Created By: DA on September 11, 2013 Last Edited By: DA on November 1, 2013
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Gratuitous Nazis

Nazis show up in a work that has nothing to do with WWII, Nazi Germany, or Neo-Nazism

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"We've learned this week that Hitler shows up in the darndest places."

So you have a story you want to write, but there's just one problem. Your villains just aren't villainous enough. You want villains that are threatening, intimidating, and just reeking of evil, but you're can't come up with anything. Here's an idea: throw some Nazis in there!

What's that you say? Your work doesn't take place during World War II? No problem! If you want them showing up during the Battle of Gettysburg, just have some jump in a time machine! The reason they don't show up in the history books early is because a bunch of Allied time travelers dragged them back to the 20th century before they could change anything. Or you could just skip the whole backstory altogether! They're Nazis - everyone knows they're bad guys!

Fair warning though, sudden use of Nazis may have your audience invoking both Godwin's Law and Chandler's Law. They may also accuse you of pandering, as they didn't need to see swastikas to know the villains were evil.

Sometimes used for Historical Hilarity (of the Adolf Hitlarious variety) , particularly if a character utterly fails at history. But be careful...many audiences don't find Nazis funny at all.

Note that this trope is about actual Nazis that are shoehorned into something that has nothing to do with World War II or Nazi Germany. If a character is in a Nazi-like uniform, but is not actually wearing a real Nazi uniform, it's Putting on the Reich. If a Nazi-like organization exists, but isn't the Nazi Party, it's A Nazi by Any Other Name. This trope also doesn't apply to non-World War II settings that one would expect to find Nazis, such as a secret Argentinian hideout or Fire and Brimstone Hell. Inversely, it does apply to a World War II setting where one wouldn't expect to see Nazis, such as the Battle of Midway.

Compare Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja (ninjas in a work that's not about ninjas), Instant Awesome, Just Add Mecha, (Humongous Mecha in a work that's not about giant robots), and Everything's Deader with Zombies (zombies in a work not about zombies or The Undead). Contrast No Swastikas (Nazis are removed from a work about them).

Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • In episode 5 of FLCL, Naota's dad is suddenly dressed in a Nazi uniform during the pellet gun fight.
  • A bunch of Neo-Nazis are a throwaway, single-arc group of villains in Black Lagoon.
  • In Spriggan, a faction of Neo-Nazis seek out a Crystal Skull in order to use it power to sow chaos, which would allow the reestablishment of Nazi Germany. One of its members, Bo Brantze, was a ninja-trained fighter.

Comic Books

  • In The Dark Knight Returns after Batman breaks up the Mutant Gang a liquor store is being held up by a giant female Nazi named Bruno with swastikas over her otherwise-uncovered breasts who has two Nazi-like Mooks. Years later, she showed up in All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder as a Mook of the Joker.
  • The Big Bads of Superman at Earth's End are twin clones of Hitler...for some reason.
  • In Sin City bad guys sometimes have swastika tattoos, apparently identifying them as Nazis (even when they work for/with non-white bad guys).
  • In the Marvel Comics universe, the first Hate-Monger turned out to be Adolf Hitler...in 1963! Later Ret Conned into being a clone of Hitler, but he had the first Hitler's consciousness inside, as the original turned out to be a Body Surfer.
  • A variation in Hellboy, since Nazis (or rather, reactivated Nazis with Gnarly Weapons projects) are recurring foes: in Hollow Earth, a half rusted machine with a great big swastika is found miles underground, but has no real influence on the plot (since the subterranean dwellers are already hostile to the surface dwellers).
  • In Ninja High School, multiple characters (especially during the earlier stories) appear with Nazi-like uniforms to show how evil they are. Main character Jeremy also has a Nazi Superpowered Evil Side. It's largely thanks to Ben Dunn's Author Appeal for all things World War II, as other stuff from that time period (heroes wearing G.I. gear) randomly pop up as well.

Fan Works

Film

  • Invasion of the Neptune Men has the infamous "Hitler Building" which is blown up during the final battle. It was so sudden and out of place, it earned a Big "WHAT?!" from Mike and the Bots.
  • In The Spirit, the Octopus and Silken Floss are, for no apparent reason, wearing Nazi uniforms after they capture Spirit. The Octopus even randomly makes a Nazi salute.
  • The Blues Brothers is about two blues musicians trying to save the orphanage they grew up in... and just happen to run into Nazis along the way.
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian has a deleted scene involving a Nazi Jewish suicide squad (as in, they kill themselves with swords).
  • Among the outlaws gathered by Hedley Lamarr to attack Rock Ridge at the end of Blazing Saddles (a western, mind you) is a group of Nazi soldiers. Who keep saluting with the wrong arm. Chalk it up to Rule of Funny.
  • Death Race 2000. One of the racers is Matilda the Hun, a Nazi who drives a car that resembles a World War II era V-1 flying bomb. She and her navigator wear German army uniforms, swastikas on their helmets and Nazi-style swastika armbands.
  • Rat Race has a scene where the (Jewish) Pear family, on a road trip through Nevada, sees a sign for the Barbie Museum and decides to visit. It turns out to actually be the Klaus Barbie Museum, and it's staffed entirely by Neo-Nazis. This serves to set up an Overly Pre-Prepared Gag where Randy Pear (played by John Lovitz) gets mistaken for a very tasteless Hitler impersonator by a convention of WWII veterans.
  • Kamen Rider: The First and Kamen Rider: The Next subvert their Showa-era TV predecessors since Shocker is directly implied to be established by surviving Neo-Nazis. Shocker in the movies mean Sacred Hegemony Of Cycle Kindred Evolutionary Realm.

Live Action TV

  • The Doctor Who story "Silver Nemesis" adds a bunch of Nazis to a 1980s-set story which already has two other villainous factions, for no particular reason.
  • In the Showa-era Kamen Rider TV series, it's heavily implied by word of god that Shocker (and its successors) were created by Nazi officials after they escaped capture from the Allied Forces by the end of World War II.
  • Red Dwarf: The Teaser of "Stoke Me a Clipper" where Ace Rimmer fights Nazis and wrestles an alligator on board a Nazi airplane. This is in a show set 3 million years into the future.
  • Saturday Night Live featured a skit in which a bunch of high-school dropouts discussed The American Civil War. Chris Farley's character seems to think that the Union had Nazis on their side.
    "Wham! Wham.. wham! And then this southern [man] plugged this Nazi guy in a headlock! And started pounding him! Bam! Bam bam bam bam!"
  • Barney Miller: When a graduate student builds an atomic bomb in his apartment Barney calls the feds, who send a bomb expert with a German accent who says it's a real atom bomb. He makes small talk with the man who built it. (paraphrased)
    Dr. Bauer: Imagine how different the world would be if we had the bomb first.
    Thayer: We did.
    beat
    Baur: Oh, yes. Of course. Now we did. Then we didn't.
  • In the The X-Files episode "F.P.S.", a virtual-reality video game has ONE Nazi character in it, who just watches and never actually does anything.

Professional Wrestling

  • There have been several Heels who have taken on a Nazi theme, regardless of if they were German or not. This was probably done to make them appear more evil.
    • Fritz and Waldo Von Erich, the "Nazi Brothers" (no relation).
    • El Nazi and La Nazi from CMLL
    • Matilda the Hun of Glow

Theatre
  • This is actually a very popular trope when it comes to Regietheater. In order to make their productions seem more deep, provocative and critical to society, plenty of directors on big and small stages alike like to use this trope on classic plays, for example by turning Shakesperean Mooks into club-wielding skinheads.

Video Games

  • The English version of Bionic Commando accidentally becomes this trope, as Hitler's appearance during the ending was not edited out like the rest of the game. Averted in the original, as the Empire was a Neo-Nazi organization all along.
  • The Final Boss from the second Epic Battle Fantasy game is Lance, a guy who is dressed like a Nazi (though his swastikas are backwards) and trying to Take Over the World. He's the only Nazi in the game.
  • Persona 2: Innocent Sin has the Last Battalion, an army of Nazis who were rumored to have survived the war and are looking for the Crystal Skulls in Sumaru City. While it is true that some of the Nazis were interested in getting their hands on Public Domain Artifacts, the Last Battalion could easily be replaced with any other treasure-hunting group (even a fictional one), and the plot would still make sense.

Web Comics

Web Original

  • The original version of Godwin's Law stated that this trope will eventually happen to any discussion, usually via Hitler Ate Sugar. The popular version discourages people from Derailing a debate with this trope.
  • The Ignore Hitler meme. The creator even describes it as adding "gratuitous Hitlers in the drawing with no relevance to the actual answer..."
  • Invoked with the gag game "The Challenge." Certain "versions" of the game were entitled "Hitler's Revenge" due to an in-universe translation error.
  • The Nostalgia Critic has made a few out-of-the-blue Nazi jokes:
    • Parodied in his review of Bridge to Terabithia. He criticizes the animation of the fantasy segments as inconsistent, and uses his reviews suddenly changing styles to Frank Miller's as an example. The scene then shifts to a monochrome Sin City-like setting with Samuel L. Jackson standing behind him in a Nazi uniform.
      Nonstalgia Critic: Hey...Samuel L. Jackson.
      Samuel L. Jackson: I'm a Nazi for some reason!
      Nonstalgia Critic: I will in no way question that.
    • In the review for Sharknado he and The Cinema Snob are trying to come up with snappy titles for B Movies. One of the titles they think of is "Nazi Cannibal Spiders."
  • What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? featured a Thai fried chicken fast food restaurant decided to call itself "Hitler" complete with Der Fuehrer's face in the logo much to the confusion of the Radio Dead Aire crew.
    Tara: What the fuck does Hitler have to do with chicken?!
  • Cracked:
    • The Quick Fix article entitled "4 Baffling Ways the Continent of Asia Loves Hitler," which showcases bizarre appearances by the Third Reich in Asian businesses. Besides the Hitler Fried Chicken example above, the article features an Indian clothing store named "Hitler," magnets and key rings of a vampire Hitler in Taiwan, and an SS-themed cake shop in Indonesia.
    • An article about incredibly offensive weddings features a Chinese couple having a Nazi-themed wedding, complete with the groom in an SS uniform and saluting.
    • Seanbaby's banner on Cracked features him kicking Hitler in the face for some reason. As of this time, he only has one article that has anything to to with World War II, and it contains no actual Nazis.

Western Animation

  • Cartman dressing up like Hitler for Halloween in South Park.
  • Family Guy:
    • Cleveland complains about shows that derail their own plots for random "bullcrap." Cut to a brief scene of Hitler juggling fish on a unicycle while calliope music plays. A moment later, Peter knocks Hitler off his unicycle, punches him in the face, and tells the audience they had a plan for that all along.
    • In one episode, Lois claims that all of the world's problems are caused by poor self image. We immediately cut to Hitler trying to work out in a gym and getting jealous of a Jewish bodybuilder.
    • Peter and Lois' father attempt to make a anti-marijuana Public Service Announcement. In order to make pot smoking look as evil as they can, they use stock footage of Nazi rallies and poorly edit a joint into Hitler's mouth.
  • One of the early villains in Venture Brothers was "Girl Hitler", a female character who dressed like Hitler and had a toothbrush mustache.
Community Feedback Replies: 68
  • September 11, 2013
    Snicka
    I love the pun in the trope name.
  • September 11, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    I don't. It just sounds like an awkward Snowclone of Just For The Heli Of It.
  • September 11, 2013
    JonnyB
    • The Blues Brothers is about two blues musicians trying to save the orphanage they grew up in... and just happen to run into Nazis along the way.

    • One of the early villains in Venture Brothers was "Girl Hitler", a female character who dressed like Hitler and had a toothbrush moustache.
  • September 11, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In The Dark Knight Returns after Batman breaks up the Mutant Gang a liquor store is being held up by a giant female Nazi named Bruno with swastikas over her otherwise-uncovered breasts who has two Nazi-like Mooks. Years later she showed up in All Star Batman And Robin as a mook of the Joker.

    Real Life section goes at the bottom, not alphabetically.
  • September 12, 2013
    Duncan
  • September 12, 2013
    LordGro
    I support Gratuitous Nazis. Clear and concise.
  • September 12, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Seconding that.
  • September 12, 2013
    DAN004
    While I really love the current title, Gratuitous Nazis sounds good too.
  • September 12, 2013
    m8e
    We have to many Gratuitous titles already. Gratuitous X have no wit at all and is no clearer than Did Nazi That Coming.
  • September 12, 2013
    DA
    @randomsurfer: Thanks for the tip on RL sections and the expansion on the Batman example.

    @Duncan: I lol'd! While that title does fit Nazis as a Diabolus Ex Nihilo, I can kinda see how people might confuse that title with a trope about Nazi sneak attacks.

    In the meantime, if I see a few more votes for the "Gratuitous Nazis" title, I'll change it.

    Edit: Oh, ninja'd. Maybe Nazis Out Of Nowhere is best? Or Nazis Ex Nihilo?
  • September 12, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Did Nazi That Coming, while clever, sounds like dialogue, and the mods really don't like dialogue titles.

    And this might need to be No Real Life Examples Please, because this is (most of the time) a villain trope, and it's wiki policy we not have real life examples on villain and evil tropes.
  • September 13, 2013
    LordGro
    @m8e: What kind of argument is that? "We have too many tropes with 'Gratuitous' in it, so we can't use 'gratuitous' for a trope that is about gratuitous appearances of something."

    The rule is "clear > concise > witty", not "witty". And it is pretty clear, much clearer than Did Nazi That Coming or Just For The Heil Of It, which sacrifice clarity or indicativeness for the sake of contrived, clumsy, forced puns. I don't think these are witty at all, they are just desperately trying to be funny and failing.
  • September 13, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    I support Did Nazi That Coming, though i agree, Gratuitous Nazis take the cake on clarity and brevity.
  • September 13, 2013
    m8e
    ^^Same argument as "we have to many Badass tropes.".
  • September 13, 2013
    xanderiskander
    ^^^ Gratuitous Nazis is a snowclone. We have a policy against snowclone titles. Read Everythings Worse With Snowclones.
  • September 13, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ Tropes Are Not Bad applies to snowclones too. Snowclones are bad when they reference other tropes just for the heck of it. There are also snowclones that work, for example "Double Standard: X" tropes simply describe accurately what the trope is about, which is in no way problematic. Same goes with "Gratuitous X" tropes. They describe a situation where the use of the story element in question is flimsy at best.
  • September 13, 2013
    JonnyB
    How about Suddenly... Nazis!
  • September 13, 2013
    DA
    @xanderiskander: Okay, I removed the RL examples for now. I can re-add them if other people think it's okay.

    @Jonny B: That could work. I had also thought of Everythings More Evil With Nazis, but that's also a snowclone title.
  • September 13, 2013
    BibsDibs
    Comment deleted by user.
  • September 14, 2013
    DAN004
    Then well... Nazis Out Of Nowhere. Current title is good enough already, though; it's not a snowclone.
  • September 14, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ It is a snowclone of Just For The Heli Of It. It's also a textbook case of a bad snowclone, because the two tropes have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Besides, the pun is beyond horrible.
  • September 14, 2013
    AP
    • In Sin City bad guys sometimes have swastika tatoos, apparently identifying them as Nazis (even when they work for/with non-white bad guys). Just seems to be a Frank Miller thing.
  • September 14, 2013
    TonyG
    The East Germans in Top Secret are Nazis with the numbers filed off. This is because the movie is a spoof of WWII movies, among other things.
  • September 14, 2013
    Snicka
    ^^^ Well, to be fair, the two are not direct snowclones of each other; they are both puns on the same expression (just for the Hell of it).
  • September 14, 2013
    m8e
    ^They are also not bad in the sense that you have to understand/know one to get the other.
  • September 14, 2013
    Snicka
    How about Big Lipped Adolf Hitler Moment? OK, just kidding, that is the worst so far.
  • September 14, 2013
    DAN004
    Again... I'd nominate either Gratuitous Nazis or Nazis Outta Nowhere.

    But either way... Crowner plz.
  • September 14, 2013
    Snicka
    Jokes aside, Gratuitous Nazis could work.
  • September 14, 2013
    Antigone3
    Another vote for Gratuitous Nazis
  • September 14, 2013
    DA
    @Paradisesnake: Sorry to disappoint you, but this title isn't a snowclone of Just For The Heli Of It. I came up with it entirely by myself. I wasn't even aware of Just For The Heli Of It's existence until you told me about it - er, told everybody else about it, which I happened to read, to be more accurate.

    @Tony G: Sorry, but that's A Nazi By Any Other Name. They have to be actual Nazis to count.

    @Snicka: I lol'd.

    @DAN 004: I'm not sure if a Crowner is really needed here. It looks like what most people want is Gratuitous Nazis.

    EDIT: Title change.
  • September 15, 2013
    Dcoetzee
    I think Nazis Outta Nowhere is perfectly clear, concise and more fun. It seems like a clear winner over Gratuitous Nazis. But they're both acceptable.
  • September 15, 2013
    DA
    Tell ya what...if enough people also like Nazis Out Of Nowhere, I'll put up a Crowner to decide between that and Gratuitous Nazis.
  • September 24, 2013
    Tiiba
    I remember Hitler showing up in Dragonball GT. Somebody care to expand?
  • September 24, 2013
    xanderiskander
    ^ I looked that up. It's not in GT, but there's a character named The Dictator. Who is a clear allusion to Hitler in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn.

    The Nazi symbolism is heavily censored/altered/downplayed though, and The Dragon Ball Z Movie villain character page lists him under A Nazi By Any Other Name, and Ghostapo. Apparently anything under A Nazi By Any Other Name doesn't count?
  • September 24, 2013
    DA
    @xanderiskander: Correct. For this trope to work, it's got to be actual Nazis and/or actual Hitler (though I'll allow tiny details/errors such as the swastikas pointing the other way). The Dictator comes close, but he's still A Nazi By Any Other Name.
  • September 24, 2013
    Koveras
    • A bunch of neo-nazis are a throwaway, single-arc group of villains in Black Lagoon.
    • Gihren Zabi in the original Mobile Suit Gundam invokes Nazi Germany and Hitler specifically for no apparent reason other than to demonstrate that he (Gihren) is evil beyond redemption.
  • September 24, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ As the OP said, they have to actually be nazis so the Mobile Suit Gundam example doesn't count.
  • September 24, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ Well, he does invoke actual Nazis and there is in-universe footage of Nazi Germany, if that counts any.
  • September 24, 2013
    LondonKdS
    The Doctor Who story "Silver Nemesis" adds a bunch of Nazis to a 1980s-set story which already has two other villainous factions, for no particular reason.
  • September 24, 2013
    m8e
    • Red Dwarf: The Teaser of "Stoke Me a Clipper" where Ace Rimmer fights nazis and wrestles an alligator on board a nazi airplane. This is in a show set 3 million years into the future.
  • September 24, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    In Marvel Comics the first Hate-Monger turned out to be Adolf Hitler (in 1963!), later Ret Conned into being a clone of Hitler but with the original Hitler's conciousness inside, Hitler being a Body Surfer.
  • October 1, 2013
    DA
    Decided to add a bit more details about what this trope does and doesn't apply to. It's also why Hitler's appearance in Little Nicky isn't an example (most of us would expect to see Hitler in Hell).

    @Koveras: I looked up stuff about Gihren Zabi, and I think he makes too much sense in context to count. He's supposed to be a dictator with many of the same values of Hitler, so it makes sense when the other characters compare him to Hitler in-universe.
  • October 2, 2013
    Chabal2
    • A possible variation in Hellboy, since Nazis (or rather reactivated Nazis With Gnarly Weapons projects) are recurring foes: in Hollow Earth, a half rusted machine with a great big swastika is found miles underground, but has no real influence on the plot (since the subterranean dwellers are already hostile to the surface dwellers).
    • Life Of Brian has a deleted scene involving a Nazi Jewish suicide squad (as in, they kill themselves with swords).
  • October 2, 2013
    Nithael
  • October 9, 2013
    pawsplay
    I tried to launch this once as Everythings Worse With Hitler. It was... not a popular suggestion. So, I'm going to suggest that with all the other Nazi tropes, we want something as far from a snowclone name as possible.
  • October 9, 2013
    DA
    ^ Hmm, would Gratuitous Nazis count as a snowclone? We do have other "Gratuitous X" titles, but it's so generic, it probably wouldn't raise any eyebrows.
  • October 9, 2013
    Cider
  • October 9, 2013
    Snicka
    Gratuitous Nazis is not a bad snowclone - it is a very clear trope name. The actual snowclone names and the Incredibly Lame Pun names (Everythings Eviler With Nazis, Everythings Worse With Hitler, I Did Nazi That Coming, Nazis Just For The Heil Of It, maybe even Big Lipped Adolf Hitler Moment) could be redirects.
  • October 9, 2013
    StarSword
    Film:
    • Among the outlaws gathered by Hedley Lamarr to attack Rock Ridge at the end of Blazing Saddles is a group of Nazi soldiers. Chalk it up to Rule Of Funny.
  • October 9, 2013
    pawsplay
    Nazploitation ? Btw, I would totally be in favor of making a zillion amusing redirects for this one. :)
  • October 10, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Ninja High School: Multiple characters (especially during the earlier stories) appear with Nazi-like uniforms for no reason than Rule Of Cool, showing how evil they are... and Ben Dunn's Author Appeal for World War II stuff, it seems (heroes pop up with G.I. gear occasionally, as well).
  • October 10, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • Death Race 2000. One of the racers is Matilda the Hun, a Nazi who drives a car that resembles a World War II era V-1 flying bomb. She and her navigator wear German army uniforms, swastikas on their helmets and Nazi-style swastika armbands.
  • October 10, 2013
    DAN004
    Just Gratuitous Nazis plz. All of those punny titles should be redirects at best.
  • October 10, 2013
    Himbeergeist
    Theatre
    • This is actually a very popular trope when it comes to Regietheater. In order to make their productions seem more deep, provocative and critical to society, plenty of directors on big and small stages alike like to use this trope on classic plays, for example by turning Shakesperean Mooks into club-wielding skinheads.
  • October 10, 2013
    MetaFour
    • Rat Race has a scene where the (Jewish) Pear family, on a road trip through Nevada, sees a sign for the Barbie Museum and decides to visit. It turns out to actually be the Klaus Barbie Museum, and it's staffed entirely by neo-Nazis. This serves to set up an Overly Pre Prepared Gag where Randy Pear (played by John Lovitz) gets mistaken for a very tasteless Hitler impersonator by a convention of WWII veterans.
  • October 10, 2013
    OmarKarindu
    The Fantastic Four example is arguably not gratuitous, since the story was a thinly-veiled attack on the Ku Klux Klan, comparing them directly to the Nazis.
  • October 10, 2013
    pawsplay
    I don't think Gratuitous Nazis is strictly accurate. If Nazis are all a work has going for it, it's not gratuitous. But it is exploitive.
  • October 10, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Barney Miller: When a graduate student builds an atomic bomb in his apartment Barney calls the feds, who send a bomb expert with a German accent who says it's a real atom bomb. He makes small talk with the man who built it. (paraphrased)
    Dr. Bauer: Imagine how different the world would be if we had the bomb first.
    Thayer: We did.
    beat
    Baur: Oh, yes. Of course. Now we did. Then we didn't.
  • October 16, 2013
    Niria
    Good trope, and I support the Gratuitous Nazis name.
  • October 20, 2013
    DA
    @pawsplay: I thought about that title at one point, but I think people would confuse it with the actual subgenre of Exploitation Film. A lot of Naziploitation films have context (they take place during WWII), but this trope is about when they show up for no good reason.
  • October 20, 2013
    Skybunny
    Would this trope cover the Neo-Nazis in 'Sacred Cargo' [1], which are inexplicably made 'even more evil' by having pictures of both Hitler AND Stalin in their headquarters, or is that more more Those Wacky Nazis ?
  • October 20, 2013
    Ominae
    In Manga/Spriggan, a faction of Neo-Nazis seek out a Crystal Skull in order to use it power to sow chaos, which would allow the reestablishment of Nazi Germany. The ARCAM Corporation manages to defeat them. One of its members, Bo Brantze, was a ninja-trained fighter.

    In the Showa-era Kamen Rider TV series, it's implied by Wordof God that Shocker (and its successors) were created by Nazi officials after they escaped capture from the Allied Forces by the end of World War 2. One of the monsters in Kamen Rider X was called "Starfish Hitler", created by the Government of Darkness.
  • October 29, 2013
    DA
    @Skybunny: It sounds like the Neo-Nazis are major enemies in this film, so I don't think it would work. Although the random picture of Stalin would make them Commie Nazis.
  • October 30, 2013
    LordGro
    Is this also a subtrope of Outside Context Villain? I'm not sure if my understanding of the latter trope is correct.
  • October 30, 2013
    DA
    @Lord Gro: Come to think of it, it would be, since this trope is all about a specific type of villain that shows up out of nowhere and in a story not about them. It's definitely a Garnishing The Story trope.
  • October 31, 2013
    LordGro
    ^ I was about to suggest Outside Context Nazis as a redirect, but the description at Outside Context Villain seems to imply it is only about very powerful enemies that appear out of nowhere, which is not necessarily true of Gratuitous Nazis.
  • October 31, 2013
    Alvin
    Live-Action TV: In the The X Files episode "F.P.S." a virtual-reality video game has ONE Nazi character in it, who just watches, not actually doing anything.
  • October 31, 2013
    arbiter099
    added a mention for the Nazi-specific Historical Hilarity subtrope
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=8224ef3xy6jo8flpilyt75ie