Created By: theCircusCrusade on March 23, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on June 2, 2015

Hitler Youth Academy

The Evil Overlord\'s very own School with a curriculum of Brainwashing, Propaganda, and Repression.

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So you're the Evil Overlord of The Empire and you have a 0% Approval Rating, huh? Well, the best way to ensure you gain the people's hearts and minds is through a delicate mixture of a standardized public school curricululm and a few sharp knives.

The Hitler Youth Academy deals with the former. It is a very special school that a significant percentage of the empire's children are required to attend. It is stuffed with propaganda, lies, damned lies, and statistics. Its purpose is to groom the next generation of citizens into perfect, unthinking machines who love Big Brother, hate the enemy (even - no, ''especially'' when it's unclear exactly who the enemy is) and are perfectly willing to lay down their lives for their beloved empire.

Here they'll attend such wonderful classes as "Love Thy Dictator," "How to Spot a Rebel," "New Speak," "the Totally Factual Account of What Really Happened," and "Paramilitary Life and You!"

Named after the Real Life "Hitler Youth," which was less of a school dedicated to manipulating the minds of children, and more of a club dedicated to manipulating the minds of children.

Please note the Hitler Youth Academy teaches classes. It's not a military school or a boot camp. Yes, its physical education period may involve machine gun operation and hand-to-hand combat, but the main focus of a Hitler Youth Academy is brainwashing, pure and simple.

A natural Sub-Trope of the Academy of Evil that churns out Tyke Bombs destined to become Black Shirts.


These examples hail the Emperor!

Film Live Action
  • In Hook, Captain Hook attempts this on a small scale, trying to turn Peter Pan's children against him. The previous existence of a classroom in the pirate ship suggests this has been tried with other children at some point as well.

Literature
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hogwarts becomes this under the rule of Lord Voldemort. Students are openly taught both The Dark Arts and propaganda that shows muggles as subhuman. They are also used as hostages to keep their families in line.

Live-Action Television
  • In Captain Power, Dread Youth was Lord Dread's youth organization, modeled heavily on the Hitler Youth, which Pilot, The Chick of the Power Team, was once a part of.

Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • March 23, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    Perhaps Imperial Youth Academy would be a better name? We tend to frown on Trope Namers nowadays (I personally think it's rather stupid, but what can ya do?).

    • In Captain Power, Dread Youth was Lord Dread's youth organization, modeled heavily on the Hitler Youth, which Pilot, The Chick of the Power Team, was once a part of.
  • March 23, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ It's not as though there are reasons against that. For this one, it makes it looks like it's only about the Hitler Youth, not a general trope.
  • March 23, 2012
    Generality
    I for one would find either title comprehensible and reasonable.

    • In Hook, captain Hook attempts this on a small scale, trying to turn Peter Pan's children against him. The previous existence of a classroom in the pirate ship suggests this has been tried with other children at some point as well.
    • In Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Hogwarts becomes this under the rule of Lord Voldemort. Students are openly taught both The Dark Arts and propaganda that shows muggles as subhuman. They are also used as hostages to keep their families in line.
  • March 23, 2012
    pawsplay
    Everything's worse with Hitler.
  • March 23, 2012
    theCircusCrusade
    ^ Hey pawsplay, that would actually be a really good name for a trope!
  • March 23, 2012
    pawsplay
    ^ Good call.
  • March 23, 2012
    aurora369
    A subtrope of Academy Of Evil.
  • March 24, 2012
    captainsandwich
    so its an institution to making Tyke Bomb s?
  • March 24, 2012
    Ryusui
  • March 25, 2012
    Goldfritha
    In Nazi Germany there were actual SS academies.
  • May 27, 2015
    Str8taim
    Capitalized the C in Captain Hook. Also capitalized some words in the laconic description.
  • May 27, 2015
    Kartoonkid95
    The short Education For Death features an actual Hitler youth class. Does that count?
  • May 27, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    Live Action TV
    • On Falling Skies, Matt was captured by the Espheni and forced to attend a school with Anvilicious Nazi-esque overtones.
  • May 27, 2015
    Str8taim
    ^^I would think so. Hopefully the OP is still active. If not we may want to have someone else take over this draft.
  • May 27, 2015
    StrixObscuro
    I've formatted the examples in the original post...
  • May 28, 2015
    Arivne
    ^^ The last edit by the OP theCircusCrusade was in 2012. They're long gone and this proposal is Up For Grabs if anyone wants it.
  • May 28, 2015
    Arivne
  • May 28, 2015
    robinjohnson
    How about Evil Youth League?

    • George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four has the Spies, a viciously patriotic youth league for Party members' children, who are issued ear-trumpets for listening at doors and encouraged to denounce their parents if they hear anything suspicious.
  • May 28, 2015
    JoeG
    • PS 238 features the Praetorian Academy, a school that is run by a supervillain and trains young supers to be obedient soldiers and thugs.
  • May 28, 2015
    BKelly95
    Comic Books
    • Cobra in GI Joe A Real American Hero has a youth brigade in the town of Springfield. (A town they have taken over through mind control.) They make a presence at a rally given by the high command and the Baroness and Major Bludd arrange for one member to kill Cobra Commander.
  • May 28, 2015
    Str8taim
    I personally think the current name is fine. Evil Youth Academy doesn't quite sound specific enough. Sure their is the obvious problem with the fact that it's Hitler's name, but we got plenty of other tropes with his name, and it is designed to showcase how evil someone is.

    Just remember that despite Hitler's name, this can apply to non-Nazi dictators, like Lenin, Saddam Hussein, or North Korea. But I think everyone here pretty much knows that already, hence all the fictional works listed here.

    If we do need a new name however, I would personally favor something like Beloved Dictator Youth Academy or Beloved Overlord Youth Academy. Since this trope is about propoganda, I figure the overlord would add beloved to anything with his name on it.
  • May 28, 2015
    Str8taim
    Also, I added an Up For Grabs tag (see discussion above).
  • June 1, 2015
    Rjinswand
    I agree with the tropers who support choosing a Hitler-less title.
  • June 1, 2015
    Chernoskill
    A literal, albeit fictional, example:

    Film

    • In Before the Fall (also known as Na Pol A: Hitler's Elite), a young man's boxing skills let him join a prestigious National Political Academy, a high school that serves as an entry to the Nazi elite.
  • June 1, 2015
    randomsurfer
    A similarly literal example:

  • June 2, 2015
    Str8taim
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