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->''"So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own."''
-->-- '''Dr. Abraham Erskine''', ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''

What happens when ThoseWackyNazis is [[NeverLiveItDown too good a stereotype to be confined to period settings]]. Even though UsefulNotes/WorldWarII is long past, the ugly shadow of Nazism endures, and inevitably colors perceptions of the German people. So, in many post-1945 settings (and {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s), German characters will display gratuitous Nazi traits like goose-stepping or greeting their leader with a Roman salute, sometimes when they otherwise have nothing to do with UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. Note that much of this is actually [[NoSwastikas banned]] in RealLife modern Germany.

Can even apply in WWII-based works — a significant minority within the army's officer corps opposed Hitler throughout the war, with planned putsches in 1938 and 39, as well as the infamous 20th Juli 1944, while also playing a role in various resistance cells (it has been estimated that over 50% of the resistance was military). Given that the Army had had quite a difficult relationship with Hitler pre-1938, a lot of people going into 'inner exile' (seeking a place in society reasonably free from any interaction with Nazi ideology) had also wound up in the service. The record in the war was quite checkered, however, due to an overlap in what was acceptable and desirable for conservative German nationalists (like most of the officer corps) and the Nazis, especially as it pertained to actions against partisans (which the old establishment hated with a passion), scorched earth tactics in the East, and discipline within the Wehrmacht (20,000+ German servicemen were executed during the war).

The Luftwaffe, having been newly created under the Nazis and led by Göring, was the most National Socialist arm in the armed forces, with Luftwaffe personnel being notorious for their sympathies for National Socialism. The Navy, on the other hand never really approved of National Socialism [[note]]leading to the famous remark by Hitler of Germany having a 'National Socialist airforce, an Imperial army, and a communist navy'[[/note]] and the Army's intelligence service (the Abwehr) was quite deliberately obstructive to the Schutzstaffel's (SS's) intelligence service (the Sicherheitsdienst or SD) not just out of InterserviceRivalry but also because it ''didn't'' approve of all the genocides. Even some civilians spoke out against the Nazis, though all of them were in concentration camps by the mid-1930s. The first people sent to them were not Jews, but all political opponents of the Nazis, starting with the Communists.

Even if the JustFollowingOrders excuse might not excuse people of the violence they committed whilst working for the Nazis, that does not mean that those people ''were'' Nazis and agreed with their entire political agenda. The costs of opposing or even just refusing to support them were ''very'' high, not just because you could be killed on the spot (in 1944-45), but also because you could be imprisoned or fired or passed-over for promotion (1933-45). One must also remember the handful of heroic figures like [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oskar_Schindler Oskar Schindler]] (whose career was famously depicted in ''Film/SchindlersList''), [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gert_Fröbe Gert Fröbe]] (better known for his post-war acting career in movies like ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' and ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Plagge Karl Plagge]], who all belonged to the Nazi Party and publicly supported it while secretly working against it. There is also the bizarre case of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rabe John Rabe]] and the Nanjing Nazis under his leadership, who saved tens of thousands of Chinese people during the [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar Nanjing Massacre]] ''in the name of Hitler and the Nazi Party''. Rabe had no authority from Hitler to do this. He was acting on his own initiative, from his correct belief that this was expected of a decent person, and his incorrect belief that Hitler was the decent sort of person who would expect this (he later found out how wrong his view had been after being punished for "collaborating with the Chinese" over it).

Finally, one should note also the saying that "[[http://mabrgordon.hubpages.com/hub/World-War-II-Oddities-Part-1-Foreign-Born-Nazi-Soldiers not all Germans were Nazis, but most Nazis were Germans]]": the Schutzstaffel (SS) recruited and conscripted many non-Germans to serve on and behind the front lines, respectively (only the volunteers were trusted with weapons). While not even 300k non-Germans fought for Nazi Germany as combat-troops (versus 4m or so Germans), several hundreds of thousands did things like wash horses and drive wagons and carry sacks about for them.

Also, the more stereotypically German characters are (even around other Germans), the more likely they are to be Nazis. Especially beware if they start speaking GratuitousGerman.

It is especially prevalent in Eastern Europe, since the last time German soldiers did pay the place a visit, they tried to kill off a quarter of them (under the ''Hungerplan'') as the prelude to replacing them all with Germans (''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalplan_Ost Generalplan Ost]]'' and various other schemes) — and very nearly fulfilled the former goal (35+m killed of a target of 40+). In fact, one may even find that what a native of Eastern Europe would sooner find questionable is a deliberate aversion or inversion — the notion that Germans weren't inherently Nazis could be ([[AmericansHateTingle and has been]]) taken as an attempt to shift the blame, whether onto non-German allies, or even (on the logic that Germans were themselves victims) the Nazis themselves. As if the basic trope wasn't bad enough.

See also NaziNobleman for a trope caused partly by this one, or GodwinsLaw, when someone is deemed a Nazi regardless of being German or not, or MusicToInvadePolandTo, when music that is from or is influenced by Germany is accused of being Nazist, as well as ArgentinaIsNaziland, for another once-fascist country to NeverLiveItDown.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Germany]] from ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' subverts this, as he is shown not liking some of the orders he was given (reacting with shock and disgust) and being a generally sympathetic guy whom fans adore.
** Still, in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdpsu84AJto&feature=player_embedded some parodies]], he plays this quite straight.
** Also played straight in many DarkFic. See RonTheDeathEater: RonTheDeathEater/AxisPowersHetalia for more information.
* General Blue, one of the high ranking officers of the Red Ribbon Army in ''Manga/DragonBall'', is not only given the appearance of a SA officer, blond hair, blue eyes, superhuman capabilities, and psychic powers, but he even went as far as to say "Auf Wiedersehen" at one point in the manga, a phrase that is German for "goodbye." Of course, considering how the Creator/{{FUNimation}} dub [[NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent apparently gave him a]] [[EvilBrit British accent]], it seems less obvious.
* The [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Vandenreich]] of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. GratuitousGerman? Check. PuttingOnTheReich? Check. FantasticRacism? Double check. Love of the FinalSolution? Double check.
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', the Weismann twins were military scientists in Dresden during the war, working with a Japanese magic user to [[{{Ghostapo}} decipher and utilize the Slates]], a magical stone discovered in the wall of a church (which that Japanese soldier takes back to Japan, where it gives the cast their powers in the present day). Subverted in that one of the twins — the one who would become the immortal Silver King, [[spoiler:the BigGood and main character]] — was horrified at the idea of the Slates being used for war, and wouldn't have supported their policies, but wouldn't have had a choice about working for them. But his sister tells him to remember who's paying for their research — the shot in the flashback in episode 9 when she grabs him shows that they're in this whether he likes it or not, and he probably doesn't.

[[folder:Board Games]]
* Subverted in the board game ''Tannhäuser''. Even though "The Reich" is [[PuttingOnTheReich based on the Nazis stylistically]] (tons of leather, a blond-haired/blue-eyed, whip-toting ''FemmeFatale'' as one of the playable characters, and [[{{Ghostapo}} an obsession with the occult]]), the game actually takes place in an alternate history where UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarI}}WI has been going strong for 35 years, UsefulNotes/{{W|orldWarII}}WII never took place, and the Nazis never existed.

* One of Harry Enfield's sketch characters was a German student visiting Britain. Every time someone mentioned anything to do with WWII (and he would always cause it to be brought up by doing things such as asking why there are modern buildings next to pre-WWII buildings on a tour of London), he would start off by apologising for his country's past actions, but would always end up betraying his Nazi sympathies.
* The late great Creator/RobinWilliams had a stand-up routine regarding the German relationship with humor, and this was the punchline. The video can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwwJw849HWc here]].
---> Knock knock.\\

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Played with in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'', where pretty much every German character who appears turns out to have something to do with the Nazis (usually because they either ''are'' Nazis with some kind of EternalLife, or related to them), but averted in the spin-off ''{{ComicBook/BPRD}}'' series, where modern Germans are universally just regular folks, and one of the main characters is the heroic (though occasionally absent-minded) ghost-in-a-bag Johann Kraus.
* A ZigZaggingTrope in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': Jesse Custer, the protagonist, befriends an old German WWII veteran. Initially, it looks like [[spoiler:this trope is averted: the old man tells Jesse he merely did his duty during a time of war and was never a Nazi]]. But then we find out [[spoiler:he's lying: he actually was a member of the SS and killed many innocent people]]. However, the old man [[spoiler:now regrets his actions and asks Jesse to absolve him, but Jesse refuses]].
** Actually averted with Grail leader and main protagonist Herr Starr. In the course of a conversation with the vampire Cassidy (whom Starr has kidnapped, mistaking him for his true target, Jesse Custer), Cassidy remarks how unusual (if not outright hypocritical) it is for a German like Starr to belong to a subversive organization that has named its most sacred shrine/headquarters "Masada" (after the ancient mountaintop fortress in Israel and the last Jewish stronghold during a revolt in Judaea). Starr asserts that he is not a racist and that all national, religious, and racial identity became inconsequential once he joined The Grail.
* Johann Schmidt, AKA ComicBook/RedSkull, served as a former member of the Nazi Party during World War II in the Comicbook/CaptainAmerica comics and also pretty much every single medium (except the 1990 movie, where he was an Italian fascist whose only involvement with the German Nazis is his partaking in the Ubermensch project). Subverted in the 2011 movie ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. Johann Schmidt was never a Nazi, but served Hitler in exchange for resources to fund his research. When Hitler became impatient with Schmidt's apparent lack of progress and cut off his funding, Schmidt instantly turned against Hitler and murdered his Nazi superiors; in fact, he was all along planning to destroy Berlin alongside other "hostile" capitals.
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'': In ''Asterix and the Goths'', the Goths are depicted as villains. They kidnap Getafix and bring him to Germania. When they are kept waiting at the border, their chieftain starts swearing, one of the swear words being a swastika. In later Asterix albums, the Goths are depicted in a more sympathetic light, as artist Albert Uderzo regretted depicting them as being evil. He apologized to his readers and explained that ''Asterix and The Goths'' was made a mere 20 years after the end of World War Two. Even in ''Asterix and the Goths'', the Goths wear helmets that look like picklehaubs, deliberately to suggest the ''First'' World War rather than the Second.

* ''Film/TopSecret'': PlayedForLaughs, with [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis]] in UsefulNotes/EastGermany fighting the [[LaResistance French resistance]].
* The Billy Wilder comedy ''Film/OneTwoThree'' features a Coca Cola executive in West Germany during 1961 who has a former S.S. member as his assistant; one scene shows his employees acting like complete robots when issued orders.
* ''Film/EuroTrip''. Scottie meets the hot German girl's family. Her kid brother goose-steps, draws a Hitler-stache on his face, and does Nazi salutes while his dad isn't looking.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Subverted. The Basterds insist that all German soldiers are Nazis and carve Swastikas in the foreheads of the survivors. In spite of this, many of the Germans they encounter are just regular soldiers with families and loyalty to their comrades. The Basterds do, however, recognize the capacity for some Germans to be allies. They have recruited at least one former German soldier and work with a collaborator.
* Spoofed in ''Film/TheBigLebowski'', where the evil German [[StrawNihilist Nihilists]] have many aspects of ThoseWackyNazis, but as the Dude points out, aren't Nazis.
* [[HerrDoktor Doctor]] Hans Reinhard in ''Film/TheBlackHole''. German name. German accent. And a Nazi attitude to people in the way of his plans.
* Invoked by the co-pilot in ''Film/MemphisBelle'', who gives this as his justification when wanting to bomb a target (a factory that is a near a hospital and a school) through thick clouds, while the pilot wants to go around for another pass.
* Yahoo Movies makes this generalization about the boarding school in the film version of ''Literature/TheConfusionsOfYoungTorless''. Despite the novel being set in the 19th century. Beineberg and Reiting are vicious bullies in Prussian-looking school uniforms who spout some Fascist-sounding rhetoric, and they ''are'' Austrian, but the First World War hasn't even happened yet, let alone the second. The director makes some obvious choices to play up the Nazi parallels in the story's conflict, but the school is not a Nazi boarding school.
* Subverted in ''Film/ThePianist'', where Wilm Hosenfeld, despite being a captain of the German army, helped main character Szpilman escape from death and regularly gave him food. The RealLife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilm_Hosenfeld Wilm Hosenfeld]] also fits into the subversion, having helped hide and rescued many Jews.
* ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' attempts to subvert this, but it actually comes across fairly straight. The neighborhood kids are all afraid of the "Scary German Guy" and suspect that he's a Nazi. It turns out that he's a kindly Jewish Holocaust survivor. So... all Germans are Nazis except the Jewish ones.
* ''Film/DeathRace2000'' has "The Swastika Sweetheart" Matilda The Hun from Milwaukee, an American city known for its large German population.
* ''Film/TheSpanishApartment'' (L' Auberge Espagnole): Wendy's brother (an Englishman) tries to amuse a German student by comparing the German reputation for order with Hitler and starts goose stepping around the room, much to the annoyance of the German student.
* In the Creator/LouisDeFunes film ''Le Grand Restaurant'', he plays a restaurant chef. He greets a German guest by speaking some German, but unfortunately shadows on his face make him resemble Hitler. The German gets frightened, but doesn't inform Mr. Septime that he looks like Der Fuehrer.
* The 2004 ''Film/KingArthur'' seemed to be going for this rather blatantly with the Saxon invaders of Britain, who are proto-Germans at best. King Cerdic stops one of his soldiers from raping a local woman because he argues the mixed offspring would pollute the purity of the Saxon warrior's blood, before killing both the soldier and the woman to set an example. Historically, the Saxons and Celtic-Roman Britons actually interbred quite a bit, and Cerdic himself may have been the product of such a union.
* ''Film/SchindlersList'': Subverted. Oskar Schindler was in fact a member of the National Socialist German Workers Party — but he, like so many other Germans, was in it for the political and economic advantages. By the end of the film, to call him a Nazi is to both be blind and a pedant of the first order.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'': [[LampshadeHanging Pointedly]] averted and subverted by Abraham Erskine:
--> So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own.
* ''Film/FortyNinthParallel'': Subverted. While in Canada, the saboteurs' leader Hirth tries to get some German Canadian Hutterites onto their side with Nazi rhetoric. Being a pacifist sect and glad to be Canadians, they naturally reject him. Among the saboteurs, Vogul has little enthusiasm for the Nazi cause, and he tries to join the Hutterites instead. Hirth shoots him for it.
* ''Film/WatchOnTheRhine'': This is completely averted, as the hero and main character Kurt Muller is a staunch anti-Nazi who had to flee Germany with his American wife when the Nazis came to power. He now works with a German resistance group against them. The villain in fact is Romanian, not German, working on the Nazis' behalf.

* The Roi-Tanners in ''Literature/BoredOfTheRings'' are tall and blond, speak a German version of PoirotSpeak, and wear horned helmets, lederhosen, and [[GoodHairEvilHair toothbrush mustaches]]. They are said by Stomper to make a habit of waging territorial war on neighboring lands and to have "summer camps for their neighbors handsomely fitted out with [[MaximumFunChamber the most modern oven and shower facilities]]."
* [[MadScientist Ter Borcht]] from ''Literature/MaximumRide'' is this. He's a mad doctor, with a suspiciously German accent, who works for a woman [[FinalSolution who believes that the world's population must be reduced by one half]]. The antagonists are all but stated to actually be Nazis. In fact, the aforementioned woman is old enough to have lived through UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
* A plot point in the Literature/JamesBond novel ''Literature/{{Moonraker}}'': A German technician's last actions before he commits suicide are to salute and yell "Heil!" It turns out that [[spoiler:Hugo Drax and his men are in fact German soldiers who have been hiding in England since World War II]].
* Toyed with in ''Literature/TheKiteRunner.'' The half-German SchoolyardBullyAllGrownUp is blatantly crazy about Hitler; his German mother isn't happy about it.
* Julie Hecht's short story "Perfect Vision" is about a woman who is convinced her German optician is a Nazi. [[spoiler:She's wrong, as she [[IgnoredEpiphany briefly realizes]] toward the end.]]
* Robert Conroy's ''1901'' might very well be called ''All Germans Are Nazis: The Book''. Because every German in it is and acts as such. Despite the book being an AlternateHistory book depicting a war between the United States and the Kaiserreich in 1901. It even ends with [[spoiler:a CaptainErsatz of Hitler seizing power in Germany after the Kaiser flees to Denmark, congratulating himself that he can blame the German defeat on the Jews]].
* The Series/DoctorWho Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures feature a character called Fitz Kreiner, who, being half-German on his ExtremeDoormat father's side, had an especially shitty childhood even by the standards of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the era he grew up in]]. In what may be an example which tries to disprove the rule, he's forced to impersonate a Nazi at one point and it's an especially bad day for him in [[TheChewToy a lifetime of mostly bad days]]. There's also one book, ''The Year of Intelligent Tigers'', which takes place on a future Earth colony whose dominant culture is a mixture of German and Middle Eastern. It's a nice place... [[spoiler:if you ignore the oppressed {{t|alkingAnimal}}igers. Also, the [[BewareTheNiceOnes surprisingly frightening]] OneShotCharacter, because a mass-murdering German/Iranian bloke is ''[[UnfortunateImplications certainly]]'' [[UnfortunateImplications not potentially offensive at all]]]].
* {{Downplayed|Trope}} in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series. Many non-German characters refer to Germans as Nazis or "Nazi bastards". Despite some Germans clearly having issues with the official policy of the Reich, they never try to explain that they're ''not'' Nazis. [[LizardFolk The Race]], who don't care one way or another, just call all Germans "Deutsche".
** Strangely, many Soviet characters do this as well, even though the most likely term they'd use would be "fascists".
* A pre-1945 example in ''Literature/TheKnightsOfTheCross'' — the villains are UsefulNotes/TheTeutonicKnights, who act very, very prussian and evil.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonBerlin'' neatly averts this, seeing how it starts out in 1929 [[UsefulNotes/WeimarRepublic Weimar Germany]] (four years before the Nazis' decisive electoral victory), and the German Communists and conservative nationalists (in this case, the proto-fascistic Monarchists of the 'Black Reichswehr') are featured much more prominently. In fact, it makes it almost shocking when the Nazi movement ''does'' suddenly rear its head at the end of the second season [[spoiler:when they murder Chief of Political Police Dr. Benda, who is Jewish, while [[FalseFlagOperation disgused as said Communists]]]].
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' ("A Man, a Plan, and a Gal: Julia" episode):
-->'''Niles''': Oh, it's just temperamental. My Gaggenau is German-engineered. It probably needs more power than my building's old wiring can give it.\\
'''Martin''': Leave it to the Germans. Even their appliances crave power.
** In another episode, Niles's maid is revealed to know German, since she worked for a German family who came to Guatemala "just after the war", which strongly implies they were Nazis.
* In the infamous ''Series/FawltyTowers'' episode "The Germans", some Germans are visiting Basil Fawlty's hotel. He tells everyone "Don't mention the war". However Basil (who, for a change, is actually concussed rather than simply rude) manages to make reference to the war in [[FreudianSlipperySlope almost every sentence]] he subsequently speaks to them. It's subverted here: the Germans are never cast as Nazis (and find the constant references upsetting to the point Basil's actions reduce one of them to tears), but are just trying to enjoy their holidays in peace.
* This is discussed in ''Series/BandOfBrothers''. The soldiers are frustrated that, as they close in on Germany, every German claims they're not a Nazi. This feeling comes to a head in episode 9 when they find a concentration camp just outside a German town and the residents say they didn't know about it. As Webb puts it, "Are you going to tell me that you never smelled the fucking stench?!" In the final episode Easy Company occupies Berchtesgaden, where they say they can finally call everyone in the town a Nazi. [[note]]For the info, you had to be a full blown member of the Nazi Party to be allowed to live in Berchtesgaden.[[/note]] However, towards the tend, most of them realize the Germans were just regular people fighting for their country, [[NotSoDifferent just like they were]]. Shifty Powers even mentions that they might have been friends with some of them if it weren't for the war.
* Largely averted in ''[[Series/HogansHeroes Hogan's Heroes]]'', despite its setting (a POW camp in Nazi Germany in the middle of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Only one of the recurring German characters belongs to the Nazi party and the anti-Nazi resistance movement among German civilians is frequently featured.
* On ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'', Sabrina calls ''Theatre/DieFledermaus'' a "Nazi opera".
* The ''Series/{{Fringe}}'' episode "The Bishop Revival" featured a stereotypical German guy that (you would never guess!) was a Nazi. Granted, the end of the episode implied that he [[spoiler: [[TimeTravel wasn't a present German]]]].
* Brazilian group Casseta & Planeta once did a sketch on the history of Germany, showcasing great personalities such as "Music/LudwigVanBeethoven Hitler" and "[[UsefulNotes/FormulaOne Michael Schumacher]] Hitler".
* On ''Series/GetSmart'', KAOS high-up Siegfried went very heavy on the movie-Nazi shtick, especially when running a WWII-era prison camp for captured CONTROL agents (named "Camp Gitchee-Goomee-Noonee-Wawa".) Inexplicably, he's revealed to have grown up in Florida.
** Siegfried's left-hand stooge Shtarker (sic) claims to have been the track champion of the Third Reich (although he seems terribly young for that), and the second man out of El Alamein (right behind Siegfried.)
* In the ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode "Evil Breeds", Briscoe and Green suspect an elderly German of murdering the victim of the week, who had survived a concentration camp, because she identified him as a guard and he was now threatened with deportation. As they investigate his apartment, the man's son accuses them of assuming this trope -- "Not every German was a Nazi!" ("Yeah, they were JustFollowingOrders," Briscoe replies.)
** Bit of RealitySubtext here: Briscoe, [[ActorSharedBackground like]] Creator/JerryOrbach, is German Jewish on his father's side (Polish Catholic on his mother's), and is of a generation where this kind of bitterness would be realistic.
* On ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', both Joel and Mike seemed to make Nazi jokes every single time a German actor appeared.
* Dwight Schrute from ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' is clearly from a German background (possibly by way of Amish or some other German group from rural Pennsylvania). As a result, there's the occasional joke about a grandfather in {{Argentina|IsNaziland}} he can't visit without protests from the Shoah Foundation.
* In ''Series/MadeInCanada'', with the possible exception of Alan Roy, most people at Pyramid/Prodigy make snarky asides about the Germans and their innate aggression despite the fact that sales TO Germany are pretty much the only thing keeping the creditors at bay. At one point, a German character [[BerserkButton wanted to know what]] Richard ''meant'' when he said "And you guys would know" when the man said something about Europeans being easily dominated.
* For the subject of "extracts From [=DVDs=] that would never sell" on ''Series/MockTheWeek''.
-->'''Hugh Dennis''': (in German accent) Welcome to The Best of German "Series/WhoDoYouThinkYouAre" So, your grandfather was a... okay, we'll leave it there.
* At the time of German reunification, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' joked about this:
-->'''A. Whitney Brown''': But it ''[newly independent Lithuania]'' is in basically the same position as the rest of eastern Europe, the good news being that the Soviet Union is falling apart, the bad news being that Germany's getting back together. Now I'm not saying the Germans are bad neighbors, historically speaking, but let's just say they get a little restless every couple of generations. Believe me, a lot of countries are nervous. [[CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys France, for example, offered to surrender.]]
** This trope was implied in a later 1990s SNL sketch, called "Deutsches Jeopardy". Although the term "Nazi" is never directly used, in this sketch, a parody of ''{{Series/Jeopardy}}'', the German-accented host reads off the answers to which the contestants must ask the appropriate questions. For each wrong question a contestant asks, a beautiful young woman is given an electric shock, to which the host responds with obvious glee, with remarks like "Exquisite!".
* In the 2002 ChristmasEpisode of ''Series/TheyThinkItsAllOver'', the teams had to give the clues for the final round, "The Name Game", in mime. One of guest captain Steve Davis' names was German tennis star Boris Becker; Jonathan Ross' clue involved miming playing tennis, then putting his finger on his upper lip and giving a Nazi salute. Meanwhile, one of opposing captain Gary Lineker's names was German UsefulNotes/FormulaOne driver Michael Schumacher; Rory [=McGrath=] likewise mimed driving a car and then put his finger on his lip and did a Nazi salute.
* Discussed in ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'', set in German-occupied territory during World War II. The locals tend to assume so, leading to German characters sometimes having to explain (with varying degrees of annoyance) that it's not the case. The SS officer Reinicke is, as would be expected, but the episode "Call of the Dead" establishes explicitly that the other major recurring German characters (Oberst Richter, the garrison commander; Major Freidel, the governor; and Oberleutnant Kluge, the head of the Feldpolizei) aren't.
* In ''Series/StrangerThings'' episode "[[Recap/StrangerThingsS2E8ChapterEightTheMindFlayer The Mind Flayer]]", Steve seems to assume this when Dustin compares the Mind Flayer to the "Nazis".
-->'''Nancy''': What does it want?
-->'''Dustin:''': To conquer us, basically. It believes it's the master race.
-->'''Steve''': Like the, uhm, Germans?
-->'''Dustin''': Uh, the Nazis?
-->'''Steve''': Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Nazis.
* In ''Series/TopGearUK'', the presenters (especially Clarkson and May) usually tend to portray German car companies this way. Examples include a "quintessentially German car" with "ein fanbelt that will last a thousand years" and a Mercedes whose sat nav would only point toward Poland.

* The German band Music/{{Rammstein}} has been criticized as being fascist sympathizers for their dark and sometimes militaristic imagery. The cover for the album "Herzeleid" depicted the band members shirtless. Critics accused the band of selling themselves as "poster boys for the master race" and an alternate cover is used in North America. Apparently, being German and bare-chested automatically makes you a supremacist. The irony of course is, they're on the left side of the spectrum. Their song "Links-2-3-4" specifically was written to counter Nazi accusations.
** There were also accusations over the video for "Stripped" using clips from ''Olympia'', the notoriously Nazi LeniRiefenstahl's documentary on the 1936 Olympics.
** A review of their album "Mutter" is the {{Trope Namer|s}} of the subtrope MusicToInvadePolandTo.
** And because there's no 'All [[strike: Russians]] East Germans Are Commies' trope, when they haven't been accused of being Nazis they've been accused of being communists, since they hail from the east side of the Berlin Wall.
*** There's a bit of truth to that. A few members of the band have shown themselves as having a lot of Ostalgia.
* A lot of Scandinavian and German metal bands that have Viking influences are also accused of this. The Nazis can be blamed for this, due to their fetishization of Germanic/Norse imagery.
* The classic German group Music/{{Kraftwerk}} have been accused of being either Nazis or communists at one point or another.
** CommieNazis?
** The cover of ''The Man-Machine'' album didn't help this one. They're wearing red shirts with black ties, standing rigidly on a staircase looking to the right and surrounded by Constructivist fonts and graphics.
* The industrial metal band Hanzel Und Gretyl actually plays this trope up for shock value, especially on their album ''Uber Alles''. It's a SubvertedTrope, though - most of their songs are just puns ("Third Reich From the Sun"), nonsense phrases, or otherwise innocuous things put to military-esque barking and ''Film/TheGreatDictator'' samples to invoke this.
** They also aren't German.
* Sascha in Music/{{KMFDM}} parodies fascist image at times, but the body of political commentary in his lyrics show that he certainly isn't one.
* Subverted in the {{Music/Tool}} song Die Eir Von Satan when a loud German voice gives orders similar to a hitler speech, however it’s just a recipe for Turkish hash cookies.

* Played with in Creator/{{Bally}}'s ''Pinball/MataHari'' pinball; though no Nazis are depicted in the game, some versions of the backglass art include a dagger with an inscription used by the Waffen SS troops from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

* In ''Radio/TheUnbelievableTruth'', German comedian Henning Wehn is resigned to the fact that this will come up ''at least'' OncePerEpisode, and occasionally times how long it takes.

* A localization-induced example in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series: the perfection-obsessed, [[AmoralAttorney corrupt]] von Karma family are German in the English translation. In the original Japanese script they were American. [[{{Eagleland}} Which is an entirely different stereotype]], but whatever.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/{{Wolfenstein|2009}}'', after having been played straight in previous incarnations. While the rest of the games are primarily about eradicating Hitler and his many minions, the 2009 release finally shows you another side. You do kill tons of Nazis in the game, but most of your allies are German resistance fighters.
** In ''[[VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder The New Order]]'', one of the resistance fighters is a German [[DefectorFromDecadence ex-Nazi mook]] who joined the good guys after the Nazis killed his son for being born with a club foot. He still has Nazi tattoos all over him, but he plans to get them removed after the Nazis are brought down. PlayedForDrama too, since when BJ sees the guy, he jumps on him in seething rage and everyone has to drag him away before he smashes the guy's head in, which, considering the things BJ went through, is at least a relatable misunderstanding.
* ''VideoGame/FreakyFlyers'' has Traci Torpedoes, as well as her supporters back in her home country.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSaboteur'', one of the missions Sean does is rescue a spy for the people fighting against the Nazis. It later turns out said spy is a full blooded German who is using his skills to help take down the Nazis. Sean invokes this trope by asking why he is fighting against his people, which the man replies that they are not his people, finding their actions despicable, and is tired of everyone stereotyping every German as so.
* Referenced and mocked in ''VideoGame/FarCry3'' with Sam, one of the higher ranked members of [[BigBad Hoyt's]] [[RuthlessModernPirates Privateers]]. Actually a double agent, they readily accepted his cover story believing that, as a German, he was therefore as evil and ruthless as the Nazis. He even mentions he was ''promoted'' purely because of his accent.
* In ''VideoGame/NightInTheWoods'', Gregg occasionally wears a pickelhaube helmet, which he eventually reveals belonged to his great-great-grandfather, a German soldier. Mae assumes he was one of the "fascists", leading Gregg to irritably point out that he was a World War I soldier, even declaring that Germany back then was "not the bad guy".
* A fantasy equivalent occurs in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series with the Thalmor, ANaziByAnyOtherName [[FantasticRacism racist]] and religious extremist sect which rose to the top of the [[OurElvesAreBetter Altmeri (High Elven)]] government following the [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion Crisis]] and reestablished the [[AntiHumanAlliance Aldmeri Dominion]] of old. However, ''not'' all Altmer support the Thalmor, something which Non-Thalmor Altmer are usually quick to point this out. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the famous line "the first country the Thalmor took over was their own" (or a variation) appears both in dialogue and in in-game books detailing the events of the Thalmor takeover.

* A ZigZaggingTrope in the ''Webcomic/{{Polandball}}'' universe. Germany is the main source of Nazi-related jokes, yet he doesn't like being reminded of his past. [[http://i.imgur.com/era5tb9.png Constant Reminders]] is an great example of the ''other'' countryballs applying this trope to him, with NeverLiveItDown being invoked in full force.
* The German comic ''German Superhero #1: Der Anfang'' explores how a German CaptainGeographic would likely provoke this trope even for fellow German citizens. [[http://home.arcor.de/ad.rian/gsh1.pdf Here]] the superheroes German and Germania (while both separately being on the hunt for actual neo-Nazis) meet for the first time, and a LetsYouAndHimFight situation immediately ensues. Then, on the next page:
--> '''German and Germania simultaneously''': You think ''I'' am a Nazi?
--> '''Germania''': Well, with this [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead Germany-costume]]?
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'' with Greta Gravity. She is a villain, and she is German [[note]]Well, actually German-Brazilian, but she shows of her German heritage quite proudly by playing up the {{Oktoberfest}} stereotype.[[/note]], but she is ''not'' a Nazi, which becomes evident when she and Dr. Universe have to interact with the NaziGrandpa Kugelblitz and TheDragon[=/=]{{Elite Mook|s}} Maus, who plan to [[YouClonedHitler clone Hitler]] in order to establish the Fourth Reich. Dr. Universe even points out this trope's fallacy in the end:
--> Even if the Hitler clone would choose to become a dictator, the German people wouldn't tolerate it for a minute. They know their history.
* Deliberately averted in ''WebComic/ScandinaviaAndTheWorld'': Nazi Germany and modern day Germany are two separate characters, and while Nazi Germany takes absolute glee in being evil, Modern Germany is TheWoobie who's hesitant to even show PatrioticFervor and vows never to forget the atrocities committed in his name.

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* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' lampoons this in the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDLoTemBtV4 Gunter Granz]] sketches. The eponymous character is a German marketing expert who joined the staff at College Humor, but turns out be a vehemently antisemitic Neo-Nazi, and is usually at odds with the Israeli-born Amir. At the end of both sketches he seems to subvert the trope, as he expresses regret for what happened in the past, but then he double subverts it as it turns out that he was being Nazist after all.
* The woman in [[https://notalwaysright.com/concentrate-before-you-assume/100997/ this]] ''Website/NotAlwaysRight'' believes this. To the point of accusing an ''Ashkenazi Jew'' of being a Nazi.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** Providing the page image, an international food festival has the booth for German Bratwurst right next to the booth for Polish Sausage. The German grabs a bratwurst and uses it to [[EdibleBludgeon club the Pole over the head]] and take over his booth, then replaces the sign with one that says "German Sausage". Then he starts eyeing the Czech Wieners booth suspiciously.
** When Stewie and Brian tour Munich:
--->'''Tour Guide:''' Besides its beautiful historic architecture, Munich was the home of many great writers, such as Thomas Mann. You will find more on Germany's contribution to the arts in the pamphlets we have provided.
--->'''Brian:''' Yeah, uh, about the pamphlets, I'm not seeing anything about German history between 1939 and 1945. There's just a big gap.
--->'''Tour Guide:''' (after some arguing about with Brian he shouts:) [[http://odanad.blogspot.com/2005/03/family-guy-hahaha.html EVERYONE WAS ON VACATION!]] On your left is Munich's first city hall, erected in 15--
** And of course a later episode had the old man who befriended Chris turn out to be a Nazi. It counts as an example because [[ComedicLolicon Herbert the Pervert]] accused "Franz [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign Gutentag]]" of being a Nazi, seemingly just to get Chris to stay away from him-- [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight and of course, he turns out to be right]].
* Heinrich von Marzipan from ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' is an obvious Nazi allegory, counterpart to Number 5's Indiana Jones (he is a parody of Jones' rival Rene Belloq, a Frenchman in cahoots with the Nazis). Then things got [[GenderBender weird]]. There's also the principal and vice principal of the school.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** The show assumes this at times, too and even makes it appear as if Germans are evil by nature. In a Halloween episode, "Treehouse Of Horror XVII", Homer is turned into a giant insatiable blob and starts eating people. He eats some (clearly 40-something, American) Germans at a German festival ({{Oktoberfest}}):
-->'''German 1''': What did we Germans ever do to deserve this?
-->'''German 2''': [glares at German 1]
-->'''German 1''': Oh, right.
** In another episode, Homer and Marge go to an Oktoberfest celebration together, and Homer remarks after drinking some good beer, "Ah, the Germans...you just can't stay mad at 'em."
** Yet another episode cleverly plays with this trope via Abe Simpson's usual hilariously outdated word view.
--> '''Abe (to Walter Hottenhoffer, who is German)''': What did you do during the war?
--> '''Hottenhoffer''': UsefulNotes/WorldWarII? I wasn't born yet.
--> '''Abe (still suspicious)''' Funny how many Germans say that these days...
** Inverted in the Cape Feare episode when Sideshow Bob is questioned by the parole board about the tattoo on his chest.
--> '''Lawyer''': But what about that tattoo on your chest? Doesn't it say, "Die Bart, Die?"
--> '''Sideshow Bob''': No, that's German for "The Bart, The." [The spectators laugh, understanding]
--> '''Officer''': No one who speaks German could be an evil man.
** In "Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk" German industrials buy Mr. Burns' nuclear power plant. At first the workers are suspicious, but they change their mind. Lenny even says: "Sure, they made mistakes in the past, but that is why pencils have erasers." Finally the Germans deem the power plant to be unsafe and sell it back to Mr. Burns, who demands a large sum. They reluctantly give in to his offer, but warn him with a sinister stare that "We Germans aren't all smile and sunshine", as threatening music starts playing.
** In "Bart's Inner Child" there is a joke that the Germans started a "Do As We Say Festival", after 1946.
** In "Lady Bouvier's Lover" Mr. Burns' single relative is an old aggressive German officer wearing a pickelhaube.
** In "Itchy And Scratchy Land" the guards have a German accent.
** In "You Only Move Twice" the Bond villain Hank Scorpio is said to like German beer.
** Lisa the "Clobber Girl" defeats a German zeppelin in the second segment of "Treehouse Of Horror X".
** In "Treehouse Of Horror XI" Kaiser Wilhelm is described as being "the most evil German of them all." This is something of a GeniusBonus - after all, Hitler wasn't German.
* Klaus from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' invokes this trope somewhat, claiming to be incredibly sadistic due to being German.
** Subverted in "The Most Adequate Christmas Ever" when he gets horrified looks after mentioning that his grandfather was a conductor at Auschwitz.
--->'''Klaus:''' No, no, no! He ran the kiddy train at the zoo! ''(sighs)'' You know, it's a big town. There's ''other'' stuff there.
** Also, when visiting a site of the D-Day landings, Klaus and Roger comment on the brave young men fighting for their country. Except Klaus is talking about Germans, and Roger about Americans.
** When Francine is labeling things in the house to help Steve study spelling she labels Klaus with "anti-semite" at gives a plaintive hey then subverting by saying "That's how you spell that" in an interested tone.
** In one episode Klaus asked what people think of when they hear Germany everyone stares awkwardly until Haley tries to stop herself from saying Holocaust.... Klaus responds "exactly hazelnut pancakes".
** For reference, Klaus was an ''East'' German skier whose mind was swapped with a goldfish in order to prevent "the Reds" from winning the Winter Olympics.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' invokes this in the episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before," where Trekkies completely associate Germany with the "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E21PatternsOfForce Nazi planet episode]]".[[labelnote:*]]By the way, said episode (the ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode, not the ''Futurama'' episode) wasn't dubbed into German until 1995, and not broadcasted in German free TV until 2011, of course precisely [[NoSwastikas because of the Nazi theme]].[[/labelnote]]
* [[MeaningfulName Dolfs]] parents in ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'' are rather obviously German expies, and incredibly racist. Also, thier son pretty much becomes ''[[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_vhmsi9ip6Xw/R3ZDs4QGswI/AAAAAAAABEU/P9ePYmSXC0g/s400/Alfred_Jodocus_Kwak_-_Dolf_de_Kraai.jpg freaking Hitler]]'' [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2yIzqUJ5zOE/RiJbl95XZXI/AAAAAAAAAAk/-Xqamwa96oI/s400/Dolf1.jpg later on]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' TimeTravel episode "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS1E24To26TheSavageTime The Savage Time]]", Wonder Woman (who has been sent back to 1942 with most of the remaining league) helps an American secret agent rescue an undercover spy and crypto agent from a Nazi prison. The spy turns out to be a native German working against the Nazi regime.
-->'''Wonder Woman''': You're German?
-->'''Spy''': Believe me, we're not ''all'' like that.
* Subverted in the episode "Skytanic" of ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''. The German executive officer, complete with an eyepatch and [[GoodScarsEvilScars a scar on his cheek]] is automatically assumed to be a Nazi and the bomber when an actual bomb is discovered. This all turns out to be wrong. Also, he lost his eye while rescuing a Jewish girl from a gang of skinheads, and is the only one on board who knows how to disarm the bomb.
** Played straight with Dr. Krieger, the mad scientist in charge of ISIS research who often performs horrific, Dr. Mengele-style experiments on people without their consent. His father was a Nazi scientist who fled to Brazil and Krieger himself is implied to be a clone of Adolf Hitler, though he actually refutes the clone idea and calls Malory out for believing it by pointing out he looks nothing like Hitler.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 69, Kaeloo asks Mr. Cat to speak German. He leaves and comes back [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids dressed as a Nazi]] before he starts talking.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/FIsForFamily'' with Mr. Holtenwasser, a friendly old German man who the kids think is a Nazi. He's actually a Jewish Holocaust survivor who served time in Auschwitz (evidenced by the number tattooed on his arm). As the series progresses, the kids become less afraid of him once they learn more about his dark past. Kevin notices a Star of David necklace but being the ditzy teenager he is, he assumes it's a pentagram and assumes he a Satanist. In the second season he does show sympathy after Holtenwasser mentions hiding from Nazis in basements so it's evident he understands him more than before. (Possibly because there was a small arc where he tries harder to study history so he doesn't flunk out of school.) Maureen also brought him as a "show and tell" for her Girl Scout troop meeting where he ended up making the girls cry telling his Holocaust experiences.

* In 1941, Theodore N. Kaufman published a screed called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germany_Must_Perish Germany Must Perish!]]'' The book is about exactly what it sounds like. His rationale was that the entire German people, not just the Nazis in power at the time, were so inherently militaristic, that if they were allowed to continue as a nation after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, they would just find another fascist dictatorship to replace the Nazis, because the German people as a whole were incapable of ''not'' behaving like Nazis, [[{{Irony}} necessitating a Final Solution to the problem]]. Of course, he turned out to be wrong.
** Worst yet, it actually added fuel to the fire. Dr. Joseph Goebbels held it up as what would happen to Germany if they lost. It was a propaganda coup that stiffened German resistance even harder.
* From ''Website/TheOnion'', "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/nazi-ss-cemetery-desecrated-by-prosemitic-graffiti,520/ Nazi SS Cemetery Desecrated By Pro-Semitic Graffiti]]," complete with a mention of a "Nazi Anti-Defamation League."