Axis Powers Hetalia / Central Europe

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Central Europe

  • Amicable Exes: Austria and Hungary are shown as not only close friends but having feelings for each other to the point that they still act as Happily Married long after their divorce.
  • Ascended Extra: Austria, Hungary and Prussia have clearly gotten this treatment, being major ensemble characters in themselves. Tied in with Hero of Another Story.
  • Big Fancy House: Subverted and played straight:
    • Subverted in the case of Chibitalia, Hungary, Austria and HRE. Austria's mansion is pretty big but the end of the Chibitalia strips suggests (if not outright states) that their spending wealth is very limited, which is remarked when HRE leaves the mansion with other Germanic states.
    • Played straight with the fancy palace where Austria and Hungary interact with Maria Theresa. It's a Justified Trope considering that Vienna is very famous for palaces like Belvedere or Schonbrunn.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The Germanic brothers aren't exactly the happiest bunch.
  • Cross Dresser: The Italies (when they were little). Although the Italies' dresses may be another historical in-joke.
    • Hungary dressing up as a man at times, even when she grew up, could be seen as a holdover from her younger days when she thought herself as male.
  • Hair Decorations: Hungary has flower-shaped hairpins.
  • Happily Married: Austria and Hungary, even though they're technically and formally divorced.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: It's not exactly known how tall Czech Republic and Slovakia are, but there is quite a bit of a height difference between the two at first sight.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain / Anti-Villain: Historically, they haven't always been associated with the "good guys," such as in World War II. Then again, given history...
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Austria (though he's more a Princely Young Man than girly) and Hungary (though she's more feminine than many blue girls).
  • Meido: As a young child living with Austria, Italy used to wear maid outfits. Especially in the Chibitalia chapter, which lampshades the trope when the Holy Roman Empire is seen with a portrait of Chibitalia and is asked if the model was a servant.
  • Official Couple: Austria and Hungary.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Austria and Hungary are the grown-up version of the trope. HRE and Chibitalia also fit... except that Chibitalia is a a boy who dresses as a girl
    • Czech Republic and Slovakia are the probsbly the straightest example among all of them.
  • Sibling Team: Switzerland and Liechtenstein to an adorable, if uncomfortably close degree.
  • The Clan Of The Habsburgs
  • The Sound of Martial Music: Austria, though due to historical reasons Hungary plays a large role here as well.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Young Prussia used to think that young Hungary was a boy, until he got to grope her chest. And some other characters thought that Chibitalia (child North Italy) was a little girl (the Holy Roman Empire included), until he hit puberty.
    • It's implied, however, that Austria was the only one in Italy's surrounding that, by the time he got his growth spurt, still ignored that he was a boy. Hungary is not surprised at all to see Italy as a young teenager, while Austria is. (She probably guessed it when they took a bath together in the earlier strips)

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    The Holy Roman Empire
Italy, come with me, and become the Roman Empire again!

Voiced by: Jun Konno (JP), Chris Cason (EN)

  • Childhood Friend Romance: One-sided on his part with Italy. According to France (in a deleted strip), HRE apparently perished in the war, but some definite hints say HRE actually lost his memory in the war and was found by Prussia later, then raised by him to become Germany.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Type 1 to Chibitalia.
  • Ill Boy:In a Christmas strip, he appears as a pre-teen with the looks of a 12-year-old boy, yelling at the Germanic states... and collapses due to a cough and some Blood from the Mouth. Hungary has to pick him up in a certain faux symbolic pose.
  • Monochromatic Eyes: In the manga and merchandise. In the anime his eyes are changed to be brighter and with pupils and shine to them, as well as in the very recent strip of him as an older child/teen where his eyes are drawn with pupils.
  • Nice Hat: A large cap matching his cape.
  • Puppy Love: He has a crush on Chibitalia, but he doesn't know Chibitalia is actually a boy. Later, as Germany, he has a crush on Italy again and he's quite scandalized by the fact he tries to date a guy. If he is actually Germany. (Though the hints are really, really laid thick)
  • Satellite Character: Is HRE the boss? Does he just own the house? He doesn't interact much with the others. He's not Germany, by the way. Or is he?
  • Stalker with a Crush: To Chibitalia, completely played for laughs.
  • Sweet on Polly Oliver
  • Tsundere: Arguably, towards Chibitalia.

    Hungary - Elizabeta Héderváry
Ah, that horny man is touching his chest! Austria's nipples are sacred things!

Voiced by: Hina Minami (Flower of Iris CD), Michiko Neya (JP), Luci Christian (EN)

    Austria - Roderich Edelstein
Beethoven attained greatness as an Austrian. He would count out 60 beans when he drank his coffee. This kind of over-serious behavior is characteristic of Austrians.

Voiced by: Otsu Kou (Flower of Iris CD), Akira Sasanuma (JP), Chuck Huber (EN)

    Prussia - Gilbert Beilschmidt
Mission Complete! Praise me! Hail me! On your knees!

Voiced by: Atsushi Kousaka (JP), Jonathan Brooks (EN)

  • Air Guitar: Does this with a broom in the anime. And it's glorious.
  • Attention Whore
    "I really wanna make an appearance. One that will burn the memory of my existence into their hearts."
  • Badass: More so in the historic times, when he was "not a country with an army, but an army with a country."
    "Since birth, he has been wielding his sword for his own survival, so he is very strong."
  • Badass Adorable: Back when he was younger, especially.
  • Badass Cape: During the Maria Theresa story arc.
  • Badass Long Robe: Wears a white surcoat while being the Monastic State of The Teutonic Knights, and a black religious robe while being the Duchy of Prussia.
  • Basement-Dweller: Possibly one in the modern times, as he now lives in Germany's house instead of running a state of his own. It's unclear how much he contributes to the household chores, or taking care of the stately business. Apparently Germany does most of the work, and Prussia helps here and there. Potentially since then obsoleted) Word of God implies he's a Neet.
    "Now he lives as a good-for-nothing at Germany's house and as an exclave in Russia!"
  • Beneath the Mask: Beneath his arrogant rudeness he does have other kinds of feelings too, namely loneliness. He doesn't like showing them to others, and only lets them see his Jerkass persona. Also see Hidden Depths below.
  • Berserk Button: Prussia seems to have a number of these, such as words that sound like Mark.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He's supposed to be this to Germany. Even though he doesn't really accomplish his job.
    • He had better results with America, though. Sort of.
  • Bi the Way: Has had some "moments" with Hungary, and is apparently interested in Italy. Not to mention there's the Foe Yay with Austria...
  • Blatant Lies: He's so happy being alone! And no, he's absolutely not bitter at the sight of couples filling the street around him!
    Prussia: It's so much fun being alone again that I can't stop laughing. Ha ha ha!
  • Blood Knight: He was created to attack and enslave all the other characters here and that's all he lives for.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: According to himself he likes fighting, eating, sleeping and Old Fritz. Is almost always seen with a big grin on his face.
  • Break the Haughty: Whenever he tries to conquer and enslave others, even if he succeds, he'll be knocked off that pedestal VERY soon.
  • Broken Ace: He brags about his various talents, but it's left uncertain to which extend he can back those claims.
  • Butt Monkey: More so in the earlier days, but even now his many of his appearances have at least a touch of this.
  • Celibate Hero: Part of the package of being a Teutonic Knight. Then, he demands that Poland let him touch his balls.
  • Characterization Marches On / Character Development: Has developed from a more or less villainous, pathetically lonely Blood Knight character into a merely eccentric guy with a pretty normal social life, and more lately it's been increasingly hinted his truest self is something else entirely. In Himaruya's own words:
    "He was originally designed as a villain-like character, but became much derpier with the time."
    "But surprisingly, his true nature is the methodical, severe, serious older brother of Germany!"
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Many fanworkers are fond of making him an Unlucky Childhood Friend in regards to Hungary. He can also switch to Victorious Childhood Friend when written/drawn as a "second option" for her (in either a Slap-Slap-Kiss or The Masochism Tango way), if Hungary is not paired up with Austria.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: As mentioned below, Prussia talks big, but when it comes to actually seeing his childhood "friend" Hungary pretty much naked, he freaks out. Justified since he used to be the Teutonic Knights, a Christian order.
    • He was also seen apologizing in a church after groping Hungry's chest without knowing she was a girl.
  • Corner of Woe: Prussia has an Altar of Woe.
  • Cute Bruiser: Especially back when he was a child.
  • Cute but Cacophonic: The laughter is only a beginning. In the Anime he even drinks beer while making annoying and strange sounds.
  • Cuteness Proximity: "Gilbird!"
  • Daddy's Girl: Or boy, to Fritz.
  • Death Fic: Often gets them, as because of his dissolution it's rather likely he'll die some time in the near future. Though canon makes it abundantly clear he's not dead yet.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best- Fritz was like a father to him. And he's dead. So…
  • Diary: over 250,000 entries long, if he's really written in it every day. That was a pretty impressive library he opened up...
  • Determinator / From Nobody to Nightmare: Has at least twice started from humble origins and by conquest and fervent work built himself into a power to be recognized.
    "He was the odd one in the HRE and by overcoming the odds he continued to gain strength and grew into a military state that could take on large-scale battles, leading to being acknowledged by the other Germanic states."
  • Doting Big Brother: To Germany.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: To America during The American Revolution.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Had blond hair and blue eyes in his earliest colored appearances. Himaruya quickly lightened his hair and gave him red eyes, as he felt the original color scheme made him look too much like Russia (although Russia's eyes would also be changed to purple).
  • East Germany: Became this after WW2. In a little panel, he arrived at Germany's house (after the reunification) in his "cardboard car" (a reference to the infamous Trabant).
  • Evil Albino: Less evil and more jerk, though.
  • Evil Laugh: He's fufufu'd in his time.
  • Fleeting Passionate Hobbies: The most recent one is reading books at a rate of four per day, or so he claims.
  • Foil: To Austria in personality and looks, but especially in their ways of gaining and maintaining power.
    "It is said that Austria built an Empire without fighting (this could be really considered a great luck...), but Prussia, probably because he came so late, had no other choice but to fight bitterly for his greatness."
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The foolish sibling to Germany responsible sibling. Or at least it looks like that in current times (see Hidden Depths).
  • For the Evulz: On Valentine's and Xmas he realizes just how lonely he this calls for Ship Sinking.
  • Glory Seeker: He loves nothing more than to be held in high regard and praised, and he will pay through the nose for it.
  • Hidden Depths: According to Word of God his true nature is serious, methodical and severe, making him Not So Different with Germany.
    • The Industrial Revolution strips say that he's the best of the Germanics at handling machinery. It's his idea to purchase English technology, and once this is done he and a not fully convinced Germany are seen working all night long in building stuff, modifying and mechanizing other things, etc. (Alluding to people like Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz, among others)
  • Hot-Blooded: Even after his dissolution.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: He's willingly to do anything to become strong.
  • It's All About Me: To the point of being a Narcissist.
  • Japanese Pronouns: He uses Ore-sama to refer to himself. That says a LOT.
    • In English it tends to be translated as "the awesome me" by fansubs and fanfics.
  • Jerk Ass: Played for laughs.
  • Keet: Rather hilariously, as he seems to believe himself to be Rated M for Manly.
  • Kick the Dog: Can be quite cruel to Austria.
    • Pet the Dog: Has also worried about and spent time with said aristocrat.
      • Also genuinely loves his little brother Germany, and Word of God tells the two have better relationship than sibling nation usually do:
      "The Prussia who helped shape Germany seems completely overjoyed at his birth. When compared to other brothers, it seems that Prussia and Germany have an unusually good relationship."
  • Light Is Not Good: His The Teutonic Knights uniform was white, and his flag is white with narrow black stripes.
  • Loners Are Freaks: He claims that he enjoys being alone, but evidence says that he doesn't enjoy not having friends.
  • One of the Kids: As he is no longer a country, his position is like that of a young teenager who's still reliant on their guardian. He has to take orders from his younger brother.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Zigzagged throughout his life. When he was a child as a Teutonic Knight he was bound to celibacy. After becoming secularized he seems to have dropped his chasteness. Though we're let to understand he's not very succesful in courting anyone, so for all we know he could still be a virgin.
  • Men Don't Cry: He's incapable of admitting he's feeling any kind of weakness, sadness or fear. However, Prussia breaks down in tears rather often, but mostly manages to pull off some sort of Manly Tears. While insisting things like
    "I'm so happy to be alone it makes me cry!"
  • Mugging the Monster: Oh Prussia, it really isn't a good idea to pick fights with the resident Psychopathic Manchild, especially when he's gonna seize control of you in the future...
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Apparently he is stronger than Germany!
    • Season five of the anime shows him as pretty well toned, and he could go for lifting weights longer than Germany could.
  • Mysterious Past: Usually with Hetalia you can pretty much read each character's life story from Wikipedia. But this nation-tan character is more or less artifically created, as one cannot draw a clear line from The Teutonic Knights to the kingdom of Prussia, let alone from there to East Germany. Therefore much of his life is left for Canon Fodder.
  • Neat Freak: Evidencing that he and Germany are Not So Different after all.
  • Nice Hat: He actually wears the legendary/notorious Pickelhaube in the Austro-Prussian War preview. (The image for Prussia and his soldiers wearing the Pickelhaube can be shown here on an entry in Himaruya's blog, although you don't literally see the point on Prussia's hat.)
    • His 18th Century tricorne is pretty sweet, too.
  • The Nicknamer: To some extend. West, Old Fritz, the Aristocrat, Four-Eyes, Specs, the Pervert...
  • No Social Skills: Played for laughs (especially when he read a book about how to make friends), even if his characterization as the freak with no friends has since marched on. He also seems to just plain enjoy annoying people with his tactless behavior.
    "Alright! It's fun to poke that aristocrat and see his reaction!"
  • Non Human Side Kick: Gilbird, a small yellow bird flying around him and perching on his head or shoulder.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: As he usually keeps up his grin even when he's feeling miserable or insecure, when he gets serious something big is going on. Most notably did this while Hungary came into accepting she's a female.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: at the sight of a teenaged Hungary with her tunic ripped, he blushes intensely and later hands her his own cape. I can hear the Prussia/Hungary shippers squealing from here.
  • Psychotic Smirk: His more usual smile.
  • Raised by Dudes: Hinted by Hungary in one comic, mentioning how Prussia was "surrounded only by men" since birth. All the other characters are nations by birth, and have grown up representing normal people of both genders leading normal lives from the cradle to the grave. For a long time Prussia represented nothing but already grown-up males leading a militaristic, ascetic life style.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: As a child.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Generally averted (or just played for laughs), but when he's a serious threat...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Germany. They even have red eyes and blue eyes, respectively.
  • Religious Bruiser: As a kid.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Germany.
  • Skinship Grope: To Hungary, though he thought she was male at the time. That she is female is from then on abundantly clear.
  • Soulsaving Crusader: How he saw himself when he was the Teutonic Knights.
    "Convert the nonbeliever!"
  • The Spartan Way
    " Prussia around this time was really ghastly in a lot of ways, huh."
  • Spell My Name with an "S": There is a speculation for the spelling of his surname for either "Weillschmidt" or "Beilschmidt". However, Beilschmidt is considered the more correct spelling by most fans, since it is an actual German name unlike Weillschmidt.
  • Spoiled Brat
    "Indulged by the Pope, Chibi!Prussia (the Teutonic Order) knew few boundaries in what he did."
  • Stepford Smiler
    "I enjoy being lonely!"
  • The Strategist: Learns his Strategy-fu from Old Fritz, and is later shown teaching it to Germany. It's necessary for him, as he's not the nation blessed with the largest of population, or the most advantageous of geography.
  • The Teutonic Knights: The fact that Prussia was formed from an armed wing of the Catholic Church tells you everything about him you need to know. Canonically he's both this and later Prussia.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Beer, beer, beer!
    • Also pancakes with maple syrup, ever since Canada introduced them to him.
    • While potatoes are more connected with Germany, they deserve a special mention as Prussia was taught to eat them by Old Fritz. After some persuading, that is.
  • Training from Hell: He does this on America during The American Revolution, where he forces him to do push ups while he whips him with a riding crop.
    Author's Note: Prussian-style is extremely harsh. Training; Abuse; Training; Abuse
  • Undying Loyalty: Said to be very loyal to his bosses, and shown to still be very fond of Old Fritz's memory.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Averted when he was an actual child, but he was a relatively nice teen. He mellowed out after coming under Poland's rule, and was modest and unremarkable in comparison to his siblings. Then House Hohenzollern and Brandenburg came along and the rest, as they say, is history.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With France. The whole Spain/France/Prussia friendship started out as Fanon, and was given Ascended Fanon treatment by Himaruya.
    • Also with Austria and Hungary.
  • Warrior Monk: Was born as one.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Downplayed - he's not one bit aloof, is usually depicted as ego-centric and malicious jerkass but a good and loveable person. But he plays this very straight at times, such as when he was going to decapitate Poland after he surrendered.

    Switzerland - Basch Zwingli
Don't get in the way of my gun!

Voiced by: Moe Ayukawa (Flower of Iris CD), Romi Paku (JP), John Burgmeier (EN)

If my brother is happy, then so am I...

Voiced by: Moe Ayukawa (Flower of Iris CD), Rie Kugimiya (JP), Cherami Leigh (EN)

     Czech Republic 

"We want to stand on our two own feet! Please recognize our independence!"


"All these years, we have been nothing more than underlings to Mr. Austria and Mrs. Hungary. But from today on, we can finally live wity a free will!"

  • Nice Guy: Not as energetic as Czech Republic, but he does smile quite a bit and is said to be calmer than her.
  • Spanner in the Works: Seems to be one step ahead in regards to Czechia's plans, according to his profile.