Ali Abdul (알리 압둘 alli abdul), also known as Player 199, was a contestant in the 33rd Squid Game. An immigrant from Pakistan, he has a young wife and a one-year-old son, whom he struggled to support after his employer stopped paying him six months prior to Ali's participation in the game.
Ali entered the Squid Game to financially support his family, and gets hired by Factory Owner. During Red Light, Green Light, Ali saves Seong Gi-hun's life and befriends him. After the first round, he has a fuel with his boss due to the fact his boss has been denying him his paycheck for six months. This results in a blobby accident where his boss's hand gets injured by a rolling machine, as Ali steals the envelope of cash.
Ali later formed an alliance with Gi-hun, Cho Sang-woo, Kang Sae-byeok and Oh Il-nam, and they managed to pass the second and third games successfully. However, during the fourth game, when Ali teams up with Sang-woo, Ali was eliminated after being tricked into giving him his marbles.
Ali is a man with an average height, and tanned skin and Brown/Black Curly Hair. He has brown eyes and faint stubble. He lost two of his fingers. He is shown to have immense strength, as he lifted Gi-hun by his jacket, who was physically bigger than Ali himself, saving him from getting eliminated in Red Light, Green Light. He did this with two of his fingers missing.
Ali came to South Korea from Pakistan in order to get a well-rounded job. Unfortunately, he had to leave his parents behind in the process. He is hired by Factory Owner, where he is later denied his paycheck of six months.
Ali is among the majority of contestants to initially vote to withdraw from the competition, but he ultimately decides to voluntarily return after he accidentally injures his boss after he pushed him into rolling machine, crushing his fingers during a confrontation about the fact that his boss hasn't paid him for six months. He takes the opportunity to steal an envelope of cash from his boss, run away, and give it to his wife, telling her to return to Pakistan with their child, promising he will return to them soon.
Re-entering the game
Unfamiliar with the ins and outs of many Korean games, Ali is at a disadvantage as soon as he steps foot in the game play arena. But, trusting of his fellow man, he naively leans on his newfound allies for support, allowing them to guide him through the competition. At the start of the game, Ali's plan seems to be working, but as tensions rise and players became more ruthless, he unintentionally leaves himself vulnerable to the unrelenting nature of the game. He enters into an alliance with several other players, including Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo, the latter of whom he has particular admiration for due to acts of kindness Sang-woo showed him outside of the Squid Game.
In the episode "Gganbu," players are instructed to pair off into teams of two to prepare for the fourth game of the competition. Unsure what the next task will be, Sang-woo, one of the more strategic players, asks to team up with Ali, who is quickly identified as one of the youngest and strongest competitors. Together, he insists they'll be an unstoppable team and make it to the end. Holding a deep respect for Sang-woo and his kindness, Ali agrees to team up with him after only a brief moment of hesitation, waiting for Gi-hun's approval.
To begin the game, the guards distribute small bags containing ten marbles each to every player. Moments later, the disembodied voice over the loudspeaker reveals that the teams won't actually be competing together but facing off in a one-on-one marble game of their choice, with the losers facing immediate elimination. Unfamiliar with any sort of marble game, Ali lets Sang-woo choose and ends up playing a guessing game in which they pick an odd or even number of marbles to conceal in their hands. Taking turns, they then guess whether their opponent is holding an even or odd amount of marbles. If they guess correctly, they're allowed to keep the other's marbles.
Even though he's never played before, Ali quickly ends up winning every round, enraging Sang-woo who accuses him of lying and cheating. Afraid, Ali apologizes but insists he's been playing fairly. After Sang-woo calms down, he tells Ali he's sorry for losing his temper and convinces him he's come up with a plan to outsmart the system so that they'll both make it out of the game alive.
With no reason to believe Sang-woo would betray him so far, Ali agrees and watches as Sang-woo takes his sack of marbles to make him a cloth necklace out of fabric from his shirt, which he tells Ali will make it easier for him to carry the bag. Sang-woo then insists they should split up to observe the other players and meet up again with three minutes left in the game. Unfortunately for Ali, Sang-woo's plan was a trick to distract him while he swapped Ali's bag of marbles for a bag of pebbles, keeping the real bag for himself. With minutes left in the challenge, Sang-woo turns in the bag of marbles he stole from Ali, securing his safety and Ali's demise a few moments later. His body is later placed in a box to be incinerated.
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Behind the scenes
Ali Abdul was portrayed by actor Anupam Tripathi.
- While Ali is from Pakistan, his actor's ethnicity is Indian.
- Despite having two of his fingers missing, he has a lot of strength, as shown during the Red Light, Green Light, Special Round and Tug of War games.
- He and Player 276 are the only Pakistani players.