|“||Well, I see no reason why you can't go...if you get all your work done and if you find something suitable to wear.||„|
|~ Lady Tremaine|
|“||Cinderella will be put in her place.||„|
|~ Lady Tremaine|
|“||I call upon all the forces of the universe. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo! Reverse the moon and sun, turn back tide and time, unravel Cinderella's happily ever after to the moment my troubles began!||„|
|~ Lady Tremaine reversing time to unravel Cinderella's happily ever after.|
Lady Madonna Tremaine, also known as the Wicked Stepmother and Stepmother or better known as Lady Tremaine, is the main antagonist of Disney's Cinderella franchise serving as the main antagonist of Disney's 12th full-length animated feature film Cinderella (which is based on the 1697 French novel of the same name by the late Charles Perrault), and its sequels Cinderella II: Dreams Come True and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time. She’s Anastasia Tremaine and Drizella Tremaine's selfish mother, Prince Charming’s snobby stepmother-in-law and Cinderella's harsh and wicked stepmother and arch-nemesis. She’s based on the character of the original fairytale.
In the original film, she was voiced by the late Eleanor Audley, who later voiced Maleficent in the 1959 Disney animated film Sleeping Beauty. In the two sequels, she was voiced by Susanne Blakeslee. In the live-action film, she was portrayed by Cate Blanchett, who also played Hela in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Irina Spalko in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Marissa Wiegler in Hanna, and Penelope in Family Guy.
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 Cinderella (1950)
- 1.2 Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
- 1.3 Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time
- 1.4 Cinderella (2015)
- 1.5 House of Mouse
- 1.6 Mickey's House of Villains
- 1.7 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
- 1.8 Once Upon A Time
- 1.9 So This is Love: A Twisted Tale
- 2 Personality
- 3 Quotes
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Navigation
Prior to the beginning of the story, Lady Tremaine married Cinderella's wealthy father, who wanted to give his daughter Cinderella a motherly figure and sisters in the person of Lady Tremaine's daughters Anastasia and Drizella. She also has a black cat named Lucifer.
After Cinderella's father suddenly died (though the cause of death was unknown), Tremaine revealed her true nature, glaring while Cinderella was mourning the death of her father, without even bothering to pretend to be sad. During the following years, she wasted the family's wealth to spoil her bratty and obnoxious daughters and reduced Cinderella to a lowly servant, abusing her out of jealousy for her beauty and kindness.
When the Tremaines are invited to a ball organized by the King as his son the Prince intends to find and marry a young girl, Cinderella asks to go with them, arguing that "each fair maiden in the kingdom is invited" as stated in the invitation. Lady Tremaine agrees under the conditions that she gets all of her chores done and that she finds something suitable to wear, but Cinderella doesn’t realize that Lady Tremaine is only giving her hopes to better crush them.
While Cinderella works very hard to do the immensely quantitative amount of chores given by Anastasia and Drizella, her bird and mice friends make her an extremely gorgeous dress from the clothes discarded by the Tremaine sisters. When Cinderella shows up prettier than the Tremaines will ever be, Lady Tremaine pretends to let this be by reminding that it was part of the deal and recognizes the necklace that she wears as one of Drizella's old pieces of jewelry. She subtly compliments this as the "right touch" for Cinderella before pointing it out to her daughters, who tear Cinderella's dress to shreds in a rage, accusing her of stealing their clothing. This cruelly finally crushes Cinderella's spirit as she dissolves into tears while Lady Tremaine mocks her by saying goodnight.
However, the Fairy Godmother arrives to Cinderella's rescue by fixing her dress with a marvellous attire, as she could not have appeared if Cinderella's optimism had been completely destroyed. This allows Cinderella to attend the ball, where she and the Prince meet and fall in love. Meanwhile, Lady Tremaine spies on the duo as the mysterious girl looks familiar to her and she hears them singing, but is unable to spy any further as the Grand Duke sternly orders her to give them privacy.
The next day, Lady Tremaine learns that the Grand Duke is looking for the maiden who fits the glass slipper that the mysterious girl lost in her hurry, so that the Prince could marry her. Overjoyed by this news, Cinderella starts singing carelessly to be prepared for the Grand Duke's arrival, and Lady Tremaine recognizes her song, instantly figuring who the mysterious girl really was. Still intent on keeping Cinderella miserable, Lady Tremaine follows her upstairs and locks her in her room, keeping the key in her pocket.
The Duke arrives and tries the slipper on Drizella and Anastasia, but it does not fit their enormous feet. As the Duke prepares to leave, Cinderella arrives, having been freed by the mice who managed to steal back the key. Lady Tremaine tried to discourage the Duke from letting Cinderella try the slipper on, but the Duke brushes her off her by sternly stating that the King's orders were to have every maiden in the kingdom try it, including Cinderella.
Knowing that the slipper will fit Cinderella, Lady Tremaine resorts to a last underhanded and manipulative trick: tripping the lackey to shatter the slipper on the floor with her cane. She grins victoriously, revelling in the Duke's despair, but Cinderella foils this by displaying the other slipper and putting it on easily to prove to the Duke that she was the one who danced with the Prince. This leaves Lady Tremaine and her daughters shocked and ruined, allowing Cinderella to move out and marry the Prince.
Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
Lady Tremaine appears in the second film as the main antagonist of the third and final segment "An Uncommon Romance".
Several days following the Royal Banquet and the Spring Festival, Lady Tremaine tells both Drizella and Anastasia of an incoming ball that Cinderella is hosting for the kingdom, and that they are invited. She demands both girls to take the opportunity to find men of good wealth and nobility at the ball. She then leads the girls to buy new gowns at the marketplace, where she learns of a blooming romance between Anastasia (who’s portrayed in a much more brighter light) and a young baker apprentice. Believing that the baker is of no importance due to being a commoner, Lady Tremaine forbids Anastasia to ever see or speak with him again, much to Anastasia's dismay.
The next day, Lady Tremaine spotted Anastasia in her new gown (given to her by Cinderella) riding off in a carriage to meet up with the baker. She and Drizella eventually catch up to them at a fountain, where Tremaine berated Anastasia for disobeying her. However, Anastasia decided that she’s better off with the baker and breaks off her ties with Lady Tremaine, who storms off in a huff with a reluctant Drizella.
Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time
Lady Tremaine appears in the third film as the primary antagonist.
A year following Cinderella's wedding, the chateau has fallen into more disrepair, and Lady Tremaine forces both Anastasia and Drizella to do Cinderella's old chores. However, Anastasia witnesses a meeting between Cinderella, the Prince and the Fairy Godmother; and gets her hands on the magic wand, accidentally turning the Fairy Godmother into stone when she attempts to get it back, much to Anastasia's remorse. Upon witnessing this, Tremaine finally realizes that the Fairy Godmother used her magic to help Cinderella attend the ball. She then seizes the wand and uses it to travel into time, back when her daughters were trying the glass slipper. She then creates her own horrific version of a "happily ever after", more akin to a nightmare than a fantasy.
She first bewitches the slipper to fit Anastasia's foot, verbally tormenting the bewildered Cinderella while making the second slipper "accidentally" fall in the staircase to destroy the evidence. When the Tremaines are welcomed in the royal castle, the Prince sternly remarks that Anastasia is not the girl who danced with him at the ball. However, Lady Tremaine magically alters his memories, all this being witnessed by Cinderella's bird and mice friends. In spite of this, the Prince still feels that he's not in love with Anastasia; even Anastasia starts to have second thoughts over this as she feels the same way.
When Cinderella learns that Lady Tremaine had stole the Fairy Godmother's wand, she sneaks into the castle and enters their quarters to get it back, while covering her face and passing as a palace servant. But Lady Tremaine recognizes her immediately before unmasking her, sending the royal guards to have her exiled from the kingdom on a ship. However, the Prince was eventually told the truth by the mice and birds, who managed to repair and produce the broken glass slipper as proof, thus restoring his memories. With that in mind, the Prince rescues Cinderella from exile and exposes Lady Tremaine's actions to the King and the Grand Duke. With her plan and true nature exposed, Lady Tremaine is forced to teleport herself and her daughters from plain sight to avoid being arrested.
It was at that point Anastasia realizes and points out that the Prince's feelings for Cinderella are too strong for the magic to get rid of, but Lady Tremaine refuses to concede defeat and instead resolves to shape-shift Anastasia into a doppelganger of Cinderella before the wedding. She teleports the real Cinderella and her mice friends inside a pumpkin transformed into a coach (in a gloomy retelling of the first movie) and turns Lucifer into a human coachman, instructing him to send Cinderella and her mice friends to their deaths on a cliff. Fortunately, Cinderella and the mice defeat Lucifer and escape back to the wedding, just as Lady Tremaine and Drizella hide behind a curtain watching Anastasia as she prepares to tie the knot with the Prince. However, a repentant Anastasia (who knows that the Prince will never love her for who she really is) refuses to marry him and instead reveals the arriving Cinderella to everyone.
Infuriated by Anastasia's sudden conscience, Lady Tremaine and Drizella emerge from the curtains to confront Anastasia for giving away her dream, but Anastasia stands firm on her decision. Having had enough of Lady Tremaine's actions, the angry King orders his guards to arrest Lady Tremaine. Despite being outnumbered, Lady Tremaine still refuses to concede defeat and instead decides to take over the kingdom by force, using the wand to turn the guards into animals and threatening the other attendants (including the King) with the same fate if they try to stop her. On the advice from Drizella, Lady Tremaine decides to punish both Cinderella and Anastasia by turning them into toads, but the angry Prince steps in and uses his sword to reflect the spell back to Lady Tremaine and Drizella, turning them both into toads and sending them into the castle's cellar, much to their humiliation.
With Lady Tremaine and Drizella defeated, Anastasia reverts herself back to normal and repairs her relationship with Cinderella, who then uses the wand to free the Fairy Godmother. Cinderella and the Prince then continue on with the wedding as they tie the knot, leaving Lady Tremaine's plans in vain. During the end credits, both Lady Tremaine and Drizella are turned back to normal, but are holding brooms and wearing scullery clothes identical to those Cinderella used to wear, implying that they will be working as scullery maids in the castle under the King's authority as punishment for their cruel actions. Upon realizing this fate, both Lady Tremaine and Drizella shriek in fear that they will be forced to do chores for the rest of the lives.
- Main article: Lady Tremaine (2015)
House of Mouse
Lady Tremaine is the minor guest of House of Mouse.
Mickey's House of Villains
Lady Tremaine was a minor guest cheering Mickey Mouse. After Mickey defeats Jafar, Lady Tremaine then flees out of the House with the all of the other villains.
Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep
Lady Tremaine also makes an appearance in the video game Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, the prequel of Kingdom Hearts, as one of the minor antagonists, but not as a boss. In many ways, she remains the same as in the movies, but when Aqua plays a role in helping the Grand Duke find Cinderella and matching the slipper, Tremaine vengefully vows to end her stepdaughter's happiness. This surge of negative emotions creates an Unversed in the shape of a pumpkin carriage called the Cursed Coach. However, Tremaine's negative emotions prove to be her downfall as she cannot control the Unversed which proceeds to blow her and her daughters away with a fireball, presumably killing them.
Once Upon A Time
The Price of Gold
- Main article: Lady Tremaine (The Price of Gold)
Lady Tremaine is the minor antagonist in the TV show from season 5.
- Main article: Rapunzel Tremaine
Lady Tremaine is in Season 7. She is portrayed by the starring cast member Gabrielle Anwar. She is also Rapunzel.
So This is Love: A Twisted Tale
- Main article: Lady Tremaine (So This is Love)
|“||Cold, cruel, and bitterly jealous of Cinderella's charm and beauty, she was grimly determined to forward the interests of her own two awkward daughters.||„|
|~ The Opening narration describing Lady Tremaine.|
Lady Tremaine is portrayed as a very refined, discerning, punctilious and collected person who almost never loses her calm, even when furious. She speaks with great courtesy to anyone, including Cinderella, while concealing her true feelings of contempt, and revels in her victim's torment, and even the discontent of her two biological daughters. She is highly knowledgeable, manipulative and persuasive, able to recognize small details and use them skillfully to serve her interests. She always makes sure she doesn’t have to keep her promises while staying true to her words; as she pretends to let Cinderella attend the ball due to wearing a pretty dress by pointing out the nice features, provoking an angry Anastasia and Drizella to rip the dress while accusing Cinderella of being a thief. Lady Tremaine is also shown to be very work-shy and neglectful as she doesn't do so much as a scratch of housework during Cinderella's time in the mansion; she even forced Anastasia and Drizella to do the chores following Cinderella's departure. She is also an elitist in nature as she prefers her daughters marrying wealthy and noble men; this was shown when she unjustly forbids Anastasia from meeting with the baker who fell in love with her, prompting an angry Anastasia to break off her ties with her.
Once getting a hold of the Fairy Godmother's wand, Lady Tremaine crossed the line of a stingy and self-absorbed tyrant to a power-drunk and practically heartless criminal and was seen not wearing an amused or even satisfied smile but one that was truly evil afterwards. Whilst watching the events of Cinderella's happily ever after being undone, Lady Tremaine displayed an expression of wicked satisfaction, clearly showing the sadistic glee that Cinderella's misery inspired in her; she was even willing to send Cinderella to her supposed doom on a cliff and force Anastasia to marry the Prince even if she wasn't sure if she truly loved him. Even when her true nature and actions are exposed to the public, Lady Tremaine decides to compensate this by using the wand to take over the kingdom by force and punish both Cinderella and Anastasia for their defiance against her, implying that she's willing to put her desire of making Cinderella's life miserable above everything else, even if it means ruining the lives of her own family and the rest of the kingdom for the sake of it. However, this proved to be Lady Tremaine's downfall as the angry Prince deflected a spell on both her and Drizella, temporarily transforming them into toads and having them work as scullery maids as punishment for the cruelty they inflicted.
|“||Girls, girls! Above all, self-control.||„|
|~ Lady Tremaine calming her daughters down when they fight during their music lesson|
|“||You look confused, "Dear".||„|
|~ Lady Tremaine talking with Cinderella in Cinderella III.|
|“||You spoiled little ingrate! I've given you everything you've ever wanted, Anastasia!||„|
|~ Lady Tremaine entering her Villainous Breakdown after Anastasia refuses to marry the Prince.|
|“||Lucifer, make absolute certain they don't come back, ALIVE. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!||„|
|~ Lady Tremaine advising Lucifer to dispose of Cinderella, Jaq, and Gus|
|“||Lady Tremaine: And now for you.....
Drizella: Ooh, turn her into a toad, Mother!
(Cinderella jumps in front of Anastasia to protect her)
Cinderella: STOP! No more!
Lady Tremaine: Ha! Even better....
Lady Tremaine: BIBIDI-BOBODI-BOO!!!
Prince: (angrily) NO!! (uses his sword to deflect the spell towards Lady Tremaine and Drizella)
Lady Tremaine and Drizella: NOOO!!!!!
|~ Lady Tremaine meeting her defeat as she and Drizella are turned into toads.|
- Tremaine is ranked #9 in the Top 30 Disney Villains.
- Tremaine's voice was done by the late Eleanor Audley, who later went on to voice the evil fairy enchantress named Maleficent in Disney's Sleeping Beauty, and both villainesses also share the same current voice actress, Susanne Blakeslee.
- Despite singing the first verse of "Sing Sweet Nightingale" during her daughters' music lesson, Lady Tremaine is one of a few "serious and non-comedic" female Disney Villains to not have a song of her own.
- Tremaine is the first villain in a "Disney Princess" film to not die (the second being Governor Ratcliffe and the third being Prince Hans).
- On a related note, during Walt Disney's lifetime, Lady Tremaine was the only villain in a "Disney Princess" film to not die (as Governor Ratcliffe and Prince Hans appeared after Walt Disney's death in 1966).
- Along with Man, Gaston LeGume, Scar, Judge Claude Frollo, Governor Ratcliffe, Madame Medusa, Lord Cutler Beckett, Butch Cavendish and Prince Hans, Tremaine is considered to be one of the most hated Disney villains because of her cruel treatment to Cinderella and her constant attempts to simply keep Cinderella from ever being happy.
- In the sequels, Tremaine's dress color changes from her original red to purple. Evidently she has more than one dress in her wardrobe.
- During a brief moment where Tremaine locked up Cinderella, a brief error occurs: her eyes were golden-yellow. However, this could also be a sign of her evil nature.
- Lady Tremaine's true intention from the beginning may have been to seize control of the Kingdom as she made every attempt to marry one of her two daughters into the royal family, while also keeping Cinderella miserable, and eventually resorted to taking the Kingdom by force, which implies that her two daughters were merely tools in her bid for power.
- The remake version of Lady Tremaine is significantly more conniving, intelligent, obsessive and borderline psychopathic than her animated counterpart. She actually inflicts open hatred against Cinderella in the film, whilst the original character was far more subtle with her hatred.
- Given in the original film where Lady Tremaine smirks at a young Cinderella moping over her father's death, it has been largely speculated that Lady Tremaine may have murdered Cinderella's father in order to gain complete control over his family's assets, which may put into further speculation that she may have married Cinderella's father for his fortune. However, this has yet to be proven as there is no further evidence of it.
- Tremaine is pictured on one of the 10 USA non-denominated commemorative postage stamps celebrating "Disney Villains", issued as a pane of 20 stamps on July 15, 2017. The set was issued in a single sheet of 20 stamps. The price of each stamp on day of issue was 49 cents. The other villains depicted in this issue are the Evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Honest John from Pinocchio, the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Captain Hook from Peter Pan, Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians, Ursula from The Little Mermaid, Gaston from Beauty and the Beast and Scar from The Lion King.