Western Animation: Aladdin: The Series
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The sequel and spin-off television series
to Disney's Aladdin
Set after Aladdin: The Return of Jafar
, the series shows the many adventures of Aladdin and his companions in and outside of Agrabah, as they meet new enemies and friends, and encounter mysteries and treasures found all over the world they could never dream of.Aladdin and the King of Thieves
served as a full-length finale to both the TV series and Aladdin's story as a whole.
Tropes used in the animated series:
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- 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".
- Always a Bigger Fish: For as all-powerful as Chaos is, he still seems to be inferior to Fate, which annoys him greatly. Whosoever Fate smiles upon, Chaos usually tends to frown upon.
- Amazon Brigade: The Galafems. They also kidnap and forcibly-induct women into their numbers, making their army stronger.
- Anachronism Stew: Apparently, the writers once again mixed up medieval Arabia with ancient Arabia. The Greeks Aladdin runs into seem to be from ancient Greece.
- Animation Bump: In the Walt Disney Japannote and Australia-animated episodes.
- 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.
- Artifact of Doom: In the episode "Armored and Dangerous", the Sultan puts on the invincible armor of Kileem, a powerful warlord, and ends up being taken over by the spirit of the warlord himself.
- 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.
- Badass Back: Mozenrath blasts Jasmine to the ground this way at one point.
- Badass Grandpa: The Sultan, surprisingly.
- 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.
- Bad-Guy Bar: The Skull and Dagger.
- 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.
- Barefoot Poverty: Several characters.
- Bastard Understudy: Mozenrath's backstory.
- 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.
- Beleaguered Assistant: Haroud has the unfortunate job of being Abis Mal's lackey, but makes up for it by being much, much smarter than his boss.
- Benevolent Genie: Eden; when Dondi's first wish is for a sandwich, Eden allows her to take it back, and convinces her to wish to never be hungry again.
- And, once again, our blue pal.
- Berserk Button:
- Amin Damoola's is being called by his nickname Butterfingers. Mechanicles' Super OCD should say enough.
- 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.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Chaos period... Pissing him off is a REALLY bad idea.
- 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.
- Blessed Are the Cheesemakers: The Odifferous worship cheese.
- Blind Seer: Fasir.
- Body Horror: Mozenrath's gauntlet gives him remarkable magical powers, but at a cost, as the hand he wears it on has been completely stripped of its flesh.
- Boisterous Bruiser: The Odifferous are a tribe of these.
- Brainwashed: Happens to all of the main cast at some point.
- Buffy Speak: Abis Mal.
- Butt Monkey: Iago. According to the DVD Commentary, the filmmakers' motto was "When in doubt, hurt the bird."
- Canis Latinicus: "Bobolonius", the name of the Sultan's grandfather, and possibly the Sultan.
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' :
- 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...
- Cast from Lifespan: Mozenrath's gauntlet draws magic power at the cost of his lifespan and possibly (see Word of Dante in the Trivia tab) his flesh.
- Catchphrase: "It's showtime!" Most commonly Genie but everyone gets a crack at it.
- Mechanicles is "The master of machines!" or "Greatest Of The Great Greek Geniuses!"
- Abis-Mal, after having his sentences finished by Haroud: "I was going to say that!"
- Cats Are Mean: Mirage.
Iago: She's mean! She's beyond mean! She invented "mean"!
- Changed My Mind, Kid: Iago and Abu at the end of "The Secret of Dagger Rock". Subverted in that they arrived late.
- 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?
- The Charmer: Aladdin.
- 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.
- City of Adventure: Agrabah, especially in the later episodes. (Earlier they visited a lot more Adventure Towns.)
- Clock King: Meckanikles.
- Cloudcuckooland: Odiferus.
- Color Coded Emotions: One episode had the characters enchanted by colored gemstones which instilled them with corresponding emotions—blue for depression, green for envy, yellow for fear, etc.
- Conspicuous Gloves: The Evil Sorceror Mozenrath wears a magical gauntlet that stripped the skin and flesh from his hand as a price. Under the gauntlet, his hand is just bone.
- Control Freak: Mechanicles.
- Criminal Amnesiac: Jasmine in "Forget Me Lots".
- Crossover: With Hercules: The Animated Series.
- 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.
- Cue the Flying Pigs: Happens when genies fall in love.
- 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.
- Cute Bruiser: Scara.
- Cute Monster Girl: Jasmine in "Eye of the Beholder".
- Cute Witch: Sadira.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy:
- 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.
- Death Is Dramatic: Arbutus's death in Garden of Evil, so very much.
- 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.
- De-power/Power Limiter: As a side-effect of being freed, the Genie has gone from having "Phenomenal Cosmic Powers" in the film to only possessing "Semi-Phenomenal, Nearly Cosmic Powers" in the series. His magic is still useful, but usually too weak to defeat the regular foe of each episode, or he is otherwise Too Incompetent to Operate a Blanket without the Restraining Bolt of being forced to grant specific wishes like "defeat my enemy" which would be a Story-Breaker Power. This is a Necessary Weasel to keep the genie from being a God-Mode Sue answer to all of Aladdin's recurring foes.
- Deus Exit Machina: Genie is kept from resolving the plot of every episode in two minutes through a combination of this trope, the rules of his Weird Trade Union, and Forgot About His Powers. In maybe one episode, they actually meet a rare villain that is more powerful than him; he specifically notes that the creature is about as powerful as a palace full of genies.
- Deus ex Machina
- Disney Death
- The Drag-Along: Iago. In fact, at least 1/3 of all his lines are complaints about this.
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Aladdin manages to pull this trick on Genie in "Genie Hunt" after the latter gets frightened by Rajah.
Aladdin: You were scared.
Genie: Was not.
Aladdin: Were too.
Genie: Was not.
Aladdin: Were too.
Genie: Was not.
Aladdin: Was not.
Genie: Were too.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Subverted, when Jasmine is turned into a snake-woman, our heroes brave through a multitude of challenges to find the cure, which Mirage destroys before they can use it; defeated, Jasmine wants the others to leave her, so Aladdin turns himself into a snake to stay with Jasmine.
- 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, completely ignoring their previous malicious intentions.
- 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 Costume Switch: Princess Jasmine gets one of these thanks to Abys Mal and a flower that causes Laser-Guided Amnesia. In her new identity as "The Scourge of the Desert", she wears a dark-blue version of her usual clothes, a hooded cape, her hair in a ponytail (just like how she wore it when she was Jafar's slave in the original movie), and wields a whip. Interestingly, after getting her memory back, she keeps the outfit (and the whip), wearing it as a Spy Cat Suit when Aladdin & Co. infiltrate Mozenrath's city.
- 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 Hammy: So many of the villains.
- 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.
- Evil Sorcerer: Mozenrath, Caliph Kapok, Khartoum, and probably a few more.
- Evil Twin: Aladdin is faced with an evil version of himself, thanks to Chaos. Though aside from how the twin looks, he's really more of Aladdin's complete opposite than anything else.
- Eye Poke: In one episode, a magic disembodied hand is sent to attack Al. Inevitably, it pulls this move on him, but Aladdin is Genre Savvy enough to use the hand block on it.
- Face-Heel Turn: Mirage, according to Fasir.
- Fat and Skinny: Abis Mal and Harud.
- Abis Mal and Mechanicles when they temporarily teamed up. When they're fighting in a bar they're refered to as the fat one and the skinny one by onlookers.
- Find the Cure: A few — a cure for Genie's cold in "Sneeze the Day", something to reverse Jasmine's transformation in "Eye of the Beholder", and something to awaken a poisoned Aladdin in "Mission Imp Possible" (the last one had Nefir poison Aladdin just so that the other heroes would get the rare and expensive cure from the imp-eating moth that creates it, without having to deal with the moth solo.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Jasmine and Sadira.
- Not exactly friends, but Rasoul lightens up after he and Aladdin have to team up against Aziz.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Being a genie, Genie is a wealth of magical knowledge, but having been trapped in a lamp for thousands of years, some of his info is out of date.
- Fisher King: This time, a child-king whose perpetual sulk makes his domain barren and ugly.
- Five-Man Band: A perfect one if I ever saw one, starring:
- Foe Romance Subtext:
- Whenever Mozenrath appears, Aladdin usually ends up in some kind of bondage. They also tend to end up wrestling on the ground.
- 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.
- His brief encounter with Eden. A lot of it simply comes from the way Mozenrath talks to people.
- 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 "Evil Incarnate".
Mirage: Chalk up another one for the forces of evil.
- Four-Fingered Hands: Lampshaded when Genie attempts to activate a hand-print switch, but is unable to until he grows a fifth finger.
- General Ripper: General Gouda of Oderiferous can come off as this.
- Genki Girl: Eden, the female genie.
- 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....?
- Glad I Thought of It: Abis Mal and Haroud do this a lot.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual: Mechanikles' telescoping monocle.
- Goldfish Poop Gang: Dominus Tusk. Although he's by no means harmless, in every episode he appears he ends up being quickly defeated due to circumstances.
- Grand Theft Me: In "Two To Tangle", Mozenrath tries to take over Aladdin's body.
- Great Gazoo: Chaos.
- "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.
- Hall of Mirrors: One episode had the heroes try to find a certain magic mirror to ward off an obelisk whose shadow destroyed whatever it fell on; they would know it because it reflected one's true self. Aladdin found it when, although he was dressed in his royal garb, it reflected him as a "street rat".
- 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.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Aladdin defeats Kileem by tricking him (i.e. the invincible armor possessed Sultan) into destroying the statue that was the source of his curse.
- 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.
- "I Can't Look" Gesture: When a series of booby traps in the Sultan's treasury, Iago gets caught in one intended to behead its victim, and Jasmine covers her eyes moments before the blade strikes. Fortunately, in addition to being one of the main characters, Iago's much smaller than a human and the blade only removes the feathers on the top of his head.
- I Am a Monster: Jasmine, when she is turned into a naga.
- I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Saleen wants Aladdin, not because she finds him attractive, but because it's a challenge.
- 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".
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Amin Dimoola.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini: Mechanicles and Mirage.
- Kids Are Cruel: The sprites fit this perfectly, even though their actual age is never confirmed.
- Kitchen Sink Included
- Knight of Cerebus: Mozenrath. You know you're a great villain when you're a bigger threat than the "Evil Incarnate" of the show.
- Let's not leave Mirage out as well, in her debut episode she burned a village simply because they've grown enough food. She and Mozenrath are tied for being one of Aladdin's most dangerous enemies.
- Lampshade Hanging: Mechanikles/Mechanicles does this every time he makes an escape via a Deus ex Machina. "People might ask, 'Why build an X?'"
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.
- Literal Split Personality: Genie in "The Seven Faces of Genie".
- 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.
- Lord Error-Prone: A brainwashed Aladdin becomes this in "Dune Quixote".
- Losing Your Head: Kapok and Aladdin. Don't worry, the latter gets better. Losing his head makes Kapok better.
- Love Redeems:
- Minos and Fatima, a pair of villains from Aladdin's past wind up being redeemed and cured of their Baleful Polymorphs through The Power of Love.
- What prevented Mirage from being completely irredeemable is that she and Fasir has a thing in the past with the trope happening to the latter despite her atrocities.
- Low Clearance: In one episode, several main characters riding a dragon which is flying just above a river have to duck twice, once when the Genie announces "Low bridge" and once when the Genie announces "Even-lower bridge".
- Mad Scientist: Mechanicles.
- Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Abis Mal in "Lost and Founded".
- Mama Bear: Abis Mal has stolen a griffin egg and is holding Iago hostage, what do you do? Release the hounds... er, mother griffin.
- Marilyn Maneuver: Sadira, in "Dune Quixote".
- Maximum Fun Chamber: In an episode where someone puts the city to sleep and sends them nightmares, Iago ends up yelling in his sleep "No! Not the Cage of Torment!"
- Mayincatec: Thundra and Malcho.
- Meaningful Name: Saleen the mermaid (saline is salt water).
- Mental Picture Projector: Genie uses one to probe Abu's mind to find out who played pranks during Jasmine's dinner party. Chaos appears and comments on the remarkable likeness.
- Mind-Control Device: Mechanicles' robot, Gregarious.
- Moby Schtick: A desert version.
- Monster Suit: Machina.
- More Criminals Than Targets: The Thieves' Quarter, where only thieves are allowed and they steal from each other.
- 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?
: (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)
Genie: Oh ... you're serious.
- 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!"
- Narrator All Along: Fasir, in his first episode.
- Near Villain Victory: Most of Mozenrath's episodes, which gets on his nerves a few times.
Mozenrath: "I'll get him yet. I'm so close!"
- 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).
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "The Vapor Chase" a disguised Abis Mal sells Jasmine a bunch of powder he says is for heating but actually releases a sentient smoke monster that steals valuables when lit. Aladdin is suspiscious of the substance from the start and questions if it's safe, but as Jasmine admits later she was too stubborn to admit she might be wrong.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Mirage, in "When Chaos Comes Calling". Which was Chaos' plan all along.
- Night of the Living Mooks: Mozenrath's mamluks.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Amin Damoola's voice is loosely based on the Peter Sellers version of Inspector Clouseau, including his mangled pronunciation of the word 'monkey'.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: In "The Vapor Chase" after Jasmine finds out Abis Mal tricked her she tries to give him a beatdown. The good guys have to save Abis Mal from her.
- 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.
"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..."
- No-One Could Have Survived That: Stated word for word by the Genie towards Abis Maul and Mechanikles in "The Flawed Couple", but...
Aladdin: If anyone could survive, it'd be those two snakes. (And they do.)
- Non-Human Sidekick: Xerxes to Mozenrath.
- Non Sequitur Thud: Genie.
- 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.
- Not So Different: In a crossover episode with Hercules: The Animated Series, Aladdin and Herc learn this about each other... although not before spending most of the episode pounding each other.
- Not Using the Z Word: Mozenrath's mamluks.
- "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: In "As the Netherworld Turns", this is used to convince people that they are dreaming.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Chaos; when Mirage tricks the "Master Trickster" into bringing his brand of fun to Agrabah, she doesn't realize that she's walked right into his Batman Gambit.
- 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.
- Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Abis Mal. He must be a lot better at being a thief than trying to take over Agrabah...
- Off with His Head!: Parodied in the episode, "Heads, You Lose".
- Oh Wait, This Is My Grocery List: Mechanikles.
- Ominous Floating Sphinx: Mirage lives inside a sphinx in an asteroid belt.
- Open Mouth, Insert Foot: This happens often to Aladdin.
- Our Founder: The episode "Lost And Founded" has the Founder's Day celebration of Agrabah, and Abis Mal going back in time to make it so that his family, rather than Sultan's, founded Agrabah.
- Paint It Black: Evil Jasmine in "Forget Me Lots".
- Phlebotinum Muncher: The thirdac.
- Physical God: Chaos and Malcho to name a few.
- 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.
- Police Are Useless
- 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.
- Princes Rule: Prince Uncouthma.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Aladdin in the Hercules: The Animated Series crossover, after he tries swing-kicking Herc off Pegasus, only to find that it has no effect.
- Punny Name: Abis Mal note , Abnor Mal note , Amin Damoola note , Hippsodeth note , Ayam Aghoul note , Al-Butros note , Haroud Hazi Bin note , Eden note , Saleen note , Al Muddi note , Nefir Hasenuf note , Al Gebraic note , Prince Mammood note , Khartoum note ... and probably more. Suffice to say, the writers love puns.
- Race Lift: The Movie sets Aladdin in a Pseudo-Arabic/Middle Eastern world as opposed to China, which was the original setting of Aladdin in the Arabian Nights.
- Recycled: The Series: It works.
- Redemption Earns Life: Amal.
- Red Right Hand: Mozenrath.
- 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.
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?!
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: The little magical creature who Jasmine takes in as her pet in the episode "Scare Necessities".
- Rogues Gallery: Mozenrath, Abis Mal, Mechanicles, Mirage, Ayam Aghoul
- Role Reprisal: The voice cast from Return of Jafar would return to voice their characters throughout the series, including The Other Darrin Dan Castellaneta as the Genie, Gilbert Gottfried as Iago and Jason Alexander as Abis Mal.
- Ruritania: Odiferous.
- Safety Worst: In one episode, the Genie shelters Aladdin in a bubble for protection in this manner.
- Sanity Has Advantages
- Save the Villain:
- 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.
- Seduction-Proof Marriage: In the Hercules: The Animated Series crossover, Phil begins flirting with Princess Jasmine. She cuts him off with a curt "I'm married", and he apologizes.
- Self-Deprecation: When Iago's head is turned into a human's:
Iago: My eyes! They're so beady and squinty! I've been turned into some kind of mutant! HEEEEEELP MEEEEEEEEE!
- Sharing a Body: Aladdin and Mozenrath, after a botched Grand Theft Me.
- 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.
- 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.
- Smug Snake: Malcho.
- 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."
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Iago (not that anyone minds...)
- 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.
- Stalker with a Crush: Sadira.
- Steam Punk: Mechanicles's inventions. One episode takes the steam part to the extreme.
- Straw Vulcan: Caliph Kapok.
- 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.
- Testosterone Poisoning: Captain al-Butros.
- Third-Person Person: Malcho, usually when he's gloating to himself. Even though he later openly admits he tires this bad habit of his.
- Those Two Guys: Rasoul and the Royal Guards.
- Time Travel: The plot of the episode "Lost and Founded".
- Title Montage: The opening features clips from the series.
- Took a Level in Badass: Jasmine.
- Transformation Trauma: Several.
- 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.)
- TV Genius
- Two Beings, One Body
- The Vamp: Saleen.
- Villain Team-Up: Mechanikles and Abizz Mal; later, there's also a rather less likely team-up between Mozenrath and Amin Damoolah, as well as the alliance between Hades and Jafar in the Crossover with Hercules.
- Watching the Sunset
- 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 explosive cheese warhammer, 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.
- Whip It Good: Jasmine in "Forget Me Lots".
- Whole Episode Flashback: "Seems Like Old Crimes" Part 1, which centers around how Aladdin met Abu.
- Whole Plot Reference: The episode with Arbutus is very similar to Beauty and the Beast, including the Beast intending to hold Beauty captive because her father stole a flower, and though Jasmine doesn't fall in love with Arbutus she's the one who ends up feeling the most sympathy for him.
- 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...
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.
- You See, I'm Dying: Mozenrath's opening line in Two to Tangle.
- You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum: Aladdin gets this at times. Also, Mozenrath seems to think of himself this way, as he breaks down when he loses his gauntlet, even though he still has his kingdom and army of mamluks left. Without his gauntlet, all that he gave up for it would all be for nothing.