Mulan is atypical to previous female roles in Disney films; she is courageous, more self-reliant, and does not focus on marriage. She does not fit in with the expectations of a young Chinese girl of the time; despite her beauty, she is clumsy, outspoken, and independent rather than graceful and demure. Her courage, intelligence, and determination also help her through her adventures. She is the first and only Disney Princess of Asian descent.
In the beginning, Mulan wears a sky blue tank top and short white skirt. She later changes into a green dress with a blue dresslike vest and a blue sash. She later wears a white cheongsam wrapped in a pink dresslike vest and a red bodice. As she takes her father's place, she takes his armor and cuts her hair to shoulder-length and wears it in a bun. Later she wears a martial arts outfit. At the end, Mulan is wearing a simple blue dress.