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Another petty insult from that slow-minded fool. He sees a city where I see an empire. Once that lamp sits in my hand, then I shall sit on his throne.
~ Jafar commenting over his goal to overthrow the Sultan and take over Agrabah.

Jafar is the main antagonist of the 2019 film Aladdin, the live-action remake of the 1992 animated feature film of the same name.

He is the power-hungry Grand Vizier of Agrabah who plots to become Sultan and destroy the nearby kingdom of Sherebad by acquiring the lamp containing the Genie. He is also based off his original incarnation with the same name.

He was portrayed by Marwan Kenzari.


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What Makes Him Pure Evil?

  • Completely bereft of his animated counterpart’s charm and humor, and more altogether evil.
  • As opposed to the original where Gazeem willingly entered the Cave of Wonders and Jafar was horrified at his death, here Jafar forces prisoners to the Cave of Wonders to retrieve the Genie’s lamp, resulting in at least one of them getting killed and showing no remorse about this.
  • Although it's not confirmed, many fans think that he's responsible for the death of Jasmine's mother.
  • He's far more murderous than his animated counterpart, which is best shown when he mentions "the bodies he's buried" to get the power he has, then proceeds to kill one of his guards by knocking him down a well just for saying that he's already the second most powerful person in Agrabah next to the Sultan.
  • Leaves Aladdin to die in the crumbling Cave of Wonders as soon as he gets the lamp from him, even going so far as stomping his hand so he’ll fall.
  • Hypocritically treats Aladdin as disposable despite their similar backgrounds.
  • Has Aladdin thrown into an ocean to drown when he was revealed as Prince Ali.
  • After becoming a powerful sorcerer, he banishes Aladdin to a frozen wasteland to freeze to death and painfully tortures the Sultan and Dalia to kidnap and force Princess Jasmine to marry him simply to spite the Sultan for having lost her to him.
    • And also, even if Jafar wants to kidnap Jasmine, he only wanted to marry and trap her just for him to create his empire and not for love.
  • Attacks Aladdin and Jasmine with Iago, whom he transforms him into a giant roc-like creature, and a twister, endangering the Agrabah citizens and destroying the Magic Carpet.
  • After becoming first the Sultan and then a sorcerer, he expresses his intent to first send Agrabah's forces to invade Sherebad, and then move on to do the same to other neighboring kingdoms so he can conquer them and build Agrabah into a mighty empire that, in his words, "history cannot ignore".
  • After becoming a genie, he tried to destroy Sherebad out of revenge for his poor upbringing, which almost certainly would have resulted in thousands of deaths, including any of its citizens who are middle-class or as poor as he once was.
  • Whilst the animated Jafar seemed to care about Iago, here Jafar used him as if he was just his slave instead of a pet and does not display open affection towards him.
    • However, he never abused Iago, unlike his animated counterpart.
  • While the original Jafar dragged Iago with him because he instinctively tried to hold on to something, this Jafar intentionally grabbed and forced him into a punishment he never deserved, possibly out of spite following Iago's uncaring farewell to Jafar,

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