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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: Of course. With her parents dead, her stepmother and stepsisters treat her cruelly and force her to live in squalor and do all the household chores for them while they live in luxury.
- 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.
- Dark and Troubled Past: After her father died, she spent roughly twenty years being emotionally abused and treated as a slave by her step-family.
- Deadpan Snarker: Particularly nice for one, but has a snarky sense of humor nonetheless."Maybe I should interrupt the...music lesson."
- Determinator: Though Tremaine's demands mean that attending the ball will increase Cinderella's workload (on top of her already being solely responsible for cleaning an entire mansion), she accepts them readily.
- 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.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The hardworking, rational, mature Responsible to her stepsisters' lazy, whiny, bratty Foolish.
- 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 silver 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.
- Happily Married: She and Charming are shown to have a close, loving, and playful relationship.
- 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 for a better life, she must also do it in order to make it come true.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes represent her hopeful, optimistic nature and genuine kindness.
- "I Want" Song: "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes".
- Karmic Jackpot: Protecting those legions of rats from 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.
- Magnetic Hero: She overcomes the story's conflicts by remaining trustworthy and thoughtful enough that even animals (and prey animals, at that) are willing to help her- and as story tradition dictates, the 'little people' overcome the Big Bad by uniting and working together.
- Mama Bear: Cinderella shows her protective nature to Jaq and Gus in the third movie.
- Nice Girl: Absurdly so. It pays off in the end, though. She is kind, thoughtful, and compassionate.
- Nice Shoes: Her glass slippers.
- Not So Above It All: Was about to swat Lucifer with her broom after he purposely ruined her clean floor 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's 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.
- Sacred Hospitality: She may not be the lady of the house anymore, but she does her best to stop Lucifer from torturing its new arrivals.
- 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.
- Shipper on Deck: During the third segment in Cinderella II she tries to get Anastasia and The Baker together.
- 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 their 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 are 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.
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 up 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.
- Death Glare: She does one in first movie when she realizes Cinderella was at the ball and got the prince. The shadows even darkened on her face.
- Domestic Abuse: 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 Disney's 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, she is being cordial to Cinderella. Her words are abusive.
- Gold Digger: 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...
- Green Eyes: She has green eyes which are notably quite fierce and evil-looking when she is angered.
- Hate Sink: Unlike other Disney Villains, she is universally hated by Disney fans all over. Thanks to her throughly despicable nature.
- 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 Cinderella 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.
- 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 Cinderella.
- Pet the Dog: In her very first scene, she's seen gently stroking her Right-Hand Cat Lucifer.
- Rich Bitch: She is very wealthy but keeps all the luxuries for her spoiled biological daughters, treating Cinderella like a servant.
- Right-Hand Cat: She has a cat named... Lucifer.
- Smug Snake: Lady Tremaine's patronizing arrogance makes her that much more hateable.
- Social Climber: This seems to be Lady Tremaine's major goal, and the reason she was attempting so hard to have one of her daughters 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 Badass: Tremaine spent decades as one of the few Disney villains not to wield any kind of evil sorcery, curses, poisons, etc. So the third movie gave her the nigh-omnipotent power of the Fairy Godmother. And she puts it to very good use.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She is worse in the sequels. In the third movie she poofs Cinderella into a twisted pumpkin carriage with Lucifer as its human driver, and attempts to get Lucifer to kill Cinderella. Especially heinous because up until that point she was satisfied with just making Cinderella's life a living hell. She also has Anastasia posing as Cinderella to fool the prince. If anyone doesn't know, this is rape by deception... and worse, she tries to use one of her own flesh and blood daughters for such shit, and right when Anastasia is becoming more and more sympathetic.
- Wicked Stepmother: Practically the Trope Codifier. The archetypal cinematic example of a woman who abuses her step-children and favors her blood children. And Tremaine is ironically not the first Wicked Stepmother in the Disney Animated Canon, and she's not the last abusive guardian in the canon either. The Queen from Snow White preceded her in the Wicked Stepmother category, and Tremaine would be followed by Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Gothel from Tangled in the abusive guardian category.
- Would Hurt a Child: Lady Tremaine has no second thoughts about child abuse.
Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine
Anastasia voiced by: Lucille Bliss (original film); Tress Macneille (sequels); Holliday Grainger (live-action film)Cinderella's evil stepsisters.
Drizella voiced by: Rhoda Williams (original film); Russi Taylor (sequels); Sophie McShera (live-action film)
Drizella voiced by: Rhoda Williams (original film); Russi Taylor (sequels); Sophie McShera (live-action film)
Tropes shared by both:
- Big Sister Bully: To Cinderella, although they are the same age as her.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Drizella (brunette), Anastasia (redhead) and Cinderella (blonde)note .
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: They are whiny, annoying brats.
- Co-Dragons: They're this to their mother in most of their appearances.
- Divergent Character Evolution: In the original movie, Drizella and Anastasia had near-identical personalities and were pretty much interchangeable. In the sequels, they receive more characterization that sets them apart: Drizella is depicted as a meaner Deadpan Snarker and a Yes-Man to her mother, while Anastasia is depicted as a sympathetic "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl who just wants to be loved.
- Even Evil Has Standards: A Disney parks interview reveals they are not attracted to Hans.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The lazy, whiny, bratty Foolish to Cinderella's hardworking, rational, mature Responsible. Anastasia does get better in the sequels.
- Gonk: Both of them are ugly both inside and out, at least in the original film.
- Jerkass: Spoiled, obnoxious, and unlike their mother who speaks with a calm Faux Affably Evil tone, they openly yell at Cinderella. Anastasia, however, Took a Level in Kindness in the sequels.
- Rich Bitch: Just like their mother.
- Sadist: Oh so much, as they enjoy to make Cinderella suffer.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Especially in the first movie, they don't seem to realize how much they are ugly, untalented and unlikable.
- Spoiled Brat: Both are spoiled rotten while Cinderella is treated like The Unfavourite. Anastasia does get better in the sequels.
- Those Two Bad Guys: Those two bad girls. In the first movie, anyway.
- Upper-Class Twit: While their mother averts this trope, both of them are the epitome of the dimwitted, spoiled Upper-Class Twit.
- Adorkable: In the sequels.
- In the third movie she acts awkward when speaking to Prince Charming, occasionally gets excited, and is a bit of a klutz. The King finds this very sweet, rather like his Queen.
- This trait (especially her clumsiness) increases notably when she meets the Baker, probably because the feeling of falling in love is unknown to her so makes her extremely awkward.
- 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 of her.
- Character Development: In the sequels, she learns to stand up for herself against her abusive mother and be a kinder person.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: It is implied at the end credits that Anastasia ended up in a happy relationship.
- 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.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: She's nasty, and always has at least a part of her hair pulled back tightly with a ribbon, sometimes it's even all shortened up in artificial curls. Her Heel–Face Turn is marked by her literally letting her hair down (a Make Over orchestrated by Cinderella), and it turns out to be naturally wavy with a bit of side bangs. It symbolizes her "softening up" nicely.
- Evil Redhead: In the first movie, she was as spoiled, nasty, and mean to Cinderella as her sister and mother.
- 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.
- Hidden Depths: Anastasia is revealed to have it in the third movie. For 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).
- The Klutz: Especially in the third movie, she's extremely clumsy and graceless.
- 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.
- Naďve 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. All she wants is to please her mother.
- 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: When Lady Tremaine is practicing music with Drizella and Anastasia, Drizella is shown to be a rather unpleasant singer, but not for lack of trying—she's on key and everything—but her voice is just so nasally, that it makes an otherwise pleasant song like "Sing Sweet Nighingale" rather grating sounding, especially compared to how Cinderella is shown singing it not a few moments later. Lucifer is so revolted at the singing, that he covers his head under a pillow and then leaves the room altogether.
- Jabba Table Manners: In the third movie.
- Pet the Dog: She did have some degree of care for her biological sister Anastasia, even being visibly shocked by her mother's cruel treatment of Anastasia in the ending of the aforementioned segment in Cinderella II.
- Shadow Archetype: Drizella represents what Anastasia could've been had she not made a Heel–Face Turn and continued to be a nasty stepsister under her cruel mother's rule.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third installment. Despite her minor Pet the Dog moment for her sister in the second movie, Drizella is at her absolute worst in A Twist in Time. 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 is later shown that this not just because Drizella is spoiled rotten and despicable in her own right, but because Tremaine threatens her.
Voiced by: N/ACinderella's deceased father.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: The narrator described him as "a kind and devoted father, and gave his beloved child every luxury and comfort".
- Disappeared Dad: We actually get a good look at him in the movie's Storybook Opening, but that's about it.
- Horrible Judge of Character: He thought marrying Lady Tremaine would offer Cinderella a positive mother figure.
- Nice Guy: He was noted to be a good-natured and kind man.
- Posthumous Character: He's part of Cinderella's backstory and his death is mentioned in the opening scene.
- Unnamed Parent: Cinderella's father doesn't have a name.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: He thought that Cinderella needed a mother figure and thus married Lady Tremaine. And when he died, his daughter was left with her abusive step-family.
People of the Royal Palace
Voiced by: William Phipps (original film) , Mike Douglas (singing); Michael Gough (Villain's Revenge), Christopher Daniel Barnes (sequels)The prince of Cinderella's home and love interest.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His eyes were colored black in the first movie. They become brown in the sequels.
- Adorkable: In Cinderella III, he shows his slightly eccentric and goofier side.
- Beware the Nice Ones: While Prince Charming is a nice guy, he can give a mean Death Glare when he wants.
- Chick Magnet: The ball in the first movie had a number of women gushing over him.
- 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.
- Happily Married: He and Cinderella are shown to have a close, loving, and playful relationship.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Prince Charming has excellent sword and fencing skills.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": According to Disney press material, he's actually named Charming.
- Meaningful Name: "Charming" often refers to having delightful characteristics. This Charming is a Chick Magnet and a Nice Guy.
- Nice Guy: Prince Charming is a kind, respectful, valiant, and all around nice young man.
- Non-Indicative Name: Prince Charming is not his title, it's his actual name, which Disney is more than happy to address him as.
- Official Couple: With Cinderella.
- Princely Young Man: The prince of his kingdom who gives a sort of regal-ness when he firs appears.
- Rebel Prince: According to the King, he's this. He turns out not to be wrong — in both the original film and A Twist in Time, he disobeys his father's wishes or orders on several occasions, mostly as a result of his love for Cinderella. Additionally, in the original film, he was shown unamused by his father's attempt at matchmaking when he threw a ball in hopes of having one of the invited young women catch his son's eye, romantically. As such, he was seen yawning sarcastically, rolling his eyes, and glaring at his frustrated father at the start of the iconic evening.
- Satellite Love Interest: He has slightly more screen time than The Prince in Snow White, but like Snow's prince, he ultimately represents more of a goal than a person—there were deleted scenes that gave him more of a personality, but they were cut from the film. Disney noticed this and fleshed him out in the third movie.
- Single-Target Sexuality: By his father's account, Prince Charming never seemed interested in relationships. And despite being gushed over by numerous women, he remained neutral. The exception? Cinderella.
- Spoiled Sweet: Interestingly, despite his position in power and royal status, he is far from shallow and is shown to be rather accepting of those around him, no matter their position or background, and seems to judge people more on their personalities and overall character. For example, 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.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Pretty much all we know about him, at least in the original movie.
- Took a Level in Badass: By the time Cinderella III: A Twist in Time rolls around. Though since it kind of takes place at the same time as the first film, it's just showing us that he was a badass all along.
- The Ugly Guy's Hot Daughter: Gender-Inverted. The handsome son of the King.
- Uptown Guy: Prince Charming falls in love with Cinderella (low-class maid).
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 course of 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.
- Happily Married: He and his wife were very much in love; he keeps portraits of her in many rooms of the castle and keeps her most prized possession: a shell.
- 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.
- Morality Pet: For Anastasia in Cinderella III. The King would unknowingly become an inspiring influence upon Anastasia, whose mother was manipulating things so she would be the one to marry Prince Charming and not Cinderella. He taught her about love, using his love with his departed wife as an example, and even gifting her with the seashell his wife once gave him.
- 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 better control of his temper and shows more of his kinder side.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He's a short, bald man who was married to the Queen, a beautiful woman who gave her good looks to their son.
- Unnamed Parent: The King's name is never revealed.
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.Grand Duke: You, Sire, are incurably romantic. No doubt you saw the whole pretty picture in detail: the young prince bowing to the assembly. Suddenly, he stops. He looks up. For lo... there she stands. The girl of his dreams. Who she is or whence she came, he knows not, nor does he care, for his heart tells him that here, here is the maid predestined to be his bride.
[Unbeknown to him, the very events he has described have occured as he spoke]
Grand Duke: A pretty plot for fairy tales.
- 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.
- Rapid-Fire "Yes!": He does this whenever The King gives him an order.
- 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 TaylorA employee of the King tasked to teach Cinderella on how to be a proper lady.
- The Cameo: Only gets one cameo in Cinderella III.
- Dark is Not Evil: Prudence wears gray and black clothing, and while she may be a snob, her heart is in the right place.
- Girl Friday: To Cinderella, in the sequels.
- Hot Librarian: In the eyes of the Grand Duke and her fans.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She can come off as snobbish and bossy, but she ultimately means well. And at the end of the day is understanding.
- Meaningful Name: Her name is a pun based on her cautious behavior.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: She insists everything be done her way and won't take no for an answer.
- Older Than They Look: She looks like someone in her late twenties or early thirties, but she mentioned taking care of the castle for about thirty years.
- Ojou: Very elegant and classy.
- Ship Tease: With the Grand Duke.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She is shown to be fond of prunes.
Voiced by: N/AThe deceased queen of the kingdom. Prince Charming's mother and the King's wife.
- 100% Adoration Rating: She was a very good and warm-hearted Queen, beloved by her subjects.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: She is implied to have been this when alive, given how Prince Charming has a lot of respect for her and was always following her advice
- Happily Married: She and her husband were very much in love, he keeps portraits of her in many rooms of the castle and keeps her most prized possession: a shell.
- Missing Mom: It's presumed that she died during Prince Charming's childhood.
- Nice Girl: Noted to be a very kind and loving person.
- Posthumous Character: She is already dead by the time of the first movie.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Her husband is a short, bald man and she was a beautiful woman who gave her good looks to their son.
- Unnamed Parent: Like the King, her actual name is never given.
Jaq and Gus
Jaq voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (original film), Thurl Ravenscroft (singing); Rob Paulsen (sequels)
Gus voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (original film; Corey Burton (sequels)Cinderella's mice friends.
- Adorkable: Both are quirky and comical, and very lovable at the same time.
- Badass Adorable: Little mice on a grand adventure to retrieve materials for Cinderella's dress.
- Big Fun: Gus, the fat, amusing Badass Adorable mouse.
- Breakout Character: Jaq and Gus went on to star in many Disney comics after the movie had been released, with and without the rest of the cast. They were even brought into the Disney Ducks Comic Universe, and for decades they kept appearing in stories where they were house-mice on Grandma Duck's farm.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Gus."Duh, duh, duh... Happy Birthday!"
- Determinators: Nothing will stop them from trying to help Cinderella. Not even Lucifer.
- Fat and Skinny: Gus and Jaq, respectively.
- Fat Best Friend: Gus is Jaq's chubby best friend.
- Fat Idiot: Gus is rather dimwitted compared to Jaq.
- The Leader: Jaq, for the rest of the mice.
- Naďve Newcomer: Gus. Cinderella and the other mice find him in the first scene of the film, trapped in a cage.
- Nice Hat: Both of them wear one.
- Nice Mice: Big time! The other mice are very nice as well.
- Papa Wolf: They are little mice, but they are very protective of Cinderella. A Running Gag has Gus putting up his fists, anytime Cinderella is mistreated.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Gus is the Red, Jaq is the Blue.
- Shipper on Deck: They are nothing but supportive of Cinderella's romance with Prince Charming.
- Simpleton Voice: Gus. You can tell Jaq is the brains of the duo simply by his voice, long before he shows his lack of stealth. Though Jaq uses a bit of simpleton speak by calling Cinderella "Cinderelly" and Lucifer "Lucify".
- Straight Man: Jaq is both this and the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder to Gus.
- Those Two Guys: They are always seen together.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cinderella. They are ultimately responsible for helping Cinderella's dream come true.
Lucifer and Pom-Pom
Lucifer voiced by: June Foray (original film); Frank Welker (sequels), Jon Olson (Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep)
Pom-Pom voiced by: Frank WelkerRespectively the spoiled and Jerkass male pet cat of Lady Tremaine (in all three films); and the spoiled and Jerkass female cat of the King's castle (in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True).
Tropes shared by both:
- Beta Couple: To Anastasia and her Baker (in the 3rd segment of Cinderella II). Compare that both couples involve a make-over, instigated by "good" main characters (the mice vs. Cinderella); that both being made-over are frustrated by it (Lucifer Hates Baths vs. Anastacia is frustrated at her attempts to smile); that in both cases something (pink) is "stolen" from the female of the couple by the instigators to bring them together (Pom-Poms pink ribbon vs. Anastacia's purple hat that also has a pink ribbon attached to it); and that both couples are an Uptown Girl with a relatively lower class male. Contrast that the good baker inspires the relatively evil Anastacia to a Heel–Face Turn, while Lucifer and Pom-Pom are both evil and Lucifer feigns to do a Heel–Face Turn but that's completely subverted.
- Cats Are Mean: And in the case of Lucifer, his name should speak for itself.
- Cat Stereotype: Played streight with Lucifer (who's 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); inverted with the white Pom-Pom (except for the "upper class" part).
- Determinator: Both will stop at nothing to catch the mice. In Lucifer's case 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. Pom-Pom manically continues to hunt and attack Jac when Jac is in human form, apparently thinking she can kill and eat a 6'2" humannote .
- Fat Bastard: Obviously, since they are a combination of Cats Are Mean and Fat Cat. Surprisingly not Fat Idiots though, especially Lucifer seems quite sneaky and crafty.
- Fat Cat: Devilish, gluttonous fat cats.
- Love at First Sight: With each other (in the 3rd segment of Cinderella II). Played almost exagerated for Lucifer, more subtle for Pom-Pom. When Lucifer first sees Pom-Pom he looks as he's struck by lighting and even stops chasing the mice. Pom-Pom seems to immediately like him too, but turns her back on him after a few seconds - probably because she deems him lower class then herself. The love turns out to be mutual in the end. And that's bad news for the mice.
- Obviously Evil: For Lucifer also seen in Cat Stereotype and Names to Run Away from Really Fast.
- 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.
- 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.
- Heel–Face Turn: Subverted in the 3rd part of Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. The mice offer him a deal: they will help him win Pom-Poms love if he stops hunting mice. He accepts, and with their help, Pom-Pom and he fall in love. Only to immediately turn on the mice (Lucifer breaking his deal) and now hunt them together - Nightmare Fuel squared for the mice.
- 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).
- Make Over: By the mice, no less. It Makes Sense in Context.
- 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. Contrast Pom-Pom who's equally evil but has a cute name.
- 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.
- Distaff Counterpart: She is a female Lucifer.
- Fluffy the Terrible: Isn't Pom-Pom such a cute name? Well, in contrast to Lucifer's obvious Name To Run Away From Really Fast, her fluffy name is in shrill contrast to her evil personality.
- Purple Eyes: As often in the Disney world, the purple goes together with evilness. She accentuates them with purple eye-shadow and mascara.
- Uptown Girl: While Lucifer (by extension from the Tremaine's) certainly doesn't come from a poor background, Pom-Pom lives in the royal castle so could be considered the cat equivalent of being royalty. When they first meet, she initially acts as if she's above him, snubbing him and acting haughty and all, but soon romance blossoms.
Voiced by: James MacDonald; Frank Welker (sequels)Cinderella's pet dog.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Bruno is a sweet dog, but can give vicious bite when pushed. Just ask Lucifer.
- Big, Friendly Dog: To Cinderella.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Bruno was the one to take down Lucifer in the climax.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Isn't seen in Cinderella III at all.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Bruno has brown fur and eyes.
- Demoted to Extra: In the first sequel.
- The Dog Bites Back: Literally! In the beginning, Lucifer tricked Bruno into attacking him, which got Bruno in trouble. Come the climax, it was Bruno who took down Lucifer, enabling the mice to free Cinderella.
- Expy: He's based on Pluto.
- Meaningful Name: "Bruno" is German for "brown", matching his fur color.
- A Minor Kidroduction: First seen as puppy with a young Cinderella and her father.
Voiced by: N/ACinderella's pet horse.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Like Bruno, Major disappears from Cinderella III.
- Cool Horse: Another loyal friend to Cinderella.
- Demoted to Extra: Like Bruno, he's only seen briefly in the first sequel.
- Flat Character: Major is not given a distinguished personality other than that he is a loyal friend of Cinderella.
- The Voiceless: Major doesn't utter a sound in the movie.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: His human form has white hair.
Voiced by: Verna Felton, Russi Taylor (sequels)Cinderella's magical fairy godmother.
- Allegorical Character: She serves as a physical symbol of hope in Cinderella's life.
- Blue Is Heroic: She wears a pale blue hooded cloak over simple blue dress and is one of the good guys.
- Cool Old Lady: A good-hearted elderly fairy who helps Cinderella after her Despair Event Horizon and gives her hope again.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She just goes by "fairy godmother".
- Fairy Godmother: The Trope Codifier and page image. The dream that you wish, she'll grant you.
- Never Mess with Granny: She puts Lucifer to flight when he tries catching the mice.
- Nice Girl: The Fairy Godmother is a motherly, kind, and genuine character with an optimistically pure heart.
- Our Fairies are Different: Appears as a kindly older woman with no wings but seems to have to sing to get her magic to work (or at least say the magic words "bibidi bobidi boo").
- Parental Substitute: Her interactions with Cinderella are reminiscent of a mother-daughter relationship.
- Scatterbrained Senior: She tends to be forgetful and absent-minded.
- Supernatural Aid: With her "Bibbidi bobbidi boo!" magic she helps Cinderella attend the ball.
- True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue dress.
Voiced by: Rob PaulsenA baker and Anastasia's love interest.
- Adorkable: When he falls for Anastasia, he acts all love-struck and goofy.
- The Cameo: He's seen in the credits of the second sequel and last movie of the franchise.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He's among those who are initially denied entrance at the palace during the second movie's first story. He's only a main character in that movie's third story.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Only known as "the Baker".
- Love at First Sight: With Anastasia.
- Morality Pet: For Anastasia. Her interacting with him brings out her soft, nicer side.
- Nice Guy: He seems sweet, especially the way he acts towards Anastasia.
- Nice Hat: His baker hat.
- No Name Given: He's only known by his job title.
- Official Couple: With Anastasia Tremaine.