History Main / GermanicEfficiency

11th Feb '16 10:01:55 AM Prfnoff
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** BASF (Baden Aniline and Soda Factory), the biggest chemical company in the world. And owners of the biggest single industrial complex of the world. Said industrial complex is a chemical factory, and as almost every chemical factory they burn their unusable gasses every once in a while. The resulting flame can be seen from space, a distinction shared with maybe a handful of other man-made phenomena.
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** BASF (Baden Aniline and Soda Factory), the biggest chemical company in the world. And owners of the biggest single industrial complex of the world. Said industrial complex (in Ludwigshafen am Rhein) is a chemical factory, and as almost every chemical factory they burn their unusable gasses every once in a while. The resulting flame can be seen from space, a distinction shared with maybe a handful of other man-made phenomena.
6th Feb '16 9:30:06 PM BatmanKalEl
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* [[ThoseWackyNazis Rudol von Stroheim]], a supporting character in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency]], provides the page quote. 30 days after being blown to smithereens with a grenade defending Joseph Joestar from [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient Aztec vampire]], he is not only back in action, a feat he attributes to German medical science, but his body has been augmented with fantastic cybernetics far outclassing the capabilities of the vampires. Not only that, in the same span of time, the German military developed weaponry specifically to defeat the race of vampires which now threatened the world, including [[StupidJetpackHitler ultraviolet light cannons, telescopic machine guns, and flawless prosthetics.]]

* [[ThoseWackyNazis Rudol von Stroheim]], a supporting character in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency]], provides the page quote. 30 days after being blown to smithereens with a grenade defending Joseph Joestar from [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient Aztec vampire]], he is not only back in action, a feat he attributes to German medical science, but his body has been augmented with fantastic cybernetics far outclassing the capabilities of the vampires. Not only that, in the same span of time, the German military developed weaponry specifically to defeat the race of vampires which now threatened the world, including [[StupidJetpackHitler ultraviolet light cannons, telescopic machine guns, and flawless prosthetics.]]
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[[folder: ComicBooks]] * In a ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' arc, Hauptmann Deutschland manages to capture the ComicBook/RedSkull and his Skeleton Crew to place them on trial for War Crimes in Germany. As the Skull is led into the courtroom bound to a chair, the Hauptmann casually mentions that said chair also doubles as an electric chair and will be activated as soon as the court finds him guilty, addin "We Germans take pride in our efficiency". (Ironically -- or irritatingly, depending on one's point of view -- the entire ''operation'' is suspect from start to finish by German standards. Not only does Germany ''not'' make a habit of kidnapping suspected criminals off foreign soil for purposes of forcing them to stand trial in Germany, [[CriticalResearchFailure it has abolished the death penalty in 1949 in its constitution (article 102 of the Grundgesetz)]] -- [[ThoseWackyNazis Rudol von Stroheim]], a supporting character in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency]], provides the page quote. 30 days after being blown last regime that did]] managed to smithereens with a grenade defending Joseph Joestar from [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient Aztec vampire]], he is not only back in action, a feat he attributes to German medical science, but his body has been augmented with fantastic cybernetics far outclassing thoroughly discredit the capabilities of the vampires. Not only that, in the same span of time, the German military developed weaponry specifically to defeat the race of vampires which now threatened the world, including [[StupidJetpackHitler ultraviolet light cannons, telescopic machine guns, and flawless prosthetics.]]concept.)

[[folder: ComicBooks]] * In a ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' arc, Hauptmann Deutschland manages to capture the ComicBook/RedSkull and his Skeleton Crew to place them on trial for War Crimes in Germany. As the Skull is led into the courtroom bound to a chair, the Hauptmann casually mentions that said chair also doubles as an electric chair and will be activated as soon as the court finds him guilty, addin "We Germans take pride in our efficiency". (Ironically -- or irritatingly, depending on one's point of view -- the entire ''operation'' is suspect from start to finish by German standards. Not only does Germany ''not'' make a habit of kidnapping suspected criminals off foreign soil for purposes of forcing them to stand trial in Germany, [[CriticalResearchFailure it has abolished the death penalty in 1949 in its constitution (article 102 of the Grundgesetz)]] -- [[ThoseWackyNazis the last regime that did]] managed to thoroughly discredit the concept.) [[/folder]]
6th Feb '16 9:29:12 PM BatmanKalEl
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[[folder: ComicBooks]] * In a ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' arc, Hauptmann Deutschland manages to capture the ComicBook/RedSkull and his Skeleton Crew to place them on trial for War Crimes in Germany. As the Skull is led into the courtroom bound to a chair, the Hauptmann casually mentions that said chair also doubles as an electric chair and will be activated as soon as the court finds him guilty, addin "We Germans take pride in our efficiency". (Ironically -- or irritatingly, depending on one's point of view -- the entire ''operation'' is suspect from start to finish by German standards. Not only does Germany ''not'' make a habit of kidnapping suspected criminals off foreign soil for purposes of forcing them to stand trial in Germany, [[CriticalResearchFailure it has abolished the death penalty in 1949 in its constitution (article 102 of the Grundgesetz)]] -- [[ThoseWackyNazis the last regime that did]] managed to thoroughly discredit the concept.)

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\n[[folder: ComicBooks]] * In a ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' arc, Hauptmann Deutschland manages to capture the ComicBook/RedSkull and his Skeleton Crew to place them on trial for War Crimes in Germany. As the Skull is led into the courtroom bound to a chair, the Hauptmann casually mentions that said chair also doubles as an electric chair and will be activated as soon as the court finds him guilty, addin "We Germans take pride in our efficiency". (Ironically -- or irritatingly, depending on one's point of view -- the entire ''operation'' is suspect from start to finish by German standards. Not only does Germany ''not'' make a habit of kidnapping suspected criminals off foreign soil for purposes of forcing them to stand trial in Germany, [[CriticalResearchFailure it has abolished the death penalty in 1949 in its constitution (article 102 of the Grundgesetz)]] -- [[ThoseWackyNazis the last regime that did]] managed to thoroughly discredit the concept.)) [[/folder]]
29th Jan '16 5:32:23 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the WWII novels by SvenHassel, where the the battle scenes portray the Germans as very efficient troops, but presents various officers as incompetent and the stubbornness to fight on as inefficient. Though there are several officers that are presented as competent and efficient, ranging from Lieutenant to even several Generals, they normally are the {{Butt Monkey}}s.
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* Subverted in the WWII novels by SvenHassel, Creator/SvenHassel, where the the battle scenes portray the Germans as very efficient troops, but presents various officers as incompetent and the stubbornness to fight on as inefficient. Though there are several officers that are presented as competent and efficient, ranging from Lieutenant to even several Generals, they normally are the {{Butt Monkey}}s.
27th Jan '16 4:42:10 AM Morgenthaler
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You won't find any German {{mooks}} outside of WorldWarII. If there are any Germans in the BigBad's employment, only the position of TheDragon or head scientist will be good enough for them. And if a work of fiction has a famous and important foreign scientist, expect him to be German as well, though this has become less frequent in newer works. Interestingly, before the 1850s Germans were portrayed as being too lazy, stuffed with sausages, and sloshed with beer to be anything but utterly incompetent at everything. For the better part of six centuries the HolyRomanEmpire had been the sick man of Europe. Of course in the mid-late 19th century the AustroPrussianWar, FrancoPrussianWar, and Germany's ascension as a major industrial power thanks to (state-sponsored education and state-owned corporations) changed all that. The trope maker was probably the Kingdom of {{Prussia}}. After the destruction of the HolyRomanEmpire in the Napoleonic Wars Prussia, under OttoVonBismarck (a Real Life MagnificentBastard who coined the cynical term ''[[RealPolitik Realpolitik]]'') reunified all the Germanic states bar Austria under the Prussian banner. In doing so they made the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_virtues Prussian virtues]] of self-discipline the 'hat' of the new German state. Since the dominance of Prussia over the other German states, the older trope of Germanic Inefficiency has shifted over to Austrians and (to a lesser extent) the Dutch, partly because of the influence of [[FreestateAmsterdam Vrijstaat Amsterdam]]. However, Germany, appreciating both the culture of Bavarian and Prussia, is not a robotic sour "kraut" but closer to a WorkHardPlayHard attitude.
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You won't find any German {{mooks}} outside of WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. If there are any Germans in the BigBad's employment, only the position of TheDragon or head scientist will be good enough for them. And if a work of fiction has a famous and important foreign scientist, expect him to be German as well, though this has become less frequent in newer works. Interestingly, before the 1850s Germans were portrayed as being too lazy, stuffed with sausages, and sloshed with beer to be anything but utterly incompetent at everything. For the better part of six centuries the HolyRomanEmpire UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire had been the sick man of Europe. Of course in the mid-late 19th century the AustroPrussianWar, FrancoPrussianWar, UsefulNotes/AustroPrussianWar, UsefulNotes/FrancoPrussianWar, and Germany's ascension as a major industrial power thanks to (state-sponsored education and state-owned corporations) changed all that. The trope maker was probably the Kingdom of {{Prussia}}. UsefulNotes/{{Prussia}}. After the destruction of the HolyRomanEmpire in the Napoleonic Wars Prussia, under OttoVonBismarck UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck (a Real Life MagnificentBastard who coined the cynical term ''[[RealPolitik Realpolitik]]'') ''{{Realpolitik}}'') reunified all the Germanic states bar Austria under the Prussian banner. In doing so they made the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prussian_virtues Prussian virtues]] of self-discipline the 'hat' of the new German state. Since the dominance of Prussia over the other German states, the older trope of Germanic Inefficiency has shifted over to Austrians and (to a lesser extent) the Dutch, partly because of the influence of [[FreestateAmsterdam Vrijstaat Amsterdam]]. However, Germany, appreciating both the culture of Bavarian and Prussia, is not a robotic sour "kraut" but closer to a WorkHardPlayHard attitude.
24th Jan '16 1:35:14 PM Shishkahuben
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* [[ThoseWackyNazis Rudol von Stroheim]], a supporting character in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure]], provides the page quote. 30 days after being blown to smithereens with a grenade defending Joseph Joestar from [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient Aztec vampire]], he is not only back in action, a feat he attributes to German medical science, but his body has been augmented with fantastic cybernetics far outclassing the capabilities of the vampires. Not only that, in the same span of time, the German military developed weaponry specifically to defeat the race of vampires which now threatened the world, including [[StupidJetpackHitler ultraviolet light cannons, telescopic machine guns, and flawless prosthetics.]]
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* [[ThoseWackyNazis Rudol von Stroheim]], a supporting character in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure]], [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency]], provides the page quote. 30 days after being blown to smithereens with a grenade defending Joseph Joestar from [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient Aztec vampire]], he is not only back in action, a feat he attributes to German medical science, but his body has been augmented with fantastic cybernetics far outclassing the capabilities of the vampires. Not only that, in the same span of time, the German military developed weaponry specifically to defeat the race of vampires which now threatened the world, including [[StupidJetpackHitler ultraviolet light cannons, telescopic machine guns, and flawless prosthetics.]]
24th Jan '16 1:34:37 PM Shishkahuben
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* [[ThoseWackyNazis Rudol von Stroheim]], a supporting character in [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure]], provides the page quote. 30 days after being blown to smithereens with a grenade defending Joseph Joestar from [[ItMakesSenseInContext an ancient Aztec vampire]], he is not only back in action, a feat he attributes to German medical science, but his body has been augmented with fantastic cybernetics far outclassing the capabilities of the vampires. Not only that, in the same span of time, the German military developed weaponry specifically to defeat the race of vampires which now threatened the world, including [[StupidJetpackHitler ultraviolet light cannons, telescopic machine guns, and flawless prosthetics.]]
10th Jan '16 9:36:38 PM phoenix
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* The German [[TheBeautifulGame football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (the Depression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup, while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA {{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).
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* The German [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football team]]. They've only missed qualifying for UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup twice, and that was because they couldn't enter (the Depression meant they couldn't afford to send a team to the 1930 World Cup, while the lack of a national federation and ongoing partition meant they weren't eligible for the 1950 World Cup). Of the eighteen times they have qualified, they've reached the last eight or better seventeen times[[note]] The lone exception came in 1938, when Switzerland eliminated them in the first round of a straight knockout tournament.[[/note]], the last four or better thirteen times, and the final eight times, all tournament records. Their four titles are second only to Brazil's five (while tying [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter the only team the Germans regularly lose to]], Italy). They've also qualified for ten UEFA {{European Championship}}s (every one since 1972), reaching the semi-finals eight times and the final six times, winning three of them - again, all tournament records (the last shared with Spain).
22nd Dec '15 8:58:18 AM Prfnoff
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* ''MutantChronicles'': The Bauhaus corporation has a strong germanic overtone, (in fact, it is heavily implied to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_(company) the contemporary retail chain Bauhaus]]) and is obsessed with producing the best of everything. This is to the extent that they prefer to not field a major portion of their army to equipping soldiers with worse than top-of-the-line weapons. * The Empire in ''{{Warhammer}}''. Naturally. * In ''{{Rifts}}'', MegaCorp Triax Industries is the most advanced[[note]]human[[/note]] military manufacturer on Rifts Earth. Appropriately enough, they're located in, and largely responsible for the creation of, the New German Republic.
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* ''MutantChronicles'': ''TabletopGame/MutantChronicles'': The Bauhaus corporation has a strong germanic overtone, (in fact, it is heavily implied to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_(company) the contemporary retail chain Bauhaus]]) and is obsessed with producing the best of everything. This is to the extent that they prefer to not field a major portion of their army to equipping soldiers with worse than top-of-the-line weapons. * The Empire in ''{{Warhammer}}''.''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}''. Naturally. * In ''{{Rifts}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', MegaCorp Triax Industries is the most advanced[[note]]human[[/note]] military manufacturer on Rifts Earth. Appropriately enough, they're located in, and largely responsible for the creation of, the New German Republic.

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[[folder:Theatre]] * ''MutantChronicles'': The Bauhaus corporation has a strong germanic overtone, (in fact, it is heavily implied to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bauhaus_(company) ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'': -->'''Franz''': Well, that's one thing people are saying--if the contemporary retail chain Bauhaus]]) and is obsessed with producing the best of everything. This is to the extent that they prefer to not field a major portion of their army to equipping soldiers with worse than top-of-the-line weapons. * The Empire in ''{{Warhammer}}''. Naturally. * In ''{{Rifts}}'', MegaCorp Triax Industries is the most advanced[[note]]human[[/note]] military manufacturer on Rifts Earth. Appropriately enough, they're located in, and largely responsible for the creation of, the New German Republic.Germans did take over Austria, we'd have efficiency. [[/folder]]
21st Dec '15 7:15:46 AM MAI742
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Interestingly, before the Prussian ascension, Germans were portrayed as being too lazy, stuffed with sausages, and sloshed with beer to be efficient at anything. For the better part of six centuries the HolyRomanEmpire had been the sick man of Europe. Of course in the mid-late 19th century the AustroPrussianWar, FrancoPrussianWar, and Germany's ascension as a major industrial power thanks to (state-sponsored education and state-owned corporations) changed all that.
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Interestingly, before the Prussian ascension, 1850s Germans were portrayed as being too lazy, stuffed with sausages, and sloshed with beer to be efficient anything but utterly incompetent at anything.everything. For the better part of six centuries the HolyRomanEmpire had been the sick man of Europe. Of course in the mid-late 19th century the AustroPrussianWar, FrancoPrussianWar, and Germany's ascension as a major industrial power thanks to (state-sponsored education and state-owned corporations) changed all that.
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