The Abridged Series of Princess Tutu by Tutu On Abridger. Has a lot of fun with the nonsensical aspects of the series.Unlike many Abridged Series, Princess Tutu Abridged does not reduce the number of episodes in the series. This likely stems from the fact that the original show is itself fairly compact, with important events even in seeming filler episodes. Much of the drama, humor, and even some actual lines from the dub, are also left in and used unironically. Characters are exaggerated, but left mostly unchanged. Lampshading is often done by referencing the trope directly by name.However, this does not mean that the Princess Tutu Abridged team has not made this parody their own. Despite the obscurity of the anime, a lot of effort has been put in to making this show enjoyable. Of particular note is their two-part Musical Episodes, with all voice actors singing very well, even outside their own vocal range. The team specifically tried to avoid the obvious jokes, like the Ho Yay between Fakir and Mytho, and instead spring for less expected humor, such as Liliae and Pike's Ballerina Mafia.The team has a pretty complete set of pages on The Abridged Series Wikia, including second-by-second music lists for each episode and nice trivia about the team. Might border on All There in the Manual, except that the information is not required to understand or enjoy the series.
Accidental Misnaming: Anteaterina in Episode 2. "Adding 'Anteater' onto something doesn't make it my name!"
A Day In The Lime Light: Liliae lampshades Pike achieving this status in Episode 15. Of course, she is going to knock her out of it even if she has to kill Pike herself.
A WizardDrosselmeyer Did It: A running gag in episode 17. The third time around, Drosselmeyer tells whoever is flashing the caption to stop pinning the blame on him.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Nearly all the characters in the series do this from time to time, notably when Fakir notices the spotlights in Episode 8. When Kraehe casually breaks the in-series fourth wall by talking to Drosselmeyer at the end of the first season, she damages it to a point where the rest of the cast may break it more freely.
Enemy Within: Mytho's dark side has slowly been taking control ever since the heart shard dipped in evil was returned to him. In Episode 20 he can be seen actively fighting back during his battle with Fakir.
Fan Fic: Mr. Cat writes it and the crows love it. Also the gods of fan fiction preside over the shipping bridge, determining who, or what, anyone praying for a love interest there is paired with.
Fanservice: There is an entire day devoted to it at Goldcrown Academy.
Foreshadowing: Every bit is mercilessly lampshaded, especially when Autor begins to appear in the second season.
The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Instead of Fakir just writing to save Duck as in canon, he writes so the narrator isn't willing to let Duck be killed. Yes, Fakir just got the narrator to do his bidding (though said narrator had clearly been getting uncomfortable with recent events...).
Mytho mentions that thinking of Tutu gives him one feeling, thinking of Rue gives him another feeling, and thinking of both of them at the same time gives him "an entirely different feeling altogether".
In episode 14, Fakir distracts Mytho by telling him Tutu and Kraehe are making out.
Got Me Doing It: In episode 12, Fakir is not pleased to know that somehow he's now trapped in a musical, but he cannot resist the power of the Musical Episode, despite all his chagrin.
Fakir: (singing) Now I'm singing too? Come on, what the hell? Damn this blasted musical!
Greek Chorus: The flock of crows in the series is treated as this.
Hand Wave: Mentioned by name. Mr. Cat in Episode 1, glancing over the fact that he is a cat.
And again in Episode 16 when Drosselmeyer points out Rue's line about only being able to get married after Mytho brings her a heart, when the pair had almost tied the knot back in Episode 10... hey, look at the clockwork plant!
"This is the story of the Prince and the Raven, not the story of the prince and the princess' tush."
I Believe I Can Fly: Duck almost throw herself at the void, while singing "Defying gravity" no less, but Fakir caught her by the braid before she did, saying that just because thy're in a musical, it won't give her superpowers.
Kraehe: [...] it seems that Drosselmeyer likes me better. He even rationalized a way for my costume to stay up. Tutu: I always thought you used double sided tape. Kraehe: What a cute idea. But sadly: wrong. Any other guesses? Fakir: As much as I'd like to discuss your Stripperific fashion sense all episode, Kraehe, why don't we get back to having a climactic showdown here? Somebody needs to get cut —and it's probably just glue anyway. Kraehe: Oh but Fakir, we're just getting warmed up. Don't you want to hear Mytho's theory? Mytho: Magnets. (Record Needle Scratch) Kraehe: Rhetorical question, darling. No one actually cares what you think.
One of Us: The creators are very vocal Tropers and the abridged series runs with as many as it can get away with, subverted, played straight, lampshaded or otherwise. Autor seems to speak in nothing but tropes in episode 21.
Plot Hole: Also taken quite literally in the series. Once in Episode 4 and again in Episode 12 Act 1, Edel opens a quite literal plot hole so that Tutu may proceed.
Rage Against the Author: Even more so than the original, as of episode 22. The characters not only notice the internal fourth wall, but the external one, making contact with (and deciding to fight) the abridgers themselves.
Running Gag: What would an abridged series be without them? Quite a few, including pantsless Mytho, "Shiny?", Edel's ghost music, and Duck's perfect ass.
A new one shows up in season 2:
Mytho: I'll take your beautiful [insert body part here]...
Kraehe: (offscreen) Heart, Mytho
A few less obvious ones are "Creeper", Naming tropes, gravity, The Shipping Bridge, How Krahe's outfit stays up, "Burns" in episode two, and the Occult, the latest even going as far as being mentioned in the comment special