Created By: pawsplay on March 23, 2012 Last Edited By: pawsplay on March 27, 2012
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The Truism That Hitler Is Evil

Hitler and Nazis are evil, so they are a convenient shortcut for describing evil

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Hitler was a bad, bad person. His rise was also facillitated by a lot of other bad, bad people, notably the Nazis. It must be admitted, as well, that he stands as a stunning example of the dangers of moral bystanding in the face of evil. It is with good reason that he is often identified as a touchstone of human evil.

For this reason, using Hitler in a work is an easy and straightforward way to buy some evil cachet. Hitler + X is a pretty simple formula, too, for fantasy works, resulting in such tropes as Stupid Jetpack Hitler and Ghostapo. Hitler's name and the word Nazi is also a simple approach to pejorative. This can lead to Hitler Ate Sugar, and is the pathway to Godwin's Law and all its correlaries and variants. Visually, this trope is accomplished by Putting on the Reich. The dire reputation of Hitler and his Nazis also makes them tempting targets for lampoon, mockery, and shock humor.

With all the above in mind, this makes Hitler and Nazis a ripe target for naming tropes after Hitler or Nazis. There are good reasons to reference Hitler or Nazis in trope names. One such reason would be that the trope actually relates centrally to Hitler, Nazis, or a phenomenon associated with them. Bad reasons include... well, most reasons that are not that.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • March 23, 2012
    chicagomel
    I'm not sure about the title...is it running the risk of Everythings Worse With Snowclones?
  • March 23, 2012
    pawsplay
    It's directly referencing it, since the trope is, essentially, about snowcloning the whole Nazi meme into works.
  • March 24, 2012
    TBeholder
    Godwins Law. Already here.
  • March 24, 2012
    pawsplay
    Godwins Law describes the arc of online discussions. It would just be one subtrope of this.
  • March 24, 2012
    Routerie
  • March 25, 2012
    pawsplay
    ^ I think Hitler Ate Sugar covers that. Perhaps that should be a redirect.
  • March 25, 2012
    Routerie
    Oh, crap, sorry. Didn't read this properly.

    So this is an index for tropes named in relation to Hitler?
  • March 27, 2012
    pawsplay
    It's the supertrope for a handful of tropes that use Nazis for instant evil (just add Hitler).

    I think I ran afould of Fast Eddie's wrath in the name department. Trying again with something less snowclonish.
  • March 27, 2012
    JobanGrayskull
    I'm trying to think of a more concise way of saying this. Like Hitler Standard Of Evil or something.
  • March 27, 2012
    fulltimeD
    Do we really need another Hitler trope that's 99% identical to several already existing and closely related Hitler tropes except for one small subtle point or nuance? I don't think so.
  • March 27, 2012
    pawsplay
    Which trope or tropes do you feel it's identical to?
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