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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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lusankyajane Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Gee, how do you say thanks a lotlotlotlotlotlot (not kolkolkol!) without sounding silly? Thanks for Xplaining it anyway!
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Star-Von-Alicorn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh i get it :3
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yoshiwinsagain Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I thought of it this way
It is the bad turns of their history
Japan: Imperialism
Germany: country in chaos after WWII
Italy: Italian Mafia
America: Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Britain: instability after multiple occupation of anglo-saxtons, vikings, and so forth
China: 1949 communism
Russia: communism and Cold War
France: invaded by Germany in 1940
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RiadaMoonBlood Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
why did you call it ameriko???????
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HikariNur-chan01 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
America + ko (girl)
I think that's why--
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RiadaMoonBlood Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
hm
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animaniac102 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!! I was SO confused!
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TicciTimber Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Ok thank you
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sparkletastic13 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  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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SpookyFangirls Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Oh is the Cupcake one based on the MLP CreepyPasta? 
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Cyraina Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...What's the name of that doujinshi with 2p Italy?
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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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Envy-The-Jealous-Sin 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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pst001 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
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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LunarRaevyn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think 2p!Russia is more cruel, but 1p!Russia is more insane and his childlike demeanor darkens his already odd personality, and makes him all the more creepy. He's definitely cruel, and his insanity makes him seem more cruel than his actually is. It's okay to be insane and know so (to keep it under control), but it's dangerous (and possibly deadly) to be insane and not understand that you are. I don't think 1p!Russia knows he' insane, at least, not completely. So, in the end, 2p!Russia is more cruel, but not as creepy, off-putting, or childlike as 1p!Russia, but 1p!Russia is more creepy, childlike, dangerous, and insane than his 2p.
I know I didn't answer your other question, but I hope I answered the first one!
~Raevyn
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pst001 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the info!
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LunarRaevyn Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! I love sharing what I know :D
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TheSkandranon Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, I've been so confused about the whole 2P thing
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Gajeelfangirl101 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Student General Artist
^^ Tank you. 2P canada is prbalby the best. n. Italy next
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amaryllisflowers Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for explaining!
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shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner 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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shirabe64 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
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 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This comment was honestly more helpful than the explanation itself.
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stayonstraintrack Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You explained this beautifully
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HPfan232 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I especially like Feliciano's 2p... its so funny for some reason, Feli being a sadistic murder..
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NatsukiNekoChan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for explaining! :D
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ZanyAnee999 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thx person, 1 day I decide to scroll through the archives and say to my self "What the flying-mint-bunny is 2p!?"-de chi! 
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DevRider Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
yeh....the flying chocolet bunny
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ShinigamiGirl14 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for clearing that up, it really helps to have info like this available~
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Ariel-Leilani Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013
I understand.... I UNDERSTAND! IT'S A REVELATION! Winner 
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kiraruiz Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
So 2P means the opposite or mirror version of the current. Like Hero - Villian, Shy - Outgoing, etc. ?
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pokedragonS8 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Opposite, but with darker features.
Like England is all happy and stuff, but still kills people.
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kiraruiz Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
Instead of appearing sad and depressed and just full of hot air and threats?
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FlameingMoonlight Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
2p America is AWESOME
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Ggirl123 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
So basically, 2P means Two Personality?
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Doppelganger-Angel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
2p = secound player
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Ggirl123 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ah
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Chipgirl555 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Anyone else find 2P/Dark Italy AWESOME!?
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HPfan232 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeshh xD
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Candygirl2366 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks that was helpful i like the characters in this way, but that's my preference because I love more twisted and darker things :D
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VernaJast Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Actually, this was super helpful. Thanks!
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Supernaturally Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is anyone else freaked out by 2P!Italy?  Just the thought of seeing adorable pasta-loving Italy wielding a blood-smeared knife is enough to make me beyond uneasy.   O.O
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MiaErikaVessie Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
2P!Italy is actually very cheerful and nice just like his 1P counterpart, but he is willing kill anyone or anything. I even heard that the pasta sauce on his pasta, is made of the blood of the people he kills. I'm trying to scare you. But this is actually true.
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