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The Villain Jafar

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Jafar is the cruel Villain of Aladdin. He is voiced by Jonathan Freeman in the Disney film "Aladdin" and its sequel "The Return of Jafar." He is an evil sorcerer and the former Grand Vizier of the Sultan of Agrabah. His trusted side-kick Iago (right) betrayed him and switched sides in the second movie - "The Return of Jafar." We must not judge him too severely!


Jafar is tall and thin, and almost always depicted in flowing robes of black, dark red and other moody colors. Jafar has a pet parrot named Iago, who switched sides in The Return of Jafar. Jafar carries a cobra-head staff, which he uses for his sorcery. He tries to use Genie's powers to take over Agrabah, first wishing to become the sultan, and then the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Jafar had transformed himself into a giant cobra to kill Aladdin, but just as Jafar was squeezing him to death, Aladdin tricked Jafar into using his third and final wish to become an all-powerful genie himself.

His more interesting character than most Disney villains is probably the reason that he lived at the end of his movie, at the same time arguing with Iago ("This is all your fault" "Oh, shut up!" "Don't tell ME to shut up!"). In the Return of Jafar he was considerably more fiendish, and was killed at the end of the movie.