This article focuses on the Chinese legend, Mulan. For the Enchanted Forest character, see Mulan.
The Ballad of Mulan
Background Information
Written By



6th Century

Adaptation Information
Featured Episode

The Outsider


Mulan, also known as The Ballad of Mulan and Mùlán Tzú, 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.

Traditional PlotEdit

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.

Show AdaptationEdit

  • 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.Template:Cite

Characters FeaturedEdit


This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).