Axis Powers Hetalia: Eastern Europe
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- All Love Is Unrequited: The basis of Belarus/Russia/Lithuania. Belarus likes Russia, Russia likes Lithuania (sorta), Lithuania likes Belarus, and it goes downhill from there. Hilariously.
- Poland fits in here as a sort of appendage to the triangle hanging off of Lithuania.
- Beware the Nice Ones: A good rule of thumb here. Even for little Latvia.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: Up to providing a general Dysfunction Junction.
- The Chew Toy: Ukraine and the Baltic States — Latvia and Lithuania in particular.
- Truth in Television applies for this one, particularly if you toss Poland into the mix as these countries have been the traditional Chew Toy of Europe and have been frequently invaded and conquered. Most of these countries have spent more time under the foot of the more powerful countries for the last millennium.
- Word of God says he purposely averted this with Poland, because while Poland has the image of the poor country stuck between Germany and Russia, it kept on rising back, like a phoenix.
- Flower Motifs: Russia is sometimes seen with sunflowers. In one strip, Russia tells Lithuania that he dreams of "living in a warm place surrounded by sunflowers". They put the "dere" in Yandere for him.
- Latvia attacks Sealand with a Lily of the Valley at one point (which is, interestingly, Finland's national flower), the first hint of his Yandere or Cute and Psycho potential.
- Rye fields. Just... dear God, the rye fields.
- Hair Contrast Duo: Poland and Lithuania. A bit of a subversion in that Lithuania is usually the sweeter of the two, but he fits the "darker personality" just fine by depressing himself constantly.
- Hair Decorations: Both Ukraine and Belarus use hairbands. Ukraine also adds some hairpins.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Ukraine and Belarus respectively. Although it's hinted that Ukraine might be able to do both...
- Odd Friendship / Opposites Attract: Poland is cheerful and hyper but also selfish and bratty, Lithuania is gentle and kind but also constantly stressed. At some point they even were in an alliance, which is pretty much assumed to them having been married. (To be fair, the alliance itself did start with the marriage of their bosses, Duke Jagiello of Lithuania and Queen Jadwiga of Poland)
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Sort of inverted with Russia and his sisters. Ukraine is recognized for her blue overalls, Belarus is recognized for her indigo/blue dress, and Russia is recognized for his scary purple aura, pink flowery aura, and (sometimes) pink scarf. And then Poland is associated with pink too...
- Satellite Character: Eventually subverted with Ukraine and Belarus. Ukraine is the most socially intelligent of her siblings, and is shown interacting with the other female characters and the other Eastern European countries without a mention of her family in the events. Belarus gets a ton of insight on her character beyond her Big Brother Attraction in SeaLat Desktop mascots, and the events. Where they play this straight, however, is in their audio CD, where they are little more than Russia's incestuous fangirls.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Ukraine and Belarus are an unusual example. Appearance-wise, Ukraine is the tomboy and Belarus the girly girl, but with their personalities, the roles are reversed with Ukraine being a sweet, gentle Shrinking Violet and Belarus being an angry-looking Yandere.
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Estonia - Eduard von Bock
Hello! I'm the one who usually doesn't stand out, Estonia! Do you remember me?
Latvia - Raivis Galante
If you don't have friends ... things will...your heart and body will.. it'll be so tough...* sob*
Voiced by: Kazutada Tanaka (JP), Ryan Reynolds (EN)
Lithuania - Toris Laurinaitis
Ever since returning, I've been worked to the point of no sleep... It must be because Russia is pissed off...
Voiced by: Otsu Kou (Flower of Iris CD), Ken Takeuchi (JP), Josh Grelle
- Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair is much lighter colored in the anime and his eyes were blue for the first four seasons. His color scheme was changed in the fifth season to be closer to the manga, where his eyes are green.
- Animal Motifs: Dogs, it looks like, to the point that he is shown with dog ears in the side-story strips to Hetalia Hetaween 2013. Though it may be a coincidence, his human name is supposedly a very common name for dogs in Lithuania.
- Apologises a Lot: In Hetalia Bloodbath 2010, to the point of not even listening to what Poland was trying to tell him through the phone.
- Big Brother Instinct: From his Volume 5 profile: "He likes to look after others, he's like a big brother figure!"
- Brainy Brunet: One of the very few dark-haired Northern European countries (and the only one a consistent brunet - Hungary, Netherlands and Belgium have been depicted as blonds in some art, while Lithuania never has) and often noted to be intelligent, especially next to Dumb Blond Poland. Russia even says "you look smart" to Lithuania before dragging him away after the partitions of Poland.
- Clark Kent Outfit: He's actually quite muscular.
- The Comically Serious: This busybody is even more serious than Germany...making his antics with Poland all the more hilarious.
- Cowardly Lion: According to this strip.
Finland: He's usually so kind, but in battle his aura and face change.
- Diving Save: In the Battle of Tannenburg, Lithuania saves Poland just as Prussia is about to bring a sword down on his head, as well as having a knife against Prussia's throat. Poland lampshades the trope when he remarks on how Lithuania was "totally late".
- Dogged Nice Guy: To Belarus, even when she hates him and makes it very clear.
- Dude Looks Like a Lady: Not as much as Poland, but his long-ish hair, big rounded eyes and slender figure can put some off, and his docile personality doesn't help. On the character identification chart, he's put in the "unknown gender" section.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Used to have one as a kid, and the puppy barked and whimpered at the sight of... Russia. Who apparently wasn't crazy back then.
- French Maid Outfit: Russia forces him into one.
- Friend to All Living Things: In the outsourcing strips he is shown befriending the Whale and Tony, the alien.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has several on his back, assumed in fanon to be due to Russia's abuse (it has been hinted, but not stated outright in the comics). Which Poland discovers in the bath.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Poland.
- Horrible Judge of Character: Lithuania and Poland's friendship comes off as extremely one-sided, and though Lithuania is frequently exasperated by Poland's antics, he still works hard to stay with and protect him. After all, the alternative is Russia.
- Following the 'Liet's Scars' strip, and the original 'Meeting of the World' strip (in which Poland confronts the much feared Russia in Lithuania's defence), alongside the new character profiles, it seems that their friendship is much less one-sided than in the initial strips. Poland's character has changed over the years, and he is much less selfish in the newer strips.
- A scanlated strip has a dream sequence in which a younger Lithuania tells Poland that he hates him for being so selfish. Poland's response? "I, like, totally don't care what [Lithuania] thinks of me. Even if you, like, hate me, it totally doesn't change that I like you." Then he says that he'll try to be less selfish. The expression he uses in Japanese can also just as easily mean 'love'.
- When on a date, he seems to remain completely oblivious to Belarus' antics.
- Hot-Blooded Sideburns: Has the looks but usually averts it by being a mellow Nice Guy. However, he was once quite the badass empire with Poland, and when he finally loses his patience he can get very frustrated, to near Ax-Crazy levels sometimes.
- In-Series Nickname: Poland calls Lithuania "Liet"; it comes from Lietuvos, the endonym for Lithuania.
- The Right Stuff translation of Vol. 3 has Poland call him "Lithy" instead.
- Love Martyr: Lithuania's one-sided crush on Belarus certainly comes off as this trope. He constantly overlooks her violent tendencies... hell, he was perfectly okay with her breaking all of his fingers.
- Actually he just didn't notice, and Belarus' violent tendencies either, it's made apparent that he didn't realize the condition his fingers were in til Poland pointed it out and even then he just assumed that his fingers could bend that way while Belarus broke his remaining non-fractured fingers.
- Nice Guy: One of his earliest bios even says, "a really really really good person."
- No Sense of Humor: "Even more serious than Germany and worse at understanding jokes!"
- Not So Above It All: Sure, most of the time Lithuania is portrayed as a genuine Nice Guy amongst the insanity of Russia and Poland, but he does occasionally express frustration, particularly with Poland.
- Telling Prussia he hates him and giving him the advice of "Russia loves people who laugh and cry easily" was certainly not nice. Said scene also implies that yes, Russia's occupation had pushed him to his limits.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue Oni to Poland's red.
- Spell My Name with an "S": So was it Laurinaitis, Lolinaitis, Rolinatis, or what? Also, Toris? Taurys? Tauras?
- Or Tolys, which exists and is actually Lithuanian.
- Tolys is only a shortening, and the names it shortens are extremely uncommon anyway.
- Stepford Smiler: He's the most cheerful of the Baltics. Relatively. He often responds to torment by laughing and trying so hard to keep on smiling...
- Stockholm Syndrome: A common fanon interpretation when paired up with Russia.
- In the canon he gets to see Russia's sympathetic side quite a few times...but it doesn't make up for some other memories.
- Tareme Eyes: His puppyish eyes show just how much of a Nice Guy he is, unlike Poland.
- Wimpification: He often gets written as such by fans, downgraded from Nice Guy to Extreme Doormat.
- With Friends Like These...: Occasionally views Poland this way.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: He never seems to get what he wants. Because of Russia, Poland and Lithuania are split apart. For a while, Lithuania works for America and much prefers that life, but the Great Depression hits and he has to go back to working for Russia. When he finally gets a date with his crush Belarus, she breaks his fingers.
Poland - Feliks Łukasiewicz
Do you think our wheat would sell more if we dyed it, like, blue?
Voiced by: Tohru Ogawa (promotional Hetalia clips), Kazutada Tanaka (JP), Ryan Bijan (EN, Hetalia: Axis Powers
), Joel McDonald
(EN Hetalia: World Series
Belarus - Natalia Arlovskaya
- Abhorrent Admirer: Oh, Russia. Of course, he acknowledges that his little sister is a very pretty girl - it's just her Knife Nut tendencies that make her abhorrent...and of course the fact she's in love with her own brother.
- Action Girl: Come on, she is almost always seen dual-wielding that knife of her and is one of the most "active" girls. She may cross or be pretty close to cross the border into Dark Action Girl, due to her attitude.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: She is best known for being a platinum blonde in the manga illustrations and assorted merchandise, though the anime gives her dark blonde hair. In Season Five, it appears to be back to the light blond.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Not only to Russia and Ukraine, but according to some manga notes, America also views her like that since he had to take care of her for a while.
- Bitch Alert: She may have Russia's cruelty, but unlike him, she doesn't mask it at all.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Seems to have gotten this characterization as of late.
- Boobs of Steel: Not as big as Hungary and definitely not as huge as her sister, but she's got them.
- Broken Bird: Hinted at in character notes, and a very common portrayal in fanworks.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Belarus adores her older brother Russia and wants to marry him, much to Russia's horror.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: And bloody how!
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: According to Word of God she has a tendency to space out and stare at things.
- Combat Stilettos: Her military uniform includes high heeled boots.
- Elegant Gothic Lolita: Dresses like one, because her brother gave her the outfit and she tries to wear as much as possible. Her dark dress, bow, and pinafore is a nod to the girls' school uniforms that were implemented in the Soviet Union.◊
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As a little girl she had short hair, and has let it grow much longer since then.
- Messy Hair: It also used to be incredibly raggedy at the ends and rather unkempt. Now it looks much smoother and straighter.
- Flanderization: Her characterization in fanfiction and fanart rarely goes further than "Brother, marry me". In canon this is actually inverted; she is given Hidden Depths.
- Flipping the Bird: She sent this to Denmark when he was mouthing off that his group would win the costume contest during Hetaween 2011.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: In the first volume of the manga and the first episode of the anime, Belarus is seen holding a knife to Latvia. Since she's a Yandere, well...
- Hair Decorations: Wears a ribbon on her head, which is later revealed to be a headband.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She's not a nice person to have around, unless Russia's in the area.
- Hidden Depths: The desktop mascots and autor notes actually give quite the insight in Belarus's tastes and thoughts. Among many other things, she: is good at gymnastics and fortune telling, likes reading the Pravda newspaper, can see ghosts, tends to space out (like staring at the TV's white noise for hours), is a fan of Dmitri Smirnov, and is extremely pessimistic. (Apparently, due to Belarussian history as a whole)
- Hot-Blooded: When it comes to Russia. Or someone competing against Russia.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Pretty and petite tiny girl to Russia's huge guy.
- Icy Blue Eyes/Purple Eyes: Her eyes fall between colours depending on the art.
- Improvised Weapon: In the 2011 Halloween event, she attacks Denmark with a coat hanger.
- I See Dead People: In the desktop mascot program.
- Knife Nut: Often depicted with knives and threatening others with them.
- Madness Mantra: "Let's get married, married, married..."
- Miss Swears A Lot: In the 2010 Christmas event she's shown to have quite the potty mouth.
Belarus (after seeing that she doesn't have "the mark"): "TOO BAD I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING, YOU BALL SUCKER!"
- Ninja Maid: Her outfit is inspired(okay, slightly) by a traditional maid outfit. She also happens to dual-wield a pair of knives occasionally.
- Nightmare Fetishist: If you meet her in the Latvia and Sealand desktop mascot program, she seems rather preoccupied with ghosts. She also brings up the Winchester Mansion and the Mary Celeste.
- Perpetual Frowner: A rare female example, since she's too nuts to be a Little Miss Snarker.
- Pet the Dog: In Hetaween 2011, she seems to treat Lithuania a little better than in the past.
- Plucky Girl: In Russia's words, she is one. "In a negative way", he adds.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Used with her normal outfit, her Hetaween costume, and even in a rejected Gakuen Hetalia design.
- Psychopathic Womanchild: It may not seem as obvious as Russia, but she's certainly One of the Kids deep down. And desiring to marry your brother is quite...innocent, in itself.
- Sensual Slavs: Though fanon often depicts her as seductive, this is very much subverted in canon. She's gorgeous, she's dangerous...and she always says what's on her mind, is addicted to porn, and only interested in having sex with her brother.
- She's Got Legs: As her Hetaween costume highlights very well.
- Single-Target Sexuality: She's very much "Russia-sexual". Though she might be a subversion if one takes her Les Yay with Ukraine into account.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it "Natalia" or "Natalya"? Some will just Take a Third Option and call her "Natasha", the diminutive of both names in Russian.
- As well as "Arlofskaya" vs "Arlovskaya".
- Is it Belarus, Belorussia or Byelorussia?
- Stalker with a Crush: Towards Russia.
- Subliminal Seduction: Subverted in that she seems to be trying this during the 2011 Bloodbath by watching Lithuania sleep with a Battle Aura around her, telling him to revere Russia. Oddly enough, it seems to work in that he has a dream about him.
- Super Strength: Although this is hinted to be a trait of several nations, let us not forget that she clawed through a door and removed its knob with her bare hands in her introduction.
- The Unfavorite: She treats the other Baltics so badly because she thinks she is Russia's Unfavorite because of them. Hell, she's even jealous of Ukraine, even though this might be more of The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Mentioned in her and Ukraine's Image Song, Carrots And Sticks.
Belarus: Dear brother... Why will you not give your signature to our marriage papers? Have you already chosen another one to give your signature to? ...YOU! IT'S YOU! THIS WAS YOUR DOING! UNFORGIVABLE! UNFORGIVABLE! UNFORGIVABLE!
Ukraine: I'm sorry for being such a bewitching older sister...
- Tomboyish Ponytail: During the 2011 Bloodbath and a few other sketches.
- Trademark Favorite Food: According to notes, she's good at cooking things with potatoes, subverted in that this is due to her inflation rather than her personal tastes.
- Tsundere: She sometimes gets this treatment in fanon, especially if she's paired up with someone other than Russia. Usually Lithuania or America.
- Tsurime Eyes: Contrasting with her older siblings' tareme.
- When She Smiles: In the latest Christmas series, one of Finland's tasks is to get a shot of Belarus smiling. Once convinced that Russia is watching the show, she gives us this◊ (before assaulting Finland). Wow.
- She also gives a very small, almost unnoticeable smirk at the end of the 2011 Halloween Event that is also very adorable.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Like Russia, she's a platinum blonde yandere.
- Yandere: She is obsessed with her older brother, is often represented with a knife, and shares Russia's penchant of abusing people who show care for her - especially Lithuania... Heck, Belarus is so Yanderiffic that Russia is scared of her!
I'm sorry, little Russia! I'm sure we'll meet again! Waaaaah!
- Action Girl: Carries a saber in a sketch of her military uniform, possibly hinting at some hidden Lady of War tendencies.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Some manga illustrations show her with a darker, more yellowy blond hair color while the anime gives her platinum blond. Season Five of the anime later changed it to the manga's colors.
- Badass Longcoat: Her military uniform includes a jacket that goes past her knees.
- Beware the Nice Ones: From her newest profile: "She may look like a crybaby, but is in fact Russia's fearsome sister who will stand her ground to the last."
- Bifauxnen: In Hetaween 2011 she was drawn in a Mad Hatter costume and, while she still looks obviously female, she pulls off the look very well.
- Boyish Short Hair: She has the looks, although she does dress it up a bit. It contrasts with her younger sister's much longer hair and style of dress.
- Brother-Sister Incest: It's implied in her and Belarus' song that she has feelings for Russia too, even though Belarus is far more upfront about it.
- This is anime-only, however. Her introduction in the manga showed that while she still has affection for him, she clearly does not want to be in a union with Russia again. In fact, on the relationship chart, her feelings towards Russia were "I want to leave right away!" and Russia wondering why she "hates" him (in contrast with Belarus's "let's marry!")
- Character Exaggeration: The anime-based material puts a lot more focus on her chest, her naivete, and her affections for Russia.
- Covert Pervert: Inverted. She's quite enthusiastic about showing her boobs and encouraging other girls (and boys) to do the same...
- Cry Cute: Most of the time.
- D-Cup Distress / Big Breast Pride: She seems purely the former at first...
- Even the Girls Want Her:
- Expository Hairstyle Change: As a little girl, Ukraine had long-ish, braided hair◊. Now she keeps it short.
- Flower in Her Hair: Wears a wreath of flowers with her traditional clothes.
- Fragile Flower: Her aforementioned economy-related woes and failure to get more friends outside the Baltic and Soviet circles often leave the poor girl quite... distressed. And tearful.
- Gag Boobs: In the anime, Ukraine's enormous breasts go constantly "boing" and make strange little noises as she moves. Obviously this is highly symbolic; it is a well-known fact that Ukraine has huge tracts of land. *rimshot*
- Gainaxing: Obviously, the anime takes it and cranks it Up to Eleven. With beach ball bouncing sound effects!
Russia: Nobody's answering the door.
Latvia: Is that her? Do I hear booby bounce? note
- Gray Eyes/Innocent Blue Eyes: Depending on the illustration.
- Hair Decorations: She wears a hairband. She also adds some hairpins.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: While her little siblings have White Hair, Black Heart.
- Huge Schoolgirl: While Ukraine does not have an official height, the difference between her and her sister makes her appear to be approximately 168cm (5'6"-5'7"), which is taller than average for a woman. It's not uncommon to see her drawn as the tallest female in the series in fanart.
- I Have Boobs, You Must Obey!: In a recent strip when Russia is being beaten up by Sweden and Denmark, he goes to his sister for advice on what to do. Her response?
Russia: "I don't think it's really going to work for me..."
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Often gets this in fanworks, although it's played with in canon; her bust is much larger than the other girls' and is prone to Gainaxing, but played for laughs. Despite this, she usually dresses modestly (even constantly trying to repair buttons on her shirt rather than just leave it open a little bit), is aware of her chest, and politely turns down Hungary's teasing to wear a dress that would completely expose her breasts.
- In-Series Nickname: Hungary calls her Uku-san. (Changed to Raine by some scanlators.)
- Lady of War: Practically described as one in her profile, complete with carrying around an elegant saber.
- Nice Girl: Mostly.
- Nice Hat: With her military uniform.
- The Nicknamer: She has nicknames for Hungary and Liechtenstein, and has a habit of calling people "dear" ("-chan" in the original Japanese).
- Nightmare Fetishist: According to the Desktop program, she likes guro horror games.
- Perpetual Poverty: She's often seen freaking out about her poor economy.
- Satellite Character: Subverted. a first it seemed that a good part of her character was centered on her brother Russia... but then we have her her interactions with the other girls in the volume four bonus and the 2011 Christmas Event, in which she is motherly and supportive towards them and doesn't bring up her siblings once.
- Sensual Slavs: Parodied. She comes off as The Ingenue, but believes that she can accomplish troubles by showing her breasts and is quite eager about it.
- Sexy Santa Dress: She's worn one in at least two Christmas illustrations.
- She Cleans Up Nicely:
- Spell My Name with an "S": Ukraine vs. the Ukraine .
- Stripperific: Not her but the group of females that often protest bare for some reason.
- Tareme Eyes: Huge ones, fitting for a warm mother figure.
- Team Mom: Ukraine was this for Belarus and Russia when they were children; she gave Russia a scarf once when he was cold, and he still wears it as his trademark. She's also said to be the one who fixes her siblings' Yandere screw-ups, and is among the few nation-tans that Russia shows his almost nonexistent deredere side to.
Russia (on Ukraine): "She has a big heart and is often targeted because of it. She's a bit of a crybaby too."
- Also takes care of Poland in the Halloween Event, so it may be implied that she is also this to the rest of the Eastern Block nations.
- Tender Tears: When not crying because she's weak, it's to show how much of a Nice Girl she is.