Characters: Cinderella

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Born to a wealthy man who was later widowed, her stepmother, Lady Tremaine, was jealous of her beauty in comparison to her own daughters. She was forced to work as a maid under her care after her father died, and she wanted to go to the royal ball that was to be held by Prince Charming. With the help of her Fairy Godmother, she was able to meet and fall in love with the Prince, until the stroke of midnight forced her to flee before the magic of the Fairy Godmother broke, leaving behind only a glass slipper.

Voiced by: Illene Woods, Jennifer Hale

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Her original design gave her strawberry-blonde hair, but the TV shows, the dolls, the backpacks and so forth have her with clean-blonde hair. They also changed her dress, which was silver in the movie, to blue in everything else sold with her in it.
  • Almost Kiss: With Prince Charming, before she's interrupted by the clock striking midnight.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: In contrast to her stepsisters, whose main traits are "ugly and mean".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Turns out even a Disney Princess has her limits. In the third movie Lucifer learns this the hard way when Cinderella sends him crashing off of the pumpkin carriage into the lake.
    Cinderella: Bad kitty!
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: She's the blonde to her two stepsisters (a brunette and a redhead). Interestingly, by the sequels the evil one is the brunette.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Obviously.
  • Damsel in Distress: This is more obviously invoked when she is locked in the tower room. In order to get to the ball, first she needs the help of the mice, and then the fairy godmother. And technically the prince saves her from Lady Tremaine's clutches by making her his princess.
  • Damsel out of Distress: She does her best to be competent and self-reliant as often as she can, and only accepts help when she has no choice. Most of the time, Cinderella helps herself- doing all the chores on top of fixing up a dress, making sure she can go to the ball, whipping out the slipper to show the duke.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particular nice for one, but has a snarky sense of humor nonetheless.
    "Maybe I should interrupt lesson."
  • Disappeared Dad: We actually get a good look at him in the movie's Storybook Opening, but that's about it.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: Her magical dress does this sometimes.
  • Fairytale Wedding Dress: The first princess to get one of her own in her movie.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Specifically to her legion of mice, but she also is friends with birds, a dog and a horse. Aside from the cat, Lucifer, she is friends with all the animals. She even tries to find some good in Lucifer, although she fails.
  • Girl in the Tower: In the final act, she is locked in her tower room, where she had to live after her father's death.
  • The Girl Who Fits This Slipper: Subverted; the slipper breaks before she can try it on. Fortunately, however, she was smart enough to keep the other shoe, and being able to produce its match does more to prove her identity than just fitting the slipper would have done (although the Grand Duke tries it on her anyhow just to make it official).
  • Gorgeous Garment Generation: The scene where her ruined dress is transformed into a sparkling silver one is a very iconic scene for the movie, the line, and Disney itself.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears a bow and head scarf in her peasant outfit, a bow headband with her pink dress, and a black headband with her silver gown.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Strawberry blond, but otherwise she's beautiful, young, kind, determined and patient. This trope could possibly explain why she was made outright blonde in the merchandise.
  • Heroes Love Dogs: Cinderella is close to her pet dog, Bruno.
  • High Class Gloves: Her magic dress has opera length gloves, to help her look more like someone fit for a royal ball.
  • Hot Consort: The prince is first stunned by her and possibly marries her because of her loveliness and grace.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Her biggest virtue. The third film deconstructed a bit that she cannot just hope a better life, she must also do it in order to make it come true.
  • "I Want" Song: "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes".
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes represent her hopeful optimistic nature and genuine kindness.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Protecting those legions of rats from her Lady Tremaine's traps sure came in handy.
  • Loose Lips: In the third movie when she admits that she was the princess in front of the stepmother, causing her to take the slipper from Cinderella and dropping it, causing it to break.
  • Missing Mom: Cinderella's mom gets a couple tiny nods; the prologue makes it clear that she died in the backstory and the main reason her dad married again was because he thought she needed a mother. Then he died too.
  • Nice Girl: Absurdly so. It pays off in the end, though.
  • Nice Shoes: Her glass slippers.
  • Not So Above It All: Was about to swat Lucifer with her broom after he purposely ruined her clean had there not been someone at the door.
  • Not So Stoic: For most of her movie, she manages to be quietly cheerful while being treated as a slave in her own home. She finally breaks down when the stepsisters ruin her dress and, with it, her chance to go to the ball. This is what finally triggers the fairy godmother to appear to her: when she gives up hope.
  • Official Couple: With Prince Charming.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Layered skirts, sparkles and complete with opera gloves and glass slippers.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The dress the mice made for her, and it crossed with Doomed New Clothes. And in the sequel, she wore a pink and blue Palette Swap of her iconic ball gown. The dress itself was intended to look very girly and old-fashioned, in contrast to the more elegant silver dress.
  • Plucky Girl: Refuses to appear less than cheerful in front of her horrid family and always has a smile for her animal friends.
  • The Pollyanna: Possibly her most notable trait is her determination to stay cheerful and hopeful.
  • Proper Lady: Like the other classic-era Princesses (Snow White and Aurora), Cinderella is a perfectly demure and gentle young lady.
  • Protagonist Title: The movie is named after her.
  • Rags to Riches: Since Rags to Riches are often called "Cinderella stories", that's a given.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: She gets two moments like this. The first is a disapproving one from her stepfamily when she shows up with the modified pink dress. The second time is of course when the Prince sees her in the ballgown Fairy Godmother gives her.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She puts on a stoic smile and cheerful demeanor every day in front of her oppressors, never letting them get to her despite her abuse.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Cinderella is in a happy marriage with the brave and kind Prince Charming.
  • Speaks Fluent Animal: Cinderella has conversations with her mice friends.
  • Token Good Teammate: In her family, when living with Lady Tremaine and her daughters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In Cinderella III. She does a backflip out of a demonic carriage, and rides horseback to crash her own wedding.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her nightgown and the dress she wore as a child. And, of course, her iconic ballgown tends to be blue in merchandise. Though as fans are wont to point out, her ballgown is actually silver and white in the proper film.
  • The Unfavorite: One of the very early examples and more or less the Trope Codifier. She has a Wicked Stepmother who treats her like shit and uses her as her personal slave, while her two stepsisters are spoiled brats who get everything they want.
  • Unkempt Beauty: Even when her dress is ruined by her stepsisters, she still looks beautiful. Also shown in the third movie when her wedding dress and hair is ruined again and she still keeps her beauty.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: "The spell will be broken." All of Cinderella's princess attire disappears.

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

The prince of Cinderella's home and love interest.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Prince Charming has black hair and black eyes.
  • 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.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Prince Charming has excellent sword and fencing skills.
  • Missing Mom: The Prince's mom is never mentioned. Some storybooks strangely enough mention her as if she is still alive, and she makes one appearance in illustration.
  • 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)

Prince Charming's father.
  • 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)

The King's right hand man.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

A employee of the King tasked to teach Cinderella on how to be a proper lady.

     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)

Cinderella's evil stepmother and the Big Bad.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Domestic Abuser: Lady Tremaine treats her stepdaughter as a slave and constantly belittles and mistreats her, a vice she encourages in her biological daughters. Moreso than Frollo, the Evil Stepmother is arguably Disneys' most chillingly realistic villain, the one who lives behind closed doors and commits petty abuses against a helpless and innocent victim on a daily basis.
  • 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 and despicable 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: She's a thoroughly unpleasant person and manipulative to boot.
  • Karma Houdini: At least, until the end of the third movie.
  • 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.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She gets banished in the live-action film with her daughters, and is killed off in Birth by Sleep
  • 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. ...and she's almost pure evil in Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep, to the point where she tries to KILL Cinderella. More despicable than even in the third film where she simply has Lucifer do the job, apparently not wanting to dirty her own hands directly.
  • 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)

Cinderella's evil stepsisters.

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.
  • Ascended Extra: She's a minor antagonist in the first movie, but the main character of the segment "An Uncommon Romance" in the second movie, and the entire third movie is A Day in the Limelight for her.
  • 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.
  • Progressively Prettier: Although never approaching Cinderella's beauty, Anastasia becomes cuter in the sequels as her inner goodness develops.
  • 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

A baker and Anastasia's love interest.

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

Cinderella's mice friends.

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

The spoiled and jerkass pet cat of Lady Tremaine.
  • 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)

Cinderella's pet dog.

Voiced by: N/A

Cinderella's pet horse.

     Fairy Godmother 
Voiced by: Verna Felton

Cinderella's magical fairy godmother.