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Iago
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Full Name

Iago

Nicknames

None

Goals

Become rich (formerly)

Fate

Travels the world with Cassim

Iago (voiced by Gilbert Gottfried) is a character in Disney's Aladdin franchise, starting out as a secondary villain and comic relief in the original film, and later supporting protagonist in the film's sequels and related TV series. He is part of a royal menagerie in fictional Arabian city, Agrabah. He is named after the villain Iago in the play Othello, by William Shakespeare, as evidenced by mention in the TV series revealing that he has a twin brother called Othello.


Personality Traits

Iago resembles a Scarlet macaw. He can speak fluent English and has the ability to perfectly mimic other characters' voices, due to Jafar's influence. He also possesses a fine knowledge of magickal lore learned from Jafar, which often comes in handy as Genie's magickal knowledge is 10,000 years out of date. He is easily frustrated and openly vocalizes his frustrations. Although he denies it, he actually has a good heart, an his guilt from abadoning his friends or leaving them to deal with a crisis usually makes him intervene, and even sometimes come out as a hero, but almost every time, at the expense of losing something of value, which he without fail berates himself for afterwards.

Iago will do anything to keep out of danger or at least try and talk Aladdin or the others out of atempting something he deems crazy or impossible, usually both. He's very clever, makes witty, sarcastic remarks from time to time, very greedy, sometimes gullible, and even a little insane. In other words, he's a wacky bird that can make anyone laugh.

In the first film, Iago was Jafar's sidekick, and magical familiar, and was also his spy. He aided Jafar in all of his ambitions and came up with plenty of excellent schemes, such as giving him the idea of marrying Jasmine to become the Sultan after the plan of gaining the lamp failed. He showed great animosity and infuriation of the Sultan always stuffing his mouth with crackers, and got him back for it after Jafar took over. But in the end, he was imprisoned inside Jafar's lamp (which he got from wishing to be a genie) and both were imprisoned below in the desert.


In the second film, Iago digs himself and Jafar out of the sand, and becomes frustrated with Jafar's treating him like a sidekick after Iago correctly pointed he did most of the work and came up with the schemes, Jafar retaliating by saying without him, Iago would still be in a cage in the bazaar, squawking "Polly want a cracker!", which explains how they met. With that remark, iago dumps jafar, still trapped in his lamp, into a well. He returns to Agrabah, insisiting he needs no one and that he'll be running the town within a week, although it becomes increasingly apparent how incompetent he is. In a turn of events, Iago sves Aladdin from Abis Mal and his thugs, and Aladdin locks him in a cage, promising to talk to the Sultan and convince him of Iago's turning over a new feather. Iago manages to escape and is chased by Rajah into the dining room, ruining an important dinner and blowing his cover. Aladdin protects Iago from the Sultan and his guards at the expense of losing the Sultan's favor, and Jasmine's trust. Genie talks Iago into repaying Aladdin by using reverse-psychology on Jasmine to get her to forgive Aladdin. After clearing off Genie, Abu and Carpet when they were hounding Al and Jas, he's enjoying the Royal Treatment, planning his future, believing that Aladdin will become the vizior, and eventually Sultan, which will make him the Vizior, and putting down Jafar in the talk. He is however horrified to find Jafar free who forces Iago into lurring Aladdin and the Sultan into a trap. Eventually, Iago's guilt makes him free the Genie (who Jafar captured, along with Jasmine, Abu, the Sultan, and Carpet) to save aladdin from being beheaded when he's framed for murdering the Sultan through Jafar's schemes. Believing his debts are repaid, Iago leaves them to save his own feathery behind. But in the struggle against Jafar, when all hope seems lost, Iago saves the group by destroying Jafar's lamp, destroying Jafar as a result, but is severely injured but not killed as Genies can't kill anyone, though one can be surprised by what one can live through. He officially turns over a new feather and is welcomed into the Palace.


In the final movie, Iago is more interested in the extravagent wedding gifts Aladdin and Jasmine are getting from guests. During the raid of the Forty Thieves, he tries to defend the gifts from the king of Thieves (for personal gain, of course) but is stuffed in a perfume bottle. He's freed and they learn the King of Thieves was after a scepter, which he quite loudly asks why in a rhetorical way. But his question is answered by an Oracle from the Scepter who explains the King of Thieves seeks her in order to find the Ultimate Treasure, which piques Iago's interest. He tries to discover where the Ultimate Treasure is from the Oracle, but she is bound by one rule "One qestion, one answer", and Iago unintentionally already asked his question, regarding the scepter's worth. He accompanies Aladdin, Abu and Carpet to find the Forty Thieves to find aladdin's father, although he complains, wishing he'd stayed behind. they sneak into the Forty Thieves' hideout and are discovered, and their law demands they die. but Aladdin's father, Cassim, who is in fact the King of Thieves, gives Aladdin a chance to save their lives by defeating Saluk, one of the best members of the Thieves, in single combat, which he does. They learn from Cassim his past and his dreams and goals. That he desperately seeks the ultimate Treasure, the Hand of midas, which can turn anything it touches into solid gold. This causes Iago to take a liking to Cassim. When Cassim agrees to come to Agrabah, Iago helps him to get the scepter, but Razoul, the Captain of the Palace Guard, and the guards catch them in the act and the Sultan has no choice but to imprison them. Aladdin breaks them out and is forced to join them in their escape, but refuses to leave. Iago tries to convince aladdin to come, not wanting him to get locked up, but Aladdin is prepared to face the consequences. They return to the lair only to be betrayed by the Forty Thieves under the command of Saluk, who survived his fight with Aladdin. With the scepter in their possession, they sail off tofind the Hand of Midas, but Iago escapes and returns to Agrabah to warn them. They go to Cassim's rescue, and during the whole thing, Aladdin and Cassim finally set their differences aside and truly become father and son. Returning to Agrabah, Cassim attend's his son's wedding to his new daughter-in-law, but decides to leave to make a fresh start and a new life. Iago, not wanting to deal with the newly weds, decides to accompany him as a partner, saying, "You're a good guy, Cassim. ...But not TOO good. HA HA!"

And with a wave of farewell to Aladdin and his new wife, Jasmine, they ride off into the night as Aladdin and Jasmine share a passionate kiss.

Appearances

Aladdin

In the first movie he resents living under the Sultan and Jasmine as much as his owner Jafar does, though he contrasts Jafar's dark brooding with angry, sarcastic ranting. Iago often says how he hates crackers which the Sultan always gives him. The Sultan seems to not know until the end of the first movie that Iago can speak complete English and is evil. Whenever Iago gets annoyed he points out that he is molting, often pulling out his own feathers to emphasize it. He is dragged into Jafar's lamp with him at the end of the movie and is then banished to the Cave of Wonders as well.

The Return of Jafar

Having escaped from the lamp, Iago switches sides in the second movie, seemingly to desire aligning himself with the winning side. However, in the end it is revealed that he is actually concerned about Aladdin and Jasmine. He's tired of being oppressed by Jafar and eventually is responsible for his death.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves

He has a supporting role in the third movie and chooses to depart Agrabah with Aladdin's father Cassim at the end instead of staying with Aladdin and Jasmine on the grounds that he couldn't handle the "lovey-dovey" stuff.

Aladdin TV series

In the series he provides a sarcastic, realistic, or cowardly perspective on events and is only really willing to face danger if great reward is promised. He is sometimes forced to battle his conscience. Iago's common schemes involve trying to sell anything with any value (real or not), trying to steal things, and trying to treasure-hunt. He can usually convince Abu to be his partner in crime, but Abu is more likely to leave at the first sign of danger and often lacks the finesse that Iago requires. Also during the series, he has a crush on the rain bird and protector of the rainforest, Thundra.

Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams

Iago appears as a supporting character in this straight-to-DVD movie and he performs a musical number called "Peacock Princess" with Princess Jasmine.

Kingdom Hearts

In the video game Kingdom Hearts he is initially Jafar's sidekick, but then later is used by the player to assist in defeating Jafar. His Japanese voice actor in Kingdom Hearts is Akira Kamiya, and his voice actor in Kingdom Hearts II is Tōru Ōkawa. Gilbert Gottfried reprises his role in the English versions of both games. (An in-joke on an episode of the TV animated series has Iago running in panic after his face is turned into that of Gilbert Gottfried).

In Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories he makes a brief cameo appearance during the Boss battle against Jafar's genie form. During the battle, attacking Jafar has no effect. Rather, the lamp must be hit which is held up high by Iago, a la The Return Of Jafar. It can therefore be assumed that Iago is on the side of the good guys again.

In Kingdom Hearts II, like in The Return of Jafar, Iago leaves Jafar and returns to Agrabah in a slump after failing to make amends to Aladdin and Jasmine. When he unintentionally assisted Sora in the task of beating the Heartless and retrieving Jafar's lamp, he manages to gain everyone's trust. But that trust is soon shattered when Iago is forced to help Jafar yet again in keeping Sora and the others occupied at the ruins. Despite losing faith, Iago redeems himself by intentionally getting shot by a spell that Jafar intended to shoot at Aladdin. He survives and was forgiven after Jafar's defeat.

Other appearances

Like most characters from Disney's animated films, Iago made recurring appearances on Disney's House of Mouse, where the movies' continuity did not seem to matter, and Iago was depicted as either Jafar's sidekick or exhibiting his protagonist behavior.

At Walt Disney World, along with Zazu from the Lion King, he appears as one of the hosts of The Enchanted Tiki Room.

 
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