History Characters / InglouriousBasterds

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!!Col. Hans ‘The Jew Hunter’ Landa

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!!Col. Hans ‘The "The Jew Hunter’ Hunter" Landa


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* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Is shown to smoke a rather (bordering on comically) large one.
8th Oct '17 4:17:52 AM at_ease_loser
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* MadeOfIron: [[spoiler: While hard to tell, close viewing of the bar shootout shows Stiglitz taking multiple rounds to his back as he stabs Hellstrom before he turns around to return fire, killing a few German soldiers. It takes the bartender's shotgun to finally finish him off]]
23rd Sep '17 11:58:18 PM Qube
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* KickTheDog: He knew well in advance where the Dreyfuses were hiding in La Pedite's farmhouse. He terrorizes Perrier La Padite into confessing ''anyway''.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: Churchill's only interactions in the conversation are to ask Hicox a very specific question regarding German cinema under Goebbels, and once Hicox answers it to his satisfaction, giving Fenech the go-ahead to discuss Operation Kino.



%%* DeadpanSnarker

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%%* DeadpanSnarker* DeadpanSnarker: When informing Hicox that he'll be working with an American secret service known to the Germans as "The Basterds":
-->'''Hicox:''' The Basterds? Never heard of them.
-->'''Fenech:''' Whole point of the secret service, old boy; you not hearing of them.



* FemmeFatale: She's beautiful, devious, and willing to kill. Posters of the film play this up by showing her in her film premiere outfit while holding a pistol.
%%* GoodIsNotNice

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* FemmeFatale: She's beautiful, devious, and willing to kill. Posters of the film play this up by showing her in her film premiere outfit while holding a pistol.
%%* GoodIsNotNice
pistol. [[spoiler:Hicox's pistol, specifically.]]
* GoodIsNotNice: She's charming and sociable enough when we first meet her, [[spoiler:but after the tavern rendezvous goes to hell she kills Wilhelm to keep him from blowing her cover, and loses much of her joviality after catching a bullet in the leg]].



* IceQueen: {{Justified|Trope}}, given her backstory.

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* IceQueen: {{Justified|Trope}}, given her backstory.backstory, the guy trying to court her being a ''German soldier'', and lastly that she's already ''in'' a relationship with a man she loves dearly.



* AntiHero: Type III.

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* AntiHero: Type III.By association with Shosanna. When she reveals her plan to burn down the theater, he takes little convincing to go along with it.



* KeepingSecretsSucks: The first one: aiding Jews to hide puts him and his family at risk. And then to protect his family he's forced to go along with Landa's game.

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* KeepingSecretsSucks: The first one: aiding sheltering Jews to hide puts him and his family at risk. And then to protect his family he's forced to go along with Landa's game.



* TheStoic: Puts on a calm front when talking with Landa.
** NotSoStoic: ...And when Landa breaks his resolve, he weeps in shame even as he reveals where the Dreyfuses are hiding.



The bartender of La Louisiane. Doesn't seem to care too much for the German occupation.

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The bartender of La Louisiane. Doesn't seem to care too much for overly perturbed by the German occupation.
22nd Sep '17 12:56:44 AM Qube
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* LaughablyEvil: He is QUITE entertaining, probably the main reason why his blatant sociopathy is largely ignored by the fanbase. Another reason probably being PayEvilUntoEvil.

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* LaughablyEvil: He is QUITE ''quite'' entertaining, probably the main reason why his blatant sociopathy is largely ignored by the fanbase. Another reason probably being PayEvilUntoEvil.



* SouthernFriedPrivate: He hails from Tennessee, although Raine mentions he's got Native American blood in him.

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* SouthernFriedPrivate: He hails from Tennessee, although Raine mentions he's got just a touch of Native American blood in him.him.
* WouldHitAGirl: [[spoiler:After the disastrous rendezvous with von Hammersmark that results in two of his men and a British agent dead, he has no issue with hurrying von Hammersmark's interrogation along by sticking a finger into the bullet-wound on her leg.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis.Nazis to ensure none of them escape.]]



%%* TheLancer

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%%* TheLancer* TheLancer: Acts as an interpreter for Raine, goes to the rendezvous with Hicox, and [[spoiler:if things had played out the way they were intended, he would've gone to the premiere as part of Operation Kino]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Dies in the explosion of the theater in the end gunning down Nazis.Nazis to ensure none of them escape.]]



* BigBad: A passive example, as he does absolutely nothing to directly hinder the protagonists.

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* BigBad: A passive example, as he does absolutely nothing ''nothing'' to directly hinder the protagonists.



* NiceToTheWaiter: After informing his secretary that all talk of "The Bear Jew" is forbidden among the rank and file, said secretary reminds him of a forgotten appointment, for which Hitler thanks him. Later, [[spoiler:he decides that the premiere of Goebbels' latest movie is important enough to the German people that he himself attends]], and he personally praises Goebbels on his work.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite his ego, his temper, and the sort of mentality that gets a person put in charge of ''Nazi propaganda'', Hicox reports that the man's attempt at revitalizing German cinema and "beating the Hollywood Jews at their own game" is actually doing quite well.



* NumberTwo: To Hitler.

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* NumberTwo: To Hitler. It is in fact a point of personal irritation for Goebbels that the only ''two'' people for whom he must wait for an appointment are Hitler and his new, explosively popular movie star Zoller.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ...Well let's not get carried away, but once Zoller lays out a convincing enough argument for moving the premiere of "Nation's Pride" to a smaller- no, ''more exclusive'' venue, Joseph is up for it.



* BitchInSheepsClothing: Initially appears as a jovial guy who just simply does his job as he's commanded. Then Shosanna refuses him and he drops the NiceGuy personality.

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* BitchInSheepsClothing: Initially appears as a jovial guy who just simply does his job as he's commanded. Then Shosanna refuses him once too often and he drops the NiceGuy personality.



* PunchClockVillain: He confesses to Shosanna that he does not want to watch his film, because he does not feel proud of killing so many men.

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* PunchClockVillain: He confesses to Shosanna that he does not want to watch his film, because he does not feel proud of killing so many men. At the premiere, he watches the violence onscreen only briefly before excusing himself.



* IHaveAFamily: He's given the choice to let Bridget go without a fight so he could be with his wife and son. [[Spoiler:He accepts the offer, but von Hammersmark had other ideas.]]

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* IHaveAFamily: He's given the choice to let Bridget go without a fight so he could be with his wife and son. [[Spoiler:He [[spoiler:He accepts the offer, but von Hammersmark had other ideas.]]
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* BigBadWannabe: He could very well serve as a {{Deconstruction}} of Landa's character: Good with language, but not good enough to recognize an English accent. He fancies himself a detective and claims to know "every [German Soldier] in France worth knowing", and yet sits right next to ''Hugo Stiglitz'', the only member of the Basterds whom we know had his face in a newspaper (for killing those 13 officers), whom "every man in the German Army has heard of", and fails to recognize him. He has no personal magnetism, and his charm is all superficial, quickly dropped once it becomes inconvenient. And perhaps most important of all; unlike Landa, [[spoiler: Hellstrom didn't KnowWhenToFoldEm and it costs him and his men their lives.]]

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* BigBadWannabe: He could very well serve as a {{Deconstruction}} of Landa's character: Good with language, but not good enough to recognize an English accent.accent, ''despite speaking English''. He fancies himself a detective and claims to know "every [German Soldier] in France worth knowing", and yet sits right next to ''Hugo Stiglitz'', the only member of the Basterds whom we know had his face in a newspaper (for killing those 13 officers), whom "every man in the German Army has heard of", and fails to recognize him. He has no personal magnetism, and his charm is all superficial, quickly dropped once whenever it becomes inconvenient. And perhaps most important of all; unlike Landa, [[spoiler: Hellstrom didn't KnowWhenToFoldEm and it costs him and his men their lives.]]



* SpottingTheThread: Subverted, then PlayedStraight; Hellstrom picks up on Hicox's "obscure small town" accent, but a sufficiently detailed and corroborated cover story assuages his doubts. ''Then'' Hicox makes a drink order with the wrong hand gesture, which Hellstrom notices immediately.



* GoodLookingPrivates: He's young, clean-cut, and soon to be a father.
* IHaveAFamily: He's given the choice to let Bridget go without a fight so he could be with his wife and son.

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* GoodLookingPrivates: He's young, clean-cut, (if a touch disheveled at the moment) and soon to be a father.
* IHaveAFamily: He's given the choice to let Bridget go without a fight so he could be with his wife and son. [[Spoiler:He accepts the offer, but von Hammersmark had other ideas.]]



* SmallRoleBigImpact: Or perhaps his new son, Max, is a better example. Imagine what would've happened if Max hadn't been born that night; [[spoiler: Wilhelm and his fellow soldiers wouldn't have gone to ''that'' bar, they wouldn't have met Bridget von Hammersmark, Wilhelm wouldn't have picked up on Hicox's accent, which means Hellstrom wouldn't have picked up on his accent, which means the MexicanStandoff wouldn't have happened, and everyone in the bar might've lived through the night.]] If nothing else, Operation Kino would've played out ''very'' differently.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Or perhaps his new son, Max, is a better example. Imagine what would've happened if Max hadn't been born that night; [[spoiler: Wilhelm and his fellow soldiers wouldn't have gone to ''that'' bar, they wouldn't have met Bridget von Hammersmark, Wilhelm wouldn't have drunkenly overstayed his welcome and caused Hicox to reprimand him, Wilhelm wouldn't have picked up on Hicox's accent, which means Hellstrom ''Hellstrom'' wouldn't have picked up on his accent, which means the firefight and ensuing MexicanStandoff wouldn't have happened, and everyone in the bar might've lived through the night.]] If nothing ''nothing'' else, Operation Kino would've played out ''very'' differently.
21st Sep '17 1:26:54 AM Qube
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* PsychoForHire: The Nazis are just convenient for him to act out his horrible impulses. Without them, it's likely he'd be off doing something just as monstrous.
21st Sep '17 1:08:20 AM Qube
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* BigBadWannabe: He could very well serve as a {{Deconstruction}} of Landa's character: Good with language, but not good enough to recognize a English accent. He fancies himself a detective and claims to know "every [German Soldier] in France worth knowing", and yet sits right next to ''Hugo Stiglitz'', the only member of the Basterds whom we know had his face in a newspaper (for killing those 13 officers), whom "every man in the German Army has heard of", and fails to recognize him. He has no personal magnetism, and his charm is all superficial, quickly dropped once it becomes inconvenient. And perhaps most important of all; unlike Landa, [[spoiler: Hellstrom didn't KnowWhenToFoldEm and it costs him and his men their lives.]]

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* BigBadWannabe: He could very well serve as a {{Deconstruction}} of Landa's character: Good with language, but not good enough to recognize a an English accent. He fancies himself a detective and claims to know "every [German Soldier] in France worth knowing", and yet sits right next to ''Hugo Stiglitz'', the only member of the Basterds whom we know had his face in a newspaper (for killing those 13 officers), whom "every man in the German Army has heard of", and fails to recognize him. He has no personal magnetism, and his charm is all superficial, quickly dropped once it becomes inconvenient. And perhaps most important of all; unlike Landa, [[spoiler: Hellstrom didn't KnowWhenToFoldEm and it costs him and his men their lives.]]
21st Sep '17 1:04:27 AM Qube
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* KnifeNut: Carries a big fucking Bowie knife ''everywhere'', which is what he uses to carve those swastikas. If Donny's comments are anything to go by, Aldo's getting pretty skilled at forehead carving.
20th Sep '17 11:37:29 PM Qube
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** PragmaticVillainy: ...Or at least that's what the Basterds ''tell'' them to say. In truth, at least one survivor is usually interrogated to reveal enemy positions or movement in exchange for letting them go free. The "spread fear among the ranks" bit is the excuse the soldier is given to relay so that they aren't immediately put up against a wall and shot for betraying their fellow soldiers, and since the high command typically forbids them to tell the story to anyone else, it works out pretty well. Carving the swastikas into their foreheads is just for kicks, though.



* ObviouslyEvil: Raine [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this by carving swastikas into the foreheads of Nazis. Aldo takes issue with the fact that a Nazi could just take off their uniform and no longer be identifiable as a Nazi. So he gives them a [[MarkOfShame little something]] they ''can't'' take off.



* SenselessSacrifice: He refuses to divulge the position of another group of German soldiers, and is graphically ''beaten to death with a baseball bat'' for it. After watching that happen, one of his men has fewer compunctions.
* VillainousCheekbones: Subverted he has the classic look of a villain but is also shown to have noble aspects.

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* SenselessSacrifice: He refuses to divulge the position of another group of German soldiers, and is graphically ''beaten to death with a baseball bat'' for it. After watching that happen, one of another soldier (who does not share his men has fewer compunctions.
"bravery") is far more cooperative, immediately telling the Basterds everything they want to know.
* VillainousCheekbones: Subverted he Played with; He has the classic look of a villain villain, but is also shown to have noble aspects.aspects, chief among them loyalty and courage.



* DirtyCoward: Comes to Raine with fear and trembling, and eagerly gives up the information.

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* DirtyCoward: Comes to Raine with fear and trembling, and eagerly gives up the information.information upon seeing his commanding officer beaten to death.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: When asked what he's going to do once he gets home, he responds that the first thing he's going to do is hug his mother.
-->'''Raine:''' ''*takes a bit of snuff*'' [[DeadpanSnarker ...Well isn't that nice.]]
* FirePurifies: He then says, when asked, that he plans to dispose of his Nazi uniform by burning it. Aldo takes issue with that, leading to...


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* TheChick: The only woman in or around Nazi high command, by dint of being Goebbels' personal assistant.
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* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Aside from Aldo, he is apparently the only Basterd who survives the campaign. At the very least he is the only one along with Aldo who makes it back across the border safely.]]
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