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Name: Alfred F. Jones (U.S. of America)
Canon: Axis Powers Hetalia
Original or Alternate Universe:
Canon Point: There are small skits which include America and Japan in a current time-set (America-kun to Japan-kun skits). I would be bringing America in from the most current time period (2012).
History: Alfred F. Jones is the human representation of the nation the United States of America and thus, a combination of history and hetalia canon must be combined here. Alfred’s true origins began as a collection of colonies belonging to the major European powers from the late 15th to the late 18th century.
America was spotted by Finland as a young boy in the wild who seemed to fare better than the average human in the same circumstances. Reporting this to England and France, the three came to the conclusion he must be a young nation, much like themselves. Long-standing rivalry between the France and England naturally brought forth bickering as to who America would be related. Gradually they finally came across him wandering the wilds and thus began the comparisons. Of the three contenders America eventually chose England after noticing how dejected he appeared after his countrymen couldn’t bring up something enticing to snag him with. Brought up under England’s guidance, America was shown the way of being a nation and lovingly doted upon, even protected from various wars and skirmishes that cropped up (Namely the French-Indian war). England’s pre-existing responsibilities and activities in Europe would eventually become a strain on their relationship (and economies), enough to bring it to the snapping point.
In order to manage his expansive empire, England often left America alone in the New World. This had its own set of complexes attached to it as America often found his expansive lands to be scary when alone. However, this absence afforded America a certain freedom not present in other colonies where farmers could own their land and the local communities could appoint their own law magistrates and local government. In short, America was always a nation/colony that had a lot of freedoms associated with it and was tolerated by the English Empire. As a result, every time England came to visit he was always surprised with America’s uncanny growth. But even as a young child he had mentioned that he’d come to understand a lot about himself, though this is far earlier than one might expect.
As America grew up, England’s attitude in regards to such things as buying only his tea, only being close to him, and lastly accepting taxes without representation caused him to… as children often do from the rigorous rules of their parents, choose to fight and gain his independence from England. In addition, he outright changed his drinking habits from tea to coffee, just out of spite.
America fought hard for his independence though it seemed that England would have the upper hand. In the end, England couldn’t bring himself to finish off America and it seemed to be a less celebratory moment as it was bittersweet. Now he was an equal, as he’d always idealized and yet he felt unsettled by his victory against someone who he had always considered so great.
After gaining his independence, England became a distant figure in his past amidst a whole new slew of problems from becoming his own nation. America became embroiled in his own, new nation’s troubles and tribulations, (remaining unified as a nation instead of separate nations divided) struggling to stay together through the initial footholds that his experimental government was trying to grasp onto.
However, many people came to America for a new life, to start anew and in a place they could call their own, free to practice their religions and cultures while under the guise of becoming an American, thereby enriching his culture and becoming a beacon of freedom and hope for prosperity to those of other nations who would come. Though only 30 some years later America had to reestablish that he was as of yet independent and fought against England in the war of 1812. Ending this war in 1815, it was a draw, America seeming to narrowly dodge losing his independence yet a second time, and after bitter fighting he and England both agreed to resume things as they were before the war began.
From this, America’s infatuation with heroes began as his nation began to gain a sense of nationalism and rallied around the heroes of his nation’s founding. The industrial revolution came along for which he was very excited—naturally, being a fan of inventing new gadgets and tinkering with things, the advancements in technology in this time period helped to develop good ol’ fashioned American ingenuity! Also, with westward and northern expansion (which was not as glorious as it sounded, essentially expelling Native Americans from their homeland… but with that also came cowboys, and the Wild West) America was indeed busy with excitement at the changes he was making. Meanwhile many reforms in personal liberties and justices (which America is very keen on keeping and fighting for Justice) were happening which strengthened the United States as a whole but began to lead to a serious divide that would head into the Civil War. Surely he wasn’t eager to fight his own people, but if it was in the name of justice then he would take up arms and fight.
This was a very active period for the USA, exports galore to faraway lands and poking his nose in places that many established empires would rather he didn’t. For fear of undermining their operations there with a new face and cheaper prices. Regardless, it was during this time period that America made efforts to get to know other nations that weren’t completely embroiled with Europe and who better than the hermit, Japan. America essentially bullied he way to Japan’s doorstep and quickly made to help modernize the previously self-isolated nation. America, always eager to show off, brought a called table turning. The objective is to ask spirits questions and receive their answer. Japan and America later on have quite the love of video games, so America hoped this would be a good ice-breaker for the reticent Japan. Not to mention being an easy way to impress him with his amazingness. The objective was to ask something you wanted a prediction about, anything and everything. Eventually, after a few non-consequential questions, Japan confessed that the change that America had brought was great and while he was glad for it, he was also concerned that he might not get along with the other nations. He then asked America if the spirits would predict he would manage to make friends with these nations. America was moved by Japan’s unusual directness and sudden vulnerability, and considering the game was controlled by one of the player’s hands, America quickly asked and moved the table turning to answer Japan’s question as YES. (Because let’s face it, America just wants to be everyone’s friend while still maintaining he’s the best! And maybe he’s a sucker for rescuing people from their troubles.)
Then came the Civil War, which was America’s bloodiest war yet and it nearly rent his nation apart as several states seceded into the Confederate states. Still, through determination and luck once more, America managed to hold his nation together and abolished slavery (at least legally, it was the heroic thing to do!). From here, he experienced the first assassination of a president by his own citizen’s hands (a landmark moment in history for his people. Since then, President Lincoln has come to be well-loved by him and his people).
Post Civil war, America focused instead on the industrial revolution which was kick-started into high gear, supported by a high number of immigrants coming to the USA to settle. This is turn, led the USA to become a powerful industrial nation with global influence. Not to mention enriching America’s culture, having several different languages and practices all immigrating to his shores. (A veritable melting pot party) Not to mention that it was made all the more awesome when France gave America the lovely Lady Liberty. He treasures it to this day as a symbol of freedom and of a bond between him and France.
Hereupon WWI encroaches onto the scene, America initially maintaining neutrality (and surprisingly, diplomacy) until one of his merchant ships was attacked by Germany. He managed to come through and helped the other nations succeed in victory. After the war it seemed that many American soldiers were quite popular with foreign ladies, but this was likely due to the fact that they weren’t forced to rationing for years and on the verge of starving unlike the local soldiers.
This led to the USA being quite prosperous by comparison to the other nations after WWI. Here, his economy boomed as he got his hands into payments for reparations and made some deals to try and help the situation. He enjoyed nearly a decade of pleasant growth… (as well as the development of many popular cultural items such as Jazz and ridiculous ideas about prohibition but all good things must come to an end and America was struck with not only an economic collapse but natural disaster to his agricultural investments as well due to poor farming practices. Both of these dealt a critical blow and it wasn’t until support began for WWII that the slump began to ease off for a time. (Though he had to be dragged into this war, too.)
Allied with China, England, France and Russia the allies were brought to success in Europe and in Asia respectively but not without advancements in nuclear technology with potentially earth-shattering results. Now a world power thanks to that nuclear edge, America began to get caught up in such things as the Cold War, the Space Race, and the civil rights movement. The era following WWII is one of the most active decades in American history peppered with unpopular wars, unpopular and beloved politicians, assassinations and commendable scientific achievements in technology and pioneering frontiers. Along with this prosperity came new fashion, music, entertainment, which he coasted along with until the turn of the 21st century. Still pressing forward, America keeps cheerful and hangs out with Japan and other nations, but also tends to affairs at home with a little more attention than he’s portrayed as doing in the canon proper to on account of the economic downturn and his own social unrest.
Alfred is a brash, cocky, cheerful young man who wants to be a hero and believes wholeheartedly that he is in fact, the hero. As the human manifestation of the United States of America, he thinks of himself as the typical hero in a Hollywood action film. Primarily this is how he presents himself to the rest of the world: confident, powerful, and in control of the situation to the point where it’s off-putting. It is because of this wild and outlandish self-perception that many consider his behavior childish and flighty, but underneath the childish veneer is a young man who has high hopes, dreams of saving the world and having his own happy ending. However, he has a tendency to focus on the end result more than the details of how to get there, which leads him to make more enemies than he plans for.
Thus, the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” is not an exaggeration in Alfred’s case, though it doesn’t compel him to ever stop trying. Pride is his primary motivation: be the best, bigger is better, number one in every category, first to succeed. Unfortunately, in Alfred’s case as a nation, pride has a tendency to inevitably lead to war as a result of this stubborn pride. Heroes must stand up, heeding the call for their assistance (be it an actual call or simply the perception of one) and fighting for what they believe in. Alfred seeks to be the leader in all situations, sure that he knows best course of action for all involved (despite that his own benefit has a tendency to be also conveniently included in these endeavors). Despite this, he has moments of generosity with no strings attached, generally expressed in the form of humanitarian aid. His own experience during the Civil War not only gave him insight into who he was, but also who he wasn’t.
What he is, he reckoned, is boisterous, energetic and stubborn (to a fault). Alfred is known as a man who cannot read the atmosphere, though to be more specific, though in many cases, he fails less than he simply chooses to ignore the prevailing mood the majority of the time. A common trait amongst Americans is their direct nature, and Alfred uses it as a clever, if annoying, tool to slip in under objections before anyone can get a word in edgewise. He’s very keen on ignoring conventional societal cues on purpose, in order to get straight to the point. Getting in Alfred’s way is made only more difficult by his bright, optimistic, overly-enthusiastic attitude to everything—also to a fault, which makes him seem overbearing, pushy, much like a bully (albeit a bully with good intentions). He is a vocal fan of fast food, archaeology, and making adventure movies; it’s no mystery where the ‘bigger is better’ mentality comes from. Despite this, he’s a dynamic young man who holds life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness first and foremost in his mind. He is not above doing ridiculous things in ridiculous situations for the sake of saving the world (as was shown when he was mistaken for the naked New York Cowboy in the Christmas 2010 event while trying to find a mark, implying that he willingly stripped in Times Square when he thought the world needed him to).
Noted for having ridiculous brute strength and equally ridiculous ideas to solve issues, Alfred is generally a blunt and happy-go-lucky sort of guy but with a surprisingly deep-seated passion for justice. It has been said that America polices the world, dominating with military might unmatched in the seas, in the sky, and in space, projecting the image of control and safety for all… despite being a nation that touts freedom and liberty. This leads to the very strong divide that has existed in America for a long time, as well as a certain unpredictability. His outward wholesome character isn’t merely skin deep, but just as easily as he can be your ally, he can just as easily be one of your worst enemies if the situation suits him or if the facts change.
According to Hetalia canon, it’s in his nature to find ghosts terrifying, though it could be more that he enjoys making a spectacle of things and acting overdramatically. Being a nation that focuses on the individual, he’s generally self-centered, eager to make big deal out of things to do about him—namely his birthday (4th of July) and holidays such as Christmas. Even with these bold flourishes, he’s shown to be a complex character, and has a trend to expose the soft and even darker side of himself in response to historical events (ie: Cold War paranoia, the uncharacteristic breach of liberties through the Patriot Act after the September 11th attacks, his sentimentality about the Revolutionary War with England). His temper is not always the most intimidating (some of the ideas he had to attack Japan were pretty silly… planning on painting mount Fuji red was a gem of brilliance). But being the first nation to acquire nuclear weapons and to be the only nation to use an atom bomb against a warring nation, common sense would dictate against crossing this powerful young nation.
If anything, after having gained experience, acquired knowledge, and grown as a nation, Alfred has grown into an incredibly prideful, even haughty individual. That pride drives him harder toward success at all cost, or at least the pursuit of it, as the only means to achieve his own happiness. A capitalistic worldview leads him to act more selfishly than first impressions might depict, unwilling to compromise, and with a steadfast all-or-nothing attitude that has been prevalent since his industrialization. Typically shortsighted, it is not out of place to say he will shoot first and ask questions later, taking an aggressive stance first and foremost in any encounter, especially when he, or those dear to him, are at risk for injury and/or death. With the current economic downturn and hardships he has seen with his own people, Alfred has made efforts to temper that pride, as it has been sorely bruised in the past few decades. Still, with such a strong and forceful personality, Alfred is generally quick to recover from personal blows, and resilient as he has been since his earliest days. Moreover, it is this resilience and strength that is central to his character, namely with making it despite the odds stacked against him (his success against Great Britain in the American War of Independence), the American Dream (the chance to pursue life, liberty and happiness), and more superficially his ridiculous brute strength expressed in the Axis Powers Hetalia strips. It is this strength and resilience which also bolsters his optimism, gives him his confidence, and the ability to do the heroic things that he loves to do.
Abilities, Weaknesses and Power Limitations: Alfred possesses incredible strength, throwing bison as a child and carrying cars around without breaking a sweat as an adult. His weakness is a particular fear of ghosts and in some ways he is easily manipulated into doing things if his ideals are tweaked just right. As a power limitation, his strength would be reduced to peak human performance. The weakness to his fear of ghosts still applies.
Inventory: A pair of prescription glasses (unless this is counted as clothing?) an iPhone and Bluetooth device. (likely borked without the network but maybe he can keep notes and use the calculator on it c:?)
Age: 19 (though by estimating Columbus discovery and subsequent existence thereafter, 520 years old)
AU Clarification: I am not bringing America into Ataraxion with previous CR or game experience. Though if further clarification is needed for the point in canon that I am bringing him in from I will provide.
Being drunk was one thing, the subtle swish and blunted edges to consciousness that came with intoxication familiar, but this was slightly different. In addition to the feel of swaying disorientation he was rapidly becoming aware of feeling weightless—despite the lethargy the rest of his body felt. Typically swift-minded and more the sort to act first and ask questions later he forced his eyes open, quickly but gradually becoming aware of the state of his body. Fluid—and something shoved down his throat which upon realization, his body reflexively gagging and trying to force out whatever was invading it.
The telltale delay between when he tried to move and when it actually happened was very pronounced and he hated it, stubbornly fighting the haze and coming up shorter than he liked-- the soft roaring in his ears from strain was starting to become more evident-- or was that something else in the fluid? He could feel the soft swath of current slide over him as the container (?) holding him drained. Unceremoniously released from whatever was holding him up he collapsed into a wet, coughing, shivering heap, but just for a moment before he shoved himself up to standing-- barely.
Wide-eyed and barely catching his breath he staggered back, only coming to a stop when he thumped against the unit that had been holding him. But then he realized not only was he cold, nauseas and dizzy but he was sticky. Pulling a face in disgust with a soft augh he held his arm out, watching as the blue liquid congealed slowly with the movement. With a quick flick and a soft curse he noticed, fuzzily (where were his glasses) that there was definitely something on his arm. Rubbing vigorously did nothing to get it off and that was only slightly more annoying than it was alarming.
Though, focusing on things he could fix, he began to run his fingers through his hair, trying to work out the stickiness while he took stock of his surroundings, fuzzy as though they might be.
[Bright blue eyes peer directly into the screen, not looking directly at but looking a little past, trying to ascertain something before a very subtle flick of attention and they focus straight into the camera. A soft, muted cough, muffled behind a hand is caught more in the mic than he might like but details could be sorted out later.]
You know, it ain’t a rumor that kidnapping a guy like me is a life-ruining experience.
[Alright, so he’s a little pissed but he glances away and takes a look around, seeing some sophisticated medical stuff here and he could connect the dots.]
And when I find you I will fucking hire you, man. Because anyone can get this far obviously knows what they’re doing. And I can make this very worth your while. So we can do this the easy way or the hard way and I’m the hero, so don’t try to be one…
[Moves the camera toward his inner arm, though, looking very unpleased with the permanence that some jerk has decided to mark him with]
And hey, by the way, this part will cost you. Where the hell am I?