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  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Korea has thicker eyebrows than most other characters, while Hong Kong has noticeably thicker eyebrows due to a curse from England.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: A popular rendition, which can be played either for drama or for laughs depending on the fandom.
  • Bi the Way: Korea has groped Japan and China, but lately in Hetaween, he starts taking interest in Taiwan too ...Which doesn't mean he'll stop oooh-ing and aaah-ing at China too.
  • Chinese People: All of them, especially China. Hong Kong, despite the eyebrows.
  • Curtains Match The Windows: Hong Kong and Taiwan both have have brown hair and eyes.
  • Expressive Hair: Korea's Idiot Hair is sometimes drawn with a face, making this a more literal interpretation of the trope, and Taiwan's Idiot Hair comes unraveled when she's uneasy during the 2011 Bloodbath.
  • Five-Man Band: In fanwork, the East Asian nations are typically portrayed as one.
  • Genki Girl/Genki Guy: Taiwan and Korea are quite cheerful, energetic and hyper.
  • Huge Guy Tiny Other Guy and Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: South Korea (tall enough to stand with America eye-to-eye, which would put him in the 177 cms tall range) has this with Japan (165 cms), China (169 cms.) and Taiwan (150 cms.).
  • Idiot Hair: Korea has a wild curl, and Taiwan has a long, droopy one. Though her Idiot Hair seemed to vanish in this strip, which led to people not knowing if it was her or Vietnam in it (the use of Hungary's Chinese name gave Taiwan's identity away). Oops?
    • Some fanart seems to speculate that it was pulled up in her bun.
  • Journey to the West: Their costume theme for Hetaween 2011.
  • Mukokuseki: This is a somewhat rare aversion of making the Japanese character generically stateless or anime-like, but making other East Asians more realistic. This time, Japan looks like his relatives.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Several of these.
  • Not Blood Siblings: From the anime, Japan's definitely not China's biological brother. The others are debatable whether they're actually related or were just "found" and adopted.
  • Overly Long Name: Hong Kong and Macau. Thankfully, they're just referred to as the first parts of their names.
  • Savvy Older Brothers, Energetic Annoying Younger Sibling: Korea and both China and Japan. China and Taiwan, to a degree.
    • Taiwan is this to pretty much everyone in East Asia, according to the fourth manga volume.
  • Supreme Chef: According to a profile of his, cooking is a specialty of Macau's.
    • Also implied in Taiwan's case:
    The good thing about her cooking is that you can thank her for treating you to delicious yet inexpensive cuisine!
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Korea loves kimchi so much that he took it up into outer space, causing France to become pissed off.
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Korea adds a cheerful "da ze!" to many of his sentences.
    • Hong Kong often throws "teki na" into his sentences, which means something along the lines of "I guess" or "like".


    Republic of Korea (South Korea) - Im Yong Soo

    Republic of China (Taiwan)
Voiced by: Yuki Kaida (JP), Clarine Harp (EN)

  • A-Cup Angst: Despite not being as flat-chested as Liechtenstein, she does fret about about seeing the Western girls' cleavage during the 2011 Bloodbath.
  • Anime Chinese Girl: Sports this look, plays it up for all its worth.
  • Bathing Beauty: A recent strip implies that both she and Hungary are this. Explained by the rich Taiwanese hot spring culture
    • Confirmed in her character song in which she outright references her many hot springs.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: One of the earlier Himaruya sketches has her poking China on the cheek and demanding that he leaves Japan alone, while saying the quote above.
    • Confirmed in China's drama CD track, where she teases China a lot (and according to her profile, one of her hobbies is annoying China):
    Taiwan: (giggles) Teacher’s going crazy!
    China: I told you! I’m young, cool, and hip!
  • The Beast Master: She's often represented with tigers, magpie birds (the national bird of Taiwan) and oxes in fanart.
  • Buxom Is Better: Some fanwork give her size that rival even Ukraine. Her breasts are medium-sized in canon, but not to such an extreme. Subverted as she turns out to have A-Cup Angst.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mostly averted. Her first apparition has her poking China on the cheek and telling him to lay off Japan; however, her interactions with Japan himself and the other Asians do not have her clinging to him and being a bitch to whoever approaches him. Not to mention, while she does argue with China, it's never about Japan aside of that aforementioned one sketch.
  • The Fashionista: According to Word of God.
    • Confirmed in the 2013 Halloween event, in which she made both her own and Vietnam's costumes.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Plum blossoms, her national flower.
  • Flower Motifs: Her hair accessories. Those are Asian plum flowers, which is the national flower of Taiwan. Strange, it's one of the symbolic vestiges of Taiwan's Chinese claim.
  • Friend to All Living Things: According to these Himaruya chibis
    Taiwan: If you're too noisy, you’ll scare away all the birds and make the flowers die...
  • Hair Decorations: She has two flowers in her hair.
  • Idol Singer: Dresses as one for the 2011 Halloween event, including Girlish Pigtails, detached sleeves, and Zettai Ryouiki.
  • Joshikousei: Taiwan's preliminary character design for Gakuen Hetalia has her wearing a sailor uniform instead of the more Western clothing Seychelles wears.
  • Motor Mouth: Her dialogue can take up the entire panel!
  • Otaku: Apparently a huge anime fan, as she dedicates a world meeting to discussing the former trope of "Hey Its That Voice" in one of the Birz chapters. She also cosplays in both the 2011 and 2013 Halloween events, makes her own costumes (and Vietnam's), and apparently attends anime conventions.
  • Pink Means Feminine: That's why she's the Girly Girl to Vietnam.
  • Plucky Girl: Taiwan's profile mentions that, though she tends to fret and worry, she's also very strong-willed when it counts. Confirmed when she gets some more spotlight and a proper profile in the fourth manga volume.
    An island girl nation with a headstrong and easygoing personality!
    Taiwan: It's okay, the Taiwanese don't believe in bad fortunes!
    Japan: How positive!
  • Proper Tights with a Skirt: Fanartists sometimes give her this, although she seems to only wear tights with her Gakuen uniform.
  • Qipao: She wears one over a long, flowing skirt.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: She's is the red to Vietnam's blue.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Taiwan usually looks adorable and very pretty, but she looks absolutely gorgeous in more traditional clothing.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Vietnam (tomboy) and Taiwan (girly girl) certainly look the part. The fourth manga volume toys with this: Vietnam is mature and reserved, while Taiwan is straightforward and energetic.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Threaten to blackmail her with embarrassing pictures of her sleeping and she'll just comment that they're cute and keep them.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: Averted. She has the looks, but canon has pretty much jossed the personalty traits:
    • In the Doodles about Asia, while Taiwan keeps the looks, she's also capable of speaking quite more roughly than the average YN lady, referring to China as "bastard" like the quote above shows.
    • The drama track from China's CD has her as a Genki Girl who inflicts Amusing Injuries on China (she tries to fix his back and then ends up breaking his arm!) and calls him "old man" to his face.
    • And the fourth manga volume throws the YN concept out of the window, by making her the plucky and cheerful energetic girl to all of her Asian siblings.
  • Yandere / Cute and Psycho: Sometimes portrayed as one in fanwork, usually toward Japan, though mostly played for laughs.
    • She's sometimes portrayed as a Tsundere in fanon too, especially if paired up with Korea or Hong Kong. Considering the fourth manga volume's Taiwan strip, this may be the closest. During the Halloween Event, she has shades of this towards China when she complains about his old man bad health but makes him a "cure" anyway.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Her Hetaween costume.

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
"To be blunt, isn't "not playing the game" the least troublesome option?"

Voiced by: Motoki Takagi (JP), Shelton Windham (EN, World Series), Greg Silva (EN, The Beautiful World)

    Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
"Mister... why don't you think about yourself a little more...?"

  • Big Brother Instinct: Seems relatively protective over the younger Asian countries, escorting Taiwan to the party and attempting to help Vietnam cover up in the 2013 Halloween event. He also tells Portugal he's always thought of Hong Kong as a younger brother.
  • Big Little Brother: While his age is unclear, he's most likely younger than China... but he's still One Head Taller and probably the tallest of the Asians (as is his Nyotalia counterpart).
    • The Big Guy: Subverted, despite his height, his manner is too calm and collected to qualify.
  • The Cameo: In the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010, first. Then he reappears in the fourth manga volume.
  • The Gambler: Any wonder?
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is very close to Portugal, to the point where Portugal referred to them as the "dream team." They were trading partners and good friends before becoming boss and underling, and remained close after.
  • Megane: Wealthy, kind and bespectacled.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: Gets this treatment quite often in fanworks.
    • Hinted at in canon, when Macau tells Portugal he is unconcerned with Hong Kong supplanting him as a center of trade:
      Macau (wearing a devious smirk): And besides, we grown ups have more adult ways of making money...
  • Nice Guy
    His nature is rather ungreedy; he appears calm and good at business, is tall, and tries to be philosophical (...) He often has a businesslike manner, but he jokes around with Portugal, China, and Hong Kong. He treats Taiwan like a proper lady.
    • Beware the Nice Ones:
      He seems to also have another side, another part, lol.
      • In one strip, he is rather passive aggressive towards China when the latter asks for his help with keeping Hong Kong from wanting independence.
  • Non-Action Guy: In the Hetaween event, notes mention that he tends to get pulled into conflicts and get hurt.
  • Only Sane Man: China and Hong Kong have a fight caused by China going the Meddling Parents way and Hong Kong struggling to make him back off. What does Macau do? Sits with them, drinks tea, and makes one or two passive-aggressive comments as much.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Smiles pleasantly while his siblings fight.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Wears a cheongsam here. While said cheongsam is black in some Himaruya chibis, sometimes fandom also makes it white or green.
    He often wears smart-looking suits to casinos and in business-related things.
  • Smart Ball: Referred to as being skillful and good at making things.
  • Spot of Tea: He's shown with a tea cup quite often and drinks it while listening to his siblings fighting.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Described as such.
  • Team Dad: Seems to be one to Hong Kong and the other Chinese prefectures. And occasionally acts this way towards China.




Alternative Title(s): East Asia


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