On this page, you'll find information on the characters of ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Please note: since a lot of Tutu's plot revolves around Main/CharacterDevelopment and Main/BackStory, '''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!

!'''Main Characters'''


[[folder: Ahiru ("Duck")/Princess Tutu]]
[[caption-width-right:300:Sometimes a girl, sometimes a duck--but ALWAYS a klutz.]]

-->''"My feelings are my own!"''

-->'''Voiced by''': Nanae Katou (JP), Creator/LuciChristian (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 [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses 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 MagicalGirl, 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, [[TechnicianVersusPerformer 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 MagicalGirl 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 [[GottaCatchThemAll 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 [[CanNotSpitItOut 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 Creator/ADVFilms' English dub, she is named "Duck" (the series' translator spends a lot of time during one DVDCommentary 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 interchangeably[[note]]''Outside'' the core PT fandom, though, the fight gets nastier, as it serves as a particularly large lightning rod for the eternal SubbingVersusDubbing war. Those who use "Ahiru" exclusively are MUCH more insistent about it, so those who prefer "Duck" have largely been confined to sites where the English dub is discussed[[/note]]).

!!!Tropes associated with Duck/Ahiru:
* AbstractApotheosis: Near the end, Princess Tutu becomes [[spoiler:a symbol of hope to the other characters in the story, fully personifying the heartshard that she used to transform.]]
* AllLovingHeroine: Both Ahiru and Princess Tutu--the latter because she always saves the VictimOfTheWeek by helping them admit their true feelings, and the former because [[spoiler:she essentially saves ''everyone'' in the end with hope]].
* AnimalMotifs: Ducks, of course; the whole Ahiru->Princess Tutu transformation is a metaphor for the ugly duckling turning into a swan. [[spoiler:In the end, she saves the day as a duck, implying she is better as herself.]]
* BadassPacifist: She's not a fighter, but can accomplish quite a lot on her own through a combination of sheer love, hope, and excellent dancing.
* BareYourMidriff: Ahiru does in her out-of-school outfit, although the end result looks quirky and even silly instead of sexy.
* BeYourself: [[spoiler: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.]]
* BreakTheCutie: She ''really'' gets put through the wringer at several points, most notably when [[spoiler:she nearly kills herself over despair from being unable to get her pendant off to return to Mytho]].
* CatchPhrase: "Quack!"
* TheChosenOne: [[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]. Drosselmeyer specifically selected her as Princess Tutu, but she didn't exactly "follow the plot", so to say.
* ClarkKenting: Subverted. While Tutu and Duck clearly have the same face and hair color, her identity is obscured by the fact the Tutu transformation 1. gives her a much shorter and neater hairstyle 2. physically ages her up by a few years 3. makes her MUCH more proficient at ballet than she is in real life and 4. to the vast majority of people sans the main characters, appears to be a giant white swan with a crown instead of a young ballerina girl.
* CommonalityConnection: After settling their differences in opinion, the fact they both care for Mytho becomes the foundation for which Duck and Fakir build their partnership and friendship on.
* CrossPoppingVeins
* CuteClumsyGirl: 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.
* DidNotGetTheGuy: [[spoiler: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.]]
* DisappearsIntoLight: Princess Tutu's fate, should she confess her feelings to Mytho. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* ADogNamedDog: Yes, even though Ahiru may sound like a pretty name, it is really just "duck" in Japanese. [[CaptainObvious 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.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Subverted. When she's Princess Tutu, Ahiru becomes a MagicalGirl, as well as a beautiful and graceful ballerina. However, [[spoiler:at the end Ahiru has to accept the person she truly is, and eventually has to give up the ability to become both Tutu and a girl to live as a normal duck forever]].
* FieryRedhead: Ahiru. Tutu...not so much.
* FireForgedFriends: She and Fakir at first don't get along because of their conflicting opinions of how to help Mytho. Eventually, Ahiru gets to know Fakir better and they team up to face Princess Kraehe. This allows them to become closer as allies and friends.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Sanguine.
* GenkiGirl: Ahiru has quite a lot of energy, which is particularly shown through her tendencies to [[MotorMouth ramble]]. She's much calmer as Princess Tutu, however.
* GottaCatchThemAll: Princess Tutu's quest to find the missing pieces of Mytho's heart.
* GreenThumb: Princess Tutu can grow a plant of vines to help herself get around.
* HeroicSelfDeprecation: Ahiru has major issues with her self esteem, partially because she thinks of herself as "just a duck".
* HopeBringer: Princess Tutu represents hope. [[spoiler: This is what saves the town and ends Drosselmeyer's story]]. Also, [[spoiler: 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.]]
* HumanityEnsues: She's a duck who is granted the power to transform into a human, and then again into a MagicalGirl. Her name in Japanese is, in fact, Duck (Ahiru), and she regains her duck form whenever she accidentally lets slip a quack.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In the end, she [[spoiler:allows herself to give up her pendant - Mytho's last heart shard - so he can save Rue, whom he'd fallen in love with]].
* IconicItem: Ahiru's pendant.
* IdiotHair: 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.
* InnerMonologue: 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.
* InnocentBlueEyes
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:Near the end of the story, Ahiru tries to drown herself at a lake. Though this was partly due to her own despair over not being able to get her necklace off to return it to Mytho, and partly Drosselmeyer trying to manipulate Fakir's RealityWarper powers. Fakir arrives to save her and gives her the resolve to finish her role as Princess Tutu without fearing to go back to being just a duck.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: She's a duck who fell in love with a human prince. Normally, being given a human form would fix the problem, but there are more complications in this case. [[spoiler:At the end, Ahiru has to stay a duck forever while Mytho/Siegfried gets together with Rue, but Ahiru accepts this. She still has Fakir to keep her company and it's confirmed he has feelings for her. It's unknown whether they want to be romantically involved with Ahiru being a normal duck again.]]
* InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Please, won't you dance with me...?"
* InvoluntaryShapeshifter: 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.
* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:Her pendant is the Prince's last heart shard]].
* LateForSchool: Subverted in the first episode, where Ahiru gets confused and actually arrives to school ''early'', causing her CrashIntoHello 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''.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: She's the Light Feminine to Rue's Dark Feminine, especially in regards to Mytho.
* LoveAtFirstSight: Ahiru fell in love with Mytho the first time she saw him...when she was a ''duck''.
* LoveFreak: Tutu, although she's calmer than the other examples of this trope.
* LovingAShadow: Unlike Rue, Ahiru was more in love with the idea of Mytho than with Mytho himself; her feelings were more geared towards admiration. At one point she admits to Fakir that she isn't really able to describe ''what'' she likes about Mytho.
* MagicDance: She defeats her enemies and betters their lives by engaging in ballet with them.
* MagicalGirl: A different take on the archetype. When she turns into Princess Tutu, Ahiru gets magical powers and a pretty dress and has a GottaCatchThemAll mission. However, her abilities are mostly limited to dancing instead of sparkly spells and Ahiru is not a normal girl, but a duck who was given magical powers by someone who doesn't have the most benevolent intentions in mind.
* MagneticHero: 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.
* MissedTheCall: [[spoiler: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 acknowledges this.]]
* MotorMouth: Ahiru tends to ramble a lot.
* NaiveNewcomer: Particularly in early episodes.
* NiceGirl: 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.
* OddFriendship: With Fakir, once they start to actually listen to each other. With Rue also, in a way.
* OnlySaneWoman: 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.
* PinkHeroine: Princess Tutu has a pink tutu underneath a white dress and pink ballet slippers.
* PinocchioSyndrome: 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. [[spoiler: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.]]
* PluckyGirl: At awesome levels. Ahiru is a girl who won't give in no matter what.
* PollyWantsAMicrophone: 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. She's able to talk to Drosselmeyer like that, though that might just be because he's [[spoiler: the author]].
* PrincessClassic: Tutu dons some of the traits associated with this trope. She's kind, graceful, demure, wears an elegant ballerina dress and is an amazing dancer. However, it's played with in that she's not meant to have a HappilyEverAfter with her prince.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: [[spoiler:In the second season, Ahiru begins to actively defy Drosselmeyer.]]
* RapunzelHair: In her girl form, but not as Princess Tutu.
* RedOniBlueOni: The red to Fakir's blue.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: In her duck form -- check out the image above.
* RummageSaleReject: Her outfit outside of the uniform.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: The Energetic Girl to Fakir's Savvy Guy.
* SexierAlterEgo: Princess Tutu is noticeably more graceful than Ahiru, complete with a melodious voice and stunning dance skills.
* ShapeshiftingExcludesClothing: 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.
* ShapeshiftingLover: 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.
* ShortHairWithTail: She has short hair with a long braid that reaches down her knees.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: She wants to give Mytho his heart back because she wants him to be the kind and happy PrinceCharming he once was. She also shows attraction towards Fakir only when she gets to see his gentler side.
* SpannerInTheWorks:
** The reason Drosselmeyer added her into the story, because nobody was willing to continue it.
** Becomes this to the BigBad. ''Despite being just a'' '''duck'''.
* StockShoujoHeroine: A somewhat different take on the trope. She's a teenage girl who is clumsy and a bit ditzy, but also has a kind and cheerful personality that inspires hope and loyalty in others. She leads a normal life until she discovers she has received magical powers in order to carry out a fantastic quest. She even gets paired off with a brooding knight. The twist comes in when it's revealed she's actually a duck that got turned into a human by magic. Unlike most MagicalGirl heroines, Ahiru doesn't get involved in magic fights; she instead uses dancing and pep talks to save the VictimOfTheWeek. Also, [[spoiler:she gets a more bittersweet ending than most shoujo protagonists]].
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: This is how she deals with all her opponents that have a heart shard. She talks to them about their problems and gets them to get over their insecurities so they let go of the shard. The most notable case is when she did it to the Ghost Knight.
* TaremeEyes
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: 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.
* TongueTied: She cannot tell Mytho that she loves him, or else she will disappear in a speck of light.
* TransformationSequence: Both duck --> human and Ahiru --> Tutu. However, both are surprisingly short. The promotional trailer gives her a longer and more traditional one, but it's never used in the series proper.
* WomanInWhite: Princess Tutu, who wears a white dress over a pink tutu to emphasize her purity and goodness.
* YouthfulFreckles: Ahiru has them, but not when she's Princess Tutu.


[[caption-width-right:300: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 [[SealedEvilInACan 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 and he 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).
* TheAgeless: Doesn't appear to age outside of his story; in Fakir's and Rue's flashbacks of when they met him, they are both small children, while he looks exactly the same.
* AllLovingHero: His heart is described as one that loves everybody.
* {{Bishonen}}
* CainAndAbel: 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.
* CannotTellALie: 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.
* CatchPhrase: "I don't know" and other noncommittal phrases in the first season -- "Love me, and hate everyone else" in the second season.
* CharacterDevelopment: Very blatant when it comes to Mytho. With each additional heart shard, we start to see more and more of Mytho's true personality.
* ChickMagnet: 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.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: 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''.
* CoolSword: His magical sword -- the very tool he used to shatter his heart.
* TheCorruption: What happens to Mytho in the second season as the Raven's blood slowly infects him.
* DesignatedVictim: Particularly in the first season, Mytho is constantly targeted by the MonsterOfTheWeek and Princess Tutu has to rescue him.
* DistressedDude: In the first half of the series, Mytho always gets himself in trouble for Princess Tutu to come and save him.
* DullSurprise: His defining, er, "emotion" for much of season 1.
* EmotionlessBoy: A bit unusual in that he's ''literally'' emotionless, and a male version of the trope.
* EvilCostumeSwitch: Second season, along with EvilWearsBlack.
* EvilIsHammy: 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.
* EvilLaugh: In the second season, natch.
* EvilWearsBlack: When he's possessed by the Raven's blood, he wears a black outfit.
* ExtremeDoormat: 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.
* FauxAffablyEvil: When his heart is tainted by Raven's blood, he's quite sardonic and demeaning, especially towards Rue.
* FeelNoPain: Thanks to his missing heart. This has a tendency to cause problems for him.
* FightingFromTheInside: In the second season, he sometimes regains control over his raven-induced evil persona, begging Tutu to help him.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Phlegmatic.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: In the story. But obviously not [[spoiler: the Raven.]]
* GoodEyesEvilEyes: He normally has TaremeEyes; they turn into TsurimeEyes when he's corrupted by Raven's blood in the second season.
* GrewASpine: 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.
* HeartTrauma: Mytho's sacrifice of his heart.
* IKissYourHand: Mytho does this once to Tutu.
* InnocentFanserviceGuy: He spends an awful lot of time running around in an overly large, barely-fastened white button-down shirt and nothing but.
* IShallTauntYou: One of the tactics evil!Mytho uses in the second season.
* KnightInShiningArmor: His original self was a brave and strong prince who would sacrifice himself to protect the weak and needy.
* LivingMacGuffin: 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.
* LoveHungry: After his heart is tainted with the Raven's blood, instead of loving everyone, he demands that he ''be'' loved.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: 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.
* ManInWhite: Represents his otherworldliness and mysticism.
* MartyrWithoutACause: 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.
* MeaningfulName: As noted above, "Mytho" means "story". [[spoiler:Also his true name, Siegfried, is the name of the prince from ''Theatre/SwanLake''. He's also the main character of ''Theatre/TheRingOfTheNibelung'', and music from that opera plays during some of Siegfried's battle scenes.]]
* MessianicArchetype: He eventually [[spoiler:slays the Raven and saves the town]] like he was supposed to, but it wasn't entirely his doing.
* MysticalWhiteHair: His hair is white, he has magical powers, and is apparently TheAgeless outside of his story.
* NightmareFetishist: Second season again.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Noble Male to Fakir's Roguish Male.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Rue.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: "Mytho" is only the name Fakir gave him, so he wouldn't just be called "prince". [[spoiler:His real name is Prince Siegfried.]]
* PainfulTransformation: [[spoiler: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.
* PetalPower: [[spoiler:Siegfried]] can fly around on winds full of CherryBlossoms.
* PrinceCharming: 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.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Aside from him being TheAgeless, Mytho came from a story that is hundreds of years old.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Mytho's eyes turn pink when he's tainted with the Raven's blood.
* ReiAyanamiExpy: Male example, being pale-haired, beautiful, and curious regarding emotions.
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler:Rue's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove frees the prince from the Raven's curse and she sacrifices herself to the Raven in his place. This causes Mytho/Siegfried to fall in love with her and choose her as his princess.]]
* RomanticFalseLead: For a good part of the series, Mytho serves as Ahiru's love interest, even though [[StarCrossedLovers their romance seems to be doomed]]. At the end, [[spoiler:Mytho falls in love with Rue after she sacrifices herself to save him. Mytho/Siegfried makes Rue his princess and leaves with her. Meanwhile, Ahiru has grown closer to Fakir, who promised to never leave her even if she now has to stay a duck forever.]]
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: He mostly wears his school uniform when he's not going around in nothing but a long shirt.
* SealedGoodInACan: Mytho may have sealed away the Raven, but he managed to seal his emotions and personality away in the process, too.
* TheShadowKnows: As Mytho's heart becomes more and more corrupted by the Raven's blood, his shadow becomes that of a crow.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: 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".
* SupernaturalGoldEyes: He has golden eyes and he's a magic prince from a faiy tale.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: [[JustifiedTrope 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.
* TheVamp: Second season -- [[spoiler: 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.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: 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.
* WhatBeautifulEyes: 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.
* WhatIsThisFeeling: Just look at the quote at the beginning of his bio. He does this a lot.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: 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. [[spoiler:Then it becomes a ''triple'' subversion when he gets his final heart shard back, causing him to perform a GoodCostumeSwitch back into his princely persona.]]
* TheWisePrince: When he's his complete self, the prince is wise, brave and noble.

[[caption-width-right:300: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''': Creator/TakahiroSakurai (JP), Creator/ChrisPatton (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 [[{{Reincarnation}} 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 [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold 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 ([[IneffectualLoner 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:
* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:Fakir accidentally killed his own parents by causing a crow attack when one of his stories went out of control.]]
* AllEncompassingMantle: In "The Fountain of the Warriors"
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Probably part of the reason Fakir's one of the most popular guys in school. Pique in particular feels this way about him.
* AmbiguouslyBrown: 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).
* AngerBornOfWorry: 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.
* BadassBookworm: More downplayed. While not portrayed as particularly bookish, he is often shown researching in the library.
* BadassNormal: Even before learning about his powers, Fakir was able to hold up against crazy magic ravens with nothing but a normal sword, despite being vastly outnumbered, and a Ghost Knight.
* BirthmarkOfDestiny: He has a large scar-like birthmark that cuts across his chest and back, 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.
* BlessedWithSuck: [[spoiler:His RewritingReality power can seem cool and incredibly useful. However, this power can have very horrible repercussions when used carelessly such as [[SelfMadeOrphan accidentally getting his own parents killed.]]]]
* BreakTheCutie: Part of Fakir's backstory.
* BrutalHonesty
* CainAndAbel: Fakir becomes "Abel" to Mytho's "Cain" once Mytho is tainted with the Raven's blood and Fakir is forced to fight him.
* ClothingDamage: 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.
* CommonalityConnection: After settling their differences in opinion, the fact they both care for Mytho becomes the foundation for which Fakir and Duck build their partnership and friendship on.
* CompassionateCritic: He's harsh, but he cares deeply for others.
* CoolSword: The Lohengrin sword.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Downplayed. In Akt 17, when Uzura tells him of the rumors of Duck/Ahiru being “lovey-dovey” with someone, his immediate response is a jealous-sounding “Duck is? With who?” When further pressed, he avoids the subject.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Green Hair]] + GreenEyes.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: His is particularly important to the plot, [[spoiler:especially in the second season, when his bloodline is revealed. Fakir is Drosselmeyer's descendant and he also inherited his RewritingReality power. One day, one of his stories went out of control and caused a crow attack that killed his parents. Fakir then sealed away the memories of his parents' death and his powers.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly once he starts to loosen up in the second season.
* DeclarationOfProtection: He swore to protect Mytho no matter what.
* DefrostingIceKing: 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.
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: He dreams of fighting the Ghost Knight in Episode 18.
* {{Expy}}: Fakir is possibly an expy of Hayate from ''Manga/{{Pretear}}''. 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 [[HilariousInHindsight ironically funny]]; the finale of ''Manga/{{Pretear}}'' has Hayate explicitly call himself a "Failure of a Knight".
* FailureKnight: Fakir feels like he has to protect Mytho no matter what. In the second season, we learn that [[spoiler:his parents protected him from an attack of crows as a child, which lead to their deaths, and he feels responsible.]]
* FireForgedFriends: He and Ahiru bond and become friends as they learn to work together to protect Mytho.
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Choleric.
* TheGift: [[spoiler: Fakir appears to be exceptionally skilled with [[RewritingReality the Story-Spinning powers]].]]
* HairColorDissonance: 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.
* HappilyAdopted: 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.
* HarmfulToMinors: [[spoiler:Fakir witnessed the deaths of his parents -- which he blames himself for.]]
* HeroicBSOD: After [[spoiler:Ahiru dredges up his suppressed memories of his parents' deaths]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:In Akt 13, Fakir prevents Ahiru from confessing her love for Mytho so she won't disappear into a speck of light. He fights Kraehe's crows for her and Mytho, despite being vastly outnumbered. He ends up falling into the lake as blood spreads across the water, climbs back up to break Mytho's sword so he won't shatter the heart shard, and finally falls unconscious. He gets better since Edel saves him.]].
* HeroWithBadPublicity: It's incredibly easy for [[spoiler:the raven-possessed Mytho]] to cast Fakir as a dangerous, violent traitor in the second season, thanks to pretty much all of Fakir's behavior before then.
* IAmWho: [[spoiler:A direct descendant of Drosselmeyer, and gifted with the same Story-Spinning Powers he was]].
* IconicOutfit: A few tears in some of the costumes he's seen in during the series has led to some members of the fandom humorously portraying him as ''very'' uncomfortable unless his outfit is torn up in some way.
* IJustWriteTheThing: Non fictional example. [[spoiler: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.]]
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: [[spoiler:With Mytho in the second season when Mytho is under the influence of raven blood.]]
* ImpliedLoveInterest: He and Ahiru become very close and get a lot of ShipTease, especially in the second half of the story. Since his and Ahiru's loyalty to Mytho is paramount, Fakir never openly pursues anything with Ahiru, but supplemental materials confirm he developed feelings for her. Ahiru's side is more ambiguous, but she did form a stronger bond with Fakir than she ever did with Mytho. [[spoiler:They stay together at the end, but it's left ambiguous whether they are romantically involved since Ahiru is back to being a normal duck forever.]]
* IneffectualLoner: Particularly in the first half.
* InnerMonologue: Once we get into the second season, we start to hear a little more of his thought processes -- and just how [[TroubledButCute angsty and emotionally damaged]] he can be.
* InterspeciesRomance: He developed feelings for a girl who is actually a duck. [[spoiler:He declared he didn't care if she had to give up her human form forever and promised to never leave her side, which Ahiru appreciates.]]
* InTheHood: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: 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.
* KnightInSourArmor: Fakir takes on the role of the Knight, but his personality is aloof, bitter and very troubled.
* LeaningOnTheFurniture: He does this a lot.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Fakir's relationship with Raetsel.
* LonersAreFreaks: Not blatant, but the show definitely thinks he's better off once he starts to be slightly more sociable.
* LonerTurnedFriend: Starts off as standoffish and antisocial, but grows to be somewhat less so when he and Ahiru become friends.
* LuminescentBlush: Holy cow can Fakir turn red when he's embarassed.
* ManInWhite: In the last few episodes, fitting, since [[spoiler: he's now using his [[RewritingReality Story Spinner]] powers to fight against the story/Drosselmeyer.]]
* ManlyTears:
** In Akt 10, Ahiru sees Fakir crying after an argument with his adopted father over why he can't protect Mytho without risking his life. Fakir later becomes extremely embarrassed when he realizes the duck at that time was Duck, and he cried in front of a girl.
** In Akt 17 a tear is seen running down his face while he laments his inability to protect Duck from being hurt by the ghost knight.
** In the final episode, Fakir cries as [[spoiler:he writes down the final battle where Duck is now a defenseless little duck and the crow minions keep mercilessly attacking her.]]
* MasterSwordsman: He's pretty handy with a sword, being in the role of a knight and all.
* MeaningfulName: Fakir is a word for a sort of Arabian mystic (those guys that walk on coals, for example), which makes him sound mysterious [[spoiler: and also hints at his powers]].
* MrFanservice: Brooding demeanor masking heart of gold? Check. Good with ballet and swordplay? Double check. Chance of showing off skin? Frequent.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: The Roguish Male to Mytho's Noble Male.
* OddFriendship: With Ahiru.
* OrphansOrdeal: 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.
* PeekABangs: Fakir's hairstyle sometimes hides one of his eyes, as it did during his SlipknotPonytail moment
* PerpetualFrowner: So much so that when Fakir smiles, it's a '''big''' deal.
* PetTheDog: The moments in which he's so kind to Ahiru in her duck form (unaware it's really her) is when we start to realize Fakir is not that bad of a guy.
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: 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).
* ThePromise: [[spoiler:When Ahiru nearly drowns in the Lake of Despair, Fakir saves her. She says that she doesn't want to return to being "just a duck." Fakir assures her that no matter what form she takes, he will stay by her side forever.]].
* QuiveringEyes: Fakir has these a couple of times, notably when [[spoiler:he starts to remember his parents' deaths]]. Meant to be disturbing, but tends to be unintentionally humorous.
* RageAgainstTheAuthor: Fakir's goal in the second season is to actively fight against Drosselmeyer's intention to trap his characters in an endless tragedy.
* RealMenWearPink: Ballet is typically seen as feminine. However, Fakir is one of the best ballet dancers in the school and is portrayed as strong and tough.
* RedHerring: In early episodes, it's quite easy to think of him as the human incarnation of the [[BigBad Raven]], given how his hairstyle looks like black tail feathers and his [[{{Jerkass}} less than friendly]] personality. [[spoiler:If you look closely however, said hair [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair is green]], which is a hint to his [[JerkassWoobie true nature]].]]
* RedOniBlueOni: The blue to Ahiru's red.
* {{Reincarnation}}: He's the reincarnation of the knight who was killed by the Raven while trying to protect the prince in the fairy tale.
* RepressedMemories: [[spoiler: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 [[RewritingReality powers]].]]
* RewritingReality: [[spoiler:Fakir has the ability to bend reality to his will by writing stories.]]
* RummageSaleReject: When he's not in his school uniform or knight costume, he's almost always seen wearing a blue shirt with a ripped sleeve.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: He and Ahiru, oh so much.
* SecretKeeper: 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.
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: A story he wrote as a child went out of control and caused the deaths of his parents.]]
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to Mytho’s Sensitive Guy.
* ShirtlessScene: Several, mostly to show off Fakir's important birthmark (...but probably also for {{fanservice}}).
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Early fansubs wrote his name as Fakia.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: [[spoiler:He inherited the RewritingReality from his ancestor, Drosselmeyer.]]
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Maybe one of the best examples ever.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Mytho isn’t the only one with fans—Fakir’s got quite a few of his own, including Pique.
* TookALevelInBadass: Upon finding out about his writing powers.
* TookALevelInKindness: Grows to be less and less of a {{jerkass}} as the plot goes on.
* TroubledButCute
* {{Tsundere}}: shows some aspects
* TsurimeEyes: Particularly angular earlier on, but his eyes soften ever so slightly as he [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosts]].
* UndyingLoyalty: Fakir swore loyalty to Mytho to be his knight when he was only a child, and his feelings of loyalty never waver in the slightest.
* TheUnsmile: According to Pique.
-->'''Pique:''' He ''smiled''. It totally ruins his [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad-boy appeal!]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: He has dark green hair.

[[folder:Rue/Princess Kraehe]]
[[caption-width-right:300: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''': Creator/NanaMizuki (JP), Creator/JessicaBoone (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 [[DefrostingIceQueen 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 is 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, Rue becomes her alter-ego, [[DarkMagicalGirl 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, [[TheCorruption 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:
* AbsoluteCleavage: As Kraehe, her bodice only consists of two narrow straps of black fabric rising from the waistline to cover her boobs.
* AloofDarkHairedGirl: She has dark hair, is distant from her peers and has many admirers.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: Rue's father, the Raven, tells her she's a crow born in a human body. [[spoiler: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.]]
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: In the second-to-last episode, [[spoiler:Rue confesses her love for Mytho as she offers to have her own heart eaten to save him]].
* AnimalMotifs: 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).
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Mytho was the first person to show Rue compassion and treat her kindly, which is why she fell deeply in love with him.
* BeneathTheMask: Initially, it looks like [[AloofDarkHairedGirl aloof, enigmatic]] Rue is Kraehe's mask. It's quite the other way around-strong, arrogant Kraehe is [[TheWoobie abused, lonely, and deeply sad Rue's]] mask.
* BrokenBird: 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.
* ChangelingTale: It's eventually revealed that [[spoiler:she's not actually the Raven's daughter, but a human girl he kidnapped when she was a baby.]]
* ClarkKenting: Makes even less sense than with Ahiru and Tutu, particularly since the personality difference between Rue and Kraehe is much more vague.
* ClingyJealousGirl: 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.
* DaddysLittleVillain: She's Raven's daughter.
* DarkActionGirl: 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.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Rue's begins to be explained in the second season, adding a lot to her character in the process. [[spoiler: She was kidnapped as a baby by the Raven from her human parents, then emotionally abused by him.]]
* DarkMagicalGirl: Kraehe is perhaps one of the best examples out there.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Even before her alter-ego stepped into the picture, Rue genuinely appeared to be warming up to Ahiru.
* DesperatelyCravesAffection: 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. Having an emotionally abusive monster father that has made her believe nobody but the prince can love her might have something to do with it.
* DistressBall: [[spoiler:Near the end of the anime, she's swallowed and held captive by the Raven. Mytho, after transforming back into Prince Siegfried, rescues her.]]
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Playing up the crow imagery around her, Rue has dark hair and very pale skin.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Averted in that it's ''not'' so great being the Princess of the Crows. [[spoiler: Being Mytho/Siegfried's princess, on the other hand...]]
* EvilWearsBlack: Princess Kraehe wears an all-black outfit, which contrasts with [[WomanInWhite Princess Tutu]] and emphasizes the crueler and more manipulative personality she has than when she's Rue.
* ExcessiveEvilEyeshadow: Kraehe wears purple eyeshadow, in contrast to Tutu who doesn't wear any sort of makeup.
* FemmeFatale: 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.
* FemmeFatalons: As Kraehe.
* FirstGirlWins: [[spoiler: Rue has known and loved Mytho long before Ahiru, and at the end Mytho chooses her to be his princess.]]
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: Melancholic.
* FreudianExcuse: 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.
* FriendlessBackground: She's the best in her class and has many admirers, but doesn't seem to have much in the way of real friends.
* GoodCostumeSwitch: She gets one in the final episode [[spoiler:when she becomes Prince Siegfried's princess]].
* GoodHairEvilHair: 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.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:In the end, Rue does a HeroicSacrifice to save Mytho. After he rescues her, she helps him kill the Raven once and for all.]]
* HeelRealization: Eventually, [[spoiler:Mytho turns into a crow because of the Raven's blood and Rue is horrified at seeing that her selfish love only turned her beloved into a monster.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: 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.]]
* IJustWantToBeLoved: All Rue wants is to have Mytho's single-minded love and attention, even if that means preventing him from recovering his heart so he can't fall in love with someone else.
* IShallTauntYou: One of Kraehe's favorite tactics -- probably taking after Papa Raven.
* KnightOfCerebus: The point where the series starts its GenreShift can be marked with the introduction of Princess Kraehe.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Satie's Gymnopedies.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: She's the dark feminine to Ahiru's light.
* LoveAtFirstSight: She instantly fell in love with Mytho after [[RescueRomance he saved her]].
* LoveMakesYouEvil: And turns you into a DarkMagicalGirl.
* LoveMartyr: Towards her father and corrupted Mytho, particularly in the second season. Both of them treat her like garbage, but Rue sticks with them because she believes they are the only ones who can ever love her.
* LoveRedeems: It's true that [[LoveMakesYouEvil her love for Mytho was the reason for her evil actions in the first place]], but at the end, [[spoiler: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.]]
* MayflyDecemberRomance: She fell in love with Mytho when she was a little girl and he hasn't aged a day since then. [[spoiler:It probably doesn't come into play when they get together though, since Rue will live forever inside his story with him.]]
* MeaningfulName: "Kraehe" is German for "crow".
* TheMole: From the very beginning, she was sent as a spy for the Raven so she could keep an eye on the prince and get her hands on one of his heart shards so the Raven could corrupt the prince with his blood. Rue simply forgot about it for a while when she tried to enjoy a normal life with Mytho, until Princess Tutu came into the picture.
* MsFanservice: As Princess Kraehe.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: In the second season, Rue gradually starts regretting having corrupted Mytho's heart with the Raven's blood as Mytho becomes increasingly more aggressive and malevolent.
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler:With Mytho/Prince Siegfried.]]
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Rue's real name is Kraehe. ''Rue'' is that Kraehe just took the last syllable of the Japanese characters to spell Kraehe. She gave herself that name to forget that she's supposed to be a crow.
* PainfulTransformation: Kraehe's transformation scene includes her body being wrapped in thorns as she screams in pain.
* PrecociousCrush: She's been in love with Mytho since she was a ''very'' little girl. And yes, Mytho looked exactly the same back then.
* RavenHairIvorySkin: She has very dark hair and pale skin. She's also very beautiful and is greatly admired by her peers.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Represent her cruel, cold personality, at least initially.
* RescueRomance: 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.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack: She is almost always in her school uniform.
* SingleTargetSexuality: She loves only Mytho. It doesn't matter if he is an emotionless doll, [[TheCorruption corrupted by Raven's blood]], [[spoiler:turned into a monster]] or just his real self.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: Rue fell in love with Mytho [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe because he was nice to her]]. In the second season, when she has a corrupted Mytho at her side, Rue gradually realizes she doesn't want to be with a Mytho like that and what she really wants is the kind-hearted prince who would give her unconditional love.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: 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 [[MeaningfulName the meaning behind it]].
** Although in a strange bit of FridgeBrilliance, the name Claire has the triple meaning of clear, bright and famous, which is [[{{Irony}} ironic,]] given that she's the series' DarkMagicalGirl.
* ThatWomanIsDead: In the second season Ahiru insists on continuing to call her Rue, no matter how much she insists her name is Kraehe.
* TsurimeEyes: Always there, but especially prominent when she turns into Kraehe.
* UnwittingPawn: She was made believe that if she helped her father with his plans, the Raven would help her have the prince all to herself. [[spoiler:In reality, the Raven was only using her so he could corrupt the prince with his blood and the prince would let him eat his heart. Poor Rue takes it pretty hard when she finds out.]]
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: She desperately wants the love and approval of her father, the Raven.
* WrongGenreSavvy: [[spoiler:Oh Rue... you're completely broken and we get it, but did you really think that any story controlled by [[ForTheEvulz Drosselmeyer]] would have ''anyone'' end up happy?]]

[[caption-width-right:300: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), [[GreekChorus 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 GenreSavvy, 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 TheWoobie 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:
* AuthorPowers: Directly interacts with his characters at points.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: 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.
* BewareTheSuperman: He's a RealityWarper with the power to make stories real. His love of writing stories with a DownerEnding means this power is very, very dangerous and cares nothing for the consequences.
* BrightIsNotGood: 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.
* CatchPhrase: Drossy closes every episode preview with "All children that love stories come, gather 'round..."
* TheChooserOfTheOne: 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".
* ClocksOfControl: Drosselmeyer controls his story with a clockwork gear machine and doesn't take well to it going off-rails.
* CouldntFindAPen: [[spoiler: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.]]
* CreatorBreakdown: InUniverse as part of his backstory. Drosselmeyer was a profitable writer [[spoiler: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}}: [[spoiler:He kept writing after his hands were chopped off, just to keep fooling around with his stories even after death.]]
* DownerEnding: Determined to induce this into his story. [[spoiler: [[EarnYourHappyEnding The others]] [[ScrewDestiny disagree]].]]
* EccentricMentor: Subverted. Drosselmeyer is kooky, he's the one who gives Ahiru her powers and guides her along the way... [[spoiler: But he really wants the characters to be trapped in an endless cycle of death, rebirth and tragedy.]]
* EvilIsHammy: 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.
* EvilLaugh: In ''every'' episode preview he has a low evil chuckle, and he seems to have a evil laugh pretty much OnceAnEpisode.
* TheFatalist: In a way. When Drosselmeyer wonders [[BreakingTheFourthWall 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 RageAgainstTheAuthor of the other characters.
* FauxAffablyEvil: He's a lying ManipulativeBastard that toys with people's lives because he thinks that any happy ending is a boring one, but he's surprisingly polite.
* ForTheEvulz: 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.
* GodIsEvil: Or the writer is, but when you're a character in a story he might as well be God.
* GracefulLoser: [[spoiler: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.]]
* GreaterScopeVillain: [[spoiler:The Raven is the BigBad within the story, but Drosselmeyer is the origin of all the troubles in the story since not only was he the one who created the Raven, he put the entire town under a spell so he could keep warping reality with his tales. His ultimate EvilPlan is to have the characters trapped in an endless cycle of death, rebirth and tragedy. However, he barely intervenes directly in the course of the story and at the end, he only sits back as he sees the story play out completely different from what he wanted.]]
* GreekChorus: When he isn't meddling in the story, he just stays on the sidelines and provides commentary.
* JerkAss: He knows his stories become real, he's seen the consequences this has on others, and he doesn't care.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler:His plans are foiled, but he himself doesn't seem particularly bothered by this and goes off to mess with others instead.]]
* LaughablyEvil: [[spoiler: Even when it's revealed his the true villain, it's impossible not to get a laugh out of his antics.]]
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: [[spoiler: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 ''Theatre/TheNutcracker''.
* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Fakir, I am your great-great-great grandfather.]]
* MadArtist
* MeaningfulName: He's named after Drosselmeyer from ''Theatre/TheNutcracker'', Clara's magician godfather who gives her the toy.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: 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 SadisticChoice made her realize she didn't want to follow his commands anymore.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Drosselmeyer's {{leitmotif}} is the Nutcracker March played in a minor key. Often, it's played on an organ for extra creepiness.
* PeoplePuppets: Drosselmeyer's powers apparently give him the ability to control people like puppets.
* ThePhilosopher
* PsychoForHire: Before his death, it's implied that Drosselmeyer would happily write any story -- [[spoiler:and in the end, that's what got him killed]].
* RewritingReality: He has the power to warp reality with his writing.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: He is all for tragedy and finds anything idealistic and hopeful in a story to be "boring". At one point, he tries to get Ahiru to stop putting Mytho's best interests before her own and be more selfish about her love because a selfless heroine isn't of his liking.
* SlasherSmile[=/=]CheshireCatGrin: He bounces between both, depending on the mood he's in at the moment.
* TimeStandsStill: Whenever he speaks to Ahiru or Fakir. Justified as they're his characters, so he can do whatever he wants.
* TrueArtIsAngsty: InUniverse example. He wants all his stories to end in tragedy because stories with happy endings are "boring" to him.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Is under the impression that he's in a story with DownerEnding and he's the writer. In fact he's nothing but another character in the story.

[[folder:The Raven]]
-->'''Voiced by''': Takayuki Sugou (JP), Creator/MikeKleinhenz (EN)

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:

* AbusiveDad: 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.
* AnimalisticAbomination: It only ''looks'' like a raven, and very vaguely at that.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: He's never fully seen on screen, but the glimpses we get of him indicate that he's downright massive, possibly larger than the town the anime is set in.
* BigBad: The in-universe one.
* DarkIsEvil: Big and black; shadows follow wherever his magic is.
* DiabolusExNihilo: 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.
* EldritchAbomination: A monstrous, shadowy entity that can corrupt people and only has a vaguely solid form.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: He steals hearts because he likes eating them, and has no real characterization beyond that and the fact that he's evil. Like his lack of backstory is likely intentional since he's the type of fairy tale villain who doesn't have much characterization in the first place.
* InvasionOfTheBabySnatchers: [[spoiler:His abduction of Rue.]]
* LargeAndInCharge: 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.
* LukeIAmYourFather: The Raven is revealed to be Rue's father in the second season. [[spoiler:Except not really, her parents were actually normal humans, and she was kidnapped as an infant.]]
* RedEyesTakeWarning: The in-universe villian, with glowing red eyes. Sometimes, they're the only part of him we can ''see''.
* SealedEvilInACan: He was sealed away by the Prince.


!'''Secondary Characters'''

[[caption-width-right:350: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''': Creator/AkikoHiramatsu (JP), Creator/ChristineAuten (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.

* AnimeHair: She has her hair piled in a BeehiveHairdo with the sidelines just appearing to be floating around it.
* ArtificialHuman: [[spoiler:Secretly, she's a puppet controlled by Drosselmeyer to push her in the right direction.]]
* BeehiveHairdo: She somehow keeps her hair piled in a conical shape on the top of the head.
* DeadPersonConversation: In Akt 24, [[spoiler:Edel returns to talk to Ahiru one last time through Uzura, revealing her pendant is the final heart shard.]]
* CrypticConversation: 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 [[spoiler:"Dance of the Automatons" from ''Theatre/{{Coppelia}}'', a reference to her true nature]].
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:While burning alive, Edel is seeing smiling as she bids farewell to Ahiru and the others.]]
* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming: [[spoiler: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]].
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:She sacrifices herself to save Fakir and guide Ahiru and Mytho to safety.]]
* LastRequest: [[spoiler:She asks Ahiru and Mytho to perform a ''pas de deux'' for her, which they are more than happy to do.]]
* MeaningfulName: Edel's name literally means "noble" or "precious" but most certainly comes from "Edelstein" - Gemstone, referring to the stones she collects and sells.
* TheMentor: Dispenses useful bits of advice at crucial moments.
* MsExposition: Edel is an in-universe one: [[spoiler:she is a puppet made for just this purpose by Drosselmeyer]].
* ThePhilosopher
* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler:Appears as such in the second season to Uzura, who is made from parts of her body.]]
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: One of the more egregious examples; her hair is a mint green color.



[[caption-width-right:292:Don't stare at this picture too long; you might end up having to marry him.]]
-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/YasunoriMatsumoto (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.

* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: PlayedForLaughs; his standard threat of punishment for any misbehavior by female students.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The epilogue of the final episode reveals that Neko-sensei (who is now just a normal cat) has finally found himself a mate, and they have kittens.]]
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Neko-sensei, 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 TruthInTelevision - girls are typically not allowed to go en pointe until they show strong fundamental technique and their feet have finished growing.
* CatchPhrase: "You have to [insert command here], or [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe I WILL HAVE YOU MARRY MEEEEE!]]"
* ChristmasCake: A rare male, non-human example. He ''REALLY'' wants to get married soon.
* ADogNamedDog: A cat teacher named Neko-sensei/Mr. Cat.
* FatalAttractor: Neko-sensei, 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 Admirer}}s -- 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 TalkingAnimal characters.
* FurryReminder: He's constantly cleaning himself with his tongue and paws, stretching on the ground and will even chase dangling or fast moving objects seemingly on instinct.
* HotForStudent: PlayedForLaughs, as he's always trying to find an excuse to force his female students to marry him.
* MarsNeedsWomen: For some reason, Neko-sensei only seems interested in marrying human women. Whenever a non-human suitor shows up, he freaks out. [[spoiler:This is subverted in the finale, where is revealed Neko-sensei got himself a cat mate after turning into a normal cat.]]
* MorphicResonance: [[spoiler:When he is turned into a crow in the finale, he still retains his purple splotch and eyes.]]
* PettingZooPeople: He's a human-sized cat who walks in two feet and can talk like a human.
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:After an entire series of failed marriage proposals and rejections, the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue reveals Neko-sensei finally found a mate after turning into a normal cat.]]


[[folder:Pique and Lilie]]
[[caption-width-right:267: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), Creator/CynthiaMartinez (EN)
--> '''Lilie voiced by''': Creator/YuriShiratori (JP), Sasha Paysinger (EN)

'''[[ThoseTwoGuys 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:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Pique's crush on Fakir seems to be based on this.
* ComedicSociopathy: Lilie's defining character trait.
* DamselInDistress: 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.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Pique has Akt 16.
* GenkiGirl: Especially Lilie.
* GirlishPigtails: Lilie has these.
* HairDecorations: 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.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Pique, by contrast, genuinely wants the best for Ahiru, but is still pretty insulting towards her.
* MorphicResonance: Their [[spoiler:crow forms in the finale]] share their hairstyles.
* MuggleBestFriend: 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.
* NightmareFetishist: Pique is obsessed with tragedy and failure. If she's not squeeing over Duck's latest troubles in class, she's sighing over how exquisitely terrible the episode's events are sure to become.
* RubberFace: Lilie does this to Ahiru often.
* ShipperOnDeck: Lilie and Pique both ship Fakir/Ahiru, albeit for different reasons. 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.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Pique's name is spelled "Pike" in the English credits.
* ThoseTwoGirls: They're mostly just there to be Ahiru's {{Muggle Best Friend}}s and give her life as a girl a sense of normalcy.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Brash, outgoing Pique is the tomboy while cute, giggly Lilie is the girly girl.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak: Pique, a tomboy who likes to take ballet.
* WistfulAmnesia: [[spoiler:In the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, Pique and Lilie seem to remember that they had a third companion now that Ahiru is gone, but don't think any of it.]]
* WithFriendsLikeThese: You really have to wonder how Ahiru puts up with Lilie all the time.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Pique has magenta hair.


[[caption-width-right:300:Here to continue the story... zura.]]
--> '''Voiced by''': Erino Hazuki (JP), Creator/ChristineAuten (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 [[PleasePutSomeClothesOn awkward]] moments between Ahiru and Fakir.

* ArtificialHuman: She's a puppet [[spoiler:made from the burnt remains of Edel]].
* CatchPhrase: "Lovey-dovey-zura!" or "Love-love-zura!", depending on the translation. She also loves to say "Hoooooo~!" It's more of a Catch Expression, really.
* CheerfulChild: Uzura is happy, bright, and completely adorable.
* CryCute: Given her happy and cheerful personality, Uzura rarely gets sad and cries, but when she does....
* PluckyComicRelief
* {{Reincarnation}}: Uzura can be seen as such, [[spoiler:since she's made from the burnt remains of Edel. Edel can appear as a spirit to Uzura and communicate to others through her.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: Uzura singlehandedly derails Drosselmeyer's schemes at points.
* ThirdPersonPerson: She refers to herself in third person.
* VerbalTic: She ends all of her sentences with "-zura".
* WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove: Uzura is fascinated by the idea of love.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: The same mint green as Edel's, [[spoiler:which makes sense given that she was made from the parts of Edel that weren't completely destroyed]].


[[caption-width-right:300:"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 [[ChekhovsGunman several cameos]] showing him shushing people at the library and hovering in the background [[MysteriousWatcher 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 TrainingFromHell 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 CharacterDevelopment that make him more than just an overenthusiastic InfoDump 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:
* AttentionWhore: 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.
* BreakTheHaughty: Autor's pride gets absolutely thrashed in the course of the story.
* CatchPhrase: "Would you ''please'' be quiet?"
* ChekhovsGunman: 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.
* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: 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?"
* HairColorDissonance: It's either blue or purple, depending on who you ask, but it still counts as stylized black.
* HeroicBystander: In the final episode, [[spoiler: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.]] Considered by some to be his CrowningMomentOfAwesome.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Hinted at being the driving force behind his research.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: It soon becomes obvious that his egotistical attitude is covering up for a massive inferiority complex.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Autor's portrayed at first as having little ''useful'' information about Drosselmeyer; most of what he tells Fakir is trivia. Eventually it's subverted -- he ''is'' helpful, although probably not as much as he would've liked.
* LeaningOnTheFurniture: Tends to lean over the desk in an obnoxious way.
* LonersAreFreaks
* LoveAtFirstSight: When he meets Rue.
* MaleGaze: 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.
* MeaningfulName: "Autor" is German (and coincidentally Spanish) for "author".
* {{Megane}}: ''Occasionally'' something of a male {{meganekko}}, but not always.
* MrExposition: Really, when it comes right down to it, this is Autor's main purpose for being in the show.
* MysteriousWatcher
* NightmareFetishist: 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.
* OnlySaneMan: Believe it or not, Autor may qualify -- he's the only character outside of the main cast that seems to realize that [[spoiler:Gold Crown Town is being controlled by one of Drosselmeyer's stories]].
* ScaryShinyGlasses: We don't even see Autor's eyes until he talks to Fakir in akt 21.
* SchoolUniformsAreTheNewBlack
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Some fans still use the Japanese romanization of his name, "Aotoa". Author and Arthur show up sometimes, as well.
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[AllThereInTheManual According to the Japanese official website]], Autor's goal is "world domination".
* TrainingFromHell: Autor puts Fakir through an intense and absurd training regimen to hone Fakir's writing powers, starting by exactly replicating Drosselmeyer's preferred desk set-up to making Fakir stand up straight without moving, eating, or drinking for ''days''.

[[folder: Minor Characters]]

[[VictimOfTheWeek Victims of the week]] and other one-off characters.

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/AkemiKanda (JP), Creator/TiffanyGrant (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.'''

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Rue became this to her eventually.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Subverted in that [[spoiler: she was never really interested in Mytho and only tried to take him as an act of revenge on Rue, who she believes snubbed her.]]
* ALizardNamedLiz: She's an anteater named Anteaterina.

-->'''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'''.

* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: She mentions her husband's cooking was this to her own.
* BackForTheFinale: Makes a cameo in the finale as [[spoiler:one of the people turned back from being ravens]].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Purple hair and eyes.
* LethalChef: 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.
* LethalEatery: Owns one until Princess Tutu takes the shard of Mytho's heart, and she begins to move into SupremeChef category.
* TheMourningAfter: Her deceased husband was her inspiration for running the restaurant. The gap in her heart came from her grief over her husband's death.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Purple hair, no less.

!!Wili Maiden
-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/RomiPark (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 ''Theatre/{{Giselle}}'', who in turn was based off of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavic_fairies#Wili wilis]] of Slavic folklore. Her heart shard is '''sorrow'''.
* CueTheSun: The wilis only appear at night; the sunrise drives them away.
* TheDeadCanDance: As in the original ballet. In the series, one has to be able to out-dance her in order to escape.
* DrivenToSuicide
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: As a ghost, she has a very pale complexion, with dark hair to go with it.
* TheFairFolk: Based off of the wilis of Slavic folklore fame.
* FlowerInHerHair: Wears a wreath of white roses to emphasize her gracefulness and femininity.
* UnrequitedTragicMaiden: Jilted just before her wedding day, leading to her suicide.
* WomanInWhite: As she appears as a lonely, beautiful ghost, she naturally wears white.

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/MasakoKatsuki (JP), Creator/ShelleyCaleneBlack (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 [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Aurora]], her dream role). Her heart shard is '''fear'''.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: She has several female admirers in-universe.
* HappilyMarried: Her husband openly supports her and even offers to postpone opening night for her well-being.
* PerformanceAnxiety: 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), Creator/KiraVincentDavis (EN)

From Akt 9. A shy student with a passion for art. Her heart shard is '''devotion'''.
* BackForTheFinale: Makes a cameo in the finale as [[spoiler:one of the people turned back from being ravens]].
* HomoeroticSubtext: The heart shard possessing her compels Malen to paint nothing besides Rue, but it is unknown if these feelings were already there or not.
* MeaningfulName: "One who paints," which is exactly what she does.
* {{Meganekko}}
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Green, in her case.

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/{{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'''.
* TheBlacksmith: He's the local blacksmith.
* GoodParents: Despite limited screentime, he does seem to genuinely care about Fakir and acts mostly for Fakir's own interests.
* MyGreatestFailure: 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.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: ''Ch''aron or ''K''aron?

-->'''Voiced by''': Creator/MamikoNoto (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.
* BackForTheFinale: Makes a cameo in the finale as [[spoiler:one of the people turned back from being ravens]].
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow: Golden hair, golden eyes.
* DamselInDistress: Nearly gets her heart taken as a sacrifice twice by a corrupted Mytho. Princess Tutu saves her both times.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She has blonde hair (with golden eyes to match), and her kindness and purity of heart are particularly emphasized.
* TheIngenue: A sweet, pure-hearted innocent girl who loves everyone.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Loves flowers and often spends her free time watering the school's gardens.
* MeaningfulName: Freya is a Scandinavian fertility goddess often visually associated with flowers.
* NiceGirl: 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.
* RapunzelHair: Has very long, waist-length hair.

-->'''Voiced by''': Papaya Suzuki (JP), Creator/VicMignogna (EN)

Femio only shows up in Akt 17, but if you've seen the series, [[EnsembleDarkhorse 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.
* {{Bishonen}}: He definitely has the pretty looks. As for his [[LargeHam personality,]] [[PrinceCharmingWannabe well...]]
* CatchPhrase: "Oh, heaven! Please pour judgement upon... THIS SINNER!"
* CommitmentIssues: This is what ends up ''saving his life'', in a bizarre fashion. Femio can't bring himself to love only one woman, which is why he refuses to sacrifice his heart to Kraehe.
* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Femio's bulls.
* EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench: Parodied, Femio peppers his dialogue with flirtatious French. Since it's ''Femio'', he comes across more like [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Pepe LePew]].
* TheFool
* HeroicWillpower: Of sorts. As said above, he stands out as the only non main character to resist the Raven's curse (albeit in an over the top manner).
* IKissYourHand: To Kraehe.
* LargeHam: All his actions are done in an overly theatrical manner.
* MilkingTheGiantCow: He always talks with exaggerated gestures and theatrical effects.
* PrinceCharmingWannabe: He pictures himself as the gorgeous prince everyone is crazy about when all girls really try to get as far away from him as possible. While Kraehe ''does'' go after him, it's really more of picking on an easy target to impress her dad.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Another parodied trope.
* SomethingAboutARose: Femio has a thing for roses and even has a servant to scatter rose petals all around him.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Femio ''really'' overestimates his {{Bishonen}} cred.
* VocalDissonance: Such a deep and husky is not what you expect to come out from a teenage boy.

!!The Ghost Knight
From Akt 18. His heart shard is '''pride'''.
* BloodKnight: 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.
* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Murdered his lover because she was a spy for another country.
* TheVoiceless: He never speaks.
* WouldHitAGirl: 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''': Creator/TomoeHanba (JP), Creator/HilaryHaag (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.
* CannotSpitItOut: She has a crush on a guy named Lysander, but is too shy to confess her feelings to him. She does gain the courage to confess at the end of her episode.
* DamselInDistress: Nearly gets her heart taken by a corrupted Mytho, but Princess Tutu manages to save her.
* HugeSchoolgirl: She nearly towers over Ahiru and is a bit taller than Mytho.
* MotorMouth: She gets into this mode when she's denying having any feelings for Lysander.
* OfficialCouple: 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.
* PlayingCyrano: She delivers love letters of students who are too shy to do so themselves.
* ShoutOutThemeNaming: She, Lysander, and her "Bottom" donkey alias are references to ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''.

-->'''Voiced by''': Sayuri Yoshida (JP), Creator/MonicaRial (EN)

From Akt 20. A longtime friend of Charon who has feelings for him, and a big-sister figure to Fakir.
* CoolBigSis: 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.
* DamselInDistress: Ends up being the fifth person to be targeted by a corrupted Mytho as a sacrifice for the Raven.
* EarlyBirdCameo: 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.
* HairDecorations: Wears a large pink bow in her hair.
* HopelessSuitor: She has had feelings for Charon for a really long time, but he has always only treated her like a child. Raetsel's difficulty to move on from her unrequited love is what makes her a target to corrupted Mytho.
* LikeBrotherAndSister: She herself states that she's like a big sister to Fakir.
* LoveTriangle: 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.
* MeaningfulName: Raetsel is German for "riddle" or "mystery" which plays off her mysterious role in the first half of her episode.
* MistakenForRomance: Ahiru and her friends first think that she's Fakir's girlfriend. Raetsel soon corrects them and makes clear she and Fakir are LikeBrotherAndSister instead.
* SecondLove: Raetsel was in love with Charon, but ends up marrying another man, Hans.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Raetsel's introduction [[spoiler: is what reveals Fakir's storyspinner powers and her situation ultimately encourages him to actually see if he can use it to save Mytho and the rest.]]
* WomanInWhite: When she goes to meet Mytho in order to be a sacrifice to the Raven, she's wearing a wedding dress.


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

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Crows.
* AnimalStereotypes: All over the place -- it ''is'' based on fairytales, after all.
* CosmicPlaything: [[spoiler:Everyone is a character in Drosselmeyer's story. Autor goes as far as comparing them all to puppets.]]
* EccentricTownsfolk: Would you believe that the girl who's really a duck is one of the more normal residents of the town?
* GoodEyesEvilEyes
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy
* TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness: The Book Men.
* ShipperOnDeck: Could possibly apply to the eel in Akt. 6. When Fakir and Duck/Ahiru are on stage and about to perform their pas de Deux, the eel enthusiastically surges with electricity.
-->'''Paulo:''' Ooh. Our leader’s [the eel] approval gauge is maxed out.