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

Anime & Manga

  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: In Chapter 82.5 (a collection of Fractured Fairy Tales), Mei plays Cinderella, but is too dutiful to anyone who gives her orders to forget the fairy godmother's warning to leave before midnight, and doesn't leave behind a glass slipper (although the prince finds her anyway).
  • A Certain Magical Index: A villainess named Cendrillon (French for Cinderella) has magic based on the fairy tale, which is much more powerful than it sounds. For example, she can remotely mutilate the feet of anyone with a different shoe size than her based on the glass slippers. She loses her powers at midnight.
  • Dragon Ball: Three villains of the Buu Saga are named Bibidi, Babidi and Buu.
  • Freezing Vibration: In the 3rd OVA, Julia Munberk wrote a fanfiction based on the story, casting Cassie Lockheart as Cinderella and herself as the fairy godmother, and asks Satellizer and Rana to critique it. It starts out normal at first, but when the fairy godmother appears to help Cinderella, instead of giving her a dress, she erases her clothes, then forcibly gives her a bath while groping her. Then the story abruptly ends. Satellizer and Rana realize Julia let her lesbian fantasies go out of control.
  • Fruits Basket: The cultural festival at Tohru's school puts on a School Play of Cinderella which ends up being very different from the original story.
  • Pretty Cure:
  • Snow White with the Red Hair: One of the alternate fairy tale chapter covers depicts Zen as the fairy godmother coming to Cinderella's aid only for Shirayuki as Cinderella to have gone to bed early and be sleeping.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Leon von Schroeder uses a deck based on fairy tales and has a Cinderella card along with a Pumpkin Carriage and Glass Slippers.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! OCG Stories: For Raye's birthday party, she wears a dress identical to Disney's Cinderella and is driven to the party in a pumpkin carriage.

Comic Books

  • Batman Beyond: In "Terry's Mom Dates a Splicer", Terry says he'll have Bruce's car back before it turns into a pumpkin.
  • Fables: Cinderella is a through and through Action Girl, working for Fabletown as a covert agent and assassin.

Comic Strips

Fan Works

  • In the Encanto fanfic he sees your dreams, Stefanie loses a shoe while running away from some nightmare monsters, which the narration likens to Cinderella fleeing the ball.


  • 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

  • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar has Genie teleporting the rest of cast to his location as he says "Bibbidi", "Bobbidi" and "Boo!"
  • 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.
  • Shrek: The original film ends with Shrek and Fiona riding away in a carriage that was an onion prior to its transformation. The Three Blind Mice got turned into horses as well.
    • Cinderella herself acts as a supporting character in Shrek the Third - a neat freak in Fiona’s circle of princess friends.
    • Puss in Boots: The Last Wish: A glass slipper is seen in Jack Horner’s collection of magical artifacts. Later, Horner uses a magic wand to transform a pumpkin into a massive battle carriage to pursue the heroes.

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.
  • Almost Famous: When Elaine drops William off at the Black Sabbath concert, she looks despairingly at the crowd outside and calls them all "a generation of Cinderellas", without anyone to give them a glass slipper.
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service. After James Bond saves Tracy from drowning herself, she runs off leaving Bond holding her slippers and musing that this never happened to "the other fellow" (ostensibly Prince Charming, but actually a Leaning on the Fourth Wall gag about Sean Connery).
  • Stop! Look! And Laugh! has a whole segment where Paul Winchell tells his dummy Jerry Mahoney the story of Cinderella with the Marquis Chimps playing the roles.


  • 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.
  • Eight Cousins:
    • Chapter 5: Rose Campbell says she is like a fairy godmother and Phebe Moor is like Cinderella.
    • Chapter 20: Rose Campbell mentions she used to wish for a pair of glass slippers for herself.
  • The Hand Of Ethelberta: In chapter 28, Ethelberta calls the new maid a "perfect Cinderella" after hearing how good she does her job.
  • 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.
  • In Rainbow Magic, one of the Fairytale Fairies, Faith, protects Cinderella and her story.
  • In the secret lives of Princesses Cinderella is said to have had a godmother happy to transform a pumpkin into a carriage, but refused to turn a cat into a hat, a quail into a whale, or a guitar into a car, despite the princesses pleading.
  • In Wish, Gus and Bertha get Cinderella pillowcases for eleven-year-old Charlie's new room, to her annoyance.

Live-Action TV

  • Full House:
    • In "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.
    • In the Series Finale, "Michelle Rides Again, Part 2", when D.J. talks to Aunt Becky about whether or not she should go to her senior prom, Becky tells D.J. that she felt just like Cinderella at her prom. D.J. asks her if she met Prince Charming, to which Becky tells her she didn't, but she did lose her shoe, find a mouse in her car, and her date had a head like a pumpkin.
  • 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

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.
  • Mitten Squad: The thumbnail has this Disney Princess to represent, for "Can You Beat Skyrim As A Disney Princess?".
  • 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

  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series: In "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium", Lucky, Rolly, Cadpig and Spot make a dress for Amber, Roger and Anita's niece. The dress comes out looking hideous, to which Cadpig says "It worked a lot better in the movie", and while Amber says it's the ugliest dress she ever saw, she wears it anyway, saying she's going to the pageant in either it or her underwear.
  • 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, Adam West 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" throughout Mickey's dream.
  • 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:
    • A sketch from "Up, Up, and Buffet" has Cinderella's Fairy Godmother perform a Satanic ritual when her first spell doesn't turn Cinderella's pumpkin into a coach, much to Cinderella's horror. It later turned out that her wand was turned upside down.
    • 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.
    • A sketch from "Fila Ogden in: Maggie's Got a Full Load" has Jaq and Gus tell Cinderella to undress for them so that they and the birds can make her a new dress (or so they say).
    • A sketch from "May Cause Internal Diarrhea" has Cinderella go to a doctor to get her feet amputated due to the blisters she got from wearing glass slippers.
  • 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.
  • The Venture Bros.: In "Any Which Way But Zeus", during his kidnapping by Zeus, Shoreleave makes several references to Cinderella.
  • 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.
  • T.U.F.F. Puppy: At the beginning of "Doom and Gloom", Snaptrap plots to rob the gumball machine at the bus station, and disguises himself as a princess. He drives to the bus station in a car made to look like Cinderella's pumpkin carriage.