Classic Characters of this Type
- Britannia - Britain
- John Bull - Britain (or occasionally England, with his sister Lil or Peg representing Scotland and his brother or cousin Jonathan representing the USA)
- Johnny Canuck - Canada
- Rodina or Rodina Mat' or Mother Russia - Russia
- Uncle Sam - USA (representing the American government)
- Brother Jonathan, the earlier representation of the USA, until Uncle Sam replaced him. Sometimes considered to be an earlier version of Uncle Sam.
- Columbia- USA (representing the American state and nation)
- Marianne - France (Which eventually replaced the Gallic rooster as the symbolic embodiment of the country)
- Michel - Germany (see German Peculiarities)
- Germania - Germany (counterpart to Britannia, not normally seen nowadays)
- Bharat Mata ("Mother India") - India (this one's politicized even within India, so handle with care)
- Helvetia - Switzerland
- Hunnia - Hungary
- Cossack Marnay - Ukraine
- Srulik - State of Israel
- Mother Svea - Sweden
- Holger Danske - Denmark (another paladin of Charlemagne)
- Mermaid of Warsaw - Warsaw
Works That Use This Trope:
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Anime and Manga
- Axis Powers Hetalia, as stated above, uses anthropomorphic personifications of various nations across the world as the main characters, using typical stereotypes to create the exaggerated personalities. It's considered by many to be the Trope Codifier.
- The Statue of Liberty represents the democracy of American, which offers the torch of enlightenment to all the "poor and huddled masses" of the world.
- Marianne leads the French people on Eugène Delacroix' painting "Liberty Leading The People".
- Germany and Italy nuzzle together in Friedrich Overbeck's "Italia and Germania".
- An 18.5 metres tall bronze statue of Bavaria overlooks the Theresienwiese in Munich, where the Oktoberfest is held.
- The Niederwalddenkmal near Rüdesheim was erected to commemorate the German unification of 1871. It is topped by a 10.5 metres tall bronze Germania.
- Volgograd has The Motherland Calls atop Mamayev Kurgan. This personification of the nation is the world's tallest statue of a woman (91 metres without the pedestal).
- One of the scariest and most disturbing uses of this trope can be found in the 1991 Soviet\Russian film House Under the Starry Skies. Valentin Komposterov, the antagonist, is heavily implied to be the anthropomorphic representation of the accumulated 70 years of Soviet history and ideology. Unsurprisingly, he shrugs off rifle rounds and procures fantastic weaponry out of Hammer Space, all while alternating between gloating in front of his victims and spewing communist ideology.
- In a nod to the Punch cartoons mentioned below, the frontispiece of Terry Pratchett's Monstrous Regiment is an in-universe political cartoon of Borogravia kicking Zlobenia in the crotch, while Morporkia (the personification of Ankh-Morpork, looking like our world's Britannia) sarcastically looks on.
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Mythology, National Legend
- The personification of Great Britain as Britannia, a stately robed woman in Greek helmet and carrying a trident, symbolic of Britain's association with the sea. She only recently ceased to appear on the currency, something that caused angst to nationalists. Britannia goes back over two thousand years; a kingdom of northern England was called Brigantia, and was corrupted to "Britannia" by the Romans. Its patron Goddess was conflated with Juna, in the way of Roman religion. And persisted.
- Marianne, the national symbol of France, often depicted as a woman with disarrayed robes and Phyrigian cap, storming the Bastille during the revolution. she used to appear on French currency in pre-Euro days but is still on the stamps. Every mairie has a bust of her and periodically the image is refreshed by selecting an actress who is held to embody French beauty. Post-holders have included Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve.
- Not quite nations, but in the Australian sketch comedy show News Free Zone, the "88 Australia Street" segment was about a share house occupied by anthropomorphic embodiments of the Australian states.
- Studio C has two sketches featuring this, "International Relations" and "National Relations: Republicans vs. Democrats".
- Afganisu-tan personifies nations as well, though more in a Moe style with a focus on Central-Asia.
- Scandinavia and the World, which was created by a Danish artist who felt that some of the stereotypes of the Nordic countries in Axis Powers Hetalia didn't match the ones that she was familiar with. Also provides the page image.
- They aren't really that anthropomorphized, but the living countries from angusmcleod's "World War One: Simple Version", "World War Two: Simple Version" and "Cold War: Simple Version" probably count too.
- Not as people but, the Polandball comics follow this trope to a T with the countries being, well, balls.
- The South American Way, which mainly follows the 2010 World Cup, although strips focusing on other topics like American colonization exist. Notable for its crossovers with Scandinavia and the World, which the author cites as the strip's inspiration.
- United Queendom represents the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum using the gay couple Scott (Scotland) and Adrian (England), and, in one episode, 'the Scandinavian Model' (Scandinavia).
- CGP Grey videos depict countries (as well as other political entities like states or territories and NGOs like the International Olympic Committee) as female stick figures starting from "How Many Countries Are There?" Their skirts contain the patterns of their country's flags to identify them, and some countries get other features drawn on as well: the US carries a gun holster, monarchies like the UK wear crowns, Russia or the Soviet Union sometimes wears an ushanka, etc.
- Alternate History Hub uses colored human figures with their flags on their stomach, with some other differences (USA is blue, has Sunglasses and the flag is in the shape of a star, the Soviet Union is red and wears a ushanka, etc.)
- This art book (Link is NSFW due to advertisements and thumbnails in the sidebar) depicts 74 countries as teenage girls, including North Korea.