Assessing her personality, a few times, Vietnam is described as being "headstrong."
The definition of the word "headstrong"
Expanding from the definition of the word "headstrong"
is defined with the following definition below.
Analyzing the definitions of both words, and looking into the profiles of Vietnam, especially her latest one, it enforces that she is not only a strong fighter, but has strong will and mind, which was even mentioned in her Volume 5
However, what constitutes as having a strong will and mind?
Most usually associate two such aspects as coming from an individual who is who is more forward, usually who must always get the last say, or who always become triumphant in a fight. However, Vietnam's Volume 5
profile describes her as being"humble and shy"
while her Volume 6
profile also describes her as being "a very proper young lady."
In this modern time, most don't associate anyone who is described with the phrases "a very proper young lady"
or "humble and shy"
as being strong people.
However, looking at the definition of "headstrong"
once more, it can be simplified into basically this: an individual who is determined, and who is also someone who is stubborn with their views and intentions, and will do things in the way they want, or how they feel is deemed fit.
Some may argue that such a mindset doesn't fit with someone who is shy. But, look at the definition of shy.
Though at first seemingly contradictory with some of the synonyms of the adjective definition of "shy"
(since the second definition makes zero sense), people tend to forget that shyness can have several meanings, but also at the same time, the definition is in relation to people
Someone can be awkward and timid around people, but when something comes along that challenges their views, morals, beliefs, or even well-being, they can demonstrate a far more determined side that won't be easily crushed.
Once a person forgets about the company of other people, and focuses instead on their single belief, moral or view that is being challenged or opposed, a shy person can act remarkably.
That is because shyness usually works with the assumption of what others think of the individual. Once that assumption of perspectives or thoughts is gone, then a shy person would more likely show that strong will.
For example - a shy man seeing a woman being assaulted in an alley. It is more predictable that he would intervene as the situation challenges his view (that is, indecency to a woman and her rights and well-being). He obviously does not see two people during this situation, nor does he care about anyone else unless possibly he was calling or gesturing for help. But even then, the shy man does not care of the approval of people around him - he only cares about the situation, and how it opposes his perception of his thoughts on what decent behaviour to a woman should be. So naturally, you can expect an intervention.
The Hetawen 2013
event displayed such notion when Vietnam is upset at Taiwan for making the skirt on the costume short - the skirt-shortening was an opposition to Vietnam's well-being where she doesn't like such manner of dress. Though some claim it's Vietnam being "tsundere"
- what most of that argument fail to see is that Vietnam never acted in such a manner previously with Taiwan, so that argument falls flat as then it would just show a fluctuation or sudden inconsistency of character. Plus, Vietnam's upset protesting at Taiwan is a natural response when one feels when they were forced to do something they don't like.
Quite interestingly, the shyness of Vietnam is attributed towards her appearance.
This is first seen in the strip Ilha Formosa ~Beautiful Island
where she appeared apprehensive when Taiwan wished to take a picture with her, where she (Vietnam) describes herself as "not photogenic."
Once more, this trait appears in a 2009 Christmas Request
where Vietnam's facial expression show discomfort when she is wearing a Santa outfit.
The apprehension towards appearance does show a little insecurity, but not in internal affairs or views, but rather an external one. Such mindset is not unusual in people where in a much more modern society, looks are becoming far more revered over the mind.
In Vietnam's case, her apprehension towards her appearance can be drawn from the description of her being "humble and shy."
As most of the time, the term of headstrong is used towards a person's personality and views, rather than their appearance. "Confident"
and sometimes extensions or stronger variations of the word (i.e. "full of himself/herself"; "Narcissus"
would be the word to describe someone who is happy with their looks, along with words that contain emotional substance such as"happy"
Being quite determined and stubborn with your views, doesn't mean one is confident with their appearance.
Another reason why Vietnam could be not as confident with her appearance is due to the disposition. She is always described as being strong, and having strong women. Usually, when one associates strength, they think of rigorous training and fighting - one never looks beautiful from such times. The description of Vietnam having a "rough background"
seems to support this idea.
When it comes to emotions and viewpoints, Vietnam would probably be much stronger there, rather than when it comes to her appearance: her history that includes her strong women had them focus on the strength of their (military) performance and willpower instead of their looks.
In Volume 4
's strip, Ilha Formosa ~Beautiful Island~
, Taiwan calls Vietnam a "cutie"
and asks to take a picture with her. Though hesitant, Vietnam in the end agrees, only to discover that Taiwan had the photos retouched in the photo studio to make their eyes appear larger as a standard practice. While Vietnam is shocked and finds the change baffling, Taiwan, in contrast, finds it cute. In the Hetaween 2013
event, she is upset at Taiwan for making the skirt short on her costume. Thailand
In the 2011 Christmas Bloodbath
, Vietnam asks Thailand how to smile due to a request
. When he showed her his smile, she noticed that he was wearing a shirt that had a goofy print on it. She then asks where he got the shirt - smiling and laughing the whole time.
Emotions may run high ahead. It could turn rant-like and highly sarcastic with foul language - you have been warned. Vietnam is a tsundere!
No, she is not. First of all, do you even know what a tsundere is? A tsundere is a character archetype formed from the portmanteau of the words "tsun"
(loving/lovey-dovey). Vietnam only shows irritability in one instance - the Hetaween 2013
event, but even then, this is only one
instant. Every other time she appears, she is shown to be rather calm. And the reason why Vietnam was irritated and upset during that one event was totally understandable - it's because she's doing something she doesn't want to do, which is wearing a short skirt. If you were forced to do something you didn't like, wouldn't you be angry, irritated and/or upset at the person who forced you to do it?
Also, tsundere are usually cranky. Vietnam always appears serious, but is definitely not cranky. She's calm and collected.
Plus, none of her profiles point towards a tsundere mindset at all
. She's described as "humble and shy"
and "a very proper young lady"
which I severely doubt a tsundere can ever be.
Compare her profiles
with the profiles
with that of a real tsundere in Hetalia
, Romano. Romano is described as being grumpy and not getting along with men, which is more in association with a tsundere, than Vietnam.
So next time, before declaring to people that a character is something they're not without substantial proof or evidence, why don't you go and do some researching first? Before you'll end up looking really foolish.
If you feel
that Vietnam being a tsundere would be better than her current personality, then go make your own thing with your own Vietnam. But if you're doing anything with Hetalia
, at least have the courtesy to use what the creator has used as he did actually put work and effort in his characters. Otherwise, not only are you spitting at the creator's livelihood, but also show that you're a rather entitled and spoiled brat. She's better than the other girls!!1! She's strong!
Most people who make this argument and praise Vietnam or Hungary (and sometimes Belarus), tend to bash the other girls due to them being more girly, feminine, or even as much as wearing a dress, and honestly, I utterly loathe
your guts for that.
Because tell me - what is strength?
If you say that strength is being physically strong and being able to beat someone, then that is a shallow viewpoint. A very shallow one.
Strength comes in many forms, and aspects of a person can fluctuate between strength and weakness depending
on the situation
. A person who is physically strong might not be able to do anything if trapped in a situation where mental or emotional strength is essential. Likewise, a person who has a strong mind might not be able to accomplish or complete a task where physical strength is needed.
And I truly hate
people who bash girls just because they're feminine, and deem them as "weak."
Because it shows that you're truly narrow-minded and pathetic for being so judgmental.
This is the 21st century. We're supposed to be moving forward, not backward. She's a boring character - I don't like her!
It's okay to dislike a character and/or pairings, just as long as you do not bash other people who do, or shove your opinion down everyone's throats
. But her outfit is wrong! How can you like her?!
You do realize you can just simply redraw her outfit, right? Vietnam is one of my favourite characters because I like her personality.
Just draw her with the correct outfit. You don't need to hate a character just because they look
wrong. It's good that you research or know this, but you don't have to throw a bitch-fit at it. The Vietnam War was sexual tension between Vietnam and America, don't you know?
You deserve to be uppercut to the sun if you do this, or if you're in any other pairing and you use war, genocide or any other horrid event as this. Seriously. You do.
To use war
, which is a tragic
ordeal that causes suffering
as fuel for something as trivial as your ship is disgusting
. Truly fucking disgusting.
It's offensive to not only the souls of the soldiers of both sides who've lost their lives, but also to the veterans from both sides, as well as other people who have suffered from it.
I always feel that people who use this reason never know what the effects of wars, genocides, or any other horrible events did to people and their families.
Here's something: Go type up Agent Orange effects
on Google images.
Tell me again if you would use the Vietnam War as justification for your stupid ship.
I am fully aware that there are AmeViet fans who don't do this, and much like the sane RoChu and Spamano fans who have their rabid droolies who are harassing and offending people left, right and center with their fucking bullshit, I feel sorry for them. Seriously, I do.
Likewise, if any other pairing does this with their ship, you deserve a good verbal lashing
. Along with being uppercut to the sun.
Because war is not
about love or sexual tension. Definitely not.
(If there are any more complaints, feel free to comment down below, and I'll add them in!
--------------------------[Do's and Don't's]
Not say that Vietnam is a tsundere or tell others that she is. If anything, she's more of a kuudere or even possibly a dandere.
Remember that she is apprehensive with her looks.
Know that just because someone is shy, that doesn't mean that they lack a strong will.
Recall that though she is capable of smiling, she still appears to have problems in doing so.Don't's:
Claim that she is a tsundere. The character aspects of a tsundere (i.e. cranky, irritable) don't at all fit her personality or behaviour.
Be hissy at anyone who likes her or pairings that have her.
Use the Vietnam War as shipping fuel or "sexual tension
." It's highly disrespectful and disgusting, and it shows you're a highly immature and rude piece of shit.
Have her hit everyone with her paddle every time. She's never even seen hitting anyone with her paddle.
Have a head-canon for Ms Vietnam? Comment below, and it shall be added! Note:
If the head-canon is ship-related, it won't be added. Even if it's a ship I like, this journal series is about the character
the ship.Note 2:
To avoid confusion because some head-canons may contradict each other, I will also give a shout-out to you along with your head-canons. If you don't want to be mentioned, just tell me, and give me a different name instead. =^^=Note 3:
Another nation can
be mentioned in the head-canon - it just shouldn't be ship-related. It should be platonic or familial.
She is very nurturing and good with children - handling them with care, but giving a single, stern look whenever they misbehave.
Sometimes she is referred to as "grandma"
by America due to her older age. Taiwan would screech at him for it. Vietnam herself is unsure of whether to feel offended or flattered. This is due to old age being a sign of respect due to showing a lifetime of experience in Asian culture, yet the tone addressing her is teasing.
Breaking a promise with her is seriously dire. Though she'll try and understand the cause for the broken promise, that doesn't mean she's not lost confidence in the one who broke it.
Though she is definitely old enough to touch a child's head, she doesn't do so due to her younger appearance. She only does this with the children of people who are aware of her status as a representative (e.g. boss' child).
Secretly, she does wish she was as cute and pretty as Taiwan, so she would appear less harder to approach.
Vietnam can't keep up with the younger countries, because she feels too old. -
She's a bit of a science geek and actually wants to explore the depths of her country more, because since the discovery of the 'world's largest cave'
that was recently found in her country. She felt that she should learn about her land more, since she's spent so many times fighting for her independence. Vietnam has quite the superstitions, like quite a few Asian nations - like China, she loves fortune telling and palm reading.
And that is Ms Vietnam! She had little information to work with as she's a minor character, so I hope I did well with her entry. She's one of my most favourite characters - my favourite girl, and 2nd overall (Nyotalia not included, but even then she'd still be pretty high).
Who shall be next? You decide~
Hetalia Character Journal SeriesDue to the fact I've been having problems with the next dere character archetype edition with dandere, and being a bit worried about the possible new Hetalia fans that are coming in due to Hetalia: The World Twinkle releasing episodes and also the Hetalia World Stars strips (and I do not want another repeated incident where someone gets bullied by immature brats who think they're right and others are wrong just because we can all have different opinions), I figured why not start a journal series on the Hetalia characters?
Usually also because nowadays, I'm rather disturbed at how badly OOC the characters can be to the point I'm like, "Do you even read the strips? This doesn't even look like this character but a poor excuse to make your pairing/reader insert/cheap plot/bashing happen."
And though it's nice to have head-canons, it is not nice to have OOC-ness: I personally find it unprofessional and boring. Especially be
No ship wars or flames, please.
Hope you have a wonderful time~