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Ja'far
Magi | AoS

Jafar anime

Biographical Information
Kanji ジャーファル
Rōmaji Jāfaru
Also Known As Chief Ja'far
Physical Description
Age AoS: 10, 11
Magi: 25, 26, 27, 30 (currently)
Gender Male
Height AoS: 142 cm (4'8")
Magi: 172 cm (5'7½")
Weight 65 kg (143 lbs)
Relationships
Family Father (deceased)
Mother (deceased)
Allies Sinbad
Drakon
Hinahoho
Rurumu
Mahad
Vittel
Masrur
Aladdin
Alibaba Saluja
Morgiana
Pipirika
Enemies Judar
Falan
Markkio
Ithnan
Status
Djinn Baal
Occupation Chief of Sindria Trading Company (current)
Household Member
Adviser to Sinbad
Sindria's Parliamentary Official (former)
General of Sindria (former)
Assassin (former)
Affiliation Sindria Trading Company
Sindria Kingdom
Parthevia Empire (former)
Media
Manga Debut AoS: Night 13
Magi: Night 32
Anime Debut Episode 7
Japanese VA Takahiro Sakurai
English VA Lucien Dodge
Cantonese VA Fong-zing Zoeng
Korean VA Sang Hyeon Eom
Image Gallery


Ja'far (ジャーファル, Jāfaru) was the advisor of Sinbad and one of the Eight Generals of Sindria Kingdom. Currently he is serving as the chief of Sindria Trading Company.[1]

Appearance

Jafar
In the manga
Jafar at 10
At 10

Ja'far is an average-sized man with pale skin, short white hair and black eyes. He also has freckles around his nose. He wears a long drape that covers his entire body, and a green Arabian keffiyeh on his head. He always carries around his red wires, which is his Household Vessel, Bararaq Sei. When enraged, his eyes change into eyes that resemble those of a snake and turn gray. When Ja'far's hair is shown, it is always wild, as has been like this since he was young.

In certain instances, Ja'far's legs can be seen to be marked with two large, almost stitch like scars, which were originally confused with the jagged seams of his young assassin trousers in their first appearance.[2] Since, recent art of Ja'far has cleared the buzzing debate and confirmed the canonical nature of the lines on his legs as scars, not to be confused with his attire as a child.

After three years, Ja'far no longer wears his keffiyeh, instead just the small red gem is wrapped around his head. He no longer wears his casual clothes and instead wears his white sleeved button shirt with a dark vest, dark pants and shoes and what seems to be a cape or cloak on his left shoulder while a white cloth with a shoulder guard is on his right. His hair also seems to have gotten a little bit longer. Alibaba notes that Ja'far doesn't seem to have aged despite three years passing, something he seemed to take a bit sadly before displaying a smile to the prince.[3]

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Personality

Serious Jafar

Ja'far is a serious person, who gets angry easily. He is most often the voice of reason when Sinbad is doing something outrageous. He tends to scold Sinbad a lot, despite Sinbad being his King, older, and stronger than him.

When provoked or angered, Ja'far shows a whole different side to himself. He was easily willing to kill Cassim when the latter opposed Sinbad.[4] Another time this happened was when Judar called Ja'far a "small fry" and told him to step aside, because he had some business with Sinbad. Enraged, Ja'far was going to use his Household Vessel, Bararaq Sei with his full strength, but was stopped by Sinbad before he could do so.[5]

However, despite his short-tempered nature Ja'far is shown to be mostly kind and polite towards others (except for those he sees as enemy). He is also a workaholic, to the point that he would still be working even when he's asleep.

History

Jafar Young

Ja'far was born into Parthevia's undercover unit, the assassins Sham Lash, and at one point became its leader. At the age of six, he was forced into killing both of his parents.

Young Jafar anime

Younger Ja'far tries to kill Sinbad

After the dungeon of Baal was conquered by SinbadParthevia's Emperor ordered his troupe to track down and capture Sinbad and take out Drakon if he became troublesome. The Emperor did not want Sinbad dead, but sought out the troupe because they knew sensitive information that the soldiers did not, and were excellent at dealing with combat.[6] Despite the Emperor's wishes, Ja'far tried to assassinate Sinbad for unknown reasons. He failed in the assassination and decided to serve him as a vassal.

Little is known about Ja'far's history, but it is evident that, from a young age, he was under intensely abusive treatment, which would have most likely warped his ethical reasoning and his physical body.

Since his assassin days, Ja'far has apparently become quite tame and serious. Sinbad remarked that Ja'far's eyes were always rogue when they'd first met. Over the course of their acquaintance, Ja'far has apparently grown very close to his King, to the point where he is the only character to have nicknamed Sinbad, calling him always by "Sin." There appears to be a respect between Sinbad and Ja'far, as Ja'far was entrusted with the care of the entire Kingdom of Sindria while Sinbad was away.

Plot

Imuchakk Arc

Adventure of Sinbad
The following information has to do with the spinoff/prologue to Magi, Adventure of Sinbad.


Balbadd Arc

Main
The following information has to do with the main manga series Magi.

Ja'far and Masrur are at a hotel, waiting for Sinbad to return. When Sinbad returns with Aladdin and Morgiana, Sinbad explains the situation to him and Masrur. Ja'far offers to pay for Aladdin and Morgiana's room. As they walk to their respective room, Ja'far asks Sinbad if he got all his luggage stolen again, to which he answers yes. Ja'far exasperatedly asks if everything got stolen including all his metal vessels, to which he also answers yes. Ja'far asks Sinbad, when will he become aware that he was born to be "King". Then, he calls him King Sinbad. Sinbad tells him not to expose that. [7]

Ja'far and Masrur are present in the meeting between Sinbad and the Balbadd's king, Ahbmad Saluja and Balbadd's deputy king, Sahbmad Saluja. The meeting is about why Balbadd has broken off trade with Sindria. They hear about the Fog Troupe from the two, and soon Sinbad declares that he will, by himself, destroy the Fog Troupe. [8]

Ja'far then has lunch with Masrur, Sinbad, Aladdin and Morgiana. Sinbad formally introduces Masrur and Ja'far. Aladdin introduces himself and summons Ugo, which surprises Ja'far. Sinbad is also surprised and states that Aladdin is a Magi. Knowing the power that Aladdin wields, Sinbad asks Aladdin to lend them his power in capturing the Fog Troupe.[9] Ja'far protests this, saying Aladdin is just a kid. Sinbad says that age doesn't matter, but what matters is the capability of facing the Fog Troupe. Ja'far eventually submits and proceeds to explain the plans to everyone. He explains that the Troupe's are seen when there are fogs and targets the country's treasury and rich citizens. He also tells Aladdin and Morgiana about the new recruit to the Troupe that everyone calls, 'Wonderman Alibaba'. [10]

Ja'Wires

Ja'far attacking the Fog Troupe

Ja'far is next seen with Aladdin and Morgiana, helping them in fighting the fog troupe. He along with Aladdin and Morgiana, are attacked by the Fog Troupe. Ja'far uses his wires to attack the troupe and states that he is not from Balbadd, but he has reasons to capture them. However, Ja'far was binded by Cassim's  weapon, Kokubaku Mutou.[11]

When they went back to the hotel, Ja'far explains to Sinbad about the economic problems in Balbadd and that it was caused by paper money called "Juan" that were issued by the Kou Empire. Later he is present when Sinbad is listening in on Alibaba's story and when the Fog Troupe attacks their room. Ja'far attacks back using his wires. On the roof Ja'far shows disbelief and confusion when Sinbad offers to join the Fog Troupe after defeating Alibaba. He protests that it would make matters more complicated, in which Sinbad replied whether Ja'far was "not human", leaving him completely speechless and defeated.[12]

Jafar vs Kassim

Ja'far attacks Cassim

When Cassim bad-mouths Sinbad, Ja'far is enraged and attacks him with his wires. He states that Cassim has no idea what Sinbad had been through, and is prepared to kill him. However Sinbad stops him by grabbing his blades, which injured his hand. Ja'far is shocked and immediately apologizes for injuring Sinbad, in which he replied that it was "Ok".[13]

Ja'far then looks after Aladdin when he is unconscious. When Black Rukh is taking over Balbadd, Ja'far wants to help Sinbad in the castle, however, as he says to Masrur, he cannot abandon the people that are in panic. He is next seen attacking Banker with Bararaq Sei after Masrur knocked him down, allowing Sinbad to finish him off.

Sindria Arc

Ja'far is first seen as he greets Alibaba who is enraged that he was taken away from Balbadd. When Alibaba asks whether Sinbad had any rights to confront the Kou Empire, he states that Sinbad had "none whatsoever", but that won't stop him from trying to help Alibaba and Balbadd.

After the 6 months time skip, Ja'far is next seen as he greets Sinbad after his return from the Kou Empire. He asks what happened and Sinbad informs him of the agreement with the Kou Empire's Emperor. He also informs Sinbad that at first Aladdin and Alibaba were depressed, but they had gotten more cheerful and started eating well (in which in the manga, causes them to grow fat).

8 Generals

Sinbad and the Eight Generals

When a Southern Creature attacks Sindria, he stands alongside the rest of the Eight Generals and watches as Yamraiha and Sharrkan defeats it. During Mahrajan, Ja'far is first seen when he hits Sharrkan for bullying Masrur. Sinbad then assembles the Eight Generals and officially introduces them to Aladdin, Alibaba and Morgiana. He states that Ja'far is a parliamentary official, and that he is an expert in a unique assassination technique. Ja'far then later asks Sinbad whether he had resolved the situation with Princess Kougyoku in which Sinbad seems oblivious. He shows great concern that Sinbad had played with the princess, which could potentially cause a war between the two countries. He is relieved when Sinbad replies that he didn't do anything.

My favorite scene from episode 19
However when Prince Hakuryuu and Princess Kougyoku arrives at Sindria, Ja'far is shocked when the Princess accuses Sinbad of "defiling" her. When Sinbad tries to prove his innocence, he along with the other Generals shows their disbelief. He states that although they respect their King, they know well about his bad habits when he's drunk. According to him, it has happened before when Sinbad was drunk and ended up having "many local wives" in the morning. Also, Ja'far points out that in Balbadd, Sinbad lost all his belongings, including his metal vessels, due to him being completely drunk that he passed out. With shock at his Generals' disbelief, Sinbad states that Ja'far was looking at him eyes of an assassin, like their first meeting. 

When Yamraiha uses her magic to show what happened that night, Ja'far covers Aladdin's eyes as children should not see what supposedly happened. However it is shown that nothing occurred during the night, which causes Ja'far and the other Generals to apologize for not trusting their King. When Koubun Ka is revealed to be the culprit behind the misunderstanding, Ja'far glares at the man and spits at him. 

Zagan Arc

Although Sinbad tells Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana, and Hakuryuu to conquer the dungeon at Torran alone, Ja'far sends Sharrkan, Masrur, and Yamraiha to the island as well for safe measure.

Second Sindria Arc

Ja'far is first seen as he reports to Sinbad that Yamraiha, Masrur and Sharrkan has reached Aladdin and the others. They are suddenly interrupted as Yamraiha's barrier around Sindria is broken, which allows Judar to enter Sindria. Ja'far then joins Pisti and the other guards to confront Judar. He attacks using his Household Vessel, Bararaq Sei, but was thrown against a wall by Judar. Ja'far is angered when Judar calls him "small fry" and says that he wants to speak with Sinbad. Ja'far's eyes has taken a sharp look, resembling a snake, which is shown when he is furious. He attempts to attack Judar again, but is stopped by Sinbad. Ja'far complies with Sinbad's order and stands by his side silently as Sinbad and Judar talk.[14]

He is next seen during the banquet Sinbad threw to celebrate Aladdin and the others' return. Ja'far leads a confused Koubun Ka away, giving Sinbad freedom to approach Princess Kougyoku. After Sinbad's talk with Kougyoku, Ja'far approaches him revealing that Sinbad is trying to gather power for Sindria. He is confused when Sinbad asks whether he had become "a sly person" and remembering the adventures they had when they were younger. Ja'far then replies that Sinbad is indeed a sly person and has "become what [he] didn't want to be". However he adds that it is the path Sinbad has chosen and he can only move forward. Ja'far pledges his loyalty and says that he will follow Sinbad until the end. Ja'far then accompanies Sinbad to approach Hakuryuu to try and persuade him into being their "power" as well.[15] However the banquet is suddenly interrupted by Ithnan. When Ithnan's clones attacks them, Ja'far destroys one of the clones. However this only makes the clone's blood splatters into Sinbad, allowing Ithnan to curse him along with Alibaba.[16]

World Exploration Arc

Ja'far asks Yamraiha if Aladdin was able to enroll at the Magnostadt Academy without problems. Proudly, she tells him she is sure that Aladdin will be selected for the first Kodor, the highest level at the academy.[17]

Second Balbadd Arc

Abilities

Physical Abilities

  • Ja'far's Wires
  • Bararaq Sei
  • Breaking Borg

Ja'far is a trained assassin. Ja'far is proficient in using rope darts to ensnare and stab his opponents.

  • Remote Control Blade: Ja'far throws his darts and they cross each other to constrict his opponents. This is a special assassination technique of the Sham Lash.

Household Vessel

Ja'far uses the powers of Sinbad's Djinn, Baal. Baal lends his power to his Household Vessel, Bararaq Sei.

  • Bararaq Sei (Twin Snakes Rope Darts): Ja'far's Household Vessel. It takes the form of his rope darts that he changes into the form of twin snakes to ensnare and bite the opponent. It's attack has enough power to destroy the Borg of Ithnan.

Stats

Quantity of Magoi
4/5
Fighting Ability
4/5
Physical Strength
3/5
Technique
5/5
Leadership Ability
4/5
Wisdom
4/5


Battles/Events

Relationships

Sinbad

Ja'far first met Sinbad when he was still an assassin. He tried to assassinate Sinbad under the orders of Parthevia Empire. Though, after the event in Valefor Dungeon, he decided to trust Sinbad, gave up on the path of being an assassin and followed him. He's close enough to nickname him "Sin".

Ja'far also shows loyalty and trust towards Sinbad. He is often seen to be accompanying Sinbad and took care of many official business.This trust seems to be reciprocated by Sinbad, as Ja'far was also tasked to be in charge of Sindria while he was away.

However it seems that Ja'far doesn't fully approve of Sinbad's actions as he stated that he will never be used to Sinbad using excuses such as "for the sake of the country.... to tie down other people's life". After three years of time skip the two are shown to work in separate places and they seem to rarely meet with each other, as the two are busy with their own work.

Masrur

The two seem to be close, working together and understanding each other well, being Sinbad's first subordinates. Ja'far is also the one who taught Masrur to read and write, though Masrur would usually attempt to escape when he is away to get more work for Masrur to do.

Yamraiha & Sharrkan

Ja'far gets along with them, but can't stand when they constantly fight over what's better, sword or magic. He also mentions to Alibaba that the two were lost after his death and would have been jubilant to find out he's alive.

Aladdin

Ja'far seems to have a soft spot for Aladdin, seen when he tries to keep Aladdin happy when he brings up Ugo, and when he covered his eyes during Sinbad's supposedly evil deed towards Kougyoku (though it was mostly because he didn't want Aladdin to see what they thought had happened). When Aladdin revealed himself as the Magi to Sinbad, Ja'far was the first to object about having Aladdin help them stop the Fog Troupe. It can also be hinted that Aladdin would refer to him as Big Brother Ja'far.

Trivia

  • Ja'far (جعفر, Ja'far) means Stream in Arabic.
  • He is named after Ja'far ibn Yahya, Grand Vizier of Caliph Harun al-Rashid from One Thousand and One Nights, who in turn was based on a historical figure.
  • His special skill is assassination techniques.[18][19]
  • His hobby is work.[18][19]
  • His favorite drink is coffee and he doesn't like alcohol.[19]
  • His favorite type of woman is one who contributes to Sindria[20] and he dislikes attendants with no loyalty.[19]
  • In his free time, he thinks about what to do for work the next day.[19]
  • He is worried about people telling him that he's a bad drunk, since he doesn't remember anything afterwards.[19]
  • His weakness is that he gets mad easily.[18][19]
  • He has learned to work automatically so he can do it even while unconscious. Lack of sleep makes him a bit strange.[19]
  • Ja'far works so much that he has no interest in love. However, it seems he has a lot of hidden fans who like seeing him so passionate about work.[19]
  • Ja'far was one of Sinbad's first subordinates.
  • Ja'far usually only wears official clothing as he only has one set of normal clothing, which he received from Sinbad when he was 14 years old and which no longer fits.
  • It is proven that Ja'far and Sinbad's relationship has grown a lot since there first encounter , and Ja'far's love for Sindria and Sinbad keep growing .
  • During his misbegotten youth he used to say things like: "My heart has been frozen since long ago."[21]
  • According to Morgiana, Ja'far has no scent.[22]
  • Ja'far's favorite type of dishes are elaborate ones he can teach to Sindria's cooks.[23]
  • He gets sunburn easily.[24]
  • Ja'far is interested in Kou's Emperor, Koutoku Ren.[25]
  • Ja'far's most important property is Sindria's attire.[25]
  • Ja'far seems to have a weak spot for children, shown when he worries for Aladdin and after he leaves Kikirku alone, he goes back to apologize to the child after he hears him cry and even saves him from a monster.
  • As a child he had stitch-like scars on both the inside of his thighs, though it's unknown if he still has them on his legs.
  • It has been stated in the Magi Official Character Guide Book that Ja'far loves the kingdom of Sindria and Sinbad more than anyone else.
  • Though his eyes are black in the anime, in the OVA his eyes are green.
  • In Volume 27's omake, when asked who he wished was his real sibling, Ja'far says Masrur and adds: "I don't know why, but please act like one for me." Masrur replies: "Ja'far, please, it's because if things turned ugly, everything will be fine with me nearby."

References

  1. Night 285
  2. Adventure of Sinbad, Page 79
  3. Night 285, Pages 11-13
  4. Night 43, Pages 5-6
  5. Night 110, Pages 6-7
  6. Adventure of Sinbad, Page 70
  7. Night 32, Pages 15-19
  8. Night 33, Pages 3-10
  9. Night 33, Pages 11-20
  10. Night 34, Pages 3-12
  11. Night 35, Pages 3-9
  12. Night42,Pages 16-20
  13. Night 43, Pages 7,8
  14. Night 110, Pages 3-8
  15. Night 112, Pages 13-15
  16. Night 113, Page 7
  17. Night 137, Page 1
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Magi Official Guidebook
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 Magi Character Encyclopedia
  20. Volume 11's Stickers
  21. Volume 16 Extra
  22. Volume 8 Extra
  23. Magi First Fanbook
  24. Volume 14 Message Paper
  25. 25.0 25.1 Magi Perfect Fanbook

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