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Ivan Braginski
イヴァン・ブラギンスキ
Ivan
Name: Russian Federation (Российская Федерация)
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Alternative Spelling(s): N/A
Age: Unknown
Gender: Male
Birthday: December 30
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Violet
Height: 182 cm
First Appearance (volume): {{{firstvolume}}}
First Appearance (strip): {{{firstcomic}}}
First Appearance (anime): Episode 01
Japanese VA: Yasuhiro Takato
English VA: N/A

Ivan Braginski is a main character in the series Axis Powers Hetalia. He is the representation of Russia (ロシア,Roshia).

Appearance

Russia original

Ivan's original design

Ivan wears a long, heavy tan coat, brown pants, and a long tan scarf. He has a round, childish face, and tends to carry around a bottle of vodka or a faucet pipe. His hair is a light, beige-ish blonde and his eyes are violet, though they were initially colored both blue and green in early color artwork by Hidekaz Himaruya.

Personality And Interests

A large young man with the cruelty of a child, he comes off as intimidating without even saying a word. When he is upset, he uses the chant "KolKolKol" to threaten and frighten others into submission. He has been tormented since his childhood, having seen many tragedies and wars.

General Winter haunts and attacks him every year, which has caused him to hate the cold. However, in the face of war, General Winter is his best ally. He dreams one day of living in a warm place with sunflowers.

Relationships

Toris Lorinaitis (Lithuania)

Main Article: Toris Lorinaitis

Ivan often physically and emotionally abuses him, finding the abuse he inflicts on Toris to be "fun". In the present day, he wants nothing more than for Toris to become one with him again.

Natalia Alfroskaya (Belarus)

Main Article: Natalia Alfroskaya

His younger sister has a deep obsession and love for him, to the point where she wants him to marry her, but he finds her frightening and doesn't return it.

Ukraine

Main Article: Ukraine

Ivan's older sister, who acted as mother to both him and Natalia. She was the one who gave him his scarf.

In The Anime

Ivan appears at the meeting in Episode 01, stating that he only wants to see a troubled Toris come running back to him. His plan is quickly thwarted by Feliks, who threatens to make his capital Warsaw.

He later appears with the other Allies in Episode 06, as they roast marshmallows at a campfire. In Episode 09, he remains mostly quiet through the meeting, afterwards remarking in amusement to Francis that he can feel his blood boil whenever he thinks of how "those idiots" will beg for their lives.

In Episode 13, Arthur attempts to summon the devil to curse Ludwig, but winds up with Ivan, who carries some sort of grudge himself. Ivan later curses Kiku to have stomach pain by chanting "Jiii" over and over, in a reference to the Russian Orthodox Church's curse against Japan. At the end of the episode, he disturbs Francis once more, as he openly fantasizes of twisting someone's face.

Ivan's design is relatively the same in the anime adaptation, though the color of his scarf was changed from tan to pink. His hair is also colored more beige than blonde.

Trivia

  • Due to his thick clothing and his tall, somewhat heavyset appearance in comparison to the other characters, a fan had asked Hidekaz Himaruya if Ivan was fat. The in-character answer from "Ivan" was that he was simply "big-boned". A later black-and-white sketch also depicts Ivan wearing a shirt that claims such.
  • In the World War-set strips, Ivan technically represents the Soviet Union, rather than the Russian Federation (as evidenced by his flag). However, Himuraya explained in liner notes that he was simply called Russia in the series due to it being easier to write.
  • While the flag used for Ivan is the Soviet flag in most of the webcomic, the published version of the manga, as well as the anime and merchandise, has opted to use the standard Russian flag.
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