Characters / Tutenstein

The main and supporting characters from the animated series Tutenstein.
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Protagonists

    Tut 
Pharaoh Tutankhansetamun is one of the main protagonists in the series and in the movie. Tutankhensetamun (His nickname is Tutenstein (wordplay on Frankenstein), often shortened to Tut) is a 3,000 year old Egyptian mummy that lives in The International Museum of World History after having been awoken by Cleo and her cat Luxor. Tutankhensetamun died at the age of ten, before being reawakened about three thousand years later by Cleo.
Voiced by: Jeannie Elias (first), Maryke Hendrikse (second), Donna Cherry (third and final)
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Tut as a mummy
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Tutankensetamun alive
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Tut's possible in-universe appearance
  • Blue Blood: Royal, and reminding us at every opportunity.
  • Break the Haughty: Is often on the recieving end of this.
  • Cool Crown: Fitting for a pharaoh.
  • Distinctive Appearances: In the show Tut is shown as having green skin and a noticeable 'mummy' look to him, this is done so that the audience knows that he is a mummy. But in the show itself, it is completely impossible for this to be what he looks like in universe for several reasons:
    • Numerous people have interacted with him over the course of the series and never realised that he was a mummy.
    • In the episode "Queen for a Day" Cleo had to pretend to be Tut and the only thing remarked upon was the fact that "Tut" looks somewhat bigger.
    • It's entirely possible that Tut can use his sceptre to look like an actual mummy whenever needed, but normally looks like a normal person of Egyptian descent. In fact concept art for the show depicts what Tutankensetamun possibly looks like in universe as it is less obvious that Tutankensetamun is a mummy as he is depicted as being more human in appearance, being shown with his natural tan skin tone instead of the green skin he is currently shown with and the only supernatural thing about him is his eyes which are glowing green.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water
  • Glowing Eyelights of Undeath
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he has flaws, Tut is shown both past and present to truly care about his friends.
    • In "Near Dead Experience" after Cleo falls ill, he tells her "Cleo, I will do everything in my power to save you even risk my own afterlife!"
    • He's revealed to have died saving his friend Nepka from being crushed, despite knowing that doing so would result in his own death.
    • The episode "Curse of the Pharaoh" reveals that it's not just his friends that Tut is willing to save but he also willing to save people that he'd consider his enemies such as El Zabkar, who had summoned Ammut out of the fear of the Pharaoh's curse.
  • The Lancer: Subversion, he's the star.
  • Large Ham
  • Last of His Kind
  • Magic Skirt
  • Mummy: Duh.
  • Nefarious Pharaoh: Averted. Despite being a bit abrasive, Tut is a good guy... er, boy.
  • Nice Hat: Tut's gigantic nemes headress.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Pretty much every episode, and sometimes by epic proportions.
  • Not Growing Up Sucks: He died when he was young, forcing him to remain a kid forever.
  • Princess in Rags / Idle Rich
  • Royal Brat: Tutankensetamun comes across as rude and egotistical, but to be fair to him it is understandable as Egyptian pharaohs were believed to be gods, and Tut's rude-side comes out whenever Cleo or Luxor questions his authority and whenever someone else treats him horribly.
  • Single Line of Descent
  • Sophisticated as Hell
    Tut: I am, as my people say: the bomb!
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: With Cleo.
  • Undead Child
  • Undeathly Pallor
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Cleo.

    Cleo Carter 
A 12-year-old biracial African American girl who wants to become an Egyptologist, because her father, who is currently missing, is also one. After chasing her cat, Luxor, she accidentally brought Tut back to life. She tends to argue with Tut, complaining about his impulsiveness and outspokenness, but she always does it in a very rude and unceremonious way. Although she actually doesn't feel like it, she is often forced to help Tut set things right, but she would prefer Tut to stay nice and quiet in his sarcophagus all day, because she is afraid someone would find out about him being a living mummy. Most of the time it's very obvious that she doesn't really want to spend time with him, she would rather go skateboarding or hang out with her friend Natasha. Typically, she tries to stop Tutenstein doing the wrong thing but because of her impudence and incomplete explanations, he pays no attention to it. She always has her pocket computer, letting her gain instant access to facts about Egypt.
Voiced by: Crystal Scales
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    Luxor 
Cleo's pet cat who learns to speak after Tut is brought back to life.
Voiced by: David Lodge
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Antagonists

    Set 
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Set (Seth, Setesh, Sutekh, Setekh, Suty) is the Egyptian god of chaos, destruction and disorder, and the main antagonist of the series. For thousands of years, Set has been condemned to the darkest pit of the Egyptian underworld.
Voiced by: David Lodge

    Sekhem and Khesef 
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Two of the many demons who happen to work for Set, they are the most appearing in the series.

    Apep 
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Apep (Apepi, Aapep, Apophis, Apopis) was a demon of the Egyptian underworld, in the form of a giant water snake. He was the enemy of the sun god, trying to stop him as he travelled on his barque through the underworld each night. He was so powerful that little could defeat him, and even then, he was back again the following evening to threaten Ra. He was a demon outside of ma'at, the opposite of order, a demon of darkness and chaos.

    Ammut 
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Ammut (Ammit, Ahemait) the Devourer is an Egyptian deity and demon that devours the hearts of the dead. When tested by the gods Thoth, Osiris and Anubis, the victim's heart is weighed against the feather of truth. If the heart is pure, the person is spared. If not, Ammut devours it, dooming the victim to the dark Underworld for all eternity.

Egyptian Gods

    Osiris 
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Osiris (Wesir) is the Egyptian god of the afterlife, the underworld and rebirth. He's the one who judges humans after their death.
  • Back from the Dead: As a result of Isis' magic.
  • Badass Beard
  • Big Good: Though the same could also be said about Ra.
  • Cain and Abel: With Set.
  • Cool Crown
  • Destination Host Unreachable: After being murdered by Set, Osiris was resurrected twice but couldn't stay in our world either time. The first time, he died almost immediately after having sex with Isis and impregnating her with Horus. The second time, he was shuffled off to the the underworld to rule over the dead. This wasn't such a bad deal for him, though, as in Egyptian mythology the underworld is a pretty nice place, more akin to heaven than to other mythological underworlds. And Osiris stayed a powerful god and was venerated by the people of Egypt as one of their chief deities.
  • God Couple: With Isis.
  • The Good King
  • Inhuman Human: Maybe, as he's usually portrayed as a blue- or green-skinned mummy after his resurrection.
  • Man in White
  • Technicolor Person: Has green skin due to being resurrected after his death by Set according to mythology.
  • Scales of Justice: Osiris and Anubis famously use scales to judge the dead to see if they would ultimately have a afterlife by weighing the deceased's heart against Maat.

    Isis 
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Isis (Aset) is the Egyptian goddess of magic, motherhood and wisdom. She's the wife of Osiris.
  • Berserk Button: Never cheat against her in a game of Senet.
  • Big Shut UP
  • Cool Crown: Or rather its ornament, to be more specific.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Punishes Tut for cheating in a game of Senet, even still it seems very harsh since Tut is only 10 years old.
  • God Couple: With Osiris.
  • Hot Witch: She is the goddess of magic and is quite attractive.
  • I Love the Dead: With Osiris' corpse, though she also brought him back to life.
  • I Will Find You: She had to search for Osiris's body twice (once when he was killed by Set by way of being thrown into the Nile in a coffin, and again when Set tore his body into pieces and scattered them across Egypt).
  • Lady of Black Magic: The only god who could compete with her based on sheer breadth and power of spells was Thoth.
  • Mama Bear: She went to great lengths to make Horus king and protect him from Set.
  • Necromantic: Using spells taught to her by Thoth, she resurrected Osiris and Horus, though the former was only long enough for them to conceive.

    Ra 
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Ra (Re) is the Egyptian god of the Sun. He's one of the most important figures in ancient Egyptian religion, since the Sun was sacred to them. Every night he would travel with boat through twelve gates (representing the twelve hours) so he could rise as in the day. However he had to battle the demonic serpent Apep, who sought to kill him and destroy all of existance.

    Horus 
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Horus (Hor, Haru) is the Egyptian god of kingship and the sky. He's the gods' greatest and most revered warrior.

    Anubis 
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Anubis (Anoup, Anpu, Inepu) is the Egyptian god of mummification, preparations and ceremonies for the dead. He works along with Thoth under Osiris to ensure order and bring balance to all the worlds.

    Thoth 
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Thoth (Djehuty) is the Egyptian god of science, knowledge and writing. He works along with Anubis under Osiris to ensure order and bring balance to all the worlds.
  • Animal Motifs: The ibis and to a lesser degree, the baboon.
  • The Archmage: Only Isis could match him spell for spell.
  • Badass Bookworm: Wise, and no less competent in combat. There's a reason why the baboon is his secondary symbol, after all.
  • Berserk Button: Don't use his scrolls for infinite knowledge.
  • Bookworm: Thought to have invented writing and most if not all areas of knowledge.
  • Catchphrase: "Perhaps we should have a little talk with the pharaoh."
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Has two baboon servants Maka and Hedj-Wer.
  • Lunacy: A moon god, in the Heliopolis Creation Myth, he also gambled with the moon to add five extra days to the calendar, hence 365 days.
  • Mediator: Mediated the struggles between Horus and Set to ensure neither became too powerful, and to bring their violent conflict to an end.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: When he saw that Nut despaired over not being able to birth her children, Thoth stepped in and helped her.
  • The Smart Guy: Well renowned for his intelligence.
  • The Stoic
  • Those Two Guys: Is often accompanied by Anubis. Also, his two baboon servants.

    Imhotep 
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An Egyptian chancellor to the pharaoh Djoser, probable architect of the step pyramid, and high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. After his death, he was deified and praised alongside the other gods for his deeds.
  • Deadly Doctor: In all fairness, he is not aware that medical science has changed (read: improved) in the last two thousand years.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Was a human in his life, but after his death he was granted immortality and godhood.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: According to the ancient Egyptians, diseases were due to the patients being possesed by demons. His cure for Cleo's cold is to mummify her for the afterlife.
  • Hero Antagonist: He's a good guy, however his conviction and zealousness is the main conflict of his episode.
  • Knight Templar: Read the other tropes in his profile.
  • Magic Staff: One with a snake on it, symbolizing pharmaceutical wisdom. Such staffs were also wielded by other gods, like Asclepius.
  • Obliviously Evil: "Evil" is stretching it, but he didn't know that his fanaticism was causing more problems than help.
  • Renaissance Man: Scholar, chancellor, architect, doctor, mage and priest.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Only wanted to cure Cleo of her cold... even though it meant she had to be mummified.

    Geb 
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The Egyptian god of earth.

    Atum 
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Atum (Atoum) is the Egyptian god of creation and life, said to have made the first humans out of clay.

    Sobek 
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Sobek (Sebek, Sochet, Sobk, Sobki) is the Egyptian god of the Nile river, associated with pharaonic power, fertility, and military prowess.
  • Animal Motifs: The Nile crocodile.
  • Berserk Button: If you don't pay tribute to him and instead worship other gods, he will smite you with his divine fury. Seeing as the flooding Nile was considered to be a symbol of his wrath and crocodiles are dangerous animals, this is the expected reaction.
  • Boisterous Bruiser
  • Cool Crown
  • Dumb Muscle: His dialogue implies this, however given his short screentime and flat character personality it is never truly made clear.
  • Lizard Folk: Granted he's a humanoid crocodile rather than a lizard, but he still counts. It's worth noting that he's among the few Egyptian gods also depicted with a tail.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Downplayed. As long as you don't anger him, he's a good fellow (if a bit of a braggart).
  • One-Episode Wonder
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: In one episode, he teamed up with Geb and Bes, with the three of them wanting to start a party. However upon seeing statues of the Greeko-Roman gods in the museum, they took this as an insolence towards them and decided to instead crash the party. Fortunately Cleo calmed them down.
  • Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Averted. Like all Egyptian gods (save for Set, Apep and Ammut) he's at worst a Hero Antagonist.

    Hathor 
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Hathor (Hut-hor) is the Egyptian goddess of joy, beauty, music and feminine love.
  • A Load of Bull: Downplayed. Besides the ears and horns, one wouldn't figure out the cow is her chief patron animal. Originally, Hathor could shapeshift into a cow and was alos depicted with other bovine traits (mostly udders, for... obvious reasons), but due to the show being aimed at kids, they were deemed explicit and thus removed.
  • Adaptational Modesty: The Hathor here is nowhere near as raunchy and laschivious as her original counterpart.
  • Animal Motifs: The cow and as Sekhmet, the lion.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Hathor is the goddess of love and beauty who always comes off as lovely, nice and pretty, but should a pharaoh like Tut be disdained greatly will develop her wrath.
  • Berserk Button: Tut being refused to have his pyramid built results in Hathor's rage building up as she shapeshifts into the goddess of war and destruction, Sekhmet.
  • Cats Are Mean: While in the form of Sekhmet.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Averted, this is one trait of her that was omitted.
  • The Hedonist: Often seeing drinking, eating grapes, dancing or lying around. However, this is tame compared to the Egyptian myths.
  • Hot Goddess: Is this for the ancient Egyptian pantheon.
  • Love Goddess: And this.
  • Panthera Awesome: As Sekhmet.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As Sekhmet, she terrorises the construction workers next door to the museum and then the latter.
  • Split Personality: With Sekhmet.

    Maat 
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Maat (Ma'at, Ma'et) is the Egyptian goddess of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality and justice. She's the one who weights the dead's hearts on her scales before deciding their fate.
  • Berserk Button: Don't criticise her authority... and her sacred ostrich feather accessory.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The whole of the Egyptian state religion was dedicated to the protection and preservation of Ma'at, otherwise Apep would devour the universe.
  • Feather Motif
  • Hair Decoration: Subverted in that the feather serves a greater purpose than just looking pretty on her head.
  • The Judge: One of the chief gods for this in ancient Egypt.
  • Order Versus Chaos: Balanced against Apophis.
  • Scales of Justice: Maat is often shown in helping Osiris and/or Anubis in the weighing of the deceased's heart. This makes sense since the heart is weighed against her feather of truth. She is also one of the oldest examples of this trope.
  • Winged Humanoid: Of the "wings attached to arms" variety.

    Bastet 
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Bastet (Bast) is the Egyptian goddess of cleanliness, the household and protector of cats. Because of this she gets attracted to Luxor.

    Sekhmet 
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Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is the Egyptian goddess of battle, warfare and revenge. She is Hathor's wrathful alter ego.

    Nut 
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The Egyptian goddess of the sky and stars.

    Serket 
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Serket (Serqet, Selket, Selqet) is the Egyptian goddess of nature, animals, medicine and healing from venom/poison.
  • Animal Motifs: The scorpion.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Here she's shown having blue hair while wearing green clothes and makeup, whereas in the myths she looked like this: 1.
  • Cranial Eruption: A Visual Gag of her headache caused by the scorpion on her head.
  • No Name Given: She and Nut are never referred to by their names in the series proper.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Appears only once just to provide a joke.
  • Scary Scorpions: The one on Serket's head is stinging her, thus causing her headaches. Ironically, in the original mythology she was immune to it, being the goddess of medicine and antidotes. However, this was most likely intentionally overlooked in order to give an excuse for her appearance as a one-time comic relief character.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Even though she was actually dark-haired.

    Wadjet 
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Wadjet (Wedjat, Wudjet, Uadjet, Udjo) is the Egyptian goddess of protection. Her symbol is used by royalty to guard them from evil both during their mortal life and in the afterlife.

    Benu bird 
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A sacred bird in ancient Egyptian mythology linked with the sun, creation, and rebirth.
  • Feathered Fiend: Averted.
  • Giant Flyer: Its head alone is bigger than an adult human.
  • Phoenix: Shares several aspects with it, and according to scholars it's probably the inspiration behind its more famous mythological relative.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Both a mythological and a real one in a zig-zagged way. It was worshipped by the Egyptians, and an extinct species of Egyptian heron (Ardea bennuides) was confirmed to have existed in ancient times, which is named after the Benu.

    Bes 
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Bes (Bisu) is a minor ancient Egyptian deity worshipped as a protector of households, and in particular, of mothers, children and childbirth. He is later regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad.

Other Characters

    Walter Jacobs 
Voiced by:N/A

    Professor Horace Bedhety 
Voiced by: Lex Lang
  • It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: His name is often misspelled. People even call him "Bedwetty".
  • Mean Boss: Not that bad, just egotistical and clueless.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is actually a parody of the Egyptian god Horus, whose alternative name is also Bedhety.
  • Mentor: To Roxanne, who surpassed him.

    Roxanne Vanderwheele 
Voiced by:N/A

    Natasha 

    Kyle 
Voiced by:N/A

    Jake 
Voiced by:N/A

    Rosaline Rivera 

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