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  • Adaptation Dye-Job:
    • The Netherlands has light blond hair in the manga, but gets the same bright yellow hair as most other Europeans in the World Series anime. Season 5 has his hair changed back to being light blond.
    • Inverted with Belgium, as early illustrations portrayed her with blonde hair, but since her appearance in the anime with very yellow blonde hair, she has been portrayed as a brunette. Or a dirty blonde. Season Five of the anime seems to keep her hair color at this brown/dirty blonde color.
  • The Faceless: Netherlands was like this for many years, until the 2010 World Cup. Luxembourg was this during Hetaween 2011. An old sketch of him in the authors blog actually lack the face making a more literal interpretation of this trope.
  • Flower Motifs: Himaruya and the fandom tend to use tulips and poppies for Netherlands and Belgium. Their tag on Pixiv is even called "Tulip Siblings."
  • Hair Color Dissonance:
    • Early artwork and the World Series anime color Belgium's hair a brighter golden blonde, but later illustrations and Beautiful World portray her with either dark blonde or brown hair.
    • Netherlands' hair color in the manga seems to shift between appearing as a pale sandy blond to a darker, dirty blond or light brown shade. Himaruya's official color chart shows that he's supposed to have the same golden blond shade as his sister, though her hair color is also subject to variation.
  • Little Red Riding Hood: Spain, Romano, Netherlands and Belgium's costume theme for Hetaween 2011.
  • Nice Guy/Nice Girl:
    • Belgium's first reaction to seeing a naked Parallel Spain out on Christmas is to give him her scarf. In later strips, she's seen trying to get her older brother to be nicer to others and get her younger brother to join in the Halloween party. Despite her efforts, she bemoans that she doesn't stand out.
    • Luxembourg is a polite and friendly Princely Young Man who is very sweet with his older sister and admires his older brother, not to mention his love for his pet dog Pelutze.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Netherlands owns a pet rabbit. Luxembourg has his little dog, Pelutze. Apparently it's because Luxembourg has the most films starring dogs.
  • Rags to Riches:
    • Netherlands is seen as a rather poor and struggling teenaged nation (while his younger sister Belgium is a Child Prodigy businesswoman), then he's seen as kinda more affluent but under Spain's wing (that he's not too happy about), and later he has become quite the overseas empire... and a stoic, penny-pinching Non-Idle Rich.
    • Luxembourg was pushed around by more powerful countries due to his lack of strength...and then captured all of Europe's finances.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Netherlands and Belgium also seem to fit these roles.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Netherlands and Belgium: Belgium is all smiles when Netherlands shows up in Spain's home, but he's all growls instead. Double in the anime, which adds the contrast between Belgium's cheery and somewhat high-pitched voice and Netherlands's much deeper tone. Also, according to Vol 3 notes:
    "Both seem to have had completely different personalities but their roots suggested they had dexterous hands skillful in diplomacy."
  • Strong Family Resemblance:
  • Team Mom: Belgium sometimes plays this in fanworks and seems to have shades of this in the Drama CD.
  • Tsurime Eyes:
    • Netherlands has pronounced and sharp ones, fitting a stoic like him.
    • While not nearly as pronounced as Netherlands' Belgium's eyes are often drawn a bit sharper than the other girls'. This is especially apparent when comparing her to Hungary, Liechtenstein, or Taiwan.


    Kingdom of Belgium
I'm sorry for teasing you, I'll give you some tarte au matons from my place!

Voiced by: Eriko Nakamura (JP), Amanda Doskocil (EN)

    Kingdom of the Netherlands
Stop being a nuisance. Hurry and gimme snacks, tea, and Japan.

Voiced by: Nobuya Mine (JP), Arisa Nishiguchi (JP, as a child), Michael Sinterniklaas (EN)

  • Aloof Big Brother: To Belgium and Luxembourg, but they don't seem to mind.
  • Anime Hair: As far as this series goes, his spiky hair stands out as one of the odder hairstyles. Justified Trope, as in Real Life that hairstyle is rather common in the Netherlands.
  • Badass Longcoat: With his military uniform.
  • Battle Aura: He seems to gain one while doing business. Or around Spain.
  • Big Brother Mentor: Taught Belgium and Luxembourg a lot about trade and making money, in his own slightly detached way.
  • The Big Guy: Arguably the tallest nation after Russia and Sweden. Truth in Television, since the Dutch are some of the tallest people in the world.
  • Death Glare: Often sends out one of these.
  • Ephebophile: Is said to be this by Finland in the Christmas 2007 stripnote 
    Finland: And he likes young women (too young?) and also thinks some shady drugs are okay, so he's kind of a punk in that way.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The Hetalia Bloodbath 2011 shows him with his hair down as a pre-teen nation.
  • Freudian Excuse: Belgium muses that his miserly ways are likely a result of his poverty as a young nation, as well as her showing him her early success.
  • Icy Green Eyes: His eyes are a duality of his aloofness and strict frugality, and his more sensitive hobby of gardening. Especially the horticulture of tulips.
  • The Lancer: To Spain.
  • Letting His Hair Down: In some sketches.
  • Neat Freak: His profile describes him as one, and it's confirmed in the fourth manga volume where Poland and Lithuania comment on how tidy his house is and Netherlands responds that he tidies it every day and then forbids Poland from using his kitchen because he fears that he will make it dirty.
  • Non-Idle Rich: You can bet that any strip that centers around the Netherlands is going to be about him trying to make (or avoiding to spend) money.
  • O.C. Stand-in: For a period of time, fans had his FIFA sketch to base his appearance on but very little to base his actual personality on, and he was most commonly depicted in fanworks as a boisterous, easygoing, not-too-bright, pot-smoking guy - in other words, a pot-smoking version of Denmark. Even after he was shown in canon to be more of a blunt, no-nonsense, somewhat stoic and unsmiling guy, the Denmark-like fanon portrayal for him lingered on for some time in fanfic.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He always seems to have a scowl or disinterested expression on his face, especially when contrasted with his sister Belgium who's always smiling and cheerful.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Netherlands is a very tall and gruff guy who just so happens to enjoy tulips and gardening, romantic poetry, owns a pet rabbit, and seems to like sweets.
  • The Rival: Warred with Spain in the past, and with Portugal in an attempt to dominate maritime trade.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: The Netherlands has a nice black, blue and white one.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has one on his forehead, inflicted on him by Spain during one of their wars.
  • Self-Made Man: Like Switzerland, he got to the top on his own, and his miserliness.
  • Smoking Is Cool:
  • The Stoic: He has yet to be seen without that expression as an adult.
  • Tsundere: He is described as a Type A. Might have been confirmed in canon, as Netherlands speaks and acts very roughly but is still willing to keep contact with isolationist!Japan, putting up with his Hikiko Mori quirks rather patiently and bringing his pet bunny around. In fandom with Spain, this is his main characteristic.

    Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Sorry Pelutze, I haven't been able to pay any attention to you lately...

  • The Alcoholic: Perhaps; he's mentioned as being the world's top drinker in a footnote in the Wordy Nordic Comic.
  • Big Brother Worship: He really admires the Netherlands, and emulates his ways to get rich. He even tried to style his hair like the Netherlands' hair at one point.
  • Big Little Brother: He's shown to be taller than Belgium.
  • Bishie Sparkle: In the one discarded sketch with his face, and also when learning trade strategies from the Netherlands.
    • Turned Up to Eleven in Belgium's weird dream about a fake Luxembourg, complete with roses all around him.
  • Blue Blood: Has elements of this; Word of God notes that he once had a royal family to rival the Habsburgs.
  • The Cameo: In Hetaween 2011, since his boss didn't let him go until he completed all his work. He makes his actual debut in Hetalia Hetaween 2013.
  • Greed: One of his defining traits, being inspired by his older brother and with the desire to avoid being involved in the bigger countries' problems by accumulating a vast amount of money and wealth. Belgium felt a bit uncomfortable and embarrassed at this revelation by him.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Luxem." Belgium and Netherlands also call him "Lux."
  • Non-Action Guy: Word of God even described his clothes as "zero interest in fighting design."
  • Ouji/Princely Young Man: Himaruya describes him as polite and proper, and exuding an elegant aura.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Dressed as a wolfman for Hetaween 2013, in a costume put together by Hollywood professionals. It ended up winning him the costume contest (and scaring the crap out of Belgium).
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His bangs cover his right eye.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: More or less his usual attire.
  • Workaholic: Perhaps. He did stay home in order to work...

Alternative Title(s): Western Europe


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