- Not turning them into mice for no reason, perhaps, but he could probably have been a Jackass Genie like Jafar in the second movie, "granting" wishes in a very impractical way (like, taking "Take me out of that cave" as "take me anywhere else that is not this cave" and putting Al back in jail, granting "Make me a prince" by making him officially the prince of one square meter of empty desert with certificates and all). One has to wonder why he didn't pull such things when Jafar was in command, though.
- If you remember that Merlin ages backward, this isn't so far fetched. Magic blurs time together somehow.
Note that on the day of (and the days leading up to) his wedding in the film Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Genie seems more powerful (and is voiced by Robin Williams again instead of Dan Castellaneta). This is because part of his duties have been fulfilled, since Aladdin is now a real prince by marriage.
Since Genie "wasted" one of Aladdin's wishes to save him from certain death, the second wish will be satisfied when Aladdin's dead.
- The first wish doesn't seem to count; Aladdin has nice clothes and a procession in his honor, but he's constantly concerned with the fact that he's lying to Jasmine. Alternately, Cassim was already king of thieves at that time, so he was, technically, "prince of thieves", and the wish was null.
- The second one doesn't count; it was a forced nod interpreted as a wish by Genie.
- At the end of the film, Aladdin uses his first wish to free Genie.
First, we must assume the Genie is a bonafide Reality Warper, and his wishes are 100% guaranteed to come true.
Now, a prince is not defined by riding an elephant or wearing nice clothes; a prince is defined by his royal family. When Aladdin wished to become a prince, the Genie gave him the clothes and parade, but he also (perhaps unknowingly) gave him a royal family.
At the same time, Cassim became the king of thieves. He either legitimately became the king of thieves at that moment, or the Genie Ret-Conned him into having been the king of thieves for years.
- This meshes fairly well with the time that Genie takes in granting the wish. Rather than *POOF* and Al is a prince, he does a whole dog-and-pony show of making the suit, transforming Abu, and creating all the various people/objects that go into the parade. More than likely, this was just him stalling until Cassim could issue the challenge to the current King and win the fight. They would only leave for Agrabah after Cassim had been declared the King of Thieves, making Al the Prince.
The peddler at the beginning is trying to sell a lamp as a fabulous object. He can't say that when you buy it you get a genie because that's obviously not true. So he spins a tale about a lamp that USED to hold a genie but then the kind-hearted individual who found it let the genie free.
The peddler has a gift for voices—he's Robin Williams, and so he can do all the voices Genie does plus all the other characters'. So far so good.
The original story of Aladdin did not appear in any Arabic manuscripts of One Thousand and One Nights. French translator Antoine Galland claimed to have heard it from a storyteller. The version we saw was the original version—from a storyteller/peddler looking to make some dinars off a foreigner with an interest in stories. The later differences in the written versions are a result of Galland's garbling of the clever peddler's tale.
- Even if the story of Aladdin was in the original One Thousand and One Nights, all those stories were still, explicitly, just stories, again being told by a clever storyteller in a framing device. And when you think about it, just why exactly are we believing this fantastical story about a (formerly) magic lamp, told by a peddler who is trying to sell us that very lamp, when he has already shown himself to be—at least slightly—a liar and shyster.
- Jafar wished to become an almighty Genie, which implies that he will not be limited to the restrictions the original Genie has faced concerning wishes.
- If Jafar becomes literally omnipotent, how can he be bound to a lamp anyway?
- Jafar wished to become "the most powerful genie," not an "almighty genie." The second film makes it clear that he was bound by the rules.
Mozenrath was being set up for an epic showdown with Aladdin or Jasmine (and possibly later a HeelFace Turn) while Sadira was being set up as his eventual love interest. (Sand-related powers, anyone?)
- Now, while Mozenrath turning good is more debatable, him and Sadira would kind of make sense. Mozenrath knows a lot about magic, so it'd be safe to assume that he knows about the witches of the sand, and since they took their secrets with them to the grave, he doesn't have the specific knowledge of their spells. Now, if he found out that there is one last sand witch left in the world, that she's very close by to him, and that she's a beautiful girl his own age who got her heart broken by his worst enemy... he would definitely know how to turn that to his advantage.
OK, so common rumor among fans: Aladdin and Mozenrath were supposed to be brothers (which makes a heck of a lot of sense). This obviously makes Cassim their father. The Forty Thieves made their big goal to get the Hand O' Midas. From Wikipedia:
"Cassim believed that, with the Hand, he could return to his family and give them the life they deserved instead of one living out in the streets, and had instigated the raid so he could capture the oracle's staff and question the seer as to the precise whereabouts of the artifact."
Apparently, he left the family for this. This one artifact. Which is shaped like a hand. And was supposed to give his family "the life they deserved".
We also know that Cassim has a tendency, like John Silver, to completely put his family on hold when there's a quest afoot. Because who leaves his son(s) behind just to go get one silly treasure without more of an explanation than that? Crazy Cassim, that's who. Also consider that Cassim DOES NOT RECOGNIZE Aladdin at first. So he is capable of completely forgetting about a family member while on a quest to get something that was supposed to fix things for them.
So let's try this. Cassim went to find the Hand—THE HAND—of Midas, not to turn things into gold and buy his wife and son(s) a beautiful life, but to get the life they deserved by RECONCILIATION. Reconciliation because the family was torn apart, and Cassim wanted to reunite them.
So Cassim was on a different treasure hunt (where he picked up his band, including Sa'Luk, who is important, especially combined with Cassim's "I forgot my son because of this adventure" tendency), when ol' Whatsherface back at Agrabah dies. The two boys are cast out on the street. Aladdin...well, we know what happened to him. On the other hand, Mozenrath (who was probably the least liked of the two; Cassim probably preferred the more athletic and outgoing Aladdin to his brooding, intellectual counterpart) knew he wanted power and set out for the Land of the Black Sand, where he met Destane, who, for the purposes of this theory, we will assume is the Archmage from Gargoyles, because that's the only way I can accept that a) someone without a name is more powerful than Xanatos in the Gargoyles continuity, and b) Destane could possibly SCARE Jafar. Because please. Jafar fears nothing, except what that Archmage could do with his 3 artifacts. Also, we'll assume Destane/Archmage left Agrabah alone because it wasn't magical, and that's why Jafar felt free to turn it into his stomping ground (if not for Archmage Destane, he would have gone for the whole Seven Deserts and moved his palace to the Black Sand).
Once you've bought these ridiculous assumptions about Destane, you can figure what happened next—Mozenrath becomes his apprentice, realizes he needs to find a source of power, attains the extremely dangerous gauntlet, decides randomly that it's a GOOD idea to enchant an eel so it can fly and talk, and then deposes Archmage Destane, making him into the first zombie/Mamluk. By this point, he's consumed by the desire for power.
Now Cassim is distracted by the sidequests, and he's like, "Oh yeah, I had a family...should probably get back to them." Goes back—they're all missing. So he sets out on a quest to go find them, probably becomes distracted AGAIN because CASSIM, and then eventually ends up trying to rob the Black Sands (either his idea or Sa'Luk's). But what is this? One of his estranged sons! It takes Cassim freakin' forever to remember Mozenrath was his son (and then a bunch of profuse apologizing for playing favorites), but by this time Mozenrath is too far gone—he refuses to accept Cassim's outreach for love, and probably tries to kill him. Somewhere during this whole brawl Cassim recognizes the gauntlet (he probably tried to steal it once, heard about what it did to a person's body, and dropped it like a hot potato), gets Mozenrath to take it off, and sees what it's done to his hand.
And so Cassim sets out with vigor to find a new artifact—the Hand of Midas. Not only will it turn everything to gold and perhaps bring greater power to the bearer than, say, the gauntlet of Doomy Dooms of Doom (OK, it doesn't have a name anywhere), but since it isn't a flesh-and-blood appendage, someone could conceivably replace one's hand with it, wear the gauntlet, and no longer suffer the gauntlet's effects.
Long story short: Cassim, eager to reconcile with Mozenrath, set out to REPLACE HIS MISSING HAND.
But then, on the way to get the Oracle, OH MY GOD I HAD ANOTHER SON!!! THAT'S RIGHT!!! Cassim meets Aladdin. And Cassim being Cassim, he COMPLETELY FORGETS ABOUT HIS OTHER SON AND THE WHOLE POINT OF THE HAND. At one point, he probably turned to Sa'Luk and asked, "Why are we after the Hand of Midas again?" And Sa'Luk, seeing his opportunity, replied, "BECAUSE IT TURNS THINGS TO GOLD, YOU FOOL!" Cassim's train of thought: "Hmm...I must have wanted this to get a better life for Aladdin, since he's the last guy I met that I told myself I wanted to remember no matter what sidequest got in my way!"
And then he lets the hand drop. But it's OK. Because all he's really done is trade in some useless power and a distrustworthy henchman for his son, who's got a good life anyway, and a new parrot.
Except that one of these days, Cassim is going to sit up in bed and yell "OH SH*T! I HAD ANOTHER SON AND I WAS GOING TO BRING HIM THAT HAND!"
OK, the lot is unlikely, but I was just thinking about why in particular Cassim was going after a FREAKIN' HAND. The connection is just sitting in front of my face...begging to be made...
- Interesting theory, but I'd pay money to see the awkward moment that would ensue if Cassim presented the Hand of Midas to Mozenrath and finally noticed that it's a lefty, while Mozenrath's right hand is the skeletal one.
- One of my co-workers is named Gene. Genie is just an extension of this. —Tustin 2121
And who would have the ability to put an incredibly powerful being in a seemingly ordinary object? Why, the Atlanteans.
The lamp is supposed to look like an ordinary object at first glance, but it's still too artistic to have been made by some Stone Age hunting/gathering Average Joe.
- He is blue and glowing, too...
- Clearly he was bottled in an effort to shore up power before the Exarchs opened up the Abyss and sundered the Supernal and Fallen Worlds. A spirit of the Genie's caliber would be the perfect tool for sidestepping Paradox, as numina don't trigger disbelief in Sleepers.
- He helped Cosmo drown Atlantis, that's it! (Of course, he was sealed in Smoof shortly after.)
One of his previous masters appear in the TV series. Even though he wished for immortality, he doesn't seem to resemble any cro-magnon man.
- The Genie was supposed to be the Peddler, but the idea was trashed in the end.
- Per filmmaker commentary: the original idea was for the peddler to reappear occasionally and provide ongoing narration for the story (in the form of more verses to the song) finally revealing himself at the end to be the genie. As stated, it didn't make the final cut. They decided it just was one too many endings to the movie.
- The Peddler's final verse appears at the end of the "King of Thieves" movie - implying that he has been telling the entire story from the first movie, on to the sequels and TV series, over the course of the evening while you should have been at the wedding ceremony.
- Not necessarily the animated series - the general point of said series was that it was the stuff the Peddler left out of his three-film epic. But the part about the Peddler being the Genie makes sense, and Kingdom Hearts isn't canon.
- Just watch this!
- Huh, Aladdin's dad looks suspiciously like David Xanatos...
- But he sounds more like Macbeth....
- Huh, Aladdin's dad looks suspiciously like David Xanatos...
- Word of God confirmed this theory to be true.
When the rug was human, his third wish was for immortality. The Genie couldn't figure out a way to give him conventional immortality, and so he simply turned him into a form that would last forever; a sentient flying carpet.
- Perhaps... But we would need to assume some things, such as once upon a time Genie had more of a Jackass streak about him. Perhaps the rug, as a human, wasn't much of a prize either. (There were always clues that certain of Genie's rules he self-imposed because he doesn't like granting certain kinds of wishes, like bringing people back from the dead.) Heck, Carpet Guy could have asked Genie to bring someone back, inadvertently causing a zombie apocalypse that they used the second wish to end, (thus, forcing Genie to "kill people," even if they were undead and sort of didn't count.) Then the guy asks for physical immortality, And Genie, fed up, makes him a flying carpet. Still, after thousands of years of imprisonment, the two patched things up and became friends. Yeah okay, that could work.
- Yes because when I think "form that will last forever" I think aerial rug.
- Well, he'll forever tie the room together, man. Also, it's a magic carpet.
- Yes because when I think "form that will last forever" I think aerial rug.
- ....Hmm. He was squashed flat by the tiger's head, so he was turned into a carpet.
- Impossible; Genie explicitly stated he'd known Carpet for a long time.
- Carpet was a carpet merchant who acquired the lamp. He promised to free Genie, but broke his promise and wished to be able to fly, or he wished for a magic carpet... something like that. Genie was so hurt that he gave Carpet an Ironic Punishment. When he got over it, Genie realised what a horrible thing he'd done, but he couldn't fix it - not only could Carpet not speak, not only were the three wishes up, but only mortal humans could make wishes anyway. Genie promised to never be a Jackass Genie again, and eventually they made up.
- It can also explain why Carpet is always so eager to help Aladdin even when they didn't know each other - he would be free to pursue a way to turn him back.
- If Carpet made the same promise Aladdin made, then broke it, then Genie might actually feel hard-done-by enough to make that last wish go sour. You saw how hurt he was when Aladdin changed his mind.
- Face it, they're both enchanted, and Iago talks all the time while Carpet never talks. Iago's cunning and clever with a good streak while Carpet is kind and clever with a bit of a sneaky streak - it's one of those things where opposites might just attract.
Aladdin's father left him a fancy ceremonial dagger that Aladdin could've sold when he was a poor street rat, but didn't. Aladdin espouses many of the philosophies of Sikhism. Examples: Slavery is wrong. Marriage is a partnership that must be entered willingly. All people, from the highest Sultan to the lowest street rat, are beloved children of God and are to be treated as such.
- Only problem with that theory is one line in the song Prince Ali: "He's got slaves, he's got servants, and flunkies!" Granted, Genie might have conjured the slaves for Aladdin without his knowledge.
- Aladdin's hair is also far too short to be a Sikh. It's a religious requirement that they not cut their hair ever. If Aladdin was a Sikh, his hair would be long enough to touch the floor and it'd be wrapped up in a turban. In order for Aladdin to be a Sikh, he'd have to have been a very recent convert.
- Lots of people, men especially, just don't have their hair grow that long. (It's a genetic thing.) Possibly, shoulder length is as long as Aladdin's hair gets. Even after he marries Jasmine and could presumably afford a haircut, he keeps it long, but it looks better cared for.
- Also he never sold his father's dagger because it was the only thing he had left from either his father or his mother. It's literally his entire past and not something anyone would be willing to part with for a few coins to buy some bread.
It would also explain his general distaste at being treated as a pet.
- Jafar was not a sorcerer until the end of the first film. Before that point, he was somewhat more like a chemist with really good hypnotism skills.
- ...and secret lab accessed by hidden panel and machinery, with magical hourglass complete with electrical storm machine. Com'on, if he wasn't a low-level sorcerer, at least give him credit for being a halfway decent Mad Scientist!!
- Sure he was already a sorcerer. His second wish was to be "the most powerful sorcerer in the world!" So the Genie gave him a few more levels.
- Word of God seems to have confirmed this as at least a What Could Have Been thing—apparently, a concept for Iago that was never made explicit in the film is that Jafar transferred some of his personality into him in order to make himself more stoic and thus free of petty distractions like "emotion", which is apparently why Iago is the way he is now. This may also be a Development Gag, as during production the two's personalities were indeed swapped.
If you darken Mozenrath's skin and thin his lips, he looks just like Aladdin.
- Genie: It's not a pretty picture. I DON'T LIKE DOING IT!
It's likely that at some point Genie had a master who wished for someone to be brought back from the dead. The result was so horrific that the master used his second wish to send it back. And probably used the third wish to erase his mind of the traumatic event.
- That second wish would be invalid. Genies can't kill.
- Can you kill them when they're already techinally dead?
- Possibly he was SO repulsed that his third wish was "Genie, I wish for you to lose the power to resurrect the dead."
- The Genie did bring people back from the dead- that was where the entire skeleton army in The Black Cauldron came from! Notice when Genie impersonates people rising from the dead◊- he's got the green stringy things that the Black Cauldron skeletons have!◊
Abu's territorialness might be because "he" had a heterosexual inter-species crush on Aladdin, or possibly saw Aladdin as his- erm, her male. Abu didn't like Jasmine taking her exact place.
- Then again, being Jafar, it wouldn't so much genuine faith as merely wanting beings to bargain with. Seeing as Disney's version of the greek pantheon is not the type of deity who would bargain with people like Jafar, he wouldn't be a proper hellenic pagan either.
- Alternatively, the pantheon in Hercules are the one true religion.
- To quote Jafar: "If it weren't for me, you'd still be in the cage at the bazaar, squawking Polly want a cracker!" Given that Iago apparently hates crackers, why would he exclaim that if he was human-turned-bird? Are we going by the assumption that Jafar was simply mocking Iago, or that Iago temporarily lost his human intellect until Jafar somehow reawakened it? Furthermore, given that the Genie heavily implies that he's been inactive for ten thousand years, why would Iago still be alive by the time Jafar bought him? Is this also assuming that he was cast far into the future, or that a previous wish was a variation of immortality?
- About the "polly want a cracker" paradox: remember that in the first movie Iago had to play the role of a real parrot in front of the Sultan until Jafar was revealed to be evil. Shouting "Polly want a cracker" is a classical-parrot cliché, nearly even a Dead Horse Trope. Iago knew that in a superstitious setting such as Agrabah, being a parrot behaving humanly would get him into troubles, so he plays the normal parrot, and is obliged by this to shout Polly want a cracker.
- Or he could have just weakened every other sorceror in the world to be weaker than Jafar. Would have saved them some trouble in the television series and would have followed Jafar's exact wording.
- Blue:genie of the lamp, laughter
- Green:genie of the bottle, kindness
- Light purple:genie of the tiara, generosity
- Yellow:genie of the necklace, honesty
- Red:genie of the trophy, loyalty
- Purple:genie of the chain, magic
- This actually seems plausible seeing as there was another Genie in the series who was kind and green.
- Someone on the Headscratchers page stated that Aladdin/Abu never actually touched the carpet, or visa versa, until the cave was collapsing anyway. Not counting stepping on it (It would be kinda cheap if Aladdin accidentally stubbed his toe on a gold chest and the cave collapsed due to it).
- It's plausible that the rule is "don't touch anything with the intent to take it except for the lamp", but that would have been WAY too long winded. It's also plausible that the Cave knows how someone touches something (would suck if Al stepped on a coin and the cave collapsed). Al could have been stepping on stuff, but only when Al actually grabs a ruby with the intent to keep it does the Cave get pissed at Al.
- Tying into the "Touch Nothing But The Lamp" guff, not only does the Cave know if you've touched something, it can deliberately make exceptions for the Carpet and for stubbing your toe. It could blow up any time it pleased, but it's kind of got a job to do. Still, it knew the very moment that Abu picked up that gem. And if Abu tried to take one, he'd try to take more. DIE! DIE! DIE! Yes, the Cave is a Jerkass. Those are the deals when you're looking for magic lamps that can change time and space.
- That would make the cave a pretty big Jark Ass indeed, since Abu was the one who touched the gem, against Aladdin's wishes, yet he was going to die for it as well.
Once Aladdin and Jasmine tied the knot in "King of Thieves", the curse was rendered powerless again, enabling the couple to settle into a slightly less hectic life and giving Aladdin much-needed time to learn more about being a future Sultan.
- Agrabah didn't seem plagued by all these random magical events before the series. This theory explains why it happened so suddenly and seemingly ended when they got married. In other words, you are a genius!
- No wonder the Sultan wanted her to be married so much!
Genie: This process will continue until [man] reaches his ultimate macho form in the 1970's.
- One word: Brilliant.
- Jossed by a line in the TV series where Aladdin says all of Genie's references are things that don't exist yet, similar to Merlin, so he mostly ignores them.
- Which episode was that?
- Doubly Jossed by a line in "The Secret of Dagger Rock." Notice that Genie says will not would.
Al, you're never gonna find another girl like her in a million years. Believe me, I know. I've looked.
- Triple Jossed in yet another episode that shows Genie explicitly traveling to another time to meet Napoleon in a Cutaway Gag.
- QUADRUPLE Jossed by a line by Genie later in the movie:
- Mozenrath's gauntlet is fueled by nuclear power. The reason the flesh fell off his arm and he's so sickly is because of radiation poisoning.
- This is also why Thundra and Malcho have Latino accents.
- And a genie is actually a highly sophisticated Artificial Intelligence, either using holography and force fields for its appearance and powers, or actually being a swarm of Nanomachines with a Hive Mind.
- The Egyptian man isn't actually an ancient Egyptian; he's a future Egyptian and Kemeticist (an adherent of reconstructed ancient Egyptian religion) trying to restore the Sphinx. Likewise, the Parthenon shown in the film was rebuilt by future followers of ancient Greek religion.
- Alternatively, it's set in a world where humans have colonized space and Earth now serves as a tourist trap, with everywhere being a literal Theme Park Version of its most iconic historic era (which would also explain why Aladdin can travel to Classical Greece and ancient Egypt despite "Arabian Nights" Days being centuries later). The characters are presumably ignorant of their status as tourist attractions.
- The SNES video game out right shows the Genie circling the carpet at the beginning of "A Whole New World," so it's possible that he might have been helping Al show Jasmine the world.
- It's Arrakis!
- This entire theory has been Jossed by Word of God, as Ron and Jon have stated that Agrabah is supposed to be Baghdad in ancient times.
- Highly unlikely. He actually uses the word "thousand".
- Since Genie has 8 fingers instead of 10, base 8 is a better choice of conversion. However, that would mean that Genie has been in his lamp for 23,420 years.
- Actually, only 4,096 years, the conversion was done backwards.
- Or coal.
- Some material actually says that it's a cheap old brass lamp, not gold. Aladdin comments that it looks like a worthless hunk of junk, after all and the Peddler too warns us that it "no ordinary lamp" and "do not be fooled by its commonplace appearance." Jafar's lamp is described as being shiny and new, although the material is unspecified.
- Close. But it was someone else who cursed the sequels, and for a different reason.
- Wait, what are you talking about? The sequels were nearly as good as the first one! (For once!)
- King of Thieves maybe, but Return of Jafar... and not just because Robin Williams didn't come back, because the series was good and he didn't return for that either.
- They're some of the few Disney movies that fans enjoy and stick with for an entire trilogy!
- What does it have of childhood shattering or disturbing ? That'd just be an even more awesome performance from an incredibly talented actor who could imitate so many voices ! I don't see anything disturbing, on the contrary it would make it more impressive.
- Agrabah: central Saudi Arabia. Obviously.
- Word of God has stated Agrabah to be Baghdad, Iraq.
- Quirkistan: going back and forth on whether this is Libya or Afghanistan. The people and houses look more African (and they can't be the Sudan because that's somewhere else), but the "-stan" implies, well, that it's a "-stan".
- Getzistan: Pakistan. Because it's the other nearby "-stan".
- The Rain Forest: Going by the weather map that Genie has, the rainforest is in Sudan.
- The river area in "In the Heat of the Fright": Sudan. It's a long river the Sultan wanted charted, which makes the Nile a likely candidate. It's near enough to Egypt to be plagued by Mirage, an Egyptian-style goddess, but the houses and people look more Sudanese than Egyptian.
- The village struck with the Golden Plague (it had some Pun for a name, but I can't remember): Turkey, or what would have been Hittite ground. Aladdin had to walk from Agrabah to here to Mechanicles' home, and the quickest way from Saudi Arabia to Greece without taking an extensive boat ride is through Constantinople (though you'd have to ferry across the Bosphorous).
- Mechanicles' lair: Macedonia, on the border near Constantinople. See above.
- Land of the Black Sand: Iran, then called Persia. Weak connection, but "Xerxes" is the name of an infamous Persian king.
- Odiferus: Scandinavia, 'nuff said.
- Can't make anyone fall in love: In the first movie, Aladdin doesn't need any fancy tricks, riches, or power to get Jasmine to fall for him; he does it through being himself. Jafar attempts to subvert this by wishing for Jasmine to fall in love with him, but of course the Genie can't grant that wish.
- Can't kill anyone: Jafar subverts this limitation in the second movie by looking for ways for others to kill Aladdin. Failing at that, he happily makes Aladdin's life a living hell. "You'd be surprised what you can live through!"
- Can't bring people back from the dead: Aladdin thought his father was dead. As we saw in the third movie, Cassim wasn't.
- I think we may need to put this under Fridge Brilliance.
Recently, Mark Rosewater revealed that he thinks Aladdin himself is Red. So...
In the first game, the Prince was from a "foreign land" and has to face an Evil Vizier named Jaffar—maybe this is some kind of multi-generational blood-feud.
- There are such things as evil viziers NOT named Jaffar?
- * coughpalpatine cough*
- In the first game on the Xbox, there seemed to be expies of all the Aladdin characters. The vizier looked almost exactly like Jafar; he even had a staff and skill with magic. The Sultan/king in the game looked a lot like the one from Aladdin. The Prince himself dresses like Aladdin, except a bit more fancy — after all, he has the advantage of not being a street rat.
He created the lamp and the "3 wishes" in order to study humanity's desires.
- Except Osterman is the ANTITHESIS of Robin Williams.
- See WMG/Watchmen, under the " Every character in Watchmen are all bisexual hermaphrodite lovers guess (spoilered for content). Dr. Manhattan is Robin Williams' Genie because society is much more relaxed about that sort of thing in the year 10300, even more than the difference between the 1980s and the 2000s. That's why Jasmine gets away with prancing around in a particularly Stripperific harem girl outfit, aside from being the Princess in charge post-first movie.
- It also explains how he can bring so much stuff that doesn't belong in that place and time period. Guns, artifacts, types of arts, foods, and many many others. He is also goofy because Dr. Manhattan decided to try out being a tricker/humorous character.
- Hmm, usurp your kingdom and get stuffed in a lamp but be technically alive, or be killed along with your entire family because you slept with the caliph's sister that he told you to marry in the first place? Yeah, gonna say neither one of them were all that successful.
- No, no, their mother just drank blue elixir before she had Zig-Zag and straightened herself out by the time she had Jafar.
The reason he as a human can become an Archon is debatable; either it has something to do with Genie, o the Xel'naga have been to earth too at some time.
- Genie and the Oracle from the King of Thieves movie are Those Who Came Before. Containing themselves in a lamp or in a scepter is how they survived the solar flare and the many centuries that passed since.
- The Hand of Midas is actually a Piece of Eden, the Gauntlet. So is Jafar's scepter (mind-control!)
- Cassim is a Master Assassin who wants to teach Aladdin the ways of the Order. His dagger was the weapon that he left his son. He says that the Code of the Forty Thieves includes "we never hurt the innocent". That sounds a lot like the first Tenant of the Assassin's Creed: "Stay your blade from the flesh of the innocent". The Hand of Midas he was looking for would not only provide the Brotherhood with an endless supply of funding but it would also provide for his family. When he leaves at the end of the third film, it is to inform another Assassin guild that Agrabath is in good hands, his son's.
- Aladdin actually is a skilled enough Assassin who prefers not to kill (Case in point, in the third movie he would have killed all the guards while pretending to be the King of Thieves quite easily). "One Jump" is a showcase of his Le Parkour skills and his ability to blend in a crowd to escape guards. He is "the diamond in the rough" because he has First Civilization DNA and the Chamber of Wonders is a First Civilization storehouse.
- The Forty Thieves are an order of Assassins. Consider how effortlessly they infiltrate a royal wedding and how quickly they make their escape. All the stealing they did was from Templars or was otherwise to fund the Brotherhood. They were turned by Sa'luk who is a secret Templar infiltrator.
- He certainly has enough anger issues for the title. He's always crashing into something when he flies, and suffers no more than Amusing Injuries. And his red feathers look just like the main character of Angry Birds.
- Laney herself is an unusual version of Generation Xerox. She's a tough girl with a strong personality and she fell for an adventurous boy who could flawlessly carry a note. Plus one episode of the show implies that she may or may not have a pet cat.
- It also explains how genies could exist in the show's universe.
For one thing Jasmine would have been poisoned many times by the age of 15 both accidentally and on purpose by the step-moms and her half-sisters that she would have shared a common living space with (minus the bedrooms) and also very young half-brothers. Would she also be very competitive too?
- Not sure what life in a harem was like back then, but I honestly think it would depend on what Jasmine's birth order would be, or whether she had an older brother or not.