Lady Tremaine is the evil stepmother in the Disney animated feature film Cinderella and is often compared to the evil Queen from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs film.
Lady Tremaine is a cruel high society woman with two daughters, Anastasia and Drizella Tremaine. She never physically harms Cinderella but punishes and degrades her with her daughter’s help. The Tremaine trio is madly jealous of Cinderella’s talent and beauty.
In the Disney movie Cinderella, she marries a wealthy widower who lives alone with his daughter, Cinderella.
Shortly after marrying, Cinderella’s father dies and leaves his fortune in the care of Lady Tremaine to take care of his daughter and her daughters Drizella and Anastasia.
When Lady Tremaine gains possession of her fortune, she begins to mistreat and humiliate Cinderella, enslaving her to take over all household chores.
Her fortune is only used for the well-being and comfort of her and her daughters. As the story unfolds, this character’s treatment and wickedness are increasingly cruel and cunning.
Lady Tremaine’s goal is to marry off her daughters to noble-blooded young men with prestigious status and wealth as she did.
Lady Tremaine’s Personality and Characteristics
Disney’s Lady Tremaine does not have any magical powers, nor does she exert any physical force, unlike most Disney female villains. She only gains magic power when she manages to steal the wand from Cinderella’s fairy godmother in A Twist In Time.
She believes it is best to maintain self-control and composure, and it is what she tries to teach her daughters, although their bad behavior shows they are not learning their mother’s lessons.
In her house, she is a tyrant who forces Cinderella to work as an enslaved person. She sometimes also abuses her daughters, Anastasia and Drizella.
Lady Tremaine is envious of Cinderella because of the incredible beauty and charm Cinderella possesses as well as Cinderella’s dress. For this reason, she constantly mistreats her and uses subtle methods to make her suffer.
Cinderella’s wicked stepmother never hits her, but she doesn’t stop her daughters who do, she doesn’t mess up her house either, but she allows her cat Lucifer to do it.
As her jealousy of Cinderella grows, the vast majority of her actions, except when she is mistreating her stepdaughter Cinderella, are with a selfish power goal.
She aims to make her two daughters, Drizella and Anastasia, obedient and able to have good marriages, raising her social status and helping her estate thrive.
Her ultimate goal is to have a daughter marry Prince Charming after meeting him at the royal ball or create other possible royal family connections.
She is a selfish, spiteful, cruel, greedy, cunning, evil, and intelligent woman. She even tries to keep Cinderella locked in her room when the Grand Duke arrives to see if the single glass slipper fits.
Lady Tremaine’s Physical Appearance
Lady Tremaine is an older woman with a long, narrow face and a narrow chin. The creases around her mouth and her gray hair show her age.
Her hair is styled up to show her green round earrings that match her green eyes. She has a similar style round green ring on her right ring finger and a large green brooch along her neckline.
Lady Tremaine is always shown fashionably dressed. She usually wears a purple burgundy-colored dress with a purple collar and purple cuffs. She also wears makeup that highlights her striking facial features.
Lady Tremaine’s Strengths and Abilities
Lady Tremaine is not a character with super abilities or strength. Instead, she uses her wits and authority as the household leader to enforce her strict rules on Cinderella.
Lady Tremaine’s mind games and cruel comments chip away at others and discourage them from putting up a good fight. This strongly affects Cinderella, but luckily she has some friends that stand by her side and help her through the tough times.
Lady Tremaine Pictures
Films, Shows, and Video Game Appearances
In this fairy tale movie, she makes her first appearance, marrying Cinderella’s father, thus becoming Cinderella’s stepmother. Lady Tremaine becomes the Disney Cinderella villain.
Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
This second film takes place sometime after the events. It is when Lady Tremaine’s daughter Anastasia falls in love with a baker.
In this film, she is still the main antagonist. She seeks to demonstrate the importance of her social status, reputation, and appearance, forbidding Anastasia to see the baker she fell in love with because he is of a lower class.
However, Anastasia manages to see him again with the help of Cinderella. When Lady Tremaine tries to separate them, she defends her love and attends Cinderella’s ball with him.
After this, Anastasia and the baker marry, causing great displeasure to her mother, Lady Tremaine, and her sister, Drizella.
Cinderella 3: A Twist In Time
Lady Tremaine’s character has a leading and prominent role as a villain again.
She manages to steal the fairy godmother’s magic wand in this movie. She casts a spell to go back in time and make her daughter Anastasia the one who stays with the prince.
She also bewitches the prince by corrupting his dance memories and thus believes that it was Anastasia who danced with him instead of Cinderella. This prevents Cinderella and the prince from having a happy ending.
Cinderella (Live-Action 2015)
In this live-action remake, she is once again the cold, cruel, and abusive stepmother who enslaves Cinderella to do housework, played by Cate Blanchett.
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Lady Tremaine Trivia and Fun Facts
- Lady Tremaine was animated by Frank Thomas and voiced by Eleanor Audley.
- Lady Tremaine is often referred to as the Evil Stepmother or Wicked Stepmother.
- Lady Tremaine has a pet cat named Lucifer.
- Lady Tremaine’s name is only mentioned once in the Cinderella film when she and her daughters are introduced at the Royal Ball.
- Lady Tremaine’s dress changes from burgundy to purple in the Cinderella sequels.
- Her full name is Lady Madonna Tremaine.
Lady Tremaine Quotes
“Now, let me see … There’s the large carpet in the main hall. Clean it! And the windows, upstairs and down. Wash them! Oh yes. And the tapestries and the draperies. Do them again! And don’t forget the garden. And scrub the terrace, sweep the halls and the stairs, clean the chimneys, and of course, there’s the mending and the sewing and the laundry. Oh yes, and one more thing. See that Lucifer gets his bath.”
“Cinderella will be put in her place.”
“Above all, self-control.”
“Well, I see no reason why you can’t go if you get all your work done. And if you can find something suitable to wear.”
“Of course … I said ‘If.'”
“How very clever. These beads, they give it just the right touch. Don’t you think so, Drizella?”
“The glass slipper is their only clue. The Duke has been ordered to try it on every girl in the kingdom. And if one can be found whom the slipper fits, then, by the King’s command, that girl shall be the Prince’s bride.”
“Shh. Quiet, my dear. We mustn’t disturb his Grace.”
“Young man, are you sure you’re trying it on the right foot?”
“Girls, girls. That’s quite enough. Hurry along, now, both of you. I won’t have you upsetting yourselves.”
“Oh, everyone’s talking about it – the whole kingdom! Oh, hurry now. He’ll be here any minute.”
“For that girl! The one who lost her slipper at the ball last night. They say he’s madly in love with her.”
“Well, I see no reason why you can’t go… if you get all your work done.”
“Hold your tongue! Now, it seems we have time on our hands.”
“Silence! Time for vicious practical jokes. Perhaps we can put it to better use. Now, let me see… There’s the large carpet in the main hall- Clean it! And the windows upstairs and down- Wash them! Oh yes, and the tapestries and the draperies…”
“Do them again! And don’t forget the garden. Then scrub the terrace, sweep the halls and the stairs, clean the chimneys. And of course there’s the mending, and the sewing, and the laundry… Oh, yes, and one more thing: see that Lucifer gets his bath.”
“You clumsy little fool!”
“Oh. Well, don’t just stand there. Bring up the breakfast trays at once, and hurry!”
“And, by royal command, every eligible maiden is to attend.”
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