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
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Sometimes a girl, sometimes a duck—but ALWAYS a klutz.
"My feelings are my own!"
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 fact, most of the characters Duck comes across she quickly wins over due to her kind, cheerful personality. Despite her flaws (and sometimes even because
of them), she's an endearing girl that finds it easy to make friends. But, in the end, Duck is
really a duck. When she quacks (which happens often when she's flustered), she turns back into her true form as a duck. But, when wearing her pendant, water turns her back into a girl.
In contrast to Duck is her 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 Hero: 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.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: When Ahiru transforms from a duck to a human, her clothing doesn't change with her—so when she returns to her human form, she's naked. However, thanks to this trope, nothing is ever really shown.
- 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.
- Cannot Spit It Out: Unless she wants to turn into a speck of light.
- Catch Phrase: "Quack!"
- The Chosen One/The Unchosen 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.
- Detached Sleeves: Has detached, puffed sleeves with her Princess Tutu outfit.
- 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 Duck Named Duck: Yes, even though Ahiru may sound like a pretty name, it is really just "duck" in Japanese.
- 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.
- Expy: She might be an expy of the heroine from Sato's earlier work, Prétear, although since Tutu was in the works in the 90's it might be the other way around. They do most certainly share the same English voice actor, though.
- 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.
- 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...?"
- 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.
- Love Triangle: Ahiru loves Mytho. So does Rue. Who does Mytho choose? In the end, Rue. Also because 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: ...Duh.
- 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.
- Older Alter Ego: Princess Tutu is noticeably taller note and more graceful than Ahiru, complete with a melodious voice and stunning dance skills.
- Only Sane Man: 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.
- 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.
- Shapeshifting Lover: Every now and then, this old folktale is referenced in the way Tutu appears to people.
- 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 Versus 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.
- To Become Human
- 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?"
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. Unfortunately, without his emotions to guide him, he often puts himself into danger that's disproportionate to what's at stake — like jumping out a window to save a bird from a crow when the bird knows how to fly and he doesn't
As Princess Tutu starts to return his emotions to him, his true personality starts to slowly be revealed. He's gentle, kind, brave and even a little inquisitive (which only causes his caretakers more headaches once he gets back the feeling of Curiosity). The story claims that he was "a prince who loved everyone — and was also loved by everyone". The more his heart is restored, the more this appears to be true.
However, in the second season Mytho's heart is tainted with the Raven's blood, twisting his selfless personality. Instead of loving everyone, he demands that he be
loved, and starts to search for a pure hearted girl to sacrifice to the Raven. However, Mytho's true personality is still within himself even as the Raven's blood starts to taint him more and more, causing a struggle between the two personalities as they fight for control.
Tropes associated with Mytho:
- Adorkable: In the first season, as he slowly regains more of his heart, Mytho becomes more and more curious about his emotions (much to Fakir and Rue's chagrin).
- 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.
- Badass: After Princess Tutu returns his last heart shard, thus completing his princely persona, he undergoes a Good Costume Switch and then proceeds to defeat the collective asses of several ravens using his conjured sword and a few impressive acrobatic moves.
- 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.
- This was reversed in the first season, where Fakir was the one pushing Mytho around. His domineering treatment of Mytho was his own way of protecting him, however, as Mytho couldn't protect himself.
- 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.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Rue.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome: The root of almost all of Mytho's problems.
- 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/Distressed Dude: Particularly in the first season.
- 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 Laugh: In the second season, natch.
- Evil Wears Black: When he's possessed by the Raven's blood, he wears a black outfit.
- Expy: Mytho might be an expy of Sasame in the anime version of Prétear. They have similar, black-feathered outfits when they turn evil. But Sasame's attitude towards Takako is closer to Rue.
- Extreme Doormat: When he doesn't have his heart.
- Fan Nickname: "The Pantless Wonder", thanks to his endearing trait of running around in nothing but a long shirt (and I do mean nothing but) when not in his school uniform. The "Not Wearing Pants" Dream holds no terror for him.
- 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.
- First Girl Wins: Rue's already established as his girlfriend in the first episode, and they end up together.
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic.
- Friend to All Living Things: In the story. But obviously not the Raven.
- Girl of the Week: 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.
- Gotta Catch Them All: Mytho's heart shards.
- Green Thumb: Siegfried can fly around on winds full of Cherry Blossoms.
- 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: Mytho — or, rather, Prince Siegfried.
- Large Ham: 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.
- 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.
- 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: He has magical powers, and is apparently The Ageless outside of his story.
- Nightmare Fetishist/Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Second season again.
- Official Couple: With Rue.
- Prince Charming
- 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.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black
- 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.
- Tareme Eyes
- Tsurime Eyes: When he's corrupted by Raven's blood in the second season.
- 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.
- Transformation Trauma: 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.
- 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
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"Listen carefully — never come near Mytho again. If you do, I'll make sure you'll pay for it."
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:
- 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. Mostly a non-romantic example, if you ignore the subtext.
- Backstory: His is particularly important to the plot, especially in the second season, when his bloodline is revealed.
- Badass: He's pretty handy with a sword, being in the role of a knight and all.
- Baka: Fakir's Catch Phrase. He uses it both harshly and fondly, depending on the situation.
- 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.
- Character Development/Took a Level in Kindness: Grows to be less and less of a jerkass as the plot goes on.
- 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.
- 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.
- Freudian Excuse: Fakir accidentally killed his own parents by causing a crow attack when one of his stories went out of control.
- 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.
- Harmful to Minors: Fakir witnessed the deaths of his parents — which he blames himself for.
- Heroic BSOD: 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.
- Impossibly Cool Clothes: Subverted — Fakir's clothing gets torn up enough that it's become a popular fandom joke to show him tearing clothing, having a tear even when he's wearing a different costume, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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: Or the duck, as the case may be.
- 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.
- Reality Warper: Fakir has the ability to bend reality to his will by writing stories.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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."
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.note
- Abusive Parents: Kraehe's father is the Raven, and he treats her very abusively, telling her that her human body is "hideous" and that only the Prince and himself could ever love her — and even then, not enough to die for her.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She's the best in her class and has many admirers, but doesn't seem to have much in the way of real friends.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: In the second-to-last episode as part of her Heroic Sacrifice.
- 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).
- Backstory: Rue's begins to be explained in the second season, adding a lot to her character in the process.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: 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.
- 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
- Changeling Tale: She was kidnapped by the Raven as a baby and raised as his own daughter.
- Childhood Friend Romance: She's been in love with Mytho since she was a very little girl.
- 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.]]
- 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.
- 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 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 Duck.
- 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: As Kraehe.
- Expy: Rue's possibly an expy of Fenrir/Takako from Prétear. Possibly the other way around, since Tutu was first thought of long before Pretear came out.
- 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.
- Fille Fatale
- Four-Temperament Ensemble: Melancholic.
- Freudian Excuse: Rue's father emotionally abuses her, and then, when she finds out she was kidnapped as a child and she's not even a crow at all, he tries to kill her.
- 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.
- Half-Human Hybrid: 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.
- 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.
- I Am Who?: It's eventually revealed that she's not actually the Raven's daughter, but a human girl he kidnapped when she was a baby.
- 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: Towards Mytho.
- Love Makes You Evil: And turns you into a Dark Magical Girl.
- Love Martyr: Towards Mytho, particularly in the second season.
- 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.
- Makeup Is Evil: Kraehe wears purple eyeshadow, in contrast to Tutu who doesn't wear any sort of makeup.
- 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.
- The Ojou: So much so that Rue, at one point, insists that Ahiru calls her "Rue-sama" ("Lady Rue" in the dub). Ahiru persists in just calling her "Rue-chan" (or just "Rue" in the dub), however.
- 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.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Heh...Raven.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Represent her cruel, cold personality, at least initially.
- Rescue Romance: Mytho once rescued her when she was a little girl.
- School Uniforms Are the New Black
- 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.
- Switched at Birth
- That Girl Is Dead: In the second season Ahiru insists on continuing to call her Rue, no matter how much she insists her name is Kraehe.
- Tsurime Eyes: Always there, but especially prominent when she turns into Kraehe.
- Woman in 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.
- 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?
Herr D. D. Drosselmeyer
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.
- Big Bad
- 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.
- Blood Magic: He could still use his powers even after his hands were cut off, by writing with the blood oozing from the stumps where they used to be.
- Catch Phrase: Drossy closes every episode preview with "All children that love stories come, gather 'round..."
- 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 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.
- 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.
- God Is Evil: Or the writer is, but when you're a character in a story he might as well be God.
- Greek Chorus
- Karma Houdini
- Large Ham: 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.
- 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.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Stories with happy endings are "boring" to him.
- 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.
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 Parents: 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.
- Big Bad: The in-universe one.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Don't ask us how she does her hair. We don't know, either.
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. Secretly, she's a puppet controlled by Drosselmeyer to push her in the right direction.
Don't stare at this picture too long; you might end up having to marry him.
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.
- Kitty Ears Lawyer: Mr. Cat, for all his comic relief, is a genuinely accomplished teacher who is actually capable of dispensing valuable advice to Duck.
- 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 Cat A Fish: 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.
Pique and Lilie
(on Rue's dancing)
Ahiru: “Wow, so pretty!”
Lilie: “Totally unlike Duck.”
Pique: “Oh, she got depressed.”
: “Oh no, did she really get depressed? How cute!”
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:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Pique's crush on Fakir seems to be based on this.
- Comedic Sociopathy: Lilie's defining character trait.
- Damsel in Distress: In the second season, Pique nearly gets her heart taken out by Mytho when the raven's blood in his heart possesses him. However, Princess Tutu rescues her before that can happen.
- A Day in the Limelight: Pique has Akt 16.
- Genki Girl: Especially Lilie.
- Girlish Pigtails: Lilie has these.
- Hair Decorations: Pique has two clips on the side while Lilie wears big pink bows in her pigtails.
- Jerkass: Lilie's done some pretty questionable things to her friends.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Pique, by contrast, genuinely wants the best for Duck, but is still pretty insulting towards her.
- The Matchmaker: Pique because she genuinely wants to see Ahiru happy... Lilie because she thinks Fakir's dark, mysterious image will clash well with Ahiru and cause lots of drama.
- Morphic Resonance: Their crow forms in the finale share their hairstyles.
- Muggle Best Friend: Both of them are this for Ahiru—they're genuinely normal human girls, but Ahiru is a duck transformed into a girl who's also in the role of a storybook princess.
- Rubber Face: Lilie does this to Ahiru often.
- Satellite Characters: They're mostly just there to be Ahiru's Muggle Best Friends and give her life as a girl a sense of normalcy.
- Shipper on Deck: Lilie and Pique both ship Fakir/Ahiru, albeit for different reasons. See The Matchmaker.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Pique's name can also be spelled as "Pike".
- Those Two Girls
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Brash, outgoing Pique is the tomboy while cute, giggly Lilie is the girly girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Pique, a tomboy who likes to take ballet.
- Wistful Amnesia: In the Where Are They Now epilogue, Pique and Lilie seem to remember that they had a third companion, but don't think any of it.
- With Friends Like These...: You really have to wonder how Ahiru puts up with them all the time.
Here to continue the story... zura.
is a young girl puppet made by Charon, Fakir's foster father, from the burnt remains of Edel
. Curious and emotional, she's fascinated by Ahiru's ability to transform from a duck to a human, and causes several 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?"
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. Firstly, it soon becomes obvious that his egotistical attitude is covering up for a massive inferiority complex, and when Fakir turns out to be extremely gifted in the Story Spinning powers
while he himself might not even have them, he starts to fluster about for what his true purpose in life is. Also, he's given a brief scene where he confesses love for Rue - which actually sets her down the path towards discovering her origins and defying her father
. In the end, he's an interesting enough character that he's gained a small but dedicated following in the fandom.
Tropes associated with Autor:
- 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?"
- 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.
- 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
- 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: The final episode, again. Fakir gets attacked by the leader of the Book Men, and Autor fends off his attacker using only a book and his bare hands. Did I mention the other guy has an axe? Yeah.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: It's either blue or purple, depending on who you ask, but it still counts as stylized black.
Victims of the week
and other one-off characters.
From Akt 2. An anthropomorphic anteater who strives to overthrow Rue as prima donna; part of her scheme involves getting Mytho to pick her for a dance. She turns out to possess the first of Mytho's heart shards that Tutu must recover - the feeling of disappointment.
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.
- Beehive Hairdo: A purple one, no less.
- 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.
- The Lost Lenore: Her deceased husband, who was her inspiration for running the restaurant.
- 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.
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
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.
From Akt 9. A shy student with a passion for art. Her heart shard is devotion
Fakir's adopted father, a swordmaker. He introduced Fakir to "The Prince and the Raven" when the latter was just a boy. His heart shard is regret
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tropes that apply to more than one character or a group of characters.