Notice how Shan Yu doesn’t even question it or make a comment about “BUT YOU’RE A GIRL” he just instantly goes into a “I’LL TEACH YOU TO KILL MY MEN AND STEAL MY VICTORY” rage and I think about this a lot sometimes
((Well that might have to do with the fact that he’s a Hun. Women among the Huns had higher status than their Chinese counterparts and even some of their own men. Women were free to hunt and fight along side of the men, could choose their own husbands and divorce him if she choose to. There were even records of clans being led by women leaders. So for Shan Yu Mulan is just another soldier))
four for you huns
you go huns
Consider, for example, Khutulun, Kublai Khan’s niece. Her father Kaidu, the most powerful ruler of Central Asia who reigned from western Mongolia to Oxus and from the Central Siberian Plateau to India, was most pleased by her abilities, and she accompanied him on military campaigns. Marco Polo and Rashid al-Din both wrote of her. She assisted her father in many battles and was described as being a superb warrior; one who could “ride into enemy ranks and snatch a captive as easily as a hawk snatches a chicken.” Khutulun insisted that any man who wished to marry her must defeat her in wrestling, forfeiting horses to her if they lost. She gained 10,000 horses defeating prospective suitors. So yeah…Shan Yu would not be all that surprised by Mulan.