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Pizza, pasta, mamma mia
 
— Italian stereotypes
Mamma Mia. Here we go again, my my how can I resist you
 
— Abba
That's a spicy meat-a-ball
 
— The Mask
Its-a-me. Mario!
 
— Mario

Italyball is a countryball in Europe, and the favorite grandchild of SPQR-icon SPQRball (one day return the empire!). Italyball appears in a lot of the polandball comics, Often with Vatican-icon Vaticanball and San Marino-icon San Marinoball on his head. It is always celebrating his culture, art, history and other "beautiful" things ... but it hates very much when people think he is only pizza and pasta. He thinks they should know more.

Italy is a great power and a weak nation, which is one of the world's unsolved mysteries. It is a member of the G20 (or Group of Twenty ) and of the G7 (or Group of seven ). Italyball is friend with Both Russia-icon Russiaball (Italyball: stop with this thing of Third Rome) and USA-icon USAball ( Italyball: stop trying to be a wannabe Roman Empire too).

Italyball was the host of the two FIFA World Cups: the first time in 1934 and the second time in 1990. Italy can into space along with ESAball and can into Nukes along with NATO-icon NATOball.

History

Unification (1848-1871)

The Italian stateballs had been divided for centuries since the fall of the glorious SPQR-icon SPQRball in 476 AD, but only after the Enlightenment and subsequent Napoleonic Wars, did a sense of Italian nationalism and unity begin growing amongst the Italian Stateballs, particularly after the Revolutions of 1848 which rocked the European continent. In 1859, Sardinia-Piedmont-icon Kingdom of Sardiniaball annexed many of the Northern Italian Stateballs, such as Tuscany-icon Tuscanyball, Modenaball, Massa-icon Massaball and Parmaball. He then fought a war against Austrian Empire-icon Austrian Empireball Austrian Empire-icon (crown) Habsburgball with the help of France-icon Franceball to liberate Lombardia, in exchange for giving Nice and Savoy to Franceball.

Then in 1860, Sardinia-icon Sardiniaball led his Redshirts' Expedition of the Thousand to Two Siciliesball's clay, which was then forced to join the new union, leading to Sardinia-icon Sardiniaball to proclaim himself as Italian-Empire-icon Kingdom of Italyball in 1861. He then set about reclaiming 'Italia Irredenta' (Unredeemed Italy). In 1866, he teamed up with Kingdom of Prussia-icon Prussiaball against Austrian Empire-icon (crown) Habsburgball again, gaining Venice from Franceball, who had obtained it from Austrian Empire-icon Austrian Empireball directly. Then Italyball turned on France-icon Franceball's ally Papal States-icon Papal Statesball while France-icon Franceball was distracted by the North German stateballs during the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. Rome was 'liberated' by Italyball, and became the new capital, with Papal States-icon Papal Statesball protesting vehemently.

Italia Irredenta! (1871-1915)

Throughout the 1870s and 1880s, Italyball worked to secure diplomatic ties with his neighbours; in 1882 he signed an alliance with German Empire-icon German Empireball and Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball despite their differences over the Adriatic lands, then he signed a naval agreement with UK-icon UKball in 1887 regarding Mediterranean passage. He also colonized East Africa in 1889, adopting Italian Eritrea-icon Italian Eritreaball and Italian Somaliland-icon Italian Somalilandball. He was however beaten to the punch by France-icon Franceball who took Tunisiaball in 1881 before he could. He was, however shamefully defeated at the Battle of Adawa in 1896 by Ethiopiaball.

By 1900 Italyball had established himself as a world power; taking part in the 1897 Cretan expedition, and the international relief expedition of 1900 during the Boxer Rebellion. In 1908, Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball annexed Bosnia-Herzegovina outright from a dying Ottoman-icon Ottoman Empireball, causing Italyball to declare war for the Dodecanese Islands, and Cyrenaciaball (now Libya-icon Libyaball) and his clay in 1911-12. He stayed neutral for the first few months of the Great War when it broke out in August 1914, because German Empire-icon German Empireball and Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball were the aggressors, but the Allies convinced Italyball to join them in 1915 with promises of Dalmatia-icon Dalmatia, Trentino-icon Trentino, Istria-icon Istria, and colonies.

Viva Il Duce! (1915-1939)

Italyball fought hard against Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball, with whom he was evenly matched in the Julian Alps, but was defeated at Caporetto in 1917, but triumphed at Vittorio Veneto in 1918, shortly after which Austria-Hungary-icon Austria-Hungaryball signed an armistice at Vila Gusti. Italyball had been bankrupted by the war, and turned briefly towards socialism when he didn't get all he was expecting at the Peace Conference (he got only Trentino-icon Trentino, Free Imperial City of Trieste-icon Trieste, Istria-icon Istria, Fiume and Zadar-icon Zadar). In 1922 he became fascist and Marched on Rome-icon Rome; it took until 1925 for him to completely abandon democracy. In the 1920s, he pioneered aviation, and took part in pacifying a colonial uprising in Libya-icon Libya; in 1929 he signed the Lateran Pact with the new Vatican-icon Vatican City and in the 1930s, he began building up a vast armaments industry in preparation for war, as he had to prevent the newly Nazified Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball from Anschlussing Austriaball in 1934.

In 1934, following border clashes at Wal-Wal, Italyball manufactured a casus-belli for war against Abyssinia-icon Abyssiniaball (Ethiopia-icon Ethiopiaball) despite a mutual 1928 non-aggression pact. He invaded in 1935, using poison gas and bombers to massacre 8-icon 8balls, eventually annexing their clay to create Italian East Africaball. This led to international outrage, and League of Nations-icon League of Nationsball condemned Italyball's actions by introducing half-hearted economic sanctions. Italyball left the League and abandoned the democracies (UK-icon UKball and France-icon Franceball) in response, to formulate an alliance with Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball, aligning themselves in the 1936 Anti-Comintern Pact and Rome-Berlin Axis. They were further drawn into each other by their assistance of Francoist Spain-icon Nationalist Spainball in the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), and the lack of Italyball's criticism of Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball's remilitarization of the Rhinelands, then his Anschluss of Austriaball successfully conducted in March 1938. He stood by his new ally in the Czech-icon Czech crisis of September 1938. Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball pressured his friend into adopting racial laws against Israel-icon Jewcubes in 1938 as well.

Disastrous Warfare (1939-1947)

In March 1939, Italyball Invaded Albania-icon Albaniaball's clay, who had been his protectorate since 1926. He then signed the Pact of Steel with Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball; however he was left shocked when Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball signed a non-aggression pact with their mortal enemy Soviet-icon Soviet Unionball, and even more so when they invaded Polandball jointly in September 1939. Italyball again stayed neutral for the first stretch of the war, but after seeing Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball's blitzkrieg through Western Europe and the fall of France-icon Franceball in mid 1940, Italyball jumped in half-preparedly; resulting in him getting his ass handed to him by Franceball even when he was capitulating. Italyball got to occupy parts of Vichy France-icon Vichy Franceball's clay afterwards, though he got his ass kicked by Kingdom of Greece-icon Greeceball in November 1940 when he tried to invade, resulting in Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball having to come bail him out the following year with a Balkan campaign. Italy occupied most of Greece, and some of the southern Balkans afterwards.UK-icon UKball had also bombed his fleet at Taranto.

Meanwhile, in 1941 UK-icon UKball and France-icon Free Franceball had liberated Abyssinia-icon Abyssinia in East Africa, and occupied his colonies there, as well as in Libya. His forces were hopeless in North Africa until Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball sent his panzers to help him out; then he was forced to send his troops to help invade Soviet-icon Sovietball's vast clay. Then USA-icon USAball and UK-icon UKball kicked them out of North Africa altogether, and even landed in Sardinia-icon Sardinia and Sicily-icon Sicily by mid 1943, pushing up into Campania. At this point, Italyball had spent his resources, and was tired of the war; he dropped fascism in the coup of 25 Luglio 1943, and signed an armistice, but then Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball occupied the north of his clay and created a puppet state, Italian Social Republic-icon Italian Social Republicball to continue the war as the Allies struggled up the Italian peninsula, with battles at Monte Cassio. Rome was liberated in mid 1944; but Italian Social Republic-icon Italian Social Republicball kept fighting until the surrender of Nazi-icon Nazi Germanyball in May 1945.

After the disaster of the war, which had wrecked Italyball's clay and industry, he decided to dispose of the monarchy in a referendum in 1947, after having lost his colonies and having to pay reparations. So, in 1947, Italian-Empire-icon The Kingdom of Italy became a Italian Social Republic-icon Republic.

Modern Era (1947- present)

Italyball, after becoming a republic by popular referendum in 1947, started rebuilding his economy and industry based on loans from the Marshall Plan. He narrowly avoided a socialist victory in the elections, and became affiliated with USA-icon USAball,NATO-icon NATOball and against Soviet-icon Sovietball. He was forced to give up all his colonies to UK-icon UKball, France-icon Franceball and Ethiopia-icon Ethiopiaball except Italian Somaliland-icon Italian Somalilandball; and he had to give up Albania-icon Albaniaball, the Dalmatian coastline, and some of Istria to Yugoslavia-icon Yugoslaviaball. He also had to pay reparations, and was prohibited from owning heavy duty military machines for some time.

In 1951, Italyball was invited to join the European Coal and Steel Community, which developed into the EU-icon EEC in 1956/7 via the Treaty of Rome, with France-icon Franceball, Germany-icon West Germanyball and the Belgium-icon BeNeLux balls. In 1960 he gave Somalia-icon Somaliaball his independence; then he allowed USA-icon USAball to place strategic missiles on his clay during the Cold War (the Jupiter Missiles). Those were removed following the Cuba-iconSoviet-icon Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. He also got rid of Mafia activities in the 1970s.

Italyball developed a modern economy in the 1970s and 1980s, producing luxury brands like Ferrari. He joined the EU-icon EU in 1993 as a founding member of the EU-icon EEC after the Maastricht Treaty, and nowadays he partakes in only some coalitions to keep peace in the Middle East under NATO-icon NATOball. He is a member of the G20 & G7, and the fourth most developed EU-icon EU member (third after UK-iconEU-icon Brexit). He now spends his time producing luxury sunglasses, good food, and patrolling the southern coast to keep a lookout for 8-icon 8-ball and Middle Eastern refugees.

Together with his sisters France-icon Franceball and Spain-icon Spainball, they host the three Grand Tours of professional cycling. Italyball proudly hosts the Giro d'Italia every May (his sisters host the Tour and the Vuelta respectively).

Flag Colour

Colour Name RGB CMYK HEX
Green 0,146,70 1.0000, 0.0000, 0.5205, 0.4275 #009246
White 255,255,255 N/A #ffffff
Red 206,43,55 C5-M94-Y99-K1 #ce2b37

Characteristics

Italyball tries to be friends with everyone except people of different races like 8ball or kebab, despite his tries of being friendly with everyone he still has some resemblances of him during the fascist era and sometimes this causes some troubles, he doesn't seem to care about most things but is very serious about irredentism and taking back all the stolen lands from Croatia-icon Croatiaball (Istria and Dalmatia) and France-icon Franceball (Savoy and especially Corsica) (who loves him in return as she loves every beautiful things).

He's normally calm and relaxed but when his fascist counterpart takes his place he becomes very violent and forces everyone who uses the communistic "u" instead of the Latin "v" to drink the so called "Olio di Ricino" used by him to torture communists during the fascist era. His favourite comic hero is Dr. Fascio, a fascist propaganda comic about a bolsheviks-killing doctor. He's very mad if someone insults his favourite football team, so mad that he can even send everyone to the hospital (Italyball: Of course I am violent, I have blood of Roman legionaries in the veins!!! Capiche!!!)

How to draw

  1. Draw the basic circle shape and divide it into three vertical stripes.
  2. Colour the stripes respectively of these colours: green, white, red
  3. Add eyes and you've finished

Relations

Friends/Allies

  • Argentina-icon Argentinaball - Son I had with Spainball. His president is of my ancestry, also pope.
  • Brazil-icon Brazilball - Rich nephew, gib your father and uncles som monies plox.
  • Greece-icon Greeceball - Lets take monies from Germany.
  • Indonesia-icon Indonesiaball - Vatican love him so much... (Even though he is a Kebab), He also say my food is better than France-icon Escargot, TAKE THAT FRANCE!!!!
  • Libya-icon Libyaball - Half-son.
  • Romania-icon Romaniaball - We have a good relation. We are corrupt but we have the best food. He likes pizza, I like mititei.
  • San Marino-icon San Marinoball - You are rightful Italia clay! We're also like brothers, BUT VATICANBALLIS THE ONLY ONE THAT ACTUALLY LIKES YOU.
  • Spain-icon Spainball - Best sister, I understand totally her language, both have serious economic problems, we must take back money with Portugal  
  • UK-icon UKball - We're on good terms. Both of us have rivalry with France. Has bad food reputation that makes us look even better. You were totally right about EUball.
  • USA-icon USAball - I am in his NATO alliance, and there are many Italians who immigrated to him. I wish you good luck with your new president. (BUT I DON'T SOUND LIKE WHAT YOU THINK I DO SO STOP TRYING YOU FUCKING REAPER! ONE DAY I WILL GET BACK MY SOVERGINITY YOU SON OF A BITCH!)
  • Vatican-icon Vaticanball - Home of Catholics. We used to have hate. Now he's like my little brother (literally).

Neutral

  • Austria-icon Austriaball - Good friend, but please get your troops off the border! And no, Io not gibbings South Tyrol back.
  • Canada-icon Canadaball - Good friend and there are many Italians in his clay. but HOW DARE YOU PUT PIECES OF PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA!!!!!!!!! YOU DESTROY SPIRIT OF PIZZA!!!!!!!! IT"S WORSE THAN PEPPERONI!!!!!!! NOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Croatia-icon Croatiabal - Another thief Istria, but still a slavic friend.
  • France-icon Franceball - Mia sorella. We both have lots of history and we are in NATO and EU. BUT MY FOOD IS BETTER!!!!! Also just because Mona Lisa is in your museum doesn't mean it's yours. In fact IT'S MINE, LEONARD DA VINCI WAS ITALIAN, AND SO IS CORSICA! SARDINIA AND SICILY ARE VERY SAD BECAUSE OF YOU!!!! Also stop being so arrogant.
  • Philippines-icon Philippinesball - My Asian nephew, he loves my food and cartoons. BUT WHAT KIND OF SPAGHETTI IS THIS?!
  • Tunisia-icon Tunisiaball - Used to be enemies in the past, but we're getting along with each other and i´m teaching him how make pizza and sometimes he calls me for daddy. Sometimes I get angry at him for claiming that Malta is his SISTER Brother, Sending me refugees and arguing about Pantelleriaball and Sicilyball belongs to him. I will give you Pantelleria if you only tell your sister that I'm her real father.

Enemies

  • EU-icon EUball - BASTARD SON OF BAGUETTE AND BEER WHO TREATS ME AND INSISTS ME WHEN I CLOSE PORTS FROM IMMIGRANTS, ME, A RACIST??? HOHOHOHO REALLY??? SAYS WHO MADE THE 4TH GERMAN REICH, NOW I GOT A BETTER GOVERNMENT AND YOU COMPLAIN??!! I AM GONNA LEAVE BAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.
  • Bangladesh-icon Bangladeshball - Stop coming and scamming my tourists, they will want to stop coming, and don't force things into people's hands or else I will remove you
  • Egypt-icon Egyptball - TELL NOI THE TRUTH SU REGENI! (I'm looking at you, UK)
  • Ethiopia-icon Ethiopiaball - Because he hates me, and he is my son... (Ethiopiaball: I am not your son!!! I am the begining of everything!!! I am several millenium older than you !!! I'm the Cradle of the Humanity!!!)
  • Germany-icon Germanyball - Traitor! Gib Monies!
  • Hawaii-icon Hawaiiball - He has done greatest offence on me  of all... PINEAPPLE ON PIZZA!!! Wait, you sayings it was Canada? Well... But Still! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO OFFEND ME LIKE THAT!?
  • Mexico-icon Mexicoball - FLAG STEALER!!!!! Yet you can into Catholic and nephew (Spain-icon).
  • South Korea-icon South Koreaball - Stupid thieves (we remember 2002 World Cup!!!!! Unforgivable!!!)
  • Sweden-icon Swedenball - NON TI PIACE!!! Cannot into World Cup 2018 because of voi, REMOVE BÖRK!!! (Mia sorella Francia got her revenge for both of noi via England-icon Englandball) And he eats PASTA WITH KETCHUP!!! AND PIZZA WITH BANANA TOPPING!!! OH GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Uruguay-icon Uruguayball - You of biting me and make me lose on world cup, I will report you to UNball if you of biting me again

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