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List of Hetalia: Axis Powers characters is a list of all the Hetalia: Axis Powers characters within the Hetalia universe created by Hidekaz Himaruya and other additional information about them.
The Axis Powers group of characters consists primarily of Germany, Italy, and Japan, who are also the protagonists of the series. The representations of countries also part of the historical Axis powers, such as Hungary, make additional appearances.
Italy (イタリア,伊太利亜 Italia ) is the primary protagonist and the title character, is a bright, energetic and sweet young man. In the series, he is depicted at various points as the infant grandson of the Roman Empire, and is recognized as the weakest character in the series, and as a carefree and cowardly soldier who often depends on Germany to resolve issues. His artistry and love of pasta and pizza are references to Italian culture. He uses his adorable ways and cute face to charm girls he meets. He is portrayed as a "loveable loser". Italy represents the northern half of the country of Italy, whilst his older brother represents the southern half. Hence, their full character names are Italy Veneziano and Italy Romano. In the anime series, both Italies are voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese. In English, Veneziano is voiced by Todd Haberkorn and Romano is voiced by Ian Sinclair. Young Italy, known as Chibitalia, is voiced by Aki Kanada in Japanese and Brina Palencia in English.
Germany (ドイツ,独意志 Doitsu ) is a hard-working, efficient, bureaucratic, and serious character. In the series, Germany is primus inter pares among the Axis Powers, and takes responsibility for the training of Italy and Japan. He is portrayed as a tsundere character. He is very aggressive around Italy and Japan (axis friends), but sometimes he shows a sweet side. 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 the foil character of Italy. He notes at one point that he had a "crazy boss", a reference to the historical figure of Hitler. Also, all he drinks (usually) is beer. In the anime series, he is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto in Japanese and Patrick Seitz in English.
Japan (ニホン,日本 Nihon ) is a reclusive and hard-working character. 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. In the series, he is shown to be inexperienced with the Western world, and prone to culture shock. A young man, his character design features dark brown eyes and black hair, common physical traits among Japanese people. He often tries to adopt the cultures of other countries he meets such as France. He senses the mood and refrains from speaking. Generally quiet, he is often depicted with the attitude of a businesslike old man. In the anime series, he is voiced by Hiroki Takahashi in Japanese and Christopher Bevins in English.
The Allied Forces group consists primarily of the characters America, Britain, France, Russia, Canada, and China. These characters are often depicted as comically failing to reach consensus in their war meetings. The representations of countries also part of the historical Allies of World War II, such as Canada, make additional appearances.
America (アメリカ,亜米利加 Amerika ) is an energetic and headstrong character. In the series, he is raised by England and later fights for his independence. America is very similar in appearance to Canada, who is often forgotten and was seen "invisible" by other nations, including America. The self-proclaimed leader of the Allied Forces, his catchphrase is "I'm America and I'm the hero!" His ideas for solving international problems are often absurd, but he is usually oblivious to the opinions of others. Despite this, he is shown to care deeply for his friends. America's ideas and inventions are grand, but rarely go anywhere. His crippling fear of ghosts is at odds with his friendly acquaintance with a grey alien named Tony, who lives in his house. America is frequently seen clutching a hamburger, or eating while speaking. In the anime series, he is voiced by Katsuyuki Konishi in Japanese and Eric Vale in English, both of whom also voice Canada. As a child, America is voiced by Ai Iwamura in Japanese and Luci Christian in English.
England (イギリス,英格蘭 Igirisu ), also known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a tsundere character. In the series, he is depicted as an irritable young man. A former pirate, he is now a cynical and sharp-tongued gentleman. Some of his notable character traits include his terrible cooking skills, foul mouth, ability to see supernatural creatures ("imaginary friends, that are seen when he is drunk"), and ability to perform magic curses on his enemies. Britain is most antagonistic towards France, with whom he shares a long rivalry, and America, his former charge. He's usually recognized for his large eyebrows, spiky blond hair and green eyes. 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, since the country's official name is The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Tokyopop, the English publisher of the manga, refers to him as "England."
In one strip England notes that he has an older brother named Scotland. Himaruya has confirmed that the character represents the UK and England, while Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are his siblings. In the anime series, his seiyū is Noriaki Sugiyama and his English voice actor is Scott Freeman.
France (フランス,仏蘭西 Furansu ) is a romantic, carefree character. In the series, he is shown to have a long-held rivalry with Britain. However, he frequently makes sexual passes at many characters, including England. France explains away his long history of military defeats by attributing them to a joke from God. 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. Most of the time he doesn't bother remembering to speak English, instead using French, the 'Language of Love'. He is often depicted with a rose, holding it in his hand. In the anime series, he is voiced by Masaya Onosaka in Japanese and J. Michael Tatum in English.
Russia (ロシア,露西亜 Roshia ) is a Yandere character. He is the tallest of all the nations (a reference to the fact Russia is the largest country in the world), but has the innocence and cruelty of a child. He adores vodka and sunflowers. 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 a kind face, but has mentally cracked from the strain of his bloody history. The other nations are terrified of him, especially the Baltic Nations (Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia), whom he loves to abuse physically and emotionally. Occasionally, he stalks China, while in a panda costume. 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 and make friends in the European Union and Belarus, also a yandere, 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". Another favorite phrase is "kolkolkol", used 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 (チョゴク,中国 Chūgoku ) is one of the oldest nations, being depicted as immortal as well as being several thousand years old, and is regarded as the eldest brother among the East Asian nations. He is often depicted with pandas. His boss was introduced as a green Chinese dragon with an intimidating appearance, but in reality, he is quite relaxed and modulate as well as shown to be bullied by China in a comedic way. After his defeat of the Opium War, he became the cook for England and France. He is disturbed and distrustful of Russia, reflecting the Sino-Soviet Split that actually occurred after the war. His favorite food is variety, and as such has certain tastes for things and gets irritated if a food has a certain pattern of tastes. During the fight between the Axis and Allies, he fights Germany and Japan with a Wok (round cooking pan) and ladle, which became his weapon of choice that 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 stereotype of how Chinese people speak. However, he replaces the customary -aru with the suffix -ahen, which means opium, when speaking to England, as a reference to the Opium Wars. In the anime series, he is voiced by Yuki Kaida in Japanese and Clarine Harp in English.
Canada (カナダ Kanada ) is a shy and quiet character with a best friend named Kumajiro, a bear small enough for him to hold. Although Canada is the master of Kumajiro, he never remembers Canada's name, nor do any of the other countries/nations. He is also commonly mistaken for America. He is friends with Cuba, who isn't immune to confusing him with America. Despite this, once Cuba realizes his mistake he does his best to make it up to Canada, even though he ends up repeating the mistake later. Canada was raised by both France and England at different periods in his childhood, which results in him having long hair similar to that of France. When Canada appears for World Meetings, he is so unobtrusive that the other countries don't realize he is there, leading to comic situations when the nations realize their faux pas. In Russia's case, he doesn't even notice Canada when seated upon him. When in pain, he usually whimpers an exclamation involving the word "Maple" (Examples: "Maple-Hockey!" and "Maple leaf!")
Austria (オーストリア Osutoria ) is an optimistic and elegant-looking young man who has interest in the arts, specifically in the piano. He is mostly known for taking control of N. Italy after the Italian Wars (present in the Chibitalia parts of the manga/anime) and having N. Italy serve yet being somewhat of a father figure to him. Austria's relationship with Germany is seen as love-hate since they merged and became allies during World War II 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 even for having a female leader. The most notable relationship that Austria has is with Hungary, his ex-wife (their marriage date is exact to the Austro-Hungarian Compromise and the creation of Austria-Hungary). Despite their divorce, Austria and Hungary remain extremely close and she has always protected him from enemies (notably France and Prussia). Austria was once united with Switzerland but they broke apart and they deny their friendship. According to his character notes, Austria does not wear glasses due to bad eyesight but rather for a better appearance; the curly strand in his hair represents Mariazell; and he used to be in a wheelchair. Austria is voiced by Akira Sasanuma in Japanese and by Chuck Huber in English, but Aki Kanada voiced him as a child in Japanese.
Spain (スペイン Supein ) was once very powerful until poverty and war struck but he nevertheless remained optimistic. He has mixed relationships with many characters including France, Belgium, Austria, and Netherlands but his most important is with Romano, N. Italy's older brother. Romano spent much time under Spain's rule with the queen Joanna of Castile and their relationship was love-hate, Spain was always affectionate but Romano cursed at him constantly. Spain is fond of children which leads to his desire to have both Italies in his house. Spain also has a large hatered for Mexico ever since the Mexican War of Independence. Spain was very good friends with Austria after the Italian Wars but became his enemy during the War of the Spanish Succession, even though he got Milan, and during the War of the Austrian Succession. Likewise, Netherlands doesn't like Spain at all since Belgium fled to him in order to get her independence, it is said that Belgium however is on good terms with Spain. Spain is voiced by Go Inoue in Japanese and by Dave Trosko in English.
The older brother of Veneziano, Romano has great respect for Spain, who raised him when he was young, but hates Germany and is openingly rude to him. He acts tough but is actually quite weak, fearful and hides behind Spain. Romano and Veneziano do not get on well with each other, but he shares his love of girls and pasta. Romano is voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese and by Ian Sinclair in English.
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 one simply called Hun, which is possibly a reference to Attila the Hun, and Magyar. Hungary is known for being somewhat of a mother to N. Italy and being the only who knew he was a boy during their time with Austria and Holy Rome and being eccentric. Like Austria, Hungary is a rival with Prussia since she helped Austria out during the war mentioned above and has constantly protected Austria since then and still loves him since he was the only one who showed her respect. It was revealed by Himaruya that Hungary was initially intended to be a crossdressing male character instead of female but was later switch the idea with Poland and also planned to make Hungary more witch-like; she also has a flower in her hair that represents Lake Balaton; on another note it is said that Hungary is the manliest character in the series and is a fujoshi. Hungary is voiced by Michiko Neya in Japanese and by Luci Christian in English.
Poland (ポーランド Porando ) is an eccentric, selfish, and childish yet cheerful country known for his Nagoya based valley girl accent. Poland was originally supposed to be female, and Hungary a crossdressing male, but Himaruya switched the two. He is also known for his friendship with Lithuania which represents the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth until Russia, Prussia, and Austria beat them up and divide them in 1795. Poland calls Lithuania Liet, (short for Lietuva, the Lithuanian word for Lithuania). He calls himself a phoenix which shows how Poland kept rising and rising after being beat down. He is shy around strangers as shown when he first met Sweden who took land away from him. Poland isn't as selfish as he once was and over time has gotten less selfish as shown when he sees Lithuania's bruised back saying "There's a side to Lithuania I don't know about". Poland is voiced by Kazutada Tanaka in Japanese and Ryan Bijan in English.
Netherlands (オランダ Oranda ) (often called Holland) is the brother of Belgium and the older brother of Luxembourg and is a very peculiar character. He is described as a tsundere who is xenophobic and uses drugs, mostly marijuana which may be referencing to the high drug use in Amsterdam, and is hinted to have a lolicon fetish but is hinted to neurotic and solemn. It also says that he has a pet bunny and beat up Finland and Sweden and drove them out of the New World. He hates Spain and doesn't like the fact that Japan signed a treaty with America. His formal debut is in vol3 of the manga and Netherlands finally appears with Belgium in episode 94 of the anime. He is voiced by Nobuya Mine.
Belgium (ベルギー Berugī ) is a character in Hetalia that did not have much development until recently. She is described as the younger sister of Netherlands and the older sister of Luxembourg, thus forming the Low Countries, and is known for her short blonde 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 (Luxembourg's is given later). 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.
The Three Baltic States (Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia)
The Three Baltic States, Lithuania (リトアニア Ritoania ), Estonia (エストニア Esutonia ) and Latvia (ラトビア Ratobia ) are three Eastern European countries who are now dominated by Russia and constantly suffer from his bullying. Lithuania, 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). Estonia is described as: "The wisest of the Baltic brothers and the most lucky as well." Of the three, it his he who tends to stand up to Russia the most. Latvia 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. 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.
The Five Nordic States (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland)
The Five Nordic States, Norway (ノルウェー Noruu~ē ), Sweden (スウェーデン Suu~ēden ), Finland (フィンランド Finrando ), Denmark (デンマーク Denmāku ) and Iceland (アイス Aisu ) are five North European countries, most associated with Scandinavia. Norway is depicted as a recluse and is revealed to be the brother of Iceland following a DNA test. Sweden appears to be scary and often intimidates those around him although he is actually friendly. Finland is a cheerful nation who has a particular fondness for Christmas because of the belief that Santa Claus lives in Lapland, which is part of his country. Denmark is loud, arrogant and is often seen drinking heavily. Iceland, 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. Norway is voiced by Masami Iwasaki in Japanese; Sweden by Keikou Sakai in Japanese; Finland by Takahiro Mizushima in Japanese and Clint Bickham in English; Denmark by Hiroshi Shimozaki; and Iceland by Ayumu Asakura in Japanese.
Ancient Rome (ローマ帝国 Rōma Teikoku ), called Grandpa Rome by N. Italy, but also referenced as Roma Antiqua and Roman Empire, is the grandfather to both N. Italy and S. Italy. Like both Italies, Rome is somewhat lazy, gluttonous, and is a womanizer, however N. 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; 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 R. Sabat in English
Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire (神聖ローマ Shinsei Rōma), is only seen in the Chibitalia segment of the show. At first, Holy Rome takes Italy and forces him to become part of the empire, but in later episodes Holy Rome breaks apart from Italy when he was conquered by Austria in the Italian wars. Throughout the series, Holy Rome tries to unite him and Italy, and develops a crush on him. It turns out later in the series that Holy Roman Empire thought that Italy was a girl the entire time. He is voiced by Jun Konno in Japanese and Chris Cason in English.
Prussia (プロイセン Puroisen ) is the older brother of Germany and the other States of Germany and is a wild country who constantly fought, mostly with Hungary and Austria, just to get power. He is no longer his own nation but now lives with Germany after World War II. Prussia is very vain and prideful and often thinks that he is better than the other countries of the world and often calls himself "Awesome Me". His favorite leader of all is Frederich II of Prussia whom he fought for in the Silesian Wars against Austria. As a result, Prussia dislikes Austria and Hungary very much and is almost afraid of Hungary due to their hardships when they were younger, when he was known as the Teutonic Knights. He is voiced by Atsushi Kousaka in Japanese and Jonathan Brooks in English.
Sealand (シーランド Shīrando ) 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. 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. 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. In Volume 3, Sealand briefly appears as an adult. He is voiced by Ai Orikasa in Japanese and Maxey Whitehead in English.
Seychelles (セーシェル Sēsheru ) is described as a country girl with a big heart who can sometimes be sloppy. She can't cook on her own and laments over her high cost of living. Her language is a unique type of French, mixing both French and English.
She has made two major appearances in the comic to date. In We're Shipwrecked Too! she is talking about eating fish with France as he decides to go on an "aimless trip to a southern island." In United States of Hetalia 2, it is revealed that the island where both the Allies and Axis have been repeatedly seen/trapped is in fact the island of Seychelles herself.
Cameroon (カメルーン Kamerūn ) is one of the few African countries represented in Hetalia as of June, 2011. He is depicted as a laid-back, athletic man who likes playing soccer with the children in his neighborhood. He is strong and tall with a buzz cut hairdo and a cross shaved into the side of his head. He wears glasses and has a pet lion named Kokolo. During the 2010 Hetalia Christmas Blood-Bath, he was knocked out by an alternate France while retrieving a soccer ball that had been accidentally kicked into a nearby old man's yard. He woke up alongside the other nations and explained his experience with the mysterious figure.
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