Abu is the main protagonist of the classic 1940 fantasy film The Thief of Bagdad. He is a streetwise thief who is determined to win the heart of a princess and on his journey releases a genie from a lamp. Abu is the quintessential Arabian Nights hero. He channels his thieving ways into good intentions, defending the princess, the sultan Ahmed, and the kingdom from the evil magician Jaffar. Abu is played by the legendary actor Sabu.