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Rajah is Jasmine's pet tiger from Disney's 1992 animated feature film, Aladdin.

Background

Rajah was originally a circus tiger as a cub, who found his way into the Sultan's palace after escaping the touring circus group during a visit to Agrabah. He was discovered by a, then, young Princess Jasmine, who assumed the cub was a gift from her deceased mother. As a child, Jasmine's mother told the princess stories of a star named "Rajah", prompting Jasmine to name her new cub in honor of those stories. Once the Sultan discovers Rajah, he expresses the need to have the latter return to the circus, though his mind is eventually changed and he manages to purchase Rajah from his original owner.[1]

Personality

Rajah is Jasmine's best friend and fierce protector. As such, he cares deeply for the princess, and repeatedly supports her throughout the course of the franchise, not once showing a hint of disloyalty or true aggression towards her (though he showed offense when Jasmine mentioned a lack of friends; absentmindedly forgetting Rajah for a brief moment). He is mostly known for being rather aggressive and intolerable, as he takes a disliking to anyone who annoys Jasmine, even slightly—including narcissistic suitors, "Prince Ali", and even the Sultan. However, when with Jasmine, Rajah is docile and gentle. He appears to represent Jasmine's overall character, in this sense as she, too, can be both fierce and loving, depending on whom she is interacting with.

At first Rajah wasn't too fond of Aladdin, and often growled at him, but by the end of the movie, he has grown more comfortable around him. He had an even harder time getting comfortable around Iago, ex-bird of Jafar. When he regonzed the parrot, he tried to attack him before Aladdin stopped him. Even after the fully redeemed Iago kicked Jafar's lamp into the lava, destroying him forever, Rajah, though warmed up to the parrot, still has somewhat of a strained relationship with Iago; as he threatens to eat the cowardly parrot if he doesn't cooperate in doing our hero's requests.

Appearances

Aladdin

Rajah is introduced with Princess Jasmine. He attacked one of Jasmine's snobby suitors and successfully got him to leave Agrabah. Later on, Jasmine decided to run away to escape the palace life, with Rajah assisting her in her escape, causing him to feel incredibly depressed afterwards. Later, Jasmine returned, and Rajah comforts her as she cries at the supposed loss of the boy she met at the Marketplace, unknown to her to be Aladdin. The next day, Prince Ali (Aladdin in disguise through the magic of his genie) visits Agrabah as a suitor for Jasmine. Jasmine and Rajah take immediate disliking to the prince because of his flashy appearance and nature. Aladdin then tries Genie's advice to be himself, eventually winning the heart of Jasmine in the process. At the battle with the evil royal vizier Jafar, Rajah is magically turned into a tiger cub and placed in a bird cage. After Jafar's defeat, Rajah is returned back to normal, celebrates the heroism of Aladdin and bids farewell to the now-freed Genie.

The Return of Jafar

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Rajah in Return of Jafar.

Rajah is a supporting character in the sequel. He is first seen snarling and seemingly ready to attack Aladdin as he arrived on Jasmine's balcony, but the tiger immediately pounces on the boy and gives him a welcoming lick. He also stops Abu when the latter attempted to steal the jeweled flower that Aladdin gave Jasmine earlier.

Later on, Iago, the sidekick of Jafar, unintentionally saved Aladdin's life. As a reward, Aladdin allowed him to stay at the palace. Iago in a birdcage, begs Abu to open it to let him out. When Abu saw Rajah nearby, he opened Iago's cage, and Rajah recognized the parrot and snarled at the him. Iago, terrified, begged Abu to close the cage again. But Rajah pounces on the cage, destroying it and chases Iago into the palace, unintentionally ruining the palace dinner and blowing Iago's cover to the whole palace. Rajah is then seen at the finale where he and the others welcome Iago into the palace after he saved Agrabah from a vengeful Jafar, although he did swipe his paw on Iago and place him underneath it in an attempt to shut him up when the latter protested Aladdin's decision to not be Grand Vizier (having planned to become Grand Vizier to Aladdin in the event that he became the Sultan).

Aladdin: The Series

Although primarily a mere minor character in the TV series, Rajah played a major role in quite a few episodes.

For example, in "SandSwitch", when he, Abu and Iago were the only three unaffected by Sadira's use of an unspecified magical sand that somehow altered history so that Sadira was the princess and Jasmine the street rat; since the three animals were the only ones who knew that history wasn't the way it should be, the three escape the palace to find Jasmine and restore the world to normal.

A small running gag in the TV series is whenever Iago refuses our hero's requests (i.e watching out for Abu, stating he can't change the alternated time line), Rajah threatens to eat the parrot, and Iago relents.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves

Rajah plays an extremely minor role in the third film of the franchise. Here at the end, when Jasmine and Aladdin are finally married, Rajah serves as Jasmine's usher.

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

Rajah plays a supporting role in Jasmine's segment of the film. When Jasmine becomes a substitute teacher for a while, the kids prove to be rather rambunctious and disruptive. In an attempt to solve the problem, Jasmine uses Rajah to scare the kids in check. However, they ended up scaring Rajah away instead.

Cameos

In House of Mouse, Rajah makes a cameo appearance with some of his co-stars in the episode "Pete's House of Villains". Here, Jafar bans all the rest of the Aladdin cast from entering the newly-established House Of Villains (formerly House of Mouse) except for Jasmine.

An emoticon version of Rajah appeared in the Aladdn entry of the As Told by Emoji short series.

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Trivia

  • "Rajah" means "Indian prince" in Hindi and Arabic.
  • A slight goof happens when Rajah transforms into a cub. He meows like a house cat, and because of that, some stories say that Rajah is turned into a kitten instead of of a cub. But in actuality, tiger cub cries sound nothing like house cat calls. However, this may have been an intended comedic moment.
  • Although tigers are traditionally found in South Asia and not the Middle East, it is not unreasonable to assume that because of the Sultan's wealth, he was perfectly capable of having one imported as a gift for Jasmine at some point.
    • The book "A Pet for a Princess" actually confirmed this, where it was revealed that Rajah was actually said to have been born at a traveling circus, and was bought by the Sultan.
    • Another book about the origins of Rajah, "Monkey Business" contradicts this by revealing that Abu set a tiger cub, later known as Rajah, free from a traveling circus cage.
  • At the end of the original film, when everything begins to return to normal, Rajah's face turns into that of Mickey Mouse for a split second.
  • Rajah must not be confused with Raja from Goliath II.

References

  1. Disney. Tales of Agrabah. Chapter Book, 1995. Print.


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Characters
Original Characters: AladdinGenieJasmineAbuMagic CarpetThe SultanRajahJafarIagoThe PeddlerRazoul The Royal GuardsGazeemPrince AchmedHarem GirlsFaroukTwo Hungry ChildrenSultana

Sequel Characters: Abis MalCassimSa'LukThe Oracle
TV Series Characters: SadiraMercQueen HippsodethScaraKing PectorThe MukhtarEdenSultan Pasta Al-DenteDhandiHamedPharabuPrince UncouthmaGeneral GoudaBrawnhildaBudRuntaThundraQueen KimblaBrisbaneKoala KidMachanaFasirRiders of RamondSamir the "Destroyer"SquirtCaptain Al BahtrossPrince WazooAjed Al-GebraicAmalAbnor MalMechaniclesScooterZarasto the MarauderMaraudersZorastoMozenrathXerxesKhartoumSiroccoShamanMirageHaroud Hazi BinFashoomSaleenArmandAyam AghoulEvil AladdinCaliph KapokSootinaiDaru TavelevilMalchoDominus TuskAl Muddy SultanAl MuddyAzizMinos and FatimaNefir HasenufNefir's ImpsArbutusMagmaAmuk MoonrahChaosEvil GenieAmin DamoolaNasiraFrigeedAnubisSahkata, Razili and FaridaSand MonsterSand SharkMothiasDing and OopoQueen DelucaKing ZahbarQueen Deluca's BrothersThe Great RiftMamluksKileemThe EtherealZin and ZangKutatoUnkbuutDestane
Enchanted Tales Characters: AneesaHakeemSaharaSharma
Video Game Characters: NasiraBizarrahVery Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's MotherGenie of the Ring

Episodes
Season One: Getting the Bugs OutMudder's DayFowl WeatherThe Prophet MotiveMuch Abu About SomethingMy Fair AladdinTo Cure a ThiefNever Say NefirRaiders of the Lost Shark

Season Two: "Air Feather Friends" • "Bad Mood Rising" • "Do the Rat Thing" • "The Vapor Chase" • "Garden of Evil" • "Some Enchanted Genie" • "Web of Fear" • "Plunder the Sea" • "Strike Up the Sand" • "Sneeze the Day" • "I Never Mechanism I Didn't Like" • "Forget Me Lots" • "Scare Necessities" • "SandSwitch" • "Lost and Founded" • "Moonlight Madness" • "The Flawed Couple" • "Rain of Terror" • "Dune Quixote" • "That Stinking Feeling" • "The Day the Bird Stood Still" • "Of Ice and Men" • "Opposites Detract" • "Caught by the Tale" • "Elemental, My Dear Jasmine" • "Beast or Famine" • "Smolder and Wiser" • "The Game" • "Poor Iago" • "The Spice is Right" • "The Animal Kingdom" • "Power to the Parrot" • "The Sands of Fate" • "Hero with a Thousand Feathers" • "The Citadel" • "Snowman is an Island" • "The Secret of Dagger Rock" • "In the Heat of the Fright" • "Witch Way Did She Go?" • "The Seven Faces of Genie" • "The Wind Jackals of Mozenrath" • "A Clockwork Hero" • "Mission: Imp Possible" • "Stinker Belle" • "Sea No Evil" • "Shadow of a Doubt" • "Smells Like Trouble" • "The Way We War" • "Night of the Living Mud" • "Egg-stra Protection" • "A Sultan Worth His Salt" • "Heads, You Lose" • "The Love Bug" • "When Chaos Comes Calling" • "Genie Hunt" • "Armored and Dangerous" • "The Lost Ones" • "Eye of the Beholder" • "Shark Treatment" • "Black Sand" • "Love at First Sprite" • "Vocal Hero" • "The Lost City of the Sun" • "As the Netherworld Turns" • "Seems Like Old Crimes" • "From Hippsodeth, with Love" • "Destiny on Fire" • "The Return of Malcho"
Season Three: "The Hunted" • "Riders Redux" • "The Book of Khartoum" • "While the City Snoozes" • "Two to Tangle" • "The Ethereal" • "The Shadow Knows" • "The Great Rift"

Locations
AgrabahCave of WondersCrazy Hakim's Discount FertilizerThe Sultan's PalaceThe Vanishing IsleOdiferousThe Isle of GalifemMorbiaVery Ankh-AmmanThe Land of the Black SandOld Wizard's Lab
Objects
Golden Scarab BeetleJafar's Snake StaffGenie's LampJafar's LampEden's BottleMozenrath's GauntletCrystal of IxBlue Rose of ForgetfulnessTree of RenewalThe Oracle's ScytheHand of Midas
Songs
Original: Arabian NightsOne Jump AheadFriend Like MePrince AliA Whole New World

Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for MeNothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend)Forget About LoveYou're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: There's a Party Here in AgrabahOut of Thin AirWelcome to the Forty ThievesFather and SonAre You In or Out
Enchanted Tales: More Than a Peacock PrincessI've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the BoyProud of Your BoyWhy Me?Count on MeCall Me a PrincessBabkak, Omar, Aladdin, KassimHigh AdventureMy Finest HourTo Be Free
Broadway: A Million Miles AwayThese Palace Walls

See also
MusicalFriend Like IagoThe Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceAs Told by Emoji


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