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Ghostapo

"National Socialism could be defeated with garlic"
Mattias Gardellnote 

Many people believe that the Nazis were very, very bad. So, how do you make them even more intimidating? Why, by giving them Black Magic, Alchemy, and Eldritch Abomination allies, of course!

This is actually more plausible than it sounds. The Swastika is one of the oldest symbols in many religions such as Hinduism, and also became significant in some occult groups. Nazism's roots are arguably traceable to an occult group called the Thule Society. A primary focus of the Thule Society was a claim concerning the origins of the Aryan race, as the descendants of Atlantis (sometimes called Thule), depending on which rumour you listen to. A lot of the senior Nazis, notably Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, were intensely interested in the occult. Culturally the country was hip-deep in Teutonic tradition: some senior Nazis apparently wanted to gradually abolish the Jewish-created Christianity in favour of Germanic Norse Mythology (the majority of them just wanted the state to absorb all the qualities of a religion instead, and there was also the so-called "Positive Christianity", an attempt to create a national church that removed "Jewish" elements from Christianity... such as the Bible), while in direct contradiction to the above (but hey, they're Nazis!).

Adolf Hitler himself was pretty skeptical of the occult and notions of mystical powers, but nevertheless tried to get his hands on the Spear of Destiny mostly for propaganda value. Hitler usually was shown as being very interested in anything unconventional which might give him a possible edge, however; and if that had turned out to be occult related, he would have been all over it if he'd known.

One other benefit is that within your fantastical world, the true horrors of the Third Reich can "keep up" with your everyday fantastical horrors, rather than being overshadowed. The downside is that it can be a bit, well, silly, which can diminish the impact of the factual events.

Alternatively you can give the Nazis technology ahead of their time, resulting in Stupid Jetpack Hitler. Or leave that to Soviet Superscience, making the Eastern Front the front line of Magic Versus Science.

May also overlap with Nazisploitation.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Hellsing: Ultimate OVAs and the original Hellsing manga features one of the most terrifying examples of this trope, Millenium: which has Nazi vampires en masse, as well as the more specialized Nazi werewolf, magical flintlock sharpshooter, Mad Scientist/Doktor, mesmerist, and quantum catboy fighters. For extra points, they also get advanced technology and weaponry in the form of advanced attack zeppelins armed with V-1 bombs and V-2 rockets, heavy weapons and armor, and microchips which can be used to monitor the location and progress of their troops from afar, and remotely incinerate them.
  • Notably, in Axis Powers Hetalia, it's England who's obsessed with magic and the occult, not Nazi Germany.
  • Pretty much the entire plot of Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Nazis resurrect four ancient vampires known as the Pillar Men, who begin to wreak havoc.
    • Though they were looking for a way to kill them.
  • The first season of Weiß Kreuz has a pack of enemies called the SS whose leaders are obvious Nazi analogues. Their evil plot revolves around the occult powers of black magic and the main character's sister.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist had the Thule Society show up at the last second of the first Anime, with Nazi attempts to exploit Alchemy driving the plot of the first movie. Notable in how one character ends up helping the Thule Society...
  • A zombified Hitler and his army appears in the Dragon Ball Z movie Fusion Reborn. Not mentioned by name, but it couldn't be more obvious who they are.
  • First Squad a joint Russo-Japanese anime-style movie about the Eastern Front, features the knights of the Teutonic Order, as lovingly resurrected by the SS. They're opposed by a Soviet equivalent, military intelligence Division 6.

    Comic Books 
  • Hellboy. The titular demon was summoned to Earth by Nazi occultists, and the plans of the Third Reich regularly play upon the plot, in both the comic books and the films. President Truman personally sent the B.P.R.D. to Berlin in 1946 to catalog all the data pertaining to the Nazis' obsession with the occult - on account of American soldiers uncovering scores of… bizarre things since the city fell.
    • Hoo, Hellboy: Jet Packs, LEGO Genetics, Cyborgs, heads in jars, and quality occult advice from Rasputin; You name it, the Nazis had it. In the Mignola-verse, World War II was simply the public face of the decades-long "Occult Wars" which began shortly after World War I and lasted until the Allies finally killed Hitler - in 1958. Only Mignola knows how America Saved The Day. Though this is mostly in the movie continuity. In the comics the Nazis still had loads of occult stuff, but Hitler himself is portrayed more realistically, as an ordinary dictator who only funds this insanity because he's desperate to gain an advantage over the Allies and winds up dying the same way he did in Real Life anyway.
    • In a crossover with The Savage Dragon, it was discovered that the brain used by Brainiape, a gorilla with a powerful psychic brain, was none other than Hitler's. When the brain leaped up and started walking, that's when the heroes called it...
  • Also from Mike Mignola, the second volume of the Baltimore comic (set in an Alternate History version of World War I) has an anonymous evil sorcerer heavily implied to be a young Hitler. Most reader won't realize this at first because he has a different mustache.
  • The DCU retconned away "Why didn't Superman kick Hitler's ass?" by explaining that Hitler had used the Spear of Destiny to brainwash any American hero who entered Germany's borders (In some stories, this extends to the entire Eastern Hemisphere) and send them off to attack the US.
  • In the Marvel Universe, Hitler was cloned multiple times by a geneticist named Arnim Zola and repeatedly transferred his mind from body to body. In most of these bodies, he called himself the "Hate-Monger", wielded a "hate ray" that could manipulate people's emotions, and wore a costume that looked something like a purple version of the Klan's getup. Marvel eventually tried to distance themselves from the Hate-Monger by having him transfer his mind into a Cosmic Cube that didn't actually work. This being comics, even Hitler couldn't stay dead forever, though.... Marvel has also raised the question of whether this is "really Hitler" or "just a mental copy of Hitler", which somehow never comes up when it's someone else using Zola's process (such as Zola himself).
  • Danger Girl has The Hammer, a terrorist group led by a Nazi war criminal, who collect magical artifacts in order to revive an ancient Atlantean "Aryan superman". Of course, when said being actually appears, he kills most of them.
  • In the Elseworlds story JSA: The Golden Age, it's revealed that an American super villain with a gimmick for switching his brains into other bodies replaced an American superhero and ran for Senate… and secretly transferred Hitler's brain into a Flying Brick to help him take over America.
    • The comic also offered a similar Post-Crisis explanation for why none of the heroes tried to kill Hitler — the Nazis had their own superhuman who had the ability to nullify any superpower.
  • Even Fables has to get in on the action. One flashback issue told of Bigby Wolf as a commando in WWII, stopping the Nazis for creating an army of Frankenstein's Monster and Werewolf soldiers. Which raises some serious questions about the quality of their Masquerade.
  • The article picture comes from a Russian comic parodying WWII tropes in which Stalin fights Hitler with their respective magical powers.
  • Captain Gravity And the Power of Vrill: The Nazis are looking for Atlantis! It was actually pretty awesome.
  • Atomic Robo fights lots of Nazis with supernatural and/or superscientific powers.
  • The 2000 AD strip Caballistics, Inc. makes mention of Nazi Germany's occult warfare division, Sonderkommando Thule, very frequently. When the titular Caballistics, Inc. was still functioning as a secret department in the British Government at its peak during World War II, as Q Department, Sonderkommando Thule was their biggest enemy. Solomon Ravne is revealed to have been a former member.
  • The premise of The Life Eaters is that human sacrifice can summon ancient deities. The Nazis create their death camps and sacrifice millions of people to build an army of Nordic Gods. By the end of the series, every region on Earth has embraced the practice to summon their culture's ancient deities.
  • Irish indie comic The League Of Volunteers has a group of Nazis summons an ancient Irish demon to serve them in issue 1. It doesn't go as planned.
  • The Captain America: Hail HYDRA! miniseries does this, casting HYDRA as an ancient conspiracy who piggyback on the Nazis' conquests to take advantage of their sweeping across Europe and Himmler's and to a lesser extent Hitler's historical interest in the occult to ransack Europe of occult goodies to create their own god and which uses resurrected dead SS troopers as indestructible immortal mooks.
  • In The Secret History, the Nazis are secretly controlled by the immortal Fifth Archon, William de Lecce, who oversees most of their occult projects.
  • In "Army of the Walking Dead" in Creepy #35 a Nazi Mad Scientist used then-current technology to create a bunch of zombies that obeyed only his verbal commands. This ended up biting him in the butt when he broke his jaw during a plane crash.

    Film 
  • For anyone who's seen Grindhouse, five words: Werewolf Women Of The SS.
  • Indiana Jones of course. Not one, but two of the movies and the cinematic adventure game feature Nazis trying to recover an ancient artifact that will grant them untold magical power, including The Ark Of The Covenant, the Holy Grail, and other stuff. One of the comic books features Indy searching for the Spear of Destiny and having to battle both Nazis and druids to get it. Ultimately, of course, it ends up with the US military, and since the destiny of the world lies with the Spear Hiroshima is nuked almost immediately afterward.
  • The Norwegian movie Dead Snow contains Zombie Nazis. Dead Snow seems to be a Spiritual Successor to the 1977 film Shock Waves. Other films with Zombie Nazis include Jesse Franco's Oasis of the Zombies (1983), Jean Rollins' Zombie Lake (also 1983, and produced by the same folks who did Oasis), and the obscure Night of the Zombies (1981).
  • Bulletproof Monk's main villains are a bunch of Nazis trying to gain immortality through ancient magic.
  • And of course, the movie adaptation of Hellboy. See above. There's also Kroenen, previously a Nazi assassin and now the undead servant of Rasputin—it's unclear whether he's still sentient enough to have party loyalties.
    Professor Broom: 1958, the Occult Wars finally come to an end with the death of Adolf Hitler.
    John Myers: 1945, you mean.
    (Broom pauses to stare at him.)
    John Myers: Hitler died in 1945.
    Professor Broom: (chuckles) Did he, now?
  • In The Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse, there are some French (Neo-)Nazi monks trying to find a medieval artifact to help them build a new, pure France.
  • This may fall partially under tech rather than magic, but Outpost has a mercenary team of ex-Royal Marines trying to hold off the seemingly immortal bodies of resurrected SS. There's a half-century old machine within the bunker they were originally hired to search, and it's revealed to have the power to negate the Nazis' immortality when activated. The mercenaries turn it on only for it to promptly break down, the last of the mercenaries (the captain) to die holding the Nazis off, and the scientist to try and escape through the ventilation shafts only to be met by the Nazis' commanding officer and a cut-to-black death.
  • This is how the HYDRA rises to power in Captain America: The First Avenger. Originally just a sort of black ops division for the Nazi forces, when they find the Tesseract (a.k.a. Cosmic Cube) in Norway things take a drastic turn as they develop hyper-advanced weapons systems like Frickin' Laser Beams that can instantly vaporize their targets or all the Cool Planes that the Nazis designed but never managed to build.
  • Parodied in Night Train to Munich: John Fredericks: Occultist and Ophthalmic Surgeon
  • The Swedish film Frostbite has a Nazi vampire who intends to create a master race of vampires.

    Literature 
  • British writer Dennis Wheatley (The Devil Rides Out, among numerous others) used the Ghostapo trope in at least one of his novels: First, in Strange Conflict, in which the Nazis used the services of a Haitian Witch Doctor to get the routes for Allied convoys from the minds of the people who knew about them. The Duke de Richleau and his companions put a stop to it.
  • David Brin's really rather dark Alternate History short story Thor Meets Captain America, later adapted into comic form as The Life-Eaters, has the Nazis murder almost 17 million people as part of a gigantic Necromantic ritual intended to bring the Norse Gods to life, fighting on the side of Hitler. And it works. The Author has said this was an attempt to make Holocaust have some actual sense for the Nazis.
  • Charles Stross's The Atrocity Archive portrays the Holocaust as a gigantic necromantic experiment, Operation Jotunheim, to summon an Infovore, a being of near-infinite cold that feeds on energy and information; the titular archives store the particular artifacts that the public should never find out about. It also features an Alternate Universe where the Nazis succeeded in their goal; unfortunately for them, they weren't in control of it and didn't realize what they'd unleashed until it was much, much too late. As a result, that universe is nearing its entropic heat death in the present days, and the laws of physics themselves were being distorted.
    • A particularly nasty bit involves the description of Nazi necromantic practices, or as Stross dubs it, Algemancy - divination thru pain.
    • There's also some crossover with Stupid Jetpack Hitler since "magic" in the Laundryverse is really just applied higher mathematics crossed with computer science with a little quantum physics for seasoning.
  • The Alternate History novel SS-GB subverts this when the German officer tells the hero that he had to present atomic bomb research as something occult to get high ranking Nazis to fund it. Only by presenting it as Germany's destiny written in the stars does Himmler agree to it. Note that there is no real occult magic or outlandish technology in this novel; everything is extremely plausible.
  • Andrey Lazarchuk and Mikhail Uspensky's Crazy Awesome cryptohistorical novel Look into the Monsters' Eyes has Nazis and their occult preoccupation as one of its main subplots, with Annenerbe Institute headed, essentially, by Baron Samedi.
  • In the Kaiju Deconstruction novel that is Shambling Towards Hiroshima, it is mentioned that the Nazis also were trying to breed giant fire-breathing reptiles, but thankfully they were unable to do so.
  • Michael Moorcock has featured Nazis messing with the occult in at least two of his novels, The Dragon in the Sword and The Dreamthief's Daughter. In the former, the protagonists, while looking for the Holy Grail, meet Hitler, Goering and Goebbels conducting a pagan summoning ceremony. They manage, without really trying, to change the course of the war by giving the trio a "sign" that they should invade Russia before inventing the atomic bomb. In the latter, the Nazis want the protagonist's family sword because they believe correctly that it is a mystic artifact of cosmic significance. The climax of the book features Hitler and his chief stooges, er, conducting a pagan summoning ceremony, where they get the bejeezus scared out of them by Elric of Melnibone. Elric and the protagonist then lead an army of dragons to save Britain from the Luftwaffe. Both instances are a massive Take That, with the protagonists dwelling extensively on what sad little men the senior Nazis are.
  • In Illuminatus!!, the Holocaust is part of a ritual whose purpose is to cause Hitler and his immediate circle to ascend to Physical Godhood. Hitler also faked his death at the end of WWII, and lives in Israel. Probably.
    • As part of the same plan, the heroes have to stop a squadron of zombie SS commandos from attacking a Woodstock-like music festival in Germany, which is part of the Illuminati's plan to trigger World War Three.
  • The novel/ comic book series Fiends of the Western Front has Hitler cut a deal with Dracula; the vamps help Germany win the war, and they get all the commies, wounded, and POW's they can eat.
  • Lammas Night, by Katherine Kurtz. The book's primary focus is on Britain's heroic Wiccans (and other occultists) and their Heroic Human Sacrifice that shuts down Operation Sealion, but Hitler is portrayed as a scarily powerful Adept.
  • In the Harry Potter series, the dark wizard Grindelwald is implied to have a connection to the Nazis.
  • In The Dresden Files, the Dark Wizard Kemmler, who came back from the dead 6-7 times, and started WW1 and WW2 just for enough corpses to work with.
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians, all wars are fought parallel to secret wars between rival demigods, and the human wars are often lead by demigods. There are strong hints that Hitler was a demigod son of Hades - children of Hades are supposed to be charismatic and power-hungry, their fatal flaw is holding a grudge, and Hades mentioned that around the time Nico and Bianca were born, some of his other children were leading the losing side of a war (Nico and Bianca were born during World War II but are younger than the protagonist because they spent decades trapped in the Lotus Hotel)
  • Part of the Back Story of the Rivers of London-verse is that this was very prominent in WWII. To the point that almost all of the allied magical forces were wiped out stopping them. Many of the things they did are still regarded as too horrific to mention although we know that they tried unsuccessfully to weaponise vampires and, successfully, to create anti-personnel devices powered by tormented spirits
  • The Spear by James Herbert is an espionage Thriller about an ex-Mossad agent (though he's neither Israeli nor Jewish) turned Security Consultant who, while investigating the murder of another Mossad agent, uncovers a Neo-NAZI cult who believed Himmler was the real brains behind the NAZI's, and are attempting to bring him back to life using the Lance Of Longinus. It plays it pretty straight throughout. That is, until the very end, where it's reveled they weren't crazy after all and he has to fight Himmlers re-animated corpse.
    • It should probably also be noted that he was sued by another writer named Trevor Ravenscroft, claiming he had stolen elements from his earlier novel Spear Of Destiny. Except Ravenscroft's novel was non-fiction.
  • Barbara Hambly had two magicians in a medievalish time setting responding to a call for help from beyond the Void from a world without magic, they go through to help those mages ... and land in the Third Reich. Luckily the hero is pretty smart and soon figures out they are the bad guys.
  • In the later part of Sergey Lukyanenkos Nightwatch series it is said that most of the early 20th century projects is failed attempts by the Day Watch, the Night Watch or in some cases both of them together to make the world better for them. It might be of note that both sides thought Sovjet communism was a good idea. A major plot point is the part played by a Dark Witch in one of this and her remorse that make her turn.
  • In the backstory of the Merry Gentry series, the Nazis attempted to make alliances with the Sidhe, which worked right up until the Sidhe found out that the Nazis intended to exterminate the less humanoid fae. The Nazis became a gruesome object lesson in why one doesn't cross The Fair Folk.
  • Inverted in Graham Masterton's horror novel The Devils of D-Day, in which it's the Allies who turn out to have used demonic help in the war.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Reign Of The Gargoyles from the Sci Fi Channel: The Nazis make a pact with stone-winged killers.
  • In the live-action adaptation of Witchblade, it is mentioned that not only was Hitler a collector of objects of power, including the titular Witchblade, but he was a wielder of the Lance of Longinus/Spear of Destiny, as well.
  • The Burning Zone: “Midnight of the Carrier”: Neo-Nazis plan to use special lenses that can see energy signatures as a weapon.
  • Angel Season 5 episode had a flashback to the 1940s, where it is revealed that the Nazis have been experimenting with the creation of a vampire army.
  • In the Kamen Rider series, particularly in the Showa era, SHOCKER was founded by Nazis who had survived World War II. Among its officer is an ex-Nazi named Colonel Zol.
  • In the subtly-titled Supernatural episode "Everybody Hates Hitler", Sam and Dean help a young Jewish man and his inherited golem fight the undead Nazi necromancers of the Thule Society. During the war, the necromancers used Holocaust victims to test the efficacy and limits of their Resurrective Immortality Inducer.
  • The season three episode of Sanctuary, aptly titled "Normandy", has Helen, Watson, Griffen and Tesla (from the war office in England) going against Hitler's own abnormal hunting group, seeming helped by Druitt, who were going to use a Fire Elemental to stop the D-Day Invasion. Watson points out the irony of Hitler going after the imperfect creatures to help in his quest for a perfect world.
  • Danger 5 completely embraces the camp potential of this trope, particularly in the episode "Fresh Meat for Hitler's Sex Kitchen", in which Hitler uses blood magic to magically turn his opponents into evil blonds. The plan is foiled when his blood sample is tainted by "impure" Swiss blood. And as everyone knows, Swiss blood is made of money.

    Music 

    New Media 
  • This archived 4chan thread. It actually features the phrase "Australian witch doctor special forces".

    Radio 
  • The original, short-lived World War II-set version of the Red Panda Adventures involved Nazi zombies, Ninja Nazis, and a Nazi oil slick as the primary villain. Of course, this was nothing compared to what the heroes had.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Hollow Earth Expedition the Hollow Earth is equated with Thule, so the Thule society, and therefore Nazis, are thoroughly interested in it, and trying to use the orichalcum found there as an energy source and/or extremely powerful explosives.
  • The Stargate SG-1 Tabletop RPG supplement for the first season established that the Giza Stargate was used during WWII by Hitler, who, intrigued by its "occult possibilities", transported troops through it to literally "conquer Heaven", establishing an off-world Nazi colony that presumably persists to this day.
  • Noticeably averted in the Old World of Darkness; after a few missteps in 1st Edition, White Wolf came to think that making World War II and the horrors of the Holocaust the master work of any one type of supernatural critter would undermine the utter inhumanity of it. So, if supernatural creatures were involved, they were just picking at the sides of the suffering or trying to stop it (Vampires need human "cattle" to survive, so stopping them from being wiped out is in their best interests), and not the grand architects of genocide. This made it pretty much the only event in the WoD's history that wasn't entirely due to some NPC's master plan.
  • The New World of Darkness game Hunter: The Vigil subverts this with the Loyalists of Thule, made up of the remnants of the aforementioned Thule Society. Not only were they driven out of Germany after the Nazi Party came to power, but they became so horrified by what happened thereafter that they swore to use their occult knowledge to protect mankind from other horrors.
    • Vampire: The Requiem has another subversion with the Dragolescu bloodline, a group of vampires capable of control over ghosts. Their founder was a... bit too enamored with Hitler, but never had any direct interaction with the guy — if anything, he was a raving fanboy. When the Reich collapsed, he lost his mind and tried to find a way to harness the necromantic potential of the Holocaust, and that's when the rest of his order said, "Fuck that guy" and destroyed him. Since then, the Dragolescu name has a rather bad rep — partially because of belief that they're beholden to strange spirits, and partially because of the Nazi thing.
  • In the GURPS Infinite Worlds setting, "SS Raven Division" are amongst the major villains, using psychic/mystic world-jumping to infiltrate other worlds, from Reich-5, an Alternate Universe where the Nazis won the war.
    • GURPS also published Weird War II, which discusses and goes into detail everything discussed under this trope and how to use, mix, and blend them together to make a customized Weird Alternate WW2 for your role playing pleasure.
      • Weird War II is also the name of a setting by Savage Worlds, originally for the D20 rule set, about a world where the mass slaughter and evil of the war had awoken all manner of monsters, old and new. This meant that a player would not only face things like Nazi programs to create zombie or werewolf soldiers, but also haunted tanks and planes, apes with human brain transplants, djinn harassing the troops in Africa, onis fighting on behalf of the Japanese, and more.
  • In the setting of Deadlands, the trope is taken to its logical (?) extreme. One of the Ho E rulebooks explains (from the future perspective) that the Nazis used their own brand of Mad Science, creating devices powered, among other things, by souls of war prisoners. Furthermore, Hitler actually intends to raise the Fear Level all over Europe to such levels that he can bring the Reckoners to Earth. And then control them.
  • The Witchcraft setting uses this trope where the Nazis tried to use Cosmic Horrors to win the War.
  • The Scion companion has a setting where you can play as a scion involved in WWII. Hitler is a mortal, not even a scion, who was given Odin's spear by Loki as part of an attempt to use fatebinding to rewrite the Norse legends so that Ragnarok doesn't happen. It should be noted that the Aesir, including Hel and Loki, we're horrified when they discovered the Holocaust and its extent. The book states that upon learning what one of her scions was up to, that Hel created a "special" place just for him.
  • Delta Green features the Karotechia, the bare remnants of Hitler's occult program hiding out in South America. They have a perfect example of the Ubermensch (thanks to his discovery of a cannibal tribe's immortality rituals) and Hitler's third book, Mein Triumph — dictated by the spirit of an "ascended" Hitler himself ( who's actually Nyarlathotep being a dick as usual).
  • In the Nephilim RPG series, Thule Society still exists and is a prominent faction generally hostile to the eponymous Nephilim. The Society is a mix of real-life Thule Gesselschaft and Ahnenerbe with magicians and alchemists added for a good measure.
  • The Tannhäuser board game has Obscura Korps, basically the SS with psionic / magical / demonic powers. The Reich itself, however, is in fact Imperial Germany, led by the Kaiser, and the war being fought is the Great War.
  • In the sixth edition Champions Universe source book, it were the mystic energies released by a backfiring ritual attempted by Nazi mystics that ushered in the age of modern superhumans on May 1st, 1938. While 'costumed adventurers', including ones with the occasional odd talent or unusual technology, had been a part of the setting for decades previous, it was only afterward that the first people across the world started to spontaneously develop genuine superpowers.
  • A throwaway reference in the small-press RPG Shattered Dreams inverts this trope, suggesting that Hitler's global agenda was foisted on him by the game's nightmare-haunting monsters, the Vacyg, who made a run-of-the-mill tinpot dictator into a bastard For the Evulz.
  • The backstory of Witch Girls Adventures had an openly magical World War II in which Witches and Otherkin sided with the Allies in order to stop a bid to free Sealed Evil in a Can Echidna by evil supernatural forces (including Vlad Dracula) allied with the Axis powers. Then powerful magic was used to erase all memory and record of this.

    Video Games 
  • The premise of Outlast is a mish-mash of evil corporations and appropriation of Nazi research. A German scientist, Dr. Rudolf G. Wernicke, is explained to have survived WWII and been kept alive through life support and oculist means.
  • From the Wolfenstein series:
    • In Wolfenstein 3D: Spear of Destiny, the player must recover the titular Spear from Hitler's grasp, and encounters a supernatural protector called the Angel of Death.
    • Basically the entire premise of Return to Castle Wolfenstein. It has you trying to prevent the Nazis of the SS Paranormal Division from resurrecting an ancient Germanic warrior as an invincible superweapon, while fighting off cybernetic Super-Soldiers and zombies animated by dark magic. The supposedly invincible demigod, however, reveals himself surprisingly weak to minigun bullets...
    • In Wolfenstein (2009), the Paranormal Division is back, and takes this trope even further with extra-dimensional travel, Nazi mages, energy guns and yes, Nazis with jetpacks.
    • In the iPhone Wolfenstein RPG, the Nazi's attempt to stop BJ's assault by summoning the final boss The Guardian Of Doom. After BJ blows his arm and leg off, the demon vows to get revenge on his descendants. Flash forward a few centuries, and Doomguy is fighting the Cyber Demon!
    • In Wolfenstein: The New Order, the latest installment, this is actually subverted. Germany has plenty of super-tech but no occult elements at all.
  • In ‘’Pathways into Darkness’’, you encounter the dead members of an expedition team. One can speak to them with a crystal, and unlike the Wolfenstein example, most of them are helpful, being the only supply of ammunition and information.
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis features Herr Doktor Hans Ubermann and Klaus Kerner, a Gestapo member of the Thule society himself. Initially, they are trying to find Atlantis for its source of orichalcum, a mystic substance capable of unleashing energy equal to a uranium bomb- with just a single bead of the substance. However, after discovering Atlantean technology the orichalcum can power, they begin growing more interested in the robots and machinery discovered in Atlantis itself- especially the Colossus.
  • The first Bloodrayne game is loaded with Nazi occultists, dieselpunk mecha, and leather-clad Aryan temptresses armed with sharp objects. Yes, there were jetpack-using Nazis.
  • The Fifth Column, one of the original villain groups in City of Heroes, were Nazis who'd been underground in the US since being sent there to strike from within during World War II. A mid-level story arc had the Fifth Column as modern allies for a Nazi soldier who time-traveled to 21st century Paragon City to learn about Allied plans during World War II and bring the information back to ensure the victory of the Axis. At the higher levels, there were genetically-engineered vampires and werewolves among their ranks, complete with a vampiric archvillain named Nosferatu.
  • Master-D in Bionic Commando/Top Secret.
    • The remake, Bionic Commando Rearmed, makes no attempt to hide "The Leader's" identity, but they still don't come right out and say "Nazi" or "Hitler". It makes the whole remade game, which is essentially a retconned prequel for the new, very serious and dark Bionic Commando, very surreal. And then you make his head explode.
  • In Persona 2: Innocent Sin, Hitler is somehow still alive, wielding the Spear of Destiny, and attempting to summon Nyarlathotep. It's actually Nyarlathotep himself, materializing the rumor that Hitler is back and alive.
  • The LucasArts inspired Adventure Game Flight Of The Amazon Queen featured a Mad Scientist planning to transform Amazon women into dinosaurs. All fronted by the Flöda lederhosen company, of course.
  • Another little known adventure Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice had Nazis attempting to use Lovecraftian horrors as a secret weapon in war.
  • In Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Hitler is on the list of powerful men theorized to have gained their power by holding a tiny fraction of the Cintamani Stone, and then subverted. Late in the game, it turns out that the stone doesn't exist, it's a metaphor for the unusual but not supernatural sap from the Tree of Life that gives those who drink it Nigh-Invulnerability and, eventually, madness. Though not stated in-game, one might assume that in this version of events, drinking the sap didn't give Hitler any advantages in World War II because he wasn't a front line soldier, and may have caused his eventual mental collapse.
  • In Hellboy: The Science of Evil, you fight clockwork Nazis, cyborg Nazis, and, in one late-game area, clock-work-cyborg-Nazi-zombies being animated by a Lovecraftian alien worm. Makes for the single most okay-to-beat-up mook ever.
  • Operation Darkness has Nazi Zombies, vampire SS officer Alexander Vlado and, on the playable side, a squad of British werewolf commandos.
  • Nazi Zombies, which is a Nazi zombie minigame.
  • In The Last Resurrection Hitler is actually the right-hand man to Jesus himself, and teams up with his angels. Could count as a subversion depending on metaphysical semantics.
  • Lost Horizon features Nazis hunting for Shambala, a utopian place mentioned in certain Buddhist traditions. They're something of a mixture in terms of mystical versus scientific approaches — the Thule Society appears to lean towards the former, but the main villain is rather disdainful of them, instead stressing her allegedly rationalist approach.
  • The "Nazi Zombie Army" mode of Sniper Elite V2 revolves around you (and possibly a group of your friends if you play co-op) fighting through hordes of undead Nazis that Hitler summoned in a final gambit to win World War II. This has apparently backfired tremendously as you're even teaming up with Russians and Germans in an effort to survive.

    Webcomics 
  • Irregular Webcomic! plays with this trope for all its worth, as indicated by the quote above. In one storyline, Montana Jones and his father try to stop the Nazis from getting their hands on all the world's major occult artifacts. The Nazis, in turn, are being ordered around by Hitler's Brain in a Jar.
    • The really strange thing is that the Montana Jones storyline takes place before World War II.
  • The Good Hitler vs. Space Hitler arc of the webcomic Goats.
  • In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, Hitler inexplicably appears in Dracula's moon base. Though that might just be because Dracula apparently collects historical figures.
  • Stalin vs. Hitler does this a great deal both for both Hitler and Stalin. Here's an English translation.
  • In The Specialists, this is how the first ubermenschen were made.
  • Strange Aeons is a Diesel Punk themed webcomic where the Nazi villains are planning to use the Necronomicon for some yet-unknown evil purpose.
  • Spinnerette has Kugelblitz, a former member of the "Third Reich's Sorcery Batallion" who planned to infuse a Hitler clone with the soul of the real deal.

    Web Original 
  • In the Global Guardians PBEM Universe, Heinrich Himmler (who is still alive and kicking in 2010) is a member of the Thule Society, an Ancient Conspiracy of sorcerers intent on releasing Cthulhoid horrors back into Earth's dimension. World War II, and especially the Holocaust, was just one small part of the plan...
  • The notorious Flash adventure game Which Way Adventure (you know, the one with the manticores) contains a scene where Hitler steals your time-traveling helmet and flamethrower and proceeds to fill the world with zombies. Er.
  • In Marble Witch the Nazis use warwitches and dragons. Then again, so do most of the belligerents.
  • In the Whateley Universe, supervillain The Necromancer has actually reminisced about doing occult evil for the Nazis. Although he didn't get that unstoppable zombie army up and running (shambling?) in time.
  • It's implied in Tribe Twelve that the Collective has Nazi affiliations.
  • HABIT (an Ax-Crazy spirit) from Everyman Hybrid claims to have been involved with the Nazis in both his own series and his Tribe Twelve crossover.

    Real Life 
  • In Real Life the Nazi most interested in the occult was Heinrich Himmler, while Hitler personally had very little interest in the subject, mostly seeing the dramatic and political implications of secret societies, and banning all that didn't support his reign. While he admired the Teutonic myths, his intention was not to replace Christianity with a dead religion, but to get the state absorb all the properties of a religion, much like the Soviet Union had done, at least for starters - one can only speculate what would have followed if he had won, or ended in a stalemate.
    • Himmler also had a spiritual adviser named Karl Wiligut, who was quite an interesting character. While Himmler believed himself to be a reincarnation of Henry the Fowler, Wiligut believed he was a descendant of the Norse god Thor. Wiligut conducted SS rituals in Wewelsburg Castle, studied and taught the secrets of the runes, and designed the Totenkopf ring.
    • Himmler believed in the existence of the Holy Grail, which he thought to be a Pagan artifact with connections to Odin. He enlisted the help of Otto Rahn, a known archaeologist and Holy Grail aficionado, to track down the mystical chalice. It was a real case of an odd alliance, as Rahn was gay, possibly part Jewish, and not a supporter of Nazism.
      • If the thought of an archaeologist searching for the Holy Grail sounds familiar, it's because Indiana Jones was based on Otto Rahn.
  • The definition of an "Aryan" is more complicated than you might think. Hitler used the term, Aryan, to refer to both the ancient Indo-Europeans and contemporary white people, excluding Slavs and Jews (both white and non-white). There was also an Aryan hierarchy based on how Nordic an ethnic group was, as well as their support for the Third Reich. On the other hand, Himmler and other Nazi Occultists saw the ancient Aryans as what we now know as the most popular depiction of them, blue-eyed blond Übermensch who were originally from Atlantis and possessed supernatural powers due to their advanced biology. They thought that the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Modern Germans were the descendants of Atlantis. However, the Jews used Christianity to suppress the descendants of Atlantis in a Dark Age of ignorance, and therefore they need to be eliminated. Much of the rituals of the SS revolved around these ideas of the ancient Aryans, Nordicism, and blood. Hitler agreed with the Occultists on Nordic superiority, but that was about it. Any other Occult symbolism used by Hitler (such as the infamous Swastika) was purely for imagery and propaganda.
  • Occult beliefs varied among the Nazis; for example, Albert Speer showed no interest, while Rudolf Hess was almost as into the Occult as Himmler. Also, the Thule Society was shut down after the leadership became politically unreliable. Hitler shut down a lot of Occult societies, but not because they were Occultic. He just didn't trust secret societies.
  • It is worth mentioning that the Thule Society actually did play a major role in Nazism. A member named Karl Harrer formed the German Workers' Party with Anton Drexler, who was largely responsible for establishing links between the Thule Society and other political and worker organizations. Eventually, Hitler would turn this party into the National Socialist German Worker's Party. The Thule Society continued to be its main sponsor for a while. Chances are without them, the Nazis never would have come to power.
    • Hitler and Himmler were never members of the Thule Society, and there's also no evidence that either of them ever even attended a meeting. However, other Nazis who were either members or frequent visitors included: Rudolf Hess, Alfred Rosenberg, Hans Frank, Julius Lehmann, Gottfried Feder, Dietrich Eckart, and Karl Harrer.


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