While in his mid-teen years, he stole a vest, a pair of pants, and a fez from a clothes line, which would form his signature outfit.
When he was sixteen, Aladdin fell in with a group of circus performers: Aziz, Fatima, Minos, and their pet, Abu the Monkey.
With no form of income, he was forced to learn to survive on the streets of Agrabah.
Lacking other means, he steals only to survive, but his good heart often moves him to donate his stolen goods to those who are as poor, if not poorer than him, making him a Robin Hood-esque figure.
Initially, Aladdin was not an orphan, but instead, a young boy living alongside his single mother in the lowest part of Agrabah.
Throughout the story, Aladdin's quest to find something greater than himself, and prove his worth, was driven by a desire to make his mother proud, famously vocalized through the deleted song "Proud Of Your Boy", written by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken.
By the time Cassim returned, he couldn't find his family, believing them to be dead, resulting in him leaving Agrabah out of despair, where he'd eventually become a leader of the infamous Forty Thieves, though this would remain unknown to Aladdin for an extended number of years.
Katzenberg saw the early versions of Aladdin to be along the lines of a Michael J.
Aladdin is based on the eponymous character of the Aladdin folk tales featured in the Middle Eastern and South Asian One Thousand and One Nights stories. Even then, Aladdin's background was one of struggle, prompting his father to leave Agrabah in hopes of finding a way to better provide for his family.
After his leave, Aladdin's mother fell ill and she passed away, and Aladdin was left to fend for himself.
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Aladdin and Abu would form a brotherly relationship throughout this endeavor, and would eventually leave the circus, but remain together as life partners.