Sixth Ranger: Canada (Whose presence is rarely noticed by the other Allies and sometimes mistaken for America.)
Flower Motifs: Fandom never misses an opportunity to depict Russia with sunflowers and England with roses (England's national flower). And then there's France and his own roses...
The Minnesota Fats: America and England have a bit of a rivalry. No matter what England does, America does it better. But on Halloween, England takes advantage of America's fear of ghosts and wins their competition of who will be scared first 87 years straight. (However, when America enlists Japan's help...)
Red Oni, Blue Oni: America is cheerful, idealistic, brash, if a little too much. England is his cynical, grouchy, critical, sometimes underhand, longtime 'frenemy'.
Tsundere: England is heavy on The Smirk, especially◊ when◊ around◊ America◊. When he's in deredere mode, though, he sometimes shows such vulnerability that he qualifies as The Woobie. He's also called Tsundere by both fandom andWord Of God (specifically, the Drama CDs and some author notes).
America is an odd variation of the Type B Tsundere. He has a penchant for stepping on people's toes with his rampant KY-ness, cheerful Love Freak mannerisms and occasional bouts of arrogance, but England seems to be the only one he deliberately teases and yanks his emotions around. On the other hand, he shows sadness and melancholy as he remembers their past together and also displays childish yet genuine worry when the other's sick (once he even brings him back to life with his teasing), he complains about England's food but eats it anyway, and for all his complaints and teasings, he seems to hold genuine affection for England.
Vitriolic Best Buds: England has this kind of relationship with both America and France, to varying extents.
To a lesser extent, the Allies are this. They bicker a lot and only barely manage to get along, but in the end they've got each other's backs.
England: That's why! The alien and friends over there, just shut up! You have been trying to irritate me since just now.
America: Even if you said that, the truth is you just wanted to sleep together in the same room in the same way we did in the past, right?
Tony: Love me bubu. Kiss me bubu.
The dub also lampshades this, with France asking if they're done "releasing sexual tensions".
Justice Destiny Strike Freedom
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US of A - Alfred F. Jones
Now is the time we allies must take a stand for the sake of the world! Should we not fight in the name of justice? Let our hammer of righteousness strike deep into the heart of this evil! Starting with this lame-o Italy!
Attention Whore: So much so that, when he isn't the center of attention, he loses his will to do absolutely anything.
Big Eater: America loves all matter of junk food, especially hamburgers. One strip features him becoming concerned about his weight causing him to try out different diets. (He still appears fit no matter what, of course.) "My vocabulary can be a little intimidating; I'll stop eating this absurd pile of hamburgers so you can focus better."
Apparently he hides tons of sweets and junk food under his clothes.
To explain: Himaruya used him to demonstrate an American movie that was heavy on Cluster F-Bomb.
Cool Plane: Planes seem to be a motif, seeing as he has one on his bomber jacket and likes to show England his airplane designs. He has one in the third chapter which comes from a design in an old Disney cartoon.
Stealth Insult: From England, but America doesn't seem to bother hiding his response.
England: Such a (stupid) design is beyond me, of course. How (stupid) like you, America.
America: Okay—let's start from the be-gin-ning! England, you're my backup! Next, France! You're my backup! Uh, who's next...China, I'll have him as my backup. Lastly, Russia! Yours is the grave duty of backing me up!
Russia: Um, may I ask a question? What will you do?
Friend to All Living Things: As a child, he loved playing with bunnies. As an adult he befriends whales and even aliens (hi, Tony). In episode 8 of The Beautiful World, a small bird even perches on his finger. Ironically, this doesn't mean that he cares one bit about global warming, though.
Instant Waking Skills: In the drama CD, he goes from being half-awake to on his feet rushing to get ready for work when he sees he's going to be late (thankfully for him Lithuania readied everything for him).
It Runs on Nonsensoleum: He comes up with crazy inventions like a gun that makes people fall in love or a giant space robot to stop global warming. They never seem to get very far.
To be more specific, the gun was meant to make enemy soldiers fall in love with each other. If you thought it was just a joke, the joke's on you.
Justice Will Prevail: He says things such as "Should we not fight in the name of justice?" and "I support you in the name of justice!".
Large Ham: He is often very energetic and loud, commanding all the attention for himself.
Not to mention the character songs. There's a reason why it's HAMburger street, evidently.
Love Freak: He is "a nation of pioneers who think of everything in a positive light, is quick to take action, and loves heroes, justice, freedom, as well as hamburgers." He also gives a Rousing Speech talking about justice and defeating the evil Axis Powers in the beginning of Chapter Two.
Nice Guy: He does genuinely want to help his fellow nations. For example, in episode 8 of The Beautiful World, he leaps at the opportunity to use his technological knowhow to track down the hackers who messed with Estonia's blog.
Non-Human Sidekick: He has whales and the visitor from outer space named Tony (who hates England for some reason, but is fond of Lithuania).
Well... it is modified to look like a letter jacket, so maybe he's on a sports team.
Phenotype Stereotype: Since he is America, he's blond and blue-eyed. Many fanarts and the fifth season of the anime complete the package by giving him a tan. (especially noticeable since he gets paired with England, Russia and Japan so often)
Purely Aesthetic Glasses: America actually doesn't need his glasses for any vision purposes. The glasses represent Texas (he gets them around the time of its annexation) but it really looks like an opportunity to make himcuter.
Suspiciously Specific Denial: At the Allied Forces meeting, America and the pictures of the different Allies on the chalkboard. The others figure it out though. Interestingly, they work it out not just because he's the only one praising it, but also because he points out it's obviously done in American cartoon style.
It doesn't help that his own portrait is the only one that has sparkles around it.
Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair in the manga varies with realistic shades of blond (pale straw blond, dirty blond, golden-strawberry blond) but the anime makes it a saturated yellow. Beautiful World fixes this, going with the golden blond seen in most manga art.
Big Ol' Eyebrows: A sign of being a gentleman. Or something. And they're even bigger in the anime.
Big Screwed-Up Family: Due to the expansive nature of the British Empire and subsequent Commonwealth, fandom sometimes depicts him as the head of a large extended family including (so far): Australia, Canada, Cameroon, Hong Kong, Sealand, Seychelles, New Zealand and the USA.
Black Magic: His specialty. At one point, he tries to summon something evil and ends up with Russia.
White Magic: His Britannia Angel magic is a little less evil. Well, a lot sillier.
Cassandra Truth: Even though England can see magical creatures (such as Flying Mint Bunny and the Japanese demons who are slowly fading away from the country's consciousness), almost nobody else can. So whenever he starts interacting with them, everyone else assumes he's gone off his rocker.
Other countries seem to be able to see the creatures when they go to England's house. America sees them on Halloween.
Of course the only one who actually believes him is Norway, who can also see magical creatures as shown in Hetalia Bloodbath 2011.
Cloak & Dagger: England is the best of the Allied Forces when it comes to spying.
England: ...When it comes to spies, no country can beat the great England!
Cluster F-Bomb: He has the filthiest mouth of all the characters, besides Tony and (maybe) Romano.
Code Name of sorts: He's England but he represents the entire United Kingdom as well, so in the Japanese original he's called "Britain" (igirisu), even in historical periods when Great Britain didn't exist.
In Japanese fanworks he's usually called by his "real name", England (ingurando) by his older brothers, and sometimes by other countries as well before the 18th century.
Cool Chair: He once tries to get back at America by tricking him into sitting on "Yorkshire's Infamous 'Sit and You Die' Busby Stoop Chair". Russia gets to it first and manages to out-evil it, causing it to explode.
Covert Pervert: In the first chapter of the (published) manga, "Meeting of the World" he's reading porn during the meeting. France cites several sexual records held by British people. And then there's his "battle uniform". Fandom often depicts him as secretly being kinkier than France.
France even asserts that this is the case, telling him that he's giving his title of the "Erotic Ambassador" to him.
Cuteness Proximity: England is very affectionate to the nice spirits that follow him around (i.e, Flying Mint Bunny, a unicorn, Captain Hook, and Tinkerbell). Since no one else can see those spirits, they assume he's gone a little crazy.
Doting Older Brother: Towards little America, at any rate. He's not nearly as close to Canada (whom he occasionally mistakes for America), let alone Sealand.
Dressing as the Enemy: He does this when he's trying to escape from Italy. (He even makes himself a fake Ahoge.) He even succeeds, until Germany notices that unlike the other Italians, he's not hitting on the pretty girls walking by.
Dying Declaration of Love: During the 'England is about to die' strips, he tells America that despite their bickering he doesn't actually hate him and seems to try to say something else until Death smothered him. He gets better, of course. The dub version of this scene actually has England say "America, I'm in lo—" before he was offed.
That was because of him being (stereotypically) English, though. Germany didn't recognize him until he started behaving differently than real Italians (e.g. not checking out pretty girls).
He Is All Grown Up: England leaves young America to return to his country, telling the boy to do his best and become strong. When he comes back, England is shocked to find that America has grown to be taller than him. He has a similar nightmare about Sealand actually growing up and becoming a country.
Mundane Made Awesome: In one episode, England invents machines for boiling the 'perfect egg' and brewing the 'perfect beer.' (Nobody is actually impressed).
Noble Male, Roguish Male: He is a composite of both — His rather opposing, contrasting character traits (gentleman one minute, irate drunk the next) are likely an homage to the polarized way in which British males are often presented in popular culture generally — that is, they are designed and depicted as being from either the very top (upper class gentleman, the epitome of Western sophistication) OR very bottom (rough and ready, punkish Cockney rogues) of the British social-class scale. As he represents all aspects of England, these entirely opposing national stereotypes are amalgamated into one divergent character.
What Could Have Been: Himaruya originally considered giving him normal thin eyebrows, as well as making him an older man who attempted to dress trendy and younger. He changed his mind on the eyebrows after deciding he wanted them to mimic the brow patterns of a Shiba dog.
When He Smiles: During one of the Christmas strips where he's playing soccer with Germany during the war times, he has a genuine smile seen here◊.
Workaholic: He seems to be this in the 2010 Bloodbath where he would rather work all night instead of celebrating Christmas.
Russia - Ivan Braginsky
I've always been alone, so it's great seeing everyone so alive. Besides, soon it'll be the last chance I can see their faces. Whenever I imagine how they'd look begging for mercy, I can't help but smile.
Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair varies between being platinum blond or a golden-dark blond in manga artwork. The anime chose to render his hair in a beige tone (which it originally appeared as in trading card art). His tan scarf is also changed to pink. (Well, pink does fit him.)
Biggus Dickus: Implied in one episode where he sends America a box of 25 cm condoms, which are considered "extra small" (for those who know nothing of the metric system, 25 cm is between 9 to 10 inches).
Blessed with Suck: Russia has General Winter around all the time. He despises the constant bitter cold but during wartime Winter is on his side.
Freudian Excuse: It's implied that he turned insane mainly because of his horrible history, which included him being implicitly tormented by General Winter during his childhood, bullied by other nations as a kid, and witnessing many tragedies and wars.
Hidden Depths: Is far more perceptive of the people around him then they give him credit for, is quite reflective on himself and his actions, occasionally being regretful, likes to cook, knit and is the best computer hacker in the series who's fooled Estonia.
Husky Russkie: Russia is the tallest of the characters with a given height, and though he claims to be "big-boned", he is at least thicker and more muscular than most of the other characters.
He still gets a few jerkass moments in the Birz strips, however. "If an alien came to my house, I would tear it to pieces." Though now he only pokes the Baltics.
Manipulative Bastard: Exploits his scary and cutesy traits for his own gain and doesn't give choices.
"Compromise? There's no such service in Russia, you know."
Mad Love: Goes both ways, actually. He shows his obsession with Lithuania, the only one who seems to make him happy, through stalking and emotional and physical abuse. He's also on the receiving end of Mad Love when it comes to his little sister Belarus...
Moving into Epileptic Trees territory, it might also be a reference to a popular Russian riddle: turn the nonsensical word kolokolokolokola into a meaningful Russian phrase by inserting just two spaces. Since the riddle is unknown outside the Russian-speaking countries it is most likely just a coincidence (if anyone is interested, the correct answer is kol okolo kolokola, "a stake next to a bell").
Made of Iron: Per his boss's orders, he had to stop a tank with his body. And still managed to attend the Allies meeting with a trail of blood following him. France is nonplussed, considering it is Russia.
Pet the Dog: The printed manga and the anime give him a genuine affection for Ukraine, as much as his insanity and childishness lets him.
He apparently has a soft spot for cats. At least his own cat loves him.
Playful Hacker: He's mentioned in the 2010 Bloodbath and Fantasia 2 "tinkering" with his computer.
Psychopathic Manchild: He's very childlike, in some of the worst ways. He even has a high, childish voice. (To hammer the point home, as mentioned, he shares his VA with Gluttony from Fullmetal Alchemist.) Flanderized horribly in the fandom. In canon, he says creepy things and stalks people from around corners but has only actually done anything a handful of times, and none of it was sexual (except possibly the time he put Lithuania in a French maid outfit and whipped him while he was working).
His voice is less high in the dub, probably to make him sound more Russian.
It's implied that his natural voice is deep; he deliberately makes it higher to sound friendlier. Along with his Madness Mantra, there's evidence of this in his image songs; "Winter" and his versions of "Marukaite Chikyuu" and "Mawaru Chikyuu Rondo". Seems to run in the family, his sister Belarus has a similar tendency, her voice often shifts from a soft and girly tone to a shrill, harsh and deeper one.
Purple Eyes: Connected to his supernatural relationship with General Winter.
Real Men Wear Pink: Not only does he volunteer to be the Pink Ranger in the drama CDs, but he also likes knitting as much as England loves embroidery.
Sedgwick Speech: "I'm Russian, I know everything about snow!" Sadly he knows nothing about parachuting. (He lives, but ow.)
Soft Spoken Sadist: In his cruel mode, he can easily be pushed to not be so soft-spoken, however.
Spell My Name with an S: His surname is often misspelled Braginski; it's supposed to be Braginsky, as the -ski suffix is Polish while the -sky suffix is Russian.
Stepford Smiler: At one point, he sends England into a screaming fit of terror just by sitting and smiling pleasantly.
Slasher Smile: After smiling calmly, Russia usually pulls this out by the end of a strip he's in.
Sunny Sunflower Disposition: While the sunniness of his personality is mainly only on the exterior, his dream of living in a warm place surrounded by sunflowers is a major indicator that he really does have a "dere" side underneath his insanity.
Super Strength: He's described as superhuman and can carry around a 50kg+ manhole cover like it's nothing.
Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The third and fourth manga volumes reveal him to have been a genuinely nice and friendly kid who just wanted to be friends with the nations who kept on bullying or avoiding him and snapped only when Prussia insisted on picking a fight with him. And even after that fight, he writes in his journal about how he hopes the Teutonic Knights will "come as friends, not enemies" the next time he meets them.
Vocal Dissonance: Zig-zagged. He usually has a high, cutesy voice that does match his personality and cute appearance but contrasts with his immense size; then his voice can go quite deep at times. The dub averts this.
Vodka Drunkenski: "My favorite food would be pirozhki and...vodka? It's my fuel, you see."
What Could Have Been: According to volume 3, at first he had dark hair, was middle-aged, and a crybaby who completely changed when he drank alcohol.
Adaptation Dye-Job: His hair color in the manga varies between being a golden blond to a darker, almost brown shade. In the anime, it's a bright yellow-blond. The fifth season gives him platinum blond hair.
Big Brother Mentor: To N. Italy, albeit more of a Trickster Mentor, taking the place of N. Italy's actual big brother. He was even England's mentor back in the day, probably one of the reasons why England hates him so much now.
He's very forgiving and occasionally protective of Italy despite the whole Fascist invasion thing. But he's still a bad influence.
He's also stated to be this towards Monaco, whom he seems to have a closer relationship with, other than her getting embarrassed when he pats her head. She even calls him "big brother".
Black Comedy Rape: If in the same comic as another country, there's a good chance of this happening. Same deal in the anime at least three times (when he tried to force England to marry him, when he wanted England to take off his clothes to celebrate the Olympics, and when England was sick). Though much of this has been toned down since 2008.
Bling of War: France's WWI uniform. He tells America and England that their clothes are too drab, and they both retort "You're just too flashy!" (in the dub, America and England criticize France for wearing a cape as part of his war uniform). He agrees when he realizes it draws sniper fire. (Truth in Television, actually.)
Averted by his "cat boy twin" France 23: despite being naked all the time (since it's fashionable in his "home"), he becomes rather friendly once Sealand subjects him to Defeat Means Friendship.
Cheese-Eating Surrender Monkeys: England is quick to point out France's reputation for being inept at warfare. In the English dub Britain calls France this word for word.
Chivalrous Pervert: Sure, he'll hit on anyone no matter gender and age, but he also believes that love shouldn't be forced on people and will, according to Word Of God, stop trying to touch or strip people if it's made clear that what he's doing isn't enjoyed.
Also something of a Characterization Marches On, since earlier strips had him be much more of a Handsome Lech, and Hungary's frying pan joke originally started off as her driving France away from manhandling Austria. Most of his particularly lecherous early strips have been long deleted from the main site, though, and nowadays his being a Chivalrous Pervert is more emphasized.
Hidden Depths: There are some strips in which he leaves his lechery aside a little and shows a somewhat more serious side, specially marked by how he's surprisingly good at reading emotions. This shows clearly when he befriends Lisa aka the reincarnation of his friend Joan of Arc and in the re-drawn strip where he interacts with a French soldier who recognizes him as a nation-tan.
La Résistance: His most tangible contribution to the allies is spying. Or, given his reputation, possibly just freelance voyeurism, who knows?
Sitcom Archnemesis: The only surefire way to keep England out of your house is to invite France. America observes that after 900 years of war the only thing that keeps these two old timers going is antagonizing each other.
Super Speed: He's fast. Not even America can catch up to him.
Supreme Chef: And tried to use his culinary skills to get baby!America to pick him over England, but failed. Later he also tried to bribe the kid into seeing him as a brother too, but though he liked his sweets, America was too used to England's bad food anyway.
Too Kinky to Torture: After his April Fool's rampage, some of his victims capture him and attempt to humiliate him in retaliation... only to find that he actually enjoys most of their punishment. Until Sweden comes up with a Cool and Unusual Punishment, that is.
What Could Have Been: France was originally planned as a straight stereotype of a completely suave character, and he would have had visible wrinkles and shorter hair. Like America, he actually appeared in the strips with some of those physical characteristics before the Art Evolution hit.
PR of C - Wang Yao
What ruckus, this? Ah, England, France, and America fighting again. These lands of Europe, they like fighting so very much.
Voiced by: Kanae Kasuga (Flower of Iris CD), Yuki Kaida (JP), Clarine Harp (EN)
Adaptation Dye-Job: Has black hair (most of the time) in the manga, but brown in the anime.
Aiyaa Where Is My Respect Aru?!: A part of the drama track in China's character CD is about him trying to get the respect of Shinatty and his sister Taiwan and failing hilariously.
Taiwan: Shut up teacher!
Taiwan: Please, you need to keep quiet when you’re in public areas like this! If you’re too noisy, you’ll scare away all the birds and make the flowers die...
Shinatty: Please forgive us; the old man’s gone a bit crazy, he was having flashbacks about his childhood!
China: I’m not an old man! I’m young, cool, and hip!
Or alternatively, he can be seen as a Broken Hero, considering how he manages to remain relatively cheerful and upbeat even after everything he's gone through (he does angst about his problems from time to time, but it never really overtakes his character).
Cuteness Proximity: Definitely has a weakness for all things cute, including baby!Japan, pandas, and of course, Shinatty-chan. At one point he voyages across the world to bring his boss back interesting animals... and selects only the ones he thinks were cute.
Drowning My Sorrows: China is once seen at a bar, drinking and crying about his relationship with Japan to Russia.
Gratuitous Foreign Language: More noticeable than the other Allies. He says "Shen ti hao ma?" note "How's your health?", "Hao!" note "Good!", "Mei you wen ti!" note "No problem!", and "Tong yi..." note "Agreed..." in the first Allies meeting alone.
Verbal Tic: China ends most of his sentences with "aru", which is derived from a Japanese stereotype of Chinese people. When talking to England (for example in the Britannia Angel strip) "aru" sometimes changes to "ahen" which means "opium".
This is actually Truth in Television, as adding 'ar' onto the ends of sentences is one of the most prominent features of the Beijing dialect of Mandarin.
What Could Have Been: According to volume 3 he originally had short hair, glasses, and was more like Austria in personality.
Who Wants to Live Forever?: China's profile lists him as four-thousand years old and immortal, so this characterization is popular fanon. Also his character song "Aiyaa Four-Thousand Years" seems to take this stance.
With Friends Like These...: Even when the Allies start getting Japan off his back, they still keep picking on him. There's also a webcomic strip that shows England, France and Russia "comforting" him after the Boxer Rebellion by saying that he should give them territory or live with them.
Yandere: While Japan is the Asian most frequently portrayed as one in fanon, there's more than one fanart (mostly on Pixiv) that have China becoming one over his siblings's departures. Hong Kong and Taiwan are the most common fanon targets of his obsession.