Mulan doesn't seem to fit in in her world. Everything a proper young Chinese girl is supposed to be -- graceful, demure, quiet -- she is not. But when her homeland and family are threatened by an invasion of bloodthirsty Huns, Mulan runs away to join the army in her father's place. There she learns that her courage, intelligence, and determination offer her a way to bring honor to her family and herself.
Mulan is one of a new breed of Disney heroines who have surfaced in the '90s: She's braver, more independent, and less focused on winning a husband than earlier Disney animated maidens were. The character of Mulan is based on an ancient Chinese legend, which is said to tell the exploits of a real-life girl warrior.
Mulan is a quick thinker, and is capable of finding solutions to problems even when she`s under a lot of pressure. She`s creative and resourceful and has an unconventional way of thinking. Just look at how she managed to feed the chickens when she was in a hurry: She tied a sack of chicken feed to the back of her dog, with a bone attached, which caused the dog to run around, trying to get the bone in his mouth, spreading chicken feed everywhere. Mulan is a clever girl!
When Mulan is getting ready to meet the matchmaker she`s dressed up in beautiful clothes by her mother and two other ladies. The clothes are uncomfortable and doesn`t fit her properly. I feel this is a symbol of how the Chinese community’s view of how a young girl should be is ill fitted for Mulan. She`s different, and unable to fit into the mould of a perfect porcelain doll. At the beginning of the movie, she makes notes to herself of what the perfect woman should be like: Quiet and demure.. .graceful, polite, delicate, refined, poised, punctual! Does this sound like Mulan to you?
In her song “Reflection,” it becomes very clear that what Mulan sees when she looks in the mirror, is not herself, but someone who is hiding, trying to disguise her true self. Mulan feels that by being herself and doing what she truly wants, she brings shame upon herself and her family.
Mulan`s wardrobe includes a pyjamas (shirt and shorts) training outfit, a suit of armour and three different dresses. In Mulan 2, she wears a training outfit (a different one than she used in the army) a purple dress, and a wedding dress.
She is against arranged marriage.
She throws her shoe at people who annoy her, or to get someone’s attention.
She`s a master of martial arts!
She had the strength and courage to join the Chinese Army and face the Huns in order to protect her family and her country.
She has a Dragon guardian and a lucky cricket!
She owns her own horse. (His name is Khan.)
She`s very creative, able to improvise and make things up on the spot, she doesn`t need a plan. And she never seems to run out of ideas!
To Mulan, being a man/having manly urges means to kill things, fix things and cooking outdoors!