The Sugar Plum Fairy (2024)

The Sugar Plum Fairy (also known simply as Sugar Plum) is the main antagonist of Disney's 2018 live-action filmThe Nutcracker and the Four Realms. She is a bitter and devious fairy who seeks to conquer all Four Realms, using Mother Ginger as the pawn in her schemes. She manages to make her intentions hidden, until a point where Clara Stahlbaum and Phillip the Nutcracker discover it, at which point they dedicate their efforts in stopping Sugar Plum and saving the Four Realms.

Sugar Plum is loosely based on the character from the same name from the story by E.T.A. Hoffman and the ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.


  • 1 Background
    • 1.1 Personality
  • 2 Role in the film
    • 2.1 Beginnings
    • 2.2 Meeting Clara
    • 2.3 True Colors
    • 2.4 Death
  • 3 Trivia
  • 4 Gallery
    • 4.1 Promotional Images
    • 4.2 Screenshots
    • 4.3 Merchandises


Many years prior to events of the film, the Sugar Plum Fairy was one of many toys brought to life by a device of the talented inventor Marie Stahlbaum in the Four Realms. She was given domain over the Land of Sweets. The other regents created by Marie to rule over a specific domain included Hawthorne (the ruler of the Land of Flowers), Shiver (the ruler of the Land of Snowflakes) and Mother Ginger (the ruler of the Land of Amusem*nt).

Eventually, Marie decided to leave the Four Realms forever to be with her real human family, leaving the kingdom to be ruled by the other reagents. All four realms' people were sad to see Marie go, but while the male regents and Mother Ginger accepted this change, Sugar Plum secretly felt hurt and betrayed by Marie and decided enact vengeanceby conquering all the Realms by using Marie's device to create an army of unstoppable tin soldiers. Mother Ginger tried to stop her, but Sugar Plum was able to cover her conspiracy by framing the latter, leading to her banishment within her own realm as well as going to war with the other three. During this time Sugar Plum searched for the key to activate the device but was unable to find it.


On the surface, Sugar Plum appears childishly innocent and kind, acting very sweet and concerned for the Realms' safety, and also very adoring of both Marie and Clara.

In reality, however, Sugar Plum is vengeful, bitter, and vindictive, all of which stemmed from Queen Marie's departure from the Realms to be with her human family. Sugar Plum viewed this as a betrayal as well as an abandonment on her former Queen's part, and subsequently desired to conquer all the Realms as a sort of childish spite against Marie. Despite this, she was able to maintain a kindly façade for years, and was manipulative enough to convince the others that Mother Ginger was the evil one and manipulate Clara and Phillip into getting the key for her.

Sugar Plum is also very ruthless and doesn't care who she hurts to get what she wanted. This was first shown when she used Tin Soldiers, which were described by Phillip as "hallow" and casually transformed one of her own (sentient) loyal soldiers back into a toy just to demonstrate what she planned to do to the other leaders once she had taken over.

Despite her evil, at her core, she is essentially a hurt and angry child whose entire actions mirror a child lashing out at their parents for their supposed abandonment, so much that she goes as far as to destroy all her "mother's" creations and even her own "siblings" without any shame or conscience, yet still retaining an intelligence and patience necessary to manipulate events to her choosing. She also appears to be very vain, boasting about how prettier she is than Mother Ginger.

Role in the film[]


The Sugar Plum Fairy started off as a lifeless porcelain doll owned by Marie Stahlbaum when she was a child, but was brought to life after Marie created the Four Realms as its first Queen. Sugar Plum was assigned by Marie to rule over the Land of Sweets while three other regents (Mother Ginger, Shivers and Hawthorne) were assigned to rule the remaining realms.

At first, Sugar Plum felt comfortable being in the service of Marie, but as the years went by, Marie decided to leave the Four Realms for her family, so she left the four regents in complete charge of the Four Realms. Though Ginger, and the Male Regents accepted this new change in leadership, Sugar Plum secretly disapproved this as she felt betrayed and abandoned by Marie. She then decided that it was time to take over the Four Realms as its new Queen and rebuild them in her own image to alleviate her pain.

Sugar Plum soon learned that Marie created a machine capable of converting toys into living objects (possibly the same one that brought her to life), and formulated a plot to create and bring life to an army of Tin Soldiers to accomplish her goal. However, Mother Ginger learned of Sugar Plum's plot and tried to stop her, only to be framed by the latter for trying to incite the plot, resulting Ginger's banishment within her own realm and a war against the other three realms. Despite the setback, Sugar Plum is distraught to learn that a certain key that can activate the machine is lost within the Realms, forcing herself to maintain her cover.

Meeting Clara[]

During one Christmas Eve, an ill Marie gets her husband to give their children Christmas presents as her dying wish. Her youngest daughter Clara receives a handcrafted egg-shaped box, and is told by her godfather Drosselmeyer that Marie created it for her. After getting into an argument with her father at the ballroom for refusing to dance with him, Clara finds a string signifying her gift, which leads her into the Four Realms. There, Clara spots the key hanging on a tree, but a mouse steals it for Ginger, much to her dismay.

Clara approaches Captain Philip Hoffman, who takes her over to see Sugar Plum, Hawthorne and Shivers, who are all delighted to see the daughter of their former queen. Sugar Plum explains to Clara about the history of the Four Realms and the machine, in which she and the other regents intending to use it to defend their realms against Ginger and her forces. Sugar Plum then sends over Hoffman and several soldiers to aid Clara in confronting Ginger and successfully stealing back the key, but Clara is annoyed to find out that the egg turns out to be a music box after being locked by the key.

True Colors[]

With the key finally in her possession, Sugar Plum uses the machine to bring the Tin Soldiers to life, revealing her true personality by admitting that she felt resentful towards Marie for leaving the Realms and that she intends to use her army to take over the Realms as its new Queen. She also informs that the machine can also revert any person living in the Realm back into a toy and that she plans to use it on those who would defy her new reign. With everything in her control, Sugar Plum imprisons Clara, Hoffman and the male regents before heading out to initiate her invasion on the Realms.

However, Clara and the others escape while Hoffman convinces Ginger and followers to help them foil Sugar Plum's plot. As Sugar Plum directs her Tin Soldier army to invade the Land of Amusem*nts, Hoffman and Ginger's clowns fight against several of the Tin Soldiers. In the meantime, Clara enters the machine's room and shuts it down, causing the palace's water wheels to cease rotating and catching Sugar Plum's attention.


As Mother Ginger fights off several Tin Soldiers to buy Clara more time, Sugar Plum furiously summons more Tin Soldiers to trap both of them. Ginger and Claratried to reason with Sugar Plum by admitting that they understood how she felt about Marie's departure, but Sugar Plum refused to listen as she intends to turn Ginger into a toy with the machine. However, Clara, in case Sugar Plum refused to stop her intentions, revealed that she already reprogrammed the machine into zapping Sugar Plum, who isturned back into a lifeless porcelain doll as punishment for her crimes. With Sugar Plum'smagic undone,all the Tin Soldiers became lifeless as well, thus ending Sugar Plum's reign of terror for good. Clara quietly mourns for the lifeless Sugar Plum out of empathy, knowing that she was her mother's toy and friend. Sugar Plum in her toy form is possibly destroyed afterwards.

With Sugar Plum and the Tin Soldiers defeated, the Four Realms are finally at peace, and Clara is returned back to her family, where she reconciles with her father.


  • In both the original story and the ballet, she was a heroic figure, while the Mouse King was the main villain.In the Disney adaptation, their roles are switched instead.
  • She speaks with a French accent and uses the occasional French word.
  • In the extended novelization of the movie, Sugar Plum has a small fairy named Dew Drop as her accomplice. Dew Drop was originally a hair clip made of crystallized sugar Sugar Plum made which was given to Marie as a gift.
    • The backstory in the novelization also reveals that the Land of Amusem*nts was destroyed due to Sugar Plum sprinkling Sugar Starter Power on all the rides and buildings attracting the mice which she used to frame Mother Ginger.
  • She is similar to Evanora the Wicked Witch of the East. Both of them are rulers, who trick the rest of the kingdom into believing an innocent person is the villain (Mother Ginger and Glinda the Good Witch of the South respectively) and have them banished. A new person arrives to their kingdom from another land and they embrace them as their new leader and send them after the supposed villain, only to reveal themselves as the true villain behind everything. However, while Evanora successfully turned her sister Evil, Sugar Plum just kept Clara and the male Regents as prisoners.


Promotional Images[]


The Sugar Plum Fairy's defeat and death

The Sugar Plum Fairy as a doll


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The Sugar Plum Fairy (2024)


What does the sugar plum fairy symbolize? ›

It had to do with a belief. The Sugar Plum Fairy is about the hope and faith that there is something in life far greater, more beautiful, and more powerfully good than any earthly human being. We can each aspire to be like her in some way and she will bring us to a higher spiritual place.

Does Clara turn into the Sugar Plum Fairy? ›

Clara. In English National Ballet's Nutcracker, Clara herself transforms into the Sugar Plum Fairy at the end of the ballet. After her many adventures, and after the Mouse King has been defeated, she transforms into the Sugar Plum for the lavish celebration that takes place in an enchanted garden.

Is Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy difficult? ›

difficult to play. This elementary version makes it.

Is the sugar plum fairy good or bad? ›

She is also shown to be highly charismatic and dishonest, as she successfully managed to manipulate Clara and the others into falsely believing that Mother Ginger was the evil tyrant who desired to conquer the Four Realms, despite the fact that Sugarplum herself is the real evil tyrant.

What does sugar plum mean for a girl? ›

Wiktionary. Term of endearment; sweetheart, darling. Wiktionary. Alternative spelling of sugar-plum. Wiktionary.

What is the meaning of sugar plum plum? ›

Meaning of sugarplum in English

a hard, round sweet, or a small piece of sweet food made from dried fruit, nuts, and spices, eaten at Christmas, especially in the past : Since they're full of dried fruit and nuts, sugarplums are probably one of the healthier holiday sweets available.

Why did Sugar Plum turn evil? ›

All four realms' people were sad to see Marie go, but while the male regents and Mother Ginger accepted this change, Sugar Plum secretly felt hurt and betrayed by Marie and decided enact vengeance by conquering all the Realms by using Marie's device to create an army of unstoppable tin soldiers.

Do The Nutcracker and Clara fall in love? ›

To his disappointment the children are not interested, with the exception of Clara, who immediately falls in love with the Nutcracker and begs Drosselmeier to make it life-size. Disenchanted with his own gift, Fritz becomes jealous and breaks Clara's Nutcracker.

What grade is Sugar Plum Fairy? ›

Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy (Early Intermediate - Grade 2) - Supersonics Piano.

What level of piano is Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy? ›

Product details
LevelMulti-Level Late Beginner Early Intermediate
GenreHoliday Classical Winter-Themed Ballet
InstrumentationPiano Solo
Time Signature4/4
Tonal CenterE minor
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What is the hardest role in The Nutcracker? ›

What Is the Most Difficult Role in the Nutcracker?
  • Sugar Plum Fairy. A leading role requiring strong technical skill and artistry. ...
  • Snow Queen. ...
  • Clara. ...
  • Arabian Dance. ...
  • Spanish Dance. ...
  • Dew Drop Fairy. ...
  • Chinese Dance. ...
  • Mouse King.

Why is she called the Sugar Plum Fairy? ›

Now that we know the sugar plum became an understood symbol for all things sumptuous and saccharine, it's clear why Tchaikovsky appointed the Sugar Plum Fairy as ruler over the Land of Sweets. She is the physical embodiment of joy and compassion – a personification of the sugar plum.

What happened to Clara's mother in The Nutcracker? ›

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Clara is the middle child who was born into a very wealthy family. Unfortunately, her mother, Marie, died when she was 6, though it's known to have been years after she had left the Four Realms.

Who is the villain in Nutcracker? ›

The Mouse King, also known as the Rat King in some versions, is the main antagonist in the novel and ballet adaptation The Nutcracker. He is an oppressive ruler who wishes to rule over a magical kingdom where he comes from. He becomes successful as he transformed the prince into a nutcracker and overthrew him.

What is the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy? ›

In one version, she's a presiding dignitary who doesn't dance. Several versions simply have no Sugar Plum, and the music that Tchaikovsky wrote for her is taken by one or more other people. In more or less traditional versions of “The Nutcracker,” however, she's the ballerina of Act II.

Why did Tchaikovsky write the Sugar Plum Fairy? ›

The instrument had a heavenly sound with which Tchaikovsky fell in love and inspired the composer to write the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”, which became popular through the ballet, which then made it synonymous with Christmas. It captures so much of the magic of Christmas.

What is the origin of the Sugar Plum Fairy? ›

The first Sugar Plum Fairy was Antonietta Dell'Era. She was a good technician, but Tchaikovsky's brother Modest described her as pudgy and unattractive. Although the Sugar Plum Fairy is the prima ballerina of The Nutcracker, she has very little dancing to do.

What is the story of the sugar fairy apple? ›

Summaries. Anne Halford is a candy artisan determined to follow in her mother's footsteps and become Mistress of Silver Sugar, a title granted only to royalty. To realize her dream, she hires Challe, a handsome fairy as protection.

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