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"You'll always be a prince to me."
  • After nearly getting himself killed for stealing bread, Aladdin hands the whole loaf — probably all the food he would have had that day — over to two orphans. They don't mean anything to him, they're just two more street rats, two out of dozens... and he hardly gives it a second thought. The look on the little girl's face is just so touching.
    • And then when the kids begin eating it, we see the girl has given the bulk of it to her little brother, taking only a bite or two for herself.
    • From the look Abu has given him, it's clear Aladdin has given up his share of the meal before. Abu is like, "No don't you dare do this again."
    • Also, Abu - he was very reluctant to part with the share of the loaf he'd gotten before they saw the kids, and defiantly takes a big bite out of it... but his conscience gets the better of him, and he gives the rest of his piece to the children after Aladdin gave his. And though he was grudging about it, he brightens up when the kids show their appreciation towards this unexpected generosity (they were incredulous enough that Aladdin gave them his bread since life as a street rat is a struggle). The scene shows not only Aladdin's selfless compassion, but that Abu has a heart of gold beneath his own capacity for greed (for further heartwarming, imagine that Abu represents Aladdin's baser instincts - the kindness that cannot be extinguished even by a life of desperation and need). It also shows Abu's loyalty and respect for Aladdin. They're very close and seeing someone he cares so much about being so selfless moves Abu.
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    • Not to mention the following scene where Aladdin steps between them and Prince Achmed when the prince was about to whip the children. He displays something similar to a Big Brother Instinct, even though he just met these two.
  • How Jasmine and Aladdin meet. He became smitten with her when he first saw her but cared enough that she was in trouble to actually help her.
    • Not only that, how quickly she plays along with his plan. It shows how real their chemistry is even when they first met.
    • When Aladdin rescues Jasmine from the vendor, he tells the vendor that they are brother and sister, rather than romantic partners. Even though he had been smitten with her, he didn't want to take things too far and kept his distance.
  • Doubles as a CMOH and CMOF:
    Genie: Oh, Al. I'm gettin' kinda fond of ya, kid. Not that I wanna pick out curtains or anything.
    • The developing relationship between Genie and Aladdin. It went from being a master and servant relationship to a very close friendship.
    • When Aladdin tries to decide on his first wish, the first thing he does is ask Genie what he would wish for. Genie is genuinely surprised, and states that no one's ever asked him before. Aladdin is the first master to treat Genie like a friend or partner, rather than a servant or slave.
      • And when Genie does tell him his one desire — to be freed from servitude — the first thing Aladdin does (after expressing sympathy) is promise to use his last wish to free him.
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  • Carpet saving Aladdin and Abu in the Cave of Wonders. They had just met for a few minutes, but the Carpet perked up when Aladdin said it could come along on their quest. When the Carpet realizes that Abu activated the curse, its first reaction is to scoop up Aladdin before he falls in lava, do the same for Abu, and fly them to the exit. When it gets trapped under a rock, it comes out just in time to catch Aladdin and slow down what would have been a deadly fall. He just ends up with a headache.
  • It's a small moment, but Genie giving Carpet a friendly casual greeting and Secret Handshake when he wakes up; it's clear that thousands of years apart haven't stopped these two from being good buddies.
    Genie: Yo, rugman! Haven't seen you in a few millennia! Give me some tassel! (Carpet and Genie do a little handshake together) Hyeah, yo-yo!
  • The magic carpet ride, one of the most romantic and magical falling-in-love montages ever. That it comes on the heels of Aladdin realizing that his faux charm isn't going to work on Jasmine and reverting back to his natural self makes it even more heartwarming, since the carpet ride is when he knowingly treats her to the one thing she's always wanted: freedom.
    "No one to tell us no, or where to go, or say we're only dreaming..."
    • The cutest part? The fact that Jasmine's eyes are wide as she stares around at the world she's never seen before, but Aladdin hardly ever takes his eyes off her.
    • And just listen to the sheer joy in Jasmine's voice as she sings "a dazzling place I never knew", especially compared to how her first trip outside the palace went.
    • When Aladdin drops Jasmine off at the balcony, after they bid each other good night, they continue to gaze at each other; then Carpet, being a Shipper on Deck, suddenly raises Aladdin up where he and Jasmine share their First Kiss. They were initially surprised, but they both blissfully lose themselves in it!
    • Even their goodbye is sweet. As Jasmine returns to her room, she calls Aladdin "my prince", and Aladdin just smiles at her as he falls over backwards onto Carpet with a happy sigh.
  • "I choose you, Aladdin." It's a perfect line of dialogue that brings both Jasmine and Aladdin's desires full circle: she gets the freedom to choose, he's loved for being himself, and there's nothing preventing them from being together. And then they bop heads. Awww!
    Aladdin: (chuckles) Call me Al...
  • How far Genie was willing to go for Aladdin just because he was his friend. When he sees Aladdin and Jasmine together at the end, he tells Aladdin that he can use his last wish to become a prince again even though it means he might not ever get a chance to be free again.
    Aladdin: But Genie, what about your freedom?
    Genie: Hey, it's only an eternity of servitude. This is love! Al, you're not going to find another girl like her in a million years. Believe me, I know, I've looked.
  • Aladdin also was willing to give up his chance to be with Jasmine and set Genie free as he promised him.
  • Aladdin wishing Genie free, despite Genie saying that he's willing to stay in the lamp just so Jasmine and Aladdin can be together. He's so happy, that he literally bounces off the walls with joy,
    • And how about when Genie gets ready to use the final wish to make Aladdin a prince, and is completely caught off-guard when Aladdin wishes for Genie's freedom?
      Aladdin: Genie, I wish for your freedom.
      Genie: One bona-fide prince pedigree coming up! I— What?
      Aladdin: (holds up the lamp) Genie, you're free!
    • After the Genie has been freed:
      Genie: Oh, does that feel good! I'm free! I'm free at last! I'm hittin' the road! I'm off to see the world! I— (glances back at Aladdin)
      Aladdin: Genie... I'm gonna...miss you...
      Genie: (tears up) Me too, Al. No matter what anybody says, you'll always be a prince to me.
    • The sheer fortitude and respect with which Aladdin speaks his final wish. It sounds just as you would imagine it should - he wasn't just dismissing a valuable slave from his service. By making the wish, he was addressing and acknowledging Genie as his equal.
    • Granted Aladdin's already proved his worth by outsmarting Jafar and saving everyone, but it's this final act of kindness that convinces The Sultan that Aladdin is a worthy husband to Jasmine, prompting him to change the marriage law on the spot.
      "Well am I Sultan, or am I Sultan?"
  • Genie celebrating as he leaves to enjoy his freedom:
    "Hey, rugman! Ciao! I'm history! No, I'm mythology! D'aww, I don't care what I am, I'm FREE-HEEE!" (elated laughter as he flies into the distance)
  • The scene where Aladdin tells Genie about Jasmine, and why she's so important to him.
    Aladdin: But Genie, she's smart and fun and...
    Genie: Pretty?
    Aladdin: Beautiful! She's got these eyes that just...and this hair, wow...and her smile...ahhh...
    • Seriously, plain text can't do Aladdin's emotions justice. Just watch this video!
    • It really says something that Aladdin talks about Jasmine's personality before her appearance, as it shows just how much he really likes her and sees her as much more than Ms. Fanservice.
    • When Aladdin first mentions Jasmine, Genie at first tries to remind Aladdin that he can't make people fall in love. Aladdin then clarifies his words, and instead asks if Genie would be able to make him a prince. Aladdin never has any intention of forcing Jasmine to love him, he just wants a chance to earn her heart fairly and prove that he is worthy of her love. This makes Genie more willing to help him out.
    • Also the Genie's reaction when Aladdin says that Jasmine is beautiful. Sure, he rolls his eyes, but he's smiling.
  • Aladdin telling Jasmine that she stood out in the marketplace. He's so sincere when she says it, and she's so sincere when she smiles back. It's the chemistry like this that makes the film's implied Fourth Date Marriage note  just a little bit more plausible. Watch!
    • A little bit before that she stumbles a bit coming down off the railing into Aladdin's "apartment". She falls into Aladdin's arms and they gaze into each other's eyes for a moment before she pulls away and distractedly tugs at her hijab. Like before, there are ways to show chemistry without words.
    • Aladdin and Jasmine's talk, with Grass Is Greener and Both Sides Have a Point. Jasmine mentions how for those in the palace, you're not given a choice with how to live your life, or even what to wear. Aladdin says that's better than barely scraping by day by day, barely having enough to eat. They talk about how trapped they are.
  • A smaller one, but the Sultan, who is SO set on his daughter getting a princely husband, refuses to force her to marry any of the suitors she refused. Even with all his strictness, he loves his daughter enough to not want to force her to marry someone she hates.
    • In this time period, the sultan could have forced Jasmine to marry whoever he wanted her to, usually for political gain. The Sultan is aware of this but he refuses to do so since he can't bear the thought of forcing Jasmine to marry someone she hates. He shows that he loves her daughter and is far more concerned with her happiness than with any financial or political alliance. He has no issue with her marrying a commoner who would bring no such benefits.
    • And then there's why he's so adamant about her getting married; he wants to make sure Jasmine has someone to take care of and support her after he dies, which he knows is going to come sooner rather than later.
      • He only wanted her to marry a "prince" because the law said she had to marry a prince. But he is completely ok with her marrying a commoner and even changed the law so that she could and welcomes Aladdin into the family with open arms. It's partly him thanking Aladdin for saving his life, and the kingdom. The other part is that Jasmine truly loves him.
    • Back at the "could have forced" matter, forcing Jasmine to marry Jafar is something the latter couldn't brainwash the Sultan into doing. It's the one time the Sultan is seen resisting to Jafar's power.
  • Jasmine falls in love with Aladdin as himself. She doesn't care for the stuffiness of the suitors and is put off when he attempts to be like that. She likes him just the way he is.
  • The Sultan's reaction when he sees Jasmine has fallen in love. He's overjoyed and immediately runs towards Aladdin (in his Prince Ali persona) and pinches his cheeks, declaring they'll be wed at once and names Prince Ali as his heir.
  • A small moment happens when Jasmine is in the marketplace and she sees a little boy looking at a stall of food. Even if she doesn't really have a concept of currency, Jasmine gives the kid an apple without a second thought.
  • A weird example, but Jafar and Iago's relationship counts—until the second movie, they snap at each other, but they have each other's backs. When Jafar takes over Agrabah, he keeps Iago by his side rather than pulling a I Can Rule Alone gambit. For all that their relationship was toxic, their Villainous Friendship was real, and Jafar is furious and hurt when he finds out Iago changed sides. Sure, he deserved that, but they actually were friends once. The scene where Iago brings up the idea that Jafar marry Jasmine and become sultan shows this.
    Iago: Jafar! What if you were the chump husband?
    Jafar: What?!
    Iago: Ok, ok, you marry the princess, alright? And then... uh... then you become the sultan!
    Jafar: (lightens up and smiles evily) Ah... Marry the shrew, I become Sultan? The idea has merit!
    Iago: Yes! Merit, yes! And then we drop papa-in-law and the little women off a cliff! (jumps off of Jafar's staff) YAAAAAH! Ker-SPLAT! (starts laughing)
    Jafar: (laughs as well) I love the way your foul little mind works!
  • The first time Aladdin says "Do you trust me?" to Jasmine they were in the middle of a tight spot. Technically speaking, Jasmine had no choice but to say "yes" as the alternative was surrendering herself to the guards, and she wasn't ready for that yet. The second time it's "Prince Ali" asking her. It's not just that she's piecing together that he's the guy she met before, it's his face as he holds out his hand to her. His face shows no deception, no ego, no Gaston tough-guy confidence. It's a face of pure openness, a face that is saying "I know you're taking a risk coming with me, but I promise that everything will be all right. You don't have to worry." What else can she do but take his hand? And you know that this is the final nail in the coffin of his deception, but she doesn't care. Her trust in him earlier paid off, so why wouldn't it now?
    • And her face as he says it. That is a look of hope that her friend from the marketplace could still be alive.
    • Also she realizes that it's him when he does the same apple trick during "A Whole New World".
  • When the Sultan sees Jasmine so sad, mourning the supposed death of the boy from the market, he sits down next to her to talk to her and try to make it right. Even if it doesn't quite help Jasmine feel better, it's sweet seeing him so concerned over his daughter's feelings.
  • The 2004 DVD of the film onward has the Genie thanking the audience during the ending Disney logo, which is even more heartwarming after Williams' death.
    Genie: You have been a fabulous audience! Tell ya what, you're the best audience in the whole world! Take care of yourselves! Goodnight, Alice! Goodnight, Agrabah! ¡Adios, amigos!
  • Before Prince Ali is introduced to the public at the Sultan's announcement, Jasmine tidies him a bit behind the curtain and then gives him a small peck on the nose. "Good luck!" A small moment, to be sure, but one that says a lot about their chemistry and how close they are in their relationship.

Aladdin:A Musical Spectacular

  • During the show's final performance before its closing, the Genie at first does his usual comedic improv on Jafar after he steals the lamp and wishes to be Sultan, but then he claims that Jafar is not the first "evil master" he’s ever had, and proceeds to list the name of every actor who played Jafar in the stage show. After that he reminisces on "the good ones", and lists every actor who had played Aladdin. And finally, he goes on to say "all the genies like the good ones", and lists every actor who played Genie. This doubles as a Moment of Awesome.