Created By: Iverum on October 29, 2009
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You Cloned Hitler?!

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I'm not cloning Hitler! Get out of here!
-- Rusty Venture, "The Venture Brothers"

Nazis have an obsession with their leader Adolf Hitler and now that he's gone they just can't seem to do anything without him. The solution? Simple! Clone him!

One of the most recurring plot elements when Nazis are involved. Neo-Nazis out to rebuild the Aryan Nation need their leader to tell them what to do, or maybe Hitler's underlings in the Thule Society believe that they can call the mustachioed villain from the Great Beyond but they need a body to hold his spirit. Lo and behold they just happen to have some of his DNA lingering in some forgotten drawer and they're off to clone Hitler.

Related to Stupid Zombie Hitler and Toothbrush Moustache Of The Apocalypse. Hitler as a Brain in a Jar is a common subtrope, as is Stupid Jetpack Hitler. See also Archived Army.

Examples

Anime & Manga
  • One of these shows up in the Spriggan manga. He was very unhappy.
  • In the dub of Shin-chan there is a character named... you guessed it, Dr. Hitler Clone.

Comics
  • Superman: At Earth's End has Superman fighting two clones of Hitler that are declared by him to be the root of all Earth's misfortune.
  • The Marvel Universe villain Hatemonger is a Hitler clone. At least one of them.

Literature
  • This is the whole point of the novel The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin, which was made into a rather good movie starring Gregory Peck (as Josef Mengele of all people) and Laurence Olivier.
  • In The Goodness Gene, the protagonist discovers that he's a Hitler clone.

Tabletop Games

Video Games
  • The original Japanese version of Bionic Commando had cloned Hitler as the final boss.

Western Animation
  • In the first episode of season four of The Venture Bros. a group of Nazis commissions Rusty to clone Hitler from a dog.

Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • October 27, 2009
    Giant Space Chinchilla
    IIRC this is implied to have happened on Justice League
  • October 27, 2009
    Martin The Mess
    This is the whole point of the novel The Boys From Brazil by Ira Levin, which was made into a rather good movie starring Gregory Peck (as Josef Mengele of all people) and Laurence Olivier.
  • October 27, 2009
    Arilou
    The Marvel Universe villain Hatemonger is a Hitler clone. At least one of them.
  • October 27, 2009
    Arivne
    This very Wiki has a few examples, accessible through Google Site Search for "Hitler" and "Clone". I stopped after page 6.

    Hitlers Time Travel Exemption Act

    Cloning Blues

    Bionic Commando
    • In the original Japanese version, the Final Boss was a cloned Hitler.
  • October 27, 2009
    Tzintzuntzan
    Having Hitler as a Brain In A Jar is a common subtrope.
  • October 27, 2009
    DracMonster
    Stupid Jesus Hitler -- expand to when he's resurrected as well.
  • October 27, 2009
    Iverum
    ^ I have it down as Stupid Zombie Hitler, but once that trope is launched I'll change it to whatever the name of it is. It should probably be launched soon, right?
  • October 27, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    "Oh sure, everybody wants to clone Hitler's brain. But if you put it in the body of a great white shark, ooooo, then you've gone to far." Professor Farnsworth, Futurama
  • October 27, 2009
    bluepenguin
    Is this just when Nazis clone Hitler for nefarious (i.e. taking over the world) purposes, or is it any cloning of Hitler at all?
  • October 27, 2009
    Primo Victoria
    I think that Linkara's comments about making twin clones of Hitle shoud be page quote.
  • October 27, 2009
    DracMonster
    Er, you can change it right now if you want. When you edit, you can change the title.
  • October 27, 2009
    random surfer
    ^^There's a guideline (which I can't find ATM) to the effect of, don't change the YKTTW name until launch because people might look for it under name A and if you change it to name B they won't be able to find it.
  • October 27, 2009
    Iverum
    What are Linkara's comments? I don't think I've ever seen them. ^I know which one you're talking about. Should I change the current red link to Hitler Was Cthulhu instead of Stupid Zombie Hitler?
  • October 27, 2009
    SKJAM
    One of these popped up in the Spriggan manga. He was very unhappy.
  • October 27, 2009
    Magus
    See also Archived Army.
  • October 28, 2009
    Bisected8
    @ UT 65.51.58.1: IIRC the quote's actually "Oh sure, everybody wants to save Hitler's brain." not clone.
  • October 28, 2009
    castaghast
    In the dub of Shin Chan, there's a character named...you guessed it, Dr. HitlerClone.
  • October 28, 2009
    random surfer
    @Primo/Iverum
    "It's Superman fighting twin clones of Hitler! HOW DO YOU SCREW THAT UP?!"
    -- Linkara on Superman: At Earth's End

    ...but that's already the page quote for They Wasted A Perfectly Good Plot (in fact, that's where I found it while searchengining for it)
  • October 29, 2009
    Idler 2.0
    Linkara also went on a rant about the sheer stupidity of cloning Hitler during that review, but I can't remember what he said properly.
  • October 29, 2009
    Medinoc
    So, this is related to the currently YKTTW Hitler Was Cthulhu and the existing Stupid Jetpack Hitler?

    Naming it Stupid Zombie Hitler would be a good idea. I vote for it.
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