List of Hetalia: Axis Powers characters

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The characters of Hetalia: Axis Powers (often shortened to just Hetalia) are Japanese manga/anime personifications of various nations, countries and micronations. The personalities of each individual character are based upon stereotypes of the nations, countries and micronations depicted.[1] The characters were created by Hidekaz Himaruya, writer and illustrator of the webmanga series.[2]

The following is a list of all his official characters and additional information about them.

Axis Powers[edit]

The Axis Powers, the main characters of the Hetalia series. From left to right: Japan, North Italy, Germany

The Axis Powers group of characters consists primarily of Germany, Italy, and Japan (the Axis Powers of World War Two), who are also the protagonists of the series.

North Italy[edit]

Italy Veneziano (イタリアヴェネツィアーノ Itaria Veneziāno), usually shortened to just Italy (イタリア Itaria) is the primary protagonist and the title character, portrayed as a bright, energetic, and mostly sweet young man. In the series, he is depicted at various points as the infant grandson of the Roman Empire and is recognized as one of the weakest characters in the series as well as a carefree and cowardly soldier who often surrenders without a fight, usually by waving a white flag. His artistry and love of pasta and pizza are references to stereotypical Italian culture. He uses his adorable ways and cute face to charm girls he meets. He is portrayed as a "loveable loser".[3] Despite looking weak and helpless, Italy is viewed as being strong as a child, being able to defeat Turkey single-handedly during his golden days. According to Himaruya, Italy is strong, but because of his cowardice he doesn't show his strength.[citation needed] Italy Veneziano represents the northern half of the country, while his older brother Romano represents the southern half. Hence, their full character names are Italy Veneziano and Italy Romano respectively. In the anime series, both Veneziano and Romano are voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese. In English, Veneziano is voiced by Todd Haberkorn[4] and Romano is voiced by Ian Sinclair. Young Italy, from a common segment on the show called Chibitalia, is voiced by Aki Kanada in Japanese and Brina Palencia in English.[4]

Germany[edit]

Germany (ドイツ Doitsu) is viewed as hard-working, efficient, bureaucratic and serious. In the series, Germany is primus inter pares among the Axis Powers, and takes responsibility for the training of Italy and Japan. He is a tall and muscular man with blond hair and blue eyes (possibly a reference to the stereotype of typical people of Germanic and Nordic descent) and usually wears military fatigues, uniforms, or formal wear. Although he has a tendency to act aggressively to other characters he encounters (in particular Italy and Japan), he can sometimes show a kinder side to his personality. Another aspect of his character is his relative inexperience with relationships, leading him to be very by-the-book as a result of the belief that things will go wrong if he does not follow instructions to the letter. Despite this, as the series progresses, he forms a close friendship with Italy and Japan. On his relationship, he has a very complicated relationship with Russia and Poland, the latter tends to view him with a mistrust. Germany is found to have a close tie with Turkey although he is very skeptic of Turkey. In the anime series, he is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto in Japanese and Patrick Seitz in English.[4]

Japan[edit]

Japan (日本 Nihon) is a reclusive and hard-working man. He seems to have a problem with others being in his personal space, for he gets uncomfortable if anyone touches him or gets too close, though he does seem to have gotten used to this to some extent. In the series, he is shown to be inexperienced with the Western world, and prone to culture shock; but he also finds fascination in the ways of other nations since he takes photographs of cultural oddities in other countries' lands. A young man, his character design features dark brown eyes and black hair, common physical traits among Japanese people; and has the attire of an officer of the Japanese Navy. He often tries to adopt the cultures of other countries he meets such as France, or when other countries meet him such as America. He "senses the mood and refrains from speaking".[5] Generally quiet, he is often depicted with the attitude of a businesslike old man. Interestingly, he admires Germany much and even has a very strong bond with Germany for his involvement (Jakob Meckel) in modernizing Japan. He also has the same respect for England, which is the reason why he wears his naval costume, although sometimes England feels annoyed for Japan's conquests at World War II. Towards Russia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and China, he has a very little respect for Russia, South Korea, and China mainly because of several issues; but highly favors Vietnam and Taiwan. He also has a good relationship with Thailand. In the anime series, he is voiced by Hiroki Takahashi in Japanese and Christopher Bevins in English.[4] Young Japan is voiced by Alexis Tipton in English.[4]

Allied Forces[edit]

The Allied Powers consist primarily of the characters America, England, France, Russia, Canada, and China. These characters are often depicted as comically failing to reach consensus in their war meetings. The representations of countries that were also part of the historical Allies of World War Two (such as Canada) make additional appearances.

America[edit]

America (アメリカ Amerika) is an energetic young man. In the series, he was found by Finland, France and England (at first) before France left him in England's care after America chose the latter over the former, then later grows distant from him which eventually leads to him fighting for his independence. America is very similar in appearance to his brother, Canada, who is often mistaken for America. America has blond hair, starry blue eyes, glasses representing Texas, and a noticeable cowlick representing Nantucket. In the World War II sections of the anime and manga, America wears an American Army Air Force Officer uniform, and a vintage leather flight jacket. He is the self-proclaimed leader of the Allied Forces, and his catchphrase is "I'm the hero!" Although his ideas for solving international problems are often absurd, and he is usually oblivious to the opinions of others, it has been stated that he acts this way purposely. America's ideas and inventions are grand, but rarely go anywhere. He is often portrayed as loud, obnoxious, egotistical, immature, childlike and interfering with other characters' businesses with little regard for whom his actions affect. Yet despite his misgivings, he is shown to be a kind-hearted person who cares deeply for his friends. He is also shown to be extremely intelligent in several fields. He is a brave adventurer and natural explorer, wanting to try things no one has ever done before, and he usually spends his free time either trying new foods, being around friends, or making movies and has a fascination with superheroes which he aspires to be himself. He has a prominent case of phasmophobia, which is ironic considering his friendly acquaintance with an alien named Tony, who lives in his house. America is frequently seen clutching a hamburger or eating while speaking, yet he is self-conscious of his unhealthy habits and tries several yet ineffective diets to stay healthy. He also has uncanny superhuman strength, being able to lift objects several times his size. In the anime series, his voice actor is Katsuyuki Konishi in Japanese and Eric Vale in English, both of whom also voice Canada.[4] As a child, America's voice actress is Ai Iwamura in Japanese and Luci Christian in English.

United Kingdom[edit]

United Kingdom (イギリス Igirisu) More commonly known as England or Britain is the human personification of England and acting representation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is depicted as an irritable man with big, bushy eyebrows drawn with five lines. While before he was a zealous privateer, he is now a cynical and sharp-tongued gentleman. Some of his notable character traits include his terrible cooking skills, inability to hold his liquor, foul mouth, ability to see supernatural creatures, and ability to perform magic curses on his enemies. He is usually recognized for his rather large eyebrows, blonde hair (more in a punk-like style), green eyes, and his green Royal Artillery Officer's uniform. In the English release of the anime, when asked why they opted to choose the name "Britain" over "England", Funimation explained that it was a request from the Japanese studio. Tokyopop, the English publisher of the manga, refers to him as "England." Britain is most antagonistic towards France, with whom he shares a long rivalry, and has strong mixed feelings towards America and Ireland, his former charges. He also has a strong dislike towards Spain because Spain often wants Gibraltar back to Spain which England seriously disagrees. In one strip he notes that he has an older brother named Scotland who he also has a lot of mixed feeling. Himaruya has confirmed that England represents both the United Kingdom and England, while Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are his siblings. Among England's other 'relations' are Sealand, a micronation whom England considers to be an annoying little brother due to his continued attempts to get other countries to recognize him as an independent country. England maintains a very close relationship with Portugal, Canada, New Zealand, Cyprus and Australia, whom mostly former colonies of England and often gets fun with them except for Portugal. England's voice actor is Noriaki Sugiyama, and his English voice actor was Scott Freeman but due to some legal issues, Funimation cut off all ties with him. He was replaced by Taliesin Jaffe in The World Twinkle.

France[edit]

France (フランス Furansu) is an overly-romantic, carefree man. In the series, he is shown to have a long-held rivalry with England, whom he raised. He makes sexual passes at many characters. France explains away his long history of military defeats as a joke from God, but he believes he is gifted with his "charms" and his supreme cooking skills. He regards himself as the eldest brother among the European nations and is referred to as such by some of them, though he calls Spain his elder brother in turn; while he loves both the Italies and often makes fun of them. Most of the time he does not bother remembering to speak English, instead using French, the "Language of Love". He has long blond hair, clear blue eyes, and usually wears a purple cathedral cloak. Thus also a great power, France is noted for being very arrogant as well and he has suffered animosities from Vietnam, Syria, Haiti and Algeria for his ruthless towards them. In the anime series, he is voiced by Masaya Onosaka in Japanese and J. Michael Tatum in English.

Russia[edit]

Russia (ロシア Roshia), previously known as The Soviet Union (ソビエト連邦) or before that, the Russian Empire and Tsardom of Russia, is the tallest of all the nations, and has a thick muscular body. He has wavy silver hair, purple eyes, a large nose, wears a thick winter coat and a silk scarf. Russia has a seemingly kind demeanor but has suffered mental trauma following the strain of his bloody history, and as a result he has the innocence and cruelty of a child; sometimes he casts an aura of pure evil around him whenever such malicious thoughts enter his mind. He often terrifies the other countries without even trying, especially when he was the Soviet Union. He would abuse the Baltics and still stalks them in the modern day, especially Lithuania. Occasionally, he stalks China, while in a panda costume; and he holds a subtle rivalry with the Western nations, especially America; meanwhile he has some bonds with India, a major country, with Greece and Serbia who share Eastern Orthodox Christianity like him, while maintains close relations with Vietnam although his understanding to Vietnam is questionable giving his lack of understanding Vietnam, especially after the Sino–Vietnamese War. His primary target of resentment is General Winter, because despite using the cold to his advantage in war, he is also attacked by him every year. Russia has also been known to want Lithuania and other countries to become one with him. Russia also has two sisters: his older sister, Ukraine and his younger sister, Belarus. He becomes gloomy and depressed when either of them is on his mind because Ukraine left him to try to make friends in the EU and Belarus, is obsessed with the idea of forcing him to marry her. She seems to be the only other country which Russia fears. Russia happily promises that eventually "all will become one with Russia". He dreams of living in a warm place surrounded by sunflowers, and vodka is his fuel. He says "kolkolkol" to threaten his subordinates when he is angered. Russia is often seen carrying a metal faucet pipe. In the anime series, he is voiced by Yasuhiro Takato in Japanese and Jerry Jewell in English.

China[edit]

China (中国 Chugoku) is the oldest nation in the Allies, being depicted as immortal as well as being over four (or five) thousand years old, and is regarded as the eldest sibling among the East Asian nations. He is often depicted with pandas. His boss was introduced as a green Chinese dragon with an intimidating appearance. He is kind of disturbed by and distrustful of Russia, reflecting Tsarist Russia invaded China and occupied Vladivostok, wars in Xinjiang and Mongolia before when he was Qing China and Republic of China, although this feeling is changing to America recently due to America's concerns of China. During the fight between the Axis and Allies, he fights Germany and Japan with a wok and ladle, which became his weapon of choice which also serves as a stereotype that China serves good food. He is a big fan of Hello Kitty and tends to end his sentences with the suffix -aru, a Japanese racist stereotype of how Chinese people speak (see Kyowa-go). However, he replaces the customary -aru with the suffix -ahen, which means opium, when speaking to England, as a reference to the Opium Wars. China seems to have a problem on developing relationship with other countries surrounding him as for the result of he, himself, was an Imperial power, as it was demonstrated by wars and disputes with Burma, Nepal, Vietnam, Korea, India, Taiwan, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Russia, which makes him witness many negative stereotypes against him among neighbors. Interestingly, he develops a strong relationship with Pakistan, which is India's rival. In the anime series, he is voiced by Yuki Kaida in Japanese and Clarine Harp in English.

European countries[edit]

South Europe[edit]

South Italy[edit]

South Italy (南イタリア Minami Itaria), often referred to as Romano (ロマーノRomāno), is the older brother of Veneziano and is the representation of the southern half of Italy. Romano seems to have a great dislike for everyone, although he privately respects Spain, who he lived with when he was young, but hates Germany and is much more openly rude to him. While Romano argues with his younger brother a lot, he is protective of him and thus disapproves of Germany. He is depicted as having a tsundere type of personality and curses frequently. His hair and skin tone are sometimes depicted as darker than his brother's in manga art — this is supposedly due to the fact that Romano has Arabic blood whereas his brother has more German-European blood. He has been referred to as having "Darker hair, darker personality". He is shown in multiple outfits but most commonly a tan uniform with a maroon top and navy blue tie. He acts brave but is actually timid and as fearful as his brother and tends to hide behind Spain. While he shares his younger brother's love of girls and pasta, he is the tougher and more hardworking of the two, as he was the one who had to work more historically. Romano suffers from an inferiority complex toward his younger brother, as Veneziano was more talented in the arts and spent more time by their grandfather's side, so he constantly berates himself. Romano is scared of France and Turkey. Romano is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese and by Ian Sinclair in English. Chibi Romano is voiced by Aki Kanada in Japanese and by Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.[4]

Vatican City[edit]

Vatican City (バチカン市国) is the smallest country in the world, his house is located inside of the city of Rome. He is depicted as a grumpy old man who is at constant odds with both Italies although it is later resolved. His house suffers from heavy traffic problems due to tourists. He is also noted for dressing like a Pope.

Spain[edit]

Spain (スペイン Supein) was once very powerful until poverty and war struck but he nevertheless remained optimistic. Spain is shown to be comically incapable of reading the atmosphere and doesn't even bother to try. He has mixed relationships with many characters including France, England, Belgium, Prussia, Austria, Morocco and Netherlands, but his most important is with Romano, Italy Veneziano's older brother. Romano spent much time under Spain's rule and their relationship was love–hate, Spain was always affectionate but Romano insulted him at times. Spain is fond of children which leads to his desire to have both parts of Italy in his house. Spain was once married to Austria when the Habsburgs came to Spain but became his enemy during the War of the Spanish Succession, even though he got Milan during the War of the Austrian Succession. Likewise, Netherlands doesn't like Spain at all, it is said that Belgium however is on good terms with Spain. Spain is also disliked by Morocco because of Spain's interference on Western Sahara question. Spain however, dislikes England because of Gibraltar, whom he still sees England has occupied Gibraltar from him. Spain is noted for his love to music and he prefers to speak Spanish, which he often praises as "the language of music". Spain is voiced by Go Inoue in Japanese and by David Trosko in English.[4]

Portugal[edit]

Portugal (ポルトガル Porutogaru) appears to be relatively cheerful, and is shown easily chatting with Spain (whom he has a turbulent history with). He doesn't show much trepidation about eavesdropping on Spain's "important phone calls", and is known for his laid-back-ness. While he used to be one of the leading powers during the age of discovery, recently he's become more saudade and focused on domestic issues. His first appearance is as an unnamed and unseen figure at the end of the Halloween 2011 event and made his formal debut on the Halloween 2013 event. Afterwards making an appearance in Hetalia: World☆Stars chapter 77 criticizing Spain about being late to the Industrial Revolution and bragging about still having his underling Macau while Spain lost South Italy.

Greece[edit]

Greece (ギリシャ Girisha) is a Mediterranean country. He is known as a lover of cats and philosophy. He is often seen with cats due to his country having so many strays, and often has some of the mannerisms of a cat such as sleeping for long periods of time. Due to his country being filled with ruins left by his mother, Ancient Greece, he is unable to develop his country much, thus he is noted for being good sailor due to long coast line. His main rivalry is with Turkey, who invaded him. Greece is voiced by Atsushi Kousaka in Japanese and by Vic Mignogna in English.[citation needed]

Turkey[edit]

Turkey (トルコ Toruko) is a Mediterranean country who is recognizable by the fact he is usually seen wearing a mask around his eyes. Formerly known as the Ottoman Empire, he has a big rivalry with Greece after he invaded although he often works with Greece with several issues. Turkey is described as being "unnecessarily passionate and uncomfortably friendly". However, despite his jovial personality, Turkey can be stubborn about trivial things."[6] He is also the only country in the world to recognize the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus as a country, whom he currently has custody over. He respects Azerbaijan and every Turkic countries and also a fan of Turanism – the ideology sometimes annoying Hungary, Japan and South Korea. Turkey hates Armenia a lot and often refuses to recognize the Armenian Genocide, citing that it "never exists" and he has no responsibility; while he has a complicated relationship with Russia and Iran, whom have rivalries with them. Also, he shows resentment over China due to Uyghur question, since his original ancestor is from Xinjiang, formerly known as East Turkestan. Turkey has a strong tie with Germany (due to Turks in Germany) and he is seen to be able on speaking German, however Germany doesn't trust him. Turkey is voiced by Takahiro Fujimoto in Japanese and Kent Williams in English.

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus[edit]

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (北キプロス・トルコ共和国) sometimes referred to as TRNC or Northern Cyprus appears as a young child and is Cyprus' younger brother. In Axis Powers Hetalia: The CD, it is mentioned that TRNC can't grow up due to not being recognized as a country by anyone except for Turkey. He greatly admires Turkey because of this, he considers him to be "gentle" and he greatly dislikes Greece for always fighting with Turkey. He has a monotone voice and dresses similarly to Turkey, though he is at times confused with Egypt because of their similar design. He is voiced by Hina Minami in Japanese.

Cyprus[edit]

Cyprus (キプロス Kipurosu) is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. Cyprus first appeared in the independent drama CD Axis Powers Hetalia: The CD. Cyprus appears in Turkey&!, asking Greece why he can't find a way to get along with Turkey. After pressing the issue, Cyprus asks if there has ever been a time they have had fun together, and is surprised to learn that they once had fun in a bathhouse together. He is fought over by both Greece and Turkey, though he hopes that they will be able to reach a resolution and get along someday. He openly scolds them for fighting. Cyprus is voiced by Toshiki Kurosawa in Japanese and Aaron Dismuke in English.

Central Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Austria (オーストリア Ōsutoria) is an elegant-looking young man who has interest in the arts, specifically in the piano. He is mostly known for taking control of Italy after the Italian Wars (present in the Chibitalia parts of the manga/anime) and having Italy as his servant. Austria's relationship with Germany is seen as love–hate since they merged and became allies during World War I, but Austria's presence annoyed Germany greatly. He is also known for being an enemy to Prussia whom he lost Silesia to during the War of the Austrian Succession; since then Prussia has mocked and humiliated Austria for having a female leader. He is known for his several marriages notably his marriage to Spain when the Habsburg came to Spain and his marriage to Hungary that created the dual monarchy Austria-Hungary. He became enemies with Spain during the War of Spanish Succession and when he allied himself with France and Prussia during the War of Austrian Succession. He is still on good terms with Hungary even after their divorce and often spend time together. Austria was once united with Switzerland, but they broke apart and deny their friendship. According to his character notes, Austria does not wear glasses for bad eyesight but rather for a better appearance; the stray strand in his hair represents Mariazell. Austria is voiced by Akira Sasanuma in Japanese[7][8] and by Chuck Huber in English.[4]

Hungary[edit]

Hungary (ハンガリー Hangarī) was once a nomadic girl, who thought she was a boy, who was picked on by Mongolia and a younger Turkey (then called the Ottoman Empire); she has two ancestors mentioned, Hun and Magyar. After Prussia discovered the fact she was a woman, Hungary decided to settle down and moved in with Austria, eventually becoming a couple and remaining with him until they were forced to separate at the end of World War One. Prussia first discovered this when he found her wounded and noticed that she had breasts when her shirt was unbuttoned. Hungary is known for being somewhat a big sister figure to Italy and being the only one who knew he was a boy during their time with Austria and Holy Rome. Like Austria, Hungary is a rival with Prussia since she helped Austria out during the war mentioned above. It was revealed by Himaruya that Hungary was initially intended to be a cross-dressing male character. Himaruya had also planned to make Hungary more witch-like. She has a flower in her hair that represents Lake Balaton. It is said that Hungary is probably one of the manliest characters in the series and is a fujoshi. Hungary also has a good relationship with Poland, as for the old but legendary Polish-Hungarian friendship. Hungary also swears she would defend Poland from any dangers. Hungary is voiced by Michiko Neya in Japanese and by Luci Christian in English.[4]

Switzerland[edit]

Switzerland (スイス Suisu) is a xenophobic man in the Alps, usually depicted in a green military uniform and a white beret. He is permanently neutral in all matters, and is always threatening other nations to get off his land via gunpoint. His only close relationship is with Liechtenstein (リヒテンシュタイン Rihitenshutain), a small female nation that Switzerland adopted after she fell into poverty after World War I.

Liechtenstein[edit]

Liechtenstein (リヒテンシュタイン Rihitenshutain) is very close to Switzerland, often dressing up like him, and they share the same army. In the film Paint it, White Switzerland and Liechtenstein are the only two nations in the world not affected by the invasion of the Pict because they are protected by their "barrier of permanent neutrality". Switzerland is voiced by Romi Park in Japanese and John Burgmeier in English. Liechtenstein is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in Japanese and Cherami Leigh in English.[citation needed]

Poland[edit]

Poland (ポーランド Porando) is an eccentric, selfish, and childish yet cheerful man. In history, Poland belonged to Eastern Europe for a long time, but now he is reformed into Central Europe in geography. He is also known for his friendship with Lithuania which represents the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, until Russia, Prussia, and Austria fought and divided them in 1795; but even having a good relations, he sometimes doesn't like Lithuania due to Vilnius and for more, Polish–Lithuanian War, which later witnessed hostilities between him and Lithuania, even after World War II until 1991. Poland calls Lithuania Liet, (short for Lietuva, the Lithuanian word for Lithuania). He calls himself a phoenix, which shows how Poland kept rising after being beaten down. Around strangers, he assertively states his opinion and then being struck down by extreme shyness, as shown when he first met Sweden. Poland sometimes acts concerned for others, as shown when he sees Lithuania's bruised back after Lithuania's return from Russia, saying "There's a side to Lithuania I don't know about". He also has good relations with Italy and Hungary, especially to Hungary because of their traditional friendship. He is one of the few characters who is not afraid of Russia due to their longtime hostilities that gives Poland much knowledge about Russia. Towards Germany, Poland also holds animosity, although the level isn't the same as Russia. Poland also has a distant yet close relationship with Vietnam, due to large Vietnamese population in Poland (which remains as the largest non-European community in Poland) among the Slavic world, and sometimes he enjoys Vietnam's noodles. He sometimes even asks Vietnam to control Russia, based on the relationship between Russia and Vietnam. Poland has a strong belief that he can manage to unite several countries in Central and Eastern Europe based on Intermarium, although his idea gets opposed by many of neighbors who think he is an imperialist. Ironically, his dreams sometimes become the reasons why some of his neighboring countries ask Russia to wreck him down. Poland is voiced by Kokoro Tanaka (formerly known as Kazutada Tanaka) in Japanese, Ryan Bijan in English, but is then replaced by Joel McDonald, who dubs Poland from World Series and Paint it, White! onwards.[citation needed]

Czech Republic and Slovakia[edit]

Czech (チェコ Cheko) is a young female nation who along with Slovakia (スロバキア Surobakia), a male nation, worked together to break away and achieve independence from Austria and Hungary (then the Austro-Hungarian Empire). Together they lived in the same house as Czechoslovakia (Czecho-Slovakia) and attempted to reestablish their vanishing culture after years of always being ruled by other countries. Czech is artistic, serious and hard-working while Slovakia is more laid back than Czech and very patient. He also has the habit of becoming obsessed with little issues (like adding a hyphen to their name). After years of begging Czech to add a hyphen to their name, Czech decided to move out and become her own country, to which Slovakia agrees to (this refers to the "Velvet Divorce" in which they both gained independence from each other without any bloodshed). Czech is shown to have a friendly rivalry with Hungary as they both compete over who deserves to be known as the spa country. Czech, in an extent, has a very close relationship with Vietnam who is also a girl, as for Czech's decision to recognize Vietnam as another friend (possibly because Vietnamese people are a recognized minority in the Czech Republic). They made their debut appearance in Hetalia: World☆Stars chapter 85.

East Europe[edit]

The Baltics[edit]

The Three Baltic states, Lithuania (リトアニア), Estonia (エストニア) and Latvia (ラトビア) are three Eastern European countries who were dominated by Russia and constantly suffered from his bullying. Lithuania is voiced by Ken Takeuchi in Japanese and Josh Grelle in English; Estonia by Atsushi Kousaka in Japanese and Mike McFarland in English; and Latvia by Kazutada Tanaka in Japanese and Ryan Reynolds in English.[citation needed]

Lithuania[edit]

Lithuania (リトアニア), the eldest, was once a superpower that ruled much of Eastern and Middle Europe with Poland, but their empire collapsed. He has always fought off other countries, including Russia and the Teutonic Knights (the younger version of Prussia). Lithuania is shown to be friends with Poland and America, having lived in the latter's house for a while before the Great Depression. Even though he is quite friendly towards Poland, Lithuania also holds an animosity towards him due to the Polish–Lithuanian War, which Poland had occupied Vilnius and ruled it until being absorbed by Russia. He has a crush on Belarus, not noticing when she glares at him and, one time, not even noticing when she broke all of his fingers.[citation needed] He has a strong passion on basketball and often tries to match up with America in basketball. He is sometimes being mistaken to Greece due to physical and naming similarities.

Estonia[edit]

Estonia (エストニア) is described as "The wisest of the Baltic brothers and the most lucky as well." He is very high-tech, and is the owner of the strange "mochis", which are small, round, white creatures; each of them is like a certain country, with the four that are usually shown being America, Italy, Canada, and England. Of the three, it is he who tends to stand up to Russia the most.[citation needed] He is Finland's younger brother and also very fond of their relationship.

Latvia[edit]

Latvia (ラトビア) is the youngest of the three states. He gets bullied the most by Russia due to his blunt nature, but is also the most dependent on him. He is very short, which Russia often points out to him. Latvia believes he could have grown more if Russia would not push down on his head when annoyed, which lead Russia to attempt to stretch him instead. He is shown to also drink quite a lot of alcohol, despite his young age.[citation needed]

Russian sisters[edit]

Ukraine (ウクライナ Ukuraina) and Belarus (ベラルーシ Berarūshi) are Russia's sisters who cause Russia deep sadness.

Ukraine[edit]

Ukraine (ウクライナ Ukuraina) Ukraine is Russia's older sister who gave him the scarf he now wears. She is described by her brother as being very warm-hearted and motherly, having taken care of him and Belarus when they were little. Ukraine also shows maternal tendencies to other ex-Soviets, Poland, and to characters outside her family as well. Russia also notes that she's a bit of a cry-baby and her heart is too big, making her an easy target. She desires to make friends in the West after her independence, but it appears she's struggling. She is very poor and often cannot afford to pay her gas and oil bills to Russia. She also has large breasts that represent her country's agricultural nature, which causes her constant back pains. It is later stated in volume 3 notes and her volume 4 profile that despite her cry-baby appearance, she is also a 'fearsome' older sister and can stand her ground. The Sealand and Latvia desktop mascot reveals that Ukraine is known for her surreal "guro" horror games. Ukraine is voiced by Yuki Masuda in Japanese and Lydia Mackay in English.

Belarus[edit]

Belarus (ベラルーシ Berarūshi) Belarus is Russia's younger sister, who wears an old fashioned dress, is deeply in love with Russia and constantly tries to get him to marry her. Russia, however, finds her terrifying when she does this and thus tries to avoid her, though they have been seen interacting normally. She gets severely jealous of other nations if they are near Russia and she will usually scare other nations off, though recently she seems to be trying to encourage others to ally with him. She also has a close bond with Poland, due to the historical legacy of former Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, but she is unaware with Lithuania's crush towards her. Belarus is voiced by Urara Takano in Japanese and Monica Rial in English.[citation needed]

The Balkans[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Bulgaria (ブルガリア Burugaria), in his debut appearance, he bullies Italy despite being an ally of his and Germany's, stating that something about Italy's face gave him an urge to attack him. After Germany asks him, "Aren't you in the Axis?!," he states, "Ja, but take a look at him and tell me you've never wanted to do the same thing." In the 2011 Christmas Event, Bulgaria appears with Romania and seems to have been late due to a yogurt incident. His character is noted to be very independent, as proven even though he is friendly towards Russia, he doesn't give much room for Russia when they discuss. He has a complicated relationship with Greece, but recently has united with Greece on the conflict with Turkey and Macedonia, the latter tends to have trouble over historical claims. He is voiced by Go Inoue in Japanese and by Justin Pate in English.

Romania[edit]

Romania (ルーマニア Rūmania) has been described as a friendly, cheerful, and mischievous man who does not get along well with Hungary, and their relationship is described like "Cats and Dogs". He is known to have a strong belief in black magic and to have a love for folklore, such as Ileana Cosânzeana, which brings out his romantic side. It is said that his strong points are magic and good luck charms, as revealed through character notes. Romania believes himself to be one of Rome's grandsons and an Italy brother due to his time of being Roman territory, he reads tarrot cards to prove this but the cards say otherwise. He first appeared in the Gakuen Hetalia strip "Carry On, Newspaper Club!", in which he is shown to be in the Magic Club with England. He later appeared in Hetalia: The Beautiful World in an animated version of the same strip and in chapter 163 of Hetalia: World☆Stars. He is voiced by Takuya Kodama in Japanese and by Chad Cline in English.

Moldova[edit]

Moldova (モルドバ Morudoba), known as Romania's brother, is a small boy with shaggy brown hair. He wears a small top hat on the left side of his head and usually can be seen dressed in a shabby, oversized coat that's torn and patched up. He first appears in the story "In Just Two Minutes, You Can Grasp The Exterior Of The European Economy" on a map describing the economic climate of Europe at the time. He is shown with a vague design collapsed on the ground stating that "They say there's a limit even to low incomes". Moldova however, is often under pressure of Russia, who wants him to remain with Russia; while Moldova himself is very unhappy of Russia due to Transnistria problem. Moldova is very poor and often has to work and pay bills and debts for Russia, Ukraine and Romania. He makes his formal debut in the Halloween 2013 event.

North Europe (The Nordic Five)[edit]

The Five Nordic countries, Norway (ノルウェー), Sweden (スウェーデン), Finland (フィンランド), Denmark (デンマーク) and Iceland (アイスランド) are five North European countries, most associated with The Nordics. Greenland, Faroe Islands and Åland are also said to be part of the Nordics.

Denmark[edit]

Denmark (デンマーク) is loud, arrogant, and is often seen drinking heavily. He has a fondness for the other Nordics, considering them to be his brothers, especially Iceland and Norway. Denmark is voiced by Hiroshi Shimozaki in Japanese and Montgomery Sutton (season 4) and Greg Ayres (season 5 onwards) in English.[citation needed]

Sweden[edit]

Sweden (スウェーデン) appears to be scary and often intimidates those around him, although he is actually friendly. He is also the only character with a canon sexuality; he is said to be gay (though only for Finland) by the creator of Hetalia.[citation needed] He has a fondness for Finland, and once called him his wife. Sweden was once known as Swedish Empire, particularly due to his might and strength, until was defeated by Russia after the Great Northern War. Sweden is voiced by Keikou Sakai in Japanese and Robert McCollum in English.[citation needed]

Norway[edit]

Norway (ノルウェー) is depicted as a recluse and is revealed to be the brother of Iceland following a DNA test. He is shown to be the only nation other than England and Romania to be able to see spirits and magical creatures. Norway is a magician and once was a Viking, similar to how England was a pirate. He is very annoyed by Denmark. He is protective of Iceland and is shown to care a lot about him. Norway is voiced by Masami Iwasaki in Japanese and Alex Organ in English.[citation needed]

Finland[edit]

Finland (フィンランド) is a cheerful young man who has a particular fondness for Christmas because of the belief that Santa Claus lives in Lapland, which is a major region in northern Finland. He and Sweden escaped from Denmark's house together in the past, traveling back to their homes together as well. He and Sweden enjoyed a strong bond until Russia took away Finland and made Finland under Russia's rule, until 1917. Although a bit childish and shy, he demonstrates a great bravery when he defeated several attempts from Soviet Union to attack him during the Winter War in which even Sweden and Germany have recognized, and later remains independence despite much of Soviet Union's pressure. He is a close friend of Estonia, whom he shares ethno-linguistic commons and just like Estonia, he is also very high-tech person and smart. Finland today is noticed as relatively brilliant and smart person. Finland is voiced by Takahiro Mizushima in Japanese and Clint Bickham in English.[citation needed]

Iceland[edit]

Iceland (アイスランド), the younger brother of Norway, is said to have a cool exterior but is hot and passionate inside, a reference to the volcanic nature of the country. Iceland is able to see faries like Norway and England, but he pretends he can't so he won't be thought as "the boy who sees things". He is often seen with a puffin that talks like a Mafia boss. Iceland is voiced by Ayumu Asakura in Japanese and Jason Liebrecht in English.

West Europe[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Netherlands (オランダ Oranda) is a man with a short, vertical scar on the right side of his forehead, somewhat short, spiky light brown hair with sideburns. He is the older brother of Belgium and Luxembourg. Initial notes described him as a tsundere who is xenophobic and thinks little of using drugs, which may be referencing to the semi-legality of soft-drug consumption in the Netherlands, and is hinted to have a lolicon fetish. Current notes describe him as neurotic and solemn, obsessed with cleanliness and money and doesn't like to be tied up. He has a pet bunny (specifically a Holland Lop). He also beat up Finland and Sweden and drove them out of the New World. He has disliked Spain since the 80 Years War, although he mostly appears in the group formed by Spain, South Italy, Belgium and himself. His formal debut is in Volume 3 of the manga and Netherlands finally appears with Belgium in Episode 94 of the anime. He is voiced by Nobuya Mine in Japanese and by Michael Sinterniklaas in English.[citation needed]

Belgium[edit]

Belgium (ベルギ Berugi) is a girl who did not have much development until recently. She is described as the younger sister of the Netherlands and the older sister of Luxembourg, thus forming the Low Countries, and is known for her short light brown hair with a ribbon through it. Belgium had a brief appearance in both the first episode and chapter of Hetalia, and she had another appearance in an unaired episode of the World Series, but all of these appearances are non-speaking. Her formal and speaking debut was in volume 3 of the Hetalia manga when she meets with Spain and Romano and her and her brother's profiles are given. Belgium finally appears with Netherlands in episode 94 of the anime. Belgium is mostly known for breaking away from her siblings when they tried to unite, but due to different religions and industries Belgium didn't want to join. She is voiced by Eriko Nakamura in Japanese and Amanada Doskocil in English.[citation needed]

Luxembourg[edit]

Luxembourg (ルクセンブルク Rukusenburuku) is a young man with short light brown hair with long bangs covering his right eye. He wears a dress suit with a ribbon tie, black gloves and shoes. He exudes elegance, has a friendly personality, and speaks in a very polite and proper manner. Luxembourg officially debuts during the Halloween 2011 event, though his face is never shown. He is unable to leave home until his work is finished as instructed by his boss, and Spain remarks that he is a pretty busy person. He expresses a desire to participate in Halloween festivities the next year after receiving a photo of his siblings, Spain, and Romano in group costume. During the Christmas 2011 event, he appears off-screen asking Belgium if she is okay as she has an uncomfortable dream about his old character design. He makes his formal debut during the Halloween 2013 event, where he is shown winning the costume contest dressed like a wolfman. Before revealing who he is, he rushes towards Belgium in a successful attempt to frighten her, but when he reveals himself he discovers that she's already fainted.

Monaco[edit]

Monaco (モナコ) is an intelligent, younger-sister to France who speaks like an old man. Despite her serious, grumpy appearance, she is actually quite a sociable character and a knowledgeable student fond of ballet dancing. She is also a bit of a gambler and is known for her casinos. She is also the most anxious of the nations, as she repeatedly worries about world affairs and her economy. She has used her knowledge to protect her country for a long time. She has been on a date with Seborga, but nothing is clear about the further relationship. In the anime, she first appears in the Nekotalia story arc in her Nekotalia form as Monaco Cat, wanting to ban canned tuna due to a tuna shortage when Japan Cat convinces her otherwise; this incarnation is voiced by Yuki Kaida (Japanese) and Colleen Clinkenbeard (English). Monaco makes her formal and full debut later on in Hetalia: The World Twinkle, this time voiced by Yōko Hikasa in Japanese and again by Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.

North American[edit]

Canada[edit]

Canada (カナダ Kanada) is the more passive brother of America. He loves maple syrup and has a pet polar bear named Kumajirou, who unfortunately, always forgets his owner, politely asking who he is every time he interacts with him. In return, Canada always forgets Kumajirou's name as well. In contrast to his brother, Canada is calm, shy, sensitive, and hates fighting, but it is said that he is a very strong fighter just like his brother and he even fought America to a draw and helped burn down Washington, D.C. when he was on the side with England (War of 1812). Despite this, he is often mistaken for his brother and has found himself in trouble for incidents that America has caused and is bullied. When he is not being mistaken for his brother, other nations sometime tend to forget that he exists. Canada and Kumajirou appear at an Allied Forces meeting,[9] but due to Canada's invisibility effect, the other Allies do not realize that he is there as well. Despite his shy demeanour and insecurity, he has been shown to at times reveal passive-aggressive inner thoughts and has even berated America once. His hair is wavy, and blond. He has violet eyes, though they have also been coloured blue in some official art. At least one figurine depicts him with completely orange hair. He also sports a curly ahoge off the top of his head. Canada wears a heavy tan winter coat and pants as his military uniform, though when he is dressed casually, he is usually shown wearing a hoodie (sometimes depicted with the Canadian flag emblem on it), and a pair of jeans. Like his brother, Canada wears glasses, though he also sports a pair of goggles on his head at times (such as when wearing his uniform). He is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi who also voices America in the anime. In an interview with PASH magazine, Konishi said that he played Canada's voice as very quiet and "barely above a whisper", in contrast to the louder brother. His English voice actor, Eric Vale, also voices America and plays Canada's voice in much the same way.[4]

Mexico[edit]

Although Mexico (メキシコ) hasn't made any actual appearance in the series or on Himaruya's blog, Mexico is mentioned many times by other nations, mostly America. When asked if he plans on making Mexico, Himaruya responded that he indeed has plans to design Mexico and other Latin American nations.While missing a design Mexico is still present in the series, they are mentioned in the "America and the World Map" strip, where America explains to England why Mexico on his map is "half-assed", stating that "It's because of my grudge over the Alamo". Mexico is also mentioned in Lithuania's drama CD adaption of "Lithuania's Out-Sourcing" where America expresses he is running late for a meeting but since it is with Mexico, he wants to wear a more "casual" tie. In episode 9 of the Comic Birz volumes, Kumajirou responds to Mexico's email on advice to better their public safety by telling him to add more Canada. In the same comic, Mexico is mentioned as a male.

Cuba[edit]

Cuba (キューバ) is a heavyset man with tan skin and good nature. He makes his debut anime appearance after the credits of Episode 35, became the first Latin American country to appear. The scene adapts Cuba's initial appearance in Fly, Mr. Canada, Fly. He later appears in Episode 52, this time during the actual episode rather than after the credits. In his debut in episode 35, Cuba's hair was drawn to be worn in dreadlocks, but in episode 52, his hair is shown to be straight. He also appears in the film Hetalia: Axis Powers: Paint it, White as one of the few countries not to be transformed by the Pict. He is featured in a news report showcasing him alongside Canada as they attempt to help humans who have only partially been converted into Pict. He hasn't had a good relationship with America much, meanwhile he is seriously poor and often has to pay debts for America. He is voiced by Hiroki Takahashi in Japanese and Bob Carter in English.[4]

South American[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Ecuador's (エクアドル Ekuadoru) design came from a request and was posted on Himaruya's blog. He is the first South American nation to receive a design.He is an animal lover who owns many alpacas. He has tanned skin and wears a bowler type hat and a poncho. It is unknown if he will appear in the series.

Asia[edit]

East Asia[edit]

South Korea[edit]

South Korea (韓国) is a wild and energetic teenager who always claims he is "the origin of everything", which annoys Japan and China. He is also noticed for being famous in music and filming, largely as for the result of Korean Wave. He was originally going to make an anime appearance, but was removed because the Korean government felt insulted and requested to have him removed. This act might have also removed the possibility of there ever being a North Korea (who was in concept) from ever being released.

Mongolia[edit]

Mongolia (モンゴル) made his first appearance as a small chibi sketch, Mongolia is described to have terrorized countries such as China, Japan, Hungary, and Russia in their childhoods; but now very poor and has to pay debts to Russia and China. Possibly because of the diversity of the nomadic tribes in the country, he is known under several names, such as the Golden Horde, the Ulus of Jochi, and Tatar. In his appearances as the Golden Horde, his face is always concealed in shadow. He appeared in "The Story about the Early Days of China and Japan".

China's region[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

Taiwan (台湾) is a fashionable, optimistic and cheerful teenage girl who is strongly willed, and has a tendency to worry. Most of the time, she is very energetic. Although she has her own culture and a lot of her culture is very closed to China, she seems to want to get much closer to Japan rather than to China and sometimes she feels depressed when China often tries to force her back to his zone, which sometimes makes Taiwan believes China wants to "colonize her". She enjoys the kawaii culture from Japan, and likes to cosplay as well. In addition, she is said to be a good cook. She is friendly with Vietnam. Taiwan is voiced by Yuki Kaida in Japanese and by Clarine Harp in English.

Hong Kong[edit]

Hong Kong (香港) is an administrative region of China, he is a calm teenage boy who likes to play tricks and pranks to annoy China and England. He also enjoys making sarcastic comments. He lived with China before being taken away by England. He calls China "sensei". Recently however, Hong Kong is having tensions with China, which makes their relationship turn sour and sometimes China feels unhappy of Hong Kong's attitude. Hong Kong is voiced by Motoki Takagi in Japanese, and in English by Shelton Windham (season 4) and Greg Silva (season 5).

Macau[edit]

Macau (マカオ) is a city and administrative region of China, he acts like a gentle big brother with a pair of glasses. He is shown drinking tea while listening to his siblings fight. Portugal considers Macau to be his best friend, he even fought the Netherlands over Macau. He is noted for being famous of gambling, which is not legal in China but popular in his place.

Tibet[edit]

Tibet (チベット) is an autonomous region of China. He is depicted as a young man with monk attire and has a shaved head, referring to Tibetan Buddhist culture. He has only had one non-speaking cameo.

South East Asia[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Vietnam (ベトナム) is a serious and tough female, often coming across as emotionless even though she is somewhat modest and shy. She has a very strong hostility towards China due to many historical wars, one was the Sino–Vietnamese War at 1979, meanwhile her relationship with Laos and Cambodia is seen to be very weird, as she tends to be very respectful towards them while in deep down Laos and Cambodia are seriously scared of her due to her historical attempt to create an "Indochina Federation", which sometimes resembles Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. She seems to be close to Taiwan, who is also an Asian girl, and she also enjoys good relations with South Korea and Japan, who share many mutual commons with her. She has good relations with Russia, but recently trying to distance herself from Russia to get closer to America, her once-rivalry now a good friend of her. It is possible that Poland sometimes asks Vietnam to keep Russia distancing from Poland, due to their similarities (Poland-Russia and Vietnam-China). Outside Russia, Vietnam also has good relations with some former Eastern Bloc nations like Poland, Ukraine, and the Czech Republic, whom sometimes three of them enjoy Vietnam's noodles; and France, who was Vietnam's former colonial overlord. She seems to have the ability to go around, due to large diaspora.

Thailand[edit]

Thailand (タイ) is a mild young man who always smiles and says "sawadee kap", eats Pad Thai, loves Muay Thai and is often seen with a little elephant. Thailand was once formerly known as Siam, and he didn't enjoy good relations with his neighbors much, especially he hates Burma for the historical conflicts, notably the ransack of Ayutthaya by Burma. He is disliked by Cambodia for "trying to claim Cambodian history", disliked by Malaysia due to Siam's plan to absorb and Buddhistize the region, while his relationship with Laos, his fellow cousin, is also tense and sometimes Thailand sees Laos pathetic and dependant on Vietnam. He is a good friend of America for nearly 180 years, enjoy good relationship with Japan and also has a good relationship with England, who influenced him to modernize and transform himself. However, he tends to have some bond with China, as for the result of large Chinese population in Thailand. He's made two silent cameos in the Hetalia: The Beautiful World episodes 3 and 11.

South Asia[edit]

India[edit]

India (インド) is a short, slender man with pale brown skin, dark brown hair parted at the middle, and amber eyes. He is often shown wearing a puce shirt with a Nehru collar (and a flower pinned to it), and matching churidar trousers. He is shown as a polite man, with a flamboyant personality, much like Hungary, and is additionally said to be rather crazy, due to the diverse population of the country. He is shown to love elephants as he appears as a member of the Elephant Appreciation Club in the Go Forth! Newspaper Club! Second Half strip along with Thailand. He later appears in the Hetalia of The Dead! Strips, when England shows the rest of the characters an Indian horror movie, mixed with a spontaneous song and dance towards the climax scene (referencing a trope of Bollywood movies), which shocks and confuses everyone. In Volume 5, India is mentioned to be extraordinarily skilled at mathematics and arguing, and emits the intense aura of a prince. He is also said to have "going my way" thoughts that overwhelm other countries. India has a complicated relationship with China, whom he admires a lot but also dislikes seriously due to several wars like British expedition to Tibet, Sino-Indian War and Nathu La and Cho La clashes and India also tend to support Tibet, much annoying China; and he has a hostile view towards Pakistan, once belong to him. He seems to hold a high regard towards Israel, Vietnam, Japan, Afghanistan, Iran and South Korea, and recently has developed a bond with America. He has a complicated yet unique relationship with England, who once colonized India. India is voiced by Masahisa Sogabe in Japanese and by T.K. Masala in English.

Oceanian Countries[edit]

Australia[edit]

Australia (オーストラリア) is depicted in the manga as a cheerful, big-brother like character. He is the big brother of Wy and Hutt River. Due to his name sounding somewhat like Austria's, his hair is similar to Austria's as well although having two ahoges instead of one. He has a band-aid across his nose and is often depicted with an evil-looking koala. He appears in an episode of Hetalia: Beautiful World when the Gauken Hetalia newspaper club (made up of the Axis Powers) interviews the swimming club he is a member of. He always wears an ANZAC uniform, mentions back to the Gallipoli Campaign of the ANZACs. Like New Zealand, he loves playing rugby union. He is voiced by Keiichiro Asai in Japanese and by Tyson Rinehart in English.

New Zealand[edit]

New Zealand (ニュージーランド) has light brown hair styled in a short curly bob, with spiral-shaped ahoges on each side of his head. He has England-like bushy eyebrows. New Zealand is usually depicted in a cheerful manner and seems to have a good relationship with England. New Zealand makes a non-speaking cameo in the Hetalia: The Beautiful World episode titled "Hetalia of the Dead - First Part," standing behind England, who is seated. He has brownish hair with the ram-like curls at the sides of his head; is wearing a yellowish shirt, beige pants, and brown shoes. He is noticed for being very good at playing rugby union, which is New Zealand's no.1 favorite sport. He makes his speaking debut in the following episode, Hetalia of the Dead - Second Part. He is voiced by Souma Maeda in Japanese and by Anthony Bowling in English.

Tonga[edit]

Tonga (トンガ) makes a non-speaking cameo in the Halloween 2011 event dressed as a sheep, along with Australia and New Zealand.

Micronations[edit]

Sealand[edit]

Sealand (シーランド) is unofficially the smallest nation in the world. Dressed in a sailor suit, Sealand is the youngest and smallest character in the series. He was created after England made him, but left him in the middle of the sea and forgot about him.[10] However, nobody recognizes Sealand as a nation in his own right. As a result, he has to try other ways of getting noticed. For example, he once went to a meeting disguised as Canada.[11] In the film Paint it, White, Sealand is shown that he has the ability to run across water and jump great heights, being able to jump from sea-level to his platform in a single leap. He refers to England as "jerk England" or "British jerk." He is voiced by Ai Orikasa in Japanese and Maxey Whitehead in English. Sealand as a teenager is voiced by Aaron Dismuke in English.[4]

Seborga[edit]

Seborga (セボルガ) is a micronation resembling and related to the two Italy brothers. Seborga declared his independence many centuries ago but no-one recognizes him as a state due to his passive nature. He is even more of a womanizer than Veneziano and Romano. He is usually depicted wearing a green shirt and carrying a rubber inner-tube. He is friendly with Sealand, and is the first to join Sealand's club of micronations. He is also shown to like Wy, commenting that she was cute and that he might hit on her when she gets older. He has tried to hit on Monaco, though he had to defeat her in a game of poker. He failed but they went out anyway. He makes his anime appearance in the episode "Keep on moving!! March Forward, Sealand!", which adapts the Volume 4 manga strip of the same name. He is voiced by Hiroshi Okamoto in Japanese, and by Austin Tindle in English.[4]

Wy[edit]

Wy (ワイ) is a young female micronation residing in Australia. Wy is an artistic character, who tries to act mature. Being a hostile character, she tends to act coldly to other characters, including other micronations, only following them out of boredom. Her main relation is Hutt River, an older, more developed micronation who acts as her senior. Unlike Sealand, she is recognized as a nation by some people, including local towns, but not by other nations. She claims to be in the books "all official-like" Her behavior is shown to reflect the philosophy of the Prince of Wy, Paul Delprat. She makes her anime debut in Hetalia: The Beautiful World in the episode "Keep on moving!! March Forward, Sealand!", which adapts the Volume 4 manga strip of the same name. She is voiced by Mikako Komatsu in Japanese and by Lindsay Seidel in English.[4]

Molossia[edit]

Molossia (モロッシア) is a teenage male micronation from Nevada, United States. While on his own he is calm and enjoys gardening, when in the presence of others Molossia instantly turns aggressive and foul-mouthed. He is often seen swearing and giving middle finger signs to other nations and micronations. He is usually seen wearing a military jacket slung over his shoulders, a gold chain around his neck, and with an unusual hairstyle which is a combination of a mohican and a pompadour. His mobster-like appearance is likely a reference to Las Vegas's (and to a lesser extent, Reno's) history of organized crime in the past, and the stereotypes associated with it. He is voiced by Kaito Ishikawa in Japanese and by Cris George in English.

Hutt River[edit]

Hutt River (ハット・リバー) is a young adult male micronation living in Australia. He acts as the senior to Wy and is seen as being more developed than the other micronations, living in a clean, organized state and trying to come across as important. For example, he usually only allows someone to speak to him if they own a Rolls Royce, and when visiting him you have to pay a visa costing two Hutt River dollars. He is usually seen wearing a bow tie, a large cloak and a striped sash. He is voiced by Masatomo Nakazawa in Japanese and by David Matranga in English.

Kugelmugel[edit]

Kugelmugel (クーゲルムーゲル) is a young male micronation from Austria, who describes him as being "eccentric". Kugelmugel is obsessed with art, and believes that most things are art, including declaring his independence. Thus he is usually seen by other countries running around exclaiming: "It's art! It's art!" He is usually seen wearing a red beret, a waistcoat with a striped shirt and bow tie, shorts, and with long braids in his hair. He is voiced by Mitsuhiro Ichiki in Japanese and by Clifford Chapin in English.

Ladonia[edit]

Ladonia (ラドニア) is a young male micronation living with Sweden, but based on the internet. Ladonia is hot-headed, claiming to be powerful enough to take on Sweden, to be extremely popular, and upon meeting the other micronations orders them to obey him, often acting hostile towards Sealand. He is usually seen with a computer or a games console, and can sometimes end up trapped inside computers. Ladonia has paint across his face, and wears a long coat with a golden apple pinned on it. He is voiced by Daiki Yamashita in Japanese and by Justin Briner in English.

Other[edit]

Prussia[edit]

Prussia (プロイセン) the older brother of Germany and the other States of Germany. He is shown as having white hair, very pale skin, and reddish eyes. He is often shown with a little yellow bird named Gilbird that is used as a messenger (similar to a messenger pigeon). He is shown as a wild country who is always involved in wars in order to gain power and convert and has a fondness for agitating Austria, which causes him to be attacked by Hungary even in the modern day. He once represented the Teutonic Knights, but eventually became Prussia after various stages in his life as a nation and in modern-day he represents the former East Germany and the present region of eastern Germany[12] Although one of the best-known catchphrases pertaining to him is the 'vital regions' catchphrase (due to its inadvertent sexual double-meaning), the first country to coin this was actually Austria in the webcomic Maria Theresa and the War of the Austrian Succession, when he said:

Prussia has occupied my vital regions! Summon the soldiers, they must be re-taken immediately!

— Austria (webcomic)[13]

The phrase "vital regions" is a euphemism for the province of Silesia, which was acquired by the Kingdom of Prussia in 1741 during the War of the Austrian Succession.[14] However, despite its popularity amongst fans, the phrase "vital regions" was removed from the English dubbed anime, which instead used the phrase 'manly tract of land':

My manly tract of land has been occupied by that demon-douche Prussia!

— Austria (English-dubbed anime)[15]

Also although Prussia is very vain and proud and often says he is the best, calling himself "ore-sama" (usually translated as "The Awesome Me") even in his diary, he has a lonely side that is rarely shown. His favourite boss of all is Frederich II of Prussia, also known as Frederich the Great, or affectionately Old Fritz, whom he fought for in the Silesian Wars against Austria. Prussia thus likes to tease Austria and Hungary but is almost afraid of Hungary due to their past hardships. However, he showed to care for her and even became embarrassed when found she was actually a woman. Later is stated by Hungary that he was raised by men only, what would explain his reaction towards women. His characteristic laugh is "kesese!". He is voiced by Atsushi Kousaka in Japanese and Jonathan Brooks in English.[4]

Ancient Egypt[edit]

Ancient Egypt (古代エジプト) is the mother of Egypt, who had a romantic aura of mystery about her. Rome is said to have fallen in love with her at first sight, though she's speculated not to have returned his interest. Her pyramids and artifacts still attract archaeologists from all around the world. She makes multiple appearances in Hetalia: World☆Stars arguing with Rome or admiring cats. She received her own chapters in which she talks about the gods and her doubts in one of her pharaohs.

Ancient Greece[edit]

Ancient Greece (古代ギリシャ) is the mother of Greece, she was described as having been relatively laid-back and easygoing. However, when she fought, she is said to have been "scary." Ancient Greece had a troubling internal struggle, which can be compared to that of Japan's feudal clans. Rome fell in love with both her and Ancient Egypt at first sight. In Axis Powers Hetalia: The CD, she is also referred to as Byzantine Empire and it is said that Turkey had feelings for her as well, before conquering and killing her and taking the young Greece for himself.

Ancient Rome[edit]

Ancient Rome (ローマ帝国), called Grandpa Rome by Italy, but also referenced as Roma Antiqua and the Roman Empire, is the grandfather to both Italy and Romano. Like both Italy's, Rome is somewhat lazy, gluttonous, and is a womanizer, however Italy seems to take after him more in both appearance and the fact that Rome is somewhat bubble-headed. Rome was somewhat surprised when he discovered that Germany knew of him and admired him which made Rome like him much more. Other relationships that Rome had were with Germania, the grandfather of Holy Rome, Prussia, and Germany, who was once his bodyguard but apparently killed Rome later on; and also with Ancient Greece, the mother of Greece, and Ancient Egypt, the mother of Egypt, both of whom he fell in love with. He is voiced by Hozumi Gōda in Japanese, and by Christopher Sabat in English.[4]

Persian Empire[edit]

Persian Empire (ペルシア) or Persia, comes off a bit antagonistic towards Rome and they have a strong rivalry. Persia always gloats to Rome about capturing his boss, Emperor Valerian. He seems carefree but has endured a lot during his life, these hardships carved his "self-assured" personality. He represents the Sasanian Empire along with the other early Persian Empires like the Achaemenid Empire and the Parthian Empire. He is similar to Rome in that he has grandchildren who have taken his place, he was shown with a child which is believed to be a young country (most likely Iran).

Germania[edit]

Germania (ゲルマン), is the representation of the Germanic Tribes (though it is believed by some that he may instead be intended to represent the region Germania) and father/grandfather of the Germanic Nations. He is often shown with a blank emotionless expression, and very little is known about him, other than speculation, such as him being a brutal warrior. For a while, he acted as Rome's bodyguard, but slowly grew to hate him, however they are often seen together hanging out, even to the point where Rome told Germania to keep smiling until he got there (something that was a physical impossibility) he often puts up with Rome's antics, and when Rome said he had a problem, Germania told him advice to help him and ways, but is visibly unamused and annoyed. In the Japanese anime, he is voiced by Kishô Taniyama, and in the English version he is voiced by Jason Douglas.[4]

Holy Roman Empire[edit]

Holy Roman Empire (神聖ローマ), is only seen in the Chibitalia segment of the show and has a resemblance of a younger Germany. At first, Holy Rome takes Italy and forces him to become part of the empire. Throughout the series, Holy Rome tries to unite with Italy, and develops a crush on him, though he thought that Italy was a girl the entire time. He leaves to fight in a war, and then disappears. His fate has not yet been disclosed, although Himaruya has stated that he and Italy will "have a happy ending." There is a long running fan debate about whether or not Holy Rome, after being wounded in a battle by France, lost his memory and was then raised by Prussia, growing up to be Germany. He is voiced by Jun Konno in Japanese and Chris Cason in English.[4]

Quebec[edit]

Quebec (ケベック) is one of Canada's provinces. He made a small appearance inside of Canada's nightmare declaring his independence.

Knights Templar[edit]

Knights Templar (テンプル騎士団) is an old friend and comrade of Prussia's. He is a very kind young man and believes that by treating everything and everyone with love will allow you to touch their hearts. He is also a very talented singer, he attracts everyone's attention when he does. He seems to care a lot for Prussia, but Prussia seems to be annoyed by him and attempts to push him away.

Picardy[edit]

Picardy (ピカルディ) represents a northern region of France. He is an honest and very hard working young man, and is very devoted and loyal to France.

References[edit]

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