->''"Guess who's next?"''

->''"This story will not have a happy ending, love. I just can't see it on the horizon, and anything that I can't see isn't there."''
---> -Summary for Yellow's Arc

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5073300/1/Seven_Little_Killers Seven Little Killers]]'' is a ''AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfiction written by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1937905/Lucky_Angel135 Lucky-Angel135]] (a collaboration between [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1491188/luckystars135 luckystars135]] and [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1159839/AngelWhoIsNotASerialKiller AngelWhoIsNotASerialKiller]]) that plays as a [[DarkFic dark]] murder mystery [[SlashFic romance]].

A short summarization: In a somewhat altered universe, all seems peaceful until a nation-killer rises, shocking all the countries of the world into a paranoid hysteria. [[YouMeddlingKids Italy, Germany and Japan]] team up to solve the case, while America hides some shady secrets about his home life with his boss and brother, China is forced to face a destructive force beyond his denial, and England and Japan attempt to keep their fellow countries sane despite their own inner demons. Nevertheless, as the world begins to crumble around them, it may prove difficult for the nations to keep both their lives and reason as [[BigBad faceless villain Black]] and his devoted seven followers start the process of the world’s end.

Despite the bucket-loads of NightmareFuel here due to extreme amounts of gore and violence, it's truly a work of art, and is now all but exhalted in the [[AxisPowersHetalia Hetalia]] fandom as a brilliantly written mystery that keeps its readers on their toes.

'''WARNING''': Since the story does revolve around murder and mystery, '''spoilers''' run rampant here.

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This fanfiction provides examples of:

* [[AbusiveParents Abusive]] [[strike:Parents]] [[AbusiveParents Boss]]: America’s boss. [[spoiler: At least, that's what we're supposed to think originally. In retrospect, he ''was'' the only one who could control America. In retrospect retrospect, I still can't believe that America let him get away with it for Canada. (Not mindfucking enough for you? It could be worse. No, seriously. America and Canada swap places at least 5 times already, still counting. Without reading Blue's eye-opener arc, go back and try to figure out which one was which one. It's IMPOSSIBLE.)]].
* AdaptationalBadass: [[spoiler: Canada. Apparently, he's just as strong as America.]]
* [[AllMenArePerverts All Nation Killers are Perverts]]: The killers almost ''constantly'' flirt with one another, or even a bit more.
* AmbitionIsEvil
* [[spoiler: AngstySurvivingTwin: Italy and America.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Holy ''god''. NO KIDDING. [[spoiler: Switzerland]] dies in the first chapter, and things get much, much worse. Fast.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Even though Japan clearly states his desire to kill [[spoiler: America]] after he and the other killers had completely ruined his family, [[spoiler: they get back together after America reveals the truth behind who Blue really is and chooses to save Japan over his own brother. Even while America claims that he was the true killer and Canada was merely his puppet, Japan keeps loving him and sees him as the victim.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Nussia. Well, in China's hallucinations, anyway.]]
* BaddieFlattery
* [[spoiler: BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Canada invokes this when he refuses Black's help when he's drowning to death in the falls.]]
* TheBigBad: Black.
** TheDragon: Blue, [[spoiler: although he later becomes a DeceptiveDisciple]].
** TheEvilGenius: Yellow, most of his attacks are psychological, or strategically planned out and not just flat out gorey murder.
** [[TheSixthRanger The Ninth Ranger:]] [[spoiler: Orange [[note]]Tenth if you count Blue!America and Blue!Canada as two separate killers.[[/note]]]]
* CoolMask: All the killers have custom-made masks that represent their given color.
* CorruptTheCutie: [[spoiler: [[IncrediblyLamePun Oh, Canada…]] Stick America in here too. And I'll bet we'll see more. As of Chapter 43, England is now firmly in that pile.]]
** What? No love for [[spoiler:Ukraine]]? Though, admittedly, [[spoiler:her slow breaking/corruption took place offscreen. See chapters 40-42 for the [[SarcasmMode resultant fun]].]]
* CrazyJealousGuy: Korea’s main source of bile is over China’s love and devotion for Russia, which he believes creates a large tear in their family.
* [[spoiler: CreepyTwins: America and Canada in England's nightmare.]]
** [[spoiler: PlayedStraight in later chapters.]]
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: England’s nightmare about [[spoiler: America and Canada killing him. Umm...that didn't come true.]]
** [[spoiler: DreamingTheTruth]]
* DysfunctionalFamily: The East Asians and America and his states.Oh God, the states...
* EmptyShell: [[spoiler: China]] as of late.
* EnfantTerrible: Little Nussia (New Republic Of Russia), originally a cute [[IllGirl sickly boy]], becomes this [[spoiler: after China’s forced to kill him and he comes BackFromTheDead. Huh. I always thought that was just China hallucinating...]]
** CreepyChild
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: [[spoiler: America]]’s big damn villain moment in the cave.
** [[spoiler: England being revealed as Yellow]]
* EveryoneIsASuspect: Somewhat Averted. Characters like [[spoiler: China, Russia, Japan, Italy, Iceland, and all the killed nations are most-definitely not part of the killers]]. Otherwise, it’s played totally straight and falls into WildMassGuessing.
** Well, unless some of them are acting or faked their deaths...
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Every murder is written in disturbing detail.
* {{Fingore}}: Japan has to break his fingers to free the hostages - ''one finger per hostage.''
* ForeShadowing: Oh, so much.
* FriendlyTarget: Since all the nations seem friendly with one another for the most part, it naturally falls under this.
** When Blue was revealed to be [[spoiler: America (and Canada)]], who was supposed to kill [[spoiler: America’s love-interest, Japan.]]
** Yellow commands China to kill Nussia, whom is basically the younger brother of his husband/lover.
** [[spoiler: Denmark being forced to kill Norway using his own axe.]]
** [[spoiler:Ukraine/Orange was convinced to kill Lithuania and Russia by Yellow.]]
* GenreSavvy: Russia, surprisingly, figures out much of the story’s mystery shortly before falling into a coma, making it so that everything he knew is now unreachable information.
* HeroicAlbino: Prussia, after capturing [[spoiler: America/Canada]]. In ''heels'', no less.
* HeroicDog: Kitty, a small dog China adopted, leads Korea to where Russia and China are during the gas leak Green set up.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Norway]] allows [[spoiler: Denmark]] to kill him in order to save [[spoiler: Iceland]] from being killed.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Blue/Canada]]
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Japan [[spoiler: and his love and devotion to America]].
* HumbleHero: Germany.
** [[spoiler: Denmark, Finland and Vietnam]], too.
* HyperAwareness: Japan, Germany and even ''[[TheDitz Italy]]'' get this while examination the crime scenes.
* InfantImmortality: Surprisingly, none of the micronations are dead yet.
** [[spoiler: Averted with Nussia.]]
** Also averted with [[spoiler: ''all'' of America's states]].
* ItsAllMyFault: Japan blames himself for a ''lot'' of injuries and deaths.
* {{Jerkass}}: Yellow and Blue.
* KilledMidSentence: Switzerland.
* KilledOffForReal: AnyoneCanDie. [[spoiler: Nations can die for real if their capitals are destroyed first.]]
** KillEmAll
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: [[spoiler: America.]]
** LoveMakesYouEvil:Oh yeah.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: Blue.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: White tries to make Switzerland and Spain’s deaths look like suicides, but it’s easy to see the truth.
* MindRape: [[spoiler: Yellow's favourite kind of torture.]]
* MoodWhiplash: This story has moments where it can be quite funny, to suddenly being a complete tearjerker.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: [[spoiler: Japan kills America’s boss to stop the abuse, unintentionally playing into America and Canada’s plans.]]
** Black’s way of [[spoiler: “cleansing” the Earth]] is this trope played straight.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: America does this to Greece.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: Switzerland’s death triggers everything.
* NeverGotToSayGoodbye: [[spoiler: Spain and Romano]] have a big fight and [[spoiler: Spain]] storms out, leaving [[spoiler: Romano]] all alone. Guess who White kills next?
** Also, [[spoiler: Sweden to Finland]].
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler: Russia]] as of Chapter 42
** [[spoiler: Germany at the start of 43, but he dies by the end of the chapter]]
* PleaseWakeUp: China to Russia early on. He’s not dead, but it’s still pretty heartbreaking.
* PrimeSuspect: In-story example, Poland gets blamed early on for the attack on Russia, while Hungary and Austria are pretty obvious suspects for Switzerland’s murder.
* ShootTheDog the fanfiction.
* [[spoiler: ShootTheHostage: Vietnam.]]
* ShoutOut / SincerestFormOfFlattery: While the authoresses didn't explicitly state that they took inspiration from HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi, they have said that they have watched it in some author's notes (or the profile; forgot which one). It even has started into an odds border that they have not included kills from [[UminekoNoNakuKoroni Umineko]] yet. Some kills and/or events taken directly from ''Higurashi'' (as of now) are:
** The entire Blue's arc is a {{Homage}} to [[spoiler: ''Watanagashi-hen/Meakashi-hen'']]. This includes the punishment game, [[spoiler: although in this one poor Japan has to bear {{Fingore}} even more {{Gorn}} than the real one]] and [[spoiler: [[MindScrew Mind Screwy]] TwinSwitch]].
** [[spoiler: The question Blue asks Vietnam and his subsequent reaction is suspiciously similar to the one Takano asks Satoko in Minagoroshi-hen.]]
-->[[spoiler: Blue (to Vietnam): ''What is the difference between a toad and a frog?]]
** [[spoiler: Heck, they even quote the game at the end of the first Blind Chapter of the Blue Arc.]]
-->[[spoiler: ''"Someone. Please solve this case. It's a pathetic and heartbreaking case. So please..."'']]
** After [[spoiler: Japan killed America's Boss]], Finland delivered the same speech to the killer just like how Takano Miyo delivered to Keiichi in ''Tatarigoroshi-Hen''.
** There is a ShoutOut to the most terrifying scenes of Onikakushi-hen during [[spoiler:[[CatapultNightmare England's dream]], wherein America and Canada innocently arrive to eat some food with England. All is fine and well, until England bites into his burger and the needle pierces his tongue... some [[LaughingMad mad laughter]], dead eyes and being constrained by America later, Canada brings out the [[AxCrazy meat cleaver]]...]]
*** After this scene, the shout-out is even acknowledged:
--> He needed to stop watching Japan's horror anime [[spoiler:before going to bed]], especially if it revolved around psychotic children with cleavers and needles.
** The duel between [[spoiler:Russia and China]] directly references two infamous fight scenes from Higurashi. Firstly, [[spoiler:Russia]] knocking papers up in the air to blind his opponent is directly referencing Shion doing to same to Rika in Meakashi-hen, and the duel itself directly references Keiichi and Rena's fight on the school roof -- the dialogue at the end is almost word for word:
--> [[spoiler:Russia]]: I guess this means I've won.
--> [[spoiler:China]]: Not until you bring that [[spoiler:pipe]] down.
--> [[spoiler:Russia]]: I- I don't want to.
* SpotTheImposter: Japan unable to tell the difference between [[spoiler: America and Canada.]]
* SuicidePact: The killers under Black, who know that they, too, will die by his hands.
** [[spoiler: America]]’s “when you die, I’ll die” toward [[spoiler: Canada]] counts, too.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: China; Russia and England both are quick to point this out.
* [[spoiler: TagTeamSuicide]]
* {{Tearjerker}}: A lot. It IS a murder fic, after all.
** [[spoiler: Denmark being forced to kill Norway to save Iceland’s life.]]
** [[spoiler: Romano]]’s death is pretty depressing, too, mosly because we get Italy and Spain's reactions to his death.
** Russia's reaction to [[spoiler: China's unresposiveness]]. You just want to hug him.
** [[spoiler: Su-san's speech to Finland when he finds the latters dead body. Made even worse by the severe and abrupt GenreShift, where Iceland and himself fly a plane ([[DrivingStick although neither of them can actually fly]]) and, of course, England's journal, to Italy and England trying to hide Finland's body from Sweden when he asks where Finland is. He then questions what Italy is hiding. Japan's broken "He's hiding Finland's body, Sweden", does not help matters in the least]].
* ThemeNaming: Every chapter in the Blue arc is named after a publicly known serial killer, while those in the Yellow arc are named after torture devices.
** Each killer's codename is also a color.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled
* [[spoiler: TheyDiedBecauseOfYou]]
* TogetherInDeath: Although it’s unknown if they’re still together in the afterlife, [[spoiler: Spain and Romano]] were buried next to each other.
** [[spoiler: America]] seems to believe he'll achieve this with [[spoiler: Canada]], and as of this last chapter, it may very well be the case. As [[spoiler: Canada]] was dying, he ''did'' say he saw [[spoiler: his brother]]...
* [[spoiler: TwinSwitch: One of the biggest sources of MindScrew.]]
* UngratefulBastard: Many examples, but the most noteworthy would be [[spoiler: Canada to America, who chose Japan over him.]]
* [[spoiler: TheUnreveal: The first suspect for Blue is America, which the reader dismisses as too obvious. But Blue is America.]]
* UnwantedSpouse: China’s rather reluctant merge with Russia starts as this, as he only agrees for the sake of the betterment of his people. It’s only until Russia tries to kill China for standing up for Lithuania that they actually start getting along, and eventually fall in love.
* [[spoiler: UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans]]
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell, Hero?]]: [[spoiler: America]].
* WildMassGuessing: Lucky and Angel don't hesitate to [[MindScrew fuck with their reader's minds]].
* {{Woobie Destroyer of Worlds}}: [[spoiler: America especially when you consider how bad his mental state is.]]
* YouHaveFailedMe: Green, failing to kill Russia, loses Black’s respect.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Canada gets this from America and Black.]]
* YouMeddlingKids: Germany, Italy and Japan’s team. [[spoiler: Prussia joins up later.]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: Everyone, although [[spoiler: America, Russia and China]] were targeted specifically [[spoiler: for being the “Big Three”]].