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Cinderella in her ball gown.
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Cinderella in her usual clothes, holding one of the glass slippers.

Voiced by: Ilene Woods (Cinderella), Jennifer Hale (subsequent appearances)
Voiced in French by: Paule Marsay (speaking), Paulette Rollin (singing) (1950), Dominique Poulain (1991), Laura Blanc (sequels, Ralph Breaks the Internet)
Voiced in Polish by: Maria Ciesielska (speaking), Irena Santor (singing) (1961), Angelika Kurowska (speaking, 2012, Ralph Breaks the Internet), Weronika Bochat (2012 singing voice), Katarzyna Tatarak (sequels, House of Mouse), Joanna Węgrzynowska (singing voice in A Twist in Time)

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Appearances: Cinderella | II: Dreams Come True | III: A Twist In Time | Sofia the Firstnote 

Appears in alternate continuities: Kingdom Heartsnote  | House of Mouse | Mickey Mouse (2013) | Ralph Breaks the Internet

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.

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She's also a member of the Disney Princess line.


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    Tropes A to K 
  • Abusive Parents: After the death of her father, Cinderella was under the control of Lady Tremaine, whose true colours finally surfaced, showing a cruel and cold-hearted woman. Her selfishness and vanity destroyed both the family fortune and left her family's once beautiful château in a state of disrepair. While pampering her own two daughters and spoiling them rotten, she raised Cinderella in abuse and virtual slavery. This was a result of being wickedly jealous of the young girl's natural beauty and charm, which she and her own daughters all lacked. This went on for many years, but Cinderella's personality still remained sweet, humble, and kind.
  • 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.
  • Adaptation Name Change:
    • "Cinderella" was a spiteful nickname which derived from the word "cinder", and her real name was never revealed (although some fans believe it to be Ella). Disney made this her actual birth name (although it was brought back in the 2015 remake).
    • Many storybooks, such as the Little Golden Books adaptation, did, however, claim her original name was Ella.
  • Affectionate Nickname: The mice refer to her as "Cinderelly".
  • All There in the Manual: Her book in the Disney Princess Beginnings shows that her real name is Ella and also depicts her relationship with her parents.
  • Almost Kiss:
    • The first movie has Cinderella and the Prince leaning forward for a kiss after their Dance of Romance, only for the bell to ring for midnight, signaling to her that she had to leave before the spell breaks.
    • When Cinderella III: A Twist in Time has Lady Tremaine use a stolen magic wand to undo Cinderella's and Prince Charming's wedding, one of the magical visions shows the original film's closing scene of the couple heading towards their honeymoon, but pulls them away before they can seal the story with a kiss.
  • ...And That Little Girl Was Me: A Twist In Time begins with a voiceover asking the viewers if they remember a story about a girl who escaped a life of cinders by believing in a dream, and also letting talking mice and a fairy godmother help her find true love. After a beat, the narrator continues, "Well, that girl is me." Cinderella then smiles at the camera while the title appears.
  • Animal Lover: Cinderella has a horse and a dog for pets, and easily makes friends with the birds and mice of her house.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Cinderella gives two to Anastasia, who's teetering on the brink of a Heel–Face Turn, when she discovers Lady Tremaine's plot to have her marry the Prince while magically disguised as a false Cinderella.
    Cinderella: What have you done? The prince won't be fooled.
    Lady Tremaine: The prince will never know. He'll be perfectly happy.
    Cinderella: But will you, Anastasia? Will you be happy?
    Anastasia: I...I want what you had.
    Cinderella: But...do you even love him?
  • Bad Bedroom, Bad Life: Cinderella, though living in a spacious mansion, has her bedroom in the attic, where it's dark, cramped, and undecorated compared to the much more fancy and colorful bedrooms of her Wicked Stepmother and stepsisters.
  • Ballet: Her movements are rather graceful and balletic; it's implied at the start that lessons were among the luxuries heaped upon her by her father. Given that classically-trained ballerina Helene Stanley was her reference model, it isn't surprising.
  • Banister Slide: In A Twist In Time, Cinderella and two of her mouse friends do this at the palace.
  • Beautiful Singing Voice: She is shown to have a lovely voice as all her bird and mouse friends will sit in silence just to hear her sing. One scene has Drizella's grating warbling during a music lesson transition to Cindy singing the same song much better at the same time while she's cleaning the foyer.
  • Beautiful Slave Girl: She was enslaved as a child following her father's suspicious death by her hateful stepfamily, and grew to become a beautiful young woman. Her beauty and kindness is what causes her stepfamily to abuse her out of jealousy, as her step-sisters are horribly ugly and cold-hearted with no problems of ripping up her clothes.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Cinderella is prettier and much nicer than her cartoonish and mean stepsisters. In fact, look at the way the Grand Duke reacted to the stepsisters and Cinderella. With the stepsisters, he grimaced at the sight of them and was generally repulsed by their attitude, impatient to leave. When Cinderella asked to try on the shoe, his face lit up (as well as noticing her petite feet) and helped her down the stairs.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Turns out even a Disney Princess has her limits. In the first film she almost chases Lucifer with a broom when he ruins the floor she worked so hard to clean (but is stopped by a knock at the door), and at the film's climax she sics Bruno on him. 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!
  • Big Sister Instinct: In Dreams Come True. For once in her relationship with Anastasia, Cinderella gets to help her. She's kind enough to take her to the castle, get her cleaned up, and teaches her how to properly smile, even with some Epic Fail moments.
  • 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.
  • Blue Is Heroic: Averted. It's worth noting that despite Cinderella appearing in the Disney Princess franchise several times, she's actually not an example of this trope. Her dress was silver in the original film, and the games switch it back to the silver it originally was, not the blue it appears as in a lot of merchandise.
  • Book on the Head: In the Aim to Please portion of Cinderella II: Dreams Come True, Cinderella learns to dance with four books on her head. Because she also has to answer a test at the same time, she eventually trips. Moments later, while dancing how she wants, Cinderella manages to successfully keep two books on her head.
  • Break the Cutie: Cinderella tries to stay positive and graceful despite witnessing her father's death at a young age, having to work day and night for family that won't even give her a morning greeting, and seeing her desires crushed. Case in point: she merely wants to go to the ball for a night out, and her stepfamily racks up the abuse Up to Eleven with Exact Words and Loophole Abuse to ensure that she won't go. It says a lot that what finally makes her cry is not being overworked so that she has no time to make a dress, but having a dress to wear to the ball. . . and getting it ripped to shreds while she's wearing it.
  • Character Development: In the first film, she endures abuse with dignity so as not to end up on the street, but over the course of the film she realizes she doesn't have to put up with abuse anymore and defies Lady Tremaine to escape. She also starts off with an almost crippling case of Good Cannot Comprehend Evil, not realizing to what lengths Lady Tremaine will go to sabotage her happiness or how petty Lucifer can be, but in the end she realizes not everyone can be reasoned with and sometimes you have to fight back, such as when she defies Lady Tremaine locking her in the tower and letting Bruno chase Lucifer when she finally realizes that cat has no compassion to appeal to.
  • Cinderella Circumstances: 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. Ironically, Cinderella is not the first character in the Disney Animated Canon (and certainly not the first Disney Princess) to be a victim of Cinderella circumstances. Snow White from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs preceded her as a victim of Cinderella circumstances.
  • Clark Kenting: Nobody recognizes Cinderella at the ball as the stepdaughter/servant of the Tremaines. It might be justified by having been kept in her Wicked Stepmother's house since she was a young girl. But neither her stepsisters or stepmother recognize her, though Lady Tremaine is shown to observe that there's something familiar about her, but is prevented from getting a closer look.
  • Clothing Damage:
    • The scene where the evil stepsisters tear Cinderella's ball gown to shreds in anger.
    • In Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella in a white gown gets transported inside a pumpkin carriage by Lady Tremaine. Once Cinderella is inside the pumpkin, her dress somehow gets all torn up, and she's now barefoot.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Her mother died when she was very small, and she was indulged by her doting father, who eventually remarried in order to provide her with a mother's care. He, however, died some time afterward, at which point her stepmother's true colors were revealed.
  • Cool Big Sis: Cinderella tries her best to help her stepsister, Anastasia, get together with a baker she fell in love with. First, she comes up with a plan with her mice friends. Unfortunely, the plan backfires when the mice run into Lucifer (their old nemesis) who gives chase, resulting in a startled horse kicking Anastasia into the baker's shop. Anastasia runs out, breaking down in tears, and retreats to a quiet area in the village. She is found and comforted by Cinderella, who offers to help her stepsister change for the better and win the baker's heart.
  • Cool Crown: At the end of "Aim to Please", Cinderella is given a glass tiara.
  • Daddy's Girl: Was this before her father's death, in the backstory. The narrator describes Cinderella's father as "a kind and devoted father, and gave his beloved child every luxury and comfort".
  • 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.
    • Also in the third film, when she's shipped out of the kingdom and finds herself unable to do anything other than crying until the prince comes to rescue her.
  • 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. Her commonly thought "damsel" situation where she was locked in her room is not her being in any danger either.
  • Dance of Romance: How she fell in love with the Prince, though she didn't know he was the prince at the time.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Cinderella is a daughter of a widowed aristocrat who gave her every luxury and comfort. Her father, believing she needed a mother's love, married Lady Tremaine, who has two daughters about her age: Anastasia and Drizella. However, after her father's death, Lady Tremaine reveals herself to be a passive-aggressive tyrant who is jealous of Cinderella's beauty. She, her daughters, and their pet cat Lucifer abuse and mistreat Cinderella, ultimately forcing her to become a scullery maid in her own home. She is notable for being silenced repeatedly by Lady Tremaine, creating the assumption that Cinderella is expected to do chores without speaking out.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cinderella is witty and sarcastic, at least when she is alone, and during those moments she would often make quips regarding her stepfamily's laziness, lack of talent, and over-dependence on her.
    Cinderella: Maybe I should interrupt the... "music lesson".
  • Despair Event Horizon: Cinderella teeters on the edge when Lady Tremaine and her daughters destroy her dress and her hopes of attending the ball. Fortunately her Fairy Godmother arrives and makes everything right.
  • Determinator: Despite being raised in toxicity and emotional abuse, Cinderella declared herself independent and strong-willed by remaining kind-hearted and self-loving, unlike her cruel stepfamily, not allowing the bitterness surrounding her life to overtake her and morph her into someone as cruel as her stepfamily. She makes the most of her misfortunes by remaining optimistic of the possibilities of a brighter future, keeping herself preoccupied with enforced housework and friendly bonds built with her pets, and dozens of mice that have found themselves trapped over the years by Tremaine's mouse traps, only to be rescued and spared by Cinderella. 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. And in the film's climax she never stops trying to get out of the tower even though her situation seems hopeless.
  • Doomed New Clothes: played for drama. She shows off her new pink dress made by her mice friends. Her stepsisters aggressively tear it to pieces.
  • Dramatic Drop: She drops a tea tray when she overhears Lady Tremaine tell the stepsisters that the prince is searching for the mystery maiden he met at the ball.
  • Dramatic Irony: When midnight strikes, she tries to excuse herself by saying she hasn't met the Prince, not realizing (as the audience does) the man she's been dancing with all night is him.
  • Enemies Equals Greatness: Lady Tremaine and her two daughters treated Cinderella like utter crap, but this stems from the fact that Cinderella was the center of attention of Lady Tremaine's late husband.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • After spending a life as a servant, with any chance at happiness squandered by her step-family, Cinderella finally escapes her abusive home, regains her social status as an upper-class lady, and marries a man for his kindness. Her animal friends also come to live at the palace, mice and all.
    • Happens again in Twist in Time. After her stepmother turns back the clock and enchants the prince to love Anastasia, Cinderella sets off to the palace and tries to first jog the prince's memory and then steal the magic wand from her stepmother. When that fails and the prince falls for Cinderella anyway, the stepmother makes Anastasia Cinderella's double while sending Cindy to be trapped in a pumpkin carriage that is to be driven off of a cliff on a mountain. Cinderella proceeds to escape, jump onto a horse, and ride all the way back to the castle to stop the wedding.
  • 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. It's a Simple, yet Opulent white dress with a skirt similar to her magic-made dress.
  • Fallen Princess: Cinderella was more of a noble girl than princess, but had lived a life of happy luxury before her father remarried and then died, the family wealth was squandered, and she was abused and forced to become a servant by her Wicked Stepmother.
  • Fanservice Pack: Gains a sturdier, more curvaceous build and larger bust in the sequels.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The hardworking, rational, mature Responsible to her stepsisters' lazy, whiny, bratty Foolish.
  • Friend to All Living Things: The movie begins with the kind heroine's animal friends waking her up in the morning and helping her shower and get dressed. This trope specifically applies to her legion of mice, but she is also friends with birds, a dog, and a horse. They also make her a dress while she's too busy with her chores, and eventually end up saving the day in the end. Aside from the cat, Lucifer, she is friends with all the animals. She even tries to find some good in Lucifer, although she fails.
  • Friendless Background: Her only friends around the château are the mice (especially Jaq and Gus), the birds, Bruno the dog, and Major the horse.
  • 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.
  • Girly Skirt Twirl: After she gets a magic dress. Twirl occurs almost instantly, during the line "have you ever seen such a beautiful dress?".
  • The Girl Who Fits This Slipper: Double Subversion, as 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. It was the page image, in fact.
  • Grand Staircase Entrance: Twice: first when Cinderella meets the Prince at the ball (though this slightly differs from the traditional entrance by having her walk up the stairs rather than down the stairs), and, later, at the end when she comes down the stairs of her home to prove the slipper is hers.
  • Guile Heroine: In Cinderella III: A Twist in Time, Cinderella's hard-working ethics, optimism, kindness and devotion are put to the test when she has magically stripped away from her "happily ever after" by a vengeful and then magically-empowered Tremaine and is forced to jump into physical action to restore her happy life and relationship with Prince Charming and save Anastasia from her mother's cruel and elitist influence. During these events, Cinderella is shown to be cunning, tactical, persistent, and a fierce rival to those who oppress her. With no magic, being forced to rely solely on her intelligence and fearlessness, Cinderella is able to defeat her stepmother, repair her relationship with a reformed Anastasia and retain her much-deserved life of happiness, proving both her independence and strong will.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: Inverted in Disney's Cinderella. In the film, she has strawberry blonde hair, but in all Disney Princess merchandising it's blonde
  • 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.
  • Heroic BSoD: Cinderella gets an ever-so-brief one when she learns the Prince is in love with the girl who lost her glass slipper at the ball causing her to drop a tray of food in mild shock.
  • Hidden Depths: Cinderella knows how to make over clothes, or at least keeps several books on the subject out of her relatives' reach. She also has enough material in her small living quarters to make over a gown, as the mice learn when they finish it.
  • High-Class Gloves: Her magic dress has opera length gloves, to help her look more like someone fit for a royal ball.
  • Hope Spot: After Cinderella does the improbable in a rousing work montage and meets Lady Tremaine's demands...Tremaine's daughters rip it to shreds while she's wearing it, mocking every part of her beloved handiwork. No Noble Demons here.
  • Hope Springs Eternal: Her biggest virtue. The third film deconstructed this a bit, showing that she cannot just hope for a better life, she must also do it in order to make it come true. Though this was arguably true in the original, with Cinderella realizing after being locked in her tower that she has to defy Lady Tremaine and sic Bruno on Lucifer (which she argued against at the start of the film) if she wants to make her dreams come true.
  • Hot Consort: The prince is first stunned by her and possibly marries her because of her loveliness and grace.
  • Iconic Outfit: Her sparkling, white dress she wore to the Prince's ball.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Downplayed, but Cinderella admits that her mother's gown is a few years out of date. She wants to make it over for the ball based on a drawing in her sewing book. Cinderella is forced to wear a rather overdone gown in "Aim to Please". All the ribbons on it make Cinderella say she looks like a gift-wrapped present.
  • The Ingenue: Cinderella maintains her optimism and purity even while living a crapsack life. Fanon has Flanderised her into this though - as in the movie itself she does display more sass than usual for this type of character.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Her eyes represent her hopeful, optimistic nature and genuine kindness.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: As assumed, Cinderella's primary goal in life was to escape her stepfamily. However, as she was under Lady Tremaine's control since her childhood when her father passed away when she was young, such a feat proved to be difficult, with the emotional abuse and manipulation having been planted in Cinderella's mind for far too many years, making for an obedient and fearful young woman when faced with Tremaine's wrath; she would typically make attempts to avoid any form of conflict with her stepmother and stepsisters as a direct result of this.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Why Cinderella wants to go to the ball; she spends all her time working and slaving, and wants one night out of fun, to be able to dress up and dance like a girl of her class ought to do. Meeting the prince was an added bonus, since she didn't even know she had danced with a prince.
  • Karmic Jackpot: Cinderella protecting legions of mice from Lady Tremaine's traps and treated them like their own family. In gratitude, the mice would become loyal companions to Cinderella, providing her with the company and serving as diligent helpers should something troubling occur. The devotion of the mice would ultimately play a crucial role in the young woman escaping her abusive household, thus furthering the example of how Cinderella's evergreen kindness towards others, despite her situation, would ultimately lead to her uprising.

    Tropes L to Z 
  • The Leader: Cinderella is often considered the "leader" of the Disney Princesses, having often been positioned in the center of publicity photos. There has been some controversy, however, because she is the second Disney Princess, after Snow White. Some feel that Snow White should be the leader, because she is the protagonist of Disney's first film, and was introduced to the world 13 years before Cinderella. Despite this argument, both Snow White and Cinderella's films have been credited for saving Walt Disney's company from bankruptcy in the 30s and 50s respectively.
  • Lessons in Sophistication: In Dreams Come True, the Grand Duchess attempts to give these to Cinderella, being a newly elevated commoner. Cinderella cannot and will not accept many of the teachings, which include the notion that she must be cold and elegant at all times no matter what, and instead opts to be herself and give her own twists to the fancy party being organized. The King is initially baffled, but gets over it quickly, and even the Grand Duchess admits that what Cinderella has done is entirely delightful.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Cinderella has shoulder-length hair again to match the 1950s style of the time, regardless of the film's Victorian setting.
  • Loose Lips:
    • In the first film, her getting dreamy-eyed and humming to herself is what tips Lady Tremaine off to her being the mystery girl at the ball.
    • In the third movie she admits that she was the princess in front of the Stepmother (not that she didn't already know), causing her to take the other slipper from Cinderella and drop it, causing it to break.
  • Losing a Shoe in the Struggle: Cinderella sometimes loses a shoe when climbing either up or down stairs. Most notably, one of her glass slippers falls off while she runs back to her coach. She tries to go back for it, but the Grand Duke startles her, then picks up the slipper himself.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Cinderella is so star-struck to learn the man she danced with at the ball was the Prince and is looking for her that she forgets to use discretion when preparing for his arrival (dancing and humming to herself as she goes back to her tower) and unwittingly tips Lady Tremaine off to her secret.
  • 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.
  • The Matchmaker: In An Uncommon Romance, Anastasia falls in love with a local baker, much to the disgust and disapproval of Lady Tremaine and Drizella. Anastasia is told by her mother to never speak a single word to the baker again. Having been watching the whole time, Cinderella comes up with a plan to get her stepsister back with the baker by getting her mouse friends to distract him while the birds steal Anastasia's hat and fly off to the bakery with the intention of having her run after them to get it back and reunite with the baker again.
  • Mirror Scare: The scene where Cinderella is in her room preparing to go down and try on the glass slipper, but sees Lady Tremaine's reflection behind her as she's locking the door to trap her inside.
  • Missing Mom: Sometime during her childhood, Cinderella's mother tragically passed away, and as a result of believing his daughter needed a mother figure in her life, Cinderella's father remarried a woman named Lady Tremaine.
  • Modest Royalty: In Dreams Come True, Cinderella prefers simple dresses to the more extravagant ones. Prudence even mistakes her as one of the castle's maids when she first sees her.
  • Mundane Luxury: A few extra minutes in bed because it allows her to dream, and "they can't order me to stop dreaming".
  • Musical Chores: "The Work Song" in the movie is actually sung by the mice and not Cinderella herself, while the make her first party dress (the one that is later destroyed). Cinderella did sing a song while she worked ("Sing Sweet Nightingale") but it wasn't about work - she was just singing along while her ugly sisters got a music lesson upstairs and did a much better job of it whilst cleaning the floor. "The Work Song" had an earlier version which was to be sung by Cinderella but it was reworked into the mouse version.
  • Naïve Everygirl: Despite her suffering at the hands of her stepmother and stepsisters, she keeps up a positive attitude, daydreams often, and longs for a happier, more romantic life.
  • Nice Girl: It pays off in the end, though. She is kind, thoughtful, and compassionate.
  • Nice Mean And Inbetween: The three sisters, but only after Anastasia's Character Development in the sequels - 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 makes a Heel–Face Turn becoming a sweet, if gruff individual).
  • Nice Shoes: Cinderella is given glass slippers by the Fairy Godmother. Not only do they look pretty, they later are essential to the plot as she loses one and the Prince later uses it to find her. And Cinderella had taken a precaution by keeping the one she didn't lose should the other one break (which thanks to her stepmother did).
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: She was based off of Ingrid Bergman. Take a good look at her.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Cinderella looks somewhat less stylized than the later Disney Princesses. This is because she was drawn with a more realistic face compared to other princesses.
  • 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.
  • Only Sane Woman: In the Tremaine household, Cinderella is most definitely the only person who can see the absurdity in being ordered around day and night.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The movie is an unusual example of actually showing the pimping-out process, featuring a scene in which her animal friends pimp out her ball gown, unfortunately they used beads and a sash belonging to her stepsisters, who used that excuse to tear the dress apart. Her iconic silvery dress, with the puffed overskirt, little puff sleeves, and glass slippers, was instead made with magic sparkles thanks to her Fairy Godmother.
  • Pink Means Feminine:
    • Cinderella originally plans to wear her mother's pink dress to the ball, which the mice and birds fancy up for her, but the stepsisters rip it to shreds.
    • In the sequel, she wears a pink and blue Palette Swap of her iconic ball gown. The dress itself is 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. Taken to a even greater level in A Twist in Time. Now that magic is being used against her, she decides to fight back. At one point, she even sings "I can't live in dreams if my dreams are to come true" after it looks like her hopes have been dashed. This makes the moment she appears to have truly lost everything worse for her, though she still attempts to maintain a quiet dignity about it.
  • The Pollyanna: Cinderella's attitude is to remain positive in spite of the hardship she suffers. It's shown that she's still bothered by how her stepfamily treat her, but she does her best to remain cheerful.
  • Princess Protagonist: Cinderella wasn't actually born a princess, but becomes one after marrying the handsome prince. Cinderella II: Dreams Come True focuses on her life as a princess.
  • Proper Lady: Like the other classic-era Princesses (Snow White and Aurora), Cinderella is a perfectly demure, obedient, and gentle young lady. Even when her step-mother forces her to become a servant in her own house she remains stoic and gracious.
  • Protagonist Title: The movie is named after her.
  • Rags to Royalty: Since Rags to Royalty are often called "Cinderella stories", that's a given.
  • Rebellious Princess: In Dreams Come True. She had to follow the traditional role of a Princess, until she decided to break the traditions, much to the King’s (eventual) approval.
  • Riches to Rags: She lived with her wealthy father in comfortable life but after his death, Lady Tremaine stripped Cinderella of her inheritance and forcing her to wear raggedy clothing and live in a squalor.
  • Running Away to Cry: She flees to the garden in tears, after her stepsisters tear off her dress.
  • 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.
  • Scullery Maid: Cinderella's stepfamily makes her work as one.
  • 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: Cinderella puts on a stoic smile and cheerful demeanor every day in front of her oppressors, never letting them get to her despite her abuse. In the third movie when her life is actually in danger, she keeps her cool while figuring out a way to rescue herself and her mouse friends. She is also unafraid to stand up for herself when she feels she's in the right - or at least attempt to do so, and though she strives to contain her optimistic aura, she can fall into fits of frustration and annoyance quite often. This is seen through her interactions with Lady Tremaine's cat, Lucifer, who she sarcastically refers to as "Your Majesty", and openly berates for his cruelty, which mirrors that of her cruel stepmother. Her daily goal is to make the most of her situation, but she never forces herself to bottle up her true emotions in an unhealthy manner; instead, wisely keeping them under control, while also keeping in mind that the future holds brighter experiences.
  • Simple, yet Opulent: Cinderella's magic-made dress is quite impressive, but not that lavish. It's a similar case with her wedding dress.
  • 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, although this may be the mice speaking human.
  • Spoiled Sweet: What she was while her father still lived, since he gave her "every luxury and comfort". She was very pampered and nice to everyone. An ideal example of the trope since Cinderella retains the sweetness throughout her life even when she falls into harder times.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Her book in the Disney Princess Beginnings shows that she greatly resembles her late mother.
  • Token Good Teammate: In her family, when living with Lady Tremaine and her daughters. Cinderella is the only, genuine Nice Girl while they are all jerkasses.
  • 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.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Cinderella has her late mother's ball gown, which she alters to make it a bit more fashionable to wear to the royal ball, still keeping the pink and white color palate. Unfortunately, Lady Tremaine encourages her daughters to tear the gown to shreds by pointing out their beads and sash were used on it, which the girls had thrown away earlier.
  • Tranquil Fury: One of Cinderella's virtues. After Drizella accuses her of putting a mouse in the breakfast teacup, Cinderella doesn't care that Tremaine will burden her with punishment work; she merely forces Lucifer to free Gus, whom he's trapping, and lectures him. When the sisters mock her for wanting to go to the ball, she points out that she has the right to go, and in fact the king has ordered it.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her nightgown and the dress she wore as a child (to the point that she resembles Alice). 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: Cinderella is a very early example as the original story dates back hundreds of years. And Cinderella more or less is the poster child for this. As her stepmother treats her like shit and uses her as her personal slave, while her two daughters 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.
  • "I Want" Song:
  • Wedding Smashers: In the third movie, Cinderella crashes her own wedding. It Makes Sense in Context, it's really Anastasia disguised as Cinderella marrying Prince Charming.
  • When the Clock Strikes Twelve: "The spell will be broken." All of Cinderella's princess attire disappears.
  • Xenafication: A Twist In Time features the classic Disney Princess escaping from a demon pumpkin carriage onto horseback in a tattered wedding dress with her disheveled hair blowing in the wind.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain:
    • Twice! One day, Cinderella receives an invitation to a royal ball at the King's Castle. She immediately delivers it to her stepmother, who tells her she can go―provided she finishes all her chores and is able to find something suitable to wear. After thanking her stepmother, she goes back to her room, where she shows the mice and birds a dress that had belonged to her late mother. As of that moment, her most magical experience of all has begun. She is about to begin fixing her dress when she is unexpectedly called downstairs by her impatient, needy stepsisters.
    • Thankfully for her, the mice and birds, feeling sorry for her, take it upon themselves to repair the dress for Cinderella. Jaq and Gus find a sash that Anastasia doesn't want anymore, as well as some beads thrown out by Drizella, and take them to help fix the dress. Cinderella walks back to her room and looks out the window of the castle, wondering what a royal ball will be like. Just then, her bird and mouse friends reveal a surprise: they had fixed the dress for her. She thanks them for showing how much they care for her, changes into the dress, and rushes downstairs to join her stepfamily.
    • However, when they see Cinderella, Lady Tremaine compliments her dress and points out Drizella's beads. The stepsisters then fly into a rage and furiously tear Cinderella's dress apart until Lady Tremaine puts it to a stop and ushers them to get into the carriage, which they snootily do. Cinderella is left with her dress reduced to rags as her stepmother wishes her good night before departing for the ball with the stepsisters. At that moment Cinderella's breaking point at having endured the torture of her stepfamily for so long has finally been reached, and the miserable girl runs outside to the garden and bursts into tears, with the mice, Bruno, and Major watching her in sadness. Thankfully, her Fairy Godmother arrives to give her a much needed break.
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