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Let me share this whole new world with you…

"Oh, I come from a land
From a far away place,
Where the caravan camels roam.
Where it's flat and immense,
And the heat is intense!
It's barbaric, but hey it's home.
When the wind's from the east,
And the sun's from the west,
And the sand in the glass is right,
Come on down, stop on by, hop a carpet and fly
To another Arabian Night!"
— "Arabian Nights"

Aladdin is the 31st entry into the Disney Animated Canon. Released in 1992, the film is a loose adaptation of the Arabian Nights tale of "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp".

Taking place in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, the title character, a Street Urchin, meets and falls in love with the Rebellious Princess Jasmine—until he's arrested, by orders of the evil vizier Jafar, to acquire a magic lamp which is hidden in a cave only Aladdin can enter. Although Jafar has nothing but the worst intentions, Aladdin uses his magical allies—a sentient Magic Carpet and a huge blue Robin Williams—to court the princess, expose Jafar, and save the day.

There were a few continuations:


All but King of Thieves replace Robin Williams with Dan Castellaneta (of The Simpsons fame), because Williams didn't like his contractual demands being discarded. Regardless, the biggest contribution this film did was to permanently establish in Western Animation the value of star power in casting voice actors. Gilbert Gottfried also co-stars in a major role (and for similar star power, John Rhys-Davies turns up in King of Thieves).

Also produced were at least two completely separate and distinct video games based on the first film; one by Virgin Games for the Sega Genesis, Amiga, PC and Game Boy, and one by Capcom for the Super Nintendo and Game Boy Advance. Both are really good. There was also one made by Sega for their Master System, which was more faithful to the story but it isn't quite as well-known. Agrabah also features as a recurring world in the Kingdom Hearts franchise by Square Enix.


Aladdin was inspired very heavily by The Thief and the Cobbler, with several sequences being direct references to said unfinished film. Designer Andreas Deja, in particular, had previously worked under Thief creator Richard Williams. The release of Aladdin contributed to Williams losing control of The Thief and the Cobbler, which was retooled to be similar to Aladdin and released without his final input. Cobbler subsequently bombed.

A theatrical adaptation had its first official run at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington from July 21st, 2011 until July 31st, 2011. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw, who won a Tony for his co-direction in The Book of Mormon, many cut songs and elements from Howard Ashman's original idea of the film appear—as does Jonathan Freeman as Jafar! This adaptation made it to Broadway in 2014 (after a 2013 tryout run in Toronto) and James Monroe Inglehart won the Tony Award for Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance as Genie.

A Live-Action Adaptation was released in 2019, with Guy Ritchie as the director and Will Smith as the Genie.

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  • 2D Visuals, 3D Effects:
    • The Tiger Head leading into the cave of wonders, as well as the cave escape sequence.
    • The Carpet is slightly less conspicuous, as its movements were traditionally animated, while the pattern on it is CG.
    • The magma itself is 3D-rendered.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: The big, croak-voiced lady in "One Jump Ahead" that sweeps up Aladdin to coddle him. "Still I think he's rather tasty!"
  • Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Genie takes of his head and turns it around twice in his first scene.
  • Act of True Love: Genie is willing to face an eternity of servitude if it means Aladdin and Jasmine get to stay together. For his part, Aladdin is willing to forego the right to marry the princess if it means freeing his friend. They both get what they want when the Sultan remembers that he can change the law forbidding Jasmine from marrying a commoner any time he likes.
  • Actually Quite Catchy: During the "Prince Ali" song, Iago is dancing along until Jafar's Death Glare puts an end to it.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In the original story, it was never explained what made Aladdin the Chosen One; he just was. He didn't seem to care what the princess thought about marrying him at all, and never freed the genie or even became friends with him. Since Aladdin is still an anti-hero, this isn't necessarily much of a change, though he's still different from his original counterpart regardless.
  • Adaptational Villainy: While it's far from the first adaptation to make Grand Vizier Jafar a villain, it's probably the most well known example of it. In the Arabian Nights, Jafar was a minor character but generally a hero (although Sunni tradition, which thinks very highly of Harun al-Rashid, assumed that Ja'far must have been guilty of something if the great Caliph had him killed), and in the original story, the Grand Vizier (who is actually not the same character as Jafar, as Jafar did not appear there) is hostile to Aladdin at first, but then he has a point, and is actually The Good Chancellor in contrast to the Disney movies depiction of Jafar as an Evil Chancellor; the real villain of the story is a magician from North Africa.
  • Adaptational Location Change: The original story was set in China, while this version changes the location to the Middle East, in the fictional country of Agrabah. This also leads to Race Lift.
  • Adaptation Deviation: The film deviates heavily from the original tale. The setting is now entirely in Arabia whereas in the original it began in China, there is only a single Genie when the original had a second “Genie of the Ring” in addition to the Lamp Genie, Aladdin was not limited to three wishes, the Sorcerer and the Vizier were separate characters, to name just a few of the changes. This movie seems to be more heavily inspired by The Thief and the Cobbler and The Thief of Bagdad (1940) than the original story.
  • Adapted Out: The Genie of the Ring makes no appearance in the Disney adaptation, nor does Aladdin's mother.
  • Agony of the Feet: One of the guards jumps on one foot after doing some involuntary firewalking in pursue of Aladdin.
  • All Cloth Unravels: "Things are unraveling fast now, boy. Ha, ha!" (Now, it was unravelled by a spell, rather than just pulling on a random thread.)
  • Almost Kiss
    • Between Aladdin and Jasmine in his hideaway before they are interrupted by the guards, just after Jafar is revealed as a traitor, and again at the conclusion before Genie grabs them in a group hug.
    • Aladdin and a belly dancer conjured during "Friend Like Me" also nearly kiss before she transforms into the Genie.
  • Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: Apart from the three rules (can't kill, no bringing back the dead, no forcing people to fall in love), the Genie will grant any three wishes to his master. Riches, power, anything. However, it's important to keep a hold on the lamp, as anyone who takes it is now the new master. Aladdin learns this the hard way when Jafar gets a hold of it.
  • Anachronism Stew
    • Mostly in Genie's gags. He makes many references to modern-day movies and has a lot of props that are out of the time period, such as slot machines, top hats, etc.
    • During the "A Whole New World" sequence, Aladdin and Jasmine fly by an Egyptian stonemason working on The Sphinx. They startle him, causing his chisel to slip and break off the nose of the Sphinx. However, in reality, the Sphinx would have been thousands of years old by Aladdin's time, and the ancient Egyptians long gone.
    • Also, after the song's done they end up watching a Chinese New Year Celebration on the roof of what looks very much like the Forbidden City in Peking; the palace wouldn't be built until 1406-20.
    • The prince at the beginning, wearing his heart-spotted undies beneath his traditional garb.
    • When Aladdin tumbles through the clotheslines in his first appearance, a modern bra is clearly visible among the falling clothes.
    • Iago says "Bring the guns, the weapons, the knives... and, uh, how about this picture? I don't know, I think I'm making a weird face in it." Miniature paintings were absolutely not in vogue in the Abbasid period, but more to the point, THE GUNS? According to the DVD commentary, that was Gilbert Gottfried ad-libbing, and it got a laugh out of Robin Williams.
    • Princess Jasmine's regular outfit is an anachronism, overlapping with Artistic License – History. The bedlah outfits worn by her (and various harem girls throughout the film) are a Hollywood invention, created during the early twentieth century. Hollywood popularized it enough to result in a defictionalization. If you get over that, it still makes no sense at all that the Princess goes around wearing a belly dancer costume.
    • Abu pulls out what is, on closer inspection, a modern bobby pin to pick the lock and free Aladdin within the dungeon.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Jafar plans to control the Sultan and have him order Jasmine to marry him so that he can become the new Sultan.
  • Angry Fist-Shake: Aladdin angrily shakes his fist when cursing The Old Convict who got him trapped in the Cave of Wonders.
  • Animal Reaction Shot: A shot of Abu and Iago (a monkey and a parrot, respectively) looking disgusted at Jasmine giving Jafar a Kiss of Distraction.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The Carpet is a magic carpet that can fly and carry people while doing so. He also has a personality of his own.
  • Animation Bump: Noticed in most of Genie's animation in general, having been supervised by former Richard Williams associate Eric Goldberg. The scenes in the Cave of Wonders also make use of this trope, using 3D effects for the magma and the tiger head.
  • Answer Cut: After Jafar's line "I must find this one, this... diamond in the rough.", the scene cuts over to introduce the "street rat" Aladdin.
  • "Arabian Nights" Days: The film is set in a rather stereotypical Middle Eastern city, although the original Aladdin story is usually set in China.
  • Arbitrary Mission Restriction: When the eponymous thief enters the Cave of Wonders to fetch the magic lamp, he is allowed in, but told to "Touch nothing but the lamp." Upon entering, he finds a massive trove of treasure, but he abides by the condition. Fully justified in that when his pet monkey Abu does touch some of the treasure, shit massively hits the fan, they almost die, and then they are trapped in the cave and must find a way to escape.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: A light-hearted example would be when Aladdin asks Genie what he would wish for. Genie, who was mostly comedic since being introduced, is beyond shocked that someone actually asked him what he would like. His initial hesitance makes it even more of a tearjerker when he tells Al that he wants to be free of his lamp.
  • Arranged Marriage: The Sultan attempted to set Jasmine up in one but she was constantly rejecting them. Jafar attempts to hypnotize the Sultan into forcing Jasmine into one with him so that he can become the sultan.
  • Aside Glance: When the Sultan, frustrated with Jasmine's rebelliousness, glares at Rajah and declares, "Allah forbid you should have any daughters!", Rajah turns a baffled look towards the audience. This also doubles as both a Silent Snarker moment and an Animal Reaction Shot.
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!:
    • Aladdin: "This is no time to panic! ... Start panicking!"
    • Also, this exchange:
      Woman: Getting into trouble early, aren't we, Aladdin?
      Aladdin: Trouble? No way. You're only in trouble if you get caught.
      Razoul: Got'cha! [Captain Razoul grabs him]
      Aladdin: I'm in trouble!
    • Also inverted:
      Guard: He's got a sword!
      Captain Razoul: You idiots. We've all got swords!
  • Audible Gleam: When Aladdin is first revealed as "Prince Ali" (in the musical number), when he flashes that big toothy grin.
  • Award-Bait Song: "A Whole New World". It's one of the best-known examples of the trope within the Disney canon, on par with "Beauty and the Beast" and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".
  • Back from the Dead: Defied — Rule #3 of the genie code forbids this. The phrasing of said rule suggests that it's not impossible, but that Genie refuses due to the results typically being unpleasant.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Jafar folds his arms to show how powerful he is, like the scene where Prince Ali visits.
  • Badass Boast: "Friend Like Me" is part the Genie showing how powerful he is and what he's capable of, also part showing Aladdin how lucky he is to have found Genie. "Prince Ali" is all this with regard to Ali's fortune/possessions/exploits/etc.
  • Bait-and-Switch Character Intro: Iago the evil parrot is first introduced by having him spend a few moments repeating things like a normal parrot... and then ask, "Where did you dig this bozo up?", revealing that he has a smart mouth and can talk properly.
  • Balcony Wooing Scene: Aladdin flies up to Jasmine's balcony on his magic carpet to woo her, though technically it happens on Jasmine's balcony rather than underneath it.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Both Aladdin and Jasmine bare their midriffs for long stretches during the film. There are also the movie's versions of the three Bimbettes and the belly dancers conjured by Genie (and Genie himself when shape-shifted as one) who do likewise when they appear.
  • Barefoot Poverty: Aladdin walks around barefoot while he's a penniless "street rat", until he becomes a prince with the Genie's help.
  • Batman Gambit: Aladdin, being a Guile Hero, is good at taking advantage of people's predictable behavior.
    • He tricks the Genie into freeing him from the Cave of Wonders without actually making a wish by mocking his supposedly mighty powers.
    • Knowing that Jafar is a power-hungry jerkass, he tricks him into using his third wish become a genie himself, only for him to inadvertently trap himself in the lamp because of said wish.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: The vendor in the beginning is selling quirky stuff.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For:
    • Aladdin's wish to become a prince didn't make him any more attractive to Jasmine; if anything, she liked him less as a prince than as a "street rat."
    • Aladdin's trick to defeat Jafar: making him ask to be a genie—because that would lock him in a lamp.
  • Becoming the Genie: Aladdin tricks Jafar into wishing to become a genie. Jafar only realizes the downside when it's too late.
    Aladdin: You want to be a genie? You got it! And everything that goes with it! Phenomenal cosmic powers, itty-bitty living space!
  • Bedlah Babe: Princess Jasmine is possibly the single most famous bedlah-wearer, in the harem pants and the little off-the-shoulder belly top. Jafar dresses her up in an even skimpier red version when he enslaves her. Additionally there are three girls frequently seen from the top of a balcony - all of whom wear this costume, as well as some harem girls Genie conjured up during the "Prince Ali" song.
  • Been There, Shaped History: During their romantic magic carpet ride, Aladdin and Jasmine made a sculptor break The Sphinx's nose, literally shaping history.
  • Belly Dancer: Genie conjures some up, during the "Friend Like Me" and "Prince Ali" musical sequences.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Iago being fed crackers by the Sultan, with the latter often asking "Polly want a cracker" before feeding him. This is also the primary motivation for Iago wanting to aid Jafar in usurping the Sultan.
      • Ironically, said berserk button was also what finalized Iago's decision to defect from Jafar in the beginning of Return of Jafar, and leave Jafar in a well.
      • Shows up in King of Thieves as well:
      King of Thieves: Good birdy... Polly want a little—
      Iago: [wielding a vase] Say "cracker" and I'll let ya have it on principle!
    • Touching the forbidden treasures is a major one for Cave of Wonders. When Abu gets the gem, the cave promptly collapses in on itself to prevent Aladdin and Abu from escaping.
    • The harem girls' matron bluntly pointing out that Aladdin doesn't have any parents and taking a swipe at him is the only point in "One Jump Ahead" where Al is visibly angry.
  • Beyond the Impossible: When Jafar asks Genie to make Jasmine fall in love with him and Genie explains that Magic A Is Magic A, until Jasmine starts flirting with him. She's exploiting his ego but by the look on Genie's face you know he's thinking "I can't do that...can I?"
  • Be Yourself:
    • The entire point of Aladdin's Character Development. He thinks that he's worth nothing without the Genie and that Jasmine wouldn't be interested in him if he wasn't a prince. Naturally, Jasmine falls in love with him when he's just a poor boy living on the streets (and she initially doesn't care for his princely alter-ego) and Aladdin puts up a good fight against Jafar on his own and manages to defeat Jafar by turning his own power-hungry nature on him, all by tricking him into wishing he was a genie, which comes with strings attached. In the end, he even frees Genie when he could've used his last wish to become a prince again.
    • Genie himself offers this advice to Aladdin... while disguised as a bee.
      Beenie: Want me to sting her?
      Aladdin: Buzz off!
      Beenie: Fine, but remember, bee yourself.
      Aladdin: Yeah, right!
  • Big Ball of Violence: When the guards are after Aladdin for stealing bread, they jump onto him, creating a dust cloud and when the dust clears they are shown to have incapacitated each other instead of Aladdin who slipped away before the scuffle happened.
  • Big Door: The doors of the palace of Agrabah are extremely tall and wide, and allow for the below trope.
  • Big Entrance: The entire "Prince Ali" number is an extended version, but getting your elephant to kick down a palace door and slam the Big Bad and his parrot sidekick into the wall makes for an especially good climax. It's so big it provides the current page image.
  • Big "NEVER!": Jasmine, while throwing a glass of wine in Jafar's face.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Jafar at the start of the film when Gazeem gets eaten by the Cave of Wonders.
    • Aladdin, when Abu goes for the giant gem in the Cave of Wonders (which angers the cave's guardian after he told them not to touch anything but the lamp and starts the cave's "self-destruct").
    • Jafar after he betrays Aladdin and realizes he doesn't have the lamp.
    • Jafar when he gets sucked into his own lamp as a result of becoming a genie at the end of the film.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Jafar upon seeing that he gets everything that comes with Becoming the Genie.
  • Big "YES!": When Jafar thinks he has the lamp. He possibly has the record for the quickest transition from a Big "YES!" to a Big "NO!".
    • Aladdin gets one as well after his first kiss with Jasmine, and promptly jumps backwards off the balcony (he knows Carpet is there to catch him).
  • Bilingual Animal: Iago the parrot can actually speak instead of just copying people, but he keeps it a secret from all but Jafar, his evil owner, so when other people are present, he squawks and copies people.
  • Bilingual Bonus:
    • In "Friend Like Me", Genie refers to the newly affluent Aladdin as "nabob" (an Arabic phrase meaning "important, wealthy or powerful person").
    • In the same song, the Genie, in his guise as a waiter, uses a magic pencil to fire the word بوقلمون ("turkey") onto a notepad before whipping a cloche off a plate bearing a whole roast turkey.
    • Most of the signs are just Foreign-Looking Font or random scribbles, but there is a sign over Jafar's door that's readable Arabic. It has his name and title on it. Which makes you wonder why it's on the inside of a secret door.note 
  • Bitch Slap: Jafar slaps Aladdin just before he exiles him to the "ends of the earth".
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Iago endures a lot of violence from Jafar - most apparent in the scene where he is violently smashed between a door closed by Jafar in a way that would kill a normal bird and clearly hurts Iago. However, Jafar never seems to have the intent to hurt Iago per se, it's more that he, out of his narcissism, doesn't care about Iago at all and treats him recklessly.
  • Blessed with Suck:
    • PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER! ...itty-bitty living space.
    • A genie is powerless to stop his new master from trying to harm/kill his previous master, however much they liked them, as what turns out to be the case when Jafar seizes the lamp from Aladdin, Genie can only stare on sadly at this dire turn of events.
  • Bond One-Liner: Jafar gives a whole Hurricane of Puns after he steals the lamp from Aladdin:
    • "I wish to rule on high, as Sultan.": Uses the Genie's magic to steal the Sultan's clothes and move the palace to the top of a mountain.
    • "Down boy.": Turns Rajah into a tiger cub.
    • "Say hello to your precious Prince Ali.": Uses magic to switch Aladdin back into his street clothes.
    • "His assets frozen, the venue chosen, is the ends of the earth.": Sends Aladdin and Abu to the arcticnote 
    • "Princess, your time is up.": Traps Jasmine in a hourglass.
    • "Don't toy with me.": Turns Abu into a toy monkey.
    • "Things are unraveling fast, now boy.": Unravels Aladdin's magic carpet.
    • "Get the point.": Traps Aladdin in a ring of swords.
    • "I'm just getting warmed up.": Breathes fire at Aladdin.
    • "Perhaps you'd like to see how snake-like I can be.": Turns into a giant cobra.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens to Aladdin forcing him to use his second wish.
  • Bowdlerise: The line "where they cut off your ear if they don't like your face" was changed to "where it's flat and immense and the heat is intense" for the VHS/DVD/Blu-ray/digital video releases because of complaints by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Nevertheless, in the same musical number, the line "it's barbaric—but, hey! it's home" was retained despite similar complaints. The "cut off your ear" line was retained in the film's original soundtrack, but the special edition has the bowdlerised version.
  • Boyfriend Bluff: Though in this case Al pretends Jasmine is his Cloudcuckoolander sister. Points to Jasmine for immediately getting it and playing along.
    Aladdin: Come on sis, time to go see the doctor.
    Jasmine: [to a camel] Oh hello doctor, how are you?
    Aladdin: Uh uh, not that one...
  • Break-Up/Make-Up Scenario: When Aladdin and Genie have an argument.
  • Briar Patching: After Jafar has seized the lamp, and used two of the three wishes to become Sultan of Agrabah and the most powerful sorcerer, Aladdin tells Jafar that the Genie is more powerful. An outraged Jafar uses his final wish to become the most powerful genie... and gets sucked into the magic lamp, where he is imprisoned.
  • Buddy Picture: The filmmakers have admitted that the relationship between Aladdin and Genie is at least as important (if not more so) than that between Aladdin and Jasmine.
  • Buzzing the Deck: While the Sultan is flying the magic carpet around, he at one point flies quickly over Aladdin and Jafar, causing both of them to duck as he does.
  • By Wall That Is Holey: When Aladdin is banished to the frozen wastelands by Jafar, and his transportation (a broken off tower of Agrabah palace) starts rolling towards him, realizing there's no way to outrun the threat, he notices a tiny window and decides to position himself just perfectly so that the tower will simply roll over him.
  • Caged Bird Metaphor: As the Sultan is talking to Jasmine about rejecting her suitors, she goes over to a bird cage in the garden and picks up one of the birds, petting it as she talks about wanting to marry for love. The Sultan then puts the bird back in the cage as he tells her that she has to follow the laws and fulfill her duties. The subtext is that, like the caged birds, Jasmine feels trapped by her role as princess and yearns to escape the rigors of palace life. At the end of the scene, she opens the cage and sets all the birds free.
  • Came Back Wrong: Implied and defied — when Genie says he can't bring people back from the dead, he adds "It's not a pretty picture. I don't like doing it!", implying that he actually is physically capable of bringing back the dead, but the results are... unpleasant.
  • Camera Abuse: The merchant at the beginning invites the audience to join him, only for the camera to zoom forward into his face, forcing him to peel himself off the lens.
    Merchant: Please, please, come closer! [smacks into camera] Too close, a little too close!
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Jasmine, while trying to run away, takes an apple to give to a hungry kid. She is immediately beset upon by the shopkeeper who attempts to give her the standard punishment for thievery: losing a hand!
  • Captain Obvious: Lampooned:
    Frightened guard: He's got a sword!
    Razoul: You idiots! We've all got swords!
  • Cave Mouth: The Cave of Wonders' opening is a big tiger's mouth with sharp teeth. It also talks ("Who disturbs my slumber?").
  • Cement Shoes: Applied to Aladdin to make him drown but the Genie comes to his aid.
  • Central Theme: Freedom. Aladdin and Jasmine feel trapped by their respective but polar opposite lifestyles, and the Genie hopes to one day find a master that would wish him free of the lamp. Jafar, on the other hand, wants the freedom to just cut loose and act like the psychotic Evil Sorcerer he really is beneath the composed exterior.
  • Chase Scene: In the song "One Jump Ahead", Aladdin is being chased by Razoul for stealing a loaf of bread.
  • Chekhov's Skill:
    • Early/midway through the movie, Aladdin belittles the Genie's power and abilities, prompting Genie to show off exactly what he's capable of by getting the gang out of the supposedly inescapable tomb in the Cave of Wonders, without actually using a wish on getting out. In the climax, when Jafar appears to have won and rendered Aladdin and the other good guys helpless, Aladdin belittles Jafar's power and abilities by pointing out the Genie gave him his powers and is stronger than him. This prompts Jafar to use his final wish to become a genie, and everything that goes with it.
    • Like some other kinds of birds, Iago is an impressive vocal mimic. In the movie, they introduce his ability to impersonate Jasmine while he's making fun of her, then uses it later to trick Aladdin into leaving the lamp unprotected.
    • When Aladdin and Jasmine first meet, we see that she's very good at catching on and playing along with Aladdin's cons. At the end of the movie, she quickly notices him trying to steal back the lamp and promptly starts flirting with Jafar, to keep Jafar's attention elsewhere.
    • The end of "One Jump Ahead" sees Aladdin grab a rug and take a flying leap, Foreshadowing his handling of the carpet.
  • Chewing the Scenery: Done in-universe when Aladdin poses as Prince Ali.
  • Child Marriage Veto: Jasmine adamantly sticks to her guns on this.
  • Circling Birdies: Played with—Iago sees numerous Sultans on Carpets circling his head after an injury. For bonus points, they're chanting in chipmunk speed: "Haveacracker!Haveacracker!Haveacracker!"
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The film has color motifs based on its desert setting. Blue (water) = good, red (heat) = evil, and yellow (sand) = neutral.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Jafar tries to hypnotize the Sultan into having Jasmine marry him, the Sultan breaks out of the trance not to point out that it's against the law (Jasmine must marry a prince), but to mention that he's "so old."
  • Company Cross References: Genie frequently invokes this.
    • When Aladdin promises Genie that he'll use his third wish to free him, Genie believes he's lying and promptly turns his head into Pinocchio's, complete with growing nose.
    • When searching a book for a spell that will turn Aladdin into a prince, he mentions "Alaskan King Crab" and gets his finger snapped from inside the book by Sebastian, complete with the first few bars of "Under the Sea" playing.
    • When trying to coax a depressed Aladdin into freeing him, Genie says to him as "When You Wish Upon a Star" starts to play...
      Genie: Aladdin, you just won the heart of the princess! What are you going to do next?
      (Aladdin doesn't listen and drops onto a pillow)
      Genie: Hey, your line is "I'm going to free the genie." (beat) Any time.
    • At the end, the newly-free Genie prepares to see the world and dons a tourist getup, complete with a Disneyland Goofy hat. Doubles as an Actor Allusion, as Robin Williams wore that same outfit for the short film Return to Neverland.
  • Composite Character: As mentioned under Adaptational Villainy, the vizier in the original story was skeptical and mildly antagonistic to Aladdin at first, but not truly the villain; the real villain was the sorcerer hunting the genie lamp. Jafar is the sorcerer hunting the genie lamp and an Evil Vizier.
  • Convection Schmonvection: Aladdin, Abu, and Carpet all come within inches of the lava while escaping the Cave of Wonders.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Aladdin has the chance to wish Genie free after seemingly defeating Jafar, but decides he has to keep up the lie. When Jafar steals the lamp, Aladdin realises if he had wished for Genie's freedom, that wouldn't have happened.
  • Counterpoint Duet: Briefly used in "Prince Ali". An odd example, as the two melody lines are expressing more or less the same opinion (that Prince Ali is great and handsome), rather than conflicting ideas.
  • Crashing Through the Harem: This happens to the title character while he's escaping the guards (after stealing a loaf of bread) and singing "One Jump Ahead".
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Shortly after Aladdin gives his bread to starving children, two men discuss the prince who is passing on the street. They are modeled and voiced by the film's directors John Musker and Ron Clements (other characters are drawn like crew members).
    • A caricature of animator Tom Sito makes an appearance as a manure salesman at the end of the "One Jump Ahead" number.
  • Creepy Cave: The Cave of Wonders, despite the title. It doesn't get any creepier than a cave shaped like a lion's head that can talk. The cavern will only allow entrance to a Chosen One, automatically killing anyone else. For the one that it does let in, there is one rule: only touch the lamp, nothing else. Aladdin does adhere to this, but Abu grabs a sparkly jewel, angering the cave, and the whole place turns into a lava deathtrap that Aladdin and Abu barely escape. When they get out, Jafar betrays them and knocks them back down into the cave, which is now less lava-filled and more dark and gloomy.
  • Crowd Song: Special mention goes out to "Prince Ali", which is not only a Badass Boast, in song, but is almost as crowded, if not more so than "Belle".
  • Crystal Ball: Jafar uses a magic hourglass to find out who the Chosen One is.
  • Cuffs Off, Rub Wrists: Aladdin, when Abu unlocks his chains in the dungeon. Also, when Genie gets his freedom. Though in later appearances, Genie has them back on.
  • Cultural Translation: A lot of the elements from the original story are westernized, and then topped off with an overdose of Anachronism Stew.
  • Curse Cut Short: When Aladdin (as Prince Ali) returns, to the surprise of Jafar and Iago, Iago says "How in the he- I mean, uh, AWKKK!"
  • Cymbal-Banging Monkey: Jafar turns Abu into one during the climax.
  • Dark Reprise: Jafar's version of "Prince Ali".
    • Aladdin also delivers a short, melancholy reprise of "One Jump Ahead" while heading back to base after being chased around town by the royal guards.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Iago is an obvious case of this, especially in contrast to the considerably less sarcastic Jafar.
      Jafar: Patience, Iago, patience. Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
      Iago: Oh there's a big surprise! I think I'm going to have a heart attack and die from that surprise!
    • And...
      Jafar: Finally, you will bow to me!
      Jasmine: We will never bow to you!
      Iago: Why am I not surprised?
    • Jafar has his moments, though:
      The Sultan: [introducing 'Prince Ali'] This is Jafar, he's delighted too...
      Jafar: [utterly deadpan] Ecstatic.
    • Genie as well, especially when he is under Jafar's control.
      Genie: [deadpan] Jafar, Jafar, he's our man, if he can't do it... [shouts, face right up to the camera] GREAT!
  • Death Glare:
    • Jasmine has a pretty impressive one when questioning Aladdin after the carpet ride. The even more menacing one she has on her face early on when the guards capture Aladdin and she's told she has to speak to Jafar.
    • Jafar has a fairly good glare too. Most notably when he meets "Prince Ali", and when Iago suggests that "[Jafar] should be the chump husband."
    • When Jafar is revealed as a traitor, he finds himself facing a triple glare from Aladdin, Jasmine, and the Sultan.
  • Deconstruction: In the original Aladdin story, Aladdin gets everything he wants—riches, marriage to a princess, the sultanate—by constantly wishing with two enslaved genies, and he's perfectly happy with his situation until his enemies try to take it from him. Here, Aladdin does the same, but starts feeling bad for wholly depending on the Genie for everything and needing to keep him captive in order to maintain the deception, plus constantly lying to Jasmine and the Sultan. On the other hand, it becomes a Decon-Recon Switch when Al decides to use his last wish to grant the Genie his freedom, and his heroism and (belated) honesty still help him win Jasmine's heart.
  • Defiant Captive: When Jafar indulges in a I Have You Now, My Pretty in the third act, Jasmine throws a glass of wine in his face. and shouts a Big "NEVER!".
  • Delayed Reaction: When Aladdin announced to the Genie that he is free it doesn't register with the latter until a few seconds later.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Downplayed. While this film's depiction of medieval Arabia is otherwise very politically correct, the "Prince Ali" song does casually mention that Ali has "slaves, servants, and flunkies" in his ranks. While they're all just a fabrication made up by the Genie, it says something about this society's values when slaves are used as a selling point for how awesome a prince is.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the stage musical, the Magic Carpet is a prop, not an actual, sentient character, and only appears during "A Whole New World" and right at the very end.
  • Denser and Wackier: Compared to many other Disney films, especially the films preceding it, Aladdin is a very comedic film, especially when Genie shows up. It's also this compared to the original Aladdin story.
  • Deranged Animation: Genie's rapid shapeshifting can be rather unnerving.
  • Description Cut: "Someday, Abu, things are going to change; we'll be rich, live in a palace, and never have any problems at all." Cut to the Sultan and Prince Achmed having a problem, with the latter screaming "I've never been so insulted!".
  • Destroy the Villain's Weapon: Aladdin notices Jafar using his snake staff to brainwash the Sultan, so he takes it and destroys it. Not that it matters, though, because once Jafar uses the Genie to wish to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world, he magically gains a new staff.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: As Aladdin hangs on the steps of the Cave of Wonders, Jafar COULD have helped him up, gotten clear of the collapsing cave, taken the lamp in accordance with their agreement, and sent Aladdin on his way, none the wiser. Instead he decides to willingly dispose of the only person capable of entering the Cave who had no idea of the lamp's value while standing next to the collapsing cave himself. All just because he wanted to screw Aladdin over for no real reason. Unfortunately for Jafar, it ends up backfiring on him massively.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Jafar's final wish is to become a genie, with "phenomenal cosmic powers — itty bitty living space!"
    • Aladdin when he wins Jasmine's affections. He didn't anticipate the fact that being married to Princess Jasmine would mean he'd become the future sultan and feels overwhelmed by his lie.
  • Disney Acid Sequence: "Friend Like Me".
  • Disneyfication: The stories of the Arabian Nights were definitely not family or kid aimed tales; they covered adult subjects like forced marriage, infidelity, serial uxoricidenote , and explicit descriptions of human anatomy... and that's just in the frame story! That's not even getting into the parts where Scheherazade starts rambling on about corpse-tearing ghouls, bestiality, or penis humor, and the sometimes racist content in the stories. Disney's Aladdin removes all of this to make the film appropriate for kids and families.
  • The Diss Track: Jaffar's "Prince Ali (Reprise)" is about exposing that Aladdin is just a nobody who became "Prince" Ali after using the Genie's magic.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Deliberately invoked by Jasmine in order to distract Jafar so Aladdin could get the lamp. Unfortunately, it backfires when Jafar sees Aladdin's reflection in Jasmine's tiara.
  • Don't Touch It, You Idiot!:
    • "Touch nothing but the lamp." Aladdin (although tempted) actually follows the advice. Abu, however...
    • A total aversion from the original tale, in which Aladdin was permitted to take (and keep) as much of the treasure as he wanted, provided he retrieved the lamp.
  • The Door Slams You: Happens to Jafar and Iago both at once, when "Prince Ali" makes his big entrance. Happens to Iago earlier when Jafar quickly shuts a secret door so Jasmine won't notice it, accidentally trapping Iago between the door and the wall.
  • Double Entendre: "Arabian nights, like Arabian days, more often than not are hotter than hot in a lot of good ways..."
    Balcony Harem Girls: “Oh it’s sad Aladdin’s hit the bottom!” (One girl gets an ass shot while another uses hers to hip bump Aladdin)
  • Dramatic Sitdown: Jasmine, when receiving word that Aladdin's sentence (death by beheading) has been carried out already.
  • Dramatic Spotlight: Genie conjures several of these during the song "Friend Like Me".
  • Dwindling Party: In the climax, Aladdin and his friends try to get the lamp away from Jafar, who takes them out one by one until only Aladdin was left.
    Aladdin: (Taking on Jafar) Get the lamp!
    (Jasmine runs to get the lamp)
    Jafar: No! (throws Aladdin off and shoots Jasmine, trapping her in a giant hourglass) Haha Princess! Your time is up!
    (Abu jumps for the lamp)
    Jafar: Don’t toy with me! (shoots Abu, turning him into a toy monkey)
    (Carpet flies in and grabs the lamp)
    Jafar: Things are unraveling fast now, boy! Ah hahahahahaha! (shoots Carpet, unraveling him into a pile of tassels and thread)
  • Empathic Weapon: The Genie. With Aladdin as his master, he's the closest to his true form, but under Jafar's leash he becomes more muscular and imposing (which is clearly against his will), with his skin tone shifting to purple to match.
  • Enter Stage Window:
    • Aladdin jumps in and out of windows fairly often, especially in the "One Jump Ahead" sequence. People are so used to it that they don't break rhythm.
    • Aladdin flies up onto the balcony of Jasmine's bedroom with his magic carpet. The oddest thing is, Jasmine isn't even wondering how he got up there—she's too pissed off at the moment to care. When Aladdin goes to leave by jumping back off the balcony, she freaks out sufficiently.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • The entire "One Jump Ahead" sequence is one for Aladdin. He dodges the palace guards with cunning and trickery, one jump ahead of them. Along with his subsequent display of kindness to two children by giving up the bread he'd just worked so hard to get away with.
    • It's also one for Abu, who is shown to be (unlike Aladdin) willing to steal jewelry as well as food.
    • Jasmine gets one when she steals food for a hungry child, which is the exact same thing Aladdin had done earlier.
    • Genie's first 15 seconds tell you everything you'd need to know about the duality of his character. He comes up with all his majesty of a Skyward Scream, and then, this is the first thing out of his mouth.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Iago, who came up with the idea for Jafar marrying Jasmine in the first place, was squicked out by Jafar and Jasmine actually kissing. Justified in that it was a only a plan B to get the power after they thought the lamp to be lost forever. Iago didn't expect Jafar to really fall in love with Jasmine.
    • A rare "heroic" example, Aladdin, by his own admission, "steals only what he can't afford"(everything) then proceeds to chide Abu when the latter steals jewelry, so yeah, he might have to steal to eat, but he tries to only take what he needs.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys:
    • Especially thieving, kung-fu knowing, lock-picking and all around awesome monkeys like Abu. Makes other Disney pets look absolutely worthless.
    • This is even the case in-universe. During the "Prince Ali" musical number, a trio of guards can be seen dancing excitedly at the prospect of Prince Ali owning 95 white Persian monkeys.
      Guards: He's got the monkeys! Let's see the monkeys!
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Putting the squeeze on Aladdin, Jafar boasts that he's the most powerful being on Earth and calls him nothing without Genie. This prompts Aladdin to realize he can play to Jafar's ego by saying he's still second best compared to Genie.
  • Exact Words:
    • "Touch nothing but the lamp." Abu doesn't take the hint.
    • Aladdin manages to trick the Genie into getting them out of the now-destroyed Cave of Wonders without actually "wishing" for the Genie to do so. Aladdin even points this out when Genie claims he's down a wish. Genie admits defeat, but warns Aladdin not to try and get any more "freebies."
    • Averted with Aladdin's first wish. Although he wishes to be made into a prince, Genie doesn't actually make Aladdin a prince of anything, he merely (and temporarily) gives Aladdin enough of the trappings of a prince to pass himself off as one. This becomes a plot point when Aladdin realizes that no one will believe he is royalty without Genie around, and so goes back on his promise to set Genie free.
    • A behind-the-scenes example. According to the DVD commentary, the team was struggling with how to end the "Friend Like Me" number. Part of the problem was then–Disney President Jeffrey Katzenberg, who wanted the audience to applaud after each musical number. Eric Goldberg (who animated the Genie) thus came up with the 'Applause' sign on the Genie's back. It worked and became one of the film's best gags.
  • Exposition Diagram: A Type 2 when the Genie advises Aladdin to "Tell her the... TRUTH!"
  • Face Palm: The carpet does one when Prince Ali falls for Jasmine's trap question and reveals his true identity.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The most likely explanation for why Aladdin would leave Abu on a ledge with a statue holding a huge gemstone (given what he knows about Abu's weakness for gemstones) is that Aladdin didn't see that statue.
  • Falling-in-Love Montage: "A Whole New Woooorld..."
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Gazeem gets swallowed by the Cave of Wonders when he tries to escape and is apparently buried alive.
  • Fanservice: When Jasmine is put in her slave outfit.
  • Fanservice Extra: Besides Jasmine, there's the harem Aladdin falls into during "One Jump Ahead", the harem girls in "Friend Like Me", the girls in "Prince Ali" not to mention a few peasant women in that same song... let's just say there's a lot of pretty, shapely girls in sheer, low-cut fabric.
  • Fatal Reward: Jafar's plan for Aladdin after he gets him the lamp: stab him, leave him for dead and take the lamp back to Agrabah. Luckily it fails.
  • Feedback Rule: In his introductory scene the Genie poses as an entertainer with a mic which gives off a feedback.
  • Felony Misdemeanor:
    • Aladdin steals one loaf of bread and gets a squadron of imperial guards out for his blood.
      • It's generally implied that he's done it lots of times—often enough to become a familiar face to the Head Guard Razoul.
    • The fruit vendor nearly cuts off Jasmine's hand for stealing an apple. That she didn't even steal for herself. An example of Truth in Television for the period the film takes place in.
    • The Cave of Wonders becomes dangerous when Abu grabs the giant ruby, as they had been instructed not to touch anything inside other than the lamp. The cave then destroys itself with them still trapped within as punishment.
  • Finish Dialogue in Unison: When Aladdin and Jasmine are in his hideout, they talk about their troubles and conclude in unison that they both feel "trapped".
  • First Kiss: Aladdin's and Jasmine's first kiss on the balcony indicates their growing love for each other.
    • Doubles as The Big Damn Kiss, according to the directors on the DVD's commentary : "One of the hottest we animated".
  • Fisher King: The good sultan makes Agrabah a sunny place of wonder, Jafar a dark and dreary city of horror. Justified somewhat in that Jafar is a sorcerer and can control the weather.
  • Flat "What": Jafar's reaction when Iago first suggests he marry Jasmine, out of thinking that Iago calls him a "chump husband".
  • Flight of Romance: The magic carpet ride.
  • Flowers of Romance: Aladdin casually gives Jasmine a flower during their magic carpet ride around the world, which she appreciates. This continues into Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, where he gives her a glass flower that he stole from a band of greedy thieves.
  • Foil: Aladdin and Jafar are almost total reverses of each other. Aladdin is a young, athletic "street rat", Jafar is an elderly scholar in a comfortable position. While Aladdin has spent most of his life living hand-to-mouth, when faced with the absurd power Genie offers he agonizes over what to do. When Jafar gets that same power after years of patient scheming, his self-control evaporates and he wishes for instant gratification, leading to his defeat.
  • Food Slap: Princess Jasmine throws a glass of wine in Jafar's face.
  • Forbidden Fruit: "Touch nothing but the lamp!"
  • Force Feeding: Iago force-feeds the Sultan crackers in revenge for giving him crackers that Iago thought were disgusting for years.
  • Foreign-Looking Font: The title and the sign that says "Crazy Hakim's Discount Fertilizer". All other writing is random squiggles that look vaguely like what Arabic looks like to people who can't read Arabic.
  • Foreshadowing: Aladdin and Abu ride a non-magical carpet during the song "One Jump Ahead". Later on Aladdin rides a magic carpet several times.
  • Forgot About His Powers: When Jafar wished to be a genie, Genie seemed scared and apprehensive. If he remembered that all genies are bound to a life of servitude - his problem throughout the movie - he would've caught on to Aladdin's plan sooner.
  • Forgot I Could Change the Rules: The Sultan at the end. Though he points out in the beginning that he's using the law as a way to take care of his daughter.
  • Forgotten Framing Device: The film opens with a merchant who tells the tale of the lamp (and Aladdin). It doesn't go back to him at the end. (He eventually reappears at the end of Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the final installment of the franchise, having implicitly been telling not only the story of this movie, but the movies and TV series that followed it.)
  • For Want of a Nail: If Jafar hadn't attempted to kill Aladdin, Abu wouldn't have stolen the lamp in revenge and bitten Jafar. Years of searching and planning were now lost just because he wanted to screw Aladdin over. This also leads to his eventual defeat and demise. Thanks to this too, Aladdin's fate completely changes from a poor thief into the eventual heir to Agrabah's throne.
  • Fourth Date Marriage: Jasmine and Aladdin (or close enough, Fourth Date Engagement - the sequels and The Animated Series indicate that they actually don't get married for quite a while afterward).
  • Freeing the Genie: With his last wish, Aladdin frees Genie from being bound to the lamp at the end. Genie is immensely grateful, and heads out into the world.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Tons of them.
  • From Bad to Worse: Jafar turns up and declares himself Sultan. Then Aladdin realizes that the lamp is missing. Then he turns around to see a giant, pupil-less Genie pick up the palace and place it high above the city. Then Jafar wishes to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world, spirits Aladdin into a tower, shoots it to the other side of the world, and turns around to laugh maniacally at the sight of Jasmine and the Sultan cringing in his shadow. And all this happens about ten minutes before the giant snake...
  • Full Moon Silhouette: Aladdin and Jasmine pass in front of a giant full moon during their Flight of Romance.
  • Funny Background Event:
    • Technically from this video of the Disneyland Stage adaptation, but just after Aladdin meets Jasmine and say "These streets can be dangerous", an electric wheelchair stuffed with goods drives by.
    • While Abu is harassing the melon stand owner, the scene is so distracting it's very easy to miss Aladdin taking his own melon... in the foreground.
    • When Jasmine says "We will never bow to you!", her father can be seen stopped in mid-bow.
  • Gainaxing: The harem girls in "One Jump Ahead" seen again in "Prince Ali" have a rather generous bounce in a few shots.
  • The Genie Knows Jack Nicholson: The Genie is this to the max, obviously. His accurate impressions of movie stars (such as, notably, Jack Nicholson) provided ample Parental Bonuses, and like Merlin in The Sword in the Stone, he exhibits ample working knowledge of twentieth-century zeitgeist and technology. In the sequels and television series that followed, he frequently alluded to several other Disney franchises and impersonated their characters, including Pumbaa from The Lion King (1994) and Pinocchio.
    • Worth noting is that Aladdin lampshades the Genie's tendency to do this in the cartoon series. "What's the genie doing?" "Dreaming about references to some form of entertainment that hasn't been invented yet." It's occasionally mentioned that Genie sometimes time-travels in his spare time, which explains how he knows about pop culture icons from the future. There is one episode of the show that explicitly shows him in another time, with Napoleon. There's also a fairly popular fan theory that the movie actually takes place in the distant future, which also explains it handily.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Iago to Jafar.
    Iago: [as Jafar is laughing maniacally] Oh, great. He's cracked. He's gone nuts. Jafar! Jafar! Get a grip!!!
    [Jafar grabs him by the throat]
    Iago: [in a choked rasp] ...good grip.
  • A God Am I: Jafar develops a god complex after he becomes a genie.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Even though Jasmine's casual outfit is almost as Stripperific as her slave outfit.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Blue is good, red is evil. The filmmakers even admitted it.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Genie under Jafar’s rule has Glowing Eyes of Doom, and Genie Jafar has yellow eyes.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Both Genie and Jafar are bearded, but the former's is a goofy beard and the latter is a clear Beard of Evil, with goatee and twisted point.
  • Goofy Print Underwear:
    • Jasmine's suitor at the beginning. Odd, since Rajah still has a piece of heart fabric in his mouth as though it's from the underwear, when in fact it should be from the pants that he bit a hole in.
    • Also one of the guards during "One Jump Ahead — not hearts, but white polka dots on pink background.
  • Grapes of Luxury: We see Iago feast on grapes after his master Jafar has taken over the kingdom.
  • Gratuitous German: When Genie turns into a U-boat, he speaks some German-sounding gibberish.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Seamstress: Aladdin does a variation sliding down a single clothesline. He even has an anachronistic bra on during the slide.
  • Guile Hero: Aladdin. Able to use small tricks, charm, psychological manipulation, deception and agility to fool both the royal guards and Jafar.
  • Hairpin Lockpick: Abu uses one to free Aladdin from his shackles in the dungeon.
  • Hammerspace:
    • Where Abu puts the lamp after he nabs it from Jafar.
    • Also, where Jasmine puts the short-sword Aladdin hands her when they first meet.
    • Even earlier during the jailbreak scene, Abu manages to pull a set of lockpicks from his jacket. They are never used, brought up, or seen ever again.
  • Hammy Herald: The Genie's introduction of Prince Ali, complete with song!
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: Lacking a lightning-storm to generate power, Jafar's spying device is charged up by Iago running on a horizontal gear. A chore which Iago is not happy about.
  • Hand Puppet Mockery: When Jafar subjugates Genie to do his bidding, and wishes to become a sorcerer, he becomes a giant cobra later to fight Aladdin in the Agrabah palace. Aladdin goads Jafar into using his final wish to become an all-powerful genie, where Genie tries convincing Jafar to pull back on the idea, lest he becomes unstoppable. In a bit of bathos, Genie turns his hand into a snake-like sock hand puppet:
    Genie: The boy is crazy! He's a little punch-drunk! One too many hits with the snake!
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: After saving Aladdin from drowning...
    Genie: I'm gettin' kinda fond of ya, Al. Not that I wanna pick out curtains or anything.
  • Heir-In-Law:
    • This is the basis of Jafar's plan. By using his magic on the Sultan, he plans to secure a marriage to Princess Jasmine and gain the throne through her.
      Iago: You marry the princess, all right? And then, then you become the sultan! [...] And then, we drop papa-in-law and the little woman off a cliff.
    • This was the whole reasons the other princes were courting her. They weren't interested in her, they were interested in becoming the sultan.
  • Held Gaze: Aladdin and Jasmine share one early on in the movie with a sunset behind them, leading to an Almost Kiss.
  • Heroic Seductress: Jasmine had her moment by keeping Jafar distracted long enough for Al to get the lamp back. It backfired since Al was (rightly) too squicked out upon seeing her kiss Jafar to keep moving toward the lamp, losing a few crucial seconds.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Aladdin's Fatal Flaw: After a lifetime of being reviled as a "worthless street rat", he is convinced that he really is, and that Jasmine couldn't possibly love him. "I must have sounded so stupid to her!" "NO WAY! If Jasmine ever found out I was just some crummy street rat, she'd laugh at me."
  • Hey, You!: Jafar usually refers to Aladdin as simply "the boy," "boy," or "street rat,"
    Jafar: Things are unraveling fast now, boy.
  • Historical In-Joke: The crack in the Sphinx's nose happens during the flyby in "A Whole New World".
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Several examples, including "Genie, wake up and smell the hummus," and "How about that, Mr. Doubting Mustafa!"
  • Honest John's Dealership: The merchant at the beginning. Try the Dead Sea Tupperware!
  • Honesty Aesop: Genie tries to get Aladdin to drop his princely getup and woo Jasmine by being himself.
  • Hope Spot: The thief at the beginning enters the forbidden cave... and for a second nothing happens. He relaxes. Then the cave "eats" him.
  • Humiliation Conga:
    • Jafar does this to Aladdin in the deleted song "Humiliate The Boy".
    • The Reprise of "Prince Ali" counts, although the conga is much shorter than it would have been.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Jafar during his final battle with the heroes.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Genie. It's not that Aladdin is incompetent; he just can't hope to compete with a guy who has "phenomenal cosmic powers!"
  • Hypno Ray: Jafar's magical cobra head staff.
  • Hypnotic Eyes: Jafar's cobra-headed cane which induces this effect in the Sultan.
  • Hypnotize the Princess: Jafar wishes for the Genie to make Jasmine fall in love with him, which would give him a beautiful, willing consort and be a nasty revenge on Jasmine for having to serve her and her father all his life. Genie doesn't have that power, but Jasmine pretends it worked to distract Jafar.
  • I Can Explain
    • Just after his treasonous plot against the Sultan has been revealed, Jafar tries saying "All this can be explained." Exactly how is a mystery for the ages.
    • Aladdin says this to Jasmine verbatim after Jafar reveals his true identity. Though, this is a strange case because he already HAD explained it to her when Jasmine confronts him in his Prince Ali alias at the end of "A Whole New World." It should be noted that he says something along this line in that scene as well. One might argue that he lied the first time, but why Jasmine would believe Jafar over Aladdin despite the latter providing no additional evidence is a question for the ages.
  • "I Can't Look!" Gesture: When Jafar banishes Aladdin to "the ends of the earth" with the power he wished for, Genie turns his face away in devastation.
  • I Gave My Word: Aladdin promised to free the Genie with his third wish. What makes him the hero is that he actually kept his promise. Especially considering he kept his promise despite being unsure whether or not he would be able to marry Jasmine.
  • The Igor: When Genie explains the rules to Aladdin, he references the "mad scientist's assistant" character archetype by briefly turning into a hideous, green hunchback and speaking in a Peter Lorre impression, specifically (and appropriately) while explaining the rule that Aladdin can't wish him to resurrect the dead.
  • I Have This Friend...: Aladdin credits certain things he's feeling regarding Jasmine and her situation to Abu.
    Aladdin: Abu says that—uh—that's not fair.
    Abu: What?
    Jasmine: Oh, did he?
    Aladdin: Yeah, of course.
    Jasmine: And does Abu have anything else to say?
    Aladdin: Well, uh, he wishes there was something he could do to help.
    Abu: Oh, boy!
    Jasmine: Hmm, tell him that's very sweet.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Jafar trying to make Jasmine marry him.
  • I Just Want to Be Free:
    • The Genie.
    • Both Jasmine and Aladdin describe themselves as being "trapped". You could argue that Jafar also wants to be free of his service to the Sultan.
  • I'm Going to Disney World!:
    • Implied rather than spoken for obvious reasons.
      Genie: Aladdin! You just won the heart of a princess. What are you gonna do next?
    • After being freed, Genie declares he's gonna see the world and shape-shifts into a Hawaiian shirt-wearing tourist wearing a Goofy hat.
  • I Miss Mom: The deleted song "Proud of Your Boy", reinstated in the Screen-to-Stage Adaptation.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Aladdin's line "... and I don't have fleas" is followed by him scratching his head.
  • The Imp: Iago
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Jasmine. Not to Be Confused with the part where Jafar traps her in an hourglass.
  • Improvised Parachute. Aladdin and Abu use a rug as one during the song "One Jump Ahead".
  • Inconvenient Summons: Aladdin rubs the lamp while Genie is apparently in the shower.
  • Inevitably Broken Rule: When allowed into the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin was given one rule; Touch nothing but the lamp. But just as Aladdin gets the lamp, Abu gives in to temptation and takes a large ruby. The Cave of Wonders fills with fire and magma to try and kill the duo for touching the forbidden treasure.
  • Indy Ploy: Aladdin might just give Indiana Jones himself a run for his money with his amazing escape from a lake of boiling lava—it's even got a few wisecracks included.
  • Ink-Suit Actor:
    • The Genie and Iago.
    • Scott Weinger and Linda Larkin as Aladdin and Jasmine respectively. Even after more than two decades, the resemblance is incredibly striking!
    • Jonathan Freeman looks nothing physically like Jafar (being slightly chubby and muscular) but he used some gesturing of the same maniacal expressions for the character..
      Andreas Deja, supervising animator for Jafar: Based on some of the storyboards, I had this very skinny, elegant, bizarre-looking person in mind. And then I heard that Jonathan was at the studio doing some more lines for the movie. So he came into my office, and I almost couldn't put his face with his body together because he's not skinny. He's very friendly and jovial. But Jonathan does have... sort of an oily, insincere quality... which I needed to find out on which mouth shapes I would use. [still frames of Jonathan Freeman using facial expressions and movements for Jafar appear for comparison]
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: In the introductory scene with the merchant, he tries to give a sales pitch but is foiled by circumstances.
    Merchant: Look at this. Combination hookah and coffee maker. Also makes Julienne fries. Will not break. [taps item on table] Will not... [item falls apart] It broke.
  • Insult Backfire:
    • That's Sultan "vile betrayer," to you!
    • Played with with this exchange, where Aladdin's insult backfires not with Jafar taking it as a compliment, but taking it as inspiration.
      Aladdin: Are you afraid to fight me yourself, you cowardly snake?!
      Jafar: [walks through the fire] A snake, am I? Perhaps you'd like to see how ssssnake-like I can be!
  • Interrupted Bath: While drowning, Aladdin rubs the lamp and thus disturbs the Genie as he's having a shower.
    Genie: Never fails. You get in the bath, there's a rub at the lamp.
  • Interspecies Friendship:
    • Aladdin and Genie.
    • Aladdin and Abu, Aladdin and the Carpet, Jasmine and Rajah, Jafar and Iago (if you consider them friends...)
  • In the Hood: Jasmine's hood, when she's disguised as a peasant.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Abu does this with a sword while being pursued by the guards near the beginning of the movie.
  • Ironic Echo: Aladdin does a few.
    • "Do you trust me?" note 
    • "I'm a street rat, remember?" note 
    • "phenomenal cosmic powers! ittybittylivingspace."note 
    • One of the lyrics in the Genie's song "Friend Like Me" includes the lyric, "Don't ya sit there, slack-jawed, buggy-eyed". Guess what his reaction is to Aladdin tricking him, then to Jafar apparently making Jasmine fall in love with him.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy:
    • Genie is willing to face an eternity of servitude if it means Aladdin and Jasmine get to stay together. And Aladdin is willing to give that up to keep his promise. Both have formed a close relationship and want the other to be happy.
    • Jasmine will let Aladdin lose his chances of courtship to drop the disguise and be himself.
  • "I Want" Song: Aladdin sings about wanting people to not see him simply as a street rat.
  • I Will Show You X:
    • When a prince tells a bunch of little kids in the street to get out of his way, he goes to crack his whip at them, but Aladdin intercepts it.
    Aladdin: If I were as rich as you, I could afford some manners.
    Prince Achmed: I'll teach you some manners!
    [Prince Achmed then kicks Aladdin into the mud]
    • Aladdin calls Jafar a "cowardly snake."
  • Jaw Drop:
    • Genie, when he realizes Aladdin tricked him into providing a free "wish". Then again when Jasmine suddenly gets close and snuggly with Jafar. Jafar, Iago, Abu and Aladdin all get one in this scene.
    • Abu also has this reaction after seeing Jasmine quickly mastering the art of vaulting from roof to roof.
  • Just for Pun: Aladdin's line when he and Abu split the bread: He refers to himself and Abu as "effendi" which is an Arab word for a person of high social standing, but it sounds like "offendee", which - while being grammatically incorrect (an offendee is the victim, not the perpetrator) - fits with their status as thieves.
  • Karma Houdini: The rather jerkass guards who have no trouble throwing a prince (or so they thought) over a cliff for no better reason than the "tall, dark, and sinister ugly Vizier" said so... go on to be jerkass guards in the other movies... Karma, where'd you go?
  • King Incognito: Jasmine disguises herself as a commoner to enjoy the city. Later, when she recognizes "Prince Ali" as the street rat Aladdin, he tries to claim that he too was a royal in disguise.
  • Kiss of Distraction: In an attempt to keep Jafar from seeing Aladdin going for the lamp, Jasmine starts off by showing some leg, but in order to keep Jafar's attention she is forced to kiss him. She lays a kiss on Jafar with such an intensity that it doubles as a Forceful Kiss. Unfortunately Aladdin is so grossed out by the sight that he pauses and the ploy ends up not working.
  • Kitchen Sink Included: After Genie is freed and declares that he’s going to see the world, he pulls out a suitcase and starts packing it with various things, a sink blatantly being among them.
  • Kneel Before Zod:
    • Hilarious, in that when Jafar first gives the command, the Sultan immediately begins to bow. But then Jasmine has to go and open her mouth, which only angers Jafar and prompts his second wish into the most powerful sorcerer IN THE WORLD! His first act as an even more powerful sorcerer? Forcing them though magic to kowtow before him. This one is seen as painful.
    • During the "Prince Ali" song, Genie gets the palace guards to kneel by yanking the carpet out from under them.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Aladdin's "all this for a loaf of bread?" line. Honestly, it seems a little overkill for a bunch of palace guards to go to that extreme for shoplifting, then you consider that during that time period, theft may as well have been murder.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Negative non-villainous example: The Sultan, during his interactions with Jafar prior to the latter's treachery being exposed, often fed Iago some crackers (something Iago did not enjoy or appreciate). One of Iago's first actions upon Jafar becoming both Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world is force feeding the former Sultan the same crackers the sultan fed him.
  • Latex Perfection: This is how Jafar disguises himself as an old man to lure Aladdin to the Cave of Wonders, complete with his mask giving him bad, crooked teeth. Justified, as Jafar is some form of magician or sorcerer even before his wish to the Genie.
  • Lava Adds Awesome: The CG look gives the lava a rather amazing appearance, which makes it look even more dangerous.
  • Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: In the Cave of Wonders, although it is worth mentioning that the lava is a bright yellow, not crimson red. However, in Real Life, yellow means the lava is especially hot.
  • Leitmotif: Most of the main characters have one. Aladdin and Genie's are the refrains from "One Jump Ahead" and "Friend Like Me" respectively, while Jasmine's is (apparently) a few bars from the melody of "A Whole New World". While not based of a song from the movie, Jafar's leitmotif features heavily here, is extended during the scene where he schemes in the throne room, and is everywhere in the final battle.
    • Strains of Jasmine's unused song "To Be Free" are used constantly for both Jasmine and Genie.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: The third act starts once Aladdin has won the heart of Jasmine, exposed the traitorous Jafar, and come to realize that now he'll actually be expected to take over as Sultan someday. The Genie thinks it's time for a victory celebration and bursts into a rousing rendition of Stars and Stripes Forever, only to trail off when Aladdin just slumps past him, oblivious.
  • Lighter and Softer: Unlike Beauty and the Beast or The Lion King (1994), this film's a comedy, with relatively little gravitas and more wacky characters than usual.
  • Literal Metaphor: Upon being released from the lamp, the Genie tells Aladdin to "hang on a second", then picks him up and hangs him in mid-air by his shirt.
  • Little "No": Jasmine, after she heard the (fake) news that Aladdin been executed.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • When stuck in the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin goads the Genie into blasting him and Abu out of there. They stop at a oasis and talk about the wishes. When Genie states he already used up one, Aladdin states he didn't wish to be out of there. The Genie did that all on his own in a show of power. The Genie is forced to consent.
      Genie: Boy, do I feel sheepish. [turns into a sheep] Alright, you ba-aaa-d boy, but no more freebies.
    • It still counts as a wish (since Aladdin and the Genie had both agreed on "no more freebies"), but when Aladdin is drowning, Genie shakes his head back in forth in a nod, takes it as a "yes", and rescues him.
    • In a comic book story, Genie says genies cannot undo the wishes they grant. The "Prince Ali" wish was undone by Jafar using magic granted by Genie and he considers it an "annoying loophole".
  • Love at First Sight: On seeing Jasmine in the market-place, Aladdin is immediately smitten. After he rescues her from trouble, Jasmine isn't too far behind. Given the pure emotion of Aladdin and Jasmine's scenes together, the writers/animators actually make this trope work, since it's more of a mutual crush at first sight; after they are initially torn apart, Aladdin spends a chunk of the film trying to win Jasmine's favor again. They have a little bonding time (albeit one night) and the two of them actually tackle issues like trust and self worth before they officially get together at the end. Compare to earlier Disney movies where the hero and heroine spend a grand total of one scene together, and by their second scene the antagonist has already been vanquished and the two are ready to be married.
  • Love Theme: "A Whole New World", Aladdin and Jasmine's song during their Flight of Romance.
  • Ludicrous Gift Request: Invoked by the Genie at the end when he tries to prove that he's been freed by asking Aladdin to wish for the Nile. Aladdin does so and he says, "No way", proving that he can refuse wishes and has therefore been freed.

  • MacGuffin Guardian: The Cave of Wonders itself.
  • Magic Carpet: One of Aladdin's sidekicks. He meets the Carpet in the Cave of Wonders, and it saves his life several times and takes Aladdin and Jasmine on their ride in "A Whole New World".
  • Make a Wish: Anyone who gets ahold of the Lamp can make up to three Wishes with the Genie.
  • The Makeover: The transformation from Aladdin to Prince Ali.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Jafar constantly calls Prince Ali "Prince Abubu".
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": The citizens of Agrabah when Jafar has the Genie lift the palace.
  • Meaningful Echo: "PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER... itty-bitty living space." Used by Genie when complaining to Aladdin about being a genie in the first place, and then used by Aladdin at the climax of the film, after tricking Jafar into using his final Genie wish to become a genie (complete with lamp) himself.
    • Also how Jasmine figured out Aladdin's ruse. "Do you trust me?" The first time he asked this when they were running away from the guards, and the second time was inviting her for a carpet ride.
  • Medium Awareness: The Genie. Most notably in his many transformations and mannerisms, but also in the song "Friend Like Me" when he sings that 'Ali Baba had them forty thieves, Sheherezade had a thousand tales'; most people don't know that both "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "Aladdin" were among Sheherezade's tales.
    • Also, the morning after Aladdin uses up his second wish, Genie pulls out an Aladdin screenplay and tells him it's time for the scene where he sets Genie free.
    • And, later that same day, when Jafar has the lamp:
      Genie: [after being summoned and realizing that Aladdin isn't the one summoning him, with a Playbill and Opera binoculars] Tonight, the part of Al will be played by a tall, dark, and sinister ugly man.
  • Meet Cute: As soon as Aladdin sees Jasmine at the marketplace, he's instantly smitten with her.
  • Midflight Water Touching: During Aladdin and Princess Jasmine's first "A Whole New World" magic carpet ride together, the carpet swoops down to the surface of a river and splashes in it momentarily.
  • Minsky Pickup: "Prince Ali", in the last line of the introductory verse: "...are you gonna love this guy..."
  • Misplaced Wildlife: Abu and Iago are a New World monkey and macaw. While it makes sense the Sultan's vizier might have access to exotic pets from far outside Arabia, that doesn't explain where a homeless teenager got a monkey. Rajah the tiger is often assumed to be this, but he actually isn't; there really were tigers in the Middle East at the time the movie takes place. Prince Ali's menagerie also contains some South American llamas, which would be hard to come by in the Middle East, though those were conjured by the Genie.
  • Missing Mom:
  • Mood Whiplash: Aladdin goes from sharing a long kiss with Jasmine to being tied up and dropped into the ocean by Jafar in seconds.
  • Must Make Amends: After Aladdin left behind the genie lamp, which led to Iago bringing it to Jafar, then Jafar using it to wish himself to be sultan and the world's most powerful sorcerer, Aladdin said:
    "I made a mess of everything... somehow I gotta go back and set things right."
  • Mutual Envy: Aladdin is jealous that Jasmine lives in wealth, while Jasmine is jealous that Aladdin's life isn't as regimented as hers.
    Aladdin: I wonder what it'd be like to [live in the palace]; have servants, valets...
    Jasmine: ... oh, sure, people who tell you where to go and how to dress...
    Aladdin: It's better than here, where you're always scraping for food and ducking the guards.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Contains some subtle references to other stories from Arabian folktale anthology that Aladdin was loosely adapted from, Arabian Nights.
      • When Jasmine nearly figures out his lies during their date, Aladdin tries to cover by claiming he - as a prince - enjoys dressing as a commoner exploring his kingdom for the fun. This was the favorite pastime of Haroun Al Rashid whenever he appeared in the original stories.
      • When Aladdin becomes a prince, he uses the name Prince Ali. In the original stories, prince Ali was a character from a different tale, "The Three Princes". Prince Achmed, who is rejected by Jasmine in the movie, is also from that story.
    • The Broadway musical adaptation reinvents Iago as a human rather than a talking parrot. There are, however, several allusions to the original animal character.
    Jafar: Really, Iago. Must you parrot everything I say?!
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Grand Vizier from the original tale is named Jafar. The princess did have a name in the original but it's usually lost in retellings so naming her Jasmine technically counts too. Disney wasn't actually the first to use that name - she was called Jasmine in a 50s film called Aladdin And His Lamp.
  • Narrative Shapeshifting: Abu, Iago and the Genie.
  • Neck Lift: One of the guards does this to Aladdin when they break into his hideout and capture him.
  • Nested Ownership: When Jasmine recognizes "Prince Ali" as the boy she met at the marketplace, Aladdin claims that it couldn't have been him because he has servants to do his shopping for him, and that those servants have servants of their own to shop for them as well.
  • Nice Hat: A whole city's worth. Practically the only males without a hat are Iago and Genie. And Iago actually gets one, right after Jafar uses his first wish to become sultan.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Abu causes the destruction of the Cave of Wonders by picking up the giant ruby and nearly gets himself, Aladdin and the Carpet killed — although on the other hand, if Aladdin had left the Cave without incident, he may very well have been killed by Jafar once he'd handed over the lamp.
    • The Genie decides to have the brilliant idea of asking Aladdin to free him while he's in the middle of an emotional crisis. Although the Genie was justified in feeling betrayed, he should've at least tried to reason with Aladdin into telling Jasmine the truth so he wouldn't need to rely on the Genie anymore; it doesn't seem like it would take much, since Aladdin decides to do just that a few moments later. Instead, the Genie goes back into his lamp, insults Aladdin, and prompts him to abandon the lamp, leaving it open for Iago to steal it.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: If Jafar had kept his side of the bargain and not tried to kill Aladdin when the latter was desperately trying to escape the Cave of Wonders, Aladdin and Abu wouldn't have gotten control of the lamp and Genie.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Aladdin's initial design was based on Michael J. Fox. His final design was based on Tom Cruise.
  • No Communities Were Harmed: The location was changed from Baghdad to Agrabah, mainly due to Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait and the ensuing Gulf War. The fictitious Agrabah was located somewhere near the Jordan River, and the name of Agrabah may have been a blend of Arabah and Aqaba. The Arabah Valley runs from south of the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba, and the city of Aqaba is located in the Kingdom of Jordan at the northeast corner of the Gulf of Aqaba. Part of the 2019 live-action remake was filmed in the Wadi Rum desert valley in the Kingdom of Jordan, which is about 37 miles east of Aqaba, Jordan. This may very well be a Mythology Gag reference to Agrabah being located somewhere near the Jordan River in the animated 1992 film.
  • No Flow in CGI: Averted. The whole point of rendering the carpet in CGI rather than traditional animation was to allow it to have an extremely intricate design, while still flowing and moving like cloth.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Abu to Aladdin, Rajah to Jasmine, and Iago to Jafar. Genie to Aladdin also, seeing as he's not really human (as well as Carpet who is a sentient rug).
  • Noodle Incident: When listing his rules, Genie states "I can't bring people back from the dead! It's not a pretty picture, I don't like doing it!!!"
  • No Ontological Inertia:
    • Jafar uses his magical staff to hypnotize the Sultan. When the staff is broken by Aladdin, the hypnotic effect is instantly neutralized.
    • Genie moves the palace to higher elevation per Jafar's orders. When Jafar is defeated, the palace instantly and magically moves back to its original position. The fact that defeating Jafar reversed Genie's actions makes this case particularly absurd, especially since the Genie could have voluntarily fixed all that once he was freed.
    • The changes Jafar made using his power as a sorcerer were undone when he became a genie. The rug (which had been unraveled) was re-woven, Abu changed from a mechanical monkey back into a real one, and so on.
    • Also, based on the characters' comments Aladdin's prince wish apparently has to be recast by the end.
  • NOT!: Iago uses it to describe the sultan. "Oh, excellent judge [of character], sure... NOT!"
  • Obfuscating Insanity:
    • When he first meets Princess Jasmine, Aladdin rescues her from an irate merchant who was about to chop off her hand for taking a piece of fruit (Jasmine never having been outside the palace in her life and unfamiliar with the concept of money) by convincing him that she was not right in the head. Jasmine plays along;
      Merchant: She says she knows the Sultan!
      Aladdin: She thinks the monkey is the Sultan.
      Jasmine: (getting the hint and bowing before Abu) Oh wise Sultan! How may I serve you?
      Aladdin: (sighing) Tragic, isn't it? But, no harm done. Now come along sis, time to see the doctor.
      Jasmine: (to a nearby camel) Oh hello, Doctor. How are you?
      Aladdin: No, no, no. Not that one. Come on Sultan.
    • In the musical, crosses over with Mythology Gag, as Jasmine instead refers to a talking monkey (Abu having been cut from this version). When later asked where that came from, she replies "It just seemed right".
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Iago pretends to be a dumb parrot to everyone but Jafar for a while, but drops the façade when Jafar seizes power (and briefly forgets it in shock when Aladdin confronts Jafar after the former was nearly killed by the latter).
  • Objectshifting: The climax features Abu being transformed into a Cymbal-Banging Monkey wind-up toy when Jafar unleashes his magic powers.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The Genie's rules:
    1. Genies can't kill anyone (so don't ask!)note ;
    2. Genies can't make anyone fall in love with anyone elsenote ;
    3. Genies can't or won't bring someone back from the dead (it's not a pretty picture!); and
    4. Ixnay on the Wishing for More Wishes.note 
  • Oh, Crap!: A lot of them.
    • Gazeem before he gets swallowed by the Cave of Wonders.
    • Aladdin and Abu when the Cave of Wonders is about to cave in on itself and when they see they're about to fly into a wall during their escape.
    • Aladdin when Jafar is about to give him his "eternal reward".
    • Jafar when he realizes that Abu has stolen the lamp after the Cave of Wonders closes.
    • Jafar and Iago during "Prince Ali" before the door slams on them.
    • The Genie when he discovers that Aladdin is going to drown and when he realizes that Jafar is his new master.
    • Aladdin when he realizes that Jafar stole his lamp and when the Genie lifts the palace a few seconds later.
    • The Sultan and Jasmine are utterly shocked when Jafar is transformed into an almighty sorcerer, the Sultan even more so, as his reaction is to tremble before they are magically forced to Kneel Before Zod.
    • Jafar when he gets sucked into a lamp after becoming a genie himself.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile:
    • Abu cracks one in the opening chase scene after his Intimidation Demonstration with the sword doesn't work and the guards are drawing their swords.
    • Abu has a similar reaction when he presses the cave guardian's Berserk Button and tries to put the ruby back.
    • Jafar tries this, along with saying "All this can be explained" after he's discovered to be a traitor.
    • Aladdin after the sultan tells him that Aladdin will become the next sultan. It quickly turns to a look of horror and then regret.
  • Oh My Gods!: "Allah" is inserted into various expressions. The Genie also calls Aladdin "Doubting Moustaffa", which is likely a reference to "Doubting Thomas".
  • The Old Convict: Jafar disguises himself as one of these in a Monte Cristo reference.
  • 1-Dimensional Thinking: When Aladdin is Reassigned to Antarctica by Jafar and a broken-off tower of Agrabah palace starts rolling towards him, he could have evaded it by moving sidewards but the Rule of Cool dictated that he had to perform a By Wall That Is Holey instead.
  • Only the Worthy May Pass: The "Diamond in the Rough" is the only one who can enter the Cave of Wonders.
  • Opening Monologue: The Merchant at the beginning.
  • Opposites Attract: Aladdin and Jasmine seem to be this at first, what with Aladdin being a street rat and Jasmine being a princess, but it turns out they're actually a lot alike.
  • Orbital Kiss: Aladdin and Jasmine spin around on the magic carpet as they kiss at the end of the movie.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: Jasmine was confused by Jafar's sudden overprotectiveness when he questions Prince Ali's intent of marrying her. This was after Jasmine threatened to "get rid of him" upon being queen right to his face as revenge for supposedly executing "the boy from the market". While unaware of Jafar's intention of marrying her for the throne, she was right to be suspicious.
    "Your Highness, no! I must intercede on Jasmine's behalf. This boy is no different from the others. What makes him think he is worthy of the Princess?"
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Although Jafar's lamp is really sent far, far away.
  • Out of the Inferno: Jafar, during his final encounter with Aladdin, casually strolls into the fire ring he's trapped Al in after Aladdin calls him a "cowardly snake". This comment backfires on Aladdin immediately, as like Sephiroth, in addition to walking through fire, Jafar demonstrates his own One-Winged Angel form, a giant cobra, and gets Scaled Up, and quickly puts Aladdin on the defense.
  • Panthera Awesome: The Cave of Wonders. Of all the things it could've been, it's a giant talking tiger head made of sand that eats people.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Just a change of clothes is all it takes for people to not recognize Aladdin as Prince Ali. One would think that Jasmine, who spent quite some time with the street rat, would have noticed that the boy she met in the market was the same as this guy. It isn't until she catches him without his turban that she suspects something. To be fair, Jasmine did have legitimate reason to think Aladdin was dead.
  • Parental Bonus:
    • Robin Williams is a guarantee of dialogue not aimed at children, which they only understand years later.
    • During "One Jump Ahead", Al manages to stumble into a harem. It's not easily noticeable, considering the girls are dressed almost the same as Jasmine, who is a princess, but that's what it is.
  • Parenthetical Swearing: As Jafar uses his magic to send Aladdin to the ends of the earth, he sings about how Aladdin will have "his assets frozen."
  • Parents Are Wrong: The sultan insists that Jasmine must marry a prince, in keeping with law and tradition. But Jasmine falls in love with Aladdin, and at the end of the movie the sultan changes the law to allow Jasmine to marry whoever she wants.
  • Pet Gets the Keys: Played with. When Al is shackled in a dungeon for "kidnapping" Jasmine, Abu comes to pick open the shackle locks, but that doesn't free him from the dungeon—a disguised Jafar does, as part of his plan to get the magic lamp
  • Pig Latin: Genie: "And ixnay on the wishing for more wishes!"
  • Pinocchio Nose: Prince Ali's hat (the plume falls and covers his face whenever he lies).
    • The genie actually turns into Pinocchio with an extended nose to imply what he thought of one of Aladdin's promises.
  • Politically Correct History: Subverted. While Jasmine, as a woman in ancient Arabia, wanting not to be tied down by an arranged marriage wouldn't have been quite so tolerated in Real Life, since she'd be marrying whoever Daddy chooses for political purposes and there would be no such thing as suitors, the Sultan's also a real softie and, in this time period, the father is allowed to consult the daughter's wishes even though he doesn't have to. He is well aware of this as when Jafar brings up the fact that the law says he can choose for her, the Sultan refuses because he can't bring himself to choose someone she would hate to marry. He's a loving father who wants his daughter's happiness and isn't concerned with alliances, even allowing Jasmine to marry a pauper when he realizes that the guy has won her heart, something that definitely would not have been allowed as he is far below her social status.
  • Pose of Supplication: The "Prince Ali" song directly references it. Also, Sorcerer Jafar forces Jasmine and the Sultan to bow before him.
    • Also Jasmine bowing down before Abu while playing along with Aladdin's story about her being mad. "She thinks the monkey is the Sultan."
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia: After his first kiss with Jasmine, Aladdin falls over backwards with a sigh, letting Carpet catch him.
  • Power High: Jafar's initial reaction to becoming a genie, before the drawbacks kick in.
  • Power Limiter: The Lamp. Itty bitty living space.
    • Subverted however in that, when freed, a genie has less power.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: The Broadway musical alters several parts of the story in order to translate it onto the stage easier. Iago is rewritten to be a human character instead of a talking parrot, while Abu was scrapped entirely in favor of new characters, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim (who were originally planned to appear in the film until they were ultimately removed, and in favor of Abu, no less). The story's climax was also altered: Jafar never sends Aladdin to "the ends of the Earth", nor does he use his powers to transform into a giant snake. He still uses his final wish to turn into a genie, but since it would be too difficult to create a giant genie onstage, his clothes simply turn red to signify his transformation.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "You wanted to be a genie, Jafar? You got it! And everything that goes with it! PHENOMENAL COSMIC POWER... ittybittylivingspace."
  • Pride: Jafar's misteep in the finale is completely in line with his greedy power-seeking character. He was already the Sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world as a result of his first two wishes upon capturing the Genie, and thus, virtually the master of the World, but his undoing came when Aladdin tricked him into wishing to be a genie — with everything that goes along with the package. He could probably even have avoided the last third of the movie altogether if he hadn't wasted his first wish on, essentially, stealing the Sultan's clothes - out of pride.
    • The argument of Aladdin was not totally wrong: despite being the most powerful man on Earth, Jafar owed all his power to the Genie who still remained upper. It means that anybody else on the world who stole the lamp could easily unwish him back his powers. Even if Jafar could hide the lamp in an unreachable place with his magic, Genie would remain an immortal threat forever, and that is something the huge ego of the Villain could not stand.
  • Primal Fear: Snake!Jafar.
  • Prince for a Day: Aladdin's first wish is to become a prince in order to be an appropriate suitor for Jasmine.
  • Protagonist Title: The film is called Aladdin and it is about Aladdin.
  • Public Domain Artifact: The Lamp.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "Tell. Her. The. TRUTH!"
    • Aladdin to Abu in the Cave of Wonders: "Don't. Touch. Anything."
    • Jafar does this in the song "Prince Ali (Reprise)", complete with a zap for every emphasised word. "Say hello to your precious! Prince! Ali!"
  • Pungeon Master:
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: The hungry street children.
  • Pushed in Front of the Audience: Jasmine pushes Aladdin out to the cheering masses after her father has announced their wedding.
  • Rags to Royalty: Aladdin (and Abu). A deconstruction, as becoming a prince doesn't solve any of his problems and arguably makes them worse.
  • Reading Ahead in the Script: The Genie pulls out a copy of the movie's script and tries to feed Aladdin his next lines, which will have him use his third wish to free the Genie. Turns out, he read too far ahead.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Genie when he gets angry over Aladdin's taunts in the cave. Jafar also has red irises that can be seen in his opening scenes in the movie.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: Once Jafar takes full control and becomes a sorcerer, the sky over Agrabah turns red after a brief purple phase, and it stays that way until he's defeated.
  • Rejected Marriage Proposal: Jasmine vigorously rejects-twice-Jafar's marriage proposal. The first time, she says no then rush to her father and tells him she wants to marry Prince Ali (Aladdin) instead. Aladdin's arrival and Jafar exposed as a traitor straight after leads to the latter having to exit the scene suddenly. The second time, Jafar took over after he stole the lamp. Despite refusing could be very dangerous for her this time, Jasmine yells this won't happen and use Food Slap to emphasize her refusal.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Snake!Jafar brings out the only significant snake imagery in the movie.
  • Rescue Hug: When Aladdin leads Jasmine to his hideaway, the girl trips and falls into Aladdin's arms. Needless to say, they don't break the embrace right away.
  • Rescue Introduction: Aladdin meets Princess Jasmine when rescuing her from a street vendor who she accidentally stole an apple from and her arm is nearly slashed off. Leading into a mini...
  • Rescue Romance: Do you notice a pattern here? Aladdin and Jasmine first fall for each other after the rescue, and they connect further afterwards. However, while they each clearly begin to have a thing for the other, before the spark can grow Rasoul raids Aladdin's place and cuts it short before it can really start. The rest of the movie and some magical intervention is needed to continue things along.
  • Revealing Reflection: Jasmine attempts to distract Jafar so Aladdin can grab Genie's Lamp, but Jafar ends up seeing Aladdin in the reflection on her tiara.
  • Revised Ending: The movie had at least two alternate endings. Originally, it was supposed to end with a reprise of "Arabian Nights", which was later used in the second sequel, Aladdin and the King of Thieves. The second deleted ending starts with the reprise of "A Whole New World" as seen in the final movie, but then cuts to a sequence where the peddler from the beginning of the movie reveals himself to be the Genie. This is followed by a cruder version of the "made you look" gag from the final ending.
  • Riding into the Sunset: At the end Aladdin and Jasmine ride their carpet into the Gigantic Moon who turns out to be the Genie.
  • Ring of Fire: Jafar uses his Breath Weapon to create one of these to trap Aladdin in the climax. It's put out when he gets Scaled Up.
  • Roofhopping: Aladdin and Jasmine perform roof-pole-vaulting.
  • Sadly Mythtaken: The Genie sings in "Friend Like Me" that "Scheherazade had her thousand tales." There were not actually a thousand tales in Arabian Nights, Scheherazade kept the sultan entertained for 1,001 nights.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Iago, shortly after the first (failed) attempt to enter the Cave of Wonders.
    Jafar: Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
    Iago: There's a big surprise! That's an incredible—I think I'm going to have a heart attack and die from that surprise!"
  • Scaled Up: Snake!Jafar, and despite what the Evil Overlord List would tell you, it works just fine. Aladdin only wins by goading him into wishing to become a genie, knowing that Jafar can't stand anyone else's power exceeding his.
  • Scarab Power: The Golden Scarab Beetle locating the Cave of Wonders. Although it looks like a hand-sized robot, its two main components (which must be put together to work in the first place) form the tiger head-shaped guardian's eyes. They reappear whenever the Cave deems their summoners unworthy of getting the magical lamp. It's worth noting many box arts have this artifact located at their very center, hinting its key importance to the plot.
    • Inverted in the Aladdin television series. Mechanicles has invented a robot scarab merely because he needs a mode of transportation and happens to like the tidiness and industry of the animals. In other words, a hater of magic uses a symbol of magic in a roundabout way.
  • Scheherezade Gambit: The Trope Namer was mentioned in passing by Genie.
  • Schmuck Bait: The treasure in the cave, particularly the giant ruby. It's the only other treasure in the lamp room. Appropriately, the cave's tiger guardian calls Aladdin and Abu "infidels" when Aladdin doesn't notice Abu taking the ruby and starting the place caving in on itself.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: "You've heard of the Golden Rule, haven't you? The one who has the gold makes the rules."
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: At the end of the film, upon realising Jasmine is in love with Aladdin but can't legally marry him, the Sultan just shrugs his shoulders and changes the law on the spot.
  • Sealed with a Kiss: Aladdin and Jasmine seal their love with a kiss at the end before embarking on another flying carpet ride.
  • Sea of Sand: The Arabian desert as portrayed in the movie seems to consist almost entirely of dunes.
  • Secret Test of Character: The Cave of Wonders is filled with all sorts of hidden treasure. As Aladdin puts it, "just a handful of [the treasure] would make me richer than the Sultan." However, those who enter are not to touch anything but the lamp.
  • Secret Underground Passage: The Old Convict opens a secret door for him and Aladdin to escape the dungeon.
  • Self-Deprecation: The Sultan gives an accidental, but ironic example — "I don't know where she gets it from. Her mother wasn't nearly so picky."
  • Selfless Wish: Aladdin uses his third wish to free the Genie.
  • Shaking the Rump: During the song "Friend Like Me", the Genie summons three seductive harem girls who really enjoy this dance move. Genie himself does this as well, in the same song. He even enlarges his bum to a comical size, facing the camera with it for a few seconds before continuing.
  • Shape Shifter: Genie.
  • Shipper on Deck: The carpet strikes a "Awww!" pose right after he saw Aladdin and Jasmine cuddling on a rooftop. In the next scene, during their Held Gaze, the carpet gets impatient and pushes Aladdin higher, provoking his First Kiss with Jasmine.
    • The Genie as well. He cries during Jasmine and Aladdin's goodbye, after the latter was revealed as not being a prince. Then he proposes to fix the situation with the last wish, despite he always wanted it to be used to free him. By the Genie's admission, his eternity of servitude does not count as much as their love.
  • Shoo Out the Clowns: The Genie and Iago are kept to the side as Jafar and Aladdin have their final battle, and Abu and Carpet are taken out of the action by Jafar's magic as well. The Genie is eventually brought into the conflict when Aladdin points out that Jafar is not as powerful as him.
  • Short-Lived Leadership: After getting the lamp, Jafar uses his first wish to become the Sultan of Agrabah. Though he uses his second wish to become a sorcerer and sends Aladdin to "the ends of the Earth", Aladdin returns not long later and tricks him into turning himself into a Genie who must be sealed in a lamp. This ends his reign as Sultan.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Some Leg: Jasmine seduces Jafar to distract him so Aladdin can take the lamp.
  • Sigh of Love: Aladdin gives an enamoured sigh when describing Jasmine's smile.
    • Also after their First Kiss- right after she turned around and gave him a last look.
  • Sitting on the Roof: Aladdin and Jasmine sit on a rooftop watching fireworks as as part of their Falling-in-Love Montage.
  • Slices, Dices, and Makes Julienne Fries: Combination hookah and coffee maker! Also makes julienne fries!
  • Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification: Somewhere between Types 2 and 3. The film is mostly true to the basic story structure of the original tale, but the relationships and personalities of most of the characters are notably different, Jafar being a prominent example.
  • Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: Abu is Level 4 (but briefly slips into Level 5 when he's trying to wake up Aladdin after the Cave of Wonders collapses) and Rajah is Level 3. Iago is Level 8, though his ability to talk likely comes from his being a parrot.
  • Slouch of Villainy: After Jafar takes over, he replaces the throne with a couch and slouches on it.
  • Smoke Out: Jafar throws one of his potion bottles on the ground to create red smoke when Aladdin exposes his manipulation of the Sultan and pulls a Villain: Exit, Stage Left.
  • Something Completely Different: After The Little Mermaid (1989) and Beauty and the Beast this is the first Disney Princess movie to focus on the male character more than the female (of all the Disney Princess merchandise to ever show the Disney logo, this film and Tangled are the only ones that do not have a custom Disney Princess logo resembling a pink oval, instead a purple oval is substituted, all the merchandise based on other Disney franchises use a Disney logo resembling a blue oval). This is Justified as Aladdin is the title character and so naturally the story would focus on him more than the Princess. However, this was a calculated move by the folks at Disney as after years of Princess movies they wanted to work on something that would attract a larger male audience and thus the film became more action and comedy-heavy than the standard Disney Animated Canon movies with multiple chase scenes, fights, and elements of male bonding between Aladdin, Abu, Carpet, and Genie. Jasmine is the only real female character in the entire trilogy (albeit a very strong and well-developed one).
  • Spanner in the Works: Abu may have caused the Cave of Wonders to collapse in the first place, but he also foiled Jafar's plan to steal the lamp by pickpocketing him once he'd taken it from Aladdin.
  • Spiteful Gluttony: Abu messily chews his half of the stolen bread when Aladdin considers giving it to the urchin children. His conscience gets to him after that.
  • Spotting the Thread: A couple of details tip Jasmine off to Prince Ali's true identity:
    • Aladdin's "Do you trust me?"
    • Jasmine may have been tipped off earlier, when he said "You should be free to make your own choice."
    • Aladdin's trick of rolling an apple across his shoulders and flipping it off his elbow first shows up when he gives one he took from Abu to Jasmine at his home. He does it again on the carpet ride and, judging by her knowing expression, it gives her another clue about his true identity. Up until that point, she had certainly been suspicious, but after that, you can tell she's looking at him in a new way. Of course, shortly afterwards, she tests him with the line about it being a shame that Abu's not there.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: The three rules of the genie are to prevent this.
    • Genie's advice on winning Jasmine's heart...
    Genie: Tell... her... the... *TRUTH!!!*
  • Stealth Pun: When Iago tells Jafar about the plan to marry the princess and then kill her and the Sultan, Jafar responds with "I love the way your foul little mind works!"note 
    • Right at the end when Genie pretends to be the moon, then turns around to show his face... You can see his backside because he's mooning you.
    • After gaining his freedom, the Genie hurriedly tells Aladin to "Wish for The Nile", and yells "NO WAY" when the latter complies. Al actually got what he wished for...DENIALnote . It ain't just a river in Egypt.
  • Stock Scream: A Wilhelm Scream when Genie is moving Agrabah up onto a cliff.
  • Stolen MacGuffin Reveal: Immediately after thinking he's escaped from the Cave of Wonders, Jafar discovers he no longer has the lamp; cue Big "NO!". Then it's revealed, when Aladdin thinks Jafar got away with it, that Abu has stolen it back from him.
  • Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: During the big fight between Aladdin and Jafar, the Genie sarcastically "cheers" Jafar, "Jafar, Jafar, he's our man. If he can't do it, GREAT!"
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Genie's advice to Aladdin on how to win Jasmine's heart combines this with Punctuated! For! Emphasis!.
    Genie: Right, Sparky, here's the deal. If you wanna court the little lady, you gotta be a straight shooter, do ya got it?
    Aladdin: What?
    Genie: Tell. Her. The... TRUTH!
  • Suddenly Suitable Suitor: Solved by the Sultan changing the law.
  • Suicidal "Gotcha!": Aladdin pretends to jump off a balcony.
    • And is caught by a flying device hovering at a height just far enough below the balcony for his head to disappear. Seems familiar.
  • Super Empowering: Jafar's wish.
  • Superpowered Date: Aladdin and Jasmine's magic carpet ride.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: Under the laws of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine had to marry a prince. At the end of the movie Aladdin was no longer a prince so Jasmine couldn't marry him. But wait!
    Sultan: Well, am I Sultan or am I Sultan? From this day forth, the princess shall marry whomever she deems worthy.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Aladdin becomes worried when he's told he'll become the next sultan. The only reason he's gotten this far is because of a wish, and worries what would happen if anyone learns he's not a real prince, including losing Jasmine.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: The other guards hesitate in fear over Abu wielding a sword. This prompts a very irritated Razoul to call them idiots and remind them that they all have swords.
  • Tactful Translation: Aladdin does this for Abu when they're with Princess Jasmine.
    Aladdin: Abu says... Abu says that's not fair!
    Abu: Ik?!??!
  • Take My Hand:
    • Aladdin to Jasmine. A fall was only implied the first time, and it was when she trusts him that they jump off (safely).
      "Do you trust me?"
    • Averted by Jafar. Aladdin needs to be pulled up, Jafar says "First give me the lamp," takes the lamp and then, instead of pulling Aladdin up, tries to kill him with a dagger, then when Abu bites him, leaves Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders to die.
  • Take Over the City: For all he wants power, Jafar never seems interested in political power beyond Agrabah. Given how power-hungry he is, though, he probably would have gotten bored and/or ambitious and tried to go further if he hadn't been stopped pretty quickly.
  • Talking Animal: Iago and to a lesser extent Abu. Though in Iago's case it's implied that Jafar used magic to give him the ability to speak.
  • Tap on the Head: Jafar's guards to Aladdin when they kidnap him and Abu to Iago during the final combat.
  • Tempting Fate: "For the first time in my life, things are starting to go right." (Things instantly go bad.)
  • 10,000 Years: Genie states that he's been trapped in his lamp for 10,000 years, that's to say since the very beginning of the Neolithic period! Who or what made the lamp at at time when metal working didn't even exist note  is a mystery (this is assuming he's not just being hyperbolic, which for obvious reasons is completely in-character).
    • Genie's first words upon his release are given a Meaningful Echo later on when Jafar is turned into a genie and trapped in his own lamp.
      Genie: 10,000 years in the Cave of Wonders ought to chill him out!
  • Terms of Endangerment: Jafar, who within about three minutes called Jasmine both "my dear" and "pussycat."
  • That Came Out Wrong: When Genie saves Aladdin from drowning and Aladdin thanks him, Genie replies "Oh, Al. I'm gettin' kind of fond of you, kid. Not that I want to pick out curtains or anything."
  • Theme Tune Extended: Arabian Nights was originally written to be three verses long, notwithstanding the reprises, but only the first stanza was used in the film. The stage musical used the full-length song and all four reprises.
  • This Is No Time to Panic: Said by Aladdin to Abu... until he sees the wall they're about to crash into. "Start panicking."
  • Thou Shall Not Kill: Despite all their power, genies can't kill anyone. This is a really big plot point of Return of Jafar because Jafar himself has to resort to scheming for revenge on Aladdin.
  • Thwarted Coup de Grâce:
    • When the vendor raises his sword to cut off Jasmine's hand, Aladdin stops him.
    • When Jafar tries to stab Aladdin who's doing a Literal Cliffhanger at the entrance of the Cave of Wonders, Abu bites him in his arm just in time.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Jafar's plan for Jasmine is to marry her (thereby becoming the Sultan), then promptly kill her.
  • Time Passes Montage: After Aladdin's "I Want" Song, the camera lingers on the palace as night turns into day.
  • Toilet Humor: The end of the "One Jump Ahead" number has the guards falling into a huge pile of manure for sale.
  • Trash Landing: The guards chasing Aladdin land on Crazy Hakim's Discount Fertilizer.
  • Treasure Room: The Cave of Wonders. In a twist, the treasure is not what anyone goes into the cave for, and is in fact a test of greed.
  • Tricking the Shapeshifter: Aladdin tricks Jafar into turning into a genie, which immediately causes him to be sucked into a lamp.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change:
    • "One Jump Ahead" starts in E minor, switches to F minor for the second verse, and then moves up to A-flat minor and B minor before Aladdin yells the final line.
    • "Friend Like Me" starts with D Minor and D Major chords, and switches to a G Minor chord for the rest of the song after the "Let her rip!" line.
    • "Prince Ali" does this nearly every chorus (around six!), including a massive one near the end that could pop a lung. It's so bad that Robin Williams, despite his impressive vocal range, can't keep up as the song finishes.
    • "A Whole New World" starts in D major, then switches to F major.
  • Toy Transmutation: During the final battle, Jafar turns Abu into a cymbal-playing monkey toy, quipping, "Don't toy with me!".
  • Tuckerization: Razoul is named after layout supervisor Rasoul Azadani.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Jafar briefly becomes Sultan.
  • Unbuilt Trope:
    • One of the first prominent examples of an animated film hiring a comedian to voice a supporting character - Robin Williams as the Genie. In this case, the Genie was created specifically for his energetic persona and the role was carefully tailored to him. Additionally the many Anachronism Stews and pop culture gags that would become a staple of Dreamworks Animation (for better or worse) are justified here because the Genie is the only one providing them and with him being a supernatural being, it's easier to hand wave. Gilbert Gottfried as Iago is a similar case, as it was because of Aladdin that he became famous.
    • It is also the first of Disney's movies from The Renaissance Age of Animation to have a more zany tone than its ilk, with any mood swings that happened whenever the movie wanted to be more serious being very abruptnote . This trend would continue throughout movies such as Hercules — with one of the most cited examples being the whiplash between Megara's impending death and the Gods' comedic smackdown of the Titans — but Aladdin also uses its mix of craziness and seriousness to manage comedic relief breaks during intense moments as well, not just to signal sudden shifts between the two tones. One of the best examples occurs while Aladdin is busy fighting Jafar, who had just transformed into a scary giant cobra; Genie suddenly becomes a cheer squad and cheers for Aladdin ("Rick 'em, rack 'em, rock 'em, rake. Stick that sword into that snake!").
  • Unknown Rival: Aladdin and Jafar spend a good two-thirds of the film unaware of each other's true identity/intentions. Jafar assumes Aladdin died in the Cave of Wonders, then when he returns as Prince Ali neither of them knows who the other is. It's not until Jafar sees "Ali" has the lamp that he puts it together. And Aladdin never recognizes Jafar as the "old man" who had led him to the Cave of Wonders.
    • Though in the TV episode "Seems Like Old Crimes", Aladdin recalls Abu stealing the lamp back from Jafar in the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin must have figured it out at some point by recognizing his voice with the "old man"'s changed voice before he tried to kill him or by Iago telling him offscreen that the "old man" WAS Jafar after Iago's Heel–Face Turn.
  • The Unreveal: Aladdin first rubbed the lamp because he noticed some dirt covered writing engraved on it. What was written on the lamp has never been revealed (or even mentioned again), not in the film or any of its sequels and spin offs. It's just there to give Aladdin a reason to rub the lamp for the first time.
  • Unusual Pets for Unusual People: Princess Jasmine owns a pet tiger. She's a Rebellious Princess.
  • Uptown Girl: Aladdin wants to pursue Jasmine but is insecure about his poverty.
  • Vigilante Man: The fruit vendor is a downplayed example; he only enacts vigilante justice on those who steal his fruit. Given the apathy of the rest of the townsfolk and the absence of any guards within earshot when he yelled "Thief!", he may have a point.
  • Villain Ball: If Jafar had simply saved Aladdin and given him some pocket change or something, Abu wouldn't have stolen the lamp, Aladdin would never have known what it does and Jafar would have successfully conquered Agrabah. Furthermore, he would never have lost the final battle if he hadn't let his greed get the better of him and wasted his last wish turning himself into an immortal indentured servant.
    • While this movie doesn't have a lot in common with the famous story, that first Villain Ball—evil sorcerer has a pointless tantrum, chucks Aladdin into the cave, loses lamp as a result—is straight from the original "Aladdin".
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Once Jafar is exposed and is about to be taken away by the guards on the Sultan's orders, he uses one of his potions to create a Smoke Out so that he can escape to his lair.
  • Villainous Crush: Subverted. Jafar hates Jasmine (presumably because he can't manipulate her easily), but Iago gives him the idea to marry her in order to give himself the political status needed to legally inherit the throne. Both of them make it very clear that once he marries her, they'll dispose of her and her father.
  • Villainous Face Hold: Jafar does this to both Jasmine and Aladdin. When mocking Jasmine over Aladdin's status as a peasant, he uses his staff to lift her face up so he can see her expression. He mocks Aladdin further by grabbing his face and then slaps him.
  • Villain Reveals the Secret: Played straight. Street rat Aladdin uses a wish granted by a genie to impersonate a prince so he can court Princess Jasmine. Aladdin and the genie argue about whether to tell Jasmine the truth. Later on, Jafar reveals Aladdin's true identity, but Jasmine isn't angry with Aladdin for lying.
  • Villain Song: "Prince Ali, Reprise," where Jafar exposes Aladdin as Prince Ali, and sends him to the ends of the earth.
    • Interestingly, Jafar had 5 separate songs and all but one of them were cut. Aside from "Prince Ali", there was "Humiliate the Boy" where Jafar does what the title suggests (cut for being too caustic). '"My Time Has Come" where Jafar recounts how hideous his life has been and how he is going to make everyone else miserable (cut for being too slow and introspective). "Why Me" was the same as "My Time Has Come" (cut because the directors felt it didn't advance the story enough, and they also wanted something with a big chorus; its place was essentially taken by the "Prince Ali Reprise"). And "My Finest Hour" where Jafar pulls the earth into a ball and bats it around with the Genie (cut because the directors decided it was too late in the movie for an extended showstopper for the villain). "Why Me" was revived for some stageplay adaptations.
  • Wait Here: Aladdin to Abu in the underground treasure caves when they reach the Lamp Chamber. Unfortunately for Aladdin, a gorilla statue with a shiny ruby was also in the room, and right next to Abu, who could not resist the "forbidden treasure". This doesn't make the cave's guardian happy at all.
  • Wham Line:
    Jafar: It's mine! It's all mine! I-- Where is it? No! NOOOOOOOOO!!!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: When Aladdin first meets Jasmine, he rescues her from a man about to cut off her hand with a sword. Aladdin takes the sword off him and hands it to Jasmine. A few seconds later, it disappears completely.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • The Genie, to Aladdin, who has just reneged on his promise to free the Genie: "Fine, I understand. After all, you've lied to everyone else, and hey, I was beginning to feel left out. You if you'll excuse me, master."
    • Jasmine dresses down her father, Aladdin, and Jafar for discussing her future right in front of her.
      Jasmine: How dare you—ALL of you! Standing around deciding my future!? I am NOT a prize to be won!
    • Jasmine and Genie at the climax after Jafar wished to become a genie at Aladdin's prodding. Unknown to them, this was all according to Aladdin's plan.
      Genie: Alright... your wish is my command... (aside) Way to go, Al...
      Jasmine: (after Jafar turns into a genie) What have you done?
      Aladdin: Trust me!
  • Who Dares?: The Cave of Wonders: "Who disturbs my slumber?"
  • Why Won't You Die?: When Aladdin returns to the palace in the climax, Jafar retorts "How many times do I have to kill you, boy?!"
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Aladdin/Prince Ali.
  • Wishing for More Wishes:
    • Zig-Zagged. The Genie tells Al, "Ix-nay on the wishing for more wishes!" up front. Being a Guile Hero, Al still manages to finagle an extra one out of the Genie by tricking him into magicking them out of an inescapable cave without actually wishing for him to do so. After being befriended and freed, Genie is willing and able to help Al all he likes outside of the confines of Three Wishes, but takes a hit to his overall magical mojo.
    • Genie is capable of doing other tasks for his master of his own accord. The only thing stopping him from saving Aladdin's life immediately seemed to be the deal they struck at the Oasis that stated Aladdin couldn't get any more free wishes. He moves and redecorates the palace for Jafar and applies more magic to Aladdin throughout "Prince Ali".
  • With Due Respect: Iago to Jafar while being forced to Run a gear like a treadmill to provide power to use the Mystic Blue Diamond.
  • Wolverine Publicity: Actually became a point of contention regarding the Genie, as he was prominently featured in the trailers and in posters against Robin Williams's wishes.
  • Worth It: Aladdin thinks that getting thrown into the dungeons was worth it because he got to meet Jasmine.
  • "You!" Exclamation: Jafar to Aladdin when he sees him in the climax.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Jafar under a beggar disguise, attempts to kill Aladdin once he has completed his task and gives him the lamp, during which the time the Cave of Wonders was currently collapsing.
  • You Just Told Me: How Jasmine confirms that the Prince is really Aladdin.
    Jasmine: It's a shame Abu had to miss this.
    Aladdin: Nah, he hates fireworks, and he doesn't really like flying, either. Uh...that is, um...oh, no...
  • You're Nothing Without Your Phlebotinum:
    • Snake-Jafar tells Aladdin that he's nothing without the Genie. Aladdin promptly proves how wrong he is by using the same response on Jafar in order to trick him into becoming a genie himself.
    • Aladdin basically thinks the same thing on his own, which is why he doesn't initially free the genie with his third wish.
  • "You!" Squared:
    "They're after me! They're after you?!"
    Broadway Run 
  • Adapted Out:
    • Abu and Rajah are taken out, and Aladdin is given human friends instead who risk their lives for him.
    • The Peddler also does not exist in the play. His role is occupied by the Genie.
  • Adaptation Species Change: Iago is made into a human servant rather than a bird puppet.
  • Canon Foreigner: Instead of Abu, Aladdin has three friends who are fellow thieves: Babcak, Omar, and Kassim. They ironically were originally supposed to be in the movie but were replaced with Abu.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: The thieves ask the Sultan why he waited so long to change the rules to allow Jasmine and Aladdin to marry.
  • Defiant Captive: Jasmine refuses to bow to Jafar when he's made Sultan. Aladdin follows suit.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Jasmine puts on a show of being a spoiled, ignorant princess to scare away her potential suitors.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation:
    • This is why Abu and Rajah don't appear in this adaptation.
    • The Genie lampshades it at the Finale of the Show.
    • Rather than try to drown Aladdin, Jafar orders the guards to imprison him for being in the princess's chambers.
    • Jafar also skips the movie’s climatic sequence and is tricked into becoming a genie moments after becoming Sultan.
  • True Companions: Aladdin's friends come to his rescue on seeing that he is imprisoned.


Aladdin - Genie's Jaw Drops

Genie jaw drops after he believes that he actually managed to make Jasmine fall in love with Jafar. Jafar rolls it back up for him.

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