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...)
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.
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!
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."
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.
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. 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.
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 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!".
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).
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 himcuter.
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.
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.
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 Norway is a known exception. So whenever he starts interacting with them, everyone else assumes he's gone off his rocker.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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...
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.
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. He's also been shown wearing a cutesy apron that says "Usa-chan" (as in rabbit, not America.)
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..."
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."
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).
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".
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.