Full Name





Destroy Aladdin and rule Agrabah


Explodes after Iago kicks his lamp into the lava

You little fool. You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on earth?!
~ Jafar, to Aladdin

Jafar is the main antagonist of Aladdin. He is the a sorcerer and the Royal Vizier of Agrabah, as well as Aladdin's arch-nemesis.

He is voiced by Jonathan Freeman.



Jafar was the Royal Vizier to Agrabah's sultan, and held one of the most powerful titles in the kingdom. He was accompanied by Iago, his pet parrot. Seeking to acquire the Genie's lamp, Jafar sent a thief named Gazeem to enter the Cave of Wonders. However, Gazeem was killed upon entering the cave, and Jafar was advised to seek out the 'Diamond in the Rough' if he were to ever retrieve the Genie's lamp.

Upon returning to Agrabah, Jafar learns that the Sultan's daughter, Jasmine, doesn't wish to marry a prince, and hypnotizes the Sultan into giving up his sapphire ring. Using the ring, Jafar manages to uncover the person necessary to enter the Cave of Wonders, a street rat named Aladdin. Ordering Aladdin arrested, Jafar lies to Jasmine that he was executed. He then disguised himself as an elderly prisoner and met Aladdin in the prison, offering to help him escape in exchange for getting the lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Aladdin agreed, and Jafar freed him.

Aladdin succeeded in getting the lamp from the Cave of Wonders, but upon having the lamp in his possession, Jafar turned on Aladdin and tried to kill him, but Aladdin's monkey Abu bit him. The cave collapsed, and Aladdin and Abu, along with the lamp, vanished, leaving Jafar frustrated.

Upon learning that Jasmine intends to get rid of him once she becomes queen, Jafar resolves to take advantage of the enforced marriage, attempting to convince the Sultan to allow him to marry Jasmine; once he becomes sultan, he will then dispose of the two. However, they are interrupted by the arrival of Prince Ali, actually Aladdin, having wished to become a prince to the Genie. Jafar, seeing Prince Ali as a rival for Jasmine's hand in marriage, orders his guards to kidnap Ali and kill him.

Ali survives the murder attempt and exposes Jafar's treachery, destroying his magical staff. Jafar and Iago escape, but not before realizing Ali is Aladdin. Stealing the lamp, Jafar becomes the Genie's new master, and wishes to become sultan. When the Sultan and Jasmine refuse to bow down to him, Jafar uses his second wish to become the most powerful sorcerer in the world, and uses his newfound powers to take over Agrabah. He also exposes Prince Ali as Aladdin, before banishing him, Abu and the carpet to the arctic.

Now ruler of Agrabah, Jafar spends his time torturing the former Sultan, before directing his attention to Jasmine and asking for her hand in marriage. When Jasmine refuses, Jafar wishes to the Genie to make her love him. However, Aladdin arrives, and Jasmine pretends to be in love with Jafar to distract him while Aladdin tries to get the lamp. However, Jafar discovers Jasmine's trickery and Aladdin's survival, and traps Jasmine in an hourglass to suffocate her to death. He then turns his attention to Aladdin, battling him and transforming into a giant snake. Despite Aladdin's attempts to defeat Jafar, he is overpowered.

At Jafar's mercy, Aladdin claims that the Genie is more powerful than Jafar, due to having granted Jafar his power. Jafar, realizing Aladdin is right, turns to the Genie and uses his final wish to become an all-powerful genie. The Genie reluctantly grants his wish, and Jafar is transformed into a genie. However, as the newly transformed Jafar gloats at his newfound power, Aladdin reveals that the power of a genie comes at a price, and Jafar is promptly trapped in his own lamp, along with Iago.

The Return of Jafar

After Iago escapes from the lamp, Jafar demands that he be released, but Iago refused as he has enough of Jafar's behavior and instead drops Jafar's lamp into a well before leaving. However, Jafar was released from his lamp by a small-time thief named Abis Mal, but finds himself unable to kill Aladdin as he can't use his powers as a genie to kill the latter. However, seeing that Jafar holds a grudge against Aladdin, Abis Mal (who too holds a grudge against Aladdin for foiling one of his heists earlier in the film) offers a team-up with Jafar: he will help Jafar dispose of Aladdin permanently in return for his three wishes. Agreeing to Abis Mal's deal, Jafar asserted his power by tricking Abis Mal into wasting two of his wishes before making him return to Agrabah. Once in the palace, the sorcerer revealed himself to Iago and forced him to play along with his evil plans, despite Iago being so uneasy about this.

The next day, Aladdin and the Sultan departed to have a discussion at a place suggested by Iago. After they left, Jafar confronted the Genie and Abu in the Palace gardens and showed his power, imprisoning the pair. Meanwhile, Aladdin had a talk with the Sultan that earned his acceptance as the future grand vizier. When Aladdin thanked Iago, he was ambushed by Abis Mal and Jafar, the latter disguised as a squad of flying horsemen. The Sultan was kidnapped and Aladdin thrown into the raging river. However, Jafar spared his life in order to exact his revenge in the most painful way possible: by splitting him away from all his loved ones. To this purpose, he left false evidence and masked himself as Jasmine to implicate Aladdin with the alleged murder of the Sultan and Aladdin was thrown into the dungeon to be executed by means of beheading come morning.

However, a remorseful Iago manages to free Genie so he could save Aladdin just in time and the Genie freed the others afterwards. Once free, Aladdin volunteered to attempt to stop Jafar, whom he decided was too dangerous to be left alive. Genie told Aladdin that in order to kill Jafar, his lamp must be destroyed before Abis Mal uses his third wish to set him free. During the final fight, all of the heroes were either knocked out or unavailable. It looked like Jafar was going to finally get rid of Aladdin and the others. However, Iago tried to attack Jafar in Aladdin's defense. The sorcerer managed to hit Iago and nearly killed him, but the bird managed to muster up enough strength to kick his former master's lamp into the lava, destroying the lamp and killing Jafar for good.


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