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27th Feb '17 6:52:31 PM Fireblood
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Although Dirty Commies reached its height with the Cold War, the trope began at the turn of the 20th Century as communism and anarchism began to take root in the capitalist powers. Indeed, even before that, the title "The Communist Manifesto" itself was an ironic attack on Europe's fear of "communism," at the time meaning a return to loosely-allied city-states.

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Although Dirty Commies reached its height with the Cold War, the trope began at the turn of the 20th Century as communism and anarchism began to take root in the capitalist powers. Indeed, even before that, the title "The Communist Manifesto" itself was an ironic attack on Europe's fear of "communism," at the time meaning a return to loosely-allied city-states.
city-states.[[note]]Commune was used as a term for municipality in Europe, which France, Italy and Sweden retain.[[/note]]
26th Feb '17 4:22:25 PM nombretomado
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* Averted in the ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic series written by LarryHama and published by Marvel. The Joes' Russian counterparts, Oktober Guard, were actually reluctant allies of the Joes who set aside their differences to fight against the Cobras. The only time the Soviet Union is ever referred as an "evil empire" is done sarcastically by one of the characters. Quite a feat, considering the comic was published during the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] era. Of course, portrayals of their soldiers and their government are two entirely different things. This treatment transferred over to the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero animated version]].
* Also averted in LarryHama's ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'', despite being set in the middle of WorldWarIII between the US and the USSR. The Soviet military might praise GloriousMotherRussia, but they're highly competent, no-nonsense professionals. Too bad they're facing the world's deadliest assassin...

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* Averted in the ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic series written by LarryHama Creator/LarryHama and published by Marvel. The Joes' Russian counterparts, Oktober Guard, were actually reluctant allies of the Joes who set aside their differences to fight against the Cobras. The only time the Soviet Union is ever referred as an "evil empire" is done sarcastically by one of the characters. Quite a feat, considering the comic was published during the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] era. Of course, portrayals of their soldiers and their government are two entirely different things. This treatment transferred over to the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero animated version]].
* Also averted Averted in LarryHama's Creator/LarryHama's ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'', despite being set in the middle of WorldWarIII between the US and the USSR. The Soviet military might praise GloriousMotherRussia, but they're highly competent, no-nonsense professionals. Too bad they're facing the world's deadliest assassin...
25th Feb '17 11:50:46 AM nombretomado
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* AngelinaJolie's ''Film/{{Salt}}'' is about the Soviet Union having a secret program of sleeper agents out to destroy the United States and restore the Soviet Union. Given they intend to blow up Mecca to frame the United States for it, they are a PROFOUND collection of dicks.

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* AngelinaJolie's Creator/AngelinaJolie's ''Film/{{Salt}}'' is about the Soviet Union having a secret program of sleeper agents out to destroy the United States and restore the Soviet Union. Given they intend to blow up Mecca to frame the United States for it, they are a PROFOUND collection of dicks.
8th Feb '17 7:42:51 PM erforce
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* ''RockyIV'' created Ivan Drago whom remains one of the most recognizable symbols of Communism of the 80s.

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* ''RockyIV'' ''Film/RockyIV'' created Ivan Drago whom remains one of the most recognizable symbols of Communism of the 80s.
6th Feb '17 10:39:45 AM SkylaNoivern
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* Parodied in the first ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' video game, which is set in the 1950s; TheGovernment and the sinister GovernmentConspiracy use the overwhelming paranoia around communism to cover up the actions of the protagonist -- who is actually an extraterrestrial. The population eventually buys into this to such a degree that people actually scream "Communist!" as soon as they see the alien in his natural form, and the police / military report "Possible Communist activity," when the protagonist is going around vapourising people and sucking out their brains.

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* Parodied in the first ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans'' video game, which is set in the 1950s; TheGovernment and the sinister GovernmentConspiracy use the overwhelming paranoia around communism to cover up the actions of the protagonist -- protagonist, Cryptosporidium-137, who is actually an extraterrestrial. The population eventually buys into this to such a degree that people actually scream "Communist!" something among the lines of "communist" as soon as they see the alien Crypto in his natural form, and the police / and military report "Possible Communist activity," "possible communist activity" when the protagonist is going around vapourising vaporizing people and sucking out extracting brainstems.
** ''Destroy All Humans! 2'', set ten years later in 1969, focuses on the USSR government, mostly the KGB as the main antagonists responsible for the destruction of Orthpox's mothership (and the death of Orthopox, who manages to survive by installing his consciousness into a hologram unit) and an attempted assassination of Crypto, believing him to be a dire threat to the USSR. As the game progresses, Crypto discover that the KGB and
their brains.Premier, Milenkov, [[spoiler:are helping a species of radioactivity-driven martians with {{Hivemind}}s take over the Earth and turn it into a water lodged homeland, having the latter already taken over the USSR government post the Tunguska crash of 1908, which was caused by a Blisk warship crashing into a remote community]].
20th Dec '16 2:34:17 AM rafi
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* During the fifties, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica of the very popular UsefulNotes/WorldWarII comics was set against communists. The title folded quickly. Years later Marvel wanted to bring him back from near the end of the war. Who was the fifties version? An [[DorkAge 'Evil' Cap and 'Evil' Bucky]] who had changed their names and faces to seem like the genuine article, made into a KnightTemplar and driven madly paranoid by a version of the Super Soldier Serum. Later Cap battled Evil Cap and Evil Bucky. Evil Bucky eventually became non-evil and sidekicked for a while before being killed; Evil Cap became a supervillain for a while, died, and recently, after the death of real Cap, came back not so evil though still slightly bent, ramping up the "righteous revolution" elements for all they're worth.
** The Fifties Cap fought a Communist Red Skull, who had supposedly transferred his allegience from the far right to the far left simply because [[CardCarryingVillain they were the bad guys now]]. Eventually, the real Red Skull returned, was still a Nazi, and killed the pretender.
* ''ComicBook/IronMan'' was actually created to fight these guys. Many long lasting characters like the Black Widow and some less long lasting like the Crimson Dynamo are a result of his constant battles against the 'Red Menace.' In fact, the moral difference between TheCape Captain America and Tony, who can drift into WellIntentionedExtremist territory, can be explained by one of them being created to fight Nazis, and one to fight Communists.

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* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
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During the fifties, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica of the very popular UsefulNotes/WorldWarII comics was set against communists. The title folded quickly. Years later Marvel wanted to bring him back from near the end of the war. Who was the fifties version? An [[DorkAge 'Evil' Cap and 'Evil' Bucky]] who had changed their names and faces to seem like the genuine article, made into a KnightTemplar and driven madly paranoid by a version of the Super Soldier Serum. Later Cap battled Evil Cap and Evil Bucky. Evil Bucky eventually became non-evil and sidekicked for a while before being killed; Evil Cap became a supervillain for a while, died, and recently, after the death of real Cap, came back not so evil though still slightly bent, ramping up the "righteous revolution" elements for all they're worth.
** *** The Fifties Cap fought a Communist Red Skull, who had supposedly transferred his allegience from the far right to the far left simply because [[CardCarryingVillain they were the bad guys now]]. Eventually, the real Red Skull returned, was still a Nazi, and killed the pretender.
* ** ''ComicBook/IronMan'' was actually created to fight these guys. Many long lasting characters like the Black Widow and some less long lasting like the Crimson Dynamo are a result of his constant battles against the 'Red Menace.' In fact, the moral difference between TheCape Captain America and Tony, who can drift into WellIntentionedExtremist territory, can be explained by one of them being created to fight Nazis, and one to fight Communists.Communists.
** The Red Ghost, from ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' , is another villain with his team of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys super-apes]] (!!)
** ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain Omega Red was made as a Soviet ComicBook/CaptainAmerica before turning into a TerroristWithoutACause.
** One of the members of the "evil" superhero team the Ultimates of Ultimate Marvel encounter is a Russian Thor copy named Perun (the Slavic god of thunder) who carried a hammer and sickle instead of a magical hammer. The implications are obvious, despite the comic being published 15 years after the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended.
*** For one thing, the actual Slavic god Perun did carry a hammer and a sickle in the old myths. For another, he's based on the 616 Perun of the Winter Guard/People's Protectorate/Supreme Soviets. For another, [[spoiler:he's the only one of the Liberators to survive.]]
* Surprisingly, the Rocket Red Brigade (the first Russian super-team in the [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universe]]) managed to avoid this. Kilowog, their original creator, was the sole survivor of an alien race that was naturally community-oriented, and he was portrayed as an idealist who genuinely believed in the Soviet Union's potential. Brigade members varied widely in personality and outlook, but many of them took on heroic roles against bigger threats like alien invaders.



* Averted in the ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic series written by LarryHama and published by Marvel. The Joes' Russian counterparts, Oktober Guard, were actually reluctant allies of the Joes who set aside their differences to fight against the Cobras. The only time the Soviet Union is ever referred as an "evil empire" is done sarcastically by one of the characters. Quite a feat, considering the comic was published during the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] era. Of course, portrayals of their soldiers and their government are two entirely different things.
** This treatment transferred over to the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero animated version]].

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* Played for laughs in ''FightingAmerican'' -- the villains were still Communists, but they had names like Ghnortz, Bholhtz, and Hotsky Trotsky. Of course, since after a couple of episodes the entire series was a ComicBook/CaptainAmerica spoof, this is unsurprising.
* Averted in the ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic series written by LarryHama and published by Marvel. The Joes' Russian counterparts, Oktober Guard, were actually reluctant allies of the Joes who set aside their differences to fight against the Cobras. The only time the Soviet Union is ever referred as an "evil empire" is done sarcastically by one of the characters. Quite a feat, considering the comic was published during the [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] era. Of course, portrayals of their soldiers and their government are two entirely different things.
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things. This treatment transferred over to the [[WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero animated version]].



* The Red Ghost is another Marvel villain with his team of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys super-apes]] (!!)

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* The ''NationalLampoon'' did a parody 1950s Red Ghost is another Marvel villain with his team Scare comic book "Commie Plot Comics" that depicted the Soviets taking over America, commandering everything including Howard Johnson's: "We have only one flavor now, ''Red'' Raspberry, and we are out of [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys super-apes]] (!!)that ''too,'' little comrade! [[EvilLaughter Ha ha ha!]]"



* ''Comicbook/XMen'' villain Omega Red was made as a Soviet ComicBook/CaptainAmerica before turning into a TerroristWithoutACause.



* One of the members of the "evil" superhero team the Ultimates of Ultimate Marvel encounter is a Russian Thor copy named Perun (the Slavic god of thunder) who carried a hammer and sickle instead of a magical hammer. The implications are obvious, despite the comic being published 15 years after the UsefulNotes/ColdWar ended.
** For one thing, the actual Slavic god Perun did carry a hammer and a sickle in the old myths. For another, he's based on the 616 Perun of the Winter Guard/People's Protectorate/Supreme Soviets.
** For another, [[spoiler:he's the only one of the Liberators to survive.]]
* Played for laughs in ''FightingAmerican'' -- the villains were still Communists, but they had names like Ghnortz, Bholhtz, and Hotsky Trotsky. Of course, since after a couple of episodes the entire series was a ComicBook/CaptainAmerica spoof, this is unsurprising.
* Surprisingly, the Rocket Red Brigade (the first Russian super-team in the DC Universe) managed to avoid this. Kilowog, their original creator, was the sole survivor of an alien race that was naturally community-oriented, and he was portrayed as an idealist who genuinely believed in the Soviet Union's potential. Brigade members varied widely in personality and outlook, but many of them took on heroic roles against bigger threats like alien invaders.



* The ''NationalLampoon'' did a parody 1950s Red Scare comic book "Commie Plot Comics" that depicted the Soviets taking over America, commandering everything including Howard Johnson's: "We have only one flavor now, ''Red'' Raspberry, and we are out of that ''too,'' little comrade! [[EvilLaughter Ha ha ha!]]"
2nd Nov '16 8:20:23 AM ErebusElysium
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* HammerAndSickle
14th Oct '16 7:03:56 AM rafi
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* The Soviet powers in ''Hunter X HunterFutureWar198X'' are the villains, murdering millions to get the designs for a [[AtomicHate missile defense system into their hands]].
* ''Anime/AngelCop''.

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* The Soviet powers in ''Hunter X HunterFutureWar198X'' ''Anime/FutureWar198X'' are the villains, murdering millions to get the designs for a [[AtomicHate missile defense system into their hands]].
* The Red May terrorist group from ''Anime/AngelCop''.
12th Oct '16 6:20:30 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** Completely averted by Captain Zhao from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Although he is the man who launched the nukes that hit Boston in the first place, he clearly regrets his actions, and willingly seeks assistance from the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] (an American citizen) so that he can finally go home after 200 years.

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** Completely averted by Captain Zhao Zao from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}''. Although he is the man who launched the nukes that hit Boston in the first place, he clearly regrets his actions, and willingly seeks assistance from the [[PlayerCharacter Sole Survivor]] (an American citizen) so that he can finally go home after 200 years.
17th Jul '16 10:16:54 AM nombretomado
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* Much of ChuckNorris' body of work. Especially ''Film/InvasionUSA1985''.

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* Much of ChuckNorris' Creator/ChuckNorris' body of work. Especially ''Film/InvasionUSA1985''.
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