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20th Jul '17 11:07:33 AM TheJ0ker
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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 DiscreditedTrope, 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 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 DiscreditedTrope, 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.
20th Jun '17 9:51:02 AM Gosicrystal
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* Klingons were originally meant to represent the Soviet Union during the Cold War but have since become the prototypical [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warrior race]].
** ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' averts this trope when they included Chekov in the crew. He was very proudly Russian, and the Cold War was at its height when the series first aired.
*** He may have been proud of Russian culture, but the only things he mentioned were from the days of the Russian Empire. May be a case of AccidentallyAccurate: this attitude can indeed be exhibited by some Russians nowadays.
** The Cardassians later take over this role (appropriately updated for the late-80s-early-90s) through their sparse appearances in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and especially in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'': vaguely described early on as an impoverished people with "deep spiritual values" who embraced a military dictatorship as a solution. Later, a decaying authoritarian super-power forced to relinquish its hold on the peoples it once held subject. Although the outright genocidal brutality and species-supremacism of their occupation of the Bajorans means that they have quite strong Nazi analogies at times.
*** This becomes quite blatant if you listen to some of the lunch conversations between Bashir and Garak, as Garak often takes a StrawCommunist position when they debate some matter of politics or philosophy. Also, there is the title what the Cardassian's greatest creative work: ''The Neverending Sacrifice''.
* ''Series/DangerMan''.
* ''ISpy''

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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Klingons were originally meant to represent the Soviet Union during the Cold War but have since become the prototypical [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud warrior race]].
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race]]. ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' averts this trope when they included Chekov in the crew. He crew: he was very proudly Russian, and the Cold War was at its height when the series first aired.
*** He may have been proud of Russian culture, but the only things he mentioned were from the days of the Russian Empire.
aired. May be a case of AccidentallyAccurate: AccidentallyCorrectWriting: this attitude can indeed be exhibited by some Russians nowadays.
** The Cardassians later take over this role (appropriately updated for the late-80s-early-90s) through their sparse appearances in ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and especially in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'': vaguely described early on as an impoverished people with "deep spiritual values" who embraced a military dictatorship as a solution. Later, a decaying authoritarian super-power forced to relinquish its hold on the peoples it once held subject. Although the outright genocidal brutality and species-supremacism of their occupation of the Bajorans means that they have quite strong Nazi analogies at times.
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times. This becomes quite blatant if you listen to some of the lunch conversations between Bashir and Garak, as Garak often takes a StrawCommunist position when they debate some matter of politics or philosophy. Also, there is the title what the Cardassian's greatest creative work: ''The Neverending Sacrifice''.
* %%* ''Series/DangerMan''.
* %%* ''ISpy''



* [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] believes that the Cold War is still going on.

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* [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]] Colbert from ''Series/TheColbertReport'' believes that the Cold War is still going on.



* [[Creator/MontyPython And then, there's, well,]] Creator/JohnCleese's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoATWN68IZA take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny on the subject...]]

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* %%* [[Creator/MontyPython And then, there's, well,]] Creator/JohnCleese's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoATWN68IZA take]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny on the subject...]]
8th Jun '17 1:11:30 PM lillolillo
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** ''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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** ''ComicBook/IronMan'' Franchise/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.'
7th Jun '17 8:16:03 PM JulianLapostat
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* {{Zigzagged}} in ''Film/BridgeOfSpies''. While East Germany is shown to be continuing Germany's authoritative and military persona and the Soviets are clearly more interested in self-preservation than justice, lawyer James Donovan will still go out of his way to defend accused spy Rudolf Abel.

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* {{Zigzagged}} in ''Film/BridgeOfSpies''.
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While East Germany is shown to be continuing Germany's authoritative and military persona and the Soviets are clearly more interested in self-preservation than justice, lawyer James Donovan will still go out of his way to defend accused spy Rudolf Abel.


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* Creator/SamuelFuller's films in TheFifties enjoyed playing with this trope in ways which infuriated the American government. Fuller, being a US First Infantry war veteran, and enjoying the support of Darryl F. Zanuck, more or less was untouchable allowing him to get away with stuff that other film-makers couldn't:
** In ''Film/TheSteelHelmet'', the main North Korean captive, nicknamed "Red", tries to divide the American Squad during UsefulNotes/TheKoreanWar, by reminding the African-American soldier Thompson and the Japanese-American Tanaka of the very real bigotry and discrimination they face back home and how little their sacrifices on the frontlines will be rewarded. This was the first American fiction film to acknowledge the internment of Japanese-Americans (which "Red" brings up to taunt Tanaka) and it, and other factors, earned Fuller an invitation to the Pentagon. The Communist is still a bad guy, but Fuller allows him be to cool and make valid points and the main criticism towards Communism is its hypocrisy.
** In ''Film/PickupOnSouthStreet'' he took a Cold-War trope of Communists trying to grab state secrets in a microfiche by centering it around an Anti-Hero who mocks the ideology of the era ("You waving a flag at me"), flirts with giving the Communists state secrets solely for the money and only turns to the American side because the Communist-hired mercenaries attacked his poor friend Moe, who the film paints as the very embodiment of the poor proletariat screwed over by both sides.
29th May '17 9:22:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''WKRPInCincinnati's'' Les Nessman was paranoid about DirtyCommunists, to the point that the emergency script he wrote for the station was an anti-Communist screed. When a tornado struck Cincinnati, Mr. Carlson ordered him to read the script on the air but to replace "Communist" with "tornado", which resulted in a long harangue about "Godless tornadoes" followed by the national anthem. His paranoia was explained in the final season when it was revealed that his father, who had abandoned their family when he was an infant, was himself a Communist, and that his mother had consequently instilled in Les a hatred of Communists.

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* ''WKRPInCincinnati's'' ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'''s Les Nessman was paranoid about DirtyCommunists, to the point that the emergency script he wrote for the station was an anti-Communist screed. When a tornado struck Cincinnati, Mr. Carlson ordered him to read the script on the air but to replace "Communist" with "tornado", which resulted in a long harangue about "Godless tornadoes" followed by the national anthem. His paranoia was explained in the final season when it was revealed that his father, who had abandoned their family when he was an infant, was himself a Communist, and that his mother had consequently instilled in Les a hatred of Communists.
17th May '17 12:02:12 AM PaulA
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* The Imperial Order in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series by TerryGoodkind is blatantly portrayed as a fantasy Soviet State.

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* The Imperial Order in the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series by TerryGoodkind Creator/TerryGoodkind is blatantly portrayed as a fantasy Soviet State.
17th Apr '17 1:33:36 PM Briguy52748
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* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff was wrestling's most famous Dirty Communist. Actually a native of Croatia, Josip Peruzović emmigrated to North America in 1967, at the young age of 19, and began training under Stu Hart ([[Wrestling/BretHart Bret's]] father). It wasn't until the mid 1970s when Peruzović, brought to the WWWF by Wrestling/FreddieBlassie (a real-life friend), adopted his most famous name, and not until 1984 when he began to be billed as coming from the Soviet Union. Already feared for his (legit) strength, Blassie suggested that to help get Volkoff over as a despised Russian, he sing the Soviet National Anthem before each match ... and that, along with his pairing with Wrestling/TheIronSheik, made for a most memorable tag team.

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* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff was wrestling's most famous Dirty Communist. Actually a native of Croatia, Josip Peruzović emmigrated to North America in 1967, at the young age of 19, and began training under Stu Hart ([[Wrestling/BretHart Bret's]] father). It wasn't until the mid 1970s when Peruzović, brought to the WWWF by Wrestling/FreddieBlassie (a real-life friend), adopted his most famous name, and not until 1984 when he began to be billed as coming from the Soviet Union.Union [[note]](Volkoff was previously billed as being either from Croatia or Mongolia)[[/note]]. Already feared for his (legit) strength, Blassie suggested that to help get Volkoff over as a despised Russian, he sing the Soviet National Anthem before each match ... and that, along with his pairing with Wrestling/TheIronSheik, made for a most memorable tag team.
17th Apr '17 1:32:37 PM Briguy52748
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* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff was wrestling's most famous Dirty Communist. Actually a native of Croatia, Josip Peruzović emmigrated to North America in 1967, at the young age of 19, and began training under Stu Hart ([[Wrestling/BretHart Bret's]] father). It wasn't until the mid 1970s when Peruzović, brought to the WWWF by Wrestling/FredBlassie (a real-life friend), adopted his most famous name, and not until 1984 when he began to be billed as coming from the Soviet Union. Already feared for his (legit) strength, Blassie suggested that to help get Volkoff over as a despised Russian, he sing the Soviet National Anthem before each match ... and that, along with his pairing with Wrestling/TheIronSheik, made for a most memorable tag team.

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* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff was wrestling's most famous Dirty Communist. Actually a native of Croatia, Josip Peruzović emmigrated to North America in 1967, at the young age of 19, and began training under Stu Hart ([[Wrestling/BretHart Bret's]] father). It wasn't until the mid 1970s when Peruzović, brought to the WWWF by Wrestling/FredBlassie Wrestling/FreddieBlassie (a real-life friend), adopted his most famous name, and not until 1984 when he began to be billed as coming from the Soviet Union. Already feared for his (legit) strength, Blassie suggested that to help get Volkoff over as a despised Russian, he sing the Soviet National Anthem before each match ... and that, along with his pairing with Wrestling/TheIronSheik, made for a most memorable tag team.
17th Apr '17 12:05:26 PM Briguy52748
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* During the post-war era, the Communist Russian villain was a common stock character in many local to national promotions of the time. The wrestler playing the Russian didn't even have to be from Eastern Europe or hail from behind the Iron Curtain ... he just merely had to affect an accent, come up with some anti-American rhetoric, wear clothing that had a hammer and sickle on them and voila, instant trope maker.
* Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff was wrestling's most famous Dirty Communist. Actually a native of Croatia, Josip Peruzović emmigrated to North America in 1967, at the young age of 19, and began training under Stu Hart ([[Wrestling/BretHart Bret's]] father). It wasn't until the mid 1970s when Peruzović, brought to the WWWF by Wrestling/FredBlassie (a real-life friend), adopted his most famous name, and not until 1984 when he began to be billed as coming from the Soviet Union. Already feared for his (legit) strength, Blassie suggested that to help get Volkoff over as a despised Russian, he sing the Soviet National Anthem before each match ... and that, along with his pairing with Wrestling/TheIronSheik, made for a most memorable tag team.
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16th Apr '17 11:07:53 AM SullenFrog
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* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'', the People’s Alliance for Common Treatment (or PACT) are implied to be communists and have several parallels with Soviet Russia. They started out as a popular revolution against the decadent and oppressive leadership of the [[TheEmpire New Empire]]. They’re one of the galaxy’s two big superpowers, in opposition to the more democratic Solar Alliance. Their ships and mechs are painted red, their officers and leaders wear red uniforms, and characters from outside the PACT even refer to them as Reds. To drive the point home, their leader [[BigBad Veniczar Arcadius]] rallies his troops with a speech denouncing capitalism and imperialists at one point.
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