Otherwise Known As: Prince Ali Ababwa
Name Meaning: “Devout of the Faith”
Domain: Streets of Agrabah
Premiered in: Aladdin (1992)
Voiced By: Scott Weinger
Aladdin is the first of the Disney Princes to marry into royalty though this in itself is questionable considering his first wish that Genie granted. Admittedly, aside the rules and stipulations that he quoted earlier, Genie never really mentions the limitations of his magic when granting a wish. Seeing as he’s the kind to give his all, and then some, to see the wish fulfilled I don’t doubt that Aladdin suddenly earned himself a kingdom of his own and seeing as it’s never outright stated that Jafar getting the lamp cancelled out Aladdin’s wish…
I mean yes, Jafar did reveal the lie to Jasmine and the Sultan by reverting Aladdin back to his original outfit but one must consider that is all that he did. Honestly, throughout most of the television series I had hoped that there would be an episode where Aladdin discovers that his first wish was never annulled and he had, quite literally, an entire kingdom of his own to deal with.
Magical wishes aside, Aladdin is first and foremost a street rat, a rather rude name for one whom lives life on the streets by way of thievery just to survive. Considering this is during the time period wherein a thief’s hands get cut off as a punishment, I dare say Aladdin is quite the courageous, and decidedly crafty, character. One of my favorite scenes in the movie was when he tricked the Genie into getting them out of the Cave of Wonders.
Like many heroes before and after him, Aladdin has his own personal companions though the full number of them is debatable if you consider the direct-to-video sequels and television series. First and foremost of the group is Abu, a monkey dressed similarly to his human partner and whose kleptomania borderlines on the obscene. Seriously, the look in his eyes when he beheld that apple-shaped ruby… Of course, Abu is somewhat punished for these transgressions in the film and television series as he is turned, quite often, into an elephant or some other beast/mode of transportation. Next in line is the Magic Carpet, a sentient rug that’s capable of flying at incredible speeds. How fast is never stated but considering he was able to fly Aladdin and Jasmine to the scenic hearts of Egypt, Greece, and China and back to Agrabah in the span of a single night, I’d say he outpaces a certain herd of reindeer easily. Last, and certainly not least, is the Genie whose introduction is so great that I’ll reserve talking about his character later on.
What makes Aladdin an interesting character is not his courage or even his cunning but the kindness of his heart. It has been seen time and time again in the film and following series and sequels that Aladdin’s heart is worth its weight in gold. Or rather, in diamonds as Jafar and the Cave of Wonders say. Aladdin showed that he is an incredibly selfless person when he offered his freshly stolen bread to a pair of fellow orphans, both of whom were far younger, and thinner, than he without taking any of it for himself. He even promises to free the Genie from the lamp, honestly believing that he would have no reason for a third wish, never mind the second one. Given the sheer amount of power and potential that the Genie had at Aladdin’s disposal, that’s a level of selflessness that puts a severe understatement to his being a “diamond in the rough.”