Misconception: America is lazy and doesn’t take anything seriously.
Reality: He’s an extremely diligent worker. He didn’t just magically become one of the world’s top powers.
Misconception: Russia is a psychopath.
Reality: A psychopath thinks only in terms of themself, has subdued and withdrawn emotions, is narcissistic, doesn’t understand the consequences of their actions, is extremely manipulative, and routinely lies.
Russia, while maintaining a child-like personality and not being able to understand the consequences of his actions all the time, is an extremely emotional and sensitive individual. He cares about others and wants to befriend them, but has trouble healthily expressing this.
Misconception: America and Russia must hate each other, because, ya know – the Cold War.
Reality: Russia and America get along very well, but like to tease and make passive jabs at each other.
Misconception: The Italy brothers prefer guys.
Reality: They tend to flirt with girls more, despite the obvious Spamano and Gerita hints in the strips.
Misconception: The nations are portrayed as dumb.
Reality: They play a key role in the intellectual revolutions their countries experience. They’re all geniuses (some more than others, arguably), having been shown to pioneer and invent various technologies.