Characters: Aladdin and the King of Thieves
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Characters featured in Aladdin and the King of Thieves:
Voiced by: John Rhys-DaviesThe enigmatic leader of the Forty Thieves, making him the titular King of Thieves. He leads his band to attack Aladdin and Jasmin's wedding, hoping to steal the scepter of the Oracle. Investigating leads Aladdin to the discover that the King of Thieves is his own long-lost father, who abandoned him and his mother years ago in hopes of finding the legendary Hand of Midas, a mystical artifact that resides on the Vanishing Isle and which can turn anything it touches into solid gold. In his obsession with finding it and thusly giving his family all the wealth they could ever dream of, he all but forgot about his family, returning only after his wife had died and his son had vanished — unbeknownst to him, having made his own living as a street rat of Agrabah.
- Anti-Villain Type II: This line sums him up quite well:Iago: You're a good guy, Cassim. But not too good.
- Badass Arm-Fold: One of his standard poses.
- Badass Baritone: His deep, booming voice cements his commanding presence and leadership capabilities.
- Badass Beard: He's got a full beard under that mask, and has proven capable throughout the film.
- Badass Normal: He's been adventuring for a long time, and keeps up even with the more exotic of his thieves.
- Cool Old Guy: He's an older man... who's also the leader of the most renowned band of thieves in the Arabic world
- Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He explains to Aladdin that he left to find an ancient treasure and secure a fortune for his wife and son. His refusal to come back empty handed meant he kept searching and stealing for years, and by the time he did come back he could not find his loved ones and was too deep in the criminal underworld to easily back out
- Dark Is Not Evil: Proudly calls himself the King of Thieves, leads a thieves band and dresses up similar to how you'd expect a thief to dress, but he's determined to never hurt an innocent and only became a thief because he wanted to give his family a better life.
- Deadpan Snarker: Where do you think Al got it from?
- Disappeared Dad: To Aladdin. He set out to chase the Hand of Midas, but when he finally returned, his wife was dead and his son was gone, so he went back to the only thing he believed he had left.
- Face Heel Revolving Door: He turns out all right at the end.
- Good Colors, Evil Colors: He wears a black suit under an eyecatching blue hood and cape. Since it was defined in the first Aladdin that blue was a good color, this highlights Cassim's Anti-Villain status.
- In the Hood: Usually wears a hood and face-mask to preserve his identity.
- Meaningful Name: In Arabic, his name means divided. He can't reconcile the division between the caring father side of himself and the part of him that is the proud King of Thieves. See also Mythology Gag.
- Metaphorically True: The Oracle explains to Aladdin that Cassim is trapped in the world of the Forty Thieves. Aladdin initially believes that this means that Cassim is a prisoner of the Thieves, only to learn that Cassim is "trapped" in that he has become their leader and is too bound-up in their lifestyle to extract himself. So much so that, at the end of the film, he leaves Agrabah with Iago to resume the life of a wandering adventurer/thief, because he knows he can never settle down again, even if his son wanted him to.
- Mythology Gag: His name is shared with Ali-Baba's brother from the original story of the Forty Thieves. Like his namesake, he also became "trapped amongst the 40 Thieves"... although in a rather less terminal fashion.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: It's his strictest rule, and something he made the Forty Thieves adopt after he became their leader.
- Noble Demon: Steals things, but never from anyone who he thinks would be hurt by it, and has a strict honor code.
- Papa Wolf"Keep your hands off my son."
- Skunk Stripe: Due to his age.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In comparison to the original story.
- Strong Family Resemblance: He's Aladdin with a beard and graying hair.
- Villain Protagonist: As Aladdin's father, he's effectively both the villain of the movie and a protagonist.
- We Can Rule Together: There's a strong vibe of this to his initial interactions with Aladdin. Averted in that Aladdin chooses to return and become Sultan of Agrabah rather than be a thief, and Cassim chooses to leave Agrabah and remain a roving thief rather than taint his son's new life.
Voiced by: Jerry OrbachA hulking and intimidating member of the Forty Thieves, Sa'luk remembers the "good old days" before Cassim enforced the "don't hurt the innocent" rule and yearns to lead the Thieves back to that lifestyle. Seemingly killed when Aladdin is forced to join the Forty Thieves to save his own life, Sa'luk escapes and betrays his former gang, then manipulates the remnants to force Aladdin and Cassim to lead him to the Hand of Midas.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: There's no question that he becomes leader of the remaining Thieves due to his skills at fighting, and he retained his position in the Thieves prior to Aladdin by being able to kill any man who tried to join and take his place.
- Ax-Crazy: Most ruthless and brutal of the Thieves, and openly enjoys violence.
- Badass Mustache: His moustache is very noticeable and sets him apart from the others.
- Badass: He kills a shark with his bare hands. 'Nuff said.
- Bald of Evil: Evil and clean shaven.
- Big Bad: Of the third film. He's clearly a rival "king" among the Forty Thieves to Cassim and he's the one that's leading the group in the second half.
- Blood Knight: He openly promises that the Forty Thieves will go back to implied murder and mayhem under his leadership, and he makes it clear that Cassim's "don't hurt the innocent" was why he hated working for him.
- Death by Irony: The Hand of Midas that he sought so hard to get turns him into a gold statue.
- Disney Death: Quite surprising, as it first seemed like a typical Disney Villain Death.
- Evil Is Bigger: Much larger than Aladdin or even his former boss Cassim.
- Genius Bruiser: A lot more sneaky and manipulative than he first seems.
- Jerkass: He's rude, treacherous, physically abusive; check.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Cassim casually tosses him the Hand of Midas, which Sa'luk catches with his bare hands completely unaware of the consequences. Aladdin and Cassim can only stare in horror as he is forcibly transformed into a gold statue, his Big "NO!" cut off once the magic reaches his face.
- Knight of Cerebus: Sa'Luk may not have supernatural powers like Jafar, but he is definitely almost as threatening. After surviving an apparent Disney Villain Death he kills a shark onscreen and the film takes a much darker turn when he sets his plot in motion. His death is also nightmarish.
- Large and in Charge: After turning the other thieves against Cassim. It's also hinted that he used to be the leader before Cassim.
- Manipulative Bastard: He sells out the Forty Thieves to Razoul, then neatly takes control of the handful who escaped by making them believe it was Cassim and Aladdin who betrayed them to the Agrabah authorities.
- One-Man Army: During his Villain Song, he easily browbeats the remainder of the Forty Thieves into following him by physically dominating them all, proving he's stronger than any of them. A dose of manipulation helps as well.
- The Resenter: Hates Cassim with a passion.
- Slasher Smile: Sports some truly nasty ones during the movie.
- The Starscream: He usurps control over the Forty Thieves and it's made clear during his Villain Song that he's always wanted to take control. He's even willing to hand over the majority of them to catch Cassim, presumably consigning them to death.
- Super Strength: He's not the strongest member of the Forty Thieves, but he's certainly far stronger than any normal man.
- Taken for Granite: A variant with gold instead of stone is his fate when he catches the Hand of Midas in his bare hand.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: Seizes control over the Forty Thieves after Cassim abandons them to head to Agrabah.
- Villain Song: Are You In Or Out?
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Rather like Aladdin, he basically wears nothing except an open vest, showing off his hulking torso.
- Wolverine Claws: As can be seen in his page image, his favored weapons are essentially hooked claws worn like knuckle-dusters.
Voiced by: C.C.H. PounderAn enigmatic spirit who resides within an enchanted scepter that is unknowingly offered as a wedding gift to Jasmine and Aladdin, this mystical entity will answer with perfect clarity, but will only answer a single question for a single individual in their lives. Cassim and the Forty Thieves wish to retrieve her so they use her to guide them to the Hand of Midas.
- It Only Works Once: She is "bound by the Rule of One: One Question, One Answer", a person may only ever ask a single question of her (intentionally or "thinking out loud"), after which she can never speak to them again.
- Metaphorically True: Her answer to Aladdin to find his father was, "Follow the trail of the Forty Thieves. Your father is trapped in their world". Aladdin at first thinks that he's literally their prisoner, but later realizes that he is "trapped" by his own greed.
- The Omniscient: She sees all that has been and all that will be.
- Prophet Eyes: As seen in the page image, she has no visible pupils or irises. And of course she is the Oracle.
- Small Role, Big Impact: She only shows up a total of three times in the film. Yet she's the one to reveal that Aladdin's father is alive, and lead to the MacGuffin.