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->''"He's not just German, he's '''East''' German! He's a Commu-Nazi!"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick''', reviewing ''Film/CoolRunnings''

A mix of Communism and Fascism is frequently used as "the government we don't like" in fiction. The trope is in action when the heroes enter a Communist country and find that it's PuttingOnTheReich -- or when soldiers in Fascist army call people [[GloriousMotherRussia Tovarisch]].

This was common in American ComicBooks in the late [[TheForties 1940s]], for obvious reasons. It is not common in any country with any direct experience with Communism, Fascism, ''[[UsefulNotes/{{Poland}} or]] [[EastGermany both]]''. Most Germans or Russians, in particular, would catch this instantly and [[DudeNotFunny not be particularly amused]]. Another common variation, especially during UsefulNotes/ColdWar - era SpyFiction, is the use of East German spies as antagonists, allowing writers to combine the worst aspects of both national (and ideological) stereotypes.

Obviously, the two systems were distinct; exactly how much they differ has been the cause of many a FlameWar, but in the end, Commie Nazis are quite firmly creatures of fiction. For more on the differences and similarities between Fascism and Communism see UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies. It is also worth remembering that, although the Soviet Union was neutral at the early stages of World War II, Germany tried to invade the country some time later, and the Soviets joined the war in the Allied side. Furthermore, actual communists in Germany were one of the groups targeted by the Nazis.

This trope exists because, for very obvious reasons, Nazis became AcceptableTargets for western media since WWII; and when WWII ended, the Cold War began and Communism became the new acceptable target. To say that a character was Nazi was enough to establish it as evil, same for Communism, so a character that is '''both''' Nazi and Communist should be [[ExaggeratedTrope double evil]], right? More or less, there's the little detail of that thing called real life: there are Nazis, there are Communists, but there is not normally such a thing as Communist Nazis. Thus, it is only used for humor, or for very contrived situations. Serious attempts at playing this trope straight will usually result in massive levels of {{Narm}}.
See also NaziNobleman for a different conflation of two groups that historically didn't get on.

There is a grain of TruthInTelevision in this trope: "Nazi" itself is German shorthand for "National ''Socialist'' Worker's Party", and the party consciously adopted the characteristic solid red background of the Communist flag for its own design (to more easily recruit Communist factions into its ranks). Adolf Hitler once claimed "You can [[HeelFaceTurn easily get a good National Socialist out of a Communist]], but out of a Social Democrat, never", implying that fanatics can easily be converted to one's own cause, but moderates will resist any conversion attempts. He also admitted that the differences between Nazism and Communism were more tactical than they were ideological. Heck, there are even ''actual'' Commie Nazis [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Bolshevism active in Russia]]. Earlier, Commie Nazis were active in both the Communist and Nazi parties [[http://www.lksamuels.com/?cat=4 in Germany]] during TheTwenties and [[TheThirties thirties]].

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[[folder: General]]
* Any example where East German troops are portrayed wearing recycled Wehrmacht uniforms and equipment are partially justified; the East German [[StateSec internal security forces]] had almost NoBudget in the early days, so they made do with whatever they could lay hold of, including old uniforms left over from the previous administration and largely unmodified save for replacing the insignia. Pretty good metaphor for life in postwar East Germany, really.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* ''CaptainAmerica'': The RedSkull started out as a Nazi villain, but in the [[TheFifties 1950s]] suddenly became a communist. This was later [[RetCon retconned]] so that the "Communist Skull" turned out to be an imposter who wasn't so much a communist as simply being anti-American, with the original Red Skull returning to his fascist roots.
** Played with again in the ''Winter Soldier'' and ''Death of Captain America'' story arcs, whose main villains are the Red Skull and the former Soviet general Alexander Lukin. The original EvilPlan is Lukin's, who tries to kill the Skull in order to obtain a supernatural artifact he needs to complete it. However, due to the artifact's AppliedPhlebotinum, he ends up with the Skull's consciousness inside his head along with his own. Cue an uneasy collaboration, in which Lukin's original anti-capitalist plot is altered more and more to fit the Skull's homicidal, TakeOverTheWorld goals.
* One ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' story has Neo-Nazis involved in a project called "Red November". This is justified, since the Nazis ''did'' use the color red in much of their regalia (as they were trying to win over ex-Communists).
* The Norts in ''RogueTrooper'' appear to be based upon both Nazis and Soviets.
* The Hammer Empire in ''DangerGirl'' spoof this trope, taking the most outrageous aspects of both (although mostly Nazism).
* The country of Borduria in the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' album ''Recap/TintinTheCalculusAffair'' (1956). Borduria is depicted as a stereotypical half-Eastern Bloc and half-fascist country complete with its own secret police (ZEP) (led by Colonel Sponsz) and a fascist military dictator called Kūrvi-Tasch who promotes a Taschist ideology. A statue of Kūrvi-Tasch appears in front of a government building, in which he wears a moustache similar to JosephStalin[='=]s and gives a Nazi-like salute.
** Actually, Borduria started out in King Ottokar's Sceptre as a full-blown fascist nation, flying Messerschmitt 109 lookalikes, plotting an Anschluss against its neighbor, and ruled by the Iron Guard party and its very subtly named leader "Musstler." Twenty years later in The Calculus Affair, Musstler and the Iron Guard had been replaced by Kurvi-Tasch and the Taschist Party, which is when all the East Bloc analogies came in. So not sure if it's "CommieNazi" so much as "Nazi and then Commie."
* The fifth Lethal Legion, in [[ComicBook/TheAvengers West Coast Avengers]], was made of resurrected historical villains who receive superpowers and appearance of supervillains. The group included Heinrich Himmler and Joseph Stalin. But initially, they did not care a dent about the Avengers: when they recognized each other, both of them tried to kill each other.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The East Germans in ''Film/TopSecret'' were all supposed to be communist, but wore Nazi uniforms. Of course, this was ''Film/TopSecret'', so it was deliberate.
* Not just the Russians, see Film/TheThirdMan
* The Christian dystopia movie ''Film/IfFootmenTireYouWhatWillHorsesDo'', predicts the persecution of Christians in an America that has been taken over by Commie Nazis.
* The B-Movie ''Laser Mission,'' starring a pre-''[[Film/TheCrow Crow]]'' Brandon Lee, can be summed up as "Cuban Secret Nazi Communists in Africa plan to start WorldWarIII by using a [[FrickinLaserBeams diamond laser]] to [[HollywoodScience create a nuclear weapon]] and only Bruce Lee's son can stop them."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Party in ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' intentionally combined aspects of Communism and fascism, as well as their symbolism. This was because, being a democratic socialist, Orwell thought that certain socialist movements, particularly the Soviet Union, had betrayed the ideals of socialism and might as well have been fascist.
* In the LenDeighton novel ''SS-GB'', Nazi Germany conquers England. By November 1941, with England under their thumb, the Nazis are still "good friends" with the USSR (In RealLife, Germany invaded the USSR on June 22, 1941). One character states that, "Nazi bastards and Communist bastards are all alike".
* ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'' by Ian Fleming has the Soviet Union lending a nuclear warhead to a group of Nazi rocket scientists planning to blow up London, which is unlikely, to say the least. What's to stop them firing it eastward instead?
** Mainly the fact that the BigBad served on the Western Front and hated the British far more than he did the Soviets. [[FridgeLogic Still not a particularly safe move on the part of the Kremlin]], but [[JustifiedTrope a fairly real one in plenty of actual intelligence gambles.]]
** Using an ex-Nazi spy is one thing, but giving them a nuke? Still applies.
* In ChristopherAnvil's ''Literature/PandorasPlanet'', the plot thickens when Communist-settled planets and Fascist-settled planets resort to an alliance to dispose of the Classic American-settled planet. However, they don't REALLY trust each other, and are prepared to stab each other in the back as soon as those pesky Columbians are eliminated -- a fact the Centran supreme commander is gleefully ready to take advantage of.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfHonour'' trilogy by Creator/EvelynWaugh, protagonist [[BlueBlood Guy Crouchback]] is [[JumpedAtTheCall eager to enlist]] for service in WWII when Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invade Poland and divide it between them, hoping he'll get a chance to fight against both of the world's worst ideologies- ''"The enemy at last was plain in view, huge and hateful, all disguise cast off. It was the Modern Age in arms".'' Instead, Britain ''allies'' itself with [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny Stalin's USSR]], and most of the novel is about Guy's growing disillusionment with an increasingly ignoble cause.
* in Gary Paulsen's ''Harris and Me'', mention is made of the 'Commie Japs', presumably North Koreans, by a veteran of the UsefulNotes/KoreanWar.
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[[folder: Live-Action Television]]
* Amusingly averted in the ''{{Series/Mash}}'' episode, "A Smattering of Intelligence," in which Hawkeye and Trapper fool one secret agent into thinking Burns is a communist and convince the other that he's a fascist. They compare notes and realize that ''someone'' must be lying, as it's impossible to be both.
* The evil organization Kaos in ''Series/GetSmart'', as "generic bad guys" were clearly a mixture both communists and Nazis, with everyone having either a German accent or a Russian accent. This was always done with a wink and a nod, since ''Get Smart'' was a parody of spy shows and movies.
** In TheMostDangerousGame "homage" episode, "Island of the Damned", the villain is alleged to have successively belonged to the Nazis, the Communists, the Mafia, and KAOS, at which Smart exclaims, "If there's anything I hate, it's a joiner!"
* The Peacekeepers in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': they're totalitarian, but their official ideology is rarely discussed (they're officially anti-species-mixing, but at least one and quite possibly two HalfHumanHybrids have reached high positions), and their design aesthetic is an equal mix of Nazism and the Soviet Union in its short-lived early Modernist phase
* The Cardassians in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', their internal policies are definitely Communist, complete with {{Kangaroo Court}}s and a rogue KGB-esque intelligence service, but their foreign policy is disturbingly Nazi, right down to the concentration camps and rampant CulturalPosturing.
** Although the Nazis also had Kangaroo Courts.
* Although the Daleks of ''Series/DoctorWho'' are blatant [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis by another name]], their first story uses them to reflect UsefulNotes/ColdWar fears of [[RedsWithRockets nuclear warfare]].
* Played straight in ''Series/MacGyver;'' the episode "The Enemy Within" began with Mac on a mission behind the Iron Curtain narrowly escaping from East German troops dressed in World War Two era Wehrmacht uniforms.
* Played straight in ''Series/{{Airwolf}}'' episode "Fallen Angel," in which Archangel is captured by Karl Kruger, an ex-Nazi war criminal now working for the East Germans. Previously averted in "Fight Like A Dove," which also featured an ex-Nazi named Kruger, but this one working for Archangel.
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[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy]]
* In George Carlin's routine "Beard", he discusses how, at the time, people with thick, bushy beards were sometimes considered "Commie Nazi Fag Junkies". He then goes on to note on how many levels that doesn't work.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The Imperium of Man in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is [[ChurchMilitant neither Fascist nor Communist]], but has distinct elements of both -- including "Commissars" named for the Soviet ideological officers and dressed like Nazi agents. This is probably a case of FutureImperfect.
** The entire setting is something of [[AnachronismStew a melting pot of historical influences]], spiked with generous helpings of grim dark. The [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Death Corps of Krieg]] in particular are the most straight examples, being patterned after [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne WWI]]-era German trench infantry while being lead by Commissars patterned after [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]-era Soviet [[ThePoliticalOfficer political officers]].
*** The Kriegs are actually an amalgam of WWI references: the colour scheme and helmets are unmistakably German, but the coats are French and the gas masks are Russian.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', Alpha Complex is at war with the Commies (among many others); one module portrays the Commie-run Alpha State, who's at war with the [=NazCIA=].
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* The Helghast of the ''{{Killzone}}'' series are mostly your typical [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Nazis By Any Other Name]], but some of their iconography and ideals show a lot of Stalinist influence. Heck, even one of their commanders ''physically looks like'' Stalin.
** The Helghast leader, Scolar Visari, is pretty much Space Hitler. "Visari" also sounds like part of "Vissarionovich", which in turn is part of Stalin's given name.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' features the Ascension group, Nazi scientists working on the Soviet space program in an early level, and later we're introduced to Dr. Friedrich Steiner, a scientist employed by the Waffen-SS during the war to produce the 'Nova 6' toxin gas who later defects to join the USSR.
* [[TheEmpire The East Europan Empire Alliance]] of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' play with this trope in spite of being an autocratic absolute monarchy, effectively making them [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Commie Nazi Bismarckean Habsburg Tsarists.]]
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[[folder: Web Originals]]
* [[http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/80590824/ This image]] originated from Website/SomethingAwful. Once there was a "make German translations of image macros" thread and the second picture in the thread was a translation of that picture.
** This is also a wonderful example of the generalized form of PoesLaw.
* The Rather Good Flash video ''[[http://www.rathergood.com/laibach Fear the Kitties]]'' could be considered an example of this. The song is in German, and mocks Germany's fascist tendencies. The kitties, however, are wearing ''Russian'' uniforms.
* The people quoted on ''Website/FundiesSayTheDarndestThings'' are very prone to accusing people of being "communist Nazis". Or [[LogicBomb "atheist Muslims"]].
* An alliance between Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia was narrowly averted according to ''Website/{{Cracked}}'''s "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20192_5-insane-what-if-scenarios-that-almost-changed-everything_p2.html 5 Insane 'What If' Scenarios That Almost Changed Everything]]".
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', the TropeNamer:
--> "[[TheAhnold [=McBain=]]] to base! Under attack by Commie-Nazis!"
--> "They won't stop me from delivering these UNICEF pennies!"
--> "Go pennies! Help the puny children who need you!"
* ''RockyAndBullwinkle'': In the evil country of Potsylvania everyone is either a communist or a Nazi or both. However, since it's primarily a kids' show, this is mostly played for laughs.
** Rocky and Rullwinkle's main enemy, Boris Badenov, had a name that was clearly supposed to sound Russian, and Natasha Fatale had the type of accent that's often used to sound Russian. (However, June Foray reported that they were only supposed to be from an unspecified Balkan area.) And their boss is a Nazi known only as Fearless Leader, who closely resembles Otto Skorzeny.
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