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Abis Mal's Thugs are the henchmen of Abis Mal in The Return of Jafar and Aladdin, the Disney animated series.

Background

Personality

Despite his obvious stupidity and incompetence as an antagonist, Abis Mal has his own gang of various sword-wielding thieves who do his bidding, even though the majority of them are clearly smarter and more competent in crime than he is. In the 1994 sequel film, they are introduced as traitor minions who tire from their leader's stinginess, since Mal was influenced by the greed of gold and was relying upon his thugs to do his jobs. In the TV series though, while continuing to follow his lead, they appear to be more obedient to his authority whenever they take orders from him and occasionally seem to fear him. "Air Feather Friends" even reveals that Mal tortures or kills his minions whenever they fail him.

Appearances

The Return of Jafar

The bandits are first shown during the opening of the movie returning from a successful raid on Agrabah, with apparently little to no help from Abis Mal himself. Nonetheless, Mal claims the majority of the loot as a combined "beloved leader bonus" whilst leaving the rest of his troop with a small bag of coins as their share. Their anger at their stingy boss is cut short by the shocking sight of the chest of some of their loot seemingly moving on its own. One thief lifts up the chest crossing his path to reveal it being Abu who was carrying it. Abis Mal grabs Abu as he tries to run away, only for Aladdin come from nowhere to the monkey's defense, jumping on four of the thugs heads in the process. Mal orders his men to attack him and they do so in the form of a brief brawl cloud, which reveals them pummeling one of their own in the place of Aladdin once subsiding. The crooks chase Aladdin and Abu as they steal back the treasure they took, but are consistently outwitted along the way. The next day, three of the henchmen also appeared with Abis Mal at the marketplace where they attempted to exact revenge on Aladdin (even reminding their leader of who he was in minor annoyance when he failed to remember who he was), although they were ultimately forced to flee after Iago not only sent them flying into a cart of eggs, but the guards also recognized them, or rather, their leader for his prior thefts. They eventually tried to kill him at the well both for the failure and for his stinginess, although his unknowingly summoning Jafar from his lamp forced them to flee.

Aladdin: The Series

Although continuing to serve under the authority of Abis Mal, as well as that of their late-established second-in-command Haroud Hazi Bin, the clan of thieves appear somewhat infrequently in the TV show compared to their boss. When seen with him, they are shown to be more respectful and somewhat even more fearful to his command, with the only firm exceptions being temporarily in "Forget Me Lots" and briefly in "The Flawed Couple". Occasions where they appear out of conjunction with Abis Mal are typically as patrons at the Skull and Dagger, a local diner for Agrabah's criminals, often referred to as a "den of thieves" by Mal himself. Here, Abis Mal's men can often be seen fraternizing with other thieves and, in one episode, one such minion (the muscular, barefoot goon) is shown being paired with a random mugger named Douani, implying that their allegiance isn't limited to each other or Abis Mal himself.

"Air Feather Friends"

Three tornadoes rage through Agrabah, leading everyone to believe they were wind demons, but Aladdin believes they are only thieves, as he sees one taking a pile of gold off of a stand and another stealing a man's gold, jewels, and clothes. Betting with Razoul and Fazahl that he could prove the tornadoes aren't demons, Aladdin, Abu, Iago, Genie, and Carpet track down the three whirlwinds and try to trip them up with a rope, which fails. As they continue off into the distance, Aladdin taunts them by calling them cowards, causing them to retaliate by attacking the group with swords, one of them shreds the feathers off of Iago's lower body. When Genie blows a huge gust of wind that sends the attackers away, three thieves fall out of the propellers, whom Aladdin recognizes as Abis Mal's men. When Aladdin tries to stop the thieves, they grab their loot and reform whirlwinds to escape, one of them accidentally leaves behind a golden feather. The group examines this feather and realize it is that of a baby Roc and that the thugs are using them to turn themselves into tornadoes. At their hideout, Abis Mal berates his thugs for losing to Aladdin and threatens to kill them, despite Haroud's advising against it. Abis Mal then boasts about how he'd use his feather-wielding thugs to rule Agrabah and it is revealed that they have a baby Roc imprisoned, which explains how they obtained the feathers. The same night, Aladdin and his friends free the baby Roc from its cage, only for Mal and Haroud to catch them, the former calling his guards to stop them. Genie flees with the Roc while Aladdin and the others narrowly dodge the swords and daggers of Abis Mal's henchmen. Genie escapes with the baby by turning into a rocket shuttle and blasting out of the door into the distance. Aladdin, Carpet, Iago, and Abu almost follow but are thwarted by Haroud using a hooked rope to snatch Carpet. Abis Mal takes out a handful of golden feathers to dispose of the group, but accidentally only ends up blowing them back to Agrabah. The next morning, Mal and a gang of his minions attack Agrabah the next morning, revealing their true identities to Razoul and Fazahl. Aladdin is able to stop several of Mal's men with a tarp, a rope, and a snake, but Abis Mal and his remaining goons trap them in a whirlwind and prepare to cut them to ribbons with their swords. Suddenly, Genie and the baby Roc arrive with the mother Roc, who blow Mal and his men away.

"Forget Me Lots"

After using the Blue Rose of Forgetfulness to erase Jasmine's memory of who she is, Abis Mal, Haroud, and a group of their goons infiltrated the palace and imprisoned the Sultan and his guards with Jasmine's help. However, Jasmine betrayed Abis Mal as he announced his victory, saying no one as incompetent as he could be her father, and had his minions imprison him as well, apparently deciding along with Haroud that Jasmine makes a better leader. Aladdin, Abu, Iago, Genie, and Carpet then barged in and Jasmine ordered them to be executed immediately rather than being imprisoned. Genie quadruples himself to fight the goons, using his tricks to dispatch them, while Carpet, Iago, and Abu dealt with the brainwashed Rajah. Aladdin and Jasmine fought, Aladdin trying to convince Jasmine of who she really was but to no avail. Aladdin was forced to flee but remembered what he'd forgotten: the anniversary of his Jasmine's first date. When Aladdin told Jasmine about this, the rose wilted, breaking the spell. Abis Mal, Haroud, and their henchmen showed up, but Genie sprayed them with the essence of the rose, making them forget who they were. Iago and Abu told them that they were their attendants.

"Lost and Founded"

On Founder's Day, Abis Mal and two twin goons stole a magic hourglass from an old fortune teller. The hourglass allowed them to travel in time, causing Abis Mal to change history so that he ruled Agrabah. Aladdin and company followed him through the time vortex to when Agrabah was first founded by a group of nomads. Abis Mal convinced his ancestor, Abnor Mal, to get rid of Hamed, Agrabah's founder, and Jasmine's ancestor, and who found Agrabah himself. Abis Mal sent Hamed to prehistoric times, causing Jasmine to vanish. Aladdin was able to rescue Hamed, just as Abis Mal and Abnor were forcing the rest of the nomads, as well as Abu and Iago, to build Agrabah. When the two saw Aladdin and Hamed were back, they fought over the hourglass and broke it, creating a massive time vortex that sucked in Abis Mal, Aladdin, Abnor, Hamed, and Abis Mal's goons. The six men fight, adopting different outfits and weapons from different time periods until Genie was able to contain the vortex and bring them back. The gang then returned to their own time, Hamed now motivated to found Agrabah and Abnor sent to live in the desert as an outcast, which is probably why Abis Mal became a thief. While the twin thugs likely returned to present Agrabah, Genie revealed he had sent Abis Mal in the same prehistoric times Hamed was sent to, being chased by a saber-tooth tiger (the same one that tried to devour Aladdin and Hamed).

"Smolder and Wiser"

Whilst Abis Mal and Haroud bought a candle called the Candle of Magma from a green-skinned sorcerer, their followers were among the many thieves at the Skull and Dagger eating and socializing. A disguised Aladdin tried to steal the Candle, only to have his cover blown by Abu and Iago, who tried to rob Akbar, a large, overweight thief. Abis Mal recognized Abu and Iago and had his men attack Aladdin, Akbar briefly joining in as well. Aladdin was able to elude the thieves and tried to take the Candle again, only to have Haroud cast the 'Curse of Clumsiness' on Aladdin, making him unbelievably clumsy as the three minions who had continued chasing him returned. Abis Mal and Haroud were able to escape while Aladdin barely escaped from their gang of thieves.

Aladdin and the King of Thieves

A number of the Forty Thieves who work for Cassim resemble most of Abis Mal's men, though it's unclear if these are the same characters.

Gallery

The Return of Jafar

Aladdin: The Series

Trivia

  • Abis Mal's unnamed followers are shown aiding him in only four of the 13 episodes that he appears in as the antagonist.


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Media
Films: Aladdin (video/soundtrack) • The Return of Jafar (video) • Aladdin and the King of Thieves (video/soundtrack) • Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your DreamsAladdin (2019 film) (video/soundtrack) • Aladdin 2

Television: Aladdin: The Series • "Hercules and the Arabian Night" • Great Minds Think 4 ThemselvesA Poem Is...
Books: Comic bookAladdin's QuestA-Mazing AladdinJasmine's Magic CharmRoyal WeddingsAladdin: One True LoveJasmine: The Missing CoinJasmine the MatchmakerDisney Princess BeginningsThe Art and Making of AladdinAladdin: Far From AgrabahThe Magic Carpet's Secret
Video Games: Video gameNasira's RevengeActivity CenterDisney's MathQuest With AladdinAladdin PinballDisney InfinityDisney Infinity: 2.0 EditionKingdom HeartsKingdom Hearts: Chain of MemoriesKingdom Hearts IIKingdom Hearts 358/2 DaysKingdom Hearts codedKingdom Hearts χKingdom Hearts Unchained χ/Union χDisney Enchanted TalesDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Magic KingdomsDisney Heroes: Battle ModeDisney Classic Games: Aladdin and The Lion KingDisney POP TOWNDisney Classic Games Collection

Disney Parks
Arabian CoastCaravan CarouselCastle of Magical DreamsDisney Animation BuildingGarden of the Twelve FriendsIt's a Small WorldKaribuni MarketplaceLe Passage Enchanté d'AladdinMickey's PhilharMagicPLAY!Sorcerers of the Magic KingdomStorybook Land Canal BoatsThe Enchanted Tiki Room (Under New Management)The Magic Carpets of AladdinVoyage to the Crystal Grotto

Entertainment: Aladdin: A Musical SpectacularBelieve! Sea of DreamsCinderella's Surprise CelebrationCinderellabration: Lights of RomanceDisney's BelieveDisney Dreams: An Enchanted ClassicFeel the MagicGolden Fairytale FanfareMickey's Magical CelebrationMickey's Magical Music WorldMickey and the MagicianMickey and the Wondrous BookOnce Upon a MouseRoyal Princess Music CelebrationThe Magic Lamp TheaterThe Starlit Princess WaltzVillains Tonight!
Restaurants: Aladdin's Oasis
Shops: Adventureland Bazaar
Parade: Aladdin's Royal CaravanCelebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's FantillusionDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney Adventure Friends CavalcadeDisney Carnivale ParadeDisney Stars on ParadeDreaming Up!Dreams.... And Shine Brighter!Happiness is Here ParadeMagic HappensMove It! Shake It! Dance and Play It! Street PartyMickey's New Year's Eve ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeMickey's Storybook ExpressMickey and Friends CelebrationThe Wonderful World of Disney ParadeTokyo Disneyland Electrical Parade: DreamLights
Firework: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney EnchantmentDisney in the StarsFantasy in the SkyHappily Ever AfterHarmonioUSIgnite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and LightILLUMINATE! A Nighttime CelebrationMickey's Mix MagicMomentousOnce Upon a Time Remember... Dreams Come TrueWishesWonderful World of AnimationWorld of Color
Spring: Disney Color-Fest: A Street Party!Disney Pirate or Princess: Make Your Choice
Summer: Disney's Summer Oasis SplashStitch and Friends Summer SurpriseStitch's Summer Dance Bash
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween PartyDisney Villains Wicked GatheringFrightfully Fun ParadeHappy HallowishesHocus Pocus Villain SpelltacularIt's Good to be Bad with the Disney VillainsJack Skellington’s Villainous GatheringKooky Spooky Halloween NightRe-Villains! Halloween ParadeThe Disney Villains Halloween ShowtimeThe Villains WorldVillains Mix and MingleVillains Night Out!
Christmas: Royal Christmas Wishes

Characters
Original: AladdinGenieJasmineAbuMagic CarpetThe SultanRajahJafarIagoThe PeddlerRazoul The Royal GuardsGazeemPrince AchmedHarem GirlsFarouk

Sequels: Abis MalAbis Mal's ThugsCassimSa'LukForty ThievesThe Oracle
TV Series: SadiraMercQueen HippsodethScaraKing PectorThe MukhtarKing MamoodEdenSultan Pasta Al-DenteDhandiHamedPharabuPrince UncouthmaGeneral GoudaBrawnhildaBudRuntaThundraQueen KimblaSydneyBrisbaneKoala 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 GenieScourge of the DesertAmin DamoolaFrigeedAnubisSahkata, Razili, and FaridaSand MonsterSand SharkMothiasDing and OopoQueen DelucaKing ZahbarQueen Deluca's BrothersThe Great RiftMamluksKileemThe EtherealZin and ZangKutatoUnkbuutDestane
Enchanted Tales: AneesaHakeemSaharaSharma
Video game characters: NasiraBizarrahVery Ankh-Amman
Deleted Characters: ZenaGenie of the RingJasmine's MotherBabkak, Omar, and Kassim
Remake: DaliaPrince AndersHakim

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 WondersThe Sultan's PalaceThe Vanishing IsleOdiferousThe Isle of GalifemMorbiaOld Wizard's Lab
Objects
Golden Scarab BeetleJafar's Snake StaffGenie's LampJafar's LampEden's BottleMozenrath's GauntletCrystal of IxBlue Rose of ForgetfulnessTree of RenewalEmerald of KhufuCassim's DaggerThe Oracle's ScytheHand of Midas
Songs
Original: Arabian NightsOne Jump AheadFriend Like MePrince AliA Whole New World

The 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: Humiliate the BoyProud of Your BoyWhy Me?You Count on MeCall Me a PrincessBabkak, Omar, Aladdin, KassimHigh AdventureMy Finest HourTo Be FreeDesert Moon
Broadway: A Million Miles AwayThese Palace WallsSomebody's Got Your BackDiamond in the Rough
Remake: Speechless

See also
MusicalFriend Like IagoThe Disney AfternoonDisney RenaissanceAs Told by Emoji
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