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Shan Yu


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a character in “Disney: Darkness Falls”, as played by ABC


Shan Yu



Name/Alias: Shan Yu
Age: Unknown exactly, presumably at least late twenties
Gender: Male
Origin: Mulan


  • Hayabusa
  • War
  • Conquest
  • Games
  • Fighting worthy opponents


  • Cowardice
  • Losing
  • Fa Mulan
  • Fireworks, considering, not that he won't utilize them
  • Most technology more advanced than China's; guns are so... impersonal


The Bare Necessities


Shan Yu's strength and athleticism are nearly supernatural, as he has proved himself capable of slicing through large pillars with a one-handed sword swing, and jumped straight up around forty feet and through a tile roof. His endurance is similarly impressive, surviving being buried under an avalanche for several hours, before clawing his way out seemingly no worse for wear. His powers of perception are also a little eerie, as he's able to quickly figure out, form a doll, while mounted on a horse, that there is a village nearby, and that the imperial army is waiting there for him and his men, all this within a matter of seconds. Quite frankly he's just clever in general. Finally, while he may not have received any particularly formal combat training, Shan Yu is a dangerous combatant, armed or not, displaying extreme lethality every time he fights.


In addition to his own considerable abilities, Shan Yu is backed by the Hun army, a force that, under his leadership, wiped out the bulk of the Chinese army (twice) without suffering significant casualties. His falcon is also extremely well trained, acting as an early warning, a means of retrieval, and even a combat partner for its master.


Shan Yu is extremely confidant in both himself and his army, though arguably this is not unjustified. He is also nearly incapable of backing down from a challenge, whether real or imagined, and tends to force himself and his men to abide by various "rules of engagement", depending on what the challenge was. To their credit (or maybe not), his men don't seem to mind this.


While it might not be a fear, Shan Yu does have a decided dislike of fireworks.


Nothing not already mentioned, unless of course him being fairly quiet counts. Given how most of the other villains act, maybe it does.


Deeper into the Rabbit Hole


To get stronger as a warrior, to take on greater challenges, and complete his revenge for his previous defeat.

Significant Relationships

Shan Yu shows no true affection, something he'd probably see as weakness. He does, however, seem to enjoy the company of his falcon Hayabusa. He also has an interesting relationship with Fa Mulan. On one hand, he views her as a worthier opponent than most, though it does irritate him how much luck tends to play a part in her victories. On the other hand, she did kill him, and more importantly prevented him from killing the emperor. Either way, he intends to kill her when he gets the chance.

He also intends to eventually eliminate the leading Triumvirate of the Coalition once they've settled the matter of the remaining heroes. This isn't because he has anything against them, though given their personalities he might, but rather because he sees their immortality, or near immortality in Maleficent's case, as a challenge, much like the Great Wall built by the emperor of China. He isn't stupid though, and has no intention of attacking them head on, or even making these intentions known, until he's certain he can accomplish it.


Shan Yu has no living relatives. It is whispered amongst some of his men that he killed both his parents and older brother mere moments after his birth, though this is, obviously, complete poppycock. Probably.


While his people survive by pillaging and plundering, as well as sometimes having a habit of doing so for no reason at all, Shan Yu is more than merely sadistic like many of his fellows, and leads them to attack not only out of need or murderous whim, but to prove his strength. It's a bit more complicated than a simple show of dominance however, as he does this not when any direct threats are made, though this tends to receive a similar reaction, but when what Shan Yu decides as a challenge is made. This can be as simple as the construction of a large wall enticing an invasion, to the use of the word immortal resulting in an attempt at deicide. Furthermore, he tends to take these challenges on to the fullest extent, deliberately allowing the Chinese army to become aware of his invasion, and choosing to confront them directly, rather than simply go around.

Aside from his odd "challenges", Shan Yu is inspiring to his men, and cruel and frightening to just about everyone else. He appears to have a rather dark, and twisted sense of humor as well.


Shan Yu was apparently infamous even before his invasion of China, but it was one of the greatest challenges he took on. Despite this, he was very confidant about his and his army's strength and superiority, and indeed didn't even seem to entertain the notion that they might not emerge victorious. This was displayed when he allowed news of his whereabouts to to reach the emperor not once, but twice, the first of which being n the wall, and the second being when he allowed a scout to escape to deliver the message. He also deliberately confronted the entirety of the Imperial Vanguard head on, rather than simply go around them.

As they approached the palace however, they ran across a group of freshly trained soldiers, led by the then Captain, Li Shang. They had the group vastly outnumbered and, let's face it, completely outmatched, but were defeated when one of the soldiers cleverly used a cannon to start an avalanche, which buried the entire Hun army, and killed all but six of them, Shan Yu himself included. This was assumed to have wiped them out, and the soldiers were gone by the time the survivors recovered.

Displeased with this turn of events, Shan Yu lead his team into the Imperial City, where they proceeded to stealthily make their way to the top of the palace, before kidnapping the emperor, and withdrawing inside. Shan Yu attempted to force the emperor to bow to him, thus conceding defeat and declaring Shan Yu the winner of their perceived "game". When the old man refused, Shan Yu tried to kill him, and would have succeeded were it not for the actions of a ragtag team led by the soldier from the pass, the woman Fa Mulan. Mulan herself managed to end his life with the help of her unseen friend Mushu, by hitting him with a large rocket, sending him flying into a tower filled with even more fireworks. Shan Yu was killed in the fiery explosion that followed.

Some time later, he was revived by Hades at Maleficent's request, and offered an army of demons or the undead with which to conquer China. Shan Yu refused, instead requesting that his army be revived instead, so that he could do things as he had initially meant to. His first action after being restored to life was to send his falcon to retrieve his sword from the Fa household. This accomplished, he and his men quickly claimed China as their own, not terribly difficult after they had taken the Imperial City, and Shan Yu had forced the emperor to bow to him, something that was accomplished by breaking his shins.

Shan Yu now largely delegates the ruling of the country to those among the Huns both capable and inclined to do so, Shan Yu himself only fitting into the first group. He spends most of his time now wandering the worlds with a small squad of his best men, trying to root out the few heroes who remain.


So begins...

Shan Yu's Story

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Within the deep, twisted abyss of a broken world, Maleficent, Empress of all Evil, was seated majestically upon her throne. Around her were the misty visages of her fellow Coalition members, magical avatars that projected the images of her followers. It was a communications system set up via a combination of her own dark magic and Jafar's powers as a djinn, a way for her and the rest of the Coalition to converse and meet up, without having to leave the safety and comfort of their own individual domains.

"This Council will come to order." Maleficent's measured voice announced, bringing the attention of the other villains to her. The demonic witch inclined her head to the former Prince of the Southern Isles, as she continued on. "First order of business, an update on the continued conquest of all of Creation. King Hans, you are first."

"Of course, my dark Empress." Hans gave her what she assumed to be a rather charming smile, though it did little to affect her. "Arendale and the surrounding kingdoms are all under m--our control, and wiping out any dissidents has proven very affective. The demon army has now reached the borders of Mother Gothel's territory, and with that, they are heading south now, to begin the conquest of the Desert Tribal fiefdoms."

Maleficent took in what he said, nodding her head once. She knew all this already, of course, but these meetings served more purpose than just a pure debriefing and share of knowledge. The Eternal Empress was always curious if any of her servants would leave anything out of their reports, or if they might otherwise hold back information. It was a good way to indicate which lesser members of the Coalition she should keep an eye on.

"Good, very good. And you, Hades?" Maleficent turned her gaze to her 'partner' and co-founder of the Coalition, eying him with great curiosity. "How go our efforts toward discovering a way toward weakening, and eventually killing, the other Greek pantheons?"

This much she knew already as well, but it wouldn't do, to ignore such an...important member of her Coalition. Even if she did find the God of the Underworld grating at times, he was still a very useful ally, and quite the powerful 'partner'. It would be in her best interests to placate him as much as possible before his inevitable betrayal.

And betray him, he would. They all would, given the chance. Maleficent was not so foolish as to believe that an organization founded by petty and power-hungry titans would last long, before it fell to infighting. Still, the Coalition was serving its purpose quite nicely, and more importantly, she was more than confident she could take out any of the people here, if they sought to overthrow her.

Well...mostly everyone here, at any rate. Hades was the one man in this Coalition who Maleficent felt she could rightfully be wary of. He was a god, immortal, and very, very powerful. And, much to her distaste, he wasn't under her control at all, unlike the equally threatening but 'loyal' djinn Jafar.

Still, the Coalition would hold, for the time being. They were still united in common goal, and it would take quite some time before the eventual splintering began. And Maleficent would take advantage of this fragile peace, while it lasted.

The Gatekeeper

In a dimension that existed outside of regular space and time, The Gatekeeper, protector of the vast Multiverse, waited. He waited for the perfect opportunity to enact his desperate, one last plan to save the entirety of the Multiverse from being overrun by the Coalition of Evil.

Three months had passed for him since Maleficent's initial incursion, and things were not getting any better. Heroes great and power, from across the universes, had fallen one by one against her Coalition, leaving entire worlds defenseless and ripe for conquest.

But that would end here, for good. The Heroes of the lands may have been slain, but all hope was not yet lost. There were many people, many brave and righteous souls, who could take the places of their fallen comrades, and push back the tide of evil that was threatening to swallow all of Creation.

And here, today, he would assemble them, and begin the eventual downfall of the Coalition.

"Genie." the Gatekeeper turned his attention to the blue-skinned djinn, his most useful and helpful ally in these dark times. "It is time. Bring forth the Champions to this Realm, so that we may begin."

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Hades seemed to consider the question for a moment, steepling his hands in front of him, and leaning forward in his, decidedly less ostentatious, chair. In truth however, the matter didn't really warrant much thought. After a second or two, he eventually settled on "Well, I'll have to consult with our brainstorming department, " that did not exist, "but, considering the fact that it's basically just me mulling over the same thing I was mulling over before, without any additional help or input... Not great."

While Hades had had a few thoughts on the subject, not counting the plethora of plans from the thousands of years before the coalition was formed, he wasn't quite ready to share any of them. Some were unfinished, some would invite the ire of some of the others, and some would provide far too much advantage to the... uh... chairwoman? To be frank, Hades couldn't quite remember what role Maleficent claimed to have. While she was officially just a third of the main triumvirate , the fact that she was the one running these meetings might say different. As for what she thought she was, the God of the Underworld was fairly certain that was obvious to everyone.

Speaking of which, he intended to find time to talk privately with some of the others. He had no intention of making a move yet, hopefully they could at least weaken the other gods before the Coalition went the way of Thebes and descended into chaos, but it was better to be prepared.

Why did that sound familiar?

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Sitting on top of a tree just beyond the clearing where Mulan, her father, and her cow were staying, Mushu stared up into the sky. After everything that had happened, how could the stars and moon still shine so brightly? He scowled slightly and closed his eyes, but the image was already burned into his mind. Cri-Kee was gone, Shang was gone, the rest of Mulan's family was gone... And how? Shan Yu was suddenly alive and kicking, along with his entire Hun Army. And Mushu could do nothing. Nothing!

Angrily, Mushu lashed out at the tree with his claws. It did nothing to help the present situation, but Mushu felt a little better for it nevertheless. He let out a deep breath and counted to ten in his head. That usually did the trick when he was trying to calm down, and it did this time as well. Instead of being mad at an inanimate object, Mushu focused his anger on Shan Yu. He may be more than four times Mushu's size, but that wouldn't stop him the next time they met. Mushu would make him pay somehow.

The sound of passing feet drew Mushu out of his thoughts. He looked down to see Mulan's father going out into the forest, probably to get some more firewood. That was his cue to return. The only person Mushu trusted to keep Mulan safe was himself and her father. Okay, the horse could be useful as well. But other than that, no one. He slid down the trunk and quickly made his way back to the clearing.

Once Mulan was in sight, Mushu gave a small cough to get her attention. It wouldn't be of any use if she attacked him because she thought they were under attack. He nodded at Mulan, sat down next to her, and softly patted her knee.

Claude Frollo

Frollo refrained from giving a small grunt of disapproval when Maleficent began to speak. Just because she had helped him return from Hell didn't mean he owed her any favors. And what she was doing right now- witchcraft and associating with demons- was definitely something that would come back to haunt her. At the moment, the only reason Frollo didn't punish her was because she was still useful. After all, the Lord helps those who help themselves.

He listened as several other villains began to give their reports. There were few of them that he deigned to pay attention to, even fewer that he actually liked. But even he had to admit that ridding the entire world of the wicked would have been impossible for one man, even one as qualified as himself.

When Hades began to speak, however, Frollo straightened up. Of the top three in charge, Hades seemed to be the only one with some sense. At least he hadn't made any claims to run the operation, which was basically what Maleficent had done. She might be able to convince others that everyone was a team, but it was obvious to him that she was putting herself above everyone else. Frollo also couldn't help but feel a small amount of respect for Hades. The fact that he was willing to destroy his fellow gods meant that he knew what was right, in a sense. But that didn't mean they were friends. Not by any stretch of the imagination.