Nazi Hunter
A character hunts Nazis, usually for vengeance


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"We will be doing one thing and one thing only... killing Nazis!"
Lt. Aldo Raine, Inglorious Basterds

How can you make a Roaring Rampage of Revenge more exciting? Why, add some wacky Nazis to it. As the name implies, this is a character who hunts down and kills Nazis. Usually, this character has been brutilized by Nazis, possibly within the confines of a concentration camp, and seeks reveange against specific Nazis or members of the party in general. It's often a good way to make your Heroic Sociopath shed as much blood as possible while still maintaining sympathy with the audience. Most people will not feel sorry for Nazi villains, after all.

Sometimes these hunts are happening during World War II but there seem to be more instances of Nazis getting hunted down after the war. This holds a lot of Truth in Television since Nazi officials often escaped capture and Allied spies were sent out to find them.

An occaisional feature of Nazisploitation films.


Comics

  • There was an indie comic called Manimal (no, not that one) about a Super Hero who tracks down and slays the Nazis responsible for turning him into a freak. This comic was reviewed by The Cinema Snob and Linkara.
  • Captain America went after several Nazis during World War II, the obvious example being the Red Skull who he still has to deal with to this day. In fact, Cap was created in order to galvanize America to war with Nazi Germany.
  • In the 80's, Magneto joined the ranks of several Marvel villains in the Acts of Vengeance Cross Over simply so that he could get close to the Red Skull and bury him alive. Magneto was a Holocaust survivor so there was no love lost between him and the Skull.
  • The Sin City short story Rats features an elderly Nazi war criminal, apparently living in secret in America. A mysterious Nazi Hunter soon kicks in the door and kills him by shoving him in the oven. It is speculated that the Nazi Hunter in this story is a young Mob Boss Wallenquist, a German mafia leader.
  • After the second World War, Hell Boy tracked down Nazis who were hiding and killed them. This included Adolf Hitler himself. More often than not, these Nazis were supernatural beings in one way or another. Some of them are alive to this day and plague him every now and then. He voices his hatred of Nazis every time he sees them.
  • A back-up story in an issue of Savage Dragon involved the Super Patriot tracking down a cult of ninja cyborg Nazis. Since he was a WWII vet, he took great pleasure in blowing them apart.

Film

  • In X-Men: First Class, Magneto spends the first portion of the movie hunting down and killing Nazis. In fact, his reason for joining the X-Men was mostly so that he could take revenge on the Nazi mutant who killed his mother.
  • The latest Quentin Tarantino movie, Inglorious Basterds, features an entire platoon that exist for the sole purpose of killing Nazis. Most of them are shown to have very personal reasons why.
    Lt. Aldo Raine: "We ain't in the prisoner-takin' business. We're in the killin' Nazi business. And cousin, business is a-BOOMIN'."
  • A modern, not-so-violent version exists in the movie SLC Punk!. The main characters sometimes find Neo-Nazi punks and beat them up. This seems to be more because the Neo-Nazis claim to be punks, rather than any moral reasons.

Real Life


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