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Hey what do you think about Ivan being portrayed as a villain all the time. Personally I could go for a good Agnst every once n' a while but yeah.
Nah, not really all the time. But yeah, MOST of the time, it’s true.
Idk I think it’s because of the general stigma of the country itself that we have seen from lots of medias (I think Stalin played a great part in this stigma tbh, and recently, it’s thanks to Putin) ever since cold war era until now. Though of course the stigma is much milder now compared to back in cold war era.
I mean, I also used to have this stigma about Russia, but thanks to some amazing fics I found from Rus//Ame fandom, I’ve learnt the better about Russia the nation and understand the country’s history is so much more than the “Tyrant” image some of western medias love to portray it. Like, those tyrants are more referring to Russian’s bosses rather than the Russian citizen and their cultures themselves.
I also understand that Hetalia often portrays Ivan in a kind of bad light (his snapped sides like his scary aura, hints of him torturing the Baltics), but at the same time, Himaruya also portrays him as this innocent / doesn’t know any better of a gentle giant. So imo, even though portraying Ivan as a “villain” does hold some truth adhering to canon Hetalia, I think it’s also important to infuse that gentle side of him in his portrayal for the fandom so it could adhere more to the canon portrayal of him.
Like, give some background why he grew up to have jaded personality instead of making him super evil without any background story. Just like Russia who have bloody history thanks to the many tyrant leaders it had. Make him multi dimensional just like Himaruya did instead of making him like cheap villain who does nothing but blindless destruction. Imo that’s the right way to “villainize” any character in any fandom.