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Putting on the Reich
Sieg Heil! IM WELTRAUM!

"I know there are many people who fall ill when they see this black uniform; we understand that and don't expect that we will be loved by many people."
Heinrich Himmler, Die Schutzstaffel als Antibolschewistische Kampforganisation

A quick and easy way to suggest a group of people are evil in fiction is to give them uniforms that resemble those worn by the Third Reich, the Roman Empire, pseudo-Mongols or the Soviet Union. In a broader sense, this can also refer to using other stylistic elements from the Nazi times (like the "Führer" title, goose-stepping "stormtroopers", or swastikas if the creator is more daring) to make sure your villains are visibly evil. When a group puts on the Reich, expect to see the classic fascist colors of red background, black symbol, and white circle and an easily recognizable, sometimes swastika-like insignia somewhere...or everywhere.

Incidentally, some of the uniforms for the real SS were manufactured by Hugo Boss (yes, that Hugo Boss) using slave labor. Those Wacky Nazis were actually pretty snappy dressers despite being evil, which just furnishes another reason for authors and costume designers to borrow their motifs. Very common when State Sec is around.

This trope is named after the expression "Puttin' on the Ritz".

Note that this trope covers the uniforms. For a more general similarity, see A Nazi by Any Other Name. May result in Commie Nazis.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Principality of Zeon and its offshoots from Mobile Suit Gundam's Universal Century. Gets more Anvilicious as time goes on, since later series played up the "Zeon = Nazi Germany" metaphor: Zeta Gundam gives us Axis Zeon = Axis Powers. Gundam ZZ gives us Neo-Zeon = Neo-Nazis. Gundam 0080 gives Zeon a fixation on using German words with their mecha, like Kämpfer, Gelgoog Jäger and Rick Dom Zwei. Gundam 0083 introduced battle flags that were one Swastika away from Nazi banners. MS IGLOO waves that same Wehrmacht-esque flag with pride, sticks Reichsadlers on almost every uniform going (replacing the Swastika with a Zeonic symbol), and has Colonel Herbert von Kuspen wearing a leather coat and Iron Crosses (and this is the series showing Zeon as the protagonists!) Gundam Unicorn gives the Neo-Zeon group 'the Sleeves' mobile suits with Stahlhelms.
    • In another Gundam example, the uniforms worn by the Mariemaia Army in Endless Waltz were quite intentionally modelled on the Hitler Youth uniforms.
  • In Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, the soldiers under the leadership of General Hein.
  • Sunako Nakahara from The Wallflower dressed up as a Nazi in Episode 3.
    • Which is actually inverted since Sunako is the hero of the story, and she dons the uniform to rescue pretty shoujo boy Kyouhei from a host club that had kidnapped him.
  • The uniforms, weapons and armors of the Kerberos Corps in Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade.
    • Which makes sense, considering it's set in an alternate universe where the Axis won World War Two, the Japanese got its ass kicked by the Germans, and the Corps is a secret police force for the fascist Japanese government.
  • While the uniforms in Fullmetal Alchemist are much more French than German, the simple fact that they refer to their leader as the Führer is a tipoff that all is not right. It's made even more obvious in the 2003 anime version, where we eventually learn that the entire series takes place in an alternate universe equivalent to early-20th-century Germany.
  • The guards of Impel Down in One Piece look like demons and wear uniforms that bear a very strong resemblance to SS officer uniforms, complete with armbands showing the Impel Down symbol (not quite a swastika, but close).
    • Ironically enough, despite how they look, they're not particularly evil and are rather understandably just trying to stop the prison break initiated by Luffy; it's easy for readers to forget that while Luffy and Jinbe are good guys and Ivankov seems to be too, most of the other pirates who escaped decidedly are not. The head of Impel Down, Magellan, in particular, is often considered a Hero Antagonist. Though it doesnt help that despite Magellan and Hannibal, the other staff members enjoy torturing and killing the inmates even long after said inmates have relinquished their pirate life and just wanted to go home.
  • The Red Ribbon Army from Dragon Ball has just about the least oppressive dress code out of any army in fiction, but the effeminate, physically formidable, blond-haired, blue-eyed General Blue seems to dress this way strictly out of personal preference.
    • Not to mention the red armbands they wear.
    • Also, one of the movies, Fusion Reborn, features a character known as the Dictator who is quite blatantly an Adolf Hitler expy.
  • The very Prussian-style uniforms of the Galactic Empire in Legend of Galactic Heroes. When you see the uniforms their foes wear, it's clearly World War One IN SPACE!
    • Arguably an aversion, as the Empire isn't really any worse than its "democratic" rivals. And on that note, the "Reichswear" is used on both sides. The leader of the said rival has the distinctly SS-like "Patriotic Knight Corps" as his bodyguard and a nice little cult of personality.
    • The first Kaiser of the Galactic Empire had about as few qualms as Hitler and Stalin, but was actually a 18th-19th Century Prussian fetishist.
  • This Azumanga Daioh inspired image. Heil Osaka!
  • The original name of the Zoid Berserk Fury is actually Berserk Fuhrer
  • The villainous Empire in the H-anime Angel Core, with armored battle robots that look like the Kerberos Corps troopers from Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade has SS-style uniforms (including the SS lightning bolt insignia), and experiments relating to the supernatural.
  • Parodied in Ouran High School Host Club where the Zuka club dons SA-like uniforms and begin to preach about the superiority of women. Furthermore, they are once seen with a Nazi flag in the backdrop, except with the Swastika replaced by the kanji for "woman".
  • The uniforms of the RKO in Trinity Blood are based off the Waffen-SS, probably to emphasize their bad guy image.
  • Saber Marionette J is rather obviously playing with this, having three evil Marionettes wearing costumes with various degrees of similarity to Nazi uniforms and Big Bad who calls himself Füher
  • Team Rocket in Pokémon. Not only do they wear uniforms similar to Nazi Germany, as well as implied to experiment on sentient creatures, but in one of Team Rocket's boss fantasies during AG in the Japanese version, they are even doing a pose similar to the Hitler salute, and militaristic footsteps are heard. (This was omitted in the English version presumably due to the implications of the scene.)
  • The crew of the Silvana in Last Exile wear black uniforms with silver trim that look vaguely like those of the SS, but more loosely tailored.
  • Bleach: The Vandenreich seems to be closely associated with this trope. It doesn't help that they're quincies and the quincies have been associated with the militant Christian Knights (Teutonic Knights, in particular, but also the Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller) since the very beginning of the manga. Just like the adoption of certain Teutonic Knight themes and symbols in the Nazi pagentry, the Vandenreich also seem to have evolved from these Teutonic Knight roots into something very reminiscent of the Nazis. They even sent a sub-division called the Jagdarmee (Hunting Unit) to occupy Hueco Mundo and engage in activities that oscillate between assimilation and ethnic cleansing. The Jagdarmee's leader also looks enough like Heinrich Himmler for him to have earned a Fan Nickname based on this resemblance. The Quincy Cross also seems to have some stylistic associations with the Iron Cross, even though it's a five-pointed cross rather than a four-pointed cross.
  • The uniforms of Helevetian soldiers in So Ra No Wo To, arguably a subversion since they aren't the villains.
  • Brockenman of Kinnikuman, and his son, Brocken Jr. of Kinnikuman Nisei.

    Comic Books 
  • The original designs for the uniforms worn by the X-Corps in X-Men comics had distinct Nazi overtones. This was decided to be a bit tacky and the published version wear vaguely militaristic uniforms, which don't really look that different from the leather outfits the X-Men were wearing at the time, but which, nonetheless, are meant to be a clue that Something's Not Right.
    • When we say "distinct Nazi overtones," we are of course talking about Banshee wearing a barely disguised swastika on his chest.
  • V for Vendetta's Norsefire party is pretty much literally the Third Reich IN THE UK!, though the movie throws in bits of Oceania. Unsurprising, what with Norsefire being an extension of the National Front, British Union of Fascists, British National Party, and similar groups. Even clearer in the original comics where Norsefire shares the National Front's "NF" symbol.
    • The original comic does a better job of localizing its fascist government, and thus making its point that such regimes can emerge anywhere, by extrapolating from traits and tendencies that were supposedly observable in the Thatcherite government of the time of its creation. The movie undermines this by making Norsefire an out-and-out allegory for the Nazis the Bush administration (Adam Susan is renamed Adam Sutler in a move that is, ironically, less subtle).
  • Earth Man in Legion of Super-Heroes is a Terran supremacist and historical revisionist who claims Superman was from Earth. He leads a movement of fellow Earth natives in a campaign of hatred and bigotry towards offworlders of any kind after he and his cronies were all rejected from the Legion; not only is it established that he's basically a 31st century equivalent of a Nazi, it's the costume (and the fact that he's a statuesque blond) that really ties the image together.
    • Don't forget the Nazi-style armbands with Superman logos (replaced with Earth logos after their defeat at Superman's hands).
  • The Dingoes in the Archie Knuckles the Echidna series were this to the point that the artists were forced to remove the symbols on their uniforms.
  • Vril Dox's costume in R.E.B.E.L.S. in The DCU bears more than a faint resemblance to a Nazi uniform, including jodhpurs.
  • One Jack Chick comic-format screed envisions the country run by the secular humanists/atheists/vegetarians/whatever — they dress in a charming mix of Nazi, Communist, and Spanish Inquisition. Oh yes, and their salute is the peace sign. And the swastika stand-in is the "ecology" symbol from ca. 1970.
  • They might have been the Third Reich's worst nightmare, but the Blackhawks' uniforms were partly based on the Nazis (specifically, the boots and pants.)
  • Carlos Ezquerra says he made an eagle a prominent symbol of the Judges in Judge Dredd because it was strongly associated with the Nazis and Spanish fascists, the latter of whom he lived under for many years.
  • The Goths in Astérix wear helmets that look like the helmets of WWI German soldiers. The Goths are pre-unification Germans as they are shown as bickering and prone to infighting (what quickly becomes an important plot point). Goscinny and Uderzo used a more general stereotype of militaristic, simple-minded and orderly Germans/Prussians. They later regretted this portrayal and the few Goths appearing later in the series are not putting on the Reich at all.
  • The Vole Imperium from Tank Vixens.
  • Luther Arkwright: The puritans in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and the neo-puritans in Heart of Empire. Includes things like mass rallies, the use of "Hail Cromwell", and black uniforms with simple silver crosses.

    Film 
  • In the 1987 Hindi film Mr.India, everyone in the Evil Overlord Mogambo's organisation greets each other with 'Hail Mogambo', and his soldiers wear uniforms that look like SS uniforms.
  • In the 2010 Rajnikanth starrer Endhiran, when the robot Rajnikanth becomes evil after being reprogrammed by Dr. Bohra, he starts wearing trenchcoats, like the SS, and has an army of robots who too dress up like Schutzstaffel officers.
  • Subverted by the uniforms of the Federation Navy in Starship Troopers. These are the "heroes" of our story (though Paul Verhoeven would probably tell you otherwise.) For instance, Neil Patrick Harris' character's uniform looks exactly like a simpler version of a Gestapo officer's, hence his Fan Nickname, "Doogie Howser, SS."
  • The Imperial Navy in Star Wars. The Empire also has "Stormtroopers" (from German "Sturmtruppen", a term originating with the German Army in World War One). And Darth Vader's helmet vaguely resembles a Stahlhelm (It's also based on the samurai kabuto. The concept art made this vastly more obvious). The crew members on the Walkers appear to be wearing Wehrmacht uniforms down to the helmets, only with goggles added.
    • Most blatant of all are the Expanded Universe's description of COMPNOR, a SA-SS hybrid. There's even a "Sub-Adult Group"; real subtle.
    • Several sequences in the movies had a definite Riefenstahl flair:
      • In The Phantom Menace, there is a shot of Trade Federation droids marching through an arch on Naboo that was almost certainly inspired by actual footage of Nazis marching through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
      • In Attack of the Clones, there was a scene of Palpatine watching the Clone Troopers goosestepping as they prepare to be deployed for war in such a way that very closely resembles Hitler's watching the soldiers.
      • Revenge of the Sith was by far the most blatant use of the trope, as a lot of the film depicts things that are unmistakably similar to how Adolf Hitler came to power. In the novelization for the book, Palpatine even says that his empire will last for ten thousand years in what is unmistakably a reference to Hitler's vow of a Thousand Year Reich.
      • The shot of thousands of troops lined up to welcome the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Ironically, George Lucas stated in the commentary that that scene in particular was actually intended to reference the May Day Parades of what was at the time the Soviet Union.
      • And it's not just the Imperial navy. The Rebel Alliance awards ceremony at the end of Episode IV is modeled directly from a scene in Triumph of the Will.
  • Space Balls has the Spaceball officers wearing uniforms that look more Nazi-like than the Imperial Navy they're parodying. One of the troops responds with "Jawohl commandant", which gets him an odd look from Dark Helmet.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the Ministry of Magic becomes this after Voldemort takes over. The Mooks wear gray versions of the standard Nazi uniform, higher officials like Runcorn wear longcoats similar to those of the SS, and the Ministry starts issuing anti-muggle-born propaganda very similar to the antisemitic tracts issued by the Third Reich. Similarly, Voldemort's own Death Eaters wear hooded robes very similar to those of the Ku Klux Klan, but in black instead of white. When the regular Ministry of Magic temporarily become bad guys in Order of the Phoenix, they go for a Stalin-era Soviet look.
  • The obscure political-parody film Hail features a sub-plot where the power-crazed US President creates a national police-force to serve as his personal Brownshirts. He personally designs the uniforms, staging a private fashion-show which displays various authoritarian samples from history. Upon seeing a Gestapo outfit: "I like those boots!" The disturbing final product is half Nazi, half Captain America.
    • This sounds like a dig at Richard Nixon when his White House guards got Ruritanian makeovers - quickly ridiculed out of existence.
  • In The Lion King, Scar's musical number "Be Prepared" has the hyenas marching goose-stepping in front of Scar in a sequence actually inspired by films of a Nazi rally.
  • Equilibrium's totalitarian government features a flag that is a direct copy-paste of the swastika, only with the crossbars centered on each radial. This website has a whole list of fictional flags of Nazi inspiration.
  • In the dieselpunkish 1995 film version of Richard III (starring Ian McKellen), the titular character's outfit is based off of a SS-Oberstgruppenfuhrer's uniform. Additionally, his government's flag is basically the Nazi flag, but with his personal heraldic figure, a boar, in place of the swastika. This Richard is similar in appearance to Oswald Mosley, the leader of Britain's home-grown Fascist movement during the 1930s. There are also many visual ShoutOuts to 1984 in the film.
  • The Octopus wears an SS uniform, and a samurai costume, and a Russian coat in The Spirit. Why, you ask? Well, why not?
  • In Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, the common soldiers of The Teutonic Knights all wear identical face-masking Stahlhelms. (The Stahlhelm itself was, in turn, probably based on a medieval German style of helmet called a Schallern.) And the archbishop wears a miter with swastikas! Quite possibly the earliest example of the trope (five years after Those Wacky Nazis took power).
  • In the 1951 movie adaptation of Quo Vadis?, the scene where the troops march before Nero, who watches from a balcony and salutes them, is directly choreographed from Triumph of the Will.
  • The Chinese warlord guy from The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is wearing a hand-me-down SS uniform. (Considering what some of the Nationalist leaders were like, fairly appropriate.) It's also somewhat accurate, as the Nazis provided the Kuomintang with supplies, arms, training and support.
  • The Chancellor of the unnamed country in 9 was obviously inspired by the Nazis. The flags, uniforms of the soldiers, hell even their combat robots look like stahlhelms with legs.
  • Damn near everyone in the low-budget movie Warrior of the Lost World. The villains (from the "Omega" political party) dress in snappy black uniforms with an inverted red triangle, with a white disc and a black omega. Prosser, their leader, dresses in a black leather trenchcoat. However, even the good guys, freedom fighters struggling against Omega have people dressed in actual Nazi uniforms. Including a black guy in SS uniform.
  • Andy's torture outfit in The Final is an SS uniform.
  • And of course Monty Python's Life of Brian features a Jewish resistance group, the "suicide squad", with uniforms based on the sarazen ones, and their insignia is a... a... a swastistar. Oh, and their commander has a toothbrush moustache, too.
    • In a cut sequence, "Otto the Nazirene" is seeking "the new leader" (i.e., Brian himself, who does not let on), and suggests that after "expanding into the historically Jewish areas of Samaria" the Samaritans can be dealt with by "putting them in little camps." (Possibly someone realized in time that they were talking about annexing the West Bank.)
  • Clu of TRON: Legacy is basically a Dark Reprise of his creator, Kevin Flynn, with grandiose speeches about entering the human world to rid it of its imperfections, plus his genocide of the ISOs, a Homage Shot to Triumph of the Will, etc. Judging by the Gladiator Games, he leans towards the Ancient Rome-influenced end of the Most Definitely Not Hitler scale.
  • Super Mario Bros. provides fascist undertones to Koopa's regime, particularly in regards to the Goombas' "Storm Trooper" inspired uniforms. Additionally, early scripts indicate "lizarddom" and racial superiority as chief motivations for Koopa; he feels that mammals are inferior and need to be kept in check while eating plants (herbivores) is a sign of a race's decline.
  • Just barely averted in Animal House. The Omegas (the "evil" fraternity) are basically styled as "East Coast preppy snobs," but the filmmakers decided to go the extra mile to make them truly despicable by giving them unnecessarily militaristic rituals to practice ("Sergeant" Niedermeyer's drills on horseback come to mind), along with some casual racism and religious intolerance. The head of the costuming department later admitted that she would have dressed the Omega characters in Nazi uniforms if she had thought she could get away with it.
  • David 8's dull grey uniforms and skull-like features (topped off with peroxide-blond hair) evoke this in Prometheus. (Likewise his 'sister', Meredith Vickers.)
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: The new Starfleet dress uniforms seem to hint at the undercurrent of increased militarism in the alternate timeline, some of them look like something straight out of the Imperial Navy.
    • Although, strangely enough, they're now made of denim. The Gap must still exist in the future.
    • Though they do also strongly resemble the uniforms from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, with the shoulder pips denoting rank in a similar fashion to those on the 24th-century uniforms.
    • Also, the brown uniforms (presumably Marines/ground forces or enlisted) evoke an image of World War 2 British and US Army uniforms.
  • In Man of Steel, Zod's crew includes an inexplicably German-accented and longcoat-clad Mengele Expy who tries to experiment on Superman.
  • Schist's oil company logo in Man-Thing is very similar to the Nazi-party flag, with its red-white-black composition.

    Literature 
  • Mordred's Thrashers in The Once and Future King by T.H. White, even down to wearing armbands with a red emblem, in this case of a whip.
  • An unusual (and rather original) subversion occurs in Harry Turtledove's Southern Victory/TL-191 Alternate History series, where while the Confederates (who are supposed to be Nazi Germany in the series) pretty much copy almost everything the Nazis do and did—from trials, to their own Expy of Hitler, to even their own salute, party cry, and genocide. The one thing the Freedom Party (the CSA version of the Nazi Party) doesn't copy is the uniforms. The description in the books and some of the covers show them to resemble WW2 US uniforms. The US on the other hand does use German-styled uniforms and helmets because they have had a long-standing alliance with Imperial Germany (to the point of almost hero worship of the German Empire). As for the Germans themselves, Germany is still under the Kaiser. And, ironically, despite TL-191 Confederates eventually becoming an Alternate History Nazi equivalent, they mostly use equipment and uniforms clearly based off of those of their traditional allies, the British and French (tanks suspiciously similar to British ones in WWI and Spitfire-like fighter planes in WWII).
    • What's even funnier about the Confederates in the Second Great War is, in spite of the uniforms and alliances with the traditional Allies, their military hardware ended up resembling German machinery. For examples, their Barrels (Tanks) were based on the Panther and Tiger tanks, their Hound Dog fighters were expies of Bf 109s, their Mule dive bombers were Stukas with Southern Crosses painted on the sides and they also fielded things like Barrel Busters (Tank Destroyers) and Stovepipes (Panzerschrecks). Despite this however, the US would be the one to field the first turbo (jet) fighters, specifically the Boeing-71 "Screaming Eagle", which was pretty much an expy of the Me 262.
  • Older than Television: The 1939 Sinclair Lewis novel It Can't Happen Here chronicles the rise of an American fascist government driven in part by the support of conservative Christians and 'forgotten men'. The supporters of the government form a militia known as the Minute Men or M.M. They have many of the trappings of the Nazi stormtroopers, right down to implied homosexuality in the ranks and at the top (see Ernst Roehm.)
  • The Gale Force (the Wizard's army) in Wicked, though of course in green.
  • The Wheel of Time series depicts ex-False-Dragon Mazrim Taim, now ostensibly working for the good guys, building up an army of magic-users using a variety of titles blatantly stolen from the Germans and translated into the Old Tongue. Possibly lampshaded when General Bashere isn't sure this is the real Taim because he's shaved off his mustache.
  • In David Weber's Heirs of Empire series, when the humans from Earth re-establish the empire and incorporate the various national militaries into a new united one, one general, an American, reflects briefly on his discomfort at wearing an Imperial Marine uniform, which is black with silver trim. In the first book of the series it was established that corrupt mutineers from the original Empire had been secretly influencing human society over millennia, including inspiring the SS uniform which was based on the Imperial Marine uniform, as a Take That to the mutineers who had repented and were secretly fighting them.
  • In the Vorkosigan Saga, Barrayaran military uniforms incorporate high collars, peaked caps, capes and jackboots. It makes sense for them to lavish attention on their uniforms, since Barrayarans as a group are all military-mad, and the ruling-class Vor insist they are not an aristocracy but a military caste. In keeping with the spirit of the trope, just before the events of the series, the government employed political officers as military watchdogs.

    In an interesting subversion there's actually very little Germanic element in the Barrayaran culture, which is mostly a British-Russian fusion, with some Napoleonic French and vaguely Greek bits thrown in. And the political officers weren't organic developments, but are a part of the Evil Plan by the then-current Emperor, who mercilessly used and threw them out the moment they fulfilled their task in his plans.
  • In The Dresden Files novel Ghost Story, the defenses that Evil Bob has set up to protect the Corpsetaker's lair in the Nevernever are deliberately designed around the German defenses at Normandy, complete with wolf-like demons wearing Nazi uniforms and helmets. Evil Bob completes the regalia by wearing a Nazi officer's uniform with black trenchcoat. Of course, seeing as how Evil Bob's last conscious memories were from World War II, it only makes sense that he'd use the most recent and advanced military defenses he knew of.
    • Note that it's never confirmed that the "wolfwaffen" are constructs, in which case Evil Bob might've recruited actual Nazi ghosts for his defense force. If so, there may not have been any "Putting On" about it.
  • In Norman Spinrad's novel The Iron Dream the followers of Ferric Jaggar don uniforms similar to Nazis. Of course, the writer of this novel within a novel is supposedly Adolf Hitler himself (who also gets credited in the intro for designing the clothes)! Go figure.

    Live Action TV 
  • The uniforms of the Alliance Navy in Firefly. It doesn't help that many Alliance uniforms were left over from the Starship Troopers movie, which definitely did have slight fascistic overtones.
    • Lt. Womack in "The Message" wears a black leather trenchcoat and a shoulder harness similar to that of an SS officer. Being part of the Alliance's "Allied Enforcement" division isn't doing the Nazi undertones any favors.
  • Babylon 5: The black uniforms of the Psi Cops. And the brown shirts of the Nightwatch. Also a man witnessed in the future trying to slander Babylon 5 personnel for propaganda purposes, and the pin on his jacket bears a symbol very much like the SS double lightning bolts.
  • In Tin Man, the Wicked Witch has as a Secret Police the black-leather-wearing "Long Coats".
  • Stargate Atlantis:
    • The Genii have uniforms that bear a fair resemblance to some German uniforms from World War I.
    • A downplayed version occurs in "The Condemned", which features a society that deports its prisoners to the vicinity of the planet's Stargate so the Wraith will feed only on them, where the Magistrate's uniform bears some fascistic overtones.
  • A weird inversion: The Ninth Doctor's leather jacket was patterned after a German submariner's jacket (source). Commented on by Captain Jack in "The Empty Child", set in 1941 London:
    Jack: The way you guys are blending in with the local color - I mean Flag Girl is bad enough, but U-Boat captain?
    • This is probably to reflect the fact that the Ninth Doctor has committed an actual, intentional genocide by this point. (At least, he thinks so.)
    • Played straight with the Republic Security Forces in "Inferno", the organisation being an SS-like doppelganger of UNIT in a parallel world.
    • A minor but notable example in Robot, the Scientific Reform Society are a radical political party made up of scientists. They wear green uniforms with armbands displaying their logo.
    • Done very straight with the Kaleds (the humanoid culture from whom the Daleks mutated) in "Genesis of the Daleks". To the point that the actor playing the Himmler-clone Nyder can be seen wearing a genuine Iron Cross in certain scenes.
    • A more subtle example can be seen in The Idiot Lantern, in which the TV antennae are shaped like swastikas.
    • The very first Dalek serial includes Daleks doing Nazi salutes (with their plungers) while talking about how they are superior beings. It all goes downhill from there.
    • In "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", the Daleks refer to the genocide of all Earth life with the extremely loaded term of a 'final solution'.
  • The Star Trek franchise has numerous examples of this:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series has the most overt example, with a society (at the instruction of a Federation observer) copying Nazi Germany exactly in "Patterns of Force".
    • Mirror-Odo's uniform in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Crossover" evokes this. Though still recognizably Bajoran, it is all-black and fitted with a high collar and a belt.
      • And of course, there's Gul Hitler Dukat.
      • And the Section 31 uniforms.
    • The Voyager episode "The Killing Game" featured hunter-race the Hirogen capturing the Voyager crew and forcing them to re-enact a WW2 holoprogram, with the Hirogen taking the part of the Nazis in occupied France. They wore their Nazi uniforms when outside the holodeck too. Somewhat averted, in that only one of them actually believes in the Nazi philosophy - the leader is ready to strike a deal with Janeway in exchange for the holodeck technology.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise goes all the way in the episode "Storm Front", which has aliens with a Nazi-like ideology going back in time, allying with the actual Nazis, and wearing actual Nazi uniforms.
      • And then there's the Imperial Starfleet uniforms from "In A Mirror, Darkly", which are generally like their prime universe counterparts, but now include Sam Browne belts and black and silver rank epaulettes. As well, the MACO insignia is now a Totenkopf-like skull rather than the Mako Shark.
  • The sci-fi television miniseries V, which is hardly surprising as it was adapted from a script about the rise of a fascist movement in the United States. Notably such aspects as the swastika-like Visitor's flag, the Friends of the Visitors (Hitler Youth), the persecution of scientists (Jews), collaborators, the creation of fake 'incidents' to justify Visitor policies, the Great Leader (Fuhrer) and Diana's Mengele-like experiments.
    • Averted by the remake, which takes a different tack. The enigmatic but charismatic Vs suddenly arrive with messages of hope, change, and universal health care.
  • In the Corner Gas episode "Dark Circles," Brent gets a new black shirt that inspires Wanda to do her job much more quickly and nervously. Entirely accidental on Brent's part.
  • In the television version of The Stand, Flagg's mass rally in Las Vegas features vexilloids resembling the Third Reich's flag: red, with a stylized black crow (?) fimibriated in white.
  • Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. In "The Apes of Wrath" Garth wakes up from a month-long coma to be told that monkeys have taken over the hospital. Disbelieving, he opens the door to see two monkeys in German steel helmets and carrying MP-40 submachine guns marching down the corridor.
  • Angel: The Scourge, a group of genocidal pure race demon supremacists were basically demon Nazis, and they definitely dressed the part.
    • Spike literally Put on the Reich in a World War II flashback; he ate an SS officer and put on his uniform because he liked the coat. He still didn't care bollocks for the ideology, though.
  • The two Munich police officers in The Cube, who seem to be wearing altered SS uniforms.
  • Not so much the uniforms, but the flags of the Phoenix Group in Terra Nova resemble Nazi battle standards.
  • The Peacekeepers from Farscape are pretty much Space Nazis. Fascism, racial purity, the uniforms, color scheme, everything.
  • By the end of First Wave, the Gua seem to have adopted this style. In fact, when Mabus is trying to convince Cade that the latter has been a Manchurian Agent from the get-go, he tries to put images in Cade's mind of Cade wearing a decidedly Nazi-like uniform and even giving a suspiciously similar salute (presumably, to Mabus).
  • The original Battlestar Galactica has the Eastern Alliance, one of the factions on planet Terra (despite the name, it's not Earth). Their uniforms, symbolism, and ideology is clearly based on fascism. Their primary belief is that they are destined to be the rulers of the universe, and anyone who disagrees or does not bow down is to be exterminated. They're even willing to let millions of their own people be killed by retaliatory nuclear strikes in order to solve their overpopulation problems. A glaring example: they broker a secret peace treaty with the Nationalists... only to break it when it's convenient. Sound familiar? Their officer claims that they are the greatest military power in the universe... until they see the Galactica. Initially shocked by her size, he resumes his rhetoric after finding out that she's the last of her kind.

    Music 
  • The music video for Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" shows the male dancers in this, with Gaga herself wearing a bra with AR-15s attached.
  • The music video to Disturbed's cover of "Land of Confusion" has the oppressive, money-driven soldiers looking like this, going so far as to make their insignia a stylized dollar bill similar to a swastika.
  • In "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, hallucinating Pink is nothing short of Hitler and much of the imagery (colours, design and symbols) are taken directly from the Nazi heraldry.
    • Perhaps a strange hallucination, considering that the plot involved Pink's father dying in World War II at the hands of the Nazis.
  • Laibach. Seriously.
  • Many Visual Kei bands and artists at one point or another. There are almost too many to name, but suffice it to say none (or very few, anyway) are known to have actual Nazi sympathies - it's strictly for shock value and that the Nazis, despite being evil, did have some cool-looking clothes/designs. That said, this was more common years ago - the Unfortunate Implications and the possibility of being banned from touring/performing in places where No Swastikas is in effect has much reduced the appearance of actual Nazi stylings - almost anything a modern Visual Kei artist wears will be an expy of it - and even with that the criticism is often still there, so it's nowhere as common as it once was.
    • One of the worst Visual Kei offenders was Rosenfeld, an early 80s band that dressed as Nazis with actual Nazi memorabilia and made their entire image and even some of their songs about Naziism, to the point where it was arguable as if they actually did have Nazi sympathies. Had they just dropped the Nazi style, they could have possibly been seen as one of the founding bands of Visual Kei (especially because there's an ongoing Flame War as to whether X Japan plagiarized some of their non-Nazi stylings). Instead, they became an Old Shame to the scene, and pretty much only remembered/celebrated by elitists or trolls.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In Rifts, the Coalition soldiers are called Dead Boys because of their skull motif, ripped from the SS. Their dress uniforms are SS-based as well.
    • For that matter, Emperor Prosek is (in addition to the above dress stylings) consciously modeling much of his empire's political organization, propaganda tactics, and social engineering on the Third Reich itself — he's a historical scholar with a specialty in Nazi Germany, and has explicitly taken Hitler as his role model.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, the ruthless commissars of the "Imperial Guard" go for the twofer by taking the name "Commissar" from the Soviet Union and the trench-coat and high-peaked cap from the Third Reich. Furthermore, some planets' regiments, like the Armageddon Steel Legion, Attilan Rough Riders and Death Korps of Krieg, wear outfits resembling those of the aforementioned villains of history. The Armageddon Steel Legion's use of gas masks is at least justified by their home planet's chokingly polluted atmosphere, and the Death Korps of Krieg by their homeworld being subjected to atomic bombardment, the radiation of which has yet to clear. Though the Death Korps of Krieg have a German-sounding name, their uniforms take inspiration from German, French and Belgium WWI uniforms. The Death Korps of Krieg are also known for using spiked helmets that the basic design were infamously used by German troops in World War I, along with the coal-scuttle helmets usually associated with the Wehrmacht but actually first used by German troops in the First World War. They go even further - Krieger horses wear gasmasks and black/silver spiked barding while having one of the aforementioned Death Korps riding them. AND to go even further. The men of Krieg are clones. Though they don't hold a candle to a group of mercenaries who use cloning technology to keep their "perfect genetics" intact.
    • Older (metal) Cadian units, on the other hand, wear obvious Wehrmacht-inspired uniforms, right down to the bread-bags, Y-straps, jack boots, and cylindrical ribbed gas mask cans.
    • A bunch of platinum-blond, white-as-snow women in red-on-black armor with white and gold highlights, all fanatically devoted to an empire with an eagle motif, who are fanatically concerned with genetic and ideological purity? The Sisters of Battle combine this trope a healthy mix of Fetish Fuel, horror tropes, Amazon Brigade, and Jeanne d'Archétype.
  • Centrum from GURPS: Infinite Worlds is really closer to Communists with parachronics but they're drawn wearing snazzy Nazi-esque uniforms.

    Video Games 
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic adds to the "reich" theme for the Empire with large red banners with the white hexagonal Imperial symbol hanging everywhere.
  • It can't get more overt than the Helghast from Killzone. Their basic Mook comes with a helmet, gas mask and trench coat, and they're all about the militarism and xenophobia. And that's just scratching the surface.
    • Even their origin strongly resembles the birth of the Third Reich.
  • Nintendo Wars: While Black Hole soldiers look like astronauts, several Black Hole COs dress in a manner specifically intended to recall Nazis — namely, Flak (a stahlhelm-and-greatcoat sporting grunt soldier), Adder (an officer in jodhpurs and epaulets), and Sturm himself (a general with a Commissar Cap and a gas mask).
  • Battalion Wars has the Xylvanians, who are a cross between WWI Germans, Nazis, and, of course, vampires.
  • The uniforms worn by United Earth Directorate officers in Starcraft resemble Nazi uniforms, right down to the grey overcoats and hats. Oddly, their bosses are a Frenchman and a Russian. The UED were basically Space Nazis. The UED gets bonus points for using the same interior decorators as Nazi Germany. Both have red flags with similar symbolism; the UED shows an eagle atop the Earth, echoing the Third Reich's eagle atop the swastika. Hell, Admiral DuGalle kills himself with a Luger which was the WWII German officer's main pistol.
    • Inverted with Matt Horner in Starcraft II, who has a uniform inspired by fascists, but serves as the idealistic second-in-command of Jim Raynor. Possibly played straight in that he may have kept it from his confederate days.
  • Concept art for officers of the United Earth Federation in Supreme Commander has a Nazi-like appearance, though none of the UEF officers in the game have any particular nationality associated with them.
  • Enclave Officers from Fallout 3 wear a uniform that makes them look like a Nazi mixed in with a Confederate soldier (with maybe even some Star Wars thrown in). Colonel Autumn's uniform is especially Reich-ish. In both Fallout 2 and 3, they truly consider themselves and themselves alone to be the absolute master race, and who intended to kill off the entire population of America, who they perceive as "mutants." So their Putting On The Reich act becomes fitting. They also use overt imagery and rhetoric.
    • The pre-War U.S. Military also used a version of Colonel Autumn's uniform. As evidenced by General Chase's overcoat and the US Army general outfit. (This was the army that violently annexed Canada.)
    • In Fallout: New Vegas, Caesar patterned his totalitarian empire after bits and pieces of the real Roman Empire. He succeeded spectacularly.
      • Partly subverted by the Great Khans, who engage mostly in drug-dealing and banditry; the Courier can point out how much like their namesake they're not. In one ending, they may decide to rectify this and start up a proper empire.
  • The Imperial army foot soldiers in Valkyria Chronicles wear more medieval looking armor, but the officers such as Gregor have the Reich look going on.
  • Artwork of the two pilots you play as from the danmaku shmup Under Defeat for the Dreamcast have them wearing Nazi-like uniforms. Also, PA announcements from your enemies is in perfect English and dialogue between your pilot and her CO is in perfect German. Subbed for your convenience.
  • The enemy officers in Shadow Complex have a combination of "armored super-soldier" and "Nazi" that includes armbands with their logo on it.
  • Street Fighter's M. Bison.
  • The Imperial Troopers in Final Fantasy VI, who wear stahlhelms and give what appears to be a Nazi salute to the Emperor during a cutscene.
    • Note also; in said cutscene, the three Generals (i.e. the soldiers considered the best of them all) behind the Emperor are Kefka, Celes and Leo. They all have blonde hair and blue eyes.
  • An interesting version of this occurs in Metro2033, combined with No Swastikas. The Nazis use a flag with the same red foreground and the white circle in the middle, but instead of a swastika, there is a big Gothic capital letter C.
  • The soldiers of the Rahmos empire from Iron Grip : The Oppression wear a mashup of a German WWI uniform and a Napoleonic era musketeer's jerkin, plus a very Stahlhelm-esque helmet. Hardly surprising, since Rahmos is a Culture Chop Suey of All the Little Germanies, Imperial Germany, and Glorious Mother Russia. And they're also very militaristic and expansionist and prefer an atheist ideology over any forms of religion.
  • In Luftrausers , your faction does this up to eleven with their uniforms, logos, and generic nazi looking scientists. Although the salutes are normal salutes and instead of a swastika they use a picture of a Rauser plane.
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, SeeD's men's formal uniform is essentially a Nazi SS uniform with shoulderpads.
  • The Thalmor in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has elements of this in their uniforms, sans their elven armor.
  • Kirkwall's Templar order under Knight-Commander Meredith shows signs of this in the third act of Dragon Age II.
  • The Black Egrets, Badass Princess Parasoul's personal guard from fighting game Skullgirls, has this going on. German weaponry, stereotypical Pickelhaube helmets, grey outfits, and bright red armbands bearing an umbrella symbol, eerily similar to a swastika. Unlike most examples, they're the good guys - this trope was deliberately used as Fan Disservice to the otherwise-attractive Parasoul, instilling a sense of uneasiness in the audience.
  • The EKKL empire in the Rail Chase 2 is pretty much the Third Reich in all but name. They use the same uniforms, vehicles, and everything. Even the flyer depicts a guy wearing a Nazi-esque uniform and helmet.
  • Yager has an entire Nation with obvious German and Third Reich influences. Not only do they wear uniforms, but they have destinct german accents, use german ranks, and the unit showcase mode shows a squad of their footsoldiers exploding on command and reassembling to very loud, german orders like "AAAACHTUNG", accent free, even.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • The Sirenen Reich from v2-v4 Open Blue was practically Nazi Germany IN THE CAVALIER YEARS, complete with a (female) Führer, an SS-ish intelligence agency, a tendency to research advanced tech, and a flag that looks eerily like the Nazi battle insignia. The only difference is that they wear red coats like The British Empire. v5 toned this down by replacing the Führer with a Board of Directors, but it's still pretty heavy.
  • Item 21 on the Evil Overlord List: "I will hire a talented fashion designer to create original uniforms for my Legions of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman footsoldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set."

    Western Animation 
  • In the VeggieTales video Josh and the Big Wall, the people of Jericho are all shown wearing Roman Centurion helmets. This is especially humorous given their French accents.
  • The first season finale of Superjail! Ohhh boy. Future-Warden mixes it up a little, going for the Otto von Bismarck look.
  • Alfred Jonathan Quack/Alfred Jodocus Kwak had the Crow party, led by a crow named Dolf, whose logo was a red flag with a white circle in it, with a crow's foot (most likely a reference to the Germanic "Algiz" rune). Subtle it was not.
    • It was nonetheless chilling to watch Dolf grow from a naughty schoolboy into a fascist dictator. Also notable for the little details it threw in: Dolf was actually not a crow, but the half-breed of a crow and a blackbird, who disguised his origin by darkening his yellow beak - a sly allusion to Hitler failing to live up to the Aryan virtues he espoused.
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?: Principal Madman has a mustache that is similar to Adolf Hitler's own.
  • Ralph Bakshi's movie Wizards: Black Wolf's troops are explicitly in Nazi uniforms, as his military is a direct copy of the Nazis.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender seems to play with this trope in the first season, where the Fire Nation wear mongol-derived armor and designs that even include skulls for face plates. And yet, then, at numerous points after that, we're shown that other cultures can be just as bad, and that the people behind the armor are sympathetic. Bonus points for actually using the (somewhat silly) skull-face masks to further the plot.
  • The nation of Thembria in TaleSpin is based off of the Soviet Union.
    • Occasionally there appeared a race of cruel, Germanic-accented dogs who wore SS-looking uniforms and menaced the skies above Cape Suzette in a zeppelin.
  • Even though Standards and Practices forbade the writers of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes from showing any Nazis onscreen in Captain America's introductory episode, the Red Skull wears an SS uniform and an Iron Cross, albeit with the Swastika replaced with a HYDRA emblem.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The troops of General Zahl in "The Last Patrol!" wear uniforms that are very strongly reminiscent of Nazi stormtroopers. Of course, in the original comics Zahl was a former Nazi.
  • The Cola Secret Police in the Taz-Mania episode "We'll Always Have Taz-Mania" (which was a parody of Casablanca).
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Frau Bluke's robots in "The Midnight Zone" have a strong resemblance to Nazi stormtroopers. Then you remember that she was German and was alive during WWII. So in all likeliness she probably was a Nazi Scientist.


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