History Film / Valkyrie

26th Jul '16 11:41:11 AM Javertshark13
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* DisasterDominoes: The plot fails due to the briefing being held in the conference hut rather than the bunker, Stauffenberg being interrupted before he can arm the second bomb, and Colonel Brandt moving the briefcase to the other side of a table leg between him and Hitler.






* HeadbuttingHeroes: Stauffenberg and Goerdeler do not get along. They were also like this in real life, Goerdeler distrusting Stauffenberg due to his socialist connections, and Stauffenberg considering Goerderler to be an out-of-touch reactionary.



** Stauffenberg [[http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/GENOCIDE/reviewstr12.htm viewed Poland as "an unbelievable rabble" best under the whip, and as a country filled with "a lot of Jews and a lot of cross-breeds"]].

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** Stauffenberg [[http://www.ess.uwe.ac.uk/GENOCIDE/reviewstr12.htm viewed Poland as "an unbelievable rabble" best under the whip, and as a country filled with "a lot of Jews and a lot of cross-breeds"]]. However, he was disgusted when he later learned that Jews were being rounded up and shot in masses, which was reportedly a factor in him turning against Hitler.



* PoorCommunicationKills: General Felgiebel attempts to tell Olbricht that Hitler survived, but only says, "Something terrible has happened-" before getting cut off by static. Olbricht is left unsure of what happened, and decides not to do anything until Stauffenberg can report in person.



* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:The assassination attempt is defeated by the weather: it's too hot so Hitler moves the briefing out of the ''Führerbunker'', where the concrete surrounds would have amplified the explosion's pressure wave, and into a more open-plan outbuilding where the windows and weaker walls absorb some of the energy]].

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* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:The assassination attempt is defeated by the weather: it's too hot so Hitler moves the briefing out of the ''Führerbunker'', where the concrete surrounds would have amplified the explosion's pressure wave, and into a more open-plan outbuilding where the windows and weaker walls absorb some of the energy]]. Colonel Heinz Brandt also moves the briefcase containing the bomb to the other side of a table leg, creating an additional barrier between the blast and Hitler, but ironically causing his own death.
26th Jun '16 12:10:09 AM LtFedora
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* Fromm, when he realises Olbricht and Stauffenberg are there to recruit him for the resistance, in his office in the middle of the day, surrounded by countless soldiers and other officers loyal to the Nazi Party.

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* ** Fromm, when he realises Olbricht and Stauffenberg are there to recruit him for the resistance, in his office in the middle of the day, surrounded by countless soldiers and other officers loyal to the Nazi Party.
25th Jun '16 11:54:52 AM LtFedora
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* DownerEnding

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* DownerEndingDownerEnding: Stauffenberg and all the conspirators are rounded up and executed. However, it ends up being a BittersweetEnding in the long run, as the war in Europe is on its last legs and the Nazis will be defeated while Stauffenberg will be immortalized as a national hero.
15th Jun '16 10:23:30 PM Doug86
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* KarmaHoudini: While he may not have done anything overtly villainous, the fact that Major Remer was not arrested and executed is rather surprising. Granted, he was used as an unwitting dupe, but the fallout that followed was so extreme that anyone with a ''passing'' connection to the plot was brutally executed (even the great MagnificentBastard, ErwinRommel, was [[LeaveBehindAPistol forced to kill himself]], not because he was involved in the plot in any way, but just because he probably knew about it and didn't tell anybody). Otto Remer survived the war, went on to found a Nazi successor party that engaged in Holocaust denial (before West Germany banned it), aided Arab states fighting Israel, and died in 1997.

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* KarmaHoudini: While he may not have done anything overtly villainous, the fact that Major Remer was not arrested and executed is rather surprising. Granted, he was used as an unwitting dupe, but the fallout that followed was so extreme that anyone with a ''passing'' connection to the plot was brutally executed (even the great MagnificentBastard, ErwinRommel, UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel, was [[LeaveBehindAPistol forced to kill himself]], not because he was involved in the plot in any way, but just because he probably knew about it and didn't tell anybody). Otto Remer survived the war, went on to found a Nazi successor party that engaged in Holocaust denial (before West Germany banned it), aided Arab states fighting Israel, and died in 1997.
6th May '16 6:19:19 AM LordGro
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: {{Inverted}}. The plot gets far, much further than it did in real life. Of course, given Stauffenberg and the other plotters' HistoricalHeroUpgrade, the short-lived RealLife July 20 plot is a subversion.
6th May '16 12:15:12 AM GoldenSeals
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* YouCantThwartStageOne: {{Inverted}}. The plot gets far, much further than it did in real life. Of course, given Stauffenberg and the other plotters' HistoricalHeroUpgrade, the short-lived RealLife July 20 plot could count as a subversion.

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* YouCantThwartStageOne: {{Inverted}}. The plot gets far, much further than it did in real life. Of course, given Stauffenberg and the other plotters' HistoricalHeroUpgrade, the short-lived RealLife July 20 plot could count as is a subversion.
5th May '16 5:30:13 PM LtFedora
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** At the beginning of the film, Hitler flies to the Eastern Front in a Junkers Ju52. However, his personal plane at the time was a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (none of which survived the war).

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** At the beginning of the film, Hitler flies to the Eastern Front in a Junkers Ju52. Ju 52. However, his personal plane at the time was a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 (none of which survived the war).war).
** Speaking of the Ju 52, Staffenberg actually flew back to Berlin in a Heinkel He 111.
26th Apr '16 9:34:37 PM Turtler
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: What drives the entire plot. The German officer corps may be full of racists and militarists in the vein of Staufffenberg Rundstedt, but they're not ''genocidally'' racist like Manstein and Guderian.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: What drives the entire plot. The German officer corps may be full of racists and militarists in the vein of Staufffenberg and Rundstedt, but they're not ''genocidally'' racist like Manstein and Guderian.



* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The plotters are portrayed as this in the film. Apparently the [[http://www.verbrechen-der-wehrmacht.de/docs/home_e.htm German officer corps actually cared about Jewish people, was disgusted by their slaughter]], and masterminded a plot to assassinate Hitler that would include the closing of concentration camps. In reality the German officer corps, especially the aristocratic elements that made up a fair chunk of it and the plotters, were strongly authoritarian and murderously anti-leftist. Former Social Democratic Party members who believed in equality they were ''not''. In many cases, the plotters only turned on Hitler because he was losing the war, and had every intention of fighting on against the Soviet Union. It is however true that it would have been difficult for the audience to get behind protagonists who disagreed with less than 20% of Nazi ideology.

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* HistoricalHeroUpgrade: The plotters are portrayed as this in the film. Apparently the [[http://www.verbrechen-der-wehrmacht.de/docs/home_e.htm German officer corps actually cared about Jewish people, was disgusted by their slaughter]], and masterminded a plot to assassinate Hitler that would include the closing of concentration camps. In reality the German officer corps, especially the aristocratic elements that made up a fair chunk of it and the plotters, were strongly authoritarian and murderously anti-leftist. Former Social Democratic Party members anti-leftist and pro-German. Covert Republicans who believed in equality and democracy they were ''not''. In many cases, the plotters only turned on Hitler because he was losing the war, and had every intention of fighting on against the Soviet Union. It is however true that it would have been difficult for the audience to get behind protagonists who disagreed with less than 20% of Nazi ideology.
26th Apr '16 9:29:35 PM Turtler
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: What drives the entire plot. The German officer corps may be full of racists and anti-communists in the vein of Hindenburg and Rundstedt, but they're not ''genocidally'' racist like Manstein and Guderian.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: What drives the entire plot. The German officer corps may be full of racists and anti-communists militarists in the vein of Hindenburg and Staufffenberg Rundstedt, but they're not ''genocidally'' racist like Manstein and Guderian.
8th Mar '16 1:48:17 PM dangerdan97
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* AmbitionMakesYouEvil: Invoked in reference to Fromm, though in this case, it's more "Ambition makes you pliable". Given that Fromm is the only person who can officially initiate Valkyrie, Beck asks if he can be brought to their side. Tresckow and Olbricht note that Fromm is a "careerist pig" and has never hidden his displeasure at the fact he's gone as far as he can under the Nazis. Beck tells them to offer him a key position in the new regime in exchange for his support.

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* AmbitionMakesYouEvil: AmbitionIsEvil: Invoked in reference to Fromm, though in this case, it's more "Ambition makes you pliable". Given that Fromm is the only person who can officially initiate Valkyrie, Beck asks if he can be brought to their side. Tresckow and Olbricht note that Fromm is a "careerist pig" and has never hidden his displeasure at the fact he's gone as far as he can under the Nazis. Beck tells them to offer him a key position in the new regime in exchange for his support.
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