Disney: Mulan II
Mulan II is a 2004 Direct-to-Video sequel to Disney's version of Mulan.As Mulan is getting to General Shang, the Emperor asks her to escort his three daughters to a neighboring kingdom for an arranged marriage there in order to cement an alliance against the Mongols.
Tropes used include:
- An Aesop: Heart Over Duty.
- Arranged Marriage: The axis of the whole plot is for the Chinese Emperor to make an alliance with a neighboring kingdom that will discourage Mongol invasion.
- Birds of a Feather: The princesses and their guardians get along very well.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Shang, at the beginning, has trouble proposing to Mulan. The giggling little girls around him do not help his nerves.
- Character Development: Shang, who, unusually, is wiser than his fiancee.
- Deus ex Machina: Employed in the original style as Mushu climbs into an idol of the Unity Dragon and makes supposedly divine pronouncements (punctuated with a bit of fire-breathing) that neatly resolve what has become a very tangled situation.
- Disney Death: Shang. It is easy to infer that he survived but the characters believe he was dead.
- Expecting Someone Taller: When Shang finally meets Mushu, near the end of the movie, he reacts like this.
- Friend to All Children: Mulan teaches the local children and they clearly like her. But she doesn't agree with Shang in that the more children they will have, the better
- Gilligan Cut: "Fearless, loyal, and disciplined... China's most honorable and noble soldiers..." are seen kicked out of a matchmaker's shop.
- Gray Rain of Depression: After Shang's fall.
- Happily Married: Mulan and Shang at the end.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Shang. The princesses can also be seen as performing this, as they risk their happiness for political alliance.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lampshaded with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po 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.
- Honorable Marriage Proposal: A very rare female case: Mulan proposes to a prince of Qi Gong to satisfy the requirements of alliance which she threatened by persuading the princesses to follow their desires.
- Instant Fanclub: Mulan's girl followers.
- Jerkass: Mushu turned into this, mostly because Mulan's ancestors were jerkasses towards him.
- Loved I Not Honor More: Defied. Mei decides her duty is to her heart.
- Misplaced Wildlife: The skunk chasing Shang during the montage of Mushu trying to sabotage his and Mulan's relationship.
- No Loves Intersect: There are four couples here and no jealousy.
- Not So Above It All: As it turns out, Ting-Ting is about as comedic as Ling is, she just hides it a bit better.
- Opposites Attract: Mulan and Shang; her parents give the pair 'ying yang marriage advice' at the start.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: Yao's gift to Mei is a stuffed panda.
- Pass the Popcorn: Mushu sits in a tree eating popcorn after Shang approaches Mulan to confront her about how she got the princesses to follow their hearts.
- Politically Correct History: In regard to its "arranged marriage = bad" campaign and the fact that Mulan got away with practically kidnapping the princesses and allowing them to marry commoners.
- The Power of Love: Supported by Politically Correct History and a tricky dragon.
- Supernatural Aid: Mushu's trick of pretending to be the Dragon of Unity resolves the final problem..
- Small Reference Pools: Presumably how the writers had the balls to have "My duty is to myself" as the Aesop.
- Squee: Mulan's reaction to hearing that the princesses have fallen in love with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Mushu becomes selfish and demanding. This is because the ancestors did the same, the marriage threatened to separate him from Mulan so he tried to prevent that with sabotage.
- Training from Hell: Averted by Mulan, who begins teaching the girls to fight by telling them that one should be gentle and kind to others. It's a possible inversion of the scene with Shang from the first part of the film and part of the 'yin-yang' motift of this movie.
- The Trickster: Mushu engages in a number of tricks and pranks.