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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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.
- Adaptational Heroism: Commits far fewer atrocities, admits to not being anti-Semitic (which gets him mocked by Inglourious!Hitler), and seems content to spend most of his time pulling pranks, dealing with internal bunker drama, and commenting on pop-culture. Of course, he's still a Villain Protagonist.
- Anti-Hero / Anti-Villain: While he's not really a hero, he also doesn't seem to be as evil as the real Hitler.
- Arch-Enemy: Fegelein, Himmler, Stalin, among many others.
- Asshole Victim: Due to being a Jerkass Villain Protagonist, he does deserve at least some of his problems. Though some might actually feel sorry for him when Fegelein's antics go too far.
- Authority in Name Only: Some videos imply that Hitler isn't much of a dictator or politician anymore, only exerting control over the Fuhrerbunker and the remnants of his severely weakened military. Sometimes he can even be seen working low-wage jobs or committing petty crimes (and even the police will still chase after him).
- Or this could be averted, with Hitler still being an active (but incompetent) national leader and businessman.
- Bad Boss / Mean Boss: He often takes out his anger on his military officers; especially (but not limited to) Jodl, Grawitz, and Gunsche.
- Berserk Button: EVERYTHING! He has a meltdown over any problem facing him, whether it's important or trivial. It ranges from:
- Big Bad: Depending on the Writer, Hitler plays this role while Fegelein is portrayed as the hero.
- Born Unlucky / Butt Monkey / Chew Toy / Cosmic Plaything: Almost nothing ever goes right for him. When Hitler actually succeeds at something, it comes off as a genuine surprise.
- Catch Phrase: He has a lot of catch phrases, often partially or fully mistranslated from the original German. They include, but are not limited to:
- Cloudcuckoolander: Probably because of all the craziness around him, Hitler's own sanity seems to be very weak. Some of his plans and rants can be very bizarre.
- Companion Cube:
- His desk, which is always ready to be banged three times with his fist, whenever he rants about Fegelein.
- His office door can also occasionally come along with him on his journeys.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: In videos by hitlerrantsparodies, Adolf Hitler controls a (government-owned) technology corporation called Reich Corp, which makes everything from computers to weaponry.
- Deadpan Snarker: He has a penchant for insults and sarcasm, though usually not so deadpan.
- The Determinator: Nothing will stop Hitler from trying to find and kill Fegelein, no matter how many times he fails.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Hitler never holds back on his insults even in the presence of super-powerful beings, including (but not limited to) a ghost girl, Slender Man, Mega Mario, Godzilla, theDevil, and even God!
- Drama King: In the Original Bunker Scenes alone, he melts down over even the most trivial inconveniences imaginable.
- Dream Weaver: Gets the ability to lucid dream in one video, where he dreams himself killing Fegelein and scoring with Megan Fox, only for Gunsche to suddenly wake him up.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Dolfy", "Shitler", and "Mein Failure".
- Enraged By Idiocy: Um, yeah.
- Even Evil Has Standards: It turns out that the Downfall Hitler (or at least hitlerrantsparodies' version of the character) isn't racist or homophobic like other Hitlers (which gets him mocked by Inglorious Basterds Hitler).
- Evil Sorcerer: At one point when he wields the Wand of Doom.
- Evil Versus Evil: Hitler's many conflicts with antic masters, other dictators, other Nazis, and even other Hitlers!
- Fourth Wall Observer: Hitler knows that he's the star of a YouTube meme that mocks him, and he's always unhappy about it.
- A Führer and His Desk: This video reveals that Hitler's desk has been a big part of his life since his childhood, which is why he is seen with it almost everywhere.
- General Failure: His plans fail and backfire on him almost all the time, whether to due to Hitler's own stubborn foolishness, or someone else accidentally or intentionally sabotaging them.
- The Grinch: He mimics the trope namer in this video.
- Hair-Trigger Temper / Unstoppable Rage: All the damn time. This is why he's such a Drama King.
- Hitler in His Bunker: Plans a lot, but he remains in the bunker most of the time while his officers carry out his work.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Almost all of his attempts at antics end up backfiring on him, such as when his own magic wand ended up being used against him and when he accidentally traps himself in a time loop, a fate he had intended for Fegelein.
- Humiliation Conga: A lot of times, due to Fegelein's antics, bad luck, or a combination of both.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Though how (un)sympathetic he is will vary depending on the episode.
- Jerkass: Not surprisingly, during his angry rants, he's prone to insulting people around him.
- Large Ham: Very much in the same way as portrayed in the original film.
- No Indoor Voice: All of his ranting and yelling, which exceeds any calm dialogue he has.
- Laughably Evil: Most of the humor is derived from Hitler's anger. However he hates being laughed at.
- Mall Santa: Gets a seasonal job as one in this video. He doesn't exactly enjoy it.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: He's survived multiple gunshot wounds (well, except in The Assassination Of Hitler), explosions, being exposed multiple times to radiation, massive burns, blunt force trauma injuries (from having stuff thrown at him, if not fall on his head), and more other injuries that can kill a regular dude.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: Hitler may epically fail most of the time, though if he was much more lucky, he would be a force to be reckoned with. Also, Downfall Hitler manages to win the War of the Hitlers, killing some alternate universe Hitlers along the way.
- One of Us: In an in-universe instance, Hitler is depicted as being a big fan of video games, Games of Thrones, Frozen, My Little Pony, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Star Trek, Star Wars... basically everything.
- Patriotic Fervor: He roots for Germany to win The World Cup 2014. They succeeded and there was much rejoicing (genuinely).
- The Pen Is Mightier: Hitler's Weapon of Choice is the "Pencil of Doom and Mass Destruction", a magically/technologically-advanced pencil which when thrown, can do anything from making people fall down to blowing up entire planets. While capable of mass killings, Hitler mostly uses it to cause funny falls or assassination attempts.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Depending on the Writer, he's either a bigot like he was in real life, or he isn't.
- Psychopathic Manchild / Serious Business: To name a couple examples, get his Xbox Live account banned or get him a Wii instead of a PlayStation 3 for Christmas, and he'll rant up a storm.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Whips out profane words more than any other character.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Sure, he's a Psychopathic Manchild, but it's hard to argue with a lot of the stupidity that goes on inside the bunker.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Overlaps with The Dog Bites Back, when he gets everyone back, for all of the misery he's been through.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist
- Villain Decay: Obviously the real Hitler was a mass-murdering dictator, however the parody Hitler seems more like a cartoonish supervillain by comparison.
- Amusingly, he'll often accuse Hitlers from other movies (or even the Real Life Hitler!) of this.
- Villain Protagonist: Well... he's Hitler after all.
- Villainous Breakdown: Hitler has one at least once per video, with every rant he acts as though the world is ending. But his staff treat it as a normal occurrence.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Hitler rarely gets along with his bunker staff, although (un)fortunately, they're pretty much the closest thing he has to being a group of friends. They often have parties and social events together, though their loyalty is at best questionable.
- Your Answer to Everything: Ranting.
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
. Hitler has also assigned Gunsche with searching for Fegelein. He also asks Hitler of his opinion on various subjects, usually in the format of a "review" or "pros and cons" segment.
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", and "Bald Fuck".
- 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.
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.
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.
The Nazi propaganda minister. Known for being the skull-faced yes-man of Hitler.
An SS officer and "Master of Antics", a prankster
who enjoys harassing Hitler and others. He is the Fuhrer's sneaky arch-enemy, constantly evading punishment for his actions
- Adaptational Villainy: In Downfall and in real life, Fegelein was only an assistant to Himmler and got shot for desertion upon trying to leave the bunker. In the Internet videos, he's more of a trickster making life in the bunker a living hell. The real life Fegelein did commit serious war crimes though.
- Big Bad: The most recurring antagonist, though he's just as much of a villain as Hitler is.
- The Casanova / Handsome Lech: He's often shown to have slept with an unnamed redheaded mistress in what appears to be a brothel, right before Peter Hogl arrests him.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Depending on the Writer: Whether Fegelein is some kind of immortal wizard or not will vary. There's also a few parodists who are willing to have Fegelein punished.
- Faux Affably Evil: He maintains a playful attitude while he gleefully ruins Hitler's life.
- Hero Antagonist: Subverted - while his antics only target Hitler, and Those Wacky Nazis making up his inner circle, the only reason he does it is to piss Hitler off (without trying to justify it as "Kick the Son of a Bitch"), and his antics range from over-the-top to downright sadistic.
- Implacable Man: Nothing can stop Fegelein from committing antics on Hitler. See Joker Immunity and Nigh-Invulnerability below.
- In-Series Nickname: "F-Man" and "Fegel", which is often used as a prefix for anything related to Fegelein.
- Joker Immunity: Big time. He's even been compared to the Joker.
- The Mole: In the "War of the Hitlers" series, he is shown defecting to the side of the Real Life Hitler, but it's later revealed that he only defected to the enemy's side just so he could find the location of their secret superweapon and give that information to Downfall Hitler.
- Nigh-Invulnerability / Unexplained Recovery: The few times Fegelein has been caught and even killed, he comes back like nothing ever happened. It's been taken to its extreme a few times. Hitler did once try to have Göring eat Fegelein, but it failed.
- Obnoxious In-Laws: Hitler and Fegelein are brothers-in-law, as Fegelein is married to Eva's sister Gretl. note
- Pay Evil unto Evil: The only reason he can be treated as a remotely heroic character is because the people he are doing it to are Acceptable Political Targets.
- The Prankster / The Trickster / 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.
- Reality Warper: His trickster powers enable him to do so; he can even feign death and reappear to torment Hitler.
- Sadist: He enjoys annoying and tormenting people For The Lulz.
- Smug Snake
- Your Answer to Everything: Antics.
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.
The Nazi aviation minister, who is morbidly obese and devours all food in his reach.
Another Wehrmacht general who's known for not emoting a lot.
Reichsleiter and personal secretary to Hitler. He generally tends to inform Hitler about bad news, as well as scrape his chair across the floor.
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.
An SS doctor who sometimes informs Hitler before Gunsche does, or he makes a request that the Fuhrer dismisses.
An architect, inventor, and salesman who works for the highest bidder.
, and the most desired woman among her male colleagues
- Adorkable: Generally acts quite innocent and sweet, which only helps make her more appealing to the other characters.
- Badass Adorable: At least in her dreams.
- Berserk Button: Don't call her a "bitch".
- Depending on the Writer: She's either a constant victim of sexual harassment, or she's actually a slut.
- Embarrassing Last Name: Her full actual name is "Getraud Humps", which other characters tend to poke fun at.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Ms. Fanservice"
- Even the Girls Want Her: Some videos have depicted even Mrs. Goebbels taking an interest in her.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Gerda.
- Messenger: Is the one who delivers reports or messages to Bormann, who in turn informs Hitler about it.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Occasionally helps Fegelein out with antics, though due to her kind nature, she often does poorly at it.
- The Mistress: To Speer, usually.
- Ms. Fanservice / Sexy Secretary: Lampshaded several times to the point where it's her nickname, though she doesn't seem to look or act promiscuous.
- Neutral Female: Appears to be this most of the time.
- Nice Girl: Compared to most of the cast, that is.
- Reluctant Fanservice Girl: Dresses modestly, but the bunker inhabitants always find a way to expose her one way or another, much to her discomfort.
- Unexplained Recovery: At one point in "Hitler's Llama Priest", she's shown as having scarab beetles crawling around inside of her, yet later on it's shown that she was completely unharmed by this.
The other secretary and best friend of Traudl.
Hitler's loving wife, who always supports him no matter what crazy hell she's put through.
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.
Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe, whom Hitler tends to talk to and get angry with on the phone often.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
Radio operator of the bunker who frequently plays a minimal role in things.
Nazi official whom Burgdorf has tried to shoot millions of times, but always fails.
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.
A Hitler Youth member who's often seen fighting in the Berlin streets.
The six kids of Joseph and Magda Goebbels. They consist of their son Helmut
, and their daughters Holdine
, and Heidrun
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.
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.
An unseen SS general whose job is to help out Hitler with his plans, no matter how absurd they are.
- General Failure: He always fails to carry out Hitler's plans and tasks for some reason.
- 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.