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Snake Jafar
Snake Jafar

جعفر الثعبان

Background information
Feature films Aladdin
Short films
Television programs
Video games Aladdin
Disney Universe
Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion
Park attractions Fantasmic!
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Jonathan Freeman
Akira Takarada (Japanese)
Performance model
Inspiration King Cobra
Dragon Maleficent
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names
Personality Sneaky, evil, villainous
Appearance Gigantic and slender orange and black snake
Occupation Jafar's alter-ego
Alignment Bad
Goal To destroy his foe (Aladdin)
To destroy Mickey Mouse (Fantasmic!)
Home Sultan's palace in Agrabah
Allies Ursula, Queen Grimhilde, Cruella De Vil, Scar, Hades, Chernabog, Maleficent/Dragon Maleficent, Judge Claude Frollo, Oogie Boogie, Captain Hook, The Queen of Hearts
Minions Iago, Genie
Enemies Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Abu, Magic Carpet, The Sultan, Genie, Rajah, Mickey and Friends, Sorcerer Mickey, Merlin, Jiminy Cricket, Mizrabel, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom players, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
Likes Killing Aladdin and his friends
Dislikes Being defeated
Powers and abilities Super strength, agility, increased stamina
Weapons Teeth, squeezing
Fate Gets turned into a red genie by the blue Genie.
Quote "You little fool! You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on Earth!"
"You're right. His power does exceed my own.But not for long."
"Slave! I make my third wish! I wish to be an all powerful genie!!"
A snake, am I? Perhaps, you'd like to see how... S-S-S-S-S-S-S-SNAKE-LIKE I CAN BE!
―Jafar right before transforming into this form.

Snake Jafar was the giant cobra form that Jafar took on during the climax of Disney's 1992 film, Aladdin.


Physical Description

Snake Jafar is a giant cobra with black and orange scales, red slitted eyes, and red stripes outlined in yellow on his back.


In large part because of Jafar's sorcerer status, Snake Jafar was capable of constricting his foes. In addition, he also possessed a large amount of stamina: Despite being stabbed more than a few times by Aladdin, he managed to recover quickly before constricting the latter.



During a battle, Jafar decides to turn himself into a giant snake in order to kill Aladdin easily (That, as well as a response to Aladdin calling him a "cowardly snake"). Jafar is stabbed twice and just when Jafar nearly squeezes Aladdin to death Aladdin tricks him into wishing to be a genie.

Video Game Appearances

Aladdin: The Game

In both versions of the Aladdin video game, Snake Jafar is the final boss. The Game Boy version, however, omits this transformation altogether, and omits Jafar's genie form.

Disney Parks


Jafar turns himself into his snake form in the live show Fantasmic! in his attempt to destroy Mickey Mouse.

Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom

Jafar summons an apparition of his snake form to battle the guests at the entrance to the Cave of Wonders in his Adventureland mission.


  • Jafar's reason for taking this form is exactly the same reason why Maleficent took her dragon form: they both wanted to kill the hero in a much larger, more threatening form.
  • Snake Jafar, for some reason, doesn't appear to have a lower body. It could be that Snake Jafar's body was too huge to be drawn in full. 
  • For some reason, Snake Jafar doesn't even appear in the Kingdom Hearts games at all. Instead, Jafar actually goes straight to becoming a genie. He does, however, turn into a snake in both versions of the Aladdin video game and in Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.
  • Similarly, some tie-in storybooks based on the film also simply skip the entire snake transformation altogether; in those cases, he is either fought as a human and/or again simply goes straight to becoming a genie.
  • Snake Jafar was originally going to make a reappearance near the end of The Return of Jafar, when Jafar (now a genie in human form) catches Aladdin trying to take his lamp so that he and his friends can destroy it, but right before he and Abis Mal are both tossed outside the palace where the evil genie will trap Aladdin in a pool of lava (and indirectly allowing his former pet parrot Iago to destroy it along with Jafar, by kicking it into the lava), but this scene was scrapped to save time. In this scene, Jafar's snake form would have been completely red instead of black with red stripes, and when Jafar catches Aladdin trying to sneak off with the lamp he zaps him with his cobra staff, causing him to drop the lamp before transforming into a red cobra to try to finish him off. Before Snake Jafar can attack Aladdin, Genie would have turned into the wrecking ball and slammed Jafar's head into a nearby wall, causing the villain to accidentally bite his tail instead, and therefore temporarily knocking him out. While Jafar is still unconscious Aladdin tries to get the lamp back, but Abis Mal gets to it first and tries to take it instead. At this point Jafar would have regained consciousness and tried to attack Aladdin again, but this time Genie stops him again by grabbing his tail and tying it to a pillar, causing Jafar's massive head to fall down and slam the floor hard, causing the balcony Aladdin and Abis Mal were on to crumble apart. Genie turns into a chair to soft Aladdin's fall, while Abis Mal's belt is caught in a tree branch, unable to grab the lamp, which is now out of reach (kept in the final film). As Aladdin and Genie catch up with Jasmine, Sultan, Abu, and Carpet, Jafar pulls his tail free from the pillar, sending the ceiling of the room he was in to come crashing down, before slithering out of the palace and into the courtyard to chase the heroes. However Jafar cannot catch up with Carpet so the villain dives underground and transforms back into a genie during his tunnelling before emerging back up as his genie form to surprise the heroes.


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Films: Aladdin | The Return of Jafar | Aladdin and the King of Thieves | Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams | Descendants | Genie
Television: Aladdin: The Series (Episode List) | "Hercules and the Arabian Night" | Great Minds Think 4 Themselves | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | Sofia the First
Music: Soundtrack
Books: Classic Storybook | Comic book | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Look-Look Book | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book
Video Games: Video game | Nasira's Revenge | Disney's MathQuest With Aladdin | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts II | Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days | Kingdom Hearts coded | Kingdom Hearts χ | Disney INFINITY | Disney INFINITY: 2.0 Edition

Original Characters: Aladdin | Jasmine | Genie | Abu | Magic Carpet | The Sultan | Rajah | Jafar/Beggar Jafar/Snake Jafar/Genie Jafar | Iago | The Peddler | Razoul | The Royal Guards | Gazeem | Prince Achmed | Harem Girls | Two Hungry Children
Sequel Characters: Abis Mal | Cassim | Sa'Luk | The Oracle
TV Series Characters: Sadira | Merc | Queen Hippsodeth | Scara | King Pector | The Mukhtar | Eden | Sultan Pasta Al-Dente | Dhandi | Hamed | Pharabu | Prince Uncouthma | General Gouda | Brawnhilda | Bud | Runta | Thundra | Queen Kimbla | Brisbane | Sydney | Koala Kid | Machana | Fasir | Riders of Ramond | Samir the "Destroyer" | Squirt | Captain Al Bahtross | Prince Wazoo | Ajed Al-Gebraic | Amal | Abnor Mal | Mechanicles | Scooter | Zarasto the Marauder | Marauders | Zorasto | Mozenrath | Xerxes | Khartoum | Sirocco | Shaman | Mirage | Haroud Hazi Bin | Fashoom | Saleen | Armand | Ayam Aghoul | Shadow Aladdin | Caliph Kapok | Sootinai | Daru Tavelevil | Malcho | Dominus Tusk | Al Muddy Sultan | Al Muddy | Aziz | Minos and Fatima | Nefir Hasenuf | Nefir's Imps | Arbutus | Magma | Amuk Moonrah | Chaos | Evil Genie | Amin Damoola | Nasira | Frigeed | Anubis | Shakata, Razili and Farida | Sand Monster | Sand Shark | Mothias | Ding and Oopo | Queen Deluca | King Zahbar | Queen Deluca's Brothers | The Great Rift | Mamluks | Kileem | The Ethereal | Zin and Zang | Unkbuut
Enchanted Tales Characters: Aneesa | Hakeem | Sahara | Sharma
Video Game Characters: Nasira | Bizarrah
Deleted Characters: Aladdin's Mother

Locations: Agrabah | Cave of Wonders | The Sultan's Palace | The Vanishing Isle | Odiferous | The Isle of Galifem | Morbia | Very Ankh-Amman | The Land of the Black Sand

Objects: Golden Scarab Beetle | Jafar's Snake Staff | Genie's Lamp | Jafar's Lamp | Crystal of Ix | Tree of Renewal | The Oracle's Scythe | Hand of Midas

Original: Arabian Nights (Reprise) | One Jump Ahead (Reprise) | Friend Like Me | Prince Ali (Reprise) | A Whole New World (Reprise)
Return of Jafar: I'm Looking Out for Me | Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend) | Forget About Love | You're Only Second Rate
King of Thieves: There's a Party Here in Agrabah (Reprise) | Out of Thin Air | Welcome To The Forty Thieves | Father and Son | Are You In or Out
Enchanted Tales: More Than A Peacock Princess | I've Got My Eyes on You
Deleted songs: Humiliate the Boy | Proud Of Your Boy | Why Me? | Count On Me | Call Me A Princess | Babkak, Omar, Aladdin, Kassim | High Adventure
Broadway: A Million Miles Away | These Palace Walls

Disney Parks: The Magic Carpets of Aladdin | Aladdin's Royal Caravan | The Magic Lamp Theater

Other: Musical | Friend Like Iago | The Disney Afternoon | Disney Renaissance

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