ALADDIN: What would you wish for?
GENIE: Me? No one’s ever asked me that before. Well, in my case, ah, forget it.
ALADDIN: What? No, tell me.
ALADDIN: You’re a prisoner?
GENIE: It’s all part-and-parcel of the whole genie gig. Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty-bitty living space
ALADDIN: Genie, that’s terrible.
GENIE: But, oh, to be free. Not have to go, “Poof! What do you need? Poof! What do you need? Poof! What do you need?” To be my own master, such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in all the world!
If you had three wishes, what would you wish for? Every kid I grew up with quizzed each other on that question. Obviously, I used my first wish on infinite wishes. I don’t know what everyone else was thinking!
Genie is this extremely powerful being, and his power has been abused and misused time and time again. The thing I love about this character is that he’s seen so much, and he sees Aladdin, and he doesn’t want to see him go down the path of his previous masters. I think he knows Aladdin is a good guy, and when presented with a choice he will always take the right path… even if it would be tempting to do otherwise.
For a full analysis of this wonderful, goofy, and heartwarming character, look no further: Shmoop – Genie (Robin Williams)