Webcomic: Scandinavia and the World
The central cast, de-chibified. From left to right:
Iceland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Norway: Svalbard, wh...what happened? Scandinavia and the World
Svalbard: You were being an idiot. That's what happened.
is a webcomic by DeviantArt
. It is a comic about stereotypes, history and culture in the form of national personifications
interacting with one another, ā la Axis Powers Hetalia
, and focusing on, well, Scandinavia
. The main characters are Denmark, a cheerful, but culturally naīve party boy; Norway, a friendly and calm nature lover; and Sweden, the uptight technology expert.
An Animated Adaptation
(for the Web
) is being produced; finished pieces can be seen here
Humon has two other webcomics, Love and Tentacles
. In addition, her DA account regularly features works based on Northern European folklore, with plenty of notes.
Scandinavia and the World provides examples of the following tropes:
- Accidental Marriage: Apparently the civil union Denmark pronounced between Sweden and Norway in the first comic was considered legal.
- Actually Pretty Funny: To his own horror, Sweden catches himself thinking this about Denmark's racial caricature.
- All Animals Are Dogs: New South Wales, depicted as a lamb, wags its tail happily.
- All Germans Are Nazis:
- Averted in an interesting way. Nazi Germany and Modern Germany seem to be two separate entities (as opposed to the latter being simply the former after a very thorough makeover), evidenced by the fact that they both can appear in the same comic — wherein Modern Germany is outright terrified of his fascist counterpart. Moreover, Modern Germany is also terrified of being thought of as a Nazi.
- Also Germany has a third entity in the form of Prussia, in the sense of Bismarck's creation and the First/Second Reichs, who also appears alongside Nazi and modern Germanies.
- All Men Are Perverts / All Women Are Lustful: In this universe, almost everyone is a pervert to some degree. Except, notably, England, as seen in "Monster".
- All There in the Manual: Humon's comments provide a lot of background about the characters, especially the ones she hasn't introduced into the actual comic.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: The red-and-white pig shown here? That's an actual breed.
- Ambiguous Gender: Thailand. Humon describes hir as "different from a trans woman in that they still often identify as male on some level", eventually just placing Thailand in the "third gender" category.
- Anthropomorphic Personification: The characters are almost all the Personifications of their countries — or rather, the Scandinavian stereotypes of their countries.
- Anything But That!: Iceland, Denmark and Norway are absolutely terrified of Amnesia: The Dark Descent due to the horror themes, but America is really just bored. Until Sweden reaches a level with naked corpses in it. America screams in fear at the sight of penises, while Norway, Denmark and especially Iceland actually smile.
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign:
- What Denmark does when asked to speak Swedish. This includes saying "Börk börk börk."
- It also happened when he was asked to speak German. Dude needs to invest in some phrase books.
- Ass Shove:
- The Nordic Lodge now only has two rectal thermometers thanks to Denmark's misunderstanding.
- There was also the matter of Sweden's Stone Age artifact, although that was more understandable.
- Atlantis: Appears, alongside various other mythological entities, in "Drunken Party", much to the confusion of all witnesses.
- Author Appeal: Why most of the primary cast is male, despite having a female author. Humon admits it's because she likes drawing cute boys.
- Author Avatar: Several comics have Denmark representing Humon rather than the country, such as the New Years Comic.
- Badass: Several countries are portrayed as having a rather higher than normal quotient of awesome.
- Finland is a Cold Sniper Knife Nut who can shoot a key out of Aland's hand from Switzerland's house.
- Iceland is an extreme-sports fanatic who lives in a volcano full of dark matter demons.
- Sister Germany, who uses her Boobs of Steel to break Denmark's arm when he goes to cop a feel:
Finland: (via placard) Women should be respected. Lady Germany should be feared.
- Svalbard is a scarred, bearded frontiersman who has to dodge polar bears during his life in the world's most northernmost permanent settlement.
- Aland may look like a harmless little offshoot of Finland, but there was that time when it defeated Russia — and actually shoots Russia's white flag in half because he doesn't know what it means.
Aland: Odd time to be drying your laundry, Mr. Russia. (click)
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Finland in "The Day After". Averted in the full-sized drawings, where Humon blocks the naughty bits with little flags, but it's still evident that the characters have them. Averted in "boobs and a joint", where the flags are not included.
- Beat Panel: Often used, to great effect.
- Bedmate Reveal: In "Long Cold Nights", Sweden wakes up to find his bed pretty crowded.
- Bestiality Is Depraved:
- Played straight for Sweden:
You have no right to judge me! You weren't there! I was a stupid teenager! I was horny!
And it was a really cute horse!
- Inverted for Wales (a man) and New Zealand (a ewe). While all the human/human pairings are fraught with drama, the two of them are Happily Married.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Wales, in "It's All About the Children".
- Big Guy, Little Guy: Canada and America, or rather, America and Canada, since America seems to be in charge despite being the "Big Guy".
- Big "NO!":
- Sweden gets one when he finds out Sister Sweden slept in Finland's room and he himself slept with Sister Finland. They were all really drunk the night before — It Makes Sense in Context.
- Also, Denmark after Sweden conquers Norway from him.
- Norway after Denmark kills his albino moose. With never-ending rain of sadness.
- Big Screwed-Up Family:
- Åland and Finland don't get along at all.
- England was a rather inattentive parent to America, to Australia (possibly), and is an inattentive parent to Sealand.
- The only reason Canada turned out alright was because by the time he was adopted into the family he was relatively old enough to raise himself.
- As for Scania, Fenno-Swede, etc., the author says, "All the children in SatW are completely fucked."
- Bilingual Bonus: "Denmark! Don't call Obama that!"note
- Bishie Sparkle: Iceland. Occasionally lampshaded: Denmark borrowed them for a strip.
- Bizarchitecture: A Scandinavian specialty.
- Black Comedy: Scandinavians and Russians apparently love this, but it doesn't always translate well overseas...
America: I... was expecting something different from a comedy called "Funny Friends"...
- Black Comedy Rape: "Leaking"
- Blue with Shock:
- Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, when Iceland shows off the latest addition to his penis collection.
- Finland when Fennoswede (his nephew) starts speaking Swedish.
- Germany when it was pointed out to him that he was wearing his own flag.
- Braids of Barbarism: The Viking tradition is referenced. Even though the Nordics don't have long enough hair to really braid.
- Brain Bleach: Sweden wants to poke his eyes out after seeing porn of Sister Sweden on the Net.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Russia sneaks around Scandinavia, but Denmark's the only who has real problems.
Sweden: (sees Russia swimming in Swedish water) Have you noticed any weird Russian activity?
Norway: No, not really [...]
Denmark: (being tackled by Sister Russia) CanIcallyoubacklaterSwedenI'mabitbusy!!!
- Brick Joke:
- Britain Versus the UK: Subverted in the early comics; "England" seems to symbolise an overall British stereotype and wears a Union Jack shirt, but later on Ireland and Scotland show up and he explains he wears it because the Cross of St. George makes him look like a member of the Red Cross. Soon the comic switched to England wearing just the Cross of St. George, though Humon claims to have made the switch because it's easier to draw.
- Carpet of Virility: Canada... and his sister.
- Cloak & Dagger: America spies on Finland, Norway, Estonia, Sweden, and Denmark... Meanwhile, Sister Denmark is spying on him.
- Cluster F-Bomb:
- Comically Missing the Point: Norway, Denmark, Sweden really shouldn't have overworked Poland for small pay...
Norway: Where did the bucket go?
Denmark: And the sponge?
Sweden: AND THE CAR YOU IDIOTS!!!
- Commie Nazis: Spoofed. "I don't wanna be a freedom-hating Communist hippie-Nazi like you guys!!!"
- Compensating for Something: Iceland owns three gigantic cars, goes sky diving down volcanoes, and collects dismembered animal penises... he also happens to have a very small... ahem... population.
I'VE ALREADY GOT THREE HUGE CARS!!! BUT IT'S NOT ENOUGH!!! IT'S NEVER ENOUGH
- Corner of Woe:
- Creator Cameo: As seen in "No More Fun" and "My Cookies".
- Crossover: With StupidFox.
- Dagwood Sandwich: Denmark's smørrebrød.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: America doesn't understand the Scandinavian sense of humor.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sweden has his moments.
Denmark: Dear God — [Lady Germany] broke my hand between her breasts! I'll never be able to play violin again.
Sweden: Thank God.
- Description Cut: After King Europe builds an extremely large telescope
Chile: A telescope like that needs an awesome name.
King Europe: Don't worry. I'm very good at naming things.
Telescope reads "European Extremely Large Telescope"
- Distaff Counterpart / Spear Counterpart: Very literal. Full-fledged nations (that is, not micronations, territories, regions, or other outlying exceptions) come in sibling pairs, one male and one female, and in most cases, the brother and sister are basically Half-Identical Twins. Because of this, it tends to be the case that one of the pair (usually the male, although there are exceptions such as France) is the "main" country personification, with the other one popping up only when the joke is gender-specific. The counterparts are usually referred to as "Sister/Brother <Country>", though the honorific is dropped in some circumstances (such as when the Nordic sisters are hanging out together).
- Don't Explain the Joke: Played straight and inverted at the same time. Yes, Humon usually adds an explanation for the comics which don't sound half as funny when read out aloud, but generally are an utter necessity for people who aren't natives of the countries depicted in a given comic strip. And sometimes even if they are.
- Dope Slap: Sweden to Denmark, usually.
- Dropped Glasses: Sweden's.
- Dunce Cap: Norway and Denmark wear them in Sweden's version of the 2011 Norwegian butter crisis: "Too Little Butter".
- Eagleland: While America certainly has most of the Flavor 2 traits, he does genuinely want to help others and is seen as the peace keeper when things get too out of hand. Essentially he's a Type 2 who aspires to be Type 1. Sister America, on the other hand, is 100% Type 2. Of course, Sister America is generally portrayed as being far more "progressive" compared to Brother America, which can remove her from the Type 2 category a bit. One could say they are of the Mixed Flavor variety.
- Empathy Pet:
- Sister America's dog.
- Ocasionally Norway's fish.
- Europeans Are Kinky: Provides the page image. The biggest examples are Denmark, Sister Sweden, and King Europe, although France is also in that league.
- Eurovision Song Contest: For several of the characters, it's Serious Business.
Humon: The Eurovision Contest is comedy gold for me.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Girls (and gay guys) are pretty into Sister Sweden, according to the author.
- Even the Guys Want Him:
- Denmark has certain appeal for guys, and Norway has it for lesbians, again according to the author.
- Notice that among Romania's victims was Denmark. Whether this reinforces Denmark's appeal to men or proves that Even the Guys Want Romania is unclear, but it's probably both.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Denmark makes for an unorthodox fairy godmother, but ain't it sweet?
- Everything's Better with Sparkles: Especially Germans.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: King Europe decides to build an extremely large telescope in Chile. He calls it...''The European Extremely Large Telescope.''
- Exact Words: The King of the Franks demands that Norway, Sweeden, and Denmark kiss the king's feet. Denmark lifts the king's feet to his head before kissing them.
- Sister America is basically Paris Hilton with Strawman Liberal overtones.
- Canada's role as an inferior to America is very similar to Hetalia's version. Although this may have more to do with drawing on shared stereotypes/truths of America overshadowing Canada.
- America in some of the earlier comics reminds us of Calvin, especially in "I Want Oil".
- The Faceless: North Korea, when he (or she, or it) appears, is always wrapped entirely in a North Korean flag, with only a pair of disembodied eyes visible out of the shadows. This presumably symbolizes the country's isolation.
- Fan Disservice:
- The picture of the Canada siblings in swimwear. Let's just say... body hair. This was largely the point, or at least to point out that the author thinks the disgust of it is largely ridiculous. Then again, some of us like a bit of fluff.
- And Denmark in drag. As Humon says in the commentary, Denmark does not do pretty and sparkly well. The entire strip is inspired by this multinational rendition of "All You need Is Love" (Denmark at 2:05).
- Fanservice: Let's just say there are a lot of strips where the characters are more detailed than usual...
- Female Gaze: Once when asked why, if she is a feminist, most of her characters are male, Humon replied that as a (mostly) straight woman, she likes drawing men for herself to ogle. She has also expressed irritation with fanworks that present/describe all the male characters as Bishōnen, since she went out of her way to depict numerous different types.
- Follow the Leader: The author admitted to starting this comic after disagreeing with the Scandinavian depictions in Axis Powers Hetalia.
- Foreign Queasine:
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Nazi Germany wears little Himmler-specs.
- Freudian Trio:
- The Fundamentalist: America. Contrast that with his sister, who's a Hollywood liberal.
- Fun Size: The style of most strips. Drawings that are not strips are in a more realistic style, and one comic was drawn like manga for artistical reasons.
- Gag Boobs: Denmark puts some on. Also, Sister Germany.
- Gainaxing: Inverted. Sister America's boobs don't move at all.
- Global Ignorance:
- Surprisingly not an America-only trait. The Scandinavians don't know anything about South America, America mixes up Sweden and Norway while forgetting Denmark, and Sister America thought Scandinavia was a country till she discovered the joys of shipping.
- America's introduction was by arriving in Denmark for a skiing trip: Denmark is one of the flattest countries in the world. This was based on a real encounter Humon had with two American tourists.
- Humon (or more likely America) tends to see "South America" as one area, rather a seperate dozen countries.
- Golem: Norway created Denmark from a pile of sand one day when he was at the beach.
- Goofy Print Underwear: The king of the Franks has Hello Kitty undies.
- Groin Attack: Sweden runs afoul of an invasive fish.
- Guy-on-Guy Is Hot: Built on it. In comic: Yaoi Surprise.
- Half-Identical Twins: Most of the sisters look just like their male counterparts, but with longer hair and no facial hair. It's most pronounced with the Denmarks, where the sister even has boyish features and a skinny figure.
- Hannibal Lecture: Employed by Sweden in "Size Matters" to stop Denmark and Norway singing the "ÆØÅ (Size Matters)" song.
- Have a Gay Old Time: Played with the real world ice cream: Golden Gaytime, very popular in Australia. Not what Denmark expected.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Sweden in the earlier comics. With the introduction of Åland into the comics, however, hiding his sexuality has been jossed. Sweden still tries to hide it. Åland, not so much.
- Headbutt of Love: Norway and Denmark pull of one of these. According to the author, it was because drawing them hugging would look weird in the comic's art style.
- Head Pet:
- Sister America has a pet chihuahua that sits on her head and has a perpetually confused expression.
- Brother America usually has Canada on his head.
- Norway sometimes puts an apparently living fish on his.
- Heroic BSOD:
- Horny Vikings: Denmark, Norway and Sweden sometimes like to go back to their roots.
- Hypocritical Humor: America has Denmark prosecuted for handing prisoners of war over to a country he knew would torture them. The country he handed them over to.... was America
- Idiot Hair: Faroe Islands
- If It's You, It's Okay: Norway seems to be relatively straight, he just happens to have lots and lots of fairly ambiguous sex with Denmark.
- In-Series Nickname: Denmark is known as Zealand to the internal regions of Denmark. Which one is the nickname is uncertain.
- I'm Standing Right Here: In one strip, America keeps mistaking Norway for Sweden and can't seem to see Denmark, implying that he is that oblivious. In the last frame, we see things from his perspective: Norway and Sweden look identical, Denmark isn't seen... but we see South America standing beside America, when he wasn't visible earlier! Seems like America's not the only one with selective blindness...
- Incest Is Relative: America has a lot with Canada, who is his adopted brother; England is America's birth father and adopted Canada from France.
- Interspecies Romance: Wales×New Zealand. Did we mention New Zealand's a sheep? Did we also mention New South Wales is their offspring?
- It Makes Sense in Context:
- Kangaroo Court: Poor Denmark gets sued in one, with Sweden as his lawyer and America as judge.
- Kiss of Life: Well, Kiss of Beer — one of the ghosts performs this on Denmark in "No Beer Left".
- The Knights Who Say Squee: Sister America and Sister Japan.
- Laser-Guided Karma: Finland shoves Åland and Sweden off the end of a dock into the water. Two panels later, Åland comes back up screaming that he found a bunch of old 18th-century champagne bottles that are worth a fortune, and proclaims to Sweden that "we'll keep one and open it on the cruise trip I'll be taking you on around the world!"
- Leeroy Jenkins: America starting the Iraq war.
- Loophole Abuse: Nazi Germany told Denmark he couldn't have his flag on the flag pole. But he didn't say Denmark couldn't put use it as a Christmas decoration, or breed the pattern on plants and animals.
Nazi Germany: Is that a red and white pig?
Prussia: Yeah. He spent years breeding this thing into existence just because the Danish flag wasn't allowed.
- Loud of War: South Korea torments North Korea with "Gangnam Style".
- Male Frontal Nudity: Lampshaded in "Anything but That" (link SFW).
- Man Child: The author claims that the adult countries have the mentality of teenagers. For instance, this comic shows that America still sleeps with the stuffed eagle he had as a kid.
- Megane: Sweden; Åland; Belgium
- Misplaced Nationalism / Internet Backdraft: Humon herself actually stopped drawing strips temporarily because of this.
- Mistaken for Cheating: Wales thought New Zealand was having an affair with Scotland in the mini-comic.
- Mistaken for Racist:
- In one comic, Denmark mistakes South Africa for a monkey, causing South Africa to attack Denmark. This stems from the stereotype that all Danes are racist without realizing it. Most likely, it is also a reference to the incident where a Danish TV host mistook a picture of an African man for a monkey. Also, far from all Danes are racist but are often seen this way because the most racist political party in the country is also the (arguably) most influential one — plus that whole thing with the drawings.
- Another comic has more of the "mistaken" aspect, as a quirk of dialect leads to Sweden thinking Denmark's insulting Obama.
- Morality Pet: Sister Sweden for Finland.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: "Yes hello fellow EUs. I am indeed Netherlands and no one else." Plus the Paper-Thin Disguise of changing his flag shirt.
- My Country Tis of Thee That I Sting: Despite being written and drawn by a Dane the comic strip is not afraid of poking fun at Denmark.
- My Eyes Are Up Here:
- My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: See Bilingual Bonus.
- The Napoleon: Canada threatens in one comic to America that just because he's America's hat, doesn't change the fact that Canada is on top. America just thought this was hilarious.
- National Stereotypes: The comic strip thrives on it.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: When Finland pushes Aland and Sweden into the water seemingly for no reason other than to be a jerk, Aland finds two bottles of super-valuable champagne. He sells one and takes Sweden on a cruise around the world. Finland just mutters "Perkele".
- Nice Hat: A lot of the countries have them.
- Noodle Implements: Faroes was just waiting for his chance.
- Not So Above It All: Sweden, despite supposedly being the normal Only Sane Man of the Nordic club, tends to end up in a variety of bizarre and hilarious jams
- Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering: The Nordic Council. Greenland plays it up to America as a secret society, but it turns out to be this.
- Norse by Norsewest: Being a comic about stereotypes, each character shows varying shades of this trope. The classical Hollywood stereotype isn't that prominent, however, due to the stereotypes coming from a Danish viewpoint. The comic's premises actually inverts this, as it shows the Scandinavian perception of other countries.
- Official Couple: Sweden×Åland, Finland×Sister Sweden, and Wales×New Zealand.
- Only Sane Man: Sweden would like to think he is this. He really, really isn't, and tends to embarrass himself whenever he tries to "educate" the other Nordics.
- Our Demons Are Different: As a result of having The Gateway to Hell in his territory, Iceland has "dark matter demons" hanging around his house. He treats them as somewhere between cute pet and annoying pest.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Romania would rather steal your wallet than your blood.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: The Beer Ghost.
- Pass the Popcorn: Or the fishes in this case — Norway doesn't need to own a TV because he can watch Sweden and Denmark winding each other up.
- Patriotic Fervor:
- Inverted with modern Germany, who doesn't like flying his flag around since it might make his people prideful.
- Played straight with the Scandinavian trio, seeing it as a symbol of joy and happiness. And when it's someone's birthday.
- Also played straight with America.
- Pimp Duds: Sister Denmark gets one such attire while singing "My Wedding".
- Playing to the Fetishes
- Power Trio: The main characters.
- Denmark — Hedonistic, emotional and impulsive: Id.
- Norway — Calm, down-to-earth and flexible: Ego.
- Sweden — By-the-book, uptight and the most logical: Superego.
- Puppy-Dog Eyes:
- Norway does this sometimes.
- And Denmark.
- "Rashomon"-Style: Norway, Denmark, and Sweden all have their own version of the butter shortage story.
- Ready for Lovemaking: King Europe for Norway.
- Real Life Writes the Plot / Ripped from the Headlines: Some of the strips center around real-life events happening to the corresponding characters.
- Really Gets Around: Sweden has slept with every member of Finland's family, and one of them wasn't due to alcohol. His sister's kind of the biggest skank in time and space too. However, a removed comic stated that Denmark is the country that has the most sex, and to date he has slept with Norway, Sweden, Sister Sweden, Sister Australia, quite possibly Netherlands and maybe even Germany.
- Real Men Wear Pink:
- Finland and Sister Sweden enjoy using a strap-on. Finland seems to hold no shame in this, and no-one else is brave enough to mock the knife-wielding sociopath about it.
- Sweden, Norway, and Denmark put pink bows in their hair as part of preparing to beat up England.
- Replacement Goldfish: England cackles that "You will be our new Diana, my dear Kate!"
- Right-Hand Cat: A white cat can show up in the arms of any character in "evil mastermind" mode.
- Rubber Hose Limbs: When the characters' arms or legs show up at all, they're almost always in this form.
- Running Gag: The second appearance Canada made involved America using him as a hat. His next appearance had America trying to use England as a replacement hat when Canada left, and the Christmas comic had him eagerly force Canada on his head.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Greece's brain deserts him for greener pastures.
- Self-Deprecation: While the other nations don't get off easy, Humon is quite willing to poke a lot of fun at her native nation.
- Serial Escalation: Denmark makes a list of food he wants Sweden to get for a party; not only do the numbers get bigger, but they get increasingly harder to understand due to Denmark's system of counting.
Denmark: Ten cows, four thirty pigs, two half threes chickens, one hundred three half five eggs and two hundred one threes nuts!
- Serious Business:
- Shame If Something Happened: Downplayed. "What a nice garden you've got here, Sweden."
- Shipper on Deck:
- Sister America ships Denmark and Norway (and occasionally throws Sweden in as well).
- Sister Japan ships Netherlands×Belgium.
- Norway's on Team Jacob.
- Sleep Cute: Denmark and Norway.
- Small Reference Pools: Addressed in in a comic about classical music.
- Squee: Sister America: "cutecutecuteCUTE!!"
- Stylistic Suck: For New Year's Day 2014, Humon posted a single panel with sloppy mouse-drawn stick figures, the joke being that she was too hung over to do a real comic.
- That Came Out Wrong:
Sweden: No thanks. I don't look at porn that has women in it.
- The Thing That Would Not Leave: Denmark does this to Iceland. He should not have.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Nazi Germany is a separate character from Modern Germany, and is as creepy towards all the other countries as one would expect.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: After their 2014 World Cup win, Germany's finally able to swell with National Pride without fearing the slippery slope.
- Translation Convention: Temporarily abandoned in one installment.
- Truth in Television: Despite the ridiculousness of all the comics, most of them are based off of actual events, such as Australia selling sand to the Saharan Desertnote , Norway getting trapped in his house by a giant burning block of cheesenote and Iceland eating poisonous, rotten shark that's been buried for twelve weeksnote .
- Twin Threesome Fantasy: Oh, Denmark...
- The Unpronounceable: Humon (and the Welsh themselves!) pretty much admits that the Welsh language resembles somebody whacking their head repeatedly against a keyboard.
- Unsound Effect: Many examples.
- Vague Age: All the characters to an extent, but Denmark in particular. He mostly looks and acts like he's in his early to mid-20s, but he has two kids, one of whom is clearly a teenager. Also, he is either the oldest or the youngest of the Nordics depending upon whether he is viewed as a political or a geological entity... yeah, it's complicated.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: Lampshaded.
- Visual Pun: America uses two boxes of cornflakes to create a wall between him and Mexico.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: Or on your chest, as the case often is.
- People wear flags on their shirts. In fact, every article of clothing and cloth item the characters own bears their respective flag design, including royal crowns and bed pillows.
- North Korea is worth noting, though.
- When a country lacks a flag, or is forbidden from wearing one, they wear a plain grey shirt.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Iceland subverts this trope in that he's actually a pretty nice guy...then double subverts it by hanging out with demons.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Sweden and Iceland in the "Eurovision Winners" strip, and Sweden again as St. Lucia in the December 2010 calendar page illustration.
- Wimpification: Averted, Defied and Jossed by the creator with regards to Sweden, in "The Napoleon War" and "Sweden Playing with Ropes". Humon has stated her distaste for slash clichés on numerous occasions.