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Okay, so a rising thing in the Hetalia fandom right now is 2P and a lot of people don't really understand what it is, so I'm going to explain it.

ORIGINALLY, 2P was an alternative coloring and/or character design for the Nyotalia characters and the main Axis Powers that Himaruya made. These were posted on his website sometime around July 2011. The only one that became noticeably popular at that time was fem!Prussia and her 2P design.

NOW, the fandom has basically butchered that, as usual, and 2P is basically the characters in an alternative universe with more turmoil. Which, is unofficial, by the way. The way this whole "dark-side" thing originated is because Ameriko's character design carries a baseball bat while 2P!Ameriko carries a baseball bat with nails in it, assumed as a weapon. Also, a lot of the 2Ps have red eyes and darker colorings. So people have assumed that that meant they were the characters' dark side.

Speculation is that 2P!England is actually a good cook, as 2P!Igiko holds a tray of edible-looking pastries. My favorite headcanon that I've read, though, is that in 2P world, England is actually a really good cook, but he puts chemicals and poisons in all his pastries and that, assuming America was still raised by him, was why America is so messed up and goes on killing rampages with his bat. Sorry, I read that on tumblr, and I just love that anon's headcanon.

Most of the characters retain the same coloring with minor changes and different outfits and hairstyles, and the like. The most drastic 2P would be that of Ameriko (and America, by default, since there is no official 2P!America), who has dark brown/black hair, red eyes, tan skin, and is practically Ameriko's opposite. I want to point out that many people mistaken 2P!America to have red hair light skin, but the official looks almost Hispanic. Just putting that out there, since it's one of my pet peeves at the moment.

EDIT: Here are the official designs
Himaruya's Official: www.geocities.jp/himaruya/4ka0… | www.geocities.jp/himaruya/4ka0…
Side-by-side Comparison: analmouse.tumblr.com/post/1570…
The links are courtesy of Squircl and analmouse respectively

Hope this was helpful, everyone!

-J

By the way, I'm going to cosplay 2P!Ameriko soon, but that's pretty irrelevant, sorry xD
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sparkletastic13 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member Hobbyist Artist
Thank you sooooooo very much!!
*kisses,hugs,cupcakes*
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JuRom Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for explaining.
I look like the first version of Germany(fem. of course) just my hair is darker D:
Prussias versions are really awesome like the version with the white coat and the cross on it.
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Pechy28 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see... thank you for explaining! 
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deixaeutirafoto Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
They are actually very scary. I am curious about why the fandom made them soo evil. Is like be fan of Dolores Umbrigde or Joffrey Baratheon. There is nothing good about them? Another day i read a doujinshi where 2P Italy says good morning for a dead body of a girl who he murderer and, who knows, maybe rape her. Before he leaves, he says: "oh, i will take it back", and took a knife what he stabs her, and it was in her. And did it smiling. I feel like i would like to punch him until he dies. And in another doujinshi 2P England has murdered 1P America and cook him in cupcakes. Soo, people love this things? The designs are very nice, but...
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XecroZero Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
The minds of Fangirls are very powerful to even make a 2p them...
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AmyRose2411 Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
So THAT'S what it is XD thank you!!
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nmbuhr Featured By Owner May 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thank you~ I think 2p Iggy is best XD
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LunarRaevyn Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! The 2P stuff has been incredibly confusing to me.
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Shining-Scrafty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This really helped. Oh and about the 2P! characters. 2P!Germany along with the rest of the Axis are actually official. (I did some extra research before I read this.)
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M-E-G-A-M-I Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Artist
Than u very much~Now  I understand...
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