Almost Kiss: Between Aladdin and Jasmine in his hideaway before they are interrupted by the guards, just after Jafar is revealed as a traitor, and again at the conclusion before Genie grabs them in a group hug.
During the "A Whole New World" sequence, Aladdin and Jasmine fly by an Egyptian stonemason working on the Sphinx. They startle him, causing his chisel to slip and break off the nose of the Sphinx. However, in reality the Sphinx would have been thousands of years old by Aladdin's time, and the ancient Egyptians long gone.
When Aladdin tumbles through the clotheslines in his first appearance, a definitely modern bra is clearly visible among the falling clothes.
Iago says "Pack the guns, the weapons, the knives...oh, and how about this picture, I think I'm making a weird face in it." Miniature paintings were absolutely not in vogue in the Abbasid period, but more to the point, THE GUNS??? According to the DVD Commentary, that was Gilbert Gottfried ad-libbing, and it got a laugh out of Robin Williams.
Princess Jasmine's freakin' regular outfit is an anachronism, overlapping with Politically Correct History. The bedlah outfits worn by her (and various harem girls throughout the film) are a Hollywood invention, created during the early twentieth century. Hollywood popularized it enough to result in Defictionalization. If you get over that, it still makes no sense at all that the Princess goes around wearing a belly dancer costume.
Abu pulls out what is, on closer inspection, a modern bobby pin to pick the lock and free Aladdin within the dungeon.
Aside Glance: When the Sultan, frustrated with Jasmine's rebelliousness, glares at Rajah and declares, "Allah forbid you should have any daughters!", Rajah turns a baffled look towards the audience.
Attractive Bent Gender: When Iago is disguised as a flamingo and mimicking Princess Jasmine's voice, a nearby male flamingo gives him the bedroom eyes. Iago's disguise sure is paper thin: just a fake beak and some stilts.
Angel Face, Demon Face: The Genie begins 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.)
Badass Boast: "Friend Like Me" is part this in that Genie shows how powerful he is and what he's capable of, also part showing Aladdin how lucky he is to have found Genie. "Prince Ali" is pretty much all this with regard to Ali's fortune/possessions/exploits/etc.
Bald of Evil: Jafar's male-pattern baldness the one time he's seen without his hat.
Beard of Evil: Not everyone with a beard is evil (in fact, every male citizen of Agrabah we see, besides Aladdin and little boys, has a beard) but Jafar's beard is definitely a Beard Of Evil. It's so...twisted.
BeeYourself: The entire point of Aladdin's character development. He thinks that he's worth nothing without the Genie and that Jasmine wouldn't be interested in him if he wasn't a prince. Naturally, Jasmine falls in love with him when he's just a poor boy living on the streets (and she initially doesn't care for his princely alter-ego) and Aladdin manages to defeat Jafar entirely without the Genie's help.
Aladdin's first wish, "I wish for you to make me a prince", was pretty easy to "misinterpret", too, so Genie certainly was benevolent in making him into a rich, beloved prince "as strong as ten men" and complete with enormous retinue. Interpreting a forced nod as "I wish for you to save my life." He's very kind and helpful toward Aladdin long before getting promised his freedom, and in the end, when he thinks that Aladdin using his last wish to free him will mean Aladdin won't get to marry Jasmine, Genie encourages him to use the last wish to be a prince again, willingly facing "an eternity of servitude" to make them happy.
Genie is even benevolent towards an evil master like Jafar, when it would behoove him to be a bit more literal or jackassish. So, Jafar, you want to be Sultan? Okay. You're Sultan of this tiny Far Side Island. You want to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world? Great! You are now the only sorcerer in the world — nobody else shares your ability to magically vanish rabbits. Oh, and the world in question is Venus. Enjoy!
Given that he behaves this way even to a master he openly hates, presumably his "contract" requires him to interpret his masters' wishes reasonably. Which is strange, because in the sequels Jafar has no issues using Jackass Genie tactics.
Berserk Button: Iago being fed crackers by the Sultan with the latter often asking "Polly want a cracker" before feeding him. This was also the primary motivation for Iago wanting to aid Jafar in usurping the Sultan.
Ironically, said berserk button was also what finalized Iago's decision to defect from Jafar in the beginning of Return of Jafar, and leave Jafar in a well.
Aladdin gets one as well after his first kiss with Jasmine, and promptly jumps backwards off the balcony (he knows Carpet is there to catch him).
Bilingual Bonus: Most of the signs are just Foreign Looking Font or random scribbles, but there is a sign over Jafar's door that's readable Arabic. It has his name and title on it. Which makes you wonder why it's on the inside of a secret door...
After he turns from a sultan to a sorcerer, his "Down, boy!" turns Rajah into a kitten.
Later, during the battle, he puts Jasmine in an hourglass, saying, "Your time is up!"
"Don't toy with me!" turns Abu into a windup cymbal monkey.
"Things are unravelling fast" causes Carpet to unsew himself into a pile of threads.
"Get the point!?" when he momentarily traps Aladdin in a ring of swords. (Pretty close to "I think he got the point" in Thunderball, dontcha think?)
"I'm just getting warmed up!" breathes a circle of fire.
And after being called a "snake" by Aladdin, Jafar retorts, "Perhaps you'd like to see how sssssnakelikeI can be!"
Bowdlerise: The line "where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face" was redubbed for the VHS/DVD release because of complaints by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Arguably subverted in the same musical number, because Disney kept "it's barbaric — but, hey! it's home" despite similar complaints.
Broken Aesop: True, Aladdin didn't need the lamp to make Jasmine love him, but he certainly wouldn't have been able to court her without its power to disguise him as the fabulously wealthy Prince Ali.
Buddy Picture: The filmmakers have admitted that the relationship between Aladdin and Genie is at least as important (if not more so) than that between Aladdin and Jasmine.
Buxom Is Better: Inverted since every single other adult female who appear more than a background charecter (three harem girls in 'one jump' and 'prince ali', Genies dancing girls, the dancing girls from the parade) are all clearly more buxom than Jasmine.
By Wall That Is Holey: When Aladdin is banished to the frozen wastelands by Jafar, and his transportation (a broken off tower of Agrabah palace) starts rolling towards him, realizing there's no way to outrun the threat, he notices a tiny window and decides to position himself just perfectly so that the tower will simply roll past.
Merchant: Please, please, come closer! [smacks into camera] Too close, a little too close!
Cant Get Away With Nuthin: In the movie, Jasmine, while trying to run away, takes an apple to give to a hungry kid. She is immediately beset upon by the shopkeeper who attempts to give her the standard punishment for thievery: losing a hand!
Cave Mouth: The Cave Of Wonders' opening is a big tiger's mouth with sharp teeth. It also talks ("Who disturbs my slumber?").
Chekhov's Skill: Early/midway through the movie, Aladdin belittles the Genie's power and abilities, prompting Genie to show off exactly what he's capable of by getting the gang out of the supposedly inescapable tomb in the Cave of Wonders, without actually using a wish on getting out. In the climax, when Jafar appears to have won and rendered Aladdin and the other good guys helpless, Aladdin belittles Jafar's power and abilities by pointing out the Genie gave him his powers and is stronger than him. This prompts Jafar to use his final wish to become a genie, and everything that goes with it.
Like some other kinds of birds, Iago is an impressive vocal mimic. In the movie, they introduce his ability to impersonate Jasmine while he's making fun of her, then uses it later to trick Aladdin into leaving the lamp unprotected.
When Aladdin and Jasmine first meet, we see that she's very good at catching on and playing along with Aladdin's cons. At the end of the movie, she quickly notices him trying to steal back the lamp and promptly starts flirting with Jafar, to keep Jafar's attention elsewhere.
The end of "One Jump Ahead" sees Aladdin grab a rug and take a flying leap, Foreshadowing his handling of the carpet.
Aladdin's trick of rolling an apple across his shoulders and flipping it off his elbow first shows up when he tricks a vendor into thinking he was giving back a stolen one. He does it again on the carpet ride, and judging by Jasmine's knowing expression it gives her another clue about his true identity.
Circling Birdies: Played with—Iago sees numerous Sultans on Carpet circling his head after an injury.
For bonus points, they're chanting in chipmunk speed: "Haveacracker!Haveacracker!Haveacracker!"
Clipped Wing Angel: Genie Jafar. He is immensely powerful in this form, but he can now be trapped in the lamp. He also faces many more restrictions as a genie than as a sorcerer.
Comically Missing the Point: When Jafar tries to hypnotize the Sultan into having Jasmine marry him, the Sultan breaks out of the trance not to point out that it's against the law (Jasmine must marry a prince), but to mention that he's so OLD.
Composite Character: The Robin Williams Genie was a combination of the Magic Ring and Magic Lamp Genies from the original story. Likewise Jafar was a combination of the the Sorcerer who wanted the Genie, the Vizier trying to discredit Aladdin after his rise to wealth, and the Prince Charmless son who the Vizier was trying to get the princess to marry.
Conspicuous CG: The Tiger Head leading into the cave of wonders, as well as the entire cave escape sequence.
The Carpet is slightly less conspicuous.
Convection Schmonvection: Aladdin, Abu, and Carpet all come within inches of the lava while escaping the Cave of Wonders.
Crashing Through The Harem: This happens to the title character while he's escaping the guards (after stealing a loaf of bread) and singing "One Jump Ahead".
Crowd Song: Special mention goes out to "Prince Ali", which is not only a Badass Boast, in song, but is almost as crowded, if not more so than "Belle".
Cuffs Off Rub Wrists: Aladdin, when Abu unlocks his chains in the dungeon. Also, When Genie gets his freedom. Well the Genie has them back on later on.
Exact Words: A behind-the-scenes example that overlaps with Throw It In. According to the DVD commentary, the team was struggling with how to end the "Friend Like Me" number. Part of the problem was then-Disney President Jeffrey Katzenberg, who wanted the audience to applaud after each musical number. Eric Golderberg (who animated the Genie) thus came up with the 'Applause' sign on the Genie's back. It worked and became one of the film's best gags.
There are also a lot of similarities to the character played by Leonard Nimoy in the Shelly Duval version of the story. (Although obscure, there are several other elements like the rocketing Minaret and the "give me a hand/give me the lamp" dialogue that both versions have in common.)
Face Palm: The carpet does one when Prince Ali falls for Jasmine's trap question and reveals his true identity.
Fanservice: Besides Jasmine, there's the harem Aladdin falls into during 'One Jump Ahead', the harem girls in 'Friend Like Me', the girls in 'Prince Ali' ... let's just say there's a lot of pretty girls in sheer, low-cut fabric.
Finish Dialogue In Unison: When Aladdin and Jasmine are in his hideout, they talk about their troubles and conclude in unison that they both feel "trapped".
Foreshadowing: Aladdin and Abu ride a non-magical carpet during the song "One Jump Ahead". Later on Aladdin rides a magic carpet several times.
Forgot About His Powers: When Jafar wished to be a genie, Genie seemed scared and apprehensive. If he remembered that all genies are bound to a life of servitude - his problem throughout the movie - he would've caught on to Aladdin's plan sooner.
Forgot I Could Change The Rules: The Sultan at the end. Though he points out in the beginning that he's using the law as a way to take care of his daughter.
Four-Fingered Hands: Used with Genie, who (in all of his forms) has four fingers while the rest of the human cast has five. His fingers are chubbier as a result, and they actually make him look more gentle.
Except for when counting on his fingers, then he has as many as needed.
From Bad to Worse: Jafar turns up and declares himself Sultan. Then Aladdin realizes that the lamp is missing. Then he turns around to see a giant, pupil-less Genie pick up the palace and place it high above the city. Then Jafar wishes to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world, spirits Aladdin into a tower, shoots it to the other side of the world, and turns around to laugh maniacally at the sight of Jasmine and the Sultan cringing in his shadow. And all this happens about ten minutes before the giant snake...
Funny Background Event: Technically from this video of the Disneyland Stage adaptation, but just after Aladdin meets Jasmine and say "These streets can be dangerous", an electric wheelchair stuffed with goods drives by.
While Abu is harassing the melon stand owner, the scene is so distracting it's very easy to miss Aladdin taking his own melon...in the foreground.
Hypnotize the Princess: Jafar wishes for the Genie to make Jasmine fall in love with him, which would give him a beautiful, willing consort and be a nasty revenge on Jasmine for having to serve her and her father all his life. Genie doesn't have that power, but Jasmine pretends it worked to distract Jafar.
Aladdin and Abu, Aladdin and the Carpet, Jasmine and Rajah, Jafar and Iago (if you consider them friends...)
Idiot Ball: Jafar in the finale. He's spent years searching for the lamp, knows full well that the genie that resides in it will become the slave of whoever owns the lamp (he even refers to Genie as slave a couple times), and displays cunning and wisdom throughout the movie. Though he's been chasing after the lamp all this time with the 3 wishes specifically in mind, apparently the most recognizable trait of any genie in any medium (granting wishes unquestioningly to whoever holds the imprisoning object) slips his mind and he wishes to become a Genie. Not 'I wish to possess the phenomenal cosmic powers of a genie' or 'I wish for my sorcerer powers to equals your own' or anything that would have made more sense. Specifically, he wishes to become a Genie. Stop and think about things for a few seconds dude.
I Gave My Word: Aladdin promised to free the Genie with his third wish. What makes him the hero is that he actually kept his promise. Especially considering he kept his promise despite being unsure whether or not he would be able to marry Jasmine.
This is emphasized even more in Kingdom Hearts, where he goes through with his promise despite Jasmine having been kidnapped and still probably being in grave danger.
Justified Criminal: Aladdin. "Gotta eat to live, gotta steal to eat, tell you all about it when I got the time!"
Karma Houdini: The rather jerkass guards who have no trouble throwing a prince (or so they thought) over a cliff for no better reason than the "tall, dark, and sinister ugly man" said so...go on to be jerkass guards in the other movies...karma, where'd you go?
Kiss of Distraction: Jasmine lays one on Jafar. Subverted when Aladdin gets caught because he's disgusted by the sight.
Kneel Before Zod: Hilarious, in that when Jafar first gives the command, the Sultan immediately begins to bow. But then Jasmine has to go and open her mouth...
Lampshade Hanging: Aladdin's "all this for a loaf of bread?" line. Honestly, it seems a little overkill for a bunch of palace guards to go to that extreme for shoplifting, then you consider that during that time period, theft may as well have been murder.
Laser-Guided Karma: Negative non-villainous example: The Sultan, during his interactions with Jafar prior to the latter's treachery being exposed, often fed Iago some crackers (something Iago did not enjoy or appreciate). One of Iago's first actions upon Jafar becoming both Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world is force feeding the former Sultan the same crackers the sultan fed him.
Late to the Punchline: Robin Williams is a guarantee of dialogue children will only understand years later.
Large Ham: Genie and Jafar (the latter, mostly when he becomes a sorcerer and a genie).
Laughably Evil: Jafar; when he's not making horrible puns, he's trying to screw Jasmine.
Leitmotif: Most of the main characters have one. Aladdin and Genie's are the refrains from "One Jump Ahead" and "Friend Like Me" respectively, while Jasmine's is (apparently) a few bars from the melody of "A Whole New World". While not based of a song from the movie, Jafar's leitmotif features heavily here, is extended during the scene where he schemes in the throne room, and is everywhere in the final battle.
Strains of Jasmine's unused song "To Be Free" are used constantly for both Jasmine and Genie.
Loophole Abuse: When Aladdin is drowning, Genie shakes his head back in forth in a nod, takes it as a "yes", and rescues him.
Love at First Sight: On seeing Jasmine in the market-place, Aladdin is immediately smitten. After he rescues her from trouble, Jasmine isn't too far behind. Given the pure emotion of Aladdin and Jasmine's scenes together, the writers/animators actually make this trope work.
It can also be argued that it's more of a mutual crush at first sight. After they are initially torn apart, Aladdin spends a chunk of the film trying to win Jasmine's favor again. They have a little bonding time (albiet one night) and the two of them actually tackle issues like trust and self worth before they officially get together at the end. Compare to earlierDisneymovies where the hero and heroine spend a grand total of one scene together, and by their second scene the antagonist has already been vanquished and the two are ready to be married.
Also how Jasmine figured out Aladdin's ruse. "Do you trust me?" The first time he asked this when they were running away from the guards, and the second time was inviting her for a carpet ride.
Medium Awareness: The Genie. Most notably in his many transformations and mannerisms, but also in the song "Friend Like Me" when he sings that 'Ali Baba had them forty thieves, Sheherezade had a thousand tales'; most people don't know that both Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin were among Sheherezade's tales.
Also, the morning after Aladdin uses up his second wish, Genie pulls out an Aladdin screenplay and tells him it's time for the scene where he sets Genie free.
Jasmine is the victim here. For really no good reason. Sigh. Disney....
Aladdin as well, which is one of the similarities between them. Originally Aladdin was meant to have a mother and some brothers, but this was changed.
Mondegreen: When "Prince Ali" first visits Princess Jasmine's terrace, he has some trouble with Raja, whom he tries to shoo away. "Down kitty, good boy... take off and go!" The second line is both whispered and spoken very rapidly, leading some of the more paranoid Moral Guardians (and giggling teenagers) to mishear the line as: "Good teenagers, take off your clothes."
Mr. Fanservice: Aladdin. His animation design was based on Tom Cruise (at the point where Tom Cruise was the hot young thing of the moment) for this very reason. He was originally based on Michael J. Fox, but that design didn't go down as well.
Ms. Fanservice: Jasmine. Arguably the most sexual of all the Disney Princesses, and consistently the highest billed in their Princess Collection range.
And your beard. It's so... twisted...
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, Aladdin said:
"I made a mess of everything... somehow I gotta go back and set things right."
Narrator All Along: An unused alternate ending features the salesman telling the story suddenly turning into the Genie before the credits roll. Not technically confirmed in the film itself, but both of them were still voiced by Robin Williams....
Neck Lift: One of the guards does this to Aladdin when they break into his hideout and capture him.
Nice Hat: A whole city's worth. Practically the only males without a hat are Iago and Genie.
No Flow in CGI: Averted. The whole point of rendering the carpet in CGI rather than traditional animation was to allow it to have an extremely intricate design, while still flowing and moving like cloth.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Jafar - not that he was never a serious menace for his enemies having an extensive knowledge of arcane lore, spells, potions, but initially he doesn't seem to possess any genuine magical power which apparently makes him look less dangerous. However as soon he wishes to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world he becomes one of the most omnipotent evil sorcerers in the Disney universe. Moreover, althought he is Laughably Evil, he CAN also be ruthless and cruel.
Obfuscating Stupidity: Iago pretends to be a dumb parrot to everyone but Jafar for a while, but drops the façade when Jafar seizes power (and briefly forgets it in shock when Aladdin confronts Jafar after the former was nearly killed by the latter).
Pinocchio Nose: Prince Ali's hat (the plume falls and covers his face whenever he lies).
The genie actually turns into Pinocchio with an extended nose to imply what he thought of one of Aladdin's promises.
Politically Correct History: As a woman in ancient Arabia, Jasmine's free spirit wouldn't have been quite so tolerated in Real Life. There'd be no such thing as suitors; she's marrying whoever Daddy chooses.
On the other hand, the Sultan really is a softie, and even in this time period the father is allowed to consult the daughter's wishes even though he doesn't have to.
Subverted however in that, when freed, a genie has less power.
Pride: Jafar was this close to complete victory, but his refusal to accept any position other than that of the most powerful being on the face of the Earth was what ultimately undid him. He was already the Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world as a result of his first two wishes upon capturing the Genie, but his undoing came when Aladdin tricked him into wishing to be a genie — with everything that goes along with the package. He could probably even have avoided the last third of the movie altogether if he hadn't wasted his first wish on, essentially, stealing the Sultan's clothes - out of pride.
Rescue Introduction: Aladdin meets Princess Jasmine when rescuing her from a street vendor who she accidentally stole an apple from and her arm is nearly slashed off. Leading into a mini...
Rescue Romance: Aladdin and Jasmine first fall for each other after the rescue, and they connect further afterwards. However, while they each clearly begin to have a thing for the other, before the spark can grow Rasoul raids Aladdin's place and cuts it short before it can really start. The rest of the movie and some magical intervention is needed to continue things along.
Smug Snake: Jafar is a wicked version of this trope. During the climax, he even literally becomes a giant one.
Something Completely Different: After The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast this is the first Disney Princess movie to focus on the male character more than the female (of all the Disney Princess merchandise to ever show the Disney logo, this film and Tangled are the only ones that do not have a custom Disney Princess logo resembling a pink oval, instead a purple oval is substituted, all the merchandise based on other Disney franchises use a Disney logo resembling a blue oval). This is Justified as Aladdin is the title character and so naturally the story would focus on him more than the Princess. However, this was a calculated move by the folks at Disney as after years of Princess movies they wanted to work on something that would attract a larger male audience and thus the film became more action-heavy than the standard Disney Animated Canon movies with multiple chase scenes, fights, and elements of male bonding between Aladdin, Abu, Carpet, and Genie. Jasmine is the only real female character in the entire trilogy (albeit a very strong and well-developed one).
Spikes of Villainy: If you pay attention, you can see that Jafar's "Real Sorcerer" Suit has pointer shoulders, his hat isn't round anymore(with two more points), and his Cobra Cane is more realistic and has its mouth open.
Stepford Smiler: Kind of. Genie dances around, cracks jokes, and seems to have a lot of fun granting wishes...but Aladdin pokes around a little bit and discovers that Genie is actually miserable and desires freedom from his life of servitude more than anything else in the world.
Take Over the City: For all he wants power, Jafar never seems interested in political power beyond Agrabah.
Talking Animal: Downplayed with Abu, as he mostly speaks in monkey chatter, although he can vocalize some words. Completely averted with Rajah. Played straight with Iago, although it's strongly implied that his talking was not one of his natural traits, but the result of modifications made by Jafar (according to Jafar in Return of Jafar, the only thing Iago could say prior to Jafar getting his hands on him was indeed squacks of "Polly Want A Cracker.")
Tap on the Head: Jafar's guards to Aladdin when they kidnap him and Abu to Iago during the final combat.
Tempting Fate: "For the first time in my life, things are starting to go right." (It goes bad almost immediately.)
Theme Tune Extended / Second Verse Curse: Arabian Nights was originally written to be three verses long, notwithstanding the reprises, but only the first stanza was used in the film. The recent stage musical used the full-length song and all four reprises.
Unknown Rival: Aladdin and Jafar spend a good two-thirds of the film unaware of each other's true identity/intentions. Jafar assumes Aladdin died in the Cave of Wonders, then when he returns as Prince Ali neither of them knows who the other is. It's not until Jafar sees "Ali" has the lamp that he puts it together.
Uptown Girl: Aladdin wants to pursue Jasmine but is insecure about his poverty.
Villain Ball: If Jafar had simply saved Aladdin and given him some pocket change or something, Abu wouldn't have stolen the lamp, Aladdin would never have known what it does and Jafar would have successfully conquered Agrabah. Furthermore, he would never have lost the final battle if he hadn't let his greed get the better of him and wasted his last wish turning himself into an immortal indentured servant.
Interestingly, Jafar had 5 separate songs and all but one of them were cut. Aside from Prince Ali, there was "Humiliate the Boy" where Jafar does what the title suggests (cut for being too caustic). '"My Time Has Come" where Jafar recounts how hideous his life has been and how he is going to make everyone else miserable (cut for being too slow and introspective). "Why Me" was the same as "My Time Has Come" (cut because the directors felt it didn't advance the story enough, they also wanted something with a big chorus). And "My Finest Hour" where Jafar pulls the earth into a ball and bats it around with the Genie (cut because the directors decided it was too late in the movie for an extended showstopper for the villain). "Why Me" was revived for some stageplay adaptations.
What Happened to the Mouse?: When Aladdin first meets Jasmine, he rescues her from a man about to cut off her hand with a sword. Aladdin takes the sword off him and hands it to Jasmine. A few seconds later, it disappears completely.
Actually... while it's true that in the first film he was only there for one scene, it's revealed in the third film that he was the narrator of, and therefore technically passively present during, all three films. The entire time he'd been recounting how we got to this point... on Jasmine and Aladdin's wedding night. He even attempts to sell them a commemorative carpet with their portraits embroidered on it for the occasion, and it can therefore be assumed that to make a buck off their wedding was why he was traveling to Agrabah during the opening sequence.
Who Dares?: The Cave Of Wonders: "Who disturbs my slumber?" Also, "Who has touched the forbidden treasure?!!?"
You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Jafar under a beggar disguise, attempts to kill Alladin once he has completed his task and gives him the lamp, during which the time the Cave Of Wonders was currently collapsing.
Bad Boss: Abis Mal, even before they upped his villainy a bit in the series where he pulls a You Have Failed Me on one of his mooks, was a genuinely terrible boss to his gang of thieves: Specifically, in the beginning, he was shown to keep the lion's share of the the plunder that he and his gang stole, and gave his gang a small pocketbag of change at best. It's also strongly implied that this wasn't the first time Abis Mal cheapskated his followers either.
Bag of Spilling: Justified. The Genie gets noticeably nerfed in the sequels and television show, mentioning that his freedom from the lamp has reduced his powers. This culminates in a musical number where Genie Jafar (who Genie gave his power to and logically could not have been more powerful than imprisoned Genie) toys with and captures Genie with ease. Although he does maintain his apparent ability to perceive time and events as all occurring simultaneously, allowing for plenty of modern pop culture references and anachronistic objects to go around. Although in King Of Thieves he seems much more powerful than he was in Return Of Jafar. Maybe he just learned how to make the most use of his weaker powers.
Big "Shut Up!": from Iago to Jafar. "Hey, Jafar! SHUT UUUUUUP!" Also a Call Back - Jafar's last line in the first movie was one of these to Iago as the two were flung into the distance.
Canon Discontinuity: Like most of Disney's direct-to-video sequels, this film (along with its TV series and "King of Thieves") are not considered canonical by the company. Many sources tend to affirm this, such as books that depicted Aladdin & Jasmine's wedding (and not the one from "King of Thieves") and other media (such as Sorcerers Of The Magic Kingdom) keeping Iago as a bad guy.
Changed My Mind, Kid: Iago. 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.
Dark Is Not Evil: Abis Mal wears a purple hat and belt but is really a harmless who tries, and fails, to "wear" the image of evil.
Darker and Edgier: Return of Jafar is a lesser example; while some elements are more lighthearted (Abis Mal, Genie) Jafar's plan to frame Aladdin for the murder of the Sultan, make Jasmine think he killed her father, and then kill Aladdin is pretty dark, especially when he gets within seconds of winning
Disney Death: The first sequel loves this. Genie gets chucked across the garden but he's just unconscious, Carpet gets torn to shreds but it's just fine, and Iago gets blasted with lightning but "You'd be surprised what you can live through." Justfied as in his genie form Jafar cannot actually kill people directly.
The Dog Bites Back: After Abis Mal failed to not only retrieve the plunder that Aladdin stole back from them and dispersed to the Agrabahian populace, but also get revenge on Aladdin when they encountered him at Agrabah's streets (and nearly got them arrested thanks to Iago knocking them back), Abis Mal's gang of thieves evidentially had enough of their boss and tried to kill him on the spot after he retrieved some water from the well (the same well that Iago literally ditched Jafar's Lamp into earlier). It's averted, and not because they forgave him so much as they were scared off by Jafar being unwittingly released from the lamp by Abis Mal before they could deliver the killing blows on him.
Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: In the 2nd movie, when Iago tries to redeem himself to Aladdin by trying to free the Genie from the crystal ball prison, Abu goes off on an unintelligible rant, to which Iago responds: "Do I insult your mother?"
Family Unfriendly Death: Jafar gets his lamp dropped in lava, has an electrifying seizure, then explodes into dust.
Forgot I Could Fly: When Genie escapes from the orb Jafar put him in, Genie races through the castle and snatches Aladdin away from the execution stand, only to poof the rest of the protagonists to safety seconds later.
A Form You Are Comfortable With: Jafar's true form of a huge red Genie is too much for thief Abis Mal, so Jafar spends most of the film looking as he did while human. Which only helped a little, since let's face it, even human Jafar is pretty damn intimidating.
Heel Face Revolving Door: Iago again, switching sides three times in Return of Jafar and then conspiring with Cassim in King of Thieves.
Jackass Genie: Jafar is a natural at this, wasting Abis Mal's two wishes and implying that he could just as easily twist the third to get Abis Mal to work for him. This backfires later on when, after promising Abis Mal piles of treasures in return for wishing Jafar to be free; Abis Mal hesitates and asks in a Genre Savvy way if the treasure would disappear.
Loophole Abuse: Because he's now bound by the rules of the genie, Jafar can't kill Aladdin himself. So, it forces him to rely on proxies and indirect assassination attempts where he technically doesn't lay a finger on Al.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Aladdin tricking Jafar into becoming a genie saved the day in the first film. But when he gets loose in The Return of Jafar, Aladdin's created a foe with all of the Genie's powers and none of the morals. Way to go, Al.
If Jafar had just swallowed his pride and actually treated Iago like somewhat of an equal after forcing him out of the Lamp instead of, well, ranting that Iago would have been stuck in the bazaar squacking "Polly Want A Cracker" had he not been involved, most of the movie would not have happened.
If Jafar hadn't mistreated Abis Mal and wasted his wishes with Jackass Genie antics, he would have been wished free before Aladdin and the gang could stop him. This seems to be one of Jafar's biggest flaws.
Oblivious Guilt Slinging: The good guys really lay it on thick in The Return of Jafar when Iago's (reluctantly) planning to betray them.
Off Model: The Return Of Jafar has some pretty subpar animation.
Just look at Jasmine's face during the "Forget About Love" musical number.
For some reason Genie looks less like... well, Genie when he's voiced by Dan Castellaneta. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that he's usually a darker shade of blue when Robin Williams is behind him.
The Carpet looks less lively outside the first movie (as the intricate texture implanted through CG was replaced with a regular painted drawing).
Jafar in some scenes looks like he's being played by Captain Hook.
In a particular scene, the Sultan loses his eyebrows!
Off with His Head!/Public Execution: Attempted in Return of Jafar, after Aladdin has been framed and condemned to die for "the murder of the Sultan". Fortunately, Iago does a Heel Face Turn and breaks the Genie free from the glass bottle, and in turn, the Genie becomes a Big Damn Hero in flying at the speed of light and rescuing Aladdin a mere split-second before he is to be decapitated.
Light Is Not Good: Abis Mal mostly wears yellow and blue.
Retcon: It's pretty heavily implied that Aladdin and Jasmine are married at the end of Aladdin, when they kiss during the fireworks. As we see in Return of Jafar and obviously King of Thieves, their wedding hasn't quite happened yet. It's mentioned by the film's directors on the DVD commentary that they felt that the ending may have been unclear on whether or not a wedding had happened, thus they actually felt that the Aladdin sequels were a good idea. The implication is that the very end of the original Aladdin actually occurs after the animated series and films that follow.
Revenge Before Reason: Jafar's biggest fault in thie movie, causing a carelessness and unnecessary cruelty that ultimately leads to his downfall.
Reverse Psychology: Iago's entire aim while singing with Jasmine in "Forget About Love," and it works like a charm - his over the top griping about how Jas should give up Aladdin causes her to remember how much she loved him with little fuss. In a fun twist, though, he really does think "all that mushy stuff" is disgusting, but he's willing to help them get back together anyway in order to help a friend.
Villain Ball: Jafar saving Aladdin's life. When Abis Mal and several shadowy assassins on horseback (with enchanted horses, actually all Jafar) manages to force Aladdin down a waterfall, Jafar then telekinetically lifts the unconscious Aladdin away from the waterfall's rocks and places him safely on the continuing river. Abis Mal then proceeds to call out on Jafar for this, causing Jafar to almost attack Abis Mal before calmly informing him that he only delayed the inevitable for Aladdin, and that the true revenge was yet to come.
And This Is for...: "That's for ruining my wedding!" when Jasmine punches out one of the thieves.
Animation Bump: Particularly the opening and climax of The King of Thieves, which comes very close to rivaling the original in animation quality, and is several levels above that seen in The Return Of Jafar and the series.
Artistic License - History: One of the highlighted thieves in Cassim's band is a Mongol... who is also a master of kung fu! Obviously this isn't impossible, but there wasn't much room for hand-to-hand martial arts in military training under Genghis Khan and his successors, as you would expect from an army that did most of its fighting (even its swordplay) on horseback. Portraying the Mongol as an archer would have been more accurate, but long-range tactics don't seem to suit the Forty Thieves' style.
Disappeared Dad: Cassim. Trends into Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You, as he left with the intention of securing a fortune for his wife and son. He refused to return empty-handed and by the time he did, he couldn't find his loved ones. He "disappeared" for good because as far as he knew, he had no family left.
Disney Villain Death: Subverted with Sa'Luk. He initially was knocked into the ocean by Aladdin from a high cliff from the hideout. However, it's later revealed that he actually survived. His actual cause of death later in the film is being turned into a gold statue by the Hand of Midas.
Generation Xerox: Visually, Cassim really is nothing more than an older version of Aladdin with a beard.
Family Unfriendly Death: Saluk gets transformed into pure gold by inadvertently touching the Hand of Midas, and sinks to the bottom of the treasure room.
"I thought the earth wasn't supposed to move until the honeymoon!" This line was removed when aired on Disney Channel / Disney XD.
Aladdin's "Ooh, I'm gonna get some tonight!" expression right before he and Jasmine lay down on Carpet while kissing after departing their wedding.
Foreshadowing: When Cassim is explaining the story of The Hand of Midas to Aladdin, he shows him proof of its existence, in the form of a ship, resting in an underground lake within the lair, that had been touched by the Hand, and turned to solid gold. Aladdin angrily points out that in being turned to gold by the Hand, the ship had been sunk. During the climax, when Cassim realizes that his pursuit of the Hand wasn't worth leaving his family, he calls the spell on the Hand of Midas a curse, and throws it to the sea, causing it to strike the boat the remaining members of the 40 Thieves were on, leaving them to marvel as the boat turns to gold before their eyes... and then sinks from beneath them.
Hot Dad: Even though Cassim is Aladdin's father he still comes off this way to a lot of ladies, having one of the sexiest voices since Patrick Stewart doesn't hurt things.
Inferred Holocaust: When Cassim discards the Hand of Midas by throwing it into the ocean, it accidentally hits the ship that was used by the remaining seven thieves who evaded capture by the Agrabah palace guards and were tricked by Saluk that Cassim sold the thieves out. The ship turns gold and sinks, and because the Vanishing Isle had submerged and would not rise until long after and there's no other land nearby, they must have drowned.
"Just Joking" Justification: After Genie makes a crack about Aladdin not being essential to the wedding, he has to resort to one. The joke isn't even that bad, it goes:
Genie: (as Chico Marx) Hey, that'sa no good! What this wedding needs isa theme! Genie: (as Groucho Marx) Needs a groom too, but let's work with what we have! Jasmine: Genie! Genie: It was a joke! (deadpan) I do that...
Luke, You Are My Father: Aladdin to Cassim. The Oracle shows Aladdin what his father looks like and where to find him. Cassim is convinced by Aladdin carrying a weapon he once owned and left to his young son.
Aladdin's father and king of the Forty Thieves is named Cassim, after Ali Baba's doomed brother in the original story. "Ali Ababwa", Aladdin's alias from the original film is Ali Baba's name with an extra "a" and "w" added in.
When Jasmine nearly figures out his lies in the first movie, Aladdin tries to cover by claiming he - as a prince - enjoys dressing as a commoner exploring his kingdom for the fun. This was the favorite pastime of Haroun Al Rashid whenever he appeared in the original stories.
Cassim: You don't understand. You don't know what it's like to have nothing, to stare up at the palace and know you deserve more, to be called 'street rat.' Aladdin: Yes, I do.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Despite being curbstomped by the Forty Thieves in their first fight, Rasoul and the Royal Guards proceed to storm their hideout and capture thirty-one of them with no casualties in Round 2. The battle itself is never shown.
Cassim: You killed Saluk. The Code of The Forty Thieves is crystal clear at this point... You're in.
Tropes used in the animated series:
Action Girl: Jasmine, who takes down Mozenrath in one episode and survives an Amazonian training course in another.
That's not even mentioning her time as 'Scourge of the Desert'.
Actor Allusion: The Genie says D'oh! at least once (complete with a face resembling Homer Simpson).
Ancient Greece: Not the series itself, but the crossover episode "Hercules and the Arabian Night" strongly implies that "Aladdin" takes place in the exact same time period as Hercules (ie, the time of Hellenistic Greece).
All Amazons Want Hercules: In Queen Hippsodeth's first appearance, she's defeated by the Sultan, and suffers a minor breakdown; by her next appearance, she's smitten with him.
All Your Base Are Belong to Us: All four of the main villains have done this with the palace (and sometimes Agrahbah as a whole) at least once. Abis Mal in "Forget Me Lots", Mechanicles in "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like", Mirage in "While the City Snoozes", and Mozenrath in "Black Sand".
Anachronism Stew: Apparently, the writers once again mixed up medieval Arabia with ancient Arabia. The Greeks Aladdin runs into seem to be from ancient Greece.
Animation Bump: In the Walt Disney Japan and Australia-animated episodes.
Bad Boss: Mirage, on the rare occasion she's shown with followers. At one point she leaves a bunch of her loyal minions to die (minions made from kidnapped children) simply because a different one dared to say "no" to her.
Baleful Polymorph: Over the course of the series, Aladdin becomes a shark, the Sultan becomes a small gold statue, and Iago becomes a genie (when he acquires Genie's powers). Jasmine becomes a rat, an ugly snake creature, a small purple jewel, and (in the span of ten seconds) a koala, a carrot and the Mona Lisa. But Abu holds the crown for being the victim of so many transformations (due to Genie) that listing them all would be pointless.
Other examples include a woman who turns into a jackal in the moonlight (and her husband who was changed into a magical treasure). One of Aladdin's friends becomes a monster due to Mirage.
Barbarian Tribe: The Odifferous. They're usually friendly, although their leader isn't the brightest, making it relatively easy to set him against the heroes.
Benevolent Genie: Eden; when Dondi's first wish is for a sandwich, Eden allows her to take it back, and convinces her to wish to never be hungry again.
And, once again, our blue pal.
Berserk Button: Amin Damoola's is being called by his nickname Butterfingers. Mechanicles' Super OCD should say enough.
Best Her to Bed Her: After the Sultan rescues his daughter Jasmine from the Galafems, an army of Amazon-like warrior women, we find out in a later episode that their leader, Queen Hipsodeth has fallen for the Sultan, the only man to ever defeat her in battle.
Big Bad Ensemble: Abis Mal, Mechanicles, Mirage and Mozenrath. The 1st appears the most often, the 2nd has the most dangerous arsenal, the 3rd is the incarnation of all evil and the 4th is the most serious villain on the series.
Bilingual Bonus / Meaningful Name: One episode has Mozenrath seeking the power of Shamash, which turns out to be a miniature sun. The Hebrew word for sun is Shemesh (or Shamash in certain grammatical uses).
This is also a case of Artistic License - Linguistics, as a shamash is a liturgic position in Judaism, or the candle used to light the other candles on a khanukiya.
Most of the names in the series are fake Arabic/Persian sounding for foreign flavor, but some are real or close to real. Mozenrath's mamluks (though mispronounced as "mamlock"), for example, come from an Arabic word meaning "owned" and refer to slave-soldiers imported from Central Asia primarily to serve in Egypt. Some of the other names are real too, like Aladdin, Khartoum the sorcerer, Fatima and Aziz, two of Aladdin's former partners in crime; and Farida, one of the sand witches. The urchin Waheed's name is real as well, and fittingly means "lonely." Ayam Aghoul, though intended as a lame pun (I am a ghoul), is one letter away from being a possible Arabic phrase, ayam al-ghoul, which would mean "days of the demon."
Bittersweet Ending: The plant being Arbutus kidnaps Jasmine as payback for a slight the Sultan committed against him decades ago. Aladdin rescues Jasmine and kills Arbutus, but by then, Arbutus had been shown in a sympathetic light, and was more a victim than a villain.
Happens once again to Jasmine in "Do The Rat Thing," in an even bigger way than in the movie. After he says she couldn't understand what it means to be a street rat, she decides to spend a day in the marketplace pretending to be a poor thief to prove to Aladdin she can do it. While there, she is goaded into stealing a small trinket just once to prove to an angry thug that she can. The shopkeeper (Fasir the mystic in his first appearance) promises horrible mystical vengeance should she go through with the act, but since she was only pretending, she figured she could get away with the robbery then come back to pay later. Turns out the trinket was actually a magical cursed artifact that immediately turns her into a rat. Oops.
Made funnier becausr the item is a magic mirror which does nothing by itself, but will transform whoever looks at their reflection and says they are "something" into that thing: Jasmine says she is "a street rat" while admiring herself in the mirror after successfuly stealing it, and the mirror does as she says...
Chekhov's Gun: In "Lost and Founded", Iago, Abu, and Genie make Founder's Day merchandise to sell to the people of Agrabah. Genie keeps a spill-proof cup for himself. Later, he uses it to contain the time portal.
Chick Magnet: A fun drinking game is to chug every time a girl has the hots for Aladdin.
The Sultan's badassery is touched on in a mid-1990s Disney Adventures comic, which features a flashback to a young Sultan brandishing a sword on horseback while kicking some villains out of his kingdom.
Demoted to Extra: Rajah. Word Of God says that this is because his stripes are a lot tougher for the lower-budget TV animation studios. It's not especially noticable since he was never a very important character to begin with.
Double subverted, Mirage takes solace in that while she couldn't break the love between the two, at least they'll live the rest of their lives as monsters; Fasir insists that they beat her, and gives them the cure.
Easily Forgiven: The sprites. The first episode they appear ends with them almost killing everyone in the palace. By their second appearance, when Mozenrath has captured them, they're treated like poor, innocent creatures who must be rescued.
Embarrassing Rescue: Captain al-Butros, an heroic sailor doesn't want Aladdin, a landlubber, to rescue him from Mechanikles, saying it's not manly. Iago Takes A Third Option, letting Aladdin rescue him, while Butros tags along to protect him; the captain finds this much more agreeable.
Emotions vs. Stoicism: Kapok is a literal Head vs. Heart case, with his cold calculating head and his emotional heart; naturally the head is evil while the heart is good. As a powerful wizard, the heart defeats the head with a spell that decapitates himself, leaving the heart in full control of the body.
Evil Counterpart: Again, Mozenrath, towards Aladdin. If rumors are to be believed, there were plans to reveal they were in fact brothers. Said rumors being helped by just how much they look alike.
Eviler than Thou: Mozenrath ends up on both sides of this. He proved to be the bigger evil against Destane, but the lesser evil against Khartoum.
Evil Gloating: In "Shadow of a Doubt", Mirage captured Jasmine, Carpet, Abu and Iago, and releases them as her obelisk destroys Agrabah, just so she can gloat.
Evil Is Bigger: The T-Rex in "Much Abu About Something". Doubly awesome that the tiny Abu defeats it.
For the Evulz: Mirage. Unlike other villains with more common desires like greed (Abis Mal) or power (Mozenrath), her whole motivation is to do things just because they are evil; her title is "EvilIncarnate".
Mirage: Chalk up another one for the forces of evil.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: This lyric in the theme song, which is accentuated by a clip of Jasmine posing in front of a mirror for good measure.
Arabian Nights! Like Arabian Days! More often than not Are hotter than hot In a lot of good ways!
Episode "Bad Moon Rising" has this gem:
Genie: "And now for the ever-puzzling sawing a woman in half trick!" (proceeds to saw woman in half! Even if she is inside a box, as is tradition. Then he peeks at the result) "Yuh, let's pretend we didn't do that one."
The premise of "Night Of The Living Mud" features Aladdin tired after their adventures, so Jasmine offers to give him a "special night at home," just the two of them. Her facial expressions when she brings up the idea are what really make it suspect.
Groundhog Day Loop: In "Sands of Fate", the main cast nearly gets caught up in one until Iago manages to prevent a magical crystal from shattering, thus breaking the loop and freeing the rest of the characters.
Hammerspace: Genie seems to keep a lot of odds and ends hoarded away for him to pull out when needed. And yes, these are different from the ones he just poofs into existence on the spot.
Heel Face Turn: Sadira was never evil, but in her first few appearances, she tried to use magic to steal Aladdin away from Jasmine; eventually she got over her crush and became friends.
Queen Hippsodeth and Prince Uncouthma played it the opposite way, each trying to steal Jasmine, but became friends later on.
Heroic Sacrifice: When the Ethereal judges Agrabah to be unworthy and starts destroying it, Jasmine sacrifices her life to save a child; this selfless act is what convinces the Ethereal that Agrabah is worthy, and she restores both Agrabah and Jasmine.
Hurl It into the Sun: How they get rid of the fire elemental Magma, and it's suggested he would prefer it there.
A literal sun (albeit a much smaller version) was actually hurled into the air when the sprites took Mozenrath's glove in "Lost City of the Sun"
Honor Before Reason: Aladdin lives in his home in the slums and wears the same old peasant rags throughout the series because he doesn't want to mooch off the Sultan. At the time depicted (whenever it's supposed to be anyway) it would be considered improper for him to live in the same house as his girlfriend and not be married, even if it is a huge freaking palace.
Hypnotic Eyes: Mechanicles builds a robot with these in the episode "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like".
Hypocrite: Many of the villains have moments of complaining about the heroes not fighting fair.
Kansas City Shuffle: Mirage once threatened Agrabah with an obelisk with a killer shadow, and taunted Aladdin by telling him where to find a magic mirror that could stop the obelisk, which turns out to be a Cave of Wonders style death trap. Aladdin gets the mirror and saves the day, but Mirage created an illusionary Agrabah while Aladdin was gone. Aladdin really saved the fake, and while he's basking in the glory of a job well done, the real Agrabah is being erased by the real obelisk.
Mirage is beaten when Genie pulls a shuffle on her. Genie used an illusion of his own to make it look like she successfully defeated them, just to get Mirage to come out, bringing her captives with her. Once Mirage appeared, Genie dropped the facade so that Aladdin could destroy the obelisk once and for all.
Mechanikles: People might ask, "Why put retractable bat wings on the head?"
Done for why Genie wears the golden wrist-bands that came off when Aladdin wished for his freedom:
Genie: The only thing I'm a slave to is to fashion!
Limited Wardrobe: Jasmine's nightclothes are apparently a pink recolor of her day outfit. Aladdin rarely ever wears anything except his peasant rags, even though it would have made a lot more sense to get a new wardrobe like the one in KoT.
Later episodes do sometimes show him wearing an outfit that resembles his usual clothes, but includes boots and gold trim on his vest, in fact he wears this same outfit at the beginning of "King of Thieves".
Load-Bearing Boss: Arbutus' death also destroys his garden; justified in that he was a plant being with control over plants, so the garden was more likely an extension of himself, rather than a separate construct.
Mundane Wish: Averted in one episode, when Eden actually refuses to grant her master's first wish for a sandwich (fortunately, lacking the words "I wish" in front of it) and instead talks her into wishing never to go hungry again.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Averted with Sadira, who has had the opportunity and motive, but not the will. She wants Jasmine out of the way, not dead.
My Master, Right or Wrong: Subverted, Rasoul is loyal to the Sultan and Jasmine, but despises Aladdin, intending to quit when he marries Jasmine; he eventually lightens up on the "street mouse", even saying that he'll think about calling Aladdin "Your Highness" if Aladdin gets rid of Iago.
Mysterious Past: Mozenrath. Part of what makes him interesting is all the unanswered questions about him.
Aladdin too, for all we learn about him there are still a thousand unanswered questions about his past. Even after meeting his father we still don't find out all the answers.
Noodle Incident: The show loved these - the idea was that Aladdin was constantly having adventures, not just the ones we see, so the characters often casually discuss battles and exploits that the viewers will never see. Sometimes used as a plot point, like the episode where an exhausted Aladdin needs a day off after a long string of over a dozen Noodle Incidents.
Genie: "Don't forget the Crimson Fear! You battled him the same day you stopped the Howling Hyenas of the Himalayas! And the Legion of The Doom... that was the Thursday before last, right?"
Jasmine: "Actually, Thursday was the Seven-Headed Hydra..."
Not Rare Over There: Al and Iago go on a quest for the legendary Orb of Machina, the only thing that could cure a sick Genie. They have to overcome three arduous trials, and after completing each one, the guardian of the Orb goes to a chamber and retrieves it... from among thousands of identical orbs. The guardian complains that at this rate he'll never be able to get rid of them all.
Obsessed Are The Listmakers: The recurring villain Mechanikles is found to have a checklist with items like "Do dishes, do laundry, destroy world". The heroes even comment: "Boy, is he serious". Later, he adds "Destroy Aladdin" to the list, and wonders to himself whether he should do the dishes before or after he destroys the world.
Possibly the best example of the guards being useless is in the episode "Black Sand". They fail to stop an eel.
Power at a Price: Mozenrath's gauntlet grants him great power, but wearing it causes him physical pain, and the gauntlet is also implied to have dissolved the flesh on his hand and arm until it's worn on down to the bone.
Redshirt Army: The Royal Guards—They were said to have been easily defeated/killed trying to stop Dominus Tusk.
Rescue Romance: Invoked. Aladdin saves fellow street rat Sadira in a situation that is intentionally reminiscent to the way he saved Jasmine in the movie. Sadira falls hard for him as a result and doesn't really care that he already has a girlfriend, which proves unfortunate when she later gains access to powerful magic.
Season Fluidity: Very fluid. Episodes and entire seasons can be watched in almost any order not only because they show was very episodic in nature but the show was also very good and providing light but informative exposition for returning characters.
Shout Out: Rasoul is named after Rasoul Azadani, who worked at the Disney Studios and proved invaluable in the movie. It didn't make it into the original movie, however. "Rasoul Azadani!" was also the original incantation Jafar shouts to open the Cave of Wonders, but that was considered too in-joke-y.
The series also has some Shout Outs to other Disney movies. For example, a mermaid character makes an allusion to The Little Mermaid when an attempt to restyle Jasmine's hair leaves her with an Ariel-style 'do ("She looks like any other princess under the sea").
A female genie named Eden also appears, who lives in a bottle instead of a lamp.
"Forget Me Lots" features the Blue Rose of Forgetfulness. And here you thought they were done stealing from The Thief of Bagdad with Jafar...
Chaos's design is based off of The Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. He even turns everything but his eyes and smile invisible.
Iago waking from a dream, "It wasn't me, I swear! It was my twin brother Othello!
So What Do We Do Now?: Merk, the captain of a flying ship that spent his whole life chasing a giant sand shark, found himself in this situation when he (and Aladdin) finally caught it; faced with the prospect of an empty life, he sets the shark free, just so he could chase it again.
Somewhere, a Palaeontologist is Crying: In "Lost and Founded", Aladdin briefly goes back to prehistoric times. In the background you can see a massive ceratopsid skeleton, so at first one would presume they had gone back in time at about 65 million years or so, give or take a few. Then a smilodon appears, a creature that not only lived a mere 1.8 MYA to 10,000 years ago, but also lived in the Americas, not northeastern Africa. Later in the episode, fluxes in time cause a man and his camel to transform into a caveman and a ceratopsid, a rather silly thing considering that humans and non-avian dinosaurs are separated by about 65 million-ish years.
Space Whale Aesop: "Did you learn anything today?" "Yeah, never walk off a cliff inside a giant mechanical man."
Stable Time Loop: Aladdin has to follow Abis Mal back in time to ensure the Sultan's ancestor founds Agrabah, and not Mal's; as a result of their interference of the time line, Abnor Mal gets kicked out of the tribe and forced to live as a bandit, which ensures Abis Mal's life as a thief.
Take Me Instead: When Mirage reveals that Waheed will die if he doesn't submit to her, Aladdin offers himself in Waheed's place, pointing out that having beaten Mirage several times already, she'd rather have him over some random kid.
Weakness Turns Her On: Brawnhilda has a severe motherly instinct and is interested in men that she can take care of, so when the smaller Aladdin arrives, she becomes smitten with him instead of her betrothed Prince Uncouthma; Uncouthma gets jealous and tries to fight Aladdin for Brawnhilda's attention, which only makes Aladdin look weaker and more desirable. Near the end of the episode, Uncouthma blows himself up with an explosivecheesewarhammer, and Brawnhilda brushes Aladdin aside to be with her "frail darling".
Weaksauce Weakness: Genie is powerless if placed into a container (like a jar) with a lid or stopper of some kind.
Also, guava juice makes genies lose control of their powers.
Mozenrath: Getting in was the easy part. Your royal guards served as my escorts.
Written-In Absence: Outside of maybe Genie, no character appeared in every single episode. (Yep, even the title character missed at least one episode.) Sometimes a character's absence was explained, other times not. In "Rain of Terror", for example, Aladdin's (plus most of the characters') absence is simply due to the action taking place completely out of Agrabah.
Xanatos Gambit: One of Mozenrath's plans involves using Genie as bait for a magic-eating monster, forcing Aladdin to capture said monster in order to save him. One outcome leaves Mozenrath with complete control over the beast. The other gets Genie out of his way. He does indeed end up with the monster in his possession... for a while.
Another plan also left him with a smaller victory if he lost, a plan where he would either end up with the Sultan as his hostage, or with Amin Damoola forever in his debt, repaying him for his "generosity".
You Need to Get Laid: In one episode Aladdin says Mozenrath needs a girlfriend, but Iago says "I think he's married to his work" and Mozenrath says it's true.