Shan Yu is indeed based on Ghenghis Khan. Ghenghis Khan was also said to have yellow wolf-like eyes and a similar apperance.  He was intelligent and confident in his armies military prowess, as depicted in Mulan when he invites the emperors armies to meet him in battle.

138.38.165.35 14:54, October 25, 2015 (UTC)

Strangelly enough there was a deleted scene where Shan Yu considered Hayabusa to be his friend...I'm not sure if that's canon though. Fattubby

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