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Hercules and the Arabian Night is an episode of Disney's Hercules: The Animated Series. It is also a crossover with Aladdin. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Aladdin is an animated television series made by Walt Disney Television which aired from 1994 to 1996, based on the original 1992 feature. ...


As Hades goes through his usual job of bringing fresh souls in, Pain and Panic tell him that one of the souls is not cooperating. The soul approaches Hades, introduces himself as Jafar and all but DEMANDS to be sent back. Hades is at first unconcernned... but they find a common ground: Jafar tried to overtake Agrabah, Hades is trying to overtake Mount Olympus and they BOTH have been defeated by upstart boys but each thinks his nemesis is superior. Then they make a bet of if they could defeat each other's respective hero. So Hades gives Jafar a new snake staff, which makes him flesh and blood so long as he holds it, and tells him to attack Hercules while he's training on Phil's island. Hades, voiced by James Woods, is the villain in the 1997 movie Hercules, based on the Greek god Hades. ... Pain and Panic. ... Jafar is a fictional character, voiced by Jonathan Freeman in the Disney film Aladdin and its sequel, The Return of Jafar. ... This article is about the Greek mountain. ... For other uses, see Snake (disambiguation). ... Prometheus Academy is a fictional high school from the Disney animated television series Hercules (see also). ...

At said island, Phil is trying to teach Herc not to "barrel through" and to "use his noodle" from time to time. Suddenly, Jafar pops up and creates a griffin and a minotaur to go after Hercules. With Phil tied up, Herc does his best to wrestle the beasts. Jafar laughs at how slow Herc is...until Herc picks up Phil's "statue head" house, bashes the beasts and proceeds to smash it on Jafar, who gets knocked all the way back to the Underworld. In Greek mythology, Philoctetes (also Philoktêtês or Philocthetes, Φιλοκτήτης) was the son of King Poeas of Meliboea in Thessaly. ... For other uses, see Barrel (disambiguation). ... “Human Head” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Griffin (disambiguation). ... In Greek mythology, the Minotaur (Greek: Μινόταυρος, Minótauros) was a creature that was said to be part man and part bull. ...

Hades decides to send Pain and Panic to Agrabah to take Aladdin out. When the minions arrive in the Arabian city, they first mistake Abu for Aladdin... but the real Al, along with his wife Princess Jasmine, arrive on carpet. After a scuffle, Pain and Panic are about to finish Al off... but Al convinces them to look into his lamp (by telling them NOT to look into it). Genie's hand punches them all the way back to Greece and down into the Underworld. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Carpet (disambiguation). ... Antique bronze oil lamp with Christian symbol (replica) An oil lamp is a device used for lighting or for preserving a flame that is fueled by animal, vegetable or mineral oil. ... Genie Genie is a fictional character from the Disney animated features canon movie Aladdin, as well as related series and sequels. ...

Hades admits that Aladdin is tough... but wants to concentrate on beating Hercules first. Then Jafar offers an idea: what if Herc and Al had a misunderstanding between them and get into a fight? Hades likes the idea and puts the plan into motion.

The first part is kidnapping Abu from Agrabah and Icarus from Prometheus Academy (both using bananas as bait). When Herc can't find Icarus, an old man (Jafar in disguise) tells Herc that a "young rogue named Aladdin" kidnapped him. And, sure enough, Herc gets angry and runs off to find Al. Later, in Agrabah, Al and Jasmine can't find Abu... and Pain and Panic disguise themselves as Herc and tell him that Herc kidnapped Abu. Icarus and Daedalus by Frederic Leighton In Greek mythology, Icarus (Latin, Greek – Íkaros, Etruscan – Vicare, German – Ikarus) was son of Daedalus, famous for his death by falling into the sea when he flew too close to the sun, melting the wax holding his artificial wings together. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

When Herc, Phil and Pegasus arrive in Agrabah, Al, Jasmine and Carpet give them a not-so-warm welcome. Herc and Al start the fight... Herc barreling in and Al sidestepping each blow. Al gets Herc to chase him through the alleyways of Agrabah to and old abandoned building. He gets Herc to punch enough holes in the walls to bring most of the house down on top of Herc. When Herc holds it up, Al demands Herc to tell where he hid Abu. Herc responds by wanting to know where AL took ICARUS. Before they can work it out, though, the building collapses on both of them. For other uses, see Building (disambiguation). ...

While Jafar and Hades believe the heroes have been destroyed, Herc gets himself and Aladdin out of the rubble. They piece together that it was a set-up and that Hades and Jafar are holding Icarus and Abu in the Underworld. Aladdin wants to charge in to rescue them... but Hercules thinks of ANOTHER way...

While Hades tells Jafar of his plans for Olympian domination (and offers Jafar the 'Lord of the Dead' title when he does), Pain and Panic yell that Herc and Al are coming their way. So Jafar is sent to stop them. He blasts Aladdin in an ice block and creates a giant scorpion to take on the slow Hercules. But there's one problem: the guy in the ice is Hercules, disguised as Aladdin. And the one fighting the scorpion is Al disguised as Herc. Freaked, Jafar can't stop Al from nabbing the snake staff and tossing it to Herc, who snaps it in half. The spirit of Jafar is dragged down into the River Styx for good. For other uses, see Lord (disambiguation). ... This article is about water ice. ... Superfamilies Pseudochactoidea Buthoidea Chaeriloidea Chactoidea Iuroidea Scorpionoidea See classification for families. ... For other uses, see Styx River (disambiguation) River In Greek mythology, Styx ([river of] hate) is the name of a river which formed the boundary between earth and the underworld, Hades. ...

Herc and Al congratulate each other before Al takes Jasmine and Carpet back to Agrabah. Al tells Herc that he'll make a GREAT hero someday. For other uses, see Hero (disambiguation). ...


An unusual aspect of this episode is that it indicates that Aladdin and Hercules existed around the same time, though one would logically conclude that they lived at least a few centuries apart (Hercules being from ancient Greece, Aladdin from the era of sultans). On the other hand, one of Aladdin's enemies, Mechanicles, could easily be the same vintage as Hercules.

Princess Jasmine mentions that she and Aladdin are married, indicating this episode takes place after the events of Aladdin and the King of Thieves, which would explain Iago's absence in this episode. This is a bit strange, though, since the episode seems to indicate that Jafar died recently, though there was an entire movie, and indeed a TV series, between his death in The Return of Jafar and this episode. It could have been possible that time went by differently in the underworld and that Jafar had to go through a waiting line before meeting up with Hades. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Aladdin and the King of Thieves is a direct-to-video animated film made by Disney, released on August 13, 1996. ... The Return of Jafar (later retitled Aladdin: The Return of Jafar) is a 1994 direct-to-video sequel to the 1992 film Aladdin, produced by The Walt Disney Company. ...


  • When Jafar says "I was even an all-powerful immortal genie, briefly" he means that he lost his status as a genie when he died. This can also be known when he faces Hercules and says "I am Jafar, the greatest sorcerer the world has ever known", meaning he was not a genie in this episode, presumably to avoid having to deal with an invincible Jafar.
  • Genie only appears once, as a hand, and does not speak. It is likely that neither Dan Castelleneta from the series and second movie or Robin Williams from the first and last Aladdin movies were available.
  • In this episode, Jafar's sorcery did not seem to be as powerful as when he became the world's most powerful sorcerer, since he is powerless without his snake-staff. It is worth noting that he uses his normal "Grand Vizier" clothes in this episode (there was a slight difference in his clothes as "the world's most powerful sorcerer" primarily on top of his shoulders and turban.)
  • Both Tate Donovan and Scott Weinger tell young children that both Aladdin and Hercules are real and are real life best friends.

Tate Buckley Donovan (born September 25, 1963) is an American film and television actor. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Disney's Aladdin
Films Aladdin | The Return of Jafar | Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Adaptations Aladdin (TV series) | Disney's Aladdin (video game) | Aladdin, Jr.
Soundtrack Soundtrack | A Whole New World
Main Characters Aladdin | Princess Jasmine | Genie | Iago
Villains Jafar | Abis Mal | Mozenrath | Mirage | Mechanicles | Saleen | Sa'luk | Amin Damoola
Minor Characters Arbutus | Chaos | Eden



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