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Voiced by: John Rhys-Davies, Merwin Foard (singing)

The enigmatic leader of the Forty Thieves, making him the titular King of Thieves. He leads his band to attack Aladdin and Jasmin's wedding, hoping to steal the scepter of the Oracle.

Investigating leads Aladdin to the discover that the King of Thieves is his own long-lost father, who abandoned him and his mother years ago in hopes of finding the legendary Hand of Midas, a mystical artifact that resides on the Vanishing Isle and which can turn anything it touches into solid gold.

In his obsession with finding it and thusly giving his family all the wealth they could ever dream of, he all but forgot about his family, returning only after his wife had died and his son had vanished — unbeknownst to him, having made his own living as a street rat of Agrabah.

  • Adaptation Name Change: In the original book, Aladdin's father's name was Mustafa.
  • Anti-Villain Type II: This line sums him up quite well:
    Iago: You're a good guy, Cassim. But not too good.
  • Archnemesis Dad: Zigzagged. He and Aladdin first meet when Cassim leads the Forty Thieves to loot Aladdin and Jasmine's wedding, and they briefly fight for the Oracle's sceptre. By the time they actually learn that they're father and son, Cassim no longer poses a threat to Aladdin at all, though their relationship is still strained with mistrust.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: One of his standard poses.
  • Badass Baritone: His deep, booming voice cements his commanding presence and leadership capabilities.
  • Badass Beard: He's got a full beard under that mask, and has proven capable throughout the film.
  • Badass Longrobe: Cassim wears a magnificent blue robe.
  • Badass Normal: He's been adventuring for a long time, and keeps up even with the more exotic of his thieves.
  • Benevolent Boss: With the exception of Sa'Luk, Cassim is highly respected and admired by the Forty Thieves. He confides in Iago that he likewise considers them to be his family, and would never cut them out of a deal.
  • The Charmer: Definitely where Aladdin got it from.
  • Composite Character: He is a fusion of Aladdin's late father Mustafa, Cassim and the chief bandit of the forty thieves.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's an older man... who's also the leader of the most renowned band of thieves in the Arabic world.
  • Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: He explains to Aladdin that he left to find an ancient treasure and secure a fortune for his wife and son. His refusal to come back empty handed meant he kept searching and stealing for years, and by the time he did come back he could not find his loved ones and was too deep in the criminal underworld to easily back out.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Due to his family's struggles, Cassim left Agrabah in hopes of giving them a better life. But, it took longer than expected, since when he came back to Agrabah, his wife was dead and his son was missing. Out of despair over losing his family, he decided to leave Agrabah for good and eventually became the leader of the Forty Thieves.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Proudly calls himself the King of Thieves, leads a thieves band and dresses up similar to how you'd expect a thief to dress, but he's determined to never hurt an innocent and only became a thief because he wanted to give his family a better life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Where do you think Al got it from?
  • Disappeared Dad: To Aladdin. He set out to chase the Hand of Midas, but when he finally returned, his wife was dead and his son was gone, so he went back to the only thing he believed he had left.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: He's the initial leader of the Forty Thieves, but he is outmaneuvered and usurped by Sa'luk. He then teams up with Aladdin to take Sa'luk down.
  • Face–Heel Revolving Door: He turns out all right at the end.
  • A Father to His Men: Though his men are, unlike himself, real bloodthirsty criminals at heart, Cassim never treats them as underlings, and they in turn respect him enough to reject Sa'luk's claim that Cassim betrayed them to Razoul and the palace guards. When he has the opportunity to leave after escaping Agrabah, refuses to desert his men. Unfortunately, they've found themselves a new boss...
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: He wears a black suit under an eyecatching blue hood and cape. Keeping consistent with the first film's color scheme that establishes blue as heroic, this highlights Cassim's Anti-Villain status.
  • In the Hood: Usually wears a hood and face-mask to preserve his identity.
  • I've Come Too Far: He left home in order to get his beloved wife and son the wealth he thought they deserved, but he never had any luck getting it and didn't want all his efforts to be for nothing. As he said, the weeks turned into months, which then turned into years. By the time he finally returned home, his wife was dead and his son was nowhere to be found.
  • I Want Grandkids: Implied in the "Father and Son" song as he smiles brightly when Genie brings up his future grandchildren.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Gently explains to Aladdin that while that he can't simply be rid of his thieving ways after doing it for so long.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cassim prefers his criminal life than turning straight, but also has proven to be brave, caring, and never willing to hurt innocents.
  • Karma Houdini: Thanks to Aladdin's help, Cassim escapes punishment from his attempted theft in Agrabah.
  • The Leader: Type Levelheaded. Cassim is the leader of the Forty Thieves, which consists of impulsive, amoral men who would harm anyone that gets in their way. As their stated leader, Cassim imposes a Never Hurt an Innocent rule on them and does cunning plans instead of violence to get what he wants.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Like Aladdin, he's a charming and quick-thinking trickster who prefers cunning to brute force, and despite his thieving ways he doesn't actually want to hurt people. The biggest difference being that Cassim never found a way out of the criminal lifestyle like Aladdin did and has been trapped there for so long he feels he can't leave. If Aladdin had never found the lamp and become a prince, he could have easily have ended up in a similar position to Cassim later in life.
  • Meaningful Name: In Arabic, his name means "divided". He can't reconcile the division between the caring father side of himself and the part of him that is the proud King of Thieves. See also Mythology Gag.
  • Metaphorically True: The Oracle explains to Aladdin that Cassim is trapped in the world of the Forty Thieves. Aladdin initially believes that this means that Cassim is a prisoner of the Thieves, only to learn that Cassim is "trapped" in that he has become their leader and is too bound-up in their lifestyle to extract himself. So much so that, at the end of the film, he leaves Agrabah with Iago to resume the life of a wandering adventurer/thief, because he knows he can never settle down again, even if his son wanted him to.
  • The Mourning After: He still deeply misses Aladdin's mother.
  • Mythology Gag: His name is shared with Ali-Baba's brother from the original story of the Forty Thieves. Like his namesake, he also became "trapped amongst the 40 Thieves"... although in a rather less terminal fashion.
  • Never Hurt an Innocent: It's his strictest rule, and something he made the Forty Thieves adopt after he became their leader. The other thieves didn't seem to have much of a problem with this... except Sa'luk, who complains that it made them "soft and weak".
  • Noble Demon: Steals things, but never from anyone who he thinks would be hurt by it, and has a strict honor code.
  • Papa Wolf: Said these words to Rasoul after giving the man a punch to the face.
    "Keep your hands off my son."
  • Reverse Psychology: When Aladdin is caught trespassing in the lair of the Forty Thieves, Sa'luk says he must be killed due to their rules on intruders, and indicates to the others that Cassim would be showing weakness if he said otherwise. Cassim casually agrees to let Aladdin be killed, but then suggests an alternative. He pretends to dismiss this new idea, which only gets the thieves' more interested, including Sa'Luk, before finally suggesting that Aladdin face their initiation challenge and join the Forty Thieves. The thieves are immediately on board with the idea, and while Aladdin is not completely out of danger yet, Cassim's manipulations at least give his son a fighting chance.
  • Secondary Character Title: Downplayed. The third and final Aladdin movie has his son's name and his famous moniker. And as always, Aladdin is the protagonist while Cassim is the deuteragonist.
  • Shadow Archetype: He and Aladdin are nearly identical with many similar qualities but the biggest difference is Cassim represents what Aladdin would be like had he not found a way out of his criminal lifestyle.
  • Silver Fox: An older man with grey hair but still extremely attractive.
  • Skunk Stripe: Due to his age the sides of his hair are graying.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In comparison to the original story. As Aladdin's father, his original counterpart died early.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He's Aladdin with a beard and graying hair.
  • Token Good Teammate: Deconstructed. Being the only Anti-Villain and Noble Demon in a band of murderous, amoral criminals is not a good mix. As such, with Cassim away and Sa'luk's influence on the already villainous nature of the other thieves combined, Cassim is eventually betrayed.
  • We Can Rule Together: There's a strong vibe of this to his initial interactions with Aladdin. It honestly could have gone either way as Cassim was the king of thieves and Aladdin was heir to Agrabah. Averted in that Aladdin chooses to return and become Sultan of Agrabah rather than be a thief, and Cassim chooses to leave Agrabah and remain a roving thief rather than taint his son's new life.

Voiced by: Jerry Orbach

A hulking and intimidating member of the Forty Thieves, Sa'luk remembers the "good old days" before Cassim enforced the "don't hurt the innocent" rule and yearns to lead the Thieves back to that lifestyle. Seemingly killed when Aladdin is forced to join the Forty Thieves to save his own life, Sa'luk escapes and betrays his former gang, then manipulates the remnants to force Aladdin and Cassim to lead him to the Hand of Midas.

  • Asskicking Equals Authority: There's no question that he becomes leader of the remaining Thieves due to his skills at fighting, and he retained his position in the Thieves prior to Aladdin by being able to kill any man who tried to join and take his place.
  • Ax-Crazy: Most ruthless and brutal of the Thieves, and openly enjoys violence.
  • Badass Mustache: His moustache is very noticeable and sets him apart from the others.
  • Bald of Evil: Evil and clean shaven.
  • Big Bad: Of the third film. He's clearly a rival "king" among the Forty Thieves to Cassim and he's the one that's leading the group in the second half.
  • Blood Knight: He openly promises that the Forty Thieves will go back to implied murder and mayhem under his leadership, and he makes it clear that Cassim's "don't hurt the innocent" was why he hated working for him.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: Unlike the Lean and Mean scheming sorcerer Jafar was, Sa'luk is a brute who is more interested in stuffing his pockets than ruling a kingdom. And while Jafar actively targeted Aladdin and his allies, Sa'Luk's conflict is mainly with Cassim, and he doesn't interact with or even acknowledge Aladdin when it doesn't involve his father.
  • Death by Irony: The Hand of Midas that he sought so hard to get turns him into a gold statue.
  • Disney Death: Aladdin causes him to fall off a cliff edge, a fate usually reserved for characters like Sa'Luk, though he manages to survive without any injuries.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Cassim, and it's the reason why he hates him. Cassim, as the leader of the Forty Thieves, has a strict honor code. Sa'luk, who wants to overthrow him and later succeeds, is ruthless and hates Cassim's Never Hurt an Innocent rule.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Much larger than Aladdin or even his former boss Cassim.
  • Final Boss: The final antagonist faced by Aladdin in the entire franchise.
  • Genius Bruiser: He’s alot more sneaky and manipulative than he first seems.
  • Jerkass: He's rude, treacherous, physically abusive; check.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Cassim casually tosses him the Hand of Midas, which Sa'luk catches with his bare hands, but by the golden hand itself instead of the bronze handle. Sa'luk can only scream in horror as he is forcibly transformed into a gold statue, his Big "NO!" cut off once the magic reaches his face.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Sa'luk may not have supernatural powers like Jafar, but he is definitely almost as threatening. After surviving an apparent Disney Villain Death he kills a shark onscreen and the film takes a much darker turn when he sets his plot in motion. His death is also nightmarish.
  • Large and in Charge: After turning the other thieves against Cassim. It's also hinted that he used to be the leader before Cassim.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He sells out the Forty Thieves to Razoul, then neatly takes control of the handful who escaped by making them believe it was Cassim and Aladdin who betrayed them to the Agrabah authorities.
  • One-Man Army: During his Villain Song, he easily browbeats the remainder of the Forty Thieves into following him by physically dominating them all, proving he's stronger than any of them. A dose of manipulation helps as well.
  • The Resenter: Hates Cassim with a passion.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He flees the wedding when faced with Genie and his powers, knowing it's suicide to even try going up against him.
  • Slasher Smile: Sports some truly nasty ones during the movie.
  • The Starscream: He usurps control over the Forty Thieves and it's made clear during his Villain Song that he's always wanted to take control. He's even willing to hand over the majority of them to catch Cassim, presumably consigning them to death.
  • Super Strength: He's not the strongest member of the Forty Thieves, but he's certainly far stronger than any normal man. He is able to lift Aladdin off the ground without any effort, and even kills a shark with his bare hands.
  • Taken for Granite: A variant with gold instead of stone is his fate when he catches the Hand of Midas in his bare hand.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Seizes control over the Forty Thieves after Cassim abandons them to head to Agrabah.
  • Villain Song: Are You In Or Out?
  • Virtue Is Weakness: He's openly disgusted by Cassim's morality and gripes about how his leadership has weakened the Forty Thieves. When he takes over for himself, he makes it clear that Cassim's rule to Never Hurt an Innocent is being thrown out the window.
    Sa'luk: Yes, Cassim, mercy would be so like you. Soft...and weak!
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Rather like Aladdin, he basically wears nothing except an open vest, showing off his hulking torso.
  • Wolverine Claws: As can be seen in his page image, his favored weapons are essentially hooked claws worn like knuckle-dusters.

    The Oracle
Voiced by: C.C.H. Pounder

An enigmatic spirit who resides within an enchanted scepter that is unknowingly offered as a wedding gift to Jasmine and Aladdin, this mystical entity will answer with perfect clarity, but will only answer a single question for a single individual in their lives. Cassim and the Forty Thieves wish to retrieve her so they use her to guide them to the Hand of Midas.

  • It Only Works Once: She is "bound by the Rule of One: One Question, One Answer", a person may only ever ask a single question of her (intentionally or "thinking out loud"), after which she can never speak to them again.
  • Metaphorically True: Her answer to Aladdin to find his father was, "Follow the trail of the Forty Thieves. Your father is trapped in their world". Aladdin at first thinks that he's literally their prisoner, but later realizes that he is "trapped" by his own greed.
  • The Omniscient: She sees all that has been and all that will be.
    The Oracle: Your question is mine to answer!
  • Prophet Eyes: As seen in the page image, she has no visible pupils or irises. And of course she is the Oracle.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: She only shows up a total of three times in the film. Yet she's the one to reveal that Aladdin's father is alive, and lead to the MacGuffin.


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