I don't buy that
If only they'd look closer
Would they see a poor boy?
They'd find out
There's so much more to me... ♫
A street rat who falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine at first sight and finds a Genie in a lamp.
- Adaptational Jerkass: He starts off with the same friendliness as his animated counterpart, but after royally embarrassing himself as Prince Ali, he grows more and more obsessed with the idea of seeming like a proper, powerful prince. He breaks his promise to free Genie when his insecurities drive him to the point of greed, and unapologetically asks Genie for more power. To top it off, he expects Genie to be 100% okay with that. After a talking-to from Genie, however, he has a Heel Realization just in time to discover that Jafar's taken the lamp.
- Adaptational Modesty: The animated Aladdin was bare-chested, only wearing an open vest. This one wears a shirt under his vest, and wears shoes now, too.
- Ironically inverted to a degree with Prince Ali, in which comparably with his animated versions conservative apparel, his outfit has a deep V-neck, giving ample view of his toned chest.
- Ambiguous Syntax: He asks Genie to make him a prince, and Genie demonstrates how this request can be twisted by making a prince for Aladdin out of thin air, instead of turning Aladdin into the prince.
- Becoming the Mask: Despite Genie repeatedly telling him that Prince Ali is a stepping stone to reaching Jasmine, Aladdin starts to appreciate the rich life and sees Ali as a crutch he has to hold on to.
- Book Dumb: His lack of formal education works in his favor when he meets Genie, who realizes that Aladdin's lack of preconceptions about what he could do with his wishes presents an opportunity to guide him down a better path than Genie's previous masters, which is why he is not the Jackass Genie he could be otherwise.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: When Aladdin and Jasmine first talk properly in his hideout, she talks about losing her mother years ago, and Aladdin in turn opens up about losing his parents at a young age.
- Chekhov's Skill: His Le Parkour skills come in handy when rescuing Abu from an icy crevasse.
- Clark Kenting: Lampshaded and averted. Aladdin points out that people will still recognize him if he marches into Agrabah wearing different clothes, so Genie adds a Glamour to the prince disguise that'll keep people from identifying him.
- Dark Reprise: While 1992's "One Jump Ahead" had one of these reprises depicting Aladdin's desires for a richer life, this version not only retains this song, but also adds another reprise, where Aladdin begrudgingly accepts having to tell Jasmine the truth, despite the potentially damaging consequences.
- Entertainingly Wrong: When meeting Jasmine at the start of the movie, Aladdin correctly deduces from her silk garments and valuable gold jewelry that she's from the palace. But he assumes incorrectly that she's one of the princess' handmaidens instead of the princess herself.
- Foil: He and Jafar are clearly intended to be foils to each other, as Jafar reveals that he was once a street thief like Aladdin (stealing a pendant Aladdin had previously borrowed from Jasmine to demonstrate his skills), to the point that Jafar uses his pickpocketing skills to steal the lamp from Aladdin. However, while Aladdin and Jafar each express a desire for respect beyond their humble origins, Aladdin never sought that respect at the expense of others while Jafar will never be satisfied unless he is at the top of the table and controls all others.
- Freeing the Genie: What he does with his last wish.
- Hot Consort: Aladdin becomes this instead of an Heir-In-Law here, due to Jasmine becoming the next sultan.
- Le Parkour: Aladdin uses parkour to traverse sets of rungs in an alley while being chased around Agrabah.
- Not So Different: Jafars backstory gives him a lot in common with Aladdin. Both men started off as street thieves with big ambitions. Through their cleverness and some magical aid, they rose to power, but over time, the power corrupts them and they begin to act selfishly. Unlike Jafar, Aladdin realizes this and manages to turn his life around.
- Oh, Crap!: He has this reaction twice: first when he notices Abu holding the ruby in the Cave of Wonders, then when he sees the chaos going on at the palace, realizes that the lamp is gone, and puts two-and-two together that the beggar who had bumped into him in the alley was actually Jafar.
- Reality Ensues:
- Ababwa is noted specifically to not exist in this version; Genie modifies one of Jasmine's maps when she asks "Ali" to show her where it is, but Jafar checks his own maps on his own time and fails to find it, leading to him discovering who Aladdin is.
- Despite his wish of being turned into a prince he lacks any of the qualities associated with a Princely Young Man (such as manners, diplomacy and some damn tact) leading to some extremely amusing Fee Fi Faux Pas.
- Neither Aladdin or Abu are dressed properly for the cold weather at the "ends of the Earth" and nearly freeze to death before Carpet arrives to save them.
- Sherlock Scan: Downplayed. Aladdin noticed the silk that made up Jasmine's disguise and stated that only that material would be transported to the royal palace and worn by the royals and probably their personal servants. He identifies her as the princess's handmaiden rather than the princess herself.
- Street Urchin: Highlighted more prominently in this adaptation than in the previous ones. His background means that he doesn't know what to make of the austere-seeming Jasmine. Played for Laughs at first, and then for drama when his self-consciousness over their socioeconomic differences nearly costs him his friendship with Genie.
- That Came Out Wrong: When Aladdin arrives as Prince Ali, showing his treasures and jams, Jasmine questions what he hopes to buy with these, to which Aladdin responds to Jasmine; "You". Aladdin quickly realizes what he said and tries to correct himself to mean to have audience with her. Every one gives an embarrassed look for Aladdin's slip, there.
- Warrior Prince: The Genie touts him as being one in Prince Ali and suggests he turns himself into a more Barbarian Hero/Greek god looking one with his third wish.
- What You Are in the Dark:
- When they first part, Jasmine believes Aladdin stole her bracelet given to her by her mother. When Aladdin finds out where it was (Abu stole it), he believes she's but a handmaiden at this time. So what does it matter if a handmaiden who assumes he's nothing but a conning thief is missing her bracelet? But instead of selling the bracelet, Aladdin goes to great expense to sneak into the palace and personally bring it back to her.
- Instead of suggesting Aladdin to use the third wish to become a Prince again, Genie says Aladdin can wish away the rule saying Jasmine must marry a Prince and then pretend it was never there. Aladdin instead sets Genie free.
You can't keep me quiet
Won't tremble when you try it
All I know is I won't go speechless, speechless! ♫
Daughter and only child of the Sultan of Agrabah. She hasn't been seen outside the Palace in years after the death of her mother.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The only mention of Jasmine's mother in the animated version was the Sultan wisecracking about her not being nearly as picky as their daughter. Here, Jasmine is shown to still be mourning her even years after her death.
- Adaptational Badass: In this version, Jasmine not only wants to be free, but also to be the next ruler of Agrabah after her father in her own right. Her introduction also takes place before Aladdin's "I Am" Song "One Jump Ahead", extricating her from her altercation with the vendor being the cause for his musically narrated feats of acrobatics, and she keeps pace with him throughout. She fulfills her wish by the end, when the Sultan acknowledges her as his rightful successor. Also, this time around she actually instigates the final confrontation and takes a more active part in it, riding the Magic Carpet with Aladdin instead of merely distracting Jafar.
- Adaptational Modesty: Jasmine in the original animated version is famous for wearing an outfit that exposes her midriff. This version wears dresses that cover her midriff up, for conservative and practical reasons; although her main costume is still blue around the chest and beige around the waist to resonate with her original look. Also she does not go through Go-Go Enslavement; during the climax, she stays in the same purple dress she already had just before Jafar starts to make wishes.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed. While both versions of Jasmine are depicted as nice, caring people, the remake version of Jasmine comes off as a lot less Hot-Blooded and confrontational. This version also emphazises Jasmine's concern for the common people and desire to help them.
- Adaptational Wimp: Downplayed, especially taking into account the climax where she Took a Level in Badass. In the original, Jasmine fearlessly pole-vaults over a building after Aladdin, while here she is very hesitant to do it until Aladdin coaxes her. In the original, she also stands up to Jafar a lot more, while in the remake she is more passive around him until the climax; when Jafar belittles her and says she should Stay in the Kitchen she says nothing and despondently goes to her room, whereas in the original there's a scene where she tells him to his face that once she's queen she'll use her power to get rid of him.
- Bonding Over Missing Parents: When Aladdin and Jasmine first talk properly in his hideout, she talks about losing her mother years ago, and Aladdin in turn opens up about losing his parents at a young age.
- Chekhov's Skill: During "A Whole New World", Jasmine is clearly learning how to ride and direct the Magic Carpet. During the climax when she, Aladdin and Abu are trying to get away from the magically enlarged Iago, there are several times when Jasmine has to direct the Carpet by herself.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments, such as when Aladdin arrives in her room as "Prince Ali":Jasmine: Lets not eat him today, Rajah. He will need his legs for the dancing.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Jasmine's mother who is not only well-loved by her family but also by her kingdom.
- The High Queen: She wants to be a benevolent ruler for her people instead of just the next Sultan's Hot Consort, but is blocked by Agrabah's male-centered laws. She is eventually crowned Sultan by her father at the end of the movie.
- Hypocritical Humor: She scolds Aladdin for lying he is a "prince", yet she also lied to Aladdin at the start of the film that she was someone she was not, namely Dalia.
- Imagine Spot: The reprise of "Speechless" as she's being taken away by the guards under Jafar's orders — the song is basically her thought process right before she yells for Hakim to stop them and then gives a Rousing Speech telling him that Jafar is not worthy to be their leader.
- "I Want" Song: A new solo, "Speechless", was written for Jasmine, whose only song in the original was the duet "A Whole New World". Whereas in the 1992 film, Jasmine wanted to marry for love, the 2019 Jasmine wants to prove herself as a leader in a male-dominated world.
- Missing Mom: Her mother was murdered prior to the events of the film.
- Politically Active Princess: Very much subverted, to her dismay. In her first appearance in the bazaar, she was examining the dirty, poor, and hungry children. However, she has almost no say in political matters. It's implied she had been studying and observing the politics and her father's reign. Unsubverted in the end when she becomes the next Sultan.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Her dress, when she is presented to prince Anders, is pink.
- Race Lift: She's played by a half-white, half-Indian actress.
- Reality Ensues: She, a princess who has spent a majority of her life in royal comfort, doesn't know how to pole-vault. At least, not without Aladdin's assurance that this jump can be done.
- Rebellious Princess: She wants to become the ruling leader and travel the world.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She wants to do more than just marry and carry children. Dalia expressed disbelief she wanted to become Sultan or rather Sultana in her case. It's implied that part of her reason for falling for Aladdin was his belief in her. Likewise unlike her animated counterpart, she attempts to overthrow Jafar's rule through her skills of Diplomacy; it doesn't work, given Jafar's response is to use his Second Wish for powers of sorcery, but she does manage to stage a coup for a short while.
- She Is the King: She's never called "Sultana" after her father makes her the new ruler of Agrabah.
- Shipper on Deck: She's delighted when she learns that Genie is interested in Dalia, and encourages Dalia to accept Genie's proposal.
- Stood Up: Aladdin had a good reason not showing up to his first date with Jasmine - Jafar had just kidnapped him. Jasmine comes as herself, as she was wearing an obviously royal dress. She was certainly planning to tell the truth, and reveal that she actually was the princess.
- Sure, Let's Go with That: When Aladdin deduces from the fabric "Dalia" is wearing that she must be Princess Jasmine's servant, she plays along with his assumption rather than admit she's Jasmine.
- Tranquil Fury: When Prince Ali lets it slip he knows Abu, Jasmine presses "Prince Aladdin" about his lie with a plastered on smile.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: Jasmine has a lot of costumes here, as befitting the ruler's daughter in a powerful empire.
- Uptown Girl: Daughter of a Sultan and later ascending to the Sultancy herself, the Uptown Girl, to Aladdin's street rat Downtown Boy.
To good or to greed through
The power your wishing commands
Let the darkness unfold or find fortunes untold
Well, your destiny lies in your hands! ♫
A magical being who has been sealed away within a magical lamp, until he was released by Aladdin.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: In the 1992 film his character design was very cartoony even in human form, with a suggestion of Robin Williams. In this film the Genie spends most of his time onscreen disguised as a human who looks like the tall, trim and handsome Will Smith. Dalia even directly remarks on his good looks.
- Adaptational Alternate Ending: The Genie's personal story ends on a very different note this time around. In the animated film, he enjoys his freedom by finally seeing the world. Here, he becomes a regular human, gets married to Dalia, and raises two children in a small boat as a seafarer.
- Adaptational Intelligence: Unlike in the animated original, Genie quickly catches on to Aladdin's plan to beat Jafar and is ready to turn the latter into a genie without him explicitly wishing to become one.
- Adaptational Jerkass: Compared to the goofy Nice Guy he was in the original, Genie in this version starts off a lot more aloof, consequent of his history with selfish and uncaring masters. "Friend Like Me" is described after the fact as being intended as instructions rather than any sort of up-front friendliness, and at one point, he tells Aladdin to his face that they're not friends. After a while, however, he does start to warm up to Aladdin.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: He gets a case of this as well, specifically in the scene where Aladdin breaks his promise to free the genie. In the original, Genie gets upset when Aladdin breaks his promise to set him free, but in this one, he flat out states that he doesn't care about his freedom; all he cares about is that Aladdin is not being true to himself.
- Adaptation Personality Change: Genie, when first released, is fairly dismissive of Aladdin since he finds it hard to believe this kid can be his new master, and due to past experience of bad masters he prefers to keep an emotional distance and doesn't really warm up to him until later on. Note that he doesn't even learn Aladdin's name until they're nearly through "Friend Like Me".
- Adaptational Superpower Change: When explaining what wishes he can't grant, he doesn't say he can't kill people like in the original movie.
- Adaptational Wimp: He becomes a normal human after being freed rather than retaining a lesser level of genie powers. Though its luckily just what he wanted.
- Adorkable: Genie is conscripted to get Jasmine's handmaiden Dalia away so Aladdin can see Jasmine alone. So he approaches her and asks her out on a walk, and it turns out he is almost equally awkward as Aladdin has been.Genie: That kid is contagious.
- Badass Beard: Given his more humanoid appearance, his beard is shown as longer than his animated counterpart, both in his Genie and human appearances.
- Barbarian Hero: Turns into one when suggesting how Aladdin could impress Jasmine with his third wish.
- Benevolent Genie: When Aladdin proposes a wish inadvertently containing Ambiguous Syntax (namely, wishing to become a prince, which he phrased as "make me a prince"), the Genie takes the time to explain to Aladdin how his wishes could be misinterpreted, and how Exact Words are vital. He does not give Jafar the same advice. After seeing a glimpse of Aladdin's hidden heart of gold, Genie is also convinced to act in full faith of the intent of Aladdin's wishes, working overtime on his "Make Me A Prince" wish and stretching the "Save me from certain death" wish to the maximum extent of the "gray area" it was made in.Genie: Be specific with your words. The deal is in the detail.
- Blue Is Heroic: This good Genie is known for his blue skin, and wears a blue outfit when assuming a human guise. Contrast with Jafar's genie form, where he gains a red skin.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": As in the animated film, hes never given a proper name. Even after he becomes human as a result of being freed, Aladdin continues to address him as Genie.
- Exact Words: The Genie warns Aladdin about this pitfall. He does not do the same for Jafar.Genie: There's a lot of grey area in "make me a prince".
- Forced to Watch: Jafar tends to keep him confined to his lamp when not making wishes. But he decides to summon the Genie right before defeating Aladdin and his friends because, as Iago puts it, Genie should witness.
- The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Naturally, with the Genie. When he is trying to make Aladdin his Prince Ali attire, he refers to numerous modern fashion houses. During this, Aladdin questions who these names are.
- Genre Savvy: When Aladdin first releases him, the Genie assumes Aladdin isn't his master and is just working to get the lamp for someone else, because "there's always a guy", and he's probably seeking the lamp for money and/or power. Later, when Jafar attempts to use his snake staff to hypnotize Aladdin and Genie comes to whisk him away, he whispers "let me guess, that's the guy."
- Humanity Ensues: Aladdin freeing the Genie turns him human.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: He desperately wants to be human.
- Interspecies Romance: He falls for Dalia, Jasmine's human handmaiden, and his affection is quickly reciprocated. Subverted when he becomes human at the end, allowing him to be with her.
- Jackass Genie: The Genie makes it clear that he can twist vague wishes to a bad interpretation but he is kind enough to warn Aladdin ahead of time, giving the example of "Make me a prince" into literally conjuring a separate prince character. He takes advantage of this to interpret Jafar's wish to become "the most powerful being in the universe" as specifically an enslaved genie.
- Large Ham: Given he has Robin Williams' manic original as a reference, Will Smith goes full-on Fresh Prince to show people he's worthy of being the Genie.O Great One who summons me, terrible one who commands me, I stand by my oath, loyalty to wishes three! (normal voice) I'm kidding.
- Little "No": He lets one out upon watching Jafar resort to using his Agony Beam on Dalia.
- Loophole Abuse:
- Discussed Trope in the "make me a prince" scene. The Genie points out that "there is a lot of gray area" within a wish. He shows that by summoning an actual prince before them when Aladdin asks if he could "make [him] a prince", instead of transforming Aladdin into a prince as intended.
- Later on, Genie saves Aladdin from drowning by forcing him to sign a waterproof contract (with an X) stating such to be his second wish, backdated by a day.
- The rules of wishing require the Master to have the lamp and rub it while making the wish. In the original film Aladdin got Genie to get them out of the cave by mocking his power but technically not using a wish. In this film Aladdin pawns off the lamp to Abu when wishing to escape the cave, deceiving Genie and he has to review the footage before realizing what happened.
- When Jafar decides to use his sorcerer abilities to send Aladdin to "the end of the earth," Genie decides to also teleport the magic carpet there of his own initiative.
- Genie magic can't bring people back to life. A magically animated weave of cloth, while a character on its own, is not technically a person, so when Carpet gets torn by Jafar's magic, Genie can magically stitch him back together.
- Meaningful Echo: Genie warns Aladdin to watch out for vague wishes because of "grey areas". Later, he casually gives the same fair warning when Jafar's about to wish to "become more powerful than Genie".
- Mic Drop: Mimes doing it at the end of "Friend Like Me".
- Mid-Air Bobbing: Does it constantly when not disguised as a human.
- Mummy: Turns into one when explaining to Aladdin that he can't resurrect the dead.
- Painting the Medium: When Aladdin reveals he didn't technically wish to escape the cave, Genie literally reviews the footage with audience silhouettes at the bottom before realizing he was deceived.
- People Puppets: Genie uses his powers to directly control Aladdin's movements during a dance.
- Pointy Ears
- Reality Warper: As usual, he can conjure up to anything out of thin air and mess with a map to show the fictional location of Ababwa on a spot where it wasn't before.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Suggests Aladdin use his third wish to get rid of the rule that stops him marrying Jasmine.
- Shipper on Deck: There is a bigger focus on this aspect of the Genie's characterization in this version, where he acts pretty much like a dating coach to Aladdin and gives him tips and advices on how to get with Jasmine. That being said, he is not happy when Aladdin thinks of pursuing his romance with the princess at the expense of Genie's freedom.
- Took a Level in Idealism: Genie is used to cruel masters exploiting him and when Aladdin promises to free him, he isn't convinced, saying that Aladdin will just get greedy like the rest. After becoming his friend, he starts to think better of him, even appealing to his better nature when it looks like Aladdin will go back on his word.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Like his animated counterpart, Genie has the ability to change his appearance at will. He most famously can transform into a normal human which becomes permanent once he is free from the lamp. However, while the animated Genie shape-shifted into different celebrities and pop cultural characters, in this film, Genie only shape-shifts into different roles such as a waiter and flight attendant.
- Warrior Prince: Turns into one when trying to give Aladdin ideas on how to impress Jasmine with his third wish.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Genie does this to Aladdin after the latter breaks his promise on setting Genie free. However unlike the original, he gives him a more gentle talking-to, because he knows that Aladdin really couldn't go through with breaking his promise, and is only doing it out of fear of being rejected by Jasmine if she knows the truth. He even states that he doesn't care about being wished free; all he cares about is Aladdin's own wellbeing. Luckily though, Aladdin redeems himself and puts things right.
- A Wild Rapper Appears!: Being played by Will Smith, he does this a couple times.
The Sultan's Grand Vizier, whose goal is to take over Agrabah by seizing the throne. To do this, he seeks the Lamp of the Genie.
- 0% Approval Rating: He conquers his position of Sultan by wishing himself into the role and making others accept him as their ruler through fear and intimidation. This leads the entire court to hate him and quickly turn against him by a single Rousing Speech by Jasmine. Also, the Genie is obviously not fond of having him as his new master.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: The original Jafar seemed to have no reason for his villainy beyond a desire for power. This Jafar grew up a street rat and spent time as a prisoner. It's made very clear his ambition stems from a desire to elevate himself and get back at those who oppressed him.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Marwan Kenzari's Jafar is younger and far more attractive than his Obviously Evil animated counterpart. His genie form is more or less just a shirtless version of his actor instead of the demonic-looking original. He doesn't have the yellow eyes or the pointy ears this time.
- Adaptational Origin Connection: Here, he started out as a street thief similar to Aladdin.
- Adaptation Personality Change: While the animated version of Jafar certainly had a temper, he was also eloquent and had a noticeably sharp, sardonic sense of humor with his Villain Song being entirely devoted to mocking Aladdin. This version of Jafar is much more serious and intense, seeming to boil with barely suppressed rage every moment he is onscreen.
- Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Even when Iago mocks him to his face by calling him "second" he doesn't abuse his sidekick like he did in the animated movie and is far more trusting of him this time. However, he stills drags Iago with him to the lamp and he gets trapped after becoming a Genie.
- Adaptational Villainy: Jafar always had a murderous intent in the original, but he never actually killed anyone (he attempts to kill Aladdin several times, but always ends up failing). Here, his murderous side is given more light: he kills a lackey in cold blood by shoving him down a well, and when he turns into an all-powerful genie at the end, he comes incredibly close to wiping out all of Shirabad with his powers. Likewise here he seemingly forces Jasmine to marry him, not so much out of attraction like his animated counterpart, though it is implied he is somewhat in lust with the beautiful princess, but to spite Jasmine, the Sultan and the Kingdom.
- Agony Beam: One of Jafar's new powers after he becomes a sorcerer. He uses it on Aladdin, and a few moments before on the Sultan, with nightmarish effects. In the latter case, it was to induce a Please, I Will Do Anything! reaction on Jasmine, and make her accept a forced marriage.
- Always Second Best: He lives to defy this trope, believing that you're either the most powerful or nothing at all and being enraged whenever he is called "second". No matter what are his pursuits, there is always one person ahead of him: The Sultan has more political power and, even when Jafar becomes the most powerful sorcerer in the world, the Genie is the only being stronger than him.
- Ambition Is Evil: Despite gaining a new motivation in revenge, he is driven primarily by his desire to become the most powerful man there is, aiming to become the Sultan at all costs. He tries to convince Aladdin to help him by appealing to his ambitions, believing him to be as obsessed with greatness as he himself is.
- And Now You Must Marry Me: Jafar pulls this trick much later, after his first two wishes were granted. He hates Jasmine, but actually wants her to suffer. And effectively, being married to a man she hates is her worst nightmare.
- The Archmage: He uses his second wish to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world.
- Ax-Crazy: This version emphasizes his anger and more murderous side. He keeps an expression of barely restrained rage at all times and shows his true colors when he obtains the lamp and wishes for himself to become a sorcerer, torturing the Sultan and Dalia with an Agony Beam. He takes it further beyond when he becomes a Genie, almost wiping out the entire nation of Shirabad with his powers.
- Bad Boss: His very first speaking scene has being being enraged at a minion for unwittingly pressing his Berserk Button of being called "second". He responds to this by kicking the henchman down a well and to his death.
- Bald of Evil: Averted in this version. He is seen without his turban quite a few times and is shown to have a head full of hair, if only short.
- Beard of Evil: He no longer sports the goatee from his animated counterpart, instead having a beard typical of most Arab adult males, making it a downplayed example, since it doesn't stand out compared to other characters such as the Genie, the Sultan and Hakim.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Indeed, he should have been. Wishing to become "the most powerful being in the universe" is what defeats him in the end, as he forgets what Aladdin told him mere moments earlier: the most powerful being in the universe is Genie, and genies are bound to servitude in a lamp.
- Becoming the Genie: He wishes to be the most powerful being in the universe. Guess what that is.
- Berserk Button: Jafar gets his turban in a bunch when anyone calls him "second." This is what gets him into trouble at the end of the film when Aladdin says Jafar will ALWAYS be second to the Genie.
- Big Bad: He is the film's antagonist per usual.
- Blessed with Suck: Exploited by Aladdin. He knows that Jafar becoming a genie would be his defeat, since it would trap him into the lamp. Jafar doesn't realize it, however, believing himself to have become omnipotent and unstoppable.
- Charm Person: Once again, he uses his magical staff to hypnotize the Sultan and persuade him to wage war on Shirabad. He even attempts, and nearly succeeds at hypnotizing Aladdin, until Genie pulls him away.
- Chekhov's Skill: Jafar demonstrates to Aladdin that he too was once a skilled thief. Jafar later puts these skills to use by disguising himself and snatching the lamp from Aladdin in an alley.
- Chewing the Scenery: The moment when he used his third wish, he made sure that he devoured the scenery with his overly loud and bombastic performance.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: As usual, Jafar has no loyalty to anyone but himself. Though a Vizier, he plans to depose the Sultan and take the throne for himself and, despite promising Aladdin riches and power if he works with him to get the lamp, is quick to go back on his word and leave him to die in the Cave of Wonders.
- Clipped-Wing Angel: He wishes to be the most powerful being in the universe. However, it results in him being trapped inside a lamp.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: Unlike the 1992 movie, where Jafar had a deep voice, this version of the character has a high-pitched, almost effeminate-sounding voice. However, it does grow deeper when he becomes a genie.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Jafar was once a street thief like Aladdin, and was jailed for 5 years in Shirabad. These events shaped his ambition and designs for greatness as well as the anger he feels and the revenge he desires against Shirabad.
- Dark Is Evil: His Vizier outfit is black and he gains his iconic red and black outfit when he wishes for himself to become Sultan. He also wears dark clothing when he disguises himself to steal the lamp from Aladdin, the mist for his Genie form is black and so is the lamp that traps him at the end.
- Deadpan Snarker: Despite being much more serious then the original, he isn't completely done with his sarcastic remarks. A noticeable example is when he leaved Aladdin trapped in the Cave of Wonders: when he asks for a hand, Jafar replies by asking him what about if he gave him his foot instead.
- Determinator: A negative example. Through sheer effort, Jafar crawled his way from a street thief like Aladdin to the Grand Vizier to the Sultan. However, he also mentions many "sacrifices" and bodies he had to bury to get there. He always has a scheme to get the lamp: when he fails to get it from Aladdin, he steals from him himself and later has Iago chase after the lamp when Jasmine steals it from him.
- Didn't Think This Through: Subverted in regards to his attempts to kill Aladdin while he poses as Prince Ali. This time, he starts trying to kill Ali only when he is absolutely sure of his fraud and that there is no place such as Ababwa. Played straight when he uses his third wish to become a genie, forgetting that this would mean being trapped into a lamp.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Though his more maniac side is given prominence in this version, he actually manages to pass as a cold, calculating villain... until he gets the lamp and shows his true colors. Taken further beyond when he becomes a genie, believing himself absolutely unstoppable.
- Establishing Character Moment: His first speaking scene has him rant to his henchman about the sacrifices he had to make to achieve his status, including asking the henchman if he knew how many bodies Jafar has had to bury. Then he kills the henchman for pointing out that hes second only to the Sultan.
- Evil Chancellor: Jafar is Agrabah's Grand Vizier, second only to the Sultan in power. He also maintains his position by hypnotizing the Sultan, is constantly pushing to have Agrabah go to war with its oldest ally, and seeks the power of the lamp to make himself Sultan.
- Evil Counterpart: To Aladdin. Jafar reveals that he was once a street thief like Aladdin (stealing a pendant Aladdin had previously borrowed from Jasmine to demonstrate his skills), to the point that Jafar uses his pickpocketing skills to steal the lamp from Aladdin. However, while Aladdin and Jafar each express a desire for respect beyond their humble origins, Aladdin never sought that respect at the expense of others while Jafar will never be satisfied unless he is at the top of the table and controls all others.
- Evil Is Hammy: Downplayed in this version. He is much more serious and has no moments of laughter and joy... until he becomes a genie, at which point he proceeds to chew the scenery to no end.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Though this is inverted for most of the movie, his voice deepens when he turns into a genie.
- Fatal Flaw: His Pride and his Wrath. By never accepting to be the second most powerful, Aladdin goads him into wasting his last wish to become a genie, which will get him trapped into the lamp. Because of his unrelenting hatred against Shirabad, he wastes a chance to kill Aladdin and the Genie right on the spot and instead uses his powers to destroy that nation. All of these get him defeated in the end.
- Faux Affably Evil: Even more than the original. Even when carrying himself with a more formal and persuasive tone, you can see the barely suppressed anger in his face and malicious intent in his every action.
- Freudian Excuse: In his youth, Jafar spent five years in the dungeons of Shirabad. This has left him with an all-consuming desire for revenge against Shirabad and its people, which drives a large part of his schemes in the court of Agrabah.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: To a bigger extent than in the animated movie, since he started out here as a street thief, just like Aladdin. Then he became Grand Vizier, then a sorcerer, then a genie.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Just like the original, Jafar is once again tricked into wasting his final wish to be a genie. He unintentionally becomes a prisoner of his own lamp.
- Hypocrite: He claims that the Sultan's decision of not attacking Shirabad is driven by pure "sentiment" (the birthplace of his wife, Jasmine's mother), even though Jafar wants that nation destroyed out of nothing but anger and revenge (he was jailed for 5 years there).
- It's All About Me: Jafar only cares about himself and what he wants. Jasmine rightly calls him out on it.Jafar: I wish nothing but glory for the kingdom of Agrabah.
Jasmine: No. You seek glory for yourself. And you would win it off the backs of MY PEOPLE!
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: This version of Jafar speaks of himself as if he deserves everything he wants, but the simple idea of a single person having more power than him drives him crazy, indicating he's actually a very insecure person.
- Knight of Cerebus: Since he loses his more comedic and witty moments from the 1992 original, he becomes an even greater example of this trope in the movie, with his more serious and vengeful personality completely doing away with any humor or lightheartedness whenever he is onscreen.
- Laughing Mad: His sole moment of laughter and joy is when he uses his third wish to become a Genie, revelling in the almighty power he was given.
- Magic Staff: Once again, he carries a staff which he uses to hypnotize the Sultan into doing his bidding. Upon acquiring a new one with his second wish, he can summon it back to his hand even after having it fall from his hand and out of the balcony of the palace.
- Manipulative Bastard: Much like the original, Jafar operates this way, using his position as Vizier to influence the Sultan in going to war with Shirabad and appealing to Aladdin's desire for a better life to get him to help him with getting the lamp. Once he obtains the lamp, however, he favors a more direct approach in his villainy.
- Never My Fault: When he wishes to become a genie, he forgets the rule about being trapped into a lamp. When the inevitable happens, he asks in confusion what have Aladdin and Genie done to him, not accepting that his fate is ultimately his own fault.
- Nice Hat: He trades his hat of the 1992 original for a turban this time. Originally black in color, it also becomes part of his iconic red-and-black ensemble when he wishes for himself to become a sorcerer. When disguising himself as a thief to steal the lamp from Aladdin, he uses the turban to store it.
- No Song for the Wicked: Unlike the original film, the "Prince Ali" reprise as performed by Jafar doesn't make it into the film.
- Not His Sled: The movie dismisses Jafar's iconic Scaled Up cobra transformation before becoming a genie, trading it for Iago getting turned into a rukh while Aladdin and Jasmine try to escape.
- Not So Different:
- Jafars backstory gives him a lot in common with Aladdin. Both men started off as street thieves with big ambitions. Through their cleverness and some magical aid, they rose to power, but over time, the power corrupts them and they begin to act selfishly. Aladdin realizes this and manages to turn his life around.
- Jasmine also points this out between Jafar and the captain of the guard, Hakeem. Both have humble origins, but where Jafar rose above his birth station by trickery, backstabbing, and even murder, Hakeem went from a servant's son to the leader of the guards without losing his sense of honor or concern for the people's well-being.
- Obviously Evil: To a lesser extent than his animated counterpart, but the Genie is able to identify him as a bad guy the first time he sees him.
- Percussive Pickpocket: This is how he steals the lamp from Aladdin in this version. He disguises himself as a random citizen who intentionally bumps into "Prince Ali" and steals from him. He even leaves Aladdin confused about what just happened.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: While the animated Jafar obviously had no more respect for women's rights than would have been typical for his time, he spends a good deal of time in this version reminding Jasmine of her "place" and that women should be "seen and not heard."
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: He spends most of movie wearing the black outfit of Vizier. However, when he gets the lamp, the Genie's magic turns his outfit into his famous red-and-black ensemble from the original animated movie.
- Revenge Before Reason: Jafar's first-most priority is the destruction of the kingdom of Shirabad, as revenge for spending 5 years in its dungeons for thievery. Most of his actions in the film are in pursuit of this goal, even when doing so goes against his best interests, to the point that his first order as sultan is to mass the armies for an invasion of Shiraband, and the first thing he tries to do upon receiving the phenomenal cosmic power of a genie is not to deal with Aladdin and Jasmine... but to try to obliterate Shirabad off the face of the Earth.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: His ultimate fate after becoming a genie: he gets sealed inside a lamp and the Genie tosses it far, far away to ensure he won't wreak havoc on the world anymore.
- Second Place Is for Losers: One of his most important beliefs and a Berserk Button for him. When one of his men points out that he's second only to the Sultan, Jafar doesn't take it very well. At the end, Aladdin takes advantage of this to trick him, reminding him that even as the most powerful sorcerer he's still second to the Genie.
- Self-Disposing Villain: The Genie only used his magic to turn Jafar into one because he wished so. Despite believing it to have been Aladdin's work, Jafar's defeat ultimately happens by his own hands and actions.
- Skyward Scream: Jafar does this upon discovering he doesnt have the lamp after the Cave of Wonders collapses.
- The Sociopath: Very much like his animated counterpart, except this time hes much more cruel and psychopathic.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Marwan Kenzari gives the Evil Chancellor Jafar a soft, high-pitched voice, compared to Jonathan Freeman's much deeper voice for Jafar in the original movie.
- The Starscream: Though a Grand Vizier to the Sultan, he isn't actually loyal to him in the slightest and plots to overthrow him and become the ruler of Agrabah.
- Take Over the World: It's implied that this is what Jafar's endgame will be if made Sultan. He wants to turn Agrabah into a powerful, war-mongering empire and destroy the nation of Shirabad.
- Taking You with Me: Once again, when he is becoming trapped inside the lamp as a genie, he manages to grab Iago into imprisonment with him and not let the bird get away.
- Tranquil Fury: His default state. Though always enraged and intense, he is able to keep his cool in order to carry out his schemes, such as stealthfully stealing the lamp from Aladdin. However, after getting the lamp, he truly lets loose and no longer hides his true colors, and it only gets worse when he becomes a Genie.
- Tyrant Takes the Helm: His first wish is to become Sultan. Though he is obviously despised by the court, the Sultan and Hakeem initially recognize his authority and accept him as their new ruler. However, Jasmine inspires the captain of the guard to turn against him.
- Villainous Breakdown: During the climax, he starts off by being smugly confident that he won after reclaiming the lamp from Aladdin and Jasmine. However when Aladdin taunts him by using his own words against him ("You're either the most powerful in the room, or you're nothing") and telling him that he will always be second, Jafar flies into a vicious rage, and decides to use his final wish to become the most powerful being in the universe, not counting on the fact that the Genie can twist vague wishes as he wants. As he gets his third wish and unknowingly becomes a genie, he starts laughing insanely and gleefully begins to try and lay waste to Shirabad. But when he gains his own shackles due to being a genie, he screams in rage and horror as he gets absorbed into his lamp, spitefully taking Iago with him.
- Villainous Crush: Averted. Here, Jafar doesn't have the idea to marry Jasmine to get the throne, notably because he wishes her to marry a prince with a powerful army, then use it for his invasion plans. Presumably, he planned to manipulate said prince through hypnosis. When the genie has granted his two first wishes, Jafar does demands Jasmine's hand, but only to make her, and her father who will have "lost" her, suffer. He notably won't try to use his third wish in order to make the princess fall in love with him, as the goal of all this is that Jasmine will be in pain.
- Visionary Villain: He believes himself to be a man of grand vision and has designs for Agrabah to become a powerful and militaristic empire. However, while he claims to work for the glory of Agrabah, he actually does it all for himself and his desire to become the most powerful man in the world, as well as his revenge against Shirabad.
- War for Fun and Profit: Jafar's endgame here is to change Agrabah from a relatively peaceful trade empire to a war-mongering expansionist state.
The Royal Court
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In the animated version, all the Sultan had to say about his late wife was that she was much less picky than their daughter. In this version, he is still mourning her years after her death and is terrified of losing Jasmine the same way.
- Adaptational Badass: In the animated film, he was repeatedly screwed over by Iago during Aladdin's and Jafar's final fight. The live-action film makes it the reverse. Here, he escapes the guards that were restraining him and rams himself into Jafar, causing the latter to drop his staff and revert Iago's rukh transformation while he is pursuing Aladdin and Jasmine. Although Jafar's sorcery allows him to retain his staff via telekinesis, this is a step up from the source material, figuring out Jafar's staff was the thing giving him his powers.
- Adaptational Personality Change: Animated!Sultan is a Bumbling Dad and toy-loving Manchild. This version is a serious, more realistic politician who deeply cares for the welfare of Agrabah.
- Adult Fear: The murder of his wife left the Sultan terrified of losing his daughter the same way.
- Character Development: Starts as a man who doesn't give his daughter much of a say in her future of being a princess. But when he sees her appeal to Hakim's inner longing to ensure the healthy wellbeing of Agrabah, despite the latter siding with Jafar, he understands her resilience enough to abdicate the throne to her."I feared losing you, like I lost your mother. All I saw was my little girl, not the woman you have become. You've shown me courage and strength. You are the future of Agrabah and you shall be the next Sultan."
- Oblivious Guilt Slinging: After Aladdin saves him from Jafar's hypnosis, he thanks "Prince Ali" and assures him that his nobility, integrity, and honesty shall never again be in doubt within Agrabah, all while "Prince Ali" is trying to confess that he's not really a prince.
- Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: More Screw The Rules, You Make Them when he puts Jasmine in charge and tells her to get rid of the rule that stops her marrying a commoner.
Princess Jasmine's handmaiden and best friend.
- Adorkable: She positively geeks out when Genie shows a romantic interest in her.
- Bad "Bad Acting": While pretending to be the princess, she awkwardly rambles about all her riches, causing Aladdin to quickly agree with Jasmine's excuse that "she doesn't get out much".
- Birds of a Feather: She and Genie are basically on the same wavelength with everything they want; wanting to travel the world, wanting children, at first wanting a big boat before settling down for a smaller one.
- Canon Foreigner: The original included no palace servants, no friends for Jasmine besides her tiger, and in fact, Jasmine was the only named female character. With regard to her being Genie's like-minded Love Interest, though, she does borrow a bit from Eden, a genie from the TV series who Aladdin's Genie fell in love with.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Jasmine signals Dalia to play along with Aladdin's assumption they're each other, Dalia wonders if Jasmine lost her voice.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Dalia, pretending to be Princess Jasmine, says she needs to "wash the cat" (or tiger, in this case) because "it isn't going to wash itself!"Aladdin: Don't cats wash themselves?
- My Biological Clock Is Ticking: The second sentence out of her mouth after she realizes that a life together with (ex-) Genie in the denouement is really gonna happen is "Also, I want children".
- Servile Snarker: She teases her for her relationship troubles at one point, seen in the picture caption.
- Shipper on Deck: She is very supportive of the idea of Aladdin and Jasmine being together.
- Adaptational Heroism: Hakim is a lot more heroic than his original counterpart, Razoul who's doing his job as the captain of Agrabah's guards and at first is loyal to Jafar after he becomes the Sultan but Jasmine's persuasion causes Hakim to have second thoughts and sides with her against Jafar.
- HeelFace Turn: He chooses to serve Jasmine and her father instead of Jafar, who he reports directly to. In doing so, he facilitates Jafar's Villainous Breakdown.
- To Be Lawful or Good: When Jafar wishes himself Sultan, the law says he should obey him, but Jasmine appeals to his honor and duty toward the people of Agrabah. After a moment to think about it, Hakim orders his guards to arrest Jafar, calling him "the vizier".
- Undying Loyalty: With some prompting, he still defies Jafar after the latter wishes himself Sultan.
Aladdin's pet monkey who has a natural gift for thievery.
- Baleful Polymorph: Like the original version, he is transformed into an elephant by Genie. Unlike his original version, however, this doesn't last long and by the time Aladdin is in the palace, Abu is turned back into a monkey.
- Big Damn Heroes: Seeing that Jafar has captured "Prince Ali" and intends to kill him, Abu spirits the Lamp away, rides Carpet down to Aladdin's would-be watery grave, and throws the Lamp in, knowing that the Genie may be able to save Al. If not for that, Aladdin would have certainly drowned.
- Cymbal-Banging Monkey: The Genie turns him into one when singing the hammy version of "Friend Like Me". When he sings the song properly, Abu gets a proper drum kit.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: He's dressed in just a fez and vest like his animated counterpart.
- Misplaced Wildlife: In an ancient Arabian setting, his prehensile tail marks him as a species of monkey native to the New World.
- Sticky Fingers: Twice this has gotten Aladdin in trouble. Once when Abu pockets Jasmine's bracelet, and again when he can't help himself to a fat ruby in the Cave of Wonders. And then it saves the both of them when Abu pilfers the lamp from Jafar when attempting to flee the collapsing Cave of Wonders.
Princess Jasmine's large yet loyal pet tiger.
- Cats Are Mean: Played straight when he bites Prince Anders after he annoys him. Subverted when he meets Aladdin, but soon warms up to him by licking his face during their second meeting.
- Demoted to Extra: Only slightly. He was never a major player in the animated film, but was significant for being Jasmine's only friend within the palace. Here, the existence of Dalia means he gets marginally less focus and screentime in comparison, as most of Jasmine's conversations are with her handmaiden instead.
- Licked by the Dog: He is the metaphorical dog in question. He takes a shine to Aladdin both when he returns Jasmine's bracelet, and again when he's disguised as Prince Ali, easing Jasmine's suspicions of him. He literally licks Aladdin the second time, complete with wet-sandpaper-across-my-face reaction from Al.
- Misplaced Wildlife: Justified. Tigers such as Rajah are generally found in Central, Southern, and Eastern Asia, but not necessarily in the Middle East. In this take on the story, Rajah came to Jasmine through her mother's side of the family, which hails from the India-inspired land of Shirabad.
Jafar's pet parrot and sidekick.
- Adaptational Badass: He, of all characters, gets this treatment. While he was a regular yet intelligent parrot in the original film, this version is transformed by Jafar into a giant monstrous bird that chases after Aladdin and Jasmine through Agrabah to retrieve the lamp.
- Adaptational Dumbass: Unlike the original movie, Iago does not appear to be capable of coherent speech (although he's still smarter than a regular parrot).
- Adaptation Personality Change: He's loudmouthed, hotheaded, and prone to comedic slapstick in the original. This version retains the character's snark and mean spirit, but no longer has his bombastic personality.
- Demoted to Extra: To a certain extent. Though he has a decent amount of screen time throughout the film, most of it is just sitting on Jafar's shoulder and so he doesn't get much character development.
- The Dragon: As in the original, he's Jafar's loyal right hand bird.
- Evil Counterpart: To Abu. They're both animal sidekicks, but while Abu is Aladdin's sweet and adorable best friend, Iago is Jafar's creepy and mean spirited accomplice.
- Evil Redhead: Well, his feathers are red.
- Feathered Fiend: Becomes a literal one when Jafar sends him to chase Aladdin and Jasmine when they escape with the lamp.
- Giant Flyer: During the climax, Jafar enchants him by enlarging him to chase after Aladdin and Jasmine on Carpet.
- One-Winged Angel: He is transformed into a rukh (a giant bird of prey) by Jafar in order to retrieve the lamp. However, once the Sultan runs into Jafar and causes him to drop his staff, Iago shrinks back down to normal size.
- Pet Gets the Keys: When Jafar is imprisoned, Iago retrieves the key in a matter of seconds.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: When Jafar transforms him into a giant bird, Iago's feathers turn a darker shade of red mixed with black while his face changes a beige color.
- Taking You with Me: After Jafar is transformed into another genie, Jafar is without a master and so he starts getting absorbed into a lamp. Iago tries abandoning his master ("Goodbye Jafar!") but Jafar grabs him ("Parrot! You're coming with me!") and drags Iago down with him into the lamp.
- Talking Animal: Played with. He isn't nearly as talkative as Gilbert Gottfried's Iago, but he's still quite sentient and occasionally drops a snarky comment here and there, albeit in small sentences.
An enchanted carpet that has been trapped under a rock in the Cave of Wonders for an untold time. It is eventually freed by Aladdin and Abu.
- Animate Inanimate Object: It is a sentient rug that can fly.
- Big Damn Heroes: It has been responsible for rescuing Aladdin more than once.
- Disney Death: When Jafar summons a sandstorm to recapture an escaping Aladdin and Jasmine, Carpet tries to grab onto a ledge and fight the storm. Unfortunately, it rips in half, perishing in the storm. Luckily, the Genie restores it back to life after Jafar's defeat.
- Flight: Its whole raison d'etre. Its flight capability is the vehicle that makes the song "A Whole New World" happen, and plays a pivotal role in a number of Big Damn Heroes moments.
- Magic Carpet: Obviously.
- Manchild: It's a centuries-old carpet, and at one point is seen building a sandcastle.
- Silent Snarker: It makes do pantomiming its snark with its hand-like corner-tassels.
A sentient cave who judges who may enter and claim the Genie's lamp.
- Adaptation Species Change: In the original film, the entrance to the Cave of Wonders was the head of a tiger. Here, it seems to be changed to the head of a lion.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: In the original film, not much was said of the Cave being full of treasures besides the lamp. Here, Jafar's words and the way the treasures appear before Aladdin and Abu imply that it's a Secret Test of Character, deliberately tempting them with material wealth in the path leading to the lamp.
- Dungeon Maintenance: It presumably had to dredge itself of lava and restore damaged treasure after the failed attempts to get the lamp.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom: It sports these, as usual, which make it all the more intimidating.
- Guttural Growler: Frank Welker provides the same booming, growling voice he did for the Cave in the original film.
- Advertised Extra: Although he is shown in many TV spots and promotions, Prince Anders only appears in two scenes in the film.
- Butt-Monkey: Anders gets attacked by Rajah when he starts treating him like a house cat and later gets rebuffed by Jasmine during the dance festival.
- Canon Foreigner: He did not appear in the original film. However, he does borrow elements from Prince Achmed, another foreign prince interested in courting Jasmine.
- Cloudcuckoolander: He acts rather... peculiar and unseemly.
- Dumb Blonde: He is the sole named character with blonde hair, and he is clearly none too bright.
- Funny Foreigner: He's from what is presumed to be a fictional European country and has a German-sounding accent. He also behaves rather outlandishly, which is what turns off Jasmine.
- Norse by Norsewest: He is basically every Scandinavian stereotype in a nutshell.
- Token White: He is the only white character in the film who actually talks (he does have second-in-commands by his side who are also white, but they don't speak).
- What Happened to the Mouse?: He only appears in two early scenes; his introduction (where he gets bitten by Rajah) and a slightly later scene at a party where it is noted he is still hanging around the city hoping and expecting to marry Jasmine. He subsequently vanishes from the story without ever getting a departure scene, or indeed ever being mentioned again.