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14th Jan '18 3:19:44 PM JustTroper
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See RedChina for a similar trope dealing with that ''other'' Communist power. Contrast ChummyCommies.

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See RedChina for a similar trope dealing with that ''other'' Communist power. Contrast ChummyCommies.
ChummyCommies. Also contrast HeroicRussianEmigre, which is sympathetic portrayal of anti-Soviet Russians who had to emigrate to the West.
14th Jan '18 2:01:14 PM KennethMorgan
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* The syndicated, early 50's series "I was a Communist for the F.B.I." features this. Based on the real-life work of undercover agent Matt Cvetic (played in the series by DanaAndrews), the communists are nearly all portrayed as total villains. They are utterly ruthless, devoid of any compassion, fanatically loyal to the Kremlin, and more than willing to die or kill for the cause of Soviet communism.
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28th Dec '17 9:43:10 PM redandready45
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* In ''Literature/TwilightoftheRedTsar'', communism has this label more than ever after a longer-living Joseph Stalin takes [[ThePurge his madness]] to [[FinalSolution new heights]]. By the late 1950s, radical leftists like Castro and Stalin have abandoned Marxism-Leninism in favor of syndicalism.
31st Oct '17 8:44:26 PM SkidTroper
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Dirty Communists are, essentially, Cold War-era villainous portrayals of the Soviet Union's people. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, there was a very large effort to make them stock villains the same way ThoseWackyNazis were and still are. Special attention is brought to emphasizing all those wacky tropes found in GloriousMotherRussia.

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Dirty Communists are, essentially, Cold War-era villainous portrayals of the Soviet Union's people. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, there was a very large effort to make them stock villains the same way ThoseWackyNazis were and still are.are (the fact that Stalin was an ally of convenience with the West against the Nazis and a tyrannical dictator with blood on his hands played a large part in that). Special attention is brought to emphasizing all those wacky tropes found in GloriousMotherRussia.
31st Oct '17 8:38:16 PM SkidTroper
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Given the fact that the Soviet leadership was often tremendously paranoid and ran large-scale systems of political repression and censorship, the Soviet government's reputation in the west is bound to be very negative. This trope, however, is for when the previously mentioned evils of the Soviet Union are caricatured or used for comedic purposes (as pictured), or when Communists are shown carrying out their policies ForTheEvulz rather than out of expediency or misguided idealism. With the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this has become a mostly DeadHorseTrope, though it oddly has a lot more universal success with Post-Soviet villains than it has ever had with actual Communist ones. Related to RedScare. It remains a significant legacy trope that many authors still use.

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Given the fact that the Since Soviet leadership was often tyrannical, violently oppressive, tremendously paranoid and ran large-scale systems of political repression and censorship, the Soviet government's reputation in the west is bound to be very negative. This trope, however, is for when the previously mentioned evils of the Soviet Union are caricatured or used for comedic purposes (as pictured), or when Communists are shown carrying out their policies ForTheEvulz rather than out of expediency or misguided idealism. With the end of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, this has become a mostly DeadHorseTrope, though it oddly has a lot more universal success with Post-Soviet villains than it has ever had with actual Communist ones. Related to RedScare. It remains a significant legacy trope that many authors still use.
24th Oct '17 3:09:06 PM thatmadork
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* The Creator/JohnWayne film ''Big Jim McLain'' is an anti-Communist film featuring a villain who is a communist and viciously racist against blacks, [[ArtisticLicenseHistory even though communists were ideologically opposed to racism and the American communist movement supported civil rights]]. Bonus points as John Wayne [[{{Hypocrite}} was pretty racist himself]] in RealLife, as were many anti-communists of the time.
11th Sep '17 6:14:37 PM Rubber_Lotus
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** In old-school Marvel, pretty much ''everyone'' took a turn fighting Commies, from ComicBook/AntMan to ComicBook/{{Thor}}. Quickly show of hands - who remembers that the Chameleon, the very first ComicBook/SpiderMan supervillain, was originally a KGB agent?
6th Sep '17 8:29:58 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DefectorFromCommieLand
1st Sep '17 12:16:17 PM Juneberries
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* CommieLand
23rd Aug '17 3:09:08 PM GrammarNavi
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Dirty Communists are, essentially, Cold War-era villainous portrayals of the Soviet Union's people. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, there was a very large effort to make them stock villains the same way ThoseWackyNazis were and still are. Special attention is brought to emphasizing all those wacky tropes found in GloriousMotherRussia.

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Dirty Communists are, essentially, Cold War-era villainous portrayals of the Soviet Union's people. After UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, there was a very large effort to make them stock villains the same way ThoseWackyNazis were and still are. Special attention is brought to emphasizing all those wacky tropes found in GloriousMotherRussia.



** Furthermore, the evil "General G" of the novels becomes the much more genial General Gogol in the Creator/RogerMoore movies. Gogol is very much the face of the USSR in ''Bond'' films of this age. For instance, in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', it is he, not the Soviet premier whom the US leadership talk to over the hotline in a crisis and in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' it is Gogol who personally oversees the pursuit and shooting of a warmongering traitor who wanted to invade the West. Although he is a villain in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', he is far nicer than the others in the movie and Bond doesn't even attempt to hurt him. In the Brosnan era he actually becomes an elder statesman figure (albeit off-screen, due to Creator/WalterGotell's death) for the now friendly RussianFederation.

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** Furthermore, the evil "General G" of the novels becomes the much more genial General Gogol in the Creator/RogerMoore movies. Gogol is very much the face of the USSR in ''Bond'' films of this age. For instance, in ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', it is he, not the Soviet premier whom the US leadership talk to over the hotline in a crisis and in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' it is Gogol who personally oversees the pursuit and shooting of a warmongering traitor who wanted to invade the West. Although he is a villain in ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', he is far nicer than the others in the movie and Bond doesn't even attempt to hurt him. In the Brosnan era he actually becomes an elder statesman figure (albeit off-screen, due to Creator/WalterGotell's death) for the now friendly RussianFederation.[[UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia Russian Federation]].
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