Fanfic Recs / Princess Tutu

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Authors and Websites

arctic_hare has written twenty-three Princess Tutu fanfics and each of them will well-worth the read; usually revolving around Fakir and Ahiru in fluffy situations but not always, for example her Rue centric Cinders and Ashes.

The Knight's Weapon by deskclutter.
  • Recommended by Andy Zero
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A crossover with Fables. The forces of the Adversary have come for Kinkan / Gold Crown Town. However, are they a match for those who know the flow of the Story?
  • Comments:

Could Not Erase It by Kali Cephiroth
  • Recommended by Mint Pearl Voice
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A short angstfic focusing on Rue's life.
  • Comments:

Four Weddings and an Apocalypse by Elektra 3
  • Recommended by Mint Pearl Voice
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis "In which Lillie gets married, and causes World War III. More or less in that order."
  • Comments: Sidesplittingly funny, and one of the most famous pieces of PT fanfiction ever written.

With No Companion by sutaretagaisce
  • Recommended by Timmah
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Crossover with Revolutionary Girl Utena. Pre-Utena Anthy wanders the world and encounters Mytho and Rue. A fleshing out of fairytale archetypes ensues.
  • Comments: Interesting exploration of the characters of Anthy and Rue. Comparison between both characters sheds light onto some of the weirder parts of Utena. Both Anthy and Rue are trapped in their roles in their stories, and each character tries to make sense of their existential imprisonment.

Ancestry by LunaSphere
  • Recommended by Timmah
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: The life and times of Drosselmeyer's lover, and the matriarch of the dynasty of Spinners.
  • Comments: A dark take on where the family tree of Story Spinners branches from. Interesting look at Drosselmyer's wife, if somewhat in need of an editor in places.

The Heart of Everything by gemkazoni
  • Recommended by Coppelia Martyrdom, Moo 92
  • Status: Dead
  • Synopsis: An Alternate Universe Fic set in Medieval times, in which the characters are intertwined with a town's fate and its last hope: the royal line.
  • Comments: The best Tutu fic I have ever read (of course, I'm biased on account that I'm the beta editor). Excellent characterization and use of the Princess Tutu canon to create something original, emotional, and just wonderfully written. It'll have you on the edge of your seat. I highly recommend it!
    • Moo 92: This story is beautiful, lovely imagery, and very captivating. I hope this does not end up a dead fic for that would be very unfortunate for this story to go to waste.
      • Willowleaf: Even though I realize this phrase is thrown around like confetti on the fanfic rec pages, "this is the best fanfiction I have ever read" would not be an overstatement. I've been reading fanfiction for years, have come across some incredible stories, and have a bizarrely high standard for writing. This fanfiction though? It's written in a gorgeous, well-woven fairy tale-esque style that is reminiscent of the tales that inspired its anime. The plot is well thought out with several chilling mysteries and questions that have yet to be answered. The character's development and interactions are in character and develop in ways that parallel the original universe. There is so much more about this story that has been left unsaid, but trust me when I say, most definitely not lightly, that this IS the best fanfiction I have ever read. It may be the best fan written story I had ever read, be it for a fandom or not. Read it. Why are you still looking at this silly recommendation?

Grace by Luna Sphere
  • Recommended by Timmah
  • Status: Complete
  • Rue ruminates on the nature of names and meanings throughout the history of her life.
  • Timmah:Luna Sphere hits another one out of the park. Another fitting work.

An Uncommon Witness by Mangaka-chan
  • Recommended by technicolortardis
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: An AU Princess Tutu fic set in New York during the Roaring Twenties with copious amounts of Film Noir. Duck Stannus lived a perfectly ordinary life until witnessing a murder by a mysterious white-haired mobster known only as Principe. Soon her life is thrown into unbalance, with the Hardboiled Detective Fakir Romeiras watching over her as he pursues Principe and the Corvo Family.
  • Comments: Very well-researched into the 1920's, as well as having befittingly meaningful surnames granted to them. It's very, very well written and the characters fit the Film Noir setting perfectly, and each role they've been assigned suits them to a tee, from Rue the Mafia Princess Femme Fatale to Mytho the young heir to the Corvo Family's name to Charon the police captain and Raestel (here called Rachel for reasons explained in the story) the opera singer. The pacing is done amazingly well, and at times, it's easy to forget you're reading a story.
    • Now with a page of its own, here. Feel free to contribute.

Swan Siren by SoSaysL
  • Recommended by Tsukiyo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Our story may seem lighthearted at first." Drosselmeyer murmured, "but soon it shall become dark, dangerous, and devastatingly gorgeous." His tragedy would be a perfect one, filled with something for every taste: romance and drama, comedy, subtle horror, and heartwrenching sacrifice. But the only question is, do the characters have other plans?
  • Comments: A Princess Tutu AU. After the failure with "The Prince and The Raven", Drosselmeyer plans a new tragic story for the characters. Ahiru is now a normal girl instead of a duck, Mytho has his heart and is more expressive, Fakir is barely less of a jerk (with a thing for putting stamps in his man card) and Rue is pretty much the same. But everything starts to change after the two girls accept the power of mysterious beings, only known as Odette and Svanna. Divided in five Acts with a good amount of "scenes", the story goes from adorable romance/comedy to drama/tragedy at the end of the 3rd Act. Instead of the threat of The Raven, Fakir now must protect Mytho's heart of a mysterious swan princess, but his doubts on those close to him may be his downfall, specially with a more sadistic and careful Drosselmayer watching over, like a vulture, in order to prevent any trace of hope. 51 chapters and the story is complete and well written, the pacing is excellent and Femio returns, more flamboyant than ever!

Princess Tutu: Chapter of the Bird by Tomoyo Ichijouji
  • Recommended by Kitchenprincess
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: After the Raven was vanquished and the town of Kinkan returned to normal, the resulting short-lived peace is disturbed by news of raven attacks in a neighboring town. What could be behind them? Are the people of Kinkan Town truly free from the strings of its dark past, or do remnants of it still haunt their supposedly happy endings?
  • Comments: This story is beautifully done and the chapters are written as if they are actual episodes with a part a and b including listed background music running for specific time periods in each scene, episode previews, and even the show's signature end cue with Drosselmeyer laughing as he commands all children who love stories to gather 'round and listen. It is complete at 26 chapters (translating to 13 episodes) and includes some well thought out ideas, and delves into into intersting implications of the original. Mytho was prince from a story, right? So he must have backstory...

Simply A Backstory by Ranoko
  • Recommended by: Tsukiyo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Princess Tutu only had a few lines in the original 'The Prince and The Raven.' But when Fakir needs a subject to write about, there's not a lot of options that will motivate him enough to get through a story. So he investigates Princess Tutu. However, even stories that are already over can be influential...
  • Comments: Fakir decides to write down the story of Princess Tutu before her fateful demise in 'The Prince and The Raven'. Who was she? From where she came from? How she got her powers? The story is very good, and really is a good interpretation of the original Tutu.

Le Royaume des Oiseaux, The Kingdom of Birds by kirramagic
  • Recommended by: Tsukiyo
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: It is 3 months later after the story and all is at peace. Until a strange girl appears and makes Ahiru human again! But now Ahiru has no memories of Fakir or anything about the story! And what is this about the kingdom of birds?
  • Comments: What if Drosselmeyer "imported" Ahiru from another story, one with its own curse to be resolve? What if Ahiru is called back and forgets all her experiences in Crown Town, including Fakir? Of course he won't let her go so easily. And his stumbburness will get him cursed, in more than a way.

Inscribed on Glass Plaques by readersofaph
  • Recommended by: Synchronicity
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Half a century later, D. Autor bequeaths The Princess Tutu Collection to Gold Crown Museum. The story is continued in the museum plaques describing the pieces.
  • Comments: Completely masterful. The Magic Realism in the anime translates perfectly to the museum collection — especially with the knowledge that it's going on in the early twentieth century — and the curators are just unreliable enough for the endings to be incredibly ambiguous yet completely heartwrenching no matter what.

This Pendent Heart by LunaSphere
  • Also found here. Complete with fantastic illustrations for each chapter and an illustrated interlude.
  • Recommended by Mint Pearl Voice, Timmah, sardns, GoldenDragon326, CelestialPuppet, Tannim, A Fuzzy Warm Blanket, Tropers/Flairina
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Ahiru and Fakir
  • Synopsis: When Ahiru begins to forget that she was ever human, Fakir writes her back into a girl. But his actions have unintended consequences. Will The Power of Love be enough to stop an evil!Fakir?
  • Comments: Featuring the world's greatest Crowning Moment of Heartwarming and Crowning Moment of Awesome. This Troper cried.
    • Timmah : Consistent characterization and solid plotting make this work. I recommend this to fans of the series who wish to see the fairy tale motifs continue to be explored.
      • sardns: This sequel fic is so good it's a crying shame it isn't canon.
      • It should be canon.
    • GoldenDragon326: Beautifully written with a darkish theme complete with a few cute moments concerning the two central pairings; it's hard to read just once. This troper's only complaint was that the story called her 'Duck,' instead of 'Ahiru.' Easily ignored, however, insight of its terrific-ness.
      • CelestialPuppet: I adored this fic. Absolutely adored it. It was heartbreaking, deep, complex—absolutely gorgeous. It's very rare to find this kind of quality, fanfiction or original works. I can see that a lot of thought was put into it. This should be season three of Princess Tutu.
      • Zarclonia: I love the story, I want to make a page for it but I don't know how. Can any one tell me how to make a page?
      • If you're still around, edit this page.

Of Kisses and Quotes by Manda_chan
  • 'Recommended by: Zephyr 77
  • Status: Dead
  • Pairing: Ahiru and Fakir
  • Synopsis: Collection of written themes for the 101 Kisses and 50 Lovequotes LJ communities, for the pairing of Fakir/Ahiru. Ratings and focus for each will vary. (author's summary)
  • Comments: Each little drabble/one shot are just amazing. they can easily flip from W.A.F.F. to angst to sexy. And yet all of them portray an important aspect to Fakir and Ahiru's relationship.

Evening of Sevens by Memphis Lupine
  • 'Recommended by: Blue Jazz
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Ahiru and Fakir.
  • Synopsis: A few years after, a boy and a girl board a train.
  • Comments: This is one of the first Princess Tutu fanfics that I read and to this day it is still a favorite of mine. It's bittersweet, well written, and a unique take on what could happen after the show. Worth a read!

Better Endings ( Link) by Lacewood
  • 'Recommended by: amatakamata
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Ahiru and Fakir.
  • Synopsis: Living in a story was one thing. Writing an ending, Fakir realised, was another matter entirely.

A Bird In Spring by arctic_hare
  • Recommended by: Love_Psycho
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Fakir/Ahiru
  • Synopsis: Fantasy AU. When her guardian's death leaves her penniless, young orphan Ahiru Klein moves to a foreign land to become a witch's apprentice. But more than just work awaits her in the quiet forest town of Goldkrone, and over time she begins to realize that her loss of fortune was actually a stroke of luck in ways she could never have guessed.
  • Comments: As the tags warn, it's a slow moving fic and mostly has Slice of Life chapters and plot from Ahiru's POV. But there are repeated hints and insinuations that Ahiru is Locked Out of the Loop and by Chapter 28 this is revealed as true. Worth reading twice to catch all the foreshadowing and hints that are up there with the original Anime for having everything ultimately have importance to the plot. Characters grow and develop within the plot, with Ahiru as the most dynamic.

Rosemary by Thyme In Her Eyes.
  • Recommended by: Lady Yuki
  • Status: Complete
  • Pairing: Rue/Mytho
  • Synopsis: Rue struggles with the role of Giselle, as the story she's lived for so long begins to unravel.
  • Comments: This author does a fantastic job at breathing life into the narrative and the characters, particularly Rue. This story builds up to the events of the fourth episode, so there may be some slight spoilers.

Curse of the Dragon by BluSakura
  • Recommended by: goingmerry27
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Pairing: Fakir/Ahiru
  • Synopsis: Ahiru is a noble with an arranged marriage to Prince Mytho. Everything she knows (and wants) is changed, however, when she is kidnapped by the Dragon Clan and drawn into a tale of curses, war, and love.
  • Comments: This author is brilliant in general by Curse of the Dragon is a complete and utter jewel. Description is perfectly balanced with action and the pace is wonderful; brimming with homages to the original canon, this troper can't recommend Curse of the Dragon enough.