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Mirage is one of Aladdin's recurring enemies. A cat-like enchantress (similar to the Egyptian goddess Bast) with power over illusions, dreams and shadows, her magic powers are enough to create a mirage of Agrabah, its people and Aladdin's friends. This, combined with her stunning keenness and ruthlessness, makes her a dangerous enemy. Curiously, unlike other villains like Abis Mal or Mechanicles, Mirage is not at all grotesque in appearance, but more attractive in a femme fatale approach to her character.
Mirage is inscrutable in her motives. She never provides any insight herself, and other evidence is circumstantial at best. It is possible that she intends to kill Aladdin and his friends and then take over Agrabah (or the world); she certainly attempts the former several times. However, she is called "Evil Incarnate" during the course of the series, and it is possible that all of her actions are motivated simply by malice. The only reliable evidence is from the mysterious blind magician Phasir, who appears in few episodes of the series and who seems to have some history with Mirage, though it is not expanded on.
In the Aladdin episode "Eye Of The Beholder" she tests Aladdin and Jasmine's love for each other by turning Jasmine into a poisonous anthropomorphic snake. The attempts initially appeared successfully, rendering Jasmine poisonous to the touch, but when Aladdin turned himself into a snake to be with her, Phasir appeared to Mirage, informing her that she had failed, and lifted the spell on the two of them. Her keenness turned Aladdin's old friend Amal against him, and finally he had to race against time before his city's inhabitants become slaves in their sleep.
In another episode, she directed an even more powerful entity named Chaos towards Agrabah. Chaos is a small feline voiced by Matt Frewer, with a slapstick sense of humour to rival that of the Genie. However, even Mirage feared Chaos, having to use quick thinking to avoid a confrontation with him. However, it turns out that in the end of the episode it is shown that Chaos was manipulating her the whole time, putting her in a situation where she saved the day and thus making life a little more interesting.
It is said that Mirage was not always evil, but once even in love with the blind seer, Phasir. He has warned her that love conquers all, and that one day it will bring her back to him.