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Fritz Stahlbaum

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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 the original story, him and Marie also have another sister, Louise. She has never appeared elsewhere in other versions (including the famous ballet).
  • While the original character is in public domain, the versions of the character used in later adaptations published after 1923 are NOT.

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