Ludwig Revolution is an idiosyncratic take on classic fairy tales, told as only Creator/KaoriYuki can. The central story is about the flamboyant, narcissistic Prince Ludwig as he travels across the land in search of a suitable wife. Accompanied by his trusty manservant Wilhelm, Ludwig encounters a diverse cast of fair maidens from various fairy tales. ''Snow White'', ''Cinderella'' and many more are completely retold, and the resulting stories are sometimes unexpectedly hilarious, while at other times cruelly twisted.
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!!This manga contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbusiveParents: Check.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Oh, boy. Just take a look at Ludwig's wardrobe. It gets to the point where Cinderella borrows ''his'' slippers to attend the ball. Occasionally can be handwaved with the setting (some men's fashions from the past have not aged well).
* AnachronismStew: Its delicious combined flavors will melt in your mouth, not in your hand!
* AntiHero
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Subverted as many of the names Kaori Yuki picks actually exist in reality.
* AuthorAppeal: In a side-column during the ''Sleeping Beauty'' story, Kaori Yuki admits that Ludwig's obsession and preference for big breasts actually is one of her own.
* AxCrazy: How Lisette became a SelfMadeOrphan. She's by ''no'' means the only character who's Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
* AwesomeButImpractical: The prince goes everywhere in full visual kei regalia. Lissete works as a mercenary in a plastic/leather dress and high heels.
* BadassGrandma: Her name is Babette and she is awesome.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted with Snow White. The eponymous princess here is a cruel slut who seduced her father since age 7, and is much more evil than the queen, mocking the queen that she can never be as beautiful as her.
** In the Goose girl, the story keeps hinting that the beautiful, kind, sweet and humble maid Albertina (with golden hair) is the true princess, as opposed to mean and selfish dark haired "princess Albertina". Later, the blond Albertina confesses that she was forced to switch places with her jealous maid, "princess Albertina" is executed and the blond Albertina marries the prince.[[spoiler: However, it was all a lie, there was no switch at all. The black haired Albertina was the TRUE princess who had earlier forced her maid to write letters and poems to Prince Cristo. The maid Albertina later uses these poems to convince Cristo that she's the real princess, mainly to get revenge on the real Albertina's family for executing her mother. And to live a life of luxury, of course.]]
* {{Bifauxnen}}: [[spoiler: Queen Almaberga, who is identical to her son Ludwig. You can argue an inversion and say that Ludwig looks feminine]].
* {{Bishonen}}: Ludwig himself, Wilhelm, Julius [[spoiler: sort of]].
* BloodKnight: [[spoiler: Queen Almaberga, baby]].
* BreakTheCutie: Lisette, who was tricked into slaughtering her family, as well as Hansel and Gretel, who had a poor abused childhood made much worse by an extremely deranged and savage experience, which turned them into cruel killers.
** [[spoiler: Lisette probably loved killing her parents, as they forced her into prostitution as a child]].
* {{Bowdlerization}}: Believe it or not, some of the stories are comedic and actually less morbid than the original. Cinderella's sisters don't mutilate themselves, Rapunzel's prince does not get blinded, and Literature/TheLittleMermaid [[spoiler: gets to marry her prince.]]
* CrapsackWorld: What do you expect with ''Kaori Yuki'' taking already dark fairy tales and making them ''worse''???
** Most notably Hansel and Gretel though. She actually mentions in a sidebar that she finds the original story so horrifying that she couldn't bring herself to make it the slightest bit funny.
* DeadAllAlong [[spoiler:Maid Maleen]].
* {{Dojikko}}: Cinderella.
* DudeLooksLikeALady: [[spoiler: One of the side-effects of Ludwig and his mom looking exactly the same]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Among all the cruelty inherent in Kaori Yuki's work, some lucky characters actually get one of these.
* ElegantGothicLolita
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Ludwig is on a quest to search for a princess to be his bride, and meets plenty. Probably subverted as not all of them have it easy or are pure, however.
* FairytaleMotifs: Uh, ''duh''.
* AFateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Dorothea has to go all over the world collecting gold for her master. Most of the time, she ends up making herself hated by everyone and every time she dies, she is revived in another body and has to do it all over again]].
* FracturedFairyTale: Even more of a no-brainer than the above.
* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Everyone is absolutely terrified of Ludwig's mother Queen Almaberga, [[spoiler:who is still quite alive]]. Also, Petronella's plans are for the sake of becoming the new queen.
* GoldDigger: the Cinderella chapter is full to the brim with them.
* {{Grimmification}}: See also CrapsackWorld.
* HandsomeLech: Ludwig is the most overt example of this ever for a Kaori Yuki protagonist, picking and dumping women based solely on the size of their breasts.
* HeelFaceTurn (Dorothea, [[spoiler:Lisette, Hansel and Gretel, Julius]])
* HeirClubForMen: The indirect reason Ludwig needs to find a bride.
* HelloNurse: Dorothea again.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Dorothea sacrifices herself to revive Ludwig. However, she's revealed to be in a cycle of reincarnation, and thus not truly dead]].
* KarmicDeath Some people do actually get it.
* ILoveTheDead
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Prince Ludwig has ''quite'' the fashion sense.
* InformedAbility: Cinderella's feet don't look the size they are said to be....
** Although that can be explained as it is said that feet that are 27cms long ''are'' seen as rather large.. in Japan.
* IdenticalGrandson: [[spoiler: Ludwig and his mom are IDENTICAL, to the point where Julius tries to kill Ludwig repeatedly for his mother's genocidal crazy]].
* ItsPersonal: [[spoiler: The reason that Julius hates Ludwig so deeply is because he caused the death of his little sister with a great war. Only... it was Lui's mom]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Ludwig acts incredibly obnoxious towards people, but he puts himself in danger to save his friends.
* MummiesAtTheDinnerTable: [[spoiler: Julius has no problems with talking to Ludwig's (supposedly) dead body or with making out with it]]. Also Ludwig's "hobby" at the beginning of the story...
* {{Meido}}: Dorothea dons a sexy maid outfit, also true maids like Inga.
* NoblewomansLaugh: Petronella, the poor maids outside her window got scarred for life because of that.
** They thought it was her - it was actually Julius.
* OffingTheOffspring: More than once with [[spoiler: Snow White, Hansel and Gretel]].
* OneSteveLimit: We got two girls named Albertina, actually a plot point.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler: Petronella]]
* {{Otaku}}: A prince, no less! His name is Christo.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Dorothea
* ScaledUp: [[spoiler: Petronella's OneWingedAngel act. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't help]].
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: I'm not just some disgusting "otaku", I am an otaku celebrity with money and power!
* SheIsAllGrownup: Gender Flipped, Prince Silvio is all grown up at the end of his story.
* ShoutOut: Ludwig and Wilhelm are the names of the original Grimm brothers, Dorothea was the name of their mother.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: As you can see, there's some confusion as to whether Ludwig's mother is named Amalberga or Almaberga. Amalberga's a real name, at least.
* ThemeNaming: The names of Dorothea's pets are "Damian", "Jason" and "Carrie".
* TrueLoveIsExceptional: It is very heavily hinted that the princess most suited for Ludwig is Idike, who doesn't have large breasts...
* TrueLovesKiss: Subverted. [[spoiler: It wasn't the kiss what revived Idike, in fact it didn't revive her at all]]
* {{Tsundere}}: Lisette, Rapunzel.
** Ludwig too, toward [[HoYay Wilhelm]]. Especially strong during the Little Red Riding Hood story.
* UglyGuyHotWife: One does wonder what Amalberga sees in her husband...
* VainSorceress: Subverted by Dorothea, as the reason she looks youthful [[spoiler: is her curse]].
* WholesomeCrossdresser: [[spoiler: Julius]]
* WickedStepmother: Petronella, by marrying the King. [[spoiler: Shame the marriage is void because his last wife is still alive]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Dorothea]] thanks Ludwig after he breaks her out of her reincarnation cycle.
* WomanScorned: Petronella.
* {{Yandere}}: Julius.
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