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:
  • Death Is Cheap: Any character can be killed, but brought back with little or no explanation.
  • Depending on the Writer: The characters can differ greatly between parodists.
  • Flanderization: Their personality traits from the original films are exaggerated for humorous effect.

Tropes applying to most characters:
  • Anti Villains: They're not exactly the most sympathetic bunch.
  • Ascended Extras: A large amount of the characters used in the parodies had very limited roles in the actual movie, with some only showing up for one scene.
  • 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 
  • Evil Minions: Definitely not the competent kind.
  • Historical Villain Downgrade: They're not even remotely as threatening as their historical counterparts.
  • Laughably Evil: Whether they intend to be or not.
  • Nazi Protagonists: Also doubling as Those Wacky Nazis.
  • Trolls: Almost all of the characters have at least one video dedicated to them purposely annoying Hitler in some way. Hitler himself will occasionally become this as a way of getting revenge on them.
  • World of Snark: 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.

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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.
  • Sore Loser: Does not take Germany's victory in the 2014 World Cup Final well, to the point that he discourages Eva from celebrating the occasion.
  • Troll: Or "Antic Master" as he prefers to be called. His antics range from mundane pranks to criminal acts to surreal sorcery. He often torments Hitler and the other Nazis, much to their dismay.
  • Why Won't You Die?: This whole video is about everyone discussing failed attempts to kill him right in front of him, and outrightly call him out that why he won't die.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Antics.

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.

  • 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".
  • Not So Above It All: While often the Only Sane Man, 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.
  • Only Sane Man: Often the case, particularly when Hitler's schemes are on the verge of lunacy.
  • 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?"
  • Virgin-Shaming: Hitler frequently mocks Jodl for his apparent virginity, almost as much as his baldness (often implying the two are connected.)
  • Yes-Man: Inverted; he often, if not always, objects to Hitler's plans.
  • 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/boyfriend of Krebs.
  • The Alcoholic: Even more so than in the original film. Drinks whenever Hitler rants or Fegelein trolls him. Or even when nothing happens.
  • Berserk Button: He seems to really hate it when Fritzsche goes anywhere near a telephone, for various reasons.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Poor old man."
  • Commander Contrarian: While nowhere near the level of Jodl, he often objected to Hitler's rants during the early videos and sometimes still does if the Original Bunker Scene is used. When drunk, he also mocks Hitler as "Poor Old Man."
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Fast-Talking Boozing Burgdorf" and "Burger-Dork".
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Literally, given how eager he is to whip out his gun; sometimes at the slightest annoyance.
  • Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Known for his infamously terrible "Singing Burgdorf Incident" intended as a Hitler Youth commercial.
  • I Call It "Vera": Refers to his Walther PPK as his "magnificent gun".
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: It's implied he may have been driven to the bottle by the insanity of what goes on in the Fuhrerbunker.
  • Large Ham: Though not as hammy as Hitler.
  • Motor Mouth: He can rant very quickly.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Krebs, sometimes as lovers.
  • Trigger Happy: He always unsuccessfully attempts to shoot Hans Fritzsche (if not other characters like Hitler, Fegelein or Justin Bieber).
  • Weapon of Choice: His Walther PPK pistol, which he uses for the above purpose.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Drinking alcohol, gunslinging, and/or singing "poor old man".

Hans Krebs
Another Wehrmacht general who has a strange obsession with maps and fish. He is the best friend (or sometimes boyfriend) of Burgdorf. He points at maps for Hitler during planning/ranting sessions, and is sometimes sent to speak with the Soviet general Chuikov.
  • A Boy and His X: A map pointer and his fish.
  • Berserk Button: Mocking his fish, or touching his maps.
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: His obsession with fish often veers into this territory.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Often daydreams about his beloved maps and fish.
  • Companion Cube: Loves pointing at maps.
  • Death Glare: Gives a surprisingly intimidating one to Chuikov when they're negotiating something.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: "Krebs the Map Pointer", "Fishman", and "Map Pervert".
  • Fetish: Guess.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Tried using his maps and fish to kill Fegelein at least once.
  • Mondegreen: The German word for "fish" is "Fisch" and pronounced similarly to English. However, that is not the word he says. It's Bewegungsunfähig (immobilised or unable to move). However, Krebs says it so obscurely and rapidly that it ends up causing a "ssh" sound thus it ends up as Bewegungsunfish.
  • Mr. Exposition: Usually the one to explain the situation at hand.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: In one scene, where one of Goebbels' children bumps into him. Parodied henceforth and in some lengthened versions of the Bunker Jokes fused with Hewel and other drunks laughing.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Burgdorf, sometimes as lovers.
  • Tranquil Fury: Slips into this when negotiating with Chuikov, leveling a Death Glare while all but hissing in Russian.
  • Verbal Tic: "Fish."
  • Yes-Man: Jodl will object to Hitler's plans, but Krebs will instead support them and provide suggestions where his fish can help. However he's nowhere near the level of Goebbels.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Map pointing, and/or responding everything with fish involved in it.

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.
  • Depending on the Writer: Though most Untergangers make him an ally of Fegelein, Hitler Rants Parodies' 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).
  • Evil Mentor: He's the one who taught Fegelein the art of committing antics.
  • 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
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Seeing as Fegelein is the big trickster in the bunker and he is the understudy to Himmler...
  • 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: 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.
  • The Stoic: Much like Keitel, he always keeps a straight face and no-nonsense attitude.
  • 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.
  • Badass Adorable: Despite crying a lot, she has vocally made it clear in some videos that she will not stand for Fegelein's shenanigans.
  • Big Eater: She eats more than Goering!
  • Butt-Monkey: Is treated as the "Meg Griffin" of the bunker.
  • Cry Cute: Some of the characters even make note of this.
  • Damsel in Distress: Plays this role in several videos that depict Gunsche going up against Fegelein.
  • Designated Love Interest: To Gunsche.
  • Drama Queen: During the Original Bunker Scene, Hitler's ranting always drives Gerda to tears, while Traudl comforts her.
  • Fragile Flower: Gerda cries A LOT for pretty much no reason most of the time.
  • Friendship Moment: She is always quick to comfort Traudl whenever she's having a breakdown at Eva's parties, as well as help her escape when the building gets hit by an artillery shell.
  • Gasshole: Apparently, she gets extremely gassy after eating taco bell. Much to the annoyance of Hitler.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Traudl.
  • Informed Deformity: She isn't considered to be as pretty as Traudl.
  • Your Answer to Everything: Crying.

Eva Braun
Hitler's loving wife, who always supports him no matter what crazy hell she's put through.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Begs Hitler to get her some new shoes in this video.
  • The Be Careful Speech: Often gives one to Hitler just before he's about to do something stupid. She often gets ignored.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Gets extremely upset anytime Hitler even thinks about making a move on another woman, and can get quite vengeful when he actually does.
  • Dark Mistress: Always stands by Hitler, usually due to her ditzyness.
  • Drama Queen: Will usually come into Hitler's office sobbing over something trivial.
  • Dumb Blonde: To an even bigger extent than the movie.
  • Extreme Doormat: Allows Hitler to do whatever he wants with her with little objection.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Is usually portrayed as an utterly wide-eyed optimist hosting parties, getting drunk and dancing crazily even if the Soviets are bombing Berlin to pieces. Even Fegelein shows concern for her erratic behaviour.
  • In Universe Nickname: "Ms. Hitler"
  • Life of the Party: As with the original film, Eva likes to start parties. However for some reason, an explosion (caused by Soviet artillery in the original movie) will always abruptly end it.
  • Love Martyr: Also to an even bigger extent than the movie.
  • Neutral Female: Despite loving both of them, she does nothing to help Hitler or Fegelein.

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".
  • 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 and Goebbels' loyalty to Hitler.
  • 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.

    Minor Characters 

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: In real life, Hewel actually loves antics, thus making him historically, the real "Antic Master". In the Parodies, he's the ringleader of the "Bunker Jokes" Series where he and some officials get drunk and mock various Downfall characters.
  • 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: 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.

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.
  • General Failure: Played with depending on the parody. He usually fails to carry out Hitler's plans and tasks for some reason, but he does occasionally succeed (but then Hitler or one of the others screws it up). During the War of the Hitlers, he was mentioned by several in the Bunker as doing exceptionally well at facing off against the other Hitlers' armies, but was ultimately defeated by Adolf Hilter's forces.
  • The Ghost: Due to not having an actor in the original film, he is only mentioned and never seen. This has been lampshaded many times.

Walther Wenck

Another unseen Nazi commander who Hitler sometimes involves in his plans, but not as frequently as Steiner.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Near the end of War of the Hitlers, Wenck manages to get all soldiers from all the fallen Hitlers under his banner, assembling a force of at least one million soldiers. He then saves the day for the Downfall Hitler, who nearly lost all hope.
  • The Ghost: Just like Steiner.
  • Spanner in the Works: Were it not for him gathering the large army, Downfall Hitler would have taken his own life in despair, essentially letting real life Hitler win the War of the Hitlers.