Jafar was portrayed as an amoral psychopath who'll not hesitate to destroy anyone he perceives as a threat to his own sinister designs. Like numerous clinically-diagnosed psychopaths, Jafar wears a metaphorical mask of normalcy throughout the film, establishing himself as a cool-headed schemer and gaining the trust of those around him, despite his rather untrustworthy physical appearance. Even with this mask, Jafar's psychopathic tendencies tend to seep through and become apparent to the viewer, particularly in the opening sequence, where Jafar, outside of immediate initial anger over Gazeem not being the one who is the Diamond in the Rough and thus being killed, displays no remorse in sending Gazeem the thief to his death in the Cave of Wonders, simply proclaiming that "Gazeem was obviously less than worthy" in a rather dry tone of voice. The deleted song "Humiliate the Boy" also establishes Jafar as an emotional sadist, getting a laugh out of seeing "another fellow's dreams turn into nightmares one by one" and treating the Genie in an especially harsh manner. In addition, in Return of Jafar, Jafar, outside of using loopholes to bypass the ban on Genies killing people via having Abis Mal arrange Aladdin's murder for him or using the environment to have death become an inevitability during the final battle, was proven to not mind the Genies can't kill rule because "you'd be surprised at what you can live through," implying that he could torture people to the fullest extent without killing them. Jafar also displays narcissistic tendencies, his most obvious ones being his obsessive desire for power and sense of entitlement, as well as manipulating the Sultan to achieve his goals. It is not until Jafar gains control of the Genie's lamp that he fully shows his true colors, becoming arrogant and short-tempered with his subjects after usurping power from the Sultan. He also was depicted as laughing excessively and in a deranged manner shortly after banishing Aladdin to the North Pole as well as when he was revived by Hades when undergoing a fit that resulted in severe damage to the Underworld, suggesting that Jafar was also insane and suffered from hysteria. It is this impulsive behavior that leads to his downfall, as he uses his third wish to become an omnipotent genie, unaware of the life inside the lamp that he now has to endure. At the start Jafar is a somewhat shadowy character as his face is seen in the shadows during the beginning with Gazeem.
20 years after being imprisoned on the Isle of the Lost, Jafar has taken to making a living as a shopkeeper. Jafar has Jay steal from the other residents to keep the store stocked. When Jafar notices that one of the stolen objects is a lamp Jay had brought him, he eagerly and excitedly tries to rub it; hoping for it to be a magic one in which he can supposedly get three wishes from a genie again but when his son tells him that he already tried that himself and it didn't work, he throws it away in anger. He, along with his friends, the Evil Queen, Cruella, and Maleficent have statues fabricated in the Cultural History museum in Auradon. Later, when talking to their kids through video chat, Jafar laughed at Cruella for getting "burned"/dissed by her son, Carlos. This mockery later led all four villains to squabble in embarrassment in front of their kids.
- In the Isle of the Lost's map, it's revealed that Jafar lives near the evil Shan Yu, who lives near Captain Hook's abandoned ship, the Jolly Roger.
- Jafar's crimes were:
- To overthrow the Sultan
- Attempted Murder (Aladdin, Jasmine, Hercules)
- False Imprisonment (Aladdin)
- Manipulation (The Genie)
- Enslavement (Jasmine)
- Animal Transformation (Abu)
- Even though in many posters and advertisement, we see Jafar in his Agrabah uniform, he is only in the uniform during Museum of Cultural History scene and during, "Evil Like Me".
- Jafar was voiced by Jonathan Freeman in his original debut, the original Aladdin Movie.
- He is the second Disney Villian to ride a horse.
- The first was Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.
- The third was Claude Frollo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- The fourth was Shan Yu in Mulan.
- The fifth was Hans in Frozen.
- He is the only Villian to be kissed by a protagonist (Jasmine).
- In Descendants, it's revealed whenever Aladdin's name is mentioned, Jafar gets mad over it.
- He and Governor Ratcliffe are the only Disney Villains not to die during the Disney Renaissance Era (The Return of Jafar doesn't count in the Auradon Timeline).
- He is the third Disney Villain to turn into an animal (snake).
- The first was Maleficent in Sleeping Beauty (dragon).
- The second was Madam Mim in The Sword in the Stone (dragon).
- The fourth and fifth were Pain and Panic in Hercules (various animals).
- The sixth was Yzma in The Emperor's New Groove (cat).