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"My duty is to my heart."
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Mulan II is a 2004 Direct-to-Video sequel to Disney's version of Mulan.

As Mulan is getting married to General Shang, the Emperor asks her to escort his three daughters to a neighbouring kingdom for an arranged marriage there in order to cement an alliance against the Mongols.


Mulan II provides examples of:

  • Arranged Marriage: The axis of the whole plot is for the Chinese Emperor to make an alliance with a neighbouring kingdom that will discourage Mongol invasion.
  • Birds of a Feather: Yao and Mei both have very fiery personalities and are the most willing of their respective trios to follow their heart. Ting-Ting and Ling, while are opposites in some ways, share a similar sense of humour. Chien-Po and Su are not just both Big Eaters but also most peaceful and least argumentative members of their respective trios.
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  • Cannot Spit It Out: Shang, at the beginning, has trouble proposing to Mulan. The giggling little girls around him do not help his nerves.
  • Character Development: Shang, who, unusually, is wiser than his fiancée.
  • Clueless Aesop:
    • Okay, Heart over Duty isn't such a bad Aesop. Unfortunately we're talking about princesses — and they've already been betrothed. They can't just run off with a bunch of soldiers. But apparently it's okay because your personal happiness is more important than the fate of your father's empire and the lives of his millions of subjects, and the millions of subjects of the neighboring kingdom. Even though you haven't known these soldiers much longer anyway. The only reason this was even allowed to happen was by way of Dragon Ex Machina. In any other situation, these decisions would have doomed both kingdoms.
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    • Mulan doesn't seem so preoccupied with making the princesses happy than she does with getting them together with their male counterparts rather than living their own lives and making their own choices. Heart, duty, nothin'... it's getting hitched that seems to be the important thing here.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: All of Mushu's attempts to break up Mulan and Shang were a result of the ancestors rubbing it in Mushu's face that he'd get stripped of his guardianship and go back to his old job of wake-up dragon. Henceforth, Mulan and Shang's almost falling out happened because the ancestors didn't know when to keep their ghostly mouths shut.
  • Deus ex Machina: Employed in the original style as Mushu climbs into an idol of the Unity Dragon and makes supposedly divine pronouncements (punctuated with a bit of fire-breathing) that neatly resolve what has become a very tangled situation.
  • Disney Death: Shang. It is easy to infer that he survived but the characters believe he was dead.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Three of them yet, who just happen to be perfect matches for Mulan's three friends who've had no luck with girls of lesser rank and yet somehow score beautiful princesses.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: When Shang finally meets Mushu, near the end of the movie, he reacts like this.
  • Friend to All Children: Mulan teaches the local children and they clearly like her. But she doesn't agree with Shang in that the more children they will have, the better.
  • Gilligan Cut: "Fearless, loyal, and disciplined... China's most honorable and noble soldiers..." are seen kicked out of a matchmaker's shop.
  • Gray Rain of Depression: After Shang's fall.
  • Happily Married: Mulan and Shang at the end.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shang. The princesses can also be seen as performing this, as they risk their happiness for political alliance.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lampshaded with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po after having been told by the matchmaker that none of them would ever find matches for themselves:
    Chien-Po: I guess I'll spend my life with you two.
    Ling: Pass the hanky.
  • Honorable Marriage Proposal: A very rare female case: Mulan proposes to a prince of Qi Gong to satisfy the requirements of alliance which she threatened by persuading the princesses to follow their desires.
  • The Hypocrite: Mulan wants to teach the princesses that they don't have to follow orders and can go their own way. So when when Ting-Ting isn't smitten with Ling, and still feels that she should stick to her duty, does Mulan support her? NO! She just puts on more pressure, giving the impression that Mulan cares far more about her soldier buddies than the princesses. Heart, duty, nothin' - it's getting hitched that counts!
  • Implausible Deniability: Mushu claims he’s trying to save Mulan from getting heart-broken due to her differences with Shang, when it’s clear he wants to protect his job
    Mushu: This is NOT about my pedestal! This is about Mulan making the biggest mistake of my... I mean, her life!
  • Insistent Terminology: Fa Zhou believes that entering a bet against his mother isn't a "gamble". It's an "investment".
  • Instant Fanclub: Mulan's girl followers.
  • It's All About Me:
    • Mushu sabotages Mulan's relationship with Shang... because if she marries him she'll lose his job. To be fair, Mulan had only really known Shang personally for a month, (they'd met at least a few weeks before, but it was a soldier-commander relationship, and she was lying about her identity at the time) and them turning out to be very different from each other as they were planning their wedding raised more then a few alarm bells, but he had zero problem with any of this until he realized what it all meant for him personally.
    • Mulan, to a lesser extent. It's explained to her very clearly that China is going to be ravaged by Mongols if the princesses don't marry the princes. The princesses, while not thrilled about the arrangement, are definitely willing to go through with it, especially what with the urgent circumstances. Then Mei falls in love with Yao and Mulan, without the slightest hesitation or conflict, tells Mei to follow her heart, screw over the lives of millions. That would be bad enough, but when Ting-Ting, the oldest and most responsible princess, is genuinely interested forging a critical alliance and saving her people as opposed to hooking up with Ling, Mulan turns out to be less interested in people following their duty to their hearts when it conflicts with her desires, and talks Ting-Ting out of a literal country saving alliance, because she is just that against arranged marriages. Yeah. One can only wonder what Mulan would have done had Shang not been presumed dead when he fell hundreds of feet down a cliff, freeing her up to fill in for the princesses...but even that comes off as insulting because she rationalizes that, as China's savior, she is worth more than 3 members of royalty. While she did indeed bring great honor to her family (though that may or may not last after the emperor discovers her role in derailing the extremely important mission he entrusted her and Shang with) the way she herself rationalizes not giving the prince of Qui-Gong what the emperor had already agreed on comes across as just plain arrogant. And she never even feels slightly guilty about endangering her country to the mongols. Who cares about saving China when you got your duty to your heart to think about?
  • Jerkass: Mushu turned into this, mostly because Mulan's ancestors were jerkasses towards him.
  • Karma Houdini: Not only does Mulan get away with basically kidnapping the princesses and marrying them to common soldiers, even after presenting herself as the marriage offering in replacement she doesn't have to do that either. She gets to marry Shang after all and True Love wins through 100%. It's generally implied that the prince is just so impressed that he allies with China in war for absolutely no benefit to his kingdom at all (not getting set on fire by the "Unity Dragon" is a benefit to himself).
  • Lighter and Softer: So much it seems like another series with Mulan's characters.
  • Loved I Not Honor More: Defied. Mei decides her duty is to her heart.
  • Manchild: Lord Qigong's son isn't exactly man of the house by any stretch of the mind, actually repulsed by Mulan because he thinks she's old. Queue a well-deserved Oh, Crap! from Mulan.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The skunk chasing Shang during the montage of Mushu trying to sabotage his and Mulan's relationship.
  • No Loves Intersect: There are four couples here and no jealousy.
  • Not So Above It All: As it turns out, Ting-Ting is about as comedic as Ling is, she just hides it a bit better.
  • Off-Model: The characters' more expressive and wild expressions can probably be excused by the fact that it's a Lighter and Softer movie, but even with that justification there's just no excuse for Shang's ridiculously awkward facial expressions during his argument with Mulan midway through the movie. It's as though someone else's angry faces were photoshopped onto Shang's head.
  • Opposites Attract: Mulan and Shang; her parents give the pair "ying yang marriage advice" at the start.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Yao's gift to Mei is a stuffed panda.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Mushu sits in a tree eating popcorn after Shang approaches Mulan to confront her about how she got the princesses to follow their hearts.
  • Politically Correct History: In regard to its "arranged marriage = bad" campaign and the fact that Mulan got away with practically kidnapping the princesses and allowing them to marry commoners. This is in stark contrast to the Deliberate Values Dissonance in the first movie, where at the beginning, Mulan is dutifully preparing for the prospect of a marriage being arranged for her. This makes her adamant opposition to arranged marriages in this film even more startling. In fact, marrying for love is seen as a relatively recent (not to mention Western) phenomenon, with arranged marriages being present throughout almost all of human history, and is still the norm in some parts of the world.
  • The Power of Love: Supported by Politically Correct History and a tricky dragon.
  • Small Reference Pools: Presumably how the writers had the balls to have "My duty is to myself" as the Aesop.
  • Squee!: Mulan's reaction to both Shang's proposal and hearing that the princesses have fallen in love with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po.
  • Supernatural Aid: Mushu's trick of pretending to be the Dragon of Unity resolves the final problem..
  • Too Dumb to Live : Despite being the wisest person in the movie, Shang has the idea of ​​hiring only 3 soldiers to escort the princesses. Shang almost dies when the group is attacked by a small group of Huns, who would not have posed a threat if Shang had had a full battalion..
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Mushu becomes selfish and demanding. This is because the ancestors did the same, the marriage threatened to separate him from Mulan so he tried to prevent that with sabotage.
  • Training from Hell: Averted by Mulan, who begins teaching the girls to fight by telling them that one should be gentle and kind to others. It's a possible inversion of the scene with Shang from the first part of the film and part of the 'yin-yang' motif of this movie.
  • The Trickster: Mushu engages in a number of tricks and pranks.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Mulan gets rightfully angry with Mushu when she finds out he tried to sabotage her relationship with Shang in order to keep his job as family guardian spirit.
    Mulan: You got between Shang and me so you could KEEP YOUR JOB!?

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