Little is known about their personalities with the exception of Shan Yu's Elite, but the Huns all share a thirst for power and murderous intent, as well as fierce loyalty to Shan Yu.
Role in the film
The Huns are first seen with Shan Yu in the burning down of a village (though only the aftermath appears on-screen). In their invasion of China, the Hun Army wiped out the entire Imperial Army under General Li in (another) off-screen battle. Several Hun archers shot fire arrows at Li Shang's troops from a mountain top after Mushu accidently set off a cannon giving away the troops position (or they had possibly already spotted them before the cannon went off) the archers are killed by Shang's troops firing the cannons they managed to save either directly from the cannon explosions or they were knocked off the mountain and fell to their deaths. Almost all the Huns and all their horses had died out in an avalanche while they were pursuing Mulan, Shang, and his elite soldiers, including Yao, Ling, and Chien Po. However, Shan Yu and five of his Elite Hun Soldiers managed to survive, breaking out of the snow and heading to China to capture the Emperor. It is unknown what happened to them after they failed to capture the latter, though it is likely that if they survived, they were arrested, put in the dungeon for life, or executed.
Appearances outside of the film
In Kingdom Hearts II the Huns are completely absent and Shan Yu has an army of Heartless in their place, however Mushu still referred to Shan Yu as the leader of the Hun army implying the army must still exist somewhere or the Heartless Shan Yu controls are actually Huns that were turned into Heartless.
In the manga adaptation of Kingdom Hearts II the Huns this time around are with Shan Yu just like in the movie but also with Heartless too. It not completely clear if the army was a mix of Heartless and Huns or if the entire army was Huns that had been turned into Heartless and were simply disguised as their original selves or if the entire army was Heartless disguised as Huns, although the manga implies that at least some of the Heartless were on loan from Organization XIII. The army still gets wiped out with an avalanche.
In Disney Sorcerer's Arena Hun soldiers appear as none playable enemy opponents in battle. They attack by shooting arrows.
- A deleted scene featured a Hun soldier trying to save and hide a little bird while the army is raiding and trashing the contents of a cart only for him to be spotted by Shan Yu who was using the unused ability of him seeing through Hayabusa's eyes, he then brutally kills the soldier by stabbing him and feeds the bird to his falcon. This implies that not all of the Huns in the army are full on murderous, cold blooded killers and some do have a sense of good in them.
- During production when designing the scene where the Huns charge down the mountain the soldiers carrying flags had a crescent emblem on them possibly meant to be the crest of Shan Yu and the Huns. This was not used in the final product and the flags were changed to just being plain black.
- This was likely to avoid offense to Muslim viewers.
- The army was intended to return in an earlier version of the story for Mulan II where along with Shan Yu they would all be ghosts haunting Northern China. The finale was going to involve the army fighting against Mulan and her allies, including the Fa Family Ancestors