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This article focuses on the first iteration of Lady Tremaine.
For the second iteration, see Rapunzel Tremaine.

I've pulled myself through life for fifty years now, and every year I keep pulling, and when it's finally my turn to rest, this girl who I've carried like a... like a scab on my soul, she gets it all and I get nothing?
—Lady Tremaine to Clorinda and Cinderella src

Lady Tremaine is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the fourth episode of the first season. She is portrayed by Jan Brandle Smith,[1] in an uncredited role in Season One and by guest star Lisa Banes in Season Six.

Lady Tremaine is based on the stepmother from the fairytale, "Cinderella", and on the character of the same name from the Disney film Cinderella.


Before First Curse

Having two daughters of her own named Clorinda and Tisbe, Lady Tremaine gains a stepdaughter by marrying Ella's father, though she is unsatisfied with the lack of wealth and status. After he passes away, she makes Ella into a maid of the household and is relentlessly cruel to her. One day, she comes by to see if Ella is done cleaning yet. When Ella states she is not, Tremaine calls her out for failing in the the task, to which the blonde points out that neither of Tremaine's daughters are helping to clean. To this, Tremaine coolly explains that, had Ella's father left her with money, she could've hired a proper staff, but instead, he only had Ella. When Jacob, Prince Thomas' footman, arrives to deliver an invitation to the King's ball, Tremaine notes that they were expecting the Prince's butler, not his footman. Clorinda goes to take the invitation from Jacob, but not before insulting him for his lowly status. Unknown to Tremaine, this is an act that Clorinda is putting on because she and Jacob are actually in love and plan to secretly elope. Seeing the invitation as an opportunity for her daughters to dazzle the prince and gain a marriage proposal from him, Tremaine begins picking out which dresses they will wear to the ball. She finds none of them are good enough and declares she'll have to sell the porcelain to buy them new gowns. Ella asks if she can go as well, and shows them a gown she inherited from her deceased mother. Tremaine takes the dress and gives it to Clorinda, who puts it in the furnace. Afterwards, Clorinda coins the nickname "Cinderella" for her stepsister, which she, Tisbe and Tremaine laugh over. ("The Other Shoe")

One evening, after forbidding Cinderella to leave the house, Tremaine and her daughters leave on a carriage for the ball while Cinderella stays behind, sadly watching them leave. At the ball, Tremaine sees Cinderella dancing with Thomas, who excuses himself to meet privately with Clorinda and give her a rose, which is a message from Jacob. Tremaine remains unaware of this, and instead persuades Cinderella into believing Thomas was just making fun of her because she's only a maid, which upsets Ella so much that she departs from the ball, leaving behind one of her glass slippers. Thomas later finds the slipper and decides to search for her. That night, Ella learns of Clorinda's plans to be with Jacob, and knowing Tremaine will never let her be, she gives her stepsister a key to the Land of Untold Stories, where she can never be found. Tremaine is furious upon discovering her daughter is gone, and learns Ella is the glass slipper girl that Thomas is in love with. Realizing Ella knows where Clorinda is, she threatens to destroy the remaining glass slipper until Ella admits her stepsister is at the guard tower. Tremaine then spitefully drops the slipper, allowing it to shatter, before going to find her daughter. Discovering Clorinda with Jacob, she knocks the footman out, intending to do more damage to him, if not for Ella's intervention. Ella reveals her engagement to Thomas, while Clorinda is livid that she tattled her out to her mother. Tremaine, disgusted that Ella has gotten everything while she has nothing, decides to pause her own story by going to the Land of Untold Stories, and she drags Clorinda along with her. ("The Price of Gold", "The Other Shoe")

After Third Curse

Along with other Untold Stories residents, Lady Tremaine and Clorinda are forced onto a dirigible by Mr. Hyde and taken to Storybrooke. She and her daughter are later approached by Henry, who writes down their names on a complied list of new arrivals. With help from the Evil Queen, they learn Ella, now known as Ashley, is in town, the pair lure her to a pumpkin farm, where Tremaine takes hold of the hunting rifle that Ashley had. Tremaine has Clorinda keep watch on their captive, while she goes to bring in Jacob, her daughter's past love as well as the owner of the farm. Clorinda, unaware of Jacob's presence until Ashley tells her, is soon reunited with him once Tremaine hauls him in. Tremaine means to kill him, but Clorinda begs Ashley to fix things like she promised. Ashley attempts to appeal to Tremaine's feelings, in that she is hurting but she shouldn't be taking things out on others. Tremaine is unmoved, and rather than the rifle, she uses her cane to stab Ashley. When Emma comes to heal Ashley, Tremaine tries to grab the rifle, but Hook stops her from getting it. The two stepsisters make up afterwards, and Tremaine is sentenced to community service as her punishment. As the woman is picking up garbage on the farm, Leroy supervises her work, telling her to hurry up. ("The Other Shoe")


Mother †
Father †
Lady Tremaine
Ashley Boyd
Prince Thomas
Sean Herman


  • Solid lines denote blood relationships
  • Dashed lines denote marriage relationships that result in offspring
  • Lady Tremaine has been married twice
  • Lady Tremaine has one stepdaughter via her second marriage
  • Alexandra was conceived in the Enchanted Forest, but born in Storybrooke


Character Notes



See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 InstagramIcon jandlesmith (Jan Brandle Smith). January 23, 2019.  "Hi guys. I found another clip of me in Once Upon a Time "The Price of Gold" taken from YouTube. I DO NOT own the rights to this video. All Rights belong to ABC/DISNEY. I am in the middle in the blue dress. Taken from Lovin Lana Padilla [sic] channel." (archive copy)

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