Once upon a time, you thought American History was painfully boring and you'd gouge your eyes out. No more.The State-tan Project is a spin-off of the popular webcomic turned anime— Axis Powers Hetalia. And all the crack, weirdness, and downright unhistorical history you got there is here... Probably more beer, though.As the title suggest, State-tan Project focuses on all 50 states; but due to rising popularity, it also began to accept Territories and Canadian Provinces, so now they're all one big happy family.Can be seen here, and here, so go explore and enjoy!Be aware that this group does not claim to be perfectly accurate. New facts are constantly being discovered as many members and non-members take time to study history and use these fact to continue character development. The facts that they do come across are typically used in some way shape or form. However, it is quite common for members to have to weigh-in between Fact or Fiction in order to work their characters personalities out in a way that's both appealing to them and consistent. Since the group is usually character-driven the former is chosen more often than not.It should also be noted, however, that not everyone takes an active role in researching. As their administrators prefer to allow creativity to flow unabated, it is up to each individual member to decide whether or not they do research or build upon personal preferences and/or experience.Please keep thisin mind as youread, okay?There is a Discussion page.(Also, good STP members and friends, please edit the description and, of course, tropes list as you wish!)
Affectionate Parody: Of Hetalia and the history of your beloved state, province and U.S. territory.
All There in the Manual: A lot of information can be found on the states' wiki pages, some of which is almost impossible to find elsewhere without asking the creator including relationships for characters that don't RP together a lot, back story, and other trivia about each state.
All Work vs. All Play: VA and MS respectively. They have had a long in-depth series of RPs that is slowly making MS a little more responsible and VA a little less a Workaholic.
Attention Whore: Although he will never admit it, North Dakota's extremely vocal moping over being ignored is his way of crying for attention. The fact that said moping is what he does almost constantly should say something about his personality...
ND: DON'T YOU IGNORE ME IGNORING YOU!
California loves to take the spotlight… whether in a good situation or a bad one.
Kentucky if South Carolina tries to woo his sister
And I'm pretty suspicious in that we have yet to discover a chainsaw with Texas... Yet!
Berserk Button: Try threatening a southern state when Virginia is around. For added fun, make it West Virginia.
Try telling Mississippi to drop his loved ones.
Most, if not all, of the former Confederate States do not like being reminded of their past...
Mention to Rhode Island his lack of height ( He's the biggest little state, damnit!), and you might find an anchor smashed into your face.
Minnesota when you make fun of her accent.
Big Brother Instinct: A lot of the male states feel the need to protect the not-so-helpless females...
Big Eater: As home to two major potato chip companies, the country's largest producer of pretzels, and one of the biggest chocolate companies in the world, it's natural that Pennsylvania loves her junk food.
Birds of a Feather: There are many who fit this due to having many common interests with one another.
Florida and California (as well as Louisiana), New York and New Jersey, California and Hawaii, Colorado and West Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana, etc.
Bishie Sparkle: California is the King, all else are but the students.
Washington has recently begun to sparkle thanks to a certain Lion and Arizona-baked lamb...
North Dakota tries so hard to be this but usually fails.
Death by Origin Story: Kapera, the personification of the African American Slave population in Mississippi died long before present day story lines began, but Mark, her other half and lover, continues to use her as a reason to become a better person that would make her proud.
Deep South: Skillfully Averted in that though the southern states still have the spirit of the south and portray the views and attitudes there in, they aren't all bible thumping bigots who all think the same way, nor are any of them slack jawed yokels who are dating their family. Each State has its own views on the policies its government enacts, its own issues with them. Outlooks vary from state to state, ranging from Virginia, who tries very hard to follow her people's government even going so far as to refuse sex before marriage, To the Bisexual Polyamourist Mississippi who separates his human side from his work as a state due to not being too fond of the political bull-crap he has had to deal with over the years.
Again to be noted there is still a strong religious overtone to all of them. At least three states can use Hammer Space to pull out a bible and whack people with it.
The Determinator: An odd example: Bryon has attempted to change his name to just "Dakota" three times. He is constantly ridiculed for trying. Does he have a good reason to change his name? Not really. But he sure as hell doesn't plan on giving up on it anytime soon.
Georgia also falls under this category during football season, and when he raided FL's fort 3 times.
Hair Decorations: Illinois, South Missouri, and North Carolina have hairpins, Idaho has a clip that she keeps her braid in when she's not wearing Girlish Pigtails, Oklahoma uses a headband, Virginia has two dogwood flowers in her hair, and Guam and American Samoa have flowers in their hair as well.
Foe Yay.: New York and Mass. Seriously, this is their entire thing.
And Ga/Al (though whether this holds true with new!AL and new!GA has yet to be seen)
Don't forget GA/FL; historically-speaking and during football season!
Funetik Aksent: Most of the south has a little of this but MS is the worst offender, using liberal sprinklings of Dixie accent such as: Yew, Yer, and Ah, but not when he is serious or doing official Business. It's a verbal cue for others to not push him.
Homosexual Reproduction: Mark Jr. (the Mississippi Bridge) looks very similar to both her fathers, but both assume the other just impregnated the female in the relationship and Hand Wave it. The official line is Mississippi just woke up one morning with her on his chest.
Idiot Hair: Several of these states have them, including New York (Long Island), New Jersey (Jersey City), Washington (Space Needle), Wyoming (Devil's Tower), Delaware, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, North Dakota (Fargo), New Mexico (Roswell), and West Virginia (Wheeling). However, Massachusetts' Cape Cod remains the mother of all ahoges.
Loads and Loads of Characters: 50 states (some of which have 2 reps), 13 provinces, The District of Colombia, Various U.S. Territories and City tans, One Lighthouse tan and a Bridge Tan make up our little chat. It can get pretty crowded. Then add in COUNTRIES and various pets and there is a bit of a pile up during peak hours.
Mama Bear: Virginia to primarily her "Brothers" West Virginia and Kentucky but also to the Entirety of the Southern States. She wields a Pick axe when provoked.
Man Child: To many to remember and name, but Hawaii fits this description.
My Sister Is Off Limits: West Virginia and Kentucky are overprotective of their sister Virginia when it comes to men trying to be romantically involved with her.
This may (maybe) also apply to East Tennessee and his sister, West Tennessee, South Carolina and his sister, North Carolina, and North Missouri and his sister, South Missouri.
New Jersey and South Jersey, and to a lesser extent it's implied that both New York and New Jersey feel this way about Pennsylvania
Mark (MS) has an interesting case of this where he defends his adopted sister Laura (FL) from his real brother Jacques (LA) even though he is incredibly loyal to Jacques. He just doesn't like the idea of them dating.
In an subversion of this he actively is trying to push Leslie (VA) towards his older adopted brother Joe (SC) while cockblocking the advances of anyone else towards Va. This is done out of hero worship towards Sc.
The New England boys (especially Rhode Island and New Hampshire)are extremely protective over their sister Massachusetts, especially when it comes to Mike (NY).
Inverted; the Dakota brothers do this to each other.
Rhode Island has pet Rhode Island Red chickens, the more infamous of which is Red (who is possibly connected to the mafia).
Quebec has a badger named Tobby.
California and Maryland have retrievers: Bev, the golden retriever, and Cecil, the Chesapeake Bay retriever, respectively.
Arizona has a rattlesnake.
The Older Immortal: The original 13 colonies and FL. VA in particular holds the title of the oldest of the 13 colonies. Florida falls into this trope by being the first place settled with in the US by Europeans.
MS/AL seem to fall into this, prior to the settlement of the Europeans the twins existed as representatives to the Choctaw and Alabaman tribes.
The Dakotas, as well, who represented the Arikara.
There's also the Native American states; though wasn't most of the US populated by Native Americans before European colonization anyway?
Yes but where as most of the states pin birth at the beginning of white settlement a few of the Non native states have "Pre-forms" for that period already designed and this allows them to fall under the trope.
The Pollyanna: Mark, the state of Mississippi, tends towards this in the modern day. He is almost always cheerful and kind despite being the poorest, least educated, unhealthiest state and having a pretty bad past. What's more, he is genuine about it.
Except when he isn't at which point he is either in a rage or putting himself down casually to get others to laugh.
Power Trio Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. Depending on the issues their roles switch.
MS has taken FL's only border-buddies... maybe they can form a Four man band.
Also California, Texas, and New York.
Real Men Wear Pink: North Dakota would like all of you to know that knitting, being really good at braiding hair, cleaning, and being in touch with your feelings does NOT make you any less of a man.
Not to mention Georgia's pink apron and love of baking, and Arkansas's great pink gloves!