Characters: Cinderella

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     Prince Charming 
Voiced by: William Phipps (original film) , Mike Douglas (singing); Christopher Daniel Barnes (sequels)

  • Deadpan Snarker: He gains a rather cheeky and playful sense of humor in the sequels.
  • Expy: Something of a recolored version of the earlier Prince from Snow White.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In a deleted scene, he was seen apparently hunting a deer, but it turned out they were friends and playing a game together.
  • Nice Guy: In a deleted scene, he's reintroduced to Cinderella after she fits the slipper. While surprised that she was a servant, he accepted her immediately.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Prince Charming is not his title, that's his name, which Disney is more than happy to address him as.
  • Official Couple: With Cinderella.

     The King 
Voiced by: Luis Van Rooten; Andre Stojka (sequels)

  • Adipose Rex: The King has quite the belly on him.
  • The Caligula: He has a nasty temper and breaks a lot of things in his castle over the film. A rare example of a Caligula who is NOT king of a run-down land.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Anyone who upsets him will suffer.
  • I Want Grandkids: This is his primary motivation for wanting Charming married.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit hot-tempered and has some violent tendencies, but he really loves his son and wants him to be happy.
  • The Matchmaker: He does everything in his power to set up his son with a suitable bride.
  • No Name Given: His name is not revealed.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the sequels, most notably in the third film the King has a better control of his temper and shows more of his kinder side.

     The Grand Duke 
Voiced by: Luis Van Rooten; Rob Paulsen (sequels)

  • Butt Monkey: Poor guy. He just can't get a break.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has a few witty words to say about "true love" and such.
  • Genre Savvy: Played for Laughs. His entire scenario on Prince Charming meeting the girl of his dreams is exactly what happens when the Prince meets Cinderella.
  • Foil: To the King. The Grand Duke's most striking quality is that he is extremely clumsy and usually calm, a direct foil to the King's romanticism and passionate temper.
  • High-Class Glass: Is stuffy and proper and wears a monocle over his right eye.
  • Love at First Sight: Defied. He feels that love at first sight is just a romantic fairy tale.
  • Nervous Wreck: The Grand Duke is rather nervous - likely due to the King's temper being taken out on him so frequently - but not depicted as cowardly.
  • Nice Guy: Loyal, calm, and polite.
  • Servile Snarker: To the king.
  • Ship Tease: With Prudence.
  • Undying Loyalty: He is extremely loyal to the King, despite showing fear of his threats when things go wrong.

Voiced by: Holland Taylor

     Lady Tremaine 
"These beads... they give it just the right touch."

Voiced by: Eleanor Audley (original film); Susanne Blakeslee (sequels); Cate Blanchett (live-action film)

  • Abusive Parent: Not only with her stepdaughter (physical and mental abuse by the wazoo) but her own biological daughters as well (is very psychologically abusive to Anastasia in the sequels, and she's the reason why Drizella is an asshole as well. Also, Drizella is absolutely terrified of her.)
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Lady Tremaine and her schemes.
  • Big Bad: Of the first and third films, and in Twice Charmed. Can be viewed as one in the second film, though she only appears in the third story.
    • Big Bad/Arc Villain Triumvirate: With her daughters in their world in Birth by Sleep. Justified, as they are much worse than in the films (live-action included).
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Not to the viewer, but to the royal staff, certainly.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy:
    • She manipulates her daughters into tearing Cinderella's dress apart, locks Cinderella in her tower when Cinderella's behavior tips her off that she had met the Prince, and discreetly trips the footman to break the glass slipper.
    • She's also this in the third movie. Housekeeping comes to your room before you ring the bell? It's your stepdaughter trying to sneak in.
    • In Twice Charmed, she realizes that Cinderella might be recognized by the Prince, so she tells Franco to shrink her. Then, she has him use his magic to make Anastasia and Drizella graceful and beautiful so they'll catch the Prince's eye.
  • Evil Eyebrows: Let's face it, every Disney villain fits this trope.
  • Evil Matriarch: Lady Tremaine exploits her daughters as social ladders and her step-daughter as a servant.
  • Evil Old Folks: More like middle aged, but definitely evil.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Judging by the tone of her voice, is being cordial to Cinderella. Her words are abusive.
  • Gold Digger: A largely indirect example, see Lazy Bum below.
    • Also implied to be the reason she married Cinderella's father (and indeed, Drizella and Anastasia's). And since she was widowed twice, while the girls are still young, this implies more...
  • Hate Sink: She is considered one of the most despised Disney villains.
  • I Gave My Word: However, she is very specific about what words she uses exactly. When she says that Cinderella can go to the ball, she very clearly states if she can finish all her chores and if she can find something suitable to wear. When she surprises Tremaine by revealing she has finished her work and has a dress, rather than go back on her word, all she has to do is point out the beads Cinderella is wearing to get her daughters into a manic frenzy when they think Cinderella stole from them.
    Drizella: Mother do you realize what you just said?!
    Lady Tremaine: Of course. I said "if."
  • It's All About Me: A textbook example; all she cares about is getting the status she believes that she deserves.
  • Jerkass: Very much so. And she's manipulative to boot.
  • Karma Houdini: At least, until the end of the third movie.
    • She gets banished in the live-action film with her daughters, and is killed off in Birth by Sleep
  • Lack of Empathy: Towards Cinderella, especially, she is utterly insensitive to her.
  • Lazy Bum: Essentially; she forces her own stepdaughter to do all of the work for her, some of which is work that she could either easily do herself or at least just pay somebody to do (she's already filthy rich so it's not like paying a full staff would harm her fortune in any way) and makes her daughters marry into money just so she can bump her own status without having to do any work herself. According to the opening narration, the money is squandered on the stepsisters, leaving the estate in financial trouble.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Manipulates Anastasia and Drizella into destroying Cinderella's dress.
  • Parental Favoritism:
    • The Stepmother favours her daughters over Cinderella any day.
    • Subverted in the third film, where it is shown she sees all her daughters as either tools or obstacles, and manipulates her daughters as much as Cindarella.
    • Played straight in a dark degree in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, where she'd be willing to murder anyone for the sake of her daughters. Including her own step-daughter.
  • Pet the Dog: In her very first scene, she's seen gently stroking her Right-Hand Cat Lucifer.
  • Rich Bitch: In this case, a total bitch.
  • Right-Hand Cat: She has a cat named.. Lucifer.
  • Smug Snake: Lady Tremaine's patronizing arrogance makes her that much more hateable.
  • Sadist: Especially in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
  • Social Climber: This seems to be Lady Tremain's major goal, and the reason she was attempting so hard to get her daughters to marry the prince.
  • The Sociopath: Look at the signs. Domineering, manipulative, abusive, has no problem lying, derives pleasure from hurting/humiliating others, has a grandiose sense of what she's entitled to.. Along with her general antisocial behavior, she may be a textbook example of this trope.
  • Softspoken Sadist: As seen in Faux Affably Evil above.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: She is worse in the sequels and live-action film than the original movie.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Practically the Trope Codifier. The archetypal cinematic example of a woman who abuses her step-children and favors her blood children.

     Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine 
Anastasia voiced by: Lucille Bliss (original film); Tress Macneille (sequels); Holliday Grainger (live-action film)
Drizella voiced by: Rhoda Williams (original film); Russi Taylor (sequels); Sophie McShera (live-action film)

Tropes shared by both


  • Anti-Villain: In the Disney animated sequels, Anastasia is shown to be a much kinder person than the rest of her family, basically bullying Cinderella out of peer pressure and being mistreated herself, as well as not entirely comfortable with her bullying and longing her own escape from her mother's abuse. She also finds redemption in both movies.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Although never approaching Cinderella's beauty, Anastasia becomes cuter in the sequels as her inner goodness develops.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Anastasia manages to pull this in the third movie, finally shaking off her mother's psychological abuse off her.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Subverted, she's extremely clumsy but it makes her look like awkward and graceless, not endearing.
  • Easily Forgiven: Cinderella holds no ill will towards Anastasia for all her antagonism, actually helping her to get together with the baker. To be fair, Anastasia had shown quite a bit of Hidden Depths by that time.
    • In the original Cinderella fairy tale, it was mentioned that one of the stepsisters was actually nicer to Cinderella than the other, if only somewhat. Also, in most retellings of Cinderella, one of the stepsisters, usually the younger stepsister, becomes nicer to Cinderella.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: It is implied at the end credits that Anastasia ended up in a happy relationship.
  • Evil Redhead: In the first movie, Twice Charmed, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, and (especially) Birth by Sleep.
  • Fiery Redhead: The aggressive variety in the first movie, the passionate Hot-Blooded type in the third movie.
  • Genki Girl: In the third movie, on the topic of finding a prince of her own.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In the sequels and even in Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, where she's the Red Queen. In factnote , the only franchise where Anastasia remains a villain is the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Hidden Depths: Anastasia is revealed to have it in the third movie. In example she's more naive than people would think, actually longs to find love for herself, and is a female "Well Done, Son!" Guy for her mother.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Anastasia's Hidden Depths in the sequels. She just wants to find somebody who will love her for who she is.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Anastasia becomes this in the sequels when it becomes clear that, with Cinderella out of the picture, she is now the lowest ranked in the family's pecking order.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Anastasia was originally just as selfish, mean and horrible as Drizella, but she evolves into a kind, likable character (though, in the first movie she was just a Jerkass without the Hidden Heart of Gold part, and is purely unredeemable in the Kingdom Hearts series).
  • The Klutz: Up to Eleven in the third movie.
  • Love at First Sight: Anastasia with the Baker in the second movie.
  • Love Redeems: In the second movie Anastasia seems to have not changed initially but becomes much more sympathetic when she meets the Baker and falls in love with him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Anastasia's reaction when she accidentally turns the Fairy Godmother to stone.
  • Na´ve Everygirl: Anastasia in the sequels is revealed to be a naive, insecure girl who Just Wants To Be Loved.
  • Official Couple: With the Baker.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Their mother wants them to find men of upper class to further her status. But Anastasia wants to find the man who loves her for her. And she meets The Baker.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: She was never smart, but in the third movie she acts like a total ditz, until the last few scenes.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She becomes a kinder person in both sequels, to the point where she eventually pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
  • Uptown Girl: Anastasia falls in love with a commoner guy (the local baker) in the second movie.
  • "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: Anastasia's Freudian Excuse.
  • Woman Child: In the third movie, where she comes off as an immature, overexcited Genki Girl.


  • Deadpan Snarker: In the third movie, she spends most of her time making snarky comments towards Anastasia.
  • The Dragon: She becomes this to her mother in the sequels.
  • Dreadful Musician: Drizella's rendition of "Sing, Sweet Nightingale" is so awful that Lucifer yanks a pillow over his ears so he won't have to listen to it.
  • Jabba Table Manners: In the third movie.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the sequels. She flat out suggests to her mother that they beat Anastasia at one point.
  • Yes-Man: Drizella in the sequels shows more shades of this towards her mother, though it later shows that this not just because Drizella is spoiled rotten and despicable in her own right, but because Tremaine threatens her.

     The Baker 
'Voiced by: Rob Paulsen

     Jaq and Gus 
Jaq voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (original film); Rob Paulsen (sequels)
Gus voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (original film; Corey Burton (sequels)

Voiced by: June Foray (original film); Frank Welker (sequels)

  • Butt Monkey: Lucifer does get a few scenes that give him a bit of comedy. The best example is when Lady Tremaine, as the last item in her laundry list of chores for Cinderella, tells her to make sure Lucifer gets his bath. The Oh, Crap expression on Lucifer's face says it all.
  • Cats Are Mean: His name should speak for itself.
  • Cat Stereotype: Lucifer is dark grey and grey with a black head and off-white muzzle, and fits both black and grey cat stereotypes by being evil, fat and lazy.
  • Determinator; He'll stop at nothing to catch the mice. Even getting stuck in Drizella's dress (in the first movie) and being turned into a jack-in-the-box (in Cinderella III) doesn't stop him. Nor does becoming a human.
  • Fat Bastard: Obviously. Surprisingly he's not a Fat Idiot though, as he seems actually quite sneaky and crafty.
  • Fat Cat: A devilish, gluttonous fat cat.
  • Hates Baths: As outlined in the Butt Monkey section, he is horrified when Lady Tremaine tells Cinderella to give him a bath. In the sequel, the mice give him a bath to help him win over Pom-Pom. He doesn't look at all happy during it.
  • Karmic Death: Lucifer falls from the tower at the end, although comic stories produced shortly after the film as well as the even later sequels show that he survived. Must have something to do with being a cat (be it landing on their feet, having nine lives, or their fatal velocity being higher than their terminal velocity).
  • Meaningful Name: It's rumored that Disney hated cats and, as a result, named the Tremaine cat after The Devil.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: It's not like Lucifer was chosen at random.
  • Obviously Evil: As seen in Cat Stereotype and Names to Run Away From Really Fast.
  • Oh, Crap: After Gus has transformed into a horse who then proceeds to scare his pants off.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Cinderella III has him briefly turned into a miniature cat, smaller than Jaq and Gus. He still beats them up.
  • Right-Hand Cat: To the evil stepmother, the first time we see them together.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Particularly in the first movie, where he fakes Bruno attacking him.

Voiced by: James Mac Donald; Frank Welker (sequels)