Dominant Introverted Intuition [Ni]: It’s Jafar’s greatest ambition to usurp the Sultan, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality. He wants Agrabah to bow to him and is extraordinarily patient in his quest. Everything Jafar does is a carefully thought out piece of his overall plan of ruling the kingdom. He spends years searching for the Cave of Wonders. When he finally finds it, he sends a man in to retrieve the lamp, which is all part of his long-term vision of using the Genie to make himself all-powerful. However, when he realizes he can’t just send anyone into the cave, he remains patient until he can identify the “diamond in the rough.” He’s certain that he will get what he wants eventually and doesn’t get worked up when he faces obstacles (unlike Iago). Jafar is able to manipulate the Sultan (even when he’s not using his cobra staff to hypnotize him) and typically knows exactly what to do and say to get what he wants from him. Jafar instinctively doesn’t trust “Prince Ali” and is very skeptical about him and proves himself correct when he catches a glimpse of the lamp, allowing him to deduce that he’s actually Aladdin.
Auxiliary Extroverted Thinking [Te]: Jafar is all about seizing power and being in control. No matter how much he has, it’s never enough for him. Jafar doesn’t hesitate to take action and will do whatever he has to in order to overtake the kingdom. He doesn’t care who he has to hurt to get the lamp and gladly sacrifices whoever he has to in his quest for power. Jafar can sometimes struggle to see beyond the facts of the situation. Jasmine will have to marry a prince, and once that happens, she’ll get rid of him. It doesn’t occur to him to change the rules so that Jasmine must marry him, allowing Jafar to become sultan – that idea comes from Iago. Jafar is strategic about accomplishing his goals. Once he discovers that Aladdin is his diamond in the rough, he has him arrested in order to use him to get the lamp.
Tertiary Introverted Feeling [Fi]: The only feelings of any value to Jafar are his own. He holds everyone around him in contempt and believes himself to be superior. Jafar doesn’t discuss his personal feelings and appears to completely lack empathy. Jafar only bothers with those who can help him achieve his goals. He knows what he values (power, authority, control), and he won’t allow anything to distract him from his mission to take over the kingdom. Once he gets everything he’s ever wanted, he uses his power to control the people around him to show them who’s boss now.
Inferior Extroverted Sensing [Se]: Once Jafar finally gets a taste of the absolute power he’s always craved, he begins to act recklessly in the moment. He wants to enjoy all of the pleasures that come along with the status he worked so hard for. Although his original plan was to kill Jasmine, he changes his mind and even gives into his lustful urges by attempting to use his last wish to get her to fall in love with him. When he gives in to it, he forgets to think ahead, allowing himself to be tricked into becoming a prisoner of the lamp. His desire for authority leads him to act on impulse, which leaves him susceptible to manipulation. Both Jasmine and Aladdin are able to pick up on this and use it to their advantage to defeat him.
Note: I’m sure that some people will think I’m stereotyping. I know of some people who argue that Jafar can’t be an INTJ because of how impulsive he became once he got the lamp. I think that was just a grip experience, though. Jafar spent a very long time singularly focused on just one goal and didn’t stop until he made it a reality. Then, when the moment came and he finally got everything he ever wanted, he reveled in it, which led to his downfall. Giving in to the urges of the moment at the very end doesn’t discount everything leading up to it. Someone with higher Se would probably have a much better handle on it than Jafar does. My aunt was the only INTJ I’ve ever known in my life, and when she was in the grip of Se, it was not a pretty picture.
Enneagram: 8w7 3w4 5w4 So/Sx
Note: (He shows a lot of 3 and 8, so deciding his main type was difficult and I’m not 100% confident about which actually takes precedence)
Jafar: At last, after all my years of searching, the cave of wonders!
Iago: Awk! Cave of wonders!
Gazeem: By Allah!
Jafar: Now, remember! Bring me the lamp. The rest of the treasure is yours, but the lamp is mine!
Iago: I can’t believe it. I just don’t believe it. We’re never gonna get a hold of that stupid lamp! Just forget it. Look at this. Look at this. I’m so ticked off that I’m molting!
Jafar: Patience, Iago. Patience. Gazeem was obviously less than worthy.
Iago: Oh, there’s a big surprise. That’s an incred–I think I’m gonna have a heart attack and die from not surprise! What’re we gonna do? We got a big problem here,a big prob-
[Jafar pinches his beak shut.]
Jafar: Yes, we do. Only one may enter. I must find this one, this… diamond in the rough.
Iago: I can’t take it anymore! If I gotta choke down on one more of those moldy, disgusting crackers… bam! Whack!
Jafar: Calm yourself, Iago.
Iago: Then I’d grab him around the head. Whack! Whack!
Jafar: Soon, I will be sultan, not that addlepated twit.
Iago: And then I stuff the crackers down his throat!
Iago: With all due respect, your rottenness, couldn’t we just wait for a real storm?
Jafar: Save your breath, Iago. Faster! [He places the Sultan’s ring in the contraption.]
Iago: Yes, o mighty evil one.
[Iago runs faster. A lightning bolt streaks through the ring, passing into an hourglass below. The sands begin to swirl.]
Jafar: Ah, sands of time– reveal to me the one who can enter the cave. [The sand in top forms the Cave of Wonders. It falls through into a storm, but it shows Aladdin climbing up a ladder, followed by Jasmine, who is covered in her cloak.] Yes, yes! There he is. My diamond in the rough!
Iago: That’s him?!?! That’s the clown we’ve been waitin’ for?
Jafar: Let’s have the guards extend him an invitation to the palace, shall we?
Sultan: Jafar, this is an outrage. If it weren’t for all your years of loyal service… From now on, you are to discuss sentencing of prisoners with me, before they are beheaded.
Jafar: I assure you, your highness, it won’t happen again.
Sultan: Jasmine, Jafar, now let’s put this whole messy business behind us. Please?
Jafar: My most abject and humblest apologies to you as well, princess.
Jasmine: At least some good will come of my being forced to
marry. When I am queen, I will have the power to get rid of you.
Sultan: That’s nice. All settled, then. Now, Jasmine, getting back to this suitor business. Jasmine? Jasmine!
Jafar: If only I had gotten that lamp!
Iago: I will have the power to get rid of you! D’oh! To think–we gotta keep kissing up to that chump, and his chump daughter for the rest of our lives…
Jafar: No, Iago. Only until she finds a chump husband. Then she’ll have us banished–or beheaded!
Iago: Oh! Wait a minute! Wait a minute! Jafar? What if you were the chump husband?
Iago: Okay, you marry the princess, all right? Then, uh, you become sultan!
Jafar: Oh! Marry the shrew? I become sultan. The idea has merit!
Iago: Yes, merit! Yes! And then we drop papa-in-law and the little woman off a cliff! Kersplat!
Jafar: Iago, I love the way your foul little mind works!
Jafar: Sire, I have found a solution to the problem with your daughter.
Iago: Awk! The problem with your daughter!
Sultan: Oh, really?
Jafar: Right here. “If the princess has not chosen a husband by the appointed time, then the sultan shall choose for her.”
Sultan: But Jasmine hated all those suitors! How could I choose someone she hates?
Jafar: Not to worry, my liege. There is more. If, in the event a suitable prince cannot be found, a princess must then be wed to… hmm… interesting.
Sultan: What? Who?
Jafar: The royal vizier! Why, that would be… me!
Sultan: Why, I thought the law says that only a prince can marry a princess, I’m quite sure.
Jafar: Desperate times call for desperate measures, my lord.
Sultan: Yes… desperate measures…
Jafar: You will order the princess to marry me.
Sultan: I… will order… the princess… to… but you’re so old!
Jafar:The princess will marry me!
Sultan: The princess will marry… What? What is that? That music! Ha ha ha. Jafar, you must come and see this!
Iago: We gotta get outta here! We gotta get– I gotta start packing, your highness. Only essentials. Travel light! Bring the guns, the weapons, the knives and how about this picture? I don’t know– I think I’m making a weird face in it. [Jafar starts to laugh wildly.] Oh, boy–he’s gone nuts. He’s cracked. [Iago flies down to him and knocks on his head.] Jafar? Jafar? Get a grip, Jafar! [Jafar grabs him around the neck] Good grip!
Jafar: Prince Ali is nothing more than that ragged urchin Aladdin. He has the lamp, Iago.
Iago: Why that miserable–
Jafar: But you are going to relieve him of it!
Genie: You know Al, I’m getting really–I don’t think you’re him. Tonight, the role of Al will be played by a tall, dark and sinister ugly man.
Jafar: I am your master now.
Genie: I was afraid of that.
Jafar: Genie, grant me my first wish. I wish to rule on high, as sultan!
Aladdin: Genie! No!
Genie: Sorry, kid–I got a new master now.
Sultan: Jafar, I order you to stop!
Jafar: There’s a new order now–my order! Finally, you will bow to me!
Jasmine: We’ll never bow to you!
Iago: Why am I not surprised?
Jafar: If you will not bow before a sultan, then you will cower before a sorcerer! Genie, my second wish–I wish to be the most powerful sorcerer in the world!
Iago: Ladies and gentlemen, a warm Agrabah welcome for Sorcerer Jafar!
Jafar: Now where were we? Ah, yes–abject humiliation! [He zaps Jasmine and the Sultan with his staff, and they both bow to him. Rajah comes running at him. He zaps Rajah, and the tiger turns into a kitty-cat.] Down, boy! Oh, princess–[lifts her chin with his staff] –there’s someone I’m dying to introduce you to.
Jafar: It pains me to see you reduced to this, Jasmine. [He takes a bite out of the apple she is holding.] A beautiful desert bloom such as yourself should be on the arm of the most powerful man in the world. [He waves his finger and a crown appears.] What do you say, my dear? Why, with you as my queen…
Jafar: I’ll teach you some respect! [She falls back as he raises his hand to slap her. Then he stops.] No. Genie, I have decided to make my final wish. I wish for Princess Jasmine to fall desperately in love with me.
Genie: Ah, master– there are a few addendas, some quid pro quo-
Jafar: Don’t talk back to me, you stupid blue lout! You will do what I order you to do, slave!
Jafar: You little fool! You thought you could defeat the most powerful being on earth!
Iago: Squeeze him, Jafar–Squeeze him like a–awk! [Genie elbows him out of the way]
Jafar: Without the genie, boy, you’re nothing!
Aladdin: The genie! The genie! The genie has more power than you’ll ever have!
Aladdin: He gave you your power, he can take it away!
Genie: Al, what are you doing? Why are you bringing me into this?
Aladdin: Face it, Jafar- you’re still just second best!
Jafar: You’re right! His power does exceed my own! But not for long!
[Jafar circles around the Genie.]
Genie: The boy is crazy. He’s a little punch drunk. One too many hits with the snake
Jafar: Slave, I make my third wish! I wish to be an all powerful genie!
Genie: All right, your wish is my command. Way to go, Al.
Jafar: The universe is mine to command, to control!
Aladdin:Not so fast, Jafar! Aren’t you forgetting something? You wanted to be a genie, you got it! And everything that goes with it!