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Istanbul Not Constantinople

Greece - Heracles Karpusi


I want to become a cat, if I can be reborn...

Voiced by: Atsushi Kousaka (JP), Vic Mignogna (EN)

  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: As seen in this strip, Greece has a movie about a gigantic moussaka attacking.
  • Berserk Button: Turkey's mere presence.
  • Blade on a Stick: Aside of his metal cross, he uses a spear in some drawings.
  • Brilliant but Lazy: He tends to be characterized as this in some fanworks.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He's #1 in the frequency of sex in the world, surpassing even France, and everyone else knows it, and he has no problems with nudity like France... and yet he's one of the nicest characters in the series and the other characters don't seem afraid of being randomly undressed or molested while interacting with him, unlike with France. Additionally, it's made clear that he definitely wouldn't object to having sex with his close friend Japan (and may haved managed to get him into bed at least once) but also that he values their friendship enough, or is mindful enough of Japan's intimacy issues, to not press him too hard on this, and genuinely likes him as a person.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Pick a fanwork, any fanwork that has Turkey flirting with Japan within Greece's line of sight, causing him to go from sleepy-eyed to green-eyed (if not outright death-glaring) in 0.3 seconds flat. It's usually only when Turkey is around, though.
  • Coat Cape
  • Drives Like Crazy: According to some manga notes:

"When riding in cars he becomes a little bit faster!"

  • Erudite Stoner: Other than the drug-using part, he fits this trope to a T. So well, in fact, that it's somewhat surprising that there haven't been that many fanworks that make him a full-blown one - maybe because Fanon has already pegged Canada and Netherlands as the main Stoners.
  • Heavy Sleeper / Sleepyhead: In the world conference shown in the first manga chapter and anime episode, he sleeps right through all the other countries' loud fighting. He also tends to doze off in the middle of conversations and fall asleep on the spot without warning.
  • Hidden Depths: Seems a Cloudcuckoolander, is actually The Philosopher.
  • Ho Yay: After Japan finds out that Greece is n°1 in the frequency of having sex while Japan is dead last, he gets a private lesson from him... There's also the Together Umbrella strip where Greece doesn't want Japan to see him with Messy Hair in the rain and gets upset when Japan tries to assure him that his hair doesn't look any different than usual (i.e. his hair looks messy all the time to him) until he begins wondering if this is actually "humiliation play"... And then, after posing in an Ancient Greek chiton, Greece either casually flashes Japan by lifting up the lower part of his chiton or holds up another chiton for Japan to wear himself. And he's wearing cat ears like the ones Japan gave him in an earlier strip.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Some sketches show him carrying around a huge metal cross, which represents the Agion Oros aka Mount Athos.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: Greece loves cats, but is less skittish towards others than your average Crazy Cat Lady.
  • Momma's Boy: It's safe to assume that he's this from how he takes care of his mother's ruins and likes to talk about her mythology and culture. Atypically for this trope, this trait of his is usually portrayed positively in both canon and fanworks.
  • Naked People Are Funny: The only one aside from France who will casually walk around buttnaked. Or casually suggest a naked check-up to another person.
  • Perpetual Poverty: He suffers from trade deficit and can't play online games with the others due to costly internet.
  • Really Gets Around: In the "official doujinshi" by Himaruya, England and France try to tell others that he invented condoms. It backfires when he admits he's had lots of sex, but then adds he doesn't use them.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": So is it 'Karpusi' or 'Karpossi' or 'Kiparsi' or what? Also, is it 'Heracles' or 'Herakles'?
    • Seeing as his last name is based on the Greek word for "watermelon", which is "καρπούζι", this Greek troper thinks that it should be Karpouzi and the author just Did Not Do the Research.
    • Actually "Karpouzis", since he's male.
  • Super Strength: Implied. One picture shows him wrestling down Germany seemly without trouble, in a strip he knocks out and carries around France's body like it's nothing, and in Gakuen Hetalia he manages to move around several life-size stone statues and not even pant afterwards. It certainly would fit his human namesake.
  • The Other Darrin: From Atsushi Kousaka (anime) to Kissho Taniyama (Hetalia Phantasia).
  • Unkempt Beauty: Japan gets confused when Greece tells him that he doesn't want Japan to see him with Messy Hair in the rain, as he thinks that Greece's hair looks messy all the time and doesn't see a problem with it. (It certainly doesn't stop fanworks from depicting him as extremely attractive, anyway -- and who can blame them with official art like these?)
  • Vocal Evolution: In episodes 54 and 55, his voice is considerably slower-paced than his first speaking appearance in Episode 35.
  • What Could Have Been: According to volume 3, originally he had glasses and shorter hair.

Turkey/The Ottoman Empire - Sadik Adnan


Today I make Europe mine.

Voiced by: Takahiro Fujimoto (JP), Kent Williams (EN)

Egypt - Gupta Muhammad Hassan



Voiced by: Scott Sager (EN)

Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC)

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I thought I'd use this event as a chance to promote myself, so I've been going around greeting everyone.

Voiced by: Go Inoue (JP), Justin Pate (EN)


Um... a-ah... am I interfering?


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Stop with that depressing song!!

Spells and black magic are his specialty. He's a merry oddball.


  • Meido: If the maid costumed female character appearing in the "Today it's Russia, tomorrow it's Russia" stip is indeed Moldova. She has family resemblance to Romania and could well his younger sister, which would make cultural and historical sense.
  • Perpetual Poverty: in this nation's only appearance to date in the strip In Just Two Minutes, You Can Grasp The Exterior Of The European Economy, he is said to have an economy 1/30th the size of Greece.


That was quick... Se ya around! Upon being immediately accepted into the European Union.

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