History Main / GermanicDepressives

16th Feb '17 9:21:29 AM meanmetalmario
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* Creator/PattonOswalt does a bit about Germans being completely humourless and serious all the time in his special "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time". His theory is that Germans purposely try to quash all attempts at humour as soon as possible before someone starts making snarky comments about the Holocaust.

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* Creator/PattonOswalt does a bit about Germans being completely humourless and serious all the time in his special "Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time". His theory is that Germans purposely try to quash all attempts at humour as soon as possible because they think if ''anyone'' is allowed to joke about ''anything'', it's only a matter of time before someone some snarky tourist starts making snarky comments about the Holocaust.AllGermansAreNazis jokes.
12th Jan '17 12:11:47 AM ILikeRobots
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** This trope is also played straight with the [[GrumpyBear grumpy]], [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold unfriendly]] and somewhat [[TheCynic pessimistic]] [[TheGunslinger Switzerland]], but averted with the very [[NiceGirl sweet and cheerful]] [[ProperLady Liechtenstein]].
4th Dec '16 10:03:55 AM LinguaViva
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* Averted by Dieter in the Irish sitcom Series/{{Killinaskully}}, who almost never loses his sunny disposition despite the often downright outlandish behaviour of the EccentricTownsfolk.
8th Nov '16 4:05:14 PM NotoriouslySarcastic
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* ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'': In Episode 6 of Season 6 Sophie is trying to get her baby Barbra to laugh, without success. When she enters the diner she delivers this line:
--->'''Sophie:''' Hey everybody! We're here! Yeah, me and the Ice Queen. You know, if she doesn't laugh soon, people will think she's German.
18th Oct '16 5:54:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* In a slight variation, Israeli wooden furniture company [[http://www.etzmaleh.co.il/content.php?id=19 Etzmaleh]] (lit. �full wood�, but [[{{Pun}} written in a way that uses the �-''le''� part as a diminutive suffix]]) [[TakeThat poked fun]] at [=IKEA=] ran a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFpn7tK57K4 series]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZYiCvHFapc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHKN1--PQsw commercials]] showing Swedish children reading, knitting, and playing music quietly, followed by Israeli children jumping and playing, with the line, �Swedish kids should be supplied with Swedish furniture. Israeli kids need strong furniture from [[TitleDrop Etzmaleh]][=/=][[{{Pun}} made of full wood]].�

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* In a slight variation, Israeli wooden furniture company [[http://www.etzmaleh.co.il/content.php?id=19 Etzmaleh]] (lit. �full wood�, 'full wood', but [[{{Pun}} written in a way that uses the �-''le''� 'le' part as a diminutive suffix]]) [[TakeThat poked fun]] at [=IKEA=] ran a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFpn7tK57K4 series]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZYiCvHFapc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHKN1--PQsw commercials]] showing Swedish children reading, knitting, and playing music quietly, followed by Israeli children jumping and playing, with the line, �Swedish 'Swedish kids should be supplied with Swedish furniture. Israeli kids need strong furniture from [[TitleDrop Etzmaleh]][=/=][[{{Pun}} made of full wood]].
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18th Oct '16 5:52:41 AM Morgenthaler
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Germans in fiction are often stereotyped in one of two ways: as [[AllGermansAreNazis Nazis]], or as being dour, serious and frustrated to the point of ridicule. ([[BeingEvilSucks Or both]].) This is a mild TruthInTelevision: While Germans do, indeed, have [[GermanHumour a sense of humour]], they also strictly divide work time and leisure time (see {{Oktoberfest}}). And since chances are you'll encounter German people in business situations, this means they will be perceived by others as downright serious during the former. This has also contributed to the additional stereotype of Germans being portrayed as [[GermanicEfficiency ruthlessly efficient]]. May be known as German ''Gründlichkeit'' in other nations.

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Germans in fiction are often stereotyped in one of two ways: as [[AllGermansAreNazis Nazis]], or as being dour, serious and frustrated to the point of ridicule. ([[BeingEvilSucks Or both]].) This is a mild TruthInTelevision: While Germans do, indeed, have [[GermanHumour a sense of humour]], they also strictly divide work time and leisure time (see {{Oktoberfest}}). And since chances are you'll encounter German people in business situations, this means they will be perceived by others as downright serious during the former. This has also contributed to the additional stereotype of Germans being portrayed as [[GermanicEfficiency ruthlessly efficient]]. May be known as German ''Gründlichkeit'' in other nations.



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* In a slight variation, Israeli wooden furniture company [[http://www.etzmaleh.co.il/content.php?id=19 Etzmaleh]] (lit. ‘full wood’, but [[{{Pun}} written in a way that uses the ‘-''le''’ part as a diminutive suffix]]) [[TakeThat poked fun]] at [=IKEA=] ran a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFpn7tK57K4 series]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZYiCvHFapc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHKN1--PQsw commercials]] showing Swedish children reading, knitting, and playing music quietly, followed by Israeli children jumping and playing, with the line, ‘Swedish kids should be supplied with Swedish furniture. Israeli kids need strong furniture from [[TitleDrop Etzmaleh]][=/=][[{{Pun}} made of full wood]].’

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* In a slight variation, Israeli wooden furniture company [[http://www.etzmaleh.co.il/content.php?id=19 Etzmaleh]] (lit. ‘full wood’, �full wood�, but [[{{Pun}} written in a way that uses the ‘-''le''’ �-''le''� part as a diminutive suffix]]) [[TakeThat poked fun]] at [=IKEA=] ran a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFpn7tK57K4 series]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZYiCvHFapc of]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHKN1--PQsw commercials]] showing Swedish children reading, knitting, and playing music quietly, followed by Israeli children jumping and playing, with the line, ‘Swedish �Swedish kids should be supplied with Swedish furniture. Israeli kids need strong furniture from [[TitleDrop Etzmaleh]][=/=][[{{Pun}} made of full wood]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', the German Cyborg Albert Heinrich/004 is given one of the most tragic backstories as an EastGermany escapé who loses his fiancée and has his body half-torn in their escape, is reconstructed as a ''heavily'' armored Cyborg by Black Ghost, and then is put into a coma for many years. Though he (thankfully) doesn't reach {{wangst}} levels, he often remarks on how everything has changed for him and shows deep worry [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul about how much of a human he truly is]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman due to all his implants]].

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* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', the German Cyborg Albert Heinrich/004 is given one of the most tragic backstories as an EastGermany escapé who loses his fiancée and has his body half-torn in their escape, is reconstructed as a ''heavily'' armored Cyborg by Black Ghost, and then is put into a coma for many years. Though he (thankfully) doesn't reach {{wangst}} levels, he often remarks on how everything has changed for him and shows deep worry [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul about how much of a human he truly is]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman due to all his implants]].



* In ''[[Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma Emma]]'', the Mölders family and many of their staff are from Germany, but with the sole exception of dour, silent footman Hans, they completely avert this trope.

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** [[http://www.colbertnation.com/video/tags/Hans%20Beinholtz Ich bin jetzt sicher daß Herr Beinholtz eine zeitweilige aber regelmäßige Rolle geworden ist]].

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* Mike Myers' Dieter character from the recurring ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit "Sprockets" certainly had a grim façade, although he also seemed to take pleasure in his weirdness.

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* Mike Myers' Dieter character from the recurring ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit "Sprockets" certainly had a grim façade, although he also seemed to take pleasure in his weirdness.



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11th Oct '16 2:27:51 PM MoonByte
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* While most german comedy shows actually run on RuleOfFunny and Slapstick, almost all of them have a few sketches that work entirely on TheComicallySerious or TheEeyore. One example would be the sketch series [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUHxJDbnMgk "Schlechte Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten"]] [[note]]"Bad times, bad times"[[/note]] (a satire on the german soap series "Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten" [[note]]"Good times, bad times"[[/note]]) which was about a a shared flat of suicidal people doing mundane tasks, usually with one person already dead at the beginning and at least one more commiting suicide during the sketch.

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* While most german comedy shows actually run on RuleOfFunny and Slapstick, almost all of them have a few sketches that work entirely on TheComicallySerious or TheEeyore. One example would be the sketch series [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUHxJDbnMgk "Schlechte Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten"]] [[note]]"Bad times, bad times"[[/note]] (a satire parody on the german soap series "Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten" [[note]]"Good times, bad times"[[/note]]) which was about a a shared flat of suicidal people doing mundane tasks, usually with one person already dead at the beginning and at least one more commiting suicide during the sketch.
11th Oct '16 2:27:11 PM MoonByte
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* While most comedy shows actually run on RuleOfFunny, almost all of them have sketches that work entirely on TheComicallySerious or TheEeyore. One example would be the sketch series [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUHxJDbnMgk "Schlechte Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten"]] [[note]]"Bad times, bad times"[[/note]] (a satire on the german soap series "Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten" [[note]]"Good times, bad times"[[/note]]) which was about a a shared flat of suicidal people doing mundane tasks, usually with one person already dead at the beginning and at least one more commiting suicide during the sketch.

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* While most german comedy shows actually run on RuleOfFunny, RuleOfFunny and Slapstick, almost all of them have a few sketches that work entirely on TheComicallySerious or TheEeyore. One example would be the sketch series [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUHxJDbnMgk "Schlechte Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten"]] [[note]]"Bad times, bad times"[[/note]] (a satire on the german soap series "Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten" [[note]]"Good times, bad times"[[/note]]) which was about a a shared flat of suicidal people doing mundane tasks, usually with one person already dead at the beginning and at least one more commiting suicide during the sketch.
11th Oct '16 2:22:17 PM MoonByte
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* While most comedy shows actually run on RuleOfFunny, almost all of them have sketches that work entirely on TheComicallySerious or TheEeyore. One example would be the sketch series [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUHxJDbnMgk "Schlechte Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten"]] [[note]]"Bad times, bad times"[[/note]] (a satire on the german soap series "Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten" [[note]]"Good times, bad times"[[/note]]) which was about a a shared flat of suicidal people doing mundane tasks, usually with one person already dead at the beginning and at least one more commiting suicide during the sketch.
11th Oct '16 2:09:41 PM MoonByte
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* German satirist Volker Pispers ''thrives'' on this. His shows start out like stand-up comedy with him making jokes about teachers, politicians or similar with a childish smile and once the audience laughs, he will instantly frown and berate them for laughing, going at lengths to explain why the situation for the regarding person/issue is dire and how dramatically bad everything is. In fact, the more funny he starts out, the more depressing his rant will become and all jokes that might happen during his rant will be salty BlackComedy.
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