Fritz Stahlbaum

Real Name

Fritz Stahlbaum

First Appearance

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (1816)

Created by

E. T. A. Hoffman


In Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, Fritz is the son of Town Council President Stahlbaum and his wife, and the brother of Clara, the heroine of the ballet (or Marie, as she is known in the original story entitled, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King). Fritz usually appears only in the Christmas party scene. In most productions, he either jealously or accidentally breaks the Nutcracker after Herr Drosselmeyer gives it to Clara, his goddaughter, as a present.

Public Domain Appearances



  • The Nutcracker


  • In Alexandre Dumas' 1844 re-telling of the story, Fritz' surname was changed to Silberhaus.

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