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Queen of Diamonds by Natural Logarhythm is an Aladdin AU fic based on the idea that Jafar took Iago’s advice to just wait for a regular storm to find the ‘Diamond in the Rough’. As a result, Aladdin and ‘Yasmin’ spend more time together forming a relationship outside of Jasmine’s role as a princess, to the point of Jasmine convincing Aladdin to leave Agrabah so that they can be together.

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  • Arranged Marriage: Still an issue for Jasmine after she returns to Agrabah, but the Sultan does his best to ensure that she has a choice.
  • Ascended Extra: Najida and Rami, the children that Aladdin gave bread to in the opening of the original film, gain greater prominence in this storyline; they become Abu's new owners, are 'arrested' by Jafar as part of his efforts to find Aladdin, and Jasmine even expresses an interest in adopting them after she rescues them from the dungeons.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In a sense; after being returned to Agrabah, Jasmine believes that Aladdin is dead, while Aladdin is told that Jasmine abandoned him in the dungeons, prompting him to return in disguise as ‘Prince Ali’ to try and find out why she lied to him and left him.
  • Berserk Button: Injustice of any kind prompts this from Jasmine, ranging from her own ‘need’ to find a husband to learning about how the poor are treated in Agrabah, such as Aladdin being arrested when he was only seven years old.
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  • Benevolent Genie: The Genie shows this as in canon, such as agreeing that he can return Abu to his natural state without it counting as Aladdin using a wish, as well as offering Aladdin free advice and encouragement about his relationship with Jasmine.
  • The Bus Came Back: Aladdin is reunited with Abu after he is arrested, and Jasmine meets him later when ‘Ali’ has come to the palace.
  • Character Development: After their time away from Agrabah, Jasmine puts more effort into trying to find a suitor she would appreciate rather than rejecting them immediately, and Aladdin’s arrival as ‘Prince Ali’ is more subdued, such as Abu being a horse rather than an elephant.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jasmine feels that Aladdin faced this when she learns that he was first arrested for theft at seven years old, when he had only stolen food to avoid starving when he had lost everything.
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  • Double Speak: Aladdin uses this when talking to Achmed as ‘Prince Ali’, recalling his brief confrontation with Achmed when Achmed originally visited Agrabah but phrasing it to avoid giving away specifics.
  • Dude Magnet: Jasmine is frustrated at how she has met so many men who only want her for her status (although she presents it to Aladdin as them just wanting her father’s wealth without revealing her status as the princess).
  • Exact Words: When asked to justify his release of two prisoners (the children he helped previously) from the palace dungeons, ‘Prince Ali’ answers the question in a manner that suggests he and Jasmine just ended up there by chance rather than reveal that they were led there by Abu.
  • Faking the Dead: Jafar manages to fake Aladdin’s execution so that Jasmine will think Aladdin is dead, leaving Jafar free to manipulate Aladdin into helping him get into the Cave of Wonders.
  • For Want of a Nail: Aladdin and ‘Yasmin’ form a relationship outside of Jasmine’s role as the princess simply because Jafar chose to wait for a natural storm rather than generate the energy himself.
  • Friend to All Children: Jasmine in particular demonstrates this, ranging from her outrage at learning how Aladdin was treated as a child to expressing a desire to essentially adopt two children who she finds ‘arrested’ in the palace dungeons.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: While she acknowledges that her father loves her and she will have trouble living a poor life with Aladdin, Jasmine prefers the freedom she would have with him over the privilege of her real upbringing.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Even after Aladdin and Jasmine have left Agrabah, they are still discovered and Aladdin arrested for ‘kidnapping’ Jasmine, leading to Aladdin being used by Jafar to try and acquire the lamp. Also, Aladdin's first two wishes and Jafar and Iago's theft of the lamp are basically the same as in canon, although Aladdin avoided releasing Genie for the more selfless reason of wanting to be sure of his help protecting Jasmine if Jafar tried anything rather than just because he was afraid that he couldn't be a prince without Genie.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Downplayed; once Aladdin learns of Jasmine’s real history, he wonders why she lied to him and abandoned him after his arrest, and even after he learns that she thought he was dead, he is still uncertain if he deserves to be her husband given his lack of prince-related experience.
  • Internal Reveal: Chapter 27 sees Aladdin and Jasmine finally reveal what really happened after their parting, Jasmine revealing to 'Prince Ali' that she thought Aladdin was dead and thus freeing Aladdin to reveal his own identity. In chapter 30, Jasmine learns that Aladdin achieved all this with the aid of the Genie.
  • The Matchmaker: Genie takes on this role to a greater extent than in the original film; rather than just encouraging Aladdin to tell Jasmine the truth, here he takes Aladdin’s insecurities about Jasmine’s past deceptions into account and encourages him not to give up just because he’s anxious.
  • The Mourning After: Jasmine admits at one point that she would almost prefer marriage to Prince Achmed over Prince Ali because Achmed wouldn’t expect her to love him, as she’s not sure if she’s willing to open herself up emotionally to that extent after losing Aladdin.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In chapter 30, Aladdin spends some time kicking himself for giving Jafar a chance to steal the lamp.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The children that Aladdin gave his bread to in the film’s opening are identified as Najida and Rami.
  • Never the Obvious Suspect: Achmed is initially accused as being the one responsible for Jasmine’s disappearance from Agrabah, although they establish his innocence soon enough.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Jasmine is shown to have a good relationship with the palace servants, to the point that one of them assures her that she is a good person when Jasmine wonders if she deserves love after her actions led to Aladdin’s apparent death.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Subverted; Genie explicitly confirms that ‘Prince Ali’ includes a subtle spell to stop anyone recognising Aladdin if they already knew him, although Jafar realises the truth when he sees the lamp.
  • Put On The Bus: Aladdin leaves Abu behind when he and 'Yasmin' leave Agrabah as he worries the monkey wouldn’t cope well with their planned trip across the desert.
  • Reality Ensues: After Jasmine is returned to Agrabah, she has to deal with various issues as princes are far more reluctant to appeal for her hand in marriage now that she has acquired a ‘damaged’ reputation after living with Aladdin for two years.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: While he was presented as a good person but potentially eccentric as a ruler, the Sultan gets a chance to show more political skill here, such as listening to all arguments when he learns that there are two children in Agrabah’s dungeon even if he genuinely disapproved of the act.
  • Rescue Romance: Applies to Aladdin and Jasmine’s relationship in far greater depth than usual in this version of events, as Jasmine spends more time with Aladdin when he doesn’t know about her true identity and just thinks of her as the girl he rescued.
  • Refuge in Audacity: When Genie first hears Aladdin’s story about his life with Jasmine, he muses that it’s so crazy it has to be true.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Jasmine expresses a desire to be this after she returns to the palace.
  • Rules Lawyer: Genie manifests duplicates to act as this, consulting various scrolls before concluding that it wouldn’t cost Aladdin a wish to turn Abu back into a monkey as Aladdin only wished for himself to change rather than Abu.
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