- Cinderella managed to keep Bruno in the house despite her stepfamily having a cat and hating her.
- The smug grin on Cinderella's face when she comes down the stairs in her pink dress, astonishing her stepfamily.
- Jaq coming up with a plan to distract Lucifer so the other mice can get some extra food. The plan calls for a mouse to be a distraction, and he gets chosen. Despite being visibly terrified, he follows through with his plan and kicks Lucifer's face into the saucer of milk.
- When Gus accidentally gets Lucifer's attention, Jaq does everything up to pulling Lucifer's whiskers out to make Lucifer focus back on him.
- When the pair of them need to steal beads for Cinderella, Lucifer sits on the beads. Jaq comes up with a plan again. And despite being, again, visibly terrified, he puts on a mask of nonchalance and walks past Lucifer and begins to casually ruin the other sister's laundry.
- Then the plan goes south, again, and Jaq still carries on what he was doing, up until he hits Lucifer in the face with a button. The pair of them proceed to fight in the laundry, the fight ending with a terrified Jaq on Lucifer's head. When Lucifer spots Gus again, Jaq closes Lucifer's eyes, and then leads him down a sleeve to trap him!
- Cinderella starts to go after Lucifer with her broom before the footman interrupts her.
- The scene where Cinderella gains her iconic ballroom gown. In fact, Walt Disney called it his favorite piece of animation.
- The glass slipper is smashed, all hope is lost, the Grand Duke is stammering in mortal terror, until... "You see, I have the other slipper." What really sells it is Lady Tremaine's stunned Oh, Crap! face when Cinderella says it.
- Jaq and Gus stealing the key and making it to Cinderella's room. When Lucifer stops them, the other mice fight back with forks and a lit candle. When that doesn't work, the birds drop pots, dishes, and pans on his head. When that fails, Cinderella tells the birds to fetch Bruno the dog, who scares the cat away and chases him off the tower.
- Allegedly, a deleted scene from the movie had Cinderella telling off her stepfamily for their horrible treatment of her.
- In another deleted scene, Prince Charming is reintroduced to Cinderella after she fits the slipper. While surprised that she's a servant girl, he accepts her immediately as his princess.
- Cinderella making a second attempt at going to the ball. She's been treated like crap for most of her life, she knows from experience that her "family" will punish her brutally if they find out, and she has no reason to think that the ball will bring her anything other than temporary happiness. But she goes anyway. Why? Because through all the bullying and degradation, she still believes that her abusers were wrong and she deserves to be happy. That she wasn't broken completely by the dress scene is in itself a psychological moment of awesome: after a brief cry, she remains brave and optimistic enough to go out and make that night the best of her life.
- An eviler (but not less awesome) example—Lady Tremaine. Other Disney villains possess supernatural powers, lead entire armies, have charmed towns/kingdoms into liking them, require henchmen to get the job done, and generally have more resources. Lady Tremaine, by contrast, is "only" an elderly rich woman who lives in a villa—no special abilities, no minions to carry out her orders (excluding her cat, and even he isn't exactly obedient), and no elaborate lair. She's the kind of woman who might exist anywhere in the world. And that's what makes her so terrifying. Using nothing but words, she makes every day of her stepdaughter's life a living hell, and goes to insane—but again, completely human—limits to better her blood daughters' position. Lady Tremaine has even devised a way to keep her promises by following them to the exact letter, then completely undoing any Cinderella might try with a single sentence (the movie implies that this is a regular occurrence in the household). She's cold, cruel, calculating, seems to know it, and doesn't care. And until the sequels, she got away with all of it. Even the Disney fandom, famed for developing Alternate Character Interpretations for many villains, universally reviles her. In sum: one of the greatest Disney villains in the entire canon is an old woman with a cane and a sharp mind. Let that sink in, and decide for yourself whether or not that's an awesome achievement on Disney's and Eleanor Audley's part.
- For further proof, look to what happens in Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, when Lady Tremaine gets her hands on the Fairy Godmother's wand. She immediately uses it to become a nigh-omnipotent Reality Warper—and she's not just content to magically make the Prince fall in love with one of her daughters. Instead, she rewrites history to destroy Cinderella's hope, and even leaves the girl's memories intact so that she'll be aware of what's going on, but unable to convince anyone of the truth. Why? Because she wants to torture her stepdaughter for being prettier than her own children.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
- A meta example, but the 1957 version set a record as the highest-rated TV program of all time. Not bad for a cash-in on Peter Pan.
- Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother steals the show with her number "Impossible" in the 1997 version.
- Look how quickly Laura Osnes changed her dress at the 2013 Tonys!