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The King is a supporting character in the 1950 feature film Cinderella. He is the father of Prince Charming and the ruler of the kingdom in which Cinderella resides.



The King is Prince Charming's father and is the ruler of an unnamed kingdom (possibly located in France). He has a passionate temper but is also a romantic who believes in love at first sight. When the Prince was young, he and his father were very close, but they grew apart as the Prince got older. As the king was getting older and will obviously eventually pass away, he really wants to see his son get married and have children, but it's more than just for wanting an heir (which is actually a valid reason for wanting his son to have children). As the King explains to the Grand Duke: he greatly misses the sound of children running around the castle and really wants to be a grandfather. At the same time, the King also wants his son to be genuinely happy. He provides comedy for the three films. His Queen, who passed away before the events in Cinderella, is never seen. It is revealed that he loved his wife very much, which probably led to his romantic side.

His temper was shown several times to be next-to-unreasonable in his mission to get his son to marry, and he threatened the Grand Duke a few times to "encourage" him to follow his orders. He reacted explosively when he heard Cinderella escaped, as he accused the Duke of treason and tried to kill him with his sword, and only becoming placated when he learned his son would marry the girl who fits the Glass Slipper.

The King would unknowingly become an inspiring influence upon Anastasia, whose mother was manipulating things so she would be the one to marry Prince Charming and not Cinderella. He taught her about love, using his love with his departed wife as an example, and even gifting her with the seashell his wife once gave him. When Anastasia chose not to marry someone who didn't love her and apologized, she tried to return the seashell, feeling that she didn't deserve it, but the King showed surprising forgiveness by telling her to keep it because everyone deserves love.

In the Disney Princess comics by Joe Books, it is revealed that the King finds his job to be overbearing, as he dramatically confesses his dislike for council meetings to Cinderella at one point—particularly due to the fact that he finds discussions of civil events and community reformations to be tedious.

Physical appearance

The King is a portly figure with gray hair, bushy eyebrows, and fair skin. He wears a tan colored suit with gold buttons and shoulder pads, along with two gold circles around the sleeves. When he is angry, his face turns entirely red, which (according to the Duke) is due to problems with blood pressure.



The King in Cinderella.

In the original Cinderella, the King is desperately hoping to see the day his son gets married and have children of his own. He decides to hold a royal ball in honor of his son's recent return to the kingdom. In reality, though, the ball is intended to bring together beautiful maidens in the hope that the Prince would choose one of them as his bride. The king orders the Grand Duke to invite every eligible maiden in the kingdom to the ball. During the ball, the King is looking from the balcony fearfully, knowing his son's not interested in any of the maidens so far, and being very rude, making faces at them. The Grand Duke then tells the King to give up, stating that true love is just a fairy tale. However, the King spots a spark between his son Prince Charming and a new arrival, Cinderella. The King sees the two obviously falling in love and demands that they have complete privacy, so as not to ruin the mood. The King goes to bed for the night and orders the Duke to make sure nothing goes wrong between the two lovers.

While the King is asleep (dreaming of playing with his grandchildren), Cinderella suddenly runs away from the castle when the clock strikes midnight, knowing her magic spell will be broken at that exact time. The King is awakened by a knock on the door and orders whoever knocking the door to come in. The Grand Duke enters and the King walks over to him, expecting to hear the news that the Prince has proposed. However, the Grand Duke explains that the girl the Prince has spent time with has escaped without anyone learning of her identity. The King becomes enraged, and he accuses the Grand Duke of both letting it happen on purpose and of being in league with the Prince, whom he has suspected of pushing away women in order to keep up his bachelor freedom. He furiously attacks the Duke with his sword, who explains that the girl left behind a glass slipper and that the prince, who loves that girl and will not rest until she is found, is determined to marry none but the girl who can wear the slipper, finally satiating the King's rage. The Duke then points out sensibly to the King that the slipper may fit any number of girls' feet, but the King simply points out that that's the Prince's problem. He then orders the Duke to go on a non-stop search to find the maiden by having every girl in the kingdom try on the slipper and bring in the one it fits. Eventually, the Grand Duke finds Cinderella and, after finding out that the slipper perfectly fits her foot, takes her to the castle to be reunited with Prince Charming.

Finally, the King is seen in the film's finale, where he and the Grand Duke jubilantly throw confetti to celebrate the wedding of Cinderella and Prince Charming. When Cinderella loses her slipper while walking down the stairs, the King assists her in putting it back on, resulting in Cinderella kissing him on the head as a way of thanking him. He then blushes as he happily watches the newlyweds board a carriage and ride off to their honeymoon.

Cinderella II: Dreams Come True

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The King in Cinderella II: Dreams Come True.

The King reappears in the film's sequel, in which he is trying to help Cinderella adapt to the life of a princess. In the first segment, he is sleeping in his chair, only to be rudely awoken by the Grand Duke and Prudence, announcing that Cinderella and Prince Charming have arrived back from their honeymoon. The King then became concerned that Cinderella lacked the knowledge of how to perform her duties as a princess. The Duke initially volunteered to coach her but the King instead assigned Prudence. And the first thing he announced upon meeting the happy couple was that he and Prince Charming had to leave for two days for important matters of state. As he tried to stuff a variety of objects into the wedding carriage, he reminded Prudence that Cinderella was in charge of the Royal Banquet and anything she said goes. With help from the Duke, the King is able to fit in his stuff and gets into the carriage, waving goodbye to his daughter-in-law from the back window as they rode off.

Upon his return, the King was initially irked that Cinderella had changed the traditions of the banquet, including opening the curtains, inviting commoners and switching prunes with chocolate pudding, but quickly warmed up to the changes.

Later in the segment Tall Tail, The King attends the kingdom's fair and during an incident with the currently human Jaq and an elephant, he is sent flying and lands on top of the Ferris wheel.

Near the end, the mice run past him and the Duke in the throne room, frightening them both.

Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

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The King in Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.

The King reappears in the film's second sequel. After Lady Tremaine turns back time with the wand of Cinderella's Fairy Godmother, Anastasia is believed to be the mystery girl from the ball. The king takes an interest in her, as she somewhat resembles the king's former wife, as neither girl could dance. He remarks that in spite of the queen's lack of dancing ability, they loved each other dearly. The king then presents Anastasia with a seashell that was his most precious possession and unknowingly helping Anastasia being to understand love.

Later, when Lady Tremaine's and Drizella's true natures are revealed he orders the three arrested. They escape the king's guards by use of the magic wand. At the film's climax, Prince Charming blocks the wand's magic with his sword, and the magic hits Lady Tremaine and Drizella, transforming them into toads while teleporting them into the dungeon. Anastasia, who by now has had a change of heart, attempts to return the shell to the king. The king allows her to keep it, as he believes everyone deserves true love. He then smiles as Prince Charming and Cinderella get married in the new timeline.


The King and the Grand Duke make cameo appearances in the The Little Mermaid, attending Prince Eric and Vanessa's wedding ceremony. They are seen when Max the Sheepdog rushes by, just before he bites Vanessa on the rear.

The King made a few minor cameo appearances in the animated series House of Mouse. He was usually seen sitting at a table with the Grand Duke.

An emoticon version of the King briefly appeared in the Cinderella entry of the As Told by Emoji short series.

Live-action appearances

Once Upon a Time


The King in Once Upon a Time.

In Once Upon a Time, the King follows a similar storyline to the Disney movie version. He organizes a ball for his son, Prince Thomas, in which he falls in love with Cinderella. He also hopes that the Prince and Cinderella will produce an heir to the throne. In Storybrooke, he is Mitchel Herman. He is the strict father of Sean Herman (Thomas), who he forbids to be with his pregnant girlfriend, Ashley. Still, Sean disobeys him and joins Ashley to care for their baby.

After the breaking of the curse, Mitchell regains his memories of his past life as the King. Mitchell along with the rest of Storybrooke is sent home to the Enchanted Forest after the Dark Curse is reset by Pan. When the Wicked Witch of the West threatens the Enchanted Forest, Snow White and Prince Charming cast the Dark Curse to arrive back to Storybrooke, but, due to the Wicked Witch's memory potion, once the curse was cast, the King and everyone who was cursed back into Storybrooke lost their memory of their last year in the Enchanted Forest .After the second curse is broken, Ingrid the Snow Queen casts the spell of Shattered Sight over Storybrooke, making nearly all of its residents (including Mitchell) turn dark, though it is shortly broken afterward. Some time later, Maleficent casts the Sleeping Curse all over Storybrooke so that Mitchell and all the other residents are asleep unless they've been under the sleeping curse before.

Cinderella (2015)

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The King in the 2015 film.

The King plays a supporting role in the live-action re-imagining, portrayed by Derek Jacobi. Here, he is the ailing ruler of the kingdom and, like the original film, wishes for his son to marry. One day, Prince Kit meets and falls in love with a commoner named Ella. Afterward, the king wishes to throw a ball and hopes his son will find love with one of the visiting royals. However, Kit's heart belongs to Ella, but because the law forbids royalty from marrying commoners, he convinces his father to allow every eligible maiden attend the ball, regardless of social status, to which he accepts. The King briefly encounters Ella before she leaves the ball and she tells him that Kit is the most lovely person she's ever met. She also reminds him of how much his son loves him and then dashes off. Following the events of the ball, Kit bids farewell to his father, who will soon breathe his last breath. Before he passes, he gives his blessing to his son, and permission to find and marry his true love.

Disney Parks

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The King crowning Cinderella at Walt Disney World.

The King is currently not a meet-and-greet character and only appears on special occasions such as the during the Cinderella themed event Cinderellabration in the Magic Kingdom.

Walt Disney World Resort

In the temporary show, Cinderella's Royal Coronation at the Magic Kingdom, the King appears as a main character, where he crowns Cinderella and pronounce her a true princess. The King also introduces many of Disney's most popular prince and princesses as invited guests.

The King also plays a part in the storyline for the Princess Fairytale Hall attraction at the Magic Kingdom. As the story goes, the King bestowed the hall upon Cinderella as a gift.

Disney Cruise Line

In the Disney Magic cruise ship's live, Broadway-style show Twice Charmed, the King joins the Cinderella cast in the show where Lady Tremaine gets an evil Fairy Godfather who corrupts Cinderella's life. An interesting part of the show is the reveal that Cinderella's Fairy Godmother was once the fairy godmother of the King himself, possibly explaining how he became royalty, much like Cinderella.


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  • His actual name is unknown.

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Films: Cinderella | Cinderella II: Dreams Come True | Cinderella III: A Twist in Time | Who Framed Roger Rabbit | Cinderella | Descendants | Video
Television: Raw Toonage | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland | A Poem Is...
Video Games: Cinderella: Magical Dreams | Disney Princess: Enchanted Journey | Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep | Disney INFINITY | Disney Princess: My Fairytale Adventure | Disney Magical World | Cinderella Free Fall
Music: Soundtrack | 2015 Soundtrack
Books: Big Golden Book | Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Graphic Novel | Little Golden Book | Read-Along | Cinderella: A Magical Tale | Disney Princess Beginnings

Disney Parks

Art of Animation | Cinderella's Fairy Tale Hall | Cinderella Castle | Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour | Disney Animation Building | Fairy Tale Forest | It's a Small World | Mickey Mouse Revue | Prince Charming Regal Carrousel | Storybook Land Canal Boats
Entertainment: Cinderella's Royal Coronation | Cinderella's Surprise Celebration | Disney's Believe | Disney's Dreams: An Enchanted Classic | Disney in the Stars | Dream Along with Mickey | Fantasmic! | Le Livre Magique de Mickey | Magic, Music and Mayhem | Mickey's Magical Celebration | Mickey and the Magician | Once Upon a Time | One Man's Dream | One Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives On! | Twice Charmed: An Original Twist on the Cinderella Story
Restaurants: Cinderella's Royal Table | Fairy Godmother's Cupboard
Shops: Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Parade: Main Street Electrical Parade | The Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Halloween: Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | It's Good To Be Bad With The Disney Villains | Mickey and his Magic Halloween Night
Christmas: Cinderella's Holiday Wish


Original characters: Cinderella | Jaq and Gus | Mice | Birds | Prince Charming | Fairy Godmother | Bruno | Major | Cinderella's Father | Lady Tremaine | Anastasia Tremaine | Drizella Tremaine | Lucifer | The King | The Grand Duke | Herald | Royal Ball Herald | Mary | Royal Guards
Sequel characters: Pom-Pom | Prudence | Beatrice and Daphne | The Baker | Flower Vendor | The Queen
Remake chracters: Cinderella's Mother | Lizard Footmen | Mr. Goose | Princess Chelina | Captain | Town Crier
Sir Francis Tremaine
Deleted Characters: Jabber | Clarissa | Professor LeFoof


Cinderella's Castle | Cinderella's Château | Village | King's Castle


Glass Slipper | Pumpkin | Pumpkin Coach | Magic Wand | Cinderella's Dress


Film songs: Cinderella | A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes | Sing, Sweet Nightingale | Work Song (Cinderelly, Cinderelly) | Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo | So This is Love | Put it Together | Follow Your Heart | The World Is Looking Up to You | It's What's Inside That Counts | Perfectly Perfect | More Than a Dream | At the Ball | I Still Believe
Deleted Songs: Dancing on a Cloud | The Cinderella Work Song | The Face That I See in the Night | The Dress That My Mother Wore | Sing a Little, Dream a Little
Other Songs: All Because of a Shoe | It's Never Too Late

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Shows: Once Upon a Time | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Books: Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen | Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale | Once Upon a Time - Behind the Magic | Once Upon a Time: Out of the Past | Once Upon a Time: Red's Untold Tale | Once Upon a Time: Regina Rising


Once Upon a Time: Emma Swan | Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard | Prince Charming/David Nolan | Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold | The Evil Queen/Regina Mills | Belle/Lacey French | Killian Jones/Hook | Henry Mills | Happy | Sneezy/Tom Clark | Bashful | Doc | Dopey | Sleepy/Walter | Jiminy Cricket/Archie Hopper | Stealthy | Victor Frankenstein/Dr. Whale | Aurora | Prince Phillip | Fa Mulan | Blue Fairy | Widow Lucas/Granny | King George/Albert Spencer | Genie/Magic Mirror/Sidney Glass | Mad Hatter/Jefferson | Milah | Prince Henry/The Valet | Maid Marian | Knave of Hearts | Sheriff of Nottingham/Keith | Fairy Godmother | Peter Pan/Malcolm/The Pied Piper | Wendy Darling | Ariel | Zelena/The Wicked Witch of the West | Glinda/The Good Witch of the South | The Wizard of Oz/Walsh | Elsa the Snow Queen | Anna | Kristoff | Hans | Grand Pabbie | Sven | Tinker Bell | Blackbeard | Lumière | Abigail/Kathryn Nolan | Ursula | Red Riding Hood/The Wolf/Ruby | Huntsman/Sheriff Graham | Baelfire/Neal Cassidy | Pinocchio/August W. Booth | Frederick/Jim | Severe Nurse | Mayor Tomkins | Quinn | Anita | Hansel and Gretel/Nicholas and Ava Zimmer | The Woodcutter/Michael Tillman | Martin | Myrna | Stephen | Donna | Prince James | Jack | Blind Witch | King Xavier | Peter | Siren | Pongo | William Smee | Dorothy Gale | The Witch of the East | Gaston | Greg Mendell | Tamara | Geppetto/Marco | The Dragon | Rapunzel | The King/Mitchell Herman | Rapunzel's Mother | Rapunzel's Father | King Leopold | Queen Eva | Lost Boys | John Darling | Michael Darling | The Shadow | The Sheriff of Hamelin | King Midas | Nana | Mary Darling | George Darling | Medusa | Gus/Billy | Marshmallow | Zoso | Prince Thomas/Sean Herman | Prince Eric | Little Bo Peep | The Apprentice | Ingrid/Sarah Fisher | Lily Page | Nova | Seer | Grace | Daniel Colter | Lancelot | Colette | Stephen | Liam Jones | Oaken | The King of Arendelle | Queen Gerda | Cruella De Vil | Poseidon | The Duke of Weselton | Hans' Brothers | Chernabog | Briar Rose | King Stefan | Isaac/The Author | Madeline | Merlin/The Sorcerer | Merida | Queen Eleanor | King Fergus | Harris, Hubert and Hamish | The Witch | Young MacGuffin | Young Macintosh | Wee Dingwall | Ruth | King Arthur | Sir Kay | Guinevere | Charon | Brennan Jones | Megara | Hercules | Hades | Cerberus | The Scarecrow | Cleo Fox | Auntie Em | Dr. Jekyll | Mr. Hyde | Evil Regina | Aladdin | Gideon Gold | Jasmine | Iago | Captain Nemo | Lady Tremaine | Clorinda | Tisbe | Jacob | Oracle | Royal Guards | The Sultan | Genie | Black Fairy | Tiger Lily
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Alice | Cyrus | Percy/The White Rabbit | Jabberwocky | Silvermist | The Sultan/The Old Prisoner | Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum | Mrs. Rabbit | Elizabeth/Lizard | Amara
Both series: Will Scarlet/The Knave of Hearts | Anastasia/The Red Queen | Cinderella/Ashley Boyd | Robin Hood | Little John | Friar Tuck | Grumpy/Leroy | Cora/The Queen of Hearts | Caterpillar | Maleficent | Jafar | Dr. Lydgate


Season One: "Pilot" | "The Thing You Love Most" | "Snow Falls" | "The Price of Gold" | "That Still Small Voice" | "The Shepherd" | "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" | "Desperate Souls" | "True North" | "7:15 A.M." | "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" | "Skin Deep" | "What Happened to Frederick" | "Dreamy" | "Red-Handed" | "Heart of Darkness" | "Hat Trick" | "The Stable Boy" | "The Return" | "The Stranger" | "An Apple Red as Blood" | "A Land Without Magic"
Season Two: "Broken" | "We Are Both" | "Lady of the Lake" | "The Crocodile" | "The Doctor" | "Tallahassee" | "Child of the Moon" | "Into the Deep" | "Queen of Hearts" | "The Cricket Game" | "The Outsider" | "In the Name of the Brother" | "Tiny" | "Manhattan" | "The Queen Is Dead" | "The Miller's Daughter" | "Welcome to Storybrooke" | "Selfless, Brave and True" | "Lacey" | "The Evil Queen" | "Second Star to the Right" | "And Straight On 'Til Morning"
Season Three: "The Heart of the Truest Believer" | "Lost Girl" | "Quite a Common Fairy" | "Nasty Habits" | "Good Form" | "Ariel" | "Dark Hollow" | "Think Lovely Thoughts" | "Save Henry" | "The New Neverland" | "Going Home" | "New York City Serenade" | "Witch Hunt" | "The Tower" | "Quiet Minds" | "It's Not Easy Being Green" | "The Jolly Roger" | "Bleeding Through" | "A Curious Thing" | "Kansas" | "Snow Drifts" | "There's No Place Like Home"
Season Four: "A Tale of Two Sisters" | "White Out" | "Rocky Road" | "The Apprentice" | "Breaking Glass" | "Family Business" | "The Snow Queen" | "Smash the Mirror" | "Fall" | "Shattered Sight" | "Heroes and Villains" | "Darkness on the Edge of Town" | "Unforgiven" | "Enter the Dragon" | "Poor Unfortunate Soul" | "Best Laid Plans" | "Heart of Gold" | "Sympathy for the De Vil" | "Lily" | "Mother" | "Operation Mongoose"
Season Five: "The Dark Swan" | "The Price" | "Siege Perilous" | "The Broken Kingdom" | "Dreamcatcher" | "The Bear and the Bow" | "Nimue" | "Birth" | "The Bear King" | "Broken Heart" | "Swan Song" | "Souls of the Departed" | "Labor of Love" | "Devil's Due" | "The Brothers Jones" | "Our Decay" | "Her Handsome Hero" | "Ruby Slippers" | "Sisters" | "Firebird" | "Last Rites" | "Only You" | "An Untold Story"
Season Six: "The Savior" | "A Bitter Draught" | "The Other Shoe" | "Strange Case" | "Street Rats" | "Dark Waters" | "Heartless" | "I'll Be Your Mirror" | "Changelings" | "Wish You Were Here" | "Tougher Than the Rest" | "Murder Most Foul | "Ill-Boding Patterns" | "Page 23" | "A Wondrous Place" | "Mother's Little Helper" | "Awake"
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: "Down the Rabbit Hole" | "Trust Me" | "Forget Me Not" | "The Serpent" | "Heart of Stone" | "Who's Alice?" | "Bad Blood" | "Home" | "Nothing to Fear" | "Dirty Little Secrets" | "Heart of the Matter" | "To Catch a Thief" | "And They Lived..."


Once Upon a Time: Dark Palace | Dark Castle/Rumplestiltskin's Castle | Library | Prince Thomas' Castle | Cinderella's Chateau | Dwarves' Cottage | Dwarf Mines | King Stefan's Castle | The Beanstalk | Giant's Lair | Neverland | Skull Rock | New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Land of Oz | Yellow Brick Road | Emerald City | Arendelle | Arendelle Castle | Wandering Oaken's Trading Post and Sauna | Bald Mountain | DunBroch | Witch's Cottage | Castle DunBroch | The Sultan's Palace | Hamelin | Ring of Stones | Vault of the Dark One | Underworld | Mount Olympus | Poppy Fields | Auntie's Chicken & Waffles | Cave of Wonders
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Wonderland Castle | The Mad Hatter's House | White Rabbit's House | Underland | Tulgey Wood
Both series: Storybrooke | Maine | Enchanted Forest | Forbidden Fortress | Wonderland | Wonderland Maze | Agrabah | Sherwood Forest


Once Upon a Time: Once Upon a Time (Book) | Maleficent's Staff | Magic Wand | Glass Slipper | Poisoned Apple | Spinning Wheel | Magic Lamp | Dark One's Dagger | Chipped Cup | Jefferson's Hat | Captain Hook's Hooks | Enchanted Candle | Pixie Dust | Dreamshade | Pandora's Box | Silver Slippers | Sorcerer Hat | Enchanted Broom | Trident | Enchanted Shell | Heroes and Villains (Book) | Merida's Bow | Magical Rose | Excalibur | Olympian Crystal | Cinderella's Dress | Golden Scarab Beetle
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland: Vorpal Blade | Jafar's Lamp
Both series: Jafar's Snake Staff | Enchanted Hearts

Songs Featured

Give a Little Whistle | Heigh-Ho | With a Smile and a Song | Beauty and the Beast | Part of Your World | Fathoms Below | Cruella De Vil | Some Day My Prince Will Come


The Jolly Roger | Magic Carpet | Cruella's car | Nautilus


Fairies | Unicorns | Dragons | Bridge Trolls | Wraith | Ogres | Mermaids | Kraken | Flying Monkeys | Rock Trolls | Will O' the Wisps | Furies | Munchkins

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