Cinderella is an old folktale that has been retold and adapted in many ways over the centuries in different parts of the world. The best known version was published by French writer Charles Perrault in the late 17th century.
If you were looking for a trope, that's Cinderella Circumstances.
Cinderella and its adaptations include:
- Yeh-Shen: One of the oldest surviving variations of the tale from at least the 8th century. This version is a traditional Chinese folktale.
- Cinderella, the fairy tale itself, including the best known versions by Charles Perrault (1697) and The Brothers Grimm (1812).
- Ella Enchanted: (1997) Twice-Told Tale by Gail Carson Levine
- Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: (1999) A deconstruction of the traditional story by Gregory Maguire.
- Just Ella: (1999) A "sequel" to the fairy tale that averts the happily ever after the story is generally left on.
- Phoenix and Ashes: (2004) Part of the Elemental Masters series, with a Setting Update to WWI-era Britain.
- Ella Cinders: (1926), a comedic take with a Setting Update.
- Cinderella (1947), a Soviet-Russian live-action film.
- Cinderella (1950), a Disney animated film.
- Cinderella (1957), a musical film / stage play by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
- Tři oříky pro Popelku / Drei Haselnüsse für Aschenbrödel ("Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella", Three Wishes for Cinderella) (1973), joint Czechoslovak and German live-action production.
- EverAfter: a Cinderella story: (1998), a version rid of all the magic.
- Cinderella the Cat: Italian animated movie made in 2017. A futuristic take on the story set in Naples.
- Cenerentola (2011), an Italian miniseries setting the fairy tale in Rome during the 1950s.
- The Story of Cinderella (1996), a Japanese anime series based on the fairy tale.
- La Cenerentola (1817), an Italian opera by Gioachino Rossini that replaces the supernatural elements.
- Girl Genius: The 2008 end of year side story was a parody adaptation in which there are two princes rather than one and the event is a science fair rather than a ball.