The protagonist of Twisted, Ja'far is the royal vizier to the Sultan of the Magic Kingdom.
- Adaptational Heroism: As 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.
- Adorkable: Ja'far, in his youth, due to his incessant optimism, desire to please, and love of science. Especially evident around Sherrezade.
- Adaptation Expansion: Here we see where Ja'far got the Scarab necklace, how he became Vizer, and where he got the Bird.
- All of the Other Reindeer: The citizens of the Kingdom give Ja'far this treatment, and then the other Disney villains do this to Cruella de Vil. To be fair, she deserved it.
- Becoming the Genie: 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.
- Beleaguered Bureaucrat: He really just wants to return the kingdom to its golden age. He's just not very successful. Or appreciated.
- Benevolent Genie: The Djinn is too annoying to be really helpful, but Ja'far becomes one of these at the end of the play.
- BSoD Song: The beginning of Twisted, before the other Disney villains show up.
- Butt-Monkey: The scapegoat of the citizen's woes, and a No Respect Guy despite his efforts.
- 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.
- Evil Chancellor: Averted, but is everyone's opinion of Ja'far himself.
- Face of a Thug: An Informed Flaw, yet Deconstructed. Just because he's not as handsome as a prince as he got older he became The Scapegoat for the kingdom's misfortune. This makes him a pariah and he's desperate to save the kingdom over this.
- Flat-Earth Atheist: 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.
- The Golden Rule: The philosophy he lives by before palace politics sucks his spirit dry.
- Knight In Sour Armor: He tries to do the right thing as a realist in a world full of idealist mooks.
- Nice Guy: He's kind, benevolent, and determined to make the world a better place.
- Only Sane Man: 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. The Princess manages to get there, though.
- Our Genies Are Different: The Djinn is blue, Ja'far is red. And a devil-guy.
- Papa Wolf: He's very protective of the Princess and doesn't want Aladdin anywhere near her.
- Parental Substitute: 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. Then it turns out he's literally her father.
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: 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 Red Is Heroic.
- Tenor Boy: The first hint this Ja'far is a heroic character compared to the Evil Sounds Deep Disney character. Emphasized when we flash back to Ja'far as an idealistic young man.
The Princess is the teenage daughter of the Sultan of the Kingdom, and his heir.
- Bedlah Babe: Her outfit is identical to her counterpart in the animated movie.
- Brainless Beauty: The Princess isn't exactly brainless, but she is very, very naive. She gets better.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: 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. 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.
- Brick Joke: Also, when the Princess says she wants to fix the socioeconomic inequality by making everyone a princess. When she becomes Sultan, she does just that, and it is extremely effective.
- Character Development: She becomes more considerate and more proactive as time goes on. She also wises up significantly by the end, especially where Aladdin is concerned.
- Dumbass Has a Point:
- As it turns out, the Princess' plan to solve social inequality by making everyone a Princess worked.
- 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 blacked out.The Princess: That's not charming! That's kind of rapey.
- 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. She finally turns the corner via Character Development.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She's only ever called "the Princess", for copyright reasons.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's really not a bad person once you get past her insufferable naivete and occasional brattiness. In fact, she uses her last wish to make sure Ja'far will be able to finally be happy.
- Rebellious Princess: Deconstructed, and then 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. Later, she rebels against palace politics and leads a social revolution.
- Related in the Adaptation: It was revealed that she's really Ja'far's daughter.
- Spoiled Sweet: She is a kind girl deep down, she just hasn't any idea how life outside of wealth and privilege really works. Even so she still wants what is best for her people and her kingdom. 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.
- True Blue Femininity: Like the animated movie, she wears a blue outfit.
A lying street rat.
- Adaptational Villainy: He steals not due to economic problems but because he is a lazy, sociopathic asshole that killed his own parents.
- Ax-Crazy: His alternate personality killed his parents because they wanted him to get a job, and his regular personality went along with it.
- Barefoot Poverty: Aladdin briefly goes through this until he loots a dead body.
- Blatant Lies: All over the place. "I've never done this before."
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Aladdin seems to be able to get straight answers out of the Djinn when he is in his lamp in Aladdin's hat.
- Composite Character: The ending reveals that Aladdin would eventually become the street merchant from the beginning of the film.
- Death by Irony: With a Book-Ends take on it, he became a street merchant and was murdered by a thief over a loaf of bread.
- Deconstructed Character Archetype: 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? He hates actual work, and stealing is more fun to him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Aladdin threatens the baker with death if he puts anymore raisins in his bread.
- Evil Is Hammy: Whenever Aladdin turns up the evil, he gets very theatrical.
- Faux Affably Evil: Yep. The first time we see him, he seems like a lazy jerk. Then he threatens to kill the baker.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: 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 brothers. 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.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Subverted. Yes, he does have an Ax-Crazy 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.
- Lazy Bum: 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.
- Villainous Breakdown: 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.
Once a storyteller at the palace, she was kicked out after her ear was cut off.
- Bedlah Babe: Her clothes are inspired by Jeannie's outfit.
- Canon Foreigner: Has no counterpart in the animated film, other than a brief mention in Genie's song.
- Character Narrator: She narrates parts of the play, but also interacts with the other characters, especially Ja'far.
- Death by Childbirth: Died around the same time the Princess was born. It's revealed that she was the Princess's mother.
- Delayed Narrator Introduction: She appears in the very beginning, as the narrator during the Opening Monologue, and then shows up later as a character.
- Died Happily Ever After: Not at first, but in the ending. Thanks to the Princess, she gets to be with her husband for all eternity.
- Ear Ache: 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.
- The Lost Lenore: For Ja'far.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: 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.
- Nice Girl: Just like her husband, she's very kind.
- Pink Means Feminine: Dressed entirely in pink.
Prince of Pik-zahr, a neighboring kingdom.
- Ascended Extra: 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.Achmed: I cannot believe that she thought that she could feed a prince to a Bengal tiger and that 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!
- Berserk Button: Don't imply that Prince Achmed fucked a tiger.
- Bestiality Is Depraved: Prince Achmed becomes known as Tiger Fucker to his people.
- Butt-Monkey: His accomplishments are ignored, the Princess needs to reminded who he is when he's invading her country, and his army names him Tiger Fucker.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "TIGER FUCKER! TIGER FUCKER! TIGER FUCKER!"
- Every Man Has His Price: Sells Pik-zahr to the Princess for 7.4 billion drachma.
- Evil Is Hammy: In regular and Cold Ham varieties, depending on how pissed he is.
- "I Am Great!" Song: He and his servants sing a song about how great and powerful he is, while lamenting nobody remembers Achmed's mighty deeds, only his embarrassing encounter with a tiger.
- Never Live It Down: In his Villain Song he laments how he is only remembered in the Magic Kingdom as the guy who got bit in the ass by a tiger.Achmed: Say my name in these parts, and you'll get a vacant stare/Until you mention tigers, or spotted underwear!
The Sultan of the Kingdom.
- Adaptational Villainy: The man is a total dick. Ironic, considering his running joke...
- Brick Joke: The Sultan's apparently random story about how he inverted his penis. Near the end, Ja'far realizes that because of this, he must be the Princess's real father.
- The Caligula: 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.
- Chekhov's Gun: His inverted penis turns out to be important. (Wow, talk about A Rare Sentence...) It's the reason he can't be the Princess' biological father.
- Cloudcuckoolander: The Sultan addresses his court by first telling them all how he gave himself an inverted penis.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Just like his movie counterpart.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Hilariously Inverted. He speaks with an extremely high pitch.
The Evil Vizier
Appearing only in backstory, he was the vizier many 17-ish years ago, when Ja'far first came to the palace.
- The Caligula: He enjoys the luxuries of the palace with full disregard of the people.
- Canon Foreigner: Has no counterpart in the animated film.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He just drops out of the story 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.
- Creepy High-Pitched Voice: His singing voice, in contrast to his speaking voice.
- The Dandy: Wears make-up and enjoys the spoils of tax-money shamelessly.
- Deadly Decadent Court: The Sultan's court under his regime.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": "The Royal Vizier."
- Evil Chancellor: Unlike Jafar, this is played entirely straight.
- Evil Is Hammy: As flamboyant as he is cruel.
- Karma Houdini: As far as we know, the Evil Vizier never pays for his actions, disappearing from the story with no mention of how or why.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: His own "golden rule."
- Sissy Villain: The Old Vizier has elements of this, such as wearing Guyliner, although like many examples of this trope he also invokes Evil Sounds Deep. Arguably he inherits these traits from the Disney version of Jafar, making him and this Ja'far a Decomposite Character. (Ja'far's Fashion-Victim Villain wardrobe and serpent staff seem to be inherited from his regime.)
- Red and Black and Evil All Over: Played straight.
- 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.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": For copyright reasons.
- The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: Like his animated movie counterpart, he constantly makes pop-culture references. Unlike his animated counterpart, the references make no sense.
- Informed Attribute: Played for Laughs - a Running Gag is people (with the exception of Ja'far) remarking on how funny the Djinn supposedly is. He's actually So Unfunny, It's Funny.
- Our Genies Are Different: He's the standard blue-skinned variety who grants Three Wishes, except he says nothing except out-of-context movie references.
- So Unfunny, It's Funny: His pop-culture references are completely out of context. Other than Ja'far, everyone else thinks he is hilarious.
- Speaks in Shout-Outs: His dialogue consists almost entirely of movie references.
The Captain of the Royal Guard
The captain of the royal guard.
- Badass Baritone: Being played by Jim Povolo comes with this.
- Catchphrase: "This is all your fault, Ja'far."
- The Comically Serious: Has a very serious tone that contrasts with the ridiculous things he says and does.
- Deadpan Snarker: With all he has to deal with, it's no wonder he has a sarcastic streak.
- Insistent Terminology: After the Princess makes everyone a princess, he insists on being called one.
- Adaptational Nonsapience: While Iago was a sapient Talking Animal, Bird is a regular, non-sapient parrot.
- A Dog Named "Dog": Similarly to Monkey, it's only ever called Bird.
- Fauxshadow: He's played up as a possible Chekhov's Gunman, but it never happens.
- Tragic Keepsake: The last gift Sherrezade gave to Ja'far before she was taken from him.
After 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.
- Adaptational Heroism: 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, Cruella still want that coat made out of puppies.
- Beauty = Goodness: Ursula bemoans about this trope when saying that Scar was disliked for his horrid looking scar.Urusla: Fortune favors the beautiful.Gaston: Au contraire!
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: They all have very reasonable motivations for doing what they did. Except Cruella. She really did just want a coat made out of puppies.
- Token Evil Teammate: Cruella is this. Kinda hard to justify making a coat out of puppies by even the most good-hearted.
- Written by the Winners: The reason they are regarded as villains.
- Writing Around Trademarks: 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.