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The Matchmaker is the minor antagonist from 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 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.

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). 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 pouring tea on the Matchmaker in an attempt to douse the fire that is burning the Matchmaker's dress. Mulan quickly heads outside. The Matchmaker openly berates Mulan in front of the crowd, noting that though Mulan looks like a bride, she would never bring honor to her family through becoming a servile wife.

The Matchmaker is not seen for the rest of the film after Shan Yu's death at the hands of Mulan. She presumably brings honor to Mulan when she becomes the hero of China.

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 mens' 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 brides.

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Mulan Logo
Media
Films: MulanMulan IIMulan (2019 film)Video

Television: House of MouseOnce Upon a TimeSofia the First
Video games: Animated StoryBook: MulanKingdom Hearts II
Books: Classic StorybookGraphic NovelLittle Golden BookDisney's Wonderful World of Reading
Music: Mulan (soundtrack)Mulan II (soundtrack)

Disney Parks
Disney Animation BuildingFantasy GardensGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Cinderella's Surprise CelebrationDisney's WishesMickey and the Magical MapMulan, La LégendeThe Golden Mickeys
Restaurants: Plaza Inn
Parade: Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMickey's Rainy Day ExpressMickey's Storybook ExpressMulan Parade
Firework: Disney in the StarsHappily Ever AfterIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightWorld of Color
Halloween: The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime

Characters
Original: Fa MulanMushuCri-Kee Li ShangYao, Ling and Chien PoChi-FuShan YuGeneral LiFa ZhouFa LiGrandmother FaFa Family AncestorsThe Emperor of ChinaThe MatchmakerLittle BrotherKhanShang's HorseHayabusa the FalconElite Hun SoldiersHun ArmyShang's Troops

Sequel: Sha-RonTing-Ting, Su and MeiLord Qin

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
Deleted songs: Keep 'em Guessing

Locations
ChinaImperial CityFa Family homeVillage
See Also
Disney RenaissanceSword of Shan YuGreat Stone DragonGolden Dragon of UnityMulan's Hair Piece