The Elite Hun soldiers are the only Huns other than Shan Yu remaining after the avalanche that Mulan causes, and the tertiary antagonists in Disney's Mulan. They are distinctly different from each other in clothing and appearance. They appear to serve as Shan Yu's lieutenants and generals.
Role in the film
The elite soldiers are first seen in the film crossing over into China by using grappling hooks to climb onto the Great Wall. They attempt to stop an Imperial Chinese soldier from escaping but said soldier manages to light a signal, thus allowing guards on the other watch posts to light signals of their own to alert the country of the Huns' presence and to allow its military forces to mobilize. Shan Yu is ultimately unconcerned however, being assured of his army's superiority.
The elite soldiers are later riding horseback across the countryside with the rest of the army, having destroyed a village in the course of their invasion. They are then all stopped by a signal from their leader Shan Yu who, sensing something, directs his elite soldiers to investigate. They do so and find a pair of Imperial scouts. They laugh at the claim by one of the scouts that the Emperor would stop them. After Shan Yu tells the scouts to go back and convey his message to the Emperor, he turns to his archer soldier asking him how many men it takes to deliver a message. The archer readies his bow and arrow and darkly answers "one". This heavily implies that he murdered one of the scouts.
The elite are later seen awaiting their leader, who has acquired a Doll from his falcon, Hayabusa. Investigating the doll, they discover various components such as black pine, white horsehair, and sulfur from cannons on the stuffed toy. They deduce that the doll came from a village in the Tung Shao Pass where the Imperial Army is awaiting their arrival. Though they tell Shan Yu that the army could easily avoid their enemies, he remains intent on heading straight through the pass in order to reach the Emperor as quickly as possible. Complying with his wishes, they attack and crush the Imperial forces with ease and slaughter the innocent villagers. Though this conflict is not seen, they apparently leave no survivors nor did they suffer any casualties.
Later, the elite Huns alongside Shan Yu and the rest of the army ambush and prepare to finish off Li Shang's remaining contingent of soldiers after Mushu accidentally fires a cannon, causing them to give away their position. However, they, along with the other Hun soldiers, are buried alive when Fa Mulan uses a cannon to trigger an avalanche. However, they survive, emerging from the snow alongside Shan Yu. Seeing they are near the Imperial City he leads them onward to accomplish their goal. Mulan witnesses this and flees to the city to warn the citizens. The Hun soldiers infiltrate the city during a celebration honoring Li Shang's soldiers by hiding within a Chinese dragon costume. Witnessing Hayabusa retrieve Shan Yu's sword and return it to its owner, who is atop the roof, they burst out of the costume and take the Emperor hostage, easily dispatching his guards.
They deliver him to Shan Yu, who orders them to keep watch outside the door. Mulan, with help from Shang, Yao, Ling, and Chien Po, attempts a rescue mission by disguising herself and the trio as concubines as Shang awaits the opportunity to breach the door. One of the Huns is quick to fall for the ruse, even after Ling accidentally drops an apple he is using for a breast, though the others are both suspicious and repulsed by the trio's masculine appearance.
The group breaks cover and quickly subdues the Huns, allowing Shang to go and stop Shan Yu from striking down the Emperor. The Emperor is rescued by Chien Po and, a little later, Shan Yu is terminated by Mulan, Mushu, and Cri-Kee. The Huns' fate following Shan Yu's death is unspecified, but since none of their injuries appeared to be fatal, it can be presumed that they were arrested for their crimes and imprisoned, possibly being executed or deported at a later date.
- The long haired Hun is the only one not to have a scene of him climbing out of the snow.