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Fa Mulan (花木蘭) is the titular protagonist of Disney's 36th full-length animated feature film of the same name and its sequel. She is the 8th Disney Princess in the official lineup.

She was voiced by Ming-Na Wen with Lea Salonga doing her singing voice, six years earlier she had originally done the singing voice of Princess Jasmine.

History

Mulan is the only child of Fa Zhou, a former war veteran, and Fa Li. Mulan is forced to go to the town Matchmaker to find her a husband, which ends in humiliating failure. Shortly after, the Chinese Emperor's counsellor, Chi-Fu, arrives in her village to announce that the deadly Huns, led by Shan Yu, have invaded China and that one man in every family must serve in the war. Despite her protests, her father says that he will go in spite of his old age and old war wounds. Mulan decides to go in his place posing as a man, cutting her long hair with a sword, stealing her father's armor and riding away on her horse, Khan, so she will keep him from risking his life.

On her way to the army camp, Mulan meets Mushu, a small dragon who claims to be a guardian sent by her ancestors. He agrees to help her pass as a soldier. Though Mulan fails the army training at first, she uses her intelligence and becomes the first soldier to solve a puzzle set by Li Shang, her unit's commanding officer. Afterwards, she rapidly progresses to become one of the best soldiers in the unit. She also befriends Yao, Ling and Chien Po, three fellow soldiers, though she is forced to hide her gender. Through the machinations of Mushu, the soldiers are called to the war front.

After finding that the Chinese Army, led by Shang's father General Li, has been completely destroyed by the Huns, Shang leads Mulan and the other soldiers to stop them. Despite the unit being outnumbered, Mulan can defeat the Huns by starting an avalanche and burying them by way of the last rocket in the army. She sustains an injury from Shan-Yu, which results in her true gender being revealed. She is spared death, the punishment for a woman joining the army, as Shang's way of repaying the debt from Mulan rescuing him during the previous battle.

Mulan is left behind by the army and prepares to return home. However, she discovers that Shan Yu and his five generals have survived and are heading towards the Imperial City. Mulan attempts to warn Shang, but she is ignored because she is a woman. However, when Shan Yu captures the Emperor, Shang, Yao, Ling, and Chien Po join her in a rescue attempt. Mulan disguises herself, Yao, Ling, and Chien Po as concubines and takes out the Hun guards, allowing Shang to reach Shan Yu and the Emperor. Yao, Ling and Chien Po escape with the Emperor, but Mulan remains behind after Shang is knocked unconscious by Shan Yu.

She reveals herself to the ruthless leader of the Huns as the soldier who took down most of his army, which angers Shan Yu. While running from Shan Yu, she comes up with a plan to kill him utilizing fireworks. While Mushu goes to get the fireworks, Mulan faces Shan Yu on the roof of the Emperor's palace. She disarms him with a paper fan and uses his sword to pin him to the roof, allowing Mushu to fire fireworks at Shan Yu, presumably killing him. Mulan is oppressed by Chi Fu for the final time when he arrogantly says that as a woman, she is unworthy of being called a hero or being worth anything.

Mulan is then confronted by the Emperor with her various crimes, having heard about them from Chi Fu. At the same time, he acknowledges that she saved all of China and bows to her out of respect. His gesture results in all the gathered people bowing as well. The Emperor first offers Mulan a council position then a job as consul, both of which Mulan refuses. The Emperor instead gifts her with his crest and Shan Yu's sword. Mulan returns home and can reconcile with her father. The end of the film shows Mulan inviting Shang, who had followed Mulan under the guise of returning her helmet, to dinner.

What Makes Her Pure Good?

Mulan and Mulan II

  • She takes her father's place in the army as a way of saving him from death because of his injuries from his previous service.
  • She cared about her father and family.
  • She quickly tries to turn away from a fistfight with Yao, which only doesn't work because Mushu needlessly calls him a "limp noodle".
  • She refuses to help Ling beat up Yao just for his juvenile boasts, but this was also out of pragmatic need to protect her identity.
  • While Mulan killed a majority of the Hun army (having the highest body count out of any animated Disney hero) through the avalanche she started, she had no intention of directly killing them, and had to stop them as the Huns were capable of the genocide of an entire village. Furthermore, rules of war apply, and the barbarians would've killed her anyway.
  • After being exposed as a woman, Mulan made no attempt to defend herself and instead explain why she pretended to be a man and never meant to deceive anyone for a long period of time when seeing how upset and angry Shang is over her deception.
  • She makes numerous attempts to convince people that the Huns have survived and infiltrated the city.
  • Although Shang distrusted her for lying to him, Mulan nonetheless rallied her fellow trainees and saved the emperor from Shan Yu and defeated the leader of the Huns once and for all. She also refused to let him blame Shang for rendering his victory null.
  • She brings her father the Sword of Shan Yu and the emperor's crest as gifts to honor the family.
  • She convinced the three princesses to believe in themselves and follow their hearts, leading to them falling in love with Yao, Ling and Chien-Po.
  • While she got into an argument with Shang over her influence on the princesses, she was shocked of discovering that Mushu was the one behind this. This was also short-lived as she was horrified and saddened when Shang fell off the bridge and was happy when he showed he'd survived.
  • She forgave Mushu, despite the fact that he didn't deserve it for all he had done.
  • She gets the princesses to marry their true boyfriends in the end.

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  • She supported Vanellope and felt remorseful for almost hurting her with a sword.
  • She saved Wreck-It Ralph from falling to his death.

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