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So, when you hear the words "Hetalia OC's", you probably cringed. Our fandom is known for making bad, inaccurate, and sometimes offensive OC's. Heck, if you really want some joy from bad OC's, there is a wonderful blog on tumblr dedicated on critiquing good and bad OC's -> fuckyeahshittyhetaliaocs.tumbl…

When I joined the Hetalia fandom earlier this year, I wanted to make an OC really badly. I was 13 and uber-obsessed with America, and wanted to make a country for the soul reason to pair her with him. I didn't give a single fuck about history, I just blindly researched a country.

First on my list was Luxembourg. I, being from the Netherlands myself, felt much connection with making this OC. But then after a little bit of research I found that there was a canon Luxembourg already. Then I wanted to make an Ireland. Oh, that was created already too. (Here's the source to all the characters that have made minor appearances -> hetalia.kitawiki.net/index.php…)

These are the countries:

Albania
Croatia
Czechoslovakia
Ireland
Luxembourg
Moldova
Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
Portugal
Vatican City
Bengal
Mongolia
North Korea
Pakistan
Singapore
Tibet
United Arab Emirates
Mexico
New Zealand
Paraguay
Tonga
Ancient Empires and Tribes
Ancient Egypt
Ancient Greece
Britannia
Carthage
Magyar
Bavaria
Bradenburg
Hesse
Holstein
Saxony
Kowloon Walled City
Nikoniko
Provinces of China
Ryukyu Islands
United Nations

So if you see your OC listed here...then you probably have not done enough research on Hetalia before creating them.

If you want to create a good OC, I would highly recommend doing these steps:

First and the most important, DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE CREATING YOUR OC


I learned it the hard way. The first OC I made was for Curacao. I've been there before but I ignored the fact that the major population has dark skin. I thought I could make her blonde hair, a bit tan skin, and green eyes. Curacao, for those of you who don't know, is a Carribean island which was once ruled by the Netherlands.

Look at a globe

I see a lot of State OC's. Some of them can be good but I find that they end up looking a lot like the OC creator. And if you're like me and living in California, you'd know that there are a number of California OC's. To be honest, I think there should be two California OC's if you decide to make one since it's such a large state and it's so diverse for wherever you go. For example, I live in the Bay Area (San Francisco, San Jose, etc.) and the demographic is mainly Asian. When you go down south, to Los Angeles, the demographics are mainly Latino. So much culture, why would one personify California as being blonde hair, blue eyes, silicon, and maybe even bratty? Yes, in some ways, that fits out stereotype, but remember that Hetalia is not mainly about stereotypes. I find personifying states harder than personifying nations, since you have to pay more attention to detail such as demographics.

Also, I've seen an eyeful of bad city OC's. Amsterdam, for example - don't shape that OC mainly because of our *and I'm saying our since the Netherlands is my home country like I said before* red light district and the fact that we smoke weed. (What's the big deal with that, guys?) But I also tend to find really good city OC's, but of course...not enough. ;w;

So when you decide to personify, remember that Himapapa has already personified the bigger countries for our ease. There are SO MANY countries that have not been personified yet. For example, Jan Mayen. Have you ever heard of it? Probably not. I discovered this country with the lovely aid of Google earth c: I found hundreds of small island nations that have not been personified yet by Himapapa.

I would also avoid personifying Antarctica or the North Pole. Nobody lives there (as in, having a house, there being grocery stores and those little things) ...so why would you even... :noes:

One more thing - keep in mind that Hetalia is about personifying NATIONS. I have seen weather, season, month, oceans, seas, and planet 'Hetalia' OCs.

Look at the demographics

I have seen TOO MANY white-washed Greenland, Alaska, South America, and even Carribean OC's. Now it's time for me to come out and confess that my first OC that I mentioned earlier *Curacao* was white-washed. But what happened?

TA-DA!

Curacao (Updated) by Leijon-Heart

Also, I've seen a lot blonde hair/blue eyed Czech OCs, and I don't know why. In most of Czech, the most common traits are brown hair with brown (or green) eyes. Just a suggestion.

History with other countries

THIS. THIS. THIS.

This is a vital part of your OC.

Especially if you have a smaller nation, there was a high chance that the country was ruled by a more powerful nation, like Spain, the Netherlands, France, England, Norway, Denmark, you name it.

Just because the country was ruled over by a more powerful nation *like how Denmark rules over the Faroe Islands and Greenland* doesn't mean the people on the country necessarily liked it.

A big mistake I see OC creators do is make their OC look like the country it was colonized by. I myself made this mistake with Curacao.

I'm going to use official characters to prove why you should avoid this:

France and Seychelles. France used to rule Seychelles. Did Himapapa make Seychelles a blonde? No. The minority of natives living on the islands of Seychelles (back then and to this day) are, well, dark skinned. So why whitewash? (STUDIO DEEN >:I)

I've also seen a few OCs hate on countries for no reason. Especially the female countries, like Hungary, Taiwan, Seychelles, Belgium, etc. without having any history. This...it's pretty self-explanatory.

Avoid interaction with countries that the character has no historical connection to.

The extra bits

(Keep in mind that here is where my personal opinion starts)

I would highly recommend staying away from using the erogenous curls. They are often overused and even if they do have a representation...they're just...overused. There are other ways that landmarks, places, or historical events can be marked on a character.

For example, my Faroe Islands OC. Faroe means sheep in Faroese, and there are many sheep on the islands. At one point there were six 'regions' on Faroe Islands (they were abolished in the 2008 election) so she owns six pet sheep, each representing each region. And when she was younger, the Faroe Islands was divided into two parts, one named 'Sheep Island' and the other 'Bird Island'. So whenever I draw her being younger, I draw her around a native seabird. And lastly, she wears a red-blue-and white striped scarf, which represents the colors of the Faroe Islands flag. She also uses it to cover up her face when she's emberassed or shy (so she covers her face up a lot since she isn't very social, implying that the island's location is very isolated from the rest of Europe.)

Even Norway, for example. Yes, he does have a curl, but did you also know that the cross in his hair represents the Nordic cross?

Or that Hungary's flower represents a lake? (I would avoid using flowers for colder countries though).

Oh yes, I'm also pretty sure that Netherlands' scarf represents the flag of Middelburg *considering that the Middelburg flag is white and blue stripes, yes, my awesome hometown~!* (Yep, each region of the Netherlands has their own flag) But it's not canon, so I can't start assuming. ^^;

And of course, who can't forget that America's glasses represent Texas?

I'm sure you guys get the idea. :) There are so many ways things can be personified on OC's.

Either way...

I look forward to seeing more awesome OC's. :D

- Leijon-Heart :iconexcitedhollandplz:
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Girl-Time-2015 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
What about human OCs? It would be really interesting to learn how the countries interact with humans.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think that's an interesting twist to have. Your human OCs can act however you want, but they should respect each countries culture so you don't offend anyone. 
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Girl-Time-2015 Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I understand, which is probably why I want to research other cultures first before I create human OCs. I want to explore how a human would act towards a personified country ,both positively and negatively.
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TheOfficialBacon Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  New Deviant
Thanks for the advice!
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Chrissi-queen Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Excuse me, but how do you think I should go on about creating the personalities? I've studied, studied, and studied, but I'm still not satisfied. Any tips? 
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I would create them based off the stereotypes and culture of the people. Also adding a little bit of what you personally would like for that character to have as well.
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Chrissi-queen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I've made a few tweaks and made her nicer - other than that, she's basically a tad like me and like the poeple. 
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That sounds perfectly fine. What country is she?
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Chrissi-queen Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student Digital Artist
She's Brazil. I don't plan on talking about her much though - Don't mean to be rude, though! ^^
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Brazil works for that, yeah. That's fine. You're not being rude with that.
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MiyukiKudo Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankies!!

Imma make my OCs better!! >w<

Umm.. How do you feel about made up countries Ocs?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's awesome!

I wouldn't recommend doing a made-up country OC because there's no actual canon benefit to them.
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Ask-The-OC-Crew Featured By Owner Edited Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks! This is going to help me!


     Time to go edit Kuzma Llama Emoji-06 (Depress) [V1] ...........   .... ... .. .


WAIT NOW I HAS A QUESTION!!!! Can I make a constellation oc? I mean, that probably sounds so dumb, but i thought of it while coming up with ideas...?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You could, but it wouldn't make sense to have it be part of the Hetalia fandom. 
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Ask-The-OC-Crew Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
ya i know, but i did something simalar to be insanely stupid!! DERP. Okay forget that i eva asked....... *Dissapear into thin air*
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Eliana89364057 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Um.... Is it okay to make a Sicily OC? I mean Romano Historically would represent either kingdom of Sicily or Naples, which were part of Southern Italy and wound up under the control of Spain.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
It would make sense because Sicily is it's own place now (in terms of it being an island, not like an actual country). Romano technically covers any part of S. Italy, but just as a broad thing. Kinda like how people have state OCs and providence OCs when we already have Alfred and Matthew. 
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Eliana89364057 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015
Soooo, it's okay?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Yeah it is!
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MyDepictionOfFiction Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Well, time to do waaaaaay more research on Fiji... At 4:30am.... CHALLENGE ACCEP*stubs toe* ow
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NatureGrrl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a question. I made up my own country. Is that really bad? I have been doing a lot of research on the History of the countries around her, and she has no major impact on history, other than a long forgotten war that caused her to withdraw from the world. I am also researching the culture of the countries around her.  I am using her for a fanfiction about how she returns to the world, but a major criminal organization does as well.

I might also create a Niue Oc. He/she wouldn't interact with the personifications directly, except for New Zealand since New Zealand conducts most of Niue's business. If I do decide to make Niue, I am definitely going to do more research.
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Kittycattycat Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
I get the whole "white wash" thing. I had an OC for the small country of Grenada, a country in the Caribbean. I did absolutely no research on her, and she ended up being this horrid white washed OC with long brown hair and hazel eyes. It was horrible, and I literally made her just for the purpose of shipping her with Austria (whom I don't even really like anymore). 

That was kind of why I decided to make Croatia, to prove that I wasn't going to be one of those retards that make completely stupid, white washed, Mary-Sue OCs. I was aware that there was a mention of Croatia, whom I consider my OC, in Hetalia, but the entire personality and design was not shown in Hetalia, and was actually fan made. So I decided that it wouldn't be to I awful to make an OC of Croatia, and, yes, I did put some research it. Probably less than I should have, but I tried. She ended up much better than Grenada, as she actually isn't just a random OC that I slapped the name of a country on. She actually represents her country fairly well in my opinion, and even though I've never been to Croatia, I can safely say that she is certainly a better OC than Grenada. 

Sorry, end of rant now…
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XxSparklePopsxX Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm having a hard time choosing between two countries!!! Gahh! *Puts sunglasses on* Time to do more research
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sophia-the-bookworm Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Now I feel bad, because I made a Czech republic oc, because even though I'd seen the drawings I wanted something close to my heritage. Now I feel like I shouldn't have done that, which stinks, because I put a lot of research in to her. Do you think, if I never publish anything with her, it would be okay to keep writing with her?
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BreezeFox Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Awesome :3

When reading the part about representations on a character, that gave me some ideas :3
I hope their good tho xD cause I may be Honduran, but it was hard to make a Honduras OC xD

Coffe-brown eyes represent one of Honduras's main exports, coffee beans.
Messy hair represents the large, thick, yet messy forests (I've been to honduras jungles, and they are crazy xD)
And her tan skin represent both stereotypes, and latino/Mayan indian pride

Idk... I tried xD
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Those three traits work well. The skin color I would focus on based off of the majority of the population really. If it's mostly Latinos and Mayans there, then having brown skin works perfectly. If everyone's caucasian...well that's just awkward. 
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BreezeFox Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Ya....xD There are Caucasians, but its mostly Latinos, and native Americans (Mayans and similar groups) which I forgot to add xD
I've been there before and I'm a Honduran myself :3
(Even if I do look Caucasian xD)
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Itsinmybloodyouknow Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
excuse me, I need to delete something.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What would that be?
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Itsinmybloodyouknow Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nothing.
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KatharineArt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Just to mention, Singapore may or may not be designed since its implied that the design sheet may have just been a draft that Himaruya discarded.
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ForgotenAngel99 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for making this ^^, I've recently started to have been asked to roleplay Hetalia after I listed it under animes I've watched, and I've been refusing only because I don't want to have a shitty OC to roleplay with, though I am having a bit of difficulty creating a OC that could be paired with Belarus (I love Belarus to death XD) mainly finding a country/state that could go well with her, I thought about Alaska but I don't know~Why does the world have to be so damn big and have so many places, it makes choosing harder CURSE YOU!   
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RandomPerson246810 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Thank you!
There are points where I'm ashamed to be part of the fandom, just because of crappy OCs and the like.
I'm currently making an Alaska OC, and I hate how people make Alaska a mini Russia, while I'm just thinking: "No! Alaska isn't pale, and it doesn't snow all year round!"
Also, I hate how pretty much every female OC hates the female countries and France. I just hate it so much.
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Kincello Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have 4 oc's currently in WIP mode. I feel pretty confident about Panama. My other 3 are the Faroe Islands, Greenland, and the Aland Islands.

I'm alittle iffy about how old I want Faroe to be. And Idk if I should make Aland Islands a boy or a girl.

Also, would it be an alright idea to make Greenland kinda look like Iceland? ( with the whole mixing the two countries up ) or should I make him look how the majority of the citizens look?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What are the ages you're thinking of for Faroe. Just think of Aland Islands' history and which gender would make the most sense with them. 

I think it would be a good idea to have Greenland look like majority, but also with some similar traits to Greenland. Think of it like a USA and Canada situation - they both have similar features (blond hair, ahoge, glasses), but have plenty of physical differences as well. 
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Kincello Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's what they look like. ( atleast the 3 ) ->kincello.deviantart.com/art/Ch… Keep in mind that their concepts/WIPs. So there will be mistakes inaccuracy etc.

For Faroe, I was thinking that since she's under Denmark's rule, that she should be 8 yrs-17yrs in age.

Ah, that would make sense. I'll just have to take a closer look at Iceland.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
They look pretty good. I don't know much about Faroe and Greenland tbh, but their outfits seem to fit their climate well or what might be traditional clothing (is that the case with Greenland?). 

I'd say anywhere from 14-16 for Faroe. Also take into consideration of how long Faroe has been populated or was colonized. If it's young, like around 200 years old, then 14 and 15 work, but if it's on the older side then 16 and 17 are you're best bet. 

Yeah. I'm sure you'll get it down. 
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Kincello Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D And yes! The women of the Faroe islands wear those red/blue/black dresses along with the hats! As you see in some of these pictures ->www.google.com/search?hl=en&si…

As for Greenland, I gave him similar appearances to Iceland for the whole mix up between the two countries. And since Greenland is actually nothing but ice, I gave him that winter attire. along with the traditional designs on his scarf and boots ->www.google.com/search?hl=en&si…

Okay, good point on that. I'll defiantly take it into consideration when doing research on Faroe's history.
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MoonLightStar77 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
If my Lexington (Massachusetts) OC has a tiny dam and parts of reservoirs, should the dam and the parts of the reservoirs be represented, or just the dam?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Whichever is most important. Personally, I would represent the dam. 
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MoonLightStar77 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Okay, thank you!
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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iamkathybrown Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm, I am making city OCs, mostly Texas cities because that is where I live. But I am not sure about the other cities because like you said, each state is very diverse. I am not sure how to get the personality of each city though. I have done some research, but I wish I could ask some natives or something.
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Tsukiko75014 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just found this today and I have to say I enjoyed reading this. Informative, critizising yet polite. Great job. Personally I'm not planning on making an OC country anymore though.

I have one though and I'd like to ask your opinion about her. She is completely imaginary and has no actual historical basis. NO, don't stop reading yet. She isn't Mary Sue either. At least I hope she isn't. It's quite hard to explain actually... So would you take a look on her? And otherwise I'd like to know your opinion on OCs that are imaginary countries.

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Sey-chii Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh, you have a Curacao OC? I have a Bonaire OC! 
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Horrorandfantasy Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
um..i plan on making an OC based off of Perth, a city In Scotland.

i guess , considering Perth (the city) is pretty small , she would be small in height ?.

 i have found some info on Perth.


i am welcome to advice. thank you. .
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NicoleNakano Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
If the city is small, it doesn't mean she has to be small too. you can make her tall or medium height like that :)
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Angelofthedarkness12 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My friend wanted to make a New York hetalia oc, and I was wondering what tips I should give her about it.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ooh, this is my expertise! Does she have a dA? I've got a New York OC myself and if I could get in contact, I could really help her with him/her. 
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Angelofthedarkness12 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I looked at you New York oc and I had my friend look at it too. She is currently fixing some of her mistakes.
Thank you!
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