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->''"You are a fool. [[ThoseWackyNazis You]] think we're equals because I allow you to participate in this struggle. You fight to control nations -- we dominate entire worlds... we extend our will [[TimeMaster across time]]."''
-->-- '''Vosk''', ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''

A villain joins the Nazis during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, impresses UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler enough to get his own squadron/unit, then uses these resources for his own gain. This villain often sees Hitler as just another obstacle to overcome later. This trope also works if you substitute Hitler/Nazis with any other historical dictator (UsefulNotes/JosephStalin, Kim Jong-Il, Pol Pot, etc.), but those examples are less prevalent.

Expect StupidJetpackHitler or {{Ghostapo}} if the villain in question comes from the future or has access to mystical powers.

Compare/contrast with DragonWithAnAgenda; here you don't need to be TheDragon, and with this trope you get an instantly recognizable yardstick of evil for the villain to compare himself to and to rob of funds.

!!Examples Involving Hitler:


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the mainstream MarvelUniverse Mister Sinister, the ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain, was a doctor in Auschwitz performing unethical human experiments and looking out for mutants. He used his real name, Nathan Essex, but was nicknamed Film/{{Nosferatu}} and he scared even the Nazis. ComicBook/{{Magneto}} remembers him and recalled that he used to [[AffablyEvil give candy to kids]] in exchange for blood samples. That's a real detail based on UsefulNotes/JosefMengele, who would hand out sweets to the children he was about to kill and dissect.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': Ra's Al Ghul allied with the Nazis to further his goal of [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans wiping out 90% of the human race to stave off overpopulation]], so taking part in the Holocaust. One of the victims was his own daughter and her family -- she survived, they did not; she was ''mightly'' upset with him.
* Herr Kleiser in ''ComicBook/TheUltimates''. He was ComicBook/CaptainAmerica's chief nemesis during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, but was actually [[spoiler:an alien known as a Chitauri (a.k.a. a Skrull) that ate the real Kleiser and impersonated him, backing Hitler by giving the Nazis advanced weaponry. Really, this was just a scheme to soften the Earth up for a full-scale invasion]].
* In the Red5 comic book series ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'', Robo's (arguably) arch nemesis, Baron Von Helsingard, uses this trope to seek ultimate power, and gains quite a following in the process. And later in the series, two leading members of Hitler's Weird Science division are revealed to be secretly working for the cloned brain of Helsingard all along.
* The ComicBook/RedSkull was personally trained by UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler and, having GoneHorriblyRight in that regard, made no secret to the Führer that he had ambitions of his own, but was willing to bide his time.
** Though interestingly, he actually respected and liked Hitler enough to never actually move against him. This was not the case in the movies, of course.
* Rasputin in ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' got Hitler to back his Project Ragna-Rok with the claim that it would change the course of the war. He turned most of the Nazi scientists assigned to him into disciples who were fully aware that his real plan was to bring about the apocalypse. Technically he didn't even lie, as an apocalypse would definitely change the war.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' films like this trope.
** First was Belloq in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', then Walter Donovan in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''.
--->'''Donovan:''' The Nazis want to write themselves into the Grail legend, take on the world. Well, they're welcome to it. But I want the Grail itself, the cup that gives everlasting life. Hitler can have the world, but he can't take it with him. I'm going to be drinking my own health after he's gone the way of the dodo.
** Elsa meanwhile claims to have sided with the Nazis simply to get the Grail. Although as Indy bluntly chews her out on, she's already been corrupted into a Nazi.
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the ComicBook/RedSkull (Johann Schmidt) sets up HYDRA like this. It's not until his Nazi allies notice that Berlin is on his list of targets that they [[OhCrap realize]] he isn't exactly on their side.
* Played with in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Sebastian Shaw, alias Klaus Schmidt, jumped on the Nazi bandwagon mainly because it would further his research of mutation; however, he holds one of Nazism's tenets (MasterRace and all that stuff) in very high esteem, and later [[ANaziByAnyOtherName adapts the ideology for mutant use]].
* Rasputin in the ''Film/{{Hellboy}}'' film.

* Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Frankenstein'' novels have this as part of Victor Helios' (aka Victor Frankenstein's) {{backstory}}. Same example fits under type two, as Victor was also friends with Stalin (and attempted a life-extension operation that resulted in Stalin's insanity).
* In the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'' novel ''Timewyrm: Exodus'' the War Lords do this. This results in an alternate timeline where [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel the Nazis win the war.]]
* In the ''Literature/PresidentsVampire'' series, the first book reveals that [[MadScientist Konrad]] worked for Hitler, using concentration camp victims to create ''[[FrankensteinsMonster Unmanschensoldaten]]'' for the German armies. And ever since the war, he's continued to trade his services to other groups for the same reason, not caring who pays him, so long as he gets the support to continue his work.
* In ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian'', Eugen von Frenzel is a rather mundane example. He is hardly an ardent National Socialist; however, he panders to Nazi ideas in his research and writing in hope to advance his own academic career.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' two-part episode "Storm Front", a race from the 29th century find themselves back in time on 20th-century Earth, during World War II. They side with the Nazis, offering to build advanced weapons in exchange for the resources they need to build a time machine. When the Nazis complain that the Aliens aren't helping them enough, the alien leader (quoted above) lampshades the trope by bluntly stating that the Nazis conquer countries; they conquer ''planets''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/BloodRayne 2'', this applies to BigBad vampire EvilOverlord Kagan. He thinks of Hitler as an idiot, but works with him to learn how to build an army. Kagan's EliteMooks even have PuttingOnTheReich uniforms in the present day.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'': Hitler was a Templar. Need any more proof that they're the bad guys? Also, taking RefugeInAudacity, this trope applies to the series' versions of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill, who all colluded with Hitler to arrange the war.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' three-part episode "The Savage Time", ComicBook/VandalSavage in the present builds a time machine and sends [[TimelineAlteringMacGuffin a laptop]] back to himself during World War II, containing future history and schematics for technology. Vandal then joins the Nazis and rapidly rises through the ranks until he usurps Hitler himself, becoming the new Führer. Vandal Savage didn't really care about Nazi ideals; he just wanted to use them to conquer the world for himself.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S.S._Sturmbrigade_R.O.N.A SS Sturmbrigade RONA]] had been made up from rebellious Soviet people from the Lokot area after the German invasion of 1941 and led by the Russo-Pole [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronislav_Kaminski Bronislav Kaminski]]. Their cruelty, looting and total lack of military competency during the Warsaw Uprising enraged [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler the Führer]] enough to execute Kaminski and disband the unit.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/XVth_SS_Cossack_Cavalry_Corps XVth SS Cossack Cavalry Corps]] had been formed by the German high command from anti-Soviet Cossacks to fight partisans under the command of General Helmuth von Pannwitz. They were later forcibly repatriated to the Soviet Union by the Western Allies and faced execution as traitors. (This is used as Alec Trevelyan's FreudianExcuse in ''Film/{{GoldenEye}}'').
* A number of conservative factions in Germany supported Hitler because they thought they could control him. [[EvilIsNotAToy This bit them hard]].
* During the Munich Crisis in 1938, Poland sided with Nazi Germany to claim the disputed Teschen territory from the Czechs, only to be invaded by the Germans only a year later. The Slovaks and Croats sided with the Nazis to gain independence for their countries. The Finns, Hungarians, and Romanians sided with the Germans to retake lost territories from their neighbors (Russia, Romania, and Russia again, respectively). The list can go on and on.

!!Examples Involving Other Dictators:

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'' has Mac teaming with the Soviet Union, albeit with a far less grandiose goal: [[OnlyInItForTheMoney money]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'':
** In the alternate history timeline of ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'', Kane and his Brotherhood of Nod are using Stalin's Soviet Union to get to power.
** In ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'', Yuri aided the Soviets in their rise to power, but has his own plans. He was using the war as a smokescreen so he can set up his [[MindControlDevice Psychic Dominators]] to mind control the world when the Allies and Soviets aren't looking.