavat (First), Daniel Abundis (Abacus One), Magda Giner (Lady Ancestor), Ricardo Hill (Big Beard Ancestor), Esteban Siller (Farmer Ancestor) (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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 Baritone: The First Ancestor (being voiced by George Takei) is notably deeper than the rest of them.
  • 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 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 (original); Jesús Colin (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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.
  • Demoted to Extra: He only gets a couple of scenes in the beginning of the sequel.
  • The Emperor: The illustrious 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.
  • Foil: To Shan Yu. While the Emperor is a king who is respected by his people and wishes to have peace, Shan Yu is a general who is feared by China and wishes to declare war.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • No Name Given: "Your majesty", "Your Excellency", etc is all we get.
  • Papa Wolf: To all of 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 (original); Mario Filio (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Since he doesn't appear in the sequel, he may have possibly been fired, and probably arrested or forced into exile for assaulting Mulan, attempting to murder her, his actions against her and accusing her for treason, and it is unknown who succeeded him.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his negative behavior, he does show a positive trait in being industrious and loyal to the Emperor, as when the Emperor ordered the distribution of conscription notices to all of China, Chi-Fu went as far as to distribute them himself.
  • 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 
Ting-Ting Voiced by: Sandra Oh, Judy Kuhn (singing voice) (original); Gaby Cárdenas (Latin American Spanish dub)
Su Voiced by: Lauren Tom, Mandy Gonzalez (singing voice) (original); Irazema Terrazas (Latin American Spanish dub)
Mei Voiced by: Lucy Liu, Beth Blankenship (singing voice) (original); Natalia Sosa (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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.
Tropes that apply to all
  • 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.
  • 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. 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).
  • 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".
  • Nice Girls: All three of them are kind, thoughtful, and polite.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: 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.
  • Marry for Love: What all of them truly want..."To meet a nice guy who likes me for me". And get thank to Mushu.
  • Official Couple: Mei with Yao, Ling with Ting-Ting, and Su with Chien-Po.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Tropes that apply to Mei
  • Genki Girl: While not on Su's level, Mei is a very passionate woman.
  • Love at First Sight: With Yao. After just one look at Yao, Mei admits to her sisters that there's something special about him.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Mei's signature dress is pink and she's as girly as her sisters.
  • Shipper on Deck: She even scolded Ting-Ting for denying she and Ling had a connection.
  • 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.
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Mei had a dreamy look on her face when she saw Yao split a log with his bare hands.

Tropes that apply to Ting-Ting
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Ms. Exposition: Ting-Ting explains the princess life.
  • Not So Above It All: 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.
  • Only Sane Woman: Ting Ting is the most reasonable and mature of the three.
  • Repetitive Name: Ting-Ting.
  • The Stoic: Ting-Ting for about three-quarters of Mulan II. "Just get your pomegranates in the carriage."
  • Uptight Loves Wild: She is the most uptight princess, devoted to honor, and tries be a role model to her sisters. Ling, who wanted a girl who would laugh at his jokes (even knowing the chopstick nose trick that Ling believes to have invented), had to try harder than his partners to impress her.
  • 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.

Tropes that apply to Su
  • The Baby of the Bunch: Su's the youngest and shortest daughter of the Emperor, as well as being the most childish.
  • Genki Girl: Su is the most excitable of her sisters.
  • Hidden Depths: Su appears to be a speed reader when reading Mei's letter.
  • 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.

The Hun Army

Voiced by: Miguel Ferrer (original); Rubén Moya (Latin American Spanish dub)

"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 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: 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!
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: The biggest in the movie.
  • 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.
  • Cool Sword: It has jagged edges.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Mulan uses one rocket to send him flying into a stockpile of fireworks.
  • 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 villain 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 formidable.
  • Frontline General: He's always the first man in a charge.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Valour: To his enemies, he's a terrifying monster, who slaughters entire villages. However, when the battle starts, he's leading his men at the forefront.
  • 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.

    Shan-Yu's Elites

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.

Five Hun soldiers who stand out amongst Shan-Yu's army.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: The group gathers to look at the doll given to them by Shan-Yu; finding black pine, white horse hair, and cannon sulfur.
  • Bald of Evil: Three of the five have no hair on the top of their heads. All of them (as well as the two that have hair) are ruthless killers.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The group ended up on the receiving end of one due to being caught off-guard by the surprise attack of Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po being disguised as palace concubines.
  • Elite Mooks: Apart from Shan-Yu, the five have the most characterization in the army, and are the only survivors of the avalanche caused by Mulan. They then join Shan-Yu's raid on the Emperor's palace. Before then, they are also the soldiers that weed out the Imperial scouts, and are the ones who took part in the Awesomeness by Analysis circle to find the location of the Imperial army.
  • 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...
  • Kick the Dog: The bald archer joins in on Shan-Yu's fun to kill off one of the Imperial scouts.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: The archer has a roundshield on his left arm when he breaks out of the snow.
  • No Name Given: None of the five were given names.
  • Pet the Dog: One of the larger shirtless Huns actually tries to act friendly giving back an apple that fell from an "ugly concubine".
  • Pragmatic Villainy: After learning of the imperial army's attempt to ambush them, the bald headed archer notes they could easily avoid the trap to avoid unnecessary casualties. Shan Yu decides however that going through the Tung Shao Pass was the fastest way to get to the emperor.
  • Put Their Heads Together: Chien Po disposed of the two shirtless Huns this way.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Once again, the doll scene.
  • Shirtless Scene: The two larger Huns.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: They hesitate to attack a bunch of "ugly concubines" (i.e. disguised heroes).

    The Huns

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

Shan Yu's 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.
  • 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.
  • Character Death: Minus the five Huns that survived the avalanche, yes.
  • 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 other than their loyalty to their commander, invading and pillaging China for the sake of doing so, and the Elite 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.


Shan-Yu's pet falcon, who assists in carrying out his plans to conquer China.
  • Calling Card: Hayabusa is typically used to indicate Shan Yu's presence, such as when he climbs over the Great Wall Of China.
  • Feathered Fiend: The big bad's pet and is just as evil as his owner.
  • Naked People Are Funny: His final fate in the film is having his feathers burned away by Mushu.
  • Nonindicative Name: Although Hayabusa's name means "peragrine falcon" (a fitting name), it is a Japanese name rather than a Chinese name however it is entirely possible that Hayabusa might be a falcon native to Japan that Shan-Yu acquired there, thus the reasoning for his name.
  • Uncatty Resemblance: Compare him to Shan-Yu.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of him, he is naked and being ridden on Mushu. After that is left a mystery.

Other Characters

    The Matchmaker 
Voiced by: Miriam Margolyes (original); Mayra Rojas (Latin American Spanish dub)

"You are a disgrace!"

An impatient and harsh woman, who obnoxiously judges potential brides.

    General Li
Voiced by: James Shigeta (original); Arturo Casanova (Latin American Spanish dub)

Shang's father and the General of the Imperial Army.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: He has thick, black eyebrows.
  • Good Parents: He seems to have a great deal of faith and pride in Shang, choosing to promote his son to Captain for his accomplishments, despite Shang's young age and the responsibility of the position.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: An older, slightly chubbier version of Shang.
  • Unnamed Parent: His given name is never revealed.
  • The Worf Effect: He and his army, consisting of China's elites, get annihilated by Shan-Yu to set him up as a threat.

Alternative Title(s): Mulan II