Zarasto is a fierce bandit and the leader of his own band of Marauders who terrorize the trade routes.
When he was first encountered by Aladdin, Zarasto, like the other marauders, was a caped and hooded man who always carried either a scimitar or a death star mace. However he occasionally wielded a unique scimitar with a serrated blade.
When encountered again by Aladdin much time later, Zarasto became more muscular and no longer hid his face or wore simple garbs, now proudly showing his face and wearing attire befitting someone of noble status, likely due to his significant rise in power and wealth.
- "Tell your sultan what happened here today. Tell him... there is no hope! Tell him... Zarasto and his marauders have struck again!"
He is cruel and willing to do whatever it takes to get whatever he wants, even thievery and murder. After acquiring his own Sands of Time, Zarasto became even more prideful and boastful, wanting all the world, and even sultans to know who he is and for all to fear him and challenge him. Despite seemingly trusting his own marauders, welcoming new recruits openly and despising betrayal, he proved to only be loyal to his own greed, as shown when he contemplated killing his own men when Genie (while posing as a life insurance agent) convinced him that he could profit from their deaths. His aggression is boundless to not just as enemies but even civilians, even willing to kill defenseless animals and Jasmine to get what he wants and show his defiance to the world.
Zarasto is a skilled warrior and leader, leading a hoard of mighty marauders and he and his men able to clash against the legendary Riders of Ramond in combat. He is skilled in the usage of both maces and scimitars. When the crystal began altering his fate and that of Aladdin and his friends, he gained control over Abu and the Magic Carpet, making him a threat in the air as well with an extra set of eyes.
Sometime after he escaped the crystal's curse, he became stronger and acquired his own Sands of Time which he used to stop the flow of time and steal from travelers and merchants in the blink of an eye.
Years ago, the mysterious mystic Fasir hired the Riders of Ramond to obtain and deliver a magical cargo to him from afar, but on their journey the Riders were attacked by Zarasto and his Marauders. Unbeknownst to either feuding party, their battle caused the delicate cargo to fall from the back of the elephant that was carrying it and break in two, causing a horrifying disturbance which trapped both groups in a never ending temporal loop where they were doomed to repeat the same day over and over again which would always end with them clashing and the crystal breaking. Thus their fate seemed sealed and they remained trapped in their ever repeating limbo for many years.
Aladdin and his friends stumbled upon the mysterious repeating battle between Zarasto and the Riders, and upon being told of their fate by Fasir, Aladdin became determined to save them from their never ending fate. However each of Aladdin's attempts only made things worse, until even he and most of his friends became trapped in the loop as well, with Abu and Carpet becoming Zarasto's sidekicks. In the end, Zarasto and the other marauders are defeated by the riders after Iago catches the crystal, and Aladdin, Abu and Carpet turn back to normal. The Marauders then fled over the horizon as the Riders mocked their cowardice.
He and the others force Razoul and the other palace guards to go back to the palace and the marauders all have the Sultan's treasure. On their way to the desert to retrieve the treasure, Aladdin and his friends trick Zorasto into thinking they are on his side and they want to be just like him. Zorasto accepts Aladdin and he makes Razoul leave. Later, Zorasto and the others are at the top of the canyon and see the Riders of Ramond and Jasmine coming. He makes a magic hourglass appear and makes it lose sand slowly. Everyone gets off the cliff and rob and put the riders in chains. Aladdin realizes that the fact that they freeze time makes them strike so fast. He then sees that Zorasto also put Jasmine in chains. Zorasto throws his sword at Aladdin so he can execute Jasmine, but the street rat accidentally refuses and the marauder decides to do so himself until Genie stops him by tricking him into thinking that he is a desert insurance service while Aladdin sets Jasmine and the riders free. Zorasto gets angry at Aladdin and the street rat is about to fight him but a pile of coin fall on him. Zorasto gets back on the cliff and tries to make the riders surrender, otherwise he will throw Jasmine. Aladdin goes behind the marauder to stop him, but he gets caught. Jasmine then makes Aladdin push her and Zorasto off the cliff. Zorasto falls over with Jasmine. He holds on to the ledge while Jasmine falls. Abu takes the hourglass and turns it around, which makes the princess stop falling. Zorasto and the other marauders surrender.
- "Surround them!"
- "Fight with the riders... so shall you fall with them!"
- "See, little one? They all fear the sword of Zarasto the marauder!"
- "Victory is ours as is the sultan’s treasure!"
- "Ah, a devious lad. I can use someone like you."
- "The boy has a streak of cruelty in him. Ha, ha, I approve! Run!"
- "Anything is possible for a man with enough... time."
- "The shipment approaches! Gather 'round, men! The moment is at hand!"
- "The great Riders of Ramond captured by Zorasto the marauder!"
- His name has alternatively been spelled as either Zorasto or Sarastro.