Fa Mulan is the protagonist of the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan and its direct-to-video sequel Mulan II. She is inspired by the legendary Hua Mulan from the Chinese poem The Ballad of Mulan. In the original film, Mulan is only sixteen years of age, and as the action of the second film takes place one month on, is also likely to still be of that age. She is voiced by Ming-Na in both titles and her singing voice is provided by Lea Salonga. Mulan and Jasmine are the only Asian Disney Princesses, and she is the only one who is not related to royalty and still considered a Disney Princess. She also has an East Asian appearance.
Mulan is kind, bold, self-reliant, strong-hearted and shows little interest in romance. She is the Princess of Honour and does not fit in with the expectations of a young Chinese woman of the time: graceful, demure, obedient, feminine and silent. Instead she is clumsy, outspoken, tomboyish and independent. Early in the first film she is very insecure and self-loathing, thinking that she will only continue to dishonor her family. As the story continues she starts to gain confidence in herself and after saving China, she finally sees herself as the person she always wanted to be, having brought honor to her family and country. Her courage, determination and extraordinary ingenuity help her through her adventures, while she maintains her respect for others.
In her first film, she wears short pajamas in the morning and she changes it into a green dress with a blue bodice and a red silk belt. When she is cleaned up, she gets helped by the women by putting on a white dress with a red dresslike vest and a pink bodice. As she plans to take her father's place, she cuts her hair to shoulder length and ties it into a bun, puts on his armor and attaches a sword to it. She later wears a martial arts outfit. When she plans to crossdress Yao, Ling and Chien-Po as concubines, she wears a light blue dress with a dark blue dresslike vest. The second film reveals that she wears a green martial arts outfit, and later, a lavender dress. As she is needed to complete the mission, she wears a martial arts outfit with a teal dresslike vest wrapped in a blue bodice tied in a red silk belt. At the wedding, she wears a traditional red cheongsam and an elaborate phoenix crown. At her actual wedding to Shang, she wears a pink dress wrapped in a red dresslike vest and a garland of pink blossoms.
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