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You are a DISGRACE!! You may look like a bride, but you will never bring your family honor!
―The Matchmaker raging at Mulan for causing trouble[src]


The Matchmaker is a minor antagonist in Disney's 1998 animated feature film, Mulan.

Background[]

The Matchmaker is responsible for arranging marriages and evaluating potential brides and grooms. Thus, she holds a great deal of influence, as women of the time are believed to uphold family honor only by marrying and bearing children (especially boys). She has a reputation for being short-tempered and imposing. During "Honor to Us All", meeting the Matchmaker was described as "scarier than the Undertaker." However, in spite of her influence, she was ironically shown to have wrong predictions about certain characters throughout the films.

Personality[]

She is described by one woman as being very impatient, and she also seems to be very strict and harsh. In the second film, Ling describes her as also being "smug and snooty."

Appearances[]

Mulan[]

The Matchmaker appears at the beginning of the film. She calls Mulan to be the first of the candidates, and immediately scolds the girl for speaking without permission (which causes Grandmother Fa to remark on the woman's harsh attitude).

Inside, she puts Mulan through a series of evaluations. She first notes that Mulan is "too skinny", which is supposedly not good for bearing sons. The Matchmaker then has Mulan recite "The Final Admonition", but becomes suspicious that Mulan is cheating when Mulan falters (which she slightly did through hidden notes written in her arm and not in her hand fan as the Matchmaker suspected) and pulls Mulan to the table, grabbing her by her arm with the notes and unknowingly smearing her hand with ink.

Finally, the Matchmaker has Mulan pour tea, while the Matchmaker speaks of Mulan's future role in her in-laws' home - poised, dignified, and refined, but silent (women were not allowed to speak in their in-laws' presence, nor in the presence of men such as husbands and fathers, as Chi-Fu reveals later) while unknowingly drawing a ink beard in her face with her smeared hand. At this point, Cri-Kee, who was in a cage hidden under Mulan's dress, escapes into the cup of tea that the Matchmaker was about to drink. Mulan attempts to retrieve the cup to stop the Matchmaker from consuming the cricket.

Unfortunately, this results in a series of accidents, culminating in Mulan accidentally pouring steaming hot tea on the Matchmaker to douse the fire burning the Matchmaker's dress. Mulan quickly heads outside. The Matchmaker openly berates Mulan in front of the crowd, noting that while Mulan looks like a bride, she will never bring her family honor through becoming a humble wife.

However, later in the film, when her father is called to serve in the war against the Hun Army of Shan Yu, Mulan goes in his place and helps Li Shang's army to defeat the Huns. Ultimately, Mulan ends up saving the Emperor and all of China, bringing honor to her family after Shan Yu's death, thus proving that the Matchmaker was actually wrong about her.

Mulan II[]

The Matchmaker makes a minor appearance in the sequel. In her appearance, Mulan and Shang's friends, Yao, Ling, and Chien Po, visit her in an attempt to find brides for themselves. But, just like Mulan's visit at the beginning of the first film, the three men visit to the Matchmaker ends in disaster as calamity. The Matchmaker throws out the trio (literally) and throws a pot at Ling's head, and claims that they'll never be able to find wives.

However, the Matchmaker's claims ultimately prove to be untrue once again, as while escorting Ting-Ting, Su, and Mei, the Emperor's three daughters, to Qui Gong so one of them could marry Prince Jeeki, Lord Qin's son, they fall in love with the trio and after Mushu helps to settle an alliance between China and Qui Gong, he convinces Lord Qin to allow the Emperor's daughters to marry whomever they want.

Mulan (2020)[]

The Matchmaker appeared in the 2020 remake, portrayed by Cheng Pei-Pei.

When Mulan returns home, her mother tells her that the Matchmaker found her an auspicious match for Mulan. When Mulan gets her dress ready for the Matchmaker, she approaches her where the Matchmaker tests Mulan's characteristics for the family she is to be engaged to. Unaware of a spider, Mulan tries to keep the spider away from the Matchmaker which she tells Mulan to know if there is something wrong, which Mulan denies, telling her that the teapot should remain where it is instead of the center of the table. Mulan ultimately fails when she tries to catch a spider and leads to flipping the table and all the cups and teapot flying off. The Matchmaker furiously scolds her thinking that she has dishonored her family, causing Mulan to leave in sadness.

At the end of the movie, Mulan returns home from war, the Matchmaker prepares a cup of tea which she notices Mulan returning while Hua Xiu tells her mother Hua Li that Mulan has returned, which the Matchmaker exits from her room to see Mulan reunite with her family, the Matchmaker shows an open dislike toward her. When the Imperial Army arrives to declare that Mulan has brought honor to her family, the Matchmaker is openly distraught as the other villagers cheer for Mulan's heroic deeds.

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References[]

  1. http://bigbearken.blogspot.com/2011/03/mulan-2.html "Big Bear Ken: Mulan 2" post on Big Bear Ken's blog
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Films: Mulan (1998 film) (video/soundtrack) • Mulan II (video/soundtrack) • Mulan (2020 film) (video/soundtrack)

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Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise CelebrationDisney's WishesFantasmic!Mickey and the Magical MapMickey’s Storybook AdventureMickey’s Year of the Dragon CelebrationMulan's Chinese New Year GreetingsMulan, La LégendeOnce Upon a MouseRoyal Princess Music CelebrationThe Adventure of RhythmThe Golden MickeysWhen You Wish
Restaurants: Plaza Inn
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Spring: Disney Color-Fest: A Street Party!
Summer: Mickey's WaterWorks
Halloween: The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime
Christmas: A Christmas Fantasy Parade

Characters
Original: Fa MulanMushuCri-KeeLi ShangYao, Ling, and Chien PoChi-FuShan YuGeneral LiFa ZhouFa LiGrandmother FaFirst Ancestor FaFa Family AncestorsThe Emperor of ChinaThe MatchmakerLittle BrotherKhanShang's HorseHayabusa the FalconImperial ArmyHun ArmyElite Hun Soldiers

Sequel: Sha-RonTing-Ting, Su, and MeiLord QinPrince Jeeki
Remake: Hua XiuCommander TungChen HonghuiSergeant QiangPhoenix

Songs
Original: Honor to Us AllReflectionI'll Make a Man Out of YouA Girl Worth Fighting ForTrue to Your Heart

Sequel: Lesson Number OneLike Other GirlsHere Beside Me
Live-action: Loyal Brave True
Deleted songs: Keep 'em GuessingWritten in Stone

Locations
ChinaImperial CityFa Family HomeVillageFa Family Temple
Objects
Great Stone DragonMulan's Hair AccessorySword of Shan YuMulan and Shang's NecklacesGolden Dragon of UnityDragon Cannons
See Also
Mulan: Alternative OpeningMulan: Shan Yu Destroys the Village
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