The Ballad of Mulan, also known as Mùlán Tzú and often shortened to Mulan, is an ancient Chinese poem featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. It was written by an unknown writer and incorporated in the book Musical Records of Old and New in the 6th century.
During a time of war in China, a young woman named Hua Mulan sees that her father has been conscripted into the army. Having no older brothers, she decides to dress as a man and goes to war in his place. She spends more than 10 years fighting alongside other male soldiers. Later, the emperor offers her a government post, but she turns it down saying that she would prefer to return home and see her family. At the end of the poem, Mulan finally reveals her female identity to her army comrades, who are shocked to see her as a woman.
- Mulan comes from a village and used to serve in the emperor's army as a warrior.
- While Mulan is a mythical character with historic connotations, the writers have stated the show adaption of Mulan is from a fictionalized world.
- The Emperor (mentioned)
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