An orphan grown to maturity on the streets of Agrabah, the homeless Aladdin has little to focus on in life beyond surviving day to day, dreaming of the comfort and safety that would be his were he to somehow become rich. Despite this hostile life, he retains a pure heart and a generous soul, making him a "diamond in the rough". For this, Jafar manipulates him into retrieving the Lamp of the Genie from the Cave of Wonders, but fails to claim it himself. Instead, with the Genie's help, Aladdin eventually defeats the evil vizier and becomes affianced to the love of his life, Princess Jasmine. Many further adventures follow, culminating with the crashing of his wedding by the legendary Forty Thieves, but finally Aladdin and Jasmine are wed.
Arbitrary Skepticism: In "The Ethereal," he dismisses Jasmine's visions of the titular antagonist as being All Just a Dream. However, upon seeing the events of the dream that Jasmine described come true one by one, he's soon convinced.
This is best seen in King of Thieves. After breaking his father out of prison, Aladdin returns to face any punishment he might receive, because he realized how much his running away would affect Jasmine due to his own father's abandonment of his family. Aladdin has learned that his actions affect other people, a lesson some people would say more rulers need to learn.
Chaste Hero: Although he's engaged to Jasmine and thusly spends a lot of time at the palace he still seems to live in the abandoned building from the first movie.
Dark and Troubled Past: Explored in the television series. He grew up an orphan after his father left the family on a treasure hunt and never came home and his mother died some time afterwards, forcing him to raise himself on the streets as a thief.
Deadpan Snarker: To some extent, though not as frequently as say, Iago. "Better check your crystal ball again, Jafar!"
Does Not Like Shoes: Even after the Prince Ali charade is over, we see him wear shoes to select events such as his wedding and a few times in the TV show. However, he seems to prefer going barefoot 99 percent of the time.
Exposed to the Elements: When Jafar banishes him to the ends of the Earth, aka a frozen tundra, he walks about there in only his vest and pants combo with no shoes, and survives long enough to track down Carpet and get back to Agrabah.
I Did What I Had to Do: He justified his stealing by only taking whatever he needed and nothing more. On one occasion where he did take more than he needed, he was devastated to see how much he hurt someone and returned the money.
Losing Your Head: In one episode ("Heads, You Lose") along with Caliph Kapok. Thankfully, Al gets better. By the way, we saw him get nearly decapitated before in The Return of Jafar. In the first film, Jafar lied to Jasmine that he had him beheaded as punishment for kidnapping her.
Lovable Rogue: As a thief and a trickster (at least initially), but a sympathetic one you can root for.
Love at First Sight: He fell in love with Jasmine instantly after seeing her for the first time.
Missing Mom: Her fate is never revealed, but evidently she vanished from his life at some point, with the intimation that she died. Originally, she was to be a character in the first film.
Mr. Fanservice: Reportedly, he was redesigned during development because originally he was deemed not attractive enough.
Must Make Amends: After Aladdin left behind the genie lamp, which led to Iago bringing it to Jafar, then Jafar using it to wish himself to be sultan and the world's most powerful sorcerer.
"I made a mess of everything; somehow I gotta go back and set things right."
Nice Guy: Aladdin might be a thief and The Trickster, but there is no doubt whatsoever about his decency and sense of morality. In fact, "The Diamond In The Rough" line is essentially a perfect measure about his decency.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: He didn't wish the Genie free when he had the chance and left it behind to go talk to Jasmine, giving Iago the opportunity to swipe the lamp and hand it over to Jafar. He even acknowledges that he blew it. Then again, he does fix his mistakes.
No Social Skills: A mild case, again due to his having grown up on the streets, he often doesn't fit in at the palace. Although he does have a sort of common man's wisdom that impresses the Sultan enough to want to make him his royal advisor.
Parental Abandonment: His mother is heavily implied to be dead, and his father left to seek out a fabulous treasure eventually becoming the leader of the feared Forty Thieves, the most dreaded of all bandits in the land.
Pragmatic Hero: As a thief, a trickster, and a habitual liar, Aladdin may very well be one of the most morally ambiguous Disney protagonists yet. Every bad deed he committed was only for survival rather than out of malice.
A powerful magical being who has been sealed away inside a lamp for ten thousand years or more, the Genie is the anchor point around which the first movie turns. Granted his freedom by a grateful Aladdin, he returns to be by Aladdin's side out of gratitude to the one master who has ever shown him kindness.
A Genie Named Genie: Though he may have forgotten his real name due to 10,000 years of imprisonment.
Angel Face, Demon Face: He starts the movie as a playful, googly, shape shifting whack job. But when his lamp came into the possession of Jafar, his coloration and body shape changed to the "evil Djinn" stylistic (Only temporarily, because this is a Disney movie, and the Genie had to be recognizable for marketing purposes.)
"Sorry kid, I got a new master, now."
Badass Beard: He has a curly black beard and is obviously very powerful
Flanderization: An odd case of this being due to different actors. Williams' Genie is a screwball, but also has a sensitive and reasonable side, sometimes acting as a sort of father figure to Aladdin (particularly in King of Thieves). When Castellaneta plays him, this almost completely vanishes, and his hyperactive goofiness is played up much more.
In The Return Of Jafar, he explicitly mentions something about his powers being somewhat downgraded ever since being free from his lamp.
The series states several times that no longer being under thrall has made him "semi-powerful, nearly cosmic", which has reduced his magical power from godlike (as long as it's granting a wish) to on par with a very talented magician.
Fourth Wall Observer: The Genie's supernatural abilities permit him to break the fourth wall, as well as parody real-life people and popular culture completely outside of the boundaries of the fictional universe in which he is contained.
Leitmotif: The "To Be Free" theme. In his more humorous moments he's also accompanied by the refrain from "Friend Like Me."
Me's a Crowd: Can create numerous copies of himself in an instant.
The Nicknamer: He gives the nickname "Rug Man" to the magic carpet. He also calls Aladdin "Al".
Our Genies Are Different: For the most part, Genie was consistent with how the 20th century Western world viewed genies, although he had a few new twists. He was one of the first genies to want to be set free, and the first genie that could not kill.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Despite being a good guy, he has no choice but to follow the orders of the one who holds his lamp.
Plucky Comic Relief: Despite being a very important character, the Genie serves as a comic relief element in each of his appearances.
Reality Warper: He has PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS that are certainly far beyond that of any human sorcerer, but he does explicitly state three limitations to them: he cannot kill (directly), make someone fall in love, or bring the dead back to life.
Story Breaker Power: Because of this, his powers were nerfed upon being freed from the lamp. How powerful he was varied throughout the series, though in the final movie, his power was at about the same level as it was in the first film,
Top-Heavy Guy: He has an extremely big upper body and much smaller lower half, though the fact that his lower half is usually a ghost-like tail distracts from it. It's much more noticeable when he's pretending to be human, or in the animated series where he uses legs more often.
Damsel out of Distress: Capture and other forms of distress were common in the movies and series but she rescued herself often enough and was never docile about it. One example in the movie is distracting Jafar while Alladin went for the lamp and one from the serires was her escape attemtps from the Enchanted Garden.
Parent Service: Probably the most sexualized of any of the Disney Princesses, presumably because the movie is about Aladdin and she's meant to be seen through his eyes.
Plucky Girl: Among other things, she managed to sneak out of the palace and openly stood up to Jafar.
Rapunzel Hair: Notably until Tangled, she had the longest hair of any Disney Princess. And still does if you discount magical enhancement.
Rebellious Princess: Not only does she not want to get married, she also doesn't enjoy the confinements of palace life—therefore she is the most quintessential example in the line
Runaway Fiancée: Really any fiancee, since Jasmine wasn't interested in marrying for anything but love.
Show Some Leg: The only Disney Princess who tries to bait the villain with her affections. It almost worked, if not for the reflection of the tiara she wore.
Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Doesn't give one flying rat's ass about all the rich, snobby princes trying to woo her, and instead goes for the poor but good-hearted Aladdin. The whole film even gives the message of Be Yourself.
Spoiled Sweet: Along with Ariel, she's the only Disney Princess who actually grew up as a princess. Her life is especially shown to be grand and sumptuous.
Stripperiffic: Jasmine's regular outfit is pretty revealing, but her slave outfit manages to be even more so.
True Blue Femininity: Her outfit was colored a bright blue to invoke the idea of an oasis in the desert.
Tsundere A Type B — contrary to her reputation among fans as being very temperamental, Jasmine only ever reacts poorly to the people she believes are trying to use her, and otherwise she is a sunny and friendly person.
The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: As is generally true of many comic-relief Disney dads, the Sultan is a short, fat man (though not cartoonishly ugly either), and his daughter is beautiful and willowy.
Uptown Girl: The daughter of the local Sultan who falls for a "street rat".
Freudian Excuse: "Seems Like Old Crimes" was trained by a trio of thieves. It's implied that he's constantly stealing because the trio never let him have a piece of the take (and stole what Aladdin had given to him).
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Much more selfish and greedy than the other main characters (not inclunding Iago), and can get frustrated rather quickly. However he's kindhearted, loyal and willing to risk his life to save Aladdin and his friends.
Originally Jafar's loyal if often abused sidekick, Iago the Parrot is sealed away with Jafar inside of the lamp at the end of the first film. Instrumental in freeing the both of them from the sandy wastes of the desert, he abandons Jafar and sets out to find his own path in life, ultimately ending up a somewhat reluctant friend to Aladdin and company.
Butt Monkey: The movie writers' mantra: "When in doubt, hurt the bird."
Changed My Mind, Kid: In The Return of Jafar. He opts to bail just before the final confrontation with Jafar. Just when things are looking bleak for our heroes, Iago comes charging into the fight and manages to snatch Jafar's genie lamp. Despite being injured by a magical blast, Iago is able to shove the lamp into a pool of lava, destroying Jafar and saving the day.
Dirty Coward: For much of the second movie, he spent a lot of time looking out for himself almost exclusively although unlike many of the examples here, he can be courageous and selfless. Two examples come up in the second film.
The Drag-Along: In the series he is the quintessential embodiment of this trope. He's more concerned with living in the lap of luxury and staying out of danger, and, as a Card Carrying Coward, is none too happy with being dragged along on some grand adventure every other day (which is understandable, since he's a bit of a pain magnet).
Heel-Face Turn: He spent the entirety of the first film on Jafar's side. The beginning of the second film, The Return of Jafar, sees Iago escape from Jafar's lamp and slowly turn face over the course of the movie, even offing Jafar for good by kicking his lamp into magma. Not that Iago's all that heroic, but his conscience does get the better of him on a number of occasions.
Heel-Face Revolving Door: Switching sides three times in The Return of Jafar, and then conspiring with Cassim in King of Thieves.
I Choose to Stay: Inverted after the third movie, where he chooses to leave the palace after Aladdin's marriage to Jasmine and travel the world with Cassim.
Ink-Suit Actor: Frequently described as "a feathered Gilbert Gottfried".
Jerkass: In the original movie, where he's an obnoxious and cruel sidekick for Jafar.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: As his character develops he becomes a good guy, but is still usually out for himself alone and greedy to a fault.
Jerkass Has a Point: Iago may be coward and smug to the point of being neurotic, but given that he's often dragged against his will around the world to face very powerful supernatural beings, it's not without reason.
Polly Wants a Microphone: Interestingly, for most of the original movie, Iago pretends to be a regular parrot when in the presence of characters other than Jafar. In the second movie, Jafar claims that "If it weren't for me, you'd still be in a cage at the bazaar squawking 'Polly want a cracker'", which is sometimes taken to mean that Iago was a normal parrot whom Jafar made articulate with some sort of magic. On the other hand, no one seems to find it surprising that Iago is articulate.
Red Feathered Hero: Averted in the first film, but becomes one in the first sequel and onwards.
Soul Jar: More like "Emotion Jar", Word of Godstates that one of the concepts behind Iago's character is that Jafar transferred all of his emotions to Iago so that he would be free of distractions and better at conjuring magic. Of course, Iago is too small to actually suppress those emotions so you've got yourself a feathered Gilbert Gottfried.
Toothy Bird: As pictured in the trope page, he sports a fine set of choppers.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Tends toward this: in the first movie, he has a relationship like this with Jafar until their falling out in the sequel. He is like this with the rest of the team in the series, though he gets especially close (and insulting) to Abu and Genie.
Wild Card: Throughout all three movies and the series, Iago is about as reliable morality-wise as a chocolate teapot. In fact rather less so, as a chocolate teapot is not capable of good or evil where Iago is capable of both or neither depending on his mood.
An enchanted carpet that has been trapped in the Cave of Wonders for an untold time, this magical rug is capable of flight and is a sentient being in its own right. He and the Genie are old friends, in part due to spending so long in the Cave together.
Just a Carpet: He doesn't like being treated as just a piece of decoration, but who would?
Leitmotif: Yes, even the Carpet gets one. You can hear a soft variation of it when they first meet Carpet, followed by a bombastic version during the escape from the cave. It returns as Aladdin and Abu escape the ends of the earth later on.
Weaksauce Weakness: He can be beaten by particularly heavy piece of furniture, or someone with a knowledge of basic knots.
"I'm not going to be around forever, and I just want to make sure you're taken care of."
Voiced by: Douglas Seale
The benevolent and good-natured Sultan of Agrabah, Jasmine's father loves his people but especially his daughter and wishes only for her to be happy and taken care of. So, he tries to get her betrothed to an Arranged Marriage, but fails because no prince is ever good enough for her. When she falls in love with Aladdin, who also saves Agrabah from the tyranny of Jafar, he gives them his blessing to wed.
Adipose Rex: Age and high living have made him quite roly-poly.
Badass Grandpa: For the most part, averted... though in some episodes of the series he shows this such as the episode where he impressed the man-hating amazons.
Berserk Button: Do not threaten the city, and especially his daughter Jasmine if you know what's good for you.
Big Good: As the kind, benevolent Sultan of Agrabah.
Bumbling Dad: To Jasmine. Not stupid, but somewhat childish and gullible.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He seems to be a bumbling, almost childlike figure most commonly, but he was a pretty good adventurer and warlord in his younger days, and he still retains something of his old skills.
Good Parents: Despite his flaws, he is a good father to Jasmine.
Amplified Animal Aptitude: Not to the extent of Abu, but he's pretty smart for an animal, assisting Jasmine in her escape from the palace and even comforting her while she's grieving for Aladdin, whom Jasmine, thanks to Jafar's trickery, believed to have been executed.
"Now where were we? Ah, yes - abject humiliation!"
Voiced by: Jonathan Freeman
The Sultan's Grand Vizier in the first film, he yearns to claim power over the throne but is forbidden from ever attaining that position. For this reason, he seeks the Lamp of the Genie, so that he may use the Genie to become Sultan in turn. Ultimately outwitted by Aladdin, he wishes himself to be turned into a genie, only to be sealed away inside his own lamp. Escaping, he "recruits" the bandit Abis Mal to aid him in seeking revenge.
A Form You Are Comfortable With: He spends most of the second movie in his original human form because his true genie form is a bit too much for Abis Mal to handle.
A God Am I: After becoming a Genie. Justified because, well, a genie is supposed to have infinite cosmic power.
Ambition Is Evil: Particularly pronounced in comparison to Aladdin, who ultimately only wants power because he thinks it will make him good enough for Jasmine (with a bit of self esteem issues thrown in). Jafar in contrast wants power for power's sake, and his every action in the movie is to make himself more powerful than he already is simply because he can. Even though he is already plenty powerful already: he is never satisfied.
Animal Eyes: Briefly during his shape shifting into a snake
Ax-Crazy: He looks calm and cold-blooded at first, but once he obtains the Lamp's power he loses all his coolness, revealing his true psychopathic nature. Genie calls him "Señor Psychopath" for a reason.
Bad Boss: To Iago in the first movie and Abis Mal in the second movie.
Beard of Evil: Jasmine, falsely admiringly, notes that it's "So twisted".
Becoming the Genie: His wish to become an all-powerful genie fires back on him and traps him in a new lamp. By the second film however this works to his advantage, since with his lamp rediscovered his transformation into an evil genie basically made him a near-omnipotent villain with all the time in the world to plot his revenge.
Card-Carrying Villain: Though he doesn't say outright he's evil, he doesn't seem to take offense to Iago calling him "Your Rottenness" or "Oh Mighty Evil One". And if you call him a snake...
Deader than Dead: This is seemingly his final fate in Hercules and the Arabian Night, his final chronological (though non-canon) appearance outside of alternate continuities. Jafar, being already dead but temporarily resurrected by Hades as long as he's holding his staff, has the snake staff destroyed by Hercules, causing him to sink into the river Styx, but disappear entirely before he's fully immersed.
Charm Person: With his magic staff which he used to convince the Sultan to more easily persuade him.
Determinator: In the first movie, he is completely foiled several times before the climax - in fact, halfway through the movie he is nearly beaten for good. Every time it seems like's finished, he comes up with a brand new plan and tries again - and by the end of the movie he's gone through about three.
Dragged Off to Hell: His ultimate fate in the Hercules crossover. After Hercules breaks his staff, the only thing keeping him alive, Jafar turns back into a ghost and is forcibly dragged into the River Styx by the souls within.
Loophole Abuse: Genies can't kill anyone outright, but in Return of Jafar there's nothing stopping him from setting up people to be killed indirectly, such as leaving them dangling from a rock over a pit of lava, teleporting them to the bottom of the ocean and threatening to drown them, or setting up their execution. Or making them wishthey were dead, as he often reminds people:
"You'd be surprised what you can live through."
Magic Staff: His first, projecting his Hypno Ray through the eyes, was smashed by Aladdin, breaking his control over the Sultan. His second, the open-mouthed replacement after his second wish, had more general applications. He gets a third in the Hercules crossover, which is what keeps him corporeal.
One-Winged Angel: In addition to the Scaled Up mentioned below, he turns into a Genie. While it doesn't work for him at the time and he becomes Sealed Evil in a Can, he proves in the sequel he's far more powerful than before.
Even before he became a Genie, he transformed himself into a giant cobra as a sorcerer.
Revenge Before Reason: In "Return Of Jafar," where his downfall comes mainly due to being so obsessed with revenge that he ignores the loose ends that ultimately destroy him. Hades calls him out on this in the series' crossover with Hercules.
Scaled Up: Turns into a gigantic cobra. Worth noting, this is one of the few times it's actually effective.
The Starscream: His lifestyle is as the Mind Control-equipt Power Behind The Throne to the weak sultan of Agrabah, with ambitions only to obtain greater magical power, but as Jasmine's coming-of-age threatens to introduce political competitionnote in the form of Jasmine coming into a queen's estate and being able to get rid of him, rather than in the form of her prospective husband staking out his own turf, he conceives an intent to marry into the succession.
Eventually after securing the genie he just makes a wish and is sultan of Agrabah, which is thinking kind of small compared to some versions of the story given it appears to be a wealthy little oasis city all by its lonesome in a bunch of dunelands, maybe a lesser cousin of Samarkand. Anyway he turns the real sultan into a court jester. He did not like pretending to respect the guy.
Points for his coming up with the succession thing within the story, and from Iago's suggestion. No Hikaru Genji Plan here, folks!
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: After he becomes a sorcerer, he goes a little bit nuts. It only gets worse in The Sequel. Of course, there's nothing to say he wasn't already insane to begin with.
Would Hit a Girl: Even though he doesn't get to the point due to deciding that forcing her to become his love slave via Genie would be much better, Jafar was about to seriously backhand Jasmine when she tossed the wine in his face. And he outright tries to kill her by suffocating Jasmine in a giant sand hourglass.
Chief of the Sultan's guards, Razoul is the enforcer of law and order in Agrabah, and holds a particular resentment for Aladdin, who has a past of escaping him and making he and his men seem like fools.
All Crimes Are Equal: It doesn't matter if you're an old man or a woman, or if you're a Justified Criminal like Aladdin who only steals food to survive. If you commit a crime, he will come after you. Truth in Television: Medieval era laws and punishments were very harsh, no matter where in the world you were.
Chained Heat: With Aladdin in the TV finale. Even better, it was a magic chain. If they got along, it was long; disagreeing, short; and if they started fighting, the shackles fused together.
Determinator: The first film establishes that he has been after Aladdin for quite some time.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He doesn't even try to hide his dislike of Aladdin even after the Sultan and Jasmine accept him, but he still at least tolerates his presence.
Karma Houdini: Despite having had a direct hand in times (at least three) when Aladdin has nearly died, he never faces any significant punishment.
Psycho for Hire: Zigzagged. There are numerous hints and examples that he enjoys executing people. In the first movie, he eagerly and readily attempts to drown Aladdin/Prince Ali in the ocean under Jafar's orders, and in The Return of Jafar, when Jafar's Evil Plan leads him to think that Aladdin had killed the Sultan, he's so eager to see it happen that he plays the executioner himself. However, when the Sultan, overshadowed by an evil spirit, ordered Jasmine to be executed, he wasn't comfortable with being the one to do the job.
Redshirt Army: This is very evident where the Royal Guards had difficulty defeating Dominus Tusk.
The Resenter: A mild version occasionally shows in the tv series, he's evidently not happy about the fact that the thief he's been chasing in the movie has become his superior. You can't just expect the cop to be cool with the ex-con after all, prince or not.
Undying Loyalty: To the Sultan and Princess Jasmine. Case-in-point: in the first movie, when Aladdin is arrested by him, Jasmine, who had been hanging out with him in disguise, promptly reveals herself and demands that they let him go. Razoul, who had been eager to finally capture Aladdin, immediately changes his tune and apologizes, politely telling Jasmine that he would do so, but he's working under Jafar's orders.
Unwitting Pawn: To Jafar in both movies, some occasions in the TV series, and to Sa'luk in King Of Thieves.