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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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Extrinity-Crash96 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Could your OC be the capital of a country?  Just wonderin
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13-night-hour Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I see no reason why not. I personally have two of them. A capital have a lot of history to it. I have Vienna, the Capital of Austria and originally it was the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. It has a lot of history and was a lot of fun to figure out his appearance. 
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Sure! I don't see why that would be a problem. 
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
I know it says to avoid making an Antarctica OC and such, but I don't feel like doing any other countries. I plan on doing a whole lot of research. She is supposed to represent the scientists and all, and I want her personality to be a kuudere because of how cold it is. Do you have an idea of what I should start researching? 
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13-night-hour Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, the personaification of a country is not the land, it's the people. It is the whole body of the people assembled into a single individual.

I guess you could have it based off of the scientists that reside and research there, but that would involve trying to include all of their different cultures.

Also, as for personality, it's actually a good idea to not follow Dere types, as they are very pinpoint about how a personality is. Make a personality on your own about the climate, the people and the land. Antarctica has land, but the majority ofit is frozen over, you could take this as for her having a cold outside but a warm inside. She's cold to everyone aside those she is close (allied) with. She could come off as harsh and cruel because of the climate, because it is a harsh place to live. She could be very sciencifitic with interacting with others and with the ways she thinks and speaks because of the amount of scientists there.

Extend on that from other parts of the countries.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I would just Google 'Antartica history' and delve in beyond Wikipedia. It's fine to make an Antartica OC. This article needs to be revised and updated. 
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
Thx! Should I make her personality like some sort of nerdy kuudere?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome! I wouldn't say kuudere because I don't think any -dere will really work with an Antarctica personification. Instead of nerdy, go for her having an interest in biological and climate sciences, since that is what the population of Antarctica is there to do. Don't go solely off my word though because I've never done any deep research into that continent/country's history. That's something you need to do for yourself. 
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016
Thx again! I've googled what kind of clothes are worn in Antarctica, so I have an idea of what her outfit will look like. I also have trouble with what kind of hair she should have because there aren't any people officially living in Antarctica. Should her hair be long, short, or anything in between? What color should her hair be? I also wanted her eyes to be some sort of light blue because it somehow fits. 
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! I would go with long because that'll be warmer than short hair. Light blue is good as a reference to the sea and all the ice/snow there. I feel like brown or black hair would work, but I'd find some way to research it like where do the majority of the scientists there come from. 
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016
Ok, I have an idea now. Thanks a million, now all I have to do is do a whole lot of research and draw her in Himaruya style when I have the time and when I don't procrastinate. Homework is torture.
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magnoliathehedgehog Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do I have to use an already existing country as an OC (like Bosnia for example), or can I make my own up? I'm extra creative Spongebob (Imagination) 
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13-night-hour Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You could make a country up, but it's more fun to use existing ones as there is a people, culture and history to find about it.

I, myself, am doing OCs for all of South America, it's fun looking at all their differences and similiarities to figure out how each and everyone of them will act.
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magnoliathehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a few OCs from South America c: Mainly Easter Island and Chile. 

And oh okie I like to make up my own world a lot XD
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13-night-hour Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I've only gotten Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguary figured out, the others are only partcial.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
You should use an already existing country because that is what Hetalia's based on, right? If you make up a personification of a country that isn't real then it's not a Hetalia OC and is part of something entirely different. 
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magnoliathehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah okay, thanks
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Well, it is your imagination. So make sure it's an AU or something.
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magnoliathehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What's AU? Stupid Me! 
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016
It's short for Alternate Universe. Like, make your country form in the future or something so it doesn't interfere with the present or past.
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magnoliathehedgehog Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh, okay thanks
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016
I think I misused the term AU, because it means alternate universe where everything is supposed to be in a different universe of some sort. Like 2ptalia or Nyotalia. I think the correct term for what I am saying would be "Future."
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Naokitty707 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 29, 2015
I made up a country
her name is Solaria and she is a medium but powerful and resourceful (cause both china and Russia have a lot of natural resources)country near China and Russia(and parts of the middle east)
I've already invented her history and how she acts during times and peace and times of war
and her interactions with countries too far is limited yet she still tries to remain kindish
but I feel like I'm missing something
(I made her tan because her capital  is in the middle east, does that make sense)
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13-night-hour Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job on finding a place that your country could be even though it's not existing. However, be careful with her relations as a lot of made up countries get a lot of hate because of certain interactions. If you need any help with how a country may react or interact with someone, ask us and we'll try to help you with it.
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TaraLALA1212 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2016
Can you give her more? Like her culture and maybe make up a language for her.....
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I can't give you advice on what should be going on with a made up country because she's not real and has no basis for me to judge and critic it on. 
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smilelol456 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 22, 2015
Hey I know you wrote this like three years ago but I really need your help with something. I'm making a South Afirca OC and if you didn't know the history of South Africa is fucking tragic.The entire country was basically built up on racism (I literally teared up reading about the history). Even in present day a vicious racial war still rages on in that country. The problem with this is I WANTED to make this a light hearted fic (especially since I've had enough depression to deal with in my life already thank you very much) Yet at the same time as a black person myself I don't want to avoid the massive amounts of tragedy and racism the people of this country have experienced in the past and in the present. How do I make this fic light hearted yet still not avoiding of the country's past. Should I just give up and create a different OC? I've literally been thinking about this for months and it's really starting to nag me. If you want to see what I'm talking about I suggest you look history of South Africa. It's depressing as hell. Yet still at the same time I don't want to shy away from making potentially beautifully complex character just because their past is "sad". Don't even get me started on the country's past relations with England. Present day their good trading partners yet theirs still a LOT of tension. I'm conflicted and confused. Do you have any tips on how to make the tone of this story fun yet not ignorant of what happened in the past.
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13-night-hour Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, an easy to do the tragic background while not being too harsh or have it be a huge 'downer' on the character, is to treat it a little lightly. Don't play it off or try to shy away from it, but try to pick up certain pieces that take importance and focus on those. Explain how important they are but also keep them light, don't focus too deeply or make it too dark, just try to explain in a gentle and light manner.

If you have bits of history you want to include but don't know how to keep it light, you could message one of us asking if we can read it over and suggest ways to make it light and not too dark.

Please understand a lot of characters in Hetalia do have some darkness with them that have been included, like France/England incident with Jaune de Arc and Turkey being the dreadful Ottoman Empire. There was also a mention of Germany during the 'Nazi' stage, though it was lightly touched on, not overly detailed.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey there! As a writer myself, I can hopefully give you advice that helps. I suggest setting the fic in present times and keeping it with an overall light hearted plot. I would try to sneak in a moment that feels appropriate for you to get another character to ask about something in your South America's past (e.g. "Why do things seem so tense between you and England?"). If something like that doesn't fit right, then I would write one fic that's lighthearted and fun and another one thats set during/addresses something in South America's tragic history. 
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smilelol456 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
Also another thing I'd like to state is that I want England to be in the story as a possible conflict she has to face especially since England and South Africa are such frequent trade partners so she has to deal with him regularly. This makes things tense between them especially because of all the horrible things England's done to the county in the past(please don't start me on the arthepried)
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smilelol456 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015
South Africa was a former colony of England. And as you stated, they didnt exactly "like" it.
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Kitty55Magical Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this really helped
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Starving-Heart666 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015
I'm making an Oc for Brazil, and honestly, I'm having trouble. According to the stereo type, they speak Spainish, but in reality, they speak Portuguese. Which language should they speak? Should they be bilingual?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I would have them speak both. Brazil can definitely be and should be bilingual. 
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Starving-Heart666 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Thank you! But I gave up on that Oc and made a new one. Panama for the win. (It was easy cause I had to do a geography project on it!)
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IS831fan9 Featured By Owner Edited Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
So, I'm currently working on a Kazakhstan oc. I've done tons of research and found that it was conquered by Russia, and used to test nuclear weapons, thus making the environment extremely damaged and it never really recovered. To represent this, my Kazakhstan will always be rather ill. They've patched things up with Russia since they declared independence, but they're still rather afraid of him. I'm thinking of creating something to represent Khan Tengri, a famous landmark in Kazakhstan. Any ideas?
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Since it's a mountain and mountains are typically cold, I would make it a scary or a pair of goggles (mountain climbers) on they're forehead. Though I would only do those if it's typically cold/cool year round. 
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IS831fan9 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I've done research on the temperature and its only really cold around winter
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Numbuh5335 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Mine is a made up country 
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CatarinaWaterFrost Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015
Um, if your OC is a capital, (mine is Seoul), would that be ok to use a curl, since she's the sister of North and South Korea? 
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FreakiiUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful ^-^ 
After reading this I want to try and make my city OC's bows represent something but I'm not entirely sure what they should represent ;-; 
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PerrenialLove Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So there is one major flaw with this.

and that is the stereotype part.

That is base for rmajority of Hetalia's humor, so stereotypes have to be apart of your OC.
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MangoTreeInNYC Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I'M TRYING TO DO WITH JAMAICA! The hardest thing is typing out our creole cause it is a spoken, not a written language but everyone everywhere here speaks it. Jus' suh wi stay eunuh? 
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Sekhmet-Ra-Ptah Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What about Sardinia? Would that be Romano, still, or?

I've tried doing research to see if it is its own country but I couldn't find anything.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Sardinia's an autonomas region of Italy (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regions_…) so I'd consider it to be it's own being, but still answering to Romano and Veneziano. 
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Sekhmet-Ra-Ptah Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm. I think I'd be better off not doing it.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Hey your call.
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Girl-Time-2015 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Student General Artist
What about human OCs? It would be really interesting to learn how the countries interact with humans.
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