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Voiced by: Eleanor Audley (original film); Susanne Blakeslee (sequels) Cinderella's evil stepmother and the Big Bad.
Voiced in French by: Héléna Manson (1950), Jacqueline Porel (1991), Anne Jolivet (sequels)
Voiced in Polish by: Zofia Mrozowska (1961), Elżbieta Kijowska (2012), Ewa Decówna (sequels)
- Abusive Mom: 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. When she's first introduced on another day in the Tremaine household, she comes across as at least not haranguing and bullying Cinderella like her stepsisters, however content with keeping Cinderella "servant in her own house" (with the aforementioned stepsisters) she may be... but then, at a perceived provocation, any such uncertainty goes away when we meet our villain.
- Classic Villain: Pride and Greed, with a dash of Sloth, seeing as she essentially enslaved her stepdaughter and plans on using her daughters to vicariously climb the social ladder without having to lift a finger herself. The live-action movie adds Envy to her list of vices, resenting Ella for being able to stay so optimistic despite all the tragedies she's been through.
- The Comically Serious: When Drizella and Anastasia snatch and fight over the letter from the palace, she just takes it away with a nonchalant "I'll read this", as if this happens all the time. It's on full display in the third film, mainly due to the fact that her only knowledge of how the wand works comes from what Anastasia happened to see, which means that for the vast majority of the movie, while she works earth-shattering levels of dark magic with a level of spite and cruelty that would make Maleficent blush... she still has to trigger all her spells by saying "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo". Other highlights include stopping Anastasia upside-down during her squee-fest after fitting the slipper, and angrily stopping Drizella from using the wand frivolously on herself.
- Death Glare: She does one in first movie when she realizes Cinderella was at the ball and got the prince. The shadows even darken on her face, her eyes seemingly glowing, as with any Disney villain.
- 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.
- Empowered Badass Normal: In the third film, after getting hold of the Fairy Godmother's magic wand.
- 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.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: On top of making her look more "posh" compared to her stepdaughter, her thick eyeshadow helps make the bright green of her eyes pop.
- 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 were still young, this implies more...
- Hair-Trigger Temper: While she openly prides herself on "self-control", she will find a reason to turn nasty.
- Hate Sink: Like Frollo, she's more serious and less cartoonish than the other Disney villains, and being a thoroughly despicable person in a realistic way makes her more hateable.
- Hypocritical Humor: She admonishes her two daughters about self-control, only to snap at Cinderella when she interrupts with the royal ball letter.
- 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, and Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep in which she is burned alive along with her daughters.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Inverted. She may be seen affectionately stroking Lucifer but she's a vile woman.
- Lack of Empathy: Towards Cinderella, especially—she is utterly insensitive to her.
- Manipulative Bitch: Manipulates Anastasia and Drizella into destroying Cinderella's dress.
- Monochromatic Eyes: In long shots, her eyes have no pupil, leaving them solid green. It adds to her general creepiness and unnerving nature.
- Mother Makes You King: A daughter variant. She tries to present Anastasia and Drizella to the Prince So one of them can be his bride.
- Oh, Crap!: Her face delivers an infamous one at the ending.
- Parental Favoritism:
- She favours her daughters over Cinderella any day. Probably one of the most infamous examples, since Cinderella is treated like a lowly servant, in contrast to her spoiled stepsisters.
- Between her two biological daughters, she seems to favor Anastasia more than Drizella, as seen in the third film. But at the end of the day, they're both just tools to her.
- 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.
- Sadist: Emotionally for the most part, but the physical variety is still implied.
- Second Love: Subverted. While Cinderella's father meant well, the primary reason he married Lady Tremaine was to give his daughter a mother figure. And his new wife is implied to be a Gold Digger.
- Smug Snake: Lady Tremaine's patronizing arrogance makes her that much more hateable. The image above is one of her most iconic shots.
- Social Climber: This seems to be Lady Tremaine's major goal, and the reason she's 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.
- Unnamed Parent: Her full name is never revealed.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Especially in the third movie, where she outright tries to murder Cinderella.
- Wicked Cultured: The textbook example of an evil, ambitious, but nonetheless, well-cultured noblewoman.
- 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 and the Seven Dwarfs preceded her in the Wicked Stepmother category, and Tremaine would be followed by Frollo and Gothel in the abusive guardian category.
Anastasia voiced by: Lucille Bliss (original film); Tress Macneille (sequels)
In French: Marcelle Lajeunesse (1950), Barbara Tissier (1991, sequels)
In Polish: Alicja Barska (1961), Monika Pikuła (2012), Izabela Dąbrowska (sequels), Katarzyna Łaska (singing voice in A Twist in Time)
Drizella voiced by: Rhoda Williams (original film); Russi Taylor (sequels) Cinderella's evil stepsisters.
In French: ? (1950), Dominique Chauby (1991), Dominique Vallée (sequels)
In Polish: Alina Janowska (1961), Anna Sroka (2012), Katarzyna Bargiełowska (sequels)
Tropes applying to both
- Beauty = Goodness: The two of them are largely considered unattractive with plain faces, tacky clothes, and giant feet, and at one point the Duke cringes at the sight of Anastasia greeting him. This eventually gets played around with in the two sequels when it becomes clear Anastasia and Drizella may not be as beautiful as Cinderella, but they both have a level of attractiveness that would make them cute. The problem is their nasty personalities aren't doing either of them any favors, since they're usually shown sneering at Cinderella, hoisting their noises up in the air, or offering disingenuous smiles while they try to get attention. Anastasia's increasing character development and eventual HeelFace Turn helps make her appear more beautiful by softening the edges she normally had when she was cruel.
- Big Sister Bully: To Cinderella, although they are the same age as she. In fact, Drizella will even bully Anastasia!
- 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.
- Death by Adaptation: In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, they are burned alive alongside Tremaine.
- 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.
- Everyone Has Standards: A Disney parks interview reveals they are not attracted to Hans.
Drizella: What for? Anastasia: If he is in love with that girl, why should we to bother?
- In the original movie, they hold no grudges at failing to make the Prince fall in love with them. When Lady Tremaine tells them, the Prince wants to marry the woman he danced with, they willingly accept it, at least at first:
- 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. Their horrible personalities make the two of them look even uglier, but Anastasia's developing kindness and empathy makes her appear more beautiful even though her overall appearance isn't radically altered.
- Green Eyed Monsters: They are jealous of Cinderella's looks. Lady Tremaine even exploits this before the infamous scene when she subtly convinces the duo to destroy Cinderella's dress.
- 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.
- Karma Houdini Warranty: Just as Anastasia starts to become more sympathetic in canon, karma for her actions in the first film comes back to haunt her in the form of Lady Tremaine, who by contrast is an even bigger jerk than in the first film and turns her more mundane nastiness on Anastasia.
- Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Thanks to Anastasia's Character Development in the sequels, they start making this with Cinderella - Cinderella is the Nice (the always caring All-Loving Hero), Drizella is the Mean (remains as cruel as she was before to the point of being The Dragon to her mother), and Anastasia is In-Between (while she started off as a brat, she made a HeelFace Turn becoming a sweet, if gruff individual).
- Rich Bitch: Just like their mother.
- Sadist: Oh so much, as they enjoy making 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 Un-Favourite. 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.
Tropes applying to Anastasia
- Adaptational Villainy: In Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, she has no redeeming qualities whatsoever and even laughs when they end up summoning an Unversed.
- 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.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: In the third movie, the Prince and King treat her with genuine kindness and respect—which is apparently the first time anyone has done that to her (which is something of a Tear Jerker). It's that kindness that ultimately makes her go against her mother's plan and help Cinderella instead.
- Butt-Monkey: Even in the first movie, Drizella bullies 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.
- Desperately Craves Affection: If her interactions with the King are any indication, she doesn't just want romantic love—she's never been shown any sort of kindness in her entire life, and deep down wants to be appreciated and cared for as herself. She initially thinks that finding a prince is the only way to do this, but eventually learns (with Cinderella's help) that it's possible to experience love and affection in other ways, too.
- Dreadful Musician: In the first movie, when Drizella tries and fails to sing Sing Sweet Nightingale, Anastasia accompanies her on the flute... and her playing is even worse than Drizella's singing, which is saying something. Ironically, the sequels reveal that unlike Drizella she actually has a pretty decent singing voice.
- 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.
- Similarly, in the third movie, the King allows her to keep his most treasured possession—a seashell he and his wife found on the day they met that symbolizes their true love—even after her involvement in Lady Tremaine's plot. As he puts it, "Everyone deserves true love."
- Endearingly Dorky: In the sequels.
- Her clumsiness increases notably when she meets the Baker in the second movie, probably because the feeling of falling in love is unknown to her so makes her extremely awkward. Despite Anastasia embarrassing herself in front of him, the Baker also falls for her at first sight.
- 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.
- Evil Redhead: She has red har and she was as cruel and mean to Cinderella as her sister and mother in the first movie.
- 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 HeelFace 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.
- 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.
- HeelFace Turn: In the sequels, she forgoes working for her mother to find true happiness, thus also becoming a better person.
- 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.
- Marry for Love: 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.
- Maybe Ever After: While it's shown in Anastasia's segment in II and a picture at the end of III shows she and the Baker have mutual romantic feelings for one another, it's only implied that they married.
- Minion with an F in Evil: She becomes this in the third movie. Anastasia wants to get a prince and happy ending of her own, but she's not really committed to the lengths her mother and sister are willing to go. Anastasia even shows regret when she accidentally turns the Fairy Godmother to stone, and appears guilty as she realizes she's getting her happy ending by stealing it from Cinderella.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Anastasia's reaction when she accidentally turns the Fairy Godmother to stone.
- Naïve Everygirl: Anastasia in the sequels is revealed to be a naive, insecure girl who Just Wants To Be Loved.
- Odd Friendship: Strikes up a genuine relationship with the King in the third movie, bonding over her clumsiness and the King's secretly romantic heart. Granted, he thought Anastasia was going to be his daughter-in-law at the time, but even after everything is fixed, the two remain close. She even gives him a huge hug to thank him for all he's done, and he reciprocates.
- 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: Anastasia doesn't want to marry a man just because of his wealth or status. She doesn't want to marry a man by pretending to be someone else. The man she wants to marry is someone who loves for her. She is able to find this man in the kindly and sweet Baker.
- Token Good Teammate: Without Cinderella, Anastasia becomes this, as she undergoes maturity, growing kindness, and a a shift in morals, while her mother and sister do not.
- 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 HeelFace 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.
- What You Are in the Dark: This trope is what ultimately saves the day in the third movie. Despite literally being made into a duplicate of Cinderella and about to marry the prince she's always dreamed of, she chooses to say "I don't" on the altar, realizing that she wants someone to love her as she truly is.
- Womanchild: In the third movie, where she comes off as an immature, overexcited Genki Girl.
Tropes applying to Drizella
- The Brute: She has shades of this in the first and third movie. The earliest indicator is when she whacks Anastasia in the head with her own flute, but then during the infamous dress ripping scene, Lady Tremaine directs Drizella first to the beads around Cinderella's neck. Of the two sisters, Drizella's always the one to resort to physical violence first while Anastasia joined in if she was provoked by Drizella. The third movie's got Drizella suggesting they beat Anastasia with the magic wand, and during the end she's giddy at the thought of Cinderella and Anastasia being turned into toads.
- 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.
- Dub Name Change: To "Javotte" in the French dub and to "Gryzelda" in the Polish dub.
- Green and Mean: Her main dress color is light green and she's just as nasty as her mother and sister. And unlike Anastasia, who performs a HeelFace Turn, doesn't and grows worse.
- Hate Sink: Apart from the one Pet the Dog moment, it's obvious that she is supposed to just be dislikable.
- 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 HeelFace Turn and continued to be a nasty stepsister under her cruel mother's rule.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In the third movie. 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 is not just because Drizella is spoiled rotten and despicable in her own right, but because Tremaine threatens her.
Cinderella'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. Boy was he wrong.
- Nice Guy: He was noted to be a good-natured and kind man.
- Second Love: Subverted. He remarried to Lady Tremaine but it's implied she was only interested in him because of his wealth.
- 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 playmates around her own age, 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 kingdom and her love interest.
Voiced in French by: René Marc (speaking), Dominique Tirmont (singing) (1950), Emmanuel Jacomy (speaking), Michel Chevalier (singing) (1991), Damien Boisseau (speaking), Emmanuel Dahl (singing) (sequels)
Voiced in Polish by: Marcin Mroziński (2012), Jacek Kopczyński (sequels)
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His eyes are colored black in the first movie. They become brown in the sequels.
- Ascended Extra: In the original, he's a Satellite Love Interest and represents more a goal for Cinderella to reach than a person. He's more fleshed out in Cinderella III and is one of the main protagonists.
- 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 has a number of women gushing over him.
- Curtains Match the Windows: In the first movie, Prince Charming has black hair and black eyes.
- Deadpan Snarker: He gains a rather cheeky and playful sense of humor in the sequels. Of course, he already had hints of this in the first movie, his facial reactions to the entire ceremony, and especially upon seeing the bumbling stepsisters
- Exact Words: His father uses these against him in the first film. After Cinderella flees, the Prince declares that he won't rest until he finds the girl who fits the slipper, though the context makes clear he means the girl who owns the slipper. However, his father is so eager to get him married and making kids ASAP that he chooses to take the prince at his word and create a royal decree out of it. The sequels ignore this.Grand Duke: But Sire, this shoe could fit any number of girls!
The King: That's his problem! He's given his word, and we'll hold him to it.
- Flat Character: He unfortunately suffered as being this in the first two films as he's mainly Cindy's love interest. Thankfully, he gets some much needed Character Development in the third film.
- 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.
- Loophole Abuse: In the third movie, Prince Charming's father blocks him off, forbidding him to take a single step down the stairs. He agrees, just before jumping out the window.
- Marry for Love: In the first film, the King laments how hard it is to get Charming to settle down with his "ridiculous romantic notions". Charming also falls in love with Cinderella without knowing or caring what her class is.
- Meaningful Name: "Charming" often refers to having delightful characteristics. This Charming is a Chick Magnet and a Nice Guy.
- Missing Mom: His mother the Queen is already dead by the time the first movie begins.
- 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.
- Pretty Boy: Most noticeable in the third film, where he has long eyelashes.
- Prince Charming: You don't say! Not only does he fit the character type to the letter, played perfectly straight and non-ironically, it's literally his name.
- Princely Young Man: The prince of his kingdom who gives a sort of regal-ness when he first 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 is shown to be unamused by his father's attempt at matchmaking when he throws a ball in hopes of having one of the invited young women catch his son's eye, romantically. As such, he's seen yawning sarcastically, rolling his eyes, and glaring at his frustrated father at the start of the iconic evening.
- Reused Character Design: Something of a recolored version of the earlier Prince from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: In the third film, the biggest example is when he actually deflects Tremaine's magic shot with his sword. No, not deflects, rather reflects it back on Tremaine and Drizella.
- 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 are deleted scenes that give 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 remains neutral. The exception? Cinderella. In the third movie, this helps him identify that Anastasia is not the one he danced with even under the spell's effects, because when he touched her hand, he felt nothing.
- 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 is a servant, he accepts 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).
- You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He might as well have said this out loud upon seeing the stepsisters at the ball, if his obvious reaction to them was any indication.
Voiced by: Luis Van Rooten; Andre Stojka (sequels); Jacques Deschamps (original film) Prince Charming's father.
Voiced in French by: Camille Guérini (1950), Jacques Deschamps (1991), Roger Carel (sequels)
Voiced in Polish by: Bronisław Dardziński (1961), Jan Kulczycki (2012), Jerzy Łapiński (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 course of the film. A rare example of a Caligula who is not king of a run-down land.
- Exact Words: How the King decides to force his son to marry the first girl who fits the slipper. (Even though context makes it clear the Prince meant he would not rest until he found the girl who owns the slipper.)Grand Duke: But Sire! This shoe could fit any number of girls!
The King: That's his problem! He's given his word, and we'll hold him to it.
- 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 (in the first film, at least). Subverted in that the king is more interested in "the pitter patter of little feet" rather than having an heir to the throne.
- 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.
- Papa Wolf: In Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, he wanted the Tremaines arrested after learning that they put a spell on his son to make him fall in love with Anastasia.
- Shipper with an Agenda: He was extremely excited that his son made a connection with the mysterious woman (Cinderella) only because he wants grandkids ASAP.
- 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.
- Wacky Parent, Serious Child: Shares this dynamic with his son in the first film. (The sequels? Not so much.)
Voiced by: Luis Van Rooten; Rob Paulsen (sequels) The King's right hand man.
Voiced in French by: André Bervil (1950), Jean-Luc Kayser (1991 and sequels)
Voiced in Polish by: Kazimierz Brusikiewicz (1961), Tomasz Steciuk (2012), Piotr Bajor (sequels)
- Ascended Extra: The Duke is based on an unnamed extra in one of Gustave Doré's illustrations◊ of the original fairy tale, with no active role in the plot. In the movie, the Grand Duke replaces the unnamed palace guard as the one to put the glass slipper on Cinderella, in addition to becoming a major comic relief character with six times as many lines as Prince Charming.
- 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.
- Dramatic Irony: He (rather condescendingly) explains to the King why his desire for the Prince to experience Love at First Sight followed by a Dance of Romance is an absurd pipe dream, while it happens right under his nose.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Just "the Grand Duke".
- Failed a Spot Check: Explains to the King why Love at First Sight could never happen, as the Prince experiences it right in his peripheral vision.
- 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. He even plays with it like a yo-yo.
- 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. During the shoe fitting scene, he treats Cinderella with gentle courtesy even though she's at this point a lowly servant and he's basically the kingdom's Number Two.
- Rapid-Fire "Yes!": He does this whenever The King gives him an order.
- Servile Snarker: To the king.
- Ship Tease: With Prudence.
- This Is Reality: Tries to invoke this to explain to the King why the Prince experiencing Love at First Sight could never happen, not realizing he's in a fairy tale.
- Undying Loyalty: He is extremely loyal to the King, despite showing fear of his threats when things go wrong.
- Wrong 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. (Unbeknownst to him, the very events he describes as improbable play out as he speaks.)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. A pretty plot for fairy tales.
Voiced by: Holland Taylor A employee of the King tasked to teach Cinderella on how to be a proper lady.
Voiced in French by: Josiane Pinson
Voiced in Polish by: Elżbieta Kijowska
- Dark Is Not Evil: Prudence wears gray and black clothing, and while she may be a snob, her heart is in the right place.
- Demoted to Extra: Only gets about three scenes in Cinderella III, and it's all about her Obstructive Bureaucrat role.
- 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.
- Ojou: Very elegant and classy.
- 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.
- Ship Tease: With the Grand Duke.
- Trademark Favorite Food: She is shown to be fond of prunes.
The 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.
- The Lost Lenore: Cinderella III reveals that her memory still has a big influence on her husband.
- Missing Mom: It's presumed that she died during Prince Charming's childhood.
- Modest Royalty: Implied. Her most treasured possession was the seashell she found the day she met her future husband.
- 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 voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (original film); Rob Paulsen (sequels)
Voiced in French by: Jacques Bodoin (1950), Emmanuel Jacomy (1991 and sequels), Georges Costa (singing voice in sequels)
Voiced in Polish by: Jacek Bończyk (2012), Jacek Braciak (speaking) (Dreams Come True), Wojciech Paszkowski (singing (Dreams Come True), speaking and singing (A Twist in Time))
Gus voiced by: Jimmy MacDonald (original film); Corey Burton (sequels) Cinderella's mice friends.
Voiced in French by: Jacques Bodoin (1950), Jacques Frantz (1991 and sequels speaking voice), Michel Costa (sequels singing voice)
Voiced in Polish by: Jarosław Boberek (2012), Janusz Wituch (sequels; speaking voice), Paweł Strymiński (Dreams Come True; singing voice)
Tropes applying to both
- Ascended Extra: They were just ordinary non-anthropomorphic mice in the original story, whom Cinderella collected from the mice trap for the fairy godmother to change into horses. Here, they are Cindy's loyal companions.
- Badass Adorable: Little mice on a grand adventure to retrieve materials for Cinderella's dress.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: The reason for their Undying Loyalty to Cinderella is because of her kindness to them.
- 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.
- Determinator: Nothing will stop them from trying to help Cinderella. Not even Lucifer.
- Fat and Skinny: Gus and Jaq, respectively.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: They are each other's best friend and are always seen together.
- 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.
- Rags to Royalty: They lived in the squalor with Cinderella before joining her in the Prince's castle.
- 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.
- Shipper with an Agenda: They agree to help Lucifer woo Pom-Pom if the the former promises to not try to eat them or their friends.
- Those Two Guys: They are always seen together.
- Third-Person Person: Both of them. Though Jaq gose in and out of it in the sequels.
- Undying Loyalty: To Cinderella. Her saving them from traps and Lucifer, and giving them food, clothes, names, and shelter ensures they'll give their lives to help her. They are ultimately responsible for helping Cinderella's dream come true.
Tropes applying to Jaq
- The Leader: For the rest of the mice.
- Red Is Heroic: His main color scheme is red and he's a heroic Nice Mice.
- Straight Man: Jaq is both this and the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder to Gus.
Tropes applying to Gus
- Affectionate Nickname: Jaq always calls him "Gus-Gus". This is also how the fans often refer to him.
- Big Fun: The fat, amusing Badass Adorable mouse.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Look at this line."Duh, duh, duh... Happy Birthday!"
- Fat Best Friend: Gus is Jaq's chubby best friend.
- Fat Idiot: Gus is rather dimwitted compared to Jaq.
- Let Me at Him!: Despite being a mouse, Gus is more than willing to challenge Cinderella's stepfamily when they torment her. One example includes the dress-tearing scene where he tries to going after the stepfamily and Jaq holding him back by his tail.
- Naïve Newcomer: Cinderella and the other mice find him in the first scene of the film, trapped in a cage.
- Simpleton Voice: 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 "Roocifee".
Pom-Pom voiced by: Frank Welker
Tropes applying to 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. Anastasia 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. Anastasia'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 Anastasia to a HeelFace Turn, while Lucifer and Pom-Pom are both evil and Lucifer feigns a HeelFace Turn, but that's completely subverted.
- Cats Are Mean: And in the case of Lucifer, his name should speak for itself.
- Cat Stereotype: Played straight 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 the third) doesn't stop him. Nor does becoming a human. Pom-Pom manically continues to hunt and attack Jaq when he is in human form, apparently thinking she can kill and eat a 6'2" humannote .
- Fat Bastard: He looks obviously overweight and is more than happy to follow the lead of his master to torment Cinderella, no matter how many times she has helped him in the past.
- Light Is Not Good: Lucifer's name means light-bringing but downplayed by his black apperance, while Pom-pom is a white cat with a fluffy name, but both of them are not of the good part.
- Love at First Sight: With each other (in the 3rd segment of Cinderella II). Played almost exaggerated for Lucifer, more subtle for Pom-Pom. When Lucifer first sees Pom-Pom he looks as if 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.
- Pale Females, Dark Males: Pom-Pom is a white-furred cat and Lucifer is a black-furred cat.
Tropes applying to Lucifer
- 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: A needlessly cruel cat who revels in the misery of others.
- Dark Is Evil: A black-furred cat who is a sinister, cruel jerk.
- 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.
- HeelFace Turn: Subverted in the 3rd part of Cinderella II: Dreams Come True. The mice offer him a deal: they will help him win Pom-Pom's 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.
- Hidden Depths: Defied. Cinderella insists at the start of the film that Lucifer must have some good in him, but it quickly becomes clear that he has none.
- Jerk With A Heart Of Jerk: Anytime it seems like Lucifer as a Hidden Heart of Gold it is quickly shown that he doesn't.
- Karmic Death: Subverted. 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: He's called Lucifer and he's evil. 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.
- Slasher Smile: Just look at his picture!
- Ungrateful Bastard:
- Cinderella does all the work of feeding and taking care of him since his mistresses are too lazy to do it themselves, and she even defends him from Bruno and insists he must have some good in him, yet he tries to screw Cinderella over every chance he gets (from ruining the floor she cleaned to keeping her locked in the tower).
- He also expresses little gratitude to the mice in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True when they successfully help him get together with Pom-Pom. Its also worth noting that he goes against his word when he promised to not terrorize them anymore if they helped him impress her.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Particularly in the first movie, where he fakes Bruno attacking him.
Tropes applying to Pom-Pom
- 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 Is Powerful: As often in the Disney world, the purple of her eyes 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, and 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.
Cinderella's pet dog.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Bruno is a sweet dog, but can give vicious bite when pushed. Just ask Lucifer.
- 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: Bruno isn't give much screen time or importance in the sequels.
- 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.
- Meaningful Name: "Bruno" is German for "brown", matching his fur color.
- Not a Morning Person: Major and the birds have a hell of a time trying to wake him up when they need him to drive off Lucifer and save Cinderella.
- Rags to Royalty: He goes from being just a regular dog to a dog part of the royal family.
- Undying Loyalty: Like the mice, Bruno is unfailingly loyal to Cinderella.
Cinderella's pet horse.
- All There in the Script: Major is never referred to by name in the film.
- 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.
- Rags to Royalty: He goes from being just a regular horse to a horse part of the royal family.
- The Voiceless: Major doesn't utter a word in the movie.
Voiced by: Verna Felton, Russi Taylor (sequels) Cinderella's magical fairy godmother.
Voiced in French by: Lita Recio (1950), Claude Chantal (1991, speaking voice in sequels), Evelyne Grandjean (singing voice in sequels)
Voiced in Polish by: Zofia Mrozowska (1961), Mirosława Krajewska (2012 and sequels)
- Absent-Minded Professor: She's brilliant with magic, but very forgetful and absent-minded.
- 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 "Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo").
- Parental Substitute: Her interactions with Cinderella are reminiscent of a mother-daughter relationship.
- Pet the Dog: Makes Major into a coachman (against all expectations) so for once he can drive a carriage instead of pulling it. She similarly makes Bruno the footman so he can be part of events, not left home.
- 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 Paulsen A baker and Anastasia's love interest.
Voiced in French by: Emmanuel Curtil
Voiced in Polish by: Michał Jarmicki
- Big Beautiful Man: Plus-sized, kind, and cute.
- 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.
- Maybe Ever After: While it's shown in Anastasia's segment in II and a picture at the end of III shows she and him have mutual romantic feelings for one another, it's only implied that they married.
- 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.
- Sweet Baker: He's a nice, caring guy who runs a bakery.
- Official Couple: With Anastasia Tremaine.