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Because Axis Powers Hetalia has Loads and Loads of Characters in full swing, and this fic extensively reimagines most of that cast, this page will be long. Readers beware.

Characters in each section are listed in order of appearance.

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The characters whose primary roles in the story revolve around being/having been Sex Slaves, referred to as bondsmen/girls.

    Alfred Jones 

A young man pirated from his home and Made a Slave in the first chapter of the story. Alfred draws in the intrigue of slave-trading pirate Capt. Kirkland and ensnares the help of the Great Delivery to bring him home.

    Tim/ Willem 

Pirated by the same Captain Kirkland as a teenager, Tim and his older sister were sold into slavery through the infamous Avo Romae. Tim was bought in the third chapter by an Underground-Railroad-style slave-freeing brigade which vows to help him find and free his sister too.


An unsold bondsman belonging to Francis of Hallar, who's deeply in love with his master. Government regulations force Francis to sell him shortly into the story, but Francis has every intention of getting him back.

  • Almighty Janitor: To Francis's emporium on Hallar.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: To Francis, increasingly.
  • Blind Obedience: To Francis.
  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Takes a lot of heat at the hands of Francis, but doesn't seem to consider it strange.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Can certainly get sassy to people who aren't Francis.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: Enough so that Francis seems like a plausible option.
  • Dismotivation: It's obvious Mathieu is aware his life really sucks, but he's too afraid of change to do anything about it.
  • The Dragon: To Francis.
  • The Dutiful Son: Seems to play this role toward Francis in contrast to Unsinkable and Belle.
  • Extreme Doormat: Never really considers what he wants where his situation is concerned, and never really stands up for himself, in contrast to many of the other slave characters.
  • Good with Numbers: Seems to handle much of Francis's accounting for this reason.
  • Guilt Complex: Seems to solely blame himself for all misfortune Francis comes across, for one thing.
  • Guilty Pleasure: For Francis.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Seems to have this at first, though it becomes increasingly apparent that he was never really happy with his life.
  • Hope Spot: When Lovino first buys him, though it's quickly dashed.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Francis, considering he runs most of the business.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: His reason for staying by Francis.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: He's more than a bit tired of being part of the scenery.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: With Alfred. Again, this turns out to be not-so-inexplicable.
  • Insecure Love Interest: To Francis.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: To Francis, and vice-versa.
  • Living Prop: In-universe, he's this, and not particularly happy with it, though he'd say otherwise.
  • Love Martyr: Again to Francis.
  • Morality Pet: The object of much Pet the Dog from Francis. Also the object of much Kick the Dog from Francis.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Has several moments of this, especially toward the end, when he decides he doesn't want to go back.
  • Mythology Gag: His ability to stand around without being noticed. In Axis Powers Hetalia he was often outright invisible.
  • No Respect Guy: Not surprisingly, given his position, but even more so than most, since even the other slaves for the most part don't respect him.
  • Only One Name
  • Pretty Boy: Like his brother Alfred.
  • Prone to Tears: He's not difficult for the other characters to upset.
  • The Quiet One: Like his Axis Powers Hetalia incarnation.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: On the receiving end of a really nasty one from Captain Kirkland, after dissing Unsinkable-
    Kirkland: Unsinkable's right, you know, you're every one of you automatons. Can you even think at all for yourself? Does Francis bother teaching you to do that? Or would that just be a waste of his precious fucking time? In fact, if you hate Unsinkable at all it's probably because he pissed Francis off when he was here, and Francis took it out on you. Or maybe! Just maybe, you hate him because he has a voice and you don't. He's the sort of person you can't help but notice and you're the sort of person you can't help but ignore. Why, Unsinkable demands things from life that you won't even tell yourself exist because the knowledge of their existence'd hurt you so bad you'd cry yourself to sleep nightly. Things Francis will never give you because you're an object who's perfectly happy being inanimate, things you'll never demand because Francis has you so brainwashed you can't fathom demanding them... Because nobody cares about anybody else in this system. You got that? Nobody cares about you. Not even Francis. And why should they, hm? You're a meek, pathetic excuse for a doormat and your only weapon is to try to lash out and poison my mind against my crewmate. You want to command respect? Earn it. Unsinkable does that. You don't.
  • Sassy Secretary: Can certainly be this way without Francis around, especially when dealing with Kirkland.
  • Separated at Birth: From Alfred.
  • Shrinking Violet: Not the type to stand up for himself, at least where Francis is concerned. To others he can be downright rude.
  • Spanner in the Works: Often manages to be this. Particularly notable is the time he caught Unsinkable sneaking through Francis's place.
    Unsinkable: Once I'm gone you can blab to Francis all you want, if he doesn't mind you talking with your mouth full of cock.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Toward Francis, of course, despite the amount of abuse he takes from him.
  • Twin Switch: Unintentionally gets mixed up with Alfred at auction and given to the wrong buyer.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Francis. Subverted, ultimately, when he decides he would rather leave.
Weak-Willed: Though he doesn't have a problem with that until later.


A bondsman trained by Francis of Hallar and sold to Katya Bragin for her brother. Eduard remained unsold for most of his life on account of his intelligence (since nobody really wants a smart slave), but is eventually purchased as the ideal bondsman to clear Ivan Bragin's Time. It's also notable that Eduard has the most chapters as the viewpoint character.



A mysterious slave in the possession of Francis of Hallar, who is also widely considered unsellable. Later revealed to be Tim's missing sister.


A quiet bondsman belonging to Avo Romae's younger grandson, Feliciano.

     Katya's Bondsgirl 

An unnamed bondsgirl belonging to Katya Bragina of Olyokin.


The Great Delivery of Banningham

A delivery ship known for its underground acts of piracy, captained by Arthur Kirkland. These characters are its crew.

     Captain Arthur Kirkland 

A shameless criminal and captain of the Great Delivery, Capt. Kirkland is responsible for many a Made a Slave backstory. In his first appearance he is driven to take pity on Alfred Jones and spends the rest of the story trying to bring the boy home.

    Unsinkable/ Gilbert Beilschmidt 

A young man pirated into slavery, for once by someone other than Kirkland, who becomes known throughout the galaxy for being utterly unsellable. The Captain eventually takes a liking to him and helps him escape slavery to join the Great Delivery's crew.

The Union Empire

A Fantasy Counterpart Culture to the Soviet Union, which dominates near the entirety of its planet. The Union Empire is caught in a period of political turmoil following the assassination of its ruling family and the subsequent institution of their son as a leader.

    Ivan Bragin 

The relatively new Emperor of the Union Empire. Ivan is, among other things, Vitim, meaning that he must lose his virginity by a certain age to avoid fatal physical and cognitive damage, but due to his devout religious beliefs, he has avoided doing so. At the beginning of his plot thread, his older sister purchases Eduard for the purpose of resolving the issue.


A Kala monk and a close friend and confidant of Ivan Bragin. As it turns out, he has converted Ivan to a Scam Religion and is working with La Résistance to bring down the Vitim control of the Union Empire.

    Katya Bragina 

Ivan Bragin's older sister and the real brains of the Union Empire. Katya's primary concern through the story is simply keeping The Empire alive and her family in power.

    Feliks/Agnieszka of Olyokin 

A spy for La Résistance and close friend of Toris. Feliks penetrates upper-class Vitim society by playing the role of "Agnieszka", a high-society Vitim woman.


Another Kilnus spy of La Résistance. Raivis is the first to encounter Eduard and the youngest.

    Natalya Bragina 

Ivan and Katya's younger sister, and reportedly the only normal member of the family. Natalya is a teenage girl on the brink of her Time, but otherwise is relatively coolheaded.

Group of Five

A Five-Man Band (actually called 'the group of five') on the run for money laundering. That money, however, is used to purchase and free bondspeople.


The loudmouth of the team, and the distraction. Danmark is The Big Guy, but also the one closest to Tim.


The one with connections, primarily through his 'girlfriend' Agnieszka. Norge is (by default) The Chick.


A gifted forger, Island makes money and people appear and disappear like magic. He is The Smart Guy.


A big, intimidating guy, generally used by the team to go in and actually buy people. He is The Lancer.


The happy, chatty little Vitim who started the group in the first place. Suomi's real name is Tino, but he dropped suddenly off the radar years prior to the story's opening. He is The Leader.


The characters involved in the bondsperson trade.

    Avo Romae 

An infamously cruel and underhanded trader in the business of bondspeople. Avo Romae is the closest thing to an villain the story has. He is the one who purchases Alfred from Kirkland, who sells Tim to the Five-Man Band, and who wants to sell Unsinkable to his death.

    Francis of Hallar 

A high-class trader of bondspeople particularly famous for his high-quality wares. Francis has both Mathieu and Margot in his possession for most of the story, and sold Eduard to Katya Bragina.

  • Above Good and Evil: Francis is never a bad guy, but he's certainly not a good one. He seems to operate on his own thing.
  • Bad Boss: To Mathieu, at least.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Like many of the traders. He seems to genuinely value the lives of his bondspeople, but still treats them (with one exception) like animals.
  • The Charmer: Again, perfectly good at this for his customers.
  • Corporal Punishment: He isn't opposed to these methods for his bondspeople, particularly emphasized in Mathieu's introductory chapter.
  • Domestic Abuse: To Mathieu. Shock collar, anyone?
  • Famed In-Story: He's widely renowned for his business.
  • Guilty Pleasure: Mathieu; he seems to understand that their relationship is good for neither of them, but keeps it going anyway.
    Kirkland: It's twice now you've helped me out of a bind despite hating my guts. But that's twice too much!
    Francis: Oh, I shall not disagree with that. It is a habit I need to break... To be honest, not the only one. My bad habits number too many. I even give some of them names.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In the epilogue, he eventually decides to give Mathieu his freedom.
    • Made bitter-sweeter by this statement: "They say if you love something, you set it free, and if it comes back it's yours. Mathieu did not come back."
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Mathieu is this to him, and vice versa.
  • Never My Fault: Usually it's Mathieu's, by his account, or just whoever happens to be around.
  • No Accounting for Taste: His friends think this of his adoration for Mathieu.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Often does this to Mathieu.
  • Papa Wolf: Toward his charges, especially the older ones, who tend to be more mistreated by others.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Councillor Héderváry, once she forces him to sell Mathieu.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: He's well-liked, and widely considered a high-class businessperson and a decent man. Of course, he still sells people for money.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Arthur Kirkland.
  • Wicked Cultured: He's a high-class power broker in the trade, but again, he sells people.

    Feliciano Romae 

The younger of Avo Romae's twin grandsons and his protégé. Towards the beginning, Feli is tasked with training Alfred for sale into the slave trade.

    Lovino Romae 

The older of Avo Romae's twin grandsons and the one who handles the business's finances.

  • The Atoner: He's haunted by his own involvement in the trade and fully intends to make up for it.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Of Avo Romae.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: To his brother Feliciano's benefit.
  • Co-Dragons: He and Feliciano are this to their grandpa.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: A quick flashback implies that being asked to go work for his grandfather was this for him.
  • The Dutiful Son: Lovino hates the family business. But he's going to go into it anyway, because he doesn't see another choice.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: He and Feliciano show up in passing selling Tim long before either one becomes important to the story.
  • Good with Numbers: Or, at least, better with numbers than Feliciano or Avo Romae himself.
  • Greater Need Than Mine: He lets Unsinkable get away even though the bounty would've freed him from his grandpa, because Unsinkable's freedom is more urgent than his own.
  • Grumpy Bear: He didn't speak to Unsinkable once in the five years the man spent being passed through Romae's institution, for one thing.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: As an undercover Kirkland quickly discovers.
  • Hidden Depths: He doesn't seem like much more than a grumpy accountant, but turns out to be one of the few decent people in the trade.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: To Feliciano.
  • I Am Not My Grandfather: His reason for sparing Unsinkable; selling him is something his grandfather would do, not him.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He prefers not to work with customers or bondspeople, but occasionally lets up on the former.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's rude and angry, but that doesn't stop him from doing any good.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He might be a grump, but he does some good every once in a while.
  • Last Girl Wins: He's the second Love Interest to Mathieu (the first being Francis) and the one who becomes important to Mathieu in the epilogue, where Francis disappears from his life after a few years.
  • Love at First Sight: Finds himself immediately swooning at the sight of Mathieu, though he's not so much in love.
  • Manly Tears: Cries these after witnessing Margot and Willem reuniting at the auction.
  • Mercy Lead: Gives one of these to Unsinkable when he finds him sneaking around the house.
  • Only Sane Man:
    Lovino: Am I the only one who realizes how fuckin' weird this whole thing is?
  • Parental Abandonment: No mention is made of what happened to his and Felicano's parents.
  • Sadistic Choice: Meeting Unsinkable sneaking through the house forces Lovino to choose between his morals (letting Unsinkable go) or his freedom (taking the reward and running from his grandfather). He chooses to let Unsinkable run.
  • The Snark Knight: Absolutely. This is a big part of why he handles the behind-the-scenes aspects of business.
  • The Unfavorite: Appears to be this when compared to Feliciano.
  • What You Are in the Dark: When given the option to sell out Unsinkable or let him escape, he lets Unsinkable - and the reward money - go.

    Antonio Fernandez Carriedo of Marigon 

A trader and friend of Francis's, who proves instrumental to the plot when tasked with purchasing Mathieu at auction. Also seems to have a crush on Lovino Romae.

Government and Police

The characters who act to enforce the will of the Bondsperson Service Protection Agency (BSPA), Border Control, or the Hallar council.

    Adnan and Karpusi 

A pair of highly inept BSPA Buddy Cops continually stuck with the Five-Man Band money-laundering case, whose actions are often described solely through mail correspondence.

    Constable Hassan 

A higher law enforcement authority figure working to catch the Great Delivery's infamous captain.

  • Dirty Cop: On a technical level; he does release prisoners from jail for personal reasons, but that's because of the band's Noble Fugitive status.
  • Nice Guy: Not much more to say about him; he's just so darn decent.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Again, despite his importance to the story, he gets very little focus time.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: We know that Kirkland sells him out for releasing the Five-Man Band, but we never find out what happens to him because of it. He also gets no mention in the epilogue.
  • What You Are in the Dark: He frees the Five-Man Band from prison because he believes the world is better with them working in it.

    Elizaveta Héderváry 

A Hallari BSPA agent and Council official, married to Roderich Edelstein.


    Roderich Edelstein 

A pianist and husband of Elizaveta Héderváry, who winds up playing auctioneer at the Decennial auction.


Katya Bragin's preferred suitor, the leader of Veshna, and (to Ivan's disgust) the proud owner of five bondspeople.


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