‘Once Upon A Time’ Finally Addresses Mulan’s Sexuality: She Loves Aurora

Mon, October 14, 2013 10:27am EDT by 188 Comments
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Nuadin

Posted at 11:47 PM on June 25, 2014  

Trying to run a character gay? The real Mulan, who the characters was made after, was married to a woman while she pretended to be a male. Her wife stayed with her until her death, when it was finally revealed that Mulan was a woman and not a man, as everyone else had thought.

It’s only reasonable that this type of story came out (no pun intended) on Once Upon a Time, where they are less restricted.

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kuabci

Posted at 10:57 AM on June 26, 2014  

Incorrect. The “real” Mulan was not married to a woman, and if she were, I’m pretty sure her wife would have noticed at some point during a long life together. Also, even if that IS how the legend goes, that doesn’t make her a lesbian, it just means she was still in disguise.

This was a grab for ratings and an attempt to appease a tiny, vocal minority, nothing more, nothing less.

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Posted at 3:05 PM on April 9, 2014  

Actually I expected this from the beginning. Ever since I’ve started seeing Mulan and Aurora’s friendship together without Philip there. I think people are reading WAY too much into this, and this is, like the article said, a MOST REASONABLE progress in Once. I would love to see it go further, their friendship was amazing, and Mulan really took great care of Aurora.

Despite all of that, I’m so happy that Once took this chance and they are doing it so WELL. This is truly one of the best shows I’ve seen, because they seem to be doing everything right.

Although, I wouldn’t know how Mulan and Aurora could ever get together after Aurora is expecting a baby from Philip…whatever they choose to do will be okay with me.

Also, just because Mulan is more of the “manly” person because she’s a warrior it doesn’t mean it’s stereotypical at all that she turns out to be gay. Mulan is still very feminine looking, and there are a LOT of female warriors in this show and they’re not gay. Example, Emma and Snow White. They’re both fighters. Let’s not forget, Regina, who everyone wishes was actually gay.

I’m simply excited to have seen this progress as I EXPECTED IT! I totally knew it, they did it at the right time. I’m glad they acknowledged this.

I simply don’t understand why people are still so opposed to the idea of having gay relationships on a show, this shouldn’t even be a discussion of who should be gay and of who shouldn’t be.

We’re way tooooooooo far in it now. It’s 2014 and people’s opinions will slowly change.
I didn’t find this stereotypical at all, I found it to be exactly right.

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ccss

Posted at 10:27 PM on March 24, 2014  

I would have preferred if sleeping beauty were gay rather than having Mulan be gay. The reason is that Mulan is the most militaristic girl both on the show and in Disney movies. Turning her gay sends the message that straight girls cannot be militaristic, and that the military is a guy’s world. That was my only problem with Mulan possibly being gay.

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ccss

Posted at 10:35 PM on March 24, 2014  

I’m all up for the show to introduce a gay relationship that entails true love, but just please, don’t make it stereotypical. Like a lesbian who is really militaristic, or a gay who is really theatrical. Give everyone including homosexuals some credit.

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Nuadin

Posted at 11:49 PM on June 25, 2014  

I don’t think that was their intention at all. In fact, it probably made more sense since the historical Mulan was gay.

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kuabci

Posted at 10:58 AM on June 26, 2014  

I have no idea where you’re getting your information… Wherever it is, they’re certainly not facts. There was no “historical Mulan,” and the character in the legend was not gay.

 
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ReaperCDN

Posted at 1:21 PM on July 30, 2014  

Just chiming in to cut the rope from your ever slipping grasp here:

Being a lesbian and being military are exclusive things. Just because Mulan happens to be the most “militaristic” girl in the show means just that. She’s the warrior type. Being a lesbian means just that. The fact that she happens to be a lesbian warrior is no different than saying she happens to be an oriental warrior, or a female warrior, or a black haired warrior.

There’s no issue here. So she loves Aurora, and she is also a warrior. She’s also depicted as a vapid air head who can’t make decisions for herself, in direct contrast to her persona in the Disney film.

Your correlation of supposing a message being sent that gay women are the only kind who can serve in the military is clearly wrong. I’d like to see some examples of these warrior women lesbians that are clearly dominating the screen. I can’t think of many.

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Jennifer

Posted at 9:33 AM on March 22, 2014  

I think ppl are taking this how they want, I never once suspected any gy involvement at all, she was inlove with Phillip…. That’s what I got and didn’t want to ruin it for aurora and was upset about him getting her pregnant… Threw out meeting it showed she had a thing for him…

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Rils

Posted at 3:05 AM on March 12, 2014  

The impression I was given was she was going to tell Aurora how she felt about Phillip, and when she was told Aurora was pregnant, her hopes were gone to be with HIM. They always portrayed her having a thing for him, or that’s what I got from it. They spent a long time with eachother adventuring, she grew close to him, but that ended when he saved Aurora, and she took a backseat on Phillip’s mind.

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Nat

Posted at 1:25 AM on March 17, 2014  

But why would she be so excited to tell aurora she was in love with the same person aurora was in love with?

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Diogo Castro

Posted at 4:18 PM on April 26, 2014  

I agree with some people’s opinions that she was into Philip, but the scene was played in such a way, that you can interpret it however you want. As a gay man and a big fan of the show, I’d like to think that she was going to declare her love for Aurora, but that didn’t happen and it was good too, for it represented a nod to the LGBT community. Hope to see more of it in the future. Maybe they could introduce a gay couple living in Storybrooke with an Enchanted Forest counterpart.

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AimeeSmile

Posted at 1:36 AM on February 6, 2014  

i think the idea was great to try and put sum sort of twist to this trio
in fact i also thought at one point it was phillip she loved, now clearly aurora.
if she said she was gonna tell the person she loved n then said “its you i wanted to …”
clear twist. what they did was make it interested for all audiences, with so many straight couples i think one gay/bi interest would be okay. with news of the baby n all,,, auchhhhhh to the story.
i wanna see this onfold and i cannot WAIT for it, sinds i kinda sawww buncha straight couples im actually rooting 4 the girls this time hehehe

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Britain

Posted at 10:01 AM on January 30, 2014  

Honestly, I believe that Mulan wanted to tell Aurora about how much she liked Phillip. If you watch other episodes, you can see how much Mulan cares about Aurora. However, I noticed that she (Mulan) had an attraction towards Phillip from the beginning and never really liked the fact that Aurora and Phillip were married.

Anyway, I think she wanted to tell Aurora that she like or was in love with Phillip. But when Aurora told her that they were having a baby, Mulan didn’t want to intrude in their progressing relationship and decided to join Robin’s band for their sake (possible theory…? )

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Wayne

Posted at 1:48 PM on February 9, 2014  

Possible theory? Yes, ha ha.

If you remember the Yaoguai was Phillip and Mulan was shocked when she discovered this, then when the Wraith (Qui Shen) marks him, she is really worried for him. As a true fan of the Show I can tell you Mulan is not interested in Aurora anyway. Seriously.

I think she wanted to tell Aurora that she loved Phillip and it wasn’t her fault.

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Britain

Posted at 7:11 PM on February 9, 2014  

Atlest I’ve found one comment that agrees :/

 
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Britain

Posted at 7:12 PM on February 9, 2014  

At lest I’ve found one comment that agrees :/

 
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asdfghjkl2468

Posted at 9:26 AM on March 10, 2014  

As a ‘true fan’ of the show you know everything. Yeah. No.
It’s more than possible- completely plausible really.
But it’s your opinion. Just because you are a ‘true fan’ doesn’t give you the knowledge, or right, to completely rule out the theory.

Possible all the same, but not certain. So you can shove your “I can tell you Mulan is not interested in Aurora anyway seriously” up where the sun don’t shine ^U^ You don’t know shut.

 
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warpedmindedslash

Posted at 7:14 PM on January 21, 2014  

When I had first seen Aurora and Mulan, I had thought there was gonna be something between them. I guess no one else really saw it, but I did. But I guess that was just me and my slashy goggles.

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ccss

Posted at 10:30 PM on March 24, 2014  

I saw it first when Mulan was protecting Aurora claiming it to be Phillip’s wish, but then goes really far with the task and brings Aurora’s heart back from the Queen of Hearts. At that point, it seemed to me that the show may make Mulan gay (because when do people do the noble thing without any love in these stories).

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Mike Bertrand

Posted at 1:35 AM on January 15, 2014  

What bothers me most is that Mulan was no respector of Auroras marrige, she was clearly in love with phillip and not mulan if mulan is in fact gay then she has no honor and is a would be homewrecker.

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missmikki97

Posted at 9:28 AM on March 10, 2014  

Yeah because that’s not why she left. And didn’t admit anything to her. And left her family alone where she couldn’t interfere.
Not why she did that at aaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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Kainektisis

Posted at 11:19 PM on December 30, 2013  

i don’t think this has still been confirmed…
Mulan is still bi, if she is indeed in love with Aurora.

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ale

Posted at 9:33 PM on December 20, 2013  

i’m sure everyone seeing this knows by now Robin is Regina’s true love. Also I thought Mulan had a thing for phil

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Udoka Maya Odiachi

Posted at 11:30 PM on December 15, 2013  

Straight people are ridiculous. All the canon relationships on this show up to now have been straight. Emma/Graham, Emma/Neal, Snow/Charming, Regina/David, Regina/Graham, Rumple/Belle, Aurora/Phillip, Milah/Hook, Bae/Emma, Ruby/Peter, Cora/Rumple etc. But add one gay/bi character – not even a gay relationship, a SINGLE CHARACTER – and they think that the gays are taking over, that Hollywood has an agenda, oh how will I explain this to my children… Pathetic.

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kuabci

Posted at 2:12 PM on December 16, 2013  

WELL, obviously “straight people” find a difference between all of those relationships and this completely inane one. But thank you for pointing out how ridiculous the non-stop and completely arbitrary pairings are in this show. It doesn’t matter how absurd the pairing, whatever you ship probably has happened, or will.

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Jenn

Posted at 9:38 AM on March 22, 2014  

Apparently this cAn go both ways. All the gays are hopeing there’s a gay charactor and therefore seeing what they want! Stop pushing a gay issue….

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CE

Posted at 10:24 PM on December 8, 2013  

Aurora already has a true love in Prince Philip. This is just for ratings

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justicebeaver101

Posted at 12:42 PM on November 25, 2013  

In the Disney movie Mulan is in love with Captain Shang…

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stepha

Posted at 3:26 PM on December 5, 2013  

in the disney movie they’re also from China, not the enchanted forest.

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asdfghjkl2468

Posted at 9:29 AM on March 10, 2014  

Bahahah! ^ This comment :’)

 
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Tina

Posted at 10:01 PM on November 24, 2013  

I applaud the writers for trying to be inclusive, but making Mulan- the most non-heteronormative character- a lesbian, seems to be relying on stereotypes rather than actual good writing. If she was going to fall in love with Aurora, they should have shown that development earlier, rather than just throwing it in out of left field, while we were all thinking she was still in love with Phillip. It seems like a rather careless afterthought in the plot, and it makes me wonder why they didn’t write one of the other characters, who doesn’t have an established love interest, as gay. Or, they could have at least put a little more effort into it by showing Mulan come to the realization that she loves Aurora, not Phillip. Either way would have been better.

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imagin8io

Posted at 8:48 PM on March 13, 2014  

I dunno, I actually thought she had a thing for Aurora riiight early on in the series. The instant, almost unnecessary harsh way she would speak to Aurora, her teasing of Aurora’s background and history? Yeah I think this was a pretty subtle set up, but I definitely think they dropped enough hints.

Tbh I never really thought she had a thing for Phillip. When they first met Aurora she did instantly dislike her but I only think thats sort of like when you have two guy friends and one of them gets a girlfriend. Like Aurora was cutting in on ‘bro’ time with her and Phillip.

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Amy Pond

Posted at 8:31 PM on November 14, 2013  

Mulan gay? It’s okay to me. But Aurora loves Phillip , Aurora and Phillip are true love! Mulan can have another girl like Rapunzel or another character who haven’t true love with someone else!

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Nuadin

Posted at 12:08 AM on June 26, 2014  

I’d be okay with this. And maybe I’m just saying so because your name is Amy Pond.

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Romy

Posted at 6:21 PM on November 6, 2013  

Hey people… If you don’t like to be told stories I suggest you 2 things:
1-Stop watching the show, or any kind of show, in fact… Don’t read ether.
2-Stop caring about fairy tails or legends because the whole point about it is realy to “tell” a story…
See that: Grimm’s brothers they actualy altered old oral-told stories, Charles Perrault did the same etc… Now it’s ABC ! So what ?
Get a life !
Make yourself a writer…

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Pinkgnomie!3

Posted at 10:08 PM on November 3, 2013  

I’m really sorry, but Mulan totally had a thing for Prince Philip. That was clear in the first few episodes where she helped Philip find Aurora. THAT was the design of the plot. They threw in this twist just for kicks and giggles. That’s all the show is about, and that’s just crap. Twists and surprises and more M. Night Shayamalan-a-ding-dong-ish-ness.
Really, let’s focus more on the whole, “mermaids-can-travel-between-worlds” stuff. Political/social commentary needs to be left out of this mess. This is a story, one that started out good and now it’s all about twists and ratings and… You know what? I think this just plain sucks now.

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Charming

Posted at 4:05 PM on November 2, 2013  

A TINY minority of the population is engaging in deviant behavior and the only way to justify their actions and try to make themselves feel better is to promote and applaud that deviant behavior in movies and television. I feel sorry for you…This show has lost me as a fan because of you.

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Smith

Posted at 10:33 PM on November 3, 2013  

Bye Felicia

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nikki

Posted at 8:35 PM on January 26, 2014  

ok bye:) this shows fanbase doesn’t need people like you!

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IromyK

Posted at 3:17 PM on October 31, 2013  

If they DON’T go further in the gay area… WE would be a whole buntch of people stopping to watch the show too… period.
So ? What does THAT tell you mate ?
Who do you think whatch TV the most ? And what about just get use to it…
Gay is gai.

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kuabci

Posted at 4:40 PM on October 31, 2013  

Um, are you saying that gay people make up most of the viewership of television? That 1-3% of the entire population of the world are what really drives ratings?

Also, are you saying that gay people will refuse to watch TV unless it goes completely gay? That is SO narrow-minded for viewers to do!

That whole comment is so stupid, I don’t even know what to think about it.

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Nuadin

Posted at 12:12 AM on June 26, 2014  

There’s no actual percentage for LGBT vs straight but the consensus is 10%. And while this isn’t factual information either, I can tell you that LGBT viewers do seem to be the most devoted and will watch an entire series for even a hint of LGBT action. That’s why we see so many shows with subtext or with brief LGBT characters/confusion. That’s an opinion though.

Though I agree, I don’t think LGBT viewers would stop watching because a show didn’t go all gauy. I just didn’t like the 1-3% comment. And beware our all-might fandom.

 
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DG

Posted at 10:50 AM on June 26, 2014  

If there’s “no actual percentage,” it’s because homosexuality is completely unprovable, as it’s based entirely on self-identification and behavior, and also fluctuates constantly, as people switch from one sexual preference to the other. In any case, whether or not the consensus is 10%, the actual statistic, based on many studies and polls, is *considerably* lower (whether you like it or not). The only reason everyone thinks it’s 10% is because so many people spout off the number without having the slightest bit of evidence to back it, and it sounds much more impressive for their purposes than the truth.

As for gay viewers being more devoted to a TV show… well, like you said, that’s absolutely not factual. They may be desperate to see some LGBT action on TV (which presents an altogether different set of issues), but that doesn’t make them more devoted viewers.

 
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Jenn Urato

Posted at 9:45 AM on March 22, 2014  

Completly idiotic statment …

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Milo

Posted at 5:35 AM on October 31, 2013  

If they push this any further than this, I’ll stop watching the show, period. I doubt I’ll be alone. ABC needs hope their losses in viewers won’t outweigh their gains if they go down this path.

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kuabci

Posted at 4:41 PM on October 31, 2013  

I’ve already stopped watching. I’ve been looking for a real excuse to look away from this train wreck for years, and now I finally have one! I haven’t missed it in the slightest.

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asdfghjkl2468

Posted at 9:33 AM on March 10, 2014  

Over such a tiny fickle thing that hasn’t even been confirmed?

And you say you haven’t missed it yet you still comment and have an opinion on it? Sounds like you haven’t let it go yet:p :)

 
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