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Jafar is the main antagonist in Disney's 1992 animated feature film, Aladdin. He is one of the secondary antagonists of the Disney Channel Original Movie, Descendants. He is one of the Villains imprisoned in the Isle of the Lost, and the father of Jay. He is also the owner of Jafar's Junk Shop.

Jafar is portrayed by Maz Jobrani.

Background Information


Jafar was portrayed as an amoral psychopath who will not hesitate to destroy anyone he perceives as a threat to his own sinister designs. Like numerous clinically-diagnosed psychopaths, Jafar wears a metaphorical mask of normalcy throughout the film, establishing himself as a cool-headed schemer and gaining the trust of those around him, despite his rather untrustworthy physical appearance. Even with this mask, Jafar's psychopathic tendencies tend to seep through and become apparent to the viewer, particularly in the opening sequence, where Jafar, outside of immediate initial anger over Gazeem the thief not being the one who is the Diamond in the Rough, displays no remorse in sending Gazeem to his death in the Cave of Wonders, simply proclaiming that, "Gazeem was obviously less than worthy" in a rather dry tone of voice. It is not until Jafar gains control of the Genie's lamp that he fully shows his true colors, becoming arrogant, tyrannical, and short-tempered with his subjects. He also was depicted as laughing excessively and in a deranged manner shortly after banishing Aladdin to the North Pole, suggesting that Jafar was also insane and suffered from hysteria.


Before the formation of Auradon

      Further information: Aladdin (film)

Jafar in Aladdin

Jafar as he appears originally in Aladdin.

Jafar was the Grand Vizier of Agrabah, although he longed to become Sultan. To do this, he wanted to find the Magic Lamp that was hidden in the Cave of Wonders, the only way to do so was for a pure-hearted boy named Aladdin to enter the cave. Although Jafar planned to get the lamp and then get rid of Aladdin, the boy finally ended up locked in the vat with the lamp.

Advised by his parrot assistant Iago, Jafar changed his plan to try to marry Princess Jasmine and thus become the future Sultan. But his plans were affected when Prince Ali Ababwa arrived so he could marry the princess. After discovering that Prince Ali was none other than Aladdin after seeing that he had the lamp with him, he ordered Iago to steal the lamp from him.

When he summoned the Genie, Jafar was able to obtain the wish to become Sultan. After making his second wish to become a powerful sorcerer, Jafar got rid of Aladdin, and made the Sultan and Jasmine his slaves. When Aladdin returned and attempted to retrieve the lamp, Jafar confronted him with his sorcerer skills, but Aladdin told him that his powers would not be as powerful as the Genie's. With this, Jafar wished to become a powerful genie, but that desire led to Jafar ending up locked inside a lamp, which the Genie threw as far as possible.


20 years after being imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, Jafar has taken to making a living as a shopkeeper. Jafar has Jay steal from the other residents to keep the store stocked. When Jafar notices that one of the stolen objects is a lamp Jay had brought him, he eagerly and excitedly tries to rub it; hoping for it to be a magic one in which he can supposedly get three wishes from a genie again but when his son tells him that he already tried that himself and it didn't work, he throws it away in anger. He, along with his friends, the Evil Queen, Cruella, and Maleficent have statues fabricated in the Museum of Cultural History in Auradon. Later, when talking to their kids through video chat, Jafar laughed at Cruella for getting "burned"/dissed by her son, Carlos. This mockery later led all four villains to squabble in embarrassment in front of their kids.


  • In The Isle of the Lost map, it's revealed that Jafar lives near Shan Yu, who lives near Captain Hook's abandoned ship, The Jolly Roger.
  • Jafar's crimes were
    • To overthrow The Sultan
    • Grand Theft (Genie)
    • Attempted Murder (Aladdin and Jasmine)
    • False Imprisonment (Aladdin)
    • Manipulation (The Genie)
    • Animal Transformation (Abu and Rajah)
  • Even though in many posters and advertisement, we see Jafar in his Agrabah uniform, he is only in the uniform during the Museum of Cultural History scene and during "Evil Like Me".
  • Jafar was voiced by Jonathan Freeman in his original debut in Aladdin.
  • He's the only Villain to be kissed by a protagonist (Jasmine).
  • In Descendants, it's revealed whenever Aladdin's name is mentioned, Jafar gets mad over it.



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