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Guide to being a Sane fan: Hetalia

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 25, 2012, 1:05 PM





New to the Hetalia fandom?
Getting tired of being called a 'Hetatard?'
Fans of Hetalia calling you the 'reason people hate Hetalia fans?'
All of these and more?
That's why I'm here to help.

This will be a mini guide on how to be a sane Hetalia fan.

1. Don't be obsessive over your OTP (one true pairing) or OTPs. Let's face it. They aren't canon. The only one's that could be called canon is AusHun, ChibitaliaXHoly Rome, and SuFin. The rest are just ones we the fans made and support.

I'm gonna pick on FrUK for a second, so bear with me FrUK shippers. You're the 'biggest' FrUK fan ever. So you're going through your messages and you see the pairing you hate the most - USUK. And you know what makes it worse? It's not even a picture. It's a fan fiction with horrible grammar and spelling (the horror!).

You see this abomination. You comment on it with this - 'FUUUU!!!111!!!FRUK IS CANON!!!!111!!!USUK SUKS!!U SUK!!!!FRUKKK IZ DA LUV!!!!11!!!'

No. Just no. That's no way to try to get someone to like that pairing. Accept that they don't like it and move on. Your pairing isn't the world and acting like this doesn't just make it so that Hetalia fans look bad, but fans of your precious OTP look bad to. You wouldn't want that now would you?

2. War/Nazi/Death/Raping isn't kawii! It's not. Hetalia doesn't make war cute either. Nor is WWII sexy. So is millions of gays, prostitutes, gypsies and jews being killed hot? Hell. No. nyanneko15.deviantart.com/art/…

What if you got raped? Would you laugh it off and be like 'Oh that France~" or "It was sooo smexy~" No. You'd be...you'd probably be fucked. And to those of you who have been raped and gotten back on your feet and got to be successful, I applaud you.

3. Spain/Netherlands isn't a pedophile. France isn't a rapist. Spain isn't going around raping and doing all sorts of things to small children. They don't do that in Spain. It's disgusting that some of you would think that. The same case goes for Netherlands.  

In the anime along with the manga do you see France raping any one? The only argument you'd have to stand on is when he tries to take England's shirt off. That's just a dumb stereotype. In France, no one's being publicly fucked on the streets. They - like the rest of the world - have the kindness to do each other (with consent!) in their homes.

4. Hetalia doesn't promote world peace. John Lennon promoted world peace. Hetalia promotes laughing at the part of history that doesn't include death. The one's who make Hetalia dark is the fans. When Hetalia promotes world peace, I'll be richer than Oprah, Bill Gates, and Donald Trump combined.

5. Do research on your OCs. Please. Take a look at my OC New York. You know how much research I busted my ass on doing for her? A lot. And it was worth it. Do research so no one's offended. cat-tom-boy.deviantart.com/art…

6. Things like this aren't funny - ipl0x.deviantart.com/art/APH-T… makes you look like an ignorant asshole. Don't do it. And that goes for any big and tragic historical event.

7. Accept this as an anime and/or manga and move on! The world's not going to end if someone interprets it differently than you. Both the anime and manga leave themselves open to fan interpretation. You - as the fan - can come up with your own head canons. And maybe someone will agree with you. That's perfectly fine. Getting into a fight with someone because their head-canon is different from yours is just immature and makes you look more obsessed with Hetalia than is healthy.

As a side note to this - there is more to this wonderful world than Hetalia. Find other things your interested in! Just don't bring Hetalia into everything/

8. The characters are actual countries. It may be hard to remember, but while your going on about how weak Italy is, people are Italian (like moi) and they also could live there. They could get offended and well...you'd get a virtual ass kick.

Use your country as an example. Would you want someone saying (I'm American so I'll use that) 'America' is full of 'fat, hamburger loving loud mouths that always carry a shot gun.'? No. So don't go bad mouthing an actual country.

9. Hetalia isn't historically accurate (and probably never will be).  When in an argument (with someone's who's actually done their research) don't use Hetalia as your source. It makes you look like an idiot who's never heard of a history book. If ever in an argument, check your facts. If you find out you were wrong - swallow your pride and get on with your life.

Google is wonderful. Encyclopedias are factual. Wikipedia is way better than Hetalia. Use them or suffer looking like a giant dunce.


You see, it's simple to be a sane Hetalia fan. Just don't do any of the things above seriously. I'm welcome to ideas to add on to this list.

Credit
Rule # 7-8 KitakLaw
Rule #9 LadyKylin

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HikarinoUta Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  New member
more words of advice
google translate does not equal fluency
and do the world a favour, do not force accents
seriously it sounds horrible and you aren't fooling anyone.
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Pozerice Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Thank you for this! (not trying to be mean) This is the kind of thing I need to show to me friend, I just barely showed to her but it feels like she's gone INSANE 0.0
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Yellow-Vixen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very true. And seeing as my OTP is SuFin and I read my encyclopaedia every Sunday researching everything I can about history, which yes, I love because of Hetalia, but I'm doing History for my GCSE (and I picked that subject months before watching Hetalia) and it is actually really interesting, I think I am an OK fan.
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MushkaXQuiroa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014
OMG! Thank you for this! I thought I was the only one obsessed with Hetalia (not like this but still) I really never supported USUK nor any yaoi pairings it's just... Wrong. Also, I agree with the characters not being rapist, I mean, that's a very delicated thing to go joking around! The worst is when someone does a pervert joke like (sorry for this) "Canada is on top of America" or stuff like that, it's really annoying.

I always sang Hetalia songs around people (to the point to annoy them) and squeal everytime someone mentions a country, really, I am desperate to stop doing that! And you are right about Hetalia not being a source of information. I experienced that, with the existence of Prussia. I told my family of that (they started laughing) and they only believed me when we were watching a documental of WWI (I was amazed and horrorized for that) after that I never told them about facts researched in Hetalia, even when I was right (luckly). 


Also, sorry for the long comment. I just wanted to let it all out with someone that finally understand me ^_^' aaaand the grammar mistakes...
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AutoAshley Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. Thank you so much. I rarely mingle with other Hetalians because the fandom can be really stupid sometimes. Sure, I love the Anime because I know it's meant to be silly with its stereotypes, but when people believe the little bits of historically inaccurate facts it gets a little too far. And when people believe the personifications are real people, then it is yet again, going too far. 
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mochamints Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Writer
This is amazing. If you could, I'd like you to read my journal that I wrote in a similar matter ^-^
kafeibro.deviantart.com/journa…
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're journal definitely highlights key points that people outside of the fandom need to keep in mind when bashing Hetalia. And you said it all respectfully, which really is the most you can do.  
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mochamints Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Writer
Thanks for taking the time to read it ^-^
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome
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licamacabagdal Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
Thank you so much for writing this! I thought that NO ONE in the Hetalia fandom that I meet would be like this, until I saw this. I feel the same way with everything here.

I'm a neutral to ANY shipping you throw at me, so even though I would smile at any pairing, I WILL NEVER HAVE A OTP. It causes arguments and I hate internet and real life fights about this stupid topic.

Oh yeah, something about Russia: HE DOES NOT ALWAYS SAY TO BECOME ONE WITH HIM! Just because you see one scene in the anime with him saying that line, it does NOT make him a psycho-rapist. He is also displayed as creepy just because of the purple aura.

This little facade of yours, Hetalia fans, about Russia being a crazy, psycho rapist is the STUPIDEST thing you guys made up. I'm seriously just having problems with authors of fan fictions that display him as a very dangerous human being.

Hey, I roleplay Russia, but as a nice person who just has a very bad past and a twisted personality (which is exactly like me).

So, whoever is still doing this to Russia, you are a horrible fan and you shouldn't even be liking the anime just because of Yaoi, one specific character, or even just because you like the Axis and/or Allies only.

If you love this anime very much, then love ALL the characters. Don't hate anyone, because that just proves you are only a Hetatard.
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Yellow-Vixen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
These people who think of Russia like this.... :iconfacepalmplz: Seriously... how does he ever act like that? If someone wants to know more about Russia's character, I'd suggest that they'd listen to his character song "White Flame".
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licamacabagdal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
I've watched Hetalia numerous times and none of the episodes in any season have shown him like that. I know that most of the Hetalian fandom are newbies, but c'mon. He's not crazy, nor is he psychopathic. He's just raised in a cruel environment.
And I would have to agree on the song suggestion. It may be 16 minutes long, but at least it gets to the point.
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HikarinoUta Featured By Owner 21 hours ago  New member
i was around for hetalia in like 2011-2012. those were some of the worst times for the fandom. during that time, a lot of bad memes and such appeared. they based characters off of 1 line. i see it has still contaminated hetalia to this day... very sad.
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SHSL-Procrastinator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I was once called a rapist by a Hetalia fan because I was part French (I have a lot of European blood) but it was still insulting. 

I also don't like it when fans hate the females "becuz teh get in da way of da yaoizzz!!".  AusHun is like the only canon ship in Hetalia as far as I know.

There is this other fan who claims to be sane yet gets into shipping wars over FrUk (Because to her that ship is canon)

I apologize for the rant.
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nikschels Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Student Writer
Nice guide! Man, I nearly went INSANE till I found this and I've been thinking in the past few weeks... 'Am I too obsessed to this show?' Then I saw this and I was like 'Yep, definitely am obsessed'. But not really, I ship a few ships but I don't go all crazy in the head and yell it at people. I also have a common sense.

But this is a good guide. I got into Hetalia last year. I don't really trust that show with my history and I always tell my friend (Who started liking the show) that Hetalia is a work of satire and it shouldn't be taken seriously. I like this guide it's very good! ^_^
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KatyMinecraft Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks for the guide ! Got into Hetalia at the end of November !

But...one question (Sorry if this a basic one , gotta slow down sometime !) :

How did the shipping thingie starts ? Well , I do already know about USUK and FrUK though , but , I don't really ship them though , didn't really like those shippings much . *pulls out a shield to protect myself from some rabid USUK and FrUK fans bashing me*
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! I'm glad it helped in anyway possible.

Honestly, I don't know. I think it's just because of the rabid fans who were fighting over who England 'belongs' with. Whatever the reason, it's a really pointless one at best. 
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KatyMinecraft Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Oooh...thanks for the answer though~
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome!
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Hetalia-G8 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Use your country as an example. Would you want someone saying (I'm American so I'll use that) 'America' is full of 'fat, hamburger loving loud mouths that always carry a shot gun.'? No. So don't go bad mouthing an actual country."

I live in America… and Americans kind of are (or would be if not for gun laws). ^^
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BrokenWiltedRose Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. Just thank you.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome. Someone had to say it. 
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Amen, amen. I've spent probably the past half hour looking at reasons why the Hetalia fanbase is horrible, and these are the biggest reasons. I hate those people who regard WW2 as just fun and games. PEOPLE ARE TRAUMATIZED BY IT. Also, I saw this one picture just now that was a cosplay Germnay and Prussia shooting at the Jewish Star. That's taking it too far. I do, on the other hand, enjoy some fanfictions about how horrible WW2 was, and how towards the end of the war some of Germany (the country, not the person) was realizing how wrong it was, and Hitler lost supporters, etc. It really shows that while some people were brutes towards Jews, that does not define the whole country. That doesn't make what some people did right, but it does show the contrasting points of Germany in World War 2.
However, there are wonderful points to the Hetalia fanbase. We have amazing, devoted fans and fantastic fanfiction writers and fan art drawers, some more talented than most adults I know. We're pretty damn hilarious, too.
I completely agree with your reasons. Some people just don't know when it's been taken too far.
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Yellow-Vixen Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you! And this above ^ too of course.

Also, just wondering, how many Hetalia fans know that in 1943 (during WW2), Italy too declared war on Germany?
My motto: If you want to learn something, then go find the truth!
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Dork-Knight Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

yes this is all true 10/10

except aushun and sufin arent necessarily canon? Finland has never shown romantic feelings for Sweden, and The Austro-Hungarian empire dissolved. Sorry that little bit was bugging me vwv
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
AusHun was canon in the past and it's shown that they still have feelings for each other. I should make SuFin into canon as one sided. Thanks for pointing this out!
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smf4297 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Student Writer

Wow thanks for this! I'm new to Hetalia (just discovered it last week).

 

Btw, I want to ask this question really bad; Is the narration of history details part in the show not accurate? Or that was the only thing accurate in the show? 

 

Just curious, I apologize if it's a stupid question.

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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. Glad it helped.

Some of it's accurate, but I would Google it. Most of it's just dicking around though.

It's fine. You're new after all.
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smf4297 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Writer

Ah I see, I guess you're right, Google is our friend. 


Thank you very much! :)

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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Google is a very good friend.

You're welcome! Glad to be of assistance.
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robekka1 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember when I first got into Hetalia and probably annoyed the living daylight out of all my friends. I was insane for the first few weeks, then realized what an idiot I was being. If only I had read this guide sooner... Anyways, really well made.
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AsahiGirl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! My OTP is "canon"!
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Glaskammer Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's good for you, really. But please don't pass a comment like this. Not because I want to tell you what to do or because nobody cares but, no offense, it's just, like a lot other comments of this kind here, out of place.
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AsahiGirl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok. I know nobody cares. (Oh and when you mean no offence, to me it's offence. So please don't say that.)
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Glaskammer Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not really what I meant, and I also didn't mean to offend you. So, if that's the case, I'm sorry. It was supposed to be a mere tip, nothing else. Because some regard others who pass such comments which haven't anything to do with the 'subject', well, also as "Hetards".
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AsahiGirl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok. It's ok. I forgive you.
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Teleway Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
Here's another one to add on: Don't be quick to judge a character. Since they represent a people, whatever you call the character is whatever you're calling the people. E.g. "Omg! Russia is a monster and he's a psychopathic killer!"
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Sapphirefoxette Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well you said I could add on, so I'll say some things!

1. Don't only talk about hetalia. Honestly, people probably don't care if theyre not in the fandom/or thinking of entering the fandom.

2. Don't be possessive over any of the characters. It is a waste of time, energy, and potentially money. You'll never marry them/meet them. The closest thing you'll get is the creator or voice actor. Also, the character wasn't created for you, it was created for anyone to enjoy

That is all, excuse my ranting
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Aka-DenSuFreak Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well first off, I hate being being forced to like a pairing, (not to piss off anyone) I'm the type not to ship any pairings because I don't care or because it causes too much bashing. Also there are some morons out there who take the anime too seriously so they start acting like they know EVERYTHING! I met this one fan who thought because I recently started Hetalia, she's the better fan than me.
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thepagansun Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Except if you really want to be technical, to real researchers/history buffs Wiki probably isn't much better than Hetalia although it's slightly better at listing sources. But use Wiki as a guide to help you find better soucres/websites.

And also guys remember....there are many things I don't like about the fandom either but obsessing about the fandomis almost as bad as the obessing fandom itself! Like you said, it's a show that's often not very accurate and there CAN be fics/art/ etc. that do the serious side in more tasteful way because let's face it, history isn't all laughs and giggles and some of us DO want to see the more serious side carried out by these country representations so I hope this side of the fandom is respectful of that too.

And another I might add when it comes to free speech and such. Let's not be hypocrites. Either it's ALL fair game of NONE of it is. Why should people walk on eggsheels about WWII if it's ok to make jokes, write insensitive fanfiction about communism, the Napoleonic Wars, or even earlier history like the Inquisition? You know how many jokes are about the Inquisition? So...let's face it. People died in MANY hundreds of wars throughout time and just because some events are more recent doesn't make them more "important" or more "sacred" so we either have to back off all of them or as in my eyes, they're all fair game.

We should all just be fair and accept different opinions and ignore the rest.
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scarlet-colored-moon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love hetalia and when i started watching it i knew off the bat that it was not accurate, i mean really? box of tomatoes fairy?.......nope and i always get to know the fandom before i go any further because the sonic fandom made me just want to chock some one because they were such brats XD but yes the fan fics and some comics are just plain nasty :'( and misspelled, i really think people can see this and understand how they look in the fandom.
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Great-Lord-Dread Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd probably find this entertaining if I knew a damn thing about Hetalia. Still, funny enough to make me read the whole thing mostly because a lot of this can be applied to any fandom. Lookin' at you bronies!
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TsukiNaito Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanna say I've come across more BS from USUK fans and you should mention those idiots too, along with their FrUK counterparts.
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somebodyoranybody Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!I guess I am pretty sane^^. I donīt think that every joke/comic is funny, but I can laugh at the mayorityof them.
I have got one idea that might be helpfull: You could emphatise the part of Nazi/Death is not funny, because somehow people seem to still ignore this. I see a lot of people talking about rape is bad, while no one seems to care about nazi jokes. There is a difference in black humor and being mean or even libelous.
I do not want to tell you what you should do with your text, please just see this as a suggestion
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Fantasia67 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
All the Hetards in the comments.
Just...
No.
Thank you for making this masterpiece.
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inkstaineddove Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My guides bring all the Hetards to the yard. And their like, "I'm a sane fan BAWWW!"
You're welcome. Was my pleasure.
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Jordanifying Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Gerita is pretty much canon, you should add that.
Because Buon San Valentino
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Jordanifying Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Student General Artist
+germany has said i love you to italy
+they sleep in the same bed
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Jatynzel Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
They don't sleep together. Italy sneaks in.
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Jordanifying Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student General Artist
He doesn't kick him out, though. He lets him stay.
Plus he's HRE.
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