Tear Jerker: Axis Powers Hetalia
It's usually a silly (and potentially offensive
) series poking fun at National Stereotypes
, but occasionally (if not almost as frequently), Axis Powers Hetalia
offers its share of tear jerkers.
- The Chibitalia chapter ends with the Holy Roman Empire (rumored to be a younger Germany) leaving Chibitalia aka Italy, kissing him and saying that he's "loved Italy since the 900s and will keep loving him no matter how many hundreds of years pass." If you're familiar with European history, you can guess how well that ends. If the HRE=Germany theory is true, they meet again as adults, but of course Germany has forgotten all about it by now. He may have started to recover his memories in the Valentines Special, but it's not clear.
- Rather small in comparison to the Tear Jerker the entire chapter was more or less built around, but the look on Austria's face when he acknowledges that the Holy Roman Empire has left - especially when compared to his earlier (rather harsh) portrayal.
- The fact that the until-then always happy Hungary is just standing by his door, looking sadly at him and whispering "... Mr. Austria...", really doesn't help.
- Also the "Cleaning Out the Storage" chapter, when America remembers how England helped raise him... only to nearly kill the rebellious America during The American Revolution and break down in tears when he can't bring himself to do so. ("You used to be... so big...".)
- The Drama CD made it even worse. One phrase: "For all you've done for me, England... Thank you." Until then, I was "meh" on Katsuyuki Konishi's voice acting, but that CD drama is what sold me in.
- The Drama CD most definitely made it worse. After England sinks to the ground, he says "Why did you do this, damn it... I thought we would always be together" The confrontation is also more heartbreaking.
- YMMV, of course, but this troper found the dubbed version of that scene in the anime heartbreaking as well. Especially England's "There's no way I can shoot you. I can't. ... Why? Damn it, why! It's not fair!"
- This troper thought the original with "great", instead of "big", was worse because it meant that England was great because he was his own country, but that he has independce that they're both as vurnerable as opposed to him being as big.
- "England and Japanese Folklore" ends on a slightly somber note that bemoans the loss of Japanese traditions.
- Despite its brevity, Make A British Food was rather sad with America reminiscing about England and his (bad) food.
- Russia's Start of Darkness. "Hey, Lithuania... We don't want children who can't play nice, right?"
- Russia. Bloody Sunday Massacre 1905. Enough said.
- Lithuania's dream(s). And Russia's reaction. FULL STOP.
- "There's a side of Lithuania... I don't know". SEVERE Mood Whiplash there, since that part was Played for Laughs until Lithuania gets into a a bath tub and we see his scar-crossed back..
- For this troper, what made that strip so heart breaking is that it was Lithuania. He's one of the most kind and gentle characters in Hetalia. Before that we know he's suffered a lot by the hands of Russia but I couldn't imagine that the abuse was THAT severe given that this is Hetalia we're talking about.
- Given that the series is a comedy, Lithuania sections all have some aspect of this trope, even when Played for Laughs.
- Much milder than the other examples here, but Korea's reaction to seeing what his adored older brother China really thinks of him with the super-powered binoculars. "These are broken... so Korea didn't make them..."
- The manga version of how Switzerland found Liechtenstein and barely rescued her from Dying Alone was pretty sad. The animated rendition made it simply heartbreaking. Having poor little Liech slump against a wall in the rain and lose almost all hope of survival, wondering what would happen to her and how she wished she was a country "just a little bit longer..." * SOB*
- Oh, yes. I cry every time I watch that scene and that's saying something. What did it for me is the dramatic music that starts playing when she falls down against the wall and closes her eyes... something about it is very powerful.
- This. I can't watch that scene without getting tears in my eyes.
- When you add the potential Alternative Character Interpretation brought about by the fact that Liechtenstein was looked after by Austria-Hungary until World War I forced them to abandon her, it only makes it all the more painful to watch.
- America's face in the last panel here just does is for this troper. It projects how, even though America bugs England constantly, when he sees that England is happier around his, ahem, 'imaginary friends' than America, America's a little heart broken.
- I thought he was upset because he thought England had suddenly lost his mind? Since no one else can see England's imaginary fairy friends.
- This Troper cannot possibly be the only one that didn't feel like bawling after hearing China's second character song "Aiyah, 4000 Years". She doesn't even understand Japanese, but the slow and frankly beautiful part close to the end (3:30 in the full version) was enough to bring her to tears.
- Oh, absolutely YES. That song was just so beautiful and heartbreaking. Some of the character songs don't really help to understand the characters that much, but that one did. (And the China/Japan shippers must have been happy about it...)
- And if you do understand Japanese, or if you read the translations, then you know that the lyrics aren't that joyful, either. It's about China and Japan's growing relationship and what finished it for both of them- Japan's betrayal. Even though Japan's betrayal was cut out of the anime.
"No matter if our countries, languages, or personalities are different...I will always love you..."
- And how did we get this far without mentioning THIS strip?? You know, China and Japan's main story! How can the last half of this, from the moon gazing to the betrayal to the bar scene, not make you tear up? Of course Russia ruined the sad moment, but still! China had already had a long and painful history to go through, but it's implied that what Japan did is what broke him in the end.
"I want my Japan back."
- This is horrifying if you consider what happened between the two countries in WW2, and that China is shown to clearly love Japan before the betrayal. Even after it happens he wants them to go back to how they used to be.
- While we're talking about character songs, Germany's "Einsamkeit" always got to this troper, and even more so when she found the translation.
- Oh God, "Einsamkeit"! Poor Germany is both Not So Stoic and Moe. There's even one line where he says, 'because you are here, I can be myself'. Tell me that's not about his relationship with Italy. Also makes me want to give Germany a great big hug, hearing him be so emotional about his stoic-ness.
- The Prussia and Germany mix of this song had me in tears. The lyrics are time perfectly to characters and it's really just...well, see for yourself.
- This troper found this strip about Prussia saddening it tells something different about him.
- And if you think about it the end of Prussia which is portrayed well in this video, but Hidekaz Himaruya made it better in the strips, as he's alive, but he just lost his status.
- Did anyone else start feeling bad for Romano and just want to give him a hug while telling him it'll be alright after reading this strip◊? Especially with that face he made as he watches his brother draw?
- For this Troper, Belarus. She's madly- blindly- in love with her brother, and, creepy though it is, you just have to feel sorry for her because it's completely unreturned. He has NEVER shown any affection towards her, and, to This Troper, at least, it's completely heartbreaking.
- This troper feels that way about her too, but for different reasons. She's a popular character to ship for heterosexual pairs in the fandom, but keep this in mind- she's so blindly in love with her brother and so batshit that she'll likely never form a healthy relationship. You know, with someone else who could probably return her feelings. Instead she lets her love for her brother totally consume her and you can just feel her slowly spiraling to a point where there's not much left for her. Even though she's criticized for being a bit of a Flat Character, deconstructing her Yandere tendencies is so easy and it hurts.
- Adding to this is Lithuania's love for her. He's so unconditionally in love with her, and he could be the person she needs to return her affections tenfold. And yet, she's so obsessed with her brother, she would never give him a chance. So in the end they both suffer, and she doesn't even realize it. To me, this makes my heart break for both.
- Russia's relationships with his family. He really does care for Belarus as a sister, he just gets scared whenever she starts being yandere at him and tries to get him to marry her.
- Holy Roman Empire's "Marukaite Chikyuu", this Troper's eyes always water up at the last verses.
- This troper nearly started crying at the transition from Chibitalia's to HRE's "Marukaite Chikyuu" in the "Marukaite Chikyuu Nonstop-Version", since HRE's part starts with him saying "I love you".
- I'm not sure if everyone is with me on this, but This Troper was moved to tears by "Makka Na Ito", a song detailing the separation of Holy Roman Empire and Chibitalia. It's especially heartbreaking when it talks about how they will always love each other no matter what because their hearts are connected with a red thread, even when the song talks about said connection being broken because of the war and HRE's supposed death. I think I need a minute...
- What really gets this troper is the scene where Germany asks Italy if he's had a first love here and Italy answers 'It was another boy, though' (implying Holy Roman Empire).
- Even though France is a lech, a liar and an all around bastard at times, he has his moment to be pitied. At the end of the first volume, there is a sketch of a much younger France with a girl with short hair and wearing armor. And she tells him, "I'm fighting for you, you know!" Yeah, she's Joan of Arc. We know how that ended. To think of France, hedonistic and arrogant, startled and then drawn to this one girl, only to lose her- it makes you feel for him at least a little, right?
- That's not counting the French Revolution, the Terror...on second thought, those pretty much explain (along with Jeanne's death) why France became the way he is.
- It's somehow worse when you realise that England was the one who killed her. Yeah, it's not like they hate each other for no reason.
- Actually, Joan/Jeanne was executed by the French. Yeah. This troper's headcanon is that France's bosses spread the lie that it was England so that France wouldn't be torn apart by guilt - he genuinely doesn't know that he killed her. Then again, if this was why France hates England... OH GOD. Oh god. Oh, god... pauvre, pauvre France...
- For that matter, England himself hasn't gotten it easy either. In Europe, he's ruthlessly picked on by his brothers and has little to no friends. Then he finds America and is genuinely happy for once. Only for The American Revolution to happen and break his heart.
- When you think about it, the reason England has a crush on America is probably because America was really the first person to show him any sort of affection. Then America got angry over England's parenting style (and while it wasn't the best, it's pretty plain that England did the best he could) and had a war with him. Not to mention that nowadays America shoots England down hard whenever he momentarily cools down and tries to be friendly.
- Let's not completely demonize America, though. The beginning of "Cleaning Up the Storage" and his words in the flashback when England breaks down shows that, even if he doesn't show it, he does love and care for England in his own way, and he's kept every single memento of their relationship (whatever you want to call it). The toy soldiers England made him, the suit he brought him, the weapons they pointed at each other... and at the last one, America himself (who had acted rather normal, if a little sentimental) almost cries. Both sides have suffered, and War Is Hell.
- If you read the side notes in The Battle for America, it states that England granted America much more freedom than there was in England at that time. And tax was the main reason America wanted independence, but what he probably didn't know was that at that time, the tax in England was actually much heavier than it was in the colonies. So it was pretty obvious England cared for America's happiness a great deal.
- And while we haven't actually seen much of England's siblings, they're likely nowhere near as mean as some fans would believe, and are hints they really do love their brother.
- This troper cannot stand the strip where Russia is asking for advice from France's radio show given Russia's enormous desire of making friends. Specially when every time the subject is wring up he mentions that his bosses advice him to use force and his constant failures at it (specially with the Italy Brothers) are just heartbreaking.
- Even thought the movie was mostly hilarious, this troper teared up many times. Especially on the part where each country is shown beholding their ruined monuments. America staring at Lady Liberty, England with Big Ben, France with l'Arc de Triomphe.)
- It's possibly made even worse by the fact that for once Russia isn't smiling!
- Oh, the movie can get downright painful. How about the very end, where the countries, save Italy, are finally overwhelmed by the Pict and in the process of transforming into Pict themselves. With the last of his strength, Germany tells a horrified Italy to "smile." *Sniff*.
- The look on England's face when Sealand is overtaken and his bewildered sounding reaction: "But... I told him not to go" is another moment. Made worse by the fact that until then he had been acting in his typical brusque manner with his brother.
- The moments after the characters crash into the ocean after falling from the mothership always gets to this troper. It looks like Germany was the only one to survive, and it shows him staggering across the island, obviously injured and barely conscious, trying to stoic his way through.
"I will not… ask for water!… ach, I wish I had a beer to wet my throat… I will not ask for food! …if only… I had some… wurst…" *collapses*
- Though it's still unfinished, Austria and Hungary's relationship is bound to become this, especially once history is considered. Their "falling out" in 1848 to be followed by a reconciliation that leads to them finally getting officially married (1867 Compromise)...only for World War I to end it.
- There's also Prussia's loneliness and somewhat one-sided affection towards Hungary. Hell, the Frying Pangle pairings have moments even in history showing this trope.
- The whole Valentines day Issue. Germany being happy for once and actually proposing to Italy. With a custom 'tomato'shaped ring no less Since Italy is such a ditz he doesn't really understand what's going on. Germany also stays up all night reading relationship books for advice. Seeing such a stoic trying to understand all his conflicting emotions, sniff. That issue is just full of Germany being a woobie.
- It looks as if whenever a strip is about France and his relationship with his citizens is a mix of this and Heartwarming Moments:
I showed you an album as you were younger, right? The picture is small but it's without a doubt the same face as fifty years before. Isn't it cruel, how short the life we humans lead really is. Being forever young, for him it surely feels like living in eternity. We who are trying so hard to live look stupid compared to that. If I only could have stayed young forever, wouldn't it be wonderful.
Don't you think...
Are you sure you want that? It means to go on with your life and spend time with a different tempo than everybody else Even though we would laugh together, even though we would lead the same life. Had children that would grow up. Even when my hand would grow all wrinkled and I wouldn't respond to your voice. Even when I would die.
And after I wouldn't be here anymore, you would watch over so many people. Something like that, a normal human being would never withstand. No matter how many people you would fall in love with, they would always leave you behind. And like that, you would be always alone. If you would have to bare such fate, it would be so cruel, I couldn't stand it! To live forever isn't such a good thing after all.
- Read that strip. Then read Volume 4. Cry harder.
- With that in mind, the existence of the personified nations themselves is a doomed one. It says something about the strength of mentality of the characters (or lack thereof...see Russia) to watch and apparently feel their people and the state of the country through the ages and events.
- There's nothing overtly sad about "Ren Ren Renaissance"; it's just a bouncy, syrupy sweet duet between Grandpa Rome and Chibitalia about how much they love each other. And then you remember what happened to Rome...
- And the fact that Grandpa Rome has a second grandson, who carries a inferiority complex literally the size of a country. Or at least half of it.
- Poland is shown to have had a very rough time over the past few centuries: His once mighty Commonwealth gone. The land split between Russia, Prussia and Austria...then watching Russia take Lithuania away from him. And that's not even getting to what happens to him in World War II. Really, there's a good reason why he keeps "rising like a phoenix."
- And then there was the strip in the manga where both England and France continuously try to get Poland to take their side in WWII, but he keeps bringing up stupid stuff like painting his house pink and buying a pony. So after realizing they'll never get through to him, France and England finally agree for the first time on something and give up, with a very sad resigned sigh even eyes tightly shut with tears, they say, Goodbye Poland! As we all know, their concerns were valid...
- Also how loyal Lithuania still is to him and tries to warn Poland of Russia's plans for invasion even at great personal risk despite mostly being used by Poland all those years ago and not even sticking up for him when Russia carried him off. But although Poland might be pretty...well no, VERY dense... Lithuania has another flashback about Poland where he says, "It totally doesn't change that I like you...even if you like, hate me and dreams of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Flag. Finally, Lithuania realizes protecting his friend from Russia is worth it.
- In the manga, Spain captures North Italy from Austria and prepares to fight a duel with him with his intimidating battle axe. Austria tries to dissuade him, "Never thought I'd face you on a battlefield, so be kind and give Italy back." It's especially saddening for Austria seeing as how all his former friends and now even his former "husband" turned against him (they were married under the House of Hapsburg). But Spain refuses saying that now he has a French king so France is kind of his boss now and that since everyone's turning against Austria, he doesn't think Austria is capable of taking care of Italy anymore. Plus, he wants to reunite the brothers since he already has South Italy. Soon, North Italy begs his "Big Brother" Spain not to attack Austria and to untie him. Spain then imagines a happy life together with the two Italies, 'When this is over, you can be with me forever! We'll be together day and night...Oh, it'll be heaven!" But as soon as North Italy's untied, he goes running to an equally confused Austria. And cue Spain's Heroic BSOD. Fortunately though...he snaps out of it, smiles, and decides to let Italy go back with Austria wishing them a happy life together. And the most heartwrenching of all is the last panel when Austria and Italy are looking at the night sky and they remember Spain and Austria thinks, "Took me three days to forget that joyous face of yours..." right until "Nice Bananas" and in the epilogue we see Spain back home with South Italy crying.
- The fact that although England and America's relationship are brought up as are: Japan and China's, Lithuania and Poland's, Poland and Germany's, Russia and Lithuania's, but...even in the darker manga we never hear of Spain's relationship to Latin America and in fact the only one who's ever seen is Cuba and even then he only interacts with America (in hatred) and Canada (in friendship). And yet we see such countries as Australia, Hong Kong, Camaroon, India, the Sychelles, and even freaking SEALAND... but no Latin America. One must wonder why the author chose to leave out Latin America...even as far as avoiding any mention of what happened there. (Spain's dominance as one of the strongest countries was by default equally glossed over inexplicably) This problem was lampshaded twice in the Hetalia Bloodbath 2011 first, when the Sychelles (I think) seems to forget what part of the world Cuba is from and says, "We show a lot of cleavage in the West and Africa, but they don't really wear open-chested clothes in Asia. Huh, Mr. Cuba? Huh?" To which Cuba smiles uncharacteriscally and responds, "Why are you asking me this?" The second time...goes like this: (and no, Cuba doesn't call Spain "dad" or even "big brother" and they never bring up Cuba's missing siblings)
Cuba: Just lay off the ridiculous questions, alright?
Germany: (peeking cautiously through one eye) It's ok to just answer as much as you want to answer. Ahem! Your question is: "What would happen if Cuba and Spain talked to each other?"
Cuba: Aw, is that all? Hey, Spain!
Spain: Hm? What's up?
Cuba: We gotta question that says what would happen if you and I talk?
Spain: Really? I just gotta talk to you right, Cuba? (A little later)
- Davie. Who knew something consisting of only two words and Pictorial Speech Bubbles could be so heartbreaking?
- "Nations can get very busy with diplomatic talks, fights and being commanded around by their bosses, and so it can be very hard for them to get close to anybody outside of the battlefield or politics." This was always a topic that was hinted at but never truly shown... until now. The fact that they used chibi! America to demonstrate makes it worse.
- "Private Concert", which may be one of Hetalia's few Wham Episodes. Prussia plays the flute for Germany at random, which Germany admits is actually pretty good. Prussia then insists on Germany playing it with him, which Germany doesn't think he can do. Then he notices that a dog had bitten Prussia's hand. He scolds the dog and assures Prussia that it'll just heal itself...but then the dog thinks the following to himself...