|“||A thousand apologies, oh patient one. (Jafar: You have it, then?) I had to slit a few throats, but I got it.||„|
|~ Gazeem declaring his success of stealing his half of the golden scarab to Jafar.|
Gazeem is a minor villain in Disney's 31st full-length animated feature film, Aladdin. He appears only at the beginning of the movie, serving as a small-time thief and minion to the sorcerer Jafar.
He was voiced by the legendary actor Charlie Adler, who also played Snively in Sonic the Hedgehog (also known as Sonic SatAM), the Red Guy in Cow & Chicken, Hamilton in Disney's Tarzan, and Starscream in the Transformers film franchise.
Role in the film
At night, out in the middle of the Arabian desert, Gazeem meets with his boss Jafar, who has taken hold of half of a golden scarab used to summon the Cave of Wonders. Expressing his apology for being late, Gazeem shows Jafar that he managed to steal the other half of the golden scarab amulet, though he had to kill several people to get it. He suppresses his half of the amulet when Jafar tries to take it, wanting to have the treasure as promised first, but Jafar's parrot named Iago grabs it from him. Jafar calmly assures Gazeem that his end of the bargain will be upheld. As soon as the halves form together, the amulet quickly flies off to the cave's location and Jafar and Gazeem follow on horseback. The entrance to the cave materializes before them in the form of a giant tiger's head, much to Gazeem's awe. Jafar tells Gazeem to bring him the magic lamp he seeks, so that Gazeem can have any treasure in return for his services, much to Gazeem's delight.
Gazeem peers down the cave's mouth, only to be knocked back as the Tiger God, the entity guarding the cave, demands to know who woke him up. Gazeem introduces himself to the Tiger God, who warns that only one may enter the cave: a "Diamond in the Rough". Gazeem hesitates, but Jafar, not quite understanding the Tiger God's words, tells Gazeem to continue. Gazeem watchfully sets foot into the cave entrance and breathes a sigh of relief when nothing happens. Suddenly, however, the cave roars furiously. Gazeem frantically tries to escape, but the cave moves so fast for him to react and its entrance clamps its mouth shut on top of him, killing him immediately, much to Jafar's horror and anger. As it falls inactive again, the Tiger God instructs Jafar to seek out the "Diamond in the Rough", who turns out to be none other than Agrabah's street rat named Aladdin. Despite being horrified by Gazeem's death, Jafar shows no remorse over the loss of Gazeem, saying that he was "obviously less than worthy"; even Iago admitted that he considers Gazeem as a bozo.
- He was a boss in the Aladdin Sega Genesis video game, in the game's third level.
- Upon first gazing upon the Cave of Wonders, Gazeem briefly utters "By Allah...". "Allah" is the Arabic term for "God".
- Despite being Jafar's henchman, he is not the secondary antagonist, Iago is.