On this page, you'll find information on the characters of ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Please note: since a lot of Tutu's plot revolves around Main/CharacterDevelopment and Main/BackStory, '''some spoilers will be unavoidable'''. Spoilers will be marked when possible, but some '''unmarked spoilers''' will be necessary just for ease of reading. You've been warned!

!'''Main Characters'''


[[folder: Ahiru ("Duck")]]
!!'''Ahiru ("Duck")'''
[[caption-width:300:Sometimes a girl, sometimes a duck--but ALWAYS a klutz.]]
-->''"My feelings are my own!"''

-->'''Voiced by''': Nanae Katou (JP), Creator/LuciChristian (EN)

Once upon a time, there was a duck that wished she could do anything to save a lonely prince. There was also a clumsy girl that dreamed of one day becoming a ballerina. And there was also a [[Main/EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses princess]] that was cursed to turn into a speck of light and vanish if she confessed her feelings to the one she loved. Duck/Ahiru is all three.

Originally a duck, Drosselmeyer heard her wish to save the Prince, and (partially to amuse himself, and partially because he needed something to kickstart the story) he decided to grant it. He gave her a pendant that allowed her to become a girl—and also the MagicalGirl, Princess Tutu.

As a girl, Duck spends her days struggling in her ballet class, getting into hijinx with her friends, fawning over the popular and distant Mytho, and arguing with the equally popular but hot-tempered Fakir. Duck adores ballet, but due to her clumsy movements and lack of discipline, her performances are somewhat lacking. This causes her teacher to constantly criticise her (when he's not threatening her with marriage), much to her dismay. However, other characters often note that her enthusiasm and personality shines through during her dance, [[Main/TechnicianVersusPerformer making her dancing entertaining to watch]].

Duck is sweet, outgoing, and ditzy, but has a stubborn streak. This causes her to constantly butt heads with Fakir, particularly since she's so interested in Mytho. However, by the end of the first season, the two start to come to an understanding and learn to work together.

In fact, most of the characters Duck comes across she quickly wins over due to her kind, cheerful personality. Despite her flaws (and sometimes even ''because'' of them), she's an endearing girl that finds it easy to make friends. But, in the end, Duck ''is'' really a duck. When she quacks (which happens often when she's flustered), she turns back into her true form as a duck. But, when wearing her pendant, water turns her back into a girl.


In contrast to Duck is her MagicalGirl form, the titular Princess Tutu. In "The Prince and the Raven" (a fictional fairytale from the world of the show), Tutu was a minor character that confessed her love to the Prince--which, because of a curse, caused her to turn into a speck of light and vanish. Still in love with Mytho, her quest is to [[GottaCatchThemAll gather the pieces of his missing heart]] and return them to him. Hidden in the hearts of the residents of Gold Crown Town, Tutu can retrieve Mytho's heart shards by dancing with them and helping them to realize their true feelings. However, Tutu's curse still haunts her, so as much as she encourages others to be true to their hearts, she's [[CanNotSpitItOut unable to speak her own true feelings aloud]].

In Duck's eyes, Princess Tutu is everything she is not. She's poised, graceful, an elegant and skilled dancer, and all-around nearly perfect. Duck often struggles with comparing herself to her alter-ego, unsure if Tutu is really her, or simply the character from the story somehow working through her. Also, while restoring Mytho's heart means he can feel joy and love, it also means he can feel sadness and pain, which causes Duck to doubt if her actions are truly helping him. Because of this, she actually has quite a bit of angst throughout the show--but she pushes forward, hoping that in the end she'll be able to see Mytho smile.

In Japanese, "Ahiru" literally translates to "Duck"—so in Creator/ADVFilms' English dub, she is named "Duck" (the series' translator spends a lot of time during one DVDCommentary informing people—presumably those who had already seen the fansub—that "Ahiru" is ''not'' a proper name in Japanese). One of the few ways to cause a fight in the Tutu fandom is to insist that you ''have'' to use one name or the other when referring to her—inevitably fans that prefer the other name will object (luckily, most fans have learned to use both interchangeably[[note]]''Outside'' the core PT fandom, though, the fight gets nastier, as it serves as a particularly large lightning rod for the eternal SubbingVersusDubbing war. Those who use "Ahiru" exclusively are MUCH more insistent about it, so those who prefer "Duck" have largely been confined to sites where the English dub is discussed[[/note]]).
!!!Tropes associated with Duck/Ahiru:
* AbstractApotheosis: Near the end, Princess Tutu becomes [[spoiler:a symbol of hope to the other characters in the story, fully personifying the heartshard that she used to transform.]]
* AllLovingHero: Both Ahiru and Princess Tutu--the latter because she always saves the VictimOfTheWeek by helping them admit their true feelings, and the former because [[spoiler:she essentially saves ''everyone'' in the end with hope]].
* AnimalMotifs: Ducks, of course; the whole Ahiru->Princess Tutu transformation is a metaphor for the ugly duckling turning into a swan. [[spoiler:In the end, she saves the day as a duck, implying she is better as herself.]]
* AscendedExtra: In-universe, Princess Tutu; she is an extremely minor character in "The Prince and the Raven" and only appears in a couple sentences.
* BadassPacifist: She's not a fighter, but can accomplish quite a lot on her own through a combination of sheer love, hope, and excellent dancing.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: When Ahiru transforms from a duck to a human, her clothing doesn't change with her—so when she returns to her human form, she's naked. However, thanks to this trope, nothing is ever really shown.
* BareYourMidriff: Ahiru does in her out-of-school outfit, although the end result looks quirky and even silly instead of sexy.
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: In-Universe, whenever anyone talks about the character Tutu's role in ''The Prince and The Raven'', Tutu is described in a way that makes her one of these; she is mentioned only for a few lines for the express purpose of confessing her love and turning into a speck of light and disappearing, and Fakir implies she actually has nothing to do with the plot when he's explaining Mytho's obsession with Tutu to Ahiru.
* BreakTheCutie: She ''really'' gets put through the wringer at several points, most notably when [[spoiler:she nearly kills herself over despair from being unable to get her pendant off to return to Mytho]].
* CannotSpitItOut: Unless she wants to turn into a speck of light.
* CatchPhrase: "Quack!"
* TheChosenOne[=/=]TheUnchosenOne: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Drosselmeyer specifically selected her as Princess Tutu, but she didn't exactly "follow the plot", so to say.
* CuteClumsyGirl: Justified in that she's really a duck. Most of the characters note that she moves rather like her namesake animal, unaware that it's not just her name.
* [[spoiler:DidNotGetTheGuy]]: [[spoiler:In the finale, Ahiru does not get together with Mytho, who falls in love with Rue. However, it's a variation in that she doesn't end up ''completely'' alone, since Fakir promises to stay with her]].
* DisappearsIntoLight: Princess Tutu's fate, should she confess her feelings to Mytho. [[spoiler: It's ultimately what happens to her once she returns her necklace containing the final heart shard to Mytho, rendering her permanently to her original duck form.]]
* [[ADogNamedDog A Duck Named Duck]]: Yes, even though Ahiru may sound like a pretty name, it is really just "duck" in Japanese. [[CaptainObvious Which is why she's called Duck in the dub version.]] It's intentionally meant to sound like an awkward name for a human girl.
* [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide]]: [[spoiler:Though this was partly due to her own despair over not being able to get her necklace off to return to Mytho, and partly Drosselmeyer trying to manipulate Fakir's RealityWarper powers. She gets better, though.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Subverted. [[spoiler:In the end, the show seems to say that Ahiru is better as ''herself'' meaning her original duck self, instead of as Princess Tutu or a human girl.]]
* {{Expy}}: She might be an expy of the heroine from Sato's earlier work, ''{{Pretear}}'', although since Tutu was in the works in the 90's it might be the other way around. They do most certainly share the same English voice actor, though.
* FieryRedhead: Ahiru. Tutu...not so much.
** [[RedHeadedHero Redheaded Heroine]]: Both of them probably count for this one.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* GenkiGirl: Ahiru has quite a lot of energy, which is particularly shown through her tendencies to [[MotorMouth ramble]]. She's much calmer as Princess Tutu, however.
* GottaCatchThemAll: Princess Tutu's quest to find the missing pieces of Mytho's heart.
* GreenThumb: Princess Tutu can grow a plant of vines to help herself get around.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Ahiru has major issues with her self esteem, partially because she thinks of herself as "just a duck".
* HopeBringer: Princess Tutu represents hope. [[spoiler: This is what saves the town and ends Drosselmeyer's story]].
** Also, [[spoiler: this feeling is literally what allowed her to transform into Princess Tutu in the first place - her pendant is a heart shard, the Prince's feeling of hope.]]
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In the end, she [[spoiler:allows herself to give up her pendant - Mytho's last heart shard - so he can save Rue, whom he'd fallen in love with]].
* IconicItem: Ahiru's pendant.
* IdiotHair: Ahiru's ''ahoge'' even exists in her duck form as a single feather that is as tall as her head.
** At several points it actually gives her position away when she's trying to hide.
* InnerMonologue: When Ahiru's not rambling out loud, she's rambling inwardly about her various problems -- ''particularly'' her identity issues and love towards/worry for Mytho.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Please, won't you dance with me...?"
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:Her pendant is the Prince's last heart shard]].
* JapanesePronouns: "Atashi".
* LateForSchool: Subverted in the first episode, where Ahiru gets confused and actually arrives to school ''early'', causing her CrashIntoHello meeting with Mytho. However, it's played straight in several other episodes, and even lampshaded in the dub when Ahiru makes a comment about it being early in the morning and Fakir responds "Early for ''you'', anyway."
* {{Leitmotif}}: The Miniature Overture from ''The Nutcracker''.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: She's the Light Feminine to Rue's Dark Feminine, especially in regards to Mytho.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Ahiru fell in love with Mytho the first time she saw him...when she was a ''duck''.
* LoveFreak: Tutu, although she's calmer than the other examples of this trope.
* LoveTriangle: Ahiru loves Mytho. So does Rue. Who does Mytho choose? [[spoiler:In the end, Rue]]. Also because [[spoiler: unlike Rue, Ahiru was more [[LovingAShadow in love with the idea of Mytho]] than with Mytho himself; her feelings were more geared towards admiration.]]
* MagicDance: She defeats her enemies and betters their lives by engaging in ballet with them.
* MagicalGirl: ...Duh.
* MissedTheCall: [[spoiler:Rue breaks Mytho's curse by confessing her love instead of Princess Tutu, and gets chosen to be Mytho's princess instead. Granted, Rue wasn't bound by the story to fade from existence if she did this, which is the main reason why Ahiru didn't manage to do it -- and she later aknowledges this.]]
* MotorMouth: Ahiru tends to ramble a lot.
* NaiveNewcomer: Particularly in early episodes.
* NiceGirl: When it comes down to it, she's kind at heart and wants to help others, which is more emphasized when she's Princess Tutu.
* OddFriendship: With Fakir, once they start to actually listen to each other. With Rue also, in a way.
* OlderAlterEgo: Princess Tutu is noticeably taller [[note]]although this may be because she is constantly en pointe [[/note]] and more graceful than Ahiru, complete with a melodious voice and stunning dance skills.
* OnlySaneMan: In early episodes, Ahiru is shocked to realize she's the only one that recognizes the odd things in town (like a cat that teaches ballet). Eventually she takes it in stride and gets used to being in a fairytale.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Princess Tutu has a pink tutu underneath a white dress and pink ballet slippers.
* PluckyGirl: Ahiru, at CrowningMomentOfAwesome levels.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: Averted -- although Ahiru is shown as sentient, she can't speak in her duck form, even though other birds in the series are shown as being able to.
** Though in an early episode she's able to talk to Drosselmeyer like that; though that might just be because he's [[spoiler: the author]].
* PrincessClassic: Tutu dons some of the traits associated with this trope.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: [[spoiler:In the second season, Ahiru begins to actively defy Drosselmeyer.]]
* RapunzelHair: In her girl form, but not as Princess Tutu.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Fakir's blue.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: In her duck form -- check out the image above.
* RummageSaleReject: Her outfit outside of the uniform.
* SatelliteLoveInterest: While this does ''not'' apply to Ahiru, Princess Tutu's entire character was to confess her love for the Prince in ''The Prince and the Raven'' and disappear into light because of it. As the plot progresses, however, Princess Tutu gets to break out of the role like the other characters and finds her own way to do things.
* ShapeshiftingLover: Every now and then, this old folktale is referenced in the way Tutu appears to people.
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** The reason Drosselmeyer added her into the story, because nobody was willing to continue it.
** Becomes this to the BigBad. ''Despite being just a'' '''duck'''.
* StarCrossedLovers: Played straight with Tutu and Mytho in the fairytale. [[spoiler:Subverted with Fakir and Ahiru -- Ahiru may be stuck in her duck form, but he promises to stay by her side.]]
* TaremeEyes
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Ahiru is a performer, thanks to her duck-like movements and cheerful attitude. Rue is more on the technician side, although this trope only truly comes into play in the "Sleeping Beauty" episode with Paulamoni.
* ToBecomeHuman
* TransformationSequence: Both duck --> human and Ahiru --> Tutu. However, both are surprisingly short.
* WomanInWhite: Princess Tutu, who wears a white dress over a pink tutu to emphasize her purity and goodness.
* YouthfulFreckles: Ahiru has them, but not when she's Princess Tutu.


[[caption-width:300:Get used to that vacant expression. You're going to be seeing it a lot.]]
-->''"When I think of Rue, when I think of you, Fakir, and when I'm thinking about Princess Tutu...Each one makes me feel different. But I don't know what names I should give these feelings. Tell me Fakir, don't I need to know what they are?"''

-->'''Voiced by''': Naoki Yanagi (JP), JayHickman (EN)

Once upon a time, there was a Prince that was battling with an evil Raven in a story. When the man that was writing the story died, the Prince and the Raven escaped from the pages of the story into the town where the man once lived. In order to protect the people, the Prince used a forbidden spell to shatter his heart and [[Main/SealedEvilInACan seal the Raven away]]--losing his emotions in the process. That prince was found wandering aimlessly by Fakir, who gave him the name "Mytho", from the Greek word "Mythos", which means "story". And so began Mytho's emotionless existence -- until Princess Tutu appeared in the story once more.

Thanks to his heart being missing, Mytho seems lifeless and has no understanding of emotions, or even things like pain, feeling hungry and feeling sleepy. Because of this, he relies completely on Fakir and Rue to tell him what to do, making him little more than a doll. In the beginning, there's only one piece of his personality that remains intact -- the part of him that wants to protect the helpless. Unfortunately, without his emotions to guide him, he often puts himself into danger that's disproportionate to what's at stake -- like jumping out a window to save a bird from a crow when the bird knows how to fly ''and he doesn't''.

As Princess Tutu starts to return his emotions to him, his true personality starts to slowly be revealed. He's gentle, kind, brave and even a little inquisitive (which only causes his caretakers more headaches once he gets back the feeling of Curiosity). The story claims that he was "a prince who loved everyone -- and was also loved by everyone". The more his heart is restored, the more this appears to be true.

However, in the second season Mytho's heart is tainted with the Raven's blood, twisting his selfless personality. Instead of loving everyone, he demands that he ''be'' loved, and starts to search for a pure hearted girl to sacrifice to the Raven. However, Mytho's true personality is still within himself even as the Raven's blood starts to taint him more and more, causing a struggle between the two personalities as they fight for control.
!!!Tropes associated with Mytho:
* {{Adorkable}}: In the first season, as he slowly regains more of his heart, Mytho becomes more and more curious about his emotions (much to Fakir and Rue's chagrin).
* TheAgeless: Doesn't appear to age outside of his story; in Fakir's and Rue's flashbacks he looks exactly the same.
* AllLovingHero: His heart is described as one that loves everybody.
* {{Badass}}: [[spoiler: After Princess Tutu returns his last heart shard, thus completing his princely persona, he undergoes a GoodCostumeSwitch and then proceeds to defeat the collective asses of several ravens using his conjured sword and a few impressive acrobatic moves.]]
* {{Bishonen}}
* CainAndAbel: With Fakir.
** In the second season, he and Fakir develop this sort of relationship as Mytho constantly abuses Fakir and tries to cause him trouble because of the Raven's blood in him.
** This was reversed in the first season, where Fakir was the one pushing Mytho around. His domineering treatment of Mytho was his own way of protecting him, however, as Mytho couldn't protect himself.
* CannotTellALie: In the first season, another side-effect of losing his emotions. In the second season this isn't true at all, since he has many of his emotions restored and has been poisoned by evil.
* CatchPhrase: "I don't know" and other noncommittal phrases in the first season -- "Love me, and hate everyone else" in the second season.
* CharacterDevelopment: Very blatant when it comes to Mytho. With each additional heart shard, we start to see more and more of Mytho's true personality.
* ChickMagnet: Played with - in the second season Mytho has girls falling all over him, but it's because he's casting a spell on them to make them fall in love.
* [[spoiler:ChildhoodFriendRomance]]: [[spoiler:With Rue.]]
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: The root of almost all of Mytho's problems.
* CoolSword: His magical sword -- the very tool he used to shatter his heart.
* TheCorruption: What happens to Mytho in the second season as the Raven's blood slowly infects him.
* DesignatedVictim[=/=]DistressedDude: Particularly in the first season.
* DullSurprise: His defining, er, "emotion" for much of season 1.
* EmotionlessBoy: A bit unusual in that he's ''literally'' emotionless, and a male version of the trope.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Second season, along with EvilWearsBlack.
* EvilLaugh: In the second season, natch.
* EvilWearsBlack: When he's possessed by the Raven's blood, he wears a black outfit.
* {{Expy}}: Mytho might be an expy of Sasame in the anime version of ''{{Pretear}}''. They have similar, black-feathered outfits when they [[spoiler: turn evil]]. But Sasame's attitude towards [[spoiler: Takako]] is closer to [[LoveMartyr Rue.]]
* ExtremeDoormat: When he doesn't have his heart.
* FanNickname: "The Pantless Wonder", thanks to his endearing trait of running around in nothing but a long shirt (and I do mean ''nothing but'') when not in his school uniform. The NotWearingPantsDream holds no terror for him.
* [[spoiler: FauxAffablyEvil]]: [[spoiler:When his heart is tainted by Raven's blood, he's quite sardonic and demeaning, especially towards Rue.]]
* FeelNoPain: Thanks to his missing heart. This has a tendency to cause problems for him.
* FightingFromTheInside: In the second season, he sometimes regains control over his raven-induced evil persona, begging Tutu to help him.
* FirstGirlWins: [[spoiler: Rue's already established as his girlfriend in the first episode, and they end up together.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: In the story. But obviously not [[spoiler: the Raven.]]
* GirlOfTheWeek: Second season -- [[spoiler: Mytho convinces girl after girl that they're in love with him so that he can use their "pure hearts" as a sacrifice to resurrect the Raven.]]
* GottaCatchThemAll: Mytho's heart shards.
* GreenThumb: [[spoiler:Siegfried can fly around on winds full of CherryBlossoms]].
* HeartTrauma: Mytho's sacrifice of his heart.
* IKissYourHand: Mytho does this once to Tutu.
* InnocentFanserviceGuy: He spends an awful lot of time running around in an overly large, barely-fastened white button-down shirt and nothing but.
* IShallTauntYou: One of the tactics evil!Mytho uses in the second season.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Mytho -- or, rather, Prince [[spoiler:Siegfried]].
* LargeHam: Perhaps to make up for spending most of the first season wondering around with a blank expression on his face, Mytho gains a sadistic sense of humor and an overdramatic flair in the second season.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Mainly in the first season. Mytho appears to be in love with Princess Tutu, but later tells Ahiru that he considers her a good friend.
* ManInWhite: Represents his otherworldliness and mysticism.
* MartyrWithoutACause: One of Mytho's major character flaws -- partially due to his missing heart, but it's implied he was getting himself in trouble with this even when he had one.
* MeaningfulName: As noted above, "Mytho" means "story". [[spoiler:Also, Siegfried is the name of the prince from ''SwanLake''. He's also the main character of ''DerRingDesNibelungen'', and music from that opera plays during some of Siegfried's battle scenes.]]
* MessianicArchetype: He eventually [[spoiler:slays the Raven and saves the town]] like he was supposed to, but it wasn't entirely his doing.
* MysticalWhiteHair: He has magical powers, and is apparently TheAgeless outside of his story.
* NightmareFetishist[=/=]NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Second season again.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Rue.]]
* PrinceCharming
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mytho's eyes turn pink when he's tainted with the Raven's blood.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Male example, being pale-haired, beautiful, and curious regarding emotions.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack
* SealedGoodInACan: Mytho may have sealed away the Raven, but he managed to seal his emotions and personality away in the process, too.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Mytho was known as "Mute" in early fansubs since both the Japanese original and the English dub pronounce it as something close to "Mew-Toh".
* StarCrossedLovers: Played straight with Tutu and Mytho in the fairytale. [[spoiler: Defied with him and Rue in the real story: when she's taken away for a CruelAndUnusualDeath, his feelings for her return and he goes save her.]]
* TaremeEyes
** TsurimeEyes: When he's corrupted by Raven's blood in the second season.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]: Mytho will often explain how he's feeling, but it's because he's slowly regaining his emotions and they're rather foreign to him.
* TransformationTrauma: [[spoiler:The Raven's blood causes Mytho to slowly turn into a crow himself, including molting feathers. It's obvious that it causes him irritation and pain.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: His evil/crow side starts having one as Tutu continues to foil his attempts to steal hearts; he apparently takes great pride in making women fall for him.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: Ahiru's reaction in the first episode after he saves her from falling when she trips. She ends up being able to stare deep into his eyes.
* WhatIsThisFeeling: Just look at the quote at the beginning of his bio. He does this a lot.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Subverted, Mytho's got white hair but he's one of the heroes. [[spoiler:Double subversion -- he becomes evil in the second season because of Kraehe tainting one of his heart shards. Then it becomes a ''triple'' subversion when he gets his final heart shard back, causing him to perform a GoodCostumeSwitch back into his princely persona]].
* TheWisePrince

[[caption-width:300:Making frills look badass since 2002.]]
-->''"Listen carefully -- never come near Mytho again. If you do, I'll make sure you'll pay for it."''

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/TakahiroSakurai (JP), Creator/ChrisPatton (EN)

Once upon a time, there was a knight that served a Prince. Ever loyal to his liege, he pledged that he would serve the Prince with his life. When the Prince began to fight an evil Raven, he was granted a chance to fulfill his vow--and died when the Raven clawed him in two.

After the Prince escaped into Gold Crown Town, the story gave this role to the Knight [[Main/{{Reincarnation}} Reborn]]--a boy named Fakir. He found the Prince and gave him the name of Mytho, and decided that he would be his Knight like the one in the story. However, he soon found out that protecting Mytho was no easy task when he was constantly rushing into danger to save something. After an accident where Mytho nearly died in order to save a bird, Fakir put his foot down and began to treat Mytho harshly, ordering him around and protecting him from anything that could hurt him--including his own feelings.

By the time Ahiru steps into the picture, Fakir has become a bitter, cynical young man that constantly orders Mytho about and treats everyone around him distantly, if not cruelly. He and Ahiru immediately clash--she wants Mytho to regain his lost heart, while he would do anything to stop that from happening. He dreads the reappearance of Tutu into the story, and when she finally reveals herself he treats her as an enemy.

However, underneath Fakir's harsh exterior is [[Main/JerkWithAHeartOfGold a boy that genuinely cares about Mytho's wellbeing]]. He desperately wants to protect Mytho and prove himself as his knight--but he also is afraid that when the story begins to move forward, he will be killed just like the Knight from the story.

As the details of his Main/{{Backstory}} start to unravel, Ahiru realizes that he's not as bad as he seems and starts to reach out to him. Fakir rejects her at first, distrustful of her, but he eventually relents and reluctantly agrees to be her partner--at least for a little while. That one concession drags him into Ahiru's world ([[Main/IneffectualLoner practically kicking and screaming]]), and he finds himself slowly changing his views on Mytho and Princess Tutu--as well as his own role in the story.
!!!Tropes associated with Fakir:
* AllEncompassingMantle: In "The Fountain of the Warriors"
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Probably part of the reason Fakir's one of the most popular guys in school. Pique in particular feels this way about him.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Many fans believe that Fakir is from the Middle East because of his name and skin tone, but Ikuko Itoh has denied he's Arabic (Although she did concede that he might have some Middle Eastern heritage in his bloodline somewhere).
* AngerBornOfWorry: Much of the reason behind his treatment of Mytho in the first season. Mostly a non-romantic example, if you ignore the [[HoYay subtext]].
* {{Backstory}}: His is particularly important to the plot, [[spoiler:especially in the second season, when his bloodline is revealed.]]
* {{Badass}}: He's pretty handy with a sword, being in the role of a knight and all.
* BreakTheCutie: Part of Fakir's backstory.
* CainAndAbel: Fakir becomes "Abel" to Mytho's "Cain" once Mytho is tainted with the Raven's blood and Fakir is forced to fight him.
* CharacterDevelopment[=/=]TookALevelInKindness: Grows to be less and less of a {{jerkass}} as the plot goes on.
* CompassionateCritic
* CoolSword: The Lohengrin sword.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]] + GreenEyes.
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly once he starts to loosen up in the second season.
* DefrostingIceKing: In the beginning he seems cold and cruel, particularly towards Mytho, but once he warms up to Ahiru he starts showing how kind he can really be.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: He dreams of fighting the Ghost Knight in Episode 18.
* {{Expy}}: Fakir is possibly an expy of Hayate from ''{{Pretear}}''. Funnily enough, Fakir shares the Japanese and English voice actors of Sasame in the same show, who ''Mytho'' seems to be an expy of.
** Which makes the below trope [[HilariousInHindsight ironically funny]]; the finale of ''{{Pretear}}'' has Hayate explicitly call himself a "Failure of a Knight".
* FailureKnight: Fakir feels like he has to protect Mytho no matter what. In the second season, we learn that [[spoiler:his parents protected him from an attack of crows as a child, which lead to their deaths, and he feels responsible.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler:Fakir accidentally killed his own parents by causing a crow attack when one of his stories went out of control.]]
* TheGift: [[spoiler: Fakir appears to be exceptionally skilled with [[RewritingReality the Story-Spinning powers]].]]
* GreenEyes
* HairColorDissonance: While his hair looks black in a lot of shots, it's actually colored ''green''. There's never been clear consensus among fans on what his "real life" color is.
* HarmfulToMinors: [[spoiler:Fakir witnessed the deaths of his parents -- which he blames himself for.]]
* HeroicBSOD: After [[spoiler:Ahiru dredges up his suppressed memories of his parents' deaths]].
* IAmWho: [[spoiler:A direct descendant of Drosselmeyer, and gifted with the same Story-Spinning Powers he was]].
* IconicOutfit: A few tears in some of the costumes he's seen in during the series has led to some members of the fandom portraying him as ''very'' uncomfortable unless his outfit is torn up in some way.
* [[spoiler:IJustWriteTheThing]]: Non fictional example. [[spoiler:It's explicitly stated that part of his powers is recording what happens in reality, and that if he doesn't do a good enough job then his story will conform to reality rather than reality conforming to his story. In the last episode he attempts to get the ravens to stop attacking Ahiru...and has to write that they didn't stop, which almost forces him to stop writing completely to save her.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:With Mytho in the second season when Mytho is under the influence of raven blood.]]
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Subverted -- Fakir's clothing gets torn up enough that it's become a popular fandom joke to show him tearing clothing, having a tear even when he's wearing a different costume, etc.
* IneffectualLoner: Particularly in the first half.
* InnerMonologue: Once we get into the second season, we start to hear a little more of his thought processes -- and just how [[TroubledButCute angsty and emotionally damaged]] he can be.
* InTheHood: His outfit in akt 8, in which he wears a cloak with a hood to cover up his hair, combined with a mask to keep him completely disguised.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Sarcastic, rude, and overall very rough around the edges, particularly in early episodes. However, the "heart of gold" part comes out when he starts to loosen up in the second season.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Averted. Fakir is not at all like this, even though he takes on the role of the Knight.
* KnightInSourArmor: Is more like this.
* LeaningOnTheFurniture
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Fakir's relationship with Raetsel. However, Raetsel's so flirty that Ahiru and her friends first think that she's [[RomanticFalseLead his girlfriend]] instead.
* LonersAreFreaks: Not blatant, but the show definitely thinks he's better off once he starts to be slightly more sociable.
* LonerTurnedFriend: Starts off as rather antisocial, but grows to be somewhat less so when he and Ahiru become friends.
* ManInWhite: In the last few episodes, fitting, since [[spoiler: he's now using his [[RewritingReality Story Spinner]] powers to fight against the story/Drosselmeyer.]]
* MeaningfulName: Fakir is a word for a sort of Arabian mystic (those guys that walk on coals, for example), which makes him sound mysterious [[spoiler: and also hints at his powers]].
* MrFanservice: Brooding demeanor masking heart of gold? Check. Good with ballet and swordplay? Double check. Chance of showing off skin? Frequent.
* OddFriendship: With Ahiru.
* OrphansOrdeal: As Fakir's backstory is revealed, it becomes clear that a lot of his flaws and issues stem from his parents' deaths, and how he's (poorly) dealt with it.
* PeekABangs: Fakir's hairstyle sometimes hides one of his eyes, as it did during his SlipknotPonytail moment
* PerpetualFrowner: So much so that when Fakir smiles, it's a '''big''' deal.
* PetTheDog: Or the duck, as the case may be.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: A running gag in the show is Fakir being around to see Ahiru transform from a duck into a girl, and then freaking out when she's suddenly standing naked in front of him (to the point where he dives behind a building in one episode).
* QuiveringEyes: Fakir has these a couple of times, notably when [[spoiler:he starts to remember his parents' deaths]]. Meant to be disturbing, but tends to be unintentionally humorous.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Fakir's goal in the second season.
* [[spoiler: RealityWarper]]: [[spoiler:Fakir has the ability to bend reality to his will by [[RewritingReality writing stories]].]]
* RedHerring: In early episodes, it's quite easy to think of him as the human incarnation of the [[BigBad Raven]], given how his hairstyle looks like black tail feathers and his [[{{Jerkass}} less than friendly]] personality. [[spoiler:If you look closely however, said hair [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair is green]], which is a hint to his [[JerkassWoobie true nature]].]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Ahiru's red.
* RummageSaleReject: When he's not in his uniform or knight costume.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: He and Ahiru, oh so much.
* SecondLove: Fakir becomes this for [[spoiler:Ahiru]].
* SecretKeeper: Fakir is the first character (outside of Drosselmeyer and Edel, who knew from the beginning) to find out that Ahiru is Princess Tutu -- and then, as an act of trust, she tells him she's really a duck.
* [[spoiler: SelfMadeOrphan]]: [[spoiler: A story he wrote as a child went out of control and caused the deaths of his parents.]]
* ShirtlessScene: Several, mostly to show off Fakir's important birthmark (...but probably also for {{fanservice}}).
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Early fansubs wrote his name as Fakia.
* StarCrossedLovers: Subverted -- [[spoiler:Ahiru turns back into a duck in the end, but Fakir promises to always stay by her side]].
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Maybe one of the best examples ever.
* TraumaInducedAmnesia: [[spoiler:Fakir is aware of his parents' deaths, but doesn't give any indication that he remembers how it happened until Ahiru drags up the memories. He also completely forgot about his [[Main/RewritingReality powers]].]]
* TroubledButCute
* TsurimeEyes: Particularly angular earlier on, but his eyes soften ever so slightly as he [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]].
* TheUnsmile: According to Pique.
-->'''Pique:''' He ''smiled''. It totally ruins his [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad-boy appeal!]]

[[caption-width:300:Obviously, the school uniform does nothing for a girl's figure.]]
-->''"The only one I've ever had eyes for is Mytho. Whether or not he has a heart does not change the simple fact that I love him. I will continue to love him. I'm still far from having loved him enough."''

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/NanaMizuki (JP), Creator/JessicaBoone (EN)

Rue is the star ballerina of Gold Crown Academy, and Mytho's girlfriend. Although very beautiful and an amazing dancer, she's proud and cold towards others, rarely thinking about their emotions. However, she does have a good heart, and once Ahiru reaches out to her and tries to become her friend [[DefrostingIceQueen she begins to open up to her]]--at least until she finds out Ahiru is Princess Tutu.

As you can probably tell from the quote above, Mytho the main focus of her world. She's completely, absolutely in love with him, but fears that if the Prince regains his heart, he will no longer be with her and instead fall in love with Princess Tutu. Desperate, she becomes her alter-ego, [[DarkMagicalGirl Princess Kraehe]], and attempts to keep Tutu from returning the pieces of Mytho's lost heart. As Kraehe she's even colder and far crueler than she is normally, but there's hints of her true personality even when transformed -- no matter how she denies it.

In the second season, Kraehe dips one of Mytho's heart shards into the Raven's blood, [[TheCorruption tainting Mytho's personality]] and twisting him from the kindhearted prince she fell in love with. At first she enjoys that Mytho sides with her, but as his personality becomes more and more violent she starts to doubt her choices.

!!!Tropes associated with Rue:
* AbsoluteCleavage: As Kraehe.[[note]]Amusing anecdote: During ADV's commentary track for episode 13, Creator/JessicaBoone saw the Rue -> Kraehe transformation and commented, "Rue is stacked."[[/note]]
* AbusiveParents: Kraehe's father is the Raven, and he treats her very abusively, telling her that her human body is "hideous" and that only the Prince and himself could ever love her -- and even then, not enough to die for her.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She's the best in her class and has many admirers, but doesn't seem to have much in the way of real friends.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In the second-to-last episode as part of her HeroicSacrifice.
* AnimalMotifs: Ravens and crows are strongly associated with her, due to her status as the Princess of the Crows, particularly when she's Kraehe (which even means "crow" in German; note that translations use ''raven'' and ''crow'' interchangeably).
* {{Backstory}}: Rue's begins to be explained in the second season, adding a lot to her character in the process.
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: How her attraction to Mytho began. [[spoiler:When she was a little girl, he saved her from a swarm of crows that was harassing her. It was very likely the first genuine act of kindness she ever received.]]
* BeneathTheMask: Initially, it looks like [[TheOjou aloof, enigmatic]] Rue is Kraehe's mask. [[spoiler:It's quite the other way around-strong, arrogant Kraehe is [[TheWoobie abused, lonely, and deeply sad Rue's]] mask.]]
* BreakTheCutie: Part of her backstory.
* BrokenBird
* [[spoiler:ChangelingTale]]: [[spoiler:She was kidnapped by the Raven as a baby and raised as his own daughter.]]
* [[spoiler: ChildhoodFriendRomance: She's been in love with Mytho since she was a ''very'' little girl.]]
* ClarkKenting: Makes even less sense than with Ahiru and Tutu, particularly since the personality difference between Rue and Kraehe is much more vague.
* ClingyJealousGirl: She's initially introduced as this to Mytho. However, the show eventually shows her abusive backstory and the reason for her dependency, and she grows out of it as she becomes more sympathetic by the end.
* DistressBall: [[spoiler:Near the end of the anime, she's swallowed and held captive by the Raven. Mytho, after transforming back into Prince Siegfried, rescues her.]]
* DarkActionGirl: Princess Kraehe, to an extent. Although she doesn't actually get physical, she ''is'' shown to be able to hold her own against Fakir in a battle.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Kraehe is perhaps one of the best examples out there.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Even before her alter-ego stepped into the picture, Rue genuinely appeared to be warming up to Duck.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Averted in that it's ''not'' so great being the Princess of the Crows. [[spoiler: Being Mytho/Siegfried's princess, on the other hand...]]
* EvilWearsBlack: As Kraehe.
* {{Expy}}: Rue's possibly an expy of Fenrir/Takako from ''{{Pretear}}''. Possibly the other way around, since Tutu was first thought of long before ''Pretear'' came out.
* FemmeFatale: Rue has her moments where she uses her sex appeal to her advantage -- particularly when trying to lure Mytho in the first season, and when trying to take the hearts of some boys in the second season.
* FemmeFatalons: As Kraehe.
* FilleFatale
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* FreudianExcuse: Rue's father emotionally abuses her, [[spoiler:and then, when she finds out she was kidnapped as a child and she's not even a crow at all, he tries to kill her]].
* GoodHairEvilHair: Rue's dark curls should've probably been a clue that something was up with her. Her hair is even compared to raven feathers at one point.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Rue's father, the Raven, tells her she's a crow born in a human body. [[spoiler:In reality she's actually human, but was raised on his blood, so she's gained dark magical powers from it and may essentially be part crow at this point.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:In the end, Rue does a HeroicSacrifice to save Mytho. After he rescues her, she helps him kill the Raven once and for all]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: When Mytho is fully under her father's control, Rue offers to have her own heart eaten instead. This breaks the spell on Mytho and allows him to fully become the Prince, just in time to witness the Raven abduct and swallow Rue instead.]]
* IAmWho: It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:she's not actually the Raven's daughter, but a human girl he kidnapped when she was a baby.]]
* IShallTauntYou: One of Kraehe's favorite tactics -- probably taking after Papa Raven.
* KnightOfCerebus: The point where the series starts its GenreShift can be marked with the introduction of Princess Kraehe.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Satie's Gymnopedies.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: She's the dark feminine to Ahiru's light.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Towards Mytho.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: And turns you into a DarkMagicalGirl.
** LoveRedeems: Part of her HeelFaceTurn.
* LoveMartyr: Towards Mytho, particularly in the second season.
* LukeIAmYourFather: The Raven is revealed to be Rue's father in the second season. [[spoiler:Except not really, her parents were actually normal humans, and she was kidnapped as an infant.]]
* MakeupIsEvil: Kraehe wears purple eyeshadow, in contrast to Tutu who doesn't wear any sort of makeup.
* MeaningfulName: "Kraehe" is German for "crow". ''Rue'' probably comes from the English word meaning; "to regret", [[spoiler: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone which is exactly how she comes to feel about tainting Mytho with raven's blood.]]]] The InUniverse explanation for ''Rue'' is that Kraehe just took the last syllable of the Japanese characters to spell Kraehe.
* MsFanservice: As Princess Kraehe.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Mytho.]]
* TheOjou: So much so that Rue, at one point, insists that Ahiru calls her "Rue-sama" ("Lady Rue" in the dub). Ahiru persists in just calling her "Rue-chan" (or just "Rue" in the dub), however.
* PainfulTransformation: Kraehe's transformation scene includes her body being wrapped in thorns as she screams in pain.
* ParentalAbandonment: [[spoiler: Kidnapped as a child by the Raven from her human parents, then emotionally abused by him.]]
* RavenHairIvorySkin: Heh...[[JustForPun Raven.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Represent her cruel, cold personality, at least initially.
* RescueRomance: Mytho once rescued her when she was a little girl.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack
* SingleTargetSexuality: She loves only Mytho. It doesn't matter if he is an emotionless doll, [[spoiler: [[TheCorruption corrupted by Raven's blood]], turned into a monster]] or just his real self.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: The original fansubs mistakenly called Princess Kraehe "Princess ''Claire''". In fact, a few fans even believe ADV changed the name, even though it would take away [[MeaningfulName the meaning behind it]].
** Although in a strange bit of FridgeBrilliance, the name Claire has the triple meaning of clear, bright and famous, which is [[{{Irony}} ironic,]] given that she's the series' DarkMagicalGirl.
* [[spoiler:SwitchedAtBirth]]
* [[ThatManIsDead That Girl Is Dead]]: In the second season Ahiru insists on continuing to call her Rue, no matter how much she insists her name is Kraehe.
* TsurimeEyes: Always there, but especially prominent when she turns into Kraehe.
* WomanInBlack: Princess Kraehe wears an all-black outfit, which contrasts with [[WomanInWhite Princess Tutu]] and emphasizes the crueler and more manipulative personality she has than when she's Rue.
* [[spoiler: WrongGenreSavvy]]: [[spoiler:Oh Rue... you're completely broken and we get it, but did you really think that any story controlled by [[ForTheEvulz Drosselmeyer]] would have ''anyone'' end up happy?]]

!!'''Herr D. D. Drosselmeyer'''
[[caption-width:300:What prolonged exposure to TV Tropes can do to a person.]]
-->''"Now, tell me the best story that was ever told! Tell it to me with no regard for your lives!''"

-->'''Voiced by''': Noboru Mitani (JP), Marty Fleck (EN)

Years before the opening of the series, Drosselmeyer was a writer that was working on his masterpiece, "The Prince and the Raven". However, before he could complete his story, he died, leaving his story unfinished and the two title characters trapped in an endless battle. Eventually, the characters were able to leave the story -- and it turned out that Drosselmeyer, while dead, could somehow control the story even from the grave...

In the series, Drosselmeyer takes a mostly passive role (or at least seems to be), [[GreekChorus commenting on the action]] and giving Ahiru (and occasionally other characters) little pushes in the directions he'd like to see the story go. At first, he appears to be mostly on Ahiru's side, trying to encourage her to continue in her task to recover Mytho's lost heart, even when things become difficult for her. But he has a sadistic streak that's obvious from the start, and it soon becomes clear that the sort of story Drosselmeyer finds entertaining likely won't be as happy as the characters might want.

Thanks to being a writer and storyteller in the series, Drosselmeyer is often very GenreSavvy, particularly when it comes to fairytales. He takes great delight in telling the other characters what they ''should'' be doing per their "roles" in the story, and will sometimes even scold the characters for subverting their roles and trying to do something beyond what's expected for them. However, even when things seem to be going against what he'd wanted, after a brief moment of frustration he chippers back up as long as the twist is at least entertaining.

This is, perhaps, the part of Drosselmeyer that is most chilling: Although his "characters" are real people trapped in a story, he's fine with anything happening to them -- as long as the story is entertaining. While this is a perfectly reasonable reaction towards fictional characters (as tropers that love TheWoobie will often admit), the sociopathic personality needed to treat ''real people'' this way can be quite frightening, indeed.

Named after the character from ''The Nutcracker'', and visually and musically borrows several of his motifs -- although the Drosselmeyer from the ballet was more benevolent.
!!!Tropes associated with Drosselmeyer:
* AuthorPowers: Directly interacts with his characters at points.
* BigBad
* BewareTheSillyOnes: He gets some of the funniest moments in the series, all of which are jokes at his expense, but don't let that give the wrong idea about him, he's far from harmless.
* [[spoiler: BloodMagic: He could still use his powers even after his hands were cut off, by writing with the blood oozing from the stumps where they used to be.]]
** [[spoiler:[[CouldntFindAPen Couldn't Hold A Pen]]]]
* CatchPhrase: Drossy closes every episode preview with "All children that love stories come, gather 'round..."
* CreatorBreakdown: In-universe as part of his backstory. Drosselmeyer was a profitable writer [[spoiler:until the townspeople began to fear his ability to warp reality with his writing. They chopped off his hands to prevent him from writing anymore, but with his dying breath and ''blood from the stumps on his arms'' he wrote the last bit of the story that allowed him to continue writing it even after his death]]. It goes a long way to explain Drosselmeyer's insanity and taste in plotlines.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:He kept writing after his hands were chopped off, just to keep fooling around with his stories even after death.]]
* DownerEnding: Determined to induce this into his story. [[spoiler: [[EarnYourHappyEnding The others]] [[ScrewDestiny disagree]].]]
* EccentricMentor: Subverted. Drosselmeyer is kooky, he's the one who gives Ahiru her powers and guides her along the way... [[spoiler: But he really wants the characters to be trapped in an endless cycle of death, rebirth and tragedy.]]
* EvilLaugh: In ''every'' episode preview he has a low evil chuckle, and he seems to have a evil laugh pretty much OnceAnEpisode.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's a lying ManipulativeBastard that toys with people's lives because he thinks that any happy ending is a boring one, but he's surprisingly polite.
* TheFatalist: In a way. When Drosselmeyer wonders [[BreakingTheFourthWall if he's a character in a story himself]] he smiles and says the writer can do whatever they'd like. This is in contrast to the RageAgainstTheAuthor of the other characters.
* ForTheEvulz: Even though he does have a few things in his backstory that give him a motive for what he does...he mainly seems to be into it because he seems to think tragedy and pain makes for a fascinating story.
* [[spoiler: GracefulLoser: Whenever his plans are disrupted, he expresses anger/confusion, then interest in the new direction of the story. When he loses, he basically shrugs it off, and goes with Uzura to find a new story.]]
* GodIsEvil: Or the writer is, but when you're a character in a story he might as well be God.
* GreekChorus
* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]]: [[spoiler:His plans are foiled, but he himself doesn't seem particularly bothered by this and goes off to mess with others instead.]]
* LargeHam: Drosselmeyer can be completely over-the-top when commenting on the action in the story, particularly in the dub, where he was given a booming aristocratic voice completed with rolled R's. Which just makes his commentary more entertaining.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[spoiler:When all his plans are ruined at the end and the characters get their happy ending, Drosselmeyer wonders how they overcame his script as author. Then he wonders if he himself might be a character in someone else's story.]]
* {{Leitmotif}}: The March from ''The Nutcracker''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Fakir, I am your great-great-great grandfather.]]
* MadArtist
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In the second season, Drosselmeyer taking Tutu captive, telling her about the fact that she's a story character and trying to force her into a SadisticChoice made her realize she didn't want to follow his commands anymore.
* NightmareFetishist: Stories with happy endings are "boring" to him.
** TrueArtIsAngsty
* OminousPipeOrgan: Drosselmeyer's {{leitmotif}} is the Nutcracker March played in a minor key. Often, it's played on an organ for extra creepiness.
* PeoplePuppets: Drosselmeyer's powers apparently give him this ability.
* ThePhilosopher
* PsychoForHire: Before his death, it's implied that Drosselmeyer would happily write any story -- [[spoiler:and in the end, that's what got him killed]].
* RewritingReality
* SlasherSmile[=/=]CheshireCatGrin: He bounces between both, depending on the mood he's in at the moment.
* TimeStandsStill: Whenever he speaks to Ahiru or Fakir. Justified as they're his characters, so he can do whatever he wants.

[[folder:The Raven]]
The Raven is the villain from "The Prince and the Raven", and the series' other main villain apart from Drosselmeyer. His real name is never given, if he even has one, and while called a raven he's more like a Godzilla-sized demon. In the story, he enjoyed toying with the hearts of the people that loved Mytho, tainting them with his evil before devouring them, and eventually set his eyes on the prince's heart. Mytho fought the Raven, but could only stop him by sealing the beast away and shattering his own heart. In the 2nd season, Rue covers a shard of Mytho's heart in the raven's blood, turning more and more evil. The Raven's goal is to have a heart sacrificed to him so that he may escape from the seal.
!!!Tropes associated with The Raven:

* AbusiveParents: To Rue, constantly belittling her and telling her nobody will ever love her besides him and Mytho. [[spoiler: And tries to eat ''her'' heart at least once.]]
* AnimalisticAbomination: It only ''looks'' like a raven, and very vaguely at that.
* BigBad: The in-universe one.
** BigBadDuumvirate: With Drosselmeyer.
* DarkIsEvil: Big and black; shadows follow wherever his magic is.
* DiabolusExNihilo: The Raven, in universe, there's no explanation as to where it came from, which is probably intentional since fairy tales usually didn't explain where the supernatural creatures came from.
* EldritchAbomination: A monstrous, shadowy entity that can corrupt people and only has a vaguely solid form.
* [[spoiler:InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers]]: [[spoiler:His abduction of Rue.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: The Raven is '''GIGANTIC'''. To give it perspective, a teenage girl can hug a single of his feet claws and his wings blacken the sky.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The in-universe villian, with glowing red eyes. Sometimes, they're the only part of him we can ''see''.
* SealedEvilInACan: He was sealed away by the Prince.



!'''Secondary Characters'''

[[caption-width:350:Don't ask us how she does her hair. We don't know, either.]]
-->"[[ArcWords May those who accept their fate find happiness; may those who defy it, glory.]]"
-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/AkikoHiramatsu (JP), Creator/ChristineAuten (EN)

A mysterious woman with an organ grinder, who seems to collect and sell gemstones. She speaks cryptically and poetically, working as a listening ear for Ahiru whenever she might need it. [[spoiler:Secretly, she's a puppet controlled by Drosselmeyer to push her in the right direction.]]

%%* [[spoiler:ArtificialHuman]]
%%* CrypticConversation
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The music that plays from her organ is [[spoiler:"Dance of the Automatons" from ''Theatre/{{Coppelia}}'', a reference to her true nature]].
* [[spoiler:GrewBeyondTheirProgramming]]: [[spoiler:Became curious about human emotions; this is why she saves Ahiru, Fakir, and Mytho in the first season finale. She admits, though, that she can't truly feel]].
* [[spoiler:GoOutWithASmile]]: While [[spoiler:burning alive.]]
* [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]]: [[spoiler:She sacrifices herself to save Fakir and guide Ahiru and Mytho to safety.]]
* [[spoiler:LastRequest]]: She asks Ahiru and Mytho to perform a ''pas de deux'' for her, which they are more than happy to do.
* MeaningfulName: Edel's name literally means "noble" or "precious" but most certainly comes from "Edelstein" - Gemstone, referring to the stones she collects and sells.
* [[MrExposition Ms. Exposition]]: Edel is an in-universe one: [[spoiler:she is a puppet made for just this purpose by Drosselmeyer]].
* TheObiWan: Dispenses useful bits of advice at crucial moments.
* ThePhilosopher
* [[spoiler:SpiritAdvisor]]: [[spoiler:Appears as such in the second season to Uzura, who is made from parts of her body]].
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One of the more egregious examples; her hair is a mint green color.



[[caption-width:292:Don't stare at this picture too long; you might end up having to marry him.]]
-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/YasunoriMatsumoto (JP), Todd Waite (EN)

'''Neko-sensei/[[Main/SpellMyNameWithAnS Mr. Cat]]''' is the ballet teacher at Gold Crown Academy. He's obsessed with marriage and constantly threatens the girls with it when they mess up, but otherwise he's a competent teacher who actually does care about his students' well-being. Oh, he's also an anthropomorphic cat.

* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: PlayedForLaughs; his standard threat of punishment for any misbehavior by female students.
* [[spoiler:BroughtDownToNormal]]: [[spoiler:In the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, it's revealed that the curse being lifted made him into a normal cat. [[EarnYourHappyEnding But he seems to be]] [[BabiesEverAfter happier this way]].]]
* [[BunnyEarsLawyer Kitty Ears Lawyer]]: Mr. Cat, for all his comic relief, is a genuinely accomplished teacher who is actually capable of dispensing valuable advice to Duck.
* CatGirl: Or, rather, a cat-man. Even if he's more of an anthro cat than a man with cat features.
* CatchPhrase: "You have to [insert command here], or [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe YOU WILL HAVE YOU MARRY MEEEEE!]]"
* DirtyOldMan: Mr. Cat is a minor example - he's not so much "dirty" as just obsessed with marriage.
* HotForStudent: Professor Cat, although his focus is marriage, and every time he gets a girl that actually likes him...he runs. Because the girls who like him are typically {{Abhorrent Admirer}}s -- the first example is "Miss Goatette" in season 1, who is basically a female goat in a tutu and acts even less anthromorphic then Mr. Cat or Anteaterina or, well, any of the other TalkingAnimal characters.
* MorphicResonance: [[spoiler:When he is turned into a crow in the finale, he still retains his purple splotch and eyes]].
* [[ThrowTheDogABone Throw The Cat A Fish]]: [[spoiler: The epilogue of the final episode reveals that Mr. Cat (who is now just a normal cat) has finally found himself a mate, and they have kittens.]]


[[folder:Pique and Lilie]]
[[caption-width:267:Pique is on the left; Lilie is on the right.]]

-->(on Rue's dancing)
-->'''Ahiru''': “Wow, so pretty!”
-->'''Lilie''': “Totally unlike Duck.”
-->'''Pique''': “Oh, she got depressed.”
-->'''Lilie''': “Oh no, did she really get depressed? How cute!”

--> '''Pique voiced by''': Sachi Matsumoto (JP), Creator/CynthiaMartinez (EN)
--> '''Lilie voiced by''': Creator/YuriShiratori (JP), Sasha Paysinger (EN)

'''[[Main/ThoseTwoGuys Pique and Lilie]]''' are Ahiru's two friends from class. They function mostly as comic relief, gossiping about the characters in the show and getting into crazy antics with Ahiru. Pique is tomboyish and supportive of Ahiru, while Lilie is girly and takes sadistic pleasure in Ahiru's failures so she can "comfort" her.

Their characterizations aren't really delved into that much; mostly they are there to provide a sense of normalcy to Ahiru's adventures. Pique gets a spotlight episode in Akt 16, however.

!!!Tropes associated with Pique and Lilie:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Pique's crush on Fakir seems to be based on this.
* ComedicSociopathy: Lilie's defining character trait.
* DamselInDistress: In the second season, Pique nearly gets her heart taken out by Mytho when the raven's blood in his heart possesses him. However, Princess Tutu rescues her before that can happen.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Pique has Akt 16.
* GenkiGirl: Especially Lilie.
* GirlishPigtails: Lilie has these.
* HairDecorations: Pique has two clips on the side while Lilie wears big pink bows in her pigtails.
* {{Jerkass}}: Lilie's done some pretty questionable things to her friends.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Pique, by contrast, genuinely wants the best for Duck, but is still pretty insulting towards her.
* TheMatchmaker: Pique because she genuinely wants to see Ahiru happy... Lilie because she thinks Fakir's dark, mysterious image will clash well with Ahiru and cause lots of drama.
* MorphicResonance: Their [[spoiler:crow forms in the finale]] share their hairstyles.
* MuggleBestFriend: Both of them are this for Ahiru--they're genuinely normal human girls, but Ahiru is a duck transformed into a girl who's also in the role of a storybook princess.
* RubberFace: Lilie does this to Ahiru often.
* {{Satellite Character}}s: They're mostly just there to be Ahiru's {{Muggle Best Friend}}s and give her life as a girl a sense of normalcy.
* ShipperOnDeck: Lilie and Pique both ship Fakir/Ahiru, albeit for different reasons. See TheMatchmaker.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Pique's name can also be spelled as "Pike".
* ThoseTwoGirls
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Brash, outgoing Pique is the tomboy while cute, giggly Lilie is the girly girl.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Pique, a tomboy who likes to take ballet.
* [[spoiler:WistfulAmnesia]]: [[spoiler:In the WhereAreTheyNow epilogue, Pique and Lilie seem to remember that they had a third companion, but don't think any of it]].
* WithFriendsLikeThese: You really have to wonder how Ahiru puts up with them all the time.


[[caption-width:300:Here to continue the story... zura.]]
--> '''Voiced by''': Erino Hazuki (JP), Creator/ChristineAuten (EN)

'''Uzura''' is a young girl puppet made by Charon, Fakir's foster father, [[spoiler:from the burnt remains of Edel]]. Curious and emotional, she's fascinated by Ahiru's ability to transform from a duck to a human, and causes several [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn awkward]] moments between Ahiru and Fakir.

* ArtificialHuman
* CatchPhrase: "Lovey-dovey-zura!" or "Love-love-zura!", depending on the translator. She also loves to say "Hoooooo~!" It's more of a Catch Expression, really.
* CheerfulChild
* CryCute: Given her happy and cheerful personality, Uzura RARELY gets sad and cries, but when she does....
* PluckyComicRelief
* ShipperOnDeck: Seems to ship Fakir/Ahiru.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Uzura singlehandedly derails Drosselmeyer's schemes at points.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Sometimes.
* VerbalTic: She ends all of her sentences with "-zura".
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Uzura is fascinated by the idea of love.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The same mint green as Edel's, [[spoiler:which makes sense given that she was made from the parts of Edel that weren't completely destroyed]].


[[caption-width:300:"I'm sorry, I wasn't able to hear that over my own ego."]]
-->''"Just what is it that you know?"''
-->''"[[Main/MrExposition Everything you've been dying to know]]!"''

-->'''Voiced by''': Yu Urata (JP), Adam Conlon (EN)

A relatively minor but important character in the second season, Autor is the main source of information for Fakir and Ahiru. Before he's properly introduced, Autor has [[ChekhovsGunman several cameos]] showing him shushing people at the library and hovering in the background [[Main/MysteriousWatcher watching Fakir]]. Once he enters the story, he proclaims himself to be ''the'' expert when it comes to Drosselmeyer and his powers. Autor is in fact a fanboy of Drosselmeyer and finds the very idea that he's still around pulling the strings "thrilling". That, combined with his massive ego and TrainingFromHell that he puts Fakir through, causes him to be a very unsympathetic character at first.

As the series nears its end, however, he's given some minor attempts at CharacterDevelopment that make him more than just an overenthusiastic InfoDump vehicle. Firstly, it soon becomes obvious that his egotistical attitude is covering up for a massive inferiority complex, and when Fakir turns out to be [[spoiler:extremely gifted in the [[Main/RewritingReality Story Spinning powers]]]] while he himself might not even have them, he starts to fluster about for what his true purpose in life is. Also, he's given a brief scene where he confesses love for Rue - [[spoiler:which actually [[Main/ThePowerOfLove sets her down the path]] towards discovering her origins and [[Main/CallingTheOldManOut defying her father]]]]. In the end, he's an interesting enough character that he's gained a small but dedicated following in the fandom.
!!!Tropes associated with Autor:
* AttentionWhore: Possibly; although he's shown as a loner, he tends to go to great lengths to play an active role in the story and get the attention of the other characters.
* BreakTheHaughty: Autor's pride gets absolutely thrashed in the course of the story.
* CatchPhrase: "Would you ''please'' be quiet?"
* ChekhovsGunman: Although his official introduction isn't until Akt 21, he has a cameo in every episode from 15 to 20, ranging from blatant foreshadowing to blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments of him hanging around in the background.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: When his delusions of his greatness start to unravel, Autor throws a tantrum that culimates in him storming down a street muttering to himself "Then what was I put on this world for?"
* HeroicBystander: In the final episode. Considered by some to be his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Hinted at being the driving force behind his research.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Autor's portrayed at first as having little ''useful'' information about Drosselmeyer. Eventually it's subverted -- he ''is'' helpful, although probably not as much as he would've liked.
* LeaningOnTheFurniture
* LonersAreFreaks
* LoveAtFirstSight: When he meets Rue.
* MaleGaze: In one scene, Autor is following behind Rue, and the camera focuses on Rue's back and slowly pans down to examine her rear end and legs. The camera then switches to show Autor looking downwards and blushing, implying that the view we were seeing was from ''Autor's'' point of view.
* MeaningfulName: "Autor" is German (and coincidentally Spanish) for "author".
* {{Megane}}: ''Occasionally'' something of a male {{meganekko}}, but not always.
* MrExposition: Really, when it comes right down to it, this is Autor's main purpose for being in the show.
* MysteriousWatcher
* NightmareFetishist: Somewhat debatable, but considering his manic approval of Drosselmeyer and the gleeful manner he handles Drosselmeyer's powers, it's likely he falls under this trope.
* OnlySaneMan: Believe it or not, Autor may qualify -- he's the only character outside of the main cast that seems to realize that [[spoiler:Gold Crown Town is being controlled by one of Drosselmeyer's stories]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: We don't even see Autor's eyes until he talks to Fakir in akt 21.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Some fans still use the Japanese romanization of his name, "Aotoa". Author and Arthur show up sometimes, as well.
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the Japanese official website]], Autor's goal is "world domination".
* UnstoppableRage: The final episode, again. [[spoiler:Fakir gets attacked by the leader of the Book Men, and Autor fends off his attacker using only a book and his bare hands. Did I mention the other guy has an axe? Yeah.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: It's either blue or purple, depending on who you ask, but it still counts as stylized black.

[[folder: Minor Characters]]

[[VictimOfTheWeek Victims of the week]] and other one-off characters.

From Akt 2. An anthropomorphic anteater who strives to overthrow Rue as prima donna; part of her scheme involves getting Mytho to pick her for a dance. She turns out to possess the first of Mytho's heart shards that Tutu must recover - the feeling of '''disappointment.'''

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Rue became this to her eventually.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Subverted in that [[spoiler: she was never really interested in Mytho and only tried to take him as an act of revenge on Rue, who she believes snubbed her.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: She's an anteater.

From Akt 3. A woman whose restaurant hasn't been getting enough patronage lately for one reason - while expertly cooked, her food is always stone cold. Her heart shard is '''loneliness'''.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She mentions her husband's cooking was this to her own.
* BeehiveHairdo: A purple one, no less.
* BackForTheFinale: Makes a cameo in the finale as [[spoiler:one of the people turned back from being ravens]].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Purple hair and eyes.
* TheLostLenore: Her deceased husband, who was her inspiration for running the restaurant.
* LethalChef: Played with; she can cook perfectly well but magical interference makes her food incredibly cold. Once Princess Tutu helps her out, her restaurant begins to flourish again.
* LethalEatery: Owns one until Princess Tutu takes the shard of Mytho's heart, and she begins to move into SupremeChef category.

!!Wili Maiden
From Akt 4. In life, she was a beautiful woman who was fated to die without being with her lover, so she instead took another man down with her. She is based on the titular character from the ballet ''Theatre/{{Giselle}}'', who in turn was based off of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavic_fairies#Wili wilis]] of Slavic folklore. Her heart shard is '''sorrow'''.

* CueTheSun: The wilis only appear at night; the sunrise drives them away.
* TheDeadCanDance: As in the original ballet. In the series, one has to be able to out-dance her in order to escape.
* DrivenToSuicide
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: As a ghost, she has a very pale complexion, with dark hair to go with it.
* TheFairFolk: Based off of the wilis of Slavic folklore fame.
* FlowerInHerHair: Wears a wreath of white roses to emphasize her gracefulness and femininity.
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: Jilted just before her wedding day, leading to her suicide.
* WomanInWhite: As she appears as a lonely, beautiful ghost, she naturally wears white.

From Akt 6. The leading lady of a traveling ballet troupe, she faces insecurity and self-doubt on the eve of her opening night (during which she was to play [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]], her dream role). Her heart shard is '''fear'''.

* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: She has several female admirers in-universe.
* HappilyMarried: Her husband openly supports her and even offers to postpone opening night for her well-being.
* PerformanceAnxiety: Although normally a capable ballerina who has no problem with this trope, Mytho's heart shard manifests itself this way, causing this to happen.

From Akt 9. A shy student with a passion for art. Her heart shard is '''devotion'''.

* BackForTheFinale: Makes a cameo in the finale as [[spoiler:one of the people turned back from being ravens]].
* HomoeroticSubtext: She mentions that she hasn't been able to draw anything but Rue for a while.
* MeaningfulName: "One who paints," which is exactly what she does.
* {{Meganekko}}
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green, in her case.

Fakir's adopted father, a swordmaker. He introduced Fakir to "The Prince and the Raven" when the latter was just a boy. His heart shard is '''regret'''.

* GoodParents: Despite limited screentime, he does seem to genuinely care about Fakir and acts mostly for Fakir's own interests.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Ch''aron or ''K''aron?

From Akt 16. A beautiful student with a passion for flowers, she becomes one of Mytho's targets when he's possessed by raven's blood.

* BackForTheFinale: Makes a cameo in the finale as [[spoiler:one of the people turned back from being ravens]].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Golden hair, golden eyes.
* DamselInDistress: Nearly gets her heart taken as a sacrifice twice by a corrupted Mytho. Princess Tutu saves her both times.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She has blonde hair (with golden eyes to match), and her kindness and purity of heart are particularly emphasized.
* TheIngenue: A sweet, pure-hearted innocent girl who loves everyone.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Loves flowers and often spends her free time watering the school's gardens.
* MeaningfulName: Freya is a Scandinavian fertility goddess often visually associated with flowers.
* NiceGirl: Hands-down the ''nicest'' in the series, portrayed as loving, sweet, and incapable of bearing ill will towards anything. Naturally, this makes her an ideal target.
* RapunzelHair: Has very long, waist-length hair.

-->'''Voiced by''': Papaya Suzuki (JP), Creator/VicMignogna (EN)

Femio only shows up in Akt 17, but if you've seen the series, [[EnsembleDarkhorse you'll remember him]]. With curly purple locks and a fondness for French (despite having distinctly Spanish accoutrements), he runs around Gold Crown Academy passing out roses to girls and claiming to be "a prince that loves everyone... and is also loved by everyone" (copying from the Prince in ''The Prince and the Raven''). He's such an over-the-top parody of bishounen that he became a wildly popular character among fans, showing up in fanart as much as characters with far more screentime than him. Despite his foppish personality, he was the only (non main) character able to break the Raven's spell all on his own.

* CatchPhrase: "Oh, heaven! Please pour judgement upon... THIS SINNER!"
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: Femio thinks they do. In reality nobody does.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Femio's bulls.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Parodied, Femio peppers his dialogue with flirtatious French. Since it's ''Femio'', he comes across more like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe LePew]].
* TheFool
* HeroicWillpower: Of sorts. As said above, he stands out as the only non main character to resist the Raven's curse (albeit in an over the top manner).
* IKissYourHand: To Kraehe.
* LargeHam
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Another parodied trope.
* SomethingAboutARose: Femio has a thing for roses and even has a servant to scatter rose petals all around him.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Femio ''really'' overestimates his {{Bishonen}} cred. While Kraehe ''does'' go after him, it's really more of picking on an easy target to impress her dad.

!!The Ghost Knight
From Akt 18. His heart shard is '''pride'''.

* BloodKnight: Implied as much; his lover begged him to put down his sword for his own good before he killed her; in death he's still unable to pass on because of his fighting.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Murdered his lover because she was a spy for another country.
* WouldHitAGirl: In addition to murdering his lover, he also doesn't hesitate to attack Princess Tutu when she tries to reach him to gain his heart shard.

From Akt 19. A girl who delivers love letters in a donkey costume, she becomes one of Mytho's targets when he's possessed by raven's blood.

* DamselInDistress: Nearly gets her heart taken by a corrupted Mytho, but Princess Tutu manages to save her.
* MotorMouth: She gets into this mode when she's denying having any feelings for Lysander.
* ShoutOut: She, Lysander, and her "Bottom" donkey alias are references to ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''.
* SmittenTeenageGirl: In love with Lysander, a sculptor. [[spoiler:The end of her episode reveals he was in love with her too. They appear in the epilogue as a couple Autor shushes in the library]].

From Akt 20. A longtime friend of Charon who has feelings for him, and a big-sister figure to Mytho and Fakir.

* CoolBigSis: To Fakir and later Ahiru, being a source of guidance and emotional support in her sole episode. It's implied she was one to Mytho, as well.
* DamselInDistress: Ends up being the fifth person to be targeted by a corrupted Mytho as a sacrifice for the Raven.
* EarlyBirdCameo: A bit of a strange one: Her name appears in the ending credits for episode 19, but Raetsel herself does not appear until the following episode.
* HairDecorations: Wears a large pink bow in her hair.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: She herself states that she's like a big sister to Fakir.
* LoveTriangle: The source of her problems in the episode is her inability to choose between Charon and her fiance, Hans. In the end, she chooses Hans.
* MeaningfulName: Raetsel is German for "riddle" or "mystery" which plays off her mysterious role in the first half of her episode.
* SecondLove: Raetsel was in love with Charon, but ends up marrying another man.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: "Rachel".
* WomanInWhite: When she goes to meet Mytho in order to be a sacrifice to the Raven, she's wearing a wedding dress.


[[folder:Miscellaneous/Group Tropes]]
Tropes that apply to more than one character or a group of characters.

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Crows.
* AnimalStereotypes: All over the place -- it ''is'' based on fairytales, after all.
* CosmicPlaything: [[spoiler:Everyone is a character in Drosselmeyer's story. Autor goes as far as comparing them all to puppets.]]
* EccentricTownsfolk: Would you believe that the girl who's really a duck is one of the more normal residents of the town?
* GoodEyesEvilEyes
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The Book Men.
* TheOtherDarrin: The Narrator in the English dub, from episode 10 onward.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair:
** Fakir's green hair and Autor's [[HairColorDissonance blue/purple]] hair might be both stylized black, but what about Pique's bright magenta hair and Akt 9's green-haired supporting character Malen??
** On the other hand, Femio's hair is a slightly dark shade of purple, but not dark enough to count as stylized black.