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America (アメリカ, アルフレッド・F・ジョーンズ)Nation's name: Democratic Republic of the United States of America
Capital: Washington D.C.
Birthday: July 4th
National flower: Rose
Human name: Alfred F. Jones
Height: 177cm (5’10”)
Age: 19 (appearance)
A young nation who was once called the “New World,” America is the self-proclaimed leader of the Allies. He has blue eyes and short blonde hair, which was changed to a light brownish-blonde color in the anime adaptation.
During his early childhood, he was fought over by France, England, and Finland, a fight which England ended up winning. America was raised by England, and the two had a brotherly relationship, all which went bad after the American Revolution. In modern times, they get along, but are often found bickering with each other or teasing each other. Even though they appear to hate each other at times, they both really care for one another’s wellbeing, and England is really one of the only true friends that America has.
Another good pal of America’s is Japan, who is also said to be one of America’s “true friends.” The two often play videogames and watch movies together, and collaborate to create new technology and cars. America seems to be fond of Japan’s culture, lifestyle, and home, going so far as to get excited after seeing the Tokyo Tower and an average neighborhood shrine. Japan is often puzzled by America’s “Western Culture” and was shown taking pictures of his “strangely colored” cakes before.
America also has a friend named Tony, who is an alien from outer space. Even though he interacts with aliens, America can’t see fairies, spirits, or other mystical creatures like England can. It was shown, however, that he is able to see them on Halloween, but no other day in the year.
It was confirmed that America and Canada are blood-brothers, though it was not stated who was older or whether they are twins or not (a common fan-speculation). Countries, such as Cuba, often mistake Canada for America due to their extremely similar appearance. On some occasions, America completely forgets about Canada’s existence, has no interest in him, and overshadows him, much to Canada’s chagrin. Canada usually becomes furious on the inside because of how he is treated by America, but even so, the two seem to get along with each other alright and have a normal sibling relationship.
Most know him for his energetic, cheery, and somewhat hyper personality. He’s rather nosy, impulsive, and cannot “read the atmosphere” (though it was said that he can “assess the situation”), so some nations often get annoyed and disgusted with him. Maybe it’s because of this that Japan and England are his only real friends. His hobbies include archaeology, sports, sketching, games, making movies (especially scary ones), and eating fast food, such as hamburgers. Currently, he’s obsessed with heroes, justice, freedom, strange diets, and weight-loss machines. America is noted as being deathly afraid of horror movies (that he loves, even though they scare him), ghosts, and marmite, and he believes that one can travel to any country around the world by car. He seems to have super, inhuman strength; he was able to swing a buffalo around as a child, he once stopped a car with the heel of his foot, and he once dragged England’s heavy Rolls Royce around for one hour. It was because of England’s cooking (that had no taste whatsoever) that nowadays, America can eat strange colored and inedible looking foods.
The small ahoge that sticks up on the right side of his head (by his part) was confirmed to represent the island of Nantucket. His glasses were said to represent Texas. In the manga, his signature bomber jacket is shown having a “50” embroidered on the back, representing the fifty states (in the anime, the “50” was removed).
Even though he wears glasses, doesn't actually have a problem with his sight.
Hidekaz Himaruya once mentioned that the “F.” in his human name possibly stands for “Franklin,” “Foster,” or “Fuck.”
A look at the often ridiculously caricatured portrayal of Americans in anime, and why they are so heavily stereotyped.
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