"Some day, Abu, things are gonna change. We'll be rich, live in a palace, and never have any problems at all." - Aladdin
Aladdin is the protagonist of the 1992 Disney animated feature film of the same name. He was an audacious street rat living in the city of Agrabah with his monkey sidekick, Abu.
Why He Rocks
- His poor upbringing left him with severe insecurity, feeling worthless and undeserving of life, yet he has still retained a warm and selfless heart, making him entitled to a magic lamp concealing the Genie.
- As a street rat, he was an optimistic and charming character who found enjoyment in his daily struggles.
- Despite the fact that he stole food, he isn't selfish, and even gave some of his food to starving children.
- This selflessness is also demonstrated in Return of Jafar, where he stole from robbers' lairs to give to the starving children of Agrabrah.
- He holds intelligence and wit as well as physical strength, and puts it to use with quick thinking to best his enemies.
- He learned to accept his status, refuse to live a lie and embrace who he is as a person.
- His designs are fitting and handsome, from his street rat attire designed by Glen Keane to his sultan-esque appearance in King of Thieves.
- He lived up to his promise and freed the Genie from being imprisoned in the lamp.
- His songs, "One Jump Ahead" and "A Whole New World" are catchy and beautifully written.
- His extremely heartwarming relationship with Princess Jasmine.
- Despite his fun-loving nature, Aladdin's insecurities haven't diminished. Especially in the TV series, he has remained very self-conscious and unsure of himself when given important tasks to complete.
- He can be a bit unlikable and egotistical every now and then. Some examples include being a bit rude to his friends, sometimes acting like a show-off in front of Jasmine, or making poor decisions.
- He usually comes off bland at times and lacks personality.
- His design is all over the place on the TV Series, depending on what studio animated the episode, especially that one scene where he looked dead-eyed.
- Some of his facial expressions are awkward.
- He was kind of flawed in the direct-to-video sequels, the live-action remake, as well as the House of Mouse.
- He started to care more about marrying Jasmine and living in the palace rather than Genie, Abu, and Carpet once Jasmine agreed to marry him, but he later apologized to them for his actions.
- He started to become a little more stupid on the TV series, even though, he wasn’t entirely dumbed down since he is still smart most of the time.
- He acts way too smug and prideful which can be annoying to some viewers.
- He sometimes comes off as a Bugs Bunny wannabe at times.