Jafar is one calculating dude. He’s also a little cold and shrewd too. So why is he generally successful? Because it’s all laced with a generous dose of humor and charisma.
The one thing you can say about someone like Jafar, is that you’ll always know where you stand. They simply feel no obligation to lie in order to get their way. That kind of brute force is for Gaston in Beauty and the Beast. Machiavelli was probably a Jafar too. Not an evil man, just one capable of doing what he had to – to achieve success and power. And the reason Jafar is such a solitary man, is that has a powerful need to be in control at all times.