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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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Shining-Scrafty 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 Mar 9, 2014  Student Artist
Than u very much~Now  I understand...
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That only brings 2 questions to my mind...

Which is more cruel: Russia or 2P!Russia... and are 2P!America and 2P!Russia worse rivals than the allies in the Hetalia universe?
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TheSkandranon Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, I've been so confused about the whole 2P thing
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Gajeelfangirl101 Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
^^ Tank you. 2P canada is prbalby the best. n. Italy next
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amaryllisflowers Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for explaining!
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shadowzabimaru Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm sorry but i'm still really confused. I thought you said the 2Ps were not official? And why is it called 2P?
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My friend described it in the best way. Hetalia is a series about history AND stereotypes. So we have France: master of romance and a great cook, Canada: soft-spoken and always willing to help and lots of things like that. 2P Hetalia is like the other half of the spectrum of stereotypes! So 2P France is a smoker who has little patience, 2P Canada is this basass outdoors man/lumberjack/hockey player/ mountie all in one, 2P England is happy in the "pip pip cheerio" sort of way, and so on.  2P is just what we call them because of the darker colors, like 2nd players in a game (Mario is red, Luigi is green), though I like to say they're second personifications.  They aren't official in the series, but designs for the 2P females and Axis did come from Himaruya directly. Fans carried the idea. They like to make them into the darker parts of countries, what they try to hide, evil tendencies. And that can work, especially if you see America as a hero, his 2P can be this violent, gun-toting (or in this case bat-carrying) kind of guy. Or you can just have fun with a new set of characteristics that you hear about other countries.
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ElanaAK Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This comment was honestly more helpful than the explanation itself.
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stayonstraintrack Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You explained this beautifully
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