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Fa Mulan / "Ping"
- Action Girl
- Awesome Moment of Crowning: When the Emperor gifts her with his dragon pendant and Shan-Yu's sword.
- Badass Princess: Not really, but since she is part of the Disney Princess line-up...
- Cool Sword
- Daddy's Girl
- Friend to All Children: Proven during "Lesson Number One".
- Guile Heroine
- Important Haircut
- Journey to Find Oneself: Happens along the way, but she initially leaves to save her father.
- Lady of War
- Pink Means Feminine: Her matchmaker dress, although she doesn't wear it voluntarily.
- Plucky Girl
- Sarashi: And yes, it's relevant.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: Looks really nice in her matchmaker ceremony dress.
- Sweet Polly Oliver
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to the princesses' Girly Girls in the sequel.
- Took a Level In Badass
- Yamato Nadeshiko: She has more traits than one would believe at first sight. While she's not super ladylike and demure, she fits the "core of steel" and "devotion to her family" parts almost perfectly - after all, the reason why she went to war as a Bifauxnen was not to get glory or escape her family situation, but to save her aging father from sure death.
- Adaptational Villainy: In Mulan II.
- Badass Mustache
- Big Bad: He becomes this in the sequel. He performs a Heel Face Turn by saving Mulan from Qin.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Evil All Along: He betrays Mulan and tells her his plan that he will break her and Shang up in the sequel.
- Forgotten Aesop: 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.
- Heel Face Turn: He has one at the end of the second movie.
- Large Ham: "Who am I? WHO AM I? I am the guardian of lost souls, the powerful, the pleasurable, the indestructible Mushu!"
- Incoming Ham: "I LIIIIIIIVE!"
- Law of Chromatic Superiority
- Motor Mouth
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Playing with Fire
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Cri-Kee.
- Shield Surf
- Shipper on Deck: Inverted. In the sequel, he really doesn't want Mulan and Shang to marry.
- Talking Animal: Unlike Cri-Kee and Khan.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude
- The Dragon: He becomes this to Mushu in the sequel.
- Four-Legged Insect
- Intelligible Unintelligible
Cri-Kee: (chirping noises)
Mushu: What do you mean, a loser?
- Non-Human Sidekick: Serves as one to Mushu, and does stuff for him like forging the letter to Shang and giving him the idea of making Mulan a warrior.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Mushu.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter
- Cool Horse
- Intelligible Unintelligible
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Silent Snarker
- Undying Loyalty: To Mulan. Seriously, he was prepared to go into the middle of a raging avalanche to go save her!!
- Adorkable: His interaction with Mulan after defeating Shan-Yu has him stammering and not knowing what to say her to her.
- Badass Cape
- Badass in Distress: A few times...
- Badass Long Hair: In the sequel.
- The Captain
- Cool Horse: He has a White Stallion, but unlike Mulan's it doesn't have a name.
- Disney Death: In Mulan 2.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty
- 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.
- Military Brat
- Mr. Fanservice
- Official Couple: With Mulan by the sequel.
- Parental Abandonment: His mom wasn't shown or mentioned, but we all know what happened to his Disappeared Dad.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Lampshaded by Yao who tells him that he will reach the arrow while keeping his shirt on.
Yao, Ling and Chien-Po
- Acrofatic: Chien-Po to some extent; despite his size, he's seen doing cartwheels in the later half of Be A Man.
- Big Eater: Chien-Po.
- Big, Thin, Short Trio.: Chien Po, Ling, and Yao respectively.
- Casanova Wannabe: Ling is a milder example, if a couple lines of A Girl Worth Fighting For are any indication.
- Character Development: Ling and Yao.
- Comic Trio.
- Eye Scream: Less violent than some other examples we could list, but Yao has one of his eyes permanently blacked out.
- Gentle Giant: Chien-Po serves as a foil to Yao this way.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Yao.
- Large Ham: "And I am Yao! King of the Rock!"
- Lean and Mean: Ling before his Character Development.
- The Napoleon: Yao is Chien-Po's foil in this aspect.
- Official Couple: With Mei, Ting-Ting and Su respectively by the end of the sequel.
- Plucky Comic Relief: All of them are rather comedic, especially when they dress as women.
- Politically Incorrect Hero: They get over it by the end, though.
- Teeth Flying: Ling during the camp brawl scene.
- Three Amigos
- True Companions
- Cool Old Guy
- Honor Before Reason: "I will die doing what's right!"
- Retired Badass: Unfortunately, he is brought into the war and by extension out of retirement when Shan Yu decides to invade China.
- Cool Old Lady
- Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have!: She's not too bad-looking, especially considering her age.
- Yamato Nadeshiko
- Cool Old Lady: She manages to jaywalk down the street without being run over, thanks to her lucky credit.
- Deadpan Snarker: Less so than Mushu, but still a little bit. "Who spit in her bean curd?"
- Miniature Senior Citizens: She is much shorter than Mulan as seen during the "Honor To Us All" sequence when she gives her the jade necklace.
- All of the Other Reindeer: They like picking on Mushu.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence
- Badass Beard: Two of them -- the First Ancestor, and the guy that goes, "Don't look at me! She gets it from your side of the family!"
- Fog Feet
- Jewish Mother: "My children never caused such trouble, they all became acupuncturists!"
- One-Scene Wonder: Fa Deng.
First Ancestor: (speaking to Mushu) You had your chance to protect the Fa family!
Female Ancestor: Your misguidance led Fa Deng to disaster!
Fa Deng: (carrying his head under his arm) Yeah. Thanks a lot.
- Only Sane Woman: "She's just trying to help her father -- "
- Our Ghosts Are Different
- Posthumous Character
- Shout-Out: Two of them imitate the pose from the American Gothic painting.
- Staff of Authority: The First Ancestor.
- Ambiguously Gay
- Big Bad: He becomes this in the first movie. He's the one whose leading the assault on China and is Shan-Yu's master.
- 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 something he doesn't quite mean, and more so says out of contempt for Mulan as an individual, but still...
- Evil All Along: He is the true Big Bad of the movie, not Shan-Yu who is his henchman. And he is the leader of the huns.
- Evil Chancellor: He is at first the Emperor's general, but at the film's climax, he is working for Shan Yu as his advisor.
- Jerkass: He's definitely the most unlikable out of the main characters.
- Lawful Stupid
- Nice Hat
- Non-Action Guy: Justified. He's the Emperor's aide, not a soldier.
- Noodle Incident: "You men owe me a new pair of slippers!"
- Squeals Like a Little Girl
- Token Evil Teammate: Having said that, he feels bad for the general when he dies at the hands of Shan Yu.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown what happened to him after he got arrested by the Emperor for his crimes.
- Badass Beard
- Badass Grandpa
- Badass Mustache
- The Emperor: Well, duh..
- Kneel Before Zod: Defied AWESOMELY. "No matter how the wind howls, the mountain cannot bow to it."
- Nice Guy
- Nice Hat
- Reasonable Authority Figure
- Advertised Extra: He has six minutes in the first movie, despite being the main antagonist.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- The Dragon: To Chi-Fu.
- Badass: He can beat Shang in a fight, though not Mulan.
- Badass Boast: Is fond of making these. In fact, he makes one in all of his (speaking) appearances.
- Badass Long Hair
- Badass Mustache
- The Berserker: While normally cold and collected, he really loses it when his plans are foiled. YMMV as to whether this counts as a Villainous Breakdown, since he does actually recover from it, and due to his fairly bestial appearance the before/after difference is less pronounced than in most villainous breakdowns.
- Big Badass Bird of Prey: Has one for a pet.
- Big Entrance: And how!
- 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 when he does so that it is very clear he wants to fight them himself.
- Cool Sword
- The Dreaded: Though the Emperor is too dignified to have a true Oh Crap moment, his expression and actions when General Li says the Huns are being led by Shan Yu shows that he is aware that China could be in a lot of trouble.
- Establishing Character Moment: In the very first scene of the film he leads an attack on the Great Wall of China, and does not stop a sentry who lights the signal fire. When the sentry defiantly says "Now all of China knows you're here", Shan Yu says "Perfect"
- His next appearance marks another one, where he claims the reason he's invading China in the first place is because "By building his Wall (the Emperor) challenged my strength. Well, I'm here to play his game. Go! Tell your Emperor to send his strongest armies. I'm ready". He then jokingly orders his archer to kill one of the captured Chinese, apparently For the Evulz.
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Sounds Deep
- Eyes of Gold
- Famous Last Words: "It looks like you're out of ideas."
- 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 Badass
- Genius Bruiser
- Guttural Growler
- Heel Face Turn: Doubled as a Hope Spot, Mulan is about to make Shan Yu her friend. But Mushu and Cri-Kee defeat him by flying a rocket to his belly and he is burnt by fireworks.
- 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!
- Killed Off for Real
- Large and In Charge
- Le Parkour
- Lightning Bruiser: Shan Yu may look like a Big Guy Mighty Glacier, (and he shows himself to be just as strong as he looks,) but he's as agile as a monkey.
- Made of Iron: The avalance should'have kill him. Shan Yu simply get out showing not even a scratch.
- No Song for the Wicked: Notably the only villain in a Disney Princess (even a retroactive Disney Princess) movie other than Maleficent (whose poem might count) not to have a Villain Song.
- Obviously Evil: You can tell he's evil just by looking at him.
- Oh Crap: Has a glorious one when he sees an avalanche destroying his army.
- And an even better one when Mulan launches the rocket at him.
- There's also a good one when Mulan reveals that she is the soldier who caused the avalanche.
- Politically-Incorrect Villain: Averted/Inverted; he's one of the few male characters in the film who never outright says anything sexist towards Mulan.
- Skyward Scream: When he realizes that most of his troops have been buried in an avalanche. Fortunately for him, it turns out that a few of them are still alive.
- Unstoppable Rage: When he gets angry, little obstacles like a massive barred door, thick columns and a tiled roof don't slow him down all that much.
- Villainous Breakdown: Arguable, see the "Berserker" entry above.
- Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: It is unknown where Shan-Yu was after he survived from his death and finally got reformed after the Final Battle, thanks to the fireworks Mushu brought over. He is also is the only original character not to appear in the sequel, but is indirectly mentioned by the Ancestors.
- 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.
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.
- Genius Bruiser: See above.
- Killed Off for Real: Minus the five Huns that survived the avalanche, yes.
- Lightning Bruiser
- Muscles Are Meaningless: The archers are pretty thin, but a pair of them still managed to muscle their way through the avalanche snow. Holy Batman.
- Peek-a-Bangs: One of the archers.
- Shirtless Scene: Two of the Huns that joined Shan-Yu for the final showdown at the Emperor's palace.
- Wouldn't Hit a Concubine: At least the aforementioned two.
- Zerg Rush
Mei, Ting-Ting and Su
- Color Coded for Your Convenience: Mei is pink, Ting-Ting is purple and Su is yellow.
- Everything's Better with Princesses
- Genki Girl: Mei and Su.
- "I Want" Song: "I Wanna Be Like Other Girls".
- Ms Exposition: Ting-Ting.
- The Stoic: Ting-Ting for about three-quarters of Mulan II. "Just get your pomegranates in the carriage."
- Not So Stoic: When Ling gets her to laugh.
- Tall, Dark and Bishoujo: Ting-Ting.
- The Three Faces of Eve: with Ting-Ting as the Wife, Mei as the Seductress, and Su as the Child.
- The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Ting-Ting, for a long time.