He is based on the Nutcracker from the story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffman and the ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
He is a nutcracker (the only one in all the Realms), brought to life by a combination of magic and science, who swears to protect the rightful ruler of the Three Realms who, as it turns out, is Clara Stahlbaum, whose mother was the queen and creator of the Three Realms.
When the Sugar Plum Fairy reveals her scheme to conquer the Three Realms, Philip aids Clara on her quest to stop the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Phillip is kind, wise, brave, loyal, helpful, and selfless. He is a skilled swordsman and has a brilliant scientific mind. He shows great loyalty and faithfulness to both Clara and the Realms, giving the former pep talks and encouraging her to keep going when she doubts her abilities. In addition to this, he does his best to help and protect her, even going so far as to try to enter a tunnel made by the Mouserinks to rescue Clara.
- Philip's last name Hoffmann, comes from the author of the original story E.T.A. Hoffmann
- In the story the film is based on, the Nutcracker is the love interest. In this film, he is not.