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Duck Stannus lived a perfectly ordinary life at Bronx, New York, until witnessing a murder by a mysterious white-haired mobster known only as Principe turned her whole life upside down. Now a star witness for a case that could finally bring the most dangerous mobster gang to justice, Duck founds herself with the cold eye of Hardboiled Detective Fakir Romeiras watching over her as he pursues Principe and the Corvo Family.


An Uncommon Witness is an AU Princess Tutu fic set in New York during The Roaring '20s with copious amounts of Film Noir.

The fic has 23 chapters and was finished on May 23, 2016.

An Uncommon Witness has examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Domenico Corvo proves that he can be ruthless to his own daughter if she becomes a threat to his empire. To the point of using her as hostage against Mytho in chapter 22.
  • The Atoner: Mytho reveals in chapter 22 that he spend two years planning the downfall of the Corvo mafia and its Don's death to atone for his past sins.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: Tons between Duck and Fakir and many characters are able to notice it.
  • Can't Get Away with Nuthin': Mytho ends up with possibly permanent hearing damage caused by the explosion at the garage, and Rue is unable to dance again due to the gun shot wound to her leg. The author said that after all they've done, despite being sympathetic characters, they still needed to suffer some karma for their actions.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: The napkin with all of Rue's contact numbers.
  • Darkest Hour: Fakir and Autor's kidnapping.
  • Distressed Damsel: At the end of chapter 17, Duck is spirited away by Mytho, as she was just getting relocated as part of witness protection.
  • Driven to Suicide: In chapter 20, Rue was about to throw herself from the penthouse floor of a hotel after hearing from Duck that Mytho was nice to her, while with Rue herself he had grown cold and distant. Rue thinks this is proof that Mytho hated her for getting him involved with the mafia. With her career and freedom taken away by her father, Mytho's love was the last thing she considered hers, and losing that was her limit. Duck delayed her from jumping by telling Rue that the old Mytho Rue knew was still there, and her attempt was stopped when a mobster knocked to give her a message. This trope also applies to Elsa, Duck's mother, after she found out her husband had faked his own death and left her to pay off his debts. She contemplated taking her own life, but the thought of leaving her daughter alone in the world prevented her from attempting suicide.
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  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end, the main couples ended together and happy despite all they went through.
  • Fallen Hero: Mytho was the sweetest boy you could ever met. Now he's a capo working right under The Don. When Mytho kidnapped her, Duck muses that there's still some good in him despite all and wonders which one is the real him: Principe the mafia capo or Mytho, Fakir's former friend.
  • Femme Fatale: Rue Corvo. Especially when seducing Autor in order to get information out of him.
  • Five-Token Band: The story takes place in 1920's New York, a diverse city with people who immigrated there from all over the world. As such, the cast are given ethnic backgrounds reflective of their names/physical appearance, as well as the historical setting. Fakir is Arab/Portuguese, Duck is Irish and at least 1/4 German, as she states her maternal grandfather is a German folklorist who settled in Ireland, Rue is Italian, Mytho and Charon are Greek, Autor and Edel are German (in the last chapter it was revealed that Autor is Jewish via his mother's side), Mr. Cat (a human in this universe) is Russian, and Femio is French.
  • Glamorous Single Mother: Duck's mother, Elsa, raised her alone.
  • Hardboiled Detective: Fakir Romeiras is serious, distant and likes to do things his way. Of course, his attitude gets on Duck's nerves. He mellows out a lot by the end, and takes Duck's feelings into consideration when making his decisions...though it doesn't stop him from teasing her.
  • Heroic BSoD: Fakir got a hard one when he founds out that his childhood best friend, Mytho, is the very Principe guy he's looking for and works willingly for the man that killed his family.
  • Heel Realization: Mytho got hit by one two years ago, after realizing he's working for "the monsters" that killed his best friend's parents and that he was close to become a monster willing to kill innocent children for his own gains too.
  • Innocence Lost: Mytho managed to keep himself innocent despite working as delivery boy for The Mafia, until an illegal delivery of alcohol makes him realize that he's breaking the law.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Journalist Autor Brahms has spend months tying different murders with the Corvo family, despite the lack of actual evidence involving them, because everybody else is too scared of the mafia to expose them. He also goes after this big scoop because he wants to write a world shaking story.
  • In Vino Veritas: Rue seduces Autor into drinking wine in order to loose his tongue. Autor, with two or three cups, is already enough drunk to reveal Fakir's involvement with the case and unintentionally gives her hints about Duck being the witness.
  • It's a Small World After All: Fakir gets really surprised when Duck turns out to know Rue Corvo and her mom Elsa was Mytho's ballet instructor. Heck, for all he knows, it won't be a surprise if suddenly her grandfather turns out to be a childhood friend of Domenico Corvo as well ...although this doesn't turn out to be the case.
  • It's Personal: It's eventually revealed that Fakir is so hellbent on bringing justice upon the mafia because they murdered his parents.
  • Light Is Not Good: Principe, the Corvo's patriarch favorite and heir, dresses all in white and cream-colored clothes, yet he can order a man's death without hesitation.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Duck conserves her signature long braid despite being in 1924, a time when short hair was the fashion norm. Fakir's cousin, Rachel Strauss lampshaded the trope, saying that she considered long hair being more elegant.
  • Love Epiphany: Fakir realizes that Duck has become special to him when Femio remarked all the efforts he has done in order to get Duck back. He at first thought that it was because he's a police officer and recognizes that, while there's some sense of duty in it, he has a personal desire to find and get Duck to safety.
  • Love Freak: Femio calls himself "the champion of love" and "the embodiment of love" and agrees to fly Fakir from New York to Chicago in the merciless winter weather after Autor tells him that Fakir is looking for a lover who was kidnapped by a rival, saying that this sort of things were his holy mission in this world.
  • Mafia Princess: Rue Corvo is the only daughter of the Corvo patriarch. She's knows about her father's business and has used his influence more than once in her life. Played for Drama when she realized that his father doesn't hold her in much esteem, he has all control over her life and all her achievements as an actress were more about his money and status than her own talent.
  • Meaningful Rename: Rue and Mytho changed their names to Brunhilde and Siegfried after running away to Shanghai.
  • Meet Cute: Rue and Mytho met when she was practicing her ballet in a rented studio and he broke her fall after she lost her balance.
  • Naive Every Girl: Duck herself. Later evolves into a Plucky Girl.
  • Nice Hat: It's 1920's fashion code, what else where you expecting?
  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Even though Mytho and Rue are a confirmed couple, and Fakir is in love with Duck by the end of the story, according to the author Duck herself is not aware of Fakir's feelings for her, and sees him as a good friend.
  • Parental Abandonment: Duck's mom, Elsa, died when she was 14, when a flu pandemic erupted. Duck's dad died before she was born. Chapter 19 reveals that her dad, Loeguire, bailed on Elsa to escape the large number of debts he'd incurred before their marriage.
  • Parental Substitute: Edel Stein, the jewelry store owner, has know Duck since she was little. After Elsa's death, Edel has watched over Duck and has been a mother figure and moral support for her.
  • Petite Pride: Fakir internally comments how Duck's lack of assets is very fashionable in the fashion standards of 1920. Then he has to hide his embarrassment for staring at the girl's chest after seeing her in her gala gown.
  • Poisonous Friend: Rue towards Mytho. He even lampshades it, saying that it was her own fault for getting him involved in the mafia, that he turned out like he did.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Inverted. Mytho guided Fakir to Chicago, not just to rescue Duck but to see the fall of the mafia and decide whether Mytho deserved to live after all the crimes he'd committed. Fakir slap him for giving up his life like that.
  • Orphan's Plot Trinket: Downplayed with Duck's garnet pendant, as she doesn't wear it all the time but people comment that with it, she's a carbon copy of Elsa, her mom. Thanks to it, Mytho recognizes her as Elsa's daughter at the opera.
  • The Roaring '20s: The setting of the story, with great amounts of Shown Their Work.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: In order to blend in at a fancy party (but without calling attention), Duck got dolled-up in a apricot, chiffon gala gown and her hair dressed up, even managing to get Fakir surprised and a little flustered.
  • Shout-Out: The author has say that the story of Duck's parents is loosely based on Lohengrin. However, Elsa's "knight" left not for something she did, but for something he had done.
  • Stalker Without A Crush: Fakir starts to follow Duck around and keep an eye on her while she's at work to protect her of possible mobsters. Pretty much everyone not involved in the Corvo case believes him to be a Stalker with a Crush instead.
  • Stage Name: Rue goes by the name "Odile Legnani" when in public eye, since she considered her name too plain for an actress. Duck begs to differ and prefers her real name.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Duck is a matching image of her mother, famous ballet dancer Elsa Stannus.
  • Taking You with Me: Don Corvo trapped Mytho and himself in a warehouse doused with gasoline at the climax of chapter 22. If Mytho shoot at him, the spark would set the place ablaze. Mytho did anyway, and managed to get out of the burning garage before it exploded.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Mytho had brought a cameo pendant for Elsa but could not give it to her since when he finally saved enough money to buy it, she had already passed away. He gives it away to Duck in order to finally renounce his feelings for Elsa. This trope also applies to the garnet pendant Elsa wore when she was alive, which was later passed down to Duck. The pendant was a present from her husband before he abandoned her, and she kept it as a reminder of their happier days before he left her.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Many characters comment on Duck's unusual name. She says that it was her eccentric grandfather's idea and her mother went along with him to humor him. In true, they named her after a duck's determination to overcome difficulties.

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