Axis Powers Hetalia / The Axis

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  • Analogy Backfire: When Italy invents the Axis metaphor ("The world will revolve around a Rome-Berlin Axis"), Germany points out how (literally) astronomically impossible the idea is.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Italy is Beauty, Japan is Brains and Germany is Brawn.
  • Blond Brunette Redhead: Germany, Japan, and Italy, although the personalities hardly match up.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Germany and Italy. If Germany is the Holy Roman Empire.
  • Comic Trio: More often than they'd like. France at one point even compares them to the Three Stooges.
  • One Head Taller: Germany and Italy are often portrayed as this, even though Italy is not exactly one head shorter than Germany, but this usually happens to accentuate the fact that they're supposed to be a couple. In fact, the height difference is more obvious in Germany and Japan's case.
  • Only Sane Man: Germany. Japan is this occasionally to Germany and Italy, especially in anime artwork. And, in one strip, Italy plays the role of the sensible one to Japan and Germany's new dieting habits.
  • Opposites Attract: Germany and Italy.
  • Pinky Swear: Used to symbolize Germany and Italy's Pact of Steel.
  • Power Trio: Germany is Superego (rational), Italy is Id (emotional), Japan is Ego (middle man).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Germany and Italy. Germany and Prussia also count, having blue eyes and red eyes, respectively.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Other Guy: Germany and North Italy. Italy also has these dynamics with his brother South Italy, and Japan.
  • Ship Tease: Germany/Italy is one of the most heavily hinted at pairings in the series, second only to Hungary/Austria in implied official-ness. However, the series has no confirmed Official Couples yet.
  • Shirtless Scene: Germany and Italy have a few. Usually together. To Japan's embarrassment
  • True Companions: The Axis Powers are somewhat shown as this. At one point, N. Italy has a bad dream that the others will get tired of him and leave him behind.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Germany and Italy.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Germany and Italy at the end of the unfinished Buon San Valentino.

The Axis Of Evil

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    North Italy (Italy Veneziano) - Feliciano Vargas
Mmm... Let's see, let's see... I'll start with de-li-cious pasta.. and then, then I'd like olive oil, and wine, and then, and then, a real pretty girl, riiight here...

Voiced by: Shounosuke Hitachi (Flower of Iris CD), Daisuke Namikawa (JP), Aki Kanada (JP-Chibitalia), Todd Haberkorn (EN), Brina Palencia (EN-Chibitalia)

    Germany - Ludwig
Right, Germany will do something. Why don't you do something?

Voiced by: Yuu Ishibashi (Flower of Iris CD), Hiroki Yasumoto (JP), Patrick Seitz (EN)

  • All Germans Are Nazis: Averted. Germany himself doesn't really agree with his 'boss' 's decisions and he considers him quite crazy. Though there are some jokes, especially in the dub:
    Germany: (to Italy) Are you vanting me to gas you?!
    • And also:
      Romano: Hey there, Hasselhoff! I've got a little surprise for you!
      Germany: Great. What is it? Another Jew? (it's even censored in a youtube video.)
    • There is a parody in which Germany acts like this. Many comments are about how 'Germany's Nazi is showing'.
  • Badass: Almost all the time.
  • Bi the Way: Him. North Italy. Holy Roman Empire and Chibitalia, if you subscribe to the "Germany = grown-up, amnesiac HRE" theory.
  • Big Little Brother: You'd think that the way he acts around Prussia (as well as their height difference), it's as if he's the big brother.
  • Brains and Bondage: See below.
  • Covert Pervert:
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Germany shouts almost constantly at anyone who is being difficult, unorganized or a layabout (usually Italy).
  • Elegant Classical Musician: The official calendar pictures him with a cello.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The responsible sibling to his foolish sibling Prussia. At least in current times.
  • Germanic Depressives: Of course.
  • Germanic Efficiency: Naturally
  • Good Hair, Evil Hair: Averted. He has slicked-back hair, a common hairstyle for villains, but he's depicted as a sympathetic Only Sane Man.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: Subverted. He's shown wearing blue boxers with a patch sewn by Austria.
  • Hawaiian-Shirted Tourist: When taking a trip to Hawaii, getting a weird look from a Hawaiian.
  • Hunk: Tall, extremely muscled, and manly.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: He has pale blue eyes and a stoic personality to match.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: It has been hinted that he really is the missing Holy Roman Empire, only grown up and without any recollection of his childhood. That comes across in the Valentine's strip, which ends with Germany possibly starting to recover his memories.
    • This theory is under debate now that the birth of Germany has specifically revealed He had a body before he ever became Germany, which was formed by the unification of many Germanic countries who agreed with Prussia's suggestion to fuse into one new nation. This explains why the brand new Germany was older than the young countries we've seen.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: to Italy, who gets depressed at the very SUGGESTION that Germany dislikes him.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Well...yeah, but WWII Germany in particular fits this trope. He's seen reacting with open shock and disgust at some of the orders he's given (like taking Austria away by force in the "Anschluss", despite Hungary and Italy's pleas), yet he can't do anything but obey.
  • Neat Freak: One strip has Italy cooking and Germany cleaning up his mess right next to him.
  • Only One Name: Unlike the other characters, only his first name was ever given. According to Word of God, we allegedly will find out why...someday. Fans generally give him the same last name as his brother Prussia if one is required.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise:
    • Germany, reenacting a story about a spy, only wears glasses as a disguise. However, France only recognizes him after noticing Germany's table manners.
    • He tries to pass as an American by smiling and talking about hamburgers. To Prussia's amusement, it works.
  • Perpetual Frowner: While he has smiled on a few occasions, his default expression is serious.
  • Please Put Some Clothes On: Germany often says this to Italy.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Germany enjoys baking cakes. His image song "Ich liebe..." even lampshades this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: With Italy. With Prussia, too. They even have red eyes and blue eyes, respectively.
  • Say My Name: ITALIAAAAAAA!!!!
  • Serious Business: "Whether it be games or cleaning, it's Serious Business to me!"
  • Shirtless Scene: Many fangirls were rejoiced when Episode 20 of The Beautiful World gave them this.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: With Prussia.
  • Squee!: Goes into full fanboy mode when Italy gets Japan to talk about Ninja, since so many of them inexplicably show up in German films. Well, as much as Germany can at any rate.
  • Super Strength: Germany's grip is strong enough to break a metal spoon in half.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: If you ask South Italy or France, he's a "potato freak", but he doesn't eat them often. When France spots him undercover, it's the way he's eating that gives him away. He also has wursts and beer.
  • Tsundere: Himaruya actually calls Germany one in the notes. It's hard to tell his exact type given his usually staid demeanor. He's usually a 'take no guff' guy around everybody, but you can just tell he's making exceptions for Italy, and to drive the point further, the Valentine's strip had Germany pretty much the whole time in full-blown deredere mode.
  • Tsurime Eyes: His eyes are much smaller and more squinted than Italy's.
  • The Unsmile: He tries to smile and be friendly like the locals when visiting Italy. It ends up scaring the hell out of them.
  • Warrior Poet: Often shown reading in his downtime. Familiar with Goethe.
  • Younger Than He Looks: He looks older than Japan, when in fact he is actually younger than Italy, making him the youngest of the Axis.

    Japan - Kiku Honda
Commander! I, like a true Japanese man will say "I'll consider it" or "perhaps next time" or "we'll use discretion" and be as vague as possible! By all of which I mean "no", sir!

Voiced by: Yanagi (Flower of Iris CD), Hiroki Takahashi (JP), Christopher Bevins (EN)