The manga of ''Princess Tutu'' is markedly different from [[Anime/PrincessTutu the anime]] that inspired it, though the series share common plot points.

Rather than being a duck who turns into a girl as in the show, Ahiru Arima is a clumsy human ballet student who dreams of dancing with a prince. One day she sees a beautiful tutu in a shop, and the storekeeper, Edel, gives her a magical pendant. Wearing it, Ahiru is able to transform into Princess Tutu to restore Prince Mytho's heart pieces to him. But cold, cruel Princess Kraehe is also after the pieces, and Edel may not be as friendly as she appears...

Besides cosmetic differences, many characters were excised or altered for the manga. Pique and Lilie are replaced by Mai and Yuma, who fulfill the same basic roles. Most notably, Drosselmeyer is absent, as are many of the fairy tale motifs, though Mr. Cat remains a humanoid cat.

!! This manga contains examples of:

* AdaptationDyeJob: In the anime Tutu's dress is white with pink trim, while here it's fully pink.
* AdaptationalVillainy: [[spoiler:In the anime, Edel was a kindly puppet. Here? She's the the main antagonist.]]
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: The giant fish, bird, and teddy bear.
* BigBad: The Raven gets mentioned but is never shown, and [[spoiler:Edel is the story's main antagonist instead.]]
* TheChosenOne: Ahiru [[spoiler: and Rue]].
* ClingyJealousGirl: Rue is clingy and jealous towards anyone who expresses interest in Mytho.
* ComedicSociopathy: Yuma, though not as much as Lilie from the anime.
* CompressedAdaptation: 26 episodes, 2 books.
* ExactWords: Edel says Tutu is the only one who can restore Mytho's heart, and is his one and only princess. [[spoiler: She didn't say Tutu was ''the'' only princess]].
* {{Expy}}: Mai and Yuma to Pique and Lilie from the anime.
* {{Fanservice}}: Kraehe's transformation, which leaves ''very'' little to the imagination.
* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Edel tries to sacrifice Mytho to revive the Raven.]]
* InNameOnly: Edel got hit particularly hard with this. For one thing, instead of being a life-size wooden puppet, she's fully human.
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "I am Princess Tutu! I dance to guide your heart."
* TheMentor: In place of [[AdaptedOut Drosselmeyer]], Edel gives Ahiru her magic pendant and advises her on her quest.
* MsFanservice: Edel and Kraehe wear ''very'' revealing outfits.
* NamedByTheAdaptation: Ahiru and Rue are given the surnames "Arima" and "Kuroda", respectively, as opposed to the anime where they went by OnlyOneName.
* NotAsYouKnowThem: Edel, who was a friendly, expositional puppet in the anime, is here a sultry human shopkeeper who advises Tutu [[spoiler: and Kraehe]].
* PrincessesPreferPink: Princess Tutu's outfit is pink.
* RealityWarper: Mytho's pure heart can grant wishes.
* RunningBothSides: [[spoiler:Edel is manipulating Tutu and Kraehe]].
* SaveTheVillain: Tutu saves Kraehe in the latter's first appearance.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Edel's outfits, especially her final one.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Mai and Yuma.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Mai and Yuma, respectively.
* TransformationNameAnnouncement: Tutu gets one, see InTheNameOfTheMoon above.
* TransformationSequence: Tutu and Kraehe get one; Kraehe's is much more sexualized.
* TransformationTrinket: The pendant; notable in that Kraehe also has one.
* TreacherousAdvisor: [[spoiler: Edel]] turns out to be this for Tutu.
* TheVamp: Kraehe and Edel.