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This article focuses on one of the first iterations of the Wicked Stepsisters.
For the second iterations, see Drizella and Anastasia.


Aw, don't cry, Ella. They're just cinders.

—Tisbe to Cinderella src

Tisbe is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. She débuts in the fourth episode of the first season and is portrayed by co-star Goldie Hoffman in Season Six.

Tisbe is based on one of the wicked stepsisters from the fairytale, "Cinderella", and the character of the same name from the operatic adaptation La Cenerentola. She is also an allusion to the wicked stepsisters from the Disney film Cinderella.

History

Before First Curse

After their mother marries, Clorinda and Tisbe gain a stepsister named Ella. One day, Prince Thomas' footman, Jacob, comes to deliver an invitation to the King's ball. Tisbe and Clorinda rush to meet the messenger, while pushing Ella out of the way. Lady Tremaine begins picking out gowns for her daughters, but decides none of them are suitable and that she'll have to sell porcelain to buy them new dresses. Ella asks if she may attend the ball, which Tisbe finds amusing. When Ella shows them a dress she inherited from her deceased mother, Lady Tremaine gives the dress to Clorinda, who shoves it into the furnace to burn it as Tisbe holds back Ella. When Ella pulls out the ruined dress, Tisbe comments that they are just cinders, and Clorinda then coins the nickname "Cinderella" for Ella, after poking fun of her for being covered in cinders because of the burnt dress. The three laugh over Ella's misery and then leave to prepare for the ball. ("The Other Shoe")

After Cinderella is forbidden to leave the house, she sees Clorinda, Tisbe and their mother take a carriage to the ball at the King's castle. She is forced to stay behind, and sadly watches them leave. ("The Price of Gold")

At the ball, Tisbe is with Clorinda in the crowd of party-goers, while Cinderella slips past the pair without them noticing. At some point during the evening, Tisbe meets a duke.[1] ("The Other Shoe")

Family

Mother †
 
 
 
Father †
 
 
Lady Tremaine
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cinderella
Ashley Boyd
 
 
 
Prince Thomas
Sean Herman
ClorindaTisbe
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alexandra

Notes:

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

Trivia

Etymology

Character Notes

Production Notes

  • A scene/segment where Tisbe meets a duke at the ball, was cut from "The Other Shoe", due to there being not enough time to dwell on this.[1]

Disney

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (October 9, 2016). "Tisbe met a duke at the ball -- there wasn't enough time to dwell on this." (screenshot)
  2. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (October 9, 2016). "We played with the idea of using Drizella, but Ella/Drizella/Cruella... we have a lot of Ellas." (screenshot)
  3. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (September 14, 2017). "We didn't establish their last names, so we are in an exciting amorphous state in which all names are equally true." (screenshot)
  4. TwitterLogo.svg @JaneEspenson (Jane Espenson) on Twitter (September 14, 2017). "We didn't establish a correspondence or think of them in that way." (screenshot)
  5. File:603InvitationIsAsGood.png
  6. File:603EllaSpotsStepsisters.png
  7. File:407ThomasCinderellaStorybook.png (Look for the opening words "When the two siste[image ends] from the ball, Cinde[image ends]". They are part part of the sentence "When the two sisters returned from the ball Cinderella asked them if they had been well entertained, and if the fine lady had been there.", taken from The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, a 1922 translation illustrated by Irish book illustrator Harry Clarke, published by George G. Harrap and Co.)
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