Characters: Hitler Rants

Although starting out as a series of videos of the same scene, with Hitler ranting about whatever topic comes up, Hitler Rants has since evolved into a universe of its own with more scenes from Downfall and even other films being used. The character sheet for the original film is here. More characters can be found here.

NOTE: This page focuses only on characters who were introduced from Downfall. For characters who originated from other media, see Other Characters.

Tropes applying to all characters:

Tropes applying to most characters:
  • Anti Heroes / Anti Villains: They're not exactly the most sympathetic bunch.
  • Butt Monkeys: Many of them are to some extent, though Hitler gets the worst of it. Fegelein is the main exception, causing suffering rather than receiving it.
  • Catch Phrase: Hitler's underlings usually greet him with:
    • "Heil Hitler!"note 
    • "Mein Fuhrer"note 
  • Deadpan Snarkers: Virtually every single character in the series at one point has made a snarky remark or joke while speaking in a serious tone of voice, though there are some characters that do it more often than others.
  • Evil Minions: Definitely not the competent kind.
  • Laughably Evil: Whether they intend to be or not.
  • Nazi Protagonists: Obviously, which combines:
  • Villain Decay: These guys are nowhere near as evil as the real Nazis were, being more of a bunch of buffoons than war criminals in this meme.

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    Main Characters 

Adolf Hitler (Downfall)

The dictator of Nazi Germany. Due to the Battle of Berlin (which is still being fought into the present day), Hitler is stuck inside the Fuhrerbunker beneath the Reich Chancellery. He is constantly enraged by every problem, both big and small, and always has a furious rant about something.

Hermann Fegelein

An SS officer and "Master of Antics", a prankster/trickster who enjoys harassing Hitler and others. He is the Fuhrer's sneaky arch-enemy, constantly evading punishment for his actions.

Otto Gunsche

A tall SS officer and Hitler's assistant. His job is to inform Hitler of everything he doesn't want to hear - from bad news, to redundant information, to even nonsensical statements. After informing, Hitler tasks Gunsche with finding Fegelein. He also asks Hitler of his opinion on various subjects, usually in the format of a "review" or "pros and cons" segment.

Alfred Jodl

A Wehrmacht general, known for his prominently bald head, as well as almost always disagreeing with Hitler's plans.
  • A Man Is Not a Virgin: Hitler frequently mocks Jodl for his apparent virginity, almost as much as his baldness (often implying the two are connected.)
  • Bald of Evil: He's often mocked for his shiny bald head, especially by Hitler.
  • Bearer of Bad News: In the Original Bunker Scene rants, Jodl informs that Steiner failed to execute Hitler's plans.
  • Butt Monkey: He gets no respect from Hitler due to both his baldness and objections. Sometimes he's even the butt of other people's jokes and insults.
  • Commander Contrarian: His only purpose is to object to whatever comes out of Hitler's mouth. Of course, the one plan he agreed to (getting a pay raise) was the plan Hitler actually wanted him to object to.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Baldy", "Mr. Clean", "Baldilocks", "Dr. Evil Rip-Off", "Hairless Ape", "Uncle Fester", "Bald Fuck", and "Bald Virgin".
  • Only Sane Man: Often the case, particularly when Hitler's schemes are on the verge of lunacy.
    • Not So Above It All: Though sometimes, it seems that Jodl objects just for the sake of being disagreeable, which may make him as eccentric as the other Nazis in the Fuhrerbunker. He'll also object for reasons that make no sense at all, or are just petty and/or childish.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: He wears three different disguises when he tries to be a successor as the Führer. None of them fool Hitler.
  • Servile Snarker: To the point that in more recent Hitler Plans videos by hitlerrantsparodies, Jodl throws all respect out the window and begins the video with "What kind of stupid plan are you planning now?"
  • Your Answer to Everything: Objecting.

Wilhelm Burgdorf

A Wehrmacht general who is known for his drunkenness, bad singing, trying to fire his gun at the slightest provocation, and being the best friend (or boyfriend) of Krebs.

Hans Krebs

Another Wehrmacht general who has a strange obsession with maps and fish. He is the best friend (or even boyfriend) of Burgdorf. He points at maps for Hitler during planning/ranting sessions, and is sometimes sent to speak with the Soviet general Chuikov.

Joseph Goebbels

The Nazi propaganda minister. Known for being the skull-faced yes-man of Hitler.

    Major Characters 

Heinrich Himmler

An SS general, and Fegelein's mentor in antics.
  • Bigger Bad: Seeing as Fegelein is the big trickster in the bunker and he is the understudy to Himmler...
  • Depending on the Writer: Though most Untergangers make him an ally of Fegelein, hitlerrantsparodies' version seems to be loyal to Hitler (though he simply refuses to do the weird tasks that the Fuhrer gives him, instead asking Walther Hewel to do them).
  • Faking the Dead: Does this in the "War of the Hitlers" series in his plans to get the Allies to supply reinforcements.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul
  • In-Series Nickname: "Himm-Dawg"
  • Jive Turkey: Talks like this in Viva La Fegel 2, but drops it soon after.
  • Lazy Bum: As mentioned above, Himmler usually refuses Hitler's tasks and instead gets Hewel to do them.
  • The Prankster / The Trickster: He's also involved with Fegelein's antics.
  • The Starscream: Against Hitler, usually. Hitler is usually made aware of this at dinner.

Hermann Göring

The Nazi aviation minister, who is morbidly obese and devours all food in his reach.

Wilhelm Keitel

Another Wehrmacht general who's known for not emoting a lot.

Martin Bormann

Reichsleiter and personal secretary to Hitler. He generally tends to inform Hitler about bad news, as well as scrape his chair across the floor.

Wilhelm Mohnke

A Brigadier General in the SS.
  • Bearer of Bad News: Though he can bring good news as well.
  • The Comically Serious / The Stoic: Much like Keitel, he always keeps a straight face and no-nonsense attitude.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Occasionally can be.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Bonkers", "Echmon", "Uncharismatic Oaf", and "Mohnkey".
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Is said to actually be one, and one time found himself locked in a monkey cage at a zoo.
  • Only Sane Man: He's more helpful and down-to-earth compared to the others, although he may have a few quirks.
  • The Reliable One: Even Hitler thinks so. His exposition and advice is usually helpful and Hitler rarely, if ever, rants at him. Goebbels however appears to hate him, as he's always seen yelling at him.
  • The Rival: To Jodl and Krebs. He once even tried to replace them as plan adviser and head map-pointer, respectively.
  • The Smart Guy: Sometimes.
  • Volleying Insults: Does this with Goebbels in this video.
  • Yes-Man: Hitler once briefly replaced Jodl with Mohnke as a plan adviser, as the latter would only accept his plans instead of rejecting them.

Ernst-Robert Grawitz

An SS doctor who sometimes informs Hitler before Gunsche does, or he makes a request that the Fuhrer dismisses.

Albert Speer

An architect, inventor, and salesman who works for the highest bidder.

Traudl Junge

Hitler's secretary, and the most desired woman among her male colleagues.

Gerda Christian

The other secretary and best friend of Traudl. Almost always cried whenever Hitler starts to rant.

Eva Braun

Hitler's loving wife, who always supports him no matter what crazy hell she's put through.

Magda Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels' wife, with whom they have six kids.
  • Bi the Way: Mentions this to Hitler in this video when begging him to let her have a night with Eva.
  • Catchphrase: "BITTE!" note 
  • Dodge the Bullet: Walks around in circles so fast that she's able to dodge Burgdorf's bullets without even putting much effort into it.
  • Drama Queen: She has a habit of personally kneeling, begging, and crying at Hitler's feet (very literally).
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Mrs. Skeletor".
  • Genki Girl: Is unusually energetic in most of her appearances, especially with the way she walks.
  • Kubrick Stare: Like her husband, she has her own Stare of Doom.
  • Mrs. Robinson: Is this to nearly all the characters. There is not one man or woman that she has not laid eyes on.
  • Nervous Wreck: A side-effect to her energetic behavior.
  • Neutral Female: Cares very little for what ever Hitler or Fegelein is up to.
  • Really Gets Around: She has cheated on Skeletor multiple times with people including Hitler, Eva, Traudl, Gerda, and Speer.
  • A Foursome Is Hot: How she convinces Hitler to let her "spend time" with Eva in the aforementioned video, as she offers to throw Traudl and Gerda in as well.
  • Unwanted Spouse: Both she and Skeletor share a mutual disliking of eachother, with them both eventually wanting to find someone new.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Whining.

Karl Koller

Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe, whom Hitler tends to talk to and get angry with on the phone often.

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Walther Hewel

German diplomat and personal friend to Hitler. Attempts to commit suicide often.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Hewel the Weasel" and "Ambassador to Nowhere".
  • Lazy Bum: Will sometimes disregard Hitler's tasks, including flat-out refusing to kill Fegelein in this video.
  • Mr. Exposition: Serves this role in several videos, to the point where Himmler tends to use him to explain everything to Hitler.
  • The Prankster / The Trickster: In real life, Hewel actually loves antics, thus making him historically, the real "Antic Master".
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Himmler is this to him, as he always tries to make him do odd tasks for Hitler.
  • The Storyteller: Hitler has him read bedtime stories to him every night before he falls asleep.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Despite committing suicide via cyanide and a bullet to the head, he always ends up returning.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Despite his suicide attempts, he usually is always the one to tell Hitler to look on the brighter side of things when Bormann informs him of bad news.

Helmuth Weidling

General of the Wermacht Heer and in charge of Berlin's defense. Is known to usually come in to save Fritzsche's life from Burgdorf's several thousand attempts to shoot him.

Heinz Linge

Hitler's own valet, who frequently does virtually nothing except opening up the door to Hitler's office.

Blondi

Hitler's dog, whom he often gives tasks to that his other generals couldn't do.

Robert Ritter von Greim

Commander of the sixth Luftflotte that can frequently be seen eating dinner with Hitler.
  • The Ditz: He usually isn't portrayed as being very smart.
  • General Failure: Is generally considered to be completely incompetent and incapable of doing anything useful.
  • Yes-Man: Will usually go along with anything Hitler says.

Hanna Reitsch

A German aviatrix that always tags along with Ritter von Greim to Hitler's dinners.
  • Adorkable: Just look at her in the "Hitler explains" videos and try not to squee.
  • The Ditz: Like von Greim, she isn't seen as being particularly bright.
  • Yes-Woman: She also agrees with Hitler's explanations.

Rochus Misch

Radio operator of the bunker who frequently plays a minimal role in things.
  • Catchphrase: "To Marshal Zhukov?"
  • Character Outlives Actor: His actor, Heinrich Schmieder, died in 21 July 2010. The real-life Misch died in 5 September 2013, more than 3 years after Schmieder's death.note 
  • In-Series Nickname: The Telegram Guy
  • The Quiet One: Has only one line in the parodies.

Hans Fritzsche

Nazi official whom Burgdorf has tried to shoot millions of times, but always fails.

Peter Högl

An SS officer who pulls Fegelein out of bed to arrest him. He often attempts to execute Fegelein, but usually fails. This is either due to Fegelein supposedly being immortal, or pulling another one of his tricks.
  • Catch Phrase: "Grüppenführer, sie stehen unter arrest!" note 
  • More Dakka: He uses an MP40 submachine gun for executions.
  • Professional Killer: His job is to pretty much kill whoever gets on Hitler's nerves.

Peter Kranz

A Hitler Youth member who's often seen fighting in the Berlin streets.

Goebbels children

The six kids of Joseph and Magda Goebbels. They consist of their son Helmut, and their daughters Holdine, Hildegard, Hedwig, Helga, and Heidrun.

Ernst-Günther Schenck

An SS colonel and doctor. One of the few actual heroic Nazis.
  • Demoted to Extra: Despite having a major role in the movie, he isn't used a lot in parodies; when he is, it's usually for a cameo.
  • Only Sane Man: In the "Assassination of Hitler" series, he's one of the few people that sees how pointless and hopeless the whole fight to become the new Fuhrer is.
  • Super Doc: In "Hitler and Operation Plumparossa", Hitler mentions that Schenck can cure them of their obesity.

Vasily Chuikov

A Soviet general who commands the Red Army forces invading Berlin. He is often seen meeting and talking with Hans Krebs, who is negotiating on Hitler's behalf.

Felix Steiner

An unseen SS general whose job is to help out Hitler with his plans, no matter how absurd they are.