->'''N. Italy:''' At least the Fascists have parties too. Hey! That was a really nice joke, fratello!
->'''S. Italy:''' It's really not a joke.
->'''N. Italy:''' No, no. It's a joke because they're the Fascist party and they're having a parade. It's surreal.
->'''S. Italy:''' Surrealism isn't a joke either.

Considering that webcomic and anime ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' requires PoliticallyCorrectHistory in order to keep the series as [[LighterAndSofter lighthearted]] and satirical as it is, the fandom's come up with some [[DarkerAndEdgier downright]] [[DarkFic disturbing]] things in the way of FanFic.

''[[http://community.livejournal.com/all_he_ever/profile All He Ever Wanted]]'' takes the premise and conceit of ''Axis Powers Hetalia'' (namely, [[AnthropomorphicPersonification personifying the Nations of the world]]) and uses it to [[ButterflyOfDoom explore the events]] of an AlternateHistory where England kept its 50-year alliance to Japan and joined the Axis Powers (which is not that farfetched a historical possibility). ''All He Ever Wanted'' follows the Nations through a prolonged UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the often-painful choices that this time of conflict forces them to make. Where Hetalia itself would HandWave the darker parts of a Nation's history for the sake of the story that's being told, ''All He Ever Wanted'' approaches them head-on, and has the characters do the same. However, your mileage WILL vary in regards of how well-done it is or not. [[InternetBackdraft And this is all that should be said about it in the main page]].

The [=AHEWniverse=] project is ongoing, and as such this page contains only tropes that have already been exhibited in the stories. Please keep it spoiler-free!

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!!This FanFic provides examples of:

* AccidentalMurder: You shouldn't have loaded the gun, Italy.
* AllThereInTheManual: Having the historical background for the events usually helps you to understand the fics.
* AlternateHistory
* AnachronicOrder
* AuthorAvatar: Austria, apparently. A [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholicism_in_Austria mostly Catholic]] (and formerly VERY antisemitic) country has a Jewish nation-tan, despite his IdiotHair ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariazell even representing a Marian pilgrimage site]]'' in Hetalia canon? And one of the authors is Jewish? Hmmm...
* AuthorTract: This fic is essentially the author's soapbox for complaining about what he sees as the Hetalia fandom's tendency to trivialize the atrocities of the Axis Powers in general UsefulNotes/NaziGermany in particular during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* BigBrotherIsWatching: In Communist America, movies watch you.
* BilingualBonus: Try '''decilingual''' bonus.
** Also, though the installments are written mostly in American English, the characters' voices follow anglicized grammatical structure of their own languages. Japan uses no contractions, Russia uses short sentences but long paragraphs, France always inflects upward, etc.
** When Austria tells Messaien [[MoeAnthropomorphism what he is]], Messaien thinks he means to say that he is Austrian and says "Your French needs work." Austria clarifies: "No, [[UsefulNotes/LEtatCestMoi I am the State]]".
* BittersweetEnding: Romano, aka. South Italy [[spoiler: leaves his brother, with the implication that there will eventually be fragmentation and an Italian civil war. However, in doing so he "attains" Spain's respect and love.]]
* BlingOfWar: Everyone by 1960.
* BloodKnight: Prussia. Oh, Prussia.
* BoundAndGagged: [[{{Chickification}} Vietnam.]]
* ButtMonkey: Poor Korea.
* ByronicHero: England, when he's not being a VillainProtagonist instead.
* CallingTheOldManOut: America to England.
** "Then stay out of my sky, ''[[ShipSinking Dad]]''."
* CameBackWrong: WordOfGod says four characters will die. Three already have, and the authors have left tracks stating that they, being Nations, are not gone for good. [[spoiler: Greece has already been reincarnated, and Switzerland is a poltergeist. But as for France, [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies well...]] ]]
** [[BilingualBonus Cerveauuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuux.]]
* ChekhovsGun: Isn't loaded!
* {{Chickification}}: Pulled on Hungary, a fearless ActionGirl in canon... [[spoiler: whom Prussia easily captures, then brutally tortures and rapes to "teach a lesson" to her beloved ex-husband Austria, whom Prussia is holding hostage..]]
** Vietnam. In UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Vietnam#20th_century Vietnam the country]] had already started fighting for its independence from France. In Hetalia canon, Vietnam the MoeAnthropomorphism is mentioned to be a PluckyGirl who follows the example of the many emotionally/physically strong women in her history. In the fic, Vietnam the MoeAnthropomorphism is... BoundAndGagged.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The Fascists wear greyscale, the communists and socialists wear blood and gold.It is implied that civilian Nations wear colors, mostly those not associated with either side; when Austria is let out of his glass box, he wears first a red, then a blue scarf.
** Also, the Fascists wear gloves.
* DarkFic
* DarkerAndEdgier: As usual, [[WriterOnBoard considering the authors.]]
* DeadGuyJunior: After Italy kills the Greece we know, the new personification of the country shows up in the form of a [[CreepyChild little girl]].
** "Heathen! Traitor! Loser! ...Are you my mommy?"
* DeconstructionFic
* DeconstructorFleet: Of several fanfic genres.
* DistressedDude: Austria is imprisoned for most of the continuity, both because of the Austrian Anschluss and [[InferredHolocaust his ethnicity]].
* DrinkOrder: Italy drinks all the colors of the world!
* DrivenToSuicide: At some point around the time England [[GoMadFromTheRevelation went mad]], hundreds of citizens of the Empire and Commonwealth engaged in mass suicides, many hurling themselves off the White Cliffs of Dover. Those who couldn't get to the British Isles did the same thing in Calcutta. By 1949, several thousand have killed themselves.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Austria.]]
* EnemyMine: France and England, because it's canon FoeRomanceSubtext.
* EvilAlbino: Prussia
* EvilSoundsDeep: Subverted, England sings as a countertenor.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The [[{{Fanservice}} Drunken]] [[FanDisservice Fascist]] Orgy.
* FamousLastWords
** "Are you sure I cannot have a cigarette?"
** "Then kill me, Italy, kill me like your grandfather killed my mother--"
** "Oh. Red."
* FauxActionGirl: Hungary. She's supposed to be competent like she is in canon, but her main role is to [[spoiler:get captured, tortured, and raped by Prussia to "teach Austria a lesson"]].
* FiveBadBand: The Fascists
** BigBad: Prussia
** TheDragon: Italy, god help us all.
** TheBrute: Germany
** EvilGenius: Japan
** DarkChick: [[{{Chickification}} Hungary]]
** OnlySaneMan: England. Well, for the first half...
* ForWantOfANail: That was one ''very'' special relationship.
-->''For want of Japan, poor France was lost;\\
For want of poor France, America was lost;\\
For want of America, his mind was lost;\\
For want of his mind, the Empire was lost;\\
For want of the Empire, the war was won,\\
Though not by the Nation who started it all.''
* FourIsDeath
** [[ArcWords Who knows four?]]
*** [[ThroughTheEyesOfMadness I know four!]]
* FromBadToWorse: It's an AlternateHistory fanfic about World War II. Take a wild guess.
* GenreSavvy: Austria knows just what kind of story this is. [[spoiler: (That's how he wrangles a happy ending.)]]
** England qualifies as DangerouslyGenreSavvy since he's practically writing the story at this point. And it only gets worse when he goes crazy.
** France and America have proven to be WrongGenreSavvy.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Subverted for America. In fact, this seems to be a running thing with the sexual relationships in AHEW. Prussia's among the worst of the lot and enjoys himself immensely, [[spoiler: specially through [[RapeAsDrama raping]] the few AHEW-important women]]; England and Japan are happily malevolent together through the entire first half of the chronology, so much that France ''complains'' about how much time England spends having sex; and, well, the Drunken Fascist Orgy.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Neither the Fascists nor the Communists are immune from atrocities, but neither is presented as completely monstrous. May be BlackAndGrayMorality if you give the Communists the benefit of the doubt.
* HiddenElfVillage: China.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fdr FDR]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_churchill Winston Churchill]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Edward_VIII King Ned]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mussolini some Italian guy with a nice pair of shoulders]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitler some Austrian guy with an evil moustache]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludwig_Beck Herr Beck]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messaien Olivier Messaien]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beniamino_Gigli Beniamino Gigli]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Gamelin General Gamelin]], and that's just so far.
** Churchill gets an HistoricalVillainUpgrade, though this is TruthInTelevision given his personal politics.
* HistoricalInJoke: Too many to list.
* HolyRomanEmpire: The WHRR is an attempt at renewing this through the unification of the European continent.
* [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your Ex-Husband]]: Prussia uses Austria to force Hungary to collaborate. And by "force", we mean [[spoiler: he kidnaps, rapes and tortures her in front of Austria.]]
* LaResistance: Greece.
* LesCollaborateurs: Hungary and Liechtenstein. [[spoiler: Or are they?]]
* LyricalDissonance: ''Fratelli d'Italia'' in "All The Rest Have Thirty One", ''Vesti la giubba'' in "Put on the Costume", "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze," and pretty much the entirety of "FULL STOP", or whenever England sings at all.
* MadOracle: In the second half of the continuity England is either this or a TalkativeLoon. The one thing that stands in the way of his being purely a MadOracle is that he can't see the future; he can see the ''story'', because he can see ''all'' stories right now, and all of them are true.
* MagicalRealism
* MalevolentArchitecture: Switzerland's [[color:blue:House]].
* ManipulativeBastard: England and Japan.
* MeaningfulFuneral: France has an entire installment devoted to one, complete with England [[DeadPersonConversation getting drunk and hallucinating him]], Canada [[TheDutifulSon organizing the ceremony through his tears]], and MagnificentBastard Prussia [[TheFunInFuneral telling a touching story about a one-legged whore]].
* MightyWhitey: Discussed, as the perpetual thorn in Japan's side.
* NoMrBondIExpectYouToDine: Japan to Korea, England to China.
* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The United States of America, the Northern Territories, and the Subequatorial States.
* PropagandaMachine: On every continent.
* PsychopathicManchild: Italy.
* RapeAsDrama: Specially Hungary and Liechtenstein, the only two AHEW-important female nations.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: Prussia forcibly brings Hungary to the captured Austria's cell and violently rapes her saying that it's for [[ForcedtoWatch Austria's]] "benefit".
* ShoutOut: All over the place.
** "Excepting February" is written in homage to ''Literature/HouseOfLeaves'', with Switzerland's house getting [[color:red:wall]]ed in.
** In England's arc in particular, there are excessive references to his literature and culture: "Lavender's Green" is [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible a particularly long string of references]]. [[invoked]]
** During "The Seventh Door", Prussia and Hungary only speak in the rhythm of Bela Bartok's ''Duke Bluebeard's Castle'': "Judith, tell me, will you follow?" "I will follow, Kekzakallu." The title of the installment also comes from that opera.
** "City of Light" follows and uses Dreyer's ''Joan of Arc'' as a focal reference.
** Of all things, Japan unconsciously references Characters/BugsBunny in "It is my Very Humane Endeavor": ''"He believes he is hunting rabbits, so please be quiet."'' Australia [[LampshadeHanging attempts to point out what he just said]], but Japan doesn't quite get it.
** The title of "Yes, Virginia" is taken from a Dresden Dolls song, "Mrs. O.," and contains as many sections as the song has verses, [[AscendedFanon much to the author's surprise]].
*** The phrase/idiom "Yes, Virginia" was around long before the Dresden Dolls used it, just saying.
** Count the references to Jewish culture in "Fly, Thought, on Wings of Gold", very few of which are made explicit. Also, the word ''Jew'' is almost never actually used.
** The entire fic "Inherit the Earth" is a dark-mirror remix of the popular canonverse Hetalia fic ''Fanfic/KingdomOfHeaven''.
* ShotAtDawn: France
* TakeThat: To everyone who forgot that APH's Prussia is a fucking Nazi.
* TheDeterminator: Poland.
* TheFettered: Germany. (Ouch.)
* TheGreatDepression: In "Conceit and Inception".
* ThePlague: Fuck you, Stalin.
* TheRashomon: So what happened during the German-Russian conflict on the (former) Polish border (or was it?) in September 1939? "The Left Hand Doesn't Know" and "What The Right Hand Is Doing" [[UnreliableNarrator give us about four different accounts]], and by the end of "What The Right Hand Is Doing," Russia ''still'' hasn't figured out what went on, or even [[SovietRussia what the Party line about what went on should be]]. Germany gives the situation as much resolution as it's going to get when he declares war on Russia, though.
* ThemeNaming: Not the characters, but the installments.
** Every fic that has to do with the death of a Nation takes its title from the poem, ''Thirty Days Hath September''.
** The fics that deal with Central Europe, particularly the German nations, take their titles from famous opera excerpts.
** If a fic is part of a companion set, their titles will be directly related, such has "The Left Hand Doesn't Know" followed by "What the Right Hand is Doing".
* ThoseWackyNazis: Subverted to hell and back.
* TheUnFavorite: Canada, Australia.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Most if not every Nation is characterized much less sympathetically.
* UnreliableNarrator: All of them. Seriously. The Nations don't always believe their ''own'' recounting of events.
* {{UST}}: America and England may have signs of this, rather than misplaced paternality.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What drove England mad?
* WhatIf: What If England hadn't dissolved the Anglo-Japanese Alliance?
** Or, What if someone took Hetalia seriously?
*** Not that this story has a lot to do with Hetalia anymore except for the basic concept.
* [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman What Measure Is A Baltic State]]
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: In an AlternateHistory where the Axis had a very valuable ally in England.
* WriterOnBoard: All three authors have distinct styles and opinions on what they are writing.
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