Characters / Princess Tutu

On this page, you'll find information on the characters of Princess Tutu. Please note: since a lot of Tutu's plot revolves around Character Development and Back Story, 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!

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     Ahiru ("Duck")
Sometimes a girl, sometimes a duck—but ALWAYS a klutz.

"My feelings are my own!"

Voiced by: Nanae Katou (JP), Luci Christian (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 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 Magical Girl, 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, 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 contrast to Duck is her Magical Girl 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 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 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 ADV Films' English dub, she is named "Duck" (the series' translator spends a lot of time during one DVD Commentary 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 interchangeablynote ).

Tropes associated with Duck/Ahiru:

  • Abstract Apotheosis: Near the end, Princess Tutu becomes a symbol of hope to the other characters in the story, fully personifying the heartshard that she used to transform.
  • All-Loving Heroine: Both Ahiru and Princess Tutu—the latter because she always saves the Victim of the Week by helping them admit their true feelings, and the former because she essentially saves everyone in the end with hope.
  • Animal Motifs: Ducks, of course; the whole Ahiru->Princess Tutu transformation is a metaphor for the ugly duckling turning into a swan. In the end, she saves the day as a duck, implying she is better as herself.
  • Ascended Extra: In-universe, Princess Tutu; she is an extremely minor character in "The Prince and the Raven" and only appears in a couple sentences.
  • Badass Pacifist: She's not a fighter, but can accomplish quite a lot on her own through a combination of sheer love, hope, and excellent dancing.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Ahiru does in her out-of-school outfit, although the end result looks quirky and even silly instead of sexy.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: 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.
  • Break the Cutie: She really gets put through the wringer at several points, most notably when she nearly kills herself over despair from being unable to get her pendant off to return to Mytho.
  • Catch Phrase: "Quack!"
  • The Chosen One: Played with. Drosselmeyer specifically selected her as Princess Tutu, but she didn't exactly "follow the plot", so to say.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: 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.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: 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.
  • Disappears into Light: Princess Tutu's fate, should she confess her feelings to Mytho. 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.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Yes, even though Ahiru may sound like a pretty name, it is really just "duck" in Japanese. 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.
  • Driven to Suicide: 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 Reality Warper powers. She gets better, though.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Subverted. 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.
  • Fiery Redhead: Ahiru. Tutu...not so much.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine.
  • Genki Girl: Ahiru has quite a lot of energy, which is particularly shown through her tendencies to ramble. She's much calmer as Princess Tutu, however.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Princess Tutu's quest to find the missing pieces of Mytho's heart.
  • Green Thumb: Princess Tutu can grow a plant of vines to help herself get around.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: Ahiru has major issues with her self esteem, partially because she thinks of herself as "just a duck".
  • Hope Bringer: Princess Tutu represents hope. This is what saves the town and ends Drosselmeyer's story. Also, 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.
  • Humanity Ensues: She's a duck who is granted the power to transform into a human, and then again into a Magical Girl. Her name in Japanese is, in fact, Duck (Ahiru), and she regains her duck form whenever she accidentally lets slip a quack.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the end, she allows herself to give up her pendant - Mytho's last heart shard - so he can save Rue, whom he'd fallen in love with.
  • Iconic Item: Ahiru's pendant.
  • Idiot Hair: 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.
  • Inner Monologue: 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.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes
  • In the Name of the Moon: "Please, won't you dance with me...?"
  • Involuntary Shapeshifter: 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.
  • It Was with You All Along: Her pendant is the Prince's last heart shard.
  • Japanese Pronouns: "Atashi".
  • Late for School: Subverted in the first episode, where Ahiru gets confused and actually arrives to school early, causing her Crash-Into Hello 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.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's the Light Feminine to Rue's Dark Feminine, especially in regards to Mytho.
  • Love at First Sight: Ahiru fell in love with Mytho the first time she saw him...when she was a duck.
  • Love Freak: Tutu, although she's calmer than the other examples of this trope.
  • Loving a Shadow: Unlike Rue, Ahiru was more in love with the idea of Mytho than with Mytho himself; her feelings were more geared towards admiration.
  • Magic Dance: She defeats her enemies and betters their lives by engaging in ballet with them.
  • Magical Girl
  • Magnetic Hero: Ahiru quickly wins over most of the characters she comes across 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.
  • Missed the Call: 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.
  • Motor Mouth: Ahiru tends to ramble a lot.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Particularly in early episodes.
  • Nice Girl: 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.
  • Odd Friendship: With Fakir, once they start to actually listen to each other. With Rue also, in a way.
  • Only Sane Woman: 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.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Princess Tutu has a pink tutu underneath a white dress and pink ballet slippers.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Ahiru often angsts about how she's "just a duck", and towards the end of the series she admits that she wants to stay a girl so she can keep dancing and stay with her friends. But in the end, she gives up her pendant to save Mytho, and returns to being a duck—thanks in part to Fakir, who encourages her to be her true self, and also promises to never leave her.
  • Plucky Girl: Ahiru, at Crowning Moment of Awesome levels.
  • Polly Wants a Microphone: 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 the author.
  • Princess Classic: Tutu dons some of the traits associated with this trope.
  • Rage Against the Author: In the second season, Ahiru begins to actively defy Drosselmeyer.
  • Rapunzel Hair: In her girl form, but not as Princess Tutu.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Fakir's blue.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: In her duck form — check out the image above.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: Her outfit outside of the uniform.
  • Satellite Love Interest: 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.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The Energetic Girl to Fakir's Savvy Guy.
  • Sexier Alter Ego: Princess Tutu is noticeably more graceful than Ahiru, complete with a melodious voice and stunning dance skills.
  • Shapeshifting Excludes Clothing: 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.
  • Shapeshifting Lover: Tutu sometimes appears as a swan to people, and was in love with the Prince from her fairy tale—but she's the one who has to hide something, instead of the Prince.
  • Short Hair with Tail: She has short hair with a long braid that reaches down her knees.
  • Spanner in the Works:
    • The reason Drosselmeyer added her into the story, because nobody was willing to continue it.
    • Becomes this to the Big Bad. Despite being just a duck.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Played straight with Tutu and Mytho in the fairytale. Subverted with Fakir and Ahiru — Ahiru may be stuck in her duck form, but he promises to stay by her side.
  • Tareme Eyes
  • Technician vs. Performer: 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.
  • Tongue-Tied: She cannot tell Mytho that she loves him, or else she will disappear in a speck of light.
  • Transformation Sequence: Both duck —> human and Ahiru —> Tutu. However, both are surprisingly short.
  • Woman in White: Princess Tutu, who wears a white dress over a pink tutu to emphasize her purity and goodness.
  • Youthful Freckles: Ahiru has them, but not when she's Princess Tutu.

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), Jay Hickman (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 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.

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).
  • The Ageless: Doesn't appear to age outside of his story; in Fakir's and Rue's flashbacks he looks exactly the same.
  • All-Loving Hero: His heart is described as one that loves everybody.
  • Bishōnen
  • Cain and Abel: 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.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: 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.
  • Catch Phrase: "I don't know" and other noncommittal phrases in the first season — "Love me, and hate everyone else" in the second season.
  • Character Development: Very blatant when it comes to Mytho. With each additional heart shard, we start to see more and more of Mytho's true personality.
  • Chick Magnet: 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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Deconstructed. The only part of his original self that remains intact is his natural urge to protect the weak. 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.
  • Cool Sword: His magical sword — the very tool he used to shatter his heart.
  • The Corruption: What happens to Mytho in the second season as the Raven's blood slowly infects him.
  • Designated Victim: Particularly in the first season, Mytho is constantly targeted by the Monster of the Week and Princess Tutu has to rescue him.
  • Distressed Dude: In the first half of the series, Mytho always gets himself in trouble for Princess Tutu to come and save him.
  • Dull Surprise: His defining, er, "emotion" for much of season 1.
  • Emotionless Boy: A bit unusual in that he's literally emotionless, and a male version of the trope.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Second season, along with Evil Wears Black.
  • Evil Is Hammy: 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.
  • Evil Laugh: In the second season, natch.
  • Evil Wears Black: When he's possessed by the Raven's blood, he wears a black outfit.
  • Extreme Doormat: When he doesn't have his heart, Mytho seems unable to think for himself and does whatever other people order him to do, making him little more than a doll.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When his heart is tainted by Raven's blood, he's quite sardonic and demeaning, especially towards Rue.
  • Feel No Pain: Thanks to his missing heart. This has a tendency to cause problems for him.
  • Fighting from the Inside: In the second season, he sometimes regains control over his raven-induced evil persona, begging Tutu to help him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
  • Friend to All Living Things: In the story. But obviously not the Raven.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: He normally has Tareme Eyes; they turn into Tsurime Eyes when he's corrupted by Raven's blood in the second season.
  • Grew a Spine: As Mytho starts to regain his heart, he slowly starts to not go along with whatever Fakir and Rue tell him to do and begins to make his own decisions. Then things go south when Mytho's heart is tainted by the Raven's blood.
  • Heart Trauma: Mytho's sacrifice of his heart.
  • I Kiss Your Hand: Mytho does this once to Tutu.
  • Innocent Fanservice Guy: He spends an awful lot of time running around in an overly large, barely-fastened white button-down shirt and nothing but.
  • I Shall Taunt You: One of the tactics evil!Mytho uses in the second season.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: His original self was a brave and strong prince who would sacrifice himself to protect the weak and needy.
  • Living MacGuffin: Particularly in the first season, Mytho's main purpose is to be a living plot object that gives Ahiru a motivation to gather his heart shards and make him complete again.
  • Loves My Alter Ego: 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.
  • Man in White: Represents his otherworldliness and mysticism.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: 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.
  • Meaningful Name: As noted above, "Mytho" means "story". Also, Siegfried is the name of the prince from Swan Lake. He's also the main character of The Ring of the Nibelung, and music from that opera plays during some of Siegfried's battle scenes.
  • Messianic Archetype: He eventually slays the Raven and saves the town like he was supposed to, but it wasn't entirely his doing.
  • Mystical White Hair: His hair is white, he has magical powers, and is apparently The Ageless outside of his story.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Second season again.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Noble Male to Fakir's Roguish Male.
  • Official Couple: With Rue.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: "Mytho" is only the name Fakir gave him, so he wouldn't just be called "prince". His real name is Siegfried.
  • Painful Transformation: 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.
  • Petal Power: Siegfried can fly around on winds full of Cherry Blossoms.
  • Prince Charming: His original self before he lost his heart was said to be the classical charming, loving and brave fairy tale prince. This start to show as he regains more of his emotions.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Mytho's eyes turn pink when he's tainted with the Raven's blood.
  • Rei Ayanami Expy: Male example, being pale-haired, beautiful, and curious regarding emotions.
  • Romantic False Lead: For a good part of the series, Mytho serves as Ahiru's love interest, even though their romance seems to be doomed. At the end, Ahiru appears to have developed feelings for Fakir instead and Mytho falls in love with Rue after she sacrifices herself to save him. Mytho/Siegfried makes Rue his princess and leaves with her while Ahiru stays with Fakir, who promised to never leave her even if she now has to stay a duck forever.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: He mostly wears his school uniform when he's not going around in nothing but a long shirt.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Mytho may have sealed away the Raven, but he managed to seal his emotions and personality away in the process, too.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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".
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Played straight with Tutu and Mytho in the fairytale. Defied with him and Rue in the real story: when she's taken away for a Cruel and Unusual Death, his feelings for her return and he goes save her.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has golden eyes and he's a magic prince from a faiy tale.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: 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.
  • The Vamp: Second season — 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.
  • Villainous Breakdown: 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.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: 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.
  • What Is This Feeling?: Just look at the quote at the beginning of his bio. He does this a lot.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Subverted, Mytho's got white hair but he's one of the heroes. 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 Good Costume Switch back into his princely persona.
  • The Wise Prince

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: Takahiro Sakurai (JP), Chris Patton (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 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 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 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 (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:

  • Accidental Murder: Fakir accidentally killed his own parents by causing a crow attack when one of his stories went out of control.
  • All-Encompassing Mantle: In "The Fountain of the Warriors"
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Probably part of the reason Fakir's one of the most popular guys in school. Pique in particular feels this way about him.
  • Ambiguously Brown: 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).
  • Anger Born of Worry: Much of the reason behind his treatment of Mytho in the first season. Fakir knows how Mytho can be reckless and put himself in danger to protect the weak, so he's harsh with Mytho and tries to maintain him under his control to keep him out of trouble.
  • Backstory: His is particularly important to the plot, especially in the second season, when his bloodline is revealed.
  • Birthmark of Destiny: He has a large scar-like birthmark that cuts across his chest, like the wound that ended the prince's knight in the fairy tale. Fakir is thought to be the reincarnation of said knight because of this.
  • Break the Cutie: Part of Fakir's backstory.
  • Cain and Abel: Fakir becomes "Abel" to Mytho's "Cain" once Mytho is tainted with the Raven's blood and Fakir is forced to fight him.
  • Clothing Damage: 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.
  • Compassionate Critic
  • Cool Sword: The Lohengrin sword.
  • Curtains Match the Window: You Gotta Have Green Hair + Green Eyes.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Particularly once he starts to loosen up in the second season.
  • Declaration of Protection: He swore to protect Mytho no matter what.
  • Defrosting Ice King: 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.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: He dreams of fighting the Ghost Knight in Episode 18.
  • Expy: Fakir is possibly an expy of Hayate from Prétear. 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 ironically funny; the finale of Prétear has Hayate explicitly call himself a "Failure of a Knight".
  • Failure Knight: Fakir feels like he has to protect Mytho no matter what. In the second season, we learn that his parents protected him from an attack of crows as a child, which lead to their deaths, and he feels responsible.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Choleric.
  • The Gift: Fakir appears to be exceptionally skilled with the Story-Spinning powers.
  • Green Eyes
  • Hair Color Dissonance: 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.
  • Happily Adopted: He was adopted by the blacksmith Charon. They are introduced in slightly bad terms because Charon initially doesn't approve of Fakir putting himself in danger for Mytho's sake, but it's clear Charon loves Fakir very much and only wishes the best for him.
  • Harmful to Minors: Fakir witnessed the deaths of his parents — which he blames himself for.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: After Ahiru dredges up his suppressed memories of his parents' deaths.
  • I Am Who?: A direct descendant of Drosselmeyer, and gifted with the same Story-Spinning Powers he was.
  • Iconic Outfit: 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.
  • I Just Write the Thing: Non fictional example. 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.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: With Mytho in the second season when Mytho is under the influence of raven blood.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Particularly in the first half.
  • Inner Monologue: Once we get into the second season, we start to hear a little more of his thought processes — and just how angsty and emotionally damaged he can be.
  • In the Hood: 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: 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.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Averted. Fakir is not at all like this, even though he takes on the role of the Knight.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: Is more like this.
  • Leaning on the Furniture
  • Like Brother and Sister: Fakir's relationship with Raetsel. However, Raetsel's so flirty that Ahiru and her friends first think that she's his girlfriend instead.
  • Loners Are Freaks: Not blatant, but the show definitely thinks he's better off once he starts to be slightly more sociable.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend: Starts off as rather antisocial, but grows to be somewhat less so when he and Ahiru become friends.
  • Man in White: In the last few episodes, fitting, since he's now using his Story Spinner powers to fight against the story/Drosselmeyer.
  • Master Swordsman: He's pretty handy with a sword, being in the role of a knight and all.
  • Meaningful Name: Fakir is a word for a sort of Arabian mystic (those guys that walk on coals, for example), which makes him sound mysterious and also hints at his powers.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Brooding demeanor masking heart of gold? Check. Good with ballet and swordplay? Double check. Chance of showing off skin? Frequent.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: The Roguish Male to Mytho's Noble Male.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ahiru.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: 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.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Fakir's hairstyle sometimes hides one of his eyes, as it did during his Slipknot Ponytail moment
  • Perpetual Frowner: So much so that when Fakir smiles, it's a big deal.
  • Pet the Dog: The moments in which he's so kind to Ahiru in her duck form (unaware it's really Ahiru) is when we start to realize Fakir is not that bad of a guy.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: 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).
  • Quivering Eyes: Fakir has these a couple of times, notably when he starts to remember his parents' deaths. Meant to be disturbing, but tends to be unintentionally humorous.
  • Rage Against the Author: Fakir's goal in the second season.
  • Red Herring: In early episodes, it's quite easy to think of him as the human incarnation of the Raven, given how his hairstyle looks like black tail feathers and his less than friendly personality. If you look closely however, said hair is green, which is a hint to his true nature.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ahiru's red.
  • Rewriting Reality: Fakir has the ability to bend reality to his will by writing stories.
  • Rummage Sale Reject: When he's not in his uniform or knight costume.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: He and Ahiru, oh so much.
  • Second Love: Fakir becomes this for Ahiru.
  • Secret Keeper: 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.
  • Self-Made Orphan: A story he wrote as a child went out of control and caused the deaths of his parents.
  • Shirtless Scene: Several, mostly to show off Fakir's important birthmark (...but probably also for fanservice).
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Early fansubs wrote his name as Fakia.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Subverted — Ahiru turns back into a duck in the end, but Fakir promises to always stay by her side.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Maybe one of the best examples ever.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Grows to be less and less of a jerkass as the plot goes on.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: 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 powers.
  • Troubled, but Cute
  • Tsurime Eyes: Particularly angular earlier on, but his eyes soften ever so slightly as he defrosts.
  • The Unsmile: According to Pique.
    Pique: He smiled. It totally ruins his bad-boy appeal!
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has dark green hair.

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: Nana Mizuki (JP), Jessica Boone (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 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, 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, 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:

  • Absolute Cleavage: As Kraehe, her bodice only consists of two narrow straps of black fabric rising from the waistline to cover her boobs.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has dark hair, is distant from her peers and has many admirers.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: In the second-to-last episode, Rue confesses her love for Mytho as she offers to have her own heart eaten to save him.
  • Animal Motifs: 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).
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Mytho was the first person to show Rue compassion and treat her kindly, which is why she fell deeply in love with him.
  • Beneath the Mask: Initially, it looks like aloof, enigmatic Rue is Kraehe's mask. It's quite the other way around-strong, arrogant Kraehe is abused, lonely, and deeply sad Rue's mask.
  • Break the Cutie: Part of her backstory.
  • Broken Bird: A lonely and deeply sad young girl raised by an emotionally abusive father under the belief that she was completely unlovable to anyone but him and Mytho.
  • Changeling Tale: It's eventually revealed that she's not actually the Raven's daughter, but a human girl he kidnapped when she was a baby.
  • Clark Kenting: Makes even less sense than with Ahiru and Tutu, particularly since the personality difference between Rue and Kraehe is much more vague.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: 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.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: She's Raven's daughter.
  • Dark Action Girl: 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.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Rue's begins to be explained in the second season, adding a lot to her character in the process.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Kraehe is perhaps one of the best examples out there.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Even before her alter-ego stepped into the picture, Rue genuinely appeared to be warming up to Ahiru.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: So desperate that Rue makes a guy with literally no heart and emotions pretend to be her boyfriend and orders him to tell her "I love you" so she can pretend that it's real.
  • Distress Ball: Near the end of the anime, she's swallowed and held captive by the Raven. Mytho, after transforming back into Prince Siegfried, rescues her.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: Averted in that it's not so great being the Princess of the Crows. Being Mytho/Siegfried's princess, on the other hand...
  • Evil Wears Black: Princess Kraehe wears an all-black outfit, which contrasts with Princess Tutu and emphasizes the crueler and more manipulative personality she has than when she's Rue.
  • Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: Kraehe wears purple eyeshadow, in contrast to Tutu who doesn't wear any sort of makeup.
  • Femme Fatale: 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.
  • Femme Fatalons: As Kraehe.
  • First Girl Wins: Rue has known and loved Mytho long before Ahiru, and at the end Mytho chooses her to be his princess.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
  • Freudian Excuse: Rue'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.
  • Friendless Background: She's the best in her class and has many admirers, but doesn't seem to have much in the way of real friends.
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: 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.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the end, Rue does a Heroic Sacrifice to save Mytho. After he rescues her, she helps him kill the Raven once and for all.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
  • Human All Along: Rue's father, the Raven, tells her she's a crow born in a human body. 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.
  • I Shall Taunt You: One of Kraehe's favorite tactics — probably taking after Papa Raven.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The point where the series starts its Genre Shift can be marked with the introduction of Princess Kraehe.
  • Leitmotif: Satie's Gymnopedies.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's the dark feminine to Ahiru's light.
  • Love at First Sight: She instantly fell in love with Mytho after he saved her.
  • Love Makes You Evil: And turns you into a Dark Magical Girl.
  • Love Martyr: Towards Mytho, particularly in the second season.
  • Love Redeems: It's true that her love for Mytho was the reason for her evil actions in the first place, but at the end, Rue realizes she loves Mytho too much to let the Raven fully take control over him. She turns against the Raven and helps Mytho/Siegfried defeat him once and for all.
  • Meaningful Name: "Kraehe" is German for "crow". Rue probably comes from the English word meaning; "to regret", which is exactly how she comes to feel about tainting Mytho with raven's blood. The In-Universe explanation for Rue is that Kraehe just took the last syllable of the Japanese characters to spell Kraehe.
  • Ms. Fanservice: As Princess Kraehe.
  • Official Couple: With Mytho.
  • Painful Transformation: Kraehe's transformation scene includes her body being wrapped in thorns as she screams in pain.
  • Parental Abandonment: Kidnapped as a child by the Raven from her human parents, then emotionally abused by him.
  • Precocious Crush: She's been in love with Mytho since she was a very little girl. And yes, Mytho looked exactly the same back then.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: She has very dark hair and pale skin. She's also very beautiful and is greatly admired by her peers.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Represent her cruel, cold personality, at least initially.
  • Rescue Romance: How her attraction to Mytho began. 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.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black: She is almost always in her school uniform.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: She loves only Mytho. It doesn't matter if he is an emotionless doll, corrupted by Raven's blood, turned into a monster or just his real self.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": 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 the meaning behind it.
  • That Woman Is Dead: In the second season Ahiru insists on continuing to call her Rue, no matter how much she insists her name is Kraehe.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Always there, but especially prominent when she turns into Kraehe.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Oh Rue... you're completely broken and we get it, but did you really think that any story controlled by Drosselmeyer would have anyone end up happy?

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), 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 Genre Savvy, 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 The Woobie 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:

  • Author Powers: Directly interacts with his characters at points.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: 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.
  • Big Bad
  • Bright Is Not Good: He wears a long colorful coat and has long, flowing white hair, but don't let that distract you as he's a remorseless sadist that thrives on his characters being miserable.
  • Catch Phrase: Drossy closes every episode preview with "All children that love stories come, gather 'round..."
  • The Chooser of The One: He was the one who chose Ahiru to be Princess Tutu, but he admits he didn't have any particular reason for it. He simply found it "amusing".
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: Drosselmeyer died after the angry townsfolk cut off his hands to stop him from warping reality with his writing, but he managed to bring the writing machine into existence by writing in his own blood.
  • Creator Breakdown: In-universe as part of his backstory. Drosselmeyer was a profitable writer 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: He kept writing after his hands were chopped off, just to keep fooling around with his stories even after death.
  • Downer Ending: Determined to induce this into his story. The others disagree.
  • Eccentric Mentor: Subverted. Drosselmeyer is kooky, he's the one who gives Ahiru her powers and guides her along the way... But he really wants the characters to be trapped in an endless cycle of death, rebirth and tragedy.
  • Evil Is Hammy: 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.
  • Evil Laugh: In every episode preview he has a low evil chuckle, and he seems to have a evil laugh pretty much Once an Episode.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a lying Manipulative Bastard that toys with people's lives because he thinks that any happy ending is a boring one, but he's surprisingly polite.
  • The Fatalist: In a way. When Drosselmeyer wonders 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 Rage Against the Author of the other characters.
  • For the Evulz: 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.
  • God Is Evil: Or the writer is, but when you're a character in a story he might as well be God.
  • Graceful Loser: 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.
  • Greek Chorus
  • Karma Houdini: His plans are foiled, but he himself doesn't seem particularly bothered by this and goes off to mess with others instead.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: 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.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Fakir, I am your great-great-great grandfather.
  • Mad Artist
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: 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 Sadistic Choice made her realize she didn't want to follow his commands anymore.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Drosselmeyer's leitmotif is the Nutcracker March played in a minor key. Often, it's played on an organ for extra creepiness.
  • People Puppets: Drosselmeyer's powers apparently give him this ability.
  • The Philosopher
  • Psycho for Hire: Before his death, it's implied that Drosselmeyer would happily write any story — and in the end, that's what got him killed.
  • Rewriting Reality
  • Slasher Smile/Cheshire Cat Grin: He bounces between both, depending on the mood he's in at the moment.
  • Time Stands Still: Whenever he speaks to Ahiru or Fakir. Justified as they're his characters, so he can do whatever he wants.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Stories with happy endings are "boring" to him.

    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:

  • Abusive Dad: To Rue, constantly belittling her and telling her nobody will ever love her besides him and Mytho. And tries to eat her heart at least once.
  • Animalistic Abomination: It only looks like a raven, and very vaguely at that.
  • Big Bad: The in-universe one.
  • Big Bad Duumvirate: With Drosselmeyer.
  • Dark is Evil: Big and black; shadows follow wherever his magic is.
  • Diabolus ex Nihilo: 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.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A monstrous, shadowy entity that can corrupt people and only has a vaguely solid form.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: His abduction of Rue.
  • Large and in Charge: 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.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Raven is revealed to be Rue's father in the second season. Except not really, her parents were actually normal humans, and she was kidnapped as an infant.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The in-universe villian, with glowing red eyes. Sometimes, they're the only part of him we can see.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: He was sealed away by the Prince.

Secondary Characters

Don't ask us how she does her hair. We don't know, either.
"May those who accept their fate find happiness; may those who defy it, glory."
Voiced by: Akiko Hiramatsu (JP), Christine Auten (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.

  • Anime Hair: She has her hair piled in a Beehive Hairdo with the sidelines just appearing to be floating around it.
  • Artificial Human: Secretly, she's a puppet controlled by Drosselmeyer to push her in the right direction.
  • Beehive Hairdo: She somehow keeps her hair piled in a conical shape on the top of the head.
  • Cryptic Conversation: She always speaks in enigmatic and ominous poetic phrases that confuse Ahiru more than help her.
  • Foreshadowing: The music that plays from her organ is "Dance of the Automatons" from Coppelia, a reference to her true nature.
  • Go Out with a Smile: While burning alive.
  • Grew Beyond Their Programming: 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.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She sacrifices herself to save Fakir and guide Ahiru and Mytho to safety.
  • Last Request: She asks Ahiru and Mytho to perform a pas de deux for her, which they are more than happy to do.
  • Meaningful Name: Edel's name literally means "noble" or "precious" but most certainly comes from "Edelstein" - Gemstone, referring to the stones she collects and sells.
  • The Mentor: Dispenses useful bits of advice at crucial moments.
  • Ms. Exposition: Edel is an in-universe one: she is a puppet made for just this purpose by Drosselmeyer.
  • The Philosopher
  • Spirit Advisor: Appears as such in the second season to Uzura, who is made from parts of her body.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: One of the more egregious examples; her hair is a mint green color.

Don't stare at this picture too long; you might end up having to marry him.
Voiced by: Yasunori Matsumoto (JP), Todd Waite (EN)

Neko-sensei/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.

  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Played for Laughs; his standard threat of punishment for any misbehavior by female students.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue, it's revealed that the curse being lifted made him into a normal cat. But he seems to be happier this way.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Mr. Cat, for all his comic relief, is a genuinely accomplished teacher who is actually capable of dispensing valuable advice to Duck.
    • This is most prominent in his classes as well - he puts an emphasis on knowing the basics and doing them well, even at a professional level and outright refuses to give pointe shoes to Duck because he feels she's not ready. This last part is somewhat Truth in Television - girls are typically not allowed to go en pointe until they show strong fundamental technique and their feet have finished growing.
  • Cat Girl: Or, rather, a cat-man. Even if he's more of an anthro cat than a man with cat features.
  • Catch Phrase: "You have to [insert command here], or YOU WILL HAVE YOU MARRY MEEEEE!"
  • Dirty Old Man: Mr. Cat is a minor example - he's not so much "dirty" as just obsessed with marriage.
  • Hot for Student: 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 Admirers — 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 Talking Animal characters.
  • Morphic Resonance: When he is turned into a crow in the finale, he still retains his purple splotch and eyes.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: 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.

    Pique and Lilie
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), Cynthia Martinez (EN)
Lilie voiced by: Yuri Shiratori (JP), Sasha Paysinger (EN)

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:

Here to continue the story... zura.
Voiced by: Erino Hazuki (JP), Christine Auten (EN)

Uzura is a young girl puppet made by Charon, Fakir's foster father. Curious and emotional, she's fascinated by Ahiru's ability to transform from a duck to a human, and causes several awkward moments between Ahiru and Fakir.

"I'm sorry, I wasn't able to hear that over my own ego."
"Just what is it that you know?"
"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 several cameos showing him shushing people at the library and hovering in the background 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 Training from Hell 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 Character Development that make him more than just an overenthusiastic Info Dump vehicle. 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:

  • Attention Whore: 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.
  • Break the Haughty: Autor's pride gets absolutely thrashed in the course of the story.
  • Catch Phrase: "Would you please be quiet?"
  • Chekhov's Gunman: 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.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: 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?"
  • Hair Color Dissonance: It's either blue or purple, depending on who you ask, but it still counts as stylized black.
  • Heroic Bystander: In the final episode. Considered by some to be his Crowning Moment of Awesome.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Hinted at being the driving force behind his research.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: It soon becomes obvious that his egotistical attitude is covering up for a massive inferiority complex.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: 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.
  • Leaning on the Furniture
  • Loners Are Freaks
  • Love at First Sight: When he meets Rue.
  • Male Gaze: 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.
  • Meaningful Name: "Autor" is German (and coincidentally Spanish) for "author".
  • Megane: Occasionally something of a male meganekko, but not always.
  • Mr. Exposition: Really, when it comes right down to it, this is Autor's main purpose for being in the show.
  • Mysterious Watcher
  • Nightmare Fetishist: 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Believe it or not, Autor may qualify — he's the only character outside of the main cast that seems to realize that Gold Crown Town is being controlled by one of Drosselmeyer's stories.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: We don't even see Autor's eyes until he talks to Fakir in akt 21.
  • School Uniforms Are the New Black
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He's given a brief scene where he confesses his love for Rue - which actually sets her down the path towards discovering her origins and defying her father.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some fans still use the Japanese romanization of his name, "Aotoa". Author and Arthur show up sometimes, as well.
  • Take Over the World: According to the Japanese official website, Autor's goal is "world domination".
  • Unstoppable Rage: In the final episode Fakir gets attacked by the leader of the Book Men, who's wielding an axe, and Autor fends off his attacker using only a book and his bare hands.

     Minor Characters 

Victims of the week and other one-off characters.


Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (JP), Tiffany Grant (EN)

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.


Voiced by: Rie Ishizuka (JP), Kelly Manison (EN)

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.

  • Always Someone Better: She mentions her husband's cooking was this to her own.
  • Back for the Finale: Makes a cameo in the finale as one of the people turned back from being ravens.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Purple hair and eyes.
  • Lethal Chef: 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.
  • Lethal Eatery: Owns one until Princess Tutu takes the shard of Mytho's heart, and she begins to move into Supreme Chef category.
  • The Mourning After: Her deceased husband was her inspiration for running the restaurant. The gap in her heart came from her grief over her husband's death.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Purple hair, no less.

Wili Maiden

Voiced by: Romi Park (JP), Robin Terry (EN)

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 Giselle, who in turn was based off of the wilis of Slavic folklore. Her heart shard is sorrow.


Voiced by: Masako Katsuki (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN)

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 Aurora, her dream role). Her heart shard is fear.

  • Even the Girls Want Her: She has several female admirers in-universe.
  • Happily Married: Her husband openly supports her and even offers to postpone opening night for her well-being.
  • Performance Anxiety: Although normally a capable ballerina who has no problem with this trope, Mytho's heart shard manifests itself this way, causing this to happen.


Voiced by: Erino Hazuki (JP), Kira Vincent-Davis (EN)

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


Voiced by: Mugihito (JP), Robert Leeds (EN)

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

  • The Blacksmith: He's the local blacksmith.
  • Good Parents: Despite limited screentime, he does seem to genuinely care about Fakir and acts mostly for Fakir's own interests.
  • My Greatest Failure: The gap in his heart came from his regret over introducing Fakir to "The Prince and the Raven" and telling him that his birthmark was a sign that Fakir was the knight from the story reborn. This ended up inspiring Fakir to fight as Mytho's knight, even if his fate is to die protecting the prince. Princess Tutu got Charon to let go of his regrets by advising him to have faith in Fakir.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Charon or Karon?


Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (JP), Kaytha Coker (EN)

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.

  • Back for the Finale: Makes a cameo in the finale as one of the people turned back from being ravens.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Golden hair, golden eyes.
  • Damsel in Distress: Nearly gets her heart taken as a sacrifice twice by a corrupted Mytho. Princess Tutu saves her both times.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has blonde hair (with golden eyes to match), and her kindness and purity of heart are particularly emphasized.
  • The Ingenue: A sweet, pure-hearted innocent girl who loves everyone.
  • Innocent Flower Girl: Loves flowers and often spends her free time watering the school's gardens.
  • Meaningful Name: Freya is a Scandinavian fertility goddess often visually associated with flowers.
  • Nice Girl: 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.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has very long, waist-length hair.


Voiced by: Papaya Suzuki (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

Femio only shows up in Akt 17, but if you've seen the series, 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.

The Ghost Knight

From Akt 18. His heart shard is pride.

  • Blood Knight: 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.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Murdered his lover because she was a spy for another country.
  • Would Hit a Girl: 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.


Voiced by: Tomoe Hanba (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)

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.

  • Damsel in Distress: Nearly gets her heart taken by a corrupted Mytho, but Princess Tutu manages to save her.
  • Motor Mouth: She gets into this mode when she's denying having any feelings for Lysander.
  • Shout-Out: She, Lysander, and her "Bottom" donkey alias are references to A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Smitten Teenage Girl: In love with Lysander, a sculptor. 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.


Voiced by: Sayuri Yoshida (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

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

  • Cool Big Sis: 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.
  • Damsel in Distress: Ends up being the fifth person to be targeted by a corrupted Mytho as a sacrifice for the Raven.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: 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.
  • Hair Decorations: Wears a large pink bow in her hair.
  • Like Brother and Sister: She herself states that she's like a big sister to Fakir.
  • Love Triangle: 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.
  • Meaningful Name: Raetsel is German for "riddle" or "mystery" which plays off her mysterious role in the first half of her episode.
  • Second Love: Raetsel was in love with Charon, but ends up marrying another man.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Rachel".
  • Woman in White: When she goes to meet Mytho in order to be a sacrifice to the Raven, she's wearing a wedding dress.

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