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Axis Powers Hetalia: The Allies
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The Allies

  • The Alliance: The Allies, of course.
  • Aloof Ally: Russia and China tend to keep out of America's, England's and France's antics, both preferring to work alone.
  • Badass Crew: With certain complications.
  • Black Magic: England uses a creepy Black Cloak ritual to curse Germany.
  • Five-Man Band: The Allied Forces can be seen like this, to some degree. Roles are subjected to change, of course:
  • 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'.
    • England can also be the Red Oni to France's Blue Oni.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Well, Savvy Guy, Energetic Guy to be specific, but England is savvy while America is energetic.
  • Super Strength: Russia, America, and China is depicted to have one, as in Real Life they are superpower nations of the modern world.
  • 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 and Word 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.
  • We Are Struggling Together: The Allies as a whole don't always get along very well.
  • White Magic: Russia uses the Orthodox Church to curse Japan.
  • Will They or Won't They?: America and England. My God, the Ship Tease between them...
    Lithuania: R-Russia! Everyone was pretending not to hear anything!
    England: W-what? Everyone's awake, after all?
    France: That's because you were having a lover's quarrel here.
    Japan: Well, it's not like we were peeping and such...
    • Hell, even Tony can see it in this mini-drama:
    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".

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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!

Voiced by: Osamu Ikeda (Flower of Iris CD), Katsuyuki Konishi (JP), Eric Vale (EN)

  • Adorkable: He's practically a comic book geek for crying out loud.
  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Two of his hobbies are "archaeology" and "adventures".
  • America Saves the Day: So much that he's the picture on the main page.
  • Attention Whore: So much so that, when he isn't the center of attention, he loses his will to do absolutely anything.
  • Bad Ass: See Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
  • 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.) He even manages to keep a stash of snacks underneath his clothes.
    "My vocabulary can be a little intimidating; I'll stop eating this absurd pile of hamburgers so you can focus better."
  • Big Little Brother: To England.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: America is very eager and happy to fight the Axis Powers.
  • Captain Obvious: "It's not working!"
  • Chainsaw Good: In his Halloween costume as a Shout-Out to Friday the 13th of course.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: He always feels the need to be the hero in every situation.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: We could call it a nuclear F bomb! note 
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: It's hard to believe this relatively unassuming, idealistic, and boisterous guy has Super Strength to rival Russia... and his Idiot Hero tendencies do not help one bit.
  • Cuddle Bug: Not to Italy's extent, but he still seems to be more physically affectionate than the other Nations.
    America: (after England offers him ice cream) DUDE, SWEET! I'M TOTALLY GOING OVER THERE TO HUG YOU!
  • The Ditz: The 'lovable/obnoxious Manchild' variety. Also the space case.
  • Dumb Blond: Sometimes.
  • Eagleland: America is a relatively benign mix of both flavors. He's loud, arrogant, prideful, and boorish, but he's genuinely willing to help out others and be their friend.
  • Establishing Character Moment: His introduction has this exchange:
    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?
    America: Mm, that's actually a very good question, Russia! I'll be the hero, of course!
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Number of times we have seen America use his Super Strength in an actual combat situation: one. Number of times America has been presented with an opportunity to use his Super Strength but just chose to sit back and watch China take care of it: too many.
  • 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. Taken to even more extreme levels with him being friends with the unicorn England gave him for his bicentennial, even though he still can't see it.
  • Genius Ditz: Very good with aircraft and computers, despite his lack of common sense and geography skills.
  • Global Ignorance: The embodiment of the trope. In one strip he mentions that he gets a headache whenever he has to look at any map that's not of himself.
  • Heroic Wannabe: "I'll be the hero, of course!" The credits of the independent film on Yout... I mean HetaTube list his role as "Hero".
    "I'll be the Red Ranger, of course!"
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Japan.
  • Humiliation Conga: He gets one handed down by him during the Great Depression when he screwed up and racked up a huge debt causing the other nations' ecenomies to blunder except Russia's.
  • Idiot Hair: Represents Nantucket.
  • Idiot Hero: So damn much, indeed.
  • Idiots Cannot Catch Colds: He hasn't even heard of them. This was later retconned.
  • I Just Want To Be Free: During the Revolutionary War.
  • 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.note 
  • 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. There's a reason why one of his Image Songs is titled "HAMburger street."
  • 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.
  • Manchild: Often acts like a dumb teenager.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Sort of. In Episode 20 of the World Series, America (successfully) lays a guilt trip on Japan to get the latter to come to the former's Christmas party.
    America: GUESS WHAT, EVERYONE! This year's Christmas Party is going to be Japan's treat!
    Japan: F*CK YOU, AMERICA!
  • Master of the Mixed Message: At least as far as England is concerned.
  • Megaton Punch: He pulls one off in the Hetalia movie against the aliens. It was awesome.
  • Mysterious Middle Initial: So, really, what does that "F" stand for? It seems like Himaruya considered making it short for "Foster". Or "Franklin". Or "Fuck". But in the end, he didn't choose any of them.
  • 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).
  • Non-Uniform Uniform: In Gakuen Hetalia. He wears his bomber jacket instead of the required school jacket, although 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)
  • Psychopathic Manchild: If America's featured in a Dark Fic, he's very likely to end up like this. He has a little psychopathy in the series, as well, though it's easy to forget it's there. In the Episode 28 dub:
    America: I guess being bloodthirsty gets a little distracting. (Beat) ...And by that I mean bringing democracy to the rest of the world.
  • 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 him cuter.
  • Say My Name: "EEEEENGLAAAAAAAND!!!!"
  • Screams Like a Little Girl: At the movies.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: His relationship with Canada is often portrayed as this, with him as the manly man.
  • Slasher Smile: America has this while wielding a chainsaw along with Scary Shiny Glasses. Probably the only time America didn't look his normal self. Though it was only scary due to Canada's paranoia, as America was just using his chainsaw normally.
  • Specs of Awesome: "Awesome" according to himself, anyway.
  • Stepford Smiler: Fanfics often portray him as one of these. Even when canon shows him as being really that happy and childlike.
  • Super Strength: Shown many times. For example, he can run around while dragging a car.
  • Super-Strong Child: Even as a child, America could pick up a buffalo and swing it around like a toy.
  • 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.
  • Tareme Eyes: "Inherited" from Finland.
  • Totally Radical: In the dub. Given that America's an Man child it works for him.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Burgers.
  • Tsundere: Type B, with England being the person that triggers his more snarky and defensive side.
  • Twinkle Smile: America does this at one point during an Allied Forces meeting.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: He pulls one off during the Hetalia Movie with backflips. It was awesome.
  • Verbal Tic: When he talks business, he ends his sentences with "-gates".
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • America is irrationally afraid of even the mention of ghosts. Oddly, he doesn't mind the aliens that hang around his house. Apparently, on Halloween, he inherits England's second sight for a moment, which is terrifying for him.
    • Oddly enough, the actual presence of the Grim Reaper didn't faze him at all.
    • According to Hetalia Fantasia 2, he's also scared of Dora the Explorer.
    • There's also his fear of marmite.

    UK of GB and NI - Arthur Kirkland 
Ahh, fuck it all! You only got so far thanks to me prat, don't you dare act cocky with me!

Voiced by: Yuuya Kakitsubata (Flower of Iris CD), Noriaki Sugiyama (JP), Scott Freeman (EN)

  • 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.
  • Amazing Freaking Grace: His ringtone on his cellphone.
  • Back from the Dead: He actually died during the 'England Caught A Cold' strips. Fortunately, America restored him back to life.
  • Big Brother Mentor: He used to be this to America (and Canada) until it all went wrong.
  • 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.
  • Bookworm: Literature is one of his hobbies. According to Hetaween 2011, Sherlock Holmes is his favorite book series.
  • British Coppers: In heaven, the police are British...
  • The British Empire: Embodied by his days as a conquering pirate.
  • The British Invasion: As well as a pirate, he is also depicted as a rock guitarist in fan artworks (twice in official art), most probably as a nod to England's famous rock heritage.
  • British Rockstar: He's sometimes drawn as one as mentioned above, and he even has a tattoo of an electric guitar somewhere on his body.
  • British Stuffiness: Evidenced with the disapproving and often despairing attitude he displays towards his compatriots, despite his delinquent past.
  • Brits with Battleships: He references his impressive naval history in his image song "Absolutely Invincible British Gentleman."
    England: (translated) "The seven seas are like my backyard, romance and plundering, I manage holiday houses in India and Hong-Kong!"
  • Broken Bird: In Dark Fic, he is either this (when depicted sympathetically) or a Yandere.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Episode 26 gives us a hilarious example of this.
  • 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.note  So whenever he starts interacting with them, everyone else assumes he's gone off his rocker.
  • Characterization Marches On: Oh sure, he was also a Tsundere for America back then, but remember the time he tried to essentially kill America (by making him sit in the Busby's chair) all because of America's slip-up about beating him?
  • 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!
    • Except when a Scottish spy has to teach him to actually dress like the Italians in order to blend in.
  • 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.
  • Cry Cute: During the "Cleaning Up The Storage" story. That's all.
  • 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.
  • Deadpan Snarker / Gentleman Snarker: He tries to be the latter, but he's all around the former.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: He seems to be cold at first, but is surprisingly devoted to those he becomes friends with.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The animated rendition of "England is about to die" strips have the bed-ridden England with feverish eyes, fever-reddened cheeks, slurred speech, slow breathing, etc. Something like this, if you wonder.note 
  • Doting Parent: 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: When he tries to escape from Italy, Germany captures him because he doesn't look Italian. Scotland tells him to dress like them. He does so, even making 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, and again when he tries to order British food from an Italian cafe.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Apparently when he gets really drunk he tends to go on about that ungrateful whelp America leaving him.
  • 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.
  • Evil Laugh / Laughing Mad: Occasional does this, like when he betrayed Austria.
  • Evil Brit: Sometimes parodied.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Parodied when a young England fails to pull one and France tricks him into fixing it... cutting it back to its original length.
  • Fan Service With A Smile: The "sexy waiter" outfit.
  • Former Teen Rebel: Although he is now a (self-styled) gentleman, he used to be a delinquent.
  • Gentleman Wizard: used magic in the series a couple of times. He's also shown interacting with magical creatures.
  • Green Eyes: "In England's green & pleasant Land..."
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Once something sets him off, he'll respond with a flurry of verbal insults.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Comb his hair, put him in a nice, fashionable suit and Germany has trouble recognizing him, eyebrows or no eyebrows, at least until he started acting differently than everyone around him.
  • She 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.
  • History of Naval Warfare: He's seen defeating Spain's "invincible" Armada.
  • Hospital Hottie: He's dressed as one in the 2011 April Fools special.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: What motivated the Anglo-Japanese alliance.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Was shown to be prone to coughing up blood during the bicentennial strip. Kinda explained by the fact that he's apparently always gets sick whenever the word 'independence' is mentioned.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He chose letting America go over shooting him to (possibly) make him stay.
  • Lethal Chef: A running gag is that his lack of taste is directly responsible for America's food culture.
    Narrator: Rumor has it that when British troops were captured by Italy, they didn't want to leave because their food was so much better.
  • Lonely at the Top: He used to be lonely even before he got to the top. (It's implied that America changed this, until of course things went wrong.) He and Japan eventually form an alliance over their shared friendless-ness.
    France: Oh, if it isn't the friendless England!
    England: Dammit, being in Europe makes me so mad!
  • Love Hurts: Apparently, he suffered (and probably still suffering) a severe heartbreak because of his colonies (most notably America) leaving him.
  • Mean Brit: When he's in "tsun" mode.
  • Messy Hair: Even more extreme when he was a child; he tried growing out his hair and ended up looking like a "golden caterpillar" in France's words.
  • 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.
  • Naked People Are Funny: When he gets drunk he forgets all about being a gentleman and has the habit of stripping naked in front of other countries. Hilarity usually ensues.
  • Nostalgia Filter: British Empire, British Empire, British Empire. And it actually wasn't all love and cuddles when America was a colony; "Go to hell, Engwand!"
  • Not So Above It All: He rejects a naked France's invitation to "join him in feeling 'open' today" because he doesn't want to be associated with France's reputation. France calls him out on it, stating a number of sexual records held by British people.
  • Only Sane Man: He usually sometimes occasionally takes up this role with the Allies. Of course, 95% of the time, he's Not So Above It All.
  • Overly Long Name: He's a bit self-conscious about his very long name (the "UK of GB and NI," not "England").
  • Parental Favoritism: He always did prefer America over all his other territories. And America's also the one he's most sore over when it came to his independence.
  • Power Gives You Wings: In his Britannia Angel form, he grows a pair of white feathery wings.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Though not as much as your average perpetual frowner, you have to admit that Fanon and canon don't exactly depict him as the happiest person around.
  • Pirate: A huge amount of fan-art depicts him during his swashbuckling, colonial past.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman: He tries his best to be this, but he's more like an Absolutely Invincible British Gentleman.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He loves sewing and embroidering.
  • Retired Badass: Having controlled one quarter of the world's population in his past, he is understandably sensitive about the decolonization of his global territories...
  • Sexy Secretary: Has one in the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010. Apparently he's the grandson of Howard, the British spy in the "Can't Escape From Italy" strips; he was immediately dubbed Workbitch Bartholomew by fans.
  • Shirtless Scene: Had one in the Japanese Folklore episode (episode 30), taking his clothes off to take a hot bath. In the anime it was more ''sexy,'' and he was almost naked.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: With France.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Besides Tony, he's the most foul mouthed character in the entire series, tying only with Romano.
  • Slasher Smile: Does this a lot.
  • The Snark Knight: He can drift into this territory occasionally.
  • Spot of Tea: England has a tea cup in his official art.
  • Stiff Upper Lip: Somehow, being England, he manages to be the ultimate aversion of this.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Australia, Hong Kong, Wy and Sealand share his Big Ol' Eyebrows. Curiously, America, Canada and Seychelles don't.[[note]]The latter three probably have their mixed colonial heritages to thank.
  • Student Council President: In Gakuen Hetalia.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: In public, even.
    America: I say we leave him sleeping, then some of us can get to be right for a change! *laughs*
    England (sleeping): Did you wet your bed again, Ame—
    America: *hits England across the back of the head* Dude, you should not fall asleep in the middle of a meeting.
  • Team Dad: To the Allies (at least he's attempting to) and to many of his colonies.
  • Tsundere: Type A. He occasionally shows a softer side, mostly towards America (but by no means exclusive to him).
  • Tsurime Eyes: Obligatory to a tsundere.
  • Volleying Insults: England does this with France and America a lot.
  • 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.
  • White Magic: His Britannia Angel magic is a little less evil than when he's using his Black Magic. Well, a lot sillier.
  • With Europe But Not Of It: Like the philosophy of the actual country, England prefers to be distant and work alone from the mainland Europe.
  • 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.

Voiced by: Benjamin Kobatsu (Flower of Iris CD), Yasuhiro Takato (JP), Jerry Jewell (EN)

  • 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.)
  • Animals Hate Him: Almost every animal in Russia's surroundings reacts... not so well to him. The only exception is Russicat, his pet cat.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: In one strip, Russia's heart falls out onto the table. Apparently, this is something of a regular occurrence for him.
  • Berserk Button: Don't wrongly accuse him of things, or he'll come after you with his magic staff! note 
  • The Big Guy: Inverts the third; Despite his size, looks nice and cute... and is everything mentioned below.
  • Big Little Brother: To Ukraine.
  • 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.
  • Broken Tears: Suffers an emotional-and mental breakdown during the Bloody Sunday 1905 strip when his own people turn against him.
  • But Not Too White: Very pale, making him look creepier.
  • Character Development: The reason for many fanfic writers to be at odds with his characterization. Let's just say that Russia is at his worst during the Soviet Era strips and at his best in the modern day ones (though he still has his moments).
  • Cleopatra Nose: And it's damn adorable.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: His behavior during "Lithuania's Out-Sourcing" showed shades of this.
  • Cry Cute: Pretty much every time he cries
  • Comedic Sociopathy: His insanity is (almost) always played for laughs.
  • Cute and Psycho: He's nice one moment, then the next...
  • Cute Giant: Towers over everybody, is thick, muscular and strong all over, combines it with a very cute, sweet baby face. Fitting his disposition nicely.
  • Depraved Homosexual / Depraved Bisexual: Nowhere near as depraved as in fanon, but nonetheless invoked and played for laughs.
    America: But Russia, you're the bad guy aren't you? Like, you and Germany used to be buddies 'n stuff and you've got that habit of kissing people on the first meetings too!
    Russia: Hmmm, shall I make your gums bleed a bit, then?
    • Asexuality: And yet, this is also implied when France makes a sexual advance on him. He replies something to the effect of "I'm not bothered, but I'm just never interested in that sort of thing." So, perhaps he just likes messing with people?
  • Despair Event Horizon: He reaches a breaking point in "Bloody Sunday", has a Freak Out.
  • Emoticon: Russia has his own, thanks to a Nico Nico Douga member:
    • ( ^し^ )
    • ( ^J^ ) alternatively
  • Extreme Omnivore: He has eaten arrows and punchlines, and when Japan tried to injure or poison him with spiked food, he noticed...and then just ate it with no effects.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Has a sweet face, is really a Cute and Psycho.
  • 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.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: He's this through necessity for the Allies and fear for the nations as a whole.
  • Gag Nose: See emoticon. You know this is his defining physical trait when his cat has a big nose.
  • Gentle Giant: Zig-zagged. He seems like this on the surface, and is capable of being one, but many occasions show that he's quite cruel.
  • Giggling Villain: When he's amused (often at others' pain) he goes "ufufufu~". (Not "kolkolkolkol")
  • 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 a computer hacker who rivals 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: at one point.
    Child!Russia: [Ukraine]'s a total nutjob!
  • I Am Big Boned: Word for word. Subverted in that he turns out to be right, sort of.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: When he was a child, he just wanted to make friends with the other nations, but they bullied him instead. He even tried befriending a hamster, only for it to reject him too. You can even interpret his later "become one with me" mantra as a twisted Manchild version of this.
  • Improbable Weapon User: His lead-pipe faucet-crowbar thing.
  • Large And In Charge: Of the Soviet Union.
  • Lighter and Softer: Himaruya's latest strips (and specially the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010) amp up his Manchild quirks more than the Psychopathic Manchild ones. He was pretty harmless in the last Christmas/New Years special and got captured pretty easily, and his new profile mentions how he really wants to have more friends. Not to mention, in the April's Fools strips he was among the first to "surrender"...
    • 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...
  • Madness Mantra: His "kolkolkolkol" chant, referring to the "Kolkhoz".
  • 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.
  • Master of Disguise: You'll never know which panda he is.
  • Not So Different: With Poland and America (childish and forceful) and England (isolated from the rest of Europe, lost a massive empire and love their alcohol).
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Most of the nations write him off as a crazy guy but he's much more clever then he presents himself as.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: In one strip, he is hit by a tank and later shows up to a meeting telling he was 'a tiiiny bit busy with something' while covered from the waist down in his own blood.
  • Perpetual Smiler: In a bad way.
  • 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.
  • Pipe Pain: What he uses as an Improbable Weapon User.
  • 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.
    • His voice is also very deep during his Madness Mantra.
    • 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. He's also been shown wearing a cutesy apron that says "Usa-chan" (as in rabbit, not America.)
  • Russian Guy Suffers Most: Inversion and played straight. Those in his surroundings suffer, but also:
    • The "Bloody Sunday" strip. Or the strip about the White Sea Canal. Or the part where he was happy to be imprisoned by the enemy.
    • Even his sisters left him. Belarus returned, although this basically means more suffering.
    • He was bullied horribly as a child and was shown as being very poor and with ratty, ripped clothes in the Russian winter.
    • The Tatar yoke...
  • Scarf of Asskicking: He got his most frequently-worn one from Ukraine.
  • Sedgwick Speech: "I'm Russian, I know everything about snow!" Sadly he knows nothing about parachuting. (He lives, but ow.)
  • Slasher Smile: After smiling calmly, Russia usually pulls this out by the end of a strip he's in. And often combines it with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Stalks China and Lithuania. Whether or not he actually has feelings for them is up to personal interpretation.
  • Super Strength: He's described as superhuman and can carry around a 50kg+ manhole cover like it's nothing. (though he is very muscular, so it might just be plain strength)
  • Team Dad: Sometimes acts like this to his subordinates, especially the Baltics. And especially towards his citizens, as shown with "we don't want children who can't play nice..."
  • Tears of Fear: He can only sob and make futile cries of "Go home!" when Belarus literally tears down his door to demand that they get married.
  • 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."
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Platinum blond (like many anime Russians) and more often than not, a jerkass.
  • White Magic: The Orthodox Church curses Japan. It works.
  • The Worf Effect: During the 2010 Bloodbath, he was one of the first nations taken out and kidnapped. And this is after General Winter was also defeated.
  • Yandere: In spades! But in a (usually) non-romantic way. His method of making and keeping friends is...intense, to say the least.

    France - Francis Bonnefoy 
2010 FIFA uniform
Geez, you guys... aren't there more vital things at hand than arguing? Like doing something with that tasteless uniform.

Voiced by: Ciaou Sasaki (Flower of Iris CD), Masaya Onosaka (JP), J. Michael Tatum (ENG)

  • 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.
  • Agent Peacock: Retains many of his camp qualities even when he's a hyper-badass. Though it does occasionally backfire (such as his flashy uniform that makes him a prime target).
  • Annoying Laugh: In the dub. Oh honhonhonhon~ Just listen!
  • Anything That Moves: He's pansexual and can find "beauty" in just about anyone, or anything.
  • Big Brother Mentor:
    • To N. Italy, albeit more of a Trickster Mentor, taking the place of N. Italy's actual big brother. He's very forgiving and occasionally protective of Italy despite the whole Fascist invasion thing. But he's still a bad influence.
    • He was even England's mentor back in the day, probably one of the reasons why England hates him so much now.
    • 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".
  • Biting the Handkerchief: In episode 10 of the webcast, and another time in season four.
  • 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.)
  • Carpet of Virility: He's actually the only character who has this when naked, to remark on his Lovable Sex Maniac nature.
  • Casanova Wannabe: It looks like he's actually quite successful with humans (especially women). Countries, however...
  • Characterization Marches On: Early strips showed him as 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.
  • 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.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: During Napoleon's reign, enough to even win against Russia and Austria.
  • The Dandy: He admits to being "the dandiest of the dandies."
  • Depraved Bisexual: Dips into this at times. He's probably the most bisexual of the cast (and that says something) and in the earlier strips he would sexually harass...just about everybody.
  • The Determinator: "Like... like Hell I'll die here!" Followed by a Roaring Rampage of Nudity.
  • Dude He's Like Really Sick: He comes close to molesting England while the latter is tired and has a bad cold. America walks in before anything happens, to France's irritation.
    "I found Prague!"
  • Everyone Looks Sexier If French: To the point where it is lampshaded in this comic
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Said to love men, women, and even some non-humans.
  • French Cuisine Is Haughty: France says his cooking is absolutely divine. He's right.
  • French Jerk: Considering the series, how could he not be this?
  • Gratuitous French: Oh, so much in fanworks. Mon cher, anyone?
  • Handsome Lech: After all, Everyone Looks Sexier If French.
  • 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 Joan of Arc and in a story where he interacts with a French soldier.
  • La Résistance: His most tangible contribution to the allies is spying. Or, given his reputation, possibly just freelance voyeurism, who knows?
  • Large Ham: Dramatic to the extreme whenever he has the opportunity.
  • Like Brother and Sister: With Monaco.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: And it's often played for laughs.
  • Macho Camp: Shows off his masculinity with his beard, Carpet of Virility and muscles while being the dandiest of the dandies.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He attempts to be one. Whether it works or not, he has "a little bird" to help him out. Naturally, he leads the way spreading nasty rumors about Germany. At his best, he almost pulled off a Divide and Conquer against the Habsburgs. Divide, but not quite conquer.
    • It's also pointed out early in the series that France often profits from the sidelines during any war or military conflict, even if he's not involved in it.
  • Naked People Are Funny: Some of his antics. And mind you, he isn't content with being the only naked one during those moments. He devotes an entire Christmas special to taking off characters' shirts (and a bit more).
  • Odd Friendship: One of Himaruya's old notes mentioned his alliance with Russia.
  • Out of Focus: He gets noticeably less screen time than the rest of the Allies in the anime. Lampshaded by Prussia at the start of World Series:
    "I'm a main character, not some bit-player like France!"
  • Perma Stubble: When young, he had his face perfectly clean. As he grew up, though, he developed this.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His outfit in the movie.
  • Shotacon:
    • He once gets impure thoughts upon seeing a more grown-up but still not fully "legal" North Italy. And this being France, it soon went into outright sexual harassment.
    • South Italy gets the same treatment in World Series. In the narrators words, "France has a thing for Italian boys."
  • 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.
  • Suck My Rose: He carries one in his official art. Another time, it's used to censor his privates.
  • 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.
  • Team Dad: Wants to be called "big brother" by everyone younger than him (and sometimes even older), breaks up a fight between America and England in his introduction, cares for his colonies and many younger countries in his own special way, and in "Though I may depart, you shall remain", he is happy to see a human man with his child, ultimately implying France would like to become a father, but cannot due to his immortality.
  • 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.
  • Urban Legend Love Life: He's implied to be rather successful with his flirting outside of the nations, such as charming a maid in The Movie.

    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)


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