Axis Powers Hetalia / Eastern Europe

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Eastern Europe

  • 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?

Voiced by: Atsushi Kousaka (JP), Mike McFarland (EN)

    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 (EN)

  • 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 Little Bit Beastly side-story strips in Hetalia Hetaween 2013. He's sweet, caring and eager to please, but is often pushed around. He had a dog companion as a child. He's lanky, and his front locks can resemble a dog's floppy ears. He also used to be very powerful, and the nation is heavily associated with wolves in its myths - he's a demoted wolf. And though it might be a coincidence, "Toris" 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 "not sure" 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: "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.
    • Ultimately subverted, as he is shown gladly throwing away all of his Russian possessions once he leaves him.
  • 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
Damn doorknob, getting between me and my older brother! [Rips it out] Brotheeer, that obstinate knob is no more. Now then, let's get married married married married...

Voiced by: Urara Takano (JP), Monica Rial (EN)

I'm sorry, little Russia! I'm sure we'll meet again! Waaaaah!

Voiced by: Yuki Masuda (JP), Lydia Mackay (EN)