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''Tutenstein'' is an Emmy-Award-winning animated television series, produced by [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresFromTheBookOfVirtues Porchlight Entertainment]] for [[Creator/DiscoveryChannel Discovery Kids]]. It also airs on [[Creator/ToonDisney Jetix]] in Turkey. It began broadcasting on November 1, 2003. The half-hour series features young mummy Tutankhensetamun (based on real-life Tutankhamun and usually called "Tutenstein" as in the title) who is awakened about 3,000 years after his accidental death and now has to face the fact that his kingdom is gone.

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!!Tropes:

* AdventurerArchaeologist: Cleo's father, (and Cleo at heart, if her dreams are any indication). The trope shows up a few other times during the show's run in minuscule ways.
* AesopAmnesia: Most episodes involve Tut learning that he should treat his friends well and/or not use magic for selfish reasons. It never sticks.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Luxor fits the bill, when you see the episode where he and Chloe have a Freaky Friday Moment. "Perhaps I could wear that powder blue mini with a matching nehru jacket. I think Jake would find me quite fetching in it!"
* BadBoss: Set isn't just an evil god, he treats his minions rather horribly.
* BigBad: Set.
* BlackAndNerdy: Cleo, at least when it comes to Egyptology.
* BlessedWithSuck: Arguably, Luxor. The scepter's magic made him intelligent and able to speak, but also forced him to become Tut's ExtremeDoormat BeleagueredAssistant.
** Luxor also counts as a ButtMonkey and a {{Woobie}}.
* BrainFood / HorrorHunger: Discussed early in the series, when Cleo and Luxor watch a mummy movie together.
--> '''Cleo''': Luxor, this movie is so cheesy it's great! What are you so scared about?
--> '''Luxor''': That mummy eats brains!
--> '''Cleo''': Luxor, get real! Tutenstein's a mummy, he doesn't eat brains!
--> '''Luxor''': ''So far.''
** Ironically, the Ancient Egyptians believed the center of one's personality and knowledge was the heart, not the brain.
* CatsAreMean: Averted with Luxor, who's one of the most good-natured characters in the series.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Did you just trap [[EldritchAbomination Apep]] with a fishing net?
* DisappearedDad: Cleo's father. It's never clear exactly what happened to him.
* DisproportionateRetribution: It's hard to blame the gods for being annoyed with [[JerkAss Tuten]][[RoyalBrat stein]], but threatening a ten-year-old child with eternal damnation for crimes like vandalizing a wall or cheating at a board game seems a ''little'' harsh.
** Cleo even points this out, mentioning that in spite of his position, is just a kid.
* DownerEnding: "The Comeback Kid". [[spoiler:Not only does Tut turn back into a mummy, ''he will never get the chance to become flesh and blood again''.]] FridgeLogic makes the whole series kind of a downer from then on.
* ElvisImpersonator: The characters visited a convention of them in "The King of Memphis".
* EternalEnglish: Tutenstein and the Egyptian gods all speak modern English, though Tut has JustAStupidAccent. Presumably [[AWizardDidIt the Scepter of Was did it]].
* FishOutOfTemporalWater
* FiveManBand: Sort of....
** TheHero: Cleo
** TheLancer: Tut (Subversion, he's the star)
** TheSmartGuy: Luxor (also the TeamPet)
** TheBigGuy(s): Kyle and Jake
** TheChick: Natasha
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: In "Day of the Undead," Tut walks among mortals on Halloween, impressing trick-or-treaters with how much his costume looks and smells like a long-dead Egyptian mummy.
* LargeHam: Tut
* LosingYourHead
* MagicSkirt: in this case it's Tut's shendyt.
* MagicWand: The Scepter of Was functions as one.
* MeanBoss: You probably wouldn't want to work for Horace Bedhety, but he's mostly just vain and petty.
* MeaningfulName: Cleo's full name is Cleopatra Carter. The first part is obvious, while "Carter" alludes to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Carter Howard Carter]], the archaeologist who found the original Tutankhamun's tomb.
* NephariousPharaoh: Tut is not and never has been a merciful person.
* NeverSayDie: Completely averted.
* NiceHat: Tut's gigantic nemes headress. He only takes it off a few times in the entire series.
* NotAMask: "I wear no mask. This is the face of royalty, of authority, of magnificence."
* NotGrowingUpSucks: An occasional source of angst for Tut. It comes to a head in "Old Man Tut", when he uses magic to grow into a teenager so he can cut off his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Youth_side_lock sidelock of youth]], but then has to deal with RapidAging.
* PaperThinDisguise: Cleo's pink hoodie and a pair of sunglasses are the only precautions Tut ever takes.
* PowerTrio:
** Id: Tut
** Ego: Chloe
** Superego: Luxor
* PrincessInRags: With a dash of denial.
* PullingThemselvesTogether
* RipVanTinkle: Tut's first act after being brought back from the dead is to run to the bathroom.
* RoyalBrat: Tut acts like a spoiled little JerkAss most of the time.
* SassyBlackWoman: Cleo has her moments.
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem: Well, he is the Pharaoh...
* ServileSnarker: Luxor, so very much.
* SlapSlapKiss: Cleo and Tutenstein's relationship is full of this. Enter {{Squick}} here.
** Cleo even gets a HeIsNotMyBoyfriend moment at one point.
** YMMV of course, but she compares him to a little brother at the beginning of the series, and there are more than a few references to babysitting throughout the rest of the series. This show can truly be praised as one of the very few in which a male and female duo of main characters do ''not'', in fact, have any romantic ties.
* SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration: Strangely, Tut has been referred to as "rotting" many, many times during the series, and it's a running gag. But the definition of mummy is a dead body that in fact does ''not'' rot. It's never revealed whether or not Tut can heal (though the evidence points to: no).
* SophisticatedAsHell: Tut has quite an extensive vocabulary, excellent manners, and an affinity for modern youth slang.
* StagesOfMonsterGrief: Initially averted. Tut accepts his undead-ness as part of his identity almost immediately. Later, when he begins to realize he'll be this way forever, it's played with. He mourns his flesh-and-blood body, and the fact that he'll never "grow up".
* StatusQuoIsGod
* TalkingAnimal: Luxor.
* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Presumably the reason Tut keeps himself hidden. It's never stated directly, but it's frequently said that for Tut being out in the open is not "safe", and it's hard to imagine anything else that would convince him to stay quiet.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: As with [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Aang and Katara]], Cleo is taller because she's two years older.
* UndeadChild
* UndeathlyPallor: Afroasiatic Tut, in death, is somehow a pale green color (the dark color of his exposed hands and feet make this kind of confusing.)
* UndeathAlwaysEnds: Averted - by the end of the series, Tutenstein is still a living mummy.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Tut and Cleo.
* WalkLikeAnEgyptian: Naturally.
* ZombieGait: Tut pulls this in the show's opening, and every once in a while in the show as well.

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