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Rule #1. Hetalia characters are not gay. (With the possible exception of some.)

Rule #2. Hetalia ships have to make sense. (Check your history.)

Rule #3. Always go back and check for plot-holes, spelling/grammatical mistakes, etc. (I say this because personally, when I see a spelling mistake, it seems to kill the flow of the story.)

Rule #4. Unless they're 2p!, fem!, or going through some personality-altering thing, don't change their personalities. (Also with the exception to rule #5.)

Rule #5. If your fanfic's setting is modern-day, base the characters' reactions/personalities/etc. off of events that have happened recently.

Rule #6. Get creative! Don't just copy scenes from Hetalia! (Seriously, I have read some fanfics like that. Nicht gut.)

Rule #7. Breaking the 4th wall is ok, just don't do it excessively.

Rule #8. It doesn't matter who you're writing about, don't make them op (over-powered). (Limit: England/Norway/Romania with their magic.)

Rule #9. When writing, don't make it obvious you hate or love one character. (Obviously, if you're in the story, then that's fine.)

Rule #10. When writing accents, if you don't know it don't do it.


That's all for now! Hope you learned something! :D

Based off of sonicthehedgehog4454.deviantar…


Edit: I'm sorry if this sounded snobby/rude/mean/or other wise, it wasn't intended.

And yes, everyone has the right to ship whoever they want. I'm not saying they can't. I'm simply saying that most ships don't really work nor do they make sense.

Edit 2: I took out some of the parts that, after reviewing, sounded kinda rude or mean.

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Terrencethetitan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Thank you. I'm gonna need those guid lines. Plus I don't ship many of the famous ships anyway.
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Terrencethetitan Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015
Now after scrolling in the comment section I should probably explain myself before people start something with me. I'm not agents homosexuality or anything and I not against people who ship it either. I just don't ship it (I do ship  a few actually) . I know not everyone agrees with this list and I'm just using this as a stepping stone. So please understand I'm not trying to offend anybody. 
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SimRandyCunninghamx2 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for rule 1. Also, we still need France isn't a perv/rapist, and Spain isn't a pedo.
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ArthurIglesias Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the guidelines. Useful and succinct.
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Furbalicious9000 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Can we still put poland in women's clothing? :(
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RandomPerson246810 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
And don't forget:
France isn't a rapist, Spain isn't a pedo, and Pussia isn't a pervert. (Prussia is actually really awkward around girls because of growing up in a house of guys)
Those three are some of my favorite characters and I hate how they're represented. 
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Anima-Pentamana Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the only thing I have against these rules are number one and two

Okay with number 1, I kind of get what you mean since I'm not a fan of the side pairing being gay but
it really depends on the subject, time, and place to be completely honest.
Since most of nations in Hetalia have no set sexualities, it really varies on the time period, because in 
some countries homosexuality was considered okay and sometimes favoured over heterosexuality especially in ancient times

As for number two, again it really depends. Everyone has different ships and it doesn't matter how crack they are
Since as I learned many times "ship characters for their characters/personality, not their history"
since history is a very touchy subject to some people in the fandom so they often refrain from doing so. I'm not saying
that you can't have a historically accurate fanfic, but historical accuracy depends on the author not the viewer.

lastly I'd like to address, If you're not okay with same sex  pairings or crack pairings, 
maybe digging into that side of the fandom isn't for you. I'm not trying to be rude or act like a bully but,
saying that pairings don't make sense or work because of lack of historical accuracy sounds like you're
bashing them instead of making people learn something. Just my opinion if you wanted to know.
 ( I would on go about homosexuality and religion from your previous comments but I rather not
  unless you really want to know about what I think) 

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kiramaru7 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
I find your rules against gay pairings insulting & rude. Sorry, but it is. If you don't like it, then don't read it, but to force others to conform to your "rules" sounds like censorship and that's WRONG. In fact, this whole thing sounds like you want others to write only what you like.
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supergeek17 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Personally, I think Rule 10 should be no written accents period. It's weird but I have the damnedest time being able to process written out accents-- English is my native tongue and I read perfectly fluently, but the second you write out that accent, reading the story becomes really cumbersome. 
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dreamydark Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
rules 1&2...I'm guessing you don't like slash...
but what do you have against ships? i mean really...
(actually, I do agree with 1 in the sense that canonically they're nations so I imagine most of them to be pansexual (with a few exceptions...Prussia for one since he sorta doesn't exist...um...) but that's headcanon so...but AU? do whatever you wannttt~)
no offense, but you still come off as a bit snobby...I mean, only the creator has a say on the character's sexuality and he doesn't say much so it's all fanon...like, I get what you're trying to say but...(I'm guessing everyone else probably bitched at you already so I'm probably annoying) ^^;

idk, I like crackships :shrug: just not so much in APH canonverse, but AU? why not? yeahhhh i have two otps of charas that never met, but i like how their personalities mesh...so i ship them??? not even sure what im trying to say ahaha...
actually this is something I've been meaning to ask...what do people have against crackships anyway? as long as they're not claiming it's canon like PruCan

for the other 8 rules, they're just general fic rules that I hope everyone realizes...
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

(About crackships) I personally don't agree with any boyxboy or girlxgirl ships, so that encompasses crackships. But I can't say the same for others.

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dreamydark Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
...you don't agree with slash?  i get not shipping them, but why? for me, gender doesn't really matter :shrug: as long as it makes sense... (so, in that case, are you okay with genderbent ships?)
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

(two things before I answer...what is "slash" and "genderbent"?)

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dreamydark Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
ok...you must be new here...
slash is another name for boy/boy pairs (femslash is the equivalent) yaoi/yuri is for only the anime fandoms...I think???
genderbent is swapping the genders of characters (you know nyotalia? that's the APH version...sort of)
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Oh ok, thanks for the clarification.


To answer your previous question, though:

1. My views about shipping are the same as in real life. I don't support homosexuality in real life, so I don't in fandoms either.

2. I'm fine with any ships, be it genderbent, normal, etc., that are straight ships.

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dreamydark Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
uh...how do you...not support homosexuality? it's like not supporting blondes or something...i don't get it :shrug:

ok...even the crack ships? that don't make sense? i...see...
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

I don't support homosexuality because I believe by supporting it, you're allowing the people who believe they are gay to continue in that sin. No one is born gay, it's a choice they make. And I find it sad that no one is really telling them that they don't have to be gay, that they can turn from it. Everyone's been led to think that you can't change who you are, or what your mindset is, or what feelings you may have for someone else. That simply isn't true. Basically, I don't support it because I hate to see people living in that lifestyle.

This doesn't mean I don't like/hate gays or think that they are less than anyone, because I don't. I love everyone and try to treat everyone the same.

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Little-Miss-Spades Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree with all of these. XD
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Only a few people have, but I'm glad you do! :D
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Little-Miss-Spades Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yep.
These just make sense.
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BlackOliveRootBeer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
I agree with everything you say.
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vocalidiot Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Just read some of the comments and it looks like some people don't fully understand the situation.
1. Yes, I agree that some characters have their sexualities identified. (France,Sweden,England) But that doesn't mean that every single character is gay. Now I'm not against homosexuality, just wish people would put a little more variety and thought into their story. If they were all gay, how did the Italy brothers come to be. If Rome was gay, they wouldn't be possible.
2. I knew people would get touchy on this topic. Yes, you can have ships, ship as many as you like. (Just don't call ALL of then your OTP, cause how can three pairings be your ONE true pairing.) Just understand that sometimes it gets a little confusing, and the story looks like it was written for yourself, and you're trying to make more people like that perticular ship.
3. Yeah, this one should go out to everyone, if you don't have spell check. (Like me) Atleast try to make the spelling correct, if you have an illness then that's fine as long as you're able to check back at it at some point. Plot holes also really get at me, like you can't suddenly just forget about a character just cause you want to focus on just two, find a way to get rid of them.
4 and 5. This is a good point, unless you make them change their personality, (*cough* pull the curl *cough*) then it makes no sence to all of a sudden make USA shy or some thing.
6. I've seen too many fanfics where there is no imagination that it throws me off the whole thing.
7.Yep, I've seen a fanfiction (non Hetalia related) where you get to go in the closet for seven minutes with Gaara but the creator of the story is supposed to steal him away and just leave you there. That's low if you ask me
8. USA beating up Germany without a struggle, highly unlikely. Just because he has super human strength doesn't mean that all the other countries are weaklings. Check you're history, it'll suprise you.
9. Not everyone shares your hate for a character, be mutual.
10. Just don't write them full stop. The ocasianal, oui,ja or them speaking in their original toungh is fine.
(This is just my opinion and this is me trying to break it down a bit, if you don't agree with me, don't comment cause I'm not replying to you.)
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ljqueen15 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
Actually England has not been confirmed gay (it was just rumour based on an non-existent blog post)
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LotusDragonof5000 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
Can I add in some input? If its an XReader, please, for the love of Earth, do NOT use a cheesy plot! Ex: Reader falls in love with character on first sight and they start dating/ making plans for marriage, etc. 
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Agreed
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LoveToTheCucumber Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm.. I agree with some of your points, but most points don't take AU into consideration and I personally love when people get creative and try something new. I don't even mind if they change the characters completely since sometimes it's just nice to see the hero play the villian - etc..

1: Any hetalia character can be gay if it makes sense in your story. Meaning the possibility of them being gay all at once is highly unlikely unless they all meet in some kind of gay community - again, as long as it's realistic.

2: Hetalia ships only have to make sense if you're basing your story of off history. Otherwise, it doesn't really matter. As long as it seems likely in your story that they could be a couple.

3: Completely agreed, though you can't really expect people to be perfect. Even professional authors have professional editors.

4: Already commented on this in the beginning of the comment.

5: I partly agree with this. Again, I like that people have the freedom to make any kind of changes. Then again, it proves you're a great author if you're able to convey the hetalians over exaggerated personalities to modern and more subtle personalities - while any possible changes in their personalities fit the things they've experienced in your story.

8: If you're writing an anime/manga kind of story or you're writing something where it makes sense they have powers, then I don't see any problem with them having different kinds of powers.

9: Also remember to consider that characters in the story are allowed to show indirect love or hatred if it's written from their point of view (not necessarily first person POV).

10: It's okay for people to try and you can't really expect them to be experts - and fx. two German guys don't necessarily have the same kind of accent. Personally, I prefer it when people don't write accents, but if they are good at it and it's still easy enough to read, it might put a smile on my face instead of just annoying me.

These are my views on these matters (obviously) :)
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

8. Oh, that's fine. Because technically a magic spell could give you a power or two. I basically just meant that one character shouldn't be able to defeat the enemy with a sweep of the arm.

9. Yeah, exactly. What I was referring to was something like in a story, no matter what angle or perspective you look at, America is just plain boarding and dull. Which isn't true, especially since it was supposed to be based off of the normal Hetalian America. (That was an example for a story I read not too long ago.)


And thank you for sharing them in a respectful manner :)

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LoveToTheCucumber Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, no, that's common knowledge. But I am aware that some people tend to make these awesome characters with no weaknesses. Bad character :iconangrymanplz:!

But authors are allowed to show their opinion in their works. Stories that are critical of society are an example of authors that show their opinion through their work and these kind of stories are quite common and many professional authors write stories merely to get their own message out. So an author should be allowed to show their opinion. But the author has to make it clear that it's their opinion (so it doesn't conflict with the story and characters) and they can't do it too often or be too aggressive when showing their opinion - I guess these could be some of the reasons why you listed this as a no go. At least that's why I think showing your opinion is very often a no go in fanfiction 'cause people just can't keep it to a minimum and be subtle about it.
Personally, I think America is a rather annoying and dull character that doesn't add any sort of depth to Hetalia so I can relate to that thought. But if the author broke some of the "golden rules" when showing her own opinion, then I understand why you would think it was a bad portrayal of the character. I can't say since I haven't read it :)

No problem, it's always a pleasure to have a friendly discussion ^^ Helps me find out what I think of different subjects and topics as well.
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Angeliquediabla Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
I don't agree with most of these rules...because a lot of the ships actually make sense, wether they are yaoi,yuri or hetero...why mess with it...

Hetalia is a satire...historical satire....but it also leaves room in the fandom for what ifs...hence Cardverse or Omega verse....or different human alternate universes because let's face, even as a huge fan, I can see the two demensional limitations. Not everything is about history... Sometimes it is about  seeing how much deeper you can take the character....for example...I am crazy about America, but can we actually develop a more rounded Alfred f Jones, without ruining him? I want explore development , not copy a satire, that I do love.

However, I agree with six -ten....originality is vital...bias sucks...and I believe if you are writing something...you should know what you what you are writing. Honestly I like things to make sense, but sometimes moving away from a historical point of view to a more. Humanistic point of view makes more sense...especially if you are reading character driven stories.

I do hate cliches ...or stereotypical views that border on being racist.



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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Character development it great. I really do enjoy seeing it used, especially in fanfics.

And right, I realize that not everything people write will be based off History. I say that because the characters themselves, personality/reactions/etc., are based of Historical events.

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DieNuss Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I also want to say a bit about this (though you already some comments but psh-)

#1 We're over tht topic, we don't know, so we're free to use headcanons. Nuff' said.
#2 I actually agree- if the characters don't like each other in the canon, you shouldn't put them together in fanon as it would only twist their personality around. (Like Spain who canonly still holds a grudge against England- best buddies isn't really possible)
Though, I think it's fine if we don't know anything about their relationship- as long not such a cliche thing like love on the first sigh happens. 
#5 Recently like actually in the real world or recently like the last thing we know about them according to Himaruya? Because- honestly- if possible you should go after the canon character as much as possible. If you just twist the character around and ignore what the creator says, you can also write something about your oc's.
#7 In my opinion a bad idea, didn't see it often working out well
#10 Actually: No. Big no. It's not much of a problem if the story is in english and the mother tongue of the character is another (like Spanish, Italian, German, whatever) and said character slips sometimes into it like for phrases and really small words- that happens, sure.
But accents written is a terrible idea. It's offending to the people who actually speak that language. (e.g. that terrible 'Mario-accent' used for the Italians or the shit with 'zhe' or 'vith' for Germany/Prussia/France) 

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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

5. I meant recently worldly, because there have been some major things that have happened in the world recently, specifically that would effect how some of the Hetalia characters might react in certain situations or to certain things.

10. Some people are offended by this, and some aren't. I personally don't mind, but I see where you're coming from on it.

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Alternian-Geneticist Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mmm, I have a few things to say about this, I hope you don't mind.

1) When it comes to fanfiction, it's fanon, so the writers have say regarding their sexualities. They are allowed to abide by canon (With Sweden being gay, France being pansexual, and so on and so forth) but they can also bend them if they want. Besides, none of the other characters have confirmed sexualities, so it's completely up for the writer to choose. There only exists implications (such as Italy being heterosexual, Austria being bisexual, etc...)

2) Ships do not have to make sense. It's all about fun, just like it would be in any other fandom. : )

7) Breaking the fourth wall is actually a very terrible move. It's extremely difficult to write without looking amateurish. 

10) You shouldn't write accents at all. :,D It's actually rather offensive to write them out. 
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

Not at all! I prefer when people explain things rather than simple attacking my opinions and moving on with no further explanation.

1) Yeah, I think there was a lot of confusion there. I wasn't telling anyone that they couldn't do a ship, because you're right, it is up to them, I was just stating that some didn't really make sense.

2) I know. But it should at least make some sense, so the reader can make the connection.

7) Sometimes they've actually done this in Hetalia, and it turned out ok. But that was like only twice.

10) I know some people do. I personally don't, but again, you're the reader.

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Zuna11 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist

Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] I'm sorry, but I'm TOALLY AGAINST#1 AND#2, WHAT DO YOU HAVE AGAINST SHIPS!!!!Llama Emoji-66 (Angry) [V3] 

Llama Emoji-08 (Crying) [V1] Sorry again. Please don't hate me.

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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

It's ok, I don't hate anyone for shipping. :)

What I have against ships is that most of them are gay (also known as yaoi/yuri) ships. I don't support that in real life, so I don't support it in the fan base either.

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Zuna11 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Llama Emoji-65 (Blood Tears...) [V3] We are basically polar opposites!
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
We both like Hetalia, right? So I'd say were opposites, yes, but polar opposites no. ;)
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Zuna11 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Llama Emoji 29 (Mah Fudz) [V2] .........I guess. And we both love Germany!Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1]  Right?Llama Emoji-07 (Hopeless or Scared) [V1] 
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Yup ;) :icongermanyispleasedplz:
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Zuna11 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist

This would be some of my practical reactions to smexy Germany pictures:

Llama Emoji-65 (Blood Tears...) [V3] Nosebleed :nosebleed: Love La la la la 

 

Picture those all at once. That would be meh reaction.

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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

That's how most people I know would react xD

I've never had a "nosebleed", nor do I find any guys sexy/hot/cute/etc., but if I was normal person that's probably how I would react too XD

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lidsworth Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
as much as i'd like to like this, it comes off as a little snobby.  While I do agree with you on the most part, it is a fanfic, so really, there's no rules to be set or anything of the sort. As far as personalities goes, I can understand that, and history (honestly, I hate Hetalia), I understand that as well, but everything else is sorta up to the writer. Not trying to be mean or anything, just pointing out facts. 
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CraftyCat14 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer

The main reason I wrote this is because this is basically what I would tell someone in real life if they were writing a fanfic for Hetalia. If it came off as a little snobby, I'm sorry, that wasn't intended. But that's the challenge with the internet, I suppose, that everything is up for misinterpretation.

And thank you for explaining your point to me.

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Kbreezee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Rules 1, 2, 7, and 10
Will NEVER be followed
Because
Yes
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Zinka17 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are good rules, but I believe everyone has the right to ship whoever they want.
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chibichibiusa Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
I disagree 1 and 2
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GurlyHR Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Not to be rude, but it's called fanfiction for a reason. It's written by a fan and it is fiction so they can make the character gay if they want to. ^^
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dawnflower8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I agree with rules 3-10. But people can ship whatever they want. And we don't know if they are gay or not, besides Sweden. It's unconfirmed. Except I am pretty sure France is bi, and Austria and Hungary are straight.
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memebonnie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*coughs* people have the right to ship whatever they want
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