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  • Hetalia: Axis Powers is a series about people who are countries. Doesn't sound too strange until you realize that the series manages to be educational and gay. The best part? The author is male.
    • One of the girls who does appear is a total yaoi fangirl - she openly enjoys seeing her husband being molested by other nations.
    • It gets better: Hetalia was serialized in a seinen magazine (Comic Birz). Yes, the series known for its almost entirely female fandom can be called a seinen. World Stars also has the distinction of running on Shonen Jump's sister site Shonen Jump+, though there's less of a gap in Periphery Demographic in most works relating to that magazine.
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    • As an additional sidenote, said author was living in New York when he came up with the idea, which probably explains why it seems as though it's not quite expectedly Japanese.
  • Each of the countries' quirks is based on what the country is famous for.
    • Such as America and... Nantucket?
  • Switzerland and Lichtenstein are depicted as brother and sister, with Switzerland being extremely protective of her. In Japanese, they are voiced by Romi Park and Rie Kugimiya, respectively, similar to the relationship between their characters in Fullmetal Alchemist (Park as Edward Elric and Kugimiya as Alphonse Elric)
    • There's also Truth in Television, in that the two countries do view each other as "siblings" (wir sind bruder).
  • Estonia's character design was based on Himaruya's own looks. Not the hair and eye colors, though.
    • He also jokingly has called the character "the best character in the series"
  • For America's Maru Kaite Chikyuu they used the "Awesome" and "Music" straight from Lady Gaga's "Just Dance".
    • In the ending song from the movie, you can also hear him yell Yes We Can! at one point.
      • He explicitly says "Yes we can" in "WDC World Dancing", one of his character songs, too.
  • Banned in South Korea, for various reasons.
  • Romano/South Italy's character song actually uses the rhythm and tone of Tarantella Napolitana. Which makes sense given that when compared side by side, they sound exactly the same.
    • Poland's Marukaite Chikyuu incorporates elements from the Polish National Anthem.
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    • In addition, it seems that Frontier Works did their work; you can sync-up both Poland and Lithuania's Marukaite Chikyuu, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein's Marukaite Chikyuu, so they sound somewhat like duets. Furthermore, within the recent World Twinkle character CDs, each character references the other character with whom they share a CD with. This is most prominent on Norway and Iceland's CD, where they call/receive a call from one another midway through their songs.

Trivia Tropes

  • Actor-Shared Background: France's English voice actor is a fluent French speaker.
  • Anything That Moves: Word of God's stance on France's sexuality.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!:
  • Bonus Material:
    • The first edition versions of volumes four and five of the Japanese manga had special booklets.
    • The Japanese DVDs come with CDs containing audio dramas and character songs.
    • The first run of the DVDs in North America came with Hetalia-themed bandanas.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Averted and disproved for Iceland. A popular and old rumor was that he would be voiced by Mitsuki Saiga, while fans often assumed that a female would eventually voice him anyway. His voice actor for The Movie wound up being a relatively unknown male one, Ayumu Asakura.
    • Avoided for Hong Kong. Lots of fans speculated about which female seiyuu would play him, but both the CD drama and the Special Episode of the anime gave him a male one: Motoki Takagi.
  • Distanced from Current Events: Due to the obvious Real Life issues, Tibet just appeared in a single strip. In the webcast adaptation of said strip, he was replaced by a talking panda.
  • No Export for You: While the team Hetascanlations has been making unofficial scanlations for years, and it's even gotten official releases in Germany, China and Thailand, the manga publications of World Stars have yet to see an English release.
  • Old Shame: Himaruya has deleted some strips and illustrations for the series over the years, probably for Unfortunate Implications and mistakes that he later corrected.
  • The Other Darrin: In the case of Romano's younger self, initially voiced by his older self's actor in the first episode, then switched in episode 60.
    • In World Twinkle, Taliesin Jaffe took over voicing England for a very good reason, as Scott Freeman was convicted for child pornography. Jaffe himself was replaced by Steven Kelly in World Stars, presumably due to being busy with Critical Role.
    • Due to Cassandra Hodges' tragic death via suicide, her role as Seychelles in The Beautiful World was recast, with Caitlin Glass taking over.
    • Denmark's voice actor was changed from Montgomery Sutton in World Series to Greg Ayres from The Beautiful World onward, as there were production delays.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Reclusive Artist: A curious example for Wy. While she is indeed an artist and also really hard to reach that's actually because they can't build a driveway.
    • Kugelmugel also counts.
    • Ladonia's founding boss created the driftwood sculptures in his claimed land.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Switzerland's seiyuu is Romi Paku aka Edward Elric. Liechtenstein? Voiced by Rie Kugimiya aka Alphonse Elric. Add Seychelles to the mix as well, as Megumi Takamoto also voices Winry Rockbell in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.
  • Shrug of God: About a lot of things ranging from how the nations are born, what exactly happens to the personifications where their nation no longer exists, to if/when certain nations will appear in the series.
  • Star-Making Role: Particularly in the dub, where it helped to kickstart or bolster several VAs' careers.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Daisuke Namikawa voices both Italies. Meanwhile, Aki Kanada voices both of their younger selves.
    • America and Canada are both voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in Japanese and Eric Vale in English.
    • China and Taiwan are both voiced by Yuki Kaida in China's drama track and in the anime, as well as both being voiced by Clarine Harp in the dub.
      • And in Taiwan's character song, Kaida has a duet with herself as China makes a special appearance!
  • What Could Have Been: Many of the characters were originally quite different than how they were eventually portrayed.
    • Italy wasn't originally intended to have his Idiot Hair, but Himaruya drew it in at the last minute to make him appear cuter. His personality was also originally to be similar to a character from Himaruya's first series, Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club in being simply unlucky and cowardly, not being that much of a ditz.
    • Early notes in a booklet included with the special edition of volume 3 revealed that Germany was to be more of a "scary" character and moodier, but became more of a sympathetic type as the story evolved.
    • According to volume 3, China was going to be middle-aged and have short hair and glasses, and be more like Austria in personality.
    • According to volume 3, America was supposed to have been more handsome, more cheeky, and smarter. Himaruya has stated that the original version would not have worked out that well.
    • Himaruya originally considered giving England normal thin eyebrows, as well as making him an older man who attempted to dress trendy and younger. He changed his mind on the eyebrows after deciding he wanted them to mimic the brow patterns of a Shiba dog.
    • France was originally planned as a straight stereotype of a completely suave character, and he would have had visible wrinkles and shorter hair. Like America, he actually appeared in the strips with some of those physical characteristics before the Art Evolution hit.
    • According to volume 3, Russia was originally had dark hair, was middle-aged, and was going to be a crybaby whose personality changed completely when he got drunk.
    • Along with the idea for Hungary as a man, Himaruya had another idea for her personality, with her being a snide and witchy type of woman who would shoot people full of arrows if they mistook her for a guy. The basis of her current design and this rejected personality were in turn recycled from a Hungarian witch character in a series that never materialized.
    • Prussia was initially to have long hair and facial characteristics more like Poland, as well as being more mature.
    • Himaruya had one idea for Switzerland to actually be a woman who dressed masculine when in uniform, but who would wind up shocking others like Germany when they would see her in plain clothing.
    • At first Himaruya considered having Liechtenstein emulate her brother even more, with a harsher personality and a cold manner of speech.
    • According to volume 3, originally Greece had glasses and shorter hair.
    • Poland was initially intended to be the first female, while Hungary was to be male.
    • According to this blog entry, Belarus originally was supposed to be a brunette and quite more mellow and stable. A remnant of this idea can be seen in her first colored manga appearance, where her facial expression when threatening Latvia is a little less severe, while her hair and eyes are both colored brown.
    • Ukraine was to originally have a more average-sized chest, but in contrast, her personality would have been less dignified and she was to be even more unlucky.
    • Cuba was initially set to be a cute boy who was kinder, yet still strong-willed.
    • A prototype design for Korea had the character as a girl with aspirations to be a pop idol. The design for the female Korea was inspired by the lead of an earlier, short-lived webcomic by Himaruya, entitled MoeKan (and even directly resembled her in one of the drafts). It was also re-used for his canon Gender Flip self.
      • He was also supposed to be in the anime, but then the South Korean government, Moral Guardians declared a Dude, Not Funny! on the character note . Fans can still dream though since Himaruya did not dispose of him, at least in his blog, as of 2010-11.
      • Himaruya himself seems to have taken a third option: Korea's out of official merchandise and media, but he keeps drawing him on a regular basis in his blog and website since he can do whatever he wants there. He still gets strips of his own, and also appears in Hetaween 2011 and Hetalia Bloodbath 2011.
    • Himaruya had many preliminary designs of Taiwan, including: a little girl, an old man, a Dragon Lady, a short-haired tomboy, a little boy and a young man.
    • According to Word of God, Seychelles was based off of an old character who was meant to represent Nagasaki.
      • As well, an initial design shows Seychelles with one very bushy eyebrow and one normal one. This sketch also has her trademark ribbons missing.
    • There's a discarded sketch of Luxembourg showing his face that also appear in Belgium's nightmares (while the real Luxembourg is hiding behind the door):
    Belgium: Ugh~ Who's this guy... this isn't the Luxem I know.
    • Nagasaki originally had ribbons in her hair and looked more like Seychelles (who in fact was based from that old design).
    • Okinawa was originally to be a girl with flowers in her hair, as shown in a discarded sketch in one of Himaruya's galleries. She was also an Expy of Tira Sugusuku, a character existing in both the Barjona and Kitakou series. However, a girl resembling the original design (or Tira) can be seen at his house in his debut.
    • In the dub, Todd Haberkorn was originally cast as Britain, but the role of Italy ended up having to be recast.
    • Apparently, the recasting of Italy ended up delaying the dub for a while because they couldn't decide between Todd Haberkorn and Vic Mignogna.
    • Also with regards to the dub, Montgomery Sutton may have voiced Denmark throughout season five at the least; however, production delays meant recasting Denmark, with Greg Ayres taking the helm from seasons five on.
    • Early drafts for Malaysia as seen on Twitter reveal that he was originally going to have a similar hairstyle to Singapore.
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