You know, there are a lot of Japanese tropes in hetalia (despite it supposed to be about the world). Veniziano is obviously a Hetare (the entire basis of the series). But besides that you have the tsundere
Your girl in pigtails
Tsundere girl in pigtails
Classic girl with big boobs
And many many more. However, recently there has been a certain character trope that has become VERY popular in the media that I would like to talk about. This craze is mostly due to this game:
That’s right folks. Today we will talk about yanderes.
First of all, what is a yandere? A yandere is “a person who is initially very loving and gentle to someone (or at least innocent) before their devotion becomes destructive in nature, often through violence and/or brutality.”
In hetalia we do have one yandere who is often never thought of as one because we don’t really see them as dangerous. We have some characters who are often mistaken to be yanderes or yangires.
The character most commonly mistaken for a yandere is Russia. I have heard so many people say he is a yandere. he is NOT a yandere. The biggest reason is because he isn’t dedicated to someone or something and has never really tried to brutally murder someone. He shows no signs of antisocial personality disorder. He shows a lot of true emotion. He is very kind to animals and tries to be nice to and not scare people when he can (key word being tries).
Also this is not a face a yandere would make. Yanderes aren’t really afraid of anything (much less a chibi prussia). And when he harms others he isn’t aware that they don’t like it. Hima himself describes him as “childishly cruel”. Sure he says creepy things but that’s part of Russia. And many countries in the real world are terrified of Russia. Russia is supposed to be intimidating.
While he is not a yandere, he could have the potential of becoming a yangire. Yangires are “normal people who suddenly become violent, sometimes due to a past trauma. Yangires are very similar to Yanderes, both are people who suffer from personality disorder and can easily become violent and extreme”. If you want an example of a yangire, look at rena from higurashi no naku koro ni (NOTE: this anime is NOT for kids. very gory and sad). Russia still doesn’t fit this description. He doesn’t just randomly snap and try to kill people. If he’s cruel to someone, he doesn’t try to KILL them (at least not on purpose). Hell even JAPAN is closer to this definition than Russia. Conclusion: Russia is not a yandere or yangire.
Now that we talked about who Isn’t a yandere, let’s talk about who is. You probably all saw this coming because i pick on this character a lot (as well as her country).
Oh Belarus. You appear in so many of my posts. And you always bring me a shit ton of notes. It turns out Belarus has even MORE character depth. This was probably really obvious, but you never really step back and think about it. What does it really mean? When she bursts down her brother’s door, we normally laugh or think it’s cute. Let’s get this straight: Yanderes are not cute. Or at least their actions aren’t (imo Belarus will always be hot). By the end of this post, you may feel a bit uneasy around this character.
She fits the definition perfectly. She has been shown to be willing to harm or kill people in the sake of her dear sweet onii-chan. She states over and over how much she wants to marry him. She stalks him. She steals his toothbrush. She steals his underwear, smells it, and wears it as a hat. She has suggestive photos of him as well. She commits violent acts against people she sees as a threat to their relation ship. And how about a yandere face?
There it is.
But the scary thing is what a yandere’s state of mind is like. Yanderes almost always have Anti Social Personality Disorder or what is commonly referred to as sociopathy. This disorder is commonly found in serial killers. To sum it up, these people are incapable of feeling empathy, regret, or remorse for others. They have not regret for their actions and normally don’t feel emotions to the extent that we do. They still feel emotions, of course, they’re just not as strong. They may mimic emotions to make others believe that they are normal. Of course there are MANY people with ASPD who have become functional members of everyday society. It all depends on how you grow up. But for those who succumb to alienation and are raised in isolation, their future is much more likely to go down a darker path. Belarus, growing up with only her siblings, who themselves are very dysfunctional, you can see where this is going. And we see this emotionlessness in Belarus. A LOT.
even as a child she is indifferent to the problems being discussed by her siblings. She’s not even happy building her snow tits. In the Good Night with Sheep character CD, we hear this somewhat flat tone of voice when not talking to Russia and her indifference towards her siblings when she does something that bothers them (like hurting Russia’s arm). I mean jeez Belarus, if you’re going to be a yandere at least ACT like a normal person so people don’t suspect you when someone goes missing. That’s like yandere rule #1! Oh wait, it’s too late for that…
Even though she hasn’t really murdered anyone (that we know), she is certainly not afraid to do it. It was there from the beginning:
In case you can’t see, that’s a KNIFE that she is holding against Latvia’s back.
(In the second pic she’s breaking Liet’s fingers if you can’t see).
And let’s not forget she went on a total rampage in this character CD. (flip to 7:40 to hear it and RIP Urara Takano’s vocal chords). You can hear her destroying shops and merchandise. She even looks like a yandere. Frilly old dress, innocent white bow…she looks like the vocaloid Mayu. Ironically Mayu is also supposed to be a yandere.
With the potential to be a sociopath, Belarus’s aura of terror gets darker. Still not afraid? It has been confirmed Belarus thinks humans are “a series of misfortunes and hardships" and has shown disliking towards them. Scared now? Again, I love how deep this character is and how well it represents the actual country. The real country is kind of like a yandere, actually. “WHAT?! You don’t like Lukashenko-senpai’s views. Okay then. Let’s send the KGB to make you ‘mysteriously disappear’”. It appears to be just your average hockey loving country. But within the civilization, they have little to no human rights and mass corruption. Belarus is a scary country. What better to represent it than a scary character?
America: Is literally a wreck if they left for more then three to four days, text every minute, calls whenever they have the time to talk even if it’s a short while. He would mopes around all day. But once you had returned you would be trampled in hug bear hugs, lots of sweet kisses, cuddles, everything.
China: He would become extremely irritable, laying around more than usual. He would call or text quite often (though not as much as America would). Once you came home he would immediately cheer up and would treat you to a huge home cooked meal.
Romano: He would never admit he missed you at all even if he did terribly. He would be rather scilent as you were gone and everyone could immediately tell he felt lonely, even his S/o themselves as they spoke, as he was much more loving then usual He would be rather happy to see you when you returned, even wearing a huge grin on his face as he met with you at the airport.
Germany: He would try deprately to distract himself from the taught if you by doing various work task, but eventually he be caught up to with his taughts. He would call you everyday, moring and night, to make sure you were doing okay, that you were getting all of the sleep, food, and staying at least a little active during the trip, not wanting something to happen to you. When you came back he would be holding your favorite flowers, and give lots of hugs and kisses dispite how ark ward he may have felt.
Veniziano//N. Italy: like America he would be a wreck, crying and whinging more than usual, eating more pasta, and spending lots of time with Germany who was annoyed by the Italian who would start to cry hysterically anytime something remind him of you. When you returned count on a very, very long hug as he begged you to never leave again as well as a dinner outing.
Alfred F Jones||America: Would be really, really nervous, tough he would try to play it off (and would fail missreably). His face would be really red, he would rub the back of his neck, laugh nervously, and ramble on and on, eventually leading to their S/o to telling them to spit it out, after doing so he would feel very relieved.
Wang Yoa||China: He would be rather quite, looking down at his feet, avoiding eye contact. He would be very nervous and it would be very apperant. Once he started confesing it would be straight foward.
Arthur Kirkland||England: He would be very unsure about himself, how he should go about telling his feelings or his S/O. He would stutter, stumble over words, stop in the middle of sentences, their S/o would have to tell him to stop talking after they figured out what he was trying to say.
Francis Bonnefoy||France: Francis would take them out for the whole day, through the day he would subtly drops small hints, by the end of the night their S/o would have a pretty good idea of what he was going to say. Francis wouldn’t be nervous at all telling them this, it would be almost effortless as he spoke.
Ludwig||Germany: He would have planned out everything three days before he actually told them how he felt. He would be blushing terribly, and would totally scrap his whole thing that he had planned out. He would even try to chicken out, only to be asked a million times by his S/o to tell them what he was going to say. Eventually he would get it out, after a long effort to do so.
Feliciano Vargas||Veniziano/North Italy: He would literally just say it, he would walk up to his S/O and say these exact words, “Ti amo, bella!” With his bug dorky grin, not really thinking of rejection at the moment.
Kiku Honda||Japan: He would literally be a train wreck, he would be WAY quite the usual, to the point where you wouldn’t even be able to hear him. He wouldn’t be able to say it without stopping and making it more confusing for his S/o to understand, in the end he would end up writing it down, giving up on actually talking.
Ivan Braginski||Russia: Ivan would be another one who plans it out, he would try make sure that it was as sweet as possible. He would purchase a large bouquet of bright yellow sunflowers, maybe even some of their favorite candy, then he would tell them how he felt. He would shy off a little bit, but he would manage to get it out in a rather cute manner.