Disney / Aladdin


"When the wind's from the east,
And the sun's from the west,
And the sand in the glass is right,
Come on down, stop on by, hop a carpet and fly
To another Arabian Night!"

Aladdin is the 31st entry into the Disney Animated Canon, and an adaptation of the Arabian Nights tale of "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp", released in 1992.

Taking place in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, the title character, a Street Urchin, meets and falls in love with the Rebellious Princess Jasmine — until he's arrested, by orders of the evil vizier Jafar, to acquire a magic lamp which is hidden in a cave only Aladdin can enter. Although Jafar has nothing but the worst intentions, Aladdin uses his magical allies — a sentient Magic Carpet and a huge blue Robin Williams — to court the princess, expose Jafar, and save the day.

There were several continuations:

All but King of Thieves replace Robin Williams with Dan Castellaneta, because Williams didn't like his contractual demands being discarded. Regardless, the biggest contribution this film did was to permanently establish in Western Animation the value of star power in casting voice actors. Gilbert Gottfried and John Rhys-Davies also co-star in major roles (though Rhys-Davies only turns up in King of Thieves).

Also produced were at least two completely separate and distinct video games based on the first film; one by Virgin Games for the Sega Genesis, Amiga, PC and Game Boy, and one by Capcom for the Super Nintendo and Game Boy Advance. Both are really good. There was also one made by Sega for their Master System, which was more faithful to the story but it isn't quite as well-known. Agrabah also features as a recurring world in the Kingdom Hearts franchise.

Aladdin was inspired very heavily by The Thief and the Cobbler, with several sequences being direct references to said unfinished film. Designer Andreas Deja, in particular, had previously worked under Thief creator Richard Williams. The release of Aladdin contributed to Williams losing control of The Thief and the Cobbler, which was retooled to be similar to Aladdin and released without his final input. It subsequently bombed.

A theatrical adaptation (not to be confused with Aladdin - A Musical Spectacular in Disney's California Adventure) had its first official run at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington from July 21st, 2011 until July 31st, 2011. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, who won a Tony for his co-direction in The Book of Mormon, many cut songs and elements from Howard Ashman's original idea of the film appear — as does Jonathan Freeman as Jafar! This adaptation made it to Broadway in 2014 (after a 2013 tryout run in Toronto) and James Monroe Inglehart won the Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Genie.

The original movie provides examples of:

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: In "One Jump Ahead". "Still I think he's rather tasty!"
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Genie.
  • Act of True Love: Genie is willing to face an eternity of servitude if it means Aladdin and Jasmine get to stay together. For his part, Aladdin is willing to forego the right to marry the princess if it means freeing his friend. It being a Disney movie, they both get what they want when the Sultan remembers that he can change the law forbidding Jasmine from marrying a commoner any time he likes.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Prince Achmed becomes Prince Abdullah in the Broadway show.
  • Adaptation Species Change: In the stage adaptation, Jafar's sidekick Iago is a human instead of a parrot.
  • Adapted Out: In both the Disneyland and Broadway musical adaptations, Abu is omitted from the story, as is Jasmine's pet tiger, Rajah.
  • Adipose Rex: The Sultan, naturally.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Rajah behaves more like your typical house-trained doberman, and he has a dog's whine-like sound.
  • All Cloth Unravels: "Things are unraveling fast now, boy. Ha, ha!" (Now, it was unraveled by a spell, rather than just pulling on a random thread.)
  • All That Glitters: The treasure in the Cave of Wonders.
  • 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.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The lamp/Genie.
    • Jafar's snake staff.
  • Anachronism Stew: Mostly in Genie's gags.
    • 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.
    • Also, after the song's done they end up watching a Chinese New Year Celebration on the roof of what looks very much like the Forbidden City in Peking; the palace wouldn't be built until 1406-20.
    • The prince at the beginning, wearing his heart-spotted undies beneath his traditional garb.
    • 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.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Jafar's plan for Jasmine, at Iago's suggestion.
  • Angel Face, Demon Face: The Genie begins the movie as a playful, googly, shape shifting whack job. But when his lamp comes into the possession of Jafar, his coloration and body shape change to the "evil Djinn" style (only temporarily, because this is a Disney movie, and the Genie had to be recognizable for marketing purposes).
  • Animal Eyes: Jafar, briefly during his shape shifting into a snake.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Carpet.
  • Animation Bump: During the musical numbers.
  • Arbitrary Mission Restriction: When the eponymous thief enters the Cave of Wonders to fetch the magic lamp, he is allowed in, but told to "Touch nothing but the lamp." Upon entering, he finds a massive trove of treasure, but he abides by the condition. Fully justified in that when his pet monkey Abu does touch some of the treasure, shit massively hits the fan, they almost die, and then they are trapped in the cave and must find a way to escape.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: A light-hearted example would be Aladdin asks Genie what he would wish for. Genie, who was mostly comedic since being introduced, is beyond shocked that someone actually asked him what he would like. His initial hesitance makes it even more of a tearjerker when he tells Al that he wants too be free of his lamp.
  • Arranged Marriage: The Sultan attempted to set Jasmine up in one but she was constantly rejecting them. Jafar attempts to hypnotize the Sultan into forcing Jasmine into one with him so that he can become the sultan.
  • 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. May double as a Silent Snarker moment.
  • Asshole Victim: Gazeem. Because after killing several people just to get a magic artifact, he won't be missed after the Cave of Wonders swallows him.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!:
    • Aladdin: "This is no time to panic! ...Start panicking!"
    • Also, this exchange:
      Woman: Getting into trouble early, aren't we, Aladdin?
      Aladdin: Trouble? No way. You're only in trouble if you get caught.
      Razoul: Got'cha! (Captain Razoul grabs him)
      Aladdin: I'm in trouble!
    • Also inverted:
      Guard: He's got a sword!
      Captain Razoul: You idiots. We've all got swords!
  • 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.
  • Audible Gleam: When Aladdin is first revealed as "Prince Ali" (in the musical number).
  • Award Bait Song: "A Whole New World". It's one of the best-known examples of the trope within the Disney canon, on par with "Beauty and the Beast" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".
  • Ax-Crazy: Jafar when he's excited.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Jafar can pull this off well, like the scene where Prince Ali visits.
  • 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 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.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: He walks around with his vest open and his chest bare, yet Aladdin has no nipples.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Jasmine, and a few other ladies.
  • Barefoot Poverty: Aladdin, until he becomes a prince.
  • Batman Gambit: Tricking Jafar at the end.
    • Aladdin actually pulled one off earlier in the movie when he tricked the Genie into freeing him from the Cave of Wonders without actually making a wish.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre
  • 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.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For
    • Aladdin's wish to become a prince didn't make him any more attractive to Jasmine; if anything, she liked him less as a prince than as a "street rat".
    • Aladdin's trick to defeat Jafar: making him ask to be a genie... because that would lock him in a lamp.
  • Be Yourself: 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.
  • Becoming the Genie: Aladdin tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie. Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late.
    Aladdin: All the magic! All the power! Itty-bitty living space!
  • Belly Dancer: Genie conjures some up, during the "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" musical sequences.
  • Benevolent Genie: Genie towards all his masters.
    • 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!
  • 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.
    • Shows up in King of Thieves as well:
      King of Thieves: Good birdy... Polly want a—
      Iago: [wielding a vase] Say "cracker" and I'll let ya have it on principle!
  • Beyond the Impossible: When Jafar asks Genie to make Jasmine fall in love with him and Genie explains that Magic A Is Magic A, until Jasmine starts flirting with him. She's exploiting his ego but by the look on Genie's face you know he's thinking "I can't do that...can I?"
  • Big Bad: Jafar.
  • Big Entrance: The entire "Prince Ali" number is an extended version. But getting your elephant to kick down a palace door makes for an especially good climax. It's so big it provides the current page image.
  • Big Good: The Sultan.
  • Big "NEVER!": Jasmine, while throwing a glass of wine in Jafar's face.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Aladdin, when Abu goes for the giant gem in the Cave of Wonders.
    • Jafar, after he betrays Aladdin and realizes he doesn't have the lamp.
    • He does it again at the end when he gets sucked into his own lamp as a result of becoming a genie.
  • Big "YES!": When Jafar thinks he has the lamp. He possibly has the record for the quickest transition from a Big "YES!" to a Big "NO!".
    • 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: In "Friend Like Me", Genie refers to the newly affluent Aladdin as "nabob" (an Arabic phrase meaning "important, wealthy or powerful person").
    • 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.
  • Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word
  • Blessed with Suck: PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER! ...itty-bitty living space.
  • Bond One-Liner: Jafar gives a whole Hurricane of Puns after he steals the lamp from Aladdin:
    • "I wish to rule on high, as sultan": uses the Genie's magic to steal the Sultan's clothes
    • "Down boy": turns Rajah into a tiger cub
    • "Say hello to your precious Prince Ali": uses magic to switch Aladdin back into his street clothes
    • "His assets frozen, the venue chosen, is the ends of the earth": sends Aladdin and Abu to the arcticnote 
    • "Princess, your time is up": traps Jasmine in a hourglass
    • "Don't toy with me": turns Abu into a toy monkey
    • "Things are unraveling fast, now boy": unravels Aladdin's magic carpet
    • "Get the point": traps Aladdin in a ring of swords
    • "I'm just getting warmed up": breathes fire at Aladdin
    • "Perhaps you'd like to see how snake-like I can be": turns into a giant cobra
  • Book Ends: The Genie appears as both the first and last character in the film—at the start he's the Peddler telling the story in flashback, and at the end he pulls up the screen and says "Made you look!" to the audience.
  • Bowdlerise: The line "where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face" was redubbed for the VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/digital video releases because of complaints by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Nevertheless, in the same musical number, the line "it's barbaric — but, hey! it's home" was retained despite similar complaints. The "cut of your ear" line was retained in the film's original soundtrack, but the special edition has the bowdlerised version.
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: When Aladdin and Genie have an argument.
  • 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.
  • Buzzing the Deck: While the Sultan is flying the magic carpet around, he at one point flies quickly over Aladdin and Jafar, causing both of them to duck as he does.
  • 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.
  • Came Back Wrong: The supposed reason that Genie can't bring people back from the dead.
  • Camera Abuse: Genie.
    Merchant: Please, please, come closer! [smacks into camera] Too close, a little too close!
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : 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!
  • Captain Obvious: Lampooned:
    Frightened guard: He's got a sword!
    Razoul: You idiots! We've all got swords!
  • Cave Mouth: The Cave Of Wonders' opening is a big tiger's mouth with sharp teeth. It also talks ("Who disturbs my slumber?").
  • Chase Scene: In the song "One Jump Ahead", Aladdin is being chased by Razoul for stealing a loaf of bread.
  • 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.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Done in-universe when Aladdin poses as Prince Ali.
  • Child Marriage Veto: Jasmine adamantly sticks to her guns on this.
  • 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.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The film has color motifs based on its desert setting. Blue (water) = good, red (heat) = evil, and yellow (sand) = neutral.
  • 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 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.
  • Could Have Avoided This Plot: A whole lot of trouble could have been avoided if the Sultan had changed the law forbidding the princess from marrying a commoner and requiring her to marry by her 16th birthday much earlier.
    • For that matter, if Aladdin had known his father was the King of Thieves, he could've truthfully said he was a prince from the start.
  • Counterpoint Duet: Briefly used in "Prince Ali". An odd example, as the two melody lines are expressing more or less the same opinion (that Prince Ali is great and handsome), rather than conflicting ideas.
  • 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. Though in later appearances, Genie has them back on.
  • Cultural Translation: A lot of the elements from the original story are westernized, and then topped off with an overdose of Anachronism Stew.
  • Curse Cut Short: "How in the He- I mean, uh, AWKKK!"
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Jafar turns Abu into one during the climax.
  • Dark Reprise: Jafar's version of "Prince Ali".
    • Aladdin also delivers a short, melancholy reprise of "One Jump Ahead" while heading back to base after being chased around town by the royal guards.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Genie often goes purple when Jafar controls him.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Iago is an obvious case of this, especially in contrast to the considerably less sarcastic Jafar.
      Jafar: Patience, Iago, patience. Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
      Iago: Oh there's a big surprise! I think I'm going to have a heart attack and die from that surprise!
    • And...
      Jafar: Finally, you will bow to me!
      Jasmine: We will never bow to you!
      Iago: Why am I not surprised?
    • Jafar has his moments, though:
      The Sultan: (introducing 'Prince Ali') This is Jafar, he's delighted too...
      Jafar: Ecstatic.
    • Genie as well, especially when he is under Jafar's control.
      Genie: (deadpan) Jafar, Jafar, he's our man, if he can't do it... (shouts, face right up to the camera) GREAT!
  • Death Glare:
    • Jasmine has a pretty impressive one when questioning Aladdin after the carpet ride. (Hilariously turned Up to Eleven here.) The even more menacing one she has on her face early on when the guards capture Aladdin and she's told she has to speak to Jafar.
    • Jafar has a fairly good glare too. Most notably when he meets "Prince Ali", and when Iago suggests that "[Jafar] should be the chump husband."
  • Deconstruction: In the original Aladdin story, Aladdin gets pretty much everything he wants - riches, marriage to a princess, the sultanate - by wishing with a genie. Here, Aladdin does the same, and starts feeling bad for wholly depending on the Genie for everything.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the stage musical, the Magic Carpet is more of a prop than an actual, sentient character, and only appears during "A Whole New World".
  • Deranged Animation: Genie's rapid shapeshifting can be rather unnerving.
  • Description Cut: "Someday, Abu, things are going to change; we'll be rich, live in a palace, and never have any problems at all." Cut to the Sultan and Prince Achmed having a problem.
  • Distant Prologue: Possibly. Although it's never stated how far after the movie's plots the opening scene occurs, the Lemony Narrator hints that it is quite possibly right After the End.
    • Aladdin and The King Of Thieves returns to the original narrator at the end, meaning that the story begins on Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding night and ends as they leave for their honeymoon.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Friend Like Me".
  • Disney Princess: Princess Jasmine, duh.
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Aladdin steals one loaf of bread and gets a squadron of imperial guards out for his blood.
      • It's generally implied that he's done it lots of times - often enough to become a familiar face to the Head Guard Razoul.
    • The fruit vendor nearly cuts off Jasmine's hand for stealing an apple. That she didn't even steal for herself. An example of Truth in Television for the period the film takes place in.
      • An even worse example of a potential disproportionate retribution, imagine what would've happened to the vendor if Aladdin hadn't stopped him and word got out that he cut off the hand of the princess...
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Aladdin, when he's 'dressed as a commoner'. This carries over to the first sequel but by the second sequel he's noticeably wearing shoes while still being dressed as a commoner.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!: "Touch nothing but the lamp." Aladdin (although tempted) actually follows the advice. Abu, however...
    • A total aversion from the original tale, in which Aladdin was permitted to take (and keep) as much of the treasure as he wanted, provided he retrieved the lamp.
  • The Door Slams You: Happens to Jafar and Iago both at once, when "Prince Ali" makes his big entrance. Happens to Iago later when Jafar quickly shuts a secret door so Jasmine won't notice it, accidentally trapping Iago between the door and the wall.
  • Dramatic Spotlight: Genie conjures several of these during the song "Friend Like Me".
  • Drives Like Crazy: The Sultan. He says he has a knack for the Carpet, but Carpet doesn't seem to have a knack for him.
  • Empathy Pet: Abu and Rajah.
  • Empathic Weapon: The Genie. With Aladdin as his master, he's the closest to his true form, but under Jafar's leash he becomes more muscular and imposing (which is clearly against his will), with his skin tone shifting to purple to match.
  • Enter Stage Window
  • Establishing Character Moment
    • The entire "One Jump Ahead" sequence is one for Aladdin, along with his subsequent display of kindness to two children.
    • It's also one for Abu, who is shown to be (unlike Aladdin) willing to steal jewelry as well as food.
    • Jasmine gets one when she steals food for a hungry child, which is the exact same thing Aladdin had done earlier.
    • Genie's first 15 seconds tell you everything you'd need to know about the duality of his character. He comes up with all his majesty of a Skyward Scream, and then, this is the first thing out of his mouth.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Jafar, the Sultan's most trusted adviser, was also the most treacherous.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Genie and the Sultan.
  • Everyone Lives: The only person to die is minor character Gazeem. Jafar gets offed in the sequel however.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Iago, who came up with the idea for Jafar marrying Jasmine in the first place, was squicked out by Jafar and Jasmine actually kissing. Justified in that it was a only a plan B to get the power after they thought the lamp to be lost forever. Iago didn't expect Jafar to really fall in love with Jasmine.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Especially thieving, kung-fu knowing, lock-picking and all around awesome monkeys like Abu. Makes other Disney pets look absolutely worthless.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses
  • Evil Chancellor: Jafar. Also a Grand Vizier Jafar.
  • Evil Counterpart: Jafar serves as this to Aladdin.
  • Evil Laugh: Jafar. In one scene, he and Iago even try to one-up each other's laughs.
    • The one he has at the end of the Dark Reprise of "Prince Ali" is both fantastic and a little terrifying.
  • Evil Sorcerer: Jafar.
  • 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 Goldberg (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.
  • Exposition Diagram: A Type 2 when the Genie advises Aladdin to "Tell her the... TRUTH!"
  • Expy: Jafar is Jafar from The Thief of Bagdad crossed with Zigzag from The Thief and the Cobbler. (Designer Andreas Deja had previously worked under Richard Williams, the creator of The Thief and the Cobbler; entire sequences, such as Jafar's discussion with Iago in their tower, are heavily inspired by the film.) Also there are a lot of similarities to the character played by Leonard Nimoy in the Tim Burton & Shelley Duvall 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.
  • Fake Aristocrat: Aladdin poses as Prince Ali in order to woo Jasmine — though given that he wished for Genie to make him a prince, it's an open question of whether his rank counts as "fake" or not. Still, it's a Street Urchin trying to pass as royalty, so the trope fits.
  • Falling in Love Montage: "A Whole New Woooorld..."
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Gazeem gets swallowed by the Cave of Wonders when he tries to escape.
  • Fanservice Extra: 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.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Jafar in most of his appearances in the first half of the movie. Sure he may have been calm and polite toward Jasmine and the Sultan, but it was only because he had to be in so to cover his true motives, not to mention as while polite to their faces (while still being quite manipulative) he was clearly shown to drop the demeanor whenever not in their presence. It's half the reason people love him.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: After Aladdin is caught stealing food from Agrabah, the guards begin throwing swords at him. Aladdin even lampshades it: "All this for a loaf of bread?"
  • 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".
  • First Guy Wins
  • First Kiss: Between Jasmine and Aladdin after their Magic Carpet ride, with a little help from the carpet.
  • Fisher King: The good sultan makes Agrabah a sunny place of wonder, Jafar a dark and dreary city of horror. Justified somewhat in that Jafar is a sorceror and can control the weather.
  • Flat "What.": Jafar's reaction when Iago first suggests he marry Jasmine, out of thinking that Iago calls him a "chump husband".
  • Flight of Romance: The magic carpet ride.
  • Fog Feet: Genie off and on.
  • Food Slap: Princess Jasmine throws a glass of wine in Jafar's face.
  • Forbidden Fruit: "Touch nothing but the lamp!"
  • Foreign-Looking Font: The title and the sign that says "Crazy Hakim's Discount Fertilizer".
  • 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.
    • Inverted. He actually went along with the plan & acted "scared". It's evident when he calls Aladdin "a genius" after Jafar is caught.
  • 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.
  • Forgotten Framing Device: The film opens with a merchant who tells the tale of the lamp (and Aladdin). It doesn't go back to him at the end. (He eventually reappears at the end of Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the final instalment of the franchise, having implicitly been telling not only the story of this movie but the movies and TV series that followed it.)
  • 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.
    • The merchant at the beginning of the film also has four fingers. It's one of several hints about his true identity, but the idea didn't make the final cut. But guess who did the voice of the merchant?
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Jasmine and Aladdin (or close enough, Fourth Date Engagement - the sequels and The Animated Series indicate that they actually don't get married for quite a while afterward).
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Genie.
  • Framing Device
  • Freeing The Genie: With his last wish, Aladdin frees Genie from being bound to the lamp at the end. Genie is immensely grateful, and heads out into the world.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Tons of them.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Jasmine.
  • 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.
    • When Jasmine says "We will never bow to you!", her father can be seen stopped in mid-bow.
  • Genie in a Bottle: Guess.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Trope Namer.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Iago to Jafar.
    Iago: [as Jafar is laughing maniacally] Oh, great. He's cracked. He's gone nuts. Jafar! Jafar! Get a grip!!!
    [Jafar grabs him by the throat]
    Iago: [in a choked rasp] ...good grip.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: These scenes:
    • "Look at that, Abu! It's not every day you see a horse with two rear ends!" It seems like this insult would have made more sense without the Bowdlerization.
    • "Arabian nights, like Arabian days, more often than not are hotter than hot in a lot of good ways..."
    • In the balcony kiss after the "Whole New World" scene, Jasmine quite obviously puts her tongue in Aladdin's mouth.
    • The Lemony Narrator offers us viewers a device that he claims to be a combination hookah-coffee maker, which also dispenses objects that bear a resemblance to French Fries. In a blink-and-you-miss-it moment, he does slip a potato under the contraption just before explaining that particular function.
    • During "One Jump Ahead", Al manages to stumble into a harem. It's not easily noticeable, considering the girls are dressed almost the same as Jasmine, who is a princess, but that's what it is.
      • Also think about this: They know him by name in there (admittedly, most of the people in the area also seem to know who he is)!
    • Those who speak Arabic know that Allah is just the Arabic/Islam word for god, so they are getting away with using the word "god" in the movie in every instance they say Allah.
    • When Jafar is explaining to the Sultan about how to fix "the problem with your daughter", Iago is force fed a cracker, and he mutters "Jerk" under his breath.
    • During the song "Prince Ali", Aladdin throws many gold coins to the peasants who excitedly clamor to retrieve them. As they say "He's generous! So generous!" one female peasant can be seen putting her hand on another woman's butt.
    • When Aladdin (as Prince Ali) returns, to the surprise of Jafar and Iago, Iago says "How in the he-, er squark!"
    • When Jasmine pretends to flirt with Aladdin on the balcony and he falls for it, there's a shot where he very clearly checks out her body.
    • In the Norwegian dub of "A Friend Like Me", when Genie creates the harem girls, he sings "But you can't see them without their clothes!" Furthermore, right before they disappear, Al can be seen feeling one of them up.
  • A God Am I: Jafar develops a god complex after he becomes a genie.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Even though Jasmine's casual outfit is almost as Stripperific as her slave outfit.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Blue is good, red is evil. The filmmakers even admitted it.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Genie under Jafar rule has Glowing Eyes of Doom, and Genie Jafar has yellow eyes.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Both Genie and Jafar are bearded, but the former's is a goofy beard and the latter is a clear Beard of Evil, with goatee and twisted point.
  • Goofy Print Underwear
  • Graceful Ladies Like Purple: Jasmine wears a purple dress when she intends to announce her engagement.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Seamstress
  • Great Gazoo: Genie.
  • Guile Hero: Aladdin. Able to use small tricks, charm, psychological manipulation, deception and agility to fool both the royal guards and Jafar.
  • Hammerspace:
    • Where Abu puts the lamp after he nabs it from Jafar.
    • Also, where Jasmine puts the short-sword Aladdin hands her when they first meet.
    • Even earlier during the jailbreak scene, Abu manages to pull a set of lockpicks from his jacket. They are never used, brought up, or seen ever again.
  • Hammy Herald: The Genie's introduction of Prince Ali, complete with song!
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: After saving Aladdin from drowning...
    Genie: "I'm gettin' kinda fond of ya, Al. Not that I wanna pick out curtains or anything."
  • Held Gaze: Aladdin and Jasmine share one early on in the movie with a sunset behind them, leading to an Almost Kiss.
  • Heir-In-Law: This is the basis of Jafar's plan. By using his magic on the Sultan, he plans to secure a marriage to Princess Jasmine and gain the throne through her.
    Iago: You marry the princess, all right? [...] Then you become the sultan! [...] And then, we drop papa-in-law and the little woman off a cliff.
  • The Hero: Well, Aladdin.
  • Hey, You!: Jafar usually refers to Aladdin as simply "the boy," "boy," or "street rat,"
    Jafar: Things are unraveling fast now, boy.
    • Though in Return of Jafar he constantly refers to Aladdin by proper name, to heat his revenge.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Several examples, including "Genie, wake up and smell the hummus" and "How about that, Mr. Doubting Mustafa!"
  • Honest John's Dealership: The merchant at the beginning. Try the Dead Sea Tupperware!
  • Hope Spot: The thief at the beginning enters the forbidden cave... and for a second nothing happens. He relaxes. Then the cave "eats" him.
  • Human Traffic Jam: This happens to the guards pursuing Aladdin at the beginning of the movie.
  • Humiliation Conga: Jafar does this to Aladdin in the Cut Song "Humiliate The Boy".
    • The Reprise of "Prince Ali" counts, although the conga is much shorter than it would have been.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Jafar during his final battle with the heroes.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Genie. It's not that Aladdin is incompetent; he just can't hope to compete with a guy who has "phenomenal cosmic powers!"
  • Hypno Ray: Jafar's magical cobra head staff.
  • 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.
  • "I Can't Look" Gesture: When Jafar banishes Aladdin to "the ends of the earth" with the power he wished for, Genie turns his face away in devastation.
  • I Have This Friend: Aladdin credits certain things he's feeling regarding Jasmine and her situation to Abu.
    Aladdin: Abu says that—uh—that's not fair.
    Abu: What?
    Jasmine: Oh, did he?
    Aladdin: Yeah, of course.
    Jasmine: And does Abu have anything else to say?
    Aladdin: Well, uh, he wishes there was something he could do to help.
    Abu: Oh, boy!
    Jasmine: Hmm, tell him that's very sweet.
  • I'm Going to Disney World: Implied rather than spoken for obvious reasons.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Aladdin and Genie.
    • Aladdin and Abu, Aladdin and the Carpet, Jasmine and Rajah, Jafar and Iago (if you consider them friends...)
  • Idiot Ball: Jafar's misteep in the finale is completely in line with his greedy power-seeking character. At the beginning of the film, Jafar already has more power than the Sultan has, giving orders on his own, and hypnotizing his boss (in fact, he's in a better position than the Sultan - he orders everyone around, but can leave the Sultan to take care of the boring day-to-day stuff). What makes his grab for more power foolish is the mere fact that someone is technically more powerful than him. As long as he is "second best", he'll go to supremely foolish lengths to elevate his title.
  • 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 I, where he goes through with his promise despite Jasmine having been kidnapped and still probably being in grave danger.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Jafar trying to make Jasmine marry him.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: The Genie.
    • And Jasmine, if you think about it.
  • I Miss Mom: The Cut Song "Proud of Your Boy", reinstated in the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation.
  • The Imp: Iago
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Jasmine. Not to be confused with the part where Jafar traps her in an hourglass.
  • Improvised Parachute. Aladdin and Abu use a rug as one during the song "One Jump Ahead".
  • Incoming Ham: "TEN THOUSAND YEEEEEARS will give you SUCH a CRICK in the NECK!!"
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The Genie and Iago.
    • Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin as Aladdin and Jasmine respectively. Even after more than two decades, the resemblance is incredibly striking!
    • Jonathan Freeman looks nothing physically like Jafar (being slightly chubby and muscular) but he used some gesturing of the same maniacal expressions for the character..
    Andreas Deja, supervising animator for Jafar: Based on some of the storyboards, I had this very skinny, elegant, bizarre-looking person in mind. And then I heard that Jonathan was at the studio doing some more lines for the movie. So he came into my office, and I almost couldn't put his face with his body together because he's not skinny. He's very friendly and jovial. But Jonathan does have...sort of an oily, insincere quality...which I needed to find out on which mouth shapes I would use. (Still frames of Jonathan Freeman using facial expressions and movements for Jafar appear for comparison)
  • Inconvenient Summons: Aladdin rubs the lamp while Genie is apparently in the shower.
  • Indy Ploy: Aladdin might just give Indiana Jones himself a run for his money with his amazing escape from a lake of boiling lava — it's even got a few wisecracks included.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In the introductory scene with the merchant, he tries to give a sales pitch but is foiled by circumstances.
    Merchant: Look at this. Combination hookah and coffee maker. Also makes Julienne fries. Will not break. [taps item on table] Will not... [item falls apart] It broke.
  • Insult Backfire: That's Sultan "vile betrayer," to you!
    • Played with with this exchange, where Aladdin's insult backfires not with Jafar taking it as a compliment, but taking it as inspiration.
    Aladdin: Are you afraid to fight me yourself, you cowardly snake?!
    Jafar: A snake am I? Perhaps you'd like to see how ssssnake-like I can be!
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Abu does this with a sword while being pursued by the guards near the beginning of the movie.
  • Ironic Echo: PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWERS! ittybittylivingspace.
  • I Want My Best Friend to Be Happy: Genie is willing to face an eternity of servitude if it means Aladdin and Jasmine get to stay together. And Aladdin is willing to give that up to keep his promise.
    • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy is also evident in the relationship between Jasmine and Aladdin. Jasmine will let Aladdin lose his chances of courtship to drop the disguise and be himself.
  • "I Want" Song: Aladdin sings about wanting people to not see him simply as a street rat.
  • I Will Show You X: When a prince tells a bunch of little kids in the street to get out of his way:
    Aladdin: If I were as rich as you, I could afford some manners.
    Prince Achmed: I'll teach you some manners!
    [Prince Achmed then kicks Aladdin into the mud]
  • Jaw Drop: Genie, when he realizes Aladdin tricked him into providing a free "wish". Then again when Jasmine suddenly gets close and snuggly with Jafar. Jafar, Iago, Abu and Aladdin all get one in this scene.
  • Just Like Robin Hood: Aladdin steals bread, but ultimately gives it to some starving children.
  • 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 Vizier" said so... go on to be jerkass guards in the other movies... Karma, where'd you go?
    • It's mentioned they take their orders from Jafar, but apparently without questioning. However, when a command like killing a foreign prince and thus creating an international incident goes so blatantly against the law; one can hope the Sultan gave them a serious lecture about the use of common sense while obeying. Possibly justified in that, if any of the guards questions Jafar's orders, Jafar may have used his cobra-headed staff to guarantee their compliance.
  • 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.
  • Latex Perfection: This is how Jafar disguises himself as an old man to lure Aladdin to the Cave of Wonders, complete with his mask giving him bad, crooked teeth!
  • 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.
  • Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: In the Cave of Wonders, although it is worth mentioning that the lava is a bright yellow, not crimson red. However, in Real Life, yellow means the lava is especially hot.
  • Leader Wannabe: Jafar, who wants to be Sultan.
  • 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.
  • Lean and Mean: Jafar.
  • Lighter and Softer: Unlike Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King, this film's pretty much a comedy, with relatively little gravitas and more wacky characters than usual.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Aladdin is drowning, Genie shakes his head back in forth in a nod, takes it as a "yes", and rescues him.
    • When stuck in the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin goads the Genie into blasting him and Abu out of there. They stop at a oasis and talk about the wishes. When Genie states he already used up one, Aladdin states he didn't wish to be out of there. The Genie did that all on his own in a show of power. The Genie is forced to consent.
      Genie: Boy. I feel sheepish. (turns into a sheep) Alright, you ba-aaa-d boy, but no more freebies.
  • 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 (albeit 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 earlier Disney movies 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.
  • Love Theme: "A Whole New World", Aladdin and Jasmine's song during their Flight of Romance.

  • MacGuffin Guardian: The Cave of Wonders itself.
  • Magic Carpet
  • Make a Wish
  • The Makeover: The transformation from Aladdin to Prince Ali.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Jafar.
  • Meaningful Echo: "PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER... itty-bitty living space." Used by Genie when complaining to Aladdin about being a genie in the first place, and then used by Aladdin at the climax of the film, after tricking Jafar into using his final Genie wish to become a genie (complete with lamp) himself.
    • 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.
    • And, later that same day, when Jafar has the lamp:
      Genie: [after being summoned and realizing that Aladdin isn't the one summoning him, with a Playbill and Opera binoculars] Tonight, the part of Al will be played by a tall, dark, and sinister ugly man.
  • Meet Cute: Meet Jasmine.
  • Minsky Pickup: "Prince Ali", in the last line of the introductory verse: "...are you gonna love this guy..."
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Abu and Iago are a New World monkey and macaw.
  • Missing Mom:
    • Jasmine.
    • 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.
  • Moment Killer: When Aladdin and Jasmine are talking in Aladdin's hideout, Razoul and his thugs show up just as the pair are about to kiss.
  • Mondegreen: When "Prince Ali" first visits Princess Jasmine's terrace, he has some trouble with Rajah, 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 designed much younger and 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."
  • Mutual Envy: Aladdin is jealous that Jasmine lives in wealth, while Jasmine is jealous that Aladdin's life isn't as regimented as hers.
    Aladdin: I wonder what it'd be like to [live in the palace]; have servants, valets...
    Jasmine: ... oh, sure, people who tell you where to go and how to dress...
  • Mythology Gag:
    • When Jasmine nearly figures out his lies during their date, 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.
    • When Aladdin becomes a prince, he uses the name Prince Ali. In the original stories, prince Ali was a character from a different tale, "The Three Princes". Prince Achmed, who is rejected by Jasmine in the movie, is also from that story.
    • The Broadway musical adaptation reinvents Iago as a human rather than a talking parrot. There are, however, several allusions to the original animal character.
    Jafar: Really, Iago. Must you parrot everything I say?!
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Grand Vizier from the original tale is named Jafar. The princess did have a name in the original but it's usually lost in retellings so naming her Jasmine technically counts too. Disney wasn't actually the first to use that name - she was called Jasmine in a 50s film called Aladdin And His Lamp.
  • Narrative Shapeshifting: Abu, Iago and the Genie
  • 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, and if you look closely, the salesman and the Genie both have four fingers, while all the other human characters have five.
  • 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. And Iago actually gets one, right after Jafar uses his second wish to become sultan.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Aladdin's initial design was based on Michael J. Fox. His final design was based on Tom Cruise.
  • 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.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Abu to Aladdin, Rajah to Jasmine, and Iago to Jafar. Genie to Aladdin also, seeing as he's not really human.
  • No Ontological Inertia: The effects of Jafar's wishes and sorcery after he's changed into a genie.
    • Also, based on the characters' comments Aladdin's prince wish apparently has to be recast by the end.
  • 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, although he is Laughably Evil, he CAN also be ruthless and cruel.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: When he first meets Princess Jasmine, Aladdin rescues her from an irate merchant who was about to chop off her hand for taking a piece of fruit (Jasmine never having been outside the palace in her life and unfamiliar with the concept of money) by convincing him that she was not right in the head. Jasmine plays along;
    Merchant: She says she knows the Sultan!
    Aladdin: She thinks the monkey's the Sultan.
    Jasmine: (getting the hint and bowing before Abu) Oh wise Sultan! How may I serve you?
    Aladdin: (sighing) Tragic. Still, no harm done. Come along, dear, let's go see the doctor.
    Jasmine: (to a nearby camel) Oh hello, Doctor. How are you?
    Aladdin: Not that doctor.
  • 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).
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The Genie's rules:
  • Official Couple: Jasmine and Aladdin. They even get married!
  • Oh Crap!: Just look at the Sultan's expression when Jafar is transformed into an almighty sorcerer.
    • Abu and Aladdin's expressions when they see they're about to fly into a wall.
  • Oh My Allah!
  • The Old Convict: Jafar disguises himself as one of these in a Monte Cristo reference.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: The "Diamond in the Rough".
  • Opening Monologue: The Merchant at the beginning.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Although Jafar's lamp is really sent far, far away.
  • Panthera Awesome: Rajah.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Jasmine's hood, when she's disguised as a peasant. In this case it's immediately addressed when she wants to use her authority to save Aladdin from the guards. All she has to do is pull down her hood and the guards immediately recognise her.
  • Parental Abandonment: Aladdin's mother died when he was young and Cassim left before that.
  • Parental Bonus: Robin Williams is a guarantee of dialogue not aimed at children, which they only understand years later.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "You wanted to be a genie, Jafar? You got it! And everything that comes with it! PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER... ittybittylivingspace."
  • Pig Latin: Genie: "And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes!"
  • Pigeonholed Voice Actor
  • 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 for political purposes. On the other hand, the Sultan really is a softie, and in this time period the father is allowed to consult the daughter's wishes even though he doesn't have to.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: Iago.
  • Pose of Supplication: The "Prince Ali" song directly references it. Also, Sorcerer Jafar forces Jasmine and the Sultan to bow before him.
    • Also Jasmine bowing down before Abu while playing along with Aladdin's story about her being mad. "She thinks the monkey is the Sultan."
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: After his first kiss with Jasmine, Aladdin falls over backwards with a sigh, letting Carpet catch him.
  • Power High: Jafar's initial reaction to becoming a genie, before the drawbacks kick in.
  • Power Limiter: The Lamp. Itty bitty living space.
    • 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, and thus, virtually the master of the World, 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.
    • The argument of Aladdin was not totally wrong: despite being the most powerful man on Earth, Jafar owed all his power to the Genie who still remained upper. It means that anybody else on the world who stole the lamp could easily unwish him back his powers. Even if Jafar could hide the lamp in an unreachable place with his magic, Genie would remain an immortal threat forever, and that is something the huge ego of the Villain could not stand.
  • Primal Fear: Snake!Jafar
  • Prince For A Day: Aladdin's first wish is to become a prince in order to be an appropriate suitor for Jasmine.
  • Protagonist Title: The film is called Aladdin and it is about Aladdin.
  • Public Domain Artifact: The Lamp.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Tell. Her. The. TRUTH!"
  • Pungeon Master:
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: The hungry street children.
  • Rags to Royalty: Aladdin (and Abu). A deconstruction, as becoming a prince doesn't solve any of his problems and arguably makes them worse.
  • Reading Ahead in the Script: The Genie pulls out a copy of the movie's script and tries to feed Aladdin his next lines, which will have him use his third wish to free the Genie.
  • Reality Ensues: Aladdin becomes worried when he's told he'll become the next sultan. The only reason he's gotten this far is because of a wish, and worries what would happen if anyone learns he's not a real prince, including losing Jasmine.
  • Reality Warper: Genie.
  • Rebellious Princess: Jasmine.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Jafar wears a black and red robe.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Genie when he gets angry over Aladdin's taunts in the cave.
  • The Renaissance Age of Animation
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Snake!Jafar brings out the only significant snake imagery in the movie.
  • Rescue Hug: When Aladdin leads Jasmine to his hideaway, the girl trips and falls into Aladdin's arms. Needless to say, they don't brake the embrace right away.
  • 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: Do you notice a pattern here? 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.
  • Revised Ending: The movie had at least two alternate endings. Originally, it was supposed to end with a reprise of "Arabian Nights", which was later used in the second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. The second deleted ending starts with the reprise of "A Whole New World" as seen in the final movie, but then cuts to a sequence where the peddler from the beginning of the movie reveals himself to be the Genie. This is followed by a cruder version of the "made you look" gag from the final ending.
  • Ring of Fire
  • Runaway Fiancée: Jasmine.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Iago, shortly after the first (failed) attempt to enter the Cave of Wonders.
    Jafar: Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
    Iago: There's a big surprise! That's an incredible—I think I'm going to have a heart attack and die from that surprise!"
  • Scaled Up: Snake!Jafar, and despite what the Evil Overlord List would tell you, it works just fine. Aladdin only wins by goading him into wishing to become a genie, knowing that Jafar can't stand anyone else's power exceeding his.
  • Scarab Power: The Golden Scarab Beetle locating the Cave of Wonders. Although it looks like a hand-sized robot, its two main components (which must be put together to work in the first place) form the tiger head-shaped guardian's eyes. They reappear whenever the Cave deems their summoners unworthy of getting the magical lamp. It's worth noting many box arts have this artifact located at their very center, hinting its key importance to the plot.
    • Inverted in the Aladdin television series. Mechanicles has invented a robot scarab merely because he needs a mode of transportation and happens to like the tidiness and industry of the animals. In other words, a hater of magic uses a symbol of magic in a roundabout way.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: The Trope Namer was mentioned in passing by Genie.
  • Schmuck Bait: The treasure in the cave, particularly the giant ruby. It's the only other treasure in the lamp room.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: "You've heard of the Golden Rule, haven't you? The one who has the gold makes the rules."
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: The Sultan changing the royal marriage laws so that Jasmine can wed Aladdin.
  • Sealed Evil in a Lamp: Jafar becomes one at the end of the film after he wishes to become a Genie and he gets trapped in a dark lamp.
  • Sealed Good in a Lamp : Genie.
  • Secret Test of Character: Cave Of Wonders. The test is actually not that secret.
  • Self-Deprecation: Accidental, but ironic - "I don't know where she gets it from. Her mother wasn't nearly so picky."
  • Selfless Wish: Aladdin uses his third wish to free the Genie.
  • Shape Shifter: Genie.
  • Shoulders of Doom: Jafar.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shout-Out: To Shakespeare: The villain's parrot sidekick is named Iago. Which, considering it's set centuries before Shakespeare was even born, is just another ingredient of the delicious Anachronism Stew that the movie serves up.
  • Show Some Leg: Jasmine seduces Jafar to distract him so Aladdin can take the lamp.
  • Slices, Dices, and Makes Julienne Fries: Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes julienne fries!
  • Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: Abu is Level 4 (but briefly slips into Level 5 when he's trying to wake up Aladdin after the Cave of Wonders collapses) and Rajah is Level 3. Iago is Level 8, though his ability to talk likely comes from his being a parrot.
  • Slouch of Villainy: After Jafar takes over, he replaces the throne with a couch and slouches on it.
  • Smoke Out: Jafar.
  • Smug Snake: Jafar is a wicked version of this trope. During the climax, he even becomes a giant one.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The film has only Jasmine. Aladdin's mother was originally in the film too but got cut.
  • 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).
  • Something Only They Would Say:
    • "Whoops" version - Aladdin's "Do you trust me?" tips off Jasmine.
    • Jasmine may have been tipped off earlier, when he said "You should be free to make your own choice."
    • During "A Whole New World," Jasmine also notices when she passes her an apple the exact same way as he did before. This is, in fact, almost certainly what cinches it. Up until that point, she had certainly been suspicious, but after that, you can tell she's looking at him in a new way. Of course, shortly afterwards, she tests him with the line about it being a shame that Abu's not there.
    • She probably had her suspicions when she noticed that THEY LOOKED THE SAME, though she didn't pay that much attention to his appearance until she saw Aladdin take off his hat.
  • Speech-Impaired Animal: Abu. Although at one point he does clearly utter "Aladdin, wake up!" - along with other familiar semi-uttered expressions such as 'Why you!' or 'O brother!'
  • The Speechless: The Carpet.
  • Spikes of Villainy: At first sight, you could think the Sultan dressing upon the first wish was a bit useless since Jafar went back to his Vizier dressing upon the second wish moments later. However, 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.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: The three rules of the genie are to prevent this.
    • Genie's advice on winning Jasmine's heart...
    Genie: Tell... her... the... *TRUTH!!!*
  • Stealth Pun: When Iago tells Jafar about the plan to marry the princess and then kill her and the Sultan, Jafar responds with "I love the way your foul little mind works!"note 
    • Right at the end when Genie pretends to be the moon, then turns around to show his face... You can see his backside because he's mooning you.
  • 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.
  • Stock Phrases
    • With Due Respect: Iago to Jafar while being forced to pedal a bicycle to provide power to use the Mystic Blue Diamond.
  • Stock Scream: A Wilhelm Scream when Genie is moving Agrabah up onto a cliff.
  • Street Urchin: Aladdin.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: During the big fight between Aladdin and Jafar, the Genie sarcastically "cheers" Jafar, "Jafar, Jafar, he's our man. If he can't do it, GREAT!"
  • Suddenly Suitable Suitor: Solved by the Sultan changing the law.
  • Suicidal Gotcha: Aladdin pretends to jump off a balcony.
    • And is caught by a flying device hovering at a height just far enough below the balcony for his head to disappear. Seems familiar.
  • Super Empowering: Jafar's wish.
  • Superpowered Date: Aladdin and Jasmine's magic carpet ride.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: Under the laws of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine had to marry a prince. At the end of the movie Aladdin was no longer a prince so Jasmine couldn't marry him. But wait!
    Sultan: Well, am I Sultan or am I Sultan? From this day forth, the princess shall marry whomever she deems worthy.
  • Tactful Translation: Aladdin does this for Abu when they're with Princess Jasmine.
    Aladdin: Abu says... Abu says that's not fair!
    Abu: Ik?!??!
  • 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." (Things instantly go bad.)
  • Ten Thousand Years: Genie states that he's been trapped in his lamp for 10,000 years. Who or what made the lamp 10,000 years ago is never explained.
    • Genie's first words upon his release are given a Meaningful Echo later on when Jafar is turned into a genie and trapped in his own lamp.
      Genie: 10,000 years in the Cave of Wonders ought to chill him out!
  • Terms of Endangerment
  • 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.
  • Thin Chin Of Sin: Jafar has a pointy chin, which also extends to a longer and curlier beard.
  • This Is no Time to Panic: Said by Aladdin to Abu...until he sees the wall they're about to crash into. "Start panicking."
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Despite all their power, genies can't kill anyone. This is a really big plot point of Return of Jafar because Jafar himself has to resort to scheming for revenge on Aladdin.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Iago's face turns pinkish-purple/purplish-pink after telling a seemingly maniacal Jafar to get a grip and he does, by strangling him.
  • Toothy Bird: Iago, who frequently displays teeth when he's griping, which, given that this is Iago, is most of the time.
  • Tricking the Shapeshifter: Aladdin to Jafar.
  • The Trickster: Genie.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: "Prince Ali" does this nearly every chorus (around six!), including a massive one near the end that could pop a lung.
    • It's so bad that Robin Williams, despite his impressive vocal range, can't keep up as the song finishes.
  • Tuckerization: Razoul is named after layout supervisor Rasoul Azadani.
  • True Blue Femininity: Jasmine's outfit is bluish green, and the main gem in her headband is blue.
  • Twinkle Smile: See Audible Gleam above.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Jafar briefly becomes Sultan.
  • 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. And Aladdin never recognizes Jafar as the "old man" who had led him to the Cave of Wonders.
    • Though in the TV episode "Seems Like Old Crimes", Aladdin recalls Abu stealing the lamp back from Jafar in the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin must have figured it out at some point by recognizing his voice with the "old man"'s changed voice before he tried to kill him.
  • Uptown Girl: Aladdin wants to pursue Jasmine but is insecure about his poverty.
  • Unusual Pets For Unusual People: Princess Jasmine owns a pet tiger. She's a Rebellious Princess.
  • Vile Villain, Laughable Lackey: Jafar was a serious Evil Sorceror, but his sidekick Iago was a comical character. Being voiced by Gilbert Gottfried helped in that regard.
  • 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.
    • While this movie doesn't have a lot in common with the famous story, that first Villain Ball—evil sorcerer has a pointless tantrum, chucks Aladdin into the cave, loses lamp as a result—is straight from the original "Aladdin".
  • Villainous Crush: Jafar for Jasmine.
  • Villain Song: "Prince Ali, Reprise".
    • 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.
  • Voice Changeling: Iago. Uses the voices of Jasmine and Jafar.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Genie.
  • Wait Here: Aladdin to Abu in the underground treasure caves.
  • Wedding Deadline
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
  • Wham Line:
    Jafar: It's mine! It's all mine! I-- Where is it? No! NOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Genie, to Aladdin, who has just reneged on his promise to Free The Genie: "Fine, I understand. After all, you've lied to everyone else; I was beginning to feel left out."
  • Who Dares?: The Cave Of Wonders: "Who disturbs my slumber?"
  • Why Won't You Die?: When Aladdin returns to the palace in the climax, Jafar retorts "How many times do I have to kill you, boy?!"
  • Wicked Cultured: Jafar.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Aladdin/Prince Ali.
  • Wishing for More Wishes: Zig-Zagged. The Genie tells Al, "Ix-nay on the wishing for more wishes!" up front. Being a Guile Hero, Al still manages to finagle an extra one out of the Genie by tricking him into magicking them out of an inescapable cave without actually wishing for him to do so. After being befriended and freed, Genie is willing and able to help Al all he likes outside of the confines of Three Wishes, but takes a hit to his overall magical mojo.
  • Wishplosion
  • You! Exclamation: Jafar to Aladdin.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Jafar under a beggar disguise, attempts to kill Aladdin once he has completed his task and gives him the lamp, during which the time the Cave Of Wonders was currently collapsing.
  • You Just Told Me: How Jasmine confirms that the Prince is really Aladdin.
    Jasmine: It's a shame Abu had to miss this.
    Aladdin: Nah, he hates fireworks, and he doesn't really like flying, either. Uh...that is, um...oh, no...
  • "You!" Squared:
    "They're after me! They're after you?!"
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Snake-Jafar tells Aladdin that he's nothing without the Genie. Aladdin promptly proves how wrong he is by using the same response on Jafar in order to trick him into becoming a genie himself.