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'.
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). And recurring villain Mechanicles is from there.
Alas, Poor Villain: Arbutus. (In his defense, the Sultan - then Prince Bobolonius - stole from Arbutus 20 years ago.)
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".
The Genie whenever Kennedy Cartoons animated had the benefit of reusing bits of movie animation. This made him move much more fluidly than whenever anyone else animated.
Amnesiac Dissonance: In an episode Jasmine lost her memory due to a magic rose and Abis Mal convinced her that she was evil. This backfired when Jasmine became a Dark Action Girl and decided the idiotic Abis Mal was beneath her.
Artistic License - Paleontology: 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.
Art Shift: Genie's explanation of man in "The Secret of Dagger Rock" is drawn in UPA style.
Ass in Ambassador: The ambassadors in "Riders Redux", who boss Jasmine around and constantly threaten war.
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.
Battle in the Center of the Mind: The last episode to have Mozenrath in it ended with the sorcerer attempting to possess Aladdin's body after his own suffers total organ failure from overuse of dark magic (which turns out to apparently be the source of his interest in Aladdin through most of the series). Aladdin is seemingly out-matched, but doesn't realise that he has all the power he could ever need. After he stops being afraid, Aladdin uses his soul's energies to curbstomp Mozenrath's ass.
This would have been a fitting end for the series Big Bad, but being a Disney cartoon he gets better at the end to menace Agrabah another day.
Amin Damoola's is being called by his nickname Butterfingers. Mechanicles' Super OCD should say enough.
Ordering Chaos around, people will be lucky if the only thing he does is yelling at them.
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...
Character Exaggeration: In the films (the first and third one anyway) The Genie is a cartoonish, but highly intelligent and formidable ally. In the series he was reduced to a playful, silly, and just plain weird well-meaning buffoon who often did as much harm as he did good. This may have been sneakiness/laziness on the part of the writers — if the Genie is magical, smart and free to use his magic to solve problems and fight bad guys, then who needs Aladdin? Also, Genie is a living Deus ex Machina. If he were smart enough to use his powers to just defeat conflict by himself, what would the writers do with the other twenty-nine minutes of the episode?
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.
Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: The Sultan is (or at least was) this, apparently. You should see all the ass he kicks in episode 75. of course, somebody had to run a kingdom so rife with disaster before Aladdin came along, right?
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.
Curse Escape Clause: Agrabbah was once attacked by a would-be conqueror while Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie were away on other business. In desperation, the Sultan donned a suit of enchanted armor that would make him "as strong as stone". The armor allowed him to defeat the conqueror, but also allowed the spirit of the armor's original wearer, an evil sultan of Agrabbah's past, to possess him, turning him evil and paranoid to the point where he tried having Jasmine executed. Aladdin realized that "as strong as stone" meant that the armor drew its magic from a stone statue of the evil sultan, and was able to break the spell and restore Jasmine's father to his old self by coercing him into destroying the statue.
The foolish and incredibly Genre Blind villain Abis Mal was partnered with an assistant named Haroud who was incredibly Genre Savvy, but his intelligent suggestions were usually shot down by his boss' hubris and lack of foresight.
This is part of Mozenrath's Character Development. He starts out Savvy enough to quickly learn what exactly Aladdin will or won't risk his life for, yet he's still prone to Evil Gloating, Death Traps and not foreseeing that another villain might double cross him. It doesn't take long though before he subverts the classic tale by kidnapping the hero instead of the princess, and he knows enough about magic to get the drop on the heroes time after time. He also realises that the heroes won't just hand over Genie for Aladdin's life, so he lures them to where his secret weapon is stored. In a later episode he also points out how he could be gloating, but chooses not to, manages to foresee Aladdin's sneak attack after he was told that the hero was dead and proceeds to kick their asses, one after the other. They only won that time because they had additional help.
Deadpan Snarker: Haroud, Iago, Mozenrath, Aladdin, and, on occasion, Jasmine.
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, a 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.
Empowered Badass Normal: Aladdin winds up getting possessed by Mozenrath and fighting for control of the body. In the middle of the fight, he blocks Mozenrath's magic with his spirit's own mystical power and wins a Beam-O-War with Mozenrath. Unusually for an Empowered Badass Normal, this is never seen again, and it's heavily implied that he can't use it outside his body.
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.
Evil-Detecting Dog: In one episode, Sadira attempts to swap herself with Jasmine, becoming a princess while Jasmine becomes a street rat. Thanks to her Reality Warper level magic everyone (including Genie) is fooled except the animals; Rajah, Abu, and Iago. The three spend the rest of the episode playing Cassandra Truth until The Power of Love breaks the spell.
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.
Evil Is Not a Toy: Constantly. Abis Mal makes a habit of finding artifacts and beings of awesome power that he cannot hope to control, but Sadira and even Mozenrath and the heroes also sometimes try to harness things that are simply beyond them. Lampshaded expertly when is a violent monster Sadira summons loses all patience with her indecision when it comes to doing anything actually evil.
Mozenrath has this with Jasmine too from time to time, with the way he's constantly teasing her and calling her cute, or gently touching her chin when she's captured. She also has a very impish smile on her face when she uses her whip on him.
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.
At one point in the same episode, we see them about to kiss, but then the scene cuts to Abu and Iago for a while. The next time we see Aladdin and Jasmine they're in different clothes. Continuity error, or....?
"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.
Akbar, from the Skull and Dagger gave up his thieving ways when Iago decided to try to be generous. Even after Iago decided to go back to being greedy, Akbar still continues to give.
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.
Humongous Mecha: Clock Punk inventor Mechanikles must have read this trope entry, because most of his giant mecha are based on arthropods. One exception was a Humongous Mecha shaped like himself, but he soon lost it to a boy who fell into the cockpit.
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.
However, several episodes show that he sometimes sleeps in one of the Palace's rooms, demonstrating that Aladdin seems to alternate between spending nights in his old hovel and spending nights in the 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.
In One Ear, Out The Other: In the episode "Strike up the Sand" Genie, having transformed himself into an insect buzzes around Razoul to distract him while Abu steals his badge. At one point Genie flies into one Razoul's ears and straight out the opposite ear.
Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Despite being a thief, Aladdin has always been pure of heart, and only stole out of necessity; in the series, Mirage explicitly refers to Aladdin as "uncorruptable".
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!
Leave Him to Me: When Mozenrath is tricked into believing Aladdin is dead, he's disappointed and says "I wanted to finish Aladdin!" He then responds to the titular hero's actual entrance with "Aladdin! I'm so glad to see you're alive! For the moment."
Let's You and Him Fight: During a crossover with Hercules, Aladdin and Herc got into this position after Hades and Jafar kidnapped their friends and fooled them into believing the other had done it.
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 Aladdin and the 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 God, You Are Serious: Jasmine and Aladdin get into an argument about how her privileged upbringing has left gaps in her education concerning how most people live their lives, and Jasmine turns to the Genie to back her up.
Jasmine: Well, I know plenty about the real world, don't I, Genie?
Genie: (puts on a trenchcoat, hat, and gangster accent) Sure, you know all about the dark, dank underbelly of this sleazy city of sin! (returns to normal, laughs)
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.
Mythology Gag: "Sneeze The Day" starts out with Amin Damoola running away from the guards (and Aladdin) in a way reminiscent of how Aladdin ran away from the guards in the first movie. It even lifts a familiar exchange from the scene - except of course, in this case Amin does get caught.
Old Woman / Genie: "Getting in trouble a little early today, aren't we Aladdin/Amin?"
Aladdin / Amin: "Trouble? You're only in trouble if you get caught!"
Not to say that other villains doesn't get close to winning at times, like Mirage in Eye of the Beholder, or Mechanikles in I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like.
Neat Freak: Mechanikles, in one episode, he tries to fuse the desert into glass. In another, he tries to steam clean the planet by boiling the ocean.
The Necrocracy: The Land of the Black Sand is populated only by zombies, although its ruler, Evil Sorcerer Mozenrath, is likely not undead. (Although he has a Dead Right Hand, so he's not exactly a normal human being either.)
New Powers as the Plot Demands: Inverted. Genie after being released from his burden of being a slave, is made a lot weaker in the animated series. Done deliberately, so that the episodic villains, magical creatures, natural and supernatural phenomena, still pose a threat to the main characters and their home.
Nice Hat: Abis Mal has some kind of obsession with hats, including the Sultan's hat and a magical scorpion helmet.
This may have something to do with his being bald, which he seems to have a complex about (he makes fairly frequent comments about Aladdin's hair).
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 Good With Rejection: Sadira is a "street rat" like Aladdin was, and falls for Aladdin the way he did for Jasmine, but, since he's in love with Jasmine he refuses her. Then she stumbles onto an ancient library of forgotten magic, and the end result is increasingly dangerous plots to get rid of Jasmine and take Aladdin for herself, including rewriting reality at one point and altering his mind. Eventually she gets over her crush and befriends the gang, but almost has a brief relapse when she believes they don't trust her.
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.
Picky Eater: In "Mission: Imp Possible", Nefir the imp's scheme to make Aladdin's friends help him steal the golden silk cocoon of a giant silkworm backfires horribly because the silkworm had metamorphosed into Mothias, one of the legendary giant moths of yore that ravaged cities, spread plague and pestilence, and ate imps — and only imps. When Mothias accidentally ate Iago, it immediately spat him out in disgust.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: Prince Uncouthma's son Bud, who's a toddler just a few episodes after his parents were married.
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.
Punny Name: Abis Mal note Abysmal, Abnor Mal note Abnormal, Amin Damoola note I'm in the moolah (money), Hippsodeth note Hips of Death, Ayam Aghoul note I am a ghoul, Al-Butros note Albatross, Haroud Hazi Bin note How rude has he been, Eden note after Barbara Eden, Saleen note Saline, aka salt water, Al Muddi note All muddy, Nefir Hasenuf note Never has enough, Al Gebraic note Algebraic, Prince Mammood note My Mood (Makes more sense the fact this character can alter the weather by whatever mood he's in), Khartoum note After the capital of Sudan... and probably more. Suffice to say, the writers love puns.
Redshirt Army: The Royal Guards—They were said to have been easily defeated/killed trying to stop Dominus Tusk.
Reformed, but Rejected: Sadira, in "Witch Way Did She Go?", and Aladdin, from the point of view of the guards.
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.
The Resolution Will Not Be Televised: Malcho, a Mesoamerican deity monster was tricked by Iago and thereafter banished to the North Pole. He returns, vowing to exact revenge on the parrot. Though he tried several times to capture and devour Iago, Malcho was thwarted again and again by Aladdin. Tricked once more, he was now imprisoned in a volcano. At the end, he began to break free of his second prison, proclaiming that Aladdin was his. No follow-up episode was made.
Reverse Psychology: Ayam Aghoul's debut episode has a moment like this with Aladdin and Genie after Aladdin unwittingly releases Aghoul, who declares Jasmine his bride.
Aladdin: I'm gonna lose her, Genie, and it's all my fault! Genie: You're right, kid. All your fault. Aladdin: Huh? Genie: You know, the situation: Mingle with zombies, pay the price. You have every right to feel like a creep... creep! Aladdin: Now, wait a minute here! How was I supposed to know giving Jasmine a gift was going to unleash that guy?!
In the episode "Black Sand", Aladdin tries to save Mozenrath from falling off the palace into his black sand trap. Obviously, Mozenrath attempts to pull Aladdin down with him, but ends up falling into his own black sand.
In the episode "The Hunted," Genie has to save Mukhtar, a Genie Hunter, from a man-eating Venus flytrap in Mozenrath's citadel. He then says "Saving people we might not like. It's a good guy thing!" Afterwards, Mukhtar seems to be an Ungrateful Bastard and betray Genie to Mozenrath, but after reflecting on what Genie did for him for a while, comes back and helps save Genie and defeat Mozenrath.
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, Saleen the mermaid 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").
In the same episode Saleen is offered fish in the marketplace and recognizes the unfortunate tuna as a certain StarKist mascot.
Saleen: Charlie?! You reckless fool...
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!
Slapstick Knows no Gender: Occasionally. Jazmine is usually immune to comedic misfortune, with things that might be funny when happening to other characters being played a bit more seriously when happening to her, but certain episodes do avert that - for example, in "Sneeze the Day" Genie gets sick and loses control of his powers. Aladdin and Iago go off to find a cure, leaving Jazmine behind to be the brunt of a bunch of gags as Genie's magic goes crazy. And then of course there's "Do The Rat Thing." In general, Sadira is a bit more prone to getting into goofy situations as well.
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.
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.
Super OCD: Mechanicles in a nutshell. All his schemes revolve around his need for cleanliness. He flies off the handle whenever he himself or his clothes, floors, and inventions get dirty.
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.
Take My Hand: Aladdin does this for Mozenrath in "Black Sand". Mozenrath seems to accept, but pridefully shuts him down, wanting his life instead.
Trojan Prisoner: In "A Sultan Worth His Salt", Aladdin allows himself to be captured by the Galafems during a rescue mission to save Jasmine. While the Galafem queen and her troops interrogate Aladdin, Genie and the Sultan infiltrate the island, tie up and gag the queen's sentries, and ultimately save the day.
Tuckerization: "Mozenrath" is a mashup of his creators' surnames, Motz and Roth. (Apparently they toyed around with "Motzenroth", but felt that it sounded too Jewish for the character.)
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.
We Will Meet Again: The calling card of nearly all the villains, but most disturbingly is Chaos' valediction. He warns Aladdin he's always watching and vows that if his life ever gets too peaceful and predictable, he will return.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: In a less malevolent example, an episode had Genie's powers be transferred to Iago. Iago notices pretty quickly that, along with Genie's powers, he has also become more eccentric and strange, while the de-powered Genie becomes more morose. Apparently, possessing semi-phenomenal, nearly-cosmic power makes you a Cloudcuckoolander.
The Worf Effect: From Phenomenal Cosmic power to Semi-Phenomenal, Nearly-Cosmic power amounts to a plethora of whuppin's handed to the Genie.
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 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 Can't Fight Fate: An episode has the Anthropomorphic Personification of Chaos convinced that Fate is on Aladdin's side after hearing about his many victories against impossible odds. This upsets him, to say the least, and that's when the episode gets a little more serious.
Chaos: To always win against such odds, Fate must have smiled on you.
Aladdin: Well, I try not to...brag...
Chaos: But I never liked Fate. Predestination goes against the grain. Besides, he cheats at cards. But if Fate has decreed that Aladdin always wins, what can I do? I mean, where’s the unpredictability in that? I’ve got it! Allow me to produce a little scenario I call “Evil Twin”. I have no problem with Aladdin winning all his battles. The question is, which Aladdin?
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.