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1[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Ja'far]]²!! Ja'far²[[quoteright:200:]]²->'''Played by:''' Creator/DylanSaunders²²The protagonist of ''Twisted'', Ja'far is the royal vizier to the Sultan of the Magic Kingdom.²----²* AdaptationExpansion: Here we see where Ja'far got the Scarab necklace, how he became Vizier, and where he got the Bird.²* AdaptationalHeroism: As ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' did with the Wicked Witch of the West, ''Twisted'' portrays Ja'far as a goodhearted, sympathetic hero who was never evil to begin with.²* {{Adorkable}}: Ja'far, in his youth, due to his incessant optimism, desire to please, and love of science. Especially evident around Sherrezade.²* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: The citizens of the Kingdom give Ja'far this treatment, [[spoiler:and then the other Disney villains do this to Cruella de Vil. To be fair, she deserved it]].²* BecomingTheGenie: Like in the source material. But while there he did it out of greed for power, here he did it to give the Princess the power to fix things and keep Aladdin from getting the lamp.²* BeleagueredBureaucrat: He really just wants to return the kingdom to its golden age. He's just not very successful. Or appreciated.²* BenevolentGenie: The Djinn is too annoying to be really helpful, but Ja'far becomes one of these at the end of the play.²* BSODSong: The beginning of ''Twisted'', [[spoiler:before the other Disney villains show up]].²* ButtMonkey: The scapegoat of the citizen's woes, and a NoRespectGuy despite his efforts.²* {{Determinator}}: Everyone in the kingdom hates Ja'far and nothing ever goes his way. Will that stop him from trying to fix the kingdom's problems with logic, reason, and elbow grease? Nope.²* EvilChancellor: Averted, but is everyone's opinion of Ja'far himself.²* FaceOfAThug: An InformedFlaw, yet {{Deconstructed}}. Just because he's not as handsome as a prince as he got older he became TheScapegoat for the kingdom's misfortune. This makes him a pariah and he's desperate to save the kingdom over this.²* FlatEarthAtheist: To begin with, he is a staunch proponent of science and reason over magic and stories -- but he lives in a world with magic lamps and flying carpets, and his whole plan to save the Magic Kingdom from invasion hinges on finding a Djinn with the power to grant wishes. His struggle to believe in magic as a solution to the world's problems is part of his Character Development.²* TheGoldenRule: The philosophy he lives by before [[KickThemWhileTheyAreDown palace politics sucks his spirit dry]].²* KnightInSourArmor: He tries to do the right thing as a realist in a world full of idealist mooks.²* NiceGuy: He's kind, benevolent, and determined to make the world a better place.²* OnlySaneMan: His defining trait is that he's the only character who's kindhearted, intelligent, and has any common sense whatsoever. Sherrezade also checked all those boxes, but sadly, she's long dead by the time the show starts. [[spoiler:The Princess manages to get there, though.]]²* OurGeniesAreDifferent: The Djinn is blue, Ja'far is red. And a devil-guy.²* PapaWolf: He's very protective of the Princess and doesn't want Aladdin anywhere ''near'' her.²* ParentalSubstitute: The Princess' mother isn't around and her father is basically useless, so Ja'far is the closest thing she has to an actual parent. [[spoiler:Then it turns out he's literally her father.]]²* RageBreakingPoint: Ja'far tries to stay polite and considerate of the Djinn but when the Djinn's non-stop nonsensical references become too much, Ja'far yells at him to stop being an asshole for just one minute.²* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Subverted. The color scheme comes from the Disney movie, where it's played straight, and the people of the Kingdom think it's being played straight here too, but Ja'far is actually RedIsHeroic.²* TenorBoy: The first hint this Ja'far is a heroic character compared to the EvilSoundsDeep Disney character. Emphasized when we flash back to Ja'far as an idealistic young man. ²* ToBeLawfulOrGood: During the title song, Ja'far struggles whether he should go turn himself in and accomplish nothing or continue down his path and maybe save the kingdom.²* TookALevelInCynic: While he does his best to hide it, Ja'far goes from an idealist who believes the best in everyone to quietly admitting he doesn't "believe in good" any more.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Princess]]²!! The Princess²[[quoteright:250:]]²->'''Played by:''' Creator/RachaelSoglin²²The Princess is the teenage daughter of the Sultan of the Kingdom, and his heir.²----²* BedlahBabe: Her outfit is identical to her counterpart in the animated movie.²* BrainlessBeauty: The Princess isn't exactly ''brainless'', but she is very, very naive. [[spoiler:She gets better.]]²* BrattyTeenageDaughter: We don't see her interact with the Sultan directly, but it's hard to imagine she's any nicer to him than she is to anyone else. [[spoiler:As revealed by the ending, she's been a completely straight example to Ja'far this whole time, though she's become a lot nicer by the time they find out they're related.]]²* BrickJoke: Also, when the Princess says she wants to fix the socioeconomic inequality by [[spoiler:making everyone a princess. When she becomes Sultan, she does just that, and it is extremely effective]].²* CharacterDevelopment: She becomes more considerate and more proactive as time goes on. She also wises up ''significantly'' by the end, especially where Aladdin is concerned.²* DumbassHasAPoint: ²** As it turns out, the Princess' plan to solve social inequality by [[spoiler:[[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses making everyone a Princess worked]].]]²** Although she goes about it ''totally'' wrong, it's hard to blame her for not liking Achmed. Or for not wanting to marry someone that made out with a girl while she was ''[[DudeShesLikeInAComa blacked out]]''.²--->'''The Princess:''' That's not charming! That's kind of rapey.²** Some early conversations, particularly with Aladdin, show the Princess is ''almost'' there when it comes to getting what's wrong with the Kingdom. ''Almost''. She gets that the class system is screwed up and mistreats poor people, but fails to see that she benefits from it and that Aladdin isn't much better. She realizes the people in power aren't helping and that something needs to be done, but doesn't understand that she has a lot more to learn before she can instill any lasting change. [[spoiler:She finally turns the corner via CharacterDevelopment.]]²* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: She's only ever called "the Princess", for copyright reasons.²* RebelliousPrincess: {{Reconstructed}}. Her rebellious attitude is little more than selfish complaining over her near perfect life and she's completely oblivious to the real problems of her world. [[spoiler:Later, she rebels against palace politics and leads a social revolution.]]²* RelatedInTheAdaptation: It was revealed that she's really [[spoiler: Ja'far's daughter]].²* RichKidTurnedSocialActivist: Parodied. She cares deeply for the downtrodden masses but is unfortunately also very naive and spoiled, leading her to come out with lines like "This is so unfair! Poor people need slaves just as much as rich people do!"²* ShelteredAristocrat: She's a teenage daughter of the Sultan of the Kingdom and his heiress. She is a kind girl deep down, she just hasn't any idea how life outside of wealth and privilege really works. She's really not a bad person but she's insufferably naive and a RoyalBrat at the beginning. Even so she still wants what is best for her people and her kingdom. [[spoiler: Case in point, after inheriting Ja'far's lamp her wishes are that 1, the war with Pik-zahr be resolved peacefully, 2, that the Magic Kingdom be returned to the happiest place on earth, and 3, her, arguably, only selfish wish be that she and her father could remain together, but when Ja'far solemnly tells her that he cannot grant that wish, she instead wishes that he have every happiness he ever wanted, reuniting Ja'far and Sherrezade for the rest of eternity in the lamp.]]²* TrueBlueFemininity: Like the animated movie, she's feminine and wears a blue outfit.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Aladdin]]²!! Aladdin²[[quoteright:200:]]²->'''Played by:''' Creator/JeffBlim²²A lying street rat.²----²* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler: He steals not due to economic problems but because he is a lazy, sociopathic asshole that [[SelfMadeOrphan killed his own parents]]]].²* AxCrazy: [[spoiler:His alternate personality killed his parents because they wanted him to get a job, and his regular personality went along with it.]]²* BarefootPoverty: Aladdin briefly goes through this until he loots a dead body.²* BlatantLies: All over the place. "I've never done this before."²* CloudcuckoolandersMinder: Aladdin seems to be able to get straight answers out of the Djinn when he is in his lamp in Aladdin's hat.²* CompositeCharacter: The ending reveals that Aladdin [[spoiler: would eventually become the street merchant from the beginning of the film]].²* DeathByIrony: With a BookEnds take on it, [[spoiler: he became a street merchant and was murdered by a thief over a loaf of bread]].²* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: He deconstructs two points about Disney's Aladdin: His life philosophy and why he steals. "[He] steals what he can't afford, and that's everything." Taken to the conclusion, that means he steals everything. And why does he steal and not shown getting a job? [[spoiler:He hates actual work, and stealing is [[EvilFeelsGood more fun]] to him.]]²* DisproportionateRetribution: Aladdin threatens the baker with death if he puts anymore raisins in his bread.²* EvilIsHammy: Whenever Aladdin turns up the evil, he gets very theatrical.²* FauxAffablyEvil: Yep. The first time we see him, he seems like a lazy jerk. Then he threatens to kill the baker.²* FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse: As he's being carted away to prison by the Captain, the Princess tries to stand up for him, saying that he lost his family. The Captain counters that he still killed people, even one of the guards twin brother. [[spoiler:It goes further when it turns out he doesn't steal for any reason besides him being too lazy to want to work, and that he killed his parents for (justifiably) wanting him to move out. Even his plans for the Djinn and the Princess are just random thoughts that cross his mind.]]²* {{Hypocrite}}: When Ja'far declares that he loves the Princess (like a daughter), Aladdin calls him "a total pedo" for being interested in someone half his age. Aladdin is 33 and the Princess is 16.²* JekyllAndHyde: Subverted. [[spoiler:Yes, he does have an AxCrazy evil side that killed his parents without his knowledge, but once they meet, he doesn't mind since he's just as evil and they get along fine.]]²* LazyBum: The only reason he steals is because he does not want to work for a living. And appears to have no interest in finding honest work.²* VillainousBreakdown: Threw a temper tantrum when Ja'far was able to screw him out of his final wish by turning into a Djinn. It was short as Aladdin hightailed it after the transformation is complete.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Sherrezade]]²!! Sherrezade²[[quoteright:250:]]²->'''Played by:''' Creator/MeredithStepien²²Once a storyteller at the palace, she was kicked out after her ear was cut off.²----²* BedlahBabe: Her clothes are inspired by [[Series/IDreamOfJeannie Jeannie]]'s outfit.²* CanonForeigner: Has no counterpart in the animated film, other than a brief mention in Genie's song.²* CharacterNarrator: She narrates parts of the play, but also interacts with the other characters, especially Ja'far.²* DeathByChildbirth: Died around the same time the Princess was born. [[spoiler: It's revealed that she was the Princess's mother]].²* DelayedNarratorIntroduction: She appears in the very beginning, as the narrator during the OpeningMonologue, and then shows up later as a character.²* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Not at first, but in the ending. Thanks to the Princess, she gets to be with her husband for all eternity.]]²* EarAche: Her ear was cut off by a goon who didn't like her face. But Ja'far's knowledge in medicine was able to patch it up for her.²* TheLostLenore: For Ja'far.²* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Sherrezade is a thorough subversion. Since she lives in a world where magic is a real and tangible thing, her dreamy, creative life as a storyteller yields valuable knowledge rather than pointless whimsy. When she brightens Ja'far's life, it's a deliberate (and skillfully clever) effort on her part rather than just her innate quirkiness, and when Ja'far falls in love with her, it's because her argument for the value of magic is logical and well-reasoned enough to convince him of her worth, even if he never actually adopts her viewpoint on it.²* MythologyGag: She is based on the character of the same name from ''Literature/ArabianNights'' - a servant woman who [[spoiler:is taken by a deranged Sultan as his wife, and]] tells countless fantastical stories. Indeed, ''Aladdin'' originates from this book, as one of the stories she tells.²* NiceGirl: Just like her husband, she's very kind.²* PinkMeansFeminine: Dressed entirely in pink.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Prince Achmed]]²!! Prince Achmed²[[quoteright:250:]]²->'''Played by:''' Creator/JoeWalker²²Prince of Pik-zahr, a neighboring kingdom.²----²* AscendedExtra: In the original film, Prince Achmed was a throw-away joke. Here, not only does his humiliation have consequences, but the play openly mocks his movie-version's status as a joke character.²-->'''Achmed''': I cannot believe that she thought that she could feed a ''prince'' to a Bengal tiger and that [[RealityEnsues there would be no political consequences!]] This really is an act of ''war'', Ja'far, and she treated it as if it were a throwaway joke! As if I was some silly side character here only to illustrate ''her'' reluctance to get married!²* BerserkButton: Don't imply that Prince Achmed fucked a tiger.²* BestialityIsDepraved: Prince Achmed becomes known as Tigerfucker to his people.²* ButtMonkey: His accomplishments are ignored, the Princess needs to reminded who he is when he's invading her country, and his army names him Tigerfucker.²* EmbarrassingNickname: "TIGER FUCKER! TIGER FUCKER! TIGER FUCKER!"²* EveryManHasHisPrice: [[spoiler:Sells Pik-zahr to the Princess for 7.4 billion drachma.]]²* EvilIsHammy: In regular and ColdHam varieties, depending on how pissed he is.²* IAmGreatSong: He and his servants sing a song about how great and powerful he is, while lamenting nobody remembers Achmed's mighty deeds, only his [[NeverLiveItDown embarrassing encounter with a tiger]]. [[invoked]]²* InsaneTrollLogic: During his VillainSong, he comes to the conclusion that the only way to make the Princess love him is to kill all of the Magic Kingdom's citizens.²* NeverLiveItDown: [[invoked]] In his VillainSong he laments how he is only remembered in the Magic Kingdom as the guy who got bit in the ass by a tiger.²-->'''Achmed''': Say my name in these parts, and you'll get a vacant stare/Until you mention tigers, or spotted underwear!²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Sultan]]²!! The Sultan²[[quoteright:250:]]²->'''Played by:''' Nick Gage²²The Sultan of the Kingdom.²----²* AdaptationalVillainy: The man is a total dick. [[spoiler:Ironic, considering his running joke...]]²* BrickJoke: The Sultan's apparently random story about how he [[spoiler:inverted his penis]]. Near the end, Ja'far realizes that because of this, [[spoiler:he must be the Princess's real father]].²* TheCaligula: It is not until this Sultan came to power when the socio-economic problems arose in the kingdom, with his own blatant disregard to the problems of the kingdom.²* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:His inverted penis turns out to be important. (Wow, talk about ARareSentence...) It's the reason he can't be the Princess' biological father.]]²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Sultan addresses his court by first telling them all how he gave himself an inverted penis.²* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Just like his movie counterpart.²* EvilSoundsDeep: Hilariously {{Inverted}}. He speaks with an extremely high pitch.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Evil Vizier]]²!! The Evil Vizier²[[quoteright:250:]]²->'''Played by:''' Creator/JoeWalker²²Appearing only in backstory, he was the vizier many 17-ish years ago, when Ja'far first came to the palace.²----²* TheCaligula: He enjoys the luxuries of the palace with full disregard of the people.²* CanonForeigner: Has no counterpart in the animated film.²* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: He just drops out of the story [[spoiler:after taking Ja'far's wife away from him on the Sultan's orders.]] Ja'far takes over his position at some point later with no explanation.²* CreepyHighPitchedVoice: His singing voice, in contrast to his speaking voice. ²* TheDandy: Wears make-up and enjoys the spoils of tax-money shamelessly.²* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The Sultan's court under his regime. ²* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: "The Royal Vizier."²* EvilChancellor: Unlike Jafar, this is played entirely straight.²* EvilIsHammy: As flamboyant as he is cruel.²* KarmaHoudini: As far as we know, the Evil Vizier never pays for his actions, [[spoiler:disappearing from the story with no mention of how or why.]]²* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: His own "golden rule."²* SissyVillain: The Old Vizier has elements of this, such as wearing {{Guyliner}}, although like many examples of this trope he also invokes EvilSoundsDeep. Arguably he inherits these traits from the Disney version of Jafar, making him and this Ja'far a DecompositeCharacter. (Ja'far's FashionVictimVillain wardrobe and serpent staff seem to be inherited from his regime.)²* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Played straight.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Djinn]]²!! The Djinn²->'''Played by:''' Nick Gage²----²* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: The Djinn is a deliberately over the top example. He only speaks in hackneyed movie references. Unlike in the movie though, these references deliberately have zero context to the situation at hand.²* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: For copyright reasons.²* TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson: Like his animated movie counterpart, he constantly makes pop-culture references. Unlike his animated counterpart, the references make no sense.²* InformedAttribute: PlayedForLaughs - a RunningGag is people (with the exception of [[OnlySaneMan Ja'far]]) remarking on how funny the Djinn supposedly is. He's actually SoUnfunnyItsFunny.²* OurGeniesAreDifferent: He's the standard blue-skinned variety who grants ThreeWishes, except he [[SpeaksInShoutOuts says nothing except out-of-context movie references]].²* SoUnfunnyItsFunny: His pop-culture references are completely out of context. Other than Ja'far, everyone else thinks [[InformedAttribute he is hilarious]].²* SpeaksInShoutOuts: His dialogue consists almost entirely of movie references.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Captain]]²!! The Captain of the Royal Guard²->'''Played by:''' Jim Povolo²²The captain of the royal guard.²----²* BadassBaritone: Being played by Jim Povolo comes with this.²* CatchPhrase: "This is all your fault, Ja'far."²* TheComicallySerious: Has a very serious tone that contrasts with the ridiculous things he says and does.²* DeadpanSnarker: With all he has to deal with, it's no wonder he has a sarcastic streak.²* InsistentTerminology: [[spoiler:After the Princess makes everyone a princess, he insists on being called one.]]²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Monkey]]²!! Monkey²->'''Played by:''' Creator/LaurenLopez²----²* CymbalBangingMonkey: The ''eyes'', man! ''What's with the eyes?!''²* ADogNamedDog: Its name actually seems to be "Monkey", [[WritingAroundTrademarks for copyright reasons]].²* ManiacMonkeys: It's the very creepy pet of the sociopathic criminal Aladdin.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Bird]]²!! Bird²->'''Played by:''' Creator/DeniseDonovan²----²* AdaptationalNonsapience: While Iago was a sapient TalkingAnimal, Bird is a regular, non-sapient parrot.²* ADogNamedDog: Similarly to Monkey, it's only ever called Bird.²* {{Fauxshadow}}: He's played up as a possible ChekhovsGunman, but it never happens.²* TragicKeepsake: The last gift Sherrezade gave to Ja'far before she was taken from him.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Spoiler Characters]]²!! Disney Villains²->'''Played by:''' Creator/JaimeLynBeatty (Ursula), Nick Gage (Scar), Robert Manion (Gaston), Creator/LaurenLopez (Maleficent), Alex Paul (Captain Hook), and Creator/DeniseDonovan (Cruella).²²After Ja'far steals the lamp, he's tormented by the realization that he is no longer walking the straight and narrow path. He is visited by the villains of the stories Scherrezade told him, who reveal that they too were once perfectly decent people who were forced to make a morally ambiguous decision, and lost.²----²* AdaptationalHeroism: Almost all of them had noble goals in a stark contrast to how they were portrayed in the movies. For example, Scar wanted to end segregation between the lions and hyenas, and Gaston tried to talk Belle out of an abusive relationship with Beast. However, [[AvertedTrope Cruella still want that coat made out of puppies]].²* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Ursula bemoans about this trope when saying that Scar was disliked for his [[GoodScarsEvilScars horrid looking scar]].²--> '''Urusla''': Fortune favors the beautiful.²--> '''Gaston''': ''[[IncomingHam Au contraire!]]''²* NotEvilJustMisunderstood: They all have very reasonable motivations for doing what they did. Except Cruella. She really ''did'' just want a coat made out of puppies.²* TokenEvilTeammate: Cruella is this. Kinda hard to justify making a coat out of puppies by even the most good-hearted.²* WrittenByTheWinners: The reason they are regarded as villains.²* WritingAroundTrademarks: The credits identify Ursula as "Sea Witch", while other sources call Gaston "Handsome Hero" and Hook "Pirate Captain". No word on what we're supposed to call Scar, Maleficent, or Cruella.²[[/folder]]²----


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