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Jafar is back and he's out for revenge!
Released in May 1994, The Return of Jafar is the first sequel to Disney's Aladdin.

Some time after Aladdin defeated the evil sorcerer Jafar, he is living with Jasmine in the Sultan's palace in Agrabah, adjusting to his new life as an incredibly rich guy. Genie returns from a long vacation throughout the world, and has come to stay for good. Somewhere in the distant desert meanwhile, the geniefied Jafar and his pet Iago dig themselves out of the sands where Genie buried them. Iago abandons his master to start over, and soon finds himself in Agrabah again. Aladdin decides to take the former villain in after he saves him from some vengeful thieves. When Jafar is freed from the lamp by Abis Mal, a foolish thief with a grudge against Aladdin, Jafar unfolds his plan to destroy his enemy and everyone he loves.

It was intended to be the introduction to Aladdin: The Series, and eventually Aladdin and the King of Thieves.


Aladdin: The Return of Jafar provides examples of:

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  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Once freed, Jafar initially appears in his Genie form we saw at the end of the first film. He then assumes a variation of his original human appearance for most of the film in order to work with Abis Mal. This is necessary, as the bandit is quite understandably freaking the hell out at Jafar's Genie form.
  • Achilles' Heel: Jafar, as a super-powerful genie, only has one weakness: He can be killed if his lamp is destroyed. Genie, being the resident genie, confirms this.
    Genie: His lamp! You destroy Jafar's lamp, you destroy Jafar!
  • Actor Allusion:
    • Abis Mal is the Iraqi version of George Costanza. Both characters are also portrayed by Jason Alexander.
    • Genie imitates Krusty The Clown's laugh at one point. Both characters are voiced by Dan Castellaneta. He also briefly imitates the Rich Texan's voice in the song "Nothing in this World".
  • Animation Bump: In the loosest sense of the term. The half done by the Japanese team is a smidgen better than that of the Australian-produced half. The "You're Only Second Rate" number and the scene leading up to it stands out in particular.
    • On the other hand, Iago's animation becomes significantly less lively once Japan takes over.
  • Anti-Love Song: Forget About Love (or rather, half of it is)
  • Arc Words: Whenever it's pointed out that genies can't kill, this response appears: "You'd be surprised what you can live through."
  • Are We There Yet?: Variation when Jafar, still stuck in his lamp, asks Iago if they are out of the Cave of Wonders yet at the beginning of the film, apparently one too many times judging by this response:
    Iago: "Are we out yet? Are we out yet?" YES, WE'RE OUT!
  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: When Iago is in a birdcage begging for Abu to let him out.
    Iago: Come on! I've got a wife and three eggs! Imagine them hatching never knowing their daddy! COME ON! OPEN THE CAGE! Open it! Open it! OPEN IT! [Abu spots Rajah the tiger nearby, smiles slyly, then opens the cage] Yeah, that's more like it—DAH! [Sees Rajah snarling menacingly at him; he struggles with Abu fighting over the cage door] CLOSE THE CAGE! Close it! Close it! CLOSE IT!
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The gang wonders how they can possibly defeat Jafar, who is now an immortal genie and completely invulnerable. Genie reveals that while Jafar is still a wish-granting genie and not a free one like himself, there's only one way; destroy the lamp Jafar is bound to. The crew have a tough time trying to get Jafar's lamp to destroy it while dodging all of Jafar's attempts to thwart them. In the end, the one who destroys it is Iago, ending Jafar for good.
    Genie: His lamp! You destroy Jafar's lamp, you destroy Jafar!
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Jafar comes out of the lamp as a gigantic red genie, folds his arms, hovers hugely and ominously, then leans in really close, scaring the living shit out of Abis Mal, who babbles incoherently in utter terror.
  • Bad Boss: Abis Mal, even before they upped his villainy a bit in the series where he pulls a You Have Failed Me on one of his mooks, was a genuinely terrible boss to his gang of thieves: Specifically, in the beginning, he was shown to keep the lion's share of the plunder that he and his gang stole, and gave his gang a small pocketbag of change at best. It's also strongly implied that this wasn't the first time Abis Mal cheapskated his followers either. They eventually try to kill him after one setback too much, only to run away when genie-Jafar pulls an unintended Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work on them.
  • Badass Decay: In-Universe with the Genie. It seems to come with being free, as he admits in the movie, saying his powers were now Semi-Phenomenal and Nearly Cosmic.
  • Bag of Spilling: Justified. The Genie gets noticeably nerfed in the sequels and television show, mentioning that his freedom from the lamp has reduced his powers. This culminates in a musical number where Genie Jafar (who Genie gave his power to and logically could not have been more powerful than imprisoned Genie) toys with and captures Genie with ease. Although there are some inconsistencies with this; Genie maintains his apparent ability to perceive time and events as all occurring simultaneously, allowing for plenty of modern pop culture references and anachronistic objects to go around. Also in Aladdin and the King of Thieves, he seems much more powerful than he was in this film. Maybe the Genie just learned how to make the most use of his weaker powers.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At one point, a water spout rises from the fountain in the palace garden, accompanied by suspenseful music. At first, it was hinted that Jafar (whom Iago had dropped down a well) was surfacing, but instead, it turned out to be Genie.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Iago feels bad about helping Jafar again because Aladdin put himself on the line for him. It's why he ends up switching sides.
  • Becoming the Mask: Iago originally pretended to be Aladdin's friend in order to get back into the power he once had. He later ends up actually becoming Aladdin's friend after Aladdin sticks up for him.
  • Berserk Button: Just like in the first film, Iago’s hatred of crackers, and especially the phrase “Polly want a cracker”. When Jafar demands Iago release him from the lamp, and uses this phrase, it’s what pushes Iago over the edge and causes him to defect from Jafar.
  • Big Bad: Jafar, Aladdin's Arch-Enemy, returns in this movie.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Abis Mal tries to be the main threat, and has his own personal vendetta against Aladdin, but Jafar is way beyond his league.
  • Big Damn Heroes:
    • After Iago frees him, Genie saves Aladdin from the execution with seconds to spare.
    • In the midst of the Final Battle, when Aladdin and the others were trapped over a pool of lava and unable to reach Jafar's lamp, Iago pulls a Changed My Mind, Kid and comes flying in to help.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Jafar during the climax when he sees Aladdin is still alive.
    • He also does it again after Iago uses his last strength to knock his lamp into the lava pool.
      Jafar: My lamp! NOOOOOOOOOO!
    • Jasmine, when Jafar announce to her that he just sentenced Aladdin to death- while masquerading as her.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": From Iago to Jafar. "Hey, Jafar! SHUT UUUUUUP!" Also a Call-Back - Jafar's last line in the first movie was one of these to Iago as the two were flung into the distance.
  • "Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word: Used three times by Iago, except referring to "strong words" instead of "ugly words." He uses it for "friend," "traitor," and "but."
  • Call-Back: Like in the first movie, Carpet falls to pieces by Jafar's magic during the climax, and is revived upon Jafar's defeat.
  • Capture and Replicate: Jafar does this as part of his plan to frame Aladdin for the murder of the Sultan. He captures Jasmine and disguises himself as her to appear at the execution.
  • Changed My Mind, Kid: Iago. He opts to bail just before the final confrontation with Jafar. Just when things are looking bleak for our heroes, Iago comes charging into the fight and manages to snatch Jafar's genie lamp. Despite being injured by a magical blast, Iago is able to shove the lamp into a pool of lava, destroying Jafar and saving the day.
  • Company Cross References: When Genie releases the protagonists from the dungeon, he chants "Bippity-boppity-boo!"
  • Convection Schmonvection: A particularly egregious example in the climax, where Aladdin holds on to a rock mere inches above a flow of molten lava, and doesn't even look like he's sweating. Though considering it's magically summoned lava, it's possible it doesn't convect.
  • Creepy Circus Music: "You're Only Second Rate", the Villain Song, is a swingy Broadway-style song that contains some elements of this. For example, circus-themed imagery is used throughout the song, and when Jafar sings the line "You think your cat's a meanie, but your tiger's tame", you can hear the melody of "Entry of the Gladiators" in the background.
  • Creepy Jazz Music: "You're Only Second Rate", Jafar's swingy Villain Song where he beats Genie in a Curb-Stomp Battle, all while gloating about his power.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Genie is utterly outmatched by Jafar in their Wizard Duel.
  • Darker and Edgier: A lesser example; while some elements are more lighthearted (Abis Mal, Genie) Jafar's plan to frame Aladdin for the murder of the Sultan, disguise himself as Jasmine to appear at the execution, and then kill Aladdin is pretty dark, especially when he gets within seconds of winning.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Iago has the most focus of all the characters in this film.
  • Disney Death: This movie loves this. Genie gets chucked across the garden but he's just unconscious, Carpet gets torn to shreds but it's just fine, and Iago gets blasted with lightning but "You'd be surprised what you can live through." Justified as in his genie form Jafar cannot actually kill people directly.
  • Divide and Conquer: Jafar captures Genie, Abu, Carpet, the Sultan, and Jasmine in succession so that Aladdin has no one to turn to when the frame-up is pulled.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Abis Mal failed to not only retrieve the plunder that Aladdin stole back from them and dispersed to the Agrabahian populace, but also get revenge on Aladdin when they encountered him at Agrabah's streets (and nearly got them arrested thanks to Iago knocking them back), Abis Mal's gang of thieves evidently had enough of their boss and tried to kill him on the spot after he retrieved some water from the well (the same well that Iago ditched Jafar's Lamp into earlier). It's averted, and not because they forgave him so much as they were scared off by Jafar being unwittingly released from the lamp by Abis Mal before they could deliver the killing blows on him.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: Jafar plays this in an incredibly obvious version of this trope as Abis Mal's genie. He curtails any authority Abis Mal may have had with Jackass Genie tactics and threats of giving him A Fate Worse Than Death, and sets up the whole plan to best Aladdin himself.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: Abis Mal was very right to question if Jafar would let him keep the treasures once he used his third wish to free him after the treachery Jafar had already put him through with his first two wishes.
  • Easily Forgiven: Jafar instantly forgives Iago for dropping him down a well, later stating that Iago's traitorous nature is one of the things he admires about him.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: When Iago tries to redeem himself to Aladdin by trying to free the Genie from the crystal ball prison, Abu goes off on an unintelligible rant, to which an irate Iago responds: "Hey! Do I insult your mother?"
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Abis Mal gets pressed into servitude after accidentally summoning the genie Jafar. Jafar accomplishes this by constantly threatening violence against Abis. At one point, the hapless thief recalls that Jafar said genies can't kill, but Jafar ominously replied, "You'd be surprised what you can live through." Also, Jafar is the epitome of the Jackass Genie, so it's not like he can make his wishes and be on his way.
  • Evil Laugh: Both a heroic example and a straight example within seconds of each other, respectively by Genie and Jafar.
  • Evil Overlooker: On the cover of the original VHS (page image), Jafar is menacingly hovering over the heroes by looking at them through a crystal ball. The DVD/Blu-ray posters just has his face menacingly watching over the heroes from the sky.
  • Evil Plan: Jafar's Batman Gambit. Upon his release, he immediately comes up with a plan to retake Agrabah and kill all of his old enemies, relying on two people to help him accomplish this task: Abis Mal, and Iago. Both serve him out of utter fear, and Jafar almost gets away with all he has done. This includes having Iago lead Aladdin and the Sultan astray while Jafar imprisons the Genie, Abu, and Jasmine; chasing Aladdin down a waterfall and having him live so that he can return to Agrabah and be arrested for the 'murder of the sultan' - after which he would be humiliated by Jafar disguised as Jasmine right before his death. Had Iago not interfered, Jafar would have won.
  • Fade Around the Eyes: Frequently to enhance Jafar's vengeance, the screen constantly fades out after a scene with him smiling evilly.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: Jafar gets his lamp dropped in lava, has an electrifying seizure, then explodes into dust. When this movie was released onto DVD, Disney actually tweaked the animation in this scene from its original VHS release so that you don't see Jafar's flashing skeleton until the very end of it (though, admittedly, this was largely done because the flashing would've been epileptic inducing).]]
  • Fate Worse than Death: Implied. Genies may not be able to kill, but "you'd be surprised what you can live through."
    • That's the basis of Jafar's Evil Plan, he states that: "It's not enough that we simply destroy Aladdin. After all, there are things so much worse than death." It's sure is: Aladdin not only learn that he will be executed, but Jasmine, the love of his life, ordered it. Then, a few seconds before the execution, Aladdin realize that the one who ordered it was actually Jafar in disguise. Aladdin nearly died not only knowing that his enemy had returned, but having no idea what the latter did of Jasmine, or what he will do to her afterwards.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Jafar even moreso than in the previous film.
  • Forgot I Could Fly: When Genie escapes from the orb Jafar put him in, Genie races through the castle and snatches Aladdin away from the execution stand, only to poof the rest of the protagonists to safety seconds later. However it is possible that Genie had to know Al's exact location to be able to poof him, and the flying around bit was more about just finding him than anything.
  • Freeing the Genie: Jafar makes Abis Mal vow to make this wish. However, when it's most appropriate to do, Mal (very reasonably) gets cold feet.
  • Genre Savvy: Abis Mal of all people surprisingly develops this on the cusp of the climax. He prepares to wish for Jafar's freedom...then stops. Having been Jafar's lackey for most of the film, and having seen him abuse the Master-Genie relationship, Abis Mal rightfully (and not unreasonably) questions if setting Jafar free will, among other things, magically erase his bribe. Ironically, by employing this Trope, Abis Mal unwittingly prevents Jafar from becoming invincible as the final battle commences and the heroes are thus able to destroy his Lamp minutes later).
  • Gone Horribly Right:
    • Aladdin's plans to get rid of Jafar in the first movie worked well enough, but what happens when the near-omnipotent and very evil genie gets free?
    • Abu only intended to open Iago's cage as a joke to scare him with Rajah being nearby. Unfortunately, the joke backfires as Rajah then destroys the cage and chases Iago into the palace, accidentally ruining the palace dinner and blowing Iago's cover to the whole palace.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Iago.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Iago, switching sides three times and then conspiring with Cassim in King of Thieves.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: At the climax, Jafar opens the earth and traps the heroes in a Lava pit...only to eventually have Iago kick his lamp into the lava, causing Jafar to electrocute, then explode into nothingness.
  • I Have a Family: Iago tries to pull this card in an attempt to get Abu to open the birdcage Aladdin locked him in. It’s obvious that he’s lying. Ultimately subverted because Abu does open the cage... but that’s only because he spotted Rajah and decided to have some fun at Iago’s expense.
    Iago: COME ON! I got a wife and three eggs! Imagine them hatching, never knowing their daddy!
  • Inane Blabbering: Abis Mal's reaction to seeing Jafar's genie form is this. He's finally able to start talking properly again after Jafar reverts to his human form.
  • Ineffectual Death Threats: Subverted. Several characters try to downplay Jafar's threat level by pointing out that as a genie, he can't actually kill anyone this time around - but then, "you'd be surprised what you can live through." He also manages to get someone else to (nearly) execute Aladdin, so he's not all talk.
  • Ironic Echo: "You'd be surprised what you can live through."
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: After a spiel celebrating Aladdin's promotion to Royal Vizier, Genie has to turn to the Sultan and ask "What's a royal vizier?"
  • Jackass Genie: Jafar is a natural at this, wasting Abis Mal's two wishes and implying that he could just as easily twist the third to get Abis Mal to work for him. This later backfires on him when, after promising Abis Mal piles of treasures in return for wishing Jafar to be free, Abis Mal hesitates and asks if the treasure would disappear.
    Abis Mal: I wish for Jafar to be— [stops suddenly] Wait... How do I know that these things won't disappear once I set you free?
    Jafar: (becoming increasingly frustrated) The more pressing question is: HOW WILL YOU STAY ALIVE IF YOU DON'T?!
    Abis Mal: B-But-But you-you said that genies can't kill! Y-Y-You said that!
    Jafar: You'd be surprised what you can live through.
  • Jerkass: Jafar is this to Abis Mal.
  • Keep Away: The movie ends with Aladdin and his friends trying to get Jafar's lamp away from him and Abis Mal in order to destroy it, because according to Genie, the only way to kill a genie is to destroy his lamp before his summoner can wish him free (at which the genie becomes invincible afterwards). Jafar finds out about this, and as a result he traps the heroes in a pit of lava, with the lamp just out of reach. Fortunately, Iago the parrot shows up in time, grabs Jafar's lamp, and throws it into the lava. Cue Jafar getting electrocuted, turning into a skeleton, screaming throughout, and exploding violently.
  • Keep the Reward: Near the beginning of the movie, Aladdin saves the Sultan's life and the Sultan offers to make him Royal Vizier. In the end, he turns it down, because he says he wants to have adventures and see the world.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Played with. The severity of it is watered down by the pettiness of it. After kidnapping the Sultan and the Magic Carpet from Aladdin, Abis Mal tops it all off by shoving his foot at the guy's face just like he did near the beginning of the movie.
    • Later, played straight when Jafar visits Aladdin's cell disguised as Jasmine to pretend she's personally sentencing him for a crime he didn't do. And again when "Jasmine" visits Aladdin just moments before his execution.
      • He also hurts Jasmine as well when he gloats how he made Aladdin think she sentenced him to death. Not only will her true love die but he'll die thinking she doubted him, and it was her wish he be executed. He then threatens her father's life when she acts defiantly.
  • Killed Off for Real: Jafar is killed off for real. The Aladdin canon continued with three seasons of a cartoon series as well as a final movie, all without bringing him back, even though he is a relatively popular Disney villain. He does return in a Hercules crossover episode, in which he's still technically dead.
  • Literally Shattered Lives: In the final battle, Jafar petrifies Carpet when he and Aladdin try to reach Jafar's lamp. They subsequently crash, and Carpet is shattered in a hundred pieces. Like the previous film, Carpet regenerates after Jafar is defeated.
  • Little "No": Jasmine when Iago is hit by Jafar's magic.
  • Loophole Abuse: Because he's now bound by the rules of the genie, Jafar can't kill Aladdin himself. So, it forces him to rely on proxies and indirect assassination attempts where he technically doesn't lay a finger on Al.
  • Meaningful Echo: "You'd be surprised what you can live through."
  • Meaningful Name: Abis Mal really is the pits!
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The main reason for Iago's Heel–Face Turn; he's sick and tired of Jafar constantly abusing him and pushing him around. Also the reason why Abis Mal's minions try to kill him.
  • Musical Nod: The ending to "Nothing in the World" weaves in the opening bars of "Friend Like Me."
  • Named in the Sequel: The captain of the guards, who was left unnamed in the first film, is now named "Razoul".
  • Negative Continuity: Genie mentions Hercules (who looks nothing like the Disney version, because well this was produced four years before Disney did Hercules).
    • Another problem is that the Hercules TV series (that takes place during teen Hercules's training) had a crossover with Aladdin that was supposed to happen way after Return of Jafar. Indicating that the entire Aladdin series would have taken place before Hercules was even a famous hero! One could, however, argue this point by noting how much of the Genie's trip couldn't have happened in ancient times either and that he probably used his time-travel abilities for this trip. (That being said, even there, the absolutely not matching appearances of the two Hercules receive no explanation).
  • Never My Fault: Abis Mal blames Aladdin for turning his men against him, when it was his own abusive behavior and incompetence as a leader that led them to turn against him.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Aladdin tricking Jafar into becoming a genie saved the day in the first film. But when he gets loose in this film, Aladdin's created a foe with all of the Genie's powers, none of the morals, and more than enough means to work around the three rules a genie must follow. Al, you little genius, you...
    • Iago dropping the lamp down a well led to Abis Mal finding it. Jafar probably wouldn't have returned to avenge Aladdin otherwise.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain:
    • If Jafar had just swallowed his pride and actually treated Iago like somewhat of an equal after forcing him out of the Lamp instead of, well, ranting that Iago would have been stuck in the bazaar squacking "Polly Want A Cracker" had he not been involved, most of the movie would not have happened.
    • If Jafar hadn't mistreated Abis Mal and wasted his wishes with Jackass Genie antics, he would have been wished free before Aladdin and the gang could stop him. This seems to be one of Jafar's biggest flaws.
    • Jafar could've just let Aladdin die from going over the waterfall. Instead, he decided that he needed to humiliate him further before he died through a needlessly more convoluted scheme that had more chances to (and eventually did) go wrong.
      • In particular, Jafar-as-Jasmine appearing to taunt Aladdin moments before his execution is why the execution fails. Now knowing what's really going on, Aladdin is no longer resigned to his death and struggles to break free and warn the guards. This causes a minor delay of several seconds as Razul and the guards have to restrain him...which nonethless unknowingly buys Iago the time to finish freeing the Genie (and thus save Aladdin at literally the last second).
  • No Ontological Inertia: After Jafar's death, all the destruction he caused is reversed, with the lava pit closing back up, the palace getting restored, and Carpet reintegrated. Earlier in the film, Abis Mal of all people is wise about this possibly happening, as he suspects that freeing Jafar would make the things he conjured disappear.
  • Nothing Can Stop Us Now!: Near the end, Jafar has Aladdin and his friends at his mercy hanging over a lava pit. "Give it up, boy. You can never have my lamp, and there is no one here to save you this time." Cue Iago's arrival.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: The good guys really lay it on thick when Iago's (reluctantly) planning to betray them.
  • Off-Model: There's some pretty sub-par animation.
    • Just look at Jasmine's face during the "Forget About Love" musical number.
    • The Carpet looks less lively outside the first movie (as the intricate texture implemented through CG was replaced with a regular Cel-painted drawing).
    • Jafar in some scenes looks like he's being played by Captain Hook.
    • In one scene, the Sultan loses his eyebrows!
    • In many scenes, most notably the ones where Genie is present (The "Nothing Like a Friend" musical number) the colors of his skin overlap with other parts of his body, like his mouth. Also, at the very end of that number, Aladdin and Jasmine randomly switch spots between cuts when they're near Genie and holding the last note.
    • This is also attributed to the sudden switch between two studiosnote  midway in the film.
    • During the "Forget About Love" number Aladdin is wearing his formal clothes. After the number ends (and it's still the same scene) he's suddenly wearing his street clothes.
  • Offscreen Inertia: Abis Mal (technically Jafar's master) is thrown out the palace window during the final battle and is quickly forgotten as the heroes fight Jafar, almost die, successfully kill him and happily plan for the future. It's only after the credits that we cut to a tree outside the palace with Abis Mal pitifully hanging by his pants.
    Abis Mal: Does this mean I don't get my third wish?
  • Off with His Head!: Attempted after Aladdin has been framed and condemned to die for "the murder of the Sultan". Fortunately, Iago does a Heel–Face Turn and breaks the Genie free from the glass bottle, and in turn, the Genie becomes a Big Damn Hero in flying at the speed of light and rescuing Aladdin a mere split-second before he is to be decapitated.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Abis Mal gets one during Aladdin's escape when he tries to get the crystal flower from Abu and realizes that he's about to fall.
    • Aladdin, when Genie mentioned how Iago shoved crackers into Sultan's mouth in the first film. Aladdin was trying to bring up Iago to everyone more subtly.
      Genie: (embraces Aladdin who tried to sneak away) You don't see this guy hanging out with any evil parrots!
      Aladdin: It's funny you should mention Iago.
    • Abu, when Rajah is chasing Iago into the palace, about to blow his cover.
    • Iago when Jafar suddenly appears out of the darkness.
    • Everyone when Abis Mal almost wished Jafar free.
    • Everyone at the climax has a Mass "Oh, Crap!" where Jafar has easily outmatched them.
    • Then Jafar gets one as he gasps in horror as he realizes exactly what Iago is about to do: kick his lamp into the lava, causing Jafar to electrocute, then explode into nothingness, destroying him forever.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Abu when one of Abis Mal's henchman grabs the chest he's trying to steal at the start of the film.
    • Abu does this again when Rajah catches him in the act of trying to steal the jeweled flower Aladdin gave Jasmine.
  • Once Done, Never Forgotten: Sultan didn't forget how Iago shoved his crackers into his mouth (and probably telling him to his face they're disgusting) in the first film.
  • One-Winged Angel: Played with in that it's actually his original, real form at the start of the film, but Jafar decides to transition back into his gigantic Genie self for the final battle instead of the human he looked like for most of it. Unlike the first film, it's not in any way a Clipped-Wing Angel.
  • Pilot Movie: The movie is essentially structured as a 3-part pilot to the series.
  • The Power of Friendship:
    • Genie returns from his world tour almost immediately because he missed his friends too much.
    • Iago redeems because Aladdin showed him true friendship, whereas Jafar just barks orders and uses intimidation.
  • Redemption Quest: The movie is this for Iago. He winds up being the hero in this film more than Aladdin himself.
  • Retcon: It's pretty heavily implied that Aladdin and Jasmine are married at the end of Aladdin, when they kiss during the fireworks. As we see in this movie and obviously Aladdin and the King of Thieves, their wedding hasn't quite happened yet. It's mentioned by the film's directors on the DVD commentary that they felt that the ending may have been unclear on whether or not a wedding had happened, thus they felt that the Aladdin sequels were a good idea. The implication is that the very end of the original Aladdin was more like a date between an engaged couple.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Jafar's biggest fault in the movie, resulting in carelessness and unnecessary cruelty that ultimately leads to his downfall.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: The title announcing Jafar's return.
  • Reverse Psychology: Iago's entire aim while singing with Jasmine in "Forget About Love," and it works like a charm - his over-the-top griping about how Jas should give up Aladdin causes her to remember how much she loved him with little fuss. In a fun twist, though, he really does think "all that mushy stuff" is disgusting, but he's willing to help them get back together anyway in order to help a friend.
  • Running Gag: Three.
    • In response to it being said that genies can't kill, someone replies "You'd be surprised what you can live through".
    • Iago saying something "is such a strong word".
    • Throughout the film, someone calls Iago a 'Traitor'.
  • Shapeshifting: Both the Genie and Jafar can do this. Genie takes advantage of this to disguise himself as Aladdin to distract Jafar during the final battle. If you look closely, Genie!Aladdin isn't wearing Aladdin's fez.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrunken Organ: After Iago's presence been exposed to the palace, Genie tries to convince Iago to get Al & Jasmine to reconcile; One such method is then poofing up an x-ray over the parrot revealing a shrunken heart. Currently provides the page image.
    Iago: Jeez! What're you tryin' to do, gimme a heart attack?
    Genie: [appears as a doctor] Aha! You do have a heart! [poofs up an X-ray over Iago revealing a tiny heart in his ribs] An itty bitty one, but it is there.
  • Siding with the Suffering: Iago spent the entirety of the first film on Jafar's side. The beginning of this film sees Iago escape from Jafar's lamp and slowly turn face over the course of the movie, even offing Jafar for good by kicking his lamp into magma. Not that Iago's all that heroic, but his conscience does get the better of him on a number of occasions. He grumbles over it a lot.
  • Something We Forgot: Abis Mal in the The Stinger.
    Abis Mal: [still hanging from a tree] Does this mean I don't get my third wish?
  • Spoiler Cover: The main poster for the film clearly shows Iago with Aladdin and co. instead of Jafar.
  • The Stinger: After the end credits, Abis Mal is stuck in the tree and lamenting he never got his third wish.
  • Supporting Protagonist: While Aladdin is the main character of the entire series, The Return of Jafar is really Iago's story.
  • Technicolor Death: When Jafar's lamp is destroyed, his skeleton is visible while he sparks with electricity, then he explodes into gold dust.
  • Tempting Fate: Iago says this gem when he insults Jafar, then the lights go out and Jafar suddenly appears from the darkness.
    Iago: Oh, yeah. Bein' one of the good guys has its advantages. Ahh, advisor to Aladdin, the new grand vizier. And when Aladdin becomes Sultan, that will make me the grand vizier! Only I'm not gonna blow it like that idiot Jafar!! [eats a cluster of grapes] I'll NEVER have to stand in his shadow again! [suddenly, the lights go out, spotlight switches on over Iago, and Jafar appears out of the darkness] AWK! JAFAR!!!! [chuckles nervously] Buddy?
  • "They Still Belong to Us" Lecture: Jafar tries to pull this on Iago to lure Aladdin and his friends into a trap. Iago does betray Aladdin and assist Jafar in the scheme, but the allegiance doesn't last.
  • This Cannot Be!: "The street rat? Still alive!? NO!"
  • Three Wishes: A subversion. Abis Mal frees Jafar and also gets the standard three wishes, despite Jafar demanding he take him to Agrabah first so he can get revenge on Aladdin, then he'll give Abis Mal his wishes. Instead Jafar takes the Jackass Genie route and makes Abis Mal completely waste the first two, while saving the third one for getting himself freed from the lamp. Abis Mal never gets to do so in the end. Technically, Jafar does grant three wishes- the treasure ship, not drowning, and the treasure chest (although Abis Mal did say "I could wish..."). Bear in mind that in the first film, the Genie couldn't even save Aladdin from drowning without him unconsciously nodding his head (and could only save him from the Cave of Wonders because he thought that was a wish), so Jafar can either grant as many wishes as he wants, or decide which wishes count and which don't- Justified either way, since Jafar is the most powerful Genie in existence and so can bend the rules even if he can't break them.
  • Too Powerful to Live: Jafar as an evil genie. After Genie explains that the only way to get rid of a genie for good is to destroy their lamp, Aladdin decides that they have to destroy Jafar once and for all. Jasmine even mentions beforehand that "He's so powerful!". And afterwards, Iago reminds them that Jafar is "large and in charge!"
  • Troll: Jafar is clearly having fun tormenting Abis Mal for the sake of having fun doing it.
  • Truck Driver's Gear Change: Every original song has this.
    • "I'm Looking Out for Me" starts in A minor and ends in B minor.
    • "Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend)" has the verses and middle eight sung in A minor, while the first and second choruses are respectively in C major and D major.
    • "Forget About Love" starts in E major and shifts down to C-sharp major for the finale.
    • "You're Only Second Rate (I'm Only Second Rate)" starts in B minor and shifts down to A-flat minor for the finale.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Abis Mal to Jafar.
  • Villain Ball:
    • Jafar saving Aladdin's life. When Abis Mal and several shadowy assassins on horseback (with enchanted horses, actually all Jafar) manages to force Aladdin down a waterfall, Jafar then telekinetically lifts the unconscious Aladdin away from the waterfall's rocks and places him safely on the continuing river. Abis Mal then proceeds to call out Jafar for this, causing Jafar to almost attack Abis Mal before calmly informing him that he only delayed the inevitable for Aladdin, and that the true revenge was yet to come.
    • Had Jafar not been so deceitful with Abis Mal in his first two wishes, Abis Mal probably would have been more likely to free Jafar as his third wish. But after such trickery, Abis Mal rightfully questioned Jafar's intentions when he promised Abis Mal untold riches without wishing for them. Mal assumed they would disappear when he freed Jafar, which knowing Jafar is not a wrong assumption.
    • Iago himself also counts as a Villain Ball for Jafar. By taking advantage of Iago's Heel–Face Turn, it leads Jafar directly to his downfall.
  • Villain Song: "You're Only Second Rate" and, to a lesser extent, "I'm Lookin' Out For Me".
  • Villainous Breakdown: Jafar loses it when he realizes that Aladdin is still alive after his plan to have him killed fails.
  • Villainous Face Hold: Jafar grabs Jasmine's jaw as she's chained to a wall, but she bites his hand.
  • Wham Line:
    Aladdin: It's the truth! Why don't you believe me?
    Jasmine!Jafar: Because we know you're lying!
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: One can't help but wonder how Razoul reacted when he discovered that the Sultan was actually still alive after all.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Double Subversion:
    Genie: [bold, heroic] HAHAHAHAHA, who's laughing now?!
    Jafar: Mmmuhahahahahahahahahahahaha! Why, I believe it's me.
  • Wild Card: Iago.
  • Wizard Duel: Between Genie and Jafar. They both use Shapeshifting, summoning objects out of nowhere, and good old magic beams alike.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Iago tries to pull one of these on Aladdin toward the beginning. Aladdin doesn't buy it, and assumes he's still working for Jafar.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Jafar's death scene.
  • You Got Spunk!: Jafar tells a captured Jasmine whose face he has grabbed: "Mmmm such spirit." In response, Jasmine tries to bite him.
    Jafar: Perhaps after a few days in chains, you'll be more kindly disposed toward me. Especially if you want your father to remain healthy!
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Iago defects from Jafar to the good guys for his own gain and eventually starts to actually like them. Once Jafar comes back, however, he bullies Iago into becoming The Mole and uses him to capture them all, though Iago's clearly not happy about doing it.
    Jafar: Ah, Iago...You betrayed me and allied yourself with my enemies! Then you turned on them as soon as it was in your best interests! That's what I love about you. You're so perfectly— predictable. A villain through and through.
    Iago: Yeah... no problem...
  • Your Mother: As detailed under Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas, Abu more or less says this in Monkey to Iago during the climax. Surprisingly, Iago's reaction is genuine anger.


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Alternative Title(s): The Return Of Jafar


Jafar's Destruction

Following his lamp being knocked into his own lava pit by Iago, Jafar meets his end in a disturbingly explosive fashion.

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