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    Fa Mulan 

Fa Mulan / "Fa Ping"

Voiced by: Ming-Na Wen (speaking), Lea Salonga (singing)
Voiced in Latin American Spanish by: Maggie Vera (speaking) and Analy (singing)
Appearances: Mulan | Mulan II | Sofia the Firstnote 
Appearances in alternate continuities: Kingdom Heartsnote  | House of Mouse | Disney Infinity | Ralph Breaks the Internet

"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.

She's also a member of the Disney Princess line.

  • 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.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In contrast to the original ballad, where she accomplishes everything effortlessly in the army to the point of being able to return home without ever having been caught, she has obvious insecurities about not fitting into her designated role in society and living up to her family's expectations that she must learn to grow out of to become a hero.
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the original ballad, Mulan is already skilled in archery, swordsmanship, spearmanship, bojutsu, martial arts, and various other forms of hand-to-hand combat, all of which she learned from her father. In this adaptation, while quite clever, Mulan was never taught any of those skills in the beginning. Which arguably also leads to Adaptational Badass as she does acquire quite the combat skills in a fairly short amount of time.
  • Adaptation Name Change: In the original ballad, Mulan's surname is spelled using the Mandarin pronunciation for "花", which is "Hua". Disney uses the spelling for the Cantonese pronunciation, "Fa".
  • 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 failed) to fit in, she is far from a nerd.
  • Age Lift: In the original ballad, Mulan leaves to join the army at 18 and doesn't return home until she's 30. Here, she leaves and returns at the same age.
  • 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 retaining her feminine side and dorky, adorable qualities.
  • Battle Couple: Becomes this with Shang in the sequel. They guard the princesses, fight off their kidnappers, and plan their wedding.
  • 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 joins the army.
  • Bifauxnen: The other soldiers comment what a handsome young boy she makes, and much to Mulan's embarrassment she 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.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Mulan at the start of the movie is quite intelligent, but it's shown that she tries to cheat on her matchmaker test and gets her dog Little Brother to help with her chores while she's running late. Training in the army takes away the laziness, and forces her to use her creativity in combat.
  • 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.
  • Character Development:
    • Becomes more assertive and confident as the movie progresses.
    • A subtle example, but Mulan's time in boot camp forces her to reconstruct her Brilliant, but Lazy tendencies into clever ways to get the job done that don't rely on strength.
    • When Mulan first leaves to join the army, all she wants is to protect her family. Seeing the ruins of the Tung Shao Village and the Imperial army, combined with realizing that Shang just went through the exact thing Mulan was trying to prevent for herself, turns her into a more selfless person who wants to protect all of China.
  • Character Tic: Plays with her hair after her early-movie humiliation, something her voice actress, Ming-Na, usually did.
  • Child Soldiers: She's sixteen. Some of her fellow recruits don't look much older.
  • Cool Sword: Her father's has a dragon face on the hilt. Interestingly enough, she never wields it against another person. Instead, she resorts to improvised weapons or those she can swipe from her enemies.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Mulan's ability to improvise 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 unquestioningly accepts that someone else will be making the decision of whom she marries; she's distressed only that she doesn't know how to play the part very well and ultimately bungles the interview. 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, surviving a brutal boot camp, an injury, and coming face to face with Huns, all to look into the mirror and "see someone worthwhile". Her dad says that someone had 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 changed. 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 are obviously on bad terms since their earlier misunderstanding and both sabotage and play pranks on "Ping" during the training montage. However, they eventually start to respect "him" (demonstrated with Yao gladly handing "Ping" "his" Bo Staff at the end of the montage, as opposed to tripping "him" like in the beginning) and offer to "start over" and be friends.
  • 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 Hero: For China in Real Life. There's a ballad called "Ode to Mulan" and a large number of regions say "Mulan was born here". This is due to her demonstrating a model of filial piety, a traditionally valued virtue in Chinese culture.
  • 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 role, which she puts in place of the draft letter her father was given, and which is later returned to her after she comes back home with a sword and medal for saving China.
  • 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.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: Mulan is left handed but is seen using the sword in her right hand, so she may be ambidextrous.
  • Humble Heroine: When she's offered the honorable position of 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.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: As she admits to Mushu: "Maybe I didn't go for my father. Maybe what I really wanted was to prove that I could do things right. So that when I looked in the mirror I'd see someone worthwhile."
  • Important Haircut: Cuts off half of her hair to tie into a topknot to disguise herself as a soldier.
  • Improvised Weapon: She manages to disarm the Big Bad and steal his sword using a fan. A flipping fan!
  • 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!
  • Kid Hero: She's sixteen and she wipes out almost all of Shan Yu's army and later kills Shan Yu himself, saving all of China.
  • Laborious Laziness: Her Establishing Character Moment is her writing cheat notes on her arm for the matchmaker exam, which makes her late for said exam, especially since she has to do her chores before leaving. To help with the chores, she recruits her dog Little Brother to feed the chickens while she gets her father's herbal tea; Little Brother means well but also leads chickens into the family's prayer temple. As her mother points out later, she could have just arrived on time when she complains the tub water is freezing.
  • Maybe Ever After: With Shang, at the end of the first movie. They're Happily Married by the end of the sequel.
  • Mythical Motifs: Dragons.
    • In the beginning, she is seen around a dragon statue, called the Great Guardian.
    • One of her animal companions is a small dragon.
    • Her father's sword and the medallion given to her by the Emperor have dragon markings on them.
  • Nice Girl: She is loyal to her family and friendly to the other soldiers. Bonding through gruffness doesn't work for her.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Based on the actress Gong Li physically.
  • Official Couple: Shang becomes her husband in the sequel.
  • One of the Boys: By being the only woman in the army, and pretending to be a man.
  • One Steve Limit: Lampshaded and subverted. Mushu suggests "Ling" for a fake name when she's being grilled by Shang, but Mulan points out that that's already soldier Ling's name- as if it would be suspicious if they had the same name. So they end up going with Ping instead.
  • One-Woman Army: Single-handedly wipes out an entire army with some quick thinking and a well-aimed rocket.
  • Opposites Attract: The rule-breaking, free-spirit Mulan falls 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, and 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!: 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.
  • Shipper on Deck: In the sequel, Mulan immediately shouts with joy when she discovers that the princesses truly love 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".
  • Strong and Skilled: The beginning of the movie shows that she has a strategic mind, and thanks to boot camp, Mulan is now a capable martial artist.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Probably the most famous example. Mulan impersonates a son to her father to take his place in the war.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Zigzagged. She first meets with Shang when she is disguised as "Ping", and the former is the latter's military instructor. And it's implied that Shang's attraction to Mulan began when she was "Ping". After her gender is revealed and she saves all of China, Shang is more visibly smitten.
  • 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.
    The Nostalgia Chick: Mulan. The only Disney Princess with a body count... in 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.
  • Turn the Other Cheek: To Chi Fu. Despite him treating her with nothing but condescension at best and openly prodding Shang to execute her "per the law" when she's discovered the most she does in response is smile at a joke Yao tells about him. And even if she turned down his job because she wanted to go home, the fact remains that with she as the savior of China and in good standing with the emperor, and he in disgrace for being extremely disrespectful to said savior of China, she could have easily made his situation quite nasty. She's more interested in seeing her family and her father, though.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her disguise as a concubine incorporates two different shades of blue.
  • Unfortunate Name: Her alias, Fa Ping, is hilarious in Mandarin AND English. To an English ear it sounds like a slang term for masturbation, to a Chinese one it's a weird name that just means "Flower Vase" and is used by older viewers as slang for a Camp Gay man.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Mulan just wants to make her family proud. She just can't do it as a girl.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: In the sequel, Mulan gets rightfully angry at Mushu when he confesses to sabotaging her and Shang's relationship in order to keep his job.
    Mulan: You mean you got between Shang and me so you could keep your job!?
  • Younger Than They Look: Most people would think she's at least eighteen, probably in her early twenties. Nope, she's sixteen.

Mulan's Friends and Allies

    Captain Li Shang 
Voiced by: B.D. Wong (speaking), Donny Osmond (singing); Yamil Atala (speaking) and Cristián Castro (singing) (Latin American Spanish dub); Göran Rudbo (Swedish 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.

  • The Ace: He is the most capable and elite of all the soldiers in the army.
  • Adorkable: Despite being the perfect soldier, he has his moments.
    • His borderline fawning when his father promotes him to Captain.
    • 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.
    • When he's alone with the Emperor after Mulan goes home, the Emperor suggests that he chase after her in very poetic language, which Shang doesn't understand at all. The Emperor then calls him out for not getting it, politely but as if saying "Do I really have to spell this out to you!? She's a great girl, ask her out damnit!"
    • When he finally does chase after Mulan and visits her home to "return her helmet", he's completely flustered when he sees Mulan again and starts stumbling over his words.
  • Amazon Chaser: He compliments Mulan by saying "you fight good".
  • Ambiguously Bi: It's been pointed out throughout the webosphere that his presumably slowly-building interest in Mulan began when she was assumed to be a male soldier.
  • 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 Distress: A few times, such as the avalanche and when fighting Shan Yu.
  • Badass on Paper: He is promoted to captain based on his success as a student (and the fact that his father is the general). He has no actual combat experience, which is a sore spot Chi-Fu likes to poke.
  • Badass Teacher: This guy was able to turn recruits like "Ping", Yao, Ling, and Chien Po into competent soldiers.
  • Battle Couple: Becomes this with Mulan in the sequel. They guard the princesses, fight off their kidnappers, and plan their wedding.
  • 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: In the sequel, due to Mushu's initial wacky schemes comically injuring him. Not to mention the crazy expressions he gets.
  • The Captain: Promoted to leader of the new military unit in his first scene.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Not only does he have to stay captain at all times, he has the obnoxious Chi-Fu hanging around, ready to report him to the Emperor.
  • Character Development: He loosens up considerably during the sequel and starts thinking of his own interests instead of just those of his country.
  • Chick Magnet: Played for laughs in the ending when he follows Mulan home.
    Mulan: Would you like to stay for dinner?
    Grandmother Fa: [offscreen] Would you like to stay forever?
  • 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 Horse: He has a White Stallion, but unlike Mulan's it doesn't have a name.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: When fighting Shan Yu, he manages to hold the latter down long enough for Chien Po to rescue the Emperor, right before Shan Yu unleashes a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Most of the time he can meet any situation with dry wit, but when love or family is involved, he dissolves into Adorkable or locks down and becomes The Stoic.
  • 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. He doesn't even have a sword after using his to make the memorial for his father. Thankfully, Mulan's quick thinking wins the day, and he is grateful (and astonished) that she saved his life.
  • 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 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 Arrows on Fire 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 Training Montage they are capable soldiers (and Yao evades all the flaming arrows when Shang gives them a repeat).
  • Enraged by Idiocy: How Shang feels with Chi-Fu in the end when the latter continues to demean Mulan despite her saving all of them. He's just about to beat the shit out of him for it when the Emperor comes down.
    Chi-Fu: Stand aside! That creature is not worth protecting!
    Shang: She's a hero!
    Chi-Fu: [snidely] She's a woman! She'll never be worth anything!
    Shang: [angrily grabs Chi-Fu] LISTEN HERE, YOU POMPOUS-!
  • 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. That being said, his badassery is genuine, just outclassed; Shan Yu is far stronger than he is, and Mulan's more creative, flexible approach is better suited to working under a disadvantage (plus she's the main character).
  • Friend to All Children: Implied during his interaction with girls Mulan is training and saying that there could be as many children at his and Mulan's wedding in the sequel.
  • Good Is Not Nice: As is 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: Subverted. He takes a headbutt from Shan Yu during the climax and is promptly knocked unconscious. While he wakes up quickly, he's not in any shape to fight afterward. Fortunately, by then Shan Yu is more interested in killing Mulan.
  • Heartbroken Badass: Shang falls into despair after seeing not only the remains of a burned village raided by the Huns, but also finding out his father died in the battle.
  • Heroic Ambidexterity: Shang is possibly ambidextrous. He tends to do a lot with his left hand as well as the 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.
  • I Owe You My Life: Mulan/Ping saves him when the avalanche knocks them both off a cliff. When her gender is revealed, he merely expels her rather than execute her as the law and honor would require.
    Shang: A life for a life. My debt is repaid.
  • 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 becomes 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 and distrust at Mulan after The Reveal is laced with sexist views, but it's also 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 lives by discipline and expects his men to do the same, but he has purely good intentions and will be there 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?
    By the sequel, they're going strong, but getting Happily Married takes a while.
  • Military Brat: His father's the general. Chi-Fu gives him a barbed comment about only getting his captaincy through nepotism, but Shang seems competent enough.
  • 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.
  • Official Couple: Proposes to Mulan in the sequel and they marry by the end.
  • Oh, Crap!: He has this reaction when Mulan goads Shan Yu into chasing after her, and Shang is too beaten up from the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to follow and help.
  • Opposites Attract: The rule-abiding, no-nonsense Shang falls for the rule-breaking, free-spirit Mulan.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Shang makes sexist remarks in "I'll Make a Man Out of You" and is dismissive of Mulan after her reveal as a woman. He comes to change his viewpoints, going so far to physically assault Chi-Fu for continuing to make misogynistic remarks towards Mulan despite her heroism.
  • 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.
  • Rescue Romance: It's implied that he falls for Mulan after she saves his life twice.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He would rather break the laws of China, specifically the law demanding death to any woman who joins the army, than kill someone to whom he owed his life. Much later, he prepares to defend her to the Emperor after she defeats Shan Yu.
  • Sink-or-Swim Mentor: As Mulan and the others find out the hard way, when training his recruits, he does NOT hold back.
  • Smile of Approval: He smiles more around Ping after the latter completes the arrow challenge, and improves vastly in training. In the climax, he gives Mulan a rewarding smile when she incorporates the lessons from the arrow challenge into her plan to rescue the Emperor.
  • 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, managing only an awkward "you fight good."
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver: Implied to be confused about his attraction to "Ping".
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Zigzagged. He first meets with Mulan when she is disguised as "Ping", and he's her military instructor. It's also implied that Shang's attraction to Mulan began when she was "Ping". After her gender is revealed and she saves all of China, Shang is more visibly smitten.
  • Technician vs. Performer: As the Technician, he knows exactly how it's supposed to be done, and he's a good teacher, but Mulan's more flexible Performer thinking is ultimately what wins the day.
  • 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 falls 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.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shan Yu all but calls him this, accusing him of taking away Shan Yu's "victory".
  • 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.

Voiced by: Eddie Murphy; Mark Moseley (Mulan II); 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 for Nothing: Whether it was going to happen or not, in the sequel's ending, Mushu is still able to keep his pedestal once Shang brings his family's ancestors to combine with Mulan's. Since Mulan told Shang about Mushu, it was possible Shang only did so because it would help Mushu. It's unclear if he was going to do it anyway had she not told him about Mushu's existence.
  • 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 Bad: Downplayed. He's basically the villain of the second movie, as he does everything he can to make sure Mulan doesn't marry to keep his current position as a family guardian intact. While the plot's conflict is technically started by the leader of the Mongols, the guy never appears and Mushu probably wouldn't have acted any differently. He gets better at the end of it, though.
  • Big Shadow, Little Creature: Invokes this to intimidate Mulan at their meeting.
  • Character Development: Zigzagged. He has quite a bit throughout the first film, as he sees Mulan as more than a way to earn back his status, coming to genuinely care for her. But he loses it in the second film, as he tries to sabotage her and Shang's relationship to keep his status, but confesses after getting some Oblivious Guilt Slinging from Mulan and redeems himself by the end.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Pretends to be The Great Stone Dragon so he can help Mulan.
  • Deuteragonist: In both of the movies, he has his own character arc and similar story focus as Mulan.
  • Ear Notch: Missing a part of his right ear.
  • 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 than 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 worse 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.
  • Jerkass Realization: In the sequel where Mushu purposely sabotages the relationship between Mulan and Shang in order to keep his job. When Mulan tells him that he's a good friend who always looks out for her, he felt the guilt becoming too unbearable and admits to what he did. Mulan does not take it well.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eventually. As mentioned above, 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: Inverted. 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.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the sequel, after succeeding in making Mulan and Shang break up, Mulan's kind words to him eventually become too much for his conscience to bear that he confesses his involvement in their break up. Mulan is not happy one bit.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: He's indestructible, not that this helps Mulan much.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: A dragon (not a 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.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Somehow, he manages to convince the Ancestors, and then, all of China, that he's a powerful entity just by standing behind a statue of said entity.
  • Playing with Fire: He can breath fire.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: His most frequent contribution is sarcasm and making Hilarity Ensue.
  • Primary-Color Champion: A red -scaled dragon with a yellow belly and blue horns.
  • Quaking with Fear: After accidentally destroying the Great Stone Dragon, he trembles at the knees in fear for his life.
  • 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.
  • Shoulder-Sized Dragon: He even lampshades this.
    Mulan: You're, um...
    Mushu: Intimidating? Awe-inspiring?
    Mulan: Tiny.
    Mushu: That's right. I'm travel-size for your convenience. If I was my real size, your cow here would die of fright. [indicating Mulan's horse]
  • 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 first movie, he gradually loses his selfishness and grows to care for Mulan. By the sequel, his ego becomes bigger than the Great Wall and he tries to sabotage Mulan's marriage for the sake of his job security, having become so insufferable to the Ancestors in his higher position that they actively conspire to get rid of him through Loophole Abuse.
  • The Trickster: His attempts to help Mulan during Boot Camp amount to trickery (putting a tomato on her arrow during an archery exercise and finding a fish for her during a fishing exercise).

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.
  • Nice Guy: Polite and very selfless.
  • 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: He's a bad luck charm at the matchmaking interview but because of that Mulan got into the army which means he is good luck if you ignore all the additional peril that Mulan got into.

    Yao, Ling, and Chien Po 
Yao voiced by: Harvey Fierstein (original); Miguel Ángel Ghigliazza (Latin American Spanish dub)
Ling voiced by: Gedde Watanabe (speaking), Matthew Wilder (singing) (original); Raúl Aldana (Latin American Spanish dub)
Chien Po voiced by: Jerry Tondo (original); Jesús Barrero (Latin American Spanish dub)
Click here to see the trio with 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.
  • Bodyguard Crush: In the sequel, the trio are tasked with protecting the Emperor's daughters. On the journey, they each fall in love with a princess whose personality matches each of their own.
  • 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.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Yao and Ling didn't think much of Mulan as Ping, where they prank her any chance they get during the Training Montage. They became friends once they all succeed in their training. Best exemplified when Mulan is sentenced to be executed, and the three of them rush forward in her defense, only to be stopped by Chi-Fu.
  • 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.
  • Laugh of Love: Invoked and exploited when the trio disguise themselves as concubines and giggle while approaching Shan Yu's guards in order to take them out. This is successful.
  • 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.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Mulan — as they are all her closest friends, harbor no romantic feelings for her, and act like surrogate brother figures to her.
  • 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 II has all three spying on Mulan and Shang having a romantic moment.
  • Three Stooges Shout-Out: Yao, Ling and Chien Po of Moe, Larry and Curly respectively.
  • 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

  • Animal Motifs: The sequel has him compared to both a gorilla and panda bear. The first time is when a smitten Mei talks about him to her sisters — they refer to him as the former but Mei retorts that she thinks he's more like the latter. The second time is during the date at a local festival — after Yao wins a fighting contest he makes a stance that is immediately cut to a stuffed gorilla toy in the same manner and he chooses a stuffed panda bear for Mei after seeing that she liked it the most.
  • Antiquated Linguistics: Interestingly, in the Swedish dub Yao speaks in a very old-fashioned manner. In fact, many of the words he uses are hardly ever spoken anymore.
  • Badass Moustache: Has a killer looking moustache and becomes a skilled soldier.
  • 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.
  • The Bully: At first, he's one of the most antagonistic towards Mulan. He lightens up eventually.
  • 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."
  • Disabled Love Interest: Yao's right eye is permanently blacked out and he becomes a love interest for Mei in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Handicapped Badass: Yao's right eye is permanently blacked out, but he's quite tough and strong, and becomes even more so after he Took a Level in Badass.
  • 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 a flaming arrow.
  • 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 a loyal, true friend, and has a soft center underneath his tough demeanor.
  • 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.
  • Manly Tears: He sheds a few when Mulan leaves to go home.
  • 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 muscular, 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".
  • 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.
  • Butt-Monkey: He is not immune to all forms of bad luck, whether it be getting a black eye from Yao, attempting to break a block of concrete with his face at one point in the song "I'll Make A Man Out of You", or Chien Po diving in the lake and creating a big splash at the same time.
  • 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 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: Subtle, but it's there. Out of his friends, Ling has the hardest time wooing Ting-Ting feeling saddened when his attempts fail and, at one point, quietly rants to himself that Ting-Ting doesn't like him.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: Even more so than his friends.
    • He gets several of his teeth knocked out when Yao accidentally pummels him in the face.
    • 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 Mulan (with Yao). But when Mulan proves her worth, he apologizes and asks if they could be friends. Other than that, Ling is a pretty decent and friendly guy with occasional moments of obnoxiousness and insensitivity.
  • Keet: He's the most enthusiastic of the trio.
  • Lean and Mean: Before his Character Development, Ling 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 turns out 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.
  • Big Fun: Chien Po is a fat Gentle Giant.
  • 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.
  • Characterization Marches On: Not so much in an earlier installment than in an earlier scene. Chien Po's early recitation of a Buddhist chant to calm Yao down in addition to his baldness give him the appearance of a monk. Which makes one wonder what he's doing in the army. Compounded later on when he proclaims his love of meat dishes in the "A Girl worth fighting for" song.
  • 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 causes the climbing pole to bounce out of its hole when he fell 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—Chien Po's the biggest of him, Ling and Yao while Su's the youngest and smallest of her and her sisters.
  • Nice Guy: Chien Po was nice and friendly from the get-go.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: A variant. He is clearly a practicing Buddhist, as he recites mantras and, before hoisting the soldiers up the mountain (see below), he has his hands folded in prayer.
  • Skewed Priorities: During the big brawl scene, when the whole camp is busily fighting each other, he's seated on the ground happily chowing down on a bowl of rice, oblivious to the chaos around him.
  • 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.
  • Through His Stomach: During "A Girl Worth Fighting For", Chien Po states his ideal girl is one who is a good cook.
  • Token Good Teammate: Initially—he wasn't exactly supportive of Mulan/Ping, but at the same time, he never went out of his way to act like a jerk to her like Ling and Yao did.

Mulan's 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.

  • Adult Fear: Not only does his daughter go off to war in his place, she does so in a disguise that, if broken, will get her executed. Which means there's nothing he can do to stop Mulan. When she returns, with gifts from the Emperor, he tosses them aside and hugs her, telling her she is the greatest gift of honor.
  • Be Careful What You Say: He told Mulan during their fight to know her place; she finds it by stealing his conscription and armor before riding off to join the army. It's obvious he regrets it.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's a poet and a cunning gambler.
  • Cool Sword: Like the aforementioned helmet, the dragon-hilted sword Mulan carries is actually his. He manages to demonstrate some skill with it, too, before his health problems force him to stop.
  • 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.
  • Famed In-Story: Shang is astonished to meet the son of "the Fa Zhou" and greets him very respectfully when they meet at the end of the film (though he loses his cool the instant he sees Mulan).
  • Feeling Their Age: While he retains some measure of his old skills, his bum leg, old age, and implied heart problems all mean he simply can't perform as he used to. This is the main reason Mulan runs off to take his place in the war, knowing that he won't survive if he goes to fight.
  • 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 self-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 status as such is further reinforced by this dialogue:
    Shang: The Fa Zhou!?
    Chi-Fu: I didn't know Fa Zhou had a son!
  • Moment of Weakness: He's a Reasonable Authority Figure, but he hits his Rage Breaking Point after Mulan has failed her matchmaking exam, embarrasses him in front of the Emperor's official, and then argues with him about dying in battle. He tells her "I know my place and it's time you learned yours," only to learn later that night she ran away with his conscription, Khan, and his old armor. He and Fa Li imagine the worst where if she's exposed she will be killed, while she might be killed in battle.
  • 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.
    "Fa Zhou...? (realization sets in) The Fa Zhou?"
  • 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. Though he's also relieved that she's alive.
  • 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 (his limp is still evident when he walks, and later on he collapses when practicing with his sword). 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: She and Mulan have some similar features.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: A tiny one; she tells off Mulan for being late for her matchmaking exam preparation.

    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. While she may seem to be a bit kooky, she is still quite wise.

  • Cloudcuckoo Lander: She believes in lucky crickets and decides to blindly cross a busy road with Cri-Kee as her good luck charm.
  • Cool Old Lady: She fixes her granddaughter with a little bit of luck, gambles, and she has the sarcasm and appreciation of young men to blend in with her teenage counterparts.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The line, "Who spit in her bean curd?" is a good example.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Equipping Mulan with her lucky cricket Cri-Kee moments before her meeting with the Matchmaker didn't work out so well for her granddaughter, to put it mildly.
  • Dirty Old Woman: She's very impressed with Shang.
    Grandmother Fa: Sign me up for the next war!
  • 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 the other characters.
  • 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 open-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?
  • Strolling Through the Chaos: To show that Cri-Kee is a lucky cricket, she crosses a street while covering her eyes. Even Cri-Kee is scared by the ensuing chaos but she's unharmed and describes it as proof of Cri-Kee's luck.

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.
  • A Friend in Need: Wherever Mulan goes, Khan will be right there with her, even if it's into an avalanche.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    "Little Brother"
Voiced by: Chris Sanders (Mulan), Frank Welker (Mulan II)

The Fa family pet dog.

    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.

  • American Gothic Couple: Two of them are based on them.
  • 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'.
  • Dysfunctional Family: Hoo Boy. Their different personalities really clash with each other, and that's not even talking about their lifestyles, choices and destinies, much to the elder ancestor's dismay.
  • Fog Feet: Since they're ghosts, they don't have feet.
  • 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 is not explained.
  • Off with His Head!: Fa Deng was decapitated, and his spirit is shown carrying it.
    Fa Deng: Yeah. Thanks a lot.
  • 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.
  • Severed Head Sports: When celebrating at the end, the headless one gets his head thrown around like a beach ball.
  • Staff of Authority: The First Ancestor wields one and directs the others.
  • Supernatural Floating Hair: The First Ancestor's hair and beard float.
  • 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.

  • Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving: A textbook example. He starts off admonishing Mulan for her various misdeeds throughout the movie but finishes the list with the fact that she saved all of China by doing so. It's even the page quote.
  • Badass Beard: A long white one that makes him look like a sage.
  • Badass in Distress: Falls victim to a Hun ambush and has to be rescued.
  • Badass Mustache: Part of the "wise old sage" look is his long white mustache.
  • 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 the former is.
    • Mulan hugs him in gratitude for his praise, which would have normally gotten her executed for sacrilege. Not only does he not have a problem with it after a split second surprise, he's even endeared by it like the kindly old grandfather he really is. It also plays into the humility he shows at the beginning of the movie, where he views his people as more important than himself, showing that he doesn't care too much about his own status to be bothered about such a detail.
  • 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: The Emperor (and subsequently everyone at the capital) bows to Mulan for her heroism.
  • 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. Best shown when Mulan hugging him, an act that to answer Yao's question, she is most certainly not allowed to do, shows that he doesn't really mind his own status too much and takes it like the grandfatherly sage he is.
  • Nice Hat: One similar to (but nicer than) Chi-Fu's.
  • Non-Action Guy: By all accounts, he's not a soldier. That doesn't stop him from being awesome in his own way.
  • 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'.
  • 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!

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.

  • Adaptational Villainy: 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.
    • Zigzagged with Mulan being revealed. He completely loses it in the movie, but he did have a reason to be genuinely angry: By deceiving everybody, she had brought dishonor to everybody in the entire Chinese army-while there weren't that many army members left, she had screwed over several people, and their families-and dishonor is a pretty big the stage show he actually takes it the most calmly out of everybody, but can't be bothered by the potential ramifications for everyone else and just makes a note about tightening up security. Then he still suggests Mulan be executed. The Dissonant Serenity is arguably worse.
  • 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.
  • Berserk Button: Just the idea of women being equal to men make him fly into a rant. Just try it.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Chi-Fu's name is a pun on the Chinese word for "to bully."
  • Butt-Monkey: It's rather entertaining to see him get made fun of or talked down to.
  • Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Chi-Fu is a Non-Action Guy known for his Girly Scream, yet when told that Mulan is a hero he simply says "'tis a woman, she'll never be worth anything." Granted, there is some room for interpreting this as contempt for Mulan as an individual, but it sounds like this trope.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even he is horrified when he finds the razed village.
  • Girlfriend in Canada: Chi-Fu claims he has an amazing girl back home. The sideways glance he gives the other soldiers implies he's just lying to impress the other guys.
  • Hate Sink: He's rude, arrogant, obstructive, misogynistic, and provides no help against the Huns outside of conscripting villagers.
  • Jerkass: The only person he is not rude to is the Emperor himself.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: A misogynistic prick and total suck-up to the Emperor notwithstanding, Chi-Fu makes some sensible arguments regarding Li Shang and his trainees.
    • His concern over General Li's decision to promote Li Shang to captain and subsequent contempt for the latter stems from the fact that for all his high marks as an academy student and knowledge of combat strategies, Shang is still a recent graduate with no prior military experience who was (mostly) given captaincy due to his father having pride in their family's military background. Even if Chi-Fu was harsh and belittling, he had every reason to lack confidence in a captain who was promoted out of nepotism and was placed in charge of training a group who would be expected to face off against the Huns.
    • While his low opinion for the troops themselves could be due in part to their insubordination towards him, Chi-Fu's harsh report of their performance during basic training is a result of their initial incompetence (in one instance firing a rocket that destroyed Chi-Fu's tent that would've gotten him seriously injured or killed) and inability to work together as a unit (based on Yao and Ling's frequent antagonizing of "Ping"), qualities highly unbefitting of a group expected to face battle together. Even if they pulled themselves together and completed their training, Chi-Fu was well in his rights not to have confidence in a group who didn't learn fast enough or take their training seriously.
  • Kick the Dog: The Emperor offers Mulan a place on his council and when Chi Fu lies about there being no positions open, the Emperor gives her Chi Fu's job, implying that the Emperor did not think very highly of his pompous assistant after all.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Played with; after all his abuse towards Mulan, he doesn't really get punished for it, but the Emperor is so impressed by her deeds that when Chi Fu scoffs at the idea of making her one of his advisers, the Emperor casually offers her his job instead, much to his disbelief.
  • Lean and Mean: The thinnest and the meanest (non-antagonist) character in the film.
  • Nice Hat: He wears one because of his Imperial position.
  • Non-Action Guy: Justified. He's the Emperor's aide, not a soldier, and is understandably terrified when he is present during a Hun attack.
  • 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.
  • Put on a Bus: Unlike the other characters that returned in the sequel, Chi-Fu doesn't return.
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: Right after denying it he does it!
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Is quite full of himself and sees himself as indispensable as the Emperor's personal counsel, and is not afraid to flaunt his position in front of China's officers.
  • Smug Snake: "Impossible! No one could get through the Great Wall." This comes right after hearing that someone did get through the Great Wall.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Not necessarily evil, but he's the only one on China's side 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).
  • Bodyguard Crush: They fall in love with the three soldiers tasked with protecting them.
  • Color-Coded Characters: Mei is pink, Ting-Ting is purple and Su is yellow.
  • Daddy's Girl: 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 that initially reproves Mei for suggesting that she and Ling have a connection and knows where her duty lies (will do the arranged marriage because it's her duty to do so), Su is the Ego who acts as the emotional middle ground of stability between Mei and Ting-Ting, even in the midst of her connection with Chien Po (she wants to marry for true love, but also understands that doing so will cause a lot of problems), and Mei is the Id who rebukes Ting-Ting for denying that she and Ling have a special connection (she 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 Girl: 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 Brat: 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 gave him a warm smile after he found and personally dried her fan before before giving it back. Also, he gets 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 Girl The princesses of China fall in love with commoners (who are also decorated soldiers).
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: 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 muscular, but he only reaches around Mei's waist.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Downplayed. When Su makes an insult towards Yao, Mei throws a pillow at her.
  • 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. Ting-Ting immediately 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."
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Ting-Ting is the most mature and reserved of her sisters, but is also polite and caring.
  • 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.
  • Flat Character: Compared to Mei and Ting-Ting, all Su basically contributes to the film is to agree with whatever either sister is saying or giggle at anything.
  • 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

    Shan Yu 
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.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His sword can cut through thick pillars far too easily.
  • Ambiguously Human: Some of Shan Yu's physical characteristics are quite alarming: he has clawed fingernails, fanged teeth, eyes that are definitely not a normal human's, and Super Strength. But it's never really made clear who or what he's supposed to be other than his given background as a vicious foreign conqueror.
  • 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.
  • Bald of Evil: He's a violent Blood Knight with a bit of hair missing from the top.
  • Benevolent Boss: Surprisingly enough he's quite respectful toward his army. He constantly praises their abilities, never treats them harshly, and is quite outraged when the majority of them are killed in an avalanche. He even politely declines one of his generals when they suggest avoiding the Chinese army. He's even enraged when most of his warriors are killed in an avalanche. It makes sense when one takes his Genius Bruiser tendencies in mind and remember that an army that hates its leader isn't an army that will function well. Averted, however, in one deleted scene: after the Huns have ransacked a village, one of them finds a small bird in a cage, still alive, and smuggles it into his clothing. Shan Yu finds him moments later after asking the Huns if anything at all in the village was still alive and releases the bird, remarking "all creatures should be given a chance to live free, but freedom has its price" as his falcon kills the bird and he stabs the man, turning it into a Badass Boast about what they're going to do to the Emperor of China.
  • 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 eyebrows the movie add to his unusual and beast-like appearance
  • 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."
    • Also, when finally meeting the Emperor:
    (while hanging upside down) "Boo !"
  • 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. Also, when two imperial scouts get chaught by the Huns and Shan Yu takes his hood of revealing his face one of 'em mutters a truly terrified ''Shan Yu !''
  • 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 (made explicit in the Chinese dub), Shan Yu is not the villain's name but his TITLE (also represented as Chanyu, and in either event roughly translates to "Majesty Son of Heaven").
  • Evil Is Bigger: Towers over all the heroes, except for Chien Po.
  • 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."
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Shan-Yu only wears a glove on his left hand, which he uses as a perch for his falcon.
  • 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's a monster.
  • 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's a woman. Shan Yu simply views her as another soldier.
  • The Juggernaut: Makes a beeline from the borders of China directly to the Emperor. Anything that gets in the way will be crushed.
  • 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!: Normally pretty stoic or fierce, but there are three occasions of shock and panic.
    • 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 and final one when Mulan launches the rocket at him.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: To one of the two Chinese scouts he turned loose to give a message to the emperor. While he doesn't directly kill the scout himself, he does give the implicit order to do so with chilling humor.
    Shan Yu: How many men does it take to deliver a message?
    Archer, nocking arrow: One.
  • Politically Correct Villain: He's one of the few male characters in the film who never underestimates Mulan. Granted, they only interacted 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.
  • Sadist: He takes very fiendish joy in the prospect of hurting and/or killing someone. Notice how he smiles while declaring to "return the doll to a little girl."
  • Skyward Scream: When he realizes that the avalanche wiped out almost all of his army.
  • The Sociopath: A barbarian king who declares war on China because he sees the Great Wall as a challenge.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: The only time he raised his voice is when the Emperor refused to bow to him.
  • Sticks to the Back: The scabbard to his sword is positioned on his back.
  • 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 against Shang 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:
    • When threatening Shang, he all but calls him a Worthy Opponent for taking his victory
    • 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...
  • Genius Bruiser: The shirtless Huns and the one with the brown vest are the largest of the Huns alongside Shan Yu and just like him they prove to be extremely clever and bright by correctly guessing various components of the little doll without even taking a few minutes to figure it out.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The bald archer gets choked out with his own bow.
  • Kick the Dog: The bald archer joins in on Shan Yu's fun to kill off one of the Imperial scouts.
  • Lean and Mean: The rail-thin archer answers Shan Yu's question about the scouts with a vicious inflection.
  • 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 tries to act friendly by 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 by slamming melons on their heads and then slamming the heads together.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Once again, the doll scene. They located the imperial army from miles away from a child's toy through winter snow without making tracks.
  • Shirtless Scene: The two larger Huns lack shirts for some reason.
  • Undying Loyalty: They're extremely loyal to their leader. When the archer suggests to avoid the imperial army and Shan Yu declines he and the others comply with his orders without discussions. Even when the rest of the Huns are dead and them and Shan Yu are the only ones left they still help their leader to try and take over China despite them being just few men. Normally any other men would have quit and left their commander on his own.
  • Villainous Friendship: They seem to get along each other quite well since they work as a team in a quite efficent way. They also appear to be in good terms with Shan Yu himself who treats them more like equals than merely subjects.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After they got non-fatally beaten by Mulan's allies the five are never seen again. They probably got arrested.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: They hesitate to attack a bunch of "ugly concubines" (i.e. disguised Chinese soldiers).

    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 so everyone of them is hostile.
  • 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. They are indeed called as such in the Chinese dub.
  • 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 are indistinct and exist to fill out the scenes.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: The archers are pretty thin, but a pair of them still managed to muscle their way through the avalanche snow.

Voiced by: Frank Welker

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

  • All There in the Manual: His name is never spoken in the film, but is seen in source material.
  • Animal Eye Spy: A Deleted Scene revealed that Shan Yu can see through his eyes.
  • Calling Card: Hayabusa is typically used to indicate Shan Yu's presence, such as when he climbs over the Great Wall Of China.
  • The Dragon: He serves as Shan Yu's right hand man... er, bird by shouting out and watching his back.
  • 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.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: The saker falcon, which is the national bird of Hungary and known as the turul in Hungarian mythology, was selected as the national bird of Mongolia in 2012, and has been prominently used in falconry hunting for millennia.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Although Hayabusa's name means "peregrine falcon" (a fitting name, even though he bears a close resemblance to a saker falcon), it is a Japanese name rather than a Chinese name. However, it is possible that Shan Yu acquired him in Japan or from a Japanese merchant/trainer, already named.
  • Silly Animal Sound: When Mushu burns off all his feathers, he makes a silly, chicken-like cluck.
  • 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), April Winchell (sequel); Mayra Rojas (Latin American Spanish dub)

"You are a disgrace!"

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

  • Disaster Dominoes: Her meeting with Mulan starts with Mulan pouring tea, escalates through her catching on fire and finally Mulan tossing that tea in her face.
  • Etiquette Nazi: Mulan fails every one of the rules of bridal behavior, even with cheat notes.
  • Fat Bastard: "You may look like a bride, but you will never bring your family honor!"
  • Gonk: Fatter and uglier and worse make up than others.
  • Humiliation Conga: How her meeting with Mulan ends; ink stain, spilled tea, fire.
  • Informed Ability: She is never seen matchmaking on-screen.
  • Jerkass: She's bad-tempered, rude and judgmental.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • In the first film, while her attitude towards Mulan was not pleasant in any way, she had every right to be angry at her for her clumsiness, as what the former did while the latter was examining her is not expected to bring honor to one's family.
    • In the sequel, while she is again harsh towards Yao, Ling and Chien-Po after throwing them out, her telling them to "come back when (they) get personalities" wasn't entirely unjustified as the types of women they wish for do have some form of sexism in hindsight, even after the respect everyone found for Mulan for what she did for China.
  • Large and in Charge: Effectively controls these young women's futures, and is definitely not fun-sized.
  • Perpetual Frowner: She is so grumpy down to the point where we never see her smile.
  • Real Women Have Curves: In-universe. She believes this since she says that Mulan is too skinny and her body type will not be good for bearing sons.
  • Starter Villain: She is Mulan's first "boss fight", so to speak and sets up her character arc.
  • Take That!: Mulan's relationship with Shang and her war-hero status could be considered a subtle form of this towards the matchmaker since she'd originally said that Mulan was a disgrace and would never bring her family honor.

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

Shang's father and the General of the Imperial Army.

  • Curbstomp Battle: General Li and his entire army were on the fatal receiving end of a one-sided battle due to (greatly) underestimating their powerful foes.
  • Dead Hat Shot: The only thing left of him is his helmet.
  • Disappeared Dad: For Shang after he is murdered by Shan Yu and his army.
  • Fatal Flaw: Pride. He never saw the Huns as a real threat and believed that China's victory was already good as sealed from the get go. Despite Chi-Fu's brown-nosing, General Li's excuse of a "strategy plan" to combat the Hun advance was actually very basic, poorly thought-out, and completely dependent on the likelihood that his own troops have the higher numbers + firepower. They didn't, and thus suffered the ultimate price for his arrogance by being completely wiped out.
  • 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.
  • Killed Offscreen: At the hands of the Huns.
  • Sacrificial Lion: His and his army's death serves to have Shang, Mulan, and the others as China's only defending force against Shan Yu.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: An older, slightly chubbier version of Shang.
  • Underestimating Badassery: See Fatal Flaw above. No matter how many victories he might've scored in the past, Li's poor assessment of the Hun army's threat level was his biggest and last mistake.
  • 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 the powerful threat that he is.

Alternative Title(s): Mulan II


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