Created By: MidnightRambler on August 16, 2011 Last Edited By: MidnightRambler on August 18, 2011

Teutonic Ham

Germans being portrayed as inherently hammy.

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Alternative title suggestions: Germanic Ham, Schwarzwalder Schinken

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Germans in fiction seem to be a very hammy people, who take themselves very seriously and are fond of Bling of War, Big Words, Music to Invade Poland To, and yelling at each other. Definitely Truth in Television when depicting Imperial Germany, Nazi Germany and, to some extent, communist East Germany. Present-day Germany, though, seems to hate this trope due to their unpleasant experiences with Those Wacky Nazis.

This trope combined with Putting on the Reich is often a reason why Evil Is Hammy. See also Germanic Depressives, Germanic Efficiency.
Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • August 16, 2011
    Deboss
    I think you're better off going with "Germanic Ham" rather than Teutonic.
  • August 16, 2011
    MidnightRambler
    Yeah, it would fit more with Germanic Depressives and Germanic Efficiency. I just went with "Teutonic Ham" as the working title because the word "Teutonic" so perfectly captures what I'm going for.
  • August 16, 2011
    Deboss
    I'm not sure Teutonic is a very widespread term.
  • August 17, 2011
    Frank75
    Examples, please. If possible, at least three NOT from Nazi Germany. Otherwise, it's just The Same But More Specific for Evil Is Hammy.
  • August 17, 2011
    TheChainMan
  • August 17, 2011
    IndigoJones
    I have a contribution. Captain America: The First Avenger has Hugo Weaving playing Johann Schmidt is INCREDIBLY hammy. So much ham in one place... (Unfortunately, he was a Nazi, but he defected in order to RULE ZE VORLD.)
  • August 17, 2011
    jaytee
    I agree with Frank. Big thumbs down until you give us a few examples (and, like Frank said, they need to be non-Nazi examples).
  • August 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Soap's first season there's a one-episode wonder appearance by William Daniels as Hienrich Himmel, a German private dectective hired by Corrine's birth mother to find Peter's real killer. (Corrine had been arrested for the crime.) He takes himself very seriously and is fond of yelling. But he makes a mistake when he starts bullying Benson.
    Heinrich: You could have killed Peter because you were jealous. He was white. You are black. He had women, youth, freedom. You? You've got an apron, maybe a decent time-step.
    Benson: Let me tell you something you little Nazi shrimp. Now you can talk to them any way you want to. But now you talkin' to me, Benson, and I personally have had it with your shouting, and your bullying, and your spitting. Nobody here killed anyone - not yet. Benson picks Heinrich up and plops him in the cake he had prepared for dessert
  • August 17, 2011
    FrodoGoofballCoTV
  • August 17, 2011
    Fanra
    Note that one of the reasons for this is that in Germany, you have to call someone not only by their full title but even add "Mister" to it.

    So he is "Herr Doktor Professor Einstein". Not that Albert Einstein ever took himself so seriously, he generally just used "Professor Einstein".

    But you better believe if you go to Germany and want to see a professor, you better use his full title with Herr included.
  • August 18, 2011
    Frank75
    Suggestion: Simply check the Large Ham pages for examples.
  • August 18, 2011
    MidnightRambler
    Actually, I was thinking more of Imperial Germany than of Nazi Germany when I launched this. I'll try and find some good examples.
  • August 18, 2011
    MidnightRambler
    Anything Richard Wagner ever made is probably an example, especially the Ring cycle.
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