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For whole plot references to the fairy tale, see Cinderella Plot.

Anime & Manga

  • Dragon Ball: Three villains are named Bibidi, Babidi and Buu.

Comic Strips


  • At the 2019 Met Gala, Zendaya wore a blue dress akin to Cinderella's ball gown while her stylist dressed as the fairy godmother.

Film - Animated

  • Cars 3: Cinderella's pumpkin coach appears in Sterling’s office on the trophy-covered back wall.
  • DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp: When Genie sees the globe in Scrooge McDuck's library, he asks Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby, "What's this? A baseball? A bowling ball? Cinderella's ball?"
  • The Little Mermaid (1989): The King and Grand Duke make a cameo as guests at the wedding.
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet: Cinderella appears as one of the princesses Vanellope meets in Oh My Disney.
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  • Shrek: The original film ends with Shrek and Fiona riding away in a carriage that was an onion prior to its transformation.

Films - Live-Action

  • About Scout: When Sam asks Scout why there are so many empty mini-bottles of liquor in the hotel room, she jokes that the mice from the beginning of Cinderella drank it.


  • The Dresden Files: In the short story "Bigfoot On Campus" Barrowill makes a Cinderella reference about his soon to be estranged daughter Connie, as he insists on keeping her in the dark about her vampiric nature hoping that she'll kill and become a full vampire.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows while the trio is discussing the wizarding fairy tales, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Hermione says since she and Harry didn't grow up in wizarding families, they don't know what they are. She says they only know things like Cinderella. Ron asks if it's an illness.
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  • In Wish, Gus and Bertha get Cinderella pillowcases for eleven-year-old Charlie's new room, to her annoyance.

Live-Action TV

  • In the Full House episode, "Crimes and Michelle's Demeanor", when a pillow fight that Michelle starts leads to a window getting broken and her older sisters getting punished for it, D.J. accuses Danny of treating Michelle like Cinderella and her and Stephanie like the ugly stepsisters. Stephanie takes offense to that comparison.
  • The 7 Yüz episode "Hayatın Musikisi", which loosely adapts (and subverts) plot points from Cinderella, features a direct reference to its inspirtation when Oşa jokes that she should "come home before midnight, or you'll turn into a pumpkin".
  • The Love Boat episode "Cindy" has a girl attending a costume party dressed as Cinderella in an attempt to get away from her abusive stepmother and stepsisters. Julie comments that it reminds her of a Disney cartoon.

Video Games

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons:
    • The Brown Frugal Dress resembles the dress Cinderella wears when she does chores for Lady Tremaine, Anastasia, and Drizella, being a worn-down apron over a dress that is also threadbare.
    • The Blue Princess Dress resembles the ballgown the Fairy Godmother gives Cinderella, having sky-colored material that cascades over lighter, sparklier fabric.
  • In the Bonkers Licensed Game for the Sega Genesis, Cinderella's glass slipper is one of the five treasures at the Toon Museum that Bonkers has to protect from Harry the Handbag and his gang of Raccoon Thieves.
  • In Grimms Notes, Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother are playable characters, Cinderella's stepsisters (Noemi and Dorothée) are NPCs, and the Wicked Stepmother (Chaos Artiere) is a boss.
  • One of the Grow games is inspired by the Cinderella tale. It's even called Grow Cinderella.
  • In Legend Of Illusion, Lucifer appears as an enemy in the first level.
  • In Mickey Mouse 3: Dream Balloon, Lucifer appears as an enemy in Stage 3.

Web Animation

Web Original

  • CinemaSins: The film had its sins pointed out "in 10 minutes or less"..
  • Hark! A Vagrant: Rather than the slippers the permanent part of the godmother's gift is given as making Cinderella ripped. The prince is appreciative and they're both really into working out, which they leave the ball to do.
  • Honest Trailers: The film was given its own trailer.
  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • Lady Tremaine is #3 on his list of "Top 11 Disney Villains".
    • In his review of Titanic: The Legend Goes On, the Critic calls Angelica's evil stepmother and stepsisters ripoffs of the Cinderella characters, and even holds up the film's DVD case.
    • In his review of The Star Wars Holiday Special, the Critic calls Gormaanda a mix between Lady Tremaine and Rosie the Robot.
    • In his review of Doug's First Movie, when the Critic points out how the titular movie didn't earn enough money to milk any sequels, he points out that Disney has made sequels to many of its other properties, and shows the cover to a fictional sequel, Cinderella 4: Filing Royal Taxes.
    • In his editorial "What's With All the Princess Hate?", the Critic calls Cinderella a good role model because she works hard and keeps her head high, even in the face of such nastiness, and eventually gets rewarded for it.
    • The Critic did an Old vs. New editorial comparing the 1950 film and the 2015 remake.
  • You Know Whats Bullshit: In the "DVD & Blu-ray Cases" episode, James Rolfe uses his copy of the Cinderella DVD to rant against the latches on the DVD case that keep it closed.

Western Animation

  • Cinderella appears in the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode, "Sonically Ever After", where she has her wishes granted by her Fairy Godfather, whose magic wand gets stolen by Dr. Robotnik. Cinderella's appearance in the episode is very similar to the character's design from the 1950 Disney film, but her dress is pink instead of blue.
  • The Fairly OddParents: In "Where's the Wand?", one of the pilot shorts produced for Oh Yeah! Cartoons, when Wanda's magic wand falls into Vicky's hands, Timmy, Cosmo, and Wanda follow her to her school in a pumpkin coach. When Timmy questions why they did this, Cosmo tells him that it was the best he and Wanda could do with just one wand, and Wanda tells him that it worked for Cinderella. Timmy then asks them why he had to wear Cinderella's dress, and Wanda tells him that she and Cosmo couldn't break up the set.
  • Family Guy: The third segment of "Grimm Job" is based on the story, with Lois as Cinderella, Babs as the stepmother, Meg and Stewie as the stepsisters, Bruce as the Fairy Godmother, and Peter as the Prince.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: In "Impostor's Home for... Um... Make 'Em Up Pals", Frankie is forced to scrub every floor in the house as punishment for pretending to be an imaginary friend. By the time she's finished, she is surrounded by a group of imaginary mice, whom she shoos away.
  • Garfield and Friends:
    • In "Cinderella Cat", after discovering a lost copy of Cinderella in the park, Garfield encounters a Fairy Godfather. The "Fairy Godfather" steals things that Garfield wishes for so that he can give them to Garfield.
    • In the U.S. Acres epsiode, "Bedtime Story Blues", Orson reads the story of Cinderella to Booker and Sheldon, who keep making changes to the story, much to Orson's dismay.
    • In "The Fairy Dogmother", Garfield narrates the Cinderella-esque story of a Fairy Godmother named Esmeralda. Esmeralda grants Odie a wish to attend the Hound Dog Harvest Ball, where trouble emerges.
  • House of Mouse: Characters from the film appear as guests at the club.
  • The Loud House: In "A Tattler's Tale", Lynn is dressed in Cinderella's maid outfit when doing chores for Lola.
  • MAD: In "Mickey Mouse Mouse Exterminator Service", Jaq and Gus are among the mice and rats that Mickey captures.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013):
    • In "Croissont de Triomphe", Mickey flies into Cinderella's castle on his scooter and breaks the glass slipper as she's trying it on.
    • In "The Perfect Dream", Mickey and Minnie sing "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes".
  • In Milo Murphy's Law episode "School Dance", Milo misplaces a shoe on the stairway while repairing the damage done to the decorations. It eventually leads to a Ship Tease between him and Amanda.
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "Pigerella", Piggy is put the blame on creating a mess in the kitchen after doing right what Scooter and Skeeter did wrong, and through a take on the classic Cinderella story, must clean it up.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Interview With a Platypus": Candace misplaces a shoe, which Jeremy returns.
    • "Excaliferb": Linda's Elseworld equivalent is called "Linderella".
    • "Drusselsteinoween": Isabella dresses up as Disney's Cinderella for Halloween, albeit a Palette Swap in her trademark pink.
  • In the Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain episode, "Narfily Ever After", The Brain tells Elmyra a Cinderella-esque bedtime story, with Elmyra in the role of the title character.
  • Robot Chicken: The final sketch from "Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone" has the Disney Princesses having engaged in a civil war, with Cinderella on the "traditional" side. In addition, her Fairy Godmother appears as a weapons dealer.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: In "Yarnbenders", the Fractured Fairy Tale story features Filburt as a fairy godmother allowing Prince Rocko and Cinder-Heffer going to a ball in a horse-drawn coach made from a rat and potato.
  • The Rugrats episode, "Finsterella" is a Whole Plot Reference to the film.
  • The Simpsons: The Couch Gag for "Fland Canyon" pays tribute to the films of Walt Disney, and Lisa's section is based on Cinderella.
  • South Park: Cinderella is on the good side of Imaginationland.
  • In the Thomas & Friends episode, "Thomas and the Monkey Palace", Thomas has an Imagine Spot parodying the film, depicting Charubala as his Fairy Railway Controller and turning him into a kingly engine.

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