Axis Powers Hetalia: Western Europe

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Western Europe

  • Flower Motifs: Himaruya and the fandom tend to use tulips and poppies for Netherlands and Belgium. Their tag on Pixiv is even called "Tulip Siblings."
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Netherlands and Belgium also seem to fit these roles.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Netherlands and Belgium: Belgium is all smiles when Netherlands shows up in Spain's home, but he's all growls instead. Double in the anime, which adds the contrast between Belgium's cheery and somewhat high-pitched voice and Netherlands's much deeper tone. Also, according to Vol 3 notes:
    "Both seem to have had completely different personalities but their roots suggested they had dexterous hands skillful in diplomacy."
  • Team Mom: Belgium sometimes plays this in fanworks and seems to have shades of this in the Drama CD.

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    Belgium 
I'm sorry for teasing you, I'll give you some tarte au matons from my place!

Voiced by: Eriko Nakamura (JP), Amanda Doskocil (EN)


    The Netherlands 
Stop being a nuisance. Hurry and gimme snacks, tea, and Japan.

Voiced by: Nobuya Mine (JP), Arisa Nishiguchi (JP, as a child), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN)


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Gets the same bright yellow hair as most other Europeans in the World Series anime. Season 5 has his hair changed back to being light blond.
  • Aloof Big Brother: To Belgium and Luxembourg, but they don't seem to mind.
  • Anime Hair: As far as this series goes, his spiky hair stands out as one of the odder hairstyles. Justified Trope, as in Real Life that hairstyle is rather common in the Netherlands.
  • Badass Longcoat: With his military uniform.
  • Battle Aura: He seems to gain one while doing business. Or around Spain.
  • The Big Guy: Arguably the tallest nation after Russia and Sweden. Truth in Television, since the Dutch are some of the tallest people in the world.
  • Death Glare: Often sends out one of these.
  • Ephebophile - Lolicon: Is said to be this by Finland in the Christmas 2007 stripnote 
    Finland: And he likes young women (too young?) and also thinks some shady drugs are okay, so he's kind of a punk in that way.
  • The Faceless: He was like this for many years, until the 2010 World Cup.
  • Icy Green Eyes: His eyes are a duality of his aloofness and strict frugality, and his more sensitive hobby of gardening. Especially the horticulture of tulips.
  • Hair Color Dissonance: His hair color in the manga seems to shift between appearing as a pale sandy blond to a darker, dirty blond or light brown shade. Himaruya's official color chart shows that he's supposed to have the same golden blond shade as his sister, though her hair color is also subject to variation.
  • The Lancer: To Spain
  • Letting His Hair Down: In some sketches.
  • Neat Freak: His profile describes him as one, and it's confirmed in the fourth manga volume where Poland and Lithuania comment on how tidy his house is and Netherlands responds that he tidies it every day and then forbids Poland from using his kitchen because he fears that he will make it dirty.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Owns a pet rabbit.
  • Non-Idle Rich: You can bet that any strip that centers around the Netherlands is going to be about him trying to make (or avoiding to spend) money.
  • OC Stand-in: For a period of time, fans had his FIFA sketch to base his appearance on but very little to base his actual personality on, and he was most commonly depicted in fanworks as a boisterous, easygoing, not-too-bright, pot-smoking guy - in other words, a pot-smoking version of Denmark. Even after he was shown in canon to be more of a blunt, no-nonsense, somewhat stoic and unsmiling guy, the Denmark-like fanon portrayal for him lingered on for some time in fanfic.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He always seems to have a scowl or disinterested expression on his face, especially when contrasted with his sister Belgium who's always smiling and cheerful.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Netherlands is a very tall and gruff guy who just so happens to enjoy tulips and gardening, romantic poetry, owns a pet rabbit, and seems to like sweets.
  • Rags to Riches: He's seen as a rather poor and struggling teenaged nation (while his younger sister Belgium is a Child Prodigy businesswoman), then he's seen as kinda more affluent but under Spain's wing (that he's not too happy about), and later he has become quite the overseas empire... and a stoic, penny-pinching Non-Idle Rich.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: The Netherlands has a nice black, blue and white one.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has one on his forehead, inflicted on him by Spain during one of their wars.
  • Self-Made Man: Like Switzerland, he got to the top on his own, and his miserliness.
  • Smoking Is Cool: The Netherlands loves smoking, and does it in a stylish pipe.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: When his hair is down his bangs look almost identical to Belgium's. This is even more prominent when you compare his un-styled hair to Belgium's Nyotalia counterpart.
  • The Stoic: He has yet to be seen without that expression as an adult.
  • Tsundere: He is described as a Type A. Might have been confirmed in canon, as Netherlands speaks and acts very roughly but is still willing to keep contact with isolationist!Japan, putting up with his Hikiko Mori quirks rather patiently and bringing his pet bunny around. In fandom with Spain, this is his main characteristic.
  • Tsurime Eyes: Quite pronounced and sharp ones, fitting a stoic like him.

    Luxembourg 
Sorry Pelutze, I haven't been able to pay any attention to you lately...