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The main characters of the The Magic Riddle movie.

Voiced by: Robyn Moore

The main protagonist of the movie. A girl based off Cinderella, who after her grandfather's death and the loss of her inheritance, becomes trapped in the hands of her wicked stepmother, who forces her to become an indentured servant.

  • Animesque: Cindy shows many appearances of an anime character. This includes her large sparkly eyes and body design. It only makes it more evident when she is animated by a former animator of Japanese animation studio Sanrio.
  • Barefoot Poverty: Except when Pinocchio gives her his shoes.
  • Break the Cutie: Though not a severe instance, this can happen to Cindy multiple times and makes sense. Made into a servant who gets constantly humiliated by the woman who's supposed to be taking care of you, escaping to only be scared off and back into the situation you were once in, then escaping AGAIN only to find the person who wanted to give you refuge is gone. Though fortunately each time it does get better for her.
  • Damsel in Distress: She falls in this trope too many times too often. Though Cindy DOES have a personality as well as having motives and goals, she barely contributes to the movie outside of being a feel sorry for character, as well as a titular princess trope who cries about how sad her life is, sings about whatever and must be protected at all costs (That includes being saved every time by all of the other characters without her doing anything). Though she gets her happy ending, it doesn't feel like she earned it outside of what she's supposed to represent because fairytales. She also seems to have little to no agency as every decision she makes is warranted by people making those decisions for her. The one time where she does want to help on her own accord (When the dwarves first appear and go out to find grandma), they say that she must stay and be guarded because of the danger.
  • Grew a Spine: Emphasis on GREW. In the original concept trailer, Cindy actually stands up to her stepmother by refusing to do her chores, and decides to run away for a better life on her own accord, growing an independent and rebellious attitude. A scene in the concept trailer shows that she is facing a challenge she must escape on her own. As a result, her happily ever after is much more deserved and earned as she contributed something then. However, this was only the concept trailer as the final movie would cut those scenes out for whatever reason. Cindy as a result of this change would revert back to her one dimensional personality of being a damsel in distress and everyone would forever be beyond comprehension as to why they didn't stick to the original formula.
  • Informed Deformity: Cindy describes herself as "ugly duckling", but she's actually beautiful.
  • Limited Wardrobe: This goes for the rest of the characters but she only has TWO outfits in the whole entire movie, with her rags being the only one's she wears constantly. Though this makes sense given the context of the original fairytale. And no the dream sequence doesn't count.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name is short for Cinderella, which is her entire character.
  • Oh, Crap!: Given everything she had to witness or go through before the ending, it's safe to say she might need therapy after all of this.
  • Princess Classic: To the point where it just comes across as way too corny.
  • Prone to Tears: Cindy has a total of 8 scenes where she cries about something. In some instances Cindy cries in one scene and then cries in the NEXT one after it!
  • Rags to Riches: Cindy eventually follows this trope the moment she marries Philippe and gets the inheritance.
  • The Hero: Though she doesn't have much to contribute.

The Widow

Voiced by: Robyn Moore

The main antagonist of the movie. The stepmother and caretaker of Cindy who is as mean, cruel and bombastic as any other villain. She turns Cindy into a servant to stall her so she can find the will for herself and take all of the inheritance, and will do anything to win.

  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Instead of the Widow's main goal being to search for the will, it should've been her going back to high school after the stupidity she exhibits. For example, the moment she sneaks up on Grandma one would think she's going to capture her and make sure she doesn't do anything else to help Cindy right? Well instead she chases her around for whatever reason (Maybe trying to drive her out?) and then lets her get away. Then she tries to gain her BACK and take revenge on Cindy by putting on disguises that would definitely get her to be recognised in an instant. And THEN to try and lure Cindy back she hosts a ball since Cindy loves to dance. Okay that seems pretty smart. But spoilers, the ball is a MASKED ball. So it would've been pointless to try and find Cindy if she's in a way helping her not be lured back into her life of hardship. On the other hand our protagonists aren't any better...
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The widow sings a Villain Song about how "Mean Mean Mean" she is.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Everyone in this film calls the Widow either "Mother" or actually just "The Widow". Heck even the Widow herself calls her that. Which raises some interesting questions...
  • Evil Sounds Raspy: The Widow has a strange raspy, high pitched voice that can't decide if her accent is either Australian or American. It gets to the point of irritating fast.
  • Fan Disservice: The widow flashes her knickers onscreen as well as having breasts that fly around. Make sure to grab a bucket if you can't take anymore of it...
  • No Name Given: The widow's name is never revealed.
  • Not Quite Dead: You'd think that after failing her last plan, becoming dehydrated, having a bucket smashed on her head, being flung by a well crane and THEN falling into the deep well, the Widow might've finally dropped. But eventually she makes it out... Only to be dropped back in multiple times with no harm done to her. That's some shocking strength.
  • Villain Song: The widow's song "Mean Mean Mean".
  • Wicked Step Mother: Cindy's stepmother (simply known as the widow) who tries to steal her inheritance. Of course there is an evil stepmother because it's a reference to Cinderella.