History UsefulNotes / BenitoMussolini

18th Apr '16 6:21:30 AM Nohbody
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Today, he is most famous for being the [[OlderThanTheyThink first fascist ruler of any country]], and for his colonial war against Ethiopia in 1935 (called Abyssinia at the time) which proved the ridiculous incompetence of the [[DoomedMoralVictor League of Nations]]. He was a close ally of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and fought on UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's side during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]], although the Italian Army were [[StopHelpingMe more of a hindrance to the Nazis than a help]]. To be fair, when Hitler wanted Italy to enter the war, Mussolini said what amounted to "[[UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway can it wait until I've industrialized my country in five years?]]" (this may have been a random number chosen to delay Italian entry ''indefinitely''... until Germany [[CurbStompBattle annexed half the continent with ease]], at least).

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Today, he is most famous for being the [[OlderThanTheyThink first fascist ruler of any country]], and for his colonial war against Ethiopia in 1935 (called Abyssinia at the time) which proved the ridiculous incompetence of the [[DoomedMoralVictor League of Nations]]. He was a close ally of UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and fought on UsefulNotes/NaziGermany's side during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the war]], although the Italian Army were [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance more of a hindrance to the Nazis than a help]]. To be fair, when Hitler wanted Italy to enter the war, Mussolini said what amounted to "[[UnfinishedUntestedUsedAnyway can it wait until I've industrialized my country in five years?]]" (this may have been a random number chosen to delay Italian entry ''indefinitely''... until Germany [[CurbStompBattle annexed half the continent with ease]], at least).
18th Mar '16 9:56:30 AM penguinist
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* Homer from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' non-deliberately mimics Mussolini's way of gesturing during speeches (fittingly held from a balcony during their holiday stay in Italy) during the episode ''Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E8TheItalianBob''. He actually wanted to mimic Creator/DonaldTrump, but it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]].

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* Homer from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' non-deliberately mimics Mussolini's way of gesturing during speeches (fittingly held from a balcony during their holiday stay in Italy) during the episode ''Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E8TheItalianBob''. He actually wanted to mimic Creator/DonaldTrump, but it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]]. By 2016, however, this seems [[FunnyAneurysmMoment oddly prescient]].
31st Dec '15 6:34:24 PM Anddrix
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* In the pilot episode of Marvel's ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Agent Coulson refers to SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} as "the Asgardian Mussolini."

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* In the pilot episode of Marvel's ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Agent Coulson refers to SelfDemonstrating/{{Loki}} Loki as "the Asgardian Mussolini."
17th Nov '15 6:31:21 PM PaulA
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* He is the narrator of a chapter in ''Captain Corelli's Mandolin''. The entire chapter is a furious megalomaniac rant by Mussolini, where he raves about [[TheSocialDarwinist the "survival of the fittest"]], praises the discipline and martial virtues of the Roman Empire, and how he wants the Italian people to have "ice in their soul". It ends with Mussolini being disturbed by his cat, and promptly [[KickTheDog kicking the cat to death.]]

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* He is the narrator of a chapter in ''Captain Corelli's Mandolin''.''Literature/CaptainCorellisMandolin''. The entire chapter is a furious megalomaniac rant by Mussolini, where he raves about [[TheSocialDarwinist the "survival of the fittest"]], praises the discipline and martial virtues of the Roman Empire, and how he wants the Italian people to have "ice in their soul". It ends with Mussolini being disturbed by his cat, and promptly [[KickTheDog kicking the cat to death.]] death]].
23rd Sep '15 12:46:05 PM Michael
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Lovejoy}}'' the latest GrailInTheGarbage turns out to be a stone nose broken off a statue of Mussolini in wartime Italy.
13th Jun '15 5:12:47 PM AllenbysEyes
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* Rod Steiger played Mussolini again in the Italian film ''The Last Days of Mussolini''.
21st May '15 9:06:03 PM Angeldeb82
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Soon after the British and Americans began their invasion of Italy, Mussolini was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness deposed]] by King Victor Emmanuel III following a de facto vote of no confidence in the Grand Council of Fascism on 25 July 1943. In September [[HeelFaceTurn the Italians joined the Allies and declared war on Germany]]. The Germans responded by invading Italy and forcing Mussolini, by now wanting to retire, to form a Nazi state called the Italian Social Republic. He was caught while fleeing to Switzerland and executed by the [[LaResistance Italian resistance]] in 1945. They shot him in the gut first, [[NoKillLikeOverkill dragged him into the nearby city of Milan and then hung him upside-down at a gas station while crowds of angry Italians spat and threw things (trash, bricks, other unpleasant things) at his body]].

Mussolini does not come up in history quite as often as Hitler does, despite [[FollowTheLeader being a significant influence on the development of Nazism.]] Basically, he was the [[LesserStar Garfunkel]] to Hitler's [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Simon]].

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Soon after the British and Americans began their invasion of Italy, Mussolini was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness deposed]] by King Victor Emmanuel III following a de facto vote of no confidence in the Grand Council of Fascism on 25 July 1943. In September [[HeelFaceTurn the Italians joined the Allies and declared war on Germany]]. The Germans responded by invading Italy and forcing Mussolini, by now wanting to retire, to form a Nazi state called the Italian Social Republic. He was caught while fleeing to Switzerland and executed by the [[LaResistance Italian resistance]] in 1945. They shot him in the gut first, [[NoKillLikeOverkill [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill dragged him into the nearby city of Milan and then hung him upside-down at a gas station while crowds of angry Italians spat and threw things (trash, bricks, other unpleasant things) at his body]].

Mussolini does not come up in history quite as often as Hitler does, despite [[FollowTheLeader being a significant influence on the development of Nazism.]] Nazism]]. Basically, he was the [[LesserStar Garfunkel]] to Hitler's [[Music/SimonAndGarfunkel Simon]].Music/{{Simon|AndGarfunkel}}.



* Mussolini plays an important part in Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante]]-based ScienceFiction novel, ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', where he [[spoiler:guides the novel's protagonist [[ToHellAndBack Through Hell And (Not-Quite) Back]]]].

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* Mussolini plays an important part in Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle's [[Literature/TheDivineComedy Dante]]-based ScienceFiction novel, ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'', where he [[spoiler:guides the novel's protagonist [[ToHellAndBack Through Hell And and (Not-Quite) Back]]]].



* Homer from WesternAnimation/{{the Simpsons}} non-deliberately mimics Mussolini's way of gesturing during speeches (fittingly held from a balcony during their holiday stay in Italy) during the episode ''Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E8TheItalianBob''. He actually wanted to mimic Creator/DonaldTrump, but it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]].

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* Homer from WesternAnimation/{{the Simpsons}} ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' non-deliberately mimics Mussolini's way of gesturing during speeches (fittingly held from a balcony during their holiday stay in Italy) during the episode ''Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E8TheItalianBob''. He actually wanted to mimic Creator/DonaldTrump, but it [[GoneHorriblyWrong went horribly wrong]].



* Mussolini was brought to the present in a time machine to fight against Creator/RobertoBenigni in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''. In this episode Mussolini also inexplicably wears a ''pickelhaube'' helmet, which is a German military helmet from WorldWarOne!

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* Mussolini was brought to the present in a time machine to fight against Creator/RobertoBenigni in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch''. In this episode Mussolini also inexplicably wears a ''pickelhaube'' helmet, which is a German military helmet from WorldWarOne!UsefulNotes/WorldWarI!
14th May '15 5:56:30 PM FordPrefect
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* Mussolini appears in LemonDemon's "Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny" as part of the BadassCrew that takes down Creator/ChuckNorris.

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* Mussolini appears in LemonDemon's "Music/UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny" as part of the BadassCrew that takes down MemeticBadass Creator/ChuckNorris.



* He appears in ''Music/TheUltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny'', and is part of the BadassCrew that takes down [[spoiler: [[MemeticBadass Chuck]] [[ChuckNorris Norris]] ]].
14th May '15 5:54:45 PM FordPrefect
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!!Works In Which Benito Mussolini Appears Or Is Cited Include:

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!!Works In Which in which Benito Mussolini Appears Or Is Cited Include:
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14th May '15 5:54:07 PM FordPrefect
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Soon after the British and Americans began their invasion of Italy, Mussolini was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness deposed]] by King Victor Emmanuel III following a de facto vote of no confidence in the Grand Council of Fascism on 25 July 1943. In September [[HeelFaceTurn the Italians joined the Allies and declared war on Germany]]. The Germans responded by invading Italy and forcing Mussolini, by now wanting to retire, to form a Nazi state called the Italian Social Republic. He was caught while fleeing to Switzerland and executed by the [[LaResistance Italian resistance]] in 1945. They shot him in the gut first, [[NoKillLikeOverkill dragged him into the nearby city of Milan and then hung upside-down at a gas station while crowds of angry Italians spat and threw things (trash, bricks, other unpleasant things) at his body]].

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Soon after the British and Americans began their invasion of Italy, Mussolini was [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness deposed]] by King Victor Emmanuel III following a de facto vote of no confidence in the Grand Council of Fascism on 25 July 1943. In September [[HeelFaceTurn the Italians joined the Allies and declared war on Germany]]. The Germans responded by invading Italy and forcing Mussolini, by now wanting to retire, to form a Nazi state called the Italian Social Republic. He was caught while fleeing to Switzerland and executed by the [[LaResistance Italian resistance]] in 1945. They shot him in the gut first, [[NoKillLikeOverkill dragged him into the nearby city of Milan and then hung him upside-down at a gas station while crowds of angry Italians spat and threw things (trash, bricks, other unpleasant things) at his body]].
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