[[caption-width-right:350: Wait a minute, a ''[[MindScrew Jewish]]'' [[{{Irony}} swastika?!]]]]
->''"You idiot, this isn't a Nazi swastika. This is a Buddhist swastika."''
-->--'''Kazemaru''', WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged

[[OlderThanTheyThink The swastika is an ancient sun symbol, used in many cultures throughout history]]. If you see a swastika in a work any work made in the 1920s or earlier, the symbol has nothing to do with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany.

It's usually golden rather than black, often has arms pointing anti-clockwise in contrast to the clockwise Nazi swastika, and standing "straight", with one cross-arm vertical and the other horizontal, rather than standing on one corner like the Nazi one. Usually, but far from always, there are lots of variants. See the RealLife examples below for more details.

Note on terminology:
* '''Swastika''' is the modern English word for the symbol facing either direction (卍 or 卐), a loanword based on the Sanskrit word for the 卐 symbol, "svastika" (which also has some other meanings). For reference, the Sanskrit for 卍 is "sauvastika".
* '''Manji''' is the Japanese word for the counterclockwise version of the symbol (卍). Japanese also has a few different words for the clockwise version (卐), most of which translate along the lines of "reverse manji". It comes from the Chinese character for either symbol, man (卍 or 卐)"manji" means "man symbol/letter/character".

Polar opposite of ANaziByAnyOtherName: ''This'' trope is about cases where the most famous symbol of Nazism actually doesn't have anything to do with Nazism.

Contrast NoSwastikas.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has a minor villain with a manji tattooed on his forehead. This was removed in the English anime dub, but kept in the English manga localization with an editorial note for explanation. This is lampshaded in [[WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged Lanipator's]] AbridgedSeries. Yusuke calls the villain a skinhead, and when the villain reacts with wonderment, Yusuke asks him how he couldn't see that one coming, pointing that he is both bald and has a swastika on his forehead. It then gets a further twist, as the villain starts explaining at length how his swastika is not German but Buddhist, and Yusuke attacks him while he monologues, telling him afterwards that he was perfectly aware of the difference but needed a distraction.
* Manji of ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' has the swastika on the back of his clothes as a reference to immortality. In the original version, it's drawn in the "Nazi direction", but in the English translation it was flipped to the "Buddhist direction".
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Ichigo's bankai incorporates a swastika into the sword's guard. The swastika itself is used in writing the word "bankai"--卍解--making Zangetsu's release a kind of visual pun.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', a swastika was incorporated in the crest of the Whitebeard pirates. This was changed in the anime to crossbones in a + shape. The manga later {{Retcon}}ned the symbol to match. Viz Media left the early logo unaltered in their English translation, but added an editors note explaining that it's "an ancient Buddhist symbol, not a swastika".
* In ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', the Caged Bird seal is a manji symbol in the manga, [[{{Bowdlerization}} but the anime changed it to an "X"]].
* Early in ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', there's a {{Yakuza}}-like faction called the "Hishimanji". They wear armbands with the manji turned on one of its corners (yes, just like the Nazis), as well as having them printed in a few spots of their robes.

[[folder: Business]]
* There was a Swastika Laundry in Dublin who even painted it in black on a white roundel on their [[http://www.curbsideclassic.com/blog/the-swastika-laundry-electric-trucks-we-had-it-first/ red trucks]], adding "Since 1912" in 1940. They stayed in business until the '70s.
* The Coca-Cola company produced [[http://www.adbranch.com/coca-cola-swastika/ swastika watch fobs]] in the 1920's. They're somewhat rare and obscure collector's items today.
* Carlsberg beer formerly had a swastika emblem. At the brewery in Denmark, there is (or was in 1975) a life-size stone elephant resting one foot on a sphere adorned with a swastika.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/SinCity'', the assassin Miho throws a large shuriken in the shape of a swastika.
* A non-Nazi swastika was used as a weapon ''against'' Nazis in an issue of Creator/GrantMorrison's run on [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]]. In an alternate reality, a non-powered Franchise/WonderWoman fights Nazi zombies, who are repelled by a Buddhist swastika.

* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', Robert Langdon is giving a speech at a conference. He shows part of an image of a swastika, everyone thinks about Nazis, then Langdon shows the complete image, with a clearly Buddhist context.
* In ''Bollywood/KalHoNaaHo'', Naina and Jennifer paint a swastika in the window of their restaurant in New York as part of its revamping. No one comments on this, and the new concept is a huge success.
* Subverted in ''Film/OneNightWithTheKing'', an adaptation of the Literature/BookOfEsther. The villain Haman wears the good luck swastika millennia before the Nazis, yet also happens to be planning to exterminate the Jews.
* In ''Film/IronSky'', when the [[SpaceNazis Moon Nazis]] attack, everyone thinks India is in league with them because the Indian ambassador to the UN happened to be wearing a ring with a swastika on it.
* In ''Film/DasepoSonyo'', a swastika can be seen in the background of a Buddhist class.
* ''Film/TsogtTaij'': Played with. It is a non-Nazi swastika, being a symbol of Tibetan Buddhism...but this film was made in Mongolia, a Soviet client state, in 1945. The Tibetan Buddhists are the bad guys, seeking to enslave and oppress the Mongolians. It's really an example of both this trope ''and'' ANaziByAnyOtherName.
* ''Film/MasterOfTheFlyingGuillotine'': Flying Guillotine masquerades as a Buddhist monk while wearing robes emblazoned with a giant swastika.

* One autobiography of the last emperor of Russia mentions the empress being very fond of the Swastika.
* In ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'', the Jewish gangster Meyer Wolfsheim operates out of the "Swastika Club" (presumably, like many older buildings, it has that design on it). There is some argument though that this wasn't an innocent usage, as Wolfsheim is something of an anti-Semitic caricature, the Nazi movement had already adopted it as their symbol by the time the novel was written, and Fitzgerald was fairly knowledgeable of white supremacist movements.
* UK editions of Creator/RudyardKipling's books published before the 1930s often have left-hand swastikas on the title pages.
* "Origin Story", by Dwight R. Decker, uses this trope; a magical being who's been away for the past century gets turned down when he tries to give a man the [[EmbarrassingButEmpoweringOutfit superpowers and identity of Captain Swastika (with big swastikas on his costume)]].
* Invoked in Creator/PoulAnderson's ''Literature/OperationChaos'', where the hero, from a universe where UsefulNotes/WorldWarII was fought entirely differently, knows no other form and can not understand why a demon in hell is wearing the ancient and honorable symbol of the fylfot. The reader, of course, gets enough clues to recognize a {{Ghostapo}} Hitler.
* Creator/CarlSagan's book ''Comet'' recounts an instance during the filming of ''Series/CosmosAPersonalVoyage'' where the film crew were greeted with paper swastikas while filming in India during a festival. Several of the crew, including Sagan himself (who was Jewish), were briefly alarmed until they realized it was an example of this trope.
* ''Literature/OneNationUnderJupiter'': Gottlieb gives a swastika necklace to Diagoras, calling it a symbol of Thor. Justified as the Nazis never existed in this timeline.
* One of the needle monster species in ''Literature/EdenGreen'' looks like an 'X' when standing still; when rolling toward prey, its legs hinge, taking on the appearance of a dizzying swastika.

[[folder:Live-Action Television]]
* ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'': in the "Rakshasa" episode, Kolchak sought wisdom from an emigrant from India, who had swastikas. The man explained that in his culture they were holy symbols.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'' : The "Calusari" episode features a swastika as a Romanian symbol of protection.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In a Milt Gross ''Count Screwloose'' comic done on November 2, 1930, a canoe with a thick-lined, red swastika is pictured in one of the panels.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling wrestler Manjimaru used to wear pants emblazoned with the svastika because his name contains the 卍 character. His former partners Brahman Brothers, however, wore svastikas only ForTheEvulz.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One of the ''TabletopGame/{{Pokemon}}'' trading card game cards, the Koga's Ninja Trick card, originally had the symbol on it in mirror image until people complained and it was altered.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** Both Ran and Yukari Yakumo from ''Perfect Cherry Blossom'' use a swastika-themed spellcard in their battles with you. Ran's version is ''Shikigami's Shot "Ultimate Buddhist"'' and Yukari's is ''Evil Spirits "Butterfly in the Zen Temple."''
** ''Imperishable Night'' has Fujiwara no Mokou's Deathless "Xu Fu's Dimension" spellcard.
* This is set up purposefully in ''VideoGame/EpicBattleFantasy 2''. The Big Bad Lance is portrayed as a neo-Nazi intent on destroying the world to rebuild it. However, if one looks carefully at his uniform, his swastika is facing the other direction from the Nazi swastika to form the Buddhist symbol for peace, an appropriate reflection of his ultimate motives.
* The original ''VideoGame/{{The Legend Of Zelda|I}}'' has a dungeon shaped like a swastika, described as "manji" in the manual. Definitely a case of ValuesDissonance.
* Appears in the seventh world of Namco's arcade game ''Phozon''. A clockwise swastika appears in the world's second stage and a counter-clockwise swastika appears in the world's third stage.
* In ''VideoGame/TengaiMakyou II: Manjimaru'', the title character's name is written with one.
* Appears as the crest of many Indian regions in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings 2: Rajahs of India''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/CityOfReality'': Todo [[http://cityofreality.com/2009/10/15/04-01-goldtrim/ has a shirt]] with one on the front, off-center. It is never shown in its entirety.
* ''Webcomic/{{Subnormality}}'': At one point, the time-traveling Nazis ''claim'' to be doing this.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Used for DeliberateValuesDissonance in the AlternateHistory timeline "Monarchy World" by Tony Jones, in which a swastika is used as the emblem of the United Nations-equivalent precisely because it is such a universally used symbol in many cultures and religions (see below).
* In ''Literature/LookToTheWest'' the swastika becomes thought of as an Etruscan symbol because it was found on an Etruscan artefact and then used as the symbol of a Tuscan-based radical movement inspired by the Etruscan civilisation as a result. In reality of course the Etruscans were just one of many cultures to use the symbol, but it's the one that got all the publicity.
* An Internet meme popularized by YTMND makes fun of the general public's ignorance of non-Nazi swastikas and will usually display either an unintentionally swastika-shaped design or a historic/non-Nazi example with the caption "OMG Secret Nazi _____!", often accompanied with a superimposed image of Hitler and German dance-pop music.

* [[FusionDance Gem fusion designs]] from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are heavily inspired by Hinduism, and take other thematic elements from the religion. This is why the original animatic for the episode which introduced fusion, "Giant Woman", shows Opal arranging her four arms into the shape of a traditional Hindu swastika when summoning her weapon. The swastika, however, was not used in the final version, for obvious reasons.

* Here's a list of cultures and religions that have used the swastika.
** Hinduism: A representation of the god Ganesh, as an emblem of good fortune, to evoke "Shakti".
** Buddhism: As a representation of eternity.
** China and Japan: Eternity and the number 10,000. Also used in Japan (as well as in Korea, Taiwan, and UsefulNotes/HongKong) to mark the locations of Buddhist temples on maps.
** Jainism: Even more prominent than in Buddhism or Hinduism; all holy books and temples must bear the swastika.
** Iran: A golden necklace of three swastikas at least three thousand years old was found.
** Ural Mountains: The Bashkir people feature the swastika prominently in their ancient iconography.
** Armenia: The swastika was prominent in medieval architecture, such as churches and fortresses, and also found in pre-Christian carvings. It was called an ''arevkhatch'' (sun cross).
** Ethiopia: The rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, an ancient town in northern Ethiopia, have swastika-shaped windows.
** Pre-Columbian America: The swastika has been found associated with cultures throughout North and South America, including the First Nations of Canada, the Navajo and Hopi of the southwestern United States, the Mississippian culture of the east and southeast US, and the Kuna people of Panama. Some of these are still in use today, though efforts are made to distance them from the Nazis.
** AncientGrome: A symbol of eternal motion, representing a windmill or watermill. Typically not found alone, but rather as part of a repeating design.
** Celtic: Pre-Christian Celts used swastikas on their metalwork and stonework. They also occur as an incidental pattern within [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celtic_knot Knotwork]], especially the four-cord style.
** Germans: Bore special importance in funerary symbols, possibly as an emblem of Thor.
** Illyria (South-eastern Europe): Represented the sun.
** Baltics: Pre-Christian. The two versions were called the fire cross and the thunder cross, and represented the thunder god Perkons and the sun.
** The Basques: Their main symbol is a decidedly curvy variation resembling four commas. It is still commonly seen throughout Basque communities.
** Slavic: Pre-Christian. Found in ornamentation, usually as a solar symbol.
** Sami (Arctic Europeans): A double cross or double axe is found on their drums, thought to represent the thunder god, a derivation of Thor.
** Numerous Cultures: As noted earlier with Celtic Knotwork, variants of the swastika pattern are easily generated within repeating patterns of lines and shapes. Associations both positive and negative aside, four pointed spirals make for eye-catching design elements, and so they can be discovered in tiled-pattern-based art forms ranging from [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_geometric_patterns Islamic geometric art]] to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quilt#Block_designs quilting]]. In addition to making for the occasional [[HaveAGayOldTime awkward antique wallpaper or tile floor]], it is also the source of some occasional EveryoneIsSatanInHell drama when a modern designer fails to notice, say, something unusual about [[http://www.cracked.com/article_23664_8-brands-who-shot-themselves-in-foot-and-kept-shooting_p2.html the pattern on that Hanukkah giftwrap they're making.]]
* The Raelians hold an annual "take back the swastika" day to try to rehabilitate the public's perception of the swastika. Given that they're a UFO cult, not many notice and even fewer care.
* [[http://reclaimtheswastika.com/ Reclaim the Swastika]] is a website dedicated to try to rehabilitate the public's perception of the swastika.
* The Finnish Air Force used to use a swastika because that was the personal lucky emblem of Count Eric von Rosen, the man who donated their first plane. Confusing when UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} was in an EnemyMine-style alliance with Nazi Germany during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (and operated American and Dutch planes).
** The swastika is square and blue, making it easily distinguishable from the Nazi one. A variant with long central arms was used by the army. While the air force now uses a roundel, both types of swastikas are still quietly found on flags, medals, and war memorials.
** The official Finnish order [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_White_Rose_of_Finland Order of the White Rose of Finland]] had swastikas as part of its collar until 1963, where they were replaced with fir crosses.
** There is an indirect connection between the Finnish swastika and the Nazis. The benefactor of the Finnish air force, the Swedish Count von Rosen, was a good friend of Hermann Goering when the latter was in exile in Sweden in 1920's. Indeed, Goering would go on to marry the count's niece. It is possible that the Nazi use of swastika drew some inspiration from this relationship.
* The Isle of Man (in the British Isles) has a time-honoured ''triskelion'' three human legs in armor, conjoined in a swastika-like arrangement as its [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Isle_of_Man_Flag.jpg national emblem]].
* The US 45th division (formed from Arizona National Guard) had a yellow swastika on red as its patch until 1939. This was replaced by a gold Thunderbird. Interestingly, Bill Mauldin (who was in the division, from when it was still National Guard) didn't make a cartoon about it.
* A wartime division raised in the south-west also wore the Native American swastika prominently on both arms. In early 1942 they were on the point of boarding ship on the East Coast to arrive in Great Britain as one of the first large American contingents. At the last minute it was suggested that eighteen thousand Americans arriving in Britain wearing swastika arm patches was not likely to win hearts and minds. The Thunderbird patches were provided as a tactful alternative.
* The original highway signs for Arizona had [[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/06/Arizona_highway_marker.jpg swastikas in an arrowhead at the bottom]] up until 1942, when it was changed for obvious reasons.
* RedOctober era Russia: the swastika was used as a symbol on the Provisional Government money (kerenki). The Bolsheviks also considered adopting it but ultimately rejected it in favor of the famous red star. Ironically, the Nazi party chose it to have a strong, identifiable symbol which would counter the Communists'.
* Occult: The "Sign of the Mourning of Isis" in some GoldenDawn derived groups involves taking up a swastika posture.
* The [=CU=](Credit Union) Service Center has [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/cuswirl_4481.gif a swastika that is tilted at a 45 degree angle (like the Nazi swastika), but has curved spokes that come to a point (unlike the Nazi swastika)]] as its symbol.
* The Coronado Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego Bay features a swastika-shaped building... and, just across the street to the southwest, two bomber-shaped buildings 'flying' towards it. (This one was built in WWII.) This caused a controversy in 2007, when someone spotted the swastika with Google Earth but missed the bombers.
* Carlsberg Beer originally had a swastika [[http://www.carlsberggroup.com/Company/heritage/Pages/CarlJacobsenstrademark1881.aspx as part of their trademark]]. Its use was gradually phased out during the thirties and the swastika finally disappeared completely in 1945, however it can still be seen on the old brewery buildings as well as on some of the museums and churches in Copenhagen that the brewery's philanthropic owner Carl Jacobsen paid for.
* The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado (famous as the inspiration for the Overlook in ''Literature/TheShining''), built in 1907, featured ornamental swastikas in the woodwork. These have since been covered up with wooden plaques, but it's not too hard to point them out.
* The Japanese martial art of Shorinji Kempo, originally used the Buddhist swastika as its emblem. It's now been replaced by a pair of intertwining circles, which are interpreted as spinning swastikas. The Buddhist swastika, however, is still retained in the Shorinji Kempo headquarters in Shikoku island, Japan.
* Dutch martial artist Gerard Gordeau has a swastika tattooed on his torso, which along his bald head and his status as one of the most infamous dirty fighters in the world has gained him some serious heat among UsefulNotes/MixedMartialArts fans. However, the swastika itself is actually part of a bigger tattoo which contains Buddhist art, and Gordeau himself is rumored to have Jewish ancestry, so he is far from being a Nazi skinhead.
* The workers who built The Spirit of St. Louis painted a swastika inside of the propeller's nose for luck along with their signatures. The sign next to the nose cone in its display at the Smithsonian explains that this use of the symbol was Native-American-influenced, but given Charles Lindbergh's later history[[note]]Lindbergh blamed the United States' entry into UsefulNotes/WorldWarII on an Anglo-Jewish conspiracy.[[/note]], it can be seen as HarsherInHindsight.
* Corsair LED PC case fans, due to placement of 4 LED strips across the curved fan arms, end up creating a very [[http://i.imgur.com/faWd47Y.jpg Swastika-like pattern]] on the front of your computer when running, complete with the enclosing circle. [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation "PC Masterrace" jokes aside]], it's probably unintentional on Corsair's part.
* The entrance hall of the Botanic Faculty of the University of Munich features a rather prominent swastika mosaic on its marble floor. Even though the design, representing flora and fertility, dates back all the way to 1910, it still tends to turn a lot of heads due to the fact that it's in ''UsefulNotes/{{Munich}}'', of all places. The university even considered putting up an explanatory sign next to it.
* Until 1983, the yearbook at New Mexico State University was called Swastika. It was changed in spite of a poll in which students voted overwhelmingly to keep it.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika,_Ontario Swastika]] is a small mining town in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1908 and named after the original good luck symbol, the community refused on multiple occasions to change the town's name despite being OvershadowedByControversy since World War II.
* [[http://orig14.deviantart.net/208a/f/2012/268/0/0/2__marine_brigade_ehrhardt_song_book_by_julius1880-d5fv0m7.jpg Soldiers of the Marinebrigade Ehrhardt]], a Free Corps led by Hermann Ehrhardt that operated at the start of the UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic. It had no ties to the nascent nazi party initially, although it had similar ultra-nationalist and anticommunist prospects. It took part in the fightings for the cities of central Germany and the northwestern ports during the late 1918/early 1919 communist revolution attempts and the Silesian uprisings against Polish insurgents, participated in the Kapp Putsch in 1920, disbanded that year and eventually formed a secret society, the Organisation Consul, which assassinated Foreign Minister Walther Rathenau in 1922. During UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler's Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, Ehrhardt refused to help the nazi party but most of his men eventually joined it, and he ended up one of those listed to be killed during [[ThePurge the Night of the Long Knives]], but managed to escape to Austria.