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  • Adorkable: Genie has a lot of dorky moments, most notably when he first meets Eden and acts like a smitten human boy.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Jasmine. Due to how easily she becomes criminal in "Forget Me Lots" — due to Criminal Amnesiacand eventually betrays and overthrows Abis Mal as the Big Bad of the chapter and tries to kill Aladdin (for a very petty reason), suggests for some fans that she hides a very dark side in her.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: The episode “The Secret of Dagger Rock” actually gives a solid (albeit humorous) explanation as to why Genie still has his cuffs in the series and sequels despite them disappearing when he was freed at the end of the first movie; in his words, "There's one thing I'm still a slave to, and that's fashion!"
  • Complete Monster: Most of Aladdin's enemies have some degree of comedic traits. However, things get much darker when either of these two are around:
    • Mozenrath is the most personal, recurring foe that Aladdin has faced. A youthful sorcerer who betrayed, zombified, and enslaved his own master, Mozenrath enacts a variety of schemes to destroy Agrabah and bind Genie to his will. Attempting to unleash the Wind Jackal to annihilate Agrabah and threatening to do the same to every other kingdom of the world if they don't kowtow to him, Mozenrath later dominates the entire race of Sprites, turning them into a force of slaves that he works to near-death before trying to wipe them all out when they rebel. Mozenrath also traps a large portion of the Sultan's palace in an alternate plane of existence to be damned while he swoops in for control, and in another plot manipulated Genie and his girlfriend with dirty tricks so as to turn them into living batteries. In his final bout of villainy, Mozenrath horribly tries to bodyjack Aladdin and leave the boy hero trapped in either his own dying body, or inside Mozenrath's mind while he conquers the world.
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    • Mirage is evil incarnate, devoted only to proliferating misery and destroying all that is good. As an early testament to her evil, Mirage orders a village and its population incinerated in her debut just because of the crops they grow for the surrounding land. Mirage's plots range from the grandiose to the sadistically petty, everything from attempting to have all of Agrabah destroyed and brewing up civil wars for fun, to trying to destroy Aladdin and Jasmine's love for each other by slowly transforming Jasmine into a snake. Mirage even tempts children into her clutches, promising them immortality in exchange for becoming the monstrous El-Katib, a process she neglects to mention entails their eternal servitude in a dark void with release only ever three years. Mirage has no issue abandoning the El-Katib to die, coldly leaving them all to perish in the sunlight when one of them finally defies her.
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  • Continuity Lockout: If you haven't seen The Return of Jafar, you'll likely be confused by Iago a) being free from Jafar's lamp and b) on the side of the good guys.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Mozenrath. While only appearing in 9 out of all the 86 episodes, there was just enough depth to his character to make him stand out from the crowd, resulting in endless theories about him and his past life.
    • Chaos, in spades. Despite being a one-shot character, he is highly popular among fans.
    • Thundra the rainbird has quite the fandom for her scant appearances.
    • Mirage — especially for the Furry Fandom.
    • Eden is also a favorite among fans, despite only being in 2 episodes.
    • Arbutus only appeared in 1 episode, but gained a fair amount of popularity due to his Anti-Villain traits and making some valid points in his Green Aesop. Being voiced by Ron Perlman certainly doesn't hurt either.
  • Evil Is Cool: Many villains are seen this way, like Arbutus, Chaos, Malcho, The Mukhtar and Mozenrath.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Mozenrath, Mirage, Saleen and Sadira (though she's more cute than sexy, and more of a Friendly Enemy than evil). Also, Jasmine during her temporary evil in "Forget Me Lots".
  • Fanon: The idea of Mozenrath being Aladdin's long lost brother proved interesting enough to become very popular, despite Disney deciding not to use it.
    • Somehow, the idea that Mirage is Mozenrath's mother has gotten quite a bit of traction among fans, manifesting itself commonly in fanfiction where Mozenrath is portrayed as Mirage's exasperated prodigal son. At no point in the TV show itself do the two have any interactions, nor is any such relationship even hinted at.
    • If Aladdin and Mozenrath are portrayed as brothers, it's often as half-brothers with Cassim as their shared parent and different mothers.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Aladdin and Mozenrath have quite the fan following with numerous fanfics and fanart of them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "The Seven Faces of Genie", Genie's Anger, Laughter, and Kindness bear some resemblance to Yao, Ling, and Chien Po, respectively.
    • Chaos, a crazy cat-like being with god-like powers has quite a lot in common with Discord. .
    • In "The Flawed Couple", Iago is affected by one of Mechanikles' machines and starts hitting on Jasmine. Japanese people will probably get slight Thumbelina flashbacks, since the two have the same voice actors, Akira Kamiya and Kaori Asoh. In the original version, Iago even calls Jasmine "toots".
    • "Secret of Dagger Rock" has Jasmine disguise herself as a palace guard to save Aladdin from Mozenrath. Four years after this episode aired, Disney released a movie about another girl who disguises herself as a man.
    • The magical gauntlet in "To Cure A Thief" looks nearly identical to the Infinity Gauntlet.
    • The premise of "Sandswitch", a villain alters reality switching places with a Disney Princess so that she can marry the prince and live happily ever after. Which is also the plot of Cinderella III: A Twist in Time
  • Ho Yay: Iago and Abu have a few moments of monkey-parrot bromance. Hell, you can say that Iago has a few Tsundere tendencies towards Abu. Example of how close it can get between them? This bit at the end of "The Day the Bird Stood Still", after he's been saved from becoming a stone statue:
    Iago: Don’t ask me to explain this. (Kisses Abu hard on the forehead)
    • And if you thought that was gay, in "In the Heat of the Fright", the two realize with horror that they've had a Sleep Cute moment, with Iago telling himself that it's all just been a bad dream.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Iago sometimes shows a more pitiful side instead of his usual crankiness.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Mozenrath. He hasn't even met half the characters he gets shipped with.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
    • Chaos, implied to be the Anthropomorphic Personification of his namesake, is a near-omnipotent trickster whose unpredictability is matched only by his love of fun and affability. Chaos is "tricked" by the evil goddess Mirage into visiting Agrabah, where he proceeds to begin screwing with reality for his own amusement, creating an evil Aladdin and an evil Genie to challenge the status quo when he's informed "Aladdin always wins." Motivated by nothing but his whims, Chaos is still a fiendishly good planner who set up Mirage from the beginning, and tricks her into falling into his evil Genie's clutches just to place her in so much danger she ends inadvertently saving the day. Not only the most powerful being seen in the series, Chaos is a cunning Trickster Mentor who commends Aladdin for what he's done with Agrabah and tells him to keep up the good work—lest he return to make things "interesting" again.
    • The Mukhtar is a snake-like mercenary and the most skilled genie hunter in all the land. In his introductory episode, Mukhtar uses Iago and Abu to lead him to Genie and then masterfully fights and defeats Genie with a variety of skills, using both magical tools and pragmatic wit to outdo the powerful Reality Warper as well as his friends. Letting Genie go without issue when his employer calls the hunt off, Mukhtar later returns to take all of Genie's friends hostage in a ploy to lure Genie into Mozenrath's hands, which goes off without a hitch. Mukhtar's honor as mighty as his tracking abilities, the mercenary ends up backstabbing Mozenrath while saving Genie and his friends due to a feeling of closeness with Genie, parting ways with the heroes peacefully at the end of his story after regarding them all as friends.
    • The plant elemental wizard Arbutus once made a bargain to spare the life of the Sultan in return for his "dearest treasure." Concealing that this was his daughter Jasmine, Arbutus returns to kidnap her, easily beating the heroes in the process with intent to hold Jasmine as a possession in his garden. Revealing his deep love for the plants he deems his children and his rage at humankind for mistreating them, Arbutus shows he is amenable to Jasmine's attempts to persuade him before the tragic misunderstanding causes him to be slain by Aladdin, with Jasmine and Aladdin mourning his fate once the latter uncovers the truth.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Mirage in her debut episode sets a completely defenseless village on fire.
    • Saleen just seems to be an Entitled Bastard, since rather than kill Jasmine she gives her the ability to breathe underwater and traps her while going after Aladdin. (She's shocked when Aladdin only met her for dinner to bargain for Jasmine's freedom.) Then she turns Aladdin into a shark against his will in the next episode, being quite clear that she wants him, no matter how he feels about it.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Destane, Mozenrath's former master, became quite memorable, considering he only had a few seconds of screen-time, as well as no lines.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: In fanfiction, it's quite common to pair Mozenrath with Sadira even though the two have never even interacted on the show.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Of Rhapsody in Blue when Genie is dressed as a flight attendant on the carpet. An obvious nod to the famous use of the song by United Airlines, although odd considering in 1992 Delta was the official airline of Disney.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Chaos, who's possibly the most powerful being in the Aladdin universe, and can give Mirage a run for her money, only appeared in one episode.
    • Destane, Mozenrath's former mentor of whom the latter betrayed. Apparently he was nasty enough that Jafar steered clear of him. Only appeared or was even mentioned in one episode.
    • Khartoum was one of the most powerful and clever villains in the series, even outwitting Mozenrath! It's too bad he only appeared in one episode.
    • Saleen only appeared in two episodes, and to make it worse, at the end of her second appearance ("Shark Treatment"), she vows, "We'll get them next time, Armand". Sadly, Saleen was never seen or mentioned for the remainder of the series.
    • Eden only shows up in two episodes, which is disappointing considering she and Genie have such great chemistry with each other.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot:
    • In "Eye of the Beholder", it was revealed that Fasir and Mirage used to have a thing together. Wouldn't it be great to show what their past was like?
    • Despite Mechanicles being an Ancient Greek character, he doesn't appear in the Hercules crossover.
  • Toy Ship: A few people might actually ship Aladdin with Sadira, due to having a lot in common, especially in AUs where Aladdin and Jasmine never meet or fall in love.
  • Ugly Cute:
    • Xerxes is usually just plain ugly, but can sometimes cross into this when it's shown how devoted he is to his master.
    • Also the Unkbut, the giant bugs that live under Agrabah are scary-looking but can also be cute in the right circumstance.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: In one episode, Genie states that men were most masculine in the 1970's. Nothing says The '90s more than 70's nostalgia. Granted, this show takes place in ancient Arabia or Persia, but that's Genie for you.
  • Values Resonance: Sadira before her Heel–Face Turn accidentally traumatized Aladdin when brainwashing him into loving her as a European prince. Aladdin has a realistic response on realizing he's kissing a different woman; he pushes her away and goes to Jasmine to both explain himself and realize that he can't explain it due to the fact that he was under a spell. While the episode ending is Played for Laughs, where Sadira gives a genuine apology to Jasmine but not to Aladdin for essentially giving him a roofie, the sequel where Sadira has completed her Heel–Face Turn still has Aladdin suspicious of her. He's not wrong, since every time they've tangled, she's tried to mess with his mind. Sadira has to truly prove that she's changed, by taking on the Sand Witches and nearly sacrificing her life to do so, as well as breaking their staff.
  • The Woobie: All of the main characters gets their moments, or even episodes, of this. Yes, even Carpet.


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