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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everyone dislikes him and, when he gets the chance, the Emperor takes the first opportunity he can to sack him.
* AdaptationalVillainy: In Mulan Jr., in which there's a throwaway line about him betraying the army for his own personal gain. While he really disliked certain members of the army, there was no indication that he felt any disloyalty towards them and even allows them to join Li in battle when he gets a (forged) letter that indicates Li needs it.

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everyone dislikes him and, when he gets the chance, the Emperor takes the first opportunity he can to sack him.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
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In Mulan Jr., in which there's a throwaway line about him betraying the army for his own personal gain. While he really disliked certain members of the army, there was no indication that he felt any disloyalty towards them and even allows them to join Li in battle when he gets a (forged) letter that indicates Li needs it.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Shan Yu has no problems with a woman being a warrior - he's not angry that a woman beat him, just that ''someone'' beat him, merely recognising Mulan as "the soldier from the mountain." Apparently, the Huns are an equal opportunity army. Who knew?

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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Everyone dislikes him and, when he gets the chance, the Emperor takes the first opportunity he can to sack him.


* ThouShaltNotKill: Surprisingly averted for a Disney hero. In fact, Mulan currently holds ''the highest kill count out of any single Disney character''.
-->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a body count... in the thousands.



* RoyalBrat: {{Averted|Trope}} because there's nothing bratty about them.



* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Averted. Though he is understandably furious with Mulan for destroying his army, he doesn't particularly seem to care that she's a woman. Shan Yu simply views her as another soldier.



* PragmaticVillainy: Averted. Despite being one of the most capable Disney Villains, Shan Yu can't seem to help not demonstrating his absolute superiority. His army could have crossed China's border unnoticed and avoided confronting the Imperial Army and not risk taking casualties. Instead, however, he lets garrison soldiers light the signal flame and engages the Imperial forces in the mountains, all so he could prove his army's superior might.



* EvilIsDumb: Averted. They can tell the location of the entire Imperial Army just by looking at a doll. [[spoiler:Their mistaking a mustached, bearded Yao for a concubine though...]]


* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: These three will avert a war with marriage.



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

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

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: He's normally a relaxed, patient father to Mulan but noticeable snaps at her to know her place when she tries (and fails) to convince him to not be drafted.


* InsistentTerminology: He's a ''dragon,'' not a lizard. (He doesn't do that tongue thing.)



* OffModel: 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.

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* NoodleIncident: He was demoted to gong-ringer by the family's ancestors after his previous attempt to help a member of the Fa family ended with said member getting decapitated.
* OffModel: A special variant.variation. 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.



* PlayingWithFire: He can breathe fire.

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* PlayingWithFire: He Being a dragon, he can breathe fire. At the beginning, he can only make a little ember, but near the climax of the movie, his flames are hot enough to burn all the feathers off Shan-Yu's falcon.



* PrimaryColorChampion: A red -scaled dragon with a yellow belly and blue horns.

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* PrimaryColorChampion: A red -scaled red-scaled dragon with a yellow belly and blue horns.


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* SoProudOfYou: When Mulan is finally able to beat the Huns, defeat Shan-Yu, and save the Emperor.
-->'''Mushu:''' My little baby is all grown up and... ''[[TearsOfJoy (sniffles)]]'' ...savin' China!


* FlowerMotif: Her name means "wood flower", which is used by [[GoodParents multiple]] [[CoolOldGuy characters]] and deliberately invoked in her HairDecoration.

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* FlowerMotif: Her name means "wood flower", which is used by [[GoodParents multiple]] [[CoolOldGuy characters]] and deliberately invoked with the flower in her HairDecoration.hair.


* DrillSergeantNasty: "You're a spineless, pale, pathetic lot and you haven't got a clue, but somehow I'll make a man out of you." He's not kidding: one of the exercises consists of him shooting ''ArrowsOnFire'' at the recruits, and he's shooting to ''hit'' at that (as Yao finds out when an arrow gets him on the butt). It works, and by the end of the TrainingMontage they are capable soldiers (and Yao evades all the flaming arrows when Shang gives them a repeat).

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* DrillSergeantNasty: "You're a spineless, pale, pathetic lot and you haven't got a clue, but somehow I'll make a man out of you." He's not kidding: one of the exercises consists of him shooting ''ArrowsOnFire'' at the recruits, and he's shooting to ''hit'' at that (as Yao finds out when an arrow gets him on the butt). It works, and by the end of the TrainingMontage they are capable soldiers (and Yao evades all the flaming arrows when Shang gives them a repeat).

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** It's also noted that [[KnowWhenToFoldEm Shang definitely knows when to quit,]] since he failed the teenaged and barely-performing Ping and told him [[BrutalHonesty he wasn't cut out for war.]]


* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Apparently solid, as seen in the scene where Mushu grabs onto the First Ancestor's beard. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance Mushu is a dragon.]]

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Apparently solid, as seen in the scene where Mushu grabs onto the First Ancestor's beard. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Mushu is a dragon.]]


* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Apparently solid, as seen in the scene where Mushu grabs onto the First Ancestor's beard.

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Apparently solid, as seen in the scene where Mushu grabs onto the First Ancestor's beard. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance Mushu is a dragon.]]

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* PerilousOldFool: Zhou is an aged war-hero who needs a cane and has implicit heart troubles, and when Mulan tries to convince him to refuse the draft at home, he [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness yells at her for the first time in the movie]] that [[HonorBeforeReason he's going to do it anyway.]]

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