Fan Fic: All He Ever Wanted
N. Italy: At least the Fascists have parties too. Hey! That was a really nice joke, fratello!
S. Italy: It's really not a joke.
N. Italy: No, no. It's a joke because they're the Fascist party and they're having a parade. It's surreal.
S. Italy: Surrealism isn't a joke either.
Considering that webcomic and anime Axis Powers Hetalia
requires Politically Correct History
in order to keep the series as lighthearted
and satirical as it is, the fandom's come up with some downright disturbing
things in the way of Fan Fic
.All He Ever Wanted
takes the premise and conceit of Axis Powers Hetalia
(namely, personifying the Nations of the world
) and uses it to explore the events
of an Alternate History
where England kept its 50-year alliance to Japan and joined the Axis Powers (which is not that farfetched a historical possibility). All He Ever Wanted
follows the Nations through a prolonged World War II
and the often-painful choices that this time of conflict forces them to make. Where Hetalia itself would Hand Wave
the darker parts of a Nation's history for the sake of the story that's being told, All He Ever Wanted
approaches them head-on, and has the characters do the same. However, your mileage WILL vary in regards of how well-done it is or not. And this is all that should be said about it in the main page
The AHEWniverse project is ongoing, and as such this page contains only tropes that have already been exhibited in the stories. Please keep it spoiler-free!
This Fan Fic provides examples of:
- Author Avatar: Austria, apparently. A mostly Catholic (and formerly VERY antisemitic) country has a Jewish nation-tan, despite his Idiot Hair even representing a Marian pilgrimage site in Hetalia canon? And one of the authors is Jewish? Hmmm...
- Author Tract: This fic is essentially the author's soapbox for complaining about what he sees as the Hetalia fandom's tendency to trivialize the atrocities of the Axis Powers in general Nazi Germany in particular during World War II.
- Big Brother Is Watching: In Communist America, movies watch you.
- Bilingual Bonus: Try decilingual bonus.
- Also, though the installments are written mostly in American English, the characters' voices follow anglicized grammatical structure of their own languages. Japan uses no contractions, Russia uses short sentences but long paragraphs, France always inflects upward, etc.
- When Austria tells Messaien what he is, Messaien thinks he means to say that he is Austrian and says "Your French needs work." Austria clarifies: "No, I am the State".
- Bittersweet Ending: Romano, aka. South Italy leaves his brother, with the implication that there will eventually be fragmentation and an Italian civil war. However, in doing so he "attains" Spain's respect and love.
- Came Back Wrong: Word of God says four characters will die. Three already have, and the authors have left tracks stating that they, being Nations, are not gone for good. Greece has already been reincarnated, and Switzerland is a poltergeist. But as for France, well...
- Chickification: Pulled on Hungary, a fearless Action Girl in canon... whom Prussia easily captures, then brutally tortures and rapes to "teach a lesson" to her beloved ex-husband Austria, whom Prussia is holding hostage..
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Fascists wear greyscale, the communists and socialists wear blood and gold.It is implied that civilian Nations wear colors, mostly those not associated with either side; when Austria is let out of his glass box, he wears first a red, then a blue scarf.
- Also, the Fascists wear gloves.
- Dead Guy Junior: After Italy kills the Greece we know, the new personification of the country shows up in the form of a little girl.
- "Heathen! Traitor! Loser! ...Are you my mommy?"
- Distressed Dude: Austria is imprisoned for most of the continuity, both because of the Austrian Anschluss and his ethnicity.
- Drink Order: Italy drinks all the colors of the world!
- Driven to Suicide: At some point around the time England went mad, hundreds of citizens of the Empire and Commonwealth engaged in mass suicides, many hurling themselves off the White Cliffs of Dover. Those who couldn't get to the British Isles did the same thing in Calcutta. By 1949, several thousand have killed themselves.
- Famous Last Words
- "Are you sure I cannot have a cigarette?"
- "Then kill me, Italy, kill me like your grandfather killed my mother—"
- "Oh. Red."
- Faux Action Girl: Hungary. She's supposed to be competent like she is in canon, but her main role is to get captured, tortured, and raped by Prussia to "teach Austria a lesson".
- For Want of a Nail: That was one very special relationship.
For want of Japan, poor France was lost;
For want of poor France, America was lost;
For want of America, his mind was lost;
For want of his mind, the Empire was lost;
For want of the Empire, the war was won,
Though not by the Nation who started it all.
- Genre Savvy: Austria knows just what kind of story this is. (That's how he wrangles a happy ending.)
- Good People Have Good Sex: Subverted for America. In fact, this seems to be a running thing with the sexual relationships in AHEW. Prussia's among the worst of the lot and enjoys himself immensely, specially through raping the few AHEW-important women; England and Japan are happily malevolent together through the entire first half of the chronology, so much that France complains about how much time England spends having sex; and, well, the Drunken Fascist Orgy.
- Grey and Gray Morality: Neither the Fascists nor the Communists are immune from atrocities, but neither is presented as completely monstrous. May be Black and Gray Morality if you give the Communists the benefit of the doubt.
- Holy Roman Empire: The WHRR is an attempt at renewing this through the unification of the European continent.
- I Have Your Wife: Prussia uses Austria to force Hungary to collaborate. And by "force", we mean he kidnaps, rapes and tortures her in front of Austria.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Fratelli d'Italia in "All The Rest Have Thirty One", Vesti la giubba in "Put on the Costume", "The Sun Whose Rays Are All Ablaze," and pretty much the entirety of "FULL STOP", or whenever England sings at all.
- Mad Oracle: In the second half of the continuity England is either this or a Talkative Loon. The one thing that stands in the way of his being purely a Mad Oracle is that he can't see the future; he can see the story, because he can see all stories right now, and all of them are true.
- The Rashomon: So what happened during the German-Russian conflict on the (former) Polish border (or was it?) in September 1939? "The Left Hand Doesn't Know" and "What The Right Hand Is Doing" give us about four different accounts, and by the end of "What The Right Hand Is Doing," Russia still hasn't figured out what went on, or even what the Party line about what went on should be. Germany gives the situation as much resolution as it's going to get when he declares war on Russia, though.
- Scarpia Ultimatum: Prussia forcibly brings Hungary to the captured Austria's cell and violently rapes her saying that it's for Austria's "benefit".
- Shout-Out: All over the place.
- "Excepting February" is written in homage to House of Leaves, with Switzerland's house getting walled in.
- In England's arc in particular, there are excessive references to his literature and culture: "Lavender's Green" is a particularly long string of references.
- During "The Seventh Door", Prussia and Hungary only speak in the rhythm of Bela Bartok's Duke Bluebeard's Castle: "Judith, tell me, will you follow?" "I will follow, Kekzakallu." The title of the installment also comes from that opera.
- "City of Light" follows and uses Dreyer's Joan of Arc as a focal reference.
- Of all things, Japan unconsciously references Bugs Bunny in "It is my Very Humane Endeavor": "He believes he is hunting rabbits, so please be quiet." Australia attempts to point out what he just said, but Japan doesn't quite get it.
- Count the references to Jewish culture in "Fly, Thought, on Wings of Gold", very few of which are made explicit. Also, the word Jew is almost never actually used.
- The entire fic "Inherit the Earth" is a dark-mirror remix of the popular canonverse Hetalia fic Kingdom of Heaven.
- Theme Naming: Not the characters, but the installments.
- Every fic that has to do with the death of a Nation takes its title from the poem, Thirty Days Hath September.
- The fics that deal with Central Europe, particularly the German nations, take their titles from famous opera excerpts.
- If a fic is part of a companion set, their titles will be directly related, such has "The Left Hand Doesn't Know" followed by "What the Right Hand is Doing".
- Unreliable Narrator: All of them. Seriously. The Nations don't always believe their own recounting of events.