History Literature / Aladdin

23rd Jul '16 1:13:02 AM Chabal2
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* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Just selling the dishes from a single genie-provided meal provides enough money for Aladdin and his mother to live for several months, even when being fleeced blind by the buyer. After Aladdin has his palace built, he leaves a single window unfinished (the others all have gems everywhere) so the sultan can finish it using his own treasury. The sultan sends his artisans and treasurer, who tell him there's not enough gold and jewels in their vaults to finish it.



* BerserkButton: The genies grant Aladdin's every last wish, but when he asks for a roc's egg (after the princess asks him, after the sorcerer tells her about it) the genie of the lamp blows up at him, only sparing him because it wasn't his idea.



* ChastityDagger: When Aladdin kidnaps the princess, he puts a big sword between them in bed to ensure he won't touch her.
* CrazedProprietor: When Aladdin is out hunting, the sorcerer disguises himself as an old woman exchanging old lamps for new ones. This creates a commotion, attracting the princess' attention. Then one of her handmaidens mentions they have an old beat-up lamp in their palace, and exchanges the genie's lamp for a regular lamp.



* DrivenToSuicide: Aladdin gets ready to drown himself, but remembers he should pray first. As he does, he rubs the magic ring on his finger, releasing the genie inside.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Aladdin turns to crime, but his first instinct is always to make sure his mother is well cared for. Not that this stops him using her in his schemes.



* EvilSorcerer

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* EvilSorcererEvilSorcerer: Two of them, the first one and his more powerful brother.


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* LoveAtFistSight: When the princess goes to the baths, the entire city is placed under lockdown, with anyone trying to look out punished by death. Aladddin, naturally, gets a good look at the princess and falls in love.


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* ModestRoyalty: How Aladdin's mother catches the sultan's attention: though dressed like a pauper, she shows up every day at the audience until he finally wonders why she's there. Once called forth, she presents him with a big basket of enormous jewels, asking for her son to marry the princess.
18th Jun '16 10:03:35 PM Doug86
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* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: The lamp and ring. In fact, this is the inspiration behind the original Comicbook/GreenLantern, Alan Scott.

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* ImaginationBasedSuperpower: The lamp and ring. In fact, this is the inspiration behind the original Comicbook/GreenLantern, Franchise/GreenLantern, Alan Scott.
17th Apr '16 10:14:23 PM Adept
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* JackassGenie: Surprisingly averted. Some versions of the tale have the more powerful Genie of the Lamp bound by a powerful curse that forces him to obey both the letter and the spirit of the wish.
** The strongest aversion comes during the evil plot of the second EvilSorcerer. He plans to make Aladdin wish for a Rukh's egg - because such wish would be a deathly insult for a genie, as the Rukh is, apparently, a queen of genies. The genie is offended all right - however, he doesn't punish Aladdin, but tells him about the disguised EvilSorcerer instead.
6th Dec '15 4:14:11 AM TrollBrutal
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A tale of the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' series and a PublicDomainCharacter that has been adapted countless times, most recently popularised by [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the Disney version]] added to the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon in 1992.

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A tale of the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' series and a PublicDomainCharacter that has been adapted countless times, most recently popularised and widely popularized by [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the Disney version]] added to the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon in 1992.
3rd Dec '15 9:59:43 AM jamespolk
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* GenieInABottle: And also a magic ring.

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* GenieInABottle: And also a magic ring. Both the genie of the lamp and the genie of the ring are bound to serve whomever possesses the lamp/ring. However, the original story does not include the idea that the genie's master is limited to three wishes.
29th Jun '15 7:56:05 AM fruitstripegum
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* NewerThanTheyThink: Not part of the original Literature/ArabianNights tales, but added in the Antoine Galland's French translation of the book in 1710.
7th Apr '15 8:24:54 PM nombretomado
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A tale of the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' series and a PublicDomainCharacter that has been adapted countless times, most recently popularised by [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the Disney version]] added to the DisneyAnimatedCanon in 1992.

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A tale of the ''Literature/ArabianNights'' series and a PublicDomainCharacter that has been adapted countless times, most recently popularised by [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} the Disney version]] added to the DisneyAnimatedCanon Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon in 1992.
31st Dec '14 5:07:33 PM vifetoile
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Like most folktales, "Aladdin" has undergone some major revisions, but the original story is as follows: Aladdin is a poor man from a Chinese city (Chinese InNameOnly. The setting is completely Islamic). One day, an evil Maghreb sorcerer approaches him, claiming to be his father's brother. He gives Aladdin a ring and tricks him into entering a booby-trapped magic cave to retrieve [[MacGuffin a fancy oil lamp]], but when Aladdin insists on getting out of the cave before handing over the lamp, the sorcerer flies into a rage and tosses him back down into the cave. Fortunately for Aladdin, the ring the sorcerer lent him is a [[RingOfPower Magic Ring]] that, when rubbed, releases a [[GenieInABottle Djinni]] who brings him home, along with the lamp. When he gets home, Aladdin's mother starts cleaning the lamp, releasing a far more powerful Djinni who grants Aladdin his every wish.

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Like most folktales, "Aladdin" has undergone some major revisions, but the original story is as follows: Aladdin is a poor young man from a Chinese city (Chinese InNameOnly. The setting is completely Islamic).Islamic), living with his mother and making a living as a pickpocket. One day, an evil Maghreb sorcerer approaches him, claiming to be his father's brother. He gives Aladdin a ring and tricks him into entering a booby-trapped magic cave to retrieve [[MacGuffin a fancy oil lamp]], but when Aladdin insists on getting out of the cave before handing over the lamp, the sorcerer flies into a rage and tosses him back down into the cave. Fortunately for Aladdin, the ring the sorcerer lent him is a [[RingOfPower Magic Ring]] that, when rubbed, releases a [[GenieInABottle Djinni]] who brings him home, along with the lamp. When he gets home, Aladdin's mother starts cleaning the lamp, releasing a far more powerful Djinni who grants Aladdin his every wish.
17th Dec '14 3:08:28 PM Heatth
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* NewerThanTheyThink: Not part of the original Literature/ArabianNights tales, but added in the Antoine Galland's French translation of the book in 1710.
17th Dec '14 3:05:53 PM Heatth
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* ScienceMarchesOn: Before the discovery of the Americas, Maghreb and China were the opposite ends of the known world. Thus, the locations are meant to underscore how valuable the lamp must be that someone would travel all the way across the world for it. Similarly, the genie's ability to just zip back and forth between the opposite ends of the world like it's nothing would have been mind-boggling at the time. Of course, the significance of those regions in relation to each other is not obvious to readers with a modern understanding of geography.
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